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OF COURSE you are!  The 15th anniversary street fair in our hometown has generated a veritable frenzy of press coverage.  So, if you want to read the rantings of the two problem children at the helm of the Good Ship Bloodshot, look no further.

  • Next, Time Out Chicago's article is full of stories and memories from Rhett Miller, Jon Langford, Alejandro Escovedo, Exene Cervenka and a salty tale involving Kelly Hogan, Rob's butt and a tube of cortisone.  Yow!
  • And we get called geeks by the Sun-Times' Jim DeRogatis (in a good way) here.
  • Even the suburbs chime in with this nice preview in the Daily Herald
  • The Beachwood Reporter chimes in with an interview with Rick Sherry (Devil in a Woodpile) and some disjointed stories from Rob including displeased bikers in California, rioting bouncers in Edinburgh, among other fond memories
  • Finally, irrespective of nothing other than the oddness of it being picked, Esquire named the Unholy Trio's version of Public Enemy's "Bring the Noise" from the compilation Down to the Promised Land as one of the best covers EVER!

Bloodshot Digest: 9-8-09

The "What Am I Gonna Eat For Lunch?" edition:

  • There's a new Grammy category this year: "Americana." While the nominees for the category won't be announced for another month, USA Today runs down the year's top contenders, and includes our very own Justin Townes Earle as "Grammy-worthy." Read all about it!
  • The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir will be having an unofficial, pre-Hideout Block Party record release bash at Reckless Records in Wicker Park (1532 N Milwaukee Ave) on Thursday, September 10 at 6pm. It's all-ages, free, and the band will have the new record on sale, so you can be the very first person on your block with your very own copy. Make your pals jealous!
  • Hey foodies! We've got the Red Hook restaurant THE GOOD FORK catering our Brooklyn BBQ on September 26 at The Bell House. There will be FREE munchies to the first 150 people, but the good folks at the Good Fork will be selling small plates throughout the day. The Good Fork has been profiled in just about every NY foodie publication, and was recently featured on "Bobby Flay's Throwdown," where co-owner Sohui totally showed Bobby who's boss with her famous pot stickers.

Bloodshot Digest August 28th, 2009

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?

 

Bloodshot Rob & Nan to appear on WXRT's Eclectic Company

Join host Jon Langford on WXRT's Eclectic Company radio show for a couple hours of amusing anecdotes, new Bloodshot releases, and favorites from the record collections of the misguided lunatics who started this label.  Yes, that's right, turn your radio dial to STUN as co-founders Rob Miller and Nan Warshaw provide INVALUABLE insight on the inner workings of this beehive.  They also shamlessly promote the huge STREET FAIR at the Hideout for the label's 15th anniversary on September 12th.   Airs on September 8th, from 10 pm to midnight central time.

Tune in, it's BOUND to be better than the other choices on the dial: some old guy yelling at you about death panels, or some less older guy playing Pink Floyd album sides, or some drowsy college DJ playing obscure Belgian jazz CDs.

Bloodshot Digest 8-25-09

The "Land of a 1,000 Isthmuses" edition:

We had our first two Midwestern Bloodshot Beer-B-Qs in Madison and Milwaukee this past weekend, and they were a rousing success! Thanks to the fine folks at the High Noon Saloon in Madison and The Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis for hosting us.

Look at all the fun you missed!

  • The folks at Yeah Right attended the High Noon show and had this to say: "It was a great late afternoon/early evening of music, and an incredible value -five CDs purchased, four live bands, and three microbrews for a total of $42.  That won't even buy you a hoodie at a Katy Perry show."
  • Randy from Yard Dog—who's traveling with us to the shows with his miniature gallery of art by Bloodshot artists Exene Cervenka, Jon Langford, Rico Bell and Ben Weaver—also captured these shots from the Minneapolis show.

Now, don't pout if you feel left out -- there's still plenty of time to attend a Bloodshot Beer-B-Q of your own! We've got Boston THIS WEEK (buy tix here), then Philly, Chicago (reserve tix here), New York and Austin! Read all about it!

JTE named a "Style Star" by GQ!

JTE in GQIt's nearly September -- the stylish month where designers descend upon Bryant Park for New York Fashion Week and the September issues of glossy fashion mags are enormous. So, it's no suprise the most sartorial-minded member of the Bloodshot roster, Justin Townes Earle, is a "Style Star" in the September issue of GQ. Congrats, JTE! You can read the article here, where Justin says this about his wardrobe: "As a Southern man, there are two things I'm not afraid of: bow ties and white pants."

Bloodshot Digest August 21st, 2009

The Death Panel Edition:  We here at Bloodshot are all for the Death Panels, as long as we get to do the picking.  That only seems fair.

  • It's been a busy BUSY week in our steamy little hive as we gear up to take the 15th Anniversary caravan up Madison and Minneapolis way, a weekend of cheese curds and Replacements covers.  Look out!  JP will be tweeting and googling and gurgling and whatnot from Madison all day, so check for updates on this sold out party.  In Minneapolis, Scott will be sending up to the minute teletypes on our shiny new Faxtrola.
  • Scott H. Biram stopped by the studios of KDHX in St Louis for some interview action and played some songs.  Some enterprising young radio cuss had the good sense to film some of it.  Here's Scott playing Sinkin' Down from his recent album.
  • Zach, one of our steadfast, well-mannered and only moderately delusional interns was in Louisville last week with his band and found himself in a late night tattoo parlor (hey, these things happen), and well, let's let him tell the rest:

"There is this tattoo shop in Louisville that was awesome enough to re-open their shop at 12:00am after the show to hook up a couple of the kids on tour with me with some rad ink. We happened to be in Louisville the same exact night as Scott H. Biram, so as my friend Matt was getting all tatted up, this guy, wasted off his ass, stumbles into the shop and just starts raving about Biram and how awesome the show was. He happened to be a friend of the guy giving the tattoos, so he walks into the room where he's working, pulls out a boombox, puts the new Biram disc in, throws the stereo on the very table my friend is getting his tattoo on, and continues to drunkenly hover over the tattoo artist, blaring "Still Drunk, Still Crazy, Still Blue" while the tattoo artist continues to place ink on my friend that will be there for the rest of his life!"

The mysterious powers of Scott H. Biram: heed them well, my friends.

  • Rob's Recommendation of the Week: The movie The Cove. Not an easy watch, to be sure, but riveting, sometimes funny, sometimes gory and truly heroic; a brilliantly conceived call to action.  Not cloying or hyperbolic.  The guilty hang themselves.  The villians plainly evident.   A refreshingly Michael Moore-free style of documentary.  Flipper WILL get his revenge.

We'll see you next week.

we remain,

Bloodshot

Bottle Rockets #1 at AIMS

The Bottle Rockets new album Lean Forward (released on August 11th) topped the AIMS sales chart for both CD and LP in its first week!  That's right, both came in NUMERO UNO!

AIMS (Alliance of Independent Media stores) are the hip, independent stores that we all like to see thriving in our communities.  Support them!

And goooooooo Rockets!

Bloodshot Digest 8-11-09

The "Air and Water Show" edition:

  • The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir have just been added to Martin Atkin's "Tour:Smart PLUS weekend August 21 - 23." Martin played drums on a track from SYGC's upcoming album, ... and the horse you rode in on. If you'd like to sign-up for the weekend event which features many music industry how-to panels, go here. The Choir performs on Sunday, August 23.
  • And speaking of SYGC, we recently got word that they'll be opening for the Headlights on Friday -- the band will play on the beautiful University of Wisconsin Memorial Union Terrace. It's totally free! It's outside on the lake! And there's homemade Babcock Hall ice cream to be consumed.
  • Justin Townes Earle visited WXPN recently and recorded a live set -- hear it here. JTE is on tour right now with Old Crow Medicine Show, The Felice Brothers, Dave Rawlings and Gillian Welch on the Big Surprise Tour. The New York Times recently reviewed the revue, and seemed to enjoy themselves.
  • Tune in tomorrow to hear Paul Burch and the WPA Ballclub perform live on WSM radio! The band will be on-air from 6-7pm CST, and you can listen online here.
  • Finally, it's new release day for us at BSHQ -- today, we're celebrating the release of the Bottle Rockets latest, Lean Forward. Have you ordered your copy yet?

 

Paul Burch on powerhouse country radio station WSM!

Paul Burch is appearing on the legendary Nashville powerhouse station WSM, home of the Grand Ol' Opry!.  He's appearing with his WPA Ballclub from 6 to 7 pm on Thursday, August 13th!  If you can't pick up the station (650 AM, friends, but ANY musci fan worth their salt knows that by heart), listen online here.

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