NINEBULLETS.NET MAY 2009 PODCAST

We’re back with another podcast. This month features a couple of tracks from the upcoming Evan Phillips benefit album, as well as a track from the upcoming Joey Allcorn album All Alone Again.

Evan Phillips is the front man for one of my favorite new rock and roll bands, The Whipsaws, as well as a member of the trio E.S.P., with Tim Easton and Leeroy Stagger. Seven years ago he suffered an injury while climbing a mountain in California and had surgery to try and repair it, but the surgery was ineffective.  He’s been trying to live with it, but last year it got much worse and The Whipsaws were forced to cancel the remainder of their tour so Evan could get it fixed properly. Unfortunately, there is no insurance plan for touring musicians, so Evan was left with a mountain of bills. The benefit album was put together to help Evan out, while also getting some awesome music out to us (seems more fair than the Paste deal). Featured on the album are 11 bands including Tim Easton, Leeroy Stagger, Ryebender and Wrinkle Neck Mules performing their takes on Evan’s songs. It comes out June 15 so keep an eye on the myspace profile and buy one or two when they become available.

I also decided to do a segment featuring some local area bands, Will Quinlan & The Diviners, Truckstop Coffee and Roppongi’s Ace. All three are part of the upper-crust of the Tampa/Central Florida music scene and they all have albums for sale. I hope y’all like this segment and check out their music in greater detail, I am gonna do this again next month with three more bands from my local scene. I also plan on writing up Roppongi’s Ace’s completely awesome album, Into The Night, next week so be on the lookout.

You may also notice that I’ve added the timestamp to each song in the track listing. That was a suggestion from a reader that I thought was brilliant. If you have any suggestions on how I can make this podcast better, please email me. I’m not too proud, and lord knows I am learning this podcast thing on the fly. And if you’re a band that would like their music featured on the podcast, again, email me.

Okay, that’s enough talking, let’s get to the track list and the music:

  1. Drive-By Truckers – Nine Bullets (00:00:00)
  2. The Devil Makes Three – Working Man’s Blues (04:02:50)
  3. They Might Be Giants – Number Three (07:39:00)
  4. Autopsy IV Talking (09:01:00)
  5. Rye Bender – Highway 395 (10:21:00)
  6. Aaron Lee Tasjan – Fighting For The Man (14:03:00)
  7. Autopsy IV Talking (18:00:75)
  8. The Whipsaws – Jessi Jane (18:54:50)
  9. Michael Dean Damron – Waiting Around To Die (21:58:50)
  10. Autopsy IV Talking (24:38:25)
  11. Joey Allcorn – Lonesome, Lovesick Man (25:27:25)
  12. Drive-By Trucker’s – Great Car Dealer War (29:02:25)
  13. Autopsy IV Talking (34:37:00)
  14. Truckstop Coffee – Blackbird (35:41:25)
  15. Will Quinlan & The Diviners – The Theiving Life (39:35:25)
  16. Roppongi’s Ace – Lord (44:19:25)
  17. Autopsy IV talking (47:15:00)
  18. Bob Log III – It’s The Law (48:26:25)
  19. The Pack A.D. – Wolves and Werewolves (50:45:25)
  20. Autopsy IV Talking (55:30:00)
  21. Little Foot Long Foot – June Bug (55:58:00)

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NOTE: This is it! I am headed to the beach for a couple of days and I’m leaving the laptop behind. No internets, no emails, no tweets (okay, probably some from the iPhone) and no updates. Just whiskey, homebrew, a beach, a grill and some ribs begging for 10 hours of low heat. I’ll be back to posting on June 3rd.

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Wrinkle Neck Mules – The Wicks Have Met

What the eff is a wrinkle neck mule? Who knows? The band ain’t giving the origin up either. Claiming only that a wrinkle neck mule is a band (4, sometimes 5) of fellas trying their best to make their way in the hyper hyphenated world that is Americana/alt.country/southern-rock. Coming out of Richmond, Virginia the quart/quintet released their third full-length back in May.

I fell in love with the Mules the first time I heard their 2003 debut, Minor Enough. Matter a fact, had this blog existed back then the cd probably would have made my top 10 list of 2004 (when i heard it for the first time). It was a perfect album for fans of Lucero/Drive-By Truckers and that ilk. Then along came Pull the Brake. Interesting cd that one was. I really couldn’t sit here type anything bad about it but, really, in the end I couldn’t type anything good about it either. Which was a real bummer cause I was so excited to talk about that cd on here but in the end, it just felt bland and uninspired to me. It couldn’t hold my attention and quickly got replaced by Minor Enough in the car again. Now; along comes The Wicks Have Met. Was Pull the Brake just a sophomore slump or were the Mules heading in a different direction than myself? That very question is why it took a little under 5 months for me to finally move The Wicks Have Met from my wish list to a cd I actually owned.

A third cd can be quite defining for a band. Think Southern Rock Opera. Think Believe. Think Tennessee. Think III. All albums that one could arguably define those bands by….and that’s not a bad thing…not by any means. When you figure that a bands first cd is basically a greatest hits release of their barroom days the second cd can sometimes lack the connection to the band that the first one had and by the time you get to the third cd usually the band it used to their recording status and what you see is what you got.

Verdict?

Looks to me like we got a band whose pieces have come together and formed a single alloy. The Wicks Have Met takes the production quality of Pull the Brake and meshes it with the captivating songwriting of Minor Enough and that makes it an easy entry into my essential listening list for this year.

Wrinkle Neck Mules – Bells and Whistles
Wrinkle Neck Mules – 17 Years More
Wrinkle Neck Mules – Bottomland


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