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

5 On A Friday : The Grammy Nominees

December 7, 2007 by · 1 Comment
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In what is generally one of the weaker lists of nominees for The Grammy Awards in recent memory, here’s a handful of standouts worth a mention.

Best Alternative Music Album (Vocal or Instrumental.)

1: Lily Allen – Alright, Still… [Capitol Records]
Everything’s Just Wonderful

2: Arcade Fire – Neon Bible [Merge Records]
Keep The Car Running

3: Bjork – Volta [Elektra/Atlantic]

4: The Shins – Wincing The Night Away [Sub Pop]
Turn On Me

5: The White Stripes – Icky Thump [Third Man/Warner Bros.]

5 On A Friday : Oooh that’s hot !

April 27, 2007 by · 1 Comment
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This week for 5 On A Friday, a a taste of what was “hot” this week.
(sorry no direct MP3 links today, all will direct you to another page where you can hear the song)

1:Sure, Amercian Idol wasted a lot of powerful technology to bring you Celene Dion singing with a virtual Elvis, but this was the one AI moment you truly needed to see.

2: Covering LCD Soundsystem‘s song All My Friends was one of the in things to do. Here are versions by by Franz Ferdinand and John Cale.

MP3: Franz Ferdinand – All My Friends (via Kwaya Na Kisser)
MP3: John Cale – All My Friends (via Let’s Sexy Fighting)

3: Icky Thump. For me Jack White’s been long past overkill, but he’s still back with more. Here’s the first single for the new White Stripes disc of the same name.

MP3: The White Stripes – Icky Thump (via Your Head’s Not Right)

4: iTunes UK springs a leak allowing an early return of Bjork from the planet Iceland with more of her trademark soundscaping.

MP3 : Bjork – Earth Intruders (via Who Killed The Mixtape)

5: A baby spoonful of information about the new Spoon disc. The cover art for Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga.

5 On A Friday : The Thirteenth

April 13, 2007 by · 1 Comment
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Once again it’s Friday the thirteenth. Thirteen historically being a number full of mystery and superstition, today for 5 on A Friday we’ll take a look at some of the songs holding down the lucky?/unlucky? thirteenth spot on their respective albums. So cross your fingers, close your eyes, and turn it up.

13.1: Wilco – Too Far Apart
Buy AM
13.2: Modest Mouse – Dashboard
Buy We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank
13.3: Southern Culture On The Skids – Fight Fire
Buy Countrypolitan Favorites
13.4: The White Stripes – Girl You Have No Faith In Medicine
Buy Elephant
13.5: Bright Eyes – Lime Tree
Buy Cassadaga