Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Hoboken Rock City - Show #10 - July 2005 

Brendan Benson, The Ponys, Pernice Brothers, American Watercolor Movement, The Lost Patrol, The Jessica Fletchers, True Love, Tall Days, The Figurines, Lip Service, Permer, and Smart Brown Handbag come back, baby: Hoboken Rock City never forgets. At long last, it's Show #10 - July 2005.

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Less Sophistication, Rainbow Quartz, 2005
The five-piece Norwegian rock band kicks off summer in the Rock City. They're just finishing a U.S. tour with Dressy Bessy in support of their just-released second album, Less Sophistication, which features one of the imaginative CD booklets of all time. I'm not giving away the secret here—you'll have to buy it and see for yourself.

Get Black - THE PONYS (pictured above)
Celebration Castle, In The Red, 2005
On the heels of my #5 album of 2004, The Ponys are already back with a fine Steve Albini-produced album that includes this "summer in the city" song. They're playing Rothko in NYC on Friday, July 15, and this year's Chicago-only version of Lollapalooza on July 24.

Discover A Lovelier You, Ashmont, 2005
Joe Pernice and Co. had been based out of New York City for the last few years, but with the band members recently scattering to various corners of the continent, I was surprised to hear they had a new studio release coming out this June. The group whose last album Yours, Mine And Ours topped my 2003 albums list has never disappointed, and they don't this time out either. Their tour starts July 15 in their original Massachusetts stomping grounds. They play the North Star Bar in Philadelphia on Friday, August 12 and NYC's Bowery Ballroom the following night, Friday, August 13. Also check out Joe Pernice's Indie Rock Cribs.


Cold Hands (Warm Heart) - BRENDAN BENSON
The Alternative To Love, StarTime/V2, 2005
An album has to stand the test of time before it's fair to call it a masterpiece, but Brendan Benson's The Alternative To Love may prove worthy of the title. This album has dominated my CD player and iPod more than any other over the last six weeks. Benson is playing The Village Voice Siren Festival in Coney Island on Saturday, July 16, and some west coast dates later in the month.

Demo, no label, 2005
An unsigned five-piece out of NYC, featuring the songwriting and vocal talents of SooJin Yi. See them at Lit Lounge on Thursday, July 28 and at The Cutting Room on Thursday, August 25.

High Noon, no label, 2004
An unsigned Central NJ four-piece who should appeal to fans of Cowboy Junkies, 10,000 Maniacs, and Mazzy Star. Playing the NJPAC in Newark on Thursday, July 21 at 5:30 p.m. for the Sounds Of The City Festival. Also playing at Triumph Brewing Company in beautiful New Hope, Pennsylvania on Saturday, July 30.



web exclusive, no label, 2005
The Jersey City art-rock band will have a new album out soon. Here's a new song of theirs that I'm told will be downloadable from their website. They play Maxwell's on Wednesday, August 3 and Pianos in NYC on Friday, August 19.

I Was Accident, Not Lame, 2003
Hoboken-based trio who rose from the ashes of Shake Appeal. Recorded at The Pigeon Club in Hoboken. Yeah yeah yeah!

Remember When - LIP SERVICE
Lip Service, no label, 2005
Brooklyn does not have a monopoly on the post-punk with attitude vibe; Lip Service rock straight outta Union City. Catch 'em at The Loop Lounge in Passaic Park this Friday, July 8 and again on Friday, August 12.

Be Somebody - TALL DAYS
Long Time No Talk, Snack Music, 2004
Like an all-male White Stripes, this Essex County duo of Graham Hartke and Joe DeAngelus crafts a fine, rockin' sound on their EP. They play frequently at places like Don Hill's and CBGB in the city, The Loop Lounge and The Court Tavern on the Jersey side, and at The Hook in Brooklyn. They're already working on their next CD.


Summer Can't Come Soon Enough - SMART BROWN HANDBAG
Little Things Are Everything, Stonegarden, 1999
Summer lovin', had me a blast. Or, maybe not. I've said it before, I'll say it again: Smart Brown Handbag is the most criminally overlooked rock & roll band on the planet.

Summerday - PERMER
Summerdays Attract The Pain, Hidden Agenda, 2002
To close out this month's show, it's another Scandinavian summer song, this one from Sweden. Permer is currently working on the next album by his band Waltz For Debbie.


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