Posts Tagged ‘Best of 2010’

Best of 2011: Ed Conway’s Top 10 Concerts

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011
Chandler Travis (right) with his valet

Chandler Travis (right) with his singing valet Fred Boak performing at Riverlnk Park (photo by Stanley Johnson)

Here are my Top 10 concerts for 2011. Not all were in Nippertown, and this list is not in any particular order:

The Chandler Travis Philharmonic @ Riverlink Park, Amsterdam
“Local 518 Rock N Relief Fundraiser for Hurricane Victims” with Holly & Evan, the Blisterz, Bear Grass, the Knyghts of Fuzz, Charlie Watts Riots, more @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany (Read his review)
Josh Ritter/John Wesley Harding @ The Egg, Albany (Read his review)
Paul McCartney @ Yankee Stadium, NYC
Sonny Landreth @ Highline Ballroom, NYC
Ray Davies @ The Egg, Albany
Bela Fleck & the Flecktones @ The Egg, Albany
The Spampinato Brothers @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs (Read his review)
“Singer/Songwriter Night” with M.R. Poulopoulos, Matt Durfee, Tom Lindsay & Michael Eck @ Riverlink Park, Amsterdam
“The Clang Thang” with NRBQ, the Chandler Travis Philharmonic, David Greenberger & A Strong Dog, the Catbirds and more @ the Calrion Inn, East Windsor (Read his review.)

By Ed Conway, Nippertown writer and photographer

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“The Nippertown Countdown” on WEXT-FM

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

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Nippertown.com and public radio station WEXT-FM are once again joining forces to bring you the hour-long radio special “The Nippertown Countdown,” featuring selections from the Top 10 Local 518 CDs of 2010 – including two of the bands who slated to perform at Exit Dome 4 on Saturday, January 29.

Hosted by yours truly and produced by Chris Wienk, “The Nippertown Countdown” is scheduled to be broadcast at 8pm on Thursday and will be repeated again at 6pm on Saturday.

Nippertown.com will also be publishing its Best Local CDs of 2010 list on Thursday. Stay tuned…

2010: The Nippertown Year in Review

Friday, December 31st, 2010

FRIDAY, JANUARY 8: Firlefanz Puppets kick off the Nippertown year in arts with a production of Alfred Jarry’s “Ubu Rex” adapted by Oakley Hall III, performed at Steamer No. 10 Theater in Albany. Hmmmm, looks like this might be a pretty absurd year…

TUESDAY, JANUARY 12: An earthquake wreaks havoc in Haiti, prompting a multitude of benefit concerts, including Hearts 4 Haiti at the Palace Theatre in Albany headlined by David Malachowski & the Woodstock All-Stars on February 11.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9: Barsuk Records releases Phantogram’s debut album, “Eyelid Movies.”


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Best Art Exhibits of 2010: Get Visual’s David Brickman

Friday, December 31st, 2010

Over at his Get Visual blog, artist-curator-critic David Brickman broke down his Best Art Exhibitions of the Year list into various categories. His end results look something like this:

MAJOR MUSEUMS:
“Picasso Looks at Degas” at the Clark Art Institute, Williamstown
“Andrew Wyeth: An American Legend” at the Hyde Collection, Glens Falls
“Not Just Another Pretty Place: The Landscape of New York” at the New York State Museum, Albany
HONORABLE MENTION: “Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera” at the Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge

SOLO EXHIBITIONS (LARGE):
“Larry Poons: Recent Paintings” at the College of St. Rose’s Massry Gallery, Albany
“Jules Olitski: An Inside View” at Sage College’s Opalka Gallery, Albany
“Edward Avedisian: Retrospective” at Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson
“Carroll Dunham Prints: A Survey” at the UAlbany University Art Museum, Albany
“Fred Tomaselli” at Skidmore College’s Tang Teaching Museum, Saratoga Springs

SOLO EXHIBITIONS (SMALL):
“Michael Millspaugh” at the Lake George Arts Project, Lake George
“Claude Carone: Paintings” at John Davis Gallery, Hudson
“Monica Miller: Diary of a Trespasser” at Joyce Goldstein Gallery, Chatham
HONORABLE MENTION: “Charles Steckler: Boxed Sets” Fulton-Montgomery Community College’s Perrella Gallery, Johnstown

GROUP EXHIBITIONS:
“Reflections on Water in American Painting” at the Arkell Museum, Canajoharie
“Fence Select” at the Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy
“Battlesight: Dispatches from Iraq and Afghanistan” at the Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy
“Then and Now” at Albany Center Gallery, Albany
“Here and There: Two Degrees of Separation” at the Union College Arts Atrium, Schenectady

Got a Best of 2010 list that you’d like to contribute? Best concerts of the year? Best local music moments of the year? Best whatever? Please send it along to greg@nippertown.com

THE 2010 LIST OF LISTS:
Best Comics & Graphic Novels of the Year: The Village Voice
Best Album Covers of the Year: All Songs Considered
Best Concerts of the Year: James Ketterer
Best Songs of the Year: Altered Zones
Best Concerts of the Year: Fred Rudofsky
Best New Webcomics of the Year: Wired
Best Concerts of the Year: Nippertown’s Greg Haymes
Best Art Exhibitions of the Year: The Daily Gazette’s Karen Bjornland
Best Concerts of the Year: The Daily Gazette
Best Albums of the Year: Nippertown’s Matt Mac Haffie
Best Concerts of the Year That I Missed: Nippertown’s Greg Haymes
Best Local CDs of 2010: The Daily Gazette’s Brian McElhiney
Most Disappointing Concerts of 2010: Nippertown’s Greg Haymes
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Best Concerts of 2010: James Ketterer of Tern Rounders/Arch Stanton Quartet

Friday, December 31st, 2010

James Ketterer – drummer with alt-country band Tern Rounders and jazz combo the Arch Stanton Quartet – says, “Here is a listing of the shows I liked the best in 2010 (maybe not the best of the whole year, but the ones that I saw and liked):

1. KJ Denhert at The Linda, Albany (at the Keys for Kids benefit concert): Her blend of urban folk and jazz is world class.
2. Matt Maguire Quartet at the Orchard Tavern, Albany: Straight ahead jazz, tasty pizza, cold beer – all outside in the backyard of one of Albany’s old-time establishments. What’s not to like?
3. Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival at Riverfront Park, Albany: Another excellent lineup, with highlights including local 518 group Troika and superstars Ravi Coltrane and John Scofield.
4. Keith Pray’s Big Soul Ensemble CD release show at Tess’ Lark Tavern, Albany: So many people showed up they had to play two sets.
5. Bill McCann’s 25th anniversary of “The Saturday Morning Edition of Jazz” radio show on WCDB: Every Saturday morning for the last two and a half decades Bill has been playing great jazz on 90.9 FM and supporting the local jazz scene.
6. Charlie Watts Riots at the Albany Tulip Festival in Washington Park: Much better show than OK-Go. Next year, they should be on the main stage.
7. Sensemaya at the Albany Latin Fest: Top-notch musicianship that also inspires people to dance.
8. The Variety Circus at Proctors for Art Night Schenectady: A standing-room-only crowd for ballet, burlesque, modern dance, music, fashion show, a DJ and some audience participation. Mitch Messmore was brilliant as the ringmaster and producer (Full Disclosure: I played on the program with Tern Rounders but enjoyed being an audience member for the other acts).
9. Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble, Woodstock: If you haven’t been to one of these shows, go get a ticket now. Pricey, but well worth every penny.
10. Empire State Youth Orchestra Percussion Ensembles at the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center, Albany: Richard Albagli is a national treasure as a percussionist and educator. Along with his co-conductors John Antonio and Genoveffa Vitale they had the student percussionists played challenging and compelling music far above their age levels. The full house was in awe all night.

Got a Best of 2010 list that you’d like to contribute? Best concerts of the year? Best local music moments of the year? Best whatever? Please send it along to greg@nippertown.com

THE 2010 LIST OF LISTS:
Best Songs of the Year: Altered Zones
Best Concerts of the Year: Fred Rudofsky
Best New Webcomics of the Year: Wired
Best Concerts of the Year: Nippertown’s Greg Haymes
Best Art Exhibitions of the Year: The Daily Gazette’s Karen Bjornland
Best Concerts of the Year: The Daily Gazette
Best Albums of the Year: Nippertown’s Matt Mac Haffie
Best Concerts of the Year That I Missed: Nippertown’s Greg Haymes
Best Local CDs of 2010: The Daily Gazette’s Brian McElhiney
Most Disappointing Concerts of 2010: Nippertown’s Greg Haymes
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Best Songs of 2010: Altered Zones

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Love those end of the year lists because you enjoy discovering things that you’ve missed?

We’re betting that this list of the Top 20 Songs of the Year as compiled by the staff of Altered Zones will surely take you down some of this year’s sonic paths less traveled.

Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti’s “Round and Round”
Balam Acab’s “See Birds (Moon)”
Baby Jazz’s “Michael Jordan”
Blondes’ “You Mean So Much To Me”
Dead Gaze’s “Take Me Home Or I Die Alone”
Games’ “Planet Party”
Girl Unit’s “Wut”
Greatest Hits’ “Danse Pop”
Hotel Mexico: “Its Twinkle”
James Blake’s “CMYK”
Nice Face’s “I Want Your Damage”
oOoOO’s “NoSummr4U”
Pure Ecstasy’s “Voices”
Salem’s “King Night”
Teengirl Fantasy’s “Cheaters”
Teen Inc.’s “Fountains”
Tjutjuna’s “Mosquito Hawk”
Ty Segall’s “My Sunshine”
The Vacant Lots’ “Confusion”
WU LYF’s “Heavy Pop”

Got a Best of 2010 list that you’d like to contribute? Best concerts of the year? Best local music moments of the year? Best whatever? Please send it along to greg@nippertown.com

THE 2010 LIST OF LISTS:
Best Concerts of the Year: Fred Rudofsky
Best New Webcomics of the Year: Wired
Best Concerts of the Year: Nippertown’s Greg Haymes
Best Art Exhibitions of the Year: The Daily Gazette’s Karen Bjornland
Best Concerts of the Year: The Daily Gazette
Best Albums of the Year: Nippertown’s Matt Mac Haffie
Best Concerts of the Year That I Missed: Nippertown’s Greg Haymes
Best Local CDs of 2010: The Daily Gazette’s Brian McElhiney
Most Disappointing Concerts of 2010: Nippertown’s Greg Haymes
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Best Concerts of 2010: Fred Rudofsky

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Nippertown contributor and uber music fan Fred Rudofsky says, “By my estimate, I saw several dozen live concerts and club gigs in 2010. Here are the best of the bunch I saw, in chronological order:”

January 22: Haitian Relief Benefit Concert at The Egg. DBR and the Mission not only played exceptional music, they raised the consciousnness of all with a mid-set phone call to a friend to provide eye witness testimony to the aftermath of the earthquake.

January 23: Willie Nile at The Linda. Despite a severe calf injury incurred during a concert he did with Bruce Springsteen, Nile on crutches arrived with a stand-up drummer, sat down at the piano, pulled out the guitar and delivered a set of rock and roll tunes and plaintive ballads that could stand with anyone’s material, even that of The Boss.

February 5: Barrence Whitfield & the Monkey Hips/Knyghts of Fuzz at Positively Fourth Street. Whitfield brought the mayhem and soul that only he can deliver; the Fuzz debuted and shook the rafters as well.

February 13: Blotto at WMHT-TV Studios. Celebrating their 30th anniversary, Albany’s finest band played something good and left the audience wanting more.

February 27: Roseanne Cash at The Egg. Riding the momentum of “The List,” Cash and company dug deep into the great songs of the 20th century, surveyed the equally fine originals she’s written, and left everybody with an indelible smile.

March 5: The Blasters at Valentine’s Music Hall. It may not have been the biggest crowd, but all in attendance had exceptional taste as the pride of Downey, California went full throttle, led by national treasure Phil Alvin.

March 7: Michael Eck at Caffe Lena. Truly a night to remember: a rare solo gig to promote a superb new album. The songs were matched by vivid, candid stories the way only Eck can tell them.
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Best Art Exhibitions of 2010: The Daily Gazette

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Karen Bjornland – the visual art writer for Schenectady’s Daily Gazette – compiled her list of the Best Art Exhibits of the Year (behind paywall), and here’s how she saw it in 2010:

1. “Picasso Looks at Degas” @ the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown
2. “Andrew Wyeth: An American Legend” @ the Hyde Collection, Glens Falls
3. “Wrapped!: Search for the Essential Mummy” @ the Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield
4. “2010 Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region” @ the Hyde Collection, Glens Falls
5. “Fred Tomaselli” @ Skidmore College’s Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Saratoga Springs
6. “Larry Poons: Recent Paintings” @ the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Gallery, Albany
7. “Courier” @ UAlbany’s University Art Museum, Albany
8. “Battlesight” @ Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy
9. “The Naked Woman Show” @ House of Creative Soul, Saratoga Springs
10. “The Perfect Fit” & “Old Soles” @ Albany Institute of History & Art, Albany

Got a Best of 2010 list that you’d like to contribute? Best concerts of the year? Best local music moments of the year? Best whatever? Please send it along to greg@nippertown.com

THE 2010 LIST OF LISTS:
Best Concerts of the Year: The Daily Gazette
Best Albums of the Year: Nippertown’s Matt Mac Haffie
Best Concerts of the Year That I Missed: Nippertown’s Greg Haymes
Best Local CDs of 2010: The Daily Gazette’s Brian McElhiney
Most Disappointing Concerts of 2010: Nippertown’s Greg Haymes
Best Albums of the Year: Justin Mikulka
Best Capital Region Theater of the Year: Nippertown’s Greg Haymes
Best Entertainers Who Moonlight as Artists of the Year: Art:21
Best Albums of the Year: Spin Magazine
Most Disappointing Capital Region Concert Cancellations of the Year: Nippertown’s Greg Haymes
Best Television Commercials of the Year: TV Squad
Best Feature Films of the Year: Roger Ebert
Best Albums of the Year: Brian Patneaude
Best TV Character Deaths of the Year: Entertainment Weekly
Best Viral Videos of the Year: Videogum
Best Albums & Best Selling Albums of the Year: Billboard
Best Concerts of the Year: Nippertown’s J Hunter
Best Country Albums: The Boot
Best Albums of the Year: WEXT’s Chris Wienk
Best TV Music Moments of the Year: Treble
Best Book Covers of the Year: The L Magazine
Best Folk Albums of the Year: About.com Guide
Best Albums of the Year: We Are Not a Rock Band
Best Movies of the Year: Christian Science Monitor
Best Television Shows of the Year: Channel Surfing
Best Concerts of the Year: Nippertown’s Andrzej Pilarczyk
Best Music Videos of the Year: IFC
Best Books of the Year: The New York Times Book Review
Best Live Acts of the Year: Paste Magazine
Best Poetry Books of the Year: Dan Chiasson of The New Yorker
Best Albums of the Year: Andy Maroney
Best Movie Titles of the Year 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

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