Shred Flintstone and Smock have already arrived in Austin, Texas for SXSW, but before they left, Dan Barrecchia, Zach Inkley, and Jesse Benicaso sat down to talk about the festival and their plans to rep the Jersey indie scene. Besides the upcoming tour and festival, we get into some interesting topics of conversation like sending heartfelt DM’s to celebrities on Instagram, chasing tornadoes in Nebraska, Miller High Life sponsorships, Jesse’s future as a magician, why they all hate John Cozz, why they all love Max Rauch, why they all love John Cozz, and living life as an interstellar nobody.
Thank you to everyone that’s been tuning in for the past couple months. The response we’ve gotten to Racket Radio has surpassed everything we had hoped for and we truly appreciate that anyone at all gives a shit. This episode marks the end of Season 1, but we will be back soon with another round of episodes from some more great artists, so stay tuned in and keep an ear out for that.
Racket Radio is back again with more sweet rockin’ riffs and nonsensical babbling from some of your favorite local artists. This week, our guests are Jean Pool bassist Paul Brushaber and Electric Sensei drummer Joey Papa, and I know what you’re thinking, “a bassist and drummer? It’s only episode 3!” But Paul and Joey not only happen to be two of the most creative people in the scene, but also are two of the most fun and chill people you could have the fortune of speaking with. And as an extra special treat, you can come out to Stosh’s in Fairlawn on Friday, February 16 and see Electric Sensei perform with Paul filling in on bass.
In our episode today I talk with Paul and Joey about Paul’s first time crowd surfing, the advantages of having multiple Instagram accounts, why having only one ear plug is useless, and why you should never bring a samurai sword out on a boat in October.
We have some very special guests joining us for the first ever installment of N.J. Racket‘s Racket Radio podcast series. Sniffling Indie Kids is one of the most influential labels in the New Jersey independent music landscape and the three owners, Frank DeFranco, Eric Goldberg, and Joe Lanza are some of the most passionate and knowledgeable people that I’ve had the privilege to know.
In this episode, Frank, Eric, and Joe talk us through the inception of the label, going back to the creation of the Tiny Giant Artist Collective, through meeting Neil Sabatino of Mint 400 Records, starting the North Jersey Indie Rock Festival, and their plans for the future.
Thanksgiving Eve turned out to be a fitting occasion to have a show featuring six of Northern Jersey’s acclaimed bands – Sunflower, LKFFCT, Whiner, Trü, Smock, and Shred Flintstone, gathering to celebrate Tyler Curtis’ birthday. Though some groups have been around longer than others (scene veterans LKFFCT, for instance, are somewhat of a collective “father figure” at this point), all of these musicians have been supporting each other for years, as well as the whole music scene of the greater Montclair area.
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.
The time has come to announce the first group of bands for The North Jersey Indie Rock Festival set for September 23 at Cathedral Hall in Jersey City. We have already given you the two sponsors for the event, Jonathan LeVine Projects and, your’s truly, N.J. Racket. Now, we present the lineup of bands from, festival co-founder, Sniffling Indie Kids: