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    Various Artists: While No One Was Looking - Toasting 20 Years of Bloodshot Records

    Various Artists
    While No One Was Looking-Toasting 20 Years of Bloodshot Records
    3 1/2 out of 5 stars

    Leave it to Chicago’s edgiest and most notorious indie Americana imprint to approach its 20th year in a unique format. Instead of just picking and choosing worthy recordings from two decades worth of releases, as many other indie outfits would do in their situation (including themselves on their fifth anniversary compilation Down to the Promised Land), they invited other acts, regardless of label affiliation, to the party. The result is 38 tracks that originated on Bloodshot, performed by a wildly diverse roster of artists who were influenced by the music, label or both.

    That’s a double edged sword though since many of the participants such as Daniel Romano, Kevin “Shinyribs” Russell, Possessed by Paul James, James Leg, Koji and others are obscure even by indie standards. Also, the highest profile participants like Chuck Prophet, Mike Watt & the Missingmen, Superchunk and Andrew Bird are still far from household names. Yet that suits the scrappy Bloodshot style, one that needs to keep things on a shoestring budget. And really, would you want to see U2 or Sting involved in a project like this, even if they requested it?

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