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!
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 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!
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!
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 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 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!
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!
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 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!
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!
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!
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 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!
Happy new year, everyone! In formulating a playlist for the first episode of 2018, I realized that I acquired several excellent cassette releases from local artists in the last year. So, I wanted to share with everyone some of my favorite tracks from these great releases. Featuring tracks from Patio, No Honeymoon, Holy Tunics, Parrot Dream, The Royal Arctic Institute, Sheen Marina, Journalism, Grim Streaker, and more!
In Episode 35, Tom and Zach discuss in vivid detail their top five records of 2017. Which bands/artists made the final cut?? There's only one way to find out - listen to this episode!
Thanks to all the wonderful artists who made 2017 an extremely memorable year for music!
Remember Zach Romano from Episode 15? Well, it's almost 20 episodes later and he's back to share his favorite records of 2017. That's not all, though! You'll also hear all about Tom's favorite records of 2017! Let me tell ya, 2017 was quite the year for music - with so many amazing releases, it was extremely difficulty to pick a top 10.
In Part 1, Tom and Zach will guide you through picks 10 through 6. Stayed tuned for Part 2, which will drop later in the week!
In Episode 33, Tom chats with Sarah, James, and Laurie of the London based trio, Fassine! The band is coming off an eventful 2017, as they recently appeared in the highly anticipated XTC documentary, "This Is Pop," and released a critically acclaimed new record entitled "Gourami." Listen in to hear about their latest record, their plans for 2018 (they're in the process of writing a complete different sounding record), and four live tracks recorded at Battery Studios. Like what you hear? You can get your hands on these live tracks FOR FREE by signing up for Fassine's mailing list at http://www.fassine.com. Get that VIP treatment!
We also touched on a variety of XTC related topics, including Fassine's stellar contribution to the documentary, XTC's influence on the band's ethos and sound, and the band's legacy in the states and the U.K. Although we spoke via Skype, an episode of Look At My Records would not be complete without some picks! So, each of us picked our personal favorite XTC song for you to enjoy. I threw in a Colin Moulding jam for good measure.
Oh and great news - "This Is Pop" will be airing on Showtime Networks on Thursday January 11, 2018! It'll be available on demand immediately thereafter. Mark your calendars!
Tom recently sat down with Cameron Carr of the Columbus, Ohio based band, Trying. Listen in to hear all about their origins in Ohio, touring experiences in rural Appalachia, and plans for their debut full length. Plus Cameron's eclectic picks! Tom threw in some Ohio based picks at the end for good measure.
Now based in Brooklyn, Trying is making their NYC debut this Sunday December 10th at Pianos. Don't miss them!
In Episode 31, Tom sits down with Monroe, NY indie rockers, The Racer, to talk about their string of luscious new singles. Listen in to hear two of their latest tracks, Apogee and Skeptic, plus lots of talk about their songwriting process, overall development as a group, and even a little bit of Linkin Park talk.
Plus their picks! Oh and my pick for feel good song of the century! If you know me well, you won't be shocked.