Saturday, August 19, 2017

Friday, August 18, 2017


Sometimes you just can't ignore current events and when that happens Johnny loves using music to comment on them. Let's get to the news:

Who's next? Not pictured are two prime candidates; Gorka? Miller? Both good choices. Anyway as any kind of publication we'd be remiss not to pile on the thimble-headed gherkin in charge and lead things off tonight fittingly with Queen and 'Another One Bites the Dust'


For Johnny's money no song encompasses the harmonies of doo-wop better than this one. The Flamingos from all the way back in 1959 with 'I Only Have Eyes for You' which might also be one of the bestest love songs ever sung.

Hoboken woos Johnny hard (often ignoring restraining orders) but Jersey City, he only has eyes for you.


This song is so great Johnny just can't get over it sometimes. Yes, the studio song is great. How does one improve on great in a short amount of time? Get yourselves an AOL Session and to send things over the top by adding (reverence please) Paul Simonon on bass and Mick Jones out front in the vanguard. It sure worked when they did it for The Clash.

Johnny's just gonna shut up now, Gorillaz with 'Glitter Freeze' from their AOL Sessions release, BOOM

Thursday, August 17, 2017

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“The first week of August hangs at the very top of the summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning. The weeks that come before are only a climb from balmy spring, and those that follow a drop to the chill of autumn, but the first week of August is motionless, and hot. It is curiously silent, too, with blank white dawns and glaring noons, and sunsets smeared with too much color. Often at night there is lightning, but it quivers all alone. There is no thunder, no relieving rain. These are strange and breathless days, the dog days, when people are led to do things they are sure to be sorry for after.”
 -- Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting

So many brilliant, moving descriptions of August in literature and yet so many sound similar.

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Pretty much everything wrong with New Jersey in one story

FOUR public jobs. Four. You can't make this stuff up. Read on and you'll probably be just as disgusted as Johnny.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

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How 'bout them Red Bulls?

The New York Red Bulls rallied tonight from down 2-0 in Cincy vs FC Cincinnati to get power up and win 3-2 and advance to the final of the U.S. Open Cup Final vs Sporting KC on September 20th.

Gonzalo Veron started the fightback from the Red Bulls on 75 minutes. Three minutes later it was Bradley Wright-Phillips heading home to draw NY level. Bradley Wright-Phillips then scored the winner and there was much rejoicing.
Just not in Cincinnati.

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"In the long dusks of summer we walked the suburban streets through scents of maple and cut grass, waiting for something to happen."
 -- Steven Millhauser, Dangerous Laughter

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Won't it be news when things like this aren't news

The Jersey City Fire Department has promoted its first female firefighter to the position of fire battalion chief, congratulations Constance Zappella. Zapella took a few moments to talk to the young girls of Jersey City and what she'd say to them about her new job:

Zappella, 38, said she's working on having the most successful career with the department. Asked what her message would be to young Jersey City girls with dreams of becoming a firefighter, Zappella said she would tell them to "become one of us."

"I'm very feminine, I'm obviously female, but don't even think about that," she said after the ceremony. "Go in, if you really want this job and you really want to make a difference in your city, go in with a positive attitude. Forget, put it on the shelf that you're a female and become one of us."

Our best to Battalion Chief Zappela!

Monday, August 14, 2017

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Do you know where you were on this night in 2003? You were dealing with the blackout if you were in the northeast, midwest and Ontario. Johnny remembers having a huge neighborhood BBQ in Ypsilanti and got out the telescope as with no ambient light anywhere the night sky was reclaimed if only for a night.

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The Star Ledger editorial board says what we're all thinking on Charlottesville

Required reading on a Monday night before bed.

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Saturday, August 12, 2017


Friends, what we've witnessed by American citizens acting in unAmerican and unPatriotic ways simply cannot be allowed to stand. Nazi flags, confederate flags, idiot groups like Proud Boys and the so-called 3%ers that support and participate in this shit and beyond the American pale. Anyone who doesn't call this out for what it is, shameful white supremacists, inciting violence, showing up dressed to fight, and then using ISIS style tactics by driving a car at speed into a peaceful group of citizens has no place here, not for any race, religion, creed or especially political party. Sadly, one seems ok with the president emboldening this nonsense with weak almost denials this was Nazi and right wing related because he doesn't want to upset his base. It's beyond disgraceful and your inaction, GOP, WILL be remembered. If you can't stand against this kind of swill and the heinous human beings behind it where DO you draw the line?

Speak up and speak out America, rip this shit out root and stem.

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Did you roll up your car windows? Did you?

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Friday, August 11, 2017


Wherever and however you are tuning in tonight we want to hear you hit the chorus loud and proud all over town this evening. Johnny's got his windows open so let's hear this one Cool City. Beck, and the singalong-friendly, 'Loser'


We're using the studio version of this song, 'These Are Days', because the studio version with Natalie Merchant superimposed dancing on the eagle heads on the Chrysler Building was creeping Johnny (heights) out, making him dizzy and those effects weren't very special.

Here now, the safer studio track.


Let's rattle and hum along to this gold standard from U2 and the boys in the band though Johnny can't remember one of their names right now. Feel free to jump in down in the comments section but unless Johnny's stroking out it's not Ringo.

The Hewson lad and his mates with 'All I Want is You'
One of The Edge's best works -- JASP, Libarry of Music Reviews Book 805, ch9, p128

Thursday, August 10, 2017

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Time flies when you're not murdering people

It was 40 years ago his day in 1977 that David Berkowitz, Son of Sam, was arrested in NYC. The NY Daily News has a very interesting look back at the time with articles from the day on the shootings, the pressure police were under, the involvement of famed columnist Jimmy Breslin, the whole schmeer. Well worth a look.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

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Summer is winding down kids, enjoy those precious "Just five more minutes" moments.

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The city has to stand strong on planning with Citibike

Recently, Citibike released a plan to start pulling their bikeshare bikes out of northern and southern areas of Jersey City. They claim there is simply not the usage numbers to make it worth their while to keep them at these supposed outposts; the city is standing up and saying, no, they need to stay there.

The city needs to and should make this stand if they truly believe their outward-bound growth plan from downtown to Journal Square is going to catch elsewhere. They have to stand tall and demand this plan be given time to work, otherwise why even bother with a plan. Terrence T. McDonald has more on the specifics:

Citi Bike was successful largely Downtown, where about 60 percent of its users live, but much less so on the city's northern and southern ends. Ridership stats from its first year in operation showed that 26,480 trips originated from the system's most popular station, at the Grove Street PATH stop. Only 171 trips originated from the least popular station, located at Columbia Park.

The stations initially slated to be removed account for 4 percent of ridership, according to Fulop.

Hold tight Jersey City, because saying these far reaching areas of our Jersey City are just not even worth the investment of bikes is just depressing.

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“I'll take crazy over stupid any day.”
 -- Joss Whedon

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Do you like ghost stories Jersey City?

Ever since Ghost Hunters folded their teevee tents the hunt for ghosts doesn't seem to grab as much of the public attention as it did just a few years ago. Your chance to see ghostly videos and discuss them is sure coming up in Jersey City on August 16 at White Eagle Hall in downtown Jersey City. Ghost hunter (but not from the show of that same name) Chad Calek is bringing his documentary, "Sir Noface" for a screening and there will be time for a Q & A. There is also the opportunity for a meet and greet which you can find out about by following this handy link.

Monday, August 7, 2017

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Did any Mets fans recognize fireballer Noah Syndergaard as part of the Lannister army last night on Game of Thrones? Syndegaard started out the Dothraki attacker with a fastball spear right down the middle and took him right out.

Instead of a free trip to first base, that Dothraki got a trip to the morgue.

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Charles Mainor drops out of Mayor's race to concentrate on Ward S council seat

Charles Mainor, who said he recently suffered a 'stroke-like event' and was told by doctors to cut down on stress, has dropped his mayoral bid (which lets face it was starting from way behind) for the Ward A seat (where he starts from way ahead). Mainor is very familiar with the Ward A territory having served it in the state assembly for three terms starting in 2010. Current Ward A councilman Frank Gajewski is not running for reelection. Terrence T. McDonald has much more on Mainor's run and most importantly his health, just a click away.

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That was one incredible treat!

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Any Game of Thrones fans think we're in for a treat tonight?

Just the buzz building before this week is a lot like before last year's Battle of the Bastards. Some may have come from the episode leaking and those few having seen it must have raved long and loud. Johnny has a hunch we're in for a wild night.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

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Good news Game of Thrones fans, those who have decided that they somehow must enjoy the leaked episode 4 on computer screens in small sound and 360p video all agree it's an all-timer of an episode. Johnny's heard boo about details and refuses to watch until tomorrow night but in general the leakies said it's a very good one.

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Why not just do what other drivers get ticketed for...

...or at least the neighborhood has tried to get drivers ticketed for turning into oncoming traffic/going the wrong way up a one-way at 2nd St and Warren. Here today Johnny had the displeasure of watching a Jersey City cop, not on any kind of call, just decided to make an illegal turn to save himself a minute.

Nice job, asshole.
Jersey City police, a D+ force in a B+ town.

Friday, August 4, 2017

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Keep an eye to the sky tonight friends, some pretty fierce storms out there. After this morning's rude wakeup these look like they could be even louder.

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Kind of going for a great 'songs you most likely haven't heard in many moons' kind of Music Series. Johnny takes after hockey writer Dickie Dunn, he just tries to capture the spirit of the thing. Kicking it off tonight a great song by Julian Cope, 'World Shut Your Mouth' from 1986.


Well now heres a lost gem, a perfect summer song. Ladies and jellyspoons, Mr. Bob Welch with 'Ebony Eyes' and of course Bob will be here at the Orbit Room til next Wednesday.


Yes, Johnny knows all about the NY vs LA thing on songs and you'll never hear Randy Newman on the Music Series (honestly, it's not 'I Love L.A.' that would do it, if Johnny posts 'Short People' his wife kills him) but this LA song, 'Walking in L.A.' still sounds good after all these years.

Fun fact, you'll also remember Missing Persons lead singer Dale Bozzio from her work with Frank Zappa especially on 'Crew Slut'

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Photons have mass? I didn't even know they were Catholic.
 -- Unknown

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Just a quick Flashback Friday image tonight

Johnny's been going since 4am and has to turn this around and start at 4am tomorrow. How about a #FlashbackFriday image of some of that incredible artwork on the back of the Pep Boys building (R.I.P.)

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

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So sorry for the late update

Johnny serves on a couple boards and one needed his immediate attention tonight and so he never got around to doing a proper review of the Garbage and Blondie show last night. Without going too into the details as he's dog tired, it was a fun fun and really good show. The bands brought out the best in each other, it seems they both lifted their game playing with such esteemed colleagues. Debbie Harry seemed completely at home, and why wouldn't she, as they did a nice mix of the classics and the new. Debbie commanded the stage and you could tell was having fun doing it. Garbage sounds so big, and the music seems like it'll just jump right through you was sharp, tight and on point. No jitters, just good sonic rock and roll. You know how they say some movies might not win an Oscar but they are a great fun popcorn movie? This was a show like that, fun, awesome sounding, funny and great music done by great music visionaries who still pay close attention to the little things on show night for the fans.

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We'll get to the show tomorrow, it's late and Johnny needs his beauty rest.

“August rain: the best of the summer gone, and the new fall not yet born. The odd uneven time.”
 -- Sylvia Plath

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

A really big show tonight at The Beacon Theatre

Blondie and Garbage, as mentioned in last week's Music Series lands tonight and Johnny can't wait. He's always loved the strong women in music and tonight boy howdy we get two. The bands are fabulous but there's something about Shirley and Debbie that makes tonight a true event. Full update on the show tonight.