Flashback: Al Kash in Blackfeather

May 10th, 2013, 10:00 am by Greg

If you recognize that big ole head o’ hair in these photos, then you’re probably familiar with Al Kash (drummer extraordinaire/percussive adventurer for such Local 518 bands as the Last Conspirators, the Units/Fear of Strangers, Axe Iron Suns, Nite Train, Medusa Pleasure Werkes, Tornado Bait, Folding Sky, and yes, indeed, this list could go on for a long, long, long time).

But long before in Nippertown days, Kash was pounding the skins for one of Australia’s premiere early-’70s prog-psych-blues-rock bands Blackfeather. This song “Seasons of Change,” was their first big hit, and now some 42 years later Aztec Music has remastered and re-issued the vintage nugget of an album, At the Mountains of Madness.

And if you’re looking for a bit of rock trivia, Kash reveals, “This song features Bon Scott on recorder.” Yes, that very same Bon Scott, in his pre-AC/DC days…


Flashback Poster: R.E.M. & Fear of Strangers, 11/25/82

June 15th, 2011, 4:30 pm by Greg

Fear Of Strangers

A Thanksgiving night throwdown at the Peppermint Lounge in NYC. Admission: $5.

A tip o’ the hat to Robin Danar and Al Kash

Five Firsts: Al Kash of Folding Sky

December 8th, 2010, 11:33 am by Greg

Al Kash

NAME: Al Kash
BAND AFFILIATION: Folding Sky, the Last Conspirators, etc.

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Bought a batch of LPs from record club, Thelonious Monk, Dave Brubeck’s “Take 5,” Them, Stones, Lightnin Hopkins

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … First real concert, Ray Hoff & OffBeats @ Midland Town Hall, Perth, W. Australia.

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … First played bass guitar & switched to drums.

4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … Can’t remember what song, but it was probably an Animals/Sonny Boy/Stones song & an original instrumental “Turkish Delight.”


Al Kash and the other members of Folding Sky take the stage at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que in Troy at 10pm on Saturday.

Real Good for Free: Beatfest @ River Street Beat Shop, 9/18/10

September 17th, 2010, 11:09 am by Greg

Ben Rogers Instrumental Asylum

Ben Rogers Instrumental Asylum

Australian surf guitar guru Ben Rogers lands in Troy on Saturday to headline the inaugural Beatfest at the River Street Beat Shop.

The free festival – which gets underway at 12:30pm on Saturday – will also feature performances by such Nippertown rockers as Johnny Mystery & the Mysteios and Complicated Shirt.

Rogers describes his music as “real guitar for real guitar nuts,” and he lives up to his promise on the upcoming Ben Rogers’ Instrumental Asylum album, “Instrumentally Disturbed, ” which is slated for release next month.

On the album, the Melbourne guitar hero features a dizzying mix of the band’s latest original tunes, as well as such nuggets as a frantic garage-rockin’ rendition of “Tell Him” (originally by the Exciters), a fuzzed-out re-invention of Django Reinhardt’s “Anouman” and his own unique spin on the classic “La Mer” (perhaps better known as the old Bobby Darin hit, “Beyond the Sea”).

Nippertown’s own veteran drum master Al Kash (of Folding Sky) makes a guest appearance on the album – and quite likely at the Beat Shop as well.

Admission to Beatfest is free; donations will be gratefully accepted for the St. Augustine’s Food Bank.


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