HOT: Philly Film And Music Festival 9/23 to 9/27/10

September 22, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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The Philadelphia Film and Music Festival livens up the city this coming weekend. For those of you not familiar with it I’ll let the press release do the talking:

THE PHILADELPHIA FILM AND MUSIC FESTIVAL or “PHILLY F/M” for short) is a four-day festival taking place at over 30 music and film venues, with free outdoor stages, day parties and a record fair. Philly F/M will take place on Thursday, Sept 23 – Sunday, Sept 26th, 2010 and will feature a wide variety of regional, national and international musicians and films. The festival strives to be an annual event that effectively merges independent film and music in new and exciting ways. Instead of segregating them to different venues, the festival will combine the aural and the visual in dynamic settings to engage and foster new audiences for both mediums. Philly F/M will combine screenings with live performances, present a live, improvised film scoring series, screen music shorts and documentaries, curate a local music video expo to tie in the city’s rich musical landscape and screen outdoor films in unique settings. Philly F/M is headquartered at 2424 Studios (2424 E. York Street) in Philadelphia’s Fishtown neighborhood. In addition to serving as the Philly F/M headquarters, the “Skybox” will host a record fair and exhibitor area during the festival. This two-day (Saturday/Sunday) event is free and features record vendors and a variety of exhibitors showcasing their music and film related products.

To help you weed through the music choices for the next few days, I’ve scoured through the extensive schedule and made a list of some of the must see bands. Hope to see you around at a few of the shows, I’ll be out and about to as many as I can.

The full schedule and detailed info on all of the bands,films and venues is on the Philly F/M website here.
Tickets are available here.

Thursday 9/23
A Sunny Day in Glasgow 11pm-11:30pm @ Johnny Brenda’s
Agent Moosehead 7pm-10pm @ World Cafe Live (Downstairs) Live scoring of: The Attack of the Giant Leeches
Da Rezarekt 11:50pm-12:20am @ The Fire
F.O.D. 11pm-11:45pm @ The Media Bureau – classic 80’s hardcore punk rockers are still at it.
Hair Rocket 8pm-8:45pm @ Kung Fu Necktie
Honeychurch 9pm-9:45pm @ Johnny Brenda’s
Misstallica 10:30pm-11:45pm @ The Trocadero
North Lawrence Midnight Singers 10:30pm-11:15pm @ Tritone

Friday 9/24
Adam and Dave’s Bloodline 9:30pm-10pm @ North Star
Black Landlord 9:30pm-10:15pm @ World Cafe Live (Downstairs)
Bloodfeathers 10:30pm-11:15pm @ Johnny Brenda’s
Busses 7pm-7:45pm @ Silk City
Cheers Elephant 11:30pm-12:10am @ The Fire
Creeping Weeds 9:30pm-10:15pm @ Johnny Brenda’s – My personal #1 pick of the weekend is this show, which also has Bloodfeathers and Field Music on the bill.
Faux Slang 12am-12:45am @ Media Bureau
Field Music 11:30pm-12:15pm @ Johnny Brenda’s
Frog Holler 10:30pm-11:15pm @ North Star
Gildon Works 8pm-8:45pm @ Silk City
The Dead Milkmen 10:30pm-11:30pm @ World Cafe Live (Downstairs)

Saturday 9/25
Adam and Dave’s Bloodline 12:30am-1:15am @ The Blockley
Audible 12pm-12:45 @ Crane Arts Outdoor Stage
Baby Flamehead 11:30pm-12am @ Tritone
Bloodfeathers 3pm-3:45pm @ Crane Arts Outdoor Stage
Busses 11:30pm-12:15am @ The Blockley
Cheers Elephant 6pm-7pm @ Girard Ave Outdoor Stage
Kitten Disaster 1pm-1:45pm @ Lehigh Ave Outdoor Stage
Like a Fox 1pm-1:45pm @ Crane Arts Outdoor Stage
Like a Fox 9:30pm-10:15pm @ Johnny Brenda’s
McRad 12:20am-1:20am @ Media Bureau
Nancy Micciulla 11am – 11:45am @ Manayunk Outdoor Stage
Roomtone 4pm-4:45pm @ Girard Ave Outdoor Stage
The New Motels 10:30pm-11:15pm @ The Blockley
The Sky Drops 1pm-1:45pm @ Girard Ave Outdoor Stage
The Swimmers 4pm-4:45pm @ Crane Arts Outdoor Stage
The Swimmers 10:30pm-11:15pm @ Johnny Brenda’s

Sunday 9/26
Baby Flamehead 4pm-4:45pm @ Crane Arts Outdoor Stage
Golden Bloom 7:30pm-8pm @ World Cafe Live (Upstairs)
Grant Hart 11:15pm-12am @ World Cafe Live (Upstairs)
Hezekiah Jones 5pm-5:45pm @ Crane Arts Outdoor Stage
Kenn Kweder 12pm-12:45pm @ Lehigh Ave Outdoor Stage
Pearl and The Beard 9pm-9:30pm @ World Cafe Live (Upstairs)

Exclusive First Listen Part 4: Golden Bloom – Fan The Flames

July 10, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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Last night I felt infinite… Shawn Fogel from She Leaves Me Poetry

If you’re regular reader here it’s no secret that we’re big Shawn Fogel/Golden Bloom fans. Today I’m proud and honored to be a part of bringing you an exclusive first listen to Golden Bloom‘s new Fan The Flames disc along with 8 other sites who will be debuting a track a week leading up to the August 18th official release date.  It all started off a few weeks back with Magnet Magazine and the lead off track E.H.M., followed by a special Ruby Isle remix of Doomsday Devices at Under The Radar, and last week Tuneraker had Fan The Flames. Today we have the fourth track on the record, and one of my personal favorites, She Leaves Me Poetry, a slow burning chronicle of a relationship that I can easily picture playing as the soundtrack song during the climactic scene in a movie.

Easily among the year’s best records, Fan The Flames is a refreshing take on solid songwriting and addicting melodies when many indie rock bands just seem to be in a race to see who can be the most obsure.  A potent blend of Americana and Power Pop, these are songs you’ll remember long after hearing them.  Back in January, Spin magazine named Golden Bloom as one of “8 undiscovered bands worth a listen”, well the time for discovery is here people, give She Leaves Me Poetry a listen and be sure to follow along to hear more over the next five weeks when you can then rush out and obtain your own copy of the album.

Shawn Fogel is an amazingly talented multi instrumentalist who played all of the instruments on the album himself and worked with Producers Peter Katis(the National, Interpol,Mates Of State),Roger Greenawalt(Ben Kweller) and Dylan Magierek(Mark Kozelek) to produce a top notch record.

Golden Bloom – She Leaves Me Poetry
From Fan The Flames available 8/18/09

Where to get your Track By Track First Listen :

6/19 “E.H.M”-Magnet

6/26 “Doomsday Devices (Ruby Isle Remix)” Under the Radar

7/3 “Fan the Flames” Tuneraker

7/10 “She Leaves Me Poetry” Bag of Songs

7/17 “The Fight at the End of the Tunnel” Consequence of Sound

7/24 “Dead Petals” Ryan’s Smashing Life

7/31 “If You Believe” Spin

8/7 “The Mountainside Says” PopWreckoning

8/14 “Theme For an Adventure at Sea” Fensepost


[PHOTO BY Alicia J Rose]

PHOTOS : 03.29.09 Canadian Invasion , Golden Bloom, Sudden Ensemble @ M Room

April 2, 2009 by · 1 Comment
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Some photos from this past Sunday’s Bag of Songs Night @ M Room in Philadelphia with Canadian Invasion, Golden Bloom and Sudden Ensemble. Many many thanks to everyone who came out and all of the bands who trekked through the freaky early evening hail storm to get to Philly and deliver an excellent night of music.

Jim and Chris Of Canadian Invasion

Jim Foley & Chris Morita Of Canadian Invasion

George Groves(drums) And Eric Miller of Canadian Invasion

George Groves(drums) And Eric Miller of Canadian Invasion

Jim Foley, And Canadian adn Eric Miller Of Canadian Invasion

Chris Morita, Andy Canadian & Eric Miller Of Canadian Invasion

Dan Saks and Michael Azerrad of Golden Bloom

Dan Saks and Michael Azerrad of Golden Bloom

Shawn Fogel, Michael Azerrad and Jeff Patlingrao of Golden Bloom

Shawn Fogel, Michael Azerrad and Jeff Patlingrao of Golden Bloom

Golden Bloom's Shawn Fogel & Jeff Patlingrao and his magic shoes

Golden Bloom's Shawn Fogel and Jeff Patlingrao and his magic shoes

Jeff Preishcel, Doreen Kirchner & Wayne Garcia of Sudden Ensemble

Jeff Preishcel, Doreen Kirchner & Wayne Garcia of Sudden Ensemble

HOT: BOS Presents Canadian Invasion, Golden Bloom and Sudden Ensemble @ M Room

March 27, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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I’ve been raving about Canadian Invasion‘s new record, Three Cheers For The Invisible Hand to just about anyone who cares to listen ever since I got an early preview a year or so ago. It’s one of 2009’s best records so far, filled with darkly satirical lyrics surrounded in gorgeous chiming guitar pop.[More] The boys delivered a standout show to a packed World Cafe Live a couple of weeks ago at their CD Release party, so don’t miss out on what promises to be a just as amazing a show in the more intimate confines of the M Room.

Canadian Invasion At World Cafe Live 03.14.09

Canadian Invasion – My Swashbuckling Days Are Over
Buy Three Cheers For The Invisible Hand
Canadian Invasion – Public Witness Program (Fugazi Cover)
Non Album Track


Shawn Fogel Of Golden Bloom

Shawn Fogel Of Golden Bloom

Hypertalented multi instrumentalist Shawn Fogel is at the heart of New York’s Golden Bloom, who were recently picked as one of “8 Undiscovered Bands Worth A Listen” by Spin magazine. They are currently in the studio with producer/engineer Peter Katis (The National, Interpol, Mates of State) working on their highly anticipated new LP. Golden Bloom‘s music is a powerful blend of solid songwriting, alt country and Beatlesque pop that WXPN’s Bruce Warren touted as “a fresh take on ye olde tradition of sensitive power pop.”  Shawn’s played Philly solo before, but this time he’s bringing the whole band down for a rare Philly appearance that is a must see.

Also be sure to stop over to see our lovely friends at Popwreckoning who have a contest running to give away 3 autographed copies of the limited edition Golden Bloom 7″ vinyl single for Doomsday Devices.(Thanks Jess!) Click Here To Enter

Golden Bloom – Doomsday Devices
Ltd Edition 7″ vinyl
Shawn Fogel – Leaves, Corners, And Stones
Buy One Day In The Desert EP


Sudden Ensemble

Sudden Ensemble

New Jersey’s Sudden Ensemble are  musician and visual artist Doreen Kirchner, illustrator of the Neil Hagerty comic book “Adventures of Royal Trux vol…10”  amongst other artistic achievements and Wayne Garcia, ex of the band Adrenalin OD, and a writer of the novel “The After Effects of Zero Gravity”. Their most recent album Life In A Birdcage is an addicting blend lo-fi indie pop. You’ll want to be sure to get there early to see them.


Canadian Invasion, Golden Bloom & Sudden Ensemble
Sunday March 29th
M Room
15 W Girard Avenue Philadelphia PA
8pm | $8 | 21+up

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