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…
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.
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.
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: