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News: October 2010

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Justin Townes Earle on Mountain Stage

Recorded in August with a three piece band, Justin's appearance on the legendary radio show Mountain Stage will begin airing on October 8th

For a list of affiliate stations and airing times, go HERE.

After that, it will be archived HERE.

BS Announces the Brooklyn Fall Festival of Fun

C'mon out to Brooklyn's Bell House on November 7th for a grand day.  Carrying on the tradition of Bloodshot CMJ and SXSW parties...but now for serious local music fans.  Come early, eat, drink, and enjoy some great music.

Featuring Bottle Rockets, Graham Parker, Brooklyn's own Cordero, The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir and Lydia Loveless.  Doors at 5:30  Show at 6:30

Tickets only $10!!  Available Now!   Food provided by the Good Fork of Red Hook.

**This marks the return of the Scotland Yard Gospel Choir, whose appearance at last year's Bloodshot 15th anniversary BBQ in Brooklyn was cancelled due to their horrific van accident

**Seeing Rock and Roll legend Graham Parker is worth the price of admission ALONE

**Catch newcomer Lydia Loveless

PERMANENT RECORDS in Greenpoint is having an ENTER-TO-WIN contest for a pair of tickets.  Check 'em out


Whitey Morgan Feature in the Chicago Sun-Times

Whitey and the band are busy boys in the city of Chicago this weekend.  A show at the Country Music Festival, Fitzgerald's, an in store at Laurie's Planet of Sound and a FREE show at Reggie's, all coming the week of the release of their self-titled ALBUM on Tuesday.

Top shelf Chicago writer and country music historian Dave Hoekstra profiled him in the Sun-Times today.  Lots of stories about growing up in Flint MI, starting out in punk bands, recording at Levon Helms studio and how his grandpaw turned him on to country.

Read it HERE


Justin Townes Earle Confirms New Tour Dates!


“…music that defies generation and genre.”—NPR’s All Things Considered

After spending the last several weeks in a residential treatment program, Justin Townes Earle is planning his return to work in support of Harlem River Blues. Following the completion of his voluntary treatment for addiction issues, Earle will resume his nationwide tour at the end of November. Marking his highest chart position to date, Harlem River Blues debuted at #47 on the Top 200 in overall Soundscan and continues to receive widespread critical praise.

Go HERE for a list of confirmed dates

Additional rescheduled fall tour dates will be announced shortly.

Ha Ha Tonka Sold Out 7" now available digitally

Last year we pressed up 500 copies of the crowd-pleasing rave up "12 Inch 3 Speed Oscillating Fan"

As expected, they quickly sold out.

But now, in conjunction with their fall tour with Rocky Votolato, we've made this barn-burner digitally available exclusively on

Now you can spare yourself the embarrassment of not knowing the words when the whole crowd is singing along at the end.  Grab it HERE

Some Killer Early Ben Weaver Media Attention

Perhaps you've heard us rail about it before, but the Interweb has made it possible for a lot of BAD writing to be seen by a lot of people on equal footing with GOOD writing.  Thus, we're always giddy to see some thoughtful, interesting and, dare we say, informed critical responses to our releases, and endeavor to pass them along--and Ben Weaver's new record seems to have the scribes sharpening their pencils and putting some thought into their reviews.

From the Minneapolis City Pages is a lovely review and conversation with Ben about food, music, nature and how they relate to his creative process:

"Pure pastoral, a melodic and meditative acoustic collection that finds his gravelly, Tom-Waits-indebted croak now complemented by a heretofore hidden and lovely upper register on tracks like the album-opening "Grass Doe."  Deftly mixing confessional balladry ("Drag the Hills") with acute  character sketches ("City Girl") and impressionistic nature journal  jottings ("The Rooster's Wife"), it's a new high-water mark."   Read it all HERE.

Then there's the NPR station KCMP's webstream of an in studio performance. Listen to it HERE.

And the kicker...from the blog, HERE'S a review that is rather effusive in its praise....even if we sheepishly agree.

"The temptation here is to compare it to Springsteen’s “Nebraska” or any of Greg Brown’s similarly stark beauties. But a more apt reference is Dylan’s “Blood on the Tracks,” that epic break-up record that sounds fussy in comparison."

The new album is available on Tuesday, but you can pre-order now and get a free hand drawn hang tag from Ben, as well as our 2010 edition PROMO SAMPLER.

BS Staffers pick their Classic Rock Faves!

In our ongoing attempts to answer the persistent questions: "who the hell works at Bloodshot and what is wrong with them? " we occasionally quiz the staff in the hopes of shedding light on what makes us tick. Perhaps, knowing us better, you will be more forgiving of our foibles, or even grow to feel something bordering on fondness for us.

So, we asked the hard working office monkeys here to name their favorite songs by a few CLASSIC ROCK artists that randomly popped into our heads. THEN, we asked them to name a Wildcard Song, something very much out of character, or a song by someone they otherwise dislike or dismiss, but when it comes on the radio, they can't help but rock out.

Go HERE for the results.  Laugh at their choices, or nod in agreement...

We also suggest you go HERE to sample a new playlist I put together featuring 30+ of our fave rock and punk covers done by Bloodshot artists. Enjoy!

Langford discusses the Upcoming Old Devils Ball and a couple of Video performances

In the current Time Out Chicago, Jon Langford discusses his new album Old Devils, actual old devils like Kingsley Amis and Andre Williams and why his bass player is allowed to ride mechanical bulls in bars, but not his guitar player.

Read it HERE

Jon and some of the Skull Orchard performed "1234 Ever" in the Time Out Offices.  Watch it HERE

And HERE they perform at photographer Jim Newberry's studio the NPR affilliate WBEZ studios ---"Strange Ways To Win Wars"

Enjoy, and we hope we see you at The Ball!

Ben Weaver Playlist on Mog Music Network

From time to time, the blog Mog Music Network asks its favorite artists to create personally curated playlists for our curiosity-satisfying- and audio-streaming pleasure. Themes and styles will vary, but you’ll always know your favorite bands just a little better after listening.

Recently, they asked Ben Weaver to have a go at it and he's served up a nifty audio sampler from Gil Scott-Heron to the Gun Club to Vic Chesnutt.

Have a listen HERE

FREE MP3! I'm Not Jim's "Mr October"

Even though baseball is being played into November these days, in homage to the ultimate series of our National Pastime, we're offering up I'm Not Jim's "Mr October" (off their debut album, You Are All My People), over on our Giveaways page. I'm Not Jim, a collaboration between Silo's frontman Walter Salas-Humara and acclaimed NY novelist Jonathan Lethem, also honor baseball in their song "The Pitchers Gave Up."



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