A Thankful Thanksgiving at the Meatlocker


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.

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Salt Pepper Ketchup Release at the Underground Skate Shop


Last Saturday, John Cozz hosted a release show for his new album, Salt, Pepper, Ketchup, in the basement of the Underground Skate Shop in Newark.  The show featured an impressive lineup, paintings on display from local artists, homemade Taylor ham, egg, and cheese sandwiches, and well over a hundred people packed into the basement.  I’ve previously written a review for Salt, Pepper, Ketchup in which I praised John for his D.I.Y. attitude and all of the hard work he put into creating this album.  It was really great to see him get the payoff he deserved with this show, so first and foremost, congratulations, John.

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Meatlocker 4 Tots


It’s hard to say if it was the empanadas, the toy drive, or the Washington Square Park reunion but one thing is for sure, Saturday December 17th 2016, is a night that will go down as one of those “diamond in the dirt” kind of events that happened in this crazy year. For anyone who made the mistake of missing out The Meatlocker held its second annual Toys for Tots drive, in which they found twice as much success as the year before. Both the money and the toys were all donated to Oasis NJ. Oasis is a Paterson based organization with the mission “to change the lives of women and children by breaking the cycle of poverty through compassionate programs designed to feed, clothe, educate, and empower women and children in need.” It was great to have seen a mountain of toys and know that they are going to a good local organization.

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N.J. Racket Playlist – November 26, 2016


In the past few weeks we’ve gotten a ton of new music from old favorites and a few new bands have popped up on the N.J. Racket radar.  Check it out for yourself.

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The Meatlocker is a Punk Rock Oasis


Montclair is kind of a bougie city.  Upper Mountain Road is where all the Mr. Burns-esq villainous rich people live and look down the mountain at all the dirty poor people. Bloomfield Avenue is lined with fancy antiques and craft stores and designer clothing stores filled with young attractive white yuppie couples, who aspire to live on Upper Mountain Road and probably never will, wearing pea coats and furry earmuffs, who might stop in at Fricassee French Bistro to have the $34 Sole Meunier for dinner.  However, if you live in Montclair, go to Montclair State University, or live in the greater Montclair area and you don’t fit into this aforementioned stereotype, fortunately, there is a place for you too.  Conveniently located (essentially) in the basement of Fricassee, is The Meatlocker.

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Whiner’s Forever Is About My Life


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I caught Whiner’s performance at the Cat Circus a few weeks back, which was a celebration of NGHTCRWLRS’ new album, Raging Hot, and Young Legs’ new single, Ring of Salt.  The fact that Whiner would be releasing their own album, Forever, the following week was completely understated, which is apropos for the album itself.

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