Friday, December 19, 2014

Watch Hot Blood Play a Song from Overcome, Part I at the 22nd Annual Asbury Music Awards


On Thursday night, The Stone Pony played host to the 22nd Annual Asbury Music Awards. CoolDad Music received nominations in two categories; and, though we didn't take home any little microphone thingies, it was amazingly humbling and gratifying to hear the cheers as the site's name was read from the list of nominees and to see so many of our friends take home awards.

Deal Casino and Brick + Mortar had a big night. Some familiar faces around here like The Battery Electric, Speak Into My Good Eye, Corrina, Corrina, and Dentist took home awards. Glen Burtnik got engaged onstage. There was a moving tribute to Steve Tambone, member of many local bands (most recently, the drummer for River City Extension), who passed away last week.

I'll have pictures and maybe a longer recap a little later.

Another of our friends, Hot Blood, received the award for Top Punk Band. They've got a new EP called Overcome, Part I on the way. I managed to record their performance of new song, "Rust," which will be on that record. If you'd like to see them play it live, you can catch them tonight at The Brighton Bar when they play with The Dickies, Night Birds, Sex Zombies, F-Bombers, and KNIF. Hot Blood are on first, so get there early.

Watch the video from last night below, and check out the full list of Asbury Music Award recipients here.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Screaming Females Release Live Video


We're inching closer to the release of Screaming Females' Rose Mountain on February 24th. The band have been teasing us with singles for a while now; and, yesterday, they released a live performance video for Rose Mountain track "Ripe."

The Lance Bangs-directed clip features the band in a live studio setting. I'm not sure if it's the contrast or noise reduction or what, but the video has this silky smooth look to it that I find really appealing. I also like that they went with the actual sound from the session rather than having the band play to the album track.

It looks great and sounds awesome, but I'm still waiting for the footage from the Asbury Lanes show back in November. I was front and center for that one, and Allyson tried her darndest to get the CoolDad Music t-shirt into some shots.

Well, this will more than hold me over until then.

What's Going On: 12/18, 12/19, 12/20 & 12/21, 2014 (Two Big Birthdays, That's What)

Happy Birthday, CoolDaughter #2, CoolMom

December is a busy, busy month here at CoolDad Music HQ. We're an interfaith family, so the kiddos get both Hanukkah and Christmas. This will be the third night of Hanukkah, and it coincides with:




...Anyway, that's not all. Sunday marks the natal anniversary of:



Let's get to it.

Tonight's big event is the 22nd annual Asbury Music Awards hosted by Taylor Allen. There are something like 40 categories, and CoolDad Music is nominated in two of them. Eastbourne, Hot Blood, Negative Sky, The Battery Electric, Lords of Mercy, Deal Casino, Matt Wade, Francis Lombardi, Bobby Mahoney and The Seventh Son, and Sofia Nicole perform. I'll be there, but not until we've given CD #2 a proper celebration.

Also on Thursday, Pat DiNizio continues his series of free shows at Langosta. Holiday Express do their annual holiday benefit at The Basie.

Friday night sees Lost In Society celebrating their 10th anniversary at Asbury Lanes with White Wives, American Pinup, How We Make Mistakes, and Jeff Luke. The Dickies return to The Brighton with Night Birds, F-Bombers, KNIF, Sex Zombies, and Hot Blood. Ropetree open for Buckcherry at Starland. Quincy Mumford and The Reason Why do their annual holiday thing at The Stone Pony. Six Ten Bangs hosts Emperor X, Have A Good Season, Those Corn People, and Teenage Halloween.

Anthony Raneri comes to Asbury Lanes with help from Chris Brown on Saturday. The Brighton hosts a second benefit for Jacko Monahan. Dave Hause is at Court Tavern with Jared Hart, Rocky Catanese and The Chapter, Chris Batten and The Woods, and Monterey. Tyler, The Creator comes to Starland. Nicole Atkins holds her own holiday show at The Stone Pony.

On Sunday -- Don't forget. CoolMom's Birthday! -- The Brighton hosts another punk legend with Agnostic Front. They get help from Huge, Negative Traction, Negative Sky, and Mass Punishment. Little Dickman Records present their last show for a while with "5 Bands You Should Know" at Six Ten Bangs featuring Corrina, Corrina, The Off White, Psychiatric Metaphors, Grand Mariner, and Teenage Halloween.

I'll see you when I make it to the awards tonight. We can toast CD #2's 8 years of keepin' it real.

THURSDAY (12/18)

Asbury Park Yacht Club (Asbury): String Bean and The Boardwalk Social Club, 8pm, FREE

The Brighton Bar (Long Branch): Benefit for the Hungry, 7pm, $5, (ALL AGES)

Clash Bar (Clifton): Glengarry Leads / Pour The Pirate Sherry / Maid Myriad / A Balance Between

Count Basie Theatre (Red Bank): Holiday Express Benefit w/ Ben E. King, 7:30pm, $25-$125

Court Tavern (New Brunswick): Top Soil / Divided Heaven (CA) / Awkward Girls / Toy Cars / Nick Maratta, 8pm

Langosta Lounge (Asbury): Pat DiNizio's Confessions of a Rockstar w/ Karen Mansfield, 8pm, FREE

The Stone Pony (Asbury): The 22nd Annual Asbury Music Awards w/ Eastbourne / Hot Blood / Negative Sky / The Battery Electric / Lords of Mercy / Deal Casino / Matt Wade / Francis Lombardi / Bobby Mahoney & The Seventh Son / Sofia Nicole, 6pm, $15 adv, $20 door, Nominees Free (ALL AGES)

FRIDAY (12/19)

Asbury Lanes (Asbury): Lost In Society / White Wives / American Pinup / How We Make Mistakes / Jeff Luke, 7pm, $10 (ALL AGES)

Asbury Park Yacht Club (Asbury): Merrill & Tophat, 9pm, FREE

The Brighton Bar (Long Branch): The Dickies / Night Birds / The F-Bombers / KNIF / Sex Zombies / Hot Blood, 7pm, $12 adv, $15 door (18+)

Clash Bar (Clifton): Gulps / Apparus / Lights Over The Hudson / John The Gun

Court Tavern (New Brunswick): The Stewart Dolly / Harvey Pekar / Ryan Oleary / Marvin Sunk / Manny Dylan, 9pm

Langosta Lounge (Asbury): Matt Scuteri and Jive Stewards, 9pm, FREE

The Pigeon Pad (Ask a pigeon pal): ROMP / Heavy Flow / Secret Mountain / The Bird Hotel, 7pm, $5

Roxy & Dukes Roadhouse (Dunellen): The Dead Cowboys / Lost Cause / Devils Bubblegum / Mandingo Girls 9pm, $10

The Saint (Asbury): Winter Solstice Celebration, 5:30pm, $8 w/ food donation, $10 w/o

Starland Ballroom (Sayreville): Buckcherry / Charm City Devils / Ropetree / Ronin, 7pm, $25-$65 (ALL AGES)

The Stone Pony (Asbury): Quincy Mumford & The Reason Why 7:30pm, $12 adv, $15 door (ALL AGES)

Theatre Bar at Six Ten Bangs (Asbury): Emperor X / Have a Good Season / Teenage Halloween / Those Corn People, 7pm, $7 (ALL AGES)

The Wonder Bar (Asbury): Nashville Pussy / Valient Thorr, 7pm, $15 adv, $20 door

SATURDAY (12/20)

300 7th Ave. (Asbury): Those Corn People / Teenage Halloween / Vegetable Broth / Friends In Distraction / Admissible Arsonist / Brian Flower, 1pm-5pm, $2 (ALL AGES)

Asbury Lanes (Asbury): Anthony Raneri / Chris Brown, 8pm, $15 (ALL AGES)

Asbury Park Yacht Club (Asbury): Lighting Jar and Friends, 9:30pm, FREE

The Brighton Bar (Long Branch): Jacko Monahan Benefit 2: Sharkys Machine / Graveyard School / Ashes Of Your Enemy / Oblivion / Old Wounds / Astronaut Jones, 6:30pm, $10 (18+)

Clash Bar (Clifton): Lieder / Weirdface / Growling Hounds / Epilude

Count Basie Theatre (Red Bank): Santa for Lunch Break w/ Brian Kirk and The Jirks, 8pm, $35-$69

Court Tavern (New Brunswick): Andy Diamond Christmas Show ft. Dave Hause & The Hard Promises / Jared Hart / Rocky Catanese & The Chapter / Chris Batten & The Woods / Monterey, DOORS AT 7 (first come / first serve),

Langosta Lounge (Asbury): Predator DUB Assassins, 10pm, FREE

Roxy & Dukes Roadhouse (Dunellen): Supreme Court Christmas Show, 9:30pm, $10

The Saint (Asbury): Alexis Keegan / Evie Archer / Jacque Ryal, 6pm, $12 (18+)

Starland Ballroom (Sayreville): Tyler, The Creator, 7pm, $29.50 (ALL AGES)

The Stone Pony (Asbury): Nicole Atkins / Anthony D'Amato / Glycerine Queens / Tangiers Blues Band, 7pm, $18 adv, $20 door (ALL AGES)

Theatre Bar at Six Ten Bangs (Asbury): Winter Solstice Dance Party, 8pm, FREE

The Wonder Bar (Asbury): Jo Bonanno and The Godsons, 9pm, $10

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Guest List: Justin Bornemann (Dentist) Gives Us His Top 3 Albums of 2014

Quality Over Quantity

We've got another list-maker returning from last year. Justin Bornemann, guitarist for Dentist, is back to let us in on his top 3 albums of 2014. It's not a long list, but Justin gives us some really detailed insights -- from the perspective of a musician -- on what's so special about these records.

Dentist are another great, local band who had a big year. They released their self-titled debut album back in May and have been playing shows in support of that record ever since. Justin and the band ventured out of Asbury Park this year to play shows in New York, Philly, Delaware, and Baltimore, making friends along the way. They've brought some of those friends back to Asbury Park for a few shows that have given us all a glimpse of what the rest of the Mid-Atlantic has to offer.

The band recently announced that they will be part of the "Vinyl Heart" compilation featuring other popular locals (and CDM favorites) Smalltalk, Seaside Caves, and Trans Charger Metropolis. The comp will be out in time for Valentine's Day, and the bands are planning a release show for February 13th at Asbury Lanes. There's an Indiegogo campaign running for the release right now, which you can check out here.

Let's get to Justin's list. *SPOILER ALERT* There's an album on here that now has two votes from our panel.

My Top 3 Albums of 2014

by Justin Bornemann

Alvvays, Alvvays

I’ll usually say I like an album if I enjoy most of the songs, but every so often a record comes along where I can get behind every moment. Alvvays's self-titled record is an album that is completely filled with great melodies and hooks on every song.

The production and feel definitely remind me of Best Coast and Beach House with the layers of reverb and female vocals, but this record manages to build on those influences while standing on its own as something really great. While I love a vocal that’s soaked in reverb, it’s almost a shame because the lyrics on this record are really strong but can be hard to understand at times. I’m not complaining, though. I’m more of an overall aesthetic of a song kind of guy, as opposed to a words are the most important part of a song kind of guy, so I’d still like Alvvays if their lyrics were bad; but the vocals on this record definitely give Alvvays an edge over a lot of their contemporaries.

At the end of the day, though, I’m a sucker for really good pop song-writing with a slightly lo-fi feel, and this album totally delivers on that kind of thing. If that’s your bag too, you should definitely check out this record.


Against Me!, Transgender Dysphoria Blues

I got into Against Me! after hearing As the Eternal Cowboy, which is still my favorite Against Me! record, and have been paying attention to what they put out ever since. I got really excited when New Wave came out a while back and enjoyed it at the time; but now, when I listen to it, I’m kinda like, “eh, it’s ok.” I feel like that about all of their other records aside from As the Eternal Cowboy, to tell you the truth, but I got into this band again after the release of Transgender Dysphoria Blues.

This album is filled with angst and is back to the straight-up punk sound that I like about Against Me!. Transgender Dysphoria Blues is both catchy and interesting lyrically too. The major theme is about the alienation experienced by a transgender and the desire to be seen as a woman. What I like most about this record, though, is the energy contained in many of the songs that gets me excited about listening to music.

Granted, I have a few gripes. “Osama Bin Laden as the Crucified Christ” is pretty weird and not my kind of thing musically. Aside from that song, my only other problem is that the songs about death, while very good, are a bit of a bummer. I wish "Dead Friend" and "Two Coffins for Sleep" weren’t right next to each other. Don’t get me wrong they’re good songs. I don’t know. That’s just my opinion, and I don’t want to detract from how good this record is.

Overall, this album rules and should definitely be checked out because every song except one is great and it's totally on par with their best work.

Cloud Nothings, Here and Nowhere Else

I’m eclectic. I’m not lying; it’s really true. I can totally get into slow songs that are filled with melancholy, atmosphere, and mood; but I really am a sucker for fast songs with high energy and for great chord progressions and melodies. I also gravitate towards certain types of production.

Here and Nowhere Else is a record that was not hard for me to like. It’s definitely the kind of thing I would be into, just like their last record; but they have really improved between the two albums. They are writing amazing music at this point.

I love the tempo shifts that some of the songs have. These tempo jumps come across as the product of a band that can’t contain their energy. Cloud Nothings manage to do it in a way that sounds not only natural but also hard for any other band to copy while not sounding amateurish. The drumming on this record is notable and worth mentioning. It gets so chaotic and intense at some points and makes me wish I were good at playing the drums.

I’d highly recommend this record to anyone who likes 90’s style indie-rock with a punk feel.