Jersey Beat is proud to introduce our newest writer, Pete
Kilpin, who was faced with the age-old journalist's
dilemma: Objectivity. How do you review a record by someone
you not only know, but hang out with all the time? In reviewing
the new album by singer/songwriter/musician/relentless Facebook
punster Michael Goodman, Pete came up with three solutions:
Be objective, be personal, or be vindictive. Read his review(s)
3 Reviews Of Goodman's Is It Sad
Our intrepid San Diego Bureau Chief Paul Silver decided
to climb aboard the Maxies tour van - well, make that jet
- and keep a journal while the pop-punk gods from Greenland
toured the Land of the Rising Sun. Check out Paul's story
and photos here...
SKATERS the second coming of the Strokes, the latest manufactured
buzz band, or a bunch of NYC kids who just want to rock
'n' roll? We let Pete Kilpin explain it to you here...
Back in the NIneties, Jersey Beat published a second zine
called GLUT entirely devoted to 7 inch reviews. With the
renewed interest in vinyl, we thought this would be a good
time to bring it back, and offer up reviews of 7 inches
and digital singles. The first edition includes singles
from Modern Chemistry, Holy City Zoo, Haunted America, and
a split EP from Dudes Night and American Lies. Check it
Over three nights - the first at South Williamsburg DIY
venue Death By Audio, the next two at the more formal Music
Hall of Williamsburg - Don Giovanni staged its annual label
showcase with a dozen bands that epitomized the label's
scope, eclecticism, and talent. John Ambrosio caught the
third night with Screaming Females, Black Wine, Brick Mower,
Priests, and California X. Read his report and check out
his photos here...
might know Jamie Frey as the garrulous frontman of local
garage-punks the Brooklyn What, but now Jamie joins us as
a Jersey Beat's reviewer. He takes on three current buzz
bands, the latest from NYC's The Men, the solo album from
the Beets' Juan Wauters, and the sophomore release from
indie/roots chanteuse Angel Olsen here...
knows this is nowhere
Good news: Mama Coco's Funky Kitchen put on an acoustic showcase
on Saturday night. Bad news: They did it at club in the middle
of nowhere, buried in Red Hook a good mile from the nearest
subway. . Check out Jim Testa's report here...
DOWNLOAD A FREE TRACK FROM FAIRMONT'S NEW LIVE ALBUM!
Deb Draisin reviews the new EP from NJ's veteran indie-pop
treasure Fairmont, filled with chimey glockenspiel
and intertwined male and female vocals on some of the band's
newer and less heard tracks. Deb also reviews the Remix
EP from the electronic post-punk pranksters Mindless
Read her reviews here...
remarkable new female vocalists, singer/songwriter Odetta
Hartman and Sun Looks Down's Diana
Flanagan, are spotlighted in Jim Testa's latest reviews,
along with New Brunswick stalwarts The Clydes
and a tribute album to Harry Nilsson.
Read Jim's reviews here...
Long Island's sloppy ska-punks Bomb The Music Industry!
put an exclamation point at the end of a 10 year career
with a big show at Warsaw in Brooklyn. John Ambrosio was
there with his pen and his camera; read and see his report
Neutral Milk Hotel disbanded shortly after the release of
its magnum opus, In An Aeroplane Under The Sea, and its
lead singer and songwriter Jeff Mangum went off the grid
like a modern-day J.D. Salinger. Now the band is back, and
our Jamie Frey caught they at the historic Loew's Theater
in Jersey City. Read his review here...
Our Paul Silver went to see four bands at the Soda Bar in
San Diego; only three of them showed up, but one of them
was the Dickies and the other two rocked. Read his review
than just have one person pen a review, we had a panel of
five musicians, writers, and fans discuss Bruce Springsteen's
High Hopes. Consensus? Hopes dashed. Write it here...
Stephen Malkmus has not released more albums as a solo
artist than he did with his seminal 90's slacker-pop band
Pavement, so what do we make of his latest? Layne Montgomery
calls it "taut and poppy classic rock" in the
vein of Malkmus' 2011 release, Mirror Traffic.
Read Layne's review here...
The Gradients, photo by Maverick Inman
Gradients Bring Punk To Williamsburg
Jamie Frey caught the Gradients at the Knitting Factory and couldn't believe what
he found - a real live punk band in New York City! Read his
Jersey Beat's Jim Testa, Paul Silver, Mark "Bort"
Hughson, Eric Walls, Zac Coe share their favorite music
of 2013. Lists are our way of putting the past year in context;
what lingers in the memory, what slipped under the radar,
what will we return to in the future? Read
400 Records' new tribute to the Beach Boys' Pet
Sounds both updates and honors the classic album,
and the Gingerlys emerge from Mama Coco's
Funky Kitchen with an effervescent pop sound that blends
chill wave with power pop. Editor Jim Testa then grades
some of the many releases that have come our way recently,
including new albums by Dr. Skinnybones, Battleme, the Creepshow,
Dismemberment Plan, Ezra Furman, Karyn Kuhl, Los Campesinos!,
Lovers, Marc & Shane, Patches & Gretchen, Swellers,
and Upset. With apologies and all respect to Robert Christgau,
check out the Guide here...
NO FX - "Stoke Extinguisher" EP
THE SONGS OF TONY SLY: A TRIBUTE
MOIST BOYZ - V
NINE INCH NAILS - Hesitation Marks
DAVE HAUSE - Devour
BRICK + MORTAR - "Bangs" EP
MY HOMETOWN: A Tribute To New Jersey (Various Artists)
Editor Jim Testa checks out the latest album
from New Brunswick's Sink Tapes and the
debut EP from Two Strike Mark, as well
as reviews of Boxed Wine, Quincy Mumford,
and the new collaboration from Jeffrey Lewis and
Read his reviews here...
From the atmospheric shoegaze Alcest to
the new acoustic folk album from punk legend Kevin
Seconds to pure pop-punk of London's
Zatopeks, Paul's latest column is chock full
of an eclectic mix of new recordings, including Braidedveins,
Jane Ellen Bryant, City Lights, Ex Friends, Hand In
The Ocean, The Instigation, J Prozac, Robot By The
River, South Bay Bessie, Thee Oh Sees, and
Read Paul's column here...
What's new at Iris Records? Stephen Gritzan
reviews new releases from Honduras, Gillian, and young
NJ singer/songwriter Brett Steinberg. Read Stephen's
by Joe Wawzyrniak
Joe W. dips into the Jersey undergrounds with reviews
of new releases by Ropetree, Lost In The Trees,
Lifeguard Nights, and Graham Repulski,
then reviews new releases from an eclectic mix including
Demitasse, Butcher KNives, and Valery Trails. Jenny
& The Felines serve up some sassy pop
rock from New Jersey; that's Joe W. standing under
the mistletoe. He also reviews new end of the year
releases from Reckless In Vegas;
singer/songwriters Terry McCarthy, Matt Boroff,
and Daniel Canna; and the comedy
stylings of Kill the Band.
Read Joe's column here...
Eric provides an in depth analysis of the latest
from Scandinavian Black Metal gods Behemoth,
then reviews new releases by EtHERESENS, Pro-Pain,
Vanishing Point, Riotgod, Issues, and Iron
Savior. Read his column here...
Rich freaks out over the latest from punk/metal
progenitors Motorhead and reviews
new albums from Young Turks, Isolated,
and Mickey Melchiondo's long-dormant Stooges-esque
duo Moistboyz. Jersey Beat's Paul
Silver has revived his long-dormant label Radius Records
and Rich has nothing but good things to say about
its first release, a split EP from Gentlemen
Prefer Blood and Hands Like Bricks.
Rich also reviews new releases from "one of hardcore's
most authentic scene veterans, Terror, and
the latest from Jersey City's Black Numbers Records,
an album from Placeholder.
Rich's column here...
Chicago punk rock has no greater godfather than Marc
Ruvolo, from bands like No Empathy through his landmark
punk label Johann's Face to his sci fi/fantasy book
store, Bucket O'Blood. Now Marc is back with a solo
acoustic EP, and Tony B. reviews it here...
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