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Bloodshot Briefing: Rear View Mirror

By Matt Harness

* The music.

* The belt sander races. Won by Brian Urbanik's Toast-Terror. Bio and photos welcome.

* Jeff won the drunken spelling bee. He couldn't spell his last name. Help requested.

* The Beer-B-Q rolls into Austin this weekend at the Yard Dog Gallery.

Backside As part of the label's 15th anniversary, Rob Miller and Nan Warshaw are re-releasing some early recordings on vinyl as well as digital versions on November 17.

Included: The Old 97s' complete Bloodshot catalog, including some out-of-print singles; and Alejandro Escovedo's A Man Under the Influence and some tracks off Bourbonitis Blues; plus some of his compilation contributions, all in one package.

Top Secret
Scotland Yard Gospel Choir is throwing a secret show somewhere in Lincoln Square on Saturday.

Go here for the chance to win tickets.

Bottled Up
"We're a low-tech band in a high-tech work," the Bottle Rockets' Brian Henneman tells Americana UK.

I do disagree with Henneman on his point that music misses the old gatekeepers. There always be gatekeepers for music, whether they are label PR machines, studio geniuses, your friends or music blogs. It's up to the listener, though, certainly now more than ever, to filter all the sounds and pick out what you like.

Tour Note
* Escovedo fill, he returns to Chicago on October 4 to play the Country Music Festival in Grant Park. Admission is free.


Bloodshot Briefing appears in this space every Friday. Matt welcomes your comments.

Posted on September 17, 2009

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