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Jon Chattman has been a writer and blogger for over 15 years, specializing in film, television and especially music. His online A-Sides Music 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, Echosmith, American Authors, Creed Bratton, 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 thecheappop.com 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. He currently resides in Westchester County with his wife, two young sons, a bottomless collection of dirty diapers, and a John Travolta Battlefield Earth action figure.

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Movin' On UP With Pop Evil

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2015 | 11:59 AM

Mainstream music may be more interested in pop and "that red lip classic thing that you like" these days, but if you look for it - really look for it - you'll find that rock and roll is very much alive and expands far beyond a Dave and a Grohl. Take Pop Evil, for example, who just dropped their latest hard rocker UP, which find the Michigan band is fine form. The LP, by the way, isn't a concept album about the Disney classic. Egads!

Leigh Kakaty recently chatted with A-Sides about the band's fourth studio album, the experimentation and evolution of the band, and the state of rock. Read on...

How does UP differ than previous albums? There's been a natural progression for the band album to album.
UP is very different from our previous albums. First, due to the success of our last album Onyx, we finally had the opportunity to be creative together in a studio without being rushed. The band had a chance to experiment more.

We wanted to challenge ourselves and do something that wasn't expected from us. We've always wanted to be able to challenge ourselves to push our musical boundaries. We feel like we did on this album. It definitely feels like a step "UP" in our identity as a band.

I see what you did there. Dead in the Water is a beautifully ironic title considering you guys are everything but that. Was the title meant to be ironic?
Actually there have been a lot of times in our career where we felt like we were "Dead in the Water." Whether it was feeling the weight of this industry's perception of "ROCK" or feeling like our world was caving in with our personal relationships back home. There are many highs and lows in this journey. Sometimes it's a struggle to keep your head above water.

For more with Pop Evil's frontman, click 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 newborn.

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: Let the "Roxettenaissance" Begin! Per Gessle Discusses a New "Look," Album, and Tour

(0) Comments | Posted August 17, 2015 | 10:18 AM

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I remember it like it was yesterday or actually a really long time ago. It was June of 1991 and it was the night before my Biology Regents Exam. My nerves were on overdrive. I had been studying with an awesome tutor for...

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A-Sides With Jon Chattman: Matthew Koma Is 'So FN' Everywhere; Get 'Cornhusker Strong' With Heidi Merrill

(0) Comments | Posted August 17, 2015 | 10:14 AM

Pitbull always claims he's "Mr. Worldwide." That may be true in some circles, but if you've followed the career of Matthew Koma thus far, the distinction clearly belongs to him as well. Within the last year, the emerging solo artist played Coachella, Ultra Music Festival, iTunes Festival London, and EDC Las Vegas to name a few. Want further proof? He seemingly has more hits than Ichiro Suzuki.

The budding DJ/musician/producer is behind some of the biggest EDM smashes over the last few years including the #1 Billboard single and Grammy-award winning song "Clarity" (co-written with Zedd), Tiesto's "Wasted," and Showtek's "Cannonball (Earthquake)". Oh, and he's also featured and co-written with such acts as Giorgio Moroder, Steve Aoki, Afrojack, and Audien. That list goes on like a windmill so I'll stop there.

Earlier this month, RCA Records announced the signing of the New York-bred music master to a solo deal, and released his debut single "So F**kin' Romantic." Fittingly, your ears have been or will be hearing a f**kin' lot of it on the airwaves. Last week, Koma performed the track and sat down for a chat at Primary Wave in NYC. Watch it exclusively on ThisIsAsides.com right now.

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We move from a New York native going worldwide to a New Yorker going home to her Nebraskan roots.

Tomorrow, singer/songwriter Heidi Merrill will release her single "Cornhusker Strong," an anthem that celebrates her state and the unwavering love of their football team. Nebraskans, by the way, don't have a professional sports team to call their own so they live and breathe this celebrated college franchise.

Merrill's song, which she co-wrote with Jeff Cohen (Sugarland, The Band Perry) and Tamara Stewart, evokes the era of country songs entering the pop world --- think Shania Twain's rise in the late 1990s and Carrie Underwood's reign in the mid-2000s. Actually, with her pop-friendly country twang, Merrill sort of sounds a lot like a cross between the two artists.

In any event, Merrill recently performed "Cornhusker Strong" and another song off her upcoming debut EP Home Grown (out later this fall) for A-Sides. Like to hear it? Go here now.

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 newborn.

*Note this is for the week of Aug. 10 *

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: No Smoke -- The Inevitable Stardom of 'The Moth and the Flame' and 'Firekid'

(0) Comments | Posted August 12, 2015 | 11:24 AM

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Two acts burning it up in the figurative and literal sense respectively sat down for a chat, and performed a pair of songs for A-Sides.

All summer long on alt-radio, The Moth & The Flame's first single...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Movin' on "Up" With Lights

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2015 | 12:37 PM

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Lights! Camera! A-Sides.

Rick Moranis. Hockey. Heathcare. Youpi. Oh, Canada. You are so underrated and awesome. In many ways -- in the states anyway -- our latest A-Sides guest is just that: underrated, awesome and -- yes -- Canadian. Or...

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A-Sides With Jon Chattman: The "Name" Game with Vampire Weekend's Chris Baio; Meet "Poster" Girl Masha

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2015 | 10:49 AM

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Chris Baio had an itch. Not literally. The musician/producer best known as the bassist for Grammy-winning rock band Vampire Weekend has long wanted to return to his early days of spinning electronic music like as a DJ in college. Obviously, that kind...
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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: NY "State" of Matt Pond PA; Howling With Bang Gang

(0) Comments | Posted July 30, 2015 | 1:18 PM

Take me with you
Out of my life
Our words collapsing as we leave them behind
My hands knew the void before I felt your force

Music should not only be heard, it should be felt. With all due respect, I simply can't feel a Rick Astley...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Warren Haynes Examines His "Spots of Time" on New Record

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 11:31 AM

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For a musician who's spent most of his life improvising on stage and in the studio, it's quite ironic - and gloriously so I might add - that his latest album was planned for nearly a decade with songs that...

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A-Sides With Jon Chattman: "Don't Wait Up" for Robert DeLong

(0) Comments | Posted July 27, 2015 | 11:50 AM

"So don't you wait up for me, I'm leaving with the light
Don't wait up for me, I've got a restless mind
Trying to pull ahead, I'm always chasing time"

It's fitting that Robert DeLong's new song is called "Don't Wait Up." Ever since he dropped...

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A-Sides With Jon Chattman: Finding True 'Happiness' With Ben Lee; Remixing the A-Sides Brand

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2015 | 10:30 AM

I seriously doubt Ben Lee can time travel nor do I think DeLoreans have Doc Brown capability in real life. Having said that, in many ways, it feels like Australian singer/songwriter Ben Lee went Back to the Future with his latest album. Apologies for all the BTTF references, but...

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A-Sides With Jon Chattman: Exploring Lake George Through Sagamore Eyes

(2) Comments | Posted July 20, 2015 | 11:50 AM

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Sitting on the balcony of our hotel suite overlooking majestic views of Lake George, I glance over to my three-year-old son one morning. We're both sitting in green rocking chairs out of a Norman Rockwell painting, and he...

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A-Sides With Jon Chattman: The 'Nice Deep Musk' of Imaginary People; 'Line' Up for Lost Leaders

(0) Comments | Posted July 13, 2015 | 10:02 AM

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Muse fronted by Elvis? Not quite but listen to the New York five-piece band Imaginary People and you'll hear a glorious contradiction of throwback vocalist Dylan Von Wagner matched with a contemporary blend of synth, guitars, and percussion. Oh, and the music will...

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A-Sides With Jon Chattman: Stepping Out With Louis York and Jon Bellion

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2015 | 10:41 AM

To take a page from The Beasties Boys, the next two acts featured on A-Sides have mad hits like they were Rod Carew. Sadaharu Oh even. Louis York are the multi-platinum team of songwriters/producers Claude Kelly and Chuck Harmony, who have scored off-the-charts hits for everyone from Miley Cyrus to...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Bastille Discuss Touring, a New Album, and... the New Ghostbusters?

(0) Comments | Posted July 6, 2015 | 7:20 PM

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Nearly a year ago, I saw Bastille perform a sold-out show at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, and completely annihilate the crowd - and I mean that in...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: This Is Melissa Etheridge

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 2:45 PM

"I wish there was a way to know that you're in 'The Good Old days' before you've actually left them." -- Andy Bernard, The Office

That quote from the last episode of the beloved comedy always gets me because each day I feel that way. Case in point: anytime I...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Hump Day Round-Up - July's "5 for Fighting with... Five for Fighting"; Boston Gets Converse'd; Meet "That Brit Guy"

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 11:49 AM

What if John Ondrasik AKA Five for Fighting agreed to do a monthly Q&A with yours truly? What would it look like? Would the questions delve into his personal and professional life in such a way it'd reveal layers of the singer/songwriter you haven't read anywhere else? Would his answers be as meaningful and heartfelt as his songs? Actually, what if this entire opening was simply a way to segue from Ondrasik's song "What If" to our next installment of 5 for Fighting with...Five for Fighting. Yep, that's it.

It's a new month, A-Sides is pleased to welcome back Mr. FFF for the latest round of irreverently irrelevant questions and answers. Follow below, and ask yourself not "what if?" but "what the?"

What's a typical Ondrasik July 4th barbecue like? What condiments do you go heavy on?

We don't BBQ any day, much less July 4th. You need to lay off Game of Thrones.

Keeping with this theme, how hard will it be to contain yourself from singing Katy Perry's "Firework"?
It's hard to resist any lyric leading with, "Do you ever feel like a plastic bag"...and the magical chorus reflection of "Make 'em go, "Aah, aah, aah...You're gonna leave 'em all in awe, awe, awe"

That said, I'm more into Katy's Dad Steve. Journey songs are perfect for July 4th because "Summer Nights" appears at some point in every Journey Song - even pre-Steve Gregg Rolie Journey! I wish the whole family, Katy, Steve, Christina, and the band Perry would join together for a Perry Como cover record. It would be killer.

That's a lot of Perrys. Speaking of which only not really, the sequel to Magic Mike is about to come out, why aren't you or I in it?
You just can't see my face. It's amazing the kind of cash you can make as a lower extremity nude body double.

Speaking of movies,Terminator Genisys is sure to be a huge hit. Were you disappointed to find out that they spelled Genesis wrong on purpose and the film had nothing to do with Phil Collins?
There is a bit of Phil Collins in all things. How can you not know that? I'm 100 percent Serious.

This month also marks the All-Star Game in baseball. As a sports fanatic, do you think Major League Baseball should add the DH in the National League? On an unrelated note, how many ingredients are in a hot dog?

Hot dogs have a higher rate of diminishing returns than anything in the galaxy with the exception of ABBA Songs. Alas July is the DOG DAYS of sports: no NHL (Congrats Hawks), no NBA (Congrats Warriors). I'm up for anything that would make MLB more compelling and faster. How about we allow one roided up hitter per team? We could call him the HGHDH!

Cool News Department
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We all know by now Converse is more than a sweet pair of Chuck Taylors. Taking it up a notch, Converse Inc. is holding the grand opening of Converse Rubber Tracks in Boston today. The new recording studio, which is located right by their new world headquarters on Boston's Lovejoy Wharf, will essentially be a mecca for up-and-coming acts all over the world. Specifically, they'll be able to record original music with engineers and producers at no cost. Off topic, I better get with the program and start learning how to play music. Anyway, the new 1,100 square-foot studio is the first in New England. The flagship studio is in Brooklyn with a second studio in São Paulo, Brasil.A-Sides is hopeful a collaboration of some kind is in the cards.

Bonus Jonas
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John Ondrasik is hilarious, and I've been told I'm moderately funny. Chris Williams, on the other hand, gets paid to be funny. Neither Ondrasik or I do. I actually don't get paid much for anything, but I digress and will call my therapist. Back to Williams. Since 2012, the British comedian has lived in New York City, and worked the stand-up circuit with a "Love Your Accent" gimmick. The idea behind it is upon moving to the Big Apple, Williams was struck by home many people told him just that.

"It was the first thing Id hear in most conversations," the comedian explained. "Over my time here, the phrase developed into something more...it is the thing that makes you unique and special. [It] looks at identity and how I rediscovered myself over my time here."

Williams performs across all of New York City including Gotham Comedy Club, Broadway Comedy Club and New York Comedy Club, and has hosted many of them. Aside from comedy, "that Brit guy" has also been a successful DJ for over 15 years. He has also moonlighted as an A-Sides cameraman. On July 3, he will record his first comedy album - fitting called Love Your Accent - at Otto's Shrunken Head in New York City. It'll be his first recording and his adieu to the city. He and his wife Fiona will be moving to Dublin later this summer. Anyway, I caught up with the funny guy, and asked him some stuff.

How'd you end up in the states?
I fell in love - I met a beautiful Irish woman a few weeks before she moved to New York [for] work. We did the long distance thing, and yes it was very expensive but so worthwhile. (The concept of long distance is very different in New York; from what I understand, if you live more than 15-blocks away, it's too far and won't work out!) We dated for less than nine months, and that was it. I knew she was the one. I asked her to marry me in April 2012 and we got married three months later.

That's a lovely - almost When Harry Met Sally story. How'd you end up doing comedy?
I wanted to try something new. What is New York City famous for? Stand-up comedy! So I started with a writing course at a comedy club, where for two months, I worked on putting material together and performing (often rewriting and reworking stories, over and over again). Once I completed this, I went to some open mics to "road-test" it. Then, through some of the contacts I'd made, I was asked to do some real shows in Greenwich Village. From there, I started making more contacts and now I regularly host and perform shows all over the city.

My mum still asks where this all came from, because as a child I was very shy. I think it started back in the '90s when I started DJing. The clubs got bigger and bigger and I ended up hosting. Standing in front of 3,000-plus people is easy when you have big records to play. With stand-up, there is nowhere to hide: spotlight, microphone and your words!

How would you describe your "brand" of comedy?
Observational. As a 39-year-old married man, who is a long way from home, it's all about seeing the world and taking stock. Everything I talk about is a true story - from how Fiona and I still mess about on the sofa, the unique way I met Spike Lee, and realizing that my national anthem is just OK. I mean America has 'Star-Spangled Banner' - a rousing song from the battlefield about a flag in the ground which is still there the next day. My national anthem is 'God Save the Queen'. We ask an imaginary person to look after a little old lady.

To hear more of Williams' stories, click here, here, and 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 newborn.

About A-Sides With Jon Chattman:
Jon Chattman's music series features celebrities and artists (established or not) from all genres of music 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 overmanufactured, Jon strives for a refreshing change. Artists have included fun., Charli XCX, Imagine Dragons, James Bay, X-Ambassadors, Joe Perry, Gary Clark Jr., STP, American Authors and many, many more!

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Sounds of Summer - "Overload" on Life of Dillon; Ride the Jutaun "River"

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2015 | 11:54 AM

Last year, Meghan Trainor became a household name with her bootylicious female anthem "All About That Bass." While that song was huge, the singer/songwriter proved she was more than simply a one-hit wonder with her ginormous debut album Title. This summer, Trainor is hitting the road (not literally -- it'd...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Get "Friendly" with Bird Dog, Get "Grounded" with The Chordaes, and "Delve" into Summer

(0) Comments | Posted June 22, 2015 | 11:14 AM

My friend Allie has a running gag that he can't believe the website "frogpants" is taken. It stems from a conversation years ago that putting two words together was a great gimmick to name a website or band. The reason I bring this up is - I guess - give...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Governors Ball Dynamic Duos -- Priory and Angus & Julia Stone; Meet the Fat White Family

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 4:55 PM

There were so many amazing artists - small, medium, and large - that played this year's Governors Ball on June 5-7, it'd be impossible to review all of the fest. Nearly two weeks later, I've given up. Thankfully, I have a pair of interviews filmed at the Ball...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Only "Blue Skies" with Lenka, "Catch" Eddie Gomez's Hot Track

(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2015 | 11:34 AM

"I'm just a little bit caught in the middle
Life is a maze and love is a riddle
I don't know where to go I can't do it alone I've tried
And I don't know why..."

It's hard to believe it's been seven years since Australia's Lenka...

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