LOCAL MUSIC NEWS
Days Awake Farewell
On April 7, after a great 3 ½ year run, the band you know as Days Awake will play its last show
at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park. We've had a great time, and the best thing about it was that we
got to meet so many people, and make so many friends who will be our friends forever.
We still love each other, and always will. It's just that sometimes people want to go in
different directions and we certainly respect that. So we've decided to make the April 7 th show
a celebration of our time together, and a validation of our friendship. We've invited a whole
bunch of friends to come down to play with us, including some surprise guests. We are going to
send this band out in style, and we hope that everyone can be there to celebrate with us. Please
check out our website ( www.daysawake.com) or MySpace page (www.myspace.com/daysawakenj) for all
The good news is that Eric, Sarah, and Jeremy are going to continue playing together with Rick
Barry. The new band is called Paperback Radio, and will also include Justin Bornemann on bass.
We're really excited about the band, which will debut at this year's WAVE Gathering in Asbury
Park in May. So stay tuned for news about what's coming up.
Finally, we want to thank everyone for your love and support over the years. We clearly could not
have achieved what we did without you, and we hope that you'll continue to support us in our
future endeavors. We also want to thank our crew and management, for keeping things up and
running, and being our rock when times were tough. We will never forget our time together.
Dom, Eric, Jay, Jeremy, Sarah
|Supporting New Jersey's Local Music Scene Since 2000
Two things to talk about this week:
First off, you probably noticed that the newsletter has taken on a new look, as has the main page of BlowUpRadio.com. It's still a work in progress, as BlowUpRadio.com is constantly trying to find new ways to bring local
music, and with Lazlo's Den all good music,
to a larger audience.
As always, your thoughts and opinions are welcome: e-mail
Second, believe it or not, Folk You! is celebrating it's 4th anniversary this Wednesday. It was 4 years ago
this month that I booked the first Folk You! show at Rodeo Ristra (R.I.P.), and Jim Testa came up with the name for the
monthly acoustic rock show (Folk You!). This Wednesday we celebrate with a show at The Goldhawk in Hoboken, with one of
the original performers (Jim), and 2 performers new to the Folk You! camp.
Lisa M. Bello
Lisa M. Bello has always loved music. She discovered her love of rock music upon first hearing
Pearl Jam, Mazzy Star, and Smashing Pumpkins in 1994.Having written poetry and prose from a very
young age, she began to construct poetry in song form. She searched out other like minded souls
and began to get interested in forming a musical project.
During this time Lisa discovered the band Hole and a musician named Juliana Hatfield. These two
women inspired Lisa to pick up a guitar and start playing. Soon she was constructing her own
songs and started to persue a band of her own.
The first of her music projects was fronting a band called Table 57. This band was Lisa's brain
child for five years. Through its many lineup changes Table 57 remained a growing, well-liked,
and enriching experience before Lisa decided to disband it in 2001.
After the disbandment of Table 57, Lisa began to think about going solo and proceeded to record
an ill-fated album. Ill-fated because the computer it was recorded on was infiltrated and
corrupted by a virus and most songs were completely lost. Although that record went by the
wasteside, the songs did not.
Lisa kept most of these songs on the back burner while she co-founded a band called Mercury to
Hell. In this band, there were several songwriters and Lisa focused more on her guitar playing.
Sadly, Mercury to Hell ended because of irreconcilable differences.
A short lived band called the Black Clouds developed from the ashes of Mercury to Hell but that
also ended after about a year because of internal struggles.
Wasting little time, Lisa decided the time was right to go solo. She asked some of her friends,
including some ex-band members to help her record her first solo album. Happily, they obliged.
The album called Me and My Heart on My Sleeve was recorded January 2006 to June 2006 taking most
of May off. Lisa M. Bello played all guitars and sang on all songs, played the majority of the
bass, and the aforementioned friends shared the drumming duties.
Me and My Heart on My Sleeve wass independently released on September 26th, 2006
For over 20 years, Jim Testa listened to other people's music and told you what he thought. Now
it's your turn. The editor/publisher of JERSEY BEAT, one of the oldest and most well-respected
music fanzines in America, has dusted off his guitar and returned to the stage with a second
collection of his quirky, catchy, irreverent, witty, and sometimes sentimental pop tunes. "There
Goes The Neighborhood" includes runaway hits like "Sally's Got A New Tattoo," about a grrl who
gets a little too carried away at the tattoo & piercings parlor, and "Punk Rock Is Not Day Care,"
a savage indictment of the callow 'tweens turning Jim's precious punk scene into an episode of
Lizzie McGuire. Jim appears as a solo singer/songwriter, with his friend John Raido on harmonica,
and with the band Eisenhower at area venues throughout NYC and NJ. But you can almost catch him
on the 4th Saturday of any month at the Charleston Bar & Grill in Williamsburg. The Village Voice
says "quirky and catchy and a lot of fun." The Rev. Keith Gordon wrote that Jim's two EP's are
"consistently charming, witty and fun to listen to." Greg Matherly of ARC magazine called it
"straight up acoustic punk." But when Jim shows up with his guitar to play for you, you'll say,
"There goes the neighborhood!"
My name is Troy and I am a singer songer writer. After being inspired by my friends to play
music, I went to Sam Ash with my friend Melvin to purchase my first guitar on 12/30/99, and a
month later, I began taking guitar lessons. The lesson were long and hard, but by the good graces
of the lord , I survived and became a guitar player. Years later, I decided to take my guitar
playing experience to the next level, I wanted to become a singer songer writer, so on 11/05, I
started performing at venues who have open mics. The first times were the worst, but I slowly
improved and I love performing for audiences now. I love sharing my original songs and playing
covers. Hopefully, I will have numerous gigs lined up, and I hope all who are interested will be
in attendance. Please feel free to follow me throughout my singer song writing adventures.
The new Jukebox poll is up!
Check out the Jukebox to listen to (and vote
for) the following songs:
Gary Paul Hermus - take me out and get me loaded
Alan Tepper - karma
Mike June & The Dirty Doves - fighting the war
Kosmic Daydream - right now
Matt Fisher & The Telephone Junkies - only getting older
Arlan Feiles - sign up
Thomas Martin & The Martinis - love her like crazy
Kerry - Cubana Americana
Six To Eight Mathematics - promise to be true
Head over to the Jukebox poll now and, "rock