So, every year I do the Letters to Santa charity thru the Chicago Sun-Times (and so should you!!). 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 cratering?) I got a letter from a girl who asked for a warm hat. She was SIX and was asking for A HAT. A toy or a stuffed animal didn't even make her radar. Since then, shopping for toys for a couple of Santa letters hasn't seemed like enough. Even in these difficult times, most of us are doing pretty ok comparatively. I find it unconscionable that any child in this country, a country of so much, should be wanting for something so basic as a stuffed animal at this time of year (or any time, really).
Thus, we are once again reaching out to you all, our friends and fans in Chicago, to perhaps spend some time going thru back closets, or overloaded toy boxes and shelves for gently used stuffed animals.
The recipient will be Nicholson Technology Academy. NTA is pre-school thru 8th grade school in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago where Hideout co-owner Katie Tuten works.
Last year, we collected enough so that EVERY child in the kindergarten thru 2nd grade program received their own stuffed animal.
If you can't make it, you can drop off at Bloodshot Records, 3039 W Irving Park Road, our office hours are M-F, 10a-6P---a lot of the time we are here later, so call to check (773-604-5300) .
Either way, in exchange, we'll give you a little goodie in the form of a Bloodshot sampler, or super cool BS 2014 calendar
We'd like to have the donations in our mitts by Friday, December 13th so they can be distributed in a timely manner
Here are the general guidelines for stuffed animals,
PLEASE PAY ATTENTION AND DONATE ONLY ITEMS THAT FIT THE BILL.
THIS ISN'T A GARAGE SALE.
We are ONLY accepting stuffed animals. No toys, games, clothing or other items. Gotta stay focused...
a) New or very gently used and in excellent, unsoiled, condition;
b) Must be soft and cuddly, not stiff;
c) Not smaller than 6'' or bigger than 18'' tall (they can be a little
taller if they are squishy-soft and can pack down;
d) No Beanie Babies;
e) Not animated or talking (battery operated);
f) No TV cartoon characters (i.e.: Sponge Bob, Sesame Street characters, Action Characters, etc.) Exceptions: soft classic Disney characters like Mickey & Minnie Mouse, Winnie the Pooh, Eeyore; Snoopy, etc.;
g) No sea animals, bugs, or reptiles;
h) Holiday-styled animals with seasonal trimmings removed are OK (snip off Santa hats, Valentine hearts, etc.).
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.
The Rockets are doing a seris of very intimate acoustic house parties around the Midwest in March. We're not posting the dates or venues because these are in people's houses or loft spaces with very limited tickets available. Some have already sold out.
So, if you live in or around Milwaukee, Champaign, Bloomington or Chicago check out the schedule HERE and buy yer tix while you can.
Today the Bottle Rockets new album hits the shelves, or "drops" as we say in the biz. (Personally, I hate that term, as dropping something, other than a toxic boy/girlfriend, is rarely a good thing, but that's a discussion for another day).
Anyway, thanks to all the folks who pre-ordered the record. The first 40 of you got an autographed poster, and everyone was entered in a random drawing for a couple of nifty things for the inner BROX geek in all of us.
The winners are: Tammy Stowe of Union MO won the autographed pick guard from Brian's Telecaster, and Brian Leahy of Georgetown MA won the autographed snare drum head. Congratulations. I am sure they will be worthy additions to the shrines you have in your basement and/or garage.
Finally, here's a release day review from their St Louis hometown.
CNN stopped by a Bottle Rockets show in Atlanta recently in an attempt to tell the masses that which we already know: that nobody writes and performs music about the regular guy like the Rockets.
Check it out HERE for an interview, watch live performances, and pat yourself on the back for knowing about them before all the CNN folks who are usually more interested in the Lady Gagas of the world.
The Bottle Rockets will release a new live 7-inch single through Euclid Records store on Dec. 15. Recorded during the band’s in-store performance on Record Store Day this past April 18, the release, like all the 6 previous in the series, will be strictly limited to 300 copies.
The 45s are sold exclusively at Euclid Records for $9.99….