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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. Musicians he's interviewed for the series include Billy Corgan, Courtney Love, Perry Farrell, fun, Kimbra, Imagine Dragons, Eric Benet, Blondfire, Air Supply, Feist, Dispatch, Gary Clark, Jr., Sleigh Bells, and Creed Bratton.

Chattman is the author of several notable pop culture and sports-centric books including 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, a humor book on notable celebrity mustaches, and 2006's Rock On!, a collection of rock concert memories.

Chattman is currently working on Time Heels, a fan-fueled book highlighting pro wrestling's best bad guys over the past 35 years. It will be published in late 2013. 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. He was selected as one of the “Rising Stars – Westchester’s Forty Under Forty” by The Business Council of Westchester in 2011.

Chattman lives in Westchester County with his wife, son, and no dog.

Entries by Jon Chattman

HanukkA-Sides with Jon Chattman: Songs in the Key of Jew - Meet The Jewbadours; 46 More - Rounding Out A-Sides' Top 100 Songs of 2014

(1) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 10:12 AM

Sorry Adam Sandler. You very well might have to do yet another Hanukkah song. I have a Jewish duo - a "Jew-O" if you will - who should be added to your arsenal of triumphant Jews. Off topic, you might want to add Ben and Jerry and Coreys Haim and...

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A-Sides with Jon ChattmanThe ABCs of THE HEYDAZE; A-Sides Top 54 Songs of 2014

(1) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 2:36 PM

Drink. Eat. Write papers. Somewhat study. Hit on girls. Get turned down.That essentially sums up my college experience, but why share my pratfalls. Oh, right... because THE HEYDAZE are a band that formed in college about a year ago, and their college stories probably King Kong Bundy outweigh...

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A-Sides With Jon Chattman: 'Tis the Season for Kelly Clarkson to Be Awesome

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 2:34 PM

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Kelly Clarkson and the holidays are almost synonymous now. She covered classic tunes on an American Idol LP over a decade ago, and they still are a "must" on any holiday playlist . Her...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Trey Songz on Turning 30, Charity Work, Acting, and Throwing His Hands Up in the Air

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 1:15 PM

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I remember vividly waiting for some kind of epiphany to happen. It didn't. Life moved on... only with more gray hairs. Yep, turning 30 is a milestone no doubt, but it has a different effect on people. It can...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Deploying The Belle Brigade and Unleashing the Inaugural Five for Fighting with Five for Fighting

(0) Comments | Posted December 8, 2014 | 2:17 PM

2014 is winding down, but The Belle Brigade will likely feel it, love it, and live it long after the ball drops in Time Square. The folky-rock duo of Barbara Gruska and her younger brother Ethan released their new album Just Because, which plays with a ton more...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Sweet and Not-So-Sweet Emotions: Joe Perry Gets Honest About Aerosmith in New Memoir

(0) Comments | Posted November 30, 2014 | 2:08 PM

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I can go weeks, sometimes months, and even a year without talking to my sister. When you're family, it can be like that. But, it's easily fixed in many cases once you reconnect, forgive and forget (or not really but move on anyway)....

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Hedwig Co-Creator Stephen Trask Turns Up the "Midnight Radio" With Exclusive Interview and Performance

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 2:41 PM

My father is a Broadway junkie. He can't get enough, and it's been that way for decades. Often times when I go with him to a show, I know he's "into" it by his use of the word "wow" after nearly every musical number. If it's a decent show, you...

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A-Sides With Jon Chattman: The WALK THE MOON "Dance Off": Eli Maiman Talks Hard About Recreating '80s "Nuggets of Nerdy Goodness"

(1) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 11:15 AM

"Shut Up and Dance," the new song from alt-rockers WALK THE MOON, is one of the best '80s songs to ever hit mainstream radio. Ironically, it just came out. Off topic, is that the correct use for the word "ironically"? Alanis still gets burned for her use of the word. Anyway, Ohio natives scored two massive hits in "Anna Sun" and "Tightrope" two years ago, and the aforementioned first single off their new TALKING IS HARD album makes it a trifecta. It wouldn't surprise me if it tops both alt-rock charts as well as Top 40. It transcends genres and is the feel great song of the year. Lionel Richie and his 1986 ponytail would be proud. Ceiling... prepare to get all danced on.

But let's go beyond the new song, which is already topping the Spotify viral top 50, and was an iTunes single of the week earlier this month. The entire album (out Dec. 2) is the bees' knees, which is, by the way, a really dumb expression but very accurate. The band (Nicholas Petricca on lead vocals, Eli Maiman on guitar, Kevin Ray on bass, and Sean Waugaman on drums) elevate their game and expand on the promise of their debut. After a string of dates already, WALK THE MOON will hit the road with the stellar band The Griswolds in March. Go ahead and "treat. yo. self." to their "TALKING IS HARD Tour."

Last week, I discussed WALKing, talking, dancing, and shutting up with band member Maiman. Read on. Dancing optional.

"Shut Up and Dance" is the best 80s song I've heard this decade. It's so infectious it's not even funny. I want to Lionel Richie my ceiling every time I hear it. Explain the song and how it came about lyrically and stylistically.
Lyrically, "Shut Up And Dance" came from one fateful night at the Funky Sole Party at the Echo in Los Angeles. We wanted to write a dork rock anthem...kind of like "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" or any of those other amazing nuggets of nerdy goodness for which we have the '80s to thank.

Mission accomplished. The song took on a life of its own on YouTube. Can you describe the sensation of watching others dance (sometimes awkwardly) to your song for the world to see?
The fans are such a huge part of what we do. We asked everyone to send us videos of themselves getting down to "SUAD", and man oh man, did they deliver. We received everything from dorm-room jam sessions, to well-produced short films, to entire marching bands dancing with their sousaphones and snare drums on. Their enthusiasm is infectious, and we draw a lot of energy and inspiration from them.

TALKING IS HARD is the title of your album. Does that imply singing is easy?
We won't say that singing is easy, but we'll say it's definitely easier than talking.

You're doing a good job today! With a few hit singles under your belt, was it easier hitting the studio this time out compared to when you were rookies putting together your debut? I can see it being even more difficult this time out, which one wouldn't necessarily think. Why am I answering your question? Go for it.
I think you've kind of got it figured out there. For sure, it wasn't easier than before. We knew we wanted to top what we did on the last record, and no matter how you tried to ignore that impulse, it was always kind of at the back of your mind. With TALKING IS HARD, we really blew out the ends of the spectrum of what WALK THE MOON is. At times, it's heavier and darker than anything we've done before. At other times, it's more tender and vibey. And, of course, there's a lot in between.

It was important to us to forge into new sonic territories on this record, and I think we succeeded there. We were also aware that this time we had a little bit of a soapbox to stand on. We have a voice, and it's important to us to use it for good. We have a few songs on the record that deal with more serious topics, our relationship with the planet, our relationships with each other. But throughout, we wanted to keep the spirit of Walk the Moon intact: fun-loving and positive. We're excited to see how it resonates with people.

Fandom aside, WALK THE MOON is the band name. What would a "WALK THE MOONMAN" mean to you? Explain the value in MTV and their award shows.
Music isn't a competition. It's about expressing a piece of humanity that cannot be shared with words alone. It's about connecting with other people, creating a moment where we forget our sorrows and our differences and celebrate our shared human experience. That being said, we'd love to win some stuff.

Off topic, my second child was just born, please share some wisdom and pass it onto him.
First off, congratulations! Secondly... ahem... hello, little baby! Welcome to the world. You should really have daddy go buy you all the WALK THE MOON records, maybe even a cute little WTM onesie.

If those onesies exist, I'm so there. Lastly, what are your long-term tour plans. A little headlining, a little opening for a HUGE band? Tell me, and I'll personally call Dave Grohl on your behalf. OK that's not true. I only once knew a guy who looks like him.
Some touring, a late night appearance or two, more touring, more videos, some burritos, a little more touring... We're really excited to put TALKING IS HARD out into the world on Dec. 2. We're just going to follow it where it takes us and go from there.

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, posts and trends I've noticed on my friends' Facebook walls, and -- most importantly -- the songs my two-year-old-plus son gravitates toward by stomping his feet in approval. Yeah, you read that right. This weeks follows below (LW= last week's rank).

12. "Lullabye" (retro cut - LW-12) - The Dixie Chicks
11. "Crazy for You" (LW-10) - Scars on 45 (Watch their exclusive A-Sides performance here!)
10. "Champions of Red Wine" (LW-9) - The New Pornographers
9. "The Business Of Emotion" (LW-7) - Big Data (feat. White Sea)
8. "Inside Out" (LW-6) - Spoon
7. "Shut Up and Dance" (reentry) - Walk the Moon
6. "Beggin For Thread" (LW-5) - Banks
5. "O" (LW-8) - Coldplay
4. "Da Vinci" (LW-3) - Weezer
3. "Something From Nothing (LW-4) - Foo Fighters
2. "First" (LW-2) - Cold War Kids (Watch their exclusive A-Sides performance here.)
1. "Mess is Mine" (LW-1) - Vance Joy (Watch his exclusive performance of the song for A-Sides here!)

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About A-Sides Music

Jon Chattman's "A-Sides Music" series was established in August 2011 and usually features 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 (sometimes 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, I'm hoping this is refreshing. Artists have included: fun, Courtney Love, Air Supply, Bastille, Vance Joy, Alice Cooper, Echosmith, Charli XCX, Jake Miller, American Authors, Cold War Kids, Imagine Dragons, Gary Clark Jr., and more! A-Sides theme written and performed by Blondfire.

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Knox Hamilton are the Next Big Thing, and There's Nothing You Can Do About It

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 11:26 AM

Video killed the radio star decades ago, and as we often find out, premature buzz can kill a hyped film, television show, and/or band. In the case of emerging indie rockers Knox Hamilton you can, to quote Public Enemy, "believe the hype." Coming off a hit alt-rock single...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Donn T Plays the Gramophonica; Topher Mohr Funks it Up

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 10:44 AM

My high school biology teacher was kind of a jerk. All year long, he'd constant compare me with my sister. He had taught her three years prior, and remembered her as an A-plus student. She wasn't, but it didn't matter. He would always point how different I was simply because...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: "Good Habits" with Jaymes Young; "Side" with My Silent Bravery,and "Chase" Circa Waves Circa 2014

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 10:35 AM

To quote Schoolhouse Rock, three is, indeed, a magic number. Well, not when it comes to celebrity deaths but I digress. Today's A-Sides keeps up with the street cred for one of the best numerals ever with three vastly different artists. First up is Jaymes McFarland, better known by his...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: High Five! Five for Fighting Sings For Hawaii Five-O

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2014 | 11:11 AM

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John Ondrasik of Five For Fighting has the unique ability (and sensibility) to move people to tears with his music. His songwriting and melodies can cut through you faster than a Danny Trejo machete and could probably move the The Grinch...

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Non Sequitur: Unearthed Conversation Between Ted Williams' Head and Montecore the Bengal Tiger

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 2:45 PM

In a long-lost 2005 phone conversation transcript recently recovered somewhere deep in the Sudan, Montecore, the infamous Bengal tiger who attacked illusionist/owner Roy Horn in 2003, chats with Red Sox icon Ted Williams, well, his severed head that is. In 2002, after the baseball great had passed away, his family...

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A-Sides With Jon Chattman: Right at 'Home' With the Cold War Kids

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 5:46 PM

In 1986, Regina released the pop hit "Baby Love," but while that sound was catchy (so damn catchy), her career quickly went the way of the dodo because she sounded like a carbon copy of Madonna. It happens far too often: a singer sounds so much like another...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Four from CMJ - Featherface, Somebody's Darling, The Future Laureates, and Nabiha

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 12:01 PM

October is a lot of things. It's Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It's Halloween decorations. It's Pumpkin Spice everything. And in New York for the last 34 years, it's meant the start of the CMJ Music Marathon. The fest features information industry events, parties, and above all, over a...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: A "Fired" Up Flyleaf

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2014 | 12:01 PM

It's documented in everything you read about Flyleaf this month, this year, last year, and probably the year before that. The hard rock act has a new singer and are currently on tour supporting a new album. So the gist is this: Longtime lead singer Lacey Mosely has...

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A-Sides With Jon Chattman: Get "Wild" With Vacationer; Go "Crazy" With Scars on 45

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2014 | 4:04 PM

It's raining in New York. It's cold. I'm wearing a cardigan, and downing a Pumpkin Creme Brulee latte from Dunkin' Donuts. Autumn can be beautiful, but it's not today. That's why I chose these two specific bands for today's A-Sides post. Vacationer not only has a sunny band name, but...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Bastille's Dan Smith on "Eh Ohs," Covers, and the "Awesomeness" and "Weirdness" of Success

(0) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 1:01 PM

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Most of the time, a song gets stuck inside your head for hours, days courtesy of a catchy chorus or well-written verse. In the case of Bastille, however, their orca-whale-sized hit "Pompeii" produced a mind gloriously filled with repeated...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Switchfoot "Come Alive"; DMC Makes Comics

(0) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 12:24 PM

In 1989, my parents took me to see The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. My dad had hyped up the show, noting right off the bat how it started with a chandelier falling from the ceiling. The show didn't disappoint but I had a huge obstacle standing in the...

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A-Sides New York Comic Con Diary: Costumes, Wrestlers, DMC and Busting On Some Ghostbusters

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 4:55 PM

When Comic Con debuted in New York City in 2006 it was hard to fathom it ever competing with the immortal San Diego gathering. For starters, the event had just a small spot within the massive Javits Center, and attendees included Kevin Smith, who goes to everything, and...

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