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On April 1st, Jeff Rosenstock tweeted a version of the album art for his 2020 album “No Dream” that was retitled “Ska Dream” and he captioned it “4/20.” It looked a lot like an April Fool’s joke, but to quote this amazing tweet from Craig of the Creek head writer/voice actor Jeff Trammell, “Jeff made April Fools of us all, for not believing in the power of Ska.” 4/20 came, and Jeff proved that Ska Dream was no joke; it’s a complete ska reworking of his album “No Dream” and it’s very real. “As with most things ska in my life, what started out as a fun goof with friends eventually morphed into ‘Hey, what if we tried to make it good though?,'” Jeff said, and they really did make it good. We named the excellent NO DREAM the best punk album of 2020, and Jeff’s roots in ska (Arrogant Sons of Bitches, Bomb the Music Industry!) have been coming up a lot lately, as a whole new generation of ska bands that follow in the DIY footsteps of ASOB and BTMI have been gaining steam, so the timing was perfect for Jeff to turn his already-acclaimed album into a ska album,

“Ska Dream” is a complete re-recording of Jeff Rosenstock’s critically-acclaimed 2020 record. however this time around all the songs are ska songs you’re welcome. The very good idea to make this record came together when, like many other bands throughout this pandemic that refused to participate in super spreading events, we were trying to find a fun way to make some music together to share with people. Otherwise we were just spending our evenings texting the group chat in dread about the collapsing world around us. Not the most fun band activity.

As with most things ska in my life, what started out as a fun goof with friends eventually morphed into “Hey, what if we tried to make it good though?” All of us have a pretty deep history playing and touring the country in punk/ska bands. We all understand the stigma that comes along with ska, we’ve all dealt with the pitfalls of it, and we’ve all kept on truckin’ regardless. If you are one of those people who loves music as long as it isn’t ska, that’s cool, we see you. This record isn’t for you and you don’t have to listen to it. 

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Jeff made the album with tons of cool collaborators (including members of We Are The Union, Mustard Plug, Deafheaven, The Slackers, Fishbone, Oceanator, PUP, AJJ, Laura Stevenson, Mike Park, and more , and it also includes a tribute to The Suicide Machines’ “Our Time” (on “No Time To Skank”) and a snippet of The Specials’ “Nite Klub” (on “Leave It In The Ska”). The whole thing may seem tongue-in-cheek, but Jeff really took it seriously and he came out with an album that’s just as good on its own as No Dream is.

JOHN DEDOMENICI – BASS
KEVIN HIGUCHI – DRUMS, PERCUSSION
MIKE HUGUENOR – GUITAR
JER HUNTER – TROMBONE, TRUMPET
RICK JOHNSON – HAMMOND, FARFISA, CASIO CZ101
CHRISTINE MACKIE – BELLS
DAN POTTHAST – ACOUSTIC GUITAR, PIANO, VOCALS
JEFF ROSENSTOCK – VOCALS, GUITAR, TENOR & BARI SAX, FARFISA, JUNO 106, MOOG PRODIGY, LYRA, WURLITZER, BELLS, SPACE ECHO
LAURA STEVENSON – VOCALS

On his fourth solo record, the former frontman of Bomb The Music Industry! new intense highlights. The current and anxious texts occupy a prominent place for the solid skater punk and power pop background. Songs like “Scram!” and “Monday At The Beach” have a very high roar and the scream at the end of “N O D R E A M” comes straight from a Converge project. Despite the few instrumental breathers and the seemingly playful vocals, the lyrics remain very introspective and authentic. Rosenstock finds on NO DREAM the furore and passion that made Worry (2015) so great and which was painfully absent at Post-(2018).

Jeff Rosenstock performing live in the KEXP studio. Recorded August 20th, 2018.

Songs: USA Yr Throat All This Useless Energy The Trash The Trash The Trash

After living his whole life in New York, Jeff Rosenstock moved to L.A. while making this one, and that’s reflected not just on the album artwork but in the sound of these songs. This sounds more like a ’90s California pop punk record than anything else Jeff has made as a solo artist, and Jeff knows how to recreate ’90s California pop punk in a way that sounds tasteful and fresh. “No Dream” might be the most wall-to-wall fun album Jeff has released under his own name — almost all the songs are short, fast, punchy, and Jeff even writes “we hope it makes you feel good” on his Bandcamp — but like his last few albums, it’s fun music with a purpose. It may sound like classic pop punk but the lyrics are never carefree or juvenile or any other negative stereotype associated with the genre. “No Dream” is an angry, socially conscious record that tackles Trump’s immigration policies, capitalism, hypocrisy, and other topics in a way that’s smart, incisive and avoids cliche punk sloganeering. No Dream makes you feel good, but it also makes you think, and as has been the case with Jeff’s last few records, I have a feeling it’ll keep making you think as time goes on. His music has an immediacy and instant adrenaline rush to it, but it also has layers buried deep within the songs that reveal themselves over time. I can’t claim to have cracked the surface just 48 hours after the album came into our lives, but I already can tell there’s a lot to dig into on No Dream, and that it’s gonna be worth it.

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For many years, Long Island DIY pop-punker Jeff Rosenstock has been writing urgent, biting, extremely catchy songs about smart-phone anxiety and late-capitalist collapse. The message hasn’t changed, but the substance seems to get more urgent all the time, and so does the music. Rosenstock and his furious Death Rosenstock band recorded No Dream live to tape, all the better to capture the euphoric energy of their live shows, and the album bursts with hooks and ideas. It ends with “Ohio Tpke,” a masterfully Springsteenian six-minute lament about how road life can destroy you. I bet Rosenstock misses it so bad right now.

NO DREAM is the 4th studio record from the Death Rosenstock band full of chords, words, beats and more! Tracked live in a big room for that classic “is that a mistake?” sound by Grammy-nominated recorded “Grammy Jack” Shirley, you are GUARANTEED to have not heard this record before you’ve listened to it! We hope it makes you feel good, but if it doesn’t, that’s on you sorry.
Released May 20th, 2020
The Band:
JOHN DEDOMENICI – BASS
KEVIN HIGUCHI – DRUMS
MIKE HUGUENOR – GUITAR, VOCALS
DAN POTTHAST – ACOUSTIC GUITAR, KEYS, VOCALS
JEFF ROSENSTOCK – VOCALS, GUITAR, KEYS N MORE

Hello. I’m Jeff Rosenstock. In 2007 I started a free/donation-based digital label called Quote Unquote Records. I also used to be in the band Bomb the Music Industry! and then that band stopped. Now I just do this stuff. Hope you like .Yoooooo I have been recording stuff at home and I’m going to continue to post it here. Hope ya like it.

TRACKS 1-4: were recorded mostly in July 2020, with a little bit of August as part of a “let’s make some demos this month” pact I had with Chris Farren which I delivered on a little late. Jeremy Hunter played on “Collapse” and “Acab” Laura Stevenson sang on “Dept Of Finance, Collapse!” and “Done Done Done”.

We all recorded ourselves. Thanks Jeremy! Thanks Laura!,

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TRACK 5 “Fox in the Snow” is originally by Belle and Sebastian, off the record “If You’re Feeling Sinister” which if you haven’t heard it, boy check it out every song is perfect. I recorded this April 25th and mixed it on April 26th. Stefan Babcock sings backing vocals on it and recorded himself I think? Or maybe Nestor recorded him. I hope one of them tells me the answer some day. This was originally available on a compilation that Augusta Koch put together called “Don”t Stop Now III” which was a collection of cover songs benefiting the COVID-19 Undocumented Worker Fund. Thank you Augusta for doing that comp and asking me to be on it, Stefan for singing on this and for, along with Chris Farren, listening to my mixes.

TRACK 6 This song was recorded in October 2020. A lot of guidance in recording and mixing these was given by Jack Shirley. Thank you, Jack. Thank you Chris Farren, Joel Hatstat, Rick Johnson, Christine Mackie, Mike Park and Bob Vielma for listening to these songs and giving me advice and notes. If everyone hates them it’s your fault.

Songs, mixing, mastering and art by Jeff. Please do not feel obliged to spend money on this music. I do not intend for it to be monetized. Any money that comes in through Bandcamp for these songs will be donated to charitable causes, but less money will get taken out if you just do that directly on your own – which I encourage you to do if you can afford it. And if not, it’s cool.

Released September 15th, 2020

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Jeff Rosenstock is back with a new 58-second song and it’s a lo-fi beach-punk ripper that sounds more like Wavves than you might expect from Jeff Rosenstock. It’s fun stuff and you can listen, I’m a musician from Brooklyn via Long Island (which I guess is like saying Long Island via Long Island) who has sang and written songs for Bomb the Music Industry!, Kudrow and The Arrogant Sons of Bitches.

Teenage Stepdad specialises in surreal, satirical and left-leaning pastiches of retro adverts, a theme retained for Scram!’s music video. Rosenstock appears in the local-access themed clip alongside his long-serving backing band, Death Rosenstock. The band is composed of bassist John DeDomenici, drummer Kevin Higuchi, multi-instrumentalist Dan Potthast and guitarist Mike Huguenor.

If you look closely, you can also see that the video was filmed during lockdown, with everyone involved filming and submitting their parts remotely. The video marks Rosenstock’s first video in almost exactly two years, following 2018’s All This Useless Energy.

If anyone can sum up the anxiety that inherently comes with living in a year like 2020, it’s Jeff Rosenstock. It was a pleasant surprise when he randomly released this album during quarantine with no prior warning; it was much like a breath of fresh air after being stuck inside for so long. Or, more fittingly, like a great, sweaty pit at a punk show after not going to gigs for months. The opener “No Time” catapults the album straight into his brand of catchy, hyperspeed punk with anxious vocals. He shouts, “When you wake, does it feel like you have a purpose?” His humour is best on ***BNB,” where Rosenstock is narrating the life of someone who’s having an identity crisis in Airbnbs. It ends on a comically dark note: “I’ll black out on the plane / Mumbling in the dark and living vicariously / Through a photo album in a stranger’s BNB.”

I’ve also played in The Biscuits, The Simpsons, Bruce Lee Band, Laura Stevenson and the Cans, Andrew Jackson Jihad, Mustard Plug and Shinobu over the years.“ They were separating families carelessly under the guise of protecting you and me,” Jeff Rosenstock wails. The Long Island-bred Rosenstock is a master of strident uncertainty, and his version of pop-punk has a way of articulating what it’s like to try to live life in no-hope capitalist dystopia. Most of No Dream is about stumbling along, being in love, dealing with guilt. But all of Rosenstock’s electro-shock hooks and searching lyrics work against a backdrop of intolerable widespread injustice, and he never loses sight of that. When No Dream dropped without warning, it worked as a forceful reassurance. Even if none of us know how to process this shit, we are not alone.

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No Dream is the 4th studio record from the Death Rosenstock band full of chords, words, beats and more! Tracked live in a big room for that classic “is that a mistake?” sound by Grammy-nominated recorded “Grammy Jack” Shirley, you are GUARANTEED to have not heard this record before you’ve listened to it! We hope it makes you feel good, but if it doesn’t, that’s on you sorry.
Released May 20th, 2020
The Band:
JOHN DEDOMENICI – BASS
KEVIN HIGUCHI – DRUMS
MIKE HUGUENOR – GUITAR, VOCALS
DAN POTTHAST – ACOUSTIC GUITAR, KEYS, VOCALS
JEFF ROSENSTOCK – VOCALS, GUITAR, KEYS N MORELAUREN BRIEF – VOCALS ON 4
CHRIS FARREN – KEYS, VOCALS ON 8 ‘N’ 12
LAURA STEVENSON – VOCALS ON 3, 6, 7, 8 ‘N’ 12
BOB VIELMA – TROMBONE ON 6, 10 ‘N’ 13

I’ve been working on this record a while and super excited that it’s finally coming out. We recorded it in Oakland in February with our bud Jack Shirley who has done all the Death Rosenstock records. We got in a big room at his new studio and bashed it out, had some laughs, I got a root canal, we brought back a lot of the friends who sang and played on Post– to sing and play on this one too.

We had big fun plans of releasing this record this summer, touring the world and seeing everyone again after taking a year or so off the road to get our bearings. Frustratingly, like everyone in a band right now (except for that one weird jerk hahaha) we have no idea when we’re going to be able to play shows for you again. Once we accepted that reality, we wanted to get this record to you as soon as we possibly could! I’m super sad we can’t see everyone right away and play these songs for ya, but shit at least we got to record it!! We finished it like a week before freakin’ lockdown started happening. NO DREAM is the 4th studio record from the Death Rosenstock band full of chords, words, beats and more! Tracked live in a big room for that classic “is that a mistake?” sound by Grammy-nominated recorded “Grammy Jack” Shirley,

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Oh yeah, if you like No Dream and feel like sharing this cover art on your social media stuff to let people know about the record that would be super cool and helpful to us since we haven’t told anyone else about this record until now! Ha!!! Alright!!!!

Released May 20th, 2020
The Band
JOHN DEDOMENICI – BASS
KEVIN HIGUCHI – DRUMS
MIKE HUGUENOR – GUITAR, VOCALS
DAN POTTHAST – ACOUSTIC GUITAR, KEYS, VOCALS
JEFF ROSENSTOCK – VOCALS, GUITAR, KEYS N MORE

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There’s a new Jeff Rosenstock record. Jeff Rosenstock wrote Post- in a double-wide trailer in the Catskill Mountain town of East Durham, the snow-covered hills surrounding him like a landscape of blank pages. The serene, empty space was a big change of scenery for a guy who bounces around the world like a human comet, playing super-catchy, super-devastating shout-alongs to dedicated fans around the world. After playing with Bomb the Music Industry! for a decade, Jeff switched gears and produced records for The Smith Street Band, Dan Andriano, Mikey Erg and more, and started putting out records under his own name. After the release of Worry, things started to get way more intense for Jeff and his band. They made their first TV appearance on Last Call with Carson Daly, USA Today called Worry the number 1 album of 2016, and the band took to the road, touring endlessly for the past two years, taking breaks only to record new albums. Written in the days after the 2017 Presidential inauguration, Post-‘s lyrics get (really) heavy but the melodies are so catchy and the builds are so big and bright that the end result is more of a rallying cry than a surrender.

The album was recorded in a one-week, 86-hour marathon recording session with Jack Shirley (Joyce Manor, Deafheaven) at the Atomic Garden in East Palo Alto, CA. “The four of us stood in a room without headphones on and just played the songs live to tape, and after that we had some friends (Dan Potthast, Laura Stevenson, Chris Farren, Pup) fill out some of the sound,” So, if the record feels even more unifying than usual, like a party that turns into a sleepover that turns into egg-n-cheese sandwiches on the beach that turns into a protest march that unites a gang of buddies for eternity, well, maybe that’s why.

“9/10” is taken from Jeff Rosenstock’s new album, Post-, out now!

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Absolutely one of the best recent albums out there. For me, these lyrics are filled with nostalgia and angst– I feel that anyone can relate to them in one way or another. Jeff caught everyone’s ear with We Cool?, blew everyone’s mind with Worry., and now he’s making us all look inward and think about what it really means to be a country with Post. 

Jeff Rosenstock was an anxious kid who grew into an anxious adult and has also made a bunch of music along the way with a bunch of bands, most notably Bomb the Music Industry! who apparently pioneered giving shit away for free on the internet – or at least got some of the credit for it.

Now he plays with his bi-coastal band of rad musicians, mixing punk heart with diverse instrumentation and occasional accuracy.

The new record POST was written in a snowy mountain dreamscape, recorded in a marathon session and finished moments before it was released on New Year’s Day. Most of it (like totally 51% minimum) was recorded live to tape, making the record a fiery distillation of Rosenstock’s high energy live shows that push the boundaries of dynamics in rock music.

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Been looking forward to this for a while, we’re Finally Coming back to Europe!! And even better we’re bringing our good buddy CHRIS FARREN!! Tickets are on sale FRIDAY at jeffrosenstock.com so set your calendar alarm alert I don’t know how you people do things.

The Band

JOHN DEDOMENICI – BASS
JEFF ROSENSTOCK – VOCALS, GUITAR, KEYS, ETC.
MIKE HUGUENOR – GUITAR
KEVIN HIGUCHI – DRUMS
DAN POTTHAST – LAP STEEL

CHRIS FARREN – VOCALS ON 2, 6 & 10
LAURA STEVENSON – VOCALS ON 2, 6, 9 & 10

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Jeff Rosenstock. In 2007 started a free/donation-based digital label called Quote Unquote Records. I also used to be in the band Bomb the Music Industry! and then that band stopped.

A punk-rock lifer who looks like an IT guy gone to seed, Jeff Rosenstock channeled everyman angst in an age of political apocalypse better than just about anyone this year on Worry, a 17-song epic in which getting right with yourself is the first step toward changing the world.

Even when Rosenstock is preoccupied with the inside-baseball worries of a touring musician like in the industry-skewering “Festival Song”  he takes a refreshing stand against the greed, self-interest, and overall awfulness of modern American life. Musically, Rosenstock practices the ecumenical sermon he preaches, leavening his relentless basement-punk pummeling with Beatlesque power-pop and slinky ska grooves. Yes, this is a record so open-hearted that even ska is welcome, so check your prejudices at the door.

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Rosenstock is a lot more than that as he explores the insecurities, anxieties, and general mind fuckery of life. At times he’s celebratory, sometimes defiant, and sometimes reflective. Always enigmatic. Always brilliant.

Antarctigo Vespucci is made up of Chris Farren and Jeff Rosenstock, both of whom are storied musicians of the indie underground; Farren fronted the band Fake Problems and Rosenstock is a member of the Bomb The Music Industry! Though they live in different states, the two started collaborating as Antarctigo Vespucci in 2014, and have been fairly prolific over a short period of time. The band has three releases to its name, including this year’s Leavin’ La Vida Loca, an album that contemplates anything and everything under the sun that’s hard to talk about .

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This song is from “Leavin’ La Vida Loca”, the first full-length LP from Antarctigo Vespucci, available for free digital download on Quote Unquote Records on July 22nd Naples, FL/Brooklyn, NY