LIVE: King Khan and The BBQ Show,Vivian Girls,Jacuzzi Boys and Love City At Johnny Brenda’s This Past Friday 11.28.08

November 30, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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Some photos from this past Friday night’s sold out garage rock blowout at Johnny Brenda’s in Philadelphia with The King Khan and BBQ Show, Vivian Girls, Jacuzzi Boys and Love City. Love City has been one of the Philly bands people most often recommend that I should get out and see. I finally got my chance the see them on Friday and they more than exceeded any expections. With a sound that’s equal parts sixties psychedelic fuzz and seventies era punk rock the kicked the night off in fine fashion. Probably my favorite set of a night filled with excellent music. Up next were The Jacuzzi Boys with a solid set of heavy reverb laden psychedelia, think somehwere between The Black Angels and A Place To Bury Strangers. Then It was the girls turn, with Vivian Girls showing rock is not just for the boys anymore by turning in a fast and furious set steeped in the sound of eighties era west coast punk rock. Taking the stage dressed as a belly dancer and sheik respectively,with King Khan on guitar and BBQ as sort of a one man band accompaniment on drums,guitar and other percussion himself,they tore into and amazing,crazy high energy set that I can best describe as a cross between The White Stripes and a Mojo Nixon & Skid Roper show. The crowd which had mostly just stood and stared during the other three sets suddenly became alive, shouting along and dancing about, and turning Johnny Brenda’s into a festive party. Catch them if you can.

Love City

Love City

Jacuzzi Boys

Jacuzzi Boys


Vivian Girls

Vivian Girls

The King Khan And BBQ Show

The King Khan And BBQ Show

The King Khan And BBQ Show

The King Khan And BBQ Show

5 On A Friday : Moving On Up…

November 28, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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Welcome to the new WordPress powered home of Bag Of Songs. Be sure to point any existing shortcuts you may have to http//

The empty boxes are still sitting around and there’s still some cleaning up to do, but 5 On A Friday returns today with a tribute to the move. So hang in there while I tidy up the loose ends here and there over the next couple weeks and get back to a more regular posting schedule, I apologize, it’s been a bit sparse lately. Kick back and enjoy. there’s lots of good things coming your way soon.

1: Dumptruck – Make A Move
Buy D Is For Dumptruck
2: The Swimmers – Moving
Buy Fighting Trees
3: Jet – Move On
Buy Get Born
4: Primal Scream – Movin On Up
Buy Screamadelica
5: Brass Construction – Movin
Buy Soul Power Instrumentals

We’re moving here soon !!!

November 27, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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Hi if you’ve arrived here , I’m in the process of moving the blog to permanently.

For now you can still visit bag of songs at

Tonight In Philadlephia ! Great Music,Great Cause, And it’s All Ages & FREE!!!

November 23, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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Hey folks, want to catch some excellent music tonight, here’s where you need to be :

Absoulute Zeros, Andrew Lipke, Creeping Weeds, + Special Guests
The Rotunda at UPenn
4014 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA
Sunday, November 23rd at 7 PM.
FREE and All Ages !

It’s a Mad Dragon Records showcase as well as a Toys for Tots fund drive event sponsored by Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, so be sure to turn your good time into someone elses as well by bringing a toy to drop off.

New Springsteen On The Way

November 17, 2008 by · 2 Comments
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Monday morning news hot from the inbox:

Bruce Springsteen’s new album “Working on a Dream” has been set for a January 27 release on Columbia Records. “Working on a Dream” was recorded with the E Street Band and features twelve new Springsteen compositions plus two bonus tracks. It is the fourth collaboration between Springsteen and Brendan O’Brien, who produced and mixed the album.

“Working on a Dream” Song Titles:

1. Outlaw Pete
2. My Lucky Day
3. Working on a Dream
4. Queen of the Supermarket
5. What Love Can Do
6. This Life
7. Good Eye
8. Tomorrow Never Knows
9. Life Itself
10. Kingdom of Days
11. Surprise, Surprise
12. The Last Carnival

Bonus tracks:
The Wrestler
A Night with the Jersey Devil

Bruce Springsteen said, “Towards the end of recording ‘Magic,’ excited by the return to pop production sounds, I continued writing. When my friend producer Brendan O’Brien heard the new songs, he said, ‘Let’s keep going.’ Over the course of the next year, that’s just what we did, recording with the E Street Band during the breaks on last year’s tour. I hope ‘Working on a Dream’ has caught the energy of the band fresh off the road from some of the most exciting shows we’ve ever done. All the songs were written quickly, we usually used one of our first few takes, and we all had a blast making this one from beginning to end.”

“Working on a Dream” is Bruce Springsteen’s twenty-fourth album and was recorded and mixed at Southern Tracks in Atlanta, GA with additional recording in New York City, Los Angeles, and New Jersey.


This Past Friday Night’s Show with The Swimmers.Missing Palmer West and Bitter Bitter Weeks @ Johnny Brenda’s

November 16, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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Some photos from this past Friday night’s all local show at Johnny Brenda’s in Philadelphia. It was a packed house from the get go as Bitter Bitter Weeks kicked off the night with an excellent set that focused on the more rock side of their catalog and left the quieter numbers at home this time for a high energy set that recalled at times the southern jangle sound of early REM or Let’s Active. Up next was Missing Palmer West, a band who I somehow managed to have not seen until now, let me say I will be correcting that mistake go forward. Their keyboard driven, cello infused blend of indie pop is excellent. They have a new EP in the works and it is one I will be on the watch for. BOS favorites The Swimmers closed the night and threw a bit of multimedia effects into the mix this time out as they played while a film rolled on to the giant screen behind them. Their set was a blend of brand new songs and old favorites and also included a blistering cover of David Bowie’s Star.

Big big thanks to my new friend and fellow music fanatic Phil Appenzeller for all of the photos.

Bitter Bitter Weeks

Missing Palmer West

The Swimmers

[All Photos By Phil Appenzeller]

New Music : Golden Bloom – Doomsday Devices

November 13, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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Golden Bloom – Doomsday Devices

Man oh man the 50+ hour work weeks I’ve been doing lately have really been hindering the blogging time. Here’s one I should have given you some advance warning on but wasn’t able to get to until now.
TONIGHT ! as in RIGHT NOW ! if you’re in New York City get on over to Matchless for the release party of the Doomsday Devices 7″ single from Golden Bloom. Shawn Fogel and the band’s intelligent, rocking blend of power pop is excellent and a show not to be missed.
So GO!, NOW !!!, it’s FREE and you get a copy of the single. And don’t forget to say hi to Shawn and be sure to tell him that Bag Of Songs sent you.

Golden Bloom 7″ Single Release Show
Wednesday Novemvber 12th 8:00
557 Manhattan Ave (corner of Manhattan & Driggs)
Brooklyn, New York 11222

BOS Presents: Swift Technique,Dear Althea,Rogue Thief @ The M Room Sunday November 16th

November 12, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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Don’t forget we have a really great show coming up this Sunday November 16th at The M Room in Philadelphia. Up until about a month ago I had never heard of Swift Technique, but after having seen them, how they remain one of Philadelphia’s best kept secrets I don’t know. Playing a unique blend of horn infused funk, soul and hip hop with a Philly edge, they are one of the tightest bands I have seen in quite a while. Blew me away the first time I saw them, trust me you’ll be kicking yourself for a long time to come if you miss this one on Sunday, they’re hot. Also on the bill are Dear Althea, with a sound somewhere between Sonic Youth and Sleater Kinney, they prove that the girls rock as hard as the boys. And opening the night. a relatively rare appearance by the noisy art phenomenon that is Rogue Thief.
A varied and amazing night of music all around. See you there.

Swift Technique – Lifted

Sunday November 16th
Swift Technique, Dear Althea,Rogue Thief
The M Room
15 W Girard Avenue, Philadelphia PA
21+ / $8 / 8PM

Swift Technique [MYSPACE]
Dear Althea [MYSPACE]
Rogue Thief [MYSPACE]

New Music : Justin Kline – Six Songs EP

November 9, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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Justin Kline hails from Murfreesboro, Tennessee just outside of Nashville. His music is not steel guitar laced country twang Music City is notorious for, but a melodic blend of west coast influenced power pop that falls somewhere between the uniquely California sounding harmonies of The Beach Boys and the indie quirkiness of The Shins. And you’d never guess by the lush sound of the music that Justin plays all of the instruments himself, his Six Songs EP is an impressive debut full of quality songwriting from an artist to keep an eye on for sure.

Justin Kline – Heart Attack
Buy Six Songs EP

Live This Past Thursday 11.06.08 : Shaky Hands, Cheers Elephant, The Chimeras @ Johnny Brenda’s

November 8, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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If Philadelphia is one of the hottest music cities on the east coast right now, with the abundance of amazing bands emanating from Portland, Oregon it surely must be one of the hottest scenes on the west coast. This past Thursday night it was east meets west at Johnny Brenda’s in Philadelphia with The Chimeras and Cheers Elephant representing the east and Portland’s The Shaky Hands on deck for the west. My apologies to The Chimeras as I arrived too late to see their set which by all accounts was excellent. Cheers Elephant mixed a bunch of new songs into their set that show they have no intention of relinquishing their place anytime soon as one of Philadelphia’s best up and coming bands. The Shaky Hands closed out the night with a solid set of their melodic rock, a band I had never seen or heard before but will be sure to catch again. Here’s a few photos.

Shaky Hands

Cheers Elephant

The Chimeras – Good Friday
Buy Party Of God
Cheers Elephant – Here We Are
Buy Here We Are
The Shaky Hands – We Are Young
Buy Lunglight

The Chimeras Upcoming Shows
Jan 17 2009 The Khyber Philadelphia PA w/Zelazlowa

Cheers Elephant Upcoming Shows
Nov 15 2008 8:00P University of the Arts Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Dec 5 2008 9:00P The Note West Chester, Pennsylvania

The Shaky Hands Upcoming Shows
Nov 8 2008 8:00P Mercury Lounge New York, New York
Nov 9 2008 8:00P DC9 Washington DC, Washington DC
Nov 10 2008 8:00P Local 506 Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Nov 11 2008 8:00P The Basement Nashville, Tennessee
Nov 13 2008 8:00P Club Deville Austin, Texas

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