So here it is, as promised, the BIG announcement:
On Saturday December 3rd, 2005, BlowUpRadio.com will be celebrating it's 5th anniversary at the Saint in Asbury Park with a concert spotlighting 5 of the many NJ indie bands BlowUpRadio.com has played on it's internet radio station over the last 5 years.
'Boxcar Nancy is John Raido's new band, and John Raido sings love songs. That said, the tunes on Turning 'Round are like Forrest Gump's box of chocolates: Pick one out and you're never sure what you'll get. From the head-bobbing Bringing It All Back Home-style rock 'n' roll of "That's All Right" and (my personal favorite,) the almost Clash-like punkadelic grind of "Everybody's Feeling Fine," to the delicate acoustic picking on the title track, "Turning 'Round," to the sweet country waltz of "Blind," to the fresh funky vibe of "Groovy #14," to the Harvest-like melancholy of "Blue," the album abounds with tasty confections guaranteed to please the discerning indie-pop fan.' - Jim Testa (Jersey Beat)
Rising from the ashes of their former projects, Souls’ Release is a phoenix for its members. Founded in 2003, this New Jersey based quartet brings forth rock & roll as it should be: powerful, emotional, truly driven from inside. Joshua Van Ness, Nick Ferriero, Jonathan Andrew, and Sean Calcamuggio work together to create some of the most refreshing rock music of their generation. Fusing elements of classic rock, funk, grunge, and more, the band has truly developed a sound of their own. Souls’ Release spent the better part of 2004 touring extensively in the Northeast, Southeast, and Midwest regions of the US. The energy and sincerity of their live show sparks an undeniable connection between band and audience. It is exactly this pure quality that is winning the band fans all over the country.
The Marbles played their first official show way back in 1984.The band was formed by its’ guitarist, singer and songwriter Mike Grau.The Marbles are and always have been a three piece, a power trio. The Marbles bassist John Haussmann (formerly of The Fabulous Lesters) and drummer Mike Saroski (formerly of The Cherry Pickers) represent the absolute finest example of “chops” on their chosen instrument. The Marbles have played everywhere over the years and have shared stages with The Gin Blossoms, Dramarama, X, The Stranglers, The Ramones, as well as a million local genius bands who have unfortunately disbanded over the years. The Marbles have been called “The worlds only 6 piece 3 piece” and their live show was once described as“ Rock, pop, melody, and a dash of psychedelic charm thrown burning from the roof of a building into a club near you.” The Marbles have always loved what they do and refuse to stop while that feeling is alive.
Described as ‘60s-influenced Brit-pop and ‘80s-inspired new wave/post-punk, PARTICLE ZOO fuse catchy melodies and smart lyrics into an ever-evolving indie rock sound. This summer featured the release of a full-length album, the first for a band that has been gaining attention for several years, earning praises for their superlative songwriting skills and electrifying stage show.
The New Jersey-based quartet Spiraling (keyboardist/vocalist Tom Brislin, bassist Bob Hart, guitarist Marty O'Kane, and drummer Paul Wells) gained national exposure with its self-produced independent release Transmitter. Of course, it is on stage that Spiraling is at its best, and the group has spent much of the past year on tour, winning over audiences from Maine to Texas to California. Over that time, the group has developed a reputation as one of the East Coast's best independent bands, a status confirmed by featured spots at the South by Southwest and CMJ music festivals, as well as high-profile gigs with marquee acts such as OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Violent Femmes, and Rooney, at venues including the Bowery Ballroom and Irving Plaza. Buoyed by this success on the road, Spiraling returned to the studio in 2004 with a renewed focus. What resulted is Challenging Stage, arguably Spiraling's most compelling and kinetic effort to date. While it showcases the sophisticated songcraft and airtight musicianship that the group's fans have come to expect, Challenging Stage finds Spiraling rocking with a new sense of determination and verve.
It was December of 2000 that part-time WDHA DJ Larry Seltzer's love for New Jersey's local music scene and boredom with the constrictive formatting of commercial radio, caused him to take on the moniker of Lazlo and create BlowUpRadio.com.
"It started out as a fun little internet station on Live 365, that I put together to play some local bands whose music I liked and hoped ot get a few people to tune in to listen. I sent out an e-mail to a few local bands about the internet radio station, that I called Blow Up Radio Network at the time, and much to my surprise the response to my e-mail was astounding!", says Lazlo.
Realizing he had hit upon something the local music scene really supported, Lazlo set up a website and the Blow Up Radio Network became BlowUpRadio.com - Where NJ Rock Lives.
"The website used to look horrible", Lazlo remembers, "I didn't know HTML or how to design a web page, so for several months it was just a generic 3 page site with a link to the webcast, links to some bands, and a concert calendar. Now I can't even keep track of how many pages there are. It keeps growing as I try to find more ways to help promote New Jersey's original music scene."
In addition to the webcast, the concert calendar and band links section, BlowUpRadio.com also has pages dedicated to local music news, venue links, MP3 links, band profiles, a blog where Lazlo frequently reviews CDs or shows, a weekly newsletter, and more.
BlowUpRadio.com's internet radio station's regular programming, billed as, "Playing music from New Jersey bands 24 hours a day, 7 days a week", is supplemented by special programming such as, BlowUpRadio.com Classics, playing songs by older NJ indie bands many of whom broke up leaving only their music to remember them by, and BlowUpRadio.com Live, which each week plays 1 or more live concerts that BlowUpRadio.com recorded live at area clubs.
"The website, the webcast, the shows I put on, this is all just a fun hobby for me. I don't make money doing any of this, I do it because it's fun. I love music, and while I don't have the talent to be on stage performing, I know that doing BlowUpRadio.com is one of the most fulfilling things I've ever done. Every day I get to help get good music out to a larger audience."
An audience which Lazlo says reaches far wider then New Jersey, or even the United States,
"We have listeners from all over the world. India, Japan, Australia, UK, the list goes on and on."
And now nearly five years into doing BlowUpRadio.com, Lazlo shows no signs of running out of new ways to promote New Jersey bands,
"In the coming months I'm hoping to start a regular podcast that people can download off the site. Just working out all the legal permissions before I can start that, and I am working on several new internet radio show ideas with some different people hosting that when they start airing, will bring BlowUpRadio.com to a whole new level."
When asked to sum up BlowUpRadio.com, Lazlo had this to say,
"I like to think BlowUpRadio.com is a website and internet radio station that supports New Jersey's local music scene and brings together local bands with local music fans."
Album of the Week will return soon...
Click here for more info and to download the Album of the Week
|I need a beer||down the drain|
|Mike K||pretty sure||the verge EP|
|won't slow down||under the sun|
|I Don't Mind||from their website|
|this 1 is 4 u||from their website|
|September 13th, 2005|
2005 Asbury Music Awards Nominees are...
Coming in October: Oct.2-23 Asbury Music Awards Nominee Showcase Nights. The shows will showcase the artist or bands that are nominate in their respected categories. The shows will take place in various venues in and around the Tri-Cities, Asbury Park(The Saint/Wonder Bar/Asbury Lanes/Long Branch(Brighton Bar). 19 shows come check all the nominees, voters are always free to all the shows...(more)
Friday - Thomas Martin @ Indigo Coffeehouse
Friday - Kosmic Daydream @ The Underpass...(more)
Friday - Made In China, Roma, Bye Her Smile @ Hamilton St. Cafe
Saturday - Dibs, Anderson Council @ Court Tavern
Saturday - Words Away, Against The Grain, Burnwest, Nola @ Connections...(more)
Saturday - New Blood Revival @ Maxwell's...(more)
no new pick this week...(more)
|WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 26TH|
350E Main St
74 Leonard St
|THURSDAY OCTOBER 27TH|
936 Park Ave (at 10th st.)
189 E. Third St, NYC
157 Bleeker St
|FRIDAY OCTOBER 28TH|
1208 Route 34
50 West Front St
78 Speedwell Ave
601 Main St
121 Brighton Ave
158 Market St
90 East Ridgewood Ave
147 Bleecker St
840 Castleton Ave
Staten Island, NY
|SATURDAY OCTOBER 29TH|
620 Van Houton
|New Blood Revival||
1039 Washington St
174 Bedford Ave
|SUNDAY OCTOBER 30TH|
503 Van Houten Ave
18 Commerce St
Red Hook Brooklyn, NY