I was back in the saddle last night after taking a week off and boy howdy it sure felt good. As you can see from the image above, the ninebullets radio stickers came in this week as well. I plan on using them during the next pledge drive so be on the lookout for more info sometime on July about how to get one, should you want one.

Last night’s episode opens with a Doc Watson tune in remembrance of him before launching into a “summer themed” set. The show also features a double dose of one of my favorite new artist finds, McDougall. We get one of his solo songs and follow it up with a track from his project The Brothers Of The Last Watch which also features one of the fellas from Hillstomp. The show also includes new tunes from Hurray For The Riff Raff, The Mastersons, Possessed By Paul James, Otis Gibbs and lots more. If that sounds like the good stuff and you’ve got an hour, go put some ears on the archived stream of the showand thanks for tuning in.

Below is the playlist for May 31, 2012

01. Doc Watson – Columbus Stockade Blues
02. Two Cow Garage – Soundtrack To My Summer
03. I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch In The House – Hotter Hell
04. McDougall – Around This Fire
05. Brothers Of The Last Watch – Frank T. James
06. Ryan Purcell & The Last Round – Cover Your Tracks
07. Jason Heath & The Greedy Souls – #1 With A Bullet
08. Jason Eady – AM Country Heaven
09. Greenland Is Melting – No More Sorry Songs
10. Possessed By Paul James – When It Breaks
11. The Mastersons – You Don’t Know
12. Hurray for The Riff Raff – Born To Win (Part One)
13. Otis Gibbs – Detroit Steel
14. The Cult – Amnesia

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Episode 74: aired 05.31.2012


Recently Virgil and I were bullshitting and mentioned that he was wanting to start dabbling with some music writing again and I offered him a reoccurring piece here on ninebullets. This is his first submittal:

From time to time, the question gets asked, “What was your first show?” It’s usually a fun conversation that involves admitting enjoying an act that you can’t believe you ever liked. Sometimes the first show is a show that your parents brought you to. Every once in a while, that first show is awe-inspiring and worthy of bragging rights for life. This has been a topic I have been thinking about quite a bit lately as my good buddy, Devin, brought his young son, Hayden, to see his first ever show. The show was a show I booked with Chuck Ragan at Illegal Pete’s. I felt so much honor having a hand in this right of passage and took it upon myself to make sure Hayden and Chuck Ragan got a chance to meet and to take a photo. Luckily, Chuck Ragan is one of the nicest guys in music and was so great with Hayden. I just love the idea that at some point when Hayden is in college or out at a show, the question will come up and if you ask me, he will have one of the best answers.

My first ever show should have been the Monsters of Rock tour in 1988 with Guns N Roses, Iron Maiden, and Megadeath. I had asked my parents if I could go and the answer was a big fat no. I was in 8th grade at the time and a budding metal head, but I still listened to my parents.

Guns n Roses – Welcome To The Jungle

Fast forward to 1992 when I was a junior in high school. Spice 1, a gangsta rapper from Oakland (originally discovered by Too Short) was coming to Colorado Springs. Since I had a driver’s license and a car, I didn’t feel the need to ask my parents to go to the show. I brought a friend to the show and could not have been more excited to see live music. Supporting Spice 1 was a Denver hip hop act that I had never heard of. As they took the stage, the group grabs the mic and yells, “FUCK COMPTON, FUCK OAKLAND“. The next thing that happened is something I have never seen again at the hundreds of shows I have been to since. A huge fight broke out amongst Spice 1’s crew and the Denver hip hop act’s crew. Fighting continued and before you knew it, guns were drawn and shots were fired. My friend and I didn’t even get to hear any music before we were running out the door. When asked about my first show, I generally say it’s Spice 1 but add the asterisk about how the show didn’t really happen.

Spice 1 – Strap On The Side

The more I think about my first show, I feel as though I should answer the question by mentioning Skankin Pickle. This was 1993, I was a freshman in college. My neighbors in the dorms introduced me to punk rock and ska and I was hooked. I borrowed CDs by Screeching Weasel, The Queers, Skankin Pickle, Green Day, and Operation Ivy, and I wondered where this music was all my life. I was soon invited to see this ska-punk band called Skankin Pickle at the Mercury Cafe. I had no idea what to expect. I was pretty certain that gun shots were not going to be fired, but that was the only thing I was certain of. This show was absolutely incredible. The energy was something I had never ever experienced. The camaraderie of the fans was something I never would have expected. The show was packed and it was so much fun. After the show, I saw some of the members of Skankin Pickle walking around and could not believe that I could actually go up to and talk to this incredible band that had just played. I finally felt a connection to music that went beyond just listening. This moment forever changed my life and is the reason why I have worked with music ever since.

Skankin Pickle – It’s Margaret Cho
Skankin Pickle – I’m In Love With A Girl Named Spi
Skankin Pickle – Turning Japanese

I’d love for everyone to chime in and comment on their first shows. While I’d prefer sitting around with beers in hand discussing this topic, your comments to this post will have to serve the purpose. Thanks go out to every artist who actually spent the time to make their fans feel that connection to their music. Thanks to Chuck Ragan for being a class act and a complete bad ass. Thanks Devin for bringing your son out to his first show. And thanks to all of you who share their first show experiences with us.

~ Virgil Dickerson


My first show was Valentine’s Day 1990. My favorite band on the face of the earth, The Cult, came to town on their Sonic Temple tour and I was there. I did the whole shibang. I got to the venue 4 hours early and hung out in the back, I met Billy Duffy (he gave me some Cult guitar picks), I bought the tour tshirt and I rocked the. fuck. out. By 1990 I had already lost my virginity but it didn’t matter cause I knew that seeing The Cult on that particular Valentine’s Day night was, up to that point, the best night of my life.

The Cult – New York City
The Cult – Edie (Ciao Baby)
The Cult – Medicine Train

The Rock Report: The Cult @ Janus Landing, St. Petersburg

It was with lowered expectations and a warm whiskey buzz that I walked into Janus last week for my second Cult show in a year. Last time I saw them, I felt a little let down because they didn’t sound like The Cult I had remembered from 17 years ago. I knew what I was walking into this time and was quite familiar with the new material, so I felt like I was gonna be in for a good show. Ian, Billy and crew took the stage and ran through an acceptable mixing of their new material, buffered with all the classics Cult fans wanted to hear. Time is a bitch, though, especially if you are a singer. With age comes vocal degradation. Ian still sounds like Ian, but he just can’t perform the songs in the same manner that he did 17 years ago. This put me off last year, but this year I went in knowing how it was gonna be, and like Jimi Hendrix said, “If you wanna hear it the way it sounds on the album, stay home and listen to the album.” That said, Ian performed the new material perfectly. Lucky for Billy, time is much kinder to guitarists and he was spot on. All in all, I am glad I went to see them even after being somewhat disappointed by the last show. I had a much better time and would recommend that any long time Cult fan go see them again. Enjoy it, but remember, you can’t do the shit you used to do 17 years ago, and neither can Mr. Astbury…but that doesn’t make it rock any less.

The Cult – King Contrary Man
The Cult – Edie
The Cult – I, Assassin
The Cult – Born Into This

The Cult’s Official Site, The Cult on MySpace, Buy Born Into This

Flashback Friday-ish: The Cult – Born Into This

Last year I wrote a Flashback Friday piece about how I first came to know The Cult. You can read it here if you wish. Last week saw the release of The Cults’ eighth studio album (and first in six years), Born Into This. Since I am and admitted Cult fanatic, I decided to go grab it during that first week and after reading bad review after bad review I decided to write something about it. Hell, the kids over on Blabbermouth were so down on it that I started to question if I really liked it or if I liked the band so much I was forcing myself to like it. I only had to think about how much I hated the Drive-By Trucker’s (my favorite band) last effort, A Blessing and A Curse, to know that probably wasn’t the case. Besides, Blabbermouth is a lot like Pitchfork, it is entertaining in small doses and most everything I like is completely reviled over there.

Now, I am not gonna sit here and tell you this is the best album The Cult has ever done, it simply doesn’t compare to anything circa Sonic Temple and before. However, it is the best thing they’ve done since Sonic Temple, IMO. The fact that it is their most rock album since Sonic Temple probably has a little to do with that. There, just one old time Cult fan’s opinion.

The Cult – Born Into This
The Cult – Diamonds
The Cult – Dirty Little Rock Star

The Cult’s Official Site, The Cult on MySpace, Buy Born Into This