For the Record (Store)

This has been a whirlwind week. Three live shows bracketing two all day meetings at my day job. Yes…I was exhausted, but I would do it again in a heartbeat. I started off on Wednesday by going to see my favorite punk/pop family band The Dollyrots at Kung Fu Necktie in Philadelphia. Loud – Fast –…

He Fell On Black Days. RIP Chris Cornell

by Gidget Bates Last night I couldn’t get to sleep. Not at all. Anxiety like crazy. mixture of air. so, this morning all I wanted to do was go back to bed after putting my kid on the bus for school. I sat in bed with my phone and read the news. I was devastated….

A Little Something On The Side

I was lucky enough to be squeezed into a day long press junket with Brian Ray, who is promoting his new record, “CRASH BOOM BANG!” with his band The Bayonets. Frankly, I was a little nervous. I mean this is the guy that’s been standing on stage next to Sir Paul McCartney for the last…

Who the Hell are The Caballeros?

That isn’t a question easily answered….They are a rock band…They are from Australia. Their independent record “Ladies and Gentlemen: The Caballeros” will kick your ass and have you coming back for more. Tune in at 7PM eastern for an interview with their charismatic frontman Jake England direct from his home in Perth, Australia. He’ll talk…

Gidget Goes to Guardians

  When I was a kid growing up in Fremont, California it was not the huge town it is today. South Fremont, Warm Springs was separated by miles from the rest of Fremont and there was very little to do other than ride bikes play in the park, play on the freeway (not joking) and…

Pacify Your Soul with Jody Porter

  1.    Do you enjoy interviews best when they are in person, such as at a radio station or ? I don’t mind doing phoners or on line interviews. For twenty years on tour I was used to a full day of promo stuff, an in store performance then a gig all in the same…

9 Questions for Hillary Burton and honeychain

I got the opportunity to submit a written interview with Hillary Burton this week. She and her band were busy in the studio, and this was a great way to fit this into their busy schedule. With their new record CRUSHED out next week, and the first single “Messy Love” already creating a buzz, this band is sure…

Lakefront Hot Property

Yesterday I attended a show. I attend a lot of shows, but this one was very special. So special, that I hopped in my car and drove almost two hours to get there. After too much time on the less-than-scenic NJ Turnpike and Garden State Parkway. I turned off the beaten path and had a…

Happy Hour With The Anderson Council

Last night I sat down with Peter Horvath and Chris Rousseau from The Anderson Council at Pino’s, a cool little venue in Highland Park, NJ, that they call home. We spent time talking about the band, their inspiration, the New Brunswick music scene, and drinking some craft beer and a very nice rye whiskey. If you’ve…

Record Store Day With Soraia

I spent this afternoon celebrating Record Store Day 2017 the only way I know how…live music in a record store. I made my way to Positively Records in Levittown, PA to see a set from my current favorite Philly area band, Soraia. The standing room only crowd was treated to a high energy set from powerhouse…

Make America Sweet!!

If Trader Joe’s had a delivery service a wonderful Cinnamon Coffee Cake would be at my door   Making America Sweet!!

My Dinner with Johnny Pi

Last night I had the pleasure to sit down and interview Johnny Pisano, who is not only the go-to bass player in NYC, but also a friend. We chose a great little pizza joint with an imported brick oven that serves terrific Neapolitan style pizza. This may be a trivial detail to some, but it’s serious business to this Brooklyn NY native. So serious,…