LIVE: Illuminea Cd Release Party @ Johnny Brendas

August 19, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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Here’s some pictures from Friday night’s Illuminea CD release party show at Johnny Brenda’s. First up for the night was Whales And Cops who put on an amazing display of precision, They reminded me a lot of Battles or the new stuff from Minus The Bear. Then came BOS favorites The Swimmers who just keep sounding better evrytime I see them. It was also cool to hear a couple brand new songs in thier set, every bit as good as the stuff on Fighting Trees. The lovely Illuminea girls also joined them for a bit with some extra backing vocals and percussion. Illuminea then took to the stage opening with the title track of their excellent new CD Out Of Our Mouths and playing a mix of new and older songs including a incredible cover of Reach Out I’ll Be There with The Swimmers returning the earlier favor on additional backing vocals. A fun night all around.

Whales And Cops
The Swimmers


5 On A Friday : And Now, For My Next Trick…

August 17, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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After yesterday’s Springsteen announcement I just couldn’t resist. Presto change-o.

1: Pilot – Magic
Buy Magic
2: The Format – Do You Believe In Magic (Lovin’ Spoonful Cover)
Buy it if you can find it
3: Jay And The Americans – This Magic Moment
BUY EMI Legends of Rock n’ Roll : 24 Greatest Hits Of All Time
4: Electric Light Orchestra – Strange Magic
Buy Face The Music
5: M. Ward – Magic Trick
Buy Post War

The New BS : Ho, Ho Ho, It’s Magic

August 16, 2007 by · 2 Comments
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Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Magic’ Set for October 2 Release on Columbia Records

‘Magic,’ Bruce Springsteen’s new studio recording and his first with the E Street Band in five years, is set for release by Columbia Records on October 2, 2007. Produced and mixed by Brendan O’Brien, the album features eleven new Springsteen songs and was recorded at Southern Tracks Recording Studio in Atlanta, GA.

‘Magic’ Song Titles:

1. Radio Nowhere
2. You’ll Be Comin’ Down
3. Livin’ in the Future
4. Your Own Worst Enemy
5. Gypsy Biker
6. Girls in Their Summer Clothes
7. I’ll Work for Your Love
8. Magic
9. Last to Die
10. Long Walk Home
11. Devil’s Arcade

‘Magic’ is the first new studio album by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band since 2002’s GRAMMY Award-winning, multi-platinum, number one album ‘The Rising’ (Columbia Records), which was also produced by O’Brien.

Bruce Springsteen’s longtime manager Jon Landau said, “‘Magic’ is a high energy rock CD. It’s light on its feet, incredibly well played by Bruce and the members of the E Street Band, and, as always, has plenty to say. It’s also immensely entertaining. ‘Magic’ is the third collaboration between Bruce and Brendan O’Brien and is a culmination of their very productive creative relationship.”

Yes folks, you’re reading that right, and no, it’s not from The Onion. It’s really called “Magic”, and that press release really calls it “light on it’s feet” and “immensely entertaining” .


HOT New Music : Josh Ritter , More Please

August 16, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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I don’t often go back to the same record so quickly, but thanks to my inbox I can now bring you some more music from the gem that is The Historical Conquests Of Josh Ritter. I talked a little about Josh Ritter‘s new album before, but my little sysnopsis didn’t really do it justice, you need to hear it. This is one of those records that just gets better and better with each listen. A best of 2007 contender for sure. It hits stores next Tuesday, August 21, when you should all rush out and buy it immediately. In the meantime here’s another taste for you. This is the opening track called To The Dogs or Whoever. Listen as it opens with some M.Ward style noises, morphing into Dylanesque verses, which break into a chorus that’ll have you singing along on the first go around. Oh and he’s on tour too, dates here.

MP3: Josh Ritter – To The Dogs or Whoever
Buy The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter


New Music : Grace Potter And The Nocturnals

August 16, 2007 by · 1 Comment
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Grace Potter and the Nocturnals just released a widely acclaimed new album called This Is Somewhere, a title inspired by Neil Young‘s Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere.

Guitarist Scott Tournet and drummer Matt Burr on the new album from the band’s bio:

“It was our intention to make an album that sounded like it was
made in 1973, and we did it,” says Tournet. “We wanted to make a record that was
intelligent, cohesive and accessible, like the records we love.” Burr added, “We
were dreaming of albums like Neil Young’s Harvest and the Stones’ Exile on Main
Street, where they went into a comfortable environment with natural reverb that
wasn’t necessarily built as a studio. That’s where we were coming from, and
we’re pretty psyched with the final product. It definitely captured the warmth
and vibe we wanted.”

Lofty aspirations for any band, and they have succeeded on a certain level. Any of the songs on This Is Somewhere would feel right at home on 70’s Top 40 radio. This is new music for classic rock fans. Solid blues based rock and roll it reminds me of bands like Heart, Pat Benatar or Linda Ronstadt‘s 70’s output. Ah Mary is one of the more rocking songs in an album heavy on slower midtempo numbers. They have been steadily building their fanbase through endless touring and captivating live shows and have been readily embraced by fans on the jam band circuit. A devoted following that can carry a band a long way, if you can earn it, and they have.
Check them out if they come your way.

MP3: Grace Potter and The Nocturnals – Ah Mary
Buy This Is Somewhere


Random Song Of The Day : Rasberries, Rasberries

August 15, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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A random daily double today. Two from 1972. A couple of classic power poppers from The Rasberries to get you over the hump for this week. Think they weren’t influential, listen to I Wanna Be With You and just try not to hear Bruce Springsteen‘s Born To Run, a song that would follow nearly 3 years later.
And now they’re back for more, The Rasberries recently reunited for some shows and a hot new album, Live On Susnset Strip on Rykodisc which just hit stores a couple weeks ago.

MP3: The Rasberries – I Wanna Be With You
Buy Fresh Rasberries
MP3: The Rasberries – Go All The Way
Buy The Rasberries


30th Annual Elvis Week August 11th-19th 2007

August 14, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention this at least once this week. This is the 30th annual Elvis Week commemorating his untimely death in Memphis on August 16th, 1977. Taking place from August 11th – 19th this year, with Wednesday the 15th being the night of the annual candle light vigil at Graceland. Back in 2001, I happened to be in Memphis during Elvis week and was able to witness this event firsthand. It’s an outpouring of fan love and adoration that is pretty amazing to see.

The Candlelight Vigil
At 8:30 PM there is an opening ceremony at the gates of the Graceland Mansion property. Then, fans are invited to walk up the driveway to Elvis’s gravesite and back down carrying a candle in quiet remembrance. Free admission. No tickets or reservations. Gates remain open until all who wish to participate in the procession have done so, which typically takes until the early morning hours of August 16, the anniversary date of Elvis’s passing. Free secured parking at the Graceland visitor center complex after 6:00 PM. Prior to Elvis Week, posted here will be a link to the text of the special information and guidelines flyer for the vigil that is handed out at Graceland during Elvis Week.


New Video : Kim Richey – Jack And Jill

August 13, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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Kim Richey “Jack and Jill”

I talked about Kim Richey‘s new disc Chinese Boxes a while back. Here’s the newest video, for the song Jack And Jill. Sure, it lays it on a bit thick in it’s hyper-literal interpretation of the song, but it’s a damn cool animation and a great song. Reminds me a bit of that semi-animated video by the band A-Ha back in the 80’s.

[WEBSITE] [MYSPACE] [BUY Chinese Boxes]

Monday Morning Blues : Keys To The Kingdom

August 13, 2007 by · 1 Comment
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Jimmy Smith

Some smoldering, bluesy organ sounds to start your week off on a good groove.

MP3: Ray Charles – Tell Me How Do You Feel
Buy The Birth Of Soul
MP3: Jimmy Smith – Tuition Blues
Buy Dot Com Blues
MP3: Deep Purple – Lazy
Buy Machine Head


LIVE: The Cribs,White Rabbits, The Boggs 08.10.07 at Johnny Brenda’s

August 11, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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Brooklyn’s The Boggs kicked off the show last night at Johnny Brenda’s in Philadelphia and set the bar very high with a set of highly percussive double drummed indie rock. Amazing. A band I will definitley be looking to see again. White Rabbits were up next and were a bit of a let down, pretty much phoning it in for the first 3/4 of their set. After someone in the house bought the band a round of shots they played the last few songs like they really mattered. Blistering versions of The Plot from their latest record, and a cover of Bob Dylan’s Maggie’s Farm were amazing. Obviously they can pull it off if they want too, maybe next time.
Last up was The Cribs who I had extremely high expectations for after listening to ther great new record Men’s Needs,Women Need’s,Whatever. They blew threw my expectations ten fold and played with an onstage fury I haven’t seen in a long time. The same type of energy level The Ramones used to put out, absolutely amazing, go see them if you can, they won’t be playing small venues for long.
Here’s a few photos from the show.

The Boggs
White Rabbits
The Cribs

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