Newsletter 5-4-09

Hey Everyone,

It’s been a while since the last full newsletter. There’s a lot to cover, so here’s a quick synopsis:

- Lazlo’s Birthday Bash is happening Saturday May 16th at Buddie’s Tavern

- Patti Rothberg will be my guest on Lazlo’s Den this Wednesday @ 8pm ET

- The next Guitar Pull is happening Sunday June 14th

- You can stream the 1st Guitar Pull at now

- The 2nd annual Banding Together: benefit webathon for the Spondylitis Association Of America will take place October 16th-18th

- Death to “freebird” requests. Try Right Said Fred’s “I’m too sexy” instead


The next Free Concert Series show at Buddie’s Tavern (277 Johnsons Ln., Parlin (Sayreville), NJ), is my (Lazlo) birthday bash!

I hope you will come out and help me celebrate getting a year closer to my death.

Music will be supplied by The Heshers, Nerve Tonic, and The Break Evens!

It’s going to be a rocking night!

And as always, the show is FREE!


Here’s the programming schedule:

Monday thru Friday at 8pm ET - Lazlo’s Den

Wednesday night on Lazlo’s Den, Patti Rothberg will be calling in to discuss her show this Friday at the Crossroads. As with my last conversation with Patti, we quickly go off on various tangents. It’s an interview not to be missed!

As always, Lazlo’s Den will also do ‘New Music Tuesday’, and continue the ‘CD Library Project’, and Thursday night we’ll give you a preview of shows happening over the weekend in the NJ/NYC area.

New Music Tuesday this week will feature new music from Cracker, The Morning After Girls, Late Model Humans Chickenfoot, Placebo, and more!

And don’t forget about our other shows on

Tuesday at 10pm ET - ‘Your Friends & Neighbors’ hosted by Tris McCall

Thursday at 10pm ET - ‘Rock N Roll Gas Station’ hosted by Jim Testa


We’ve done two Guitar Pull’s and both have exceeded my expectation. You can listen to the first one, featuring Joshua Van Ness, Jonathan Andrew, and Nick Ferriero, by going to

I hope to get some tracks from yesterday’s, which featured John Raido and Matt Colligan, up on the site soon.

The next Guitar Pull will take place on Sunday June 14th at 3pm ET, and feature Paul Rosevear (Readymade Breakup), Alana Q (Six To Eight Mathematics), and Jay Mazeffect (The Break Evens, Private Iron).


I am proud to announce that the 2nd annual Banding Together: benefit webathon for the Spondylitis Association Of America will take place October 16th-18th. Last year we had a blast with a whole slew of bands coming here to play acoustic for a good cause. We raised a lot of money and awareness for a painful rheumatic condition that prominent researchers have stated affects at least 1 in every 200 adults.

We already have 27 bands signed up to be a part of this, and with over 5 months before the webathon, we hope to double the number of participating bands.

For more information on the Spondylitis Association of America, go to


If you want to hear my (Lazlo) random thoughts on music, playoff hockey, and other things, follow me on Twitter:


Download free music from

Jon Caspi, “this town” album

Gary Paul Hermus, "Xanadu From Outer Space" song

Woodfish, "Bamm Diddley" album.

Free music, now at

Bands, if you'd like to put up a free download on or, please contact me.


And now it’s time for the concert picks of the week


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Saturday The Court Tavern in New Brunswick hosts two of New Jersey's best Brit-Pop influenced bands, The Brixton Riot, and the Anderson Council. Also on the bill is John Powers Band, and Gilgongos.


Jim Testa (Jersey Beat)

Saturday, May 9
ROADSIDE GRAVES, The Poconos, Joe Romeo - IM Automata Chino, 99 Greene St. Jersey City - 8 pm, $5, 21+

Expect lots of new songs from the Roadside Graves' forthcoming new CD, My Son's Home, coming this summer.


And now for this week’s Pissed Off!

While talking to Patti Rothberg over the weekend (pre-recording the interview you will hear Wednesday on Lazlo’s Den), we were talking off air about the prevalence of “freebird” requests yelled out regardless of what band is playing.

The joke is old and tired…and frankly, I never need to hear “freebird” again in my life. This was a great indie country rock band who I saw years ago (whose name I unfortunately have long since forgotten), whose reply to play “freebird” was, “We’ve got your freebird right here”, and every band member stuck up their middle finger. Brilliant!

So I was trying to think of a new song for people to request, if they feel the need to yell out silly requests like “freebird”, and I think I’ve got it.

I’ve decided from now on we should all yell out requests for Right Said Fred’s, “I’m too sexy”.

Why you ask?

1. I think it’s safe to say no one has ever been at any show (even a Right Said Fred show) and yelled out for that song.

2. Until it becomes as clichéd as “freebird” requests, think of how confused the band will look when you yell out that request.

3. The song is bad that a cover of it would likely be better than the original, and even if it wasn’t, it’s such a bad song, who cares!

So start a new tradition. The next time you’re out at a show, yell out, “play ‘I’m too sexy’!”


That's all for this week folks.