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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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
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? 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
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Christmas Song Of The Day 17

December 17, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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A brand new one for you today from former Bag Of Songs Artist of the Day Desmond Reed. Desmond has a knack for super catchy pop songs and this one is no exception. Desmond also has a new EP out today entitled The Summer Vacation EP on Anorak Records and an upcoming show on December 28th at North Brookfield VFW, 231 North Main Street, North Brookfield, MA. Check his myspace for more songs and info on a few other singles he’s released this year.

Day 17: Desmond Reed – December 25th
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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

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

From The Mailbag : Matt Lutz, K’Nise’s picks, RIAA and more

March 11, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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First up today is the latest solo album from Matt Lutz, the frontman for popular San Francisco indie-garage rockers The Herms. Matt’s disc is the appropriately named Seesaw, as the gamut of styles on it run from dark Bowieesque goth rockers to loungey instrumentals to the catchy pop number,Took Me A While that I have for you today. If you like this be sure to check out his myspace page for more tunes.

M4A: Matt Lutz – Took Me A While

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Big Thanks to Mona at MLC PR for the track.


K’nise Connection’s Pick of The Week(and Last Week)

K’nise‘s pick this week is the sultry, soulful,jazzy sounds of Toronto’s dazzlingly beautiful Emma-Lee. Not only is Emma-Lee an extremely talented musician she’s an impressive photographer as well. Hear her songs on her myspace page and make sure you check out her photographs as well.
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Since I was on an unxpected hiatus last week and didn’t get to post much, here’s last week’s pick as well. The Hummingbirds are a sweet country duo from Ypsilanti, Michigan composed of Rachel Lynn on Vocals and Guitar and Stephen Grant Wood on Guitars and Vocals. Watch for their new album due out sometime in 2007
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RIAA WTF
If you like music on the internet, and especially if you’re a college student you’ll want to check out these two articles.

Recording Industry vs People Blog posted this open letter to the RIAA
Open Letter to Universities Whose Students Have Been Targeted by the RIAA

Jefito Blog posted this insightful piece on gizmodo.com’s proposed RIAA boycott
A Lovely Month for a Boycott


Way To Go Desmond !
Our former Artist Of The Day, bedroom four track sensation Desmond Reed has had his song Who I’d Like To Meet picked up by Manchester UK based Babyboom Records to be included on their next sampler cd due out March 19th.


Some places to be this week if you’re not in Austin Texas for SXSW

The Swimmers start their Sunday night residency at Pianos in NYC tonight and share the bill with Maria Taylor and Aderbat in Philadelphia on Thursday night.
Sun Mar 11 2007 9:00P Pianos [residency] New York, New York
Thu Mar 15 2007 7:30P FirstUnitarian Church w/ Maria Taylor and Aderbat Philadelphia, PA

In the mood for some blues ? Here’s where Jo Wymer will be this week :
Sun Mar 11 2007 02:00 PM – Travelling Poets Society – Espresso Joes, Keyport,NJ
Sat Mar 17 2007 08:00 PM – Twisted Tree Cafe Cookman Ave, Asbury Park, NJ

World Cafe Live has a pair of shows by Nanci Griffith followed up by one from the legendary Leon Russell
Wed Mar 14 2007 7:30P Nanci Griffith World Cafe Live Philadelphia PA
Thu Mar 15 2007 7:30P Nanci Griffith World Cafe Live Philadelphia PA
Fri Mar 16 2007 7:30P Leon Russell World Cafe Live Philadelphia PA

The Hold Steady are back from the UK with The Thermals in tow to continue their takeover of the Boys And Girls In America. If there’s one hot band to see now these guys are it.
Mon Mar 12 2007 08:00 PM – Club Downunder Tallahassee, FL
Tue Mar 13 2007 08:00 PM – The Bottle Tree Birmingham, AL
Wed Mar 14 2007 08:00 PM – Hi Tone Cafe Memphis,TN
Thu Mar 15 2007 08:00 PM – Off Broadway St. Louis, MO
Fri Mar 16 2007 08:00 PM – Music Mill Indianapolis, IN
Sat Mar 17 2007 08:00 PM – Newport Music Hall Columbus, OH

Artist Of The Day : Desmond Reed

February 16, 2007 by · 2 Comments
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I am a young man who records songs on his 4-track in his bedroom. – Desmond Reed from his myspace page

Some truly classic albums have been made by musicians holed up in a bedroom with their 4-track recorders, Bruce Springsteen‘s Nebraska and Cody ChesnuTT‘s The Headphone Masterpiece to name but a couple. Desmond Reed may not yet have created his classic, but he’s been making some damn fine pop music there in his bedroom in Orange, Massachusetts. Imagine if you put Fountains of Wayne or Nada Surf and The Barenaked Ladies in a bedroom with a 4-track and told them to whip up a batch of songs. Now you have an idea of what Desmond’s songs sound like. Lyrics with a sense of humor and enough melodic hooks and harmonies to make Brian Wilson proud. Check it out. Dance. Laugh. Sing along. Enjoy the ride.

MP3: Desmond Reed – About Me
MP3: Desmond Reed – Who I’d Like To Meet
MP3: Desmond Reed – Summer Vacation

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