Review: 18th & Addison – “Leeches”

New Jersey gets a bad wrap, though sometimes it’s for good reason. I was born and raised in the Garden State, and, having spent the better part of 25 or 26 years there, I have witnessed its ills and its charms – musically speaking – first-hand. I’ve crowded into shows at Maxwell’s, dive bars akin…

Review: Lindsay Murray feat. Dw. Dunphy – “Reconsider Me”

A new single from Lindsay Murray, the first song from the Nashville-based singer-songwriter since March’s Nada Surf tribute, is out today on Bandcamp and it’s a beautiful, engaging little nugget due to the collaborator she chose to accent it: New Jerseyan Dw. Dunphy. Dunphy has worked up quite a lather on his underground resume —…

Review: Dw. Dunphy – “Charm Offensive”

The New Jersey writer/musician Dw. Dunphy and I have known each other now for some 25 years; I have stood alongside him as a friend, a producer of and conduit for his work, a collaborator and, more commonly in recent years, as a bystander cribbing notes. And I haven’t been this excited by one of…

Review: J Hacha De Zola – “Icaro Nouveau”

J Hacha De Zola, a New Jersey-based carnival barker and blender of genres, oft has proven himself adept at conjuring musical spirits. He does it splendidly on his juicy, new LP — Icaro Nouveau, out March 8 – transcending the lazy Tom Waits comparisons to lead a merry band of pranksters through a smorgasbord of…

REVIEW: Pabst/Autisti – “Exciter” b/w “Dealbreaker”

There’s plenty of guitar fuzz and feedback featured on the Pabst/Autisti split seven-inch single, out next Friday on Crazysane Records. Pabst opens the proceedings with inviting grungy figures on guitar and a hooky chorus that call to mind The Leaving Trains. Their song can sometimes be ornate, if mostly for the cock-rock-inspired sing-song of the…

REVIEW: Various Artists – “The Co-Op Communique Vol. 3”

Music writers are lucky bastards. As a form of payment for their poetry, they get a stream, an everlasting stream, of free music. It’s a pretty good deal if you can score it. Well, to be blunt, the epic compilation series The Co-Op Communique makes YOU the music writer. The third installment in the annual…