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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.

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A-Sides With Jon Chattman: Save Your Soul With The Jack Moves; Wild Adriatic Debut 'Strange' New Music

(0) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 3:04 PM

"She want neo-soul, this hip-hop is old
She don't want no rock'n'roll"
- The Roots, "The Seed 2.0."

The Jack Moves are a soul-pop group out of New Jersey that are too cool for school. I say that since, after all, I filmed their A-Sides...

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A-Sides With Jon Chattman: So Far From Fletcher, Coming Full Circle With Whiplash Oscar Favorite J.K. Simmons

(1) Comments | Posted February 15, 2015 | 8:39 AM

Growing up a fat kid in Yonkers, NY (that'd be the title of my autobiography by the way), my number one way to escape the middle school jerks and the growing waistline was going to the movies. I would see two each weekend (it didn't matter which ones - usually one good, one painfully awful), and I gained a rep in school as "the movie guy." Heck, I used to take Variety's "For Your Consideration" ads and post them on my wall. So, why am I telling you this? Well, it's certainly not to make you think I'm cool. The reason is to simply paint a picture of a boy/young man who was obsessed with the screen and the stars to survive the school daze.

As I grew up, the obsession faded a bit but the infatuation continued. In 1999, when I was a local newspaper reporter in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, I sought out local personalities (the village was rich in talent) to interview to balance the local news stories that always seemed to be on the same topic. Within a year or so, I landed my first celebrity interview in character actor J.K. Simmons. Oddly enough, I had only known him for his brief role in a personal favorite flick of mine - The Ref - and for his breakthrough role as neo-Nazi Vernon Schillinger on HBO's Oz. I was super psyched even though I never watched the prison drama. I landed the interview with the actor by simply calling him and asking if he'd discuss being cast as infamous blowhard J. Jonah Jameson in the then upcoming Spider-Man film adaptation.

After a lovely chat, Simmons came into our newspaper offices, unseated the editor, and put his feet up on his desk for my photographer who snapped away for the cover story. I still remember being so proud of myself that I scored the artist formerly known as Dr. Emil Skoda (fanboys of Law & Order will get that), was enamored by his down-to-earthness, and the story itself got picked up by aicn.com, which made me feel like a bad ass. After the story came out, I stayed in touch with Simmons and went onto write another piece surrounding the mixed emotions he had on Oz coming to an end. Actually, I interviewed him on the very last day of shooting the series in New Jersey overlooking the NYC skyline.

During the span of an hour in his trailer, Simmons talked up the show, his Spider senses, and his beloved Detroit Tigers. It was a memorable day capped off by him taking a photo with me behind bars.

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After that day (this is a long story isn't it?), I continued to keep in touch and recall asking him career advice as he was at the airport. He was leaving Hastings behind, and heading to California for more opportunities. Boy, did this guy cash in: Every Jason Reitman film including Juno, which should've earned him an Oscar nod. The Closer on TNT. I could go on and on...so many projects, so many great performances. But why take THIS LONG to intro an interview with the Whiplash Oscar favorite for Best Supporting Actor. It's easy: He's still the same guy.

In a Feb. 6 phone interview, the actor, who mind you could totally be as pompous as the character he portrays in Whiplash, was humble, sweet, funny, and intelligent. He even said he remembered me. C'mon dude - you don't have to be that nice. Ironically chatting from the airport, Simmons fielded questions on Oscar Sunday, the ride he's had, and his involvement in a wacky benefit album entitled '2776. Read on, and thanks J.K. TTYL.

You've had such an amazing year with Whiplash, hosting Saturday Night Live,, and so much more. But, jumping back to SNL did you ever think you'd play Nas?

(Laughs) We all like to think we have a lot of range as an actor, but no. It's not something I remotely thought I'd do.

I can't believe I'm asking you about Nas when you just attended the Oscar luncheon. I'd imagine if it hadn't already, your Oscar nod sank in at that very moment.
Oh yes. Just to be in that room... The best part was finally shaking hands with (Robert) Duvall and chatting with him. I'm a career fan of his work for 50 years or whatever.

Everyone and their mother have praised your performance in Whiplash, did anyone come up to you at the luncheon to give you some love?
Honestly, Duvall again. I couldn't get a word in edgewise. It was one of the most gratifying responses. Bradley Cooper's a gigantic fan. Look, everyone's going to say nice things at events like this, but you can tell who really was effected by it. The response has been like that at every encounter.

Fletcher is such a bastard yet you managed to humanize him. How hard was it to strike a balance between man and monster? With a different actor or writer, this could've been more of a caricature than a character.
Honestly, it goes back to what Damian [Chazelle] put on the page. Miles Teller will tell you the same thing. We've been blowing his horn since [initial] screenings. As a cast, it was so clear cut on the page. As an actor, the hardest job is to make bad writing work. This is one of the best written pieces of fiction I've ever seen in my life.

You say the script was clear cut, but you threw out so many awesome/evil insults in the flick. Were any improvised?
He gave us very generous room to improv, but having said that, 98 percent of what you see in the movie was on the page including the vast majority of rants and screams.

No insults came directly from your mouth?
Well, at one point I called Miles "a self-righteous little prick.." The really long involved ones I'm pretty sure were verbatim.

While Whiplash is huge, some 15 years ago, you mentioned you're favorite was playing manager to Kevin Costner's aging ace in For Love of the Game. Am I correct in saying it still resonates with you since you're such a big Tigers fan?
There are many, many reasons it is - some obvious, some not. I was still very new to film. It was a year after I started Oz and Law & Order, and I had only a few movie parts so it was exciting. I was supposed to read for another part on the team - the trainer/medic, and I had two lines. I went into [the audition] with my Tigers cap and jersey like an idiot, and didn't know Sam [Raimi, the director] was from Detroit. We talked baseball, and after a few minutes, he was like "hey do you mind I'd like you to look at this other part." So, I went back and read for Frank Perry, who had originally been conceived as a Sparky Anderson kind of guy. I was 43. Sam was just so open to input, and bing, bang, boom, there I was shooting scenes.

Not only was it the first movie with Sam of five in a row, but our son was born during that shoot while we were on location at Yankee Stadium. I remember I got the call that my wife's water broke. There ended up being some problems and everybody on that movie from Kevin to Sam to [the crew] were very generous working around my schedule. I had been sleeping on the floor of the hospital for five days hoping things would turn out OK. Everything turned out fine. For that reason alone, it's been an important film for me.

The Oscars are fast approaching, and you're the frontrunner. My question is this - will you work in a Tigers reference in your speech?
It's funny at the luncheon the producers got up there, acting like stern principals at a junior high school telling us the clock starts right away and we have 45 seconds. That's not anywhere near enough time to express my gratitude to anyone. If I should be so fortunate, I would continue to do what I've been doing [at other award shows] and have an idea of what I'm going to say but not script it.

Lastly, let's jump to 2776. You have a cameo in one of the videos for this comedy/music benefit album. It's actually quite insane the amount of talent that's on this from Reggie Watts to Mike Mills to Will Arnett to k.d. lang. And sales of go toward OneKid OneWorld . How'd you get involved - I mean your cameo has you actually taking on the Marymount High School multi-championship-winning varsity girls' volleyball team.
It's wonderful how they brought everyone together. The connection to me was (creator) Rob Kutner, who I had brush paths with, and in 2007, did a hilarious parody of Juno called Jewno. It was basically the family but very Jewish new yawkers with all these Yiddish flavors. This 2776 looked funny and the charity itself was obviously a good thing.

OK, real last question. You're in the new Terminator film. What can you tell me about it. I can't believe I almost forgot to ask you this.
We just finished the reshoots. It's a very small part, but in talking with the writers, they said my part will grow in the sequels.

Spider-Man just joined the Marvel film universe. Are you returning as J. Jonah? Hey listen, I have no idea what's going on or how far along they are. But, sure I'd be interested.

The 2000 version of me sure hopes so.

About A-Sides with Jon Chattman:
Jon Chattman's 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 over manufactured, 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: Hey Look! It's Another Guy Predicting the Oscars!

(1) Comments | Posted February 15, 2015 | 8:38 AM

It's so transparent that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has a race/diversity issue that I'm not going to even go there. It's been well documented and spot-on that voters for the 87th Annual Academy Awards dropped the ball. No David Oyelowo. No Ava DuVernay. No Chadwick Boseman. That list goes on. Having said that, there were a ton of others left off like Nightcrawler's Jake Gyllenhaal? American Sniper's Clint Eastwood? The Grand Budapest Hotel's Ralph Fiennes? Which brings me to my point - 2014 was just an incredible year for acting and directing - we were bound to be letdown come Oscar morning when the bottomless snubs came. I still can't believe the Academy snubbed Babs for The Prince of Tides again. Discussing diversity at this point would be just about as fruitful as reading a story about Jack White's supposed guacamole rider, which by the way, is horse dung.

But let's move on... the telecast is this Sunday, host Neil Patrick Harris is going to kill it, and the top two prizes are still up for grabs. Here's my attempt at picking the winners in each category. I hear other writers may be doing the same... and here I thought my piece about predicting the Oscars was original. My bad...

Best Motion Picture
The toughest to call. I'm going to say "Boyhood" although "Birdman" may very well win or even "American Sniper" could slide in there. But... here's what I think...
Will win: "Boyhood"
Should win: "The Grand Budapest Hotel" or "Whiplash"
Could upset (but it's not quite an upset): "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)"

Best Actor
Holy crap this is a tough category to call. It's a three-man race in my opinion:
Bradley Cooper in "American Sniper," Michael Keaton in "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)", and Eddie Redmayne in "The Theory of Everything." The race has been between Keaton and Redmayne for so long but the Sniper momentum is something to keep your eye out for. And what if they all split the vote? Will we get some Cumberbatchin' love?

Will win: Redmayne
Should win: Keaton
Could Upset: Cooper

Best Actress
Will and Should Win (and there will be no upset): Julianne Moore in "Still Alice"

Best Supporting Actor
Will and Should Win: J.K. Simmons in "Whiplash"
Could Upset: It's doubtful since Simmons has had this wrapped up for months but the superb Foxcatcher's Mark Ruffalo or Birdman's Ed Norton could slide in. Doubtful.

Best Supporting Actress
Will Win: Patricia Arquette in "Boyhood"
Should Win: Emma Stone in "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)"
Could Upset: No one. This is all Arquette. Stone's "huge" scene is epic but she'll be nominated again.

Best Director
This is the second toughest race to call but my gut tells me Linklater pulls it out even though Iñárritu won the Director's Guild Award .

Will and Should Win: "Boyhood" - Richard Linklater
Could Upset (but not really an upset): Alejandro G. Iñárritu

Animated Feature
Will Win: "How to Train Your Dragon 2"
Could Upset (But It's Not Really an Upset): "Big Hero 6"

Adapted Screenplay
Will Win: "The Imitation Game" - Graham Moore
Should Win and Could Upset: "Whiplash" -Damien Chazelle

Original Screenplay
Will and Should Win: "The Grand Budapest Hotel" - Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness
Could Upset: "Birdman" but doubtful

Cinematography
Will Win: "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)"

Costume Design
Will Win: "The Grand Budapest Hotel"

Documentary Feature
Will Win: "CitizenFour"

Documentary Short Subject
Will Win: "Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1" (Unfair educated guess)

Film Editing
Will Win: "Boyhood"

Foreign Language Film
Will Win: "Ida"

Makeup and Hairstyling
Will Win: "The Grand Budapest Hotel"

Original Score
Will Win: "The Theory of Everything" - Jóhann Jóhannsson

Original Song
Will Win: "Glory" from "Selma"

Production Design
Will Win: "The Grand Budapest Hotel"

Animated Short Film
Will Win: "Feast"

Live Action Short Film
Will Win: "Aya" (Unfair educated guess)

Sound Editing
Will Win: "American Sniper"

Sound Mixing
Will Win: "Whiplash"

Visual Effects
Will Win: "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes"

About A-Sides with Jon Chattman:
Jon Chattman's music/entertainment series usually 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 over manufactured, 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: Celebrate Valentine's Day Today... Greg "The Hammer" Valentine's Day That Is

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2015 | 9:26 AM

The following is taken from the soon-to-be published (hopefully anyway) humor book Ho Ho Hoax! written by Jon Chattman and Rich Tarantino.

It all started in mid-1800s Great Britain and it hasn't let up since: the flowers, the bottomless chocolates, and the diamonds (or cubic zirconia depending on your budget.) It's a "holiday" for cheesy cards that either say what you want to say but can't or say what you think your significant other wants to hear, jacked-up restaurant prices, and excruciating movie marathons that usually star Kate Hudson. Oh, and don't get me started on that star-studded turd of a movie directed by Garry Marshall. Yep, it's Valentine's Day, a fake holiday arguably created for saps to make their spouses feel guilty. Sans a Victoria's Secret purchase or two, it's hell for most men. But it doesn't have to be. I've crunched the numbers (whatever that means), and it is actually quite possible for both genders to enjoy the pink, red, candy-soaked day. Think of the following as an example of holiday counter programming (hey, it works in Hollywood).

Dudes, send your arm candy to see 50 Shades of Grey with their gal pals, and stay home running miles on the WWE Network or YouTube. That's right, you're about to celebrate the man-cave equivalent of the Hallmark holiday by staying home watching endless clips of a true original with a mullet from the Gods and a bod from the booze. Yep, today is the inaugural Greg "The Hammer" Valentine's Day. (I should note this holiday isn't simply for the heteros - it can be enjoyed by any gender who simply want a breather from the real V-Day.)

The 1980s were peppered with dynamic grapplers who could win our hearts with a simple leg drop or a "cheap pop" on the mic but one star, in particular, got our mojo rising. GV was the epitome of cool and looked like one of us. He didn't care so much about his hair (well, not until he partnered later with The Honky Tonk Man), his body (his potbelly was a thing of beauty), and simply just seemed like a cool dude to take on a bar crawl. While the WWE Hall of Famer never reached World Wrestling Federation ice cream bar status, the Seattle native held more gold than Mr. T's neck including the coveted WWF Intercontinental Championship and the NWA United States Heavyweight Championship. So let's celebrate his accomplishments today...

On GHV-Day, men are allowed to lounge around on their couch with a foam finger of their choosing (Valentine never had one), and essentially take the afternoon off before they share the real V-Day later that night with their loved one and said pricey restaurant. So take a load off, fellas. Watch some killer footage, impersonate your favorite wrestler from back in the day and hey, maybe cut your hair a la former Valentine tag-team mate Brutus Beefcake. Pamper yourself with Slim Jims like Randy Savage used to whore out back in the day, and make this afternoon all about you and the squared circle. And hey, who knows maybe all the respective alone time will ignite fireworks for you and your loved ones come nighttime. Does absence make the heart grow fonder? Did Greg Valentine drop the perfect elbow? Yes and yes.

And who knows, with the afternoon off from each other, maybe Cupid will strike each of you all night long after a romantic evening of lovey-dovey festivities. Or, at the very least, introducing the figure-four leg lock in the bedroom tonight will at least have some context. Hugs, kisses, and hammer time! xoxo

About A-Sides with Jon Chattman:
Jon Chattman's pop and 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 over manufactured, 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: Dø the Right Thing

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2015 | 3:52 PM

Toddlers and runny noses. Beck and artistry. Taylor Swift and awkward award-show courtside dancing. Yep, some things just effortlessly go together. Take the Franco-Finnish duo The Dø who are about to have their "damn right" moment and I'm saying that in my best Isaac Hayes impression (probably someone's worst). The tandem of Dan Levy and Olivia Merilahti are about to reach their tipping point with Shake Shook Shaken, their third album which dropped in the states yesterday. The LP (proverbial anyway)is a delicious dose of electro-pop and synth gems that will have your pants and ears simultaneously dancing together. I caught up with Merilahti recently and asked her about Shake, the success it's already had overseas, and more. Read on and read more.

Shake Shook Shaken" has been out for some time already - it's actually already a smash abroad, but just came out here. How does it feel to go full throttle promoting an album when it's not new to you? >
It still feels like the beginning, and we're used to having our albums out at different moments. It's great to share with new audiences. The good thing is that we know better what this album is about, it's not like this weird thing that just cracked the egg open.

Word. Your song titles are often blunt or perhaps better said - to the point. Is that something you're conscious of?
The purpose of this album was to be to the point, direct, frontal. A good title is crucial.

And you nailed it... Was there a theme in terms of the writing and musicality throughout the album process? Is there a theme for each album you do?
There was a sense of heroism that we wanted to achieve in the music. I also wrote a lot about chaos, loosing landmarks after breakups, and the courage it takes to stand up again. We don't really think of themes beforehand, it would make the process too brainy. The analytic part comes always second.

Who were you more inspired by collectively - musicians from France, Finland, or the States?>
We both grew up with American and English music in our ear: The Beatles, Queen, the '90s grunge and R&B scene for me and Dan grew up to Coltrane, Wynton Marsalis...Frank Zappa.

That's an eclectic mix to say the least. You're touring near and far... what's one thing you miss about home, and one thing you're thankful to be away from?
We're thankful to be away from routine and from a day-to-day reality, but we miss our loved ones a lot.

Lastly, how do you know you've made it big? Pick one A) You're an answer on Jeopardy! B) Nicki Minaj namedrops you in a song. or C) I interview you. D) Please say it's "C" E) Lifetime makes a tele-film about your lives and gets it totally wrong.
It has to be C as it's tattooed on my wrist! I promise.

Excuse me while I give myself a self-high five.

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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 over manufactured, 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: Welcome to Rixton's 'Hotel Ceiling' -- Such a Lovely Place

(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2015 | 12:28 PM

Ariana Grande seems to be everywhere. She's got more singles out there than a J-Date mixer, just showed up on The Grammys, and I hear Starbucks will soon introduce the Ariana Grande-sized latte. OK, that last statement is a lame sense of humor, but let's face it the 20-something hottie...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: 'Then Came...' The Lone Bellow

(2) Comments | Posted February 9, 2015 | 11:54 AM

The "sophomore jinx" thing is very real. Arthur 2: On the Rocks immediately comes to mind for some unexplainable reason, but I'll deal with that on my own time and perhaps with my therapist. The reason I bring this up is successful and hyped musicians often fail to deliver creatively...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Valentine's Day Themed "5 For Fighting"; Meet the "Evergreen" Hannah Gill

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2015 | 12:00 AM

By a show of hands, who hasn't gotten pregnant listening to a Five for Fighting song? [Pauses] That's what I thought. Anyway, since Valentine's Day is right around the corner, it's time for that old A-Sides column-within-a-column -- 5 for Fighting... with Five for Fighting: Valentine's Day Edition. Read on, and thanks again John Ondransik for being a good sport and helping me to cut down on my therapy bills via this running gag -- well, almost.

An album of yours was called Bookmarks. Do you still use bookmarks? Does anyone?
Yes, everyone does, on their browser. "A-Sides" is my favorite.

Aw, thanks man. Valentine's Day is approaching. Which one of your songs do you introduce at a concert as... "something for the lovers" ?
A song called "Love Song." It's about divorce. It's my wife's favorite song. Uh...

Your song "The Riddle" isn't a riddle at all. It's faulty advertising to me. Explain yourself.
There are riddles, there are riddles within riddles, and there are riddlers. I am all and none of those. Who am I?

Batman? I hear you're working on a new album. Should Chamillionaire be worried?
I prefer Earl Grey like my mentor Jean Luc Picard. I have postponed record making to hit the campaign trail with Rand Paul's hair. All joking aside, I have many more millions than Cham. Does that make me a Jillionaire?

Lastly, why hasn't anyone parodied a Weird Al Yankovic parody?
Because we live in, as Bill Maher said, "A Pussy Nation"... Vive La France!

By the time I hit 17, I had no clue what I wanted to be when I "grew up." My focus was simply on graduating high school, going onto college, and then perhaps becoming a film critic. Good luck with that, past self. Anyway, the reason I bring this up is because Hannah Gill has her stuff together. Whereas my main focus at 17 was probably defeating the latest Super Mario Bros. game, she's focused on her music career, which is already flourishing thanks to her edgy vocals and confidence. Gill just dropped a self-titled EP and her cover of mega-fantastic Hozier's "Take Me to Church" is killing it on the Interwebs. Filmed by Yale Goodman at Rockwood in NYC.

"Evergreen"

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:

12. "No Cities to Love" (debut) - Sleater-Kinney
11. "Hypnotic" (debut) - Zella Day
10. "Mess is Mine" (LW-8) - Vance Joy (Watch his exclusive performance of the song for A-Sides here!)
9. "Black Soap" (debut) - Ex Cops
8. "Black Mambo" (LW-10) - Glass Animals
7. "Call My Name" (LW-11) - HAERTS
6. "Somebody New" (LW-3) - Joywave
5. "Electric Love" (debut) - B0RNS
4. "A Rush of Blood" (debut) - Coasts
3. "Push Pull" (LW-2) - Purity Ring
2. "Karaoke" (LW-5) - Smallpools
1. "Lampshades on Fire" (LW-1) - Modest Mouse

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 over manufactured, 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!

Stay Connected:
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A-Sides With Jon Chattman: Grizfolk Find Their "Spark"

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 7:37 PM

Sometimes you just know when a band is about to break out like Wentworth Miller in Prison Break... but that show was terrible. More to the point, one can get that sense with Grizfolk, an alt-rock quintet who gained boatloads of fans (I'm talking a lot of boats) when they...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: In-flight Safety Guaranteed -- A Dash of Eric Dash

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 5:26 PM

It's bound to happen. Anytime I have an article that deals with Canada, I'm going to mention the importance of the great Rick Moranis. The star of so many 1980s classics gave up acting years ago, but it's always a good opportunity to praise his work any time I speak...

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A-Sides With Jon Chattman: Going, Going, and Gone Girl -- Celebrating the Ones the Oscars Forgot

(2) Comments | Posted January 15, 2015 | 1:13 PM

To quote an Oscar-nominated original song, "Everything is Awesome" today. The Oscar nominations were announced and so many well-deserved performances and films were honored by that gold guy who bares a striking resemblance to a thinner and taller Ed Asner. That said, as is the case each year, many, many...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Predicting the Gold Guy Morning

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2015 | 1:00 PM

'Tis the season for everyone, their mother, brother, cousin, dog, and everyone else to place their bets on this year's Oscar nods. Here's this guy's take (points to self.) Overall, 2014 was a great yet uneven year for cinema which will likely be remembered more for its stellar, star-making, career-comebacking,...

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A-Sides With Jon Chattman: Getting "Very Close" to J-Idris; the Return of 5 For Fighting With...Five For Fighting

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 5:58 PM

No matter the decade, every girl or boy who had a respective Bat or Bar Mitzvah knows every single line of Kool and the Gang's "Celebration" verbatim. OK, let's face it everyone does and they have ever since that song came out. Singer/songwriter/producer J-Idris probably knows it most of anyone...

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A-Sides: My Top 64 Pop Culture Moments of 2014

(3) Comments | Posted December 31, 2014 | 8:24 PM

2014 is always going to be a magical year for me. It was the year my second child was born. In terms of pop culture, it was a mixed bag. On a positive tip (I want to try using that phrase to see if I can bring it back), Michael...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Jeff Foxworthy Takes to the Gridiron, Discusses "Ref" Gig, Rednecks, and Mixtapes on the Road

(0) Comments | Posted December 29, 2014 | 9:16 AM

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Look out E.T., Reese's may have finally replaced you as their unofficial celebrity ambassador. With the launch of the candy brand's Reese's® Playoff Pandemonium, stand-up comedy icon and "Redneck" preacher Jeff Foxworthy is center stage for their College and Pro Football...

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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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Photo credit: Glenn Sweitzer, Fresh Films + Design

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:: Good "Chemistry" with Plaid Brixx; Goapele "Moves Forward"

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 11:10 AM

Let's be honest pop junkies - anytime you hear the word "chemistry," you instantly think of cooking with White and Pinkman. PLAID BRIXX is about to change that in 2015 with the release of their EP and single of the same name. Mix pop and rock, and throw...

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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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