PLAYLIST: NINEBULLETS RADIO 01.05.12

WOOT! Last night’s episode mark the 1st year of the show being on the air. Here’s to hoping is has a few more in it.

Ninebullets Radio is a radio extension of the blog ninebullets.net that airs every Thursday night in Tampa, Florida on WMNF 88.5 FM at 10pm Eastern. The show is archived for one week after it’s original air date and is available for streaming here. Also, don’t forget to head over to Facebook and like the Ninebullets Radio page.

Below is the playlist for January 05, 2012

01. Alexander Hudjohn – Happy Birthday Ninebullets Radio
02. Possum Jenkins – Swinging Doors
03. Chris Knight – Carla Came Home
04. Boris McCutcheon – Mullein People
05. Bob Log III – Boob Scotch
06. Scott H. Biram – Been Down Too Long
07. Low Cut Connie – Rio
08. Alabama – Dixieland Delight
09. Jim Ford – Harlan County
10. Great American Taxi – Blair Mountain
11. Darrell Scott – You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive
12. Drive-By Truckers – Nine Bullets
13. Jason Isbell – Try
14. The Dirt Daubers – Single Girl

Bold = Request

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P.S.: If you like this show, do me a favor and post about it on your Facebook/Twitter/Blog. It’ll do a lot to help these bands reach new ears…and in the end, that’s what this is all about. It’ll also help bring the existence of the radio show to more people’s attention & the more people there are listening/paying attention to the show the more likely it is to stay on the air.

Episode 53: aired 01.05.2012

AUTOPSY IV'S FAVORITE 20 ALBUMS OF 2009 (today):

Well, I guess it’s my turn. Kasey and RSV have already dropped their faves of the year (here and here) on y’all, so there’s just no avoiding it for me now. This year was particularly difficult due to the sheer amount of great music that came out, and had I made this list tomorrow it would certainly change. That said, you can edit forever but eventually you have to settle on something and call it your list. So, with out further ado I am gonna steal RSV’s formatting and get this show on the road:

20. Eilen Jewell – Sea of Tears
19. Those Darlins – Those Darlins
18. Strawfoot – How We Prospered
17. Justin Townes Earl – Midnight at The Movies
16. Malcolm Holcombe – For The Mission Baby
15. Jon Snodgrass – Visitor’s Band
14. Ben Nichols – The Last Pale Light In The West
13. Cam Penner – Trouble and Mercy
12. The Fox Hunt – America’s Working So We Don’t Have To
11. William Elliott Whitmore – Animals In The Dark

Top 10 (with mp3s) are under the cut…

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TO DO: WEDNESDAY NIGHT: LEFT LANE CRUISER @ THE GARAGE (ST. PETERSBURG)

Seriously, I am not gonna fuck this post up with lots of words that cloud the point and I don’t want any stupid jump cut put it to increase clicks….Here it is. Cut and Dry.

Do you like Scott H. Biram?
Do you like Bob Log III?
Do you like The Black Diamond Heavies?
Do you like your blues with a punk lean?
Do you wanna see a great fucking show?

Wednesday night. The Garage. The deep blues juggernaut from Fort Wayne, Indiana that is Left Lane Cruiser is coming. You should too.

Left Lane Cruiser – Big Mamma
Left Lane Cruiser – Pork & Beans
Left Lane Cruiser – Set Me Down

THE ROCK REPORT: BOB LOG III @ THE GARAGE, ST. PETERSBURG, FL.

Bob Log came. Bob Log saw. Bob Log asked us to shit down his leg.

To say that Bob Log kicked ass is an illustration of words not doing a show justice.

To say that you missed a fantastic show is less a declaration and more of a me pointing and laughing at you…the lazy scene that is Tampa/St. Pete.

So yeah, Bob Log came and, in typical fashion, Tampa/St. Pete didn’t.

You Suck.

Bob Log fucking ruled.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so I’m gonna let James’ photos do the rest of the talking since all I wanna talk about is how shitty the Bay area’s music scene is and how sick I am of making excuses for it….It rained. Gasparilla is 278 days away…etc. etc. But before I go, lemme ask you Tampa, lemme ask you St. Pete: Why is it Orlando’s music scene can be so damned good and ours so freaking shitty?

PICTURES FROM THE SHOW ARE HERE

Edit: I wrote this is a fevered pace 1/2 drunk an hour after the show. Sober, I thought about deleting it and moving on but then I decided it needs to be said. The Tampa/St. Pete music crowd has gotten so complacent it’s almost…no…is…it is embarrassing. So there. I said it and I feel better for it.
Bob Log III – Goddamn Sounds Good
Bob Log III – My Shit Is Perfect
Bob Log III – Boob Scotch

NINEBULLETS.NET MAY 2009 PODCAST

We’re back with another podcast. This month features a couple of tracks from the upcoming Evan Phillips benefit album, as well as a track from the upcoming Joey Allcorn album All Alone Again.

Evan Phillips is the front man for one of my favorite new rock and roll bands, The Whipsaws, as well as a member of the trio E.S.P., with Tim Easton and Leeroy Stagger. Seven years ago he suffered an injury while climbing a mountain in California and had surgery to try and repair it, but the surgery was ineffective.  He’s been trying to live with it, but last year it got much worse and The Whipsaws were forced to cancel the remainder of their tour so Evan could get it fixed properly. Unfortunately, there is no insurance plan for touring musicians, so Evan was left with a mountain of bills. The benefit album was put together to help Evan out, while also getting some awesome music out to us (seems more fair than the Paste deal). Featured on the album are 11 bands including Tim Easton, Leeroy Stagger, Ryebender and Wrinkle Neck Mules performing their takes on Evan’s songs. It comes out June 15 so keep an eye on the myspace profile and buy one or two when they become available.

I also decided to do a segment featuring some local area bands, Will Quinlan & The Diviners, Truckstop Coffee and Roppongi’s Ace. All three are part of the upper-crust of the Tampa/Central Florida music scene and they all have albums for sale. I hope y’all like this segment and check out their music in greater detail, I am gonna do this again next month with three more bands from my local scene. I also plan on writing up Roppongi’s Ace’s completely awesome album, Into The Night, next week so be on the lookout.

You may also notice that I’ve added the timestamp to each song in the track listing. That was a suggestion from a reader that I thought was brilliant. If you have any suggestions on how I can make this podcast better, please email me. I’m not too proud, and lord knows I am learning this podcast thing on the fly. And if you’re a band that would like their music featured on the podcast, again, email me.

Okay, that’s enough talking, let’s get to the track list and the music:

  1. Drive-By Truckers – Nine Bullets (00:00:00)
  2. The Devil Makes Three – Working Man’s Blues (04:02:50)
  3. They Might Be Giants – Number Three (07:39:00)
  4. Autopsy IV Talking (09:01:00)
  5. Rye Bender – Highway 395 (10:21:00)
  6. Aaron Lee Tasjan – Fighting For The Man (14:03:00)
  7. Autopsy IV Talking (18:00:75)
  8. The Whipsaws – Jessi Jane (18:54:50)
  9. Michael Dean Damron – Waiting Around To Die (21:58:50)
  10. Autopsy IV Talking (24:38:25)
  11. Joey Allcorn – Lonesome, Lovesick Man (25:27:25)
  12. Drive-By Trucker’s – Great Car Dealer War (29:02:25)
  13. Autopsy IV Talking (34:37:00)
  14. Truckstop Coffee – Blackbird (35:41:25)
  15. Will Quinlan & The Diviners – The Theiving Life (39:35:25)
  16. Roppongi’s Ace – Lord (44:19:25)
  17. Autopsy IV talking (47:15:00)
  18. Bob Log III – It’s The Law (48:26:25)
  19. The Pack A.D. – Wolves and Werewolves (50:45:25)
  20. Autopsy IV Talking (55:30:00)
  21. Little Foot Long Foot – June Bug (55:58:00)

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NOTE: This is it! I am headed to the beach for a couple of days and I’m leaving the laptop behind. No internets, no emails, no tweets (okay, probably some from the iPhone) and no updates. Just whiskey, homebrew, a beach, a grill and some ribs begging for 10 hours of low heat. I’ll be back to posting on June 3rd.

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IT'S A BOB LOGAPALOOZA! (HIS SHIT IS PERFECT)

A lot of people don’t know who Bob Log III is. Those that have seen him will never forget who he is.

My first Bob Log III experience came at the Deep Blues Festival ’08. He played with Possessed By Paul James and Scott H. Biram at a few night shows so I managed to catch him a couple of times outside of the festival and once at the festival. The first time I saw him I was convinced it was Scott H. Biram in a silver jump suit and a helmet, but then I walked up to the bar for a drink and Scott was sitting there. Suddenly I wondered, who the fuck was this man on the stage in a full-faced helmet and full-body cannonball man suit? As the show wore on he had women sitting on his lap, women with their tits in his drinks and by the end of the weekend he had a devoted fan in myself.

Bob Log was born in Chicago and raised in Arizona. When on stage Bob wears a full-faced helmet with a microphone wired into a telephone handset attached to the front of the face shield. When asked about hiding his face while on stage Bob tries to put it in perspective, “”My face has nothing to do with the music, I’d much rather people pay attention to my guitar playing.

Let’s talk about that guitar playing. Bob picked up the guitar like most 10-11 year olds, but when most 16 year olds would have been learning the riffs to the latest pop rock song Bob started playing slide guitar, modeling his style on that of Mississippi Fred Mcdowell. Playing with a style that is seemingly too fast to be natural, Fat Possum Records started the rumor that Bob had a monkey paw grafted onto his right hand following a tragic boating accident when he was a kid. When pressed about the monkey paw rumor in an interview with Bizarre Magazine, Bob explained, “I’ve got all my limbs. It’s just that when I’m playing my guitar my hand moves so fast it looks like a monkey paw, a hairy paw. My hand moves really fast. Faster than a normal human hand.” Personally, I love the monkey paw rumor.

If none of this has convinced you that Bob Log III is worthy of your attention, then perhaps this quote from Tom Waits will bring you around. Once in an interview, when asked what sort of new stuff he was listening to, Tom replied, “And then there’s this guy named Bob Log, you ever heard of him? He’s this little kid — nobody ever knows how old he is — wears a motorcycle helmet and he has a microphone inside of it and he puts the glass over the front so you can’t see his face, and plays slide guitar. It’s just the loudest strangest stuff you’ve ever heard. You don’t understand one word he’s saying. I like people who glue macaroni on to a piece of cardboard and paint it gold. That’s what I aspire to basically”. Seriously, when Tom Waits calls you strange, you’ve made it.

Back in early April Bob’s fifth solo album, My Shit Is Perfect, was released on Birdman Records. I’ve tried to figure out a way to describe his sound and the best I can come up with is this: Imagine Scott H. Biram with a tongue hyper-extended into his cheek but dead. fucking. serious. I’m not even sure you can truly appreciate Bob on cd unless you’ve actually seen him live. I know I probably wouldn’t have and according to a recent interview, I think Bob agrees:

City Weekly: Do the helmet, boobs, monkey paw, et cetera distract people from the music?

Bob Log III: I don’t drive with the helmet on anymore. I only wear it when I play. Helmet, monkey paw, suit, boob scotch—all this stuff’s basically somethin’ to talk about. I’m a guitar player, right? [laughs] That’s what I do. But you’re never gonna know what my guitar fingerpickin’ sounds like until you hear me do it. People can write about it until they’re blue in the face, usin’ all kinds of adjectives, but you’re not gonna know what it sounds like. On the other hand, if you’re readin’ an article where someone’s puttin’ a boob in a drink, ridin’ a boat on top of a crowd with a helmet on his head, we can all understand that. So I’m makin’ your job incredibly easy. ‘The ripping, swirling fingers of his magnitudeness—” You don’t have to go there. But [the show] is talk-aboutable.

Fortunately for you, he is currently on tour (and playing The Garage here in St. Pete on May 24), so get your ass out to a show and buy the cd afterwards.

Here are some samples:

Bob Log III – Goddamn Sounds Good
Bob Log III – It’s The Law
Bob Log III – My Shit Is Perfect

Just for fun: Bob Log III – Boob Scotch

Bob Log III’s Official Site, Bob Log III on myspace, Buy My Shit Is Perfect

I also thought I’d take this chance to pimp the Deep Blues Festival by offering y’all Bob’s set from last year. I hope you enjoy it:

  1. Put That There
  2. banter
  3. Turn Up My Fucking Guitar
  4. banter
  5. unknown
  6. banter
  7. Six Stringer Kicker
  8. banter
  9. unknown
  10. banter
  11. Wag Your Tail Like A Dog In Back Of A Truck
  12. banter
  13. Make You Say Wow
  14. banter
  15. Rattler
  16. banter
  17. My Shit Is Perfect
  18. banter
  19. String Around A Stick
  20. banter
  21. I Want Your Shit On My Leg
  22. banter
  23. unknown
  24. banter
  25. Clap Your Tits
  26. banter
  27. Boob Scotch
  28. banter
  29. Look At That
  30. unknown
  31. banter
  32. Slide Guitar Ride Junior
  33. unknown
  34. outro

Complete Set as a .zip file

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

REPOST: HILLGRASS BLUEBILLY ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS: HIRAM & HUDDIE

I am reposting this because when I originally posted about it back in November the album was next to impossible to acquire. As of today it can easily be purchased from Amazon.

I’ll be honest. I’m not really too into tribute albums. I mean, they usually have their high points but when you take them as a whole they tend to feel mailed in or uninspired.

Such is not the case with this particular tribute album, and while I am sure there have been no shortage of tribute albums to Hank Sr. or Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter, I am sure there hasn’t ever been one quite like this. For one, check out the take no prisoner’s, my way or fuck you contributing artists. With acts like Scott H. Biram, Possessed By Paul James, Bob Log III, Jawbone, Wayne “The Train” Hancock and Soda taking part you know these aren’t just gonna be mere remakes of classics. For another thing, take the folks putting it out- Hillgrass Bluebilly Entertainment. In what dealings I have had with these guys two things are for sure. They have as much passion about the whole punkass/deep blues scene as anyone, and if they are gonna do something they are gonna do it 100% all out. Taking all of that into account I had a hard time imagining how this particular tribute album couldn’t be awesome.

I was right.

Hiram and Huddie is a double cd tribute album, one disc being a tribute to Hank Sr. while the other is a tribute to Huddie Ledbetter. Both discs feature the same lineup of artists for the most part with each artist seeming to have been given complete freedom to do whatever they wanted with their tracks, and the bands used that freedom to make the tracks their own. Really, there isn’t a track to be skipped across either disc, but as with any compilation some tracks just stand out from the others.

Soda’s cover of Hank’s “Ramblin’ Man” is one such case. Sounding like it would have come from a drunken 1920’s New Orleans speakeasy, this track just begs for you hit repeat until the ink wears off the button. Scott Biram just seems like he was born to sing Sr.’s songs, and the soul of William Elliot Whitmore’s voice adds a richness to his songs that recording techniques in the original version’s time couldn’t capture. As good as all of these tracks are though, it’s Possessed By Paul James’ contributions that totally steal the show and his version of Lead Belly’s “The Bourgeois Blues” wears the “best song” crown.

“The Bourgeois Blues” was originally recorded by Ledbetter after he went to Washington, D.C. at the request of Alan Lomax to record a number of songs for the Library of Congress. After they had finished, they decided to go out with their wives to celebrate but were thrown out of numerous establishments for being an interracial party. The song rails against racism, classism, and discrimination in general.

It would be a shame for this album to get lost in the cracks only be rediscovered years later as a lost gem. Do yourself, Hillgrass Bluebilly, me and every single artist on this album a favor and buy it. Buy two. It’s that good. It’s easily gonna be the best compilation of the year.

Soda – Ramblin’ Man (Hank Sr.)
Scott H. Biram – Lost Highway (Hank Sr.)

William Elliott Whitmore – The Gallis Pole (Ledbetter)
Possessed By Paul James – Bourgeois Blues (Ledbetter)