5 On A Friday : The Fall

September 28, 2007 by · 2 Comments
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As the first official week of fall winds to a close 5 songs reminiscient of the season today. What’s your favorite song that makes you think of fall ?

1: Joni Mitchell – Urge For Going
Buy Hits
2: Dumptruck – Autumn Light
Buy Positively Dumptruck
3: Roky Erikson – Clear Night For Love
Buy I Have Always Been Here Before
4: Big Star – September Gurls
Buy #1 Record/Radio City
5: The Zombies – Time Of The Season
Buy The Singles A’s and B’s


Artist Of The Day : Operation Bumblebee

September 27, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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A couple weeks back for 5 On A Friday I posted some Arcade Fire covers, one of those was a amazing acapella version of Neon Bible by Operation Bumblebee.
On her blog she also regularly post videos that she has done, some of her singing, some not,all very artistic and captivating in a sort of surreal way. I’ve included one above for another acapella Arcade Fire cover she does, My Body Is Cage. Below are the audio for this and two other acapella songs from her blog. Stop on by there and check out the videos for these and more.

MP3: Operation Bumblebee – My Body Is A Cage [Arcade Fire]
MP3: Operation Bumblebee – The Knife [Grizzly Bear]
MP3: Operation Bumblebee – Mount Wroclai (Idle Days) [Beirut]

Here’s one of her non singing videos I really liked called “fireworks”

[Operation Bumblebee Blog]

New Music : Birdie Busch – Penny Arcade

September 26, 2007 by · 1 Comment
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I’ll admit it I never given Birdie Busch‘s first CD a listen, I’d pigeonholed her as one more generic songer songwriter without even hearing a note and never gave it a second thought. I can’t compare it her first, but based on hearing her new disc Penny Arcade I’ll admit I was wrong. The photo above captures her essence so perfectly. With a unique voice that falls somwhere between the child like pureness of Victoria Williams and the Appalachian drawl of Gillian Welch, she delivers songs with a heartfelt honesty that is truly refreshing. The songs have an warm organic folky feel akin to a bunch of friends sitting around a late night party with everyone just jamming on whatever instruments they can find. Just one listen will leave songs like Go Go Gadget Heart resonating in your mind for days to come. Or check out the brilliant storytelling of The Huff Singers(North Philly). Be mesmerized by the hypnotic cover of Steve Miller‘s Wild Mountain Honey and so on, and so on. 13 songs worth you’ll surely want to hear again. I’m converted.

MP3: Birdie Busch – Mystical
Buy Penny Arcade

[Photo By Michael T. Regan]

Monday Morning Blues : Van Demos

September 24, 2007 by · 3 Comments
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Van Morrison‘s Moondance always seemed like the perfect fall album to me. Since yesterday was officially the first day of fall, here’s a special treat today. Demo versions of many of the songs for the Moondance album. These are pulled from a 3 disc collection of rarities titled The Genuine Philosphers Stone.

Van Morrison

Demos For Moondance (NYC 1969)


Brand New Day

Come Running

These Dreams Of You

And It Stoned Me

You Set My Soul On Fire

Come Running (fast version)

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Random Song Of The Day : Switches – Drama Queen

September 22, 2007 by · 1 Comment
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Here’s some glam rock goodness from Switches to kick your Saturday afternoon into overdrive.

Get your inner drama queen on and turn it up to eleven.
MP3: Switches – Drama Queen
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LIVE: The A-Sides at World Cafe Live 9-20-07

September 21, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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Philadelphia’s The A-Sides new album Silver Storms is a shimmering, glorious, epic sounding pop record released this past Tuesday. This afternoon they brought their equally amazing live showto the World Cafe Live for a live broadcast on WXPN.
Here’s a couple pictures and a link to the archived live show on NPR’s site.
Next week they embark on a tour that will bring one of Philadelphia’s finest to all the corners of the country. Head on out and see it for yourself when they come your way.

Click here to listen to the archived live broadcast

Upcoming Tour Dates
Sep 25 2007 8:00P Numbers w/ Pinback Houston, Texas
Sep 26 2007 8:00P House Of Blues w/ Pinback New Orleans, Louisiana
Sep 27 2007 8:00P Club Downunder w/ Pinback Tallahasee, Florida
Sep 28 2007 8:00P The Social w/ Pinback Orlando, Florida
Sep 29 2007 8:00P Common Grounds w/ Pinback Gainesville, Florida
Oct 9 2007 8:00P The LC Pavilion w/Ted Leo & The Pharmacists Columbus, Ohio
Oct 10 2007 8:00P The Gargoyle w/Ted Leo & The Pharmacists St. Louis
Oct 11 2007 1:00P DAYTROTTER SESSION! You can listen at http://www.daytrotter.com/ Iowa City, Iowa
Oct 11 2007 7:00P The Redstone Room Iowa City, Iowa
Oct 12 2007 8:00P Metro w/Ted Leo & The Pharmacists Chicago, Illinois
Oct 13 2007 8:00P First Avenue w/Ted Leo & The Pharmacists Minneapolis, Minnesota
Oct 14 2007 8:00P The Aquarium w/Ted Leo & The Pharmacists Fargo, North Dakota
Oct 17 2007 8:00P Bottom Of The Hill San Francisco, California
Oct 18 2007 8:00P Troubadour Los Angeles, California
Oct 19 2007 8:00P Glass House Pomona, California
Oct 20 2007 8:00P Plush Tucson, Arizona
Oct 22 2007 8:00P Halley’s Denton, Texas
Oct 23 2007 8:00P Emo’s Alternative Ausitn, Texas
Oct 24 2007 8:00P The Proletariat Houston, Texas
Oct 25 2007 8:00P The Red Star Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Oct 26 2007 8:00P Bottletree Birmingham, Alabama
Oct 27 2007 8:00P The Earl Atlanta, Georgia
Oct 28 2007 8:00P Local 506 Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Oct 30 2007 8:00P Black Cat Backstage Washington DC, Washington DC
Nov 2 2007 8:00P Johnny Brenda’s Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Nov 3 2007 8:00P Knitting Factory New York City, New York
Nov 4 2007 8:00P The Middle East(u) Cambridge, Massachusetts
Nov 6 2007 8:00P Zoo Bizarre Montreal, Quebec
Nov 8 2007 8:00P Sneaky Dee’s Toronto, Ontario
Nov 9 2007 8:00P Subterranean Chicago, Illinois
Nov 10 2007 8:00P Triple Rock Social Club Minneapolis, Minnesota
Nov 11 2007 8:00P Slowdown Omaha, Nebraska
Nov 12 2007 8:00P High Dive Denver, Colorado
Nov 13 2007 8:00P Kilby Court Salt Lake City, Utah
Nov 15 2007 8:00P Crocodile Cafe Seattle, Washington
Nov 16 2007 8:00P Doug Fur Lounge Portland, Oregon

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5 On A Friday : Let’s Start A Band !

September 21, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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There’s a saying about the Velvet Underground & Nico album that goes something along the lines of “They didn’t sell a huge number of copies of their record, but everyone who bought one started a band”. No Velvet Underground for you today but here’s the ingredients, so let’s start a band.

1: The Db’s – Amplifier
Buy Repercussion
2: John Hiatt – Perfectly Good Guitar
Buy Perfectly Good Guitar
3: Tapes N Tapes – Just Drums
Buy The Loon
4: The Beautiful South – You Play Glockenspiel, I’ll Play Drums
Buy 0898
5: Shriekback – My Spine Is The Bassline
Buy The Y Records Years

and just in case your band needs a singer, a bonus track today

Bonus: Bright Eyes – Soul Singer In A Session Band
Buy Cassadaga

[ album featured in photo]

TONIGHT In NYC : Artanker Convoy, MGMT + more

September 20, 2007 by · 1 Comment
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My apologies as the necessities of real life have made me somewhat of a blog posting slacker this week.

Artanker Convoy sent me a message earlier this week asking if I could make mention of a last minute show they just scheduled for tonight. I hadn’t listened to their music before, but I gave their new cd Cozy Endings a listen and I have to say I’m really impressed and grooving on their original blend of spacey jazz oriented instrumental music. I highly recommend you check them out tonight if you’re in the New York City area.

Also playing tonight is MGMT(more on MGMT by the lovely Kate at TGH here) before heading off to tour with Of Montreal for most of the fall.

It Lives and Binary Marketing Show are on the bill tonight as well.

MP3: Artanker Convoy – Geyser
Buy Cozy Endings

TONIGHT ! Thursday September 20th at 8:00PM
Artanker Convoy, MGMT, Binary Marketing Show,It Lives at Studio B Brooklyn NY


Hey Ho Let’s Go ! : The Ramones IT’S ALIVE 1974-1996 DVD

September 18, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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1,2,3,4. That oh so memorable count off that anyone who’s seen The Ramones knows so well. I had the privilege of seeing them some 20 or so times over the years and each and every time was just as amazing as the last. Their sets burned with a fury that bands are still trying their hardest to emulate. This new DVD set is going to be an awesome document of the live power that inspired bands like The Clash and The Sex Pistols and is still inspiring bands today.
Here’s a a trailer and some other clips from the DVD, the press release with all the details is at the bottom. Hey Ho Let’s Go indeed.
Trailer for IT’S ALIVE 1974-1996

Blitzkrieg Bop


Gimme Gimme Shock Therapy

It’s Alive 1974-1996 Features More Than Four Hours of Rare and Previously Unreleased Concert Performances From Around the World
Double-DVD Set Will Be Available October 2 From Rhino
Johnny, Joey, Dee Dee, Tommy, Marky, Richie, and C-Jay — the Ramones will always be the first “family” of punk. Together more than 20 years, the Ramones inspired legions of followers as they refined their signature garage-flavored, ear-shattering, pop-skewed sound with a string of now-classic, loud-and-fast punk rock records and 2,263 concerts. Rhino sends you back to rock rock, rock ‘n’ roll high school with a double-DVD that captures the essence of the Ramones’ legendary racket with more than four hours of rare and unreleased performances. IT’S ALIVE 1974-1996 will be available October 2 at regular retailers and online at www.rhino.com for a suggested list price of $19.99.
More than four years in the making, Tommy Ramone served as music supervisor for this collection. Arranged chronologically over two DVDs, IT’S ALIVE
1974-1996 relives some of the band’s best performances with live footage of more than 100 songs, including “Sheena Is A Punk Rocker,” “Blitzkrieg Bop,”
“Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue,” “Beat On The Brat” and “I Wanna Be Sedated.”
With more than four hours of impossible-to-find and unreleased live footage, this collection will make you feel like you’re standing in stale beer at CBGB shouting along with Dee Dee as he counts off, “One, two, three, four!”
The DVD also includes previously unreleased footage filmed on New Year’s Eve in 1977 during the band’s incendiary performance at The Rainbow Theatre in London. The entire concert was released in 1979 as the It’s Alive album, considered one of the best live records ever. The DVD features 14 songs in
5.1 Surround Sound taken from the show including “Pinhead,” “We’re A Happy Family,” and “Havana Affair.”
Nine performances recorded in 1982 at the US Festival in San Bernardino, CA are also featured here in 5.1 Surround Sound. The band fires off hit after hit, blazing through “The KKK Took My Baby Away,” “Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment,” and “Rock ‘n’ Roll High School.” During the show, the band also covers “Chinese Rocks,” a song Dee Dee wrote, which was recorded by Johnny Thunders and The Heartbreakers.
Spanning the Ramones’ entire career, the DVD follows the band from its earliest performances at CBGB, to their last international performance in Argentina. IT’S ALIVE 1974-1996 travels around the world with the Ramones, capturing priceless performances in the U.K., Germany, Sweden, Spain, Argentina, Finland, Italy and the U.S. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002, the band may be gone, but their sound and influence are indestructible.
IT’S ALIVE 1974-1996
Disc 1
CBGB — New York, NY (9/15/74)
1. “Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue”
2. “I Don’t Wanna Go Down To The Basement”
3. “Judy Is A Punk”
Max’s Kansas City — New York, NY (4/18/76)
4. “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend”
5. “53rd & 3rd”
The Club — Cambridge, MA (5/12/76)
6. “Chain Saw”
Max’s Kansas City — New York, NY (10/8/76)
7. “Havana Affair”
8. “Listen To My Heart”
My Father’s Place — Roslyn, NY (4/13/77)
9. “I Remember You”
10. “Carbona Not Glue”
CBGB — New York, NY (6/11/77)
11. “Blitzkrieg Bop”
12. “Sheena Is A Punk Rocker”
13. “Beat On The Brat”
14. “Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue”
15. “Rockaway Beach”
16. “Cretin Hop”
17. “Oh Oh I Love Her So”
18. “Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World”
The Second Chance — Ann Arbor, MI (6/26/77)
19. “Rockaway Beach”
20. “Carbona Not Glue”
The Ivanhoe Theater — Chicago, IL (7/6/77)
21. “Pinhead”
22. “Suzy Is A Headbanger”
The Armadillo — Austin, TX (7/14/77) Early Show
23. “Commando”
24. “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend”
The Armadillo — Austin, TX (7/14/77) Late Show
25. “Now I Wanna Be A Good Boy”
26. “53rd & 3rd”
27. “Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World”
Liberty Hall — Houston, TX (7/15/77)
28. “Loudmouth”
29. “I Remember You”
30. “Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment”
Liberty Hall — Houston, TX (7/16/77)
31. “Oh Oh I Love Her So”
32. “Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World”
Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert — L.A., CA (8/9/77)
33. “Loudmouth”
34. “Judy Is A Punk”
35. “Glad To See You Go”
36. “Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment”
The Camera Mart Stages — New York, NY (9/3/77)
37. “Swallow My Pride”
38. “Pinhead”
39. “Sheena Is A Punk Rocker”
It’s Alive, The Rainbow Theatre — London (12/31/77)
40. “Blitzkrieg Bop”
41. “I Wanna Be Well”
42. “Glad To See You Go”
43. “You’re Gonna Kill That Girl”
44. “Commando”
45. “Havana Affair”
46. “Cretin Hop”
47. “Listen To My Heart”
48. “I Don’t Wanna Walk Around With You”
49. “Pinhead”
50. “Do You Wanna Dance?”
51. “Now I Wanna Be A Good Boy”
52. “Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue”
53. “We’re A Happy Family”
Disc 2
Musikladen — Bremen, Germany (9/13/78)
1. “Rockaway Beach”
2. “Teenage Lobotomy”
3. “Blitzkrieg Bop”
4. “Don’t Come Close”
5. “I Don’t Care”
6. “She’s The One”
7. “Sheena Is A Punk Rocker”
8. “Cretin Hop”
9. “Listen To My Heart”
10. “I Don’t Wanna Walk Around With You”
11. “Pinhead”
The Old Grey Whistle Test — London (9/19/78)
12. “Don’t Come Close”
13. “She’s The One”
14. “Go Mental”
Top of the Pops — London (9/28/78)
15. “Don’t Come Close”
Oakland, CA (12/28/78)
16. “I’m Against It”
17. “Needles And Pins”
San Francisco Civic Center, S.F., CA (6/9/79)
18. “I Want You Around”
19. “I’m Affected”
20. “California Sun”
The Old Grey Whistle Test — London (1/15/78)
21. “Rock ‘N’ Roll High School”
22. “Do You Remember Rock ‘N’ Roll Radio?”
Top of the Pops — London (1/31/80)
23. “Baby I Love You”
Sha Na Na — L.A., CA (5/19/80)
24. “Rock ‘N’ Roll High School”
Mandagsborsen — Stockholm, Sweden (10/26/81)
25. “We Want The Airwaves”
TVE Musical Express — Madrid, Spain (11/17/81)
26. “This Business Is Killing Me”
27. “All Quiet On The Eastern Front”
US Festival — San Bernardino, CA (9/3/82)
28. “Do You Remember Rock ‘N’ Roll Radio?”
29. “Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment”
30. “Rock ‘N’ Roll High School”
31. “I Wanna Be Sedated”
32. “Beat On The Brat”
33. “The KKK Took My Baby Away”
34. “Here Today, Gone Tomorrow”
35. “Chinese Rocks”
36. “Teenage Lobotomy”
The Old Grey Whistle Test — London (2/26/85)
37. “Wart Hog”
38. “Chasing The Night”
Obras Sanitarias, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2/3/87)
39. “Blitzkrieg Bop”
40. “Freak Of Nature”
41. “Crummy Stuff”
42. “Love Kills”
43. “I Don’t Care”
44. “Too Tough To Die”
45. “Mama’s Boy”
Provinssirock Festival, Seinajoki, Finland (6/4/88)
46. “I Don’t Want You Anymore”
47. “Weasel Face”
48. “Garden Of Serenity”
49. “I Just Want To Have Something To Do”
50. “Surfin’ Bird”
51. “Cretin Hop”
52. “Somebody Put Something In My Drink”
53. “We’re A Happy Family”
R.I.T., Rochester, NY (10/8/88)
54. “Do You Remember Rock ‘N’ Roll Radio”
55. “Wart Hog”
Rolling Stone Club — Milan, Italy (3/16/92)

56. “Psycho Therapy”
57. “I Believe In Miracles”
58. “I Wanna Live”
59. “My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down (Bonzo Goes To Bitburg)”
60. “Pet Sematary”
61. “Animal Boy”
62. “Pinhead”
Top of the Pops — London (6/29/95)
63. “I Don’t Wanna Grow Up”
River Plate Stadium — Estadio Antonio V. Liverti — Buenos Aires, Argentina (3/16/96)
64. “I Wanna Be Sedated”
65. “R.A.M.O.N.E.S.”
66. “Blitzkrieg Bop”

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Monday Morning Blues

September 17, 2007 by · 1 Comment
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Originally released in 1986 Atlantic Blues was a four disc collection with one disc each devoted to Vocalists, Chicago Blues, Guitar, and Piano. Today’s selections all come from the piano disc.

MP3: Professor Longhair – Tipitina
MP3: Joe Turner – Roll ‘Em Pete
MP3: Floyd Dixon – Hey Bartender

Buy Atlantic Blues: Piano

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