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Other Voices, Other Rooms…

Thursday, February 16th, 2017
Paul Grondahl

Paul Grondahl

Photograph by Ed Conway

From The Times Union: To absolutely no one’s surprise, Paul Gronhdal wrote a deeply moving farewell story to The Times Union, after more than three decades on the staff. GO HERE for more info…

From Congrats go out to Lara Hope – of the Kingston-based band Lara Hope & the Ark-Tones – who was named Best Rockabilly Female Performer at the Ameripolitan Music Awards at the Paramount Theater in Austin, Texas earlier this week. PS: The ceremonies were hosted by Dale Watson and Ray Benson, who play The Egg on Sunday, April 9.

From Rolling Stone: In an interview with Kory Grow, Tommy Stinson discusses life after Guns ‘N Roses and the Replacements; the revival of Bash & Pop; raising his daughter in Hudson; and more…

From CRUMBS Local Music: Andy Gregory compiled the sprawling round-up of Local 518 recordings and videos from the final quarter of 2016.

From The Alt: Eli Ennis reviews Feel, the new album from Saratoga power trio Wild Adriatic.

From Os Melhores Discos: Here’s the list of the 101 Weirdest Albums of All Time, as compiled by British pop culture magazine Uncut.

From Wired: Charley Locke’s story “The 7-Hour, 166-Person Audiobook That Feels Like a Movie,” about the mega audiobook recording of George Saunders’ novel “Lincoln in the Bardo.”


Other Voices, Other Rooms…

Friday, January 13th, 2017

From Playboy: Yes, Phantogram is in Playboy. No, it’s not what you might think – Sarah Barthel keeps her clothes on, although she does don some bunny ears. But Michael Tedder conducts an interview with the duo in which they discuss working with big-name producers and songwriters, what they do during their rare downtime, EDM festivals, “The Gilmore Girls” and more. Josh Carter also refers to Greenwich as “a little podunk town.”

From The Alt: We’re not complaining that The Alt put Phantogram on their cover last week. Really, we’re not. But for all its touting of how “alternative” to the mainstream press The Alt was going to be, Phantogram is also on the cover of the entertainment tabs of The Daily Gazette and The Times Union

From CRUMBS Local Music Blog: Andy Gregory decries the Times Union’s lack of support for the Local 518 music scene with Your Band Doesn’t Matter in the 2017 Times Union Best Of Poll.

From CRUMBS Local Music Blog: And The Times Union redresses the situation….

Other Voices, Other Rooms…

Friday, January 6th, 2017

From Iraqi-American artist Wafaa Bilal, censored by RPI and the City of Troy in 2008 before finally finding a home for his work at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy, has been named one of the year’s 100 Top Thinkers

From ArtNews: Andrew Russeth’s list of the Top 10 Art Exhibitions of 2016 included Alex da Corte’s “Free Roses” at MASS MoCA in North Adams. Hurry if you want to see it – it closes on Sunday, January 15.

From The Alt: Jaya Sundaresh’s story about the hijacking of the Moon & River Cafe’s website.

From The Alt: The Alt had only published seven issues, but that didn’t prevent them from compiling a list of their The Alt’s Top 10 Articles – as determined by the alt-weekly’s own writers.

From The Albany Business Review: Speaking of The Alt, in her story about the new alt-weekly publication, Chelsea Diana couldn’t seem to make up her mind. Early on in her story, she wrote “the hole in the market left by Metroland, which published its last issue in January.” Later on in the same story she wrote that “Metroland stopped printing in November 2015.” Two different dates in the same story – and, as it turns out, they’re both wrong. Metroland’s last issue was, in fact, in October, 2015.

From Pollstar: Joe Reinartz interviewed Hudson rocker Tommy Stinson (the Replacements, Guns ‘N Roses) on his upcoming Bash & Pop album and tour

From Brain Pickings: Maris Popova’s excellent story, “Acts That Amplify: Ann Hamilton on Art, the Creative Value of Unproductive Time, and the Power of Not Knowing.”

From Albany Jazz: Tom Pierce reviews Cross Country Lines, the new album of guitar duets from Mark Kleinhaut and John Stowell.

From Dorothy: The fine folks of Dorothy are back at it with Musical Map of the World

Other Voices, Other Rooms: Dryer

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

From Saratoga Today: Thomas Dimopoulos profiles the veteran Spa City alt-rockers Dryer and their recent One Caroline Street Bistro release party for their CD five-song EP, Bright Moon, Bright Sun.

From The Alt: W.B. Belcher/William Belcher covers the same event.

Meanwhile, the band is back in action again on Friday (December 2) playing a free show at Gug’s in Glens Falls. Candy Ambulance (with the relatively recent addition of MaryLeigh Roohan to their line-up) and Rentboy will be sharing the stage. The fun starts at 9:30pm.

Metroland or The Alt?

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016


Photograph by Greg Haymes

@ theRep, Albany, NY, 11/29/16…

Congrats to the TU Center’s Bob Belber, Executive of the Year

Monday, November 21st, 2016

Bob Belber – the SMG Regional General Manager of the Times Union Center and the soon-to-open Albany Capital Center – has been named the 2016 Executive of the Year by The Albany Business Review.

That’s not the only accolade that Belber has racked up recently. He’s also just been nominated for the Facility Executive of the Year Award by Pollstar Magazine, the trade publication that covers the international concert industry. One of six nominees for the prestigious honor, Belber is competing against arena managers from Tulsa, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Atlanta. The winner will be announced at the at the Pollstar Awards in Los Angeles in February.

Other Voices, Other Rooms…

Friday, November 18th, 2016

From The Alt: Greater Nippertown’s new alt-weekly made its debut this week, and the premier issue featured a cover story on a Local 518 musician. Kudos to Jeff Nania, who profiles singer-songwriter Girl Blue, who has been bustin’ a move with her recently released album, I Am Not a Star.

From The Times Union: Deanna Fox thought it would be a good idea to celebrate the 30th anniversary of David Allan’s Albany bicentennial anthem “Let’s Have a Party, Albany” by concocting a re-make. Hmmm…

From The Daily Gazette: Bill Buell writes about Hermie’s Music Store moving from Jay Street in Schenectady to its new location in Proctors’ Arcade, in the space formerly occupied by Van Curler Music. Opening Day in the new location is scheduled for Saturday (November 19).

From The Troy Record: Glenn Griffith serves up a profile of Greater Nippertown artist-musician-teacher Ira Marcks.

From Joe Henry’s Facebook page: Somebody may have written a more insightful, more poignant, more absolutely righteous obituary for the great Mose Allison, who died this week. But if they did, I haven’t seen it yet…

From Open Culture: Here’s how to download 10,000 of the first music recordings ever made, courtesy of the UCSB Cylinder Audio Archive…

Other Voices, Other Rooms…

Monday, November 7th, 2016

From Vanity Fair: “In His Own Words: Why Bob Dylan Paints”Bob Dylan writes a rare essay in conjunction with “The Beaten Path,” an exhibition of his American landscape paintings currently on view at London’s Halcyon Gallery.

From Hudson Valley Magazine: Congrats to Club Helsinki in Hudson, named Best Live Music and Food Venue by the editors of Hudson Valley Magazine. Also congratulations to the readers’ poll winners – The Falcon in Marlboro (Best Live Music Joint) and Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock (Best Indoor Venue for Concerts and Plays).

From Widows & Widowers: The British magazine features an interview with Amy Biancolli, author and Times Union arts writer.

From WMHT-TV: An oldie but a goodie: Musician Caroline “MotherJudge” Isachsen chats about Greater Nippertown’s music scene with WMHT President Robert Altman.

From All Over Albany: The line-up has been announced for this year’s TEDxAlbany, which takes place on Thursday, December 1 at Overit in Albany.

From The Times Union: Pete Pietrykowski takes home top honors in the Best Letter to the Editor competition…

From The Lumberyard: Katie Rook’s profile of Frank Cuthbert – singer-songwriter, art gallery owner and a full-time booster for the city of Catskill.

From Forward: Seth Rogovoy reveals “The Secret Jewish History of ABBA.”

From Adirondack Life: Will Doolittle makes the Stony Creek Inn sound more friendly and welcoming than Cheers ever was…

From All Over Albany: Julie Madsen serves up a round-up of “Odd Museums and Roadside Attractions”… including the Frog Circus in Holyoke.

From Wired: Margaret Rhodes writes about “Alternative Love Blueprint: A History of Alternative Music,” a detailed chart/poster from Dorothy Studios that traces the history of counter-culture rock music.

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