LIVE: Scars On 45 @ The Linda, 7/6/12

September 27th, 2012, 2:00 pm by Greg

Scars On 45 @ The Linda, 7/6/12

Review by Chris Wienk
Photographs by Jason Spiro

“I never meant to say you were a thorn in either side,
It was a side effect from the scars on the forty-fives.
And as the vital mistakes, it reminds me of what we have,
Despite the things you do, you know I’m a fool for you…”

And so begins the delightfully mournful song “Change My Needs” by Scars on 45. I remember the first time I heard them play that song. It was in WEXT’s radio studios on November 11, 2010. We were missing a couple people at the time, Stuart Nichols (the bass player) was still at home in Bradford, England, and they hadn’t picked up the touring electric guitarist Matt Baxter yet.

Before I go any further, in the event that you don’t know who I am, I am the afternoon guy, the program director for WEXT (aka Exit 97.7). WEXT was the very first station in the country to play Scars on 45. The band has since gone on to play Red Rocks, and numerous other incredible venues; they’ve done sessions with Billboard Magazine, VH1 and even played on Jay Leno’s show. This is just to point out that there probably is a little bias in my accounting of their show at The Linda back on July 6. It was WEXT’s birthday (7/7/2007 was our first day) concert.

We’ve had Scars on 45 play in town before. We tend to find out that they’re going to be in the neighborhood of Albany at the last minute, and they always offer to play something. So, we’ve had them play a few house parties, they’ve played a very last minute show at Valentine’s, and this show at The Linda was drawn up from nothing within a week of July 6, as the band was traveling from Baltimore to
Long Island.

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Best Albums of 2010: WEXT’s Chris Wienk

December 22nd, 2010, 1:00 pm by Greg

Chris Wienk of WEXT-FM has posted his list of Top 10 Albums of the year, and as you might expect, some fine homegrown Local 518 discs make the cut:

1. The National’s “High Violet”
2. Arcade Fire’s “The Suburbs”
3. Spoon’s “Transference”
4. Local Natives’ “Gorilla Manor”
5. Phantogram’s “Eyelid Movies”
6. The Charlie Watts Riots’ “Long Story Short”
7. Michael Eck’s “In My Shoes”
8. Bruce Springsteen’s “The Promise”
9. Ryan Bingham & the Dead Horses’ “Junky Star”
10. Black Dub’s “Black Dub”

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

Best TV Music Moments of the Year: Treble
Best Book Covers of the Year: The L Magazine
Best Folk Albums of the Year: 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

INTERVIEW: Chris Wienk of Exit 97.7 FM

October 8th, 2009, 11:12 am by Greg


On July 7, 2007, a new radio station took to the airwaves. From the very beginning, WEXT FM – otherwise known as Exit 97.7 – has offered a dizzyingly eclectic variety of music and staunch support of the local Nippertown music scene.

With the station’s second big fund-raising concert slated to take place on Friday, October 23 at “the Exit Dome” – actually the WMHT-TV studios in the Rensselaer Technology Park – we decided to find out more about Chris Wienk. Not only is he the man behind the microphone during the station’s afternoon broadcasts, but Wienk is also the driving force behind the whole radio station:

Q: How did you first get started in radio?
A: I was 13 years old and basically repeated everything the booth announcers on TV used to do (they used to do those between program announcements live!). That lead to me making music playlists, and recording radio shows on a portable cassette player.

They were hideous! But they were fun. I went to Buffalo State College and helped put one of the coolest radio stations ever on the air. It was an AM carrier current station at 620, heard only on campus. We brought the Buffalo area a new FM station, resurrecting the call letters WBNY.

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