Cory Branan: Repealing net neutrality could be dangerous for independent art

Excellent piece up on the ever more politically essential RS at the moment on some more hideous legislation (or lack of it).  Thank you Mr President once again.  They report: “On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission is set to vote on whether or not to repeal Net Neutrality, a decision about Internet Service Providers (ISPs) that could impact – among so many other pillars of our country’s modern democracy – the future of music. And independent musicians, those who run a mainly DIY operation, are poised to be hurt the most. Continue reading “Cory Branan: Repealing net neutrality could be dangerous for independent art”

Blitzen Trapper “Wild And Reckless” (Lojinx, 2017)

The thing which saved Blitzen Trapper from being run of the mill was their embracing of risk: they can be joyous and frustrating, and on this record they are no different, only, in common with their recent releases, less so. They start with the blue-collar Americana of Rebel and then they hit paydirt of sorts with the title track which hits the spot somewhere between the Drive By Truckers and Bryan Adams, which is not meant to sound snide. The song is a fist-pumper, balancing a strain of nostalgic melancholy with an uplifting chorus that cuts straight to the point. It should be the sound that pours out of a thousand convertibles. Continue reading “Blitzen Trapper “Wild And Reckless” (Lojinx, 2017)”

Drive By Truckers lay into Trump with new song – Listen

Anyone remember when AUK gave DBT a one star review back in 2003 and all hell broke loose?  (We’re sorry).  Anyway, times have changed and we admit they’re incredible now. RS Country reports: “To coincide with Election Day, Drive-By Truckers have released the new song “The Perilous Night,” a politically charged polemic that follows the pointed commentary of the group’s 2016 opus American Band. Much like the band’s song “What It Means,” “The Perilous Night,” written by Patterson Hood, is a deeply literal commentary on 2017’s acrimonious political climate. Continue reading “Drive By Truckers lay into Trump with new song – Listen”

Drive by Truckers release charity single tackling racism – Watch

A live version to be precise but it includes a new song which is always a lovely thing to behold from DBT. Rolling Stone reports: “Patterson Hood considers himself to be a pretty cynical person. As one of the leaders of Drive-By Truckers, he’s spent the past 20-plus years channeling that cynicism into writing songs that expose the dark urges and broken promises of the American project in songs like “Putting People on the Moon,” “Goode’s Field Road” and most recently, “What It Means,” a meditative Black Lives Matter-era commentary on race and police brutality that appears on their excellent new album American Band.  Continue reading “Drive by Truckers release charity single tackling racism – Watch”