Friday, April 06, 2007

DBT Week in Review - 4/6/07

Update: Important Announcement:
It's with a wide range of emotions and feelings that I'm announcing that we have parted ways with Jason.

The split, which I consider extremely amicable is the result of a period of personal and artistic growth from all sides which has left us with differing dreams and goals.......
AAW will have a full post reaction to the news come Monday.


If you haven't checked out Jason Isbell's Official MySpace page.... why not? What the hell is wrong with you. This computer thing new to you? You know he's got the studio version of Dress Blues and two other kick ass songs from his new album, right?


Southern Comfort... Music mag folks think it a necessity to use some 'southern' or 'Skynyrd' reference in every damn article ever about DBT.

Every article seems to have some variation on this statement too:
don’t call them “Southern rock.”
Okay, we won't call them Southern rock, but you've got to stop telling us in your articles to not call them 'Southern rock'. We get it.

Drive-By Truckers bring a little Southern comfort

"Led by a triumvirate of guitarists/singers/songwriters in Patterson Hood, Mike Cooley and Jason Isbell, the Drive-By Truckers are distinctively Southern—the band originated in Muscle Shoals, Ala., and is currently based in Athens, Ga.—and they definitely rock.

But for the love of Lynyrd Skynyrd, don’t call them “Southern rock.” They much prefer the less descriptive—and restrictive—“rock `n’ roll.”"

Our friends over at Parasites and Sycophants went to see the recent rocks shows in SC. Here is the report and some pics:

Parasites & Sycophants: Drive By Truckers 30 & 31st March Charleston

Parasites & Sycophants: Drive By Truckers Charleston Photos:

"Well it has been a couple of days since I came back from Charleston where I saw the Drive By Truckers. I'm just now settling into the reality of being back at my modern day factory job where I am just a cog who gets orders from some knob."

Jenn B.'s DBT 'Nanna Puddin' (no 'b' no 'g') is a published success!

Music - Once More With Feeling - Portland Mercury:

"Have you cooked every recipe in the book? Do you have any favorites? Least favorites?

I've prepared all of them—and there are over 100! I probably won't revisit the ramen recipes, but I'm sure there are some college kids out there who will be excited to enhance their Top Ramen as per suggested by Strung Out and NOFX. I really love the dessert chapter, it's hard to pick between Okkervil River's buttermilk pie and the Drive-By Truckers' banana pudding. Both are really delicious."

Tequila Brad's got some more video from SXSW of Jason and them

dbts : Message: Two New Vids:
"Jason Isbell was kind enough to give me the go ahead to post a clip from his Club de Ville performance at the New West Showcase at SXSW last month. I also posted Todd Mankin and El Guapo playing Georgia on a Fast Train. This is in HONOR of Billy Joe Shaver. I have had a chance to meet this man, he is a great person, and don't take no shit off

I hope you all enjoy."

Via Jayne.

SXSW reactions to The Drams and Jason Isbell.

SXSW 2007: The Sounds, Part 1 - Twangville:

"The Drams – SXSW is notorious for tight schedules, so what does it say when a band is asked to play an extra thirty minutes? In the case of the Drams, it means that the band was delivered an unparalleled rock show.

Here is the note that was delivered to the stage during the Drams performance at the New West party. Oh yeah, the note arrived with a round of shots and beers for the band. Gotta love that Southern hospitality…"

Jason Isbell – I saw the Drive-By Truckers guitarist play a parking lot on South Congress Avenue at 11am. The complimentary bloody marys helped temper the hour, but it was Isbell’s acoustic performance of several Drive-By Truckers classics and new songs from his forthcoming solo release that provided a proper kick-off to the day. The poignant “Dress Blues” was a stand-out among the new tracks: “You never planned on the bombs in the sand, or sleeping in your dress blues.”


Since I've become a MySpace whore and sort through a butload of profile each day, I thought I'd start savina few of the folks who's sound caught my ear.

Give 'em a listen.

Jackpot City combines crunchy chainsaw guitar rock with lush vocal harmonies and diverse instrumentation creating a unique sound. Jackpot City's catchy array of songs was quickly noticed by Widespread Panic bassist, Dave Schools and produced their first demo. Now they are working on their first full length record with Ben Mize of the Ben Mize Band and Acetate (formerly of the Counting Crows), Kyle Spence of Tom Collins, David Barbe (Sugar, Dave Barbe & the Quick Hooks), and Andy Baker. Jackpot City has songs featured in a soon to be released movie, "Say Yes Quickly". The members of Jackpot City came to together will an already impressive musical resume. Mamie Fike with the Chickasaw Mudd Puppies and Asa Nisa Masa (both produced by R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe), Kathy Kirbo of Greenhouse and Purr (produced by R.E.M.'s Mike Mills), Kelly Noonan with Wet and Billy James (also produced by Mike Mills) and Ian Werden who also plays with Dodd Ferrell and High Caliber. "Super-melodic, hard rockin' pop music. Big Star meets the Pretenders meets the Kinks!" -Ballard Lesemann, Flagpole Magazine "

lindsay holler


Music News

My Girl, Amy. Hands off, the rest of you!

I'm not sure how in the fuck she spent $390 a week on weed.

Singer's 'debauched' image not whole story:

"'A lot of music now is trying to be cool and like, 'Yeah, I don't really care about you' -- a really blase attitude,' she said. 'I think it's much nicer to be in love, and throw yourself into it, and want to lie in the road for that person."

"Frank," a moderate hit in Britain, was followed by a creative slump during which she broke up with her boyfriend and spent $390 a week on marijuana -- a habit she has since cut back, she says.

Keith, Keith, Keith.

I believe this.....

Rolling Stone 'snorted father's ashes':

"Rolling Stones wildman Keith Richards claims he snorted his own father's ashes during a drugs binge.

Richards made the extraordinary admission in an interview with NME magazine.

'The strangest thing I've tried to snort? My father. I snorted my father,' he said.

'He was cremated and I couldn't resist grinding him up with a little bit of blow. My dad wouldn't have cared, he didn't give a s***.

'It went down pretty well, and I'm still alive.'

Richards' father, Bert, died in 2002 aged 84."

More than I do this...

Richards Denies Snorting His Dad's Ashes:

"Keith Richards was joking when he claimed to have snorted his father's ashes along with cocaine, a spokesman said Wednesday.

'It was an off-the-cuff remark, a joke, and it is not true. File under April Fool's joke,' said Bernard Doherty of LD Communications, which represents the Rolling Stones."

"There ain't no need in all y'all treatin' Billy Joe that way".

Warrants issued for Billy Joe Shaver :

"AUSTIN - Police have issued arrest warrants for country singer Billy Joe Shaver after he shot and wounded a man outside a Texas bar, the entertainer's attorney said.

After Shaver left a bar in Lorena on Saturday night, a drunk, aggressive stranger with a knife followed him into the parking lot, said attorney Joseph A. Turner of Austin. Shaver shot him in self-defense, he said.

Police in Lorena — about 80 miles north of Austin — issued arrest warrants late Monday on charges of aggravated assault and possessing a firearm in a prohibited place, Turner said."

"You gotta fight... For your right.... To name your kid Me---taaaaa-llica"

Couple Fights for Baby 'Metallica' Name:

"Metallica may work as a name for a heavy metal band, but a Swedish couple is struggling to convince authorities it's also suitable for a baby girl.

Sweden's tax agency rejected Michael and Karolina Tomaro's application to name their 6-month-old daughter after the legendary rock band.

'It suits her,' Karolina Tomaro, 27, said Tuesday of the name. 'She's decisive and she knows what she wants.'

Although little Metallica has already been baptized, the Swedish National Tax Board refused to register the name, saying it was associated with both the rock group and the word 'metal.'

In Sweden, parents must get the names of their children approved by the tax authority, which is in charge of the population registry and issues personal identification numbers, similar to Social Security numbers in the United States."


Until someone in the music industry offers me a job, I stand firm that the music execs are dumb-fucks.

Spinning Into Oblivion:

"The sad thing is that CDs and downloads could have coexisted peacefully and profitably. The current state of affairs is largely the result of shortsightedness and boneheadedness by the major record labels and the Recording Industry Association of America, who managed to achieve the opposite of everything they wanted in trying to keep the music business prospering. The association is like a gardener who tried to rid his lawn of weeds and wound up killing the trees instead.

In the late ’90s, our business, and the music retail business in general, was booming. Enter Napster, the granddaddy of illegal download sites. How did the major record labels react? By continuing their campaign to eliminate the comparatively unprofitable CD single, raising list prices on album-length CDs to $18 or $19 and promoting artists like the Backstreet Boys and Britney Spears — whose strength was single songs, not albums. The result was a lot of unhappy customers, who blamed retailers like us for the dearth of singles and the high prices."

And just because I'm feeling a little mean today, I triple-dog-dare you to watch the entire YouTube parody of Alanis Morissette doing Fergies, My Humps. Seriously, I dare you. Do you have the balls? (figuratively and literally)

YouTube - Alanis Morissette "My Humps" video