CMJ Weekend: Bloodshot Records, The Lawrence Arms, and Diatribe on Punk Rock Community

By on Nov 21, 2007 in Music

I started out my CMJ weekend by heading to the Bloodshot Records BBQ at Union Pool – Free Beer! Free Food! (after the $10 cover). We arrived late because that’s how I roll and guess what? No food and the beer might have been free but it also might have been dog piss. They only charged us $10 for 2 people though. We got there just in time to see Centro-Matic. I generally like Bloodshot Records’ bands and love the Old 97s. For years I’ve been hearing the praise of Centro-Matic as the new Old 97s but never really gave them a good listen. Now that I have, all I can say is that their music is good alt-country but nothing special. As for their live show … well the guitarist looked like he was about to fall asleep and I was right there with him. In one word: Dissapointing. And the Bloodshot merch stunk which was doubly dissapointing since I’m currently on a...