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News: September 2013

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

Mekons + Freakwater = Freakons!

See the birth (and most likely death) of the FREAKONS at the Hideout on Sunday September 22nd in Chicago....the offspring of two very aged parents with all the attendant problems, the Mekons and Freakwater combine their musical talents to sing songs of the old mines for your delectation.

And all at the very civilized time of 6pm...Who would miss it? Advance tickets highly recommended as they have to pay for elder care and transportation...only ten stinking bucks...Buy a ticket even if you have no plans to come along...help them to help themselves (again!)

MIssouri Loves Company

Missouri born and bred band HA HA TONKA's new album LESSONS hits the literal and digital shelves on September 24th.  Pre-order it now!  See a TEASER here

To celebrate, we're toasting all things MISSOURI in this month's sale--we're calling MISSOURI LOVES COMPANY (get it!!!)

So pick up some fine music from a fine state that's given us more than walnut bowls Robert Altman, Redd Foxx (you dummy!), VINCENT F'N PRICE and hiding places for Jesse James.

SEE THE FULL LIST OF SALE ITEMS HERE

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Ben Weaver on Touring by Bike

Operating on the exact opposite end of the LUXURIOUS TOUR BUS spectrum, is own northwoods singer/songwriter Ben Weaver.   He's doing some tour dates via bicycle this month.

Check out the story and interview in the Minneapolis City Pages

Now THAT'S dedication!  He ain't tellin' off his driver or bitching cuz the satellite TV is cutting on the fritz and he can't watch Desperate Housewives of New Jersey.

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New Spineriders Release

When Jason Molina (Songs: Ohia, Magnolia Electric Co) suddenly passed away in the Spring of 2013, he left behind an incredible body of work.

In tribute to his spirit, Misra Records has released his high school band's music ON CASSETTE!!  It's a VERY limited edition release and all proceeds go to the Musicians Emergency Medical Association.  We've just a few available for you.

Read THIS amazing remembrance of Jason and those times by his friend Reilly Lambert

 

 

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Robbie Fulks Appearance on Chicago NPR Archived

Robbie Fulks' appearance on Chicago public radio's WBEZ "Morning Shift" show is now archived HERE.

Robbie sings and talks and solves complicated math problems.  Well, only TWO of those things are true.

 

 

HA HA TONKA'S NEW ALBUM 'LESSONS' STREAMING AT WNYC

The wonderful folks at WNYC Radio are streaming the absolutely stunning new Ha Ha Tonka album, 'Lessons,' one week ahead of the release date! 

Stream it HERE.

As WNYC puts it, "the tuneful and buoyant new album from the indie-Americanaband...owe[s] as much to Paul Simon as Big Star." 

Listen and then inevitably fall in love with the album and pre-order it on CD, MP3, or limited edition double vinyl HERE.

 

BARRENCE WHITFIELD ON UK TV

OW OW OW!

Barrence and the Savages are bringing their atomic-powered sock it to me soul to the British airwaves.

Tuesday, Sept 24th they appear on the Later with Jools Holland program (or "programme" as they quaintly write over there).  Other acts on the show will be The Pixies, Janelle Monae, Tony Joe White and CHVRCHES.

So, tune into BBC TWO at 10pm and be prepared to have your tea cup UPSET!

"I dare say mumsy, that Barrance chap is a cracking good singer!  Now, it's off to the chamber.  I'm knackered."   At least, that's how we imagine it'll be in households (or "flats") all over the UK.

NEW MARK PICKEREL RECORD

Mark Pickerel & his Praying Hands released a new record Tess  this week on Candy Cross Records.

We've missed him, but the wait was worth it.  Pick up this fine slab of tumbleweed noir and maybe we can convince him to do some touring outside the Pacific Northwest.

"Pickerel’s voice is soaked in moody regret, a sinuous baritone that somehow manages to make lost love sound more enticing than the kind that lasts. In Pickerel’s hands, love gone wrong certainly results in more intriguing songs, as in 'Your Wild West,' which seems to channel the loping stride of the Doors’ 'People Are Strange.'" --Seattle Times

Robbie Fulks Review on "Fresh Air"

NPR's syndicated "Fresh Air" reviewed Robbie Fulks' new album Gone Away Backward.

SPOILER ALERT!  THEY LOVED IT!

It's archived HERE, so you can let the mellifluous tones of Ken Tucker's voice tell you why you need to hear this fine batch of songs. 

“With Gone Away Backward, Fulks has made an album that feints in the direction of nostalgia while grappling very much with the here and now. Even for a singer-songwriter known for his clever twists and turns, it's a considerable achievement.”

USA TODAY PREMIERES SPECIAL HA HA TONKA ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE OF "AMERICAN AMBITION"

Ha Ha Tonka's new album, Lessons, is out tomorrow (!), and USA Today is tiding us over with a little acoustic treat. Watch singer/guitarist Brian Roberts play a special, sun-soaked, stripped down version of album track "American Ambition."

Watch and listen here: http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/music/2013/09/23/video-premiere-meet-southern-indie-rock-band-ha-ha-tonka-lessons/2845271/

Pre-order the album on CD, MP3, or limited edition double vinyl here: https://www.bloodshotrecords.com/album/lessons


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