Congrats to CRUMBS

December 2nd, 2010, 11:07 am by Greg

We’d like to congratulate the fine folks at CRUMBS who hit the century mark this week with the 100th episode of The CRUMBS Cafe – a best-of compilation of some of the favorite songs from the previous 99 episodes.

Bands featured in episode 100 are the Tequila Mockingbirds, Blackcat Elliot, Moxie, Sean Rowe, Phantogram (who were known as Charlie Everywhere when they recorded their episode) and Jesse Stewart.

The CRUMBS Cafe series began with an interview and performance by Hour of Need on January 20, 2007.

Of course, CRUMBS’ Mike Guzzo and his his crew aren’t about to rest on their laurels, either. Episode 101, featuring Black John Wayne, is already in the can, and you can hear it on WEXT-FM at 9pm on Friday.


Farewell to CRUMBS Nite Out @ The Linda

August 25th, 2010, 10:10 am by Greg

On Monday evening, CRUMBS head honcho Mike Guzzo posted the following on the CRUMBS blog:

Crumbs Nite OutNite Out at The Linda: The Last Gig – CRUMBS Nite Out at the Linda saw a slew of great bands come through the door. This Thursday will mark three years of Nite Out events with the Linda. Be sure to stop by for a farewell event as we get back to focus on CRUMBS Cafe. We’ll miss you Howard, Adam, and Kristen.”

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Real Good for Free: CRUMBS Nite Out @ The Linda, 12/10/09

December 9th, 2009, 10:25 am by Greg

Heads up!

The big upcoming holiday tends to wreak havoc with a lot of monthly schedules, including CRUMBS Nite Out. The free concert ‘n’ panel discussion typically takes place on the last Thursday of each month at The Linda in Albany, but Christmas has shuffled the deck, and instead the Nite Out will take place on Thursday (December 10).

The featured performers this month are Three Quarter North, who are utilizing the evening to celebrate the release of their debut CD, “North by Northeast.” The acoustic quartet fuses together folk, bluegrass, jug band and country music, but their repertoire also dips into the songbags of Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead.

Showtime for Three Quarter North is 7pm Thursday, but the doors open at 6pm to allow time for some pre-show music community networking.

LIVE: Tern Rounders @ The Linda, 11/12/09

November 18th, 2009, 3:15 pm by Greg


November’s CRUMBS Nite Out showcase at The Linda in Albany featured the Tern Rounders, who have evolved from trio with a Gillian Welch acoustic feel into a bigger, Sweethearts of the Rodeo electric sound as a four piece. This quartet simply shined on, like the moon and the stars and the sun on an intimate Linda stage. This CRUMBS showcase is the epitome of what means by “real good for free.”

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Real Good for Free: CRUMBS Nite Out @ The Linda, 11/12/09

November 11th, 2009, 2:10 pm by Greg

Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, the monthly CRUMBS Nite Out session at The Linda in Albany has been moved up to Thursday (November 12). This month’s featured artist is the band Tern Rounders, and they are well worth checking out.

The band’s excellent debut CD, “A Different Land,” was released earlier this year, and it sparkles with 10 original tunes ranging from beer-soaked honky tonk to acoustic folk-pop, all of which fit neatly into the category of what Gram Parsons’ used to describe his own expansive music: “Cosmic American Music.”

Tern Rounders began as an acoustic group centered around the Gram-and-Emmylou vocal harmonies of Kim Noyes and Marc Clayton, both of whom also play guitar. They have since evolved into an electric quartet with the addition of drummer Jim Ketterer and bassist Harry Strole.

Tern Rounders’ show begins at 7pm, and, of course, admission is free.

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dino Danelli – drummer with the Rascals – was scheduled to be the featured speaker in a panel discussion slated to follow the Tern Rounders performance, but Danelli has postponed his appearance due to illness. Stay tuned to for details on the panel discussion. UPDATE: Apparently, the panel discussion will feature entertainment lawyer Paul Czech as well as Robert Girouard, longtime Nippertown drummer and contributing writer to Modern Drummer and Classic Drummer magazines.

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LIVE: Jocamo @ The Linda, 10/22/09

October 26th, 2009, 11:52 am by Greg

Bring in the funk: Jill Hughes, Brian Kaplan and Keith Pray joining Jocomo onstage

Bring in the funk: Jill Hughes, Brian Kaplan and Keith Pray joining Jocomo onstage

Subbing for the missing-in-action Matthew Loiacono, fabulous funkateers Jocamo took over the stage at The Linda in Albany on Thursday to support their new CD, “The New Funk Order.” (Read our CD review here.)

It was the free monthly CRUMBS Nite Out session, and Jocamo had a close-to-packed house cheering them on during their hour-long performance. Unlike the vast majority of Jocamo gigs, this one never turned into a sweaty, steamy dance party, and the audience remained enthusiastic, but seated throughout the show.

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Real Good for Free: CRUMBS Nite Out @ The Linda

September 2nd, 2009, 8:30 am by Greg

The monthly CRUMBS Nite Out at The Linda in Albany continues to be one of the best bets around to discover great local music for free.

Here’s the schedule for the next couple of months:

Thursday, September 24: The Charlie Watts Riots
Thursday, October 22: Matthew Loiacono
Thursday, November 12: Tern Rounders

Doors open at 6pm for some local music scene networking. The music-and-interview session kicks off at 7pm, followed by a music-related panel discussion led by entertainment lawyers Paul Rapp and Paul Czech.

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Real Good for Free: LarkFEST!!!!!!!! (Sept. 19)
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Real Good for Free: The Fabulous Folk Fest @ Bolton Landing (Sept. 6)
Real Good for Free: Thurman (Mondays)
Real Good for Free: Rock-It in Schenectady (Fridays)
Real Good For Free: Halfmoon (Wednesdays)
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Real Good for Free: At The Plaza, Albany (Wednesdays)


August 24th, 2009, 10:49 am by Greg

frontVol1Over the years, there have been a number of compilation discs that basically take an audio snapshot of just where the Nippertown music scene is at any given time, but it’s been quite a while now, so big KUDOS go out out to Mike Guzzo and his CRUMBS compatriots for putting together “Live From CRUMBS Cafe, Volume 1.”

They not only recorded all of this live on their own, but they also managed to get the bands to donate their recordings for free. And then…

And then…

And then… CRUMBS offered up all of their hard work for free to anyone who wants to hear it – and own it. That’s right, it’s not just a free stream; it’s a free download – the entire album.

Of course, all of this would be moot if the music wasn’t good. But Guzzo and his pals cherrypicked some of the best bands around. Here’s the track listing and a bit of quick commentary, just in case you don’t believe me:

1. RAILBIRD: “Hold On” – a stripped down Railbird Jr. offering featuring Sarah Pedinotti and Chris Kyle
2. SEAN ROWE: “Surprise” – Resonant neo folk-blues, resonating with echoes of Leonard Cohen and Nick Cave
3. MIKE MATTA: “All You Need” – the Sketchy Indians’ mainman teams up with Amanda Rogers and Ben Karis-Nix for a harmony driven nugget
4. KATIE HAVERLY: “Immunity” – Solo. Torchy. Devastating.
5. THE VELMAS: “This Time” – Both jammy and rocky. Not quite rock; not quite reggae. Totally contagious.
6. THE MARK FREDERICK BAND: “Ain’t So Bad” – Intimate, acoustic blues in the early Hot Tuna pocket. Sharp guitar playing.
7. SIRSY: “Sorry Me” – Acoustic version of the two-person pop band featuring Melanie Krahmer’s intoxicating vocals.
8. MATTHEW LOIACONO: “Modest Birds” – The most subtle solo offering of the disc. And the most touching.
9. BYRDS OF PREY: “Chasing Shadows” – In the song’s acoustic format, the intro is too long, but they manage to establish the groove. And that’s what really counts.
10. RAMBLIN JUG STOMPERS: “Overseas Stomp” – Steven “Cousin” Clyde sells this vintage Lindy hop gem. Oh wait, I play on this one. Never mind…
11. BLACKCAT ELLIOT: “She’s Got Friday Night” – An acoustic variation on the go-for-the-throat power trio revealing the classic song structure in Gus’ songs.
12. THE NIGHTMARE RIVER BAND: “Where Do We Go” – A grand closer. In the traditonal British Music Hall fashion, the NMRB wraps it all up with a ukulele, a whistling solo and some cheery harmonies.

“When we first started recording, it was in a hot, cramped attic space with less than ideal acoustics,'” admits Guzzo, who began recording some of these tracks way back in March, 2007. “Today, the episodes and live performances are recorded in the basement, which is a bit more acoustically sound. As you’re listening to these songs remember that they were recorded under these conditions – and the songs still somehow came out amazing.”

No excuses required here, Mike. Nice job.

And just in case a digital download of the album isn’t enough for you, you can also get a physical CD from CRUMBS for just $3.

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