This Weekend’s CD Release Parties

June 10th, 2011, 11:30 am by Greg

MICHEAL BENEDICT & BOPITUDE: In late January, jazz drummer/bandleader Michael Benedict slipped into Cotton Hill Studios in Albany for a weekend-long recording session with an all-star line-up that featured trumpeter Chris Pasin, saxman Brian Patneaude, pianist Bruce Barth and bassist Mike Lawrence. (We reported on the sessions in depth with a two-part story by Andrzej Pilarczyk; read it here and here.) The album is being released on the Catskill-based jazz label, Planet Arts, and the band will celebrate with a release party at The Linda in Albany at 8pm tonight (June 10). Tix are $15.

TRADEWINDS: Fronted by vocalist Evan Hummer, the young quintet is throwing a CD release party at Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany at 7:30pm tonight (June 10). Joining in the festivities will be the Night Life, Restless Streets, Scarver and Our Longest Hours. Tix are $8 in advance; $10 at the door.

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LIVE: “Deep Freeze” @ Upstate Artists Guild, 2/19/11

February 28th, 2011, 3:15 pm by Greg
Century Plants

Century Plants

What’s that ringing in my ear?

The Albany Sonic Arts Collective’s 2011 season kicked off with the aptly titled “Deep Freeze: Experimental Music for Snowy Times,” last Saturday at the Upstate Artists Guild in Albany. The event was well attended – not a folding plastic chair to spare, despite the lack of video backdrop.

First up was the guitar-wielding duo Mark Lunt and Chris Bassett – collectively know as Insect Posse – who coxed tone and feedback from their instruments including their feet with great effect. Self described as “purveyors of noisy yet hypnotic hymns to other worlds of nothingness.”

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Five Firsts: Holland Hopson

February 15th, 2011, 11:00 am by Greg

Holland Hopson

NAME: Holland Hopson
INSTRUMENT: banjo, soprano saxophone, electronics

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … I remember co-opting certain records from my parents’ collection – the “Star Wars” soundtrack was likely the first. Then a friend gave me Def Leppard’s “Pyromania” for my birthday, and I realized it might be fun to have my own records. So the first one I bought was Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” via mail order from J&R. The first CDs I bought were Kronos Quartet’s “Winter Was Hard” and Hugo Largo’s “Mettle.”

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LIVE: Faust @ Proctors, 9/30/09

October 1st, 2009, 1:46 pm by Greg

Werner “Zappi” Diermaier, electric sander virtuoso

Werner “Zappi” Diermaier, electric sander virtuoso



Ho hum.

Another legendary 1970s German experimental rock band armed with a cement mixer and power sanders. Why don’t we ever get a chance to see something different in this town?

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