Bacon Festival to be held September 2nd in Hudson

Bacon. Festival. Put together, those two words are enough to put bacon fanatics into some kind of weird bacon-fueled frenzy I’ll never fully understand.

I’m by no means a hater – I’ll indulge in a practical serving at brunch occasionally – but I can’t help but question cultural motives of people who freak out about bacon, similar to this Death & Taxes article titled, “No one is actually obsessed with bacon.”

Regardless, bacon holds its rightful place high on the list of staple breakfast foods (and anytime, really) and upstate NY has deemed it worthy of its own festival. And it’s happening in Hudson, one of the quaintest towns in our area and always worth the drive.

This year’s festival, (whose press contact dubbed himself as the ‘token vegetarian’), is being held on September 2nd and tickets are available online here. Additionally, $1 from every ticket sold will be donated to the local food bank in hopes to raise awareness and help fund solving local hunger issues. Tickets are also very reasonably priced, and are currently only $8 in advance.

A festival wouldn’t be complete without music, and the Bacon Festival will feature local acts Rambin Jug Stompers, Red Haired Strangers, Sgt. Dunbar and the Hobo Banned, the Lucky Jukebox Brigade, Eastbound Jesus and (of course) Unexplained Bacon.

As you can assume, the festival will feature vending of dishes, products and crafts, all themed around or featuring bacon.

You can find more information about the fest here.

Pro tip: Head over to their Facebook page for information on how to win 2 tickets tonight at the Empire State Food Festival taking place tonight in the Plaza.

Review: Mitochi’s “Cryptic Cosmic”

Sub-Bombin Records, based out of Glens Falls, has always kept it fresh. The local label has curated a catalog of sounds from artists that each fill their own side of the venn diagram, but also share a common ground rooted in originality, quality production and that necessary balance between hard work and talent.

For Sub-Bombin, quality is a key word to the label’s aesthetic. The imprint aims to preserve the physical allure to music; something that so often is lost in the digital landscape. Sub-Bombin recognizes that the digital format is necessary in today’s music marketplace but also pairs each release with a physical element, either in the form of a customized USB or pressed on wax.

For their latest release, Mitochi’s “Cryptic Cosmic,” the music comes by way of a special USB card, which showcases the album’s artwork and can safely fit in a wallet. The USB card is a move of the future and an interesting way to distribute music. It feels sleek to the touch and is honestly the first of its kind that I’ve ever seen. The USB drive for Mitochi’s first release also features two additional bonus tracks.

Mitochi, (phonetically mi-ta-chi), is the moniker behind Lake George native Derek Mitchell. Mitchell has a background learning the trumpet and guitar early on, and moved onto beat production in 2002 after humbly realizing his talent did not lay in writing rhymes in high school. Over the years, his music has become more experimental and his latest album, “Cryptic Cosmic” is an interesting result of conceptualizing and creating a futuristic dossier of tunes.

The record has a balance of ambient and downtempo instrumental pieces but also samples hip-hop flavors. It’s an album that you can listen to on repeat or on shuffle or both. The tracks are all different without losing the touch and taste of the artist along the way. For one example, there is notable sampling of a slowed down Mitochi take on Dead Prez’s “Bigger Than Hip Hop” on the track “The Unknown Deep.” I personally don’t have a favorite individual track and appreciate the work as a whole, which I find to be a bit rare these days.

The tracks hold substantial weight and have a peculiar sense of intellectualism painted over them while still managing to showcase a feel of danceability. The album is adaptive for listening while driving, working, reading or browsing the Internet. The music is laid-back in nature but is by no means boring or simple.

Preview a track below and check out Mitochi’s album for yourself over on Sub-Bombin’s recently revamped website.

Aficionado announces forthcoming 7″ release date and fall tour

Returning back to Albany after a couple of out-of-town shows alongside Braid and Owen this past weekend, Aficionado has announced the release date for their next 7″.

“Empty” will be released on September 25th on No Sleep Records and will feature a track of the same name with “The Slack” on the B-side.

Filter Magazine is featuring an exclusive stream of the single “Empty,” which you can preview here. You can also pre-order the 7″ here.

Aficionado also will be leaving the Capital Region for a fall tour hitting Rochester on their way out west. You can check out the details here.

The EP’s album art was done by flutist/vocalist Laura Carrozza.

KC’s Music Monday: Dimensions Festival Vol. 3

It’s Monday and I’m barely climbing into my work week. Simply put, here’s some music to help ease the struggle, all from artists playing this year’s Dimensions Festival in Croatia.

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Things moving along for brewery at St. Joe’s (updated)

The following was posted quite a bit ago on the Ravens Head Brewing facebook page:

The Ten Broeck Triangle website has looked for an application or meeting agenda and has come up dry. It could be in processing or tied up somewhere, but it seems as if there’s no big red lights for the brewery to repurpose the church.


Brennon Cleary, the president of Ravens Head Brewing shed some light on the subject and has told us that they’ve pulled permits and will be getting a September 12th or September 27th hearing.

There’s been a few rumblings at the purported lack of transparency with these dealings. I’m quite unfamiliar with the processes involved but for them to be posting updates publicly provides at least some level of transparency.

Told Slant, Hand Habits and Orphan Tash at the Fuze Box: Photo Gallery & Recap

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So the Fuze Box is back to doing shows and it’s pretty criminal not to check a few of their offerings out, especially mid-week ones.

Told Slant, who I saw yesterday for the first time was a great surprise. Hand Habits, which is one of Meg Duffy’s ten million side projects was a real treat too. Effect heavy guitar tone but done very tastefully with some really skilled musicianship piled atop of great vocals. Really hard to ask for much more. Last up was Orphan Legs, which is Mike Tash. Always great to get to see him play.

Really great show with amazing musicians. Check them out live sometime and if you can’t you can always click their names on here and check ’em out on the internet. Also, props to the uptick in three-band shows, anything more and it gets way too long.

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Japanther, Dezmatic & Grizzly Grimace, Dead Friend: Photo Gallery & Recap

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Last night at Valentine’s was really awesome. Dead Friend played a great mix of electronic ambient sounds with all sorts of sequencers and drum machines. It was really interesting stuff and it was crazy to see how many layers of sound two people could make. After them, Get Vicious, who is Dezmatic, Grimace, and Tall Ass Matt as the DJ. These two frontmen were loud, charismatic and talented. There’s a lot of talent in the Albany rap scene, no question.

Closing out the night was of course Japanther. They sang through pay-phone handsets converted into microphones and got the whole crowd dancing. They were playing on top of backing tracks, being played through a stereo receiver, which is weird but I guess I shouldn’t be surprised by anything two former art school kids do.

It was really awesome to see two totally different scenes coming together for this weird line-up of a show but it worked really awesomely. I hope stuff like this continues to happen!

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