Monday Morning Blues

January 14, 2008 by · 2 Comments
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Bringing the Monday Morning Blues back today by extra special request after a short hiatus the last few weeks. Have a great day to start your week.

The Neville Brothers – Fever
Buy Treacherous
Ray Charles – Sinner’s Prayer
Buy The Birth Of Soul
The Dave Brubeck Quartet – Take Five
Buy Time Out
Miles Davis – All Blues
Buy Kind Of Blue
The Band – I Shall Be Released
Buy Music From Big Pink

Coltrane Motion : Songs About Music and Winter Tour Dates

January 13, 2008 by · 1 Comment
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Here’s a hot one from my inbox today, the newest record, Songs About Music, from Chicago band Coltrane Motion. Imagine if you could travel back in time to the era of 60’s fuzzed out guitar pop, but bring back a laptop and all of your knowledge of the dance music of the 80’s & 90’s up until now. That’s the sound of Coltrane Motion, rhythmic and danceable yet filled with warm guitar distortion and swirling keyboard sounds which make it sound anything but cold. Guaranteed to get you up and shaking your thing. Be sure to catch them live over the next couple weeks if they’re coming near you as their show should be hot enough to melt even the coldest winter freeze. If you enjoy bands like LCD Soundsystem, Holy F*ck, Walter Meego, etc. this will rock your world.

Coltrane Motion :
Michael Bond – 1s, 0s, words, black keys
Matt Dennewitz – guitars, white keys

MP3: Coltrane Motion – How To Be
MP3: Coltrane Motion – Twenty Seven

Buy Songs About Music

Upcoming Shows
Thu 1/17 @ Mac’s – Lansing, MI
Fri 1/18 @ Lager House – Detroit, MI
Sat 1/19 @ Frankie’s – Toledo, OH
Tue 1/22 @ The Khyber – Philadelphia, PA
Wed 1/23 @ The Annex – New York, NY
Thu 1/24 @ Cafe Bourbon St – Columbus, OH
Fri 1/25 @ The Gypsy Hut – Cincinnati, OH
Sat 1/26 @ Headliner’s – Lousiville, KY
Sun 1/27 @ Canopy Club – Champaign/Urbana, IL


5 On A Friday : Flowers For You

January 11, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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Some flowers for you to make a rainy day a little brighter.

1: The Smithereens – Cut Flowers
Buy 11
2: John Hiatt – Say It With Flowers
Buy Riding With The King
3: Psychedelic Furs – Flowers
Buy Psychedelic Furs
4: TSOL – Flowers By The Door
Buy Change Today
5: Spare Tire – Plastic Flowers
Goto Spare Tire Audio Archive

Artist Of The Day : Birds.Fled.From.Me

January 9, 2008 by · 3 Comments
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Birds.Fled.From.Me is just one of the many projects the amazingly talented Rachel Williams is involved in. Hailing from Santa Cruz, CA she is a musician extraordinaire and has an astounding voice most closely reminiscent of Fiona Apple or Bjork. Her upcoming full length album, Deeper Lurking, is a work sure to earn it’s place amongst 2008’s best. Twelve songs filled with lyrics that capture the raw emotional intensity of the relationships that affect all our lives. Captivating vocals wind their way through stark piano lines and other ambient sounds to paint an amazing portrait of a soul laid bare.

Mesmerizing from beginning to end, this album has the potential to catapult her from relative obscurity to next big thing overnight.

MP3: Birds.Fled.From.Me – Resisted (demo version)
MP3: Birds.Fled.From.Me – Staring At The Sea

Watch for the album coming soon on Loves In Heat Records
Contact Rachel via Birds.Fled.From.Me’s myspace where you can hear a few more songs and may still be able get a handmade, hand selected demo of songs prior to the release of the album.


Youtube Tuesday – West, East, West

January 9, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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Some cross country youtube-ing hot from the inbox today. Way out west for a brand new video from Seattle’s The Blakes for their smoking, slow burn rocker, Don’t Bother Me. Then on to the east coast for New York’s White Rabbits ripping throught The Plot in their TV debut on Letterman. And back out west again for San Francisco’s The Dodos doing Fools. Rock on.

The Blakes – Don’t Bother Me

White Rabbits – The Plot Live On Letterman

The Dodos – Fools

Photos : DeJesus January 3rd, 2008 at The Khyber

January 4, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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Some photos from last night at The Khyber in Philadelphia of former BOS Artist To Watch, cello player Daniel DeJesus and his band. They have a sound that falls somewhere between Jeff Buckley and Radiohead and are currently working on a new album. They played some material from it last night as well as an amazing cover of PJ Harvey’s Rid Of Me. If you’re not familiar with DeJesus here’s a couple samples for you. They also have a couple more upcoming shows be sure to check them out.

MP3: DeJesus – Bliss
MP3: DeJesus – Over Over

Buy From The Subconscious

Upcoming Shows
Jan 18 2008 8:00P Philly Rising Finals – World Cafe Live Philadelphia, PA
Feb 2 2008 8:00P The Well Feasterville, PA


5 On A Friday : Back to Work

January 4, 2008 by · 2 Comments
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Man where did those holidays go, it was a short week for me this week but it still dragged on forever. Back to the work,work,work a day world for a while. Hey, but like broken hearts and too many empty whiskey bottles it inspires a lot of good tunes, here’s a mere five.

Have a great first weekend of 2008 everyone!

1: Elvis Costello – Welcome To The Working Week
Buy My Aim Is True
2: Murder Mystery – Cold Hard Workin’ Man
Buy are you ready for the heartache cause here it comes
3: Golden Dogs – Construction Worker
Buy Big Eye Little Eye
4: Expecting Rain – My Gift To The Workers Who Won WWII
Download Saint Cecilia Sound System
5: Lynyrd Skynyrd – Workin’ For MCA
Buy Thyrty

New Music : The Motion Sick

January 3, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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I’ve been listening to The Motion Sick‘s The truth will catch you, just wait… for a few weeks now trying to come up with a way to describe what it sounds like. I’m not sure I’m going to get it exactly right but I’m going to give it a shot. It’s a somewhat disorienting blend of soaring 60’s garage rock and 80’s new wave alternative music all wound together by the lyrics and vocals of Mike Epstein, who sounds kind of like a cross between Larry Kirwan of Black 47 and and Gordon Gano of the Violent Femmes. The lyrics draw on equally disparate influences, with subject matter ranging from the death of Jean-Paul Marat to the television show Twin Peaks. Yet somehow it all manages to cohese into a collection of damn catchy songs that stick with you. The blistering opener Jean-Paul and Some Lonely Day with it’s soaring guitar hook being standout tracks. The only real missteps are the last two tracks, a somewhat disorienting cover of Joy Division’s Love Will Tear Us Apart and an odd, unnecessary dance mix of the track 30 Lives. It was released on January 1st, so it’s available now. Check it out.

The Motion Sick :
Mike Epstein – Guitar, Vocals
Matthew Girard – Bass
Patrick Mussari – Guitar
Travis Richter – Drums

MP3: The Motion Sick – Jean-Paul
Buy The truth will catch you, just wait…

Upcoming Shows
Jan 11 2008 8:00P The Midway Cafe, Jamaica Plain, MA
Feb 27 2008 8:00P Church, Boston, MA

[PHOTOS By Tanit Sakanini]

While I spent the last couple days slacking…my friends were busy

January 2, 2008 by · 1 Comment
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While I spent the last couple days slacking post wise, my friends in blogland have kept it cracking for you. Lots of good stuff coming your way soon I promise, the “need to write about them on the blog” pile of cds has stacked up quite significantly over the holidays.

Meanwhile, click, click, click away:

Hot off a guest spot on the New Year’s Day edition of NPR’s World Cafe (complete with a shout out to yours truly, Thanks HB!), Heather at I Am Fuel, You Are Friends introduces you all to the hot sounds of Half Acre Day.

My favorite Girl About Town girls, Carly, Royce, and Amy, have been busy little bees, with features on Nicole Reynolds, Kate Nash, Rivers Cuomo‘s new solo disc and more.

Julio cuts loose with his his albums of the year over at Cause=Time

Trip and Michael and numerous guests start a new year end tradition with the Teenage Kicks Best of 2007.

Kate, whose writing is as amazing as her musical taste, shares her Favorites of 2007 for you over at The Glorious Hum

Tony lets The Screen Door fly open with his top ten of 2007 and also unleashes his Idiot’s Guide to John Mellencamp via Popdose, Jeffito’s triumphant return the the blogosphere.

The Duke of The Late Greats unfurls the final piece of his Beta-Alpha-Cal favorites of 2007 and more.

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