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Maggie Bjorklund's album in Alarm's Best of the 2010's (So Far)

When Maggie's record Coming Home came out in early 2011, it got rave reviews.  Sure, there were a Jenga set of reasons NOT to release it: Danish. Pedal-steel. Unheard of on this side of that there Ocean. Not able to tour much.  Check, check, check and double check.

BUT, once we heard it, we HAD to release it.  Jack White must have thought something of it, as he had her play in his band on tour and on SNL.  And folks are STILL raving about it.  Inspired by the 3rd installment of the Naked Gun trilogy (watch out Det Drebbin, it's OJ Simpson@), the folks at Alarm Magazine have compiled their favorite albums of the first 3 1/3 yrs of the 2010's.  Maggie clocks in at #21.

"Coming Home, is a charming collection of Southwestern folk tunes, and many of her established relationships with US artists help make it so — including guest spots by Calexico, Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees), Rachel Flotard (Visqueen), and Jon Auer (The Posies). Coming Home proves itself to be a beautiful debut, from the crooning vocals, Western guitar licks, and cello strikes of “Summer Romance” to the dark guitar lines and ghostly, high-octave contrasts of “Insekt.”

See the full review, the full list and get a song by her HERE

AND, because we want you to hear this record, AND because it's a perfect soundtrack for muggy summer evenings when you are watching the sweat beads roll down the side of the beer bottle, if you order the CD or LP and put ALARM in order notes, we'll throw in either a Bloodshot beer cozy OR a Bloodshot keychain bottle opener.

Now, LISTEN...

EDDIE SPAGHETTI PRE-SALE BEGINS; ENTER TO WIN SOME FAB STUFF

While you have to wait until June 18th to get Eddie's new album THE VALUE OF NOTHING, you can pre-order now from us and get some nifty prizes.

-ALL PRE-ORDERS RECEIVE A FULL COLOR POSTER

-ALL PRE-ORDERS ARE ENTERED IN A DRAWING FOR AUTOGRAPHED CDs and LPS!

GRAND PRIZE WINNER GETS SIGEND MERCH, AND A LIFETIME GUEST SLOT +1 TO ANY EDDIE SOLO OR SUPERSUCKERS SHOW.

As Eddie sez: "All they have to do is contact me a week before the show and I'll hook 'em up, have a beer with them and let them help me sell the merch if they want to get really dirty!"

Robbie Fulks Re-signs with Bloodshot, to Release New Album 8/27

Like a misfit boomerang circling back around, we are thrilled to announce that Robbie Fulks is returning to the Bloodshot roster fold. Robbie will release a new full-length entitled Gone Away Backward on August 27. The 12-song album – and his first on the label since 2001 – was recorded and mixed by Steve Albini at Electrical Audio in Chicago, and will be available on CD/LP/digital.

We asked Robbie for his thoughts on the new album and on coming back to the Bloodshot stable, and here’s what he had to say:

"As opposed to this idea that I'm "coming back to Bloodshot" (the verb "crawling" has also been muttered behind sleeves) I don't feel like I ever left. For sure I never slammed the door behind me in proud, valedictory defiance. Well, not since 1997 anyhow. Since then, I've co-released 2 records with them (Very Best of [me] in 1999 and 13 Hillbilly Giants in 2001), doing separate runs on my imprint and theirs. I used their retail distribution network and other resources on Couples in Troublein 2001. I contributed to compilations they put out in 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, and 2006, and played for their 15th anniversary in 2011. Also in '11 they helped me market my little tribute to Michael Jackson.

Most people would pick "Put out a Michael Jackson tribute record" as the best definitive answer to the question, "How do I make Bloodshot Records go away?" However, Bloodshot Records won't go away. I see them at shows and seminars and parties and, in the case of Rob, wherever liquor is sold. When I go down to the Bloodshot office to buy records from my catalogue, there they are. Bloodshot. One reason I see Nan and Rob with some frequency is that we live in the same general area. Chicago is a big place, but the country music community is quite small. When you exclude style-hopping working stiffs who occasionally slap on Stetsons, and the usual corporately polished radio-imitation nonsense, there's maybe 10 of us. No, there's 9 -- Kelly [Hogan] went to Wisconsin. So fate has really thrown us into the same cramped cauldron. Not a bad place to be at all. At this point, I think we’re kind of impressed, with each other and ourselves, that we’re still in the game; the smart money 20 years ago was on our being wards of the state by now."

We couldn’t have said it any better. Welcome home, Robbie! – Love, Bloodshot

MACY GRAY luvs the new JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound

Macy Gray stopped by an album release party in Chicago last week for Howl, DJ'd by JC Brooks his own self and picked up a copy.

So, be like Macy and get yours today...

Yard Dog Comes to Chicago

Firecat Projects will be featuring Austin-based gallery, Yard Dog, and a collection of their “best of” works on Saturday, June 8 from 5-8PM, followed by a musical performance by the WACO BROTHERS at Fitzgerald’s in Berwyn, IL. at 9PM.

Firecat will be presenting Yard Dog art gallery and a showcase of 7 folk artists including two Chicago locals, Tony Fitzpatrick and Jon Langford. Other headliners will include Kurt Herrmann, Mike Egan, Camp Bosworth, and Bill Miller.

A pre-showing of the work will be made viewable to the public on Tuesday, June 4.

Firecat’s doors will open at 5PM with food and hors d’oeuvres provided by Red Door. There will be an option to purchase wine or beer, provided by 3 Floyds Brewing and Red & White Wines Chicago.
Firecat is located at 2124 North Damen, Chicago, IL.

For more information, call (773) 342-5381, visit their website at firecatprojects.org, or email them at FirecatProjects@gmail.com.

LUKE WINSLOW-KING Video Shot on a HORSE & CARRIAGE!

Q: What's better than Luke Winslow-King performing with his awesome band?

A: Not much. But definitely Luke Winslow-King performing with his awesome band on a horse and carriage driving through the French Quarter in New Orleans!

If THIS VIDEO from the Bloody Sunday Sessions doesn't charm you and brighten your day, you have a heart of tar.

KEXP Song of the Day: JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound's "Howl"

Seattle radio powerhouse KEXP dubbed JCBUS's title track "Howl" their song of the day.

"The band’s third album, Howl, is a gritty and vulnerable album of R&B cuts that sound like a gritty soul take on Ryan Adams’ Heartbreaker."

Have a listen, read the full interview and check out an in studio performance of Awake from their last album Want More filmed when the band stopped by last year.

 

 

 

Murder By Death Video Premiere for "Lost River" on SPIN

Murder by Death's beautifully haunting new video for "Lost River," from their Bloodshot debut LP Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon premiered on SPIN today. The video, directed by Gabe Darling, accompanies newly announced summer/fall tour dates for North America.

Watch it here.

Richard Hell likes Lydia Loveless...So Should You.

When punk icons speak, we listen...

Richard Hell picks Lydia for his playlist.

(If you don't know Richard Hell and his music, you might wanna leave our site and go to some site featuring cats cutely hitting ping pong balls or something...)

ROGER KNOX & JON LANGFORD ON AUSSIE TV

Roger Knox and Jon Langford were interviewed and  performed on ABC TV in Sydney Australia in April.

Watch it here. It's beautiful & insightful and a good laugh

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