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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.

Other Voices, Other Rooms…

Friday, October 21st, 2016

From Nippertown photographer Rudy Lu was interviewed by Kim Laureen, whose Vancouver-based blog covers the North American music and indie film scene.

From Kathryn Tracey writes “Skidmore’s Tang Teaching Museum Wins American Alliance of Museums Publication Competition”

From The New Yorker: Amanda Petrusich writes about the nearly forgotten East Texas gospel singer Washington Phillips and Washington Phillips and His Manzarene Dreams, the new CD and book package authored by former Greater Nippertown music scribe Michael Corcoran.

From On and Off the Shelves: Scott Jarzombek writes about the Albany Public Library Foundation’s third annual Literary Legends Gala on Saturday (October 22) at the Arbor Hill/West Hill Branch, honoring Greater Nippertown authors Marion Roach-Smith and Leonard A. Slade, Jr.

From The Times Union’s Arts Talk: Amy Biancolli writes about Opera Saratoga’s free “Sings for Seniors” concert series, which kicks off on Saturday (October 22).

From the Rogovoy Report: Seth Rogovoy absolutely raves about Benjamin Clementine’s concert at MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center last weekend…

From Pitchfork: Simon Reynolds’ intriguing round-up of “Killer Riffs: A Guide to Parody in Popular Music”

CLARIFICATION: Regarding the Demise of Metroland

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

In the wake of’s story on Tuesday (October 18) updating the progress of the upcoming alt-weekly The Alt, former Metroland editor Steve Leon sent us this email:

Since you’re writing about alt-weeklies new and old, I would like to clear up one misconception. Metroland was not shut down by NYS Tax & Finance, nor did they seize any property. They changed the locks in an attempt to collect some back taxes, which they did about two weeks later when some ad payments came in. I got the keys back and actually used the office for two more months to wind things down (I had prepaid the rent, imagine that!).

The decision to close Metroland had already been made, in fact we (the majority shareholders) originally planned to cease publishing in July 2015. You may or may not remember that I went public with our intent to sell that month – that was our stay of execution and our last hope. We then moved the closure date to the end of the year, and the tax action was just inconvenient enough to fold several weeks ahead of schedule.

Six years of declining revenues and steady losses will do that to you.

The Alt: Kinda Like Metroland?
What’s Up with The Alt?
New Alt-Weekly Poised to Hit Newstands

The Alt: Kinda Like Metroland?

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

The Alt

It’s been a year since Metroland published its last issue.

Then back in July, it was announced that The Daily Gazette, Overit and Proctors were collaborating on a new publication, The Alt.

Despite the fact that there’s absolutely nothing on their website, The Alt – the upcoming Greater Nippertown weekly/website – looks like it’s starting to take shape.

As we previously reported, David Howard King – formerly of Metroland – has been named editor and associate publisher of the publication, which is currently slated to launch sometime next month. And Alay Medina – formerly of Metroland – has signed on as sales director.

On Monday evening, Shawn Stone – former arts editor of Metroland – tweeted “As of today, I am the digital editor of @thealtweekly… and I’m very excited about it.”

And wasn’t that Paul Rapp – former Metroland columnist (“Rapp on This”) – deep in conversation with The Alt folks at McGeary’s Pub earlier in the day on Monday?

OK, I think we can all see where this is going… But if the folks at The Alt can just coax Al Qualieri to resurrect his “Al Things Considered” column, I’m in. Totally…

CLARIFICATION: Regarding the Demise of Metroland
What’s Up with The Alt?
New Alt-Weekly Poised to Hit Newstands

PS: And if you’re wondering what former Metroland editor/publisher Steve Leon has been up to lately, you can check him out here…

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