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Here’s the deal.
I love Buddie’s Tavern. They are a great venue, with a great soundsystem, that has local original bands most Saturdays, refuses to charge a cover, but still pays the bands something at the end of the night.
Buddie’s Tavern believes (possibly rightly so) that hey can make more money renting out their banquet room then they can with a concert. When someone wants to rent the banquet room the same night as a concert, the concert gets bumped.
This has unfortunately affected several BlowUpRadio.com Free Concert Series shows.
It is also the reason why as of now, the May 12th show is no longer happening.
So here is what I want everyone who reads this to do.
We have two BlowUpRadio.com Free Concert Series shows coming up:
Saturday April 28th – Ballroom, The Porchistas, Jonathan Andrew & Eric Blankenship
Saturday May 5th – The Tea & Whiskey (last show!), Black Wine, The Timid Roosevelts, Sun Puddles
Spread the word about both of these shows. Let’s pack Buddie’s Tavern and show them that they can make more money supporting local original music then they can by renting out the banquet room.
In a time where there are fewer and fewer venues in NJ that supports local original music, let’s make sure Buddie’s Tavern knows that we want them to continue to be a safe haven for people who want to see good local bands!
Buddie's Tavern is located at 277 Johnsons Lane, Parlin (Sayreville), NJ
Just finished reading a book more informative than my years of college education. Of course it is only informative on the topic of blues music, but really blues music is so relatable to so many real life occurrences that understanding the blues is understanding life. The book, “THE LANGUAGE OF THE BLUES”, by DEBRA DEVI, is extremely detailed and well researched in large part by a number of interviews that Debra did with blues musicians past and present. In some cases she was very lucky to get these interviews before the meaning of some of these classic blues terms were lost to the ages. Whether it is learning that the origin of “cat” (as in hep cat) came from the African Wolof word, “katt”, or confirmation that “back door man” is about leaving out the back door (because he was the other man and the women’s husband was walking in the front door) and not a euphemism, this book is wholly informative, enlightening, and chock full of stories of the origin of the blues, blues terminologies, and more.
The book is available as an e-book on Amazon.
THE SUCCESSFUL FAILURES return with their latest love letter to all that is fun about rock & roll, "HERE I AM". At this point what can I say about these guys i haven't said in previous reviews? There albums always make my best of list (as did lead singer Mick Chorba's former band, Dipsomaniacs) for a reason. They make catchy garage-pop that makes me feel like it is the weekend, even when it is a particularly bad Monday at a job. Any album with that type of power should be embraced by the masses. Heck, if it can make me feel that good maybe it could end wars, lower gas prices,and usher in world peace. Ok, maybe that is too much to ask, but it doesn't change how good an album this is!
It is hard to multi-task being a signer-songwriter, writing catchy, often upbeat songs that mainstream radio could play, yet still having something substantive to say in those songs. Mix all that with a great voice that emotes without over emoting, and a perfect assemblage of musicians and backing vocalists that compliment the music without overpowering it, and what you have is ZAK SMITH’s new self-titled album.
“Zak Smith” has an exclusive pre-release this week on Zak’s website, and will officially be out on May 1st.
Zak Smith has a CD release show on 4/28 at Rockwood Music in NYC (hopefully a NJ release show will happen at some point).
Scottish youngsters (19 & 20 year olds), HOLY ESQUE, have a wonderful EP coming out later this month (4/23). The four songs contained on the EP are rousing and anthemic, featuring a vocalist’s voice so unique that I don’t think I will ever mistake his voice with anyone else’s (and I mean that as a compliment).
Check out their song, “the rose”, here:
GEOFF BARROW (from Portishead) & BEN SALISBURY have a fascinating album, “DROKK”, coming out on May 8th of instrumental music inspired by Mega-City One. If you don’t know Mega-City One, then you probably never read the long running British Sci-Fi comic, 2000 AD, an anthology series which features Judge Dredd, a resident of Mega-City One. As someone who read some of these comics back in the late 80’s, Geoff & Ben perfectly capture the mood of the city which Dredd precedes over. I was so taken in by this music I was hoping this would be the soundtrack to the upcoming Judge Dredd film, as it gave me hope that they were doing justice to the property (unlike the dreadful Sylvester Stallone film, that bastardized it). No luck though, as someone else is scoring the movie.
A few years back MR. HUNTER, then a Hoboken, NJ based band (now based out of Colorado), sent me an album called, “the awakening”, it was good, but there was something missing from it. Listening to their new album, “THE FIRST CHAPTER”, it think it may have just been that the band had not fully jelled on their last album, but now have. Lead singer Kara Ayn Napolitano’s vocals sound more comfortable with the music, and the tunes sound more focused (which I realize sounds contradictory to say about jam music). If you are not into long jams in the middle of songs, that at times sound very reminiscent of jams in Phish songs, then this is probably not the album for you. But if you remember how much fun the HORDE tour was back in the 90’s, you should check this out.
And I leave you this week with a video for a catchy (and witty) new song that all outcasts can relate to, “I’M THE ONE THAT’S COOL”, from the brilliant web series THE GUILD.
This week on Lazlo's Den Presents New Music we have new music from:
ARTIST - ALBUM
The Successful Failures - here I am!
Candlebox - love stories and other musings
Geoff Barrow & Ben Salisbury - drokk
Zak Smith - Zak Smith
Retribution Gospel Choir - the revolution ep
The Dandy Warhols - this machine
Lera Lynn - have you met Lera Lynn?
The Dunwells - blind sighted faith
Les Trois Chaud - songs of home
Mr. Hunter - the first chapter
Full playlist with links to all the bands is at www.LazlosDen.com. Support Good Music!
Lazlo's Den Presents New Music airs on BlowUpRadio.com Tues @ 8pm, Wed @ noon & 10pm, Thurs @ 3am & midnight, Fri @ 9am & 3pm, and Sun @ 8pm (all times are eastern time zone)
Latest Updates on BlowUpRadio.com & LazlosDen.com
MUSIC VIDEO: The Guild - "I'm the one that's cool"
Mike Kovacs: Not The Yearbook You Expected - "Last Night, Last Time, Beat Poetry,...and the People's Court"
ALBUM PROFILE: Les Trois Chaud - "songs of home"
MUSIC NEWS: Soul Asylum Records Punk Cover Album (in addition to album of new original tunes)
MUSIC VIDEO: Tenacious D - "to be the best"
MUSIC NEWS: Banjo musician Earl Scruggs dies aged 88
MUSIC VIDEO: Moonlight Bride - "lemonade"
Our on air schedule at BlowUpRadio.com is
Here’s the BlowUpRadio.com programming schedule for this week:
Lazlo’s Den - Monday thru Friday at 8pm ET
BlowUpRadio.com Live – Sat @ 11pm, Sun @ 9pm, Mon @ 10pm, Tues @ noon
The Bumpskey Show – Tuesday @ 9pm ET
Lazlo’s Den presents New Music - Tues @ 8pm ET, Wed @ noon & 10pm, Thurs @ 3am & midnight, Fri @ 9am & 3pm, Sun @ 8pm
‘Rock N Roll Gas Station’ hosted by Jim Testa - Thursday @ 10pm ET, Sun @ 7pm, & Mon @ 6pm
‘The Weekend Mix-Up!’ hosted by Mick Hale - Friday @ 9pm ET, Sat @ 9pm, Sun @ 1pm & 6pm
That's all for this week folks.