The Sharp Notes

The Sharp Notes A radio program focusing on the many sounds of New Jersey

Evan Toth, singer-songwriter, musician, and radio host, presents "Garden State Sound" which airs on Friday afternoons from 4:00pm to 5:00pm (EST). The hour-long, weekly program will stream live on WFDU-FM (www.wfdu.fm) and through other streaming outlets such as Tunein.com and IHeartRadio.com. Garden State Sound will feature musicians and music with connections to the state of New Jersey, music about the state, and concert ticket giveaways to some of the greatest musical events in New Jersey. “New Jersey has an astonishingly rich musical history and an extremely vibrant present,” says Toth, “unfortunately, there are not many outlets which focus solely on the Garden State.” Toth, host of the Good Music program which ran for nearly seven years on WFDU, 89.1 FM, has always shared a wide variety - and sometimes challenging - array of music with his listeners, “I want people to listen to the show and feel forced to perk up to hear what the New Jersey connection might be, listeners should walk away from each program surprised by how much music is produced with connections to the Garden State.” New Jersey musical legends will be on tap, but plenty of new talent will also be represented. Toth will also utilize his casual and intimate interview style and feature conversations with NJ music-makers. His history as a New Jersey musician gives him a unique perspective into the regional voice of New Jersey and what makes it stand out from the rest of the world. Wherever they may travel, New Jerseyans always have a voice of their own; Garden State Sound aims to discover and explore that voice - and sound - through music.

Join us on tonight’s episode! WFDU, 89.1 FM on your 📻 in NYC and on www.wfdu.fm everywhere else. 6pm-7 (EST). New m...
10/20/2018

Join us on tonight’s episode! WFDU, 89.1 FM on your 📻 in NYC and on www.wfdu.fm everywhere else. 6pm-7 (EST). New music from @elviscostello @themikeviola @kttunstall @thelemontwigs @the_bangles @the8bitbigband. Plus, plenty of favorites from @joejackson_official @lindseybuckingham @terryilous @paulsimonofficial @willienelsonofficial @therollingstones @michaeljackson and more!

Join us tonight, 6-7pm on WFDU, 89.1 FM in NYC or www.wfdu.fm online. On the program: @samphillipssongs @therealsuzannev...
10/13/2018

Join us tonight, 6-7pm on WFDU, 89.1 FM in NYC or www.wfdu.fm online. On the program: @samphillipssongs @therealsuzannevega @1800band @francie_moon @misterryanadams @stereophonicsofficial @muse @quincydjones @iammarkronson @charlybliss @lorettalynnofficial @ramones and more! Join us!

TheBeatles “Abbey Road” hit Number 1 in the UK today in 1969, 49 years ago. Will we get the deluxe treatment this ti...
10/09/2018

TheBeatles “Abbey Road” hit Number 1 in the UK today in 1969, 49 years ago. Will we get the deluxe treatment this time next year? If so, what do we hope is included?

All this, and more, tonight on The Sharp Notes: WFDU, 89.1 FM in NYC and www.wfdu.fm everywhere else. Also on the progra...
10/06/2018

All this, and more, tonight on The Sharp Notes: WFDU, 89.1 FM in NYC and www.wfdu.fm everywhere else. Also on the program: new Sam Phillips, Reverend Horton Heat , TheBeatles , Tower of Power, and more! Tune in! 📻

The Animals - The Best of the Animals (MGM Records ‎– SE-4324, 1966 🇺🇸) There are Beatle people and Stones peo...
10/04/2018

The Animals - The Best of the Animals (MGM Records ‎– SE-4324, 1966 🇺🇸) There are Beatle people and Stones people, but there are also Zombies, Hollies, and Animals people. Sometimes the Animals strike me the wrong way, lacking authenticity or just missing the blues grit that they always chased. Sometimes, they just about manage to grab that brass ring. That’s where this compilation comes in handy. Super clean, too and sounds okay.

The Dave Brubeck Quartet - Time Out (Columbia CS 8192, 1959 🇺🇸) As the NYC area reels and rocks tonight from some ...
10/03/2018

The Dave Brubeck Quartet - Time Out (Columbia CS 8192, 1959 🇺🇸) As the NYC area reels and rocks tonight from some wild thunderstorms (and maybe a tornado, or two) Dave and the Quartet are cool, calm, and collected. I’ve got many copies of this classic, but not a stereo version without the “Time Out” hype, so obviously a very early pressing before the song became the crossover hit we all know and love. Slightly crispy playback, but the hifi element is loud and clear. Anyway, it only serves to complement the thunder. ⛈ 🌩

09/29/2018

Join me tonight for more Grateful Dead giveaways from RHINO, a track from the new 2018 White Album release, another small tribute to Elliott Smith, a recent Sheryl Crow release, St. Lucia Prince, Villagers and much more. Want to win the Grateful Dead 3-cd set? Listen to tonight’s show and type the secret phrase into this post. Click www.wfdu.fm.

Tonight, we say goodbye to summer by gathering together and spinning 7 inch records at 45rpm! The Sharp Notes are on WFD...
09/22/2018

Tonight, we say goodbye to summer by gathering together and spinning 7 inch records at 45rpm! The Sharp Notes are on WFDU, 89.1 FM in NYC and on www.wfdu.fm everywhere else.

A special Academy Awards episode of The Sharp Notes. It makes for great pre-Oscars listening. Click away!
03/04/2018
The Sharp Notes: 2018 Academy Awards (3-4-18)

A special Academy Awards episode of The Sharp Notes. It makes for great pre-Oscars listening. Click away!

Your favorite movie soundtrack cuts in honor of the Academy Awards.

Eliot Bronson - Eliot Bronson (Saturn 5 Records ‎– S5001, 2014 🇺🇸) Eliot Bronson holds a copy of Eliot Bronson...
03/02/2018

Eliot Bronson - Eliot Bronson (Saturn 5 Records ‎– S5001, 2014 🇺🇸) Eliot Bronson holds a copy of Eliot Bronson’s eponymous release, “Eliot Bronson.” Tonight, I was lucky to sit down with this wonderful singer-songwriter before his gig tonight at The Rockwood Music Hall in NYC. Why I didn’t remember to ask him to autograph the album for me, I don’t know. Stay tuned for our interview: coming soon.

Michael-Bolton - Soul Provider (Columbia ‎– C 45012, 1989 🇺🇸) Johnny Cash and Fats Domino are celebrating birt...
02/27/2018

Michael-Bolton - Soul Provider (Columbia ‎– C 45012, 1989 🇺🇸) Johnny Cash and Fats Domino are celebrating birthdays today, but so is Michael Bolton. There is no denying this man’s vocal chops and seemingly good natured character. Happy Birthday to Mr. Boloton today.

Johnny Cash - Ring of Fire (Columbia ‎– CL 2053, 1963 🇺🇸) Happy Birthday to Johnny Cash. There is only one way...
02/27/2018

Johnny Cash - Ring of Fire (Columbia ‎– CL 2053, 1963 🇺🇸) Happy Birthday to Johnny Cash. There is only one way to listen to the Man in Black and that’s in MONO!

Radio continues to evolve and become a part of the online experience creating some very interesting partnerships. Best o...
02/26/2018
WNYC radio says it’s bringing back Gothamist

Radio continues to evolve and become a part of the online experience creating some very interesting partnerships. Best of luck to WNYC and Gothamist. http://ow.ly/OOLK30iAZkD

Three public radio stations on Friday said they had pooled resources to acquire the Gothamist news site from its billionaire owner, Joe Ricketts, who abruptly shut it down four months ago after its…

Freddie Hubbard - Red Clay (ORG Music ‎– ORGM-1085, 2013 🇺🇸/🇩🇪) Should anyone cross your path complainin...
02/26/2018

Freddie Hubbard - Red Clay (ORG Music ‎– ORGM-1085, 2013 🇺🇸/🇩🇪) Should anyone cross your path complaining about the “noise” and “pops” and “clicks” in the vinyl experience, put this ORG pressing on the ‘table and school ‘em. The music is, of course, astounding (Rhodes akimbo) but the dead-quiet Pallas pressing and Bernie Grundman mastering must be heard to be believed. Bravo!

George Harrison - Early Takes Vol. 1 (UMe ‎– B0016735-01, 2012 🇺🇸) When will Vol. 2 come out? Happy Birthday, ...
02/26/2018

George Harrison - Early Takes Vol. 1 (UMe ‎– B0016735-01, 2012 🇺🇸) When will Vol. 2 come out? Happy Birthday, George!

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts - Album (Blackheart Records ‎– MCA-5437, 1983 🇺🇸) Straight ahead rock and roll f...
02/24/2018

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts - Album (Blackheart Records ‎– MCA-5437, 1983 🇺🇸) Straight ahead rock and roll from Joan Jett (and those Blackhearts) which defied the slick production and digitization of music that had already taken hold in 1983. Originals and covers...a party. Where are those Keds today?

Lonnie Smith - Mama Wailer (Kudu ‎– KU-02, Kudu ‎– KUDU|02, 1971) Not a wrong sentiment - or note - on this albu...
02/24/2018

Lonnie Smith - Mama Wailer (Kudu ‎– KU-02, Kudu ‎– KUDU|02, 1971) Not a wrong sentiment - or note - on this album. Funky and focused. Serious, but carefree. Blue Note Records

02/24/2018
2-23-18 Sharp Notes

Some record shopping was done in the last few weeks, so let's talk about it. Any tips for future visits? Also, WFDU's fndraising season is coming to an end; let's go out with a bang. Good Records NYC Station 1 Books Vinyl and Vintage Shop

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuxPvxPSUuk

More record shopping and fundraising for WFDU, 89. 1 FM.

“The Sharp Notes” on WFDU from 6am - 8am today. 89.1 FM in NYC or online: http://www.wfdu.fm . 📻 @moreaccidentals...
01/28/2018
WFDU 89.1 FM Radio ~ Voice of FDU

“The Sharp Notes” on WFDU from 6am - 8am today. 89.1 FM in NYC or online: http://www.wfdu.fm . 📻 @moreaccidentals interview at 7am. Also, Billy Joel The Beatles The Clash Sergio Mendes Ray Stevens Eliot Bronson Darlingside Jeff Rosenstock Val Emmichch Josh Rouse #music #radio

Wings and Paul McCartney - Wings Over America (MPL (2) ‎– 0C 154-98497/8/9, 1976 🇬🇧) On the UK and US charts a...
01/26/2018

Wings and Paul McCartney - Wings Over America (MPL (2) ‎– 0C 154-98497/8/9, 1976 🇬🇧) On the UK and US charts at No. 1 this week in ‘77.

George Harrison - All Things Must Pass (Apple Records ‎– STCH 639, 1970) I love reminding people that - immediately ...
01/26/2018

George Harrison - All Things Must Pass (Apple Records ‎– STCH 639, 1970) I love reminding people that - immediately following the Beatles breakup - it was Ringo Starr and George Harrison who were the most successful of the four. A classic album from a wonderful musician who was finally able to spread his wings (pun intended). “My Sweet Lord” at No. 1 this week all those years ago (pun intended).

Malcolm McLaren - Duck Rock (Island Records ‎– 90068-1, 1983 🇺🇸) 🦆 Rock? Was Malcolm putting us on...again?...
01/23/2018

Malcolm McLaren - Duck Rock (Island Records ‎– 90068-1, 1983 🇺🇸) 🦆 Rock? Was Malcolm putting us on...again? Was he ever really putting us on to begin with? While this record might have been somewhat confusing - although satisfying - in 1983, were it released today, it would be a critical hit; enjoyable, left-field, and experimental. Happy Birthday, Malcolm.

Another shot from last week’s visit to the great Good Records NYC.
01/20/2018

Another shot from last week’s visit to the great Good Records NYC.

The Beatles - I Want to Hold Your Hand (Capitol 5112, 1963 🇺🇸) The fastest selling record on the Capitol Records l...
01/18/2018

The Beatles - I Want to Hold Your Hand (Capitol 5112, 1963 🇺🇸) The fastest selling record on the Capitol Records label, “I Want to Hold Your Hand” took the Beatle buzz and turned it into a bonafide phenomenon.

Had a great time hanging with The Accidentals today. Stay tuned for an interview soon!
01/17/2018

Had a great time hanging with The Accidentals today. Stay tuned for an interview soon!

The Accidentals perform at Debonair Music Hall in Teaneck tomorrow (1/16). Reach out here if you’d like to attend a VI...
01/16/2018

The Accidentals perform at Debonair Music Hall in Teaneck tomorrow (1/16). Reach out here if you’d like to attend a VIP event with the group prior to tomorrow’s show. I’ll also interview them, stay tuned for more info!

“The Sharp Notes” are on the air until 8am, WFDU 89.1 FM 📻. You’ll hear The Accidentals Yazz Ahmed, ensemble, e...
01/14/2018

“The Sharp Notes” are on the air until 8am, WFDU 89.1 FM 📻. You’ll hear The Accidentals Yazz Ahmed, ensemble, et al., David Bowie, The Beatles, Ben Caplan, and much more! #nycradio #njradio

Getting ready for tomorrow’s show. 6am - 8am on WFDU, 89.1 FM in NYC.
01/06/2018

Getting ready for tomorrow’s show. 6am - 8am on WFDU, 89.1 FM in NYC.

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Start your day off right! Tune in to Retro Radio: 6:00am - 9:00am! WFDU, 89.1 FM, or head on over to www.wfdu.fm and cli...
01/06/2017

Start your day off right! Tune in to Retro Radio: 6:00am - 9:00am! WFDU, 89.1 FM, or head on over to www.wfdu.fm and click the HD1 link!

Happy New Year's Eve Eve! We've changed things around a bit here! As you know, "Garden State Sound'" rein has ended, but...
12/30/2016

Happy New Year's Eve Eve! We've changed things around a bit here! As you know, "Garden State Sound'" rein has ended, but I now host "Retro Radio": a blend of hits from the 50s, 60s and more! Stick around for this new radio adventure. We are on this morning until 9:00am! Join us at WFDU, 89.1 in NJ, NYC, and CT or cruise over to www.wfdu.fm and hit the HD1 tab. #radio #newyorkradio #retro

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12/30/2016

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Tune in this afternoon for a special episode of Garden State Sound: the final episode! Well, nothing lasts forever. Here...
09/23/2016
GSS 9-23-16 (Final)

Tune in this afternoon for a special episode of Garden State Sound: the final episode!

Well, nothing lasts forever. Here is the final episode of "Garden State Sound." After two years, and 88 episodes, the time has come to bring our travels through New Jersey music to an end. For now, at least.

My new shift at WFDU, 89.1 FM (6am-9am) will take up most of my radio time, and I don't know that I'll have the extra gusto to produce this weekly program. It feels like the right time to shut it down.

We go out with a rollicking trip through some of my favorite music and guests from the last two years: Frank Sinatra, Bruce Springsteen, Uncle Floyd Vivino, Donald Fagen, The Rascals, Soul Attack, D.L. Byron, Bob Crewe, Val Emmich, Titus Andronicus, Spin Doctors, Nathalie Pires, and others.

Thank you to some fabulous guests: Michael Feinstein, Chris Barron, Michael Fremer, Chuck Granata, Martin Melucci, Jay Lustig, and many more.

To the The Vinyl District, WFDU, all guests of the the show, and to our supporters we say: Thank You. I hope you'll follow me on this lifelong journey of music. Thank you for listening!

Please follow Evan Toth for more on my radio and musical travels.

Now, click below and say "goodbye."

https://www.mixcloud.com/EvanToth/gss-9-23-16-final/

Well, nothing lasts forever. Here is the final episode of "Garden State Sound." After two years, and 88 episodes, the time has come to bring our travels through New Jersey music to an end. For now, at least. My new shift at WFDU, 89.1 FM (6am-9am) will take up most of my radio time, and I don't know...

08/12/2016
WFDU 89.1 FM Radio ~ Voice of FDU

Today, a relaxing funky, jazzy show before we bust open the rock and roll and discuss Signal To Noise Presents Sugarfest which happens tonight and tomorrow in Jersey City. Follow the link to find out more about this important fundraiser for WFDU. Also, The Roches, George Benson, Frank Sinatra, Antonio Carlos Jobim, a great Sarah Vaughan track from the Frasier Soundtrack (of all things), Tal Farlow, D.L. Byron, Stuyvesant, The Brixton Riot and a few more odds and ends. Click the link below at 4:00pm for some wondrous music to end this August workweek.

www.wfdu.fm

Perhaps it is heresy to write this at The Vinyl District, but I have a secret to share with you. Come closer, I don’t ...
07/27/2016
Garden State Sound: 7-15-15

Perhaps it is heresy to write this at The Vinyl District, but I have a secret to share with you. Come closer, I don’t want anyone hearing this. This is strictly between you, and me. The truth is: I’ve been buying CDs again.

I know, I know. Shhhh. Stop reacting like that, people are going to see you!

I love collecting records and I’m in it for the long haul, but during the ’90s, I was also a diehard CD collector. When streaming began to take hold, I traded in my CDs while the going was good. But, I do miss them a little. Regrets, I've had a few.

The strengths and weaknesses of each format might make for a separate column, but the fact is that I do have many NJ recordings available only on CD, so I thought it was a good time to raid the dusty CD collection.

Hear Jersey favorites like Frank Sinatra, Donald Fagen, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Debbie Harry, but also be prepared for some new names: Paul Brubaker, Bob Cannon, B L E N D R E, Freddie Hendrix, The Prime Time Sublime Community Orchestra, and Alfa Garcia.

https://www.mixcloud.com/EvanToth/garden-state-sound-7-15-15/

Perhaps its heresy to write this at The Vinyl District, but I have a secret to share with you. Come closer, I don’t want anyone hearing this. This is strictly between you, and me. The truth is: I’ve been buying CDs again. I know, I know. Shhhh. Stop reacting like that, people are going to see you! I...

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