CD: The Mysteios’ “Journey Into the Mysteios”

July 30th, 2010, 12:40 pm by Greg

Journey Into The Mysteios(Hi-Fi Sci-Fi, 2010):

On their MySpace page, the Mysteios are right up front about what they do:

“Just be aware that we play rock, we play loud and we only play songs we like. We had a misunderstanding about this not too long ago at Colonie Ctr. and we are now banned from if I give a SHIT. We like beer, rock and people of loose morals who still believe in American values.
Mark, Manfred, Moe, Sam & Johnny”

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Here Comes Da Judge…

June 8th, 2010, 2:01 pm by Greg

Judge's InnLast month, we wrote about the delays and frustration that some trying-to-open-their-doors venues have experienced in obtaining their liquor license.

But at least one new Nippertown venue has finally gotten everything squared away. The Judge’s Inn in Troy – which had its non-alcoholic soft-opening back on Thursday, May 20 – finally has its license in hand. They began serving a full complement of beer, wine and cocktails on Friday, June 4.

Artie Fredette – formerly of Positively Fourth Street, which closed its doors back on Saturday, March 27 – is at the helm at the Judge’s Inn, so in addition to drinks and food, you know that live music is going to be on the menu, too.

The Judge’s Inn – located at 254 Broadway in troy, the site of the former Golden Fox restaurant – gears up its stage and sound system for the first time at 8:30pm on Friday. The Erin Harkes Band headlines the opening bash with Maurizio opening the show. Admission is $5.

Welcome back, Artie!

Signs of the City: Kinda Sorta Open

May 27th, 2010, 3:05 pm by Greg

It seems to be the sign of the city all over Nippertown: Kinda Sorta Open.

We spotted this sign in the window at Mahar’s in Castleton. Yes, that’s right, Castleton. It seems that the famed beer connoisseurs’ hotspot in Albany is branching out with a new, on-the-other-side-of-the-Hudson pub. Their doors have been open since Friday, but when we stopped by on Wednesday they still hadn’t received their New York State liquor license yet, so all they were serving was some sandwiches, cheese and draft root beer.

The delayed liquor license is also the cause of the kinda sorta open Club Helsinki Hudson, too. The brand new, long-awaited restaurant and nightclub opened its doors to the public for the first time on May 1 for the first in a series of pre-official opening Sound Check Events with “a limited bar,” meaning soft drinks and sparkling waters. Helsinki Hudson has two events on tap this weekend – the Friends of Daniel Pearl FODfest Community Concert at 8pm Friday and the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus at 9pm Sunday.

Meanwhile, the Judge’s Inn at 254 Broadway in Troy is doing the kinda-sorta soft opening thing while waiting for its liquor license, too. After shutting down Positively Fourth Street in March, Art Fredette was planning on opening the Judge’s Inn just around the corner by mid-April. Of course, that didn’t happen, but they finally managed to get the doors open last weekend with a limited sampling menu for dinners. This week, they’ve been serving a limited lunch menu (11am-3pm), but today (Thursday) and tomorrow (Friday), they’re doing both lunch and dinner (11am-10pm).

We’ll have more details all around as the status shifts from kinda sorta to definitely open at each venue.

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