In the past few weeks we’ve gotten a ton of new music from old favorites and a few new bands have popped up on the N.J. Racket radar. Check it out for yourself.
Montclair is kind of a bougie city. Upper Mountain Road is where all the Mr. Burns-esq villainous rich people live and look down the mountain at all the dirty poor people. Bloomfield Avenue is lined with fancy antiques and craft stores and designer clothing stores filled with young attractive white yuppie couples, who aspire to live on Upper Mountain Road and probably never will, wearing pea coats and furry earmuffs, who might stop in at Fricassee French Bistro to have the $34 Sole Meunier for dinner. However, if you live in Montclair, go to Montclair State University, or live in the greater Montclair area and you don’t fit into this aforementioned stereotype, fortunately, there is a place for you too. Conveniently located (essentially) in the basement of Fricassee, is The Meatlocker.
I caught Whiner’s performance at the Cat Circus a few weeks back, which was a celebration of NGHTCRWLRS’ new album, Raging Hot, and Young Legs’ new single, Ring of Salt. The fact that Whiner would be releasing their own album, Forever, the following week was completely understated, which is apropos for the album itself.
Last week I wrote about NGHTCRWLRS’ album release show and about how the show and the new album, Raging Hot, were pretty fucking funky fresh. The album, released on the Sniffling Indie Kids label, has ten ass-kicking tracks and is a great listen top to bottom. The four-piece band, consisting of guitarists Eric Goldberg and Frank DeFranco, bassist Brian Goglia, and drummer Max Rauch, excels in sophisticated composition and layering of the individual pieces in a way where they’re all distinguishable while still sounding unified.
The closest I’ve ever come to listening to prog rock regularly was playing The Moody Blues’ On the Threshold of a Dream over and over when I was in junior high and felt the overwhelming need to light candles and write in my journal because I just had so many feelings. I did also work at a Renaissance Faire one summer (not last summer, I swear), but that wasn’t exactly for the music either. Is that the same? Regardless, Young Legs’ new single, Ring of Salt, has made me a serious fan of their particular prog rock/indie folk style.
This past Saturday about fifty people crowded into The Cat Circus, a basement venue in North Jersey, to celebrate the release of Young Legs’ single, Ring of Salt, and NGHTCRWLRS’ new album, Raging Hot. I typically make mention of our habit of running late to just about every show we go to, but we ended up being embarrassingly early to this one. We were so early that Cooper and I sat in the only two chairs available in the basement and didn’t feel bad that anyone else had to stand.