Record Store Day 2017 is Saturday April 22nd! And this year Bloodshot's Chicago HQ storefront pop-up shop will be open for business! An oasis in the chaos! No two-hour lines for a special boxed set that contains a vial of Eddie Vedder's sweat! No mob scenes! No elbow-throwing! We'll have free refreshments and maybe even some snacks so you can rest between your...Read more
Someone in the comments for one of these videos said "Sounds good but it seems like they've been drinking a bit." Welcome to Waco World, friend. Jon Langford did at one point say the Wacos were a way to play for free beer at their favorite watering holes, after all.
Hi-ho Silver! Bloodshot Records is saddling up for its 22nd SXSW excursion to Austin! We're wrangling up seven of Bloodshot's rootin-est, tootin-est musical gangs: Scott H. Biram, Cory Branan, Ha Ha Tonka, Banditos, The Yawpers, Sarah Shook & The Disarmers, and the undisputed, undefeated SXSW champions ...Read more
"No speech. I’ll have to make it up. I’m counting on not winning, so no need to write one. But I’m gonna keep at it. Maybe I’ll write a speech for the sixth time I’m nominated. I guess it’s a little validating. Everybody’s nicer to me all of a sudden. Maybe I’m a little more popular now." —Robbie Fulks...Read more
It's the 40th anniversary of the Mekons!! To celebrate, this summer they will host a festival in the glorious Suffolk UK countryside! There will be art, film, poetry, food, booze, camping, and performances by various iterations of the Mekons, including a special performance by the original lineup!
Info and tickets can be found here.
We need the Mekons more...Read more
Friday at 5PM is as good a time as any to tell you that local Chicago friends Argus Brewery will soon release the Bloodshot Red Ale and brew it in perpetuity! No limited editions this time. It will come in 22oz. bombers and will only available in Chicago. A release party at Reggie's Rock Club featuring The Waco...Read more
So, every year I do the Letters to Santa charity thru the Chicago Sun-Times (and so should you!!). I get a few letters from kids asking for Barbies, trucks, cars, Hot Wheels, and the like. I make a harrowing run to Toys R Us or wherever, wrap them up, and send them away.
In 2008 (kind of a bad year, remember?)...Read more
The doors will be open at BSHQ for the first time! After 17 years of trash and treasures accumulating a la an episode of Hoarders in our front room (an old Czech bakery), it was time for a deep clean. Along the way, we discovered, "hey! this is a cool room!" Since so many folks swing by pick up a...Read more
(Evanston, Ill.) OCTOBER 17, 2016—Award-winning craft distillery FEW Spirits and iconic Chicago independent record label Bloodshot Records have joined forces once again, this year for a limited-edition gin. The new Bloodshot Records Insurgint Gin features dazzling wafts of blood orange, flavorful heat-but-not-hot notes of guajillo peppers, and the familiar nip of juniper. The botanical recipe was developed by FEW Spirits master distiller Paul...Read more
Freakwater's beautiful music video for "What the People Want," directed and animated by Kathleen Judge, is an official selection at two upcoming film festivals! Yes, it's that good — music-video-shown-at-film-festivals good.
No, we are not messing with you. This actually happened. Robbie Fulks duetted a song with TINA FEY(!) Tuesday night at City Winery in New York. (Robbie was one Tina Fey's guitar teacher at Old Town School of Folk Music while Tina was in the Second City Chicago ensemble. The New Yorker has the scoop on that.) Tina & Robbie...Read more
Batten down the hatches! The Bottle Rockets are settin' sail (for real!) on the SiriusXM Outlaw Country Cruise in winter 2017! They'll join Old 97's, Supersuckers, Dale Watson, Elizabeth Cook, Steve Earle, and more!
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum (and whiskey and tequila and so on and so on)
We're psyched to announce that Al Scorch will perform at the first Rachael Ray's Feedback Chicago with Grace Potter, Lee Fields & The Expressions, Los Colognes and more! The event is on Saturday, June 25th at Lincoln Park Zoo.
Rachael is bringing her celebrated Austin music and food extravaganza to Chicago for the first time, and Al Scorch will be there...Read more
Bloodshot Records is off to the races! Presenting the new Bloodshot stock car! #42 Scott Kirkman's custom-built vintage ride is now branded with the Bloodshot logo, roaring around tracks in the Mid-Atlantic region with the Southern Ground Pounders Vintage Racing Club. Go #42! Go Bloodshot!
Cooler than UPS or Tide sponsoring a car, right?
The car will be on...Read more
The highly anticipated Who Is Lydia Loveless? documentary will premiere in Chicago on April 16th at the Logan Theatre as part of the Chicago International Movies and Music Festival (CIMMFest)! There will also be a Q&A! Get yer popcorn ready.
Jon Langford applied his iconic artwork to an actual Few Spirits Bloodshot bourbon whiskey barrel in which the Lagunitas Bloodshot Few Brew was aged. It's positively amazing. You can watch a time-lapse video of the process, as well as interviews with Bloodshot Rob and Lagunitas Chicago Brewmaster Mary Bauer in which they describe this delicious, extremely limited release, below.