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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…

Other Voices, Other Rooms…

Friday, June 24th, 2016

From Time Warner Cable News: A too-short video report on one of our fave places in Greater Nippertown: Harvey Fite’s awe-inspiring Opus 40 in Saugerties.

From Grid Saratoga: Thomas Dimopoulos reports on “The Future Is Here: Vintage pieces of the past revealed as renovations at Caffe Lena get underway”

From Chicago Reader: The Best of Chicago readers’ poll conducted by the Windy City’s alt-weekly named Lin Brehmer of WXRT-FM as the Best DJ. Give a listen online sometime. He’s even better than he was when he ruled the airwaves during the glory days of WQBK-FM.

From The Spot 518: Ali Hibbs’ interview with the members of Darling Valley (formerly Accents) as they prepare for their CD release party on Saturday (June 25) at the Savoy Taproom in Albany.

From The New Yorker: Amanda Petrusich’s commentary on “Why Record Stores Mattered”

From TheaterMania: David Gordon picks “7 Shows You Should See This Summer Across the Country”… and three of ’em are here in the Berkshires.


Nipper in the News

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

Yes, Nipper is back in the news – big time – thanks to Senator Charles Schumer. Of course, we here at Nippertown would like it better if the discussion was actually more about the art rather than the tax breaks. But we’re all for anything that reminds everybody how important Nipper is to our Local 518 landscape, our skyline, our cultural identity.

Here’s a round-up of this week’s “Nipper in the News” stories:

From Senator Charles Schumer:
Schumer: Albany’s Landmark “Nipper” Building Should Be Added to the National & State Registers of Historic Places; Senator Urges National Park Service & NYS Historic Preservation to Expedite Approval Process So That Vital Federal Historic Tax Credits Can Be Used to Transform the Building and Preserve the Beloved Statue for Future Generations

The Dog Stays
Schumer Wants To Save “Nipper” Building

Making Nipper a landmark – officially

Schumer seeks federal funds for Albany’s ‘Nipper’ dog

From The Times Union:
Schumer: Give Nipper historic status
Schumer: Make Albany’s Nipper statue a national historic landmark

Schumer: Give Nipper, Albany’s iconic dog, historic status

From The Team Radio:
Schumer to Give Nipper Historic Status

From Time Warner Cable News:
Schumer Pushes to Put Albany’s ‘Nipper’ Building on Historic Registry

Two New Local 518 Live Performance Venues?

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

The Cohoes Music Hall and the Albany Annex are both hoping to gear up with a full calendar of events within the next year.

The Cohoes Music Hall has been surprisingly quiet since C-R Productions cancelled its 2014-15 season after a dozen years of musical theater in the venue. The Music Hall hosted the Bopitude Drum Battle in November and guitarist Tim Reynolds in January. And there are three more concerts on the Music Hall’s upcoming calendar – the New Riders of the Purple Sage on Friday, April 1; Amy Helm with Connor Kennedy & Minstrel on Friday, April 22; and Alejandro Escovedo with Lucette on Wednesday, May 11.

But now, Albany’s Palace Theatre has signed on to take over the management of the 385-seat Cohoes Music Hall in September, planning to host 60 events in the first year. GO HERE to read more…

Meanwhile, Chris Pratt and Alessio Depoli purchased the former Jillian’s building on Albany’s North Pearl Street in February. They plan to open the Albany Annex, featuring a new second floor event space, which would host live music and comedy in a 300-400 capacity venue. Pratt and Depoli – who also own the Barrel Saloon, Public House 42, the Pearl Street Pub and the Capital American Eatery & Lounge – cite Club Helsinki in Hudson as a model for their new venue. GO HERE to read more…

All of which means Greater Nippertown is about to welcome two new performance venues of almost identical size. Hmmmm…

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