10 Songs Out of Long Island You Should Hear Pt. 7

01_10SYSH-Pt7_HeaderIt’s the two-year anniversary of 10 Songs—started it back in August 2014—and here we are at Part 7. I’m still on that hip-hop kick from Part 6—five of the ten songs here are from that genre—but we’ve also got some pop-punk, alt-rock and even some country (who would have thought).


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Let’s get things started with one of the most impressive young rappers I’ve heard:


01. Just B. Polo: Working For It


This dude hit me up on Instagram and invited me to check out one of his recent shows at Amityville Music Hall—I hadn’t heard of him, so I decided to check him out, downloaded his album Desensitized, and was blown away. I’m constantly surprised by the quality of artists coming out of LI, and Just B. Polo is among the best. Dude: I am so glad you decided to reach out to me. This album has become one of my favorites—as a reader, if you take one thing away from this post, it should be to buy this album. Needless to say, I accepted the invite to see him perform and his live show was nuts—he packed the place out with a dedicated group of rowdy followers. Several mosh-pits broke out—the energy in the place was electric. His flow is infectious and he’s got some great one-liners—one of my favs: “…she is now my ex, if anyone was wondering cuz she got out of line like a kid who sucks at coloring…”. Album is great—my favorite track is the album’s single Working For It—check out the video and give the song a listen below.

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02. Sir Cadian Rhythm: Gwen Barkley in the 21st Century

I am super impressed with Sir Cadian Rhythm’s new EP Identity Crisis. It’s the group’s second record, a follow up to their 2015 self-titled EP. I’ve been keeping tabs on these guys for a while—they were featured in 10 Songs Part 3 back in May 2015—and the growth they’ve shown in just one year is pretty great. I got a chance to see them play at Great South Bay Music Festival in July and I’m now a full blown fan. The new effort reminds me a lot of post-Morning View Incubus—and their single Gwen Barkley in the 21st Century is a hit. Give the song a listen below and check out the music video here.

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03. Giants At Large: The American Dream Is Dead

Giants At Large is a four-piece pop-punk group from LI. They began releasing songs back in 2010 with their debut album The Best Has Yet To Come and have since gone on to release three more albums including 2015’s The American Dream Is Dead. I caught one of their shows at Revolution back in March and really enjoyed their set—my favorite track off their new album is the title track The American Dream is Dead—give it a listen.

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04. Hopefully Forgiven: Diamonds and Dirt

Hopefully Forgiven is a four-piece Rock and Roll group “with a Twang” out of Sag Harbor. I got a chance to see these guys play at Great South Bay Music Festival and was intrigued—we don’t get many Country-style bands coming out of LI. So I found them on Bandcamp, picked up a copy of their 2015 EP Demonstrations, and fell deeply in love with their song Diamonds and Dirt. They were a blast to watch live and it’s just plain interesting to see a bunch of surfer dudes from the east end playing Country. Give Diamonds and Dirt a listen and check out some more of their music on Bandcamp.

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 05. Modo: Beard Gang

I came across Modo’s music video for Beard Gang and have been singing it in my head ever since—the song is catchy as hell. The video has racked up over 19k views and has been featured on the Bossip, The Source and more. You can grab the song free on his Soundcloud when you make a donation to St. Jude’s—give it a listen below.

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06. Mint State: Annie, Keep Running

Mint State is a four-piece indie-rock group out of Center Moriches. These guys have been such great supporters of Stay Loose, and so I’m especially proud and excited to share this track off their recent EP End of an Error. Recorded in Port Jeff at Vudu Studios and released in May, the album’s second track Annie, Keep Running is the star of the record. It’s emotive, well written and has such a great build up to the chorus—I find myself listening to it two or three times in a row every time it comes up in my iTunes queue. Congrats on an awesome record fellas!

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07. Rye Palmer: Christmas Eve

My dude Rye Palmer is back from a hiatus—hadn’t heard from him in a while, but he dropped his new mixtape Silence Dogood in April. It’s a 20-track effort, my favorite of which is a song called Christmas Eve. Give it a listen!


08. Count To Ten: Mayday

Count To Ten is a young, up-and-coming alt-pop-rock group out of Wantagh. I caught their set at Great South Bay Music Festival and met up with a couple of the guys afterwards to grab a copy of their EP. The record’s opening track Mayday caught my attention—give it a listen below and keep an eye on these guys, I think they’ll be around for a long time.

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09. JaeO Draftpick: 51631

JaeO Draftpick is one of the hottest hip hop artist reppin’ the Island. Coming out of Westbury, he’s been on the scene for a minute, dropping his first mixtape Road 2 Riches in 2012. The album’s title track drew a lot of attention on YouTube getting more that 18k views. He followed that up with 2014’s Draft Pick Gang—which featured the stand out track RIP Black Child—and recently released his third tape Road 2 More Riches in May of this year. The album’s title track is a standout, but my favorite is the single 51631 ft. Reek Da Villian. Give the track a listen below and check out the video here (peep JaeO sporting the Isles jersey—love it!).

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10. Dud Music: Steps

I just featured DUD Music in 10 Songs Part 6—and I generally try not to repeat artists in back-to-back editions, but once I heard his new single “Steps”, there was no doubt it was going to make this list. This song is so smart—weaving together different storylines and messages into one cohesive package. The single is his first release since his debut record “On My Way”. I can’t wait to hear what else he’s got in store. Give the song a listen below and check out the music video here.

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Thanks for reading 10 Songs Part 7.

Cheers!

– Chris

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DA The Future at Trifecta

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Super late writing this post—I caught up-and-coming Long Island hip-hop artist DA The Future at one of his shows back in April. After listening to his 2014 EP 18N I really wanted to see him perform—it worked out that he was doing a show with some other local acts at Trifecta in Copiague. I had my camera with me as usual—here’s a quick look at some of my favorite shots from that night:

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PLG opened up the night—they’re a throwback hip-hop duo that released their debut mixtape The New Dillio in January 2015. Here are some of my favorite shots from their set:

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DUD Music

Second up was DUD Music—a group of super-talented musicians fronted by Dudley Salmon. Dudley wrote, composed, produced and played just about every instrument that appear on the groups debut album On My Way. He was just featured on 10 Songs Out Of Long Island You Should Hear Part 6. Here are some of my favorite shots from his set:

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Kojo Stone

Kojo Stone is a neo-soul artist out of Brooklyn—he’s got a super unique style of music, in my favorite part of his performance he put down the mic and went a cappella. Here are a couple of my favorite shots from his set:

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Stakcz

Stakcz is a hard hitting rapper out of North Babylon—I picked up his mixtape The Pre-Show the next day—one of the best parts about going to shows like this is being exposed to new talent like Stakcz. Here are a bunch of shots I got from his set:

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DA The Future

Finally, at around 2 in the morning, my dude DA took the stage for his set. It was a late night, but definitely worth the wait—DA’s set was full of energy and he was out in the crowd interacting with the audience for a lot of it. We featured DA in 10 Songs Out Of Long Island You Should Hear Part 6—he’s one to watch, can’t wait to hear and see more from this guy. Here are some of my favorite shots from his set:

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10 Long Island Instagram Accounts You Should Follow Part 2

10-LI-Insta-Acct-2-HeaderWelcome to 10 Long Island Instagram Accounts You Should Follow Part 2. There are so many great photographers, both amateur and professional, capturing our landscape and posting what they see to Instagram everyday. One list wasn’t enough to do it justice—and the first post received such a great reaction—so I’m exited to continue sharing my favorite local Instagram accounts to follow.


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Back to the list, here are 10 Long Island Instagram accounts you should follow, in no particular order:


1. @the16thconsonant

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TJ Mitchell is an amateur photographer out of Baldwin. His work has been featured on @exploreLINY and Long Island Pulse. He was inspired to get into photography after going out with his phone to shoot a sunset with some photographer friends. After noticing how much better his friends photos came out compared to his smartphone shots, he borrowed a Nikon D5100 and the rest is history. His page is now loaded with great, professional quality shots—he brings a unique style to Long Island photography—even his beach shots feel somewhat urban—colder and harder than what you typically see. He loves incorporating a sense of mystery and obscurity to his images and it always creates a really interesting result.tj-mitchell-gallery


2. @northforkgrown

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I don’t know much about Bridget other than she lives on the North Fork of Long Island and she does a great job capturing the personality and landscape of the area. She gets some especially good aerial drone shots—I haven’t included any of those below, so you’ll need to go to her page to check them out. Below are three of my favorite shots—I love the tone and the mood she accomplishes with each of these images—there’s something so tranquil about them.bridget-elkin-gallery


3. @ryanmooreart

ryan-mooreRyan Moore is easily one of my favorite photographers to follow on Instagram. Below is a very small sample of the amazing work he posts daily—I found it really difficult narrowing down to only 3, so definitely make sure to go and check out his page. He specializes in beach and ocean photography. A note from his website: “When I first started to photograph the land and sea around me, the goal was simple: capture the beauty…my intentions slowly shifted over to…making the viewer say ‘Wait, this  is Long Island'”. He effectively helps us realize and appreciate the beauty that surrounds us here on LI—hopefully it encourages some of us to get out more and explore this exceptional environment we get to call home.ryan-moore-gallery


4. @barrier.island

sean-basdavanosI saw one of Sean’s photos featured on @lislandstrong and had to check out the rest of his page. He’s a photographer based out of Long Beach—which is a great place to get photos of the beach and boardwalk—and that’s where a lot of my favorite images of his are from. The one you see on the bottom right is a quintessential shot of Long Beach, the boardwalk and it’s lifestyle. I couldn’t imagine a better photo—make sure to check out his Instagram page to see the full, un-cropped version.sean-basdavanos-gallery


5. @dangrabbit.photography

amy-medinaAmy Medina is a photographer, art director, computer graphics artist, typesetter and traditional medium artist out of Suffolk. She’s the perfect example of why people love Instagram so much—it gives us daily access to a constant stream of beautiful photos taken by phenomenal photographers. I’ve chosen three of my favorites from Amy’s page below—all taken in different weather conditions, they all have a different feel/mood to them, yet still go together as if they’re part of a series. I always recognize her work when I’m scrolling through my feed—she’s one to follow for sure.amy-medina-gallery


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6. @seanone23

sean-fitzthumSean Fitzthum is an artist based in Seaford specializing in photography and design. His journey to becoming an artist was a long one—after dropping out of High School and getting his GED, he went on to study Architectural Engineering and later joined the Army working in Satellite Communications. It wasn’t until 10 years later that he decided to take a leap of faith—quitting his job to move back to LI and pursue his passions. He began taking Graphic Design courses at Nassau Community College and later found his way to photography at the Art Institute of NYC. I find his story to be so inspiring and he clearly made the right decision—he’s got an excellent eye for photography and so many of his photos are taken from unique and interesting perspectives. I’ve selected three of my favorites below and you should definitely check out some more on Sean’s Instagram page.sean-fitzthum-gallery


7. @jgoetz

josh-goetzJosh Goetz is a surfer and freelance photographer from Babylon who strives to capture the natural beauty of Long Island—an area often overshadowed by the city. He can often be found putting in long days at the beach, both behind the lens and out in the water—but he also enjoys shooting wildlife, the sun and moon, and documenting his travels. Naturally, ocean and surf photography populate much of his feed—and his work there is excellent—but when looking to select three of my favorites to demonstrate Josh’s work, I was drawn to his landscapes which achieve such great balance and symmetry. View more of Josh’s work on his awesome Instagram page.josh-goetz-gallery


8. @shotsbymeagan

meagan-miraldiMeagan Miraldi is a photographer out of Long Beach—she got into photography in High School which lead her to take some workshops in the city. After minoring in photography in undergrad, she took a bit of a hiatus during grad school. After graduating this past December, Meagan decided to pick her camera back up and started posting her photos to her personal Instagram account. “I started going down to the beach and taking pictures, and after I realized my personal instagram was 95% sunset pics, I created the handle @shotsbymeagan and dedicated it to my photography”. And that’s exactly what you’ll get with her photography, a whole lot of beautiful Long Island sunsets and skylines—I’ve chosen three of my favorites below and you can see more on her Instagram page.meagan-miraldi-gallery


9. @a.reese

a-reeseI love following photographers from the east end—the beaches and landscapes are so awesome—and Alexander Reese captures the east end—and specifically Southampton—as well as anyone. His page is filled with gorgeous shots of the Hampton’s beaches and skies like the ones you see below—he’s also a longtime surfer and has some great surf photography as well. I especially love looking at his beach shots from this past winter—always interesting to see the shoreline empty and cold. He’s definitely one to follow—check out his page for more.a-reese-gallery


10. @C_KAMS

chad-kaminskyChad Kaminsky is a designer, photographer and artist from Syosset. His photography focuses on outdoor, landscape and especially beach—and three of my favorite photos of his are of the beach, naturally. Each one has it’s own personality and tone and I love each of them respectively. His page is filled with great stuff like this and it’s fantastic getting to see his work on a daily basis—go follow his page now!chad-kaminsky-gallery


Thanks for reading the post, I hope you enjoyed it and I hope you’ll follow and support these photographers—many of them have prints available for sale through their respective websites.

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10 Songs You Should Hear Part VI

10-Songs-6Welcome to the sixth edition of 10 Songs Out of Long Island You Should Hear. We’ve got a nice mix of artists across different genres on this one—but I’ve been on a bit of a hip-hop kick lately, so you’ll hear a lot of that. I also dropped in on some pop-punk locals performing at Revolution in March, so you’ll hear some of their music as well.

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In no particular order, here are 10 songs out of Long Island you should hear:


1. DA The Future: N’ Luv

DA_10-Songs-6DA The Future is a hip-hop artist based out of Amityville—I first heard of him through the Earwaxx Sessions, which he is a founder. I immediately connected with his message and downloaded his 2014 EP 18N—a collection of seven super-unique tracks including N’ Luv, which really caught my attention. It’s a catchy, vibey, groovy, chill track that gets stuck in your head—and you want it there. After listening to the EP I knew I had to check DA out live, so I caught up with him in April at a show in Copiague—dude didn’t go on until 2am (I’m getting too old for this scene) but it was worth the wait—he’s as charismatic a performer as he is a writer and his live show adds another dimension to his polarizing music. Check out more of his music and music videos at dathefuture.com and give N’ Luv a listen below.

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2. Whittled Down: Living, Forever

Whittled-Down_10-Songs-6Whittled Down (formerly Commonwealth) is a five-piece Emo/Hardcore band formed in 2013. I got to see them play with Shorebreak a couple months ago and fell in love with their song Living, Forever off their EP Bold Print. The songs opening line “As the world spins and I stand still, all these empty days that I can’t fill” is belted out by singer Pat Pierce with such desperation, you can’t help but get sucked in and connect with the song. It struck a chord and I immediately felt what he must have been feeling when he wrote it—which to me, is one of the marks of a successful song. Give it a listen below:

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3. Reek Da Villian: Trouble Waters

Roosevelt’s own Reek Da Villian dropped his latest mixtape Reek What You Sow in October of last year. It’s his first release as an independent artist since leaving Busta Rhyme’s label back in 2014. I just got around to listening to the LP—I had only heard bits and pieces of Reek before and I have to admit this record took me by surprise—I didn’t expect to like it as much as I do. It’s on me for not paying attention. The record has a 90’s East Coast hip-hop feel and features tracks with Kendrick Lamar, Swizz Beatz, Ace Hood and more. My favorite track is Trouble Waters—it’s got a great vintage sound, a warm, mellow beat over which Reek raps about his family life growing up. Give it a listen:

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4. TK The Architect: Result of the Fire

TK_10-Songs-6I’ve been up on TK the Architect for a while now—he was featured on 10 Songs Part 1 (Aug 2014) and again on Part 3 (May 2015) for tracks off of his debut record Life In Stereo (Nov 2013). TK’s newest effort Blue Season (Apr 2016) is an evolution from his first album, which was straightforward boom-bap hip-hop (done really, really well). On Blue Season, TK has created a sound all his own; “I genuinely feel that no one could have made this record but me”—and he’s right, there’s not an album I’ve heard that sounds like Blue Season. His roots are still in hip-hop—only now TK focuses on not just his verses, but his guitar parts and music arrangements as well—and it produces a totally unique, genre-blurring album that I’m going to be listening to for a long time. So many great tracks on this one—my favorite is the opener Result of the Fire—give it a listen:

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5. Moon Tooth: Offered Blood

Ok, so this whole album is sick. It’s not easy picking just one track to feature, but I’m going with Offered Blood because the guitar part about 2:25 in is one of the raddest things I’ve ever heard (guitarist Nick Lee was just interviewed by our friends over at Shoot the Shred, you should definitely give it a listen). Moon Tooth released their debut full-length record Chromaparagon in February of this year, and the album is bananas—just go buy it now.

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 6. Brodie Fresh: Pray

Brodie Fresh is a hip-hop artist out of Elmont—I found him on Instagram as he was promoting the release of his EP Farewell. I checked out his music video for Soul Food and I was sold—growing up in the Northeast, and the New York area in particular, I’ve always been a big fan of East Coast hip-hop—and Brodie embodies that—his raw and raspy flow is what you expect out of a New York MC. I picked up his EP when it dropped in March and it delivers from front to back—my favorite is the opening track Pray. I love when a song tells a story—Brodie has great intuition and his storytelling skills are exemplified on this track. Give it a listen:

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7. Shorebreak: Around

Shorebreak_10-Songs-6Shorebreak is a straightforward pop-punk group out of East Islip. I picked up their December 2015 release Misdirection earlier this year and it ended up on rotation in my studio for weeks. I saw they were playing a show at Revolution and decided to go check them out live. They’re a super fun act to watch—frontman Mike Scarola has that “it” factor you look for in a lead singer and the crowd was belting the songs along with him all night. I just picked up the two Shorebreak records that preceded Misdirection: Displacement (Dec 2013) and Severance (Feb 2015), which I still need to give a good listen, so for now, my selection for Shorebreak song you need to hear is Around:

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8. Dud Music: Mulatto Man

DUD_10-Songs-6_2Dudley Salmon is multi-talented musician out of Brentwood. He’s much more than your average rap artist—for his debut On My Way he wrote, composed, produced and played just about every instrument that appear on the 15-track album. I got a chance to catch one of his sets in March at Trifecta in Copiague and immediately connected with his vibe. His album is filled with great tracks including B-Wood—an homage to life in Brentwood where he grew up—and my personal favorite Mulatto Man where Dudley talks about his inner conflict being inter-racial, he raps “I’m half black and half white, but half the time I don’t know which half to act like”. Give it a listen:

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9. HOAX: Simply

HOAX is a four-piece alternative group out of Freeport. They’re new to the scene, formed in 2015, I found out about them through Rick’s Rising Stars. I found their story to be pretty interesting—frontman and hip-hop artist Michael Raj was just looking for a few musicians to serve as a backing band for his live show. He ended up jamming with fellow Hofsta students Frantz Cesar and Kevin and Jacob Lopez and the chemistry was so good that HOAX was born. The guys still haven’t had an official release—mostly covers and a couple of originals on Soundcloud—but if their song Simply is an indication of what they’re capable of, I can’t wait to hear more.

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10. Colorful Kid: Trickle Down

Colorful-Kid_10-Songs-6Colorful Kid made our 10 Songs list back in August 2015 (Part 4) with the emotive track All Ways off of their debut self titled EP (Jan 2015). They’ve since released their first full-length record Weird Years (Feb 2016) where the band shows off a softer side with tracks like Wood and Concrete, and my favorite off the album, Trickle Down. Give it a listen:

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Thanks for reading 10 Songs Part 6—I’ve gotten such a flood of great local music recently, I’m going to follow up with Part 7 really soon.

Cheers!

– Chris

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Shorebreak at Revolution

I picked up Shorebreak‘s EP Misdirection last month and had it on rotation in the studio for a bit—I saw they were playing a show at Revolution and decided to go check them out live. It also gave me an opportunity to check out two other locals: Whittled Down and Giants At Large—here are a few of my favorite shots from the show:

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Long Island Six Pack

Long-Island-Six-Pack2I’ll start this off by saying I’m not a beer connoisseur and I have no idea what I’m talking about. This entire post was written under the influence of alcohol and I enjoyed every second of it.

So here we go—in no particular order aside from the order I drank them in—here are six beers out of Long Island you should try:


1. Port Jeff Party Boat IPA

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Let’s get this party started with Port Jeff Brewing Co‘s Party Boat IPA. I’m not typically an IPA guy—and I’ll only have 1 or 2 of them if I do. This is one that I really like though—I can’t put my finger on what makes me like one IPA and not like another—Port Jeff’s is super hoppy and bitter like you’d expect, but it’s still refreshing and doesn’t have a bad aftertaste, which I find a lot of IPA’s do. So there you go, I guess there’s one reason why I like Party Boat vs. other IPAs. And it’s got a 7.7% ABV—that’s cool w/ me.PortJeffIPAABV: 7.7%
Tasting Notes: Big malty backbone up front, stands up to the aggressive American piney citrusy hop finish. 10 different kinds of hops.
Availability: Year Around

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2. Fire Island Lighthouse Ale

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Next up is Lighthouse Ale from Fire Island Beer Co. Man I love this beer—it’s just flat out what I want a beer to be, it’s super easy to drink, has a lot of taste, great color and a respectable 5.2% ABV. An ice cold six-er of these on a hot Summer day = what dreams are made of.FireIslandLighthouse
ABV: 5.2%
Tasting Notes: Soft carbonation, a light caramel finish and a toasty round body make Lighthouse Ale a beer that’s easygoing and flavorful: the kind of beer you want to have a beer with.
Availability: Year Around

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3. Blue Point Blueberry Ale

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For my third beer, I’m going with Blue Point Blueberry Ale—I’ve been drinking this stuff on tap for a long time, it’s my go-to whenever I’m at Revolution checking out a band. This beer smells amazing—it’s light and has a really nice, subtle Blueberry taste. Me likey.BluePointBlueberryABV: 4.5%
Tasting Notes: A crisp golden ale with just a hint of blueberry flavor and a mild hops finish. Not your typical fruit-forward beer, Blueberry Ale unleashes a lively berry aroma that gives way to a well-balanced session ale that is refreshing year round.
Availability: Year Around

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4. Greenport Leaf Pile Ale

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Moving on: Greenport Harbor Brewing Co.‘s Leaf Pile Ale. This gem is only available in the Fall so I hoarded some in my fridge to hold me over. I know there are a lot of Pumpkin Spice beer haters out there—I’m not one of them—but even if you are, I’d tell you to try this one before you judge. Leaf Pile doesn’t over do it with Pumpkin flavor,  it’s really balanced with some interesting notes. Plus Greenport’s label designs are always so awesome.GreenportLeafPileABV: 5.2%
Tasting Notes: An autumn ale which brings you a slice of pumpkin pie in a glass. Fresh whole ginger, cinnamon, all spice, and nutmeg gives this ale its distinct character.
Availability: Seasonal

Follow Greenport Harbor Brewing on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.


5. Great South Bay Blood Orange

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GSB‘s Blood Orange Pale Ale is a Long Island classic. Probably the one beer I would tell someone visiting they needed to try—it is so original and creative. You’ll look really cool drinking it, which you can see by the photo in the middle below. GSB’s got great distribution around LI so you can probably find it anywhere around you that sells beer—so go pick some up.GSBBloodOrangeABV: 5.0%
Tasting Notes: Blood Orange Pale Ale starts with the finest quality malted barley and American hops. It’s then infused with blood oranges to add the bittersweet flavor that rounds out this remarkably well balanced pale ale.

Follow GSB on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.


6. Montauk Hop Blonde Ale

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Last but definitely not least is Montauk Brewing Co‘s Hop Blonde Ale. This might be the one beer I’d take with me if I were stranded on a deserted island. *At this point I should note that I’m a little tipsy* but it’s not just the alcohol talking—I’ve had this beer on many occasions and it’s been one of my favorites for a while—as is just about anything the guys at Montauk put out. They’re starting to get some good distribution around the Island as well, so go find some!MontaukHopBlondeABV: 5.0%
Tasting Notes: A crisp hop finish sets this blonde ale apart from the rest. This is a balanced beer with light straw color and smooth flavor.
Availability: Seasonal (Sept – Dec)

Give these guys a follow on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.


Well, that’ll do it—I need a nap. Thanks for taking the time to read this and for continuing to support Stay Loose. I hope you’ll support our local breweries and look for one of the beers above next time your out shopping for alcohol, they won’t disappoint.

Don’t forget to follow Stay Loose on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter—and visit the shop while you’re at it.

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Beer,

—Chris

PS: Have a local beer you think should be on this list? Email me at chris@stayloose.net and let me know!

10 Long Island Instagram Accounts You Should Follow

10-LI-Insta-Acct-Header_4Welcome to the first edition of 10 Long Island Instagram Accounts You Should Follow. There are so many awesome Long Island landscapes, sunsets and beaches that pop up in my Instagram feed everyday and I decided to put together a list of my favorite accounts that contribute to this community.

From Hewlett to Hauppauge, from Merrick to Montauk, here are 10 of my favorite Long Island Instagram accounts to follow in no particular order:


1. @michaelwittenocean

MichaelWittenMichael Witten is a beach/ocean/surf photographer out of Babylon. His Instagram is loaded with stunning photos of Long Island beaches, surfers and ocean wildlife. His motto on IG is “Get Wet. Play Hard. Be Kind. Leave Smiles.” which is super fitting with the tone of his photography. I especially love his ocean wildlife photographs, like the dolphin photo below. Check out Michael on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.MWitten_border4


2. @thirstsea

KimberlyKleinKimberly Klein is a 23 year old photographer from Hewlett. I came across her page through another Instagrammer I follow, j0e_0c, who actually took abd posted the photo I’m using in Kimberly’s profile above. I really like the white space she creates with a little over-exposure (like in the surf photo on the bottom left and the lighthouse photo on the bottom right). It gives her photos great composition and it frames her subjects perfectly.  Check out Kimberly on Instagram and Tumblr.KKlein


3. @ianmtk

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Ian Cooke is a 23 year old photographer out of Montauk, LI. I came across his account when I was researching the band The Montauk Project for 10 Songs Part 1 back in August 2014. His page is a great insight into the local Montauk beach culture and it’s especially cool to see his shots this time of the year – the Montauk landscapes have an especially peaceful almost eerie feel. The beaches that are bustling in the summer are desolate and calm (aside from the local sufers of course). Check out Ian on Instagram.ICooke


4. @erica_mengouchian

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Erica Mengouchian is a photographer and graphic artist from Commack. The first image of hers that I saw was the image you see to the left below. It’s such an interesting and beautiful image – the girls got some design skills! The rest of her page is made up of more traditional photography covering Montauk to Manhattan. I love her perspective – she shoots from really interesting angles and creates some truly unique compositions. Check out Erica on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. And check out ericamengouchian.com as well.EMengouchian


5. @cwar5

cwar5Chris Warren is a photographer out of Southampton on the east end of Long Island. I started following Chris after I saw a few of his recent posts from snow storm Jonas. I love seeing photos of the beach – a place that’s sunny and warm and packed with people during the Summer – on the totally opposite end of the spectrum. It’s not often most of us head to the beach during the Winter months to see the places we know so well in June, July and August, covered with snow and abandoned. It’s been great seeing it from Chris’s perspective. Check Chris out on Instagram and Twitter.CWarren


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The 2015 Stay Loose Collection is available for a limited time longer – all tees are now just $10. Visit stayloose.net/shop.


6. @a_beckerphoto

a_beckerphotoAndrew Becker is a surfer and photographer from Centereach – he gets some really great wave photos like the ones below. His photography is a great representation of Long Island beach and surf culture and I love the different colors and textures he brings out of the water. He recently started Opala Bracelets, which recycles bags and balloons that wash up on the beach and turns them into these really cool bracelets. Follow Andrew on Instagram and be sure to check out opalabracelets.com.ABecker


7. @err_lynn

Erica-EiseleErica Eisele is a photographer from Hauppauge with a “somewhat unhealthy obsession with sunsets”. Her photographs are all about beautiful, vivid colors and gorgeous Long Island landscapes. I’m super glad she’s obsessed with sunsets because her page is stunning to look at – I always recognize her photos when they pop up in my feed. Check out Erica on Instagram, Facebook and be sure to visit ele-photos.com as well.EEisele


8. @letstaukgrams

James_Katsipis2James Katsipis is a surfer and photographer out of Montauk. I started following Whalebone Magazine on Instagram when the publication launched last year – I fell in love with their design and photography, and James is the Chief Photographer there – so naturally I love his Instagram page. He’s a really versitle photographer and shoots a wide range of styles – his photographs have a lot of different personalities from one to the next. My favorite photos of his are the ones below – they blur the lines of fantasy and reality using long exposures to create a long depth of field and stunning colors. Check out James on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Vimeo. And visit jameskatsipis.com for more of his work.JKatsipis


9. @timmean

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Tim Mean is a photographer out of Merrick on the south shore of Long Island. His page is filled with beautiful Long Island sunsets and landscapes like the ones you see below. I especially love the golden-toned shot in the middle – I don’t think he could have arranged those birds more perfectly in the frame if he wanted to – it’s a perfect shot. Follow Tim on Instagram.TMean2


10. @whitecapt

WhiteCapt@whitecapt is a really cool account to follow – he’s a Fire Island ferry boat captain – which means he’s probably sailed your drunk ass home from Fire Island back to Bay Shore at one point or another. He takes some really cool photos too and it’s cool to get a different perspective on your ride across the Great South Bay.WCap


Thanks for reading.

Be sure to give us a follow on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter – and visit stayloose.net – for more Long Island cultural content.

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– Chris Hoenigmann

Want to be considered for the next edition of 10 Instagram Accounts You Should Follow? Use #staylooseli on your Instagram posts—we’ll be on the look out!

Stay Loose Skatedeck Archives

I started hand-printing skatedecks in 2012 using a gel medium print-transfer technique I came up with. I printed six different designs that year and printed five more designs in 2013.

I started looking back through my archives and decided to re-share some of the old work – here are those first decks from 2012:

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The next year, in 2013, I designed and printed a new set of decks to go along with the Spring Summer Collection. I just restocked some of these at the Stay Loose Shop – they’ll be available for a limited time.

Click on any of the images below to buy:

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Since then, I’ve designed and printed some decks for the band Nonstop to Cairo, but haven’t done anything for Stay Loose in a while. I’m currently designing the 2016 Spring Summer Stay Loose Collection and I’m thinking of printing some limited edition decks to go along with it – more on that to come.

For a limited time, some of the decks above will be on sale at the Stay Loose shop – pick one up!

Thanks for checking this out,

– Chris

The Walking Tree at The Studio at Webster Hall

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Stay Loose guest photographer Joe Rom dropped by The Studio at Webster Hall earlier this month to check out Long Island locals The Walking Tree playing the iconic NYC venue. The Walking Tree dropped their new EP What’s In My Head on December 1st and the title track to the record was just featured on the Stay Loose 10 Songs Out Of Long Island You Should Hear Part 5. The guys were opening for RDGLDGRN at the Hall and played a show at Edison’s in Manhasset the following night. Visit wearethewalkingtree.com for more upcoming shows and download their EP on iTunes.

I had some fun Photoshopping and playing around with different color overlays – especially on the shots where Joe got some cool lighting effects. Here are some of my favorite shots from their set:

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Thanks for checking these out – don’t forget to give us a follow on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and stop by the Stay Loose Shop. Happy Holidays everyone.

– Chris

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10 Songs You Should Hear Part V

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Welcome to the fifth edition of 10 Songs Out Of Long Island You Should Hear. I’m especially excited about this one – we’ve got a couple of exclusive track releases you can’t get anywhere else, a bunch of new bands to introduce, plus this edition is being sponsored by the very awesome Shoot The Shred podcast. Let’s get started:


1. Quiet Storm: For The Record

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It’s been a minute since we heard from QS – his last project Bad Decisions was released in 2013 and we’ve been anticipating a follow up for a little while now. He said he planned to release the new album this past Summer when we interviewed him back in June, but that obviously didn’t happen. It looks like we’ll get to hear his sophomore album (which will be called Pardon My Personality) soon though – QS hit us up last week and slipped us a little taste of what he’s been working on, and from what I’ve heard of the album, this promises to be his best work yet. We’ve got the exclusive drop of the albums intro track For The Record – give it a listen below and you can download the single here.


2. Foxtrax: I’ll Be Back For You

Foxtrax is a 3-piece indie-rock group out of Long Island – I heard of these guys through LIB Magazine, who did a piece on them back in September. Jon Stenz (drums), Jared Stenz (bass) and Ben Schneid (vox, guitar) formed at the beginning of 2015, but they sound like they’ve been writing together for years. They released their debut EP The Cabin in August – it’s a 5-track effort that delivers beginning to end – there’s not one part of this EP I do not love. They’re currently playing shows in the NY/LI area to promote the songs and hopefully we’ll be hearing a full-length LP sometime in the near future. My favorite track on the EP, and it was a tough decision, is I’ll Be Back For You.


3. Time King: Face to Face

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I’ve been telling anyone who will listen about Time King – they’re one of the most talented and promising bands I’ve seen come out of LI, ever. The five-piece rock/prog band dropped their debut full-length LP Suprœ in September to a packed out crowd at Revolution at their release party. Their live show is off the hook and so is this album – you need to check it out. You can get a taste of their live sound at timekingofficial.com where they posted live sessions for the songs The New and Take Cover – and guitarists Shayne and Brandon were just recently interviewed by our friends at Shoot the Shred, so check that out as well. My personal favorite track from the album is Face to Face – give it a listen.


4. Wake the Sun: Grace and Faith

Wake the Sun is a kick-ass blues-infused rock band formed on Long Island in early 2014. They wrote, recorded and released their debut EP Wicked Souls in March 2015 and have been out touring the states since. They released a music video for their single Grace and Faith in September, and since I can’t decide which song off their EP I like the best, I decided to post about this one. Give it a listen below.


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5. Graves: Hold Me Under

Graves is a three-piece melodic hardcore group out of LI – I don’t know what else to say aside from I freakin love this band. Formed in 2013, they dropped a 3 song demo in June of that year and followed that up with the EP 1932-2002 in November of 2014. The EP is everything you want from a Long Island Hardcore record – it’s heavy, it’s emotive, it’s gripping. They’ve been quiet for a little while now, but according to the bands Facebook page, they’ve got some things in the works and are looking to turn some heads in early 2016. For now, give my favorite track Hold Me Under a listen below.


6. The Walking Tree: What’s In My Head

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The Walking Tree is a five piece rock group out of Port Washington – they dropped their new three track EP What’s In My Head on December 1st along with a music video for the single. We dropped by The Studio at Webster Hall this past Friday, December 4 to check the guys out as they opened for RDGLDGRN and we’ll be posting those photos shortly – for now, give my new favorite song a listen and download their EP on iTunes.


7. Allies: Extremities

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Allies are a five piece alt-rock group out of Merrick formed in 2012. I first heard of these guys through the creative collective Con-Template which they’re a part of along with TK the Architect. I got a chance to check them out when they opened for Time King and Peru this past September – I grabbed their EP The Lobby, a collection of five really tight tracks, the next day. My favorite track of the EP is Extremities – give it a listen below.


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8. Peru: I Need You

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Peru is a soul-infused indie group started by Singer/Guitarist Michael Desmond, Bassist Thomas Coasta and Drummer Jay Scalchunes in 2014. They released their debut EP Ordinary People in September of this year at Revolution in Amityville and I picked up a copy after their set. It’s a collection of six really nice tracks – check out their Live Sessions video for Forever on their website. My favorite track off the EP is I Need You – give it a listen below.


9. It Came From Space: Lightyears Less Traveled

TK the Architect turned me on to these guys through the Con Template Summer Circle compilation released this past summer. It Came From Space is super interesting four piece instrumental group out of Oceanside – I find myself listening to their song Lightyears Less Traveled (off the compilation) on repeat and wanting to hear more. I love getting lost in warm, ambient music when I’m drawing or writing or doing just about anything. Still waiting on their debut EP to drop on Basecamp – for now, you can just loop this.


10. FAME: Bump My Shit

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My dude FAME has been working on his debut album Walking Stoned since The Warden and FAME disbanded in February of this year. Slowly but surely, we’re starting to see and hear bits and pieces of that work – he released this Walking Stoned album teaser featuring a nice chunk of what will be the albums first single Bump My Shit. We were hoping to have the track in time for this release, but it didn’t work out that way – I will post it as soon as I get it. For now, check out the album teaser.


Thanks for reading – I hope you’ve heard some stuff you like and that you’ll go and buy some music and support our local music scene. We appreciate your support as well – shop small this holiday season, support a local independent brand. Visit the Stay Loose shop, or you can check out other awesome local brands like Island Strong, Fathom or Represent LI.

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Happy Holidays!