HOT : BOS Exclusive New Adam & Dave’s Bloodline Track

March 7, 2009 by · 2 Comments
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Adam & Daves Bloodline Photo by Carina Romano

A Bag Of Songs exclusive early preview today from Adam & Daves Bloodline’s upcoming Boycott Classics album. In The Zoo is a soaring slice of power pop filled with the sound of chiming guitars that urge you to turn it up as soon as it comes on. Last year’s New Age Boredom EP  was among the year’s best releases and based on this one the full length followup is sure to be excellent as well. Boycott Classics is due May 12th, but in the meantime you can catch them live at The North Star in Philadelphia next week. The band is also promising a big CD release party when the date nears so stay tuned.

Adam & Daves Bloodline – In The Zoo
Boycott Classics due May 12th

Upcoming Shows
Mar 11 2009 9:00P The North Star (w/TK Webb) Philadelphia, PA


HOT New Music : The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart

February 8, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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Here at BOS we’ve been big fans of The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart ever since we first heard them back in 2007 when their Cloudberry Records EP for This Love Is Fucking Right was released. Their first couple singles were excellent slabs of noisy melodic pop, and their self titled debut full length on Slumberland Records fully delivers and expands upon the promise they showed. It even garnered them an 8.6 and Best New Music rating from the notoriously finicky Pitchfork. Check out a couple tracks from the new album below and be sure to catch them when their tour heads your way, they’ll be at Philly’s newest musical hotspot tonight, Kung Fu Necktie, with the equally excellent locals Brown Recluse Sings , and NY’s The Depreciation Guild opening. See you there.

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – Come Saturday
The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – Everything With You

Buy The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart

Upcoming Shows
2/8 – Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie*
2/9 – Washington, DC – Black Cat Backstage*
2/10 – Pittsburgh, PA – Garfield Artworks*
2/11 – Chicago, IL – Schubas*
2/12 – Toronto – Lee’s Palace*
2/13 – Montreal – Il Motore*
2/14 – Winooski, VT – The Monkey House*
2/15 – Boston, MA – Middle East*
2/27 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg%

3/13 – Brooklyn, NY – Bell House#
3/14 – Baltimore, MD – Talking Head Club#
3/15 – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506#
3/16 – Atlanta, GA – Earl#
3/18 – Austin, TX – SXSW – Red 7 (Terrorbird/Force Field Day Party)
3/19 – Austin, TX – SXSW – TBD
3/20 – Austin, TX – SXSW – Emo’s Jr. (Slumberland Records/Cake Shop Showcase)

4/24 – Wallingford, CT – Wallingford American Legion (All Ages)

6/18 = New York, NY – Cake Shop w/ Crystal Stilts

*Depreciation Guild
#Let’s Wrestle
%…And You Shall Know Us By the Trail of Dead


Hot New Music : Los Campesinos! We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed

October 15, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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Los Campesinos! have taken the frenetic danceable sounds that made Hold On Now, Youngster… one the better records of the year, focused and refined them just a little bit, and the end result is their fine second release of the year, the “mini album” We are Beautiful,We Are Doomed. It’s available digitally today with an extremely limited cd edition to be released next week. I’d advise picking up a copy of this quick they won’t last long.

Here’s some info about the Limted Edition via their website :
– 27th October sees the release of what the majority of you have decided to call our ‘second’ ‘album’. Not that we ever have mind you.
– There will be no singles released from this RECORD.
– This RELEASE is going to be limited. There will be one, worldwide run of CDs, and then it will be out of print. Done with.
-The package comes in a 14cm by 19cm by 2.5cm two-piece card box. That makes it rectangular in shape.
– The CD will be accompanied by a self-made DVD documentary of our weekend at Oya festival and SummerSonic in August of this year.
– It also includes a 30+ page ‘zine, including the record’s lyrics and contributions by artists including Xiu Xiu, Grandaddy, Tender Forever, Menomena, Parenthetical Girls and Paul Heaton, based around the title ‘We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed’.
– Also each box comes with an exclusive poster drawn for us by Jeffrey Brown.

Los Campesinos! – We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed
Buy We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed (i Tunes)
Order The LTD Edition CD Version

They also put on an extremely fun live show which I was lucky to catch earlier this year. Sadly no upcoming US dates but they’ll be traversing across the UK,Europe and beyond well into December. I Highly recommend checking them out if they’re coming near you.

Upcoming tour dates
14 October – Brighton, Komedia with No Age and Times New Viking. tickets
15 October – Liverpool, Carling Academy 2 with No Age and Times New Viking. tickets
16 October – Leeds, Irish Centre with No Age and Times New Viking. tickets
17 October – Dublin, Whelans with No Age and Times New Viking. tickets
18 October – Glasgow, School of Arts with No Age and Times New Viking tickets
20 October – London, Electric Ballroom with No Age and Times New Viking.
21 October – Bristol, Fleece with No Age and Times New Viking.
22 October – Manchester, Academy 3 with No Age and Times New Viking.
23 October – Dundee, Fat Sam’s With Malcolm Middleton and Eagleowl
24 October – Edinburgh, Cabaret Voltaire with Copy Haho
5 November – Madrid, Joy Eslava
6 November – Valencia, Mirror
7 November – Barcelona, Razz 2
8 November – Bilbao, Rockstar Barakaldo
9 November – Brussels, Botanique
10 November – Cologne, Luxor
11 November – Amsterdam, Melkweg
12 November – Munich, Atomic Café
13 November – Bologna, Estragon
14 November – Rome, Piper
15 November – Milan, Rolling Stone
18 December – France, Paris Maroquinerie


HOT New Music : Of Montreal – Skeletal Lamping

August 31, 2008 by · 2 Comments
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I was never a huge Of Montreal fan, I liked a couple songs here and there, but the new one, Skeletal Lamping has me hooked. It is an amazing blend of 70’s rock,soul and disco and current electronic dance sounds all melded together with an editing style that sounds like a combination of White Album era Beatles and Girl Talk. It’s obvious all those nights of hosting live karaoke shows have seeped into their musical consciousness. Chock full of NSFW lyrics that rival Prince in his lascivious prime, it’s a classic mix of sex and rock and roll which the surreal cover art depicts pretty accurately. Here’s the opening and closing tracks courtesy of Spin & Rolling Stone to give you a small taste, but the best songs lie in between, and I hate to be a tease but unfortunately I need to leave you to your own internet saavy to hear them before the October release date. Some of my favs at the moment are For Our Elegant Caste, the horn infused Eluardian Instance and the smooth soul of Plastis Wafers.

Of Montreal – Nonpareil Of Favor (via Spin)
Of Montreal – ID Engager (via Rolling Stone)

Buy Skeletal Lamping

A huge Fall tour is coming as well see the dates here

Full Track Listing
01 Nonpareil of Favor
02 Wicked Wisdom
03 For Our Elegant Caste
04 Touched Something’s Hollow
05 An Eluardian Instance
06 Gallery Piece
07 Women’s Studies Victims
08 St.Exquisite’s Confessions
09 Triphallus, to Punctuate!
10 And I’ve Seen a Bloody Shadow
11 Plastis Wafers
12 Death Is Not a Parallel Move
13 Beware Our Nubile Miscreants
14 Mingusings
15 Id Engager

HOT: Creeping Weeds & BOAT Summer Tour Kicks Off This Friday In Philly

August 12, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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East and West meet starting this weekend when one of our Philly favorites Creeping Weeds head out on a short summer tour with Seattle-ites BOAT. Don’t miss the big kick off at Johnny Brenda’s this Friday August 15th along with two more of Philly’s finest, the super hot right now, Drink Up Buttercup, who are about to head off for a few dates themselves with Bishop Allen and Greyhounds. It’ll be a party for sure.

Creeping Weeds / Boat Tour Dates
FRI 8.15.08 Philadelphia, PA, Johnny Brenda’s
SAT 8.16.08 Honey Brook, PA The Crackhouse
SUN 8.17.08 New York, NY Cake Shop
MON 8.18.08 Somerville, MA PA’s Lounge
TUE 8.19.08 New London, CT The Oasis
WED 8.20.08 Brooklyn, NY Union Hall
THU 8.21.08 Blacksburg, VA The Lantern
FRI 8.22.08 Pittsburgh, PA Brillobox
SAT 8.23.08 Chicago, IL Schubas

Creeping Weeds – Derelict
Buy We Are All Part Of A Dream You’re Having

BOAT – Illustrate The History / When I Grow Up
Buy Let’s Drag Our Feet !
Drink Up Buttercup – Seasickness Pills
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Greyhounds – No Slogans in ’76
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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


5 On A Friday : Oooh that’s hot !

April 27, 2007 by · 1 Comment
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This week for 5 On A Friday, a a taste of what was “hot” this week.
(sorry no direct MP3 links today, all will direct you to another page where you can hear the song)

1:Sure, Amercian Idol wasted a lot of powerful technology to bring you Celene Dion singing with a virtual Elvis, but this was the one AI moment you truly needed to see.

2: Covering LCD Soundsystem‘s song All My Friends was one of the in things to do. Here are versions by by Franz Ferdinand and John Cale.

MP3: Franz Ferdinand – All My Friends (via Kwaya Na Kisser)
MP3: John Cale – All My Friends (via Let’s Sexy Fighting)

3: Icky Thump. For me Jack White’s been long past overkill, but he’s still back with more. Here’s the first single for the new White Stripes disc of the same name.

MP3: The White Stripes – Icky Thump (via Your Head’s Not Right)

4: iTunes UK springs a leak allowing an early return of Bjork from the planet Iceland with more of her trademark soundscaping.

MP3 : Bjork – Earth Intruders (via Who Killed The Mixtape)

5: A baby spoonful of information about the new Spoon disc. The cover art for Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga.

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