Tampa Bay music blog NineBullets.net celebrates a milestone
We can remember a few years ago, when we began acquiring more and more of our music through mp3 blogs, seeing stickers around town for something called "NineBullets.net."
Turns out NineBullets.net was not only an mp3 blog -- and a really good one, covering all sorts of alt-country, Americana and roots-punk -- but one that had a sizeable national following, thanks to posts on the Drive-By Truckers, Old Crow Medicine Show, the Black Keys, the Legendary Shack Shakers (above) and many more. And it was based here in St. Petersburg.
Today 9B and founder Bryan Childs, a.k.a. Autopsy IV, are celebrating their fourth birthday. (The blog's birthday, we mean. It's not like Childs is a 4-year-old technological wunderkind. At least as far as we know.)
Over the course of 1,400-plus posts, Childs said the best thing to come from 9B's first four years is the relationships with artists and labels. "9B started as a full-on fan site and now we see NineBullets thanked in cd liners and whatnot," he said in an e-mail. "It reminds me that we’re fighting the good fight."
We think a lot of music fans would probably agree that 9B is the best pure music blog in Tampa Bay. (Yes, we'll admit, we've downloaded our fair share of songs from the site. Thanks for those White Crosses mp3s!).
If it sounds like we're glorifying the practice of swapping mp3s by paying tribute to a music blogger ... well, yeah, we kinda are. We know infinitely more about indie rock, chillwave, cowpunk, no-fi and any other made-up genre of music than we did five years ago, and music bloggers are the reason why. At least half of the albums we've purchased in the past four years, we wouldn't own if we hadn't first enjoyed the music on a blog. Simple as that.
Or at least, we wish it were as simple as that.
"When 9B started no one cared about music blogs," Childs said. "Then came the mass Blogspot closings of mp3 blogs, and as of late ASCAP is beginning to demand blogs pay licensing fees. Fortunately NineBullets has avoided those entanglements. I hope the genre of music I cover is so small that we fly under the radar of all that crap, 'cause I don’t think I could survive a bunch of licensing agencies coming at me with open hands."
If you'd like to thank Childs and crew in person for four years of mp3 goodness, look for them Wednesday, when the Legendary Shack Shakers perform with Have Gun, Will Travel and the Urbane Cowboys at Crowbar. Click here for details.
And definitely mark your calendar for Oct. 9, when NineBullets.net hosts a birthday concert featuring Have Gun, Will Travel, Matt Woods, Truckstop Coffee's Pete Stein, The Takers' Devon Vlasin and more. It'll be at Cafe Bohemia in St. Pete, and tickets will be $8-$10. Click here for all the details.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*