Jan 082013

Most years, this is a much greater presentation from myself and I’m sorry that this year isn’t the same. It’s been a shit year and that fact combined with the depression that comes with it has sapped my entire motivation to sit down and do all the HTML formatting to make this list as beautiful as (i feel) it normally is.

Presentation aside. I stand by this list wholly. I may not have been able to muster the ambition to format it like years past (I am taking pills that are intended to get me back there) but the list was as brooded, mulled and fussed over as any other year.

So. Without any further ado. Here are, in my opinion, the best albums of 2012 (with links to the original review):

10. Tin Horn Prayer – Grapple The Rails (not yet reviewed)
09. Andrew W. CombsWorried Man
08. Alone At 3AMMidwest Mess
07. The Great UnknownsHomefront
06. JKutchma & The Five FifthsPastoral
05. Lee Bains III & The Glory FiresThere Is A Bomb In Gilead
04. OFF!OFF!
03. American AquariumBurn.Flicker.Die.
02. Arliss NancySimple Machines

And my album of the year is:

01. Scott McDougall – A Few Towns More

Jun 222012

Holy shit. Like Poltergeist 2: we’re baaaaaack.

For now.

I cover it in the show, but I apologize for the massive break between shows. For the time being, I can’t say there won’t be another multi-month gap between shows and it’s gonna be that way for the remainder of 2012. It sucks, but sometimes real life takes hold. That said, I did make a show and that’s why you’re here, so let’s talk about that…

I have a show for y’all this time around that hits all the bases. Sometimes it rocks, sometimes it’s mellow. Sometimes it’s brand new, sometimes it’s…..well, it’s always pretty new. Some of the highlights on what is a show stacked with awesome are: McDougall, The Great Unknowns, Alone At 3AM, Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, and Sturgill Simpson & The High Top Mountain Boys.

All that’s left is to press play on this motherfucker. So what are you waiting on? 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.

Track Listing: [Artist - Song - Album]

01. McDougall – Ready, Begin – A Few Towns More
02. Tim Barry – Thing Of The Past – 28th & Stonewall
03. Autopsy IV Commentary
04. Elway – Dear Colorado – Hence My Optimism EP
05. Alone At 3AM – Another Round – Midwest Mess
06. I Can Lick Any SOB In The House – Bad Days Ahead – The Sounds Of Dying
07. Autopsy IV Commentary
08. The Great Unknowns – Dead River, Lake County – Homefront
09. First Aid Kit – The Lions Roar – The Lions Roar
10. The Mastersons – You Don’t Know – Birds Fly South
11. Autopsy IV Commentary
12. The Mynabirds – Generals – Generals
13. River Giant – Pink Flamingos – River Giant
14. Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires – Righteous, Ragged Songs – There Is A Bomb In Gilead
15. Autopsy IV Commentary
16. Sturgill Simpson & The High Top Mountain Boys (Sunday Valley) – I Don’t Mind – To The Wind And On To Heaven
17. Jason Eady – AM Country Heaven – AM Country Heaven
18. Marley’s Ghost – Hank and Audrey – Jubilee
19. Autopsy IV Commentary
20. OFF! – Feelings Were Meant To Be Hurt – OFF!

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May 092012

Two years ago we’d booked Lee for the Saturday ninebullets.net day party out at SxSW. It was about an hour and a half before they were supposed to play and I realized I had no idea if he was there and, more importantly. I had no idea what he looked like. So, I wandered over to Shane (Two Cow Garage) and asked if he knew who Lee was and if Lee was in the building yet. Shane said (and I quote), “You’ll know him. He’ll be in overalls, carrying a gallon of water and he’ll be the best looking dude in the room.” The minute Lee walked in the room I understood just how terribly accurate Shane’s description had been. An hour later, Lee proved he and his band weren’t just a few pretty faces by completely destroying the room (figuratively not literally). Since then, I’ve been waiting on pins and needles for a Lee Bains album and, finally, we’ve gotten it in There’s A Bomb In Gilead.

Lee Bains, as most of you probably know, was the guitarist for The Dexateens (now Ex-ateens) and the Glory Fires are Matt Wurtele (guitar), Justin Colburn (bass) and Blake Williamson (drums), all well-seasoned vets in the Alabama music scene. Finding himself gigless after the sudden dissolution of The Dexateens, Lee and Co. went to work fleshing out the raw material Lee had that was suddenly without a home.

The result?

In a word, There Is A Bomb In Gilead is sexy .The result is everything The Drive-By Truckers have been trying to become since Jason left/was kicked out of the band. The result is pure rock and roll. Pure Muscle Shoals. Pure Essential Listening. Pure American music.

Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires – Roebuck Parkway
Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires – Righteous, Ragged, Songs
Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires – Ain’t No Stranger

Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires Official Site, Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires on Facebook, Buy There Is A Bomb In Gilead