Some photos from last night’s incredible show at a packed Khyber in Philadelphia. The Major Leagues cancelled, so first up was The New Motels with an excellent set of what I can best describe as alt country power pop. Cheers Elephant was next with a phenomenal show that I’d probably have to call the best set of live music I’ve seen so far this year. Like the last forty years of rock and roll all spun together and spit out again as something brand new, it was amazing. Do not pass on your chance to see these guys soon, as they aren’t going to be playing small clubs for long. Closing out the night was a raucous set of eclectic, noisy, pop from Drink Up Buttercup, another of Philadelphia’s finest live bands at the moment. Three fantastic Philadelphia bands to keep an eye out for in 2008 and beyond.
TONIGHT in Philly : Drink Up Buttercup, Cheers Elephant, The New Motels and The Major Leagues at The Khyber
Looking for something to do in the Philadelphia area tonight ? Head on down to The Khyber for the final night of the Cheers Elephant / Drink Up Buttercup January residency. Four great bands to keep your winter night warm.
I’ll be there, stop by and say hi.
Tuesday January 29th
Drink Up Buttercup,Cheeer Elephant,The New Motels, and The Major Leagues
8 PM at The Khyber 56 S. 2nd Street Philadephia, PA 19106
Sometimes you just need to turn the volume up to eleven, kick back, and let it rock. Australian duo BugGiRL is the perfect prescription to get that good ringing going in your ears and blast your worries away. Mix some AC/DC, Sweet, Judas Priest and KISS in a blender and puree, and you’ll get an idea of what you’re in for. Loud, fun, music made the old fashioned way with a Les Paul cranked up over some heavy duty drumming. Rock and roll all night and party every day indeed, I mean really, what’s there not to like about a band fronted by a girl playing blistering guitar. Plus, you gotta give them some bonus points for naming a song after Ian Astbury of The Cult.
BugGiRL just finished a highly successful 100 show tour of Europe and is getting ready to bring the rock to American shores this year. Watch for them.
Tapping the Live Music Archive today for an incendiary performance from pedal steel guitar virtuoso Robert Randolph. Robert is a New Jersey native that began playing the steel guitar in the House of God Church worship services and has since gone on to tour alongside the likes of Eric Clapton, North Mississippi Allstars and others.
Robert Randolph And The Family Band
March 3 2002 at Fox Theater, Boulder, Colorado
* with Danyel on rhythm guitar & Andy Hess on bass
+ with Neil Casal on guitar
^ with Bill McKay (Leftover Salmon) on organ
~ with Shannon McNally on vocals, and Dan Fadel on drums
So after nearly a week of no posts you’re probably wondering what’s up at Bag Of Songs, I no internet access to update during the week so I’ll kind of summarize with some photos and a little accompanying mini mix for you today. The beginning of the week started off having to get upo at 4:00 AM in lovely freezing 10 degree weather to board a 7:00 AM flight to Memphis for a work trip. Arrived right on time and spent the morning seeing a bit of Memphis and then checked into my hotel to await the arrival of my coworkers who were all on later flights. As the hours passed and no one arrived it became pretty obvious that their flights into Memphis didn’t go nearly as smoothly as mine, taking anywhere from 7 to 12 hours for a 2 and half hour trip. The next morning brought another extra special treat, a fire alarm going off in our hotel at 7:00 AM. Everyone had to climb down the stairs and evacuate the building until the firemen arrived and the all clear was given to re-enter. Thankfully there was no big fire, just a smoke alarm going off for some reason or other. Wednesday night was my birthday and a group of my friends joined me for a night out on the town on Beale Street, Memphis equivalent of Bourbon Street in New Orleans, where a great time was had by all. Thursday night was the trip home arriving in Philadelphia just in time to head over to the North Star Bar and catch a set by the always amazing Jealous Girlfriends. Finally, after that it was arrival home.
The White Stripes – In The Cold Cold Night
Brian Eno – Here Come The Warm Jets
Buy Here Come The Warm Jets
Marc Cohn – Walking In Memphis
Buy Marc Cohn
Elvis Presley – Heartbreak Hotel
Buy 30 #1 Hits
Dr. Dog – Worst Trip
Buy We All Belong
James Hunter – No Smoke Without Fire
Buy People Gonna Talk
The Thirteenth Floor Elevators – Fire Engine
Buy I Have Always Been Here Before
Altered Images – Happy Birthday
Buy Happy Birthday
Big Star – Thank You Friends
Buy Third/Sister Lovers
Jealous Girlfriends – How Now
More Jealous Girlfriends
Eric Lichter – Home
Putting a slightly different spin on the Monday Morning Blues feature with a few songs that pay tribute to Martin Luther King Jr on the holiday today named in his honor. Also for your listening, Dr King himself delivering his famous “I Have A Dream” speech from August of 1963 in Washington DC.
“From every mountainside, let freedom ring.”
You’d pretty much have to be living under a rock to have not witnessed the emormous popularity of the new movie Juno and it’s accompanying soundtrack chock full of Kimya Dawson songs. Last night Kimya played two shows in Philadelphia, I caught the second show along with my fellow bloggers and Girl About Town friends Carly,Royce and Lauren. It was a free in store at Philadelphia’s AKA Music and even though she had just finished a full show shortly before, Kimya played nearly an hour’s worth of songs that held the crowd’s rapt attention. See Carly’s post over at Girl About Town for a much more eloquent take on the evening. And if you’ve never heard Kimya before here’s a taste for you
Buy Juno Soundtrack
1: The Red Button – Can’t Stop Thinking About Her
Buy She’s About To Cross My Mind
2: Laura Cantrell – Do You Ever Think Of Me ?
Buy Not The Trembling Kind
3: Sebadoh – Think (Let Tomorrow Bee)
Buy Bubble And Scrape
4: Mary Weiss – Stop And Think It Over
Buy Dangerous Game
5: Roky Erickson – I Think Up Demons
Buy I Have Always Been Here Before
Okay all my fans of the shoegazey pop records out there, this one’s for you. Sometimes They Collide is the most recent EP from Los Angeles band The Hectors. Named after a 17th century London gang notorious for their recklessness, The Hectors are anything but reckless. Their music is built upon a rock solid rhythm section surrounded in shimmering, epic, reverb drenched guitars, all topped off by the powerful soaring vocals of Corinne Dinner. Produced by the band themselves, the record was mixed by Rick Parker (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Dandy Warhols, Brian Jonestown Massacre) and mastered by engineer Mark Chalecki (Silversun Pickups, Earlimart, Great Northern) , the sound is crisp, melodic and powerful and one you’ll want to play loud for sure. I know I do.
The Hectors are Robert Bonilla, Corinne Dinner, Erik Greene, and Jim Saunders
Jan 15 2008 9:00P Silverlake Lounge – w/ Coco B’s Silverlake, California
Jan 28 2008 9:00P La Cita – w/ The Transmissions Los Angeles, California