As you hopefully know by now, Freakwater is back. Their first album in a decade, and first Bloodshot Records release, Scheherazade hits Feb 5th. The Fader is streaming brand new song "Number One with a Bullet," and you can hear it right here. And yes, it does, indeed, rule.
For The Bluegrass Situation, Stephen Deusner tells the tale of The Mekons and Robbie Fulks's Jura, and the history and influence of the island that serves as the album's namesake. It's drunken, ill-advised, and one-of-a-kind, just how we like our Mekons. Read it here.
"Jura jolted these musicians into a different gear and made them adjust...Read more
Rolling Stone made a list of the 35 most anticipated country albums of 2016, and The Waco Brothers make a mighty appearance for their upcoming album Going Down in History! See the Wacos high-kicking in Rolling Stone here.
"Time-honored country-punk formula of Half-Cash/Half-Clash, with the sound turned way up and the polish way, way down." - Rolling Stone Country
Noisey / VICE named Murder By Death's "I Shot An Arrow" the 38th best song of the year on their list of the top 50 songs of 2015. A lot of songs get made in a year, so that's pretty damn good, eh? (Too bad those Hoosier gothics couldn't beat out Bieber. Sigh... They're still #1 in our hearts.)
The song is...Read more
The Yawpers (those eloquent bastards) were guest editors for MAGNET Magazine for the last couple weeks and every piece is worth reading. From vinyl record collecting to sociopolitical issues in their hometown of Denver, to Bob Dylan's dark times in the '80s, they cover it all. No one ever accused The Yawpers of being narrowly focused. And yes, drummer Noah wrote...Read more
This Pitchfork piece on the ties between punk and country hits the nail on the head, and it hits close to home. The Mekons truly are the model and the provost for what we do here at Bloodshot. (And thank Lux this piece mentions The Knitters!) Read it here.
As mentioned, The Mekons are releasing...Read more
They say the album is reminiscent of Elvis and MC5, with some Hunter S. Thompson sprinkled about...and we don't disagree.
Make sure you snag the album on CD, 180-gram...Read more
If you are at all wondering what to expect from The Yawpers' Bloodshot debut album American Man before it drops on Friday, look no further than this spot on, nail-on-the-head No Depression review.
"Populist lyrical themes of golden era folk-Americana are contrasted beautifully against the majestic rhythms of heavy metal and punk...Like America itself, The Yawpers will be both intensely loved...Read more
Barrence Whitfield & the Savages guitarist and Cincinnati/Boston punk scene stalwart Peter Greenberg chatted with Cincinnati Magazine for a fascinating (and hilarious) interview about all sorts of things from his stints in DMZ, The Lyres, and The Customs to his famous chili (which Barrence loves). There's also some insight on how Peter and Barrence linked up to create The Savages...Read more
We are thrilled and elated to announce that Chicago's own intrepid songwriter and lightning-fingered banjoist/guitarist Al Scorch has joined the Bloodshot ranks! We will release Al's (outstanding!) new album in early 2016. The Bluegrass Situation has the scoop here.
Scorch is a staple of the Chicago DIY music scene, and we've seen him entertain at all sorts of venues with all...Read more
The piece also includes an interview with lead Bottle Rocket Brian Henneman about the making of the song, and it sounds like ...Read more
The Mekons played on NPR/WXPN World Cafe!! Yes, the whole band! Hear the ol' punks perform songs from throughout their discography and chat (candidly) with David Dye about the band's wayward career, the Revenge of the Mekons documentary, and why Chicago rules(!!).
"Have you been waiting for the return of the Bottle Rockets? If you love indie-minded roots music, you have — even if you're not...Read more