I am honored to have my song "Dear Leader" included on the Rock The LUP compilation! It's one of my goofy experimental home recordings. You can stream it here:
sale of downloads of Rock the LUP compilation go to the Lupus Research Alliance to
help fund Lupus research, find new treatments and hopefully a cure.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
FRIDAY APRIL 14 - THE CUCUMBERS (Jon, Deena, John Williams & Yuergen Renner) are honored to play at the Jersey Beat 35th Anniversary Show! Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ 8 PM
SATURDAY APRIL 15 - Deena & Jon duo show
Dragonfly Music Cafe, Somerville, NJ
Rock The LUP Benefit along with lots of wonderful performers (our set time is 6:30 pm)
A brand new song is included on a compilation cd available at the show.
SUNDAY APRIL 23 - Deena will be joining a fabulous group of local musicians and poets for a fundraiser at Guitar Bar Jr, Hoboken, NJ 7 - 11 pm Planned Parenthood Benefit
FRIDAY MAY 12 - The Campfire Flies (Jon, Deena, Matt Davis, Ed Seifert, John & Toni Baumgartner) are looking forward to our show at The Rent Party
The Woodland, Maplewood, NJ, 8 PM
Monday, March 13, 2017
Saturday, January 21, 2017
So proud that my song "We Can See America From Here" recorded by The Campfire Flies, was selected as the lead-off track for the very fine Rock Against Hate benefit compilation for Planned Parenthood and the Trevor Project, released on Inauguration Day. Here's a photo from our recording session:
Friday, August 26, 2016
Sharing songs with friends turned into a wonderful new group called The Campfire Flies featuring Jon Fried from The Cucumbers, Matt Davis from The Thousand Pities, John & Toni Baumgartner & Ed Seifert from Speed The Plough . Everybody plays multiple instruments, sings and writes songs. It's been lots of fun! Here's a video from our debut performance at The HiFi Bar in NYC on August 24, 2016. It was so much fun, I can't wait for the next performance!
Sunday, May 1, 2016
The Cucumbers / The Fake Doom Years (1983-1986) / Lifeforce (www.thecucumbers.net)
Part of the 1980s Hoboken scene that also spawned The Feelies, The Bongos, Yo La Tengo, The Fleshtones, The dB’s, and Rage to Live, The Cucumbers were the most adorable of the bunch, The college sweethearts, then husband-and-wife team of vocalist-guitarists Deena Shoskes and Jon Fried penned a catchy, comic catalog first heard on the local indie Fake Doom Records. Before the advent of CD, the Cukes released three critically acclaimed vinyl efforts for Fake Doom that landed them on MTV and in Rolling Stone: the 1983 self-titled EP, the 1985 full-length, “Who Betrays Me … and Other Happier Songs,” and the 1986 single of the Elvis Presley classic “All Shook Up.”
Now available digitally for the first time, the three releases have been collected on the 19-song “The Fake Doom Years (1983-1986).” If you love indie pop, then you’ll dig one of its local pioneers. If The Cucumbers’ biggest hit, “My Boyfriend,” doesn’t make you tap your toe, check your pulse.
The 1985-era band, featuring John Williams on bass and Yuergen Renner on drums, will perform one show only to celebrate the release of the digital retrospective on May 13 at the nonprofit Rent Party in Maplewood. http://rentpartylive.com/.
- Bob Makin
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
The Cucumbers was my very first band! I'm thrilled to announce the digital release of The Fake Doom Years (1983-1986).
Restored and remastered, the collection includes our first EP, The Cucumbers (1983), our first LP, Who Betrays Me & Other Happier Songs (1985), our first 12-inch single, All Shook Up (1986) and two previously unreleased songs.
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Cucumbers Remaster And Re-release Early Recordings With The Fake Doom Years: (HOBOKEN, NJ) -- Early recordings by the Cucumbers, the beloved NJ indie pop band, have been restored and remastered and are now available for the new century in digital format. The Fake Doom Years (1983-1986), to be released on March 27, 2016, features the band’s first EP, The Cucumbers (1983), first LP, Who Betrays Me & Other Happier Songs (1985), and first 12-inch single, All Shook Up (1986). The compilation also includes two previously unreleased songs, a studio recording of “Keep Your Cool” and a live recording of “The Body Groove.”