It’s Time They Knew : The Swimmers CD Release Party

October 23, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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If you’re a regular reader of the is blog you know that The Swimmers have been one of the absolute favorites here since I received a copy of their as yet unreleased cd Fighting Trees back in January. I even boldly proclaimed it “the first truly important release of 2007” and talked it up relentlessly to anyone who would listen. Well folks “all the new sounds” are here, Fighting Trees will be seeing a national release on March 4 of 2008 on Mad Dragon Records and distributed by Ryko/Warner.
The lucky Philly peeps get a jump on the rest of the world at a special local release party this Saturday October 27th at Johnny Brenda’s, recently named Rolling Stone Magazine’s “2007 Hot Music Club”. It’s going to be a special night you won’t want to miss.

See the new cover artwork above by Janell Olah, but better yet see it in person, as anyone who comes to the show gets a copy of the cd right then and there with admission. I’ll be there so should you, and you, and you and you and you.

MP3: The Swimmers – It’s Time They Knew

Saturday October 27th
Y-Rock on XPN Welcomes – Swimmers CD Release Show

The Swimmers, Audible, Adam & Dave’s Bloodline, Denison Witmer
9:30 PM
$10 includes a copy of the CD! – Door Sales at 8pm


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

LIVE: 5 On A Friday at Tritone

September 15, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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Yesterday I featured these bands on 5 On A Friday. Here’s some photos from last night’s amazing display of Philadelphia and New York talent at The Tritone in Philadelphia. If you couldn’t make it last night The Swimmers, The Jealous Girlfriends and Sam Champion along with Drug Rug all play again tonight in New York City at The Mercury Lounge. Go. Dance. Enjoy. I highly recommend it.

A Sunny Day In Glasgow
Sam Champion

The Jealous Girlfriends

The Swimmers

5 On A Friday : Live Tonight !

September 14, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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Tonight a deal you can’t beat, 5 amazing Philadelphia and New York bands at the Tritone in Philly, a club the size of a shoe box, and all for 5 bucks. Any one of these bands could headline a much bigger venue and pack it. It’s going to be a hot time in Philly tonight.

1: Papertrigger – We Are Nations Now !
Buy Riot Lovers EP [WEBSITE] [MYSPACE]
2: A Sunny Day In Glasgow – Best Summer Ever
Buy Tout New Age [WEBSITE] [MYSPACE]
3: Sam Champion Band – Like A Secret
Buy Slow Rewind [WEBSITE] [MYSPACE]
4:The Jealous Girlfriends – Something In The Water
Buy The Jealous Girlfriends [WEBSITE] [MYSPACE]
5: The Swimmers – Pocketful of Gold
Get Fighting Trees [WEBSITE] [MYSPACE]


LIVE: Illuminea Cd Release Party @ Johnny Brendas

August 19, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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Here’s some pictures from Friday night’s Illuminea CD release party show at Johnny Brenda’s. First up for the night was Whales And Cops who put on an amazing display of precision, They reminded me a lot of Battles or the new stuff from Minus The Bear. Then came BOS favorites The Swimmers who just keep sounding better evrytime I see them. It was also cool to hear a couple brand new songs in thier set, every bit as good as the stuff on Fighting Trees. The lovely Illuminea girls also joined them for a bit with some extra backing vocals and percussion. Illuminea then took to the stage opening with the title track of their excellent new CD Out Of Our Mouths and playing a mix of new and older songs including a incredible cover of Reach Out I’ll Be There with The Swimmers returning the earlier favor on additional backing vocals. A fun night all around.

Whales And Cops
The Swimmers


From The Mailbag: JadeMcNelis, Mieka Pauley,The Swimmers Live

May 9, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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Shuffling through the mailbag to bring you some recent music fom the inbox.

First up is Jade McNelis. Good Fences Records label mate to BOS favorite Memphis.

Jade McNelis’ debut EP is a terrifically beautiful amalgam of fate and destiny. This 20-year-old singer-songwriter was born in Taiwan, adopted by an American couple at only 42 days old and began learning the piano at age 4. Discovered when she opened for Stars in her hometown of Tallahassee, Florida, she was quickly signed to new Montreal label, Good Fences. She came to Montreal in the summer of 2006 to record and never went back. Chris Seligman (from Stars) co-produced the All The Fables EP. His co-producer and engineer was Drew Malamud, who has worked with The Dears, Death From Above 1979, and Stars. Murray Lightburn from Dears plays guitar, as does Gregory Paquet, formerly of the Stills. Andrew Barr of The Slip plays the drums. It was mixed by Ryan Hadlock at famed Seattle’s Bear Creak Studio. Yet her sound is all her own, a frozen stream unlocking its force by way of hungry piano playing, haunting melodies and a voice that brims with all the hope of a bright dawn pouring through the window. As the EP’s title indicates, McNelis writes songs that are like fairy tales, little stories with their own morals and mysteries. “Aesop’s Fables were one of my first influences as a human being when I was growing up,” she says. Her songs are the decisive moment, a call to adventure, arrows of destiny. Wistful lyrics that soar above rich and affecting piano arrangements. The sun is rising, the town is deserted, but the enchanted landscape is filled with golden, ghostly harmonies.

MP3: Jade McNelis – Life In Grey

Some of Jade’s Upcoming shows:
May 15 2007 10:00P The Horseshoe Tavern Toronto, Ontario
May 20 2007 8:30A Bar St-Laurent 2 Montreal, Quebec
May 29 2007 8:00P The Tranzac Toronto, Ontario
May 31 2007 9:00P Union Hall Brooklyn, New York

[myspace] [website]

photo by Baratunde

Next up is Mieka Pauley

Mieka Pauley was born in Boston and raised in Kentucky, Colorado and South Florida. School brought her back to Boston where she makes her home. She started singing as a child and studied classical voice and piano. In high school she sang in alt rock garage bands and Motown funk bands and in jazz, classical and church choirs. In high school she taught herself guitar on an uncle’s old acoustic, then cut her teeth in college playing on the street corners of Harvard Square. Her immediate ability to captivate audiences quickly made her a favorite of Boston’s best clubs including the Paradise Lounge, House of Blues, Club Passim, and Kendall Café – next at New York’s renowned Bitter End, Living Room, Makor, Knitting Factory and Village Underground – and then at the best clubs and festivals throughout the U.S., North, South, East and West.

She follows her own vision for her music and her soul/blues/rock/acoustic/alternative style has brought comparisons to Ben Harper, Cat Power, Neko Case, Patty Griffin, Martin Sexton and others. She came up listening to all of those artists, and also to Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Eva Cassidy, Erykah Badu and Lauryn Hill. She has traveled in several directions as well in her recordings and bands while defining her own personal sound and style, and this road has lead her to take the reins in her own hands and draw her own map from here forward.

MP3: Mieka Pauley – All The Same Mistakes

Upcoming Shows
May 10 2007 8pm Pianos New York NY
May 12/2007 8:20pm Rusty Rudder Dewey Bch DE
Dewey Beach Chick Fest showcase
May 17/2007 10pm Pianos New York NY
May 18/2007 11pm Twisted Tree Cafe Asbury Pk NJ

[myspace] [website]

The Swimmers just finished a short Spring tour. Here’s a few songs from some radio appearances they made.

From the World Café Live in Philly:
MP3: The Swimmers – It’s Time They Knew
MP3: The Swimmers – Heaven
From WHFR in Detroit:
MP3: The Swimmers – Mr Blue Sky(ELO cover)

[myspace] [website]

LIVE : WXPN Philly Local Night Tuesday March 20, 2007

March 30, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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Some photos from WXPN’s Philly Local Night at World Cafe Live Tuesday March 20, 2007
Sharon Little with Scot Sax plus band opened the show with their interesting singer songwriter style.
Next up was the folky ruminations and political banter of John Flynn.
My current favorite indie band in Philadelphia, The Swimmers were up next, showcasing songs from their brilliant soon to be released disc Fighting Trees.
Amos Lee then jumped up for an unscheduled 2 song set.
Closing the night was the slick alterna-pop sounds of Hail Social, celebrating the release of their new disc.

Listen to WXPN to find out when it will air as as the evening was recorded for future broadcast.

Wrapping up the week

March 19, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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So spring is about to roll in, here on the east coast we’ll be spending the next couple days continuing to thaw from what was our biggest ice/snowstorm of the winter. Bring on the global warming.

Here’s what I’ve been listening to most this past week: The Swimmers – Fighting Trees, Arcade Fire – Neon Bible, Julie Doiron – Woke Myself Up, Mary Weiss – Dangerous Game, Creeping Weeds – We Are All Part Of A Dream you’re Having, The Hold Steady – Boys And Girls In America, Wilco – Sky Blue Sky, !!! – Myth Takes, Neil Young – Live At Massey Hall, and Odawas – Raven And The White Night. Something new you think I should hear, leave a comment and let me know.

K’nise Connection‘s artist of the week is the O Brother Where Art Thou? styled folk music of Ian Thomas

The shows where I’ll be this week:

Tuesday March 20 World Cafe Live Philadelphia PA
WXPN Philly Local presents The Swimmers,Sharon Little and Scott Sax,John Flynn, and Hail Social

The Swimmers
MP3: The Swimmers – Pocketful of Gold
Sharon Little & Scot Sax with their band
MP3: Sharon Little – Everybody Round Here
John Flynn
MP3: John Flynn – Who’s Whose
Hail Social (CD Release Party)
MP3: Hail Social – Heaven

Wednesday March 21 World Cafe Live Philadelphia PA
Hoodoo Gurus w/Shane

MP3: Hoodoo Gurus – I Want You Back
MP3: Hoodoo Gurus – Death Defying
MP3: Hoodoo Gurus – What’s My Scene

Saturday March 24, Tweeter Center, Camden, NJ
Snow Patrol, Silversun Pickups, and OK Go

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

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.

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

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’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

LIVE : 02.28.07 The Swimmers at The Khyber

March 1, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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Here’s a few live shots from last night’s excellent show by The Swimmers. It was the final night of their February every Wednesday night residency at The Khyber in Philadelphia.

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