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And this one is a keeper:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eU-j3Vmspxc

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 23 June 2016 18:25 (two years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Have loved to Truckers for, wow, maybe 15 years now? More? 16? Anyway, I need to give the new one some more time.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 3 October 2016 01:15 (one year ago) Permalink

Time is passing. Their records do hold up to continued listening. I always thought the multiple singers and songwriters made many bands records more interesting.

I got one sad funny story about the last time I saw The Drive By Truckers live a few years back. I was taking the lady I was dating for a couple months to the show and she had me get a ticket for a friend of her's to go and she would pay me back later. That's cool I figured...we went to the gig had a grand time and then pretty much afterwards I got the ole' never returning your call ever again treatment. For some reason it oddly seemed appropriate, except if it was a DBT song the band in question would have been Blackfoot.

earlnash, Monday, 3 October 2016 03:53 (one year 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


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