Last month, we ran down the year's highlights for the label. Here, the Bloodshot staff runs down its personal favorite moments, places and things of 2011:
NAN WARSHAW, CO-OWNER
Nan's 2011 highlights and discoveries:
'Tis the season to acknowledge the Little Baby Jesus' message of love, forgiveness, peace and generosity to the lesser among us by pepper spraying people to get at deeply discounted waffle irons or knocking old ladies out of the way to get an additional 25% off an iWhatever.
Last year, we pressed the staff to come up with their favorite and most hated holiday tunes. There's so many to chose from, both fer and agin', and no lack of opportunity to be aurally assaulted by them for weeks on end. My fave Thai restaurant had me tired of "Jingle Bell Rock" a few days after Halloween. They even asked me what Auld Lang Syne meant. To hide my ignorance of the answer, I yelled at them for hating freedom.
Here's that posting from last year. I stand by my roiling hatred of the barked "Jingle Bells."
This year, we asked a few of our artist pals to chime in. Many of them have albums for sale during a humungous year-end sale (it would be UN-holiday NOT to tie this to some sort of commercial transaction, wouldn't it?)
Enjoy the season, be convivial, remember what's important, check out our STUFFED ANIMAL DRIVE, and maybe we'll see you out and about at the many events around Chicago.
-- Bloodshot Rob Read more
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
The genesis of this post happened when Josh and I saw the Dex Romweber Duo open for Wanda Jackson one grim March evening at Chicago's Lincoln Hall. We both marveled at Dex's sister Sara's drumming, her ability to hit 'em so HARD with her bird-like wrists. Check her out in the first minute of this video:
We also... Read more