Saturday, January 30, 2010

Joey Allcorn - 50 Years Too Late (2006)


2006 - 50 Years Too Late

"I don't know where the music is going, but I know where it's been."

This is what Joey Allcorn claims in his song, "This Ain't Montgomery." While no one really knows where country music is going (except that most purists would agree it sure isn't headed in the right direction), his claim that he knows country's roots is no false statement. When one listens to an Allcorn song or goes to see one of his shows, those roots are not hard to hear or see. His music doesn't feature the loud rock guitars and drums of the southern fried bubble gum found on mainstream country radio, nor does he wear the usual tank top and blue jeans ensemble one would expect of today's country stars on stage. Steel guitar can still be heard in his songs, and he and his band take the stage in suits, ties, and western wear that the stars of the Grand Ole Opry would don in '40s and '50s. To put it bluntly, Allcorn has mastered two lost arts. He makes real country music, and puts on a real country show.- J. Morningstar

Track Listing:

1.  50 Years too Late
2.  I Just Don't Know
3.  Here I Go Again
4.  Son of a Ramblin' Man
5.  Tired of Being Blue
6.  Alabama Chain Gang
7.  So Say Goodbye
8.  Don't You Call on Me
9.  This Ain't Montgomery
10. Like I Never Will Again
11. In Nashville Tennessee
12. Graveyard Bound
13. The Execution

This outstanding album was sent in by my friend DEVILDOWNINGA.  Here's what he had to say about it:

"Check this guy out. Nobody I know of' has ever heard of him and I damn near defy you not to get goosebumps over the way his music will remind you of Hank Sr. and that whole time period. He's a young guy in his 30's but goddamn, I personally have never heard any other "modern day" country that does justice to the Country Gold days of the late 50's - 60's. He does. Play this when you're in the mood to hear Hank Sr. Nobody does it like this nowadays..."

A Superdome-sized thanks to you bro!  This album is GREAT.  Featuring Hank Williams III doing guest vocals on “This Ain’t Montgomery”, Lonesome Wyatt of Those Poor Bastards fame doing guest vocals on "Graveyard Bound", legendary country pianist Walter Cunningham, and a list of other musicicans  including  Donnie Herron of BR549 and Bob Dylan’s current touring band on fiddle, Andy Gibson of Hank Williams III’s Damn Band’s on steel guitar, and guitarist Johnny Hiland. 

Don't be stupid guys, getyousome

Friday, January 29, 2010

Killin' Werewolves - Me-Maw Demos

While Killin' Werewolves are still a pretty new band, they have been stirring up some ruckus down here in the "Chocolate City".

"Were still a pretty new band, only been together since i want to say the summer of '08. Mason, our drummer, and I, Wes who plays bass, have been friends for a long time and we're in an Alk3 style pop-punk band called Attack the Gas Station for a while that played a good bit of shows. Daryl, guitarist, and Drew, the other bassist, were playing in a band called Party Time. Drew and Daryl wanted to play more poppy music while Mason and I wanted to play heavier. We all listen to all kinds of music but as a whole our band is obsessed with The Refused and Jewel. Playing a show on Feb 6th with Worn in Red (no idea records) and The Lollies. We have an ongoing contest with The Lollies to see who can put on a more violent show." - Wes

2008 - Me-Maw Demos

Track Listing:

1. All of These Knights
2. Am I the Dragon
3. Tank's on E
4. Joe Grape

And people think all we do down here is Jazz and Sludge eh? Well here's some straight up, in your face punk rock!  If you enjoyed any of my previous posts on the punk end of the spectrum, then be sure to check these guys out, HERE and HERE

Yeayourite son, don't forget to kiss your Me-Maw!

And to all the locals reading this, be sure to catch their Superbowl Party on the 6th!

2/6/2010 9:00 PM at The Outer Banks W/ Worn In Red (No Idea records), Killin’ Werewolves, The Lollies
2401 Palmyra, New Orleans, Louisiana 70119

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Dax Riggs - Unknown Album


Here's a bunch of "rare" songs by one of my favorite vocalists of all time, Dax Riggs.  I'm sure these songs have been spread all over the internet like the plague over the years, but fuck it!  i haven't posted it here yet so, here goes! Photo by J. Bennett

Track Listing:

1.  A Spinning Song
2.  Black Crayon
3.  Blood Music
4.  Filling Empty Holes
5.  Filling Empty Holes (1?)
6.  Fly on the Eye of LA
7.  Fly on the Eye of LA (1?)
8.  Grand Dark Feeling of Em
9.  Heart in Hand
10. How Long the Night Was
11. In Death I'm Only Hiding
12. Intro
13. Kissed By Lightning
14. Soul of a Beer Can
15. Stop I'm Already Dead
16. Stranger to Reason
17. Thing In a Jar
18. Thing In a Jar Mess-up
19. Tomorrow We Jump


Strapping Young Lad - Official Bootleg

I'm a huge fan of Devin Townsend, and everything he's ever done. So after a lot of thought about which album of his to post to summarize his work for those who may not have been exposed to it, I've decided on this live album featuring both Devin Townsend's solo material, and Strapping Young Lad. It's a great set with the first part being Devin Townsend, and the rest being Strapping Young Lad.

1. Unity
2. Seventh Wave
3. Regulator
4. Truth
5. War
6. Bad Devil
7. Christeen
8. Hide Nowhere
9. Happy Birthday
10. Detox
11. Fake Punk
12. Sister
13. Hide Nowhere (acoustic)
14. Noisy Pink Bubbles
15. Night

Comment, let me know if you like it, and I'll post accordingly


EDIT: Oh, and I believe the SYL part starts at #5, but I'm not sure.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Carryin' On with Johnny Cash and June Carter (1967)

1967 - Carryin' On

    Carryin' On with Johnny Cash and June Carter is the twenty-fourth album released by country musicians Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash in 1967 (see 1967 in music), on Columbia Records. The album consists exclusively of duets by Cash and Carter, most famously "Jackson", though "Long Legged Guitar Pickin' Man" was also released as a single. Cash and Carter married seven months after the album was released, and "Jackson" remains their most well-known collaboration, with the couple performing it at numerous venues throughout the years. - taken from Wikipedia              

Track Listing:

1. "Long Legged Guitar Pickin' Man"
2. "Shantytown"
3. "It Ain't Me, Babe"
4. "Fast Boat to Sydney"
5. "Pack Up Your Sorrows"
6. "I Got a Woman"
7. "Jackson"
8. "Oh, What a Good Thing We Had"
9. "You'll Be All Right"
10. "No No No"
11. "What'd I Say"

This has always been one of my favorite albums to sit back and chill to.  I'm sure everyone has heard this fine record before, if not here's your chance.


Saturday, January 23, 2010

The Devil Makes Three - A Little Bit Faster and A Little Bit Worse (2006)

2006 - A Little Bit Faster and A Little Bit Worse

This was recorded over two nights playing at Don Quixote's in Felton, CA with guest fiddle player Chojo Jaques.

Track Listing:

1.  Black Irish
2.  Beneath the Piano
3.  Tow
4.  Shades
5.  Man Tap
6.  Uncle Harvey's Plane
7.  Robot
8.  Jug Band
9.  North Carolina
10. Bangor Mash
11. St. James

This is what held me over until I finally got to see TDM3 in 2009.  I normally am not a big fan of live recordings but this one is just outstanding. I know Cheeto and Devildowninga will love it, if they don't have it already.


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Lonesome Wyatt and Rachel Brooke - A Bitter Harvest (2009)

2009 - A Bitter Harvest

Track Listing:

1. This Painful Summer
2. Poor Desperate Fools
3. Scars
4. Someday I’ll Fall
5. Crippled Farms
6. Only the Booze
7. Darkness
8. Never Forget (These Nightmares Are Mine)
9. Empty House
10. Give Up And Die

Those Poor Bastards' singer Lonesome Wyatt teams up with Rachel Brooke for ten songs of woe and unrelenting despair.  This is more along the lines of the album Sabella that I posted a couple of days ago.  

Here's what SCM has to say about Rachel Brooke:

  “Like so many of us, Rachel Brooke was born in the wrong time. Her classic style, and her simple and poetic songs fit much more snugly in an oval picture frame of tarnished metal and smoky glass than on CMT or Clear Channel pop country. She might be from Michigan, but this girl must have been touched with the songs and sentiments of the southlands and the weary West at birth.
The Rachel Brooke brand of old school country soul is true, and doesn't even give a hint of fake, stereotyped molding to fit a style or genre that happens to be hip at the time. It flows out of her as true and vital as breath. In other words, this girl is the REAL DEAL!
Her songs have that capacity to take you somewhere you haven't been for many many years, or to take you somewhere you want to be: in the depths of drunkenness and depression, or back home where all was right. Then she feeds it all through the effects of a warped record or an fuzzy AM radio to erase any tinges left behind by this modern antiseptic world with its polished existence, because the songs are not meant for this modern world or the people who dwell in it. They are meant for YOU,..the wayward soul rambling down the Lost Highway."

And here's what Mr. Wyatt has to say:

"Rachel's songs will reach down your throat and beat your poor dead heart black and blue. She's a thing of wonder to behold." -Lonesome Wyatt, Those Poor Bastards

I love this album.  Do yourself a favor and....


Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The Devil Makes Three - Longjohns, Boots, and a Belt (2004)

2004 - Longjohns, Boots, And a Belt

On their second album the band's ragtime bounce is still intact, but country blues share the billing, all presented with a cleaner mix that shows just how impressive the band's instrumental chops are.

Track Listing:

1.   Never Learn
2.   North Carolina
3.   Man Tap
4.   Sweeping
5.   Bangor Mash
6.   Judgment Day
7.   Tow
8.   Black Irish
9.   Long Boots Johnson
10. River Deep

As promised, here is the second album by The Devil Makes Three.  If you haven't heard of them, be sure to check this one out.


Monday, January 18, 2010

Lonesome Wyatt and the Holy Spooks - Sabella (2001)

2001 - Sabella

Rare, early solo recordings by Lonesome Wyatt. Not as mean and desperate as Those Poor Bastards, but still better than a shovel to the back of the head.

Track Listing :

1.  Crows
2.  Macabre Holy Pleasure
3.  If You See Sabella
4.  Black Is the Color
5.  Rebecca
6.  A Horse Deceased
7.  The Ballerina's Twirl
8.  Jealous
9.  Covered In Straw
10. Shelter
11. A Lovely Coffin

Lonesome Wyatt of Those Poor Bastards fame, solo style. 


Sunday, January 17, 2010

Amesoeurs - Amesoeurs

French black metal/shoegaze. Apparently, these guys were around before Alcest's new sound, and comparing them to new Alcest is pretty unfair. They do have some parallels, but both bands are far from sounding like a clone of the other.

Highly reccomended album overall, especially if you do like the whole shoegaze sound, but even if you don't.

Track Listing:

1. Gas in Veins
2. Les Ruches Malades
3. Heurt
4. Recueillement
5. Faux Semblants
6. Trouble (Éveils Infâmes)
8. Video Girl
9. La Reine Trayeuse
10. Amesoeurs
11. Au Crépuscule de Nos Rêves


EDIT: Yea so Kur posted this a while ago and I didn't bother to check. If you've already got it, ignore this. If not, do what you will.

The Mushroom River Band - Music for the World Beyond (2000)

The Mushroom River Band was formed by guitarist Anders Linusson, bass player Alexander "Saso" Sekulovski and drummer Andreas Grafenauer in 1996. This line-up recorded one demo tape with Christian "Spice" Sjöstrand from Spiritual Beggars as a guest vocalist. This demo was produced in small numbers and the band broke up as members went in different directions. In 1997, Linusson and Sekulovski decided to reform the band and recruited 16 year old Chris Rockström on drums. Spice joined as a full time singer (while still being frontman in Spiritual Beggars). In January 1998 the band entered Soundscape Studio in Halmstad to record what would later become the Rocketcrash EP. This EP was released in 1999 on 10" vinyl on the band's own Tea Pot label. Later in 1999 the band recorded a second demo entitled the No Quarter Recordings. These recordings led to the band landing gigs outside their local region, but performing became increasingly difficult as Spice attempted to juggle duties in both The Mushroom River Band and Spiritual Beggars. In 2000 the band signed to MeteorCity and released their first full length album, Music for the World Beyond, the same year. Following this album the band performed only a few shows, again due to Spice's engagement in Spritiual Beggars. However, in 2001 the band went out on their first European tour in support of the album. Later in the year Spice left Spiritual Beggars to concentrate solely on The Mushroom River Band. The band's second and final album, Simsalabim, was released in 2002. Following the recording of this album Rockström left the band. Robert Hansson was recruited to fill in on drums for the ensuing European tour. After the tour The Mushroom River Band was put on hiatus and the following year Spice left the band. The band decided to break up in 2004.

2000 - Music for the World Beyond

Track Listing:

1."To the World Beyond"
4."Way to Go"
5."29' 2 1/2"
6."The Mushroom River"
7."More Beer"
9. "Sir B's Tune"
10."A Sad Story"

Here's the first full length by The Mushroom River Band.  This is a must have for fans of Stoner Rock, or basically just Southern styled bluesy rock in general. 


The Devil Makes Three - 2002 - S/T

2002 - The Devil Makes Three

Track Listing:

1. The Plank
2. Graveyard
3. Beneath The Piano
4. Ten Feet Tall
5. Shades
6. Old Number Seven
7. Chained To The Couch
8. To The Hilt
9. The Bullet
10.For My Family
11.Nobody's Dirty Business

Another classic right here. I absolutely LOVE this band.  This is raw, gritty and as real as it gets.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Edge of Sanity - Crimson

I normally shy away from most metal that could be labeled as "progressive", but Edge of Sanity is a pretty big exception. They kinda remind me of Opeth, except they sound good. Anyway, this is my favorite album by them. It's mostly a single 40 minute track about the end of the world. How can you go wrong with that, really?

Track listing:

(this is the Japanese version of the album, apparently, which has a bonus track thrown on.)

Crimson: 40:00
Murder.Dividead: 3:16


Thursday, January 14, 2010

Totalt Jävla Mörker - Söndra och Härska (2009)

2009 - Söndra & Härska

Track Listing:

01 De Naglar Fast Mig På Korset
02 Vår Verkliga Bur
03 Bödeln Stämplar Ut
04 Vem Formar Din Syn På Världen
05 Världsfinansernas Kollaps
06 De Röstlösas Röst
07 Dödsdemokratier
08 Att Möta Mörkret
09 Ett Vackert Landskap Af Ensamhet
10 Sjunde Kretsen
11 Blod, Svett & Ångest
12 Syndaren Skall Sent Förlåtas

Here's another great album from 09. These dudes are from Sweden and play dirty aggressive sludge smothered in crust.  Good Crust. Yeayourite


Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Barghest - Demo 2009

2009 - Demo

Track Listing:

1. Shifting Sands
2. Veil
3. Lapse
4. Delusory
5. The Nine
6. Thirteen Monks

Featuring members of the blackened doom monster known in the underground metal world as Thou, Barghest is raw atmospheric black metal from Baton Rouge Louisiana.  These guys will become very well known in the circles of "kvlt" black metal fans for sure.  I mean, they've opened a show for Horna! Yea that's right, HORNA.  Check them out, you won't be disappointed.

The Faeries - Riot In The Hive Mind (2003)

The Faeries definitely have their own thing going on. Blending aspects of hardcore taken from bands like pg. 99 and the weirdness of Mr. Bungle and other Mike Patton bands, The Faeries have put together one wild ride. Full of anger, skepticism, and conspiracy theories this record leaves the mind reeling. It's a diverse rollercoaster that engages throughout and keeps the listener questioning what's next? What's real?

2003 - Riot In The Hive Mind

Track Listing:

1. Rape Elvis' Skeleton
2. Manifest Destiny Intestinal Cramp
3. Money Is The Shit Of God (Bathe in God's Shit)
4. Pussy!
5. Thugs and Murderers
6. Christianity Is Preventing Us From Achieving Orgasm On a More Regular Basis
7.  Sweet Govinda

I decided to take a break from all the Country stuff that I've been posting lately.  So here comes a furious rare little gem called "Riot in the Hive Mind" by Nola's spazzy hardcore group The Faeries.

Don't be a PUSSY!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Otis Gibbs - 2009 - Grandpa Walked a Picketline

Otis Gibbs is a man in search of an honest experience. Some people refer to him as a folk artist, but that is a simplistic way to describe a man who has planted over 7,000 trees, slept in hobo jungles, walked with nomadic shepherds in the Carpathian Mountains, been strip-searched by dirty cops in Detroit, and has an FBI file. Otis has played everywhere from labor rallies in Wisconsin, to anti-war protests in Texas, Austria and the Czech Republic, Feed & Seed Stores in the Midwestern U.S. and in countless, theaters, festivals, bars and living rooms. Much of his work concentrates on the world that is ignored by pop culture. Sometimes forgotten, obsolete or simply marginalized, it is a world that doesn’t fit into a twenty-second sound bite or a White House talking point. Otis has spent the last fifteen years traveling across America and abroad documenting this world, and has a story to share about each stop along the way.

2009 - Grandpa Walked a Picket Line

Track Listing:

1.   Caroline
2.   Everyday People
3.   Sometimes Angels
4.   To Anyone
5.   Beto Junction
6.   Preacher Steve
7.   Damn Me
8.   Aint Nothing Special
9.   Ghost of the Domplatz
10. Long Black Thunder
11. Honey Please
12. Bury Me on a Rainy Day

Keeping with my Alt/Outlaw Country obsession as of late, here is another must have album from 09.  Just give it a listen, this guy is amazing.

Preacher Steve

Monday, January 11, 2010

J.B. Beverley and The Wayward Drifters - 2006 - Dark Bar and a Jukebox

Have you ever wondered what happened to REAL country music? Sadly, it has been pushed into the underground by the image-consumed, money-making monster of the corporate music industry. These days, only a few brave souls dare to make the kind of authentic country music that honors American heritage and culture; rooted in the influence of Jimmie Rodgers, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, and the other all-but-forgotten legends of the genre. Genuine country music reflects real life, and not the latest fashion trends. One of the strongest and most charismatic forces in the real country music arena is J.B. Beverley & The Wayward Drifters.

Originally formed in December 1998, J.B. Beverley and the Wayward Drifters have steadily made a name for themselves in the U.S. and around the world. A “retired” hobo, Beverley took his experiences from the road, the trains, and everyday American people he encounters, and molded those experiences into some of the most heartfelt, real-deal country music to see the light of day in a long time. With driving acoustic rhythm guitar, slamming upright bass slapping, amazing banjo rolls, and other blistering accompaniment, Beverley and his “high lonesome” voice have earned a solid reputation for their live shows.

J.B. Beverley and his Wayward Drifters’ endless life on the road is studded with highlights, including a 7 week tour with Hank Williams III and shows with contemporary greats like Wayne “The Train” Hancock, Dale Watson and Lee Rocker. They have been joined on stage by legendary Commander Cody guitar picker Bill Kirchen, and other friends in the music community. The band also has made fans out of the likes of John Carter Cash, Slim Jim Phantom of the Stray Cats, Bruce Springsteen, and Piedmont Blues great Warner Williams.

J.B. Beverley & The Wayward Drifters have been featured on several radio and TV programs, including the MHZ Network's "Spotlight", Austin's Capzeyes TV, and radio shows like Colorado's KRFC "Live at Lunch, and Knoxville's WDVX FM. The band has released two heavily-circulated demos, and a full-length studio CD entitled “Dark Bar & A Jukebox” (Helltrain Records). The band toured relentlessly for over two years in support of "Dark Bar", and also wound up the subject of an upcoming documentary road film by Wayward Souls Productions out of New Mexico.

In 2008, J.B. opened Rebel Roots Studio in Richmond, VA to record and produce "Watch America Roll By", the band's sophomore effort. Described as "an organic road record that may as well have soil falling off it's roots", the new CD is stirring up quite the buzz amongst Wayward Drifters fans and roots-music enthusiasts alike. - taken from their Myspace

2006 - Dark Bar and a Jukebox

Track Listing:

1.Shoulda' Thought About It
2.Dark Bar and a Jukebox
3.Memories of You
4.Before They Get Those Cuffs On Me
5.Lonesome, Loaded and Cold
6.Chase Down These Blues
7.Highway Blue
8.Drinkin' Bourbon
9.Going to the Show
10.Ghost of Old DC
11.Rainin' in Philly
12.Train Song   
13.Wayward Drifter

This is another GREAT country album.  If you enjoyed the other Outlaw/Alt/Traditional Country albums that I have been posting be sure to check out this one. 

Highway Blue

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Johnny Cash - 1968 - At Folsom Prison

1968 - At Folsom Prison

Album Credits:

Johnny Cash: Guitar, Vocals
June Carter: Vocals
Al Casey: Guitar
Marshall Grant: Bass
W.S. Holland: Drums
Luther Perkins: Guitar (Electric)
The Carter Family: Vocals
The Statler Brothers: Vocals

Track Listing:

01 - Folsom Prison Blues - Cash - 2:42
02 - Busted - Howard - 1:24
03 - Dark as the Dungeon - Travis - 3:04
04 - I Still Miss Someone - Cash - 1:37
05 - Cocaine Blues - Arnall - 3:01
06 - 25 Minutes to Go - Silverstein - 3:31
07 - Orange Blossom Special - Rouse - 3:00
08 - The Long Black Veil - Dill, Wilkin - 3:57
09 - Send a Picture of Mother - Cash - 2:10
10 - The Wall - Howard - 1:36
11 - Dirty Old Egg Sucking Dog - Clement - 1:30
12 - Flushed from the Bathroom of Your Heart - Clement - 2:17
13 - Joe Bean - Freeman, Pober - 2:25
14 - Jackson - Lieber, Rodgers, Wheeler - 3:12
15 - Give My Love to Rose - Cash - 2:40
16 - I Got Stripes - Cash, Williams - 1:57
17 - The Legend of John Henry's Hammer - Carter, Cash - 7:08
18 - Green, Green Grass of Home - Putman - 2:29
19 - Greystone Chapel - Sherley - 6:02

Do I really need to say anything about this one?

Check it out, you Dirty Old Egg Sucking Dog!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

The Goddamn Gallows - 2009 - Ghost of the Rails

2009 - Ghost of the Rails

Track Listing:

2.Smoke Satan
3.Ghost Of The Rails
4.Pass The Bottle
7.City Of Hell A
8.Underneath The Stars
9.Smoke Stacks + Silos
10.Big Man
11.Planet Of The Apes
12.Ticket To Bleed

The Goddamn Gallows began on a cold, dark and violent night in Lansing, Michigan, when 3 kids met in a face-scarring fight with Benton Harbor gangbangers at a notorious East Lansing flophouse.  They then migrated across the country, residing in LA squats and smoke stained apartments.

They are currently ravaging the states with their unique sound of furious, twanged-out, punk rock gutterbilly. Watch for them on corners, clubs and city jails in your town. - taken from their Myspace

This is another personal favorite of mine from last year.  If you enjoyed any of my previous Country/Psychobilly/Punk posts then don't pass this up. 

Lord*Kur and Devildowninga, make sure you guys check this one out!!

UPDATED TO 320kbps!! 

Pass the Bottle

Friday, January 8, 2010

Hellbound Glory - 2009 - Scumbag Country

2009 - Scumbag Country

Track Listing:

01 Hellbound Glory
02 Livin' This Way (Is Gonna Be the Death of Me)
03 Hello Five
04 Chico's Train
05 The Ballad of Scumbag Country
06 Drive in Harm's Lane
07 I'll Be Your Rock (At Rock Bottom)
08 Get Your Shit and Go
09 Mickey Meth (Downtown)
10 I Can't Say I'll Change
11 I Don't Think Waylon Done It Their Way

Hellbound Glory is pure Scumbag Country, as real as the grime and grit on old abandoned buildings in the towns like Reno NV, Butte MT, Aberdeen WA, and Fresno CA that the members of the band grew up in. The band began in the summer of 2004 and after a few line up changes and countless gigs in divebars and honky tonks throughout northern Nevada they arrived at a solid line up and began to travel where ever anyone wanted to hear their honest Scumbag Country. Hellbound Glory's Scumbag Country sound builds on the roots of Honky Tonk, Bluegrass, Rockabilly, and Outlaw Country to create something that is as traditional as Grandma's apple pie and as potent as your cousin's home cooked crank. Lead singer-rhythm guitarist Leroy Virgil writes the songs and is the conductor of the hellbound train that is the bands trademark rowdy “off the rails” live show. Rounding out the band is the Jerry Reed meets Jimmie Hendrix guitar work of Johnny Fingers (Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash, Saddle Tramps), the Maximum C&W drumming of Chico Kortan, the thumpin’ bass of Frank Medina, and the pure country sound of Adam Jaffe’s pedal steel guitar and banjo. After an impromptu acoustic performance by Leroy in the office of Gearhead Records’ president Michelle Haunold, a deal was struck up and the band went to work on their debut album, Scumbag Country. With Reno’s gambling, all night drinking, and rampant substance abuse as a backdrop, the album is as strewn with tales of hardlivin’, hard drinkin’, and hardluck as the Reno streets are themselves. In fact, as a tribute to the man who once wrote the immortal words “shot a man in Reno”, there’s even a song about a train on the album. So forget the fact that Hellbound Glory has performed with national acts and country legends like David Allen Coe, Junior Brown, Dale Watson, Lemmy (of Motorhead), Hank 3, Wayne Hancock, Jesse Dayton, the Legendary Shackshackers, Heavy Trash, Supersuckers, Devil Makes Three, BR549, the Weary Boys, Lee Rocker (Stray Cats), Robbie Fulks, and Throwrag and just listen to their true Scumbag Country tales. Who knows, maybe Hank and Waylon would have done it this way. - taken from their Myspace

Keeping with the country theme, here is another album from last year that I have been playing constantly.


I wanna ride on Chico's train!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

A little more Country Music for ya! Say hello to Hayes Carll

If you haven’t already heard of Hayes Carll, you soon will. In the three years since his self-released second album, 'Little Rock' became available, Carll has toured relentlessly, founded a successful music festival in Texas, secured a record deal and has reached #1 on the Americana Music Chart. He’s only getting started.
On his new album, Trouble In Mind, the 32 year-old Carll navigates his way through both stormy weather and calm, sun-drenched waters with ease, emerging with songs that melt even the hardest heart in town or heat up a roadhouse. Their impact is heightened by the fact that they're songs born of both immersion in the works of his songwriting heroes and plenty of real world experience.
"Here's a guy who takes regular old rockin' Texas folk country and just adds new songs to the canon" -Houston Press

Hayes Carll delivers songs born of baptism-by-fire experience, world weary observations and sharp wit. While his songs draw from Texas songwriting heroes such as Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, Carll has managed to put a stamp on his music that is truly his own.

As a performer, Carll’s clever anecdotes, genuine sincerity and self-deprecating humor invites listeners in to his world. His confidence and charisma are second only to the quality of his songwriting. Audiences relate to his songs because he sings to them as friends, immediately breaking down any barrier that might normally exist between the stage and audience.

In May of 2009, Hayes Carll's Stingaree Music Festival celebrated the return of the Bolivar Peninsula. The area, still recovering from the devastating results of a direct hit from hurricane Ike, also welcomed the return of a hometown hero. To thank the Peninsula for their continued support, all profits from the festival were donated to the Bolivar Peninsula Economic Relief fund.

After releasing two albums independently, Flowers And Liquor and the acclaimed sophomore record Little Rock, singer/songwriter Hayes Carll found a home at Lost Highway.

On April 8, 2008, his debut for Lost Highway, Trouble In Mind, was released. The album showcased a collection of songs that blend some of the finest elements of folk, country and rock with brainy, quirky lyrics. Since the release of Trouble In Mind, Carll has toured non-stop, both with and without his band. Along the way he’s made many friends and fans who truly appreciate his craft, humor, attitude, opinions and even his compassion.

In September of 2008, Carll won SONG OF THE YEAR at the 7th Annual Americana Music Association Honors & Awards for his satirical “She Left Me For Jesus". He also received a nomination for ARTIST OF THE YEAR. In December of 2008, Hayes Carll appeared and performed on Imus In The Morning where Don Imus called “She Left Me For Jesus” the “greatest country song ever.”

As a result of Carll’s patience and hard work, Trouble In Mind was the #1 R&R Americana Album of 2008. It also received recognition from Amazon, being awarded the #1 Country album and #9 Overall album for 2008.
Trouble In Mind has received consistently high-praise in the press, including glorious reviews on three different NPR programs (All Things Considered, Fresh Air and The Bryant Park Project). Here’s what some others have had to say:
"He has a voice as tough and relentless as a late-night Lone Star brawl and a lyric sensibility worthy of an M.F.A. creative-writing seminar." -The New

Hayes Carll is the traveling Texas troubadour for today's X Generation… He's the snarky slacker with a heart of pure Kerouac. He's a modern storyteller's dream, wrapped in a cloak of country-folk charm.” -Tulsa World
Hayes Carll is an inheritor of the Texas songwriting tradition that includes Townes Van Zandt and Steve Earle. He’s highly romantic and highly literary – and, sometimes, it seems, just plain high. But he lives up to his lofty antecedents – singing in a drawl that’s as sexy as it is smart, and writing songs that are as charmingly self-deprecating as they are self-mythologizing.” -Anthony DeCurtis,
***1/2 (out of 4) –USA Today ***1/2 (out of 4) –People **** -MOJO
“The creator of one of the year’s best country albums thus far….”
Grade A -Ken Tucker, Entertainment Weekly
“…a familiar Type-A mush mouthed drawler who’s smarter about the beat than his shambling ways would make your think and funnier than shit when he wants to be, which is often.” **** -Robert Christgau, Blender
“…his songs are full of hard-drinking, hard-loving, hard-luck characters. But he’s no stumblebum in his songwriting.” -Jon Pareles, New York Times

2002 - Flowers and Liqour

Track Listing:

  1. Highway 87
  2. Heaven Above
  3. Naked Checkers
  4. Arkansas Blues
  5. It's A Shame
  6. Live Free Or Die
  7. Easy Come Easy Go
  8. Flowers And Liquor
  9. Richey Lee
  10. Perfect Lover
  11. Lost And Lonely
  12. Barroom Lament  
I can't deny my country roots, being raised in the south you hear a LOT of country music.  The only problem is... most of it SUCKS!!  I can assure you that Hayes Carll does not.  Check it out for yourself...
Naked Checkers eh?

2005 - Little Rock

Track Listing:

  1. Wish I Hadn't Stayed So Long  
  2. Take Me Away  
  3. Down The Road Tonight  
  4. Good Friends
  5. Hey Baby Where You Been
  6. Rivertown
  7. Little Rock
  8. Leave Here Standing
  9. Sit In With The Band
  10. Long Way Home
  11. Chickens  
 Here is Hayes's second album, you can definitely hear the progression in his witty songwriting skills.

Where's  the chickens!

2008 - Trouble In Mind

Track Listing:

1.   Drunken Poet's Dream
2.   It's a Shame
3.   Girl Downtown
4.   Bad Liver and a Broken Heart
5.   Beaumont
6.   I Got a Gig
7.   Faulkner Street
8.   Wild as a Turkey
9.   Don't Let Me Fall
10. A Lover Like You
11. I Don't Wanna Grow Up
12. Knockin' Over Whiskeys
13. Willing to Love Again
14. She Left Me for Jesus

Here is Carll's most recent album. I have to say, this guy rocks. Songs like "Drunken Poets' Dream", "Wild as a Turkey", and "She Left Me for Jesus" are sooo damn good. Find out for yourselves, check him out.
She left me for who?

Big thanks to my southern podna Devildowninga for keeping me on the country music kick all morning while I was at work.   If you happened to see my last fm charts for the day you'll know what I mean. lol


Wednesday, January 6, 2010

The Devil Makes Three - 2009 - Do Wrong Right

2009 - Do Wrong Right

Pete - Slide and regular old guitar, tenor banjo, harmonica
Cooper - Guitar, tenor banjo, five-string banjo, musical saw
Lucia - Upright Bass

The Reverend Gary Davis, Dave Van Ronk, Django Reinhardt, Steve Earle, Doc Watson, Iron Maiden, Bling Willie McTell, Blind Blake, Blind Boy Fulller, Blind Lemon Jefferson, A few other blind guys too, Skip James, Elmore James, Etta James, Some Guy named Jim, Lightning Hopkins, Bill Monroe, Roy Bookbinder, The Jim Kweskin Jug Band, Cannons Jug Stompers, The Memphis Jug Band, AC/DC, Dr. Dre, George Gritzbach, Scott Joplin, and Plenty More. - taken from their Myspace

Track Listing:

1. All Hail
2. Do Wrong Wright
3. Gracefully Facedown
4. For Good Again
5. Statesboro Blues
6. Johnson Family
7. Poison Trees
8. Help Yourself
9. Working Man's Blues
10. Aces and Twos
11. Cheap Reward
12. Car Wreck

Let me start by saying that this is definitely one of my top five albums of 2009.  I listen to this album at LEAST once a week, along with their previous releases of course. The album opener "All Hail"  is one of the best damn songs ever written, period. That can also be said about the remaining 11 tracks. And I can definitely relate to the words of "Gracefully Facedown", you know, being from New Orleans and all.  Seriously, if you have never heard these guys you are missing out.  I was also lucky enough to catch them when they passed through NOLA at One Eyed Jack's and they were even better live.  If you like traditional country music or any of the modern day outlaw/alt country acts then you must give these guys (and girl) a chance.  

Well I'm having  a hard time, walkin' a straight line....

Alice Cooper - Love It To Death (1971)

Alice Cooper - Vocals
Glen Buxton - Lead Guitar
Michael Bruce - Rhythm Guitar, Keyboards
Dennis Dunaway - Bass Guitar
Neal Smith - Drums

1. Caught in a Dream (Michael Bruce) – 3:10
2. I'm Eighteen (Alice Cooper, Glen Buxton, Bruce, Dennis Dunaway, Neal Smith) – 3:00
3. Long Way to Go (Bruce) – 3:04
4. Black Juju (Dunaway) – 9:09
5. Is It My Body (Cooper, Buxton, Bruce, Dunaway, Smith) – 2:39
6. Hallowed Be My Name (Smith) – 2:29
7. Second Coming (Cooper) – 3:04
8. Ballad of Dwight Fry (Cooper, Bruce) – 6:33
9. Sun Arise (Harry Butler, Rolf Harris) – 3:50

This album changed my life. It Must have 15 years since i first heard it and it started a huge life-long Alice Cooper obsession for me. Sometimes his songs just feel like timeless magic to me. This album (his third) is where Alice breaks away from his psychadelic meanderings and explodes upon the mainstream with 9 classic catchy hard rock anthems. I guess Alice Cooper says it best in the opening song...

"I need everything the world owes me, I tell it to myself and i agree.
I'm caught in a dream, so what? You don't know what I'm going through."

Please do yourself a favor and listen to this album until you love it (to death).

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

The Kovenant - Nexus Polaris

Genre: Melodic Black Metal
Origin: Bergen, Norway

Second release from The Kovenant, and the last release prior to the name and stylistic change. A little more polished than In Times Before The Light.

  1. "The Sulphur Feast"
  2. "Bizarre Cosmic Industries"
  3. "Planetarium"
  4. "The Last of Dragons"
  5. "Bringer of the Sixth Sun"
  6. "Dragonheart"
  7. "Planetary Black Elements"
  8. "Chariots of Thunder"

The Kovenant - In Times Before The Light

Genre: Melodic Black Metal
Origin: Bergen, Norway

The first release from the band known first as 'The Covenant' and then 'The Kovenant'. The name change also saw stylistic change to industrial metal. These first two releases were pretty solid melodic black, fairly similar to Rotting Christ.

  1. "Towards the Crown of Nights"
  2. "Dragonstorms"
  3. "The Dark Conquest"
  4. "From the Storm of Shadows"
  5. "Night of the Blackwinds"
  6. "The Chasm"
  7. "Visions of a Lost Kingdom"
  8. "Through the Eyes of the Raven"
  9. "In Times Before the Light"
  10. "Monarchs of the Mighty Darkness"

Pachinko - Behind the Green Pachinko (1996)

Genre: Noise Rock
Origin: Madison, Wisconsin
Label: Alternative Tentacles

1. Lubrillarneygurney 2:14
2. Silo 1:23
3. Smut and Eggs 1:49
4. Millards 2:30
5. Cecil 3:10
6. Tags 2:50
7. Sherben 2:09
8. I Gotta Lotta Lotta Issues (Yea Yea Yea) 2:18
9. Victory Lap 2:16
10. 5¢ Hustler Pt. II: Trouble In Vegas 2:47
11. Spitvalve 2:19
12. Adonis of Denver 2:14
13. The Jump the Gorge 3:46
14. Uncle Ratty 2:52
15. Fill Her 2:02
16. Bullitt Xyy 13:50

Pachinko brings back a lot of really fun memories for me because they used to be the house band at Ocay'z corral in Madison in the mid 90's and I would see them nearly every week opening for a huge list of great punk, metal and noise bands. They always rocked. So here's one of a couple full lengths they managed to put out and it's pretty damn insane. To me they sound like a mix between the God Bullies, early Butthole Surfers and the Melvins.

Screeching Weasel - Anthem for a New Tomorrow (1993)

Genre: Pop Punk
Origin: Chicago, Illinois
Label: Lookout

Ben Weasel - vocals/guitar
Danny Vapid - bass/backing vocals
Jughead - guitar
Danny Panic - drums
Fat Mike - backing vocals on "Peter Brady"
Blake Schwarzenbach - backing vocals on "A New Tomorrow"
Cassandra Millspaugh - backing vocals on "A New Tomorrow"
Joey Vindictive - backing vocals on "A New Tomorrow"

01. I'm Gonna Strangle You
02. Falling Apart
03. Leather Jacket
04. Rubber Room
05. Talk To Me Summer
06. Inside Out
07. Peter Brady
08. I, Robot
09. Every Night
10. Totally
11. Three Sides
12. I Don't Wanna Be Friends
13. Cancer In My Body
14. Thrift Store Girl
15. Panic
16. Trance
17. Claire Monet
18. A New Tomorrow
Total Playing Time: 33:25

This is my favorite album by Screeching Weasel and it's just a delight to listen to.

Anthem For a New Tomorrow

Saint Vitus - 1986 - Born Too Late

Formed: 1980
Genre: Doom Metal
Origin: L.A.

Scott Weinrich - vocals
Dave Chandler - guitar
Mark Adams - bass
Armando Acosta - drums

1. Born Too Late 06:56
2. Clear Windowpane 03:19
3. Dying Inside 07:27
4. H.A.A.G. 05:04
5. The Lost Feeling 05:25
6. The War Starter 06:46
Total playing time
For those that don't know, this is classic Doom. This is one of my favorites from the traditional side of the genre.  


Monday, January 4, 2010

Witchmaster - Violence & Blasphemy (2000)

Genre: Black/Thrash Metal
Lyrical Themes: Satanism, Sex, Blasphemy, Perversions
Origin: Poland
Formed in: 1996
Status: Active

Geryon - Vocals, Guitar
Reyash - Bass, Vocals
Vitold - Drums

Track List:
1. Intro / Terrorzone 2:18
2. Possessed by Satan 2:46
3. Tormentor Infernal 1:04
4. Intro 1:03
5. Infernal Storm 4:36
6. Satanic Metal Attack 3:30
7. Antichrist 4:14
8. Intro 0:26
9. Stench of the Devil 3:49
10. Witchmaster 2:19
11. Morbid Death 1:13
12. The Burning 666 2:29
13. Kingdom of Decay 4:12
14. Necromancer 2:43
15. Ritual (Blasphemy cover) 3:20
Total playing time

Here's Witchmaster's debut, even more putrid and filthy then the one I posted yesterday.

Violence & Blasphemy

The Ruins of Beverast - The Furious Waves of Damnation (Demo 2003)

Genre: Black Metal
Origin: Germany
Formed: 2003
Lineup: Alexander von Meilenwald

Track Listing:

1. Phobia Psalm (Introduction) 1:05
2. The Iconoclast 6:02
3. Indungeoned 2:31
4. Suicide Feast 4:20
5. Wrath of the Snake 5:21
6. Choir of Sin 5:36
7. Red Ragnarök 4:54
8. Witchcraft (Beherit cover) 3:52
Total playing time

This is the first demo by The Ruins of Beverast.  This is much more raw and minimal than the later albums. 


Carpathian Forest - 1998 - Black Shining Leather

Genre: Black Metal
Origin: Norway (Sandnes)
Formed in: 1992
Lyrical Themes: Anti-christianity, Evil, Sadomasochism, Satanism
File: 115 MB/320kbps

R. Nattefrost - Vocals, Guitar, Arrangements
J. Nordavind - Backing Vocals, Bass, Arrangements, Guitar
Lazare - Drums

Track List:
1. Black Shining Leather 4:32
2. The Swordsmen 4:08
3. Death Triumphant 4:28
4. Sadomasochistic 4:02
5. Lupus 3:06
6. Pierced Genitalia 4:19
7. In Silence I Observe 3:43
8. Lunar Nights 6:34
9. Third Attempt 3:18
10. The Northern Hemisphere 6:43
Total playing time

This album is absolutley perverted and disgusting.  Sounds good right?

Black Shining Leather

Ghoul - 2006 - Splatterthrash

2006 - Splatterthrash

Track Listing:

1.Into the Catacombs
2.As Your Casket Closes
3.Bury the Hatchet
5.Cult of the Hunter
6.Mutant Mutilator
9.Gutbucket Blues
10.Rise, Killbot, Rise!
11.Life of the Living Dead
12.Baron Samedi

Here is my favorite of Ghoul's releases, it's just as dirty and thrashy as their previous work.

Gutbucket Blues

Ghoul - 2003 - Maniaxe

2003 - Maniaxe

Track Listing:

1.  Pleasant Screams/Forbidden Crypts
2.  Maggot Hatchery   
3.  Sewer Chewer
4.  Ghoul Hunter
5.  Numbskull   
6.  Boneless   
7.  Maniaxe   
8.  Mechanized Death   
9.  The End?   
10. What a Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong)

Just look at the damn track list for fuck's sake!

Don't be a NUMBSKULL

Ghoul - 2002 - We Came For the Dead

Death/Thrash Metal/Grindcore
Lyrical theme(s)
Horror, Humor, The Dead, Thrashing, Metal
United States of America (Oakland, California)    
Line up:
Digestor (Sean McGrath) - blood gargling, axe grinding and grave desecration
Cremator (Andrew LaBarre) - barfing, burning and bass slaying
Fermentor (Raul Varela) - gunge gurgling, bile brewing and psychotic thrashing


2002 - We Came For the Dead

Track Listing:

1. Graveyard Mosh/Ghoul   
2. Rot Gut   
3. Tomb After Tomb   
4. We Came for the Dead       
5. Soon, They'll Scream       
6. From Death to Dust   
7. Coffins and Curios       
8. Suspicious Chunks   
9. Skull Beneath the Skin (Megadeth cover)   

The speed of thrash, the growls of death metal, the lyrics of a demented comedian, THIS IS GHOUL. Like a good horror movie, Ghoul strikes you with shock and awe but not in the horror aspect but in the talent aspect. Speedy riffs well timed beats and kick ass solos. - taken from Metal Archives

Ghoul is without a doubt, one of the best bands that the west coast has ever spewed up.  With all this retro thrash metal stuff going on right now, I figured this just seemed appropriate.  I'll be posting up their other releases too,  so check back!


Rot Gut

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Metal Mixtape Madness!!!!!

This is a compilation that I put together for my friends over at the Sludge Swamp .  It starts with some good doom, then fades into the blackness.  All the songs featured are from this past year with one exception; "Wasted" by Seahag which is from 2008.  Those guys are awesome so I had to put them on there.

Here's the track list, check it out!

1 - Thou - The Song of Illuminate Darkness
2 - Celeste - Comme Pour Leurrer les Regards et Cette Odeur de Cadavre
3 - Haarp - Blindsight
4 - Javelina - Towers of Silence
5 - Ketea - Apochrypha
6 - Kowloon Walled City - Bone Loss
7 - Mala Suerte - The Hound
8 - Laudanum - The Last Sleep
9 - S:t Erik - Black Wall
10 - Seahag - Wasted
11 - Amesoeurs - Recueilement
12 - Drudkh - Ars Portica
13 - Fukpig - Cunt Hive
14 - Glorior Belli - Nox Illuminato Mea
15 - Goatwhore - Provoking the Ritual of Death
16 - Zebadiah Crowe - Devouring the Flesh of Kings
17 - Secrets of the Moon - I Maldoror
18 - Oranssi Pazuzu - Dub Kuolleen Porton Muistolle
19 - The Ruins of Beverast - Kain's Counenance Fell

And here is a link to the post over at the swamp:  Heavy eh?

Part 1            Part  2

Be sure to let them, and myself know what you think of it!!