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Tenth Annual Record Store Day April 22, 2017

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By Nicole Seitz


Record stores are not as popular and hoppin’ as they used to be with the introduction of music streaming and less of a need for physical copies of music. However, Record Store Day is keeping the music alive. This year is going to be the 10th Record Store Day across the nation. Every April, record shops get special releases of some your favorite artists and they get their staff ready for the biggest day of the year.

This year, Record Store Day is Saturday, April 22. Some special releases for this year include newer artists such as All Time Low, Dave Matthews Band, and The Lumineers. There will also be special releases of live performances, unreleased music, and remastered music from legends like David Bowie, Prince, and The Beatles.

“Record store day reminds us that music is an art form – it can be listened as a single song or as I prefer, in an entire album of material from an artist.” said Communication Department Chair and Associate Professor Aaron Furgason at Monmouth University.  “What makes this day special is that a trip to a record store means that you leave with tangible evidence of the artist, instead of simple download or stream of the music. A record allows you to admire the album cover art, read the lyrics, credits and thank you’s by the artist – elements you don’t necessarily have access to through streaming or downloading a song.”

“In the past, I’ve been excited to get exclusive content that was only available on Record Store Day,” said senior music industry student, Joey Affatato. “In 2015, I bought a special 10th anniversary release of Brand New’s Deja Entendu, and last year I got a special acoustic version of Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange.”

To pick up some cool tunes, you can either stop at your favorite local record store or make a whole day trip out of it. Senior music industry student Dave DePaola mapped out a whole days’ worth of NJ record stores to visit a few years ago and has been doing that with his friends since 2015.

DePaola said, “I love Record Store Day because I love being able to just explore with my friends. Not only is it exciting every time I find an album I’ve been looking for or discover a new album while searching through all the stores, I love being able to explore all the different towns we stop in and see all different areas in New Jersey.”

If you start your day around 10 a.m., it should be easy to get through all the stores and stop wherever you want for lunch and dinner along the way in one of the various towns.

The route starts locally at Hold Fast in Asbury Park, right on Cookman Ave. This a cool little store with a pretty good collection of new releases and old ones alike. They also have some cool music memorabilia for collectors.

The next stop is everyone’s favorite, Jack’s Music Shoppe, in Red Bank. Red Bank is always a good time and Jack’s has not only CD’s, vinyl, and tapes, but also an extensive collection of posters, sheet music and even movies (if you’re not into music).

The next stop on the list is Vintage Vinyl about 40 minutes north in Fords. Vintage Vinyl is probably the largest record store on the list and has a huge selection of music on various mediums. The store is even a venue for local and bigger acts from time to time with their stage in the back of the place.

Next stop is New Brunswick. There are two pretty cool record stores here and obviously lots of other cool places to check out around town. Spina Records is a tiny little hipster record store in the basement of a building. They have $1 records outside and you can walk down the stairs to a solid collection of CD’s and records for a fairly small space.

The next one in New Brunswick is Revilla Grooves and Gear, which is just outside of the main town area in New Brunswick. It was here that we found some rare finds like Ziggy Stardust by David Bowie and The Wall by Pink Floyd both on vinyl for a great price.

Next up, Princeton Record Exchange (PREX). If you’ve ever been to Princeton to just walk around and get dinner, you’ve probably wandered into PREX. This is probably the most organized, considering it’s not that big of a place. There is always something new to find and you can always find at least one album that you’ve been looking for for a while there.

The last stop on our list is Randy Now’s Man Cave in the heart of Historic Bordentown. The Man Cave is a tiny shop with music knick-knacks and various mediums of music. There is also a whole room of movie/TV show memorabilia for those interested in that.

Overall, Record Store Day is a great day to explore and find new music. It’s also a good chance for up and coming musicians to give their music to various record stores. Affatato has copies of his album The Ramparts Rebel available at Randy Now’s.

DePaola said, “I have always loved collecting CDs and records. Record Store Day allows me to dedicate a whole day to collecting and listening to music and it’s the coolest thing ever.”

EDITORS NOTE: If you venture to North NJ, you must check out Merchant Music in Westwood!

Click here to view the list of all releases for Record Store Day.


Thrice Premieres Official Video For “Black Honey” May 17, 2016

I can’t remember the last time I was this excited for new music from one of my favorite bands!    Only 10 days to go until their new album To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere is released via Vagrant Records/BMG, and only 1 month away Thrice plays the tri-state area!

Check out the music video for “Black Honey”and local dates below

6/16 New York NY @ PlayStation Theater

6/17 Philadelphia PA @ The Fillmore

6/18 Sayreville NJ @ Starland Ballroom

6/19 Boston MA @ House of Blues


Disturbed & Rob Zombie Co-headline tour for May 2016 and Disturbed Powerful Cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence” February 6, 2016

Disturbed is touring in support of their massive #1 album Immortalized, which marked the end of the Grammy-nominated group’s 4-year hiatus  and became their fifth consecutive album to debut at #1 on the Billboard Top 200, a rare feat achieve by only one other hard rock band in the history of the chart: Metallica. The album has already boasted two huge No. 1 Active Rock singles in “The Vengeful One” and “The Light,” and now the group’s haunting version of Simon & Garfunkel’s classic “The Sound of Silence” is poised to continue the dominance. The track is already climbing the charts and has now earned over 12 million YouTube views in just a couple of months.

Disturbed and Rob Zombie have announced a co-headline tour for May 2016. Ahead of that, Disturbed are gearing up to kick off their first tour following their 4-year hiatus, starting in the U.S. in Fargo, ND on February 10 and taking them on an almost entirely sold out run through North America to headlining slots at major festivals across the U.S., U.K., and Europe.

05/03                     Mississippi Coast Coliseum – Biloxi, MS
05/04                     Oak Mountain Amphitheater – Birmingham, AL
05/06                     Aaron’s Amphitheater – Atlanta, GA *
05/07                     Ascend Amphitheater – Nashville, TN
05/10                     Cajundome – Lafayette, LA
05/11                     CenturyLink Center – Bossier City, LA
05/17                     US Cellular Center – Cedar Rapids, IA
05/22                     Hershey Stadium – Hershey, PA
05/24                     Van Andel Arena – Grand Rapids, MI
05/25                     Allen County War Memorial Coliseum – Fort Wayne, IN
* Pop Evil not performing
For tickets and further details on all shows:
02/10                     Fargo Civic Center – Fargo, ND
02/12                     MTS Cetnre – Winnipeg, Canada
02/14                     Enmax Centre – Lethbridge, Canada
02/15                     SaskTel Centre – Saskatoon, Canada
02/18                     Grey Eagle Events Centre – Calgary, Canada
02/19                     EnCana Events Centre – Dawson Creek, Canada
02/20                     Shaw Conference Centre – Edmonton, Canada
02/22                     Mosaic Place – Moose Jaw, Canada
02/24                     Bismarck Event Center – Bismarck, ND
02/25                     Badlands Pawn, Gold & Jewelry – Sioux Falls, SD
03/11                     Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, Canada
03/12                     The Showbox – Seattle, WA                               
03/14                     Roseland Theater – Portland, OR
03/16                     The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA
03/17                     The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
03/19                     UFEST 2016 – Phoenix, AZ                               
03/20                     House of Blues – San Diego, CA                               
03/23                     House of Blues – Dallas, TX                               
03/24                     House of Blues – Houston, TX                            
03/25                     House of Blues – New Orleans, LA
03/27                     Iron City – Birmingham, AL                               
03/29                     House of Blues – Myrtle Beach, SC
03/30                     The National – Richmond, VA                               
04/01                     Baltimore Sound Stage – Baltimore, MD
04/02                     Theatre of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
04/04                     Irving Plaza – New York, NY                               
04/05                     Rapids Theater – Niagara Falls, NY
04/07                     St. Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI                               
04/08                     Orbit Room – Grand Rapids, MI                               
04/10                     New Daisy Theatre – Memphis, TN
04/26                     Prairie Capital Convention Center – Springfield, IL
04/29                     98ROCKFEST – Tampa, FL
04/30                     Welcome to Rockville – Jacksonville, FL
05/01                     Fort Rock Festival – Fort Myers, FL
05/08                     Carolina Rebellion – Concord, NC
05/15                     Northern Invasion – Somerset, WI
05/20                     Rock on the Range – Columbus, OH
05/21                     BB&T Pavilion – Camden, NJ
05/27-05/29            Rocklahoma – Pryor, OK

Catching Up With New Beat Fund – Headlining the Troubadour in LA on August 20th! August 15, 2015

It’s been a summer, well if you want to be technical about it, it’s been two summers since NVMP had the chance to catch up with G-punk rockers, New Beat Fund on the Van’s Warped Tour.  NBF released their debut album Sponge Fingerz back in June and have promoted it throughout the nation on the Van’s Warped Tour.  Sponge Fingerz was recorded at LA’s legendary Sound City Studio, co-produced by Matt Wallace (Faith No More, Maroon 5) and mixed by Tony Hoffer (Foster the People, Beck).

New Beat Fund is headlining the Troubadour in Los Angeles with Armors and Little Wolves, get your tickets here.

Touring on the Warped Tour has its ups and downs – like the extreme heat we all endured at the show in Holmdel, NJ –  but  always inspires creating new jams and bringing artists together. The band teamed up with fellow VWT artist Mod Sun for a remix of “Sunday Funday”, remix by ID Labs and Badboxes.  Download the remix for FREE from the special Summertime Party Jams BitTorrrent bundle, also features remixes from Mystery Skulls and Priory.  You can check out one of their latest collaborations with BeBe Rexha “I’m Gonna Show You Crazy” right here. 

New Beat Fund and Night Riots spent the summer touring together on the same bus and have remixed songs from each other’s albums, teaming up with WeTransfer to share them with you. “The songs fall somewhere between cover versions and remixes,” says Night Riots’ lead vocalist Travis Hawley. “We love what those guys did with our song. They made it their own and we did the same with theirs. “While living on the road we really got to enter one another’s creative brain space,” says New Beat Fund guitarist/vocalist Jeff Laliberte. “It was a lot of fun to twist and reimagine the songs to see our vibes complement each other. And we’re best fwendz.”  Fans can download the two tracks at

Remember the Instagram video parodies of scenes from iconic horror movies? You have got to watch the hilarious Sunday Fundaze videos!  Watch Episode 1 below (Iggy Azalea parody is my favorite part) and the rest on New Beat Fund’s website here.



Until next time,



Free Summer 2014 Compilation from Paper + Plastick Records August 27, 2014

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unnamedDon’t get bummed about summer coming to an end. 1. Summer will come again next year, I promise. 2. Summer is officially over on September 23rd, so live it up until then instead of complaining. 3. Paper + Plastick Records is giving away a Summer 2014 Compilation so that you can hold on to summer for as long as you want…just don’t mope around summer being gone so fast and complain about it on social media.  There are still 365 days in years, let’s not take it to extremes guys.  Be sure to check out the new, unreleased track from The Moms.  Click on the link below to DL.


1. Archaeologists of the Future – Ex Friends
2. Fire and Ice – Jordan Morgan Lansdowne
3. Assholes on Rollerblades – Junior Battles
4. Miss America – The Moms
5. Not So Young – Pentimento
6. The Punisher – Game Day Regulars
7. December – Guerrilla Monsoon
8. Purple Heart Paperweight – Red City Radio
9. She Makes Me/ Breaks Me – And We Danced
10. Trust Us – The Shell Corporation
11. Nice to Know You (Acoustic) – Light Years


Lou Reed October 28, 2013

by Jon Warhol

Rock legend Lou Reed died on Sunday Oct 27, 2013. I remember where I am and what I’m doing at the moment I found out one of my heroes passed – first George Carlin, then Christopher Hitchens, now Lou. Today, I’ll never forget how I opened my facebook tab to check for notifications and the first thing on my news feed, posted only seconds ago by the page “I bet I can’t find 100,000 people who know John Cale!”, announced the passing of an icon who not only had an enormous effect on the world of music, but my life and musical taste.

I’ll also never forget how scared I felt the first time I heard “Walk on the Wild Side” on the radio driving to high school one morning. It is by no means a “scary song,” but let me give some perspective: I was a young and impressionable high schooler with innocent ears, whose music taste was mainly classic rock influenced by my dad and surf music. There was something about Reed’s anti-singing that left me awestruck and unable to turn the dial. Lou’s signature cooler-than-cool NYC deadpan voice spoke of blowjobs, transvestites, drugs, colored girls and things I was too young to totally get and characters years before my time. As soon as I got home, I did research and found he was in a band called The Velvet Underground and decided to give them a listen. If “Walk on the Wild Side” scared me, you can only imagine what sort of madness was going through my head as I sat through “Heroin.” Like the effect of the drug Lou sang about, after just one listen, I was hooked.

Throughout his half-century career, Lou has had personal and musical high high’s and low low’s. No matter what direction he took himself and his music, he did so in a unique and artistic way. From the commercial glam rock of Transformer to the hour-long white noise of Metal Machine Music to the spoken word of The Raven to ambient meditation music from Hudson River Wind Meditations, Lou produced an incredibly long and diverse body of work. As the Velvet Underground’s principal songwriter, he created four studio albums, two bootleg albums and four live albums worth of material. As a solo artist, he made 22 solo records, 12 live albums and 44 singles. I own a good amount of his work, but still have a lot to go if I want to complete my collection. Whether or not you enjoy every single piece of his work, there is no denying he has been one of Rock’s most prolific and prominent composers.

He is one of very few, if not the only, to have made it onto both Rolling Stone’s lists of greatest singers and greatest guitarists of all time. It could be argued that without Lou Reed, David Bowie’s career would not have taken off the way it did, glam rock would not have happened and there would be no industrial music. However he is critically remembered, it is important to remember that historically speaking, Reed furthered Rock as being taken as a serious art form. He sung about topics considered risqué and taboo for his time but continually insisted that no one would find it weird if his lyrics were printed in a novel or a film script.

Reed’s artsy and non-radio-friendly songs have had the greatest impact on me. Even today you may never hear “Heroin,” “Venus in Furs,” “Street Hassle” or any number of his best works on the radio, but the noisier and more profane his compositions can be, the more beautiful I find them. I can’t even begin to think about amount of time, from the first time I heard “Walk on the Wild Side” to the present, how many hours/days/weeks I have spent listening to, buying, thinking about, talking about, reading about, researching, playing and enjoying Lou’s music. In the midst of all the “RIP LOU!” messages, tweets and whatevers by fans and celebrities, perhaps the short yet moving message by Reed’s life-long friend and band mate, John Cale, holds the greatest impact: “The world has lost a fine songwriter and poet…I’ve lost my ‘school-yard buddy’”.

Although I did not know him anywhere near the level John Cale did, I feel in a way, I too have lost a friend – a friend who left me more than 50 years’ of music to discover and further impact my life. A great regret will be that I can never see Lou perform live. His legacy and songs will not just live on in my heart, but in the heart of anyone who has ever picked up a guitar.

Long live Lou Reed, and long live Rock n Roll.


“Ballad of an Onion Sprout” Video from The Burning of Rome August 28, 2012

Review by Hoverbee

The video for “Ballad of an Onion Sprout,” the first single off the album With Us by the Oceanside, California-based band The Burning of Rome, begins with a psychedelic trip through a 50’s era comic book outer space with an astronaut arriving on the moon in a jar of Vegemite.  The spaceman then floats to a large jar of Marmite all the while lyrics marquee from a vintage dinosaur’s mouth, fly at you and hop across the screen.  The video then completely changes direction blending awesome live shots of the band during shows with press shots and eventually ends with individual portraits of each band member.  The sudden about-face of the video fits perfectly with the eclectic nature of the song and the band.  They previously released a different video for this song and I find it pales in comparison.  This video better embodies the spirit of the band and with the addition of the lyrics, the full lyrical genius of the song can be recognized.  The Burning of Rome manages to incorporate many different genres of music into one song.  I have to say I love this track, but must admit the hook kind of reminds me of the hook from the song “Head Over Heels” by Tears for Fears.  I must also say that this queer fact does not ruin the song for me in the least.  It’s not an awful imitation, exact replica or a rip-off, but a glorious reworking of an awesome chord progression and it’s not the only thing that makes the song great (striking use of bells, well put lyrics, fantastic harmonizing and vocals.)  Check out more of The Burning of Rome at!


Reel Big Fish Donate Proceeds from Recent Colorado Show to Victims and Families Affected By the Aurora Theater Shooting July 23, 2012

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A Message From Reel Big Fish:


Last Thursday night, Reel Big Fish played to an amazing Denver crowd. The night was buzzing with positive energy as the last notes of the horns blared and the audience poured into the dark to head home. Little did we all know; right down the street, a tragedy of unspeakable horror was unfolding, in Aurora. Because of the love that Denver always shows us, we would like to do what we can for the friends and families of the victims. Proceeds from our show at the Belly-up in Aspen, CO last Friday July 20 will go to The Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance. Our booking agency, The Agency Group will also be making a donation. If you wish to donate or learn more about the organization visit  All our love goes out to the people of Denver in this time of sorrow. Music and dancing is good medicine. Be with friends and boogie!


Much love,


Reel Big Fish


Living With Lions – “A Bottle of Charades” July 2, 2012

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I’m excited to check out Living With Lions on the Van’s Warped Tour this year!   “A Bottle of Charades” is a great song…it’s catchy, it rocks and sometimes, I too dream about stapling crap on other peoples’ foreheads for being dicks.  – TNT


“Summer Fling Don’t Mean A Thing” by NFG June 16, 2012

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New summer anthem?  I think so.  I didn’t realize how close Van’s Warped Tour is!   Are you ready?  NVMP certainly is!  2012 will be the 10th year we tear up the tour and bring you the latest bands to check out.  Stay tuned for more!  Happy Summer, Happy Warped Tour, Happy Music Festival Season!!!