Archive for October, 2013

LIVE: Chandler Travis Philharmonic @ Valentine’s Music Hall, 10/26/13

Thursday, October 31st, 2013
The Chandler Travis Philharmonic (photo by Timothy Reidy)

The Chandler Travis Philharmonic (photo by Timothy Reidy)

Photographs by Timothy Reidy and Rich Borden

Yes, it was Halloween weekend, but the truth of the matter is that the members of the Chandler Travis Philharmonic weren’t dressed up to go trick-or-treating. This is pretty much the same way they always dress when they leap into the spotlight to crank up their unique hybrid of Dixieland jazz and rock ‘n’ roll.



New Release Rack: Mike Gent’s “The Rapid Shave”

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

From the Figgs to Graham Parker’s band…
From the Candy Butchers to the Gentlemen…

Singer-songwriter-guitarist Mike Gent has been making great music for years now, and he’s about to drop a great new batch of music on us this weekend.

The Boston-based Gent will be celebrating the release of his new album, The Rapid Shave, with a bash downstairs at Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany on Friday (November 1). Gent will be accompanied by his band – also dubbed the Rapid Shave – featuring drummer Ducky Carlisle, keyboardist Ted Collins and bassist Marc Hickox. Opening the show at 8pm will be the Amazon Debutantes.

The Rapid Shave – the album – features a dozen new songs, including the first single, “Last Boat to Japan,” and a new song penned by Graham Parker, “Shutting Down.”

(Actually, Mike Gent’s show will be the second of back-to-back CD release parties at Valentine’s on Friday, following the 6pm happy hour bash by Blue Factory.)

LIVE: The Black Dahlia Murder / Skeletonwitch @ the Knitting Factory, 10/26/13

Thursday, October 31st, 2013
The Black Dahlia Murder

The Black Dahlia Murder

Review and photographs by Jessica Ayotte

This past Saturday, the Into the Everblack Tour came down to the Knitting Factory in New York City. This tour featured four popular up-and-coming metal bands. Headlining the tour was the Black Dahlia Murder with Skeletonwitch, Fallujah and Noisem opening the show. Although I am not a metal fan at all, I seem to find myself going to these types of shows because of the performance itself.

Not only was it the anticipated performances that had me interested in the show, but also the album artwork for Skeletonwitch’s fifth studio album, the brand new Serpents Unleashed, described as “frosty blackened thrash” on their website. After forming in Athens, Ohio ten years ago, Skeletonwitch has toured almost nonstop around Europe and North America since 2006. They have played some of the smallest venues around, as well as huge festivals such as Ozzfest, and they once played 63 shows in 65 days, something that not many musicians could handle. in addition to constant touring, Skeletonwitch also managed to write and record along the way, including their new 11-track album in the nostalgic formats of cassette, vinyl and CD.


“Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia” Finally Gets Berkshire Premiere at WFF, Nov. 2 [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

by Larry Murray

Sometime after Mark Twain but long before the wackos of the tea party took the reins of political discourse in America, Gore Vidal stood out as a unique voice that often spoke truth to power. He was damned to hell, bashed as being gay, effete and rich. He saw the fatal flaw in the American psyche, an absence of historical memory. A disdain for intellectuals. The proclivity to cling to myth rather than truth. America’s cultural amnesia has only grown worse since his passing.

I loved how he was able to remove all the varnish from the truth and state it so clearly that it hurt those of us who just wanted good government. If he were alive today, the far right would have someone to hate even more than they hate President Obama. Back in the day, Vidal appeared on television to debate the Titanic William F. Buckley, Jr. in a night to remember as the last credible leader of America’s conservative movement hit his fatal iceberg.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

New Release Rack: Blue Factory’s “California”

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Blue Factory: California

A new, slightly smaller version of Blue Factory is stepping back into the spotlight with their third album, California, and they’ll be celebrating with a happy hour CD release party at Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany at 6pm on Friday (November 1). Doors open at 5pm, and admission is $10, which includes a free copy of the new CD.

Following the departure of Mike Hayes, the band decided to carry on as a power trio featuring brothers Jim Crawley (guitar, vocals) and Joe Crawley (drums) and bassist-guitarist Jim Temple, and now they’re about to drop their new album on the Kranepool Records label. The nine-song album was recorded at Edie Road Studios in Argyle, produced by Barry Breckinridge and engineered by Marc Fuller.

Here’s the track listing for California:

Light Passes Through Her
Weaving Mitchell
So Far Gone
Harem Scarem Pseudo Boy
There’s a Job to Be Done

Five Firsts: Brooks Williams

Thursday, October 31st, 2013
Brooks Williams

Brooks Williams

NAME: Brooks Williams
INSTRUMENT: Guitar and Voice

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … the Grateful Dead’s American Beauty


ArtBeat: What To See

Thursday, October 31st, 2013


Rewilderment @ MCLA Gallery 51

Rewilderment @ MCLA Gallery 51

Rewilderment: Passing Through the Veil Between Worlds @ MCLA Gallery 51, North Adams. Exploring themes of ritual, witchcraft, hybridity and mediumistic practices, this show of collaborative and solo work by Sarah Falkner, Shannon Taggart and Ryder Cooley includes drawings, altars, spirit photography, video, performance residue and artifacts.

The Rewilderment collaboration began as a series of performance rituals created by Cooley and Falkner in 2011. Through this collaboration, the artists created videos, costumes, mystical symbols, tattoos and performance works, working in a number of significant sites including burial grounds, swamps and gardens. They also worked with a variety of elements such as poison ivy, goats, rabbits, gingerbread houses and animal relics. In 2012, Falkner and Cooley began a collaboration with Taggart, a photographer, who since has documented a number of their performative actions.

A selection of these photographs will be on display, along with props, objects and residue from the rituals. According to Cooley, Rewilderment draws inspiration from fairy tales, remote viewing experiments, spirit communications, lunar navigations and dowsing. The project as a whole sets forth to create hypnotic triggers as gateways for otherworldly phenomena.

After the opening reception for Rewilderment: Passing Through the Veil between Worlds, MCLA Presents! will team up with DownStreet Art for a special Music Macabre, an All Hallows Eve event with live music, projections, costumes, taxidermy and other phenomena featuring Ryder & Hazel with the Dust Bowl Faeries and experimental dream-pop from Shana Falana at the Branch Gallery, at 18 Holden St. (around the corner from MCLA Gallery 51)

Reception: October 31, 6-8pm.
Concert: Thursday, October 31, 8-10pm. ($10 general admission, $5 for those in costumes/MCLA faculty & staff. MCLA students are free!)
(Through December 1)

Rick Butto: Black Velvet Starry Night  from last year's Black Velvet Art Party in Lake George

Rick Butto: Black Velvet Starry Night from last year’s Black Velvet Art Party in Lake George

The Black Velvet Art Party @ dockside aboard the Lake George Steamboat Company’s Lac du St. Sacrement, Lake George. This annual celebration, now in its 25th year, is renowned for its out-of-the-ordinary presentation of black velvet art and over-the-top apparel. The party features a silent auction of original black velvet art, a limbo contest, art and fashion awards and dance music with The Bad Chaperones. A typical year will have over forty black velvet art entries available to bid on and take home. This year’s theme is “Shine!” Tickets are $25.00 and are available at the door. Cash bar. Proceeds help fund the Lake George Arts Project and its gallery exhibition series. Saturday, November 2, 7-11pm.


10/31/13: Today’s Tips: Thursday

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

MUSIC: Ryder & Hazel with the Dust Bowl Faeries @ Branch Gallery, North Adams. The avant garde dark-folk trio of C. Ryder Cooley, Karen Cole & Sara Ayers headline the special All Hallows Eve multi-media event and carnivalesque sonic séance featuring music, projections, costume contests, taxidermy, a photo booth, face-painting. With the experimental dream-pop of Shana Falana. 8pm. $10; $5 for those dressed in macabre costumes.

MUSIC: The Blakk Balloon Ball @ Basilica Hudson, Hudson. Noh-wave rock opera pioneers Yamantaka/Sonic Titan hit Hudson with their melding of classical Japanese drama and nihilistic NYC art-punk. With the bold Jenny Hval and Tanz Praxis. 8pm. $15; $10 students.

MUSIC: Invasion of the Mutant Rockers @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. Two stages, six bands, one price, featuring Eastbound Jesus, the Lucky Jukebox Brigade, the Blind Owl Band, Stellar Young, Black Mountain Symphony and Olivia Quillio. 8pm. $12.

MUSIC: Pretty Lights @ Times Union Center, Albany. In support of his latest album, A Color Map of the Sun, electronica producer and electro/soul/hip-hop pioneer Derek Vincent Smith is touring with a full live band – drummer Adam Deitch (Break Science), keyboardist Brian Coogan (New Orleans All-Stars), keyboardist Borahm Lee (Break Science), trombonist Scott Flynn (John Brown’s Body) and trumpeter Eric Bloom (Lettuce). With heRobust and SuperVision. 8pm. $24.75, $29.75 & $34.75.

MUSIC: The Miss-Tits @ McGeary’s Pub, Albany. Lara Hope (of the Ark-Tones) leads her Misfits tribute band. With Tex Railer’s Doomtown and SS Web. 8pm.


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