TV Time: Phantogram on IFC

April 12th, 2010, 1:30 pm by Greg

The folks from TV cable channel IFC were down in Austin in full force for the big SXSW fest last month, and the station offered some pretty comprehensive coverage.

So when they boiled down the entire, sprawling shebang to just a 30-minute wrap-up, we pretty much figured that they’d stick with the big-name performers. And that’s what they did, for the most part.

But at the end of “The SXSW 2010 Wrap-Up Special,” there they are – Nippertown hometown heroes Phantogram churning through “Mouthful of Diamonds.” Pretty cool…

IFC will be re-airing “The SXSW 2010 Wrap-Up Special” at 11:35am on Tuesday; 1:30am on Thursday night (technically Friday morning); and 3:15pm Friday.

PS – The IFC website also has a really nifty photo of Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned, too.


Erin Harkes, Fallon Angel

April 8th, 2010, 9:27 am by Sara

Fallon Angels

The week’s only half over and Nippertown has been transformed into Media-Celebrity town.

We mentioned earlier that Sgt. Dunbar and the Hobo Banned were featured in an article in Sunday’s New York Times, discussing their experience using Kickstarter to raise funds to get them to SXSW last month.

Then commenter Mike H chimed in with the news that Jason Martin briefly met French first lady (and chanteuse) Carla Bruni-Sarkozy at his NYU studio and showed her a video of a French poodle in a military uniform. The New Yorker was there to write about it. (UPDATE: via Paul Rapp, here’s a link to the video Jason showed Carla Bruni-Sarkozy [Youtube].)

And then last night, hometown heroine Erin Harkes and her brand spankin’ new band – or should that be her brand new spankin’ band? – made their national television debut on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.” Yeah, you read that right…

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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?

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.

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