[Playlist] Ninebullets Radio – 02.22.2014 – 88.5FM WMNF Tampa

Another fundraiser came and another fundraiser went. Ninebullets Radio continued it’s unbroken streak of making it’s goals once again. All credit to that goes to you guys. So. Thank you! As is tradition, the show after the fundraiser is heavy on listener requests and you guys did a kick ass job. So, grab 2 hours and drop your earholes on the archive of the show.

Below is the playlist for February 22, 2014 [Artist – Song (Album)]

01. Kasey Anderson and The Honkies – Some Depression (Let The Bloody Moon Rise)
02. American Aquarium – Burn.Flicker.Die. (Burn.Flicker.Die)
03. Todd Farrell – Pawnshops (All My Heroes Live In Vans)
04. Arliss Nancy – Failure (Simple Machines)
05. Sturgill Simpson – Living The Dream (Metamodern Sounds In Country Music)
06. Big Shoals – 12 Steps (Still Go On)
07. Have Gun Will Travel – Take Me Home, Alice (Fiction, Fact or Folktale?)
08. Jason Isbell – Elephant (Southeastern)
09. Matt Woods – Lucero Song (upcoming album)
10. Hackensaw Boys – Oh, Girl (Look Out)
11. St. Paul and the Broken Bones – Broken Bones & Pocket Change (Half The City)
12. Valerie June – Wanna Be On Your Mind (Pushin’ Against A Stone)
13. Lake Street Dive – Bad Self Portraits (Bad Self Portraits)
14. Crow’s Share – Mighty Stitch (Crow’s Share)
15. Psalmships – Red Bird (Songs For A Red Bird)
16. Two Cow Garage – The Death of the Self Preservation Society (The Death of the Self Preservation Society)
17. Those Crosstown Rivals – Six Strings (Hell and Back)
18. Alone At 3am – Four More Beers (Alone At 3am/The Garrison Split EP)
19. Lydia Loveless – Wine Lips (Somewhere Else)
20. Chuck Ragan – Non Typical (Till Midnight)
21. Pretty Boy Thorson & the Falling Angels – Get Along (An Uneasy Peace)
22. Jon Snodgrass – Campaign Song (Tristate Record)
23. Dexateens – Pistol Totin’ Man (Red Dust Rising)
24. Jeff German & the Blankety Blanks – Apology With Every Song (12 Rounds)
25. Tyler Childers and High Wall – Shake The Frost (Live at Red Barn Radio)
26. Possessed By Paul James – 38 Year Old Cocktail Waitress (There Will Be Nights When I Am Lonely)
27. Otis Gibbs – Cozmina (Souvenirs Of A Misspent Youth)
28. Scott H Biram – Slow & Easy (There Will Be Blood)

Bold = Request

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Episode 164: aired 02.22.2014

PRETTY BOY THORSON & THE FALLING ANGELS—AN UNEASY PEACE

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The main things you glean from Jesse Thorson’s songwriting over the years–he hates himself and he likes drinking but he’s never dull, dumb, or numb. If ever there was an band I thought I could rally the Ninebullets readership behind, it was Pretty Boy Thorson and the F’n A’s. Unfortunately their last full-length came out in 2009 and they’ve only released a trickle of 7″s and splits since. CUT TO 2013 and Thorson’s new band The Slow Death releases a new album and I hope it’ll be the right time to write up how much he rocks (alas I’m not super stoked on it), but with much less fanfare he also releases a brand fucking new Falling Angels record. So 2013 gave us records from both Bottomless Pit and Joel RL Phelps, both Richard Thompson and Linda Thompson, from Radioactivity and Mindspiders and Low Culture (all out of the ashes of late Denton greats The Marked Men), and a bunch or other artists who we had no right to expect to hear again, let alone in such combinations–and to that list, we add this record.

The album starts off with the atmospheric, prostrate “I Don’t Think I’m Gonna Make It”–a track so measured and out of character for the free-Falling Angels that I wasn’t sure I was playing the right album. But the Skynyrdian snakeskin boots they’re wearing here fit perfect. There’s a little guitar hook in there that’s so awesome but only used at a couple of restrained moments. Restraint, far from being something that could undo what’s great about the F’n A’s, may actually be what elevates this album above other open-chord bar bands and nearer Slobberbone or Bottle Rockets.

The second track begins flatly with “Oh lord, I’m tired/ tired of living this a-way,” and I wonder if the band is going to be able to rekindle the intensity that carried even their most basic lyrics in the past–they could once deliver “Take me home / and put me to bed / if I wake up tomorrow / with the same old pain and sorrow / I’ve still got whiskey and gin” as convincingly and wonderfully as a perfect “Moonshiner” cover. But this is an older band and they’re now  a side project to The Slow Death–I don’t expect, and wouldn’t be turned on by, a 20-year-old perspective on drinking and partying–as long as what Thorson has to give isn’t dulled or dumbed by numbness.

At track five, “Blameless,” this thing really takes off, and for the next 27 minutes I get everything I want all at once. I keep saying, man the middle of this album is so strong, but it never comes down–eight absolutely indispensable songs to finish an album. And it wasn’t even that slow of a start–a fitting warm-up for a band taking the long player for a ride for the first time since 2009. Steve Earle’s Transcendental Blues doesn’t get on a real roll until track six, either. Back to what PBT is doing here: stuff so naturally paced with the whirlpools of shit in your stomach that you get caught up in it like this album had been playing for the last forty years. “Blameless in a black dress / I guess I looked like a train wreck.” “The pills I take / my heart would break / I must’ve walked the whole length of Shasta Lake.” There are nods to Thorson’s Minneapolis roots and rockabilly past on “New #3” (an homage to Avail in that title?), a Henneman-esque turn on “I Guess You’re Not the One,” and each song has a chorus or melody sharp enough to dig a new fissure in your brain. The finale is a short and sweet, banjo-backed and rowdy chorale of “I love you even more / than I hate myself“–the heart-ascending heraldry of the best of the Falling Angels.

For any Skynyrd, Slobberbone, Bottle Rockets, Takers, TCG, DTR, DBT, Nato Coles, Spider Bags, Replacements fans–for anybody reading Ninebullets–An Uneasy Peace is Essential Listening.

Blameless
Shasta Lake
Get Along

Stream and buy An Uneasy Peace from Tampa’s Kiss of Death Records bandcamp–and buy the vinyl (and I’m pretty sure they’re offering the mp3s for FREE) from their Limited Run Store. Stream and buy the F’n A’s previous LPs Ain’t it Funny and Take it Easy from Tampa’s A.D.D. Records bandcamp. Check out the more straight-ahead punk of The Slow Death’s albums No Heaven and Born Ugly, Got Worse.