The AV Department…

By Chris Rotolo, The Creator

“Gold Stars” by Green Paper

Last week, John Komar (Feudalism) brought Patent Pending into his home for the 50th installment of his intriguing music video project, The Village Basement Sessions, an important milestone indeed.  This week, the auteur invited the North Jersey Psychedelia-laced Pop-Rock outfit Green Paper to his humble abode, and the three-man, one-woman fuzz bomb unveiled a new song of the mystical sort named “Gold Stars,” featuring intertwined acoustic fret-play from Tomm Hart and Jeff Lane, a series of soaring tones tapped out by Mike Mendonez on what appears to be an electronic xylophone/drum machine, and an alluring vocal piece by the rarely heard from Natalie Newbold who stepped out from behind the drum kit on this number that, according to Hart, is slated to appear on the group’s eagerly awaited sophomore full-length record Water, for which no official release date has been given.


“Wrong Direction” by Lost In Society

Lost In Society entered what appears to be a brick layered bathroom/one room apartment with smokin’ hot Punk chick, Altercation Records reps, and a director by the name of Rob Vornkahl and emerged with visual accompaniment for its charred tune “Wrong Direction,” which will appear on a split EP alongside new music by the White Plains, NY Ska-Punk collective American Pinup.  The pair will host a record release party on February 10th at our own Asbury Lanes with fellow bordwalkers The Obvious and solo artist Colton Kayser.  Doors are at 8 p.m. with an $8 cover charge to be paid upon entrance.


“Double Suns” by Thomas Wesley Stern

Photo by Lieb Mathieson

Last Saturday Thomas Wesley Stern played Trinity & The Pop to help Wakah Chan properly release its debut EP The Art Of Compromise and unveiled a new song of its own titled “Double Suns,” which will appear on the four-man string band’s forthcoming debut full-length album American Pain, which is slated to drop on March 9th.  Thankfully the good folks at Reaction 1 Media were there to capture it live.  Turn up the volume on this video and enjoy.


“Bookmark” by Cara Salimando

The Big Apples own, by way of the Garden State, Cara Salimando recently returned from a European Tour and with her comes a new project that’s formula is simple: One person (artist or producer) + the solo songstress + two new tunes = a monthly release…and the inaugural two-song single has arrived for January.  According to Salimando, the story goes that she went to Colorado in October to write a new five-track EP but only left with a pair of new songs her and Meese were truly proud of…and the seed of thought was planted.  You can grab “Moving Just Like Marionettes” here and check out “Bookmark,” an ivory-fronted piece of ear candy showcasing Salimando’s rolling vocals.


“Nothin’s Gonna Stop Us” by The Darkness

Rarely do I stray from the local music angle on this website, however, I’d perform a series of unspeakable acts if members of The Darkness requested it, so, you all should be happy I’m leaving it at this music video presentation.  The Darkness is back with “Nothin’s Gonna Stop Us Now,” a new single that can be placed at the forefront of the modern Hair-Metal maestro’s catalogue with “Stuck In A Rut,” “Giving Up,” and of course “I Believe In A Thing Called Love.”  If you have the means, go see The Darkness on their North American tour that kicks off tonight in Toronto before they make enough cash to disappear for another six years.


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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