On Thursday 12/17, we return to The Mercury Lounge in New York City for an all-star lineup including the return of Knockout Drops. And as always, Yule Dogs will bring it all home with a star-studded sing-along set of all your favorite yuletide classics. This show always sells out, so get your tickets in advance.
Throughout the year, the historic downtown comes alive for numerous events from block parties, to parades, to the monthly First Saturday celebration where shops and restaurants stay open late. Go to Asbury Park Chamber for the most up-to-date events calendar. Don’t miss the annual Asbury Park Restaurant Tour, Fourth of July Fireworks, Oysterfest, and the world record breaking NJ Zombie Walk..
If a weekend at the shore is in your plans, check out the The Asbury Hotel where a restored Victorian-era hotel has transformed into a vibrant, realxing and unique stay and There are lots of things to do on vacation in Canada if you want a different scenery. Relax on their rooftop bar while you take in the ocean view or enjoy the evening with you family watching a movie at their outdoor theater. The Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel is one of the grand hotels of a bygone era. Its recently restored 250 suites and rooms offer modern luxury and classic beauty just steps away from the ocean. The Hotel Tides Restaurant and Spa is another Asbury Park tradition recently lovingly restored to its former glory. Asbury Park is also home to a number of other great places to stay including the Empress Hotel, Mikell’s Big House and the Asbury Park Inn.
While in town, enjoy the city’s diverse and thriving restaurant scene. From Japanese to Mediterranean to Italian, it’s all here and it’s delicious. Newer restaurants like Kim Marie’s Eat & Drink Away, Bank on Mattison, and Cibo e Vino have quickly established themselves as culinary gems alongside favorites like Jimmy’s Italian Restaurant, Brando’s Citi Cucina, Moonstruck, Stella Marina, Langosta Lounge and Tim McLoone’s Supper Club.
The Asbury Park experience isn’t complete without taking in a show. USA Today picked Asbury Park as one of the top ten places to listen to music. The legendary Stone Pony, where Bruce Springsteen has made numerous appearances, is one of the world’s most famous music “scenes.” Asbury Park is also home to two theatre companies: The Premier Theatre Company who have been producing classic Broadway theater in the area for over 30 years and are dedicated to bringing invigorating theater with a fresh perspective to Asbury Park.
We recently taped a live studio session with LastFM, capturing video footage of Wormburner in a rare acoustic setting. Each video kicks off with some interview commentary that sets up each song. From our new LP “Pleasant Living in Planned Communities”, here are acoustic takes of the songs “Somewhere Else To Be” and “Doxology”.
Veteran music critic Robert Christgau has included us on his latest “Dean’s List”, ranking our new LP among the best records of the past year. We are among but a handful of rock bands to make the list, and we are thrilled to share the spotlight with records by The Flaming Lips, Drive-By Truckers, Old 97s, TV on the Radio, New Pornographers, Parquet Courts, and Wussy.
Our new album just got a very high grade from Robert Christgau, the “Dean of American Rock Critics”. Click here to read his brief but flattering review.
A regional magazine wanted to take a look back at our song Peekskill, from the 2010 album “Placed by the Gideons“. Hank answered some questions about the origins of the song and the band’s fascination with post-industrial cityscapes. Click here to read it.
Introducing our cover version of “Holland 1945” by Neutral Milk Hotel. Many thanks to Under the Gun for the great write-up. We debuted this version of the song last night onstage at New York City’s Mercury Lounge, and by some strange coincidence, on the very same evening, Stephen Colbert chose to play the original version of “Holland 1945” at the ending of his TV show. Spooky!
After selling out the initial pressing, 12-inch vinyl is now back in stock! Featuring a full-color gatefold sleeve, lyric sheets and premium heavyweight vinyl, all purchases include a FREE digital download of the entire LP, plus a FREE copy of the seven-inch single “Today Might Be Our Day” b/w “Parliaments On Sundays” (an alternate version of the album track). Order via this DIVE RECORDS link or, better yet, buy your copy in-person at our Thursday night Mercury Lounge show!
Courtesy of Diffuser.FM, here’s the music video premiere for our new song ‘Somewhere Else To Be’. And don’t miss the exclusive interview with Hank about the song’s origins. The video was directed by our friends Chris Cassidy and Chris Kenneally.
Pleasant Living in Planned CommunitiesBuy digitally through iTunes
Our third LP! This album’s cast of desperate characters includes a downed airman in WWII Europe, a 21st Century soldier returning home from battle, and a transient gay hustler whose youthful looks are weathering with age.
“Anthemic indie rock with a punk rock kick” – KEXP in Seattle
Thursday March 26th
opening for Wussy