We here in the office are already to the bottom of our Day-Glo Pumpkin candy bucket---just a few Sweet Tarts, gumballs, packets of candy corn and one broken pixie stick that lost all its powdery goodness are left at the bottom.
Speaking of sugary delights (hey, not all segueways can be perfect), here are some tidbits that have come across our desks this week.
- Dex Romweber appeared in Nashville alongside the LEGENDARY Charlie Louvin. Here's some photos and video.
- Chicago Sun-Times writer Jim DeRogatis gives the world an update on the Scotland Yard Gospel Choir's recovery following their horrific van accident in September and previews the benefit concert at the Hideout on November 12th. Read the article here.
- In other Chicago-related news, we are in danger of taking our amazing music scene for granted. For all that goes on here, we lag far behind in getting City Hall's support. Now, they are threatening to cut the budgets for public music events. Sign the petition to make sure they know we care about our city's cultural offerings and to keep this a world class destination for music and the arts.
- Make sure you take advantage of our Random Cool Giveaways event, wherein you can score free t's, Lps, CDs, or 7" singles for yourself as endeavor to clean off some shelves before the Holiday onslaught.
- Finally, some sad news to report for all Chicagoans who are fond of old-school drinking establishments (that would CERTAINLY include us): Johnnie, owner of Johnnie's Lounge (or "the Hamm's Bar" as i always knew when i lived down the street from it) on Lincoln Ave died last week. The Bloodshot Staff Xmas dinner is held at Fernando's (due to their Queso Fundido and toxic margaritas) and we always went across the street for a nightcap(or seven) afterwards. Much dancing, tomfoolery and Johnnie storytelling took place. He shall be missed and the era of the local tavern, in these days of "concept" bars, mixology places and thrice filtered autumnal blueberry ales, comes one step closer to existing in our memories alone. Read about him here.
Prosit, Johnnie and thanks.
- 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!
Semi-weekly, quick links to interesting Bloodshot things
HAPPY CINCO DE MAYO! We'll be toasting it with margaritas as soon as Happy Hour hits. Wait, it's always Happy Hour somewhere in the world ... I'll be right back.
... and here's the Bloodshot haps for Tuesday, May 5:
- Just announced! Dex Romweber Duo will play an in-store at Treehouse Records in MPLS on Thursday, May 7 at 6pm. If you come to the in-store, you'll also have a shot of winning free tix to The Detroit Cobras / DRD show that night at the Varsity Theater!
- Dex and Sara Romweber were in the studio last week with their big fan, Jack White, for a 7'' that will be released soon! Read more about it here.
- Justin Townes Earle will be playing live on New York's WNYC "Soundcheck" on Tuesday, May 12 at 3pm EST / 2pm CST. Not in New York? Listen on the web here.
- Speaking of JTE, No Depression is hosting a live chat with him on Sunday, May 17 at 5pm EST / 4 CST. Got a question to ask Justin? Find out how here.
- Scotland Yard Gospel Choir will take part of the Grand Opening festivities at the brand-new Whole Foods at 1550 N Kingsbury Street in Chicago on Wednesday, May 20. SYGC will play an hour-long set at 7pm, presumably playing songs from its upcoming album, ... And the Horse You Rode In On. Pretty sure this is the first time a Bloodshot band has played a grocery store.
Dex and Sara Romweber went in to Jack White's Nashville studio last week to record a couple of songs for an upcoming 7''. White, who's A HUGE Dex Romweber fan (you can see Jack talk about Dex's influence in the documentary "Two Headed Cow"), will release the 7'' via his label, Third Man -- but it will also be available for purchase via our site. So, keep checking back to see when it hits our virtual store!
For more information about Dex and Sara's session with Jack, read this interview Dex did with Metromix Nashville.
How's this for a slice of fried gold?
Our very own Dex Romweber Duo layin' it straight at the record retail wonderland that is Atlanta's Criminal Records last month!
And yes- that is a box Sara's playing in lieu of a traditional drum kit. How freakin' awesome is that, you ask?
I gotta go with "real damn freakin' awesome" on this one, folks...
The folks over at SPIN have entered their verdict on the new Dex album, Ruins of Berlin, and it's a four-starred one!
First in Flat Duo Jets, and now with nimble sis Sara Romweber (ex–Let's Active) on drums, the dynamic Dexter keeps the careening, untamed spirit of early rock'n'roll alive by not taking anything too seriously. Ruins of Berlin aims to raise his profile by featuring tender duets with Cat Power ("Love Letters") and Neko Case ("Still Around"). But it's fevered outbursts like "Lookout" and "Grey Skies," where Dex unleashes his slightly sloshed voice and surfabilly guitar, that have real soul-saving potential. -- John Young, SPIN.com
Dex and Sara Romweber have recorded a holiday greeting just for you! Download the previously unreleased track, "Dark Christmas," here — then, turn up the stereo, turn on the Christmas lights and warm up with a cup of glogg. Happy Holidays from Dex, Sara and the Bloodshot crew!