Originally, the podcast and Ninebullets Radio were supposed to (mostly) feature different songs. Then, I was asked to do an extra hour on the show at the last minute and the two ended up being extremely similar track listings. Sorry about that but look at it like this; in a week the archive of the radio show will be gone forever but the podcast is available (for better or worse) forever.
The Episode 24 podcast will ring out 2011 here on ninebullets. In preparation for this show I literally (yes, I am properly using the word) collected 50+ songs I wanted to play and set out to make a podcast. I say that so you know that this isn’t a “best songs of the year” show, so much as a “some of my favorite songs of the year” show. Some made this podcast but most didn’t…not because they were inferior songs, mind you, they just didn’t fit the flow of the show.
Believe it or not, I do try to maintain even flows throughout these things and avoid too many whiplash tempo changes. Had I made the podcast the day before or the day after I did, it probably would have turned out very, very differently. But I didn’t, and these are the songs that I chose and I’m done apologizing/explaining.
So, here are some of my favorite tracks of 2011 in podcast form. Everyone be safe over the long weekend, nurse your hangovers with the hair of the dog and college bowl games, and we’ll see you come 2012 (the final year of our planet?). . 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.
01. Frank Turner – I Still Believe (from England Keep My Bones)
02. The Decemberists – Down By The Water (from The King Is Dead)
03. Old Man Markley – Letterman (from Guts ‘N Teeth)
04. The Porter Draw – Davey (from California Widow)
05. Chuck Ragan – Nomad By Fate (from Covering Ground)
06. Matt Woods – Beating Down My Door (from The Matt Woods Manifesto)
07. Have Gun Will Travel – To The Victor Go The Spoils (from Mergers & Acquisitions)
08. Lauderdale – Moving On (from Moving On)
09. Kaleigh Baker – The Weight Of It all (from The Weight Of It All)
10. JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound – Want More (from Want More)
11. Glossary – A Shoulder To Cry On (from Long Live All Of Us)
12. The Builders & The Butchers – All Away (from Dead Reckoning)
13. Deep Dark Woods – The Places I’ve Left Behind (from The Place I Left Behind)
14. Chuck Allen Floyd – Hard Times (from Schedule A)
15. American Andyne – Bastard Sons Of The New Depression (from So, You Want To Be A Bullfighter)
16. Grayson Capps – Highway 42 (from The Lost Cause Minstrels)
When I first wrote about The Weight I described them as equal parts Drag The River and Lucero, but this time around that description no longer applies. While the band maintains the line-up of Joseph Plunket, Uncle Will Noland, Jay Ellis, Fletcher “Poor Boy” Johnson, and Johnny Carpenter, the ‘punk kids making Americana music’ framework has been dropped for a more classic ‘country meets a good time’ sound. Funny what a stable lineup of a couple of years will do to a band.
Are Men is honest, pure and exactly what I was wanting from Shooter Jenning’s mega-disappointment, The Wolf. Thank you, The Weight. It’s been awhile since I was able to type this but, Are Men is most definitely Essential Listening. Check it out.
Depressed punk kids playing country songs for those lonesome late-night drives. Apparent influence from classic American songwriters to certain late-’80’s Minneapolis punk bands. “Punk attitude mixed with the passion and sincerity of country” -Status Magazine
My wife hates Internet message boards. She thinks they’re stupid and I spend to much time on them. She’s probably correct on the latter, but I’ll defend the usefulness of message boards until she figures it out. I have been turned on to some amazing music and have met some interesting, not always in a good way, people via message boards. I was turned on to The Weight via a thread on the Lucero message board.The Weight are Joseph Plunket, Uncle Will Noland, Jay Ellis, Fletcher “Poor Boy” Johnson, and Johnny Carpenter. The band originated in Athens, Georgia but relocated to Brooklyn a few years ago. They have two full-length releases: Compass released in 2002 and Ten Mile Grace released in 2004. Compass is long out of print and Ten Mile Grace is f-an-a difficult to locate. I finally found it at No Idea Records.To me, The Weight sound like an equal mix of Drag the River and Lucero. Tracks like Ten Mile Grace could easily appear on a Drag The River release, and I could swear I’ve heard part of the opening guitar riff of Sanchez on the latest Lucero record. Dragged Back In really drives the mix home in my opinion. If this CD was released next year I would write the band off as a Lucero clone, since it came out 3 years ago is all the proof I need that these guys are unique. Ten Mile Grace is the type of CD that gets better with every listen. The kind of record you put on when you are all alone drinking a beer and looking out the window. Warm, soulful, and full of heart, Ten Mile Grace is a must listen for all fans of alt.country/roots rock…..if you can find the damn thing.
Fortunately for us The Weight are currently in the recording process and 2007 will see a new album. I, for one, am looking forward to it.