SUMMER BLINKED! or: CONCRETE BLONDE – BLOODLETTING or CHASING THE NOSTALGIA HIGH…


Summer Blinked. For portions of the world, mid 80’s in the day and upper 60’s at night would be summer, but for a Floridian this is open the windows and wave farewell to the hellbeast that is a tropical summer.

For me, with fall comes an overwhelming sense of nostalgia. I’m not really sure what exactly it is about the break in the oppressive heat that makes me run for the music of my youth, but without fail, the first hint of fall finds me scurrying for Violent Femmes, The Smithereens, Thrill Kill Kult and Concrete Blonde albums to blast as I drive down the interstate with with windows down.

Anyhow, my good buddies that I’ve never met, Concrete Blonde, made this trip down nostalgia road even more awesome with the 20th Anniversary re-release of Bloodletting. First….HOLY SHIT! CAN YOU FUCKING BELIEVE BLOODLETTING IS 20 FUCKING YEARS OLD? Fucking hell, me neither, but at least that explains all the knee pains I have when I bend down.

Twenty years or not, driving across the bridge in the upper 60’s with the windows down and “Days and Days” at full volume makes me want a cigarette and a notepad to rail against society in, but then I guess the kids use Livejournal for that these days.

I you’re a Concrete Blonde fan, I’d advise picking up the 20 YEAR ANNIVERSARY (wtf?) remastered release of Bloodletting (buy here), ‘cause “Tomorrow, Wendy” is even clearer, crisper, more angry. Perfect for chilly mornings.

Concrete Blonde – Tomorrow, Wendy
Concrete Blonde – Days and Days
Concrete Blonde – I Don’t Need A Hero

The Smithereens – Blues Before and After
The Smithereens – A Girl Like You

My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult – Kooler Than Jesus
My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult – Sex On Wheelz

Violent Femmes – Good Feeling
Violent Femmes – American Music

What do you reach for when you’re chasing a nostalgia high?

TOP 5: MOVIE SOUNDTRACKS


Today’s Top 5 wouldn’t have happened at all had it not been for the bad asses I converse with on Twitter. When the idea was pitched I didn’t think I’d be very good at it (I don’t normally buy soundtracks) but it turned out to be pretty easy for me. So, today’s Top 5 is Movie Soundtracks and here are mine:

Pump Up The Volume: This movie was my version of everyone’s Breakfast Club and it was my first exposure to the greatness that is Leonard Cohen. As I side note, I had quite the crush on Samantha Morris for a few years after seeing this movie.

Leonard Cohen – Everybody Knows (played in the movie)
Concrete Blonde – Everybody Knows (actual song on the soundtrack)

Singles: In hindsight, the movie doesn’t carry much Lose Weight Exercise but at 19 this movie spoke to me man. The soundtrack was a virtual who’s-who of the Seattle music scene (sans Nirvana) and I think everyone I knew owned a copy.

Alice In Chain – Would?

The Crow: This movie came in with tons of momentum and went with a wimper. That is, unless, you moved within the Goth scene. Cause then, you could see loseWeight Exercisers wearing Crow makeup to the club some 10 years after the movie. That said, the soundtrack was the tits.

Violent Femmes – Color Me Once
Thrill Kill Kult – After The Flesh

Judgment Night: Truth? I’ve never seen this movie but I’ve owned the soundtrack as long as it’s existed. If that doesn’t speak to the quality of the soundtrack then I don’t know what will. When is was coming out our local “metal” station kept playing tracks from it and the mix between metal and aggressive hiphop had me sold from day one.

Slayer & Ice-T – Disorder

O’ Brother, Where Are Thou?: Certified 7 times platinum, Grammy award winner and a constant member of print and web “Best Country Album Ever” lists. To say this soundtrack was a beast is a complete understatement. It, ever so briefly, singlehandedly made the general population pay attention to mountain music again

Soggy Bottom Boys – I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow

Okay…..What Are Yours?

NINEBULLETS.NET APRIL PODCAST: ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY EDITION:


Well. I’ll be a motherfucker. I never expected to still be doing these 12 months after the first one but here we are. Furthermore, I feel as though they are an integral part of the site now days. For some reason, I don’t really care to much about the stats for the podcast but today I took a peek at them and according to the stats there are 2500 subscribers to this fucker! I don’t know if that’s a lot or a pathetic number in podcast world but I am pretty sure it’s more people than the average Rays game gets. I hope it’s 5000 by this time next year. With that said, let’s talk about this month’s podcast.

For the one year anniversary I’ve brought y’all, what I feel like, is the best podcast to date from a production standpoint….and musically it’s pretty friggin’ stellar to. I open it with a small collection of happy birthday tracks before settling into a show full of brand new material. We got brand new tracks from The Black Keys, American Aquarium, Red Clay River, I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch In The House, Gaslight Anthem and The Morning Pages. Also, in celebration of our birthday, we’re bringing you the best give away the podcast has had to date but to know about that you’re gonna have to actually listen to the damn thing. Another thing that was super cool about this month’s podcast is that there were actually requests from twitter and facebook that ended up getting played. If you have something you wanna hear played follow me on Facebook or Twitter and make a request when I solicit them next month.

As always, below you’ll find the track listing for the show. Please tell your friends and Facebook/Twitter followers about it, I’ll greatly appreciate it.

~ Autopsy IV (twitter/facebook)

Track Listing:

  1. Concrete Blonde – Happy Birthday [00.00.00]
  2. Cracker – Happy Birthday To Me [00.02.14]
  3. Jimi Hendrix – Happy Birthday [00.05.37]
  4. Autopsy IV Commentary * [00.07.50]
  5. The Black Keys – Next Girl [00.08.56]
  6. American Aquarium – Rattlesnake [00.11.59]
  7. Red Clay River – Rattlesnake Mountain [00.15.24]
  8. Autopsy IV Commentary * [00.18.52]
  9. Otis Gibbs – Joe Hill’s Ashes [00.20.39]
  10. JJ Grey & Mofro – On Palestine [00.24.00]
  11. Shannon McNally – Bohemian Wedding Song [00.28.22]
  12. Autopsy IV – Commentary * [00.34.02]
  13. I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch In The House – Ghost [00.36.11]
  14. Two Cow Garage – Postcards and Apologies [00.40.54]
  15. Gaslight Anthem – American Slang [00.45.54]
  16. Micah Schnabel – American Static [00.49.33]
  17. Autopsy IV Commentary * [00.52.30]
  18. The Morning Pages – With The Lord [00.54.52]
  19. NQ Arbuckle – Happy Birthday [00.58.08]

* All music heard underneath me talking this month was from Black Prairie‘s new album, Feast of the Hunters’ Moon.



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Siouxsie Sioux – Mantaray vs. Johnette Napolitano – Scarred


Last fall, I mentioned that as the days shorten and weather starts to turn I find myself nostalgically digging for those ol’ Concrete Blonde cds. A while back in my internet travels, I saw that Johnette was releasing a solo album this fall and I thought about how perfect the timing was gonna be. I was gonna be able to get my Concrete Blonde nostalgic fix and listen to some new music…all at the same time. Also. a few weeks back I mentioned that Ms. Siouxsie Sioux was also about to release a solo cd this fall. I did not think too much about this at the time…I was a fringe Siouxsie and the Banshees fan, and didn’t figure I would actually hear the cd any time in the near future. Little did I know that the wife was a big fan and the notion of 24 hours passing after Mantaray’s release without multiple listens was just inconceivable.

Well, the shadows starting getting a little longer the other day, so I decided to go pick up Johnette’s solo disc for a ‘beers on the porch while the dogs play’ listening session. First impression…utter disappointment. Johnette’s voice, so powerful during Concrete Blonde, comes off sounding tired and haggard. The songs lack punch and end up just being boring. I dunno why, but to me it seems that anytime Johnette makes anything outside of the Concrete Blonde envelope, it falls waaaay short of my hopes and expectations, and I end up tossing the cd, despite having wanted nothing more than to like the damned thing. See: Vowel Movement and Pretty & Twisted. It really makes me wonder how big of a role James Mankey played in Concrete Blonde’s writing process. Oh well, I still have Free and Mexican Moon for those fall evenings.

Johnette Napolitano – Save Me
Johnette Napolitano – Poem for the Native
Johnette Napolitano – Everything for Everyone

Concrete Blonde – Jenny I Read

Johnette Napolitano’s Official Site, Johnette Napolitano on myspace, Buy Scarred

On September 10, I did what a good husband is supposed to do and I spent my lunch hour at the record store picking up Mantaray for the wench my lovely wife. Over the next few days I got to listen to it….whether I wanted to or not. It played on the living room cd player. It played in the car. If we were together, I was listening to it. Turns out, no matter how much I wanted to dislike this cd (don’t ask why), I couldn’t. I was expecting a lame effort at remaking a glory many years past. What I got was the album I was hoping for from Johnette. Ten tracks of pounding beats, dirty guitars and just enough of a punk spice to the pop to remind you this is still Siouxsie-freaking-Sioux…An album that will find a home in the goth clubs with tracks like “Here Comes That Day,” and will still also be able to take root in the fratboy clubs with tracks like “Into A Swan.” Siouxsie hits a home run with her solo debut. I can’t wait for the remix album!…There BETTER be a remix album!

Siouxsie Sioux – Into A Swan
Siouxsie Sioux – Here Comes That Day
Siouxsie Sioux – If it Doesn’t Kill You

Siouxsie Sioux’s Official Site, Siouxsie Sioux on myspace, Buy Mantaray