You don’t need a calendar to know that we’re very much in the middle of the dog days of summer. Just open a window. As is always the case, the hotbed of musical talent that is the Garden State has turned in some exciting, diverse, and expansive new releases in the beginning half of this year.
Earlier, we asked our educated and opinionated Facebook following to tell us which records put forth by New Jersey based bands have had the largest impact so far in 2013. It’s now our unique pleasure to bring you this excellent collection of albums that are begging to blare from your speakers by the fireside, at a BBQ, or driving with the windows open on a breezy Jersey night.
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An exciting debut off of the Little Dickman imprint, The Battery Electric channel a litany of hard-nosed influences into a perfect storm of pure bar room ready rock and roll.
Nihilistic vitriol never sounded so catchy as Sir Dove grinds its collective axe with whip smart lyrics and driving, eclectic punk constructions.
“In a few ways, Fade reminds me of McCartney, Paul’s first solo release, days after leaving the Beatles. It displays the group’s mastery of genre and style giving us a smorgasbord of instrumentation. Except with Fade, there are no fragments, instrumentals or need to prove anything to a skeptical audience. There is only a solid ability, almost three decades in the making, to produce a string of jazz, folk, smash, fuzz, pop perfection.” – Christiana Hart
A towering, terrifying inferno of no holds barred hardcore thrash, Put Under’s self titled effort manages to get in your face and grab you by the throat without being physically present.
An un-equivocating, ambitious culmination of a down home troubadour’s country/blues/folk soul and influences, Full Fathom 5 is a smoky, reflective experience reminiscent of whiskey sunsets and post-aughts Dylan. Backed by a perfectly employed cast of contributors, Tedesco unfurls classic, nostalgic, lovelorn narratives across constructions worthy of a Levon Helm midnight ramble.
2010’s Asbury Park Poet Laureate dives head first rather than dipping a furtive toe into his first full length studio album with his spoken word, alt-rap style extrapolated into different and effusive flows set against old school hip hop samples.
This set recorded live at The Berkeley Bar in Asbury Park manages encapsulate the arresting, haunting, and achingly passionate nature of Moon Motel despite the venue’s tricky acoustics. A record for those who enjoy a slow, but concerted burn.
“For a debut album, this four piece group from New Jersey has created a concise series of party punk songs that doesn’t overstay its welcome, and lasts long enough to make an impression. I definitely wonder what they would sound like if they decided to branch out their sound beyond their four piece and a xylophone set up. But for now, with summer just at our door and the nights longer, there’s always more room for songs about snacks, partying in the city, and Lindsay Lohan.” – Allyson Dwyer
Powerhouse three piece Reese Van Riper manages to turn the difficult trick of transferring their raw, unbound live energy onto a record that spits and snarls through a collection of gritty kiss offs and raucous, hard blues rock passages.
“Talon of the Hawk cranks up and rounds out The Front Bottoms’ sound with accordion, keys, bass, horns, and… is that a glockenspiel on “Back Flip?” Everything is bigger and brighter, but the soul of Sella and Uychich remains. It all adds up to something capable of spreading the enthusiasm displayed by a couple hundred fans in Asbury Park like a virus across the land.” – Jim Appio
Simply put, The Blind Tellers’ live recorded homage to delta blues and folk standards, funneled through their own contemporary prism, is an incredibly impassioned and dutiful without being trite love letter to the band’s influences. You would never guess that elements like Matt Gentile’s booming vocal and Devin Crosby’s soulful slide guitar were products of life growing up on the Jersey Shore.
This 5 track EP expands upon Only Living Boy’s previous works with righteously heavy grooves illuminating their sweaty, elephant-stomp blues. If Queens of the Stone Age and Arctic Monkeys had a baby…