Maxwell's in New Jersey is closing

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Damn.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 3 June 2013 20:48 (five years ago) Permalink

RIP Hoboken

i don't even have an internet (Hurting 2), Monday, 3 June 2013 20:48 (five years ago) Permalink

ha, it's due to parking?! I do remember it being tough to park there when I played, but damn.

Anyway, I really liked that place. It was sort of out of its element in nu-Hoboken, but that was part of what made it great, especially for people who live in Jersey. Good food too. Overall just a good vibe for a club -- enjoyable to play there because it's also a nice place to just hang out, and good place to see shows.

i don't even have an internet (Hurting 2), Monday, 3 June 2013 20:51 (five years ago) Permalink

FUCKKKKKKKKKKK well working the door there on Wednesday will be slightly awkward.

Evan, Monday, 3 June 2013 20:55 (five years ago) Permalink

lamesville

tylerw, Monday, 3 June 2013 20:56 (five years ago) Permalink

Oh and I'm seeing the Bats there tonight! And I live there. It was pretty much all we had left.

Evan, Monday, 3 June 2013 20:56 (five years ago) Permalink

Well, that sucks.

Spectrum, Monday, 3 June 2013 20:57 (five years ago) Permalink

It kind of sounds like the place didn't really appeal to the new crop of locals and the parking issue may have made it hard to bring in people from other parts of Jersey and the city, especially with it being kind of far from the PATH.

i don't even have an internet (Hurting 2), Monday, 3 June 2013 20:57 (five years ago) Permalink

It's true, but there still was/is a population of Jersey indie fans in and around Hoboken...

Evan, Monday, 3 June 2013 21:00 (five years ago) Permalink

booooooooooo.

EZ Snappin, Monday, 3 June 2013 21:01 (five years ago) Permalink

Many frequent the place. Todd booked great bands but it was slightly suspect that the bookings never quite recovered after Sandy, which initially threw things off for months afterwards due to accessibility into the town.

Evan, Monday, 3 June 2013 21:02 (five years ago) Permalink

The line-up looked like it was just starting to recover... I never expected it would suddenly close.

Evan, Monday, 3 June 2013 21:04 (five years ago) Permalink

Oh man, this blows. I can't even begin to list all the great bands I saw there over the last 20+ years.

kornrulez6969, Monday, 3 June 2013 21:07 (five years ago) Permalink

Oh and I'm seeing the Bats there tonight! And I live there. It was pretty much all we had left.

Well you've still got the Cake Boss

kornrulez6969, Monday, 3 June 2013 21:07 (five years ago) Permalink

28 years for me (Black Flag, Mekons & YLT each about 12x, Buzzcocks, Sonic Youth, Beck etc)

ballin' from Maine to Mexico (Dr Morbius), Monday, 3 June 2013 21:12 (five years ago) Permalink

Oh dear.

tokyo rosemary, Monday, 3 June 2013 21:18 (five years ago) Permalink

well I wish I had been paying attention when those Mt Goats tix went on sale.

ballin' from Maine to Mexico (Dr Morbius), Monday, 3 June 2013 21:20 (five years ago) Permalink

If I had shitloads of money I'd offer to buy the business

i don't even have an internet (Hurting 2), Monday, 3 June 2013 21:20 (five years ago) Permalink

I only saw a few shows there, but they were good ones: Dick Dale, the A-Bones (more than once), the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, the Red Aunts (co-billed with New Kingdom, who sadly didn't make the gig).

誤訳侮辱, Monday, 3 June 2013 21:21 (five years ago) Permalink

My best Maxwells show:

Guided By Voices, sometime in 1995, a few weeks before Alien Lanes came out. They played a 45 minute set, then came back for encores and stayed another 3 hours until Pollard was too drunk to stand.

kornrulez6969, Monday, 3 June 2013 21:21 (five years ago) Permalink

this stinks.

dmr, Monday, 3 June 2013 21:22 (five years ago) Permalink

Haven't been there in years but certainly very sorry to see it go. Will be thinking of all those bands I saw there back in the day. Last time was Broadcast, maybe.

Roddenberry Beret (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 3 June 2013 21:22 (five years ago) Permalink

"who has the most giant TVs"

well the East Village has been a cultural ghost town for at least ten years, now 'Boken joins it.

ballin' from Maine to Mexico (Dr Morbius), Monday, 3 June 2013 21:25 (five years ago) Permalink

Best show I saw there was Fugazi when they were touring for End Hits -- I think I had taken a break from them for a few years and a friend convinced me to go. Pretty sure this was summer 1998. So awesome to see them in such a small room.

i don't even have an internet (Hurting 2), Monday, 3 June 2013 21:26 (five years ago) Permalink

Other good ones I remember offhand -- The Ex, Turing Machine, The Decemberists even though I don't really like The Decemberists

i don't even have an internet (Hurting 2), Monday, 3 June 2013 21:27 (five years ago) Permalink

i grew up in NJ and somehow only went here once (YLT in 2000, for one of their chanukah shows)

Salt Mama Celeste (donna rouge), Monday, 3 June 2013 21:49 (five years ago) Permalink

i didn't have a car and worked weekend nights for most of HS is i guess why. anyway this still sucks.

Salt Mama Celeste (donna rouge), Monday, 3 June 2013 21:50 (five years ago) Permalink

Man I've never even been to NYC, let alone Hoboken to actually visit Maxwell's, but this news depresses the hell out of me nonetheless. It's amazing how many times I've come across sets recorded there or read stories about it or just, whatever, thanks to it being such an institution. Interesting timing for me, I had just gotten sucked down a wormhole reading about Piers Platters last night too.

i kant believe it's not buffon (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 3 June 2013 21:54 (five years ago) Permalink

it's literally over a mile from the PATH -- I'll bet Maxwell's would have crushed it even harder if it had been close to the PATH, although maybe its location was also a hidden strength somehow, being a little bit removed from the bro nightlife.

i don't even have an internet (Hurting 2), Monday, 3 June 2013 21:55 (five years ago) Permalink

really sad about this. i've seen dozens of shows there -- commuted in from NYC on the PATH.

leno dunham (get bent), Monday, 3 June 2013 22:33 (five years ago) Permalink

My best Maxwells show:

Guided By Voices, sometime in 1995, a few weeks before Alien Lanes came out. They played a 45 minute set, then came back for encores and stayed another 3 hours until Pollard was too drunk to stand.

― kornrulez6969, Monday, June 3, 2013 5:21 PM (1 hour ago)

I think this show exists in at least digital form on the web. I've seen it somewhere and think I have a smattering of tracks from it.

Evan, Monday, 3 June 2013 22:34 (five years ago) Permalink

yeah the "all good kids" bootleg

tylerw, Monday, 3 June 2013 22:36 (five years ago) Permalink

right.

Well, I'll be sure to update you all on what kind of yogurt shop it turns into.

Evan, Monday, 3 June 2013 22:44 (five years ago) Permalink

No doubt the same kind as Bleecker Bob's.

Roddenberry Beret (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 3 June 2013 22:59 (five years ago) Permalink

Welp, the sound cloud is down... 'twas a doozy.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Monday, 3 June 2013 23:02 (five years ago) Permalink

Maybe it'll come back in a year or two. Remember in the late 90s they tried to turn it into a microbrewery? That lasted awhile, then they started booking bands again.

kornrulez6969, Monday, 3 June 2013 23:04 (five years ago) Permalink

right.

Well, I'll be sure to update you all on what kind of yogurt shop it turns into.

― Evan, Monday, June 3, 2013 5:44 PM (21 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

or a TGI Friday's...

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Monday, 3 June 2013 23:09 (five years ago) Permalink

this is a shame; there just aren't any other nj venues
that said, if Todd's done todd's done and maybe better for it to die than linger painfully
that ex show stays in my head too

i didn't even give much of a fuck that you were mod (forksclovetofu), Monday, 3 June 2013 23:17 (five years ago) Permalink

Damn. I saw Link Wray and Quintron there.

ZOT (los blue jeans), Monday, 3 June 2013 23:28 (five years ago) Permalink

i'm coming home in july to see the feelies show on the 6th. anyone else planning to go?

leno dunham (get bent), Monday, 3 June 2013 23:29 (five years ago) Permalink

i think i should but pretty sure that i have a show to work

i didn't even give much of a fuck that you were mod (forksclovetofu), Monday, 3 June 2013 23:42 (five years ago) Permalink

Who did I see here (maaaaan) so many moons ago? Amazing folks, that's who:

AR Kane
"S&E" era Pavement 2 nights
Ride
Lush ( and each and every US shoegaze band that existed seemingly just to open for UK shoegazers and almost blow them outta the water)
Ian McCulloch acoustic - asking someone to get him a vodka then offering up "What do u wanna hear?'
Steve Kilbey acoustic
Ghost w/ Damon+Naomi
JSBX and Boss Hog and how many other
amazing bands in those halcyon days.

Gonna miss Maxwell's.

That elusive North American wood-ape (Capitaine Jay Vee), Monday, 3 June 2013 23:55 (five years ago) Permalink

dirty secret: bus from Port Authority stops right across from the place.

ballin' from Maine to Mexico (Dr Morbius), Monday, 3 June 2013 23:58 (five years ago) Permalink

Feelies would be a good last show to see there, I went for the '86 reunion.

ballin' from Maine to Mexico (Dr Morbius), Monday, 3 June 2013 23:59 (five years ago) Permalink

Off to see The Bats at Maxwells right now... going to stare at the walls wistfully and wallow in a beer instead of pay attention to the music probably.

Evan, Tuesday, 4 June 2013 00:35 (five years ago) Permalink

No idea if this is legit (BrooklynVegan comments):

I heard about this 2 months ago. I also heard they are closing their doors BUT reopening in downtown Jersey City not hoboken. Spoke to a sound engineer there 2 weeks ago who said the same thing.

Well, I heard about this 3 months again. Talked to the foh manager 4 weeks ago and said the would be reopening at the Exchange Place stop on the Path train.

ballin' from Maine to Mexico (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 4 June 2013 01:39 (five years ago) Permalink

(like, down the street from wfmu?)

ballin' from Maine to Mexico (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 4 June 2013 01:40 (five years ago) Permalink

wow! if true.

That elusive North American wood-ape (Capitaine Jay Vee), Tuesday, 4 June 2013 02:17 (five years ago) Permalink

there had been murmurs about the shutdown for quite sometime
and there's a performance space opening down from FMU, yes. I don't think it's Maxwell's 2 tho. Gonna be very small.

i didn't even give much of a fuck that you were mod (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 4 June 2013 02:21 (five years ago) Permalink

A GBV EP title maybe

Evan, Wednesday, 10 July 2013 20:01 (five years ago) Permalink

Is that a Dukes of Hazzard reference?

Orpheus in Hull (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 10 July 2013 20:31 (five years ago) Permalink

Burma 2 shows. Sunday 28th
6pm
9pm

senomar, Saturday, 20 July 2013 20:21 (five years ago) Permalink

9pm for me. Anyone else going?

Evan, Sunday, 21 July 2013 01:25 (five years ago) Permalink

"There was one Replacements show when it got so hot chairs ­actually melted. It was discovered afterward that the attendance clicker had ­broken, and they’d let in something like 380 people. Capacity was 200."

Also, David Cross got peed on.

http://www.vulture.com/2013/07/hoboken-sound-an-oral-history-of-maxwells.html

playwright Greg Marlowe, secretly in love with Mary (Dr Morbius), Monday, 22 July 2013 13:51 (five years ago) Permalink

The Korn and Leif Garrett details!

Ned Raggett, Monday, 22 July 2013 14:23 (five years ago) Permalink

p sure I was at that Mekons show where Langford fell asleep onstage. (Not really in top 5 of unusual things that happened at their shows.)

playwright Greg Marlowe, secretly in love with Mary (Dr Morbius), Monday, 22 July 2013 14:25 (five years ago) Permalink

http://24.media.tumblr.com/9b743413820fa6111a77a44052a439a4/tumblr_mqrtoj65hi1qzy30io1_500.jpg
just posted this compilation if anyone's interested! http://ow.ly/nvtRp

tylerw, Wednesday, 31 July 2013 18:13 (five years ago) Permalink

what the hell?

Bob Mould, Hüsker Dü: Maxwell’s is sort of my CBGB. For R.E.M., the Feelies, the Replacements, Hüsker Dü, all the bands of that era—that was our room. Bear in mind, I never played CBGB. In early ’85, I called up and tried to get a gig there. They were like, “Never heard of you.” Really? You didn’t hear Zen Arcade or New Day Rising? Maybe you should go read The Village Voice or something.

hello :) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 31 July 2013 18:19 (five years ago) Permalink

and this might be up there in my all time favorite quotes:

Fallon: After Nirvana became big, the major booking agencies wanted you to take their shitty post-grunge bands in order to get their good bands. One very vivid memory is—what’s the name of that fucking band? Starts with a K. Korn. When Korn played Maxwell’s, I said to myself, “What the fuck am I doing here?” The crowd was ugly. The bass player punched their bus driver in the face. It was the exact opposite of why I opened Maxwell’s.

Abramson: Yeah, Korn. It’s never a good sign when a band loads in and starts lifting weights.p

hello :) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 31 July 2013 18:25 (five years ago) Permalink

I was there for Lee Ranaldo last night. Great show.

kornrulez6969, Wednesday, 31 July 2013 20:55 (five years ago) Permalink

Anyone going to the block party now until tonight?

Evan, Wednesday, 31 July 2013 22:18 (five years ago) Permalink

I can't believe I'm lucky enough to see the last show here, ever.

Evan, Wednesday, 31 July 2013 22:18 (five years ago) Permalink

Have fun for the rest of us Evan, hope it's a special night all around.

grandavis, Wednesday, 31 July 2013 22:26 (five years ago) Permalink

You know I will. Though there is no admission to the block party that'll be going strong until 11pm.

Evan, Wednesday, 31 July 2013 22:39 (five years ago) Permalink

And thank you, too.

Evan, Wednesday, 31 July 2013 22:40 (five years ago) Permalink

Well, it was special.

Evan, Thursday, 1 August 2013 05:16 (five years ago) Permalink

http://i.imgur.com/UCqijZt.jpg

bishop desmond youtube (sanskrit), Thursday, 1 August 2013 18:18 (five years ago) Permalink

haha YES

tylerw, Thursday, 1 August 2013 18:21 (five years ago) Permalink

Oh what a feeling

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 1 August 2013 18:22 (five years ago) Permalink

Everything's topsy-turvy on the other side of the Hudson.

dan selzer, Thursday, 1 August 2013 19:02 (five years ago) Permalink

Hold on let me check which way the water flushes over here.

Evan, Thursday, 1 August 2013 19:11 (five years ago) Permalink

haha Dan it's like one of those New York covers

bishop desmond youtube (sanskrit), Thursday, 1 August 2013 21:38 (five years ago) Permalink

err New Yorker

bishop desmond youtube (sanskrit), Thursday, 1 August 2013 22:50 (five years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Carr is one of the new owners of "Maxwell's Tavern":

In seeking a new upscale concept, Carr holds little nostalgia for the Maxwell’s that was. “The place has been completely redone,” said Carr. “It’s nice, it’s clean, it’s open, the food’s good, so it’s a whole different type of atmosphere than the old Maxwell’s, where you would have the people…come in and have a hamburger and drink and spill stuff all over the floor and go into the back room and jump up and down and get their ears blasted out. This is a lot higher quality.”

Evan, Monday, 27 October 2014 19:10 (three years ago) Permalink

i sent that to the previous booker, curious about his take

Steve 'n' Seagulls and Flock of Van Dammes (forksclovetofu), Monday, 27 October 2014 19:14 (three years ago) Permalink

Todd? Do you know him personally as well?

Evan, Monday, 27 October 2014 19:15 (three years ago) Permalink

pow pow pow

Thackeray Zax (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 27 October 2014 19:18 (three years ago) Permalink

?

Evan, Monday, 27 October 2014 19:22 (three years ago) Permalink

Well I know what someone thinks:

Tom Scharpling
15 hrs ·

A message to the pair of clogged toilets who are now running Maxwell's. When you inevitably go belly up, let me know. I will buy you out at one penny on the dollar.

my jaw left (Hurting 2), Monday, 27 October 2014 19:29 (three years ago) Permalink

Although based on Hoboken's current demographics, IDK if he's right.

my jaw left (Hurting 2), Monday, 27 October 2014 19:30 (three years ago) Permalink

evan: yeah, he's a good dude.

Steve 'n' Seagulls and Flock of Van Dammes (forksclovetofu), Monday, 27 October 2014 19:32 (three years ago) Permalink

Everybody knows Todd, sheeeit

my jaw left (Hurting 2), Monday, 27 October 2014 19:33 (three years ago) Permalink

And his catchphrase as well.

Thackeray Zax (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 27 October 2014 19:39 (three years ago) Permalink

Yes, he's a great guy!

Evan, Monday, 27 October 2014 19:40 (three years ago) Permalink

I don't really "know" him inasmuch as it's unlikely he'd remember me, but I've talked to him a few times briefly when we played there.

my jaw left (Hurting 2), Monday, 27 October 2014 19:42 (three years ago) Permalink

I still live in Hoboken. Sadly, I have no friends literally in town. Demographics are indeed a sportsbarbro/jerseyshore/finance mix.

Evan, Monday, 27 October 2014 19:45 (three years ago) Permalink

I perk up if other people know Todd because I take it as a slim chance that I've collected your ticket at a Maxwells show or saw you at the record fair (I help him out with his table usually).

Evan, Monday, 27 October 2014 19:48 (three years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

Ha if Scharpling rallied his fans he could very easily crowdfund the purchase.

Jalapeño Coladas, Wednesday, 22 March 2017 22:22 (one year ago) Permalink

ten months pass...

Hoboken music club Maxwell's Tavern is closing - again

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2018/02/maxwells_tavern_hoboken_rock_club_to_close.html

o. nate, Monday, 5 February 2018 00:56 (eight months ago) Permalink

Wow, a legit venue with great booking and affiliations with major musicians couldn’t pay the rent, so it’s shocking that open mic nights couldn’t do it either.

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Monday, 5 February 2018 01:14 (eight months ago) Permalink

I heard the restaurant side of it was not really cutting it either. They couldn't figure themselves out.

Evan, Monday, 5 February 2018 03:11 (eight months ago) Permalink

I think I went there once after it changed hands, and the menu seemed to be the same as before. Not that it was ever a particularly distinguished menu. Without the draw of the shows, they definitely needed something to set them apart.

o. nate, Monday, 5 February 2018 03:40 (eight months ago) Permalink

The food was good enough that when we played there I looked forward to the free meal, but it wasn't a place I'd go out of my way to eat at otherwise.

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Monday, 5 February 2018 16:11 (eight months ago) Permalink

good site to keep an eye on — a lot of live tapes from maxwell's ... the dino jr one smokes. https://www.themckenzietapes.com/tapes/

tylerw, Monday, 5 February 2018 16:18 (eight months ago) Permalink

I always kind of blamed the resurgence of Brooklyn for the demise of Maxwell's. It seemed like a lot of bands on tour would often book two shows in the area: one at a Manhattan venue and the other at Maxwell's. However, once Brooklyn started to become a big thing, the same caliber of bands continued to play one show at a Manhattan venue but their second show instead at a Brooklyn venue, leaving Maxwell's as the proverbial odd man out.

Ex Slacker, Tuesday, 6 February 2018 03:13 (eight months ago) Permalink


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