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RED BANK: BEFORE THE ALBUM DROP

JESSE_MALINSinger-songwriter Jesse Malin makes an in-store performance and signing appearance at Jack’s Music Shoppe this Sunday — an event at which fans can pick up a pre-release copy of his new album, NEW YORK BEFORE THE WAR.

As one of the last area outposts of that bulwark-against-boredom that is the neighborhood indie record store, Jack’s Music Shoppe continues to hold down the fort on the tradition of the live, in-store appearance — and this Sunday, March 29, the downtown landmark will be hosting a special acoustic performance by NYC-based singer-songwriter (and onetime D Generation frontman), Jesse Malin.

It’s a rare up-close-and-personal opportunity to catch the rock troubador before he departs these shores for a spring/summer European tour — and it’s also a chance for fans to get their hands on Malin’s new album New York Before The War, two whole days prior to its official release date.

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SURF TACO SURFING INTO RED BANK

rivers-edge-cafeRiver’s Edge Cafe is moving out, and Surf Taco is moving in to 35 Broad Street. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Rcsm2_010508Jack Anderson has a saying: “Nothing is a done deal until five minutes after the ink dries.”

The ink dried at 35 Broad Street, at around 4p Monday, so the deal is done. Surf Taco is coming to Red Bank.

“They are officially the tenants,” Anderson, the building’s landlord and owner of Jack’s Music Shoppe, told redbankgreen.

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‘DARKNESS’ PARTY “LIKE A HOMECOMING”

jacksSouth Brunswick resident Jeff Beyer was first in line to buy Springsteen’s reissued Darkness on the Edge of Town record at the stroke of midnight today. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Nineteen seventy-eight wasn’t merely a big year for Bruce Springsteen, who, at the time, had just released the follow-up to 1975’s “Born To Run,” the record that catapulted him from mediocre recording artist to “the future of rock ‘n’ roll.”

With the release of “Darkness on the Edge of Town,” Springsteen captured the hearts of a new fanbase that has stuck with him ever since — the same people who chowed down free pizza and coffee at Jack’s Music Shoppe Monday night in anticipation of the dual releases of the Springsteen treasure trove, a remastered and expanded version of “Darkness” and documentary of that era, “The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town.”

Broad Street’s last surviving disc dealer commemorated the 30th anniversary release with a special screening of the doc, hosted a Bruce cover band, The E-Street Shuffle, and when the calendar turned to Tuesday, opened the register and started handing the coveted Boss artifacts over the counter.

“The album is almost like a homecoming,” said Harv Cohen, who drove from Philadelphia to get the reissue.”It’s pretty nostalgic.”

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RED BANK STORES SHINE IN MAG’S POLL

downtown-rbA recent view down Broad Street in Red Bank. (Click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

In addition to Democratic bent and hyperlocal news sources, Red Bank and Maplewood can add one more item to the list of things they have in common: garnering the most attention from New Jersey Monthly’s readers in the magazine’s annual “Best of Jersey” poll.

Red Bank businesses came away with three No. 1 votes in the shopping category, but also showed well in other classes and earned a bunch of nods as runners-up. Maplewood, in Essex County, dominated the poll, getting the most votes for six shopping categories.

Overall, Red Bank and the redbankgreen coverage area had a strong presence in the magazine’s feature story this month.

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