Media Watch: The Worst of 2011?

January 11th, 2012, 1:00 pm by Greg

Keep Albany Boring: Worst of 2011


Tired of all those Best of the Year lists yet?

Well then, how about a Worst of the Year list? That’s what the fine folks over at Keep Albany Boring decided to do with a readers’ poll that they’ve been conducting during the past month.

They established a list of more than three dozen categories – everything from Worst Hipster Bar to Worst Pizza, from Worst Concert Series to Worst Parking – and let their readers weigh in with their opinions.

And now the results are in…

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Best of 2011: Timothy Reidy’s Top 10 Non-Albany Concerts

January 6th, 2012, 2:10 pm by Greg

Review and photographs by Timothy Reidy, Nippertown contributor

Sea of Trees

Sea of Trees

10. Sea of Trees @ Design It Together, Troy
Well thought-out set and super way to open a new store/venue.

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Best of 2011: Amy Biancolli’s Top 10 Movies

January 6th, 2012, 11:00 am by Greg

by Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle and Hearst newspapers

10. “Take Shelter”
9. “The Adventures of Tintin”
8. “Of Gods and Men”
7. “Nostalgia for the Light”
6. “The Illusionist”
5. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2”
4. “Bill Cunningham/New York”
3. “The Descendants”
2. “Midnight in Paris”
1. “The Artist”

For more info…

MORE BEST OF 2011 LISTS…

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Best of 2011: Greg Haymes’ Top 20 Concerts

January 5th, 2012, 2:30 pm by Greg
Swamp Baby

Swamp Baby @ Restoration Festival (photo by Bryan Thomas)

By Greg Haymes, Nippertown writer-editor

20. Flogging Molly @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park (February 20)

19. Signal @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy (March 12)

18. Ramblin’ Jack Elliott @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs (May 22)

17. Elizabeth Cook @ The Linda, Albany (June 15)

16. Weird Al Yankovic @ the Palace Theatre, Albany (October 18)

15. Super 400 and the Charlie Watts Riots @ McGeary’s Pub, Albany (July 7)

14. James Farm @ The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, Albany (September 22)

13. Gogol Bordello @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park (April 1)

12. Freihofer Saratoga Jazz Festival featuring Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, the Tia Fuller Quartet, David Binney, more @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs (June 26)

11. Rosanne Cash @ MASS MoCA’s Hunter Theater, North Adams (May 28)

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Best of 2011: WEXT’s Top 20 Local 518 Songs

January 5th, 2012, 11:00 am by Greg

20. Tom McWatters’ “Built on the Backs of Slaves”
19. Hotels & Highways’ “Train Whistle”
18. John Scarpulla’s “Who We Are”
17. Bryan Thomas’ “Cake”
16. Pete Donnelly’s “Can’t Talk at All”
15. M.R. Poulopoulos’ “White Line”
14. Bear Grass’ “Small Feet”
13. Lucky Jukebox Brigade’s “Moroccan Fire Drill”
12. Bailiwick’s Static”
11. Sirsy’s “If She Knew What She Wants”

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Best of 2011: Jeremy D. Goodwin’s Top 5 Concerts

January 3rd, 2012, 10:26 am by Greg

by Jeremy D. Goodwin of The Berkshire Eagle

5. Wesley Stace (aka John Wesley Harding) @ Shawn’s Barber Shop, Pittsfield

4. Lyle Lovett & His Acoustic Group @ the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington

3. Mike Gordon @ The Egg, Albany

2. Club d’Elf with John Medeski @ Club Helsinki, Hudson

1. The Solid Sound Festival @ MASS MoCA, North Adams

For more info…

MORE BEST OF 2011 LISTS…

Fred Rudofsky’s Top 10 Theater Concerts
Paste Magazine’s Top 20 New Bands
J. Eric Smith’s Top Album
Rolling Stone’s Top 10 Albums
Brian Patneaude’s Top 5 CDs
American Film Institute’s Top 10 Movies
Stanley Johnson’s Top 10 Concerts
Richard Brody’s Top Books

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Best of 2011: Bowtie’s Top 11 Rants

December 30th, 2011, 2:00 pm by Greg

11. “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” is the sexiest Christmas song ever (not sure what the
competition is, though…)

10. NO, I DON’T WANT TO JOIN YOUR REWARDS PROGRAM!!!

9. Despite the sheer excellence of the Firlefanz Puppet Theater, puppet shows will never become a dominant form of entertainment.

8. Lady Gaga is really good at what she does. Perhaps Mother Maybelle Carter was the Lady Gaga of her time?

7. Traffic circles… they’re just wrong.

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Best of 2011: Al Goldberg’s Top 5 CDs

December 30th, 2011, 12:00 pm by Greg
The BoDeans: Indigo Dreams

Although I didn’t make it out to as many shows as I would’ve liked, there were certainly many CDs purchased this past year. Not all of them came out in 2011, however, so it would be hard to substantiate a Top 10. Here though, are my personal Top 5…

5. Sam Llanas’ “4 A.M. (The Way Home)”

4. Glen Campbell’s “Ghost on the Canvas”

3. Foo Fighters’ “Wasting Light”

2. R.E.M.’s “Collapse into Now”

1. BoDeans’ “Indigo Dreams”

By Al Goldberg, Nippertown contributor

MORE BEST OF 2011 LISTS…

Fred Rudofsky’s Top 10 Theater Concerts
Paste Magazine’s Top 20 New Bands
J. Eric Smith’s Top Album
Rolling Stone’s Top 10 Albums
Brian Patneaude’s Top 5 CDs
American Film Institute’s Top 10 Movies
Stanley Johnson’s Top 10 Concerts

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