Directions To See A Ghost: HOT, HOT, HOT, Brand New Black Angels

April 30, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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The aptly named Directions To See a Ghost is the brand new full length album from Austin, Texas’ Black Angels. If you’re like me and have a real soft spot for heavy psychedelia then this one fits the bill perfectly. It’s filled with powerful,tribal sounding drumming surrounded by heavy bass and reverb laden guitars swirling in tremolo all coalescing into a mesmerizing hypnotic blend.
If you’re a fan of bands like Black Mountain or A Place To Bury Strangers this one’s definitely for you.
They’re currently about to embark on a short tour of the UK before returning to alter minds on their US tour throughout the summer, be sure to catch them when they hit your town this will surely be one ogf the hottest shows of the summer.

Buy Directions To See A Ghost

Upcoming Shows
09 May 2008 – La Maroquinerie – Paris, France
10 May 2008 – All Tomorrow’s Parties – Camber, England ATP Festival Line Up
12 May 2008 – Bar Academy – Birmingham, UK w/ Sian Alice Group
13 May 2008 – Nice N Sleazy’s – Glasgow, Scotland w/ Sian Alice Group
14 May 2008 – Bodega Social – Nottingham, UK w/ Sian Alice Group
15 May 2008 – ICA – London, UK w/ Sian Alice Group
16 May 2008 – Great Escape Festival – Brighton, UK
18 May 2008 – Fleece – Bristol, UK
19 May 2008 – Brudenell – Leeds, UK
20 May 2008 – Leadmill – Sheffield, UK
21 May 2008 – Roadhouse – Manchester, UK w/ Sian Alice Group
29 May 2008 – Granada Theatre – Dallas, TX
30 May 2008 – Emo’s – Austin, TX CD Release Show w/ Possessed by Paul James
03 June 2008 – the Casbah – San Diego, CA w/ The Warlocks
05 June 2008 – the Troubadour – West Hollywood, CA w/ Lower Heaven & Darker My Love
06 June 2008 – Ink-N-Iron Festival (The Queen Mary) – Long Beach, CA
07 June 2008 – the Independent – San Francisco, CA w/ The Warlocks
09 June 2008 – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR w/ The Warlocks
10 June 2008 – Richards on Richards – Vancouver, BC w/ The Warlocks
11 June 2008 – Neumo’s – Seattle, WA w/ The Warlocks
13 June 2008 – Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT w/ The Warlocks
14 June 2008 – the Bluebird Theatre – Denver, CO w/ The Warlocks
15 June 2008 – The Imperial Inn – Rapid City, SD w/ The Warlocks
17 June 2008 – The Aquarium – Fargo, ND w/ The Warlocks
18 June 2008 – The Turf Club – Minneapolis, MN w/ The Warlocks
19 June 2008 – The Annex – Madison, WI w/ The Warlocks
20 June 2008 – Logan Square Auditorium – Chicago, IL w/ The Warlocks
21 June 2008 – Mad Planet – Milwaukee, WI w/ The Warlocks
23 June 2008 – Magic Stick – Detroit, MI w/ The Warlocks
24 June 2008 – Southgate House – Cincinnati, OH w/ The Warlocks
25 June 2008 – Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, OH w/ The Warlocks
26 June 2008 – Lee’s Palace – Toronto, Ontario w/ The Warlocks
28 June 2008 – Southpaw – Brooklyn, NY w/ The Warlocks
29 June 2008 – Middle East Downstaiirs – Boston, Massachusetts w/ The Warlocks
30 June 2008 – Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA w/ The Warlocks
02 July 2008 – The Rock and Roll Hotel – Washington DC w/ The Warlocks
03 July 2008 – The Local 506 – Chapel Hill, NC w/ The Warlocks
04 July 2008 – The Grey Eagle – Asheville, NC w/ The Warlocks
05 July 2008 – The Exit/In – Nashville, TN w/ The Warlocks
06 July 2008 – Hi-Tone – Memphis, TN w/ The Warlocks
07 July 2008 – The BottleTree – Birmingham, AL w/ The Warlocks
08 July 2008 – The Earl – Atlanta, GA w/ The Warlocks
10 July 2008 – Common Grounds – Gainesville, FL w/ The Warlocks
11 July 2008 – The Social – Orlando, FL w/ The Warlocks
09 August 2008 – All Points West Music & Arts Festival

Replacement Feature

April 29, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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Apologies for the lack of postings lately, while I regroup and get the regular features back on track, here’s a random song for you from the excellent new Replacements Twin/Tone Catalog reissues that Rhino Records has released just last week. And be sure to check out the fantastic interview with Peter Jesperson, who compiled the new releases, over at Teenage Kicks blog.

The Replacements – Within Your Reach
Buy Hootenanny

LIVE : SSLY Boris Yeltsin,Via Audio, Aderbat 04.23.08 @ Johnny Brenda’s

April 24, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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Some photos from last night’s show at Johnny Brenda’s In Philadelphia. Opening the night was Philly’s own Aderbat whose lead singer and bass player could pass for a young Bob Dylan and Kris Kristofferson respectively. It was my first time seeing them and they played an excellent set of music with a sound that falls somewhere between My Morning Jacket and Wilco. Great stuff, definitely add them to your list of must see Philly Bands. Up next was Brooklyn’s Via Audio, who played a high energy set of dance music with a distinctly eighties new wave overtone that the crowd couldn’t get enough of. Expect them to rise hot on the heels of fellow Brooklynites MGMT and Yeasayer real soon. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin closed the evening with their brand jangly guitar pop. After a rousing finale of their song Oceanographer, the boys came back out for an encore joined by the members of Via Audio for a “we didn’t practice this but we’re going to try it anyway” version of Nirvana’s Heart Shaped Box which, despite a few ramshackle moments, really rocked. See the lyric cliff notes they had on stage along with a scan of the setlist below. A great night of music all around.


Via Audio

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin

TONIGHT ! Girl About Town Spring Fling At The Khyber

April 24, 2008 by · 1 Comment
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TONIGHT ! Come rock out at The Khyber in Philadelphia with my friends from Girl About Town and a great lineup of bands. It’s where all the cool kids will be.

Girl About Town Spring Fling
National Eye, East Hundred, Cheers Elephant, Cary Ann Hearst
The Khyber 56 S. 2nd Street
Philadelphia PA

Monday Mix

April 21, 2008 by · 2 Comments
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Feel like you’re stuck in traffic on Monday, the worst work day of the week ? Here’s a mix to blow the dust out of the speakers and begin your week with a bang. Turn it up. Sometimes all you need is loud.

The Who – Shakin All Over
Buy Live At Leeds
Switches – Drama Queen(Demo)
Buy Heart Tuned To Dead
Iggy and The Stooges – Search And Destroy
Buy Raw Power
The Black Keys – Strange Times
Buy Attack & Release
Black Sabbath – Supernaut
Buy Symptom Of The Universe
Coltrane Motion – Dozier-Holland-Dozier
Buy Songs About Music
The Jealous Girlfriends – Something In The Water
Buy The Jealous Girlfriends
The Whigs – Right Hand On My Heart
Buy Mission Control
Joy Division – Interzone
Buy Unknown Pleasures
The Blakes – Two Times
Buy The Blakes

BOS Presents : The Shots,Murder Mystery,Thinking Machines, Canadian Invasion PLUS A CD Giveaway !

April 19, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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The M Room in Phildelphia is where you need to be tomorrow night to catch the first “Bag Of Songs Presents” night. Here’s a little preview of what you have in store, plus, read all they way down for info on a CD giveaway !

The Shots:
Colt Morris – Vocals, Bass
Alex Blyskun – Guitar
Marcos Zerpa – Drums

Why you need to see The Shots : Ever say to yourself I wish I could have seen Led Zeppelin in 1969,or The Who Live At Leeds,or U2 in small club,or [insert your most lamented “I wish I saw them when”, musical regret here]. Well don’t blow it again. Your time is NOW to see The Shots delivering their amazing show in small venue.

The Shots – Do Me Wrong
More at [MYSPACE]

Murder Mystery:
Jeremy Coleman: Lead Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards
Laura Coleman: Drums, Vocals
Adam Fels: Bass, Vocals
Graham Roberts: Guitar, Vocals

Making their Philadelphia debut is Murder Mystery who released their album Are You Ready For The Heartache Cause Here It Comes in the fall of 2007 and have been garnering non stop accolades ever since. Bring your dancing shoes because their retro meets indie grooves will have you jumping around like you’re at a fifties sock hop.

Murder Mystery – Love Astronaut
Buy Are You Ready For The Heartache Cause Here It Comes

Thinking Machines:
Cody Brown
Marcus Epler
Sean Wolfe

This essentially the cd release party for The Thinking Machines who released their excellent A Complete Record of Urban Archaeology in early 2008. A rhythmic guitar driven record that translates exceptionally well into a powerful live show. Think something along the lines of Fugazi meets Gang of Four, or The Constantines and you’ll have an idea of what they’re all about.

Thinking Machines – Return To Red Sun
Buy A Complete Record of Urban Archaeology

Canadian Invasion:
Andy Canadian – vocals, guitar
Jim Foley – bass
Eric Miller – guitar
George Groves – drums
Chris Morita – guitar, vocals

Canadian Invasion holed up at Philadelphia’s Miner Street Studios with the amazing production team of Brian McTear and Amy Morrisey to record the followup to their Songs For The Atco Ghost and recorded what is currently one of the best unreleased records of 2008 in Three Cheers For The Invisible Hand, a jangly, harmony laden, lyric rich gem of a power pop record.

Canadian Invasion – Juvenilia
More at [MYSPACE]

GIVEAWAY : You can’t buy their album yet, but I have five copies to give away of a special limited edition 3 song sampler CD from Canadian Invasion‘s Three Cheers For The Invisible Hand. All you need to do to win is leave a comment or send an email to with “CI Contest” in the subject line. I’ll pick five random winners on Tuesday April 22, so don’t waste any time, get those entries in now.

TODAY: Record Store Day April 19 2008

April 19, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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One for you in honor of Record Store Day today. A great record store is so much more than just racks of LPs and CDs and cassettes and the fact that they’re vanishing at at an alarming rate is not a good thing. Go out and shop your local independent record store today and keep an important part of our musical heritage alive.

Lyle Lovett – Record Lady
Buy I Love Everybody @ your local independent record store

HOT New Music from The Rosewood Thieves

April 19, 2008 by · 1 Comment
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The Rosewood Thieves warm sounding alt country infused Lonesome EP was one of better releases of 2007. Now they’re back with a new full album entitled Rise And Shine. Check out this hot free digital single they’ve released in advance of the album. Side A is an instantly memorable and catchy slice of Beatlesque psychedelia entitled She Don’t Mind The Rain, backed with equally solid glam groover, Silver Gun (wacky demo). Judging by these two leadoff songs, if the rest of the album is this strong it’s surely going to hold it’s own amongst the best of 2008. As the song goes “Bang, bang bang, yeah”. Indeed.

The Rosewood Thieves – She Don’t Mind The Rain
The Rosewood Thieves – Silver Gun(wacky demo)

Track Listing
1 Silver Gun
2 She Don’t Mind The Rain
3 When My Plane Lands
4 Flat Tire
5 Mad Man Blues
6 Fair Lights Flashing
7 Moon Song
8 Junkyard Julie
9 Gone
10 Heavy Eyes

Produced By: The Rosewood Thieves
Mixed By: Thom Monahan
Mastered By: Drew Lavyne
Engineered By: John David, Travis Harrison & Aaron Nevezie
Cover Painting By: Isaac Abrams (All Things Are One Thing, 1967)
Guru: Brady Brock
Medical: Doctor Mooney

Be sure pick up a copy of Rise and Shine at one of their upcoming shows
April, 28 2008 09:00 PM – DC9 Washington DC
April, 29 2008 08:00 PM – The Cave Chapel Hill, North Carolina
April, 30 2008 09:00 PM – The Star Bar Atlanta, Georgia W/ Ponderosa
May, 1 2008 08:00 PM – Circle Bar New Orleans, Louisiana
May, 2 2008 08:00 PM – Walter’s on Washington – w/ Frank Smith Houston, Texas
May, 3 2008 08:00 PM – Mohawk – w/Frank Smith Austin, Texas
May, 5 2008 08:00 PM – The Ruby Room Phoenix, Arizona
May, 6 2008 10:00 PM – The Beatles Revolution Lounge at The Mirage , Las Vegas, Nevada
May, 7 2008 08:00 PM – The Epicentre – w/Lemon Sun (ALL AGES) San Diego, California
May, 8 2008 08:00 PM – Bottom of The Hill – w/Lemon Sun San Francisco, California
May, 9 2008 09:00 PM – The Echo – w/Lemon Sun Los Angeles, California
May, 10 2008 08:00 PM – Detroit Bar – w/Lemon Sun & The Growlers Costa Mesa, California 92627
May, 12 2008 08:00 PM – Bar Deluxe Salt Lake City, Utah
May, 13 2008 08:00 PM – 3 Kings Tavern Denver, Colorado
May, 15 2008 08:00 PM – The Busted Lift Dubuque, Iowa
May, 16 2008 08:00 PM – The Hideout – w/ Cairo Gang Chicago, Illinois
May, 17 2008 08:00 PM – Petrus Lounge Louisville, Kentucky
May, 18 2008 08:00 PM – The Basement Nashville, Tennessee


5.4 On A Friday : Earthquake

April 18, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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Taking some loose inspiration from the news this morning that a 5.4 magnitude earthquake shook the midwestern US overnight. In the winter of 1811/1812, the New Madrid faultline was hit by three magnitude 8 earthquakes, some of the most powerful quakes in US History.

1: Uncle Tupelo – New Madrid
Buy Anodyne
2: Beck – Earthquake Weather
Buy Guero
3: Black Mountain -Faulty Times
Buy Black Mountain
4: Tori Amos – Little Earthquakes
Buy Little Earthquakes
5.4: John Wesley Harding – It’s All My Fault
Buy Awake

TONIGHT in Philadelphia : Public Record CD Release Party @ Johnny Brenda’s

April 16, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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Still debating what to do tonight in Philadelphia ?
Former BOS Artist Of The Day, Public Record, with their exciting blend of instrumental jazz/ska/rock takes the stage at Johnny Brenda’s to celebtrate the release of their new CD on High Two Records. I’ll Be there, come on down and say hi.

MP3: Public Record – Mermaid’s Purse
Buy Public Record

Public Record CD Release Party
w/ Mahogany, Ravens and Vultures, and Arc In Round (members of Relay)
Wednesday April 16
Johnny Brenda’s
Frankford & Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA


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