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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 .

Hogan sings with Jon Rauhouse on DVD

The knee-melting video of "Accentuate the Positive", (backed by Jon Rauhouse) as well as her appearance on cult TV kids show "Chic-A-Go-Go" 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, Sally Timms, 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, The Meat Purveyors and others, plus a photo and poster gallery .

Also, this track is available as a digital download on the digital only "soundtrack" to the DVD.

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