Be Here Now: Scientific Maps CD release party @ Valentine’s, 7/31

July 28th, 2009, 4:06 pm by Greg

Back in May, Alex Muro of B3nson Recording Company and Matthew Loiacono of Collar City Records threatened a Jell-O wrestling match to determine which record label would get to release the new disc from Scientific Maps.

Well, apparently, the wirey but scrappy Muro managed to get the best of Loiacono, although I still haven’t seen any video confirmation, and no one has yet revealed which flavor of Jell-O was involved.

galvanicAnyway, the new Scientific Maps disc is here, and there’s a CD release party slated for Valentine’s in Albany on Friday, July 31. The follow-up to this year’s free “Hold On Whoever You Are,” the new seven-song EP is titled “Galvanic Wizardry.”

And if all of that’s not enough, Aaron Smith and his Maps cohorts are already nearly completion of their next disc, “Food for Witches.”

Also on the bill at Valentine’s on Friday are Swimclub (formerly the Users) and Style Salon (aka, former Kamikaze Heart Gaven Richard).


Real Good for Free: New Martha Kronholm Music

June 2nd, 2009, 11:40 am by Greg

One of my favorite CDs of 2008 was the sparkling disc from Princess Mabel, “Listen Quick (‘Cause I Don’t Know Much).” The duo of Frank Moscowitz and Martha Kronholm crafted lush, gorgeous songs – eight of ’em in under 15 minutes – and each was a jewel, a musical haiku.

Now Kronholm is following up with a solo effort – a six-song, digital-only collection titled, “I lived in Brooklyn too: Summer 2007.”

And she’s giving it away.

You can download your free copy – and quite a bit of other fine free music – from the fine folks at Collar City Records in Troy.

So how does Martha describe her music?

“These songs are about the usual stuff, love and fear and loneliness and capitalism,” she says. “Please to enjoy.”

And enjoy I did, especially the opening “Platform,” “Nowhere” and the highlight – “VCR,” a seductive, half-spoken, half-cooed, jazz-tinged ballad about isolation in contemporary society.

The raucous, distortion-laden freak-out of “Private Jet” doesn’t really seem to fit in with the rest of the tunes here, but otherwise this set is a solid winner.

Be Here Now: “Magic” Man

May 15th, 2009, 2:44 pm by Greg

Big kudos go out to Nippertown acoustic soul sensation Sean Rowe. After banging around for years and wowing listeners with that unmistakable voice of his, Rowe’s new album, “Magic” on Collar City Records, has turned out to be quite aptly titled.

At least he’s getting the opportunity to play his mesmerizing songs in front of larger crowds. Last month, on the evening before the disc was officially released, Rowe found him onstage at the Palace Theatre opening for the Doobie Brothers.

Now Rowe has landed another big-theater concert. In a more appropriate musical match, the “Magic” man will be opening for Boz Scaggs at The Egg at 8pm Monday, June 22.

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