Single Premiere: “Freak of Nature” by C.R. and the Degenerates


There are a few certain things in this world that just feel right. Kinda like the momma bear’s porridge (and Johnny Cash), they walk the line of being too hot or too cold, strange or familiar, mellow or upbeat.  So too does C.R. and the Degenerates new single, “Freak of Nature,” off their upcoming album The World According to C.R., which will be released by Sniffling Indie Kids in January 2018. 

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Dawn Chorus is Everything You Love About LKFFCT and More


Not that they ever really went away, but LKFFCT is BACK fellow Earthlings, or should I say, RTHLNGS. Yes, your favorite heavy hitting, vowel absent, North Jersey DIY kings have graced indie music lovers yet again with their 3rd full length release. Dawn Chorus is their most eclectic and well-structured album yet and it is exactly what a band’s junior effort should sound like. Developed, mature, and honest, the album beautifully encapsulates everything from the fear of lost love to the peace found in a simple walk down Bloomfield Ave.

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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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Rocky and the Chapter: They’re Not Supposed to Care About Us


You guys, Rocky and the Chapter are back AGAIN with their fourth release since this time last year, “They’re Not Supposed to Care About Us.” These guys are out of control, but that’s great news for the rest of us, since it means we get more kick-ass EPs like this one, released September 29th from Sniffling Indie Kids.

Right away, “Dream It” slams to life, strong and hard on the guitars, the vocals matching their force. Then, a softer side of the EP, “Give” is a bittersweet, melodic track that perfectly demonstrates Rocky and the Chapter’s ability to be vulnerable and powerful at the same time. “What do you say when you’re helpless and the world stands still to wait?” Catanese asks. “It’s taken everything I’ve made as I fall to earth, and try to raise.”

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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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Exclusive Interview with LKFFCT’s Brian Legentil


For anyone that hasn’t been paying attention, LKFFCT is one of the state’s premier indie bands.  For years now, the band has been captivating audiences with some of the most impassioned and energetic performances the underground stage has ever seen.  The experimental stoner punk band is preparing to followup their 2016 release, The Flower Investment Pawn, with a new LP, Dawn Chorus,  and have just released the first single, “Hatchling.”  As expected, people have already been losing their shit over it.

For this interview, I chatted with LKFFCT’s bringer of bass, Brian Legentil about the upcoming release, future tour dates, the upcoming North Jersey Indie Rock Festival, and what he thinks of people who like Aerosmith.

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