Friday, June 22, 2018

New Music From Dentist and Lyons

Some of Asbury' Finest

A couple of the very best Asbury Park has to offer released new music this week, and I wanted to make sure you took note.

Dentist, "Corked"

Yesterday, Dentist announced that they'd be releasing their third LP, Night Swimming, on July 20th via Cleopatra Records. To accompany the announcement the band released the album's first single, "Corked."

"Corked" starts out spare; but it quickly builds, adding rolling drums and Justin Bornemann's angular, surf-tinged guitar. Dentist are all about contrasts -- the contrast between Emily Bornemann's sweet vocals and the band's more aggressive sound, the contrast between melancholy lyrics and a tight, upbeat song structure -- and "Corked" is no exception.

You can see Dentist live tonight at The Chubby Pickle in Highlands, NJ; or you can catch them on their upcoming, massive summer tour.

Dentist on Tour

7/18 Philadelphia, PA @ Ortlieb’s
7/19 Washington DC @ Black Cat
7/20 Richmond, VA @ Hardywood Brewery
7/21 Charlotte, NC @ Petra’s
7/22 Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
7/24 Atlanta, GA @ Smith’s Olde Bar
7/25 New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa
7/26 Houston, TX @ notsuoh
7/27 Austin, TX @ Cheer Up Charlies
7/28 El Paso, TX @ Love Buzz
7/30 Phoenix, AZ @ Trunk Space
7/31 Long Beach, CA @ The Prospector
8/1 San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
8/2 Los Angeles, CA @ Highland Park Bowl
8/3 Visalia, CA @ Cellar Door
8/4 Sonora, CA @ Winter’s Tavern
8/5 Reno, NV @ Jub Jub’s
8/6 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Ct
8/7 Denver, CO @ Lost Lake
8/8 Lawrence, KS @ Replay Lounge
8/9 Columbia, MO @ Cafe Berlin
8/10 Omaha, NE @ The Down Under
8/13 Muncie, IN @ BHN
8/14 Cincinnati, OH @ The Hub
8/15 Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place

Lyons, "Strawberry Moon"

Asbury Park five-piece, Lyons, released a fantastic, self-titled EP almost exactly one year ago. Since then, the band have signed to Little Dickman Records. This past week, they premiered their very first single for the label, "Strawberry Moon."

On "Strawberry Moon," Lyons combine elements of post-punk, dream pop, and psychedelic rock. Chiming guitars and a relentless beat give this one a dark vibe as Amy Malkoff -- perhaps under the influence of the full moon -- sings, "I believe I have control of these feelings..."

The June full moon, or strawberry moon, occurs on 6/28. Lyons celebrate that as well as the release of their "Strawberry Moon" video, with a show this Saturday, 6/23, at Asbury Park's Bond St. Basement. That one is free and also features The Vice Rags and The Tide Bends.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

What's Going On: 6/21, 6/22, 6/23 & 6/24

The RockNRoll Hi-Fives celebrate the release of their debut LP on Sunday at Mercury Lounge.

School's Out!

School's out here at CDMHQ. CD1 had a successful freshman year of high school, and CD2 crushed her first year of middle school. Now it's on to summer camp, summer swimming, and early morning carpools. There are lots of cool shows this weekend to help celebrate the summer.

On Thursday night, latewaves head to Crossroads in Garwood for a show with Map Of Rome, Old Currents, Champ, and Spice Weasel. New Brunswick's In The West hosts DUSK, Glazer, I Am The Polish Army, and Character Actor (members of Night Birds, The Ergs!, Full Of Fancy, Black Wine) whose debut comes out this week. Aimee Mann, Superchunk, and Jonathan Coulton play for free at Brooklyn's Prospect Park Band Shell. Transparent Clinch hosts the "Make Music Asbury Park" show to benefit Asbury Park Music Foundation with åMBe, Dolltits, Radiator King, Cranston Dean, and Rachel Ana Dobken.

On Friday, The Rockland-Bergen Music Festival kicks off in Tappan, NY. That one features lots of favorites around these parts like Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes, Joe D'Urso, Joe Grushecky, and Steve Forbert. Des & The Swagmatics play Langosta. Little Dickman Records host Las Rosas, Champagne Superchillin', and The Off White at The Saint. Adolescents play Brighton Bar in Long Branch. Dentist are at The Chubby Pickle in Highlands along with Caveart. Nick Lowe comes to Jersey City's White Eagle Hall with his Quality Rock and Roll Revue featuring Los Strait Jackets. 

On Saturday, Makin Waves kick off their summer concert series at Asbury Park Brewery with Cook Thugless, The Brixton Riot, Mr. Payday, The Successful Failures, and Disposable. The Vansaders play APYC on Saturday afternoon with Sammy Kay as part of the World Cup series that's happening there. That evening at APYC, it's Yawn Mower and Black Flamingos. Lyons celebrate the release of "Strawberry Moon" in the basement at Bond along with The Vice Rags and The Tide Bends. White Denim play House of Independents with UNI. John Cafferty and The Beaver Brown Band are at The Pony.

The RockNRoll Hi-Fives celebrate the release of Re-Introducing The RockNRoll Hi-Fives on Sunday at NYC's Mercury Lounge. That's an early show with a 5:30pm start that also features Lost Boy ?.  It promises to be a party for the ages.

There is plenty to do this weekend, so I hope to see you around. Don't drink and drive.


209 4th Ave. (Asbury): mewithoutYOU / Tigers Jaw, 8pm, $30

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

Asbury Park Yacht Club (Asbury): Frank Lombardi, 8:30pm, FREE

Barca City Bar (New Brunswick): Nematode / Eli Costello, 9pm

Berlin -- Under A (NYC): The Dirty Nil / Ghost King, 8pm, $10

Clash Bar (Clifton): A Film In Color / Fire Is Motion / Haunt Club / Bury Yourself, 8pm, $10

Crossroads (Garwood): latewaves / Map Of Rome / Old Currents / Champ / Spice Weasel, 7pm, $10

El Cortez (Brooklyn): The Creepshow / Sammy Kay / The Jukebox Romantics, 7pm

House of Independents (Asbury): Among Us (record release) / The Walkarounds / Sekond Skyn, 6:30pm, $12-$15

In The West (New Brunswick): DUSK / Glazer / I Am The Polish Army / Character Actor, 7:30pm, $5-$8

Meatlocker (Montclair): The Planet You / Russian Baths / Young House / Massa Nera / John Cozz / NGGA / DBB, 8pm, FREE

Pier Village (Long Branch): Motor City Revue, 7pm, FREE

Prospect Park Bandshell (Brooklyn): Aimee Mann / Superchunk / Jonathan Coulton, 7pm, FREE

Roxy & Dukes Roadhouse (Dunellen): Sean K. Preston and The Loaded Pistols, 7pm, $10

The Saint (Asbury): David Keenan / Brother Andrew / Ian Bamberger, 6:30pm, $12

The Saint (Asbury): Erik Mason Benefit Show, 10pm, $10

Transparent Clinch (Asbury): Make Music Asbury Park ft. åMBe / Dolltits / Radiator King / Cranston Dean / Rachel Ana Dobken, 6pm, $10 suggested donation to benefit APMF

Wonder Bar (Asbury): Wonder Jam, 9:30pm, FREE

FRIDAY (6/22)

209 4th Ave. (Asbury): Gogol Bordello, 8pm, SOLD OUT

Alphaville (Brooklyn): Sic Tic / NO ICE / Desert Sharks / Free Money, 8pm, $10

The Asbury Hotel, Soundbooth (Asbury): Colton Kayser Band / Matt Cook Band / Monte, 9pm, FREE

Asbury Park Brewery (Asbury): Retirement Party / Fire Is Motion / Good Looking Friends / Teenage Halloween, 7pm, $10

Asbury Park Yacht Club (Asbury): Natalie Farrell / The Mercury Brothers / Pamela Flores, 9pm, FREE

Berlin -- Under A (NYC): The Dirty Nil / High Waisted, 8pm, $10

Brighton Bar (Long Branch): Adolescents / Electric Frankenstein / Jon Caspi & The First Gun / Execütors, 8pm, $15

Chubby Pickle (Highlands): Dentist / Caveart, 9pm, FREE

Court Tavern (New Brunswick): The Zombie Mafia / LMI / The Mary Lous / South Street, 8pm, $10

FM (Jersey City): Pete Mancini / Seamstress / Brewster, 9pm, $8

German Masonic Park (Tappan, NY): Rockland-Bergen Music Festival ft. Joe D'Urso & Stone Caravan / Jim Boggia Bruce Off Broadway / Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes / Steve Forbert / Joe Grushecky / more, 10:30am, $47

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

Langosta Lounge (Asbury): Des & The Swagmatics, 9pm, FREE

Randy Now's Man Cave (Bordentown): Marah, 8pm, SOLD OUT

Roxy & Dukes Roadhouse (Dunellen): Giant Flying Turtles/Shaun Doyle & The Civic Sound/Above the Sun, 7pm, $12

The Saint (Asbury): Jim Boggia (ukulele Bruce), 7pm, $20

The Saint (Asbury): Las Rosas / Champagne Superchillin' / The Off White, 10pm, $8-$10

Scarlet Pub (New Brunswick): Old Lady / Kailey Rocker / Joe Galuppo, 8pm, $5

Starland Ballroom (Sayreville): Appetite For Destruction (GNR Covers), 7pm, $15

Stosh's (Fair Lawn): Cyclone Static / Ultra Major / Spicy Girl / Sink Tapes / Tri-State, 7:30pm, FREE

The Stone Pony (Asbury): Trevor Hall, 7pm, $16

White Eagle Hall (Jersey City): Nick Lowe's Quality Rock & Roll Revue w/ Los Straitjackets, 8:30pm, $30-$35

Wonder Bar (Asbury): Lakehouse Big Gig, 5:20pm, FREE


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

Asbury Park Brewery (Asbury): Makin Waves Summer Concert Series ft. Cook Thugless / The Brixton Riot / Mr. Payday / The Successful Failures / Disposable, 6pm

Asbury Park Yacht Club (Asbury): The Vansaders / Sammy Kay, 4pm, FREE

Asbury Park Yacht Club (Asbury): Black Flamingos / Yawn Mower, 9pm, FREE

BoonTunes (Boonton): The Planet You / Deeply Woven / Transit Method / CDFT / Entia, 7pm, $10

Bond St. Basement (Asbury): Lyons (video release) / The Vice Rags / The Tide Bends, 9pm, FREE

Brighton Bar (Long Branch): Paul Collins Tribute, 1pm

Brighton Bar (Long Branch): OS 101 / Doc Rotten / After The Burn / Karate Charlie / The Kid and The Curse, 8pm

Chubby Pickle (Highlands): Zoochie / Where's Tino / The Extensions, 8pm, FREE

Clash Bar (Clifton): John Cozz / MarSOUPial / The Values / Surprise of the Century, 8:30pm, $10

Court Tavern (New Brunswick): The Growling Hounds / This Year's Comeback / A Door With No House, 8pm, $10

FM (Jersey City): BuzzUniverse / Drum & A Tantrum, 8pm, $8

German Masonic Park (Tappan, NY): Rockland-Bergen Music Festival ft. Joe D'Urso & Stone Caravan / Jim Boggia Bruce Off Broadway / Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes / Steve Forbert / Joe Grushecky / more, 10:30am, $47

Hillsborough (Hillsborough, NJ): Sourland Music Festival ft. JB Kline Band / Joshua Branson / Nalani & Sarina / The Verdict / Stolen Rhodes / Flux Capacitor, 3pm, $15

House of Independents (Asbury): White Denim / Uni, 6:30pm, $20-$25

Langosta Lounge (Asbury): Gallaghers Guesthouse, 9pm, FREE

Meatlocker (Montclair): Of Feather and Bone / TombMold / Phantom Pain / Oxalate, 9pm, $10

Millhill Basement (Trenton): Bucky Harris / Molly Rhythm / Lamplighters / The Up Up Ups / Erotic Novels, 9pm, $10

Monty Hall (Jersey City): Morricone Youth live re-score of "Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans," 8pm, $10

Randall's Island (NYC): Punk Island ft. Shut Up / Mean Siders / True Dreams / Nihiloceros / Lady Bizness / Desert Sharks / American Pinup / lots lots more, 10am, FREE

Randy Now's Man Cave (Bordentown): Marah, 8pm, SOLD OUT

Roxy & Dukes Roadhouse (Dunellen): Section 8 / Virago / Barren / Frenular Delta / Open Minds, 7pm, $12

The Saint (Asbury): The Thrashfields / Mirage, 1pm, $12 ALL AGES

The Saint (Asbury): Members of Wicked Hollow / Baron Praxis / Good Luck Spaceman, 7pm, $10

The Stone Pony (Asbury): John Cafferty and The Beaver Brown Band, 7pm, $30-$32

West End Park (Long Branch): A Little Bit Scary, 5pm, FREE

Wonder Bar (Asbury): Lakehouse Big Gig, 9am, FREE

SUNDAY (6/24)

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

Asbury Park Brewery (Asbury): Sleep In / Your Persona / Idle Wave / Ditz / Sentient Moss, 7pm, $10

Asbury Park Yacht Club (Asbury): HiFi Sounds w DJ Foggy Notion, 6pm, FREE

BoonTunes (Boonton): Stereo Jo / Soapbox Sound / Lost Dog / Paul Singh, 7pm

Court Tavern (New Brunswick): This Year's Comeback / A Door With No House / The Growling Hounds, 7pm, $10

German Masonic Park (Tappan, NY): Rockland-Bergen Music Festival ft. Joe D'Urso & Stone Caravan / Jim Boggia Bruce Off Broadway / Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes / Steve Forbert / Joe Grushecky / more, 10:30am, $47

House of Independents (Asbury): Face to Face / Counterpunch / The Scandals, 6pm, $25-$30

Meatlocker (Montclair): Ancalagon / Windfaerer / Blasphemous / Night Rite, 8pm

Mercury Lounge (NYC): The RockNRoll Hi-Fives (LP Release) / Lost Boy ?, 5:30pm, $10

Rose Gold (Brooklyn): Basement Family / Language / Shop Talk, 8pm, $10

The Saint (Asbury): Shells & Vine, 5pm, $10

The Seafarer Bar (Highlands): The Royal Pacifics, 3pm

Wonder Bar (Asbury): Lakehouse Big Gig, 9am, FREE

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Wreckless Eric, Construction Time & Demolition, 2018

Album Review

By Henry Lipput

"Hey, I don't mean to be your fanboy," sings Wreckless Eric. "But how do you make your records sound like your records sound to me?"

A lot of people will surely be asking Wreckless Eric that same question after hearing his amazing new release Construction Time & Demolition. The album, recorded and produced by Eric Goulden (aka Wreckless Eric) at the Southern Domestic Facility, in Catskill, New York, is a master class on how rock songs should sound.

"It's all about the sound, always the sound. Music without sound is literally nothing, so I concern myself with the sound," he's said. And within less than a minute into the first song, his talent for having guitars, horns, and backing vocals make your ears stand up and listen is remarkable.

Goulden began his recording career in 1977 when he was little more than a teenaged ex-art student with the hit "Whole Wide World." As I mentioned in my recent review of Amy Rigby's (Eric's spouse and tourmate) fine new album (The Old Guys), he was part of the 1977 Live Stiffs tour along with Nick Lowe and Elvis Costello.

The Kinks on Muswell Hillbillies and the "Did Ya" single sang, as Wreckless Eric does on "Gateway To Europe," of places like much-loved pubs and furniture stores that don't exist anymore and houses that have been torn down and people that have been relocated. There's also more than a little of the sound of that band's Preservation albums on "Gateway To Europe," and it's a great sound that Eric makes wonderful use of to reinforce the sense of the "Demolition" of the past.

The sense of time is also addressed in "The World Revolved Around Me:" "All there is is time / Hold that thought … and it's gone / The fragile here and now / Where we mark time / As time moves on." The song has a spacey vibe with strummed guitars, a lead lick that's almost out of tune and out of time, and a lonesome horn. Some of it reminds me of Big Star's Third album in which Alex Chilton deconstructed / demolished his tunes. This vibe also appears on Eric's climate change song "Flash:" "The seasons are all coming round too quick now / It seems to me the Beach Boys told a lie," and some piano-bashing ensues.

"Wow & Flutter" has crunching guitars, crashing drums, and Entwistle-like bass as it tells the story of a rival jealous for a rock star's success and his car, wife, and record sales. But it's more than that: "I've never really liked you / I thought I did / but it was just a pose / And you, you've got everything I want / I want to be you / I suppose."

After this album, everyone is going to want to sound like Wreckless Eric.

Construction Time & Demolition is out now on Southern Domestic Records.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Contact Numbers for New Jersey's Congressional Delegation and Other Links

Some Information

This site is about music. And, even when it comes to music, there really aren't all that many people who care what I think. But, in the face of what's been going on in our country, I couldn't just sit here and continue to tell you about albums and EPs or show you pictures from shows I've attended as if nothing else in the world is happening. Personally, I feel disgusted, saddened, and helpless about what I'm seeing and reading in the news. I decided that, for whatever little it's worth, I needed to use this space to do something, even if it's as small as just providing some information.

No matter what side of the political divide you're on, look inside yourself and ask whether or not it's right to use threats to the well-being of children and families as a legislative negotiating tactic or as some kind of "deterrent" to immigration or asylum-seeking. Once you've done that, if you feel like you'd like to make your voice heard on the subject, there are things you can do.

Here is the contact information for all of the members of the New Jersey congressional delegation. If you're not from New Jersey, you can find information on your own legislators at and

1st Norcross, Donald  (202) 225-6501
2nd LoBiondo, Frank  (202) 225-6572
3rd MacArthur, Tom  (202) 225-4765
4th Smith, Chris  (202) 225-3765
5th Gottheimer, Josh  (202) 225-4465
6th Pallone Jr., Frank  (202) 225-4671
7th Lance, Leonard  (202) 225-5361
8th Sires, Albio  (202) 225-7919
9th Pascrell Jr., Bill  (202) 225-5751
10th Payne Jr., Donald  (202) 225-3436
11th Frelinghuysen, Rodney  (202) 225-5034
12th Watson Coleman, Bonnie  (202) 225-5801

Booker, Cory  (202) 224-3224
Menendez, Robert  (202) 224-4744

Also, here is a very short list of some organizations that could use your help right now. There are many more than just these, so do some reading and find out which ones are doing work that you find important and in line with your own values.

Just a Few Organizations. There are many more.

KIND -- "KIND will achieve our vision by: Ensuring that no child appears in immigration court without high quality legal representation; Advancing laws, policies, and practices that ensure children's protection and uphold their right to due process and fundamental fairness; and Promoting in countries of origin, transit, and destination durable solutions to child migration that are grounded in the best interests of the child and ensure that no child is forced to involuntarily migrate."

ProBar -- "Founded in 2003 with just one staff-person, ProBAR's Children's Project now has a team of more than ten attorneys, two Board of Immigration Appeals accredited representatives, twenty paralegals, and two full-time volunteers. The Children's Project currently serves more than 1,000 detained, unaccom­panied children at shelters in South Texas by provid­ing them with "Know Your Rights" presentations and coordinating their legal representation."

RAICES -- "The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that promotes justice by providing free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families and refugees in Central and South Texas. RAICES is the largest immigration non-profit in Texas with offices in Austin, Corpus, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio."

Texas Civil Rights Project -- "The Texas Civil Rights Project uses legal advocacy to empower Texas communities and create policy change."

Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project -- "The Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project (ASAP) works to prevent wrongful deportations by connecting refugee families to community support and emergency legal aid. "

And there's always the ACLU and ActBlue.

Here's some music from Superchunk who play White Eagle Hall in Jersey City tomorrow.