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...
Jim Testa reviews Don Giovanni's reissue compilation from
proto-pop punkers The Lookouts, the debut
EP from Grath Madden's new combo Top Bunk,
a new EP from Brooklyn's Big Quet, the
exciting debut of the garagey trio Made Violent,
and a retrospective album from Asbury Park's Julian
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...
JerseyBeat.com is proud to participate in the world premiere
of the Everymen's new video for the track "NJHC,"
from their album Givin' Up On Free Jazz.
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.
Snyder reviews new albums 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 Records. Leslie
also reviews a new EP from singer/songwriter Nathan
Angelo, MainMan Records' tribute
compilation EP to Yoko Ono, and new indie rock from The
Get Ahead, Duke Garwood, and the Vagaband.
Read Leslie's reviews here...
In a massive column to start the new year, Paul uncovers
some of the hottest names in indie rock as well as the best
from the pop-punk underground, including new releases from
St. Lenox, NYC's Lazyeyes,
a powerful comeback album by the UK's Pop Group,
Jersey's Roy Orbitron, the ethereal Vashti
Bunyan, and buzz bands Seagulls
and the Shiver Twins, Toy Guitar, Treasure Fleet,
Wasted Wine, Western Settings, and split 7-inches
from Iron Chic/Low Culture and Mixtapes/Jabber.
Jersey Beat is proud to present the new video from Montclair's
back porch post-folk collective The
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
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!
It's Gonna Blow!
San Diego's Music Underground 1986-1996
This has been a great year for regional music documentaries:
Add to that list filmmaker Bill Perrine's examination of
ten years in the history of the San Diego music scene, a
tumultuous period that produced bands like Drive Like Jehu
and Trumans Water, a network of great clubs, and a slew
of excellent record labels. Paul Silver writes, "It
tells the story of a scene that had to reinvent itself a
couple of times, a scene that was deeply rooted in the DIY
ethic, and a scene that struggled with the sudden, unexpected
attention from an outside world, while bands still labored
in relative obscurity at home. And it succeeds in telling
that story." Read his review here...
THE JERSEY BEAT INTERVIEW
Jamie Frey talks to one of his heroes, power pop innovator
and rock 'n' roll warrior Paul Collins of the Nerves, the
Beat, and currently, the Paul Collins Beat. Collins talks
about touring, how society undervalues music, and how he's
fighting to make local band shows into events again. Photos
by Jersey Beat's Paul Silver. Read the interview here...
In an age in which punk rock can be interpreted in a myriad
of ways, it is wonderful to have Vortis back. This Chicago-based
trio of Jim DeRogatis, Louie Calvano, and Tony Tavano play
short, sharp, and biting songs that truly deserve the moniker
of punk. Rich's
review continued here...
Frey and his band The Brooklyn What first came to Jersey
Beat's attention one night when they opened for Joe Jack
Talcum at a club in Manhattan. Since then, Jamie's become
a reviewer here and to bring this all around in a perfect
circle, here he is reviewing the latest solo offering from
Joe, a collection of lo-fi home recordings made from 1993-1999.
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...
Temple senior Alex G makes music in his bedroom and releases
it on the Internet, but his latest album DSU has already
been favorablyreviewed by Rolling Stone, Conequence Of Sound,
and Pitchfork. Is this the end of the indie underground,
or the beginning of something else? Jackson Phinney ponders
these questions while discussing Alex G's unique genius
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
Eli checks out two young bands from Brooklyn with new
EP's, the Britanys and the Gradients,
as well as Austin metal outfit Funeralbloom.
He also reviews NJ hard-rock quartet Killed
The Fixtion, then checks out the new release
from Calla frontman Aurelio Valle,
which he calls "a raspily-produced, demented half
hour of really out-there, yet elegant music." Eli
also reviews No No: A Dockumentary, a documentary
film about the life of pitcher Dock Ellis, as well as
the latest album from NJ emo rockers Sleep In..
He also dives headfirst into the new release from The
Hold Steady, the Brooklyn band's first since
2010's disappointing Heaven Is Whenever, and
the new release from NJ's Trophy Scars,
a concept album of sorts with a mythical theme.. Read
his review 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
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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