5 On A Friday : DOH ! I Forgot To Get Stamps…

May 8, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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Here’s a feature we haven’t done in quite a while, it’s 5 On A Friday in honor of the new Simpsons postage stamps released yesterday. Stop by the USPS site to vote for your favorite Simpson and register to win an autographed Matt Groening limited edition Poster. And remember to get those Mother’s Day cards in the mail by tomorrow because on Monday May 11th you’ll pay the penalty in more ways the one as the cost of a first class stamp goes up from 42 cents to 44 cents, not to mention what your mother will say if she gets a card with postage due.

1:The Marvelettes – Please Mr Postman
Buy Hitsville USA
2:Murder Mystery – Baby, You Can Write Me A Letter
Buy Are You Ready For The Heartache, Cause Here It Comes
3:The Sinceros – My Little Letter
Buy The Sound Of Sunbathing
4:Wilco – Box Full Of Letters
Buy AM
5:Miranda Lambert – Love Letters
Buy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Brand New Music From Murder Mystery

January 9, 2009 by · 1 Comment
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Some brand new music today from BOS favorites Murder Mystery. They turned in an excellent set at our inaugural Bag of Songs Night at The M Room in Philadelphia last April, and their debut record Are You Ready for the Heartache Cause Here It Comes is a cool blend of fifties sock hop, new wave dance music and modern indie rock. A sound that this new song refines even further into their own unique territory. Check it out, and if you’re in New York City at the moment be sure catch them playing live tonight at The Mercury Lounge.

Murder Mystery – The World

Upcoming Shows
Jan 9 The Mercury Lounge, New York with The Kiss Off,Medium Cool,Honor By August, & Hot Seconds
Feb 12 Club NME at The Annex, New York


5 On A Friday : Better Late Than Never

September 13, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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Sorry for the lack of posts this week, it’s been a bit too busy around here with non blog related things. Better late than never, or so the saying goes, so a bit late today, here’s this week’s 5 On A Friday for you.

1: World Party – Is It Too Late ?
Buy Best In Show
2: Lindsey Buckingham – Not Too Late
Buy Under The Skin
3: Murder Mystery – Sooner Or Later
Buy Are You Ready For The Heartache…
4: Carole King – It’s Too Late
Buy Tapestry
5: Jackson Browne – Late For The Sky

Buy Late For The Sky

BOS Presents : The Shots,Murder Mystery,Thinking Machines, Canadian Invasion PLUS A CD Giveaway !

April 19, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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The M Room in Phildelphia is where you need to be tomorrow night to catch the first “Bag Of Songs Presents” night. Here’s a little preview of what you have in store, plus, read all they way down for info on a CD giveaway !

The Shots:
Colt Morris – Vocals, Bass
Alex Blyskun – Guitar
Marcos Zerpa – Drums

Why you need to see The Shots : Ever say to yourself I wish I could have seen Led Zeppelin in 1969,or The Who Live At Leeds,or U2 in small club,or [insert your most lamented “I wish I saw them when”, musical regret here]. Well don’t blow it again. Your time is NOW to see The Shots delivering their amazing show in small venue.

The Shots – Do Me Wrong
More at [MYSPACE]

Murder Mystery:
Jeremy Coleman: Lead Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards
Laura Coleman: Drums, Vocals
Adam Fels: Bass, Vocals
Graham Roberts: Guitar, Vocals

Making their Philadelphia debut is Murder Mystery who released their album Are You Ready For The Heartache Cause Here It Comes in the fall of 2007 and have been garnering non stop accolades ever since. Bring your dancing shoes because their retro meets indie grooves will have you jumping around like you’re at a fifties sock hop.

Murder Mystery – Love Astronaut
Buy Are You Ready For The Heartache Cause Here It Comes

Thinking Machines:
Cody Brown
Marcus Epler
Sean Wolfe

This essentially the cd release party for The Thinking Machines who released their excellent A Complete Record of Urban Archaeology in early 2008. A rhythmic guitar driven record that translates exceptionally well into a powerful live show. Think something along the lines of Fugazi meets Gang of Four, or The Constantines and you’ll have an idea of what they’re all about.

Thinking Machines – Return To Red Sun
Buy A Complete Record of Urban Archaeology

Canadian Invasion:
Andy Canadian – vocals, guitar
Jim Foley – bass
Eric Miller – guitar
George Groves – drums
Chris Morita – guitar, vocals

Canadian Invasion holed up at Philadelphia’s Miner Street Studios with the amazing production team of Brian McTear and Amy Morrisey to record the followup to their Songs For The Atco Ghost and recorded what is currently one of the best unreleased records of 2008 in Three Cheers For The Invisible Hand, a jangly, harmony laden, lyric rich gem of a power pop record.

Canadian Invasion – Juvenilia
More at [MYSPACE]

GIVEAWAY : You can’t buy their album yet, but I have five copies to give away of a special limited edition 3 song sampler CD from Canadian Invasion‘s Three Cheers For The Invisible Hand. All you need to do to win is leave a comment or send an email to bagofsongs@gmail.com with “CI Contest” in the subject line. I’ll pick five random winners on Tuesday April 22, so don’t waste any time, get those entries in now.

Bag Of Songs Presents : The Shots, Murder Mystery, Thinking Machines, and Canadian Invasion – Sunday April 20th @ The M Room

March 29, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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Mark your calendar now for Sunday April 20th and be sure to head on out to the inaugural Bag Of Songs Presents night at Philadelphia’s M Room. Featuring three of Philly’s finest bands The Shots, Thinking Machines and Canadian Invasion along the with what I’m pretty sure will be the Philadelphia debut of New York City’s Murder Mystery. A guaranteed night of great music and fun. See you all there.

5 On A Friday : Back to Work

January 4, 2008 by · 2 Comments
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Man where did those holidays go, it was a short week for me this week but it still dragged on forever. Back to the work,work,work a day world for a while. Hey, but like broken hearts and too many empty whiskey bottles it inspires a lot of good tunes, here’s a mere five.

Have a great first weekend of 2008 everyone!

1: Elvis Costello – Welcome To The Working Week
Buy My Aim Is True
2: Murder Mystery – Cold Hard Workin’ Man
Buy are you ready for the heartache cause here it comes
3: Golden Dogs – Construction Worker
Buy Big Eye Little Eye
4: Expecting Rain – My Gift To The Workers Who Won WWII
Download Saint Cecilia Sound System
5: Lynyrd Skynyrd – Workin’ For MCA
Buy Thyrty

Solving A Murder Mystery

September 11, 2007 by · 1 Comment
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Imagine if you will the scene, a high school gymnasium, plenty of crepe paper all around, a handpainted sign that says “Welcome to The Prom, 1957”. Off in the corner on a small stage is a four piece band banging out the songs that have the kids up and dancing from the word go.
Now flash forward fifty years, in the corner on a small stage in a coffee shop that same exact band is playing the same exact songs and all the indie-kid caffeine junkies are loving every second of it.
That band is Murder Mystery, defining a sound that I can best describe as retro-indie. Snappy snare based drumming, lots of hand claps, poppy danceable bass lines and clean efficient guitar playing, fronted by a voice that falls somewhere between Stephin Merritt(Magnetic Fields) and Gordon Gano(Violent Femmes).
Their new album Are You Ready for the Heartache Cause Here it Comes was co-produced by J.P. Bowersock(Ryan Adams And The Cardinals,The Strokes) and is chock full of catchy boy-girl-love songs that will have you humming along, if not dancing along, at the first listen.

Murder Mystery is from New York City and is Jeremy Coleman(vocals, guitar), Adam Fels(bass,vocals) Jeremy’s tap dancer turned drummer sister, Laura Coleman(drums,vocals) and Kevin Jaszek(guitar,vocals).

MP3: Murder Mystery – In A Sentimental Mood
MP3: Murder Mystery – What My Baby Said

Buy Are You Ready For The Heartache Cause Here It Comes