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Deano Goes Into the Wine Business

Corporate Wine Still Sucks!

While we think it might be like putting the mouse in charge of the proverbial cheese vault to have a Waco Brother open a booze emporium, things are going well. "The Cellar Rat" was named the Best Wine Shop by the Chicago Reader.

The Skinny:
Cellar Rat is a Wicker Park/Bucktown wine shop dedicated to providing the neighborhood an alternative to the factory made wines sold at grocery stores, markets and big box stores. Our selection is focused on small, family owned wineries using natural and traditional techniques. These wines, often priced the same or less than their mass produced counterparts, offer truly distinct flavor and character. Wine should be a fun part of everyday life- not a discipline for snobs. We want our store to be friendly, full of humor and great music. There will be organized tastings and events, of course, but any time you drop in, there will be an interesting bottle for you to try. In short, our mission is to sell you great, authentic wine at a fair price and for all of us to enjoy ourselves in the process!

1811 W. North Ave.
Suite 101
Chicago, IL 60622

773 - 489 - 2-RAT ( 773 - 489 - 2-728 ) Cellar Rat website

Some words from Dean:
"I have worked in the retail wine trade in Chicago since 1990, most of that time as a buyer for two of Chicago's largest retailers. These positions have taken me to cellars of all the great wine producing regions of France as well as Italy, Australia, California and Oregon. In this time, I've tried to focus on listening to what the customer REALLY wants, then doing my best to put a bottle in their hands that will make them happiest. While I have the knowledge and experience to sell the most expensive wines, I get the most joy from finding great wines at prices people can afford. I sincerely hope I can become your neighborhood "wine guy"!


Split Lip's Kirk Rundstrom passes away

On February 22nd, 2007 Kirk Rundstrom, the singer/songwriter/guitarist for Split Lip Rayfield and Scroat Belly, passed away after a lengthy and heroic battle against cancer.

Kirk was, without debate, one of the most dynamic and passionate performers we have ever seen. To see him on stage was to see a man totally focused on, totally POSSESSED with, the music of the moment. He never ever took his audience for granted and delivered the goods with a ferocious energy that flowed through the room. I had personally seen him play some 75 times and it was never boring, it was never phoned in and it was hard to take my eyes off him. If you left a show of theirs without sweating, without losing yourself in the joyous abandon of music, it wasn't from his lack of trying. Standing still at a Split Lip show just wasn't an option. His gift was the ability to let rock and roll well up from its purest emotional state and give it to the room in all its liberating glory.

When Kirk was diagnosed in Spring 2006, he was given just a few months. It is a testimony to his incredible spirit that he was performing into this month.The fans that came out during this time filled the venues with palpable love. To have played a part in this accumulation of affection, in this tight knit community of Split Lip lovers, over the years is truly a humbling honor. He loved playing and it showed, and the fans loved him back.

Kirk is responsible for a lot of people having a LOT of fun over the years; if everyone could have that on their resumes, the world would be a much better place.

He is missed already.

Bloodshot Records
February 22, 2007

Scott's Music On Demolition Derby Documentary

Scott H. Biram is featured on the soundtrack to the hell-bent world of team demolition derby on the Discovery Channel's documentary "Head On," which aired originally in December 2006.  Go here to see a clip from the documentary.

REVIVAL TITLES AVAILABLE ON OLD-SCHOOL CASSETTES

The Soundies/Revival Series releases are all available in cassette form, too! Go here for details.

See? Live can still be good without fancy pants iPods or CD players in your beat up F-150 pickup.

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Waco Brothers photos at Schuba's

Robert Loerzel from the Chicago music blog the Underground Bee posted some great photos of The Waco Brothers playing at Schubas. To take a look at the photos take a look here. This is the concert that was recorded and released in 2008 as Waco Express: Live & Kickin' at Schuba's Tavern.

Stephen King Names Zoysia as One of His Top Albums of 2006

Stephen King, author and obvious aficionado of fine music, has named the Bottle Rockets' Zoysia as one of his top ten favorite albums of 2006 in this week's issue of Entertainment Weekly! The master of modern horror has this to say about the album:

"The Bottle Rockets are often categorized as alt-country — by people who need categories — but what they really are is America's premier bar band. Zoysia (I don't know what it means either) is their best album ever — tuneful, soulful, and best of all, loud. Primo cuts: 'Better Than Broken, 'Feeling Down.'"

His entire top ten list is viewable on the Entertainment Weekly site here.

Wayne Hancock Narrates Adolph Hofner Documentary!

Wayne Hancock has narrated a 18 minute documentary on the great western swing bandleader Adolph Hofner that is available up at batesline.com! Learn about his blending the sounds of Texas and Bohemia and an insight into Texas Dance Hall cullture. To watch the documentary take a look here!

Rhapsody.com names Jon a True Original!

Yeah, we've known it for a very long time over here at BSHQ, but the good folks over at Rhapsody have given Mr. Langford the credit he truly deserves and named him an "original" with an overview of some of the highlights of his career to date.

Go here to take a look at the Rhapsody Original page for Jon Langford, and take a look here for an exclusive interview with Jon! There are also exclusive videos of Jon performing live on the site here.

Bob Dylan Gives The Cobras Some Love

There are few pinnacles in a artists' career like catching the ear of Bob Dylan. The Detroit Cobras can be added to this rarefied club, as he played their self-penned "Hot Dog" on the November 2006 edition of his Theme Time Radio Hour show on XM Radio! This episode was devoted to food, making his choice of the Cobras particularly appropriate, and featured Mr. Dylan playing the Cobras alongside greats such as Cab Calloway, the Rolling Stones and Charles Mingus!

Neko Performance on DVD

The hilarious video for "Brown Eyed Handsome Man" (off the Hard-Headed Woman compilation) from the cult TV kids show "Chic-A-Go-Go" (it has to be seen to be believed, really) can be found on the new DVD Bloodied But Unbowed. This DVD features 31 videos and live performances from the likes of Ryan Adams, 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, Kelly Hogan, The Meat Purveyors and others, plus a photo and poster gallery .

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