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Saturday, December 19, 2015

Jersey Beat Podcast #131: Happy Holidays!

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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

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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

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Jersey Beat Podcast #128: An Interview with Grim Deeds

Jersey Beat Podcast #128:  Grim Deeds

Who is Grim Deeds, the barechested, face-painted pop-punk rockers who's singing about Joe Queer, Fat Mike and Ben Weasel?   We interview the controversial but incontrovertibly catchy and clever musician for the scoop on who he is, where he's been, and what he's up to.

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Saturday, November 07, 2015

Jersey Beat Podcast #127: In Memoriam, Brandon Carlisle

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Our condolences go out to the family and friends of  Brandon Carlisle of Teenage Bottlerocket, especially to his brother and our good friend Ray.

Teenage Bottlerocket - Bloodbath At Burger King
The Connection - Labor of Love
Kurt Baker - Send Me To Mars
Shellshag - Baby's Arms
Tin Armor - Strange & Estranging
The Unlovables -Miracle Braves
Mono In Stereo - Late Night Confessor
Fiction Plane - Where Do We Go From Here?
Ezra Furman - Wobbly
Laura Stevenson - Torch Song
Spiders - Why Don't You?
Chris Stamey - Universe Sized Arms
The dB's - Before We Were Born
Bitterheart - I Can't Stop
Teenage Bottlerocket - Radio

Jersey Beat Podcast #126: Happy Halloween

It's a spooky Halloween mixtape of songs about vampires, ghouls, zombies, vampires, and ghosts!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Jersey Beat Podcast #125: An Interview With Craig Finn
And Some New Music

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On this episode of the Jersey Beat Podcast,  Jim Testa interviews Craig Finn of The Hold Steady about his new solo album "Faith In The Future." The two also talk about advice for new bands, going to shows when you're older than everyone else in the room, and some current bands that Craig's listening to.

Then we play a few of our favorite new records:

The Campbell Apartment - "Seaside Hts., NJ"
Bitterheart - "Know It All"
Mal Blum - "Robert Frost"
Kinky Friedman - "Wild Man From Borneo"
Roadside Graves - "Gospel Radio"
The Unlovables - "1996"
Pwr Bttm - "1994"
Tin Armor - "1 Million Shitlists"
Yo La Tengo - "Friday I'm In Love"
Man Named Pearl - "Atlas"

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Jersey Beat Podcast #124: Brian Sella of The Front Bottoms

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On this episode of The Jersey Beat Podcast, Jim Testa interviews Brian Sella, lead singer of The Front Bottoms, about the band's major label debut Back On Top and what it feels like for this grassroots NJ band to be navigating the fast lane.

On this episode by The Front Bottoms:

Jim Bogart
The Beers

Monday, September 07, 2015

Jersey Beat Podcast #123: An interview with Brute Force ("King Of Fuh")

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On this episode of the Jersey Beat Podcast, we interview Stephen Friedland, better known as Brute Force and author of the legendary banned song "King Of Fuh."

"King of Fuh," "Tapeworm of Love," and "Tierra Del Fuego" appear on I, Brute Force: Confections Of Love, available on Bar-None Records.

We also play "Fantasy Of Nationality" from the album Planetwork, and "The World..." from the album Tour De Brute Force.

Brute Force and Daughter of Force will perform live at The Golden Door Film Festival at the Brightside Tavern in Jersey City on Saturday, September 26. For tickets and showtimes, visit

Friday, July 31, 2015

Jersey Beat Podcast #122: New Music!

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Lots of new music!

Goodman - Strange Hold
Hong Kong Graffiti - Red
The Deafening Colors - Parkway South
The Paper Jets - Elizabeth Distressed
Lady - Chuta
The Planes - Keep You Safe
The Benjees - Hollywood
Bloody Your Hands! - Boys & Girls
The Clydes - Stay Away From The Doorman
Mini-Boone - I Don't Wanna Send An Email
Static Radio NJ - Worlds On Heroin
Doziac - Brick Wall
Tris McCall & The New Jack Trippers - An Ass of U And Me
Dirty Fences - Deep In Your Heart
Fox & the Law - Bad Motivator
Lost Boy? - Chew
Leaf Pile - When I'm Dead
The Front Bottoms - Cough It Out

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Jersey Beat Podcast #121: Jon Fine, Author of Your Band Sucks

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On this episode of the Jersey Beat Podcast,  Jim Testa talks with writer/musician Jon Fine about his memoir YOUR BAND SUCKS: What I Saw At Indie Rock's Failed Revolution (But Can No Longer Hear.)  In addition, we play a few songs from Jon's bands and a few of his contemporaries interviewed in the book:

Bitch Magnet - "Ducks Or Drakes"
Bitch Magnet - "Joan Of Arc"
Squirrel Bait - "Kid Dynamite"
Coptic Light - "Arson Guy"
Poster Children - "Zero Stars"
Black Flag - "TV Party"
Bitch Magnet - "Americruiser"

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Jersey Beat Podcast #120: An interview with Justin Angelo Morey of Sunshine & The Rain, Black Hollies, and Rye Coalition

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On this episode of the Jersey Beat Podcast,  Jim Testa chats with Justin Angelo Morey,  about his new band (with his wife Ashley) Sunshine & The Rain, as well as growing up as a punk rock kid and some reflections on his hometown of Jersey City.

 Music On This Episode:
"Come On And Take A Ride" -  Sunshine & The Rain
"Benevolent Benediction" - Black Hollies
"Cocaine Werewolf" - Rye Coalition

Monday, April 27, 2015

Jersey Beat Podcast #119: Who's On First?

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The Graveyard Kids - "Bought & Sold"
Bitterheart - "Can't Stop"
The Front Bottoms - "Wolf Man"
Joanna Gruesome - "There Is No Function Stacy"
Hiccup - "Whatev, It's Cool"
Wyldlife - "(It's Called) Rock N Roll"
Holy City Zoo - "Poor Little Pinkus"
The Flashing Astonishers - "Insignificant Others"
Miniboone - "Any Other City"
Short Attention - "Jim's In Love With Rachael Ray"
The Fleshtones - "Destination Greenpoint"
The Kyle Sowashes - "Lemons"
Adam & The Plants - "Cheating To Win"
Dirty Fences - "High School Rip"
Dutch Boys - "HWY"
Our First Brains - "open-ended unrequited love"
The Insect Trust - "Hoboken Saturday Night"
Bone & Marrow - "Eye Contact"

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Jersey Beat Podcast #118: There Are At Least Two Kinds of Education

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On this episode, you'll hear...
The Harmonica Lewinskies - Jesus Christ Is Just Rock N Roll
The Gripweeds - Rise UP
The Smithereens - It Don't Come Easy
The Corner Laughers - Fairytale Tourist
Triumph Of The Wild - California To The Cross
Turbo Fruits - Show Me Something Real
Worm Quartet - Fueled By Angst
Grounders - Bloor Street and Pressure
Kurt Baker Combo - Love Potion #9
The Catholic Girls - Down At The Shore
Terrell Atrophy & The Holy Savior Club - Girl
Tuffy - Ice Cream Trucks
Sinkhole - Wreck On The Highway
The A.G.'s - Jesse's Girl
Teenage Bottlerocket - Too Much LaCollina
Thomas Wesley Stern - Talk Is Cheap
Weird & Wonderful Words - Bobsy-Die
The Sharp Things - Everything Breaks
Sound Advice - it's the fun song!

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Jersey Beat Podcast #117: An interview with Tom Scharpling of The Best Show

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On Jersey Beat Podcast #117, we talk to NJ radio legend, humorist, author, video director and all around nice guy Tom Scharpling, about the rebirth of The Best Show on the web, the Best Show box set, and for fans of The Best Show, Tom even gives some advice on how to get your call on the air.

Listen to The Best Show at

You can purchase the deluxe box set of The Best of the Best Show here.

Here's the video Tom directed for Titus Andronicus:

Music on this program:
Bones Howell - "Maya Angelou"  from Bones Howell
Carter Prince - "Hopeless Unromantic"  from "Electric Love"
Sink Tapes - "Home's A Chore" from Plastic Love
Tris McCall - "Robert Menendez, Basta Ya!"  from Shootout At The Sugar Factory

and "The Best Theme From The Best Show" by Themeweavers LLC

Our intro theme is "Raft Of The Medusa" from The Graveyard Kids.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Jersey Beat Podcast #116: New Music From New Jersey And Beyond

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On this all music episode of the JB Podcast, you'll hear...

The Lookouts - "California/Mendocino"   Spy Rock Road (And Other Stories)
Crazy & The Brains - "I'm Rich"    Good Lord
Honah Lee - "Sobered, So Bored" "33 On 45" EP
Tuffy - "Now Now"  "Don't Chase EP"
Less Than Jake - "American Idle" (single)
Dentist - "I Do It Cause I Wanna" Vinyl Heart
Heeney - "Brooklyn Pop" (single)
Big Cheese - "Watch TV) (single)
Goodwolf - "Desperately 21"  Car In The Woods
Turbo Fruits - "Favorite Girl" No Control
Hot Love - "Get Back Down" (single)
The Grizzled Mighty - "For The Sake Of It All"  Closed Knuckle Jaw
Life Eaters - "Government Kicks"   Life Eaters
Made Violent - "Two Tone Hair" "Made Violent EP"
Jesse Turits - "Freight Train" (single)
Janet Devlin - "Creatures Of The Night" Running Scissors
Junior Brothers - "I've Been Drinkin' 'Cause of You" One Way Ticket
Julian Fulton - "Paris, Idaho"  Reverie
Shilpa Ray - "Make Up"  Make Up
Thomas Wesley Stern - "Jackson"  Never Leave

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Jersey Beat Podcast #115: An Interview With Frank Portman, author of King Dork Approximately

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On episode #115,  Jim Testa interviews Frank Portman, aka Dr. Frank of The Mr T Experience, about his new novel King Dork Approximately.  And just to keep things moving, we throw in a few Frank Portman classics, including songs written specifically for  Frank's novels King Dork, Andromeda Klein, and King Dork Approximately.

Songs in this episode:

King Dork
King Dork Approximately
Andromeda Klein
I Wanna Ramone You
She Turned Out To Be Crazy
Gooey Glasses
How'd The Date End
Two Martinis From Now
Thinking of Suicide
O'Brien Is Trying To Learn To Talk Hawaiian

Order your copy of King Dork Approximately here...

Visit Dr Frank's Blog here...

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Jersey Beat Podcast 114: Screaming Females - an interview with Jarrett Dougherty

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On this episode of the podcast, we interview Jarrett Dougherty, drummer of New Brunswick's Screaming Females, who discussed the band's new album Rose Mountain, their return to full time touring, and DIY culture.

Garbage/Screaming Females - "Because The Night"
Screaming Females - "Wishing Well" (Rose Mountain)
Screaming Females - "Criminal Image" (Rose Mountain)
Screaming Females - "Rotten Apple"  (Ugly)
Screaming Females - "Cortez The Killer" (Singles)
Screaming Females - "I Do" (Singles)

Our intro music is "Raft Of The Medusa" by the Graveyard Kids, and our intro is "Visiting Hours" by LandSpeedRecord.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Jersey Beat Podcast 113: What's New In 2015

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On Episode 113, we check out some of the new music that's come into Jersey Beat HQ since the start of 2015.

Active Bird Community - Million Ways
Dinosaur Eyelids - Lambertville
Eyelids - 854
Labyrrrnth - Traveling Strange
Sink Tapes - Small Lipped Bird
Grim Deeds - Weasel Acres
The Young Rochelles - Stay-At-Home-Man
Ben Popp - Lolita
No Ice - Darlin'
Hot Love - Tripping In The Hall
Science Club - It's A Drunken Sleaze Party
Thelonesomekid - Slurls In The Next
Front Porch Step - A Lovely Mess
Guts Club - I Am A Marine Biologist
Hugh Trimble - Another Ghost Ship
Jack Skuller - Hard To Want
Roy Orbitron - Navajo Juggalos
Stoop Kids - Happy Birthday
Big Figment - Cut Knuckle

Monday, January 05, 2015

Jersey Beat Podcast #112: Looking Back At 2014

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On this episode, we play some of our favorite indie releases of 2014

The Front Bottoms - Jim Bogart
Those Mockingbirds - How To Rob A Bank
The Martinets - Rock N Roll Will Probably Never Die
Stuyvesant - Shh
Black Wine - Breaking Down
Jeffrey Lewis - What Would Pussy Riot Do?
Cymbals Eat Guitars - XR
Eastern Anchors - Above Your Station
Smalltalk - Indecipherable
The Everymen - NJHC
The Gradients - Enemies
Single Mothers - Blood Pressure
Loudon Wainwright III - Brand New Dance
The Porchistas - The Moon Saloon
Deena - My Friend Superman
Karen Haglof - Musician's Girlfriend Blues
The-All-About - All Your CD's
Gay Elvis -Sing When I'm Alone
Allison Strong - Days Like This