NINEBULLETS.NET JULY PODCAST:

Holy. Crap. Talk about getting one in right under the wire. No matter. We’re here. tt’s still July and the podcast is live, so let’s talk about it.

This month’s podcast is divided into two halves. The first half is all about new music. In that section we have a song from the upcoming Lucero cd, 1372 Overton Park, as well as a phenomenal cover of Lucero’s “Better Than This” by ninebullets.net faves, The Fox Hunt. Incidentally, the new Lucero album is currently up for preorder. If you do preorder it, not only will you get the physical cd a few weeks prior to the “official” release date, you’ll also immediately get to download a six song preview of the album (from whence the song on this podcast came). While we’re on the preorder tip, there is a also song on the podcast from the new Chris Knight album, Trailer Tapes II. Like the new Lucero, Chris’ album is up for preorder, but if you preorder it now you’ll get to download a digital copy of the whole album immediately.

The second half of the podcast features bands from this year’s Deep Blues Festival, which I plan on posting a complete recap of next week. I featured American Relay in this segment who, unfortunately, played their last show ever at the Festival. I believe they have a new album coming out, but there will be no touring to support it. Also featured is Davina and The Vagabonds. I had high hopes for this band and they lived up to every one. Matter of fact, during their set I tweeted the following, “Davina and the Vagabonds. Music you should fuck to“. I also decided to include Woodsbossman, Tom VandenAvond. He looks like he could be Scott H. Biram’s little brother and he writes some fine, fine music.

I closed this month’s Podcast with a track from Gainesville’s The Takers. Their new album has finally been released and you can get it at all your favorite digital outlets, plus you can read about the album here.

And that does it. Another month comes to pass. I am pretty happy with this month’s podcast and I think y’all will like it. Do me a favor, though. If you listen and you enjoy the show, please tell other people about it. The website’s stats have been increasing this month, but the podcast’s stats have been in decline. I am gonna try to do more advertising of the show this month, but nothing beats word of mouth.

Thanks, everyone. ~Autopsy IV (twitter: @autopsy4)

Tracklisting:

  1. Drive-By Truckers – Nine Bullets [00.00.00]
  2. Lucero – Hey Darling, Do You Gamble [04.03.00]
  3. The Fox Hunt – Better Than This (Lucero Cover) [08.36.00]
  4. Autopsy IV Commentary [11.56.50]
  5. Truckstop Coffee – Ghost or an Angel [13.00.00]
  6. Drive-By Truckers – Zip City [19.09.00]
  7. Chris Knight – Highway Junkie [24.25.00]
  8. Autopsy IV Commentary [28.57.00]
  9. Matthew Dean Herman – Southern Belle [30.25.00]
  10. American Relay – Bonedry [34.13.25]
  11. Left Lane Cruiser – Amy’s In The Kitchen [37.19.25]
  12. A Night In The Box – Rich Man’s Table [40.38.50]
  13. Autopsy V Commentary [44.07.25]
  14. Davina and The Vagabonds – St. Michael Vs The Devil [44.46.25]
  15. Red Clay River – Rattlesnake Mountain [49.36.00]
  16. Tom VandenAvond – I cant help It If Im Still In Love With You [52.44.00]
  17. Autopsy Commentary [55.06.00]
  18. The Takers – Taker Easy [56.09.00]

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ROPPONGI'S ACE – INTO THE NIGHT

You know the term “better late than never”? Well if ever it applied to anything, it applies to me finally writing about these guys. I dunno why, but I’ve managed to find more reasons not to write about this album than I could to avoid a prostate exam. It ain’t cause I don’t like the album either. Quite the contrary, I friggin’ love it and finally….I’m gonna tell y’all about it and then you, too, can love it and buy it and all will be right with the world.

Roppongi’s Ace are Alex Spoto (Vocals, Guitar, Fiddle), Max Norton (Drums) and Jesse Norton (Bass). They originate outta the Tampa Bay area, but life and school currently has them strewn out all over the Eastern seaboard. That said, Roppongi’s Ace are still alive and well, playing shows whenever they can all get together. Last year they all came together in the St. Petersburg based Zen Recording Studios and laid the framework for what would be their debut cd, Into The Night.

Into The Night was recorded live over the course of a week with local pedal steel guitarist Tommy Cooper joining in on the sessions to give the band’s sound a little more dimension.

And what about that sound?

Man, far be it for me to compare one unsigned local act to another local act in a completely different state, but god damnit…that’s exactly what I am gonna do. I am gonna say Roppongi’s Ace remind me of 9b.net faves, Minneapolis based A Night In The Box, but with double the rock, half the blues and no hats. One might say it sounds like the material The Black Crowes were making before any of us knew who they were. A sort of fly by the seat of your pants Southern rock with just enough twang to make you wanna drink your beer from a can.

Into The Night is not only essential listening, it very well may be the best local album release this year…Check ’em out & buy their shit.

Roppongi’s Ace – Waiting For The Day
Roppongi’s Ace – 1955
Roppongi’s Ace – So It Goes

Roppongi’s Ace’s Official Site, Roppongi’s Ace on myspace, Buy Into The Night

DEEP BLUES FRIDAY:

Last Friday I announced the line-up of bands for this years Deep Blues Festival. Earlier this week I bought my plane tickets for Minneapolis. I tell you that so you don’t think I am just pimping the festival for some nefarious reason. I buy a ticket just like everyone else. That said, I really do believe in DBF, in what Chis is doing and in the bands playing it so I will take every opportunity to pimp it.

Hence Deep Blues Fridays.

On select Fridays between now and the festival I will feature bands playing it, live sets from festivals past and things of that ilk. I hope y’all like it…and if you’re anywhere near Minneapolis, join us in July, it’s gonna be a blast.

This is a sampler the festival recently put out featuring performances from last years show. Chris told me I was free to post it here so here you go. Individual tracks are below from listening, complete sampler can be downloaded here.

  1. Juke Joint Duo – Stay Here In Your Arms
  2. The Moaners – I Think I Love You
  3. Jawbone – And Wine
  4. Left Lane Cruiser – That Ass
  5. Robert Cage and Hezekiah Early – Things I Used To Do
  6. T-Model Ford – Cut You Loose
  7. Black-Eyed Snakes – Good Woman Blues
  8. Those Poor Bastards – They Don’t Make Folks Like They Used To
  9. A Night In The Box – Death Letter
  10. Reverend Deadeye – Clean Train
  11. Charlie Parr – 1922
  12. Boogaloosa Prayer – She’s Gone
  13. Hillstomp – Lay Down Satan
  14. Pat MacDonald – Reset Me Lord
  15. Dex Romweber Duo – Blues That Defy My Soul
  16. Black Diamond Heavies – Bidin’ My Time
  17. Bob Log III – Six Stringer Kicker
  18. Pure Country Gold – Club 21
  19. American Relay – Bonedry
  20. Tarbox Ramblers – What Month Was Jesus Born
  21. Possessed By Paul James – Hear The Call

LET'S TALK ABOUT A NIGHT IN THE BOX

Let’s talk about a night in the box” may sound like something I would have said to one of my boys back in the day after he pulled a stupidly hot chick, however, A Night In The Box is actually a band. In all likelihood you’ve never heard of A Night In The Box, and that’s okay, neither had I when they were taking the stage at the Deep Blues Festival earlier this year. Matter of fact, I saw them taking the stage and thought, “Wow, these guys are gonna blow.”

It was probably the hats.

Regardless of why I thought they were gonna suck, the point is they did the polar fucking opposite of suck. I was officially blown away by this band one minute into their first song. I used this next line a few weeks ago while describing Possessed By Paul James’ show @ Deep Blues Fest, and I am more than happy to recycle it here: There is a quote in the inset of Kid Rock’s cd, A Devil Without A Cause, that reads, “If it sounds good, you’ll hear it; If it looks good, you’ll see it; If it’s marketed right, you’ll buy it; but if it’s real, you’ll feel it.” Not only do you feel it when ANITHB is performing…you know they feel it too.

So, I walked away from their DBF set with the following note on my notepad, “A Night In The Box…who the fuck are these guys? Best show of the festival so far…buy their music…” So, I did. I came home and immediately got Write A Letter. I am proud to announce that the cd is almost as awesome as the performance. Don’t take that as a slight though, I don’t think it’s possible to capture the awesomeness of these guys live on a silver disc. For all you Minneapolis folks, their show is essential viewing and for the rest of us their cd is essential listening.

A Night In The Box – The Hustle

A Night In The Box – Rich Man’s Table
A Night In The Box – Terraplane Blues
A Night In The Box – Fiddle Foot Jones

A Night In The Box on myspace, Buy Write A Letter