10 Songs You Should Hear Part IV

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Don’t forget to check out the Stay Loose Summer Collection at stayloose.net

#stayloose

– Chris

2015 Stay Loose Spring/Summer Collection Coming Soon

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The Stay Loose 2015 Spring/Summer Collection is just about ready for launch. We’ve got six new tee styles, a new tank and a new snapback dropping later this month. We’ll also be re-stocking our Heather Grey and Dark Grey snapbacks.

The collection is currently available exclusively at Lo-Man’s in downtown Babylon Village, so you can drop in there anytime to pick up our new tees, tanks and snapbacks before they’re available online.

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We’re re-designing the Stay Loose Shop as well, so there will be a new look when the collection is released. In the meantime, you can grab what’s left at stayloose.net/shop at discounted prices.

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Thank you Long Island for always supporting this local independent brand. Stay tuned for more.

– Chris

Jake Furia “Access to Ecstasy” Music Video

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We just released our first project as Stay Loose Records – a music video for Jake Furia’s new single Access to Ecstasy. I first heard the song as a bonus live track on Jake’s Acoustic EP – it was my favorite track on the EP and so I contacted Jake to see if he’d be interested in officially recording the song and shooting a video to go along with it.

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We hooked up with producer Bill Burns to record the track at his studio in Huntington – I shot a bunch of behind-the-scenes pics that you can see below, also took some video which we incorporated into the video.

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Jake also stopped by the Stay Loose studio for a photoshoot – we used these images for the single’s album artwork and promotion.

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Once the audio and photos were done, we set a date to go and shoot the video. It was all shot in one day, by the water on the south shore of Long Island at Tanner Park in Copaigue.

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And here’s the final video:

I hope you guys enjoy it as much as we enjoyed making it. The music scene on Long Island is stronger than it’s ever been and we need everyone’s support to help it grow and get the recognition it deserves. Stay Loose Records has a bunch more projects in the works and we hope you’ll continue to support us as we continue on!

Download Jake’s single for free right here.

Thanks for reading, #stayloose

– Chris

Beerfields Music Festival Recap

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The 3rd Annual Beerfields Music Festival included some great local acts like Warden and FAME, Nonstop to Cairo and Oogee Wawa – as well as national acts Ballyhoo and Matisyahu. Local craft breweries kept the beer flowing like beer, and there were over 20 local merch vendors as well, including Stay Loose. This years Beerfields was probably the best event I’ve been to – it’s a tribute to the improving state of the Long Island music scene and we are proud to be a part of it.

Special thanks to Samantha Schendlinger for helping us cover the event this year – she took a whole bunch of awesome photos, some of which you’ll see below.

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Here’s a photo recap of the day:

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06_Jesse-LeeJesse Lee, Oogee Wawa | Photo by Chris Hoenigmann

07_ChadChad Chadwick, Oogee Wawa | Photo by Chris Hoenigmann

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19_BallyhooHowi Spangler, Ballyhoo | Photo by Chris Hoenigmann

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We had a great response and a ton of support at the festival – there was a buzz around the table all day, thanks to everyone who stopped by and hung out with us:

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Fresh Stay Loose Snapbacks | Photo by Samantha Schendlinger

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Stay Loose was mentioned in the LIB Magazine recap of Beerfields – it was great to see so many of our tees and hats all around the festival:

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Thanks for reading and checking out our photos – can’t wait till next year!

You can check out all of our pics from the day at the Stay Loose Flickr page. Visit stayloose.net to check out our tees, hats and tanks.

#stayloose

– Chris

Fresh Styles, Bright Colors, For Summer

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This winter has sucked. But the warm weather is coming and we’re getting ready for it with new styles and bright colors for Summer. I just got samples of the new Stay Loose Badge Tee in Heather Orange, Antique Sapphire, Heather Purple and Heather Military – and more colors will be available as well.

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Can’t wait for Summertime on the Island – stay tuned and #stayloose,

– Chris

Stay Loose Summer 2013 Video

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It was just around this time last year that I started working on some of those first Stay Loose designs. I didn’t really know where I was going with it and honestly I’ve tried not to set expectations or any kind of long-term plans for the brand. Instead I’ve been allowing it to grow organically and just do what feels right.

This has been Stay Loose’s first full Summer. I got to table at a bunch of awesome Long Island Art, Music and Beer Festivals (including Warped Tour!). I met a bunch of cool LI peoples like Rick Eberle and Chris Fingado from Shark Radio and Matt Ezzo and August Harris from Nonstop to Cairo. I’ve also spent weekends at Bethpage Skatepark and gotten a chance to watch and meet a bunch of LI’s talented skaters, so I’m excited to be announcing the official Stay Loose Long Island skate team.

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Me and Joe Rom have been compiling video since mid-July and I’m planning to officially announce the team and release the first team video at the end of the month. Here’s a little teaser:

The video will not only include parts for our skate team: if you’ve seen us at Bethpage, and we caught you landing a trick, you might be on there too. And we’re still filming, so follow us on Twitter and Facebook to find out when we’ll be out.

Stay Loose errbody,
– Chris Hoenigmann

Stay Loose at Warped Tour 2013

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It’s official – Stay Loose will be tabling at Vans Warped Tour 2013 on Saturday, July 13 at Nassau Coliseum. I submitted the application back in January and didn’t really know what to expect – so it was pretty cool to get the acceptance email last week.

Already planning a bunch of cool stuff including a sweeps for a special edition VWT/SL skatedeck and of course the new Spring/Summer Collection will be on sale! Can’t wait for summer: nice weather, good music, good ppls and Warped Tour – good start to 2013 so far, more to come.

– Chris Hoenigmann