Hoboken, New Jersey, a mile square city in the shadow of The Big Apple, served as the launch pad for some of indie rock’s true giants. Instrumental to the success of many of these artists is Coyote Records, a label primarily focusing on releasing acts that frequented Hoboken clubs on a regular basis. Established in 1985 by original Maxwell’s owner Steve Fallon, the label’s first release was a compilation of area artists presciently titled “Luxury Condominiums Coming To Your Area.” It featured tracks from Hobokenites Yo La Tengo, Rage To Live, and The Wygals.
The young trio from Yonkers, Guilty Giraffe, is back at it with the release of their new single. “Hungry Cats,” on Mint 400 Records. The single is the second follow up to their debut full length Server Error, which was released last May, and comes on the heels of their most recent single, “Washed Out.” Guilty Giraffe had made a name for themselves with their loud, raucous style, but have taken leaps and bounds in their song writing approach as of late and are demonstrating a much more mature sound that retains the noisy fuzz, but is more intricate and refined. Such steps forward at still such a young age really show off the amount of potential this band has a head.
Finding true sincerity in songwriting is often like trying to hold water in the palm of your hand. You know it, you see it, yet it still seems nearly impossible hold and obtain. Nicolle Maroulis has found a way in their project Hit Like A Girl with the band’s debut release You Make Sense. Hit Like A Girl started as a solo, acoustic act but in a short amount of time has evolved into a full band arrangement with a full and explosive sound.
Avant garde punk band Shithead’s Rainbow (SHRB) has released a new music video for “Bad,” the first single off their upcoming album Ludlows, scheduled to be released on February 16 on Mint 400 Records. I’m unable to describe this band as well as they describe themselves, so allow me to use their own words, “Bayonne trash, with Jersey City style, and Ridgewood cheese, and Newark Bay broth, served by our toxic sunset.” I don’t know about you, but now I’m fucking hungry. Grab a snack and enjoy the video below.
So in case you haven’t noticed, I really can’t say enough about Spowder. Apparently, I’ve got a fever, and the only cure, is more Spowder. They’re a lot like cowbells that way. But if you haven’t been keeping up, the bands last album Health Palm was released last spring and has been the talk of the New Jersey scene. Last fall, Spowder released the first music video from the album for “Miracle Grow,” and similar to that release, the video for “Pulp” is is just as wacked out and irreverent.
There’s not enough good music on the radio. That’s probably more fact than opinion at this point. Remember how excited everyone got for like twenty minutes when they heard 92.3 was coming back? And then 92.3 actually came back and everyone wished their car radio got stolen like a 21 Pilots song. Anyway, there is still some good music on local radio and it’s usually brought to you by Al C. on WFDU’s Signal to Noise Sunday nights between 11pm and 2am. In the coming weeks, Al will be hosting a series of shows as fundraisers for Signal to Noise. Because the show is on college radio, Al is not able to charge for advertising spots on the air, and because nothing in this world is free, must instead look to other means to raise the funding necessary to keep the show on the air.
I’ve been honored to be a guest on Signal to Noise a few times and I have seen first hand how passionate Al is about promoting local indie music. I appreciate everything he’s been doing for the community and everything he’s done for us at N.J. Racket in helping promote what do here as a shared passion, and as such I got in touch with him in the last week to speak about his history in the indie scene, what he’s got planned for Signal to Noise, and how the internet is ruining music.