Best Press Release of the Year… So Far

January 31st, 2012, 4:00 pm by Greg
David Torn (photo by Paolo Soriani)

David Torn (photo by Paolo Soriani)

Here it is verbatim from guitar pioneer David Torn:

for immediate release:

On February 11th, 2012, ships is slip while sheeps is sleep will perform original music (from David Torn’s Bar Mitzvah) at the Bearsville Theater, located against all odds in tropical frazzaBearsville, NY.

The members of this illustrious group are:
David King (formerly of “The Bald Plus”),
Ches Smith (finalist on “American Idle”),
Tim Berne (the original host of “The Dating Game”) and
David Torn (the last living member of the cast of “party of 5”).

This will be their first performance ever and David’s first concert in his hometown since Phil Jackson left NY.

7 remaining tickets are still available and, so far, Martin Caprese and Bono have each confirmed their reservations, which are, for better or worse, legion.

The concert is being recorded for HBO’s new “What Just Happened?” series, and will be aired sometime in 2011 using new technology developed by the late Mr. Wizard.

For the sake of Public Transparency & Any Attendant Internetical Chit-Chat, Mssr. Torn & Herr Berne both record for ECM Records.

Again, it’s tim berne: alto sax, dave king: drums +, ches smith: drums +, david torn: guitar +

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LIVE: Sirsy @ Brown’s Brewing Co., 1/26/12

January 31st, 2012, 2:00 pm by Greg

Video by Timothy Reidy

Sirsy performs “By July” at Brown’s Brewing Co. in Troy, on Thursday, January 26…

Film: “The Descendents”

January 31st, 2012, 1:00 pm by Greg

Review by Pete Mason

“The Descendants” is your standard George Clooney film, in that he deserves his Golden Globe and Oscar nomination for Best Actor. In a solid film based on the novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings, Clooney channels a second coming of Gregory Peck as a father conflicted with three separate dilemnas: his wife, his daughters and a epic land deal.

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January 31st, 2012, 12:00 pm by Greg

Kim Nazarian, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

January 31st, 2012, 11:00 am by Greg

Kim Nazarian (front) with New York Voices

Kim Nazarian (center front) with New York Voices


“I don’t really remember the first record that I bought, but I do remember having my own record player when I was a little girl about five or six years old. And I would borrow my parents’ albums. They had a big stack of 33 RPMs, and I was listening to all of their records … Al Hirt, Boots Randolph, Wayne Newton, Brenda Lee and whatever else they had.

At one point in my parents’ career, they owned a little bar and grill that had a jukebox. And I got all of the 45s after they came out of the jukebox. I would listen to every single 45 … both sides. It was one of favorite things to do … to be downstairs playing while I was listening to records. There was always music on the stereo.

I think that, as a musician, half of your education is listening.”

Singer (and Shaker High School grad) Kim Nazarian and the other remembers of Grammy Award-winning jazz vocal quartet New York Voices will lift their voices in concert at Voorheesville High School’s performing arts center at 7:30pm on Friday (February 3). Tix are $25.

Seeing Dance in 3-D: Wim Wenders and “Pina” to be screened by BIFF Feb. 2 [Berkshire on Stage]

January 31st, 2012, 10:00 am by Sara
"Pina," a film by Wim Wenders

"Pina," a film by Wim Wenders

If there has ever been a film to showcase the real artistic possibilities of 3D cinematography, it has to be the Oscar contender Pina, the critically acclaimed documentary about choreographer Pina Bausch.

It opened this week around the country, but with dim prospects of being given a commercial run in the Berkshires. It is a rare and brilliant film that has the whole world talking. (At least those with some taste and refinement.) It may even demonstrate a breakthrough in capturing dance on film.

Thanks to BIFF’s Reel Friends Film Society, the Beacon Cinema and IFC those of us in the Berkshires will be able to enjoy a special screening of the critically-acclaimed documentary film. Pina is directed by Oscar-nominated director Wim Wenders. It will be screened on Thursday, February 2 at the Beacon Cinema in Pittsfield, MA.

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1/31/12: Today’s Tips: Tuesday

January 31st, 2012, 9:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Americana Tuesdays @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. Host band Dan Johnson & His Expert Sidemen welcome this week’s special guest, Tony Califano, vocalist-mandolinist with Fairview Avenue. 8pm. $5.

MUSIC ON FILM: “Goat Rodeo Sessions Live” @ Regal Crossgates Stadium 18, Guilderland. Featuring Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Thile, Edgar Meyer and Stuart Duncan. 7:30pm. $15.

Parade of Shoes: Liam Finn

January 30th, 2012, 4:00 pm by Sara
Parade of Shoes: Liam Finn @ Solid Sound (photo by Matt Mac Haffie)

Parade of Shoes: Liam Finn @ Solid Sound (photo by Matt Mac Haffie)

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