Battle Of The Blogs Round 2 This Thursday June 18th @ North Star Bar

June 14, 2009 by · 4 Comments
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LATE BREAKING UPDATE !!! Just added and playing immediately following The Battle Of The Blogs this Thursday, a special set by the band 100 Monkeys which features Jackson Rathbone of the movie Twilight and friends.
Their recent shows in Philadelphia all sold out quickly, get your tickets NOW ! North Star is 21+Up only, sorry.

[100 Monkeys MYSPACE]

This Thursday June 18th it’s time for round two of the Battle Of The Blogs sponsored by Heyday Entertainment and five of Philly’s favorite music bloggers, Girl About Town, The Broken Bell, Popwreckoning, Teenage Kicks, and yours truly, Bag Of Songs.

One Thursday each month in May, June, and July each blog will showcase their selection of bands with the winning bands/blogs competing in a finals on a Saturday night in August, all at the North Star Bar.

Round 1 was May 21st with Girl About Town vs The Broken Bell vs Bag Of Songs with The Robes/Girl About Town coming up the night’s winners.
Round 2June 18th is Bag of Songs vs Popwreckoning vs Teenage Kicks
Round 3July 16th is a four band/blog night with Popwreckoning vs Teenage Kicks vs The Broken Bell vs Girl About Town

The final round will be held on a Saturday night in August with the three winning bands/blogs from each of the nights.

For this Thursday’s show Lima Research Society will will be the Bag Of Songs representative, Splash1 will be playing for Teenage Kicks, and Popwreckoning will be bringing The Victor Victor Band. It’s going to be an amazing night of music with the most important attendee being YOU, as the winner each night is decided by audience vote.

Lima Research Society @  M Room 04.26.09

Lima Research Society @ M Room 04.26.09

I’ve previously described  Lima Research Society’s sound as a potpourri of influences from soft folk, to prog rock musical acrobatics, to trippy psychedelica, to new wave dance and all points in between. Their live show is an equally engaging and entertaining blend of musicianship and audience participation that is truly a lot of fun to witness, and has often earned them comparisons to bands like the Flaming Lips.

Lima Research Society – Giant Moth – The Beauty of Things
Lima Research Society – NewtLife
Buy Don’t Give Up Don’t Get Down

Round 1 was blast so come on out for Round 2, meet your local bloggers, hear some excellent music, have a really great time, and don’t forget to vote for your favorite band of the night.

Heyday Entertainment Presents:
Battle Of The Blogs Round 2
Bag Of Songs vs Teenage Kicks vs Popwreckoning

(BOS) Lima Research Society [MYSPACE]
(TK) Splash1 [MYSPACE]
(POPW) The Victor Victor Band [MYSPACE]

Thursday June 18th
$8 | 8PM | 21+UP
North Star Bar
27th & Poplar Streets
Philadelphia PA

Hey !, Is This Thing On ???

April 24, 2009 by · Comments Off on Hey !, Is This Thing On ???
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Despite the relative quiet lately I’m still here so please stay tuned. Between working too many hours a week at the day job and being sick as a dog with an annoying spring time cold the past few weeks, the content here has been a little sparse lately. Well, the cold is just about gone and the work hours seem to be letting up just a bit so I’m going to try and get this bus back on a more consistent schedule. There’s been a lot of great music and news coming through my inbox, new Action Painters, Adam & Dave’s Bloodline‘s hot new record, new Speck Mountain,new Pink Mountaintops, a new EP from I Am The Heat, The Sleepwalking Through The Mekong Soundtrack from Dengue Fever, Missing Palmer West‘s amazing new record to name but a few and so much, much more. Thanks to everyone who’s been sending stuff, I’ve been listening to it all and hopefully can carve out the time to bring a lot more of it here soon.  Also, watch for a new artistic feature coming soon from our friend Melinda The Martian, creator of those ultra cool Canadian Invasion videos. (Mel, if you’re reading, sorry, I still owe you an email reply)

Be sure to try and catch some of the Bag Of Songs sponsored live events coming up soon. This Sunday April 26th at The M Room, it’s Jesse Leyh bringing a special stripped down solo version of In Grenada, along with indie-psych-popsters Lima Research Society and the power pop awesomeness of Meyerman. On Sunday May 10th it’s back to the M Room when Village Green Productions and Bag Of Songs bring you Minneapolis’ Halloween, Alaska along with Philly’s Missing Palmer West and more TBA. On Thursday May 21st it’s Bag Of Songs vs The Broken Bell vs Girl About Town in The Battle Of The Blogs at the North Star Bar where each blog brings you a band, and the audience decides a winner for the night. The Shots will be representing Bag Of Songs, River City Extension representing The Broken Bell and The Robes will be dishing it out for Girl About Town.

If you’re in a band,especially local Philly area artists, and want to be considered for future BOS events make sure I have your music and some contact info. If you want to send me something the info is over on the right sidebar or you can email me at

Here’s a few tunes to start off your weekend :
In Grenada – Beating Heart(DEMO)
Lima Research Society – Giant Moth – The Beauty Of Things
Buy Don’t Give Up Don’t Get Down

Speck Mountain – I Feel Eternal
Buy Some Sweet Relief
Dengue Fever -March Of The Balloon Animals
Buy Sleepwalking Through The Mekon
The Lemon Treasures – Spaghetti
Buy Mama Bear
Pink Mountaintops -While We Were Dreaming
Buy Outside Love
Action Painters – Supermarket
More Action Painters – Catch them live @ the North Star Bar Tomorrow Sat 4/25 w/ East Hundred

New Music : Lima Research Society

April 12, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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Even though I get out see well over 200 bands in a year somehow Lima Research Society still managed to skirt under my radar the past couple years that they’ve been out and playing around The Philadelphia/New Jersey/Northeastern US area.  And, had they not recently sent me a copy of their excellent debut full length album Don’t Give Up Don’t Get Down  they might sadly still be there. Their addictive sound is a potpourri of influences from soft folk, to prog rock musical acrobatics, to trippy psychedelica, to new wave dance and all points in between.  Often drawing comparisons to bands like Flaming Lips, they may be in the same genre, but are decidedly tracking their own original path.

In a very cool and artistic move, the first 100 copies of Don’t Give Up Don’t Get Down  were released as 2 separate 50-piece hand-painted murals, pictured here. Get a copy while you can.

Lima Research Society – Giant Moth – The Beauty of Things
Lima Research Society – NewtLife
Buy Don’t Give Up Don’t Get Down

Lima Research Society:
Head Researcher Lima – main vocals, guitar, drums, programming
Researcher Ellen – bass, keyboards, vocals
Researcher Michael – guitar, keyboards, programming, vocals

Upcoming Shows:
Apr 17 2009 Trinity College w/ Math!! Hartford, CT
May 23 2009 Greenwoodstock 2009 w/ Math! Greenwood, DE
May 26 2009 AS220 w/ Math! Providence, RI
May 27 2009 The Lilypad w/ Math! Cambridge, MA
May 28 2009 Danger Danger Gallery w/ Math! Philadelphia, PA
May 29 2009 The Hexagon w/ Math! Baltimore, MD