March 17, 2017 in Releases

Surprise! Frank to Drop a Solo Record

frank_hatOur drummer Frank Lettieri Jr recently took to Facebook to announce the release of Analog Mind Bender, his first full-length in five years! The LP will be credited to Dust of Days, the moniker under which Lettieri has been writing, performing, and releasing music for over a decade.

The album was recorded at Pachyderm Studios (where In Utero was famously captured) and mastered by Bob Ludwig. It features former touring Paper Jet Jim McGee (who spent the first half of 2012 with the band) and will be released by frequent collaborator Jeff Fiedler’s Aqualung Records on Friday June 16, 2017.

March 13, 2017 in News, Tour

Erickson Leaves Elliot, Remains Alarmingly Busy

16003199_10100714804263564_3392448325301000033_nSince 2013, Brian Erickson has stood just to the right of Princeton-based singer/songwriter Jesse Elliot on stage. But following the departure of Elliot’s longtime rhythm section of bassist Ed Pratico and drummer Greg Ribsam, Erickson thought it best to take his leave, as well. Elliot has since recruited an entirely new cast of backing players.

Following his departure from Elliot’s band, Erickson has kept plenty busy, filling the calendar with solo appearances and fashioning himself into a surprisingly in-demand bassist. Since January, he has slapped the four-string for Brittney Dixon’s band Finding Feebas, and more recently joined Matt Cook‘s piano rock trio for a number of dates. He will also be participating in the forthcoming “Halfway to Halloween” show at the Court Tavern for two sets. He will be joining members of Death by Fiction and Rose Blvd for a set of Paramore covers before teaming up with members of The Production and Lowlight to pay homage to Fleetwood Mac.17155362_10212470189970164_4312257734888534311_n

Finding Feebas Dates:

Saturday March 25th – 8p – The Court Tavern, New Brunswick, NJ

Halfway to Halloween:

Friday April 28th – 8p – The Court Tavern, New Brunswick, NJ – Brian will be taking part in the Paramore and Fleetwood Mac sets

Matt Cook Dates:

Sunday March 26th – 8p – The Inkwell, Long Branch, NJ

Saturday April 29th – 8p – FireHouse Studio, Oceanport, NJ

February 24, 2017 in Tour

Spring Shows Announced

Welcome to 2017! While we kicked our touring year off in low-key fashion with an unplugged set at Maxwell’s in Hoboken, the full-band fun starts in April! Expect plenty more shows to be added to the calendar.

03.02.17 – Maxfields – Boonton, NJ – 7p – Brian solo (w/ Renee Maskin, Rothenbeck, and Zach Russack)

03.11.17 – Stay Gold – Belmar, NJ – 7p – Brian solo (w/ Matt Cook)

03.23.17 – John & Peter’s – New Hope, PA – 9p – Brian solo (w/ Renee Maskin & Justin Pope)

04.07.17 – Krogh’s Bar – Sparta, NJ – 8p – Brian solo (w/ Longlife)

04.09.17 – PA-NJ Radio – Lambertville, NJ – 7p – Brian solo radio interview & performance

04.15.17 – WESS-FM – E Stroudsburg, PA – 1p – Brian solo radio interview & performance

04.15.17 – John & Peter’s – New Hope, PA – 8p – FREE ADMISSION (w/ Rothenbeck, Lowlight, The Vaughns, & Jesse Elliot and the Falconaires)

04.21.17 – Roxy & Dukes – Dunellen, NJ – 8p – $15 Admission – 21+ (w/ Yawn Mower, Black Flamingoes & Lowlight)

February 22, 2017 in News

Happy Fifth Anniversary Bordentown Guitar Rescue

BGR_LogoFive years ago, Mike Virok opened up his instrument repair and custom shop, the Bordentown Guitar Rescue. Since then they’ve grown significantly, moving to a new location with an expanded sales floor and lesson rooms. Most notably, they’ve partnered up with Rob DeAntonio of Jaded Faith Mods, one of the foremost amplifier experts in the region.

Virok has been a member of The Paper Jets since early 2015, having started as the band’s guitar tech since opening his shop in 2012.

 

February 13, 2017 in News

The Great Albums is the #1 Music Show on iTunes

TGAP_ChartThe Great Albums, a twice-weekly podcast which features our singer Brian and founding guitarist Bill Lambusta discussing and dissecting an album track-by-track, has now entered its second week as the #1 music show on iTunes. The program debuted in January 2015, quickly becoming one of iTunes’ ‘New & Noteworthy’ podcasts. It continued along with a mix of local and higher-profile guests and as it enters its third year, the program reaches its biggest milestone yet.

Said Brian of the achievement, “It’s flattering and humbling…hopefully we can keep it up.”