Episode 77: Johnny Leitera of Tuff Sunshine

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Johnny Leitera of Tuff Sunshine joined Tom for the 77th episode of Look At My Records! The Brooklyn based Tuff Sunshine are set to release the follow up to their excellent 2015 record, Fire In The Hero Building later this year, and Look At My Records! is pumped to prior the first track from the record, “We Seal Every Deal With A Kiss.” Tune in to hear this awesome brand new track, plus two tracks from Johnny’s “Untreated” project, which is a collection of stripped down, powerful acoustic songs. We wrapped up the show with a slew of great records from XTC, Billy Bragg, and The Pretenders!

You can purchase Fire In the Hero Building on vinyl via Brooklyn Arts Press. A cassette version is also available via the recently relaunched Shorewave Records. Johnny’s “Untreated” project, as well as all other Tuff Sunshine releases, are available for download via Bandcamp.

Johnny is headed to the United Kingdom at the end of March, so if you’re gonna be on the other side of the pond, catch him performing solo on the following dates:

March 21st: London, Biddle Brothers
March 26th: Birmingham, Rock & Roll Brewhouse
March 28th: Manchester, White Lion
April 1st: Leeds, Oporto
April 6th: Edinburgh, Wee Red Bar
April 8th: Bristol, Mr. Wolf’s
April 10th: Bristol, Golden Lion
CARDIFF TBD

Episode 76: Charles Newman

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Episode 76 features an in depth conversation with New York City music producer and engineer, Charles Newman. Tune in to hear all about Charles’ long history in music, which includes working with Stephin Merritt of The Magnetic Fields, playing in various bands, and starting The Deli Magazine, which remains an important music publication in New York City. Charles also discussed his role as music supervisor on the independent film, All These Small Moments, which involved working with the composer of the film’s score, Dan Lipton and the film’s creator/director, Melissa Miller Costanzo. Charles hand-selected the tracks on the soundtrack, which is an indie pop rock retro-americana mashup, with a dash of 80’s and shoegaze thrown in for good measure. The episode features some of the standout tracks from the soundtrack, including songs by Kris Gruen, Slowrunner, Echo Courts, Aloud, and Tom Shaner.

You can purchase the soundtrack to All These Small Moments via Amazon. The soundtrack is also available to stream on Spotify.

Episode 75: Mark Fisher

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Episode 75 of Look At My Records! features a chat with fellow XTC fanatic, Mark Fisher! Mark is the founder of the original XTC fanzine “Limelight” and has authored two books on the band, “The XTC Bumper Book Of Fun,” and the forthcoming “What Do You Call That Noise? An XTC Discovery Book.” Tune in to hear all about Mark’s background covering the band, his foray into publishing two books, and details about “What Do You Can That Noise? An XTC Discovery Book,” which is scheduled for release on March 5th! We even swapped some of our favorite songs, and threw in Fassine’s wonderful cover of “That Wave” for good measure! Tune in to hear which songs we picked and much more!

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You can purchase “What Do You Call That Noise? An XTC Discover Book” via Mark’s website, Limelight! While you’re there, you can also purchase Mark’s first book, “The XTC Bumper Book Of Fun,” which is an anthology of the Limelight zine and also features interviews with Andy Partridge, Colin Moulding, Terry Chambers, and Dave Gregory!

Episode 74: Tula Vera

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Episode 74 features the awesome Tula Vera! The Montclair-based four-piece is about a year removed from their debut self-titled record, which features some real rippers! Tune in to hear some of those rippers, including “Sunspot,” “Signs,” and “With God On Her Side.” Plus, here all about their recent tour and their plans for 2019! As always, the band made some great record picks.

You can purchase Tula Vera’s self-titled debut album via Bandcamp.

Catch Tula Vera at their next gig on February 8th at BoonTunes with Skylar Pocket, Junkanoo, and Shred Flintstone.

March 30th at The Music Ward in Philly with Full Bush, Bernie & The Wolf, and Dweller.

Episode 73: The Planet You

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On Episode 73 of Look At My Records!, Tom chatted with Montclair, New Jersey math-rockers The Planet You! This work horse group has been consistently releasing music over the last three years, including two remarkable full-length albums, I Too (Me Also) in 2017 and their self-titled 2018 sophomore release. Tune in to hear all about the band’s complex math rock inclinations, their progressive rock influences, and their plans for 2019.

You can purchase The Planet You’s self-titled second record via Bandcamp.

Catch them live at the following gigs:

Saturday, January 18th in Highstown, NJ with Splundr, Deeply Woven, Ishmael, and Winter Ring

Friday, January 25th in New Brunswick, NJ for The Winter Wonder Jawn at The Evil Lair


Episode 72: John Cozz

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Episode 72 of Look At My Records! features the incomparable Jon Cozz! This guy wears his New Jersey pride on his sleeve and isn’t shy about his love for our state’s treasured meat, TAYLOR HAM (not pork roll). Tune in to hear all about Jon’s tunes, his art, the process behind filming his epic music video for “Braincation” and his great record picks!

Oh, and this episode features a brand new song by Jon called “Catskills!”

You can check out Jon’s tunes via bandcamp.

His next gig is at The Meatlocker on January 17th with Dizzy Bats, Pheller, and Wyndup Kid

Episode 70: Dizzy Bats

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Connor Frost of Dizzy Bats is Tom's guest for Episode 70 of Look At My Records!  Based in Northern New Jersey, Dizzy Bats is heading heading out on tour to start off 2019. Tune in to hear all about the band’s tour plans for January, their most recent EP I Don’t Live Here Anymore, and their plans for 2019. Plus, Connor picks, which include some classics! Check out the dates in the above flyer and catch Dizzy Bats in your city this January!

You can get more information about the tour via Facebook.

You can also purchase all of Dizzy Bats’ music via Bandcamp.

Episode 69: New Myths

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In Episode 69, Tom welcomed the Brooklyn band New Myths to the program! The trio hung out and chatted at length about their origins, their awesome debut album "Give Me Noise,” and their plans for 2019.  Plus, listen in to hear tons of New Myths specific facts, like how one member is a Beatles’ expert!

Keep your eye on New Myths, as the group is planning to release their second album next year!

Oh, and don’t ring in the New Year without seeing them perform live.  Catch them at one of their final gigs of the year:

December 14th at The Music Ward in Philadelphia, PA with Port Arthur, Tara Dente & The Blind Pilots, and Elaine Rasnake.

December 18th at Pianos in New York, NY with Powersnap, Eleanor Kaufman, and Pablo Workman.

You can purchase the band’s debut album Give Me Noise on vinyl via Bandcamp.

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Episode 68: Derek Kroemmelbein

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In Episode 68, Tom chatted with New Jersey musician Derek Kroemmelbein. Listen in to hear all about Derek’s latest releases, including the great singles “Give It Up,” “Mark My Words,” “All The Kids Say,” and “You Can Learn.” The two also chatted about Derek’s philosophy behind writing and recording music, and of course, combed through Tom’s collection for some wax gems!

You can purchase all of Derek’s music via Bandcamp.

Episode 67: Evan Moore

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In Episode 67, Tom chatted with Jersey City artist Evan Moore! Evan is the creative brains behind SSWWANN STUDIOS, which has produced some incredibly clever designs for pins, t-shirts, and patches.  Some of Evan’s noteworthy designs include the beloved Fraiserhead mashup (pictured to the right), the John Lennon inspired “Jersey City” ringer shirt (pictured above), and the Sid Vicious and Nancy comic mashup (pictured below).  In addition to his work as a graphic artist, Evan has played bass guitar in a variety of bands over the years, including a Sade cover band! Tune in to hear all about the history of SSWWANN STUDIOS and Evan's musical endeavors. Plus, Tom and Evan chatted at length about some of their favorite records by Jonathan Richman, Guided By Voices, and Prefab Sprout.

You can purchase all of Evan’s awesome designs through SWWANN STUDIOS!

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Episode 66: Seamstress

New Jersey indie folk duo Seamstress stopped by for Episode 66 of Look At My Records! Boy, what a treat it was to have Seamstress on the program! Tom chatted at length with Gabi and Charlie about the origins of the project, their ever-rotating live lineup, and their plans for 2019.  Seamstress plans to release three new songs in early 2019 and they were kind enough to play those three tracks, “Everything,” “Wrong Of Me” and “Untitled” live in the Look At My Records studio. That’s right, listen to this episode to hear three new Seamstress songs! Plus, their awesome record picks!

Their next gig is at Rockwood Music Hall on Monday November 12th. 

Episode 65: Pynkie

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In Episode 65, Tom had the pleasure of chatting with New Jersey bedroom pop artist, PYNKIE! After picking up a guitar in her late teens, PYNKIE immediately began writing and self-producing her own songs by using Audacity and other free recording software. In recent years, she's gained notoriety for her heartfelt, personal home style recordings on platforms such as Soundcloud. Earlier this year, PYNKIE released her debut album, Neoteny, which you can download via Bandcamp, or purchase on cassette via Gnar Tapes or Plastic Response Records! Tune in to hear PYNKIE perform three songs from Neoteny, “Looney Tune,” “Warm,” and “Dew,” live in the Look At My Records! studio! Plus, hear all about her origins, her first time recording in a studio, and her great album picks!

PYNKIE’s next gig is on December 11th at Elsewhere with Toast and Silver!

Thank you so much to Lindsay for stopping by the LAMR studio! We had a blast!!

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Episode 64: Glenn Morrow

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Episode 64 of Look At My Records! is the fourth in a series of episodes previewing the upcoming North Jersey Indie Rock Festival.  The annual festival is now in its third year and is happening at White Eagle Hall on Saturday October 6th.

For the fourth and final installment, I chatted with the wonderful Glenn Morrow.  I can't think of a more fitting way to wrap up this series of preview episodes, as who knows where music in Hudson County would be without Glenn? Would we even be having this festival on Saturday?!

Glenn got his start in the late 70s, when he moved to Hoboken and formed The A Band with Rob Norris, Richard Barone, and Frank Giannini. They would be the very first group to ever play at Maxwell’s, paving the way for countless other bands and musicians to grace its stage.  From there, Glenn fronted other bands including The Individuals and a solo project, Rage To Live, in addition to his work as President of Bar None Records.  

Glenn currently fronts Glenn Morrow’s Cry For Help, who released their debut self-titled album in 2017 on Rhyme or Reason Records. They just released a brand new song, “Yellowed Pages,” and have a slew of other new songs up their sleeves! 

Lots of awesome stories in this episode, so tune in to hear all about how Glenn turned Michael Stipe on to the Replacements, his discovery of They Might Be Giants, some Alex Chilton stories, and much more!

Don’t miss Glenn Morrow’s Cry For Help tomorrow at the North Jersey Indie Rock Festival!

You can purchase the band’s debut album via Rhyme & Reason Records.

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Episode 63: Glazer

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Episode 63 of Look At My Records! is the third in a series of episodes previewing the upcoming North Jersey Indie Rock Festival.  The annual fest is now in its third year and is happening at White Eagle Hall on Saturday, October 6th!

For the third installment, I chatted with New Brunswick's Glazer! These shredders are about a year removed from the release of their awesome debut LP, "On A Prairie, Live In Dirt." How's it hold up? We all agreed, it holds up PRETTY DAMN WELL!!! Tune in to hear all about the band's formation, the recording of their debut album, and their label State Champion Records! Plus, some fun and exciting record selections, including songs by X, The Scientists, and Sebadoh!

In addition to the North Jersey Indie Rock Festival, you can see Glazer live at the following gigs:

October 12th, 2018 - Kal Marks, The Royal They, Glazer, Resounding No At In The West 7:30pm

November 3rd, 2018 - Glazer, Mover Shaker, Teenage Halloween, Old Joy at The Roadhouse 7pm

Do yourself a favor and pick up Glazer’s awesome LP, “On A Prairie, Live In Dirt” via State Champion Records!

Get your tickets to the North Jersey Indie Rock Fest now!

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Episode 62: Dentist

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Episode 62 of Look At My Records! is the second in a series of episodes previewing the upcoming North Jersey Indie Rock Festival.  The annual fest is now in it’s third year and is happening at White Eagle Hall on Saturday October 6th!

For the second installment, I chatted with Asbury Park's Dentist. The trio is fresh off of their first ever national tour in support of their magnificent third album, Night Swimming, which was released in late July on Cleopatra Records. Tune in to hear all about the group's transition from a four piece to a trio, some tour stories, the Asbury Park music scene, and their record picks! You'll also hear several awesome tracks off of "Night Swimming" and a pair of certified Dentist classics from their second LP, Ceilings!

You can purchase Night Swimming and all of Dentist’s other releases via bandcamp.

Dentist is performing at The North Jersey Indie Rock Fest on October 6th at White Eagle Hall, but you can also catch them at the following dates:

September 21st - Rowan Alt’s Back to School Jam at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ

September 22nd - 4th Annual Bond St. Block Party in Asbury Park, NJ

October 26th - Dentist w/ Acid Dad, Alpha Rabbit, The Tide Bends at Millhill Basement in Trenton, NJ

November 14th - Doc Martens Presents: Thick, Dinowalrus, Fruit & Flowers, Dentist at Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn, NY

December 14th - Dentist at The Red Wheelbarrow in Paterson, NJ

Again, do not miss Dentist the this year’s North Jersey Indie Rock Festival. Get your tickets now!

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Episode 61: The Royal Arctic Institute

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Episode 61 of Look At My Records! is the first in a series of episodes previewing the upcoming North Jersey Indie Rock Festival.  The annual fest is now in its third year and is happening at White Eagle Hall on Saturday, October 6th!

For the first installment, I chatted with The Royal Arctic Institute.  Comprised of Lyle Hysen (Das Damen), Gerard Smith (Phantom Tollbooth), and John Leon (Rory Erickson), this highly pedigreed power-trio plays an eclectic blend of post-punk and cinematic jazz instrumentals.  Tune in to hear about the group’s formation, their music, and upcoming gigs. Plus, the dudes made some excellent picks from my record collection including The Specials, Richard Hell, and The Psychedelic Furs!

The band’s second LP, “Accidental Achievement,” is scheduled for release on Friday, October 19th via Rhyme & Reason Records.  Tune in to hear two brand new songs from this forthcoming LP, “Northern Progress Exploration Company” and “Raymond Roussell.” The group is also releasing a cassette single, “Russian Twists,” for Cassette Store Day on October 13th. You can also hear that song in this episode!  

In addition to playing the North Jersey Indie Rock Festival on October 6th, The Royal Arctic Institute has a busy gig schedule for September and October. You can catch them at the following shows:

October 18th at Pianos with Problem People, Yawn Mower, Ultra Major, A Bird, and This Bliss

October 19th at The Nest with Wharton Tiers Ensemble and The Wiremen

October 20th at Guitar Bar Jr.

November 9th at Quinn'sBeacon, NY, United States

November 11th at The Bowery Electric with Antietam, Sleepyhead

November 13th at Pet Shop with The Special Pillow

Get your tickets to the North Jersey Indie Rock Festival RIGHT NOW: https://www.ticketfly.com/event/1744675-north-jersey-indie-rock-jersey-city/

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Episode 60: The Davenports

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Episode 60 features a chat with Scott Klass of the Davenports.  In early July, The Davenports released their fourth LP, “Don’t Be Mad At Me,” a fresh collection of beautifully crafted power-pop songs, and Scott was nice enough to drop by to chat all about it.  Tune in to hear all about The Davenports’ two decades as a recording project, the evolution of the group, Scott’s collaborations with Chris Collingwood of Fountains of Wayne, and his beginnings in the New York City music scene.  This episode includes some standout tracks from the Davenports’ latest release, including “Miranda In Her Room,” which features Shirley Simms of The Magnetic Fields on lead vocals.  Scott made some excellent record picks from my collection and had some incredible stories to tell, including an exciting recent appearance with Dave Davies of the Kinks!

You can purchase the brand new Davenports album, “Don’t Be Mad At Me,” via the group's website.  There, you can also purchase the entire Davenports discography, and learn more about upcoming tour dates. 

Episode 59: Al Crisafulli

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Episode 59 of Look At My Records! features a chat with the great Al Crisafulli! As veteran of the New Jersey music scene, Al has truly done it all - from owning and operating his own record label, Dromedary Records,  to his current gig as the host of his own four hour radio program on WFDU, Signal To Noise. Tune in to hear a fun Mommyheads story, some of Dromedary's finest tunes, and all about Signal To Noise! Plus, Al made some stellar picks from my record collection. Spoiler alert: this episode contains two versions of "From A Motel 6" - Yo La Tengo's original and the amazing cover version by our good pals Overlake!

You can listen to the excellent Signal To Noise radio program every Sunday night from 10am - 2am on the airwaves at 89.1FM or online at wfdu.fm

Thanks to Al for stopping by!

Episode 58: Resounding No

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Episode 58 features a fun and spirited chat with New Brunswick, New Jersey's Resounding No! The band just released their impressive debut cassette, "Gross Dominance" in June on State Champion Records, and they were kind enough to stop by the Look At My Records! studio to talk all about it! Tune in to hear all about the band's formation, the recording process behind "Gross Dominance," and their plans for the remainder of 2018.  Plus, lots of interesting banter about records, the Pixies, and New Zealand. Oh, and I opened a Versing CD LIVE on the podcast. That one goes out to all y'all that love the sound of cellophane wrapping!!

You can purchase Gross Dominance on cassette via State Champion Records.

Resounding No is playing at WFMU's Monty Hall on Thursday August 16th with Vacation and Daddies! They'll also be performing at In The West in New Brunswick on October 12th with Kal Marks with The Royal They, and Glazer.

Thanks to Resounding No for hanging out!