On Sunday, June 1oth the Portland-based minimalist fuzz-rockers Unknown Mortal Orchestra will headline Asbury Lanes with The Doldrums in one of the first can’t miss shows of the summer (another being SIMGE’s May 17th showcase featuring The Gay Blades – http://tktwb.tw/IZcbF0). UMO packs an infectious groove punch with a modernist approach to shining, swirling guitar work and a tight rhythm section. With stops at the Sasquatch and Pitchfork Festivals already booked you won’t want to miss your opportunity to see a band on the rise in an intimate setting. Get your tickets here – http://tktwb.tw/KA2D6P – and be sure to check SIMGE for live exclusives after the show.
Spin Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s self-titled debut on Spotify – Unknown Mortal Orchestra
In homage of the Beastie Boys’ late great Adam “MCA” Yauch Give Me Static took to Asbury’s favorite practice space, The Hot Dog House, and ripped into a live recorded jam of the Beasties’ instrumental Hardcore-Punk jam “Brand New.” Grab a free download below:
Give Me Static recently supported The Obvious at the Grunge-Punk outfit’s EP release show alongside Chemtrail and Lost In Society at Asbury Lanes…check out photos from the evening above and video of a superjam on Sunny Day Real Estate’s “In Circles” featuring The Obvious, Give Me Static’s Bob Paulos, and Dan Ridenour of Chemtrail below:
Photo by Kristen Driscoll
Who knew that under the gruff and sweat-drenced Punk exterior exhibited by Mike Smith when onstage with The Obvious breathed a soulful crooner capable of driving a composition, not with the powerful bludgeon of his Grunge-Rock bass plucking, but instead on a stream of velvet-coated vocal work as the face of Asbury Park’s own peace-preaching purveyor, Earthman.
The five-man collective acts as another guardian of good vibes in our musical hub by the sea, delivering a message of hope, unity, and togetherness via its brand of Alternative Indie-Rock drawing influence from such proponents of the feel-good musical epic as Tears For Fears and Nobuo Uematsu, or the composer of scores for the entire Final Fantasy series.
Check out Earthman’s latest music video for its new song “Peace” below, and be sure to catch the band at The Saint on Friday May 18th with Burlap To Cashmere, and on Saturday June 16th at FIXX in Red Bank, NJ.
Asbury’s bluesified Hard-Rock collective, Ruby The Hatchet, has announced the presentation of Ouroboros, a debut full-length release of lengths unknown slated for an unspecified Summer 2012 release.
The Philadelphia natives returned to the City of Brotherly Love to record the collection at Retro City Studios and will be back in its former hometown this Thursday (May 10) to support the talented Athens, GA buzz band Dead Confederate at The Milkboy. Doors are at 8 p.m. with ticket charge of $12 to be paid upon entrance.
Check out the album’s teaser trailer below:
The Asbury Park-based soundscape construction crew that is Athletics recently announced the birth date of its debut release, Who You Are Is Not Enough, as Tuesday June 26th, and is scheduled to host a celebratory gala for this record of lengths unknown on June 9th at the Freehold VFW with such local favorites as Gates, Vasudeva, Batten Down The Hatches, Company Company, and a very special, yet to be named guest. Doors for the all ages event op en at 6 p.m. with a $10 cover to be paid upon admission.
The album will be out on the InTheClouds Records label in an innovative touch sensitive sleeve said to leave a ghostly handprint on the cover upon being grasped, only to have said print fade away on release. The InTheClouds organization is developing into the go-to label for avant-garde vinyl packaging, as the group recently put out the reissue of The Gay Blades’ debut full-length, Ghosts, in pop-up-book-like casing.
Check out a preview video containing a song snippet teaser below:
Local Vocalist and founding father of that classic R&B sound associated with Asbury Park’s West Side, Bobby Thomas, passed away on Thursday morning due to complications with his diabetes. Thomas’ croon carried him all the way to the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 1995 as a member of the Baltimore, MD-based R&B collective The Orioles, a group credited as the pioneers of the Doo-Wop sound.
Thomas’ impact on Asbury Park would come later on when he would found The Vibranaires, the city’s first R&B group and leader of a scene that would influence some of the Boardwalk’s favorite sons.
Check out Thomas performing the classic Orioles tune “Crying In The Chapel” at The Wonder Bar on April 3rd 2011 below:
On the morning of May 3rd, Thomas Wesley Stern’s JoeMakoviecki posted a link to a Soundcloud account named “jmakoviecki” revealing a treasure trove of interesting recordings via early music projects, other solo productions, and more.
The collection has a series of songs by a group named Spiral Stairs, including “On A Playground In A Park,” which was written in 2005 featuring Nadia Marie Bellott of Athens, GA (whom apparently Makoviecki has never formally met) from an LP named You And I Make A Good Team, which the songsmith has misplaced. Also under the Spiral Stairs heading is “Some Island Song” that, according to Makoviecki’s description, is the first tune he and Gary Mayer wrote together.