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Album Fri Nov 14 2014

While You Weren't Looking: Bloodshot Turned 20


Chicago, we don't know how good we have it. While some cities can barely play host to one indie label, we're blessed with, well, zillions. In my decade + in town, I've seen Bloodshot Records go from a mere tween asking us to buy it cigarettes, to a surly teen, to its latest milestone: a twenty year old out looking for trouble on a Saturday night. To celebrate, they're putting out a double album of tributes of their storied past. While No One Was Looking pays homage to artists who got their indie starts at BSHQ like Ryan Adams and Neko Case alongside current label favorites Justin Townes Earle and Jon Langford. It's an album of 38 tributes, one song after another putting a new spin on a beloved label classic. There's Blitzen Trapper covering Ryan Adams' "To Be Young (Is to Be Sad, Is to be High)," Into It. Over It. covering the haunting track "Deep Red Bells" by Neko Case and Diarrhea Planet putting their spin on "Dry Land" by the Waco Brothers, just to name a few! (Check out the full track listing.) Whether you're an old Bloodshot fan, or a new one, this is one behemoth of an album you're going to want to pick up.

The 38-song album officially drops Tuesday, November 18 and is available via pre-sale online. To say this one is an ideal stocking stuffer, is a no-brainer. In case you need some enticement, listen to a few tracks, below:

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

Our Final Transmission Days

By The Gapers Block Transmission Staff

Transmission staffers share their most cherished memories and moments while writing for Gapers Block.

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  Chicago Music Media

Alarm Magazine
Big Rock Candy Mountain
Boxx Magazine
Brooklyn Vegan Chicago
Can You See The Sunset From The Southside
Chicago Reader Music
Chicagoist Arts & Events
Chicago Music Guide
Chicago Singles Club
Country Music Chicago
Cream Team
Dark Jive
The Deli Chicago
Jim DeRogatis
Fake Shore Drive
Gowhere Hip Hop
The Hood Internet
Jaded in Chicago
Largehearted Boy
Little White Earbuds
Live Fix Blog
Live Music Blog
Loud Loop Press
Oh My Rockness
Pop 'stache
Pop Matters
Resident Advisor
Sound Opinions
Sun-Times Music Blog
Theft Liable to Prosecution
Tribune Music
UR Chicago
Victim Of Time
WFMU's Beware of the Blog
Windy City Rock


Abbey Pub
Andy's Jazz Club
Aragon Ballroom
Auditorium Theatre
Beat Kitchen
Bottom Lounge
Buddy Guy's Legends
The Burlington
California Clipper
Concord Music Hall
Congress Theater
Cubby Bear
Double Door
Elbo Room
Empty Bottle
Green Mill
The Hideout
Honky Tonk BBQ
House of Blues
Kingston Mines
Lincoln Hall
Logan Square Auditorium
Mayne Stage
The Mutiny
Old Town School of Folk Music
Park West
The Promontory
Red Line Tap
Reggie's Rock Club & Music Joint
The Riviera
Thalia Hall
The Shrine
Symphony Center
Tonic Room
Uncommon Ground
The Vic
The Whistler

  Labels, Promoters
  & Shops:

Alligator Records
Beverly Records
Bloodshot Records
Dave's Records
Delmark Records
Drag City
Dusty Groove
Flameshovel Records
Groove Distribution
He Who Corrupts
Jam Productions
Jazz Record Mart
Kranky Records
Laurie's Planet of Sound
Minty Fresh
Numero Group
mP Shows
Permanent Records
Reckless Records
Smog Veil Records
Southport & Northport Records
Thick Records
Thrill Jockey Records Touch & Go/Quarterstick Records
Victory Records

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