April 23rd, 2007

Supporting New Jersey's Local Music Scene Since 2000

Message From Lazlo

Hi Everyone,

As you probably already heard, last week was not a good week for internet radio stations.

This decision, if not overturned on an appeal, will likely mean the end of internet radio as we know it.

Undoubtably, this will negatively effect the ability of and Lazlo's Den to maintain the quality internet radio programming that we have been doing for over 6 years.

Right now and Lazlo's Den are still on the air, but for how long is a question I have no answer for at this time. I am looking into ways to continue broadcasting should our internet radio server, Live365 be forced to either close shop or raise their rates to an amount I cannot afford. This will likely require all bands I play to sign a royalty waiver, which probably won't be that big an issue, as, sadly, I don't think any of the bands I play have ever seen a penny in royalty money from or Lazlo's Den playing them.

Rest assured, that even if the webcast goes down, and Lazlo's Den will continue on as websites, continuing to bring you music news, the concert calendar, and more CD and live show reviews.

If you feel moved to do so, you can help save internet radio stations by signing the petition at

As always, I thank you for your continued support of and Lazlo's Den.


Speaking of Lazlo's Den, this week will bring lots of interview guests.
Guests This Week on Lazlo's Den





Don't forget to tune in Monday thru Friday at 8pm to hear Lazlo's Den.


Check out the blog to see new CD reviews of albums by Flickerstick, and Cate.


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

Allie Moss my last & final demo
Almost Green Almost Green


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

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Wednesday night at the Goldhawk, former Subterraneans frontman, and current Swan Vestas frontman, Rik Mercaldi, will play a rare solo performance. The Goldhawk is such a great space to sit back relax and hear Rik's catchy acoustic rock and roll.
Jim Testa (Jersey Beat)

Friday, April 27
HERO PATTERN, River City High, Jet Lag Gemini, National Fire Theory - Maxwells, 1039 Washington St. Hoboken - 9 pm, $7, 18+

Local indie-poppers Hero Pattern always bring their "A" game to Maxwells. River City High is a veteran pop/punk band from Virginia, Jet Lag Gemini (from Bergen County, NJ) record for Doghouse Records and tip a little toward the emo side of the pop/punk spectrum, and National Fire Theory (from Kansas City, MO) cite classic rock influences in their bio (but run a little emo too.) Should be a good night of catchy pop-rock all around, and these four bands are doing a national tour together so everybody should turn out for Hero Pattern and show them some hometown love when the tour hits Hoboken.
Upcoming Concerts

Concert Picks of the Week

Gary Wien (Upstage)

Jared Migden (WRSU)

This week, the 449 Room in Trenton will host two great shows. On Thursday night, the Milwaukees will make an appearance in preparation (I hope) for their long-awaited next album. Then on Saturday night, the Anderson Council plays the 449 in what I will call a pre-Cinco de Mayo celebration, which pretty much gives away the theme of my picks next week, but I've never been hard-pressed for a reason to party.

Concert Calendar

Tuesday April 24th
Matt Fisher

Brighton Bar
121 Brighton Ave
Long Branch
Spoon, David Vandervelde and the Moon Station House @ The Stone Pony
Todd Rundgren @ Starland Ballroom
The Brakes, Ben Arnold @ The Knitting Factory
Brian Vander Ark @ Canal Room
Ozomatli @ World Cafe Live

Wednesday April 25th
Rik Mercaldi
The Goldhawk
936 Park Ave (at 10th st.)
Brian Vander Ark @ World Cafe Live
Jason Reeves @ The Living Room
Lousy Break, The Pinheads, The Fucts @ Brighton Bar

Thursday April 26th
Readymade Breakup
The Stone Pony
913 Ocean Ave
Asbury Park
Full Out Freak
1039 Washington St
Garuda, Love Goat @ Brighton Bar

Friday April 27th
Fat Baby
112 Rivington
Hero Pattern
1039 Washington St
Kosmic Daydream
The Underpass
158 Market St
Elmwood Park
Chip Robertson
Cornerstone Cafe
2 East Main St
Third Eye Blind, The Upwelling @ Starland Ballroom
Abacinate, East of The Wall, Dilation, So Is The Tongue @ Brighton Bar

Saturday April 28th
Kosmic Daydream

Buddie's Tavern
277 Johnsons Lane
Six To Eight Mathematics
The Underpass
158 Market St
Elmwood Park
the Anderson Council
449 Room
449 South Broad St
The Kathouse Rhythm
The Hook
18 Commerce St
Red Hook Brooklyn, NY
Statues of Liberty, Band of the Lost, Charlie Don't Surf @ Brighton Bar
Second Dan, Minnie Driver @ The Living Room

Sunday April 29th
Matt Fisher & The Telephone Junkies
Brighton Bar
121 Brighton Ave
Long Branch
Tyrone Wells, Ernie Halter, Leigh Nash (of Sixpence None The Richer) @ World Cafe Live

bring it on home

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