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

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Episode 65: aired 03.29.2012


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


Well, well, well, here it is. The first themed podcast and we decided to do the dual (collab, if you will) themes of Murder Ballads and Beer. The murder ballads came from y’all’s emails and my admittedly shit memory, while the beer came from Rogue Brewery courtesy our Portland friend Lollyrae. I hope I did okay, but I have to admit I am lacking a little confidence on this one. I think the main problem is that I wasn’t too sure how I was gonna do it before I started it, then I realized midway through that I needed to cut it off due to file size and my podcast host. That said, a couple more of these and I think I could have it down to an art…not that it matters. This bad boy is done, so let’s talk about it.

As I said, this month’s podcast features murder ballads and devil songs. I had asked for people to email me their suggestions and got enough songs that I could have done a two hour show, and that’s before I put in the songs I wanted to include. THEN, to add more time, I had all that wonderful (and some not so wonderful) beer to talk about! I’m really curious to know if y’all think it turned out very good. If I didn’t include your song, it’s probably not because I didn’t like it, I just ran out of time. Hopefully, next month we’re gonna be doing another one of these featuring Florida bands and Florida craft beers.

Y’all have a happy Halloween and check back here tomorrow for a Strawfoot giveaway. Til’ then, here is the tracklisting for this month’s show, please tell your friends and Facebook/Twitter followers about it. I’ll greatly appreciate it.

~ Autopsy IV (twitter/facebook/myspace)

October 2009 Tracklisting:

  1. Bone Thugs & Harmony – Neighborhood Slang [00.00.00]
  2. Autopsy IV Commentary [00.01.29]
  3. Violent Femmes – Country Death Song [00.03.38]
  4. Gillian Welch – Caleb Meyer [00.08.35]
  5. Bob Frank & John Murray – Bubba Rose, 1961 [00.11.32]
  6. Autopsy IV Commentary [00.14.39]
  7. The Eagles – Take The Devil [00.16.39]
  8. Jay Farrar – Devil In Disguise [00.20.26]
  9. Joan Osborne – Man In The Long Black Coat [00.24.02]
  10. Autopsy IV Commentary [00.28.52]
  11. Have Gun Will Travel – That Ol’ Death Rattle [00.30.24]
  12. Old Crow Medicine Show – My Good Gal [00.33.20]
  13. Okkervil River – Westfall [00.37.36]
  14. Autopsy IV Commentary [00.43.26]
  15. Scott H. Biram – I See The Light/What’s His Name [00.45.08]
  16. Strawfoot – Cursed Neck [00.52.15]
  17. Uncle Sinner – Shady Grove [00.56.39]
  18. Those Poor Bastards – A Bone To Pick [00.58.25]
  19. Sons of Perdition – Psalm of Retribution [00.59.33]
  20. Autopsy IV Commentary [01.03.38]
  21. Hank III – Cocaine Blues [01.05.09]
  22. Amy Lavere – Killing Him [01.08.57]
  23. Tim Barry – Dog Bumped [01.11.57]
  24. Autopsy IV Commentary [01.16.08]
  25. Chris Knight – Down The River [01.08.20]

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What happens when one of the kings of gothic country teams up with the dusty voice of a musical time gone by of Rachel Brooke?

With the release of A Bitter Harvest we find out.

A Bitter Harvest features 1/2 of the gothic country outfit Those Poor Bastards, Lonesome Wyatt, with Michigan born songstress, Rachel Brooke. The album is 10 tracks long with each artist writing 1/2 the songs (Lonesome wrote the odd tracks and Rachel wrote the even ones) while all 10 feature the playing and singing of both collaborators. I wasn’t really sure how the old time nature of Rachel’s voice would pair with the baritone of Lonesome voice in the weeks leading up to this album but I am happy to announce that they fit together quite nicely and when they’re at their best they can be downright spooky. This spookiness is best highlighted in the lead off track, This Painful Summer.

Every time I write about a new Those Poor Bastards I use the same line, “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“. Adding Rachel to that sound is like adding one of the Sirens of Sirenum to the mix to lure the woeful and the wretched into their musical nightmare.

Even though this is easily the most “accessible” album either of them have ever released, beware, it still isn’t safe for delicate ears or weak souls.

Lonesome Wyatt & Rachel Brooke – This Painful Summer
Lonesome Wyatt & Rachel Brooke – Someday I’ll Fall

Those Poor Bastards on myspace, Rachel Brooke on myspace, Buy A Bitter Harvest


Here we are. Another month, another podcast. Can you believe it’s been 6 months? Traffic on these is improving a little and that’s raised my spirits about doing them…I know I’m supposed to be all about doing them regardless of the amount of people who listen….and I will be, just as soon as the podcast’s monthly traffic gets in the same neighborhood as’s daily traffic. That said, let’s talk about this month’s podcast.

The moment I sat down and started mapping out what songs I wanted to play this month I started getting excited. It quickly became obvious that this month’s song selection was gonna be the bomb. We got unreleased tracks from The Fox Hunt, Left Lane Cruiser, Carolyn Mark, Malcolm Holcombe, Pete Bernhard (Devil Makes Three) and Chuck Ragan, as well as newborn songs from Chad Price (Drag The River), Mat d. and the Profane Saints, The Builders and The Butchers, The Takers and Lonesome Wyatt (Those Poor Bastards) w/Rachel Brooke.

In the middle of the show I decided to do a set featuring bands who will be performing at Suburban Home‘s 14 Anniversary Weekend Party, which I’ll be attending in 15 days. Hopefully I’ll come back from it with some good stories, good pictures and a few interviews.

And that does it. I’m really happy with this month’s podcast and I think y’all will like it. Do me a favor, though. If you listen and you enjoy the show, please tell other people about it.

Thanks, everyone. ~Autopsy IV (twitter: @autopsy4)


  1. Adams House Cat – Nine Bullets [00.00.00]
  2. Autopsy IV Commentary [04.00.00]
  3. The Fox Hunt – It Suits Me [05.11.00]
  4. Carolyn Mark w/N.Q. Arbuckle – All Time Low [08.03.00]
  5. Lonesome Wyatt & Rachel Brooke – This Painful Summer [11.56.50]
  6. Autopsy IV Commentary [15.48.00]
  7. Chad Price – Cursed [17.30.00]
  8. Jon Snodgrass – Brave With Strangers [21.08.00]
  9. The Takers – Diamond Ring [24.14.00]
  10. Two Cow Garage – Swingset Assassin [27.36.00]
  11. Autopsy IV Commentary [30.28.00]
  12. Chris Knight – Highway Junkie [31.50.00]
  13. Malcolm Holcombe – A Bigger Plan [36.20.00]
  14. Deadstring Brothers – Sao Palo [39.16.00]
  15. Chuck Ragan – Let It Rain [45.04.00]
  16. Autopsy IV Commentary [47.34.00]
  17. Pete Bernhard – Townes [49.48.00]
  18. The Builders and The Butchers – Down in the Hole [53.54.00]
  19. Autopsy IV Commentary [57.40.00]
  20. Left Lane Cruiser – Black Lung [59.30.00]
  21. Mat D & The Profane Saints – Mudflap Mamma [63.54.00]
  22. The Drive-By Truckers – Play It All Night Long [67.02.00]

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I’m not sure there is a single reader that will like this cd. Hell, I can’t even tell you with any degree of certainty that I like the cd, but since I can’t stop listening to it I figured I need to go ahead and write about it.

The band’s story is either mundane or awesome, depending on which of their many bios you read so I’m gonna choose one of the more fun ones. According the the band’s myspace page, The Sad Bastard Book Club came to existence somewhere in California in a cramped apartment with a floor stained with blood from the the previous tenant’s successful suicide. Over time, as friends and vagabonds in various levels of welcome wandered in and out of the apartment, the stain on the floor became something of a drunken late night conversation piece. They began to make stories about the life of the suicide victim, Carrie Anne Crowe, and those stories would eventually be put to music and thus The Sad Bastard Book Club and The Collected Short Stories Of Carrie Anne Crowe were born.

Is that true? Who cares? It’s interesting and fits the band and their sound like a glove.

Speaking of sound, how to describe the sound of The Sad Bastard Book Club is an interesting dilemma. You could call them doom-country, but I like that term for Those Poor Bastards, Sons of Perdition and bands of that ilk, and really, SBBC just doesn’t fit in with that sound. While listening to the cd I continually come back to the same comparison, and while most people will not get it I’m gonna use it anyway cause I think it’s perfect: Skinny Puppy.

Yes. The industrial group Skinny Puppy. If Skinny Puppy were to make folk music this band is exactly what they would sound like, and like Skinny Puppy, it’s hard to decide if you love it or not at times but you just keep coming back to it. For those familiar with Skinny Puppy I’ll get real precise and say that had The Process been a country/folk album, it would be The Collected Stories Of Carrie Anne Crowe.

Check out the samples and decide for yourself.

The Sad Bastard Book Club – Do You Know What Two Cents Would Have Bought You In My Day
The Sad Bastard Book Club – Thank You Corpses! Your Help Has Been Vital To Our Efforts
The Sad Bastard Book Club – Eviction Party In The United State Of Nebraska!

The Sad Bastard Book Club’s Official Site, The Sad Bastard Book Club on myspace, Buy The Collected Stories Of Carrie Anne Crowe


Strawfoot is “an angry preacher and a bunch of foul-mouthed heathens” from somewhere in St. Louis. The moment I heard the track “Damnation Way” from the Rodentia compilation I was excited almost to the point of being giddy to hear more music from them.  Within 5 minutes of hearing them for the first time I was downloading their complete album from Amazon MP3. Often in times like these you find that your hopes are met by inconsistent track listings that never quite measure up to the track that got you there. By the time I had gotten to the third track, “Chasing Locusts”, I knew that the track that had introduced me to Strawfoot wasn’t even their best.

I’ve described the goth-country band Those Poor Bastards with the following, “Imagine yourself camping out in some remote Appalachian holler when out of the woods walks Death himself. Now imagine him 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? What’s that? You’re not sure but you’re kind of creeped out? Welcome to the gothic-country stylings of Those Poor Bastards.” I think that if that impromptu concert were to require an opening act that there are few more qualified to fill the slot than Strawfoot.

Since I’ve found these guys I’ve been pushing them on anyone within hearing distance like Cialis commercials during a football game. They are the first band of this young year that I’ve truly gotten excited about. It’s like they have a conduit that leads straight to my sonic g-spot. Check ’em out and I’m sure you’ll find them to be Essential Listening as well.

Strawfoot – Wayfarin’ Stranger
Strawfoot – Cursed Neck
Strawfoot – Damnation Way

Strawfoot’s Official Site, Strawfoot on myspace, Buy Chasing Locusts


Last Friday I announced the line-up of bands for this years Deep Blues Festival. Earlier this week I bought my plane tickets for Minneapolis. I tell you that so you don’t think I am just pimping the festival for some nefarious reason. I buy a ticket just like everyone else. That said, I really do believe in DBF, in what Chis is doing and in the bands playing it so I will take every opportunity to pimp it.

Hence Deep Blues Fridays.

On select Fridays between now and the festival I will feature bands playing it, live sets from festivals past and things of that ilk. I hope y’all like it…and if you’re anywhere near Minneapolis, join us in July, it’s gonna be a blast.

This is a sampler the festival recently put out featuring performances from last years show. Chris told me I was free to post it here so here you go. Individual tracks are below from listening, complete sampler can be downloaded here.

  1. Juke Joint Duo – Stay Here In Your Arms
  2. The Moaners – I Think I Love You
  3. Jawbone – And Wine
  4. Left Lane Cruiser – That Ass
  5. Robert Cage and Hezekiah Early – Things I Used To Do
  6. T-Model Ford – Cut You Loose
  7. Black-Eyed Snakes – Good Woman Blues
  8. Those Poor Bastards – They Don’t Make Folks Like They Used To
  9. A Night In The Box – Death Letter
  10. Reverend Deadeye – Clean Train
  11. Charlie Parr – 1922
  12. Boogaloosa Prayer – She’s Gone
  13. Hillstomp – Lay Down Satan
  14. Pat MacDonald – Reset Me Lord
  15. Dex Romweber Duo – Blues That Defy My Soul
  16. Black Diamond Heavies – Bidin’ My Time
  17. Bob Log III – Six Stringer Kicker
  18. Pure Country Gold – Club 21
  19. American Relay – Bonedry
  20. Tarbox Ramblers – What Month Was Jesus Born
  21. Possessed By Paul James – Hear The Call


Normally I don’t write about compilations. Matter a fact, I don’t even listen to them.  The only other compilation I ever wrote about on here was the Hillgrass Bluebilly tribute to Hank Williams Sr. and Huddie Ledbetter, Hiram and Huddie, and just like it, it took an artist roster full of familiar bands for me to entertain it.

Honestly, when I got Rodentia I did not expect to like the compilation. I was just looking at a roster of familiars; Those Poor Bastards, Sons of Perdition, O’Death and Joe Buck Yourself and just hoping to stumble upon another doom country band I might like. What I got was 34 tracks of doom country that could easily be described as the goth-country/dark-roots bible in the form of a double-disc release.

To say it was an ambitious project would be an understatement. The goal of the compilation isn’t just to introduce you to to goth-country/dark-roots sound. It’s laid out in a way so that you’re introduced and slowly guided into the whole sound through its 10 chapter design. If you’ve ever thought this might be a genre of music you would want to look into then, quite simply, this cd is here to act as your gateway drug. If, like me, you’re already a disciple of the heavy-hitters of the goth-country sound then let this comp expose you to some of the up and comers in the scene like Strawfoot or Uncle Sinner.

We’ll be writing about a lot of the bands featured on this comp in the coming weeks/months and Devil’s Ruin Records has earned a new fan in ninebullets based on this Essential Listening release.

Strawfoot – Damnation Way (from Chapter I – Marrow Gruel Victuals)
Uncle Sinner – When Jesus Comes (from Chapter III – Battle & Reign)
Tom Baxendale – Her Ghost (from Chapter III – Battle & Reign)
Sons of Perdition (w/Lonesome Wyatt & Dad Horse Ottn) – Psalm of Nod (from Chapter VIII – Diablerie)

Devil’s Ruin Records Official Site, Devil’s Ruin Records on myspace, Buy Rodentia: The Best of Dark Roots Music