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Friday, January 23rd, 2015

From Saratoga Wire: Lynn Cianfarani has written a lovely piece about Yacub Addy – famed Ghanian drummer, longtime Local 518 resident, leader of the dance-and-dance troupe Odadaa!, teacher at Skidmore and RPI and collaborator with some of the world’s top musicians (including Wynton Marsalis) – who passed away on December 18.

From World Music Central: More on Yacub Addy’s passing

From IMBY: Enid Futterman’s review of the Home Bass 2 benefit concert at Club Helsinki on January 3

From ArtNet: In response to Clayton Cubitt’s “Hysterical Literature” in MASS MoCA’s exhibition “Bibliotecaphilia” – which opens on Saturday (January 24) – Brian Boucher asks “How Erotic Can Fine Art Get Before it Becomes Pornographic?”

From CollegeDegreeSearch.net: It’s a list of the 25 Most Amazing Campus Arts Centers in the U.S., and both Bard College’s Fisher Center and RPI’s EMPAC are included.

From CRUMBS Blog: Andrew Gregory has compiled a round-up of Local 518 recordings and music videos for the fourth quarter of 2014. You might be surprised just how much music is made around Nippertown…

From The Boston Globe: MASS MoCA director Joe Thompson discusses what he’s reading – books, magazines, more…

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Friday, January 9th, 2015

Noteworthy items from around the web…

From The Times Union: Brittany Horn writes about Mohonasen High School’s music teacher and bandleader David Bournazian, who died on Thursday.

From For Good Measure: Wanda Callagy’s photographs from the Monday Night Blues Jam at Pauly’s Hotel in Albany

From The Rogovoy Report: Seth Rogovoy reviews Seth’s Sauerkraut Revue in concert at Club Helsinki in Hudson on December 26

From Upstate Live: Bryan Laskey’s photo array from Robert DeLong’s December concert at the Upstate Concert Hall

From Thinking It Through: Sara Foss writes about getting engaged to kick off the new year.

From Lost Radio Rounders: Tom Lindsay writes about the passing of his mother earlier this week.

From Hudson Sounds: A preview of André Laurent O’Neil’s performance of the Bach Cello Suites at 1pm Saturday (January 10) at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Bennington.

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Monday, December 22nd, 2014

From Pikture Planet: The Ten Most Beautiful Concert Halls in the World… including The Egg

From Rural Intelligence: “10 Unusual Last-Minute Gifts You’ll Find Only In Hudson” by Jamie Larson.

From The Times Union: “Nipper brightens his building, and his city” by Chris Churchill.

From the Rogovoy Report: New Photography Exhibit at Carrie Haddad Gallery Features 12 Artists

From Slate: “The Music Club, 2014: Entry 8: Not every song should aim to capture the zeitgeist or change the world” by Ann Powers.

Other Voices: New Live Music Venue Poll

Monday, December 15th, 2014
The Google Street View of 69 North Pearl Street, Albany

The Google Street View of 69 North Pearl Street, Albany

Here’s an interesting post from Steve Barnes’ Table Hopping blog:

Chris Pratt, who co-owns multiple bars in Albany, including two on North Pearl Street, tells me he is interested in opening a music venue at 69 North Pearl St. The space is the former home of Buddha Tea House, which yesterday had its liquor license canceled by the State Liquor Authority to satisfy charges filed after three altercations at the club earlier this year.

While this is all extremely preliminary, Pratt says would like to gauge public interest in a music venue similar to Upstate Concert Hall (the former Northern Lights) in Clifton Park Helsinki, Hudson in Hudson and Vapor in Saratoga Springs. This would be a place to see live music or comedy, not a nightclub or restaurant, which Pratt hopes will make the city most receptive to the idea. Pratt says he has yet to hear back from Mayor Kathy Sheehan’s office about whether he should pursue it. (He previously wanted to open a music venue in Albany’s warehouse district but couldn’t get zoning approval; 69 North Pearl already has the necessary zoning, though a cabaret license would be needed.)

GO HERE to add your voice to a poll indicating how often you would patronize a new live music venue in downtown Albany…

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Friday, July 18th, 2014

From Goldmine: In the record collectors’ magazine of choice, Dave Thompson features an in-depth interview with Jed Davis and Joe Slevin about their eclectic Albany-based record label, Eschatone, and their latest release – an album’s worth of demos and out-takes from early glam-rock pioneer Jobriath…

From Paul McCartney’s Tour Blog: A touching behind-the-scenes video about Paul McCartney’s U.S. tour kick-off concert at Albany’s Times Union Center on Saturday, July 5:

From Old School Record Review: Dave Keneston has posted a podcast interview with Saratoga singer-songwriter MaryLeigh Roohan, who plays a free show at Skidmore College’s Tang Museum in Saratoga Springs at 12noon on Saturday (July 19).

From The Boston Herald: Nippertown expat John Powhida (of the high flyin’ band, Powhida International Airport) landed on the cover of Tuesday’s issue of The Boston Herald as part of Jed Gottlieb’s profile of local Beantown rockers and their day jobs.

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Friday, June 13th, 2014

From Keep Albany Boring: The question is asked, “What are some good and active local bands?”

From All Over Albany: A nice photo array of the “Play Me, I’m Yours” pianos that are featured throughout downtown Albany as this summer’s Sculpture in the City project.

From Hudson Sounds: A preview of Albany’s new classical vocal ensemble Auriel Camerata, who are making their concert debut on Saturday (June 14).

From Perfect Sound Forever: Meanwhile, Kevin Cowl flashes back and reminisces about “the golden age of Albany’s music scene from about 1980-84.”

From the Rogovoy Report: Seth Rogovoy reviews last week’s Autumn Defense concert at Club Helsinki in Hudson.

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Friday, May 30th, 2014

From JetPack Promotions: We love it when sports and music collide, so here’s an interview with the Figgs’ bassist Pete Donnelly conducted by Chicago Cubs play-by-play announcer Len Kasper. From first base to bass…

From PolicyMic: Elyssa Goldberg ranks “15 Cities for Creative 20-Somethings That Aren’t New York or Los Angeles.” Number One? Oakland, California. But Number Two might really surprise you… And Number Six is Hudson Valley – not exactly a city, but rather the gaggle of towns including Kingston, Hudson, Newburgh, Rosendale, Beacon, all of which are duly name-checked…

From Hyperallergic: Hrag Vartanian offers a review – and a batch of great photos – of the Nick Cave exhibition at the grand opening of Jack Shainman’s new gallery, The School in Kinderhook.

From Talking It Over: Mark McGuire thinks that today’s music sucks. And he’s got scientific proof to back it up…

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Friday, May 9th, 2014

From Harper’s Magazine: A very tasty feature package on one of our very favorite singer-songwriters, Jill Sobule, and her marvelous new album, Dottie’s Charms, that finds her collaborating with a number of A-list authors. Including an album stream, artwork, lyrics, videos and more…

From Democracy Now!: Performance artists/political satirists/activists the Yes Men stuck again last week…

From 7 Inches: Jason reviews the new vinyl single from Saratoga Springs’ band Party Boat, which also happens to be the debut release from JetPack records.

From Michael Janairo: “Angela and the Scar,” a short story by the former Albany Times Union arts and entertainment editor, is being published in the anthology, “Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History,” on Friday (May 9). Michael Janairo’s fictional tale tells the story of a young girl in a northern province of the Philippines in 1900 who is helped by a forest spirit during the war between the U.S. and the Philippines.

From Metroland: After a hiatus, Ton Lokal returns with the musical meanderings of uber-fan Tim Reidy.

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