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FLASHBACK: A Look Back at Best-Of Readers’ Polls of the Past

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Metroland’s annual readers’ poll was published on Thursday (April 10). Capital Region Living has recently published its annual readers’ poll. And The Times Union is currently asking you to weigh in on their 2014 readers’ poll.

After scrutinizing them, there are just two things we can say:

1.) The more things change, the more they stay the same. Last year, The Times Union printed a round-up of 28 winners – everything from Best Hot Dog (Gus’s, Troy) to Best Ski Resort (Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort, Hancock) – that have won their categories for five consecutive years.

2.) The more things change, the more things change. From the ever-evolving business landscape to fickle allegiances, it seems as though the Nippertown scene is in a constant state of flux.

So we thought it might be fun to dig into the archives to take a peek at a few randomly selected categories of Local 518 readers’ polls from years past.

Here’s some of what we found:



FLASHBACK: 30 Years Ago: The “Live at 288″ Record Release Party

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Live At 288
Story by Greg Haymes

On April 10, 1984, 288 Lark in Albany hosted a wham-bam-thank-you-mam party that officially launched the release of the Live at 288, a nine-song compilation album featuring such bands as French Letter, Jeannie Smith & the Hurricanes, Operation Pluto, Lumpen Proles, the Watts, the Stars That Wouldn’t Shine, the Tragics and Capitle. Closing out the album was a cover of Tommy James & the Shondells’ “Mirage” by the Reedies, a one-time-only band led by guitarist-vocalist Dennis Herbert (Young Reptiles, A.K.A./etc., the Steven Clyde Band) that also featured members of such bands as Fear of Strangers, Bang Zoom, Blotto and the Fabulous Newports.

Along with the classic Hudson Rock compilation album, Live at 288 – produced by Art Snay of Arabellum Studios – was the multi-band album that defined the golden age of Albany’s DIY music scene back in the mid-’80s. And the release party was one for the ages, too, with club managers Char and Dave Shortsleeve providing plenty of free-flowing champagne. The bash featured the debut of the full-length, in-concert “Live at 288, The Video” by Real George, and the night was capped off with a live performance by Operation Pluto, as Billy Harrigan and his crew fondled televisions, threw food at the audience and literally bounced off the walls. Liz Bishop was there, covering the event of WRGB-TV, and members of the Clash were on hand as well, on the eve of their concert at the Palace Theatre.

With a tip o’ the hat to Tim Livingston

FLASHBACK: It Was 30 Years Ago Today…

Monday, March 31st, 2014

March 31, 1984 was the closing night of the Chateau, one of Albany’s legendary nightspots that once stood at what is now the site of the Times Union Center.

Here’s how I reported the farewell performance in the inaugural “Sarge Blotto’s Rockin’ Roll Call” column for Metroland:


Flashback: “The Joey Reynolds Show” on WKBW-AM, 2/24/64

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Joey Reynolds

50 years ago.
Buffalo, NY.
“The Joey Reynolds Show.”
Just GO HERE and listen…

The white plastic radio at my bedside was covered with purple wax, so that I couldn’t change the station. Not that I’d even think of it anyway. I was a loyal KB listener as well as a card-carrying member of Joey Reynolds’ Royal Order of the Night People, which required the initiation rite of burning the wax from a purple candle over your radio’s tuner.

A tip o’ the hat to fellow Buffalonian Paul Rapp and the fine staff at “The Splatto Festival” for unearthing this tasty audio treat.

Friday Flashback: 2005

Friday, January 31st, 2014
Ernie Williams and Nicole Peyrafitte

Ernie Williams and Nicole Peyrafitte

We’ve been digging around in the Nippertown archives again…

According to the Thursday, January 27, 2005, issue of The Times Union’s Preview section, here’s what was going on around Nippertown nine years ago:

* Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings announced the line-up for the benefit concert “Rock 2 Rebuild: Capital District Concert for Tsunami Relief” to be held at the Palace Theatre featuring the Burners U.K. (with guest Ernie Williams), Hair of the Dog, Sirsy, Doc Scanlon’s All-Star Revue (with Johnny Rabb, Jill Hughes and others), Hector on Stilts and the Brian Kaplan Band.

* Veteran actor Joel Aroeste was starring in the New York State Theatre Institute’s production of “Man of La Mancha” at Russell Sage College.

* The inaugural installment of Poets Speak Out – a new reading series hosted by Mary Panza and Thom Francis at Tess’ Lark Tavern – was slated to kick off with featured poet Tom Nattell. (Sadly, Nattell lost his battle with cancer earlier in the day, and the reading was transformed into a memorial.)

* Kamikaze Hearts were playing at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs.

* The Steamer No. 10 Theatre in Albany was hosting a “Music Voice Video Poetry Jam,” featuring performance poet/vocalist Nicole Peyrafitte, guitarist-sampler Tom Burre, poet Pierre Joris, percussionist Mike Lopez and guitarist George Muscatello.


Remembering Billy Harrigan

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Today marks the anniversary of the birth of Billy Harrigan, mesmerizing frontman for such long-gone Local 518 bands as the Spikey & Creep Show, Cacauphonous Votive, Glaznost, Destructones, Toyz, Cyberchrist and Killtech. But he really made his mark at the helm of such ’80s bands as the Dronez, New Shiny Things, the Outpatients and Operation Pluto.

Harrigan passed away on November 22, 2001 – Thanksgiving Day. He was 43 years old.

Here’s to you, Billy…

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A Look Back: Nippertown’s Top 40 Stories of 2013

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

O what a year it’s been! 365 days of the good, the bad and the utterly ridiculous all throughout the Capital Region. So let’s take a look back at the biggest and most-read Nippertown stories of 2013:

1. Real Good for FREE: Tuesday Nights in the Park @ Cook Park, Colonie (by Staff)

2. Real Good for FREE: Empire State Plaza Concerts (by Staff)

3. Real Good for FREE: The Music Haven Concert Series in Schenectady’s Central Park (by Staff)

4. Festival Fever: New Music Festival @ Empire State Plaza, 9/7/13 (by Staff)

5. Real Good for FREE: The Mothership is Landing! (by Staff)

6. LarkFest Announces Line-Up of Bands (by Staff)

7. Festival Fever: MOVE Music Festival Schedule, 4/27/13 (by Staff)

8. What the Cluck?!? Silver Chicken Is Back? Oh Yeah! (by Greg Haymes)

9. Albany Tulip Festival: Complete Line-up of Bands (by Staff)

10. LIVE: Schenectady JAM Concert @ Proctors’ Robb Alley, 4/14/13 (by Rudy Lu)

11. The Big Bon Jovi Rip-Off? (by Staff)

12: 8/20/69: Led Zep rocks Schenectady! (by Staff)

13. The Figgs Shill for Lexus (by Staff)

14. Havin’ a Party: Bands Announced for Troy’s River Street Festival (by Staff)

15. Rockin’ On the River Line-Up of Bands Announced (by Staff)

16. “Wakin’ Up With the Wolf” Cancelled at WDST-FM (by Staff)

17. Complete Line-Up for Alive at Five Concerts Announced for 2013 (by Staff)

18. SPAC 2013: New Concert Announcements (by Staff)

19. Bands Announced for Albany’s Art On Lark (by Staff, Andrzej Pilarczyk)

20. Knockout Concert Announced for SPAC! (by Staff)


It Was a Very Good Year: Pete Seeger

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013
Pete-Seeger (photo by Martin Benjamin)

Pete Seeger (center) with John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews and Neil Young

Photograph by Martin Benjamin

He’s not just a folk music great.

Pete Seeger is the living epitome of an American music icon…

Seeger fans gathered at Proctors Theatre in Schenectady on Sunday, May 12 for one of the most emotional, heartfelt concerts of the year. It was a combination 94th birthday party for Seeger, a 45th anniversary celebration for the venerable Eighth Step and a benefit for Camp Killooleet, a children’s camp in Hancock, Vermont, that was founded by Seeger’s elder brother John.


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