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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: 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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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: California Love with The Canyon Rays; Boardwalk Empire star John Ellison Conlee Talks Final Season and Dabney Coleman Love

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 12:02 PM

Mark Hamill is a Jedi named Luke from Tatooine. Luke Hamel, on the other hand, is a musician from Los Angeles. Let the confusion end. I hear it's all the rage on the Internets. (Bright side for such a stretch by the way? Tagging Star Wars of course!) Anyway, Hamel...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Kill Hannah's Mat Devine Unleashes His Inner Wrongchilde

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 12:35 PM

The press release (or pitch rather) for Wrongchilde's debut album Gold Blooded started out by saying it sounds "like a John Hughes soundtrack for Donnie Darko." Well, you had me at John Hughes. The spot-on (and awesome) opening lines for the solo debut by Kill Hannah front man Mat Devine...

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A-Sides Presents: Songs in the Key Against Cancer - The Sing Away Cancer Challenge

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2014 | 9:20 AM

Like so many people, I was inspired by the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge this summer. Since today (Oct. 1) marks the start of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I'm hoping to create a similar online campaign but without the use of water, ice cubes, and challenges to friends to get wet....

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Vance Joy...to the World

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 12:11 PM

All summer long, and well into the fall so far, everybody seems to be drinking the Vance Joy Kool-Aide. Rightfully so. The Melbourne-based singer/songwriter, whose real name is James Keogh, creates magic with his music - subtle melodies with deeply-felt lyrics. That being said, he spawned a huge...

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A-Sides Gets Raw: WWE Superstars Kofi Kingston and Big E Discuss Roadtrip Playlists, TV Favs, and the WWE Network

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 12:24 PM

We all have done it. We still do. Back in the day, it was a mix tape. Eventually, it became a CD mix. Now, it's a playlist. Whenever we go on a plane, train, or are in an automobile, we shut out the outside noise by listening to our favorite...

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A-Sides: Oh Captain, Not Necessarily My Captain - Saying Goodbye (with Respect) to Derek Jeter

(1) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 11:33 AM

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If you're a Boston Red Sox or New York Mets fan (or another who's been on the receiving end of one of his clutch hits or into-the-stands or leaping-catch play), you've probably been waiting for this day for quite...

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A-Sides Gets Raw: Talking the Ring and the Road with WWE Divas Champion Paige

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 5:14 PM

Bra and panties matches are all well and good, but arguably many diehard wrestling fanatics might dismiss gimmick matches like that as simply "eye candy" with a chance of a lucky wardrobe malfunction. But, there's more to the Womens Wrestling Division than a thong, hair toss, and ass slap. While...

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

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 11:22 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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