From The Mailbag : Assembly of Dust, Coming Up This Week

February 19, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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Asssembly Of Dust sounds like more the name of a heavy metal band you’re likely to see at the all Ozzfest than on the jam band circuit, but that’s just where you’ll find them. Formed by Reid Genauer after leaving the band Strangefolk in 2002, Assembly of Dust‘s third album third studio CD, Recollection, is being released March 6. Telling Sue is the first song form it and conjures a sound similar to the Grateful Dead but with more of a country twist.

MP3: Assembly of Dust – Telling Sue


Some other goings on this week…

K’nise Connection‘s Music Maker Of The Week is Robert Harris


On Wed 2/21/07 The Swimmers continue their February residency at The Khyber in Philly
This week it’s with guests Elevator Parade and Creeping Weeds
The Khyber 56 S. 2nd St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106

Also listen Wednesday night for a full live set on Jon Solomon’s Radio show on Princeton’s 103.3 FM WPRB
Listen via the web at at


Jo Wymer brings her Blues with Attitude to you a couple times this week. Be sure to check out her set of excellent originals and blues classics.

02/21/2007 08:00 PM – Orphan Annie’s – Wine, Women and Song Series, Sterling, New Jersey – FREE
02/23/2007 08:00 PM – Green Planet Coffee Company , Pt. Pleasant, New Jersey –


On Saturday Feb 24th World Cafe Live’s 4th beer tasting festival, Beats, Brews & BBQ
Featurng 30 local and regional breweries, food including Tommy Gunns American Barbeque and musical performances by The Rigbees and


Update !
I almost forgot this one. After you get all loosened up at the beerfest keep the party going by heading on over to The Khyber for a powerhouse night of rocking with Jukebox Zeros, Beretta76, The Safes, and Foxycontin

Artist Of The Day : Desmond Reed

February 16, 2007 by · 2 Comments
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I am a young man who records songs on his 4-track in his bedroom. – Desmond Reed from his myspace page

Some truly classic albums have been made by musicians holed up in a bedroom with their 4-track recorders, Bruce Springsteen‘s Nebraska and Cody ChesnuTT‘s The Headphone Masterpiece to name but a couple. Desmond Reed may not yet have created his classic, but he’s been making some damn fine pop music there in his bedroom in Orange, Massachusetts. Imagine if you put Fountains of Wayne or Nada Surf and The Barenaked Ladies in a bedroom with a 4-track and told them to whip up a batch of songs. Now you have an idea of what Desmond’s songs sound like. Lyrics with a sense of humor and enough melodic hooks and harmonies to make Brian Wilson proud. Check it out. Dance. Laugh. Sing along. Enjoy the ride.

MP3: Desmond Reed – About Me
MP3: Desmond Reed – Who I’d Like To Meet
MP3: Desmond Reed – Summer Vacation


Love Triangle

February 14, 2007 by · 1 Comment
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A trio of songs in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, that special Hallmark holiday. So go buy your baby roses and chocolates and dinner and champagne and keep your fingers crossed for that night of nights.

MP3: Drive By Truckers – Feb 14
from A Blessing And A Curse
MP3: The Replacements – Lovelines
from Hootenanny
MP3: Greg Garing – My Love Is Real
from Alone

plus a special bonus track for the morning after

MP3 :Outkast – Where Are My Panties
from Speakerboxxx/The Love Below

Highway Robbery : Call The Police

February 13, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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The Police Reunion At The 49th Annual Grammy Awards 2007

After what I would call an okay but nothing special performance on the Grammy’s Sunday night, The Police announced the first dates of an extended world tour. At the “bargain” ticket prices of $225,$90 & $50. Does anyone really feel the need to pay $225 to see them ?
Does anybody really care ? Puts new meaning in the word sting.



28-May Vancouver, BC GM Place Saturday, Feb. 17

06-June Seattle, WA Key Arena To Be Announced
09-June Denver, CO Pepsi Center To Be Announced
15-June Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena To Be Announced
16-June Manchester, TN Bonnaroo Festival To Be Announced
18-June Phoenix, AZ US Airways Arena To Be Announced
26-June Dallas, TX American Airlines Center To Be Announced
30-June New Orleans, LA New Orleans Arena To Be Announced

02-July St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center To Be Announced
22-July Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre Saturday, Feb. 17
25-July Montreal, PQ Bell Centre Saturday, Feb. 17
28-July Boston, MA Fenway Park Tuesday, Feb. 20

01, 03-Aug New York, NY Madison Square Garden Tuesday, Feb. 20
*both shows on sale

Additional North American concert dates in Chicago, Columbus, Detroit, Edmonton, Hartford, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, Tampa, San Francisco’s Bay Area, Minneapolis/St. Paul and the Washington/Baltimore area will be announced in the next few weeks.

Additional cities and venues to be announced soon.

Go to for presale info to be the first to have a chance to spend too much on tickets.

For complete tour & ticket information, fan club memberships and more visit:

CONTEST : Our 10,000 Visitor Giveaway

February 11, 2007 by · 1 Comment
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Thanks to everyone who has stopped by, read, left comments,or sent messages or music. I really appreciate it. I hope you all found something to take away, whether it’s a new favorite song, an old forgotten gem, or just something to think about during the day.

Today in honor of reaching the 10,000th visitor to Bag Of Songs, I’m doing my first contest. Just leave a comment here, and next Sunday I’ll put all the entries in a hat and pick a winner at random. It doesn’t get any easier than that. The lucky winner will receive a copy of the remastered 10,000 Maniacs greatest hits & rarities set, Campfire Songs.

Good Luck ! Comment away ! and don’t forget to include an email or some way I can reach you if you win.

While you’re typing here’s a little taste of what’s up for grabs.

MP3: 10,000 Maniacs – Candy Everybody Wants
MP3: 10,000 Maniacs – Every Day Is Like Sunday (Smiths Cover)

5 On A Friday : 5 Bands I Saw Live This Week

February 9, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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Posting a little later than ususal today due to a hectic work week. Today’s 5 On A Friday is from the 5 great bands I saw live this week. Four from the first night of The Swimmers month long Wednesday Night Residency at The Khyber in Philadelphia and one from the legendary Jonathan Richman who played Philly’s best new club Johnny Brenda’s last night. I highly recommend seeing any of these bands when they play near you. Check out the links to their websites/myspaces pages for tour dates and such.
My apologies to the Canon Logic, I didn’t get to take any photos of them.

1: Jonathan Richman and The Modern Lovers – I’m Straight
2: The Swimmers – St Cecelia
3: Illumina – You Used To Have Mileage
4: The Jealous Girlfriends – Something In The Water
5: The Canon Logic – Delia

Everybody Form A Line : Free !!! Show

February 9, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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If Ozzfest wasn’t enough, still even more FREE music for you. This Saturday February 10th !!! plays a Myspace Secret Show at Maxwells in Hoboken NJ.
Doors @ 6:00PM
SATURDAY February 10th, 2007
Maxwell’s1039 Washington St.Hoboken, NJ 07030
(201) 653-1703
Entry is limited so get there early to ensure success!
THIS IS FIRST COME FIRST SERVED, so get there early and stay in line.
MP3: !!! – Yadnus

Free Tinnitus Giveaway ! Get Yours Now

February 8, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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Ring in the summer, with some free ringing in your ears courtesy of Ozzfest !


“This will change everybody’s impression of the way touring in
the summer in America should be.”–Sharon Osbourne

Imagine a day of wall-to-wall hard rock.Imagine the world’s greatest headliner sharing a bill with cutting edge new artists.Imagine if this brass-knuckled beast was hellbent on coming to your town.Imagine this earth-pounding event…FOR FREE.
2007 will forever mark the year OZZFEST spiked the concert industry’s punch and gave every head-banging American kid a reason to strap on an air guitar with the historic announcement that tickets to the summer’s premiere touring concert festival won’t cost fans a dime.Testing one, two, three…That’s right, OZZY and SHARON OSBOURNE and tour producer LIVE NATION broke the news today at the Concert Industry Consortium in Los Angeles that their 12th annual hard rock spectacular–a 25-date extravaganza launching July 7 in Los Angeles–is pulling the plug on ticket prices and giving the power back to the fans calling this summer’s OZZFEST “FreeFest.” The other OZZFEST cities as of now are San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Denver, Albuquerque, Phoenix, Dallas, San Antonio, Kansas City, St Louis, Chicago, Indianapolis, Columbus, Pittsburgh, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Hartford, Charlotte, Atlanta, West Palm Beach, Nashville. Note: a final confirmed list of cities and dates is forthcoming.”For the last few years,” says SHARON, “ticket prices have steadily climbed as artists demand more and more money for summer tours. We certainly want everybody to make money, however we also want the kids to be able to afford to come out and have an incredible experience. If we continued with the traditional touring festival model, we would have no choice but to raise ticket prices again this year.”Cited as “one of rock’s biggest juggernauts” in the cover feature of Sunday’s New York Times’ “Arts and Leisure” section (6/25/06), OZZFEST and Live Nation will turn to sponsors to provide added support for the festival’s new incarnation. This summer’s OZZFEST will provide select sponsors with a unique opportunity to engage fans one-on-one utilizing one of music’s best known brands.”We’re reaching the same point we did years ago when kids no longer wanted to pay for overpriced CDs,” compares Sharon. “As a result, they found alternative ways of getting music. That’s what’s happening with summer touring in this country, it’s out-pricing itself. We started this and we want to keep it and we want to make it bigger and bigger each year by getting bigger sponsors to be involved with the festival and underwriting the festival. That’s what it’s about.”“For the past 11 years, music fans have made OZZFEST the most successful and enduring rock music festival in the United States,” said Jason Garner, Live Nation President of North American Concerts. “What better way to say ‘Thank You’ to the music fans who have made this possible than inviting them to attend OZZFEST for free.”To gain entry into the event, fans will go to or to find links that will direct them to special sponsor sites where tickets can be secured. More details regarding the process are forthcoming.As OZZFEST’s founder and namesake, OZZY will make his triumphant return to the headlining position on this year’s mainstage after surprising fans last year by performing on the down-and-dirty second stage at a handful of dates. Audiences can expect the Prince of Darkness to unveil new songs from his forthcoming studio album, OZZY’s first disc of new material since 2001. While the rest of the in-progress bill is under wraps, Sharon points out, “we have bands committed, but we’re hoping that after today’s announcement we’ll have a whole influx of artists who want to be a part of something this ground breaking. We know there aren’t any major headlining acts that would tour all summer for nothing, but we’re confident we can turn some of the genre’s biggest bands on to what we’re doing and have them come out to play a date or two. If they’re in town and want the rush of performing in front of 20,000 frenzied kids, they’re more than welcome to join us. They can sell their t-shirts, CDs and whatever else they’ve got. They’re also welcome to book their own shows in local venues on the day of OZZFEST. I’m not stopping them. People have to be creative and think of alternatives.”Since 1996, OZZFEST has been a virtual breeding ground for rising bands. The festival has been instrumental in igniting the careers of platinum-selling artists like System of a Down, Disturbed, Linkin Park, Incubus, Slipknot, Queens of the Stoneage and Godsmack. Along with supporting bands on the rise including Avenged Sevenfold, Mudvayne, Lamb of God, Killswitch Engage and Lacuna Coil, among others.“OZZFEST was created to keep this genre of music alive by showcasing new talent,” states Sharon. “You better believe we’re going to keep perpetuating that by hand-picking compelling new bands that are hungry for OZZFEST’s career-making exposure.”

History Lesson : Brian Eno – Here Come The Warm Jets

February 6, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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So I’m perusing a bunch recent and upcoming new indie releases, Deerhunter, Of Montreal, Clap Your Hands.., etc. looking for some new sounds to bring your way and the strong sense of deja vu pointed me in the direction of a history lesson for today instead. Back in 1973, years before most of today’s self professed indie hipsters were even born, Brian Eno left Roxy Music and released his first solo disc, Here Come The Warm Jets. In doing so, he laid down a blueprint for modern music that’s still being used today, more than 30 years later. Distorted yet shimmering guitars layered with intricate sounds and textures, topped off by quirky yet solidly melodic vocals. Give a listen to the relentless driving pop of Needles In The Camel’s Eye, the surrealistic simmering Baby’s On Fire with it’s blazing Robert Fripp guitar work, or the quintessentially quirky Cindy Tells Me and you’ll hear why a lot today’s indie upstarts pale in comparison. Been wondering why Coldplay tapped him to produce their next disc ? Take a deep look at Brian Eno’s Here Come The Warm Jets.

MP3: Brian Eno – Needles In The Camel’s Eye
Brian Eno_Cindy Tells Me
MP3: Brian Eno – Baby’s On Fire
Brian Eno – Blank Frank
Brian Eno – Here Come The Warm Jets


Monday Morning QB : Prince At Superbowl XLI

February 5, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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Watch it while you can because YouTube will probably pull them before the day’s end.
Enjoy !
Part 1



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