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Other Voices, Other Rooms…

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

From Hollywood Reporter: The trailer for “As You Are,” the acclaimed directorial debut by Albany Free School grad Miles Joris-Peyrafitte

From Chronogram: The Felice Brothers’ Long Path by Peter Aaron

From NYSMusic: Kersten Mason reviews the debut EP, By Design, from the Glens Falls band Red Shift.

From Billboard: Here’s one we didn’t see comin’. Colin Stutz reveals that homegrown heroes Phantogram are covering Phil Collins’ “Take Me Home,” on the upcoming compilation album, The Time Is Now, which also features the likes of Aloe Blacc, Lower Dens (who are playing LarkFest on Saturday), Brazilian Girls, Marian Hill (who are playing Lucky Strike Social on Monday, October 10) and more. Slated for release on October 7, a portion of proceeds will benefit the AIDS research foundation amfAR.

From Thinking It Through: Sara Foss unveils her list of “The Best Concerts This Fall”

From The Times Union: PHOTOS: Local Bands We Miss

From YouTube: A new music video from Duran Duran? Really? Yup. Last Night in the City…”


Other Voices, Other Rooms…

Friday, September 16th, 2016

From Performer: Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter of Phantogram discuss the making of their upcoming album, Three, with Sommer Sharon.

From The Catskill Daily Mail: Daniel Zuckerman reports some of the neighbors – including Round Top resident and actor Jeffrey DeMunn (perhaps best none these days for his role as Dale Horvath in “The Walking Dead”) – were none too happy about the “noise” coming from the Meltasia Music Festival at the old Catskill Game Farm over the Labor Day weekend.

From The Times Union: Steve Barnes profiles Ramblin Jug Stompers on the occasion of their tenth anniversary

From the Huffington Post: Randi Weingarten’s story “Art is essential, not extra,” centering on Cooperstown’s Glimmerglass Opera.

From The Spot 518: Jim Franco reports on the upcoming Porn Debate between porn star Ron Jeremy and Pastor Craig Gross at Proctors in Schenectady.

From The Times Union: Kenneth C. Crowe II reports that a movie theater could be returning to downtown Troy.

From All Over Albany: Area Code addendum: Soon we’ll be known as the Local 518 +…

From CRUMBS Local Music: Andy Gregory has complied another comprehensive Local Music Report: Recordings and Videos (and More), detailing new Local 518 releases between April 1 and June 30.

Other Voices, Other Rooms…

Friday, August 26th, 2016

From The Spot 518: Michael Hallisey chats with Jim Gilbert about the art of concert photography and life in the pit.

From Pitchfork: Culled from more than 100 books in the series, Stephen M. Deusner selects “The 33 Best 33 1/3 Books,” including “Guided by Voices: Bee Thousand” by Saratoga Springs author Marc Woodworth.

From The Times Union: Joseph Dalton reports on another victim of online sales – the long-running Schenectady VanCurler Music in Proctors Arcade, the place to go for sheet music in Greater Nippertown – which is closing its doors for good on Saturday (August 27).

From Grid Saratoga: Thomas Dimopoulos chats with Glens Falls’ Bobby Dick about his storied music career with the Sundowners, a tales of Elvis Presley, the Rolling Stones and the Monkees…

From The New York Times: Peter Keepnews’ obituary for the great jazz harmonica player and composer Toots Thielemans, who died this week at the age of 94. He recorded with everyone from Ella Fitzgerald to Joni Mitchell, and in a review of his 2002 concert with Kenny Werner at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, I wrote, “Thielemans played with more sheer joy and childlike vibrancy than an entire army of teen-pop boy bands.” His last Greater Nippertown performance was at Tanglewood in 2005 as a member of the Caribbean Jazz Project.

Other Voices, Other Rooms…

Friday, August 19th, 2016

From WNYT-TV: A shout-out to one of our fave people – Tess Collins of McGeary’s Pub – and the tireless charity work that she does…

From New Noise Magazine: Morgan Y. Evans conducts an insightful interview with Greater Nippertown music/art maverick Jason Martin about his Power Animal System project…

From Thinking It Through: Sara Foss pays a visit to MASS MoCA in North Adams.

From The Spot 518: Wes Thomas reviews the Scott Sharrard & the Brickyard Band’s recent concert at Albany’s Madison Theater.

From NYS Music: Jenny Caulfield profiles the Local 518’s Joey Pettinato (aka JJ Savage), 17-year-old guitarslinger who suffers from Tourette Syndrome.

From The Times Union’s Arts Talk: Joseph Dalton reviews Renee Fleming’s SPAC debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra

From The Daily Gazette: Jeff Wilkin profiles Donald “The Soul Man” Hyman, who hosts a ’60s dance party at Arthur’s Market in Schenectady at 7pm on Saturday, August 27, where he’ll teach those classic half-century old dances moves like the Bristol Stomp, the Watusi, the Mashed Potatoes, the Pony and, of course, the Twist.

From the Rogovoy Report: Seth Rogovoy reviews Bang on a Can Allstars’ recent performance of Brian Eno’s ambient classic “Music for Airports” at MASS MoCA in North Adams.

From All Over Albany: Skee ball!

Other Voices, Other Rooms…

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

From The New York Times: Gia Kourlas writes about the powerful 54-second dance video, “Freedom,” that the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater created and filmed backstage at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center…

From The Times Union’s Arts Talk: Steve Barnes explains why there is no Monday night concert series at the Washington Park Lakehouse this summer…

From Guitar World: The staff of the guitarslingin’ magazine has unveiled their list of the Top 10 Greatest Rock and Roll Song Endings of All Time, and guess which Greater Nippertown band snagged the No. 4 slot on the list?

From Mad Magazine: Nippertown artist and cartoonist Teresa Burns Parkhurst gives us the low-down on White Trash Funerals in the current issue…

From Boing-Boing: David Pescovitz has a batch of photos of a way-cool miniature record store built entirely out of Legos by the artist Coop…

From The New York Times: Regina Kokoszka spends “A Summer Day with Gregory Crewdson,” the Great Barrington photographer.

Why Do Politicians Appropriate Pop Songs Without Permission?

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

Last week, Eddie Levert and Walter Williams, the two founding members of the O’Jays, decried the use of one of their signature songs, “Love Train” – the lyrics of which were also altered to “Trump Train” – at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, just a short distance from Canton, Ohio, where the group formed in the late 1950s.

Williams commented, “Our music, and most especially ‘Love Train,’ is about bringing people together, not building walls.” Levert was a bit more adamant in his condemnation, suggesting that Trump “just may be the Antichrist.”

So why do politicians continue to use hit songs at their rallies without the authorization of the artists? And what can the hitmakers do to retaliate? Watch the above video.

GO HERE for more backstory…

Other Voices, Other Rooms…

Friday, July 15th, 2016

From Clash: A behind-the-scenes, in-the-studio peek at the making of Phantogram’s new album, Three.

From The Times Union: Steve Barnes reports on the proposed $65 million expansion of Albany’s Palace Theatre.

From All Over Albany: Some insights on the Alt’s upcoming attempt to fill the void left by Metroland

From The Daily Gazette: Bill Buell reveals details on the upgrades and improvements in the works for the 2017 summer season at the Music Haven in Schenectady’s Central Park.

From Live for Live Music: Kendall Deflin posted a collection of “The Funniest Things Overheard At Phish’s Three-Day Weekend At SPAC”

From The Spot 518: Ali Hibbs reports on Albany hip-hop duo Young Noble Gentlemen being honored by the Albany County Legislature.

From MySpace: Phantogram garners a slot in Jeff Rindskopf’s list of “Nine Electronic Artists for People Who Don’t Like EDM.” Really? MySpace is still a thing?

From The Daily Mail: Katie Kocijanski reports on the ongoing expansion and renovations at Catskill’s Bridge Street Theatre.

From Berkshire on Stage: Larry Murray thinks that Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is vandalizing the arts to save pennies

From The Troy Record: City editor Mark Robarge thinks that the so-called problems at Troy’s Rockin’ on the River concerts are “much adieu about nothing”… Huh? Could somebody please get the editor an editor?

From The Times Union: Kenneth C. Crowe II reports on the feud and lawsuit between the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall and the First Niagara Bank over future of iconic building…

From NYS Music: Skyler Gilbert reviews Journey at SPAC with photos by Jim Gilbert

From The Berkshire Eagle: Sharon Smullen reports that Daniel Osman is celebrating 20 years as the owner of the Dream Away Lodge in Becket – keeping the dream alive…

New Alt-Weekly Poised to Hit Newstands

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

Greater Nippertown’s alternative newsweekly Metroland published its final print issue on October 29, 2015. And shortly thereafter it pulled the plug on its website as well.

Now the Alt, a new publication, seems poised to takes its place. The new weekly is currently in development, with The Daily Gazette, Overit and Proctors collaborating on the new venture.

The press release sent out today (Tuesday, July 12) provides few details but describes the Alt as “a new arts and culture weekly” which will offer “in-depth coverage of arts, culture, politics, lifestyles and trending news along with a comprehensive community calendar in print, desktop and mobile formats.” And Daily Gazette publisher John DeAugustine hails the Alt as a “wonderful arts and entertainment project.”

According to a report in The Daily Gazette, about 25,000 copies of the Alt will be printed each week, which will be distributed to 300 locations in Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Schenectady counties. It will be free.

The Alt expects to hire one editor, one digital editor and one reporter and sales people in the next month and launch the newspaper in the fall.

Stay tuned for further details as they develop…

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