As SPIN reports, we're reissuing The Bottle Rockets' long out-of-print first two albums Bottle Rockets and The Brooklyn Side (in remastered form with 19 bonus tracks and a 40-page booklet) on November 19th! Click the link below to hear a previously unreleased demo of "Indianapolis" featuring Brian Henneman backed by Uncle Tupelo members Jeff Tweedy (Wilco) and Jay Farrar (Son Volt). (That trio of alt-country pioneers appear a handful of times on the reissue.)
Read the announcement and stream the track here.
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On January 17th and 18th, Murder By Death will celebrate the ten-year anniversary of their classic album 'Who Will Survive and What Will Be Left of Them?' by performing the album at Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado, the hotel on which Stephen King based 'The Shining.' (For those unfamiliar, it's a concept album about the Devil waging war on a small Mexican border town. Yeah, that's right. Spooky stuff. We wouldn't expect any less from MBD.)
Book your tickets and pre-order the reissue of the album here: http://www.murderbydeath.bigcartel.com/
"There are times when I listen to the album and end up lost in reflection about fading memories and missed chances. Other times, the guitars and drums and harmonies lift me up, convince me that the road ahead is bright. Either way, 'Lessons' makes for a fantastic journey."
PopMatters nails it with this 8/10 star review of Ha Ha Tonka's newest album 'Lessons.'
Bloodshot's Fall '13 sampler is available for free download on eMusic! Get some free tracks from Robbie Fulks, Luke Winslow-King, JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound, The Bottle Rockets, Justin Townes Earle, Murder by Death, and more.
Lydia Loveless is BACK! PopMatters has the scoop on her brand new five-song EP 'Boy Crazy' coming out November 5th on Bloodshot! The article also features a premiere of the title track. The EP is a collection of sun-washed, rebel-powered pop songs presenting a conversation about judgment and loss of innocence, as one transitions from good old American naivete to you-should-know-better "wisdom."
Pre-order here (with chance to win signed Lydia CDs).
As Lydia put it: "It's my rock and roll tribute to baseball pants and youth."
An all-new Lydia full length LP will be released in 2014.
NOVEMBER 16TH: Cucalorus Film Festival in Wilmington NC
NOVEMBER 21ST: UK premiere at the LEEDS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
From the program:
WORLD PREMIERE Emerging from the first blast of 1977 U.K. punk rock, the Mekons were notorious, as critic Greil Marcus notes, for being “the band that took punk ideology most seriously.” Charting the group’s progression from socialist art students with no musical skills through its reinvention as rabble-rousing progeny of Hank Williams, the film reveals how, four decades into a still-evolving career, the Mekons continue to make original, genre-defying music while staying true to the punk ethos.