also into cats!

Jen & Buttercup, originally uploaded by falsestartjunkyard.

preshow thoughts

How are these actually my seats?

And how did I get them for only $10?

Also, the person choosing preshow music wins at life. (Gaslight! \o/)

you are here

our last rest stop before chicagoland!

complimentary colors

Complimentary II, originally uploaded by falsestartjunkyard.

A seasonally appropriate color scheme. (I hate the holidays.)


Smoke, originally uploaded by falsestartjunkyard.

I'm not one to brag about my accomplishments, but fuck it, I am proud of this.

I submitted this photo to a juried art exhibition at my college and not only did it get it, it won best in show in the category of photography & printmaking.


i don't care what you think (as long as it's about me)

the impossible just became possible

Alternative Landscape, originally uploaded by falsestartjunkyard.

never been better

Taylor, originally uploaded by falsestartjunkyard.


The March Hare, originally uploaded by falsestartjunkyard.

time lord

The Doctor, originally uploaded by falsestartjunkyard.

I spent my afternoon with David Tennant.

not just our glasses when we kissed

The Appreciation Post, originally uploaded by falsestartjunkyard.

sometimes walls run into you

Mark Rose flyer

So, in case you didn't know, this is happening. It's going to be awesome. You should come.

serious music journalist

Music Journalist, originally uploaded by falsestartjunkyard.

we're taking it all back, baby

Team Goldie, originally uploaded by falsestartjunkyard.

you made it kid you're on the road

Graffiti Van, originally uploaded by falsestartjunkyard.

no retreat, no regrets

Ephemera (v.2), originally uploaded by falsestartjunkyard.

A visual representation of my life over the past 9 months. If I could do it all again, I wouldn't change a thing.

just some losers in a band

Six months ago my friends said, come to this place called Sacred Grounds and see some local bands we found. My life would be so much different right now if we hadn't gone to that show.

i'm a junkyard full of false starts

If you know me in real life, I'm sure you've heard me talk about this (and I'm not sure how many people are reading this that don't actually know me in real life, but anyway...)

Falsestart Junkyard was never meant to be just a music/photo/etc. blog. It's the clothing/publishing company that I've been putting together these past few months. So go check out the myspace and make sure you friend it! There's not much there just yet, but there will be soon!

"The only time I feel alive is when I'm painting."

Untitled #6, originally uploaded by falsestartjunkyard.

fix it up so it will work again


I'll show you mine if you show me yours first
Let's compare scars, I'll tell you whose is worse

i'm sleeping on your folk's porch again

It's been a year since the first time I saw this video.

"i really like your band, matt"

Matthew, originally uploaded by falsestartjunkyard.

Robots & Racecars: They cover Fraggle Rock for sound check, and their van has Free Candy has a three headed dragon spray painted on the side. What more could you want from a band? (Also, their music is pretty okay, I suppose.)

who's that girl

Penn's Landing, originally uploaded by falsestartjunkyard.

I wonder.

it is a sad day for the jersey music scene

The Ergs! are breaking up.

My sadness cannot be properly conveyed via text. (And now I'm kicking myself for missing their recent show at the Court Tavern.)

i will bring you back to life

Andrew Volpe, originally uploaded by falsestartjunkyard.

I'm kinda fond of this band, you might have noticed.

looking forward to the future

A few things I am currently looking forward to:

» The new Fall Out Boy album: Folie À Deux, to be released on election day (Nov. 4th). If you think my big plans for that day are anything other than going to vote and then driving to the store to pick up this album, you are sorely mistaken. (The announcement of this record was the culmination of the “Citizens for Our Betterment” viral marketing scheme which, was tracked very thoroughly by this website.)

» Robots and Racecars upcoming EP, which at one point was being called “Robots and Racecars Are Out of Their Element.” However, that was over a month ago and who knows how many name changes it’s gone through since then. Guitar and drum tracks have been recorded and they are currently working on vocals. Nicholas assures me that it will be “epic.”

The Loved Ones

» All Aboard: A Tribute To Johnny Cash. Even more than the Gaslight Anthem track, I’m looking forward to the Loved Ones cover of my all time favorite Johnny Cash song, Cocaine Blues. This is the one thing I have to wait the least for as it comes out next week! UPDATE: Apparently I spoke too soon, because the release has been pushed back to October 21st.

» The Decemberists are putting out a series of singles entitled “Always the Bridesmaid” to be released in three volumes, starting in October. They are also currently in the studio recording their next LP. That is a lot new music and that makes me very happy, as it has been far too long for my taste. Also, they must have heard me complaining about how they haven’t toured in forever, because they are going back out and will once again be hitting up The Electric Factory in Philadelphia, where I last saw them two years ago. Their complete tour dates can be found here.

this is the death of beauty

Wine Red, originally uploaded by falsestartjunkyard.

Taken in the "starving artists" cafe in Lancaster, PA. If you've ever waited on line outside the Chameleon Club, you know the place I'm talking about.

so damn tragic, so fantastic

Tom Conrad, originally uploaded by falsestartjunkyard.

early one mornin' while makin' the rounds

The Gaslight Anthem, originally uploaded by falsestartjunkyard.

Joining The Loved Ones, The Bouncing Souls and The Dresden Dolls, among others, The Gaslight Anthem will be contributing a song for Anchorless Records' compilation album All Aboard: A Tribute To Johnny Cash. The release date for the album is September 9th and all proceeds will go to the Syrentha Savio Endowment

All Aboard: A Tribute To Johnny Cash Tracklisting:

1. “Man In Black” The Bouncing Souls
2. “Country Boy” Fallen From The Sky
3. “Wreck Of The Old ’97″ Chuck Ragan (Hot Water Music)
4. “Let The Train Whistle Blow” Joe McMahon (Smoke or Fire)
5. “Delia’s Gone” Ben Nichols (Lucero)
6. “God’s Gonna Cut You Down” The Gaslight Anthem
7. “Cocaine Blues” The Loved Ones
8. “Give My Love To Rose” OnGuard feat. Jason Shevchuk of Kid Dynamite and None More Black
9. “I Still Miss Someone” Casey James Prestwood (Hot Rod Circuit)
10. “Hey Porter” MxPx
11. “Cry,Cry,Cry” The Flatliners
12. “Ballad Of A Teenage Queen” The Dresden Dolls feat. Franz Nicolay of The Hold Steady
13. “Folsom Prison Blues” Chon Travis (Love = Death)
14. “There You Go” The Sainte Catherines
15. “I Walk The Line” Russ Rankin (Good Riddance, Only Crime)
16. “Delia’s Gone (Alternate Version)” Ben Nichols (Lucero) *Bonus on the vinyl release only

wishing to be the friction in your jeans

Chucks, originally uploaded by falsestartjunkyard.

I'm gonna go ahead and say it. Converse were the best thing to ever happen to shoes. Anyone who disagrees is gonna have to fight me.

the best of us can find happiness in misery

You can now stream the Fall Out Boy's new single, "I Don't Care" at or the band's myspace.

It's not what I was expecting after hearing the ten second clip that was aired last week, to be honest, it's so much better. Patrick Stump, I would listen to you sing the back of a box of cheez-its, but I much prefer this.

more than you could ever know

Victoria Asher, originally uploaded by falsestartjunkyard.

I finally got my computer hooked up, and this means two things:

1. I will be able to edit and upload photos much more quickly and efficiently.
2. I will be able to upload all the old photos that have been sitting, alone and unloved on my desktop for the past several months. The above is one of them.

i cross my heart and hope to live

The Round Up, originally uploaded by falsestartjunkyard.

Another one from the carnival. This is a ride you will never get me on.

won't you let me walk you home from school

Sno Kones, originally uploaded by falsestartjunkyard.

I skipped out on We're All Broken at the Court Tavern for a carnival in Bucks County, PA. Sorry guys, catch you next time.

can't keep up with what I got

There are many bands and many, many shows that I want to talk to you about, including but not limited to: The Appreciation Post, Fall Out Boy, The Gaslight Anthem, and Steel Train.

But as I do not have the time at present, I give you this video of The Hush Sound covering The Beatles:

it's a grand old party but it's not for me

The Hush Sound perform a new song entitled, "We Believe in Barack Obama" at the Philly date of the Dance Across the Country tour.

As if I needed more reasons to love this band.

the story so far

It's that time again. Time to play the viral marketing game. Last time it was Panic at the Disco and The Hush Sound and this time, well, likely suspects are Fall Out Boy and...Copeland?

I began following these developments when Decaydance posted a myspace bulletin saying that their website had been hacked. The "hack" turned out to be a page of ascii art of the front of their site. Credit for the hack had been taken by "Citizens For Our Betterment," whose website appeared to be something vaguely political.

Ashlee Simpson-Wentz was photographed holding a flyer for the organization and their were rumors of Brendon Urie of Panic at the Disco having the web address on his guitar which spurred on the connection to Fall Out Boy and/or FBR/Decaydance.

Last night Absolute Punk posted a news article saying that the Citizens For Our Betterment site had been updated. As it turns out, it was in fact a different website, the address for which was All links from the new site led to which led visitors to a flash maze, the conclusion of which was, the only thing on this site was a polaroid and a date, October 14th. Then the clues started piling up and it looked more and more like You Are My Sunshine was a new Copeland record and that the two separate sites had nothing to do with one another.

An then, as always, Pete Wentz happened. The newest update on his Meelikey blog was posted today and contains the above photo of Wentz, the text underneath simply reads "they said it you run right back to the start." And finally, Absolute Punk posted another news article this afternoon, entitled For Our Betterment, alerting Fall Out Boy fans that they should make sure to watch FNMTV this friday.

The most popular reigning theory among the posters seems to be that FOB is going to once again try for their seven continent world record and they are taking Copeland with them. Whatever the outcome, this certainly has been interesting to watch unfold.

(A more indepth overview can be found here, thanks to imtimwhoareyou from

coming through on grandmama's radio

The Gaslight Anthem's new album, The '59 Sound comes out tomorrow and I really cannot recommend it enough. I attended their cd release show at the Knitting Factory last Saturday and they were even more amazing than I remember them being when I first saw them back in February.

The '59 Sound is more of everything I love about this band: Springsteen influenced punk with a healthy dose of soul and blues. I cannot get enough of Brian Fallon's voice, when talking to the crowd he sounds like any dude from 2008, but once he starts singing it's like you're listening to someone who grew up in the 40's, I don't know how he does it, but I'm glad. Listening to this album makes me want to jump into a Cadillac and play this album as loud as I can while driving down back roads on a summer night.

I'm not sure if any of that made sense to anyone but me, but I'd like to leave you with a quote from one of my favorites in the music industry, which sums up my feelings on this band better than I ever could:

"Go see them live when they come to your town. It's like church. Or a revival. A revival of what music is supposed to feel like. Meet me by the river's edge and we'll enjoy it together." - Steven Smith, SURS

you stole my breath

Sean Van Vleet, originally uploaded by falsestartjunkyard.

Empires are everything music should be. Download Howl (for free!), I promise, you will not be disappointed.

my swagger is my championship belt

Team Goldie, originally uploaded by falsestartjunkyard.

No lie, Team Goldie is at the top of my list of people I would give a record deal to in a heartbeat if I had that power.

what's new for fall has announced that Panic At The Disco will be touring this fall with The Plain White T's and Dashboard Confessional. (My sources say that The Cab will also be joining them on this tour.) No dates yet, I'm just interested to see what sort of turn out this tour is going to bring, I like all of these bands to varying degrees but Panic and Dashboard aren't two bands I would have pegged for touring together.

Meanwhile, The Mountain Goats will be touring the across the U.S. through October and November. You can find dates and venues on their website.

However the tour I'm really looking forward to is still being kept under wraps. Back in June I asked Andrew Volpe if Ludo had plans to tour more after Warped. The answer I got was, yes, but they're not allowed to talk about it yet. A friend asked a similar question of Tim Convy and got a similar answer.

we don't kiss, we just lay there

Looking for some awesome female fronted indie pop? Check out Lemuria. Sheena rocks it with the best of them.

there ain't no shame in the game

Microphone, originally uploaded by falsestartjunkyard.

sweet tangerine

have you heard the news that you're dead?

You know, I have met some amazing people through the internet. And then every once in a while I get reminded that some people are real assholes.

This is not funny. It's mean-spirited and immature. I know that I am far from alone when I say that Gerard Way is my hero. Why you would want to try and hurt so many people you don't even know is beyond me.

i have many leather bound books

Saturday Night, originally uploaded by falsestartjunkyard.

Sometimes it's worth it to drive all the way out to Bristol on a Saturday night.

it must have been one hell of a night

Beer and Smokes, originally uploaded by falsestartjunkyard.


Wonder Bar, originally uploaded by falsestartjunkyard.

It makes me sad that I never got to see the original Tillie before the building was demolished, he's such an New Jersey icon.

zero hour, nine am

The Gin Blossoms covering "Rocket Man" by Elton John.

we were the magnificent dreamers

Sometimes for fun I like to imagine up dream tours that I want to go see. My previous favorite was Robots & Racecars and Team Goldie opening on a Ludo headlining tour. Just this morning I decided that Empires and The Gaslight Anthem opening for The Loved Ones would pretty much be the best thing ever.

Thoughts? What are your dream lineups?

here we go around again

I know it's been about a million years since I actually talked about music in this blog, so here's some content for you.

How I Became Invisible is the solo side project of Robots & Racecars bassist, Nicholas Reed. New songs went up last night and they are A+. Check it out.

this is gonna be big

Backyard, originally uploaded by falsestartjunkyard.


Of course I felt like crap today and then I had to go to work, so I got to take all of four pictures with it. Even so, I'm already in love with it. This is the start of a wonderful relationship, I can tell.

take your shoes off, dance in the rain

Hula Hoop Harlet, originally uploaded by falsestartjunkyard.

Melissa Anne, the Hula Hoop Harlet.

never thought that I'd end up here

Drain Pipe, originally uploaded by falsestartjunkyard.

the coming storm

Storm, originally uploaded by falsestartjunkyard.

I really sort of love Chicago. Someday I hope to be wealthy enough to split my time between there and New Jersey. Hopefully, I can avoid the days like these though.