Photographs by Timothy Reidy
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk
Additional photographs by Timothy Reidy
The annual Empire State Food Festival took place earlier this month in Albany, and Nippertown chief photographer Andrzej Pilarczyk dropped by to snap a few shots of the fest’s headliners – early ’70s classic rockers Rare Earth and ’90s alt-rockers Tonic. Nippertown contributor Timothy Reidy also spent the day at the Empire State Plaza, snapping away.
The album was recorded by Seamus McNulty and Frank Moscowitz at Black Dog Studio in Stillwater and Collar City Sound in Troy and co-produced by the band and Moscowitz.
If you want a sneak peek of the new album, you can get a free download of the song “Good Enough, at Alta Mira’s Bandcamp page, where you can also stream two other songs from the album, “The Elephant” and “Organ Anthem.”
AND DON’T FORGET… Alta Mira’s isn’t the only release party on the calendar for Saturday night. Jazz saxman Keith Pray is celebrating the release of his new album, “Confluence,” at the Van Dyck in Schenectady, and Ensemble Congeros release their debut DVD, “Chasing the Rhythms,” with a concert and reception at the Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy.
Like some wild mash-up of Root Boy Slim and the young Tom Waits, Elijah Jones led the Atlanta-based party band the Constellations in concert at Jillian’s in Albany last Monday before a rather small but totally frenzied crowd of fans who kept the dance floor hopping.
He sang; he rapped; he howled.
He beat on the bongos.
But mostly he played the part of ringmaster, as the Constellations romped through a super-charged, psychedelic Ringling Brothers circus of a rock ‘n’ funk show.
Kickstarter has proven to be a surprisingly effective method for musicians to finance their projects – recording, video, tour, whatever – by appealing directly to fans.
Numerous Nippertown bands – from Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned to
Lunic (UPDATE: Lunic used Sellaband, not Kickstarter) to the Red Lions to C. Ryder Cooley – have benefited from Kickstarter.
And Alta Mira is the one of the latest bands to throw their collective hat into the Kickstarter ring, hoping to raise $5,000 from fans to complete the recording of their next album. One problem with Kickstarter, however, is that if the funding goal isn’t reached by the deadline, then the band doesn’t receive any of the pledged money.
Alta Mira’s project has raised only $1,525 so far, and the deadline for donations is Sunday, January 30. Which means that they have less than three weeks to raise 70 percent of their funding goal.
Donations for Alta Mira’s project can be made on a number of different levels – from $1 to $500 – and the donor is rewarded with a variety of different gifts from the band any each level. Donate $250, for example, and you’ll receive a digital copy of the album, a signed vinyl copy of the album with your name printed on it, an invitation to the album listening party and Alta Mira will play a private show you for (within a reasonable distance from Albany).
Now that sounds like a pretty damn good deal to us…
They didn’t say anything about it from the stage, but last Monday’s concert by Syracuse chamber-popsters Ra Ra Riot was something of a homecoming for the band, considering that they recorded their latest album, “The Orchard,” right here in the Local 518 at Black Dog Recording Studio in Stillwater.
On the other hand, Ra Ra Riot wasn’t very chatty at all on Monday. Maybe they were tired – their show at Jillian’s in Albany was their last concert of the year. Or maybe they were zipping through their show in order to rest up for the taping of their national television spot on “Late Show With David Letterman” the following afternoon.
Wow! Was that great, or what?
I managed to log about six and a half hours at Rest Fest on Sunday, and the primary thought that kept running through my mind was, “Damn, I wish I’d been able to have been here on Saturday, too!”
Here’s Alta Mira performing “Sifting Through the Dust” off their “Fables and Fabrications” EP, recorded live last year at WRPI:
Alta Mira will be bringing their tasty mix of indie, progressive, alternative and art rock to Red Square in Albany at 8pm Saturday, June 26. Also on the bill: The Emerald City Lights (folk/rock/alternative), The Tins (indie/pop/rock) and Boyish Good Looks (power pop/punk). Tix are $8.