September 24th, 2007

Supporting New Jersey's Local Music Scene Since 2000

Album of the Month
The Milwaukees - "American Anthem Vol. 1"

With, "American Anthems vol. 1", The Milwaukees have crafted an album that to me is really a perfect interweaving of two different albums. The first two songs on the CD are fist pumping, air guitar playing, sing along, rock songs. then the album takes a sharp turn, without being jarring to the listener, into a more Roots Rock/Americana/Alt-Country ballad for the next two tracks. As strong as their rock songs are, and they really are fun, the real emotional connection for the album comes through in these powerful, soulful ballads. The album continues to perfectly ping pong between rock songs and Americana ballads, leaving me wanting more when the nearly 41 minute run time of the CD ended.


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Message From Lazlo

Hi Everyone,

There's only one thing to talk about this week and that is of course that this Friday & Saturday is the big 2 day Spondalytis Association of America benefit concert ( at Buddie's Tavern, 277 Johnsons Ln., Parlin (Sayreville), NJ.

Over the year's I have been proud to be involved with many benefit shows for various causes, but never have they been more personal then this show. My wife, Naomi, suffers from Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS), so I have seen the chronic pain and discomfort that she goes through daily as a result of this disease.

All money collected over the course of the 2 days, from donations, a percentage of the food & drink purchased at Buddie's tavern, and from a raffle/tricky tray, will go directly to the Spondylitis Association Of America for research.

About the Spondylitis Association Of America:

"SAA is a non-profit organization and we were the first and remain the largest resource for people affected by spondylitis. Through our efforts, we help advance education, research and treatment for ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and related diseases. Literally thousands of people visit this site seeking information, support and most of all, hope. For over 20 years SAA has dedicated all of its resources to help improve the lives of people coping with spondylitis."

With well over 20 local bands and solo performers playing over the course of the 2 day event, there is sure to be music for everyone, from acoustic/folk, to pop/rock, to garage/punk.

Here is the complete schedule of performers:

Fri. 9/28
Bobby Strange 9:00
J Stanley 9:40
Dead Pony Cats 10:25
The Heshers 11:20
Mod Fun 12:15

Sat. 9/29
Joe Canzano 2:10
Thomas Martin 2:35
Jim Testa 3:00
John Raido 3:25
Joshua Van Ness 3:50
Scruff 4:15
Kate Hart 4:40
The Wag 5:05
Lloyd United 5:35
Joe Harvard 6:15
Alex Brumel 6:55
Mike Ferraro 7:35
Souls Release 8:15
Dipsomaniacs 8:55
Matt Fisher & The Telephone Junkies 9:35
Grover Kent 10:15
Mazeffect 10:55
Nerve Tonic 11:35
Zigman Bird 12:15

As I mentioned above, there will also be a raffle / tricky tray on both days of the benefit, featuring:

5 Bruce Springsteen rare "radio only" promo CD singles from the Tracks box set

Autographed They Might Be Giants "venue songs" DVD/CD 2 disc set

Autographed The John Popper Project featuring DJ Logic CD

Intellivision X2 15 video game system

A Gourmet Goodie Basket: filled with snacks

A Gift Basket for Her: has a picture frame, note cards, pretty dish linens, cookie cutter, salt and pepper shakers, candles

Everything's Gone Green DVD

Mo'Nique I Coulda Been Your Cellmate DVD

Katt Williams The Pimp Chronicles pt. 1 DVD

Sin City DVD

Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic DVD

National Lampoon's Pledge This DVD

National Lampoon's TV The Movie DVD

Disney's Sleeping Beauty VHS

Disney's Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs VHS

Toy Story VHS

Toy Story 2 VHS

Dipsomaniacs, Headshop Records, Retromedia, Aeria Records, Fake Chapter, 1000 Miles From Home, and Satoru t-shirts

LaSalle hats

Mama's Cookin', and 1000 Miles From Home baby t's

LaSalle coffee mug

and lots of CDs from:

Evergreen File, Readymade Breakup, Shawn Mullins, Val Emmich, Chris Batten & The Woods, LongRoad, Birdsting, Astrella Celeste, Wiser time, George Porter Jr., The States, Straight Dope Cherry, The Getaway People, Western Civ, Racecar, Crease, Skyline Rodeo, Mimi Cross, Dirt Road 14, Janey Todd, Garage Mayhem (v/a), Mitsuko, Lifeguard Nights, Johnnieboy, Mike Black, Mark Kerr, Orpheos, Johanna Stahley, Gregory Schwartz Poetry Team, The Dark Marbles, Mike June & The Dirty Doves, Hector Contreras & His Latin Jazz Ensemble, One Eyed Jack, Skyline, Lisa M. Bello, Artical One Productions (v/a), What To Do With Everything (v/a), John Raido, Brian Fitzpatrick, Otto's Daughter, Gracie, One Day Left, The Freewheelers, Citrus, Saves the Day, SoCo Music Experience (v/a), Always: Bon Jovi Tribute (v/a), St. Christopher, Juggling Suns, Mark Prescott, Colie Brice, Orange Sash & The President of the Galaxy, Amsterdam, Green To Think, The Plastic Chapter, Rachel, The Subterraneans, Dipsomaniacs, Left of the Dial: replacements tribute (v/a), Kerry Politzer, Jupiter One, Zap Mama, Moses Guest, Pete Miser, George Sanford Jackson, and Jen Chapin

Items come courtesy of TMB Productions, Ariel Publicity, Headshop Records, Aeria Records, Fake Chapter, FDR Label, various artists who have donated CDs, and

Please come out to this 2 day benefit. You can hear some great bands, and help a great cause!


Tonight (Monday) on Lazlo's Den, Jim Testa will be calling in to talk about his set this weekend at the benefit, as well as give big news about the future of Jersey Beat, and Folk You!

And Wednesday night, Joshua Van Ness will be calling into the Den to talk about his performance this weekend at the benefit.

Both interviews will be in the intervierw archive at for you to stream after they are broadcast.


Both interviews will also be on this week's Podcast, which will be available later tonight (Monday).

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Thanks for reading this long message, and I hope to see you all this weekend!


New Songs Added This Week

Joe Harvard Band

[How I Became A] Patriotic Pseudo Pacifist

Concert Picks of the Week

Lazlo (

Of course my pick for this week is the 2 day Spondylitis Association of America benefit happening Friday & Saturday at Buddie's Tavern (277 Johnsons Ln., Parlin (Sayreville), NJ). Besides having over 20 amazing local acts over the course of Friday night and all day and night Saturday (see elsewhere on this page for the complete list), we'll be raising money to help in the research for a cure for a condition that my wife, Naomi, suffers from. So come out, support a great cause, and see some great live local music!
Jim Testa (Jersey Beat)

Friday Sept. 21
Thursday Sept. 27
The Ergs!, Hunchback - Maxwell, 1039 Washington St. Hoboken - 9 pm, $7, 18+

The Ergs! are far and away the best punk band to emerge from NJ since the glory days of the Bouncing Souls, punk rock classicists who bring the energy and innovation of early SST Records artists like Black Flag, the Descendents, and the Minutemen and mix them with sugar-coated melodies and lyrics that inspire massive singalongs. Opening is the New Brunswick noise-core combo Hunchback.
Concert Picks of the Week

Gary Wien (Upstage)

Jared Migden (WRSU)

Concert Calendar

Monday September 24th
April Smith

158 Ludlow at Stanton

Tuesday September 25th
The Winter Sounds @ 449 Room

Wednesday September 26th

Wiser Time

John & Peter's
96 S Main St
New Hope, PA
Eric Hutchinson & Matt Duke @ World Cafe Live
Mothguts @ Brighton Bar
Turdus Musicus, Cranial Damage @ Asbury Lanes

Thursday September 27th
The Commons

Joe Harvard Band

Wonder Bar
5th & Ocean Ave
Asbury Park
The Yard Dogs Road Show @ Asbury Lanes
Paul Rodgers @ B.B. King's Club
Garuda @ Brighton Bar

Friday September 28th

Saturday September 29th

Sunday September 30th

Chubby's Waterside Cafe
26 W Front St
Red Bank
Wonder Bar Closing Party / SPCA Benefit: Mike Rocket & The Stars, Postmark Twain, Keith Kenny, Outside the Box, Eryn Shewell, MichaelPatrick & The Suburban Hillbillies, Josh Zuckerman, Geena & Dragster, Asbury Fever, The Joe Harvard Band, The Jon Caspi Band, Bob Burger, Patrizsha, The Bob Polding Band, Paperback Radio, The Christine Martucci Band, Lance Larson, Status Green, Maybe Pete @ Wonder Bar
Bill McGarvey, Chris Stamey Group, Glen Mercer, Health and Happiness Show, the Bongos, Amazing Incredibles, the Sensational Soul Cruisers, Gene and the Plumbers, Orquesta C2 @ Washington Street, Hoboken

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