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Album: While No One Was Looking: Toasting 20 Years of Bloodshot Records [Digipak]
# Song Title   Time
1)    To Be Young (Is to Be Sad, Is to Be High) - Blitzen Trapper
2)    Look the Other Way
3)    Cold Forgiver
4)    Dirt - Chuck Prophet
5)    Where I Fell - Hiss Golden Messenger
6)    Things I Didn't Say
7)    Dragging My Own Tombstone - Ted Leo
8)    Deep Red Bells - Into It. Over It./Evan Thomas Weiss
9)    My Backyard - Split Single
10)    Sound of Running - Limbeck
11)    Aspiditra
12)    Happy Birthday Julie
13)    My Winding Wheel - Ivan & Alyosha
14)    Survivor Blues - Chuck Ragan
15)    Cherokee Grove
16)    Last to Know
17)    Strange Birds - Daniel Romano
18)    Manifold
19)    St. Nick on the Fourth in a Fervor - The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band
20)    I Came Around - Possessed by Paul James/Konrad West
21)    I'll Trade You Money For Wine - Andrew Bird/Nora O'Connor
22)    2:00 AM - Ben Kweller
23)    Corner, The - Frank Turner
24)    Come Pick Me Up - Superchunk
25)    East Jefferson - Koji
26)    Fake Out Jesus - Great Crusades
27)    Up To My Neck In This - The Missingmen/Mike Watt
28)    Oh My Sweet Carolina - Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers
29)    Broken Bottle - Jerry DeCicca
30)    1000 Dollar Car - The Handsome Family
31)    All Grown Up - Warm Soda
32)    Is That You In the Blue? - James Leg
33)    Trucke Driver - Two Gallants
34)    Dry Land - Diarrhea Planet
35)    All the Time - Kevin "Shinyribs" Russell
36)    Stick To the Plan - NC Music Love Army - (featuring Chip Robinson/Kenny Roby/Caitlin Cary)
37)    I Wish I Was the Moon - William Elliott Whitmore
38)    Liked It a Lot - Sam Fogarino
1)    I'll Trade You Money for Wine - Andrew Bird/Nora O'Connor
2)    2:00 AM - Ben Kweller
3)    Corner, The - Frank Turner
4)    Come Pick Me Up - Superchunk
5)    East Jefferson - Koji
6)    Fake Out Jesus
7)    Up to My Neck in This
8)    Oh My Sweet Carolina
9)    Broken Bottle - Jerry DeCicca
10)    1000 Dollar Car - The Handsome Family/Brett Sparks
11)    All Grown Up - Warm Soda
12)    Is That You in the Blue?
13)    Truck Driver
14)    Dry Land - Diarrhea Planet
15)    All the Time - Kevin "Shinyribs" Russell
16)    Stick to the Plan - The North Carolina Music Love Army - (featuring Kenny Roby/Chip Robinson/Caitlin Cary)
17)    I Wish I Was the Moon
18)    Liked It a Lot - Sam Fogarino
 

Album: While No One Was Looking: Toasting 20 Years of Bloodshot Records [Digipak]
# Song Title   Time
1)    To Be Young (Is to Be Sad, Is to Be High) - Blitzen Trapper
2)    Look the Other Way
3)    Cold Forgiver
4)    Dirt - Chuck Prophet
5)    Where I Fell - Hiss Golden Messenger
6)    Things I Didn't Say
7)    Dragging My Own Tombstone - Ted Leo
8)    Deep Red Bells - Into It. Over It./Evan Thomas Weiss
9)    My Backyard - Split Single
10)    Sound of Running - Limbeck
11)    Aspiditra
12)    Happy Birthday Julie
13)    My Winding Wheel - Ivan & Alyosha
14)    Survivor Blues - Chuck Ragan
15)    Cherokee Grove
16)    Last to Know
17)    Strange Birds - Daniel Romano
18)    Manifold
19)    St. Nick on the Fourth in a Fervor - The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band
20)    I Came Around - Possessed by Paul James/Konrad West
21)    I'll Trade You Money For Wine - Andrew Bird/Nora O'Connor
22)    2:00 AM - Ben Kweller
23)    Corner, The - Frank Turner
24)    Come Pick Me Up - Superchunk
25)    East Jefferson - Koji
26)    Fake Out Jesus - Great Crusades
27)    Up To My Neck In This - The Missingmen/Mike Watt
28)    Oh My Sweet Carolina - Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers
29)    Broken Bottle - Jerry DeCicca
30)    1000 Dollar Car - The Handsome Family
31)    All Grown Up - Warm Soda
32)    Is That You In the Blue? - James Leg
33)    Trucke Driver - Two Gallants
34)    Dry Land - Diarrhea Planet
35)    All the Time - Kevin "Shinyribs" Russell
36)    Stick To the Plan - NC Music Love Army - (featuring Chip Robinson/Kenny Roby/Caitlin Cary)
37)    I Wish I Was the Moon - William Elliott Whitmore
38)    Liked It a Lot - Sam Fogarino
1)    I'll Trade You Money for Wine - Andrew Bird/Nora O'Connor
2)    2:00 AM - Ben Kweller
3)    Corner, The - Frank Turner
4)    Come Pick Me Up - Superchunk
5)    East Jefferson - Koji
6)    Fake Out Jesus
7)    Up to My Neck in This
8)    Oh My Sweet Carolina
9)    Broken Bottle - Jerry DeCicca
10)    1000 Dollar Car - The Handsome Family/Brett Sparks
11)    All Grown Up - Warm Soda
12)    Is That You in the Blue?
13)    Truck Driver
14)    Dry Land - Diarrhea Planet
15)    All the Time - Kevin "Shinyribs" Russell
16)    Stick to the Plan - The North Carolina Music Love Army - (featuring Kenny Roby/Chip Robinson/Caitlin Cary)
17)    I Wish I Was the Moon
18)    Liked It a Lot - Sam Fogarino
 
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  • Photographer: Anthony Nguyen.
  • Independent record labels are not always known for their longevity, so the mere fact Chicago's Bloodshot Records has managed to celebrate a 20th birthday is remarkable in itself. Even more impressive, though, is the fact Bloodshot has survived as a principled and artist-friendly label largely devoted to what was being called alt-country in 1994 (the label has always preferred the phrase "insurgent country"), a movement that produced many great acts but no major commercial breakthroughs. If Bloodshot's influence hasn't necessarily been broad, it's certainly proved to be deep, and on While No One Was Looking: Toasting 20 Years of Bloodshot Records, the label has thrown a grand birthday party by inviting 38 different acts to cover their favorite song from Bloodshot's catalog. It's probably significant that Bloodshot's biggest-selling album, Ryan Adams' Heartbreaker, spawned the most covers here (four), but the fact that lesser-knowns like the Meat Purveyors, Devil in a Woodpile, and the Blacks are shown some love confirms that the label's work frequently fell on the right ears, if not always the most ears. And if you want evidence that the label's staff know a good song when they hear one, the eclectic interpretations on While No One Was Looking reveal that nearly every tune here is a winner that can be interpreted in a variety of ways. Superchunk turn Adams' "Come Pick Me Up" into a big, noisy rocker without sacrificing its soul, Ted Leo's ghostly electronic interpretation of the Waco Brothers' "Dragging My Own Tombstone" is striking and powerful, Mike Watt gives Jon Langford & the Sadies' "Up to My Neck in This" an angular spin that suits his singular musical personality, the North Carolina Music Love Army embrace Graham Parker's "Stick to the Plan" with all the joy and bile that it deserves, Andrew Bird & Nora O'Connor conjure a version of Robbie Fulks' "I'll Trade You Money for Wine" that's even more doomstruck than the original, and Interpol's Samuel Fogarino radically reshapes Charlie Pickett's "Liked It a Lot" into a gloomy bit of goth-influenced electronic experimentation. Different listeners often find different things when they listen to a worthwhile album, and While No One Was Looking confirms plenty of folks heard fascinating things in the music Bloodshot has brought to the marketplace, it's a great listen that's full of fine surprises and passionate music. Now how about a follow-up in which Bloodshot artists cover one another's tunes? ~ Mark Deming
Professional Reviews
Alternative Press - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Superchunk transform Ryan Adams' heart-wrenching 'Come Pick Me Up' into a fast, loud, rollicking tune rife with heavy drums and distorted guitars."

Paste (magazine) - "Emotions without filters seem the order. Youth's swagger ignites Warm Soda's punk churn of the Gore Gore Girls' 'All Grown Up,' equal parts Rockpile and the Ramones..."
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