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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– Chris

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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.


– 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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Giants at Large

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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

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

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

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

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

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5. Great South Bay Blood Orange

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.

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6. Montauk Hop Blonde Ale

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)

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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.

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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

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

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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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

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.

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Stay Loose Skulls Poster

I’m gonna be gifting a Stay Loose Skull poster with every Snapback order this Holiday Season, along with a free Stay Loose T-Shirt from the archives01_Poster6

I started working on this project a couple months ago – wasn’t sure where I was going with it originally, I just wanted to start drawing more. So I set aside 15-30mins every day to sketch, and almost every session I ended up drawing a skull in some form or another.

When I started creating the vector artwork in Illustrator, I had all of skulls laid out on one artboard and I really liked how they kind of fit together like a puzzle. So I decided to lay out an 11x17in poster of fourteen of my favorites and above is the result.

I’ve also been playing around with printing each illustration on it’s own in smaller 6x6in sizes – I’ve been posting those layouts to Instagram and Twitter. I’ll probably drop one or two of these in with each Snapback order as well.


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The Stay Loose T-Shirt Archives

I printed the first Stay Loose t-shirt in September of 2012 – I can’t believe it’s been over 3 years already. Since then, I’ve released a new collection each Spring and landed my latest collection in the retail store Lomans in Babylon Village.

At the end of each year, I always have some leftover stock that I archive in my studio – so this holiday season I’m gifting a random t-shirt from the archives with every Stay Loose Snapback order. Here’s a look at some of my favorites:

First Edition Stay Loose Badge White &
Stay Loose SS Skull Heather Charcoal
2012 Fall Winter Collection
Released October 201201_First-Ed-Skull

All Good Robot Red and Grey
2013 Spring Summer Collection
Released March 201309_Robot

Stay Humble Baby and Tahiti
2013 Spring Summer Collection
Released March 201307_Stay-Humble

Beast Mode Heavy Metal and Indigo
2013 Spring Summer Collection
Released March 201308_Beast-Mode

Long Island Area Code Tees
2014 Spring Summer Collection
Released April 201410_516-631

Second Edition Badge Tees
2014 Spring Summer Collection
Released April 201411_Badge2

Second Edition Signature Tees
2015 Spring Summer Collection
Released May 201512_Signature

So, grab a snapback at the Stay Loose Shop, and I’ll gift you one of the shirts above along with the order (we’ll get your shirt size via email). Plus, you’ll get the new Stay Loose Skulls Poster free as well.

Happy Holiday Season everyone – and thank you for your continued support.


Time King X Peru Co-Album Release Party

00_TimeKingTime King (Shayne Plunkett, James Meslin, Matthew Nazario, Brandon Dove, Kalvin Rodriguez)

Two up-and-coming LI bands got together to co-headline an awesome album release show Friday September 4 at Revolution in Amityville. Time King releasing their debut full length album Suprœ, and Peru releasing their debut EP Ordinary People. I dropped by to grab a couple beers, check out the bands and snap some pics.

Little Alien and Allies opened up the show – unfortunately I didn’t get to catch Little Alien.



Allies are a four-piece alternative rock group out of Nassau County – they released their debut EP The Lobby in November of last year. I just picked up the album and I’m slightly obsessed with the track “Extremities”. These guys are a blast live too:



Follow Allies on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and grab their EP The Lobby – you can also check out all of my shots from their set on the Stay Loose Flickr page.

Time King


These are the dudes I came to see – Time King is tight. They’re a five-piece rock/prog band from LI and their new album Suprœ is the best album I’ve heard out of anywhere in a long time.  To get a taste of their live sound, visit timekingofficial.com and watch their Live Sessions of “The New” and “Take Cover”. Here are a couple shots from their set:



Do yourself a favor and download Suprœ right now and follow Time King on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. You’re welcome.

Check out the rest of my shots from Time King’s set on the Stay Loose Flickr page.


Peru is a three-man soul-infused indie group out of LI – like Time King, they’re celebrating the release of a new album (Ordinary People) and they’ve got a pretty sweet Live Sessions video for the song Forever up on their site also. I’m really glad I got the chance to check these guys out:



You can listen to their EP on Spotify – follow Peru on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter – and you can check out the rest of my shots from their set on the Stay Loose Flickr page.

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10 Songs You Should Hear Part IV


Stay Loose is proud to present: 10 Songs Out Of Long Island You Should Hear Part IV. You can find links to Parts I-III on stayloose.net – without further ado, here are the 10 (+1 bonus) songs in no particular order:

1. Colorful Kid: All Ways


One of my favorite new bands is Colorful Kid, a five man Rock group from LI. The guys released their self-titled debut EP this past January and are currently working on a full-length album. I got a chance to see them play Amityville Music Hall earlier this month – they’ve got a raw, authentic sound that translates perfectly into their live show. The EP is a consistent, solid effort front to back – my favorite track is All Ways.

2. Charlie Fields: Jab Step


The LI rap clique Loose Camp dropped a new project earlier this Summer called Loose Camp Supreme 2015. The main contributors – Ant Matos, Marlo DeMore and Charlie Fields – put together a 14 track mixtape featuring collabs with Lock the Tree Mason, Reek da Villian and August Harris from Nonstop to Cairo.  Two of my favorite tracks from the tape both feature Fields: Poe Up My Cup (a collab with Ant Matos) and Jab Step, which you should check out below.

3. We Take Fire: Jane


We Take Fire is a six piece Indie Rock band out of Lake Grove. They’re a young group, but have already been together for four years and just released their second EP Movies Where The Dog Dies in July of this year. I was super impressed with their live show and I’ve had their EP on rotation in the studio since they released it. My favorite track is called Jane – listen below, and you can also check out their live acoustic performance of it on Somewhere Sessions.

4. See: Waiting For You


See is a promising young singer/songwriter out of Centerport – she started writing her own music at age 15 and released her first EP The Time Thief in 2014 at age 19. The EPs single and standout track is a mellow, warm acoustic song called Waiting For You. It instantly puts me into a better mood, looking forward to hearing more from See! (+ check out the music video here).

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5. White Line Tiger: Rosa

White Line Tiger is a five piece post-hardcore band out of Elmont. They dropped their debut album Just Let It Happen back in 2012 – I just came across them recently and I’m really glad I did, this album has some seriously nice tracks – absolutely worth a listen front to back. I haven’t got a chance to see them play live yet, but I’ll keep my eyes peeled for upcoming shows. My favorite track from the album is the opener, Rosa.

6. Nonstop to Cairo: Up the Tempo


The homies from Nonstop to Cairo dropped a small sample of the new material they’ve been working on with the release of the music video for Up the Tempo in July. Go give the video a view (shout out to Matt Ezzo for reppin’ that Stay Loose snapback) and stay tuned for more info on Nonstop’s new album release.

7. The Tallest Trees in the Universe: Numbered

The Tallest Trees in the Universe are an alt-rock band from Long Island – they released their debut EP Visitor in June of this year. I’m really enjoying this EP at the moment – a collection of six really solid tracks. My favorite track is Numbered – the build up to the chorus is insanely awesome (reminds me a little bit of another band out of LI you may have heard of: Taking Back Sunday) – give it a listen:

8. Glassjaw: Tip Your Bartender


Post-Hardcore legends Glassjaw showed up to Amityville Music Hall this month and dropped a surprise 30min set. I’m still not sure how it was announced (I was there to see two other local bands) but word got out somehow: there was a line down the street and barley and room to stand in the small venue. Formed in 1994, these guys helped pioneer the post-hardcore movement and are one of the best bands ever to come out of LI. In honor of their recent pop-up show at AMH, here’s Tip Your Bartended from their 2002 album Worship and Tribute.

9. LifeStat: Take It Easy

LifeStat is a hip-hop artist out of LI. He just released a new album called Significant in April of this year. The album drops Stat’s smooth, vibrant flow over mellow, vibey beats – it creates a really chill sound and cohesive album front to back. One of my favorite hip-hop albums in a while – and my favorite track from the album is called Take It Easy.

10. The Offshore Regulars: Ain’t No Wifey


These guys made 10SYSH Part III back in May with their song Maria off the debut album The New Guy – then they went and dropped a brand new EP called Heathens a month later, and the EP is so dope, I had to give them another feature in Part IV. Ain’t No Wifey is my jam.

Bonus. Shinobi Ninja: One Time for the Radio


10 songs weren’t enough for this edition – had to show some love to a band out of neighboring Brooklyn: Shinobi Ninja. I had a chance to check them out at Beerfields back in June and picked up their most recent album Escape From New York shortly after. They’re such a unique blend of music – a diverse group of personalities working together creating this super interesting result. I especially love the visual they achieve with their music video for the single Doom Gloom. My favorite track on the album though is One Time for the Radio. How could you not love that guitar riff?

That’s it for this edition, thanks for giving it a read. Questions? Comments? chris@stayloose.net

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Secret Glassjaw Show at Amityville Music Hall


Amityville Music Hall was packed out Friday 8/7 – local post-hardcore legends Glassjaw put on a surprise 30 minute performance to open up a Rozwell Kid show. I’m still not sure how it was announced (I was there to see two other local bands We Take Fire and Colorful Kid) but word got out somehow: there was a line down the street and barely any room to stand in the small venue. I squeezed to the front of the stage and got some pretty sweet shots from the set:






Check out the rest of my shots from the Glassjaw set at the Stay Loose Flickr page. Like I mentioned, I actually went to the show that night to check out to up-and-coming bands I’ve been following – here are some shots from those sets:

We Take Fire

We Take Fire is a six piece Indie Rock group out of Lake Grove – they released their second EP Movies Where The Dog Dies in July of this year.



Check out the rest of my shots from the We Take Fire set at the Stay Loose Flickr page. And look out for these guys on Part IV of 10 Songs Out of Long Island You Should Hear.

Colorful Kid

Colorful Kid is a five man Rock group from LI and one of my favorite new bands. They released their self-titled debut EP this past January.




Check out the rest of my shots from the Colorful Kid set at the Stay Loose Flickr page. And look out for these guys on Part IV of 10 Songs Out of Long Island You Should Hear.

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– Chris