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Newsletter 4/17/17

Hi Everyone,

The next Guitar Pull at Espresso Joe's is Saturday, May 13th!, and is Lazlo's birthday!

Also, this Guitar Pull will feature 3 members of Christina Alessi & The Toll Collectors, each doing their solo songs!

Christina Alessi
Jonathan Andrew
Josh Bicknell

with opening acoustic set from The Clydes

The show is free, all ages, and starts at 7pm sharp.

Espresso Joe's is at 50 West Front Street, in Keyport, NJ.


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Monday through Thursday Lazlo will be broadcasting live beginning at 7pm, with the following special programming:

Monday @ 8pm - Presents New NJ Music

Tuesday @ 8pm - Lazlo's Den Presents New Music

Wednesday @ 7pm - Wednesday Free-For-All

Thursday @ 8pm - Concert Preview Show

(Musicians: remember to e-mail us about your upcoming NJ area shows so we can post them on our site & mention them on our Concert Preview Show)

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Lazlo's Corner

Yesterday I was at Rock the Lup, an amazing benefit that Catherine Wacha (who suffers from Lupus) puts on each year to benefit The Lupus Research Alliance.

Not only was it a lot of fun, but it raised a lot of money for a good cause! (if you missed it, you can still donate here:

I also learned at the show that Frank Patrouch (of Frank & Bill (whose Artists Profile just went up on this week)), went by the name Frank Rafferty back in the 90's.

In 1995, while at Monmouth College, I did a local music show at the college station (WMCX) and I played a very funny song that Frank Rafferty wrote, "Rico Suave Mower Man" (you can hear it here:

I also performed on the same bill with him at The Saint back on February 28th, 1995

Here's the ad I posted on campus for that show (with slight edit to replace my real name with my name of the last 16 years, Lazlo):

Yes, the person in the photo is really me 22 years ago

Yes, I did spoken word performances 22 years ago (they were not generally good, trust me)

Yes, for those who remember the late Chris Barry, he founded the Mad Hat Spoken Word Society, that I occasionally performed with (years later when I got to know him better while doing, I was thankful he could not remember my spoken word performances...which means they weren't so memorably awful LOL!)

But I digress...

I wanted to Show this photo and mention my old spoken word performance for 2 reasons.

1. Back in the early days of we had a Poetry Corner on the site. It contained some of my bad poetry, and a lot of other local poets much better poetry. The corner was eventually removed from the site for lack of new content, but with a poetry scene burgeoning again in NJ, I would love to start the poetry corner back up if there is enough content to make it work. I started today by posting a short poetry video of local poet Damian Rucci. (FYI - a new poetry corner would not include anything from me, as I don't really write poetry these days)

Interested poets should reach out to me with links to videos, written poems, audio, etc.

2. The show on 2/28/1995 led to one of the more embarrassing stories of my life, and because it's a funny story, I thought I would share my embarrassment with you.

If you look at who else was on the bill in the photo you will see the aforementioned Frank Rafferty, Joe Condiracci (who still is making music in the local music scene), Mimi (I think that is Mimi Cross, who is now an author), and the headliner, a touring band fronted by Mary Karlzen (who had just released an album on Atlantic Records at the time).

Somehow, I ended up being the headline spoken word artist just before Mary Karlzen's set. There were 20-30 people milling about inside the Saint when I got on stage to recite my poetry. I don't recall how it came to be, but I recited a poem I had written within weeks of Kurt Cobain dying, that became a sort of expletive laden "fuck you" to him for taking the easy way out. To say it's an angry, depressing poem, is an understatement.

People applauded, and I sat back down next to a few friends that came with me.

Five minutes later when Mary Karlzen and her band took to the stage I looked around and saw that the 20-30 people that were there left right after my poem.

The only people left in the Saint was Scott (owner/bartender for the evening), the sound guy (whose name I do not recall anymore), my 3 friends, and myself.

To this day I still have no idea if I drove the crowd out, or it was a coincidence.

I turned to my friends and said, "I don't care if they are awful, I feel bad, we are staying for their whole set."

As luck would have it, they were an amazing band, who still put on a great show despite everyone leaving. The guitarist in the band even joked, "I have a song about Kurt Cobain, but we're not going to play it tonight because we don't want to lose anymore of the audience"

Had that been the end of the story it would have been embarrassing enough for me, but it doesn't end there.

I spent the summer of 1995 interning at a NJ rock radio station, which meant going to a lot of shows and handing out bumper stickers...actually I was lucky, because I was always willing to do anything I got to do some cooler things and eventually become on-air talent...but I digress again.

One night that summer (doing a quick search I determined it was Wednesday June 21, we're talking 4 months later), I am handing out bumper stickers with several other interns inside the Birch Hill in Old Bridge, where Charlie Sexton Band is playing.

Who ends up being the opening act? That's right, Mary Karlzen Band.

So I'm telling the other interns what happened four months prior and how I'd rather avoid the band seeing me. The interns think I am making this whole story up...

Until after the third or fourth song Mary says, "We're happy to be in New Jersey. Well actually the last time we played NJ was pretty awful, someone did a depressing poem about Kurt Cobain and drove the audience away before our set. We're happy to be playing to a crowd tonight."

As all the other interns looked at me, now believing my story, I probably turned the brightest shade of red I have ever turned. The entire rest of the evening I hid in corners, and thankfully never did run into Mary Karlzen or her band.

Now I can laugh at that story, but in 1995 I felt terrible.

In case you are wondering, these days Mary Karlzen is part of the children's music trio, The Chickadees

And no, I have not reached out to see if she remembers me from 22 years ago (I honestly hope she doesn't)



This week on Presents New NJ Music we have new music from:

1. Joker's Republic - "Ex-Communicated" from "Anti-Social Media"
2. Allied Chemical - "She Does What She Likes" from "Sword Soup"
3. Drop Off Planet Earth - "Don't Let Her Fool You" from "Drop"
4. Matt Collaborate - "Afraid" from "Queen EP"
5. House Of Strays - "Goodbye" from "The Kinnelon Tapes"
6. Julian Fulton - "Howl" from "Battered Receptions"
7. Borialis - "Those Days" from "Borialis EP"
8. Crust - "New Software" from "Crust"
9. Trio Of Madness - "Roswell" from "Lost Time"
10. old Smile - "Couldn't Resist" from "Elusive Day"
11. Dylan Mayer - "her name Is Doubt" from "Men of Misfortune"
12. JMF - "Play Like There's No Tomorrow - guitar version" from "Reaching For The Stars"
13. Night Windows - "Forward Thinking" from "Home"
14. Science In 1780 - "Diesel 4-8" from "Feral Child, Raised By Television"
15. Hello Whirled - "To Be Remembered By" from "Welcome To The Pony Club" Presents New NJ Music airs Mondays @ 8pm

Listen here:

See playlist (with links to all the acts) here:


This week on Lazlo's Den Presents New Music Week we have new music from:

1. Hudson Dusters - "Rollercoaster" from "Three"
2. Christopher Paul Stelling - "Destitute" from "Itinerant Arias"
3. N.W. Engbers - "Floating Souls" from "The Inner World"
4. Cartoon Lizard - "Top Of The Mornin'" from "Not Punk Not Raw"
5. Mark Crozer and the Rels - "Haunted Head" from "Sunny Side Down"
6. The Flatliners - "No Roads" from "Inviting Light"
7. Broken Social Scene - "Halfway Home" from "Halfway Home [single]"
8. The Menzingers - "20's (Tellin' Lies)" from "After The Party"
9. Life Of Agony - "A New Low" from "A Place Where There's No More Pain"
10. Mary Bragg - "Think about Me" from "Lucky Strike"
11. Defend The Rhino - "Running In The Dark" from "Static Breeze"
12. Joshua James - "Millie" from "My Spirit Sister"
13. Last Giant - "All The Same" from "Memory Of The World"
14. Direct Hit! - "Satan Says" from "Somesplitter (Reissue)"
15. Newmachine - "Livin It Up" from "Karma"

Lazlo's Den Presents New Music airs Tuesdays @ 8pm

Listen here:

See playlist (with links to all the acts) here:



That's all for this week folks.