Thursday, June 20, 2013

My Hometown: a Tribute to NJ - Press Release June 18, 2013

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, June 18, 2013

The NJ Record Company, FDR Label, has announced a July 23rd release date for the new compilation CD, My Hometown: a Tribute to NJ.  All proceeds from the sale of the album will go to the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund.  Label will celebrate with release show on Friday July 26th in Bordentown, NJ at The Record Collector.


My Hometown: a Tribute to NJ is a collection of songs originally recorded by NJ artists - covered by an eclectic mix of super talented indie bands.  Fans can pre-order the CD today at  and receive an immediate download of one song from the album.  Full album will be available on July 23rd.   

"It's amazing how much good music came from our little state!" So says Mick Chorba, FDR label founder and president.  Chorba adds, "What is amazing is how many great artists aren't even covered here - this could be volume one of a series of 10 and we wouldn't run out of great tunes."

FDR Label has released a series of highly successful tribute compilations including FDR’s Tribute to the Who, a Pop Tribute to the Replacements, an 80’s movie tribute CD called High School Reunion, and a CD featuring songs with girls’ names in the title called About a Girl.   Contributing artists have included Guided By Voices, Mathew Sweet, Pat Dinizio (Smithereens), Frank Black (Pixies), Dresden Dolls, and many more including Chorba’s own bands – The Dipsomaniacs and The Successful Failures as well as FDR label regulars Taggart and Bastards of Melody.  Chorba looks to continue this winning formula – this time honoring his home state. 

For this collection, no song or band was too obvious or too obscure.  The great NJ band The Grip Weeds unearthed a classic tune by the Knickerbockers.  While Trenton’s The Cryptkeeper Five kicked the dust off the Springsteen anthem “No Surrender”.  The Successful Failures paid homage to an early-album Fountains of Wayne song while Cliff Hillis and Steve Butler (Smash Palace) actually recruited a Smithereen (bass player Severo) to record the Simthereen’s pop tune “Listen to Me Girl”.   Full track listing is below or visit the FDR Label site –

The label plans to celebrate the CD with a blow-out bash at The Record Collector in Bordentown, NJ on Friday July 26th.  Artists performing at the show include The Successful Failures, The Cryptkeeper Five, Janet LaBelle. The Paper Jets, and more tba.   Show starts at 7:30.  Tickets are $12.00.

My Hometown: a Tribute to NJ will be available to purchase directly from the label at  The CD will also be available for purchase from ITunes,, and most online music vendors.  Locally the physical  CD can be purchased at the Tunes Record stores, The Record Collector, and the Princeton Record Exchange.

For more information contact Mick Chorba @ FDR Label –, 856 495-1773

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Complete Track Information:

1.Janet LaBelle - Baby It's You (The Shirelles)
2.Bastards of Melody - It's My Party (Lesley Gore)
3.The Grip Weeds - Lies (The Knickerbockers)
4.The Cryptkeeper Five - No Surrender (Bruce Springsteen)
5.The Successful Failures - I've Got a Flair (Fountains of Wayne)
6.Cliff Hillis & Steve Butler - Listen to Me Girl (The Smithereens)
7.Keith Monacchio - Meeting Across the River (Bruce Springsteen)
8.The Anderson Council - He'll Make You Cry (The Critters)
9.Jim Testa & His Inappropriately Younger Band - The Bulrushes / Dancing Barefoot (The Bongos / Patti Smith)
10.Springhouse - No One Has to Know (Richard Barone & James Mastro)
11.Taggart - Murray (Pete Yorn)
12.The Brixton Riot - Upside Down (Yo La Tengo)
13.Snap Infraction - You Better Run (The Rascals)
14.The Silence Kit - Anything, Anything (Dramarama)
15.Roomtone - Our Way to Fall (Yo La Tengo)
16.Tim Lee 3 - The Bulrushes (Bongos)
17.The Paper Jets - Atlantic City (Bruce Springsteen)
18.Jon Caspi & The First Gun - I Like Your Mom (Bouncing Souls) 

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