NOVEMBER 16TH: Cucalorus Film Festival in Wilmington NC
NOVEMBER 21ST: UK premiere at the LEEDS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
From the program:
WORLD PREMIERE Emerging from the first blast of 1977 U.K. punk rock, the Mekons were notorious, as critic Greil Marcus notes, for being “the band that took punk ideology most seriously.” Charting the group’s progression from socialist art students with no musical skills through its reinvention as rabble-rousing progeny of Hank Williams, the film reveals how, four decades into a still-evolving career, the Mekons continue to make original, genre-defying music while staying true to the punk ethos.
On this past weekend’s episode of National Geographic Weekend, host Boyd Matson interviews Aboriginal Australian Country & Western singer Roger Knox about his latest album Stranger In My Land. His folks, country and rock n’ roll-hybrid songs were written by Aborigine artists – some handed-down over generations, but not widely sung. In their conversation, Roger shares why he loves country music’s ability to tell a story and how many people in Australia’s native populations balk at the concept of being “Australian”.
It's 10 minutes or so, so STOP compulsively reading about the new Royal Baby and LEARN something for a change.
It's full of music streams too. Read/Listen to it HERE
It was, as expected, a classy affair. A sampling:
“I went to the doctor recently, and he told me I had to stop masturbating,” Langford announced. “I asked him why.”
“Because I’m trying to take your pulse!” he concluded, to a cymbal shot from drummer Steve Goulding.
Read all about it and see a lot of pictures HERE
Firecat Projects will be featuring Austin-based gallery, Yard Dog, and a collection of their “best of” works on Saturday, June 8 from 5-8PM, followed by a musical performance by the WACO BROTHERS at Fitzgerald’s in Berwyn, IL. at 9PM.
Firecat will be presenting Yard Dog art gallery and a showcase of 7 folk artists including two Chicago locals, Tony Fitzpatrick and Jon Langford. Other headliners will include Kurt Herrmann, Mike Egan, Camp Bosworth, and Bill Miller.
A pre-showing of the work will be made viewable to the public on Tuesday, June 4.
Firecat’s doors will open at 5PM with food and hors d’oeuvres provided by Red Door. There will be an option to purchase wine or beer, provided by 3 Floyds Brewing and Red & White Wines Chicago.
Firecat is located at 2124 North Damen, Chicago, IL.
For more information, call (773) 342-5381, visit their website at firecatprojects.org, or email them at FirecatProjects@gmail.com.
Seething with envy that you don't get to see the bounteous music and depravity of South by Southwest this year? Pissed that you can't partake in all the Bloodshot-friendly events in the warm weather of Austin TX? Tired of the drabness of late winter Chicago?
Fear not, we're bringing some of the action to you right HERE, friends!
plus eats by ManBQue
RSVP for entry: Do312.com/Bloodshot
RSVP is subject to capacity.
We shall see you there as we get our livers into fighting shape.
For an entire week, No Depression helped us tell the story of the remarkable new album by Roger Knox and the Pine Valley Cosmonauts Stranger In My Land.
This album features the talents of Sally Timms, Kelly Hogan, The Sadies, Jon Langford, Andre Williams, Charlie Louvin, Dave Alvin and many more and each day ND posted a story by these artists on the recording. They also posted a stream of each song.
HERE are the stories and streams in their entirety
Read all about the how Roger's story and his music affected all the incredible talent Langford was able to pull together for Stranger In My Land and we hope you'll support this once-in-a-label's-lifetime project.
Also: Here's a short (5 minutes) documentary piece that Chicago filmmaker Scott Alexander made on Roger. Features interviews with Roger and Jon Langford and some live footage featuring the Sadies and Sally Timms
The long-time-in-the-making Roger Knox & the Pine Valley Cosmonauts album Stranger in My Land is being released on February 12th. This is a very dear record to us and one of, gasp, cultural significance, so please PLEASE give it a listen!
To whip you into a state of frothy excitement, we're entering all pre-orders into a drawing to win two Jon Langford prints.
Also, you can read an early chunk of praise from acclaimed Canadian First Nations' writer Richard Wagamese HERE.
"When it’s released in early February, this will become the most important country music release of 2013. Why?…This is country music wrought bruised and aching from the dustbowl that is Australia’s Outback. This is Roger Knox bringing an Aboriginal voice to what amounts to Jimmie Rodgers, Lefty Frizzell, Woody Guthrie and Paul Robeson gathered at the billabong singing protest tunes.
These are down-under songs of racial alienation, displacement, the march to civil rights and a collective voice in the wilderness proclaiming that they will not be moved. It is vintage Nashville sung like it should be; honestly, matter-of-fact and evocative as hell...Elegant, suffused with meaning and essential."
Roger Knox, the Black Elvis, the Koori King of Country, has his visa in hand and is coming to the USA from Down Under to play a few dates. The last time he tried to come over a few years ago, the US government denied him entry.
This may be the ONLY CHANCE you'll get to see the man, so DON'T MISS IT!
Read all about his collaboration with Jon Langford and the Pine Valley Cosmonauts HERE. It features Will Oldham, the Sadies, Kelly Hogan, Dave Alvin, Andre Williams and many others.
This is an important record, friends and we want you all to welcome Roger to our land.
Oct 6th in SAN FRANCISCO at the HARDLY STRICTLY BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL at 11am Star Stage w/ The Sadies, Sally Timms, Jon Langford
OCT 10TH in MADISON WI at The Frequency w/ the Waco Brothers, Sally Timms
OCT 11TH in CHICAGO at Old Town School of Folk Music w/ The Waco Brothers, Sally Timms
In late July, Bloodshot turned 18!! In that hazy, crazy summer of '94, we put out a little compilation to alleviate our boredom (Angry Birds hadn't been invented yet...I know...it was like the Stone Age) and try and get into to shows for free. It features the first widely available recordings of Bottle Rockets, Robbie Fulks, The Handsome Family, and provided Jon Langford with more opportunities to make music...
And now we're old enough to do things like vote, buy pornography and Lotto tickets, get a Sam's Club membership, get a home loan (and allow banks to screw us), sue somebody (like a bank), get sued, be convicted as adults, buy tobacco, buy Nicorette gum, enter the Publishers Clearinghouse Sweepstakes....ah the world is our oyster.....
To celebrate, we're throwing at Party! 5 Bands! Beer Tastings!
Sounds like heaven to us.
While you're in the festive mood, check out our August sale highlighting artists connected to that very first album.