Music Coalition helping Albany get it together

Recently, some friends and musically-inclined, like-minded people decided to join forces to create the Albany Music Coalition. The goal in mind is to provide an interactive forum for local musicians to share ideas and coordinate efforts, in providing the community with information regarding our diverse, local music scene.

The Coalition aims to serve as an informative resource for the Capital Region, as well as host and publicize performances, creative gatherings and educational programs.

The coalition has several founding members, some in bands (like Sgt. Dunbar and the Hobo Banned, Slender Shoulders and B3nson Records) and others advocates and enthusiasts for our local music happenings. Some thoughts for the formation of the Coalition include how some events coincide on the same nights and ideas of music festivals or shows simmer out due to a lack of community, and the Coalition aims to maximize effort and organization between common goals and projects from the very start.

It is also formed as a way to connect area musicians, record labels, venues and media. Fans and interested parties will be able to subscribe to a mailing list to receive a monthly calendar of events throughout the Capital Region and also will highlight the Coalition’s own concerts and community events, including seminars and discussions on topics such as the creative process and marketing.

The unification of putting a diverse range of resources into one source is something that I think our community really could use. Facebook event invites only go so far and having a Coalition of people working together to help promote and water our music scene is rather uplifting. The Coalition will act as a volunteer operated organization, offering free membership until 2013, where then the plan is to implement a low-cost membership fee to help support and expand activities and services. Things will be kicking off in April with its first concert to help raise funds to achieve non-profit status and officially launch the organization.

For more information, see their website.

OVER: Ticket Giveaway: August Burns Red at Northern Lights

Thanks to Step Up Presents, we’ve got another pair of tickets to giveaway! This time it’s for a show at Northern Lights this upcoming Monday (2/27) featuring August Burns Red as the headliner with support from Silverstein, Texas in July and I the Breather.

To enter: Leave a comment on this post!

Common sense: When commenting, use an email that goes to your phone or put your phone number in that box (I’ll text you), I gotta be able to let you know if you’ve won otherwise someone else will be getting your tickets. Don’t enter if you can’t go, etc.

The contest will end this Friday at 2pm, so if you’ve entered check your email (or phone) around then! Good luck, have at it!

Latest from Sub-Bombin Records: Mr. Complex

Just like some people solely sing in the shower, I’m one who primarily listens to hip hop when I’m driving. There’s something about driving around to J Dilla’s Pandora station that hits me just right. Recently, at the 4th Annual Beat*Shot Spins for J-Dilla (dubbed Dilla Break-A-Dawn!) I picked up an advance copy of Mr. Complex’s new 12″ release courtesy of local label Sub-Bombin. Since then, thanks to the digital availability of the tracks via a special edition USB accompanying the release, I’ve been driving around with Mr. Complex for the past couple of weeks.

The album was officially released on Sub-Bombin last Tuesday on Valentine’s Day (sweetness intended!). “Swiss Chocolate Cake” is available locally at Divinyl Revolution in Saratoga Springs, as well as online at Fat Beats.

KAB picks: Holy Smokes, I Wanna Rock, How to Write a Rhyme and Flying High.

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Recommended Day Trip: MASS MoCA

MASS MoCA is a playground. Located just an hour-or-so’s drive away, in North Adams, it makes for an easily justifiable road trip escaping Albany for the day. The drive practically does itself, especially on a nice day, considering the trek to get there brings you through the Berkshires on scenic country back roads.

MASS MoCA is a cultural mecca that upon visiting doesn’t have an overwhelming collection of work on display and you can see it all in one day. Some museums require multiple visits, or sacrificing some exhibits to see others, but MASS MoCA is not one of those places. However, that being said, do not be ill-advised: there is plenty to keep you busy and entertained for hours.


Birds eye of the installation in the biggest room at MASS MoCA

Additionally, some museums have this effect where this “thing” happens where people feel as though it is proper etiquette to hold back, as if saying the “wrong” thing in the same room as other art onlookers is the worst crime imaginable. Museum visits can be totally awkward sometimes and full of uncomfortable silences. MASS MoCA again is not one of those places. I felt comfortable enough to go crazy with iPhone photography and also started a conversation with a stranger about the work that we were both soaking in.

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Music Monday: Interview with Caleb Lionheart

Caleb Lionheart is an integral part of the community of local bands that help make Albany less boring. The four-piece pop-punk outfit has been doing its part in the fight against the ignorant and mundane by creating original music, dating back to recordings as early as December 2007.

In the years following their formation, they have powered through several line-up changes, toured the east coast multiple times, played a variety of venues throughout Upstate NY and beyond, put out a handful of EPs and organized sporadic basement shows that I always looked forward to attending as a college student.

Caleb Lionheart will be playing tonight at Bogies alongside The Queers, the Ataris, Far From Finished and I Was A Hero. Doors open in an hour (at 7pm) and is a $10 cover for guests 16+.

Additionally today marks the official pre-sale for Caleb Lionheart’s split 7″ with After The Fall. So naturally, there’s no better time than now to get to know Caleb Lionheart! Check out our Q+A beneath the jump.

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Interestingness in the local news vol 48

cabaret law meeting got nothing accomplished, still really stupid [tu]

free ihop pancakes 7am-10pm tuesday feb 28th [tu]

63 year old occupy protester takes plea deal [tu]

there’s been about 2400 gay marriages since it was legalized [tr]

car crash victim burned so badly they needed an autopsy to reveal it was a man [tr]

ualbany still plans to waste money on some big stadium for their mediocre teams [tu]

50k worth of motorcycles stolen from a dealership [ynn]

Recap: Lucky Dragons at EMPAC

A disclaimer in the arts is a double edge sword. Especially prior to the exposure of a performance or a piece of a creative nature. On one end, some people simply gravitate towards an artist’s written statement of a theory or explanation or introduction to help them ‘digest it’, ‘get it’ or help ‘guide’ them along the way. It is meant to be helpful but as with any good intention, sometimes it can also turn off the viewer regardless of an optimistic open-minded nature. Art is subjective, music is subjective and Lucky Dragons’ Actual Reality is subjective.

That being said, their written statement in the printed booklet last night was my saving grace at the Experimental Media Performing Arts Center in Troy. Their explanation of, (and curiosities towards) “actual reality” was something that I read multiple times during the performance and really ended up being a key ingredient I depended on to enjoy myself and react to their piece on a cognitive level.

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