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Bouncing Souls, Fallon, the Aquarian

In September, Red Bull had Brooklyn Vegan curate a Sound Select Show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg that featured Brookyln’s Aye Nako and Nude Beach opening for co-headliners the Bouncing Souls and Brian Fallon. The Aquarian just got around to running my review. Next week, the Bouncing Souls have an insane schedule parties, films, a flea market, brunch, tattoo fundraisers, and art exhibits as part of their annual Home for the Holidays extravaganza at the Stone Pony. Can’t wait.

Hot Water Music, Asbury Lanes

It's not all snowy owls and gray barrels. Occasionally you have to leave LBI to find anything resembling culture. Being as Hot Water Music is a big part of who we are, we caught them on Thursday, December 12, at Asbury Lanes, part of the Nor'Easter Tour with Torch and O'Brother. While we'd always like to hear more from their first four records, it was still a sing-along fun time, culminating with our friends Pete Steinkopf and Bryan Kienlen of the Bouncing Souls joining them for an encore of HWM's "Wayfairer" and the Souls' "True Believers." Great folks, good times.

Gaslight Anthem's Fallon Comes Clean

The Gaslight Anthem’s Brian Fallon Comes Clean” is my latest and most in-depth work with TGA frontman, Brian Fallon. The story also appears in the December issue of The Red Bulletin. I’ve been fortunate enough to work with this band since 2007. I got to do their first ever review for a glossy magazine for Sink or Swim and Ann Marie did one of their first photo shoots just as The ’59 Sound was releases, one photo of which appeared in Spin Magazine. I spent a few days with Fallon in the city this summer between his recording acoustic work, a few shows, and a new photo shoot. This particular feature is the result of a very candid talk over pizza in Chelsea. We got to chatting about how the Gaslight Anthem almost broke up, but found a way to move forward. And the story developed following their much talked about show at Chelsea Piers, while I was writing it. It was a pretty interesting time and I am grateful to Red Bull for the opportunity to tell the story.

Brian Fallon. Photo: Nevins/Red Bull.

Transworld Surf 100 Greatest Waves book

Transworld Surf's 100 Greatest Waves bookTransworld Surf's 100 Greatest Waves book

For the past six years, I was a contributor to Transworld Surf Magazine Sadly, the mag was bought out and folded this summer. Fortunately, they did get their “Transworld Surf 100 Greatest Waves” book published. It’s a fun read and loaded with unreal images from a lot of our friends. I was honored to be asked by Associate Editor, Casey Koteen, who edited and wrote much of this book, and has been somewhat of a mentor to me, to contribute to four regions – Nova Scotia, New Jersey, New England, and New York. My first time published in a book. The book is available from the publisher Weldon Owen bookstores, and in surf shops.

Transworld Book NJ

Jetty Rock Foundation Recognized by ESM

When Jetty formed their 501(c)3 non-profit, the Jetty Rock Foundation  Jeremy DeFilippis and Cory Higgins asked Ann Marie to come onboard as the president. Since summer, what they have accomplished has been incredible. Recently, our good friend Nick McGregor (a real fan of LBI) penned this piece for Eastern Surf Mag’s “Call to Action” department for Issue #173, with Sam Hammer on the cover. “With over $315,000 directed to victims of the storm – and a humble, grassroots vibe unparalleled in the surf world – the organization is worth a closer look,” writes McGregor. ESM 173 is in surf shops now or read the whole digital issue here (both are free, as always.) As always, much thanks and love to ESM.

Sincerely Sandy for Huck Mag

I wrote this story that originally ran in July, Huck Magazine #39, the Sofia Coppola issue, but it just made its online debut. I wrote this piece just before summer, hoping to remind the world of all the issues we still face from Sandy. Over a year since the storm and with a full summer under out belts, many of these problems are still relevant. It includes perspectives from the guys at Unsound Surf in New York, Pete Steinkopf the Bouncing Souls, our mayor in Ship Bottom Bill Huelsenbeck, President Obama, LBI locals, and Jon Rose of Waves for Water. Read Sincerely Sandy at Huckmagazine.com. Photos by Brian Derballa and Ann Marie Coen.

DerballaThe apartment of Jack Paterno, who tragically died during Sandy. Photo by Brian Derballa
Jet Star

A Year After Sandy feature, NPR

October 29, obviously a heavy day remembering what happened a year ago. Tracey Samuelson of WHYY, the NPR affiliate in Philly has covered the aftermath very well. Her one-year-anniversary piece specifically deals with the Jetty + Waves for Water LBI Outreach what we’ve accomplished in a year and where we are now. They used five of Ann’s photos that are now somewhat historic. Looking back on a year, I am honored to be surrounded by this community. You can read and listen to the program at Newsworks.org.

Sandy RecoverySandy Recovery, by Ann Marie Coen

The Last Grudge Match Ever in ESM

I’ve had the opportunity to cover every Smith Optics Garden State Grudge Match since 2002. Rob Cloupe, who I have known since I was a kid, came up with this progression-oriented, man-on-man, winner-take-all event and saw it through during a very important time in New Jersey surfing. It was an awesome event that really highlighted New Jersey’s best surfers and gave me fantastic story lines for the last ten years. I covered it for Surfing, Surfline, ESM, the Press of AC, and N’East mag over the years and established great relationships with these surfer. This is truly the end of an era. My final Grudge Match story is live at EasternSurf.com There’s another story in today’s Press of Atlantic City.

Right Coast Tattoo for Inked Mag

Ann Coen Photography

It feels good to cover someone right in our own town for an international magazine. It was also a bit like the old times with Ann Marie and I working on a feature together. The November issue of Inked Magazine has my feature with Ann’s photos on Dan Binai and Right Coast Tattoo Bianai put up his own money and did most of the work to get reopen three months after the storm. They saved the story to mark one year since Superstorm Sandy. Read “Sandy Hits the Right Coast,” in Inked Mag.

I’ve had work done at Right Coast and will certainly be getting more.

The Gaslight Anthem, Sound Select, The Aquarian

Been working with The Gaslight Anthem and Brian Fallon on a few projects with Red Bull Sound Select. Part of that was covering the Gaslight Anthem as they hand picked their opening bands at Irving Plaza on July 27: Frances & The Foundation, the Scandals and Dave Hause Growing up, the Aquarian was the mag you picked up to see what bands were coming around. This is the first I have written for them since a review of The Pogues in AC a while back and I got to work with my good friend, Brian Nevins. Read the full review in the Aquarian.

Nevins/Red Bull Photo Files
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