Friday, February 21, 2020

New Video from The Battery Electric

"Big Tears"

The Battery Electric have been part of the CoolDad Music family since some of our earliest days. Things haven't been the same here in Asbury Park since Brent (Bergholm) and Ron (Santee) took the band out to sunny Southern California. A few days ago, Brent surprised me with news of a new Battery Electric single, the first recorded by Brent and Ron as a duo.

On "Big Tears," Brent handles bass, keys, and -- of course -- guitar; while Ron brings it on drums and vocals. The duo recorded and mixed all of the instruments themselves, tracking drums at Jesse Hughes's Dangerous House of Thoughts Studios and doing the rest in Brent's LA loft space. They shot the video in Joshua Tree with creative duo Ian & Bonnie just before the pair left Hollywood for their native Chile.

And, just like that, we have a new song from our prodigal sons in The Battery Electric. Created and released into the world in the same shoot from the hip style that the band have always been known for, "Big Tears" draws on a long rock and roll tradition. It blends the disparate influences of punk, hard rock, and soul that have long characterized The Battery Electric's sound.

The video, directed by Ian Sepulveda and co-starring Bonnie Carvaccio, features images of seedy motels, pawn shop robberies, and dusty getaways. Every scene is touched by a retro sheen and the heat of the California desert.

Check out the latest from The Battery Electric right here. "Big Tears" is streaming everywhere, including over at The Battery Electric's Bandcamp page.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

What's Going On: 2/20, 2/21, 2/22 & 2/23, 2020

Screaming Females play White Eagle Hall on Saturday.

Garden Party

I've personally been taking it pretty easy show-wise. But there's some stuff that should be able to get anyone out this weekend.

On Thursday night, latewaves, Earth Telephone, Bobby Mahoney & The Seventh Son, and Lake Lillies are at The Saint. Lucero hit White Eagle Hall in Jersey City on Friday. Friday also brings Black Lips back to Asbury Lanes. On Saturday night, Screaming Females play their annual February Jersey show at White Eagle Hall with Mal Blum, Radioactivity, and No Men.

Lots of other stuff, too.

Have fun. Don't drink and drive.


Ask (Ask): Parish / For Lack Of A Term / Drive, Kid / EGG, 7pm

Bowery Ballroom (NYC): Sloan, 8pm, $25

Brighton Bar (Long Branch): Suspect / Kill The Engine / The Tommy Allen Band, $7

The Clubhouse (Toms River): Well Wisher / Swamp City Rockers / Rest Ashore / Boyfriends, 7pm, $10

Crossroads (Garwood): Nine Eighteen / Died Out / Graveyard Ghost Story / Brian Rothenbeck, 7pm, $10

In The West (New Brunswick): Toads / The Human Fly / Holden Wrecks / Format War, 7pm

Jamian's (Red Bank): Vendetta Rose / Nick Ryan and The Mess / The Extensions / Sunsets.From.Jupiter, 7pm

Meatlocker (Montclair): Dutch Guts / The Damn Long Hairs / Public Serpents / Thirsty Guys, 9pm, $10

Millhill Basement (Trenton): Johnny Ott / Tim Hoh Jr / Space Jam / Houston The Punk Poet, 9pm

Planet X (Ridgewood, Queens): Grim Streaker / TVOD / Ashjesus, 8pm, $10

The Saint (Asbury): latewaves / Earth Telephone / Bobby Mahoney & The Seventh Son / Lake Lillies, 7:30pm, $8

Wonder Bar (Asbury): The New Deal / Wax Future, 7pm, $18

FRIDAY (2/21)

The Asbury Hotel, Soundbooth (Asbury): Kasey Jean / Rang Cherries / Stephen H. Christ / Ludvista, 9pm

Asbury Lanes (Asbury): Black Lips / Warish / Sweet Joey's Thing Of Beauty, 9pm

Asbury Park Yacht Club (Asbury): Accidental Seabirds / The Mercury Brothers, 9:30pm

Brighton Bar (Long Branch): Thelonius Funk / Ross Owen / Flourish / Ham By The Pound, 6pm, $12-$15

Chubby Pickle (Highlands): The Foes Of Fern / We're Ghosts Now / Alix Gagliastro, 9pm

The Clubhouse (Toms River): Indigo Remedy / Dustin James / Luis Mojica / Kelli Faith / A-Supp, 7pm, $5

Count Basie Center (Red Bank): Tracy Morgan, 8pm, $30-$75

Flemington DIY (Flemington): Jack and The Me Offs / Moment To Capitalize / A Beautiful Somewhere / Back Pocket Alimony / Cousin Oven, 6pm, $5

Gentle Giant Brewing (Pearl River, NY): Impossible Colors / Ruby Bones / The Milwaukees / The Foxfires, 7:30pm

House of Independents (Asbury): Emo Night Brooklyn, 9pm

Jamian's (Red Bank): Jarod Clemons and The Late Nights, 10pm

John & Peter's (New Hope, PA): Alpha Rabbit / Cyclone Static / Party Muscles / Jon Kindred / The Great Dying, 7:30pm

Langosta Lounge (Asbury): The Billy Walton Band, 8:30pm

Millhill Basement (Trenton): Lettermans / The Sheckies / Ruin By Design / True Will / Fangers, 9pm, $5

Red Tank Brewing (Red Bank): Superjudge / VX, 8pm

Roxy & Dukes (Dunellen): Lou Tambone / Sad About Girls / Rick Barth, 8pm

The Saint (Asbury): Fungkshui / Honey Wild / Red House Blue House / Chillbillies, 7:30pm, $12

Stone Pony (Asbury): Super Diamond (Neil Diamond covers), 9pm, $20

TV Eye NYC (Ridgewood, Queens): Mean Jeans / Dirty Fences / Brower, 8pm, $13

Water Witch Coffee (Highlands): Jessie McCormick / Little Hag, 7pm

White Eagle Hall (Jersey City): Lucero / Jade Jackson, 8:30pm, $25

Wonder Bar (Asbury Park): Longwave / Heaven / The Veldt, 7pm, $15


10PRL (Long Branch): Blaise & David Ross Lawn, 9pm, $10

The Asbury Hotel, Soundbooth (Asbury): Alex English, 9pm

Asbury Lanes (Asbury): DJ Values, 9pm

Asbury Park Yacht Club (Asbury): Soul Preachers, 9:30pm

Brighton Bar (Long Branch): Purgatory / Phantom Lords / No Fizz / Second Chance, 7pm, $15

Chamber 43 (Highland Park): The Foxfires / Tiyaga / Quinton Smith, 7:30pm, $5

Chubby Pickle (Highlands): Marc Tappan & The Dirty Shine / Doug Mika / Jennifer Karma / Patty C & Friends, 9pm

House of Independents (Asbury): Strike Anywhere, 7pm, $20-$22

Langosta Lounge (Asbury): The Shady Street Show Band, 9:30pm

Mercury Lounge (NYC): The Shivas / The Advertisers / High Waisted, 7pm, $12

Millhill Basement (Trenton): Yorkshire 10th / Scoville Unit / White Cactus / kqhyt kqhyt, 8pm

The Saint (Asbury): The Voodudes / The Outcrops, 5:30pm, $15-$20

Starland Ballroom (Sayreville): Freestyle Explosion, 8pm

Stone Pony (Asbury): Jesse Malin / Hollis Brown / Ecks Men / Matty Carlock & The Jailbirds, 7pm, $22

White Eagle Hall (Jersey City): Screaming Females / Mal Blum / Radioactivity / No Men, 7:30pm, $20

Wonder Bar (Asbury): The Dude Ranch (Blink 182 covers), 7pm

SUNDAY (2/23)

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

Brighton Bar (Long Branch): A Will Away / America Part Two / Have A Good Season / Pollyanna / My Rising Fall, 6pm, $13-$15

The Clubhouse (Toms River): latewaves / The Big Easy / Wetbrain / Ella Ross, 7pm, $10

House of Independents (Asbury): flor, 7pm

Langosta Lounge (Asbury): PJ Rasmussen Trio, 1pm

Meatlocker (Montclair): Meltdown at the Meatlocker Pt. 2, 9pm

Wonder Bar (Asbury): Pat Roddy Band / Bob Polding Band / Eddie Testa Band / Ryan Gregg & Friends / Pat Guadagno / Bob Burger, 2pm, $20

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Habibi Played a Record Release at Market Hotel with Ice Balloons and Champagne Superchillin', 2/15/20

Habibi by Rose Lamela

Saturday Nights In Brooklyn

Words and Pictures by Rose Lamela

Habibi had their record release party at Market Hotel this past weekend, and I was there to finally see them play live. I had been listening to "Angel Eyes" from their latest release Anywhere But Here a whole bunch before the show. Its trance-y sound sticks in your head, and you will find yourself humming it throughout your day. It was time for my ears to hear it live.

I love Market Hotel despite its challenges with lighting which becomes a little stressful for a photographer. It's something about the vibe there and the train running behind the bands that has always intrigued me. Getting to see a good line up there makes it all the merrier.

Ice Balloons opened up the show, and I got into their noisy electronic sound immediately. I especially loved the song "Surface." Its drone-y sound made me investigate their album Fiesta on my ride back.  The lyrics were screamed into a mic by lead singer Sean Kennerly who was wearing a ratty fly mask. Songs like "Wasp," which were accompanied by fast bass riffs and electronic fillers, filled the dark venue and muffled the sound of the nearby trains.

Ice Balloons
Ice Balloons
Ice Balloons
Ice Balloons

Champagne Superchillin' came on next and changed the vibe completely. They had a funky groovy sound that complemented their retro outfits. I especially dug the song "Fragment" from their album Destino. They are a pretty fun band to see live and will make you brush up on some of your French to get down with the lyrics.

Champagne Superchillin'
Champagne Superchillin'
Champagne Superchillin'
Champagne Superchillin'

Habibi came up next dressed in white jumpsuits. They delivered a great live performance playing some of their best tunes like "Tomboy" and "Sweetest Talk." I was especially happy to hear "Angel Eyes" and "Come My Habibi." The place was packed, and I could feel the floor moving as their fans danced and sang along. They brought out a Valentine's Day cake with a sparkler onto the stage to celebrate their album release. Lead singer Rahill Jamalifard thanked the fans and shared that she was playing despite not feeling very well after coming back from a trip. For someone who wasn't feeling well, she totally delivered.


It was a delightful night in Brooklyn that inspired a playlist with music from this 3-band lineup to accompany me on my commute this week. I suggest you check them all out!!

You can check out all of Rosi's pics up at Flickr.

Friday, February 14, 2020

New Vids from High Waisted, The Red Room

High Waisted announced a new single and album.

Coupla Videos for Your Valentine

The Red Room, "Joke in Utopia"

NJ four-piece, The Red Room, have been out there working hard for the last little while now. Their name comes up in the weekly listings post here just about every weekend. They recently put together shows with Spookey Ruben, and they opened for Richard Lloyd of Television just last month. We even had them on one of our shows back in the spring.

At the end of last year, the band released their debut album, Mind Razor. The record showcases The Red Room's combination of 90s grunge and heavy psych rock. Last week The Red Room released a video for Mind Razor single, "Joke in Utopia." Shot at Atlantic Highlands Art Council by Kris Khunachuk, the clip is a performance video augmented by some psychedelic visuals.

The Red Room are at Brighton Bar in Long Branch this Sunday, February 16th; and Mind Razor is available now. Give the guys a follow on Facebook to keep up with their steady stream of live dates.

High Waisted, "Boys Can't Dance"

NYC's High Waisted are a band who work hard and play hard -- or maybe it's more accurate to say that High Waisted are a band who work hard at making sure their audience plays hard. At any rate, encouraging people to let out their inner wild side has always been part of the High Waisted playbook. That ethos is on full display in the video for the band's latest single, "Boys Can't Dance."

Singer / guitarist Jessica Louise Dye says in a press release announcing the single, "There's nothing more freeing than getting lost in your favorite song and letting your body wiggle, shake and twist void of worry or insecurities in the middle of a crowded room. Everyone deserves to dance."

"Boys Can't Dance" ratchets up the energy of High Waisted's 60s-inspired garage surf, and the Zachary Wright-directed video does a great job of bringing that freeing feeling Dye was talking about to life.

"Boys Can't Dance" is the lead single from High Waisted's upcoming sophomore LP, Sick of Saying Sorry. Co-produced by The Hold Steady's Tad Kubler and Saves The Day's Arun Bali, the album is due on May 22nd.

High Waisted will be at Mercury Lounge in NYC next Saturday, February 22nd.