Media Watch: Neil Rolnick Concert Review in New York Times

January 17th, 2011, 2:35 pm by Greg

Neil Rolnick

Neil Rolnick

Composer and laptop musician Neil Rolnick celebrated the release of his latest album “Extended Family” with a performance at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC last Tuesday, and music critic Allan Kozinn weighed in with a glowing review in The New York Times on Friday.

In addition to Rolnick (who teaches at RPI and is the founding director of the school’s iEAR Studio), the performance featured string players from ACME (the American Contemporary Music Ensemble), as well as UAlbany music professor and pianist Bob Gluck.

Kozinn noted that the performance was “energetic, optimistic, even joyful” despite the fact that the music touched on “potentially fraught subjects, including the partial loss of the composer’s hearing, his mother’s death and meditations on the nature of faith.”

The album “Extended Family” was recorded at EMPAC at RPI last year and released last week on the Innova label.


Media Watch: A Moment In Time, Yesterday

May 3rd, 2010, 1:50 pm by Sara

More than 10,000 photos have already been uploaded to the New York Times’ “Moment In Time” global portrait project, where photographers around the world were asked to shoot a photo at exactly 15:00GMT (11:00am our time) yesterday and upload it to the project site.

There were some technical glitches that have since been ironed out, and they’re accepting photos through this Friday, May 7. A slideshow that shows a sampling of some of the photos is up already, with several thousand more slated to be posted tomorrow and a gallery of all submitted photos soon after this Friday’s deadline.

Jes Sayin…

April 13th, 2010, 3:01 pm by Sara

(Via J. Eric Smith) Stupid Fight lets you compare the messages sent to two twitter feeds and, based on a variety of criteria, makes a pronouncement as to whose fans are less bright.

Stupid Fight can’t go out and administer an intelligence test to each person that’s sending messages to a celebrity. So instead, it estimates based on several stupid indicators. Are they using twenty exclamation marks in a row? Do they endlessly use the abbreviation ‘OMG’? Do they seem incapable of working out where their Shift key is? These indicators have a strong correlation with the message, and its sender, being stupid.

Stupid Fight

Media Watch: Sgt. Dunbar in The New York Times

April 7th, 2010, 12:45 pm by Greg


Imagine our surprise (and delight) to open up The Sunday New York Times and see a photo of Nippertown’s own fave rag-tag band of roving troubadours Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned.

We almost missed it – and you might have, too – because it certainly wasn’t where we might have expected to find it.

No, not in the “Arts & Leisure” section. Not even in the “Sunday Styles” section. (Let’s face it, the Hobos do indeed have a style all their own.)

Instead, there they were in the “Sunday Business” section. Prominently featured in the story “You, Too, Can Bankroll a Rock Band” by Randall Stross, who interviewed Sgt. Dunbar’s Alex Muro.

The story was about bands utilizing fan-supported websites like SellaBand, PledgeMusic and Kickstarter, and it pointed out the Hobo Banned as a “success story” for raising more than $3,000 through Kickstarter to get the band to the SXSW festival in Austin last month.

Illustrating the story was a nice big photo of Sgt. Dunbar – in full-color, no less – as well as a screen-grab from their Kickstarter page.

Pretty cool, eh?

Eye on the Media, Nippertown-Style

February 16th, 2010, 12:02 pm by Greg

Although is only available in pixel form, we still love the good, old-fashioned ink-on-newsprint delivery system, too. Yes, we read honest-to-goodness newspapers.

Here are a couple of recent items that brought smiles to our faces.

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