In anticipation of the new Firewater album International Orange (Sept release) and the first US tour since 2008, we're re-releasing 4 classic Firewater titles.
On June 19th, you can complete, re-invigorate or get up to speed with your Firewater collection so's you can singalong when they bust out the hits. These albums have been sadly out of print for several years due to the vicissitudes and vagaries of the music biz. We'll be offering them up at a very nice price. Pick up one, or pick up four:
Get off The Cross
The Man on the Burning Tightrope
Songs We Should Have Written
As part of our 15th Anniversary shenanigans, we've put together something to give a tip of the proverbial hat to a couple of our seminal releases:
OLD 97S: "Wreck Your Life and Then Some: The Complete Bloodshot Recordings" Like the title says, it's everything they ever recorded for us. "Wreck Your Life", "Early Tracks," long out of print singles and compilation tracks.
ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO: "A Man Under the Influence: Deluxe Bourbonitis Edition" Includes the entire A Man Under the Influence album, the best of Bourbonitis Blues and the best of his Bloodshot compilation tracks.
Both these releases are DOUBLE LPS in FANCY PANTS GATEFOLD SLEEVES, and were specially re-mastered for vinyl.
Both contain the digital version of the album.
Both are limited editions of 1000
RELEASE DATE: NOVEMBER 17TH
As some of us get ready to run out the door and head to Boston for our 15th Anniversary Shindig at the Middle East, here are some nifty goings on:
- Andre Williams recently recorded a new album for us in the Motor City with Matt Smith (Outrageous Cherry, Volebeats, Nathanial Mayer) at the controls. Sitting in with them was Motown guitar legend Dennis Coffey. Read about Dennis and the recording in the Detroit Metro Times here.
- Scott H. Biram played the Off Broadway in St Louis earlier in the month, and Lo-Fi STL was there to capture it on video. Check Scott out in all his feral glory here
- Wayne Hancock submitted himself to some vigorous questioning by our buddies at PopMatters.com. Want to know what movie makes Wayne cry? His favorite albums? Can he rap? Looky here for answers.
- The Chicago/Hideout Party is shaping up with the addition of the Drunken Spelling Bee and Belt Sander Races. Also, we are so happy to have a reunion show by Moonshine Willy. Here's an interview with singer/guitarist Kim Docter on the Beechwood Reporter
Now, time to get some fresh scallops....
See you this week in Boston, and next week in Philly. Where should I go for cheesesteaks and lobster rolls?
Last week, Andre went back to Detroit, hooked up with stellar players and got back to his roots. With a band featuring producer Matt Smith (Outrageous Cherry, Volebeats, Nathanial Mayer, legendary Motown session guitarist Dennis Coffey and members of Electric Six, The Dirtbombs and Miss Alex White), his new disc is a low down bluesy, funky monster in the vein of early P-Funk. Man.
Mr Rhythm came by the offices the other day in an eye-popping purple suit and played it for us. Look for a release in 2010.
Read about the sessions here.
Earlier this spring, Exene finished her solo album Somewhere Gone, to be released on CD & LP, this October.
Recorded in Springfield MO with Lou Whitney of the Skeletons, it is a haunting, intimate album with the beating heart of a poet at the center.
As Exene told us, "it has the passion of X without all the loud."
June? Already? How did that happen?
- The Bottle Rockets are ready to roll! The album will be released on August 11th. Check out some songs, the cover and read all about it here.
- The love for the upcoming Ha Ha Tonka album is already rolling in. Check out this review in Spin.com and pre-order the album now.
- Heading to Bonnaroo? Yeah, fine. Have fun. We're stuck here, but don't forget to catch Justin Townes Earle's performance on Friday, June 12th. Tell him we said "hi!" and we are all busy working to keep him in fancy cowboy boots.
- Rob's Recommendation of the Week: Having slept about 5 hours in the past two nights (a sinister combination of a killer sinus headache and loud, Polish roofers next door), I am recommending SLEEP! It's a wonderful thing and you don't really miss it until you ain't gettin' any. Heed my word.
Shovel ready Bloodshot tidbits for a stimulus-seeking appetite:
- Andre Williams (with guitar help from Jon Langford) tore up the local PBS TV studio this week and brought some welcome bluster to a show more known for CTA fare hike stories. It's archived here
- Champing at the bit for the new BOTTLE ROCKETS album? Us too. August 11th, but here's a first peek at the killer cover art. Now, just imagine how it's going to sound.
- Sitting at home this Sunday the 17th with no one to talk to? Why not ask the ever chatty Justin Townes Earle some questions on the No Depression community blog. Talk music, his new mustache, or why Leadbelly should be carved into Mount Rushmore.
- Scott H Biram's new release "hits the streets" next Tuesday, but the raves are already rolling in. Here's one, and another. Pre-order and get some free goodies.
- Ever wonder what might be on a jukebox owned by an owner of Bloodshot? Us neither, but the Beechwood Reporter thought it might be interesting. Read about it here.
- Rob's Recommendation of the Week: If smoking a pork roast, I suggest a rub of paprika, cayenne powder, ground black pepper, and sugar. Leave overnight. Smoke over apple wood at 185 degrees, basting every hour with a mixture of the above mixed with some apple cider vinegar. After 6 hours (for a two pound roast), you will enter a heaven of porky delight. ENJOY!
Austin's one man band/human dynamo has finished his new album entitled Something's Wrong/Lost Forever. It is set for a May 2009 release and will available on CD and limited edition LP. You can sample some new Biram on the download sampler card included in the new Ben Kweller 7", or look for it in April on the Bloodshot radio station.
Deadstring Brothers have completed their latest album Sao Paulo. Man, it SMOKES. Look for it in the late spring. You'll be able to hear advance tracks on the download sampler card included in the Ben Kweller 7" and on the Bloodshot Radio station soon.