We’re moving here soon !!!

November 27, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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Hi if you’ve arrived here , I’m in the process of moving the blog to bagofsongs.com permanently.

For now you can still visit bag of songs at http://bagofsongs.blogspot.com

Bag Of Songs Presents : Upsincefriday, Beaten By Them,J P05 & Cedarwell This Sunday August 31st

August 27, 2008 by · 1 Comment
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An amazing and diverse lineup coming up for you this Sunday August 31st at the M Room in Philadelphia.
First up is the musical muse of Sheboygan Wisconsin’s Erik Neave, Cedarwell, whose powerful, darkly intense acoustic based songs will have you mesmerized. If you like artists like Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes or Jose Gonzales you need to hear Cedarwell.

Cedarwell – Home

“Loud. Quiet. Steady. Fierce.” is how a quote from JP05‘s bio about the solo effort of Brooklyn songwriter Jeff Patlingrao starts. It continues on… In comparative terms, you might think Elliott Smith meets Sonic Youth meets “Execution…” era Rilo Kiley. There have also been mentions of someone named Hendrix linked to describing JP05‘s comet-blasting live show.

I really can’t think of a better way to describe their music so I’ll leave you with that. In the JP05 live band is also BOS favorite, talented multi-instrumentalist Shawn Fogel stepping behind the drums.

JP05 – Don’t Tell Julia

San Francisco’s Beaten By Them bring a mostly instrumental sound that melds classical, jazz, rock and more. At times orchestral and ethereal, other times loud and intense it’s always interesting.

Beaten By Them – Yangtzee

Upsincefriday, the hometown team closes the night with a sound combining influences from the Beatles to Husker Du and all points in between into their their catchy melodic guitar driven tunes.

Upsincefriday – Moments

Upsincefriday (Philadelphia) – http://www.myspace.com/upsincefriday
Beaten By Them (San Francisco) – http://beatenbythem.com/
JP05 (New York) – http://www.myspace.com/jp05
Cedarwell (Sheboygan. WI) – http://www.myspace.com/cedarwell
Sunday August 31st
8PM – $8
21 & up
M Room
15 W. Girard Ave
Philadelphia PA

5 On A Friday : Merge – 2007 Label Of The Year ?

May 18, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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1989 was the year Laura Ballance and Mac McCaughan started a band(Superchunk) AND a record label(Merge) in Chapel Hill, North Carolina . Merge Records started with cassette releases followed by a few years of 7″ vinyl releases, and now CDs an LPs. In 2007, Merge is well on it’s way to becoming one of, if not the, most important record label of the year.
For today’s 5 On a Friday here’s 5 reasons why.

1: Arcade Fire – Neon Bible
MP3: Antichrist Television Blues

2: The Broken West – I Can’t Go On, I’ll Go On
MP3: So It Goes
3: The Clientele – God Save the Clientele
MP3: Here Comes The Phantom
4: The Ladybug Transistor – Can’t Wait Another Day
MP3: Always On The Telephone
(via Cause=Time)
5: Spoon – Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
MP3: Don’t You Evah
(via Cause=Time)

[Merge Website]

The Week

April 17, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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Rain Delay, Please Stay Tuned !

those darn kids…

October 31, 2006 by · Leave a Comment
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So it’s Halloween, and if you’re concerned about those darn kids having too much candy why not buy them a guitar or some drums.

Louisville, Kentucky’s Squirrel Bait released their first record, an EP on the indie label Homestead, in 1985. An eight song, seventeen minute, pummeling fury of guitar, drums, fronted by the manic singing of Peter Searcy, it earned mucho praise from people like Bob Mould and Evan Dando. Spin Magazine even proclaimed that lead singer Peter Searcy had “the best voice in rock and roll next to Paul Westerberg”. After releasing a couple of singles and one more much acclaimed album, 1986’s Skag Heaven, Squirrel Bait pretty much flamed out under its own intensity by 1988.

The average age of the band members when the band fell apart was an astounding seventeen years old.

Even though they burned out hard and bright, the members became deep roots on the indie rock family tree spinning off into the bands Slint, Bastro, Evergreen, King Kong, Gastr Del Sol, Brise Glace, Yona Kit, Coctails,The For Carnation,and The Lemonheads and more.

So TURN IT UP and scare the kids straight with these tunes from Squirrel Bait, who knows you may inspire the next Foo Fighters.

MP3: Squirrel Bait – Hammering So Hard from the Squirrel Bait EP
Squirrel Bait – Sun God from the Squirrel Bait EP
Squirrel Bait – When I Fall from the Squirrel Bait EP
Squirrel Bait – Kid Dynamite from Skag Heaven
Squirrel Bait – Black Light Poster Child from Skag Heaven

BUY IT : squirrel bait

out on the endless wire

October 30, 2006 by · Leave a Comment
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It’s been over two decades years since It’s Hard, the last time The Who delivered a new studio album. In the interim there’s been umpteen final tours and greatest hits collections as well as a few Townsend and Daltry solo projects. Nothing of great consequence, so let me say my expectations for this new set were set pretty low. that all changes this week with the release of
Endless Wire
Boy was I wrong, Endless Wire is a very respectable showing from them.
The album is broken into two parts, the first 9 songs and the last 10 songs which comprise the Wire and Glass mini-opera, althought thematically there’s not a great shift between the two, all 19 songs could easily be looked at as a whole.
The album opens with Fragments, which sounds like a mash-up of older Who songs with new vocals over top. Simultaneously invoking the old and new at the same time and setting the tone for the rest that follows. While the disc feels eerily reminiscient of Tommy or Quadrophenia it also feels fresh. To paraprhase a recent Townsend quote “this is not the old Who, this is all new”

MP3: The Who – Fragments
The Who – It’s Not Enough
The Who We Got A Hit(extended version)

BUY IT : the who

got the time ?

October 29, 2006 by · 1 Comment
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Don’t know what to do with that extra hour after you set your clock back today ?
Here’s a one hour mix of mostly 2006 releases for you to listen to while you decide.

01 Time Will Do The Talking – Chelsea Taube – Chelsea Taube
02 The Last Hour – Elliot Smith – From A Basement On The Hill
03 All The Time – Tom Waits – Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards(disc one- Brawlers)
04 Hours – TV on the Radio – Return to Cookie Mountain
05 Long Time – The Roots – Game Theory
06 Overtime – Girl Talk – Night Ripper
07 The Last Time – Gnarls Barkley – St. Elsewhere
08 Run Away From Time – Ray Davies – Other People’s Lives
09 She Don’t Care About Time – The Byrds – The Byrds Box Set
10 Flirting With Time – Tom Petty – Highway Companion
11 Long Time Gone – Gin Blossoms – Major Lodge Victory
12 Time Bomb – The Format – Dog Problems
13 Get The Time – Descendents – Somery
14 Modern Times – The Black Keys – Magic Potion
15 This Time You Got It – Cheap Trick – Rockford
16 The Right Time – Ray Charles -The Birth Of Soul: The Complete Atlantic Rhythm & Blues Recordings, 1952-1959
17 After Hours (Closet Mix) – The Velvet Underground – Peel Slowly And See (Disc 4)

MP3: What to do what an hour mix(zipfile) YSI link

the murmur of crazy rhythms

October 25, 2006 by · Leave a Comment
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Like a mist rolling through an early morning meadow the journey through the new album from The Shrinking Islands begins. Native Light is awash in cymbals and subtle guitar parts that set a perfect opening tone, just like the calm before the first light of day. Then the real trip begins, seven more songs filled with chiming guitars, melodic bass lines and earnest vocals interwoven into jangling pop gems. Wander through State Fair as the song slowly builds to a an alternating dance of guitar and bass counterpoints. Try not to sing along to my personal favorite at the moment, the hypercatchy Swallowed In Grace, a song that will stick in your head for days.

Shades of the Byrds meets Velvet Underground sound that kickstarted a revolution on college radio back in the eighties are evident all around. But much like those bands – REM, Yo La Tengo, The Feelies, Let’s Active,The Db’s, Dumptruck and many others, Kyle Bittinger and Andy Tefft have crafted a brilliant pop record that takes their influences and molds them into their own distinct sound. Hailing from Cambridge, Massachusetts, they recorded In The Black Carpet at MIT’s WMBR live studio where Kyle is an engineer, and the sound of the record is beautiful – pristine, shimmering, and timeless.

Don’t let this become one of the overlooked gems of 2006, it deserves to be heard. Get it today, get it right now.

In The Black Carpet by The Shrinking Islands, is the newest release on the Sort of Records label, home to many other great artists as well. Be sure check out some of them too while you’re there.

Sort Of Records : website myspace
The Shrinking Islands :
website myspace

MP3: State Fair
Swallowed In Grace via www.shrinkingislands.com

be sure to check out their myspace page for a few more songs too

BUY IT: itunes sort of records

Kicking The Shins

October 23, 2006 by · Leave a Comment
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Well I don’t have it , and apparently everyone who does is getting a slap on the wrist for sharing, (more here at Idolator) but you can still hear some of the new Shins songs on The Hype Machine if you hurry

The Shins on The Hype Machine

And it’s as good a reason as any to post a pic of Natalie Portman, whose mere mention of them in the movie Garden State helped put them where they are today .

enjoy !

Sitting On A Pile Of Gold

October 20, 2006 by · Leave a Comment
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The Blow is Khaela Maricich and Jona Bechtolt. Khaela sings in a fifties girl group styled voice over the electronic pop ditties created by Jona. Their new disc Paper Television comes out Tuesday October 24th on K-records
and is chock full catchy songs that will stick in your head for days. Imagine the Flying Lizards covering Outkast’s Hey Ya and you’ve got Pile of Gold, the first single.
Give it a listen and just try not to dance around the room.

more info on Khaela and Jona on the K-Records site here

The group also recently ran a contest on YouTube asking listeners to submit their own videos for the song Pile of Gold.
See the one featured below and many more here

official website http://www.theblow.us/

From now until Tuesday October 24th download FREE from K-Records
Poor Aim : Love SongsHey Boy, The Sky Opened Wide Like the Tide, Knowing the Things That I Know, Lets Play Boys Chase Girls, The Love That I Crave, Hock It, Come On Petunia

I had a couple more songs for you but EZARCHIVE just wouldn’t cooperate

ZIP : The Blow – Poor Aim: Love Songs

MP3 : The Blow – Pile Of Gold

BUY IT: the blow

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