MUNLY & THE LUPERCALIANS – PETR AND THE WULF


Readers of ninebullets should be well familiar with Slim Cessna’s Auto Club and, as a result, co-SCAC frontman Jay Munly, so I’m not gonna bother going into to much background on him. Anyhow, among Jay’s many ventures outside of SCAC is Munly & The Lupercalians, which finds Munly teaming up with Daniel Grandbois, Todd Moore, Chadzilla, and Rebecca Vera in a most ambitious project which will tell the stories of Kinnery of Lupercalia (not sure). The first installment in that series is Petr and the Wulf, which tells “the true story” of Sergei Prokofiev’s classic, Peter and the Wolf. Instead of telling his version of the tale in a straight narrative, Munly (as is his way) has broken the tale up into 8 songs which speak from the point of view of various characters of the story. Also (as is his way), Munly’s tale is not the cautionary tale you expect. No, instead it’s a dark story betrayal and revenge.

Musically, the album opens with a very SCAC familiar sound that manages to mature and layer as the album and story move along. That said, that gigantic Southern gothic sound and those Munly wails that make Slim Cessna’s Auto Club so great are present in spades.

Needless to say, Petr and the Wulf is Essential Listening.

Munly & The Lupercalians – Scarewulf
Munly & The Lupercalians – Wulf

Munly & The Lupercalians on reverbnation, Buy Petr and the Wulf

ninebullets.net JANUARY 2011 PODCAST: LET'S GET JIGGY WITH IT EDITION:


(AIV Note: This was supposed to be posted yesterday but my dumb ass forgot to upload the podcast to the server. Der, I iz full of forgets….anyhow, enjoy.)

Well, it might be a new year and I might have a radio show now but nothing really changes when it comes to the podcast. It starts nice enough and you might even be able to hear some improvement gleaned from doing a weekly radio show but it quickly devolves into a ½ drunk foul mouthed typical podcast. Don’t let that deter you though. While my speech and self-censoring abilities may erode over the hour the music fucking slays and that’s what you’re here for, right?

This month show is plumb full of new music. We got new songs from The Only Sons, Kasey Anderson, Social D, The Decemberists, Frank Turner and Two Cow Garage. We also bookended this show with Michael Claytor. We open the show with a track from his solo album, We Have An Elephant and we close the show with an absolutely beautiful song from Austin Lucas which features Michael playing some fine banjo and harmonies. And, if all of that wasn’t pushing your awesome meter to it’s threshold of pain, we even managed to mix in a track from Danzig’s new album and it fits. PLAM! Top that It Burns When I Pee….the gauntlet has been laid down.

Well folks, that’s it. Another month in the can and I hope y’all like it. If you do, could you please, please, please post something about it on twitter, facebook and whatever cutting edge social network I am oblivious to? Every mention of this will expose these artists to someone who’s never heard of them and that’s what we’re looking for.

Track Listing:

  1. Michael Claytor & His Friends – Hairpins [00.00.00]
  2. Autopsy IV Commentary [00.05.04]
  3. The Only Sons – Temptation [00.06.24]
  4. Kasey Anderson – The Wrong Light [00.09.55]
  5. Danzig – The Revengeful [00.14.07]
  6. Autopsy IV Commentary [00.18.02]
  7. Social Distortion – Machine Gun Blues [00.20.07]
  8. Lucero – Sing Me No Hymns [00.23.45]
  9. Autopsy V Commentary [00.27.37]
  10. The Decemberists – Down By The Water [00.30.00]
  11. Frank Turner – I Still Believe [00.33.37]
  12. Two Cow Garage – My Great Gatsby [00.37.20]
  13. Autopsy IV Commentary [00.40.25]
  14. I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch In The House – Bad Days Ahead [00.42.10]
  15. Tim Barry – (memento mori) [00.46.22]
  16. Slim Cessna’s Auto Club – This Land Is Our Land (Redux) [00.49.25]
  17. Autopsy IV Commentary [00.53.37]
  18. Austin Lucas – Sleep Well [00.56.30]

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GUEST POST: ROCK REPORT: SLIM CESSNAS AUTO CLUB'S NEW YEARS EVE SHOW:

Autopsy IV is on his annual pilgrimage to strap a board to the bottom of his feet and slide down mountains. While he is away 9B will feature a collection of guest posts. Today’s post comes from our good buddy Shawn Kellogg who reviews a show I hope to make it out to one year…the annual Slim Cessna’s Auto Club New Years Eve show.


To those of you that are lucky enough to live and be apart of the wonderful Denver music scene, you know that when you see what appears to be the Rocky Horror Picture Show of Americana walking down East Colfax, you know that its that time of year once again, for Slim Cessna Auto Club to invade the new year’s eve holiday. This year, we were blessed when it was announced that Drag the River would be playing support, which totally blew my mind about this show. I have seen Drag to many times to count, but have never seen the much talked about live show that Slim Cessna’s Auto Club is known to put on.

The show itself drew the packed crowd at the Bluebird theatre that Slim Cessna always draws for these shows, despite the eight inches of snow that we received that day. Upon arrival, we ran into Jon Snodgrass from Drag who broke the news to use that J.J. Nobody and Steve Bauer (bass and drums respectively) just could not make it from the springs due to the weather, so Jon and Chad Price held down the fort. This was disappointing since Jon told us that Drag has been practicing a bunch of new songs and were stoked to play them. After that bummer of a surprise, that was much more of a pleasant surprise. The first support band, A. Tom Collins was a new name to me and to everybody I talked to around the stage. They were an eclectic mix of piano and songwriting with a dash of horns. It was quite a refreshing sound and definitely surprised myself with how much I really got into them, and their live show is definitely worth catching. I later found out from some of the Suburban Home crew that the lead singer is the former lead singer of the sorely missed Machine Gun Blues that were gathering steam in the Denver scene before their demise.

After A. Tom Collins, Jon and Chad from Drag the River came out as a duo to the unfortunate weather circumstances and played a wonderfully well rounded set, about an hour long. It was quite obvious that much of the Slim crowd was totally new to Drag and it was a good introduction to them. Along with some of the staples of a DTR live show, including “Medicine” and “Mr. Crews”, many of the songs from “Demons” made an appearance, and eventually turned into a crowd request with the Slim crowd obviously enjoying their first, and hopefully not their last dose of Drag the River.

After Drag played their set, Slim Cessna came out for the tenth anniversary of their New Year’s shows at the Bluebird theatre. And they held their version of Alt-Country church that their live shows our famous for. Both Manly and Slim Cessna himself spent a good portion of the set in the audience, who was hanging on every word the two of them had to say. After about 90 minutes, the Slim Cessna revival continued for about another half hour with a long encore that had the sold out crowds of the Bluebird near combustion. Despite the snow that everybody, including the bands, had to deal with, A. Tom Collins, Drag The River and Slim Cessna Auto Club helped everybody ring in the New Year a day early, and its never to early to start drinking for the New Year. And on a real quick note, I just want to thank Autopsy IV for the opportunity to write this article, and thanks for reading.

Drag The River – History with History
Slim Cessna’s Auto Club – Children of the Lord

SLIM CESSNA'S AUTO CLUB – BURIED BEHIND THE BARN


I’ve covered Slim Cessna’s Auto Club on ninebullets plenty, but I don’t think I’ve ever gotten into the sheer fanaticism I have for them. There are very few bands on this Earth whose songs I know every single word of. Slim Cessna’s Auto Club is one of them. There are very few bands I am willing to get on an airplane for the sole purpose of going to see live. Slim Cessna’s Auto Club is one of them. There are very few bands who’ve never disappointed me with an album. You guessed it, Slim Cessna’s Auto Club is one of them. So when I saw they had a new cd coming out, I immediately went into giddy freak-out mode, which was only slightly tempered when I read that it wasn’t actually an album of new material, but rather a reissue of a cd-r from the early 2000’s which features alternate versions of some SCAC familiars.

Look, SCAC could take all their released material and pick songs at random and put them on a cd called, “We’re Just Releasing This To See If You’ll Buy It“, and I would, so the new vs old material issue was of little consequence to me. That said, Buried Behind The Barn is fantastic. It’s pretty cool to hear some of my favorite SCAC tracks, like “Port Authority Band” and “Shady Lane”, done in a different way. Alternate versions or not, the album still possesses those harmonies, Slim/Munly vocal exchanges, and that signature gigantic sound that SCAC is known for, and that’s what makes this album Essential Listening.

If you’ve never heard SCAC before, I suggest you get familiar with a quickness. They’re one of the best bands in America. Believe that. Since the album is only 8 tracks long I am only gonna post one .mp3, but I am gonna couple it with its version from the album it originally appeared on.

Slim Cessna’s Auto Club – The Port Authority Band (from Buried Behind The Barn)
Slim Cessna’s Auto Club – The Port Authority Band (from The Bloody Tenant Truth & Peace)

Slim Cessna’s Auto Club’s Official Site, Slim Cessna’s Auto Club on myspace, Buy Buried Behind The Barn

SLIM CESSNA'S AUTO CLUB – CIPHER

Slim Cessna’s Auto Club comes from the amazingly incestuous Denver country music scene. The only real constant in the band has been Slim Cessna himself, but Jay Munly has served as a pretty key member over time. SCAC writes big songs, I don’t really know how else to describe it. They aren’t heavy, they aren’t loud, and they’re rarely disposable. They are often labeled as “gothic country” due to the intermingling of Old Testament and apocalyptic religion with bad relationships, alcohol, and murder. If nothing else, SCAC is, IMO, one of the best bands in America that hardly any one’s heard of, and they just released what might be the best album of the year in Cipher.

Cipher is woven together by four hymnal refrains entitled “An Introduction to the Power of Braces”, with each focusing on a different part of the person, Arms, Legs, Teeth and Faith respectively. They seem to loosely divide the album into four themed sections, but I have not been able to get a clear grip on that yet. Between that and the hidden messages in the album’s artwork, one can see how appropriate the title is. The album, thematically, is a lot darker than their previous efforts, but still features their signature harmonies, Cessna/Munly vocal push-pulls, as well as an unrivaled level of musicianship.

Do yourself a favor and check out this album, it’s the most essential listening album of the year thus far.

Slim Cessna’s Auto Club – An Introduction to the Power of Braces ~ Arms
Slim Cessna’s Auto Club – This Land Is Our Land (redux)
Slim Cessna’s Auto Club – Boom Magalina Hagalina Boom

Slim Cessna’s Auto Club’s Official Site, Slim Cessna’s Auto Club on myspace, Buy Cipher

EDIT: I found a video of the band performing Magalina Hagalina way back in 2006. Enjoy: