A little revolution, in song, goes a long way ...

August 17th, 2012 by Rami

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

Meat Me in Music City …

June 27th, 2012 by Rami

While you read this post, a question to ponder:

What song would you think is played at the HIGH HOLY CHURCH of Country Music, The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, at the end of the night ("walking out music" as we call it in "the biz")?

BSHQ Fear Factor: Puerto Rican Moonshine Edition

May 29th, 2012 by Rami

In this episode of "We'll Drink / Eat It!", a friend gave us a TSA-sized sample of Puerto Rican moonshine for us to swill before we started the long weekend. Here's what our shine runner had to say about what we were about to taste:

Made in Puerto Rico by a cousin I've never met, acquired from the trunk of...Read more

On Music and Beer

May 11th, 2012 by Rami

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

Bloodshot saves the Leaning Tower of Pisa!

May 8th, 2012 by Rami

On a recent field trip on behalf of BAT-PRO (Bloodshot Architectural Treasure Preservation and Restoration Organization), Bloodshot Rob was responding to rumors that the Leaning Tower of Pisa was NOT, in fact, named after Giuseppe Leaning, but was indeed leaning:

Leaping into action, he had his staff of hundreds...Read more

A Gustatory Voyage to and fro SXSW

April 16th, 2012 by Rami

Every year this thing called the South by Southwest Festival happens in Austin TX.  It's a free-for-all of sleazy music industry hacks and ladder climbers, musicians by the freight car load chasing/living the dream, deadbeats cabbaging free energy drinks and designer vodkas at any one of a thousand corpo-life-style day parties, bloggers documenting every spontaneous utterance or chord instantly, sleep-deprived...Read more


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