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Daniel Ash

danielash-698x1024Daniel Ash (photo swiped from Google)

Today is the birthday of Daniel Ash and I’m a great fan of his work. In 2002 when he debuted a solo record, not his first, but the first for Psycho Baby Records, I gave him a stellar review for the column “On that Note” in the Montclair Times.

Here are a bunch of songs from his vast collection of work:


Bela Lugosi’s Dead

She’s in Parties

Tones on Tail


Love & Rockets

Ball of Confusion


Foolish Thing Desire

This Love

The Bronx Warriors, Bloomfield, New Jersey

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta

SAM_1778The Bronx Warriors

Last night was another gorgeous New Jersey night (we’re having a ton of them, all in a row!) so Dennis and I head out with our good friends Mike and Diane to see another outdoor concert, The Bronx Warriors, who did a ton of cover tunes from the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, featuring a medley of Frankie Vali hits. As I mentioned before when reviewing other oldies shows, it is always disappointing to hear medleys because I like to hear the entire song, especially since they did my favorite “Opus 17.” I’d rather hear less songs, and more quality of the song.

However, my favorite part of the show was their surf segment with these hits, “Walk Don’t Run” and “Theme from Hawaii-Five-O.” What a treat – perfect songs for summer!

I also loved their version of Billy Joel’s “Uptown Girl.”

At the end of the…

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Tommy James & Shondalls/Jefferson Starship, Ocean Grove Auditorium

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta

SAM_1690Tommy James and The Shondells

My husband Dennis treated me to a most wonderful evening, seeing Tommy James and The Shondells, at Ocean Grove Auditorium, which is actually a huge church!

This was our third time seeing Tommy James. It was amazing, as always! He opened up with “Draggin the Line,” followed by my favorite “Crystal Blue Persuasion.” Also did “Ball of Fire,” “I Think We’re Alone Now,” “Crimson and Clover” (which was electrifying when they put the special effects on his vocal!) “Hanky Panky” … during “Mony Mony” he jumped into the audience and shook hands and met fans. He was out there about 15 minutes while the band played, trying to meet as many people as possible. He was so awesome for doing that. He ended the show with “Sweet Cherry Wine” and told the audience that “Jesus is Coming!” (as he’s done before, it’s no secret that…

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Kashmir Gives Brookside Park a Whole Lotta Love!

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta

SAM_1642Jean Violet (Photo by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta)

SAM_1638Andy Urban (photo by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta)

SAM_1631Felix Haneman (photo by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta)

Felix played with Zebra

SAM_1653Paul Cooper (photo by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta)

A gorgeous night in New Jersey (hot but dry, not humid — Arizona type weather, yeah!)

Dennis and I head out with our friend Johnny to meet Mike and Diane. Had a beer at their place and walked over to Brookside Park to see Kashmir: Led Zeppelin Tribute.

It was fantastic. They played over two hours and sounded pretty close to the real deal. My favorite songs were “Over the Hills and Far Away” and “Kashmir.”

We had a super duper fantastic time, and it just kept getting better as the sun went down and the moon came out! Summer nights are the best to see an outdoor concert, definitely.

Here is their website:

And, interesting, here is an article I…

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Anyone Feeling 1970s Sexy?

Pillow talk

Here’s some sexy 1970s songs to enjoy:

Sylvia “Pillow Talk”

Marvin Gaye “Let’s Get it On”

Andrea True Connection “More More More”

Donna Summer “Love to Love You Baby”

Barry White “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love Baby”


RIP Pepe Marchello, of The Good Rats

Good RatsThe Good Rats

RIP to Pepe Marchello, of The Good Rats (from Long Island) who died a few days ago of a heart attack at his home. He was 68.

The Good Rats were one of my first concerts. I saw them in a shopping mall (Willowbrook, Wayne, New Jersey) at age 13 or 14.

They were a lot of fun and tossed rubber rats into the audience. I regret that it was the only time I got to see them.

Pepe will be missed!

Just Found Me a Lady

Fireball Express

The Truth is Gone

Peppi Marchello - Good RatsPepe

The Good Rats album coverI LOVE this album cover!

My article on Joan Osborne

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta

joan osborne 2Joan Osborne

Yesterday I had the awesome pleasure of interviewing Joan Osborne. We talked on the phone 25 minutes.

I’m so psyched the interview is up already, ENJOY:

Joan’s the headline act at Maplewoodstock this Sunday. Information is in the article. It’s a free show.


Also, yesterday, another extremely rewarding part of my career, I got to interview several young local performers who will be appearing at New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse. Check it out, they’re adorable:

I had such a blast talking to the kids. This was in person at Keane University.

Busy day yesterday! Today I’m taking time off — much deserved!

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On Phone w/Joan (Osborne), Come in Quietly

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta


Joan Osborne is headlining at this gig Maplewoodstock in the town of Maplewood.

Last week I wanted to interview her to promote the show and didn’t hear anything, so I wrote the article without the interview:

Then today I got a call from her management. My email request to interview Joan got lost in the shuffle. Since the concert is Sunday I had to do the phone interview tonight and was so happy Joan was able to commit to it! The time for the interview was 7:30 p.m. — around the time my husband would be getting home. Since he doesn’t use a cell phone (yeah, the two of us live in the dark ages) and he had already left from work, I left the above note on the door (along with other instructions that I already fed the cats) so he’d come in quietly.

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Happy Birthday to the Godfather of Goth, Peter Murphy

peter murphyPeter Murphy

The first time I heard of Peter Murphy was when viewing the movie, “The Hunger” starring David Bowie. Peter Murphy was performing with his band Bauhaus. I was ecstatic and brought many albums.

I continued to follow Peter Murphy’s solo career and his work with the late Mick Karn (Dali’s Car). I saw him perform his solo act quite a few times and a Bauhaus reunion tour.

When I worked at Montclair Times, I had the honor to do a phone interview Peter Murphy for one of our websites called My Montclair (which was great because the content didn’t have to be locally related).

Peter Murphy was a great interview. Kind, well spoken and a gentleman. He spoke of his kids and his life in Turkey. And we bonded over the fact that we were both fans of philosopher Gurdjief.

A few weeks later, Peter Murphy played at The Birch Hill in New Jersey. After the show he was sitting in a small van (not a tour bus) with the door open, signing autographs for fans. I approached him, the first and only time I met him in person.

As soon as I mentioned Gurdjief, he remembered our phone conversation.

He was so great to all his fans and stayed until he met everyone.

I (with some friends) stayed until his van left. As he drove away he looked out the window and waved to us.

Peter Murphy — a classic!

Here are some great songs throughout his career:


Bela Lugosi’s Dead

Ziggy Stardust

She’s in Parties


Judgement is the Mirror

Peter Murphy (solo)

A Strange Kind of Love

Cuts You Up

Indigo Eyes

My Prized Guitar Pick Collection

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta

SAM_1496The late Dee Dee Ramone played bass with this very pick!

As some of you know I’m a major music fan and went to hundreds of shows over the years. And over the years, especially in my younger day, I was always up front at the shows and therefore built up quite a collection of guitar picks from famous guitarists and bassists. Tonite I present to you, from my very own scrap book, some of the more impressive ones!

I saw The Ramones play so many times, and the above is from Dee Dee, the bassist.

SAM_1491From legendary late Johnny Thunders

I was too young to see the original New York Dolls, but I followed Johnny Thunders all over NYC, seeing him perform at least 25 times (the most I’ve seen any performer!)

SAM_1505Steve Jones 

I was too young to see Steve Jones play guitar with the Sex Pistols, but…

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