A Speakly Playlist To Get You Through The Week

“Summer” by Melissa & Paul

Northern New Jersey’s Garage-Punk duo Melissa & Paul have returned with a new single titled “Summer,” and it currently owns the prominent SIMGE title of “Best Song About The Dog Days To Be Released In Winter”…not the catchiest of classifications, unlike this tune.  The three-and-a-half minute number of the reverberant Bluesified-kind is a sexy, sweat-drenched stroll through a penniless existence on the road for pair of independent artists chasing down their dreams one mile-marker at a time.  “Summer” was recorded in January at the Burn Room in Oak Ridge, NJ and will not be included upon Melissa & Paul’s forthcoming 10-inch release, which is due out in April.  Until it drops the pair will be playing a series of shows outside of New Jersey save for one date, a scheduled February 15th performance at Asbury Lanes with Mister Snake and more to be announced.  Prepare yourself for that show by grabbing “Summer” below. -Chris Rotolo

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“That’s Not Your Real Name” by Ace Enders

Since The Early November’s demise back in 2006, the outfit’s front-man, Ace Enders, has transformed himself into an alluring solo artist with an arsenal of captivating Indie-Rock tunes under the moniker I Can Make A Mess Like Nobody’s Business, churning out four releases since 2010 including three full-length releases, most recently 2011′s Gold Rush…Even with The Early November’s recently triumphant reemergence music continues to flow forth from the Hammonton, NJ solo auteur with his most recent production, one that’s come to be known as the Share With Everyone EP.  Enders’ opening salvo, “That’s Not Your Real Name,” creeps upward on a track of acoustic guitar chords before plunging back down toward a patch of scorched earth, his charred and sustained croon spouting allegations, “Wake up/You’re faking/I know that you’re lying awake/Break off/Shake down/I’m tired of obeying the phrase,” before tensions simmer and the air gets thinner, as the listener embarks on another trudge toward the heavens, only to be left just short of enlightenment and instead with a cliffhanger, in search of understanding, truth and beauty in music, and a thirst for the next installment…Check it out below and grab the whole thing free of charge here. -Chris Rotolo

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“Walk” by Interstellar Elevators

Not unlike your typical collegiate, white boy aggregate laying down funk-rap rhythms at your local dollar mug Thursdays watering hole, Connecticut six piece Interstellar Elevators strive to find the perfect amalgamation of their apparent many influences on EP Paper on Plastic. The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Roots comparisons are obvious, but unlike those two legendary groups The Interstellar Elevators still have much to prove and their slick output indicates as much. Never indulging into an “Under the Bridge” type anthem or slow, soul-pop crooners Paper on Plastic rolls on a wave of pure shake your moneymaker bass-horns punches with sprightly surf rock guitar chords all backing emcee Billy Rodriguez-Lopez’s solid flow. Not unlike Childish Gambino if he were more influenced by Kurtis Blow instead of Kanye West and didn’t sound like he was spiraling into a nervous breakdown on nearly every verse. “Paper on Plastic” is all killer and no filler, not unlike that house party you went to where that guy did a keg stand for twenty six seconds and then jumped into the pool with all of his clothes on. -Mike Mehalick

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“I Met Someone On Online” by The Lips

Anthony Laido, recording under the name The Lips, brings a Supergrass/Arctic Monkeys on punk style sound on his latest self-titled LP. Even further, Laido’s refreshing vocal and lyrical take tends to lean more on the Costello/Tweedy side then the flame outs of the mid-90’s imitator indie-rock era. Kind of like what Matt Sharp was looking to accomplish after leaving Weezer and forming The Rentals, and with less droll guitar fuzz and female back up singing. Highlights include “Antisocial Personality Disorder”, which tones down the rolling pin bass of The Kills’ “Heart is a Beating Drum”, and likely singles “Children Dressed Like Tigers” and “Bleach”. Laido’s talent is apparent and an update of the Rivers Cuomo guide to pop-rock lament. Also be sure to turn your speakers all the way up before playing “I Met Someone Online”, you won’t be disappointed…the full album drops in April, stay tuned for more. -Mike Mehalick

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“All The Rage” by Johnny Wore Black

On it’s debut release, a single titled “All The Rage,” Brighton, England’s latest Atmospheric-Rock collective             Johnny Wore Black uses soaring, minimilist fret-work caked in distortion, and a rhythm section featuring David Ellefson (Megadeth) on bass, to paint bleak battlefield silhouettes infused with dark imagery of a soldiers return home encased in a flag-draped casket, vivid scenery transported from the mind and into the melodies of front-man, and former Royal Marine, Jay Coen, who’s sultry vocals sing the sorrows of these all too real war time situations.  And, according the band, Coen’s ties to the military have not yet been severed, as the outfit plans to donate all proceeds attained from this David Bottrill-produced (Muse) tune to such military supportive organizations as Hope For Heroes, Combat Stress, and Dare To Live.  Check out “All The Rage” below and purchase it here. -Chris Rotolo

About rote7123

Chris graduated from The College Of New Jersey in May 2011 with a Bachelor Degree in Journalism and Professional Writing, as well as a degree in Communication Studies. He has held down a position in the Asbury Park Press’ Sports Department since September of 2010 and is a contributor to the outlet's Arts & Entertainment section, and has contributed to The Aquarian Weekly all while being the sole operator of Asbury Park's premier music news outlet Speak Into My Good Eye.
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