BRIAN WAHLSTROM—ONE WEEK RECORD

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One Week Records is a new project from Joey Cape. He describes it:

A One Week Record is ten songs that are recorded in seven days. The records are produced in my home studio. The artist is invited to my house to eat, drink, sleep and record music for one week. Given the limited schedule, there is no time to overproduce. The idea stems from my long-time love affair with demos. I am often disappointed with the big production that follows. I don’t want to hear what the studio sounds like, I want to hear what the artist sounds like.  The goal here at One Week Records is to produce high quality recordings that are an honest representation of an artist’ creativity.

Brian Wahlstrom is the mysterious stranger in Scorpios, his band with Cape, Jon Snodgrass, and, formerly, Tony Sly. I don’t think I’m alone in knowing little about his work compared to his bandmates. A few years ago, he released a weird little demo called Garbagio that has since disappeared from the internet, furthering the mystery. I remember hearing people say he sings in operas. What does this obviously talented dude sound like in his own songs? What I do know, what’s clear from this first full album, is that he is a remarkable piano player and songwriter.

The One Week Records set-up suits Wahlstrom’s songs well–he’s got a knack for darting little melodies and soaring choruses that might get cluttered by more production or musicians. When he’s left to piano, voice, and the occasional acoustic guitar, drum machine, violin(?), and guest vocal by Cape, all of Wahlstrom’s esoterics and virtuosities make more sense. Sonically, Wahlstrom maintains an impressive mood on the album–somber and rainy but always in motion. His lyrics feel cinematic or theatrical but they’re never specific enough to visualize as a scene, so they achieve this cool montage-like significance in which you can groove to the basic trajectory of the story/lyrics and enjoy the atmosphere of his great voice without seeing every movement play out in front of you. I love specific lyrics, but I also love Wahlstrom’s playing and singing. There aren’t a lot of albums that sound like this, that balance demo-simplicity and gorgeous instruments and punk-ish undertones. It’s unique and beautiful and I recommend it and it’s only five dollars.

Airplane Food

Left On The Shelf

A Man With No Name

Check out One Week Records for Wahlstrom‘s amazing songs, as well as a record by Chris Cresswell of the Flatliners and a forthcoming one from Canadian songwriter Jo Bergeron. Follow Wahlstrom’s Facebook.

OSTROV's TOP 10 OF '11

Top 10 Albums:

25. J. Mascis – Several Shades of Why

24. Ruby Coast – Whatever This Is: They made their first EPs while still in high school, but their first LP is mature, polished, and a blast to dance or drive to. (free music alert)

23. Algernon Cadwallader – Parrot Files: Rips off Cap’n Jazz the way Colossal ripped off American Football. The first midwestern emo analogy on ninebullets? I dunno.

22. Tin Armor – Life of Abundance: Smiths meets Big Star, a gorgeous and fun album that fans of Frank Turner will love.

Tin Armor – Plain Limbs

21. Bomb the Music Industry! – Vacation: How do you like your Brian Wilson worship–from tip-toeing nerds like Animal Collective or from the endlessly savvy band geeks of BTMI who actually have something to say? (free music alert).

20. Elway – Delusions: Rock from Fort Collins CO, think Arliss Nancy played for punx in basements instead of drunx in bars.

19. The Underground Railroad to Candyland – Knows Your Sins: Horrible band name, amazing sound. What a “teenage symphony to god” sounds like these days.

18. The Decemberists – The King is Dead: Without changing all that much, they expanded their appeal to a whole different kind of pretentious people. Those swayed by this album, check out Meloy’s flawed-but-lovely college country band, Tarkio.

17. Tommy Stinson – One Man Mutiny

16. Austin Lucas – A New Home In the Old World

Austin Lucas – Darkness Out Of Me

15. Chuck Ragan – Covering Ground

Chuck Ragan – Wish On The Moon

14. Joey Cape’s Bad Loud – S/T Demo

13. Sharks – The Joys of Living 2008-2010: They’ve toured with Ragan. For fans of Gaslight, Social D, Psychedelic Furs.

12. Jon Snodgrass & Friends – Tri-State Record, or Five-State Record, depending on where you live or how much you like imports

Jon Snodgrass & Friends – Campaign

11. Josh Small – Josh Small’s Juke

Josh Small – Everyone’s Daughter

10. Laura Stevenson & the Cans – Sit Resist: Brilliant pop that swings between indie and roots rock. Glorious voice.

9. Matt Woods – The Matt Woods Manifesto: A better album than Steve Earle’s.

Matt Woods – Port St. Lucie

8. Shane Sweeney – Shane Sweeney – The Finding Time

Some Hope, Somewhere

7. Guy Clark – Songs and Stories (Live): Document of how great his recent songs really are. How does a band still have this much fun 30 years into the game, after they’ve already mastered it? This could be what Lucero sounds like in 20.

6. One Hundred Dollars – Songs of Man

5. Wild Flag – Wild Flag: Two of the best guitarists in the world and, by far, the best drummer.

Wild Flag – Something Came Over Me

4. P.S. Eliot – Sadie: Alabama lo-fi college rock. They’ll be broken up by the time you read this. Seriously. I’m sad. (free music alert)

3. State Champion – Deep Shit

State Champion – Bottom Of The Bleak

2. Madeline – Black Velvet

1. Glossary – Long Live All of Us

Top 10 Lyrics:

8. “This is why we fight, this is why we lie awake…” ~ Colin Meloy/The Decemberists, “Why We Fight“: Because he didn’t finish the line with “at night.” The whole album is a textbook on restraint, which is so much more exhilarating than excess.

7. “My sister lost a friend over something like an invitation.” ~ State Champion, “Old Green Room”

6. “My heart aches, but only on the third beat.” ~ Madeline, “Hurry Up, Pronto

5. “Like a Roman, you lived it.” ~ Jon Snodgrass, “Weighing in on St. Michael“: Simple and beautiful and never sung before.

4. “Never trust a hotel clock!” ~ Joey Cape, “Montreal“: That’s how you make a road song relatable. Take note, touring bands writing only about touring.

3. “I know your pain and share your pain, let’s have soup together.” ~ The Pack a.d., “8

The Pack AD – 8

2. “If there’s two things that I hate, it’s having to cook and trying to date. Busting ass all day to play hurry-up and wait.” ~ Jason Isbell, “Codeine“: A response to the Pack a.d. line.

Jason Isbell – Codeine

1. “I cannot even do one sit-up, sit-ups are so bourgeoisie.” ~ Stephen Malkmus, “No One Is (As I Are Be)

Top 10 Daytrotter Sessions (pony up):

5. Cheap Girls

4. Naughty By Nature

3. Sharks

2. Frank Turner

1. Caitlin Rose

Top 10 Books (that I haven’t read yet):

3. Diane Keaton – Then Again

2. Bob Mould – See A Little Light

1. Chris Bachelder – Abbot Awaits

Top 10 Web-Comic Strips (of the handful that I follow):

2. Liz Prince – Alone Forever #42:Aloneth Forever

1. Mitch Clem – Nothing Nice to Say #450: “Jaded Asshole!

♥. Liz Prince – “I Don’t Know How to Say Goodbye

Top 10 Guitar Hooks:

1. Oh No Oh My – “Again Again

Top 10 Things Ever:

1. Drag the River name-your-own-price digital store. Finally hearing the b-side of the out-of-print Gabba Gabba Hey Buddies!

Top 10 Things Coming Next Year:

8. New albums from Gaslight Anthem, Cheap Girls, Sharks, Menzingers, Hot Water Music, Magnetic Fields, John K. Samson (of the Weakerthans), Teenage Bottlerocket….

7. The Promise Ring reunites and releases rarities album.

6. Tim Barry left Suburban Home, but if he had to go somewhere else, Chunksaah Records, run by The Bouncing Souls, is the sweetest destination. Barry’s first album on his new label is due next year. The Bouncing Souls themselves are going into the studio with Bill Stevenson and should have a record out in 2012, as well.

5. This year, Craig Finn of the Hold Steady shacked-up in Austin, listened to some Nick Lowe, saw Alejandro Escovedo live (a Texas rite), and recorded. So his solo album next year has a chance to be incredible or just the same.

Craig Finn – Rented Room

4. The DTR full-band album that was supposed to be built off the 2010 DEMOnS sessions?

3. The long-homeless Cory Branan album to “drrrrrop this Spring?”

2. Lucero – Women and Work

1. Franz Nicolay – Do the Struggle: Prepare for the next Sign ☮ the Times

JOEY CAPE – DOESN'T PLAY WELL WITH OTHERS AND JOEY CAPE'S BAD LOUD

Recently there’s been plenty of 90’s rock-and-roll to go around: Pavement and Soundgarden reunions, Nirvana and Pearl Jam reissues, Green Day’s released the same album like five times now. But one of that generation’s truly underrated bandleaders, Joey Cape (of Lagwagon and Bad Astronaut), has also unleashed two solid projects this year: an acoustic solo album, Doesn’t Play Well with Others, and a new band, the Bad Loud.

DPWWO is the follow-up to 2008’s Bridge—with Cape again producing and playing everything, but this time self-releasing. Those album titles reinforce the fact that Cape’s solo ventures don’t fit-in perfectly with traditional acoustic projects of buddies like Jon Snodgrass and Chad Price. Cape isn’t country—he’s pure Paul Simon, pop-cum-rock, don’t give a shit what instruments are in front of you, play your songs because they’re yours and yours only. That’s a strategy that pays off because nobody writes exactly like Cape and, sure as hell, nobody sings like him. However, at the same time, it often feels like Cape’s songs don’t even fit-in within themselves—he’s had some trouble on Bridge and his collaborations with Tony Sly with putting those songs and that voice to music that nails all the potential. This year, he’s hit that sound on the head twice over (I’ll get to the Bad Loud soon). DPWWO stands out in his catalogue because it finds great, subtle, musical textures to support the words and voice. Characteristically, Cape writes about aging, anxieties, relationships, responsibilities—but he throws in a few caustic-but-catchy numbers about white entitlement (“It’s Always Sunny”) and the American war addiction (“Uniform”). The emotional load is lightened by the loving “Montreal” which features soft horns, accordion, and a French interlude a la The Band’s “Acadian Driftwood.”

These poignant lines from the opener “Going for the Bronze” kick the album out of the gate:

“I’ll take what I can get at the finish line / Drafting the pack in the blind / All thoroughbreds in their prime / Bound to show / Running down this lonely road / Forgoing the gold / I’m going for the bronze”

Cape does play well with a couple of others—the album features guest spots by Snodgrass on “I’m Not Gonna Save You” (which appeared on the Cape/Snodgrass split 7″) and Joey’s daughter Violet on “It’s Always Sunny.”

Then Joey Cape formed another band! The Bad Loud is Cape on guitar along with Carl Raether on bass and Asher Simon on drums. There’s also a fair share of Brian Wahlstom’s keys in there. Last Spring, they took a trip to the Blasting Room in Fort Collins, Colorado, where Bill Stevenson & Co. recorded full-band versions of many DPWWO songs, as well as a few from Bridge. Cape put these sessions up on the Bad Loud bandcamp on a pay-what-you-want system to raise money for the band to record their first album of original songs. These sessions are well worth your donation. You should open up a new tab and start listening to them now. The Bad Loud takes these songs up to Bad Astronaut levels (represented by the formula: infinity times awesome) and beyond. What constitutes “beyond,” you ask? That’s a good question, you’re not some blind Bed, Bath, and Beyond customer who accepts mystery when the answer in that case is clear: Beyond = Kitchen. In Joey Cape’s Bad Loud, Beyond = Guitar Solos. Really good guitar solos, matched by Simon’s drumming, Snodgrass and Price backing vocals, and another Violet Cape appearance, this time on “Okay.”

Doesn’t Play Well with Others” is his best solo album and the Bad Loud is the best rock since Bad Astronaut. They’re mostly the same songs, but you can’t go wrong with getting either or both versions. You should get both. Listen to DPWWO for breakfast and Bad Loud for lunch then DPWWO again for dinner and Bad Loud before going out to see a Bad Astronaut reunion show.

Joey Cape – The Fish Rots From The Head Case Down
Joey Cape – Montreal
Joey Cape – It’s Always Sunny

Joey Cape’s Official Site, Bad Loud on Bandcamp, Buy Doesn’t Play Well With Others

AUSTIN GOES ELECTRIC:


While it won’t carry the same sweeping disdain that Dylan going electric did it was still quite the surprise when I pressed play on Austin Lucas‘ new song “Thunder Rail” and heard electric guitars.

I’m not sure if this new track is representative of the overall sound of the new record but if it is, having seen Austin backed by Two Cow Garage before, my excitement level is creeping up more than a few notches.

Austin Lucas – Thunder Rail

Austin’s new album, A New Home In The Old World, is scheduled to be released worldwide on April 5 via Last Chance Records. Austin will be in Austin next month with Drag The River and Joey Cape for the annual pilgrimage to SxSW. Later this summer he’ll also be out on the Willie Nelson’s Country Throwdown Tour.

GIVEAWAY: LUBRICATED MAGAZINE – DOUBLE MIX CASSETTE Vol. 1: “THE COMPANY I KEEP”


I am so damned embarrassed about this! I’ve had these tapes going on months now and I completely forgot about them (probably because I can not play a cassette tape at all in my life). Anyhow, I told y’all about this back in May but to refresh your memory I’ll go over it again:

“They’re currently selling a Double Cassette (I know, I know, the print media really is behind the times) compilation to cover the costs of the next issue’s printing costs (at least they aren’t just begging for money like some magazines). The compilation has 23 tracks, featuring artists such as Jon Snodgrass, Joey Cape, Red Clay River, Chad Rex, Shane Sweeney of Two Cow Garage, and The Takers. If, like me, you have no way to play a cassette tape, each purchase comes with an mp3 download code. So head over to Fast Geek Press and order a compilation, then pat yourself on the back, knowing that you’re helping out another outlet for the bands we love to keep doing their thing.”

While you can still buy the compilation here, I have two comps to give away to the ninebullets.net faithful. So, if you have the ability to listen to cassette’s and the ability to email me then be one of the first two to email me and you’ll get this collection for free (as well as a couple of ninebullets stickers).

Track Listing:

Side A – 21:36 minutes

1 – The Takers – When My Shades Were Drawn
2 – Shane Sweeney of Two Cow Garage – Hallelujah
3 – Paige Anderson of the Anderson Family Bluegrass Band – Flying Rocks
4 – Charly “the city mouse” Fasano – Portland
5 – Possessed by Paul James – Take Off Your Mask
6 – Kevin Seconds – Oh American Girl
7 – Jon Gaunt – Every Drink Every Song

Side B – 20:34 minutes

8 – Micah & John Schnabel – Billy James
9 – The Enablers – Whatever You Like
10 – Red Clay River – Ain’t No Blues
11 – Michael Dean Damron – Dolls
12 – The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit – Bones
13 – Chris Wollard & The Ship Thieves – Everybody Knows

Side C – 21:05 minutes

14 – The Anchor – Hot Dogs & Vodka
15 – Joey Cape – Good-Bye
16 – Careless Hearts – Joselina
17 – Andy Thomas – Spring Softly
18 – The Redemption Family – The Power A Secret Holds
19 – Larry & His Flask – Land of the F(r)ee
20 – Brian Polk – Let’s Get Stoned and Over Analyze NomeansNo Records

Side D – 22:50 minutes

21 – Jon Snodgrass – Song For Gibson
22 – In the Red – Overworked
23 – Chad Rex – Awhile
24 – Digger Barnes – Waiting for the Snakes
25 – Tom VandenAvond – El Paso
26 – Magic Cyclops – Teen Pregnancy
27 – woMANgione – Saggy

Full compilation stream:

<a href="http://fastgeekpress.bandcamp.com/album/lubricated-zine-mix-tape-volume-one-the-company-i-keep">When My Shades Were Drawn by Fast Geek Press</a>

TAMPA/ST. PETE: TO DO ALL NEXT WEEK: GRAYSON CAPPS/CORY BRANAN/JON SNODGRASS/JOEY CAPE/CITRUS CIRCUIT TOUR

You know what they say, “when it rains, it pours”, and such is the case next week with three shows in four days. While I don’t expect anyone else to adhere to such a rigorous schedule I do think you could find something you like in one (or more) of these shows. If you do make it out to any, find me and we’ll tell fish tales over a beer.

WEDNESDAY 6/24 @ THE RITZ: GRAYSON CAPPS

I am so excited about this show. Honestly, I just assumed Grayson Capps would never come to Florida. BUT! Here he is and he’s bringing his full band, The Stumppknocker’s, with him.  If the sound of Southern soul mixed with back-country stomp with a little road-house blues sounds like something that might tickle your fancy, you need to get to The Ritz on Thurday night for this show.

When I last wrote about Grayson I said, “I find myself drawn to the drunks, whores and vagabonds that haunt Grayson’s songs. They’re like old friends you keep up with via letters in the mail, and with a new album comes new updates.” It’ll be nice to finally meet this motley crew of characters in person.

Grayson Capps – Going Back To The Country
Grayson Capps – Ike
Grayson Capps – Mermaid
Grayson Capps – Junior & The Old African Queen

THURSDAY 6/25 @ NEW WORLD BREWERY: CORY BRANAN, JOEY CAPE & JON SNODGRASS

The following night, Joey Cape (Ladwagon/Me First & The Gimmie Gimmies), Jon Snodgrass (Drag The River/Arm Chair Martian) and Cory Branan will be playing New World Brewery. All three of these guys have crossed paths and shared stages at various times in their careers, but this is the first time all three have played together. This tour was engineered by Jon (and booked by the fine folks at AES Presents) and, as I understand, it will mimic The Revival Tour where the artists will all share the stage. Should make for a fun show.

Cory Branan – The Prettiest Waitress in Memphis
Joey Cape – Errands
Jon Snodgrass – Brave With Strangers
Cory Branan & Jon Snodgrass – Wild One (Thin Lizzy Cover)

SATURDAY 6/27 @ NEW WORLD BREWEY: THE CITRUS CIRCUIT TOUR with LAURIS VIDAL, TRUCKSTOP COFFEE, HAVE GUN WILL TRAVEL & THE TAKERS

After giving the liver a brief break on Friday, the musical week plans to knock us out with a right hook powered by another all-Florida band lineup brought to us by thxmgmt. This is the second all-Florida band mini-tour thxmgmt has done this month. Like the last, the idea is to get a collection of Florida bands together who can pull within their own markets and put them all on the road together with the “home band” headlining their respective market. This time we’re getting Tampa’s own Have Gun Will Travel, Lauris Vidal (Daytona Beach), Truckstop Coffee (Lake Worth) and the latest Suburban Home Records signee, Gainesville’s own The Takers.

To say this is a must-see show is a complete understatement. Everyone in the Bay Area should know how good HGWT is at this point (and if you don’t then shame on you), and the amount of love ninebullets has shown Truckstop Coffee over the years is still pitifully inadequate. In addition, I’ll finally get to see the *much hyped* honky-tonk outfit The Takers.

This will be one of the best nights of music of the year and it’s all homegrown. In addition, it’s a Saturday night so there’s no reason not to go.

Lauris Vidal – Good Years, Dark Clouds
Truckstop Coffee -Way Down South
Have Gun Will Travel -Blessing And A Curse
The Takers – Taker Easy

LUCERO MESSAGE BOARD "SPRING" COMPILATION

It’s been a while since we posted a Lucero Message Board compilation. Really, I’m not too sure what’s going on. The curator of the comp hasn’t been coming around too much, but we have been graced with a “Spring” compilation. It’s shorter than most, but what it lacks from a numbers standpoint it more than makes up for from a quality point.

Also, since it was such a hit in my April podcast, I put the Gillian Welch/Old Crow Medicine Show version of The Band’s song “The Weight”. I hope y’all enjoy this comp, I know I am. As always, you can head over to the Lucero message board for some dialogue on why each song was submitted and while you’re there you can contribute to next month’s. The compilation can be downloaded here.

Here is the tracklisting:

  1. Blue October – Angel
  2. Olin and The Moon – Drivin West
  3. Son Volt – Down To The Wire
  4. Joey Cape – We’re Not In Love Anymore
  5. Centro-Matic – 74 Cuts, 74 Scars
  6. GRIT – Goin’ to Meet Jesus
  7. William Elliot Whitmore – Johnny Law
  8. Justin Townes Earle – Black Eyed Suzy
  9. Frank Turner – Love Ire & Song
  10. Neko Case – People Got A Lotta Nerve
  11. The Fox Hunt – Screw Me Up (Live)
  12. Phosphorescent – Walkin’
  13. Jr. Juggernaut – Another Two Weeks
  14. Against Me! – Borne On The FM Waves Of The HEart
  15. Darkbuster – Try to Make it Right
  16. Son Volt – Cocaine and Ashes
  17. Josh Small – Peek Out My Window
  18. Austin Lucas – Somebody Loves You
  19. Gillian Welch & Old Crow Medicine Show –  The Weight (Live at St Lukes in London)
  20. The Weepies – World Spins Madly On