Our friends at KEXP are celebrating #InternationalClashDay today, and we're in the spirit with The Waco Brothers' cover of "I Fought the Law!" (We know it was originally by Sonny Curtis, but The Clash's spirit runs rampant through the Wacos' version.) Rob sez: "Rarely does anything make sense in the venal snake pit that is the music industry. The Waco Brothers...Read more
At the end of every year in history (well, at least since the first lovelorn or oxytocin-deprived person sat down with a guitar and started singing stories over three chords), critics and pundits around the world tell us what works of art they liked in the past year (or rather, they tell us what we should have liked in the past year...Read more
It's National Rubber Ducky Day! Back in 2002, when I was putting together our landmark “kids music doesn’t have to suckle” compilation The Bottle Let Me Down, I encouraged artists to cover their favorite songs from their childhood. I, however, had one request, made to Kelly Hogan: PLEASE cover MY favorite song: Sesame Street’s Ernie singing “Rubber Duckie.”...Read more
My college dorm room was a shrine to Bowie. Big posters plastered across the walls, with the rare and more sensual photos next to my and my roommates' beds. David Bowie’s Hunky Dory, Low, Lodger, Heroes, The Man Who Sold The World, Aladdin Sane, Ziggy Stardust, and Scary Monsters albums were all in regular rotation on our turn table. When...Read more
[Photo: Jon Langford & Otis Clay, 2013]
While the majority of the music world (rightfully) mourns the passing of David Bowie, we'd like to take a moment of great and heartfelt appreciation for an extended member of the Bloodshot family we lost this weekend: OTIS CLAY.
Born in Mississippi, we Chicagoans are claiming him as our own. A top shelf soul and...Read more
[Painting by Jon Langford]
The King, Elvis Aaron Presley, was born on this day in 1935. The Memphis Flash would have been 81 today. (Wonder what it would have taken to get him to guest on a Bloodshot compilation. Perhaps he'd be an affable old man just doing what he wants, saying "yes" to bizarre projects and guest appearances....Read more
In the dark ages of the 1980s in Detroit, Motörhead was one of the only things punks and the dickhead burnouts could agree upon.
Seeing them at the Main Act in Roseville in 1982 was the first show I contemplated irreversible hearing loss.
[This flyer from the '82 show was dug up from Rob's archives at Bloodshot...Read more
The Bottle Rockets are one of my all time favorite bands. I’ve produced a bunch of...Read more
THE 6TH ANNUAL BLOODSHOT STUFFED ANIMAL DRIVE
Chicago Bloodshot Army! Thank you for your generosity during this year's STUFFED ANIMAL DRIVE. This year, with your help, we collected over 300 quality stuffies to benefit the LEARN Charter School on the West Side. The 4th and 5th graders took part in the wrapping and presenting for the kindergartners.
It just occurred to us that one year ago today we released While No One Was Looking: Toasting 20 Years of Bloodshot Records. We still CANNOT BELIEVE the friends and heroes (seriously...Mike Watt, Superchunk, Chuck Ragan, etc.!) of ours who came together to record songs from Bloodshot's 20-year history. We filled three vinyl LPs (and we mean FILLED...each side...Read more
Hi. I’m Nan Warshaw. A Columbia College alum and owner of Bloodshot Records—a locally run independent...Read more
Here we are. Today is the 20th Annual Bloodshot Records Yard Dog Art Day Party at SXSW! Back in 1996, Bloodshot and Yard Dog Folk Art Gallery in Austin, TX joined forces to bring some organic, homespun fun to the craven, corporate glad-handing and back-slapping nexus of the music industry: the South by Southwest music conference. We slapped together a stage, got...Read more
At the end of every year since the dawn of time, critics and pundits around the world tell us what works of art they liked in the past year (or rather, they tell us what we should have liked in the past year – since, after all, it’s their job). There were many mentions of Bloodshot releases in said best-of lists at...Read more
In honor of Cory Branan's new Bloodshot album The No-Hit Wonder (out now - get it here), we asked YOU to take the "green-screened" photo of Cory dozing off (from the album cover) and "Photoshop" him into any photo you want. We received dozens of entries, and we posted our favorites in a photo album on our Facebook page. We could...Read more
We announced our upcoming compilation album While No One Was Looking: Toasting 20 Years of Bloodshot Records (out November 18th) two weeks ago via Rolling Stone Country/Rolling Stone along with a stream of the first song, Blitzen Trapper's cover of Ryan Adams's classic "To Be Young (Is to Be Sad, Is to Be High)." Today, right here on our blog or on...Read more