Random Song Of the Day : Surrey Down To A Stoned Soul Picnic

July 13, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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On this sunshiney Sunday morning here, taking you all the way back to 1968 for The 5th Dimension‘s take on a Laura Nyro classic. So why not pack a lunch basket, a couple bottles of wine and and head on out to your favorite park to enjoy the day. Red, yellow, honey, sassafras, and moonshine.

The 5th Dimension – Stoned Soul Picnic
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XPoNential Music Fest Saturday Afternoon Photos

July 12, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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Some photos from the early afternoon portion of this weekend’s WXPN XPoNential Music festival at Wiggins Park on The Camden NJ waterfront. Cheers Elephant kicked the day off on the Marina stage in fine style with an outstanding set, followed by new wavey sounds of Zolof The Rock And Roll Destroyer and then the rhythmic indie rock of Delaware’s Spinto Band on the main stage.

Cheers Elephant

Zolof The Rock and Roll Destroyer

Spinto Band

5 On A Friday : It’s SO Hot

July 11, 2008 by · 1 Comment
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Five today keeping with the theme that’s sort of going on here this week, because well, it’s summer, and damn it’s HOT.

1: DJ Prince – Come On Everybody Let’s Drop It Like It’s Hot
More DJ Prince
2: James Brown – Hot Pants
Buy Star Time
3: Beck – Hotwax
Buy Odelay
4: Led Zeppelin – Hots On For Nowhere
Buy Presence
5: The Whigs – Hot Bed

Buy Mission Control

HOT Summer Tour : James Hunter and Chris Isaak

July 10, 2008 by · 1 Comment
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Photo by Chris Ramirez

A few weeks ago I caught James Hunter as he tore through an absolutely smoldering set of his horn infused soul music at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia (listen here). With a sound reminiscient of people like Sam Cooke, Ray Charles and Jackie Wilson, his live show is a party not to be missed as James pours 110% into every performance. His latest disc, The Hard Way is easily among the best of 2008 so far. As if that wasn’t good enough, James is teaming up with Chris Isaak, an amazing showman himself, in what is sure to be one of the hottest double bills of the summer. Check it out when it heads your way, and don’t forget to bring your dancing shoes because this one will be impossible to not get up and shake your thing to.

James Hunter – Jacqueline
Buy The Hard Way

Chris Isaak – Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing
Buy Forever Blue

James Hunter/Chris Isaak Summer Tour (All dates with Chris Isaak unless otherwise noted):
August 7 Denver, CO Botanic Gardens
August 8 Boulder, CO Chautaugua Auditorium
August 9 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre (w/ George Thorogood and Buddy Guy)
August 10 San Jose, CA San Jose Jazz Festival (Headlining)
August 13 Minneapolis, MN Zoo Amphitheater
August 15 Chicago, IL Venue TBA (Headlining)
August 16 Lisle, IL Morton Arboretum
August 17 Rochester, MI Meadow Brook Music Festival
August 20 New York, NY Nokia Theater
August 21 Vienna, VA Wolftrap
August 23 Burlington, VT The Higher Ground (Headlining)
August 24 Bridgeport, CT The Klein Memorial Auditorium
August 26 Hampton Beach, NH Hampton Beach Casino
August 28 Cohasset, MA South Shore Music Circus
August 29 Westbury, NY Westbury Music Theater
August 30 Woodstock, NY Bearsville Theater (Headlining)


HOT New Music : The Dutchess and The Duke

July 9, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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From the opening guitar strum and, the softly spoken intro “Reservoir Park, 1, 2, 3, 4” to the closing sing along at the end of Armageddon Time, “Now I’ve got you by my side, and I’m feeling alright” The Dutchess And The Duke‘s, debut full length She’s the Dutchess, He’s the Duke careens along in it’s lo-fi immediate glory like a combination of Bob Dylan, The Mamas & The Papas and early Rolling Stones swagger. With the familiar warmth of a lost 60’s classic and the jagged edge of a modern recording, everything old is new again and sounding better than ever. Kimberly Morrison(aka The Dutchess) and Jesse Lortz(aka The Duke) holed up last fall at Magical Basement Studios in West Seattle with Bryan Standridge behind the board of an 8- track and recorded a modern folk classic. It’s chock full of strummy acoustic guitars and percussion with more than enough pure pop melodies and sing along vocal harmonies to have you hooked after just one listen. I’m not the first one to sing their praises and I certainly won’t be the last, jump on the bandwagon now, because this record really is as good as all of the buzz you’ve been hearing about it. One of my personal favorites of the year so far.

The Dutchess And The Duke – Reservoir Park
Buy She’s the Dutchess, He’s the Duke

The Dutchess And The Duke are out on tour now with fast rising folky buzz band of the moment, Fleet Foxes.
Be sure check them out when they come to a city near you.

07.07.08 – Washington, DC – Black Cat Backstage #
07.08.08 – Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church #
07.09.08 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom #
07.10.08 – Brooklyn, NY – Union Hall #
07.11.08 – Brooklyn, NY – Academy Records in-store
07.12.08 – New York, NY – TBA
07.13.08 – Brooklyn, NY – Charleston Bar & Grill $
07.14.08 – Cambridge, MA – The Middle East Upstairs #
07.16.08 – Cleveland, OH – Now That’s Class
07.17.08 – Lafayette, IN – Zoolegger’s ^
07.18.08 – Rock Island, IL – Huckleberry’s Pizza Parlor
07.19.08 – Chicago, IL – Cobra Lounge %
07.20.08 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry #
07.22.08 – Denver, CO – Hi-Dive #
07.23.08 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court #
07.25.08 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir #
08.09.08 – Seattle, WA – Sonic Boom (Capitol Hill)
08.09.08 – Seattle, WA – Wild Rose

# – w/ Fleet Foxes
$ – w/ Pink Reason. I hear you get a free slice of pizza when you buy a beer there.
^ – w/ The Mans, Big Willie & Lil’ Suzie
% – w/ Sang des Loups


Monday Morning Blues : Louvin Brothers Undercover

July 7, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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Reviving the popular but sporadic Monday Morning Blues feature today with some Louvin Brothers songs and cover versions. The Lemonheads and Uncle Tupelo covering a couple of Louvin classics and bringing the circle all the way around with The Louvins covering the Carter Family as also covered by Johnny Cash.

If anyone has any suggestions, musical or otherwise, to help make the Monday Morning Blues a less sporadic feature here, feel free to send them my way at bagofsongs@gmail.com

The Louvin Brothers – Knoxville Girl
Buy When I Stop Dreaming : The Best Of
The Lemonheads – Knoxville Girl

Buy Car Button Cloth

The Louvin Brothers – The Great Atomic Power
Buy When I Stop Dreaming : The Best Of
Uncle Tupelo – The Great Atomic Power

Buy March 16-20, 1992

The Louvin Brothers – The Kneeling Drunkard’s Plea
Buy When I Stop Dreaming : The Best Of
Johnny Cash – The Kneeling Drunkard’s Plea

Buy Unchained

5 On A Friday : On The Stairs I Smoke A Cigarette Alone…

July 4, 2008 by · 1 Comment
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“…Mexican kids are shooting fireworks below, hey baby,it’s the Fourth of July” – Dave Alvin, Fourth Of July

Happy Fourth of July ! Whether you’re hanging by the pool at a backyard party, taking in some sun on the beach, celebrating with some fireworks, or just doing your own thing, have a great day.

1: Robert Earl Keen – Fourth Of July (D.Alvin)
Buy Picnic
2: Aimee Mann – 4th Of July
Buy Whatever
3: Sad Dracula – 4th Of July
from Let It B-Minus
4: Ben E King – 4th Of July, Asbury Park(Sandy) (B.Springsteen)
Buy One Step Up, Two Steps Back
5: U2 – 4th Of July
Buy The Unforgettable Fire

Random Song Of The Day : In The California Snow

July 3, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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Filtering through the music library rounding up some songs for a Fourth Of July mix, including Dave Alvin‘s song about said same, and this just sounded so good as it played through I had to post it today. Sorry about the lack of posts lately, I’ve been to some great shows in the past few days though(Black Angels, Warlocks, Rosewood Thieves, Mission Of Burma,Versus) so I’ll try to get a few photos up from them soon and some more music for you heading into the holiday weekend.

Dave Alvin – California Snow
Buy Blackjack David


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