The Morning Pages remind me of why I started doing this blog in the first place. Before ninebullets I would have posted about this band on a couple of message boards I read, and it would have drifted off the first page with hardly anyone reading (much less commenting on) it. Now with ninebullets, essentially the same thing gets to happen, except that I only have to post it once.
The Morning Pages, who follow a surprisingly long line of country-infused acts coming out of Brooklyn, consists of Grant Maxwell (vocals/guitar), Matt Stoulil (bass), Ben Arons (drums), Kendra MacDevitt (harmonies/fiddle), Rick Fox (keyboards) and Chris Hills (lead guitar). Unlike fellow Brooklynites The Weight, who produce a fairly straight forward brand of alt.country, The Morning Pages tend to mix a little more of an indie vibe into their sound. One thing I can appreciate about the band is that despite their sound being self-described as “country folk”, they manage to keep it real, penning plenty of songs about the city that houses them. For me, the album sort of drags at times during some of the slower songs, but as a whole it’s a pretty impressive debut LP that seems to have this odd & infectious innocense about it.
Well. I’ll be a motherfucker. I never expected to still be doing these 12 months after the first one but here we are. Furthermore, I feel as though they are an integral part of the site now days. For some reason, I don’t really care to much about the stats for the podcast but today I took a peek at them and according to the stats there are 2500 subscribers to this fucker! I don’t know if that’s a lot or a pathetic number in podcast world but I am pretty sure it’s more people than the average Rays game gets. I hope it’s 5000 by this time next year. With that said, let’s talk about this month’s podcast.
For the one year anniversary I’ve brought y’all, what I feel like, is the best podcast to date from a production standpoint….and musically it’s pretty friggin’ stellar to. I open it with a small collection of happy birthday tracks before settling into a show full of brand new material. We got brand new tracks from The Black Keys, American Aquarium, Red Clay River, I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch In The House, Gaslight Anthem and The Morning Pages. Also, in celebration of our birthday, we’re bringing you the best give away the podcast has had to date but to know about that you’re gonna have to actually listen to the damn thing. Another thing that was super cool about this month’s podcast is that there were actually requests from twitter and facebook that ended up getting played. If you have something you wanna hear played follow me on Facebook or Twitter and make a request when I solicit them next month.
As always, below you’ll find the track listing for the show. Please tell your friends and Facebook/Twitter followers about it, I’ll greatly appreciate it.