FIVE FIRSTS: Lori Friday of Super 400

September 9th, 2009, 2:33 pm by Greg

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1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … “Hot Rocks,” the Rolling Stones. The neighborhood corner store kept their cassettes in one of those wood veneer cases with the locked plexiglass front. The owner was a suspicious sort and would get annoyed by the kids who came in to gaze at the music selection. I’ll never forget the summer I listened to that tape over and over, to Myrtle Beach and back.

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … Hall and Oates, Glens Falls Civic Center, when I was nine years old. I couldn’t believe how loud it was.

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … upright piano, after begging for either a piano or a horse. Thanks for indulging me, Mom and Dad!

4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … “The Entertainer” by Scott Joplin, on public access TV when I was maybe 9 or 10.

5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … My town was so small, there was no one to jam with. So I joined the high school jazz band.

Lori Friday and her Super 400 bandmates celebrate the release of their new CD, “Sweet Fist,” at Revolution Hall in Troy on Friday, September 11. And there’s still time to enter to win an autographed copy of the new album from your pals at Just go here for details.


Christine Lavin, What Was the First Song That You Ever Performed in Public?

June 24th, 2009, 1:43 pm by Greg


“It was a hootenanny at Peekskill Military Academy, where my dad was a teacher. It was a song that I wrote called ‘The World Is Coming to an End.’ I was 13 years old, but they liked it.

I can only remember one verse:

‘You’ve got a big date for the dance
And you’ve got a hole in your pants
The world is coming to an end’

It was about world-ending scenarios as seen through the eyes of a 13-year-old. I guess it was shades of things to come.”

Christine Lavin will perform – although probably not that song – at the Old Songs Festival of Traditional Music and Dance at the Altamont Fairgrounds in concert on Saturday and at workshops throughout the weekend.

Tom Jones, What Was the First Song That You Ever Performed in Public?

June 22nd, 2009, 12:01 pm by Greg


“When I was a kid, you mean?

Well, I remember singing ‘Ghost Riders in the Sky,’ which was a big hit for Vaughn Monroe back then.

I used to like to get up in front of the other kids in school and sing that song because I could accompany myself by banging away on the desk and pretend that I was playing the drums.”

The ever-soulful Tom Jones steps into the spotlight at the Pines Theater at Look Park in Florence, Mass. at 7pm Tuesday.

Song of the Week: Nerdcore Edition

May 8th, 2009, 5:19 pm by Sara

Topping the nerd charts this weeks is this lofi demo by David Ng, complete with amplifier hum, on the subject of …. mitochondria.

It’s got a perfect pop melody and the chorus is completely addictive: come on, sing it with me:  mitochoooondriaaaaa….


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