Episode 56: Joy Cleaner

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In Episode 56, Tom chatted extensively with one of New Jersey's finest power-pop outfits, Joy Cleaner! The trio is in the midst of an eventful 2018, as they recently wrapped up a June tour that brought them to several cities across the East Coast and the Midwest, and will be playing alongside Guided By Voices at Athens Popfest on Friday August 9th.

Joy Cleaner also recently celebrated the one year anniversary of their excellent debut album, Total Hell. If you're a fan of infectious, jangly indie-pop, then you need to pick up this album! It's available via Jigsaw Records on pink vinyl, CD, and digital download.

Oh, and we had a blast talking about tunes. Tune in to hear Joy Cleaner's awesome picks from my record collection, their origin story, and their plans for balance of 2018 and beyond!

A huge thanks to the band for stopping by to chat with me. We had a heck of a time!

Episode 55: The Mckenzie Tapes July Preview

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Episode 55 previews some of the great Mckenzie Tapes coming up for the month of July.  Tune in to hear live tracks from Sonic Youth, Nirvana, Angry Samoans, Flaming Lips, Meat Puppets, Superchunk, The Replacements, and Boss Hog.  These acts played some great gigs spanning from 1987-2000 at legendary venues including Maxwell's, The Stone Pony, Brownie's, and more! Plus, Tom has some interesting tidbits for each gig, so listen in to hear some of the stories behind these performances.

Episode 54: Angus Lord of The Stroppies!

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Episode 54 features an in-depth conversation with Angus Lord of one of Melbourne's best up and coming bands, The Stroppies! Featuring members of several notable area bands, including The Stevens, Dick Diver, and Twerps, this group has already amassed an impressive collection of tunes in the last two years.  They released a 7" single entitled "Maddest Moment/Architectural Charades" last month on Tough Love Records, after releasing two critically acclaimed EPs in 2017 on the Hobbies Galore label.  Tune in to hear all about the group's origins, recording with producer Alex Macfarlane, and their plans for 2018, which include recording their debut full-length.  Plus, Angus and Tom had a lengthy discussion on the current Melbourne music scene.  Angus curated a great playlist of some awesome Melbourne acts, including Alex Macfarlane, Parsnip, Blank Realm, and Civic! Tom threw in a live version of "Raised Eyebrows" by The Feelies from June 2nd, 1986 for good measure!

You can keep up with The Stroppies via Facebook and Instagram. You can purchase their latest 7" and their self-titled EP via the group's bandcamp. Their 2017 EP "It's A Hit" is available via Hobbies Galore

Thanks so much to Angus of The Stroppies for a great chat!

Episode 53: Boonton Love & The Hums

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Episode 53 features the first ever live in studio performance from Mel Glovin and Tam Geller of The Hums! This uber talented duo were joined by Allison Ercolani and Nicole Santana, who own and operate the non-profit organization Boonton Love. This wonderful entity organizes Food Truck Tuesdays, a weekly event from featuring live music and food trucks at Gracelord Park in Boonton, NJ.  AND GUESS WHAT? The Hums are performing at the very next Food Truck Tuesday on June 19th!

The Hums treated us to an incredible 3 song set, including some of their best original songs, "Warrior Princess," "Waltz," and "Ghost Child." Listen in to hear all about these songs, the duo's 10+ year history of making music together, and their plans for future release. If you like what you hear (of course you do!), you can grab The Hum's debut LP via digital download or compact disc through Bandcamp. Allison and Nicole also filled us in on the future plans for Boonton Love and a sneak peak at future lineups. Plus, everyone had some stellar picks from my collection, ranging from Nas to Pure Pathing Culture!

Food Truck Tuesday happens every Tuesday from 6:30pm - 10:30pm at Gracelord Park in Boonton, NJ.  A portion of the admission contributes to upkeep of this beautiful park!

 Mel Glovin and Tam Geller performing LIVE!

Mel Glovin and Tam Geller performing LIVE!

Episode 52: Cicada Radio

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In Episode 52, Tom welcomes Pat, Mike, and Brandon of Cicada Radio to the program.  These veterans of the Hudson County music scene are about to release a brand new EP entitled Catch and Release on Friday June 15th.  Listen in to hear all about the group's origins in Point Pleasant beach, the evolution of their sound over the course of five releases, the recording process for Catch and Release, and their tentative plans for their next record.  Oh, and we did some reminiscing and got kinda emo over their picks from my collection. That's right - Club Krome and other Sayerville area venues of the early aughts were definitely mentioned!!!

Cicada Radio is celebrating the release of their new EP at Pet Shop on Thursday June 14th with support from Hot Blood and John Feuerback of Desir Decir. They'll be playing on the main floor and there's no cover charge!

You can purchase  "Catch and Release" and the group's entire back catalogue via bandcamp and Killing Horse Records.

Thanks to Cicada Radio for stopping by!

Episode 51: Emma DeCorsey of I Am The Polish Army

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Episode 51 of Look At My Record! features an in-depth conversation with the wonderful Emma DeCorsey of I Am The Polish Army! In late 2017, I Am The Polish Army released their excellent debut album, “My Old Man,” which was named one of Rolling Stone’s “15 Great Albums You Probably Didn’t Hear in 2017.” Listen in to hear all about the origins of the project over a decade ago, the process behind recording “My Old Man,” the inspiration for several songs, including the beautiful “David Bowie,” and of course, Emma’s great picks! Did you know Emma also fronts a Siouxsie and the Banshees cover band? Hear all about it in Episode 51!  Thank you for stopping by, Emma!

You can purchase “My Old Man” on all formats (vinyl, CD, and digital) via Bandcamp.  Act quickly, the CD version is almost sold out!

I Am The Polish Army has several upcoming gigs this summer.  Catch them live in your neighborhood!

June 8th at The Bowery Electric with Radiator King, Kingsley Flood, and Glenn Yoder & The Western States

June 21st at In The West (New Brunswick, NJ) with Dusk and Glazer

June 28th at The Well with Bloody Your Hands, Castle Black, The Bushwick Hotel, and Quick Hundo

July 1st at Saint Vitus with Friendship Commanders and Wholewrecker.

 

Episode 50: A Look Back!

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Look At My Records! has reached the 50th episode milestone! In this special episode, Tom shares some exclusive McKenzie Tapes from the vault, including the Pixies at Maxwell's in 1988 (their 2nd ever appearance at the venue) and R.E.M. at Maxwell's in 1982.  He also reflects on some of the funniest moments over the course of the first 50, including that time on his 30th birthday when he had a little too much to drink!  The show wraps up with tracks from Morus Alba, Milkmen, Atlas Engine, and Hard Nips - all who will be gracing the stage at the Footlight for the Look At My Records! 50th Episode Bash tonight! 

Episode 49: Hard Nips

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In Episode 49, Tom chats with Japanese punk rockers, Hard Nips! Settling in Brooklyn by way of Japan, this foursome delivers a unique and eclectic sound that melds elements of post-punk, new wave, and straight up rock and roll! Listen in to hear all about the group's origins in Japan, their brand new EP "Bunny", and their insane live show! Plus, a special curated playlist featuring five wonderful Japanese bands: Green Milk From Planet Orange, Acid Mother's Gong, Pika (featuring Hard Nips very own Gooch on backing vocals, and The Yours! 

Hard Nips are playing the Look At My Records! 50th Episode Bash this Friday May 18th at The Footlight in Ridgewood, Queens!

Episode 48: Trü

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 "Growing Pains" drops June 22nd via Sniffling Indie Kids!

"Growing Pains" drops June 22nd via Sniffling Indie Kids!

Episode 48 of Look At My Records! features an in depth conversation with the Montclair, NJ based band Trü.  Blossoming out of a drunken conversation at a wedding in 2015, Keith Williams and Pat Defrancisci set out to collaborate on a poppier project with bassist Cindy Ward and drummer Steve Cerri joining in early 2016.  What resulted is a collection of magical coming of age, power-pop anthems that would eventually appear on the band's their self-titled debut "7.  Fast forward to 2018 and the group is already slated to release their second EP, "Growing Pains."   It drops on June 22nd via Sniffling Indie Kids!  Listen in to hear all about their origin story, the group's varied influences, and their plans for 2018!  This band has excellent taste in tunes, so be sure to listen all the way through for their awesome selections from Tom's collection.  

You can catch Trü live at the following upcoming shows:

Friday May 18th at Stosh's in Fair Lawn, NJ with Haunt Club and Shred Flintstone.

Friday June 15th at Asbury Park Brewery with Sunflower, Not Yer Baby, and Well Wisher.

You can also purchase their self-titled EP via bandcamp.  Tom is a proud owner of this excellent four song collection and can attest to it's awesomeness. So, get your hands on it before the first pressing is sold out!

Episode 47: Chris Slusarenko of Eyelids!

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Photo by John Clark

In Episode 47, Tom chats with the wonderful Chris Slusarenko of the Portland-based band Eyelids!  Eyelids is coming off a big 2017 that saw the group embark on their first headlining tour of the east coast and release their second full length, “Or.”  Tune in to hear all about Chris’s start as a young musician in the Portland scene, his various experiences working with Bob Pollard and Peter Buck, playing with the late, great Tommy Keene, and tons more great stories! Eyelids has some great projects in store for 2018 - including a new full length and a special project including some unpublished works of the late Tim Buckley, so keep your EYES glued to all things Eyelids because you don’t want to miss this incredible stuff!

Since Chris couldn’t physically be in my apartment to make some picks from my record collection, we instead talked at length about a letter that Pete Buck sent to Chris in the mid-1980s.  In this letter, Peter provided Chris with several recommendations of bands to check out, including Mission of Burma, The Neats, The dB’s, and the Minutemen.  The show closes with some tracks from those legendary acts! 

You can check out Eyelids via their Bandcamp, Facebook, Twitter! You can also visit John at his video store, Clinton Street Video!

Episode 46: Coyote Records

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Episode 46 of Look At My Records! is an audio companion piece to the recent article that Tom wrote for NJRacket.com on the five essential releases on Hoboken's Coyote Records.  In this episode, Tom gets into some of the deeper cuts from the label, including tracks from The Clintons and Boston-bred four-piece, The Neats.  Plus, some Speed The Plough, Yo La Tengo, more live Yung Wu at Maxwell's, The Trypes, and more! DON'T FORGET - "Shore Leave," the lone release by Yung Wu, is getting the reissue treatment courtesy of Bar None Records for Record Store Day 2018.  The RSD exclusive release comes complete with a flexi-disc 7" of two early Dave Weckerman originals.  So, make sure you pick it up at Tunes in Hoboken or Iris in Jersey City!

Episode 45: The Best of The McKenzie Tapes (So Far!)

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The Leaving Trains at Maxwell's (01-31-1987)

Episode 45 highlights some of the very best selections from The McKenzie Tapes! Featuring tracks from Yung Wu, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Superchunk, The Leaving Trains, Dinosaur Jr., and more! The episode wraps up with a clip of a Howard Stern interview with Joey Ramone from 1985.  Enjoy these two look-a-likes talk about groupies and other road stories!

Episode 44: Women's History Month!

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Episode 44 features an all female song selection in honor of the recent International Women's Day and Women's History Month! Tom starts off the episode with a sneak preview of a very special McKenzie Tape - Maureen Tucker at Maxwell's on March 27, 1987.  Plus some more of Tom's favorites including Courtney Barnett, Hey Anna, La Luz, Nadia Reid, Beaches, Lina Tullgren, and more!

Episode 43: La La Land

 Catch Tom at the Hi Hat on Saturday March, 10th!

Catch Tom at the Hi Hat on Saturday March, 10th!

I'm heading to Los Angeles via Phoenix, so Episode 43 highlights a few great shows in the LA area this weekend and also features songs by some of my favorite acts from the area.  Hot jams from: Dent May, Jawbreaker, La Luz, No Vacation, The Gems, Guantanamo Baywatch, Prettiest Eyes, No Parents, Triptides, and the Beach Boys! 

Jawbreaker begins a three night residency at the Hollywood Palladium on Thursday March 8th with support from Waxahatchee.  San Francisco's No Vacation, who released the excellent "Intermission" last year, will be at the Hi Hat on Friday March 9th.  Local act, The Gems, are featured on a bill at The Smell with a bunch of other LA rockers.  You can catch Tom at The Hi Hat on March 10th, where he'll be enjoying Guantanamo Baywatch, Prettiest Eyes, and No Parents!

Episode 42: Shred Flintstone

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In Episode 42, Tom chatted with Dan and Joey of Montclair, New Jersey's Shred Flintstone! 2018 is shaping up to be a big year for this trio, as they're currently in the early stages of a southern U.S. tour that will take them all the way to SXSW! Listen in to hear all the details on thee group's dates at SXSW and their brand new album, which is slated for release this April.  The Shred boys were nice enough to share an exclusive, never before heard track from this forthcoming release - "Scalps!" Plus, two of your favorite Shred Flintstone jams from their 2017 EP, "Cartoon Physics!"

Oh, and of course, Shred's picks! You're in for a treat, as drummer Joey selected a very intriguing MCKENZIE TAPE! Episode 42 contains a sneak peak of At The Drive-In's live performance at Bowery Ballroom on October 28, 2000.  Savor this juicy track party people, as the rest won't be released until October 2018!

Thanks Shred Flintstone for stopping by!

Episode 41: Remember Sports / Teenage Halloween / Snakeskin / Spowder / Screaming Females / Twin Peaks / The Districts / trü / Freedy Johnston / Sink Tapes / Pale Lights

 This poster will be available at Monty Hall!

This poster will be available at Monty Hall!

Episode 41 highlights an amazing week of shows in Jersey City.  There's no reason to cross the Hudson River this weekend, as Screaming Females will be gracing the Monty Hall stage for the third consecutive year.  This time around, they're playing three shows with support from some wonderful acts: Teenage Halloween, Snakeskin, and Spowder.  

On Friday February 23, Twin Peaks top an incredible bill with support from The Districts and local favorites, Trü.  Plus, everybody's favorite Bar None Records recording artist, Freedy Johnston, will be throwing down on Thursday February 22 at the Fox and The Crow in the Heights.

If you're inclined to travel out of JC, NJ based label Mint 400 Records is showcasing some of their best talent at Pianos on Saturday February 24th.  Sink Tapes, who just released an excellent new record entitled "Secret Club," are sharing the stage with Cyclone Static, The Components, Tony Saxon, and SHRB.  Remember Sports are also at the Silent Barn on Thursday February 22nd! 

Episode 40: Hey Anna

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We're best friends!

In Episode 40, Tom chats with Anna (the Anna!), Erin, and Matt of New Jersey indie pop mainstays, Hey Anna!  Boy, did these four have a blast talking about MUSIC!

Listen in to hear all about their brand new single "Garage Queen," which just became available on EVERY music platform you can imagine!! Plus, you'll learn all about the group's origins, sisterly songwriting, and a fun story behind one of my favorite Hey Anna songs, "Mt. Picchu."  Of course (DUH!), Hey Anna has AMAZING taste in music, so you do not want to miss their picks from Tom's collection! The group just released  brand new music video for "Garage Queen," which you can see by clicking below! 

 Click above to see the brand new video for "Garage Queen!"  

Click above to see the brand new video for "Garage Queen!"  

 You can get your own WAX copy of "Run Koko" via bandcamp (click above)!

You can get your own WAX copy of "Run Koko" via bandcamp (click above)!

 If you appear on Look At My Records, you just may walk away with a complimentary box of JAM!

If you appear on Look At My Records, you just may walk away with a complimentary box of JAM!

Episode 39: C.R. & The Degenerates

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In Episode 39, Tom chats with Chris Gennone of C.R. & The Degenerates.  The group just released their last album under the Degenerates moniker, "The World According To C.R," and boy is it a wonderful record that caps off a deep catalogue of alt-country goodness.  Listen in to hear all about the project's origins, the next steps for Chris and his band mates, and of course, lots of excellent picks ranging from the Mekons to Freedy Johnson!  

Episode 38: Tom chats with Lorenzo of Petite League, plus songs from Hypoluxo, Gingerlys, Fruit & Flowers, Long Neck, Adult Mom, and LIVE MCKENZIE TAPES tracks from Superchunk and Dinosaur Jr!

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In Episode 38, Tom chatted with Lorenzo Gillis Cook of Petite League.  Petite League is fresh off a big 2017, which saw the release of their second full length, "Rips One Into The Night."  Listen in to hear their plans for 2018!  Plus songs from Hypoluxo, Gingerlys, Fruit & Flowers, Long Neck, and Adult Mom.  Oh, and Tom also fills you in on the archiving project he's been working on, "The McKenzie Tapes." He wraps up Episode 38 with two exclusive live tracks from Superchunk and Dinosaur Jr. from 20+ years ago! 

Episode 37: Overlake / Hey Anna / Black Wail / Blidge Rat / Royal Trux / Edna / Allah-Las / Joy Cleaner / Fits / Glazer

Episode 37 features a wide-variety of genre bending jams from great bands playing in your hood this weekend!  There's a wonderful five band bill going down at White Eagle Hall on Friday January 19th and Royal Trux will be performing at Market Hotel for two nights! Plus, the debut of Mike Tarovsky's new project, Edna.  Glazer is looking through that oracle with the song "Making This Shithole A Shithome." They'll be playing New Brunswick on the 20th. Check 'em out!