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Best of 2014: Tim Livingston’s Top 10 Albums

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

By Tim Livingston of WGXC-FM’s “Radio Warfare”

Almost all of my fave albums this year are new releases by old school rockers…

THE BOYS: Punk Rock Menopause
Joey Ramone named them as his favorite band and for obvious reasons, as between 1977-1980 the band released four LPs of punk-driven power-pop, rivaled by few at the time for pure melodic power. This year they returned with their first album as a band since the day, and it is a scorcher! Ringing guitars, booming drums & bass, punk swagger and grit, mixed with pure pop melodies, vocal harmonies and most importantly – great songs. This album picks up right where the Boys left off. Original members Honest John Plain, Casino Steel and Matt Dangerfield deliver the goods with newly minted pop classics like the rumbling “How Hot You Are,” the super-catchy “She’s the Reason” and the very Beatlesque “Baby Bye Bye,” all of which sit nicely alongside straight-up, old-school punk-rockers like “1976″ and “Punk Rock Girl.” The whole album is S-O-L-I-D, from the opening riff to the ending notes and is essential for fans of the band, or anyone missing the old-school sound… ALSO OF NOTE: Original Boys bassist Duncan “Kid” Reid (who was not involved in this project) and his solo band Duncan Reid & the Big Headsput out a cracking new power-pop keeper of his own this year, Difficult Second Album, which is well worth checking out.

THE NEW CHRISTS: Incantations
Radio Birdman frontman Rob Younger’s side-project since 1980 returns with a new album of dark, brooding garage rock that sits along the top with the Boys as No. 1 for me this year. A bit more complex and diverse than some of the band’s previous straight-up nuggets-style garage-rock/Detroit-worshiping efforts, this album, however, lacks no power. It’s just a more subtle fury, rather than a head-slamming guitar attack. Oh, there is still plenty of powerful six-string assaults to be had, but presented in a moodier, smoldering context. Sinister yet romantic, Younger has one of the best rock voices out there as his deep, dark pipes snake their way through 11 devastating songs such as the killer opener “Ghostlike,” the surf-guitar-inspired single “Waves Form,” the brilliant “A Window to See” and the goth-tinged “We Are Lovers,” which could have been an ’80s dance-club classic back in the day. A brilliant album from a band whose entire back-catalog is worth searching out.

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DVD: “Super Duper Alice Cooper”

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Alice Cooper Super Duper

Review by Tim Livingston

“Super Duper Alice Cooper”
127 Minutes
Bonus Material:
Deleted Scenes
Rare Footage
Metal Evolution
Interview Scenes

“Super Duper Alice Cooper,” the theatrically released documentary now out on DVD, tells the tale of Vincent Furnier and his transformation into Alice Cooper, one of the biggest rock stars in the world.

Using archival footage, tons of vintage photos and commentary by the likes of Alice Cooper Group bassist Dennis Dunaway, manager Shep Gordon, super-groupie Pamela Des Barres, contemporaries Iggy Pop, Wayne Kramer, Elton John and Alice himself, the movie goes from Vince’s beginning, born in Detroit, but raised on Phoenix, AZ a preachers son, to the band’s start as Beatles wannabes the Earwigs, the name changes; the Spiders, the Nazz and eventually – with help of a a ouiji board – the Alice Cooper Group, a sinister, long-haired rock and roll band that changed the face of theatrics in rock music.

The film moves quickly from the early days to the band’s escape to LA, where – with the help of the notorious GTOs girl group and their introduction to Frank Zappa – they began threatening hippies on the Sunset Strip, to their move to Detroit were the group of oddly dressed misfits found a spiritual home and honed their act into the most visual and shocking of the time, to the making of their first hit the iconic anthem, “Eighteen.”

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LIVE: Bettye LaVette @ Club Helsinki, 1/11/14

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Bettye LaVette

Review and photograph by Tim Livingston

Stunning, beguiling, sexy, raw, emotional, gritty, smooth, transforming, independent, uplifting. original, gracious, dignified, powerful, stirring, heartfelt, down-to-earth, upbeat, soulful, bluesy, uncompromising, full of youthful exuberance, wise and witty…

Just a few of the words that come to mind while experiencing the terrific Bettye LaVette in concert recently at Club Helsinki in Hudson. You may have heard her story – under-appreciated during the early days of ’60s soul, but having a major resurgence in the second half of her life/career, due in part to some smart musical choices, an epic Kennedy Honors performance honoring the Who and singing at President Obama’s inauguration.

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BEST OF 2013: Tim Livingston’s Favorite Shows of the Year

Friday, January 10th, 2014
Tommy Stinson and Melissa Auf der Maur

Tommy Stinson and Melissa Auf der Maur @ Club Helsinki, January 27 2013

Story and photographs by Tim Livingston
Additional photograph by Kirsten Ferguson

Here’s a list of a dozen concerts that I attended last year and had a lot of fun at:

1. “Home Bass: 4 Strings, 4 Hearts for Habitat” @ Club Helsinki, Hudson, January 27. Featuring Tommy Stinson, Melissa Auf der Maur, Meshell Ndegeocello and Melora Creager.

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LIVE: Simi Stone @ Club Helsinki, 12/7/13

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

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Photographs and blurb by Tim Livingston

Singer Simi Stone returned to Club Helsinki and set the cold winter night ablaze with a fiery and passionate set of her original soul-pop. Backed by a crack band, including the rock steady combo of drummer Zack Alford and bassist Sara Lee, along with the always incredible Gail Ann Dorsey, (tonight playing the part of guitar player), Simi captivated the full-house with two hours of sweet soul music.

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Parade of Shoes: Todd Nelson

Thursday, September 19th, 2013
TN3's Todd Nelson on Hamilton Street in Albany, 2011 (Photo by Tim Livingston)

TN3′s Todd Nelson on Hamilton Street in Albany, 2011 (Photo by Tim Livingston)

Guitarist Todd Nelson at HereFest, 2011

LIVE: Open Mic Night @ Club Helsinki, 6/4/13

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Cirque Éloize @ Club Helsinki

Review by Tim Livingston
Photographs by Susan Moore

The weekly open mic night at Club Helsinki in Hudson is rapidly becoming a “happening.” Co-hosted by organist Cameron Melville (aka Bo Hammond) and multi-instrumentalist/performance artist Ryder Cooley, any given Tuesday night can be filled with surprises, with renowned artists such as Tommy Stinson and Meshell Ndegeocello showing up to work out new material, along with a host of talent from the Hudson Valley and beyond sharing their songs, poems, wit and wisdom. This past Tuesday was
no exception as the good folks of Proctors in Schenectady brought along members of Montreal’s Cirque Éloize to preview the upcoming August run of their show, “Cirkopolis.”

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LIVE: Great White Caps @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, 5/30/13

Monday, June 3rd, 2013
The Great White Caps

Great White Caps (photo by Tim Livingston)

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Tim Livingston and Ruby
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Kowabunga, dude!

The sweltering heat marked the undeniable start of another summer – even if it was still only May. And Great White Caps rode the heat wave into town for a Thursday night show at the Hollow in Albany.

Imagine a cross between Los Straitjackets and the Neanderthals – but without the Mexican wrestling masks or the Flintstones’ faux furs. Instead, the four-piece Great White Caps were decked out in more traditional beachwear – cut-offs and such – as they took to the stage to pump out a night of what they like to call “beach rock,” a sizzling summertime hybrid of old-school surf ‘n’ garage rock.

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