Thursday, April 25, 2019

What's Going On: 4/25, 4/26, 4/27 & 4/28, 2019

Beardos 'N Weirdos

Greetings from Houston. Been a crazy day. Better late than never, I guess.

Just remember to come out to The Whitechapel Projects in Long Branch on Saturday, 4/27, for the 8th Annual Garden State Beard & 'Stache Competition, brought to you by The Garden State Beard & Mustache Society, Little Dickman Records, and me. Lowlight, Coach N' Commando, Old Lady. Beards. 'Staches. Brews. Food. Fun.

Also, you've got the Asbury Park Music & Film Festival, Yo La Tengo, Girlpool, Slothrust, and more. Big doings.

Have fun.

Don't drink and drive.


The Anchor's Bend (Asbury): So You Want To Be A Comedian?, 8pm

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

Barca City (New Brunswick): B3N / Bad Tiger, 9pm

BoonTunes (Boonton): Dizzy Bats / Bobby Mahoney & The Seventh Son / Switch Mob / House Call, 6:30pm, $10

Chubby Pickle (Highlands): Matt Dubrow & Joe Mozino / Patty C / John Rafferty, 9pm

FM (Jersey City): Che A.H. Arther / Dick Valentine / Tom Barrett, 8pm, $10

The Footlight (Ridgewood, Queens): A Very Special Episode / Gorgeous / Pocket Protector / Nihiloceros, 7:45pm, $10

House Of Independents (Asbury): Ann Marie, 6pm, $19.50-$74.50

Paramount Theatre (Asbury): APMFF: "Echo In The Canyon" w Jakob Dylan / Cat Power / Jade, 7pm

Roxy & Dukes Roadhouse (Dunellen): Sick / Damage Done / Fangers, 7pm, $5

The Saint (Asbury): APMFF: The Vansaders / That's How They Get Ya / Jackie June / Kory Hilpmann, 6pm, $10

Starland Ballroom (Sayreville): Chase Rice, 7pm

FRIDAY (4/26)

The Asbury Hotel, Soundbooth (Asbury): SOF / Levy Okun / Geoff Doubleday, 9pm

Asbury Lanes (Asbury): Papadosio / Lespecial, 7pm

Asbury Park Yacht Club (Asbury): Sumptin' Good, 9:30pm

BoonTunes (Boonton): Surprise Of The Century Video Release Party, 7pm, $10

Chubby Pickle (Highlands): The Daily Rituals / Jon Conte & Friends / Joshua Mark, 9pm

Clash Bar (Clifton): The Angry Pirates (Record Release) / Answer Infinity / The Fuzz / From The Concrete, 8pm

Creative Space (Ask): Dada Dolls / Program. / Sin LIst / KPG, 7pm, $5

Gold Sounds (Brooklyn): The Vaughns / Dizzy Bats / Sean Nolan and The Heartmakers / Mutual Interest / Crooked Thumb, 7pm, $10-$13

Gutter Bar (Brooklyn): Lost Boy ? / Karabas Barabas / Butthole University / Ghost Piss, 7pm

House of Independents (Asbury): Jake Miller / Logan Henderson / Just Seconds Apart, 7pm, $20-$28

Icarus Brewing (Lakewood): The World/Inferno Friendship Society / Puppy Grease, 5pm, $15

Langosta Lounge (Asbury): The Grip Weeds, 9pm

Monmouth University (West Long Branch): X Fest ft. Camp Cope / Chris Farren, 6pm

Paramount Theatre (Asbury): APMFF: Gary U.S. Bonds Birthday w Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers, 6:30pm, $25-$149

Pino's Gift Basket (Highland Park): RGD / Low and Slow, 8pm

Roxy & Dukes Roadhouse (Dunellen): Newborn Kings / Delmont / Barren One, 7:30pm, $10

The Saint (Asbury): APMFF: "It Might Get Loud" w/ Backhouse / Pamela Flores, 5:30pm, $10

The Stone Pony (Asbury): Yo La Tengo / Yung Wu, 7pm, $30-$35

Stosh's (Fair Lawn): Quality Living / The Extensions / Kate Dressed Up / Ruby Bones / SONOFDOV, 7:30pm

White Eagle Hall (Jersey City): Sheer Mag / Night Birds / The Smarthearts, 8pm

Wonder Bar (Asbury): APMFF: Bobby Bandiera Band, 8pm, $16-$20


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

Asbury Lanes (Asbury): Girlpool / Hatchie / Teenage Halloween, 7pm

Asbury Park Brewery (Asbury): Diet Cig / Remember Sports, 7pm, SOLD OUT

Asbury Park Yacht Club (Asbury): Jackson Pines / Frank Lombardi, 9:30pm

Brighton Bar (Long Branch): Mephiskapheles / Backyard Superheroes / The Schwam / Joker's Republic, 7pm, $12

Chubby Pickle (Highlands): Under 21 Open Mic Night, 5:30pm

Chubby Pickle (Highlands): James Pace / Michael Boylan / Sweet Lou, 8:30pm

Clash Bar (Clifton): Six To Eight Mathematics / Match Party / The Graveyard School, 8:30pm, $10

FM (Jersey City): Sea Of Otters / Neithernors / Nikki & The Sky Rockets / Anthony Tamburro Band / Terry Haman / Chrissy Roberts / Chris & The Crazy Cats / Chrissy & Nick, 7pm, $10

House Of Independents (Asbury): APMFF: Screening of "Creem: Boy Howdy! The Story Of Creem Magazine," 12pm

House Of Independents (Asbury): Hot Water Music, 8pm, $17.50-$35

Langosta Lounge (Asbury): The Dough Boys, 9pm

Millhill Basement (Trenton): Teef / DJ Flea Market vs DJ Alien / Billy Blaze / Team Rockaset / Mr. Mooch, 9pm

Paramount Theatre (Asbury): APMFF: "Clarence Clemons, Who Do I Think I Am?" 12pm, $10-$35

Paramount Theatre (Asbury): APMFF: The Springsteen Archives, 3:30pm

Roxy & Dukes Roadhouse (Dunellen): Know Your Enemy / Among Us / Acid Cactus / Fear The Masses, 7:30pm

The Saint (Asbury): APMFF: "The Harder They Come," 2pm, $10

The Saint (Asbury): Here Lies Man / Ribeye Brothers / Tide Bends, 7:30pm, $12

The Stone Pony (Asbury): APMFF: The Tangiers Blues Band, 8pm

White Eagle Hall (Jersey City): VAV, 5pm

The Whitechapel Projects (Long Branch): The 8th Annual Garden State Beard & 'Stache Competition ft. Lowlight / Coach N' Commando / Old Lady, 5pm, $5 suggested donation for suicide prevention

Wonder Bar (Asbury): Waiting On Mongo, 8pm, $12

SUNDAY (4/28)

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

Asbury Lanes (Asbury): Slothrust / Summer Cannibals, 7pm

Brighton Bar (Long Branch): Serious Matters / Till I Fall / Wavebreak / Nothing Like Tomorrow, 6pm, $10

Chubby Pickle (Highlands): Table Tennis Dreamer / Cranston Dean / Brian Erickson, 7pm

FM (Jersey City): Julio Fernandez & Friends, 5pm, $8

House Of Independents (Asbury): APMFF: Dylan Archives IV, 11:30am, $20-$25

House Of Independents (Asbury): APMFF: The Show's The Thing, 1pm, $20-$25

House Of Independents (Asbury): Hot Water Music, 7pm, $17.50-$35

Paramount Theatre (Asbury): APMFF: "Miles Davis, Birth of the Cool," 12pm, $12

Paramount Theatre (Asbury): APMFF: "Asbury Park: Riot, Redemption, Rock N Roll," 3pm, $10-$35

Paramount Theatre (Asbury): APMFF: "Trey Anastasio: Between Me and My Mind," 7pm

The Saint (Asbury): APMFF: "Roadie: The Documentary," 2pm, $10

The Saint (Asbury): APMFF After Party ft. Rachel Ana Dobken / Aristocants / Flexi-Glass / Alix Gagliastro Band / Matt Dubrow & The Captives, 7pm, $5

The Stone Pony (Asbury): APMFF: The Music of Bruce Springsteen for Kids, 11am, $15

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Andrew Cashen, Back in Texas, 2019

Album Review

I'm back in Texas. The coolfamily and I are in Houston visiting CooMom's dad for a few days over spring break. Coincidentally, I've spent the last few days listening to the debut, solo release, Back in Texas, from Andrew Cashen (A Giant Dog, Sweet Spirit). A portion of that listening happened on Easter Sunday as I took advantage of the nice weather to try and head out for a run. I hesitate to call this a return to the old "Sunday Run Album Review" feature, but we'll see.


After over a decade of working and writing with his A Giant Dog / Sweet Spirit bandmate, Sabrina Ellis, Andrew Cashen goes it alone for the first time on Back in Texas. Most of the songs on the record feature Cashen's crooner-y baritone -- think the opening lines to A Giant Dog's "Bendover" -- paired with soulful and spacious 60s-style arrangements.

The title track kicks things off in highly danceable fashion with its bluesy vibe set against a chorus of horns and backing vocals. Easygoing single "Frank Sinatra's Yacht" contrasts lush string arrangements and an exotic, tropical feel with a sense of feeling hemmed in by a place. "There's no one to impress here / And nothing to achieve."

"Have It Made" is tight and bouncing, layering keys and vocals; while "Darling Will You" is beautifully wide-open and cinematic. "Dance All Night," with its string and horn arrangements, is a sophisticated version of a barroom rocker. It combines sweaty energy with buttoned-up class.

Cashen abandons the baritone for a slightly higher register on the dreamy and idyllic "Paradise;" but he comes back down to reality, and wants to make sure his partner is on the same page, on the grittier "Be Your Love." The closing credits roll over the western-inspired "Sunshine."

Cashen and his co-producers Graham Low (A Giant Dog) and Josh Merry (Sweet Spirit) have packed some varied and beautiful sounds into the short 22-minute run-time of Back in Texas. The 8 songs span several genres of retro pop, but they all hang together like scenes in a movie with themes of loneliness, love, and place cropping up again and again.

Back in Texas is out now on Nine Mile Records.

Friday, April 19, 2019

David Mead, Cobra Pumps, 2019

Album Review

By Henry Lipput

I've been a big fan of the music of David Mead since his terrific 1999 solo debut The Luxury of Time, especially after I heard him sing some of the songs with just an acoustic guitar on a World Café broadcast.

I've seen Mead perform with a small band and also solo in clubs in Pittsburgh and reviewed albums like the great Mine and Yours from 2001 and the equally fantastic Indiana (2004) for a local monthly paper. And who can forget the gorgeous collection of songs that were the Wherever You Are EP from 2005?

Between 2009 and 2016 Mead played with the rocking power trio of Elle Macho. The band included Mead on vocals and guitars, Butterfly Boucher on vocals, bass, and Moog, and Lindsay Jamieson on vocals, drums, and percussion. Elle Macho released three EPs including Vovo, one of my favorites of 2016.

You can imagine how excited I was to learn that Mead had released the excellent Cobra Pumps, his first solo album since 2011's very fine Dudes, which included the wonderful and sad Christmas song "The Smile Of Rachel Ray." Cobra Pumps is, as expected, full of top tunes but there's also more than a little funk.

Butterfly Boucher is back and is a featured vocalist on Cobra Pumps. She's joined by a small band consisting of Mead (vocals, guitars, keyboards), Chris McHugh (drums), and Craig Young (bass) that makes a very big noise.

Some of that noise is very funky, a sound I wouldn't normally associate with David Mead except for the nearly faux funk (but played straight) of Dudes's "No One Roxx This Town No More" about why clubs in his town aren't playing rock anymore. But we can take a peek at what brought this on by listening to the Cobra Pumps Inspirationals playlist that Mead put together on Spotify that includes Al Green and Prince as well as long-time influences like Paul Simon (Mead covered his "Only Living Boy In New York" in 2004 for the soundtrack of the Everwood television show).

"Poster Child" on Cobra Pumps has a deep bass groove and a chunky rhythm guitar as well as a wonderful, if too short, lead guitar solo. In addition, Mead sings in his trademark croon on the song's chorus: "Do you feel like a child on a poster lately / Washed up and wearing thin? / Or do you shine like a star in a constellation / On and on and on again?"

"Head on Straight" uses a similar musical template and Mead is in wonderful voice. The sexy vibe of the music is reflected in the lyrics: "She wanna eat me alive / She's greasing the ring on her finger / She said, 'You keep me in mind / I'm on the Internet.'" Speaking of lyrics, the rocking opener "Bedtime Story" is a mouthful as is "Big Balls."

The closer "Hopalong" is absolutely beautiful and recalls earlier Mead songs like The Luxury of Time's breathtaking "Breath You In," Indiana's majestic "Queensboro Bridge," and Mine and Yours's "Only in the Movies."

Cobra Pumps is David Mead's first solo album in five years, and it's a welcome addition to his brilliant body of work. He doesn't tour as he much as he used to, but if you’re ever in Nashville make sure you catch one of his gigs there.

Cobra Pumps is out now on (for CD and vinyl) and your favorite digital vendors (for downloads).

Thursday, April 18, 2019

What's Going On: 4/18, 4/19, 4/20 & 4/21, 2019

Laura Jane Grace brings their latest project, The Devouring Mothers, to House Of Independents on Saturday.

Spring Break

Spring Break officially begins this afternoon at CDMHQ. We'll be heading down to Houston to see CoolGrandpa later in the week, but we're around this weekend. Maybe I'll catch a show or two.

Get out and see what you can. Enjoy one of this weekend's holidays if you celebrate.

Don't drink and drive.


The Anchor's Bend (Asbury): So You Want To Be A Comedian?, 8pm

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

Barca City (New Brunswick): Rugburn / Kova Tova / 81 Rich / DRK BXT, 8pm, $5-$10 donation

Bowery Ballroom (NYC): Laura Jane Grace & The Devouring Mothers / Control Top / Mercy Union, 7pm

Brighton Bar (Long Branch): Comedy Show, 7:30pm, $5

FM (Jersey City): Drum & Tantrum / J Hacha De Zola / St. Gevedon, 8pm, $8

House Of Independents (Asbury): Last Wave Brewing Party ft. Dentist, 7pm

Langosta Lounge (Asbury): David Kolker Band, 8pm

Millhill Basement (Trenton): Coffin Salesman / Dirty Soap / Nikki Nailbomb / Skelly, 8pm, $8

Music Hall Of Williamsburg (Brooklyn): The Coathangers / Big Bite / High Waisted, 8pm

Starland Ballroom (Sayreville): Whitechapel / Dying Fetus, 4pm

White Eagle Hall (Jersey City): The Ghost Of Paul Revere / The Sea The Sea, 8pm, $20

FRIDAY (4/19)

The Asbury Hotel, Soundbooth (Asbury): The Adventuring Party / The Inflatable Head / Karma Gambit / Mister Marsh, 9pm

Asbury Park Brewery (Asbury): Loveonacid / Staten / Rainville / Beauty, 8pm, $10

Asbury Music Foundation (Asbury): Unlabeled / Shiwan Khan / Tura Lura / Desert Jellies, 7:30pm, $10

Asbury Park Yacht Club (Asbury): Plato Zorba / Jeremiah Tall, 9:30pm

Chubby Pickle (Highlands): Higher Education / Dub Proof / Manazo, 9pm

Clash Bar (Clifton): Bleeder / Offensive Threat / Abrupt / SICK / Singaya, 8:30pm, $10

Gutter Bar (Brooklyn): Nice Knife / Nosferat II / Lumps / Darkwing, 8pm, $7

House of Independents (Asbury): The Movielife / Travis Shettel, 7pm, $18-$20

Langosta Lounge (Asbury): Fractal Sasquatch, 9pm

Millhill Basement (Trenton): Mo'ynoq / Erlkonig / Capitalist / Vivisect / Groza, 9pm

New Lanes (Asbury): BROODS, 8pm

Pino's Gift Basket (Highland Park): Arlan Feiles, 9pm

Roxy & Dukes Roadhouse (Dunellen): AJ Croix & The Devil's Right Hand Band / JJ Gunn / Tommy Grasso, 7pm, $10

The Saint (Asbury): Shoobies / Jet Black Alley Cat / Sonic Blume / Ocean Heights, 7:30pm, $12

Starland Ballroom (Sayreville): We Came As Romans / Crown The Empire, 5:30pm

The Stone Pony (Asbury): Bad Suns, 7pm, $20-$25

TCNJ (Ewing): Aaron West & The Roaring Twenties / Save Face / Jetty Bones / Weak Days, 6pm

Wonder Bar (Asbury): New Kingston / The Pembertones, 7pm, $15


The Asbury Hotel, Soundbooth (Asbury): Matt Cook, 9pm

Asbury Park Brewery (Asbury): Kissies / GEL / Prospect / Ammo / LMI, 8pm, $10

Asbury Park Yacht Club (Asbury): Gallagher's Guest House / Strumberry Pie, 9:30pm

BoonTunes (Boonton): Loveonacid / A Boy Named John / Staten, 8pm

Brighton Bar (Long Branch): UMSFL Foundation Halfway to Halloween Show, 2pm

Clash Bar (Clifton): Carcosa / Phantom Pain / Grace / Jesus Wept, 8pm

Complete Music Studios (NYC): Microsessions ft. Paola Bennet / Dentist / Dru Cutler, 8pm, $15

FM (Jersey City): Universal Rebel / Apollo Sonders / King Nectar / Bongo Surf, 7pm, $10

House Of Independents (Asbury): Laura Jane Grace & The Devouring Mothers / Control Top / Mercy Union, 7pm, $25

Langosta Lounge (Asbury): Sarah Keany / Max Adolf / Leah Nawy / Abby Kenna, 2pm

Langosta Lounge (Asbury): The Burns / Mo, 9pm

Meatlocker (Montclair): Whiner / EU1OGY / Tiers / Johnny Dynamite, 9pm

Millhill Basement (Trenton): Worldsucks / Dan Nebula / DopeRider / Felipe Pupo, 9pm, $5

New Lanes (Asbury): Lawrence, 8pm

Roxy & Dukes Roadhouse (Dunellen): Egress / The Reformed Whores, 9pm

The Saint (Asbury): The Damn Long Hairs / Ill Rendition / Mikita / Flamingo Chicks, 1pm, $12

The Saint (Asbury): B. Wood / Baron Praxis / Judo Chop / Hey Leroy / The Inflatable Head, 7:30pm, $10

Starland Ballroom (Sayreville): Tesla / The Cringe / Voices Of Extreme, 7pm

The Stone Pony (Asbury): JoBonanno & The Godsons / The Smokin' Jackets, 7pm, $18-$20

Underground Arts (Philly): The Coathangers / Big Bite / Sixteen Jackies, 9pm

White Eagle Hall (Jersey City): Stephen Kellogg, 8pm, $25

Wonder Bar (Asbury): Resurrextion, 7pm, $5

SUNDAY (4/21)

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

Le Poisson Rouge (NYC): Death / Stuyedeyed / Native Sun, 7pm, $25

Meatlocker (Montclair): Psychic Weight / Bystander / Mom Fight / Pale Shade / Dirt Woman, 9pm

Millhill Basement (Trenton): SICK SHIT / Pity Party / Coach's Son / NGGA / Party Show, 9pm, $10

The Saint (Asbury): Acid Mothers Temple / Yamantaka / Sonic Titan, 7pm