Playlist: It's The Music – Friday: Ninebullets Radio Lite Edtion 08.12.2011

I was the guest host for the Friday Edition of “It’s The Music”. The show is archived for one week after it’s original air date and is available for streaming here:

Below is the playlist for August 08, 2011:

01. Micah Schnabel – American Static
02. The Shakes – Be Mine
03. Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears – She’s So Scandolous
04. Glossary – Save Your Money for the Weekend
05. Kaleigh Baker – Train Gone By
06. Nikki Lane – Gone, Gone, Gone
07. Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside – I Swear
08. Eilen Jewell – High Shelf Booze
09. Ghost Shirt – History of the Radio
10. The Only Sons – Standing Water
11. Shane Sweeney – When I Am Empty
12. The Decemberists – Down By The Water
13. The Gaslight Anthem – Even Cowgirls Get The Blues
14. Roppongi’s Ace – Waiting For The Day

Last Good Tooth Live In The Studio

15. Lauderdale – Moving On
16. Damion Suomi – Ghost
17. Andrew Combs – Tennessee Time
18. Frank Turner – I Still Believe
19. Chuck Ragan – Meet Me In The Middle
20. Doc Dailey & Magnolia Devil – Seven Points
21. American Anodyne – Bastard Sons of The New Depression
22. The Builders and The Butchers – All Away

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.


You know the term “better late than never”? Well if ever it applied to anything, it applies to me finally writing about these guys. I dunno why, but I’ve managed to find more reasons not to write about this album than I could to avoid a prostate exam. It ain’t cause I don’t like the album either. Quite the contrary, I friggin’ love it and finally….I’m gonna tell y’all about it and then you, too, can love it and buy it and all will be right with the world.

Roppongi’s Ace are Alex Spoto (Vocals, Guitar, Fiddle), Max Norton (Drums) and Jesse Norton (Bass). They originate outta the Tampa Bay area, but life and school currently has them strewn out all over the Eastern seaboard. That said, Roppongi’s Ace are still alive and well, playing shows whenever they can all get together. Last year they all came together in the St. Petersburg based Zen Recording Studios and laid the framework for what would be their debut cd, Into The Night.

Into The Night was recorded live over the course of a week with local pedal steel guitarist Tommy Cooper joining in on the sessions to give the band’s sound a little more dimension.

And what about that sound?

Man, far be it for me to compare one unsigned local act to another local act in a completely different state, but god damnit…that’s exactly what I am gonna do. I am gonna say Roppongi’s Ace remind me of faves, Minneapolis based A Night In The Box, but with double the rock, half the blues and no hats. One might say it sounds like the material The Black Crowes were making before any of us knew who they were. A sort of fly by the seat of your pants Southern rock with just enough twang to make you wanna drink your beer from a can.

Into The Night is not only essential listening, it very well may be the best local album release this year…Check ’em out & buy their shit.

Roppongi’s Ace – Waiting For The Day
Roppongi’s Ace – 1955
Roppongi’s Ace – So It Goes

Roppongi’s Ace’s Official Site, Roppongi’s Ace on myspace, Buy Into The Night