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Other Voices, Other Rooms…

Friday, July 15th, 2016

From Clash: A behind-the-scenes, in-the-studio peek at the making of Phantogram’s new album, Three.

From The Times Union: Steve Barnes reports on the proposed $65 million expansion of Albany’s Palace Theatre.

From All Over Albany: Some insights on the Alt’s upcoming attempt to fill the void left by Metroland

From The Daily Gazette: Bill Buell reveals details on the upgrades and improvements in the works for the 2017 summer season at the Music Haven in Schenectady’s Central Park.

From Live for Live Music: Kendall Deflin posted a collection of “The Funniest Things Overheard At Phish’s Three-Day Weekend At SPAC”

From The Spot 518: Ali Hibbs reports on Albany hip-hop duo Young Noble Gentlemen being honored by the Albany County Legislature.

From MySpace: Phantogram garners a slot in Jeff Rindskopf’s list of “Nine Electronic Artists for People Who Don’t Like EDM.” Really? MySpace is still a thing?

From The Daily Mail: Katie Kocijanski reports on the ongoing expansion and renovations at Catskill’s Bridge Street Theatre.

From Berkshire on Stage: Larry Murray thinks that Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is vandalizing the arts to save pennies

From The Troy Record: City editor Mark Robarge thinks that the so-called problems at Troy’s Rockin’ on the River concerts are “much adieu about nothing”… Huh? Could somebody please get the editor an editor?

From The Times Union: Kenneth C. Crowe II reports on the feud and lawsuit between the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall and the First Niagara Bank over future of iconic building…

From NYS Music: Skyler Gilbert reviews Journey at SPAC with photos by Jim Gilbert

From The Berkshire Eagle: Sharon Smullen reports that Daniel Osman is celebrating 20 years as the owner of the Dream Away Lodge in Becket – keeping the dream alive…

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New Alt-Weekly Poised to Hit Newstands

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

Greater Nippertown’s alternative newsweekly Metroland published its final print issue on October 29, 2015. And shortly thereafter it pulled the plug on its website as well.

Now the Alt, a new publication, seems poised to takes its place. The new weekly is currently in development, with The Daily Gazette, Overit and Proctors collaborating on the new venture.

The press release sent out today (Tuesday, July 12) provides few details but describes the Alt as “a new arts and culture weekly” which will offer “in-depth coverage of arts, culture, politics, lifestyles and trending news along with a comprehensive community calendar in print, desktop and mobile formats.” And Daily Gazette publisher John DeAugustine hails the Alt as a “wonderful arts and entertainment project.”

According to a report in The Daily Gazette, about 25,000 copies of the Alt will be printed each week, which will be distributed to 300 locations in Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Schenectady counties. It will be free.

The Alt expects to hire one editor, one digital editor and one reporter and sales people in the next month and launch the newspaper in the fall.

Stay tuned for further details as they develop…

Other Voices, Other Rooms…

Friday, June 24th, 2016

From Time Warner Cable News: A too-short video report on one of our fave places in Greater Nippertown: Harvey Fite’s awe-inspiring Opus 40 in Saugerties.

From Grid Saratoga: Thomas Dimopoulos reports on “The Future Is Here: Vintage pieces of the past revealed as renovations at Caffe Lena get underway”

From Chicago Reader: The Best of Chicago readers’ poll conducted by the Windy City’s alt-weekly named Lin Brehmer of WXRT-FM as the Best DJ. Give a listen online sometime. He’s even better than he was when he ruled the airwaves during the glory days of WQBK-FM.

From The Spot 518: Ali Hibbs’ interview with the members of Darling Valley (formerly Accents) as they prepare for their CD release party on Saturday (June 25) at the Savoy Taproom in Albany.

From The New Yorker: Amanda Petrusich’s commentary on “Why Record Stores Mattered”

From TheaterMania: David Gordon picks “7 Shows You Should See This Summer Across the Country”… and three of ’em are here in the Berkshires.

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Nipper in the News

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

Yes, Nipper is back in the news – big time – thanks to Senator Charles Schumer. Of course, we here at Nippertown would like it better if the discussion was actually more about the art rather than the tax breaks. But we’re all for anything that reminds everybody how important Nipper is to our Local 518 landscape, our skyline, our cultural identity.

Here’s a round-up of this week’s “Nipper in the News” stories:

From Senator Charles Schumer:
Schumer: Albany’s Landmark “Nipper” Building Should Be Added to the National & State Registers of Historic Places; Senator Urges National Park Service & NYS Historic Preservation to Expedite Approval Process So That Vital Federal Historic Tax Credits Can Be Used to Transform the Building and Preserve the Beloved Statue for Future Generations

From WAMC-FM:
The Dog Stays
Schumer Wants To Save “Nipper” Building

From AllOverAlbany.com:
Making Nipper a landmark – officially

From WNYT-TV:
Schumer seeks federal funds for Albany’s ‘Nipper’ dog

From The Times Union:
Schumer: Give Nipper historic status
Schumer: Make Albany’s Nipper statue a national historic landmark

From NewYorkUpsdtate.com:
Schumer: Give Nipper, Albany’s iconic dog, historic status

From The Team Radio:
Schumer to Give Nipper Historic Status

From Time Warner Cable News:
Schumer Pushes to Put Albany’s ‘Nipper’ Building on Historic Registry

Two New Local 518 Live Performance Venues?

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

The Cohoes Music Hall and the Albany Annex are both hoping to gear up with a full calendar of events within the next year.

The Cohoes Music Hall has been surprisingly quiet since C-R Productions cancelled its 2014-15 season after a dozen years of musical theater in the venue. The Music Hall hosted the Bopitude Drum Battle in November and guitarist Tim Reynolds in January. And there are three more concerts on the Music Hall’s upcoming calendar – the New Riders of the Purple Sage on Friday, April 1; Amy Helm with Connor Kennedy & Minstrel on Friday, April 22; and Alejandro Escovedo with Lucette on Wednesday, May 11.

But now, Albany’s Palace Theatre has signed on to take over the management of the 385-seat Cohoes Music Hall in September, planning to host 60 events in the first year. GO HERE to read more…

Meanwhile, Chris Pratt and Alessio Depoli purchased the former Jillian’s building on Albany’s North Pearl Street in February. They plan to open the Albany Annex, featuring a new second floor event space, which would host live music and comedy in a 300-400 capacity venue. Pratt and Depoli – who also own the Barrel Saloon, Public House 42, the Pearl Street Pub and the Capital American Eatery & Lounge – cite Club Helsinki in Hudson as a model for their new venue. GO HERE to read more…

All of which means Greater Nippertown is about to welcome two new performance venues of almost identical size. Hmmmm…

Media Watch: McGeary’s Pub Garners National Press

Monday, March 14th, 2016

A newspaper story by Joyce M. Rosenberg on the rapid decline of neighborhood bars as chain restaurants take over, prominently featured Albany’s McGeary’s Pub and proprietor Tess Collins with photographs of Collins and McGeary’s by Mike Groll. And you may have read it in The Times Union.

But it wasn’t just local news. The Associated Press story has been published in newspapers around the country, from Akron, Ohio to Jackson Hole, Wyoming to New Orleans, Louisiana.

Here’s an excerpt:

“A higher minimum wage and rising insurance costs also sap profits, says Tess Collins, who runs McGeary’s in downtown Albany, New York.

“But Collins brightens as she talks about McGeary’s customers. The bar draws a regular after-work crowd and people visiting the state capital on business. Families show up on weekends. There are seven TVs in the main bar and two in a back room, but Collins finds her customers are more interested in talking to each other than watching a game.

“‘I have an awesome community here,’ says Collins, whose bar is nearby Recovery Sports Grill, a sports bar and restaurant that has 35 screens and is part of an 11-location chain. ‘Everybody knows each other.'”

The story notes, “One in six bars closed between 2004 and 2014, according to market research firm Nielsen. More than 600 close each month, with just 334 opening.”

Other Voices, Other Rooms…

Friday, February 26th, 2016

From Woodstock Times: Eliza Siegel writes about the Woodstock Music Laboratory that’s being created by Paul Green (of the Paul Green Rock Academy) and Michael Lang (co-founder of the Woodstock Festivals).

From Table Hopping: Steve Barnes writes about the upcoming opening of the Savoy Taproom – formerly Justin’s On Lark – complete with live music…

From Bluegrass Unlimited: Albany’s own bluegrass-leaning band Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys are the subject of Andy Flynn’s three-page feature story in the February 2016 issue.

From Creative Everyday: They’re not graphic novels. And they’re not cartoons. Let’s call ’em graphic short stories. But whatever you call ’em, we just love the series of four-panel mini biographies of Greater Nippertown residents by artist/musician Ira Marcks, examining how creativity applies to their everyday lives…

From The Times Union: Paul Grondahl remembers iconoclastic Troy artist-woodworker-philosopher Peter Albrecht, who died earlier this month…

From LookTV: A video interview with Lake George Arts Project director John Strong discussing the upcoming People’s Pixel Project and Bands ‘n’ Beans…

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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.

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