The February installment of the Feel Bad For You Mixtape is up and streaming. The FBFY mixtape has entered a new segment of it’s life moving from a message board tape curated by Ms. Rockstar Aimz, of My Aimz Is True, to a mixtape put together by a collection of (mostly) like minded bloggers. You can stream it below and head over to the official FBFY mixtape web site for some dialog on why each song was selected.

Track Listing:

01. Shayfer James – Title: Weight of the World
02. “Mississippi” Charles Bevel – Don’t Lie to Me
03. Timothy Bracken – Unmade
04. Valerie June – No Draws Blues
05. Robert Pete Williams – You Used to Be a Sweet Clover Shaker
06. Dirty Bourbon River Show – One Way Or Another (I’ll Be Free)
07. John 5 – Behind The Nut Love
08. Folk Family Revival – Unfolding
09. Ola Belle Reed – My Epitaph
10. The Bear – Jack and Joan
11. David Allan Coe – Spotlight
12. Roky Erickson – For You
13. The Setters – Don’t Love Me Wisely
14. The Clash – I’m So Bored With The U.S.A.
15. Mark Lanegan – The Gravedigger’s Song
16. The Louvin Brothers – The Great Atomic Power
17. Dax Rigs – Say Goodnight to the World
18. The Bee Gees – Marley Purt Drive
19. Old Crow Medicine Show – Angel From Montgomery
20. Texas Wettnex – Get Your Ass On Out Of Here
21. Some Dark holler – Sweet Red Wine
22. Bombino – Tar Hani (My Love)
23. Kim Jannsen – Drift (Live on InDeKringloop.nl)
24. Anthony Leon & The Chain – Uncle Sam
25. The Maldives – Blood Relations


I’ll tell y’all what, when you do a monthly podcast you really begin to appreciate how short a month is. It’s like you just finished the last podcast when you realize you only have 5 days left before the next one is due. This is also the first podcast I ever made without the use of any beer or whiskey. Outside of there being no slurring by the end of it, I don’t really notice much of a difference. Lemme know if you do.

This month’s show features a pretty good balance between ninebullets regulars such as Biram, The Truckers, Austin Lucas and Mat D and relative newcomers you may not have heard of if you don’t read ninebullets such as Back Row Baptists, Reverend Deadeye and The Maldives. In between all of those we dropped some artists that have yet to be featured at all in 9b (though they will in the coming month’s) like Root Jack, The Sadies and Tin Horn Prayer. All in all, I think the whole set turned out really fantastic and I bet an hour from now you’ll agree with me.

If you enjoy this month’s please tell your Facebook and Twitter followers about it, I’ll greatly appreciate it.

~ Autopsy IV (twitter/facebook)

Track Listing:

  1. John Mellencamp – Rain On The Scarecrow [00.00.00]
  2. Drive-By Truckers – Sink Hole [00.03.16]
  3. Scott H. Biram – Blood, Sweat & Murder [00.06.37]
  4. Autopsy IV Commentary * [00.09.30]
  5. Dan Bern – Most American Men [00.11.18]
  6. Root Jack – 30 Days [00.15.45]
  7. Back Row Baptists – Wood and Steel [00.19.22]
  8. Mat D – Ford Marriage [00.22.07]
  9. Tin Horn Prayer – Fighting Sleep [00.25.31]
  10. Autopsy IV Commentary * [00.28.57]
  11. Reverend Deadeye – Her Heart Belongs To The Wind [00.30.46]
  12. Austin Lucas – Sleep Well (demo) [00.34.58]
  13. The Only Sons – Highway Patrolman [00.39.37]
  14. Cam Penner – Thirteen [00.44.42]
  15. Autopsy IV Commentary * [00.48.18]
  16. The Sadies – Another Year Again [00.49.31]
  17. The Maldives – Goodbye [00.52.45]
  18. Autopsy IV Commentary * [00.56.43]
  19. Hellsongs – Youth Gone Wild [00.57.42]

* All music heard in background during commentary, courtesy of Bill Benson.

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When Kasey mentioned The Maldives late last year, labeling them “the best country band you’ve never heard”, I was intrigued. Partially seeing it as a challenge, I sought out to acquire their album, Listen To The Thunder. As year end lists started rolling in, I saw their name repeated on a few left-coast based blogs and I knew it was time I checked these Seattle kids out for myself. After a single pass through the album I knew it was necessary that they get a proper ninebullets.net writeup. My only regret is that it took this long for it to happen.

The Maldives come out of Seattle nine members strong, featuring Jason Dodson (Guitar, Lead Vocal), Jesse Bonn (Guitar, Piano), Tim Gadbois (Guitar, Piano), Ryan McMackin (Drums), Chris Warner (Bass), Chris Zasche (Pedal Steel), Seth Warren (Violin), Kevin Barrans (Accordion, Banjo) and Tomo Nakayama (Percussion, Piano), all coming together to create a sound just as expansive as their roster. Over the years the band’s line up has been pretty rough and tumble, but it started to settle in back in 2004 when singer Jason asked Jessee Bonn and fellow guitarist Tim Gadbois to sit in with him for a show. Like glances across a crowded bar, this chance night proved to be a life-altering experience for the turbulence that had been The Maldives. After that, the members and albums just seemed to fall into place, with Listen To The Thunder fully consummating the act.

The band self-describes their sound as “country music if Garth Brooks never happened”. Honestly, I have no idea what that even means. I’d describe their sound as country music being made by kids who spent a large amount of high-school listening to indie-rock. I’d file them along with acts like American Aquarium, Olin & The Moon and Ha-Ha Tonka. Another way to say the same thing is to say that if The Old 97’s would have come around today, they’d probably have sounded an awful lot like the way The Maldives do now.

As to whether this was the best country album I didn’t hear last year or not is tough to say. Hell, the massive stack of unlistened to cds in my computer room will tell you there were a whole lot of country cds I didn’t get to listen to last year. Best or not, I can say this: in a better world, Listen To The Thunder is an album I would have heard last year and, had I heard it, I would have labeled it Essential Listening without a moment’s hesitation.

Check these kids out:

The Maldives – Cold November
The Maldives – Whidbey Island Blues
The Maldives – Time Is Right Now

The Maldives Official Site, The Maldives on myspace, Buy Listen To The Thunder