Jul 31, 2009

Best of 2009 So Far: July

As always, feel free to leave your thoughts or favorites... or not. I highlighted (bolded) a few new entries that I'm really enjoying lately that may be moving up on the next edition.

Some upcoming releases I'm excited about that you'll likely see on this list in future days include: Lucero - 1372 Overton Park; Pete Bernhard - Straight Line; George Strait - Twang; Gloriana - s/t (ha ha, just kidding); Black Crowes - Before the Frost... & ...Until the Freeze and others from Lyle Lovett, Blitzen Trapper (who I'm obsessed with lately), Dr. Dre, Pearl Jam, Built to Spill, Megadeth.... whew! Anyway, here's the best so far:

Top Albums of 2009
As of July 31

1. Son Volt - American Central Dust
2. Ben Nichols - The Last Pale Light in the West
3. Charlie Robison - Beautiful Day
4. Justin Townes Earle - Midnight at the Movies
5. Slaid Cleaves - Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away
6. Chris Knight - Trailer Tapes II
7. Magnolia Electric Company - Josephine
8. The Devil Makes Three - Do Wrong Right
9. Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears - Tell 'em What Your Name Is
10. Deer Tick - Born on Flag Day
11. Brad Paisley - American Saturday Night
12. Krizz Kaliko - Genius
13. Steve Earle - Townes
14. Wilco - Wilco (The Album)
15. The Deep Dark Woods - Winter Hours
16. Phosphorescent - To Willie
17. Great Lake Swimmers - Lost Channels
18. Roman Candle - Oh Tall Tree in the Ear
19. John Moreland & The Black Gold Band - Endless Oklahoma Sky
20. Owen Temple - Dollars and Dimes
21. Holly Williams - Here With Me
22. Wayne Hancock - Viper of Melody
23. Ryan Bingham - Roadhouse Sun
24. Ha Ha Tonka - Novel Sounds of the Nouveau South
25. Dave Matthews Band - Big Whiskey & The Groogrux King
26. Todd Snider - The Excitement Plan
27. The Gourds - Haymaker!
28. Mastodon - Crack the Skye
29. Eric Church - Carolina
30. The Fox Hunt - America's Working So We Don't Have To
31. Red Fang - s/t
32. Huck Notari - Very Long Dream
33. The Dead Weather - Horehound
34. Strand of Oaks - Leave Ruin
35. Doug Paisley - s/t
36. Chuck Mead - Journeyman's Wager
37. The Extraordinaires - Electric and Benevolent
38. Scott Miller - For Crying Out Loud
39. Patterson Hood - Murdering Oscar
40. Dale Watson - The Truckin' Sessions (v.2)

Jul 30, 2009

.99 Review - Fast Ryde

.99 Review - Fast Ryde "That Thang"

The People's Take

first review (5 Stars) – this is pretty sick!

Not too shabby (3 Stars) – did sound like big & rich. But loving the picture on their cover!

I'll Take "Annoying" For $500, Please... (1 Star) – Are you serious? This is just awful. I should have given my money to charity...
-Tastes Great

My Take

I've heard this described as a party song or a novelty song, but that must be some sort of sick joke. The lyrics read more like a tragedy to me. This lady has some real difficulties in her life, yet this new band chooses to ridicule and exploit her issues.

She got that thang in her back? She really should see a doctor. It could be a bulging disc or a tumor.

It makes people say "Hey, look at that"?? These are some very inconsiderate people pointing out her hump (not her lovely lady lumps).

It might set something on fire? What's going on back there that could do that?!? Apparently, that thang in her back is so large, it's causing some really dangerous friction against her clothing.

This is serious stuff! These tools shouldn't write and perform a song about this poor lady's condition or deformation, they should write and perform an actual country song to make money to help out with her medical bills. She can't fit in her shorts, people!

She's got junk like a trailer yard? So, she's got a car up on blocks, a rusted out hibachi, some beer cans and a broken plastic flamingo? Somebody get Extreme Home Makeover on the line! Someone with such a hard life shouldn't have to worry about her property decor and landscaping.

It's plumb disgraceful how these guys point out this woman's flaws but offer up nothing to remedy her sad situation. Aside from the godawful sound of the music, the ill-fitting hip-hop affectations and the annoying repetition of "dang" and "doing" (which rhymes with boing, not booing - which I'm doing), this is the most depressing and pointless song currently on country radio. I hope that radio programmers and country fans alike will dismiss its insensitive and abusive message. Good day.

Total value: .09/.99

The Checklist

Check mark symbolName Dropping
Dying Person
County Fair
Lost Love
Check mark symbolLove(??)
Hometown Pride
Kindly Advice
Check mark symbolLife Affirmation(??)
Pop Sheen
Star Power

Jul 27, 2009

____Deserves a Sackpunch #4

"Anything But Country" Guy

Yeah, I'm talking to you. You know who you are. Anytime somebody asks you what kind of music you like... the title quotation is your answer. You're an idiot, "anything but country" guy/girl. However, the fact that I know with 100% certainty that you're lying, renders your opinion null and void. Do you like industrial indie jazz metal? Do you like didjeridoo ballads? Do you like Brooke Hogan? Didn't think so. Have you ever heard a Steven Seagal album? Didn't think so. I think we can now agree that you DO NOT in fact, like anything but country.

The next issue is your prejudice. What?? Not me, you think, but you hear the words "country music" and immediately think "dogs, trucks, Deliverance, yeehaw, hate, boots up asses, beer, guns, Deliverance..." Yes, there have been country songs covering many of these topics, often at once, throughout the history of the genre but aside from maybe beer and trucks, I'm fairly certain none of those other things are currently represented on Bob Kingsley's country countdown.

"Well, I can't stand that redneck twang... wooo, howdy y'all." Prejudiced. If I said I don't like the way rapp.. well, nevermind, because even presenting an example would brand me as prejudiced towards whatever genre/group I mentioned...(and I love the old school era of that genre I was less than subtly hinting at, anyway) but it's okay for country people to be ridiculed for their geographically unique way of speaking and that's wrong. Perhaps you find a southern accent unappealing and that's certainly forgivable I suppose, but you shouldn't avoid an entire genre because of the affected drawl of a random few. Some don't care for some British accents, but if they avoided anyone who sang with one, they'd miss out on the wonderful music of the Beatles, Robbie Williams and the Stones (okay, one of those was a joke).

"Country is depressing and slow." Well, a lot of it should be... but it's not, actually. Have you turned on country radio lately? Maybe 1 of 10 songs feature any emotions other than love and happiness and most are fairly up-tempo...if not flat-out rock songs (check out the Crue-like riffs on Jason Aldean's ironically titled "She's Country" if you don't believe me). This is a double-edged sword, as most of what's on country radio is not authentic country, but that's an argument for another day.

Anyway, that's that. I don't have the energy to now present all the reasons you SHOULD like country, because personally, I say country doesn't need you. Keep listening to emo, you sissy. I just wanted to white-out your bullet points and stereotypes against country music and show what a moron you are. I also suggest you prepare for a life of solitude because I'm about to bring the pain.... with a future offspring negating SACKPUNCH!!!!

Jul 24, 2009

Jul 22, 2009

Oh yeah....

Friday is Alt-Country Day 2. Brand new honest album covers featuring Wilco, Old 97's, Holly Williams and more! Return for a visit please!

Country Weakly

Click for a closer view.

Jul 20, 2009

31 Country Music Themes: 7-9

Take out your aggressions on JR

Since John says lots of people, including him, need a good punch every now and then... let's oblige him. Cut this out along the dashed line and tape it to the punching bag at your local gym or a balloon or bouncy ball... and wail away!

Jul 19, 2009

.99 Review - Gary Allan "Today"

.99 Review - Gary Allan "Today"

The People's Take

Today (5 Stars) – Its about time we get some new Gary Allan. Its a great new songs.
-The Mexican elvis

Perfect (5 Stars) – For any true country fan Gary's new song does not disappoint--it is awesome, hopefully it gets some radio play between all the Kenny Chesney and Keith Urban continuity.

My Take

Everything about this song, on paper, screams that it deserves a subpar if not embarrassingly low rating on my value scale. It's more cliché than the average Rascal Flatts song, more pop than a Chuck Wicks ballad and more soppy than a Jimmy Wayne emo song. Nothing, nothing, nothing new is brought to the table. Did I say nothing? It makes Brad Paisley's "Then" look like the most breathtakingly original country song ever written. I should hate this song. It could easily fit into many "real country" fans' lists of examples of all that's wrong with modern country. Here's the summary, Gary's ex is getting married today and he's sad about it. "Looks like she's really gone now" he sings.... nice observation, CSI Nashville.

All that said, I like it. For two reasons. 1) Gary could sing anything and I'd like it (aside from the vomit-inducing career misstep "Tough Little Boys"). I just freaking love the man's voice. 2) It's a sad song. There aren't enough of those around these days. It fills a void.

That's it. I like it. I don't love it. It won't stick with me for long, but I'll be singing it in my head for the next few weeks, at least until I can hear his new album in full. In the hands (or vocal cords, rather) of anyone else, I'd likely hate and deride the song. Gary gets a pass.

Hypocrite much?

Total value: .75/.99

The Checklist

Check mark symbolChurch/God
Name Dropping
Dying Person
County Fair
Check mark symbolLost Love
Check mark symbolLove
Hometown Pride
Kindly Advice
Life Affirmation
Pop Sheen
Star Power

(The single cover is just Gary in a doorway... doesn't exactly lend itself to being "Photocrapped")

McFly, just because they're trending on Twitter

Jul 17, 2009

Farce the Music Sells Out #2

I don't really know how to properly describe Amber Dust's sound or tell you what genre they're in. They're kinda folk-pop with some Americana and country-ish undertones and their songs have a nice warm glow about them. Most of them are fairly laid back in tempo and smooth as waxed butter. Something like that.... all I know is I really like 'em and they're extremely talented. I even know one of the dudes in the band and he's alright when he's off the Jack Daniels and mini-thins. Did I mention they're also generous? You can get both their debut album and their follow up EP for free at their website 24/7. Maybe if enough people jet over and grab their tunes, the boys will get off their posteriors and release the already-recorded next full Amber Dust album. Give 'em a try!

Check out their sound here (cool Danzig cover along with my two favorite Amber Dust songs, "Tear it Down" and "An Unfamiliar House" are all on their player!): http://www.myspace.com/amberdustmusic

Free full-length album and EP available here:


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