Maxwell’s Memories: Shames & Defibulators

[Continuing the ongoing Maxwell’s Memories feature here on Hoboken411. Paying tribute to bands that came and played at the legendary Maxwell’s at 1039 Washington Street – which is closing for good on July 31, 2013]

Maxwell’s Memories: Defibulators & Shames double-header

On December 2, 2007, The Shames, featuring Hoboken’s own legendary Reverend Jim D on bass, put on a great show performing songs from their record “The Transmigration of Timothy Archer.” Nobody does a “crowd point” better than D.

Maxwells Memories in Hoboken NJ Shames Defibulators - Maxwell's Memories: Shames & Defibulators

The Defibulators, based out of Brooklyn, led by Bug Jennings and Erin Bru on vocals, with Hoboken’s own Chris “Roadblock” Hartway on Telecaster, Smitty the giant fiddler and Michael “Metalbelly” Ginsberg on percussion, are one of the best and most thoroughly entertaining bands to come around in quite some time.

They performed many songs from their upcoming record “Corn Money,” including the great “Go Go Truck” and “Your Hearty Laugh.”

Check ‘em out at Mel Bay Publications has even published a Defibulators Songbook, that’s how good they are. Good times.

Below are a couple clips. The Shames start around the 3:30 mark.

About Maxwell’s Memories

Maxwells Memories in Hoboken NJ Knights of the New Crusade - Maxwell's Memories: Shames & DefibulatorsMaxwell’s Bar officially opened back in 1978 by the Fallon family, and was converted from a “workers tavern” (for nearby Maxwell House coffee workers), into a “Bar/restaurant.” After the original members of The Bongos rehearsed some material in the back-room (which at the time was unused), “live music” began to catch on, and Hoboken was beginning to become inviting to both musicians and artists. Maxwell’s was also even believed to be the first restaurant to offer a “Sunday brunch” in town.

In the mid-90’s, due to some ownership re-arrangements, Maxwell’s was briefly a micro-brew pub, trying to capitalize on that fad, but quickly reverted back to a standard comfort food bar/restaurant and music venue in 1998 – and had remained that way ever since.

Despite apparently being named the number three “rock ‘n’ roll club” in America by Rolling Stone magazine in 2013 – Maxwell’s announced their abandonment of the property (and Hoboken), effective July 31, 2013.

Maxwell’s Memories is a collection of previously unpublished photographs and videos of various bands and acts that performed on the famous local stage.

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