PLAYLIST: NINEBULLETS RADIO 07.21.11

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 July 21, 2011.

01. Marc With A C – Nerdy Girl
02. Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside – Write Me A Letter
03. Shane Sweeny – Some Hope, Somewhere
04. The Deep Dark Woods – The Place I Left Behind
05. Jimmy Van Zandt – Backwoods Preacher Man
06. Drive-By Truckers – Ronnie and Neil
07. Doop & The Inside Outlaws – Everett Brown
08. Whiskey Gentry – Eula Mae
09. Dirt Daubers – Angel Along
10. O’Death – Ghost Head
11. Some Dark Holler – Cottonmouth
12. American Anodyne – Bastard Sons of The New Depression
13. American Graveyard – Common Ones
14. Merle Haggard – Working In Tennessee
15. Charlie Parr – To A Scrapyard Bus Stop

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.

O’DEATH – OUTSIDE

There are only 2 or 3 shows a day I mark as “must see” when I go out to Austin for SxSW, and of those 2 or 3 they’re typically never bands that tour Florida. O’death defies both odds. O’death is one of those bands that, given the chance, I am gonna see them live. They’re just that good and past experience tells me I am gonna walk away happy and musically inspired.

That said, we’re here to talk about a new cd, not the band’s live show.

In typical ninebullets.net fashion, we’re writing about a much awaited album weeks after it’s release and it’s next to impossible to say anything new about this album, so instead I’ll tell you how I feel about the record while leaving the journalism to other writers…

When the band released “Bugs” as the lead single I both rejoiced and worried a little. I mean, I really like the song and with further listens I grew to love it. It was a great song, but it was also really different from O’Death’s “typical” sound. And while I liked the song, an album of that sound was probably gonna fall outside my taste radar. I almost chuckle now, as I write that, ‘cause now, after repeated listens, I don’t hear any of the stuff that made me uncomfortable in the first place. That said, Outside is a departure of sorts from the O’Death we’ve grown to love. Well not really a departure per se, but from Head Home to now the band has moved on a pretty linear path sonically. All the chaos and noise that was Head Home. and to a lesser extent Broken Hymns, Limbs and Skin, has been reeled in on Outside. The songs (and this could just be my perception) on Outside sound more deliberate, more focused and feel more sinister. It’s like O’Death is is the only exit on the Southbound interstate between Slim Cessna’s Auto Club and The Builders and The Butchers, and for ninebullets that highway is called Interstate Essential Listening.

O’Death – Bugs
O’Death – Howling Through
O’Death – Ghost Head

O’Death’s Official Site, O’Death on Facebook, Buy Outside

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

AUTOPSY IV'S FAVORITE 20 ALBUMS OF 2009 (today):

Well, I guess it’s my turn. Kasey and RSV have already dropped their faves of the year (here and here) on y’all, so there’s just no avoiding it for me now. This year was particularly difficult due to the sheer amount of great music that came out, and had I made this list tomorrow it would certainly change. That said, you can edit forever but eventually you have to settle on something and call it your list. So, with out further ado I am gonna steal RSV’s formatting and get this show on the road:

20. Eilen Jewell – Sea of Tears
19. Those Darlins – Those Darlins
18. Strawfoot – How We Prospered
17. Justin Townes Earl – Midnight at The Movies
16. Malcolm Holcombe – For The Mission Baby
15. Jon Snodgrass – Visitor’s Band
14. Ben Nichols – The Last Pale Light In The West
13. Cam Penner – Trouble and Mercy
12. The Fox Hunt – America’s Working So We Don’t Have To
11. William Elliott Whitmore – Animals In The Dark

Top 10 (with mp3s) are under the cut…

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VARIOUS ARTISTS – RODENTIA

Normally I don’t write about compilations. Matter a fact, I don’t even listen to them.  The only other compilation I ever wrote about on here was the Hillgrass Bluebilly tribute to Hank Williams Sr. and Huddie Ledbetter, Hiram and Huddie, and just like it, it took an artist roster full of familiar bands for me to entertain it.

Honestly, when I got Rodentia I did not expect to like the compilation. I was just looking at a roster of ninebullets.net familiars; Those Poor Bastards, Sons of Perdition, O’Death and Joe Buck Yourself and just hoping to stumble upon another doom country band I might like. What I got was 34 tracks of doom country that could easily be described as the goth-country/dark-roots bible in the form of a double-disc release.

To say it was an ambitious project would be an understatement. The goal of the compilation isn’t just to introduce you to to goth-country/dark-roots sound. It’s laid out in a way so that you’re introduced and slowly guided into the whole sound through its 10 chapter design. If you’ve ever thought this might be a genre of music you would want to look into then, quite simply, this cd is here to act as your gateway drug. If, like me, you’re already a disciple of the heavy-hitters of the goth-country sound then let this comp expose you to some of the up and comers in the scene like Strawfoot or Uncle Sinner.

We’ll be writing about a lot of the bands featured on this comp in the coming weeks/months and Devil’s Ruin Records has earned a new fan in ninebullets based on this Essential Listening release.

Strawfoot – Damnation Way (from Chapter I – Marrow Gruel Victuals)
Uncle Sinner – When Jesus Comes (from Chapter III – Battle & Reign)
Tom Baxendale – Her Ghost (from Chapter III – Battle & Reign)
Sons of Perdition (w/Lonesome Wyatt & Dad Horse Ottn) – Psalm of Nod (from Chapter VIII – Diablerie)

Devil’s Ruin Records Official Site, Devil’s Ruin Records on myspace, Buy Rodentia: The Best of Dark Roots Music

NINEBULLETS.NET PRESENTS: O'DEATH, FEB. 3 @ THE ORPHEUM

ninebullets.net is the official online presenter of the O’Death show here in Tampa on Tuesday night. While I’m not entirely sure what “the official online presenter” really means, I can also say I don’t really care. Anytime I have the chance to align the site with the Appalachian Apocalypse from New York that is O’death, you best believe I am gonna do it. What this does mean for the local reader is that I have a pair of tickets to give away to the show and what this means for both the local and non-local reader alike is that I have (3) (1) copies copy of their latest cd, Broken Hymns, Limbs and Skin, to offer to you, the loyal ninebullets.net reader. CDs have been won. What do you have to do for the loot, you ask? Well, go to O’death’s myspace profile and then email me what the fourth song on their music player is. First local person gets the tickets and I’ll give the cd’s to the first 3 local or out of towners to email me the same answer.

If you don’t win don’t let that deter you from this show, Tampa. It’s definitely gonna be a show of the year candidate. Here is what I wrote about them last time they came to Ybor City:

Drummer David Rogers-Berry lived up to his advance billing; screaming, howling, beating trash cans with chains, hyping the crowd, and just generally beating his floor toms so hard you could almost see them wince in agony. Adding to the drum-abusive energy was fiddle player Bob Pycior stomping and dancing about while trying his damnedest to saw his instrument in half. Much like Berry, he plays with such an intensity that you get the impression he is punishing his instrument more than playing it. Balancing out these two was Gabe Darling’s banjo and ukulele and Greg Jamie’s guitar and sometimes woeful, always captivating vocals, which help give the band it’s dark sound.

If you are out and about, come holler at me. I’d love for you to buy me a beer and listen to you tell me how awesome ninebullets is…or we can just talk music and sports. Either way, I’m good…just come out.

O’Death – Down to Rest
O’Death – O Lee O
O’Death – Only Daughter

O'DEATH – BROKEN HYMNS, LIMBS AND SKIN

Honestly, I hate getting too hyped on an album.  Inevitably, if you let your hopes get too high you’ll be let down by something. Sometimes unfamiliarity will be the culprit, but with any luck that’ll fade with multiple listens, and love will fill the void it leaves. In other cases, such as A Blessing And A Curse by The Drive-By Truckers, you’ll eventually have to admit to yourself that it’s just a dud of an album. So with this in mind I tried to keep my hopes under control when I saw that O’Death had a new album coming out. With two stellar albums behind them and having recently caught the awesomeness that was their live show, it was a futile effort.

When I got the new O’Death album, Broken Hymns, Limbs and Skin, my hopes were through the roof, and it took less than one listen to know I was gonna love this album. My hopes weren’t just met, they were met, exceeded, lapped and then chastised for being insultingly low. Yes, the Appalachian freak-folk meets wartime and punk rock act that is O’Death is back with a new label and a new album, and it is absolutely amazing. It has all the hellfire, brimstone and spit you’ve come to expect from an O’death record, but with a greatly increased production value. Worry not, though, the increased production quality did not gloss over that ragged wild-child spirit at all. It’s just allowing some of the soul and depth these kids possess to peek through.

What I am saying is believe the hype and get this album. It’s good. It’s “you gotta hear this now” good. It’s also Essential Listening.

O’Death – Low Tide
O’Death – Vacant Moan
O’Death – Angeline

O’death’s Official Site, O’Death on Myspace, Buy Broken Hymns, Limbs and Skin

ROCK REPORT: O'DEATH @ THE ORPHEUM (YBOR CITY)

Normally, I’ll walk into a show and know one person there if I am lucky. Walking into the Orpheum, I was amazed to see groups of people I knew, he bulk of whom, like myself, had come to finally catch a glimpse of the Appalachian Apocalypse from New York that is O’death.

Over the past year I have read many an O’Death review raving about the ferocity of their live show. As result, I think I had romanticized the possibilities to the point where I was expecting sparks to shoot out of their asses and the devil to be playing fiddle. Neither case played out, instead the band opened up a little on the reserved side after a particularly miserable Miami crowd the night before. However, but by the end of their set shirts were missing and requests were being played. One thing is for sure, after seeing the passion these kids put into their music, any questions I had about the authenticity of a group of 20-something New Yorkers playing Appalachian folk songs were put to rest.

Drummer David Rogers-Berry lived up to his advance billing; screaming, howling, beating trash cans with chains, hyping the crowd, and just generally beating his floor toms so hard you could almost see them wince in agony. Adding to the drum-abusive energy was fiddle player Bob Pycior stomping and dancing about while trying his damndest to saw his instrument in half. Much like Berry, he plays with such an intensity that you get the impression he is punishing his instrument more than playing it. Balancing out these two was Gabe Darling’s banjo and ukulele and Greg Jamie’s guitar and sometimes woeful, always captivating vocals, which help give the band it’s dark sound. By the end of the show the band had loosened up and began interacting with the crowd, and by the end of their 30 minutes the crowd managed to goad them into playing one more song before packing up. I left as O’Death packed up figuring I had seen the best this particular night had to offer, and having finally caught the band live, I’ve come away knowing two things:

1. Believe the hype.
2. Thirty minutes just wasn’t enough time.

Come back to Florida, O’Death. Fuck Miami.

O’Death – Down to Rest
O’Death – Only Daughter
O’Death – Nathaniel

I managed to actually remember my camera and actually managed to get some pretty good pictures. You can see them here if you’re interested.

O’death’s Official Site, O’Death on Myspace, Buy Head Home

Show Announcement: O'Death

I don’t normally post these types of things but I am just way to excited not to. O’Death will be making it all the way down into Central Florida this April and playing Ybor City! I never thought they would make it this far down. Everyone says their shows are awesome. I can’t wait to see for myself.

O’Death / April 16 / Ybor City / The Orpheum
Also: Clutch / April 24 / State Theater / St. Petersburg

O’Death – O Lee O
O’Death – Adelita
O’Death – Only Daughter

O’death’s Official Site, O’Death on Myspace, Buy Head Home

Here is a video of O’Death performing “Nathaniel” in New York City:

O'Death – Head Home

I do not know what the term “freak folk” really means, but it should be defined in a way to include these boys from Brooklyn.

I am a huge fan of O’Death. I would have written about them a long time ago, but they were getting so much hype on bigger blogs that I just didn’t see the point. Then, a topic on a message board brought home the fact that just because someone reads ninebullets does not mean they also read the bigger blogs. They are right, and since their last effort “Head Home” recently got reissued via the Ernest Jenning Record Company, I figured this was as good a time as any.

Trying to describe O’Death’s music can be difficult. Imagine an Appalachian (GO MOUNTAINEERS!) country garage band deciding to do punk rock, but instead they are from New York. That is a pretty poor description, I know, but I feel it might get pretty close. Greg Jamie delivers these songs with the hellfire-n-brimstone passion of a Southern Baptist preacher man, and sometimes the tracks can swell to the excitement levels of an August tent revival. ‘From New York City’…that part seems to be a big hang up for some critics out there. Appalachian jug band folk music from a buncha kids in Brooklyn? SHENANIGANS! It must be contrived. I say, who gives a flying fuck? In the end, it’s about the music they’re making, and if it’s good, then who fucking cares what they are doing in their off time?

So, is it good? Yes. It’s fucking awesome. It’s “you gotta hear this now” good, which many a friend and their auto cd player can attest to. It’s also Essential Listening.

As good as their cd is, their live show is where it’s at. Now, living in Florida, I’ve never actually gotten to see O’Death live, but I have a friend in North Carolina who taped a show for me and mailed it my way. Lemme just say, next time these kids play Atlanta on a weekend, I’m making the 8 hour road trip. If you are lucky enough to live in these guys’ path, make your way out to see ’em.

O’Death – O Lee O
O’Death – Adelita
O’Death – Only Daughter

O’death’s Official Site, O’Death on Myspace, Buy Head Home

Here is a video of O’Death performing “Nathaniel” in New York City!

Here is an video from SxSW: