It’s the (New Year) Weekend!

December 31st, 2010, 5:00 pm by Greg

HAPPY NEW YEAR from Nippertown.com!

A very special End-O-Year thank you goes out to all of our Nippertown neighbors for their encouragement and support throughout 2010, our first full year in operation. That’s YOU, of course, our devoted readers, who visit Nippertown.com regularly for the latest information and/or a dose of amusement, and who help spread the word so that Nippertown can survive and grow…

Of course, we’d like to extend a very special thanks to the wonderful writers, photographers and other enablers who contributed to Nippertown.com this week:

Timothy Reidy
Michael Seinberg
Matt Mac Haffie
Justin Mikulka
Jim Ketterer
Fred Rudofsky
Tim Livingston

If you’d like to see your name here next week, it’s simple. Just send us something – a review, preview, interview, photo, list, rant, crayon drawing or whatever’s on your mind. Got a wish list for 2011? Send it along. Remember, Nippertown is your hometown, and we can’t possibly do this without your help.

Thanks to the folks who provided us with review tickets for their events:
The Linda, Albany

Please be safe out there, and we’ll see you in 2011…

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2010: The Nippertown Year in Review

December 31st, 2010, 2:00 pm by Greg

FRIDAY, JANUARY 8: Firlefanz Puppets kick off the Nippertown year in arts with a production of Alfred Jarry’s “Ubu Rex” adapted by Oakley Hall III, performed at Steamer No. 10 Theater in Albany. Hmmmm, looks like this might be a pretty absurd year…

TUESDAY, JANUARY 12: An earthquake wreaks havoc in Haiti, prompting a multitude of benefit concerts, including Hearts 4 Haiti at the Palace Theatre in Albany headlined by David Malachowski & the Woodstock All-Stars on February 11.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9: Barsuk Records releases Phantogram’s debut album, “Eyelid Movies.”


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Best Art Exhibits of 2010: Get Visual’s David Brickman

December 31st, 2010, 1:30 pm by Greg

Over at his Get Visual blog, artist-curator-critic David Brickman broke down his Best Art Exhibitions of the Year list into various categories. His end results look something like this:

MAJOR MUSEUMS:
“Picasso Looks at Degas” at the Clark Art Institute, Williamstown
“Andrew Wyeth: An American Legend” at the Hyde Collection, Glens Falls
“Not Just Another Pretty Place: The Landscape of New York” at the New York State Museum, Albany
HONORABLE MENTION: “Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera” at the Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge

SOLO EXHIBITIONS (LARGE):
“Larry Poons: Recent Paintings” at the College of St. Rose’s Massry Gallery, Albany
“Jules Olitski: An Inside View” at Sage College’s Opalka Gallery, Albany
“Edward Avedisian: Retrospective” at Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson
“Carroll Dunham Prints: A Survey” at the UAlbany University Art Museum, Albany
“Fred Tomaselli” at Skidmore College’s Tang Teaching Museum, Saratoga Springs

SOLO EXHIBITIONS (SMALL):
“Michael Millspaugh” at the Lake George Arts Project, Lake George
“Claude Carone: Paintings” at John Davis Gallery, Hudson
“Monica Miller: Diary of a Trespasser” at Joyce Goldstein Gallery, Chatham
HONORABLE MENTION: “Charles Steckler: Boxed Sets” Fulton-Montgomery Community College’s Perrella Gallery, Johnstown

GROUP EXHIBITIONS:
“Reflections on Water in American Painting” at the Arkell Museum, Canajoharie
“Fence Select” at the Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy
“Battlesight: Dispatches from Iraq and Afghanistan” at the Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy
“Then and Now” at Albany Center Gallery, Albany
“Here and There: Two Degrees of Separation” at the Union College Arts Atrium, Schenectady

Got a Best of 2010 list that you’d like to contribute? Best concerts of the year? Best local music moments of the year? Best whatever? Please send it along to greg@nippertown.com

THE 2010 LIST OF LISTS:
Best Comics & Graphic Novels of the Year: The Village Voice
Best Album Covers of the Year: All Songs Considered
Best Concerts of the Year: James Ketterer
Best Songs of the Year: Altered Zones
Best Concerts of the Year: Fred Rudofsky
Best New Webcomics of the Year: Wired
Best Concerts of the Year: Nippertown’s Greg Haymes
Best Art Exhibitions of the Year: The Daily Gazette’s Karen Bjornland
Best Concerts of the Year: The Daily Gazette
Best Albums of the Year: Nippertown’s Matt Mac Haffie
Best Concerts of the Year That I Missed: Nippertown’s Greg Haymes
Best Local CDs of 2010: The Daily Gazette’s Brian McElhiney
Most Disappointing Concerts of 2010: Nippertown’s Greg Haymes

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RIP: Stan Marsden, 1929-2010

December 31st, 2010, 1:00 pm by Greg

We are sad to report that veteran Nippertown musician Stan Marsden passed away in Saratoga Springs on Wednesday. He was 81 years old.

Born in Canada and raised in Great Britain, Marsden played his first Capital Region gig at Otto’s on the Latham Circle back in 1956. He was a member of the Dale Foster Quartet, but is best known on the local music scene as the drummer-vocalist-vibraphonist with one of the area’s most popular and enduring bands, the Vito Mamone Trio, with whom he performed for more than 30 years at such venues as the Golden Fox in Colonie, the Country Gentleman in Saratoga Springs and Mill Road Acres in Latham.

For more details, read Bill Buell’s story in The Daily Gazette (behind paywall).

Best Comics & Graphic Novels of 2010: The Village Voice

December 31st, 2010, 12:30 pm by Greg

Everything from reissues of classic ’50s horror zines to pointed political portraiture to an extravagant art/poetry/music (by Wilco’s Nels Cline, no less) multimedia package – they all landed on The Village Voice’s R.C. Baker’s end of year tally of the Best Comics & Graphic Novels.

Here’s the list:

Pete Von Sholly’s “Repuglicans”
Danzig Baldaev’s “Drawings From the Gulag”
Jason Ciaccia and Aaron Norhanian’s “The Sinister Truth: MK Ultra”
Jim Trombetta’s “The Horror! The Horror!: Comic Books the Government Didn’t Want You to Read!”
Various authors’ “Creepy Archives”
Various author’s “Eerie Archives”
Julia Gfrörer’s “Flesh and Bone”
Charles Burns’ “X’ed Out”
Pascal “Mezzo” Mesenburg and Michel Pirus’ “King of the Flies: 1. Hallorave”
Chris Ware’s “Lint, Acme Novelty Library Vol. 20”
Ed Ruscha, David Breskin and Nels Cline’s “Dirty Baby”
Darwyn Cooke’s “The Outfit”
Neal Adams’ “Superman vs. Muhammad Ali”

Got a Best of 2010 list that you’d like to contribute? Best concerts of the year? Best local music moments of the year? Best whatever? Please send it along to greg@nippertown.com

THE 2010 LIST OF LISTS:
Best Album Covers of the Year: All Songs Considered
Best Concerts of the Year: James Ketterer
Best Songs of the Year: Altered Zones
Best Concerts of the Year: Fred Rudofsky
Best New Webcomics of the Year: Wired
Best Concerts of the Year: Nippertown’s Greg Haymes
Best Art Exhibitions of the Year: The Daily Gazette’s Karen Bjornland
Best Concerts of the Year: The Daily Gazette
Best Albums of the Year: Nippertown’s Matt Mac Haffie
Best Concerts of the Year That I Missed: Nippertown’s Greg Haymes
Best Local CDs of 2010: The Daily Gazette’s Brian McElhiney
Most Disappointing Concerts of 2010: Nippertown’s Greg Haymes

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LIVE: Mike Doughty @ The Linda, 12/30/10

December 31st, 2010, 11:45 am by Greg

Mike Doughty @ The Linda

It wasn’t just a full house of fans that clapped and whistled when indi- alternative rock singer-songwriter Mike Doughty walked onto the stage at The Linda, it was a real live cult-audience of Doughty fanatics. Over two hundred of them came out!

Just a day shy of New Years Eve, Doughty was comfortable in his own skin and armed with an acoustic guitar alongside his long time accompanist-cellist, Andrew “Scrap” Livingston.

Throughout the concert the relationship between the Doughty and the audience was interactive – mostly between songs, but at times even during them with something akin to a sing-along accompanying his impassioned vocals and frenzied guitar playing.

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Best Album Covers of 2010: All Songs Considered

December 31st, 2010, 10:45 am by Greg

Yeah, we know – most folks buy their music digitally and don’t even know what the album cover looks like. That makes us sad.

But there are some folks out there who still love the artwork that comes along with an album. Folks like Michael Katzif, who compiled this list of the Best Album Covers of the Year for NPR’s All Songs Considered blog:

(in no particular order)

Broken Bells’ “Broken Bells”
S. Carey’s “We All Grow”
Philip Selway’s “Familial”
Suuns’ “Zeroes QC”
Owen Pallett’s “Heartland”
Lower Dens’ “Twin Hand Movement”
Agalloch’s “Marrow Of The Spirit”
Kanye West’s “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy”
The Besnard Lakes’ “The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night”

Got a Best of 2010 list that you’d like to contribute? Best concerts of the year? Best local music moments of the year? Best whatever? Please send it along to greg@nippertown.com

THE 2010 LIST OF LISTS:
Best Concerts of the Year: James Ketterer
Best Songs of the Year: Altered Zones
Best Concerts of the Year: Fred Rudofsky
Best New Webcomics of the Year: Wired
Best Concerts of the Year: Nippertown’s Greg Haymes
Best Art Exhibitions of the Year: The Daily Gazette’s Karen Bjornland
Best Concerts of the Year: The Daily Gazette
Best Albums of the Year: Nippertown’s Matt Mac Haffie
Best Concerts of the Year That I Missed: Nippertown’s Greg Haymes
Best Local CDs of 2010: The Daily Gazette’s Brian McElhiney
Most Disappointing Concerts of 2010: Nippertown’s Greg Haymes

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Best Concerts of 2010: James Ketterer of Tern Rounders/Arch Stanton Quartet

December 31st, 2010, 10:00 am by Greg

James Ketterer – drummer with alt-country band Tern Rounders and jazz combo the Arch Stanton Quartet – says, “Here is a listing of the shows I liked the best in 2010 (maybe not the best of the whole year, but the ones that I saw and liked):

1. KJ Denhert at The Linda, Albany (at the Keys for Kids benefit concert): Her blend of urban folk and jazz is world class.
2. Matt Maguire Quartet at the Orchard Tavern, Albany: Straight ahead jazz, tasty pizza, cold beer – all outside in the backyard of one of Albany’s old-time establishments. What’s not to like?
3. Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival at Riverfront Park, Albany: Another excellent lineup, with highlights including local 518 group Troika and superstars Ravi Coltrane and John Scofield.
4. Keith Pray’s Big Soul Ensemble CD release show at Tess’ Lark Tavern, Albany: So many people showed up they had to play two sets.
5. Bill McCann’s 25th anniversary of “The Saturday Morning Edition of Jazz” radio show on WCDB: Every Saturday morning for the last two and a half decades Bill has been playing great jazz on 90.9 FM and supporting the local jazz scene.
6. Charlie Watts Riots at the Albany Tulip Festival in Washington Park: Much better show than OK-Go. Next year, they should be on the main stage.
7. Sensemaya at the Albany Latin Fest: Top-notch musicianship that also inspires people to dance.
8. The Variety Circus at Proctors for Art Night Schenectady: A standing-room-only crowd for ballet, burlesque, modern dance, music, fashion show, a DJ and some audience participation. Mitch Messmore was brilliant as the ringmaster and producer (Full Disclosure: I played on the program with Tern Rounders but enjoyed being an audience member for the other acts).
9. Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble, Woodstock: If you haven’t been to one of these shows, go get a ticket now. Pricey, but well worth every penny.
10. Empire State Youth Orchestra Percussion Ensembles at the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center, Albany: Richard Albagli is a national treasure as a percussionist and educator. Along with his co-conductors John Antonio and Genoveffa Vitale they had the student percussionists played challenging and compelling music far above their age levels. The full house was in awe all night.

Got a Best of 2010 list that you’d like to contribute? Best concerts of the year? Best local music moments of the year? Best whatever? Please send it along to greg@nippertown.com

THE 2010 LIST OF LISTS:
Best Songs of the Year: Altered Zones
Best Concerts of the Year: Fred Rudofsky
Best New Webcomics of the Year: Wired
Best Concerts of the Year: Nippertown’s Greg Haymes
Best Art Exhibitions of the Year: The Daily Gazette’s Karen Bjornland
Best Concerts of the Year: The Daily Gazette
Best Albums of the Year: Nippertown’s Matt Mac Haffie
Best Concerts of the Year That I Missed: Nippertown’s Greg Haymes
Best Local CDs of 2010: The Daily Gazette’s Brian McElhiney
Most Disappointing Concerts of 2010: Nippertown’s Greg Haymes

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