Friday, May 25, 2018

New single and video from England's The Magic Es

"Nothing In Your Way" 

By Henry Lipput

Earlier this year, in my year-end roundup of favorite releases, I had The Magic Es debut album It Goes On at the top of the list. And I also wrote that they're the best rock and roll band from Britain since the Gallagher brothers. I still think so.

The Magic Es are Pete Thompson on vocals and guitars, Jasper Stainthorpe on bass (He's the one in the picture for the single wearing a leopard-skin -- though sadly not pill box -- hat), and Stuart Catchpole on drums and background vocals.

Last year the band released two brand-new, stellar singles "How Do You Sleep?" and "All Of Your Gods."

And now, we have the excellent new single "Nothing In Your Way." The single contains three versions of the song: one with the full band, an ambientronic remix, and an acoustic take as well.

"Nothing In Your Way" uses the sense of dynamics that I liked so much on their album, especially in songs like "One Shot." Stainthorpe and Catchpole provide a slow, building layer of sound for the vocal. About two minutes in, Thompson's electric guitars take over and the whole thing rocks out. There's also a neat sonic moment in the video at that point in the song.

The remix of "Nothing In Your Way" is a spacey, chill listen that uses just the vocal from the main version. And the acoustic version of the song (perhaps Thompson's demo) has double-tracked guitar and vocal and a bit of electronic piano. It's the kind of song like "Talk Tonight" that Oasis would have released as a B-side. It's a sign of how good a song "Nothing In Your Way" is that all three versions are worthy of repeat listens.

“Nothing In Your Way” is available now from your favorite digital vendor.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

What's Going On: 5/24, 5/25, 5/26, 5/27 & 5/28, 2018

Dentist and The RockNRoll Hi-Fives play APYC this Saturday.

Summer Kickoff

The unofficial start of summer is here, so that means lots of shows and minimal parking in The New Asbury Park.

Things kick off on Thursday night with SUSTO at House of Independents in Asbury Park. Big Bliss are at Pet Shop JC with Huffers and Hermano Stereo. Trans-Pecos in Queens has Grim Streaker, Kissing Is A Crime, Five Pound Snap, and Pondering. Shiny Penny with SØF and Joey Henderson are at The Saint. Brooklyn Bazaar hosts a benefit for #HappyPeriod featuring A Deer A Horse, Parlor Walls, and ESSi.

On Friday, Invalids, Milkmen, American Lions, and Have A Good Season play the brewery. It's a great one at APYC with Seaside Caves, Lyons, and DJ Sara M. Debonair Music Hall in Teaneck has Helmet and Prong. Lemats, Thee Idea Men, and Where's Tino play The Saint. RedHouse/BlueHouse, The Afraid Brigade, Nefertiti Gold, and Lazyeyes are at Scarlet Pub. Mint400 Records are back at Stosh's in Fair Lawn with aBird, Jett Brando, Yawn Mower, Reese Van Riper, The Foxfires, and Brian Erickson. Kiefer Sutherland is at The Stone Pony.

Asbury Park Brewery hosts Rotten, Execütors, Hot Blood, and Coward on Saturday. The Bonnets, Doc Rotten, Blackwolf Beach, 96 Ghosts, and Over Everything are at Court Tavern in New Brunswick. Waiting On Mongo play Langosta. Igor & Red Elvises are at Wonder Bar with The Brigantines and Plato Zorba. I'll be out of town with the coolfamily, but our extended family of Dentist and The RockNRoll Hi-Fives will be bringing the rock to Asbury Park Yacht Club.

The Vaughns and Renee Maskin are at APYC on Sunday. The Ribeye Brothers play two sets at Dublin House in Red Bank. Remember Jones covers 808s & Heartbreak at House of Independents. New Found Glory are on the Summer Stage with Bayside, The Movielife, Crime In Stereo, and Well Wisher with a bunch of bands also playing inside. John Eddie returns to Wonder Bar.

On Memorial Day, Millhill Basement in Trenton has Comrades, SICK SHIT, Hashgrinder, and School Drugs. Shoobies, The Double Negatives, and Sonic Blume are at The Saint.

We'll be in Savannah for much of the weekend for a family wedding. Enjoy the start of summer. I hope all your summer dreams come true. Don't drink and drive.


10th Avenue Burrito (Belmar): Huge / From Beyond, 10pm, FREE

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

Berlin Under A (NYC): Hot Curl / Boy Morgan / Coco Verde / Funcrusher, 7:30pm, $8

BoonTunes (Boonton): Jean Pool / Electric Heart / The Warhawks / John Busse / The Little Engineers, 7pm

Brooklyn Bazaar (Brooklyn): #HappyPeriod Benefit ft. A Deer A Horse / Parlor Walls / Essi, 8pm, $10

Brooklyn Bowl (Brooklyn): Remember Jones doing 808s & Heartbreak, 8pm, $12-$15

Court Tavern (New Brunswick): The Order Of Elijah / Upon A Broken Throne / Wolf Herder / BlackLotus, 7pm, $10

FM (Jersey City): Big Wake / The Love Network, 9pm, FREE

House of Independents (Asbury): SUSTO, 7pm, $12-$15

Langosta Lounge (Asbury): Soul Compound, 8:30pm

Pet Shop JC (Jersey City): Huffers / Big Bliss / Hermano Stereo, 8pm, FREE

The Saint (Asbury): Shiny Penny / SØF / Joey Henderson, 7:30pm, $8

Trans-Pecos (Queens): Grim Streaker / Five Pound Snap / Kissing Is A Crime / Pondering, 7pm, $10

FRIDAY (5/25)

10th Avenue Burrito (Belmar): Howlin' Brothers, 9pm, FREE

The Asbury Hotel, Soundbooth (Asbury): Levy & The Oaks / Dan Amato and The Sentimental Gentlemen / Ashley McKinley / Jamie Coppa, 9pm

Asbury Park Brewery (Asbury): Invalids / Milkmen / American Lions / Have A Good Season, 7pm, $10

Asbury Park Yacht Club (Asbury): Seaside Caves / Lyons / DJ Sara M, 9pm, FREE

BoonTunes (Boonton): MonitoR / Karabas Barabas / Deja Gravy / Black Lagoon, 7pm, $10

Brickwall Tavern (Asbury): The Royal Pacifics, 10pm

Brighton Bar (Long Branch): Memorial Day Weekend Fest ft. 50+ Bands, Free BBQ, 6pm

Chubby Pickle (Highlands): The Mercury Brothers / Cranston Dean Band / Rob & Friends, 8pm, FREE

Clash Bar (Clifton): Disposable / Green Room Rockers / Penniless Loafers, 8pm, $10

Count Basie Theatre (Red Bank): Indigo Girls, $30-$90

Court Tavern (New Brunswick): Tombs / EYE OF THE DESTROYER / Kalopsia / Replicant / Carnavarice Breath, 8pm, $12

Debonair Music Hall (Teaneck): Helmet / Prong, 8pm, $25

House of Independents (Asbury): Emo Night Brooklyn, 9pm, $10-$15

Langosta Lounge (Asbury): Billy Hector's Electric Explosion, 9pm, FREE

Pet Rescue (Brooklyn): Amy Klein / Uncle Valentine / Yarrow / Mount Sharp, 8:30pm, $5

Roxy & Dukes Roadhouse (Dunellen): Lauren O'Brien / Lieder / Jigs & The Pigs, 6pm, $10

The Saint (Asbury): Lemats / Thee Idea Men / Where's Tino, 7:30pm, $10

Scarlet Pub (New Brunswick): The Afraid Brigade / RedHouse/BlueHouse / Nefertiti Gold / Lazyeyes, 8pm, $5

The Stone Pony (Asbury): Kiefer Sutherland, 7pm, $27.50+

Stosh's (Fair Lawn): aBIRD / Jett Brando / Yawn Mower / Reese Van Riper / The Foxfires / Brian Erickson, 7:30pm, FREE

Wonder Bar (Asbury): Soul Cruisers, 8pm, $21


The Asbury Hotel, Soundbooth (Asbury): Taylor Tote, 9pm, FREE

Asbury Park Brewery (Asbury): Rotten / Execütors / Hot Blood / Coward, 7pm

Asbury Park Yacht Club (Asbury): Scott Guberman, Falz & Sandy Mack, 2pm, FREE

Asbury Park Yacht Club (Asbury): Dentist / The RockNRoll Hi-Fives, 9pm, FREE

BoonTunes (Boonton): Melatonin Dreams / The Front End / Ghost Of A Gentleman / Beach Bully / In Spirit, 7pm, $10

Brighton Bar (Long Branch): Memorial Day Weekend Fest ft. 50+ Bands, Free BBQ, 12:30pm

Chubby Pickle (Highlands): Broken Past / High Octane, 9pm, FREE

Court Tavern (New Brunswick): The Bonnets / Doc Rotten / Blackwolf Beach / 96 Ghosts / Over Everything, 8pm, $10

House of Independents (Asbury): 90s Dance Party, 9pm, $10

Langosta Lounge (Asbury): Waiting On Mongo / Bencoolen, 10pm, FREE

Old Franklin Schoolhouse (Metuchen): Bod Dylan Birthday Open Mic, 6pm

The Saint (Asbury): Red Freck / Poka / Jayk / Jfed / Gervs / Animal Pack, 7:30pm, $10

The Stone Pony (Asbury): Almost Queen (Queen Covers), 7pm, $18+

Transparent Clinch (Asbury): Renee Lopez / Sleep Monster / more, 4pm, FREE

Wonder Bar (Asbury): Igor & Red Elvises / The Brigantines / Plato Zorba, 8pm, $13

SUNDAY (5/27)

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

Asbury Park Yacht Club (Asbury): The Vaughns / Renee Maskin, 9pm, FREE

BoonTunes (Boonton): Paralysis / No Gods / Mom Fight / Blackwolf, 8pm

Brighton Bar (Long Branch): Memorial Day Weekend Fest ft. 50+ Bands, Free BBQ, 12:30pm

Dublin House (Red Bank): Ribeye Brothers - 2 Sets, 7pm

House of Independents (Asbury): Remember Jones doing 808s & Heartbreak, 7:30pm, $20-$25

Langosta Lounge (Asbury): Karlee Bloom & Friends Michael Jackson Covers, 10pm, FREE

Meatlocker (Montclair): University Drive / Roswell Debacle / Career Opportunities / Shagbark, 8pm

Seafarer Bar (Highlands): Surf Sunday ft. Ninth Wave, 3pm

The Stone Pony Summer Stage (Asbury): New Found Glory / Bayside / The Movielife / Crime In Stereo / Well Wisher + Inside: Wiliam Ryan Key / Ace Enders / Andy Jackson / Elder Brother / 18th & Addison, 3:30pm, $32+

Wonder Bar (Asbury): John Eddie, 8pm, $18

MONDAY (5/28)

The Asbury Hotel, Soundbooth (Asbury): Bob Egan, 4pm

Millhill Basement (Trenton): Comrades / SICK SHIT / Hashgrinder / School Drugs, 9pm

The Saint (Asbury): Shoobies / The Double Negatives / Sonic Blume, 6:30pm, $5

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

#HappyPeriod Benefit at Brooklyn Bazaar on 5/24 w/ A Deer A Horse, Parlor Walls, ESSi, more


On Thursday, 5/24, our friends A Deer A Horse will be playing Brooklyn Bazaar along with Parlor Walls, ESSi, and DJ Weeping Python (Lani Combier-Kapel of Weeping Icon) as part of a show to benefit #HappyPeriod.

The mission of #HappyPeriod is to destigmatize menstruation while providing menstrual hygeine kits through an initiative that "supports anyone that is homeless, low-income, and/or living in poverty. Including LGBT, non-binary, teens, veterans, and disabled."

In addition to the music, the event will feature a raffle with prizes provided by:

Awoke Vintage
Beacon's Closet
BUST Magazine
Calexico NYC
El Born NYC
Fun Factory USA
Greenpoint Tattoo Company
No. 7 Restaurant
Three Kings Tattoo
Tom Tom Magazine
Toni the Tampon

This is a great and important cause that we probably don't think about often enough. The prizes will be cool. The music will rock. Support if you can. You can RSVP to the show here.

Lemats Have a New Single. Release Party at The Saint on 5/25.

Photo provided by Lemats

"Bill Paxton (Miles Away)"

I spent some time chatting with Frank Calabrese at Asbury Park's Watermark last week. We discussed his band Lemats and their upcoming EP, Apples and Oranges. Together since 2015, Lemats have settled into a groove according to Calabrese.

In addition to Calabrese (guitar / vocals), Lemats are Scott Rescigno (guitar), Tim Mullooly (drums / percussion), and relatively new addition Dan Barretto (bass). Calabrese told me that, when Barretto joined the band, he felt that the match with Mullooly as the rhythm section would be a good one. "That's exactly what happened," he said. Fresh off of dropping the "The" from their name and feeling like they're firing on all cylinders, Lemats are releasing "Bill Paxton (Miles Away)," the first single from their forthcoming album, this Friday.

The band cite Grizzly Bear, early Coldplay, and Wilco as influences. "Bill Paxton (Miles Away)" displays a good deal of the melodic, atmospheric, and sometimes experimental yet poppy sounds associated with those bands.

"It's about the residual feelings of a bad breakup and convincing yourself you will be alright on your own after years of depending on someone or something other than yourself for so long," says Calabrese. "The song actually has nothing to do with Bill Paxton. We finished writing it the day he died and decided to name it after him in homage. 'Miles Away' is the original name."

Calabrese says that Lemats are a fully collaborative project with each member bringing something of their own to the songs. "The themes of codependency, breakup, love, and departure are all common threads of the the songs on the EP. The songs are collectively written by Lemats."

Check out "Bill Paxton (Miles Away)" below. Lemats celebrate the single / video release on Friday, 5/25, at The Saint. That show also features Where's Tino and Thee Idea Men. After that, the single will be available from just about anywhere you like to grab digital music. Apples and Oranges arrives on 7/13.