Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Email Playlist, Volume 10

Titus Andronicus announced the release of An Obelisk with single "(I Blame) Society."


I didn't forget. Just been lazy and a little under the weather the last few days. Lots of interesting stuff here from lots of albums that have already come out.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Premiere: New Single from Blue Vervain

Blue Vervain by Jordan Galiano


North Jersey four-piece, Blue Vervain, describe themselves as a "mood rock" band. Started by singer / guitarist Jon Khan (former Morningside Lane) as a solo project in the summer of 2018, Blue Vervain grew into their current incarnation with the additions of James Pawson (bass), Nikki Marroccoli (keys), and Ori Yekutiel (drums). They take their name from a flower used as an alternative remedy for anxiety and depression; and Blue Vervain say that they strive, through their music, to provide a sort of alternative remedy of their own to those who may be struggling.

Blue Vervain recently joined the roster of NJ's Mint 400 Records, and their debut LP, Wounds, is due on September 6th. Today, we're premiering the album's first single, "Cycle."

"Cycle" starts off with some subdued guitar and vocals from Khan, before building to a cathartic outro. The song brings together elements of emo, alt rock, and indie which makes for an appropriately moody result.

Blue Vervain will be performing at this weekend's Jersey Shore Festival in Seaside Heights on May 18th. They've also got a few summer dates lined up which you can check out below. Pre-orders for Wounds will start on August 9th.

Blue Vervain shows
5/18/19 - Jersey Shore Music Festival, Seaside Heights, NJ
7/13/19 - 7th Annual Deutschtown Music Festival, Pittsburgh, PA
7/19/19 - Mint 400 Records Showcase, Stosh's, Fair Lawn, NJ
8/16/19 - Shaker's Pub, Oakdale, NY

Thursday, May 16, 2019

What's Going On: 5/16, 5/17, 5/18 & 5/19

Hot Blood celebrate the release of Fear of a Unified Public at The Saint on Friday.

Here Comes the Sun (?)

In a twist, it looks like there may be some moment of sunlight in our area this weekend. Fingers crossed. Anyway... Lots of shows to check out.

Grim Streaker play a release show for their debut album at ALPHAVILLE. tonight. Hot Blood and The Vaughns celebrate their own new records at The Saint and Asbury Park Brewery, respectively, tomorrow. Greta Van Fleet play a sold out Summer Stage on Saturday (Yeeeeaaaahhh mammaaaaaaa!!! h/t Steve Sachs). Tash Sultana is there on Sunday. 

Have fun. Don't drink and drive.


ALPHAVILLE. (Brooklyn): Grim Streaker (Record Release) / Cold Fronts / Big Bliss / Flexi, 8pm, $12

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

Avenel Performing Arts Center (Avenel): Kaki King, 8pm, $39.50

Barca City (New Brunswick): Rugburn / Nematode, 8:30pm

Brighton Bar (Long Branch): The Ones You Fogot / Still Ghosts / Painted Young / This Year's Comeback / The Forest Puppies, 6pm

Chubby Pickle (Highlands): Kenny K / Tony Tedesco / Kev Daly, 9pm

Count Basie (Red Bank): Dark Star Orchestra, 6:30pm, $51.50

Crossroads (Garwood): Brian Fallon, 8pm, SOLD OUT

FM Jersey City (Jersey City): John Mollica / Sink Tapes / Sophomore, 8pm, $5

House Of Independents (Asbury): Lucki, 7pm, $18-$70

Meatlocker (Montclair): Murder Junkies / Bad Luck 13 / DUTCHGUTS, 9pm

The Saint (Asbury): Dub Trio, 7:30pm, $13-$15

The Stone Pony (Asbury): Mark Lanegan Band / Simon Bonney, 7pm, $30

Transparent Clinch (Asbury): The Last Internationale, 6pm

Wonder Bar (Asbury): Filmore / Natalie Farrell Trio, 7pm, $10

FRIDAY (5/17)

The Asbury Hotel, Soundbooth (Asbury): Jeff Linden & The Black Spot Society / Alpha Rabbit / The Clydes / Jenny Cat, 9pm

Asbury Lanes (Asbury): 2000s Dance Party, 9pm

Asbury Park Brewery (Asbury): The Vaughns (Release Show) / The Morgan Freemasons / Ella Ross, 8pm, $10-$12

Asbury Park Yacht Club (Asbury): The Jack Moves / DJ Foggy Notion, 9:30pm

Avenel Performing Arts Center (Avenel): Kaki King, 8pm, $39.50

BoonTunes (Boonton): Tarnished / When In Doubt / Skylar Pocket / The Manhattan Project, 7pm

Bourbon & Branch (Philly): Cold Weather Company / Lowlight / Foxanne, 8pm, $8-$10

Chubby Pickle (Highlands): Gallager's Guest House / Cara Introcaso / Jill Anderson, 9pm

Cianfano's (Elizabeth): The Black Black / Acid Cactus / Watercolor Nightmare / Fang Gang / Beach Bully, 7pm, $5

Crossroads (Garwood): Brian Fallon, 8pm, SOLD OUT

Flemington DIY (Flemington): East Of The Wall / Gloomseeker / Alcove / Blood Moons, 7pm, $5

House of Independents (Asbury): Yungblud, 7pm, SOLD OUT

Langosta Lounge (Asbury): Karlee Bloom & Friends, 9:30pm

Millhill Basement (Trenton): Assemble / Condition Oakland / Joe Billy / Bored As Hell, 8pm

Music Hall of Williamsburg (Brooklyn): Tacocat / Sammi Lanzetta / Control Top, 9pm, $15

Pino's Gift Basket (Highland Park): Animal Masks / Tango Machina, 8pm

Roxy & Dukes Roadhouse (Dunellen): Pettymania / Rusted, 8pm, $15

The Saint (Asbury): Hot Blood (Record Release) / Hammer Fight / Sunny Gang / JAWS / Program, 7:30pm, $10

Seaside Heights: Jersey Shore Festival, 5pm

Starland Ballroom (Sayreville): Jimmy Kenny and The Pirate Beach Band, 7pm

The Stone Pony (Asbury): Jesse Malin / Adam Weiner / Tangiers Blues Band / Matty Carlock & The Jailbirds, 7pm, $22-$25

Union Pool (Brooklyn): Dehd (Record Release) / Gustaf / Patio, 8pm, $10

White Eagle Hall (Jersey City): mewithoutYOU / Cursive, 8pm, $20-$25

The Whitechapel Projects (Long Branch): Little Vicious Video Shoot, 4pm

Wonder Bar (Asbury): Ghost Light, 7pm, $20


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

Asbury Lanes (Asbury): DJ Headtrip, 9pm

Asbury Park Yacht Club (Asbury): DJ Appetite w/ Holmes / Jeremy Wallace Trio, 9:30pm

BoonTunes (Boonton): Cody Ct. / Oolong / All Dawgs Go To Heaven / Skytop Motel, 8pm

Boot & Saddle (Philly): Tacocat / Sammi Lanzetta / Dehd, 7pm

Borough of Highlands (Highlands): Parkfest, 12noon

Brighton Bar (Long Branch): Makin Waves Fest ft. Ezra Caspi / Ribeye Brothers / Tom Kanach / Jon Caspi & The First Gun / The X-men / 19DRT / Full On Empty / Solace / Defiance Engine, 2pm, $10

Chubby Pickle (Highlands): Parkfest After Party ft. M.A. Tappen / Fern / more, 9:30pm

Crossroads (Garwood): Brian Fallon, 8pm, SOLD OUT

Ferry St. & Palisade Ave. (Jersey City): LO-FI Takes The Streets ft. Rye Coalition / The Milwaukees / The Brixton Riot / Sean Kiely / Babraham Lincoln / Hudson City Rats / Change Order, 12noon

Franklin Music Hall (Philly): The Hives / Refused / Control Top / RunHideFight, 8:30pm, $37

Historic Jersey City and Harsimus Cemetery (Jersey City): 7th Annual Pushing Up The Daisies Fest, 12noon, $10 adults, $5 kids

House Of Independents (Asbury): Thy Art Is Murder, 7pm, $16-$18

John & Peter's (New Hope, PA): Lowlight / Royal Arctic Institute / Fake Pockets / Luke Dowler, 7:30pm

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

Millhill Basement (Trenton): Don't Sleep / Digger / Goddamnit / School Drugs, 9pm

Monty Hall (Jersey City): Meat Puppets, 8pm, SOLD OUT

Music Hall of Williamsburg (Brooklyn): Mystery Lights / Dirty Fences / Future Punx, 8pm

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

The Saint (Asbury): Skinny Lister / Johnny Lloyd, 7pm, $17.50-$19

Seaside Heights: Jersey Shore Festival

Starland Ballroom (Sayreville): Avatar / Devin Townsend / Dance With The Dead / '68, 6pm

The Stone Pony Summer Stage (Asbury): Greta Van Fleet / Ida Mae, 5:30pm, I think this might be sold out (???)

White Eagle Hall (Jersey City): Guided By Voices, 8:30pm, $30-$35

SUNDAY (5/19)

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

Asbury Park Brewery (Asbury): The Nobodies, 6pm, FREE

Asbury Park Brewery (Asbury): The Architects / Morningside Lane / Steve Burks, 8pm, $12

Asbury Park Music Foundation (Asbury): Girls Salute the Boys ft. Jillian Rhys McCoy / Des Spinks / Reagan Richards, 3pm

Asbury Park Yacht Club (Asbury): Levy & The Oaks / Bottled Blonde, 8pm

Baby's All Right (Brooklyn): Worriers / awakebutstillinbed / Pity Party, 5:30pm

Brighton Bar (Long Branch): Makin Waves Jam N Groove Fest 50th Anniversary Tribute to Allman Brothers, Funky Meters, & Little Feat, 2pm

Cianfano's (Elizabeth): Crocodyle / Skylar Pocket / Dada Dolls / Club 27, 7pm, $5

Flemington DIY (Flemington): My Epic / Valleyheart, 6pm, $12-$15

House Of Independents (Asbury): Believe: A Fundraiser Benefit for Marilyn's Place, 4pm, $12-$18

Langosta Lounge (Asbury): Joe Rapolla & Nicole Govel / Dan Amato, 1pm

Meatlocker (Montclair): Have A Good Season / Spring Silver / Black Dirty, 9pm

Parker Homestead (Little Silver): Two River Ramble ft. Emily Grove / Joseph Alton Miller / Jonathan Tea / The Honey Badgers, 3pm

The Saint (Asbury): Channeling Cornell, 7pm, $10

Scarlet Pub (New Brunswick): Cook Thugless / Nerve Damage / Cold Weather Company, 8pm

The Stone Pony Summer Stage (Asbury): Tash Sultana / Pierce Brothers, 4pm, $42.50+

Trans-Pecos (Brooklyn): Radiator Hospital (Record Release) / Big Nothing / Swanning / Quaker Wedding, 8pm, $12

Washington St. (Hoboken): Hoboken Spring Arts & Music Fest, 11am

Wonder Bar (Asbury): Skylands Sanctuary Benefit, 12noon, $5

Wonder Bar (Asbury): Decade & Friends, 3pm, $5

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

New Subjangle Releases: The Hannah Barberas and SUPER 8

Two-Fer Album Review

By Henry Lipput

The new independent label Subjangle is, as the name implies, all about the jangle. And, if you know anything about the music I love, it's also (mostly) all about the jangle. Subjangle is the official label of the Janglepophub blog and Twitter sites specializing in the release of carefully selected artists and limited-edition CDs (but unlimited digital purchases).

Two new releases by the Subjangle label are from two bands that I've listened to and enjoyed over the past year. Both of these albums are compilations of songs from 2018, and both include a couple of brand new songs that are terrific additions to their catalogs; and, when they get heard, they will no doubt expand their growing fan base.

The Hannah Barberas released their first digital EP, The Hannah Barberas Are Here At Last, in July of last year and were immediately embraced by the jangle pop community. This four-piece DIY group from London (made up of Damien, Lucy, Doug, and Matthew) record all of their songs on an 8-track machine at home. Their first EP was followed by two more as well as a Christmas EP and a Mark E. Smith tribute single, all of which were made available digitally on The Hannah Barberas' Bandcamp page.

The Subjangle release, Get Physical, is the first of The Hannah Barberas' output not to be strictly digital *which is where the album title comes from and not because they're doing a cover of an Olivia Newton-John song. Though, I expect they would really do a fabulous job with that).

Get Physical compiles selected songs from all three of the first three EPs including a few of my favorites like "Now (Is Here at Last)," "10 Feet Tall," and "Spellbound." The album also contains two great new songs that bring home the jangle but are also melancholy odes to lost or missing loves. I really like "I Like You In Blue," but I love "Café Song" which may be the best thing they've written.

Backers & Maracas is the latest from SUPER 8, a super-talented singer, songwriter, and producer from the UK. Readers of my reviews for CoolDad should already be familiar with his work. He released three albums last year including HI LO which ended up being my favorite album of 2018. I also did a Q&A with him before the release of his second album.

Backers & Maracas (the 'backers being the gorgeous red Rickenbacker he bought recently to bring a little more jangle to his songs) are a reference to the instruments hanging in his studio and seen on his video for one of the new songs on the album.

Like Get Physical, Backers & Maracas is a compilation of songs from SUPER 8's three releases last year and two new songs. One of the new songs is called "Something New" and makes wonderful use of that new guitar.

If, like me, you really love the songs that SUPER 8 released last year you'll be putting together a Super (8) deluxe version with all of the songs missing from the new album. I'd like to know what your choices would be.

The other new song on the album is "X Hits The Spot," a cover of a song by Michael Head & The Strands. Not knowing about Head's original take on this, I thought the SUPER 8 recording of "X Hits The Spot" was one of the best things I've heard this year. I've gone back and listened to Michael Head's "X Hits The Spot;" and it's wonderful, but I still really, really like what SUPER 8 brings to the track. He's taken a song about drug use and made it a song that anyone who misses a person, a place, or even a thing, can identify with.

Get Physical is out now on Subjangle. The CDs sold out during the pre-order phase, but the digital album is still available.

The Backers & Maracas CD can be pre-ordered from Subjangle through May 19th.