PLAYLIST: NINEBULLETS RADIO 03.08.2012

In observance of International Women’s Day, this week’s episode of Ninebullets Radio was guest hosted by Ms. Beverly Capshaw and featured nothing but women singers. Beverly did a great job playing a little bit of everything from classic Lucinda Williams to a Drake cover performed by Sarah Jaffe. Make sure you check out the stream via the archived stream of the show.

Below is the playlist for March 08, 2012

01. Bettye Lavette – They Call It Love
02. Sarah Jaffe – Shut It Down
03. Lucinda Williams – Disgusted
04. Jessica Lea Mayfield – Trouble
05. First Aid Kit – The Lion’s Roar
06. Liz Durrett – Knives At The Wall
07. Gillian Welch – Caleb Meyer
08. Sharon Van Etten – Serpents
09. Audra Mae and the Almighty Sound – Ne’er Do Wells
10. Michelle Malone – Tighten Up The Springs
11. Sleepy Vikings – These Days
12. Patty Loveless – Two Coats
13. Julie Miller – All My Tears
14. Driftwood Fire – Appalachian Hills

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Episode 62: aired 03.08.2012

ONE LAST LOOK BACK: THE TOP 10 LIST OF JOHN W. ALLMAN

Not so much a Top 10 list, as there is plenty of music I haven’t heard this year, but these 10 albums represent the discs that rarely made it out of rotation on my iPod or Spotify account. These are the albums that I turned to when I was happy, when I was caught in a blinding moment of despair, when I needed someone else’s words to articulate the emotions swirling in my head, if only to allow me the chance to breathe in, breathe out, and steady the ship.

Music has that power – to soothe, to agitate, to kickstart into action and give voice and purpose to one’s life. And these here are some pretty powerful artists, in that regard, whose songs helped define the past year of my life.

  1. Girls Guns and Glory: Sweet Nothings – This one has it all, from mournful ballads to shit-kicking rev-ups, and there’s not a damn bit of filler to be found. Best song, “Baby’s Got A Dream,” which instantly vaulted into my favorite songs of all time.
  2. Imelda May: Mayhem – Imelda May is the total package. She’s a latex-wearing, Vargas pinup with an undeniable ear for the heart of rockabilly swing. Best song, “Proud and Humble” or “Psycho.”
  3. The Horrible Crowes: Elsie – It’s no secret, I love The Gaslight Anthem, and this side project was a gift for longtime fans waiting for their follow-up to “American Slang.” Best song, “I Witnessed A Crime.”
  4. Jonathan Keevil: Bellflower (Original Motion PictureSoundtrack) – If you haven’t seen “Bellflower,” you are missing out on the best film to come out since “Fight Club.” It’s an apocalyptic love story with flamethrowers and badass Mad Max-inspired muscle cars that perfectly captures love’s intensity, from the intoxicating thrill of the first kiss to the heart-smacked gut punch of the worst breakup ever. Jonathan Keevil’s haunting soundtrack does for Evan Glodell’s film what Elliott Smith did for “Good Will Hunting.” It is simply remarkable. Best song, “Blind, Deaf Too,” “Enough” or “Babyfin.”
  5. Lydia Loveless: Indestructible Machine – Much has been made of Loveless’s destructive bent, her penchant for honestly exploring her issues with drugs and drink, and the fact that she’s barely legal and likely a candidate for the doomed 27-year-old musician’s curse. But there is no denying how amazingly talented she is, or that Loveless is as close as we’ll likely come to a 21st-century Patsy Cline. Best song, “Learn to Say No.”
  6. American Anodyne: So You Want to Be A Bullfighter – Good old outlaw country that would make Waylon proud. American Anodyne announced themselves as a force to be reckoned with on their debut, perfectly balancing a handful of rousing juke joint rockers with the social commentary of a modern-day Woody Guthrie. Best song, “Call My Brother” or “El Dorado, Dark Blue.”
  7. Kasey Anderson and the Honkies: Heart of a Dog – Singer-songwriter Kasey Anderson hooked up with the Honkies and delivered a wonderful slice of countrified rock, the perfect album for driving fast down an empty interstate, destination unknown. Best song, “Kasey Anderson’s Dream.”
  8. Jessica Lea Mayfield: Tell Me – Another younger-than-her-years songstress, Jessica Lea Mayfield can break your heart with her big, beautiful eyes or just cut it out with her incredibly sharp ruminations on the damage love can do. Best song, “I’ll Be the One You Want Someday.”
  9. The Breedings: Laughing at Luck – This brother/sister act out of Nashville, TN are the real deal, and I think they are poised to break big in 2012. Erin and Willie Breeding compliment each other perfectly on their debut, but it’s Erin’s voice that will grab you tight and not let go. Best song, “When It All Comes Down.”
  10. Jo Wymer: Living with Scars – I love Jo Wymer. This New Jersey-based mother/wife/teacher lives and rocks by a simple motto: Play it loud. And on her self-financed, independently released debut, she does just that, reaching for a brass ring that few artists are lucky to ever touch in their entire career and refusing to let go. I compared her to Pat Benatar in my review, but honestly, she’s better. Few albums in 2011 made me smile as much in 2011, and I can honestly say I never once was tempted to turn the volume down. Best song, “Dirty Secrets.”

GUEST POST: JESSICA LEA MAYFIELD – TELL ME

Autopsy IV note: A couple of nights back I posted a help wanted post on the site in an effort to find some additional (and consistent) contributors. For the time being I am gonna post their posts as guest posts for a little while as we nail down the site since the great spam hack of 2011 and as they prove who will be consistent and who’s gonna decide this bloggery isn’t for them.

This post comes from 9B contributor pledge Old Sad Bastard. Lemme know what you guys think.

When I first saw Jessica Lea Mayfield play live, on tour with Lucero in 2008, she was supporting here first record, With Blasphemy So Heartfelt. I was won over by her live show, especially her brother’s upright bass antics, and picked up the album immediately. After listening to it I gained a healthy appreciation for Mayfield’s songwriting chops, memorable voice and biting lyrics. I also had her squarely pegged in my mind as “country”, whatever that means.

I was expecting more of the same when Tell Me was released this year, but was pleasantly surprised. As the album took over the college radio charts (at least here in California) I discovered a much more sophisticated album that is still catchy as hell. If you ask me, this is a country album that nods none too subtly to Mayfield’s rock influences, and to producer/co-conspirator Dan Auerbach’s time in The Black Keys. The twang is still there, but this time its is augmented with some dreamy pop and psych rock moments. The arrangements still feel spare and transparent, but go far beyond traditional Americana with added keys, synths, and even electronic beats. (Yes, a drum machine. Don’t knock it till you’ve heard it.) “Nervous Lonely Night” even has some ooo-oohs, but they seem totally natural.

The shift in sound hasn’t brightened Mayfield’s lyrics any, but when her dark musings on heartbreak, sex and love are combined with such catchy, engaging music the overall feel is almost hopeful. Its totally cliché to say that an artists has matured from one album to the next, but now that she is finally old enough to legally drink in the clubs she has been playing for years, Jessica Lea Mayfield’s sound is more developed, more mature and pretty damn good.

Jessica Lea Mayfield – I’ll Be The One You Want Someday
Jessica Lea Mayfield – Sleepless
Jessica Lea Mayfield – Our Hearts Are Wrong

Jessica Lea Mayfield’s Official Site, Jessica Lea Mayfield on Facebook, Buy Tell Me

CAITLIN ROSE – OWN SIDE NOW


I think I heard Caitlin’s EP, Dead Flowers, but it didn’t make much of an impression on me. I only remember seeing the CD cover. I didn’t even recall her name when I decided to do a little research on the opener for tonight’s Justin Townes Earle show here in Tampa.

Shame on me.

This new album from Caitlin is silky smooth, fun and infectious as hell. I definitely wouldn’t classify the album as a “country” album though. No, I’d file it under the same label as Justin’s latest effort, Harlem River Blues. Kind of contemporary pop with country undertones? The kind of sound you might pick up at a Starbucks or hear on “All Songs Considered”. Normally, the Starbucks thing would be meant as a backhanded slap but that’s not the case here. I genuinely like the album, I just can’t find a better (more accurate) descriptor for the sound. Think of her as the more upbeat sister of Jessica Lea Mayfield. Her vocal stylings have drawn comparisons to Patsy Cline and I see no reason to disagree.

Anyhow, check out this album and if you’re in Tampa/St. Pete join me at the show tonight and let’s see how this 23 year old lays it down live.

Songs from Caitlin’s Daytrotter Session:

Caitlin Rose – Spare Me
Caitlin Rose – Own Side

Here is a video of what will be the lead single off Own Side Now, “Shanghai Cigarettes”:


Caitlin Rose’s Official Site, Caitlin Rose on Facebook, Own Side Now will be released in the US in March

NINEBULLETS.NET SEPTEMBER PODCAST


Well, here we are on our seventh podcast and I think I’ve gotten the swing of things. No longer do I feel too silly talking to myself in the middle of the night, and I think I’ve really figured out how to use Mixcraft. What does that mean for you? It means that the actual creation of them will be much easier, so a greater amount of attention can be paid to the overall mixing/leveling/mastering of them. All of this will be good. Now, let’s get on with the show.

This month’s got a good chunk of unreleased material on it. We’ve got tracks from upcoming cds by Lucero, Strawfoot and Micah Schnabel (Two Cow Garage) as well as new material from brand new cds by Drivin’ & Cryin’ and Chuck Ragan. The new Lucero album is coming out on October 6 and if you live in the Tampa/St. Pete area there will be a listening party at Vinyl Fever which features pizza courtesy of yours truly but more on that in October (editors note: this was supposed to be posted in Sept.). I dunno why but for some reason in the middle of this podcast I got a hair up my ass and decided to feature nothing but female fronted bands. Why I did it aside, there is some awesome material included on the back half of the podcast including a track from Betty-Soo, an artist I was introduced to via the excellent blog, A Truer Sound.

And that’s all I gots to say about this months podcast. It’s awesome. You should listen and post about it on your blog, facebook, myspace and livejournal site. You should play it when you have sex with your self/boy/girl/person i met an hour ago friend. And you MUST come back for the October podcast! Why? Let’s get into that….

The October podcast is gonna be the first themed podcast. See, back in August some folks and myself on Twitter came up with the idea that October should be a #beerpodcast and we started getting the word out. The idea is for folks to send me some of their regional brews and I sample them/comment on them during the podcast. I think this is a fantastic idea because…well, for one, I get free booze but also because Florida has CRAP for beer selection where as the rest of y’all get all these awesome craft brews that I want to drink. Everyone tells me that if I’d ever had ______________ then I’d think Fat Tire was shit but we don’t even get Fat Tire, much less ______________ here so how would I know? So, you have a favorite craft brew? Mail me a bottle (address on the about page) and I’ll try it and as a thank you one day I’ll mail you the bottle back full of some of my personal homebrew. It’s a win-win situation. I hope to start getting box upon box of beer on my doorstep but that’s not all…..NO! The October podcast is also gonna be musical themed…

Since October is all about Halloween then we’re gonna celebrate death with the October podcast. It’s gonna be nothing but murder ballads and devil songs. If you have a favorite murder ballad of devil song….email it to me. We’ll celebrate Halloween and irritate the devil dodgers.

~ Autopsy IV (twitter/facebook/myspace)

Here is this month’s track listing:

  1. Adam’s House Cat – Nine Bullets
  2. Autopsy IV Commentary
  3. Glossary – Lonely is a Town
  4. Micah Schnabel – American Static
  5. Lucero – Mom
  6. Autopsy IV Commentary
  7. Strawfoot – Churchyard Cough
  8. Drivin’ & Cryin’ – I See Georgia
  9. Chuck Ragan – Glory
  10. Autopsy IV Commentary
  11. Dan Bern – Chick Singers
  12. Betty-Soo – Never Knew No Love
  13. Eilen Jewell – High Shelf Booze
  14. Jessica Lea Mayfield – Kiss Me Again
  15. Alela Diane & Alina Hardin – Amidst The Moment
  16. Autopsy IV Commentary
  17. Amanda Blank – Something Bigger, Something Better
  18. Kristeenyoung – Comfort Is Never A Goal



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JESSICA LEA MAYFIELD – WITH BLASPHEMY SO HEARTFELT

I originally read about Jessica Lea Mayfield’s new album, With Blasphemy So Heartfelt, over on HearYa. Oz’s story about a middle school friend of his that had died sort of stuck with me all day and I tossed the album into my cd player when I got home that afternoon. Here in the last few years I’ve reached this weird station in life where I am young, I feel young but at the same time I’ve had a few friends/acquaintances die of totally natural causes. It kind of makes you acknowledge your own mortality in a more personal way than I really care to. So, with that said, Oz’s story was something I could relate to and in turn the melancholy undertones of Jessica’s album really struck a chord with me.

With Blasphemy So Heartfelt is yet another album on the ever growing (and enjoyable) production tree of Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys). It was recorded over the course of two years at Dan’s home studio after she performed backing vocals on The Black Key’s track, “Things Ain’t Like They Used To Be”. Sonically the album is beautiful and passionate, while Jessica’s vocals really remind me of Mazzy Star. Occasionally her lyrical content gives away her youth (she’s only 19), but it’s not enough to turn anyone away. So, if you’re in the need for an album to be your soundtrack for some late night introspection, I’d suggest you give this one a look-see.

Jessica Lea Mayfield – Kiss Me Again
Jessica Lea Mayfield – We’ve Never Lied
Jessica Lea Mayfield – Call Me

Jessica Lea Mayfield’s Official Site, Jessica Lea Mayfield on myspace, Buy With Blasphemy So Heartfelt