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.
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 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 TOUR DATES
LOOKS FORWARD TO GETTING BACK TO WORK
IN SUPPORT OF ACCLAIMED HARLEM RIVER BLUES
“…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.
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 Amazon.com.
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
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 Minnpost.com, 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.
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!
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
Enjoy, and we hope we see you at The Ball!
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
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."