Five Firsts: Jeff Burger of Sumac

April 28th, 2011, 1:00 pm by Greg
Jeff Burger

Jeff Burger

NAME: Jeff Burger

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Foghat’s “Live.” I first heard “Fool for the City” on 97 Rock in Buffalo, NY (my hometown). 97 Rock was a station labeled “album rock,” which meant they played more than just hits; they would actually play the lost cuts and b sides. Recently, my brother called me from Buffalo and said, “Guess where I am?” I could hear “Slow Ride” blaring in the background, so I said, “Foghat in concert.” And he said, “Yes, you drove me crazy with that album.”

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … Supertramp. They were a great live act. They performed “Breakfast in America” in its entirety and hits from previous albums.

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CD: Sumac’s “Sumac”

October 22nd, 2010, 11:00 am by Greg


(Mr. Chesterfield Inc., 2010):

Led by former Jackinany frontman Jeff Burger, the Troy-based Sumac comes out of the gate with a rough and tumble, self-titled, five-song EP that walks the tightrope between rootsy Americana and rollicking garage rock.

The disc starts off with a folksy, acoustic guitar-strumming intro augmented by some weird wind sound effects, but then “Long Winter” kicks in with distortion-driven electric guitars and a rumbling rhythm section that sometimes sounds like a cross between the Velvet Underground and Neil Young’s Crazy Horse.

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Saturday Night Parties: After the Fall, Sumac, Rich Ortiz

October 21st, 2010, 1:01 pm by Greg

After The Fall

After The Fall

Saturday night is party night!

And if you want to hit all of the CD release parties crammed onto the calendar, you’d better gas up the tank ’cause the celebrations cover the Nippertown front from Albany to Troy to Saratoga Springs:

Churning up their patented brand of hardcore thrash and melodic punk, Albany’s After the Fall celebrates the release of their brand spankin’ new CD “Eradicate” with a show at Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany at 7pm on Saturday. Joining the trio in their festivities will be a whopping bunch o’ bands, including Defeater, Make Do and Mend, Coughing Fit, Legit!, All Teeth, Stereo State and Living With Lions. Admission is $7.

And Troy roots-rockers Sumac will be celebrating the release of their new self-titled, five-song EP with a party and performance at the Ale House in Troy at 9pm on Saturday. Grainbelt opens the show. Admission is $8, which includes a copy of the new CD.

Finally, Lake George singer-songwriter Rich Ortiz is a North Country favorite, who garnered quite a few new Albany fans with his performance at LarkFest last month. The 21st century one-man-band is celebrating the release of his new album, “Face of a Lion,” at Putnam Den is Saratoga Springs at 10pm on Saturday. Opening the show is Scott Sylvester. Admission is free.

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