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Ha Ha Tonka Live In-Studio on My Old Kentucky Blog

The boys in Ha Ha Tonka recently recorded a live in-studio performance for Sirius Satellite's Blog Radio courtesy of the fine folks at My Old Kentucky Blog! To take a listen to live in-studio recordings of "Up Nights", "Caney Mountain" and "St. Nick on the Fourth In A Fervor", head on over to My Old Kentucky Blog.

Gore Gore Girls meet the Suicide Girls

Here's a great in-depth interview with head Gore Amy on the saucy Suicide Girls website where she covers everything from music and go-go outfits to Karl Marx and Adam Smith! Check it out here!

Complete History, Discography and mp3s

From near their hometown of KC MO, Lawrence.com gives you a full discography, history and some mp3s to listen to.  Bone up on yer Misery Boy factoids here.

Paul Burch video with the LEGEND Ralph Stanley

There's a great video of Paul Burch and the stone cold LEGEND Dr. Ralph Stanley performing "Little Glass Of Wine" from the CD East To West up on CMT.com. To check out the video, go here!

Bottle Rockets live at Old Town School of Folk Music

The Old Town School of Folk Music posted some great video of the performing at Robbie Fulks' Secret Country series, May 20th, 2007! To check out the video, go here!

Blacks Reunion Concert Video

If you missed their electric reunion show at the Empty Bottle, or their super secret pre-show warm up at the Hideout, you can still see and feel a little of what it's like to be at a Blacks show by visiting our friends over at Glorious Noise.

See old concert footage, photographs, and an interview with the band, discussing their history and what brought them to reunite!

In Memory of Moonshine Willy's Nancy Tannenbaum

On Sunday May 13th, 2007 Nancy Tannenbaum, aka Nancy Rideout, original guitarist in Moonshine Willy, was killed in a motorcycle accident in New York City. She swerved to avoid a pedestrian who mysteriously ran onto the West Side highway, was thrown from her bike and died at the scene.

Nancy came into my life before Bloodshot Records was even a gleam in my eye. It was a thrilling, wide-open time when music meant EVERYTHING. Chicago was a city bursting with new, inventive music and this band, Moonshine Willy, was percolating with some sort unnamed mutant aggro-hillbilly punk sound. On stage right was this diminutive, bashful, tight-lipped guitarist with a fearless sound.

She had the impossibly cool rock and roll last name of Rideout---I don't even think I knew her real last name for a couple of years--I just assumed she was born to play music with that name (and would, without much fanfare, thrown DOWN with a nimble, messy, totally intuitive sound that mashed bluegrass, country and rockabilly into something I'd rarely seen played with such innate energy. At times, she even seemed surprised at some of things she was pulling off.

Moonshine Willy signed the first Bloodshot contract in 1994 (suckers!) and we packed a good deal of camaraderie into the next few years. It was a time before it all became a business, before true adulthood and responsibilities wrung some of the pure exhilaration out of our creative endeavors. All of us went to the same clubs, ate breakfast at the same places, saw the same shows, hung out in each others backyards or on each others porches, played softball every week (she was quite the second baseman), soaked in our respective sweat on a drive from Dallas to El Paso in 118 degree heat with a busted AC in the van during the first Willy national tour, and developed a closeness that only comes from such time together in the trenches. We were all essentially living together, we just happened to have different landlords and mailing addresses. I cannot imagine all those shows at Lounge Ax or Wednesday nights at Crash Palace/Delilah's without her.

Our time together was emblematic of a simpler, more fun time--full of close friendships that transcend geography. For me, her passing is a heart-breaking reminder of just how special that time was.

Mostly, though, when I think of Nancy, I remember how so very happy she looked when she was playing.

Rob Miller
Bloodshot Records

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.

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