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News: March 2010

Keep up on what's happening with the Bloodshot gang!

The First review of the new Blacks EP is in!

The Blacks return from a 10-year hiatus next week with the Digital-only EP, In Sickness and Health—and we've got the first review! The Assault Blog says of it, "In Sickness and Health’s core four songs all rise up from a certain swagger. They’re rhythm driven with hooks to keep you there. They make up an assured 'fuck yeah we’re back!' that’s hard to disagree with."

Right now, when you buy this limited-edition, screenprinted poster, you'll be sent a download code for the EP. You'll also be able to download the album via iTunes, eMusic, Rhapsody and Fina starting March 9 (but you want the pretty poster, don't you?)

Chicago Tribune's Greg Kot on the Blacks' reunion show and new release

Top shelf Chicago music scribe Greg Kot gives the low down on the Blacks' improbable reunion in the Chicago Tribune, as well as a review of their new digital only release In Sickness and Health

A snippet:

"In true Chicago fashion, Danny Black doesn’t sugarcoat things. When asked whether he thought his band the Blacks would ever get back together after breaking up acrimoniously 10 years ago, he says, 'No way. I would say no [frigging] way. When it’s going well with this band, it’s pretty incredible. But when it’s bad, it’s really bad. There was no way I thought it could happen.'”

Read the whole piece HERE.

Justin Townes Earle video on KEXP

Justin stopped by the venerable radio station KEXP in Seattle for a video during his current super long tour.

Check out the video of the session HERE where he plays some new songs, as well as the title track from Midnight at the Movies

Bloodshot Rob & Nan and the Blacks on the Interview Show

A few weeks ago, Nan and Rob appeared on Chicago's own talk show The Interview Show in front of, as they say in the TV biz, a LIVE STUDIO AUDIENCE (or, in this case, The Hideout).

Now it's been edited and posted on the Huffington Post.  Have a gander at Nan's silver space lady boots and purple hair.  Marvel at the oddly placed microphone that hides most of Rob's face, but not his dry wit.  Listen as they talk of the cruel vicissitudes of the music racket and check out the Blacks performance

See it HERE.


The legendary (and totally sweet, by the way) Exene Cervenka has confirmed a tour of the West Coast consisting entirely of FREE performances at record stores starting in April!

Why a tour of record stores and not clubs? Exene 'splains.....

"The reason I am touring independent record stores from San Diego to Seattle this April is that I want to play for free, to people of all ages, at a reasonable hour, in a place we love to be. I'm touring at my own expense, because I don't want the economy to stand between my music and people that might want to hear it. Yes, I hope I sell some aprons and a few cds, but bring your X records, the kids, shop independent, and let's have a party!" xo, exene

So, really, you have NO excuse not to come out and see an amazing performer, support your local store and mix and mingle with other folks of outstanding taste and quality.

Bummed that  your city and fave store isn't on this list?  Well, then, tell all your friends, family and total strangers you know on the coast to show up and make this a resounding success and she'll do more and possibly come your way!

Check out the dates HERE.



SPINNER interviews Bloodshot artists at SXSW!

Our 15th annual SXSW Day Party at Yard Dog Gallery is underway RIGHT NOW—but if you're not in Austin, you can catch up with some of the players via Spinner's SXSW interview series featuring:

Waco Brothers
Rosie Flores
Ha Ha Tonka
Ben Weaver
The Silos
Whitey Morgan and the 78s (new signing!)

And if you are in Austin and are taking pictures—be sure to add them to the BSHQ Flickr Pool.


Deadstring Brothers live @ American Songwriter


Last month, the Deadstring Brothers stopped by the Nashville offices of the magazine American Songwriter and recorded a session to promote their brand-new album, São Paulo. You can listen and download the MP3s here, as well as read an interview with the Deadstrings.

New Rosie Flores video!

The adorable Rosie Flores breaks hearts all around Austin, TX in this new video!


Rosie Flores, "This Cat's In The Dog House" from Bloodshot Records on Vimeo.

Ha Ha Tonka's 5 Rules to a Successful SXSW

4 days, a billion bands, 4700 opportunities for free drinks.  How does a band do it?

Check out Ha Ha Tonka's video on of how to cope in belly of the beast that is South by Southwest in Austin TX!  See it HERE!



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