THE END IS NIGH!
At midnight Feb 28th, our license on the groundbreaking debut solo album by Ryan Adams, HEARTBREAKER, expires. We don't what Ryan has mind for this stone cold classic in the future, so if you want one now, you need to act fast! The LP is already sold out, and we only have a LIMITED number of CDs left.
We're clearing 'em out at $7.50 while supplies last, or until midnight t'morrah...whichever comes first.
The end of an era, in a way, but man o man, do we still L-U-V this record.
We are digging the new Ryan Adams album Ashes and Fire, and so are a lot of others it would seem. We're also seeing lots of comparisons to his classic solo debut Heartbreaker that we released many moons ago.
Accordingly, we're trying to encourage conversion to the Heartbreaker scene with a series of cool indie retailers who have the album on sale for the paltry price of $9.99. Thru November. Check 'em out and support your local indie!
Anniston, AL- CD CELLAR
Austin, TX- END OF AN EAR
Bloomington, IN- LANDLOCKED MUSIC
Chicago, IL - LAURIE'S PLANET OF SOUND
Cincinnati, OH- SHAKE IT RECORDS
Indianapolis, IN- LUNA MUSIC
Knoxville, TN- DISC EXCHANGE
Lexington, KY- CD CENTRAL
Louisville, KY- EAR X-TACY
Madison, WI- STRICTLY DISCS
Nashville, TN- GRIMEY'S MUSIC
Phoenix, AZ- STINKWEEDS
Portland, OR- JACKPOT RECORDS (Both locations)
Portland, OR- MUSIC MILLENNIUM
Seattle, WA- EASY STREET (Both locations)
Toledo, OH- CULTURE CLASH
Wanted to pass along info on a new book just published by UT Press. It's the SXSW Scrapbook: People and Things That Went Before.
SXSW Scrapbook takes a long look back at many years of highlights as South by Southwest celebrates its twenty-fifth edition in 2011. Those who were there share stories about how it all got started; memorable performances by major artists including Johnny Cash, the Black Eyed Peas, Iggy Pop, the Dixie Chicks, and the Flaming Lips; countless up-and-coming acts that got a leg up in their careers by playing SXSW; Sunday softball tournaments with Doug Sahm as championship-game announcer; goodie-bags decorated by renowned illustrators from Mike Judge to Daniel Johnston; and the convention's eventual expansion beyond music to include a film festival and an interactive media component.
The book includes numerous photos, plus essays from SXSW staffers and participants including Dave Marsh, David Fricke, Jim DeRogatis, Ed Ward, Michael Corcoran, and even JON LANGFORD and Bloodshot's own Il Capo Rob Miller—a delightful little tale about how he and Ryan Adams cemented the deal for Heartbreaker in the men's room of Antone's!
So, if you've ever wondered what you are missing in Austin every year, or if you want to piece together your fuzzy memories of your times there, this book is for you.
Usually the artists on Bloodshot toil away in obscurity. We like it that way, mostly. Every once in a while, though, odd confluences in the ionsphere occur and popular culture weirdly or circuitously takes notice of us.
Last night was one such occurance when American Idol met Bloodshot and many heads were scratched. It seems that a contestant busted out "Come Pick Me Up" from Ryan's debut solo album Heartbreaker.
Life can be weird sometimes. So close to Steven Tyler, yet still so far....
As the double 00's, or the Aughts, or whatever we want to call this decade winds down, them media types are making their lists.
Well, back in 2000, we released a little record called Heartbreaker and hoped it would sell 7500 copies. I bet Ryan we'd sell 20,000. It did better than that and, beyond the vagaries of the retail landscape, it has lasted as an artistic acheivement. As such, several folks are naming it in their BEST OF THE DECADE summaries.
- Paste Magazine puts it at #23 in its Top 50 List
- Emusic has it at #46 on their list
- Uncut Magazine in the UK put it at #9!
If you haven't already, check out what the fuss is all about. During the month of December, the CD can be had for $9.50 during our Holiday Blowout Sale.
The stark, haunting video for "AMY," as well as a short film documenting life immediately after the release of Heartbreaker can be found on the DVD Bloodied But Unbowed. This DVD features 31 videos and live performances from the likes of Wayne Hancock, Bobby Bare Jr, Deadstring Brothers, Detroit Cobras, Alejandro Escovedo, Old 97s, and the Waco Brothers, 8 short films with appearances and performances by Split Lip Rayfield, Neko Case, Kelly Hogan, The Meat Purveyors and others, plus a photo and poster gallery