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COVER STORY Adriana LIMA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42

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WELCOME TO METROPOLIS NIGHTS READ US ONLINE: FOLLOW US ON: ADVERTISING INQUIRIES: Please call 201-873-3874 or visit our website at The end of summer... what a predictable phrase at the end of every summer. But this time the words seem darker than in the past. With so much unrest in the world (North Korea) who knows what life will be like 12 months from now? Not since 9/11 do I recall such an unstable time.... All the more reason to drink up! I’m really proud of this issue. It’s not everyday a guy like me gets to chat with a super model. In fact, it’s not everyday a guy like anyone gets to chat to a super model. So to pick the brain of Adriana Lima, who may well be the most famous super model currently in the world was awesome. Of course, I could have just put a beer mug on the cover and offered the typical fall Octoberfest craft beer special edition but I my gut told me to go with Lima. Hope you’ll agree with my decision. However, that’s not to say I didn’t forget about this foamy time of year. I hope you’ll check out our list of some of the best brewery’s in New Jersey. Even I was shocked by how many there are scattered around the state. Naturally the MN staff spent months investigating which of these local beer breweries deserved our attention. Ummm.. Let’s just say there was more than what we could fit on 2 pages. So assuming we’ll all still be alive by the time this issue hits the streets, please enjoy this month’s issue and as always, feel free to text or email me with any comments or questions. I may not have the right answer, but I’ll definitely have an answer. Cheers! Chaunce Hayden Publisher @Chauncehayden

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Conor McGregor doesn’t sound or look like a loser. McGregor was guaranteed Millions of dollars win or lose and the world wide fame 10 times over. That’s why I refused to watch the fight and why you can’t take the fight too serious. Meaningless.


So many roads to take here. But let’s just say..... who?

There’s ‘no way’ Taylor Swift and Katy Perry will ever make up! Nobody cares....Literally nobody walking this Earth cares. Nobody dead cares...nobody yet to be born cares....nobody currently alive cares....nobody.

Trump orders indefinite ban on transgender troops.

I’m sorry, but this story doesn’t seem so bad. When I was a kid it was medieval what went on when it came to eating veggies. I’d sign on for finishing my carrots in 15 minutes before pizza. I’d be a rabbit on steroids!!

Potential legal immigrants to undergo in-person interviews Immigration: How long have you lived in America and don’t lie! American immigrant: Ummm...40 years sir. Immigration: Ahhh, so you admit that!


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This won’t be popular...but as a disabled veteran I support this. I believe everyone has a right to live and be who they are. But combat is complex. Dying in battle is complex. Asking all religions, race and beliefs to focus on war and combat as well as conflicts as to who can use the toilet is asking too much of teenage troops.


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Cheer Up! Who is rated the most famous cheerleader of all time you ask? Stacy Ann-Marie Keibler that’s who. Before Stacy was famous for being a WWE wrestler and before being on Dancing With The Stars, she is recognized as being the most famous cheerleader (Baltimore Ravens) of all time. Now 37 born in Rosedale Maryland, she joined the squad in 1997 at the age of 18 and from that point on has been on the road of stardom. The list is endless gentleman, Maxim Mag, FHM, movies and also TV shows. I believe for many women, cheerleading lays down (take it easy) the ground work for future opportunities and inspires other women to achieve their goals. So the next time your watching the game, don’t forget to check out the cheerleaders with pom pom’s!! Pigskin Where does the name and term pigskin for a football come from? Well the first football was made of natural materials, such as an inflated pig bladder, later put inside a leather cover, which has given rise to the American slang-term “pigskin”. Modern balls are designed by teams of engineers to exacting specifications, with rubber or plastic bladders, and often with plastic covers. Various leagues and games use different balls, though they all have one of the following basic shape such a sphere. It also has to have specific weight and dimension. The oldest football can be traced back 1550 and was recovered (no pun intended) in 1981 in Scotland and now is displayed Smith Art Gallery in Sterling. Since 1941, Wilson has been the exclusive supplier of leather for National Football League footballs. The tanned leather is secret to help grip that sucker along with white stripes to help visual at night time. So grab your balls and game on! Ding Dong I’m Home They say love is in the eye of the beholder. So hold this, my new love the Gerber Ding Dong! This breaching tool is all a Man Cave man could wish for. A sledgehammer, a battering ram, a pry bar and also an excellent shut the hell up tool.  All of which are essential tools for operators who need to get certain jobs done quickly. The huge hammer head is crosshatched that will grip onto anything it strikes. The fiberglass handle comes equipped with two molded rings spaced to create mechanical stops also ensuring a solid grip. That becomes pretty handy when you lock your keys in the car (especially if it’s a Lambroghini)! So the next time you get the urge to smash, tear and pry just grab your Ding Dong and get busy! (Please use your Ding Dong Responsibly)

The Night Before The night before Halloween, in my opinion has traditionally been the best part of the holiday. This nigh has been called many names such as “Mischief Night”, “Devils Night”, “Goose Night”, “Your Moms Going To Kick your Ass Night”, but for me it was always “Cabbage Night”. This magical night originated in the United Kingdom in 1790 when a headmaster encouraged a school play which ended in “an Ode to Fun which praises children’s tricks on Mischief Night in most approving terms”. In some countries it doesn’t just fall on the night before, but it definitely does in the USA. We used break loose with eggs and fill socks with flower and go crazy hitting anything and anyone in site. Go on and toilet paper the world! It’s all in good fun, so please always remember to keep it that way and always wear a helmet (some people should always be wearing one). (Please Evil Responsibly)


Hey Guy The man, the legend but he’s no myth! He’s the real deal. No matter how many times I go see him with the crew it’s always like the first. Buddy Guy has and will always be one of the all time legends of the music industry. Birth name George Guy, born in Louisiana 1936 has jammed with just about everyone that’s anyone who has hit the stage. For almost 50 years, Guy has performed live concerts of energetic blues and blues rock. As a musician, he had a fundamental impact on the blues and on rock and roll, influencing the new generation of artists. His guitar playing is loud and aggressive, using  pioneering distortion and feedback techniques, employs long solos, has shifts in volume and texture, and is driven by emotion and impulse. Personally Buddy has been my influence of what music should really be, and how he makes you feel alive! (Please Guy Responsibly)


It’s Given That laying down toilet paper around a public toilet seat, still doesn’t mean it’s disinfected, it’s just still infected!


How To Make Your Own Oktoberfest Brew

We tapped homebrewer Roko Peros for this all-grain home brew recipe. A longtime fan of the German Märzen, or Oktoberfest, style of lagered beer, Peros developed this recipe based on the classic attributes he loves most about the style—a malty, toasted taste with a dry finish.


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6 lbs. German Pilsner Malt

Note: Peros uses a two-day starter with a stir plate, to get the yeast ready for the month-long feast.

2 lbs. Munich Malt

Mash Instructions

2 lbs. Vienna Malt 1 1/4 lbs. Cara-Pils/Dextrine 1/2 lb. Caramel/Crystal 120°L Note: Peros mills his grains himself, but you can also buy premilled grains.

Hops 1 1/4 oz. Hallertauer (Pellets, 4.80 %AA) boiled 60 min.

Start the mash by placing milled grains in a clean, sanitized 10-gallon mash tun. Add 2.6 gallons of water that’s been heated to 132 degrees F. Let it sit for 30 minutes. Add 2.3 gallons of water that’s been heated to 197 degrees and let sit for another 30 minutes. Add 2 gallons of water that’s been heated to 205 degrees and let sit for 10 minutes. Drain all the water (wort) through a sparge filter into a clean, sanitized 10-gallon brew pot. Sparge the grains by adding 1.4 gallons of water that’s been heated to 170 degrees to the grain mixture, let sit for 15 minutes, then drain the water (wort) through a sparge filter into the brewpot.

Boil Instructions

1/2 oz. Hallertauer (Pellets, 4.80 %AA) boiled 15 min. 1/2 oz. Hallertauer (Pellets, 4.80 %AA) boiled 0 min.

Yeast Wyeast Labs Bavarian Lager Yeast (1 smack pack) or Wyeast

Bring the wort to a boil and maintain the boil for 90 minutes. After 30 minutes, add 1¼ oz. Hallertauer hop pellets. After 75 minutes, add ½ oz. Hallertauer pellets. After 90 minutes, turn off the heat and add the remaining ½ oz. Hallertauer pellets. Cool the wort quickly using a wort-cooling system. When it reaches 55-60 degrees F, drain the wort into a clean, sanitized carboy and add the yeast.

Fermentation Instructions Ferment between 53–56 degrees F for four weeks, then siphon into another clean, sanitized carboy and ferment for another three to four weeks at 53-56 degrees. Caution on the fermentation: It should be held in a temperature-controlled environment. This can be achieved by using a chest or upright freezer power-regulated by a temperature controller.

Bottling Instructions Prime the beer by combining 3/4 cup corn sugar with a pint of water, bringing that mixture to a boil in a stainless steel saucepan, stirring slowly for five minutes, then allowing the priming solution to cool to room temperature before adding it to a clean, sanitized bottling bucket along with the fermented beer. Bottle the primed beer and let it condition in bottle for at least two weeks. Makes 5 gallons. Final measurements should be around 1.050– 1.057 original gravity, 1.012–1.016 final gravity, 20–28 IBU, and 4.8–5.7% ABV.


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1. How would you describe working behind the bar at Hearth and Tap? It’s a home away from home. I might spend more time there than at home. To really answer that I’ll put it this way, most of my regulars will be at my wedding this month.

6. Do you know all your customers by name? I would like to think I know the majority of my bar guests by name. Knowing their drink and having it ready for them when they sit in their favorite seat just puts that experience over the top. 7. What’s the wrong way to pour a pint of Guinness?

2. Is there one signature cocktail that you would recommend? The barrel aged cocktails are always a solid bet. One of my favorites, that doesn’t get a lot of play is the Finnegan’s Resurrection.

There are several ways but the one that truly gets me is when a bartender just straight pours it. It should be a two step process. A good Guinness is all about patience and two pours. 8. Can you tell us about your craft beer selection?

3. What’s the secret to being a great bartender? Conviviality. Knowing what your guest needs before they do. You’re throwing a party and you need to keep everyone entertained. Anyone who is having a good time will always come back. Being a home away from home is the goal.

We try to keep our selection to local breweries and keep a wide range of beers on tap and bottle. There is something for everyone to have at Hearth & Tap or to take home in a growler. 9.What kind of personality does it take to be a great bartender?

4. Favorite bartending story? A true bartender never tells. Very similar to doctor patient confidentiality. 5. What makes a dirty martini an amazing dirty martini? Gin. A true martini should be gin. After that, it is a balance of the proper amount of dry vermouth and olive brine. 

You need to be the right kind of tough and kind. Make people feel warm, welcome, and happy. 10. What would you say to anyone who has never been to Hearth and Tap? Octopus, flatbreads and cocktails. We have one of the best octopus apps I’ve ever tried and I’ve tried a few. The cocktails are simple but complex. They truly round out our menu. Try our barrel aged cocktail selection. 

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Fall is finally here and it’s about time to get all of your seasons’ staples in line. It doesn’t mean you have to avoid wearing the things you wore all summer long but rather styling them in a cozier way! Mixing your seasonal pieces will keep a constant rotation in your closet so that nothing goes unnoticed for too long. Try to throw some of these tips into the same casual outfit!

Add Fishnets Large fishnet stockings are super trendy for fall just as they were for summer. Keep styling them with your shorts, your leather mini’s, and definitely under your distressed denim. 

Distressed Denim Jacket Buy it cropped or oversized, with patches or embroidery. These trendy picks stand out so make sure it’s not too perfect.

Grab a Slouchy Sweater



Wear Ankle Boots   I was recently shoe shopping online and the most popular casual everyday shoes are ankle booties with a slight heel. Comfort is key (especially when running around the office all day) but make sure they stand out or have some unique qualities. Excessive  buckles, cut outs, and fringes are all super popular. 

Throw on a Hat   Nothing is more fall than an oversized hat or beanie. Oversized hat says trendy, beanie says cozy. Both are great picks! 

We know fall mornings are chilly and afternoons seem to get really warm. Slouchy sweaters are going to be the perfect layered addition to any skirt or distressed pair of denim bottoms.  

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Pieces into Fall JASON TEZ @TezTrends

Prime Time for Polos As summer draws to a close, it doesn’t mean saying goodbye to your warm weather clothes. There is still plenty of time to throw on your goto bright summer polo and bold print short sleeved shirts. Since the temperatures will start to cool down, fall makes the perfect opportunity to pair a denim or bomber jacket with your summertime staples. Sweater weather can wait. Polo Ralph Lauren Shirt,, $90 Geometric Print Short Sleeve Shirt,, $55

Denim Days Ahead News flash: jeans are 100% acceptable at any time during the year. This includes all of your light wash and distressed denim. Keep those cool toned and heavily ripped jeans at the front of your closet. This fall, combine them with a structured worker or chukka boot for a rugged and masculine outfit. Complete your look by adding one of my wardrobe staples, your favorite flannel. AEO Slim Jean,, $59.95

Fairfield Chronograph Watch,, $99

Photo credit: Laura Ersoy | @lauraersoy

No need to give your sneakers the boot just yet. White sneakers are a top notch choice to combine with the dark shades of denim for fall. Gray and beige casual footwear are an excellent option to pair with a blazer for a polished yet casual look. Elevate a comfortable button up shirt by stepping out in a pair of light pink sneakers. Sadly, your sandals may have to step aside. Pink Sneakers,, $49.99

For even more mens fashion tips, outfit looks, product reviews and more; head over to and follow Jason on Instagram: @teztrends


Keep an eye on that arm candy! The summer months are usually when men opt for a cool, laid back watch – think a leather or a canvas material for your watch band. If your default summer timepiece is a cognac colored leather strap, you can definitely still wear it. Interspersed among a darker fall palette, it’ll add an attention grabbing pop of color and create a touch of interest as a statement piece.

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It's all about sleek, blunt bobs and shaggy lobs for fall. I'm looking forward to cutting lots of layers and even choppy bangs, which are both ev a fun change from summer's expected beach waves. If you're not sure if bangs are for you, try a clip-in set. For short, structured bobs and jaw-length cuts, go for an even, smooth blunt edge instead of a piecey texture. And instead of the usual blunt lob, try more of a shag, which creates a care-free, cool-girl look. Rudy Ruffo is a celebrity hairstylist based in N.Y.C. hai and Moxie blowdry and beauty bar in Montvale, New Jersey. He has worked with the likes of Joan Rivers, Jackie Kennedy Onassis and Sigourney Weaver.

About our model’s hair & makeup:

Updating your wardrobe is easy. But updating your hair and go-to makeup look for fall can be just as appealing. This Fall season, think beyond brick and beige. Nicolette D'Ambra recommends trying a deep red or black cherry lipstick for the Fall. Gee Arnone suggests a simple slicked back and straight style for either a day or night look. Photo Credits 

Styling and Clothing: Kim DePaola : Model: Marcella Villa Hair: Gaetana “Gee” Arnone @ Makeup: Nicolette D'Ambra @ N MUD NYC graduate and trained and certified by Mario Dedivanovic "The Masterclass with Kim Kardashian Photographer: Rudy Ruffo

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Boxing Legend’s Son Calls Out Mayweather... Record? Floyd Mayweather Jr. and his entourage have long sported gear with “50-0” emblazoned on it, certain the undefeated boxer would defeat UFC star Conor McGregor. Mayweather’s confidence was validated, when the 40-year-old beat McGregor, via 10th-round TKO, in the massively hyped fight Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena, to preserve his perfect record and surpass Rocky Marciano’s revered 49-0 mark. Now, the legendary heavyweight champion’s son would like to see one thing added to Mayweather’s record for the most wins without a loss or draw: an asterisk. “To me, it’s an exhibition fight,” Rocky Marciano Jr. told The Post by phone, referencing McGregor’s professional boxing debut. “I think it definitely should [have an asterisk]. There’s such a big difference from the boxing ring to a UFC octagon, and it’s such a big learning curve. Mayweather’s had an incredible career and he’s had 20 years of greatness, but I would honestly give a boxer who has come up through the amateur ranks, having his first professional fight more of a chance than McGregor. “The fight went pretty much the way I expected it to go. Mayweather would take it slow in the beginning and see what McGregor would throw at him. Mayweather knew that McGregor would tire in the later rounds.” Marciano Jr. believes that impartial parties should come to the same conclusion. “If people want to say this is breaking Marciano’s record, sure, it’s disappointing because you want to see him challenged and fight the best he could,” Marciano Jr. said. “If he wants to be the best pound-forpound fighter of his generation or his weight class, I think as fans of boxing, we want to see people pitted against the best and then see the result, and that’s not what we [got]. “There is such a discrepancy in experience. Will they say, ‘Yeah, he got it, but look how he got his 50th win?’ That’s the conversation mov-

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ing forward.” Following what Mayweather claims to be the final match of his career, he was surprisingly humble. Marciano Jr. was appreciative of Mayweather’s post-fight remarks, in which the retiring fighter, who adorns “TBE” – The Best Ever – on much of his merchandise, paid respect to the only undefeated heavyweight champion in history. “Rocky Marciano is a legend,” Mayweather said. “I take my hat off to him. He paved the way for me to be where I’m at.” Marciano fought from 1947 to 1955, going 49-0, while recording a remarkable 43 knockouts. After retiring at the age of 32, Marciano – who died in a plane crash in 1969 – nearly considered returning to the ring after a lengthy layoff – like Mayweather – to fight new heavyweight champion Floyd Patterson. “He was offered a big lump sum of money to come out of retirement – I don’t know, I heard numbers, $800,000, $1 million – and he was still in his mid-30s,” Marciano Jr. said. “He got in training and he wanted to see how he felt, and he realized, it’s hard to take that break and come back into it. Would he get 100 percent motivated to be like he was? He just realized, he couldn’t do that anymore. “He could go through the motions and make another big paycheck – maybe win, maybe lose – but he wasn’t gonna risk that record, and risk his legacy that he knew he had for some money, if he wasn’t able to give it 100 percent. And he didn’t feel like he could. He valued his undefeated record and notoriety of never losing a professional fight over another paycheck.” Mayweather risked his record against a novice for a nine-figure paycheck, and remained perfect. But what does his record mean? “The writers and the historians, they’ll decide what the significance of this is,” Marciano Jr. said. “Is it tying the record, or surpassing the record, or is it the difference that the Marciano family sees, that this is a totally different weight division? “He was the only undefeated heavyweight champion of the world.”


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“People constantly ask, “What is the craziest thing you’ve seen as a bartender?” That’s a difficult question to answer. Just like nothing is weird if everything is weird….. nothing is crazy if everything is crazy, right?  Sure, I’ve dealt with a lot of interesting situations, but rarely can I give them off the top of my head. Luckily, I’m a writer. And guess what writers do? Yup, you guessed it – they write.  My nightly wind-down routine consists of a glass of red wine, cuddling with my kitty cat, and my journal.  

Naturally I’ll highlight what stuck out to me throughout the day. As I was looking through some old entries I noticed a pattern.

Thanks for the shots, drunkie.

A “crazy stories” pattern. Boom.

Again. The smelly guy with a Narcos mustache. Again. Where do we draw the stalker/normal line? He’s cutting it pretty close. He already confessed he was married but still comes in every night I work, sits in same seat at the end of the bar, and unwaveringly stares. Never mind the time I caught him taking a pic of my booty last month. Ugh.

Consider your question answered:

3/8/17 Yes. That older man was hot. Ted was his name. It’s a bummer that he offered to pay me $4,000 to not work and the only reason it couldn’t happen is because we couldn’t find a bartender replacement. Tonight was so close to being the best financial night of my bartending career. Damn you Friday nights! Why do you have to be so popular!


I also found out tonight why my favorite manager and favorite waitress don’t get along. Allegedly she had pink-eye one night and he wouldn’t help her get the night off. Then he basically called her a little brat. Can’t take sides, love ‘em both.



Served a table on the floor tonight since we couldn’t find a waitress. Tall purple haired girl with old man Bernie Sanders hair. He pulls me aside. “ Do you know who I’m with? She is a transgender porn star. How much can we pay you to come back to the hotel?” Welllllll. Guy tipped me $5.00 on $60.00 so I’m gonna go with no. Also transgender 3somes aren’t really my thing so, yea, it was always a no.

So… 2 Italian dudes sit at my bar acting like the own the place. They will not shut up about how bad-ass their restaurant is. I ask to see a picture. One shows me the security cameras from his phone of their “restaurant” in Harlem. Looks exactly like an outdated Dunkin’ Donuts. The only difference between the 2 is that…. their spot has not one person in it.

6/7/17 I used to live in Florida so I get it… they are a lot slower down there. But this Floridian kid took the cake tonight. It was 10:53 and he drunkenly waves me down

Ugh…. Whyyyy do I have such a crush on this d-bag! First off, how could I ever be into a guy who frequents a strip joint. Second, he’s loud as shit and I’m supposed to be the only loud annoying one here. Lastly, the massage girl told me tonight she put him in a headlock to the point he was red and couldn’t breathe. When she finally let him go he was so angry and told her to get the fuck away from him. Normal guys would laugh it off, no? What pussy man gets head locked by a girl? This ones gotta go.

At 10:57 I run his credit card for $143.00. He asks why it’s so damn expensive. I explain he bought 5 shots and a random girls dinner 4 minutes prior. “I didn’t buy you guys shots, and I didn’t offer to buy her food either.” Everyone in earshot just laughed and explained that he, in fact, ordered these. “I want to speak to a manager, I want to see the cameras. I didn’t order these.” Be my guest.  Idiot. Apparently when he went in the office to watch them he was too drunk to see and ended up getting kicked out for almost knocking over a computer.


Your wish is my command, friend.


“Hey babe, I want to pay for this girls food… and I want a shot. And she wants a shot. And you are drinking a shot. And get 2 more shots for your friends.”


10/10/17 CEO and employee both seem sober. “2 Shots” CEO demands. Employee says, “No, I will throw up if you serve me.” (I’ve heard that once or twice before). I serve the 2 shots. Few minutes later I notice the yellow lemon drop shot cup is now more full than before and miraculously turned pink with chunks. The bar is covered also. I will listen to employees from now on. There’s many more where these came from. And next time you stop by and I’m working – feel free to be as off-the-wall as possible.  



A barber shop that needs to be experienced!

170 Riveredge Avenue • New Milford, NJ 07646 (201) 706-0000 • @stachehousebarbershop


above: Lenny Lazer & Hair by Eddie opposite page: Lenny Lazer, Hair by Eddie, R.O.B.B., and Los the Barber

What separates the Stachehouse from other barber shops? Eddie - What separates The Stachehouse from other barbershops is our brotherhood. We have all been cutting hair together for a really long time. Clients feel that, they can sense we are family. They become family too. Lenny - What separates us from others. The ambiance, the vibe, the energy. We treat everyone with respect, it’s almost like going to your best friends house. We talk a little bit about everything, have a cup a coffee, eat, have a drink, celebrate life, and not to forget a photo shoot fresh cut. Good times! You definitely have a hip urban vibe. Are customers ever intimidated when they first walk in? E - There have been times that people have been intimidated by us laughing and bugging out, but we are harmless, big teddy bears even.

E - Music is a big part in barbershops. Unfortunately even on the radio, there are certain words that we do not want our younger or older clientele to listen to. We have a friend @ therealdjkep who Dj’s on Gems Radio 91.7 FM and we tune in everyday.

You have several barbers on staff. How competitive are you guys?

L - I enjoy listening to my music while doing my master pieces. Sometimes we have to turn down for the mothers when they come with the kids. We’ll change it to something more appropriate. But for the most part I love listening to tunes while I’m working, it’s one of my favorite things to do.

E - We are very competitive with each other but I feel that that keeps us on out toes. It makes us better knowing we are analyzing each other’s cuts.

Would you ever consider a female barber?

L - There isn’t really competition but more of everybody learning from each other. We are a team. The only time we are competitive is when we play board games, dominoes, arcade games, or sports. Styles come and go. What’s the current style when it comes to men’s haircuts? E - For the last year or two it has been the longer hair on top with shaved sides. Different variations of the same haircut . (Combover, undercut, hard parts, etc.)

E - I saw something online and I agree 100% with it. “I make hair contact before I make eye contact.” We see a lot of great and not so great haircuts. My eyes gravitate to hair everywhere we go. L - I’m really bad with that sometimes, since I’m in the business and that’s the first thing I look at when go anywhere. Even females, specially when there eyebrows look crazy. The worst is when I’m talking to someone and the nose hairs look like spider legs trying to climb out their nose and ears (laughs). Sometimes I wish I wouldn’t notice those things. Music is part of the atmosphere at the Stachehouse. How picky are you over what music is played in the shop?

How important is social media to the the Stachehouse brand? E - In this day in age, social media better be important to any brand. You can reach a lot of people for free online. By the way, follow us on Instagram: @ stachehousebarbershop @seemslegitrobb @ hairby_eddie #noiglos L - Social media is very important due to fact that people can see the haircuts in pictures and you can reach out to basically anybody. It’s also A good way to advertise your self. How did you come up with the name the Stachehouse? E - We we’re going to name it “The Mustache House” but decided to drop the M-U to give it a more funky vibe. Finally, what would you say to anyone who has never had the haircut at the Stachehouse? E - Come see us. We have 4 barbers with over 80 years of experience. All of us are trained to give you exactly what you want. We will get you right!

L - If you have not been to the Stachehouse, come give us a chance and experience the art work.


Are you able to go out at night and not look at people’s heads?

L - I been looking for a female barber that’s sharp. I haven’t found the one that can fit with us. But if the one appears I would hire her.


L - These days there are so many different styles that people don’t even know what they want. The fade is always popular, the taper, man bun, comb over with the hard part. Always different.

E - Absolutely! There is no reason why a female barber can not kill it in a male dominated barber industry. Ask @ staygold31 and @mdm_grooming. They are killing the game!


L - Customers are good, they usually end up enjoying there time in the Stachehouse, they even voice their opinion. It’s all love we don’t mean no harm, but we joke on each other too much. That can be intimidating to some people. It’s All fun and games.


Co-worker from hell

By Brooke Hughes



We’ve all heard the expression, “You can’t choose your family” and that’s true. Usually by default, we love our family regardless because we share blood or grew up down the hall from one another. Like the old Irish proverb states, “We can kick the shit out of our siblings but YOU touch a hair on their head one second later and you’re DEAD.” Coworkers, however, are a different story....we can’t choose them and we don’t have to love them. We have all had the coworker who brings nothing to the table: No one notices when they go on vacation, no customers from their previous jobs come looking for them, the human anomaly who curiously has her period three times a month. Others who look sloppy, don’t know what beers are on tap after a year employed and if they know the names of said beers, don’t know the difference between any of them. The glorified bar-backs, the combative, competitive, jealous type (yes, all of those qualities are usually rolled into one). It’s hard. I must say though, the hardest to deal with are the “victims.” They call out three out of 6 shifts, always have one foot out the door and ask coworkers to come in early for them if they are swing or day shift. I worked with someone for the past year who was the epitome of all of these things and was FINALLY fired today. She wrote a nasty post on Facebook shortly after stating how she was fired for no reason and stated, “I guess because I work hard and don’t drink or do drugs,

I was let go.” The following are true excuses she really tried to use that were not mentioned in her pity party post: 1. My mom’s boyfriend threw out his back so I have to go help him. (Her mom lives 45 minutes north of us...are you going there to hold his hand? What does this have to do with you?) 2. My boyfriend threw out his back. (Hmm...must run in the family.) 3. My boyfriend and I broke up, I’m moving my belongings out of his house during this terrible breakup. (Posts brand new happy pics on social media with her boyfriend several hours later.) 4. I have a stomach ulcer. (Posts pics of herself on social media several hours later getting a frappaccino at McDonalds and later getting a pedicure.) The bonus occurrence in the past month was...missing a mandatory staff meeting. My boss addressed her the next day with, “ didn’t want to show up to my meeting yesterday?” This was after a reminder text was sent out the day before and she didn’t answer calls/texts on the day of. Her response to him was, “Not gonna lie, I forgot.” Funny, her Facebook post putting down my job and the way she was “unfairly terminated” failed to mention of these shortcomings on her part. Coworkers! Am I right?


d o o w y l l Ho ween o l l Ha s r o r r o H 10 very scary looking celebrities are sure to haunt us all for years to come! Celebrities are considered to be perfect but these pictures tell us that they are more human than we think. I hope the following photos will make you feel better about yourself. Admit it! You know it does.

Mick Jager

Mel Gibson

Britney Spears

Julie Roberts

Will Farrell

Jennifer Aniston

Kelly Ripa

Kathy Griffin

Vanessa Paradis

Goldie Hawn

(Johnny Depp’s hottie)


The World’s Most Beautiful Woman...

Adriana Lima Story By Chaunce Hayden


Adriana Lima

It’s easy to see how Met pitcher Matt Harvey lost his shit over Adriana Lima. This true Supermodel, 36, has one of the most recognizable faces in the world. Indeed a supermodel in the truest sense since the late 1990s (and the longest-running Victoria’s Secret Angel to date), Lima has nestled comfortably into her role as one of the world’s sexiest women. But over the years, throughout marriage, children, and international fame, the Brazilian stunner has learned much more than simply how to work a runway or lens (which, by the way, she does better than almost anyone else in the business). Yep, apparently this perfect person also has substance as well. The following is a up close and personal chat with a woman who represents perfection.



What’s the first thing you do in the morning? I wake up around 7 a.m. and I put my sunblock on. I go have my breakfast. I usually like to have an avocado smoothie; it’s good for your skin and hair. In [the smoothie], I put an avocado, whole milk, honey, and lots of ice. It’s something my mom used to make when I was little. Every Brazilian kid, we grew up having smoothies in the morning. My kids love it for breakfast now, too. They call it the Green Monster. However, what I eat for breakfast changes depending on my mood. Today, I had an omelette with okra and asparagus. I also had a cappuccino, because I’m Brazilian and cannot leave without my coffee. I do coffee with honey, because it stabilizes the sugar levels. I find if I have honey, I don’t crave as much sugar later. After breakfast, I get my kids ready and spritz a little fragrance on.

As a woman what does sexy mean for you?

Sexy means embracing who you are, feeling confident and showing a positive message.

What’s the story with your ankle tattoo? I got it when I was 19 years old in Tahiti while traveling for a shoot. I asked my mom for permission and she said yes, but one only. I cannot tell you the meaning because it is something very personal, but it does have something to do with protection.

What makes you happy? My work makes me happy, living in Miami makes me happy, and spending time with my children in the park makes me happy.

What doesn’t make you happy? What do you not do?


I’m really into Game of Thrones. I get really attached to it to a point where I slowed down watching because, well, you know how sometimes it’s like you finish a season and it takes forever for the next season to come up, and you don’t want to take that break.

Adriana Lima

ADRIANA LIMA BY THE NUMBERS: 1. She Has an Estimated Net Worth of $75 Million The 35-year-old Lima was born in Salvador, Brazil and has been modeling since she was 15, when she won a “Supermodel of Brazil” competition. By 1998, she landed her first magazine cover and was appearing in Vogue and Marie Claire. She finally got on the cover of Vogue in 2000 for the magazine’s 20th anniversary issue. In 1999, Lima walked the runway for Victoria’s Secret for the first time. She’s the longest-tenured Victoria’s Secret Angel in the brand’s history, since she continues to model for the brand 18 years later. In 2016, she appeared in her 17th Victoria’s Secret fashion show. In an interview with New York Magazine last year, Lima said she learned early on that she has to take care of herself if she wanted to be a model for more than just a few years. “I knew I had to find something that I loved — that was the only way I could be happy with working out and going to the gym,” Lima explained. “I tried yoga, dancing, and aerobics. I knew I had to find something I loved, and didn’t find it until I found boxing. That’s the secret. There are so many different types of exercises, you just have to find your passion.”

2. Lima Is the Second-Highest Paid Model in the World, Earning $10.5 Million in 2016 In 2016, Forbes reported that Lima earned $10.5 million. That makes her the second-highest paid model in the world. Lima moved up to second on the list in 2014, when she earned $8 million. Fellow Brazilian Gisele Bundchen is the highest-paid, earning $30.5 million in 2016. (Bundchen has an estimated net worth of $360 million, so Lima has a lot of ground to make up in that department.) Forbes noted that Lima’s 2016 earnings made it the biggest year of her career. In addition to Victoria’s Secret, Lima also has deals with Maybelline, IWC Watches and other brands. She’s been signed to Elite Model Management since she was 18 years old. She is also managed by The Society Management.

3. Lima Is Selling Her New York Apartment for $4.85 Million



If you have an extra $4.85 million, you can buy Lima’s old New York apartment. The listing at Modlin Group is still active as of May 2017. the price for it is $4.85 million. The condo has five rooms, including two bedrooms, and 2.5 baths. It covers 2,200 square feet at the Metropolitan Tower in Manhattan. No pets are allowed. According to the Observer, Lima bought the apartment in 2003. “Adjacent to the entertaining area are the two bedroom suites, privately located across the home,” the listing reads. “Boasting south-facing light, the enormous master suite features numerous built-out closets, including a walk-in, and a spa-like windowed master bath including vanity, dual-head shower, and marble throughout. A final guest bedroom also has an en-suite full bath.” In 2012, Lima’s husband Jaric listed their Beverly Hills home for $1.9 million before she gave birth to their second child.

4. Lima Has Over 10 Million Instagram Followers & 2 Million Twitter Followers Lima is also one of the more popular models to follow on Instagram. She can’t quite match Gigi Hadid’s 34 million, but Lima’s 10.7 million Instagram followers is nothing to sneeze at. Lima also has 2.8 million followers on Twitter. She has 6.4 million likes on Facebook. Lima does use her Instagram posts to show off her work for brands. Manny of her recent posts highlight Maybelline makeup, which is no surprise. In 2014, Lima returned to the brand after being its global spokesperson from 2003 to 2009. “I’m a very private person,” Lima told CNBC in March 2017. “But I try to share a little bit of everything, you know especially through social media: little moments with my children, things that I like, books that I read.”

You were a huge Breaking Bad fan. Are there any shows that you’re into right now? I’m really into Game of Thrones. I get really attached to it to a point where I slowed down watching because, well, you know how sometimes it’s like you finish a season and it takes forever for the next season to come up, and you don’t want to take that break. You want it like a never-ending story? It’s like that.

You said you still wanted to do the fashion show until you are 40, maybe even more—why is the runway so important to you? I am 35 years old and representing a mature woman. I really appreciate how we [women] can age so gracefully and not be afraid of [aging]. So I’m not only representing Brazilian women but women from all over the world, who are not afraid to age and embrace themselves.

What’s your favorite guilty junk food indulgence? What was it 10 years ago?

I’m a boxer. I’ve been doing it for over 10 years, and it really is my workout of choice. My gym is gritty and hot and no-frills, and I just go in and focus on working hard. My workouts were few and far between before. I might have worked out a few times per week, but now, I’m all about a good sweat.

I always get nervous.

Can’t imagine someone like you always getting nervous. How do you calm your nerves? I breathe and try to listen to music, and you know, once you’re out there, you kind of lose the nervousness.

Did you ever have any insecurities? I was never happy with my hair. I have very dry hair, oh my god. It’s just high-maintenance. I really have to take care of this thing.

What mantra do you live by? Be happy, be happy. Smile, smile, smile. Love, love, love. I have many, depending on the moment. Calm down, calm down, calm down. (laughs)

What is your advice for taking the perfect selfie? Has your selfie game changed since you first started taking them? Lighting and angles: Make them your friends.

Your Instagram page is one of the most searched for things about you. What’s the secret to social media success?

How has your attitude toward your own body/ self-image evolved since you first started modeling?

I don’t know if there is formula, but I think it’s important to show a little bit of my life and my moments at work, with my family or my workout. It’s about sharing a little bit of your life and what’s important to you.

I can’t say that when I was younger I was totally confident. The industry is hard, and when you’re an unknown model, you could either get great jobs or be rejected. Rejection is never easy, but you have to have grit in order to keep going and hold your head high. Becoming an adult and

You must’ve had some amazing experiences around the globe as a model. What one thing would you regret not doing if you didn’t? I don’t regret anything…yet! I hope don’t feel regret. The worst thing a person can do is regret something they did or didn’t do.


You obviously look amazing. What do you do to stay in shape?

Do you ever get nervous before a shoot?


Chocolate molten cake— and chocolate molten cake! [Laughs]

having children has helped me become more confident in who I am as a woman. I’ve become more self-aware and understanding of my strengths on a deeper level, which helps me become more confident on the outside. So my best advice is to forget everything and everyone, and just feel good.

Adriana Lima

I don’t go out every night partying. It’s so important to have beauty sleep.

Amanda Taylor




In honor of the boozy party starting this week, here are 10 facts about the legendary German event that are certainly worth toasting. 1. It’s not a beer festival “Wuuuuhat? Shock! Horror!” I hear you cry. Contrary to popular belief, Oktoberfest – or “Wiesn”, to the locals – is not a beer festival, but the anniversary celebration of the wedding between Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig and his wife, Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. When the love birds hitched in 1810, the royals commemorated the event with a public party where not a single drop of the liquid gold was spilled! It wasn’t until 1819 that the horse races were replaced by beer vendors. Despite their initial prudence, you’ll still find doting monarchists today raising a stein (“krug” in German) in honor of the old lord and lady who made it all possible.

earlier, hopefully sunnier mid-September start, with the whole festival starting this year on September 19th, and finishing on October 4th, when 12 riflemen will sound a salute on the steps of the plainly named Bavaria Statue.

7. Drink to your good health! The reason why Oktoberfest has become such an important and popular Munich landmark is not out of mere hedonism, but necessity. Southern Bavaria was once  notorious  for its awful fresh water supply, so to avoid cholera, the plague and other such nasty ailments, locals would wet their whistles with the safer, arguably tastier alternative of beer. 2. Oktoberfest doesn’t serve beer… Water purification has come on leaps and bounds since the 19th Another mind-boggling fact to get your weary head around, the festival century, but that’s not to say that some traditions are worth keeping doesn’t serve ‘beer’, per se, but the appropriately named Oktoberfestbier. nonetheless. So, drink to your good health, or ‘zum Wohl!’ as the Served in 13 huge  drinking tents,  and made by just  six Munich-based locals shout! breweries, these special tipples are unique to the event, and calling them anything less than their given namesake could see you in trouble with the 8. Paris Hilton is permanently banned devoted local patrons. from Oktoberfest While drinkers as young as 14 can join the party if accompanied by 3. It has an alternative side… an adult, the security are known for their no-nonsense approach to Believe it or not, there’s much more to Oktoberfest than booze. Music is a safeguarding the celebration. A selection of  handsy over-drinkers very important factor in the celebrations, with every alcohol tent featuring are banned each year, but top of the notoriety list is the hotel heiress. brass bands playing a mix of reworked chart hits from the likes of the Dressed in her skimpiest Bavarian ‘dirndl’ (the traditional OktoberBlack Eyed Peas alongside traditional German Oompah classics. fest dress), the American socialite showed up to the 2006 to promote If a song and dance isn’t your thing, you can head for the Armbrustschüt- a brand of canned wine, without any sort of prior arrangement with zenzelt tent. A popular pavilion for locals and internationals alike, you can the Oktoberfest organizers. After some sizeable and intoxicated pubspend your time inside drinking Paulaner brewhouse’s Oktoberfestbier, lic outrage, Paris was banished from ever returning to the party. devouring a succulent knuckle of pork and practicing your bow and arrow skills in the annual crossbow competition. 9. It’s a surprisingly kid-friendly zone Over recent years, organizers for the festival have tried to steer away 4. Survival of the strongest from the image of the world’s most popular watering hole to a more Not only are they exclusive to the party, these VIBs (Very Important Beers) family friendly extravaganza. The carnival aspect has always been pack a punch. Served in the classic 1-liter beer stein, the average Ok- a big deal at Oktoberfest, but now it’s bigger than ever, with a Ferris toberfestbier delivers a whopping 6% ABV, making these golden-amber wheel, roller coasters, games and traditional Bavarian parades open lagers stronger than your average brew. Nevertheless, these strong beers to people of all ages, shapes and varying degrees of drunkenness. are consumed in their olympic-sized pool load – with 6.4 million litres bought at last year’s event. 10. The lost and found office is a proverbial treasure chest Naturally for such an inebriated spectacle, the Oktoberfest Lost and 5. No drinking without consent You’d think that this behemoth of a beer celebration would be a bit of Found office is stuffed every year with thousands of  abandoned an anything goes affair, but you’d be wrong. Drinking at Oktoberfest can goods, and 2013 was one for the history books. only commence when the master of ceremonies – the mayor of Munich Beyond the  usual suspects  last year –  including 1056 passports, 520 wallets, 320 mobile phones, 300 bags and rucksacks, and 50 – cracks open the first barrel of beer, proclaiming ‘O’ zapft is’ cameras – there were some more peculiar finds, such as two wed(‘It’s tapped!’). ding-rings, a hearing-aid, a set of false teeth, a tombstone shaped like a pencil and a Segway. 6. It doesn’t start in October What’s in a name? Not much it seems, as this legendary autumn event And, for the lost claims, one unfortunate beer tippler claimed that they lost 50.000 Euros in cash. We assume they drank it. doesn’t even start in October! Over the years there’s been a shift to an




PITCHING! Alan Tecchio /alan.tecchio

Kathy & Robert Edwards

Those who know me are aware that in addition to being an avid motorcycle enthusiast, I also love the game of Horseshoes. In fact, I live for it during the summer when I play in a league that pits 12 area lakes’ teams against one another. Although the competition can be fierce, if you want to step up your game in any sport, it pays to play against folks that are way better than you. Hence the occasional Wednesday summer evening I spend with one or more of my teammates at a place in Branchville, NJ called The 3rd Base. This little pub has four sets of horseshoe pits outside and for $7 you are randomly paired with another player and if you make it to the end, you could actually win some money. But I digress… While there recently, a motorcyclist and his passenger came by the bar and went inside not to drink, but rather to get a booklet stamped. I had to find out what that was all about so I asked the rider whose name was Robert Edwards. He and his wife Kathy were astride the 2004 Harley Davidson Road King Classic you see them pictured with here. The Stamp Book itself originates from The Legion Riders of The American Legion in Wayne, NJ and is now in its 7th season. In Robert’s own words, “The purpose of this book is that each book donation of $10.00 goes to our Veterans. This year there are 126 stops in the book & my wife & I have visited just about every stop. They will have a picnic in early October to announce how much money they raised & who the winners are that completed the entire book. This is the 2nd year my wife & I took part in the stamp book.” Regarding Robert’s moto, he installed a Reckless Fairing on it as well

as a leather luggage trunk backrest for Kathy so she has a more comfortable ride on their longer journeys. Nice job Robert! I hope you and Kathy enjoy many miles together the rest of this season and beyond! Speaking of Harley-Davidsons… When I learned that H-D was partnering with Gun’s N’ Roses for a clothing line I almost gagged. I mean, I like a lot of that band’s songs but have always felt they were a bit overhyped and Axl’s rockstar nonsense of making audiences wait hours for them to play displayed massive insensitivity to their fans. But I guess H-D and the band’s fans have forgiven all that… The press release reads, “In honor of this century’s most anticipated and celebrated tour making its way back to the United States, Harley-Davidson is pleased to announce the launch of a special capsule collection, in conjunction with the Guns N’ Roses Not In This Lifetime Tour. The limitededition line of men and women’s wear, created in partnership with Bravado International Group, Inc., will be sold exclusively at HarleyDavidson dealerships around the world.” If you are a fan of H-D and G N’ R, this may be the ultimate in cool. For me it is super lame and cheesy. Director of Harley-Davidson General Merchandise Mary Kay Lee would of course disagree. She wrote, “We are excited to partner with Bravado to celebrate Guns N’ Roses as this collaboration brings two brands together in an expression of freedom and rebellion...” Freedom and rebellion? Really? It’s more like corporate marketing and weak conformity if you ask me.

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Standing the test of time BY ANGELA POMPELLI-BUTLER

“Perceptions are often misconstrued when men and women draw unrealistic expectations between porn sex and “real-life” sex.” There has always been that age-old question every man has. Do I last long enough in the sack and how can perform better? If you are in search of tips and tricks on how to make sure you can go the distance, here are few that will have you making sure you are standing the test of time. I recommend ignoring the clock for two reasons: For one, it puts a ton of added pressure on you and may affect your performance. Secondly, if you put on a good show it may mean more than how long the show lasts. Similar to penis length, duration of sex is just another overrated marker of masculinity. Perceptions are often misconstrued when men and women draw unrealistic expectations between porn sex and “real-life” sex. While you may feel pressured to last for hours on end, your partner may not be expecting it. It may be hard to believe, but the “ideal” time for penetration is between 3 and 13 minutes. I also recommend masturbating. It definitely helps you go the distance and stay in the game longer if you have more than a few orgasms a week. Even if this is taken into your own hands. You must alleviate any built up sexual tension before you get into the ring, or you will not win the match. Have sex often. Be consistent. Having sex on a regular basis will surely help your game. I would suggest 3-4 times a week to keep things moving! Practice make perfect, and the more often you do something the better you are at it and on and on. Try to have your mind on something else. Some men will try to think of anything else during sex just to distract them from crossing the finish line too fast. Think about baseball, French fries, or something very distracting that will keep your mind occupied enough to stay in the game. Headstrong is key. Be the best you can be. Set your expectations appropriately and go for it. Always do your best and you will always feel accomplished. I am sure your partner will certainly appreciate the effort. — Kisses,

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If you don’t already listen to Pepper, you’ve been doing music all wrong: Kaleo Wassman, Bret Bollinger and Yesod Williams have been making people dance and feel good with their music since the 90’s. The three best friends from Kona, Hawaii, use their talents (and unbreakable bond) to create their own genre of music, with touches of reggae, punk, ska and alternative rock. Their many studio albums are diverse and unique, making their musical creations hard to label. Luckily, these goodnatured and mellow guys don’t care to be put into an industry-driven ‘box’ – and that’s the beauty of Pepper. Their latest album, Ohana, is a game-changer and shows their growth not only as musicians, but as tuned-in individuals whose only goal is to spread good vibes with their art - and they always succeed.



I had a chance to speak with bassist and singer Bret Bollinger after their show at The Wellmont Theater, and truthfully, I left the conversation feeling more enlightened than when I started. Here are some highlights of our conversation: Pepper famously took off a few years from making music and touring. What do you think that lapse in time did for the band? We enjoyed it. It was a breath of fresh air. It allowed us to live the personal sides of our lives. It was really productive. When we came back together, it was like we had so much to share together and so much to vibe off and say, ‘we valued that time’. It definitely recharged our batteries and gave us some new concepts to go after together as Pepper. What was the significance behind changing Pepper’s logo with the self-titled album in 2013? Was there a turning point there? Here’s how I would answer that, if you took the logo out of the equation, would you really think the music changed? We’ve literally put out whatever came to mind. We’ve had pressure before when you sign up with a major label and they want you to re-create the wheel. They always want that next ”Give It Up” or “F**k Around”. We’ve never depended on that. We’ve

always been able to do what we want to do, when we want to do it. If it sounds like the music changed, or the logo changed, that’s par for the course for Pepper. Ohana is an incredible album, from the melodies to the lyrics. What’s the story behind it? When we decided the name ‘ohana’ we were in such a great space. We took over Pennywise’s old studio and we revamped it, bought it out, gutted it, and changed it to our own studio called Kona Recording. We said, ‘You know what, we have this amazing studio, let’s make history and record the very first album in this new studio and make it our own.’ Then we’re all together in Hawaii at the time having dinner and we said, ‘what do you want to call it, what do you want the art to be?’ And everything just flowed so good, like, ‘what says something about family in Hawaii?’, ‘well, a gathering when you go to the door and you feel that warm feeling’ so that just all snapped together. It was kind of like starting over in a way, like we literally got in the studio and got to feel it out for about a month. We played the songs as a 3-piece band: one guitar, one bass rig, one drum set, and a couple of microphones, and just recorded. Mostly everything is just three guys playing in a new place, in their own personal studio. We didn’t change any of the knobs, it literally couldn’t be more basic. That’s why everything sounds cohesive, it’s all the same amp, the same




That’s one of my favorites, of all the assets of my band. As far as my guitar player goes, I’ve always loved the way he reads so much. He’s really passionate about learning and philosophy. He’s one of the few people to read the bible a few times and he’s not religious. If you listen, there’s a lot of biblical stuff on there. Essentially those great writings from all these great people, they’re just matters and metaphors for different truths. I’ve always liked that he comes up with really interesting lyrics in that way. That’s one of my favorite things about him… and his guitar solos. Our drummer is like a range guy, he has a good sense of how the song is starting off, where it’s going, where it’s gonna take us and how high do we have to pump up the energy? Each guy brings his own attributes. But we like clever lyrics, we like a great story.


I don’t know. From my perspective, I feel so free and open because I don’t consider myself a musician, I don’t consider myself an artist. It’s hard to say that in that way, but I just like to create. It doesn’t have to be music. I love writing, When you’re in your 90s, you three will have a lot of I like creating, I like filming. My strength is that I don’t believe interesting stories to tell. in any rules or foundation, if it feels good and it speaks to you, then that’s all you really need. It doesn’t have to make sense. So (laughs) I hope I can remember them! my strength would be freedom, just the freedom to be wrong. There was no better way to end the summer than with a show at Montclair’s Wellmont Theater featuring Pepper, Tribal Seeds, Fortunate Youth and the Darenots for the “Nice Dreams” Summer Tour. All four bands brought their A-games and put on an impressive show for fans, including having an artist on stage who painted through each band’s set, embodying the carefree spirit that these bands represent. The Darenots opened the concert with a burst of energy with songs off of their album, Strange Love Vol 1. Fortunate Youth created the perfect party atmosphere with their songs, “Love is The Most High”, “Peace Love & Unity”, ”No Place Above” and “Left My Love in CA”, while Tribal Seeds rocked the audience with “Rude Girl”, ”Vampire”, ”Love Psalm” and “Empress”. Pepper, of course, slayed their set playing classic hits like “B.O.O.T”, “Ashes” and “Stone Love” and newer songs, like “Start You Up” and “Never Ending Summer.” What I appreciated most about this particular show was that even though the dreadful feeling of knowing the end of summer was lingering in the air, all of the bands’ on the “Nice Dreams” tour are totally capable of offering fans their own versions of a never-ending summer… all you have to do is listen.  


We kind of are but it’s a very real thing. I think we’re not afraid to step on each other’s toes because we all know we’re coming from a place of ‘how can we make this the best form’ or ‘how can I challenge these guys’ or ‘how can they challenge me to do my best’ or at least be so happy with it or having fun that we feel great about it. We’re never bored, that’s the thing, so I think there’s the right amount of trust. We’re able to say, ‘you know what, I don’t have the answer, this is my best swing at it and if you guys like it, or if you don’t like it, challenge me’. We started off sharing the same everything, the same stage, the same garage. We share our families. We’re still the same kids in the same way except that we’ve gotten to grow up and have been protected and challenged by each other internally. We’ve gone through it: we’ve all been there through incredibly hard times for each other personally, we’ve been through really tough times together business-wise and passion-wise, and checking ourselves for why we’re doing it. We check each other and make sure we’re all in the same page.


I was just about to ask you what you thought each member of the band brought to the table, but you pretty much laid it out for me. What do you think your band brothers would say you contribute?

You’re kind of like soul mates.


guitar, the same bass, the same drum, just telling stories in a What is it like being on this journey with your best friends? black and white way. But there’s something beautiful about that I think it’s beautiful because we’ve grown and changed and done too. It came out in an organic way. things in a pretty healthy way. You’re gonna be hard-pressed to What I love most about Pepper is the clever wordplay, like find a band that has the original members 20 years later. Every in “Big Mistake”, you sing, “Is it worth its weight in gold, or piece of every note that we’ve ever made or released has been with the same guys, so I think it’s been cool to watch. should we melt it down to be sold?”




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