“I’m talking to people who were 6 years old when ‘The Brooklyn Side’ came out. It’s like their fathers passed it down, and there’s fables surrounding it or something. It’s funny to hear the younger people talking about it, in terms of thinking things were way more awesome than they actually were. When you’re eating at the Waffle House and sleeping four guys to a room, you don’t feel awesome.”
- Brian Henneman of The Bottle Rockets in an interview with The Tennessean on the new deluxe reissue of their first two albums 'Bottle Rockets' and 'The Brooklyn Side'
The Bottle Rockets took some time to chat with CMT Edge about the reissue of their first two albums, 'Bottle Rockets' and 'The Brooklyn Side,' and what it's been like to revisit the materials.
Barrence Whitfield & The Savages' song "The Corner Man" is nominated for "Coolest Song in the World 2013" on Little Steven's Underground Garage! (Yes, Little Steven is Steven Van Zandt from Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, The Sopranos, and Lilyhammer) The song was featured on his national radio show in October.
As we always say in our Chicago way, vote early and vote often (you can vote once a day).
"The Corner Man" is the opening track on Barrence & Co.'s Bloodshot debut 'Dig Thy Savage Soul.' Get it here.
So, every year I do the Letters to Santa charity thru the Chicago Sun-Times (and so should you!!). I get a few letters from kids asking for Bratz dolls, Barbies, trucks, cars, Hot Wheels and the like. I make a harrowing run to Toys R Us or wherever, wrap them up, and send them away.
In 2008 (remember that year? When the economy was cratering?) I got a letter from a girl who asked for a warm hat. She was SIX and was asking for A HAT. A toy or a stuffed animal didn't even make her radar. Since then, shopping for toys for a couple of Santa letters hasn't seemed like enough. Even in these difficult times, most of us are doing pretty ok comparatively. I find it unconscionable that any child in this country, a country of so much, should be wanting for something so basic as a stuffed animal at this time of year (or any time, really).
Thus, we are once again reaching out to you all, our friends and fans in Chicago, to perhaps spend some time going thru back closets, or overloaded toy boxes and shelves for gently used stuffed animals.
The recipient will be Nicholson Technology Academy. NTA is pre-school thru 8th grade school in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago where Hideout co-owner Katie Tuten works.
Last year, we collected enough so that EVERY child in the kindergarten thru 2nd grade program received their own stuffed animal.
If you can't make it, you can drop off at Bloodshot Records, 3039 W Irving Park Road, our office hours are M-F, 10a-6P---a lot of the time we are here later, so call to check (773-604-5300) .
Either way, in exchange, we'll give you a little goodie in the form of a Bloodshot sampler, or super cool BS 2014 calendar
We'd like to have the donations in our mitts by Friday, December 13th so they can be distributed in a timely manner
Here are the general guidelines for stuffed animals,
PLEASE PAY ATTENTION AND DONATE ONLY ITEMS THAT FIT THE BILL.
THIS ISN'T A GARAGE SALE.
We are ONLY accepting stuffed animals. No toys, games, clothing or other items. Gotta stay focused...
a) New or very gently used and in excellent, unsoiled, condition;
b) Must be soft and cuddly, not stiff;
c) Not smaller than 6'' or bigger than 18'' tall (they can be a little
taller if they are squishy-soft and can pack down;
d) No Beanie Babies;
e) Not animated or talking (battery operated);
f) No TV cartoon characters (i.e.: Sponge Bob, Sesame Street characters, Action Characters, etc.) Exceptions: soft classic Disney characters like Mickey & Minnie Mouse, Winnie the Pooh, Eeyore; Snoopy, etc.;
g) No sea animals, bugs, or reptiles;
h) Holiday-styled animals with seasonal trimmings removed are OK (snip off Santa hats, Valentine hearts, etc.).
Ha Ha Tonka's "Dead to the World" is set to a brilliant depiction of undead (see: zombie) romance in the new music video now playing via American Songwriter Magazine.
Watch the video at American Songwriter or below.
The song is the opening track on the band's newest Bloodshot album Lessons (which was just named #12 in PopMatters' Best Americana Albums of 2013 list!).