Random Song Of The Day : Photon Band

February 17, 2008 by · 1 Comment
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Some softly meandering trippy psychedelic sounds from Philadelphia’s Photon Band to contemplate the world to while sitting back and having your Sunday morning coffee. Float on.

MP3: Photon Band – Words (get in the way)
Buy Get Down Here In The Stratosphere EP


TONIGHT : Rarebirds,Scary Monster, Papertrees, and Dan Malloy At The Khyber

February 17, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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Hey since almost everyone has tomorrow off or even if you don’t(like me), come on down to The Khyber and rock like it’s a Saturday night and support a good cause at the same time. See you there.

Rarebirds, Scary Monster, Papertrees, and Dan Malloy
with Y-Rock DJ John Vettese spinning between sets
8:oo PM Sunday February 17th
at The Khyber 56 S 2nd Street Philadelphia PA

LIVE: 02.14.08 Eli "Paperboy" Reed & The True Loves @ The M Room

February 16, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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A few photos from Thursday night’s blistering Valentine’s Day soul work out by Eli ” Paperboy” Reed and his hot 6 piece band the True Loves at Philadelphia’s M Room. Catch these guys now, they surely will not be playing the small rooms for very long with a show this hot. They’ll be ripping it up at a sold out show at Union Hall in Brooklyn NY tonight before heading off to SXSW and then on tour with Say Anything.

5 On A Friday : Bang, Bang, Bang, Bang, Bang

February 15, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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Just some banging songs to rock your day (or night).

1: The Archies – Bang Shang A Lang
Buy Best Of
2: REM – Bang And Blame
Buy Monster
3: The Hold Steady – Banging Camp
Buy Separation Sunday
4: MIA – Bamboo Banga
Buy Kala
5: Cher – Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)
Buy The Very Best Of

Valentine’s Day Mix, Way Different Than Sugar Free Powdered Drink Mix

February 14, 2008 by · 3 Comments
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A Bag Of Songs flavored Valentine’s Day mix for you today running through the whole box of chocolates, from oh so cute, to sentimental and sweet like maple syrup on a stack of warm, freshly made pancakes.

? Desmond Reed – The Best Part
? The Velvet Underground – She’s My Best Friend
Buy VU
? The Red Button – It’s No Secret
Buy She’s About To Cross My Mind
? Robert Plant And Alison Krauss – Stick With Me Baby
Buy Raising Sand
? Plajia – Beautiful Explosion
Buy Beautiful Explosion
? Birdie Busch – Hold Ya
Buy Penny Arcade
? Nicole Reynolds – We Could Be Dancing
Buy This Arduous Alchemy
? Birds Fled From Me – Oh My Love
Buy Deeper Lurking

? Dean Martin -Somewhere There’s A Someone
Buy Dino : The Essential
? Camera Obscura – I Love How You Love Me
Buy If Looks Could Kill Single
? Coco B’s – Modern Lover
Buy Coco B’s
? Ryan Shaw – We Got Love
Buy This Is Ryan Shaw
? The Triangles – I’ve Had Eyes For You
Buy Seventy- Five Year Plan
? Chelsea Taube – Somehow

New Music: Ringing Out The Bell

February 12, 2008 by · 1 Comment
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College years are one of the most exciting times of your life as far as exposure to new and amazing discoveries about life, th eworld and yourself are concerned. It is the time when the music you listen to is the soundtrack to all your hopes and dreams and becomes ingrained in your memory’s DNA for the rest of your life. The songs that in the years following can flash an entire night or day through your mind in the first few notes. The early eighties were those years for me, a time before cds when scouring independent records stores for the newest hard to find vinyl singles and import records. Joy Division,Gang Of Four,The Cure, U2,The Psychedelic Furs, Killing Joke,Echo And The Bunnymen and on and on were all brand new back then and driving the sound of underground college radio stations everywhere. In small dark clubs with the music swirling all around dancing was still a legitimate response.

Sweden’s The Bell have captured the essence of that era and distilled it for you on their new record Make Some Quiet. Dark and mysterious yet somehow joyous and upbeat all at the same time. Who can forget the rush the first time you heard a song like Temptation by New Order. The Bell certainly hasn’t. Thirteen songs that will have you singing and dancing along in no time soundtracking your memories. Make Some Quiet sees a US release today, February 12. Remember to pick up your copy.

MP3: The Bell – I Am History
MP3: The Bell – Never Had To Pay Before

Buy Make Some Quiet


Monday Morning Blues : The Red Hot Sounds of Eli "Paperboy" Reed and The True Loves

February 11, 2008 by · 2 Comments
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There’s a new R&B Soul revolution going on with the likes of Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Ryan Shaw, Amy Winehouse and others being the current torchbearers. Well, you can add Eli “Paperboy” Reed & The True Loves to that evergrowing list, their new album Roll With You is being released April 29th on Q Division records and is sure to be an instant soul classic.

Eli Reed’s story:
Eli Reed grew up listening to his music critic father’s collection of gospel, blues, country, soul, and R&B records and eventually taught himself to play guitar, piano, and harmonica. Then, at age 18, he got a first-hand education when he moved to Clarksdale, MS, one of the birthplaces of the blues, in the North Mississippi Delta, where he sang and played guitar with various soul, R&B, and blues bands at local clubs, and received informal lessons in performing from legendary blues drummer Sam Carr.
“I learned a lot about singing because the audiences are very tough,” says Reed, whose has both a spine-tingling soul scream and a pleading falsetto in his vocal arsenal. “You really have to be on your game just to be able to last the night. If you’re going to perform for three or four hours, you’ve got to have stamina.” After spending nine months in Mississippi, Reed enrolled at the University of Chicago and got himself a gig singing and playing piano on the city’s South Side at a church run by former Chess Records’ soul singer-turned-minister Mitty Collier, using the $50 a week he earned to buy records for his college radio show.

In 2004, after a year of school, Reed returned to Boston and began to assemble the True Loves, which has undergone several line-up changes in the last three years, but now features Mike Montgomery (bass), Ryan Spraker (guitar), Paul Jones (tenor sax), Ben Jaffe (tenor sax), Patriq Moody (trumpet), and Andy Bauer (drums). Reed self-released an album of soul covers and originals, entitled Eli “Paperboy” Reed Sings Walkin’ and Talkin’ and the band played out all over the Northeast, earning glowing praise from the local press. The Boston Phoenix called Reed “a gifted young singer and guitarist,” while the Boston Globe raved about Reed’s “authentic and sincere music and vision,” calling him “a consummate musician.”

Eli “Paperboy” Reed & The True Loves – The Satisfier
(via The Phoenix)
Eli “Paperboy” Reed & The True Loves – Am I Wasting My Time
(via Spinner)
Eli “Paperboy” Reed & The True Loves – Take My Love With You
(via SXSW 2007)

Eli and his band bring their red hot show to Philadelphia this Thursday February 14th, for a Valentine’s Day blowout you and your honey won’t soon forget. So head on down to the M-Room and remember to bring your dancing shoes.

Eli “Paperboy” Reed & The True Loves with DJ Kyle {m} of Intensified! and Ten Commandmants
Thursday February 14th 8:00PM [BUY TICKETS]
The M-Room 15 W. Girard Ave Philadelphia PA

Upcoming Shows
Feb 14 2008 7:00P Listen to a live Eli “Paperboy” Reed show 7:00 PM on WFUV! New York, NY
Feb 14 2008 8:00P M Room Philadelphia, PA
Feb 16 2008 8:00P Union Hall Brooklyn Brooklyn, NY
Mar 12 2008 8:00P TBA at SXSW Austin, TX
Mar 13 2008 3:00P Redeye Showcase at The Dirty Dog @ SXSW Austin, TX
Mar 13 2008 11:00P BMI Showcase at The Club Deville @ SXSW Austin, TX
Mar 14 2008 8:00P TBA at SXSW Austin, TX
Mar 15 2008 8:00P TBA at SXSW Austin, TX
Apr 5 2008 6:30P House of Blues Orlando w/Say Anything & Manchester Orch. Orlando, FL
Apr 6 2008 6:00P State Theater w/Say Anything & Manchester Orch. St. Petersburg, FL
Apr 8 2008 6:00P Warehouse Live w/Say Anything & Manchester Orch. Houston, TX
Apr 9 2008 6:30P La Zona Rosa w/Say Anything & Manchester Orch. Austin, TX
Apr 10 2008 6:00P Plunkett Park @ U. of Oklahoma w/Say Anything & Manchester Orch. Edmond, OK
Apr 12 2008 7:00P Clubhouse w/Say Anything & Manchester Orch. Tempe, AZ
Apr 13 2008 6:00P House of Blues San Diego w/Say Anything & Manchester Orch. San Diego, CA
Apr 14 2008 6:00P Glasshouse w/Say Anything & Manchester Orch. Pomona, CA
Apr 15 2008 8:00P TBA Los Angeles w/Say Anything & Manchester Orch. Los Angeles, CA


TONIGHT in Philadelphia : The Shots

February 9, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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Looking for something to do tonight ? Head on out and see recent BOS Artist Of The Day and and one of Philadelphia’s best live bands at the moment, The Shots.

MP3: The Shots – Do Me Wrong
More On Myspace

The Shots w/The Minor White, Kate Starr, and Missing Palmer West
Saturday February 9th at the North Star Bar 27th and Poplar Philadelphia PA

PHOTOS: Photon Band CD Release Party At Johnny Brendas

February 9, 2008 by · 1 Comment
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Some photos of the Photon Band from last night’s CD release party at Johnny Brenda’s in Philadelphia. It was an all Philadelphia night with excellent opening sets by The Novenas and Canadian Invasion capped off by the Photon Band’s amazing set of psychedelic-funk-power-garage-pop featuring plenty of songs from their brand new Get Down Here In The Stratosphere EP.

5 On A Friday : Talking In Your Sleep

February 8, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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Have you ever been sound asleep and the phone rings and wakes you up at some absurd time from a totally peaceful slumber?

Do you have friends who should know better but call at the wrong time and wake you up anyway?

Today’s five goes out to you.

1: The Beatles – I’m So Tired
Buy The White Album
2: The Pretenders – I Go To Sleep
Buy Pretenders II
3: Sleep – Nada Surf
Buy High/Low
4: Semisonic – Singing In My Sleep
Buy Feeling Strangely Fine
5: The Squaaks – Asleep In The Sun
Buy Rock Control

20 Facts About Sleep via List Universe

1. The record for the longest period without sleep is 18 days, 21 hours, 40 minutes during a rocking chair marathon. The record holder reported hallucinations, paranoia, blurred vision, slurred speech and memory and concentration lapses.

2. It’s impossible to tell if someone is really awake without close medical supervision. People can take cat naps with their eyes open without even being aware of it.

3. Anything less than five minutes to fall asleep at night means you’re sleep deprived. The ideal is between 10 and 15 minutes, meaning you’re still tired enough to sleep deeply, but not so exhausted you feel sleepy by day.

4. Dreams, once thought to occur only during REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep, also occur (but to a lesser extent) in non-REM sleep phases. It’s possible there may not be a single moment of our sleep when we are actually dreamless.

5. REM dreams are characterised by bizarre plots, but non-REM dreams are repetitive and thought-like, with little imagery – obsessively returning to a suspicion you left your mobile phone somewhere, for example.

6. Certain types of eye movements during REM sleep correspond to specific movements in dreams, suggesting at least part of the dreaming process is analagous to watching a film

7. Elephants sleep standing up during non-REM sleep, but lie down for REM sleep.

8. Some scientists believe we dream to fix experiences in long-term memory, that is, we dream about things worth remembering. Others think we dream about things worth forgetting – to eliminate overlapping memories that would otherwise clog up our brains.

9. Dreams may not serve any purpose at all but be merely a meaningless byproduct of two evolutionary adaptations – sleep and consciousness.

10. Scientists have not been able to explain a 1998 study showing a bright light shone on the backs of human knees can reset the brain’s sleep-wake clock.

11. British Ministry of Defence researchers have been able to reset soldiers’ body clocks so they can go without sleep for up to 36 hrs. Tiny optical fibres embedded in special spectacles project a ring of bright white light (with a spectrum identical to a sunrise) around the edge of soldiers’ retinas, fooling them into thinking they have just woken up. The system was first used on US pilots during the bombing of Kosovo.

12. The 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill off Alaska, the Challenger space shuttle disaster and the Chernobyl nuclear accident have all been attributed to human errors in which sleep-deprivation played a role.

13. The “natural alarm clock” which enables some people to wake up more or less when they want to is caused by a burst of the stress hormone adrenocorticotropin. Researchers say this reflects an unconscious anticipation of the stress of waking up.

14. Tiny luminous rays from a digital alarm clock can be enough to disrupt the sleep cycle even if you do not fully wake. The light turns off a “neural switch” in the brain, causing levels of a key sleep chemical to decline within minutes.

15. Humans sleep on average around three hours less than other primates like chimps, rhesus monkeys, squirrel monkeys and baboons, all of whom sleep for 10 hours.

16. Ducks at risk of attack by predators are able to balance the need for sleep and survival, keeping one half of the brain awake while the other slips into sleep mode.

17. Diaries from the pre-electric-light-globe Victorian era show adults slept nine to 10 hours a night with periods of rest changing with the seasons in line with sunrise and sunsets.

18. Most of what we know about sleep we’ve learned in the past 25 years.

19. The extra-hour of sleep received when clocks are put back at the start of daylight in Canada has been found to coincide with a fall in the number of road accidents.

20. Experts say one of the most alluring sleep distractions is the 24-hour accessibility of the internet.

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