Underlined Passages Talk About Tandi My Dicafi


The rock n roll duo of Mike Nestor and Jamaal Turner, known as Underlined Passages, released a new album, Tandi My Dicafi, on Mint 400 Records last month and have been gigging across the north east to promote it.  Luckily for me (and by association for you), I was able to catch up with Mike on during their shows in Pittsburgh and Brooklyn and talk to them about the album and everything that’s lead them to this point in their careers.  See what he has to say, give Tandi My Dicafi a spin, and make a point to catch them on November 17 at The Grape Room in Philly.

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The Second Annual North Jersey Indie Rock Festival Recap


On September 23, Sniffling Indie Kids and Mint 400 Records hosted the Second Annual North Jersey Indie Rock Festival at Cathedral Hall in Jersey City, featuring twenty-four bands across five different local record labels.  N.J. Racket was fortunate enough to sponsor the event alongside the world-renowned Jonathan LeVine Projects.

As I had been looking forward to this event for months, it is hard for me to really explain what that day was like and how the experience was to me on a personal level.  I got to work closely with Sniffling Indie Kids and Mint 400 while they planned the event, and while my personal involvement was minimal, witnessing the level of effort and dedication they put into lifting this event to its full potential and to create a space and atmosphere that was positive, safe, inclusive, and (most of all) fun was truly inspiring.  Before we o any further, I want to take a moment here at the beginning to say thank you to everyone that participated in the event, from the festival planners, performers, promoters, vendors, and audience members.  These types of things cannot exist without everyone’s passion and participation.

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A Bird Breaks the Mold with “The Sun and the Moon”


Every time Adam Bird’s new project, A Bird, is mentioned, it is prefaced by the fact that he is formerly the frontman of Those Mockingbirds. (Of course, I’m now guilty of it too.) When A Bird released their first single, “Polluto,” back in June, I thought perhaps Bird would be rid of that preface.  With the release of “The Sun and the Moon,” A Bird is making a statement that this is a fresh and original project, not only in respect to Those Mockingbirds, but in respect to the musical landscape as a whole.

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Interview with North Jersey Indie Rock Fest Organizers Frank DeFranco and Neil Sabatino


I decided to start N.J. Racket the Thursday night before the inaugural North Jersey Indie Rock Festival.  It was an impulsive decision, and I had no idea the depths of what I was getting myself into. If I had, given my attitude at the time, I probably would’ve been too intimidated to even try.  At the time, I was completely unaware of the story of what went into putting the festival together or even who was behind it.  The festival, even in its first year, was an impressive undertaking with twenty bands from Sniffling Indie Kids (SIK) and Mint 400 Records (M400).  A year later, I would find myself at the Tick Tock Diner interviewing the owners of those two labels, Frank DeFranco and Neil, having already worked closely with them for several months as a sponsor for the second annual event.

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The Brixton Riot Single Premiere: Can’t Stop Now


The Brixton Riot are quite a while removed from their previous release, Palace Amusements, which came out in 2012, but the band has clearly not lost their touch.  On October 6, The Brixton Riot will be delivering Close Counts, recorded and engineered by the one and only J. Robbins, to be released on Mint 400 Records.  The album is 11 tracks of good, old-fashioned, 70’s inspired power-pop, complete with driving guitar riffs, sing-along vocals, and rhythm that’ll get your feet moving and keep ‘em moving till the last note.

“But, N.J. Racket, how are we supposed to wait until October 6?  The anticipation is killing us!”

You won’t have to wait.  We’re giving you the album’s first single, “Can’t Stop Now,” right now!

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North Jersey Indie Rock Festival: Lineup Set Times


Alright everyone, here’s the deal.  I don’t want any of you, not a single person, to have any excuse for missing their favorite band next Saturday at the (takes a deep breath) Second Annual North Jersey Indie Rock Festival at Cathedral Hall on Montgomery Street in Jersey City (advance tickets available here), and as such we’ve decided to post the complete rundown of ALL 24 BANDS.

As you already know, the festival will have two stages.  The stage downstairs will be the JONATHAN LeVINE PROJECTS STAGE and the upstairs stage will be the N.J. RACKET STAGE.  Pretty god damn baller right?  Also, be sure to give the festival playlist a listen, posted below the lineup and order your festival t-shirt HERE!

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