On the List - Our Most Coveted Record Store Day 2017 Releases

On the List – Our Most Coveted Record Store Day 2017 Releases

To celebrate Record Store Day, The Garden Statement is bringing you our most anticipated releases that we will hopefully be picking up this Saturday! Take a look at what Craig and Donald are looking to find this weekend, and let us know what you’re picking up in the comments!  ...
Stuck Between Two Good Things: What We Should Learn from Modern Baseball

Stuck Between Two Good Things: What We Should Learn from Modern Baseball

There are many bands that come in and out of the emo “scene” throughout the years. What becomes tricky, however, is figuring out which bands will be a flash-in-the-pan, one-album wonder, and which will carve out a spot for themselves for several years and make more of a lasting impression...
On The List: Love/Hate Valentine's Day

On The List: Love/Hate Valentine’s Day

Welcome, everyone, to a brand new feature here on The Garden Statement! If you’ve noticed, there is a space on the right-hand side of our homepage that displays a Spotify playlist. That playlist spot has been showing our Top Albums of 2015 for a full year now, so we’ve decided...
Show Review: The Menzingers at Vintage Vinyl

Show Review: The Menzingers at Vintage Vinyl

Among the many hidden treasures that New Jersey offers, perhaps the most important for fans of any music is Vintage Vinyl. In addition to its impressive, massive collection of albums new and old, the record store off of Route 1 in Fords boasts a stage, sound system, and a staff...
Most Anticipated Albums of 2017

Most Anticipated Albums of 2017

Welcome back, friends! Last week’s Top Albums of 2017 post was a blast to make, and now we’re back with the albums I’m looking forward to the most in the remaining 11 months of 2017. January was a pretty uneventful month (save for the Code Orange and Japandroids albums that...
Best of 2016: Donald's Top Albums

Best of 2016: Donald’s Top Albums

Happy 2017, everyone! 2016 was a dormant year for The Garden Statement, but thanks to a New Year’s Resolution to write more and Craig’s Top Songs List to motivate me to keep pace, I’m back for a recap of one of the strangest years in both real life (especiallyin real...
Craig's Top 50 Songs of 2016 (Pt. 2)

Craig’s Top 50 Songs of 2016 (Pt. 2)

Welcome back to Pt. 2 of my Top Songs of the Year List. If you missed Part 1 with my #50-26 songs of the year, you can check that out here. As is always the case, I have also only included one song per album on this list, so as...
Craig's Top 50 Songs of 2016, Pt. 1

Craig’s Top 50 Songs of 2016, Pt. 1

  As I have done the past several years, below I have compiled my annual list of the top 50 songs of 2016, in the opinion of myself, Craig Ismaili. This list required a great deal of deliberation, and it is solely a reflection of my personal perspective, and should...
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On the List - Our Most Coveted Record Store Day 2017 Releases

On the List – Our Most Coveted Record Store Day 2017 Releases

To celebrate Record Store Day, The Garden Statement is bringing you our most anticipated releases that we will hopefully be picking up this Saturday! Take a look at what Craig and Donald are looking to find this weekend, and let us know what you’re picking up in the comments!   Craig: Everyone has their little family...
Stuck Between Two Good Things: What We Should Learn from Modern Baseball

Stuck Between Two Good Things: What We Should Learn from Modern Baseball

There are many bands that come in and out of the emo “scene” throughout the years. What becomes tricky, however, is figuring out which bands will be a flash-in-the-pan, one-album wonder, and which will carve out a spot for themselves for several years and make more of a lasting impression in their fans’ minds. Predicting...
On The List: Love/Hate Valentine's Day

On The List: Love/Hate Valentine’s Day

Welcome, everyone, to a brand new feature here on The Garden Statement! If you’ve noticed, there is a space on the right-hand side of our homepage that displays a Spotify playlist. That playlist spot has been showing our Top Albums of 2015 for a full year now, so we’ve decided it’s time to do something...
Show Review: The Menzingers at Vintage Vinyl

Show Review: The Menzingers at Vintage Vinyl

Among the many hidden treasures that New Jersey offers, perhaps the most important for fans of any music is Vintage Vinyl. In addition to its impressive, massive collection of albums new and old, the record store off of Route 1 in Fords boasts a stage, sound system, and a staff that consistently brings the best...
Most Anticipated Albums of 2017

Most Anticipated Albums of 2017

Welcome back, friends! Last week’s Top Albums of 2017 post was a blast to make, and now we’re back with the albums I’m looking forward to the most in the remaining 11 months of 2017. January was a pretty uneventful month (save for the Code Orange and Japandroids albums that I’ll be checking out soon),...
Best of 2016: Donald's Top Albums

Best of 2016: Donald’s Top Albums

Happy 2017, everyone! 2016 was a dormant year for The Garden Statement, but thanks to a New Year’s Resolution to write more and Craig’s Top Songs List to motivate me to keep pace, I’m back for a recap of one of the strangest years in both real life (especiallyin real life) and music that I...
Craig's Top 50 Songs of 2016 (Pt. 2)

Craig’s Top 50 Songs of 2016 (Pt. 2)

Welcome back to Pt. 2 of my Top Songs of the Year List. If you missed Part 1 with my #50-26 songs of the year, you can check that out here. As is always the case, I have also only included one song per album on this list, so as to spread the wealth and...
Craig's Top 50 Songs of 2016, Pt. 1

Craig’s Top 50 Songs of 2016, Pt. 1

  As I have done the past several years, below I have compiled my annual list of the top 50 songs of 2016, in the opinion of myself, Craig Ismaili. This list required a great deal of deliberation, and it is solely a reflection of my personal perspective, and should not be viewed as Garden...
Back to School Special: What I Listened to Over Summer Vacation

Back to School Special: What I Listened to Over Summer Vacation

Sadly enough, today is the first day of Autumn. Sorry kids, but it’s time to face the facts: Summer is now over according to the calendar, back to school sales ending, and you getting your lazy butts out of the heat and into the classroom. The first few weeks of school are always a time...
Photo Gallery/Show Review: Bayside, The Menzingers, and Sorority Noise at Starland Ballroom

Photo Gallery/Show Review: Bayside, The Menzingers, and Sorority Noise at Starland Ballroom

In support of their new album Vacancy, which was released the day before, Bayside continued their trend of building fantastic tour packages that not only highlighted some of the best upcoming acts in our scene, but showcased their own talents and showmanship as well.
Hidden In Plain View at Stanhope House Review and Gallery

Hidden In Plain View at Stanhope House Review and Gallery

Last weekend, Craig and Don attended Hidden In Plain View’s hometown show at Stanhope House, their first show in New Jersey in close to ten years. Read below for some thoughts from Don about the experience and check out some photos Craig took of the evening’s performance.
On Fleeting Love, Cosmic Conciousness, and Transcendentalism in The Hotelier's Goodness

On Fleeting Love, Cosmic Conciousness, and Transcendentalism in The Hotelier’s Goodness

  “Goodness is the only investment that never fails” – Henry David Thoreau, Walden   “We sit and we talk, not of much but of little,” begins the poem that forms the opening track, “N 43° 59′ 38.927″ W 71° 23′ 45.27” on The Hotelier’s new album Goodness. It’s a line that seems to summarize...