Binge: Swimsuit Issue 20 year anniversary 

I can't believe it's been 20 years since the release of Swimsuit Issue.  The album cover features my great grandparents on the beach in Asbury Park (or is it Atlantic City) circa 1918.  The back features my grandfather lifeguarding in front of Jenkinson's at Point Pleasant Beach, NJ.  We recorded this album on ADATs in Erv's basement in Piscataway, NJ with several tracks recorded at my parents in Bay Head, NJ.  It was mixed on a Mackie 16 channel board with limited outboard gear and resources.  I thought I…

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Great gig at private party last night 

I had a great gig at a private house party in Pt. Pleasant, NJ last night!  Many thanks to Vinnie R. and his family & friends!  Great time, great food, great people!

"Virginia" by High Plains Drifters 

Here's a new single I had the pleasure of collaborating on with High Plains Drifters.  Keep an eye out for the full-length this fall!


Review in Glide Magazine with High Plains Drifters 




September 7, 2018 by Glide in AudioMediaPREMIERES No Comments


Born with a desire for the finer things in life, a love of rock n’ roll, and a rich background in the entertainment industry, The High Plains Drifters are the new band that is effortlessly merging various genres with their infectious music that speaks to the rebel in all of us. Gearing up for the fall release of their self-titled

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More good news at radio this week! 

My radio pals at Planetary Group sent me this great news today: This week we saw a Top Ten debut on the chart at WAIH Potsdam, NY, where we came in at #6. Putting the "Dam" back in Potsdam! First signs of initial airplay came in at KSLU St. Louis, MO, KVSC St. Cloud, MN, WAMH Amherst, MA, WPPJ Pittsburgh, PA, WIUX Bloomington, IN, WRNC Ashland, WI, and WAKE Winston-Salem, NC. Meanwhile, we saw increased play at KSYM San Antonio, TX, WSAM West Hartford, CT, and WVOF Fairfield, CT
Stations who have…

If you build it, they will come (eventually) 

I finally got around to building my dream studio.  Aside from its complete destruction after a series of floods (two weeks after I put in the last rack screw), it is now back in full swing.  I do most of my writing here.  I did the whole Unforeseen Circumstances album here with the exception of drums (Shorefire, Kaleidoscope, mom & dad's house).  My next project is a remix of Joe Titone's Olivia Neutron Bomb project which I'm super excited about.  If you know anyone that needs a song or demo put together…

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Macom's Hotel of New Brunswick NJ, Aug 1872-1909 

144 years ago today "Macom's Hotel" opened in New Brunswick, New Jersey.  My great great grandfather, Samuel Macom, ran a fine establishment.  The landmark building had been there from 1840 (previously Neilson House and later Klein's Raritan House) until it was demolished in 1985 to make way for high rise luxury apartments.  This historic NJ site was purposely left to fall into dilapidation so the city could make some money on it (see Corruption).  Anyway, here is a rendering of it from my great uncle J…

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the afterlife 

In the afterlife, do you need to open a new checking account or can you just use the old one?  Discuss.

Antonella Barba of American Idol stops by Shabby Road Studios 

Antonella Barba (American Idol Season 6 Finalist) stopped by to witness the buildout of my Shabby Road Studios in NYC.  "We could have recorded a bunch of new tunes here, you know, if there was actual equipment to record on" she said.  Two weeks later the studio was complete, only to be completely flooded after some of the biggest snow storms (followed by rain) New York has seen in the last 100 years.  Antonella moved to California where it hasn't rained in about 6 years. 


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