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All summer long we've invited some of our favorite bands and their fans by Baeblemusic's West Village Abode to cram into our suburban cool basement for a little music, some ice cold drinks, and whatever shenanigans that follow as a result of mixing the two (spin the bottle? 7 minutes in heaven? Ehh, probably not...). In our latest edition of our Bands and Brews Sessions, we threw back dark and murky cocktails courtesy of Kraken Black Spiced Rum and listened to bright and billowy sounds both new and old from some of our favorite piano-popsters, Jukebox The Ghost. In addition to playing a selection of 'golden oldies', the amicable trio gave our gathering a rather exclusive preview of new material from their new self-titled LP. It was an intimate gathering with a superb band. Have a look at the glowing new session below.

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- Hello everybody at the party, let's bring it in.
I want your eyes to turn I need it, I want it
I want somebody baby
- So it's time to party, right? All right.
Cause I'm walkin' on the street They only slam anymore
Like we're pullin' out teeth If I could just see your eyes
Just above his shoulder
And you were scanning the skies for me
I dreamt like you were some long forgotten soldier
Like I was someone that you cared for
I want it, I need it
I want it, I need it, I want somebody
I want it, I need it, I want your eyes to turn
I need it, I want it, I want somebody, baby
Now this is my turn
I dont want any more heartbreak
I'm tired of the sound it makes
Like trying to shut out the dark at night
You close your eyes but it won't erase
And you were walking beside
Some other persons shadow
And it was more than I could take
I wouldn't see what I couldnt know
That there might be somebody after me
Ohhh I want it I need it
I want it, I need it, I want somebody
I want it, I need it, I want your eyes to turn
I need it, I want it, I want somebody, baby
Now this is my turn
I need that new vacation
Where nothing thats spoken is known
Let the winter be my station
I'll let the cold teach me what to know
That there might be somebody after me
Ohhh I want it, I need it I want it
I want it, I need it
I want it, I need it, I want somebody
I want it, I need it, I want your eyes to turn
I need it, I want it, I want somebody, baby
Now this is my turn
- Thank you, America.
We have been in hibernation in 2014 for the most part, because we've been working on a new record.
And if you all don't mind, we would like to play a few songs from that record.
This one's called "Made For Ending.
" Starts with a phone call
And I asked if you'd been crying
And you denied it
But I could tell just from your breathing
That's how it all starts That's how it all starts
As for the mending I think we shouldn't even bother
Let's make it simple Let's make it easy on each other
I should've known Right from the start
we were made for ending
I should've known
Right from the start that we were made for ending
We talked it over
We talked until we couldn't speak
Let's make it simple
We don't need the time to think
It over
Let's make it easy on each other Let's make it simple
I think we shouldn't even bother
I should've known Right from the start
we were made for ending
I shoulda known Right from the start that we were made for ending
Let's call it off
No use in making up let's stop pretending
I should've known
Right from the start that we were made for ending
We gave it our best But we brought out our worst
So when the world starts crumbling
And walls start tumbling down
Maybe we'll both be better Both be better off
I shoulda known that we were made for ending
Made for ending
I should've known
Right from the start that we were made for ending
I should've known
Right from the start that we were made for ending
Let's call it off
No use in making up Let's stop pretending
I should've known
Right from the start that we were made for ending - Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you.
So we're going to do another new song.
About the dying art of writing postcards.
I don't want you to feel broken
I just want you to feel good
Let's put away all those past indescretions, let it go
Do you think you could?
I just want you to feel happy
I just want you to be glad
So that every time you wake up
You're not thinking there's someone
trying to set you back
Well but I did But I did
You keep me waiting, flower
I'll just wait here until you decide to come back to town
You don't call, that's all right you sent me a postcard
You sent me a postcard
You sent me a postcard
Yeah you dream what you have to
Work out the secrets you have
Kiss them all in a dream light Don't tell me
I won't ask
I just want you to feel happy I jus want you to be glad
So that every time you wake up You're not thinking there's someone
Trying to set you back
Well but I did But I did
You keep me waiting, flower
I'll just wait here until you decide to come back to town
You don't call, that's all right you sent me a postcard
You sent me a postcard
You sent me a postcard
Oh lives and love in oh that dream light it is killing me
I can't be next to you without thinking what you're thinking
Do I just hang on your words and read between the lines?
Cause you sent me a postcard
You sent me a postcard
Well but I did But I did
You keep me waiting, flower
I'll just wait here until you decide to come back to town
But I did, good I did just to be a child
Oh I don't mind as long as you keep coming back around
You don't call, that's all right you sent me a postcard
You sent me a postcard
You sent me a postcard
- But this next song we're gonna, Tommy I'm talking! - I'm tuning for you.
- Just want to make it awkward for everybody.
- You're the one who had the make the song in F-sharp man.
- I'm really sorry.
Did anybody worry that I was actually mad for a second? Was there any, like, moment of panic aside from Tommy? - I did.
- Did you? No, I think this is going to be the record for us where we start fighting on stage.
It worked for Oasis, so I figure it can't hurt.
So this is a new song called "The Great Unknown.
" Walking through the heavy light
The streets are empty and you don't feel right
You didn't want to let yourself down
So don't be scared to get out
There's 1, 000 voices saying the time is now
So let go you're on your own
There's nothin' waitin' for ya There's nothin' waitin' for ya
So let go of the ones you know
There's nothin' waitin' for ya In the great unknown
The great unknown
Keep your head up don't take your eyes off the road
No you're never gonna change by doin' what you're told
You don't wanna let yourself down
So don't be scared to stand out
There's 1, 000 voices saying the time is now
So let go you're on your own
There's nothin' waitin' for ya there's nothin' waitin' for ya
So let go of the ones you know
There's nothin' waitin' for ya In the great unknown
The great unknown
The great unknown
In the great unknown
The great unknown The great unknown
The time is now So let go
You're on your own There's nothin' waitin' for ya
There's nothin' waitin' for ya
So let go of the ones you know
There's nothin' waitin' for ya in the great unknown
So let go the ones you know
There's nothin' waitin' for ya There's nothin' waitin' for ya
So let go of the ones you know
There's nothin' waitin' for ya in the great unknown
- All right we're going to play just one more new one, and then we'll get back to the golden oldies you all know so well from our greatest hits.
Seems like many years ago Strange how you can never know
who's going to stay with you and who will leave
Do you remember me? Do you remember me?
We walk through the park, at night
Gazing up at all the satellites and city made it hard to see
Do you remember me? Do you remember me?
On that night, long ago walking down the roads
that we used to know
You said let's take it slow let's take the long way home
Let's take the long way home
One day further down the road children of your own
If I pass by you on a busy street Will you remember me?
Will you remember me?
That night, long ago, walkin' down the roads
that we used to know You said let's take it slow
Let's take the long way home
Let's take the long way home
One day down the road you'll find Everything you kept inside
Caught beneath the ocean searching for a sign of life
One day down the road you'll find something that you kept inside
Caught beneath the ocean one of us is still alive
On that night Long ago
Walkin' down the roads that we used to know
You said, let's take it slow let's take the long way home
Let's take the long way home
- Well thanks to Baeble for having us, it's been a pleasure.
Once again, we are Jukebox The Ghost from here.
I think that I would like To invite everyone I've known
Dead and alive To a street where we can be
Finally free
Well, they would come in droves Wearing their hearts
on their sleeves, but oh How good it felt to
have them worn Just like they should
And everybody here wants to know
Did everybody say what a good day that it was
For everybody here who said what a good day it was?
Did they smile 'cause they like it, Did they smile 'cause they like it,
Did they? Whoa.
Suddenly, we all got young Running circles around ourselves
Just for fun And oh, how good it felt
To be young and loved And feel it in our bones
And everybody here wants to know
Did everybody say what a good day that it was
For everybody here who said what a good day it was?
Did they smile 'cause they like it, Did they smile 'cause they like it,
Did they? Whoa.
Did everybody say what a good day that it was
For everybody here who said what a good day it was?
Did they smile 'cause they like it, Did they smile 'cause they like it,
Did they? Whoa.
We go there when we're in trouble
We got old and old age made us humble
You and I are alone
That it felt like this, we were never told
That it felt like this we were never told
And it scares us bad so we'll have to be bold
But there's still one thing that we need to know.
Did everybody say what a good day that it was
For everybody here who said what a good day it was?
Did they smile 'cause they like it, Did they smile 'cause they like it,
Did they? Whoa.
Did everybody say what a good day that it was
For everybody here who said what a good day it was?
Did they smile 'cause they like it, Did they smile 'cause they like it,
Did they? Whoa.
Did everybody say what a good day that it was
For everybody here who said what a good day it was?
Did they smile 'cause they like it, Did they smile 'cause they like it,
Did they? Whoa.
Did everybody say what a good day that it was
For everybody here who said what a good day it was?
Did they smile 'cause they like it, Did they smile 'cause they like it,
Did they? Whoa.
Did everybody say what a good day that it was
For everybody here who said what a good day it was?
Did they smile 'cause they like it, Did they smile 'cause they like it,
Did they? Whoa.
Did everybody say what a good day that it was
For everybody here who said what a good day it was?
Did they smile 'cause they like it, Did they smile 'cause they like it,
Did they? Whoa.
- Thank yall so much.
Thanks to Baeble.
You're excellent people.
Thank you for the dog that drank water.
Have a great night!

Artist Bio

The appeal of a modern, on the rise indie band like Jukebox the Ghost is simple: They write catchy songs. On top of that, they're dynamic, skilled musicians. The band's records are carefully structured, yet wildly diverse affairs. And the live show? Energetic, crowd-pleasing, cathartic.

The Philly trio's new album, produced by Peter Katis (Interpol, The National) and set for release this fall on Yep Roc, highlights all of these elements over 11 tracks, each one leaving its own unique sonic footprint. But constructing and arranging the songs to their full potential took years of preparation, both on the road and in all of the basements, houses, hotel rooms and studios where the songs were born.

Since their 2008 debut, Let Live and Let Ghosts, a sunny, piano-led explosion of pop exuberance, JTG has logged hundreds of shows and thousands of hours on tour - all of which helped the guys develop the patience and perspective needed to deliver a more intricate and serious second record.

Originally formed during college in Washington D.C., Jukebox the Ghost (the name's an amalgam of Captain Beefheart and Nabakov references) won accolades for that first record, Let Live and Let Ghosts, which Spin called "a refreshing reminder that the lighthearted electricity of a fantastic pop song is still filled with live wires." The band - Thornewill, Siegel and drummer Jesse Kristin - jelled quickly, despite their disparate musical backgrounds in everything from classical piano to prog to indie to 80s Brit-pop. Collectively, the group delivered an unabashedly upbeat, playful sound with a sly dark streak (see: the aforementioned apocalyptic lyrics).

With new songs and a new direction in hand, JTG plan to spend the next year on the road, hopefully matching the 300+ shows the band did between albums one and two.

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