Molly Mason, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

May 1st, 2015, 10:00 am by Greg
Jay Ungar & Molly Mason

Jay Ungar & Molly Mason

“The first record I bought was a 45, ‘Help Me Rhonda’ by the Beach Boys.

“But the first album I bought, which was probably a year or two later, was by Joan Baez on Vanguard Records, probably her first or second album.

“They might seem a little different, but they’re very illustrative of the two things that I was listening to at the time – AM radio and folky stuff.”

The fab folk and swing acoustic duo of Jay Ungar & Molly Mason play a concert at the Valatie Community Theatre in Valatie at 8pm on Saturday (May 2). Tickets are $20 with proceeds going to the fun for the ongoing restoration of the theater.


Five Firsts: Patrick Weklar of soundBarn

December 7th, 2011, 11:00 am by Greg
Patrick Weklar

Patrick Weklar

NAME: Patrick Weklar
BAND AFFILIATION: soundBarn, Location Ensemble

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Not entirely sure, but it’s a safe bet it was a Beatles album – or albums – since I used to buy them 2-3 at a time. The record store was on the way home from my job, so I usually arrived home on payday with empty pockets and an
armful of LPs.

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … Ronnie James Dio at the Glens Falls Civic Center in ’84 or ’85.

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … A 1960s-era Sears Silvertone guitar. It was one of the Danelectro-style amp-in-case models. I inherited that from my brother when I was probably six or seven years old and used to goof around with it until my parents gave it away to my cousin. I now have his old Sunn cabinet, so I guess we’re somewhat even.

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Be Here Now: “A Thousand Fibers” @ the soundBarn, 3/26/11

March 24th, 2011, 2:00 pm by Greg

The soundBarn: A Thousand Fibers

For those with big ears and a keen sense of adventure the soundBarn in Valatie is hosting “A Thousand Fibers,” an evening of long-form musical improvisation featuring assorted members of the Albany Sonic Arts Collective and the soundBarn. The event will take place at 8pm on Saturday.

Among the featured performers will be:

Insect Posse – the guitar-wielding duo Mark Lunt and Chris Bassett

Fossils From the Sun – the solo project of Ray Hare (Century Plants, Burnt Hills, Twilight of the Century, etc.)

Holland Hopson – composer, improviser, banjo player, electronic artist and Metroland’s Retro-Futurist of the Year in 2010

soundBarn – the experimental music duo of Thomas Lail and Patrick Weklar

Five Firsts: Marty McDermott of the Reverberators

March 8th, 2011, 11:13 am by Greg
Marty McDermott

Marty McDermott

NAME: Marty McDermott
BAND AFFILIATION: The Reverberators
INSTRUMENT: Guitar, harmonica, mandolin

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … It’s with a good dose of embarrassment that I admit that the first record I ever bought (a 45 single) was “Snoopy vs. the Red Baron” by the Royal Guardsmen. However, I can redeem myself by disclosing that the first LP I purchased was “Led Zeppelin II” – one of my favorites that I played to its slow and scratchy demise. I’ve never replaced it in CD, but I should – it still holds up (in my humble opinion). I’m still a fan of Robert Plant and his recent work with T Bone Burnett and the revival of Band of Joy!

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Five Firsts: Thomas Lail of soundBarn

December 1st, 2010, 2:00 pm by Greg
Tom Lail

Tom Lail with soundBarn (photo by invisible city/Mark Lunt)

NAME: Thomas Lail
INSTRUMENT: Guitar, organ, pedals, other

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … “Batman and Robin,” performed by the Sensational Guitars of Dan and Dale (which, years later, I discovered was, in fact, Sun Ra). So many childhood hours spent by the close-and-play listening to Sun Ra.

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … The Cars… “Candy-O,” I think. I remember being struck by the chilly, implacability of them. They lost me after “Panorama” when they became a garden variety pop band.

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Five Firsts: Ted Hennessy of the Doornails

August 24th, 2010, 12:08 pm by Greg

The Doornails

The Doornails

NAME: Ted Hennessy
BAND AFFILIATION: The Doornails, Shakin Bakers and formerly of Scotty Mac and the Rockin Bonnevilles
INSTRUMENT: Harmonica and vocals

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Yikes! Well, I might as well just get this off of my chest: It was Queen – “A Night at the Opera.” I’ll try to save some face here, and tell you that my first blues record was Sonny Boy Williamson’s “This is My Story.” I picked up a used copy of that gem at World’s Record on Central Ave for three bucks back in ’79-’80.

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Fall Festival Fever

September 9th, 2009, 3:15 pm by Greg

Yes, it’s sad but true.

Summertime has come … and gone … for another year.

But now ain’t the time for your tears. Outdoor music in Nippertown doesn’t just shut down after Labor Day. In fact, there’s still quite a cornucopia of festivals coming our way for the autumn season.

Here’s a quick look at some of the highlights of what’s coming up in the next couple of weeks on the fall festival circuit:

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Real Good for Free: Valatie’s Glynn Square

July 10th, 2009, 8:19 am by Greg

Valatie’s Summer Concert Series has already started – we’re trying to dig these series up as fast as we can, but it seems as though there’s a free concert series in almost every little town and village throughout all of greater Nippertown.

Anyway, there’s still plenty of more good music coming up this summer down in Valatie’s Glynn Square Gazebo on Church St. So check one of the shows out at 5pm on Sundays.

Here’s the slate of upcoming shows:

July 12: The Providers

July 26: The Reverberators

August 2: Herby Blasewicz

August 16: Dixieland Quartet

Real Good For Free: Athens Street Festival (Saturday, July 11)
Real Good for Free: Schaghticoke Town Hall Gazebo (Thursdays)
Real Good For Free: Brunswick Community Center (Tuesdays)
Real Good for Free: Thurman (Mondays)
Real Good for Free: Sharon Springs (Wednesdays)
Real Good for Free: Rock-It in Schenectady (Fridays)
Real Good for Free: Bethlehem Public Library (Wednesdays)
Real Good for Free: East Greenbush Comm. Library (Wednesdays)
Real Good for Free: Stony Creek Town Park (Tuesdays)
Real Good For Free: RiverLink Park, Amsterdam (Saturdays)
Real Good For Free: Halfmoon (Wednesdays)
Real Good for Free: Sand Lake Summer Fest (Fri-Sun, July 10-12)
Real Good For Free: Chestertown (Thursdays)
Real Good for Free: Bolton Landing (Tuesdays)
Real Good for Free: Greenport Park, Hudson (Fridays)
Real Good for Free: The Sounds of Salem (Saturday mornings)
Real Good For Free: AHMF @ Lake George (Wednesdays)
Real Good for Free: Latin Fest @ Washington Park (Sat. Aug. 29)
Real Good for Free: The Clark @ Williamstown (Tuedays)
Real Good For Free: Skidmore Jazz (Various days)
Real Good For Free: Schenectady Central Park (Sunday afternoons)
Real Good For Free: Clifton Park (Sundays)
Real Good for Free: Albany Public Library (Third Fridays)
Real Good for Free: At The Plaza, Albany (Wednesdays)
Real Good for Free: Skidmore’s Tang Museum (Fridays)
Real Good For Free: Rockin’ on the River, Troy (Wednesdays)
Real Good For Free: Pearl Street Live (Thursdays)
Real Good For Free: Freedom Park, Scotia (Various days)
Real Good For Free: Jazz on Jay (Thursdays at noon)
Real Good For Free: Cook Park, Colonie (Tuesdays)
Real Good For Free: Lake George (Wednesdays)
Real Good For Free: Schodack (Tuesdays)
Real Good For Free: Canajoharie (Tuesdays)
Real Good For Free: Guilderland (Thursdays)
Real Good For Free: Alive @ 5 (Thursdays)
Real Good For Free: Powers Park (Saturdays)

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