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CIMM Fest Hits Chicago

CIMM Fest hits Chicago April 18th thru the 21st.

The Chicago International Movies and Music Festival is a four day showcase of films and concerts, Q&A sessions, tech shows and a focus between cinema and music.

There are some Bloodshot tie-ins we wanna alert you to:

The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir play the opening night party (April 18th) at the Burlington.  Tickets are only $5!!

The Bloodshot showcase is at the Hideout April 19th at 10pm featuring Lydia Loveless and Luke Winslow-King

JC BROOKS & THE UPTOWN SOUND hit the CIMMcon Funk Party at the Congress w/ Greyboy Allstars and the Funky Meters

Scotland Yard Gospel Choir Instruments Stolen

So, last weekend, members of the Scotland Yard Gospel Choir put together a going away party for Elia at the Whistler in Chicago.  Proceeds went to charity: Dave Egger's literacy project 826.

What did the band get for their efforts?  Some POND SCUM stole Ethan's violin and guitars from the trunk of a car.

Hey!  FILTH BAG! I hope karmic vengeance is swift and convincing.

Here's a description of the stolen gear, so if you see it around, or know anything about it, help us track it down and help out some cool folks who were in the process of HELPING OTHERS.

VIOLIN: The table is made from medium-grained European spruce, and the ribs, head and two-piece back from well-flamed European maple.

The back has the following measurements: 35,2 cm, 16,5 cm, 11,1 cm, 20,3 cm.    The linseed oil based varnish is a warm orange-brown color on a golden ground.     The instrument is entirely hand-made by me and bears my label as follows:

Samuel Giovanni Casco in OÌ√rebro Anno 2010 For Ethan Adelsman

The Bow: Handmade by E. Herrmann of Brazilian pernambuco wood with silver mounted hardware. the bow bears the following inscription: E. HERRMANN ***   These were both in a Bam Lotus case, black with grayish stripes on the top and black backpack-style straps.

The Guitars:

Fender Mustang, 1966 model. Pale blue with black pickguard, one of the pickups is black, the other is white. had a red strap with black lightning bolt patern when last seen. Answers to Priscilla.

Fender Telecaster, black with white pickguard, made in Mexico. Has a chip in the finish near the bottom strap mount.

BS Announces the Brooklyn Fall Festival of Fun

C'mon out to Brooklyn's Bell House on November 7th for a grand day.  Carrying on the tradition of Bloodshot CMJ and SXSW parties...but now for serious local music fans.  Come early, eat, drink, and enjoy some great music.

Featuring Bottle Rockets, Graham Parker, Brooklyn's own Cordero, The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir and Lydia Loveless.  Doors at 5:30  Show at 6:30

Tickets only $10!!  Available Now!   Food provided by the Good Fork of Red Hook.

**This marks the return of the Scotland Yard Gospel Choir, whose appearance at last year's Bloodshot 15th anniversary BBQ in Brooklyn was cancelled due to their horrific van accident

**Seeing Rock and Roll legend Graham Parker is worth the price of admission ALONE

**Catch newcomer Lydia Loveless

PERMANENT RECORDS in Greenpoint is having an ENTER-TO-WIN contest for a pair of tickets.  Check 'em out



After their horrific van crash in September last year, TSYGC has been busy healing and re-habbing and more healing.  Recently, though, they've started practicing again with an eye on performances in June.  Read THIS story on their progress and their health care triumphs and tribulations in the Chicago Tribune.


Thanks to all of you who came out December 19th to Chicago's Double Door to benefit the "Get Well" funds for the Scotland Yard Gospel Choir and Lawrence Peters.  Thanks to you all we raised over $4000 for them AND gathered a couple bins worth of canned good for Catholic Charities.

Hope you enjoyed yourselves.  We're looking forward to new music in 2010 from all the bands that played: Dex Romweber Duo (baby, that killer cover of the Xavier Cugat nugget "Brazil" is still jumping in my head), the Blacks and the Detroit Cobras.

Happy New Year from your hard working pals at Bloodshot.

Bloodshot Digest: 11-11-09

Bloodshot Digest: The "I'm So Pissed FOX Cancelled Dollhouse" Edition:

  • No Depression has been hard-at-work digitizing its back issues for the web. This week, they featured Scott H Biram's cover story from a few years back -- fans new to Scott's work can read about the horrific car crash Biram survived, and recovered from, with determination and humor.
  • Speaking of surviving, we're happy to report SYGC continues to heal from their van accident. We're told that Mark's now able to take walks, and should be able to go home soon. There's another benefit show for the band tomorrow night at the venue, and our just-announced holiday show at The Double Door will also aid the band. Gapers Block has the rundown here.


Bloodshot Digest for November 6th, 2009


We here in the office are already to the bottom of our Day-Glo Pumpkin candy bucket---just a few Sweet Tarts, gumballs, packets of candy corn and one broken pixie stick that lost all its powdery goodness are left at the bottom.

Speaking of sugary delights (hey, not all segueways can be perfect), here are some tidbits that have come across our desks this week.

  • Dex Romweber appeared in Nashville alongside the LEGENDARY Charlie LouvinHere's some photos and video.
  • Chicago Sun-Times writer Jim DeRogatis gives the world an update on the Scotland Yard Gospel Choir's recovery following their horrific van accident in September and previews the benefit concert at the Hideout on November 12th.  Read the article here.
  • In other Chicago-related news, we are in danger of taking our amazing music scene for granted.  For all that goes on here, we lag far behind in getting City Hall's support. Now, they are threatening to cut the budgets for public music events.  Sign the petition to make sure they know we care about our city's cultural offerings and to keep this a world class destination for music and the arts.
  • Make sure you take advantage of our Random Cool Giveaways event, wherein you can score free t's, Lps, CDs, or 7" singles for yourself as endeavor to clean off some shelves before the Holiday onslaught.
  • Finally, some sad news to report for all Chicagoans who are fond of old-school drinking establishments (that would CERTAINLY include us): Johnnie,  owner of Johnnie's Lounge (or "the Hamm's Bar" as i always knew when i lived down the street from it) on Lincoln Ave died last week.  The Bloodshot Staff Xmas dinner is held at Fernando's (due to their Queso Fundido and toxic margaritas) and we always went across the street for a nightcap(or seven) afterwards.  Much dancing, tomfoolery and Johnnie storytelling took place.  He shall be missed and the era of the local tavern, in these days of "concept" bars, mixology places and thrice filtered autumnal blueberry ales, comes one step closer to existing in our memories alone.  Read about him here.

Prosit, Johnnie and thanks.

Bloodshot Digest: 10-27-09

The "I am Chuck Bass" Edition

  • Big news, Upper East Siders! In this week's episode of Gossip Girl, you can hear "One Night Stand" from The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir's new album, ... and the horse you rode in on! Listen about 3 minutes into the ep, when Nate brings over to Dan's Brooklyn loft a movie starring his new girlfriend Olivia and ... oh ... Anyway, SYGC lives in Gossip Girl infamy here.
  • Speaking of the Old 97s, you can now PRE-ORDER our upcoming reissue of Wreck Your Life -- a double-LP featuring WRL as well as all the Bloodshot 7''s the first time on vinyl! This is a VERY limited-edition run -- Pre-order it now, before it's gone!

Coach House Sounds Launch Party to Benefit Scotland Yard Gospel Choir

Coach House Sounds, a Chicago-based website, is having a lauch party on Tuesday, November 10th @ The Whistler, 8 pm FREE!

Features performances by Animal City, Zing! and Classical Revolution of Chicago.

Raffle prizes from Bloodshot, Drag City, Contraphonic Records, Busy Beaver Buttons, and CHIRP.  Proceeds from the raffle will go to the Scotland Yard Gospel Choir recovery fund.

SYGC recorded for Coach House earlier this year.  Check it out here.

Bloodshot Digest: 10-13-09

The But The Weatherman Promised Me Snow edition:

  • After swearing at me about how STUPID Twitter is, Scott H Biram went and joined it. You can follow him @ScottHBiram. In 140 characters or less, Biram's been regaling us with tales from his current US tour—check out the dates and see if he'll be headed your way.
  • Perfect Sound Forever has an interview with Exene, where she talks about moving back to LA, where the punk scene is now, and how she almost changed her last name -- You can read it here.
  • The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir is continuing to recover from its van accident last month, but good news is coming in: Mark is out of ICU; Gibson is replacing the guitar Mary lost in the wreck; and WOXY / will be featuring SYGC as their band of the week on Thursday!
  • In more SYGC news, both Subterranean and The Hideout in Chicago have generously donated nights for benefit shows -- Halloween eve at Sub-T will feature BBU, Canasta, New Duncan Imperials, Kevin Flynn and the Avondale Ramblers, along w/ appearances from members of SYGC. Meanwhile, the Hideout announced a benefit on November 12 featuring The 1900s and Brighton, MA. You can read more about these shows here.