Speaker Box (9/20-9/26)


Less Than Jake

Watch a video shot last night of LTJ performing their rendition of the them song from The Animaniacs at a hometown Gainsville, FL gig last night, via IamYOUareMEtoo on Youtube:


This is strangley intriguing and annoying at the same time. M.I.A. releases a video for the opening track off her 2010 release Maya.

Want to hear a live version of Jimmy Eat World performing the epic “Goodbye Sky Harbor”?  Click here.

The Gay Blades in a park

Would you like visual proof why The Gay Blades are a great band.  This a photo, via Michael Dublin’s twitter page (dublin), of the guys taken from this afternoon playing an acoustic set on a park bench.

And here is another (via dublin).  Be sure to catch the next installment of the band’s Savage Basement Tour at The Meat Locker in Montclair, NJ tonight:

8 Park Street – Montclair, NJ

Doors at 8 p.m. and only $2 to enter

The Gay Blades with The Mockingbirds, and Waking Lights

Who, where, when, why, and how in Jersey tonight:

Almost There, Tango Machina, Breathing Blue, New Volume @ The Stone Pony

Fifteen Fleeting, Scarlet Carson, End Of An Era, The Better Half, Empire Falling @ The Brighton Bar…doors at 4 p.m.

The Gay Blades @ The Meat Locker in Montclair

Titus Andronicus, Free Energy, Screaming Females @ Webster Hall…Jesus Christ!!!!

Return of the Yardogs Roadshow @ Asbury Lanes

Fifteen Fleeting, Quincey Mumford and the Reason Why, Shaun Ruymen and guests @ The Saint

Capt. James and The Pain, The Sunday Blues, Joe Harvard @ The Wonder Bar

Accept, Kings X, Circle of Insanity @ Starland Ballroom

Jersey Shore Band And Blues Foundation (Bands All Day) @ The Mad Hatter…doors at 3 p.m.

Hammerhead Stew @ Jamian’s

Keith Kenny, Aversion, Delft, South of the Bridge @ The Court Tavern

Norm MacDonald, Kevin Farley @ The Wellmont Theater


Jimmy Eat World

Yeah, that’s a shot of Jimmy Eat World doing a sound check earlier today from inside Starland Ballroom, via the band’s Twitter page.


Apparently Kanye West is making a movie…in association with the new track he just dropped on his site featuring Jay-Z, RZA, Swizz Beats, and Pusha T.

Ray Davies

Ray Davies is putting out a compilation album named See My Friends in which he collaborates on every track with one of his friends, an artist or band.


  1. Better Things (Bruce Springsteen)
  2. Celluloid Heroes (Jon Bon Jovi & Richie Sambora)
  3. Days/This Time Tomorrow (Mumford & Sons)
  4. Long Way From Home (Lucinda Williams & The 88)
  5. You Really Got Me (Metallica)
  6. Lola Ray (Paloma Faith)
  7. Waterloo Sunset (Jackson Browne)
  8. ‘Til The End of The Day (Alex Chilton & The 88)
  9. Dead End Street (Amy Macdonald)
  10. See My Friends (Spoon)
  11. This Is Where I Belong (Black Francis)
  12. David Watts (The 88)
  13. Tired Of Waiting (Gary Lightbody)
  14. All Day And All Of The Night/Destroyer (Billy Corgan)

Who’s Playing Jersey Tonight:

Jimmy Eat World, Brick, and Mortar @ Starland Ballroom

Antonella Barba & Friends Going Away Party @ The Stone Pony

David Nelson Band, Big Brother, Moonalice @ The Wonder Bar

Swingin’ Utters, The Copyrights, Have Nots, and The Jacks @ Asbury Lanes

Moroccan Sheepherders, Hoodless, The Kaijus, and more @ The Brighton Bar

The National @ Wellmont Theater

Let Me Run, Rust Belt Lights, The Holy Mess @ The Court Tavern

Less Than Jake

Gainsville, FL Ska-Punks Less Than Jake have announced a U.S. Tour kicking off in January on its Twitter page.  No dates have been set, but the undercard features The Supervillains.  I’m excited.

The Flaming Lips

The Flaming Lips have released an official music video for “See The Leaves,” a track off the band’s 2009 release Embryonic at Pitchfork.com.

Want to see how Embryonic was made?  Check out the rockumentary Blastula on Pitchfork TV.  Be sure to hustle though, the film is only airing for one week.


The Gaslight Anthem (at The Stone Pony)

The Gaslight has released a cover of Fake Problems’ “Songs For Teenagers.”  The track was released exclusively to AVclub.com and in an interview with the site, front-man Brian Fallon had this to say, “Fake Problems took us on our first tour. Their new record Real Ghosts Caught On Tape came out yesterday, so we did a cover of ‘Songs For Teenagers.”

The Promise, the renowned documentary of the making of Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band’s fourth studio album Darkness On The Edge Of Town is set to air on HBO on October 7 at 9:00 p.m.


THURSDAY, OCT. 7 (9:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.

Other HBO playdates:

Oct. 12 (3:30 p.m., 12:30 a.m.)

Oct. 16 (11:30 p.m.), 21 (10:30 a.m., 1:55 a.m.)

Oct. 24 (5:00 p.m.)

Oct. 30 (2:00 p.m.)

HBO2 playdates: Oct. 8 (8:00 p.m.), 10 (3:30 p.m., 12:20 a.m.), 13 (4:55 a.m.) and 18 (9:30 p.m.)

Happy Birthday Boss!!!  Bruce Springsteen is 61 today.

My Chmical Romance?

Jersey’s own My Chemical Romance has changed its image and sound for its upcoming pop-rock album Danger Days: the True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys.  No more latex marching band outfits, jet black hair, eye-shaddow, or black parades.  Instead MCR has recaptured it’s blazing, metallic coated, Punk-Rock with this stadium anthem that would have probably played behind a Sports Center highlight reel had the first couple of lines not entailed our protagonist “hitting the gas” and “killing them all,”  but MCR was never meant to be a commercially/socially acceptable act.

The angelic chorus line, manic pace at which the song is played, and upbeat feel it has is unlike anything My Chemical Romance has ever created…and, contrary to my first thoughts about this MCR reformation, I really enjoyed this new song and can’t wait to hear the rest of the album which is due out November 22nd.

“Na Na Na” by My Chemical Romance

Oh and if you’d like to see a video of MCR joining Weezer on stage for a wild rendition of “My Name Is Jonas” shot on Tuesday night, you can view it below:

Stone Temple Pilots

On Sunday night Stone Temple Pilots played The Woodlands in Houston, Texas, took the stage an hour late, opened with a drunken rambling session in which Scott Weiland admitted that he has started drinking heavily again, and proceeded to cancel 12 upcoming tour dates, essentially halting the band’s reunion tour that started so well.  Does this sound familiar New Jersey?  I feel as if we’ve seen it before in our own backyard.  Anyway, check out this oral diarrhea of epic proportions:


Cake has released its first new song since 2004 as prep for the band’s upcoming album Showroom Of Compassion that is scheduled for release on January 11, 2011, and “Sick Of You” will go down as just another Cake classic.  It includes all the elements that make for a great Cake song: the catchy chorus, the filtered spoken word poetic verses of John McCrea, a touch of brass, and simplistic Indie-Rock guitar.  I excitedly anticipate this record.  Listen to “Sick Of You” here.

Animal Collective

Animal Collective has released a new music video for “Bluish” a track off the band’s album Merriweather Post Pavilion, named SPIN’s top album of 2009.  You can watch this trippy-ass video here.

Jimmy Eat World

Jimmy Eat World has a new album coming out on September 28th called Invented.  If you’d like to listen to it legally without actually making the purchase, JEW is streaming the record on its Myspace page right here, right now.


The Crooked Vultures (Grohl, JPJ, and Homme)

Them Crooked Vultures have released a live version of “Dead End Friend” from the band’s concert in Amsterdam this past Summer.  It sounds great and has fans hoping for a live album in the near future.  Check it out:

The Gay Blades

Dmerit has created a rather rad remix of The Gay Blades “Try To Understand.”  And I love it!

Frank Turner (Stone Pony)

Last week I spoke to Frank Turner about the new five-song EP he is working on.  Since then he has released more information on his blog.  The record should be out in late November and the track listing will consist of:

  1. I Still Believe
  2. Pass It Along
  3. To Absent Friends
  4. Rock & Roll Romance
  5. The Next Round

Check out this newly uploaded Youtube video of Frank Turner performing “I Still Believe” at the 2010 Reading Festival:

And listen to a preview of Turner covering “Build Me Up Buttercup” on a new cover’s compilation due out October 4th to raise money for London’s homeless right here.

Also, check out this trailer for the documentary Anyone Can Play Guitar, the story of Radiohead, Ride, Supergrass, Foals, Swervedriver, Talulah Gosh and the tiny local music scene that spawned them by Jon Spira, filmmaker and a fiend of Turner, right here. I will be watching this when it comes out.

The Dissent of Man due out September 28th

Bad Religion’s impending 2010 release is streaming on the band’s Myspace page in its entirety.  Out of respect for these punk rockers and their 30-plus year career, go and listen.  Here’s to thirty more fellas.

Ken Casey and Scruffy Wallace (Dropkick Murphys @ Bonnaroo 2010)

Dropkick Murphys have a released a music video for “Tomorrow’s Industry” to raise awareness, funding, and support for Massachusetts Hospital Workers.  These workers are fighting for the creation of their own union because, as it reveals in the video, many of them cannot afford health insurance themselves and are unjustly denied many other rights often provided to union workers.  The unfair treatment of these most important workers has come to a head and the Murphys have stepped in to lend a hand:

Dan Regan of RBF A.K.A. Black Casper

Reel Big Fish trombone player Dan Regan wants to DJ your next party/wedding/event.  Regan goes by the name Black Casper and specializes in Anarcho Hip-Hop and spaced out sounds found “at hand in insurgent communities, pirate technologies, bootlegged media, rebel science, and forgotten utopias.”  Regan is also an ordained minister, thus he can wed you and DJ your party.  Check it out on Facebook.



Tango Machina

A couple of days ago I reported that Tango Machina was in the recording studio and I now have a few more details.  After a 10-hour session, the band has tracked a pair of songs, “Skeleton Bear” and “Rock N’ Roll Part 4,” and they are mostly completed, only lacking the vocals, of which Paul Caffrey will lay down in two weeks at “a friend’s sweet basement studio in the New Brunswick area,” according to drummer Briant Winters.

It is unknown if any other songs will be worked upon in the near future, however the band seemed very pleased with how this session went.

“I heard the playbacks,” said Winters, “they sounded awesome, you’re going to like it.”

Tango Machina will serve as the second headlining act this Saturday at The Stone Pony for the Almost There record release party.  Tickets are $10.  You can get them at the box office or contact Tango Machina on Facebook.

“The Combination Is Explosive” – Tango Machina

The Gay Blades

There’s been a lot of news out of The Gay Blades’ camp the past few days.  First, the band has released the schedule of its Savages Basement Tour:

Savage Basement Tour Schdule

The Trash-Pop duo also released a promotional trailer for Savages due out October, 5:

I’ve been holding off on it for too long but I do have a stream of Savages and will be posting a review soon.

In the mean time, listen to the single “Try To Understand.”

Stroke 9

Stroke 9, another forgotten Post-Grunge gem of the 90’s, famous for its radio hit “Little Black Backpack,” and the cult classic “Kick Some Ass,” due to the songs inclusion in the Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back soundtrack, has released a new EP,  Jessica’s Album (Part 1). It isn’t grungy, nor punky, nor does it include the crunchy guitars I so very much love.  It’s more like a the band was chillin on a beach, knocking back Land Sharks with Jimmy Buffet.  You can download it here.


OK Go, the pioneers of using homemade internet music videos to build a world wide fame, have created another internet virus for their song “White Knuckles” off the recently released Of the Blue Colour of the Sky. Check it out, via “OkGo” the band’s Youtube account:

Brian Fallon (Gaslight Anthem @ The Stone Pony)

Fake Problems and Brian Fallon of Gaslight Anthem cover Blink-182’s “Dammit” in Vancover on 9/10/10.  There have been mixed reviews of this rendition on Youtube and Facebook.  Leave a comment, let me know what you think:

Travis Barker

Travis Barker released a new song today called “Jump Down” featuring The Cool Kids on vocals.  This is a savage track:

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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