December 2, 2009

On the Beat: Dec. 3-Dec.9

Tommy Ramone's Uncle Monk open for Kate Taylor at the Record Collector
in Bordentown this weekend.

“Mary and the Storm,” the most spun track on the Boston horror-punk’s MySpace Page, gets all misty-eyed in a Morrissey digging ditches in the pouring rain with Jigsaw vibe. Prefer the shadowy imagery, organ spine chillers and devilish Carney temper in “Terror in the Haunted House.” The trio, who’ll make friends out of AFI and Misfits fans, get all gloomed-out from an acoustic angle at Championships Sports Bar and Grill (931 Chambers St., Trenton) tonight. Show starts at 8. Trenton’s Cryptkeeper Five - who’ve toured and shared a 7-inch with Blitzkid- are also on the bill. So is Keys to the Cadillac, Johnny B. Morbid, The Zombie Mafia and Edenstar. Tickets cost $10 in advance, $12 at the door. 18-plus.

Honah Lee
The Mill Hill rockers, whose sound collisions are like a The Clash and Replacements martini with whisky instead of gin and no vermouth, aid in the sales of “New Moon” Scene It? Games with an acoustic set at the Hot Topic at the Neshaminy Mall (Route 1 and Bristol Road, Bensalem, Pa.) tonight. The former Philos and Frantic are set to record a couple tracks at Ozone Studies in the coming weeks and recently tossed in some extra punk firepower for the recording with the addition of Dim from The Rape Babies on guitar. Show starts at 6. Social Collision teal yellow and purple plaid woven shirts are on sale for $13.98 - with the price of Marvel Wolverine half-mask Beanies falling to $3.98. All-ages.


The stony noise-punks (Pats!e, Towers Open Fire) get warped at The All Call Inn (214 Weber Ave., Ewing) tomorrow night. Fans of The Cows, Melvins and strangling hamsters with your bare hands - what up! Show starts at 9. Maxim 77 and Phantasm open. Tickets cost $5. 21-plus.

James’ big sis – and folk icon in her own right – “shoop shoops” into The Record Collector (358 Farnsworth Ave., Bordentown) tomorrow night. Taylor’s top pop hit came out of her acoustic rendition of Ruby Clark’s “It’s in His Kiss” – a duet with brother James that peaked on the Billboard charts in 1977 at No. 49. Show starts at 7:30. Uncle Monk - a bluegrass duo featuring the last surviving Ramone - co-headlines. Mitch and Amy from The Rip Chords play, too. Tickets cost $25 in advance, $28 at the door. All-ages.


Shorties better watch - this golden-grilled Long Island rapper’s intoxicated, down-south flow, sex-addictive boasts and booty-banging beats have been known to find the G-spot. His freestyle fellowship drives into The All Call Inn (214 Weber Ave., Ewing) Saturday with some bump in the truck. You’ll dig if you stay fly in a Three 6 Mafia way. Show starts at 9 p.m. The crew includes Madlights, Cap City D Montana, Young T, Killa Kurt and Money$ide. Tickets cost $5. 21-plus.

Fighting Forty

The cover boys are barely turning 30 and already understand the healing-power of music. At four charity concerts held in Hamilton, Lawrence and Delran, the band’s knack for drawing people for the good of a cause, helped raise more than $12,000 for their friend’s medical bills and organizations like the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Nice guys never finish last, right? Even those only playing songs you know at McGuinn’s Place (1781 Brunswick Pike, Lawrence) Saturday night. Show starts at 9. Tickets cost $5. 21-plus.

David Sancious

Bruce Springsteen’s personal pick for the keyboards on “Greetings From Asbury Park” makes a rare local appearance at The Record Collector (358 Farnsworth Ave., Bordentown) Saturday night. The Asbury native, while not considered a founding E Street Band member since he wasn’t on the 1972 tour, Sancious is a crucial cog to Springsteen historians with his studio mastering on “Born To Run.” He’s also a well sought after session and live musician for his piano and guitar work – having hit the road with Stanley Clark and Peter Gabriel and production gigs with Jeff Beck and Sting. In fact, Gabriel once referred to Sancious as a “musician’s musician.” Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $15 in advance, $20 at the door. All-ages.


The Asbury Park shoegazer’s instrumental Muse-y mood-music leads a path of sonic drool a la Isis and Red Sparrow into Asbury Lanes (209 4th Ave., Asbury Park) Saturday night. Show starts at 10. Armsand Sleepers and American Dollar open. Tickets cost $6. 18-plus.

Mobile Deathcamp

GWAR’s beefy bassist – also from Porn Flakes – steers the savage guitar slaughters for this Toledo speed-metal trio headlining Championships Sports Bar and Grill (931 Chambers St., Trenton) Sunday. The barking vocals and thrashing guitars sounds like they come from the kingdom of the dead. Slayer fans take note. Show starts at noon. Total Ruination, After the Genocide, NoN-SToP!, Triggered Impulse, The Judas Syndrome, The Perfect Getaway, The Abstract, Strychnia and Among the Forgotten round out the bill. Tickets cost $12 in advance, $14 at the door. All-ages.

Austin Lucas

According to Internet reports, it was this folk-punk’s dusty vocal grumbles and true-to-life road songs that shined the brightest among the iconic figures that made up Chuck Ragen’s (Hot Water Music) Revival Tour. The Indiana native – whose bluegrass-singing father, Bob, is known for his association Allison Krauss’ award-winning discography – penned two albums with Ragen, before hitting the road with Avail’s Tim Barry. And it was on that tour of indie-punk giants where Lucas’ Midwestern twang garnered much attention. On Sunday night you can catch a smoke break with the pleasantly plaid rocker, while absorbing his unique brand of post-punk Americana, at the Mill Hill Basement (300 S. Broad St., Trenton). Show starts at 9. Mike Hale (Suburban Home Records) and Chris Pinto (The Frantic, Minnesota’s Calling) open. Tickets cost $5. 21-plus.

Scott Frost’s On The Beat concert listing appears in The Trentonian every Thursday. If your band is playing around town, email the On the Beat web line at

Shakira: Howl at the Hottie

Shakira just keeps on getting hotter. But now On The Beat's into her Spanish fly. What's the world come to? Well, it was her appearance on Saturday Night Live - and the vision of her straddling those speakers with rump hugging tights that got our juices flowing. And now we have some electro mixes for you to download - one that should show up on the next Meatballs mix tape. Let us know which is the best, and we'll include it in the mix.

Hot Chip: Taking It All In

Pretty excited to hear new robot love-making tunage from Hot Chip. The new record, One Life Stand, comes out in February with a tour following. That means an almost certain Coachella appearance. Hopefully this time around they'll be on the main stage were the sound and sights are better than the dance tent. They'll probably end up in the tent though as usual, in the spot held last year by Presets and not during the day where it's way too hot to do it, do it, do it now. Better lights are in order, too. And that's what night brings to the Indio mega fest.
The songs leaked so far so pretty good. Will remind you of the smooth sounds off The Warning, rather than the electro abrasions of 2008's Made in the Dark. Both are awesome albums nonetheless, so One Life Stand is expecting to be just as radical.

Lee Perry: Scratchin' Round the Xmas Tree


Lee "Scratch" Perry - Santa Claus

So stoked! Just got the unlikeliest of presents in my inbox. A Lee "Scratch" Perry song for me to drop here On the Beat. It's off the Grammy-nominated "Repetance" album and it's got all types of Christmas spirit to it. Something tell us, Mr. Perry isn't much of a Baby Jesus fan. Wanted to also get the word out that Bob Marley's former recording buddy is hitting New York's Highline Ballroom on Dec. 13. The Eagles play the Giants that night, so On the Beat will be in front of his tube expecting another G-woman stomp. Should be an awesome show ... and hopefully Lee keeps his pants on, because it's going to be cold that day for sure.