February 26th, 2007

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CD Reviews: Gary Paul Hermus, Mason Dixon, Kate Hart
If only there were more hours in the day...

I am getting so many good CDs lately, that I'd love to have time to review them all. Today I had time to write up three reviews. Hopefully I'll have more time soon to write up some more...
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Review: Fastlane 1/27/07 (Readymade Breakup, Hero Pattern, Chris Brown, Rick Barry/Days Awake)
On Saturday night my wife and I went down to the newly re-opened Fastlane in Asbury Park. It had been a long time since I'd last been inside the Fastlane (I believe the last show I saw there had Mr. Reality and Outcry on the bill). It didn't look the same as I remembered, but it certainly didn't look bad. It was spacious, which is a good thing, except maybe to the bands playing, as a crowd that would have made a venue like the Saint look crowded, didn't make the Fastlane look busy...
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CD Reviews: The Ratchets, and Citizens Band Radio
I know, I know, I've been a bad blogger.
I've been so busy working on and Lazlo's Den, that I haven't blogged much. But I'm hoping to start blogging more regularly again, be it concert reviews, or as is the case today, a few CD reviews...
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Broadcast Schedule
(all times are Eastern Standard)

12 noon & 7pm - Classics (everyday)

8pm - Lazlo's Den (Mon-Fri)

9pm - Jersey Beat Podcast Hosted by Jim Testa (Tues & Thurs)

9pm - Luna Musings w/ Colie Brice (Wed)

9am - The Sunday Morning Hangover 3 hours of acoustic music (Sun)

Album of the Month
Kate Hart
Kate Hart - "natural born wallflower"

All songs were written and sung by me (with the excepction of Great Legs, which is a cover of a Chixdiggit song). HUGE thank you to Dan from Mazeffect & Grover Kent for playing the drums, bass and some guitar parts on these songs, as well as for helping me record them through GarageBand.
Concert Picks of the Week

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Saturday night the Heshers return to Maxwell's. This garage punk trio has great songs and a live show not be missed.

Jim Testa (Jersey Beat)

Gary Wien (Upstage)

Jared Migden (WRSU)

The Black River Music & Art Fest is returning to Chester, NJ on Saturday August 18th, 2007 (rain date: Sun. Aug. 19th), and we're looking for a few good bands.

Go to now to download the band application.

The BRMAF is a FREE all day event in Chester, NJ which features some of the best local original musical acts as well as numerous visual artists displaying their work. Last year's inaugural event drew an estimated 6,000 people. Performers will not be compensated for their performance. However, all artists are welcome to sell their own merchandise at the event. Please keep in mind that we, the organizers of the event, are not getting paid, either - we are just doing this for the love of music. We can say that thousands of dollars will be spent on advertising, and we expect an even bigger turnout than last year, so it will be a good opportunity for all those who participate. More info is available inside the band application that you can download at Please download and read the application before e-mailing us questions, as many of the answers will lie within the application. Deadline for applications is March 15th.

Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you rock at the Black River Music & Art Fest on August 18th!
MISSING: Martin Espaillat Please help find him

Local musician Martin Espaillat has been missing since Wed. Feb 14th 2007.

Please visit this website: and take a look and offer any information you can, if you know anything.


(ASBURY PARK, NJ) - Few were watching as New Brunswick's thriving original music scene of the 1980s came crashing down when club after club closed leaving the Court Tavern as the only game in town. History may be repeating itself in Asbury Park, as the shore town's legendary music scene is now very much in the hands of one company - Asbury Partners - the company in charge of the oceanfront redevelopment plan. Nearly 60% of the venues providing original music in town - and all of the largest venues - are now under their control. An online petition was created to show interest in keeping one of their latest acquisitions alive as a music venue and now an all-day concert/rally will be held on Saturday, March 10th as well.

The Wonder Bar is scheduled to close for good after St. Patrick's Day. The club is a victim of eminent domain and speculation is that the property might become another condominium building. Over 1500 people from around the world have signed a petition to keep the Wonder Bar alive. The petition can be found online at or signed in person at the Wonder Bar.

Upstage Magazine is presenting the all-day rally in an effort to show just how important the Wonder Bar is to music fans and to the local community as well. The concert begins at noon and runs until closing time at 2am. In between, 13 bands and seven solo artists will perform. The lineup includes such local favorites as Joe D'Urso, Maybe Pete, Jon Caspi Band, Cool Days End, Michael Patrick & the Suburban Hillbillies, Anthony Fiumano, Agency, Tony Tedesco & Damnaged Goods, and the Danny White Band. It also includes rare Asbury Park appearances by Postmark Twain and Frank Thewes of South Jersey and Wiser Time, Sounds of Greg D, and Souls Release from North Jersey. Rounding out the bill is Keith Monacchio of The Commons, Freddie Fry, George Wirth, Nik Everett, Causeway, and Lone Shark.

"Nearly all of Asbury Park's musical history is in the hands of Asbury Partners now," said Gary Wien, Managing Editor of Upstage Magazine. "They own Convention Hall, Paramount Theatre, The Stone Pony, Fastlane, Baronet Theatre, Club Deep, Tiki Bar, the Casino, and soon will own the Wonder Bar. This basically means that they can either make the music scene thrive or they can kill it. We're hoping that the petition and concert shows them that thousands of people think music is vital to Asbury Park's future. This is not just a piece of the town's past; it is very much linked to its present and can play a major role in its rebirth. People around the world have heard of Asbury Park because of artists like Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, and Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes. Most towns would do anything to have something like that to use for its marketing and we're trying to show Asbury Partners just how valuable the properties they own really are in terms other than real estate value."

"Asbury Park's redevelopment plan suggests that music and entertainment will play a role, but it's difficult to take that serious when Convention Hall and the Paramount Theatre are hardly used at all," added Wien. "If they cared about entertainment they would have found a way to bring events back to those venues on a regular basis. As it is, they are probably the two least used performing arts centers in the state. And if condos are placed across the street you can bet that it will only make things worse."

The Wonder Bar is located at 5th & Ocean Avenue in Asbury Park, NJ directly across from Convention Hall. The club will be open early on Saturday, March 10th for the show with music beginning at noon and running throughout the night. The club's restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner and people will be able to leave and return with their ticket stub. Tickets are available for $10 from the artists performing as well as online at Tickets have already been sold to music fans from Virginia to Boston, so those interested in attending are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance.
Christopher Jones Tribute Benefit DVD

I wanted to send you all an email to let you know that the DVD Pre-Sale for the Christopher Jones Tribute Benefit has now begun!

This is the DVD video of the Tribute show for the late Christopher Jones that was held on September 10th, 2006 at the Red Fusion in Asbury Park, NJ.

Please visit to order your copy now!!! Click on the "BuyNow Paypal" button on the top right of the page to order your copy now.

Maggie Perotta of Sage Indie Music has completed the editing and producing of the video and has sent it in for printing and cover art. The DVD's will be mailed out in mid to late February.

All profits from the DVD sale will also benefit the Jersey Jams Fund as did the Tribute show in September to raise money for underprivelidged school districts for musical education in NJ.

Again, please order your copies now as they will be in limited supply. Visit and click on the paypal button on the top right to reserve your copy today!

Thank you.

Message From Lazlo

Hi Everyone,

Big thanks to everyone who came out to NJ Pop-Rock Fest last Saturday at Buddie's Tavern. Everyone there had a blast, and all the bands put on outstanding sets! Remember to check out the's Free Concert Series My Space page to keep up to date on all our upcoming shows (the next one is on Sat. March 24th).


Some cool NJ musicians will be stopping by Lazlo's Den this week as in-stduio guests.

*** Tuesday on Lazlo's Den ***
Kate Hart Kate Hart

interview &

*** Thursday on Lazlo's Den ***
Kosmic Daydream Kosmic Daydream

interview &


Here are the current standings on this month's Jukebox poll:

Six To Eight Mathematics - promise to be true - 59%

Kerry - Cubana Americana - 22%

Kosmic Daydream - right now - 8%

Jon Caspi - maybe I - 8%

Hero Pattern - don't even miss me - 0%

Jon Andrew - me and someone else - 0%

Citizens Band Radio - 30 days & 30 nights - 0%

Lisa M. Bello - me and my heart on my sleeve - 0%

Mike Ferraro - forgotten how to lose - 0%

John Raido - merry-go-round - 0%

Looks like Six To Eight Mathematics is taking the lead again. If you'd like to see that change, exercise your right to vote and go to the Jukebox poll now.


New Songs Added This Week

Milwaukees American anthems sampler
The Subterraneans close to real

Concert Calendar

Thursday March 1st
Bands Venue
Causeway Triumph Brewery
138 Nassau St

Friday March 2nd
Bands Venue
The Wag Images Night Club
359 Fairview Ave

Saturday March 3rd
Bands Venue
Arlan Feiles & His Lone Orchestra
Rick Barry & Days Awake
Val Emmich
Wonder Bar
5th & Ocean Ave
Asbury Park
Buzz Universe Mexicali Blues Cafe
1409 Queen Anne Rd
The Heshers Maxwell's
1039 Washington St

bring it on home

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