Bloodshot's 2014: Our Opinions (Artists & Staff)

December 23rd, 2014 by bsradmin

Marc Maron said it best: "Ranking artists and making lists is a dead culture's version of intellectualism."

Well, we're holding onto that dead culture with cold, lifeless fingers. It’s that terrific/terrible time of year in which we think about the things we didn’t find to be trite, monotonous drivel and give thanks for the things that made us hold a... Read more

Your toilets flush backwards, don't they?

February 14th, 2013 by Bloodshot

Like most Americans, a people known for their geographical indifference to the rest of the world, we here at Bloodshot thought Australia was all hilariously slobbery Tasmanian devils, Crocodile Dundee Chappys and Shielas, and louts with Fosters oil cans. On a trip to Australia to record parts of the new Roger Knox record, Bloodshot Rob assumed there would be a... Read more

LOVE SUCKS! But, sometimes, it doesn't ...

February 1st, 2012 by Bloodshot

Love is in the air!  Or least in the aisles of the nearby Walgreens. They are jammed with animatronic heart shaped thingamajigs, cards that play "You are the Wind Beneath My Wings" when you open them, boxes and bags and crates of chocolates and lots of red.  And lace.  And five hour energy drinks.

It must mean it's Valentine’s season.... Read more

Yeah, we're happy happy, da-da-da-da-dah

June 30th, 2011 by Bloodshot

Summertime, and the livin is easy and the muses are busy.

Like Christmas, the joys of summertime bring out the worst and sometimes the best in artists, and radio stations hit us with Beach Boys tunes and that super annoying Mungo Jerry "In the Summertime" at a dizzying rate.  I mean, for me, "California Girls" is the summer equivalent of... Read more

Heresy

May 20th, 2011 by Bloodshot

A few months ago, we asked staffers to fess up to their love of certain CLASSIC ROCK icons.

Well, we’re passionate music fans here and some of those passions can run to the negative. So, this time around, we're having the dedicated drones in the Bloodshot hive commit musical heresy; to call to the carpet that which they cannot stand, despite popular opinions.

To whit, everybody was asked which figurative statues in the Rock and Roll Square they'd like to pull down in an uprising. These are bands or artists that have enjoyed widespread critical and/or commercial acclaim; that are, in some cases, considered sacrosanct parts of the musical canon.

Some of this can be pretty harsh and polemical, so if your sensibilities are delicate, turn elsewhere.

For the purposes of this amusing exercise in sabre-rattling music criticism, we had three categories: CLASSIC ROCK, INDIE ROCK and CLASSIC COUNTRY.

Bloodshot LTD, their officers or their secretive Swiss hedge fund managers take no responsibility for the opinions expressed herein.

The knives have been sharpened. Read more

Bloodshot Worker Bees' Best of 2010

January 2nd, 2011 by Bloodshot

It's been a pretty good year here at BSHQ—we were happy independently release eight records from artists we greatly admire like: Graham Parker, Jon Langford, Justin Townes Earle, Ben Weaver, Whitey Morgan and The 78s, Deadstring Brothers, Andre Williams and The Blacks. Here, the Bloodshot worker bees look back on 2010 and what stood out amongst the year

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EXILE ON IRVING PARK AVENUE: The Classic Rock Faves in the Bloodshot Office

January 1st, 2011 by Bloodshot

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.

In this installment, we address love of the Classic Rock. It is interesting that in this era of dead radio, downloads and short attention spans, contemporary culture is adding nothing to the classic rock canon. It’s become frozen in time. Also, despite a perhaps general hatred for popular culture, a particular kind of music, or the band as a whole, almost everyone can point to at least ONE SONG by many classic artists that they actually like. Not like now. (Katy Perry? Nickelback? Please....)

Rush, Genesis, REO Speedwagon, Steely Dan and Yes are exceptions. They are uniformly and undeniably loathsome.

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...

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