LIVE: The Neighborhoods @ Valentine’s Music Hall, 12/5/09

December 9th, 2009, 4:10 pm by Greg


The Return of the Reptile Men…

Boston’s Neighborhoods reunited in 2004 after 17 years of not being a band. The reunited ‘Hoods have played sparingly since – six New England-based gigs or so a year – but Albany has always been on the band’s radar.

The ‘Hoods/Albany relationship brought with it a heightened sense of anticipation on two fronts: would Albany represent and could the Neighborhoods still deliver?

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And The Universe Coils In On Itself A Little More Tightly

December 2nd, 2009, 3:53 pm by Sara

It’s a wierd, Beantown kinda day here in Nippertown. We’ve got a CD review for the cruisin-for-a-lawsuit Boston Celtics. We’ve got a Neighborhoods preview.

And we’ve got a mention of Chuck Miller’s blog post about the history of Albany’s Nipper. Different guy, but Chuck Miller is also the name of the Neighborhoods longtime live sound mixing wizard. Coincidence? Oh, I don’t think so.

Be Here Now: The Neighborhoods @ Valentines, 12/5/09

December 2nd, 2009, 10:05 am by Greg

Dave Minehan

Dave Minehan

Fire is Coming!

That fire seemed extinguished on a Sunday night in ’92. But the Neighborhoods return to Albany on Saturday (December 5) at Valentine’s Music Hall, not as step-slow veterans, but as an incendiary club device 17 years later still burning oh so bright! As founder-guitarist David Minehan said at the band’s 2004 induction into the Boston Music Hall of Fame, the ‘Hoods are a band “not without shortcomings, but with a desire and unique ability to burn white-hot in performance.”

The Neighborhoods became a fixture on the Albany scene, blazing a trail through the landscape of clubs now long gone – The Ch√Ęteau, 288 Lark and QE2 – and the frat houses of RPI. The ‘Hoods took full advantage of the Capitol Region’s 4am closing time, playing three-set shows that not only garnered the band a loyal fan base, but also inspired a new crop of Albany musicians to take up the torch. No strangers to the local college airwaves, the ‘Hoods were literally WCDB’s mid-80s poster children. Much to ‘CDB’s credit you can currently hear ‘Hoods tracks from a recorded legacy that spans five albums and a legendary first single “Prettiest Girl.”

“Albany was always a welcoming outpost for the Hoods back in the day,” recalls bassist Lee Harrington. “Lots of great supportive fans, some truly generous club owners, some amazing, long, late night gigs and plenty of warm long-lasting friendships.” As for a personal Albany highlight, Lee says, “I will never forget the night that Robin Zander got up on stage and sang with us.”

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Parade of Shoes: Dave Minehan

August 31st, 2009, 1:44 pm by Sara
Dave Minehan's 2-tone creepers (photo by Matt Mac Haffie)

Dave Minehan's 2-tone creepers (photo by Matt Mac Haffie)

Holly & EvanCaffe LenaThe Cock'N'Bull RestaurantJim Gaudet and the Railroad BoysCartoonist John CaldwellAdvertise on Nippertown!Berkshire On StageArtist Charles HaymesAlbany PoetsArtist GG Roberts