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It's a Thanksgiving miracle! Everyone's favorite feline YouTube host Lil Bub was all alone for Thanksgiving dinner, but it turns out Murder By Death live only a block away! Lil Bub made her way over to join Adam and Sarah for turkey, stuffing, and...fishes. Check out the special Thanksgiving episode of 'Lil Bub's Big Show' featuring Murder By Death (with a little performance at the end, too) below! 



On January 17th and 18th, Murder By Death will celebrate the ten-year anniversary of their classic album 'Who Will Survive and What Will Be Left of Them?' by performing the album at Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado, the hotel on which Stephen King based 'The Shining.' (For those unfamiliar, it's a concept album about the Devil waging war on a small Mexican border town. Yeah, that's right. Spooky stuff. We wouldn't expect any less from MBD.)

Book your tickets and pre-order the reissue of the album here:


Having spent the better part of the summer wandering around the cornfields of IN, MBD are itching to get back on the road, and thus they are.

Catch them at one of the stops on the 6 week tour of the US!

Also, order now using coupon code AUTUMNTOUR and get 20% off the CD or LP of their latest Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon

" addictive blend of indie rock, alt country, classic storytelling, and South-Western spirit that continues to unfold with every listen, and there have been many,many listens." --Ghettoblaster

Murder By Death Video Premiere for "Lost River" on SPIN

Murder by Death's beautifully haunting new video for "Lost River," from their Bloodshot debut LP Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon premiered on SPIN today. The video, directed by Gabe Darling, accompanies newly announced summer/fall tour dates for North America.

Watch it here.

Lots to tell you about today....

MBD cartoon

Well, it's NATIONAL MARGARITA DAY, so we thought that while you (like us) are relaxing (or chillaxing, as I'm told they say now) with our fave cocktail, we'd share a BUNCH of goodies that piled in on us the past few days.  It's all really good and worth your while.  So lick that rim (we're talking about salt---get your minds outta the gutter) and peruse:

---Roger Knox: Some FANTASTIC and in-depth pieces from places putting real effort and consideration into their praise for the album Stranger in My Country: Here is a but a sample: "Stranger In My Land is a powerful collection full of pointed commentaries on the state of life for Australia’s Aborigines. Its true brilliance, however, is that these commentaries are presented in such an ear-pleasing manner, within songs that would be enjoyable no matter what their topic. And with a Shakespearean understanding for the timing of comic relief, there are moments of frivolity and nostalgia interspersed throughout, making it an even more entertaining experience. There’s no doubt that Roger Knox and the Pine Valley Cosmonauts’ Stranger In My Land is an important album, but it is also just a great listen that no fan of country music—no matter which hemisphere he or she calls home—should miss."

From the Weld for Birmingham: -“Roger Knox sings with the wisdom and fatalism of one who’s come through the fire. His yearning for “Dreamtime,” the Aboriginal state of grace, echoes back to Blind Willie Johnson and King David’s lyre, reminding us that real country music can come from any country...But the result is no stereotypical country album. Indeed, its eclectic and personable introduction to a hidden culture might well remind you of Buena Vista Social Club.”

and then an interview in the Uprooted Music Revue:

-“Stranger In My Land is sure to appeal to fans of Alan Lomax's field recordings, as well as to the contemporary folk and alt country fans who have an ear for music of the people by the people...This album is incredible, and I am overjoyed to share this man's musical history with you.”

It's an important record for us, and most entertaining as well, we hope you give it a chance.

In other Roger news, he will be appearing on the ABC Radio National show The Daily Planet in his native Australia.  It 's next week sometime.  Which might be last week here--we're still confused on how all that works.  Anyway, HERE is the program listing

---Justin Townes Earle: Mountain Stage will be re-broadcasting his June 2012 performance begininng today.  Go HERE for times and stations

---Murder By Death participated n a video interview with in Champaign IL. Go HERE for a write of their show and some professional illustrations of the band.

---Bottle Rockets:  A lengthy piece on Brian Henneman called, lovingly enough, "I'll Puke if That Jukebox Plays John Cougar One More Time,"  on his early days with Uncle Tupelo and the genesis of the Rockets.  Pictures and song streams.  Really interesting for you history buffs. Go to Adios Lounge for a peek.

Wayne Hancock: His new album Ride doesn't come out until Tuesday, but folks are already digging it.  Here's's review, and then one from Slug Magazine., to quote the great philosopher Jimmy Buffett, where IS that lost shaker of salt?

Murder by Death announces 2013 tour with MAN MAN


Murder By Death have announced they will be joining up with Man Man for a co-headline tour starting February 7, 2013 at the Black Cat in Washington, D.C. The tour is set to hit parts of the East Coast, then proceed across the Gulf Coast, and head north through the Midwest and Upper East Coast, until it concludes on March 2 at Union Transfer in Man Man’s native Philadelphia, PA.

See full tour dates HERE!

Get their latest album Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon on CD, LP, digital and, we've got just a few left, the DELUXE edition LP

“This rollicking clash between light and dark gives the album a kind of macabre tent-revival feeling…This level of immersion alone make Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon worth the time it takes to give it a listen, and the fact that the album is filled with killer songs to slam bourbon to is really just icing on the (probably arsenic-laced) cake.”
– All Music Guide

Murder By Death Pre-sale and Summer Tour

Newest BS family member Murder By Death's new record comes out September 25th.  BUT you can pre-order the CD/LP/Deluxe LP now!

If you do, we'll send you the first single "I Came Around" right away digitally.

Have a listen to it streaming on RCRD LBL

Or you can purchase the single on iTunes starting today

OR you can go to the band's outlandish KICKSTARTER page for all kinds of pre-sale goodies.

OR (we've got more "ors" than a canoe dump bump) you can secure your album when you see the band live on their summer tour.

Regardless, get yer Murder By Death...



Bloodshot Welcomes MURDER BY DEATH! Plus, new album details and summer tour dates!

We are extremely pleased to announce that Murder By Death has signed with Bloodshot Records. The Bloomington, IN quintet has been on our radar for some time with their unique brand of brooding, anthem-riding balladry and orchestral roots-inflicted indie rock, as found on defining albums such as In Bocca al Lupo (2006) and Good Morning, Magpie (2010). And really, with their sing-along/powder-keg performances; fan-first mentality; and consistently exceptional music, Murder By Death has built a decade-plus career embodying all the essential elements that Bloodshot could possibly ask for in band. Plus, Murder By Death + Bloodshot… the combo just has a nice, gruesome ring to it...

The band will release their Bloodshot debut and sixth full-length album this fall. Additional details to come soon.

In the meantime, they are heading out on the road this summer to support their upcoming release, performing with the support of new labelmates Ha Ha Tonka, as well as Cory Chisel and other special guests. Full tour dates are below, along with some candid shots from the official contract signing.

Jul 12 - Mr. Smalls Theatre Pittsburgh, PA - Tickets *
Jul 13
- Black Cat Washington, DC - Tickets *
Jul 14
- Paradise Rock Club Boston, MA - Tickets *
Jul 15
- Heirloom Arts Theatre Danbury, CT - Tickets *
Jul 17
- Webster Hall New York, NY - Tickets *
Jul 18
- Union Transfer Philadelphia, PA - Tickets *
Jul 20
- The Horseshoe Tavern Toronto, Canada - Tickets #
Jul 21
- Grog Shop Cleveland, OH - Tickets *
Jul 22
- Cosmic Charlie's Lexington, KY - Tickets *
Jul 24
- Mercy Lounge Nashville, TN - Tickets *
Jul 25
- Newby's Memphis, TN - Tickets #
Jul 26
- Spanish Moon Baton Rouge, LA - Tickets #
Jul 27
- Fitzgerald's Houston, TX - Tickets #
Jul 28
- Mohawk Austin, TX - Tickets #
Jul 31
- Sol Santa Fe Santa Fe, NM - Tickets *
Aug 1
- The Crescent Ballroom Phoenix, AZ - Tickets *
Aug 2
- The Casbah San Diego, CA - Tickets *
Aug 3
- El Rey Theatre Los Angeles, CA - Tickets *
Aug 4
- Bottom of the Hill San Francisco, CA - Tickets %
Aug 5
- Bottom of the Hill San Francisco, CA - Tickets *
Aug 9
- The Media Club Vancouver, Canada - Tickets %
Aug 10
- Tractor Tavern Seattle, WA - Tickets %
Aug 11
- Dante's Portland, OR - Tickets %
Aug 14
- Neurolux Boise, ID - Tickets %
Aug 15
- Bar Deluxe Salt Lake City, UT - Tickets %
Aug 16
- Bluebird Theater Denver, CO - Tickets %
Aug 17 - Bluebird Theater Denver, CO - Tickets %
Aug 18
- The Waiting Room Omaha, NE - Tickets %
Aug 20
- Plush St Louis, MO - Tickets %
Aug 22
- Gabe's Oasis Iowa City, IA - Tickets %
Aug 23
- Triple Rock Minneapolis, MN - Tickets %
Aug 24
- Turner Hall Ballroom Milwaukee, WI - Tickets %
Aug 25 - Metro Chicago, IL - Tickets *

*w/ Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons + Ha Ha Tonka
# w/ Cory Chisel
% w/ Ha Ha Tonka

MBD Signing

Sarah Balliet (cello, keyboards) and Adam Turla (vocals, guitar) at the Bloodshot office signing their contract.

MBD Signing

Matt Armstrong (bass) and Scott Bracket (keyboards, accordion, vocals, and more) sign their Bloodshot Records contract on the hood of a nearby parked car after their performance at Chicago’s Do Division street fest. Label co-owner Nan Warshaw looks on.

MBD signing

Sarah and Adam posing with the massive Bloodshot advance.