Last Monday Arlo Mckinley & The Lonesome Sound released a video for “Don’t Need to Know” and if you missed then here’s your chance to catch up, if you didn’t then here’s your chance to watch it again. If you’re not familiar with these guys, and you should be, then this video is as good a place to start as any. The video is put together from clips of their recent travels with some live footage and I think it really captures the feel of the song. Well done boys, very well done!
Jon Dee Graham “Beautifully Broken” from Not As Bad As It Looks
J. Roddy Walston & The Business “Marigold” from Essential Tremors
Blue Blood “This Is The Life” from This Is The Life
Cafeteria “Gorgeous Friend” from Knee Deep
James McMurtry “These Things I’ve Come to Know” from Complicated Game
Spirit Family Reunion “All the Way Back Home” from Hands Together
Slim Cessna’s Auto Club “No doubt about it” from Unentitled
Low Anthem “Cage The Songbird” from Oh My God Charlie Darwin
Mississippi John Hurt “I Shall Not Moved” from Best of Mississippi John Hurt
John Moreland “Cherokee” from High On Tulsa Heat
Kris Kristofferson “Me And Bobbie McGhee” from Live From Austin TX
Scott H. Biram “I’m Troubled” from Nothin’ But Blood
Arlo McKinley & The Lonesome Sound “Just Like The Rest” from Arlo McKinley & The Lonesome Sound
Townes Van Zandt “No Place To Fall” from Be Here To Love Me
Drag the River “Here’s to the Losers” from Drag The River
Big Mama Thornton “Cotton Picking Blues”
Supremes “Having A Party” from Sings Sam Cooke
Howlin’ Wolf “spoonful” from His Best
Patti Smith “break It Up” from Horses
Courtney Barnett “An Illustration Of Loneliness” from Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
Sour Boy Bitter Girl “Flowers” from The Days After The Fire
Meat Puppets “Good Golly Miss Molly” from Out My Way
Brown Bird “Sackcloth and Ash” from Axis Mundi
Elmore James “Ice Cream Man” from Blues Masters: The Best of Elmore James
Two Cow Garage “Soundtrack to My Summer” from Sweet Saint Me
Replacements “Shooting Dirty Pool” from Pleased to Meet Me
When you gather a group of sad bastard malcontents, like we have done here at 9B, you can’t expect that they’ll agree on everything. In past tears some albums stood out enough to take the top spot all on their own but last year there were just so many amazing albums that the crew couldn’t agree on a single album. I made a call and narrowed it down to two. So without further ado I present 9 Bullets album(s) of the year for 2014:
By: Charles Hale
What makes the self-titled debut of Arlo McKinley & The Lonesome Sound the Nine Bullets album of thetheir Bandcamp page year for 2014? A little bit of everything. One of the missions of Nine Bullets is to bring high-quality music to more people. Outside of Cincinnati there probably wasn’t a lot of people listening to this beautifully sad record before we ran our review. NB had a relationship with Sarah from the Lonesome Sound thanks to her work with Alone At 3AM and when this record was finished she sent it to AutopsyIV. His ears were pleased and excited and he shared the record, first with the other writers here and then with our readers. We like to think that started a snowball.
This Damn Town
What strikes me most about this album is how complete it is, how well it rests within itself. This ten songs complement each other on the way to creating a mood, a mood many of us here at Nine Bullets are drawn to. Sad but beautiful, contemplative yet well spoken, down but far from out. These songs are highlighted by the sound of a well-worn fiddle and instantly hum-able choruses. It is clear these are the first ten songs that these musicians wrote nor are they the first ten recorded. It takes patience to create an album so complete, so self-aware but unconscious.
Sad Country Song
If you haven’t taken the time to delve into this record there is no better day than today. Go over to their Bandcamp page and pick yourself up a copy.
By: Romeo Sid Vicious
A lot of people were put off by this album, the production is jarring, the music is loud and in your face, and the lyrics aren’t designed to make you comfortbale, but in my opinion this was the most important album released in 2104. From the first notes of this album it is apparent that these kids are out to start an argument about the current state of affairs in the US and especially the Southern states. Whether he’s referencing the Occupy Movement or Alabama’s ridiculous HB 56 there is a thread to Lee’s lyrics and it’s that the time for conversation has passed and now it’s time for an argument.
We Dare Defend Our Rights
In person Lee is a soft but well spoken as well as one of the most humble people I’ve ever met. If you had never seen him and met him on the street you would never guess that he spends his nights on stage perfomring some of the most lyrically aggressive songs around. Before a show you might catch glimpse of him walking around with a gallon of water talking to the fans, genuinely happy to see every one at the show. Then the album comes to life on stage with Lee and the rest of the band putting every bit as much energy in to the show as you feel when you put on this record. Watching them live is almost a religious experience and it’s obvious that each and every one of them believes in what they are doing.
The Kudzu and the Concrete
This record is full of life, anger, and energy. It is, at its heart, a protest record and at the same time it’s the sort of record that you put on and can no longer sit still. The energy is contagious and I’ve watched it work its magic on even my youngest kids, who aren’t old enough to understand the frustration and anger in the lyrics or the struggles described. On this record Lee Bains is the incarnation of the angry young man and it’s an absolutely beautiful thing to behold! If you don’t already own a copy of Dereconstructed you can pick it up on SubPop’s MegaMart.
There are still a couple of top lists coming your way and I’ll personally be catching up on some albums I missed from last year. I’d like to thank all of you for supporting 9 Bullets and I know each and every one of us on staff is looking forward to regaling you with new music and our opinions on it.
This week on the radio show I participated in KRFC’s pledge drive. It was way too much of me asking for money and trying to create witty banter with someone else. I prefer to do my radio alone. So instead of subjecting you to that I put together a totally different patch of songs with less talking. I was in my living room with a beer, a dog and a shitty microphone. But the songs are good.
The Clash “Clash City Rockers” from The Clash
Sebadoh “Weird” from The Sebadoh
Micah Schnabel “I’m Dead Serious” from I’m Dead Serious
Charley The City Mouse Fasano “Gasoline Fumes” from Retrospect/ed
The Minutemen “Jesus And Tequila” from Double Nickels on the Dime
John KaSandra “The Natural Do” from Single
John R. Miller “M.O.T.E” from Service Engine
Arlo McKinley & The Lonesome Sound “Time In Bars” from Arlo McKinley & The Lonesome Sound
Mother Merey And The Black Dirt “Old Rope” from Down To The River
Pixies “No. 13 Baby” from Doolittle
Peter Buck “Life Is Short” from I Am Back To Blow Your Mind Once Again
Benjamin Booker “Violent Shiver” from Benjamin Booker
Tyler Keith & The Apostles “Shadow Of A Cross” from Black Highway
Austin Lucas “Alone In Memphis” from Stay Reckless
Arlo McKinley & The Lonesome Sound “I’ve Got Her” from Arlo McKinley & The Lonesome Sound
Low Anthem “Home I’ll Never Be” from Oh My God Charlie Darwin
Steve Earle “To Live Is To Fly” from Townes
Sturgill Simpson “Living The Dream” from Metamodern Sounds In Country Music
Two Cow Garage “Van Gogh” from The Death Of The Self Preservation Society
Secret Sisters “Rattle My Bones” from Put Your Needle Down
Blue Mountain “Generic America” from Homegrown
Willie Nelson “The Git Go” from Band of Brothers
Wilders “Hey Little Darlin” from Someone’s Got To Pay
Lucero “Hey Darlin’ Do You Gamble” from 1372 Overton Park
Lake Street Dive “Bad Self Portraits” from BAD SELF PORTRAITS
This cd found it’s way to me via Sarah Davis, a name you might recognize from another ninebullets fave, Alone At 3am. She was/is a part of the creation and was really excited to get it some radio play on it and after listening to a single track from it on youtube; so was I. A few emails were exchanged and suddenly I had the complete cd. Literally straight from the mastering house. Untagged mp3’s and all (my fault since I was the one who compressed the files).
Arlo McKinley and Co. come to us via Cincinnati, Ohio and in a rare twist they’re a band that spent a few years honing their sound before releasing any material. The band, having formed back in 2011 showed a patience we rarely see anymore by letting the membership and sound go through it’s normal flux before exposing us in the outside of Ohio world know who they were. Hell, there is still scant information on them on the internets right now. That said, the patience paid off in spades when the band entered The Southgate House Revival to begin tracking their debut album, live, in a single day.
With a little internet googles you will learn that The Southgate House Revival is a former Episcopal church turned venue/occasional recording room. Arlo and Co. chose to record in the upstairs room, known as The Revival Room which had formerly served the Sunday School spaces. It was a favorite of the engineers due to it’s high ceilings, open space and clean sounds. The resulting recording you hear is those sessions with but a few harmonies added via a “professional” studio.
My take on the cd?
Perfection. For the soundscape it lies in I challenge you to find a flaw in it. It’s almost scary how good this album is in my opinion. Like, unrepeatable good. If you’re a Will Quinlan fan you need to stop reading and buy this album now. Trust me. This really isn’t a prime-time Saturday night album but under much examination, I have found it perfect for work, cooking, driving and (once by accident) masturbating.
It’s undeniably Essential Listening and this kid might be one of my favorite bands.