November 2, 2015 in News

Brian Tapped for TV Theme Song

Since our man Brian has had one of the busiest Fall schedules of all-time, between solo and duo dates, curating shows, taping his bi-weekly podcast, and playing a Replacements tribute set, why not throw something else on the plate, right?  Right.

He has been recruited by New York-based comedian Rob Ryan to compose a theme song for a new sitcom Ryan is writing called, ‘Full Count.’  Thus far, details are scant, but we will provide updates as they come in.

November 1, 2015 in News, Tour

The Paper Jets Reunite with Lambusta For One-Off

From left to right: Bill Lambusta, Frank Lettieri, Andrew Kolbenschlag, Brian Erickson

On Friday October 30, just shy of Midnight, Brian Erickson and Frank Lettieri took the stage with former member and founding Paper Jet Bill Lambusta for their first full-length set in almost three years.  They were joined by Andrew Kolbenschlag, singer/guitarist of Lambusta’s current band Small Planet Radio.  The occasion?  A special Halloween set at New Brunswick’s Court Tavern where the group played an entire set of songs by The Replacements.

The event is part of a twice-a-year all-covers show that the venue’s new management, Brittney On Fire, plans to hold.  Other acts covered Red Hot Chili Peppers, Screeching Weasels, Incubus, Fallout Boy, and My Chemical Romance.  But when our boys went on as The ‘Mats, the house was truly brought down.  Fans hurried down from the upstairs bar to sing, dance, and pump fists to the music of one of indie rock’s defining bands.  “This was one of the best shows I’ve ever played,” said Kolbenschlag of with a wry smile, “granted, we didn’t write any of the songs, I still had a great time…that was amazing!”

Check out The Paper Jets’ Facebook Page for videos of “Can’t Hardly Wait,” and “Kiss Me On the Bus.”

October 19, 2015 in News, Releases

Brian Releases Second Surprise Single

a0091630662_10Following the enormously positive response to the recently-released single, “Waves,” Brian is back at it again!  This time, he’s taken on much different source material, covering, “FLOOR IT!” by New Brunswick, NJ punk quartet Wolfasaurus Rex.  Instead of the original’s political maelstrom, Brian strips it back, transforming the song into a preachy folk number that reaches its peak with a round of hand claps and hootenanny-style gang vocals.


September 24, 2015 in News, Releases

Brian Drops Surprise Single

a3739278845_10Last night around 11:00pm, Brian released a single called, “Waves.”  It’s a cover of a song by Asbury Park, NJ favorites Lowlight, with whom The Paper Jets have played on a number of occasions.

This is the first recording Brian has released under his own name since 2007.  No word on whether or not there’s anything else coming, but between a solo tour which he is currently on, the recently-announced Invisible Solid box set, finishing production on Tim Ryan’s album, and – of course – the new Paper Jets albums, our man is plenty busy just the same.

Check out the new single which is available for free download.

September 1, 2015 in Tour

Brian Spins Yarn, Adds Dates

YSlogo1400_2Mark your calendars, friends, because Brian and Virok will be heading out play a few dates this Fall:

Friday 9/11 – Wonderbar, Asbury Park, NJ – 7:30p

Friday 9/25 – Black Bear Bar, Brooklyn, NY – 8:00p

Friday 10/02 – WESS-FM, East Stroudsburg University, East Stroudsburg, PA – 2:30p

Saturday 10/17 – John & Peter’s, New Hope, PA – 8:00p

Saturday 10/24 – Le Grand Fromage, Atlantic City, NJ – 7:00p

Friday 10/30 – The Court Tavern, New Brunswick, NJ – 8:00p – Brian is playing a special Halloween show where he and some friends will be performing an entire set of songs by The Replacements!

In addition, Brian will be appearing on the Yarnspinners podcast to play an intimate set and talk about the inspiration behind some of his favorite originals.  The vat is wide and deep, friends, so it’s likely – while you’ll hear some favorites – there will be a few rarities on this one.  The podcast will be taped in early October.  We will post the link to listen as soon as it’s available.