From The Mailbag : Somme, Awesome Color, and more

February 4, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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The two piece band has already become almost cliche in today’s indie rock scene. Well, The Somme are not just another White Stripes or Black Keys wannabe peddling rough and raunchy blues based tunes. They go for a more epic wall of sonics in their purely instrumental songs. There’s enough intricacy going on that you’ll forget you’re just listening to one guitar and drums.

In their own words from their myspace:


The 1916 Battle of the Somme was one of the largest battles of the First World War. With more than one million casualties it was also one of the bloodiest battles in human history.

2007. Nearly half a decade has passed now since the mighty duo Somme first emerged from a
Chicago basement, endlessly cultivating, refining and rebuilding the ferocious guitar/drum offensive that’s since become their signature sound. Their debut EP, Weight, recorded in one day at Steve Albini’s legendary Electrical Audio Studios with revered engineer Greg Norman (High on Fire, Pelican, Mclusky, Magnolia Electric Co.), is a massive battle cry, at once reflecting the bloodsoaked triumphs of the allied forces and the thousands floating dead in the crimson River Somme on the day that remains, 87 years later, the British Army’s goriest onslaught in history.

Somme is guitarist Daniel Medina, a 20 year-old chemical worker who spends his afternoons in a gas mask at a nearby plant hauling hazardous and contaminated materials, and drummer Kenny Preski whose mammoth drum sound is the explosive foundation and structural framework of
Somme’s epic colossus.

Laid to tape in January 2007, with Norman at the decks, Weight is the first of a two-part series of sister recordings, the second of which is planned for release later this year. Due to the band’s intense working dynamic, it was essential that their music be captured live to analog equipment. The result is a spectacularly ambitious sonic marvel, owing as much to key influences Spacemen 3, Jesus and Mary Chain, and Slow Riot-era Godspeed You Black Emperor as to the spectres of that brutal 1916 holocaust.

Upcoming Shows
March 4 2007 8:00P The Canopy Club Urbana, IL

MP3: Somme – Massless
Somme – Forge


Awesome Color
Thanks to Adam for the tip-off on these guys. Awesome Color is a New York City via Ann Arbor, MI trio that blends the raw power of Iggy and The Stooges with Goo-era Sonic Youth. It’s pretty obvious why Thurston Moore signed them to his Ecstatic Peace label and partly produced their self titled debut disc.
Check out this video for the cooking garage rocker Free Man.

Awesome Color is:

Derek Stanton – Guitar, Vocals
Michael Troutman – Bass
Allison Busch – Drums

Upcoming Shows
02/11/2007 09:00 PM – BAR New Haven, CT w/ Calla
02/12/2007 08:00 PM – Glasslands Brooklyn, New York w/ Demons and Religious Knives
02/14/2007 08:00 PM – Academy of Music Northampton, Massachusetts W/ Sonic Youth and Wooden Wand

Some other things you’ll want to check out this week:

The Slip is making their live performance debut on network television this coming Monday on NBC’s Late Night with Conan O’Brien.

At the Blue Bar and Rack Room in Nashville, Me and the Machine Records is holding its very first album release party. Josh Preston, Nick Shelton and Brad Sweitzer will each perform. And it’s FREE so get on down there.

Me and the Machine Records First Album Release Party
Tuesday February, 6 2007 6pm Blue Bar and Rack Room 1911 Broadway, Nashville, Tennessee

Bag Of Songs favorite the lovely and talented Chelsea Elizabeth Taube plays
Tuesday February, 6 2007 at The Modern Exchange Southgate, Michigan


For the East Coasters, another Bag Of Songs favorite The Shrinking Islands also play their smart jangly pop this week
Tuesday February, 6 2007 at Bullfinch Yacht Club w/ Tom Thumb & The Latter Day Saints Boston, Massachusetts

The Swimmers start the first night of their every Wednesday in February residency at The Khyber in Philadelphia. It’s still early in the year but I’m going to make a bold statement and say their new record Fighting Trees is pretty much a shoo-in to make many best of 2007 lists at the end of the year. Check out a few songs on their myspace or stream the whole thing at their website.

5 On A Friday : Standing In The Shadows Of Groundhogs

February 2, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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Happy Groundhog Day ! Hey it’s February 2nd that famous day of the year where depending on whether or not the groundhog sees his shadow we’ll either have six more weeks of winter or spring will be here in about a month and a half.

1: Joni Mitchell – Shadows And Light
From : The Hissing Of Summer Lawns

2: Oasis – Cast No Shadow
From : (What’s The Story) Morning Glory?

Rufus Wainwright – Shadows
From : Poses

4: Django Reinhardt & Stéphane Grappelli – Chasing Shadows
From : Django Reinhardt -The Gold Collection

5: The Four Tops – Standing In The Shadows Of Love
From : Hitsville USA: The Motown Singles Collection 1959-1971

Lily Allen wants to knock you out

February 1, 2007 by · 1 Comment
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It’s been out since last July in the UK, but Lily Allen’s Alright,Still just saw US release this past Tuesday. Somehow I managed to avoid hearing any of it until a couple weeks ago. It’s probably not as good as the hype surrounding it, but it would make a damn good, summer,windows down, cruising in the car disc. About two thirds of the songs fall back on a basic reggae/ska formula that wears a little thin after a few listens but the other third take some chances on the rhythms and sound sources and really jump out as great singles. Knock ’em Out with its samba cha cha beat easily being the album’s shining star. There’s also a smooth sixties pop feel running through a lot of it, kind of like Petula Clark on steroids. It’s not all great but there’s plenty here that’ll have you hitting the repeat button.

MP3: Lily Allen – Knock ’em Out
Lily Allen – Alfie

UPDATE : Some Lily Allen live info for you

Lily Allen live video on the AT&T Blue Room

Catch Lily on this week’s(2/3/07) Saturday Night Live and again on 2/13/07 on Late Night with Conan O’Brien

Upcoming MTV DISCOVER & DOWNLOAD – Lily Allen Tour Dates
2/5/07 Los Angeles, CA Henry Fonda Music Box

2/6/07 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
2/8/07 Chicago, IL Metro
2/10/07 New York, NY Webster Hall
2/12/07 Philadelphia, PA Theatre Of Living Arts
2/16/07 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
2/18/07 Boston, MA Axis


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