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Below is the playlist for February 16, 2012

01. Todd Farrell – Ninebullets Radio Intro
02. Blue Mountain – Midnight in Mississippi
03. The Whipsaws – Jessie Jane
04. The Takers w/Austin Lucas – Mama Tried
05. Matt Woods – Port St. Lucie
06. Damion Suomi – Ghost
07. Slim Cessna’s Auto Club – This Is How We Do ThingsIn The Country
08. Shooter Jennings – Daddy’s Hands
09. Fifth On The Floor – Distant Memory Lane
10. Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires – Righteous, Ragged Songs
11. The Gaslight Anthem – Even Cowgirls Get The Blues
12. McDougall – When God Dips His Love In My Heart
13. Charlie Parr – Gospel Plow
14. The Coloradas – Red Dress
15. The Devil Makes Three – Old No. 7
16. Scott H. Biram – Sinkin’ Down

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Episode 59: aired 02.16.2012


Live albums aren’t always something we jump on here at Nine Bullets but exceptions can always happen.  The new live album from The Devil Makes Three deserves the exception.  This thing is badass and Essential Listening (editor’s note: I totally agree) and let me tell you why.

Their most recent album, Do Wrong Right, was released in 2009 so it’s been a few years since we’ve seen anything from them. Chances are you’re not familiar with them. I only discovered them a few months ago thanks to that dated Pandora thing.  And Stomp And Smash has several songs that are previously unreleased.  New songs!!

I don’t know what about The Devil Makes Three tells me they’re from the west coast but I can tell they are.  They’re hitting that bluegrass with punk attitude that The Fox Hunt does so well and thank god.  We need more bands that do that well.

The Devil Makes Three – This Life
The Devil Makes Three – They Call That Religion
The Devil Makes Three – Help Yourself

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Forgive me for slacking.  It had been my intention to provide these posts more often than they have appeared but things like taking my dog to the dog park and watching The Rachel Maddow Show have kept me from compiling links.  But here you go.

We posted a bunch of new Lucero songs not too long ago and here is an excellent interview with Ben Nichols where he discusses the new album Women & Work.  Thanks No Depression.

There are several videos on youtube of Glossary playing songs from their spectacular new album Long Live All Of Us. The quality is good so here is A Shoulder To Cry On and Trouble Won’t Last Always.

American Aquarium is about to record it’s first live album at Raleigh’s Pour House.  Here’s a write-up.  And don’t forget about their Kickstarter campaign.

The Black Keys forthcoming album El Camino has been getting plenty of play around the Nine Bullets Office and you should really see RomeoSidVicious’ dance moves to this one.  They’re offering streaming of five songs over at the official site.

The Devil Makes Three has been out on the road lately and my lack of planning caused me to miss them in Denver.  This looks like a good night in Eugene.  Looking rather Amish and Awesome.

And then there’s THIS that our fearless leader pointed out.


Sometimes, for whatever the reason, there are cds that I intend on writing about but end up not doing it. Be it timing, writer’s block or who knows what, they just keep getting pushed to the end of the line and eventually the tail end gets cut off. Quick Hitters is an effort to avoid them getting lost in the ether. So, here you go….a Thursday quick hitter session:

DIRTY SWEET – AMERICAN SPIRITUAL: Not all music necessarily needs to save the world, be poetry to music, or the enabler of the brooding depression addict with a carpenter’s knife and a bloody rag. Sometimes music can just be the fun soundtrack to the summer afternoon party. Dirty Sweet provide that kind of music.

Dirty Sweet – Get Up, Get Out

KINGSLEY FLOOD – DUST WINDOWS: I really wanted to do a proper piece on this album but it’s reached a point where I just have to admit that it isn’t gonna happen. Sometimes these guys remind me of a clean-cut version of The Devil Makes Three, but unfortunately there are times where they’re a tad too content to just blend into the background. Front Porch Musings described them as Okkervil River fronted by Jeff Tweedy. I’m not really a fan of either but I am a fan of Kingsley Flood, so take that for what it is.

Kingsley Flood – Stoop Cats

TRAMPLED BY TURTLES – PALOMINO: I really want to like this band but I can’t seem to shake the nagging feeling that there is something “manufactured” about them. I feel the same way when I listen to The Avett Brothers and in reality it’s probably a sign that this blogging thing is slowly turning me into a jaded overly judgemental elitist prick. That said, when I listen to the cd I like the songs. That’s an undeniable fact, and it’s only when I start to write about it that the other stuff starts to creep in.

Trampled By Turtles – Victory

THOSE POOR BASTARDS – GOSPEL HAUNTED: Every time I write about Those Poor Bastards I use the same quote from the very first time I wrote about them here on 9B; “Imagine Death himself plopping his ass down at your campfire with his pal and band mate, Desperation, and they break out in song.what do you think that would sound like? I am gonna say Those Poor Bastards is pretty close“. Well, with Gospel Haunted they’re back with more of the same and it’s great. I’d wanted to write a proper piece the album but just never managed to find the words. Fans of TPB will love the album, non-fans will not get converted by Gospel Haunted.

Those Poor Bastards – Glory Amen


Much like Kasey’s two sentence reviews, I thought I’d bang out a couple of pieces that have been floating around in my Google Docs account in various forms of incompletion and combine them into one post instead of just deleting them. Sometimes it’s hard to find something to say about every. single. cd you like, but I’ll usually at least give it a shot. These are those shots:


Pete Bernhard is one third of the phenomenal ‘country meets punk in a ragtime bar’ trio, The Devil Makes Three. While the lineup is a little different, more of a traditional arrangement, the sound is pretty much the same. This begs the question: Why do this outside of the DM3 umbrella? Apparently Pete feels that these songs don’t fit with the DM3 sound/feel but I don’t hear why. That said, the cd (like the entire Devil Makes Three discography) is fantastic.

Pete Bernhard – Straight Line


Coming out of Austin (and to my attention, thanks to A Truer Sound) this singer made what could have easily been the follow-up to Edie Brickell’s Picture Perfect Morning. The album was produced by Gurf Morlix and if that ain’t a seal of approval, then I don’t know what is.

Betty Soo – Never Knew No Love


Her voice sounds like something my mother would like. Her music sounds like Carly Simon or something. This album is a rarity in that the more the role of “background” music it plays in my day, the more I like it so I’m unable to just discard the album all together. Perhaps it’s one of those cds that has to bounce in and out of your consciousness for a year or so before you decide you like it. Time will tell. I suppose.

Diane Birch – Don’t Wait Up


Seven Mary Three is a largely forgotten (and unfortunately labeled) band from the late 90’s grunge era. Backbooth is a little venue in the band’s hometown of Orlando, Florida and Backbooth is a recording of an acoustic show the band did at the club. It serves as a fine companion to Day&NightDriving, but I would advise getting the latter first.

Seven Mary Three – Upside Down


Cam Penner came out of Calgary to take the americana blogging community by storm last month. I had intended to be a part of said storm but managed to miss it all together. Cam wrote Trouble and Mercy while on the road searching through the underbelly of the American dream for something shiny. The process birthed two of my favorite songs of 2009, “13” and “Tired of This Town”. Please don’t let my failure to feature this album on ninebullets act as a commentary on it’s quality, ’cause I can assure you it’s about to pop up on my year end list.

Cam Penner – Tired Of This Town


Put two solo artists that I love together and the sum will be greater than the parts….right? With Carolyn Mark & NQ Arbuckle’s collaboration Let’s Just Stay Here, the answer at least for me is: not really. It’s a good cd mind you, but ultimately listening to it too closely just makes me wanna listen to their solo discs. That said, there are moments of sheer magic on this album that have never allowed me to just scratch it off my “to write about” list.

Carolyn Mark & NQ Arbuckle – All Time Low


We’re back with another podcast. This month features a couple of tracks from the upcoming Evan Phillips benefit album, as well as a track from the upcoming Joey Allcorn album All Alone Again.

Evan Phillips is the front man for one of my favorite new rock and roll bands, The Whipsaws, as well as a member of the trio E.S.P., with Tim Easton and Leeroy Stagger. Seven years ago he suffered an injury while climbing a mountain in California and had surgery to try and repair it, but the surgery was ineffective.  He’s been trying to live with it, but last year it got much worse and The Whipsaws were forced to cancel the remainder of their tour so Evan could get it fixed properly. Unfortunately, there is no insurance plan for touring musicians, so Evan was left with a mountain of bills. The benefit album was put together to help Evan out, while also getting some awesome music out to us (seems more fair than the Paste deal). Featured on the album are 11 bands including Tim Easton, Leeroy Stagger, Ryebender and Wrinkle Neck Mules performing their takes on Evan’s songs. It comes out June 15 so keep an eye on the myspace profile and buy one or two when they become available.

I also decided to do a segment featuring some local area bands, Will Quinlan & The Diviners, Truckstop Coffee and Roppongi’s Ace. All three are part of the upper-crust of the Tampa/Central Florida music scene and they all have albums for sale. I hope y’all like this segment and check out their music in greater detail, I am gonna do this again next month with three more bands from my local scene. I also plan on writing up Roppongi’s Ace’s completely awesome album, Into The Night, next week so be on the lookout.

You may also notice that I’ve added the timestamp to each song in the track listing. That was a suggestion from a reader that I thought was brilliant. If you have any suggestions on how I can make this podcast better, please email me. I’m not too proud, and lord knows I am learning this podcast thing on the fly. And if you’re a band that would like their music featured on the podcast, again, email me.

Okay, that’s enough talking, let’s get to the track list and the music:

  1. Drive-By Truckers – Nine Bullets (00:00:00)
  2. The Devil Makes Three – Working Man’s Blues (04:02:50)
  3. They Might Be Giants – Number Three (07:39:00)
  4. Autopsy IV Talking (09:01:00)
  5. Rye Bender – Highway 395 (10:21:00)
  6. Aaron Lee Tasjan – Fighting For The Man (14:03:00)
  7. Autopsy IV Talking (18:00:75)
  8. The Whipsaws – Jessi Jane (18:54:50)
  9. Michael Dean Damron – Waiting Around To Die (21:58:50)
  10. Autopsy IV Talking (24:38:25)
  11. Joey Allcorn – Lonesome, Lovesick Man (25:27:25)
  12. Drive-By Trucker’s – Great Car Dealer War (29:02:25)
  13. Autopsy IV Talking (34:37:00)
  14. Truckstop Coffee – Blackbird (35:41:25)
  15. Will Quinlan & The Diviners – The Theiving Life (39:35:25)
  16. Roppongi’s Ace – Lord (44:19:25)
  17. Autopsy IV talking (47:15:00)
  18. Bob Log III – It’s The Law (48:26:25)
  19. The Pack A.D. – Wolves and Werewolves (50:45:25)
  20. Autopsy IV Talking (55:30:00)
  21. Little Foot Long Foot – June Bug (55:58:00)

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NOTE: This is it! I am headed to the beach for a couple of days and I’m leaving the laptop behind. No internets, no emails, no tweets (okay, probably some from the iPhone) and no updates. Just whiskey, homebrew, a beach, a grill and some ribs begging for 10 hours of low heat. I’ll be back to posting on June 3rd.



I originally came to know of this Santa Cruz trio via a link in the .sig of an unrelated PR email a year ago, and I’ve been in love ever since. The band consists of Pete Bernhard (guitar/vocals), Lucia Turino (upright bass) and Cooper McBean (guitar). Their sound is largely based on loose around the edges music that’s pulled together by their vocal harmonizing. The first time I ever wrote them I described them as such:

[They’re] a vaudevillian mashup of country, punk with a little pirate, and ragtime tossed in for good measure. [Their] dusty old 78 feel will almost make you feel guilty about listening to it on your iPod.

And really, that summary does as good a job here on their fourth cd as it did on their first, so I feel no need to further expound on it.

The other day the wife and I were driving around car shopping and listening to Do Wrong Right when it dawned on me that one of DM3’s strength’s/gifts is their ability to make every song feel like a sing-a-long. I bet that really comes through in their highly praised live shows, Something I hope to experience some day. Till then, I’ll crank this in the car and add one part dissonance to their harmonies.  And despite my best efforts to ruin it by singing along, Do Wrong Right is still Essential Listening.

The Devil Makes Three – Working Man’s Blues
The Devil Makes Three – Gracefully Facedown
The Devil Makes Three – Do Wrong Right

The Devil Makes Three’s Official Site, The Devil Makes Three on myspace, Buy Do Wrong Right


I originally wrote about The Devil Makes Three back in March after discovering their self-titled reissue. At the time I described them as such:

It’s a vaudevillian mashup of country, punk with a little pirate, and ragtime tossed in for good measure. The cd’s dusty old 78 feel will almost make you feel guilty about listening to it on your iPod.

I really just wanted to come back and mention them again because I’ve since gone back and picked up the remainder of their catalog; 2004’s Longjohns, Boots, and a Belt and the 2006 live effort, A Little Bit Faster And A Little Bit Worse, to much satisfaction. Both of these albums are fantastic, but it’s the live album I am digging the most. Recorded over two nights at Don Quixote’s in Felton, CA, it also features the guest fiddle of Chojo Jaques. I really think A Little Bit Faster And A Little Bit Worse really catches the band at their best…no retakes, no tracks…just a little bit of booze, a little bit of crowd and a whole lot of fun.

The Devil Makes Three – Black Irish
The Devil Makes Three – Shades
The Devil Makes Three – St. James

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The Devil Makes Three – The Devil Makes Three

I came across these guys by complete accident. Somebody sent me a PR email about some band whose name I can not even remember, but instead of direct linking to a sample mp3, they gave me link to a directory with a bunch of mp3’s, including a song by the now forgotten band that was being promoted. I went ahead and scanned the other mp3’s to see what else was in there and one particular band name caught my attention. One listen and I was ordering the cd. That’s how I came to know The Devil Makes Three.

This eponymous album was originally released in 2002 but got the reissue treatment in November of 2007. It’s a vaudevillian mashup of country, punk with a little pirate, and ragtime tossed in for good measure. The cd’s dusty old 78 feel will almost make you feel guilty about listening to it on your iPod. It’s the kind of cd you wanna listen to while you’re walking to the market. The Devil Makes Three not only makes the Essential Listening list, the band is on the top of my “need to get the rest of their catalog” list. One could say this Santa Cruz trio has hit the g-spot of my musical soul. Check em out.

The Devil Makes Three – Graveyard
The Devil Makes Three – Old No. 7
The Devil Makes Three – Ten Feet Tall

The Devil Makes Three’s Official Site, The Devil Makes Three on myspace, Buy The Devil Makes Three