Episode 93 of Look At My Records! counts down the summertime hits of 2019! Well, actually, there’s no counting at all and these are the hits as determined by your host, Tom. Tune in to hear some sun-soaked jams from Seablite, Jay Som, The Stroppies, Holy Tunics, Possible Humans, Teen Angst, Julia Shapiro, Triptides, The Berries, Jonny Couch, Petite League, Desert Sharks, UV Rays, and Parrot Dream! Grab yourself a frosty beer and kick back to these certifiably great summertime tunes.
For Episode 92 of Look At My Records!, Tom welcomed back Morus Alba to the program. This time, the band played a raucous full band live set in the Look At My Records! studio, belting out some excellent songs from their latest album, Nightmare/Miracle. The band then sat down for an extensive interview that covered a wide range of topics, including the making of Nightmare/Miracle, their new (to me) bassist Micah Prussack, and their plans for the rest of the year. Plus, we played some great records. Tune in to find out which member of Guided By Voices taught Rizzo guitar while he was a youth!
You can purchase Nightmare/Miracle via the band’s Bandcamp. While you’re there, I’d also highly advise that you act quickly and snag a cassette of their debut record, “Stay Asleep,” as only a few copies remain! Their music is also available on all streaming platforms, including Spotify
A big thank you to Corey Zack of Cocoon Recording Studio for engineering the live set! It sounds awesome!
Episode 91 previews a great upcoming month of gigs in Jersey City. Tune in as Tom gives you a run down of some of the best with songs from Sean Kiely, Mike Krol, Swearin’, Wyldlife, Ted Leo, Jean Pool, Sam Kogon, The Holy Smokes, White Rope, Neon Funeral, Naomi Vernon, The Lo-Fi’s, Surfer Blood, and more!
See you out there at these upcoming gigs:
August 1st: Sean Kiely Acoustic Trio at Fox & Crow
August 9th: Fancy Colors at FM Bar
August 11th: Purple Mountains at White Eagle Hall
August 15th: Neon Funeral, Tidal Gloom, Losing Language at FM Bar
August 17th: Humble Beginnings, Digger, Jettison, Avery at FM Bar
August 24th: Ted Leo at White Eagle Hall
August 29th: Naomi Vernon at Fox & Crow
August 29th: The Lo-Fi’s at Pet Shop
August 29th: Surfer Blood at Monty Hall
August 31st: Future Island at White Eagle Hall
Episode 90 celebrates the 30th birthday of one of the best independent labels in the biz, Merge Records! The label is in the midst of a weekend long celebration down in North Carolina to commemorate its founding by Superchunk members Mac MaCaughan and Laura Ballance back in 1989, so I decided to have my own little celebration by compiling my favorite songs by Merge artists. The episode starts in the early years of the label with some great 7-inch releases from Superchunk and Archers of Loaf, then travels into the mid-to-late 90s with some classics by East River Pipe, The Ladybug Transistor, and more. Then, the playlist touches on some early aughts indie pop, and enters the 2010s with some great releases from Hospitality and Times New Viking from the 2010s. The episode concludes with a song from 2019 by the inimitable Mountain Goats.
30 looks good on you, Merge! Here’s to many more!
Tom was delighted to welcome Queue to the Look At My Records! program for Episode 89! Tune in to this extra long episode to hear all about the trio’s beginnings at Penn State, their influences and creative process, and a whole lot more. This episode also includes an extensive discussion of the British/Irish film Sing Street, including an ear-worm from the soundtrack, “Drive It Like You Stole It.”
Keep your eye on Queue, as the band just finished recording new material. It’ll be dropping sometime in the near future! Their current releases are available on all streaming platforms and can be purchased via Bandcamp.
You can also see the band performing live at the following shows:
July 20th - Pete’s Candy Store for the Left Bank Summer Fête
Jersey City musician Tom Barrett stopped by the Look At My Records! studio for Episode 88 to chat about his brand new solo EP. Tune in to hear all about the new EP, Three Songs, including a live performance of the EP’s third track, “I Once Believed We Were Free.” Plus, you’ll enjoy additional tunes from Mission of Burma, Sebadoh, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Neil Young, and Kurt Vile!
Tom will be performing with his newly assembled backing band, The Cuts, on July 9th at Pet Shop. Sean Kiely (who produced Tom’s new EP) and Christopher Landry’s project, College Radio, are also performing.
You can also catch Tom performing on August 3rd in a backyard in Ringwood, NJ. Ask a punk for the address!
Episode 87 of Look At My Records! previews a HOT summer of upcoming Mckenzie Tapes! Tune in to get a sneak peek of some legendary shows from the 80s and 90s by Pavement, 10,000 Maniacs, Naked Raygun, The Donnas, Tiny Lights, The Jesus Lizard, The Saints, and more! These bands played at a cool variety of local venues, including Maxwell’s, The Ritz, Tramps, Irving Plaza, and more.
Episode 86 of Look At My Records! celebrates the 25th anniversary of the New York Rangers historic Stanley Cup Championship with an episode full of songs from 1994. Back in 1994, the Rangers exorcised the demons of 1940 to capture their first Cup in 54 years.
In reflecting on this important moment in my sports life, I also revisited MANY of my favorite records that were released in 1994. Several bands, including Pavement, Guided By Voices, Jawbox, and Built To Spill, arguably released some of the best albums of their respective careers. Check out some of my favorite songs from 1994, as sports and music intersect!
Episode 85 previews an incredible month of gigs going down this month in Jersey City. Tune in as Tom gives you a run down of some of the best with songs from Red Baraat, A Deer A Horse, The Whiffs, Trü, The Jayhawks, Cicada Radio, Young House, Long Neck, Sonic Blume, Cliff Westfall, The Minus 5, and Juliana Hatfield!
See you at the gigs:
June 7th: Red Baraat at White Eagle Hall
June 14th: The Jayhawks at White Eagle Hall
June 28th: Juliana Hatfield at Monty Hall
Episode 84 is a milestone in the history of the Look At My Records! podcast, as it’s the first ever episode RECORDED LIVE! New Jersey rock and rollers Winnebago stopped by and played a killer live set in my apartment that shook the foundation of my building! Tune in to hear four songs from their live performance, plus as in-depth interview that touches on topics ranging from the band Slightly Stoopid, Winnebago’s history, and their plans for the summer, which include heading back into the studio.
You can purchase Winnebago’s latest release, Human Cig, via Bandcamp. It’s also available on all streaming platforms.
A big thank you to Winnebago for stopping by and playing for us. A huge thank you to Dina Hashem, who did some comedy to open the festivities.
A huge thank you is also in order for Corey Zack, who engineered Winnebago’s performance. He did an amazing job behind the board! Check out his full-service Jersey City based studio, Cocoon Recording, for all your recording needs, and of course, say hi to him at FM, where he does sound on the regular!!!
Episode 83 features a chat with New Jersey-based musician, Otis Ball! Otis has an extensive and fascinating history in the music industry that started when he sent a demo tape of his music to John Linell and John Flansburgh of They Might Be Giants in the late 1980s! His tunes caught their attention, and Otis eventually moved from his hometown of Dekalb, IL to Hoboken, NJ. Once he arrived in Hoboken, Otis spent time touring with They Might Be Giants as a musician and a personal handler/driver/merch guy and also worked at the legendary Hoboken record store, Pier Platters. Tune in to hear a whole host of great stories, Maxwell’s memories, touring experiences with They Might Be Giants, and much more! This episode features some songs from Otis’ unreleased album, plus a cool live version of “Enough Is Never Enough” by Rage To Life with Otis on drums, and live tracks from Superchunk and Bob Mould at Maxwell’s.
Episode 82 features New Jersey singer-songwriter, Mark Bucci of Brewster! Brewster just released their debut album, Forever Better Kissers, on the Austin, Texas based label Good Relation Records. Tune in to hear all about the inspirations behind the album and the writing process behind it. You’ll hear four infectious tracks from Forever Better Kissers, including two of Tom’s favorites, “Being Clever” and “T-Shirt From A Tour.” Plus, lots of music talk and records from Bruce Springsteen, Julia Jacklin, Sharon Van Etten, Teenage Fanclub, and more!
Like and follow Brewster on Facebook, as they’ll be announcing some June gigs in the near future.
On Episode 81, Tom welcomed Andy Waldron of Jersey City dance-punk group Sailor Boyfriend to the Look At My Records! studio! The duo of Andy Waldron and Alex Mecuri recently released a brand new, incredible record entitled “Shapes and Colors.” Tune in to hear all about “Shapes and Colors,” including the making of the record and its themes. You'll also hear several great tracks from the album, including "Tracy," and "The Battle Of Sugar Hill." Andy even performed two tracks LIVE!!! Plus, wax from De La Soul, Savages, Ought, and more!
You can purchase “Shapes and Colors” on limited edition cassette via Bandcamp. There’s also a “Shapes and Colors” zine with illustrations of each song by Kat Schneider (www.katschneider.com) and Laura Marciniak (lauramarciniak.com).
You can catch Sailor Boyfriend live at following gigs:
April 20th, 2019: WPIR Spring Fling at Pratt
June 4th, 2019: Pale Moon Tuesday at Muchmore’s
Episode 80 features New Jersey’s Whiner! You’ve waited almost three years for new tunes from this band, but don’t worry, you won’t have to wait any longer. Tune in to hear all four songs from their upcoming EP, You Never Have To Feel This Way Ever Again.
To celebrate, the band is throwing two release shows. The first is on April 20th at The Meatlocker in Montclair with EU1LOGY, Tiers, and Johnny Dynamite. Then, the band is performing at Sunnyvale in Brooklyn on April 27th with Dead Leaf Echo, Weeknight, and Tiers. Whiner is also heading to Baltimore this weekend to perform at Future Fest. IT DOESN’T STOP THERE, as they’ll be performing alongside the legendary Martin Rev on June 7th at Sunnyvale! Oh, we played some great records, had a mini-goth rave, and discussed the band’s plans for the rest of 2019.
Big thanks to Whiner for stopping by! You Never Have To Feel This Way Ever Again is dropping on April 20th!
My travels out West brought me to Austin, Texas, where I caught up with the wonderful Jackie Venson! The two of us were supposed to chat back in March during the inaugural New Colossus Festival, but illness got the best of me. Luckily, we reschedule our chat while I was in Texas.
Jackie currently has a whole lot going on. She’s about to drop a brand new record, Joy, and announced a massive tour in support of it. Tune in to hear all about it, plus four spankin’ new fantastic tracks from Joy!
Jackie is hosting a Joy listening party on Thursday, April 4th at Native Hostel. She’ll be raffling off a prize pack that includes tickets to her album release show at the Paramount Theatre on April 12th and a signed guitar! All proceeds go to benefit Kids In A New Groove!
You can preorder Joy via Bandcamp. It’s available via digital download and limited multi-colored vinyl! The record drops on Friday, April 5th!
You can find a full list of tour dates here.
Is this meme still relevant? Episode 78 of Look At My Records! features nine of Tom’s favorite songs from a decade ago and nine of my favorite songs from the first three months of 2019. Take a trip down memory lane as we revisit some classic tunes by Real Estate, Times New Viking, Yo La Tengo, Girls, Vivian Girls, and more. Plus, Tom shares some brand new tunes from Tallies, THICK, The Stoppies, Julia Jacklin, and more!
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 premiere 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
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.
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!
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 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.