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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...



Rich Quinlan reviews Transmutations 8, the eighth compilation from Brooklyn's
Mama Coco's Funky Kitchen collection, a remarkable mix of post punk, indie
rock, funk, folk, and experimental music. Read Rich's review here...

Peter Holsapple needs no introduction here. From his work with the dB's and Continental Drifters through his years as a sideman with R.E.M. and Hootie to his impressive catalog of collaborations and solo work, he's been one of America's pre-eminent singer/songwriters for generations. We're proud to share his new video, which will be released on a vinyl 7 inch on February 3.

 

Jersey Beat regulars Jim Testa, Paul Silver, and Rich Quinlan and our old friend Mark Hughson share their favorite releases of 2016 with you. See their lists here...


Back in the Eighties, I knew Rudi Protrudi as the brash frontman of the Fuzztones, a band that helped launch NYC's garage-rock revival but was always treated as something of an interloper. After the Fuzztones relocated to L.A. (and later to Europe,) I pretty much lost touch. But now, frontman Rudi Protrudi - at an age when most people contemplate Social Security - still fronts the Fuzztones, and has published a two-part memoir that chronicles his life from his white-trash (his words) upbringing in backwater "Pennsyltucky" through a long and tumultuous career as the King of Fuzz. Along the way, Rudi goes through innumerable bandmates and even more sex partners, and lays it all out in gory detail, along with the ups and downs of a band that found great success in Europe but could never catch a break in the U.S. These days Rudi lives with his musical collaborator Lana Loveland and his young daughter in Germany; the road to how he got there makes for gripping reading, with enough horror stories to convince even the most enthusiatic young tyro that it's insane to pursue a career as a professional musician. But at least Rudi had a lot of fun along the way, including sharing the stage with almost every important purveyor of the garage-fuzz sound (from its Sixties pioneers to its 21st Century progeny.)

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...



Ready to start your holiday shopping? Paul Silver might have a few ideas in his latest column, covering a wide range of year-end releases including an exquisite album from St. Lenox, the new album from queercore pioneers Pansy Division, and new stuff from Baby Fire, Cash Registers, Jacuzzi Boys, Poor Lily, UK legends The Pop Group, Surprise Vacation, Toy, and Vista Blue.

Read Paul's column here...

Jersey Beat is proud to host the latest trackfrom Lilah Larson's upcoming solo album, Pentimento. Best known as one-third of the spiritual post-punk trio Sons of An Illustrious Father, Lilah's solo album showcases her many talents as a songwriter, vocalist, and musician. She played all the instruments on the album, including drums and a 19th Century pump organ, to create the album's intimate, introspective sounds.

 

 


Rich reviews Mike Watt's Ring Spiel '95, and new releases from Guttermouth, Sons Of The Void, Temper & Hold, Cicada Radio, and Voice Of Doom.

Read Rich's column here....

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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...


QUICHENIGHT is the solo project of Nashville's Brett Rosenberg, who also plays in Pujol and other projects. I met Brett at W.E. Fest back at the turn of the millennium, when he was a cheeky young singer/songwriter from Boston. Now an accomplished career musician, Brett still shows a penchant for clever wordplay and engaging melodies. "Milky Sweet Midnight Lady" is the first video from Quichnight's new album, Camille's Market.- Jim Testa


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...


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Joe W. returns from summer vacation with the low down on veteran NJ singer/songriter Keith Monacchio's latest album, "a pleasingly mellow and reflective little beaut." Joe also reviews new releases from Adam Torres, Motel Radio, The Gills, The Darlings, and Dinowalrus.

Read Joe's column 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...

Jim Testa reviews the second novel from romance writer Mercy Brown, the pseudonymous survivor of the Nineties New Brunswick indie scene, who writes about a band called Stars On The Floor. In her second novel in the series, Brown sends SOFT on an East Coast tour, focusing on the up-and-down romance of the band's damaged but hunky bassist and the young girl who jumps in the van and tags along as road manager. Every moment of their time on the road rings true, from sleeping in squalor and crossing paths with like-minded (but often insane) rockers to dreaming of that big show at Maxwell's and a chance to play for the A&R guy who might turn your dreams into a real job. Be forewarned: Romance novels have a lot of sex, aimed at a very identifiable demographic. (Of course, if you're young enough, you might just pick up a few useful pointers.) But the characters are engrossing and their adventures (many based on the real-life experiences of the author) remind us why there's nothing quite like being young, in a band, and on the road. Read our review 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...

Game Theory's sprawling double album Lolita Nation is the latest album from this underrated band to be reissued by Omnivore Records, and our Joe Merklee says it's well worth another visit. " Hearing it all again after so many years was a revelation," Joe writes. "Here was a band firing on all cylinders. Anyone who was fortunate enough to have heard this lineup live could vouch for the fact that they were capable of rocking as hard as anyone while being skilled enough to deliver on the more understated songs." Read his review 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...

Leslie Snyder reviews new releases from Brooklyn's Rio En Media, cowpunk artists Jenny Don't & The Spurs, and Dallas, Texas' The Disappearing Act.

Read Leslie's reviews 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...

 

Eric travels around the world for his latest edition of "More Metal," with informative and engaging coverage of new releases from Abstruse, After Birth, Child Bite, Cretin, Cuff, Dimesland, Einherjer, Ensiferum, Gale, a split EP from Graveyard Ghoul/Cryptic Brood, Hate, Hateful Abandon, Horncrowned, In The Company Of Serpents, Innsmouth, Kauan, Obsessor, Poshum, Primordial, Shredhead, and Triumvir Foul,

Read Eric's column 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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