The February installment of the Feel Bad For You Mixtape is up and streaming. The FBFY mixtape has entered a new segment of it’s life moving from a message board tape curated by Ms. Rockstar Aimz, of My Aimz Is True, to a mixtape put together by a collection of (mostly) like minded bloggers. You can stream it below and head over to the official FBFY mixtape web site for some dialog on why each song was selected.
01. Shayfer James – Title: Weight of the World
02. “Mississippi” Charles Bevel – Don’t Lie to Me
03. Timothy Bracken – Unmade
04. Valerie June – No Draws Blues
05. Robert Pete Williams – You Used to Be a Sweet Clover Shaker
06. Dirty Bourbon River Show – One Way Or Another (I’ll Be Free)
07. John 5 – Behind The Nut Love
08. Folk Family Revival – Unfolding
09. Ola Belle Reed – My Epitaph
10. The Bear – Jack and Joan
11. David Allan Coe – Spotlight
12. Roky Erickson – For You
13. The Setters – Don’t Love Me Wisely
14. The Clash – I’m So Bored With The U.S.A.
15. Mark Lanegan – The Gravedigger’s Song
16. The Louvin Brothers – The Great Atomic Power
17. Dax Rigs – Say Goodnight to the World
18. The Bee Gees – Marley Purt Drive
19. Old Crow Medicine Show – Angel From Montgomery
20. Texas Wettnex – Get Your Ass On Out Of Here
21. Some Dark holler – Sweet Red Wine
22. Bombino – Tar Hani (My Love)
23. Kim Jannsen – Drift (Live on InDeKringloop.nl)
24. Anthony Leon & The Chain – Uncle Sam
25. The Maldives – Blood Relations
You may remember my rather colorful description of these kids from Nawlins
from my review of their first effort. In fact that was my favorite line from any my reviews from last year. Ain’t nothin’ changed between the last album and this one and that’s a good thing! That isn’t to say they made the same music but rather that they built on the idea and the sounds and made another bad ass chunk of music. I have to admit that this music makes me a little crazy in a mostly good way. In general it makes me feel less stabby. When I feel that way to begin with of course…
Volume Two is the appropriately named follow up to their first album: Volume One. I didn’t really do a top list last year because I suck but Volume One would have been in the top ten without any question and Volume Two will likely make this year’s top list if I get off my ass and make one. It is Essential Listening and that’s just to start. Even with some of the music being carnival-esque this album is through and through a Nawlins sound. The horns are dirty, the vocals drift from dark to whimsical (sometimes in the same song), and Noah’s lyrical faculty can drag you down to the depths of an alley on Bourbon Street or pick you and make you want to strut just a little bit when you walk down the street. Someone told me, after I played Volume Two at them that they didn’t get it. I am pretty sure they are some form of undead with no emotions at all. Some sort of hollow shell. If I put this on at home every single one of clan dances, even the wife swings her hips just a little bit without noticing it, and the littlest one had himself a little fit when I turned it off the other day. Don’t make my three year old cry: GO BUY THIS ALBUM!
Dirty Bourbon River Show – Past The Shore
Dirty Bourbon River Show – Train Is Gone
Dirty Bourbon River Show – My Tiny Little Friend And I
The official DBRS blog and website thing
Go buy Volume Two on Bandcamp
Or if you want to feed the monster that is Apple you can get it on iTunes
If Nick Cave, a carnival barker, Jayne Mansfield, and the French Quarter had a love child it would be the five headed beast known as Dirty Bourbon River Show.Based in New Orleans these boys live up to their name even on a studio album and by that I mean you feel a little bit dirty and a lot like you need a glass of bourbon when you listen to them. Formed in 2009 under the name “Buck Johnson and the Hootenanny Kid” with just frontman Noah Adams and drummer Dane “Bootsy” Schindler they picked up Big Charlie Skinner and Wayne Mitchell along the way and the schizophrenic variety hour that is Dirty Bourbon River Show was pushed out, kicking and screaming into the world. The opening track, Anything Goes Tonight opens with Nawlins piano jangle and brings on the horns slow and dirty and really makes you believe that anything goes…tonight. After that the band yanks us kicking and screaming through all sorts of genres, sounds, and lyrical ruminations and shows an ability to make each style their very own in a way that makes you realize they own each note, each breath, each idea in the song. I even think I could dance to some it. It might not be pretty but I could do it. This stuff is Essential Listening for sure. I think the best track is Ruffian Since Birth but the whole album is worth putting the needle in the groove for without a doubt.
To top off releasing a flat out amazing first offering the band has a blog that isn’t just for promoting themselves. You can catch them lamenting the lack of rap music these days, posting strange pictures, and talking about other bands they dig. They carve they way into Houston on May, 10 and I plan to catch them because I have feeling that seeing these guys live will be more than just a good show. I almost expect dancing ponies and a ringmaster but I figure that’s a little over the top but from a band like this it wouldn’t shock me. So it’s time for you all to check out something that’s a little outside of what I normally cover because it’s just that damn good. I’ll be sure to let you know how the show turns out because it’s the show I am looking forward to the most in the next little while. Check ’em out live if you get a chance but for now check out these tracks and while you listen check out their Kickstarter project…it’s in the links below the tracks so you have no damn excuse not to. If you can spare a buck or two you can help fund their musical efforts.
Dirty Bourbon River Show – Ruffian Since Birth
Dirty Bourbon River Show – Yelping Song
Dirty Bourbon River Show – St. James Infirmary
Dirty Bourbon River Show’s Official Blog
Dirty Bourbon River Show’s Kickstarter project
Side Note: You may not know it from my postings here but I am fairly concerned about copyright issues in today’s society. From ACTA to copyright extensions every time Mickey Mouse is about to enter the public domain our rights to use the art we purchase, with our hard earned dollars, is being eroded. I mentioned the Kickstarter project because efforts like Kickstarter are a tool to attack the big labels who are fighting against our rights to share music with friends and even to make digital copies of music we have bought and paid for. I won’t go into a rant here, and trust me I easily could, but even if you don’t like DBRS all that much please look around Kickstarter and find project you can support. In doing so you help artists maintain control of their work and help promote your own rights by fighting against the record companies’ archaic, and dying, business model.
I’ll get off my soapbox now…