The "Happy Birthday America" edition, wherein we celebrate the brash de-shackling from our colonial overlords by sitting by the kiddie pool, one hand in the beer cooler, the other holding a lit match to a fuse to blow shit up. Independence Day, indeed.
- Read Bloodshot Rob rant about the term "alt-country" in the Pittsburgh Tribune as they hype the first of the 15 Year Anniversary festivals.
- Dex Romweber portrait in a North Carolina pizza parlor. Yeah, you read that right. How cool is that? The only portraits in pizza joints we have here in Chicago are of Capone or Ditka. Read about it here.
- The Boston Phoenix has done their annual 50 Best New Bands in 50 States feature here. Other than being a quality read, it also named Ha Ha Tonka as the representative from Missouri. We hope they do well in the swim suit competition (ladies, stop your swooning). Check up on YOUR home state, too.
- Rob's Recommendation of the Week: Having spent a great deal of time as a teen pyromaniac, I mean, connoisseur of aerial star spangles, I feel fortunate to be so close to the off ramp fireworks superstores of Indiana, just over the border. Now, mind you, I do not condone the launching of 500 gram Supercakes, that have 156 red, white and blue comets shot in rapid fire that burst in waves at the finale, or the SKY THUNDER with its gigantic bursts of alternating green and silver, red and silver and yellow and silver, or the Victory Shot that kicks up a sparkling gold brocade that ends with a volley of loud explosions, but they sure beat the hell out of sparklers and snakes.
Enjoy and be safe.
Bloodshot Digest: The "Goodbye, MJ" Edition
- We celebrated the Fourth of July weekend in Pittsburgh, where we threw the FIRST of our 15th Anniversary Beer-B-Qs at The Smiling Moose. Didn't spend your holiday in the Rust Belt? No problem, you can check out pictures from the event here and here, or you can check to see if a Bloodshot Beer-B-Q is coming to a city near you.
- The fabulous indie radio station WOXY hosted Ha Ha Tonka a couple weeks back for one of its Lounge Act sessions. You can now download the session, which features and interview with the boys and live versions of new songs, here.
- Justin Townes Earle's been about to every corner of the US touring the past few months, but if by chance you haven't gotten a chance to see him live yet, this new Paste Magazine video session may tide you over.
- And finally, we've got new items in our Bloodshot Bazaar! It's summertime, and that means packing up the cheese and crackers to sit on a lawn and see The Doobie Brothers play Ravinia Fest! We've got a couple of stylish ways to keep your picnicking needs cool this summer, with our Bloodshot Six Pack Cooler and 15 Year Anniversary Beer Coolies.
Earlier this spring, Exene finished her solo album Somewhere Gone, to be released on CD & LP, this October.
Recorded in Springfield MO with Lou Whitney of the Skeletons, it is a haunting, intimate album with the beating heart of a poet at the center.
As Exene told us, "it has the passion of X without all the loud."
"We are spoiled here in Chicago. Rarely is it a question of IF there's a
show to go to, but rather WHAT show will be vying for your ears, eyeballs,
and beer dollars. So it was odd for me to make a special whirlwind trip to Detroit on June 27th just to see a show.
But this was not any ol' show. No siree, this was the Oblivians and the
Gories, two of my all-time favorite now-defunct bands getting back together
to play just three shows in the States- two in Memphis and one in Detroit
(giving neither band an unfair homefield advantage...)
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- AMERICA! What's wrong with you? Exclaim Magazine, the Rolling Stone of Canada recently declared Scott H. Biram's new disc "Album of the Month!" Yer not gonna lie around and let THEM be cooler than US, are you? Get down with the Biram sound, people. I mean, really.
- Minneapolis and Madison Anniversary Beer-B-Q lineups finalized. Those of you in the Upper Midwest (or those of you willing to travel there) have more to celebrate than the ripening lingonberries and waterslides in the Dells. Our Anniversary festivals in your fair cities are all booked and confirmed and they are, I must say, a couple of killer lineups. More cities to follow. Get the updates here.
- Michael Jackson is still dead
- Rob's Recommendation of the Week: Balyeat's Restaurant in Van Wert OH. While driving back to Chicago from our Pittsburgh Beer-B-Q last weekend, I eschewed the grimness of the Ohio Turnpike and took US 30, the Lincoln Highway, instead. After gassing up on the outskirts of this town near the OH/IN border I noticed a faded billboard with the words "homemade" and "pie" in consecutive order. I was sold. I'm easy that way. I drove the 1/2 mile to town and there it was, next to the courthouse. Serving since 1923 or so. Excellentness #1: When the waitress asked me if I was ready for supper, I said I hadn't seen a menu. Her reply: "Oh honey, it's Sunday, we don't have menus" and listed my choices. I opted for stewed chicken with homemade noodles over mash(ed potoatoes). Excellentness #2: It came with soup or salad, I said salad. Her reply: "tossed, potato or JELLO." Oh, baby. It was all very, VERY good. Excellentness #3: There were about 12 or 14 pie choices on the counter. I went for Butterscotch Creme and almost sobbed with joy when I ate it. Excellentness #4: The whole shootin' match cost me about 8 bucks. SO, the next time you're on the road between Fort Wayne and Toledo (and who DOESN'T make that drive all the time?) stop in. RUNNER UP: Primanti Brothers in Pittsburgh. In an effort to streamline the lives of their patrons, they put the french fries IN the sandwich. Lord, have mercy.
Thanks for tuning in and let us know where we need to eat during our upcoming travels.
In what promises to be a hot winter -- Justin Townes Earle has just announced his winter tour, supporting the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach!
JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE / DAN AUERBACH TOUR DATES
Nov 5 - Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
Nov 6 - Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
Nov 7 - Toronto, ONT @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
Nov 8 - Montreal, QUE @ Le National
Nov 13 - Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
Nov 16 - Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
Nov 17 - Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
Nov 18 - New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
Nov 20 - Memphis, TN @ Minglewood Hall
Dec 3 - Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom
Dec 4 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Dec 5 - Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
Dec 6 - Bloomington, IN @ Bluebird Nightclub
Dec 8 - Newport, KY @ Southgate House
Dec 9 - Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
But you don't have to wait til November to see Justin!
Catch him on the Big Surprise Tour -- an old fashioned revue featuring Old Crow Medicine Show, Dave Rawlings Machine (f/ Gillian Welch) and the Felice Brothers. Each nite will not be the same, as the musicians on the show will continually collaborate with each other to unexpected results!
THE BIG SURPRISE TOUR
Aug 4 - Hampton Beach, NH @ Casino Ballroom
Aug 05 - Boston, MA @ House Of Blues
Aug 06 - New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
Aug 07 - Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
Aug 09 - Charlottesville, VA @ Charlottesville Pavilion
Aug 10 - Cary, NC @ Koka Booth Amphitheatre
Aug 12 - Louisville, KY @ Waterfront Park
Aug 13 - Nashville, TN @ Riverfront Park
Aug 14 - Knoxville, TN @ World's Fair Park
Announcing the Bloodshot Records iPhone / iPod Touch application! Click here to download, or just log into the App Store and search "Bloodshot" to find it (it's free)! The application will feature a different Bloodshot artist each month, connecting you to new (and sometimes unreleased) music, tour dates and news! Listen and buy with one click!
Since we're rookies to the AppStore, there may be some kinks to work out -- consider this Version 0.1. So, let us know if you have any suggestions on how we can make the it better!
Get the Bloodshot App now!
Bloodshot Digest: The "Moving Pictures" Edition
- Bobby Bare Jr and some friends (namely, Bobby Senior, Jon Langford, Sally Timms and Will Oldham) celebrated one of Chicago's sons, Shel Silverstein. The celebration, aptly called A SHEL-ebration, had the motley crew of musicians showcasing Shel's songs (few people know Shel was the songwriter of "A Boy Named Sue") in Millennium Park. Earlier in the day, Bobby was on WBEZ's 848 to talk about his releationship with Shel as a kid, and as a young songwriter -- you can listen to it here.
Also of note (and mentioned before in these pages), Bobby and his dad executive produced a tribute to Shel Silverstein that will be released later this year on Sugar Hill/Vanguard and features performances by: Emmylou Harris, Black Keys, George Jones & Ray Price, Allison Krauss, Band of Horses, Dr. Dog, Andrew Bird, Kris Kristofferson (backed by members of the Silver Jews) and My Morning Jacket.
- Ha Ha Tonka stopped by the Hear Ya studios and recorded a few songs from the new album -- listen to the session (and check out some video) here.
- The Blacks (who will be reuniting for our 15th anniversary show in Chicago later this summer) are featured in the indie film LEFTY, which has its Chicago premiere at the Gene Siskel Film Center on July 24 (add'l showings will be on July 28 and July 30, too). Support local cinema!
- More film news! IT MIGHT GET LOUD, a documentary on the electric guitar -- as told from the points of view of The Edge, Jimmy Page and Jack White -- will be released in theaters next month. While the subject matter itself may get a few of you into the theater, we hear that Jack White waxes about one of his guitar heroes during the doc -- Dex Romweber.
- And since Rob's been recommending food, I'll recommend a short film: TREEVENGE (Warning: Language, gore). I saw it before the amazing Nazi Zombie horror flick, Dead Snow, at the Sundance Film Festival earier this year, and it was easily one of the festival highlights. Seems others agree, too -- TREEVENGE has been touring the festival circuit, gathering accolades and fans. So, take 15 minutes and watch TREEVENGE, okay?
Last week, Andre went back to Detroit, hooked up with stellar players and got back to his roots. With a band featuring producer Matt Smith (Outrageous Cherry, Volebeats, Nathanial Mayer, legendary Motown session guitarist Dennis Coffey and members of Electric Six, The Dirtbombs and Miss Alex White), his new disc is a low down bluesy, funky monster in the vein of early P-Funk. Man.
Mr Rhythm came by the offices the other day in an eye-popping purple suit and played it for us. Look for a release in 2010.
Read about the sessions here.