Tuesday, July 16, 2019

SHUT UP: S/T Album and Release Show on 8/3. Playing with The Messthetics on 7/21.



SHUT UP, the Asbury Park punk trio of Dan Matthews (guitar / vocals), Jamie Conner (bass), and Bob Paulos (drums), have a busy few weeks ahead of them. This Sunday, 7/21, they'll be playing Asbury Park Yacht Club when they open for The Messthetics (the long-time Fugazi rhythm section of Brendan Canty and Joe Lally along with guitarist Anthony Pirog). On 8/3, SHUT UP will be releasing their debut album; and we're honored to be helping them present their release show on the same day at The Stone Pony.

SHUT UP have been fixtures of the live Asbury Park music scene for a couple of years now, and the band's members are familiar from their other projects like The Black Clouds and GayGuy/StraightGuy. Their debut brings together the songs with which they've been assaulting audiences during those live sets. Jack Endino (whose production / engineering credits include Nirvana, Soundgarden, Mudhoney, L7 just to name a very, very few) co-produced with Matthews and handled recording, mixing, and mastering at Soundhouse in Seattle. The result is a relentless 27-minute set of songs that manage to say quite a bit given their, mostly, short run times.

By the time you start to feel the barrage of drum hits from Paulos as Matthews growls, "You think you have the answers / We'll give you something you won't forget" on "Better Luck Next Time," you know that SHUT UP aren't planning to take it easy on you. And, thematically, the band spend a good chunk of the record calling out complacency, selfishness, and phonies. With lines like "The People that I grew up trusting were full of shit" on "Blood Orgy," "You know I'll always have your back / If there's something in it for me" on "Ramen," and "Punk erosion. / They only care about Me Me Me Me" on "...Nope," it's clear that SHUT UP are done with everyone's bullshit.

The album also touches on some of the bigger issues facing us. Matthews snarls, "Just being rich and white / Doesn't give you the right / To choose who gets to live / And who dies" over a martial drum beat on "Resistance." The 3-minute epic (by SHUT UP standards, anyway), "Indifference Kills," goes out on an ominous wall of noise, pushed along by Conner's bass, after Matthews declares, "We're on a sinking ship / And no one gives a fuck."

SHUT UP brings together elements of hardcore and grunge. The songwriting reveals a familiarity with the ways in which life, the music business, and the world can feel pretty screwed up. SHUT UP see all of that, and their answer is to throw all of that back into the faces of the worst offenders and to continue to rock.

SHUT UP is available for pre-order now and will be out on Capacitor Records on 8/3. SHUT UP celebrate with a release show at The Stone Pony that very day. Helping them out with that will be Hot Blood and Fetal Rage. CoolDad Music is a proud co-presenter. Advance tickets are available here.

This Sunday, 7/21, SHUT UP open for The Messthetics at Asbury Park Yacht Club. That show is free.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Premiere: New Video from Yawn Mower

Yawn Mower

"Jersey Shore" (The Promise Ring)

Earlier this year, Asbury Park duo Yawn Mower released Why Work Harder Than You Have To, an EP of 90s covers, with Mint 400 Records. One of that collection's stand-out tracks is the band's take on 1999 single, "Jersey Shore," by Milwaukee's The Promise Ring. It's a pretty faithful interpretation; but the song does get an added layer of authenticity since Yawn Mower are from, you know, the Jersey Shore.

Today, we're happy to premiere the video for "Jersey Shore." Yawn Mower worked with the team at Rosi's Art (Rose Lamela, Christo Apostolou, and Allison Councill) and shot the clip at Fusaro Pizza in Manahawkin, NJ. The video takes us through a workday with Yawn Mower at the restaurant. Let's just say that neither Biff nor Chick is in the running for Fusaro Employee of the Month. But, I mean, why work harder than you have to, right? The collaboration does a great job of capturing the personality of probably the most fun band on the Jersey Shore.

Check out the video right here. Head over to The Saint tomorrow, 7/13, when Yawn Mower play as part of a bill supporting The Sheila Divine that also features their Mint 400 label mates Ultra Major and Ruby Bones.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

What's Going On: 7/11, 7/12, 7/13 & 7/14, 2019

The Bouncing Souls are back on The Summer Stage on Saturday.

Free Slurpees! Stoked!

It's 7-Eleven Day, so don't forget to stop in for your free frozen, sugary concoction. Cherry is good. I like strawberry, too.


It's Stoked for the Summer Weekend, meaning there are a whole bunch of events around The Bouncing Souls' Summer Stage Performance on Saturday. There's a pre-party at House of Independents on Friday with Beach Slang, The Ratchets, Worriers, and Lost In Society. On Saturday, there's a during / after-party at APYC with Crazy & The Brains and more. In Jersey City, lots of friends -- The RockNRoll Hi-Fives, Teenage Halloween, Well Wisher -- play the all-day Lucky 7 Rock n Roll BBQ. Heart Bones, featuring Sabrina Ellis and Har Mar Superstar, play Le Poisson Rouge with Good Fuck on Sunday.

Also on Friday, our friends Algebra II have the party for their debut full-length at the brewery. Long Neck, Resounding No, and Joy Cleaner join them on that one.

There's a whole bunch more stuff, too.

Have fun. Don't drink and drive.


Anchor's Bend (Asbury): Southern Avenue / Mike Montrey Band, 5pm

The Asbury Hotel, Rooftop (Asbury): James Dalton, 6pm

The Asbury Hotel, Soundbooth (Asbury): Open Mic, 8pm

Asbury Park Yacht Club (Asbury): Captain Cream & The Forest Fires, 9pm

Baby's All Right (Brooklyn): The Sheila Divine / Ultra Major, 7pm, $10-$12

Baby's All Right (Brooklyn): Surfbort / Crickets / Twompsax, 9:30pm, $20

Barca City (New Brunswick): Tam Garcia / Hauntedbottles, 8:30pm

Brighton Bar (Long Branch): Faxbri / Vazzy / Ben Ril / Victoria, 6:45pm

Chubby Pickle (Highlands): Country Music Night, 7pm

FM Jersey City (Jersey City): Smoke And Mirror Routine / Viktor.digital / Trash Paisley and The Waste Management / LJA, 8pm

House of Independents (Asbury): Richie LaBamba & Friends, 7pm, $20-$25

Meatlocker (Montclair): Catch Me If You Can / RJ Noebels / Batting A Thousand / Steve Burks / Jeff Linden and The Black Spot Society, 8pm, $10

Millhill Basement (Trenton): MegaNow! Dance Party w Quintintarantina / Caleb Ray Walker, 9pm

Monty Hall (Jersey City): The Messthetics, 9pm, $12-$14

Pier Village (Long Branch): Motor City Revue, 7pm

Radio City (NYC): CHVRCHES / Charly Bliss, 8pm, $26-$50.50

The Stone Pony (Asbury): Spafford, 7pm, $22.50-$30

The Whitechapel Projects (Long Branch): Hysteria (Record Release) / Glazer/ KPG / Splundr, 8pm, $10

Wonder Bar (Asbury): Heather Gillis, 9pm

FRIDAY (7/12)

The Asbury Hotel, Soundbooth (Asbury): Dan Amato & The Sentimental Gentlemen / Joseph Alton Miller / Matt Cook, 9pm

Asbury Park Brewery (Asbury): Algebra II (Record Release) / Long Neck / Resounding No / Joy Cleaner, 8pm, $10

Asbury Park Music Foundation (Asbury): Summer Rap N Rock Tour, 5:30pm, $10

Asbury Park Yacht Club (Asbury): Dark City Strings, 10:30

BoonTunes (Boonton): Future Reflection / Tula Vera / Ernston / Loyalty To Me, 7pm, $10

Bowery Ballroom (NYC): Charly Bliss, 8pm, SOLD OUT

Brighton Bar (Long Branch): Choke Artist / Defiance Engine / TV Tramps / Tiki Torture, 8pm, $10

Chubby Pickle (Highlands): OQ / Death By Fiction / The Macks / Where's Tino, 8pm

The Clubhouse (Toms River): The Walk Arounds / Baron Praxis / Vendetta Rose, 7pm, $5

FM Jersey City (Jersey City): The Fuzz / Emily & The Ideals / Soul Miner, 7:30pm, $8

House of Independents (Asbury): Stoked for the Summer Pre-Party ft. Beach Slang / The Ratchets / Worriers / Lost In Society, 7pm, $16-$18

Langosta Lounge (Asbury): Waiting On Mongo, 9:30pm

Little Buddy Hideaway (Asbury): Black Widows, 9pm

Low Fidelity Bar (Jersey City): Seamstress / Grace Ludmila, 7pm

Millhill Basement (Trenton): Dab Nebula / Porcupine / Prouns / Suspect, 9pm

Our Wicked Lady (Brooklyn): Kal Marks / Lost Boy ? / High Pony / Sic Tic, 7:30pm, $10

Roxy & Dukes Roadhouse (Dunellen): Vigilante Cowboys / Graveyard School / Bitter Crush / Ziggy Shock / Famous & Fallen, 7pm, $10

The Saint (Asbury): In Spite Of / Candace Schur, 7:30pm, $10

Scarlet Pub (New Brunswick): The Quiet Giants / Hoochi Coochi / Lavender Disaster, 8pm, $5

The Seafarer Bar (Highlands): Stringbean, 7pm

The Stone Pony Summer Stage (Asbury): moe. / Blues Traveler / G. Love, 5pm, $39.50

Union Pool (Brooklyn): The Messthetics / Lulu Lewis, 8pm

Union Transfer (Philly): Belle and Sebastian / Ex Hex, 7pm, SOLD OUT

White Eagle Hall (Jersey City): Bill Calahan, 8:30pm, SOLD OUT

The Whitechapel Projects (Long Branch): Black Matter Device / Hunter Alive / Comb The Desert / Mikita, 7pm, $8

Wonder Bar (Asbury): Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers, 8pm, $27


The Asbury Hotel, Soundbooth (Asbury): Nick Ryan Band, 9pm

Asbury Park Yacht Club (Asbury): Crazy & The Brains / Rebuilder / Jukebox Romantics / Bobby Mahoney / Swiss Army, 9:30pm

Brighton Bar (Long Branch): Halloween In July, 7pm, $12-$15

Chubby Pickle (Highlands): Amanda Conti / Raising Dinosaurs / Andrew Stoddard, 9pm

The Clubhouse (Toms River): Nightfires / Sunshine Hysteria / Judo Chop / Calling Down Fire, 7pm

Crossroads (Garwood): Field Day / Doc Hopper / Nine Eighteen, 7pm, $20

The Fire (Philly): Summer Rap N Rock Tour, 2pm, $10

Fox & Crow (Jersey City): Debra Devi and Chogyi Lama, 10pm

House Of Independents (Asbury): 90s Dance Party, 10pm

In The West (New Brunswick): WIMS (Record Release) / Joy Cleaner / Scare City / Racket Man, 7pm, $5

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

Lucky Bar (Jersey City): Lucy 7's Rock N Roll BBQ w Well Wisher / Teenage Halloween / The RockNRoll Hi-Fives / pioneer the eel / The Skullers, 12 noon

Meatlocker (Montclair): Gutter Christ Colt 45 Pie Fight Show, 9pm

Millhill Basement (Trenton): Alpha Rabbit / Exmaid / Brickwall Monty / 19DRT / Erotic Novels, 9pm

Pino's Gift Basket (Highland Park): Soft Rock Renegades / The Milwaukees / Atom Driver / Zero For Conduct, 8pm

Roxy & Dukes Roadhouse (Dunellen): Orbynot / Lana Blac / Crewman Number Six / Springwood Sound, 7:30pm, $10

The Saint (Asbury): The Sheila Divine / Ultra Major / Yawn Mower / Ruby Bones, 7pm, $12-$15

Seafarer Bar (Highlands): Rachel Ana Dobken, 7pm

The Stone Pony Summer Stage (Asbury): The Bouncing Souls / Mighty Mighty Bosstones / Leftover Crack / Fucked Up / Spanish Love Songs, 4:30pm, $39.50-$42.50

Transparent Clinch (Asbury): Matt Sucich / Seamstress / Levy Okun, 4pm

Wonder Bar (Asbury): DJ Riff Raff, 9:30pm

SUNDAY (7/14)

The Asbury Hotel, Rooftop (Asbury): Audra Mariel, 6pm

The Asbury Hotel, Soundbooth (Asbury): Sandy Mack, 4pm

Asbury Park Brewery (Asbury): Stoked for the Summer Hangover Party w Roger Harvey & The High Lifers, 12 noon, FREE

Baby's All Right (Brooklyn): Period Bomb / A Deer A Horse / Irrevery / Ribbonhead / Holy Hell, 9:30pm, $10-$12

Brighton Bar (Long Branch): Generation Underground / Breath Before Death / Anaconda Plan, 5pm, $12-$15

FM Jersey City (Jersey City): Summer Rap N Rock Tour, 5:30pm, $10

Le Poisson Rouge (NYC): Heart Bones / Good Fuck, 7pm, $15

The Stone Pony Summer Stage (Asbury): Sublime with Rome / SOJA / Common Kings, 5pm, $39.50

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

What's Been Going On?

Titus Andronicus at Rough Trade NYC

So, What Have I Been Up To?

I always kinda hate reading blog posts that are like, "Sorry. I know I haven't posted in a while." But, sorry...?

For a variety of reasons, I haven't been feeling the fire that I used to around here. Some of it is feeling the need to maintain some perspective about what's important in life. Some of it is probably just age. Some of it is wanting to spend more time with the coolfamily before the cooldaughters start to move on to the next big phases in their lives. Some of it is... ...well, I don't really know.

I felt a little surge of inspiration around Father's Day Weekend with shows from Sweet Spirit / High Waisted, William Tyler / Renee Maskin. Then, later that week, I got out to a great show with White Reaper, TWEN, and Dentist. It felt like I was getting back in the groove.

Sweet Spirit at Rough Trade NYC
High Waisted at Rough Trade NYC
William Tyler at The Saint
Renee Maskin at The Saint
Dentist at Wonder Bar
TWEN at Wonder Bar
White Reaper at Wonder Bar

The following weekend, I hit both local release shows with Titus Andronicus for An Obelisk. I got to watch and talk to my favorite band. I took a bunch of pretty cool pictures. But I never got around to saying anything about the shows. Same for the excellent Happy Mondays that week with Daddies, QWAM, and Shut Up.

Titus Andronicus at Rough Trade NYC
Titus Andronicus at Rough Trade NYC
Titus Andronicus at vintage Vinyl
QWAM at Wonder Bar
Shut Up at Wonder Bar
Daddies at Wonder Bar

As usual, though, our fantastic contributors, Henry and Rosi, kept the content coming with Henry's reviews and a truly in-depth interview with Chris Stamey and Rosi's coverage of Screaming Females and Swearin' at Brooklyn's Industry City. Tom Barrett also honored us with the opportunity to premiere his solo EP, Three Songs.

Screaming Females by Rose Lamela at Industry City
Swearin' by Rose Lamela at Industry City

This past weekend, CoolMom and I hit the heartwarming (and body-roasting) show with The RockNRoll Hi-Fives and Mulch (who we all know by now is Dentist, right?) at Asbury Park Yacht Club; and I made a last-minute decision to catch Potty Mouth and Colleen Green at Asbury Park Brewery on Sunday night. That was a good call. More pictures.

"Mulch" at APYC
The RockNRoll Hi-Fives at APYC
Potty Mouth at Asbury Park Brewery
Colleen Green at Asbury Park Brewery

I've also been listening to lots of stuff including new albums from Pip Blom, Mannequin Pussy, Rick Barry, and of course Titus Andronicus. Reviews haven't been coming as easily as they used to, but I plan on writing something about at least a couple of these.


What am I saying? I'm not sure, really. I've toyed with the idea of saying that, for all intents and purposes, I'm done here; but I don't think that's the right call. It's been fun spending more time at home with the coolfamily, riding my bike, and watching my Yankees / Mets games; but I also love taking and editing pictures. And almost nothing makes me happier than the feeling of being at a live performance for a band that I love. Every one of those shows I mentioned above elevated my frame of mind for, at least, a little while.

So, I guess, I'm going to keep doing whatever it is I've been doing here as best I can for a little while. I'll continue to share whatever Henry, Rosi, and whoever else want to provide. I'll tote my camera along to shows, and I'll do my best to help my friends find places to play their music. And I'll always be a place where artists can share their art if they want to continue to give me that opportunity.

I haven't been reading emails or messages as religiously as I used to, and I'm sorry for that; but that kind of stuff has taken kind of a backseat to things like driving the girls around or riding my bike by the beach.

Thanks for reading and thanks for sticking with me.

Oh! And don't forget to come out to The Saint on 7/29 for the show... ...No! THE THING!... ...I've been most excited about this summer. You might get to see my heart burst right out of my chest, and you'll have a blast.

Poster by Matt Hockenjos

In the meantime, you can follow me on Instagram at @cooldadmusic. All the pictures I take eventually show up in the Flickr account.