A Speakly Playlist To Get You Through The Week

“Book One” by Space Jesus

Sure, the half hairdo sporting face of Electronic Dance Music (EDM), Skrillex, won’t hesitate to sample youtube sensations in his tunes.  That overtly intense speed stacking girl helped transform the former Punk rocker into the global face of Dub Step, but that’s not nearly as classy a selection as New Brunswick’s own intergalactic messiah, Space Jesus (Jasha Tull), chose to incorporate within the introductory track to his latest full-length compilation, Quantum Crunk Theory, which dropped on January 31st.  “Book One” opens with a beautifully crooned Italian sonata, as if to pronounce this collection as Tull’s masterpiece, but as the vocalist cackles and the beat drops it becomes apparent that this is no black-tie affair nor tunes for the ballroom or theatre, but an accumulation of made-for-warehouse party rock anthems and rave tunes.  The sophomore release follows Space Jesus’ 2011 self-titled full-length, which landed at No. 21 on SIMGE’s Top 27 Albums list, and is one of Speak Into My Good Eye’s favorites of this young new year.  Check out “Book One” below and grab the album for free here. -Chris Rotolo


“Until Tomorrow’s Day” by Kara Ali

Combining elements of rock, folk, and soul, New Jersey-based singer/songwriter Kara Ali latest EP, Lake Michigan’s Chill treats the listener to a relaxing yet insightful experience. Ali is gifted in her abilities to write clever lyrics that provide the listener with vivid imagery that makes it seem like that draft coming through the crack in your window really did come from Lake Michigan itself.  Bringing these words to life is the defiant beauty of Ali’s serene and penetrating voice, backed by intricate and multi-layered harmonies. This is not the sound of someone who is only cutting her sophomore EP – this is the sound of a woman who has faced the trials of many a harsh winter and come out on the other side stronger, wiser, and ready to tell her story.  On the EP’s final track, Ali ends the EP on a hopeful note; “Until Tomorrow’s Day” is an anthemic ballad about facing whatever tomorrow may bring and doing so with a sense of newfound satisfaction for all life has to offer despite being left to mentally grapple with lingering and unanswered questions – something many people can relate to. Although the lyrics suggest uncertainty, Ali’s voice comes through assured and leaves you hanging on every soft, drawn-out, breathless note – you really do believe everything is going to be alright in the end. -Matt Ascone


“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. -Chris Rotolo


“I Could Be Your Pet” by The Nico Blues

“I Could Be Your Pet,” is the first song to be dropped by The Nico Blues off the Wayne, NJ collective’s February 29th release Die Happy, a six song collection and follow up to the band’s lauded 2010 full-length Blame The Boredom, Blame The Basements.  The Nico Blues latest piece of Indie-Pop rock candy is a love song of the metaphorical sorts…or maybe its strange.  “Put a collar around my neck,” croons front-man Eric Goldberg.  “It might not be ideal but it could work/I could learn new tricks if we get bored/Getting back to you is my only chore.”  Is this the personification of one’s immense love for another through animal ownership symbolism, or the call for a Wilfred-type relationship through a hook-laden tune caked in fuzz?  I suppose, that question is best left for the listener to decide…           Chris Rotolo


“WW5” by Holy City Zoo

“WW5” is the opening salvo to Holy City Zoo’s forthcoming collection of cauterized Post-Punk dubbed Nobody Sells For Less, for which a release date has yet to be announced.  The three-minute scorched earth composition is a landslide of hellish imagery infused with the fluffiest of floating sheep presented at a feverish pitch and played out over a barage of sizzling six-string manipulation. -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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