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LIVE: Nick Lowe’s Quality Holiday Revue @ The Egg, 12/19/14

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015
Nick Lowe and Los Straitjackets (photo by Ed Conway)

Nick Lowe and Los Straitjackets (photo by Ed Conway)

Review by Fred Rudofsky
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk, Ed Conway

Fittingly, the concert of 2014 – Nick Lowe’s Quality Holiday Revue – closed out a year filled with tremendous live music events in Nippertown. The sold-out night was tinged with a bittersweet vibe, though.

The gregarious spirit of Ian McLagan, who passed away on the eve of the tour earlier in the month, was present in conversations in The Egg’s lobby. (In October, McLagan told me after his remarkable set at The Linda about how much he was looking forward to a tour with his Yep Roc label mates: “Can you believe it? Nick Lowe! Los Straitjackets! Me! What a revue it’ll be! Albany’s in for a treat!”).

Minutes before the show, Eddie Angel lamented, “I never got a chance to meet Mac, but I loved his music and what he meant to so many bands.”



FIVE FIRSTS: Pete Curry of Los Straitjackets

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014
Los Straitjackets

Los Straitjackets

NAME: Pete Curry
BAND AFFILIATION: Los Straitjackets



Record Store Day Release Rack: Los Straitjackets & Freddy Cannon

Friday, April 19th, 2013

The Sox Are Rockin'While we’re all thinking about Boston…

A few years ago, Nashville’s masked twangmasters Los Straitjackets teamed up with ’60s hitmaker Freddy “Boom Boom” Cannon to do some recording, and now we’re about to hear the results.

In conjunction with Record Store Day (Saturday, April 20), the collaboration is releasing a limited edition, seven-inch single paying tribute to the Boston Red Sox. The single features “The Sox Are Rockin'” and “Red Sox Nation.”

The opportunity to work with Cannon – whose hits include “Palisades Park,” “Way Down Yonder in New Orleans” and “Tallahassee Lassie” (which Los Straightjackets have frequently performed with Big Sandy) – even won over Los Straitjackets guitarist and Rensselaer native Eddie Angel.

“Being a lifelong Yankee fan, this was a little hard to swallow,” Angel said of recording the Red Sox anthems, “but being a huge Freddy Cannon fan trumped baseball rivalry. Freddy was a real blast to hang out with and record with.”

LIVE: Los Straitjackets & the Knyghts of Fuzz @ the Ale House, 10/3/12

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Review by Fred Rudofsky

“I’ve been to a lot of bars and played in a lot of bars, but the Ale House is my favorite!” remarked Eddie Angel, guitarist for Los Straitjackets and hometown hero, an hour and a half prior to taking the stage for the second of their back-to-back standing-room-only shows there last Wednesday.

Since the mid-1990s, Los Straitjackets have played around the world in venues small and large, and on late night national television shows as well. For fans of rocking, melodic instrumentals, the Ale House must have felt like the center of the universe. Wearing their trademark Mexican wrestling masks and decked out in black blazers and skinny ties, the quartet (Angel; Chris “Sugar Balls” Sprague on drums; Pete Curry on bass; and Greg Townson on guitar) opened with their classic, “Pacifica” and followed it with “Casbah,” a perfect one-two punch to start what turned out to be 22 songs for the evening.


Five Firsts: Eddie Angel of Los Straitjackets

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012
Los Straitjackets

Los Straitjackets

NAME: Eddie Angel
BAND AFFILIATION: Los Straitjackets, the Neanderthals, the Planet Rockers, the Martian Denny Orchestra

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … “Meet The Beatles,” assuming the Chipmunks don’t count.


LIVE: Dave Alvin & the Guilty Ones/Los Straitjackets @ Club Helsinki, 6/19/11

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011
Dave Alvin & the Guilty Ones

Dave Alvin & the Guilty Ones

The mighty Dave Alvin reeled off the following words of wisdom just before launching into the final song of the evening, a rip-snortin’ take on the classic twangin’ “California Sun,” in which Alvin’s band, the Guilty Ones were joined by the marvelous masked musicians Los Straitjackets:

“There are a couple of rules in show business – and despite what you might have thought watching the show tonight, this is show business. First rule, never work with children or animals, right? Good rule. I’ve been down that road. It’s bumpy, and it’s a dead end. (pause) And then I quit the Blasters and moved on.

(rim shot from drummer Lisa Pankratz)

Oh, come on…

The other rule in show business is that you can never – and it may be true – you can never rock and roll on a Sunday night. What do you think? Sounds like it might be true. Can you rock and roll on a Sunday night in Hudson, New York? Can it be done?”


LIVE: Los Straitjackets @ Troy’s River Street Festival, 6/18/11

Monday, June 20th, 2011
Los Straitjackets

Los Straitjackets

Troy knows how to party, and Troy’s River Street Festival proved it on Saturday. With vendors of all types lining the road from one end of River Street to the other, it was almost impossible to not find something to like. That goes for the entertainment as well, with three stages – from children’s fare to local music to the main stage at Monument Square – serving up a wonderful trip for nostalgia. Except for a couple of excursions through the throngs of people in search of sustenance, we spent almost the entire day at the main stage. With one great act after another, the only thing that could possible have added to it was a special guest appearance by some fantastic weather. And we got that, too.

First up was the Graham Tichy Experience Project (or Project Experience, depending on who was announcing). This trio is made up of some of Nippertown’s best known musicians. The son of Commander Cody guitarslinger and RPI professor John Tichy, Graham has made quite a name for himself as a fantastic rockabilly guitarist. Backed up solidly by bassist Steven Clyde (aka Clyde Blotto), whose resume is way too long to mention here, and Pete Vumbaco on drums. Unfortunately, there were not very many people there to hear the brunch set, but those who were there were treated to some hot licks. Joining them on stage for a few songs was Ian Carlton, from the Knyghts of Fuzz.


Dave Alvin, What Do You Listen to When You Clean the House?

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011
Dave Alvin

Dave Alvin

“Same music I listened to as a kid… old blues records. Lightnin’ Hopkins, Howlin’ Wolf. Sometimes I listen to Derek Trucks just to be intimidated. What a stunning guitarist he is.”

Dave Alvin and his band, the Guilty Ones, rumble into Club Helsinki in Hudson at 8pm on Sunday. Los Straitjackets share the stage. Tix are $20. Dave Alvin & the Guilty Ones are also slated to perform at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton at 7pm on Tuesday, June 21. Tix are $20 in advance; $25 at the door.

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