HOT: New Video From The Swimmers

December 10, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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The Swimmers – A Hundred Hearts

Check this out, it’s the newest in a string of excellent videos from the The Swimmers People Are Soft album.  Way up on my list of favorites for this year, it’s an outstanding record. The video  for A Hundred Hearts was directed by Scott French and Steve Yutzy-Burkey from the band along with Kevin Martin. It was shot by Kevin Martin and edited by Scott French and Kevin Martin.

Buy People Are Soft

Video : U2’s Birthday Salute To Springsteen, (S)He’s The One

September 24, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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While I was out last night at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia watching some of Philadelphia’s finest musicians pay tribute to Bruce Springsteen‘s 60th Birthday, (more here at WXPN) U2 was at Giant’s Stadium in New Jersey paying their own tribute. Here’s U2 doing a version of She’s The One.

HOT: Free Energy

August 30, 2009 by · Comments Off on HOT: Free Energy
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My favorite song of the moment, an addictive, guitar fueled, power pop gem, Free Energy, from Philadelphia band Free Energy who are generating quite the buzz with this first single.

Buy the Ltd Edition 7″ Single from DFA
Buy Free Energy on iTunes

By all reports they tore it up at After The Jump Fest yesterday, catch them on tour now in your city.

08/26: Washington, DC @ Black Cat
08/29: Brooklyn, NY @ After the Jump Festival at Littlefield
08/31: Rochester, NY @ Bug Jar
09/01: Pittsburgh, PA @ Brillobox
09/02: Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern
09/03: Iowa City, IA @ The Music Mill
09/04: Madison, WI @ UW Madison Memorial Terrace
09/05: Minneapolis, MN @ Clapperclaw Festival – Intermedia Arts
09/08: Milwaukee, WI @ Mad Planet
09/09: Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
09/10: Buffalo, NY @ Sound Lab
09/11: Philadelphia, PA @ Making Time @ Pure
09/12: New London, CT @ I Am Festival – Waterfront Park


Big Star, The Kids Love ‘Em

June 5, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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Alex Chilton, Chris Bell, Andy Hummel, and Jody Stephens,you may not know their names but if you’ve listened to any rock music in the past three decades you’ve undoubtedly heard their influence. Much like the Velvet Underground, Big Star records have become required listening for anyone looking to start a band.

It’s been over 35 years since Big Star initially released their influential first two records, #1 Record and Radio City. This June 16th marks the beginning of a treasure trove of releases for the band as Ardent/Stax Records reissues completely remastered versions of those two records on one cd, including a never before released single mix of  In The Street, a song which Cheap Trick brought new life to as the theme to “That 70’s Show” and a single edit of O My Soul form Radio City. Wholly underappreciated in their day, Big Star’s quirky and unique take on jangly guitar power pop is still influencing bands today from REM to Teenage Fanclub to Wilco to countless others.

But thats just the beginning, in September, Rhino records releases Keep An Eye On The Sky, an amazing 98 track box set spanning from 1968 to 1975 and including pre Big Star recordings,unreleased demos,and many live and alternate takes. It also promises extensive liner notes and rare and never before seen photos of the band.  I for one, can’t wait, this looks amazing.

Never one to rest easy, Rhino completes the trifecta by also releasing the same week a special Rhino Handmade Deluxe Edition of Chris Bell’s exquisite solo album I Am The Cosmos.

Buy Big Star – #1 Record/Radio City (Remastered)
Buy Big Star – Keep An Eye On The Sky
Buy Chris Bell – I Am The Cosmos

In celebration of their influence, an array of videos today of various Big Star / Chris Bell covers for you, plus one original by the man himself, Mr Alex Chilton.


The Ballad Of El Goodo

In The Street


Don’t Lie To Me

Alex Chilton – When My Baby’s Beside Me

Give Me Another Chance

Watch The Sunrise

Way Out West (with a bizarre Styx song intro)

Back Of A Car

September Gurls

I’m In Love With A Girl

You and Your Sister(Chris Bell)

This last one’s not a Big Star cover but I though it ws a fitting way to close out this post.

Citizen Helene – The Alex Chilton Song

Going Viral With Some Elviral Video

March 27, 2009 by · 1 Comment
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You gotta hear this one, mucho thanks to Nashville Scene for the original post and to Todd for the tipoff on this cover gem from the upcoming Oak Ridge Boys album.

Arcade Fire Covers Born In The USA

January 24, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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It’s sort of old news already but here’s a youtube clip demonstrating a perfect example of why not to song along next to the camera when you’re taping. Arcade Fire covering Bruce Springsteen’s Born In The USA from the Obama Staffers Ball.

Going Donuts On Election Day !

October 30, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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Philadelphia’s going to be a buzzing on election day next week, in addition to being one of the hottest contested states this time around, there’s going to be plenty of music action. I told you about the new Illinois music yesterday, today I have a brand new video from Phildelphia’s Donuts. It’s for their song Guantanamo from their record Jet Ear. It was directed by Mark Schreiber (of Slo-Mo, John Train, The Low Road, etc) and Suzanne Penn (of the Philadelphia Art Museum) and shot at the shore in Ocean City,New Jersey while throngs of adoring teenage fan girls looked on. Check it out, it’s a great song, and there’s some cool special effects in the video.

Here’s their game plan for next Tuesday:
“on election day, we will promote the video by donning our prison jumpsuits
and busking the song in front of as many polling places in philly that we
can get to … the idea is to change history …”

Watch for’em, have a good time while you vote, and as they say “change history”


Brand New Video From Drink Up Buttercup

October 7, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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With big thanks to our friend Chris for the tip, here’s the brand new video today from from the white hot Drink Up Buttercup for the song Mr. Pie Eyes, due out on a UK 7″ single on Make Mine records on November 10th.

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Drink Up Buttercup – Mr. Pie Eyes

Bruce Springsteen In Philadelphia 10.04.08

October 5, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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I wasn’t there myself but here are a few video highlights of Bruce Springsteen‘s appearance at yesterday’s Obama Voter Registration Rally on the Ben Franklin Parkway In Philadelphia. Bruce plays again today in Ohio and on Monday in Michigan.

Show info via :
Columbus, Ohio
On Sunday, October 5, Springsteen comes to Columbus, OH (where he also appeared for John Kerry in 2004). He’ll be playing an acoustic set at a rally “aimed at encouraging Obama supporters to register and take advantage of Ohio’s early voting period.”

Where: Ohio State University’s Main Oval
When: Sunday, October 5. Doors open at 3:00, showtime is 4:30
How: For access to the best viewing area, preferred tickets will be distributed starting on Thursday, Oct. 2, from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. For ticket pick-up locations, see the Dayton Daily News.

Ypsilanti, Michigan
On Monday, October 6, the final day to register to vote in Michigan, it’s on to Ypsilanti to headline a rally at Eastern Michigan University’s baseball stadium.

Where: Oestrike Stadium
When: Monday, October 6. Gates open at 3:00, showtime is 4:30
How: A limited supply of tickets will be made available Friday, Oct. 3, at Obama campaign offices as well as all EMU ticket offices. Tickets will be given out on a first- come, first-served basis. EMU students will be able to obtain one ticket by showing a valid EMU ID. Eastern Michigan University will expand its normal ticket office hours Friday to accommodate the expected demand. The expanded hours and locations are as follows: Quirk Hall, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Student Center, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and the Convocation Center, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The general public should use the Convocation Center location for ticket requests.

Bruce Springssteen
Obama Rally 10.04.08
Ben Franklin Parkway Philadephia

Set list
Promised Land
Ghost of Tom Joad
Thunder Road
Does This Bus Stop
No Surrender
Bruce’s speech in support of change
The Rising
This Land is Your Land

Promised Land

Thunder Road

Bruce’s Speech & The Rising

This Land is Your Land

New Spacetastic Video From The Hectors

August 1, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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Some more shoegazey melodies for you today. Check out The Hectors going all cosmonautical in the new video for their song Carol and Sanford. Spacey coolness extraordinaire.

The Hectors – Carol and Sanford

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