ADULT BOYS THUNDERBAND – ABDUCTED AGAIN

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I think I remember the night Adult Boys Thunderband (Michael Claytor and Devon Stuart and Eric Atria) debuted the song “Abducted Again.” “We’re going to be the only country band that sings exclusively about aliens,” Devon claimed. I later asked him if he was challenging Armchair Martian. “They’re more punk,” he defended. Fair enough. So, whether or not you count Armchair Martian as country or count God and The Devil as extraterrestrials, Adult Boys Thunderband preaches a sharp frontier gospel that you oughta hear.

Abducted Again features re-recordings of a few songs from their 2012 debut, some great new originals (especially “She Gets Her Way”), and three well-worked covers. The first cover is “Juicy” by Notorious B.I.G.–I’ll leave it up to y’all to decide if this one is a hick-hop cash-grab or if it’s the Adult Boys goofily probing a song from when they were Child Boys. The second is “Her and Cigarettes” by Cheap Girls, for which the country treatment really underscores how powerful the chord changes are in this song. It was always a great Cheap Girls song; hearing it re-imagined here argues well for its eventual place alongside “England Belongs to Me” and “Pints of Guinness Make You Strong” at [my fantasy] bonfires. The third is the traditional “Mountain Dew,” a showcase for the band’s chops.

Their originals are every bit as strong, of course–you recognize the songwriters we’re talking about. Get in the good graces of the universe and learn our future intergalactic anthems, the hymns of honkytonk Helios, Extra-terrestrial Listening.

Abducted Again
She Gets Her Way
Her and Cigarettes (Cheap Girls cover)

Abduct the album for a donation at the thunderbandcamp; follow the thunderband at their thunderbook.

[Playlist] Ninebullets Radio – 08.02.2014 – 88.5FM WMNF Tampa

Brand new Benjamin Booker, Gaslight Anthem, Justin Townes Earle and a Johnny Cash song you’ve likely never heard. Need I type more? Put your ears on the archive of the show.

Below is the playlist for August 02, 2014 [Artist – Song (Album)]

01. Violent Femmes – Country Death Song (Hallowed Ground)
02. Johnny Cash – Down the Line (Unearthed Box Set)
03. Matt Woods – Real Hard Times (With Love From Brushy Mountain)
04. Dos Ringos – Long Time (Dos Ringos)
05. Adia Victoria – Stuck in the South (Stuck In The South)
06. Justin Payne – Gettin’ By (No Place Lower Than High)
07. Hellbound Glory – Why Take The Pain (Old Highs and New Lows)
08. American Aquarium – Casualties (Burn.Flicker.Die.)
09. First Aid Kit – My Silver Lining (Stay Gold)
10. Caleb Caudle – Countdown (Paint Another Layer On My Heart)
11. The Gaslight Anthem – Stay Vicious (Get Hurt)
12. Root Jack – 30 Days (In The Pines)
13. The Great Unknowns – Homefront (Homefront)
14. Benjamin Booker – Wicked Waters (Benjamin Booker)
15. Shovels & Rope – Evil (Swimmin’ Time)
16. Willie Nelson – The Git Go (feat. Jamey Johnson) (Band Of Brothers)
17. Justin Townes Earle – Time Shows Fools (Single Mothers)
18. Kierston White – Alcohol
19. Have Gun Will Travel – Asa Dalton (Postcards From The Friendly City)
20. Travis LaBrel – Stage Lights (Gas, Food and Bed)
21. The Takers – Friends In Bottles (Taker Easy)
22. Lucero – Texas & Tennessee (Live From Atlanta)
23. Edward David Anderson – Son of a Plumber (Lies & Wishes)
24. Joe Pug – Speak Plainly Diana (Messenger)
25. Nikki Lane – Wild One (All Or Nothin’)
26. Uncle Tupelo – Whiskey Bottle (No Depression)
27. Bill Eberle – Memphis (Bill Eberle)
28. Parker Millsap – Old Time Religion (Parker Millsap)
29. Andrew Combs – Month Of Bad Habits
30. Michael Claytor – My Trepasses (My Trespasses)

Bold = Request

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Episode 187: aired 08.02.2014

MICHAEL CLAYTOR—MY TRESSPASSES

claytor-mytresspassesMichael Claytor is at the center of a lot of my most memorable Gainesville music experiences. He held a residency at a cuban restaurant called Flaco’s, playing weekly “Bluegrass Wednesdays” with his band Michael Claytor & His Friends. It was during that time he released his first record We Have an Elephant, which was forevermore for sale behind the sandwich counter. He remained the Wednesday night draw of the town when Adult Boys Thunderband (Claytor & Devon Stuart & oftentimes Eric Atria of Morningbell on bass) started their gig at a wine-and-beer bar called The Bull. One unforgettable winter, Austin Lucas moved to town to keep warm and write some of what became A New Home in the Old World. Claytor and Jason Hedges of Heavy Petty demo’d those songs with Lucas and formed his backing band, Claytor on banjo, Hedges on dobro. That band was called The Choir because, damn, could those guys harmonize.

That’s just a fraction of this guy’s work, letting alone another rock band with Devon Stuart called Brewster Baker and his tenure with indie-pop band Pseudo Kids. He improves everything he’s in. He works with wonderful people. He brings the warmest energy and is possessed of all manner of stupefying talent. That’s why his residencies are so well-received (and so missed by my stupidly out-of-state ass) and why his new album My Trespasses is so welcome.

My Trespasses picks up where We Have an Elephant left off five years ago. Stunning storyteller folk. Peculiar obsessions like constantly seeking permission from your wife’s father and getting caught with counterfeit millions place alongside stories about dying with unfinished business, dying without moral authority, loving through broken promises, and loving shockingly well. (I’ve always loved the set of concerns Claytor deals with–especially the wife stuff.) All set to the most grounded, riveting tuneage. The record sounds great; the band features members of His Friends as well as Andrew Cook from Nook & Cranny. Claytor’s voice is great; he got the job singing with Austin Lucas, remember. Sam Moss’ vocals do stellar, devastating work as well. There’s no overselling this record–it’s gorgeous and there’s nothing unsatisfying about it. There’s a swell on “Dead on Monday Morning” that feels as powerful as any of The Band’s best bridges. The songwriting is Prine-worthy.

There’s been a lot that’s changed in Gainesville since Claytor’s first album and since I’ve last lived there. It’s been weird to watch what little I can of these changes from afar over the internet. Some of the great restaurants and venues are tagging out, as they always do. But there’s new stuff and new bands like Big Shoals. And to see one of the town’s best musicians put forward such an awesome album is big news to me. It’s accessible to anyone, though, and Essential Listening for sure.

Annabel
The Fool I Am
Pines, Pines, Pines

Grab My Tresspasses from Michael Claytor’s bandcamp. Follow the band on Facebook.

[Playlist] Ninebullets Radio – 07.26.2014 – 88.5FM WMNF Tampa

This week’s show was a show for pulling out your air guitar collection and rocking the fuck out so put your earholes on the archive of the show.

Below is the playlist for July 26, 2014 [Artist – Song (Album)]

01. The Black Keys – Thick Freakness (Thick Freakness)
02. Left Lane Cruiser – That Ass (Slingshot)
03. Benjamin Booker – Have You Seen My Son (Benjamin Booker)
04. Brothers of the Last Watch – Frank T. James (Brothers of The Last Watch)
05. Parker Millsap – Truck Stop Gospel (Parker Millsap)
06. Matt Woods – Real Hard Times (With Love From Brushy Mountain)
07. Chuck Ragan – Let It Rain (Gold Country)
08. Michael Claytor – My Trespasses (My Trespasses)
09. The Fox Hunt – It Suits Me (Long Way To Go)
10. Arlo McKinley & The Lonesome Sound – Time In Bars (self-titled)
11. Jenny Lewis – Just One Of The Guys (The Voyager)
12. Nikki Lane – Right Time (All or Nothin’)
13. The Builders And The Butchers – Raise Up Your Weary Hands (Salvation Is A Deep Dark Well)
14. Lucero – Texas & Tennessee (Live From Atlanta)
15. Grayson Capps – A Love Song For Bobby Long (Live At The Paradiso)
16. Andrew Combs – Month Of Bad Habits
17. Hank Thompson – Three Times Seven (Songs For The Rounders – At The Golden Nugget)
18. Sturgill Simpson – Life of Sin (Metamodern Sounds In Country Music)
19. Shooter Jennings – Outlaw You (The Other Life)
20. Willie Nelson – The Git Go (feat. Jamey Johnson) (Band Of Brothers)
21. Ben Knight and The Welldiggers – Iceman’s Lament (The Divining Rod)
22. Big Shoals – 12 Steps (Still Go On)
23. Tim Barry – Thing Of The Past (28th & Stonewall)
24. Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires – Righteous, Ragged Songs (There Is A Bomb In Gilead)
25. The Gaslight Anthem – Rollin’ & Tumblin’ (Get Hurt)
26. Cory Branan – Daddy Was a Skywriter (The No-Hit Wonder)
27. Radiolucent – Jim Beam (Turn Me On And Turn Me Loose)
28. The David Mayfield Parade – Love Will Only Break Your Heart (Good Man Down)
29. Lake Street Dive – You Go Down Smooth (Bad Self Portraits)
30. Justin Townes Earle – White Gardenias (Single Mothers)
31. Caleb Caudle – Countdown (Paint Another Layer On My Heart)
32. Sylvia Rose Novak – Highway Song (Chasing Ghosts)

Bold = Request

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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 186: aired 07.26.2014

VIDEO VAULT FRIDAY:

Back in May a collection of fortunate circumstances led to a few of my favorite bands being in town for Tropical Heatwave on the same weekend as my birthday so I decided to throw a birthday party/concert. The resulting videos are from later that night when we were drinking whiskey back at the ninebullets compound. I’ll apologize now for shaky cameras and the dark video but as is documented quite often in the videos…..we were quite drunk.

Enjoy:

Devon Stuart – Savannah Rain:

Ricky Kendall – Old Man Blues:

Michael Claytor, Devon Stuart and Ricky Kendall – She Gets Away:

Ricky Kendall – Unknown Song:

Michael Claytor, Devon Stuart and Ricky Kendall – Unknown Song:

PLAYLIST: NINEBULLETS RADIO 02.03.11

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. Below is the playlist for February 03, 2011.

  1. Old Crow Medicine Show – Down Home Girl
  2. The Cur Dogs – Kro-Bride
  3. Drive-By Truckers – Outfit
  4. Chris Knight – Enough Rope
  5. Michael Dean Damron – The Day Brian Piccolo Died
  6. Josh Small – Hakuna Matata
  7. Greenland Is Melting – No More Sorry Songs
  8. Michael Claytor & Friends – Hairpins
  9. The Takers – Friends In Bottles
  10. Two Cow Garage – My Great Gatsby
  11. Frank Turner – I Still Believe
  12. O’Death – Bugs
  13. The Builders and The Butchers – Raise Up You Weary Hands
  14. Otis Gibbs – Ballad of Johnny Crooked Tree

NINEBULLETS RADIO AIRS TONIGHT:


Hey hey hey. It’s that time of the week again which means it’s time for the weekly ninebullets radio spam post. This week we’re gonna have new music from The Only Sons, Doc Dailey & The Magnolia Devil, Michael Claytor & His Friends, The Decemberists & Possessed By Paul James as well as much more.

What’s that? You wanna know how to listen? Glad you asked:

Tonight’s of ninebullets radio will air on 88.5 WMNF at 10pm Eastern and streams live at wmnf.org. It will also be archived here for a week so you will be able to listen repeatedly at work and home throughout the week.

TAKER EASY TAKERS, IT WAS FUN WHILE IT LASTED:


It’s been getting whispered in circles here in the sunshine state for a few months now and despite everyone hoping it wasn’t true, I am sad to report that it is. The Takers performance at Fest this weekend will indeed be their final show. There seems to be no real central reason for the split but speaking to Devon about it it just seems to boil down to the members having different visions for the band. Either way, it was a great run, there were some epic shows, a great album and lots of good times. If you happen to be up at Fest make sure you catch their final performance.

The Takers – Taker Easy
The Takers – Friends In Bottles

For those wondering, Devon fully plans to keep making music and has not shut the door on the idea of forming a new band. Last weekend I talked him into playing a song that hasn’t really been heard outside of Florida called “Narrow Road” for me. I really love the track and hope y’all enjoy it too:



As musicians are wont to do once the instruments are out Devon and Michael kept playing and I managed to get them to perform one more for me:

See y’all on Monday.