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October 30, 2013

Fright Night Movies at Maxwell’s in Hoboken Saturday November 2 8pm

Filed under: Hoboken,Maxwells,movies — Tags: , , , , , — TheBoken @ 3:10 PM

The regular music might not be a Maxwell’s of Hoboken anymore but a night of two horror horror movies awaits those not of the faint of heart coming this Saturday…..

Fright Night Movies at Maxwell’s

Saturday November 2nd

A scary double feature:  The original Night of the Living Dead and Tod Browning’s Freaks

Double Feature begins at 8pm – Admission is $5.00

Address: 1039 Washington Street, Hoboken 

Night of the Living Dead Hoboken 11-2-2013 at Maxwells

Night of the Living Deadthe original, 1968, black-&-white,  American, independent, classic, horror film directed by George A. Romero. 

The dead come back to life & eat the living in this low budget film. Several people barricade themselves inside a rural house in an attempt to survive the night. Outside are hordes of relentless, shambling zombies who can only be killed by a blow to the head.

The film  was heavily criticized at its release owing to explicit content, but eventually garnered critical acclaim and has been selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry as a film deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.”

Five years after its premiere, Paul McCullough of Take One, observed that Night of the Living Dead was the “most profitable horror film ever [...] produced outside the walls of a major studio”. The film had earned between $12 and $15 million at the American box office after a decade. It was translated into more than 25 languages and released across Europe, Canada and Australia. It grossed $30 million internationally, and the Wall Street Journal reported that it was the top grossing film in Europe in 1969.

More than 40 years after its release, the film enjoys a reputation as a classic and still receives positive reviews; Night of the Living Dead currently holds a 96% “Certified Fresh” rating on the review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes,and it is regarded by many as one of the best films of 1968. The New York Times placed the film on their Best 1000 Movies Ever list.  In January 2010, Total Film included the film on its list of The 100 Greatest Movies of All Time. Rolling Stone magazine named Night of the Living Dead one of The 100 Maverick Movies in the Last 100 Years.

It was awarded two distinguished honors decades after its debut. The Library of Congress added the film to the National Film Registry in 1999 with other films deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant”. In 2001, the film was ranked No. 93 by the American Film Institute on their AFI’s 100 Years . . . 100 Thrills list, a list of America’s most heart-pounding movies. The Chicago Film Critics Association named it the 5th scariest film ever made.  The film also ranked No. 9 on Bravo’s The 100 Scariest Movie Moments.

Freaks is a 1932 American Pre-Code horror film about sideshow performers,
directed & produced by Tod Browning.  with a cast mostly composed of actual carnival performers. The film was based on Tod Robbins‘ 1923 short fiction story “Spurs“. Director Browning took the exceptional step of casting real people with deformities, rather than using costumes and makeup.

Browning had been a member of a traveling circus in his early years, and much of the film was drawn from his personal experiences. In the film, the physically deformed sideshow performers are inherently trusting and honorable people, while the real monsters are two of the “normal” members of the circus who conspire to murder one of the performers to obtain his large inheritance.

At the time of its release, despite extensive cuts, the film was negatively received by audiences, and remained an object of extreme controversy. Browning, famed at the time for his collaborations with Lon Chaney and for directing Bela Lugosi in Dracula (1931), had trouble finding work afterward, and this effectively brought his career to an early close. Beginning in the early 1960s, Freaks was rediscovered as a counterculture cult film, and throughout the 1970s and 1980s, the film was regularly shown at midnight movie screenings at several movie theaters in the United States.  In 1994, Freaks was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”. It was ranked 15th on Bravo TV’s list of the 100 Scariest Movie Moments.

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August 28, 2013

Justin Timberlake Visits former site of Hoboken’s Maxwells (update)

Filed under: Hoboken,Maxwells — Tags: , , — TheBoken @ 7:00 PM

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Original Post: It is rumored the pop sensation Justin Timberlake will be making an appearance in Hoboken tonight. I have not been able to confirm for sure but there is a sizable crowd outside of former rock joint Maxwell’s in anticipation of his arrival. Local Twitter and Facebook Feeds are buzzing with anticipation. More too come.

Update: It has been confirmed that Justin Timberlake is indeed at Maxwell’s in Hoboken shooting a commercial for his line of target clothes. Good luck getting in as only 150 or so will be allowed in. There is at least 500 people outside hoping to get a glimpse of the performer. As of 8:20pm some people were finally allowed to get in. Maxwell’s is located at the corner of 11th and Washington Street in Hoboken and recently closed its doors in July. It future may be uncertain but it sure as heck was buzzing tonight.

Below is a photo montage from Justin Timberlake’s Facebook page confirming his presence in the Mile Square:

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More photos from the day and evening:

Justin Timberlake in Hoboken - Artistic

Original photo by Instagram user @polishpun84 and artistic additions by TheBoken.com

Maxwell's at Night Justin Timberlake in Hoboken

Photo by TheBoken.com

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August 1, 2013

That’s All Folks – Maxwell’s Closes Doors After Plus 30 Years of Music and Mixology in Hoboken

Filed under: Hoboken,Maxwells — Tags: , , — TheBoken @ 8:10 AM

 

Last night was the last night for for the famous musical establishment Maxwell’s located at 1039 Washington Street. They announced earlier this summer they would be closing at the end of July and for the last several months saw a substantial uptick in business. Some of those who wax sentimental about such closings will feel the loss for some time and begrudgingly admit that although they did not go as often to this venue as they used to, it was still important  for it to be open and operating as a historical element of this town. The main issue with Maxwell’s was ultimately ownership choice and the changing demographic of Hoboken towards Soccer Moms and Dads on some level. Let’s face it, the concentration of people with tattoos is higher in Brooklyn and Jersey City and those are the youngers and hipsters that attend small venue musical events more than Hoboken’s residents these days. The proliferation of strollers over the last 5-10 years is a tell tale sign. Of course I am generalizing but you get the idea.

Maxwell’s closed with a block party that lasted until 11pm and the party still continued indoors. Here are some parting shots…..

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Maxwell's Hoboken Closing Night 7-31-2013

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July 4, 2013

Maxwell’s Remaining Music Schedule – An Iconic Hoboken Establishment Concludes their Lineup after 35 years

Filed under: Hoboken,Live Music,Maxwells — Tags: , , , — TheBoken @ 9:45 AM

Maxwell’s of Hoboken recently they will be closing their doors after 35 years of being Hoboken’s premier music venue. It was reported that they would close at the end of July. Here is the remainder of their July schedule…

Maxwell's at night in Hoboken, NJ


Maxwell’s of Hoboken Remaining July 2013 Schedule:

  • Thursday 7/4 The Feelies 10 p.m. SOLD OUT!
  • Friday 7/5 The Feelies 9 p.m. SOLD OUT!
  • Saturday 7/6 The Feelies 9 p.m. SOLD OUT!
  • Sunday 7/7 The Flamin’ Groovies/Daddy Longlegs 9 p.m. SOLD OUT!
  • Monday 7/8 Swingadelic 9 p.m. Free
  • Tuesday 7/9 Jon Langford’s Threesome feat. Tony Maimone and Steve Goulding performing Mekons, Waco Bros. and Jon Langford songs from throughout the centuries $10 Buy Tickets Here!
  • Wednesday 7/10 The Fleshtones/The A-Bones/Split Squad 8:30 p.m. $10 Buy Tickets Here!
  • Thursday 7/11 Hockey/Saint Model/Swimm 8:30 p.m. $12 adv./$14 d.o.s. Buy Tickets Here!
  • Friday 7/12 Rachel Yamagata/Sanders Bohlke 7:30 p.m. $18 adv./$20 d.o.s. Buy Tickets Here!
  • Friday 7/12 The Everymen/Life Eaters/Black Wine/The Brooklyn What 10 p.m. $10 Buy Tickets Here!
  • Satuday 7/13 The Kids Are Alright!: Honorable Demention/Swamp/Flagland and more 2 p.m. $5
  • Sunday 7/14 Titus Andronicus SOLD OUT!
  • Monday 7/15 Titus Andronicus SOLD OUT!
  • Tuesday7/16 Titus Andronicus SOLD OUT!
  • Thursday 7/18 The Above/Twin Guns/The Split Signals $10
  • Friday 7/19 Bosnian Rainbows/Rye Coalition $15 SOLD OUT!
  • Sunday 7/21 Screaming Females (3 p.m.) $10 SOLD OUT!
  • Sunday 7/21 Ted Leo/Shellshag SOLD OUT!
  • Tuesday 7/23 ….And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead SOLD OUT!
  • Thursday 7/25 The Muffs $15 SOLD OUT!
  • Saturday 7/26 Wild Nothing $12 advance/$14 at the door
  • Tuesday 7/30 Lee Ranaldo and The Dust $20 SOLD OUT!

Please note that the schedule is subject to change. For possible schedule updates go to http://maxwellsnj.com/. Maxwell’s is located at 1039 Washington Street in Hoboken and will be missed by many music fans from Hoboken and elsewhere.

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June 4, 2013

For Hoboken All’s Well That Maxwell’s by Chris Halleron

This article has been re-posted with permission of the author Chris Halleron who has been writing about Hoboken for many years. His blog is http://chrishalleron.com/. His take on the closing of Maxwell’s coming up on July 31st is below:

For Hoboken All’s Well That Maxwell’s

Maxwell's Hoboken HDR - Live Music

Snotty Brooklynite Hipster: “Y’know, Hoboken is nothing but a homogenized, flavorless suburban enclave full of yuppies and strollers.”

Self-Loathing Yuppie Hobokenite: “Oh yeah? Well we still have Maxwell’s.”

Checkmate. That argument has now been taken off the table.

With the breaking news of its impending demise, I’ll sit here and eulogize Maxwell’s—along with a number of post-post-post collegiate current and former Hoboken residents—because it’s a pretty big blow to the community. In my 15-year Hoboken tenure I’ve seen a lot places come and go—a fair amount of sh!tholes, but a few gems. Maxwell’s is more than a gem, it’s a cornerstone… and now it’s being removed.

It’s not the first major change to hit Hoboken. I imagine the Lenape Indians were equally, if not more pissed off when the Dutch moved in and tore down the first Wigwam. “Ah man—that was Ockanickon’s old joint. We used to have some pretty sweet drum circles down there.” Fact is times change, and places change along with them—sometimes for the better, and sometimes they turn into a Buffalo Wild Wings with a bouncy castle nursery back where the stage used to be.

Over the next few weeks you’ll hear a lot about Maxwell’s being “an institution,” and none of it is hyperbole. With an amazing bar and restaurant, coupled with one of the more intimate venues in the New York Metro Area, Maxwell’s is Hoboken’s mullet—business in front, party in the back. The guestbook includes Sonic Youth, Nirvana, Springsteen, The Pogues, The Feelies, Red Hot Chili Peppers, R.E.M, and so on. But while these names are all impressive, they arguably play second fiddle to the dining room’s legendary chicken potpie.

Yet like many in Hoboken, Maxwell’s has simply grown weary. The town has become noisy, competitive, pushy or even downright obnoxious—and that’s just the parking situation. As noted by manager and co-owner Todd Abramson in his interview with The Star-Ledger’s Tris McCall, “The culture in Hoboken is driven by TV now. A lot of the bars downtown are fighting with each other for who has the most giant TVs. That’s what Hoboken nightlife has become.”

If you don’t have chicken wings, Bud Light Platinum and wall-to-wall plasma, then you’re simply not going to cut it. Business decisions are made based on market conditions. If the market dictates that cookie-cutter sells, then that’s what you end up with.

And that’s the shame of it all. I can sit here and gripe about it, but it is what it is. Beyond some absurd Schindler’s List notion that, “I could have [drank] more,” there’s not much anyone can do about it. I’m looking down the barrel at 40 and spent last weekend drinking beer in my backyard while my kid chased my dog around. If I’m the Maxwell’s demographic—too old to actually get out and enjoy it, so I sit home and wax nostalgic on the internet, then go to bed—I guess a change may do them good.

Whether Hoboken has outgrown Maxwell’s or Maxwell’s has outgrown Hoboken will be the subject of some debate around here.

Ob-la-di, ob-la-da, as they say. Or perhaps more befitting a New Jersey institution, “It’s a town full of losers and I’m pulling out of here to win…”

Link to original post: http://chrishalleron.com/2013/06/03/for-hoboken-alls-well-that-maxwells/

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June 3, 2013

Washington Street Shuffle – Maxwell’s Hoboken’s Famous Music Venue to Close in July

Filed under: Bars,Hoboken,Live Music,Maxwells,Restaurants — Tags: , , — TheBoken @ 9:30 PM

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Maxwell’s Hoboken’s iconic music venue and home to so many musical acts over 30 years will be closing their doors on July 31st, 2013. This time it is not rent but parking and the changing nature of Hoboken that have driven this business decision. According to part owner Todd Abramson is quotes in the Star Ledger article stating:

“The culture in Hoboken is driven by TV now. A lot of the bars downtown are fighting with each other for who has the most giant TVs. That’s what Hoboken nightlife has become.”

Link to Star Ledger article: http://www.nj.com/entertainment/music/index.ssf/2013/06/maxwells_a_hoboken_rock_instit.html#incart_m-rpt-1

TheBoken’s take: The loss of classic music venues is nothing new to New York City which has lost a number of small music venues over the last ten years. Hoboken’s changing demographics certainly have something to do with it as well as changing tastes (for the worse in my humble opinion). The outpouring of disappointment on this closing is already evident by many long time residents on social media sites. Perhaps there will be a vigil. To me this just solidifies that Hoboken is not as edgy or hip as it used to be. That usually happens after a prolonged period of gentrification and luxury condo development.

 

 

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February 23, 2013

Vacationer at Maxwell’s in Hoboken March 1st, 2013 starting at 9pm

Filed under: Bars,Hoboken,Maxwells,Washington Street — Tags: , , , , — TheBoken @ 10:55 AM

Vacationer is pleased to announce a run of tour dates this February and March with Body Language.  They have a show in Hoboken at Maxwell’s on coming this March 1st at the NE corner of 11th and Washington Streets in Hoboken, NJ.

Vacationer Gone at Hoboken's Maxwells 3-1-2013

Vacationer is touring behind their debut album, Gone. The eastern seaboard’s foremost relaxation specialists have teamed up to compile this unique collection of serenity-inducing sonic arrangements. Gone was designed with the sole purpose of relaxing the listener and sending their mind on a well-deserved trip. No airfare needed, no reservations. Simply settle in, relax and enjoy; Vacation from anywhere at anytime.

For Tickets go to: http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/eventV2/211545?

Link to Band’s Website: http://vacationermusic.com/

Below is a sample music video of “Good as New” from their debut album gone:

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February 13, 2013

Hoboken Pintmeisters Fundraiser at Maxwell’s for Hurricane Sandy Relief Sunday February 17th 8pm-Midnight

Presidents Day Band Aid Maxwell's 2-17-2013 Hoboken
Many in Hoboken are still suffering from the damages caused by Hurricane Sandy and Hoboken Pintmesiters wants to help! Their upcoming event at Maxwell’s will have 3 bands at Maxwells in Hoboken and proceeds will be donated to the Rebuild Hoboken Relief Fund. Suggested Donation is $10 and will inlcude $1 off selected beers. Here are the details below…..

When: Sunday 2/17/13 (President’s Day Weekend). Yes, it’s a Sunday, but most people should have off that Monday for the holiday.
Where: Maxwell’s in Hoboken (1039 Washington St Hoboken, NJ 07030).
Time: 8pm – 12am

The Bands:

Facebook Event:  http://pintmeisters.com/event/18/presidents-weekend-open-bar-band-aid. Also, see more on www.Pintmeisters.com.

Suggested Donation: $10
Proceeds from this event will be donated to the Rebuild Hoboken Relief Fund. Hoboken was devastated by Hurricane Sandy and our residents need your help! Please join us for a night of great music, great people and a better tomorrow for Hoboken!

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Maxwell’s

Address: 1039 Washington Street Hoboken, NJ 07030
Phone: (201) 653-9189
Website: www.maxwellsnj.com
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December 12, 2012

Hoboken Holiday Banding Concert at Maxwell’s December 20th at 6:30PM – Many local musicians to perform

Here is another holiday musical event sponsored by the City of Hoboken on behalf of the Rebuild Hoboken fundraising effort….

The City of  Hoboken is proud to present

Hoboken Holiday Banding (Musicians banding together for a cause)

December 20th Doors will open at 6:30pm with admission fee of $7.00
Location is Maxwells at  1039 Washington Street Hoboken, NJ

Classic holiday songs will be performed by your favorite popular local musicians at Maxwells on December 20th  starting at 6:30pm. Proceeds to support www.rebuildhoboken.org

Musicians:

  • Tammy Faye Starlit
  • Chris Butler
  • Karen Kuhl
  • Jack Skuller
  • Dave Calamoneri
  • Julio Fernandez
  • The Cucumbers with Jon & Deena
  • Abbe Rivers
  • The Gefkens
  • Bianca Bob
  • Gene Turonis
  • Emily Turonis & the Ideals
  • Lloyd Gold
  • Sputnik
  • Jim Testa
  • AnnaLee Van Kleeck
  • Tom Vincent and the Holiday Banding House Band featuring: Julio Fernandez, Mick Hargraves, Dave Stengel, Ed Fogarty, John Keim, Andy Goessling, Bianca Bob, and
    AnnaLee Van Kleeck

Hoboken Holiday Banding Concert 12-20-2012

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November 8, 2012

Concert at Maxwell’s for Hoboken Hurricane Relief Saturday November 17th 7pm

Here is a note from Stephen Bailey, organizer of The Hoboken Music Awards event….

The Producers of The Hoboken Music Awards Present The Hobey Fund and One Kick-Ass Benefit Concert!

In the aftermath of this horrific storm that has effected so many people, stories of musicians that have lost everything are beginning to surface. Saturday Nov. 17 was originally scheduled to be a night of awards and ceremony. However, we at The Hoboken Music Awards feel that, in this time of struggle for so many of our fellow musicians, we should put aside the handing out of awards and concentrate on helping those in need. So the night will now be a fundraiser benefiting local musicians.

We’ve created The Hobey Fund, named after our little statuette. Since the wrath of Sandy started coming to light, we were hearing more and more tales of musicians near and dear to the Hoboken scene who lost so much. Some who lost everything. We know that there are plenty of funds and charities to give to and helping any of them is a wonderful thing. We just felt that not enough attention has been given to musicians, studios, venues, etc who were devastated by this storm.

Therefore we’ve decided that this year’s Hoboken Music Awards night will be a fundraiser to benefit musicians hit hardest by the storm. While handing out awards is fun, we think this is a better way to celebrate local music at this time. We will be handing out awards at a later date. Those details will come soon. In the meantime please come out on Saturday November 17, 2012 to Maxwell’s and show your support.

Details…

Event: Hoboken Music Awards Hurricane Relief Fundraiser
Date and Time: Saturday November 17, 2012 (7PM – ??)
Location: Maxwell’s
Address: 1039 Washington St Hoboken, NJ
Cover:  $8 (Proceeds going to help those in need)

Performances by:

  • Skanatra
  • Davey & The Trainwreck
  • The Nico Blues
  • The Aster Pheonyx Project
  • The Fave
  • Hello Radio
  • Julian Peterson
  • Chris Batten
  • Gold & Brown
  • …and more special guests

For more, go to hobokenmusicawards.com

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