LIVE: Blotto @ Albany Tulip Festival, 5/8/11

May 9th, 2011, 4:04 pm by Greg

Blotto, back at Tulip Fest by popular demand after an absence of 13 years

Blotto with special guest Val Haynes

Lonesome Val Haynes (of Fear of Strangers) wards off the storm with "Running Between the Raindrops"

Blotto with special guest Jim Furlong

Special guest Jim Furlong (of the A.D.'s) wails on "It's All Over Now"

What can I say about Blotto that hasn’t already been said, and probably better?

Review and photographs by Ed Conway


LIVE: The Knyghts of Fuzz & Jim Furlong @ Valentine’s, 3/4/11

March 9th, 2011, 11:00 am by Sara
(From left): Big Frank Novko, Jim Furlong, Brian Goodman and Ian Jackson Carlton

(From left): Big Frank Novko, Jim Furlong, Brian Goodman and Ian Jackson Carlton

Albany’s all-star garage-rockin’ trio the Knyghts of Fuzz roared into Valentine’s Music Hall last Friday in all of their striped-shirt glory. It was a happy hour show, and they were happy indeed, celebrating something new and something old, too.

The “new” was a sizzling slab of red (and red-hot) 7-inch, 45 RPM vinyl on Carlton Records, marking the band’s debut recording. It’s actually a split single that features a pair of KoF tunes – “U.G.L.Y.” and “Let It Go” – as well as a new track by fellow Nippertown garage enthusiasts the Mysteios (“Bustin’ Up Everything”).

“We’re celebrating our new 7-inch vinyl single,” declared guitarist-vocalist Ian Jackson Carlton. “Here’s a song that’s not on it.” With that, the band – which also features drummer Brian Goodman and bassist Big Frank Novko – launched into a jittery, hot-wired rendition of the classic “I’m Not Talkin’.”

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Jim Furlong Steps Back Into the Spotlight

March 3rd, 2011, 5:00 pm by Greg
The Ad's: Jim Roberts, T. Rice, Bob Nati and Jim Furlong

The A.D.'s in 1987: Jim Roberts, T. Rice, Bob Nati and Jim Furlong (photo by David John Lammers)

It’s been quite a loooong time since Jim Furlong stepped out from behind the counter at his Last Vestige Music Shop on Quail St. in Albany and into the rock ‘n’ roll spotlight. But back in the day – “the day” being the ’80s, in this case – he was a powerhouse vocalist and magnetic stage personality – first with his punk-fueled rock band the A.D.’s and later with the garage-rockin’ Trash Knights.

At 6pm on Friday at Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany, Furlong returns to the stage, sitting in as the special guest with garage-rock trio the Knyghts of Fuzz, as they celebrate the release of their recording debut – a slab of 7-inch vinyl featuring the crowd-pleaser, “U.G.L.Y.”

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Update: Last Vestige in Saratoga

December 22nd, 2009, 11:19 am by Greg

Last Vestige Records in Saratoga

Last Vestige Records in Saratoga

In the past week, much has been made of the impending closing of the Last Vestige Music Shop at 437 Broadway in Saratoga Springs.

Owner Jim Furlong – who also owns and operates the original Last Vestige Music Shop at 173 Quail Street in Albany – today confirmed that the Saratoga store will be shuttering its doors.

But exactly when that happens – and what happens next – is still up in the air, however.

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