Friday, August 10, 2018

Videos: Sharkmuffin, Secretary Legs, Bethlehem Steel, Dentist

Friday Movies

Yesterday, I shared the latest video from Night Birds; and that reminded me of a few new clips I've seen and been meaning to share lately.

Sharkmuffin, "Space Glow"

A trio of silver pineapple aliens trying to blend in. This is off of the recently re-issued Tsuki which comes with two brand new tracks.

Secretary Legs, "Windblown and Well Versed"

Being slippery is in a banana peel's nature -- kind of like the scorpion in that little fable about the scorpion and the frog (look it up). But we all have room in our hearts to forgive. One of the best songs of 2018 from one of my favorite records, Cool Myths.

Bethlehem Steel, "Florida 2"

I'm actually kind of on the ball with this one, since the band just released it. "Florida 2" is off of Party Naked Forever, one of those albums I've really enjoyed and been meaning to say something about for a while now. Beautifully discordant and backed by solid songwriting like the rest of the album.

Dentist, "Night Swimming"

I shared this one as part of my review of Dentist's latest album. This is the title track. Emily feeling kind of invisible in social situations. One of the great regrets of my life is not being able to make it to the shoot for this one.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

New Video from Night Birds

"My Dad Is the BTK"

NJ punks, Night Birds, just released a new video for their single "My Dad Is the BTK." I had to post it because it is all Spike Jonze "Sabotage" levels of awesome.

The song is off of the band's upcoming mini-album, Roll Credits, which is due on 9/21 from Fat Wreck Chords. Night Birds have a few area shows lined up for the fall including 10/19 at Brooklyn's Market Hotel with Radioactivity and  Spiritual Cramp as well as a two-night stint at Asbury Park Brewery on 11/9 & 10. You can head over to the band's website for all of that kind of info.

With that all out of the way, just check out the video.

What's Going On: 8/9, 8/10, 8/11 & 8/12, 2018

Fruit & Flowers play with Alice Bag on Friday.

Dog Daze

Those hot, lazy days of August are bearing down on us pretty good right now. CoolMom heads off to the inferno that is Texas for a business trip this weekend. The cooldaughters and I are on our own. We'll all find something to do, I'm sure.

There are lots of shows like Smock, Fat Heaven, Kissies, and Erotic Novels at Volume IV in Bruns on Thursday. Franz Ferdinand are at the Pony tomorrow. Also tomorrow, Fruit & Flowers play Mercury Lounge in NYC with the legendary Alice Bag. Cold War Kids play a sold-out New Lanes on Saturday. There's a full complement of shows at AP Brewery and over at the Langosta / APYC complex. Godspeed You! Black Emperor are at House of Independents on Sunday. Willie Nile plays a free in-store at Jack's in Red Bank on Sunday.

There's lots more. I'm sure you'll find something you're into. Stay cool. Don't drink and drive.


5th Ave Boardwalk (Belmar): Ike Reilly / Kurt Deemer, 7pm, FREE

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

The Asbury Park Brewery (Asbury): Microwave / Can't Swim / Drug Church, 7pm, SOLD OUT

Asbury Park Yacht Club (Asbury): Skip Holly / Brother Andrew, 9pm, FREE

Barca City (New Brunswick): DRye / RedHouse/BlueHouse, 8:30pm

Chubby Pickle (Highlands): Cranston Dean / Jesse Lee / Justin Franco, 8:30pm

Crossroads (Garwood): Map Of Rome / latewaves / Joe Zorzi / Ace Enders, 6pm

Debonair Music Hall (Teaneck): Green Knuckle Material / Joy Ride / Jean Pool / Olive & The Pitz, 7:30pm, $10-$12

Fox & Crow (Jersey City): Jack Skuller / John Feuerbach (Desir Decir), 8pm, FREE

Gold Sounds (Brooklyn): Suncruiser / Soft Pyramids / Sleepies / Shop Talk, 7pm, $8-$10

House of Independents (Asbury): Jersey Shore Film Festival, 12noon

Langosta Lounge (Asbury): Lakehouse All Stars Adults, 7pm

Meatlocker (Montclair): Space Cadaver / Akris / Dutchguts, 9pm

Millhill Basement (Trenton): Groomers / shiver / Jude Ivy / Splundr, 9pm, $7

New Lanes (Asbury): Lemats / Sentient Moss / Lex Rex and The Dragons, 7:45pm

Pier Village (Long Branch): Jerry Garcia Celebration w/ Marc Muller & Friends, 7pm

Roxy & Dukes Roadhouse (Dunellen): Boy vs Ghost / Secretary Legs / Zorp / Wyndup Kid, 6pm, $8

The Saint (Asbury): Skyline / Olivia Bec / Village Green / Bryan Wood, 7:30pm, $8

The Stone Pony (Asbury): Donavon Frankenreiter / David Luning / Lisa Bouchelle, 7pm, $22-$28

Volume IV (New Brunswick): Smock / Fat Heaven / Kissies / Erotic Novels, 8pm, $7

Wonder Bar (Asbury): Consider The Source / Karmic Juggernaut / Mushroom Cloud, 8pm, $13

FRIDAY (8/10)

The Asbury Hotel, Soundbooth (Asbury): Above The Moon / Swiss Guard / SØF, 9pm, FREE

Asbury Park Brewery (Asbury): Algebra II / Handsome Crü / Ready Now / Milkmen, 7pm, $10

Asbury Park Yacht Club (Asbury): Yacht Rock Night, 9pm, FREE

Berlin - Under A (NYC): Wimps / Ellen and The Degenerates / High Pony (Solo), 8pm, $10-$12

Brighton Bar (Long Branch): Boy Hits Car / Ideosphere / Bil Brixton / Something Love / Reefer Madness / Big Cuff & The Wendy Sues, 7pm, $12-$15

Bushwick Public House (Brooklyn): Ultra Deluxe / Teenage Halloween / Ourselves Alone / Space Cadette, 8pm, $10

Chubby Pickle (Highlands): Jake Tavill / Julian Fulton / The Well Wish, 8pm

Clash Bar (Clifton): Hollow Eyed / Duke Of Surl / Fang Gang / Heavy Flow, 8pm

Flemington DIY (Flemington): Plans / The Happy Alright / Table Talk / Serious Matters / Someday You'll Know Us, 6pm, $10

House Of Independents (Asbury): Jersey Shore Film Festival, 12noon

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

Mercury Lounge (NYC): Alice Bag / Full Bush / Fruit & Flowers, 7:30pm

Millhill Basement (Trenton): Alpha Rabbit / Calm Down / Familiar Spaces / Houston & The Dirty Rats, 8:30pm, $8

Roxy & Dukes Roadhouse (Dunellen): Ruby Dear / Emanuel Casablanca / Family Animals, 6pm, $12

The Saint (Asbury): The Bilsby Brothers / Paper Aircraft / Rust, 7:30pm, $10

Scarlet Pub (New Brunswick): Afraid Brigade / Kate Dressed Up / Candystripers / Joe Galuppo, 8pm, $5

Secret Project Robot (NYC): Sleepies / Big Bliss / Big Band / Future Punx, 8pm, $10

The Stone Pony (Asbury): Franz Ferdinand / POW!, 8pm, $28-$30

The Windjammer (NYC): Jay Ackley & The Huge Mechanical Failures / Darien Rectangle / Avery Mandeville and The Man Devils / The Hell Yeah Babies, 8pm, $5

Wonder Bar (Asbury): Animal Years, 8pm, $10-$12


The Asbury Hotel, Soundbooth (Asbury): Emily Grove, 9pm

Asbury Park Brewery (Asbury): Cranston Dean Band / Levy & The Oaks / The Burns / The Paper Jets / Tara Dente, 6pm, $5

Asbury Park Yacht Club (Asbury): Sandy Mack, 9pm, FREE

BoonTunes (Boonton): Kay Roman / Sweaty Boy / Sean Connolly / Lindsey Candler, 7pm

BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn (Brooklyn): The Breeders / Speedy Ortiz, 7:30pm, FREE

Brighton Bar (Long Branch): Hunters Run / Ashley Delima / Ham By The Pound / Water Street, 7pm, $10-$12

Clash Bar (Clifton): Tabitha Booth / Adreas Goergen / Ghost Rodents / Stereo Jo / Boy Blue / Nicholas Colavito, 8pm

House Of Independents (Asbury): Prisoners of Second Avenue ft. Jimmy Vivino, John Conte, Rich Pagano, 7:30pm, $30-$35

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

Langosta Lounge (Asbury): Dark City Strings / Underwater Sounds, 9:30pm, FREE

New Lanes (Asbury): Cold War Kids, 9pm, SOLD OUT

Pearl St. Consignment & Clothing (Red Bank): Avery Mandeville "Get Real!" Video Premiere, 7pm, FREE

The Saint (Asbury): Dismissed / Hunter Alive / No Gods / Jaws, 7:30pm, $10

The Seafarer Bar (Highlands): The Volcanics, 3pm, FREE

Starland Ballroom (Sayreville): Black Label Society / Corrosion Of Conformity / EyeHateGod, 6:30pm

The Stone Pony Summer Stage (Asbury): Dark Star Orchestra, 6pm, $29+ - $40

West End Park (Long Branch): Statues Of Liberty, 5pm, FREE

Wonder Bar (Asbury): Ocean Twp Rockin Reunion ft. Nightfall / Clutch Dog, 8pm, $10

The Working Artist (Belmar): Teenage Halloween / Greet Death / David F. Bello / Hit Like A Girl / Spit Lake, 7pm, $7-$10

SUNDAY (8/12)

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

Asbury Park Brewery (Asbury): Elephant Jake / Alcyon Lake / Dumpweed / Jads, 7pm, $5

BoonTunes (Boonton): Emily Kern / Olivia Riggio / Kory Hilpmann / Sam Wu, 7:30pm, $10

Brighton Bar (Long Branch): Josh Bailee / Flourish, 7pm, $7

House of Independents (Asbury): Godspeed You! Black Emperor / KGD, 7pm, $30

Jack's Music Shoppe (Red Bank): Willie Nile, 3pm, FREE

Millhill Basement (Trenton): False Gods / The Moneys, 8pm, $5

New Lanes (Asbury): Andy Irons: Kissed By God, 6:30pm

The Saint (Asbury): Channeling Cornell / Strumberry Pie, 6pm, $10

The Stone Pony (Asbury): We May Be Right (Billy Joel Covers), 5pm, $12-$15

West End Park (Long Branch): Remember Jones, 7pm, FREE

Wonder Bar (Asbury): Enjoy!, 3pm

Wonder Bar (Asbury): Matt O'Ree Band / Melody Trucks Band, 8pm, $10

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

The Shacks Played Monty Hall with Joy Cleaner, 8/4/18

The Shacks by Rose Lamela

The Local Scenes

Words and Pics by Rose Lamela

I feel very lucky these days to live so close to Jersey City. I have grown to love this ever-changing city through the years, and the music scene that has been seeping out of the construction and concrete of a city that once lived in the shadow of the New York City skyline. I especially love going to WFMU's Monty Hall. It's an incredibly intimate venue and it is a very special place to me, as I was introduced to a whole new scene of music when I volunteered there.

It was Saturday nigh,t and my reason to go to Monty Hall was to see The Shacks despite the fact that I had never heard of them before. I didn't do my homework before the show either, which actually gave me an element of surprise. When I arrived I, couldn't help but see the vintage instruments on stage. The Wurlitzer Keyboard and the interesting Coral bass gave me a feeling that I was in for something different on this hot Jersey City night.

Joy Cleaner started off the show with their catchy upbeat rock ballads. I found them very reminiscent of some local bands I would go see in when I was younger. Their songs kept a cheery, fast progression even though some of them were colored with heartfelt, and even slightly sad, lyrics. They played a short set that consisted of songs from their album Total Hell.

Joy Cleaner
Joy Cleaner
Joy Cleaner
About twenty minutes after Joy Cleaner walked off the stage, all the lights -- including the house lights -- went out. I looked around to see if we had a power outage. You could hear the nervous whispers as everyone tried to figure out what the hell was going on. When I saw The Shacks starting to approach the stag,e I realized it was part of the act. Not a blackout, just The Shacks' perfect introduction to the musical journey they wanted to take us on.

The Shacks
The Shacks
The Shacks
The Shacks
They began to play in the dark; and, when the lights when on, they revealed a band that fit the classic instruments. This is a great band to see live as their performance is part of their music. You get fooled by their mellow groovy sound only to get hit with guitar solos and jamming between band members. The soft, whispery voice of Shannon Wise is a great touch to a sound that makes you feel like you might have walked into a time machine. I especially enjoyed the 60s-style guitar riff that accompanied the song "Strange Effect" played by Max Shrager.

I always end these posts with a great sense of gratitude and an urgency to tell the reader to support local artists and shows. It's great to see your favorite mainstream bands in a large venue like Madison Square Garden, but you will never fully understand music until you place yourself where it all begins.

There is something reverberating on the streets in dark intimate settings you do not want to miss out on. Go find the streets of cities and small towns that are infiltrated by the sound of artists that truly do it for the love of the art.

All of Rosi's pics from the night are up at Flickr.