New Release Rack: Aficionado

August 28th, 2012, 1:00 pm by Greg



Albany’s own Aficionado is pumping out a new single next month. Slated for release on Tuesday, September 25 on No Sleep Records, the seven-inch slab o’ vinyl will feature two songs – “Empty” and “The Slack.”

Aficionado: Empty b/w The Slack

Fortunately, if you just can’t wait that long, you can preview “Empty” right now, courtesy of Filter Magazine.

In support of the new single, Aficionado will be hitting the road from a three-week cross-country tour, co-headlined with label-mates Mixtapes, beginning on September 25.

But before they head out of town, they’ll be throwing a record release party at the Fuze Box in Albany on Saturday, September 22. Sharing the bill will be Babe City, Lysergic Shores and Bad Local. The music is scheduled to kick off at 8pm, and admission is $7.

In the meantime, you might want to keep you eyes peeled for special Aficionado flyers around town – places like Fuzz Records, Tierra Coffee Roasters, Hudson River Coffee House and DP Dough, for example – which entitle you to a free copy of the record when you hand it in at the door on the night of the show.


Nipper’s News: Michael Benedict & Bopitude, Bailiwick, Aficionado……

January 5th, 2012, 2:00 pm by Greg

Jazz drummer-bandleader Michael Benedict isn’t wasting any time. Bopitude’s debut album was released in June, and it’s been popping up on a number of Best-of-the-Year lists. Last week, however, Benedict and the rest of the band – bassist Mike Lawrence, tenor saxman Brian Patneaude, trumpeter Chris Pasin and pianist Bruce Barth – were back at Cotton Hill Studios in Albany to record their sophomore album. And for this one, they brought along super baritone saxophonist Gary Smulyan, winner of Downbeat magazine’s 2011 critics’ poll as Best Baritone Saxophonist. Benedict describes the upcoming album as “hard bop at its best with a couple surprise arrangements by Bruce Barth, as well as two more Gary McFarland gems.” The album is slated for release in March on the Planet Arts label out of Catskill. Bopitude and special guest Smulyan will celebrate the album’s release with a hometown concert at the Greenville High School auditorium in Greenville at 7:30pm on Friday, April 6. In the meantime, you can catch Benedict at 74 State in Albany at 8pm on Saturday (January 7) as he slips out from behind the drums and over to the vibraphone to lead his other band, Michael Benedict Jazz Vibes.

Coming straight outta Saratoga Springs, the Skidmore College-based chamber-folk ensemble Bailiwick uncorked their sparkling debut full-lengther in the waning moments of 2011, which features both of their well-received singles – “Static” and “Blue Ribbon” – released earlier in the year… and lots more fine stuff. The self-titled album can be downloaded here for a name-your-own-price.

In support of their self-titled album on No Sleep Records, Albany’s Aficionado is currently in the midst of a European tour with End Of A Year and Self Defense Family. Over the course of the next two weeks, the band will be hitting Germany, Austria, Belgium and the UK before wrapping up their trans-Atlantic jaunt in Greece on Tuesday, January 17.

Aficionado’s New Album is Streaming…

July 28th, 2011, 10:00 am by Greg


The brand new (just released on Tuesday) self-titled album from Albany’s Aficionado is currently streaming at

Head to to read Jordan J. Michael’s review of Aficionado’s CD release bash at Valentine’s Music Hall last week. And you can also check out his photographs from the show.

Aficionado in Action: Pre-Release Party Tonight at Valentine’s

July 22nd, 2011, 11:00 am by Greg

Following on the heels of last fall’s critically acclaimed “When It Comes To Creation” EP, Albany indie-punk hybrid combo Aficionado will be unleashing their self-titled, full-length album for No Sleep Records on Tuesday.

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