Archive for the ‘Media Watch’ Category

Other Voices, Other Rooms…

Friday, January 15th, 2016

From The Times Union’s Preview: Amy Biancolli’s Preview cover story profiles the Local 518’s DJ Trumastr, who joins Taini Asili y la Bande Rebelde tonight (Friday, January 15) at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy for the second annual Martin Luther King Social Justice Music Celebration.

From NPR: Congrats to bandleader-drummer Michael Benedict and the other members of the Gary McFarland Legacy Ensemble, whose album Circulation: The Music of Gary McFarland (on the Catskill-based Planet Arts record label) snagged the No. 59 spot out of more than 700 albums on the 2015 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll, selected by 147 jazz critics.

From WAMC-FM: Dave Lucas profiles Sister Mary Anne Nelson, associate professor of music industry at the College of Saint Rose in Albany.

From Metroland: The Top 12 Live Concert Performances of 2015 as remembered by David Greenberger’s Greenwich Bed & Breakfast

From The Troy Record’s Weekender: Lauren Halligan interviews Evan Marre of Russell the Leaf, who play at Superior Merchandise Co. in Troy at 8pm on Saturday (January 16).

From Folk Alley: Congrats to two prominent Woodstock recording artists – Amy Helm and the Mike + Ruthy Band, whose respective albums, Didn’t It Rain and Bright as You Can, both snagged spots on the list of 10 Favorite Albums Of 2015.

From The Daily Gazette: Kirsten Ferguson selected her Top Five Local 518 Albums: the Lustre Kings’ Go Green, Eric Margan’s Tabernacle Choir, the Parlor’s Wahzu Wahzu, Party Boat’s Honey, Baby, Darling and Olivia Quillio’s Get Down and Pray.


One More Metroland?

Monday, January 4th, 2016


As it turns out, that October 29 issue – published just days before the NYS Department of Taxation & Finance seized the alt-weekly’s new offices for non-payment of taxes – wasn’t Metroland’s last gasp after all…

On New Year’s Eve – the final Thursday of 2015 – Metroland published a farewell, online-only issue, which featured several of the usual columns (Paul Rapp’s “Rapp On This,” B.A. Nilsson’s “Food & Drink,” Shawn Stone’s “Art Beat,” Miriam Axel-Lute’s “Looking Up”) as well as a round-up of Best-of-the-Year lists covering concerts, theater, albums, movies and video.

Thanks, Metroland, for one last blast…

Other Voices, Other Rooms…

Friday, December 18th, 2015

From The Glens Falls Post Star: Rhonda Triller’s story on the exhibit, “A Transitional Interpretation: American Roots Music by Five Photographers,” on view through the end of the month at the Crandall Public Library’s Folklife Center in Glens Falls

From CRUMBS Local Music Blog: Andrew Gregory has compiled “An Incomplete List of Ha Ha, Ho Ho, and Oh No Holiday Music From the Local 518”

From The Times Union’s The Pine Hills Blog: Nicole Foster’s profile of musician and graphic designer extraordinaire Philip Pascuzzo

From NYS Music: Steve Malinski’s interview with Local 518 guitar wizard Mike Campese, who will be performing at First Night Saratoga

Other Voices, Other Rooms…

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

From The Daily Gazette’s Beyond the Score: Mark McGuire chastises the Amsterdam High School Hall of Fame for not inducting legendary actor in their inaugural class.

From the Rogovoy Report: Seth Rogovoy previews tonight’s (Friday, October 2) free concert by the innovative acoustic quartet the Hands Free at Pittsfield’s Shire City Sanctuary.

From NYS Music: Brett Jones writes about the anti-ticket-buying-bot legislation introduced by New York Senator Chuck Schumer.

From The Brooklyn Rail: Phong Bui’s poetic review of Clifford Ross’ sprawling exhibit, “Landscape Seen & Imagined” at MASS MoCA in North Adams through March 30.

From K-Chuck Radio: Chuck Miller posts a cavalcade of sunshine pop gems to brighten your gloomy Friday.

From Metroland: Paul Rapp tries to explain why you can (or can’t?) now sing, “Happy Birthday to You” without paying royalties…

From All Over Albany: A preview of the Film Columbia film festival coming up from October 19-25 in Chatham and Hudson.

From The Times Union’s Arts Talk: Amy Biancolli writes about the recent donation of more than 500 photographs to Skidmore College’s Tang Museum in Saratoga Springs.

From The Daily Gazette: Jeff Wilkin has the low-down on the recent retirement of PYX-106 radio personality Uncle Vito, after 30 years on the airwaves.

Other Voices, Other Rooms…

Friday, September 18th, 2015

From Guitar Player: Nippertown contributor Fred Rudofsky found himself in some pretty heady company, as his remembrance of of the late great B.B. King was included on the same page at tributes by Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, Joe Bonamassa and President Obama…

From Best Classic Bands: Local 518 writer/musician/man-about-town Michael Eck sits down on the front porch of veteran musician John Sebastian’s Woodstock home to chat about his lengthy musical career from the Even Dozen Jug Band to Top 40 hitmakers the Lovin’ Spoonful to his ongoing solo career.

From NYS Music: Mark McGauley reviews the recent reunion concert by Shadows Fall – featuring Greater Nippertown drummer Jason Bittner – at the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park.

From Berkshire On Stage: Larry Murray reports that Berkshire native Michael Wartella – who has performed at Shakespeare & Co. and Barrington Stage Company – has been cast in the Broadway production of “Tuck Everlasting,” slated to open in April.

From Old School Record Review: Dave Keneston reviews Living Alone, the new EP by MaryLeigh Roohan.

Other Voices, Other Rooms…

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

From the Vinyl District: Jude Warne conducts an interview with Pete Donnelly of the Figgs.

From Forward: Seth Rogovoy writes about “The Secret Jewish History of James Taylor.”

From CRUMBS Local Music Blog: Andrew Gregory offers the second quarter Local Music Report, a round-up of recordings and videos (and more) from around the Local 518.

From the Huffington Post: Tom Semioli talks to Albany musician Robert Capowski about the making of his recently released sophomore album, Wild Animals, produced by former Psychedelic Furs guitarist John Ashton.

From Jukebox: Michael Hochanadel reports on spending a recent evening with rollicking New Orleans pianist Jon Cleary at the Cock N’ Bull in Galway.

From The Times Union’s Arts Talk: Steve Barnes reports on how Albany’s Comedy Works landed stand-up comedy superstar Aziz Ansari for a trio of last-minute, intimate and, to no one’s surprise, sold-out shows last Friday night.

From ArtNet: 12 Awakward Things Artists Have Said to Critics

Nipper Named Top Dog

Friday, June 19th, 2015

Hey, just don't get paint in my ears...

All right Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up...

Photograph by Al Goldberg

The headline should have read “Nipper Named Top Dog.” After all, Nipper’s photo was the only one to grace the cover of The Times Union’s Best of the Capital Region list, published as a special glossy-cover pull-out section on Thursday (June 18). (For a reason known only to Hearst intimates, the results of the poll won’t be posted online until next week.)

And Nipper was indeed named Best Dog… but only by TU writer Chris Churchill, who added some levity to the newspaper’s readers’ poll picks with his own personal selections. (For Best Free Entertainment, he chose “Troy’s election.”)

Churchill wrote: “I have a great dog. Maybe you have a great dog, too. But Nipper is a great dog – very well behaved – who belongs to all of us.”

Congrats, Nipper!

SPAC Is the Best…

Monday, June 15th, 2015

Saratoga Performing Arts Center

At least according to the readers of USA Today

The Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs was voted the Best Outdoor Music Venue in the country in a recent online voting poll conducted by USA Today. Surprisingly enough, SPAC beat out the Number Two selection – Red Rocks in Colorado.

Next up on SPAC’s 2015 summer season of performances is the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company at 8pm on Wednesday (June 17), followed by Train with The Fray and Matt Nathanson at 7pm on Friday (June 19).

And here’s how it all shook out for the Top 10 Best Outdoor Music Venues in USA Today’s month-long balloting:


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