Media Watchin’

January 7th, 2011, 2:37 pm by Greg
Chris Martin: The Record Painting @ The Tang

Chris Martin: The Record Painting @ The Tang

Here are a few items worthy of note that we discovered poking around various magazines and such:

It’s fair to assume that because they’re based in NYC – the epicenter of the art world – New York Times art critics aren’t likely to be spending much ink on exhibitions tucked away far outside of the five boroughs, like, say, in Saratoga Springs. Which is one reason that we’re so thrilled to see Holland Cotter’s sparkling review of “The Jewel Thief” exhibit at Skidmore College’s Tang Museum. Kudos to curator Ian Berry

Tom Lindsay and Michael Eck are the members of the folk duo Lost Radio Rounders. But they’ve also collaborated on some magazine articles for the pretigious, coffee-table-worthy magazine Fretboard Journal. Their latest tag-team effort – Lindsay snaps the photographs, while Eck pens the article – is on stands now in the current issue. This one’s about Woodstock guitar builder Joe Veillette, while a sidebar focuses on Veillette employee Martin Keith, who also builds a series of deluxe electric basses under his own name. Both Veillette and Keith are musicians who perform around the region in a variety of ensembles ranging Prana to Uncle Rock. Fretboard Journal is available locally at Guitar Center in Colonie and Borders in Saratoga Springs.

If you’re an indie rock fan, you’ve probably run across Jack Rabid’s magazine The Big Takeover sometime during its 30 years of ranting ‘n’ raving ‘n’ rock reviewing. In the current issue – No. 67 with Teenage Fanclub on the cover – the mag gives a big shout-out to Nippertown’s own The Last Conspirators, as Bryan Swirsky reviews the band’s latest CD, “When It All Comes Down”: “A five-song follow-up to ‘Warparty,’ this equally potent recording hints these guys are not only are on to something good, they’re just getting started. Fronted by Upstate NY punk legend, Tim Livingston (whose credits go back to Killed-By-Death style Albany punks, the Morons), the band fills the same sonic space as the Clash, Adverts, Ruts, Stiff Little Fingers and New Model Army. If you want to know where the real songwriters in punk are this day and age, look no further.”


All About Pete Seeger’s Banjo

October 2nd, 2009, 1:09 pm by Greg

banjoChances are that you know Tom Lindsay and Michael Eck as musicians. They play together as the Lost Radio Rounders, formerly the Gospel Train. (Mister Eck also commands the jug/mandolin chair in Ramblin Jug Stompers and performs solo, as well). And recently, LRR have been performing their new themed program, “American Favorite Ballads: The Songs of Pete Seeger,” around Nippertown at such venues as The Linda in Albany and Old Songs in Voorheesville.

And the two definitely know what they’re talking about when it comes to the legendary Seeger. You’ll know what I mean if you pick up a copy of the new issue of The Fretboard Journal, a prestigious quarterly magazine that’s actually more like a book.

Lindsay and Eck contributed a marvelous feature story about Seeger’s iconic longneck banjo to the Fall 2009 issue of the journal. Lindsay (who teaches a course in American music history) took the photos and Eck (a nationally recognized music writer) penned the text.

The story is titled “To Great Lengths: The Far Reach of Pete Seeger and His Longneck Five-String Banjo,” and it’s chockful of great full-color photographs, plenty of detailed history and insights from Seeger himself. In addition, the story is accompanied by additional in-depth stories about Seeger’s 12-string guitar and his famous instuctional book, “How to Play the 5-String Banjo.” Altogether, Lindsay and Eck’s contributions total up to 16 full pages.

The issue of Fretboard Journal (number 15, if you’re counting) features Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy on the cover. Also included in the magazine are a look at the guitars of the Lawson Bros., a peek into the guitar workshop of Rick Kelly and an fascinating interview with Alison Brown conducted by Abigail Washburn.

The magazine is available locally at Guitar Center, Borders and Barnes & Noble.

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