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Just Beneath the Surface, Episode 1.3 drop

Summer's busy. It's busy as hell. And I know it's tough for folks to follow along with everything going on. Now that things are slowing down, I have a chance to share the project that has kept me on my toes this year. Thanks to Dave's Electric, Farias Surf, Mud City Crab House  the Ship Bottom Brewery and never ending support from the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce  we've done an entire season - four episodes of Just Beneath the Surface  our mini-documentary series on the Long Beach Island Region.

This year, we've explored the secrets of the Pine Barrens, chased swell with LBI surfers, got a look at the life of a bartender, got invited into some unique homes, jumped on the striped bass blitz, captured some lifeguard action, paddled the bay, and learned about our shipwreck history. 

Of course, the Swells and Shipwreck episode is particularly close to my heart. And we had a lot of support form the surf community on this one, specifically the photogs and videographers.

JTBS Episode 1-3 from Just Beneath the Surface on Vimeo.

Episodes One, Two, and Three are all online at JustBeneaththeSurfaceNJ.com We have one more episode that we are premiering at the Ship Bottom Brewery, Friday, September 29 at 8 p.m. Hope you can all make it. Find us on Facebook. Sharing these videos enables us to keep going.

Jawbreaker at Riot Fest 2017 for New Noise Magazine

This will go down as one of my most beloved pieces of work. Go ahead and bust my balls. I can take it.

Jawbreaker. September 18, 2017 at Riot Fest, Chicago by Alyson Colleta.

Seeing Jawbreaker at Riot Fest was one of the most amazing shows ever. The trip to Chicago and Riot Fest in general were a fantastic time (much love Chicago Diner) but seeing Jawbreaker, a band we never thought we'd see, a band that hasn't played in 21 years, surrounded by thousands of people who were transfixed that night, was unreal.

....But with expectations running so high, there were so many things that could go wrong. They could be nervous and sloppy. They might play some weirdo set list or go off the rails. There was a chance of thunderstorms. Or worst-case scenario, they could come out on that stage and break our precious little hearts with insincerity. 

 But none of those things happened. 

 After 21 years, “One, two, three, four, who’s punk…. What the score?!”....

Read the full story at New Noise Magazine here. 

I'm hoping for a club tour, but I'm just grateful to have been there for this.