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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: Outside the Ring With WWE Grapplers Bo Dallas, Luke Harper, Neville, and Damien Sandow

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2015 | 11:35 AM

Note to self: when interviewing WWE Superstars about how they spend their time during road trips don't refer to it as "down time." Why? Because these men in tights have little to no downtime -- working almost everyday all year round, they're the true road warriors in the...

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A-Sides With Jon Chattman: Clearly Not 'Out of Time' -- Stone Temple Pilots' Chester Bennington and Dean DeLeo Discuss the Evolution and Future of the Band

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2015 | 5:20 PM

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Some bands lose or cut ties with lead singers and simply call it quits or find a similar-sounding singer to front the band and coast on a novelty tour each year. Not Stone Temple...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: "Chasing Twisters" with Delta Rae, "Chasing the Sun" with Greg Holden, and Chasing Stardom with Mizgin

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2015 | 1:56 PM

The first day back after a long weekend can come at you like a hurricane. It can chew out the vacay, spit it out, and leave nothing but disaster in its path. That's why A-Sides is highlighting three heavyweight acts to come out swinging and prevent your work week from...

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A-Sides With Jon Chattman: Intentionally Funny Stuff (and Bad Graphics) with Comedian Simeon Goodson

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 1:21 PM

Simeon Goodson should be a household name in comedy. He's been performing in various New York City clubs, bars, and anywhere really since 2004, and his effortless delivery matched with his unique laid-back observational humor are on point. It'll come. If not New York or Los Angeles, then certainly in...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Can't "Castaway" Blues Traveler Ever

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

For me, the early-to-mid 1990s were a golden age in rock and roll. Sure, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, and the Seattle scene bear most of the kudos (and rightfully so), but it's important not to forget other bands that dominated in the "grunge" and alt-heavy era. I'm talking to you...

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A-Sides With Jon Chattman: Counting (on) Stars; May Edition of 5 for Fighting With... Five for Fighting

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2015 | 5:29 PM

Decades after its release, people still question if Alanis Morrisette misused the word "Ironic" in her hit song. I still don't care. Speaking of irony, fellow Canadians Stars dropped an album last fall, their seventh, called No One is Lost, which wreaks of irony. Like their previous efforts, the latest...

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A-Sides With Jon Chattman: Standing Out With Lauriana Mae and Erica Glyn

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2015 | 11:14 PM

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There's something so very retro about Lauriana Mae, yet something so contemporary. She's sort of like Amy Winehouse blended with some added R&B undertones... Okay, never mind, forget it. Comparisons are subjective, so I'll stop right...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Zoë Kravitz Kills it on Film and Stage

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2015 | 1:48 PM

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Zoë Kravitz has been fortunate to be in many film franchises from X-Men to Divergent and the upcoming Mad Max reboot. But it just turned out that way. It's not like she's seeking out these behemoth movies though something tells me if JJ...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Full Devil Jacket's Josh Brown Talks of Bones and Rebirth

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2015 | 3:28 PM

As they say The Song Remains the Same, and in this case, it's true even 15 years between albums for Full Devil Jacket. Valley of Bones, the long-delayed, very-much-appreciated follow-up to the band's 2000 acclaimed debut album, picks up where the first one left off but perhaps a little tighter with some more weight and less grunge.

Full Devil Jacket was rising faster than a helium balloon attached to a feather before front man Josh Brown's drug addiction got the best of him. After hits -- most notably "Where Did You Go?" -- and playing Woodstock '99, the band disappeared and Brown nearly faded away period, nearly dying from a heroin overdose. You can read all about this on the Interwebs so I'll stop there and talk more about his recovery. Following the near death experience, Brown formed the Christian band Day of Fire, which successfully toured for five-plus years. He also wrote and toured with Daughtry.

In an exclusive interview with A-Sides, Brown said he never thought a Full Devil Jacket reunion would ever happen. But, from tragedy came triumph. After the 2010 death of guitarist Michael Reaves from prostate cancer, the band reunited for a fundraiser, which led to the band's resurrection, resurgence, and Valley of Bones. Rather than expand on it, I'll let Brown speak for himself. Read on.

Welcome back, man. Your career -- past and present -- has been a seesaw of joy, pain, sorrow, regret, and forgiveness. This album, however, seems to teeter more toward reflection and hope. Would you agree, and can you explain the process of finally getting this album made and the obvious weight it carries with it?

I think I've always been going toward hope on all my records. This record right here, dealt with years of hardcore reflection: the bad choices, and getting through that. But, there is hope, man. I learned much of my life is in control and many aspects are uncontrollable. I can definitely control my decisions.

Look, I've got to feel it to make it real. Basically, I just wrote my life experience for the album. I live on the edge. I also have a very addictive personality in whatever aspect. It can take you in some good places and can take you to some crazy places. Over the last three or four years, I've just been collecting songs. It's been traumatic, but cathartic. It's total therapy. Because of the life I've lived, and the experiences I've had, I can always go back to those places. I've got a lot of experience in life -good or bad decisions I can always fall back on. When I write, it's got to be place of experience. You can't write about something that's catchy just because it's fun. Others do it, and that's fine but I can't. I'm writing things that move me.

It takes a lot to pick yourself up, and it's usually more than one person or one event that helps get you up and running again. Who do you credit most with not just getting clean but getting refocused?

Moving back to Jacksonville from Texas, my hometown, there was just friends and family everywhere. People just wanted to see me [healthy]. The realization of understanding how much people in the city cared about me, I credit it to that. There's also Keith Foster, my drummer, and he's the one who pushed me to do another Full Devil record. Mike Reaves passing away really woke me up to the fact that these friendships don't last forever.

Looking at it now, it's been an amazing journey from this record to the last.
It's hard for me to believe the record's done even now. It was a two-year process of just taking ideas and turning them into band songs then recording it. With my life and the kind of life crisis I had and coming back and beginning again, it's an amazing journey. It's a rebirth.

The album title Valley Of Bones takes on various meanings. Can you tell me how you ended up with this title and if another one was in play beforehand? On a related note, you guys really haven't missed a beat. It sounds like the follow-up record except it's taken over a decade to get out.

It plays the same way. It's kind of like the next day but it took 15 years. "Valley of Bones" -- the song was one of the last songs to come out -- and it was just magical how it came out. Everything about that song, the way it was written, the drum track we laid down, it just felt right. We didn't even think about it. It was a song about ending a long relationship and the beginning of a new life after that. It's a story out of the scripture. I wasn't thinking it at time, but it's really about rebirth. It's just so natural.

Kickstarter literally kickstarted the project -- it must've been pretty amazing to engage your fanbase on a level you couldn't back in the early days of FDJ, right? There was no social media back then unless you count AOL Instant Messenger, which no one should.

Pride and frickin' arrogance make you less of a human being in my book. Social media is just another extension of the stage. It's just a gathering place for similar people with similar ideas. Music brings people together. I think it's great. For a short time in my life, I thought playing music was about getting a record deal. I thought I was Axl Rose for 15 minutes. A record deal doesn't make you a better person. You evolve. It was a shot of adrenaline to learn people cared about my music and helped me raise money for it.

The album meshes all the best of 1990s alt-rock and alt-metal along with a few new tricks. Please tell me we won't have to wait another 15 years for the next album.
Ha ha. I think there's a leap year coming up so you'll have to wait 30 years. No, the goal is just to continuously put out music. I've finally learned the music business doesn't define who you are as artist. It's art and concept.

See FULL DEVIL JACKET on tour this summer w/ HINDER
June 7 - Lubbock, TX (Jake's Backroom)
June 9 - Houston, TX (Scout Bar)
June 10 - Baton Rouge, LA (Varsity Theatre)
June 12 - Kansas City, MO (KC Live! / Power and Light District Outdoor Stage)
June 13 - Sauget, IL (Pops)
June 16 - Detroit, MI (St. Andrews Hall)
June 17 - Columbus, OH (Newport Music Hall)
June 19 - Cincinnati, OH (Bogarts)
June 20 - Marietta OH (The Adelphia Music Hall)
June 21 - Indianapolis, IN (The Vogue)
June 23 - Nashville, TN (Exit In)
June 24 - Macomb, IL (The Outskirts)
June 26 - Amarillo, TX (Midnight Rodeo)
July 4 - Jackson, TN (Fairgrounds)
July 7 - Columbia, SC (Music Farm)
July 9 - Lancaster, PA (Chameleon Club)
July 10 - Patchogue, NY (The Emporium)
July 11 - Pittsburgh, PA (Altar Bar)
July 13 - Cleveland, OH (Agora Ballroom)
July 14 - Battle Creek, MI (The Music Factory)
July 16 - Rockford, IL (District)
July 17 - Chicago, IL (Concord Music Hall)

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, Alice Cooper, Joe Perry, Gary Clark Jr., American Authors, Echosmith,and many, many more!

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A-Sides With Jon Chattman: Janine and the Mixtape Press Play; Rachel Lynn's 'Flame'

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2015 | 10:54 AM

A-Sides is fortunate to interview not just influential, established, [insert adjective here] talent but unique rising artists as well. Perhaps you've never heard of some of them or, if you have, maybe you haven't heard enough of. With that said, here we are. And remember, wherever you go, there you...

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A-Sides With Jon Chattman: Taking in the "Antithesisness" - Ting Tings Get "Wrong" while The Suffers "Make Some Room"

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2015 | 12:38 PM

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Kim Wilde's "You Keep Me Hangin' On." Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You." Johnny Cash's "Hurt." There have been so many amazing covers in music but perhaps the best of all-time is Charlie Day's coked out cover of The Ting Tings' "That's...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Beyond 'Dangerous': Joywave and Big Data Discuss Their Crazy Good Debuts

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2015 | 3:02 PM

We live in an EP, YouTube ready, and singles only -- and I mean that in music terms -- world. So, when artists emerge with not just a full-length album but an amazing one at that, you have to figuratively hug the living crap out of it. Two acts, who...

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A-Sides With Jon Chattman: The Elle King and I

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 4:17 PM

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There are so many different ways to go with starting this blog post. I could make some lame play on words on her last name being "King." But, I won't even though what I'd come up with would...

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A-Sides With Jon Chattman: Blitz Kids' "Keep Swinging"; Emily Hearn Set to Erupt

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2015 | 4:17 PM

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Your eyes are deceiving you. In the videos embedded below, rising UK band Blitz Kids perform a track and sit down for a chat for A-Sides in arguably the cleanest NYC subway car you've ever seen. They run free,...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: It 'Never Gets Old' with Penguin Prison; 'Something Good' with Dead Sara

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2015 | 1:49 PM

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Apologies to Bartholomew Cubbins (just Google it), Pengiun Prison may have you beat by the amount of hats he wears. Born Christopher Glover, the New York-based musician has done it from singing...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Now's the 'Time' for Mikky Ekko; 'Never Too Busy' for Some Kenny Lattimore

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 3:35 PM

Rihanna. Blood Diamonds. Ryan Tedder. The list of collaborators Mikky Ekko has worked with is astounding, and I say that in a very pound-my-fist-on-a desk-to-emblazon-the-statement kind of way. We all know about his 2012 orca-whale-hit with Rihanna, which he performed and co-wrote (he was also in that steamy music video...

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A-Sides With Jon Chattman: One Month Later, Savannah Stopover Still Resonates

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 11:21 AM


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A-Sides With Jon Chattman: Ride the Retro and 'Trip Into' Jeremy and the Harlequins

(0) Comments | Posted April 9, 2015 | 2:44 PM

If there were a GPS that directed you to ultra-cool rockers based in New York City, you'd likely be directed immediately to Jeremy and the Harlequins. Obviously, I say that s assuming you've updated your satellites. Speaking of which, is that still a thing? I use my phone. Anyway, the...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: 'Lovin' On' Cary Brothers; Recruiting Ex-Cops

(0) Comments | Posted April 6, 2015 | 3:12 PM

It's hard to believe Zach Braff's outstanding coming-of-age flick Garden State is approaching its 11th anniversary. This A) makes me -- probably you -- feel old but B) makes me gleam from ear-to-ear because the film as well as its classic soundtrack still hold up and carries the same weight...

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A-Sides With Jon Chattman: April's 5 For Fighting With... Five for Fighting; Baby Got Nickelback's Bassist Mike Kroger

(1) Comments | Posted April 1, 2015 | 7:03 PM

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John Ondrasik of Five For Fighting has kindly fielded zany questions from "this guy" (I'm pointing to myself while simultaneously finishing this sentence) for a few months now as part A-Sides' 5 for Fighting with Five for Fighting, and it's been a...

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