Canadian Vampire Invasion Weekend !

April 30, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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Here’s a cool little cover song for you today from one of our Philly favorites. It’s Canadian Invasion putting their own spin on  Vampire Weekend‘s Mansard Roof  recorded live at WXPN studios in Philadelphia.  Check it out.

Canadian Invasion – Mansard Roof (Vampire Weekend Cover)


Bag Of Songs Top 25 Albums of 2008 : 21 to 25

December 31, 2008 by · 1 Comment
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Starting off with the ususal disclaimer when it comes to a list of this sort, this is by no means going to be the all encompassing perfect list from the last year but moreso what I listened to and enjoyed the most. With the overwhelming amount of music that came my way this past year there’s surely still potential greats I haven’t even listened to. Here’s the first five more to come as soon as I can get it ready to post.
Feel free to chime in with comments along the way,let me know your picks, what you think I missed, etc.





25 Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend [BUY]
By the time Vamppire Weekend finally got around to releasing a ” real” album very early in this year I had grown tired of listening to them for the most part. But to not include them here seemed to somehow discount the fact that they did in fact release a pretty good album. While not necessarily brand new sound, Their blend of afropop and new wave was unique amongst their peers. So for better or for worse no one else in 2008 sounded like them and they triumphed despite some pretty widespread backlash. It’ll be interesting to see where album number 2 takes them.

Vampire Weekend – A-Punk





24 Nada Surf – Lucky [BUY]
After the addicting brilliance of 2005’s The Weight Is A Gift, my expectations for this record were so high that if it met them this would easily be in the top five on this list. While there are some true gems here like Whose Authority, I Like What You Say, and Ice On The Wing, most of the album is relatively good songs mired down in a slow midtempo vibe which drains a lot of the
power out of them. What you end up with is really good record instead of the potential career defining classic it had the promise to be.

Nada Surf – I Like What You Say








23 Hot Chip – Made In the Dark [BUY]
Hot Chip is the personification of the cell phone,text message,video game,internet generation in sound. Frenetic and danceable and catchy as hell with a top 40 pop melodic sense twisted into it all. They also know how to slow it down too, the title track Made In The Dark could easily pass for a lost Jayhawks song while In The Privacy Of Our Love dabbles in the same atmospherics as Grizzly Bear’s The Knife. Overall, an album with a lot more depth than it got credit for.

Hot Chip – Ready For The Floor








22 Eli “Paperboy” Reed And The True Loves – Roll With You [BUY]
The sound of Old School Soul and R&B made some significant return in 2008 and Eli Reed’s apprenticeship in Memphis roadhouses served him well. Roll With You is a horn infused flat out party record steeped in the sounds of classic Rhythm and Blues artists like Otis Redding and Jackie Wilson.

Eli “Paperboy” Reed And The True Loves – The Satisfier







21 Jukebox The Ghost – Let Live And Let Ghosts [BUY]
One Philadelphia’s shining stars at the Moment, Jukebox The Ghost released it’s debut full length record this year. It harkens back to the kind of classic piano based pop songs Ben Folds used to write when he still had the fire in his soul. Hold It In easily qualifies as one of the catchiest singles of the year.

Jukebox The Ghost – Hold It In

Vampire Weekend Rock Daytrotter

October 23, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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Back about a month ago when I saw Vampire Weekend play a sold out show a Philadelphia’s M Room two highlights of their set were the songs M79 and I Stand Corrected. Thankfully now you don’t have to wait until after the new year when their album is released to hear them. They were kind enough to include them in an amazing session they recently recorded for Daytrotter. Head on over to Daytrotter to hear a couple more songs from the same session.

Vampire Weekend – I Stand Corrected (daytrotter session)
Vampire Weekend – M 79
(daytrotter session)

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Back on Campus With Vampire Weekend

August 22, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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Today’s Random Song Of The Day is a hot one from Vampire Weekend for everyone getting ready to leave behind the sun and fun of summer and head back to school for the fall. Catch them if you can, they just played a sold out show in Philadelphia last week and are back again next month for some more.
UPDATE : 8/22 : I had originally posted the song Campus in keeping with the theme of the post. As it was not the final version of the song the band kindly asked me to take it down and offered Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa instead which I gladly bring you now. Thanks Rostam !

Aug 23 2007 8:00P Space Gallery with DIRTY PROJECTORS and YACHT Portland, Maine
Aug 24 2007 8:00P Casa del Popolo with DIRTY PROJECTORS and YACHT Montreal, Quebec
Aug 25 2007 8:00P Sneaky Dee's with DIRTY PROJECTORS and YACHT Toronto, Ontario
Aug 26 2007 8:00P Bug Jar with DIRTY PROJECTORS and YACHT Rochester, New York
Aug 27 2007 8:00P Soundlab with DIRTY PROJECTORS and YACHT Buffalo, New York
Aug 28 2007 8:00P Beachland Tavern with DIRTY PROJECTORS and YACHT Cleveland, Ohio
Aug 29 2007 8:00P Publico with DIRTY PROJECTORS and YACHT Cincinnati, Ohio
Aug 30 2007 8:00P Buskirk Chumley Theater with DIRTY PROJECTORS and YACHT Bloomington, Indiana
Sep 8 2007 8:00P Music Hall of Williamsburg with HARLEM SHAKES + YEASAYER (18+) NY, New York
Sep 13 2007 8:00P M Room Philadelphia, Pennsylvania