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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...
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...
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...
Craig's Top 40 Songs of 2015

Craig’s Top 40 Songs of 2015

As I always do, in this exhausting labor of love, I have compiled my annual list of the top 40 songs of 2015, 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 Statement’s...
The Garden Statement Composite Top Albums 2015

The Garden Statement Composite Top Albums 2015

Welcome to our annual recap of the best the previous year had to offer. Those of you who listen to our radio show (Saturdays 1-3 PM returning January 23rd) will already know this, but Donald, Madison, and myself, Craig Ismaili, compile a list of our favorite emo, pop-punk, and post-hardcore albums of the year every...
An Interview with Copeland

An Interview with Copeland

I apologize for my absence from this site over the past few months. Real life and a writing gig for AbsolutePunk have given me just about all I can handle over the preceding 5 months. I want to make a concerted effort over the next few months to focus on bringing some more great content...
Acoustic Session and Interview with Citizen

Acoustic Session and Interview with Citizen

We sat down with Nick Hamm and Jake Duhaime of Citizen to discuss their uncertainties about the lack of sing-alongs on their new record Everybody is Going to Heaven, the against-the-grain presentation of the record, and why they think Will Yip is the only producer in the entire music scene.  Also check out the videos...
Mid-Year 2015: Craig's Top Albums (So Far)

Mid-Year 2015: Craig’s Top Albums (So Far)

It’s a little bit past the midway point of the year, which means it’s time for one of the most fun, and simultaneously most pointless, exercises: the making of the mid-year top albums list. AKA the time when everyone gets to compare each other’s lists and decide how far behind they are on listening to...
Turnover- Peripheral Vision

Turnover- Peripheral Vision

“Adolescent dreams gave to adult screams. Paranoid that I won’t have all the things they say I need.” Perhaps it is the fact that I’ve spent the majority of my twenty-one years of life living through the bitterness of Northeast Winters and the scorching hot Mid-Atlantic summers, but I’ve always thought of music as being...
Show Review: RatFest 2015

Show Review: RatFest 2015

About two years ago, Cub Rat hosted the first ever RatFest on the Sundial Lawn just mere steps from the restaurant which granted the concert its namesake. The original event brought together two New Jersey pop-punk tastemakers of different eras- the stalwarts in Saves the Day and the up-and-coming face of the “Defend Pop Punk”...