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Jon Chattman
Jon Chattman has been a writer and blogger for over 15 years, specializing in film, television and especially music. His online A-Sides entertainment series, which debuted in August 2011, has garnered praise for its informal setting, its host's interview style, and has been a “must” destination for rising musicians and established artists including fun, Alice Cooper, Echosmith, American Authors, Bastille, Billy Corgan, Mikky Ekko, Courtney Love, Perry Farrell, Imagine Dragons, Air Supply, Feist, Dispatch, Gary Clark, Jr., Sleigh Bells, Joe Perry, and Alice Cooper.

Chattman has authored the following pop culture and sports-centric books: Time Heels (Pitch Publishing, 2014), How the Red Sox Explain New England (Triumph Books, 2013), Superfly: The Jimmy Snuka Story (Triumph, 2012), A Battle Royal in the Sky (Pitch Publishing, 2012), and I Love the Red Sox, I Hate the Yankees (Triumph, 2011). Those books were follow-ups to 2009's Sweet 'Stache, (Adams Media) and 2006's Rock On!.

His writing has also appeared in The New York Post, Wizard, Ultimate Marvel Magazine, the Danbury News Times, and TV Guide to name a few. Chattman has also owned and operated pop culture humor and interview site since 2005.

In addition to his writing experience, Chattman promotes live music and comedy events in and around Westchester County, NY and New York City. He has also had several of his photographs published. In 2012, he created Pop Goes the Culture, a zany Westchester-based variety and awards show honoring all walks of pop life from The Magic Gardens Gary Gnu to Andrew W.K.

Chattman was selected as one of the “Rising Stars – Westchester’s Forty Under Forty” by The Business Council of Westchester in 2011.

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A-Sides With Jon Chattman: Turning a 'Corner' With Nico & Vinz's Corner; Get 'Gone' With JR JR

(0) Comments | Posted November 23, 2015 | 10:41 AM

Tag teams in professional wrestling aren't what they once were. Back in the 1980s, you had The British Bulldogs, The Hart Foundation, The Killer Bees, Greg "The Hammer" Valentine and Brutus Beefcake, and so many more. Tandems were king in that decade. It isn't so much anymore. In the world...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Silence Speaks? A Silent Film "Strike" as The Word Recapture Their "Soul"

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2015 | 1:43 PM

It's like Debbie Gibson used to say "Silence Speaks (A Thousand Words)." It's so true, and that segues quite nicely into today's A-Sides sessions - well, sort of anyway. Our two featured acts today couldn't be any different. A Silent Film are young veterans in alt-rock...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Changing Your Facebook Profile Pic Doesn't Make You Care About Paris

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2015 | 10:52 AM

When the Supreme Court declared same-sex marriage legal In all 50 states last June, I immediately took to Facebook and changed my profile pic to add the rainbow filter on my profile pic. There was context behind the quick profile switch. I've long been a supporter of gay rights, and...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: "Outside" Looking In with Jesse Malin; Hollis Brown Train Rolls On

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2015 | 11:53 AM

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This is the age of one single at a time and EP domination. Don't tell that to Jesse Malin, who released two full-length albums this year - respectively Outsiders and New...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: "Dark" Side of the "MOON"? The Darkness Blast Off Again; WALK THE MOON's Nicholas Petricca Discusses Surreal 2015

(0) Comments | Posted November 9, 2015 | 12:33 PM

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The Darkness really have little to do with WALK THE MOON, but the play on the Pink Floyd legendary album was too good to pass up. Plus whereas MOON has led a year of ass-shaking...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: "Cowboys" K's Choice Ride Again; Get "Gone" With Hemming

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2015 | 1:05 PM

"Breathe it in and breathe it out
And pass it on, it's almost out
We're so creative, so much more
We're high above but on the floor"

"Not an Addict" is one of the best songs to come out of the 1990s. It really is....

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Ed Kowalczyk - Live, Candid, and Still "Throwing Copper"

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2015 | 1:58 PM

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"Selling the Drama." "I Alone." "All Over You." "Lightning Crashes" - of course. In 1994, the alt-rock band Live released its second album Throwing Copper, and almost instantly it became a classic of that rocky-radio-friendly...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: St. Lucia Raises "Energy" Level; Discovering the Expanding BØRNS Identity

(0) Comments | Posted November 2, 2015 | 11:59 AM

When you think tea, you usually think Lipton. When you think music festivals, you probably don't. Why would you? Teabags don't automatically make you think of moshing, shaking your hips, and shouting out your favorite song lyrics. If they do, I guess, more power to you. Anyway, on Oct. 24, Lipton and music festivals became one with their Be More Tea Fest in North Charleston. The event, which featured a smorgasbord of hot alt-rock talent, was held in celebration of the brand's 125th anniversary. Music was heard, tea was served, and A-Sides caught up with two of the biggest acts on the bill: St. Lucia and BØRNS. Read our exclusive Q&As with them below. Tea and rock and roll. Who knew?

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Some people are just meant to have careers in music. Clearly, not me. When I sing in the car, I think my car radio tries desperately to switch off. Anyway, Jean-Philip Grobler is the antithesis of anything I bring to the table. The South Africa native and current New Yorker, who goes by the name St. Lucia (burying the lede Jon - well done), has been involved in music in some capacity since his youth. He performed with the Drakensberg Boys Choir School, and graduated to making his own music and remixing others.

St. Lucia
is currently working on his second full-length album - following the success of his debut When The Night plus two previous EPs. Night's "Elevate," by the way, can still be heard fairly on the regular on alt-rock stations - no small feat considering it came out nearly two years ago. Anyway, let's get on with the interview with a man. Read the full interview right here.

So many songs have had legs off your last record - notably "Elevate," and your still on the road performing tracks off it. Does it feel like it's been forever?
It's funny. It seems both ways depending on the day you ask me. It feels like yesterday sometimes, but it also sometimes feels like we've been touring this album for a really long time. But, we've been able to introduce new songs in our set.

I don't think alt radio was quick to adopt our music. So it's been a slow burning, lasting success. We're definitely a career band, hopefully not just one song.

You just got off the stage at Lipton's music fest. You've played so many festivals over the last few years from Governors Ball to Lollapalooza. How do you feel festivals work in general? Is it harder to keep the energy level up at all?
There's a craziness. People are trying to program who to see. This festival is only one stage. But, we always put on the best performance we can depending on our level of health. [Laughs] It's not like "oh we're playing smaller city now let's not be energetic." I think if it's 50 people or 10,000 or 50,000, we bring as much energy as previous show.


Like St. Lucia, Garrett Borns has had a pretty darn solid year. Borns, or BØRNS, has has gotten mileage out of his quite amazing debut full-length album Dopamine- which is hauntingly beautiful, deeply felt and inspiring, and airlessly weighty. The Michigan native's well-received work is a follow up to his Candy EP, which really set him on the path he's charting now. A-Sides, ,as mentioned, caught up with the "Electric Love" artist and found the answers to simple questions just as poignant as the music itself. Read the interview right here.

A-Sides "Delve Into Twelve" Countdown

Each week A-Sides unleashes its top 12 tracks of the week AKA the "Delve Into Twelve" based on the following contributing factors: songs I'm playing out that particular week (no matter when they were released -- think overlooked songs, unreleased tracks and old favorites), songs various publicists are trying to get me to listen to that I did and dug a bunch, song posts and trends I've noticed on my friends' Facebook walls and, most importantly: what my toddler is currently enjoying thoroughly with an assist from my infant.

About A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Jon Chattman's music series features celebrities and artists (established or not) from all genres performing a track, and discussing what it means to them. This informal series focuses on the artist making art in a low-threatening, extremely informal (sometime humorous) way. No bells, no whistles -- just the music performed in a random, low-key setting followed by an unrehearsed chat. In an industry where everything often gets overblown and over manufactured, Jon strives for a refreshing change. Artists featured on the series include Imagine Dragons, Melissa Etheridge, Air Supply, Joe Perry, Alice Cooper, fun, Bleachers, Charli XCX, Marina and the Diamonds and Bastille.

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: The Neighbourhood Use "White Lighters to See; "Marathon" Runner Jamie N Commons Takes Off

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2015 | 1:40 PM


It's a Pumpkin Spice world, and we're just living in it. Each fall anyway. Speaking of which, as we approach "sweater weather," it seems appropriate to profile a band who scored a double platinum song two years ago with a song of the...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Halloween Producer Discusses Michael Myers' Return to the Big Screen (Cue the Theme Song)

(0) Comments | Posted October 26, 2015 | 1:13 PM


Several things instantly scare me. Some things that instantly come to my mind: any mention of "real" ghost sightings, Tilda Swinton in general, and well-crafted horror flicks. Let's focus on the latter for this post shall we? As we approach Oct. 31, the...

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A-Sides With Jon Chattman: Abi Ann's 'Truck Candy' and Star Quality

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2015 | 3:52 PM

Oh "star quality," you're a term that's been around for ages, but have been slowly killing me over the past decade. The cavalcade of American Idol judges have used you way too many times at way too many contestants, and I feel you've lost your spark -- your luster. You've...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: "Get There" With The Turnback; Throwback with The Vagabondz

(1) Comments | Posted October 20, 2015 | 3:29 PM

Eclectic is a great word. For today's post, I'm going to showcase two bands that have no business sharing a post. That, by the way, can be argued. You're talking to someone who can listen to Roxette and Drake seconds apart from one another. Anyway, The Turnback is a power...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Good 'Fortune' for Public Morals' Katrina Bowden

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2015 | 2:17 PM

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The expression "not just another pretty face" is used more times than Nicolas Cage is Photoshopped into ridiculous situations on the Internet. It's redundant and a way for writers to acknowledge their interview subject is beautiful,...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Diamond Thug; "Keep an Eye" on Frida Sundemo

(0) Comments | Posted October 13, 2015 | 4:31 PM

My three-and-a-half-year old never tries anything new. He'll only watch Peppa Pig or Paw Patrol, and most times, it's the same episodes. Similarly, food is always the same: chicken fingers and french fries or pizza. He likes to play with the same cars and trucks, and listens to the same...

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A-Sides With Jon Chattman: On an Austin Plaine... I Can't Complain; "Avalanche" Propels Kalle's Career Further

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2015 | 3:41 PM

As a guy with fits of dysthymia, it's sometimes difficult to get all Buddy the Elf about a lot of things. Music, however, is a constant that gets my grin going. Throw in a New York Yankees postseason loss, a trip to Thomasland with my kids, and I'm...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Coming Up for Some Fresh Aer

(0) Comments | Posted October 5, 2015 | 12:29 PM

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So many musicians - no matter how talented they are and how oiled their PR machine is - release a debut album and it's met with a proverbial shrug and thunderous pin drop. Breaking into this industry...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: A "Cure" for the Blacklist Royals; A Taste of "Whiskey" With Haley Slagle

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2015 | 1:51 PM

I never got the eyeliner, the whacked-out Aqua Net-friendly hair, or the lipstick. That said, I never really cared, because when you're Robert Smith and you make music The Cure has made, it honestly doesn't matter what you look like. Nat and Rob Rufus get it and so do their...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Outasight, Not Outamind; Darwin Deez 'Flips the Coin'

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2015 | 12:00 PM

Yonkers, NY is known for a lot of things. Steep hills. Strip malls. Actor Jon Voight. HBO's recent desegregation mini-series Show Me a Hero As a born and bred Yonkers-ite, the list goes on... the long-gone County Fair and Caldor, and the guy in this 1986 Lotto commercial....

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: No "Pity" Please, Melanie Martinez is a Star

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2015 | 1:33 PM

The Voice just picked up another Primetime Emmy this week, and while critics and audiences love it, the biggest dig at the show has always been its failure to launch a successful music career. To that, I channel my inner heel-turn Willy Wonka and say, "Good day, sir!" Did anyone...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: 5 For Fighting With... Five for Fighting (September Octo-Mom Edition)

(0) Comments | Posted September 21, 2015 | 11:46 AM

Note: this is not Five for Fighting

We at A-Sides are fortunate to have a monthly column with John Ondrasik AKA Five for Fighting. The man sings and writes poignant songs that can lift you up as high as a hot air balloon with Bobcat Gothwait on it. That, by the way, is a random Police Academy 4 reference. Anyway, after a summer break in August, F4F is back to address the fall. Read on, and enjoy the emotional ride. He sent this awhile ago, and I'm just getting around to posting it. Sorry, I've been consumed by Joe Dirt 2 and have had little time to do much else but play it on repeat only not really.

John, you missed our August column. Was it because you stayed indoors and watched Joe Dirt 2 on repeat?
Let's be honest, August is the worst sports month of the year. Baseball is in its dog days. Hockey, b-ball, football are close enough to tease you but still weeks away. Yes, La Liga and Premiere League start but players are fat, slow and not near quality...Yes I'm talking about you Rooney! Even the MLS is taking breaks for international meaningless friendlies. Golf doesn't matter anymore and the Serena Williams Open is in September. That means I actually have to work! All my half finished pro-tool sessions sneer at me like my dog when I don't take him to the park. I also despise Augustus. Cleopatrus would have been such a sexier month.

You're currently touring with a string quartet. Can we both agree a quintet would've made more sense?
Well, technically it is a quintet as I play piano. I know you are coming to the gig in NY so I look forward to my scathing review/phony rape accusation...Oh sorry, I forgot this is HP not Rolling Stone.

You just covered "What the World Needs Now is Love" - how'd that come about, and on a related note, what else does the world need now?

The Burt Bacharach songbook was on my piano when I was six. In all seriousness, I am a great fan. Amazon asked for a cover so I went deep. I was told he appreciated my version until I played it for his co-legend Carole Bayer Sager last month. She told me that Burt hated any minute change of melody and that he likely despised my version and was just being nice. The whole experience made me love them both even more! Oh, and this would be a good place to put a LINK to the cover so my legions of A-Sides fans could pick it up!

Done and done. If Kanye West runs for president in 2020, who should be his VP?

Donald Trump of course. Then we would have History's greatest Narcissist ticket! It will be awesome when he steals Taylor's nomination.

What a Cabinet:
Pres - Kanye (Don't call me Jerry) West
VP - Donald (Hamas/Hezbollah?) Trump
Sec. of State - Miley Cyrus (Kanye and DT's illegitimate love child)
Sec. of the Treasury - Johnny Depp
Sec. of Agriculture - Snoop Dogg
Sec. of Justice - Tom Brady
Sec. of Labor - Octo-Mom
Sec. of Defense - Rex Ryan
Sec. of the Interior - Kim Jong Un
Sec. of Veterans Affairs - Ashley Madison Hacker
Sec. of Homeland Security - Claire Danes
Sec. of Education - Dee Snider
Sec. of Energy - Debbie Boone
Sec. of Transportation - Ted Striker
Sec. of Housing - The Commodores
Sec. of Health - Betty White

It'd renew my faith in the government. Lastly, fantasy football is in full swing. Have you ever tried to draft a unicorn?
No, but there's a Unicorn head in my bed. You trying to tell me something?

About A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Jon Chattman's music series features celebrities and artists (established or not) from all genres performing a track, and discussing what it means to them. This informal series focuses on the artist making art in a low-threatening, extremely informal (sometime humorous) way. No bells, no whistles -- just the music performed in a random, low-key setting followed by an unrehearsed chat. In an industry where everything often gets overblown and over manufactured, Jon strives for a refreshing change. Artists featured on the series include Imagine Dragons, Melissa Etheridge, Air Supply, Joe Perry, Alice Cooper, fun, Bleachers, Charli XCX, Marina and the Diamonds and Bastille.

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