Archive for May, 2009

A bidding war for Scientific Maps?

Friday, May 29th, 2009

As part of the CRUMBS Nite Out at the Linda on Thursday evening, Matthew Loiacono of Collar City Records and Alex Muro of B3nson Recording Company were the special guest panelists for a discussion about local record company collectives. The panel was hosted by entertainment lawyers Paul Czech and Paul Rapp.

The talk got off to rousing start when Rapp bluntly asked, “So do you guys know what you’re doing?”

“Oh, no,” admitted Muro.

“Definitely not,” said Loiacono.

“And that’s the difference, really,” Rapp pointed out. “Because the major labels obviously don’t know what they’re doing either, but they’re afraid to admit it.”

“Yes, and we’re having fun,” said Muro.

“And we only put out music that we’re really excited about,” Loiacono added.

The highlight of the hour-long panel discussion may have happened near the mid-way point when Loiacono revealed, “Alex and I are going to have a fight over who gets to put out the next Scientific Maps album. I think we’re going to have a Jell-O wrestling match.”

No details yet on the venue or the ticket prices for that must-see event.


Tre Cool, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

Friday, May 29th, 2009

Green Day's Tre Cool

Green Day's Tre Cool

“Was it the Pixies or was it … ?

Oh, no, no, no, no, no. I bought a gang of records at first because I got a record player for free from somebody. So I went down to a swap-meet kind of thing and bought things like ‘Scary Sounds’ and stuff.

Actually, Green Day was among one of my first records because it was just available on vinyl, and I got all of the Lookout Records 7-inches, too.

But you know? I don’t think I ever bought any new vinyl in my life. It was always more of what second-hand vinyl I could find.”

Live: Railbird @ The Linda, 5/28

Friday, May 29th, 2009

Sarah Pedinotti and her band Railbird dropped by the monthly CRUMBS Nite Out bash at the Linda to introduce their new “secret” release, the five-song, Americana-flavored EP, “Flower From California.” The band showcased the shimmering folk-pop nuggets – “Looking Back” and the title track – as well as the funky, acoustic jam, “Umbrella Blues.”

Pedinotti switched back and forth between grand piano and harmonica, while the rest of the guys expanded the sonic pallett to include strange percussion, a toy piano and a banjo-ukulele, as well as the more standard guitars, drums and stand-up bass.

Railbird at CRUMBS Night Out

Railbird at CRUMBS Night Out

Reaching back in their catalog, “Limousine” (from last year’s “Railbird” debut) was another stand-out – a Bo Diddley-meets-Beat poetry gem featuring a clattering percussion breakdown and such lyrics as:

“They say I run with the devil
I got silver laces in my shoes
I got freaks in my eyeballs
and the alligator blues”

Looking back, I’ll admit that although I was a huge fan of the Sarah Pedinotti Band, their initial transition to Railbird was a bit of a let-down.

That disappointment was short-lived, however. With the CRUMBS show, Railbird proved that they’re once again one of Nippertown’s top bands, well on their way to establishing a sound all their own.

Robot or Insect?

Friday, May 29th, 2009


Mike Libby creates sculptures from dead insects and watch parts.

How did insect lab begin?
One day I found a dead intact beetle. I then located an old wristwatch, thinking of how the beetle also operated and looked like a little mechanical device and so decided to combine the two. After some time dissecting the beetle and outfitting it with watch parts and gears, I had a nice little sculpture.

Real Good for Free: Jazz on Jay

Friday, May 29th, 2009

There isn’t much jazz to be found on most of the free summertime concert schedules around Nippertown, which is the big reason that we’re thankful for the Jazz on Jay series which takes place at lunchtime at the Circle at the corner of Jay & State streets in Schenectady.

The free weekly performances run from 12 noon-1:30pm Thursdays, and the rain location is across the street at the Muddy Cup, located next to Proctor’s Box Office.

Here’s the line-up:

June 4: Colleen Pratt & Friends

June 11: Al Haugen

June 18: Yuko Kishimoto

June 25: Dino Cimino

July 2: Linda Brown

July 9: Patti Melita & Hip Houligans

July 16: Keith Pray Group

July 23: Azzaam Hameed w/Annette Harris & Ron Mayfield

July 30: Troika

August 6: Paul Mastrianni

August 13: Terry Gordon Quartet

August 20: Tim Coakley

August 27: Tim Olsen

Real Good For Free: Cook Park, Colonie
Real Good For Free: Lake George
Real Good for Free: Schodack
Real Good For Free: Art on Lark
Real Good For Free: River Street Festival
Real Good For Free: Canajoharie
Real Good For Free: Guilderland
Real Good for Free: Alive @ 5
Real Good for Free: Powers Park

Do Not Disturb

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

Here’s Paul Lloyd Sargent‘s collection of “Do Not Disturb” signs, 1993-2005, although Sargent’s collection doesn’t hold a candle to that of E. Flores.

Designed by Milton Glaser

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

He designed the iconic I (Heart) NY logo.

He co-founded New York magazine.

And, yes, he created the famous Bob Dylan poster of the singer-songwriter in silhouette with his psychedelicized hair.

Now graphic designer extraordinaire Milton Glaser has created the poster for the tenth annual Woodstock Film Festival, which will take place from September 30-October 4.

While the schedule of films for the festival has yet to be decided, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if one movie in the WFF spotlight would be the new film from director Wendy Kaye, “To Inform and Delight: The World of Milton Glaser.”


Comin’ soon…

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

A few of the new concerts announced this week:

The Egg in Albany welcomes the neo-old-timey combo Old Crow Medicine Show (Sunday, July 26), bluesman Keb’ Mo’ (Sunday, October 25) and pop god Brian Wilson (Tuesday, November 10). Tix for the Wilson concert go onsale on Friday, May 29.

Soul sensation Maxwell swings into the Palace Theatre in Albany on Tuesday, July 21. Tickets go on sale Saturday, May 30. Celtic Thunder also booms into the Palace on Sunday, October 11.

Northern Lights in Clifton Park welcomes the ska-delicious doubleheader of Reel Big Fish and the English Beat (!!) on Thursday, July 16 (on sale Friday, May 29).

Holly & EvanCaffe LenaCartoonist John CaldwellThe Cock'N'Bull RestaurantJim Gaudet and the Railroad BoysAdvertise on Nippertown!Artist Charles HaymesBerkshire On StageLeave Regular Radio BehindAlbany PoetsHudson SoundsThe LindaArtist and Musician Michael Eck