April 16th, 2007

Supporting New Jersey's Local Music Scene Since 2000

Message From Lazlo

Hi Everyone,

I hope you're all staying dry during this crazy storm.

The good news, the sun is supposed to come out later this week and temps are going to be in the 50's, so Friday night, the weather should be nice, for a special show is proud to co-sponsor with WRSU at the Loop Lounge. This show will begin at 9pm sharp, as there will be a dance party there at 11pm.

The show features Souls Release, and the return to NJ of The Crayons

I hope you can make it for this special early evening of rock!


Have you been listening to Lazlo's Den? Last week we had special guest interviews from Vance Gilbert, and Anthony D'Amato (producer/director of Hedwig & The Angry Inch). Don't forget to check out the Interview Archive for more info.

Who will be stopping by Lazlo's Den this week? Tune in each night at 8pm to find out.


Check out the blog to see new CD reviews of albums by Fountains Of Wayne, Noah Gittell, and BR549, and a new live show review of the Celebrities.


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 the vote"!


Album of the Month
Mike June & The Dirty Doves - "lovesick"

LOVESICK, the second full-length record from Mike June & The Dirty Doves, will be released on Tuesday March 27th, 2007 by June's own Junedog Records label. 3 years in the making, LOVESICK is the proper follow-up to 2002's critically acclaimed CROOKED. It features 11 songs that explore a relationship that falls apart, rekindles and ultimately crashes and burns. With June's signature vocals leading the way, the Dirty Doves (Jay Forsythe, Clint Morris, Joe Vernazza, Ed Fritz and Rich DeCicco) move from Motown inspired indie rock (Fighting The War) to Dylan-esque country ( The Ballad of the Ballad {of John and Yoko}) to down and dirty rock that recalls The Faces (Honkey Tonk Angels #2) with thier signature grace and grit. Produced by June and guitarist Jay Forsythe, LOVESICK was recorded and mixed using old-fashioned analog equipment and instruments to give it a warm, vintage feel. So put the headphones on and take a once in a lifetime emotional and musical journey with Mike June & The Dirty Doves.

New Songs Added This Week

John Taglieri wide awake & dreaming
Souls Release falling


Operating on what really looks like its' ninth and final life, the world famous Wonder Bar, will live to see yet one more summer of fun and music on the Jersey Shore. The historic night club, the last of the remaining venues still in operation since the "glory days" of Asbury Park, will reopen its' doors after a brief closing, on Friday night, April 13th.

After a somewhat long and controversial battle over condemnation and eminent domain issues, The Wonder Bar was recently sold to Asbury Partners, the designated redeveloper of the Asbury Park beach front, to make way for redevelopment of that site. Because of many reasons, most of them common sense, Asbury Partners and Patrick Schiavino, owner of the Wonder Bar, have entered into an agreement which will allow Schiavino to lease back the Wonder Bar for a six month period, which will see the nightclub open into October, 2007.

"We have been through quite a stressful time with this. I have always said, and I still say that I never wanted to stand in the way of redevelopment. It is good for the town, and lord knows we need in badly here. What I never could understand is why take such a successful and popular venue away from a town that is still starving for activity and tourism. With the help and support of many of our patrons, musicians, townspeople and City Government, I think that we all were in agreement to the validity of keeping the Wonder Bar open. Thousands of e-mails poured into our site, and a petition was launched which numbered over 2,000 names. It was very obvious that the people wanted us to stay open, so we worked out a deal with Asbury Partners. I have to say that the developers were very fair with us, and I think that we made a good deal for everyone. I am very excited to have the place back and opened for the summer, it's been a great time, and we've seen a lot of good music and have made a lot of great friends. I'd like to personally thank everyone, and I say this on behalf of Debbie DeLisa, Lance Larson, Rocky Boniforte, my amazing staff, and myself, thank you all so much for your amazing support. This is truly a great story for the Asbury Park archives.

Opening night will be April 13th. Entertainment will be "Asbury Fever" doing all the tunes that made Asbury Park famous..... see details below.

We've picked Friday, April 13th to reopen because this date marks Asbury Park's celebration of its' 110th year anniversary, and there will be a whole host of activities going on at the Asbury Park beach front.... see information following:

Asbury Park Celebrates 110th Anniversary
110 Candles on a Carousel Cake made by the "Ace of Cakes"

You are invited as a special guest to a memorable celebration of the 110th Anniversary Party of the incorporation of the City of Asbury Park in Convention Hall on Friday night, April 13th at 5:00pm. This party promises to be a once in a lifetime experience with such highlights as a special Carousel cake that has been designed by the famous pastry chef, Chef Duff from the popular series “Ace of Cakes” on Food Network (airs Thursdays at 10:30pm ET/PT). This 2 foot one-of- a- kind round cake will represent the Asbury Park Carousel House with a rotating Carousel inside with beautifully decorated horses strutting around and around. The Food Network will be joining us for this very special event to film the lighting of the cake at the anniversary celebration for their show.

As one of the most sought after cake decorators in the country, Chef Duff Goldman and his team are inundated with requests and face impossible deadlines, aggressive brides and collapsing cakes every day of the week. Because his cakes are so unusual, Duff's shop is outfitted like no other bakery: with blowtorches, power saws, drill bits and pyrotechnics, it’s a combination bakery and metal/woodworking shop all under one roof.

To light up the evening, one hundred and ten candles will be lit by honorees representing the government, schools, musical heritage, businesses and youth of Asbury Park. “This 110th Anniversary Party is a spectacular celebration of the past, present and future,” said Mayor Kevin G. Sanders, City of Asbury Park. “Asbury Park is world renowned in its own unique way because of the contributions of the individuals from the past and the present that are being honored.”

A highlight of the evening is the dynamic Paragon Ragtime Orchestra’s masterful performance of ragtime music that is an important piece of Asbury Park’s musical heritage going back to the days of Arthur Pryor performing on the boardwalk.

The Historical Society of Asbury Park dressed in period costumes dating back to the early part of the 1900’s will be greeting guests and will also have a table display of old photos and memorabilia of Asbury Park.

In order to capture the 110 years of the history of Asbury Park, a special magazine , “110 Years, Celebrate Asbury Park” containing articles, photos, a calendar of Celebrate Asbury Park events and a directory of businesses in the city, will be given as a memento to the attendees of the anniversary party. This magazine has excerpts from several books written about Asbury Park including Helen Pike’s excerpt from Asbury Park’s Glory Days: The Story of an American Resort and Madonna Carter Jackson’s Asbury Park: A West Side Story. These authors will be available to sign the magazine and their books at the Party.

Chef Duff Goldman began cooking at age four, started cooking professionally at 14, and has been working in kitchens ever since. He worked for acclaimed Baltimore chef Cindy Wolf at Charleston restaurant while attending the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. After graduating, Duff left Baltimore to study pastry at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Napa Valley, CA. While in Napa, Duff was a stagiere at French Laundry, working under acclaimed Pastry Chef Steven Durfee. Duff left California to become Executive Pastry Chef of the Vail Cascade Hotel and Resort in Vail, CO. He then went to work for Executive Chef Steve Mannion at Todd English’s Olivers in Washington, DC. In 2000, Duff returned to Baltimore to open Charm City Cakes. Baking and artistry has always been in his blood – his great-grandmother was a baker and a weaver, his grandmother an art enthusiast who also did enameling and photography, and his mother Jackie is an artist working in ceramics and stained glass. Duff also studied at the Concoran School, one of the top art and design schools in Washington, DC, and was at one time a graffiti artist of some notoriety.

The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra is the world's only year-round, professional ensemble re-creating "America's Original Music" - the syncopated sounds of early musical theater, silent cinema, and vintage dance. The PRO came into being as the result of Rick Benjamin's 1985 discovery of thousands of turn-of-the-century orchestra scores once belonging to Victrola recording star Arthur Pryor. In 1988 the Orchestra made its formal debut at Alice Tully Hall - the first concert ever presented at Lincoln Center by such an ensemble. Since then PRO has appeared at hundreds of leading arts venues, including the Ravinia Festival, the Smithsonian Institution, the Chautauqua Festival, the Brucknerhaus (Austria), the New York 92nd Street Y, and the American Dance Festival. In 1999 PRO's music inspired master choreographer Paul Taylor's new dance Oh You Kid! which was premiered at The Kennedy Center jointly by the Paul Taylor Dance Company and the Orchestra. In June, 2003 the PRO presented the premier of Rick Benjamin's new reconstruction of Scott Joplin's opera Treemonisha at San Francisco's Stern Grove Festival.

A special presentation of NJN's Greetings from Asbury Park movie will be shown followed by sparkling fireworks over the beach. This truly spectacular celebration is not to be missed!
Concert Picks of the Week

Lazlo (

3 different shows you'll want to check out this week, on 3 different nights:

Monday - The artist formerly known as jpat, James Dalton, celebrates his CD release with a show at Borders in Eatowntown. It's a strange place for a CD release show, but over the years jpat has proven that he can entertain an audience with his blues-folk music anywhere.

Wednesday - The Goldhawk in Hoboken has Brett Fuentes, whose recently released "systematic chaos" album shows him singing acoustic rock with a very Chris Cornell vibe. Also playing is the always incredible Joshua Van Ness.

Friday - & WRSU present an early show at the Loop Lounge with Souls Release. They just released a new single, "falling", which I'm sure they'll be playing on Friday, and rumor has it, they may play a new song too. Also on the bill is the Crayons, bringing Keith and his newest incarnation of the band back to NJ for the first time since relocated to Albany, NY.
Jim Testa (Jersey Beat)

GROUCHO MARXISTS, For Science - Asbury Lanes, Asbury Park NJ - 10 pm, $5, 21+
I got to see The Groucho Marxists open for the Queers on Sunday night so I know they're the perfect band for the kitschy lo-fi ambience of grotey old Asbury Lanes. Frontman Chris Pierce (best known for his long run in Boston-turned-NJ pop-punkers Doc Hopper) has cobbled together a lineup of NJ scene vets - featuring ex-members of Boss Jim Gettys, Stuntcocks, Selzers, and other Court Tavern regulars from the Nineties and early 00's - for a roaring, rambunctious punk/metal fusion that combines the roiling melodicism of Husker Du with the fiery licks and pummeling bottom of all those hair metal bands you're ashamed to admit you really dug back in puberty. Opening is For Science. Boston's Moving Targets (a classic post-punk combo from the Eighties, recently reunited) were advertised for this bill but unfortunately decided to break up again.
Upcoming Concerts

Concert Picks of the Week

Gary Wien (Upstage)

Jared Migden (WRSU)

Concert Calendar

Monday April 16th
James Dalton
Borders Books
135 Rt 35 Monmouth Plaza
April Smith

Chris Batten & the Woods
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St

Tuesday April 17th
The Brakes, Reuben Chess @ The Knitting Factory

Wednesday April 18th
Brett Fuentes

Joshua Van Ness

The Goldhawk
936 Park Ave (at 10th st.)
Dave Murphy
Cafe Arabica
78 Speedwell Ave
Val Emmich
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St

Thursday April 19th
Kosmic Daydream
Otto's Shrunken Head
14th St (between ave A & B)
Mod Fun
Brighton Bar
121 Brighton Ave
Long Branch

Friday April 20th & WRSU


Souls Release

with special guests

The Crayons
Loop Lounge
373 Broadway

Saturday April 21st
SPCA Benefit

Billy Hector
Wonder Bar
5th & Ocean Ave
Asbury Park
Dale Lakata
Espresso Joe's
50 West Front St
School of Rock All-Stars w/ Jon Anderson, Gene Ween @ Starland Ballroom

Sunday April 22nd
the Catholic Girls
Otto's Shrunken Head
14th St (between ave A & B)
Mexicali Blues Cafe
1409 Queen Anne Rd
Sugarcult, Nightmare Of You, William Tell, Strike, The Stun Gunz, Wicker Hollow @ Starland Ballroom

bring it on home

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