10 Songs You Should Hear – Part III

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Here it is: the third installment of 10 Songs Out of Long Island You Should Hear (In no particular order).


1. Bohemians: Colony

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I’ve interviewed and written about this up-an-coming alt-pop group from Manorville a bunch this year – their debut album Settle Down, Carry On has been on rotation in my studio since I first heard about them back in January. Frontman Luke Lotardo (Vocals/Guitar/Keyboards), Eric Milton (Keyboards/Guitar), Eric Pubins (Drums) and Perry Ladouceur (Bass) put together a seriously intriguing album – my favorite track: Colony.


2. Marlo DeMore: Angels and Minotaurs

Marlo is a rapper out of Wantaugh – he dropped his mixtape Still Dreaming in 2013 with a sound reminiscent of rap’s glory days in New York. The album is worth a listen front to back, but my favorite track is the single Angels and Minotaurs – take a listen and you can also check out the video here.


3. The Offshore Regulars: Maria

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The Offshore Regulars are a four piece Rock/Reggae band out of West Islip. They’re currently working on a new EP called Heathens which they’ll be releasing sometime next month. Singer Brendan O’Hara, Guitarist Andrew Culmo, Bassist Jon Eiseman and Drummer Bobby VanNostrand released their debut album The New Guy in 2013 – my favorite track from the album is Maria.


4. Oogee Wawa (ft Joey Harkum): Pack the Van

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A staple on the Long Island music scene, Oogee Wawa has been setting the standard with their brand of Reggae/Hip-Hop. The guys released their sophomore album More Sand Than Money at a huge party at Nappers in Smithtown last month, and the album does not disappoint. So many great tracks, but my personal favorite is Pack the Van.


5. Gutterlife: Complacent

Gutterlife is a four man alt-punk band out of East Islip. The group released their second EP Don’t Sleep in February of this year. Don’t Sleep is a follow up to their debut release Violent Discord, which came out in March of 2014. Both albums are worth a listen, but my favorite track off the new EP is Complacent. Check out the video too.


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6. Go Big: Answer My Call

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Go Big is a suitable name for this group out of Lindenhurst: they’re a big band (8 members) who play a lot of instruments (front-man Jason Rutcofsky plays 5 for example), and the result is a big sound. They released their debut album The Story From Our Side in March of 2014 and you’ve got to listen to Jessica Rutcofsky blow the roof off with a big vocal performance on my personal favorite from the album: Answer My Call.


7. TK The Architect: Passing On The Torch/Name of Progress

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My dude TK out of Oceanside released a two-part music video back in February for songs Passing On The Torch and Name of Progress both off of his mixtape Life In Stereo. The videos came out so well: adding to the concepts and tying together a story between the two songs, I had to share them here. Listen to Passing On The Torch below, and definitely check out the videos for both songs in the links above.


8. Sir Cadian Rhythm: Villain Fear

Sir Cadian Rhythm is a 5 piece alternative band out of LI. Jack Weppler (Vox), Alex Laudani (Guitar), Richie Cluxton (Bass), Keith Miller (Drums) and Marr Carlin (Keyboards) released their debut self-titled EP in February of this year. They’ve got a really cool, unique blend of music – at times they remind me of Incubus, others it’s more Maroon 5. That’s before they break out the horns though, and turn up the bass and infuse some funk and jazz into their sound. It’s a totally cool EP – my favorite song incidentally is the final track on the EP, which is a stripped down, mellow track called Villain Fear.


9. Ant Matos: Me Myself & I

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My dude Ant Matos has been putting in work this year, releasing tracks with Lock the Tree Mason and Reek Da Villian while working on the upcoming mixtape Loose Camp Supreme 2015. He dropped a freestyle on his Soundcloud a couple months ago called Me Myself & I – listen.


10. Adiron: Whiskey Hostel

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Shawn O’Connor joined post-hardcore band Adiron shortly after Whiskey Hotel disbanded late last year. The band is based out of Lindenhurst and released an 8-track EP called Frequency & Pressure last month. My standout track is Whiskey Hostel.


Think your song needs to be on this list? Email chris@stayloose.net – I’m always on the lookout for new local music to listen to and share.

Thanks for reading,

– Chris

10 Songs You Should Hear – Part II

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I had a lot of fun writing the first installment of 10 Songs You Should Hear, so I wanted to write a follow up – and here it is, in no particular order, 10 more songs out of Long Island you should listen to:


1. Quiet Storm: 24

I heard of Quiet Storm through my buddy Justin at Revolution Athletics and quickly became a fan after listening to a bunch of his tracks on Reverbnation. QS reps Suffolk County and dropped his debit album Bad Decisions in July of 2013 – it’s encouraging to see another talented rapper coming out of LI, and especially great to have him repping Suffolk. Storm’s got a slew of tight music videos as well, be sure to check him out on YouTube and download Bad Decisions on Audiomack. Stand out song for me is 24 – check out the video for it here.


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Psyched about this collab – two of LI’s best, Ant Matos and Reek Da Villian come together and deliver Money Over Everything, the first single off Ant’s upcoming mixtape. Reek is an established rapper out of Roosevelt – a Busta Rhymes protégé signed to Flipmode Squad at 19, he’s performed and Recorded with the likes of Busta, The Game, Tre Beatz and more. Reek recently left Busta’s label and signed with Birdman’s sub-label Rich Gang. This is an impressive start to Ant’s sophomore effort – looking forward to what else homeboy’s got in store.


3. Warden and Fame: Puff Puff Passwarden-fame

Warden and Fame is a six-piece Hip-Hop Reggae Rock band based out of Bay Shore. I’ve seen these guys perform multiple times and had the pleasure of working with them recently on a little collab project. They’ve got plans to release a full-length album in 2015 and just released their first official single Puff Puff Pass, which they’ll be shooting a video for as well. Download the single on iTunes and stay tuned for the music video.


4. The RBC: 5th Base

I got to see The RBC play Beerfields Music Festival in 2013 just after the release of their debut album When Is Now. Rick Eberle told me I needed to check them out earlier that year and I’m glad he did – they’re a great reggae band, but with a strong punk rock influence that comes out in a lot of their music, which produces a really unique and totally awesome result. I believe they’re currently tracking for their follow-up album, but no word on when that’s coming out yet. My favorite track on When Is Now is a song called 5th Base, give it a listen.


5. Oogee Wawa & Sun-Dried Vibes: Late Night Oogee-Sundried

Oogee Wawa and Sun-Dried Vibes collaborated on a sweet party anthem which they released over summer called Late Night – dropping a video for it on YouTube in August. Sun-Dried is based out of Rock Hill, SC – they we’re up playing a bunch of shows with Oogee here on Long Island over the Summer which is when Late Night was recorded. I got to catch one of their shows at Dublin Deck in May – check out the photos here.


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Number F is a very new band based out of Lindenhurst. They released their first (and currently their only) song CadiaCatyclism in December of 2013. I saw them perform at the Nonstop Summer Party this past August and got a chance to hear some of their new material in the works and I’m looking forward to some future releases – for now, give CadiaCatyclism a listen.


7. Dr. Baby: Spit Take

Members of Lost Kindgoms and Code Anchor come together to form the hard-hitting rock group Dr. Baby. If you were a fan of Code Anchor, you’ll love this new project – it’s got the same tight progressive rock sound with a bit more of a punk vibe. They dropped a four song demo in November, my favorite of the four is Spit Take, have a listen.


 8. John Von Braunsberg: The Haunting Chapter VJohn-Von-Braunsberg

Former Whiskey Hotel guitarist John Von Braunsberg has been working on a pretty sweet little side project called The Haunting – a series of heavy, electric guitar driven instrumentals that he records in his home studio. JVB recently joined established post-hardcore band A Crowd Like You (another LI band worth checking out) – looking forward to keeping an eye on what he’ll be up to in 2015.


9. Frank Bones: Ambulance

I saw Frank Laudicina (aka Frank Bones) perform an acoustic set opening for Oogee Wawa last February and picked up his seven track EP Just Enough To Be Dangerous which had just been released. A really nice effort overall, with the standout track for me being Ambulance.


10. Dune Local: No MoreDuneLocal

Dune Local is a hybrid rock, blues, reggae and hip-hop band out of Hampton Bays – they dropped their debut self-titled seven track album this past May. I got to see them play over the Summer – they opened their set with a Rage Against the Machine cover of Bulls On Parade, so naturally I fell in love with them immediately. They just released a music video for “No More” – a track off of their debut, which also happens to be my favorite.


And that’s the list for now – thanks for reading, be sure to visit stayloose.net and keep up with us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

– Chris

10 Songs You Should Hear

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Here are 10 songs out of Long Island over the last couple years you need to listen to (in no particular order):

1. The Montauk Project: Wingman Anthem

The Montauk Project is a classic hard rock band that has emerged as one of LI’s best with the release of their debut album Belly of the Beast earlier this year. Members Mark Schiavoni (Vox/Guitar), Jasper Conroy (Drums/Vox), Chris Wood (Bass) and Jack Marshall (Lead Guitar/Vox) along with producer Matthew King recorded the album at their home studio after 3 years of gigging between Montauk and Manhattan. The album is complete from start to finish packed with grungy guitar licks, heavy drums and a whole bunch of swag. I could have picked any song on this album to hightlight really (notably “Water Glisten”, a super chill psychedelic track and “Lady In White” with heavy dueling guitar riffs). But I chose “Wingman Anthem” because it’s featured on James Katsipis’ short video “East” and I fell in love with the song and the video.

2. Electrik Tongues: Through and Through

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The Electrik Tongues are a brand new rock and roll outfit out of Elmont formed in the back end of 2013. Band members Mike Mulieri (Vox/Guitar), Will Harris (Bass), Dan Fohrs (Guitar/Vox) and Matt Olley (Drums) hit the ground running, releasing 5 original tracks since their formation, 4 of which you can hear on Reverbnation. Their first two releases “Shake Your Head Out” and “Fight” introduced the scene to their raw punk sound reminiscent of The Clash, paired with an energized live show – but it’s their new release “Through and Through” that seals the deal for me – these guys know how to write infectious, emotionally charged songs that you need to listen to over and over.

3. TK the Architect: Thelonius Monk

TK is a young Japanese/Italian rapper coming up from of Oceanside. He recently released his full length debut mixtape Life in Stereo over a collection of some seriously creative beats produced by Snottaynose. The mixtape is packed with TK’s layed back, but cogent flow – stand out tracks include “Passing on the Torch” and “Round Here” but the tape’s opening track Thelonius Monk is a standout. Check out the video here.

4. Ant Matos: Wicked Rubbish

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Loose Camp’s Ant Matos comes out of Wantagh and dropped his debut full length mix tape “Keep Campin'” in late 2013. He’s been promoting it hard with shows across Long Island and Manhattan along with some serious music videos including his newest video for “Love Goes” produced by Abstrakt Pictures. The mixtape was produced by Petey Force – stand out tracks include the tape’s opening song “No Filter”, “Hold My Nuts” and “Wicked Rubbish”, which is a 3+ minute track with no chorus, just Ant speaking his mind through the most ferocious flow on the album.

5. Taking Back Sunday: Flicker, Fade

These guys need no introduction. Since forming in Amityville in 1999, they have gone on to sell millions of albums as they continue to evolve their sound. Earlier this year the lineup of Adam Lazzara (Vox), Eddie Reyes (Guitar), John Nolan (Guitar/Vox), Mark O’Connell (Drums) and Shaun Cooper (Bass) released their sixth studio album Happiness Is. The album delivers what we’ve come to expect from this group – it’s an excellent effort with standout tracks including “All the Way”, “They Don’t Have Any Friends” and the album’s opening song “Flicker, Fade”.

6. Rye Palmer: Forever Ever

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Rye is a promising up and comer out of Baldwin, with just a handful of songs up on Soundcloud and a few live performances under his belt, he’s already gaining some attention. He’ll be releasing a new song with us at Stay Loose Records in the coming months along with a music video, so stay tuned for that. For now you should give “Coping” a listen, a tribute to Rye’s father who recently passed away from cancer. On his most recent effort “Forever Ever” you’ll hear a young rapper really starting to come into his own – keep an eye on this one.

7. Whiskey Hotel: Krazy That Was Kahn

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The guys from Whiskey Hotel dropped their debut EP Above the Fold at the beginning of the year. The effort has just the right balance of Hard-Rock and Hardcore: John Von Braunsberg (Guitar/Vox) deals out some tight, heavy-driven riffs behind frontman Shawn O’Connor’s (Vox) blazing vocals and the duo’s stage presence and chemistry is excellent. Out of Lindenhurst, he rest of the line-up includes Michael Vaillancourt (Guitar), Thomas Martins (Bass) and George Feis (Drums) – this is an act you should definitely catch live. The EP is nice, but the stand out song for sure is “Krazy That Was Kahn”.

8. Oogee Wawa: We Don’t Care

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Oogee Wawa has been a fixture on the Long Island music scene for years – playing 200+ shows a year across the Island and nationally. Members Jesse Lee (MC), JP Aceto (Guitar/Vox), Chad Chadwick (Bass) and Nick Liodice (Drums/Vox) recorded their debut album Ride Waves at their studio in Ronkonkoma in 2012. One of the most infectious songs on the album is “We Don’t Care”, a pure party anthem any crowd they play in front of can’t resist singing along to.

9. Jake Furia: Access to Ecstasy

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Jake Furia is a 21-year-old singer/songwriter from Selden. He released his debut The Acoustic EP in 2013 and is currently working on his first full length studio album with backing band “The Be Yourselves”, Russell Miller (Drums), Tameem Shaker (Lead Guitar) and Derek Macmahon (Bass). Jake recorded his latest single “Access to Ecstasy” with Stay Loose Records for which we also shot and released a music video.

10. Nonstop to Cairo: Rooted

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Nonstop to Cairo originally started as a hard rock trio with Nick Diamond (Vox, Guitar), Matt Ezzo (Bass) and Dave Bartlett (Drums) and has since grown into a six-piece Ska/Funk/Hip-Hop outfit with the additions of August Harris (Vox), Haja Rama (Trumpet) and Andrew Hagerty (Trombone). The guys from Baldwin released their self titled EP in 2012 and have opened up for the likes of The Wailers, The Dirty Heads and Matisyahu. Their EP is full of energetic compositions – standouts include the albums opening track “We Be” and “Rooted” which they released a video for in October of 2013.

Thanks for reading, #stayloose

– Chris

Rep Your Side Spotlight: Ant Matos

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This edition of Rep Your Side LI we linked up with hip-hop artist Ant Matos of Loose Camp. I met Ant through August from Nonstop to Cairo back in February and he hooked me up with his mixtape “Keep Campin”. He’s one of LI’s brightest up-and-comers in the rap scene and he’s been droppin some insanely nice music videos (check out “Where the Love Goes” at the end of this post). His live shows are full of energy – we’re proud to have such a talented good dude representing the Island.

Ant comes out of Wantagh reppin’ the 516 on the south shore of LI:
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We hit him with some LI based QA:

Best LI Pizza Spot? Stellas (Bellmore)
Best LI Beach? Jones Beach Field #4
Better LI Shore, North or South? Indifferent (both are cool) 
Montauk or Manhattan? Manhattan!!!

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Ant dropped by the Stay Loose Studio to check out the new collection:

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When did you start singing/songwriting? When my Nana died
Favorite track on Keep Campin’? Tie between “No Filter”, “Want it All” and “Wicked Rubbish”
Favorite venue to perform? Amityville Music Hall
Most Memorable Show? NYC Puerto Rican Day Parade 
Favorite Rapper growing up? Eminem and The Lox
Favorite Rapper today? Ant Matos, Loose Camp!
What LI band(s)/artist(s) are you listening to right now? Marlo DeMore

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How about New York sports?

Mets or Yanks? Mets
Isles or Rangers? Rangers
Giants or Jets? Jets
Knicks or Nets? Knicks

Ant recently opened up for Hi-Rez and Emilio Rojas at Amityville Music Hall:

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Ant just dropped his new video for “Where the Love Goes”:

Keep up with Ant and Loose Camp on Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram and Facebook.

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Thanks for reading – #keepcampin #stayloose #loosecamp #RepYourSideLI

– Chris

Hi-Rez at Amityville Music Hall

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Coming up from Ft. Lauderdale, Hi-Rez performed at Amityville Music Hall Friday April 25th. Local hip-hop artists including Ant Matos and Rye Palmer opened for Rez who is out on tour promoting his upcoming EP Beautiful Struggle. Here’s a quick photo recap of the night:

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Check out some of Rye’s songs on Soundcloud.

 

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Ant just dropped a sick video for his song Where the Love Goes, check it out:

 

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Rez reppin that Stay Loose before his set.

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If you haven’t heard Hi-Rez before, download his mixtape Product of my Environment. The first track “Brandon Clark” will have you hooked. He’s one of the hottest up-and-comers in the scene, no doubt his upcoming EP will be fire too.

You can check out more pics from the night on the Stay Loose Flickr page.

Thanks for reading – #stayloose

– Chris

Nonstop Keg Party Photo Recap

Nonstop to Cairo threw another awesome :Party this past Saturday – Here are some of my pics from the night:

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The show opened with Whiskey Hotel. I had never seen or heard of these guys before, but I’m glad I got a chance to – they’re f**kin’ awesome. They’ve got 3 songs up on their Facebook page, one of which you can download free – and their first full length album Above the Fold releases January 16th. Go check ’em out.

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Next up was Jake Furia – I picked up his Acoustic EP a little while back, worth checking out. He played with a full band on Saturday:

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The Warden and FAME were pretty awesome as usual with FAME doin’ his thing on the mic:

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Oogee Wawa brought out members of Nonstop to Cairo and Loose Camp during their set – JP from Oogee debuted the new Stay Loose 631 Area Code Tee…

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…and August from Nonstop to Cairo debuted the new Stay Loose 516 Area Code Tee.

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Matt Ezzo – Nonstop to Cairo bassist and Nonstop Keg :Party organizer. Nonstop put on an awesome show and a pretty bad-ass night altogether. If you haven’t listened to Nonstop before, check them out on YouTube and iTunes

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When you love what you do:

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Chad showin’ Stay Loose love all over the bass.

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Ant Matos making a guest appearance:

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Oogee was a blast on stage, as usual. They’re working on their 2nd full studio album at the moment:

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Off-stage:

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Thanks for checking these out – if you want to see even more, I have all of my photos up from the night on Flickr.

Feel free to share and use these however you’d like – just appreciate a credit and let me know how you use it so I can check it out too!

Be good, #stayloose

– Chris Hoenigmann