Friday, 26 September 2008

'Music Lives On The Internet' - Interview #7

It's Friday, that day when you either sit back in your office chair and surf the net while your boss isn't looking or go to the pub at lunch and stay there till closing time. Whatever you're doing, you've almost made it to the weekend so well done.

Here in London, the sun is shining for once and I have a very entertaining 'Music Lives On The Internet' interview for you care of Autopsy IV at ninebullets.net.












(Bryan and his wife)

Name (or pseudonym for the shy):
Bryan J. Childs (Autopsy IV)

Blog Name: ninebullets.net

What is your blog is about?
ninebullets.net is mostly about music; recorded music, live shows, music documentaries and musical news. There are the occasional reality television show or updates or rants about my favorite sports teams but music is usually the focus. We don't really try to cover the most up to the moment releases. Instead of constantly trying to be the first to write about it I prefer to get to know an album prior to penning anything about it. In the end, ninebullets.net is about music and the things I find interesting.

What started you blogging?
Hookers and Blow plus free tickets to shows...and lemme tell you, I've been seriously disappointed.

What started me blogging....hmmmm.

I'd registered ninebullets.net so that the wife and I could have constant email address' despite constantly moving.

Back then I posted pieces about bands I was digging on numerous message boards and what not but they were largely ignored by the readership. One night I flippantly made the comment that I should just start a music blog so all my posts could be ignored in one collective space. A friend of mine grabbed a hold of the idea much tighter than I and started to egg me on....a couple of weeks later there's a wordpress install up on ninebullets and I was off and running.

So I guess you could say ninebullets was born of drunken ramblings which is fitting since 80% of the site is still drunken ramblings.

First record you bought?
First record I ever asked for and was given by my parents was Micheal Jackson - Thriller and it was actually vinyl.

The first record I ever purchased was David Lee Roth's 'Eat 'Em and Smile' on cassette. I just loved the f**k outta the song Yankee Rose on that album.

Last piece of music that got your heart racing?
That's a hard one. Different music gets me going in different ways.

Take the new O'Death...it's got my heart racing because it lived up to (and surpassed) every expectation I had for it.

Then there's the new Possessed By Paul James....it's just so, organic...so personal...so, inaccessible...a lot of people are not gonna get that album but those that do know they've got an album they are gonna listen to for the rest of their lives and there is very little more exciting than that.

The new Left Lane Cruiser gets me going cause when it's on and the volume is on 12 I just wanna drink whiskey straight from the bottle and stomp around screaming along to the music.

In 2007 Kenny Wayne Shepherd released an album called "10 Days Out: Blues from the Backroad"...he and a recording crew set out to visit, play with and record these little known blues legends...by the time the album had come out something like 5 of the people appearing on the cd had already died and a few more have passed since...that album still gets my heart racing because it's as much a documentary as it is a cd and the accompanying DVD is even better than the cd itself.

Last gig that made you say "Wow"?
While it may have been a truncated set I would have to say Possessed By Paul James' set at this years Deep Blues Festival. At the end of that I had to go all cartoon and insert wench into my jaw and ratchet it up off the ground and back into my face. It was amazing....It was like watching a man give birth to song.

A close second would have to be A Night In The Box from the same festival. They are this little unassuming band out of Minneapolis that just explodes once the music starts. I was collecting their cds the moment my plane landed after the festival.

Where do you find out about new music?
Anywhere I can really. Internet, magazines, satellite radio, eves dropping on peoples conversations while trying to get an upskirt of their girlfriend (kidding...), suggestions that come through the blog, Last.fm suggestions, PR emails...I'm pretty much a sonic slut...you say I should listen to it and I probably will.

What would you like to see more of in the music world?
Payola. seriously, I want labels sending me drugs and call girls at all hours of the night in exchange for kind words about the new Ashley Simpson...want me to say the new Toby Keith album is great...that'll be 2 speedballs and a frisky Russian with a penchant for A2M (look it up, but only if you're over the age of 16).

But for reals, I'd like to see more public shaming for the use of pro-tools autotuners and I'd like to see more bands abandon the traditional label structure in pursuit of a more DIY or artist collectives form of music distro.

Favourite music venue?
My favorite I've ever been to has to be The Tabernacle up in Atlanta. The wife and I drove up there one year to see The North Mississippi Allstars and The Drive-By Truckers. It was one of the best shows I've ever been to.

Locally my favorite venue would have to be this little bar called New World Brewery. It's small, they book most of the bands I wanna see and since it's outside the sound is almost always great.

Favourite music store?
I used to take great pride in the fact that I'd never bought anything from iTunes but last month I bought a Flo-Rida track off of it (true story). I guess 90% of my music purchases are made through CD Baby or Miles of Music. I'll use CD Baby before M.O.M. if I can due to M.O.M.'s pathetically slow shipping. If there is a way to buy it directly from the artist I'll skip 'em all and buy it that way though.

Which blogs do you read?
I read the following blogs numerous times a day: PerezHilton, I Don't Like you In That Way, Stereogum, Muzzle of Bees, Gizmodo, The Consumerist, songs:illinois, My Old Kentucky Blog, Aquarium Drunkard, The 9513, Oh No They Didn't, The Superficial, Twang Nation, Pop Candy, Goldenfiddle and a myriad of others that i visit on a semi-regularly basis.

What songs would you include on the soundtrack to your life?

Childhood would be the stuff my parents were into: Jimmy Buffett, Marshall Tucker, Amazing Rhythm Aces, Hank Jr. etc.

High School Years would have been stuff like: Metallica, Slayer, Janes Addiction, Black Flag, DRI, Violent Femmes, Dead Milkmen, Butthole Surfers, etc.

Right out of high school/yound adult years was stuff like: Hate Dept., Pantera, Chemlab, KMFDM, Skinny Puppy, Non-Aggression Pact, SMP, Swamp Terrorists

Adult years has been more like: Scott H. Biram, Lucero, Drive-By Truckers, Black Diamond Heavies, all 3 Hanks, a return to classic country and traditional delta blues.

From High School onward there has been a hiphop backbeat to it all as well.

In 10 years time music will be....
Who knows...Something I bitch about?

I read somewhere that around the age of 35 most people stop seeking out new music and just settle into what they know. Well, I'm 35 now so I may have reached the end of my musical rope.

Probably, in 10 years I'll be wondering what the hell happened to good music and how in the hell can the kids listen to this garbage they're listening to now...it all sounds the same and what's with the way they dress?

Eh. you get the point. In 10 years I'll probably be pot-bellied, balding and getting all stoked about the Drive-By Trucker's reunion tour coming to town...

If you could have 3 musicians over to your place, they would be...
Leonard Cohen for conversation, Scott H. Biram for drink, and Rihanna for various crimes against nature.


As a way of saying thanks to Bryan for taking part, here's Possessed by Paul James singing 'Men Men Men' from the Cold and Blind album. This is truly brilliant, thanks for the tip off.




Possessed by Paul James - Men Men Men

Be sure to check out ninebullets.net



Right, who's next?

If you are interested in taking part in a 'Music Lives On The Internet' interview, drop me an email at tlsreview@ gmail dot com.



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