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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…


Other Voices, Other Rooms…

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.


Other Voices, Other Rooms…

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.


Other Voices, Other Rooms…

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…


Other Voices, Other Rooms…

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.


Other Voices, Other Rooms…

Friday, April 25th, 2014

From Rural Intelligence: Jeremy D. Goodwin serves up his list of “30(ish) Tix Not To Miss” for the summer season in the Berkshires.

From Keep Albany Boring: Flashback – Andrew posted a vintage 1980 promo video for Crossgates Mall.

From CRUMBS Local Music Blog: CRUMBS photographer Rich Krissel has published a collection of photos culled from CRUMBS events held during the past seven years, and the book, “CRUMBS: The Photos, Volume 1,” is now available.

From All Over Albany: This summer’s Sculpture in the Streets project in downtown Albany is bringing a lot of pianos to the streets with “Play Me, I’m Yours.” NOTE: Today (Friday, April 25) is the deadline for artist applications…


ANOTHER Big Thank You to Metroland Readers!

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Metroland Readers' Poll

We were mighty jazzed last week when Metroland unveiled its annual Readers’ Poll, revealing that astute Metroland readers had voted as the Best Local Arts Website, as well as strong finishes as well as second place in the Best Local Arts Coverage category and the third spot as Best Local Community Website.

But apparently, the editors mistakenly neglected to include the category of Best Local Music Website when they printed the results. They made the correction in this week’s issue, and came out on top, edging out our pals at Keep Albany Boring and So we’d like to offer another big – somewhat belated – thanks to all who keep the local music scene alive ‘n’ thrivin’ – no matter who you voted for, the Local 518 is the big winner.

Thanks, y’all.

FLASHBACK: A Look Back at Best-Of Readers’ Polls of the Past

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Metroland’s annual readers’ poll was published on Thursday (April 10). Capital Region Living has recently published its annual readers’ poll. And The Times Union is currently asking you to weigh in on their 2014 readers’ poll.

After scrutinizing them, there are just two things we can say:

1.) The more things change, the more they stay the same. Last year, The Times Union printed a round-up of 28 winners – everything from Best Hot Dog (Gus’s, Troy) to Best Ski Resort (Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort, Hancock) – that have won their categories for five consecutive years.

2.) The more things change, the more things change. From the ever-evolving business landscape to fickle allegiances, it seems as though the Nippertown scene is in a constant state of flux.

So we thought it might be fun to dig into the archives to take a peek at a few randomly selected categories of Local 518 readers’ polls from years past.

Here’s some of what we found:


Holly & EvanCartoonist John CaldwellCaffe LenaAdvertise on Nippertown!The LindaKeep Albany BoringHudson SoundsBerkshire On StageArtist Charles HaymesAlbany PoetsLeave Regular Radio BehindCapital Repertory Theater