Led by Jen O’Connor and Eric Krans, the Parlor is finally about to drop their long-awaited sophomore album, Wahzu Wahzu. The band is celebrating their new disc with a CD release party at the Hollow Bar + Kitchen in Albany at 8pm on Saturday (September 26). Joining in the festivities will be Party Boat and Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned, back from a lengthy hiatus. Tickets are $10.
Mixed and mastered by Anthony Molina (of Mercury Rev), Wahzu Wahzu was created with an amalgamation of acoustic and electronic instruments, anchored by a deep pulsing rhythm section of upright bass, drum machines and live drums. It was meant to be a dark but meaningless candy-pop album. It was supposed to be all syrup and fluorescent. Instead, the album became a subconscious philosophic exploration into the act of creation, an album full of submarine secrets and gritty glitter. It sounds both new and old; simultaneously familiar and fresh.
And the album has already generated plenty of big buzz. The song “Wishes in the Sheets” premiered on the music blog PopMatters, and the album’s first single, “The Surgeon’s Knife,” landed a premiere on Pitchfork, who described the tune as “a dream-sequence rendering of the Daft Punk ‘MTV Unplugged’ special that never happened in 2001.” The Parlor was also recently featured on Bandcamp Weekly with an interview with O’Connor, as well as the debut of several new tracks from the album.
Hometown rockers Northern Faces will be throwing the CD release party for their self-titled debut album on Friday (April 17) at the Hollow Bar + Kitchen in Albany. The album is slated for official release by Albany’s Equal Vision record label on Tuesday (April 21).
Admission is $15 at the door; free CD included with ticket purchase.
Northern Faces formed in early 2012 and currently features Bryan Shortell (vocals and guitar), Marco Testa (vocals and guitar) and Matt Ippolito (bass). Following their Albany CD release party, the band will launch a coast-to-coast tour with labelmates the Dear Hunter.
It’s been almost exactly one year since the release of Formula 5’s sophomore album Edging on Catastrope.
Now the Local 518 jam-band faves are slated to roll into the Hollow Bar + Kitchen in Albany on Saturday night (April 18) in celebration of their new album Live Five, Vol. 1. And to up the ante and make the evening extra special, the band will be joined by the Chronicles’ horn section of Bryan Brundidge and Jeff Nania.
The dreary Gerda (Kathleen M. Carey) and her dashing husband, Dr. John Christow (Patrick White) arrive at The Hollow for a weekend with the Angkatells
I am on record as not being much of a fan of the murder mystery genre, but in a surprise twist this past spring I read both a biography of Agatha Christie (1890-1976), and her novel The Hollow (1946) on which the 1951 play of the same name is based. Since I usually see Christie plays with no foreknowledge of the plot, I was disappointed to learn that knowing the denouement ahead of time was a distinct disadvantage. (I know, I know. I hear your chorus of “Duh!”)
But I had rather hoped that having read the novel would allow me to observe and appreciate Dame Agatha’s skill in shifting the story from one art form to another. Instead, I found myself agreeing with Christie’s daughter, who objected to her mother’s decision to dramatize the book, and with Robert Barnard who wrote: “…most of the interest [in The Hollow], unusually, is internal, and difficult to present via Christie’s rather old-fashioned stage techniques.”
In its prose form The Hollow was an Hercule Poirot mystery, but Christie felt she had “ruined” the book by injecting Poirot, and replaced him with a Scotland Yard detective and a local police sergeant in the play. Unfortunately, either she or director Allen Phelps forgot to make them interesting characters.
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