Thursday, May 26, 2016

What's Going On: 5/26, 5/27, 5/28, 5/29 & 5/30

Free music and free beer with High Waisted and BOYTOY in Hoboken on Thursday

We're Gonna Build Something This Summer

Back at the dawn of the 21st century, on Memorial Day Weekend in beautiful Santa Fe, New Mexico, CoolMom and I tied the knot at La Fonda Hotel and then had what I still consider to be the best party ever. For 7 years before that and for 16 years since, CoolMom has put up with my... let's call it quirkiness and, basically, made my life worth living. She makes CoolDad Music possible and bends over backwards to let me be whoever I want to be. I love you, CoolMom! Happy anniversary!

You can start your own celebration on Thursday night when the new Asbury Hotel welcomes creatives, local or otherwise, to their first open mic night. It's a folk punk extravaganza at Brighton Bar with Mike Defendant, Teddy Hazard, Luke Henderiks, Emily River, and Eric Funn. Lunch Ladies are in New Brunswick with ManDancing, Living Tradition, and Handheld. Also in New Brunswick, Fortune Yeller, Semiotics, Disposable, Deal Casino, and Fun While You Wait play Court Tavern. Trenton's Millhill Basement hosts From Philly, SICK SHIT, Bahscumbug, Idiot Boy, and Nacht. Cat London, Jerzy Jung, Mike Mentz, and Allie Moss are at Wonder Bar. Jersey City's Monty Hall has Heron Oblivion, Endless Boogie, and Chris Forsyth and The Solar Motel Band. Up in Hoboken, the amazing High Waisted and our friends in BOYTOY play a free outdoor show with free beer provided by SweetWater Brewing Company at Pier 13.

Ribeye Brothers are at APYC with Von Mons on Friday night. Brighton Bar has TSOL, The Scandals, Zombie Mafia, and After The Burn. dollys, Rest Ashore, Kadian Quartet, and Din play The Citizen in Jersey City. Asbury Park Night Bazaar is back at Convention Hall with music by GayGuy / StraightGuy (Happy birthday, Bob Paulos!) and Yawn Mower. The Shady Street Show Band celebrate the release of their new album at House of Independents with Nick Greeley & The Operators, Des & The Swagmatics, Mad Feather Group, and J.T. Makoviecki. Scott Stapp plays The Stone Pony.

Smalltalk return to APYC on Saturday night. The Citizen hosts Centennials, The Company Kept, Casino Sundae, and Pizza Rat. Burlap To Cashmere play House of Independents. Splintered Sunlight are at The Pony. John Eddie is back at Wonder Bar.

Deal Casino continue their summer residency at APYC on Sunday. The Monkees bring their 50th anniversary tour to Red Bank's Count Basie. Remember Jones plays Langosta. Dub Proof hold their record release party at The Saint with Suburban Sensi, Random Test, David Castano, and The Holdfast Sound System. Dowsing, Kittyhawk, Hodera, Have A Good Season, and The Great Depression are at 73 See Gallery in Montclair. Tramps Like Us do Bruce covers at The Pony.

On Memorial Day, the free Happy Mondays series rolls on with Sink Tapes, pioneer the eel, and Airacuda.

I hope all of your dreams come true this summer. Be safe. Make it productive and constructive. Stay postitive.


Asbury Hotel (Asbury): Open Mic, 7pm

Asbury Park Yacht Club (Asbury): Sumtin Good, 9pm, FREE

The Brighton Bar (Long Branch): Mike Defendant / Teddy Hazard / Luke Halloween / Emily River / Eric Funn, 8pm

Captain Tony's (New Brunswick): Lunch Ladies / ManDancing / Living Tradition / Handheld, 8pm, $5

The Citizen (Jersey City): Beninghove's Hangmen, 9pm, $10

Count Basie (Red Bank): Pat Guadagno's BobFest, 8pm, $20-$40

Court Tavern (New Brunswick): Fortune Yeller / Semiotics / Disposable / Deal Casino / Fun While You Wait, 7:30pm, $8

Inkwell Coffee House (Long Branch): Music Night at The Inkwell, 9pm

Millhill Basement (Trenton): From Philly / SICK SHIT / Bahscumbug / Idiot Boy / Nacht, 9pm, $6

Monty Hall (Jersey City): Heron Oblivion / Endless Boogie / Chris Forsyth and The Solar Motel Band, 9pm, $12

Pier 13 (Hoboken): High Waisted / BOYTOY, 4:20pm, FREE

The Saint (Asbury): Big Something / Daryl Hance Powermuse / Jammerz, 7:30pm, $5

Starland Ballroom (Sayreville): FABOLOUS, 6pm, $55 adv, $56 door

The Wonder Bar (Asbury): Cat London / Jerzy Jung / Mike Mentz / Allie Moss, 7:30pm, $10

FRIDAY (5/27)

Asbury Park Yacht Club (Asbury): Ribeye Brothers / VonMons, 9pm, FREE

The Brighton Bar (Long Branch): TSOL / The Scandals / Zombie Mafia / After The Burn, 8pm, $13

The Citizen (Jersey City): dollys / Rest Ashore / Kadian Quartet / Din, 8pm, $7

Clash Bar (Clifton): Paul Mauled Acoustic, 9:30pm

Convention Hall (Asbury): Asbury Park Night Bazaar ft. GayGuy / StraightGuy / Yawn Mower, 5pm

Court Tavern (New Brunswick): The Production / Ever So Noble / The Dark Matters / Delsea / pioneer the eel, 8pm, $10

House of Independents (Asbury): The Shady Street Show Band (record release) / Nick Greeley & The Operators / Des & The Swagmatics / Mad Feather Group / J.T. Makoviecki, 7:30pm, $10 adv, $15 door

Langosta Lounge (Asbury): Stringbean & The Boardwalk Social Club, 9pm, FREE

Paramount Theatre (Asbury): Across the Universe, 7:30pm, FREE

The Saint (Asbury): Johnny Hathaway Band / Bodyface / Strumberry Pie / What is Broken, 7:30pm, $10

The Stone Pony (Asbury): Scott Stapp, 7pm, $23 adv, $28 door

The Wonder Bar (Asbury): Pat Guadagno, 7:30pm, $10


Asbury Park Yacht Club (Asbury): Smalltalk, 9pm, FREE

The Brighton Bar (Long Branch): 22 Bands (!!!!), 12:30pm, $10 adv, $12 door

The Citizen (Jersey City): The Company Kept / Centennials / Casino Sundae / Pizza Rat, 9pm

Court Tavern (New Brunswick): Roulette / Life After / The House of Thieves / Synergi / Simple State, 8pm, $10

House of Independents (Asbury): Burlap To Cashmere, 7pm, $15

Langosta Lounge (Asbury): Billy Hector's Electric Explosion, 9pm, FREE

The Saint (Asbury): Safety Third / Mad Kings / Basement Mirrors, 1pm, $12

The Saint (Asbury): Johnny Menotti / Feudale Brothers Band / Josh Zuckerman Band, 7:30pm, $10

The Stone Pony (Asbury): Splintered Sunlight / Waiting On Mongo / Albert Savage, 7pm, $14 adv, $16 door

The Wonder Bar (Asbury): John Eddie / Dawg Whistle / Illegally Blind, 6pm, $17 adv, $20 door

SUNDAY (5/29)

Asbury Park Yacht Club (Asbury): Deal Casino, 8pm, FREE

BoonTunes (Boonton): The Best Of The Worst / Kill Lincoln / No Such Noise / Life On The Sideline / The Schwam, 6pm, $10

Count Basie (Red Bank): The Monkees, 7:30pm, $35-$99

House of Independents (Asbury): Hot Fudge Sundays, 4pm, FREE

Langosta Lounge (Asbury): Remember Jones, 9pm

The Saint (Asbury): Dub Proof (record release) / Suburban Sensi / Random Test / David Castano of Eastbourne / The Holdfast Sound System, 8pm, $10

Scarlet Pub (New Brunswick): Out Of System Transfer / Modern Trigger / Ankle Grease / Love Underwater / Tailpipe Distillery, 8pm, FREE

See Gallery (Montclair):  Dowsing / Hodera / Kittyhawk / Have A Good Season / The Great Depression, 7pm, $10

The Stone Pony (Asbury): Tramps Like Us, 7pm, $20 adv, $25 door

The Wonder Bar (Asbury): Wonder Jam, 6pm, $5


Langosta Lounge (Asbury): Stringbean & The Boardwalk Social Club, 6pm, FREE

The Wonder Bar (Asbury): Sink Tapes / pioneer the eel / Airacuda, 8:30pm, FREE

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Kiefer Sutherland Played The Stone Pony with Austin Plaine, 5/24/16

Kiefer Sutherland at The Stone Pony

Down in a Hole

"I know we're doing this ass-backwards," said Kiefer Sutherland from the stage. "You're supposed to have an album out first and then go on tour. My schedule is such that this is how we had to do it. So thank you for being here to hear a bunch of songs you don't know."

And the fact that Sutherland's debut LP, Down in a Hole, isn't due until later this summer didn't seem to matter at all to the fans that packed out Asbury Park's Stone Pony on Tuesday night. Sure, most of the people were there as fans of Kiefer Sutherland the actor. One guy even asked me if I knew any of Sutherland's material. When I told him I'd heard "Not Enough Whiskey" and described it as "traditional country," the guy said, "Oh. It's country? Cool." Sutherland's excellent band and charming stage presence won everyone over in short order.

Down in a Hole grew out of a collaboration between Sutherland and Jude Cole. The pair founded Ironworks Records together in 2002, and Sutherland shared a pair of songs with his friend in 2015 that would form the basis for the new record. In a March interview with Rolling Stone, Sutherland called the album "the closest thing I've ever had to a journal or diary." The songs he played on Tuesday dealt with relationships, breakups, drinking, jail -- common topics for country music and all things that Sutherland has dealt with in his past. He brought the crowd right along with him during the show and peppered his set with covers of songs by some of his influences like Tom Petty, Gordon Lightfoot, and Bob Dylan.

I also want to give special mention to Minneapolis native, Austin Plaine, who opened the show. Plaine has been on tour with Sutherland since April and gave an honest and intimate solo acoustic performance. He managed to quiet the already-large crowd and hold the attention of most during his set.

Austin Plaine

I'm not sure how many Kiefer Sutherland fans knew what they were getting into last night, but Plaine's opening set and Sutherland's effortless star quality made for an extremely enjoyable evening. Even if you didn't know any of the songs.

It was a packed show with no photo pit, so I did my best in terms of shots. You can see all of those in the galleries.

Monday, May 23, 2016

NO ICE, Come On Feel the NO ICE, 2016

Album Review

Several months ago, I drove up to Hoboken to see Dentist and Overlake at Maxwell's Tavern. Also on that bill were Brooklyn's NO ICE (sometimes pronounced "noice," according to the band's bio). NO ICE frontman, Jamie Frey, and I have a bit of a connection. A few years ago, I got a terrible case of the flu on the night I was to go see Neutral Milk Hotel in Jersey City. Through our mutual friend, Jim Testa, Jamie ended up using my tickets and wrote a review for Jersey Beat. I'd also seen Jamie perform with his other band, The Brooklyn What, as part of The Everymen's final Maxwell's show back in 2013.

Based on that history, Jamie and I struck up a conversation following NO ICE's set at Maxwell's Tavern. "Sounds like you guys like a lot of the same music I do," I said.

I'm not sure if he'd made the connection between CoolDad Music and me, but Jamie's response was something along the lines of, "Yeah. When people ask, I like to say we play cool dad music."

NO ICE's debut LP, Come On Feel the NO ICE, sounds a lot like this cooldad's teen years and young adulthood. At the time, I had my feet in both the classic rock of my youth and more modern alternative and indie rock. The Who, Bruce Springsteen, Van Morrison, R.E.M., The Replacements, The Smiths, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Lemonheads, Pixies, Dinosaur Jr., My Bloody Valentine. I'd switch among those bands without a thought. Come On Feel the NO ICE is kind of like that.

Opener "The Cemetery" is straight-up Jesus and Mary Chain, chugging guitars, reverb, and "doo doo doos" from Frey and vocalist Gwynn Galitzer. Things change on the swaying, easygoing, country-influenced "Summer Bummer." The song sits somewhere between classic rock and something like Yo La Tengo's quieter moments. "Darlin'" is noisier, more shoegaze-y. And, in the space of the first three songs, we've covered a series of influences that come together in the stew of indie rock.

It keeps going. There's the garage rock of "Leave Her Alone" and the girl group, doo wop of "We Get High Together." The early punk rock of "Out with the Brats." The 90s noise rock of "Guitar." The outlaw country of "Eat This Heart (Winter Version)." The 50s via the 70s production number of Leonard Cohen cover, "Memories."

It sounds like a mess, doesn't it? Well, it is kind of a mess, but in the same way the thoughts that roll around in your -- and I'm thinking, Jamie Frey's -- head are a mess. Frey and NO ICE use whatever sounds are handy or appropriate for the story they're trying to tell, whether it's resignation over the idea that all good things come to an end or being in love with a guitar. That results in a messy, genre-defying collection of songs that make it hard to classify NO ICE.

Let's just say that NO ICE are a rock and roll band. That means they make music that sounds like the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s, and 10s. That means they write songs about finding love, losing love, drinking, and getting high. That means they're standing on the shoulders of those who came before. They're cribbing, and they're paying homage as they tell their own stories. In that way, the disparate collection of rock and roll songs on Come On Feel the NO ICE hangs together in the same way that the disparate thoughts in someone's head hang together to make a whole person. It's also just fun. Especially for a cooldad who's lived through five of the decades on that list above.

Come On Feel the NO ICE got the Mama Coco's Funky Kitchen treatment from producer Oliver Ignatius and is available now at NO ICE's Bandcamp page.

[Note: There's a line in the band's bio that says, "The title is a tribute to the 1993 album Come On Feel The Lemonheads by The Lemonheads." So, if your thoughts drifted to Slade or Quiet Riot, I guess you were wrong.]

Friday, May 20, 2016

Stuff, I Guess, from Pinkwash, Diarrhea Planet, Jackal Onasis, and Dentist


What I've Been Up To

This semi-retirement thing has been a little more difficult than I thought it would be. I no longer have the excuses of tasks, conference calls, or the occasional business trip to explain why the days seem to get away from me. Still feeling my way, I guess. I'll get myself on a regular posting / to-do schedule eventually; but, in the meantime, here's some of the stuff with which I've been distracting myself over the last week or so.


I first saw PINKWASH at the Don Giovanni label showcase back in 2015. The Philadelphia duo of Joey Doubek (guitar) and Ashley Arnwine (drums) took a bit of time to set up. Once everything was to their liking, they delivered a short set (maybe 4 or 5 songs) of absolutely devastating and cathartic noise.

The next time I saw them -- this past March in Austin for South By Southwest -- the sound man asked Doubek, "Could you turn down a little?"

"Um... no... I'd really rather not," was the sheepish response.

The pair released COLLECTIVE SIGH last Friday; and, just this week, released the video for single "GUMDROP." Through COLLECTIVE SIGH, PINKWASH document Doubek's coping following the loss of his mother, for whom he was the primary caregiver, to breast cancer. The song is a flood of emotion delivered through the torrent of Doubek's guitar and the artillery fire of Arnwine's drums.

The video reminds me of this thing we used to do in art class when I was a kid where we'd cover an entire sheet of paper in a water color rainbow and then paint over it with black ink. We'd use the end of a paper clip to scratch out a neon-colored line drawing on the blackness. "GUMDROP" is kind of the moving version of that, the gumdrops of the title falling across the scene and eventually morphing into pills and medication.

Check it out. COLLECTIVE SIGH is out now on Don Giovanni.

Diarrhea Planet, "Bob Dylan's Grandma"

Nashville's Diarrhea Planet -- along with Screaming Females and Titus Andronicus -- hold a special place as one of the trio of bands that were the subject of the very first post here at CoolDad Music. Since March of 2012, I've seen the band several times as they always seem to make time for a stop in New Jersey as part of their relentless touring schedule.

Diarrhea Planet's orchestral, four-guitar pop punk approach falls somewhere between big 1980s arena metal and 1990s Weezer-inspired alt-rock. On "Bob Dylan's Grandma," the band give us an origin story of sorts as they detail how a 6th grade encounter with Jimi Plays Monterey redirected a boy's interests from formula 1 and F-16s to Stratocasters.

Diarrhea Planet will release Turn To Gold on June 10th via Infinity Cat and play Brooklyn Bowl on June 9th as part of Northside Festival. Maybe they'll come visit us around here again while they're in the area.

Jackal Onasis, "Runty Little Puppy"

Credit for pointing me to this one goes, once again, to my friend Joe. I may have missed it otherwise. That would have been a shame as there's quite a bit here that slots very nicely into the "stuff I like" category.

There are the heavy, alt rock / shoegaze-y guitars of Alex Molini, the epic and expansive drumming of Jordyn Blakely, and her dreamily deadpan vocals. "Runty Little Puppy" definitely harkens back to some big 90s rock, and that's just fine with me.

Jackal Onasis will be releasing Big Deal Party via Exploding In Sound on June 24th.

Dentist, "Meet You There (In Delaware)"

Ah, Dentist. My lovely friends in Dentist. I've seen a lot -- A LOT -- of Dentist performances. When I got some previews of their upcoming Ceilings, I was thrilled to hear some things that -- to that point -- I'd never heard before. One of the new ones was the bouncy "Meet You There (In Delaware)."

It's one of those songs that worms its way into your brain and gets stuck there. In a totally good way. It's an upbeat take on our constant pursuit of fun and new experiences; but, at the same time, it acknowledges the futility of our constant quest to combat FOMO (fear of missing out).

Ceilings comes out on Little Dickman Records on June 24th. Dentist play this Saturday night, May 21st, with The Vansaders and Mack at Asbury Park Yacht Club.