U2 Streams Big on Youtube

October 27th, 2009, 2:37 pm by Sara

According the Spinner, Sunday’s U2 show at the Rose Bowl drew 2.5 million web viewers.

You can watch the concert here in its entirety, all 2 hours and 21 minutes. It’s a little jerky (and forget about full screen mode unless you want to view a slideshow) but compelling nonetheless, and, you know, they’ve got some pretty good songs.


Music fest on your computer

August 27th, 2009, 10:21 am by Greg

Can’t afford the flight out to San Francisco for the Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival this weekend?

Well then, just turn on your computer.

YouTube will be streaming the festival live from SF’s historic Golden Gate Park to viewers in the U.S. The live webcast will be featured on youtube.com/outsidelands from Friday-Sunday, August 28-30. The festival coverage will include performances from Dave Matthews Band, Jason Mraz, Thievery Corporation, the Dead Weather, Silversun Pickups, Raphael Saadiq, Cage the Elephant, Atmosphere and many others.

This marks the first time that YouTube has streamed a major event live on its website.


August 24th, 2009, 10:49 am by Greg

frontVol1Over the years, there have been a number of compilation discs that basically take an audio snapshot of just where the Nippertown music scene is at any given time, but it’s been quite a while now, so big KUDOS go out out to Mike Guzzo and his CRUMBS compatriots for putting together “Live From CRUMBS Cafe, Volume 1.”

They not only recorded all of this live on their own, but they also managed to get the bands to donate their recordings for free. And then…

And then…

And then… CRUMBS offered up all of their hard work for free to anyone who wants to hear it – and own it. That’s right, it’s not just a free stream; it’s a free download – the entire album.

Of course, all of this would be moot if the music wasn’t good. But Guzzo and his pals cherrypicked some of the best bands around. Here’s the track listing and a bit of quick commentary, just in case you don’t believe me:

1. RAILBIRD: “Hold On” – a stripped down Railbird Jr. offering featuring Sarah Pedinotti and Chris Kyle
2. SEAN ROWE: “Surprise” – Resonant neo folk-blues, resonating with echoes of Leonard Cohen and Nick Cave
3. MIKE MATTA: “All You Need” – the Sketchy Indians’ mainman teams up with Amanda Rogers and Ben Karis-Nix for a harmony driven nugget
4. KATIE HAVERLY: “Immunity” – Solo. Torchy. Devastating.
5. THE VELMAS: “This Time” – Both jammy and rocky. Not quite rock; not quite reggae. Totally contagious.
6. THE MARK FREDERICK BAND: “Ain’t So Bad” – Intimate, acoustic blues in the early Hot Tuna pocket. Sharp guitar playing.
7. SIRSY: “Sorry Me” – Acoustic version of the two-person pop band featuring Melanie Krahmer’s intoxicating vocals.
8. MATTHEW LOIACONO: “Modest Birds” – The most subtle solo offering of the disc. And the most touching.
9. BYRDS OF PREY: “Chasing Shadows” – In the song’s acoustic format, the intro is too long, but they manage to establish the groove. And that’s what really counts.
10. RAMBLIN JUG STOMPERS: “Overseas Stomp” – Steven “Cousin” Clyde sells this vintage Lindy hop gem. Oh wait, I play on this one. Never mind…
11. BLACKCAT ELLIOT: “She’s Got Friday Night” – An acoustic variation on the go-for-the-throat power trio revealing the classic song structure in Gus’ songs.
12. THE NIGHTMARE RIVER BAND: “Where Do We Go” – A grand closer. In the traditonal British Music Hall fashion, the NMRB wraps it all up with a ukulele, a whistling solo and some cheery harmonies.

“When we first started recording, it was in a hot, cramped attic space with less than ideal acoustics,'” admits Guzzo, who began recording some of these tracks way back in March, 2007. “Today, the episodes and live performances are recorded in the basement, which is a bit more acoustically sound. As you’re listening to these songs remember that they were recorded under these conditions – and the songs still somehow came out amazing.”

No excuses required here, Mike. Nice job.

And just in case a digital download of the album isn’t enough for you, you can also get a physical CD from CRUMBS for just $3.

Buckley’s back – and this time it’s Tim

August 6th, 2009, 10:05 am by Greg

TimBuckleyThe magnificent ’60s singer-songwriter Tim Buckley has a new album slated for release later this month, which is a real treat for fans because, well, Buckley died nearly 35 years ago.

A cult favorite much like his son the late Jeff Buckley, Tim Buckley’s musical explorations veered far away from the road most traveled – and we’re all better for it.

The new album, “Live from the Folklore Center, NYC,” was recorded back on March 6, 1967 at Izzy Young’s renowned hub of the ’60s NYC folk revival. The disc features six songs which have never been released on any of Buckley’s recordings. And the album is slated for release on Tuesday, August 25 on Tompkins Square Records.

If you can’t wait til then, give a listen to one of those vintage (obviously) previously unreleased Tim Buckley tracks, “What Do You Do (He Never Saw You),” courtesy of Entertainment Weekly.

Live at the Folklore Center, NYC: March 6th, 1967 at Amazon (preorder)

Be Here Now: SAW Fest @ Salem, 7/25

July 22nd, 2009, 11:15 am by Greg

If you’ve never been to SAW Fest before, you probably wouldn’t expect that the relatively sleepy little town of Salem could host such a fine, funky, edgy musical festival.

The “SAW” in SAW Fest stands for the Salem Art Works, which is hosting its annual outdoot music festival on Saturday, July 25. The line-up features many of Nippertown’s best and most adventurous bands, including Sgt. Dunbar and the Hobo Banned, Railbird, the Mathematicians and Beware! The Other Head of Science.

Suggested donation for the evening festival is just $15, which also includes overnight camping in the sculpture park.

Get there early on Saturday and catch the opening reception for two new exhibitions. “Remix” features the multimedia, installations, sculpture and paintings of the Glens Falls collective UpstART, while “January Girls” features the installations and paintings of Alexis Grabowski and Emily Gray, co-associate directors of Salem Art Works.

The gallery reception is from 4:30-6pm, and admission is free.

Springsteen drummer @ Valentine’s tonight!!

June 12th, 2009, 2:07 pm by Greg

The Reveling rolls into Valentine’s in Albany tonight (Friday, June 12), and if the guy behind the drum kit looks kinda familiar, well, he might be. Last month he sent a shockwave through the rock world when he moved onto E Street – taking his dad’s place behind the drums in one of the biggest rock bands on the planet.

His name is Jay Weinberg, and his dad Max was out in Cali at his day job – leading the band on the new “The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien.” So 18-year-old Jay took over for his first-ever full show with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band in front of a sold-out crowd at the Times Union Center on Thursday, May 14.

By all accounts he did a mighty fine job.

Earlier this week, Springsteen and band wrapped up their European tour and flew home. But there’s no rest for Weinberg, who is immediately jumping back into his other band – a noisy little punk combo named the Reveling. Tonight the Reveling tears into Valentine’s, the first stop on a quick week-and-a-half tour.


The Reveling came together two years ago, when Weinberg answered a Craigslist ad and joined guitarist-vocalist Sean Morris, guitarist Dave Kramer and bassist Dennis Murphy. Here’s what their website has to say:

“We are the Reveling. We live in New York City. We like Guinness and doing it ourselves. We try to play our songs right all the time, but really, the odds are against it.”

Joining the Reveling tonight at Valentine’s are the Younghearts, Smittix, THC in the Sex Lounge and PNC.

Be Here Now: Rhythm on the Ridge

June 12th, 2009, 10:05 am by Greg

It’s difficult to come by a better bargain than the Rhythm on the Ridge summer music festival at the Maple Ski Ridge in Rotterdam on Saturday, June 13.

Organized by J. Peter Yakel of the band Flood Road, the acoustic-roots-bluegrass-Americana-folk fest features sixteen local and regional musical acts from nine different counties on two different stages. It lasts for eight hours – 10am-6pm. Admission is just $10 – with two dollars off if you bring along a canned good or two. Children under 12 are admitted free.

And it all goes to help benefit the Regional Food Bank.

Here’s the schedule:

10am: Happy Balky and the Good Livin’
11am: The Stoddard Hollow String Band
12noon: Ramblin Jug Stompers
1pm: Three Quarter North
2pm: Fairview Avenue
3pm: The Sweet Cider Trio
4pm: The Hill Hollow Band
5pm: Flood Road

10:15am: Roland “The Bard” Vinyard
11:15am: Kevin Wayne
12:15pm: Emerald Dawn
1:15pm: Technicolor Trailer Park
2:15pm: Cavanaugh & Kavanaugh
3:15pm: Tom Keller
4:15pm: Larry Meyerhoff & Bailey Quinn
5:15pm: The Bentwood Rockers

In addition, the fest also hosts several workshop sessions including a songwriters’ workshop headed up by Deb Cavanaugh at 11am and a mandolin session with Mr. Eck and Dan Johnson at 2pm.

Bogie’s is back?!?

June 3rd, 2009, 10:24 am by Greg


297 Ontario St., Albany.

The site of way too many nights of great music – certainly more than I can possibly remember.

Bogie’s was there before Blotto recorded our first vinyl, and it was still there so many years later when Blotto released our first CD.

Now, after a loooooooooong hiatus, Bogies (the apostrophe is apparently optional) is back again . Yes, with the fine folks of Black & Blue Productions at the helm, Bogies celebrates its official grand re-opening with a crank-it-up-to-11 bash on Friday, June 5.

Sleaze-rock kingpins the Erotics headline the festivities with plenty of sonic support from the likes of Horror Business, Hijinx, Society High and Pistol Shot Gypsy. It all gets underway at 8pm, and admission is $10.

I still vividly recall the Units at Bogie’s funking up a version of “Ease on Down the Road” from “The Wiz” during the Labor Day weekend of 1979.

And Albie from the Black Fuel has a whole mess o’ fond memories of the old Bogie’s.

What are your fave Bogie’s shows of ye olden days?

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