Who Is Metroland’s Mystery Man?

February 4th, 2014, 12:00 pm by Greg
Jim Barrett (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

Jimmy Barrett (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)


If you picked up a copy of Metroland magazine last Thursday and were wondering just whose face was gracing the cover of the alt-news weekly, well, Nippertown is here with the answer…

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Thanks, Metroland!

July 19th, 2012, 2:30 pm by Greg

Metroland Magazine

From today’s (July 19) Best Of the Capital Region 2012 issue of Metroland:



Nippertown.com, the online venture of Greg Haymes and Sara Ayers, does a lot of things well but when it comes to breaking news in the arts world—show announcements and such—no one is better or faster. Friend or follow these guys if you want to be sure not to miss a show cancellation and be first in the ticket line when the big show is announced.

Aw shucks. We’re blushing…

BUT WAIT… There’s more. Nippertown contributor Tim Reidy earned a major shout-out, too:


Tim Reidy

Dude sees more shows in a month than there are days in a month. Local music wouldn’t survive without fans like Tim.

Thanks for all the kudos, Metroland, and congrats on surviving another Best Of… issue!

Flashback: October, 1997

October 28th, 2011, 11:55 am by Greg

Recently we dug up an old issue of Metroland from October 23, 1997. You may remember it: it’s the one with the cover story on Mad Cow Disease.

Well, then again, you may not remember it. But perhaps these delightful tidbits culled from its yellowing pages will trigger a few old memories from 14 years ago:

Fenders on Wolf Road was hosting its 10th annual Halloween Monster Bash with a $200 prize to the best Jenny McCarthy look-alike.

Tommy Chong (of Cheech & Chong) was headed into the Comedy Works at the Albany Days Inn.

Doc McCutchen’s in Albany was hosting a Halloween show with music by Yellow Dog.

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A Great Big Thank You to Metroland Readers

March 3rd, 2011, 3:15 pm by Greg
Hey, somebody out there likes me!

Hey, somebody out there likes me!

We’ve uncorked the champagne, and the bubbly is flowing in celebration of the results of the Metroland Readers’ Poll in today’s issue of the weekly.

Metroland readers bestowed double honors on Nippertown.com, voting us as the Best Local Website for Arts, as well as the Best Local Website for Music.

And we’re just as proud of the results in the Best Local Arts Coverage category, where we were competing against the Big Boys of Print – Metroland, The Daily Gazette, The Times Union, etc. – and grabbed second place, behind our friends at Metroland.

We’d also like to congratulate our mascot Nipper, who garnered at least one vote in the write-in category of Best Local Celebrity Whom You’d Like To Marry for Their Money. (Void where prohibited by law.)

So thank you, astute and discerning Metroland readers, for showing us (and, of course,all of our contributors) some big love. And we promise to do all that we can to continue to make Nippertown.com your go-to click-to for area music, arts and entertainment info.

Photo of Nipper by Al Goldberg

Media Watch: ‘Tis the Season for Readers’ Polls

February 21st, 2011, 2:00 pm by Greg

Apparently, everybody has the same idea at the same time. At least, that’s kind of how it looks on the local magazine front these days.

Metroland is currently collecting entries for its readers’ poll, and it’s a whopper with 178 categories that you can weigh in on. NOTE: In order for your vote to count, you must fill in at least half of the ballot (89 categories). And if you want to be eligible for prizes, you must complete at least 134 categories.
RESULTS PUBLISHED: In the March 3 issue

Capital Region Living is also currently conducting its seventh annual readers’ poll. You can make your best-of selections from 155 different categories – with food and restaurants garnering the largest number of slots. There is no minimum number of categories that you must fill in order to make your vote count.
RESULTS PUBLISHED: In the April/May issue

And Hudson Valley Magazine has also launched its best-of reader’s poll balloting, although they’ve taken a rather different approach. Should you choose to vote online, you can only vote in 10 of the ballot’s most competitive categories. Complete ballots are available only in the March issue of the magazine.
RESULTS PUBLISHED: In the October issue

Media Watch: Metroland’s “New No. 1”

November 5th, 2010, 10:01 am by Greg

Metroland Magazine

For their annual Local Music issue – which hit stands yesterday – the folks at Metroland asked a number of their writers and other members of the local music scene to name some of their all-time favorite local bands.

They printed 13 of the responses as “New No. 1,” and it’s a damn good read.

So we decided to total up all of the bands mentioned in the story, and here are the tallies:

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Thank You, Metroland!

July 29th, 2010, 1:05 pm by Sara

Hey, where's our names?

Hey, where's our names?

Best Arts Blog: Nippertown

Music writer extraordinaire Greg Haymes, musician/programmer Sara Ayers and phonics-boggling photographer Andrzej Pilarczyk—the team behind Nippertown—deliver quick hits of local arts and music news, tips and criticism on an often hourly basis. They’re neck-deep in the scene, and report about it with savvy enthusiasm and just enough snark to keep it amusing.

Metroland’s Best of the Capital Region 2010

Sorry, my ego swept me away. We’d also like to thank our generous and insightful writers and photographers who regularly contribute to the burgeoning community/clusterf*ck that is Nippertown:

Matt Mac Haffie, Bryan Thomas, Martin Benjamin, Charles H. Haymes, Rick Bedrosian, Bowtie, Michael Hotter, Michael Hochanadel, J Hunter, Jason Lehr, Sebastien B., Joe Deuel, Joe Putrock, Jon Flanders, Bokonon, Tim Livingston, Bill Dhalle, Michael Eck, Andy Gregory and everyone who has sent us photos, reviews, artwork, stories, news tips, comments and words of encouragement.

And extra, extra special thanks to our advertisers who help keep the staff in dog biscuits.

Media Watch: MASS MoCA/Metroland Mix-Up

July 9th, 2010, 11:01 am by Sara

Modern art can be confusing.

But it seems as though the folks at MASS MoCA in North Adams – Nippertown’s gigantic bastion of modern art – are just as confused as the everyday gallery-goer.

Check out this MASS MoCA advertisement from the July 8 issue of Metroland:

MASS MoCA Metroland Ad

Maybe it’s some kind of conceptual art project…

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