Newsletter 7-21-08

Hey Everyone,

The Break Evens, Souls Release, and the Crayons rock! Thanks to everyone who came out to’s Free Concert Series at Buddie’s Tavern last Friday, as well as the many people who tuned in to’s webcast of the concert. I know the sound on the webcast wasn’t perfect. We’re still working out a few kinks, but the sound should be crystal clear next time.

And next time is not that far off, as I am proud to announce that will be broadcasting regularly from Buddie’s Tavern. There’s no show there this weekend, but we’ll be back soon with another live webcast.’s Free Concert at Buddie's Tavern will return on Saturday Aug. 23rd with New Day Dawn, Zigman Bird, and the Brixton Riot, and we’ll be doing a special show the Friday after, Aug. 29th, with the band who put out my favorite album of last year, The Winter Sounds! Also on that bill will be Kosmic Daydream, and Alter Ego.


Concert Picks of the Week

Lazlo (
Saturday at the Saint Anthony Fiumano releases his long awaited debut album, "when strangers say hello". I've been a fan of Anthony's music since first seeing him 3 years ago, but somehow have never seen him playing with his band. His new album (with the band) is incredible, so Saturday will be a real treat. Also on the bill is Frank Bressi & The Chilling Details, and The New Rick Barrys. What a line-up!

Jim Testa (Jersey Beat)
Tuesday, July 22
THE INDIVIDUALS, The Wizards - Maxwells, 1039 Washington St. Hoboken - $10, 9 pm, 18+

The Individuals were one of the earliest bands in the Hoboken pop scene, little heard since their breakup in the early 1980's. The band is reuniting to commemorate the release of the out of print EP and full-length on Bar None Records this week. You can read a review of the Individuals' reissue on

Opening is The Wizards, a Hoboken "supergroup" featuring members of the Bongos.

Gary Wien (Asbury Music)
Picks this week include Saturday night at the Saint in Asbury Park for Anthony Fiumano's debut CD release party. The bill also contains The New Rick Barrys and The Spinning Leaves. And then on Sunday, it's Twisted Covers at the Twisted Tree Cafe from 5pm to 8pm. This month's spotlight is on the career of the Who and solo work by Peter Townshend. Admission is free.

Jared Migden (WRSU)
On Saturday night, Anthony Fiumano and the Medicine Chest will release their debut full length record at the Saint in Asbury Park. The New Rick Barrys, Terminal Reynaldo, and the Chilling Details are also playing this show.


And now it's time for this week's Pissed Off!

"The New York Times has rejected an essay that Sen. John McCain wrote defending his Iraq war policy.

Sen. John McCain wrote an op-ed for The New York Times, but the paper said it could not publish it as written.

The piece was in response to an op-ed from Sen. Barack Obama that was published in the paper last week.

In an e-mail to the McCain campaign, Opinion Page Editor David Shipley said he could not accept the piece as written, but would be "pleased, though, to look at another draft.""

The piece went on with Shipley suggesting an approach to writing the op-ed piece.

Now I suspect the left wing will hail the New York Times, since the op-ed piece in question allegedly was a critique on Obama's policy on Iraq without making any statements on what McCain would do differently (i.e. an attack to some).

Conversely, I suspect the right wing will criticize the New York Times, that they are a left-wing "elitist" paper that only wants to let voices be heard that share their opinion and doesn't truly believe in the Freedom Of Speech that they claim to.

Personally, I don't think either response is proper.

I am a liberal person, and I am supporting Obama (as I have said many times here), but the question should be asked as to what constitutes a printable Op-Ed piece? Does the New York Times have specific criteria and guidelines that people should follow?

The CNN article I quoted above, also says:

"In a statement released Monday, The New York Times said it is "standard procedure on our Op-Ed page, and that of other newspapers, to go back and forth with an author on his or her submission.""

So then the standard procedure is not to let people express themselves freely?

Funny, I looked up the definition of the word, "op-ed", and several sources have the same definition:

"Of or being a newspaper page, usually opposite the editorial page, that features signed articles expressing personal viewpoints."

So people should be given guidance on expressing their personal viewpoints?

That said, if a paper gets thousands of op-ed pieces submitted, are they obliged to print them all?

I'm sure some of the op-ed pieces they get include bigoted, racist, and anti-Semitic language. Others are probably incoherent and may contain numerous spelling and grammatical errors.

You see, not everything in this world is black and white, there are many shades of gray.

There is no real right answer to deciding what op-ed to run and not to, a decision can always be debated. All an op-ed editor can do is try to make the best non-biased decision to run or not to run a piece...and even non-biased may not be the right choice of words. Of course there is bias, but the bias has to be based on...well here's where we get back into that complicated circle of what is and is not an op-ed.

I don't envy David Shipley, or the job he has, it can't be an easy one.


That's all for this week folks.