On Tuesday night I beat every major news outlet by reporting on Lazlo's Den that Barack Obama had won the Democrat party's nomination a good half hour or more before everyone else did.
So remember that Lazlo's Den is not just a source of good music, but we give you news before it officially happens :)
Speaking of news, I have huge news about the future of BlowUpRadio.com...only I can't speak about it yet. When I can speak of it I hope you'll agree with me that this is great news for the station.
For now all I can say is this was an idea I had way back when BlowUpRadio.com first started in 2000, and only now am I (hopefully) going to be able to implement it.
The next BlowUpRadio.com Free Concert at Buddie's Tavern will be on Saturday June 28th and will feature sets by Agency, Keith Monacchio (from The Commons), and Matt Colligan.
Lots of stuff happening on Lazlo's Den this week:
Tuesday is new music Tuesday featuring new music from Agency, Stuyvesant, The Black And White Years, Trevy, Golden Animals, Copper Box, Della Valle, Sam Phillips, and more.
Wednesday will feature an interview with Shift (www.shiftpages.com), and Thursday will have an itnerview with Switches (www.switchesmusic.co.uk).
Next week Lazlo's Den will spotlight the Wave Gathering (www.wavegathering.com) every night, and have an interview with Gordon Brown, one of the organizers of the festival happening throughout Asbury Park.
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Concert Picks of the Week
I know with $4 a gallon gas traveling is not on most people's agendas, but this Saturday I trip to Nazareth, PA is in order for the reunion of 90's NJ rabnd, The Chuttering Mums. If you're wondering who they are or what they sound like, if you're familiar with Zigman Bird and their frontman Keith Beck, then you probabyl have some idea as Keith fronted the Chuttering Mums. This special reunion show takes place the Christian Springs Hotel, which Keith swears has nothnig to do with religion.
Jim Testa (Jersey Beat)
Friday, June 13
THE BLACK HOLLIES, Swingin' Neckbreakers, Pale Nimbus, The Underthings - Maxwells, 1039 Washington St. Hoboken - 8:30 pm, $10, 18+
Maxwell's serves up a Friday of retro-rock, with the groovy soulful sounds of Jersey City's Black Hollies and the ageless garage rock stylings of the Swining' Neckbreakers.
Gary Wien (Asbury Music)
This week's picks for Asbury Park include: Tuesday, June 10th at the Saint where Rick Barry hosts "A Night in Progress" -- a special show featuring all new material by Ben Feld, Bob Burger, Bob Denson and Linday Chorney. Friday night, Keith McCarthy is at the Twisted Tree Cafe and on Saturday, the Saint has Keith Kenny's CD Release Party on a bill that also includes Woodfish and Bret Mosley.
And now it's time for this week's Pissed Off!
Well it finally happened.
The president didn't believe it just a few short months ago (neither did one of my staunch Republican friends, who then later apologized when he realized he was wrong), but over the weekend the national gas price average reached $4.00. Sadly, it shows no signs of stopping there.
Now that we know that Barack Obama will be facing off against John McCain in the presidential election we need to let it be known that we want both of them to agree to legislation like California's former ZEV mandate.
As I discussed a few months back here in this column, the documentary "Who Killed The Electric Car" is largely about California Air Resources Board passing of the ZEV mandate in 1990, how it led to GM making the EV1 (electric vehicle), and how pressure from many fronts caused the California Air Resources Board to overturn their mandate. This killed the electric car.
Now more than ever though, we need this mandate. A ZEV (Zero-emissions Vehicle), according to California's Air Resources Board (CARB), is a vehicle that has:
No tailpipe emissions
No evaporative emissions
No onboard emission-control systems that can deteriorate over time
No emissions from gasoline refining or sales
Environmentally sound, and non-oil reliant, these vehicles are good for everyone.
But as usual, instead of the government getting in on this, activist entertainment figures are. Several are profiled in "Who Killed The Electric Car" (most notably Ed Begley Jr, and Tom Hanks), but Neil Young is going so far as to have his classic 1959 Lincoln Continental convertible to operate on an electric battery.
The time is now for us to contact both presidential candidates and make sure they know that America wants a ZEV mandate.
That's all for this week folks.