Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Habibi Played a Record Release at Market Hotel with Ice Balloons and Champagne Superchillin', 2/15/20

Habibi by Rose Lamela

Saturday Nights In Brooklyn

Words and Pictures by Rose Lamela

Habibi had their record release party at Market Hotel this past weekend, and I was there to finally see them play live. I had been listening to "Angel Eyes" from their latest release Anywhere But Here a whole bunch before the show. Its trance-y sound sticks in your head, and you will find yourself humming it throughout your day. It was time for my ears to hear it live.

I love Market Hotel despite its challenges with lighting which becomes a little stressful for a photographer. It's something about the vibe there and the train running behind the bands that has always intrigued me. Getting to see a good line up there makes it all the merrier.

Ice Balloons opened up the show, and I got into their noisy electronic sound immediately. I especially loved the song "Surface." Its drone-y sound made me investigate their album Fiesta on my ride back.  The lyrics were screamed into a mic by lead singer Sean Kennerly who was wearing a ratty fly mask. Songs like "Wasp," which were accompanied by fast bass riffs and electronic fillers, filled the dark venue and muffled the sound of the nearby trains.

Ice Balloons
Ice Balloons
Ice Balloons
Ice Balloons

Champagne Superchillin' came on next and changed the vibe completely. They had a funky groovy sound that complemented their retro outfits. I especially dug the song "Fragment" from their album Destino. They are a pretty fun band to see live and will make you brush up on some of your French to get down with the lyrics.

Champagne Superchillin'
Champagne Superchillin'
Champagne Superchillin'
Champagne Superchillin'

Habibi came up next dressed in white jumpsuits. They delivered a great live performance playing some of their best tunes like "Tomboy" and "Sweetest Talk." I was especially happy to hear "Angel Eyes" and "Come My Habibi." The place was packed, and I could feel the floor moving as their fans danced and sang along. They brought out a Valentine's Day cake with a sparkler onto the stage to celebrate their album release. Lead singer Rahill Jamalifard thanked the fans and shared that she was playing despite not feeling very well after coming back from a trip. For someone who wasn't feeling well, she totally delivered.


It was a delightful night in Brooklyn that inspired a playlist with music from this 3-band lineup to accompany me on my commute this week. I suggest you check them all out!!

You can check out all of Rosi's pics up at Flickr.

Friday, February 14, 2020

New Vids from High Waisted, The Red Room

High Waisted announced a new single and album.

Coupla Videos for Your Valentine

The Red Room, "Joke in Utopia"

NJ four-piece, The Red Room, have been out there working hard for the last little while now. Their name comes up in the weekly listings post here just about every weekend. They recently put together shows with Spookey Ruben, and they opened for Richard Lloyd of Television just last month. We even had them on one of our shows back in the spring.

At the end of last year, the band released their debut album, Mind Razor. The record showcases The Red Room's combination of 90s grunge and heavy psych rock. Last week The Red Room released a video for Mind Razor single, "Joke in Utopia." Shot at Atlantic Highlands Art Council by Kris Khunachuk, the clip is a performance video augmented by some psychedelic visuals.

The Red Room are at Brighton Bar in Long Branch this Sunday, February 16th; and Mind Razor is available now. Give the guys a follow on Facebook to keep up with their steady stream of live dates.

High Waisted, "Boys Can't Dance"

NYC's High Waisted are a band who work hard and play hard -- or maybe it's more accurate to say that High Waisted are a band who work hard at making sure their audience plays hard. At any rate, encouraging people to let out their inner wild side has always been part of the High Waisted playbook. That ethos is on full display in the video for the band's latest single, "Boys Can't Dance."

Singer / guitarist Jessica Louise Dye says in a press release announcing the single, "There's nothing more freeing than getting lost in your favorite song and letting your body wiggle, shake and twist void of worry or insecurities in the middle of a crowded room. Everyone deserves to dance."

"Boys Can't Dance" ratchets up the energy of High Waisted's 60s-inspired garage surf, and the Zachary Wright-directed video does a great job of bringing that freeing feeling Dye was talking about to life.

"Boys Can't Dance" is the lead single from High Waisted's upcoming sophomore LP, Sick of Saying Sorry. Co-produced by The Hold Steady's Tad Kubler and Saves The Day's Arun Bali, the album is due on May 22nd.

High Waisted will be at Mercury Lounge in NYC next Saturday, February 22nd.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

What's Going On: 2/13, 2/14, 2/15, 2/16 & 2/17, 2020

Australia benefit at Wonder Bar this coming Sunday

Valentine's Day Long Weekend

We've got Valentine's Day, Presidents Day, and a four-day weekend for the cooldaughters here at CDMHQ. Here's hoping you have Monday off. Even if you don't, there are cool things to do over the weekend.

On Thursday, Bond St. Basement hosts a Valentine's Eve show featuring Blaise, Bronco II, Skinny Dickies, Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, and kqhyt kqhyt. On Friday, Lowlight are at APYC wit Daughter Vision and Le Big Zero. Tight Lipped celebrate the release of their latest at Brighton Bar in Long Branch with Accelerators and Battalion Zoska on Saturday. Also on Saturday, Motel Radio come to Wonder Bar with support from Beauty and Jumbo Dunes. Habibi hold their record release party at Market Hotel in Brooklyn with Champagne Superchillin' and Ice Balloons. Yawn Mower, GayGuy/StraightGuy, Elaine Rasnake, Reese Van Riper, and Martin Howth are at John & Peter's in New Hope. On Sunday, The Wonder Bar hosts the Give Love Australia benefit featuring The Cold Seas, Lyons, The Tide Bends, and Yawn Mower.

I also included Monday this week because it's a holiday and so I could tell you about the show at Wonder Bar featuring Joe Jack Talcum, Mega Yeah, Erotic Novels, and Nervous Triggers.

Have fun. Remember that CoolDad loves you. Don't drink and drive.


Baby's All Right (Brooklyn): Max Pain and The Groovies / The Silk War / Cathedral Bells, 9:30pm, $12

Barca City (New Brunswick): ManDancing / Zebeeb / Dave & Tom, 8:30pm

Bond St. Basement (Asbury): Blaise / Bronco II / Skinny Dickies / Discreet Charm Of The Bourgeoisie / kqhyt kqhyt, 8pm

Brooklyn Bowl (Brooklyn): Remember Jones doing 808s & Heartbreak, 8pm, $17

The Clubhouse (Toms River): Peach Creek / Marissa Mengotto / Tunnel Songs / Thank You, I'm Sorry, 7pm, $10

Gutter Bar (Brooklyn): Treads / Glass Slipper / Desert Sharks / Kissed By An Animal, 8:30pm, $7

Langosta Lounge (Asbury): Galentine's Day w / New Attitude, 8:30pm

Meatlocker (Montclair): Krosis / A Wake In Providence / God Of Nothing / Refuge / Falling Through The Center Of The Earth / Territory, 9pm

The Saint (Asbury): "Rust Never Sleeps" w/ Johnny Hathaway / Decade Unplugged, 7pm, $10

Stone Pony (Asbury): Pepper / Kash'd Out, 7pm, $25

FRIDAY (2/14)

The Asbury Hotel, Soundbooth (Asbury): Working Douglas Jazz Trio, 9pm

Asbury Lanes (Asbury): DJ Tyler Valentine, 9pm

Asbury Park Yacht Club (Asbury): Khichi Karaoke, 9:30pm

Ask (Ask): Cathedral Bells / Pocketgum / Future Reflection / Kane & James, 8pm

Brighton Bar (Long Branch): Lumber Jack City Valentines Night Party w/ Smooch / Olivia Rohlfs, 7:30pm, $12-$15

Chubby Pickle (Highlands): The West End Dogs' Valentines Day Party, 9pm

The Clubhouse (Toms River): Anaconda Plan / Victimless Crime / Mikita / Skinny Dickies / Manic, 7pm, $5

House of Independents (Asbury): The Little Mermen, 8pm, $5-$17

Langosta Lounge (Asbury): Lowlight / Daughter Vision / Le Big Zero, 8:30pm

Little Buddy Hideaway (Asbury): DJ Jay Insult: Black Hearts Goth, Post-Punk, New Wave V-Day, 10pm

Roxy & Dukes (Dunellen): The Brats / Graveyard School, 7pm

The Saint (Asbury): Nick Ryan & The Mess / BWood & The Bones / Shallow Green / Hey Leroy, 7pm, $10

Stone Pony (Asbury): The Englishtown Project, 9pm

Water Witch Coffee (Highlands): Boots / Dan Apy / Kevin Daly / Riley Schiro, 7pm

Wonder Bar (Asbury Park): Bobby Bandiera, 8:30pm, $15


10PRL (Long Branch): Doug Zambon / kqhyt kqhyt / Now Yes / Zebeeb Awalom, 11am

The Asbury Hotel, Soundbooth (Asbury): Monte / Amanda Duncan / Olivia Bec, 9pm

Asbury Lanes (Asbury): Cosmic Jerry Band, 7pm, $10

Asbury Park Yacht Club (Asbury): Grin n Bear / Halogens / My Heart, My Anchor, 9:30pm

Boontunes (Boonton): Zion / Ventress / The Refectory / Lisbeth Plagve, 6:30pm

Bowery Electric (NYC): The Love Hangover: Benefit for Sounds of Saving, 7pm, $10

Brighton Bar (Long Branch): Tight Lipped (Record Release) / Accelerators / Battalion Zoska, 8pm, $8

Chamber 43 (Highland Park): In Angles / With Sails Ahead / Elytra, 7:30pm

The Clubhouse (Toms River): The Lvnguage / Holly Drive / The Diner Neon / Someday You'll Know Us, 7pm, $5

EWEL (Brooklyn): NO ICE / The Planes / Holy Tunics / Roomtones, 8pm, $5

House of Independents (Asbury): Burlesque-A-Pades in Loveland, 7pm, $9-$40

House of Independents (Asbury): 90s / 00s Dance Party, 10pm

John & Peter's (New Hope, PA): Yawn Mower / GayGuy/StraightGuy / Elaine Rasnake / Reese Van Riper / Martin Howth, 7:30pm

Langosta Lounge (Asbury): Matt Wade, 9:30pm

Market Hotel (Brooklyn): Habibi / Champagne Superchillin' / Ice Balloons, 8pm

Meatlocker (Montclair): The Motor Tom / Forsythia / Radar & Satellite, 9pm

Millhill Basement (Trenton): @pryme Prolifik / Wade Wilson / Grym Galaxy / NuClear Garden, 9pm

Pino's (Highland Park): Hair Magic / Zero For Conduct / The Stuntcocks, 8pm

The Saint (Asbury): Clementine / Jet Jaguar / Painted Young / My Rising Fall, 7pm

Starland Ballroom (Sayreville): Queensr├┐che, 6pm

Stone Pony (Asbury): Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, 7pm, $45

Transparent Clinch (Asbury): Sweet Joey's Thing Of Beauty / Alice Genese, 5pm

Wonder Bar (Asbury): Motel Radio / Beauty / Juno Dunes, 7pm, $10

SUNDAY (2/16)

10th Ave Burrito (Belmar): Jet Weston Trio, 2pm

The Asbury Hotel, Soundbooth (Asbury): Mack Sunday Jam, 4pm

Ask (Ask): Teenage Halloween / Proper. / Hit Like A Girl / Unwelcomed, 7pm, $5

Brighton Bar (Long Branch): Celebrating the Life & Music of Kevin (Nick) Gere of The Do Dads, 2pm

House of Independents (Asbury): Dead On Live, 6:30pm, $20-$45

Langosta Lounge (Asbury): Peter & Geoffrey Myers, 1pm

Rough Trade NYC (Brooklyn): Cheekface / Bad Moves / Gobbinjr, 8:30pm

The Saint (Asbury): Park Ape / 19DRT / VSSLS / Extras Inc / The Red Room, 6:30pm, $10

Transparent Clinch (Asbury): Acoustic Armada, 7pm

Wonder Bar (Asbury): Australia Benefit ft. The Cold Seas / Lyons / The Tide Bends / Yawn Mower, 2pm, $20-$100

MODAY (2/17)

Brighton Bar (Long Branch): Comedy Open Mic, 7pm

Starland Ballroom (Sayreville): Falling In Reverse / Escape The Fate / The Word Alive, 6:30pm

Wonder Bar (Asbury): Joe Jack Talcum / Mega Yeah / Erotic Novels / Nervous Triggers, 7pm,

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Premiere: New Video from The Vansaders. Releasing Split with latewaves on 2/29.

The Vansaders by Kara Donnelly

"Siren's Song"

Today, Asbury Park's raucous and rowdy punk four-piece, The Vansaders, are sharing their video for the raucous and rowdy "Siren's Song." The track is part of an upcoming split 7" with Asbury paisanos, latewaves. The Quixote x Broken Bird 7" is due at the end of this month.

The Vansaders once again worked with producer Pete Steinkopf at his Little Eden Studios for "Siren's Song." The song is a familiar story in which our narrator is unable to resist his lover's charms even though he knows it will probably lead to his demise. Appropriately, "Siren's Song" adopts kind of a seafaring vibe embellished by The Vansaders' trademark harmonies, huge drums, and a blistering guitar solo. The Chris Shashaty-directed clip features Sara McDermott.

The Vansaders and latewaves will celebrate the release of their split Quixote x Broken Bird 7" on February 29th at The Wonder Bar in Asbury Park along with special guests kqhyt kqhyt. $3 from each ticket and $2 from each record sold at that show will benefit animal rescue organization Wag On Inn. "Siren's Song" will also appear on The Vansaders' next full-length, scheduled for this summer.

Pre-orders for Quixote x Broken Bird are available from Gruesome Twosome Records.