New Release Rack: Jed Davis’ “Small Sacrifices Must Be Made”

October 3rd, 2012, 2:30 pm by Greg

Jed Davis: Small Sacrifices Must Be Made!

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Jed Davis’ music is simply brilliant.

His new album, Small Sacrifices Must Be Made, has been available on his website since July, but it’s slated to be officially released on Eschatone Records on Tuesday (October 9).

As usual, the album is a dizzyingly delightful batch of a dozen smart, original songs that range from Jackson 5-styled soul-pop (“Babysitter”) to hair metal (“Ride The Party Bus”) to psychedelic prog-rock (“Symbiosis”). Of course, that’s pretty much the kind of stylistic range that we’ve come to expect from Davis, who’s musical resume includes collaborations with the Ramones, a stint as keyboardist-musical director for Jessica Simpson and recordings with Steely Dan bassist Chuck Rainey.

While Davis plays all of the keyboards on the new album – from piano to Mellotron to synthesizer – he gathered a rather mind-boggling all-star army of musicians to fill in the rest of the album’s eclectic sounds – guitarist Reeves Gabrels, drummer Anton Fig, bassist Graham Maby, hornman Ralph Carney, accordionist Brian Dewan, pedal steel player Bruce Kaphan and the members of Avi Buffalo.

A number of Local 518ers also helped flesh out the album, as well, including Albany music scene mainstays Bryan Thomas, Mario Sevayega, John Delehanty and David Schulman.

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Nipper’s News: Timbre Coup, Hudson River Coffee House, Jermaine Wells, Mike Hotter…

November 15th, 2011, 1:00 pm by Greg

The Hudson River Coffee House in Albany marks its first anniversary in business later this month, and a big anniversary bash is slated to take place on Friday, December 2 featuring the Lucky Jukebox Brigade, the Sunny Side of the Street Band and Olivia Quillio. Admission is free. It’s no easy feat to keep a new venue in operation for a year – especially in the current economic climate. So congratulations go out to owner-operator Anton Pasquill and everybody else who has made HRCH such a cool new venue for live music. Happy birthday, and here’s to many more!

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Five Firsts: Jed Davis

October 5th, 2011, 3:00 pm by Greg
Jed Davis

Jed Davis

NAME: Jed Davis
BAND AFFILIATION: solo, Sevendys, the Hanslick Rebellion, Skyscape, probably others
INSTRUMENT: keyboards

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … When I was a very very little kid – I’m talking like two or three years old – we had a family friend who used to babysit me. She brought me into Brooklyn fairly often, where we would hang out with her buddies Leo and Peter. These dudes ran what they called a “record store,” but it was out the back of a truck, so in retrospect I suppose they might have been fencing records. They’d occasionally give me singles, which I kept in a little 45 carrying-case that was blue with white daisies on it. This was mostly stuff like Debby Boone and Nick Gilder… looking back, I have to assume it was product they couldn’t get rid of otherwise. I do remember Leo and Peter getting me a copy of Dan Hartman’s “Instant Replay” by request – so though I didn’t technically buy it, that was the first record I acquired of my own free will. Similarly, the first full album I considered “mine” was also not purchased, but appropriated: a copy of “Sgt. Pepper” my parents brought back with them from my dad’s naval tour of duty somewhere or other. The packaging was all in Spanish, so I only knew the album as “La Banda del Club de Corazones Solitarios del Sargento Pepper.”

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ROUND-UP: Hurricane Irene Flood Relief Benefit Concerts

September 9th, 2011, 2:30 pm by Greg
A sight we're tired of: Hurricane Irene (photo by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)

A sight we're really tired of: Hurricane Irene (photo by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)

It’s been a double weather-whammy for much of Nippertown over the course of the past two weeks, and many of our neighbors are suffering and struggling to recover. They need our help. So please consider making a donation of whatever you can – your time, money, food, clothing, furniture, etc.

As usual, the local music community has come together to offer its time and talent to help out, too. There are quite a number of flood relief benefit concerts on tap throughout the region, starting tonight. Here’s a round-up of some of the benefit shows. If you know about others, please let us know. And remember, the admission charge for these shows is just a suggested minimum donation. If you can give more, please do:

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Be Here Now: A Musical Benefit for the Farm Family Victims of Irene, 9/9/11

September 7th, 2011, 11:00 am by Greg
Olivia Quillio with partner in rhyme Megan Duffy

Olivia Quillio, with partner in rhyme Meagan Duffy, performing at Music Haven in August (photo by Timothy Reidy)

The Hudson River Coffee House in Albany is hosting a multi-band benefit concert for the hurricane and flood victims of Schoharie County on Friday (September 9) night.

The all ages, family-friendly evening of live music, raffles, fun and face-painting will begin at 7pm on Friday, and the featured musicians donating their time and talent include the Midnight Society, Rebecca Angel & the Subs, Olivia Quillio, Andy Baker and the Sunny Side of the Street Band.

Admission is just a $5 donation at the door, and 100% of the profits for the evening will benefit the Regional Farm and Food Project, a local organization that will focus funds in our region, supporting members of our community, the people and businesses we know and patronize.

Five Firsts: C.B. Smith of C.B. Smith & the Lucky Devils

April 5th, 2011, 10:00 am by Greg

C.B. Smith

NAME: C.B. Smith
BAND AFFILIATION: C.B. Smith & the Lucky Devils
INSTRUMENT: Martin D-35, Telecaster, mandolin

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … “Sweetheart of the Rodeo” by the Byrds (in their brief bluegrass incarnation with Clarence White and Gram Parsons)

2. THE FIRST CONCERT I EVER SAW WAS … Peter, Paul and Mary at the Commack Arena during the Folk Scare of the early ’60s

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … a Sears Silvertone acoustic guitar. I had seen the Lovin’ Spoonful on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” with John Sebastian strumming an autoharp, and (being a lazy kid) I asked for one for Christmas. My mother couldn’t afford an autoharp, so she bought me the Silvertone. Decades later I told Sebastian this story, and he said, “Yeah, I asked for an autoharp for Christmas once and didn’t get one either. It wasn’t till I had a hit on the radio playing one that my father finally admitted it was a pretty good instrument.”

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