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A new Bouncing Souls album - their first since 2012's Comet - is big news here at Jersey Beat, so we had two critics review it: Rich Quinlan is a longtime Souls fan, while Paul Silver has never listened to the band before. So whether you've got a Souls tattoo splashed across your chest or don't know The Pete from peat moss, read what to expect from Simplicity here...





NJ's ageless Anderson Council becomes the first new release on the reborn Jem Records with Assorted Colors, a collection of some of the band's vintage retro-Mod tracks along with several new songs, a great chance for new listeners to catch up with these veteran New Jersey rockers. Paul also reviews new releases from the controversial Masked Intruders, British post-punk pioneers the Pop Group, and Yeesh, punk-rock cassettes from The Hamiltones and The Televisionaires, and indie rock from The Barren Marys and the Breaklights. Paul also digs into the eclectic split EP from Burn Burn Burn and Whatever That Means..., and a 3-band compilation single called "3 Way Split.".



Read Paul's column 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...

Mikey Erg - Tentative Decisions

The Everymen - These Mad Dogs Need Heroes

Kandel - O Great Habit

Savak - Best Of Luck In Future Endeavors

Blood Not Paint - Believing Is Believing

For reviews, read Jim Testa's and Rich Quinlan's columns.

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...

Rich reviews new releases from The Giraffes, Not Blood Paint, and Savak, and then takes time to consider the delights of NJ trans-generational popsters Speed The Plough. Read Rich's column 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...

The Used turns 15 this year and to celebrate, the band has been criss-crossing the country doing two nights stands, performing its first two albums on consecutive nights. Jersey Beat's Deb Draisin caught up with the band for both a live review and an interview.

 


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...


by Joe Wawzyrniak

Joe W. is back and swinging from the heels on his first column of the Spring, raking through new releases from Hoboken singer/songwriter Ryne Meadow, classic rockers Peter Wolf and Willie Nile, indie buzz bands Deardarkhead and Adult Books, as well as Holy Wave, Black Peaches, Save Ends, the High Violets, and Brett Harris.

Read Joe's column here...

 




On Revol, NYC's Sons Of An Illustrious Father jump from DIY orphans of the storm, buffeted by the vagaries of Brooklyn's flavor-of-the-week class system, and make a bid for national recognition with an album that's alternately dark, blusey, heavy, and transportingly spiritual. Read Sam Braverman's review here...

New Age Healers' new release 'Ghost' showed up in our inbox with only a heavily redacted press release and an ethereal video that we found both fascinating and slightly disquieting. We share this with the proviso that you listen at your own risk. For more information, visit New Age Healers.

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...

 

 

 

 


Back when I first started going to the open mic at Muchmore's in Williamsburg, I met Samantha Roche and Trevor Rue, a young folk-pop duo who sang together under the name Bitterheart. I instantly became a big fan and now I'm proud to have Jersey Beat introduce a brand new track from the pair called "Someone Told Me."


Leslie Snyder reviews David Bowie's final album "Black Star," a fascinating foray into jazz that proves that Bowie, even when dying of cancer, continued to explore new sonic territory fearlessly.

Read Leslie's review here...

 

 


It's that time of year when we look back at the last 12 months and remember what we liked, what we loved, and what we'll want to hear again in the future. Jim Testa and Paul Silver present there Top o' 2015 lists here...



A year after Amy Wuelfing and Steve DiLodovico's oral history comes Steve Tozzi's documentary Riot On The Dance Floor, telling the story of Trenton's City Gardens and its promoter, Randy "Now" Ellis. Read Jim Testa's review 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...

The Chills -

"As Long As It Takes"

As our Joe Merklee notes, it's remarkable that the Chills even exist in 2015, given the band's travails - their inability to find a large audience, ongoing difficulties keeping a stable lineup together, depression, substance abuse, and serious health issues. So the band's new album Silver Bullets comes as not only a pleasant surprise but something close to a miracle. Silver Bullets is a triumph that stands comfortably alongside their finest work. Read Joe'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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