Monday, February 8, 2016

Exclusive Premiere: New Single from The Battery Electric

Photo: Mike Petzinger Photography

"Holiday in Heaven"

It's been almost a year since the release of The Battery Electric's The Heart and The Thrill. Today, the Asbury Park band share their new single, "Holiday in Heaven," by way of a photo video. The song is the first taste of the band's upcoming Lose Control EP, recorded with Paul Ritchie. It's also the first video in a planned series that will see the band doing something similar for each song on the EP until we get the whole thing.

This oughta be fun. I'm sitting here watching "Holiday in Heaven" and remembering some pretty crazy shows with the Battery boys, like their wild and snowy LP release show last year at Asbury Lanes. Have fun picking yourself out. I know I did.

As for the song, it is a rocker in the grand tradition of what we've come to expect from The Battery Electric featuring a particularly soulful performance from frontman Ron Santee and some major shredding from guitarist Brent Bergholm.

Check out the video and the Lose Control tracklist below, and keep your eyes peeled for the next entry. Also, don't forget to catch The Battery Electric when they open for The Dictators NYC at Asbury Park's House of Independents on February 19th.

The Battery Electric: Lose Control

1. Lose Control
2. Holiday in Heaven
3. Modern Girls
4. Are You Ready
5. Bullets to Bedsty
6. Katie
7. I Feel Good

Friday, February 5, 2016

Sharkmuffin Announce Tour. Releasing New Flexi Single on 2/12.

"Red" / "Fun Stuff"

Brooklyn's Sharkmuffin, who played one of our carousel shows over the summer, just announced a 5-week tour that will take them around the East and West Coasts of the USA with a few stops in and around Austin, TX for this year's SXSW. Sharkmuffin will also be making stops at Asbury Park Yacht Club on 3/4 and at Brooklyn's Aviv on 3/3 and Shea Stadium on 3/27. The noise / surf / garage pop trio are touring in support of last year's excellent Chartreuse, a joint release between State Capital Records and our friends over at Little Dickman Records.

Speaking of the Sharkmuffin / Little Dickman relationship, on February 12th, they get together to release a pair of new Sharkmuffin singles, "Red" / "Fun Stuff," on flexi disc. You can pre-order those now, and maybe you'll be able to pick one up at a show.

Here are Sharkmuffin performing as part of the Little Dickman Records / CoolDad Music / Arcade Radio "Sundown at the Carousel" series. Check out all of their tour dates below.

Sharkmuffin on Tour:

2/12 @ The Lost Room, Los Angeles, CA
2/13 @ 4th Street Vine, Long Beach, CA
2/14 @ Strummer's, Fresno, CA
2/17 @ Soda Bar, San Diego, CA
2/18 @ Nitelight, Oakland, CA
2/19 @ TBA, San Francisco, CA
2/20 @ Redwood Bar, Los Angeles, CA
2/21 @ GNARBURGER (in-store), Los Angeles, CA
2/23 @ Hemlock Tavern, San Francisco, CA
2/24 @ Kelly's Olympian, Portland, OR
2/25 @ The Funhouse, Seattle, WA
2/26 @ Dante's, Portland, OR
2/27 @ Duffy's, Chico, CA
2/28 @ Five Star Bar, Los Angeles, CA
3/3 @ AVIV, Brooklyn, NY
3/4 @ Yacht Club, Asbury Park, NJ
3/5 @ Tralfamadore, Philadelphia, PA
3/6 @ The Garage, Winston-Salem, NC
3/7 @ Calico Room, Wilmington,NC
3/8 @ Reggie's, Wilmington, NC
3/9 @ The Wrecking Ball, Atlanta, GA
3/10 @ Jack Rabbits, Jacksonville, FL
3/11 @ TBA, New Orleans, LA
3/12 @ TBA, Memphis, TN
3/13 @ White Water Tavern, Little Rock, AL
3/14 @ Lolas on 6th, Fort Worth, TX
3/15-3/19 @ SXSX, Austin, TX
3/21 @ Blind Mule, Mobile, AL
3/22 @ Georgia Theatre (roof), Athens, GA
3/23 @ house party, Nashville, TN
3/24 @ Magnolia Bar, Louisville, KY
3/25 @ Ace of Cups, Columbus, OH
3/26 @ Hucklebucks, Pottsville, PA
3/27 @ Shea Stadium, Brooklyn, NY

Thursday, February 4, 2016

What's Going On: 2/4, 2/5, 2/6 & 2/7, 2016

Conor & Noah of Roy Orbitron will be at Wonder Bar Friday playing songs from the just-released Girls' Boyfriends.


It's the weekend that best exemplifies 21st century American culture, the weekend when people debate over which corporate behemoth did the best job of trying to sell them stuff, the weekend when people have serious and earnest conversations about making Monday a national holiday because... But before you settle in to see what cute / sad / emotional / hilarious thing the Budweiser Clydesdales are gonna do this year, there are quite a few shows.

On Thursday night, Eastbourne, Dub Proof, Blisstique, and The Rich Music Ensemble play a benefit for pancreatic cancer research at Brighton Bar. Court Tavern has The FLOW Show, Mongooch, P-Funk North, and The Hostage Crisis. Funk and Soul Thursdays continue at Red Bank's Downtown with Pepperwine. Fetty Wap plays a sold out show at Montclair's Wellmont Theater. The Meatlocker is putting on an "after party" with LKFFCT, NGHTCRWLRS, Sunflower, Cape Ferello, The Great Depression, and The Peach Rings. The Weeklings give a public rehearsal at The Saint.

On Friday, Modern Chemistry, NGHTCRWLRS, and Sammy Kay play Jersey City's The Citizen. William Shatner is at The Basie. House of Independents has Upright Citizens Brigade. The Vansaders head up to Montclair for a show at The Meatlocker with Jean Pool, Morningside Lane, Bobby Mahoney and The Seventh Son, Sad Lips, and The Ramparts Rebel. The re-scheduled Jersey Rock Winter Beach Crawl featuring The Black Sox Scandal, The Vaughns, GayGuy/StraightGuy, and The Mosers is at The Saint for free. gods, I Have Been Floated, and Roy Orbitron hit Wonder Bar.

Friday is also my mom's birthday! She is the coolest grandma around, and we couldn't do any of this without her. CDMHQ sends all of our love to my awesome mom for her birthday.

On Super Eve, Saturday, Désir Decir play for free at APYC. It's the birthday party for NJ's dean of music journalism as JerseyBeat's Jim Testa celebrates at Aviv with Peter Stampfel, Lauren Measure, and more. TV Tramps, Black Black Black, Hand Of Weed, and Golden Grass provide the music for the evening portion of the Cheap Thrills Bike Show and Swap Meet at Convention Hall. Porta in JC host Black Wail, Nervous Triggers, and Babraham Lincoln (awesome!). Modern Chemistry, The Vansaders, Goodbye Tiger, and Toy Cars play Wonder Bar.

On Sunday we all wing, guacamole, and beer ourselves into a stupor; but, if that isn't your thing, you could always try The Court Tavern in New Brunswick for Joe Galuppo, 1L, Quinn Gibson, and Brian Erikson. Old Mogul Theatre in Montclair has Gatherers, Forever Losing Sleep, Control, and NYin64.

Good luck in your pools. Enjoy Coldplay, Beyoncé, and Bruno. Go team. Rah rah. Consume.

I kid. Have fun.


Asbury Park Yacht Club (Asbury): DJ Tyler, 9pm, FREE

The Brighton Bar (Long Branch): Eastbourne / Dub Proof / Blisstique / The Rich Music Ensemble, 7pm, $5 (all funds to pancreatic cancer research) (18+)

Court Tavern (New Brunswick): The FLOW Show / Mongooch / P-Funk North / The Hostage Crisis, 7:30pm, $8

Downtown (Red Bank): Pepperwine, 8pm, FREE

Fat Baby (NYC): Shadow Pass / Morningside Lane / Shy Shape, 7:30pm, $8 adv, $10 door

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

Meatlocker (Montclair): Fetty Wap After-Party ft. LKFFCT / NGHTCRWLRS / Sunflower / Cape Ferello / The Great Depression / Peach Rings, 7:30pm, $10

The Saint (Asbury): The Weeklings, 7:30pm, $10

Wellmont Theater (Montclair): Fetty Wap / Welcome To The Zoo, 8pm, SOLD OUT

FRIDAY (2/5)

Asbury Park Yacht Club (Asbury): Fast Clare & Soul Compound / Tide Bends, 9pm, FREE

The Brighton Bar (Long Branch): Bobby Steele & The Undead (form. of The Misfits) / After The Burn / Suspect / Suicide Crisis, 8pm, $8, (18+)

The Citizen (Jersey City): Modern Chemistry / NGHTCRWLRS / Sammy Kay, 7pm, $5 (18+)

Clash Bar (Clifton): The Schwam / Frogg Party / Electric Sensai / Pass/Fail

Count Basie Theatre (Red Bank): William Shatner, 8pm, $29-$149

Court Tavern (New Brunswick): Who Killed Marilyn? / Julius Seizure / The Silverhounds, 8pm, $10

House of Independents (Asbury): Upright Citizens Brigade, 8pm, $20

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

Maxwell's Tavern (Hoboken): Unruly Mane / Morgan Treni / Dr. Liam Bingham, 8:30pm, $10

Meatlocker (Montclair): The Vansaders / Jean Pool / Morningside Lane / Bobby Mahoney & The Seventh Son / Sad Lips / The Ramparts Rebel, 8pm, donation

MillHill Basement (Trenton): The Damn Long Hairs / My Life On Film, 10pm

The Saint (Asbury): The Black Sox Scandal / The Vaughns / GayGuy/StraightGuy / The Mosers, 7:30pm, FREE

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

The Wonder Bar (Asbury): Cheap Thrills Pre-Party ft. gods / I Have Been Floated / Roy Orbitron, 7:30pm, $5


Asbury Park Yacht Club (Asbury): Désir Decir / Victory Blvd, 9pm, FREE

Aviv (Brooklyn): Jim Testa's Birthday w/ Peter Stampfel / Anmlplnet / Lauren Measure / Out of System Transfer / The Dregs, 8pm, $8 adv, $10 door

The Brighton Bar (Long Branch): The F-Bombers / Gravity Well / The Sacred (form. Knif) / Pure 13, 8pm, $8 (18+)

Clash Bar (Clifton): Tengger Cavalry / The Enigma Machine / Impossible Voyage / The Dark Matters

Convention Hall (Asbury): TV Tramps / Black Black Black / Hand Of Weed / Golden Grass, 5:30pm (Part of Cheap Thrills Bike Show & Swap Meet, starting at 10am)

Court Tavern (New Brunswick): Wolfasaurus REX / Silver Silver / Disposable / Kid Nichols, 8pm, $10

Langosta Lounge (Asbury): The Legendary Doughboys, 9:30pm, FREE

Maxwell's Tavern (Hoboken): Chevonne & The Fuzz / SYKA / The Clocktown Giants, 8:30pm, $8 adv, $10 door

Porta (Jersey City): Babraham Lincoln / Black Wail / Nervous Triggers, 11pm, FREE

Roxy & Dukes (Dunellen): Tam Garcia / Dynamite Orchestra / Busse and the Vibes, 9pm, $10

The Saint (Asbury): Cheap Thrills After-Party ft. Mr. Francisco, 10pm

Starland Ballroom (Sayreville): Zenergy Presents: BRUTAL BOWL 2016, 4pm, $10 adv, $15 door

The Stone Pony (Asbury): Stone Baby / Taylor Tote Band, 7pm, $10 adv, $12 door

Tumulty's Pub (New Brunswick): GHyp:See & The Wichts / Internal Rhyme / Powerlines / Josh Tyler, 9pm, FREE

The Wonder Bar (Asbury): Modern Chemistry / The Vansaders / Goodbye Tiger / Toy Cars, 7:30pm, $10

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

More NJ Tiny Desk Contest Submissions: Chris Brown, J.T. Makoviecki, We're Ghosts Now, where is my spaceship, Dentist

Deadline Submissions

Last week, I shared with you a few of the submissions from New Jersey artists for the 2016 Tiny Desk Contest. Since then, the deadline of February 2nd has passed; and I've come across a few more. I even helped make one.

Good luck to everybody, and thanks so much to Dentist for trusting me to help make theirs.

Here are the latest.

Chris Brown (Asbury Park), "Son"

J.T. Makoviecki (Jackson), "Knees, Eyes, Hands"

We're Ghosts Now (Freehold), "On the Road"

where is my spaceship (Hackensack), "those drugs"

Dentist (Asbury Park), "You Say"