Happy Holidays 2016!!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS 2016!!

Chillin' on a sunny, Sunday, New Year's Day...

Chillin’ on a sunny, Sunday, New Year’s Day…

I’m still on the air at WBJB-FM, Brookdale Public Radio at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft NJ. I am the Music Director and afternoon on air host, every Monday through Friday 3p-7p. We won the Asbury Music Award for Top Local Radio Station for the 16th year in a row. You can visit the website to listen online. We’re a “Triple A” radio station. That stands for “Adult Album Alternative.” We play a lot of rock, classic rock, blues, acoustic, some alternative, singer/songwriters, and a lot of local NJ artists. We had another successful summer of concerts on the beach in Belmar (only 1 rain out!) and successful Membership Drives (we’re listener supported) as well.ama
I’ve also been working part-time at Jack’s Music Shoppe, a legendary record store in Red Bank NJ. Only been working on Sundays and Record Store Days, but it’s enough to get back into the “record store thing.” And some extra money is helpful. I get to work with some fellow “record geeks” and we always have a good time. It’s been reassuring to see how much vinyl we sell day to day. And not just old guys crate-digging for old records. There are a lot of folks buying new releases and reissues on vinyl. And most of them are, I’d guess, between 15 and 27. So that’s great to see…

My folks are retired and doing okay in Cresskill.

My brother Gordon and his wife Teresa’s kids, are still getting older and bigger. Stephanie is now 22 and graduated in May with a mechanical engineering degree at Alfred University in Alfred NY. Most of the family and I made it up to Alfred in May for the ceremony. However, she’s decided that she wants to get into the music business/concert business by teching or working sound for a band or venue. I got her a sort-of “mentorship” with Brian, the main sound guy at Mexicali Live. It’s a terrific venue/restaurant in Teaneck NJ. He’s also a tour manager for a band called The Front Bottoms and they did a lot of touring this year so she hasn’t been able to “train” as much as she should have yet, but in due time… She’s also been teaching at her old dance school and doing some math tutoring. I got to take her to some more concerts after graduation too. Including the all-day WARPED Tour at the PNC Bank Arts Center (because I *am* the best uncle ever).

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Stephanie at her graduation.

Phillip is 19 now. He graduated from Cresskill High School and has started college at Western New England University in Springfield MA. He’s studying engineering at the moment. He’s not sure yet what specialization. The Division III football championship schedule had an interesting weekend in late November when Alfred and Western New England played each other. Alfred won 30-24.

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Phillip & Victoria on Christmas.

Victoria is 15 and has “graduated” from junior high to High School. She’s turned into a big reader and still plays soccer, basketball and volleyball. She’s even joined me and Stephanie at WARPED Tour a couple of years now.

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Victoria in the hotel lobby the night before Stephanie’s graduation.

Gizmo the Papillon, is still reaking havoc wherever he goes and getting too many treats from Grandma. They’ve also added a chinchilla named Sparky.

And, as any of my Facebook friends can tell you, I still go to way too many concerts. As usual, I try to see as many local Jersey shore bands as possible. But I still get out to see a lot of my favorite national acts too. And… This year I got to celebrate my 50th birthday by inviting some of my favorites to play a show at The Strand Theater in Lakewood NJ. My birthday is in March, but we had the party in April with Jesse Malin & his band, Mark Erelli & his trio, Val Emmich, Lowlight, Cortney Metzler from Harper’s Fellow and Framing Dakota. It was a terrific night – lots of great music and friends. Thanks to all performers, everyone at the theater and everyone who made it!
A couple of other highlights were seeing The Cure again. I hadn’t seen them in quite a long time. 15 years and 364 days, to be exact. I even got to take “Cousin Jesse” (Jesse Malin) to see them for his first time. Oddly, my buddy Marty Willson-Piper, formerly of The Church, was seeing them the same night for *his* first time too!
Then, in July, I got to see the first band I ever worked with on their first tour since 1997. Miracle Legion reunited and toured for 4 or 5 weeks. I saw them in Brooklyn and then the next night in Hamden CT. Here are a lot of photos I took at the CT show. Looking forward to more shows in April!

And, contrary to popular belief, this and every year sees a lot of great music put out into the world. All you have to do is look…and listen…

INDEPENDENT RELEASES
Aaron Lee Tasjan – Silver Tears
American Babies – An Epic Battle Between Light And Dark
Andrew Leahey & The Homestead – Skyline In Central Time
Anthony D’Amato – Cold Snap
Ben Arnold – Lost Keys
BJ Barham – Rockingham
Butch Walker – Stay Gold
D Generation – Nothing Is Anywhere
Derik Hultquist – Southern Iron
Dinosaur Jr – Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not
Don DiLego – Magnificent Ram A
Drive-By Truckers – American Band
Eli “Paperboy” Reed – My Way Home
Griffin House – So On And So Forth
Hamish Anderson – Trouble
Hidden Cities – All New Friends EP
John K Samson – Winter Wheat
Katy Goodman & Greta Morgan – Take It, It’s Yours
Letters To Cleo – Back To Nebraska
Mark Erelli – For A Song
Michael McDermott – Willow Springs
Moreland & Arbuckle – Promised Land Or Bust
Nada Surf – You Know Who You Are
Nada Surf – Peaceful Ghosts
Richard Barone – Sorrows & Promises: Greenwich Village In The 60s
Run River North – Drinking From A Salt Pond
Ryley Walker – Golden Sings That Have Been Sung
Silver Torches – Heatherfield
Steve Conte – International Cover-Up
Sulk – No Illusions
The Ballroom Thieves – Deadeye
The Candles – Matter & Spirit
The Fleshtones – The Band Drinks For Free
The I Don’t Cares – Wild Stab
The Pixies – Head Carrier
Waiting For Henry – Town Called Patience
Willie Nile – World War Willie
Young In The City – Young In The City EP/Young In The City II EP

LOCAL RELEASES
Accidental Seabirds – Metedeconk
Airacuda – Daydreaming
Bone And Marrow – Introspectator
Colton Kayser – Place To Settle
Dave Mooney – Costumes And Crowns
Dave Vargo – Burning Through
Dentist – Ceilings
Des & The Swagmatics – Des & The Swagmatics
EdTang & The Chops – Magic Tricks And Rolling Stone
Francis Lombardi – Francis Lombardi
Homeless Apians – Mr Sun
Jo Wymer – S.L.G.
Joseph Alton Miller – Songs Of Travel For The Vagabond
Lowlight – Where Do We Go From Here
Matty Carlock – Loveless
Remember Jones – Ladies And Gentlemen, Remember Jones!
Stolen Rhodes – Bend With The Wind
The Anderson Council – Assorted Colours
The Rock N Roll HiFives – The Beat The Sound The Dragon’s Roar
The Shady Street Show Band – Revelry
The Vansaders – This Time Around
Val Emmich – Whatever’s Chasing You

MAJOR LABEL RELEASES
Alejandro Escovedo – Burn Something Beautiful
Brian Fallon – Painkillers
Eliot Sumner – Information
Jamestown Revival – The Education Of A Wandering Man
Marcus King Band – Marcus King Band
NEEDTOBREATHE – Hard Love
Pete Yorn – Arranging Time
Sting – 57th & 9th
Tall Heights – Neptune
The Lumineers – Cleopatra
The Wild Feathers – Lonely Is A Lifetime
Various Artists – Sing Street soundtrack

IMPORT RELEASES
Blue Rodeo – 1000 Arms (CAN import)
Hothouse Flowers – Let’s Do This Thing (IRE import)
Peter Garrett – A Version Of Now (AUS import)
The Wonder Stuff – 30 Goes Around The Sun (UK import)

Don’t forget, you can find me on the interwebs.
Personal Facebook Page (with tons of pics)
Public Figure Facebook Page
Instagram
Twitter
You Tube
RaspeRadio

This just in… On Christmas Eve Eve I finally did a proper sleep study at a local hospital. And the verdict is: I have severe sleep apnea and need a CPAP machine. I had done an out-patient version in July and apparently it showed that I was sleeping at 28% efficiency. And waking up as many as 58 times an hour. The night of my in-patient test with a CPAP machine showed 98% efficient sleep.

Happy Holidays!
Jeff

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The drive home from Alfred after Stephanie’s graduation.

Happy Holidays 2015!

Hello!

I’m still working at WBJB-FM, Brookdale Public Radio at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft NJ. I am the Music Director and afternoon on air host, every Monday through Friday 3p-7p. We won the Asbury Music Award for Top Local Radio Station for the 15th year in a row. You can visit the website to listen online. We’re a “Triple A” radio station. That stands for “Adult Album Alternative.” We play a lot of rock, classic rock, blues, acoustic, some alternative, singer/songwriters, and a lot of local NJ artists. At the end of October I celebrated my 27th anniversary on Jersey Shore airwaves. 1988-2001 at WHTG-FM, FM106.3; and 2001-now at 90.5 The Night, Brookdale Public Radio. We had another successful summer of concerts on the beach in Belmar and successful Membership Drives (we’re listener supported) as well.

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Me with some of the 90.5 The Night staff accepting our award.

There was also an “FM 106.3 Reunion” in May that brought a lot of us former DJs and employees together at the Wonder Bar in Asbury Park. Musical guests included Framing Dakota and Sea Of Otters, both of which include former employees; along with Richard Barone, Jeffrey Gaines and Karen Mansfield.

I’ve also been working part-time at Jack’s Music Shoppe, a legendary record store in Red Bank NJ. Only been working on Sundays and Record Store Days, but it’s enough to get back into the “record store thing.” And some extra money is helpful. I get to work with some fellow “record geeks” and we always have a good time. It’s been reassuring to see how much vinyl we sell day to day. And not just old guys crate-digging for old records. There are a lot of folks buying new releases and reissues on vinyl. And most of them are, I’d guess, between 15 and 27. So that’s great to see…

My folks are retired and doing okay. Dad finally retired from singing with the Orpheus Club, a mens chorus based in nearby Ridgewood NJ.

My brother Gordon and his wife Teresa’s kids, are still getting older and bigger. Stephanie is now 21 and will be graduating in May with a mechanical engineering degree at Alfred University in Alfred NY. However, she’s decided that she wants to get into the music business/concert business by teching or working sound for a band or venue. (It’s not my fault mom & dad!!!) She seems to be doing very well there and is enjoying it. She’s joined the school dance team so she’s still dancing. She’s been part of the school “activities/entertainment board” type club, the club that puts on events, shows and concerts on campus. So she’s been involved in many live music events, running sound and setting up/breaking down concerts. I got to take her to some more concerts when she’s home from school too. Including the all-day WARPED Tour at the PNC Bank Arts Center. It’s always in mid-July so you always prepare for the hottest, most humid day possible. We got to spend a lot of that day with a band called Rivers Monroe from Philadelphia. I’m friends with their manager and they helped us out a lot that day. Steph even brought them up to Alfred for a show in the Fall semester. We saw our cousin Jesse Malin a couple times and we saw my buddies Jounce do their 15th annual holiday show at Mexicali Live in Teaneck NJ.

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Stephanie outside the Black Veil Brides bus at Warped Tour. That’s the lead singer Andy in the background.

Phillip is 18 now. He’s played trumpet and baritone in the school band, and now he’s added trombone. He’s also been part of the stage crew in the high school. So on concert night, not only does he have to perform, but he also has to set the stage, chairs, risers, etc. He’s also in the HS jazz band and has joined the Bloomfield Civic Band in Bloomfield NJ. He graduates high school in June. He has yet to decide where he’ll be going to college, but has expressed interest in also getting an engineering degree.

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Phillip showing our cousin Ryan his Pokemon cards. Gordon and Victoria are behind them.

Victoria is 14! She’s turned into a big reader and still plays soccer, basketball and volleyball. And she’s “moving up” from Middle School to High School later this Spring. So it means a lot of “pomp & circumstance” for the family!

Gizmo the Papillon, is still reaking havoc wherever he goes and getting too many treats from Grandma. They’ve also added a chinchilla named Sparky.

And, as any of my Facebook friends can tell you, I still go to way too many concerts. As usual, I try to see as many local Jersey shore bands as possible. But I still get out to see a lot of my favorite national acts too. This year that included (either in concert or at the radio station) too many to mention at the Light Of Day Festival in January, the Non-CommVention in May, The Gentlemen Of The Road Tour in June, and WARPED Tour in July. As well as long-time faves Aaron Freeman (aka Gene Ween of Ween), Poi Dog Pondering, Mark Geary, Rhett Miller, Dave Wakeling (of The English Beat) (pic), Rhett Miller (of the Old 97s), Matt Keating, Griffin House, The Baseball Project (featuring Steve Wynn, Linda Pitmon, Mike Mills, Scott McCaughey & Josh Kantor), The Replacements, Craig Finn (of The Hold Steady), Willie Nile, Mitch Easter (pic), Joe Jackson, Charlie Mars, Steve Forbert, Matthew Caws (of Nada Surf) (pic), Chris Difford & Glenn Tilbrook (of Squeeze), Joseph Arthur, Brian Fallon (of The Gaslight Anthem), Matthew Ryan, Peter Case, Dramarama, Scars On 45, Dawes and Nicole Atkins.

And new faves like The Ballroom Thieves, Davy Knowles, American Aquarium, John Moreland, and Noah Gundersen.

And, contrary to popular belief, this and every year sees a lot of great music put out into the world. All you have to do is look…and listen…

LOCAL RELEASES
Bruce Tunkel – We’ll Make It Up As We Go
Dark City Strings – Fast, True & Free
Hey Anna – Run Koko
Jonathan Tea – Coming Home
Michael Askin – Ignore The Evidence
Paul Rosevear – Pearl
The Battery Electric – The Heart And The Thrill
The Doughboys – Hot Beat Stew
The Grip Weeds – How I Won The War
The Weeklings – The Weeklings
Thomas Wesley Stern – Never Leaving
Val Emmich – Autobio (Part One)
Williams Honor – Williams Honor

INDEPENDENT LABEL RELEASES
American Aquarium – Wolves
Amy Helm – Didn’t It Rain
Amy Speace – That Kind Of Girl
Butch Walker – Afraid Of Ghosts
Calexico – Edge Of The Sun
Cheerleader – The Sunshine Of Your Youth
Davy Knowles – The Outsider
Dawes – All Your Favorite Bands
Death By Unga Bunga – Tell Me Why EP
Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors – Medicine
Glen Hansard – Didn’t He Ramble
Hey Rosetta! – Second Sight
Hollis Brown – 3 Shots
James Maddock – The Green
Jeffrey Dean Foster – The Arrow
Jesse Malin – New York Before The War
Jesse Malin – Outsiders
Joe Jackson – Fast Forward
John Moreland – High On Tulsa Heat
Josh Rouse – The Embers Of Time
Juliana Hatfield Three – Whatever, My Love
Langhorne Slim & The Law – The Spirit Moves
Letts – Hold Fast
Noah Gundersen – Carry The Ghost
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Chasing Yesterday
Rhett Miller – The Traveler
River City Extension – Deliverance
Ryley Walker – Primrose Green
Squeeze – Cradle To The Grave
Stereophonics – Keep The Village Alive
Steve Forbert – Compromised
The Ballroom Thieves – A Wolf In The Doorway
The Bottle Rockets – South Broadway Athletic Club
The Cerny Brothers – Sleeping Giant
The Damnwells – The Damnwells
The Howling Tongues – The Howling Tongues
The London Souls – Here Come The Girls
The Sonics – This Is The Sonics
The Waterboys – Modern Blues
Veruca Salt – Ghost Notes
Victor Krummenacher – Hard To See Trouble Coming
Willy Porter – Human Kindness

MAJOR LABEL RELEASES
Ben Lee – Love Is The Great Rebellion
Brandi Carlile – The Firewatcher’s Daughter
Bruce Springsteen – The Ties That Bind: The River Collection
Chris Isaak – First Comes The Night
Death Cab For Cutie – Kintsugi
Elle King – Love Stuff
Frank Turner – Positive Songs For Negative People
Mumford & Sons – Wilder Mind
Paul Weller – Saturns Pattern
Ryan Adams – 1989
The Decemberists – What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World

Don’t forget, you can find me on the interwebs.
Personal Facebook Page (with tons of pics)
Public Figure Facebook Page
Instagram
Twitter
You Tube
RaspeRadio

Happy Holidays!
Jeff