Monday, January 14, 2019

New Song from Cleveland's Herzog

"Little Bugs"

This is the kind of thing that, in line with my current overall laziness, I might normally throw up over at Check This Out. But I wanted to call special attention to this one from Herzog since I loved their 2014 LP Boys so much.

"Little Bugs" is a single off of the band's first album in five years; and it brings back their guitar-heavy, power pop sound. The songs are arena-sized, but the sentiments are always personal. There's a nostalgic feeling to Herzog's sound, and that's reflected in the video for "Little Bugs."

The band originally recorded the songs that appear on Me vs You as part of 2015 sessions with producer Kevin S. McMahon (Titus Andronicus, Diarrhea Planet, more) at his Marcata Sound Studios. Those sessions produced what became two albums worth of material. Me vs You represents the first half and is due from Exit Stencil Recordings on February 22nd.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Email Playlist, Volume 6

New GBV LP is coming next month.


Here's the inbox from December. New songs from Guided By Voices, The Specials, and The Faint. An old one from The Spinanes. Sunflower Bean, Lambchop, Vandoliers, Juan Waters, plus lots of other stuff.

You know? No matter how hard I work on emptying that inbox, it just keeps filling up. With SXSW coming up in a couple of months, I'm expecting lots of new stuff to start rolling in.

What's Going On: 1/10, 1/11, 1/12 & 1/13, 2019

Dentist play Langosta Lounge with Sonic Blume on Saturday.

Happy, Happy Birthday To Me

This Saturday is my dad's birthday, and Sunday is my birthday. This is the first time in my life that we won't be celebrating together. And, well... yeah.


On Thursday night, DC supergroup (featuring Mary Timony, Chris Wilson, Alec MacKaye, and Mark Cisneros) Hammered Hulls play a sold-out Union Pool in Brooklyn with SAVAK and Fake Names. Have A Good Season, Ragged Lines, and Offtop play the brewery. On Friday, Hot Blood and Lowlight play The Saint with The Cryptkeeper Five and Shaune Pony Heath in a benefit for Project REAL. Joy Cleaner, Secretary Legs, The Hums, and Scare City play Index Arts Center in Newark. Dentist and Sonic Blume are at Langosta on Saturday. The brewery has Emperor X, Fire Is Motion, Yellowfront, and Blaise on Sunday.

There's lots, lots more. Maybe I'll see you around this weekend.

Have fun. Don't drink and drive.


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

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

Asbury Park Brewery (Asbury): Have A Good Season / Ragged Lines / Offtop, 7pm, $10

BoonTunes (Boonton): Gardner / Joyer / Tula Vera, 7pm

Chubby Pickle (Highlands): Rob Lascelles / Sweet Lou & The River Rats, 9pm

Cianfano's Bar (Elizabeth): VANISH / In Vein, 7:30pm, $10

FM (Jersey City): Howlin' Bill & The Basement Dwellers / The U.S. Americans, 8pm, FREE

Gold Sounds (Brooklyn): Bean & Bernard / Airlift / Tide Bends / Dracula Daughter, 7pm, $8-$10

Pet Shop JC (Jersey City): Twin God / Atom Driver, 8pm

Union Pool (Brooklyn): Hammered Hulls (Alec MacKaye, Mary Timony, Mark Cisneros, Chris Wilson) / SAVAK / Fake Names, 8pm, SOLD OUT

FRIDAY (1/11)

The Asbury Hotel, Soundbooth (Asbury): Roulette / Aurin / Alright Junior / Brian Rothenbeck, 9pm

Asbury Park Brewery (Asbury): Jean Pool / The Planet You / Sunshine Spazz, 7pm, $10

Asbury Park Yacht Club (Asbury): P-Dub, 9:30pm

BoonTunes (Boonton): Kay Roman / Drew Fournier / Brianna Musco / The Forest Room, 7pm

Brighton Bar (Long Branch): Highwind / Cardinals / High School Superstars / Karma Gambit / Alive In Fiction, 6:30pm

Chamber 43 (Highland Park): Standy / Junkanoo / Reilly & Co., 8pm, $5

Cianfano's Bar (Elizabeth): Surprise Of The Century / Animal Masks / Shutter / The Walk Arounds / Slang Terms, 7pm, $5

Clash Bar (Clifton): Circadian Lapse / The View From Here / Ocean Of Illusions / Fat Chance / Who I Once Was, 8pm, $10

Crossroads (Garwood): Above the Moon / The Skullers / The Extensions / Stonehenge, 7pm, $10

Debonair Music Hall (Teaneck): Headmotör/ BOLLOCKS / The Ancient Mariners, 8pm

El Cortez (Brooklyn): Joe Jack Talcum / Crazy & The Brains / Abi Ooze, 7pm

FM (Jersey City): Cosmic Jerry Band, 8pm

h010 (Brooklyn): Out Of System Transfer / Castle Black / Peter Stampfel / Cruel Children, 7pm, $10

House of Independents (Asbury): Emo Night Brooklyn, 9pm, $12-$15

Index Arts Center (Newark): Joy Cleaner / The Hums / Scare City / Secretary Legs, 8pm, $7

Langosta Lounge (Asbury): Steven & Yanni / Emily Grove Band, 9:30

Long Branch High School (Long Branch): Documentary Film, The Brighton Bar w/ Ricky Eldridge / Ashley Delima / Eastbourne, 6pm, FREE

Millhill Basement (Trenton): JOUNCE / Puppyboy / Decoration / Royal Roads / Fence, 8pm, $10

New Lanes (Asbury): Hip Hop Dance Party, 9pm, FREE

Outpost In The Burbs (Montclair): LOD Benefit ft. Willie Nile / James Maddock / Daniella Cotton / Williams Honor / Joe D'Urso, 8pm

Porchistas Home Studio (Montclair): The Porchistas / The You And Eyes / The Good Kind, 8pm, $5

Rent Party (Maplewood): Thursday Habit / Tri-State / Marry The Sea, 8pm

The Saint (Asbury): Hot Blood / The Cryptkeeper Five / Lowlight / Shaune Pony Heath, 7:30pm, $10 to benefit Project REAL

Stone Pony (Asbury): Channeling Cornell / The Fighting Foos / Loose Ends / Flourish / Haven, 7pm, $12-$15

Stosh's (Fair Lawn): Reese Van Riper / If You Please, 7pm

Wonder Bar (Asbury): Anthony Krizan Band / John Ginty Band, 7pm


The Asbury Hotel, Soundbooth (Asbury): Elk / Ward Duo, 9pm

Asbury Park Brewery (Asbury): Hundreds Of Au / IDES / Second Arrows / Coward / Kissies, 7pm, $8

Asbury Park Yacht Club (Asbury): Thee Idea Men / LEEDS, 9:30pm

BoonTunes (Boonton): Bentwaeve / Yume / Junkanoo / Etierralos / Our Wits That Make Us Men, 7pm

Brighton Bar (Long Branch): 40 Pound Hound / The Vice Rags / Moonfighter / Ziggy Shock, 8pm, $8

Cianfano's Bar (Elizabeth): Dead Blow Hammer / Suspect / Know Your Enemy / Acid Cactus / Brianna Musco, 8pm, $5

Debonair Music Hall (Teaneck): Switch Mob / The Spins / House Call, 6pm, $10-$15

Espresso Joe's (Keyport): BlowUp Radio Guitar Pull ft. Rob Jennings / Boots / Michael Aquino / Jon Van Ness & Tauree, 7pm

FM (Jersey City): Krystal / The Milton Avenue Boys, 8pm, $5

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

Langosta Lounge (Asbury): Dentist / Sonic Blume, 10pm

Millhill Basement (Trenton): Pretty Goats / Uncrossing / Cheeky / Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken, 9pm, $5 to benefit Women's Medical Fund

Our Wicked Lady (Brooklyn): Daddies (Tape release) / The Nuclears / Lumps / PowerSnap, 8pm, $8-$10

Park Church Co-Op (Brooklyn): Mal Blum / Wild Yawp / Aviva Jaye, 7pm, $12

Parkside Lounge (NYC): The Royal Arctic Institute / Glenn Morrow's Cry For Help / Gorsky & Grain, 8pm

Rough Trade NYC (Brooklyn): Bambara / A Deer A Horse / Gnarcissists, 8pm, $10-$12

The Saint (Asbury): Superjudge / The Gray Vines, 7:30pm, $10

Starland Ballroom (Sayreville): Silverstein / Hawthorne Heights / As Cities Burn / Capstan, 6pm

Stone Pony (Asbury): Scott Sharrard / Rachel Ana Dobken, 7pm, $15-$20

SUNDAY (1/13)

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

Asbury Park Brewery (Asbury): Emperor X / Fire Is Motion / Yellowfront / Blaise, 7pm, $10

Baby's All Right (Brooklyn): Darkwing / New Myths / Gesserit, 8pm

Langosta Lounge (Asbury): Chad Sabo / The Well Wish, 1pm

Scarlet Pub (New Brunswick): Junkanoo / Use Big Words / The Planet You / Fiscal Cliff, 8pm, $5

Stone Pony (Asbury): LOD Covers Show ft. The Best Of The Eagles / more, 2pm

Tim McCloone's Supper Club (Asbury): Albert Lee, 6pm

Trans-Pecos (Brooklyn): Snakeskin / Dark Tones / Drug Bug / Um Are, 8pm, $10

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Ed The Punk Celebrated His Birthday with School Drugs, Nervous Triggers, Tiki Torture, Sunny Gang, and Dumpweed at Asbury Park Brewery, 1/4/19

Ed by Doug Dresher

Scene and Herd

Words and Pics by Doug Dresher, Special Coverage for CoolDad Music

What event could be so unique as to bring out five bands all with authentic punk attitudes and aspirations of ripping off the collective faces of the audience? Well, that would be Ed Wood's 21st birthday bash.

Held at the Asbury Park Brewery; and, I think, sponsored by his parents, the show found Ed's friends and fellow Asbury Punk associates assembled to celebrate the birthday of one of the main fixtures of the Asbury Park punk scene. I can happily report that it was an excellent party -- if you like this sort of thing.

The evening started with Dumpweed with their straight-ahead guitar-heavy punk. Fueled by the inspiration of Green Day, but without the faux British accent, Dumpweed set the tone for the evening. Young and ready, they were both focused and loose as they enjoyed their set. I think the bass player had a new bass, and that is always cool to see.

Ed / Dumpweed

Sunny Gang came on with their rap/punk Los Angeles sound, "All I wanted was a Pepsi" snarl. The singer, unaffected by gravity, provided the syncopation against the distortion and whipped the audience into a post-pizza and cake frenzy.

Sunny Gang
Sunny Gang

Third up was Tiki Torture. Surf punk, whammy bar twanging, extended instrumentals, and 1960's garage ethos let the crowd surf and taste the salt water.

Tiki Torture
Tiki Torture

Then came the big acts.

Nervous Triggers, manifesto-quoting political punk. You'd better have studied your current events, and you'd better take notes. There will be a test. I've seen Nervous Triggers a few times in the past year, and they keep getting tighter. Most interesting is the trance-like stare of singer, Jay Insult, as he contorts and tells you his truth. Honest and sincere, the music is as fierce as their politics and as enjoyable as ever. New Brunswick transplants to Asbury Park, they are a little older and, thus, wiser.

Ed / Nervous Triggers
Nervous Triggers
Nervous Triggers

This was my first time seeing School Drugs. Anger-fueled, some masked, straight ahead old-school CBGBs hardcore. From the first note, you know that it may not be safe to be too close to the stage; and, as small as it might have been, the circle pit was inhabited by many.

School Drugs
School Drugs
School Drugs
School Drugs

This Asbury Park music scene (I still miss the original Asbury Lanes) has something to say. As an older fella, I find it most interesting that such old-school hardcore is back. Perhaps it never left, and I didn't know where it was hiding.

And a good time was had by most. Friends, parents, aunts, uncles, neighbors, photographers, locals, and friends stopping by for the party.

Good Times

Happy Birthday, Ed. Keep moving forward and remember to enjoy the ride.

Give Doug a follow on Instagram and check out his full album from the evening over at Flickr.