Around The Web – Independence Day Edition

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Right out of the gate I’m going to just give you some Two Cow Garage as a celebration of the freedom granted to almost everyone by SCOCTUS (next up is recognition of polygamous marriage). I’ve posted what I think about the decision on FB and won’t belabor the point here, so let’s all just enjoy “Let The Boys Be Girls” for a minute…


800songsSomeone with way more CDO (That’s OCD in alphabetical order, the way it should be) created a set chronological playlists of 90’s alt/indie. Taken together these things are a 500+ minute pill to swallow! I once tried to just a top 100, arranged in some chronological order, for alt country and wanted to stab myself in the eyes before I was done. The dedication it takes to make an 800 track playlist is something I don’t have. I’m seriously not entirely sure whether I should be afraid, have a ton of respect, or recommend a good shrink! Whichever it is I am grateful to have the resource, even if I’m not sure I’ll put 500 hours in to completing. Thanks @naxuu, this is pretty cool!


And since this is a holiday weekend and none of you want to spend your time reading what I thought was cool on the web this week, I am closing this, admittedly short, Around The Web with something that was cool six years ago. I mentioned I found some old mix tape archives lying around, well this is one from the Lucero Message Board, circa 2009, our little Summer Mix Tape. It was certainly a good one!

The Fox Hunt – Better Than This (Lucero Cover)
“The boys recorded this for the long overdue Lucero tribute album..I heard them play this version when they were here playing Surf Bar on Folly Beach…took some cajoling but I got MK to send me the mp3…here it is.” – JacksonDavis

Lucero – Live 1/4/2002 – American Girl
“Sticking with the 4th of July theme. Just for fun.” – Boston Twang

Deer Tick – Born on Flag Day – Houston, TX
“The first song that jumped out at me on the new record. Haven’t decided what I think of the new record yet but I like this song.” – Plank10

Cory Branan – Ardent Studios recording – Karen’s Song
“I had never heard this prior to hearing it on the streaming file released by Rachel and The City when he was in studio earlier this year…cannot wait for his new album…he and Snodgrass kicked major ass in ATL and Savannah.” – JacksonDavis…thanks to Down South for the editing Wink

Ha Ha Tonka – Novel Sounds of The Nouveau South – Close Every Valve to Your Bleeding Heart
“Roaring out of the Ozarks with a bottle in one hand and a bible in the other” – ColoradoAlan

William Elliott Whitmore – Animals In The Dark – Old Devils
“My current favourite tune from my favourite album of the year to date.” – JacksonDavis

Hoots & Hellmouth – The Holy Open Secret – What Good Are Plowshares If We Use Them Like Swords
“There is something about this band I find deeply interesting. I can’t quite put my finger on it but whatever it is this song has it.” – Autopsy IV

The Only Sons – Steel Hearts – Lay Back Down
“This song is eerily relevant for a friends situation right now..” – ColoradoAlan

The Evening Rig – Is Doin’ Stuff – Goddamn, I Could Use A Drink
“If you haven’t listened to these guys yet, you probably should.” – algwalcz

Jon Snodgrass w/ Cory Branan – Alone and Distanced
“Too bad this isn’t being released on CD or digital download…but…I was able to pry this from someone who had been way late in getting Season 5 of The Wire back to me Cool” – JacksonDavis”

Two Cow Garage – Humble Narrator – Speaking in Cursive
“I’ve had this CD for a while but just REALLY started to listen to it, and this song was the first one I kept repeating. ” The sun has a way of making us pay for our revelry filled nights” Amen Brother.” – Hecticeyes

Chad Rex & The Victorstands – Songs to Fix Angels – Build a Rocket
“I only recently realized how good Chad Rex is. Besides, it’s the time of year for rockets.” – Boston Twang

Flogging Molly – Swagger – Salty Dog
“Irish punk rock is great and good for hanging out in the summer listening to full blast.” – Lennon Medvick

Michael Dean Damron – Father’s Day – Angels Fly Up
“It seems like I am always pimping this guy’s music and my work isn’t done until he’s got a platinum award on his wall…or something like that. Father’s Day is a strong contender for the Best of ’09 as far as I’m concerned. I can’t really pinpoint why this song means so much to me, but it affects me somewhere in the guts.” – Bone Machine

Austin Lucas – The Common Cold – Kith and Kin
“If you’ve only heard Austin’s new album, definitely check out The Common Cold. Yay for the upcoming tour with Two Cow!” – TheOtherBrit

The Lemonheads – Varshons – Waitin Around to Die
“Evan Dando revisits a Townes Van Zandt classic” – ColoradoAlan

Cheap Trick – The Latest – Sick Man Of Europe
“Of all the music from my childhood, Cheap Trick are the band that I still enjoy with the intensity of my youth. It’s good to know that they’re still out there plugging away and have a catalog much richer than the classic rock staples (I Want You To Want Me, Surrender, The Flame…). This tune is from their new one, lovingly entitled The Latest, and is further proof that Robin Zander has one of the finer voices in rock some 35 years into his career.” – Bone Machine

The Dexateens – Singlewide – Can You Whoop It
“If you like the Dexateens, keep an eye out for Arkadelphia, Lee Bains III’s new band. They’ve even more amazing!” – TheOtherBrit

Trampled by Turtles – Duluth – Empire
“These guys are one of my favorite bands that I’ve discovered because they were a Lucero opener. Go see them live if you get the chance.” Boston Twang

Matthew Dean Herman – Blackbird – Blackbird
“Fantastic debut album produced by Evan Phillips of The Whipsaws. RIYL: Drive-By Truckers” – Autopsy IV

Lyle Lovette – I Love Everybody – Fat Babies
“I’ve been on a Lyle Lovette kick lately. “I don’t like hippies and I don’t like cornbread.” I’m confused that he doesn’t like cornbread.” – Plank10

Ray LaMontagne – Gossip in the Grain – Let it Be Me
Submitted by corduroy

Uncle Tupelo – March 16-20 1994 – Moonshiner
Submitted by corduroy

Kingston Trio – We’ll Sing in The Sunshine
“A fun summertime sing-a-long…” – Nicole

Against Me! – As The Eternal Cowboy – You Look Like I Need Drink
“Against Me! has been my sound track all summer, and this is one of my favorites.” – Lennon Medvick

PLAYLIST: NINEBULLETS RADIO 05.10.2012

Whew. I’m a little late getting this one up. The past 3 days have been a whirlwind of beer, vodka, whiskey, rock shows and front porch laughs but now it’s back to the real world…

Anyhow, last week’s show featured Von from Americana Rock Mix pulling a cohost stint. It’s been a while since we had Von in studio so it was a whole lot of fun. He pulled a lot of the music for the show and much of it, I’d never even heard before. I bookended the show with a Beastie Boys cover and one of their hits while dropping a little McDougall in the middle of it all. Von and I have a worthwhile discussion about The Gaslight Anthem and the possibility that they’re just a one trick pony in the middle of it all too. If none of that is enough to entice you into listening to the show did you know that James Leg (Black Diamond Heavies) and Left Lane Cruiser are putting out an album together? Neither did I! But I did play the first single during the show.

Sound like the good stuff? Then go put some ears on the archived stream of the show.

Below is the playlist for May 10, 2012

01. Portland Country Underground – Fight For Your Right
02. JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound – Everything Will Be Fine
03. James Leg & Left Lane Cruiser – Ramblin’ On My Mind
04. Michael Donner & The Southern Renaissance – Promise Me
05. Magic Box – Cover It Up
06. Sunday Valley – Old Sunshine
07. Whiskey Myers – Turn It Up
08. The Gaslight Anthem – 45
09. Arliss Nancy – Pages
10. Mosey West – Hell Hounds
11. McDougall – Ready, Begin
12. Ha Ha Tonka – Usual Suspects
13. Truckstop Darlin’ – Southern Ghosts
14. Suburban Dirts – Lost In Transcription
15. Beastie Boys – Shake Your Rump

Bold = Request

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Episode 71: aired 05.10.2012

PLAYLIST: NINEBULLETS RADIO 12.29.11 (FAVES OF 2011 SHOW):

Last night’s show was a special, 2 hour, edition of Ninebullets Radio featuring some of my favorite tracks from 2011. I hope y’all enjoy it. Have a safe New Years and we’ll see you next week.

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 December 29, 2011.

The first 1/2 of this week’s show was actually the last hour of The Postmodern Hootenany. You can listen to this portion of the show via this stream.

01. Scott H. Biram – Open Road
02. Chuck Allen Floyd – Hard Times
03. American Anodyne – Bastard Sons of The New Depression
04. Hellbound Glory – Bastard Child
05. Isaac Hoskins – Load Up That .45
06. The Only Sons – Standing Water
07. Mealaena Cadez – Clay Pigeons
08. Gillian Welch – The Way It Goes
09. Robyn Ludwick – Hollywood
10. Joe Pug – Speak Plainly Diana
11. Ha Ha Tonka – Made Example Of
12. Kingsley Flood – I Don’t Wanna Go Home
13. Old Man Markley – Letterman
14. The Decemberists – Rox In The Box

This 1/2 of the show is available via the standard Ninebullets Radio stream.

14. The Decemberists – Rox In The Box
15. Builders and the Butchers – All Away
16. Frank Turner – I Still Believe
17. Chuck Ragan – Nomad By Fate
18. Matt Woods – Beatin’ Down My Door
19. Eilen Jewell – Queen Of The Minor Key
20. Nikki Lane – Gone, Gone, Gone
21. Caitlin Rose – Shanghai Cigarettes
22. Have Gun Will Travel – Dream No More
23. Damion Suomi & the Minor Prophets – Camel
24. Kaleigh Baker – Train Gone By
25. Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears – Scandalous
26. JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound – Want More
27. Grayson Capps – Highway 42
28. Jon Snodgrass & Frank Turner – Happy New Year

Bold = Request

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 52: aired 12.29.2011

BLOODSHOT RECORDS FALL SAMPLER:

One of our favorite labels, Bloodshot Records, recently released their fall sampler. Like their past samplers it’s free (well, it’ll cost you your email address) to download. The collection has plenty of 9B familiars such as Ha Ha Tonka and Whitey Morgan and it even contains a brand new track from the upcoming Scott H. Biram album, Bad Ingredients. So press play below and let Bloodshot help you get over your Monday morning sobers.

Track Listing:

01. Ha Ha Tonka – Usual Suspects
02. Lydia Loveless – Can’t Change Me
03. Dex Romweber Duo – Jungle Drums
04. Maggie Bjorklund W/ Rachel Flotard – Summer Romance
05. Jc Brooks And The Uptown Sound – Everything Will Be Fine
06. Scott H Biram – I Want My Mojo Back
07. The Mekons – Space In Your Face
08. The Bottle Rockets- Smokin’ 100’S Alone
09. Exene Cervenka – Alone In Arizona
10. Eddie Spaghetti – Never Thought I Would
11. Alejandro Escovedo – Castanets (Live)
12. Justin Townes Earle – Slippin’ And Slidin’
13. Whitey Morgan And The 78s – I Ain’t Drunk
14. Deadstring Brothers – Smile
15. Wayne Hancock – Your Love And His Blood
16. Andre Williams – Tricks
17. Ryan Adams – Shakedown On 9th Street
18. Old 97s – The Other Shoe
19. Southeast Engine – 1933 (Great Depression)
20. The Black Swans – Joe Tex

PLAYLIST: NINEBULLETS RADIO 06.30.11

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 June 30, 2011.

01. Grayson Capps – Highway 42
02. Frank Turner – I Still Believe
03. Old Man Markley – Letterman
04. Matt Woods – Beatin’ Down My Door
05. Kingsley Flood – I Don’t Wanna Go Home
06. James Leg – Drowning In Fire
07. Cam Penner – Driftwood
08. Ha Ha Tonka – Made Example Of
09. Scott H. Biram – Victory Song
10. The Horrible Crowes – Mary Ann
11. William Elliott Whitmore – Get There From Here
12. The Builders and The Butchers – All Away
13. Sallie Ford and The Sound Outside – Poison Milk
14. Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears – She’s So Scandalous

Bold = Request

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.

HA HA TONKA – DEATH OF A DECADE

Ha Ha Tonka and Bloodshot Records have teamed up again to release Ha Ha Tonka’s third album, Death Of A Decade. With Death Of A Decade, Ha Ha Tonka entered a 200 year old barn in New Paltz, NY with producer Kevin McMahon (Titus Andronicus, The Felice Brothers, The Walkmen) and emerged with something equally timeless.

Death Of A Decade doesn’t stray too far from the band’s patented sound established on Buckle in the Bible Belt and Novel Sounds Of The Nouveau South. The signature pounding drums, stomping feet and plucky mandolin all serve as a backdrop to this band’s biggest gift, their voices and harmonies.

This is easily the best album this Ozarkian (is that even a word?) quartet has released to date, as well as one of the best albums so far this year. Judging from their placement at Bloodshot Records’ SxSW showcase, the label knows what they have in these guys and are trying to push them.

While doing a little research before writing this, I saw where the album had received a lukewarm review on a typically “indie” music blog, and while glancing through the comments I saw one that said, “Fuck You. This is a 5 star album! Period.” I can’t find too much fault with that comment as the album is certainly finding a home on the 9B Essential Listening list.

Ha Ha Tonka – Made Example Of
Ha Ha Tonka – Usual Suspects
Ha Ha Tonka – No Great Harm

Ha Ha Tonka’s Official Site, Ha Ha Tonka on Facebook, Buy Death Of A Decade

On a side note: If you ever get a chance to see these guys live, do it! The sheer joy that comes from the stage when they’re playing is almost intoxicating.

NINEBULLETS.NET PODCAST: MARCH 2011: SxSW/CxCW EDITION:


Hey everyone. I shove off for SxSW in a few hours and figured I’d post a new podcast before I shuttered the site for the week. Well. Kind of shuttered. I’m sure there will be scattered updates from Austin but they’ll be sporadic and of questionable lucidity. If you’re interested you can follow me on Twitter and/or Facebook where I am sure there will be no shortage of updates, hijinks and pictures for use as evidence. But enough about me and my travels…let’s talk about the podcast.

The first half of the show serves as a SxSW preview of sorts but it’s worth is since the preview has brand new tracks from Ha Ha Tonka, Jason Isbell and the incomparable Slim Cessna’s Auto Club. As the show moves along I drift away from the SxSW motif with new songs from James Leg, Michael Dean Damron and The Red Hills.

All in all, I think I’ve done a pretty good job putting together an hour of quality listening for all the CxCW kids out there. As always, if you enjoy the show please share it with your Facebook and Twitter buddies. If you really enjoy the show, let me know…it’s always nice to get some feedback.

TRACK LISTING:

  1. Justin Otto – Sun [00.00.00]
  2. Jason Isbell – Alabama Pines [00.03.15]
  3. Ha Ha Tonka – Made Example Of [00.07.05]
  4. Slim Cessna’s Auto Club – Three Bloodhounds Two Shepherds One Fila Brasileiro [00.11.15]
  5. Otis Gibbs – Kansas City [00.17.17]
  6. Possessed By Paul James – Shoulda’ Known Better [00.20.56]
  7. Scott H. Biram – Long Fingernail [00.24.30]
  8. James Leg – Drinking Too Much [00.30.20]
  9. Buffalo Gospel – Sunday’s Never Smile Anymore [00.34.02]
  10. Doc Daily & Magnolia Devil – Blue-Eyed Blonde [00.39.30]
  11. I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch In The House – Bad Days Ahead [00.44.38]
  12. Red Hills – USAtan [00.48.42]
  13. Michael Dean Damron – Devil Meets The Long Haired Weirdo [00.52.07]
  14. Mario Matteoli – Sun Keeps On Beatin’ Down [00.57.38]


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PLAYLIST: NINEBULLETS RADIO 03.10.11 – SxSW PREVIEW EDITION:

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. Below is the playlist for March 10, 2011.

 

  1. Austin Lucas – Darkness Out Of Me
  2. Jason Isbell – Codeine
  3. Ha Ha Tonka – St. Nick On the Fourth in a Fervor
  4. Hellbound Glory – The Ballad of Scumbag Country
  5. Southern Gothic Revival – Rabbit
  6. Leeroy Powell – Dollars & Sense
  7. Have Gun Will Travel – Salad Days
  8. The Only Sons – Standing Water
  9. Micah Schnabel l – American Static
  10. Slim Cessna’s Auto Club – This is How We Do Things In The Country
  11. Scott H. Biram – Time Flies
  12. Possessed By Paul James – Shoulda’ Known Better
  13. Glossary – Little Carney
  14. Caitlin Rose – Shanghai Cigarettes

THE ROCK REPORT: HA HA TONKA @ THE ORPHEUM, YBOR CITY

I DECIDED TO KEEP THE HA HA TONKA THEME RUNNING TODAY. THIS IS A REPORT I DID OF THEIR SHOW HERE IN TOWN LAST WEEK FOR OUR LOCAL WEEKLY, CREATIVE LOAFING. PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO READ THE POST BELOW IT AS WELL. LET’S SHOW FOLKS THAT BLOGS AREN’T ALL EVIL.


I pretty much operate under the impression that none of you read a single thing I post and judging from the response I think I’ve been proven correct. That said, if anyone does actually read what I post you’re probably about to start seeing a trend when I say I went to a Murder By Death show to see their opener, Ha Ha Tonka. That said, my Creative Loafing overlords shouldn’t be too surprised at this point. I mean, a quick search of ninebullets shows exactly zero Murder By Death pieces on ninebullets while a quick search for Ha Ha Tonka shows…well, it shows that there should be no surprises in this piece. So, let’s just put all our cards on the table from the get go. I went to Ybor last week to see Ha Ha Tonka. I sat in Fuma Bellas until it was time for them to play and I stuck around long enough to see exactly one Murder By Death song that just reaffirmed that I am seriously unmoved by that band. So. Let’s talk Ha Ha Tonka and look at James’ pictures of Murder By Death…

Ha Ha Tonka made it to Tampa from the Missouri home for the first time ever last week and in the process I think they earned themselves some new fans. I don’t wanna be so arrogant as to say that Erin (my wife) an I were the only people in the venue who knew who Ha Ha Tonka even were but I will be so arrogant as to say it was painfully obvious that we were the only ones in our little area of the front row who knew who the band was. That said, the band seemed oblivious to the crowds overall ignorance as they put on as good a show as either of the two I saw them do out in Austin last month. As if the band knew the deal what was up they played a set list that seemingly came out of the wife and I’s mind including the a cappella Hangman. Son after song as the show wore on the band won more and more attention from the decidedly pro Murder By Death crowd. While I obviously don’t know what happened I would believe that there was an acceptable amount of Ha Ha Tonka mech sold that night.

In closing I’d like to say something about the band. It’s really refreshing to see a band having as much fun on stage as Ha Ha Tonka does. While the jaded show goer in me could easily pass off one such performance as acting from a band having seen them 3 times in the last 2 months has rendered me a believer. These guys love what they are doing and hopefully time on the road doesn’t extinguish that.

Ha Ha Tonka – St. Nick On The Fourth In A Ferver
Ha Ha Tonka – The Outpouring

HA-HA TONKA – NOVEL SOUNDS OF THE NOUVEAU SOUTH

Midwestern rockers Ha-Ha Tonka have returned to Bloodshot Records for their sophomore effort, Novel Sounds Of The Nouveau South. With Harold Bell Wright’s 1907 novel The Shepherd of the Hills serving as the backdrop, Novel Sounds Of The Nouveau South doesn’t stray too far from the sound that the band established with Buckle in the Bible Belt. If anything, it’s more of a rock record than Buckle in the Bible Belt.

While Novel Sounds doesn’t contain any songs half as catchy as “St. Nick on the Fourth in a Fervor” from their debut, it is the opinion of this particular author that, as a whole, it’s a much stronger album. A nice step forward for these guys.

Check it out.

Ha-Ha Tonka – Walking On The Devil’s Backbone
Ha-Ha Tonka – Close Every Valve In Your Beating Heart
Ha-Ha Tonka – Hold My Feet To The Fire

Ha-Ha Tonka’s Official Site, Ha-Ha Tonka on myspace, Buy Novel Sounds Of The Nouveau South