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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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

CINNIBLOUNT TO THREAD!

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

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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

worse than the Rob Malone tracks on Southern Rock Opera?

CeCe Peniston (Anthony Miccio), Saturday, 19 June 2004 19:27 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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

TheNewJMod (JMod), Sunday, 20 June 2004 03:32 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Ballads < Rockstuff.

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

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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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

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

*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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

third guitarist/songwriter, I mean.

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

"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.

http://www.stylusmagazine.com/review.php?ID=2093

Josh Love (screamapillar), Monday, 21 June 2004 15:50 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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

roger adultery (roger adultery), Monday, 21 June 2004 20:51 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

>>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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

so which should be my first album? Decoration Day?

gabbneb (gabbneb), Friday, 17 September 2004 15:17 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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

kephm, Friday, 17 September 2004 15:40 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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

danh (danh), Friday, 17 September 2004 15:50 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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

roger adultery (roger adultery), Friday, 17 September 2004 15:51 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Seeing them tonight in NYC!

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

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

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

57, you'll have a blast. It was easily one of the best shows I've ever seen (and the best I've seen them, as well) - get there early and stand in front, stage right, in front of Shonna and Cooley.

you are PSYCHED my friend.

I wish I was seeing them tonight, but I hafta wait until the 9th

roger adultery (roger adultery), Friday, 17 September 2004 16:06 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I'll be there too. I haven't been this excited to see a band in a while.

danh (danh), Friday, 17 September 2004 16:26 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

There's an Isbell solo album on the way. I was visiting family in North Carolina this August and had the distinct pleasure of wandering in a dive bar where Isbell was playing a solo show. He played a couple trucker songs but mostly solo stuff, and it all seemed pretty damn great, so we've got that to look forward to.

stephen morris (stephen morris), Friday, 17 September 2004 17:28 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

How tragically, atypically, nay, uniquely fos re DS both CE and Matos are! Chuck, who has a big, big love for Brooks and Dunn (who are to Hall and Oates as the Eagles mostly were to prime Byrds: a harmony group who can't sing), and Montgomery Gentry, who have their moments, buts, especially on new album, but are too often, as on "Hell Yeah" doing *exactly* the kind of pandering and namedropping deplored aboove, and doing it ineptly(a Skyn-de-facto-homage band with hookless, uncatchy, tuneless singles? Please! Although "You Do Your Thing" is a great Ah-know-Ah'm-gon'-dah-for-another-fucked-cause anthem/unthem, as Ronnie Van Zant and Randy Newman and the Truckers mist be coverting rat now. Toby is no doubt pissed, as always). So don't think he always gets it right, anymore than I do, or MG does, the Truckers do. All of their albums are uneven. (Haven't heard GANGSTABILLY,nor the Adam's house Cat tracks PH reportedly carries around on his hard drive, but n.d. have their poo-spots). All that I've heard are also well worth hearing.(Listen before you buy if possible, as with everything by everybody.)DIRTY SOUTH has a few problem areas (mostly PH's whinier vocals and lyrics, but also "Carl Perkins' Cadillac"), but at least 10 damn-good-to-near-greats, the latter mostly but not always courtesy of Jason; 10 out of 14, fifty-something worthy minutes out of seventy(and rocks a bit more than equally worthy DECORATION DAY). Peace all, yall.

Don Allred, Wednesday, 22 September 2004 01:18 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I STILL haven't heard Dirty South (I know -- it's an f'n crime.), but I love SRO and DD equally, but for different reasons.

Southern Rock Opera rocks beautifully, which is hard to find sometimes. Some of Hood's stuff on that is incredible. The thing I like most about it, though, is that it really captures the Skynyrd soul AND mythology .. the whole "heroes that nobody gathered were heroes that die in a fiery crash ... only to be seen as heroes posthumously" narrative. The music even reflects that, and the whole thing turns weirdly meditative. Boom.

With Decoration Day, I was expecting more of said channeling, which made that record shocking when I first heard it. As Matos points out, the weariness drips all through it but so does this call for transcendence -- "Rock and well means well but it can't help telling young boys lies ... don;t call what your wearing an outfit." Isbell's songs sum up the whole record's theme, love your neighbor even if your neighbor is fucked up. It's one of the smartest rock records in ages. Hmmm, y'all.

The intelligence with DBT is scary. So point is, I bet I'll dig the new one when I catch up ...

Chris O., Wednesday, 22 September 2004 01:46 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I bet you will too

roger adultery (roger adultery), Wednesday, 22 September 2004 03:02 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Sorry about the typos. Yeah, I wouldn't say SRO is even "good" pandering, because unlike any pandering, it doesn't settle for button-pushing (although I could live with out the one about rock as a"factory", which is kinda true, but they don't find or seem to look for a way to to twist the cliche). They have a knack for getting me to think again about stuff I take for granted, living in the South (nad more and more I see that "South" is their lens for the cussedness of all human nature). Still wish they could be funny again, and they really need to write about the trickiness of race rlations/attitudes; has any white Southern songwriter gotten beyond platitudes and other readymade aspects?? Van Zandt did some like "The Walls of Raiford" that *implied* a plight that cut across race-lines, but his "Ballad of Curtis Loew" was disappointingly sentimental.Though, in terms of open sympathy with/praise of a black nan, he sent a message (as George Wallace liked to say), to certain other lawnhar Johnny Rebs (like David Allen Coe).

Don A, Wednesday, 22 September 2004 05:10 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

i love me some townes but i'd rather listen to David Allen Coe in most situations

roger adultery (roger adultery), Wednesday, 22 September 2004 05:36 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

yeah DAC can be great; I've written about him at voice.com and freelancementalists.blogspot.com, but he also more than panders to racheds at times, in some club appeaances and on certain disgusting bootlegs i didn't know about when writing. Might've busted him then, but even now wonder if I'm not giving too much free advertising by even mentioning. Just another ahole problem.

Don A, Wednesday, 22 September 2004 06:13 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Man I wanted to write this tomorrow but I'm not going to be able to sleep if I don't get this out. I've been listening to this album all day and I think that rathat than Lynyrd I think the two touchstones that people (ESPECIALLY Chuck) should be thinking of when listening to The Dirty South are John Mellencamp and Neil Young & Crazy Horse. What isn't Mellencamp (spec. "Rain On The Scarecrow")about "Putting People On The Moon" is Crazy Horse. And what isn't Crazy Horse about "Joe Perkins' Cadillac" is Mellencamp.

Caveat: Do not listen to the Buford Pusser trilogy ever again. They think the answer to Walking Tall is to try and glorify the other side of the coin, when really they should be talking about how BOTH sides are fucked up. Plus "Cottonseed" is indeed terminable and worthless. The whole thing fucks with the real point of this album, which is to express their politics the same way Decoration Day expressed their personal relationships and Southern Rock Opera expressed their sense of identity. And their politics are far too nice guy (liberals who believe in learning from your elders - it's kinda Field Of Dreams, kinda hey hey Neil Young and the Coog) for them to convincingly come off as southern mafiosos. Tracks 8-10 simply do not exist. Kogan does that shit all the time, right?

They're definitely becoming more comfortable with their verbosity, which is making their songwriting less anthemic than it was back in the day. I think they're making up for this with SOUND. Cut out the Pusser trilogy and I think this album actually has more swing than Decoration Day, but again, in a Crazy Horse kinda way. I was scared by Chuck's initial review, but Isbell's songs are much less staid here. I don't think he's the second coming and he is way too alt-country for the flashtastic, but they do shuffle now. Cooley's pretty cornpone too (while your at it never listen to "Daddy's Cup" again either, it's right after the trilogy) but when the band's behind him he's certainly got more sense than the Coog did back on "Justice & Independence '85."

Oh and it took me a while to figure out why I loved "Tornadoes" so much and the answer is that it sounds a hell of a lot like Big Star's "Kanga Roo."

If this album was just tracks 1-7 and 12-14 I think this would be my favorite DBT album. But hey, I have almost every Crazy Horse album and only a cheap Lynyrd comp.

manthony m1cc1o (Anthony Miccio), Sunday, 26 September 2004 06:36 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Another thing: when trying to explain my fondness for Wilco I tell people that I think Jeff Tweedy is what Neil Young would be like if he was starting out after the concepts of culthood and punk were engrained in rock culture. If it wasn't for the sense of stardom he achieved with Springfield, Harvest, and CSNY as well as a child of the '50s sense of rock as redemption, I think Young would probably shirk into sound and abstraction more frequently. Where Wilco just implies that, Isbell's "Danko/Manuel" actually acknowledges that schism between the '60s and today nakedly. Neil can sing "Rock'n'roll is here to stay" and Isbell sings "just another thing to not believe in."

manthony m1cc1o (Anthony Miccio), Sunday, 26 September 2004 06:41 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

The new one is exceptionally good.

kornrulez6969, Monday, 3 October 2016 19:50 (one year ago) Permalink

def their best in a long time, p much no filler

if young slothrop don't trust ya i'm gon' rhyme ya (slothroprhymes), Monday, 3 October 2016 20:04 (one year ago) Permalink

oh my god you guys -- this album is a stone fucking bore. Not a single interesting rhythm: two songwriters strumming to the same backbeat. By the time I got to "What It Means" I couldn't be bothered with listening to the hot takes on racism and America Today.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 3 October 2016 20:21 (one year ago) Permalink

Their last record I cared about was released in 2008.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 3 October 2016 20:22 (one year ago) Permalink

*jordan shrug* idk man

if young slothrop don't trust ya i'm gon' rhyme ya (slothroprhymes), Monday, 3 October 2016 20:44 (one year ago) Permalink

and I like songs on every record since 2010 (I like the opener on this one) but it's all ehhhh

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 3 October 2016 20:45 (one year ago) Permalink

Well, that's what makes horse racing.

kornrulez6969, Monday, 3 October 2016 21:23 (one year ago) Permalink

xp i will say that its def kinda monochromatic, sonically, more so than some of their other records. i just think they happened to pick a sound they do really, really well. an album like Go-Go Boots is way more adventurous musically but there are huge duds on it (fireplace poker, anybody?) same thing's true of english oceans, which starts p good and just kinda peters out, or the big to-do, which has by far one of their best songs ever ("birthday boy") and also real weak tracks like "flying wallendas" and "eyes like glue" (the v rare cooley misfire)

none of these is ever gonna be Dirty South-level again. granted, thats a p high bar.

if young slothrop don't trust ya i'm gon' rhyme ya (slothroprhymes), Monday, 3 October 2016 21:29 (one year ago) Permalink

I do think the arrangements are dull, but especially Cooley's lyrics are better than ever. I think I'd be into it more if I approached it as more of a loud folk record.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 3 October 2016 21:29 (one year ago) Permalink

Their last record I cared about was released in 2008.

I agree with this, and if anything BTCD is underrated

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Monday, 3 October 2016 22:45 (one year ago) Permalink

Their best, which means, yes, better than The Dirty South, Decoration Day, and the Shonda tunes on BTCD.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 3 October 2016 22:52 (one year ago) Permalink

BTCD is their peak, I think. Ever since then it's been just a little too much yet not quite enough. Still love 'em, still great live, etc.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 4 October 2016 03:00 (one year ago) Permalink

OK, listening again, and there are some great, great songs (esp. Cooley's) and performances. But I think the problem may be as simple as sequencing. "Darkened Flags" is just not a terribly good song, and it sort of kills the momentum before it even begins, especially between "Ramon Casiano" and "Surrender Under Protest."

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 5 October 2016 18:00 (one year ago) Permalink

nine months pass...

Watching them kill it right now. Right band for the right time.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 21 July 2017 01:09 (one year ago) Permalink

just covered The KKK Took My Baby Away!

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 21 July 2017 01:35 (one year ago) Permalink

Best tracks of their last LP: "Ramon Casiano" (another biting Cooley song), "Surrender Under Protest", "Guns Of Umpqua" and "Ever South".

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 21 July 2017 02:13 (one year ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Wow, just heard that awesome brand new song they snuck out. Called The Perilous Night, and it is without question the most political thing they've written to date. Calls out Trump by name, and so on. Hood on point.

Incidentally heard it in tandem with a new Neil Young protest song, Already Great, which sounded pretty awesome too.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 12 November 2017 18:19 (ten months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Luoe-6ok_TE

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 12 November 2017 19:31 (ten months ago) Permalink

Not into the political stuff. Not why I listen to DBT.

calstars, Sunday, 12 November 2017 22:23 (ten months ago) Permalink

Weird. They've always been pretty political!

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 12 November 2017 22:53 (ten months ago) Permalink

Dad drunk and Amex

calstars, Sunday, 12 November 2017 23:21 (ten months ago) Permalink

It's okay. And every song by every act is political. Breathing clean air is a political act.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 12 November 2017 23:27 (ten months ago) Permalink

Women Without ILX

calstars, Monday, 13 November 2017 00:04 (ten months ago) Permalink

Angels and SNA

calstars, Monday, 13 November 2017 00:08 (ten months ago) Permalink

Wow, the enthusiasm is overwhelming.

Seriously, if this is not why you listen to the Drive-By Truckers, then I guess I don't know why any of you listen to the Drive-By Truckers.

And every song by every act is political.

Oh, come on.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 13 November 2017 00:22 (ten months ago) Permalink

I think they've always been political, but in the new song they name names.

I love the DBTs even though their work is very disciplined and rarely exciting. I'm seeing them live in Feb and also seeing Cooley and Hood's local solo shows.

Randall Jarrell (dandydonweiner), Monday, 13 November 2017 02:05 (ten months ago) Permalink

If you're gay, every love song is political.

This song is topical.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 13 November 2017 02:11 (ten months ago) Permalink

I thought the political songs on the last album were great but this one’s pretty awful. Boring music, super on the nose lyrics.

louise ck (milo z), Tuesday, 14 November 2017 04:17 (ten months ago) Permalink

This is fucking awful. I can just sense that my opinion is in some way regressive or rockist or whatever, but so be it. I wouldn't run screaming from a room where this was being played, but who could actually get into this

ur-oik (rip van wanko), Tuesday, 14 November 2017 05:23 (ten months ago) Permalink

God knows we need something from music right now, but it's not a cringey, ham fisted explication of a sensible if obvious POV, set to pubrock

ur-oik (rip van wanko), Tuesday, 14 November 2017 05:40 (ten months ago) Permalink

truly sorry for the triple dip, but I do want to say I love the exultant defiant The High Road by Isbell, which deals just as directly with this administration. I guess it's because the message is, transcend it instead of griping about it or wallowing in it. TPN's message is more suited to an op-ed or blog post imo

ur-oik (rip van wanko), Tuesday, 14 November 2017 05:48 (ten months ago) Permalink

Into the Perilous Night: An Essay by Patterson Hood

fact checking cuz, Wednesday, 15 November 2017 22:41 (ten months ago) Permalink

I mostly like the riff and the faster than usual tempo. I also like Hood in righteous mode.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 15 November 2017 23:04 (ten months ago) Permalink

xpost that's a great essay, I love his honesty.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 15 November 2017 23:16 (ten months ago) Permalink

He's a fantastic writer.

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 16 November 2017 02:17 (ten months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Something about the wrinkle in your forehead
Tells me there’s a fit about to be thrown
If we get the van out of the ditch before the morning
Ain’t nobody gotta know about what I’ve done

calstars, Saturday, 9 December 2017 04:27 (nine months ago) Permalink

three months pass...

As good as I have ever seen them tonight, and I've seen them a lot!

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 7 April 2018 03:23 (five months ago) Permalink

five months pass...

They just released an album by Hood/ Cooley’s 80s band Adam’s House Cat, with re-recorded vocals. It is excellent as usual. If you haven’t heard it yet, definitely check it out.

kornrulez6969, Monday, 24 September 2018 00:18 (eleven hours ago) Permalink

Saw them again last night, playing a truncated set at a beer fest. Great as usual, if shorter than usual. Hold Steady opened!

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 24 September 2018 02:16 (nine hours ago) Permalink


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