Here’s a cool little cover song for you today from one of our Philly favorites. It’s Canadian Invasion putting their own spin on Vampire Weekend‘s Mansard Roof recorded live at WXPN studios in Philadelphia. Check it out.
Despite the relative quiet lately I’m still here so please stay tuned. Between working too many hours a week at the day job and being sick as a dog with an annoying spring time cold the past few weeks, the content here has been a little sparse lately. Well, the cold is just about gone and the work hours seem to be letting up just a bit so I’m going to try and get this bus back on a more consistent schedule. There’s been a lot of great music and news coming through my inbox, new Action Painters, Adam & Dave’s Bloodline‘s hot new record, new Speck Mountain,new Pink Mountaintops, a new EP from I Am The Heat, The Sleepwalking Through The Mekong Soundtrack from Dengue Fever, Missing Palmer West‘s amazing new record to name but a few and so much, much more. Thanks to everyone who’s been sending stuff, I’ve been listening to it all and hopefully can carve out the time to bring a lot more of it here soon. Also, watch for a new artistic feature coming soon from our friend Melinda The Martian, creator of those ultra cool Canadian Invasion videos. (Mel, if you’re reading, sorry, I still owe you an email reply)
Be sure to try and catch some of the Bag Of Songs sponsored live events coming up soon. This Sunday April 26th at The M Room, it’s Jesse Leyh bringing a special stripped down solo version of In Grenada, along with indie-psych-popsters Lima Research Society and the power pop awesomeness of Meyerman. On Sunday May 10th it’s back to the M Room when Village Green Productions and Bag Of Songs bring you Minneapolis’ Halloween, Alaska along with Philly’s Missing Palmer West and more TBA. On Thursday May 21st it’s Bag Of Songs vs The Broken Bell vs Girl About Town in The Battle Of The Blogs at the North Star Bar where each blog brings you a band, and the audience decides a winner for the night. The Shots will be representing Bag Of Songs, River City Extension representing The Broken Bell and The Robes will be dishing it out for Girl About Town.
If you’re in a band,especially local Philly area artists, and want to be considered for future BOS events make sure I have your music and some contact info. If you want to send me something the info is over on the right sidebar or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s a few tunes to start off your weekend :
In Grenada – Beating Heart(DEMO)
Lima Research Society – Giant Moth – The Beauty Of Things
Buy Don’t Give Up Don’t Get Down
Speck Mountain – I Feel Eternal
Buy Some Sweet Relief
Dengue Fever -March Of The Balloon Animals
Buy Sleepwalking Through The Mekon
The Lemon Treasures – Spaghetti
Buy Mama Bear
Pink Mountaintops -While We Were Dreaming
Buy Outside Love
Action Painters – Supermarket
More Action Painters – Catch them live @ the North Star Bar Tomorrow Sat 4/25 w/ East Hundred
Even though I get out see well over 200 bands in a year somehow Lima Research Society still managed to skirt under my radar the past couple years that they’ve been out and playing around The Philadelphia/New Jersey/Northeastern US area. And, had they not recently sent me a copy of their excellent debut full length album Don’t Give Up Don’t Get Down they might sadly still be there. Their addictive sound is a potpourri of influences from soft folk, to prog rock musical acrobatics, to trippy psychedelica, to new wave dance and all points in between. Often drawing comparisons to bands like Flaming Lips, they may be in the same genre, but are decidedly tracking their own original path.
In a very cool and artistic move, the first 100 copies of Don’t Give Up Don’t Get Down were released as 2 separate 50-piece hand-painted murals, pictured here. Get a copy while you can.
Lima Research Society:
Head Researcher Lima – main vocals, guitar, drums, programming
Researcher Ellen – bass, keyboards, vocals
Researcher Michael – guitar, keyboards, programming, vocals
Apr 17 2009 Trinity College w/ Math!! Hartford, CT
May 23 2009 Greenwoodstock 2009 w/ Math! Greenwood, DE
May 26 2009 AS220 w/ Math! Providence, RI
May 27 2009 The Lilypad w/ Math! Cambridge, MA
May 28 2009 Danger Danger Gallery w/ Math! Philadelphia, PA
May 29 2009 The Hexagon w/ Math! Baltimore, MD
Of Montreal‘s Skeletal Lamping was one of last year’s best records and the live shows to accompany it have been garnering similar raves. Courtesy of Baeblemusic, check out some live video from their recent Portland stop and swing on over to Baeblemusic to enter to win one of three autographed copies of the Skeletal Lamping disc. Cool stuff.
For entry, just follow these steps:
a) Register on baeblemusic.com
b) Let us know what you think about of Montreal’s performance by leaving a comment
c) You must be registered! – Any comments posted anonymously will not be considered a contest entry
d) Voila! You’ve entered the Baeble Hook Up!
Contest ends on Wednesday, April 22. Winners will be selected randomly from the pool of comment entries.
The brand new Mark Ronson produced single today for London’s Rumble Strips, a bouncy UK flavored dance number complete with some Motown soul a la Ronson sounding horn breaks. I’d love to give you some more info about the band, but the message they sent me, their myspace and their official website are pretty much devoid of any info other than where they’re from, the band members and some tour dates, but hey, it’s really about the music anyway, right. So here it is, enjoy !
The Rumble Strips :
Charlie Waller- Lead Vocals and Guitar
Tom Gorbutt – Sax, Vocals and Bass
Henry Clark – Trumpet, Vocals and Piano
Matthew Wheeler – Drums
Sam Mansbridge – Bass, Vocals and Orange Drum
Some photos from this past Sunday’s Bag of Songs Night @ M Room in Philadelphia with Canadian Invasion, Golden Bloom and Sudden Ensemble. Many many thanks to everyone who came out and all of the bands who trekked through the freaky early evening hail storm to get to Philly and deliver an excellent night of music.