Every summer, Chris Butler - you know, the pop genius behind the Waitresses and a slew of brilliant albums - gets a nice big royalty check from his old radio hits, and he sings about that experience on this subversively dreamy track from his 2018 album Got It Together! Sure, summer's nice, but in Ohio, it just means that another cold winter is on the way.



Jersey Beat's James Damion caught up with his onetime Hoboken neighbor Paul Rosevear for an interview about Paul's 20-year career in the New Jersey music scene, songwriting, bands, and his new role as a father.

Read James' interview here...



Fairmont ranks as one of New Jersey's few local bands that's sustained a 20-year career with a steady succession of quality releases and shows. Now founding member Neil Sabatino turns back the clock, releasing a collection of demos and out-of-print early EP's that chronicle the band's earliest days. We talked to Neil about the release, his band's long history, and the economics of sustaining a band and a label in a career that spans the birth of Napster to the rise of Spotify.

Read Jim Testa's interview here...

Mark Hughson looks at four diverse releases: NYC Pop-Punk from Weird Skin, noisy old-school rockers Cherubs, female fronted indie from Summer Cannibals, and ethereal Eighties vibes from Electric Youth.

Read Mark's column here...





Lots of new punk and hardcore reviews from James Damion including new releases from Defeater, Waste, the Kreutzer Sonata, the retro-psychedelic Gold Needles, a single from ageless punks the Dickies, Aloha Hopper, and Jersey dad-rock favorites Tri-State.

Read James' column here...






Check out "Anything You Wanna Be," the new single from Asbury Park's Erik Mason. A lifelong resident of Monmouth County, Erik is releasing "Anything" as a teaser for his debut full-length album People Like Us, coming this fall.   The single is available on Spotify, Apple Music, and Youtube. The piano-fronted tune reminds us of a young Billy Joel with a little of Peter Allen's old pizzazz, and a perfect driving song for a breezy summer day.


Paul Silver's summer listening list includes the long-lost album from the legendary Whips DC, and new releases from Joey Cape, the Dollyrots, Frieda's Roses, Mutagenicos, Oceans Of The Moon, Re-Volts, and a split EP from pop-punk heroes Kepi Ghoulie and The Copyrights.

Read Paul's column here...







Wait no more, America, Jersey Beat has delivered the definitive word on Bruce Springsteen's much-debated Western Springs! Rich Quinlan then takes a deep breath and follows with reviews of Asbury's instrumental geniuses Chemtrail, the engimatic Sub-Dio, the debut of Harley Flanagan's Cro-Mags, and NYC's long-lived rockers The Giraffes.

Read Rich's column here....


Jersey Beat is proud to debut the latest video and single from NJ rock duo The Components, the team of singer/guitarist Ronnie Sena and drummer/vocalist Zoe Ekonomidis. "Space Invader" follows the Components' debut album Continuum, released earlier this year on Mint 400 Records. I discovered the Components at a Battle of the Bands - which they won by unanimous consent of the judges - and since then, they've become one of the Garden State's most consistent hard rocking acts, especially on stage where frontman Ronnie Sena delivers a performance that's equal parts Chuck Berry, Jack White, and Bruno Mars. Whether they're playing a basement show or strutting across the stage of White Eagle Hall, the Components warrant your attention.

 


Our pal Al Crisafulli recently pulled up stakes and left New Jersey for Kingston, NY, but his influence will still be felt with both his record label Dromedary Records and his "Signal To Noise" radio show on WFDU.

Jersey Beat's James Damion talks with Al about his past, present, and future here...



Reviews by Joe Wawrzyniak


Joe W. reviews new releases from Hoboken stalwart Dave Schramm, Jersey popster Richard X. Heyman, South Jersey "nihilist rockers" Tuff Turf, L.A.'s country/synth hybridists Wild Wing, and the interestingly named Mike Adams At His Own Weight.

Read his reviews here...







Deb Draising catches up with Jersey guy and former My Chemical Romance guitarist Frank Iero on the release of his third solo album, Barriers, and talks about his latest band, The Future Violents, and what's been happening with life, love, and rock 'n' roll.

Read Deb's interview here...


Rebecca Thompson joins the JerseyBeat team as our freelance live correspondent. Follow her adventures as she checks out Movements and Turnover.

Read her column here...


Our intrepid record collecting fanatic James Damion braved the crowds on Record Store Day 2019 and lived to tell the tale. Read his report here...


Editor Jim Testa finally gets around to sounding off about the two posthumous Alex Chilton releases from Bar/None Records, and reviews new releases from Jersey stalwart Val Emmich, former Harmonica Lewinskie singer/guitarist Will Simpson, the indomitable R. Stevie Moore, comedy rapper Devo Spice, and two punk bands worth checking out, No Win and the baseball-themed Urban Outfielders.

Read Jim Testa's reviews here...





James Damion interviews Tony Pence, a Baltimore punk legend who's sung for the bands Deep Sleep, WarXGames, and Glue Traps, and owns the record store Celebrated Summer. James talks to Tony about punk, being a rabid collector, their mutual love of Japan, and lots more. Read James' interview here...

Leslie reviews Hoboken's King Nectar and Jersey City's Cyclone Static, as well as new releases from male singers Viking Moses and Yes Gabriel, female singer-songwriters Michael Towber and Katie Henry, Gumshoe, Shaw Davis & the Black Ties, and Divine Weeks.

Read Leslie's reviews here...





Our newest contributor Rebecca Thompson trekked to the bowels of Montclair's infamous all-ages venue the Meat Locker to check out Bloomfield teen sensations Rockstar Racecar. Read her review here...




James Damion caught up with Night Birds vocalist Brian Gorsegner to talk about the band's success, touring, its brilliant 2018 mini-album Roll Credits, and how four middle aged guys with other responsibilities find the time to rock our world.

Read James' interview here...

New Jersey Albums & EP's of the Year

Jim Testa

Paul Silver

Mark Hughson

James Damion

Rich Quinlan





Beth Porter and Ben Please perform as The Bookshop Band, a fantastically literary avant-folk band from the U.K. that writes songs about the books and authors who appear at their home base, a book store in Bath called Mr. B's Emporium of Reading Delights, which sounds like something out of a Roald Dahl story but actually exists.

Read Jim Testa's interview with the band here...



James Damion catches up with Cinema Cinema, the two man demolition derby that's been rocking New Jersey - and the world - with its throttling brand art-damaged noise-punk since 2008. James and the band's guitarist/vocalist Ev Gold discuss Cinema Cinema's origins, its motivations, and its future.

Read James' interview here...



James Damion catches up with Jerry Lardieri, singer/guitarist of NJ's long-lived Brixton Riot, to talk about their upcoming record, the band's history (and future,) the changing landscape of the Jersey club scene, and even a little baseball.

Read James' interview here...





You might know New Jersey musician Adam Bird from Those Mockingbirds, but his new persona as aBird chucks the chunky guitars in favor of multi-dimensional synths. James Damion chats with Adam about his new sound and his personal struggles. Read James' interview here...

 


In the video for "Conspiracy Theory," Tris McCall connects the dots behind the greatest mysteries of the last one hundred years. Directed by George Pasles of Overlord, the video will not only blow your mind but also have 'it's all connected' running through your head for days!


John Lisa played an important role in the Staten Island hardcore and punk scene of the late Eighties and early Nineties. He talks about those days, his infatuation with EDM, and his legacy in the hardcore scene with James Damion here...



Ask Peter Horvath to provide a list of all the bands he’s played in and after he stops laughing, he'll rattle off "just the main ones:" Etcetera, P.E.D., September Violence, Seething Grey, Separate Peace, Halo Boots, Greyhouse, and finally, The Anderson Council (1999- present) and the Beatles tribute band Hey Bulldog (2004- present.) There is simply no way to talk about the last 30+ years of New Jersey music – punk, indie, underground, call it what you will – without mentioning Peter Horvath, and so we happily and proudly present James Damion's long overdue interview...



Omnivore, the label that's given us first-class reissues of nearly-lost albums from Game Theory, Alex Chilton, Jellyfish, and dozens of others, steps up its game with the release of Peter Holsapple's first new studio album in 21 years, Game Day.

Holsapple hasn't lost his ear for melody and his soulful yowl has aged like a fine wine; what's new here comes from Peter's ability to look back over a long and well-lived life and reflect on his successes, failures, joys, and disappointments. This is a standout collection f adult songwriting from one of the pioneers of power-pop.

Read Joe Merklee's review here...




If you were a fan of Garden Variety - or Retisonic, or Blue Tip, or the Hasbros, or Red Hare - you know drummer Joe Gorelick, one of the most underrated and overlooked stickmen in the punk rock underground. James Damion caught up with Joe for an extensive interview about his career, his passions, and where he's going next. Read James' interview here...


Jersey Beat's newest staffer Jesse Gillett offers his opinions on the new releases from two of Brooklyn's best and brightest, post-punk art-rockers Big Ups and singer/songwriter Eleanor Friedberger. He also reviews records by Digital Criminals and the Chris Gethard Show's house band, The LLC.

Read Jesse's reviews here...


This year's Asbury Music Awards had been postponed from last November to April, 2018, and yet very little was done to promote the event, not even emailing invites to the nominees, ballots to the voters, or a press release to New Jersey media. Editor Jim Testa wondered what the consequences of that inaction have been; the answer isn't pretty. Read his editorial here...



For a while there, it looked like the annual SXSW music festival in Austin had lost its
soul to corporate branding and superstar headliners, but this year's iteration turned
out to be a pleasant throwback to the days when it functioned primarily as a show-
case for young or little-known bands struggling to reach a wider audience. Read
Jim Testa's story here...

Our good friend Oliver Ignatius of Holy Fang Studios (formerly Mama Coco's Funky Kitchen) is back with a new single, a mind-bending funk exploration called "Citys A Hell." Check it out!

 



Jersey Beat favorite Adam Bird (formerly of Those Mockingbirds and Perfuma) has
rebranded himself as aBIRD and offers this beguiling video (shot by another
longtime scene stalwart, Rob Fitzgerald) showcasing his new sound. The track
combines an Eighties retro-vibe with a modern edgy sound, and is well worth
checking out.



Editor Jim Testa picks ten songs from 2017 that summed up the best of the
2017, including tracks from old favorites like the Feelies, Ted Leo, Wyldlife,
the Front Bottoms, Peter Stampfel, and Antietam, and new bands like Rips
and Downtown Boys.

See Jersey Beat's Top 10 Songs of the Year here...

 

Our editors and writers have been busy going through all the music they've heard in 2017 and picking their favorites.

Jim Testa

Paul Silver

Joe Merklee

Rich Quinlan

James Damion


Damfino blends catchy pop with heartbreaking lyrics and adult insight. Recorded at Mama Coco's Funky Kitchen, One False Move And I'm Yours will be released on September 22. The first single and video from the album, "Visit To A Women's Planet, mixes a delightful childlike animation with Joe Merklee's plaintive vocals." Catch Damfino at Issyra Gallery in Hoboken on Monday, Sept. 25.

The Band: Damfino
The Album:
One False Move And I'm Yours (avail. Sept. 22)
The Video:
"Visit To The Women's Planet"
Director: Wyatt O'Connell
Bandcamp:
http://damfino.bandcamp.com
Website:
http://facebook.com/damfino.nj

 



Check out Mr. Flannery & His Feelings' new video

"Embers of Dead Fires" from Rhyme & Reason

The Band: Mr. Flannery & His Feelings
The Album:
Try Your Hardest (Rhyme & Reason)
The Video:
"Embers Of Dead Fires"
Bandcamp:
https://mrflannery.bandcamp.com/
Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/mrflanneryandhisfeelings


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...


 

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/

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:


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...


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...


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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