OFFICIAL DEEP BLUES FESTIVAL '09 POSTER:

The 2009 version of the Deep Blues Festival kicks off next week and this weekend we got a view of the new poster (they can be purchased here).

Between now and boarding a flight for Minneapolis I got a couple of Left Lane Cruiser shows and Nerdapalooza to attend so it looks like another busy week.

Here is a track by Left Lane Cruiser that was written about the first DBF ever:

Left Lane Cruiser – Mr. Johnson

NINEBULLETS.NET JUNE PODCAST:

Whew! Talk about getting this one in just under the wire. This month was nutzo with 80 Proof Music, a brief break and all sorts of other stuff. No matter though cause we’re coming in on time with some great music to fill your July 4th weekend up with.

I decided to shorten up the nine bullets intro music this month. I’m not very happy with how it ended up and I hope to make a better edit of it in the coming weeks or I’ll just go back to posting the whole song. What do you think? Do you like hearing all of Nine Bullets each month or would you prefer a shortened version of it?

This month’s podcast includes a new track by one of our favorite rock bands, The Whipsaws as well as a track from fellow Alaskan, Matthew Dean Herman which comes from his Evan Phillip’s (The Whipsaws / E.S.P.) produced debut, Blackbird. The album is fantastic and I’ve got a nice little write-up about it I plan on posting next week. As you’ll see in the track listing below there is also a fun little segment of cover songs and we round things off with a rocking/punk-blues segment followed by a set of songs with a more traditional blues sound.

I decided to close the show with some nerdcore hiphop tracks. The Master Onion song is from an old video game called PaRappa The Rapper that I just adored. I followed that up with two artists from Scrub Club Records that have just been blowing me away for the past week. You can download both of their albums over on Scrub Club for free and I’d advise you to do it….they’re doing the whole nerdcore thing on a totally new level.

July is gonna be another crazy month. I am hitting up Nerdapalooza and The Deep Blues Festival in July. I’m sure I am gonna be exposed to (and get) a shit ton of new music and my guess is that the July podcast will be focused on that stuff….I dunno about you, but I can’t wait.

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

  1. Ninebullets Podcast Intro [00.00.00]
  2. The Whipsaws – Dr. Please [00.12.03]
  3. Autopsy IV Commentary [04.40.25]
  4. Matthew Dean Herman – Blackbird [05.49.00]
  5. Jace Everett – Bad Things [09.57.45]
  6. Autopsy IV Commentary [12.38.75]
  7. The Takers & Austin Lucas – Mama Tried (Merle Haggard cover) [13.27.50]
  8. Todd Snider – Corpus Christie Bay (Robert Earle  Keene Cover) [15.38.00]
  9. Jon Snodgrass & Cory Branan – Wild One (Thin Lizzy Cover) [19.27.75]
  10. Autopsy IV Commentary [21.22.75]
  11. Little Foot Long Foot – Junebug [22.22.25]
  12. Seasick Steve – Cheap [25.53.00]
  13. The Pack A.D. – Blackout [29.55.00]
  14. Scott H. Biram – Judgement Day [32.27.75]
  15. Autopsy IV Commentary [35.00.00]
  16. Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Cootie Starks & Neal Pattman – Prison Blues [35.41.50]
  17. Swampcandy – South County [40.16.00]
  18. Mississippi Marvel & Lightnin’ Malcolm – Black Mattie’s Face [42.13.25]
  19. Kenny Wayne Shepherd, George Butler & The Howlin Wolf Band – Spoonful [44.19.25]
  20. Autopsy IV Commentary [49.36.75]
  21. Master Onion – Chop, Chop [51.19.25]
  22. Kabuto The Python – Open Season (feat. Margaret Thatcher) [53.40.50]
  23. Dr. Awkward – Geekquilibrium [57.30.00]

As always, any suggestions on how to make this thing better are always appreciated. As are any efforts to promote and advertise it….so please, Tweet about it, post links on message boards, post myspace bulletins and force your little sister to listen to it.

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NIBBLES AND BITS (chuck ragan, revival tour II, dan auerbach, deep blues festival and more)

Here is some stuff I’ve been sitting on that I’m not gonna be able to make a full post out of but I think might interest some of y’all:

  • This years Deep Blues Festival takes place from July 15 to July 19 in Minneapolis, MN at The Cabooze. A full festival pass costs 100 dollars but currently are offering them at a discount rate of 80 dollars. If that’s something that might interest you then go get ’em.
  • If you live in the Tampa Bay Area and you make music then The Homemade Music Symposium might be something that will be of interest to you. It takes place Saturday, June 13 and Sunday, June 14 in Ybor City and will feature seminars and workshops as well as plenty of live music. As an added caveat, your truly will be sitting in on one of the panels.
  • A song from one of the Black Key’s frontman/guitarist, Dan Auerbach’s earlier bands, The Barnburners has been making the rounds. They’re performing a cover of  Hound Dog Taylor‘s song “Gonna Send You Back To Georgia”. You can listen to it here.
  • From the “oh my god I can’t believe I am getting this lucky” file. While I am up in Minneapolis for the Deep Blues Festival this year none other than Slim Cessna’s Auto Club are also gonna be in town. Going to see them means I am gonna miss some of DBF’s Friday night festivities but actually having a chance to see Slim Cessna’s Auto Club with my own two eyes and not doing it…well, quite simply, that’s just not an option at all. With this new addition I am afraid my head may explode from the awesome at some point that weekend.
  • Slim Cessna’s Auto Club – This Land Is Our Land (redux)

DEEP BLUES FESTIVAL 2009 SCHEDULE REVEALED:

The Deep Blues Festival just keeps getting closer and closer. I dunno about you but I can’t wait. I got my airline ticket and hotel room booked. All that’s left is actually buying a ticket to the show (keep a look out here for a special ticket discount in the coming weeks). Today, ninebullets.net is proud to be the site to debut the Official DBF’09 Schedule. Check it out:

Speaking of festival’s. If you wanna read about my experience at our local musical festival, Tropical Heatwave, then head right here. I FINALLY saw Eilen Jewell and I think I have a crush on her.

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

DIRTY TRAINLOAD – RISING RUST

Dirty Trainload is the blues project of Southern Italy’s Bob Cillo, along with friends Marco Del Noce, Martino Palmisano and Alexander De Large joining in occasionally on harmonica, washboard, backing vocals and organs. They play a hybrid version of old-delta blues. One of the things that really sets these guys apart from the sounds of R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough or a John Lee Hooker is the percussion tracks.

Dirty Trainload eschews the use of live drums for loop stations and some old analog drum machines. The resulting sound ends up feeling like Love and Rockets if they would have made a blues album. An industrial, blues band if you will. While the combination might sound a little strange, trust me, it works as well as peanut butter and syrup (if you’ve never tried that I suggest you make a PB & syrup sandwich right now).

Here are some samples from their 2007 album, Rising Rust. Also, Dirty Trainload will be crossing the oceans to join us @ Deep Blues Festival ’09. Will you?

Dirty Trainload – Rising Rust
Dirty Trainload – Police Car
Dirty Trainload – Mad Man Blues

Dirty Trainload on myspace

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

TAMPA/ST. PETE: TO DO: .357 STRING BAND & JOE BUCK @ DAVE'S AQUA LOUNGE: SATURDAY NIGHT

In an effort to take all of your drinking money this weekend Dave’s is following the Mojo Guru’s CD release party in Friday night with a double bill of magnificent proportions; .357 String Band and Deep Blues Festival. Enjoy it and come out to Dave’s…it’ll be a good time:”>Joe Buck. The last time Joe came to town I wasn’t really that much of a fan. I basically went to see the opening act and be a head in the crowd. By show’s end, Joe had won me over and I said as much in my show review:

Now, I’m gonna be honest. I’m not really a fan of Joe’s recorded material. I just can’t get past the muddy production and the songs really aren’t that interesting to me. That said, what fails to captivate on cd flourishes in a live setting. Turns out, Joe writes the kind of music you need to be in the same room with. Joe, hunched over a guitar, red uplight casting eerie shadows, his hyperactive left leg smashing out a back-beat on an old bass drum while he recites lyrics of murder and satan through gritted teeth. I started wishing I had listened to his cds more so I could join the crowd in singing along.

The .357 String Band comes looking like 1/2 an industrial rock band and 1/2 a country band. You would not expect lucking banjos, spinning upright bass and blended harmonies from these kids from Wisconsin but don’t let em fool you. Their Live show have been referred to as “Hoe-down meets Throw-down” by many a reviewer and their mix of old-school country/traditional mountain music and punk is sure to delight fans across a number of genres. The .357 String Band came through last November and damn near broke through the stage and unless they’ve gone back and fixed it’s floor I suspect they’ll succeed this time. As a favor to you guys I’m including the .357 String Band’s set from last years Deep Blues Festival. Enjoy it and come out to Dave’s…it’ll be a good time:

  1. Cluck Ol’ Hen
  2. Fire And Hail
  3. Milwaukee Here I Come
  4. banter
  5. One More Round
  6. banter
  7. Down On A Bender
  8. Shot Down
  9. Glory Amen
  10. Unknown Song
  11. banter
  12. Evil On My Mind
  13. banter
  14. Unknown Song
  15. banter
  16. Riot Act
  17. banter
  18. Rollin’ Down The Track
  19. Unknown Song
  20. Unknown Song
  21. Unknown Song
  22. Raise The Moon

THE PACK A.D. HAVE A NEW VIDEO + THEIR DBF'08 SET:

One of those bands that really caught my attention at the 2008 Deep Blues Festival was The Pack A.D. I was already a fan prior to the festival but after their set I was gung-ho.

They’ve just made a video and shipped it off to MTV and everything. So, hopefully it’ll get a chance to be one of the 3 videos MTV plays one day. Since the odds of that are about as good as Arizona’s chances of winning the Super Bowl this week I figured I’d post it here:

The Pack A.D. – Making Gestures

I’ve also managed to get an mp3 copy of The Pack A.D.‘s set from the 2008 Deep Blues Festival. It was shortened because they were trying to squeeze in some bands who’s set got canceled from the rain the day before. They still managed to crush it for only having 30 minutes at 12:30 in the afternoon. Here it is if you wanna check it out:

  1. Snow
  2. Gold Rush
  3. banter
  4. All Damn Day Long
  5. banter
  6. Oh Be Joyful
  7. banter
  8. Don’t Have To Like You
  9. Stalker Blues

Hopefully, I am about to get a lot more of the DBF’08 sets. I plan on posting them. I hope y’all are diggin’ them as much as I am. Also, keep in mind that some 80+ bands are gonna gather in Minneapolis this July for the 2009 version of The Deep Blues Festival. Take it from me, it’s a great fucking time that your liver will hate you for. Tickets are on sale now. I’ll be there…you should to.

LEFT LANE CRUISER – LIVE FROM DEEP BLUES 2008 – SOUNDBOARD

Man, I love this place sometimes. I’ve known about the torrents from DBF’08 for quite sometime but not having any way to d/l torrents left me out in the cold. This morning I got an mp3 copy of Left Lane Cruiser’s set from the festival and now I am gonna share it with y’all.

Deep Blues Festival ’08 was an absolutely ridiculous good time. Preliminary reports about Deep Blues Festival ’09 are about 80 bands over 5 days. If you are a frequent reader of this site and like the music you hear here then this is the festival you need to attend. It’s like it was made for us personally.

Anyhow, here is the set from one of my very favorite bands, Left Lane Cruiser:

  1. Intro
  2. Rollin and Tumblin
  3. banter
  4. Set Me Down
  5. banter
  6. Can’t Be Satisfied
  7. banter
  8. Busk It
  9. banter
  10. River Walk
  11. banter
  12. Skinny Woman
  13. banter
  14. Pork And Beans
  15. banter
  16. That Ass
  17. banter
  18. Big Mama
  19. banter
  20. Truck Song

Download entire set as .zip file

P.S.: If any of you readers out there have the rest of the festival in mp3 and wanna mail it to me send me an email. I’ll trade you a ninebullets.net coffee mug for it.