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Catch up with the latest releases from NJ indie Mint 400
If Kevin James was the King of Queens, Jamie Frey
is the Baron of Brooklyn... South Brooklyn, that is. But
he recently ventured to an all-ages DIY space called Frank's
Basement in the northern part of the boro that
flooded him with memories of his youthful punk rock past.
Read Jamie's story
reviews the new album from longtime New Jersey psychedelic
groove maestros The Grip Weeds, raunchy
pop-punk from Grim Deeds, and new releases from Gong
I See, Half Cleveland, The Described Mouth, punk
rock from The Real McKenzies, and the intringuingly
psychedelic Lunar Electric.
Read Rich's column here....
Paul Silver's latest colum includes reviews of UK buzz band
Happyness, Brooklyn neu-shoegaze combo
Lady, and the indie acts Afraid
of Bees, Caskitt, Cafeine, Chaser Eight, Dead Dads, and
Evans The Death. For some punk rock, there's
a review of the new album from ska punks the Flatliners
and noisy Brooklyn rockets Reptar,and we
end with the brutal hardcore of Systematik. Read
Paul's column here...
Omnivore Records continues its reissue of Game Theory's
catalog with a 30th anniversary edition of 1985's Real
Nighttime, enhanced with bonus tracks. Joe Merklee tells
you why you need this in your collection here...
Sharp Things are one of NYC's great hidden treasures,
a chamber pop ensemble that reliably releases charming,
adult pop music. Editor Jim Testa reviews their latest album
Adventurer's Inn, as well as new releases from
Jackson NJ's brilliant folk combo Thomas Wesley
Stern, Brooklyn's Black Market Merchants,
and young Bernardsville, NJ singer-songwriter Carter
Read Jim's reviews here...
Our newest correspondent Kayleigh Arneman
reports from this year's battle of the bands competition
The Break as local bands vie for a slot at the Skate &
Surf Festival in Asbury Park. Read her report 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...
For Rose Mountain, the Screaming Females' seventh full-length
album, the New Jersey trio worked with producer Matt Bayles
for a powerful, masterful new sound that accentuates the
band's strengths while moving the band away from pure power
riffage and more into the realm of singalong melodies.
Read Rich Quinlan's review here...
Snyder reviews the latest from NJ blues-rock duo Tall
Days, as well as new releases from indie post punk
combo Fractal Mirror, singer/songwriters
Janet Devlin and Jessi Teich, Californian
alt-rockers Throat Sprockets and Mr.
Moonlight, and NJ post-hardcore rockers Cicada
Radio from Kearny's always-reliable Killing Horse
Read Leslie's reviews here...
by Joe Wawzyrniak
The focus is on New Jersey in Joe's latest column as he
reviews new releases from some Garden State favorites including
Hoboken's Mike Korman, Montclair's Terry
McCarthy, Asbury's Billy Hector,
along with Brooklyn singer/songwriter Hugh Trimble,
Fred Gillen Jr., Where Is My SPaceship, and
Read Joe's column here...
It's been a big year for indie-rock documentaries. Records
Collecting Dust continues that trend with a insider's look
at "vinyholics," as filmmaker Jason Blackmore
talks to musicians, record labels owners, and other music
lovers about the music and records that changed their lives.
The film opens nationally in January; Paul Silver reviews
Editor Jim Testa counts down his favorite local releases
from NJ and NYC bands, while Paul Silver lists not only
his 10 favorite records of the year but his 10 favorite
shows as well. Finally Mark Hughson chimes in with his Top
10 releases. Updated with Eric Walls' Metal picks!
See our Best of 2014 lists here...
Neil Sabatino is the owner/operator of Mint 400 Records,
lead singer of the NJ indie band Fairmont, and a longtime
friend of Jersey Beat. In this article, Neil explains the
nuts-and-bolts of home recording for the interested DIY
beginner. Read it 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
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