While You Were All Here, I Was Walking In Memphis

January 26, 2008 by · 1 Comment
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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
Buy Elephant
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
Buy Chorduroy

Jealous Girlfirends photo by Carly Marcoux

History Lesson : Brian Eno – Here Come The Warm Jets

February 6, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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So I’m perusing a bunch recent and upcoming new indie releases, Deerhunter, Of Montreal, Clap Your Hands.., etc. looking for some new sounds to bring your way and the strong sense of deja vu pointed me in the direction of a history lesson for today instead. Back in 1973, years before most of today’s self professed indie hipsters were even born, Brian Eno left Roxy Music and released his first solo disc, Here Come The Warm Jets. In doing so, he laid down a blueprint for modern music that’s still being used today, more than 30 years later. Distorted yet shimmering guitars layered with intricate sounds and textures, topped off by quirky yet solidly melodic vocals. Give a listen to the relentless driving pop of Needles In The Camel’s Eye, the surrealistic simmering Baby’s On Fire with it’s blazing Robert Fripp guitar work, or the quintessentially quirky Cindy Tells Me and you’ll hear why a lot today’s indie upstarts pale in comparison. Been wondering why Coldplay tapped him to produce their next disc ? Take a deep look at Brian Eno’s Here Come The Warm Jets.

MP3: Brian Eno – Needles In The Camel’s Eye
Brian Eno_Cindy Tells Me
MP3: Brian Eno – Baby’s On Fire
Brian Eno – Blank Frank
Brian Eno – Here Come The Warm Jets