5 On A Friday : Before Nuggets Were Mostly Made Of Chicken

May 30, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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Schools out and it’s summer, the time when the sounds of burgeoning garage bands everywhere fills the air. Way back in 1971, future Patti Smith Group guitarist Lenny Kaye compiled a collection of these garage band gems and assembled them into a now classic album entitled Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From The First Psychedelic Era, 1965-1968 for Elektra Records.
So find a drummer, pick up a guitar, and let it rock, who knows you could be penning a future classic.

1: The Balloon Farm – A Question Of Temperature
Buy Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From The First Psychedelic Era, 1965-1968
2: The Sonics – Psycho
Buy Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From The First Psychedelic Era, 1965-1968
3: Paul Revere And The Raiders – Just Like Me
Buy Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From The First Psychedelic Era, 1965-1968
4: The Seeds – Can’t Seem To Make You Mine
Buy Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From The First Psychedelic Era, 1965-1968
5: The Count Five – Psychotic Reaction
Buy Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From The First Psychedelic Era, 1965-1968


May 29, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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So apparently this song by Yael Naim has been everywhere for a while now, including an Apple ad, but I somehow avoided hearing it until about week or so ago and now those la la la’s sung in that irresistable French accent have been stuck in my head ever since. So if you’ve already heard this, here it is one more time, and if you’re just hearing it for the first time, enjoy, as it’ll be stuck in your head for quite a while. la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la…

Yael Naim – New Soul
Buy Yael Naim

And you can catch her on tour in the US coming up in a few weeks starting right here in Philadelphia:
May 28 LONDON Scala
May 31 PARIS Zenith
June 1,2008 : SAINT LAURENT DE CUVES Papillons de Nuit
June 4 TOKYO Laforet Harajuku
June 20 PHILADELPHIA World Cafe Live
June 21 BOSTON Berklee Performance Center
June 22 NEW YORK Central Park
June 24 SAN FRANCISCO Bimbo’s 365 Club
June 25 LOS ANGELES El Ray Theatre
June 27 QUEBEC CITY Summer Festival
June 28 MONTREAL Festival de jazz de Montreal
July 2 PARIS Zénith – (Lenny Kravitz Support)
July 4 SAINT-MALO DU BOIS Festival Poupet
July 5 PARIS Solidays
July 6 MONTREUX Festival Montreux Jazz
July 10 LIEGE Les Ardentes
July 11 LA ROCHELLE Francofolies
July 12 AIX LES BAINS Musilac
July 17 CARCASSONNE Festival de la Cité
July 18 CARHAIX Vieilles Charrues
July 24 ARLES Les Escales du Cargo – Théâtre Antique
July 25 NICE NIce Jazz
July 26 LYON Les nuits de Fourvi?re
July 27 NYON Paleo Festival
July 31 TEL AVIV with Bjork
August 5 MONACO Sporting
August 10 COLMAR Foire aux Vins
November 12 PARIS Folies Berg?res
November 13 PARIS Folies Berg?res
November 14 PARIS Folies Berg?res
November 15 PARIS Folies Berg?res


LIVE: 05.25.08 Hymns,Pico Vs Island Trees & Shawn Fogel @ M Room

May 27, 2008 by · 1 Comment
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Shawn Fogel

Pico Vs Island Trees


A few photos from last night’s Bag Of Songs Night at The M Room with Hymns, Pico Vs Island Trees and Shawn Fogel.
Shawn Fogel kicked the evening off with a solo set alternating on electric and acoustic guitar and comprised of songs from his latest EP,One Day In The Desert as well as a bunch of excellent new songs and a few choice covers including Matthew Sweet’s Holy War and the obscure John Strohm/Velo Deluxe gem Angel. Pico Vs Island Trees were up next, lead singer Bryan Carter reminding somewhat of a young David Johannsen with the stage presence to go along with it. They delivered a rocking high energy set, personal highlights for me were their new single Open Doors and a blistering version of McCartney’s Jet joined by Jason of Hymns on backing vocals and tambourine. Hymns were up next and continued the McCartney theme by opening their set with a killer version of Band On The Run. Big, big thanks to all of the bands for a fantastic night of music all around.

If you missed it, Hymns will be back in Philly on June 2Oth with The Annuals at The Mill Creek Tavern. Pico Vs Island Trees will be delivering the goods next to their hometown crowd at Nashville’s Mercy Lounge on June 7th. Shawn Fogel plays next with his full band May 28 at Piano’s in New York City.

Be sure to check out Jessica’s excellent review of Shawn Fogel’s set over at pop wreck(oning)

Pico Vs Island Trees [MYSPACE]

Mixed Bag : Party Soundz

May 24, 2008 by · 3 Comments
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Mixes, y’all love ’em so here’s a mix of some old and new sounds to kick your Memorial Day shindig into high gear. And don’t forget to come out Sunday night for the Bag Of Songs party of the weekend at The M Room in Philadelphia with Hymns, Pico Vs Island Trees, and Shawn Fogel, it’s going to be a rocking good time.

Bay City Rollers – Saturday Night
Buy The Definitive Collection
The Old 97’s – Dance With Me
Buy Blame It On Gravity
The Ting Tings – Fruit Machine
Buy We Started Nothing
Outkast – Hey Ya!
Buy Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
Duffy – Mercy
Buy Rockferry
Eli “Paperboy” Reed And The True Loves – The Satisfier
Buy Roll With You
James Brown – Night Train
Buy Star Time
Blitzen Trapper – Crazy On You
Buy Bridging The Distance
MGMT- Time To Pretend
Buy Oracular Spectacular
Justice – D.A.N.C.E
The Brothers Johnson – Strawberry Letter 23
Buy 70’s Gold
Adele – Last Nite
Buy 19
Ace Frehley – New York Groove
Buy Ace Frehley
B-52s – Love In The Year 3000
Buy Funplex
Ministry – Radar Love
Buy Cover Up

5 On A Friday : Holiday Weekend

May 23, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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Today’s 5 to kick off off the first big holiday weekend of the summer. The forecast here on the east coast after a week of rain is for three perfect days of sunny warm weather in a row. Enjoy, whatever you may be doing this Memorial Day weekend.

1: Sex Pistols – Holidays In The Sun
Buy Never Mind The Bollocks,Here’s The Sex Pistols
2: Albert Hammond Jr – Holiday
Buy Yours To Keep
3: The Bee Gees – Holiday
Buy Their Greatest Hits
4: The Old 97’s – Lonely Holiday
Buy Fight Songs
5: The Boggs – Holiday
Buy Forts

Bag of Songs Presents : Hymns,Pico Vs Island Trees, & Shawn Fogel Sunday May 25th @ M Room In Philadelphia

May 20, 2008 by · 1 Comment
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Alright, this Sunday May 25th three excellent bands coming up at The M Room in Philadelphia, Hymns, Pico Vs Island Trees and Shawn Fogel. And remember, you can party like it’s a Saturday night because the next day is a holiday, so there’s no real excuse to stay home.

Kicking off the night will be Shawn Fogel whose music has been featured here on BOS before. Shawn’s been described as a combination of Elvis Costello and Neil Young, his excellent songwriting wrapped in an original Americana Power Pop sound is an addicting blend. Check out one of my favorite songs off his latest EP One Day In The Desert.

Shawn Fogel – Leaves, Corners, Stones
Buy One Day In The Desert

Pico Vs Island Trees is up next, and, if you were wondering just like I did, the band’s name comes from a supreme court case where Stephen Pico led a group of high school students against the Island Trees School Board protesting the banning of books. Sporting an impressive 25,000 plus friends on their myspace page, their music is an obviously well liked blend of sounds ranging from jazz to indie rock.

Pico Vs Island Trees – Open Doors

Capping off the evening will be New York’s Hymns, their press kit blurb sums up it well : “Hymns is a New York band; one that marries Pavement to Neil Young with the twang of Gram, the inebriation of Guided by Voices and the drive of Spoon. Hymns plays vintage rock tunes with a slight country feel and earnest, memorable melodies.” Give a listen to the rolling horn infused I Can’t Be What U Want from their just released Travel In Herds

Hymns – I Can’t Be What U Want
Buy Travel In Herds

Hymns, Pico Vs Island Trees, Shawn Fogel
Sunday May 25th
The M Room
15 W Girard Ave. Philadelphia PA
Click Here To Buy Tickets

5 On A Friday : Step Right Up For Glitter And Doom

May 16, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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1: Tom Waits – Step Right Up
Buy Small Change
2: Tom Waits – Jockey Full Of Bourbon
Buy Rain Dogs
3: Tom Waits – Missing My Son
Buy Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards
4: Tom Waits – Heartattack And Vine
Buy Heartattack And Vine
5: Tom Waits – Lowdown
Buy Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards

Way down in the hole making your deal with the devil, or at least way down south, is probably where you’ll need to be to secure tickets for the upcoming Tom Waits tour dates going on sale today. Good Luck !

Tom Waits 2008 Glitter And Doom Tour Dates
Tuesday, June 17, 2008 Phoenix, AZ Orpheum @ 8:00 PM
Wednesday, June 18, 2008 Phoenix, AZ Orpheum @ 8:00 PM
Friday, June 20, 2008 El Paso, TX Plaza Theatre @ 8:00 PM
Sunday, June 22, 2008 Houston, TX Jones Hall @ 8:00 PM
Monday, June 23, 2008 Dallas, TX Palladium @ 8:00 PM
Wednesday, June 25, 2008 Tulsa, OK Brady Theatre @ 8:00 PM
Thursday, June 26, 2008 St Louis, MO Fox Theatre @ 8:00 PM
Saturday, June 28, 2008 Columbus, OH Ohio Theatre @ 8:00 PM
Sunday, June 29, 2008 Knoxville, TN Civic Auditorium @ 8:00 PM
Tuesday, July 1, 2008 Jacksonville, FL Times Union Center Moran Theater @ 8:00 PM
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 Mobile, AL Saenger Theatre @ 8:00 PM
Thursday, July 3, 2008 Birmingham, AL Alabama Theatre @ 8:00 PM
Saturday, July 5, 2008 Atlanta, GA Fox Theatre @ 8:00 PM

The Weirdness Flows Between Us…

May 16, 2008 by · 4 Comments
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Did you ever have your iPod on shuffle and a song comes on that haven’t heard in a quite a while and it just sounds SO, SO, GOOD. Oh yeah, turn it up.

Dinosaur Jr – Freak Scene
Buy Fossils

New Music : Portland Cello Project

May 15, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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A bit of a change up for you today, a sonic break from the bangs, bleeps and loud guitars, something new from the Portland Cello Project. PCP is an ensemble of cello players who has as much reverence for classical music as they do for classic rock, playing everything from Beethoven to Britney Spears and all points in between. Often collaborating with members of Portland’s thriving music scene, their live performances can have upwards of 16 people on stage, what I’d have to call a cello orchestra I suppose.
Doug Jenkins, Portland Cello Project co-founder explains, “We strive to expose people to new music through the cello; support local musicians and give them the opportunity to work with an orchestral accompaniment; and to make Portland, Oregon the cello capital of the world, perhaps one day changing its name to Celloland.”
Well I don’t know about Portland becoming Celloland any time soon but they’re making some mighty fine music. Their debut self titled disc hits stores on August 12th, here’s an early taste for you.

Portland Cello Project – Toxic (Britney Spears)
Portland Cello Project – Musée Mécanique-Under Glass

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Youtube Tuesday : MMJ on SNL

May 14, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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My Morning Jacket doing I’m Amazed and Evil Urges from their excellent new record on Saturday Night Live this past weekend. Listen as they channel Zeppelin’s Song Remains The Same during the break in Evil Urges. Too cool.

I’m Amazed

Evil Urges

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