Mainstays of the New Brunswick DIY scene, James Bauman and Josh Claps of American Lions join us for Episode 5 of Racket Radio. The crew’s been keeping themselves busy as of late with the release of their debut full length album Serf Rock while also running Mount Moon, one of the most active show houses in Hub City. I was lucky enough to be able to hang out at Mount Moon for the recording of this episode and see what the space when it’s not overflowing with punks. Not to spoil the episode, but it’s still pretty wild.
This Thursday Virginia’s “one man jam band” Keller Williams will take the stage at White Eagle Hall in Jersey City, and joining him will be New Jersey locals The Bitter Chills. Still riding the wave of the release of their second album, Feel-Good Songs for Feel-Bad People, The Bitter Chills will be taking a big step forward in sharing the stage with an act like Williams on just one stop of his seven month national tour. Tickets are still available on Ticketfly, but you’d be best to act quickly because I’m not sure how much longer that will be the case.
Long time indie rock vet Tony Saxon announced his signing to Mint 400 Records back in the fall of 2017 and has since wasted no time making his presence felt. The infectious, high energy guitar riffs of “Black Hearted Gypsy Woman,” the album’s first single, teased listeners and left them wanting more. The wish was granted back on January 26 with the release of Old Souls & Long Term Goals, eleven hard-rocking melodies like nothing you’ve heard for a long, long time.
Saxon draws influence from the early, experimental days of rock music and embodies that spirit so effectively throughout this album, which was tracked live in it’s entirety. In today’s digital age, it’s pretty uncommon for a piece to be so raw and untouched which truly adds so much to the authentic feel Saxon creates and is just one example of the risks taken and rules broken throughout Old Souls & Long Term Goals.
Joining us for Episode 4 of Racket Radio are Neil Sabatino and Adam Bird to try to justify their terrible opinions on Star Wars: The Last Jedi and also chat a bit about some local indie music, their opinions on which I have much more respect for. For those that don’t already know, Neil is the owner of Mint 400 Records as well as the singer and guitarist of the band Fairmont and Adam is the lead singer/songwriter/guitarist/keyboardist/a bunch of other things in his new project A Bird.
When you search Alpha Buddha on google, the first thing that comes up is that old viral video of the 16 year old kid who threw that crazy party in Australia and refused to take off his sunglasses. Since watching that interview I’ve always wondered what being at that party would have been like. What crazy Australians Drugs would I have accidentally taken in, how WhAcKy they would have made me feel? Keep in mind, this party happened in 2008, which was a time when Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida” ranked higher on the Billboard charts than Colbie Caillat’s “Bubbly.” People were clearly all sorts of fucked up, especially in Australia. I guess it makes sense, because listening to math rock can get you really fucked up from the sporadic time changes, the twinkles, the tapping, the twinkles, and the ambient vocals. So lets just take off our sunglasses and talk about Alpha Buddha‘s latest EP, Surf Brain.
You know what nobody wants? More albums that sound just like everything else. Oh, you’re revisiting Dookie-era Green Day? It’s weird nobody else has ever thought to do that. Instead, you know what everybody wants? An album that’s so goddamn fresh there’s nothing else that sounds even remotely like it. And that is exactly what we got with the new Junkanoo EP Mother Nasty. This album is so goddamn fresh it’s locally-sourced, free-range, organic, gluten free, GMO free, and never frozen, just the way good music should be.