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We're delighted to welcome Mark Hughson (some of you might know him as Bort) back to the Jersey Beat family as our new electronic-music columnist. Mark will be writing about everything from Krautrock to synthpop to experimental sounds. In his first column, Mark reviews new releases from Faust, Ohmslice, Der Plan, and Nrvs Lvrs.
Read his column here...

The Artist: Brian Mackey
The Album: "Learn To Be" EP
The Video:
"Learn To Be"
Director: Caro Patlis
Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/brianmackeymusic

 


Photo by Paul Silver

Vince Lombardi High School was the nickname of a beloved SoCal DIY space that recently had to close. Paul Silver was at the final show, dubbed the VLHS Graduation. See his report and photos here...


Load up your summer listening list by digging into Paul's new reviews, which include releases from Eating Club, Cheap Whine, Marvelous Mark, Humble Fire, Bad Cop/Bad Cop, Frenzal Rhomb, The Fur Coats, Kamikaze Girls, Kuken, Lost Balloons, Medical Maps, Micah Schnabel, Needles//Pins, Rayner, Suicide Generation, Violence Creeps, Vista Blue, Walk The Plank, Wood Chickens, and WV White.

Read Paul's column here...

Jersey Beat is proud to premiere the video for “Eating Club,” the first single from Eating Club’s new self-titled album. Eating Club is the alter ego of Alex Bortnichak, also of Sparta Philharmonic. Bortnichak plays most of the instruments and provides the vocals for most of the tracks on the new LP, and is joined on others by a host of talented musicians. This lead single is dreamy, yet dark and gritty, and the video has visuals that communicate the same feeling. Rosa Bonilla provides additional vocals. Eating Club will be released on July 14th. - Paul Silver

The Band: Eating Club
The Album:
Eating Club
The Video:
"Eating Club"
Bandcamp:
http://eatingclub.bandcamp.com
Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/eatingclubmusic



Keep up with the Hardcore scene as James Damion of United By Rocket Science blog brings his unique understanding of punk, hardcore, and rock to Jersey Beat with this column. James reviews new EP's from DC Disorder, DARE, Abuse Of Power, and Aggression Pact, and then interviews Scary Stories, an exciting new band composed of New Jersey punk scene veterans. Also read his interview with Brian Musikoff, long a mainstay in the Hoboken music scene, about his decision to move to Seattle and how he finds his new hometown.

Read James' column here...






Reviews by Joe Wawrzyniak


Joe wades into summer with reviews of new albums from Arrica Rose, venerable Jersey journeyman singer/songwriter Richard X. Heyman, Joe Billy, Andy Frasco & the UN, and Rob Jennings.

Read his review here...

You might remember Mike Flannery from his partnership with Tim Fite in Little T & One Track Mike from the early '00's. Nowadays he goes by Mr. Flannery, and his new album Try Your Hardest on Rhyme & Reason Records combines a Ween-like eclecticism with the lysergic whimsy of early Flaming Lips. You'll sing, you'll dance, you'll bang your head, and on this first single and video, you'll be warmly welcomed into the world of Mr. Flannery & His Friends.

The Band: Mr. Flannery & His Friends
The Album:
Try Your Hardest
The Video:
"Hymn Of The Isolated Artist"
Video Release show: Thursday, July 13 at Piano's NYC
https://www.facebook.com/events/2319509948273502
Bandcamp:
https://mrflannery.bandcamp.com/
Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/mrflanneryandhisfeelings

Leslie Snyder reviews new releases from Jenny & The Felines, Jake Tavill, King James & The Special Men, Jupiter In Velvet, Stutter Steps, Bodies Of Water, and Jake & The Growlers.

Read Leslie's reviews here...


 

The Band: ex-mothers, Brooklyn NY
The Album:
Strange Fortune
The Video:
"Neon Drones"
Director:
Tek Ken Siu (http://tekkensiu.com/)
Video Release show: Sunday, June 25 at Cobra Club - https://www.facebook.com/events/1949262471997144/
Bandcamp:
https://exmothersband.bandcamp.com/
Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/exmothers/

Joe reviews the latest Omnivore reissue from Game Theory, Two Steps From The Middle Ages. Joe writes, "While it’s a joy to see this overlooked gem of an album get the loving Omnivore Records reissue treatment, it also hits you that this will be the final installment of the series and serves to remind us that we’ll never get new music again from Scott Miller, who passed away in 2013."

Read his review here...

 


Rich raves about the debut EP from NJ/Philly punk powerhouse Erotic Novels and samples the mindblowing debut of Fat Dukes Of Fuck, which includes punk legends like Dale Crover and David Yow in the mix. Rich also reviews the comeback single of 90's punks Ann Beretta, catchy punk from NJ's Nervous Triggers, and the "sad music for sad people" from NJ's Tru.

Read Rich's column here....

For your summer reading, editor Jim Testa recommends the humorous yet scary mobsters-meet-zombies novel Deadfellas, and David Weigel's informative and entertaining The Show That Never Ends: The Rise & Fall Of Prog Rock.

Read Jim's reviews here...

 

 


We've been a big fan of Ari Vais, who records under the name The Campbell Apartment, for a long time, so it's an honor to present his latest track, "V.P. Of Snails," a crunchy bit of indie-pop with a grungy kick. Ari will be releasing a song a month over the next several months so watch out for more at The Campbell Apartment's Soundcloud Page.

 

 



Paul Silver powers through Spring and into the first batch of hot summer releases with reviews of The Darts, The Dirty Nil, Emperor X, Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind, Mark Lanegan, Pig, The Rocketboys, and Wooden Wand.

Read Paul's column here...

 



Face To Face, Bad Cop/Bad Cop - Live at the Casbah, San Diego

Our San Diego Bureau Chief Paul Silver overcame an aching back and SoCal
traffic to catch two of our favorite Fat Wreck Chords bands at San Diego's Casbah.
Read his review here...



Dave Hause with his band the Mermaid and Frank Iero with his band the Patience shared a bill at the Music Hall of Williamsburg recently. Deb Draisin reviews the show here...



Amanda Palmer always seems to have a new trick up her sleeve. This time she's collaborated with Edward Ka-Spel of the Legendary Pink Dots for an exciting new album. Deborah Draisin chats with her about this project with both Amanda and Edward here...


Coming back from a tragic traffic accident that almost claimed the lives of several bandmates, Frank Iero continues his post-My Chemical Romance solo career with a variety of new projects. Deborah Draisin catches up with him here...

Jersey Beat celebrated it's 35th anniversary with an amazing show at Maxwell's Tavern on April 14. Jim Testa wrote up a short history of the zine here...

Highlights from Jersey Beat's 35th Anniversary Show at Maxwell's Tavern:

Teenage Bottlerocket, the Mr. T Experience, and the Nobodys rocked the Soda Bar on April 8 and our San Diego Bureau Chief Paul Silver was there. You can read his review and see his photos here...

 

 

THE FEELIES - "Gone Gone Gone"

From the new album "In Between" on Bar/None Records



Deborah Draisin chats with Amanda Rose Riley, a Jersey girl whose acoustic roots
have led to a promising career in the rock arena. Read Deb's interview here...


Editor Jim Testa kicks off 2017 with reviews of new albums for the new year - garage-punk maniacs Wyldlife with their first album for Little Steven's Wicked Cool, Sons Of An Illustrious Father's chanteuse Lilah Larson with a stuning solo LP, a new full-length from ageless NJ veterans The Catholic Girls, Hoboken songstress Jaime Della Fave's debut EP as Jaime Rose, Jersey City's ambitious Adam & The Plants, and terrific power pop from old friends Kurt Baker and The Connection. Want more? How about New Brunswick's Atom Driver and Magic Mountain (both on Powerbunny 4x4 Records,) Montclair's folk-pop Porchistas, Asbury Park's dark-synth combo Seaside Caves, former Cheepskates frontman Tony Low, Sussex County lo-fi punks Uncle Einar, North Jersey's Bitter Chills, and tribute compilations to the Young Marble Giant's Stuart Moxham and Nirvana's In Utero. Read Jim Testa's reviews here...


Jamie Frey interviews the legendary Mike Watt, currently promoting the release of Ring Spiel '95, a live album recorded on the Ball Hog?Or Tugboat tour in 1995. Watt talks about how the album came out, the remarkable Ring Spiel touring band (which included Eddie Vedder, Dave Grohl, and Pat Smear,) and his role in punk rock history. This is Jersey Beat's fifth interview with the irascible, effusive, and totally original Mike Watt, and we can't wait till the next one. Read Jamie's interview here... And read Rich Quinlan's review of Mike Watt's Ring Spiel '95 here...

REVIEWS BY

Deb Draisin is back on the beat with reviews of Frank Iero & The Patience's new album, and live reviews of Bad Religion and The Descendents. Read her reviews here...


Our intrepid San Diego Bureau Chief Paul Silver traveled to Oakland and environs for the third annual THIS IS MY FEST, a DIY punk festival where Paul reports he enjoyed every single act. Read his report and check out his photos here...

 

 



John Sanucci of JGSPhoto captured these images of Shirley Manson and Garbage at NJ's Starland Ballroom on July 27, 2016. See his photos here...


 
Our intrepid San Diego Bureau Chief Paul Silver tracks down the Mystery Lights, childhood friends whose long-awaited debut album is turning heads in the punk world. Read his live review here...


Jamie Frey speaks to singer/violinist Petra Haden to help celebrate the Bar/None reissues of her two mostly a cappella solo albums, Imaginaryland and Petra Haden Sings The Who Sell Out. Read his interview here...


It's been eight years since the Ergs! disbanded and almost ten since their last full-length album, so Mikey Erg's first solo album Tentative Decisions arrives with with a lot of expectations. Happily, Mikey delivers on all fronts, with a more mature but still passionate rendering of his trademark pop-punk, complete with crunchy sonic guitars and punchy drums, melodic basslines and emphatic vocals delivered in Mikey's trademark nasal yowl. Read Jersey Beat's reviews here...



David Boyle visited one of New Jersey's hottest new acts, Pat Llewellyn & The Parade,
in their rehearsal space and watched the magic as a new song came to life. Read his
impressions on these intriguing musicians here...


Don't think of them as a teen band - even though San Diego's Big Bad Buffalo can't legally order a beer yet - just think of them as one of the best up 'n' coming groups in the fertile San Diego punk scene. Jersey Beat's Paul Silver keeps the lowdown on these phenoms here...


Our world was recently shattered by the loss of Dan McLane. Dan was original member of the Harmonica Lewinskies and more recently his own group, the Dan McLane Family Band. He was a musician, singer, songwriter, but more importantly, one of the brightest spirits I've ever know. Oliver Ignatius, the guru of Mama Coco's Funky Kitchen, said it best: "It is our most crushing loss, and it is our deepest defeat to confirm the untimely passing of our beloved soul brother number one Dan McLane, pillar of our community, life-giving lover of the universe, the warmest, gentlest and most kind human we have known."

In remembrance, I'm reposting this interview I did with Dan and the Harmonica Lewinskies in 2012, when Octopus Wallstreet was released. Dan was one of the first friends I made when I discovered the Mama Coco's collective and all it took was about a second; one big smile and one of Dan's gregarious bear hugs and he made me feel like we'd already been friends for years. Dan had that effect on everybody. All we can do to honor his memory is to try and follow his example: Be a little kinder, a little more generous, a little more loving, and a little more life-affirming every day we remember him. And we will remember him always. - Jim Testa

Dan McLane will be remembered at the Mama Coco's Funky Kitchen "Space Jam" on Friday, May 20, at 8 p.m. Admission is a requested donation of $10. MCFK is located at 23 Meadow Street, Brooklyn, across the street from the DIY venue Shea Stadium.

Read my 2012 Harmonica Lewinskies interview here...


The future voice of American theater?

Ramin Karimloo is a rising star in theater and films. David Boyle profiles this exciting new actor here...

 

 

 

 



It's only taken 40 years but finally there's a sequel to Have Moicy!, the groundbreaking freaky folkie compilation that critic Robert Christgau proclaimed "the greatest folk album of the rock era." Peter Stampfel is back but this time there's a new cast, including his daughter Zoey, Jeffrey Lewis, Baby Gramps, Robin Remaily, and Brooklyn's Down Hill Strugglers contribute songs, fiddles, banjos, jew's harp, harmonica, and vocals. Read Jim Testa's review here...



The Hold Steady's Craig Finn is Jim Testa's guest on the latest episode of the Jersey Beat Podcast. Craig talks about his new solo album Faith In The Future, about living in Brooklyn and going out to see bands, and even offers some advice for young musicians. Check it out here...


A college student and two of his best friends started a band back in the Eighties, and wound up riding the thrills of making loud weird music well into their forties (with a serious hiatus in the middle) as Bitch Magnet. Jon Fine tells that story here, which captures the zeitgeist of a generation of bands that toured in vans, slept on floors, and rarely made a dime, yet helped lay the way for the indie-rock of today. Did that revolution fail? Fine seems to think so, but you'd never notice from his insightful and well-documented tour stories, including quotes from a small army of like-minded contemporaries. If you liked Our Band Could Be Your Life, you're gonna love this.

Read Jim Testa's review here...

 


Jim Testa sits down with the godfather of punk rock to talk about his folkie beginnings, New York City in the Fifties, the joys of collaboration, and much, much more. Read our interview here...

 

 


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