Little Jack Melody, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

August 21st, 2012, 10:00 am by Greg
Little Jack Melody

Little Jack Melody

“The first record album I ever bought was a live recording of a Beach Boys concert. I ordered it from a record club my older sister belonged to. Ever forward-looking, I opted to order it in mono. (I don’t think there was a hi-fi in the house at the time, and I might have been concerned about compatibility. I wasn’t concerned about Brian Wilson’s one-deaf-ear purity.)

I’m not sure what year this was, but I’d guess ‘65. When it finally did arrive by mail, I played the hell out of it, studied the pictures inside, read and re-read the uncredited liner notes and sang along with it – particularly Brian’s falsetto parts.

I really didn’t feel the need to buy another album until Paul Revere & the Raiders’ ‘Just Like Us.’ And that held me until Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Are You Experienced?,’ which marked the real beginning of my record collecting.

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The Five Best Concerts of the Summer

September 8th, 2009, 2:02 pm by Greg

OK, here are the rules for Five Best Concerts of the Summer. There are no rules for Five Best Concerts of the Summer.

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Hit the comment button below, and let’s hear from ya.

Here’s our list:

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LIVE: Brave Combo @ Shepard Park, 8/12/09

August 13th, 2009, 5:19 pm by Greg


It was just as much fun watching the audience as it was watching Brave Combo churn out their wild ‘n’ wonderful brand of alt-polka in the middle of Lake George’s Shepard Park on Wednesday, August 12. And that’s really saying something.

Locals and tourists alike were drawn into the park by the exuberant strains of Carl Finch and his Denton, Texas-based band. They would wander in, stand and stare at the bandstand for a moment and then almost every one of them would break out into a smile. A big smile.

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Be Here Now: Weekday happenings

August 10th, 2009, 1:14 pm by Greg

Don’t wait til the weekend.

There’s plenty of fun to be during the week – including three (count ’em, THREE) chances to catch Brave Combo in action.

Brave Combo @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton, Mass.

Opening day at the Altamont Fair @ Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont (thru Sunday)
Cyndi Lauper with Rosie O’Donnell @ Proctors, Schenectady
The Big Soul Ensemble @ Tess’ Lark Tavern, Albany (FREE)
Brave Combo @ the Stony Creek Town Park, Stony Creek (FREE)

Brave Combo @ Shepard Park, Lake George (FREE)

Cartoonist John CaldwellHolly & EvanCaffe LenaThe Cock'N'Bull RestaurantJim Gaudet and the Railroad BoysAdvertise on Nippertown!Berkshire On StageAlbany Poets