Single Premiere: “Freak of Nature” by C.R. and the Degenerates


There are a few certain things in this world that just feel right. Kinda like the momma bear’s porridge (and Johnny Cash), they walk the line of being too hot or too cold, strange or familiar, mellow or upbeat.  So too does C.R. and the Degenerates new single, “Freak of Nature,” off their upcoming album The World According to C.R., which will be released by Sniffling Indie Kids in January 2018. 

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Underlined Passages Talk About Tandi My Dicafi


The rock n roll duo of Mike Nestor and Jamaal Turner, known as Underlined Passages, released a new album, Tandi My Dicafi, on Mint 400 Records last month and have been gigging across the north east to promote it.  Luckily for me (and by association for you), I was able to catch up with Mike on during their shows in Pittsburgh and Brooklyn and talk to them about the album and everything that’s lead them to this point in their careers.  See what he has to say, give Tandi My Dicafi a spin, and make a point to catch them on November 17 at The Grape Room in Philly.

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Dawn Chorus is Everything You Love About LKFFCT and More


Not that they ever really went away, but LKFFCT is BACK fellow Earthlings, or should I say, RTHLNGS. Yes, your favorite heavy hitting, vowel absent, North Jersey DIY kings have graced indie music lovers yet again with their 3rd full length release. Dawn Chorus is their most eclectic and well-structured album yet and it is exactly what a band’s junior effort should sound like. Developed, mature, and honest, the album beautifully encapsulates everything from the fear of lost love to the peace found in a simple walk down Bloomfield Ave.

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Surprise of the Century Releases The Disabled Ableist


New Jersey three-piece Surprise of the Century released the first single off their upcoming eponymous EP with a show at Pianos on October 1.  The single, titled “The Disabled Ableist,” was recorded by The Meatlocker’s Dan Rivas and mixed and mastered by Young Legs’ Steven Donohue.  The EP will be the band’s first formal release since their demo was released in November of last year.

One of the area’s most active DIY bands, Surprise of the Century has been gracing the stages of The Meatlocker, Clash Bar, and Boontunes for over a year, while frontman Sean Ritz is also known to book one hell of a show on his own.  The band is overdue for a proper release, and I’m personally very excited to see what they have lined up for us.

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The Carousers Get Rowdy on Their Debut EP


The Carousers’ eponymous EP, released October 6th, starts out hard and never lets up. The trio out of Long Branch, made up of guitarist/singer Joey Affatato, bassist Cassidy Crosby, and drummer Andy Jackle, packs so much energy into these five songs that you won’t need caffeine for days an hour or two, let’s be real.

The Carousers hits you in the face with guitars, accenting harmonies, and wry lyrics about the struggles of love, made all the more vivid by Affatato’s raw delivery. “Another World,” their single released last month, starts out, “Eyes glued to my stupid fucking phone/Waiting for your name but it don’t show,” characteristically mixing self-deprecating humor with heartbreak to convey self-awareness and perspective in the face of romantic frustrations.

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The Second Annual North Jersey Indie Rock Festival Recap


On September 23, Sniffling Indie Kids and Mint 400 Records hosted the Second Annual North Jersey Indie Rock Festival at Cathedral Hall in Jersey City, featuring twenty-four bands across five different local record labels.  N.J. Racket was fortunate enough to sponsor the event alongside the world-renowned Jonathan LeVine Projects.

As I had been looking forward to this event for months, it is hard for me to really explain what that day was like and how the experience was to me on a personal level.  I got to work closely with Sniffling Indie Kids and Mint 400 while they planned the event, and while my personal involvement was minimal, witnessing the level of effort and dedication they put into lifting this event to its full potential and to create a space and atmosphere that was positive, safe, inclusive, and (most of all) fun was truly inspiring.  Before we o any further, I want to take a moment here at the beginning to say thank you to everyone that participated in the event, from the festival planners, performers, promoters, vendors, and audience members.  These types of things cannot exist without everyone’s passion and participation.

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