Reunion Fever: Rudeke @ the Philly Bar on Saturday

November 20th, 2013, 10:00 am by Greg


‘Tis the season… for rock & roll reunions.

Jam band Rudeke formed in the spring of 2008 when drummer Andy Maroney and bassist Rob Booker teamed up with the guitar-weilding duo of Matt DeCavallas and Mike Ruddy. Within the year Kevin Lysogorski had also signed on to spice up the sound, and the line-up was complete.

But then two years ago, Maroney packed up his drum kit and headed west to California. Rudeke carried on, playing in acoustic mode. But at 9pm on Saturday night Maroney slips back into town – and behind the drums. And the original, five-man line-up of Rudeke will return to the spotlight at the Philly Bar & Grill in Latham for the first time since 2011.


Best Albums of the Year: Andy Maroney

December 13th, 2010, 3:00 pm by Greg

Andy Maroney – drummer with Rudeke and the Ruddys – weighs in on the year in review, music-wise:

Here are my top 10 albums of 2010, in alphabetical order only. Please see Advantage Sound for my full year-end recap of noteworthy (and cringe-worthy) releases.

The Black Keys’ “Brothers”
Eric Clapton’s “Clapton”
Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings’ “I Learned The Hard Way”
LCD Soundsystem’s “This Is Happening”
John Legend & the Roots’ “Wake Up”
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers’ “Mojo”
Robert Plant’s “Band Of Joy”
Prince’s “20Ten”
KT Tunstall’s “Tiger Suit”
Vampire Weekend’s “Contra”

Honorable mention (reissue):
The Figgs – Sucking In Stereo (remastered vinyl)

Best Movie Titles That Sounded Like Porn, But, Alas, Were Not Porn: Movieline
Best DVDs of the Year: Rolling Stone
Best Albums of the Year: NME
Best Fiction of the Year: Salon
Best Jazz Albums of the Year: A Blog Supreme
Best Albums of the Year: Tim Livingston
Best Albums of the Year: Filter Magazine
Best Albums of the Year: Mojo Magazine

Bandaoke is Back!

March 9th, 2010, 11:55 am by Greg

Yeah, you know that you’ve always wanted to sing in a rock band. Well, this is your chance. It’s not some Guitar Hero video game. It’s not some canned karaoke night. It’s Bandaoke – you singing with a live, breathing rock band. And it’s back again for another season beginning on Thursday night at Savannah’s in Albany.

You don’t know about Bandaoke? Well, let’s get the inside scoop from Andy Maroney, who’s the drummer with the Bandaoke band, the Ruddys:

Pronunciation: \ker-ē-ō-kē, ka-rē- also kə-rō-kē, kä-rä-ō-kā\
Function: noun
Etymology: Japanese, from kara (empty) + ōke, short for ōkesutora (orchestra)
(Date: 1979): a device that plays instrumental accompaniments for a selection of songs to which the user sings along and that records the user’s singing with the music; also: a form of entertainment involving the use of a karaoke machine.

Pronunciation: \band-ē-ō-kē\
(Same as above except way cooler and a lot more fun because it’s done with a live band.)

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Five Firsts: Andy Maroney of the Juice Junkees, the Ruddys and Rudeke

January 7th, 2010, 1:38 pm by Greg

Andy MaroneyNAME: Andy Maroney
BAND AFFILIATION: The Juice Junkees, The Ruddys, Rudeke (Yes, I play in three bands. Got a problem with that? Wanna fight about it?)
INSTRUMENT: Drums and percussion…especially cowbell

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … KISS – ALIVE! (1975). This was also the first album I had (temporarily) taken away from me so that my parents could analyze the song titles and decide whether the contents would permanently warp me forever.

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … CHARLIE DANIELS BAND (1980). My parents had previously taken me to a “performance” by Shaun Cassidy a year or two before that, but I certainly couldn’t call it a real concert. The CDB show was probably the first time I ever SMELLED a concert.

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … I owned a small four-string ukulele but had no idea how to play it. It ended up getting painted silver with Testors model paint so I could pretend I was Ace Frehley. Eventually my inner Pete Townshend took over and it went to ukulele heaven.

4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … The first popular song that I can remember “performing” is “Octopus’ Garden” in 5th or 6th grade choir. I didn’t really sing much…probably just mouthed the words because I was too self-conscious of my voice. Evidently the choir was a pre-requisite to being in the band, where I could play drums, make noise and impress girls…so I thought.

5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … The VERY first was the Pleasant Valley Elementary School Concert Band (4th grade). The first “professional” band I played in was a trio called Second Hand Blues.

Andy Maroney and his bandmates in the Juice Junkees invade Savannah’s in Albany on Friday (January 8) before crossing the Hudson for gig at the Troy Bar in Troy on Saturday (January 9).

A Crazy Diamond Shines On…

January 6th, 2010, 11:00 am by Sara

Syd Barrett

Syd Barrett

On the Advantage Sound blog, Andy Maroney notes:

Today marks what would have been Syd Barrett’s 64th birthday. One of the founding members, and what many consider to be the psychedelic soul of Pink Floyd, Syd became the inspiration for the song “Shine On You Crazy Diamond”.

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