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my sweet summer

Found another summer jamalam!  The Dirty Heads released “Sound of Change” recently…and you should listen to it.

It sounds like summer and California and beaches and sunshine and boys and girls and beers and salt water and dancing and fire and everything that is happy.

PS NEW JERSEY – You can check out Jared, Duddy and the band with Aer and Pepper tonight at Wellmont and tomorrow at the Pony!  All you other folk, check out their tour dates here.

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I’m on an NJ pride grind right now, please forgive me.  This girl’s family is new to town…actually, right around the corner…and she’s new to the game.  Rookie of the year?  BAMF of the year.

Come over for a bbq, Halsey!

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Young Rising Sons is going to be around your towns soon and I think it is necessary to know that they are from Red Bank, New Jersey.  Another pro on the NJ list.  I’ll do my best to forever provide additions.


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warm up here

Here’s a little bit of Zach Deputy to get your blood flowing today, my littler jammers.

PS- He’s on tour starting early 2014, probably hitting a stop by you!  Zach attacks:

01.24.14 – Cox Capitol Theatre, Macon, GA
01.25.14 – Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY **Ray Charles Boogaloo Dance Party with Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe!
01.30.14 – Bottletree, Birmingham, AL
01.31.14 – Vinyl Music Hall, Pensacola, FL
02.01.14 – House of Blues, New Orleans, LA
02.04.14 – Exit/In, Nashville, TN
02.05.14 – Old Rock House, St. Louis, MO
02.06.14 – Zanzabar, Louisville, KY
02.07.14 – Purple Fiddle, Thomas, WV
02.08.14 – Martin’s Downtown, Roanoke, VA
02.11.14 – Gott Rocks, Greenville, SC
02.12.14 – Fat Frogg, Elon, NC
02.13.14 – The Whiskey, Wilmington, NC
02.14.14 – Jewish Mother Hilltop, Virgina Beach, VA
02.15.14 – The Camel, Richmond, VA
02.16.14 – The 8×10, Baltimore, MD
02.18.14 – The Saint, Asbury, NJ
02.19.14 – Toad’s Place, New Haven, CT
02.20.14 – Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton, MA
02.21.14 – The Spot Underground, Providence, RI
02.22.14 – Boulder Theater, Boulder, CO **Ray Charles Boogaloo Dance Party with Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe!
02.23.14 – Belly Up, Aspen, CO **Ray Charles Boogaloo Dance Party with Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe!
02.25.14 – Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs, NY
02.26.14 – Nectar’s, Burlington, VT
02.27.14 – Westcott Theater, Syracuse, NY
02.28.14 – Rex Theater, Pittsburgh, PA
03.01.14 – Woodlands Tavern, Columbus, OH
03.02.14 – EZ Street, St. Albans, WV


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road trippin’

When I road tripped from NJ to Manchester, TN for Bonnaroo many moons ago, my best friend’s boyfriend made an epic playlist.  The playlist was long–long enough to get us happily through 15 hours in the car together.  The playlist had rules.  The instant we crossed a state line we had to begin the respective state’s playlist.  Tracks included song titles with the state name, mentions of the state in the song, bands who hailed from the state, etc.  I can’t reveal what we listened to (maybe because I slept through quite a few states and maybe because you already know that we blew the speakers when John Denver came on in WV), but I am confident that our playlist knocks this one below out of the water.

This one is pretty spot on, though, if you’re into the Indie scene.


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On August 2nd, the boys on the Unity Tour 2012 rolled into town at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Homdel, NJ.  Due to too much pre-show fun, I missed the opening act.  SOJA was the reason I drove down the Parkway because I knew it’d be the only chance to see them this summer.  It still boggles my mind why they not only were the openers, but they also only had a half hour set (that started at 6:30)!  What gives?!
The show seemed to take a turn for the worse after discovering that we had missed the opener.  Slightly Stoopid rose some spirits, as they were the middle act.  They performed some of their classics, but really focused on their new album, Top of the World, as this tour served to promote their new songs.  Unfortunately, us who enjoyed the pleasures of the lawn were subjected to lousy acoustics.  As the average age at the show was probably 19, we  could have appreciated a few notches up on the volume.
To be honest, at that point, I was not really feeling the whole experience, so I stayed for about three of 311‘s songs.  Being that I have seen all three acts several times before, I wasn’t as bummed as I could have been, just a little let down.  Such is life as a benny.


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born to run

As a “Jersey Girl” I feel obliged to inform all of you that there is a pretty awesome exhibition up at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, showcasing the life of the great American (and Jersey native) songwriter Bruce Springsteen.  His music is more than just a Garden State soundtrack; he has voiced and continues to voice the struggles of America.  

“The American idea is a beautiful idea.  It needs to be preserved, served, protected and sung out.  Sung out.” -BS

Take a trip to Philly and swing by the National Constitution Center by September 3rd.  At the exhibit you’ll see almost everything significant from Bruce’s life: clothes, props, music, instruments.  Known to make random appearances himself, maybe you’ll even run into the guy! 


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