Playlist – Ajax Diner Book Club 8/4/14 KRFC Ft. Collins CO

Hey folks, today is my birthday so why don’t you give me the gift of listening to and sharing this week’s radio show. Blow this sucker out.

Old 97s “Barrier Reef” from Wreck Your Life

John R. Miller “Lost Your Mind” from Service Engine

Billy Joe Shaver “She Can Dance” from Electric Shaver

Benjamin Booker “Slow Coming” from Benjamin Booker

Lucero “Chain Link Fence” from Tennessee

Willie Nelson “The Wall” from Band of Brothers

The Coloradas “Like A Hawk in the Desert Sky” from Big Empty

Blue Mountain “Soul Sister” from Dog Days

Armchair Martian “Not Fine” from Good Guys Bad Band

Shovels & Rope “Pinned” from Swimmin’ Time

John Moreland “Gospel” from In The Throes

Samantha Crain “Taught To Lie” from Kid Face

Chad Rex and the Victorstands “Cigarette Hand” from Gravity Works Fire Burns

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SUBURBAN HOME RECORD’S MIXTAPE Vol. 5 READY FOR FREE CONSUMPTION:


Virgil and Co. released their latest mixtape earlier this week. This volume was inspired by the upcoming release of the NEW I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch In The House album, The Sounds Of Dying. This album (hopefully) marks the triumphant return of ICLASOB as a band after a couple of years on hiatus. The album was officially released for preorder today and if you preorder it you get an immediate mp3 download of the complete album. Trust me, I’ve had the album for a few months now….it’s fucking fantastic and you should stop reading this post right now, open a new tab and buy it. Regrets, you’ll have none. Anyhow, the compilation features selected tracks from the Suburban Home roster, including a new demo from one Mr. Austin Lucas. They also accepted submissions from outside sources for this album which accounts for seven of the tracks.

The album is available for free and legal download here. The folks over at SH only ask that if you download it you send the link to 4 of your friends (or tweet about it or spread the word in some manner) which I think is a fair trade off.

If you want to print them out the covers are available here: Cover / Back

Track Listing:

  1. I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch In the House – Swear To God
  2. I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch In the House – Postcards And Apologies (Two Cow Garage)
  3. Two Cow Garage – Postcards and Apologies
  4. Michael Dean Damron – Waiting Around To Die (Townes Van Zandt)
  5. Townes Van Zandt – Waiting Around To Die
  6. Austin Lucas – Sleep Well (Demo)
  7. Trampled By Turtles – Wait So Long
  8. Oblio’s Arrow – End of the Burning Moon
  9. Tim Barry – Exit Wounds
  10. Slobberbone – Placemat Blues
  11. John Moreland & the Black Gold Band – Bastards Of The Highway
  12. Jeff Rowe – Kate
  13. The Replacements – Unsatisfied
  14. Jon Snodgrass – Fast in Last
  15. Arliss Nancy – Stella Lovely
  16. Jr. Juggernaut – Another Two Weeks
  17. Alexander Hudjohn – Down So Low
  18. Calling Morocco – Break Your Heart
  19. Tin Horn Prayer – Louis Collins
  20. Jared Grabb – Devil Between
  21. Lucky Old Sun – Back In Style
  22. Armchair Martian – …not fine. demo
  23. The Takers – Drift
  24. Look Mexico – Take It Upstairs, Einstein
  25. Geraldine Fibbers – Lilybelle
  26. Pariah Beat – Elvis in Jerusulum
  27. Drag the River – Beautiful & Damned
  28. BEERS – I Love You (But I Don’t Trust You)
  29. The Evening Rig – Half Asleep
  30. Hank Williams Jr. – If You Don’t Like Hank Williams

GETTING TO KNOW DRAG THE RIVER:

I have to admit that this intro was a little harder than I expected to put together. I am a big fan of Drag The River or I wouldn’t be slapping these tunes up here for people to get to know the band but wow the history here is daunting by itself. Couple that with the amount of work produced by the band and its members and I had a pretty huge project staring me in the face. Of course I didn’t let that stop me from putting together a set of tapes that will hopefully show the band’s growth as well as their history. I should make it clear that I didn’t even try to find music from everyone who has been in this band and simply pulled from own collection. That may be a little lazy but if I had tried to track down a little from every single member this intro wouldn’t have come out until next month. So we all just have to make do with I had laying around and hopefully three tapes will be enough to make anyone go out and track down the full DTR catalog as well as the works of all the members current and present.

This first tape is all Drag the River all the time. The first three tracks are off of Hobo’s Demo’s (2000) which was recorded in ’96 and ’97 at the Blasting Room in Ft Collins, CO. Chad Price and Jon Snodgrass played and/or sang on all the tracks and a slew of other musicians in and out of the studio such as Chad Rex, Paul Rucker, and Zach Boddicker. This session also produced Chicken Demo’s (2004) which tracks 7 thru 9 hail from but which was released after Closed. (2002) which is where tracks 4 thru 6 can be found. I decided on release order for this one and freely admit it was an arbitrary decision. The next three tracks, if you managed to keep up through the above mess of a description, come from It’s Crazy (2006) and track 10 is the first DTR track I ever heard and the one that caused me to fall in love with this band. Tracks thirteen, fourteen, and fifteen all make an appearance on You Can’t Live This Way (2008) and the last three tracks can be found on Bad at Breaking Up (2009). This does not represent the full catalog of releases as there have been EPs and other appearances along the way but I feel it covers the major releases for DTR and gives a good solid overview of the band as a whole.


Tape 1 – Track Archive

The next tape, much to my dismay, only has one track from the whole band live. I was shocked to discover I hadn’t collected much live DTR and will have to remedy that in the near future. This tape is mostly Jon Snodgrass live and couple off his Visitor’s Band solo release. That covers the last track and the all the middle tracks but the first two tracks are Chad Price live and are well worth listening to. Chad’s has his first solo effort in the breech and ready to fire over at Suburban Home (there’s even a single track sneak peak) and I really wish I had more of him to put on this tape but woe and alas it is what it is.


Tape 2 – Track Archive

I almost didn’t make this last tape, and then after making it almost didn’t post it but decided it was a neat look at the forces that created DTR and the history of, admittedly only a small few, the band members. These are all tracks from the bands that the members of DTR played in prior to forming DTR with the exception of tracks seven, eight, and nine which are from Chad Rex and the Victorstands gravity works fire burns. The first three tracks are from Armchair Martian which was a Jon Snodgrass punk band. The next three are from the Karl Alverez days with All, yet another punk band, which was the kicking, screaming, live-birth of the Descendants when Milo Went To College. These three tracks are off of Allroy’s Revenge. The last three tracks are also from All but feature Chad Price and are from Mass Nerder. While not even close to a complete rundown of all the bands that the members of DTR have played in this tape should serve as a decent overview of the history and the roots of Drag The River. Since it is, according to Jon, “Chad’s and my band” I think I captured the history of the driving forces behind the alt-country powerhouse that is DTR.


Tape 3 – Track Archive

With such an amazingly dynamic lineup over the years I can’t do justice without listing the members, past and present, and tossing some links out to any current projects they may be working on and any projects that may have passed away but still have some internet presence left hanging around. So without further ado, and according to wikipedia (which may be wrong) I present Drag The River’s members:

And of course the standard linkage:

Suburban Home Records
Drag The River Homepage
Drag The River Myspace
Drag The River on PunkNews
Prior Drag The River Coverage on 9b
Drag The River on Wikipedia

JON SNODGRASS – VISITOR'S BAND

Since Drag The River “broke up”, it stood to reason that Jon and Chad would be releasing solo efforts. It was my understanding that Chad should have one coming out by the end of 2009, and while I wouldn’t put the notion of another Drag The River album completely to bed, Mr. Snodgrass was the first to strike with Visitor’s Band.

Over the course of 2008 Jon managed to book studio time on both coasts and places inbetween to record Visitor’s Band. He also managed to pull in a few collaborators like Chad Rex, Joey Erg, Chris Pierce and ninebullets.net faves, Two Cow Garage.

It would be easy to assume that the album just sounds like a Drag album without Chad singing on any of the tracks, but that would be selling the album short. While the album is rife with Drag The River familiarities, namely the comforting sound of Jon’s voice and it’s nasally twang, Visitor’s Band spends a lot of time rocking in a way that is more Armchair Martian than Drag The River. The real star of the cd is Jon’s voice itself.  During the slow, sad songs it’s there to comfort and wallow in the misery with you and during the rockers it’s there to pound shots and sing-along with you, swaying shoulder to shoulder.

As an added bonus, the final track of the album follows the Drag The River tradition of being the entire album again, but instead of just being the entire album as one track, Visitor’s Band offers up the entire album again acoustically. It’s a fantastic addition to an album that was already Essential Listening.

Jon Snodgrass – Brave With Strangers
Jon Snodgrass – Remember My Name
Jon Snodgrass – Song For Jake Nichols To Sing

Jon Snodgrass on myspace, Buy Visitor’s Band

Armchair Martian – Who Wants to Play Bass? [Reissue]

Were you all a tizzy like my wife when Drag the River decided to go on an indefinite hiatus? My wife was, and still is, I suppose, completely in love with the Drag the River albums and was really bummed to be losing one of her bands.

Enter Armchair Martian.

I had never heard of Armchair Martian until I started poking around the DTR message board in the days surrounding their breakup, but it turns out that Armchair Martian was Jon’s band prior to Drag. They recorded a couple of albums, but have not been active in a couple of years. During that downtime, the band’s cds became essential listening for DTR diehards and punk/country music fans alike. Now those groovy kids over at Suburban Home Records are reissuing Who Wants to Play Bass?. Originally released in 2002 on My Records, a label owned and operated by Lagwagon front man, Joey Cape, Who Wants To Play Bass? is considered by most fans to be the essential Armchair Martian album.

What does it sound like? Well, Jon is the singer and they have that familiar rock/country sound, so I’d say they sound like Drag, but with songs about stuff other than drinking. A must listen for any fan of alt.country, and especially for DTR fans still mourning the demise of the band.

Armchair are currently doing a small West Coast tour to support the reissue. Hopefully this is something they will repeat on the other coast, and specifically Florida sometime in the coming year. For now, we’ll just have to be happy with this cd.

Armchair Martian – Break Your Frame
Armchair Martian – Confession / Jeff’s Son
Armchair Martian – Saving Anger

Armchair Martian on myspace, Buy Who Wants To Play Bass?

More Jon Snodgrass/Drag the River news: Chad and Jon finished recording the final DTR album tentatively titled You Can’t Live This Way. It needs to be mastered, sequenced and have some artwork made, but there will be a final record. Jon is also planning on starting to record a solo album in October…no release date, no title…no firm details at all.