In Episode 28, Tom sits down with Brooklyn-based dream pop band Parrot Dream! Hear members Kiki, Gonzalo, and Matt chat about their beginnings in Chile, songwriting process, and influences for their upcoming 2018 releases! Also, listen to Parrot Dream's picks from Savages, The Breeders, Alvvays, Hoops, The Raincoats and more! You can catch them at the Footlight on Saturday November 11th!
Episode 27 features some picks from one of Tom's recent crate digging excursions. Yeah, that's right - the surfy instrumental goodness of the Raybeats, plus some Paisley Underground jams from The Three O'Clock, and New Jersey favorites, The Silos.
Can you believe the Raincoats are in town? Ought also has two shows lined up, including in support of Waxahatchee at White Eagle Hall in Jersey City. In Episode 27, you can also hear additional hardcore excellent jams from L.A. Witch, Las Rosas, The Rural Alberta Advantage, Tall Juan, and the dynamic duo of Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile. Tickets are still available for their show at Loews Theater in Jersey City. I'm bringing my entire family - that's how great the show is gonna be! Don't miss out!
Episode 26 kicks off with an upbeat, jangly indie pop song of the Scottish persuasion from Close Lobsters. Plus our buddies from the great white north, Japandroids, are back in town with Cloud Nothings. Tom also serves up an XTC cover from the wonderful Fassine and some Shannon & The Clams to hold you over until they take over Monty Hall on Sunday October 29th! Tom rounds out the set with tracks from Parrot Dream, the Gories, and more. Listen up!
Episode 25 features tracks from two hot reissues from The Necessaries and the 6ths. Plus more from The Courtneys, Sheen Marina, Versing, and plenty THE REPLACEMENTS LIVE AT MAXWELL'S 1986!
In Episode 24, Tom sits down with the dudes from Morus Alba. Their conversation encompassed a wide range of topics - including the group's origin story at Bard College in Annadale-on-Hudson, NY, their most recent cassette release "Stay Asleep," and the band's ever-evolving sound. Plus, their picks from my collection, including a 5 minute highlight reel of the Mets 1986 season! I'm not making that up. Marcel Rudin picked that one - and trust me, I honor all selections on this program! In addition to this fun recap of the Mets championship season over 30 years ago, this episode features songs from Patti Smith, Michael Jackson, John Coltrane, Nas, and the pride of the Elephant Six Collective, The Olivia Tremor Control!
Oh yeah, and a few tracks from Proper Ornaments, Kyle Forester, and Turnip King sprinkled in for good measure. You can see those hot acts this weekend!
Episode 23 previews a great week of shows - featuring the Wire residency at Baby's All Right, Mitski and Soccer Mommy in Jersey City, and the Rubblebucket Dream Picnic at Knockdown Center. Plus bonus footage from my interview with LKFFCT with some awesome picks from my collection, including Minutemen, Priests, and Husker Du! Don't forget, their new album drops on October 9th.
Tom closes out the show with an excellent track from Beijing's GONG GONG GONG, who are playing three upcoming shows in the NYC area.
In Episode 22, Tom previews the second annual North Jersey Indie Rock Festival, which is happening on Saturday September 23rd from 11AM to 9PM at Cathedral Hall in Jersey City. The festival boasts 24 fantastic bands representing five New Jersey based labels for the BARGAIN PRICE OF ONLY 10 DOLLARS! Given the amount of awesomeness spread across this lineup, it's certainly a can't miss!
Tom chatted with two of his favorite bands slated to play the festival, Professor Caveman and LKFFCT. Both groups have brand new releases coming out SUPER SOON on Sniffling Indie Kids. Listen in to hear "Lemon Water" and "Vaseline" off of Professor Caveman's Volume 3, which has a planned physical release in late 2017. Plus, LKFFCT shares "Hatchling" and "Anesthesia" off of their latest full length, "Dawn Chorus." "Dawn Chorus" is dropping on October 9th, but you can hear it here first!
That's not all, though! Tom has plenty of lit AF tracks from bands playing the festival, including Spowder, Dentist, The Rock n' Roll Hi-Fives, Shred Flinstone, AND MORE!
You can see all of these great acts and more this Saturday September 23rd at Cathedral Hall in Jersey City! Hope to see you there!
Episode 21 starts off with a bang! That's right, the brand new album from Toronto natives Alvvays just dropped and Tom cannot stop spinning that wax! Catch them live at Brooklyn Steel on October 5th.
Then Tom plays some new tracks from Antietam, Teen Daze, Varsity, and Protomartyr. Plus jams from local favorites Yucky Duster, Cherubim, and Steve Gunn. As always, all of these highly talented artists are conveniently playing LIVE within the NYC area. Get out there and dance your butt off to their tunes this weekend!
Tom rounds out the program with a special track "Jeffrey, I Hear You." This song is dedicated to my friend and law school classmate, Jeff Eloy, who passed away on September 17, 2013. Jeff loved music and is missed by many!
In Episode 20, Tom sits down with Emmy Black, President and Founder of New Jersey based record label Rhyme and Reason Records. Listen as they talk about new releases from Rhyme and Reason artists, Sweet Crude, Pronoun, and of course, Glenn Morrow's Cry For Help! Plus lots of chatter about Emmy's background at Bar None Records, the Rhyme and Reason origin story, and of course, plenty of picks from Tom's collection. Spoiler alert: their picks are very Bar None/Hoboken heavy. Thanks to Emmy for stopping by and gifting me an amazing Bar None Records pin and R&R tote bag. LISTEN TO THIS EPISODE!
Episode 19 previews a fun weekend of shows, including the triumpant return of Twerps and Robyn Hitchcock. These two dudes with similar accents will be gracing the stage of Baby's All Right to fill your Labor Day Weekend with jangly bliss. Plus new tunes from Petite League, Guided By Voices, and Navy Gangs! Check them all out at your local venue.
Oh, and I take an impromptu stab at writing my own Guided By Voices song. It's not as easy as Bob Pollard makes it look.
On Episode 18, Tom preps you for a weekend of AMAZING shows with some NECESSARY LISTENING. We've got everything from garage rock legends The Sonics to Chicago duo, Ratboys - with a little Wylflife, Boytoy, Adult Mom, and more sprinkled right in the middle. The best part of all IS ALL OF THESE AWESOME ACTS are playing in NYC in the coming HOURS. So, if you like what you hear, get out there and see them in the FLESH!
Episode 17 features new songs from Frankie Rose, Robyn Hitchcock, and B Boys! Robyn Hitchcock and Frankie Rose embark on nationwide tours starting in September, so catch them in your town this fall!
Plus great tunes from tons of bands playing at all your favorite spots from Jersey City to Bushwick, including Bethlehem Steel, John Maus, Patio, Lina Tullgren, Gun Outfit, and NRBQ!
Ringo Deathstarr and the Dead Kennedys round out this episode with two musical public service announcements. This podcast hates fascists and would like to remind you to avoid direct eye contact with the sun during the lunar eclipse next week!
The beautiful boys of the New Brunswick trio, Living Tradition, stopped by the Look At My Records! studio to debut three new songs from their soon to be released record, "Habitual Creatures." These tracks are legit hot, fiery, and sound super slick! Plus lots of tour stories, BELCHING, and their picks from my collection - including Sandy (Alex G), Built To Spill, and Tame Impala!
Episode 15 just may be the most delightful installment of Look At My Records to date!
Here's the back story: Zach Romano and Tom Gallo are BFFs. They see a lot of live music together in the greater New York City area. So, when Zach Romano crashed at Tom's place earlier this month, this dynamic best friend duo curated a playlist of some of the best live acts they've seen over the course of the last few years.
BUT THAT'S NOT ALL
Zach and Tom also discuss their favorite records of the year at the halfway point.
THERE'S ACTUALLY MORE-
They also have a few stories from their college radio days at Lafayette up their sleeves that may or may not leave you in stitches! Shout out to WJRH at Lafayette College for putting up with my shenanigans.
Listen in for all the talk and tunes!
In Episode 14, Tom chats with Union City, NJ up and comers, The Lo-Fis! They're fresh off a sold out show opening for Wolf Alice at Rough Trade NYC, where they shredded and witnessed some interesting celebrity gossip FIRST HAND. TUNE IN TO HEAR THIS JUICY INFO PLUS SONGS FROM THEIR BRAND NEW SINGLE, "TRIPPED ON A CURB!" Oh and of course they made some very stellar selections from my collections, including a fantastic Lee Ranaldo bedroom demo of "Eric's Trip!"
Plus great james from Poppies, Palm, Jeffrey Lewis, Kalbells, Priests, The Rubinoos, and Baby Shakes! Get out to those shows and make Mr. Look At My Records proud!!!!
Tom sits down with Nick and Pat of Atlas Engine to talk about the recording process for the latest single, Shadow Dancer. Tune in to hear a preview of Shadow Dancer, along with their picks from Tom's record collection. Both dudes are pretty fond of the Dismemberment Plan. Atlas Engine will be playing with Loose Buttons on Thursday July 20th at Mercury Lounge.
As usual, Tom also has great tracks from Wild Maker, Wilsen, Dentist, Loose Button, Evolfo, and XTC!
Don't expect a fourth of July hangover this weekend in NYC. Tom supplies his picks for a jam packed weekend of excellent shows featuring, Paer, Boogarin, Hot Curl, Spowder, and more!
Happy 4th of July weekend! Tom has the excellent jams to get you patriotic BBQ rollin'! Episode 11 is the soundtrack to your festivities.
Tom introduces a brand new segment called RECENT PURCHASES! This week, Tom picked up the excellent new record from Triptides, the first EP from Australia's Beaches, and a single from UK indie pop legends Sea Urchins. Plus great tracks from Pink Mexico, Milky Wimpshake, Las Pinas, and MORE! Listen in to hear Tom's picks for the best shows happening this 4th of July weekend!
Episode 10 previews an incredible week of shows in the New York City area with tracks from Palm, Pinkwash, Julie Byrne, and Lazyeyes! On deck for this weekend is an incredible triple bill featuring local power-pop favorites EZTV, Chicago's Clerance, and Kyle Forester.
Tom has Milkmen from New Brunswick, NJ on this week's episode of Look At My Records! Tune in to hear songs from their self-titled debut record and their personal selections from Tom's record collection. Tom also plays tracks from Deerhoof, High Waisted, Sports, and the latest single from Hoboken's Glenn Morrow's Cry For Help! All four bands are playing shows in the NYC area this weekend, so if you like what you hear, check them out live!