August 13th, 2007

Supporting New Jersey's Local Music Scene Since 2000

Message From Lazlo

Hi Everyone,

Sorry there was no newsletter last week. I have been busy with a lot of things that hopefully will ensure the future of and Lazlo's Den, and make both even better.


I'm going to leave up the poll question one more week about the future of As of this writing, 55% want to see a podcast, and 45% want to see the webcast remain on Live365. If the results remain that close I may just have to see about doing least as long as I am able to do a regular webcast (the royalty decision is still in a wait and see area right now...check out

Bands, if you haven't already, please take a moment to downlaod and sign the royalty waiver, that I will need to use to play your music on the podcast. Thanks!


But here is the big announcement for this week.

On Friday September 28th and Saturday September 29th, will do the biggest benefit show it has ever undertaken. The benefit will take place at Buddie's Tavern, 277 Johnsons Ln, Parlin (Sayreville), NJ, and will feature close to 30 acts over the course of two days. The charity the show will benefit is the Spondylitis Association Of America (

From their website:

"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."

This is a very personal benefit for me, as my wife, Naomi, suffers from Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS), a form of arthritis that primarily affects the spine, although other joints can become involved. It causes inflammation of the spinal joints (vertebrae) that can lead to severe, chronic pain and discomfort. In the most advanced cases (but not in all cases), this inflammation can lead to new bone formation on the spine, causing the spine to fuse in a fixed, immobile position, sometimes creating a forward-stooped posture.

So mark your calendars now, and please try to make it out for this special 2 day concert.


Check out or for new live reviews of the Warped Tour @ Raceway Park, and Squeeze and Will Hoge @ Starland Ballroom. Also, remember that is updated daily with the latest music news stories.


Tuesday night on Lazlo's Den, I'll be interviewing Alan Tepper, the organizer of the Black River Music & Art Fest.


Album of the Month
Lexington Down - "partial possession claim"

Download Lexington Down's New CD For Free

We would like to extend our new album, "Partial Possession Claim" to you at no cost. Nothing is more important to us than just making it possible for you to listen to and share our music with your friends!!

So we are making our new album available for free download. The tracks are posted in order. The only track missing is Spread So Thin and its file size is too big with its special ending.

The full album with artwork and lyrics and such will still be available. Thank you.

Go to:

Lexington Down's official CD release party is September 15th at the Saint.

New Songs Added This Week

The Grip Weeds house of vibes revisited


(ASBURY PARK, NJ) -- The Twisted Covers series returns to The Twisted Tree Cafe in Asbury Park on Sunday, August 19th at 7pm with a spotlight on the career of Bob Dylan. Over 15 artists are scheduled to perform two songs by Bob Dylan and one of their own originals. Rick Barry will be this month's featured artist and will be performing around six songs.

The Twisted Covers series made its debut in July with a look at the music of The Rolling Stones. The series is loosely based on the popular Losers Lounge shows which have taken place in Hoboken and New York City. Each show spotlights the work of a different artist as voted on by the artists and music fans. Bob Dylan won the first round of voting over artists as varied as Pat Benatar to Tom Waits; The Beastie Boys to Black Sabbath.

Artists scheduled to perform on August 19th include Rick Barry, Anthony Fiumano, Cook, Astronaut Jones, Hesh, Joe Harvard, Tony Tedesco, Meagan Brothers, Jo Wymer, Bill McGowan, Michael Scotto, Arnie Baird, George Wirth, Anton Daub, Michael Brett, Bob Denson, and Keith McCarthy.

In September, Twisted Covers will spotlight the work of Bruce Springsteen to celebrate his birthday that month. Artists interested in performing should contact Gary Wien at

Twisted Covers is presented by and The Twisted Tree Cafe. The cafe is located at 609 Cookman Avenue in Asbury Park. The show will run from 7pm until all artists have performed.



He has been called the Jersey Shore's "best kept secret," "the world's greatest unknown songwriter" and "the greatest songwriter the world has never known." And these are just a few of his monikers. Now, his anonymity may be short-lived.

Jersey Shore songwriting legend Bobby Strange has signed an exclusive, multi-year contract (rumors are it could amount to millions) with Westwood Music Group for Worldwide Film and Television Music representation.

Commenting to a KABD radio entertainment reporter, the always indignant Strange quipped, "the millions mean nothing to me -- the thing I find most rewarding is being able to tell anyone along the way who wouldn't give me a gig to kiss my *@%!"


The Wag - The Next great American Band?

Check out The Wag's funny contest audition video on Just go to and search for: The Next Great American Band Funny Intro by The Wag. or click on this:
Concert Picks of the Week

Lazlo (

This weekend there are two great orginial music fests going on.

Saturday in Chester, NJ is the Black River Music & Art Fest, featuring over 30 local bands on 4 stages, plus a family area with even more music.

Also on Saturday, and Sunday, the Clearwater Fest returns to Asbury Park with a number of local acts performing.
Jim Testa (Jersey Beat)

Lehigh Valley's Weston were one of the most popular pop-punk bands of the Nineties, with ultra-catchy singalong gems. The band broke up at the turn of the century but they've been reuniting for shows lately. and will be back again Saturday at Maxwells. The late show is already sold out but there are still tickets available for the early show.

Saturday, August 18 - Maxwells, 1039 Washington St. Hoboken - 6 pm, $12, 18+, with Garrett Klahn.
Upcoming Concerts

Concert Picks of the Week

Gary Wien (Upstage)

This week's picks include Friday night's Beatles Bash featuring The Smithereens performing the complete Meet The Beatles album and Glen Burtnik & Friends performing the complete Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album at the State Theater in New Brunswick. Then on Saturday and Sunday, the Clearwater Festival returns to Asbury Park with such artists as Chris Barron of the Spin Doctors, Matt O'Ree, Glen Burtnik, Al Stewart, Billy Falcon and more. After the festival ends on Sunday hop over to the Twisted Tree Cafe on Cookman Ave in Asbury Park for the second "Twisted Covers" show. This show spotlights the career of Bob Dylan and feature over 15 local artists including Rick Barry, Anthony Fiumano, Tony Tedesco, Meagan Brothers, and Jo Wymer.
Jared Migden (WRSU)

Concert Calendar

Tuesday August 14th
Bob Denson, B Side Alliance, Jo Wymer, Danny White @ The Saint

Wednesday August 15th
Six To Eight Mathematics

The Heshers

Bon Bomb

Apply Pressure
1039 Washington St
The Young Dubliners, Patrick's Head @ World Cafe Live
Turtle Soup, Codename, Licorice @ The Saint
Chris Smither, Sonny Landreth @ NYC Rockin' the River Cruises
Milky Chicken Spit, Brady's Bunch, The Fever Pills @ Brighton Bar

Thursday August 16th
Paperback Radio

the O>matics

Wonder Bar
5th & Ocean Ave
Asbury Park
Ice Wagon Flu

Sinatra Park
Between 4th & 5th Sts
on the Hudson River
Roadside Graves

Asbury Lanes
209 Fourth Ave
Asbury Park
Del Castillo, Happy Anarchy, Sol Azul @ The Saint
Son Volt, Richard Buckner @ NYC Rockin' the River Cruises
Independent Progress, Phasmida, The Urban Shocker @ birghton Bar

Friday August 17th
The Commons

Joe Harvard Band

Jon Francis

The Saint
601 Main St
Asbury Park
the Misery Loves

Loop Lounge
373 Broadway
West End Redemption, Lighs Out On Ninth Street, The Randies, Diary of Need, Black Pig @ Brighton Bar
The Problem @ Loop Lounge

Saturday August 18th
Bob Burger Band

Jon Caspi Band

Wonder Bar
5th & Ocean Ave
Asbury Park
Ice Wagon Flu

133 West 33rd
Roadside Graves

78 North Ave
Sonny Landreth @ World Cafe Live
Savu Sea @ Arlene Grocery
EvolutioNow, Smell The Glove, Perfect Crime, Pile A Gunz, Clouded Fate @ The Saint
TM Stevens, Shocka Zooloo, Shovelhead, Cryptkeeper Five, Underground Logic @ Brighton Bar
Clearwater Festival @ Asbry Park

Sunday August 19th
Clearwater Festival @ Asbry Park
Twisted Covers @ Twisted Tree Cafe

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