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.
Snippets of interesting Bloodshottiness for your weekend perusal:
Happy Mother's Day! Mom is likely SICK AND TIRED of flowers, chocolates and dinners at Outback Steakhouse. Get her a Bloodshotglass or a Detroit Cobras album instead. Trust us, you'll become her favorite after that.
- The Detroit Cobras and Dex Romweber Duo kicked off a 6 week US double bill this week in Chicago. All us Bloodshot drones had a fantastic time. Go here for a review of the show and lots of excellent photo
- Last week the book Amplified was published by Melville House. It is a collection of short stories by songwriters like Rhett Miller (Old97s), Robbie Fulks, Jon Langford, Rennie Sparks (Handsome Family), Jim White and more. Here's a video of Ben Weaver reading his story "Humanesque"
- Firewater is currently tearing it up in Europe. Here are some photos from a Dutch festival they played on May 5th. I would translate all the text on that site for you, but I hate to show off..
- As you may have heard, Jack White (White Stripes) recorded a single with Dex Romweber and we'll have it for sale in early June. There's all sorts of news out there on it already, but I thought I'd cite one article from Jack's (and mine) hometown of Detroit--we need some good news out of there
- Our punk-history-loving intern Kentaro was enthralled with Bloodshot Rob's collection of old flyers and set about to immortalize them in Ones and Zeroes. If you'd like to see what he was up to in the early 80's instead of preparing himself for a normal life and a normal career go here.
- Rob's Recommendation of the Week: Last Sunday, I was lucky enough to catch Robbie Fulks' show at the Old Town School with Danny Barnes, Nora O'Connor and more supporting his new digital only release, the 50 song 50-Vc. Doberman. It was truly a wonderful show and the songs were just breath taking. Do yourself a favor and go to his site and check them out. Buy 'em a la carte, or get the whole massive batch. You can sample songs and read his liner notes, which are worth a visit on their own. It is truly a sad commentary on our culture that Robbie is not treasured and that Jessica Simpson is.
That's all for now. Have a good weekend!
Now THAT is a high octane rock and roll double bill, friends!
Go here for details. To stoke the fires in your nether rock and roll regions, CDs and LPs by both have been put on sale for May! It's too cheap NOT to rock. Seriously.
Stay tuned for info on how to win tickets.
The Dex Romweber Duo appeared on the NBC affiliate show My NC Today.
Check them out here as they play 3 songs from their new album, talk about Lux Interior of the Cramps and it sounds great.
The Dex Romweber Duo has landed some plum opening dates for superfan CAT POWER.
February 6th thru the 8th in NYC and DC.
Click here for details.
Exene recorded a duet with Dex Romweber for the upcoming album The Ruins of Berlin by the Dex Romweber Duo. The album also features duets with Cat Power, Neko Case and some guitar work by Rick Miller of Southern Culture on the Skids. The album is scheduled for a February 10th, 2009 release.
Bags of money, instruments of bondage, and an enormous cigar all played roles in Bloodshot Records’ signing of American Music luminary Dexter Romweber. Just hours after setting the stage on fire at Chicago’s Red Line Tap this July 16, the Dexter Romweber camp, consisting of the legendary frontman’s sister and band-mate, Sara Romweber, and the pair’s childhood friend and manager Brett Steele, arrived at the Bloodshot compound to ink a multi-album deal.
Co-owner Rob Miller, a non-smoker, sauntered to the signing table sporting a Dominican stogie no less than 10.5 inches long. Rob’s message—that he is an industry fat-cat, ripe with the power and influence of 10 ordinary co-presidents, and someone not to be trifled with under any imaginable circumstance—was clear. “Pleasure to be in business with you… Friends….” spoke Rob, glancing charismatically at the signees in between airy puffs on his unlit tobacco-product.
Following the signing, sweet, sweet whiskey was served and a good time was had by all. Fake bags of money were placed on the table—a clear symbol of the future for these artists and business people, who, thanks to some creative visual-aids, all understand each other a bit better.
Dex and his sister Sara have finished up recording the album The Ruins of Berlin to be released on CD and LP February, 10th 2009. Features Dex dueting with long time fans Neko Case, Cat Power, Exene Cervenka (X), and Rick Miller from Southern Culture on the Skids plays some guitar for those of you in need of some garage-surf hog heaven.
A documentary called It Might Get Loud premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in September. It chronicles the artistic process and influences of guitar superstars Jimmy Page, The Edge and Jack White, and includes White’s citing of Dex as a “huge influence”, and includes live and recorded tracks from his earlier band, Flat Duo Jets.