Newsletter 8/2/21

Hi Everyone,

Lazlo will be broadcasting live with the following special programming:

Monday @ 7pm - Presents New NJ Music

Tuesday @ 7pm - Lazlo's Den Presents New Music

Wednesday @ 7pm - Stay Home With Lazlo - interview guest: Shotgun Bill

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Latest Updates on

Musicians: Looking for Performers & Songs for Banding Together benefit for Spondylitis


MUSIC VIDEO: City Line - "1510" (NJ)


Lazlo's Corner

Things are coming together nicely for this year's Banding Together benefit webathon for the Spondylitis Association of America. Hard to believe this will be the 14th year of us doing a benefit in October to help fund research to find a cure for this genetic rheumatic disease that the CDC has estimated afflicts 1 in every 200 people, my wife being one of them.

We still have space for performers and music on this year's compilation. More info can be found here:


August 1st, 1981... it was a Saturday, I was 8 years old watching Saturday morning cartoons, when I flipped thru the Jerrold 37 channel cable box and discovered a new channel, I think at number 19, a channel dedicated to music, Music Television.

At 8 years old I was already a huge fan of music, keeping a boombox radio on my bed I scrolled thru the dial seeking out songs I liked on different stations, and sometimes recording songs of the radio on to the cassette deck, listening to music at all hours of the day and night. I slept with the radio on, I read with the radio on & studied with the radio on, both of which probably adversely affected my retention of what I was reading/studying.

But I was never able to see the musicians. At 8 I was not watching SNL or last night Tv, where artists regularly performed. Maybe if I was lucky I had seen some performances on award shows, but I am not even sure of that.

MTV changed all that. Sure, I look back at a lot of these videos now and realize how cheesy most of them look now (how in the hell does a-Ha's "Take On Me" still look so damn good and cutting edge?), but long before I could go to a concert, this was my chance to see artists performing their songs, and sometimes you'd even see a really creative video (the aforementioned a-Ha video, most of Duran Duran's and Weird Al Yankovic's, among others).

The station was almost like Pirate Radio, in that the VJ's got to be silly and made you feel like MTV was a non-stop party. They also did not really did not have a format. Early rap acts played side by side with pop acts and rock acts, some disco got in the mix, heavy metal and punk. It was like the way I would go up and down the radio dial, only it had moving pictures too! I would see videos by The Ramones, Husker Du, and the Replacements next to Iron Maiden, Van Halen, and Judas Preist, along with Hall & Oats, Men At Work, and 38 Special... the first place I heard R.E.M. was on MTV years before they would hit mainstream radio... though it is possible I heard them previously on a college station but did not realize who it was.... which brings me to another thing I loved about MTV back in the day. At the beginning and the end of the video you'd see the artist's name, song & album title, something that in the days before HD radio you did not get to see. Sometimes you'd have to listen to several more songs on the radio you didn't care about and hope the DJ would mention all the songs played in the set so you could figure out the one you wanted to know, or call the station and hope that someone answered and was willing to help you figure it out.

Sadly, like so many things, MTV changed, and not for the better. They started segregating their music videos by genres, and then they stopped playing music videos entirely.

Over the last 20 years I have rarely turned on MTV. It is no longer Music Television, and rarely has anything of interest to me.

I like to think that in some ways the early days of MTV has influenced In the 20+ years I have been doing this station I have avoided the broadcast being segregated by genre. It is all New Jersey based music (except for specialty shows), but you will hear folk next to punk next to rap next metal... etc. I also like to think that I am silly enough on air that people think of as a non-stop party of hand picked music from the local original music scene.

Will be around to hit a 40th anniversary, and will we still be "Your #1 Source For All Things In NJ's Local Original Music Scene Since December 2000", only time will tell, but I look forward to our forthcoming lineup of original programming including "Asbury Park Shore", "Teen Dad", "'s Bassinets", "Beaver & Buffcoat", & "The Really Real World"



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

Afloat - "But I'm Not" from "But I'm Not [single]"
Prototype:AT - "Goliath Fumbles Yonder//Gaia's Flame Yearns" from "Painting a Song: Volume 28"
Tyler Spirits - "Fallen Idol" from "Just A Little Light"
Alex Julia - "Tunnel Vision" from "Tunnel Vision [single]"
AFTYN - "3AM Again" from "Wherever I Am, There You Are"
Painters - "Non Linear" from "Non Linear"
Spirit Fox - "Summer Heat" from "Arrival"
City Line - "1510" from "Changing Tides"
Rockstar Racecar - "Created A Monster" from "Created A Monster [single]"
Ferocious Designs - "No Time For You" from "No Time For You [single]"
ODDSn_nds - "Figured Out" from "Head Space"
Ronny Day - "Drink" from "Drink [single]"
Charles Only & The Quiet Drive - "In My Veins" from "The Last Last Waltz"
Shotgun Bill with the Tango Kid - "You Got Me Crying Again" from "Lack Of Luxury"
Hello Whirled - "Bloodletting" from "History Worth Repeating" Presents New NJ Music airs Monday @ 7pm

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


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

Chris Haise Band - "Ode To Poor Decisions" from "Half Of All Of Nothing"
Moonroof - "Bored and Numb" from "Bored and Numb [single]"
Prince - "Stand Up And B Strong" from "Welcome 2 America"
Neil Howell - "Gravitational Collapse" from "Compulsion"
The Real Minx - "Heather Hotwheelz" from "The Complete Recordings 1996"
Kerosene Stars - "Don't Pass Me By" from "Don't Pass Me By [single]"
Noga - "The Alchemist" from "The Alchemist"
Curtis Harding - "I Won't Let You Down" from "I Won't Let You Down [single]"
Atmosphere - "Fleetwood" from "Word? Side A"
Grizfolk - "Now That I Know" from "Grizfolk"
TORRES - "Hug From a Dinosaur" from "Thirstier"
Christone "Kingfish" Ingram - "My Bad" from "662"
John Flynn - "Stayin' Young (Is Sure Gettin' Old)" from "Wild Beat The Wings"
Laney Lou and the Bird Dogs - "Bootleg" from "Through The Smoke"

Lazlo's Den Presents New Music airs Tuesday @ 7pm

Listen here:

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



That's all for this week folks.


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