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… In only the way Danbert Nobacon could release an illustrated fairy tale book! 3 DEAD PRINCES: An Anarchist Fairy Tale is set to be released on September 1. Filmmaker Alex Cox illustrates the story. Keep an eye out for a book tour in the fall!

Here's a sneak peek:

Princess Stormy lives in a semi-detached castle with her family and a Fool. When an unhappy neighboring kingdom decides to invade, Stormy must go on her quest, meeting giant Cats, Mermangels, Giggle Monkeys, a Gricklegrack, and Flying Lizards on the way. Oh, and she kills three princes. But that's by accident, and anyway it's their own fault ...

Firewater Spring Action!

Check out FIREWATER on tour this spring in Europe!

Stores Giving Away Andre Posters

We love us the independent record shops around the country.

Here are a few that are giving away the fancy pants silk-screened Andre Williams POSTER with a purchase of his new CD/LP That's All I Need.  Get 'em while the getting is good.

-Albums on the Hill (Boulder CO)

-CD Cellar (Anniston, AL)

-Criminal (Atlanta)

-Dusty Groove (Chicago)

-Flat Black & Circular (Lansing MI)
-Grimey's (Nashville)

-Horizon Records (Greenville SC)

-Shake It (Cincinnati)
-Laurie's Planet of Sound (Chicago)
-Rainbow (Newark, DE)
-Vintage Vinyl (STL)
-Strictly Discs (Madison)
-Reckless (Chicago- all 3 stores)
-Rock-A-Billy's (Utica, MI)
-Ramalama (Toledo)


Sick of Lady GaGa and Susan Boyle cluttering up yer TV?

Here's some REAL ladies singing.  Nora O'Connor and Kelly Hogan appear TONIGHT on the LATE LATE SHOW with CRAIG FERGUSON backing up Jakob Dylan.

DVR or TiVo or do it old school by actually watching it!

Check local listings for air time



The "May Day, May Day" edition

  • AVAILABLE NOW! The Dex Romwmeber Duo's Live at Third Man vinyl! Quantities are limited, so get yrs now!
  • Justin Townes Earle was at the 11th Street Bar in New York last week, where he webcasted a performance for If you weren't able to catch it live, you can watch the video here.
  • Graham Parker stopped by the venerable WNYC radio show, Soundcheck, and gave a pretty "bitchin' interview." Listen now!
  • Ha Ha Tonka has been on the road for weeks playing to sold-out audiences across the US with Murder By Death (check out some pics here). But it hasn't been an easy tour for the boys—their van broke down and they're asking for some help from friends.
  • Finally, Rob Miller and Jon Langford headed to Australia this week to record with the aboriginal cowboy (and "Black Elvis"), Roger Knox. We got this postcard. Just make sure to not take Oceanic Flight 815 on your way back, boys!


Justin Townes Earle: King of All Media!


Set your radios and DVRs for this weekend. Saturday, Justin Townes Earle will appear on Public Radio’s A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. A longtime public radio favorite, PHC live this weekend from NYC’s Town Hall. Justin appears along with Broadway actress Kate Beahen and folk singer Heather Masse. Check HERE for local listings and airtimes

Sunday, Justin appears – and performs – on HBO’s Treme.

We can't say a ton, but here's what we can tell you: Justin appears on the episode with his dad, Steve Earle. There's acting. There's performing. And it all starts Sunday night at 10pm EST/9pm CST on HBO.

Treme is the latest effort from David Simon and Eric Overmyer, collaborators on TV shows like The Wire and Homicide: Life on the Street. Set in post-Katrina New Orleans, Treme looks at ordinary people as they try to rebuild their lives, homes, and culture in the aftermath of the hurricane. The series has boasted quite a few amazing musical guests, including Elvis Costello, Allen Toussaint, Dr. John, Galactic, Kermit Ruffins, and the Rebirth Brass Band.

If that weren't enough, check out JTE talking clothes, picking out clothes and just being stylish in THIS Barking Irons video

Finally, in mid-May, Justin is heading into the studio to make the follow-up to his critically acclaimed 2009 record Midnight at the Movies.


Firewater gets the 'Glee' Treatment!

In what could be the most awesome thing sent to us all month, here's a video of a Janesville, WI show choir covering Firewater's "This Is My Life" off of their Bloodshot release, The Golden Hour. Says Firewater's ringleader Tod, "It's kind of impossible to describe the feeling I get from watching this."

The Blacks on Chicago's NPR

This show is archived here.

The Blacks will appear TOMORROW (April 28th) on Chicago's local arts/news show 848.  It will air at 9 am Central time.   Listen to 91.5 WBEZ tomorrow in the Chicagoland (as you will likely be sitting in traffic somewhere....) or online HERE.

Maybe they will let the band takeover.  Maybe the band will take it over anyway.  Maybe they will be polite and answer the questions thoughtfully.  Maybe they will grab the mic and scream out the studio window that they're mad as hell and they're not gonna take it anymore a la Peter Finch in Network.

Who knows?  That's what makes the Blacks so much fun

Exene Cervenka at Boo Boo Records!

Check out this excellent set of pics from Exene's recent in-store performance at Boo Boo Records in San Luis Obispo, CA.

Fantastic Exene Interview

Here's a grand interview with Exene Cervenka from the The Sunbreak in Seattle.  She talks about working with Ray Manzarek of the Doors, how X would jam to Carl Perkins tunes early on, why record stores are important, what her favorite albums are and so much more.  It's a great, informative read and, as we keep mentioning, that's getting rarer and rarer in the blogosphere.  There's even this little snippet that made us blush (for the record, we did NOT pay her to say this, or threaten her in any way.)

"Tell me a little about your relationship with Bloodshot Records. They're very akin spiritually to the vibe you've always been on."

Exene: "That's the first time I've ever heard of a record label being accused of spirituality--they're usually considered heartless bastards that everyone hates [laughs]. But not in the case of Bloodshot. Spirituality, indeed. They asked me to do a record, and I was thrilled to death, because I love Bloodshot Records, and they've been nothing but good to me. They really have worked hard. Everyone who works there is smart, intuitive, caring. I've done a couple of South-by-Southwests since I've been on Bloodshot. They just work their asses off to get this music out. They really believe in what they're doing, and they're awesome. Best label I've ever been on."



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