Well, well, well, here it is. The first themed podcast and we decided to do the dual (collab, if you will) themes of Murder Ballads and Beer. The murder ballads came from y’all’s emails and my admittedly shit memory, while the beer came from Rogue Brewery courtesy our Portland friend Lollyrae. I hope I did okay, but I have to admit I am lacking a little confidence on this one. I think the main problem is that I wasn’t too sure how I was gonna do it before I started it, then I realized midway through that I needed to cut it off due to file size and my podcast host. That said, a couple more of these and I think I could have it down to an art…not that it matters. This bad boy is done, so let’s talk about it.
As I said, this month’s podcast features murder ballads and devil songs. I had asked for people to email me their suggestions and got enough songs that I could have done a two hour show, and that’s before I put in the songs I wanted to include. THEN, to add more time, I had all that wonderful (and some not so wonderful) beer to talk about! I’m really curious to know if y’all think it turned out very good. If I didn’t include your song, it’s probably not because I didn’t like it, I just ran out of time. Hopefully, next month we’re gonna be doing another one of these featuring Florida bands and Florida craft beers.
Y’all have a happy Halloween and check back here tomorrow for a Strawfoot giveaway. Til’ then, here is the tracklisting for this month’s show, please tell your friends and Facebook/Twitter followers about it. I’ll greatly appreciate it.
~ Autopsy IV (twitter/facebook/myspace)
October 2009 Tracklisting:
- Bone Thugs & Harmony – Neighborhood Slang [00.00.00]
- Autopsy IV Commentary [00.01.29]
- Violent Femmes – Country Death Song [00.03.38]
- Gillian Welch – Caleb Meyer [00.08.35]
- Bob Frank & John Murray – Bubba Rose, 1961 [00.11.32]
- Autopsy IV Commentary [00.14.39]
- The Eagles – Take The Devil [00.16.39]
- Jay Farrar – Devil In Disguise [00.20.26]
- Joan Osborne – Man In The Long Black Coat [00.24.02]
- Autopsy IV Commentary [00.28.52]
- Have Gun Will Travel – That Ol’ Death Rattle [00.30.24]
- Old Crow Medicine Show – My Good Gal [00.33.20]
- Okkervil River – Westfall [00.37.36]
- Autopsy IV Commentary [00.43.26]
- Scott H. Biram – I See The Light/What’s His Name [00.45.08]
- Strawfoot – Cursed Neck [00.52.15]
- Uncle Sinner – Shady Grove [00.56.39]
- Those Poor Bastards – A Bone To Pick [00.58.25]
- Sons of Perdition – Psalm of Retribution [00.59.33]
- Autopsy IV Commentary [01.03.38]
- Hank III – Cocaine Blues [01.05.09]
- Amy Lavere – Killing Him [01.08.57]
- Tim Barry – Dog Bumped [01.11.57]
- Autopsy IV Commentary [01.16.08]
- Chris Knight – Down The River [01.08.20]
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I’m not sure there is a single ninebullets.net reader that will like this cd. Hell, I can’t even tell you with any degree of certainty that I like the cd, but since I can’t stop listening to it I figured I need to go ahead and write about it.
The band’s story is either mundane or awesome, depending on which of their many bios you read so I’m gonna choose one of the more fun ones. According the the band’s myspace page, The Sad Bastard Book Club came to existence somewhere in California in a cramped apartment with a floor stained with blood from the the previous tenant’s successful suicide. Over time, as friends and vagabonds in various levels of welcome wandered in and out of the apartment, the stain on the floor became something of a drunken late night conversation piece. They began to make stories about the life of the suicide victim, Carrie Anne Crowe, and those stories would eventually be put to music and thus The Sad Bastard Book Club and The Collected Short Stories Of Carrie Anne Crowe were born.
Is that true? Who cares? It’s interesting and fits the band and their sound like a glove.
Speaking of sound, how to describe the sound of The Sad Bastard Book Club is an interesting dilemma. You could call them doom-country, but I like that term for Those Poor Bastards, Sons of Perdition and bands of that ilk, and really, SBBC just doesn’t fit in with that sound. While listening to the cd I continually come back to the same comparison, and while most people will not get it I’m gonna use it anyway cause I think it’s perfect: Skinny Puppy.
Yes. The industrial group Skinny Puppy. If Skinny Puppy were to make folk music this band is exactly what they would sound like, and like Skinny Puppy, it’s hard to decide if you love it or not at times but you just keep coming back to it. For those familiar with Skinny Puppy I’ll get real precise and say that had The Process been a country/folk album, it would be The Collected Stories Of Carrie Anne Crowe.
Check out the samples and decide for yourself.
The Sad Bastard Book Club – Do You Know What Two Cents Would Have Bought You In My Day
The Sad Bastard Book Club – Thank You Corpses! Your Help Has Been Vital To Our Efforts
The Sad Bastard Book Club – Eviction Party In The United State Of Nebraska!
The Sad Bastard Book Club’s Official Site, The Sad Bastard Book Club on myspace, Buy The Collected Stories Of Carrie Anne Crowe
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