Thursday, December 31, 2009

Cherry Bomb's Guest Appearance on Mellow Madness

As you may have read a few weeks back, Sara and Leah of Cherry Bomb did a guest spot on WRIR 97.3 FM's Sunday afternoon show, Mellow Madness hosted by Mike Murphy. We played a mix of ye-ye, garage, and freakbeat records and had quite a fine time doing so. The podcast is available at, and see our playlist here.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Leah's Pick of the Week

The Rovin' Flames, 1966

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Sara's Pick of the Week

I'm Bedazzled!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

The Cherry Bomb Holiday Office Party got snowed out.

There's somewhere between 6 inches and a foot of snow in Richmond. Sadly, but wisely, we're not gonna be playing music at The Nile tonight. These are two of the songs I had hoped to work into my set. My aim was to play Simon Says by Pharoah Monche first and figure out how to transition to Babydoll by The Fratellis to end the set. Simon Says is one of my favorites of all time. Possibly Top 10. Babydoll was just released in 2009, but with time, may prove to be an all time favorite. Both of these give me a fit of the grins.
Simon Says by Pharoah Monche

Babydoll by The Fratellis

Friday, December 18, 2009

Sarah's Fall/Winter Mix

The snow just started falling in Richmond and it sounds like we're getting a lot of it!
My favorite part of snow storms: hibernating inside with movies, music and lots of blankets. Here is a soundtrack to play while watching the snow fall (I'm testing it out now and so far, so good.) Enjoy!

[1] port o'brien - my will is good
[2] here we go magic - fangala
[3] le loup - neahkahnie
[4] white antelope - wild mountain thyme
[5] eternal summers - lightswitch
[6] best coast - sun was high (so was i)
[7] forest fire - fortune teller
[8] wild beasts - all the king's men
[9] the diamond center - dos fridas
[10] woods - rain on radio
[11] phosphorescent - wolves
[12] the middle east - blood
[13] sharon van etten - it's not like
[14] ola podrida - donkey
[15] yo la tengo - nothing to hide
[16] lou barlow - too much freedom
[17] molina and johnson - almost let you in
[18] beirut - a sunday smile

< previous mix :: summer 2009

This Sunday on WRIR

Too cold and tired to leave your house after partying down with us Cherry Bomb girls at The Nile on Saturday night? Snowed in and looking for something extra to warm up your ears? Just can't get enough of all those groovy tunes??

Never fear: Leah and Sara have the cure for any winter blues that may ail you this Sunday when we guest DJ on WRIR's Mellow Madness from 1-3pm, 97.3 fm or streaming live on!

Don't forget to tune in!!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Sara's Pick of the Week

I love Billy Nicholls and I love this video!

If you like the orchestral pop/psych of the Beach Boys Pet Sounds, I'm almost positive you'll like the album Would You Believe, home to this song.

Word is that Billy Nicholls was originally hired by Andrew Loog Oldham as a staff writer for his label, Immediate Records. Oldham was so entranced by the Beach Boys' 1966 album, Pet Sounds, that he enlisted Nicholls to record a British response, which became this largely forgotten album. Would You Believe of course never achieved the Pet Sounds status Oldham wanted; after the label ran into financial difficulties, it was shelved after a promotional run of just 100 pressings.
The Small Faces' Steve Marriott and Ronnie Lane provide backing vocals and instruments, as well as bass parts from John Paul Jones.

Here's your London Social Degree (ahem, LSD): we're going back to the Swinging Sixties!!!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Thank You!

In short our holiday charity event was a blast and thanks to all who helped us make it such a darn swell time and smashing success. There will be more events likes this from Cherry Bomb in the future so be on the look out for another one around April.

This one will be called RV YAY! (Records, Vendors, Art)

Cherry Bomb's Holiday Office Party!

Join the ladies of Cherry Bomb THIS SATURDAY NIGHT for a night of music, dancing, mistletoe, bad office party favors, and good cheer at our Holiday Office Party! Come dressed in your favorite work-appropriate attire and groove to sounds from the Cherry Bomb ladies' record collections.

Also, be sure to come out and wish Leah well for her move to DC!

This is sure to be one Office Party you won't want to miss, so see you all at The Nile!!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Kennelmus - Think For Yourself

I just love this song.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Una Sull' Altra (a Licio Fulci movie)

Just picked up this soundtrack. Hubba hubba doesn't begin to do it justice. The music is by Riz Ortolani and this reissue LP on Dagored isn't just a sexy gatefold with a full color catalog of the label inserted in... there is a movie poster included too. Why aren't all reissues done this well? (And pressed on heavy wax too boot!)

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Leah's Bonus Pick of the Week

I'm calling it a bonus, as it's not really a song. I just love Jane Birkin, record players, baths, and people in love.

Friday, November 27, 2009

For your downloading pleasure

Check out the garage-heavy mix I made for the fantastically en-pointe, Philadelphia-based dating blog, Shmitten Kitten.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Leah's Pick of the Week - take 2

I'm having a Gunilla Thorn evening. Tonight, when I went searching for the video for "Go On Then" (which appears to have been deleted, as has the video for "Merry Go Round") I was delighted to see somebody had uploaded a clip of my favorite Nilla song, "Jealous Woman." Dig it while you can!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

cherry bomb presents: holiday rock 'n' shop

get your holiday gifts the smart and sassy way:
by supporting your local artists, crafters and record-sellers!
listen to the cherry bomb girls for 6 hours of awesome!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Leah's Pick of the Week - take 2

Rainy Day Playlist

It's raining. And dark. And cold. These kept me warm and inspired whilst I attempted to clear my long assignment list when all I wanted to do is get back under the covers.
  • Snow Patrol: Late Night Tales...not what you'd expect if you didn't know Snow Patrol apart from Chasing Cars, Signal Fire or Run. All these are beautiful songs, but there's so , so much more. Snow Patrol, or in this case Gary Lightbody and Tom Simpson, know what time it is. This compilation is a chill, warm, groove. Liner notes from Bill Brewster.
  • Mike Watt: Ball Hog or Tugboat...yeah!
  • 3rd Bass: The Cactus Revisited...yeah!
  • Dusty Springfield: Dusty in Memphis...oooh yeah...
As inspired by Late Night Tales, I wanted to listen to A Tribe Called Quest's Midnight Marauders, but I couldn't find it-my darkest secret is that all my music is no longer in alphabetical order.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

So many rights about this...Alice Cooper 1971

From the pitchfork, leotard and tights combo, to the silver jumpsuits, to the hypnotizing scene in the electric chair. And don't get me started on the much great hair!!!!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Leah's Pick of the Week

This isn't one you're likely to hear me play at a Cherry Bomb event, but I chose it as my POTW as an homage to a passion from my "other" life: salsa music and dancing! This 1965 Peruvian release makes me lose. my. MIND on the dance floor. There isn't much going on in the video, so feel free to open a new window to browse while this tune floods your veins with the urge to get up and move!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

vilkas's pick of the week

The first video is apparently the official video for Kylie Minogue's song off her 2008 album, X. The second is titled official also, but is probably not, but is still totally sweet. The shszhing, the percussion, the loops, the layering - damn girl.

Friday, November 6, 2009

If you're not doing anything this evening, I'd suggest checking out the Richmond Zine Fest at Gallery 5.

It features tons of free workshops, music, readings, underground publishing and art, and yours truly on the turntables.

It's also First Friday, which means lots of walking around to other open galleries to see art. And did I mention it's all free?

Thursday, November 5, 2009

All you need to know about this event beyond the great music we will be playing (lots music from or inspired by Spy film soundtracks) is that each of us will be dressing up in our best spy femme fatale outfits and we hope all those who attend consider dressing up for the occasion too.

Not sure what to wear? Think classic Bond films, campy 60's spy movies, Get Smart, Mod Squad, The Avengers (UK TV show), Austin Powers...and if you are still stumped check out an episode or two of Mad Men. Dapper will do!

And in the spirit of an event that is women spies of TV and Film inspired here is a video of Agent 99 from Get Smart that features great pictures of her plus the music from a 45 record she recorded that is most collectible and cool!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Sara's Pick of the Week: Jonathan Halper, Mystery Man of Music

Perhaps this is cheating a bit, since the music I am about to share cannot be tracked down to own (more on that later) - not in any official format, that is.
But no matter; music is our main focus here and it's what Cherry Bomb is all about, so here it is: this is the soundtrack to a six-minute short film by Kenneth Anger that sends out little glowing hearts from my ears, and it's only two songs.

(Embedding is disabled for this youtube video, but seriously - Watch This.)

A brief bit about the film first:
A result of the unfinished work "Puce Women," Puce Moment opens with a display of shimmering 1920's flapper-style dresses, pulled out one by one and shaken slightly as if to indulge in the shining beauty of each object. The scene thus follows a young woman in her boudoir as she wistfully enjoys her glamour in solitude, floating and dreaming until we see her all made up and triumphant - taking a group of dogs out for a walk.

This film is from 1949, but the subject matter of glamour and decadence in Old Hollywood - that of the 1920s and '30s - is one Anger tackles throughout his work. So brings us to the music Anger chose for this film, two songs titled "Leaving My Old Life Behind," and "I Am A Hermit" by a man named Jonathan Halper.

His name is virtually all anyone knows with any certainty.

When you hear these songs in the film, it is extremely difficult to believe that they were made in the 1940s. The folksy sound and the psychedelic backwards-tape effect of the guitar generally lead to speculation that these were tracks recorded in the 1960s and later added to the master film, which originally featured a classical soundtrack, but again - there's just really no known facts to pin anything down.

Some postulate that the name "Jonathan Halper" could have been a pseudonym for a more well-known musician, choosing for whatever reason to remain anonymous. Then there's a theory that Jonathan Halper was a real man who became a monk shortly after completing this recording.
And on the WFMU blog, someone left this cryptic remark in the comments:


Um, OK...?

Anyway, regardless of the true story of his identity, the words of Jonathan Halper's song "I Am A Hermit" seem to ring true indeed.
We may never know anything more of the man behind these tracks, but they are nothing less than beautiful and haunting.

The songs can also be found here.

my life is now maybe complete:

The Roots, on The Jimmy Fallon Show, just covered Belle and Sebastian.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Talia's Pick of the Week

When I was in ninth grade, the coolest girl I knew, who was also a senior, told me that I couldn't listen to anyone cooler than Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. So I ran out and bought Orange, and I've been in love with them ever since. Occasionally I'll forget about this love, and something will remind me and bring it all back. This video just brought it back, super strong! Also, if you've ever seen the Run DMC/Aerosmith "Walk This Way" music video (which I think, probably everyone who has a tv has seen), you'll appreciate this.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Leah's Pick of the Week

Neal Ford & the Fanatics - Shame On You

Those who have attended our Cherry Bomb dance nights might recognize this record, as it rarely leaves my regular rotation. Written in 1965, this threatening, menacing garage ditty is the ultimate breakup song; and the swirling solo during the bridge is appropriately spooky for this Halloween holiday.


Sunday, October 25, 2009

Sound of Music | Central Station Antwerp, Belgium

The Sound Of Music is one of my top 10 all-time favorite movies. I love the songs. And I love this flashmob performance-it's only fitting for Belgium that the song breaks out into a techno version midway through. Just Delightful.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Muse: The Resistance

Since I bought the new Muse album, The Resistance, it has not left my CD player. Has it been a month already? Its's soaring, histrionic, overwrought, complex, rockin', symphonic and pretty much the best thing ever.


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Leah's Pick of the Week

Then meets now! I just love this band - Os Haxixins from Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Holiday Rock and Shop

Cherry Bomb presents Richmond's first Rock and Shop! If you aren't familiar with the term it means we are offering the coolest shopping experience possible by handpicking local vendors to sell their wares (crafts, clothes, jewelry, records...) on both floors of Gallery 5 while we DJ great music all afternoon long. (different Cherry Bomb DJs on each floor!)

Mark your calendars!
December 6, 2009
12pm until 6pm @ Gallery 5, 200 W. Marshall Street, Richmond, VA 23220

To apply for a table and be a vendor at our event please go to this link.

PS: The money we raise from this event will go towards helping Gallery 5 fix their leaky roof as well as the Fan Free Clinic. Not only will this be a great time but the money will go towards not one but two great community causes.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Next Cherry Bomb Event : Just 3 Of Us This Time

Cherry Bomb will be spinning records in between bands. Lots of lady rock will be spun at this event; from the legends of GRRRL rock to the more obscure girl bands spanning multiple decades and countries.

Where: Gallery 5 in RVA
When: This Friday 10/16/2009
Cost - $7

Doors are are at 7PM

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Cherry Bomb!

Who we are : Six ladies who love music and also collect records.

What we do: We DJ mostly records - all genres and decades.

Where we do it: We are from Richmond, VA but are looking to DJ in other cities too.

When we do it: We DJ in Richmond, VA pretty month monthly...usually as a whole group but occasionally just a few of us.