Around The Web – Independence Day Edition


Right out of the gate I’m going to just give you some Two Cow Garage as a celebration of the freedom granted to almost everyone by SCOCTUS (next up is recognition of polygamous marriage). I’ve posted what I think about the decision on FB and won’t belabor the point here, so let’s all just enjoy “Let The Boys Be Girls” for a minute…

800songsSomeone with way more CDO (That’s OCD in alphabetical order, the way it should be) created a set chronological playlists of 90’s alt/indie. Taken together these things are a 500+ minute pill to swallow! I once tried to just a top 100, arranged in some chronological order, for alt country and wanted to stab myself in the eyes before I was done. The dedication it takes to make an 800 track playlist is something I don’t have. I’m seriously not entirely sure whether I should be afraid, have a ton of respect, or recommend a good shrink! Whichever it is I am grateful to have the resource, even if I’m not sure I’ll put 500 hours in to completing. Thanks @naxuu, this is pretty cool!

And since this is a holiday weekend and none of you want to spend your time reading what I thought was cool on the web this week, I am closing this, admittedly short, Around The Web with something that was cool six years ago. I mentioned I found some old mix tape archives lying around, well this is one from the Lucero Message Board, circa 2009, our little Summer Mix Tape. It was certainly a good one!

The Fox Hunt – Better Than This (Lucero Cover)
“The boys recorded this for the long overdue Lucero tribute album..I heard them play this version when they were here playing Surf Bar on Folly Beach…took some cajoling but I got MK to send me the mp3…here it is.” – JacksonDavis

Lucero – Live 1/4/2002 – American Girl
“Sticking with the 4th of July theme. Just for fun.” – Boston Twang

Deer Tick – Born on Flag Day – Houston, TX
“The first song that jumped out at me on the new record. Haven’t decided what I think of the new record yet but I like this song.” – Plank10

Cory Branan – Ardent Studios recording – Karen’s Song
“I had never heard this prior to hearing it on the streaming file released by Rachel and The City when he was in studio earlier this year…cannot wait for his new album…he and Snodgrass kicked major ass in ATL and Savannah.” – JacksonDavis…thanks to Down South for the editing Wink

Ha Ha Tonka – Novel Sounds of The Nouveau South – Close Every Valve to Your Bleeding Heart
“Roaring out of the Ozarks with a bottle in one hand and a bible in the other” – ColoradoAlan

William Elliott Whitmore – Animals In The Dark – Old Devils
“My current favourite tune from my favourite album of the year to date.” – JacksonDavis

Hoots & Hellmouth – The Holy Open Secret – What Good Are Plowshares If We Use Them Like Swords
“There is something about this band I find deeply interesting. I can’t quite put my finger on it but whatever it is this song has it.” – Autopsy IV

The Only Sons – Steel Hearts – Lay Back Down
“This song is eerily relevant for a friends situation right now..” – ColoradoAlan

The Evening Rig – Is Doin’ Stuff – Goddamn, I Could Use A Drink
“If you haven’t listened to these guys yet, you probably should.” – algwalcz

Jon Snodgrass w/ Cory Branan – Alone and Distanced
“Too bad this isn’t being released on CD or digital download…but…I was able to pry this from someone who had been way late in getting Season 5 of The Wire back to me Cool” – JacksonDavis”

Two Cow Garage – Humble Narrator – Speaking in Cursive
“I’ve had this CD for a while but just REALLY started to listen to it, and this song was the first one I kept repeating. ” The sun has a way of making us pay for our revelry filled nights” Amen Brother.” – Hecticeyes

Chad Rex & The Victorstands – Songs to Fix Angels – Build a Rocket
“I only recently realized how good Chad Rex is. Besides, it’s the time of year for rockets.” – Boston Twang

Flogging Molly – Swagger – Salty Dog
“Irish punk rock is great and good for hanging out in the summer listening to full blast.” – Lennon Medvick

Michael Dean Damron – Father’s Day – Angels Fly Up
“It seems like I am always pimping this guy’s music and my work isn’t done until he’s got a platinum award on his wall…or something like that. Father’s Day is a strong contender for the Best of ’09 as far as I’m concerned. I can’t really pinpoint why this song means so much to me, but it affects me somewhere in the guts.” – Bone Machine

Austin Lucas – The Common Cold – Kith and Kin
“If you’ve only heard Austin’s new album, definitely check out The Common Cold. Yay for the upcoming tour with Two Cow!” – TheOtherBrit

The Lemonheads – Varshons – Waitin Around to Die
“Evan Dando revisits a Townes Van Zandt classic” – ColoradoAlan

Cheap Trick – The Latest – Sick Man Of Europe
“Of all the music from my childhood, Cheap Trick are the band that I still enjoy with the intensity of my youth. It’s good to know that they’re still out there plugging away and have a catalog much richer than the classic rock staples (I Want You To Want Me, Surrender, The Flame…). This tune is from their new one, lovingly entitled The Latest, and is further proof that Robin Zander has one of the finer voices in rock some 35 years into his career.” – Bone Machine

The Dexateens – Singlewide – Can You Whoop It
“If you like the Dexateens, keep an eye out for Arkadelphia, Lee Bains III’s new band. They’ve even more amazing!” – TheOtherBrit

Trampled by Turtles – Duluth – Empire
“These guys are one of my favorite bands that I’ve discovered because they were a Lucero opener. Go see them live if you get the chance.” Boston Twang

Matthew Dean Herman – Blackbird – Blackbird
“Fantastic debut album produced by Evan Phillips of The Whipsaws. RIYL: Drive-By Truckers” – Autopsy IV

Lyle Lovette – I Love Everybody – Fat Babies
“I’ve been on a Lyle Lovette kick lately. “I don’t like hippies and I don’t like cornbread.” I’m confused that he doesn’t like cornbread.” – Plank10

Ray LaMontagne – Gossip in the Grain – Let it Be Me
Submitted by corduroy

Uncle Tupelo – March 16-20 1994 – Moonshiner
Submitted by corduroy

Kingston Trio – We’ll Sing in The Sunshine
“A fun summertime sing-a-long…” – Nicole

Against Me! – As The Eternal Cowboy – You Look Like I Need Drink
“Against Me! has been my sound track all summer, and this is one of my favorites.” – Lennon Medvick


Reposted from their Facebook page:

Time to abstain, pack it in, call it quits, throw in the towel, fold. After 6 years, 4 LPs, 2 EPs and a lotta shows, TOS is at an end. Most friends know we’ve had a rough couple of years and founding member/drummer Blake parted ways with the band back in April so we’ve decided that now was the right time to move on. Thank you to every single person who has ever supported our band. We never took you for granted, trust me. That being said – I’m very optimistic about the future. I’m in the middle of writing my debut solo album right now and it’s going really well. Hopefully she’ll be out in 2013 and I can be off the bench by then. Thanks again ya’ll. See you soon.


It’s too bad but it’s also been kind of obvious in coming. We booked them down here in St. Pete/Tampa a few times and had some good times with the boys whenever they were in town. The practical joke the boys from Chase 56 played on the band the morning after the Ninebullets 4th Anniversary Party will always be in my Top 10 practical jokes ever.

Hopefully good things lie ahead for these guys.

The Only Sons – Standing Water

Oh shit! Said practical joke was taped by the Chase 56 boys and put on youtube! Trust me, the other end of this call bought it hook line and sinker and the reactions were HILARIOUS!


It’s a day late (works been nuts) but here is the the 9b April 2012 Spotify playlist. This playlist features every band that was featured on ninebullets in the month of April that was also on Spotify. I hope you enjoy it and if you do, pass it along to some friends. Like I keep saying, every new pair of ears these bands reach is a potential fan/head at show.

This month’s playlist checks in at 31 tracks and features: The Counting Crows, The Only Sons, Otis Gibbs, Anais Mitchell, Claire Brown and many others. So, when you’ve got some time to kill, give it a listen:

The April 2012 Spotify Playlist

Some other music streams we produce:
The Podcast (published monthly(ish))
Ninebullets Radio Archive (airs weekly on Thursday nights on 88.5 WMNF Tampa)

The Only Sons – When The New Wears Off

I had a loveseat once.

Recently I moved into a basement apartment, it was terrible experience and life in the basement has been rather deflating.  Fourteen months ago I lived in a home I owned but couldn’t continue to afford.  I picked up and moved across the country into a duplex and started a business.  A year later I needed to spend less on rent and thus a basement apartment.

During the move I filled the basement and worked in a circle trying to find places for everything.  I would get one area partway set up and then have to move to another section to clear some clutter.  It took days and I knew I wasn’t happy and that some of my stuff just wasn’t going to fit.

My basement still isn’t very good but things started to come together when I made a decision about the loveseat.  I put the loveseat at a friend’s house and suddenly the whole basement seemed to be tied together.  My loveseat is like the rug that The Dude owns in The Big Lebowski, but opposite.

I only told that story because I’m convinced that The Dude would love The Only Sons.  Really convinced.  I first heard the previous Only Sons record, American Stranger, when it was reviewed on Nine Bullets and picked up a copy.  It took a few months for the record to grow on me but it was real solid rock.

Something changed in the sound between American Stranger and When The New Wears Off.  There’s more swamp now and more boot stomping.  I don’t know if they were in the studio and somebody was yelling for them to add more boot stomp but it sure sounds like it.

“Devil’s Circus” is an opener that means business and the title track follows without letting go of the good time momentum.  And then “Bully” is a better song than the first two.  There are a couple of songs about being in a band or the life of a musician, a trend that I’ve never been fond of but with “Helping Hand” The Only Sons tap into a trend I’m much more a fan of.  It’s got a little bit of south swagger and soul mixed with the guitar rock of the rest of the album.

Here’s what I’m certain of-if you dig the three songs here you’ll enjoy the whole album.  And When The New Wears Off is a great title and Essential Listening.

The Only Sons – Devil’s Circus
The Only Sons – Bully
The Only Sons – Helping Hand

The Only Sons Official Site,  The Only Sons on facebook, The Only Sons on Spotify, Buy When The New Wears Off


Man. The first show after a marathon show is always so nice and relaxed. I played a lot of brand new music in between all the chatter, whining and begging that makes up a marathon show and I was afraid a lot of people may have missed it so I tried to get a lot of it back into last night’s show. Speaking of marathon, I would like to say that by Friday afternoon last week the show had met (and exceeded) it’s goal. So, props to all of y’all for that.

Now, about this week’s show. Late yesterday afternoon I saw that Levon had passed so I decided to bookend the show with him as a form of tribute. In between we got brand new songs from Will Quinlan & The Diviners, Joe Pug, Alone At 3AM, Tim Barr, The Only Sons and plenty more as well as an all requests segment of the show. All in all, I think the show turned out pretty strong and I would highly suggest you spend an hour of your day checking out the archived stream of it.

Below is the playlist for April 19, 2012

01. Todd Farrell – Ninebullets Radio Intro
02. Levon Helm – Wide River To Cross
03. Joe Pug – Neither Do I Need A Witness
04. Will Quinlan & the Diviners – Cuyahoga River Blues
05. Fifth On The Floor – Distant Memory Lane
06. Alone At 3AM – Wolf In The Woods
07. Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires – The Red, Red Dirt Of Home
08. Don Auber – Smoke & Steam
09. Larry & His Flask – Beggars Will Ride
10. Dinero – Some People Push Back
11. The Only Sons – The Natural
12. Middle Brother – Million Dollar Bill
13. Lauderdale – Drink To Sleep
14. Tim Barry – Fine Foods Market
15. The Band – The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down

Bold = Request

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Episode 68: aired 04.19.2012


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. The Youngbloods – Darkness, Darkness
02. Johnny Cash featuring Krist Novoselic, Kim Thayil, and Sean Kinney – Time of the Preacher
03. Ragged Jubilee – Blood On The Highway
04. Dan Bern – Tiger Woods
05. Corner Shop – Good Shit
06. Micheal Hall – Sometimes I Wish I’d Never Heard The Rolling Stones
07. D.R. Hooker – Forge Your Own Chains
08. The Parlor Soldiers – Lawless
09. The Only Sons – Bully
10. Dave Hause – Time Will Tell
11. We Are Augustines – Book of James
12. Biters – Breakin Your Heart Again
13. Glossary – West Liberty (banjo version)
14. Clash – London Calling
15. Lyle Lovette – Brown-Eyed Handsome Man
16. The Blakes – Two Times
17. Earl King – Trick Bag
18. Lowell George – 20 Million Things
19. Dr. John – Getaway


Last night’s show was a little bit of a goat f*ck. There was a terrible accident on the interstate that turned my normal 35 minute drive to the station into an hour and 20 minute slow roll. So, the first 20 minutes of the show are an extended version of Ed’s Postmodern Hootenanny and aren’t represented in the playlist below. Anyhow, I basically pulled into the station, sprinted into the studio, set-up in 3 minutes and went on the air. All things considered, I think the show turned out pretty awesome and I think you will too so put your ears on the archived stream of the show.

Below is the playlist for March 29, 2012

01. Todd Farrell – Ninebullets Radio Intro
02. Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs – Cripple Creek
03. Earl Scruggs – Foggy Mountain Breakdown
04. The Earl Scruggs Revue – Banjo Man
05. Tim Barry – 40 MileR
06. McDougall – Ready, Begin
07. Arliss Nancy – The Crease
08. The Only Sons – Southern Boy
09. The Brother Comatose – Modern Day Sinners
10. Cam Penner – No Consequence
11. Those Poor Bastards – A Bone To Pick
12. OFF! – King Kong Brigade
13. Agnostic Phibes – Campfire Tales

Bold = Request

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P.S.: If you like this show, do me a favor and post about it on your Facebook/Twitter/Blog. It’ll do a lot to help these bands reach new ears…and in the end, that’s what this is all about. It’ll also help bring the existence of the radio show to more people’s attention & the more people there are listening/paying attention to the show the more likely it is to stay on the air.

Episode 65: aired 03.29.2012


Last New Years Eve I made the New Years Resolution to support (1) Kickstarter effort a month for all of 2011. I also made the resolution to “drink like a human”. Both were met with varying degrees of success. Most night’s I was tipsy or, acceptably drunk, but my bad nights were really really bad. On the kickstarter front, while I could not anticipate the guessing game that my biweekly paycheck would be throughout the year, I still managed to back 9 campaigns last year.

Enter 2012. The kickstarter blowback has begun and there has been no shortage of anti-kickstarter articles and blog posts written and while I agree that established artist such as Rhett Miller shouldn’t be using kickstarter to fund their albums, I just choose not to support those campaigns instead of damning the entire service. This brings us to January and another kickstarter campaign that I feel is worth your support.

2011 was a strange year for The Only Sons. They lost their manager/backup drummer. They lost band members. For a period of time, there was not telling if The Only Sons were even a band anymore. Being a married man, I am familiar with the ebbs and flows of a relationship and I am glad to say The Only Sons are not only, still a band, they’re a band ready to make a new album.

Enter their Kickstarter campaign. Their new album is gonna be called When The New Wears Off and it will feature The Only Sons as a three piece with Glossary’s Joey Kneiser contributing occasionally with organ/piano and like Glossary, it appears The Son’s are drawing more heavily from that 70’s rock sound than albums past (and we know where that got Glossary). As an added bonus, all 15 dollars or more supporters of their campaign will get access to an immediate download of a kickstarter only EP of B-Sides entitled Scraps.

I hope you support the Ninebullets Kickstarter Of The Month projects but even if you don’t, I hope you support some kickstarter projects. I’ll leave you with the words of Franz Nicolay that I could not agree with more:

“One of the things I’ve always liked about punk rock world is the idea that it’s a community, that the people who make the music are no different functionally than the people who consume it, that it’s a conversation, not a monologue. And part of being a community is having a stake in it, feeling a sense of responsibility toward keeping that community moving forward. If you don’t like my music, by all means don’t feel an obligation to contribute. But there is some other musician out there whose music you love, and could use your help. And if we can agree to support the idea of community-sourcing funding for projects from this, to Kevin Seconds’ tour van, to who knows what coming down the line, we’ll all have more music from the people whose work we love.”

You can access The Only Son’s kickstarter campaign here.

The Only Sons – Standing Water
The Only Sons – Put Up A Fight


Last night’s show was a special, 2 hour, edition of Ninebullets Radio featuring some of my favorite tracks from 2011. I hope y’all enjoy it. Have a safe New Years and we’ll see you next week.

Ninebullets Radio is a radio extension of the blog that airs every Thursday night in Tampa, Florida on WMNF 88.5 FM at 10pm Eastern. The show is archived for one week after it’s original air date and is available for streaming here. Also, don’t forget to head over to Facebook and like the Ninebullets Radio page.

Below is the playlist for December 29, 2011.

The first 1/2 of this week’s show was actually the last hour of The Postmodern Hootenany. You can listen to this portion of the show via this stream.

01. Scott H. Biram – Open Road
02. Chuck Allen Floyd – Hard Times
03. American Anodyne – Bastard Sons of The New Depression
04. Hellbound Glory – Bastard Child
05. Isaac Hoskins – Load Up That .45
06. The Only Sons – Standing Water
07. Mealaena Cadez – Clay Pigeons
08. Gillian Welch – The Way It Goes
09. Robyn Ludwick – Hollywood
10. Joe Pug – Speak Plainly Diana
11. Ha Ha Tonka – Made Example Of
12. Kingsley Flood – I Don’t Wanna Go Home
13. Old Man Markley – Letterman
14. The Decemberists – Rox In The Box

This 1/2 of the show is available via the standard Ninebullets Radio stream.

14. The Decemberists – Rox In The Box
15. Builders and the Butchers – All Away
16. Frank Turner – I Still Believe
17. Chuck Ragan – Nomad By Fate
18. Matt Woods – Beatin’ Down My Door
19. Eilen Jewell – Queen Of The Minor Key
20. Nikki Lane – Gone, Gone, Gone
21. Caitlin Rose – Shanghai Cigarettes
22. Have Gun Will Travel – Dream No More
23. Damion Suomi & the Minor Prophets – Camel
24. Kaleigh Baker – Train Gone By
25. Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears – Scandalous
26. JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound – Want More
27. Grayson Capps – Highway 42
28. Jon Snodgrass & Frank Turner – Happy New Year

Bold = Request

P.S.: If you like this show, do me a favor and post about it on your Facebook/Twitter/Blog. It’ll do a lot to help these bands reach new ears…and in the end, that’s what this is all about. It’ll also help bring the existence of the radio show to more people’s attention & the more people there are listening/paying attention to the show the more likely it is to stay on the air.

Episode 52: aired 12.29.2011


Hey everyone. I know things have been a little “erratic” here in ninebullets land. It’s not that we’re lazy and it’s not that there aren’t plenty of articles sitting in the que just waiting to be posted. It basically boils down to me not getting them up. I am in the midst of pretty heady family illness and sometimes my smartphone is the closest thing resembling a computer that I am near for the day. So, if you see a day pass without a post please be patient and don’t give up on us. As they say, this too shall pass.

With that said, here are a few awesome things I’ve missed in the past week or so:

  • I don’t know how you may have missed this but if you did, let me be the one who directs you to it: Drinkify. Basically, type in a band you like and it’ll tell you what you should drink while you listen to them.
  • A band I really like, Bonnie & The Beard (see write up) has 7 days left on their Kickstarter campaign to for their new EP. They’re 800 dollars short if you wanna toss a little love their way, that would be awesome.
  • Some cool new videos have surfaced in the last few days that I’d like to share with y’all: