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I figured I’d share a little with you today. I don’t have any great words of wisdom, hell I’m barely treading water at this point, but I’ve been mulling over a playlist for a while and I put it together when I was supposed to be working this morning. So here’s a little something to help get you through today, or maybe not…

PLAYLIST: NINEBULLETS RADIO 04.19.2012

Man. The first show after a marathon show is always so nice and relaxed. I played a lot of brand new music in between all the chatter, whining and begging that makes up a marathon show and I was afraid a lot of people may have missed it so I tried to get a lot of it back into last night’s show. Speaking of marathon, I would like to say that by Friday afternoon last week the show had met (and exceeded) it’s goal. So, props to all of y’all for that.

Now, about this week’s show. Late yesterday afternoon I saw that Levon had passed so I decided to bookend the show with him as a form of tribute. In between we got brand new songs from Will Quinlan & The Diviners, Joe Pug, Alone At 3AM, Tim Barr, The Only Sons and plenty more as well as an all requests segment of the show. All in all, I think the show turned out pretty strong and I would highly suggest you spend an hour of your day checking out the archived stream of it.

Below is the playlist for April 19, 2012

01. Todd Farrell – Ninebullets Radio Intro
02. Levon Helm – Wide River To Cross
03. Joe Pug – Neither Do I Need A Witness
04. Will Quinlan & the Diviners – Cuyahoga River Blues
05. Fifth On The Floor – Distant Memory Lane
06. Alone At 3AM – Wolf In The Woods
07. Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires – The Red, Red Dirt Of Home
08. Don Auber – Smoke & Steam
09. Larry & His Flask – Beggars Will Ride
10. Dinero – Some People Push Back
11. The Only Sons – The Natural
12. Middle Brother – Million Dollar Bill
13. Lauderdale – Drink To Sleep
14. Tim Barry – Fine Foods Market
15. The Band – The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down

Bold = Request

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Episode 68: aired 04.19.2012

PLAYLIST: NINEBULLETS RADIO 02.09.12

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 February 09, 2012

01. Todd Farrell – Ninebullets Radio Intro
02. Jason Isbell – Brand New Kind Of Actress
03. Austin Lucas – Run Around
04. Have Gun Will Travel – To The Victor Goes The Spoils
05. Matt Woods – Beer In Heaven
06. Arliss Nancy – Front Seat
07. Lauderdale – Torn At The Seams
08. Drive-By Truckers – Lookout Mountain
09. Lucero – Sixteen
10. Hellbound Glory – Why Take The Pain
11. United Steel Workers Of Montreal – Small Town Banks
12. Clutch – Cypress Grove
13. Otis Gibbs – Made To Break
14. American Anodyne – El Dorado, Dark Blue
15. Drag the River – Tired & Fired

Bold = Request

You can download Ninebullets Radio here

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 58: aired 02.09.2012

SPOTIFY THIS: THE NINEBULLETS.NET JANUARY 2012 SPOTIFY PLAYLIST

Last month I asked if you guys would be interested in a monthly Ninebullets Spotify playlist. You seemed pretty responsive to the idea so here is the first one. This playlist features every band that was featured on ninebullets in the month of January that was also on Spotify. I hope you enjoy it and if you do, pass it along to some friends. Like I keep saying, every new pair of ears these bands reach is a potential fan/head at show.

This month’s playlist features: Lauderdale, Ryan Adams, Jason Isbell, The Far West, Will Hoge, Sasparilla, The Rainmakers, Micah Schnabel, Hellbound Glory, Molly Gene, Lucero, Childish Gambino, Chris Cornell, The Pack A.D., The Dirt Daubers and Low Cut Connie.

The Ninebullets.net January 2012 Spotify Playlist

NINEBULLETS.NET PODCAST: EPISODE 25 (JAN. 2012)

Woot! Three months in a row! I think it’s fair to say I’ve gotten my groove back with the ninebullets podcast.

This month’s show features the Ninebullets Radio/Ninebullets Podcast theme song written and performed by my buddy through music, Todd Ferrell. I’d love to know what y’all think of it. I think it has a solid Nashville Pussy feel to it and love it accordingly. The show also features the brand new Lucero track called “Sometimes” as well as new music from The Porter Draw, Greenland Is Melting and Dear Sister. The end of the show pretty much turns into a rock fest. Not sure why but the night I made it I really wanted to rock out and finally gave into the need as the night wore on and the liquor took hold.

So, let’s get to it. As always, if you like what you’re hearing on these podcasts, tell your friends about it. Post about it on your Facebook wall. Tweet about it. These bands are all pretty small so every new ear their music finds counts, and you can directly assist them in that effort by telling people about this podcast and others like it.

Let’s get a little bit of unity back in our Community.

Track Listing:

01. Ninebullets Intro
02. Lucero – Sometimes (from Women and Work)
03. Lauderdale – Moving On (from Moving On)
04. Arliss Nancy – Abacus (from Truckstop Roses)
05. The Porter Draw – Davey (from California Widow)
06. Sinful Savage Tigers – Ballad Of John Grave (from Last Night of the Revels)
07. Greenland Is Melting – The Dead Are Watching (from Where We Go)
08. Dear Sister – Con Man (from Dear Sister)
09. Sassparilla – My First Lover (from The Darndest Thing)
10. Pokey Lafarge and The south City Three – Drinking Whiskey Tonight (from Middle of Everywhere)
11. John Moreland and The Dust Bowl Souls – Low (from Everything The Hard Way)
12. Moreland & Arbuckle – Purgatory (from Just A Dream)
13. Clutch – The Mob Goes Wild (from Blast Tyrant)
14. Two Cow Garage – My Great Gatsby (from Sweet Saint Me)
15. Corrosion Of Conformity – Who’s Got The Fire (from America’s Volume Dealer)
16. Murder City Devils – Every Shitty Thing (from Broken Bottles, Empty Hearts)


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INTERVIEW WITH LAUDERDALE'S NILES LEE

Autopsy IV says: Lauderdale’s album Moving On turned up all over all sorts of Best Of lists last month so I thought now would be the perfect time to post this interview Charles did with Niles Lee a while back. Enjoy.

9B:  In the Nine Bullets review AIV mentioned that Moving On was recorded a couple of years ago.  Is there a story behind what too so long for the album to see the light of day?  And are there new songs and plans to record a follow-up?

NL:  We started recording the album a couple of years ago and finished tracking and mixed the album last summer.  One of the reasons it took so long is that we had to record for free, so we had to find places to work for free. Ben Tanner and I figured that we had worked in about six different locations in the making of “Moving On”.  Also, several of Lauderdale’s members are also involved with other bands, so we would work on it when everyone had time. Last but not least, last year we took a break from playing shows and made a lineup change and in the process of doing that we kinda let the album fall by the wayside.  We do have some new songs worked up and there are several that I had written while we were taking that break.  It is my goal to start recording another album soon.

9B:  I haven’t had a chance to check out your first album, though I want to, and I imagine many of the Nine Bullets readers haven’t either.  Should they buy that one also?  Is there a significant sound difference from the first album to the second?

NL:  As far as the differences between the first and second albums, to me they are very different.   The first album was recorded when we were a three piece band.  So all of the production was me alone, sitting around filling the spaces, with the exception of a lead guitar track on the song “heartbreaker”.  Also, a lot of the songs were written as solo acoustic/vocal songs and then were made into rock songs, which only works some of the time.  Its been many years since I have heard some of the tracks on that album, but we still consistently play certain songs to this day.  The first album has some really strong songs and some that in my opinion were ruined by us trying to make them be something they were never meant to be… rock songs…  (but for the record there are songs that I hate that people say are their favorite songs on that album. Damned if you do, damned if you dont I guess…) That has been my biggest struggle in this band, how to write a rock’n roll song.  With “moving on” I feel it is obvious that I have become more comfortable with writing rock songs and also not forcing a song to be something it isn’t.

9B:  One of the things I’ve noticed about Moving On is the consistency of sound.  The songs sound different but they all seem like the come from a band that has honed its sound.  I can tell y’all aren’t fresh out of college, how long have y’all been working as a band?  Share a little bit about your history, especially if it’s anything like Motley Crue’s.

NL:  As far as a consistancy of sound, it all comes down to each person in the band developing and having their own style and not the band developing and sticking to a style. The best analogy in a pop sense I can make is Coldplay vs. REM.  Coldplay has made a fortune off of a 6 over 4 drum pattern and REM will never be summed up by a drum pattern…

We are from Muscle Shoals, a tiny nothing town in Alabama.  Years ago there were a group of guys that created a very unique “sound” based upon their individual interpretations of their instruments.  We honestly look up to them, and are just trying to learn and or steal from them what we can.

9B:  We want to see you on the road.  There aren’t many tour dates listed are there plans to change that?

NL:  Even though we have released a new album we are still working our way out of the slump created by the time off that we have taken.  I know that we wont be traveling as much as we did in the past, but we are going to try to focus on playing better shows and not every show that comes our way.

9B:  What has the reception to The Grant been thus far?  We love it at Nine Bullets.

NL:  I am sure some people like it and some people will hate it… it is what it is… its an album…

From Moving On:
Lauderdale – Moving On
Lauderdale – Torn At The Seams
Lauderdale – Stars Fell

Lauderdale’s Official Site, Lauderdale on Facebook, Lauderdale on Spotify, Buy Moving On

NINEBULLETS.NET PODCAST: EPISODE 24 (SOME OF THE BEST OF 2011):

Originally, the podcast and Ninebullets Radio were supposed to (mostly) feature different songs. Then, I was asked to do an extra hour on the show at the last minute and the two ended up being extremely similar track listings. Sorry about that but look at it like this; in a week the archive of the radio show will be gone forever but the podcast is available (for better or worse) forever.

The Episode 24 podcast will ring out 2011 here on ninebullets. In preparation for this show I literally (yes, I am properly using the word) collected 50+ songs I wanted to play and set out to make a podcast. I say that so you know that this isn’t a “best songs of the year” show, so much as a “some of my favorite songs of the year” show. Some made this podcast but most didn’t…not because they were inferior songs, mind you, they just didn’t fit the flow of the show.

Believe it or not, I do try to maintain even flows throughout these things and avoid too many whiplash tempo changes. Had I made the podcast the day before or the day after I did, it probably would have turned out very, very differently. But I didn’t, and these are the songs that I chose and I’m done apologizing/explaining.

So, here are some of my favorite tracks of 2011 in podcast form. Everyone be safe over the long weekend, nurse your hangovers with the hair of the dog and college bowl games, and we’ll see you come 2012 (the final year of our planet?). . As always, below you’ll find the track listing for the show. Please tell your friends and Facebook/Twitter followers about it, I’ll greatly appreciate it.

Track Listing:

01. Frank Turner – I Still Believe (from England Keep My Bones)
02. The Decemberists – Down By The Water (from The King Is Dead)
03. Old Man Markley – Letterman (from Guts ‘N Teeth)
04. The Porter Draw – Davey (from California Widow)
05. Chuck Ragan – Nomad By Fate (from Covering Ground)
06. Matt Woods – Beating Down My Door (from The Matt Woods Manifesto)
07. Have Gun Will Travel – To The Victor Go The Spoils (from Mergers & Acquisitions)
08. Lauderdale – Moving On (from Moving On)
09. Kaleigh Baker – The Weight Of It all (from The Weight Of It All)
10. JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound – Want More (from Want More)
11. Glossary – A Shoulder To Cry On (from Long Live All Of Us)
12. The Builders & The Butchers – All Away (from Dead Reckoning)
13. Deep Dark Woods – The Places I’ve Left Behind (from The Place I Left Behind)
14. Chuck Allen Floyd – Hard Times (from Schedule A)
15. American Andyne – Bastard Sons Of The New Depression (from So, You Want To Be A Bullfighter)
16. Grayson Capps – Highway 42 (from The Lost Cause Minstrels)


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CHARLES HALE'S 10 RECORDS THAT MADE 2011 TOLERABLE, ETC.

11. William Elliot Whitmore-Field Songs:  Songs about working and struggling and grasping to the only piece of fucking dirt that yours and some SOB trying to cheat you out of it.  Thanks WEW.  I’m taking bullshit handyman work over the winter just so I can afford to eat Burger King and drink a couple of Miller High Lifes every once in a while, so I’m a disciple of these songs.  I wonder what the farmers in Iowa do in the wintertime to survive.  Is the suicide rate higher then?  He’s singing about surviving here, that’s what you sing about when you know it’s not a guaranteed kind of thing.

10.  David Wax Museum-Everything Is Saved:  I’m writing this two and a half days before Christmas and I’m 2000 miles away from anyone I share blood with.  That and other real life bullshit is why “The Least That I Can Do” is my favorite song of the year.

9.  Hayes Carll-KMAG YO-YO: Hayes Carll is a goddamn wiseass but he’s my kind of wiseass.  I’d bet we drink for the same reasons.  It’s safe to say his year’s gone better than mine because this record isn’t as full of downtrodden and broken spirit as much of his earlier work.  Good for him.

8.  Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit – Here We Rest:  It’s entirely possible that two years from now this will be my favorite album from 2011.  It’s cozy, like snuggling up with an old dog cozy.  My dog is only two and a half so I’m not talking about snuggling with him.  I’m talking about breaking into your house while you’re away and snuggling with your dog.  I’ve done it.  If you don’t believe me ask your dog.

7.  Lauderdale-Moving On:  I’m probably the same age as the fellas in Lauderdale but they kinda feel like a little brother.  Like I’ve been away from home for a while and when I got back my little brother was drinking beer, not in an obnoxious drooling all over yourself and pissing people off kind of drunk, but the let’s go wander around kind of drunk.  I can tell my little brother’s been introduced to whiskey and I wish I’d been the one to pour his first.

6.  The Head & The Heart-Self Titled:  My favorite debut of the year.  This is a good mood, riding down the road with the windows down kind of record.  It’s 9 degrees outside right now and I would call my mood good so if you’re one of those well-off fucks with a fancy phone pull it out and make some notation to listen to this record on your Spring Break trip with all your friends.  It’ll sound amazing then.

5.  The Low Anthem-Smart Flesh:  I’d like to be all snarky and smug in this paragraph but the truth is I basically fell in love with Josie Adams when I saw The Low Anthem earlier this year in Denver.  She’s the band’s secret weapon.  If you read this Josie please don’t write, I don’t want to find out you’re not as badass as I imagine you to be.  There’s a blog about one of the band members making some kind of giant moth sculpture.  I wish they would hurry up and finish with that project so they can make another record.

4.  Drive-By Truckers-Go Go Boots:  You ready to fight?  This is the best truckers record in a long time and some folks have gotten so used to sub-par outputs that they don’t notice when a great fucking album shows up.  They finally found the sound they were looking for since they wrapped The Dirty South.  Stop your bitching about it not being Decoration Day.  It’s their 9th studio album and when the cannon of DBT songs is complied “I Do Believe,” “Used To Me A Cop,” “Everybody Needs Love,” “Pulaski,” and “Mercy Buckets” will all be included.  MB being one of the five best songs Hood has ever written.  Disagree?  I’d be ok with punching you in the mouth.

3.  Brown Bird-Salt For Salt:  Everything that needs to be said can be understood by noticing that dude is wearing a Mastodon T-shirt in this video.

2.  Cave Singers-No Witch:  This record still freaks me the fuck out.  There was something about procreating to it in my review and I’m still not sure where that notion comes from but maybe The Cave Singers are aliens or ancient warriors from the Garden of Eden.  Seriously, what are the sounds on this record that spook me, how did they make them?  Why does he have to howl while he sings?  Is there possession involved?

1. Glossary-Long Live All Of Us: Has any band in our little neck of the music landscape released three successive records as badass as Glossary’s last three since the SRO, DD, TDS trilogy?  I think not.  There are literary quality lyrics about sinning and quests for redemption.  Buy the damn record and help the little band that could move from the bars to the clubs.  This record makes me wanna dance.  Do you wanna dance? 

Most Disapointing Record:  My Morning Jacket-Circutial

Favorite Book: Donald Ray Pollack-The Devil All The Time (but I read a bunch of books, here’s the whole list)

Favorite Shows: Langhorne Slim/Pineross, Proud Larrys.  The Low Anthem, Larimer Lounge.

Favorite UFC fight:  Dan Henderson vs. Shogun Rua 

PLAYLIST: NINEBULLETS RADIO 09.29.11

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 September 29, 2011.

01. Lydia Loveless – Bad Way
02. Frank Turner – I still Believe
03. Son Volt – Drown
04. Damion Suomi & the Minor Prophets – Camel
05. Have Gun Will Travel – To The Victors Go The Spoils
06. Mike Doughty – 27 Jennifers
07. Arliss Nancy – Wrong Or Right
08. Lauderdale – The Grant
09. Memphis Train Union – Beating The Blues
10. 13Ghosts – I Was Happy
11. Frank Black & The Catholics – Everything Is New
12. Some Dark Holler – Cry For Me
13. Musikanto – Every Which Way
14. 30db – Susanah
15. Mofro – Country Ghetto

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PLAYLIST: NINEBULLETS RADIO 09.08.11

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 September 08, 2011.

01. Shooter Jennings – Outlaw You
02. Lenny & The Piss Poor Boys – Leaving In The Morning
03. Rosendale – Lord, Please Keep Me In The South
04. Chuck Ragan – Nomad By Fate
05. Glossary – The Flood
06. Brett Detar – Coasts
07. Possessed By Paul James – Shoulda’ Known Better
08. Backyard Tire Fire – Time To Go
09. The Horrible Crowes – Mary Ann
10. Lydia Loveless – Bad Way
11. Lauderdale – Torn At The Seams
12. American Anodyne – Wheels
13. Scorpios – Moonshiner
14. Frank Turner – Glory Hallelujah
15. The Urbane Cowboys – When It Rains

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.