A Look at the Legacy of the Beatles…From 1000 Years in the Future

November 30th, 2009, 3:09 pm by Greg

Thanks to Paul Rapp

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Be Here Now: B3nson Records Triple CD Release Party @ Valentine’s, 12/4/09

November 30th, 2009, 3:06 pm by Greg

Not one…
Not two…
But three new CD releases will be celebrated at Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany at 8pm on Friday (December 4).

And they’re all rolling out of that magical musical factory known as the B3nson Recording Company, Nippertown’s most charming and hardest working local independent record label and music collective.

B3nson is pleased to welcome brand new homegrown debut from the solo acoustic act Littlefoot (aka, Seth Tillinghast), who brings lush vocals to a sparse musical setting on “If You Give a Grouch a Guitar.”

Meanwhile, the Boston Celtics (Ryan Stewart and Richard Nolan Jr. of fellow B3nson band Beware! The Other Head of Science) serve up a haunting batch of a dozen thoroughly original tunes on their full-length debut, “The End of Mont Pleasant.”

In addition, Friday’s celebration and performance will also serve as the launching pad for the fourth full-length CD by original B3nsonites, the Hoborchestra. The brainchild of Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned‘s multi-instrumentalist Tim Koch, “I Only Eat You to Make Me Stronger” finds him collaborating with a who’s-who of B3nsonites, including Aaron Smith (Scientific Maps), Matthew Loiacono (courtesy of Collar City Records), Alex Muro (Sgt. Dunbar), Richard Nolan (the Boston Celtics), Jen O’Connor and Eric Krans (We are Jeneric).

At Friday’s celebration, all three new B3nson records will be available for sale individually ($5) and in a package deal for all three ($12).

LIVE: The Adam Rogers Quartet @ Skidmore College, 11/12/09

November 30th, 2009, 2:05 pm by Greg

Adam Rogers

Adam Rogers


Every jazz generation or decade has its extraordinary talents. Some create or typify movements in the genre like swing (Chick Webb, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington) or modern jazz (Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker Thelonious Monk) or free jazz (John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Eric Dolphy).

Others become trendsetters (Miles Davis, Art Blakey, Charles Mingus) or the leading voices of their respective instruments (Sonny Rollins, Pat Metheny, John McLaughlin).

Leading a crack outfit into Filene Hall on the Skidmore College campus, electric-guitar virtuoso Adam Rogers‘ fluid guitar lines ran the gamut of dynamic twists and turns. From gentle melodic interludes to lightning-fast arpeggios, Rogers effortlessly tore through a dozen or so selections mostly taken from his three solo outings, including his latest, “Sight.”

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So….Everything Is Permissible?

November 30th, 2009, 1:39 pm by Sara
Central Park, Schenectady

Central Park, Schenectady

BOOK: Martin Benjamin’s “Atomic Age”

November 30th, 2009, 1:14 pm by Greg

(photo by Martin Benjamin)

(photo by Martin Benjamin)

This is a subversive book.

Titled “Atomic Age,” this collection of photographs from the past 30 years addresses that topic, as well as a number of political topics that get dragged along with it, some miscellaneous photographic opportunities. And it’s all rounded out with more personal subjects.

The early days of the atomic age have a familiar, even nostalgic feel for people who experienced it first-hand or grew up in its immediate aftermath. Big fat bombs. National pride. Desert testing sites. Ending the war.

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FIVE FIRSTS: Maria Zemantauski

November 30th, 2009, 12:37 pm by Greg

Maria Zemantauski

Maria Zemantauski

NAME: Maria Zemantauski
BAND AFFILIATION: Alegria, a flexible Spanish and flamenco-inspired ensemble
INSTRUMENT: Nylon string guitar

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Oh dear, I think it was the Partridge Family album!!!!

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … Harry Chapin at Mount St. Mary’s in Newburgh

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … a guitar

4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … a popular classical guitar piece called ‘Romance’

5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … Coda. We were an ’80s cover band!

Maria Zemantauski and flamenco dancer Lisa Martinez will be featured special guest performers at the Albany Symphony Orchestra‘s annual holiday concerts, “The Magic of Christmas,” at the Palace Theatre in Albany on Saturday and Sunday (December 5-6).

Alchemy Shutters Its Doors

November 30th, 2009, 10:40 am by Greg

The Woodstock cafe/music venue/bookstore/art gallery known as Alchemy closed its doors for good on Saturday (November 28), just a week short of what would have been its six-month anniversary.

When the coffeehouse held its grand opening celebration back on June 4, things looked rosy for owners Nick Martin and Stephanie Izarek. “Our hope is that Alchemy will serve as a fun and vibrant gathering place for local residents and tourists alike,” Martin said, “a space that encourages creativity, community, consciousness, the free exchange of ideas and generally, the pursuit of living the best life possible.”

Operating under the slogan, “Revive the vibe,” Alchemy hosted some wonderful performers, but even the Woodstock dream wasn’t enough to carry the coffeehouse through these tough economic times.

A message posted on the cafe’s Facebook page on Saturday morning stated, “Alchemy Friends: We will be open today from 2 until 5 for a closing sale on books, handmade merchandise, original art, jewelry, etc. Please consider stopping by for deals on your holiday shopping and to say a farewell to Alchemy…”

Real Good for Free: Big Soul Ensemble @ Tess’ Lark Tavern, 12/1/09

November 30th, 2009, 10:14 am by Greg

Big band + small venue = powerhouse jazz.

Unless you’ve had the great pleasure of seeing it for yourself, you might have considerable difficulty imagining saxman Keith Pray‘s 17-piece Big Soul Ensemble performing in the intimate back room at Tess’ Lark Tavern in Albany.

But they do. Regularly. On the first Tuesday of each month. And the results are magnificent.

The sprawling band has just recently finished recording their debut live album at Tess’, so you can bet that the ensemble will be in tip-top shape and ready to roar at 9pm Tuesday (December 1).

(photo by Andrzej Pilzrczyk)

(photo by Andrzej Pilzrczyk)


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