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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

Direct download: JB131.mp3
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Direct download: JB130.mp3
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Jersey Beat Podcast #129: An Interview with Stringer

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.


On this podcast:

Striinger - "Dead Ass" EP
"Dirty Room"
"Wanting Less"
"Fear of Death"
"Just Like You"
"Fear of Death"

Huffers - "Pulled Pork"
Lidia Stone - "Sick Of Words" (live)



Direct download: JB129a.mp3
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The enigmatic pop punk rocker Grim Deeds is our guest on this episode of the podcast.


King Of Queers
Being Fat Mike
Weasel Acres
Ballad Of The Opening Band
We're All A Little Racist
I Don't Care About Your Kids
I'm An Atheist

All of Grim Deeds' music is available for free download at

Direct download: JB128.mp3
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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

Direct download: JB127.mp3
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Jersey Beat Podcast #125:  Craig Finn  (And New Music)

Jim Testa interviews the Hold Steady's Craig Finn about his new solo album "FAith In The Future."  Craig also talks about going out to see bands in Brooklyn and gives some advice to young musicians.

Then we check out some new music that we love at Jersey Beat:

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"

Direct download: JB125.mp3
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On this episode, Jim Testa chats with lead singer/guitaristz

Brian Sella of The Front Bottoms about the group's major

label debut Back On Top, and how the band is adopting to z

life in the fast lane.

On This Podcast:

"Maps," from The Front Bottoms
"Motorcycle," from Back On Top
"Jim Bogart," from Brothers Can't Be Friends
"Skeleton," from Talon Of The Hawk
"The Beers," from The Front Bottoms



Direct download: JB124.mp3
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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

Direct download: JB123.mp3
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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


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Direct download: JB122.mp3
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Jersey Beat Podcast #121:  An Interview with Jon Fine

Jim Testa talks to musician, writer, and author Jon Fine about his rock n roll memoir Your Band Sucks.   We also play a few songs from some of Jon's bands as well as contemporaries that he interviews in the book

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

Direct download: JB121a.mp3
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Jersey Beat Podcast #120:  An interview with Justin Angelo Morey

Justin Angelo Morey - now performing as Sunshine & The Rain with his wife, Ashley -  talks about his new band Sunshine & The Rain, growing up in punk rock, and his hometown of Jersey City.  Justin was the bassist in the great Rye Coalition and frontman of the psychedelic Black Hollies. 

We also play a track each from Sunshine & The Rain, the Black Hollies, and Rye Coalition.

Direct download: JB120.mp3
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Jersey Beat Podcast #119:

This episode of the JB Podcast showcases a slew of new indie rock plus a few old favorites.

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"

Direct download: JB119.mp3
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The Harmonica Lewinskies - Papa's Got A Brand New Man
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!


Theme song:  "Raft Of The Medusa" by The Graveyard Kids


Direct download: JB118a.mp3
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Listen to The Best Show at

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


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

Direct download: JB117.mp3
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Jersey Beat Podcast 116

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

Direct download: JB116.mp3
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On this episode of the Jersey Beat Podcast, we interview Frank Portman, aka Dr. Frank of the Mr. T Experience, about his new novel King Dork Approximately, a sequel to 2007's King Dork.

Songs on this episde:
"King Dork"
"King Dork Approximatley"
"Andromeda Klein"
"I Wanna Ramone You"
"She Turned Out To Be Crazy"
"Gooey Glasses"
"How'd The Date End"
"Thinking of Suicide"
"Two Martinis From Now"

Direct download: JB_115.mp3
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Jersey Beat Podcast #114

On this episode of the podcast, we interview Jarrett Dougherty, drummer of the Screaming Females, about his band's new album "Rose Mountain," touring, and DIy culture.

On this episode:

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



Direct download: JB114.mp3
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Jersey Beat Podcast #113

On Episod 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

Direct download: JB113.mp3
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Jersey Beat Podcast #112

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



Direct download: JB112.mp3
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