The Local 518 Music (and More) Report – 2020 Q3
Editor’s Note: For those of us in the local music industry four times a year we get a special treat. Local 518 WEXT radio host Andy Gregory posts the most comprehensive list of songs, albums, and videos released by local artists anywhere. Nippertown is thrilled to share that list with you here: https://www.wextradio.org/post/local-518-music-and-more-report-2020-quarter-3
A little history behind these reports
Back in 2010 I was a contributor to the CRUMBS.net (Capital Region Ultimate Musicians and Bands Site) local music blog, hosted by Mike Guzzo on the Albany Times Union website. My posts covered a wide variety of what was happening of interest in the local music scene, everything from show announcements & reviews and latest local music releases. Mike Guzzo, (owner of CRUMBS.net since 2006) encouraged me to post those first local music reports on the blog. What began as just a list of recent releases in September of 2010 (“The Summer Songs Have Ended”) expanded to a year-end round up for 2011, then expanded much bigger to a quarterly format for 2012. It was all a bit clunky, as the reports were multi-part posts, but it got the information out.
In 2014, after doing a couple years of co-hosting CRUMBS Cafe with Guzzo, I became the host of the Local 518 Show on WEXT. In 2017, I was still posting on the CRUMBS blog, but I suggested partnering with WEXT Radio and The Local 518 Show so that the quarterly reports, available as a free PDF, reached a wider audience interested in the Capital Region music scene.
For the 2020 Capital Region Thomas Edison Music Awards (“The Eddies”), the reports were used as one of the overall reference materials for category nominations, and specifically for Record, Album, & Music Video of the Year categories.
It’s been an eye-opening experience putting these quarterly reports together for the fans, supporters, and most importantly the creators of original music in the area (and just a bit beyond). There’s an amazing amount of original material produced!