A Speakly Playlist To Get You Through The Week

“Bleach” by The Lips

Anthony M. Laido, better known by his stage name, The Lips, is the epitome of DIY music , booking his own shows, brokering his own record deals (Lillian Records), and playing every instrument heard on his recordings, which he personally engineers.  The Oakland, NJ Indie-Punk produces an alluring wall of sound akin to that of the North Hollywood, California Garage-Rock duo Heavy Young Heathens that’s earned the one man band more than 20 song writing awards, including seven for such a reputable organization as VH1.  The Lips self-titled debut is set to drop in mid 2012 and will be fronted by “Bleach,” a two-minute rage-tune that follows the “Don’t bore us, get to the chorus,” template. Chris Rotolo

“Guacamole Genie” by Karmic Juggernaut

When Karmic Juggernaut’s latest single, “Guacamole Genie,” kicks in with its swirling, hard-driving riff, it is easy to assume “Well, here comes another typical metal song.” But oh how wrong you’d be; fusing Funk, Psychedelia, Metal, Prog-Rock, and Jam into an exquisitely eclectic elixir, K-Juggs dares to explore what happens when a band combines Hard-Rock sensibilities with a willingness to let go and explore the unknown.  “Guacamole Genie” features intricate guitar work, growling vocals, precise harmonies, and stop-on-a-dime tempo changes that only becomes more intriguing with each click of the play button. -Matt Ascone

“What I Gain” by Breathing Blue

One thing is immediately apparent when you listen to any of Breathing Blue’s catalog: This band has immense talent. From Sanford’s pitch-perfect vocals to the searing riffs and licks of guitarists of Basilotto, Rob Bost, and newest member Rudy Meier, to the intricate rhythm-keeping complexities displayed by bassist Chris Dechert and drummer Tyler Moellmann, it is clear from the first note of one of their high-energy live performances that this band is incredibly proficient at their respective instruments.  Based out of Ocean County, NJ, Breathing Blue combines arena-ready hooks with sing-along choruses and hard-rocking riffs that make the listener wonder just how long it will take before this band’s popularity boils over and reaches the masses. That time may be coming sooner rather than later – Breathing Blue has already played the Bamboozle festival twice, thanks to following up a second place showing in the 2010 Break Contest by taking home the championship in 2011. The band is currently in the studio working on their full-length debut, Inner Animal, which is scheduled to be released sometime in early 2012. Matt Ascone

“Lady Abortion” by Cinema Cinema

Two-piece Brooklyn atmospheric Punk-Rockers Cinema Cinema put their best clubfoot forward with a constantly shifting and pounding guitar/drums attack on EP Shoot the Freak. Tracks “Lady Abortion”, “Pleased to Meet You, Anesthesia”, and “Day-Leash” showcase the band’s considerable propulsive sound. Shoot The Freak runs the gamut of what Cinema Cinema can and are looking to offer which is somewhere between, if you put a gun to my head and forced me to pick two rock duos to compare, Lightning Bolt and the Black Keys.  If any of this intrigues you, and it should, be sure to visit the link below for the full EP. -Mike Mehalick

“Blame” by Scott Liss

An eccentrically tempoed piece of music titled “Loud Enough” front’s Scott Liss’ latest release, Lean This Way, and spans the solo artist’s entire musical palette from soaring acoustic-guitar led balladry to prickly and electrified Hard-Rock arrangements captured in a tightly nit 4:40 second package.  Backed by the soaring piece of Indie-Rock that is the melodious “My Hands Ar Tied” and the cream of this practice in artistic progression, “Blame,” the follow up to Liss’ 2010 full-length release, The Blackpool Letters, is the boardwalker’s best work yet.  Check out “Blame” below and grab the EP 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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