My Favorite Nine Albums of 2016

The Hotelier at the Bowery Ballroom in July.
The Hotelier at the Bowery Ballroom in July.

Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam
Album: I Had a Dream that You Were Mine
Track: In a Blackout

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Frankie Cosmos and Long Neck Free at Stevens Institute Hoboken

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Poster art by Kelly McGowan and Emma Murphy.

There are three bands playing at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken for FREE tonight presented by WCPR – Castle Point Radio & Theta Phi Alpha – Gamma Chi.

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An Interview with Pinegrove’s Evan Stephens Hall

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Pinegrove playing at The Old Mogul Theatre in Montclair, NJ.

Montclair NJ holds a lot of memories me. A childhood friend grew up there, so I know the town well. They converted an old movie theatre into a music venue called the Wellmont Theatre  With a capacity of 2,600 it felt like the (now defunct) Roseland Theatre or Hammerstein Ballroom got airlifted and plopped into suburban NJ, plus some of the old-timey movie theatre flourishes.

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My Favorite Albums of 2014 Include a lot of Philly Bands

Little Big League at Shea Stadium in November of last year.

I never felt I listened to enough new albums in a year to justify putting a best albums of the year list. It seems everyone writes one, including two my friends Eric and Kevin — both lists of which I’ve discovered a lot of new bands. I wasn’t a fan of either of theirs this year, and I let them know — so here’s my response, in no particular order.

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An Interview with Laarks Lead Singer and Keyboardist Ian Jacoby

Ian Jacoby of Laarks.

Laarks is a four-piece indie rock band from Eau Claire, Wisconsin, most musically famous for Justin Vernon of Bon Iver. They’re influenced by The Walkmen, Ben Folds, and Broken Social Scene, amongst many others bands.

They released An Exaltation of Laarks in 2009 with Absolutely Kosher, and Fiat Lux independently in 2013. Ian Jacoby is the songwriter, lead vocalist and keyboardist.

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Music Listening Party from March (Part 1 of 2)

 

Philadelphia's Little Big League

We had another music listening party back in March. It’s taken me six months to finally post it. Better late than never. We’ve got 91.1 WBOR Maine DJ Eric Funderburke, Kathleen Funderburke, Kevin Moore, New Yorker cartoonist Drew Dernavich, Michael Yong, Brian Horne, Christine Berardi, Nathan Sinclair, Scott Berardi, and myself. (note: Spotify playlist is incomplete due to limited availability)

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Maxwell’s Owner Todd Abramson on Nirvana, Dinosaur Jr., and The Smashing Pumpkins

The National opened up for Yo La Tengo in December 2010

Maxwell’s will be closing at the end of July. Ever since moving to Hoboken in 2000, I’ve seen some great shows there including The National, Yo La Tengo, and Ted Leo and the Pharmacists. I caught up with co-owner/booker Todd Abramson on some experiences with bands such as Nirvana, Dinosaur Jr., and The Smashing Pumpkins.

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Kevin Moore’s Favorite 20 Albums of 2012

Kevin Moore has been compiling a favorite 20 album list since 2009. He was inspired by Eric Funderburk.

He compiles a list at the beginning of the year and crosses them out until he reaches 20. That list then gets ranked in order of preference.

“It is part of the grassroots sharing of music. I actually prefer finding out music by this method as opposed to blogs, magazines or websites. Sharing music with a fellow music lover who shares similar interests is such a rewarding experience. That is why I continue to make my favorite list each year as well as listening to other friends’ music lists too.”

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