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Champagne Jams Delivered Everything I Wished It Could

December 18 was circled on the calendar for a long time.  The Front Bottoms present Champagne Jams at Webster Hall, featuring big time local artists such as The Screaming Females, Brick + Mortar, Lvl Up, Hodera, Diet Cig, Dollys, and American Trappist.  Twelve total bands, three stages, over five hours of live music.  I got tickets for the N.J. Racket crew back in early November, and we were all amped to be able to see all of these bands at a single show.  So amped, that I’ve been listening to this playlist for months.

Meatlocker 4 Tots

It’s hard to say if it was the empanadas, the toy drive, or the Washington Square Park reunion but one thing is for sure, Saturday December 17th 2016, is a night that will go down as one of those “diamond in the dirt” kind of events that happened in this crazy year. For anyone who made the mistake of missing out The Meatlocker held its second annual Toys for Tots drive, in which they found twice as much success as the year before. Both the money and the toys were all donated to Oasis NJ. Oasis is a Paterson based organization with the mission “to change the lives of women and children by breaking the cycle of poverty through compassionate programs designed to feed, clothe, educate, and empower women and children in need.” It was great to have seen a mountain of toys and know that they are going to a good local organization.

SINGLE PREMIERE: “Freedom in the Air” by Rosey Bengal

junk-mail-2We at N.J. Racket are absolutely thrilled to be debuting Rosey Bengal’s newest single, “Freedom in the Air.” It’s the first off their upcoming album, Junk Mail, set to be released on New Year’s Day 2017.  The single was mixed by Steve Vealey and the entire album is being done by Max Rauch.  This will be Rosey Bengal’s second full-length album release, coming back with all the sweet and melodic sounds from their first, eponymous release that made us fall in love with them.  “Freedom in the Air” tells the story of an intense yet doomed romance with such vivid imagery that only songwriter Evan Luberger could construct.

ManDancing is the Perfect Band to Remedy Your Shitty Week

Last week was a rough one for me.  I’ve been commuting and working long hours, got my finals coming up, caught a cold, and tried to mix in holiday preparation on top of it all.  It was the kind of week where, when Friday comes around, you don’t want to be bothered with any more bullshit – just let go and melt into some good tunes.

ManDancing was having their own problems.  They were originally slated to play a different show in New Brunswick, but those plans fell through the day before, leaving them to scramble last-minute to try and find a venue willing to put them on.  Of course, they were able to find one, because they’re ManDancing, and they fucking rock.

Come Hang Out With LKFFCT

the-flower-investment-pawnI turned on LKFFCT’s newest album, The Flower Investment Pawn, and listened to it once, all the way through. Then I did it again. And again. Because I became so charmed by these four guys and their obvious tight friendship. It made me want to hang out with them. Which is weird, because I don’t like hanging out with anyone. That’s how good this album is.

Behind the Scenes of the Sandbrook Video Shoot with Rocky and the Chapter

Last weekend I got to hang with Rocky and the Chapter for the filming of their new music video for the song “Sandbrook,” which came off their latest album, Aye.  This is technically the second video from the album.  Back in October, the band released a video for the track “Go for Gold,” which was made entirely of old national geographic film footage spliced together, and it’s pretty badass in its own right.