Friday, August 16, 2019

Eilen Jewell, Gypsy, 2019

Album Review

By Henry Lipput

The splendid Gypsy is Eilen Jewell's first album of original material since 2015's Sundown Over Ghost Town. It was produced by Jewell and her husband, Jason Beek, and features her excellent touring and recording band.

This finely tuned and most excellent quartet includes Jewell on electric and acoustic guitars as well as organ, Beek on drums, bassist Shawn Supra, and roadhouse guitarist Jerry Miller who bring their surf-noir, early blues, classic country, folk, and 1960s-era rocknroll influences to her songs.

The album kicks off with the sexy swamp rock of "Crawl." There's some CCR guitar in the mix and some fantastic fiddle playing by guest artist Katrina Nicolayeff who brings more than a little of a Scarlet Rivera vibe to the track. "Beat The Drum" also has a CCR beat to it like a slowed down "Run Through The Jungle."

Like "Crawl" and "Beat The Drum," there are other songs sprinkled throughout Gypsy that, because of their lyrics and/or arrangements, seem to be asking to be paired up. For example, both z'You Cared Enough To Lie" and "These Blues" are the kind of broken-hearted and lost-love Country & Western songs that would have been covered by Patsy Cline or Tammy Wynette.

"You Cared Enough To Lie" is the only cover on the album. The first time Jewell heard Pinto Bennett play the song in a dive bar in Idaho she knew that she had to record it; and, as she has said, it's one of the many songs she wishes she had written. Another guest, Dave Manion, adds some fine pedal steel guitar to the mix and Nicolayeff returns with her first-rate fiddle playing.

On "These Blues," Manion is center stage. There's Nicolayeff on fiddle and some wonderful down-home guitar playing. The overall sound of the song may remind you of "Stranger In The House," the song that Elvis Costello wrote for, and recorded with, George Jones.

Jewell has shared the stage with Lucinda Williams, and it's clear that her influence has filtered down to Jewell's songwriting and performances on this record. "Miles To Go" and, in particular, "Working Hard For Your Love" are illustrations of this. On "Working Hard For Your Love," the band is working hard and sounding great and the guitar parts are really something to admire.

Jewell's politics are brought to the fore on "79 Cents (The Meow Song)" and "Hard Times." "79 Cents (The Meow Song)" is her take on the difference in earning power between men and women workers as well as the differences in earnings of people of color and women with children. Although the song has a light tone and some Muswell Hillbilly-style horns, Jewell is dead serious about the situation.

"Hard Times" could have been written by Woody Guthrie and fits our troubled times as much as it would his. As a result, the song works as an anthem with its simple, direct lyrics. And, by the way, there's also some terrific bluesy guitar work going on.

Gypsy is out now on Signature Sounds.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

What's Going On: 8/15, 8/16, 8/17 & 8/18, 2019

Our Lowlight fam celebrate the upcoming release of Endless Bummer all weekend.

Endless Bummer

Dog days of summer, though it's kinda been feeling a little like fall. CooMom and CoolDaughter #1 are away on a little New England adventure, so it's just CoolDaughter #2 and me for the next couple more days. I should be able to make it out to some shows later in the weekend, though.

Our pals in Lowlight celebrate the impending release of their latest LP, Endless Bummer, with a couple of pre-release / pre-order / support this friggin' band events. On Friday night, they'll be at Transparent in Asbury; and, on Saturday, they'll be back at Old Franklin Schoolhouse in Metuchen. At both events, you'll be able to pre-order the record and receive one-of-a-kind, day-of-show merch.

The Hi-Tide Summer Holiday surf music fest also hits town. New Lanes, Hotel. All weekend.

Little Dickman Records bring you another great show on Sunday when Death Valley Girls and Sharkmuffin hit The Saint.

Plenty of stuff. Have fun. Don't drink and drive.


5th Avenue Pavilion (Belmar): Davy Knowles / Waiting For Henry, 7pm

Anchor's Bend (Asbury): JAZZ Is PHSH / Funky Dawgz, 5pm

The Asbury Hotel, Rooftop (Asbury): Scott Elk, 6pm

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

Asbury Lanes (Asbury): What So Not, 9pm

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

Bond St. Complex (Asbury): Mister Ticklehands, 8pm

Chubby Pickle (Highlands): Front Porch Revival, 7pm

The Clubhouse (Toms River): A Beautiful Somewhere / Spitshine / Forest Puppies / Loyalty To Me, 7pm, $5

El Cortez (Brooklyn): Mikey Erg Band (Release Show) / Katie Ellen / Twiga, 7pm

FM Jersey City (Jersey City): Neon Funeral / Tidal Gloom / Losing Language, 8pm

House of Independents (Asbury): BANDed Together Showcase, 6:15pm, $30-$65

Millhill Basement (Trenton): Abi Ooze / Fat Heaven / Cop/Out / Crazy & The Brains, 8pm, $7

Pier Village (Long Branch): The Nerds, 7pm

The Saint (Asbury): The Vegabonds / Dave Mooney, 7pm, $10-$13

Seafarer Bar (Highlands): Lost Culture, 7pm

The Stone Pony (Asbury): Julian Junior Marvin, 7pm, $27-$32

Wonder Bar (Asbury): Newton Crosby, 9pm, $15

FRIDAY (8/16)

The Asbury Hotel, Rooftop (Asbury): The Swingin' Palms, 5pm

The Asbury Hotel, Soundbooth (Asbury): Obil / Centennials / Hank & Brendan / RJ's Pizza, 8pm

The Asbury Hotel, Rooftop (Asbury): Insect Surfers, 12:30am

Asbury Lanes (Asbury): Hi-Tide Summer Holiday ft. The Neanderthals / Jason Lee & The R.I.P.Tides / Impala / more, 6:30pm

Asbury Park Brewery (Asbury): Humble Beginnings / Digger / Jettison / Avery, 7:30pm, SOLD OUT

Asbury Park Yacht Club (Asbury): Blaise / Shoobies / Skyline, 9pm

BoonTunes (Boonton): Hundreds of AU / Please Exist / Bury Yourself / Alliteration / ZYME, 7:30pm

Brighton Bar (Long Branch): Nuse / Metalland / WARHAMMER / BLUD RED ROSES, 7pm

Chubby Pickle (Highlands): Career Opportunities / Professor Caveman / Phulton, 9pm

Clash Bar (Clifton): The Antics / Moot Point / Junkanoo / Spanish Dracula, 8pm, $10

The Clubhouse (Toms River): Harborland / Cheyenne Dan / The Pof, 7pm, $5

Creative Space (Ask): LOVEONACID / Dogleg / Worst Party Ever / Ogbert The Nerd, 7pm, $5

FM Jersey City (Jersey City): Bunny X / White Rope, 8pm

Flemington DIY (Flemington): Bug Martin / Kailey Rocker / Erin Incoherent / 500 Year Old Flood, 6pm, $5-$10

House of Independents (Asbury): The Little Mermen, 9pm, $15

Langosta Lounge (Asbury): Falz & Mack, 9:30pm

Millhill Basement (Trenton): Alpha Rabbit / Brackish / Honah Lee, 9pm, FREE

Roxy & Dukes Roadhouse (Dunellen): Preachervan, 7:30pm, $10

The Saint (Asbury): Gallagher's Guest House / Silk Brain / Tide Bends, 7:30pm, $10

Scarlet Pub (New Brunswick): BYRH / Blood Moons / Skytop Motel, 8pm, $5

The Seafarer Bar (Highlands): Stringbean, 7pm

Skyport Marina (NYC): High Waisted at Sea w/ High Waisted / THICK / Grits, 6pm, Maybe Sold Out? Check.

The Stone Pony (Asbury): Jim Bruno Celebration w/ Eddie Testa / Bob Polding, 7pm, $25

Transparent Clinch (Asbury): Lowlight (Pre-release party) / The Porchistas / Tara Dente, 7pm

Wonder Bar (Asbury): DJ Ari Katz, 8pm


The Asbury Hotel, Pool (Asbury): The Hula Girls, 12noon

The Asbury Hotel, Rooftop (Asbury): Slowey and The Boats, 12noon

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

The Asbury Hotel, Soundbooth (Asbury): Black Flamingos, 12:30am

Asbury Lanes (Asbury): Hi-Tide Summer Holiday ft. The's / The Primitive Finks / Deke Dickerson & Bloodshot Bill / more, 6:30pm

Asbury Park Brewery (Asbury): K.Y.I. / Great Lie / The Fight / Blind Justice / Watercolor Nightmare, 7pm, $10

Asbury Park Yacht Club (Asbury): Ribeye Brothers / Swilson / Abstract Artimus, 9pm

Brighton Bar (Long Branch): Comedy, Food, Music w Donald Harris, 5pm

Chubby Pickle (Highlands): U Might Be Mine / The Ripped Laces / Sage Green / Carlotta Schmidt, 5pm

Chubby Pickle (Highlands): Broken Past / The Knuckleheads, 9pm

The Clubhouse (Toms River): Life Itself / My Rising Fall / Counterfeit Culture / Karma Versa, 7pm, $5

FM Jersey City (Jersey City): Humble Beginnings / Digger / Jettison / Avery, 8pm

House Of Independents (Asbury): Off With Their Heads / Single Mothers / Algebra II, 4:30pm, $14-$16

John & Peter's (New Hope, PA): Rachel Ana Dobken / Foxanne / Honey Wild / Chris Dubrow, 8pm

Langosta Lounge (Asbury): Cranston Dean Band, 10pm

Meatlocker (Montclair): Afterbirth / Worn Thin / Vomit Forth / more, 9pm

Old Franklin Schoolhouse (Metuchen): Lowlight Pre-Release BBQ ft. Lowlight / Above The Moon / Swiss Guard, 4pm (music at 7pm)

Our Wicked Lady (Brooklyn): Frankie and The Witch Fingers / Las Rosas / Miranda and The Beat / Francie Moon, 8pm, $12

Pino's Gift Basket (Highland Park): Finding Feebas / Guilty Giraffe / Jeff Linden & The Black Spot Society / Hank & Brendan, 8pm

Roxy & Dukes Roadhouse (Dunellen): JJGunn, 8pm

The Saint (Asbury): Dinosaur Pile Up / BRKN Love / Wetbrain / TV Afterlife, 7pm, $15-$17

Seafarer Bar (Highlands): Sweet Joey's Thing Of Beauty, 7pm

The Stone Pony (Asbury): Saves The Day / Joyce Manor / AWAKEBUTSTILLINBED, 7pm, $29-$34

Wonder Bar (Asbury): Juice / Adam Falcon, 8pm, $15

SUNDAY (8/18)

10th Ave. Burrito (Belmar): Lara Hope's Gold Hope Duo, 2pm

The Asbury Hotel, Pool (Asbury): The Hula Girls, 12noon

The Asbury Hotel, Rooftop (Asbury): Taylor Tote, 6pm

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

Asbury Lanes (Asbury): The Soul Rebels, 8pm, $17

Asbury Park Brewery (Asbury): Sidney Gish / Lunar Vacation / Skylar Pocket, 7pm, SOLD OUT

Asbury Park Yacht Club (Asbury): DJ Foggy Notion, 7pm

Brighton Bar (Long Branch): Benefit Concert for Anthony Alan Delva ft. With Sails Ahead / One Flight Up / Yellowbird / VX, 12:30pm, $15

Brighton Bar (Long Branch): Widmore / Pollyanna / Skyline / more, 6pm

FM Jersey City (Jersey City): The Get Away, 5pm, $18-$30

House Of Independents (Asbury): Bleeding Through / Sentinels / Life Itself / Empty Vessel / Planetary Alignment, 6pm, $17-$20

Little Buddy Hideaway (Asbury): The Surfrajettes, 9pm

Meatlocker (Montclair): Spowder / Fuhgawee Hunting Club / True Dreams / Gorgeous, 9pm

Parker Press Park (Woodbridge): The Everly Set w/ Sean Altman & Jack Skuller, 6pm

The Saint (Asbury): Gavin Becker / New Parlor / Tribe Friday / Tim Riehm, 1pm, $15

The Saint (Asbury): Death Valley Girls / Sharkmuffin, 7:30pm, $12

Transparent Clinch (Asbury): Olivia Bec / Dan Amato, 7pm, $10

Triumph Brewing Company (New Hope, PA): Lowlight, 7pm

Wonder Bar (Asbury): Freedom Farm Benefit, 4pm, $5

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Email Playlist, Volume 11

Drinking Boys and Girls Choir from Daegu, South Korea

Summer 2019

OKOKOK! I know it's been a while.

I kinda let the inbox get away from me this time, but I have done the digging. Here are some of the most interesting things I came across from about June until now. There's the polarizing new stuff from Sleater-Kinney. Lots of music from artists I saw at Merge 30. New stuff from friends in Lowlight, Grasser (Biff!), where is my spaceship, Sammy Kay, Sean Kiely, Trying, The Anderson Council. Very cool discoveries from H. Kink, Drinking Boys & Girls Choir, and GRLwood.

I went a little crazy, and this one is over 4 hours long. You can take it with you to the beach or let it soundtrack your next barbecue. Enjoy!

And, now that I'm almost at INBOX ZERO, maybe I can start doing some real posts again.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

What's Going On: 8/8, 8/9, 8/10 & 8/11, 2019

Heading up to Citi Field for, unbelievably, only the second time ever on Saturday.


This Saturday, I'll be heading with a few friends up to Citi Field for a surprisingly crucial game between the Mets and the Washington Nationals. It's Hawaiian Shirt Night, so I'm really looking forward to it. There are plenty of shows going on all weekend, too.

On Thursday, Seattle's Thunderpussy are at The Saint with Hollis Brown. Deal Casino play House of Independents with American Trappist,  Sonic Blume, and Sean McVerry. There's also a cool show at the brewery featuring Chemtrail, Psykidelic Oven Mit, and our pal Adam Finchler. Chris Gethard plays two sold-out shows at the brewery on Friday. Alex Rosen's nameless band plays Brighton Bar on Friday with Just 6 Hours, Lost Transmission, Youth Moose, and The Red Room. Dentist and The Vaughns are in Metuchen for a free show on the plaza on Saturday, while I'm in Flushing. On Sunday, it's the fourth launch party for Fourth Wave at Transparent Gallery in Asbury.

Lots of other stuff, too. Have fun. LFGM. Don't drink and drive.


5th Avenue Pavilion (Belmar): The Inoculated Canaries / Ben Fuller, 7pm

Anchor's Bend (Asbury): E.N. Young / The Pembertones, 5pm

The Asbury Hotel, Rooftop (Asbury): Matt Cook, 6pm

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

Asbury Park Brewery (Asbury): Chemtrail / Psykidelic Oven Mit / Adam Finchler, 7pm

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

Brighton Bar (Long Branch): Comedy Roast of Carl Allen, 7:30pm, $8

Brooklyn Bazzar (Long Branch): Hank Von Hell (Turbonegro) / Spiders / Opulence / Mick's Jaguar, 7pm

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

FM Jersey City (Jersey City): The Holy Smokes (EP Release) / Sam Kogon / Dominy / Jean Pool, 8pm, $7

Flemington DIY (Flemington): Joyer / Waveform / Melaina Kol / Cara Mia, 7pm

House of Independents (Asbury): Deal Casino / American Trappist / Sonic Blume / Sean McVerry, 7pm, $15

Millhill Basement (Trenton): Spoken Nerd / Manikineater / Raymond Strife / Stampy Goblyn / more, 8pm

Pier Village (Long Branch): After The Reign, 7pm

Rose Gold (Brooklyn): Super City / Gesserit / Safer / Francie Moon, 7pm

The Saint (Asbury): Thunderpussy / Hollis Brown, 7pm, $15
FRIDAY (8/9)

The Asbury Hotel, Asbury Hall (Asbury): Johnny Menotti & Friends, 7:30pm, $30-$100

The Asbury Hotel, Soundbooth (Asbury): Dave Mooney & Viewers Like You / Sean Barna / Above The Moon, 9pm

Asbury Park Brewery (Asbury): Chris Gethard, 6:30pm & 9pm, SOLD OUT

Asbury Park Yacht Club (Asbury): Predator DUB Assassins, 9pm

Brighton Bar (Long Branch): Just 6 Hours / Lost Transmission / Youth Moose / The Red Room / Alex's Band, 7pm, $7

Brooklyn Bazaar (Brooklyn): Marked Men / Career Suicide / Savageheads / Criaturas / Bugg / more, 6pm, $30

Championship Bar (Trenton): Stepping Stone / Piece Of Mind / On Sight / Player Hater / Prospect, 6pm, $10

Chubby Pickle (Highlands): Tango Machina / The Clydes / Whispers / Black Light Medusa, 8:30pm

The Clubhouse (Toms River): Slaghead / Tel / Pharaoh / Gloomseeker, 7pm, $5

FM Jersey City (Jersey City): Fancy Colors w/ Guests, 8pm

House of Independents (Asbury): Badfish, 7pm, $25-$30

John & Peter's (New Hope, PA): The Swiss Guard / The Sugar Cicadas, 9:30pm, $5

Langosta Lounge (Asbury): St. James & The Apostles, 9:30pm

Millhill Basement (Trenton): Cover show: Blink-182 / Weezer / Black Flag / Kira Jari, 9pm, $5

Pino's Gift Basket (Highland Park): The Nowhere / San Tropez / Hair Magic / Gold Streets, 8pm

Rough Trade NYC (Brooklyn): The Regrettes / Hot Flash Heat Wave, 9pm

The Saint (Asbury): Abby Kenna (EP Release) / Sarah Keany / Monte, 7pm, $10-$12

The Saint (Asbury): BJ Barnham, 10:30pm, $15-$20

Scarlet Pub (New Brunswick): Fence / Raising Dinosaurs / Old Joy, 8pm, $5

The Seafarer Bar (Highlands): Stringbean, 7pm

Starland Ballroom (Sayreville): Ted Nugent, 7pm

The Stone Pony Summer Stage (Asbury): Papa Roach / Asking Alexandria / Bad Wolves, 4:30pm, $42.50+

The Whitechapel Projects (Long Branch): The Mercury Brothers / Avery Mandeville / Early Riser / Dominy, 8pm

Wonder Bar (Asbury): Reignwolf / JJ Wilde, 8pm, $17.50-$20


The Asbury Hotel, Soundbooth (Asbury): Audra Mariel, 9pm

Asbury Park Yacht Club (Asbury): Sandy Mack, 9pm

BoonTunes (Boonton): DIY Fest, 1pm, $10

Brighton Bar (Long Branch): Anthony Raneri / Steve Soboslai, 8pm

Chubby Pickle (Highlands): Karmic Juggernaut / Ross Owen & The Tribe, 9:30pm

The Clubhouse (Toms River): Nude Shoes / Hannah Burke / Frankie Valet / Lost Dog, 7pm, $5

FM Jersey City (Jersey City): Disorder (Joy Division covers), 8pm

Flemington DIY (Flemington): Alone I Walk / The View From Here / The Jawnstowne Standard / Deviant Youth, 7pm, $10

House Of Independents (Asbury): WERK: Dance Party, 9:30pm, $5-$15

Langosta Lounge (Asbury): Dark City Strings, 10pm

The Plaza (Metuchen): Metuchen Rocks! w The Vaughns / Dentist, 7pm

Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company (Croydon, PA): Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market: Summer Edition, 12noon, $5

Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company (Croydon, PA): Murphy's Law / Underdog / Sunstroke / Fixation, 7pm, $15

Roxy & Dukes Roadhouse (Dunellen): Arc'd Angel / Uncrated / The Extensions / Precious Bones / Circle Of Grief, 7pm, $10

The Saint (Asbury): Last Minute / Two-Eyed Jack / So Far Under / Overload, 1pm, $10

The Saint (Asbury): Modern Rock at The Jersey Shore, Again, 7pm

Seafarer Bar (Highlands): Levy & The Oaks, 7pm

Starland Ballroom (Sayreville): $UICIDEBOY$ / City Morgue / Germ / Night Lovell, 7pm

The Stone Pony Summer Stage (Asbury): Dark Star Orchestra, 5:30pm, $32.50-$40

The Whitechapel Projects (Long Branch): Cheyenne Dan / Winski / Idle Wave, 8pm, $5

Wonder Bar (Asbury): The Smokin Jackets, 8pm, $5

SUNDAY (8/11)

The Asbury Hotel, Rooftop (Asbury): Sam Sims Band, 6pm

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

Asbury Lanes (Asbury): Inventure / Levitated / Life Itself / Baron Praxis, 6pm

Asbury Park Brewery (Asbury): A Boy Named John / The Living Strange / With Sails Ahead, 8pm, $10

Brighton Bar (Long Branch): Foxhedge / Ham By The Pound / Rapscallion / Ross Owen & The Tribe / Distracted Bus Driver, 5pm, $12-$15

The Saint (Asbury): KK Reaper & The Carnies Of Chaos / Some Day You'll Know Us / Elefantkiller / Anaconda Plan, 6pm, $10

Starland Ballroom (Sayreville): DaBaby, 6pm

Transparent Clinch (Asbury): Fourth Wave Launch 4.0 ft. The Danger Birds / Tara Dente / April Centrone / Cat London, 4pm, $10

Wonder Bar (Asbury): Shawn James / New Reveille, 8pm, $15-$18