ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST: Long-running music venue the Irish Mist in Troy is calling it quits. Owner Don Russell will be shuttering the neighborhood bar and restaurant following Frank Jaklitsch’s performance there at 5pm on Sunday, June 16. However, the Mist will re-open for one big final farewell bash – dubbed “The Last Rhumba” – at 3pm on Sunday, June 30, once again featuring Frank Jaklitsch and his ever-growing band of friends.
BATTLE O’ THE VIDEOS: Nippertown faves Sirsy are currently engaged in a Battle o’ the Music Videos to determine which video will get airtime on mtvU – broadcast to college campuses across the country. This week Sirsy’s animated “Lionheart” (featured here on Nippertown a month ago) is competing against Mikhael Paskalev’s “Jive Babe,” Popcaan’s “The System,” Saylah’s “Lost Soul” and Say Lou Lou’s “Julian.” Vote for your fave…
SONIC EXPLORATIONS: Rambutan – the solo project of Albany Sonic Arts Collective honcho Eric Hardiman, who also plays in Century Plants, Burnt Hills – is making its full-length vinyl debut with the new album, Inverted Summer. The disc is being pressed in a limited black vinyl edition of 300 (plus a free download card) and is available from the fine folks at Flipped Out Records for $18.
FIDDLIN’ AROUND: Sara Milonovich – of Daisycutter, Mountain Quickstep, the McKrells, etc. – has written and recorded fiddle music for VOICETheatre’s production of “Birds on a Wire,” a play about the story of a Jewish family in 1930s Texas, fighting to stave off foreclosure during the Dust Bowl. Written and directed by Shauna Kanter, the play will be performed at the Byrdcliffe Theater in Woodstock at 8pm on Thursday-Saturday and at 2pm on Sunday, before moving to New York City.
DAVID LYNCH MEETS BOB DYLAN: Maverick filmmaker David Lynch is slated to release his sophomore solo album The Big Dream on July 16 on the Sacred Bones label. Describing the album as “modern blues,” Lynch’s The Big Dream will include a guest appearance by Lykke Li on “I’m Waiting Here” and a cover of Bob Dylan’s “The Ballad of Hollis Brown.”