Friday, April 13, 2007

DBT Week in Review - 4/13/07


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IFLTS: 'Feb 14,' Drive-By Truckers

Posted Apr 10th 2007 2:00PM by Bill Crandall
Filed under: I Freakin' Love This Song

'Feb 14,' Drive-By Truckers
From 2006's 'A Blessing and a Curse'

Assuming that Southerners are dumber than the rest of us is the last socially acceptable prejudice among the seemingly socially conscious. The Alabama-born, Georgia-based Drive-By Truckers may not peruse the Decemberists' thesaurus, but they smack you with plenty more horse sense ('If you were supposed to watch your mouth all the time, I doubt your eyes would be above it'), not to mention ol' fashioned grit.

'Feb 14,' like most of the brilliant 'A Blessing and a Curse' record, is a maudlin affair. The desperate 'Be my Val-entine' chorus is the only hopeful words Patterson Hood utters in his heartbreakingly creaky vocals. The verses are dedicated to broken vases, dead flowers and sweet-nothings like, 'You said, 'I'd rather be alone/Take your chocolates and go home!''

If you 'Life's Rich Pageant'-loving R.E.M. fans haven't been paying attention, this should be your favorite band ... among the smartest working today.

Great comment by a fan on DBT's MySpace:

"So Jason's out. Replaced by John Neff. You guys are like the rock'n'roll version of the New York Yankees. See you at the Rock Show!"

Damn, Athens is a cool town.

via Jayne

Submitted by David Bill on April 5, 2007 - 13:34.

Press release:




ATHENS, GA-April 5, 2007—Verizon Wireless presents AthFest 2007 June 20-24, 2007, in historic downtown Athens, GA. This annual family-friendly music and arts festival presents over 150 bands and artists, representing the best in local, regional, and nationally recognized Athens-based talent, on two outdoor stages and in an evening "club crawl." Most outdoor events, including KidsFest, are free of charge. Wristbands for the club crawl are only $15. Since 1997, the mission of AthFest has been to educate citizens and visitors about the music and arts scene of Athens, GA, and to showcase the incredible musicians, artists, businesses and residents of the Athens community.

PERPETUAL GROOVE, one of the most popular experimental jam bands on the Athens scene, will headline the outdoor stages on Friday, June 22nd at 9:00 P.M. Perpetual Groove recently released their third album, LIVELOVEDIE. Power pop trio, THE WHIGS, will headline on Saturday, June 23rd at 9:00 PM. Rolling Stone once called them "the best unsigned band in America" while Relix Magazine named them "the next big thing from Athens." Southern rockers DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS, one of the most highly acclaimed bands to emerge from the Athens music scene, will close the festival on Sunday, June 24th at 7:00 PM. Music and info at:, and


Ant, from the Yahoo Group Board, nails it in the post about the need to 'label' music.

dbts : Message: Re: [dbts] Re: No dbt: Kings of Leon.:

"The 'Southern Rock' moniker will only really work for the bands that it was used for in the time that they were being used. Much like 'grunge.' Can anyone today really be called grunge anymore.? And what happened to 'Alternative' music. Isn't everything today alternative? But, now it's called indie. Before alternative it was called New Wave. And there is no way you can label a current style of music a previously coined label.

There are very few torch bearers of rock. Pure rock-n-roll. DBT is a good example of rock. Buckcherry is another example of rock. The Hold Steady is more rock style with alternative lyrics. On the flip side, you have to go underground to find true modern day country music. Mainstream country is what used to be called pop. Go figure.

Ant (who used to be known as 'Bad Mutha Fucka')

Jason Isbell

Ninebullets is showing much love for Izzy:

Nine - Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit - on the road with Son Volt: "

If you haven't heard by now, Jason Isbell and his new band the 400 Unit are out on the road. They played a full show Easter Sunday in Iowa City, and are now out on tour opening for Son Volt! You can get tour dates for Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit on Jason's MySpace page."

Jason gives us some good news on his MySpace Blog "

Wherever you are, we'll be there.

Thanks to everybody for the friend requests and messages. I haven't had time to respond to everything since we've been on the road for a few days. To answer many of your questions, I WILL BE COMING TO YOUR TOWN. I have no plans to work any less than I ever have, so keep your eyes on the schedule and come see us.

The Son Volt shows are going great, by the way. Thanks to everyone who came out to Minneapolis and Chicago. Hope Toronto shows up tonight. We drove all night to get here from Chicago, and I must say I'm a bit surprised that we all made it in. We're here though, and ready to rock.

Setlists, reviews and bears, oh my... of Jason's current tour on Ninebullets:

Nine Bullets:


Start:11:42 PM

Goddamn Lonely Love
Birmingham Tonight
Never Gonna Change
Psycho Killer#
Walk Right In(?)
Decoration Day
Atlantic City*
Into the Mystic
American Girl
Dress Blues
Chicago Promenade
(no encore) "

The Drams

The Drams just finished up a mini-tour. Tony's back to his old blogging ways on the tour diary and is making astute observations of the heartland:

the Drams:

"After a second tank of gas for the van, I took over in Salina, Kansas and continued up I-35/81, towards Lincoln. Then here was my weird observation of the day. People in Nebraska must be fucking all the time. Because the stop abortion signs are like almost every half mile. So in summation if you want to get laid, pregnant,or an abortion, go to Nebraska. That should be their state motto.*

Actually Lincoln is one of our favs to play"

Music News

This song is a great one by Pink. If you haven't heard it go to YouTube and check it out.

Are Pink's anti-Bush views being censored?:

"Are Pink’s anti-Bush views being censored?

The outspoken rocker — who recently went after her singing sex-symbol peers in her song “Stupid Girls” — is now taking aim at the commander-in-chief, in her controversial song, “Dear Mr. President.” But she says that she’s not allowed to discuss her political views on the radio."

I believe the ghost of Johnny came back and torched his place because Barry Gibbs recently bought the place and was planning on writing music there.

Fire destroys longtime Johnny Cash home :

"HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. - Johnny Cash's longtime lakeside home, a showcase where he wrote much of his famous music and entertained U.S. presidents, music royalty and visiting fans, was destroyed by fire on Tuesday.

Cash and his wife, June Carter Cash, lived in the 13,880-square-foot home from the late 1960s until their deaths in 2003."
Guerrilla art at its finest. I do love some good a capella:

Concert in the Paris Metro - Viral Videos - IFILM



jitter said...

The Drams played a show thursday evening at a specialty grocery store in Ft Worth.
It's really a great place, with an outdoor pavillion and a remarkable selection of microbrews and imports.
They were introduced by the opening act, Doug Burr, as "a great band with a solid resume"
The weather was perfect and they proved they can rock a family audience as well as a nightclub.

JPW said...

Hey, thanks for the review, Jitter! Sounds like a good time.