The Bottle Rockets took some time to chat with CMT Edge about the reissue of their first two albums, 'Bottle Rockets' and 'The Brooklyn Side,' and what it's been like to revisit the materials.
“I’m talking to people who were 6 years old when ‘The Brooklyn Side’ came out. It’s like their fathers passed it down, and there’s fables surrounding it or something. It’s funny to hear the younger people talking about it, in terms of thinking things were way more awesome than they actually were. When you’re eating at the Waffle House and sleeping four guys to a room, you don’t feel awesome.”
- Brian Henneman of The Bottle Rockets in an interview with The Tennessean on the new deluxe reissue of their first two albums 'Bottle Rockets' and 'The Brooklyn Side'
The Bottle Rockets perform "Every Kinda Everything," from the reissue of their first two albums 'Bottle Rockets' and 'The Brooklyn Side' (OUT TODAY!) on CMT.com! Brian also treats us to some history on the song and how he wrote it.
The upcoming, highly anticipated reissue of The Bottle Rockets' first two albums, 'Bottle Rockets' and 'The Brooklyn Side,' is streaming in its entirety via The AV Club, a week before the 11/19 release date!
Take a listen to all 46 tracks, including 19 bonus tracks, here.
Esquire premiered an unreleased Bottle Rockets demo of "I'll Be Comin' Around," which was once called, in this case, "This Is What It Sounds Like When You're Listening to Lindsey Buckingham and Thinking of Your Friend's Girlfriend at the Same Time." (It's a mouthful but you totally know what they're talking about.)
The track accompanies an interview with founding singer/guitarist Brian Henneman and drummer Mark Ortmann about the beginnings of the band, their stint on Atlantic in the early '90s, and...um...that time they opened for Anthrax.
The demo is a bonus track on the upcoming remastered deluxe reissue of 'Bottle Rockets' and 'The Brooklyn Side,' out November 19th on Bloodshot. Pre-order here.
As SPIN reports, we're reissuing The Bottle Rockets' long out-of-print first two albums Bottle Rockets and The Brooklyn Side (in remastered form with 19 bonus tracks and a 40-page booklet) on November 19th! Click the link below to hear a previously unreleased demo of "Indianapolis" featuring Brian Henneman backed by Uncle Tupelo members Jeff Tweedy (Wilco) and Jay Farrar (Son Volt). (That trio of alt-country pioneers appear a handful of times on the reissue.)
Read the announcement and stream the track here.
PRE-ORDER IT HERE
Well, it's NATIONAL MARGARITA DAY, so we thought that while you (like us) are relaxing (or chillaxing, as I'm told they say now) with our fave cocktail, we'd share a BUNCH of goodies that piled in on us the past few days. It's all really good and worth your while. So lick that rim (we're talking about salt---get your minds outta the gutter) and peruse:
---Roger Knox: Some FANTASTIC and in-depth pieces from places putting real effort and consideration into their praise for the album Stranger in My Country:
NoSurfMusic.com Here is a but a sample: "Stranger In My Land is a powerful collection full of pointed commentaries on the state of life for Australia’s Aborigines. Its true brilliance, however, is that these commentaries are presented in such an ear-pleasing manner, within songs that would be enjoyable no matter what their topic. And with a Shakespearean understanding for the timing of comic relief, there are moments of frivolity and nostalgia interspersed throughout, making it an even more entertaining experience. There’s no doubt that Roger Knox and the Pine Valley Cosmonauts’ Stranger In My Land is an important album, but it is also just a great listen that no fan of country music—no matter which hemisphere he or she calls home—should miss."
From the Weld for Birmingham: -“Roger Knox sings with the wisdom and fatalism of one who’s come through the fire. His yearning for “Dreamtime,” the Aboriginal state of grace, echoes back to Blind Willie Johnson and King David’s lyre, reminding us that real country music can come from any country...But the result is no stereotypical country album. Indeed, its eclectic and personable introduction to a hidden culture might well remind you of Buena Vista Social Club.”
and then an interview in the Uprooted Music Revue:
-“Stranger In My Land is sure to appeal to fans of Alan Lomax's field recordings, as well as to the contemporary folk and alt country fans who have an ear for music of the people by the people...This album is incredible, and I am overjoyed to share this man's musical history with you.”
It's an important record for us, and most entertaining as well, we hope you give it a chance.
In other Roger news, he will be appearing on the ABC Radio National show The Daily Planet in his native Australia. It 's next week sometime. Which might be last week here--we're still confused on how all that works. Anyway, HERE is the program listing
---Bottle Rockets: A lengthy piece on Brian Henneman called, lovingly enough, "I'll Puke if That Jukebox Plays John Cougar One More Time," on his early days with Uncle Tupelo and the genesis of the Rockets. Pictures and song streams. Really interesting for you history buffs. Go to Adios Lounge for a peek.
Whew...now, to quote the great philosopher Jimmy Buffett, where IS that lost shaker of salt?
C'mon out to Brooklyn's Bell House on November 7th for a grand day. Carrying on the tradition of Bloodshot CMJ and SXSW parties...but now for serious local music fans. Come early, eat, drink, and enjoy some great music.
Tickets only $10!! Available Now! Food provided by the Good Fork of Red Hook.
**This marks the return of the Scotland Yard Gospel Choir, whose appearance at last year's Bloodshot 15th anniversary BBQ in Brooklyn was cancelled due to their horrific van accident
**Seeing Rock and Roll legend Graham Parker is worth the price of admission ALONE
**Catch newcomer Lydia Loveless
PERMANENT RECORDS in Greenpoint is having an ENTER-TO-WIN contest for a pair of tickets. Check 'em out