5 On A Friday : On A Mission…

June 27, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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Five in honor of my going to see Mission of Burma tonight in Philadelphia, playing all of Signals,Calls, And Marches and more. Here’s a good primer for you if you’re not familiar with this seminal Boston band whose music is still exerting influence today, more than 20 years after it’s release.

1: Academy Fight Song
Buy Mission Of Burma
2: That’s When I Reach For My Revolver
Buy Signals,Calls, And Marches
3: Fame And Fortune
Buy Signals,Calls, And Marches
4: Trem Two
Buy Vs
5: That’s How I Escaped My Certain Fate
Buy Vs

Mission Of Burma
Friday June 27th 8:30PM
Performing the entire album Signals, Calls, and Marches” + more
First Unitarian Church
2125 Chestnut Street (22nd and Chestnut Sts)
Philadelphia, PA
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Rocking at The M Room This Past Sunday

June 26, 2008 by · 1 Comment
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Some photos from this past Sunday’s Bag Of Songs night at the M Room in Philadelphia. Fantastic sets from RunRunner, Secret Life Of Sofia, New Motels and Adam & Dave’s Bloodline for an enthusiastic and appreciative Sunday night crowd. If you missed this you missed a hell of a good time. Big, big, thanks to all of the bands, the M Room, and everyone who came out on a Sunday for making it a hugely successful and fun night.


Secret Life Of Sofia

New Motels

Adam & Dave’s Bloodline

Sunday, June 22nd, Day 3 Of The Philly Popped! Festival

June 26, 2008 by · 1 Comment
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Some photos from Sunday, June 22, Day 3 of Philadelphia’s Popped! Festival at World Cafe Live. The home team made up the bulk of the lineup today with some of Philly’s best bands playing. I arrived in plenty of time time to grab a Grimbergen Dubbel Abbey Ale from the bar and stake out a prime spot to catch Cheers Elephant kick off the days proceedings with a dazzling set in the upstairs bar, showing why they are one of Philly’s hottest bands right now. Spent some time chatting with Jessica from Popwreck(oning) in between sets. Next up were The Vandelles, a band I had not only not seen before, but had never heard of. Well, I won’t be forgetting them anytime soon because their reverb laden psychedelic laced sound was amazing, with a sound falling somehwere between Jesus And Mary Chain and The Black Angels. They also delivered the “girls can rock too” moment of the festival in the powerhouse rhythm section of Suzanne Pagliorola and Lisha Nadkarni on drums and bass respectively. Then it was downstairs for Gildon Works who delivered one of the best sets of the weekend, their shoegazey psychedelic blend was absolutely massive sounding. Then it was back upstairs for one of my favorite Philly bands The Swimmers, who despite having to use a fill in bass player for the afternoon, sounded as fantastic as always. At this point the downstairs stage took a weird turn toward the performance art side with one man avant garde poet guitarist PWRFL Power up next. Three songs and it was back upstairs for me where I spent some time hanging out with Carly and Royce from Girl About Town for a bit while Takka Takka prepared to play. Caught most of Takka Takka’s interesting set before heading back downstairs to see the much buzzed about Tickley Feather. More avant garde performance art tinged music that continued the theme started earlier. Although much more great music still remained, it was at this point I had to jump ship and make my way across town to the M room for my Bag Of Songs night, more on that coming soon…

Cheers Elephant
The Vandelles
Gildon Works
The Swimmers
Takka Takka
Tickley Feather
The Downstairs Stage

BOS Exclusive ! : Brand New Shawn Fogel

June 25, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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Shawn Fogel Live At The M Room 5-25-08

Shawn Fogel’s excellent One Day In The Desert EP has been in the constant rotation here at Bag Of Songs since I got a hold of it last fall. Shawn was also one of the artists who played for us at a recent Bag Of Songs Presents night which happen monthly at The M Room in Philadelphia. So needless to say, we love us some Shawn Fogel here.

So I’m proud to bring you an exclusive track today from Shawn’s upcoming as-yet-unnamed new album which was mixed by Peter Katis, who has also worked with artists such as Spoon, The National and Interpol.

Shawn Fogel – The Fight At The End Of The Tunnel

While you’re waiting…

June 24, 2008 by · 1 Comment
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A couple of tunes to tide you over while you wait for me to summarize the rest of my musical weekend, including Day 3 of the Popped! Festival and Bag Of Songs night at The M Room.

Give a listen to Fugazi‘s Waiting Room and a 1966 alternate take of The Velvet Underground doing Waiting For My Man from the rare Norman Dolph Acetate in all it’s snap and crackle glory. So hang out a while, more photos and recaps to come.

Fugazi – Waiting Room
Buy 13 Songs

The Velvet Underground – Waiting For My Man(alternate take)
More Norman Dolph Acetate

The Annuals,Hymns, and East Hundred Friday June 20 @ Millcreek Tavern

June 23, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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Backtracking a bit today to catch up on a few photos from the beginning of my 20 bands in 3 days musical weekend that started off Friday night at The Millcreek Tavern in West Philadelphia. The Annuals, Hymns and Philly’s own East Hundred all played outstanding sets on a steamy first official night of summer.

East Hundred


The Annuals

The Annuals

The Stage Setup

Saturday At The Philly Popped ! Festival

June 22, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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Some photos from Day 2 of the Philly Popped! Festival for you. The Ting Ting‘s kicked off the Saturday portion with a high energy set that had the crowd who had arrived early for one of the day’s most anticpated acts, up and dancing from the first note. One of the best sets of the day left no doubt they won’t be an opening act much longer. Up next was Philly hometown favorites Hoots and Hellmouth whose countrified stomping hoedown also went over extremely well with the largely indie rock crowd. Mr. Lif despite having some doubts about his place on the bill “I wasn’t sure if you all wanted to hear this rap shit” expertly turned the crowd into a chanting, arm waving, house party. Next on was Dan Deacon, who set up right in the midst of everyone instead of on the stage and in an amazing display of audience participation that I can best describe as a mix of Romper Room and and all night rave party, despite having to cut his set a bit short to make up time, worked the place into a totally insane, dancing, crowd surfing frenzy. As the crowd seemed to suddenly double at this point in the day, Gogol Bordello went on. Sounding like what I would imagine The Pogues would be if they chose to play gypsy music instead of Irish music. It was at this point the blazing sun had taken it’s toll and we made the tough call to opt out on the rest of the day, which had Crytsal Castles, Mates Of State and Vampire Weekend yet to come. Thanks to Flickr users ellectricity & adjust the aperture their photos. Be sure to check in with my friends at Girl About Town and Pop(wreckoning) for their coverage of the day as well.The Ting Tings Kick it off

Popped! — Hoots & Hellmouth, originally uploaded by ellectricity.

Mr Lif Has A House Party
Dan Deacon Works The Crowd
Crowd Surfing
Golgol Bordello

crystal castles. again., originally uploaded by adjust the aperture.

mates of state., originally uploaded by adjust the aperture.

vampire weekend., originally uploaded by adjust the aperture.

5 On A Friday : The First Day Of Summer

June 20, 2008 by · 1 Comment
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It’s The first offical day of summer, and as you can see by the thermometer, a bit of a hot one here. So how about a few summer themed songs to kick off your season.

1: War – Summer
Buy The Very Best Of
2: Sly And The Family Stone – Hot Fun In The Summertime
Buy Essential
3: The Shangri-Las – The Sweet Sounds Of Summer
Buy The Best Of The Shangri-Las
4: The Pixies Three – Summertime USA
Buy Growin’ Up Too Fast
5: Desmond Reed – Summer Vacation
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Bag Of Songs Presents : Adam and Dave’s Bloodline,New Motels,Secret Life Of Sofia, RunRunner Sunday June 22nd @ M Room

June 19, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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This Sunday, June 22, M Room in Philadelphia is where you’ll want to be when Bag Of Songs Presents three of Philly’s finest: Adam & Dave’s Bloodline,New Motels and RunRunner along with Brooklyn’s Secret Life Of Sofia. This should be one amazing night of music that you don’t want to miss.

To commemorate this special event I have copies of the limited edition signed and numbered silk screened posters(shown above) designed by artist Jason Kochis, FREE, for first 25 people to arrive. Check out more of Jason’s awesome poster and design work at his website (www.jasonkochis.com) He’s created posters for Superdrag, Nada Surf, The Donnas and more.

RunRunner – One Trick Pony
Buy RunRunner

Secret Life Of Sofia – Outside
Buy Seven Summits

New Motels – Drama Of The Hollywood Scene
Buy Domestic Life

Adam & Dave’s Bloodline – Missing Person
Get New Age Boredom EP

Adam & Dave’s Bloodline, New Motels, Secret Life Of Sofia, RunRunner
Sunday June 22nd
The M Room
15 W Girard Avenue, Philadelphia PA

New Music : Nothing Says Rich Like Golf Clubs

June 18, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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The big golf weekend reminded me I’ve been sitting on this one way too long without posting about it. The rather non descript painting of a child golfing overlaid with some plain type that adorns The Swedes new album cover nowhere alludes to the guitar/keyboard driven punch of the music within. Never judge a book by it’s cover, or so the saying goes. Nothing Says Rich Like Golf Clubs is ten songs filled with plenty of sixties garage rock and seventies glam and power pop overtones that you’ll be singing along to in no time. Perfect for popping in your car cd player and cranking up on those summer weekend drives to the beach.

The Swedes :
Chris Edwards – keyboards
Phil Crain – bass
Tony Dilella – guitar
Kevin Garcia – drums
Jon Gray – vocals/guitar

The Swedes – Julie Walker
The Swedes – Burning Fever

Buy Nothing Says Rich Like Golf Clubs


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