Superchunk, Diarrhea Planet and More Cover Bloodshot Classics For 20th Anniversary Compilation

Andrew Parks

By Andrew Parks

on 11.06.14 in News

Bloodshot Records have shared another song from While No One Was Looking, a compilation of catalog-skimming covers that celebrates the label’s twentieth anniversary. Due out November 18, it features everyone from Diarrhea Planet to Ted Leo tackling their favorite tracks from Neko Case, Justin Townes Earle and more. In the case of Superchunk, the song in question was from one of Bloodshot’s benchmark releases: the universally acclaimed Ryan Adams record Heartbreaker.

“After going through probably a hundred songs from the Bloodshot catalog we decided to record ‘Come Pick Me Up’ from Heartbreaker,” frontman Mac McCaughan explained in a statement. “It’s a song I’ve always wanted to cover AND Ryan claims the title came from our album of the same name, so it seemed fitting. Though he may have just been saying that to be nice.”

“As an indie label operating on the fringes,” Bloodshot co-founder Rob Miller said in a separate press release, “we try to keep our eyes forward and ignore and avoid the chaos, distractions, inanities, and indifference on the peripheries of the biz and bring to bear our ingrained, Chicago stacker-of-wheat work ethic. The pay is low, but at least the hours are long, and there’s never been an expectation of longevity; there’s always been some new hurdle to climb over or problem to solve. Still, after all this time, we wake up in the morning (or, er, sometimes afternoons) excited about new music we’ve heard, a new band we’ve seen, some minor victory in the battle to dent the world’s ever-shortening and shallowing attention span.

He continued, “At times, it feels like we’re tossing bottles into a pond: some bob around; some drift into eddies or out of sight in the weeds; some splash the old guy fishing off his pier and yelling ‘hey you maniacs, you can’t do that;’ some get run down by drunken yahoos in their speedboat; some just sink. And, sometimes, one hits the current just right and floats off to amazing, unexpected places. The secret to (or madness in) our longevity is our will to keep on tossing.”

Check out a breakdown of While No One Was Looking below, along with the four songs Bloodshot has unveiled from it thus far.

'While No One Was Looking' album art

While No One Was Looking:
Disc 1:
Blitzen Trapper – “To Be Young (Is to Be Sad, Is to be High)” (Ryan Adams)
Chris Shiflett & The Dead Peasants – “Look the Other Way” (Justin Townes Earle)
Samantha Crain – “Cold Forgiver” (Ha Ha Tonka)
Chuck Prophet – “Dirt” (Andre Williams)
Hiss Golden Messenger – “Where I Fell” (Robbie Fulks)
Dave Davison (of Maps & Atlases) – “Things I Didn’t Say” (Bobby Bare, Jr.)
Ted Leo – “Dragging My Own Tombstone” (Waco Brothers)
Into It. Over It. – “Deep Red Bells” (Neko Case)
Split Single – “My Backyard” (Nora O’Connor)
Limbeck – “Sound of Running” (Old 97’s)
Tim Kasher – “Aspidistra” (The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir)
Shakey Graves – “Happy Birthday Julie” (Wayne Hancock)
Ivan & Alyosha – “My Winding Wheel” (Ryan Adams)
Chuck Ragan – “Survivor Blues” (Cory Branan)
The Minus 5 – “Cherokee Grove” (Mark Pickerel)
Carolyn Mark – “Last to Know” (Alejandro Escovedo)
Daniel Romano – “Strange Birds” (Jon Langford & The Sadies)
Charlie Parr – “Manifold” (Devil in a Woodpile)
The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band – “St. Nick on the Fourth in a Fervor” (Ha Ha Tonka)
Possessed By Paul James – “I Came Around” (Murder By Death)

Disc 2:
Andrew Bird and Nora O’Connor – “I’ll Trade You Money for Wine” (Robbie Fulks)
Ben Kweller – “2:00 AM” (The Meat Purveyors)
Frank Turner – “The Corner” (Cory Branan)
Superchunk – “Come Pick Me Up” (Ryan Adams)
KOJI – “East Jefferson” (Ben Weaver)
The Great Crusades – “Fake Out Jesus (Live)” (The Blacks)
Mike Watt & The Missingmen – “Up to My Neck In This” (Jon Langford & The Sadies)
Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers – “Oh My Sweet Carolina” (Ryan Adams)
Jerry David DeCicca – “Broken Bottle” (Alejandro Escovedo)
The Handsome Family – “1000 Dollar Car” (The Bottle Rockets)
Warm Soda – “All Grown Up” (Gore Gore Girls)
James Leg (of Black Diamond Heavies) – “Is That You in the Blue?” (Dex Romweber Duo)
Two Gallants – “Truck Driver” (Scott H. Biram)
Diarrhea Planet – “Dry Land” (Waco Brothers)
Kevin “Shinyribs” Russell – “All the Time” (Lydia Loveless)
The North Carolina Music Love Army (featuring Caitlin Cary, Chip Robinson, and Kenny Roby) – “Stick to the Plan” (Graham Parker)
William Elliott Whitmore – “I Wish I Was the Moon” (Neko Case)
Samuel Fogarino (of Interpol) – “Liked It a Lot” (Charlie Pickett)