Posts Tagged ‘Blue Factory’

New Release Rack: Blue Factory’s “California”

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Blue Factory: California

A new, slightly smaller version of Blue Factory is stepping back into the spotlight with their third album, California, and they’ll be celebrating with a happy hour CD release party at Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany at 6pm on Friday (November 1). Doors open at 5pm, and admission is $10, which includes a free copy of the new CD.

Following the departure of Mike Hayes, the band decided to carry on as a power trio featuring brothers Jim Crawley (guitar, vocals) and Joe Crawley (drums) and bassist-guitarist Jim Temple, and now they’re about to drop their new album on the Kranepool Records label. The nine-song album was recorded at Edie Road Studios in Argyle, produced by Barry Breckinridge and engineered by Marc Fuller.

Here’s the track listing for California:

Light Passes Through Her
California
Weaving Mitchell
So Far Gone
Sponges
Science!
Harem Scarem Pseudo Boy
Blatherings
There’s a Job to Be Done

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LIVE: Richard Barone @ Valentine’s Music Hall, 5/18/13

Thursday, June 20th, 2013
Richard Barone

Richard Barone

Review and photographs by Kirsten Ferguson

“It’s really fun touring now as a troubadour. I just have a bag and a guitar,” said Richard Barone onstage during a rare Capital Region solo appearance at Valentine’s Music Hall last month. Barone, who came up from New York City by bus for the show, was the frontman of early ‘80s new-wave band the Bongos, who were at the center of the era’s thriving Hoboken, New Jersey, indie-rock scene.

Music fans recently got the sad news that Maxwell’s, Hoboken’s long-running and beloved rock club, will close in July. Barone’s band “A,” a precursor to the Bongos featuring three of its original members, will play the club’s closing night, as they were the first band to play there when it opened in the late ‘70s.

At Valentine’s, that news was not yet publically known, and Barone’s set leaned more toward his solo work than it did toward a retrospective of the Bongos’ dance-driven, avant guitar-pop. The fraught chamber-pop ballad ‘Tangled in Your Web” and the self-affirming “I Belong to Me” hailed from Barone’s debut solo album, Cool Blue Halo, which turned 25-years-old last year and was feted with a 25th anniversary concert by Barone in New York City that was recorded and released as a three-disc CD/DVD.

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Five Firsts: Jim Temple of Blue Factory

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012
Blue Factory

Blue Factory

NAME: Jim Temple
BAND AFFILIATION: Blue Factory – Poestenkill, NY
INSTRUMENT: Bass Guitar

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Thin Lizzy’s Live & Dangerous (Still great!!!)

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Five Firsts: Mike Hayes of Blue Factory

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Blue Factory

Blue Factory

NAME: Mike Hayes
BAND AFFILIATION: Blue Factory
INSTRUMENT: Bass, Vocals

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … ELO’s “Eldorado”

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … Kansas

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … a recorder

4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … REM’s “Radio Free Europe”

5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … the Brink

Bassist Mike Hayes and the rest of Blue Factory step into the spotlight at Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany for a 6pm happy hour show on Friday (December 2). Sharing the bill will be the Rob Skane 3.

CD: Blue Factory’s “Limekiln”

Monday, April 26th, 2010

(Hohob Records, 2010):

Roaring out of the wilds of Poestenkill, Blue Factory has built a strong, rock-solid musical foundation with their debut album, “Limekiln.”

At the core of the fearsome four-piece band are the brothers Crawley – Jim on vocals and guitar with Joe on drums. Veterans of such fave Nippertown bands from days gone by as Crawdad, Private Plain and the Brink, this time around the Crawleys are banging it out for the sheer fun of playing rock & roll – big, crunchy power chords, captivating, ear-tantalizing riffs and a walloping back-beat.

The Crawleys are joined by vocalist-guitarist Jim Temple (of Private Plain) and bassist Mike Hayes (of the Brink), making Blue Factory something of a family reunion.

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Win A Copy Of Blue Factory’s New CD!

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

Blue Factory, featuring ex-members from noted Albany bands Private Plain, Crawdaddy Crawdad and The Brink, have just completed their first CD, “Limekiln.” The celebrations begin with a blowout release party at Tess’ Lark Tavern this Saturday, February 13.

Greg will have a review later this week (meanwhile, you can hear samples here) and we’ve got two copies of the CD to giveaway to lucky Nippertown readers. Send an email to Limekiln@nippertown.com to be entered into the random drawing. We’ll announce the winners on Friday.

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