The "May Day, May Day" edition
- AVAILABLE NOW! The Dex Romwmeber Duo's Live at Third Man vinyl! Quantities are limited, so get yrs now!
- Justin Townes Earle was at the 11th Street Bar in New York last week, where he webcasted a performance for GQ.com. If you weren't able to catch it live, you can watch the video here.
- Graham Parker stopped by the venerable WNYC radio show, Soundcheck, and gave a pretty "bitchin' interview." Listen now!
- Ha Ha Tonka has been on the road for weeks playing to sold-out audiences across the US with Murder By Death (check out some pics here). But it hasn't been an easy tour for the boys—their van broke down and they're asking for some help from friends.
- Finally, Rob Miller and Jon Langford headed to Australia this week to record with the aboriginal cowboy (and "Black Elvis"), Roger Knox. We got this postcard. Just make sure to not take Oceanic Flight 815 on your way back, boys!
We love us the independent record shops around the country.
-Albums on the Hill (Boulder CO)
-CD Cellar (Anniston, AL)
-Dusty Groove (Chicago)
-Flat Black & Circular (Lansing MI)
-Horizon Records (Greenville SC)
-Shake It (Cincinnati)
-Laurie's Planet of Sound (Chicago)
-Rainbow (Newark, DE)
-Vintage Vinyl (STL)
-Strictly Discs (Madison)
-Reckless (Chicago- all 3 stores)
-Rock-A-Billy's (Utica, MI)
… In only the way Danbert Nobacon could release an illustrated fairy tale book! 3 DEAD PRINCES: An Anarchist Fairy Tale is set to be released on September 1. Filmmaker Alex Cox illustrates the story. Keep an eye out for a book tour in the fall!
Here's a sneak peek:
Princess Stormy lives in a semi-detached castle with her family and a Fool. When an unhappy neighboring kingdom decides to invade, Stormy must go on her quest, meeting giant Cats, Mermangels, Giggle Monkeys, a Gricklegrack, and Flying Lizards on the way. Oh, and she kills three princes. But that's by accident, and anyway it's their own fault ...
Usually, when we get bits and pieces of news or interesting tidbits, we try and weave them together and present them to you as a thematic whole. After much mulling, we could find no way to do that, so we thought the very LACK of a theme would be the theme. Thus, three totally unrelated bits of news for your time-wasting pleasure as we slink towards the three day weekend:
--ASCAP posted a great little "Audio Portrait" of Graham Parker. He talks about the songwriting process, what he looks for in a perfect pop song, how he balances the dark with the cheery, PLUS you get to hear segments of several of his new songs from his lastest album Imaginary Television. Have a listen HERE
--When Devil in a Woodpile broke up, we were (and remain) very sad. However, washboardist/harpist Rick Sherry's new band Sanctified Grumblers have picked up the slack some. In addition to reviving the Tuesday night gigs at the Hideout, HERE's a video of their song "Stump Grinder"---it'll put some lead in your pencil. We'll see you Tuesdays...
--Finally, we've been running this madhouse known as Bloodshot for 15 years now, working longs hours for low pay faced with the constant vicissitudes that beset small independents like us. So, you'll have to excuse us if we get a little miffed when interlopers and dilettantes muscle in on our territory. When we got the news that ELLEN FRICKING DEGENERES has started her own label, well, part of us wanted to rail against the heavens at all the easy publicity she's getting and part of us wanted to go all Virginia Woolfe and put rocks in our pockets and wade into Lake Michigan. Maybe then we could get the wider world to pay attention.
Enjoy your long weekend and remember: only YOU can prevent such madness...