Goodbye buddy, sleep peacefully.
Sorry the blogging has been a bit on the lean side lately but pretty much all the free time has been occupied playing bass in the bands I’m in. My friend Chris Nickey and I played over 50 shows throughout this past year year with our band Chris And Tommy’s Good Time Folk Rock Show and now we’re closing out 2011 in a big way with our first show at Philadelphia’s renowned Tin Angel.
Come on out and help us celebrate on Friday December 30th. Grab a nice dinner downstairs at Serrano restaurant then pop upstairs and enjoy a great night of music.
As our way of saying thanks for coming out we’ll have free T-Shirts,CDs,stickers for everyone as well few show posters to giveaway.
Friday December 30 7:30 pm $10 21+UP
20 S 2nd Street Philadelphia PA
Advance tickets for Tin Angel shows are available from their box office:
Over the phone at (215) 928-0978, noon–10 pm, 7 days a week
In person at 20 South 2nd Street, after 4 pm downstairs at Serrano
or online at Comcast tix here
Chris and I would also like to send out a big THANK YOU to anyone who has come to the shows and to all of the venues we’ve played this past year. It’s been a great time !
The Alchemist & Barrister, Bogart’s Bookstore, Bus Stop Music Cafe, Café Improv-Princeton Community TV
Fuel House Coffee Co., Green Planet Coffee Co., John & Peters, Katmandu, Langhorne Coffee House, MOJO 13, Penn Tap Room, Puck, Small World Coffee, The Garden/R.A.T Gallery, The Grape Room, The Legendary Dobbs, The Mill Hill Basement, The Raven Lounge, The Sand Witch, Tin Angel, Tritone, Tulip Hookah Cafe, Virago Baking Company, Whole Foods Plymouth Meeting
An update on a couple of upcoming shows this week from Chris & Tommy’s Goodtime Folk Rock Show. First up, a Cinco De Mayo blowout this Thursday at The Alchemist & Barrister in Princeton New Jersey and then a full band appearance/Spare Tire Band reunion with special guests Scott Matlack and Brett Neilsen at Puck in Doylestown PA. Come on out and have a good time !
Chris And Tommy’s Good Time Folk Rock Show
Cinco De Mayo Party
Thursday May 5th 10pm FREE
The Alchemist And Barrister
28 Witherspoon Street, Princeton NJ
Chris And Tommy’s Good Time Folk Rock Show
with Ryan Tennis & Superfive
Saturday May 7th 7pm $8
Printers Alley Doylestown PA
Starting the new year off with some gratuitous self promotion and trying to kick start this blog back into gear. Here are the early 2011 tour dates for Chris And Tommys’s Good Time Folk Rock Show, an acoustic duo featuring Chris Nickey on guitar and vocals, and myself on bass. Come on out and join in the fun as we start off 2011 by providing the soundtrack to the First Friday Arts on The Avenue celebration at Langhorne Coffee House. To give you a taste of what it’s all about, give a listen to this set we performed this past summer at the R.A.T. Gallery in Gardenville, PA.
Chris And Tommys’s Good Time Folk Rock Show
Fri Jan 7 7pm Langhorne Coffee House Langhorne, PA
Thu Jan 13 8pm Small World Coffee Princeton, NJ
Sat Jan 29 7pm Fuel House Coffee Co. Concert Series Vineland, NJ
Wed Feb 2 10pm The Grape Room, Manayunk PA
Sat Feb 5 8pm Small World Coffee Princeton, NJ w/Superfive
Thu Feb 10 8pm MOJO 13 Wilmington, DE w/ Joanna Lynne, Transitshop, Nate Farrar
Sat Mar 12 8pm Green Planet Coffee Point Pleasant Beach, NJ
Fri Mar 18 7pm Bogart’s Bookstore Millville, NJ
Sat Apr 9 8pm Green Planet Coffee Point Pleasant Beach, NJ
with more dates TBA soon…
Chris & Tommy’s Good Time Folk Rock Show
6.19.10 R.A.T Gallery, Gardenville PA
Some special live music today to soundtrack your weekend. Back in 1986 Washington DC’s Tommy Keene released his second album, the instant power pop classic, Songs From The Film. Now nearly 25 years later he’s out on tour doing a special series of shows where he is playing that album in it’s entirety. He recently played an intimate in store performance with the full band in Bordentown, New Jersey at The Record Collector. I was unable to attend myself but BIG thanks go out to my friend Chris for recording this incredible show so that I can bring it to you. Enjoy.
09.18.10 Tommy Keene
The Record Collector, Bordentown, NJ
Tommy Keene – vocals, guitar
Billy Connelly – guitar, vocals
Michael Alban – bass
Mike Leach – drums
Places That Are Gone
In Our Lives
Listen To Me
Paper Words and Lies
Kill Your Sons [Lou Reed]
Call On Me
As Life Goes By
My Mother Looked Like Marilyn Monroe
The Story Ends
The Philadelphia Film and Music Festival livens up the city this coming weekend. For those of you not familiar with it I’ll let the press release do the talking:
THE PHILADELPHIA FILM AND MUSIC FESTIVAL or “PHILLY F/M” for short) is a four-day festival taking place at over 30 music and film venues, with free outdoor stages, day parties and a record fair. Philly F/M will take place on Thursday, Sept 23 – Sunday, Sept 26th, 2010 and will feature a wide variety of regional, national and international musicians and films. The festival strives to be an annual event that effectively merges independent film and music in new and exciting ways. Instead of segregating them to different venues, the festival will combine the aural and the visual in dynamic settings to engage and foster new audiences for both mediums. Philly F/M will combine screenings with live performances, present a live, improvised film scoring series, screen music shorts and documentaries, curate a local music video expo to tie in the city’s rich musical landscape and screen outdoor films in unique settings. Philly F/M is headquartered at 2424 Studios (2424 E. York Street) in Philadelphia’s Fishtown neighborhood. In addition to serving as the Philly F/M headquarters, the “Skybox” will host a record fair and exhibitor area during the festival. This two-day (Saturday/Sunday) event is free and features record vendors and a variety of exhibitors showcasing their music and film related products.
To help you weed through the music choices for the next few days, I’ve scoured through the extensive schedule and made a list of some of the must see bands. Hope to see you around at a few of the shows, I’ll be out and about to as many as I can.
A Sunny Day in Glasgow 11pm-11:30pm @ Johnny Brenda’s
Agent Moosehead 7pm-10pm @ World Cafe Live (Downstairs) Live scoring of: The Attack of the Giant Leeches
Da Rezarekt 11:50pm-12:20am @ The Fire
F.O.D. 11pm-11:45pm @ The Media Bureau – classic 80′s hardcore punk rockers are still at it.
Hair Rocket 8pm-8:45pm @ Kung Fu Necktie
Honeychurch 9pm-9:45pm @ Johnny Brenda’s
Misstallica 10:30pm-11:45pm @ The Trocadero
North Lawrence Midnight Singers 10:30pm-11:15pm @ Tritone
Adam and Dave’s Bloodline 9:30pm-10pm @ North Star
Black Landlord 9:30pm-10:15pm @ World Cafe Live (Downstairs)
Bloodfeathers 10:30pm-11:15pm @ Johnny Brenda’s
Busses 7pm-7:45pm @ Silk City
Cheers Elephant 11:30pm-12:10am @ The Fire
Creeping Weeds 9:30pm-10:15pm @ Johnny Brenda’s – My personal #1 pick of the weekend is this show, which also has Bloodfeathers and Field Music on the bill.
Faux Slang 12am-12:45am @ Media Bureau
Field Music 11:30pm-12:15pm @ Johnny Brenda’s
Frog Holler 10:30pm-11:15pm @ North Star
Gildon Works 8pm-8:45pm @ Silk City
The Dead Milkmen 10:30pm-11:30pm @ World Cafe Live (Downstairs)
Adam and Dave’s Bloodline 12:30am-1:15am @ The Blockley
Audible 12pm-12:45 @ Crane Arts Outdoor Stage
Baby Flamehead 11:30pm-12am @ Tritone
Bloodfeathers 3pm-3:45pm @ Crane Arts Outdoor Stage
Busses 11:30pm-12:15am @ The Blockley
Cheers Elephant 6pm-7pm @ Girard Ave Outdoor Stage
Kitten Disaster 1pm-1:45pm @ Lehigh Ave Outdoor Stage
Like a Fox 1pm-1:45pm @ Crane Arts Outdoor Stage
Like a Fox 9:30pm-10:15pm @ Johnny Brenda’s
McRad 12:20am-1:20am @ Media Bureau
Nancy Micciulla 11am – 11:45am @ Manayunk Outdoor Stage
Roomtone 4pm-4:45pm @ Girard Ave Outdoor Stage
The New Motels 10:30pm-11:15pm @ The Blockley
The Sky Drops 1pm-1:45pm @ Girard Ave Outdoor Stage
The Swimmers 4pm-4:45pm @ Crane Arts Outdoor Stage
The Swimmers 10:30pm-11:15pm @ Johnny Brenda’s
Baby Flamehead 4pm-4:45pm @ Crane Arts Outdoor Stage
Golden Bloom 7:30pm-8pm @ World Cafe Live (Upstairs)
Grant Hart 11:15pm-12am @ World Cafe Live (Upstairs)
Hezekiah Jones 5pm-5:45pm @ Crane Arts Outdoor Stage
Kenn Kweder 12pm-12:45pm @ Lehigh Ave Outdoor Stage
Pearl and The Beard 9pm-9:30pm @ World Cafe Live (Upstairs)
Some brand new music to kick off what looks like is going to be a beautiful Fourth Of July holiday weekend here.
When I first heard Justin Kline back in fall of 2008 with his jangly debut with the Six Songs EP, I pegged him as an artist to watch and anxiously awaited his first full length. Sadly, just as he was wrapping up nearly a year’s work and putting the finishing touches on the new record, thieves broke in to the Nashville studio where he was recording and stole much of the recording equipment, including the only copy of the masters from his new record. Disheartened but undeterred, Justin has decided to release a second EP entitled Triangle which includes versions of a couple songs that were being worked on for the new record, and couple outtakes From his Six Songs EP, to listen to while he begins anew on re-recording his full length. Check out the the glorious sunshiney pop of Alison, We Cannot Be Friends and head on over to his website to hear some more from the the new EP as well as some older songs.
If you’re looking for a way to kick of your Fourth Of July holiday this coming weekend, you need look no further than what may be Philadelphia’s finest rock and roll venue, Johnny Brenda’s. In one of the truly must see shows of the weekend, Bag Of Songs favorites, In Grenada & New Motels take the stage along with the the highly raved about Busses. All three bands have new cds hot off the press, with this Friday’s show being the official release party for In Grenada‘s Break. A majestic,spiritual record that is among the year’s best. Busses, described on their Philly Weekly Music Guide page as “An organic mixture of ’60s singer-songwriters, ’80s post punk and drunk-in-the-basement ’90s indie rock” just unleashed their self titled disc in early June, while New Motels recently delivered their own gem in Tilbury Sweat, picking up where the brilliant power pop of their Domestic Life EP left off and upping the ante for another classic. A night of rock and roll fireworks you don’t want to miss, see you there.
In Grenada CD Release Party
Due to the day job becoming a black hole that sucks in all my free time the past couple months, the posting here has been rather sparse, my apologies to all of the loyal followers out there. In the meantime the music has still been happening fast and furious and if can manage to squeeze a couple of free hours out of each day hopefully I can get the posting can get back on track here. With that being said I promised a lot of cool people that I chatted with at this show that I would get it online for you all to enjoy. It’s a fantastic set from a couple weeks ago at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia by the legendary Feelies, a setlist filled with classics, a sprinkling of new songs, and chock full of the covers they famously put their spin on. I think it may have even surpassed the brilliant set I saw them play at Johnny Brendas just about a year ago (you can still listen to that set here). Big thanks to my friend Chris for once again getting it all on tape.
Have a great weekend. Rock On. -tom
A Night With The Feelies
04.17.10 at World Cafe Live, Philadelphia PA
When Company Comes
Sunday Morning [Velvet Underground]
Egyptian Reggae [Jonathan Richman]
The High Road
On the Roof
Barstool Blues [Neil Young]
Boxcars(Carnival Of Sorts) [REM]
Take It As It Comes [The Doors]
Everybody’s Got Something To Hide(Except For Me And My Monkey)[Beatles]
Fa Ce La
Outdoor Miner [Wire]
She Said She Said [Beatles]
I Wanna Sleep In Your Arms [Modern Lovers]
What Goes On [Velvet Underground]
[Photo via godlis.com]
Paying tribute today to the sad passing of one the most influential musicians of a generation, the one and only Alex Chilton succumbed to a heart attack today in his home of New Orleans at the much too young age of 59. From his teen years in the Boxtops to co-founding the seminal band Big Star in Memphis in the early ’70s to his later solo work, he’s influenced everyone from REM to The Replacements to Wilco and is still influencing young bands today. His legendary status was bolstered by the recent resurgence in popularity of Big Star, who were even scheduled to play at the renowned SXSW music festival in Austin, TX this coming Saturday. He was equally adept at writing a glorious jangly pop gem like Thirteen or September Gurls as he was at mining the tortured underside of his psyche in songs like Holocaust, quite possibly the darkest saddest song ever written.
I only had the privilege of seeing him play live one time back in the late ’80′s but did get lucky enough to sit and chat with him at the bar for quite a while and it still remains one of my favorite musical memories. An immense void was left in the music world today.
R.I.P. Alex Chilton 1950-2010