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SXSW 2013 Happenings!

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It's that time again:  South by Southwest, Austin TX, March, music, margaritas, corporate sleaze fests trying to out "indie" each other, zombie-like mobs of insensate spring breakers bumping into clutches of jaded industry insiders, "bloggers" sitting on every curb trying to be the first to talk smack about THE NEXT BIG THING and a thousand broken dreams littering 6th Street.  And lots of litter littering 6th Street.

As Mitch Hedberg used to say, handing out fliers on the street is like saying "here, throw this out for me."

Once again, Bloodshot heads down south, shedding layers of flannel along the way and stopping at every plywood sign with the letters B B and Q on them, to bring you parties and showcases and music for your unadulterated enjoyment.

This list will be constantly updated as more parties, appearances times and venue details are confirmed.



Bottle Rockets' Brian Henneman episode of "Thanks for Giving a Damn" Podcast

Bottle Rockets' front man Brian Henneman took over the podcast "Thanks for Giving A Damn" with Otis Gibbs.

Listen to Brian telling tall tales, vague recollections and creative insights from backstage and beyond.

Download it HERE

Roger Knox Album takes over No Depression!

For an entire week, No Depression helped us tell the story of the remarkable new album by Roger Knox and the Pine Valley Cosmonauts Stranger In My Land.

This album features the talents of Sally Timms, Kelly Hogan, The Sadies, Jon Langford, Andre Williams, Charlie Louvin, Dave Alvin and many more and each day ND posted a story by these artists on the recording.  They also posted a stream of each song.

HERE are the stories and streams in their entirety

Read all about the how Roger's story and his music affected all the incredible talent Langford was able to pull together for Stranger In My Land and we hope you'll support this once-in-a-label's-lifetime project.

Also:  Here's a short (5 minutes) documentary piece that Chicago filmmaker Scott Alexander made on Roger.  Features interviews with Roger and Jon Langford and some live footage featuring the Sadies and Sally Timms

Celebratin' the Great Ralph Stanley

As we in Chicago ready ourselves for the Ralph Stanley show at the Old Town School of Folk Music tomorrow, HERE'S a story from the Tribune today that mentions his collaboration with Paul Burch.

They dueted on the classic "Little Glass of Wine" which appeared on Paul's album East to West a few years back.

Catch THIS video of the session.

What's that?  You don't know of Ralph Stanley and the Stanley Brothers?

Take two steps back in the game of Musical History Knowledge.  Now, go rectify that.


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Graham Parker & the Rumour on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

That's right, get ready to hit "record" on your betamax this Thursday, January 31st.

Graham Parker & the Rumour will be hitting the late night TV waves with an appearance on the Late Show with Jimmy Fallon.

Check yer local listings for air times...

We're Hiring! Bloodshot is looking for a new media publicist ...

Bloodshot Records seeks full-time New Media Publicist to work in our Chicago office (meaning, this is an IN-HOUSE position).

Candidate must have experience as a new media publicist or in new media marketing. We're looking for someone who can develop tailored online publicity and online advertising campaigns for each release, and update Twitter, Facebook, other social sites, and our website. The applicant must know photo editing and formatting, Photoshop, HTML, CSS, how to compress PDF files, rip hi-quality MP3s and tag them and prepare for upload, and be comfortable using a CMS similar to TypePad (run on Drupal), also helpful to know Illustrator and InDesign.

The candidate needs to be self directed and extremely comfortable working independently, a great writer, witty, level-headed and affable. The ideal person is passionate about much of the music on the label and assumes it's their mission to get Bloodshot bands the attention they deserve. Strong indie ethics and a degree in Communications, IT, English, or Journalism are a plus.

Current Bloodshot artist roster includes Lydia Loveless, JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound, Scott H. Biram, Deadstring Brothers, Wayne Hancock, Ha Ha Tonka, and many more; further info on Bloodshot at

Pay commensurate with experience (within the scrappy indie label world); benefits include health insurance, profit sharing, and the freedom to drink on the job. If interested AND QUALIFIED, send resume to: < nan at bloodshotrecords dot com > or New Media Position, Bloodshot Records, 3039 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago IL 60618, or fax to 773-604-5019.


Eddie Spaghetti Hates The French!

Well, not really, but that's the kind of headline that garners attention in this internet age.  We were also considering "Eddie Knocks Up Kate Middleton" but, really, who cares?

Anyway, Eddie is doing some solo shows out West this week, and the LA Examiner interviewed him about performing solo and how the Supersuckers ended up in Seattle.  He also does, in fact, rib the French a bit for the "encore" and their dislike of rock and roll.

Read it all HERE.

And keep in mind, Eddie's most recent solo album Sundowner is on sale for the rest of the month for only $9.99!

ROGER KNOX Pre-sale & Langford Art Drawing; Advance Press

Roger and JonThe long-time-in-the-making Roger Knox & the Pine Valley Cosmonauts album Stranger in My Land is being released on February 12th. This is a very dear record to us and one of, gasp, cultural significance, so please PLEASE give it a listen!

To whip you into a state of frothy excitement, we're entering all pre-orders into a drawing to win two Jon Langford prints.

Also, you can read an early chunk of praise from acclaimed Canadian First Nations' writer Richard Wagamese HERE.

Some highlights:

"When it’s released in early February, this will become the most important country music release of 2013. Why?…This is country music wrought bruised and aching from the dustbowl that is Australia’s Outback.  This is Roger Knox bringing an Aboriginal voice to what amounts to Jimmie Rodgers, Lefty Frizzell, Woody Guthrie and Paul Robeson gathered at the billabong singing protest tunes.

These are down-under songs of racial alienation, displacement, the march to civil rights and a collective voice in the wilderness proclaiming that they will not be moved. It is vintage Nashville sung like it should be; honestly, matter-of-fact and evocative as hell...Elegant, suffused with meaning and essential."

JC BROOKS & The Uptown Sound in WXRT's Listener Poll

Every year, the fabulous Chicago station WXRT asks its listeners to, in true Chicago-style, vote early and vote often for their favorite music of the year.

And this year, they (and perhaps, you) chose JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound's killer cover of Wilco's "I Am Trying Break Your Heart" at #25 in the FAVORITE SONG Category.

Check out all the lists HERE

As we say in these parts , "now DAT'S some votin', good work dere.."


Tina Fey calles Robbie Fulks a Genius!

We've been saying Robbie's a genius for years, but no one pays any attention, but, PERHAPS, when another genius---and a fave of all you hip TV viewers---sez it, maybe you will start to pay attention.

Watch Tina Fey in her "Ask Tina" segment sing the praises of Robbie HERE



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