Friday Flashback: Lin Brehmer & Talking Heads

November 15th, 2013, 12:00 pm by Greg
Lin Brehmer (lower right) with the Talking Heads

Lin Brehmer (lower right) with Talking Heads

Photograph by Dave Suarez

November 17, 1977: Talking Heads and Q-104 DJ Lin “Reverend of Rock & Roll” Brehmer gather at Just a Song record store in Albany, prior to making their Nippertown debut at UAlbany’s Page Hall – opening for the Good Rats…


RIP: Art Snay of Arabellum Studios, 1951-2012

March 16th, 2012, 12:00 pm by Greg
Art Snay (photo by Dave Suarez)

Art Snay

Photograph by Dave Suarez

Art Snay – musician, engineer, producer and owner of Arabellum Studios in Albany – passed away earlier this week.

It’s not an exaggeration to say that without Snay, the Nippertown music scene might look – and certainly sound – radically different. In the late ’70s and early ’80 when the DIY indie rock scene was just beginning to blossom all across the country, Art and his Arabellum Studios – tucked away on Sand Creek Road in Colonie – was the place to go record whatever the hell you had in mind.

Maybe it was radio-friendly pop and rock. Maybe it was go-for-the-throat punk or balls-to-the-wall metal. Maybe it was something just completely off-the-wall. Whatever. Snay was probably your best go-to guy.

Along with the old WQBK-FM radio and such long-defunct live performance venues as J.B. Scott’s and 288 Lark, Art and his Arabellum Studios helped create the perfect storm of opportunity for non-mainstream bands looking to showcase their original music.

*UPDATE (10am Monday, March 19): Here’s info on “For the Love of Art: A Celebration of the Life of Art Snay” to be held on Sunday (March 25)…

*UPDATE (8am Tuesday, March 20): Art Snay’s obituary at The Times Union

*UPDATE (3pm Monday, March 26): Photographs from “For the Love of Art: A Celebration of the Life of Art Snay” at Lynn’s Uptown Tavern, Albany, 3/25/12

Here’s what a few friends, fans, clients and bandmates have to say about Art Snay:

STEVEN “CLYDE” DAVIES: Art Snay was a kind-hearted gentle soul who had impeccable taste in music and a well-developed sense of hearing, which served him well as a music producer and audio engineer. His passing is a major loss for the Capital Region arts community, as he was a seminal force in producing and engineering excellent recordings of some of the most influential and creative bands and solo artists of the local music scene, going as far back as the early 1970s. He also composed some very intriguing electronic music and was a capable visual artist and graphic art designer as well.

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Flashback: Lin Brehmer on Q104

April 27th, 2010, 11:35 am by Greg
Mark McGovern, Lin Brehmer and photographer Dave Suarez

WQBK DJs Mark McGovern, Lin Brehmer and photographer Dave Suarez

Just the other day, we were quite fondly reminiscing about one of our all-time favorite Nippertown radio disc jockeys – Lin Brehmer, “The Reverend of Rock and Roll,” on WQBK-FM, or as it was better known in the day, Q104.

During his Albany days, we played softball against Lin and his Q104 team, the Pink Flamingos. We played music with Lin, too. And we think that it’s quite possible that we might have shared a few adult beverages together, too.

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Flashback: Blasting Into The Past

January 7th, 2010, 3:34 pm by Sara

Charlene Shortsleeve in front of QE2, Albany (photo by Dave Suarez)

Charlene Shortsleeve in front of QE2 (photo by Dave Suarez)

By some weird, cosmic coincidence, the beginning of 2010 is apparently making people wax nostalgic for the 1980’s:

The Fuzebox is remembering the late, fabled QE2 (it’s the 10th anniversary of its closing) with a QE2 Revival next Friday and Saturday, January 15-16, complete with music from the 80’s and a collection of decorations and posters from the QE2.

And two well-respected photographers, formerly of Nippertown, have delved into their archives and started posting old photos:

Holly & EvanThe Cock'N'Bull RestaurantCaffe LenaJim Gaudet and the Railroad BoysCartoonist John CaldwellAdvertise on Nippertown!Mohawk Hudson Humane SocietyBerkshire On Stage