. . . I was never that good at the words anyways - bn

. . . you're not punk and i'm tellin everyone, save your breath i never was one - bs

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Friday Playlist - 1/31

Lucero - Bikeriders / Red Collar - Rust Belt Heart / Lawrence Arms - October Blood / Old Flings - Studded Jackets / Arms Aloft - Skinny Love / Slingshot Dakota - Gossip / Downtown Struts - Back to N.Y. / Alone at 3am - Factory / Pentimento - For Winter / Donovan Wolfington - Zero / Grabass Charlestons - Wild Animals / Drag The River - Me & Joe Drove Out to California . . . / Smith Street Band - Tom Busby / State Champion - Thanks Given / Dinosaur Jr. - On the Way / The Wild - New Houses / Banquets - Daggers / The Loved Ones - The Inquirer / Paper Arms - Colfax Road / Football, Etc. - Goal / Great Apes - Everything is Everything / American Steel - Every New Morning / Grandaddy - El Caminos in the West / Defiance, Ohio - Her Majesty's Midwestern Islands / Centro-matic - Flashes and Cables 

DPDC Friday Playlist - 1/31/14

Friday, January 24, 2014

Friday Playlist - 1/24

Against Me! - Transgender Dysphoria Blues / Placeholder - Stay Here / Superchunk - Driveway to Driveway / Ma Jolie - Ghost / Fistful of Beard - 5th Ave / Water Liars - Sucker / Make Do and Mend - Unknowingly Strong / Bangers - A New Raymondo / Prawn - Grass and Bones / The Pollies - Something New / PJ Bond - Savannah / Telekinesis - Country Lane / Johnny Foreigner - Yes! You Talk to Fast / Menzingers - I Can't Seem to Tell / Waxahatchee - Be Good / Little Big League - Dark Matter / Knapsack - Shape of the Fear / Those Crosstown Rivals - Nashville / Mountain Goats - Amy aka Spent Gladiator 1 / Mittenfields - My Mind is an Avalanche / Doc Feldman & The LD50 - Battle Hymn

DPDC Friday Playlist 1/24/14

Friday, January 17, 2014

Friday Playlist - 1/17

You Blew It! - Award of the Year Award / Face to Face - Disconnected / The Wrens - Everyone Chooses Sides / Red City Radio - Joy Comes With the Morning / Hot Water Music - Jet Set Ready / Teen Agers - Punches / Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires - Centreville / Criteria - Me on Your Front Porch / Title Tracks - Light Sleepers / Hostage Calm - Impossible! / Hoquiam - Ocean Shores / Chumped - Someday / Worship This! - Jen, With 2 N's / Title Fight - Frown / Against Me! - Russian Spies / American Aquarium - Burn.Flicker.Die / All Dogs - Snow Fences / The Living Daylights - Our Yesterdays / Japandroids - Evil's Sway / Pedro the Lion - Rapture / The Young Leaves - Alive and Well / Sons of Bill - This Losing Fight / The Gamits - Delusional / Bedford Falls - A Brand New Way to Drown / Richard Bucker - Lil' Wallet Picture

Guest List: Derek "Doc" Feldman - 2013 Favorites

Doc Feldman is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, hailing from Lexington, Kentucky.

If you've been perusing "Best of 2013" album lists there's a very good chance that "Sundowning at the Station," the debut album from Doc and collaborators; James Jackson Toth (aka Wooden Wand), David Chapman, and Jeremiah Floyd, has popped up on multiple occasions.   The album, released on This Is American Music (you know the guys who brought us District Attorney's, the Pollies, another certain doc and associates, the new Have Gun Will Travel album, and countless other fantastic bands and records), really is an exquisite and balanced blend of melancholy, traditional folk sounds, raw soul and beautiful ambient noise.

It's completely captivating and I'd like to think I'd be hard pressed to find someone with whom is doesn't leave an indelible impression.  That is to say, no matter your general preferences, chances are damn good you are going to love this thing.

You can listen to and buy the album via Doc's bandcamp page here or get it over at the This Is American Music shop.

Additionally and thankfully, there's a lot on the immediate horizon for Doc and these guys,  including several shows coming up over the next few months, sharing the stage with Austin Lucas, Peter Walker, John Moreland, and Those Crosstown Rivals (with Ned Van Go) for their record release.

He also played some guitar on a vinyl split of James Toth (Wooden Wand) / Jenks Miller (Mount Moriah and Horseback) that will be released for Record Store Day (April 19) as well as on the next Wooden Wand album due out in the summer. So watch for those.

So with that, you know the drill with these lists by now, I'm so grateful and excited that Doc agreed to share his favorite albums from 2013 we me/you all.  In all candor, a few of these albums are completely new to me so i'm anxious to dig into them. Thanks so much Doc!

Derek "Doc" Feldman - Best of 2013

1. Steve Gunn – Time Off
Totally blown away is really the only way to describe what it was like listening to this album the first time. I was only sort of familiar with Steve as an artist before this album, but I've been hooked on this thing all year. My personal pick for best album of 2013. I've seen it listed on shamefully few "best of 2013" lists and I can only assume it's because people just were never exposed to it somehow. So if you haven't heard it, stop what you're doing, and listen. 

2. Richard Buckner – Surrounded
Well, what can I say?... One of my absolute favorite artists out today, and this album was a particularly strong effort in my opinion. It's fucking fantastic... start to finish.

3. John Moreland – In the Throes
This album was at the top of nearly everyone's favorites and completely deserving of that. Without a doubt. Absolutely an amazing and heartfelt songwriter. I'm also just personally excited to get to play a show with him in March here in Lexington when he tours through.

4. Wooden Wand – Blood Oaths of the New Blues / World War IV
I can't say enough about Wooden Wand. He's a motherfucking force of nature, and I'm in complete awe of him as an artist and songwriter. I've somewhat arbitrarily placed him batting cleanup here at #4 because as difficult as it is to "rank" any art/music to begin with, it's impossible for me to do so with someone I consider one of my best friends. I've also had the distinct honor of being able to co-write a couple of songs and collaborate on other projects with him on a fairly regular basis. Oh, and did I mention he put out TWO phenomenal albums in 2013? One album is for lazy asses. Try doing two. And guess what... the fucker has to hold back. I'm serious. If given sufficient financial support and backing the guy could quite literally churn out three, four, maybe even five GREAT albums every year. Don't believe me? I dare someone to give him those types and resources and see what happens. I know that sounds like hyperbole, but it's not.  

5. Arliss Nancy – Wild American Runners
Really fucking great record. The whole thing is fantastic. It's rocking and heavy and beautiful and delivers lyrically like a lot of rock bands just don't or can't. "Both Got Old" will hit you like a ton of bricks and leave you slack jawed in admiration at its depth and raw beauty. Brilliant in my opinion!

6. Scout Niblett – It’s Up to Emma
Scout is just so awesome, and this is a fantastic album. I also had the privilege of seeing her live in September and while I had been a fan for a while, seeing her live was a revelation. Amazing artist and great album.

7. Jason Isbell – Southeastern
Deserving to be at the top of everyone's best of lists. He was awesome with the Drive-by Truckers and awesome solo. This is a really great album. Not much else can really be said about it honestly. It looks like he's destined to truly enter into the mainstream with this recent success, and if he leads people away from the mindless crap that passes for Country Music, it can't possibly be soon enough. He's got "it" and it's unmistakeable. 

8. William Tyler – Impossible Truth
Mesmerizing and transcendent album full of guitar movements that seem to tell some sort of cosmic story without ever saying a word. The album was made all the more present in my mind due to my being lucky enough to have actually recorded a few songs with him (us both playing guitar) on the next Wooden Wand album that will come out sometime this summer. It was an honor.

9. Bardo Pond – Peace on Venus
I just love Bardo Pond. Psychedelic heavy noise was exactly what I needed this year and Peace on Venus delivered beautifully.

10. MV & EE – Fuzzweed
Fuzzed out weirdness good for my soul. They also happen to be two of the coolest and nicest people you'd ever want to meet. 

Other albums I really enjoyed this year:   Kurt Vile – Walking on a Pretty Daze, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Push the Sky Away, Bill Calahan – Dream River, Cass McCombs – Big Wheel and Others, Phosphorescent – Muchacho, Water Liars – Wyoming, and on and on and on.

Doc also wanted to give everyone some insight into the goings-on in Lexington and thereabouts, so as a bonus . . .

I live in Lexington, Kentucky and I just want to give you and your readers a heads up on some truly fantastic local artists that are coming out with new albums in 2014 that you should keep an eye out for: Those Crosstown Rivals have a rockin new album coming out in March. Everyone in Lexington knows Coralee and the Townies, but I'm excited for her new album so the rest of the world can see for themselves just how fantastic this honky tonk soulstress is. A personal favorite of mine, psychedelic folk band Bear Medicine will release their debut album in the spring. I think they are going to blow some people away. I'm hoping another personal favorite, Warren Byrom & Fabled Canelands, will release an album this year. I've heard a sneak peek of some of it in the works, and there's some spectacular stuff there.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Guest List: Todd Farrell Jr. - 2013 Favorites

I'm going to go ahead and assume that many, if not most, of you who follow this site are already familiar with Todd Farrell Jr., his records and maybe his live show. There's a good chance you've even met or hung with him in person, something I regrettably am yet to do (just a matter of time I suspect). If you are not acquainted, even better, because I relish any occasion to further introduce him to (even a small) audience.

Todd's discography includes his 2012 solo EP "Where Fake Cowboys Go to Drink" and his full band full length from last year "All Our Heroes Live in Vans." Both of which I highly recommend, and both of which parenthetically carry some of my favorite album names in recent memory.

If you don't already own them you can, and should, find and buy both on his bandcamp site here.

I personally have Bryan and Ninebullets (which i'm even more positive you all know) for my initial exposure to Todd sometime in early 2012.  I've been a sincere fan of not only his heartfelt twang and punk rock inspired rock n' roll songs, but also of his heartfelt twang and punk rock inspired rock n' roll self ever since. Oh and metal i forgot todd and his songs are very metal at their core.

I've discovered Todd and I share a strong affinity for many things to include certain bands/albums, friends, cities, and baseball teams, so I thought he'd been an excellent candidate for one of these guest  favorites posts. Thankfully he obliged me with a list of albums and songs. You'll notice the overlap with DPDC list(s). Also I know he wanted to include Banquets S/T.


1. Restorations – LP2
This is my favorite record to come out in a very long time. I don’t even know what genre it is. It was the soundtrack to the end of a cold, wet, Tennessee winter. It was the soundtrack to me driving my Jeep down to Alabama to play shows. It’s the soundtrack to ones escape, and it’s my favorite record of 2013.

2. John Moreland – In the Throes
There is not a better living songwriter than John Moreland. When we played in Nashville last month, he said the idea of this record was to write songs that he could play live without needing a band. If you’ve seen John play this year, you know he more than succeeded. 

3. Two Cow Garage – The Death of the Self Preservation Society 
Two Cow Garage holds a special place in my heart. You will not find a more genuine group of guys who absolutely mean and believe every word they say. That’s because they don’t know anything different, every word is true. This is also the first record I had the pleasure to handle the digital distribution for (that I was really proud of, at least).

4. Arliss Nancy – Wild American Runners
Another band that is very special to me. Incredible dudes, and Cory and GB write great tunes. I didn’t think I could like anything better than Simple Machines, but Wild American Runners is a record I can listen to front to back without skipping anything over at all.

5. The 1975 – The 1975
This may be the dark horse of the list. I’ve been following the 1975 for about a year and a half now, and knew they would blow up eventually. They finally put a record out, and it’s glorious. I was disappointed at first, because their EPs are a little more moody and experimental, but the songs and hooks on this are so solid. The soundtrack to being a dude in his mid-20s.

6. Red City Radio – Titles
This is the bet punk band in the world right now. Dangers of Standing Still meant so much to me, and I was really worried about this, but Titles lives up to and surpasses my own personal hype I set for it. It is a fucking juggernaut.

7. Doc Feldman and the LD 50 – Sundowning at the Station 
Corey Flegel of This is American Music told me a story about how he was driving around backroads of south Georgia during an emotional time, and the master of this record was playing in his car, and affected him so much that he immediately knew that they had to grab this release. This came out of nowhere, and is one of my favorites of the year.

8. Jason Isbell – Southeastern
A cliché pic for top 10s this year, but it’s good enough to deserve it. The songs are great, the playing is great, the background story is there, all the pieces came together for Isbell on this one.

9. The Bronx - The Bronx IV
Favorite Bronx record? Maybe? That should say enough there. It’s so good. IT’S SO GOOD.

10. Nightmares For A Week – Civilian War
The line between punk and Americana has been blurred bit by bit every year, and this record is a good example of that. This one spent a long time on constant rotation for me.

11. Jkutchma & the Five Fifths – Sundown, USA
12. Drag the River – Drag the River 
13. Elway – Leavetaking
14. Kasey Musgraves – Same Trailer, Different Park
15. Have Gun, Will Travel – Fact Fiction or Folktale?
16. Austin Lucas – Stay Reckless

TOP 10 SONGS OF 2013
1. John Moreland, “Nobody Gives a Damn About Songs Anymore”
2. Aaron Lee Tasjan, “Telling the Truth” (it’s not released yet, but shit man)
3. Restorations, “The Plan”
4. Jason Isbell, “Live Oak”
5. The 1975, “Pressure”
6. Two Cow Garage, “Hey, Cinderella”
7. Great Peacock, “Tennessee”
8. Have Gun, Will Travel, “Take Me Home, Alice”
9. Lucero, “Texas & Tennessee”
10. Daughter, “Youth”

Friday, January 10, 2014

Friday Playlist - 1/10

Restorations - D / The Stereo State -Ahhgust / Arliss Nancy - Vonnegut / East Cameron Folkcore - Salinger is Dead / New Bruises - Is Nature the Key? / Iron Chic - Castle (Numbskull) / The Weakerthans - This is a Fire Door Never Leave Open / Cory Branan & Jon Snodgrass - Walk Around / Jon Snodgrass & Cory Branan - Wild One / Attack in Black - Inches & Ages / Brick Mower - Cheap Gasoline / Signals Midwest - Limnology / Chewing on Tinfoil - Just Like Me / Sam Russo - Dry Shampoo / Astpai - Honest or Sentimental / Great Apes - The Fine Art of Holtzing / Eastern Anchors - Herzog, Help Me / Have Gun Will Travel - Come, All Ye Sinners / Beach House - Norway / Austin Lucas - Dead Factories 

DPDC Friday Playlist 1/10/14

Guest List: Nicole Kibert (elawgrrl) - 2013 Favorites

Nicole Kibert is a freelance photographer based in Atlanta, GA (formerly of Tampa, FL) working under the moniker of elawgrrl. Nicole specializes in live music photography. She's been a regular contributor to publications such as Suburban Apologist and Creative Loafing and has made special contributions to a variety of high profile papers, websites, and zines.  Her images have also appeared in gallerys and as album artwork. She's clearly uninspired and not at all focused on the music, (wink, sigh) given she's also been a college radio music director, writer/reviewer, and show promoter.

In all candor I went ahead and kind of stole from Nicole's bio to introduce her.  Many of you probably are well acquainted with her amazing photography, if not with her personally.  You can and should view her work on her site http://elawgrrl.com/

It probably doesn't surprise you that Nicole likes a lot of great bands, their albums and their shows, most of which we are fortunate enough to get to see through her eyes via her art.

Here are her favorite albums from 2013. Thanks Nicole!

Nicole Kibert (elawgrrl) Best of 2013

1. Frank Turner - Tape Deck Heart
2. The Front Bottoms - Talon Of The Hawk
3. Have Gun, Will Travel - Fiction, Fact or Folktale
4. Jason Isbell - Southeastern
5. Into It. Over It. - Intersections
6. Lemuria - The Distance Is So Big
7. Off With Their Heads - Home
8. Red City Radio - Titles
9. Shai Hulud - Reach Beyond The Sun
10. The Whiskey Gentry - Holly Grove

Most anticipated record of 2014 - You Blew It - "Keep Doing What You're Doing" due out January 14

Also anticipating new live recordings from Tim Barry & Lucero, as well as new studio records from Tiny Empires, Look Mexico and Old Flings. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.

You can find Nicole's favorite images from the shows she shot in 2013 here.

A few featuring her top 10 below.


Thursday, January 9, 2014

Guest List: Tom Willecome of Bedford Falls - 2013 Favorites

I hope you are already familiar with the fantastic Bedford Falls from South Wales, but I fear they are far too overlooked stateside. Their 90s indie inspired sound fits along side that of bands like Cheap Girls and Failures' Union (with whom they are touring in Europe this Spring), and fittingly pays homage to influences like Dinosaur Jr., Superchunk, Samiam and Bob Mould endeavors.

Their album "Elegant Balloons" made the DPDC Best of 2012 list and had they released a record this year, I'm certain it would've landed in similar standing.

If you haven't heard these guys, head directly to their bandcamp site for your primer. http://bedfordfalls.bandcamp.com/

In addition to consistently putting out great records, Tom also has really superb taste in them.  I asked him if he'd be willing to share some of his favorites from the past year and thankfully he accommodated my request.

I leave you with that, since many of you will now have some pressing album exploration to do. Thanks Tom!

Tom Willecome of Bedford Falls Best of 2013:

Here is a list of records I loved in 2013.

It was a bumper year.

Failures’ Union – Tethering
Mount Moriah – Miracle Temple
Mikal Cronin – MCII
Jimmy Islip – The Wild West Riding
Superchunk – I Hate Music
Neko Case - The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You
Red Hare – s/t
Eleanor Friedberger – Personal Record
Chvrches – The Bones of What You Are
Telekinesis – Dormarion
Coliseum – Sister Faith
Bars Of Gold – Wheels
Jason Isbell – Southeastern
Night Marchers – Allez Allez
Broadcaster – A Million Hours
Iron Chic – Constant One
Yo La Tengo – Fade
Thalia Zedek – VIA
Chris Mills – Alexandria
Sebadoh – Defend Yourself
Mazes – Ores & Minerals
Tom Morgan – Orange Syringe
Robert Pollard – Honey Locust Honkey Tonk
Sleaford Mods – Austerity Dogs

I also liked:
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds - Push The Sky Away
Billy Bragg- Tooth & Nail
Parquet Courts- Light Up Gold
The National - Trouble Will Find Me

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Favorite EP's of 2013

I'm finally getting around to posting the last of my year's best lists.  Still have guest lists upcoming.

I think some of the absolute greatest releases of 2013 were EP's or 7"s.

I was most fond of these . . .

1. Break-Ups - "It's Complicated"
2. Chumped - S/T
3. Gameday Regulars - "Nobody Likes a Quitter"
4. The Smith Street Band - "Don't Fuck With Our Dreams"
5. Habits - "Train Wrecks"
6. Lucero - "Texas & Tennessee"
7. Muncie Girls - "Sleepless"
8. California X - "Sucker/Mummy"
9. Dexateens - "Sunsphere"
10. Crimes - S/T

and since i'm so terrible at concise lists here's other bands that put out less than full lengths that I loved during the past year

Downbound City, Lydia Loveless, Pentimento, Pet Symmetry, And We Danced, Porter and the Pollies, Downtown Struts, Title Fight, Paint it Black, plus more i'm certain i'm forgetting.

Anyhow, here's a playlist including those who swim in the spotify pool.  Check out bandcamp for all those absent.

DPDC Best EPs/Singles of 2013

Friday, January 3, 2014

Friday Playlist - 1/3

Frank Turner - I am Disappeared / Sunny Day Real Estate - In Circles / Menzingers - The Obituaries / Weakerthans - Benediction / Dikembe - I Watch Alot of Jackie Chan Movies / Nato Coles & The Blue Diamond Band - Rudes and Cheaps / Against Me! - Slurring the Rhythms / You Blew It! - I'm Bill Paxton / Save Ends - Same Old Dice / Donovan Wolfington - Die Alone / The Arrivals - Simple Pleasures in America / Bedford Falls - Crockherbton / Bangers - The Mitigation Committee / Lucero -Tears Don't Matter Much / Johnny Foreigner - Eyes Wide Terrified / Dillinger Four - Shiny Things is Good / Laura Stevenson & The Cans - Master of Art / LaGrecia - Baseball Ghosts / The Smith Street Band - Get High, See Mice / Lauderdale - Drink to Sleep 

DPDC Friday Playlist - 1/3/14

Thursday, January 2, 2014

2013 Best of the Rest (songs)

Since (like last year) it was ridiculously tough to narrow down a top albums list, I wanted to again (like last year) share some of my hands down favorite songs of the year, off of albums or EPs that narrowly (I know, I know and probably wrongly) missed my "best of" cut. Please check them out. I sincerely only make the playlists, best of lists, etc. in hope that others might relish some of the music I love. This set is far from exhaustive.

Here are the songs in no particular priority order, along with a playlist.

DPDC 2013 Best of the Rest (songs)

Failures' Union - Human Shield / Laura Stevenson - Runner / Woahnows - Grey Matters / Austin Lucas - Alone in Memphis / Placeholder - Stay Here / Little Big Leagure - Lindsey / Drag the River -Wichita Skyline / Frank Turner - Plain Sailing Weather / Broadway Calls - Open Letter / Ex Friends - Dirty Ben Franklin / Off With Their Heads - Shirts / Allison Weiss - How to be Alone / Sundowners - Right Down Broadway / Neko Case - Man / Sebadoh - Defend yr Self / Todd Farrell Jr. & The Dirty Birds - Year in Review / Superchunk - Breaking Down / Swearin' - Dust in the Gold Sack / Alkaline Trio - Broken Wing / Ma, Jolie - Brace, Smile / Roomrunner - Weird / Have Gun, Will Travel - Take Me Home Alice