Month: December 2018
The Random Hubiak
The Random Hubiak writes songs that are primarily about loss and redemption, hope and dissolution. His music evokes comparisons to Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Ben Folds, Elton John, Nilsson, Stevie Nicks, and Rufus Wainright.
His first recording, ENDLESS STREET: A SPIRITUAL TRAVELOGUE, is about losing the self in order to find the self and uses travel as a metaphor for spiritual growth; these stories-in-song trace the American landscape backwards from the deserts of the American west to the shores of the Atlantic.
His second effort, SURVIVING THE JONESES, focuses on addiction, primarily the addiction to material goods that has turned our culture into one of rampant, empty consumerism, but also to addictive behavior in relationships. While it incorporates some of his earliest songs (“In My Arms” and “Fool’s Lullabye” were both written at age 15 with the assistance of his friend Mel Breene, one year his senior, and “A Drop of Pain” was an adaptation of his childhood friend Lara Antkowiak’s poem written at age 12) much of it was written in his twenties, with four new additions last year (“Halcyon Daze,” “Piggy,” “Famous for Nothing,” and the ad hoc almost-title track “The Beginnings of Survival” were all penned and recorded between July 2010 and January 2011).
The Random Hubiak’s third full length recording — completed in Derby, England — is 2013’s MEMOIRS OF A MANWHORE: THE REELING WALTZ OF A DRUNKEN LOTHARIO. It was co-produced with former college roommate and pianist/arranger/nuclear engineer Adam Silverstein at his side.
Since then, The Random Hubiak has released 4 EPs to expand upon the album tracks.
The first single/EP, “Anchors Aweigh,” includes backing vocals not found on the album version, plus five additional non-album tracks of varying genres.
The second single/EP, “The Trick,” contains two new versions of “The Trick” (one rock single, one acoustic piano ballad version) and four new tracks based on classical pieces of music with librettos penned by Rand. The music comes from Manuel Maria Ponce, Beethoven, Rubinstein, and Tchaikovsky.
The third single/EP, “Sad Sack,” includes three new versions of the title track (one rock radio single edit, one rock playout version, and one big band version) and four new tracks that continue the big band sound explored for “Sad Sack.”
The final single/EP arrived in late August, “Hotel By The River.” Besides a new version of the title track, taken up one full step and featuring duet vocals from Barbara Gurskey, it includes five brand-new tracks with an Americana/Country-Western feel to their arrangements, most notably the driving “I’m Told You Never Sleep” and the uplifting “Open.”
November 2015 finds The Random Hubiak Band dropping their latest album, THE BLEACHED BONES OF TITANS. The palette honors 1970s Brit Rock, sliding from Glam to Prog to Proto-Punk with the same level of literate lyricism you’ve come to expect from The Random Hubiak, and his usual shades of dark humour and shattered Romanticism. You’ll find unsettling time signatures, tempo changes, and key changes within several of the songs to highlight the theme of anxiety and damaged souls.
Meanwhile, Adam Silverstein is working with Rand on two new albums in Derby England, one of which is due in 2016 (a double album of orchestral piano-rock album) and the other in 2017 (funk), while The Random Hubiak Band continues to write and record in the US with a double album in the works.
Music that includes covers and originals
Billy Walton Band
Come see the BWB at the legendary John & Peters!! There will be a small ($3-$5) cover at the door.
There was a time when the Jersey Shore represented the best in American entertainment. Count Basie, Lionel Hampton, the Rat Pack, Dick Clark, Chubby Checker, they all made stops on the Jersey Shore. Tony Mart’s was the club Levon Helm was playing when Dylan called.
Of course we all know what happened in Asbury Park. The town, ravaged by riots in the late 60’s, became a melting pot of musical experimentation. Late night jams that ended when the sun came up were the norm. Bruce Springsteen & Southside Johnny were the two acts that made their way to an international stage from these humble beginnings.
For decades musicians have come and gone, always hoping to make a living and pursue a dream. Billy Walton is no different. Billy’s proving ground was Long Beach Island.
There he was chaperoned from gig to gig by his Mom, two young to drive around and enter the clubs on his own. He always was up for a jam and looking to learn some tricks. For years Billy spent his time sharpening his skills, developing his stage act until he decided to step up to center stage with the Billy Walton Band.
The band has focused its’ effort in Europe. 13 tours since 2007 have established the group in the fertile British Blues Rock scene. In 2010 Billy got the call to join in with one of the masters of the Asbury Park sound, Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes. For years Billy toured with the Jukes. Most people don’t know that the creative force behind Southside was none other than Little Steven. A highpoint in Billy’s tenure with the Jukes was when they recorded a live version of Southside’s most acclaimed release, Hearts of Stone, with Little Steven.
Good things have been happening to the Billy Walton Band. The band recently signed to Vizztone Records for the release of Wish For What You Want. Produced by Tony Braunagel, the award winning BMA producer and current Eric Burdon drummer, this batch of songs will certainly take the band to the next level!
You can say Bruce Springsteen is a singer songwriter fronting an old-school rock n soul band. Southside Johnny is a soul singer fronting an old-school rock n soul band. Billy Walton is the guitar hero fronting the old-school rock n soul band. The horns are the common thread.
Find out why so many people are getting excited about the Billy Walton Band!
John and Peter’s New Year’s Day Brunch Catered By the Speckled Egg Café.
John and Peter’s New Year’s Day Brunch Catered By the Speckled Egg Café.
Brian St. John Band
Hailing from Sussex County NJ, Brian St. John is a guitarist gun for hire, singer-songwriter, and all around music lover and fan. After a four year stint with his own eponymous quartet, he is releasing his first solo record in eight years.
After being raised on Joe Jackson and Steely Dan, Brian discovered music like most people his age…any way he could, as often as he could. In high school, he discovered Led Zeppelin, Grateful Dead, and Weezer. After a stay in South Carolina, mix in a little Old & In the Way and John Coltrane. More recently, an intriguing new generation of singer-songwriters have grabbed his attention like Jason Isbell and Sturgill Simpson. Together, Brian St. John creates a sound that’s all his own.
Produced by Tom Askin (The Samples, Alaskan), “The Cove” has won over its early critics. How about you?
Alright Junior*Trash Boy*The Tressels
THE EXPLOSIVE, IMPULSIVE, AND INTENSE VOCALS OF JACE MILLER.
THE MELODIC CREATIVITY OF JAMIE VICTOR’S BASS AND HARMONIES.
THE STEADY AND INCENDIARY DRUMMING OF CHRIS PIRES.
THIS IS ALRIGHT JUNIOR — an electric mixture of rock, with passionately haunting lyrics, infectious songwriting and stunning energy. Touring aggressively, the band has shared the stage with several of the biggest names in music and performed on some of the biggest stages, locally and nationally.
Alright Junior has shared the stage with Incubus, Cake, Circa Survive, Local H, Toadies, Flogging Molly, Civil Twilight, Maps & Atlases, Sponge, Our Lady Peace, Nick Oliveri of Queens of the Stone Age, 10 Years, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Young the Giant, The Ataris, Everclear, Wheatus, The Head and The Heart, KONGOS, Bear Hands, and more.
The band formed in Philadelphia, PA. Their album Eudaemonic was recorded with Kevin Wesley Williams and mastered by UE Nastasi (Cobra Starship, Gym Class Heroes, Panic! At the Disco) and distributed by ADA Warner Music Group. Songs from the record (Up In Flames, Mouths of a Herd, and Sinner of the State) received immediate radio airplay locally and beyond. Alright Junior’s debut record was put on regular rotation by a station in Milan, Italy, and was being pushed through certain areas in Europe and the UK. The band also shared the stage with Sponge, Matt Mays & El Torpedo, Joe Coffee (Rev. Paul Bearer of Sheer Terror), and McRad.
Alright Junior put out a five-song EP titled Our Temporary Everything, recorded at Big Blue Meenie Recording Studios (Rage Against The Machine, INXS, Taking Back Sunday, Thursday, Lifetime) in Jersey City, NJ. Recording sessions were spearheaded by mastermind Tim “Rumblefish” Gilles. Alan Douches from West West Side Music in New Windsor, NY (Mastodon, Dillinger Escape Plan, Alkaline Trio, Ben Folds Five, Hot Water Music) applied his mastering expertise. Their singles Fish vs. Ambulance and Minds Built Like Rome achieved regular radio airplay, and garnered attention from a larger audience in TV appearances on ABC and NBC.
Scratching at the Ceiling was recorded again at the hands of Big Blue Meenie Recording Studios and West West Side Music. Upon the EP’s release, the track Burn received special attention from Radio 104.5FM WRFF; the station played Burn on the radio, and the band played it live on-the-air during their second “Live at Five” appearance. The band opened shows for Young the Giant, Circa Survive, Maps & Atlases, Sleeper Agent, Violent Soho, and Mondo Generator (Nick Oliveri, ex-Queens of the Stone Age).
Next, the band went into Studio 4 (John Lennon, Nine Inch Nails, Urge Overkill, Circa Survive) in Philadelphia, PA, and recorded a new single, How You’ve Changed Me, with good friend Steven LaFashia. UE Nastasi mastered the song at Sterling Sound in NYC. Soon after, AJ shared the stage with Romans (ex-Head Automatica, We Are The Fury, Jaguar Love), Gabriel the Marine, and NGHBRS. Alright Junior opened for Incubus, Cake, Angels & Airwaves, Civil Twilight, and Flogging Molly at Radio 104.5’s Fifth Birthday Party. Next, the band was asked to share the stage with Empires, The Lighthouse and The Whaler, and Team Spirit (ex-Passion Pit). Alright Junior then opened for Canada’s darlings, Our Lady Peace, 10 Years, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, and the almighty Chicago duo, Local H.
Full-length record Amusia was engineered and produced by Bogdan Hernik, a seasoned veteran who has supported and championed Alright Junior for years. The album was mastered in NYC by Fred Kevorkian (Sonic Youth, Bad Religion, The Stooges, Iggy Pop, The White Stripes, The Walkmen). The first single, Ancestors Laugh In Heaven, received air play on Radio 104.5FM. The band was asked to play a special birthday show for WRFF Assistant Program Director, Wendy Rollins, alongside great Philly area acts, including Fred Mascherino (ex-Taking Back Sunday, Terrible Things, The Color Fred, Breaking Pangaea). Philadelphia voted Alright Junior into the Final Four (out of 400 bands) for the opportunity to open for Cage The Elephant, Foster The People, Third Eye Blind, Bastille, KONGOS, Foals, and St. Lucia, for Radio 104.5’s Birthday Show. Alright Junior was then invited to play the Radio 104.5 Summer Block Party with The Head and the Heart, Bear Hands, and KONGOS. Amusia gained more airplay during the summer months, and AJ opened for The Ataris at their big anniversary show, and joined NYC’s Dreamshow.
Alright Junior took the stage with Local H for a third time, and showcased some of the songs from the EP Inhibition to a packed house. AJ played the main stage at the well-attended (60,000) South Street Spring Festival in Philadelphia. AJ played the i99 Radio Birthday Bash with Brick + Mortar. Alright Junior joined groups including Rusted Root and the Nick Perri Band at the Hollystock Music Festival. Alright Junior shared the stage with Mondo Generator (Nick Oliveri, ex-Queens of the Stone Age, Kyuss, The Dwarves) and Peter Pan Speedrock, showcased at CMJ in Brooklyn, opened for the Toadies, and performed live on-air for a Radio 104.5 New Music Discovery Show.
Alright Junior played a handful of shows with Flyermile (members of Circa Survive, ex-A Life Once Lost), and were a featured act at several festivals. Alright Junior was asked to join Radio 104.5 WRFF for the band’s fourth “Live at Five” on-air session and interview and performed their single from Inhibition called Over You Over Me. Alright Junior supported The Unlikely Candidates and Holy White Hounds and played with Grandpa vs. Prowler (featuring actors Danny Masterson, Adam Busch, Michael Pena, and members of Kill Hannah, Filter, and Kings of Leon). Alright Junior toured Inhibition throughout the U.S.
A stop-motion animation video for Hold On To My Breath Again, directed by Tony Forgey, was a finalist in the Paris International Music Video Underground for “Best Animated Music Video”. The video was an official selection for CutOut Fest 2018, Mexico’s “largest celebration of animation and digital art”.
Alright Junior shared the stage with West Coast natives, Everclear and then played an in-studio recording session for WXPN that was released as a live video. AJ was featured on 93.3FM WMMR as Jaxon’s “Artist of the Month” and played their fifth “Live at Five” in-studio session at Radio 104.5FM.
A featured act at Not Your Mother’s Music Festival, Alright Junior shared the stage with Drake Bell and Scarlet Sails (members of The Dresden Dolls), and opened for Wheatus and She Wants Revenge. Alright Junior was voted into the Radio 104.5’s Final Four for the opportunity to open for The Lumineers, Death Cab For Cutie, Grouplove, Phantogram, The Revivalists, The Interrupters, Lewis Capaldi, morgxn, The Blue Stones, Des Rocs and Weathers. The band opened for Pissed Jeans, Dandelion, Stinking Lizaveta, and The Three 4 Tens at the final show at The Trocadero in Philadelphia. Then the band opened for The Dollyrots and The Pink Spiders.