Because Songs Matter

Billy Pettinger – I Have to Do This – 2016

Billy Pettinger – I Have to Do This – 2016

“What did I used to have before I had nothing?” ~ Fucked Up, “Glass Boys” Billy Pettinger gives insight into the (un)making of this album: after Frank Turner produced her last album (Billy the Kid’s Horseshoes & Hand Grenades for biggie-indie label Xtra-Mile), Laura Jane Grace and Ryan Adams blipped in and, disappointingly, out of the picture […]

Feral Conservatives – Here’s to Almost – 2016

Feral Conservatives – Here’s to Almost – 2016

I’ve listened to so much more music than I’ve ever played, but l had aspirations of learning an instrument once. I wanted to play violin because I had seen Rick Danko play one in The Last Waltz. I wanted to be Rick Danko in all regards. But violin is supposed to be too hard for […]

Pinegrove – Cardinal – 2016

Pinegrove – Cardinal – 2016

Boston-based Run for Cover Records has steadily grown their label from a collection of punk treasures to the stuff of de-facto Pitchfork reviews–which is great! It means good music gets talked about well to a lot of people. Recent Run for Cover releases Shame by Petal and Looking In by Spencer Radcliffe would do well by fans of […]

Highland Park Optimist Club – Kitchen Tapes (Demo EP) – 2016

Highland Park Optimist Club – Kitchen Tapes (Demo EP) – 2016

So this is the first time I’ve ever written about a demo and we don’t write about EPs (except when we do) but this one grabbed me. I almost didn’t write about it even though I’ve literally listened to it at least once a day since it was released. There’s two reasons for that, Highland […]

Introduction to Samuel Barker

Introduction to Samuel Barker

Hey everybody! I figured I would introduce myself since posts from me are going to start popping up on the site and you might just be scratching your head wondering all about me. To really appreciate my writing, you need to know the basics about me, right? Well, here we go. I love long drives, […]

Gallows Bound at Gruene Hall – January 24, 2016

Gallows Bound at Gruene Hall – January 24, 2016

A couple of years ago, I pulled up to a little neighborhood bar in Philadelphia to play a show. The headliner that night was a group of young adults from Winchester, VA called Gallows Bound. Six folks decked out in t-shirts from their favorite punk bands, tattoos, piercing and the like. Walking in, I received […]

The Albert Square – I (Assume I) Know What I’m Doing – 2015

The Albert Square – I (Assume I) Know What I’m Doing – 2015

One of my favorite writers, Italo Calvino, gave a lecture in the late 80’s looking back on his body of work. He saw a theme of “lightness,” which he tried to define as something not quite like levity or flippancy, but like getting the same impact out of removing things as you do by adding […]

Caleb Caudle – Carolina Ghost – 2016

Caleb Caudle – Carolina Ghost – 2016

I think that a lot of music is hard to review. I know, I’ve been doing to for years, but that hasn’t made it any easier. Writing a review isn’t like talking a friend about about an album or chatting with your buddy who just dropped his new record on you. There’s something permanent about […]

The Longwalls – Live At The Bridge – 2015

The Longwalls – Live At The Bridge – 2015

First things first….I forgot to write a little intro about myself last time. So, while my god given name is not Mike McTigue, I am a third generation Irish American from Boston. I’m also a songwriter which is how I came to know of Ninebullets when they were kind of enough to review our first […]

Footings – Alienation – 2016

Footings – Alienation – 2016

I suppose the thing to keep in mind is the difference between a song and a call. A birdsong is a melodious series of notes, perfected through practice, a fluid juggling of air and soul and lung and throat and membranes. Songs are almost exclusively related to courtship. Birdcalls, however, are brief, simple—chatter, alarms. The mundane. […]

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