Monday Morning Blues : Drinking Away Your St Patrick’s Day

March 17, 2008 by · 3 Comments
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What originally started as an Irish religious holiday back in the 17th century has now become one largest worldwide holiday celebrations of the year. St Patrick’s Day is when everyone gets to be Irish for a day, so put on your best green shirt, pour yourself a pint of Guinness and a shot of whiskey and join the party. Have fun and be safe.

John Lee Hooker – One Bourbon, One Scotch, And One Beer
Buy The Very Best Of
Slaid Cleaves – Horseshoe Lounge
Buy Broke Down
Memphis – Incredibly Drunk On Whiskey
Buy A Little Place In The Wilderness
Richard And Linda Thompson – Down Where The Drunkards Roll
Buy I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight
Chelsea Taube – Drunk And Not Not Married
More Chelsea Taube
Hogan’s Goat – Whiskey
Buy Good Intention Road
Uncle Tupelo – Whiskey Bottle
Buy No Depression
Theolonius Monk Straight, No Chaser
Buy Straight, No Chaser
Gillian Welch – Whiskey Girl
Buy Hell Among The Yearlings

New Music : Chelsea Taube

February 21, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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A brand new song today from Chelsea Taube, one of my absolute favorite unsigned songwriters that I’ve featured here at Bag Of Songs. Someone give this girl a record deal.

MP3: Chelsea Taube – She Cheats
more at Myspace

Valentine’s Day Mix, Way Different Than Sugar Free Powdered Drink Mix

February 14, 2008 by · 3 Comments
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A Bag Of Songs flavored Valentine’s Day mix for you today running through the whole box of chocolates, from oh so cute, to sentimental and sweet like maple syrup on a stack of warm, freshly made pancakes.

? Desmond Reed – The Best Part
? The Velvet Underground – She’s My Best Friend
Buy VU
? The Red Button – It’s No Secret
Buy She’s About To Cross My Mind
? Robert Plant And Alison Krauss – Stick With Me Baby
Buy Raising Sand
? Plajia – Beautiful Explosion
Buy Beautiful Explosion
? Birdie Busch – Hold Ya
Buy Penny Arcade
? Nicole Reynolds – We Could Be Dancing
Buy This Arduous Alchemy
? Birds Fled From Me – Oh My Love
Buy Deeper Lurking

? Dean Martin -Somewhere There’s A Someone
Buy Dino : The Essential
? Camera Obscura – I Love How You Love Me
Buy If Looks Could Kill Single
? Coco B’s – Modern Lover
Buy Coco B’s
? Ryan Shaw – We Got Love
Buy This Is Ryan Shaw
? The Triangles – I’ve Had Eyes For You
Buy Seventy- Five Year Plan
? Chelsea Taube – Somehow

One Down, Many More To Go (No Radiohead Content)

October 2, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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Bag Of Songs turns one this week. Wow, has it been a whole year already ? Thanks for coming along for the ride, hopefully you heard something you liked, or made you laugh, or at least surprised you in some way. A very special thanks to all the artists who have been featured here and to all of the great friends I have made along the way that make it matter.
Lot’s more goodies still to come , stay tuned.

Here’s a mixed dozen of the amazing independent artists that have been featured here over the past year.

Bag Of Songs Turns One
01: Chelsea Taube – Save My Soul From The Devil [MYSPACE]
02: The Swimmers – Pocket Full Of Gold [WEBSITE] [MYSPACE]
03: Creeping Weeds – Billy Pilgrim [WEBSITE] [MYSPACE]
04: The A – Sides – A Florida Grove [WEBSITE] [MYSPACE]
05: Elliot Jack – My Tongue In Vickie [WEBSITE] [MYSPACE]
06: Bless 1 – Starving Artist [MYSPACE]
07: Birds.Fled.From.Me – The Resisted [WEBSITE] [MYSPACE]
08: Morgan Ryan – Hallelu [MYSPACE]
09: Shrinking Islands – Swallowed In Grace [WEBSITE] [MYSPACE]
10: Desmond Reed – New [MYSPACE]
11: The Celebrities – East Coast Girls [WEBSITE] [MYSPACE]
12: Saturna – Pop Rocks [WEBSITE] [MYSPACE]

ZIP: Bag The Whole Dozen

5 On A Friday : Is Today Your Lucky Day ?

July 13, 2007 by · 1 Comment
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Is Friday The Thirteenth your lucky day ? Maybe you just need this lucky 13 belt buckle to turn it all around for you. Or maybe not. Here’s 5 luck filled songs to soundtrack your day.

1:Chelsea Taube – How Lucky
More Chelsea Taube
2:Richard Buckner – Lucky
Buy Meadow
3:Mary Lou Lord – The Lucky One
Buy Got No Shadow
4:The Strokes – Trying Your Luck
Buy Is This It ?
5:Minus The Bear – Burying Luck
Buy Planet Of Ice

ZIP: Bag All 5

Artist Of The Day Redux

June 11, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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For today I’d thought I’d bring you an update on what some of our former Artists Of The Day have been up to. They’re all amazing talents that will be much more famous than just a mention on my blog someday. Remember, so you can proudly say “I knew them way back when…”

First up, Bless 1. One of Chicago’s finest hip hop producer/artists, Bless 1 has teamed up with producers from around the world as Digital Invaders. They’ve put together a very cool all instrumental hip hop disc entitled Invasion. In addition to Bless 1 the also featured are are SUFF DADDY, HAZEEM, LOKID, ELLIPSIS, POWELL, THEWORTHLESSFEW, and AL’KAY FOUNDATION And to make it even better they’re giving it away FREE. Check out these couple tracks then download the whole thing here (as a .RAR file).

MP3: Bless 1 – June (featuring Lokid)
MP3: TWFew – The Writer

Look back at Artist Of The Day : Bless 1

Next up, Chelsea Taube one of the very first Artists Of The Day we featured. Chelsea’s song Desperate Winters is featured on the new Loose Music compilation disc Country Girl :New Sounds Of The Old West Vol.5 alongside other artists such as Devon Sproule, Laura Gibson, Jaimi Shuey, Oh Susanna, Jenny Whiteley, The Watson Twins, Cat Martino, Jenn Grant, Jill Barber, Emily Barker, Nina Violet & The Invisible Orchestra, Salt, Ana Egge, The Mendoza Line, Rachel Ries, Lana Rebel, Redlands Palomino Co. Pick up your copy here. Here are two brand new songs Chelsea recently posted to her myspace page.

MP3: Chelsea Taube – Carolina Moon
MP3: Chelsea Taube – So He Strays

Look back at Artist Of The Week : Chelsea Taube

Last but not least is Desmond Reed. Desmond has his song Who I’d Like To Meet featured on a recent compilation, Baby Boom Records Sampler 002 Desmond’s quirky, catchy, songs instantly embed themselves permanently into your world. Here’s a couple recent new ones from him.

MP3: Desmond Reed – New
Desmond Reed – When I Met Michelle
Look back at Artist Of The Day : Desmond Reed

Wrapping Up The Week

April 3, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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Wrapping up the past week and looking ahead a bit.
What I’ve been listening to the most this past week :The Broken WestI Can’t Go On,I’ll Go On, Warren ZevonExcitable Boy(remaster), Julie DoironWoke Myself Up, Bright EyesCassadaga,LimbeckLimbeck,The SwimmersFighting Trees,The Creeping WeedsWe Are All Part Of A Dream You’re Having

The ~K’nise Music Maker Of The Week is the lovely piano playing Skyler Stonestreet.

Bag Of Songs Artist To Watch Chelsea Taube has gotten her song Desperate Winters placed on an upcoming Loose Music Country Girl compilation and is playing a couple shows in New York City this week.

Wednesday April 4th Wicked Willy’s on Bleecker St. 7pm
Friday April 6th Googie’s Lounge Above The Living Room 154 Ludlow 7pm

One of the bands that blew me away when I saw them recently for the first time was Canada’s The Constantines. Someone stole one of their guitars at a recent show @ Lee’s Palace in Toronto.

From the band :
Hey Friends,
Thanks to all who came out to the show last night (March 30) at Lee’s Palace in Toronto. No thanks to the person who walked out of the club with Will’s guitar in Steve’s guitar case. We are asking anyone in the Toronto area to be on the look-out for a Black 1995 American Stratocaster with a white pick-guard, a rosewood fretboard, and a rainbow coloured guitar strap. The serial number is: N55 7313. The guitar case is a black Fender hardshell case, covered in Constantines, Threegut and Subpop Records stickers.
If whoever took the guitar reads this, you can contact us via and we can figure out a way for you to return it, no questions asked.
Thanks to everyone who has come to the shows in Eastern Canada so far. We head off to Winnipeg tomorrow and I am going to write another message in a few minutes announcing further tour dates in the Northeastern United States in late April.

Good Sounds Good is a collective of amazingly talented female artists mainly based out of Toronto consisting of Emer, Emma-Lee, blueVenus, Melissa Bathory, Sarah Shafey, Moulann, Kirsten Jones, Clare Love and, Saidah Baba Talibah. They have a big showcase show coming up as well as shows by a few of their members.

Tue Apr 3 2007 9:30P GSG Monthly @ The Cameron House featuring Melissa Bathory, Moulann and Sarah Shafey! Toronto
Wed Apr 4 2007 7:00P Clare Love Solo @ Arlene’s Grocery – New York City NYC, New York
Thu Apr 5 2007 9:00P Clare Love – The Lei Lounge at Niagara New York
Fri Apr 6 2007 8:00P Clare Love – Freddy’s Bar and Backroom Brooklyn
Sat Apr 7 2007 9:00P Emma-Lee & Emer @ The Cameron House Toronto
Sat Apr 21 2007 10:00P blueVenus at The Cameron Toronto, Ontario
Tue Apr 24 2007 8:00P Sarah Shafey- Renaissance Cafe(Emma-Lee hosts) Toronto, Ontario

My favorite Philadelphia band of the moment, The Swimmers, bring their amazing sounds to the midwest this week. Be sure to stop out and see them and tell them I sent you.

Tue Apr 3 2007 1:00P WHFR in-studio Detroit, Michigan
Tue Apr 3 2007 8:00P Lager House Detroit, Michigan
Thu Apr 5 2007 8:00P Schubas Chicago, Illinois
Fri Apr 6 2007 8:00P Constant Spring Goshen, Indiana
Sat Apr 7 2007 7:30P Senorita Burrita Lancaster, Pennsylvania

From The Mailbag : Somme, Awesome Color, and more

February 4, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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The two piece band has already become almost cliche in today’s indie rock scene. Well, The Somme are not just another White Stripes or Black Keys wannabe peddling rough and raunchy blues based tunes. They go for a more epic wall of sonics in their purely instrumental songs. There’s enough intricacy going on that you’ll forget you’re just listening to one guitar and drums.

In their own words from their myspace:


The 1916 Battle of the Somme was one of the largest battles of the First World War. With more than one million casualties it was also one of the bloodiest battles in human history.

2007. Nearly half a decade has passed now since the mighty duo Somme first emerged from a
Chicago basement, endlessly cultivating, refining and rebuilding the ferocious guitar/drum offensive that’s since become their signature sound. Their debut EP, Weight, recorded in one day at Steve Albini’s legendary Electrical Audio Studios with revered engineer Greg Norman (High on Fire, Pelican, Mclusky, Magnolia Electric Co.), is a massive battle cry, at once reflecting the bloodsoaked triumphs of the allied forces and the thousands floating dead in the crimson River Somme on the day that remains, 87 years later, the British Army’s goriest onslaught in history.

Somme is guitarist Daniel Medina, a 20 year-old chemical worker who spends his afternoons in a gas mask at a nearby plant hauling hazardous and contaminated materials, and drummer Kenny Preski whose mammoth drum sound is the explosive foundation and structural framework of
Somme’s epic colossus.

Laid to tape in January 2007, with Norman at the decks, Weight is the first of a two-part series of sister recordings, the second of which is planned for release later this year. Due to the band’s intense working dynamic, it was essential that their music be captured live to analog equipment. The result is a spectacularly ambitious sonic marvel, owing as much to key influences Spacemen 3, Jesus and Mary Chain, and Slow Riot-era Godspeed You Black Emperor as to the spectres of that brutal 1916 holocaust.

Upcoming Shows
March 4 2007 8:00P The Canopy Club Urbana, IL

MP3: Somme – Massless
Somme – Forge


Awesome Color
Thanks to Adam for the tip-off on these guys. Awesome Color is a New York City via Ann Arbor, MI trio that blends the raw power of Iggy and The Stooges with Goo-era Sonic Youth. It’s pretty obvious why Thurston Moore signed them to his Ecstatic Peace label and partly produced their self titled debut disc.
Check out this video for the cooking garage rocker Free Man.

Awesome Color is:

Derek Stanton – Guitar, Vocals
Michael Troutman – Bass
Allison Busch – Drums

Upcoming Shows
02/11/2007 09:00 PM – BAR New Haven, CT w/ Calla
02/12/2007 08:00 PM – Glasslands Brooklyn, New York w/ Demons and Religious Knives
02/14/2007 08:00 PM – Academy of Music Northampton, Massachusetts W/ Sonic Youth and Wooden Wand

Some other things you’ll want to check out this week:

The Slip is making their live performance debut on network television this coming Monday on NBC’s Late Night with Conan O’Brien.

At the Blue Bar and Rack Room in Nashville, Me and the Machine Records is holding its very first album release party. Josh Preston, Nick Shelton and Brad Sweitzer will each perform. And it’s FREE so get on down there.

Me and the Machine Records First Album Release Party
Tuesday February, 6 2007 6pm Blue Bar and Rack Room 1911 Broadway, Nashville, Tennessee

Bag Of Songs favorite the lovely and talented Chelsea Elizabeth Taube plays
Tuesday February, 6 2007 at The Modern Exchange Southgate, Michigan


For the East Coasters, another Bag Of Songs favorite The Shrinking Islands also play their smart jangly pop this week
Tuesday February, 6 2007 at Bullfinch Yacht Club w/ Tom Thumb & The Latter Day Saints Boston, Massachusetts

The Swimmers start the first night of their every Wednesday in February residency at The Khyber in Philadelphia. It’s still early in the year but I’m going to make a bold statement and say their new record Fighting Trees is pretty much a shoo-in to make many best of 2007 lists at the end of the year. Check out a few songs on their myspace or stream the whole thing at their website.

From The Mailbag : The Swimmers,Triggers,New Chelsea Taube

January 14, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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First up from the mail bag today, The Swimmers.
from their myspace bio :

The Swimmers are a band based on a story. It’s not the story of how the
Philadelphia four-piece met or of how they came to music or even how they shook
off their alt-country tendencies; it’s the story of a young man who swims home
through the backyard pools in his affluent suburban town only to find his home
abandoned and ruined.

Former One Star Hotel frontman Steve Yutzy-Burkey
based his new pop project on the famous short story, “The Swimmer” by John
Cheever, suddenly so inspired that he dismantled One Star Hotel to complete an
album’s worth of ambitious, upbeat songs far removed from the band’s jangly
country style.

Let me be one of the first to proclaim their new album Fighting Trees the first truly important release of 2007. Forget all about the new Shins,this is one disc you need to have right now. In trying to find a way to describe their sound, names like Tweedy, Dando, and McCartney spring to mind. This is an album chock full of intelligent, catchy songs. Watch for it to be released early this year, it is a must have.

The Swimmers are:
Steve Yutzy-Burkey, Rick Sieber, Krista Yutzy-Burkey, Scott French

With many thanks to the band here’s the first song off of Fighting Trees for a limited time only.
Stream the entire album at their website.

MP3: The Swimmers -It’s Time They Knew


Be sure to get out and catch them live soon. They have a Wednesday night residency coming up at the Khyber in Philadelphia during the month of February and a Sunday night residency at Pianos in New York City in March.

Upcoming Shows
Jan 20 2007 9:00P Tric Town January @ Mojo 13 Wilmington, Delaware
Feb 3 2007 9:00P Great Scott Allston, Massachusetts
Feb 7 2007 9:00P Khyber Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Feb 8 2007 10:00P Sin-e New York, New York
Feb 14 2007 9:00P Khyber Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Feb 21 2007 9:00P Khyber Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Feb 28 2007 9:00P Khyber Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Mar 10 2007 9:00P DC-9 DC, Washington DC
Mar 11 2007 9:00P Pianos New York, New York
Mar 18 2007 9:00P Pianos New York, New York
Mar 25 2007 9:00P Pianos New York, New York

Up next is Pittsburgh based band Triggers

Imagine if Ben Folds and Devo joined forces with some help from Elvis Costello to form a band, and you have an idea of what Triggers sounds like. Triggers new EP, Elude the Suits, takes the sound introduced on their first demo and refines it even further. From the jumpy staccato new wave guitar hook of Eyes Like A Ninja to the hyper pop She Had Me At Takeoff with its falsetto vocal, to the piano pounding rocker Anyone At Anytime, Elude The Suits is full of great pop songs.

Triggers are :

Joe Kasler – Bass, Vocals
Rich Kawood – Drums, Vocals
Adam Rousseau – Guitar, Vocals
Brett Zoric – Keyboards, Vocals

MP3 : Triggers How Do I Get To The Roof
from Triggers Demo

Stream the new Elude The Suits EP on their website:

Upcoming Shows
Jan 19 2007 Southminster Church PGH, PA 8pm ALL AGES w/ TBA
Jan 26 2007 Brillobox PGH, PA 10pm w/ Life in Bed, The Receiver. 21+
Mar 9 2007 Brillobox PGH, PA 10pm w/ Donora and Librarians. 21+

And last but certainly not least, a new song called Wilson, from Bag Of Songs favorite the lovely and talented Chelsea Taube.

MP3: Chelsea Taube – Wilson

myspace :

Upcoming Shows
Jan 24 2007 07:00 PM – The Blue Note Cafe, Pontiac, Michigan
Feb 03 2007 05:00 PM – Kaya Coffee VOX ROX, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
Feb 06 2007 08:00 PM – The Modern Exchange , Southgate, Michigan

Artist of the Week : Chelsea Taube

November 26, 2006 by · 1 Comment
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Hey all, I’m going to be on vacation hiatus for about the next week, so there will not be new daily posts for a bit. I’m going to leave you with a special feature on one of my personal favorite new artists of the last year or so, Chelsea Taube.

Chelsea is from RochesterMichigan, just outside Detroit. She is just 21 but has the natural songwriting skills people two and three times her age spend their whole life trying to perfect.
Claiming Ryan Adams,Bob Dylan and Patty Griffin among her biggest influences, Chelsea has a knack for poetic lyricism, and an ear for phrasing and melody that are truly original. She has voice that can cut clear through to your soul with it’s emotional power. But don’t just take my word for it spend the next week giving these 25 songs a listen and find why she is consistenly the most played artist on my ipod .

Note, most of these songs are just Chelesa and her acoustic guitar recorded on her laptop, but the brilliance still shines through.
MP3: chelsea taube – a lonely sight
MP3: chelsea taube – august and fall
MP3: chelsea taube – dancing on my bed
MP3: chelsea taube – desperate winters
MP3: chelsea taube – drunk and not married one of my personal favorites
MP3: chelsea taube – easy lover
MP3: chelsea taube – hillsborough street
MP3: chelsea taube – I should’ve thought twice
MP3: chelsea taube – love what you got
MP3: chelsea taube – misery loves company
MP3: chelsea taube – my only memory
MP3: chelsea taube – my sweet girl
MP3: chelsea taube – nicholas – a pure singalong pop song
MP3: chelsea taube – save my soul from the devil this is a classic, some people never write a song this good their whole life
MP3: chelsea taube – the shake some down and dirty rocking blues
MP3: chelsea taube – somehow if the pure emotion of the vocal on this song doesn’t shake your soul nothing can
MP3: chelsea taube – sometimes still the first song I heard by chelsea , had me instantly hooked
MP3: chelsea taube – stand still look pretty (the wreckers) listen to her outwreck the wreckers
MP3: chelsea taube – tell all your friends
MP3: chelsea taube – the truer you are(the bluer you get)
MP3: chelsea taube – theres no home for me
MP3: chelsea taube – underneath(hanson) if you never thought you’d like a hanson song try this
MP3: chelsea taube – wait wait wait
MP3: chelsea taube – wasted
MP3: chelsea taube – your best friend
be sure to also check her myspace for more songs and any upcoming show dates
myspace :

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