LIVE: The Magnetic Fields @ Club Helsinki, 10/25/12

October 31st, 2012, 4:00 pm by Greg

The Magnetic Fields @ Club Helsinki, 10/25/12 (photo by Jason Spiro)

Review and photographs by Jason Spiro

This past Thursday, the Magnetic Fields appeared at Club Helsinki in Hudson. I heard about the show less than a week beforehand from a my-old-school acquaintance via Facebook. and within minutes I purchased a ticket.

For reasons that escape me now, I neglected to see this band at either their last Club Helsinki or Beacon Theater appearances earlier in the year. These dates followed the release of their latest record, Love at the Bottom of the Sea. I remember listening to this record, and at the time, I enjoyed the songs but didn’t fully grasp either the brilliance of the songwriting or the entirely appropriate, sonorous, technically able arrangements.

Revisiting this last album’s material reinforced as correct my otherwise snap decision to attend the concert – although, the live presentation of this and other selections from the band’s oeuvre was entirely different from recorded versions.

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Comin’ Soon: New Concert Announcements

October 31st, 2012, 3:00 pm by Greg

Straight outta New Orleans, Big Sam’s Funky Nation are headed back to Albany. Last year, they dropped the can’t-stop-dancin’, brass-band funk-bomb on fans as one of the headliners at the Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival. This time around, trombonist Big Sam Williams and his funky bunch are headed into Red Square in Albany on Friday, November 9. Nippertown’s own horn-fueled funkateers Oobleck open the show at 9pm. Tix are $10. And don’t forget your dancing shoes…

Putnam Den in Saratoga Springs has landed a couple hot new shows, including the triple-bill of Railbird, Cuddle Magic and the Daredevil Christopher Wright at 9pm on Thursday, November 8 ($8); and the Figgs’ 25th anniversary holiday show (with Guy Lyons joining in the celebration) on Saturday, December 22 ($TBA).

POSTPONED: Due to complications from Hurricane Sandy, the fab ‘n’ funny folk duo Lou & Peter Berryman have been forced to cancel their early November tour, including at stop at the Eighth Step at Proctors in Schenectady that was scheduled for Saturday (November 3). The Eighth Step show has been re-scheduled for 7:30pm on Saturday, April 6.

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Geoff Muldaur, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

October 31st, 2012, 2:00 pm by Greg
Geoff Muldaur

Geoff Muldaur

“Gee, I don’t know. I’m sorry. It could have been some old ten-inch, but I think that the first things that I bought were 45s. But actually, I’m not even sure about that. My brother had this great record collection, but I was also into Fats Domino and things like that. That could have been my first album. But it’s just as likely that my first LPs were jazz things that I bought down at Sam Goody’s annex.

It’s a blur. There was just so much music. I do remember having those little books with 45s in them, and I’m not so sure that I didn’t buy ‘At My Front Door’ by the El Dorados on 78. How’s that? Now that’s old, isn’t it?”

An alum of both Jim Kweskin’s Jug Band and Paul Butterfield’s Better Days, the marvelous blues singer-guitarist Geoff Muldaur lands at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs for a solo performance. Lauren Sheehan opens the show. Tix are $20 in advance; $22 at the door.

Trip-Hop Arrives with Ben Perowsky’s Moodswing Orchestra at Mass MoCA Nov. 3rd [Berkshire on Stage]

October 31st, 2012, 1:00 pm by Sara

North Adams, MA. With an incredibly diverse career both as a drummer and a music producer, Ben Perowsky has been called a “thrilling bandleader with a flair for transforming rock repertory” by Jazztimes. This first-call drummer for jazz artists from John Zorn to John Scofield to John Medeski brings his Moodswing Orchestra featuring an all-star lineup to MASS MoCA’s Club B-10 on Saturday, November 3, at 8 PM. Much of the music performed up in the club at MASS MoCA is sponsored by the Hans & Kate Morris Fund for New Music.

The Village Voice cites Perowsky’s “angular trip-hop improvisations” saying they “lay the framework for hesitating and haunted female vocals.” In this North Adams debut, those vocals are provided by not just emcee TK Wonder, but also by singer Jennifer Charles. Rounding out the combo onstage will be David Baron on keyboards and Michael Blake on saxophone.

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Hump Day Unusual Moment: Smashing Pumpkins

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

Happy Halloween!

Win FREE TIX to the Chandler Travis Philharmonic @ Valentine’s on Saturday!

October 31st, 2012, 11:00 am by Greg
The Chandler Travis Philharmonic (photo by Joe Deuel)

The Chandler Travis Philharmonic (photo by Joe Deuel)

The mighty musical maverick Chandler Travis has made the Capital Region the second home for all of his bands – and there are quite a few of them, including the Catbirds, the Chandler Travis Three-O and the Incredible Casuals. But the big daddy of them all is the Chandler Travis Philharmonic, which features seven (or eight) or nine musicians, all armed with a sense of humor and sartorial style to match their considerable musical brilliance.

Here at Nippertown, we’ve reviewed the band so many times that we’ve just plain run out of adjectives. And metaphors. And accolades… So we’re just gonna leave it at that. If you’ve already seen the CTP, well, then, we don’t have to tell you a thing. And if you haven’t seen them, well, what have you been waiting for?

The Chandler Travis Philharmonic parades into Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany on Saturday (November 3). Singer-songwriter Pete Labonne opens the show at 8pm. Tix are $12.

BUT WAIT… we’re giving away a pair of FREE TIX for Saturday’s show to two lucky Nippertown readers! To enter the contest, just post a comment below. Please leave your email address, too. We won’t publish it, but we’ll use it to contact you if you win. The winners will be selected at random and notified on Saturday. Good luck!
Congratulations to the winners, who have been notified by email.

New Comedy Show Coming to The Egg

October 31st, 2012, 10:00 am by Greg

Comedian Bruce Bruce is hoping to bringing a few laughs to your January doldrums.

The stand-up comic is scheduled to step into the spotlight at The Egg in Albany at 8pm on Friday, January 18.

Priced at $34.50 & $44.50, tix are slated to go on sale to the general public on Friday (November 2).

10/31/12: Today’s Tips: Wednesday

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

MUSIC: Floodwood @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. Al Schnier and Vinne Amico of moe. lead their progressive-bluegrass side-project into town for a big Halloween show. With the Sunny Side of the Street Band. 9pm. $16.

FILM/MUSIC: Silent Film Spectacular @ the Albany Public Library, Albany. “Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages” is the film; Helicoprion provides the live, original soundtrack. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Hank & Cupcakes @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. With a costume contest, of course. 9pm. $5.

FILM: “Night of the Living Dead” @ the Spectrum 8 Theatres, Albany. One screening only of George Romero’s horror classic – colorized and in 3D. 7pm. $11.75; seniors $10; children $9.

MUSIC: Pierce the Veil @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. With Sleeping with Sirens, Tonight Alive and Hands Like Houses. 7:15pm. $18. UPDATE: This show is sold out.

MUSIC: Connor Kennedy Band @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. The band and special guests crank up a night of Allman Brothers music. 8pm. $10.

MUSIC: Sonny & Perley @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady. 6pm. FREE.

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