Archive for the ‘New Jersey’ Category

‘A Good Place To Start’

In Album Reviews, Celebrate Your Scene, New Jersey on March 22, 2011 at 8:05 am

The idea and experience of ‘home’ is the focus and, appropriately, the title of the new EP by Ridgewood, New Jersey’s (and, occasionally, SUNY Purchase’s) Spook Houses. This theme is pervasive throughout this fantastic four track (soon-to-be) seven-inch, but this subject is no stranger to this band, who put out one of my favorite albums/EPs of last year, Real Ghosts / Pretend Ghosts (which Steve posted here way back in the summer). Read the rest of this entry »


Julian Lynch will help us welcome back the summer sun

In Celebrate Your Scene, New Jersey on February 9, 2011 at 4:27 pm

Julian Lynch‘s music has genuinely brought me to the verge of tears. I mean, context, sure. But the point is his music is powerful and vital in a way one would generally attribute to something more “in-your-face,” though what it lacks in urgency it more than makes up for in feeling. Read the rest of this entry »

Partying All Tomorrow With Neutral Milk Hotel

In Gigs, New Jersey, Worldwide on January 26, 2011 at 2:02 am

I looked through all of their songs in my Itunes and couldn’t come up with a better pun or poor clever turn of phrase for the title then the one I put up, so, live with it. If it’s any consolation, Jeff fucking Mangum is making the rare trek down from the cave which he likely inhabits up on a quiet mountain somewhere to grace us with a performance, both in my home, the lovely Garden State. The most noted hipster recluse since J.D. Salinger is performing at All Tomorrow’s Parties in Asbury Park on September 30, a festival curated by a specific band-in this case, the renowned trip hop group Portishead. He will also be playing a show shortly after, also in Asbury Park.
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New Ducktails, “Killin’ the Vibe” ft. Panda Bear

In Celebrate Your Scene, Choice Cuts, New Jersey, Song Reviews on January 14, 2011 at 1:30 pm

Ducktails - Ducktails III: Arcade Dynamics

Yeaahh buddy. Ridgewood, New Jersey’s very own Matt Mondanile of Real Estate has a new song from his upcoming Woodsist release Ducktails III: Arcade Dynamics. Read the rest of this entry »

We’re Back, In A Big Way: 2010 In Retrospect

In Canada, Celebrate Your Scene, Choice Cuts, Features, London and the UK, Montréal, New England, New Jersey, Worldwide on January 12, 2011 at 6:00 am

We’re nostalgic already. Remember Kanye’s album? That was dope. Seriously though, we had a great year and we hope you did too. Here’s a little something we put together to put all our love for 2010 in one place.

The list was made by averaging Matt, Steve, and Ethan‘s 25 favorite albums of 2010 (Arnold‘s opinion, though very highly regarded, was not included because he doesn’t like to confine music to lists…or he just didn’t make one). Click on the artist to see what we’ve had to say about them previously, and click the album art on a select few albums for a little surprise.


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Free Energy are onomatopoeiac.

In Gigs, Montréal, New England, New Jersey on August 22, 2010 at 11:58 am

Free Energy play 1970s AM radio rock.  They deal almost exclusively with Crunching Les Pauls (replicas), air guitar riffs (authentic) and power-chord driven pop melodies (FUN!). As you can imagine, music made from the sums of these not-so-disparate elements ain’t groundbreaking, but Free Energy just want you to kick back that leading leg, punch the sky, and air guitar the hell out of the night.

Check out their videos below, and come to one of their shows with Titus Andronicus on their North American joint tour. We’ve already seen them play together once, and we’re going again tonight at Il Motore. KICK OUT!

Another day, another great video for a Julian Lynch song

In Celebrate Your Scene, Choice Cuts, New Jersey on August 17, 2010 at 9:56 am

This time it’s for the excellent track ‘Just Enough’ off his recently released (and absolutely fantastic) album Mare. This video was made by Mark Shoneveld (of yvynyl) using footage shot by his mother Colleen in 1983. It’s a collection of clips featuring children playing and the final element of the video is the triumph of what is likely the father cutting down a tree for what I imagine to be a real pretty Christmas tree. It’s beautifully shot and edited to go along just perfectly with the song. I think this may be my favorite of the Julian Lynch videos thus far, but it’s hard to say as I think that about each one as they come out. Enjoy the video below.

Also, my good friend Ethan, who’s review of The National show at Radio City Music Hall we posted a little ways back, wrote an excellent review of Julian Lynch’s album Mare, which is also featured on OneThirtyBPM. You can listen to Julian Lynch’s music here and pick up the record there or from Olde English Spelling Bee.

Another great Julian Lynch video: ‘A Day At The Racetrack’

In Celebrate Your Scene, New Jersey on July 28, 2010 at 11:24 am

So we already loved the video for Julian Lynch’s track ‘In New Jersey’ (as well as the song), and now we’ve got another awesome video to accompany one of Mare‘s best tracks, ‘A Day At The Racetrack’. The video was made by Ezra Ewen by using footage shot over different generations during the past forty years, and compiling pieces together to make a really beautiful music video. The shots accompany the music perfectly, and like the music, are very personal. It’s ‘home video’ for ‘home music’. Enjoy it below, you can check out the rest of Mare here, and pick it up from Olde English Spelling Bee here.

Tennis | Cape Dory VIDEO

In Choice Cuts, New Jersey on July 27, 2010 at 11:29 am

New Video from one of our fave bands of the moment. Tennis have a 7 inch coming out on Underwater Peoples records in August. We believe this song is from it.

Tennis Release Artwork and Drop Name for 7″

In Choice Cuts, New Jersey on July 24, 2010 at 8:54 am

Denver based married duo Tennis, whose fantastic song ‘Marathon’ we posted on a while back, have released the ‘rich man’ themed artwork and tracklisting for their upcoming 7 inch on Underwater Peoples Records.


1 – Baltimore

2 – Marathon

Both the songs can be downloaded off The Citizen Insane. The 7 inch is released August 1st.

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