POP QUIZ: 2011 Nippertown Music Scene Year in Review

Nipper Gets A Paint Job (photo by Al Goldberg)

Eyeliner? Is that really necessary?

Sorry. If you’re looking for it, our FLASHBACK FOTO contest is taking a week off this week.

Instead, we’re springing a POP QUIZ on you.

Thanks to the fine folks at the Spectrum 8 Theatres in Albany, we’re giving away a FREE PAIR OF MOVIE PASSES to the first commenter who answers each of the dozen quiz questions correctly. In the event that no one supplies all of the correct answers, the passes will be awarded to the commenter with the most correct answers. The bonus question will act as a tie-breaker, and the decision of the judges is final. This offer is void where prohibited (we don’t really know what that means, but we’re throwing it out there just to try to cover our asses).

To make it fair, comments on this post won’t show up until we announce the winner on Thursday (January 5). Only one comment per person, please, and be sure to leave your correct, working email address, too. We won’t publish it, but we’ll use it to contact you if you win. Good luck!

1. What Nippertown band released an album that was recorded live in China?

2. When Howe Glassman launched his new WEXT-FM radio show, “The Fabulous Sounds,” with a four-hour special edition on Thanksgiving Day, who was the first Local 518 musician (according to current residence) that he played on the air?

3. Who earned the undisputed Iron Man Musician honors at Troy’s River Street Festival in June?

4. True or False: In November, We Are Jeneric changed their name to the Back Porch.

5. Who won the second annual SPAC Battle of the Bands in June?

6. Who is the only Local 518 musician to have played at each of the WEXT Exit Dome concerts, including Exit Dome 4 back in January?

7. Which one of these Nippertown bands did NOT play a local reunion show in 2011?
a. Interstate
b. The McKrells
c. Ominous Seapods
d. Triffid
e. Rocky Velvet
f. Blotto

8. Who was the only Nippertown band to headline a concert at Albany’s Washington Avenue Armory?

9. What veteran musician was coaxed out of retirement to sing at both Valentine’s Music Hall and the Albany Tulip Festival?

10. Who was the winner of April’s Garage to Glory music competition at the College of Saint Rose?

11. In July, what Nippertown musician released an album on 8-track?

12. Who was featured on the cover of Metroland’s Local Music Issue in November?

BONUS QUESTION (Not Local 518-related): What was the real name of Warrant singer Jani Lane, who died earlier this year?

Good luck!

Photograph by Al Goldberg

CONGRATS to Andy Gregory, who has either an astonishing memory or way too much time to Google on his hands. He nailed the correct answers to 10 of the 12 questions, and got the bonus question right, too!

1. Reggie’s Red Hot Feetwarmers
2. Kevin Maul’s “Kings Highway”
3. Steven Clyde, who played full sets with three of the four main stage bands: the Graham Tichy Experience, Blotto and the Neanderthals
4. False. We Are Jeneric changed their name to the Parlor.
5. Eastbound Jesus
6. Chris Carey – with Railbird (1/09), Railbird Jr. (10/09), solo (2/10) and the Rodeo Barons (1/11)
7. d. Triffid
8. Mirk
9. Jim Furlong – former leader of the A.D.’s and current honcho at Last Vestige Music Shop – who sang with the Knyghts of Fuzz at Valentine’s and with Blotto at the Tulip Fest
10. Olivia Quillio
11. Jed Davis’ “Shoot the Piano Player”
12. Nipper!
BONUS: John Kennedy Oswald

4 Responses to “POP QUIZ: 2011 Nippertown Music Scene Year in Review”

  1. Mr. Reidy says:

    1. phantogram
    2. Ernie Williams
    3. Cheese Blotto
    4. false
    5. Matthew Carefully
    7. Triffid
    8. Mirk
    9. Wild Adriatic
    10. Broadway Blotto
    11. Jed Davis
    12. Swordpaw or Sea of Trees

  2. 1. Reggie’s Red Hot Feetwarmers – “Live in Shanghai”
    2. The Figgs
    3. Bassist Steven “Cousin” Clyde
    4. False
    5. Eastbound Jesus (which the SPAC people quickly forgot about)
    6. Chris Carey
    7. (d.) Triffid
    8. MIRK
    9. Jim Furlong (A.D.’s)
    10. Olivia Quillio
    11. Jed Davis (“Shoot the Piano Player”)
    12. Sea of Trees/SwordPaw
    Bonus: John Kennedy Oswald, later changed by parents to John Patrick Oswald to avoid harrassing phone calls (it was 1964 or so)

  3. Thanks Nippertown! The memory hasn’t completely failed, and I only Googled twice (which really didn’t help). But it was only between I and Mr. Reidy?

  4. Greg says:

    Yes, indeed, Mr. Gregory. Just two entries, but both good ones. Apparently, the quiz was just too intimidating; or people with real lives were busy doing something that actually mattered. I must admit that I’m damned impressed with your entry. Movie passes to Spectrum 8 are on their way to you pronto…

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