Bag Of Songs Top 25 Albums of 2008 : 16 to 20

January 1, 2009 by · 1 Comment
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Happy New Year’s 2009 everyone, five more of the Bag Of Songs Top 25 albums of 2008 for you.
Again, feel free to chime in with comments along the way,let me know your picks, what you think I missed, etc.

20 Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago [BUY]
I’m sure by now you ‘ve all heard the story of how Justin Vernon holed up for three months alone in a cabin in the woods of northern Wisconsin in the winter to make this record. If you’ve listened to it you know how he managed to translate the heartbreak of a breakup combined with all of that isolation into a set of stunning, powerful,intimate songs. It’s worthy of all the raves you’ve been hearing. What’s even more amazing is that his live show is even better than the record.

Bon Iver – Skinny Love

19 MGMT – Oracular Spectacular [BUY]
Giving keyboard based electronic pop their own twist, this is one of those albums where your favorite songs change as you listen to it more. Filled with some of the years best singles in Time To Pretend,Kids and Electric Feel, just about every song is a winner.

 MGMT – Time To Pretend

18 The Major Labels – Aquavia [BUY]
Sort of a supergroup of sorts, The Major LabelsMike Viola, Bleu, and Ducky Carlisle rolled all their influences into what is arguably the best pure power pop record of the year,jangly, fun, and filled with irresistable sugary hooks. They also put on one of the best live shows I saw this past year.

 The Major Labels – Don’t Hear A Single

17 The Rosewood Thieves – Rise And Shine [BUY]
Steeped deep in songs influenced by the likes The Beatles and T Rex, The Rosewood Thieves put out one of the most overlooked records of the year in Rise And Shine.

 The Rosewood Thieves – She Don’t Mind The Rain

16 James Hunter – The Hard Way [BUY]
Another strong contender bringing old school style R&B and soul into the present, where Eli Reed mines the Southern sound of artists like Otis ReddingJames Hunter is more akin to people like Sam Cooke and Ray Charles, and even spent some time in the past in Van Morrison‘s backing band.

 James Hunter -Jacqueline

Number 21 to 25

HOT New Music from The Rosewood Thieves

April 19, 2008 by · 1 Comment
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The Rosewood Thieves warm sounding alt country infused Lonesome EP was one of better releases of 2007. Now they’re back with a new full album entitled Rise And Shine. Check out this hot free digital single they’ve released in advance of the album. Side A is an instantly memorable and catchy slice of Beatlesque psychedelia entitled She Don’t Mind The Rain, backed with equally solid glam groover, Silver Gun (wacky demo). Judging by these two leadoff songs, if the rest of the album is this strong it’s surely going to hold it’s own amongst the best of 2008. As the song goes “Bang, bang bang, yeah”. Indeed.

The Rosewood Thieves – She Don’t Mind The Rain
The Rosewood Thieves – Silver Gun(wacky demo)

Track Listing
1 Silver Gun
2 She Don’t Mind The Rain
3 When My Plane Lands
4 Flat Tire
5 Mad Man Blues
6 Fair Lights Flashing
7 Moon Song
8 Junkyard Julie
9 Gone
10 Heavy Eyes

Produced By: The Rosewood Thieves
Mixed By: Thom Monahan
Mastered By: Drew Lavyne
Engineered By: John David, Travis Harrison & Aaron Nevezie
Cover Painting By: Isaac Abrams (All Things Are One Thing, 1967)
Guru: Brady Brock
Medical: Doctor Mooney

Be sure pick up a copy of Rise and Shine at one of their upcoming shows
April, 28 2008 09:00 PM – DC9 Washington DC
April, 29 2008 08:00 PM – The Cave Chapel Hill, North Carolina
April, 30 2008 09:00 PM – The Star Bar Atlanta, Georgia W/ Ponderosa
May, 1 2008 08:00 PM – Circle Bar New Orleans, Louisiana
May, 2 2008 08:00 PM – Walter’s on Washington – w/ Frank Smith Houston, Texas
May, 3 2008 08:00 PM – Mohawk – w/Frank Smith Austin, Texas
May, 5 2008 08:00 PM – The Ruby Room Phoenix, Arizona
May, 6 2008 10:00 PM – The Beatles Revolution Lounge at The Mirage , Las Vegas, Nevada
May, 7 2008 08:00 PM – The Epicentre – w/Lemon Sun (ALL AGES) San Diego, California
May, 8 2008 08:00 PM – Bottom of The Hill – w/Lemon Sun San Francisco, California
May, 9 2008 09:00 PM – The Echo – w/Lemon Sun Los Angeles, California
May, 10 2008 08:00 PM – Detroit Bar – w/Lemon Sun & The Growlers Costa Mesa, California 92627
May, 12 2008 08:00 PM – Bar Deluxe Salt Lake City, Utah
May, 13 2008 08:00 PM – 3 Kings Tavern Denver, Colorado
May, 15 2008 08:00 PM – The Busted Lift Dubuque, Iowa
May, 16 2008 08:00 PM – The Hideout – w/ Cairo Gang Chicago, Illinois
May, 17 2008 08:00 PM – Petrus Lounge Louisville, Kentucky
May, 18 2008 08:00 PM – The Basement Nashville, Tennessee


New Music :The Rosewood Thieves – The Lonesome EP

October 3, 2007 by · 1 Comment
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Following up on their just re-issued with 3 bonus tracks EP, From The Decker House, (read Heather’s take on that one here)The Rosewood Thieves have put together the Lonesome EP, due out on November 20th and are heading into the studio to record a new full length.

The Lonesome EP is six songs of pure alt-country folk influenced goodness. Working with Thom Monahan(Pernice Brothers, Devendra Banhart) they have crafted a warm, acoustic, earthy sound that perfectly wraps Erick Jordan’s lyrical imagery like a wool blanket. Watch for it, this is one you’ll want to pick up for sure.

The Rosewood Thieves :
Erick Jordan (voice, guitar)
Mackenzie Vernacchio (organ, Wurlitzer)
Paul Jenkins (guitar and bass)
Mark Bordenet (drums).

The Rosewood Thieves – Honey, Stay Awhile
Buy Lonesome EP

Upcoming Shows
Oct 5 2007 9:30A Pianos (concert for peace) New York
Oct 16 2007 11:15P Southpaw (CMJ Music Marathon) Brooklyn, New York
Oct 17 2007 8:00P Mercury Lounge (CMJ Music Marathon) New York, New York