FIVE FIRSTS: Rob Kissner of the Big Takeover

September 1st, 2011, 11:00 am by Greg
Rob Kissner

Rob Kissner

NAME: Rob Kissner

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … On cassette tape, something AC/DC live!

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … Flogging Molly at the Chance in Poughkeepsie

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … An acoustic guitar that my great uncle gave to my sister. It was sitting somewhere in a closet, and I picked it up, and eventually I broke it.

4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … In front of a gas station in the middle of winter… simple jams I came up with on the spot, guitar and drums with Sam Tritto

5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … Flowmojo (surf rock/ska/punk)

Rob Kissner and his bandmates in the Big Takeover serve up their classic rocksteady ska and reggae sounds at Club Helsinki in Hudson at 9pm on Saturday. Tix are $10 in advance; $12 at the door.


Media Watchin’

January 7th, 2011, 2:37 pm by Greg
Chris Martin: The Record Painting @ The Tang

Chris Martin: The Record Painting @ The Tang

Here are a few items worthy of note that we discovered poking around various magazines and such:

It’s fair to assume that because they’re based in NYC – the epicenter of the art world – New York Times art critics aren’t likely to be spending much ink on exhibitions tucked away far outside of the five boroughs, like, say, in Saratoga Springs. Which is one reason that we’re so thrilled to see Holland Cotter’s sparkling review of “The Jewel Thief” exhibit at Skidmore College’s Tang Museum. Kudos to curator Ian Berry

Tom Lindsay and Michael Eck are the members of the folk duo Lost Radio Rounders. But they’ve also collaborated on some magazine articles for the pretigious, coffee-table-worthy magazine Fretboard Journal. Their latest tag-team effort – Lindsay snaps the photographs, while Eck pens the article – is on stands now in the current issue. This one’s about Woodstock guitar builder Joe Veillette, while a sidebar focuses on Veillette employee Martin Keith, who also builds a series of deluxe electric basses under his own name. Both Veillette and Keith are musicians who perform around the region in a variety of ensembles ranging Prana to Uncle Rock. Fretboard Journal is available locally at Guitar Center in Colonie and Borders in Saratoga Springs.

If you’re an indie rock fan, you’ve probably run across Jack Rabid’s magazine The Big Takeover sometime during its 30 years of ranting ‘n’ raving ‘n’ rock reviewing. In the current issue – No. 67 with Teenage Fanclub on the cover – the mag gives a big shout-out to Nippertown’s own The Last Conspirators, as Bryan Swirsky reviews the band’s latest CD, “When It All Comes Down”: “A five-song follow-up to ‘Warparty,’ this equally potent recording hints these guys are not only are on to something good, they’re just getting started. Fronted by Upstate NY punk legend, Tim Livingston (whose credits go back to Killed-By-Death style Albany punks, the Morons), the band fills the same sonic space as the Clash, Adverts, Ruts, Stiff Little Fingers and New Model Army. If you want to know where the real songwriters in punk are this day and age, look no further.”

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