Other Voices, Other Rooms…

May 24th, 2017, 10:00 am by Greg
Joseph Deuel (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

Joseph Deuel

Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

From Saratoga Today: Thomas Dimpoloulos interviews Joseph Deuel, native Saratogian, Caffe Lena soundman, photographer, Nippertown contributor and all-around good guy…

From UAlbany Magazine: Steve Barnes chats with UAlbany alum Nora Lum (aka, stand-up comedian/rapper Awkwafina) about her featured role in “Ocean’s Eight,” the upcoming all-female spin-off of the “Ocean’s 11” film series.

From The Spot 518: Michael Hallisey profiles Local 518ers the Holly & Evan Band.

From SMU National Center for Arts Research: Hudson was named one of the Top 5 Small Cities (10,000-50,000 people) on the list of Most Vibrant Arts Communities in America.

From Thrillist: More kudos for Hudson. In “The Best Small Towns to Visit in All 50 States,” Hudson tops the list for New York; Northampton for Massachusetts.

From WEXT-FM: Andrew Gregory is back with his quarterly update, The Local 518 Music (and More) Report for the first quarter of 2017. Bet you didn’t know there was so much Local 518 music…

From All Over Albany: The Downtown Albany BID is asking you to vote for the movies that you’d like to see screened outdoors this summer for their Bites Camera Action series in Tricentennial Park at 8:30pm on Mondays from July 10-August 14. Deadline to vote is 12midnight on Friday, June 2.

From WeAllWantSomeone.org: Bryan Lasky’s photo gallery of Catfish & the Bottlemen and the Worn Flints in concert at the Upstate Concert Hall earlier this month.

From Paste: Bonnie Stiernberg’s story, “What We Can (And Can’t) Learn From the Downfall of PWR BTTM,” who played Skidmore College’s Falstaff’s in Saratoga Springs just last month.

From The Alt: After writing a cover story/rave review of PWR BTTM’s concert at Skidmore last month, Eli Enis shares his “disappointment, frustration and betrayal”


Other Voices, Other Rooms…

May 1st, 2017, 2:00 pm by Greg

From Consequence of Sound: Ben Kaye reports that Senator Tim Kane – Hillary Clinton’s former running mate, harmonicat and diehard Replacements fan – recently jammed with Hudson’s own Tommy Stinston. Really…

From The Alt: Jaya Sundaresh takes a behind-the-scenes look at the Local 518 casting process for Prince Sprauve’s upcoming feature film, “Cradle,” concerning teen pregnancy and set in Schenectady High School.

From ChuckTheWriter: Chuck Miller is back with a new installment of K-Chuck Radio, this time featuring a nifty collection of rockers performing the theme songs of or tunes inspired by Saturday morning cartoon shows… the B-52’s do “Meet the Flinststones,” the Dickies do the “Banana Splits Theme Song,” the Ramones do “Spider-Man”…

From The Daily Gazette: Indiana Nash catches up with Robert Taylor, a Niskayuna High School graduate and Union College alum who co-wrote the book and lyrics to the musical “Bandstand,” which opened on Broadway last week.

From Arts Talk: Sara Tracey reports that Clifton Park native, Shenendehowa High grad and NYC subway busker Will Boyajian and his Hopeful Cases charity were honored by the Tribeca Film Festival’s Disruptor Awards, which recognizes traditional and non-traditional ways of tackling the world’s problems.

From The Asbury Park Press: Chris Jordan’s round-up of “The Jersey Shore’s Top 5 Summer Songs of All Time” includes Jersey faves Bruce Springsteen, Southside Johnny, Frank Sinatra… and Blotto.

Other Voices, Other Rooms…

April 18th, 2017, 3:00 pm by Greg

From AI-AP: Robert Newman profiles Greater Nippertown’s illustrator and political journalist Victor Juhasz, whose art work has appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers, most notably in the politics column of Rolling Stone, as well as the cover of Rolling Stone’s April 7 issue…

From Premier Guitar: Adam Perlmutter conducts an in-depth interview with former Nippertonian Meg Duffy/Hand Habits about her music and her new album, Wildly Idle (Humble Before the Void)

From All Over Albany: The folks from AOA took a walk-through of “A Spirit of Sacrifice: New York State in the First World War,” the new exhibit at the New York State Museum commemorating the 100th anniversary of WWI…

From The Alt: John Rodat chats with the Erotics’ Mike Trash and Cacaphone Records label-head Jeff Smith about The Erotics’ 20th anniversary and their new 2-CD, 20 Years of Nothing to Show for It.

From Hot House Jazz Magazine: Elzy Kolb interviews Teri Roiger about her music, her new CD and the influence of Billie Holiday…

From The Daily Gazette: Indiana Nash conducts an interview with bassist-vocalist Ian Cattell of Brit Floyd, who play Proctors in Schenectady on Wednesday (April 19)…

Other Voices, Other Rooms…

April 11th, 2017, 11:00 am by Greg

From Chuck The Writer: Award-winning photographer, major music fan, trivia champ and uber-prolific blogger Chuck Miller found himself locked out and suspended indefinitely from The Times Union’s weblog aggregate after he posted an obviously satirical April Fools Day item about Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway being named commencement speaker for UAlbany. TU Editor Rex Smith declared, “Even on April Fools’ Day, there’s no place for fake news under The Times Union banner.” Citing the Blotto song, “You can’t fire me, I quit…” Miller has left the TU blog family behind and moved on. You can now find his copious blogging here. Here’s his “Welcome to the new blog” post. And here’s his April Fools Day post that kicked off the whole mess…

From The Boston Globe: Bryan Marquard’s obituary of Larry Murray, whose Berkshire on Stage website kept Greater Nippertown readers informed, educated and entertained about the western Mass. theater scene.

From The Alt: Paul Rapp discusses the tricky trademark issues concerning the recent legalization of marijuana in Massachussetts.

From YouTube.com: Greater Nippertown author and Times Union arts writer Amy Biancolli was pleasantly surprised to hear that her TEDx Talk on “Living After Suicide” had been sampled by Fragile for “I Want to Be Cold”

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Other Voices, Other Rooms…

February 16th, 2017, 3:00 pm by Greg
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 Ameripolitan.com: 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…

January 13th, 2017, 2:00 pm by Greg

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…

January 6th, 2017, 11:00 am by Greg

From ForeignPolicy.com: 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

December 1st, 2016, 3:00 pm by Greg

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.

Caffe LenaThe Cock'N'Bull RestaurantJim Gaudet and the Railroad BoysCartoonist John CaldwellHolly & EvanAdvertise on Nippertown!Berkshire On StageAlbany PoetsHudson SoundsCapital Repertory Theater