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Other Voices, Other Rooms…

Friday, October 21st, 2016

From Nippertown photographer Rudy Lu was interviewed by Kim Laureen, whose Vancouver-based blog covers the North American music and indie film scene.

From Kathryn Tracey writes “Skidmore’s Tang Teaching Museum Wins American Alliance of Museums Publication Competition”

From The New Yorker: Amanda Petrusich writes about the nearly forgotten East Texas gospel singer Washington Phillips and Washington Phillips and His Manzarene Dreams, the new CD and book package authored by former Greater Nippertown music scribe Michael Corcoran.

From On and Off the Shelves: Scott Jarzombek writes about the Albany Public Library Foundation’s third annual Literary Legends Gala on Saturday (October 22) at the Arbor Hill/West Hill Branch, honoring Greater Nippertown authors Marion Roach-Smith and Leonard A. Slade, Jr.

From The Times Union’s Arts Talk: Amy Biancolli writes about Opera Saratoga’s free “Sings for Seniors” concert series, which kicks off on Saturday (October 22).

From the Rogovoy Report: Seth Rogovoy absolutely raves about Benjamin Clementine’s concert at MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center last weekend…

From Pitchfork: Simon Reynolds’ intriguing round-up of “Killer Riffs: A Guide to Parody in Popular Music”


CLARIFICATION: Regarding the Demise of Metroland

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

In the wake of’s story on Tuesday (October 18) updating the progress of the upcoming alt-weekly The Alt, former Metroland editor Steve Leon sent us this email:

Since you’re writing about alt-weeklies new and old, I would like to clear up one misconception. Metroland was not shut down by NYS Tax & Finance, nor did they seize any property. They changed the locks in an attempt to collect some back taxes, which they did about two weeks later when some ad payments came in. I got the keys back and actually used the office for two more months to wind things down (I had prepaid the rent, imagine that!).

The decision to close Metroland had already been made, in fact we (the majority shareholders) originally planned to cease publishing in July 2015. You may or may not remember that I went public with our intent to sell that month – that was our stay of execution and our last hope. We then moved the closure date to the end of the year, and the tax action was just inconvenient enough to fold several weeks ahead of schedule.

Six years of declining revenues and steady losses will do that to you.

The Alt: Kinda Like Metroland?
What’s Up with The Alt?
New Alt-Weekly Poised to Hit Newstands

The Alt: Kinda Like Metroland?

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

The Alt

It’s been a year since Metroland published its last issue.

Then back in July, it was announced that The Daily Gazette, Overit and Proctors were collaborating on a new publication, The Alt.

Despite the fact that there’s absolutely nothing on their website, The Alt – the upcoming Greater Nippertown weekly/website – looks like it’s starting to take shape.

As we previously reported, David Howard King – formerly of Metroland – has been named editor and associate publisher of the publication, which is currently slated to launch sometime next month. And Alay Medina – formerly of Metroland – has signed on as sales director.

On Monday evening, Shawn Stone – former arts editor of Metroland – tweeted “As of today, I am the digital editor of @thealtweekly… and I’m very excited about it.”

And wasn’t that Paul Rapp – former Metroland columnist (“Rapp on This”) – deep in conversation with The Alt folks at McGeary’s Pub earlier in the day on Monday?

OK, I think we can all see where this is going… But if the folks at The Alt can just coax Al Qualieri to resurrect his “Al Things Considered” column, I’m in. Totally…

CLARIFICATION: Regarding the Demise of Metroland
What’s Up with The Alt?
New Alt-Weekly Poised to Hit Newstands

PS: And if you’re wondering what former Metroland editor/publisher Steve Leon has been up to lately, you can check him out here…

Other Voices, Other Rooms…

Friday, October 14th, 2016

From the Huffington Post: Katherine Brooks writes about the work of artist Nick Cave, whose sprawling exhibit, “Until,” opens at MASS MoCA in North Adams on Saturday (October 15)…

From Chronogram: Peter Aaron profiles Grammy Award-winning producer/musician Dean Jones of the kindie music combo, Dog on Fleas.

From Albany Business Review: Michael DeMasi writes about a legal conundrum. Brick House Tavern & Grille opened five years ago in Clifton Park. Seven months ago, Brick House Tavern + Tap opened 10 miles away in Latham. Who owns the name?

From CRUMBS Local Music Blog: Andrew Gregory has compiled a round-up of recordings and video releases for the third quarter of 2016 from all around the Local 518.

From WAMC-FM: Jim Levulis offers a profile of the Berkshire-based ukulele makers, the Magic Fluke Company.

From Paste: Here’s a 53-minute concert video of The Who at Tanglewood from July 7, 1970.

From The Daily Gazette: Jeff Wilkins serves up a Q&A with Richard Lovrich, who is in the midst of a year-long collection of 365 photo portraits of people who help drive Greater Nippertown’s creative economy.

From The Forward: Seth Rogovoy writes about the new rock documentary “Danny Says,” which profiles behind-the-scenes music industry Zelig, Danny Fields.

From The Highlands Current: Brian PJ Cronin writes about the expanding music scene in Beacon.

From Hudson Valley Magazine: Lauren Naru writes about the recently opened Falcon Underground, the pub/museum/performance venue located below The Falcon in Marlboro.

From Lenny: Dianca Potts conducts an interview with Sarah Barthel about Phantogram’s new album Three.

From The Berkshire Eagle: Christopher Marcisz offers a round-up of Berkshire art institutions that are going beyond their comfort zones, and ours, this fall.

Kanye West. TU or Not TU, That Is the Question…

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

After info was Tweeted from the Times Union Center’s Twitter account, this morning The Times Union announced that Kanye West would be bringing his Saint Pablo Tour to Albany on Saturday, December 10.

But it ain’t so, according to the TU Center.

The concert has not been officially announced. And the TU Center is already booked on that date with an Albany Devils hockey game against the Providence Bruins.

However, the original Tweet (which has since been deleted) announced conflicting dates – December 10 in the Tweet, but December 11 in the accompanying graphic.

Here’s the latest from the folks at The Times Union

MEDIA: The Continuing Decline of the Local 518’s Arts Coverage

Friday, October 7th, 2016

It’s not pretty…

It’s been sliding downhill rapidly for quite a while now, but Greater Nippertown’s mainstream local arts coverage has taken a precipitous – and perhaps irreversible – downturn with The Troy Record’s decision to marginalize its weekly Weekender arts & entertainment section. The Thursday, September 29 edition was the last publication of the Weekender for 2016.

It’s just the latest nail in the coffin of Greater Nippertown arts coverage by the mainstream media.

Weekender – The Troy Record’s answer to The Times Union’s Preview and The Daily Gazette’s Ticket, all published as part of the respective daily newspapers’ Thursday what’s-going-on-around-town-this-weekend publications – has folded up shop. At least until next year.

According to Charlie Kraebel, managing editor of The Saratogian, The Record and Community News, “We’re putting Weekender on hiatus starting in October until Memorial Day… the decision was made to make Weekender a summer-only publication.”


Other Voices, Other Rooms…

Friday, September 30th, 2016

From CRUMBS Local Music Blog: Andy Gregory writes about “Land of Hate,” a new political protest song penned by former New York State Republican politician Jack Casey.

From The Times Union/All Over Albany: Wendy Liberatore’s not-quite-accurate TU story “LarkFest in the future might be alcohol-free” led to AOA’s “Thoughts on LarkFest in the future”

From the Rogovoy Report: Seth Rogovoy reports on the End of Summer Shindig, which introduced Lumberyard, a new Catskill performance venue.

From Paste: Geoffrey Himes’ Curmudgeon Column asks the burning question, “Does Bob Dylan Deserve a Nobel Prize?”

From The Spot 518: Mickey Splvin reviews Breaking Skin, the new debut EP from Saratoga Springs rockers Angels on the Fourth.

What’s Up with The Alt?

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Remember The Alt? The new publication that’s been described by publishers variously as an “alternative news weekly” and an “arts and culture weekly”? The one that’s positioning itself to take over where the late Metroland left off?

When plans for the The Alt were first announced back in July, publishers – the triumverate of The Daily Gazette, Proctors and Overit – hoped to have the new alternative news weekly on stands and online by October.

There’s still no word on when that might actually happen, but it appears that The Alt is indeed making progress. Former Metroland staff writer David King is leaving his position as New York State Government Editor at Gotham Gazette at the end of the month (which would be any day now) to take over as the editor of The Alt.

And don’t be surprised if more than a few other former Metroland writers’ bylines pop up in The Alt, too…

New Alt-Weekly Poised to Hit Newstands

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