THE DEAD MILKMEN – THE KING IN YELLOW


It’s been 16 years since The Dead Milkmen released a new album. Can you believe that? I damned sure can’t. When I really marinate on it it morphs into one of those, “Dude, you’re seriously getting old” moments. Think about it. The last Dead Milkmen studio album can legally drive right now, so imagine my surprise when, seemingly out of nowhere, a new Dead Milkmen album was released last week. No fanfair. No press run up. No label. No physical cd.

Needless to say, the minute I saw that there was a new Milkmen album I bought it. Well, that’s not entirely true. First I researched to make sure it wasn’t a greatest hits album or some b-sides album, but once I was sure this really was a new album, I was on it like a fatty jumps on a Little Debbie Swiss Cake.

There was a time in my life when simply owning an Eat Your Paisley tshirt was a testament to how cool I was. These aren’t those times and, while I lept on the new cd, I was more than skeptical about what I was about to hear. I am happy to say that The King In Yellow is about exactly what you would expect from a Dead Milkmen album, and it’s exactly what you would expect from a Dead Milkmen album after a 16 year hiatus. Is it their best? Not even in the top 3. However, it does nothing to embarrass their catalog and has a few shining moments of Milkmen past.

Personally, I hope this release sees enough success that it convinces the band to keep self-releasing albums. You get the feeling that with a little oil, the DM machine could return to its Big Time Operator form.

The Dead Milkmen – Fauxhemia
The Dead Milkmen – Commodify Your Dissent
The Dead Milkmen – Meaningless Upbeat Happy Song

The Dead Milkmen’s Official Site, The Dead Milkmen on Facebook, Buy The King In Yellow

FREE MUSIC ALERT: KENT EUGENE GOOLSBY – WIDE EYED SON


As the weeks tick down until the The Only Sons new album, American Stranger, comes out Kent decided to wet our appetite with a little solo album. A little solo album that can be downloaded for free no less.

The album is entitled Wild Eyed Son and was recorded by Kent and Joey Kneiser (Glossary) over the course of seven days. The album features Joey on all the instrumentation except for acoustic guitar. So, go grab it and while you’re at it why don’t you grab Joey’s solo album (also free along with a Glossary album and Kelly Kneiser’s solo album) over on Glossary’s web site.

Kent Eugene Goolsby – Wide Eyed Son
Kent Eugene Goolsby – Don’t Tempt Me

Joey Kneiser – Adelina

And be on the lookout for that new The Only Sons album coming out January 29th. Here is a video for a track of American Stranger called “Temptation” which happens to have been shot by……you guessed it….Joey Kneiser.

Kent Eugene Goolsby – Temptation from theonlysons on Vimeo.

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FREE MUSIC TUESDAY: JOEY KNEISER – THE ALL-NIGHT BEDROOM REVIVAL


This album landed in my inbox over the weekend and I couldn’t get it downloaded and playing fast enough.

Joey Kneiser is the lead singer of the Murfreesboro, Tennessee based Americana outfit, Glossary. While Glossary is currently prepping their new album, Feral Fire, for a February 2, 2010 release Joey decided to offer up his brand new solo album, The All-Night Bedroom Revival, for free download. It’s a must get for any Glossary fan and a great intro for anyone wondering who in the hell we’re raving about.

Joey Kneiser – Adelina
Joey Kneiser – Bruised Ribs

TIM BARRY'S NEW ALBUM, "28th & STONEWALL" GETS A RELEASE DATE:


Ninebullets.net fave, Tim Barry, managed to get into the studio earlier this year and record a new album which is set to be released physically and digitally on Jan. 26th by Suburban Home Records.

So mark your calendars, listen to the lead single “Thing of the Past” below and check out our Intro To Tim Barry RSV posted a few months back.


THE MAGPIES – STRANGERS


Ever since Roger Hoover and The Whiskeyhounds became The Magpies I’ve been pretty disappointed in the musical direction the band has taken. That said, I still check out anything new they release on the off chance they might recapture that Whiskeyhounds spirit I’d so loved. So, when I saw they had released a new album, Strangers, I decided to check it out.

Right off the bat I recognized the songtitles “Vagabond” and “Blueberry Wine” as old Whiskeyhound songs and as the album played I quickly came to suspect that all the songs were old Whiskeyhound songs. A little digging through a cd rack proved my theory correct. Turns out, Strangers, is essentially redo of the Roger Hoover and The Whiskeyhounds album, Panic Blues. The songs are slightly revamped and the recording quality is vastly improved but 9 of the 11 songs on Strangers originally appeared on Panic Blues. At first, this felt lazy to me (and still does to some extent) but listening to the competing versions of the songs back to back leaves no doubt that the songs have been improved and honestly, Panic Blues was my favorite of the Whiskeyhounds albums so it would stand to reason I’d like Strangers. That said, I think I’m gonna follow Hoover’s lead and just copy/paste a slightly altered version of my thoughts when I originally wrote about Panic Blues:

“Sounding uncannily like David Gray of Marshall Tucker Band greatness, Roger Hoover sings songs that sound as though they could have been written long before his time. Much like I felt when I wrote about Backyard Tire Fire, the songs these guys write would have fit right into the Capricorn Records catalog perfectly. While most of the time they posses a decidedly southern rock sound they aren’t afraid to let their primal blues side out for a track or two here and there.”

The Magpies – Keep Me Away from You
The Magpies – Vagabond
The Magpies – Blueberry Wine

The Magpies’ Official Site, The Magpies on myspace, Buy Strangers

ON TOM WAITS AND THE LIVE RECORD


Sometime around midnight last night (I’m on German time for the moment so it was 3:00 Pacific and 6:00 Eastern for those keeping track), I was putting the finishing touches on a night-long Looney Toons marathon when I noticed an email in my inbox from a friend, the subject line reading only “New Waits.” The body of the email was equally brief and cryptic, offering only a link to Waits’ new, redesigned official site.

And there it was.

Tom Waits will be releasing a new album, Glitter and Doom Live, November 24. Just in time to be my favorite record of the year.

Once the initial euphoria of a new Waits record dissipated, I started to think about live records in general. Can you name ten really, really great live records? Live at the Apollo, Live Rust, Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out, Metallic K.O. and… and? One of the hundreds of available Pearl Jam Official Bootlegs? I’m not a Grateful Dead guy so please don’t mention Dick’s Picks to me. Ever. I’ll allow Rock of Ages. Maybe Live at the Harlem Square Club or Live-Evil would sneak in there but, historically, live records are a poor substitute for witnessing the real thing and/or sitting around your place listening to records. Sometimes they’re a contractual obligation, sometimes a stopgap between “real” releases, sometimes they’re just an exhaustive Lose Weight Exercise in self-congratulation. Tom Petty, in a recent interview regarding his own Live Anthology (which will be released the same day Waits’ record hits shevles), authored my favorite quote on the nature of live records, saying that most amount to little more than “the greatest hits played faster.” My point is this: whatever it is they are, live records are rarely satisfying and almost never worth more than a couple of spins. So why should I be excited about a Tom Waits live record?

Here’s why: have you ever seen a Tom Waits show?

If the answer is no, you’re probably not alone. Given Waits’ historically infrequent touring schedule and penchant for perplexing routing, if you haven’t seen him yet, there exists the very real possibility you will never see Tom Waits perform. Let that sit for a minute. Now, you can either attempt to ignore the cruel hand fate has dealt you, anticipate the man’s next move (good luck) and then chase him around the globe or you can by Glitter and Doom Live and at least approximate the experience of a Waits show. One will cost thousands of dollars and could, quite possibly, alter the space-time continuum irreparably, the other will cost you $20. Your call, hotshot.

If the answer is yes then it will likely take more than a glowing review from a fellow Waits fanatic to sway you one way or the other on this. I’ve been lucky enough to catch Waits twice in my life and I came away from both performances swearing that, anytime he came within a 500 mile radius of my location, I would be there. Until I get the opportunity to make good on that vow, I’ll settle for Glitter and Doom Live, a seventeen-song summation of the visceral, beautiful racket Waits made with this particular collection of musicians (Seth Ford-Young, Vincent Henry, Omar Torrez, Patrick Warren and two of Waits’ kin, Casey and Sullivan Waits) over the course of a few months last year.

And, man. Visceral and beautiful it is. These are not so much re-arrangements of Waits songs, they are complete and utter reconstructions – rhythmically, structurally, musically – of Waits compositions which are at once altogether foreign and eminently recognizable. Above all else, Waits understands spectacle – aural and visual spectacle. He is the preliminary Teller of Tall Tales, the World’s Premiere Carnival Barker, the Great Mythologizer (of all things, none the least of which being The Tom Waits), and above all else, one of the great living songwriters of the last half-century.

For a Waits devotee such as myself, the only question when considering Glitter and Doom Live is can this album come anywhere near experiencing a Tom Waits show?

If the free eight-song sampler offered from Waits’ new site is any indication, the answer is a resounding yes. If you’ve never seen Waits, download the sampler and listen. This may be as close as you’ll get. If you have seen Waits, download the sampler and marvel at how quickly the primal, thunderous sound of Waits’ voices conjures a million different memories, all at once.

I’m curious to hear some feedback on this. Will Tom Waits release the best live record of the new millennium? Did I miss any great live records here?

Below you’ll find a couple of tracks from the free eight-song sampler. Have a listen while we debate whether or not Before the Flood belongs on my list.

Tom Waits – Lucinda
Tom Waits – Goin’ Out West (Take 2)

(9b REVISITED) GLOSSARY – THE BETTER ANGELS OF OUR NATURE

Glossary is preparing to release a new album and I thought today (following the Two Cow post) would be a good day to remind y’all that last year they released a FANTASTIC album and put it up for you to download for free.

Why after the Two Cow post? Well, you know the lyrics from Two Cow‘s song, Humble Narrator, “the one about a boy / who broke your heart / and brought you to your knees / it was a slow sad waltz / in 3/4’s time / by my friends from Tennessee“? Well, here’s an interesting piece of trivia: those friends are Glossary.

So there. Below is a reprint of the original post I did on the album. Read it. Listen to the samples and then go download the cd. It’s free…

Jesus H. Christ. I am ashamed of myself.

I have been meaning to post a piece about this fantastic album for months, but other than a passing mention that it was available for free (and legal) download, there has been nothing but radio silence from ninebullets. Tonight, when I opened my “shit you need to write about” document and stared at Glossary on top of the list, I decided that it was time to break my silence (to steal a line from Rick Saunders).

So, back in early October, Glossary made their fifth studio album, The Better Angels Of Our Nature, available for free download on their site (btw: it’s still there so you have no excuse for not listening to it). Another reviewer said this in closing about the cd:

I’d have to really start searching to find any faults on this record, and that doesn’t seem fair. Not when a band is doing everything they can to help you get to hear the songs. Not when every song channels and emotion and reminds you of days past, friends you don’t see and lovers you’ve burned through. If you can tell me a better free gift than that, I’d love to hear it.

I really think that covers my feelings on Better Angels of Our Nature. It’s a Southern rock album minus the obvious Southern references of the Drive-By Truckers. A Southern rock album that’s more Saturday afternoon than Saturday night. I think, if you listen to the album, that’ll make sense.

Two things are for sure though- with The Better Angels Of Our Nature, Glossary made the best album of their 10 year career, and it gets a seat on my Essential Listening list. Give it a chance, it’s free.

Glossary – Only Time Will Tell
Glossary – Almsgiver
Glossary – Little Caney

Glossary’s Official Site, Glossary on myspace

PREORDER THE NEW LUCERO ALBUM: 1372 OVERTON PARK

Lucero’s new album, 1372 Overton Park, may not be getting it’s official release until October 6th but if you preorder it you’ll be able to get a (6) song sampler from it today. The tracks included on the sampler are:

01. The Devil and Maggie Chascarillo
02. Sounds of the City
03. Hey Darling Do You Gamble?
04. Smoke
05. Sixes and Sevens
06. Goodbye Again

You can preorder it here.

Edit: Seriously, Hey Darling Do You Gamble is one the best song Lucero’s ever written…