Greetings from the home of the Bloodshot Birthist Movement! We here firmly believe that all of our own birth certificates are forgeries, that we were all born in Malta, and thus we are not allowed to ever be President of these United States. All those pictures of us on the web drinking too much prolly wouldn't have helped anyway...
Here are some tidbits for your weekend:
- Early word from the Justin Townes Earle/Big Surprise Tour is that it is one helluva good time for audiences and performers alike. Take a gander at THIS clip from the Boston show. Don't fret if you missed seeing JTE and Cory, they'll be on the road with Dan Auerbach all November
- A few months ago Mark Pickerel stopped into an upstart website's studio in Chicago called Coach House Sounds and hung out and played some songs, tuned their drums and drank their beer. Here be the results.
- 15th ANNIVERSARY PARTY NEWS! Our lineups in Austin and Brooklyn have been confirmed, and tickets are on sale for Chicago, Boston, Minneapolis and Philly. More news to come soon, but get the latest skinny here
- BOTTLE ROCKETS RELEASE DATE NIGH! Just a few more days (August 11th) and you can still pre-order the LP/CD and have your name thrown into a drawing for a special Bottle Rockets prize package put together by the boys themselves. We sincerely hope it will NOT include an old sandwich, which might be odoriferous by the time it reaches you. I suspect not however. Check out the poster for Vintage Vinyl's hometown show on release day.
- Were you at the Bloodshot/Taste of Chicago Day Party in Downtown Chicago? Yeah, well, you weren't alone. Anyway, the great Kids Dance Party Show Chic-A-Go-Go filmed it. They're showing it on cable access show Channel 19 Tuesday, August 11th at 8:30 and Wednesday August 12th at 3:30 pm. See Andre, Dollar Store, Langford, Deadstring Brothers and more!
- In a new segment we're calling "Get To Know Your Bloodshot Staffer", I asked Radio Promotions/Tour Support Master Joe Swank a few questions. Hopefully, these segments will soothe you as you realize the music on Bloodshot you have come to love is in the hands of genuine lunatics....I mean.... caring, thoughtful hard working mavens of music.
- 1) Your hometown: Marion, Illinois
- 2) Your first concert: Waylon Jennings on a Wednesday, Willie Nelson on a Thursday.
- 3)What was the first album purchased with your own money: A Million Or More in '76 as performed by the Kings Road Players
- 4) What is your favorite album OF ALL TIME: Willie Nelson - Willie And Family Live
- 5) What was your first job in the "Music industry" (how ever you want to define that): Working overnights at WDDD Radio in Marion, IL
- 6) Fill in the blank: "If I could get in the secret NASA Wayback Machine(you know they have one), and see any band, it would be_________": Jimi Hendrix
- 7) Fill in the blank: "If I were on a desert island and the jukebox had only Who Let the Dogs Out and Journey's Don't Stop Believing I would___________": Break off the button for "Who Let The Dogs Out" so no one could accidentally play it, then learn the most wicked air guitar solo to "Don't Stop Believing" ever.
- 8) Number of tattoos: 5
- 9) Wildcard: Let's have a humorous tidbit about yourself: "Roughly 90 percent of all TV I watch is/are cartoons,"
I hope this has helped. I know i feel better.
Pray for us in Chicago as we endure Lollapalooza in town this weekend.
In keeping with the energy level of a muggy July Friday, and running on two hours sleep (it's not easy being crazy, you know...), I'm keepin' this digest short and sweet.
- Interview with Bloodshot Nan and Rob on Indiepit. Wherein they talk of their founding, their 15 years in the biz and where the world of artistic expression might be headed. Replete with mp3's and photos of the 2009 releases. Check it out here.
- There's a cool new documentary about the Detroit garage rock scene, featuring the Detroit Cobras, Gore Gore Girls, the Gories and the White Stripes. It's called "It Came From Detroit" and is making the rounds in LA on the festival circuit. Check out the trailer here.
- The lineups for our Boston and Philly Beer-B-Qs have been set and tickets are now available. Check out details here. We'll also have some announcements regarding the Chicago party on Monday. Stay tuned!
- Rob's Recommendation of the week: Michigan blueberries. God's perfect food.
Now, time for a 3 day nap.
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- AMERICA! What's wrong with you? Exclaim Magazine, the Rolling Stone of Canada recently declared Scott H. Biram's new disc "Album of the Month!" Yer not gonna lie around and let THEM be cooler than US, are you? Get down with the Biram sound, people. I mean, really.
- Minneapolis and Madison Anniversary Beer-B-Q lineups finalized. Those of you in the Upper Midwest (or those of you willing to travel there) have more to celebrate than the ripening lingonberries and waterslides in the Dells. Our Anniversary festivals in your fair cities are all booked and confirmed and they are, I must say, a couple of killer lineups. More cities to follow. Get the updates here.
- Michael Jackson is still dead
- Rob's Recommendation of the Week: Balyeat's Restaurant in Van Wert OH. While driving back to Chicago from our Pittsburgh Beer-B-Q last weekend, I eschewed the grimness of the Ohio Turnpike and took US 30, the Lincoln Highway, instead. After gassing up on the outskirts of this town near the OH/IN border I noticed a faded billboard with the words "homemade" and "pie" in consecutive order. I was sold. I'm easy that way. I drove the 1/2 mile to town and there it was, next to the courthouse. Serving since 1923 or so. Excellentness #1: When the waitress asked me if I was ready for supper, I said I hadn't seen a menu. Her reply: "Oh honey, it's Sunday, we don't have menus" and listed my choices. I opted for stewed chicken with homemade noodles over mash(ed potoatoes). Excellentness #2: It came with soup or salad, I said salad. Her reply: "tossed, potato or JELLO." Oh, baby. It was all very, VERY good. Excellentness #3: There were about 12 or 14 pie choices on the counter. I went for Butterscotch Creme and almost sobbed with joy when I ate it. Excellentness #4: The whole shootin' match cost me about 8 bucks. SO, the next time you're on the road between Fort Wayne and Toledo (and who DOESN'T make that drive all the time?) stop in. RUNNER UP: Primanti Brothers in Pittsburgh. In an effort to streamline the lives of their patrons, they put the french fries IN the sandwich. Lord, have mercy.
Thanks for tuning in and let us know where we need to eat during our upcoming travels.
Bloodshot Digest: The "Goodbye, MJ" Edition
- We celebrated the Fourth of July weekend in Pittsburgh, where we threw the FIRST of our 15th Anniversary Beer-B-Qs at The Smiling Moose. Didn't spend your holiday in the Rust Belt? No problem, you can check out pictures from the event here and here, or you can check to see if a Bloodshot Beer-B-Q is coming to a city near you.
- The fabulous indie radio station WOXY hosted Ha Ha Tonka a couple weeks back for one of its Lounge Act sessions. You can now download the session, which features and interview with the boys and live versions of new songs, here.
- Justin Townes Earle's been about to every corner of the US touring the past few months, but if by chance you haven't gotten a chance to see him live yet, this new Paste Magazine video session may tide you over.
- And finally, we've got new items in our Bloodshot Bazaar! It's summertime, and that means packing up the cheese and crackers to sit on a lawn and see The Doobie Brothers play Ravinia Fest! We've got a couple of stylish ways to keep your picnicking needs cool this summer, with our Bloodshot Six Pack Cooler and 15 Year Anniversary Beer Coolies.
The "Happy Birthday America" edition, wherein we celebrate the brash de-shackling from our colonial overlords by sitting by the kiddie pool, one hand in the beer cooler, the other holding a lit match to a fuse to blow shit up. Independence Day, indeed.
- Read Bloodshot Rob rant about the term "alt-country" in the Pittsburgh Tribune as they hype the first of the 15 Year Anniversary festivals.
- Dex Romweber portrait in a North Carolina pizza parlor. Yeah, you read that right. How cool is that? The only portraits in pizza joints we have here in Chicago are of Capone or Ditka. Read about it here.
- The Boston Phoenix has done their annual 50 Best New Bands in 50 States feature here. Other than being a quality read, it also named Ha Ha Tonka as the representative from Missouri. We hope they do well in the swim suit competition (ladies, stop your swooning). Check up on YOUR home state, too.
- Rob's Recommendation of the Week: Having spent a great deal of time as a teen pyromaniac, I mean, connoisseur of aerial star spangles, I feel fortunate to be so close to the off ramp fireworks superstores of Indiana, just over the border. Now, mind you, I do not condone the launching of 500 gram Supercakes, that have 156 red, white and blue comets shot in rapid fire that burst in waves at the finale, or the SKY THUNDER with its gigantic bursts of alternating green and silver, red and silver and yellow and silver, or the Victory Shot that kicks up a sparkling gold brocade that ends with a volley of loud explosions, but they sure beat the hell out of sparklers and snakes.
Enjoy and be safe.
- Here's an entertaining read by the ever-entertaining Jon Langford; he tells the folks at Pitchfork about the most influential albums during different times of his life.
- WORLD PREMIERE VIDEO! As of midnight last night, Amazon.com is airing EXCLUSIVELY (through June 19th) the new video for Justin Townes Earle's title track Midnight at the Movies. Check it out, it's rather fancy pants.
- With the imminent release of Ha Ha Tonka's new album, the band wanted to share a video of the "Making Of..." Get the inside skinny! See all the drugs and dancing girls that went into its production! Is that a donkey in the studio? We can't be sure! Oh, the depravity! (We kid, they are very nice and polite.)
- Dex Romweber Duo+Jack White+vinyl= Yeah, baby! Perhaps you remember a few weeks back we told about Dex Superfan Jack White recording a single with the DRD. Well, the fruits of that labor have arrived, and it didn't take no stinkin' nine months either. The 7" single is our busy little hive, awaiting your fevered order!
- The first of our 15th anniversary Beer-B-Qs, featuring FREE ADMISSION, FREE food, beer specials galore and lots and lots of music has been confirmed in PITTSBURGH on July 4th. Lots more to come!!
- Rob's Recommendation of the Week: Rob has no recommendation this week. The unparalleled lousy weather in Chicago, persistent overcast, 20 degrees below normal temperatures, insidious chilly lake breeze---all this as we are purportedly heralding the arrival of summer, has put him in a fouler than usual mood. Thus, no recommendation. He is sitting in his basement with a wool blanket over his head cursing the buckled jet stream and will not come outside again until he can do so without needing some sort of rain gear or heavy jacket. So, nyaah.
Bloodshot Records celebrates its 15th anniversary of bringing you top shelf music with a nationwide series of fan appreciation Beer-B-Qs through the summer! Sponsored by Rolling Rock.
Saturday July 4, 2009
1306 E. Carson Street Pittsburgh, PA
FREE ADMISSION, 21+
Free food and inexpensive Rolling Rock
4pm doors / 5pm show
Bobby Bare Jr
Ha Ha Tonka
Dex Romweber Duo
Scotland Yard Gospel Choir
More Beer-B-Qs coming to:
Check back here for more details!