Last April saw the launch of one of the very best podcast series in New Jersey indie rock. No, it’s not Racket Radio, I said it’s a good podcast. Look At My Records! is the brainchild of Jersey City’s Tom Gallo, a long-time participant and fan of the scene. Tom’s been working his ass off on this podcast series and has featured a ton of great local guests and has promoted the music of so many more on a weekly basis. This Friday night at The Footlight in Queens, Tom will be celebrating the 50th episode of Look At My Records! with a show featuring local favorites Hard Nips, Atlas Engine, Morus Alba, and Milkmen. Last week I got to catch up with Tom and chat with him about the podcast and the show. Check out what he had to say below.
In many ways, the concept of D.I.Y. is what binds this scene together more than anything else. And I know the obvious response to that is, “Hey jackass, what about music?” But what this scene really means and is about isn’t necessarily the music as an art form in and of itself. The Philharmonic is music; Top 40 is music. The true defining characteristic of this scene is the do it yourself mentality, the pure creative drive to make what isn’t there and to do so under your own authority. D.I.Y. has given us more than just the music. It has given us record labels, publications, festivals, merchandise, venues – and no place in the world feels more like home than a good D.I.Y. venue. Last weekend marked the end of a good one