Mike Gordon, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

September 10th, 2009, 3:01 pm by Greg

mikeGordon“That’s a good question.

“The first record that I actually listened to was ‘Abbey Road’ because my parents had it. And the second was probably ‘American Pie,’ the Don McLean album.

“But when I first got my own stereo, my grandmother Nanny took me to a record store, and I think I bought Steve Miller’s ‘Book of Dreams.’ And since it the disco era, I think my second album would have been a Commodores album – the one with ‘Brick House.’ But definitely that Steve Miller album because that was junior high time.

“But it wasn’t long after that I got my first albums by Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones. And then a few years later, I started buying Dead albums and going to Dead shows.”

Mike Gordon and Phish played the Saratoga Performing Arts Center just last month, but Gordon will bringing his other band with him when he lands at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock on Friday, September 11.


Trace Adkins, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

September 1st, 2009, 12:55 pm by Greg

traceAdkins“Well, my dad was a huge country music fan, and he always had quite an album collection of country music. So I didn’t have to buy albums by Merle Haggard and Waylon Jennings and Don Williams and that kind of stuff because I was able to just borrow them from him.

“So I think that the first album I ever bought myself was probably John Denver’s ‘Rocky Mountain High,’ believe it or not.”

Trace Adkins will open the show for Toby Keith at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs on Thursday, September 3.

Buddy Guy, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

August 24th, 2009, 11:14 am by Greg

“The first album I ever bought? Hmmm, it was probably a B.B. King album. Either a B.B. King or a Muddy Waters album.

“You know, when albums first came out, they were collections of songs that had been released on 45s. And I already had all of those, but I bought the albums anyway, so the old record player wouldn’t have to flip through a dozen 45s. And then sometimes they’d put one new song on it to make sure that people would buy it.

“I’m sure it was a B.B. King or Muddy album that I had first. If I’m not mistaken, I’m quite sure it was a B.B. King album.”

Blues guitar great Buddy Guy teams up with one of his mentors, the legendary B.B. King, for a double-bill at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel on Thursday, August 27.

Arlo Guthrie, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

August 19th, 2009, 3:01 pm by Greg

Arlo2“It was the Everly Brothers. It was called ‘The Best of the Everly Brothers,’ and I still have it.

“It’s a great record.”

Arlo Guthrie will team up with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra for a concert at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel on Saturday, August 22.

Odds and Ends @ the End of the Week

August 14th, 2009, 4:36 pm by Sara


I love this sculpture created from vinyl photograph records: “Soundwave” by Jean Shin (thanks, Matt Loiacono)

The North Adams Artists’ Co-Op Gallery announces a JURIED CALL for “Elements”

Fine and applied artists in all media are invited to submit work for consideration in “Elements”, a juried exhibition at the NAACO Gallery. Submitted works may be literal interpretations of the topic, such as a representation of one or more of the four natural elements, objects that are elements of a whole, or perhaps the periodic table of elements. Non-traditional interpretations of the subject, such as an exploration of what is truly “elemental” to your work are also encouraged. Submissions will be juried from actual work and are due no later than Monday, August 24th. Entries may be delivered and picked up during gallery hours Exhibition will run from August 26 through September 20, with the opening reception held Thursday, August 27, 2009 from 6-9 PM held concurrently with all other “DownStreet Art Thursday” programming. NAACO Member Artists are exempt from entry fees. All nonmembers are required to pay an entry fee of $15 for up to two entries for consideration by the jury, and which may not exceed 24″ in any direction. Entry forms are downloadable from www.naacogallery.com. For further information, email naacogallery@gmail.com, or call during gallery hours Wednesday-Saturday, 11-6, Sunday 11-4, 413-664-4003.

Bob Irwin of My Fair Planet (photo by Tim Livingston)

Bob Irwin of My Fair Planet (photo by Tim Livingston)

Sundazed Music head honcho Bob Irwin is renowned for showcasing the music of others, but at 1pm on Saturday, his own band My Fair Planet performs at the Altamont Fair, which continues through Sunday.

Saratoga Performing Arts Center is asking area artists to show off their artistic skills beginning at 6pm on Saturday, August 15 as part of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s “An Evening with Degas” program. Participating artists who arrive with an easel and chair will receive free lawn admission to the Orchestra performance for themselves and a guest.

Artists wishing to participate in An Evening with Degas are asked to:

  • notify SPAC of their interest prior to the August 15 performance;
  • bring their own easel and chair;
  • set up on SPAC’s upper lawn at 6pm
  • continue painting or sketching until approximately 8pm

Those who wish to sign up for the event are asked to contact Veronica Mynders at SPAC at 518-584-9330×101 or intern@spac.org.

breakupYou can now check out the official video for “Relator,” the first single from Peter Yorn and Scarlett Johansson’s upcoming album Break Up, slated for release September 15, and it also includes a cover of Big Star’s “I Am The Cosmos.”

So did everyone else but us already know this? Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick is the son of Sun Ra Arkestra saxophonist Laurdine “Pat” Patrick.

Josh Ritter, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

August 11th, 2009, 12:02 pm by Greg

joshRitter“I got a couple of them. I got ‘Pearl,’ the Janis Joplin record, and I bought ‘Bringing It All Back Home.’ That was after I heard ‘Nashville Skyline,’ which my parents owned. I remember going out and buying those CDs. I thought that was so awesome.

As for Dylan, I didn’t really like ‘Nashville Skyline.’ I didn’t really understand it until later, but ‘Bringing It All Back Home’ is an amazing record.

‘Pearl’ was released after she died, but Joplin is just like a bomb on that record. It’s the sound of somebody just exploding on a record.

One reason that I was so attracted to those records is that you could definitely tell that those were real people, and there’s nobody in between telling you what to think of what this is. There’s nobody putting any spin on it.”

Josh Ritter headlines the MASS MoCA Music Festival in North Adams, Mass. on Saturday, August 15. The fest begins at 3pm and also features Ben Kweller, Elvis Perkins in Dearland, Kaki King and Samantha Crain.

Billy Bragg, What Was the First Record You Ever Bought?

July 29th, 2009, 12:01 pm by Greg

billybragg“It was ‘You Wear It Well’ by Rod Stewart. I had just gotten a job in a hardware store, which had a record store downstairs. I took my wages from the hardware store, which was something like ten shillings and sixpence, and bought my first single, which was then in the charts.

It must have been 1972, it was Number One at the time, and it still smells of that wonderful long hot summer of 1972. I do wonder… MP3s don’t smell of anything.”

Billy Bragg performs at The Egg in Albany on Sunday, August 2.

Gary Puckett, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

July 22nd, 2009, 12:55 pm by Greg


“Yeah, it was Elvis.

I can’t remember what the title of the album was, but I know that you’d recognize it if you saw it. It was the one that had kind of a yellow background with a shot of Elvis from the top of his shoulders up, and he was sort of turned to the side.

It had songs like ‘When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again’ and ‘Old Shep.’ That was a great record, and I remember it well except to the title, which is now stubbornly escaping me.

My folks had recently bought one of those new hi-fi cabinet systems. I don’t think it was stereo. And I remember sitting in front of that thing listening to Elvis sing his tunes.”

Gary Puckett steps into the spotlight at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, Mass. on Friday, July 24.

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