As we like to say, "we release a lot of good music, but we can't release ALL the good music."
Some former compadres (well, they'll ALWAYS be compadres...that's what makes this job so great) who have moved on to other labels have released a bundle of new music this month. Being dorky fans, we wanted to let you know about them, as well as offer them up on our site. So, dig in to the new tunes by some old faves:
KELLY HOGAN: I Like To Keep Myself In Pain
ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO: Big Station
ANDRE WILLIAMS & THE SADIES: Night & Day
AND check out the sale going on this month for catalog items from these artists. So, if you are new to the HOGAN/ANDRE/ALEJANDRO camps you can pick up some great music for some friendly prices all through June.
Also new is the LIMITED EDITION LP of Ha Ha Tonka's killer debut album. You asked, you pleaded, some have even made veiled threats....so HERE it is. But act fast, we only made 500 of these.
We are extremely pleased to announce that Murder By Death has signed with Bloodshot Records. The Bloomington, IN quintet has been on our radar for some time with their unique brand of brooding, anthem-riding balladry and orchestral roots-inflicted indie rock, as found on defining albums such as In Bocca al Lupo (2006) and Good Morning, Magpie (2010). And really, with their sing-along/powder-keg performances; fan-first mentality; and consistently exceptional music, Murder By Death has built a decade-plus career embodying all the essential elements that Bloodshot could possibly ask for in band. Plus, Murder By Death + Bloodshot… the combo just has a nice, gruesome ring to it...
The band will release their Bloodshot debut and sixth full-length album this fall. Additional details to come soon.
In the meantime, they are heading out on the road this summer to support their upcoming release, performing with the support of new labelmates Ha Ha Tonka, as well as Cory Chisel and other special guests. Full tour dates are below, along with some candid shots from the official contract signing.
Jul 12 - Mr. Smalls Theatre Pittsburgh, PA - Tickets *
Jul 13 - Black Cat Washington, DC - Tickets *
Jul 14 - Paradise Rock Club Boston, MA - Tickets *
Jul 15 - Heirloom Arts Theatre Danbury, CT - Tickets *
Jul 17 - Webster Hall New York, NY - Tickets *
Jul 18 - Union Transfer Philadelphia, PA - Tickets *
Jul 20 - The Horseshoe Tavern Toronto, Canada - Tickets #
Jul 21 - Grog Shop Cleveland, OH - Tickets *
Jul 22 - Cosmic Charlie's Lexington, KY - Tickets *
Jul 24 - Mercy Lounge Nashville, TN - Tickets *
Jul 25 - Newby's Memphis, TN - Tickets #
Jul 26 - Spanish Moon Baton Rouge, LA - Tickets #
Jul 27 - Fitzgerald's Houston, TX - Tickets #
Jul 28 - Mohawk Austin, TX - Tickets #
Jul 31 - Sol Santa Fe Santa Fe, NM - Tickets *
Aug 1 - The Crescent Ballroom Phoenix, AZ - Tickets *
Aug 2 - The Casbah San Diego, CA - Tickets *
Aug 3 - El Rey Theatre Los Angeles, CA - Tickets *
Aug 4 - Bottom of the Hill San Francisco, CA - Tickets %
Aug 5 - Bottom of the Hill San Francisco, CA - Tickets *
Aug 9 - The Media Club Vancouver, Canada - Tickets %
Aug 10 - Tractor Tavern Seattle, WA - Tickets %
Aug 11 - Dante's Portland, OR - Tickets %
Aug 14 - Neurolux Boise, ID - Tickets %
Aug 15 - Bar Deluxe Salt Lake City, UT - Tickets %
Aug 16 - Bluebird Theater Denver, CO - Tickets %
Aug 17 - Bluebird Theater Denver, CO - Tickets %
Aug 18 - The Waiting Room Omaha, NE - Tickets %
Aug 20 - Plush St Louis, MO - Tickets %
Aug 22 - Gabe's Oasis Iowa City, IA - Tickets %
Aug 23 - Triple Rock Minneapolis, MN - Tickets %
Aug 24 - Turner Hall Ballroom Milwaukee, WI - Tickets %
Aug 25 - Metro Chicago, IL - Tickets *
*w/ Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons + Ha Ha Tonka
# w/ Cory Chisel
% w/ Ha Ha Tonka
Sarah Balliet (cello, keyboards) and Adam Turla (vocals, guitar) at the Bloodshot office signing their contract.
Matt Armstrong (bass) and Scott Bracket (keyboards, accordion, vocals, and more) sign their Bloodshot Records contract on the hood of a nearby parked car after their performance at Chicago’s Do Division street fest. Label co-owner Nan Warshaw looks on.
Sarah and Adam posing with the massive Bloodshot advance.
So, the folks at TNT have rebooted the 80s soap opera DALLAS—which is apparently a big deal to a lot of people (I was too young to know what was going on when the show was originally on air, the only DALLAS reference I know is the Simpson's "Who Shot Mr Burns?" story arc). Anyway, whether you were a fan of the original or not, you should at least check out the first episode, which features three—yes, three!—Justin Townes Earle songs, "Far Away in Another Town," "Midnight at the Movies," and "The Good Life."
You can watch the pilot episode in its entirety below:
One of our all time favorite publications is the Oxford American: The Southern Magazine of Good Writing. They consistantly hip us to the lost treasures of American music.
This month's issue gives full on treatment to DEX ROMWEBER.
All The Requisite Billies: The Untold Legend of Dex Romweber traces the rises and falls of one of our favorite musicians of ALL TIME. Embedded are videos featuring interviews with Jack White, Neko Case, Cat Power, Exene Cervenka, a performance in the early '90's on David Letterman, a clip from an MTV documentary (and holy shit! the live footage of the Flat Duo Jets doing "Crazy Hazy Kisses" is epic! Keep in mind, that's just TWO people whipping up that glorious racket!), and then there's a link to the song the Duo cut with Jack White in 2011. Finally, there's an embedded link to the heralded documentary on Dex "Two Headed Cow."
Check it out. If you are Dex fan, you'll love it. If you are NOT a Dex fan, it'll force the question: "What's wrong with you?"
The inaugural Libera Awards (AKA Libbies) organized by A2IM (American Assoiciation Of Independent Music) took place last night in NYC. The award aims to celebrate indie labels and artists. While JC Brooks and The Uptown Sound was kicking off The Chicago Gospel Music Festival in Millennium Park, on the other coast, they were being named Best Up and Comers as chosen by eMusic members. Check out the fancy awards bling they got! Congrats, boys!
Scott H Biram stopped by the vaunted studios of our buddies at Seattle's KEXP and they've posted the results.
In it you'll find a 20 minute video with top notch sound. Scott's interviewed in between doing a Mance Lipscomb cover as well as some material from his latest slab of TX blues punk country wildness Bad Ingredients, including the tender love ballad "Born in Jail."
Have an eye and earful HERE