Newsletter 2-25-08

Hey Everyone,

So the big movie awards were given out this weekend. Just about everyone knows the Oscars were on last night, and the media gave a good amount of coverage to the very silly Razzies, but yet again Indies (be it music, or in this case film), do not get the respect that is deserved. Unless you are a major fan of Independent cinema (as I am), or stumbled upon the coverage live on IFC (or later in the evening on AMC), you probably didn't realize that the Indie Spirit Awards took place Saturday afternoon. Why is it that this awards show, which is full of celebrities like the Oscars (only a much more fun awards show), gets no media coverage? Probably because indie music and cinema still do not get the respect that these true arts deserve.

Except with the big surprise win at the Oscars by Glen Hansard, Markéta Irglová, for their beautiful song, "falling slowly" (and the wonderful speech by Markéta about indie music and film). So maybe there is hope yet, since the little indie that could beat the thrice nominated Enchanted (from the big evil Disney corporation).

Anyway, some news here at

Lots of new CD reviews for you at NJ's own Divine Sign, Brian Vander Ark, and Switches, joins last week's new reviews from Mazeffect and Vicky Emerson .

Mazeffect was my in-studio guests on Lazlo's Den last week, and you can now stream that interview, as well as one with Anton Sword (also from last week), at And this Wednesday on Lazlo's Den will be an interview with Vicky Emerson.

This is the last week for you to get your free download of "Lazlo's Top 25 Albums of 2007 CD Sampler", containing music from The Winter Sounds, The Mother Hips, Paul Sanchez, The Successful Failures, The Future Kings Of Nowhere, Big Head Todd & The Monsters, Drew & The Medicinal, Citizens Band Radio, The Go, Lifeguard Nights, Miles Hunt, Mike June & The Dirty Doves, Kosmic Daydream, and Slo-Mo.

Go to to download this free CD before March 1st.

And check back at on March 1st to see the next free downloadable sampler CD. That's right, the free downloadable sampler CD was so popular that I've decided to keep it going as long as I can get good music to put on it for each one.

New music on this week from Divine Sign, and Stars Apart.

The next Free Concert at Buddie's Tavern will be on Saturday March 22nd. This very special show will be 4 sets by 4 great solo acoustic artists. The show will start at 9pm sharp with a set from Chris Collins (the drummer from Mod Fun, only on this night he will be showcasing his original blues music), and followed by sets from Joshua Van Ness (formerly of Souls' Release, and Van Ness), J Stanley (formerly of Outcry, Gypsy Cab Drivers), and the pop punk rock of Kate Hart. I'm really excited about this line-up and I hope all of you are too.

And now it's time for this weeks concert picks:

Lazlo (
I like Buddie's Tavern. Plenty of parking, no cover charge, good food, reasonably priced drinks, and oh yeah, killer bands playing there all the time.

This Saturday it's Mazeffect's first show since their amazing "horseshoes & hand grenades" CD came out. Read my review of their CD, and then go out and see them live. With the money you save by not having to pay for parking or a cover charge, buy Mazeffect's CD. Also on the bill are Six To Eight Mathematics, and The Meltdowns.

Jim Testa (Jersey Beat)
Normally I'm not big on mid-week gigs that involve staying up late, but this show looks like a lot of fun: Mod Fun's 6t's revivalism and the Anderson Council's psychedelic pop for free, along with microbrews and finger foods. Wednesday, February 27 THE ANDERSON COUNCIL, Mod Fun - The Harvest Moon, 392 George St. New Brunswick - 10 pm, no cover, 21+

That's all for this week folks.