Friday, May 26, 2017

New Single from Dentist

"The Latter"

You've missed Dentist, haven't you? I know I have. They went off to Canada for a monthlong tour; and, then, an overabundance of rainwater forced the cancellation of their homecoming show at Asbury Park Yacht Club. Well, while you were pining, the band were hard at work recording a new single. Today, Dentist kick off your holiday weekend with new song, "The Latter."

"The Latter" has been part of Dentist's live set for a while now; but, as of today, it has a title and a proper studio recording handled by our friend Andy Bova over at Simple Sound Studio. It shows off Dentist's ability to contrast Justin Bornemann's sometimes aggressive guitar with Emily Bornemann's dreamy and forlorn vocals. It also happens to be the last recording the band did with their former rhythm section of Rudy Meier (drums) and Nick Kaelblein (bass).

The new-look Dentist are still going strong and have a few shows lined up in the coming weeks. They'll be playing a Northside Festival showcase at Brooklyn's Lantern Hall on June 8th with Jody Porter and The Berlin Waltz. Then, on June 19th, Dentist will be playing the CoolDad Music-presented edition of Happy Mondays with Overlake and Philadelphia's Psychic Teens at Asbury Park's Wonder Bar.

Check out "The Latter" and have a great weekend.

Lots of Stuff from Some Favorites This Week: Cayetana, White Reaper, Single Mothers

Single Mothers at Baby's All Right in 2014.

Holiday Friday

It's a long weekend. The cooldaughters have a half-day at school today. CoolAunt is bringing her kiddos down from Buffalo. I'm going to see the Yankees tomorrow. It's our wedding anniversary on Sunday. The weather sucks! Yeah! Memorial Day Weekend 2017!

Here's a bunch of stuff that came across my virtual desk this week, from some of my current favorites.

Cayetana, "Bus Ticket"

Earlier this month, Cayetana released the follow-up to their much-loved debut album Nervous Like Me. New Kind of Normal finds the Philly trio coping with the idea of pursuing their dream as a band, while people around them "grow up" and start doing adult-type things like getting engaged.

Single "Bus Ticket" is ultimately inspiring. Singer / guitarist Augusta Koch sings of hitting rock bottom before finding that she has the strength and toughness to turn things around.

Director Adam Peditto uses the metaphor of having the band play through a rainstorm that ultimately gives way to the sun, and the clip looks beautiful.

New Kind of Normal is out now on Cayetana's own Plum Records.

White Reaper, "The World's Best American Band"

Louisville's White Reaper just released the Simon Young-animated video for the hyperbolically-named title track from their latest album, The World's Best American Band. The song opens with the sound of a cheering crowd; and the band lay all of their stadium-sized, classic rock influences out there.

Having seen the band play to about 12 people at Asbury Lanes and, maybe, 212 people at Barracuda in Austin, TX, I can attest to the fact that they do play every show as if they're in front of a stadium full of adoring fans.

The World's Best American Band is out now on Polyvinyl.

Single Mothers, "Leash"

London, Ontario's Single Mothers didn't even have any songs when they decided to start recording their sophomore LP, Our Pleasure. Songwriter / vocalist Drew Thomson and drummer Brandon Jagersky booked studio time on a whim, assembled a band, wrote and recorded a new record which comes out on June 16th via Dine Alone Records.

The latest single from Our Pleasure is "Leash." It's more melodic -- with a sing-along-able chorus -- than lots of Single Mothers' other stuff, but it retains the edge that permeates many of Thomson's musings. He sings of being tethered to events from the past, being the subject of someone's grudge, maybe. "That was just so long ago, man. I thought that you could let it go, man."

Thursday, May 25, 2017

New Single from where is my spaceship

"nothing / no one / no distinction"

Back in February of 2015, Hackensack's where is my spaceship absolutely blew me way with LP mostly crocodile. Since then, the project of Josh Evensen has been releasing new material every few months to coincide, mostly, with major holidays -- Christmas, Halloween, the Super Bowl. where is my spaceship's Super Bowl single, "i wanna be tim tebow," was the first off of the upcoming follow-up to mostly crocodile, DIEFAILING. Earlier this week, Evensen gave us the second taste of that LP in the form of "nothing / no one / no distinction."

In keeping with the recurring where is my spaceship themes of squandered potential and a general sense of dissatisfaction, "nothing / no one / no distinction" contains lines like "30 is the new 17" and "you could've got that job / you could have kept that girl / you could have won that fight / you could have buckled down." So many "could haves" that make up a life.


Evensen worked with Kevin McMahon (Titus Andronicus, Diarrhea Planet, Laura Stevenson, Real Estate) at McMahon's Marcata Studios in Upstate New York on DIEFAILING, and there are hints here of the anthemic punk rock associated with some of McMahon's other collaborators. After a big opening that features Evensen's guitar and some crashing drums from Matt Olsson, the song quiets to a slow build toward an explosive ending.

"nothing / no one / no distinction" is available over at where is my spaceship's Bandcamp page. Keep your eyes peeled for more info, including release details, on DIEFAILING.

What's Going On: 5/25, 5/26, 5/27, 5/28 & 5/29, 2017

Hot Blood's Mat Kiley comes off the DL for a show at Trenton's Millhill Basement on Thursday.

Let This Be My Annual Reminder

It's the unofficial start of summer; and, while it looks like the weather isn't going to cooperate to make it a beach weekend, there are still plenty of great shows. It's also the anniversary of the day CoolMom and I tied the knot this weekend, so there will be lots of celebrating here at CDMHQ.

On Thursday, Spowder, Fond Han, Eagle Daddy, and TWIIN play Philadelphia's Eris Temple. House of Independents in Asbury hosts Hinder and Nonpoint. Levy & The Oaks hold an EP release party at Langosta with Natalie Farrell. Hot Blood bring Mat Kiley and his bionic ankle to Trenton for a stacked bill at Millhill Basement featuring Doc Hopper, Honah Lee, Nervous Triggers, Blackwolf Beach, and 96 Ghosts. Hey Anna and Girltown are at Pet Shop JC in JC. Ribeye Brothers play Porta National Park in AP.

Yacht Rock Night with DJ Atom Worth returns to APYC on Friday. The Chubby Pickle in Highlands has Cranston Dean and Rachel Ana Dobken, both going full-band. Overlake, Lowlight, The Penniless Loafers, and Foxanne are at JC Underground for a party to support Planned Parenthood. Montclair's Meatlocker is back with a show from Sunflower and Dutchguts. Piebald play Wonder Bar.

prim, Grayling, Beach Bod, Have A Good Season, and Jeff Lane (solo) are at Asbury Park Music Foundation on Saturday. Little Steven and The Disciples Of Soul play The Count Basie in Red Bank. Old Franklin Schoolhouse in Metuchen holds a benefit for St. Luke's Children's Hospital featuring Renee Maskin, Brian Erick, and more. Renee does double duty that evening, heading over to Pino's in Highland Park where her band, Lowlight, play with Noordzo. Kiefer Sutherland brings his band back to The Stone Pony. We're Ghosts Now and Ruby Bones play The Studio at Webster Hall with Call Security and Wayward City.

The Ribeye Brothers' world tour continues at Red Bank's Dublin House on Sunday. Remember Jones play a free show at Langosta. The Bunks hold an EP release at The Saint with Deaf Rhino, Little Bear, and Ernest. The Orwells return to Asbury Park with a show at Wonder Bar.

Memorial Day features Des & The Swagmatics at Wonder Bar for the resurrected Happy Mondays series along with Secret Sound and Tash Even & Kyle. String Bean and his Boardwalk Social Club are at Langosta all night.

Have a great holiday weekend despite the weather. May all your summer dreams come true. Have a constructive summer.


The Asbury Hotel, Soundbooth (Asbury): Open Mic, 8pm, FREE

Count Basie Theatre (Red Bank): BobFest, 8pm, $19.50 - $39.50

Eris Temple Arts (Philly): Spowder / Fond Han / Eagle Daddy / TWIIN, 7pm, $5-$10

House of Independents (Asbury): Hinder / Nonpoint / Nine Shrines / Chrysalis, 6:30pm, $25

Langosta Lounge (Asbury): Levy & The Oaks / Natalie Farrell, 8pm, FREE

Man Skirt Brewing (Hackettstown): T. Gunn / Hidden Cabins / Brian Rothenbeck, 6pm, FREE

Millhill Basement (Trenton): Doc Hopper / Honah Lee / Hot Blood / Nervous Triggers / Blackwolf Beach / 96 Ghosts, 8pm, $10

Pet Shop JC (Jersey City): Hey Anna / Girltown, 8pm

Porta (Asbury Park): Ribeye Brothers, 8pm, FREE

The Saint (Asbury): Williams Honor, 10pm, $20 adv, $25 door

The Saint (Asbury): Thee Idea Men, 10pm, $5

Starland Ballroom (Sayreville): Animals As Leaders, 7pm, $20

FRIDAY (5/26)

The Asbury Hotel, Soundbooth (Asbury): Caroline Spence / Joseph West, 9pm, FREE

Asbury Park Festhalle & Biergarten (Asbury): Chris Brown, 4pm, FREE

Asbury Park Yacht Club (Asbury): Yacht Rock Night w/ DJ Atom Worth, 9pm, FREE

Brighton Bar (Long Branch): Marc Del Giudice / Walk Arounds / Baron Praxis / Crust / Yorkshire Tenth, 7pm, $10 adv, $12 door

Chubby Pickle (Highlands): Cranston Dean Band / Rachel Ana Dobken Band, 9pm, FREE

Clash Bar (Clifton): Dr. Law / Tura Lura / Paul from the Net / Self Proclaimed Narcissist

House of Independents (Asbury): Emo Night Brooklyn, 9pm, $10 adv, $13 door

JC Underground (Jersey City): Overlake / Lowlight / The Penniless Loafers / Foxanne, 7pm, $10

Langosta Lounge (Asbury): Billy Hector, 9pm, FREE

Meatlocker (Montclair): Sunflower / Dutchguts, 9:30pm, donations

Millhill Basement (Trenton): Jay Navarro & The Traitors / School Drugs / The Best Of The Worst / Erotic Novels / Elissa J Velveteen, 9pm, $10

The Saint (Asbury): Shoobies / Trapbang / The Happy Fits / Trustfall, 7:30pm, $10

Scarlet Pub (New Brunswick): Sad Lips / Fair Panic / Doghouse Charlie / Darren Deicide, 8pm, $5

The Stone Pony (Asbury): Splintered Sunlight, 7pm, $14 adv, $16 door

The Wonder Bar (Asbury): Piebald, 7pm, $25 adv, $30 door


Asbury Park Music Foundation (Asbury): prim / Grayling / Beach Bod / Have A Good Season / Jeff Lane, 7pm, $6

Asbury Park Yacht Club (Asbury): gods / Needle Points, 9pm, FREE

Brighton Bar (Long Branch): MDW BBQ w/ Collective Man / Girl / Immoral Support / Brenyama / many more, 12:30pm, $10 adv, $12 door

Clash Bar (Clifton): Acid Priest / The Nuclears / Garbage Brain / The Wedge

Count Basie Theatre (Red Bank): Little Steven and The Disciples of Soul, 8pm, $39-$150

House of Independents (Asbury): CSNSongs (CSNY Tribute), 7pm, $20

House of Independents (Asbury): 90s Dance Party, 10pm, FREE

Langosta Lounge (Asbury): Waiting On Mongo, 10pm, FREE

Old Franklyn Schoolhouse (Metuchen): Renee Maskin / Danny Alderman / Bruce Donnola / Ben Davis / Hank Reineke / Brian Erick / Dan Whitley / Matt Teliho, 6:45pm, FREE

Pino's (Highland Park): Noordzo / Lowlight, 9pm, FREE

The Saint (Asbury): Gallagher's Guest House / Box Era / Paige Koehler, 7:30pm, $10

The Stone Pony (Asbury): Kiefer Sutherland, 7pm, $25 adv, $30 door

Studio at Webster Hall (NYC): Call Security / We're Ghosts Now / Wayward City / Ruby Bones, 7pm, $12 adv, $15 door

The Wonder Bar (Asbury): Dark Horse, 8pm, FREE

SUNDAY (5/28)

The Asbury Hotel, Soundbooth (Asbury): Sandy Mack Sunday Jam, 4pm, FREE

The Asbury Hotel, Soundbooth (Asbury): Sunday Night Trivia w/ Gentleman Jim, 6pm, FREE

Asbury Park Festhalle & Biergarten (Asbury): Steve Reilly & The Rain, 6pm, FREE

BoonTunes (Boonton): Dutch Pop / Shred Flintstone / Gold Fronts / Dude Elsberry / Devon Goods, 7pm

Brighton Bar (Long Branch): MDW BBQ w/ Hunters Run / The Mighty Nothings / Ryder / many more, 1:30pm, $10 adv, $12 door

Danny Clinch Transparent Gallery (Jersey City): Jon Conte / Joseph Alton Miller / Rachel Ana Dobken, 4pm, FREE

Dublin House (Red Bank): Ribeye Brothers, 7pm, FREE

House of Independents (Asbury): Hip Hop House Party, 8pm, FREE

Langosta Lounge (Asbury): Remember Jones, 9pm, FREE

The Saint (Asbury): The Bunks / Deaf Rhino / LittleBear / Ernest, 7:30pm, $5

The Stone Pony (Asbury): Oh Wonder, 7:30pm, $18 adv, $20 door

The Wonder Bar (Asbury): The Orwells, 8pm, $19 adv, $21 door

MONDAY (5/29)

The Asbury Hotel, Soundbooth (Asbury): Bob Egan Piano Party, 8pm, FREE

Langosta Lounge (Asbury): String Bean and The Boardwalk Social Club, 6pm, FREE

The Wonder Bar (Asbury): Des & The Swagmatics / Secret Sound / Tash Even & Kyle, 8:30pm, FREE