The December podcast will ring out 2009 here on ninebullets. This month there were no themes and no sponsors, just me, a bottle of sweet tea vodka and a huge list of some of my favorite songs of this year. Some made this podcast but most didn’t…not because they were inferior songs, mind you, they just didn’t fit 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 2009 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 2010.

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.

~ Autopsy IV (twitter/facebook/myspace)


  1. Drive-By Truckers – Nine Bullets [00.00.00]
  2. Autopsy IV Commentary [00.04.04]
  3. Scott H. Biram – Sinkin’ Down [00.04.43]
  4. Leroy Powell – Good Morning Little School Girl [00.08.50]
  5. Truckstop Coffee – Laredo Skies [00.13.57]
  6. Autopsy IV Commentary [00.19.02]
  7. Micah Schnabel – Cut Me, Mick [00.20.19]
  8. Chuck Ragan – Rotterdamn [00.23.39]
  9. Matthew Dean Herman – Blackbird [00.26.05]
  10. Drive-By Truckers – Play It All Night Long [00.30.17]
  11. Lucero – Sixes and Sevens [00.35.13]
  12. Tim Barry – Thing Of The Past [00.38.02]
  13. Autopsy IV Commentary [00.42.17]
  14. Cam Penner – Thirteen [00.44.19]
  15. Malcolm Holcombe – A Bigger Plan [00.47.53]
  16. Autopsy IV Commentary [00.50.58]
  17. The Takers – Curse of a Drunk [00.53.08]
  18. Have Gun Will Travel – Wolf In Shepherd’s Clothes [00.57.02]
  19. Autopsy IV Commentary [01.01.41]
  20. Kasey Anderson – I Was A Photograph [01.02.10]

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Last month Evan Phillips from The Whipsaws reached out to me about a local (to him) musician he’d been working with that he thought I’d like.

That musician was Matthew Dean Herman, and Evan was right. Matthew emailed me soon thereafter, and after exchanging a few niceties a copy of his debut cd was Florida bound.

The day that Blackbird arrived I had to take a trip out to my parents house, which is a 40 minute drive, so I decided to take that chance to give the cd a listen. It’s now two weeks later and the cd has not come out of the stereo.  I’ve been avoiding writing about the cd since that inevitably means I have to take it out of the cd player to rip it, but other albums are in need of being listened to, so here we are…

I really don’t know too much about Matthew Dean Herman and there is little to be found about him on the internets. He’s an musician from Anchorage, Alaska who also plays with The Jack River Kings (or MDH has morphed into The Jack River Kings…I can’t really tell). Judging from his music, he’s influenced by The Drive-By Truckers and even goes as far as to name drop them in the DBT-esque track, “Soule Lake Hotel” (Hey Matt, “Bulldozers and Dirt” is one of my wife’s favorite tracks as well). Other than that I can’t tell you anything else about the man behind the music, so let’s just talk about the music itself.

The cd opens with one of its strongest tracks, “Blackbird”, a somber acoustic ballad with full band accompaniment. It’s a song about a girl whose father abuses her and the slide guitar in the song does a great job setting the mood and backing Matthew’s vocals. Following “Blackbird” is a more Southern-rock inspired track, “Southern Belle”, which also features the backing vocals of Laura Lee Bishop. The rest of the cd plays out in soundscapes between these two tracks with the only letdown (imo) being “Miryea’s Song”. I feel like an asshole for saying that because I believe the song is for an ex-girlfriend’s daughter, but it’s true.

If you’re a fan of The Whipsaws, The Drive-By Truckers, Centro-matic and music of that ilk (which you are or you wouldn’t be here), then you need to check this cd out. It’s undoubtedly Essential Listening and very well may be a ninebullets Top 10 album of the year.

Matthew Dean Herman – Black Bird
Matthew Dean Herman – Southern Belle
Matthew Dean Herman – Soule Lake Hotel

Matthew Dean Herman on myspace, Buy Blackbird