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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Jersey Beat Podcast #133: Rick Moody, author of Hotels of North America and musician

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On Jersey Beat Podcast #133,  Jim Testa chats with Rick Moody, the acclaimed author of Garden State and The Ice Storm, about his new novel Hotels Of North America.

Rick talks about the new novel, his career as a writer, and his second career as a musician, as a member of the Wingdale Community Singers and solo artist.

On this episode:

The Feelies - It's Only Life
Wingdale Community Singers - Learned Astronomer
Dave Schramm and Yo La Tengo - Hearts Expire
Yo La Tengo - The Summer

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Jersey Beat Podcast #132: An interview with Lazlo of, and New Music

Direct download:  JB132.mp3

On this episode, we interview Lazlo of, the Internet radio station that's supported New Jersey underground music for 15 years. Lazlo talks about why he's had to discontinue streaming Internet radio and how he will continue to create new content using other social media platforms. We also check out some new music for 2016:

Speed The Plough - Ed's Song
The Hood Cast - Priceless Riches
Jeffrey Lewis - Intelligent Design
Tris McCall - The Ballad of You, Me, and Brett Schundler
Young Cum - Dead End Bar
Kal Marks - Mankind
Useless Eaters - Temporary Mutilation
Teeth People - Poetry Is Dead
Jukebox Zeroes - Snot Rocket
The Hextalls - Ouch! My Childhood
Party Flag - Bratwurst? Bestwurst!
GRIM DEEDS - Mass Shooting Menu
Holy City Zoo - David Byrnes' Magical Vacation

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Jersey Beat Podcast #131: Happy Holidays!

Direct download:  JB131.mp3
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Happy Holidays From the Jersey Beat Podcast!

A Christmas Gift For You - Ghost Pal
Have Yourself A Merry Secular Christmas - Connor Ratliff & Mikey Erg
The Festivus Song - Jim Testa & John Raido
Splittin' Up Christmas - Kevin Devine
Christmas In A Chinese Restaurant - Diamond Rugs
Frosty The Snowman - Danny Adlerman, Yosi Levin, Kevin Kammaral
Run Run Rudolph - Jack Skuller
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - Janet Devlin
The Front Bottoms - ChristmasWrapping
John Prine - I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
Electric Six - You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch
The Lawn Darts- Do They Know It's Christmas (Feed The World)
The Rein Deers - Christmas Brings Me Down
Six To One Mathematics - Silent Night
Peter Stampfel - Pagan Jewish Christmas Tree
Dan McLane - I Spent Christmas
Anna Vogelzang - Christmas Baby, Please Come Home
Deena - Light Shines Through
Geno & The Juke Box - Secret Santa
Deep Sea Diver - It's Christmas (and I'm still alive)
Peachcake - What Happens When Santa's Sleigh Gets Lost?
Mac & Tomato - I Don't Wanna See Grandma This Christmas
Bitterheart - Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Jersey Beat Podcast #130: 2015-The Year At Aviv

Photo by Walter Wlodarczyk, check out his photos at

Direct Download:  JB130.mp3

On episode 130,  we look back at some of the bands who performed at Aviv, the all-ages DIY club in Brooklyn where I spend most of my time these days (I'm the doorman, occasional bartender, and pinch-hitting manager there.)  From impressive touring bands from across to the country to a potpourri of Brooklyn's best, this collection of bands marks a truly impressive year in the history of Brooklyn DIY, and one that I'll never forget.

Deerpeople - "She Skate Boards And She Gets Real High"
Kal Marks - "Zimmerman"
Acid Dad - "Digger"
Honduras - "The Program"
Big Ups - "Calvin & Hobbes"
Evolfo - "Mechanicals"
Larry & The Babes - "Fran Drescher"
Bellows - 'Crayon Crush"
Painted Zeros - "Only You"
Zuli - "Supernatural Voodoo"
Donovan Wolfington - "Ollie North"
Gradients - "Enemies"
Not Blood Paint - "Promiscuous"
Nonsense - "Lavander"
Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel  - "Do You Know Who I Am, I'm #%$& Snookie"
Brook Pridemore - "No One Belongs Here More Than You"
The Britanys - "Coming Home"
No Ice - "Summer Bummer"
The Regrets - "Enough"
Stringer - "Dirty Room"
The Harmonica Lewinskies - "Papa's Got A Brand New Man"
PWR BTTM - "Ugly Cherries"
Glue Boy - "Have Yr Way"
Slonk Donkerson - "The Lunar Martini Highway"
Ghostpal - "God Save Mama Coco's"

Sunday, December 06, 2015

Jersey Beat Podcast #129: Stringer (ex Heeney)

To help celebrate the release of Stringer's debut EP "Dead Ass,"  we sat down with Max Kagan, Mark Fletcher, and drummer John Seymour to talk about the band, their decision to change the name from Heeney, and the good and bad of Brooklyn's music scene.

Direct download: JB129.mp3