Friday, November 28, 2014

What's Going On: 11/28, 11/29 & 11/30, 2014

Those Mockingbirds help out Brick + Mortar at Asbury Lanes on Saturday.

Post-Leftover Listings

So I was gonna finish this up yesterday, but then I figured there probably weren't any shows on Thanksgiving anyway. If there were, I didn't want to be a party to the over-consumerizaton of our culture by encouraging you or the performers to take time away from their families to attend shows. I held off, therefore, on completing the listings until today. Actually, I just got busy...

Anyway, after leftovers, there's plenty to do starting Friday. Deal Casino, The Amboys, We're Ghosts Now and Semiotics are at The Brighton. Little Dickman / CoolDad Music holiday benefit performers Ms. America join Darkwing, Holloweyed, and Dabbler at The Meat Locker in Montclair. Splintered Sunlight are at The Stone Pony. You can hear Alien Ant Farm cover "Smooth Criminal" at The Wonder Bar. They get help from Chris Rockwell and The Stickball Social Club, Stars In Stereo, Joy Ride, and Kiirsten Marilyn.

UPDATE: I always forget something. This time it's the Mayflower Collective's "Second Thanksgiving" on Friday at Red Bank Rehearsal. The Moms, On Your Marks, Batten Down The Hatches, Have a Good Season, Teenage Halloween, more.

You can get started early on Saturday with a trip to Wall's Village Coffee in the afternoon for "A Folk Punk Thanksgiving" presented by The Clef. They're trying to get a nice turnout for this one in order to keep these types of shows going at Village Coffee. KENYA are at The Court Tavern with Hank & Cupcakes, Crime Alert, and our friends Dollys. Christine Martucci plays The Wonder Bar. The F.L.OW. are at The Saint.

Also on Saturday, Toms River's Brick + Mortar do a homecoming show at Asbury Lanes. Joining them on the bill are Montclair's Those Mockingbirds and Johnny B. Morbid.

Modern Chemistry come to The Brighton on Sunday with Black Sox Scandal, The Catching, and The 5th Down. The Rail House in Rahway hosts the last of its "Soft Sounds" shows with a stacked lineup.

I hope you had a great holiday, and I hope it's a great holiday weekend. Enjoy your family if they're still around. College kids get back to school and get after it. You're in the home stretch.

FRIDAY (11/28)

Asbury Lanes (Asbury): Sex Toy Bingo, 8pm, $10 (ALL AGES)

Asbury Park Yacht Club (Asbury): Daniel James & The Loveless / Jenna Fields, 9pm, FREE

The Brighton Bar (Long Branch): Deal Casino / The Amboys / We're Ghosts Now / Semiotics / Matty Carlock, 6:30pm, $8 (18+)

Clash Bar (Clifton): Entrenched / TBA

Court Tavern (New Brunswick): Eye of The Destroyer / Backyotomy / Proletariat / Maudlin Cove / Syn, 9pm

Langosta Lounge (Asbury): Steve & Johnny of Burlap to Cashmere, 9pm, FREE

The Meat Locker (Montclair): Darkwing / Ms. America / Holloweyed / Dabbler, 9pm

Red Bank Rehearsal Studio (Red Bank): Batten Down The Hatches / The Moms / Giants At Large / On Your Marks / A Will Away / Cross Town Train / Have a Good Season / SAVE FACE / North Runner / Head North / Teenage Halloween, 5pm, $10 (ALL AGES)

Roxy & Dukes Roadhouse (Dunellen): Little Dipper / The 39, 9:30pm, $10

Starland Ballroom (Sayreville): Halestorm, SOLD OUT

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

The Wonder Bar (Asbury): Alien Ant Farm / Stars in Stereo / Joy Ride / Chris Rockwell & The Stickball Social Club / Kiirsten Marilyn, 6:30pm, $15 adv, $20 door

SATURDAY (11/29)

Asbury Lanes (Asbury): Brick + Mortar / Those Mockingbirds / Johnny B. Morbid, 8pm, $13 (ALL AGES)

Asbury Park Yacht Club (Asbury): The Barr-barians, 9:30pm, FREE

The Brighton Bar (Long Branch): The Jim Beaty Band / Donovan's Devils / The B-Sides / Shadow of Your Soul, 7pm, $10 (ALL AGES)

Clash Bar (Clifton): Lakeside Drive / Long Gone Day / The Fiendz

Court Tavern (New Brunswick): Kenya / Hank & Cupcakes / Dollys / Crime Alert, 9pm

Joe's Basement (Ask a punk): City Limits / Not The Bees! / Gameday Regulars / ROMP / Joe Galuppo, 7:30pm SHARP

Langosta Lounge (Asbury): DJ Sly Foxx, 10pm, FREE

Roxy & Dukes Roadhouse (Dunellen): Sasquatch and the Sick a Billys / Coach N' Commando, 8:30pm, $10

The Saint (Asbury): Jo Wymer Student Showcase Matinee, 1pm, $10 (ALL AGES)

The Saint (Asbury): The F.L.O.W., 7:30pm, $10 (18+)

Starland Ballroom (Sayreville): Say Anything / Saves The Day / Reggie and The Full Effect, SOLD OUT

The Stone Pony (Asbury): Bobby Bandiera Band, 7pm, $18 adv, $20 door (ALL AGES)

Village Coffee (Wall): Those Corn People / Out of System Transfer / Brook Pridemore / The Crick / Cottontail / Admissible Arsonist / Tailpipe Distillery / Teenage Halloween / Condition Oakland / Friends In Distraction / Laura Styles, 3pm, $7 (incl. a free coffee) (ALL AGES)

The Wonder Bar (Asbury): Christine Martucci, 7pm, $15 adv, $20 door (U.S. military admitted free)

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

What's Going on Wednesday 11/26, 2014

Toms River's Prehistoric Forest will be celebrating the release of their new album when they open tonight for River City Extension.

'Twas The Night Before Thanksgiving

With half-days for the cooldaughters, prep for holiday hosting, work, shows, blog, etc. it's pretty crazy around here. There's a ton of stuff going on tonight, though; so here's a mini listing to get you going. If you can break away from drinks at The Downtown or The Dublin House with your old high school acquaintances, there's plenty of other stuff with which to occupy yourself.

The Brighton has free BBQ along with Negative Traction, Generation Nowhere, Sick Mind, Frankie V, The Mischief Kids, Hot Blood, and Suspect. That will be the second show of the night for Hot Blood's Alex Rosen who plays with The Battery Electric for the Conover release show at Red Bank Rehearsal earlier in the evening. Also on the RBR bill are Dentist, The Off White, Corrina, Corrina, Teenage Halloween, and more.

Hot Blood, The Battery Electric, Dentist, Luke of Teenage Halloween, and The Off White are all playing the Little Dickman / CoolDad Music holiday benefit on 12/14. Also joining us in December are Jersey City shoegazers, Overlake. First, they play tonight with Wax Darts, Christian Diana and The Foxfires, and Angelface/Headcase up at Clash Bar.

EJ's in Seaside hosts Chris Rockwell and The Stickball Social Club, Gravity Well, Deff Ray, and Humongous for a free #RocksgivingEve show. The Mill Hill in Trenton has Honah Lee, Mikey Erg, The Plurals, The Low Doses, and Physical Thing. The Saint hosts the seventh annual Asbury Family Dinner to benefit the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties with music from Des and The Swagmatics, Dead Overhead, and Dub Proof.

River City Extension bring the fifth installment of their Simple Gifts homecoming show to The Stone Pony. Also on that bill are gods, EdTang and The Chops, and Prehistoric Forest (record release show). They'll also be collecting food for the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Check out my interview series with River City Extension if you want to hear us get progressively more buzzed as we talk about some of what you may hear tonight.

I'll get the rest of the listings up tomorrow if not sooner.

Enjoy yourself. Be safe. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. Try not to be too hung over in front of your family. 

Wednesday (11/26)

Brighton Bar (Long Branch): NEGATIVE TRACTION / Generation Nowhere / Sick Mind / Frankie V / The Mischief Kids / Hot Blood / Suspect, 6:30pm, $12 (free BBQ) (ALL AGES)

Clash Bar (Clifton): Overlake / Wax Darts / Christian Diana and The Foxfires / Angelface/Headcase, 9pm, $8

Court Tavern (New Brunswick): The Small Horse / Monster Rat / The Strangers / Signs, 9pm

EJ's (Seaside): Chris Rockwell & The Stickball Social Club / Gravity Well / Deff Ray / Humongous, 8pm, FREE

Mill Hill Basement (Trenton): Honah Lee / Mikey Erg / The Plurals / The Low Doses / Physical Thing, 6pm, $4 (6pm-8pm), $8 (after 8pm)

Red Bank Rehearsal Studio (Red Bank): Conover EP Release Show ft. Dentist / The Battery Electric / Corrina, Corrina / Teenage Halloween / The Off White / more, 5pm, $12 (ALL AGES)

The Saint (Asbury): Asbury Family Dinner w/ Music from Des and The Swagmatics / Dead Overhead / Dub Proof to benefit FoodBank of MonOc Counties, 7pm (dinner 7:30), $10 music only, $20 dinner/show (18+)

The Stone Pony (Asbury): Simple Gifts 5: River City Extension / gods / EdTang and The Chops / Prehistoric Forest, 6pm, $16.99 adv, $20 door (ALL AGES)



Thanks for every note.
Thanks for every song.
Thanks for the 7-inches.
Thanks for the LPs.
Thanks for the EPs.
Thanks for the CDs.
Thanks for the vinyl.
Thanks for the cassettes.
Thanks for the MP3s, AACs, FLACs, ALACs.
Thanks for the review link.
Thanks for the review copy.
Thanks for the artwork.
Thanks for the videos.
Thanks for the free shows.
Thanks for the release shows.
Thanks for the sold-out shows.
Thanks for the empty shows.
Thanks for the solo shows.
Thanks for the acoustic shows.
Thanks for being a band.
Thanks for the rock and roll.
Thanks for the indie rock.
Thanks for the punk.
Thanks for the pop.
Thanks for the emo.
Thanks for the mountain music.
Thanks for the ambient, instrumental post-rock.
Thanks for the bleeps.
Thanks for the bloops.
Thanks for the noise.
Thanks for the earplugs.
Thanks for the traditional arrangements.
Thanks for the covers.
Thanks for the guitar / bass / drum / whatever solos.
Thanks for having the voice of an angel.
Thanks for the yelps.
Thanks for the screams.
Thanks for the heart.
Thanks for the soul.
Thanks for the rage.
Thanks for the tears.
Thanks for the lump in my throat.
Thanks for the laughs.
Thanks for the group singalongs.
Thanks for the laryngitis.
Thanks for the bumps.
Thanks for the bruises.
Thanks for the sweat.
Thanks for the beauty.
Thanks for the tension release.
Thanks for helping me forget the day.
Thanks for helping me remember why we're here on this planet.
Thanks for the mosh pits.
Thanks for crowd surfing / stage diving over my head.
Thanks for sharing the mic.
Thanks for the autograph.
Thanks for sounding good.
Thanks for making them sound good.
Thanks for booking that band.
Thanks for the guest list spot.
Thanks for being my +1.
Thanks for letting me be your +1.
Thanks for the tots.
Thanks for the fog machine.
Thanks for the Rock n Roll Hair.
Thanks for being in all the pictures.
Thanks for taking pictures.
Thanks for asking me to take your picture.
Thanks for taking my picture... ...I guess.
Thanks for the advice about taking pictures.
Thanks for letting me go wherever I want to take pictures.
Thanks for the T-shirt.
Thanks for wearing the T-shirt.
Thanks for the stickers.
Thanks for sticking the stickers.
Thanks for the high fives.
Thanks for the handshakes.
Thanks for the hugs.
Thanks for the hangs.
Thanks for the rides.
Thanks for the shots.
Thanks for the beers.
Thanks for the follows.
Thanks for the likes.
Thanks for the retweets.
Thanks for the shares.
Thanks for the shouts out.
Thanks for the emails.
Thanks for the seconds / minutes / hours (?) you've spent reading.
Thanks for the guest posts.
Thanks for answering my questions.
Thanks for listening to me.
Thanks for the feedback.
Thanks for the comments.
Thanks for the thanks.
Thanks for being the world's best wife.
Thanks for being the world's best kids.
Thanks for being my friend.
Thanks for putting up with my bullshit.
Thanks for coming.
Thanks for staying.
Thanks for having me.
Thanks for saving me.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A Conversation with River City Extension, Part 4

Patrick O'Brien and Joe Michelini at Simple Gifts 4 last year.

"I'm Not There," First Aid Kit, "Jackie," Politics

Note: This is the final installment in a series of posts (Part 1Part 2, Part 3) in which I've shared with you portions of my conversation with River City Extension's Joe Michelini and Patrick O'Brien. We sat in my backyard, drank a few beers, and had a long chat. You'll hear crickets, dogs, planes, trains, bottles and glasses knocking around. You'll also hear some very interesting insights on music and beer.

It's time for the final installment of my conversation with Joe Michelini and Patrick O'Brien of River City Extension. Just in time, too. The band play The Stone Pony tomorrow night for the fifth go-round of their Simple Gifts Thanksgiving Eve show. It's become a Thanksgiving tradition here, and this year's show features some excellent local acts in gods, EdTang and The Chops, and Prehistoric Forest. The band will also be accepting food donations for the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties at the door.

We got back to talking about Deliverance, and Joe, Pat, and I spent some time on Joe's philosophy about how to record a slower song as we discussed Deliverance track "I'm Not There."

The new record doesn't display the overt Americana of its predecessors. Part of that, I think, is due to the lack of a banjo on any of the songs. We find out the reason for that, and Joe and I each make a confession about our own experiences seeing Swedish country duo First Aid Kit play live.

Finally, we've spent a good deal of time discussing an album that just about nobody has heard yet. I wanted to touch a bit on some of the newer music from Joe that's been out there for a while, so we talked a little bit about a couple of songs, like "Jackie," that didn't make it onto the record.

We also touched on the idea of making a political statement in music and why River City Extension doesn't do that.

I'd like to thank the guys for spending so much time with me, talking, and drinking beer. It was fun, and just thinking back on it puts me in a festive holiday mood. Simple Gifts is always a great time, and there are still tickets available.

You should go.