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Friday, February 27th, 2015

From Guitar World: Yeah, there’s a Top 10 list for just about any topic you can imagine. And the staff of Guitar World’s latest entry in Listomania is “The Top 10 Greatest Rock and Roll Song Endings,” which includes such kickers as “21st Century Schizoid Man” by King Crimson (No. 7), “Paradise City” by Guns N’ Roses (No. 5) and “Metal Head” by the Local 518′s own Blotto (No. 4). No, really!

From 518Life: “57 Reasons to Love the Capital Region.” Nipper snagged the No. 26 spot on the list…

From the Rogovoy Report: Earlier this month adventurous jazz drummer-composer Bobby Previte played Albany’s Parish Public House with the Charlie Hunter Trio. Now Seth Rogovoy reports that Previte has been honored with the prestigious Greenfield Prize for 2015. The annual award includes a $30,000 cash prize as a commission for a new work of art to be realized within two years.

From Paste: Trevor Courneen explains that “Friday is the New Official Release Day for Albums”


Other Voices, Other Rooms…

Friday, February 13th, 2015

From Elle: Tired of Grammy fashion yet? Let’s hope not. Here’s Phantogram’s Sarah Barthel strapped into her black two-piece outfit on her way to one of the post-awards show parties…

From Michael Janairo: The former Times Union arts editor and current assistant director for engagement at the Tang Museum offers a haiku review of each movie that he watched in January.

From Arts Labor: Music-arts-more writer Michael Corcoran lists his favorite bands from the various places that he’s lived. And his pick from Albany (1979-1982) is…

From Inside Rensselaer: EMPAC-produced record albums land on Best of 2014 lists – including Rolling Stone’s

From Pitchfork: Eric J. Danton surveys up-and-comers on the Western Mass. indie music scene with shout-outs to And the Kids, Blessed State and Lux Deluxe.

First Anniversary of the Demise of Valentine’s Music Hall

Monday, February 9th, 2015

It’s been a year since Valentine’s Music Hall shuttered its doors for the last time. And we know what you’ve been thinking… Hay, whatever happened to the urinal trough from the men’s room?

Here’s the answer.

Other Voices, Other Rooms…

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

From Saratoga Wire: Lynn Cianfarani has written a lovely piece about Yacub Addy – famed Ghanian drummer, longtime Local 518 resident, leader of the dance-and-dance troupe Odadaa!, teacher at Skidmore and RPI and collaborator with some of the world’s top musicians (including Wynton Marsalis) – who passed away on December 18.

From World Music Central: More on Yacub Addy’s passing

From IMBY: Enid Futterman’s review of the Home Bass 2 benefit concert at Club Helsinki on January 3

From ArtNet: In response to Clayton Cubitt’s “Hysterical Literature” in MASS MoCA’s exhibition “Bibliotecaphilia” – which opens on Saturday (January 24) – Brian Boucher asks “How Erotic Can Fine Art Get Before it Becomes Pornographic?”

From It’s a list of the 25 Most Amazing Campus Arts Centers in the U.S., and both Bard College’s Fisher Center and RPI’s EMPAC are included.

From CRUMBS Blog: Andrew Gregory has compiled a round-up of Local 518 recordings and music videos for the fourth quarter of 2014. You might be surprised just how much music is made around Nippertown…

From The Boston Globe: MASS MoCA director Joe Thompson discusses what he’s reading – books, magazines, more…

Other Voices, Other Rooms…

Friday, January 9th, 2015

Noteworthy items from around the web…

From The Times Union: Brittany Horn writes about Mohonasen High School’s music teacher and bandleader David Bournazian, who died on Thursday.

From For Good Measure: Wanda Callagy’s photographs from the Monday Night Blues Jam at Pauly’s Hotel in Albany

From The Rogovoy Report: Seth Rogovoy reviews Seth’s Sauerkraut Revue in concert at Club Helsinki in Hudson on December 26

From Upstate Live: Bryan Laskey’s photo array from Robert DeLong’s December concert at the Upstate Concert Hall

From Thinking It Through: Sara Foss writes about getting engaged to kick off the new year.

From Lost Radio Rounders: Tom Lindsay writes about the passing of his mother earlier this week.

From Hudson Sounds: A preview of André Laurent O’Neil’s performance of the Bach Cello Suites at 1pm Saturday (January 10) at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Bennington.

Other Voices, Other Rooms…

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

From Pikture Planet: The Ten Most Beautiful Concert Halls in the World… including The Egg

From Rural Intelligence: “10 Unusual Last-Minute Gifts You’ll Find Only In Hudson” by Jamie Larson.

From The Times Union: “Nipper brightens his building, and his city” by Chris Churchill.

From the Rogovoy Report: New Photography Exhibit at Carrie Haddad Gallery Features 12 Artists

From Slate: “The Music Club, 2014: Entry 8: Not every song should aim to capture the zeitgeist or change the world” by Ann Powers.

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.


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