LIVE: WEXT 4th Birthday Bash @ Valentine’s, 7/7/11

July 13th, 2011, 3:30 pm by Greg
Lucky Jukebox Brigade

Lucky Jukebox Brigade

It was good times and a hot, sweaty time on stage for the WEXT birthday show at Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany last Thursday.

First up was the Lucky Jukebox Brigade, who gave a well-sung performance which got the show off to a good note. Next, Scientific Maps got everyone to lose weight with their “lo cal” set, which included a Kamikazee Hearts song, along with a couple of originals and more covers.

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LIVE: We Are Jeneric @ Jack’s Place, 4/16/11

April 19th, 2011, 2:00 pm by Greg
We Are Jeneric

We Are Jeneric

B3nson Recording Company artists We Are Jeneric – the charming Jen O’Connor and Eric Krans – headlined the triple-bill at Jack’s Place at the College of Saint Rose in Albany last Saturday night. From Tacoma by way of NYC, I Low (aka Clyde Kurtis, Colin Reynolds) and Aaron Smith’s Scientific Maps also shared the stage, making for an evening of fab fun and some mighty, mighty music.

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

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LIVE: Scientific Maps @ the Tang Museum at Skidmore College, 7/9/10

July 15th, 2010, 1:01 pm by Greg

Scientific Maps
Seeing and hearing the Scientific Maps at The Tang in a duo context (their drummer and bassist couldn’t make it) on Friday night was quite an interesting experience.

Well, think about it… there’s only trumpet-playing back-up vocalist Donna Baird and electric hollow-body guitarist-singer Aaron Smith. That’s it.


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Be Here Now: Scientific Maps’ CD Release Party @ Valentine’s, 4/23/10

April 22nd, 2010, 11:30 am by Greg

Scientific Maps

Scientific Maps

Aaron Smith’s Scientific Maps are back with their new seven-song EP, “Food For Witches,” and they’ll be celebrating with a big shebang at Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany at 9pm on Friday.

The follow-up to last year’s Scientific Maps’ CD, “Galvanic Wizardry,” the new disc was recorded at Collar City Sound in Troy between April, 2008-March, 2010, and it’s being released on the fine B3nson Recording Company label.

In addition to a rather rare live performance by Scientific Maps, the evening’s festivities will also feature Man Scouts (an all-star combo comprised of members from Sgt. Dunbar and the Hobo Banned, Beware! the Other Head of Science, Spread ‘Em and Boston Celtics) and NYC-based stand-up comedian Bill Chambers.

If you’re headed out to the show – and, really, why wouldn’t you be? – Man Scouts are requesting you bring along a flashlight…preferably one that blinks.

Sounds mighty promising, doesn’t it?

LIVE: LarkFest, 9/19/09

September 21st, 2009, 11:38 am by Greg

Donna Baird of Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned

Donna Baird of Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned

You can read David Malachowski’s review of some of the LarkFest musical performances in the Times Union.

But LarkFest is just too big and too crowded for one person to try to cover five different stages of music all going on at the same time. Since the Times Union didn’t have time or space to mention the Townsend Park Stage or the Kids’ Stage, decided to go there.

And we decided to give you a totally different perspective of the fest, too, so here are a few performers’-eye views of LarkFest from the stage:

1. Were there any particularly vivid moments for you – either in your onstage or offstage mode?
MATTHEW LOIACONO: a). The Hanging of the B3nson Banner, Pt. 1, Pt. 2, Pt. 3… b). Dan Maddalone (from Barons in the Attic) Pie-In-The-Face, Pt. 1 + Pt. 2… (see pics at All Over Albany) c). Richard Mark Nolan Jr. (from Beware! the Other Head of Science) on fire, all day long d). The B3nson Family Affair Finale! Hearing that many voices holler “Troy is the place where Henry Hudson turned around…” was something I don’t think I’ll ever experience like that again.
AARON SMITH of SCIENTIFIC MAPS: Watching our new friend Foots dancing with our good friend Nick Matulis while my band played is a memory I will treasure always. Also, Dan Maddalone being struck in the face with two pies was pretty funny. Playing drums on the last Sgt Dunbar song while all of the B3nson bands jumped on stage which came dangerously close to exceeding the weight limit. Oh, and watching Nick Matulis play Richard Nolan’s back.
COURTNEY BIONDO: It was just amazing to see so many people I don’t know enjoying the performance and singing along to the covers I played.
JEN of WE ARE JENERIC: When I saw that we had our very own port-a-potty I was very excited.

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FIVE FIRSTS: Aaron Smith of Scientific Maps

September 16th, 2009, 10:00 am by Greg

AaronSmithNAME: Aaron Smith

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … This is a fuzzy one, but I believe the first full-length album I bought with my own money was a new vinyl copy of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” at Rotterdam Square Mall. I was angry because it didn’t come with the cutouts or the psychedelic album sleeve like the original pressing did. I played it constantly anyway. This was also the first CD I ever owned.

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New Scientific Maps’ video!

August 17th, 2009, 11:45 am by Greg

Scientific Maps have unleashed the music video for their sparkling, shiny tune, “People Love Their Troubles.”

And it’s all about Albany.

Directed by Joseph Bellacosa, the video follows the daring robbery and attempted escape by the mustachioed Gumball Bandit, dashing past many of Nippertown’s most hallowed landmarks.

See the Albany All-Stars Roller Derby team.
See the Tulip Festival revellers.
See Sgt. Dunbar and the Hobo Banned.
See the Empire State Plaza modern art collection.
And, yes, even the beloved, iconic Nipper makes an appearance!

The song “People Love Their Troubles” is featured on Scientific Maps’ new EP, “Galvanic Wizardry” on the B3nson Recording Company label.

Be Here Now: Scientific Maps CD release party @ Valentine’s, 7/31

July 28th, 2009, 4:06 pm by Greg

Back in May, Alex Muro of B3nson Recording Company and Matthew Loiacono of Collar City Records threatened a Jell-O wrestling match to determine which record label would get to release the new disc from Scientific Maps.

Well, apparently, the wirey but scrappy Muro managed to get the best of Loiacono, although I still haven’t seen any video confirmation, and no one has yet revealed which flavor of Jell-O was involved.

galvanicAnyway, the new Scientific Maps disc is here, and there’s a CD release party slated for Valentine’s in Albany on Friday, July 31. The follow-up to this year’s free “Hold On Whoever You Are,” the new seven-song EP is titled “Galvanic Wizardry.”

And if all of that’s not enough, Aaron Smith and his Maps cohorts are already nearly completion of their next disc, “Food for Witches.”

Also on the bill at Valentine’s on Friday are Swimclub (formerly the Users) and Style Salon (aka, former Kamikaze Heart Gaven Richard).

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