Interestingness in the local news vol 34: Hurricane edition

drivers arrested for ignoring flood warnings, about time [tu]

city gang prevention specialist attempts to shoot 2 people blocks from the police station [tu]

woman awake, driving with .35 bac [tu]

two dogs euthanized after being trained poorly and attacking a postal worker [tu]

albany eating bro guy “wins” spot on most annoying show on television [tu]

21 year old shot, killed boyfriend with a .22 [tr]

Journey of awakening

Before you read this, throw on Moondance by Van Morrison. Ok once you have the music flowing, roll up and out to find yourself in another time. The age of bronze like tans, long hair and the phrase “keep on truckin” in someone’s back pocket. This is the state of mind you feel as you step into the Sisters of the Light boutique; a gutted 1975 Shasta camper decorated with a touch of shimmer, lots of nostalgic for sale on the walls and in bins, as well as pillows where you can hang out.

All photos © Eric Truax Also see Lucia Boutique.

Sister Sunshine makes jewelry and has designed bathing suits which are sold among the precious retro that they both find and sell as they cruise around the country. Sister Moonbeam may just read your Tarot for free. When you walk into their traveling boutique, you will see the words “Journey of Awakening” written on the wall. This is the expression of their journey.

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Recap: Rest Fest ’11

Although in theory, the 2nd-annual Restoration Festival took some hits from Irene — such as two of the national acts, A Hawk and a Hacksaw and The Music Tapes both canceling and the consecutive choice to allow free entry on Sunday — in practice, the festival and its attendees became a textbook example for making the best of a potentially grim situation.

Deer Tick at Rest Fest © Andrew Franciosa

The b3nson family affair brought together a tediously crafted line-up and schedule of the Capital Region’s best in indie folk/rock/etc. mixed in with nationally touring bands Deer Tick and Titus Andronicus and a late(r) night DJ set from Looney of Deep Children and Party With Tina on Saturday. Sunday’s schedule was delayed and slimmed down due to the storm, but arguably one of the best parts of the entire weekend was seeing the tireless efforts and actions of volunteers and friends alike come together to ensure that Irene didn’t eff up a good time. People wanted this event go to happen and that energy was just as contagious as was freaking out about the storm.

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Quality events for this weekend vol. 17

Try new things.

Friday 8/26

Troy Night Out: Nitro Jive, Sea of Trees, TNO Afterparty [via]

DJ Trumastr’s Michael Jackson Tribute at Quintessence [fbook]

Night at the Museum Living Walls Benefit, NYS Museum [fbook]

The Hearing Aides, Olivia Quillio and Immune Friction at the Hudson River Coffee House [fbook]

Saturday 8/27, Travers Day

Restoration Festival with Deertick, Titus Andronicus, Rawhead, The Music Tapes, A Hawk and a Hacksaw & loads more. 10pm DJ set by Deep Children. [fbook]

MaryLeigh & The Fauves and HeadBand Jack at the Putnam Den [fbook]

DJ Trumastr’s Michael Jackson Tribute at Putnam Den [fbook]

Brawl for Bogies: Benefit for Bogies, with Brick by Brick, Born Low, Concretem [fbook]

Conveyor and Atacama, It’s Raining at the Troy Daily Grind [fbook]

Sunday 8/28

Restoration Festival with Deertick, Titus Andronicus, Rawhead, The Music Tapes, A Hawk and a Hacksaw & loads more. 10pm DJ set by Party With Tina. [fbook]”

DJ Trumastr’s Michael Jackson Tribute at McGearys [fbook]

Review: Lil Wayne – Tha Carter IV

I’m going to be honest, The Carter IV is the best rap album out this year. And if you haven’t read my review The Watch The Throne let me inform you now, I think that album is pure hot stinky NYC trash. Until Rick Ross releases God Forgives, this is the album all rappers who plan to release their shitty albums should aspire to beat.

The first thing that becomes apparent while listening to The Carter IV is this is the first time in years, we the audience can understand what the fuck it is that he’s saying. It’s not that drunken sizzurp slang that we’ve all grown so accustomed to. This is a great thing because it was always a major complaint with me about Weezy. Now, I can understand what everyone is raving about, the guy is talented, and an excellent song writer to boot.

Although the first track sounds like some shit out of the fucking Ringling Brothers Circus, once you get past that you’re in for an enjoyable album. Even the played out auto tune sung by T-Pain sounds amazingly refreshed. I simply can’t praise it enough and I’m not the biggest Lil Wayne fan either. If Birdman happens to read this review he’d probably smile and begin rubbing his hands together while screaming Jun-Yah.

I think after you listen to this album you’ll probably just smile and say Weezy F, because I did.

4.5 out of 5 stars.