Friday, September 25, 2009


Thanks to the editor at my internship, I now know about YAT-KHA. They are a group of throat singers from Tuva, Russia that create their own songs, but are more known for covering bands like Joy Division, Motörhead, Kraftwerk, Captain Beefheart, etc. It must be one of the coolest things I've ever heard...
Check out their cover of Motörhead's "Orgasmatron."

And their cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Black Magic Woman"

photo by cactusbones

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Shows Coming Up In October!

New Model Army @ The Mercury Lounge on Oct. 1
Just in case you missed these Celtic knot punks last week, check out my review from their show at The Saint.

The Doughboys @ The Stone Pony on Oct. 2
Loud rock n' roll from the '60s. Yep, they're still around!

Teenage Jesus and The Jerks @ Music Hall of Williamsburg on Oct. 3
NY No Wave Gods... Lydia Lunch... enough said!

Psychedelic Furs and Happy Mondays @ Roseland in NYC on Oct. 9
Happy furs and psychedelic Mondays. Manchester jangly guitar goodness, The Happy Mondays are finally playing a show! The Psychedelic Furs are really cute and still sound great after all these years. Check out my Furs review from their show in June.

Pierced Arrows at The Mercury Lounge on Oct. 9 and @ Maxwells in Hoboken on Oct. 10
It's pretty much Dead Moon back together playing different songs... awesome!

Type O Negative at Starland Ballroom and @ Nokia Theatre on Oct. 22 If you can listen to Black No. 1 and not laugh your ass off, there's something wrong with you. With Peter Steele's chained double bass
strapped on him and their spooky tunes, you can't go wrong.

Revolting Cocks @ Irving Plaza On Oct. 17
Now that Ministry said bye bye to touring, I think this the only way you'll be able to see Al Jourgensen play live. Though I won't be surprised when Ministry has a reunion tour in a five years.

The Trashmen @ Maxwells in Hoboken on Oct. 24 and at Southpaw in
Brooklyn on Oct. 23
Well, don't you know about the bird? Well, everybody knows that the bird is the word!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

New Model Army, Sept. 16, Asbury Park

You know how there's always that one guy at shows who's REALLY into it? Well, he's been around the last three times I've seen New Model Army and guess who was the first person I saw when I walked in the door... 4th times a charm, no? Though I was a little upset that he didn't start as many fights or stick his fists up that much, I enjoyed his company so here's to you THAT GUY! I think no New Model Army show is complete without you.

This must have been the first show in a while that I actually liked all the opening bands. The Obvious sounded like a mix of X, The Rezillos, and Hole with their crooning singers and goofy stage antics. The F Bombers were a nice clean punk band with raspy female vocals and fun bass lines.

Like I've said before New Model Army ALWAYS brings something new each time I've seen them. Whether it's new t-shirts with some of Joolz's awesome artwork or new songs, it always puts a smile on my face.

They did an amazing job playing and the set list was great. Most off them were off Today Is A Good Day, High, Thunder And Consolation, and one song off of Strange Brotherhood. It's cool how they don't have to play all their hits to get the crowd going. Though I was a little surprised they didn't play anything off of The Ghost of Cain, the songs off of the new album made up for it, so please support the band and buy it! They're so underrated and deserve so much more acknowledgement for their talent.

Shame on the DJ for announcing that NMA is from London. I did however enjoy some guy singing The Smiths' "Panic" at the end of the show. HANG THE DJ!

So the plan according to Justin Sullivan is to meet up in 15 years on Sept. 16 at The Saint with the same lineup and I'll be there, right next to THAT GUY.

A little clip of their song,"White Coats."

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

New Model Army Coming To The Jersey Shore!

original article from The Aquarian
I love how every time I’ve seen New Model Army, I’ve never had to pay over $15 and I leave feeling like I’ve experienced something new. Having punk undertones with a touch of goth and folk rock, it’s hard to categorize this band as they keep on reinventing themselves. With Justin Sullivan’s manic stares, poetic lyrics, and dynamic voice, it’s surprising how the band injects the same amount of talent into their militant, yet soulful sound. From their visas being denied to long time managers dying unexpectedly, it seems that after 30 years nothing can stop this band from touring. They will be playing The Saint in Asbury Park on Sept. 16. Ages18 and up.
photo by Ralf

Hugh Cornwell of The Stranglers Playing NJ and NYC

The Stranglers have always been different from the punk bands of the '70s. Their bass is raw and chunky, while the keyboards add a nice melody along with Hugh Cornwell's recognizable voice.

After The Stranglers' breakup in 1990, Cornwell has been going solo. His music does have a little bit of a Stranglers feel, but his sound focuses more on guitars and harmonizing. You could download his new album for free off of his site.

The Brighton Bar on Wednesday Sept. 9 at 8:30 pm.
121 Brighton Ave, Long Branch, 07740, US

He will also be playing The Highline Ballroom in NYC on Sept. 12 at 8 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m. $15.00
photo by g_cowan

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Motörhead playing NJ and NYC!

original article in The Aquarian

My ears rang for two weeks after seeing Motörhead play the Birch Hill when I was 13, but all is forgiven because I got to see Lemmy and his trademark cocoa puff play some of the best rock ‘n roll out there today.

Being the only original member left in the band and staying preserved and pretty with his coke and whiskey, Lemmy remains untouched and still pumps out the same energetic music as he did in 1975.

Even if fans can’t tell what song they’re playing because of how loud they are or if Lemmy really does play his bass the wrong way, you have to love them!

They will be playing The House Of Blues in Atlantic City on Sept. 5 and Roseland Ballroom in NYC on Sept. 9.


photo by Mark Coatsworth

The Squirrel Nut Zippers Lost At Sea

It’s hard to put Squirrel Nut Zippers into a genre, so let’s just say they’re like the jazz funeral bands from New Orleans who make people feel great and get everyone to dance away their troubles. This North Carolina band blends together delta blues, swing, gypsy jazz, and a bunch of other genres, achieving worldwide recognition during the Swing Revival of the late ‘90s and not disappearing after the fad faded away.

Their new and first live album Lost At Sea is a perfect gumbo of sound, which is surprising when it was recorded in the dead of winter at the Southpaw in Brooklyn, a dingy little club. Their songs live transition extremely well with little musical interludes between them and it’s a very clear and well-balanced recording. With classics like “Hell” sung by Jimbo Mathus and slow sultry songs like “Blue Angel” sung by Katharine Whalen, the energy of the album makes up for the band not releasing anything in the past nine years.

Lost At Sea is a great example of how to do live recordings. Surprisingly none of the instruments overpower each other and the clapping and screaming of the fans doesn’t get annoying, enticing people to see The Squirrel Nut Zippers live.

photo by Joshua Smelser


MUSICFEST is a free festival that has awesome bands playing every year. It's at a new location at Oak Ridge Park in Clark, NJ. There's plenty of things like amusement rides, midway games, food, bmx exhibitions, market place, laser tag, kids kingdom, and walkathons. Free parking or $10 on site parking. For more info, go to

Saturday, Sept. 12

Cy Curnin (of The Fixx)-12 p.m.

Fastball- 1 p.m.

Tommy James & the Shondells- 2pm
The Alarm- 3:30 p.m.

The Minus 5- 4:45 p.m.

Kenny Wayne Shepherd- 6 p.m.

Uncle Kraker- 7:15 p.m.

Third Eye Blind- 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, Sept.13

1910 Fruitgum Company- 11:30 a.m.

Spring Standards- 12:30 p.m.

Tonic- 2:30 p.m.

Glenn Tilbrook (of Squeeze)- 3:30 p.m.

Gin Blossoms- 5 p.m.

They Might Be Giants- 6 p.m. and 1:30pm kids show

Pete Yorn- 7:30 p.m.

My recommendations in red!

they might be giants photo by Bryan Bruchman