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ONE YEAR AGO, TODAY

We started setting up for this:

Free downloads of the entire thing here:  http://www.ccrlive.bandcamp.com

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Canajoharie Church Retreat: Volume 1

In 2010, Eric Stroud, shark enthusiast, bought a church in the small town of Canajoharie, NY in order to take advantage of the immaculate organ that it houses. In the summer of 2011, he opened its doors for a weekend to let 13 bands stay, play and record. This is documentary of that weekend. Despite this being a “church” retreat, there was nothing really religious about it except for the fact that Eric’s a saint for letting us do this! Download full sets FOR FREE here: http://www.ccrlive.bandcamp.com

Velvet Suit Interviews- Lectric Pulp

You wanted it.  You asked for it.  You got it! Here’s the DL on the Lectric Pulp/Stanhope House breakup from the perspective of Joe Dimeck of Lectric Pulp.  Even though this is a written interview, I assure you at least 1 velvet suit was worn during interrogation.

Some say you helped re-build a sense of a North Jersey/Sussex Scene. What’s your take on that? What is the difference between the scene now than six months ago, as you see it?

Well, I certainly appreciate the folks who feel that way. It’s one of those heart warming/soul caressing kind of feelings if people actually think that. However, I’m just one person. Yea I may have booked a bunch of shows, but if people didn’t come out and support those shows there wouldn’t be any community at all. When it comes to building a music scene it really takes a collective effort. I just handled a lot of organizational things, but I think a lot of credit is spread out across the bands and the fans.

As for where the scene is 6 months ago. I don’t know, it seems like there’s more going on, which is cool. Whether I played a role in that I don’t know. It’s not like The Stanhope House was the only place hosting shows. Honestly, I’m kind of looking forward to being able to explore all the other places that I couldn’t go to because I was working a show. I keep hearing Pearly Baker’s Ale House in Easton is really cool. I mean, I like beer and music, and I hear they got a lot of both. Nevertheless, in the meantime, I got to get a job haha. It’s not like I was making much at The Stanhope House, but I was making something. Back to living on credit I guess :/

Click readmore to find out why Lectric Pulp will cease booking at the venue and what shows were Joe’s favorite…

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Lectric Pulp Ceases Booking at Stanhope House

From Lectric Pulp‘s facebook:

“Lectric Pulp will not be booking any new shows at The Stanhope House. LP will, however, see the rest of the already booked shows through. Check the events page and come out to support the bands. It was a fun and interesting ride, which isn’t exactly over yet. Thanks for all the support.”

Expect a Velvet Suit Interview shortly for more on the story.  Lectric Pulp  contributed a lot to the building/re-building of  the music “scene” in the area over the past 6 months.  Hopefully, this is not the end for LP.  As for the Stanhope House, thinking back to six months ago and now brings mixed feelings.  FWAPPED…I guess.  Then again, I don’t run any establishments, so what do I know?

Joe Dimeck of Lectric Pulp Reaches out to North Jersey Music Scene

in a well developed/articulated essay of sorts, or as he calls it “a call to action.”  He pretty much covers it all.  The only thing I would add would be a second hand quote I heard from Jon Tumillo of Folly during their first farewell show on April 8th at the Stanhope House. He quoted Jeff Cannonball of Black Kites who said something along the lines of “don’t let this [the last folly show] be the only show you look forward to/don’t let this be the only show you go to.”  There’s a lot going on and a lot to be thrilled about, especially when it comes to North Jersey music, don’t sleep on it or take it for granted.  Momentum.

Putting yourself out there can be met with a lot of flack, especially if you’re a promoter.  Often times good intentions are over-looked and no matter what, people are going to say and believe what they want to believe or take things and change them to fit their convictions.  I give anyone a lot of credit who makes an attempt at creating or organizing something positive and understand that a lot of the decisions they make are difficult and it really is impossible to make everyone happy.   With that said, I’m in full support of what Joe is trying to do and what he has always tried to do since he started running shows in high school.  I encourage you to, at the very least, check out a show or two at the Stanhope House, even if you don’t recognize any bands on the bill.  I’ve found a lot of new bands that I’m now into and friends with because of this Stanhope House stint that started late last year with Lectric Pulp.   With that said, keep checking back for an exclusive Velvet Suit Interview with Joe Dimeck.  In the meantime, Click Readmore for Joe’s full essay.   

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Velvet Suit Interviews- Small Steps Productions

We recently caught up with Erin Hopping of Small Steps Productions electronic interview style.  Don’t worry, we were wearing velvet suits when we wrote the questions and we busted them out again to read the responses.  Though we did this online, as this is the modern age, we will attempt to  present it in  such a way that suggests a real-life face  to face conversation actually took place.  See how that pans out by clicking readmore!  Click HERE to see what we said about Small Steps Productions earlier this month.

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This is tomorrow and mondo updates!

Please don’t miss it.  The Benedict Arnold Trade School record release show was a huge hit.  Dead Unicorn killed it!   Can’t wait to have them back…In other news.  The Melissa & Paul double 7″ was mailed out today to be pressed.  See what they have to say about it HERE.   We should have that in our hands in a month’s time.  In the meantime, check out their kickstarter HERE.   Also, Mister Snake are wrapping up the recording/artwork process for their upcoming tape.  Looks like 2011 is off to a good start for Bedside Manner!  Keep checking back for more updates.  I can tell you we have another Velvet Suit Interview in the works and we’re going to be posting video from the acoustic show at Eyeconik Records last Sunday.

TOMORROW!

Be sure to check out Snowbirds (Acoustic folky jams with a pleasant voice.  They cite naked band practice as an interest…just sayin’.), Mike Ambrose (His band goes by Les Trois Chaud and it rules…Sorta Belle and Sebastianish.  You will recognize him if you’ve been to the Stanhope House before.), and Melissa/Paul (High energy bluesy punk duo.  Done recording for their first release! ) by clicking their names!  And of course, thank Joe Dimeck of Lectric Pulp for getting this little shindig together.  Wednesday is the new Saturday!  Maintain…See you there!

Stanhope House

I never thought I would become a regular at a bar…But low and behold…I have.  I guess you wind up doing a lot of things you don’t expect from yourself in a lifetime.  Anyway, for the past 3 months, I’ve found myself at the Stanhope House (45 Main Street.  Stanhope, NJ) at least once a week for live music, dance parties, good food and good friends- to say the least. 

It’s truly an honor to be given the opportunity to play the Stanhope House, especially when exploring it’s great history.   From Stevie Ray Vaughn scrubbing dishes in the kitchen after playing a late night gig,  to the famous painting of the place where Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil for guitar skills to tales of ghosts within the walls to the not-so-secret well in the lounge to blues legends- Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, and John Lee Hooker all rockin’ the main stage- just to name a few.

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Support Lectric Pulp

Joe Dimeck has been doing a lot of great things for North Jersey music in the past 3 months, to say the least.  January TWO K ELEVEN has been promising so far and February through April look no different.  Lectric Pulp will be teaming up with others to do shows and other events at what is now their home base- The Stanhope House. In fact, we have something in the works together for March 2nd, so save that date; it should be awesome!  We’ll post more info on that as it develops.  Check out the full Lectric Pulp schedule HERE.