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hey - why such little talk about this kickass band? Any fellow diehards? Anyone seen them / planning to see them on their current tour? How about a POX or Search and Destroy?

For me, I'd search almost everything, especially Pizza Deliverance and Decoration Day, destroy a little over half of Southern Rock Opera(except Cooley's songs, they all rule).

Me and the lady have tix to see them here in NYC on Halloween - psyched!! May try to hit the Michigan gig on the 7th too...

roger adultery, Tuesday, 14 October 2003 23:33 (sixteen years ago) link

*raises hand*

adaml (adaml), Wednesday, 15 October 2003 00:27 (sixteen years ago) link

they're actually coming to State College next month. Just listened to Alabama Ass-Whuppin' two nights ago. I keep forgetting to apologize to Chuck for ignorantly mockin' them a while back. Great band. (though I still need to buy Pizza Deliverance and Southern Rock Opera).

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Wednesday, 15 October 2003 00:29 (sixteen years ago) link

I think Decoration Day is (even) better than their other albums. they keep getting better album by album, no small thing. never seen 'em, for which, rest assured, I kick myself repeatedly on a daily basis.

M Matos (M Matos), Wednesday, 15 October 2003 00:33 (sixteen years ago) link

They played at the annual free festival on campus (opening for Jimmy Eat World!!) circa Southern Rock, but I was doing a radio show when they were playing. Glad they're coming back to let me rectify the situation.

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Wednesday, 15 October 2003 01:17 (sixteen years ago) link

I've seen them every time they've come through town over the course of the last two years or so, which has been a lot. Each time I walk into the show thinking, alright, this will be the night they let me down, and each time I leave with even more admiration for them than before. Fortunately, there is such a dedicated DBT tapers circle that I've been able to track down several of the shows I've seen, and the recordings bear out my initial thoughts. In fact, their recent shows have been among the best I've ever seen from anyone. I most recently saw them the night after Johnny Cash died, but they had the good taste not to do a Cash cover. Instead, they wrote a song about him, and it's a good one (and may still be up on their site). They did, however, cover Warren Zevon's "Play It All Night Long," and it kicked as much ass as their cover of "People Who Died."

Those shows are pretty futhermucking loud, though. On night two I occasionally popped in earplugs, which I never do. Do I smell a thread? "Earplugs at Shows?"

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 15 October 2003 12:40 (sixteen years ago) link

I'm seeing them in Birmingham tomorrow night, my sixth DBT show and hopefully not my last. They do have a demo of "Carl Perkins' Cadillac" up on their website,

largehearted boy (largeheartedboy), Wednesday, 15 October 2003 13:03 (sixteen years ago) link

fan-friggin-tastic. though they tend to veer off into jam-band territory during live shows. decoration day is easily in my Top 5 (perhaps even 3) albums of the year.

Jeanne Fury (Jeanne Fury), Wednesday, 15 October 2003 13:37 (sixteen years ago) link


teeny (teeny), Wednesday, 15 October 2003 14:53 (sixteen years ago) link

They come this month -- or next month -- to NYC. 18 Wheels Of Love is so NOT a novelty song.

She had three televisions just like Elvis, the King, used to have...

ModJ (ModJ), Wednesday, 15 October 2003 15:00 (sixteen years ago) link

Josh - would love to get ahold of some of those live tapes. Email me if interested in dubs / trades / etc.
Okay, now that there's enough of us - How 'bout a Pick Only Ten? Here's mine, off teh top of my head:

1. The Company I Keep
2. Love Like This
3. Whiskey Without Women
4. Sink Hole
5. Wife Beater
6. Dead Drunk & Naked
7. Nine Bullets
8. Guitar Man Upstairs
9. Margo & Harold
10.Marry Me

roger adultery (roger adultery), Thursday, 16 October 2003 03:11 (sixteen years ago) link

so far I like them
but I do not love them though
I know that's MY fault

Haikunym (Haikunym), Thursday, 16 October 2003 03:19 (sixteen years ago) link


Little Big Macher (llamasfur), Thursday, 16 October 2003 04:00 (sixteen years ago) link

Echo Decoration Day as a top-fiver. But also love some other tracks--Why Henry Drinks, Panties in Your Purse.
Tomorrow night they are in Memphis!

elle (elle), Thursday, 16 October 2003 14:23 (sixteen years ago) link

eight months pass...
What I posted on another thread yesterday:

>Playing the new Drive By Truckers album *Dirty South* now. It sounds even more tired than their last one; they've totally given up on trying to be Skynyrd, which sucks. Not horrible, though. Better than Patterson Hood's solo CD, I guess. So I bet it gets very good reviews.<

I'm now convinced, by the way, that *Dirty South* is their worst album ever, by far. The first song rocks okay, but just about everything else drags drags drags, almost 100 percent ballads, damn near no fucking memorable melodies, no fucking energy, nothing. Track #4 is okay, probably some others here and there, I forget which ones. Sometimes the high singing is kinda pretty, and the thing definitely is better to play at work than in a car, since the record does not move AT ALL. "Carl Perkins' Cadillac" strikes me as pandering bullshit. Track #9, "Cottonseed," is one of the most tedious, interminable songs I've heard all year. If somebody really believes I'm missing something, I wish they would explain what it is. Their three EARLY albums (as in pre Southern Rock Opera) blow this one out of the water, if anybody's curious.

chuck, Saturday, 19 June 2004 19:17 (fifteen years ago) link

worse than the Rob Malone tracks on Southern Rock Opera?

CeCe Peniston (Anthony Miccio), Saturday, 19 June 2004 19:27 (fifteen years ago) link

You mean, like, "Cassie's Brother," which is probably better than anything on *Decoration Day*? Yeah, way worse than that. Not even close.

chuck, Saturday, 19 June 2004 19:37 (fifteen years ago) link

Is that song that Cooley sings about NASCAR on this album? I saw them do it live about four months ago and it was definitely a crowd pleaser. I gotta tell you, I'm sorry to hear your report ...

Mr Deeds (Mr Deeds), Sunday, 20 June 2004 03:23 (fifteen years ago) link

They are the loudest band I've ever heard live.

TheNewJMod (JMod), Sunday, 20 June 2004 03:32 (fifteen years ago) link

Seeing Patterson Wednesday - can't wait.

Chuck's description doesn't worry me one bit if he really thinks "Cassie's Brother" is better than Decoration Day.

And yes, JMod, I agree - one of the loudest (and best) live shows i've ever seen.

roger adultery (roger adultery), Sunday, 20 June 2004 05:32 (fifteen years ago) link

Who exactly is "Carl Perkins' Cadillac" pandering to? I mean, any more than Big and Rich are pandering, which you've gotta admit they totally are in places (ie. that whole race thing never made sense to me blahblah bullshit), even though I do still really like the CD.

Now, I haven't heard the Dirty South yet so I guess I can't sufficiently respond, but what I'd heard live sounded terrific.

Mr. Deeds 100% OTM about "Daddy's Cup" - blew me away live, and honestly unless they TOTALLY changed the demo version on the website and the way they play it live for the record, I'm really surprised Chuck wouldn't like "Carl Perkins" 'cause it's got such a GREAT poppy riff on it, one of the catchiest I've heard all year.

"Where the Devil Don't Stay" was a great rocker live as well, and "Danko/Manuel" was a terrific ballad to these ears. I will admit that Patterson's songs did sound kind of weak in comparison to Cooley and Isbell, and of course again I haven't actually heard the album so I might be totally off base altogether.

Josh Love (screamapillar), Sunday, 20 June 2004 06:56 (fifteen years ago) link

yeah and Roger OTM about "Cassie's Brother" vs. All Of Decoration Day - I mean, c'mon, next to "Outfit" and "Sink Hole" and "Marry Me" and the title track, "Cassie's Brother" is a dud.

I will say however that I agree with Chuck about missing the humor and playfulness of the first three rekkids, the Truckers definitely do take themselves a little too seriously from time to time nowadays and I'd sure love it if they'd inject a little bit of that Panties in Your Purse/Steve McQueen/Too Much Sex (Too Little Jesus) spirit into their newer stuff.

Josh Love (screamapillar), Sunday, 20 June 2004 07:01 (fifteen years ago) link

The two times I saw DBT live (once on the Southern Rock Opera tour -- a show so disappointing that it convinced me not to vote for their album the year it came out {it finally wound up being my number two behind Rocket from the Tombs a year later}; once on the Decoration Day tour) they weren't loud at all -- Again, I wanted them to be Skynyrd (or at least try to be Skynyrd), and they just came out as an alt-country ballad band with way too much of the lazy drunken Replacements shtick I was sick of by 1986. I'm playing "Carl Perkins' Cadillac" right now; it's not that catchy -- a better than average Tom Petty song, at best. Jangly, I guess. I think it's pandering to the same people that the Dixie Chicks are pandering to when they drop Johnny Cash's and Merle Haggard's names in their otherwise excellent "Long Time Gone" (and all kinds of country songs in recent years pander to elsewhere): i.e., people who pat themselves on the back for knowing about music history. And its pandering is a lot less fun than the pandering on Southern Rock Opera (maybe because Lynyrd Skynyrd is more fun than Carl Perkins? could be), not to mention the pandering on on Big & Rich's album. And I can't follow the story, to be honest. And it doesn't rock. It's a stodgy old whitebread alt-country powerpop history book, and to hell with it, you know?

chuck, Monday, 21 June 2004 14:16 (fifteen years ago) link

In other news (in re: other "Dirty South* tracks plugged above), "Daddy's Cup" sounds alright I guess - A car song with a car rhythm; kinda monotonous, but at least it's got a bit of forward motion chugging it ahead. "Danko/Manuel" is an amorphous, deadassed bore of a ballad, trudging along aimlessly and hooklessly for almost six quiet minutes. And "Where The Devil Don't Stay," as I admit above, does indeed rock.

chuck, Monday, 21 June 2004 14:28 (fifteen years ago) link

Basically, though, I still believe they should release "Where the Devil Don't Stay" as a single, and relieve people of the burden of having to buy the whole album.

chuck, Monday, 21 June 2004 14:31 (fifteen years ago) link

I wanted them to be Skynyrd (or at least try to be Skynyrd

the key line

CeCe Peniston (Anthony Miccio), Monday, 21 June 2004 14:41 (fifteen years ago) link

Ballads < Rockstuff.

Je4nne ƒury (Jeanne Fury), Monday, 21 June 2004 14:49 (fifteen years ago) link

you can have both, esp. when you accept that the band's not gonna play "freebird."

CeCe Peniston (Anthony Miccio), Monday, 21 June 2004 14:53 (fifteen years ago) link

though that's a ballad too! heck, my fave skynyrd is "Simple Man"!

CeCe Peniston (Anthony Miccio), Monday, 21 June 2004 14:54 (fifteen years ago) link

*Southern Rock Opera* DID have both rockstuff and ballads. But at least the ballads on that album rocked. (As do "Free Bird" and "Simple Man" and "Tuesday's Gone" etc.) The problem with DBT is that they've almost entirely given up on rocking. THEY'RE the one who chose one style over the other, not me. (Their best song is still "Zip City," as far as I'm concerned, by the way.)

chuck, Monday, 21 June 2004 15:07 (fifteen years ago) link

I'm pretty saddened by the idea of a rock-free DBT album, I'll admit.

CeCe Peniston (Anthony Miccio), Monday, 21 June 2004 15:13 (fifteen years ago) link

Frankly I wish they'd drop one element of Lynyrdism and not have a third songwriter. Neither Rob Malone or Jason Isbell ever did much for me.

CeCe Peniston (Anthony Miccio), Monday, 21 June 2004 15:14 (fifteen years ago) link

third guitarist/songwriter, I mean.

CeCe Peniston (Anthony Miccio), Monday, 21 June 2004 15:14 (fifteen years ago) link

"Their best song is still "Zip City," as far as I'm concerned, by the way."

I'll agree with this. Ah well, can't really argue with Chuck on this until I gets me a copy of Dirty South myself.

And I really like Isbell BTW, I thought his two contributions to Decoration Day were among the best on the album, and at least when I saw it performed live, I thought "Danko/Manuel" was absolutely haunting.

I can see Chuck's point about pandering as far the Dixie Chicks are concerned b/c that song did seem specifically geared to orient themselves in the "don't make 'em like they usedta" camp, but I don't see it with "Carl Perkins' Cadillac" - I mean, that's what the song's about, y'know? It doesn't seem to me to be contrived in the least, certainly it is a "history lesson" and maybe that's a bore for some, but I don't see it as pandering at all.

Funny you mentioned "Long Time Gone" Chuck b/c I referenced that song in my Stylus review of Gretchen Wilson today, how she's big-upping Bocephus while the Chicks prefer Hank Sr.

Josh Love (screamapillar), Monday, 21 June 2004 15:50 (fifteen years ago) link

CeCe you're crazy dude, Isbell is a FANTASTIC songwriter

roger adultery (roger adultery), Monday, 21 June 2004 20:51 (fifteen years ago) link

he's definitely better than Rob Malone, but his doesn't really get to me like Hood and Cooley's best do.

CeCe Peniston (Anthony Miccio), Monday, 21 June 2004 20:55 (fifteen years ago) link

>>I don't see it with "Carl Perkins' Cadillac" - I mean, that's what the song's about, y'know? It doesn't seem to me to be contrived in the least, certainly it is a "history lesson" and maybe that's a bore for some<<

I might not think the history lesson was such a bore if it was, say, "Michael Murphey's Cadillac, actually -- which would be way more clever, too, given Geronimo's and all. (Plus, the Kentucky Headhunters did a better song about Carl Perkins on a way better Southern Rock/country album LAST year. And it was easily one of the lesser songs on *that* album.)

chuck, Monday, 21 June 2004 21:57 (fifteen years ago) link

yeah, the new album is pretty sparkless and a lot more jammy, which is OK but I wish they'd get out of their torpor. I liked that on Decoration Day they were obviously pissed off at the world/fucked in life; they wrote great songs from it. this time they seem to have said, "Let's get looser on this one," and they did, but they're so much better when they're both at once.

Matos W.K. (M Matos), Monday, 21 June 2004 22:19 (fifteen years ago) link

Do any of you have any idea why I can't find DBT CDs in Japan? I can find pretty much anything here, but DBT's label or seems to have no Japanese distributer or something (I really have no idea how it works).

Debito (Debito), Tuesday, 22 June 2004 02:19 (fifteen years ago) link

two months pass...
Man I really love this album. Only a smidge less than Decoration Day, but liking this one more with every listen. Fucking Isbell, man. "Danko / Manuel" and "Goddam Lonely Love." Met him the other night (on my birthday!) and he was really nice (they all are)

I honestly can't remember the last time I was actually excited to meet a band - comes with the territory of being a rock journo I guess

Anyway, I wholeheartedly disagree with chuck upthread - and if you miss the lighthearted stuff, well, there's two songs about Walking Tall, fer chrissakes!! What do you want?? What's more lighthearted than Walking goddamm Tall? :)

roger adultery (roger adultery), Friday, 10 September 2004 15:41 (fifteen years ago) link

I keep listening to this and I can sort of hear the criticisms about the music being a little slack but these have got to be some of the angriest songs on earth right about now. The voices just keep grabbing at me.

They were on Conan last night and they did an Isbell song I think. How old is that kid? His lyrics are just too much. So well written and so fucking defiant. He was all dressed up and looked like an American Idol contestant singing about his sort of fucked up/backwoods life and how he doesn't (or can't, I guess) give a shit. It was pretty perfect.

He knows his southern writers I guess.

danh (danh), Friday, 17 September 2004 15:03 (fifteen years ago) link

It's awesome. i reviewed it and am still kicking myself for not giving it enough love. isbell really has it. he's about 25 - older then you'd think, still carrying the puppy fat.

god, i love them truckers.

Peter Watts (peterw), Friday, 17 September 2004 15:14 (fifteen years ago) link

so which should be my first album? Decoration Day?

gabbneb (gabbneb), Friday, 17 September 2004 15:17 (fifteen years ago) link

it's the best i reckon, but southern rock opera is more immediate. pizza deliverance is a blast, but less, er, authored.

Peter Watts (peterw), Friday, 17 September 2004 15:19 (fifteen years ago) link

I wasn't planning on buying this (if Chuck's review was otm I knew how painful the experience would be), but the three mp3s on their site are terrific. Maybe the rest is too slow but those three had great hooks and the kind of guitar interplay I die for. I'll get it today and I feel like a shmuck for waiting this long.

(judging from the song samples I heard on Northern State's site he's dead on about that album though)

manthony m1cc1o (Anthony Miccio), Friday, 17 September 2004 15:31 (fifteen years ago) link

fell asleep to this last night on conan, but i was beat, i'm interested though

kephm, Friday, 17 September 2004 15:40 (fifteen years ago) link

Those aren't even the best songs on the record.

danh (danh), Friday, 17 September 2004 15:50 (fifteen years ago) link

I really want to hear a Jason solo album. Cooley too.

roger adultery (roger adultery), Friday, 17 September 2004 15:51 (fifteen years ago) link

Seeing them tonight in NYC!

57 7th (calstars), Friday, 17 September 2004 16:00 (fifteen years ago) link

(And here's to an Isbell solo record, that would be great).

57 7th (calstars), Friday, 17 September 2004 16:01 (fifteen years ago) link

ooh nice cover

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 7 January 2020 23:57 (four months ago) link

it's a very dark record.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 8 January 2020 00:05 (four months ago) link

These are dark times, I expect it will echo how many of us feel.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Wednesday, 8 January 2020 02:03 (four months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Drive-by Trucker, lost yer way...

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 24 January 2020 20:48 (four months ago) link

Cooley / Jagger

calstars, Friday, 24 January 2020 21:13 (four months ago) link

star trucker

Brad C., Friday, 24 January 2020 21:17 (four months ago) link

this is fkn adorable tbh

Larry Elleison (rogermexico.), Friday, 24 January 2020 23:10 (four months ago) link

So does Patterson always stand in the back In these photos ?

calstars, Saturday, 25 January 2020 00:12 (four months ago) link

fantastic pic!!!

kornrulez6969, Saturday, 25 January 2020 00:19 (four months ago) link

It was in No Depression:

“I think we clocked in 85 hours in the studio that week making the record,” says Patterson Hood, reflecting on the recording of Drive-By Truckers’ latest LP, The Unraveling, the bulk of which took place at the Sam Phillips Recording Service in Memphis. The album is a nine-track treatise on the state of the country following the 2016 presidential election, which means it’s heavy, poignant, and rarely lighthearted.

The recording process, though, featured a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will forever be etched into the making of The Unraveling.

“It’s a small studio, it isn’t a big, sprawling building or anything like that,” Truckers co-founder Mike Cooley says. “I was in the reception area just hanging out, looking out the front window, and I saw maybe four black vehicles — it looked like a small motorcade pulling up.”

Tourists stop by the famed studio all the time hoping to get a tour, but since it’s an active recording business, the best they can do is get a photo outside and maybe poke their head in the lobby to say hello.

“I figured this was some type of VIP situation,” Cooley says of the SUVs and sedans he saw pull up to the studio. “It could be anybody, so I just walked back into the control room. A few seconds later, Patterson walks in and says, ‘Mick Jagger is in the hallway.’”

There’s a sense of excitement in Cooley’s voice as he tells this story, but he admits he didn’t believe Hood at first: “I told him to fuck off.”

Mick Jagger and Leonardo DiCaprio own the movie rights to the Peter Guralnick book Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock ‘n’ Roll. The Rolling Stones frontman was in town with the author, along with their screenwriter and production designer, and wanted to get a peek inside the studio.

“They had spent the earlier part of the day at Sun Studios,” Hood explains. “We had heard Peter was coming over, but that’s it. He walks in and he introduces himself, we all sit down, and then Mick Jagger walks in. Holy shit!”

Hood adds, “He was very much the old-school British gentleman. Super polite.”

“Oh yeah, he was pretty cool,” Cooley agrees, with a chuckle in his voice. “I’m glad he was nice, because it was our session that he interrupted.”

Aside from his English manners, Cooley remembers Jagger walking around with his signature onstage swagger. “Even in that setting,” he says, “he moved around with that energetic sense of movement. He’s always been over the top with his movements, constantly in motion, real physical. He seems to always move around with that same sense of purpose, even at 76 years old. He’s a ball of energy. It’s pretty amazing.”

The thing that stood out to Hood was not just how Jagger acted, but how his Truckers brothers reacted.

“I got to see my bandmates shaking in their boots like they were teenagers or something,” he says. “That was awesome. I tend to be that way naturally, and I don’t necessarily see that side of Cooley or Matt Patton that often. They both keep a surly and cool demeanor. It was cool to see them as excited as I was.”

Hood takes a break from the story to have a laugh about Cooley and Patton meeting Jagger.

“It was a fun day. And then when they left, we got back to work. That was probably the biggest break we took in seven days.”

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 25 January 2020 01:37 (four months ago) link


calstars, Saturday, 25 January 2020 01:44 (four months ago) link

This is beautiful:

A few seconds later, Patterson walks in and says, ‘Mick Jagger is in the hallway.’”

There’s a sense of excitement in Cooley’s voice as he tells this story, but he admits he didn’t believe Hood at first: “I told him to fuck off.”

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 25 January 2020 03:36 (four months ago) link

I got pushed some Paste "Top 15 Drive-By Truckers" feature, and I think it's a testament to the band that while they picked some winners/ringers, so many of my favorites or songs I consider their best are not on there, and so many songs I don't think about at all are:

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 30 January 2020 14:04 (four months ago) link

My PO8:

Let there be rock
Angels and fuselage
Dead drunk and naked
My sweet Annette
Women without whiskey
Three dimes down

calstars, Thursday, 30 January 2020 14:31 (four months ago) link

New album could use more rock, but still sounded alright on first listen. The lyrics are perhaps even more on the nose re: their subject matter than usual (song titles include "Thoughts and Prayers" and "Babies in Cages") but I get that America in 2020 might not be the time and place for subtlety.

Maria Edgelord (cryptosicko), Friday, 31 January 2020 16:21 (four months ago) link

They always write good songs but they're so boring when DBT play them these days.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 31 January 2020 16:32 (four months ago) link

I've missed out on their last couple of records but I'm trying to start rectifying that now, starting with this new one. Agreed about the relative lack of rock (I do like the riff to Armaggedon's Back in Town), would add that the rekkid needs more Cooley too. Lyrically though it's definitely hitting me right in the gut this morning, in concert with the impeachment cover-up plus my viewing last night of the American Factory documentary.

Evans on Hammond (evol j), Friday, 31 January 2020 16:33 (four months ago) link

I've only listened to the closer once so far but it seemed pretty fluid musically.

Evans on Hammond (evol j), Friday, 31 January 2020 16:34 (four months ago) link

Cooley was apparently struggling with writer's block so severe he thought he was done for good.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 31 January 2020 16:40 (four months ago) link

I've been listening to the last two recently. At the time they kind of underwhelmed me but when I listen to them now, with fresh ears, I feel bad for ever doubting them. I suppose it's easy enough to describe the albums as musically boring, but I feel they've always been lyrically driven, with hooks and riffs nice bonuses.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 31 January 2020 16:42 (four months ago) link

A good example of what bores me about them since 2010: "21st Century USA." Every detail so creative-writing-seminar perfect, and the arrangement so enervated that all I feel is trapped by bric-à-brac.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 31 January 2020 16:44 (four months ago) link

Musically I can't figure out what's changed, exactly. I've seen them live a million times, and new songs and old songs alike kick ass. My only theory is that they are an awesome rock band approaching the studio like session musicians might, except they are not awesome session musicians.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 31 January 2020 16:47 (four months ago) link

I think it's the same thing that has hurt a lot of recent Springsteen records, but these guys have better songs.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 31 January 2020 16:49 (four months ago) link

"Armageddon's Back in Town" is definitely the album highlight for me.

Maria Edgelord (cryptosicko), Friday, 31 January 2020 16:50 (four months ago) link

Second close listen of "The Unravelling" reveals more of the depth of this record, the lyrics are killer and both of Cooley's songs are strong, though "Grievance Merchants" is the better of them. "Babies In Cages" is surprisingly catchy for what it's about. A more consistent record than their last one though the highs are not quite as high ("Surrender Under Protest" is monumental).

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Wednesday, 5 February 2020 20:11 (four months ago) link

one month passes...

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 8 March 2020 20:46 (two months ago) link

"I never saw Lynryd Skynyrd, and I never saw the Clash. But I ran monitors for fuckin' Fugazi, motherfuckers!"

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 8 March 2020 20:51 (two months ago) link


Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 8 March 2020 20:53 (two months ago) link

They need more guitar players

calstars, Sunday, 8 March 2020 21:13 (two months ago) link

one month passes...
two weeks pass...

If Karen was music, it would be Jason Isbell

Paul Ponzi, Thursday, 21 May 2020 19:37 (two weeks ago) link

Given most of Isbell's views on societal issues and politics, I'm not sure how that take could be more wrong.

I mean, he's often heavy handed with some of his messages but, uh, really struggling to understand the leap to being a Karen.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 21 May 2020 19:49 (two weeks ago) link

If We Were Karens

"...And the Gods Socially Distanced" (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 21 May 2020 19:51 (two weeks ago) link

Everything I have read about or from Isbell has made me like him more and more, no matter how I feel about his music.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 21 May 2020 19:59 (two weeks ago) link

I didn't say he was a Karen. I said he makes Karen music.

Paul Ponzi, Thursday, 21 May 2020 20:16 (two weeks ago) link

I wished I liked him more cuz he seems like a cool guy!

the song Ronnie and Neil is like someone reading a Wikipedia page over a bar band

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 21 May 2020 20:17 (two weeks ago) link

Karen as a concept is at the point where it's losing any meaning

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 21 May 2020 20:18 (two weeks ago) link


plz elaborate on what him “being a Karen” actually means in this context

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 21 May 2020 20:30 (two weeks ago) link

or “making Karen music”

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 21 May 2020 20:30 (two weeks ago) link

I'm p sure a "Karen" would be the type telling Isbell to "shut up and sing" when he talks or tweets about politics, which he very specifically addresses on the new one.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 21 May 2020 20:46 (two weeks ago) link

I view Karen Music as any bland, toothless NPR bullshit that makes John Mellencamp sound edgy. Alt country pumpkin spiced latte music.

Paul Ponzi, Thursday, 21 May 2020 20:51 (two weeks ago) link

oh man you played the pumpkin spice card

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 21 May 2020 21:09 (two weeks ago) link

actual Karens listen to dude modern country singers who I've never heard of but they sellout hockey arenas

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 21 May 2020 21:15 (two weeks ago) link

I was reading some past interviews with him, and there are a few where he confesses his only real indulgence since hitting it big was buying Ed King's' famed '59 Les Paul "Red Eye." I don't remember if King's wife offered to sell it to him, or just care for it first, but apparently at some point it went up for sale and he called his accountant and asked if he could afford it and his accountant said "absolutely not." So he called his manager and explained the situation to her and then asked her to book him as many weirdo private parties as she possibly could to pay it off. I know the original asking price was $650k ...

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 21 May 2020 22:32 (two weeks ago) link

the song Ronnie and Neil is like someone reading a Wikipedia page over a bar band

I was confused for a second - that's not an Isbell song, I think that's Hood.

Greta Van Show Feets BB (milo z), Thursday, 21 May 2020 22:42 (two weeks ago) link

Isbell has a few anthemic political songs that get heavy handed but mostly he just writes great short narratives IMO. I don't think Karens are lining up to hear songs about a guy's friend who's dying of cancer?

Greta Van Show Feets BB (milo z), Thursday, 21 May 2020 22:44 (two weeks ago) link

huh, i really dig isbell doing stretched out marvin gaye jams

Heez, Friday, 22 May 2020 04:29 (two weeks ago) link

every thread gets the troll it deserves

Larry Elleison (rogermexico.), Friday, 22 May 2020 16:24 (two weeks ago) link

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