The Soundscan numbers are in for 2010 and we are proud to report that Bloodshot Records accounted for 3/100th of 1% of total US sales!
Bloodshot Records: Taking over American culture one one hundredth of one percent at a time!
Hey, the Grand Canyon wasn't created in a day, you know (unless you believe in creationism...). Thus, by the year 3216 we shall be the dominant force in popular entertainment...Stay tuned.
Wanted to pass along info on a new book just published by UT Press. It's the SXSW Scrapbook: People and Things That Went Before.
SXSW Scrapbook takes a long look back at many years of highlights as South by Southwest celebrates its twenty-fifth edition in 2011. Those who were there share stories about how it all got started; memorable performances by major artists including Johnny Cash, the Black Eyed Peas, Iggy Pop, the Dixie Chicks, and the Flaming Lips; countless up-and-coming acts that got a leg up in their careers by playing SXSW; Sunday softball tournaments with Doug Sahm as championship-game announcer; goodie-bags decorated by renowned illustrators from Mike Judge to Daniel Johnston; and the convention's eventual expansion beyond music to include a film festival and an interactive media component.
The book includes numerous photos, plus essays from SXSW staffers and participants including Dave Marsh, David Fricke, Jim DeRogatis, Ed Ward, Michael Corcoran, and even JON LANGFORD and Bloodshot's own Il Capo Rob Miller—a delightful little tale about how he and Ryan Adams cemented the deal for Heartbreaker in the men's room of Antone's!
So, if you've ever wondered what you are missing in Austin every year, or if you want to piece together your fuzzy memories of your times there, this book is for you.
It's been a pretty good year here at BSHQ—we were happy independently release eight records from artists we greatly admire: Graham Parker, Jon Langford, Justin Townes Earle, Ben Weaver, Whitey Morgan and The 78s, Deadstring Brothers, Andre Williams and The Blacks. Here, the Bloodshot worker bees look back on 2010 and what stood out amongst the year in music, TV, film, food, books and more.Read full piece
A few weeks ago we put out the word that we were gathering stuffed animals and children's books for some local charities.
We're happy to say that over 200 stuffies and almost 300 books were donated.
The recipients were Inner Voice, an organization that does outreach to homeless families, the Chicago Sun-Times Season of Sharing fund (letters to Santa) and Nicholson Technology Academy. NTA is pre-school thru 8th grade school in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago. Our friend Katie Tuten of the Hideout works with them and took enough stuffed animals so that EVERY child in the program will be getting one this Christmas. Here's how she described the drop off:
"They LOVED the stuffed animals. The 8th graders wrapped all the animals for the pre school kids and in that short period of time the 8th graders became very attached to those stuffed animals. Of course the teacher made it a lesson in 'how to properly wrap a gift.' The 8th graders were hugging and playing with the animals before they wrapped them—it was all very sweet."
So thanks to all of you who found some time to help us bring a bit of holiday joy.
As you may or may not know, our Dear Leader, Kim Il Rob has a weekly radio show in SW Michigan. October 30th will be his 2 hour special Halloween edition, with all kinds of odd ball music about zombies and witches and goo goo mucks, from the Cramps to Screamin' Jay Hawkins to a load of folks you've never heard of and will never hear from again.
"Miller's Cave" on WRHC 106.7 fm in Three Oaks, Michigan. 4-6pm Eastern Time, and replayed 2-4pm Eastern on Mondays. Or listen ONLINE HERE
The perfect soundtrack for putting on your zombie make up, figuring out how to perfect your Chilean miner outfit or screaming at your 10 year old daughter that there's NO WAY yer letting her go dressed as a trampy Hannah Montana...
In our ongoing attempts to answer the persistent questions: "who the hell works at Bloodshot and what is wrong with them? " we occasionally quiz the staff in the hopes of shedding light on what makes us tick. Perhaps, knowing us better, you will be more forgiving of our foibles, or even grow to feel something bordering on fondness for us.
So, we asked the hard working office monkeys here to name their favorite songs by a few CLASSIC ROCK artists that randomly popped into our heads. THEN, we asked them to name a Wildcard Song, something very much out of character, or a song by someone they otherwise dislike or dismiss, but when it comes on the radio, they can't help but rock out.
Go HERE for the results. Laugh at their choices, or nod in agreement...
We also suggest you go HERE to sample a new playlist I put together featuring 30+ of our fave rock and punk covers done by Bloodshot artists. Enjoy!
Today, Richard M Daley announced he would not be seeking re-election in 2012. Thus, Bloodshot's head honcho, Rob Miller, officially announces his candidacy:
ROB MILLER'S MAYORAL PLATFORM
• Outlawing AND ENFORCING WITH EXTREME PREJUDICE the use of cells and texting while driving.
• No more statues of sports figures until they are offset by musical and literary figures. For every Billy Williams or Harry Carey statue, there oughta be one of Howlin' Wolf and Nelson Algren.
• Flip flops on men outlawed unless in your own backyard or within 400 feet of Lake Michigan
• Car-less Fridays!
• A City Constitutional Amendment barring another Daley from being mayor
• Instead of funneling tax money to shifty well-connected developers, hire clowns and jugglers to entertain people stuck in their cars on the highways during rush "hour" (6am-10am, 2:30pm-6:30pm)
• No prison time for Blago, only a stint in a public stockade with a ready supply of fresh vegetables from a local CSA available for throwing.
• Close the locks to keep the Asian Carp out of the Lake.
• Allowing Bloodshot, through the shady dealings and back room machinations this city is known for, to become a tax exempt "charitable organization" and giving us access to suck on the enormous teat of TIF funds.
• More Banh Mi, less Quiznos
Ah, Springtime in Chicago. Time for Baseball, flowers and.....unlicensed tree-trimming!
Several of us just spent an amusing/horrifying half hour looking out the window of our little warehouse. Next to us, between the vacant lot and the Ecuadorian restaurant, there was a large, mostly dead tree surrounded by all manner of wires, fences and US.
We couldn't believe it as they leaned ladders against the very tree they were cutting down, the puny ropes used for "stability" giving us little comfort. We half expected it all to come crashing down on us, obliterating the warehouse and those of us unable to tear our eyes away, reducing our little empire to a footnote in the next Pitchfork posting.
After some Three Stooges-level sawing and pointing and kibbitzing, the tree made a stomach curdling cracking noise, pulled down some wires, made the telephone poles wobble drunkenly, and crashed down AWAY from us, into the solid brick wall of the auto parts store.
Just another day in the life of a little label. It's not all fun, you know. It can be dangerous.
We just wanted to share.
A few weeks ago, Nan and Rob appeared on Chicago's own talk show The Interview Show in front of, as they say in the TV biz, a LIVE STUDIO AUDIENCE (or, in this case, The Hideout).
Now it's been edited and posted on the Huffington Post. Have a gander at Nan's silver space lady boots and purple hair. Marvel at the oddly placed microphone that hides most of Rob's face, but not his dry wit. Listen as they talk of the cruel vicissitudes of the music racket and check out the Blacks performance
See it HERE.
Ahhh, the end of the year. Time for lists and resolutions. Resolutions and lists. The busy staffers at Bloodshot are no different, so I when I stood creepily over their desks and demanded some thoughts from them on the end of year, they obliged with the following:
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