As you may recall, Jeremy Mackinder, who has played bass in Whitey Morgan & the 78s, used to check in with us from the road with some entertaining and...educational...posts. Now he's playing with Deadstring Brothers (it's all relative over here at Bloodshot Records), who are on tour supporting their new album Cannery Row, which just hit the... Read more
So, every year I do the Letters to Santa charity thru the Chicago Sun-Times. 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... Read more
Rosie Flores released her second full-length Bloodshot Records release, Working Girl's Guitar, on October 16 to a widely positive response. If you have read any press associated with the album, especially interviews features, you might notice Rosie talking about the origin of the album's lead song and title track, "Working Girl's Guitar” and about how songwriter Ritchie Mintz... Read more
It's been a couple of days now—the cobwebs have cleared, our ears have stopped ringing, we've made our rounds of apologetic phone calls to friends and significant others, you know, the usual stuff—and so we'd like to get to formally thanking all of you who came out Saturday night to our 18th birthday party at the Mayne Stage in... Read more
"How the f@*# did this happen?" says Jon Langford after I ask for his bands' set times for tomorrow, September 22. Yes, the man who does a million things at once has triple-booked himself.
So, we thought it'd be fun to make it into a "crawl" for you hardcore Langford fans (and I know there are many) -- a prize... Read more
The verdict and sentencing of Pussy Riot today demonstrates the urgent need to fight for the rights of all artists to incorporate politics in their art without retribution. When my partner and I founded Bloodshot Records 18 years ago (as an independent label whose music came from an underground and punk rock esthetic, but mixed American roots forms deep),... Read more
Last week, I took a beer vacation to the California coast (kind of like “Sideways,” but with less of the middle-aged male angst), to tour some of its breweries and to taste its local liquid bread. On our first day, we toured the gardens of Stone Brewing—a 15-year-old upstart now known as one of the US's most preeminent breweries,... Read more
Could there a bromance brewing between Scott H Biram and Lydia Loveless bassist Ben Lamb? Both guys are currently on the road as part of the "Bad Machine Tour," a double-shot of Bloodshot that has Biram and Lydia sharing a stage through Early February. Here, Ben shares some pics snapped from the road:
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Bloodshot has another great year under its belts, and we couldn't have done it without folks like you! You packed our annual SXSW Day Party at Yard Dog once again; sold out shows from coast-to-coast for the likes of Justin Townes Earle and Ha Ha Tonka; and placed Scott H Biram on the Billboard Heatseekers chart.
We were thrilled in October when Justin Townes Earle won the Americana Music Association's award for Song of the Year for "Harlem River Blues" off his 2010 release, Harlem River Blues. Justin performed the same song earlier in the year on the Late Show with David Letterman, which you can watch here.
Bloodshot Records turned 17 years old in 2011—which is no small feat for an indie label these days. To mark the anniversary, we released a compilation of live cuts from our 15th anniversary party called No One Got Hurt: Bloodshot's 15th Anniversary @ The Hideout Block Party, featuring Bobby Bare Jr, Scott H Biram, Deadstring Brothers, Alejandro Escovedo, Waco Brothers and more! Also this year, we announced our partnership with the North Carolina-based, artist-run label MISRA Records, who also had a strong catalog year with releases from The Black Swans and Southeast Engine.
Out of the 10 albums we released this year, five of them were Bloodshot debuts. Here's a quick rundown of our 2011 catalog—there's still plenty of time to catch up on what you've missed. Nothing cures an egg nog hangover better than the following releases: Read more
Eddie Spaghetti—whose album Sundowner was released earlier this year on Bloodshot—sends us missives from his European tour:
So we made it out of England just in the nick of time, I reckon. The kids are losing their ever-lovin' minds over there. There all actin' a fool n' shit what with the rioting and looting and tipping of cars and... Read more
So, there are a few of us at BSHQ who have fancy writing degrees and desire to exercise the skillz we're still paying off in student loans. Here at Blogshot, the staff at Bloodshot will tackle long-form essays and features, alongside the Bloodshot artists who also have something to get off their chest. Visit often! Read more