CD Release Party: The Parlor @ the Hollow on Saturday

September 25th, 2015, 12:00 pm by Greg

The Parlor - Wahzu Wahzu

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.

As you can hear for yourself here

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.

WHAT: CD Release Party for Wahzu Wahzu
WHO: The Parlor
WITH: Party Boat and Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned
WHERE: The Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany
WHEN: Doors open at 8pm Saturday (September 26)


LIVE: The Parlor @ the Low Beat, 1/22/15

February 18th, 2015, 2:00 pm by Greg
The Parlor

The Parlor

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

Led by the high-energy Eric Krans and the sultry Jen O’Connor, the Parlor cracked open their 2015 season of concerts with a stop at the Low Beat in Albany last month, churning out their trademark – and highly unlikely – melding of folk and funk with a splash of disco tossed in for good measure.

Sharing the stage were Neighborhood of Make Believe and Slowshine for an evening of fine, fine homegrown Local 518 music to help us all shake off our cabin fever and winter blues.

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LIVE: Rival Galaxies @ Pauly’s Hotel, 4/19/14

April 28th, 2014, 3:00 pm by Greg

Video and photographs by Timothy Reidy

Now that’s what we call a mighty fine homegrown triple-bill – Rival Galaxies, the Parlor and Charmboy. All in one night. Thank you, Pauly’s Hotel. De-lish!

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LIVE: Sgt. Dunbar / The Parlor @ Valentine’s, 2/8/14 (Part 2)

February 18th, 2014, 3:00 pm by Greg

Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned perform the final song at Valentine’s

Videos and photographs by Timothy Reidy

288 Lark…
J.B. Scott’s…
The Chateau…

Now we can add Valentine’s Music Hall to the list of beloved Nippertown music venues that have entered into history. Sometime early on Sunday morning February 9, the door to Valentine’s was closed and locked for the last time – but not before the nightspot hosted a mighty farewell celebration featuring B3nson Family stalwarts and Valentine’s regulars Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned and the Parlor.

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LIVE: Sgt. Dunbar / The Parlor @ Valentine’s Music Hall, 2/8/14 (Part 1)

February 10th, 2014, 12:00 pm by Greg

Videos by Timothy Reidy

And so it came to an end…

Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned and the Parlor teamed up for one last B3nson Family blast last Saturday night (February 8) before Howe Glassman closed the doors for good on Albany’s beloved rock & roll dive, Valentine’s Music Hall.

Thanks for the memories…

LIVE: Chandler Travis Philharmonic @ Valentine’s Music Hall, 10/26/13

October 31st, 2013, 4:00 pm by Greg
The Chandler Travis Philharmonic (photo by Timothy Reidy)

The Chandler Travis Philharmonic (photo by Timothy Reidy)

Photographs by Timothy Reidy and Rich Borden

Yes, it was Halloween weekend, but the truth of the matter is that the members of the Chandler Travis Philharmonic weren’t dressed up to go trick-or-treating. This is pretty much the same way they always dress when they leap into the spotlight to crank up their unique hybrid of Dixieland jazz and rock ‘n’ roll.

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Be Here Now: The Parlor & Sgt. Dunbar’s Hobo Banned Together Again @ Valentine’s

October 25th, 2013, 2:00 pm by Greg
The Parlour

The Parlor

Photographs by Timothy Reidy
Additional photograph by Al Goldberg

The Parlor and Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned – two of the premier bands spearheading the B3nson Recording Company – are joining forces for the next installment of Sgt. Dunbar’s monthly CD release project.

The new disc, The Apres Garde, is being released on Saturday (October 26) as part of Sgt. Dunbar’s year-long campaign to release an EP each month during 2013. So far, each EP has been captained by one of the current bandmembers, who writes or arranges the material for the rest of the band.

As founding members of B3nson Records and veterans of four Sgt. Dunbar tours, the Parlor’s Jen O’Connor and Eric Krans were asked to participate on the October edition. They collected more than a dozen tracks – both old and new – that were written for or inspired by their tenure with Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned. The Apres Garde will feature six of those tracks, while the remainder will be released in early 2014 by the Parlor as the full-length album, Ghost House. (The busy, busy Parlor folks are also in the midst of working on yet another new album slated for release next year, Wahzu Wahzu, which Krans describes as “half funk, half folk.”)

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LIVE: Alex Bleeker & the Freaks @ Valentine’s Music Hall, 7/30/13

August 22nd, 2013, 4:00 pm by Greg
Alex Beeker & the Freaks

Alex Bleeker & the Freaks

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

Led by the bassist from Real Estate, Alex Bleeker & the Freaks rumbled into Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany recently in support of their new sophomore album How Far Away.

Adding to the festive mood – the evening was something of a going-away party for Local 518 concert promoter Nicole Dellarocca – was a sweet set from the Parlor, as well as new spin-off band Shark Weak, featuring members of Barons in the Attic.

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