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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

A-Sides With Jon Chattman:'Last Forever' with Fenech-Soler

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 10:22 AM

Time can be a real bitch. Today's buzz band can be tomorrow's bargain bin. Today's top blog post can be tomorrow's forgotten blog post. It's just the nature of things. Thankfully, the band featured in today's A-Sides will have staying power long after this post I've written about them fades...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: "All" In on Lucy Scholl; "Crash" into Shayna Leigh

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 10:14 AM

In 1985, Annie Lennox/The Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin teamed up for the ultra-cheesy single "Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves." It was meant to be an anthem for all women, and probably was, but look back now, and you'll laugh. OK, perhaps only if you watch the music video that...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: The "Heart & Soul" of Twin Atlantic

(0) Comments | Posted September 1, 2014 | 1:08 PM

If you have a short attention span when it comes to pop culture news, you probably think Justin Bieber got arrested at Brad Pitt's wedding while simultaneously posting naked pictures of Jennifer Lawrence on the Internet. If you're alt-rock and music knowledge and taste last longer, however, you know Twin...

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A-Sides Interview: Hulk Hogan Talks WWE vs. WCW, One More Match, & Expendables 4; Calls Out Darth Vader

(0) Comments | Posted August 31, 2014 | 2:30 PM

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I was working as a camp counselor in 1996 when the news spread like wildfire: Hulk Hogan turned heel and joined The Outsiders at Bash at the Beach. A lifelong "Hulkamaniac," I was in disbelief and actually couldn't wait to watch Monday Night...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Tighten Your Belt with In the Valley Below; Throw a Wild Party

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 2:46 PM

It happens only a few times a year for me: I hear the first few seconds of a new song, fall instantly in love with it, and hope the chorus is as good as the first verse. Often times, a so-so chorus can destroy the makings of a perfect song....

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Seeing "Silhouettes" of Colony House; "Delve" Into Unappreciated Songs By, Em, Overappreciated Artists

(0) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 1:19 PM

Nashville-based indie rock trio Colony House released their debut album When I Was Younger last month and in many ways, it's already a smash - and by "smash" I mean the antitheses of that failed NBC series which ate at your soul. Hating aside, this trio consisting of brothers...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Jillian Edwards "Daydreams;" "Finally" It's Julian Fleisher

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 10:31 AM

Nashville's Jillian Edwards has opened for for a variety of artists from The Civil Wars to Ben Rector. Well, expect her to headline sooner than later. The singer/songwriter, who's originally from Dallas, has been melting ears and hearts (not literally - that would be frightening) since...

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Deconstructing Robin Williams and Losing an Integral Family Member

(2) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 4:34 PM

Like so many of us, I'm still reeling from Robin Williams' death. Like so many of us, when the news first broke, I was shell-shocked and prayed it was another Internet rumor. When his passing was confirmed, I felt so overcome with emotion that it felt as if I just lost a family member. On the verge of tears in the few minutes after reading the reports, I posted countless messages on Facebook and Twitter noting how much I was hurting. No stranger to losing loved ones from suicide, it just crushed me to the point of speechlessness.

Yesterday morning, I found myself wanting to express in words how much Williams meant to me and my family. But I didn't. I sat in front of my computer and drafted my salute to a genius but I couldn't continue it. There were countless tributes pouring in (they continue to) and I thought who needs my two cents. I was simply feeling what everybody else was. That sentiment changed after I read a blog post by actor Dante Basco, who portrayed Rufio alongside Williams in Hook. He said so eloquently what I was feeling that I felt compelled to write something. Here's a passage that struck me: "...with his passing...I can't help feeling like it's the death of my childhood. I guess we can't stay in Neverland forever, we must all grow up."

It's true. Williams' humor filled my home and my life for all of my 38 years. When I think of Mork and Mindy, I think of watching it in my pajamas with my sister anticipating what he'd say in his "call to Orson." I also recall watching the reruns after the series reached the end of its run with Jonathan Winters as Mearth. Mork from Ork was my introduction to Williams, and from then on, he was a huge part of my family. My family saw him in Popeye, and while it was considered a bomb, I loved every minute of it from the music to Williams' portrayal of the spinach-loving muscle man. When the movie was released on video, I remember playing it over and over on my Betamax player -- so much so I'm surprised smoke didn't billow out of it. Similarly, when I first got HBO, I felt like I must've watched his performance as the Frog Prince in Faerie Tale Theatre around the clock.

My love for Williams grew as I grew. I remember my parents taking my sister and I to see Moscow on the Hudson -- probably because we were too young to see it. I remember renting Club Paradise for the sole reason he was in it. As I got older, I discovered there was more to Williams than film and TV roles. I listened to his stand-up cassettes (one, in particular, served as the soundtrack to one of our family Cape Cod summer trips), and found myself watching (often to the wee hours of the morning) each and every Comic Relief. I watched for him first, and the other comedians a distant second. I taped each one, and rewatched them with my family. Similarly, I stayed up late with my parents any time Williams hit the talk show circuit. His spontaneity and edginess always made it a must see. Live TV was created for Robin Williams.

Williams humor always resonated, but again, so did his films. I'd say he's probably one of the most underrated actors we ever had. Sure, he was the funniest comedic geniuses of our time, but his acting was right there as well. The mid-to-late-'80s to the late-'90s were sort of the golden era of Williams' film career. Good Morning, Vietnam really got his acting career blazing, and rightfully so. Guess who I saw it in the theater with? Dead Poets' Society was a master of acting, comedy, and poignancy. His performance made you wish you had a teacher as inspiring, cool and comforting.

For me, Awakenings remains his finest film performance. It's his most vulnerable work, and a master class in restraint. His portrayal of Dr. Malcolm Sayer is the film's soul. You felt his performance. You felt the movie. I still feel it. I still feel for Dr. Sayer when Robert De Niro's character shoves him to the ground. I still remember Williams' face during that scene, and how he slowly picks up his glasses after falling. I've seen Awakenings arguably the most out of any of Williams' films. Whenever I think about it, I remember watching it for second and third times (maybe more) with my mom alone in our living room. There's nothing better than a grown son bonding with his mother.

Look, I could go on and on about Williams. I don't even know where to stop this post.

I could namedrop his guest starring role as a killer in Homicide: Life on the Street, which I watched for him only. I never watched that series, but I watched that episode.

I could mention how I rushed to see Toys even though critics panned it. I liked it, by the way, because of him. Watch his teaser trailer for that film, by the way, and you'll miss him even more.

I could mention how I kept track of his list of upcoming films in a non-IMDB world via Variety, and got excited at the prospect of what he'd do next.

I can ramble on about how Mrs. Doubtfire cracked me up and unexpectedly made me feel something much deeper when the credits rolled.

I could mention how my sides hurt after watching Aladdin, and how disappointed I was he didn't get an Oscar nomination despite not physically being on screen.

I could mention the power The Fisher King had over me, and how his performance drove me to tears.

I could mention how the first movie I saw with my wife (then girlfriend) was Good Will Hunting, and how I lied to her and said I never saw it just so I could see it again for the bench scene.

I could mention so much about this "family" member I never met. Just over a decade ago, I had an opportunity to interview Williams when he was promoting his extraordinary performance in One Hour Photo. Sadly, it fell through. I remember vividly how the publicist told me a "phoner" might be possible but I declined. I regret that now, but I just told everyone at the time "what fun is there interviewing Robin Williams if you're not in the same room as him?" I remember thinking even if it was for five minutes, being in the same room with him would've made me feel like I had finally "made it."

You know Williams is out of focus in Woody Allen's Deconstructing Harry and I've been thinking a lot about it lately. It's fitting. We could see him as a lovable clown who made us laugh, but deep inside he probably didn't have enough energy left to love himself. He loved us all so much, and wanted so much for us to be entertained. He was put on this planet to make us laugh, and to make us not just enjoy his talent but to feel it. We saw his talent, we felt his heart.

I will forever wonder what his career resurgence would've looked like. Perhaps Mrs. Doubtfire 2 would've sparked it again or maybe a TV series worthy of his talents would have come by. It was inevitable. You can't contain that talent. In time, I will get over the nature of his death but never the loss. He ended his life on his terms and I'm starting to actually find it fitting. He put us first for his entire career -- he was so selfless. That said, I will always wish he got the help he had longed for, trucked on, and continued to make us laugh, and more importantly,...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: "Overdose" on Little Daylight

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 11:42 AM

Hype Machine calls Little Daylight a band "to watch in 2014." This is all I have to say about that:

As evidenced by their breakout track "Overdose," the band is delivering the goods - rock-synth-pop polished goodness (and I mean that as a compliment) that subtly hit you like a 2X4 at the hands of "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan. Enough with the out-of-left-field wrestling references - let's talk seriously about the band. The Brooklyn-based trio of Nikki Taylor, Matt Lewkowicz, and Eric Zeiler dropped Hello Memory earlier this summer, and it's filled with enough catchy songs for a greatest hits compilation. Since the release of the album and well before it, the band's been on a roll and I don't mean Kaiser. Little Daylight made their television debut in May on Late Night with Seth Meyers, and have been touring rigorously ever since, gaining momentum with each date and festival gig. The band recently sat down for a chat with A-Sides, and discussed all that I threw at them like a 50 Cent pitch at Citifield. Catch them on the road soon, and watch the interview (filmed by shootmepeter.com) below...like totally right 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, posts and trends I've noticed on my friends' Facebook walls, and -- most importantly -- the songs my two-year-old son gravitates toward by stomping his feet in approval. Yeah, you read that right. This weeks follows below (LW= last week's rank).

12. "Latch" (LW-12) Disclosure/Sam Smith
11. "Another's Arms" (debut) - Coldplay
10. "Do You" (debut) - Spoon
9. "Overdose" (LW-10) - Little Daylight
8. "Beware The Dog" (LW-11) - The Griswolds
7. "Boom Clap" (LW-10) - Charli XCX
6."Get Hurt" (LW-7) - Gaslight Anthem
5. "I'm Only Joking" (LW-6) - Kongos
4."Out of My Mind" (LW-4) - Magic Man
3. "Shadow" (LW-3) - Bleachers
2. "Reverse" (LW-2) - SomeKindaWonderful (Watch them live on A-Sides here.
1."Stolen Dance" (LW-1) - Milky Chance

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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, Birdy, Charli XCX, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Pharrell Williams, American Authors, Imagine Dragons, Gary Clark Jr., and more! A-Sides theme written and performed by...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman:"Breathe" in You Me At Six

(0) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 2:36 PM

You Me at Six are a five-piece rock band from the UK who are coming onto the scene faster than Super Mario Bros. running away from mushrooms. Unlike the Lambada, which had a lot of buzz a few decades back (but went from the "forbidden dance" to the "who cares...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Volcano Girls Veruca Salt Set to Erupt Again

(0) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 5:10 PM

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With apologies to L.L. Cool J, we all know how "comebacks" work. They usually, um, don't. You know the drill - a band breaks-up, disappear for awhile, and tour in support of a new album that fails to capture that old magic. Veruca...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: SomeKindaWonderful Put Their Thing Down, Flip It, and "Reverse It"; Katy Tiz Comes Up "Big"

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 5:03 PM

Some Kind of Wonderful is one of 80s movie-master John Hughes' underrated films. The movie is fun, romantic, and - more importantly - introduced me to tom-boy beauty cutie Mary Stuart Masterson. On a related note, that film's title was also a Grand Funk Railroad hit that still resonates, but...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Miguelito Keeps It Humble; Ace Reporter's New Lyric Music Video "Arrives"

(2) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 10:17 AM

In a pop world in which teen stars crash and burn, it's so refreshing to watch and listen to Latin Grammy winner Miguelito. The 15 year old has kept his head on straight no matter the success he's found at such a young age. While most kids are...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Love Kitten's Chloe Chaidez "Like a Stranger"

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 10:56 AM

There are so many teen stars these days in essentially every genre it seems like a gimmick to mention it in any story about any of them. If I'd write a piece on Lorde, I'd naturally talk about how she's dominating music and she isn't even a high school graduate...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Welcome to Melanie Martinez's "Dollhouse;" "Take a Seat "with Mason Noise

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 4:49 PM

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Photo and videos by Brian Dalthorp, wearepopstudios.com for A-Sides.

It's unavoidable. Most writers, bloggers, or whatever you want to call us are going to start out a story about Melanie Martinez by mentioning right off the...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Nico & Vinz and the Quest for Song of the Summer

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 12:05 PM

Ten years ago, Kevin Lyttle had a smash summer hit with the soca ballad "Turn Me On." I remember that song for oh so many reasons. For starters, it's not every beat that can get this guy (points to self) moving at bars or clubs. I should never dance. Period....

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Get to Know The Vamps (Before Everyone and Their Mother Does)

(0) Comments | Posted July 3, 2014 | 3:00 PM

Earlier this month, I attended my 20th year high school reunion and it was a nostalgic blast. It was great to reconnect with so many people, retrace steps on memory lane together, and to catch up on two decades CliffsNotes style. Personally, I was elated to find out that several...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Ryan Shaw Shows Some "Real Love"; Animal Years Lift Some Spirits

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 11:30 AM

You know it's summer in New York City when rooftop concerts start taking place. That said, I am a bit curious if such gigs take place in the freezing cold months. If they do, it's pretty messed up to have people get frost bite just to hear their favorite tunes....

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman:All Hail Cris Cab

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 11:32 AM

We might as well start calling Pharrell Williams King Midas. He probably won't answer anybody who takes that sentence literally, but I'm simply trying to say everything the musician/producer/ageless-vampire touches lately turns into pure gold. The past year has been insane for the artist, who scored a huge hit and...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: The "Weightlessness" of Matt Andersen; Wise Girl Sings Us to "Sleep"

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 10:46 AM

How ironic is it that singer/songwriter Matt Andersen's new studio album is entitled Weightless. His vocals and lyrics are the antithesis of that. Maybe that's what he was going for. Either way, the bluesy and soulful singer is a talent you simply cannot ignore. It's no wonder Maverick...

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