RED BANK: STINSON LIVE & LEFT OF THE DIAL

Rocker Tommy Stinson, below, is the special guest performer for Sunday events at Brookdale Radio (above) and Jack’s Music.

Veteran listeners of 1980s-’90s college and alternative playlists know him as the spiky-haired, plaid-suited, juvenile delinquent bassist and sometime vocalist of Twin Cities punk pioneers the Replacements. His road since then has seen him play a stint with elusive superstar act Guns ‘N Roses (including the recording of unreleased sessions with both of his former bands), establish an on-again/off-again with ’90s alterna-rockers Soul Asylum, and emerge every now and then with a solo project under the name Bash & Pop.

This Sunday afternoon, Tommy Stinson is a man about town on the Greater Red Bank Green, when the upstate New York resident plays a pair of free intimate sets during two special events — the first at Brookdale Community College radio station 90.5 The Night, and the other at downtown Red Bank landmark Jack’s Music Shoppe.

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WHERE HAVE I SEEN THIS?

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This week’s Where calls for looking down. Do you know the location? Please send an email with your best guess to wherehaveiseenthis@redbankgreen.com.

And the answer to last week’s Where is…

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BOSS FANS FLOCK TO MIDNIGHT DISC DROP

Diego Allessandro and dozens of other fans waited in line at Jack’s for the register to start ringing up midnight sales of the new Springsteen album. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Dan Laden’s been at the front of the line before when new  Bruce Springsteen records have hit the stores.

But being the first, as he was at Jack’s Music Shoppe Monday night for the market debut of “Wrecking Ball,” isn’t about bragging rights, he tells redbankgreen.

“It’s hard to explain,” said Laden, who as the owner of Garden State Auto Repair in Little Silver has worked on Springsteen’s cars for 15 years. “It’s a matter of respect for Bruce.”

A sense of spiritual indebtedness was one of several forces that fans said compelled them to show up shortly before midnight in 28-degree weather to buy an album that would still be available the next morning.

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BOSS TO WRECK A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP

Once again, new product from Bruce Springsteen will get a midnight debut at Jack’s Music, where boxes of vinyl LPs awaited sale last week. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

At Jack’s Music Shoppe on Broad Street in Red Bank, they’re still dining out on the time that Bruce Springsteen showed up for a late-night release of one of His records.

That was in April, 2001, for the launch of ‘Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band: Live in New York City.’ Rolling in from his home in Rumson, or maybe the one in Colts Neck, Springsteen mingled with fans, posed for photos and signed autographs for 90 minutes, staying until the last sale was rung up.

With just about every Springsteen record release since then, speculation about an encore stirs, nudged along by the scheduling of midnight drops. The last one was in November 2010, with the issuance of a remastered ‘Darkness on the Edge of Town‘ and companion making-of video.

Hey, is it the store’s fault if diehard fans postpone their beauty sleep on the expectation of an appearance?

Tonight, the must-buy-now impulse again mixes with what-if-He’s there? yearning with the hardcopy release of Springsteen’s newest collection, ‘Wrecking Ball.’

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A LEANER, MEANER CUT OF RIBEYE

slim-tim-cronin21Alone in an idealized Red Bank of the mind, Tim Cronin models a new look and readies a new edition of The Ribeye Brothers for a Memorial Weekend wingding at The Dub.

By TOM CHESEK

It’s the first question on the mind of anyone who happens into the English Plaza entrance of Jack’s Music Shoppe, where Tim Cronin “steers the back of the firetruck” from his perch near the posters, the listening kiosk and the certified pre-owned vinyl.

The answer, of course, is NO — as in “no, this is NOT a register.” But if there’s time for a followup, the answer might be YES — as in why YES, I did lose a couple of DJ milk crates’ worth of weight, or as he puts it, “I’ve gone from morbidly obese, to not so morbid.”

Fans of the Ribeye Brothers will be relieved to know that the beloved frontman for the Red Bank-based swamp/ stomp/ “detached garage” band hasn’t shed more than 60 pounds out of any sickness, addiction to Enerjets or ill-advised hunger strike keyed to the Mets closing above .500 this season. Rather, it’s as simple and as effective as a dietary regimen that says nix to the butter, bacon and salt — with a big boost from “sugarless gum, black coffee and tons of hot sauce.”

This is all pertinent because, when the latest edition of the Brothers Ribeye returns to The Dublin House for a holiday-weekend hullabaloo on Sunday evening, May 29, the band will be serving up a sound and a set that’s as meaty and beaty as ever, while arguably just a healthy bit less big and bouncy.

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WHEN HARRY SALLIES FORTH IN RED BANK

harry-connick-jr-new-appr_t588A renaissance guy in Red Bank: Harry Connick Jr. makes his first-ever two night stand at the Count Basie this week — and the man from NOLA might stand a bit of sightseeing while in town.

By TOM CHESEK

They walk among us, sometimes — shopping in the broad daylight of Broad Street, spelunking the nooks and crannies of the Antique Center, sampling the fare at everything from the most sophisticated sit-downs to way-cool WaWa.

We’re talking celebrities, baby — many of them in town for a whistle-stop tour gig at the Count Basie Theatre. While the pimped-out tour buses come and go outside the Monmouth Street landmark with regularity, however, every so often a headline act plants it here in the greater Red Bank Green for something more than a one night stand. So it is this Wednesday and Thursday, as the Count’s crib plays host to a still-young veteran who’s long worn the mantle of Renaissance Guy: Harry Connick Jr.

When the jazz pianist, pop stylist, songwriter, composer, Broadway leading man, screen actor and Krewe founder visits the Basie-birthing borough for a pair of concert events on April 20 and 21, he’ll be bringing along his big band (with perhaps a separate trailer just to tote that résumé) in a full-on recreation of his most recent studio set, the collection of jazz and pop interpretations known as Your Songs. Having ably prosecuted his long-playing career through a deft mix of fanbase-friendly favorites and a pretty delightful flair for the unexpected, we’re hoping that New Orleans-rooted Connick (who, we should point out, maintains a place in the city with his family) gets to feeling a little exploratory during his hours in Red Bank — and we’re here to toss out a few suggestions to play that stay to the fullest.
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WHO CAN IT BE NOW AT THE RECORD STORE?

colin-hay-aWith a new CD to promote, hard-working singer, songwriter and storyteller Colin Hay visits Jack’s Music Shoppe during Record Store Day on Saturday.

By TOM CHESEK

Do not under any circumstances exile him to the sad but sun-kissed island of the One Hit Wonders. Nor should you rank him with Crocodile Dundee, Aussie Rules Football and other once-trendy pursuits of some long-ago moment. Besides, his 1980s group Men at Work scored not one but two Number One hits (“Who Can It Be Nowand the anthemic “Down Under“), plus a whole slew of other international chartbusters.

Whatever you do, however, never suggest that Colin Hay is a trafficker in nostalgia — at least not the sort of candied nostalgia that comes swaddled in big hair and shoulder pads, and uncomplicated by the emotional currents and dancing reflections that course through his latest release, Gathering Mercury.

This Saturday afternoon, April 16, the Scottish-born Guy From Down Under visits Jack’s Music Shoppe on Broad Street in Red Bank for an in-store appearance that’s slated as the sweet-spot attraction in the annual celebration known as Record Store Day (and yes, it’s a worldwide holiday).
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MIDNIGHT MADNESS II FOR BRUCE BUFFS

The trailer for THE PROMISE. Below, the E Street Shuffle, which pays sonic homage to Springsteen as Jack’s Music hosts a midnight release event for the new Springsteen box based on the classic LP DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN.

By TOM CHESEK

estreetshuffleThey came to Red Bank from every cul-de-sac and corner of suburbia, word of mouth spreading like wildfire (this in an era way before the whole Twitter thing) as they negotiated the dark and unfamiliar streets of what was then called New Jersey’s Hippest Town. Sleepy-eyed grownups in jammies and hastily-grabbed jackets filling the aisles of Jack’s Music Shoppe and straining for a look at the man in the Seattle Mariners cap.

The year was 2001, the event a midnight release of Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band: Live in New York City — and the special surprise guest was none other than the Boss himself, marking his official reunion with the E team at the record store which, more than any other, served as a career-spanning touchstone for the local boy made god.

Pictures from that memorable midnight, once commonly found online, have apparently disappeared from general circulation — eaten away, perhaps, by litigious bacteria. But on Monday night, the edge of downtown will sport a little less darkness, as Jack Anderson’s duplex diskerie hosts a special late-nite release event in honor of The Promise, the all-new/ all-old expansion of the 1978 Springsteen landmark Darkness on the Edge of Town.

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RISING FROM THE ASHES? WATCH THIS SPACE

jack-anderson-072110Landlord Jack Anderson says he’s gotten a number of proposals for the former Ashes space. (Click to enlarge)

A collective groan was heard through downtown Red Bank earlier this month went a court-appointed official abruptly shut down Ashes Cigar Bar, a high-profile if controversial eatery and bar that served as a nightlife anchor for more than a decade.

Just what we need when the retail and restaurant sectors are struggling to claw back to profitability, store owners said: a honking big vacancy in a town with plenty of small and medium-sized ones. How will the building’s owner find a tenant to replace Ashes in this economy?

Well, landlord Jack Anderson doesn’t think the outlook is dire. He says he’s already got offers for the three-story building on his desk across the street at Jack’s Music Shoppe, and he’s “motivated” to get a deal done ASAP.

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JACK’S PLAYS THE LIVE CARD ON SATURDAY

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Chris Dargis and Laura Monzo are among the well known locals (and mysterious guests) appearing at Jack’s Music Shoppe during Record Store Day this Saturday.

By TOM CHESEK

April 17 is National Record Store Day — a name that, contrary to what you might have heard, is not designed to remind you of some charitable cause, nor to serve as a solemn remembrance of such fallen giants as Tower and Virgin.

Rather, it’s a joyous occasion — one in which hundreds of indie businesses from coast to coast work to celebrate “the culture, and the unique place that they occupy in their local communities.”

In this particular community, that cultural touchstone is of course Jack’s Music Shoppe — and that unique place is the store’s savvy straddling of Broad Street and the English Plaza municipal parking lot.

But before you blow in one end and out the other like a bag of WOW Chips on a prune-juice chaser, consider that with such attractions as a sought-after instrument room, a choice video department, a locally unique sheet music loft and a renewed commitment to polyvinyl platters, Jack Anderson’s duplex diskerie has continued to hold a kingly hand — even as most other indies have folded ‘em, walked away, or even run.

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