Shop Visit: Fuzz Records

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During Tulip Fest yesterday I took a long overdue visit to the Fuzz Record shop on Lark Street.

The place is awesome. I really dislike any record shop where there’s so many records that the instant I look around, I feel defeated since there’s no way I could ever see all the albums in the shop. Fuzz Records reminds me a lot of Miss Lily’s NYC. Miss Lily’s is in a similar sized space and sells only West Indian records (dancehall and reggae). You go in and you can browse their selection which they’ve curated, not collected. You don’t dig through shit they haven’t been able to sell that’s just taking up space. Same thing at Fuzz. Their inventory isn’t at 100% yet, but some people may be shocked at the amount of records they don’t have. It’s a blessing, and I loved being able to browse without feeling paralyzed by the amount of choice.

There was a bunch of great stuff in their crates already. It’s too much to name, but there’s a lot of indie/alt/hardcore/metal stuff that wouldn’t be carried by a standard record shop. Highly suggest you visit the next time you’re in the area. The art in the shop was really awesome as well.

Hit the jump for the full gallery.

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Tulip Fest 2012: Photos and Recap

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Today I stopped up at the annual Tulip Fest, as I feel obligated to. The weather was gorgeous and it is criminal to not be outside today. I did not have the attention span to stay to see Fountains of Wayne play their song. But people seemed to be having fun and that’s the idea.

All the shops that were set up were awesome and there’s some good art and things to see that you wouldn’t normally, as well as all sorts of companies giving things away and contests to enter. I ended up with a MegaBus coozie which is awesome. I especially liked the Design It Together booth.

Oh, and the tulips all looked horrible.

Anyway, hit the jump for the full gallery of photos. Hope you had fun too!

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Ticket Giveaway: The Dirt Daubers 5/14 at Valentines

The Dirt Daubers, from Paducah, Kentucky and Nashville, Tennessee, have travelled the world internationally, singing an eclectic mix of Appalachian, ragtime and hot jazz standards and original music. From cowboy songs to bluegrass, Harlem jazz to honky tonk, the Daubers tackle it all with vim, verve and vigor.

Valentines is generious enough to give us a pair of tickets to give away to their show this Monday, May 14th, so after giving them a listen through the player below, hit the jump and enter!

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Quality events for this weekend vol. 44

There’s oddly minimal going on this weekend besides Tulip Fest on my radar right now, so make sure to let us know what else is going on. Our new events calendar is very user-friendly for submissions and not all that time consuming, so take advantage!

Friday, May 11

Show at Hudson River Coffee House featuring State Champs (who were featured on KAB earlier this week) are playing alongside Caleb Lionheart, Daybreaker and the Stereo State. Attending this is an example of supporting local music.

The Maine at Northern Lights with guests Lydia & The Arkells. Check out the dude’s beard.

Saturday, May 12

Maaze Show at Valentines featuring Maaze, Kenny Brooks of Ratdog and Timbre Coup. Our ticket giveaway ends tomorrow so if you want in, now’s the time!

Santigold at Northen Lights with local guest DJ Playground. Got a giveaway still running for this so enter it if you want to attend courtesy of KAB and Step Up Presents.

Saturday is beginning of this year’s tulip festival weekend. Check out our post on this year’s line-up here and more information here. I’m probably going to walk around and hand out Keep Albany Boring stickers to anyone who recognizes me (if I can find some). I’ll also more likely tell you all you need to know about about next week’s edition of the monthly party we host, OUTPOST1, which is taking place May 18th at Jillian’s. There’s also things like local vending going on all weekend and even zumba on Sunday in Washington Park. Bands I’m gonna check out are The City Never Sleeps on Saturday at the Amp Stage at 3pm and the Chronicles who play Sunday at 4:45pm also at the Amp Stage.

Sunday, May 13

Mother’s Day – call your mom.

S.I.N. at McGeary’s pub featuring Trumastr

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Ticket Giveaway: Santigold w/DJ Playground at Northern Lights

Greetings party people! Tomorrow night Northern Lights will be hosting Santigold alongside special local guest, DJ Playground. Santigold is eclectic, fun party music created by producer and pop singer Santi White and her latest album came out a couple weeks ago, titled “Master of my Make Believe.” Sounds like a good way to spend a Saturday night to me.

Thanks to the good folks over at Step Up Presents, we’ve got a pair of tickets to giveaway.

Good luck! Winner will be picked day-of (Saturday) at 12 noon.

Be sure to like Step Up Presents on Facebook for more giveaways and upcoming events.

Hit the jump for the entry form.

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Champagne on the Park: Recap and Photos

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Last night the Lark St Bid threw the annual Champagne on the Park. We were lucky the rain held out and were able to enjoy being outside even if it was a touch cold. There was tons of food options from loads of Lark Street businesses such as The Wine Bar, Eldas and many others as well as a few other non-Lark restaurants, like the new Mingle. Most importantly, there was an open bar stocked with a few varieties of champagne, beer and wine.

It was an awesome time and all the hard work of the Bid has again paid off. I’m still quite hungover, so overall, a great success. And for everyone I met yesterday, thanks for all the support! Time to eat this big basket of chips and salsa from HWFC that I won during the silent auction.

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Laurie Anderson Named Artist-in-Residence at EMPAC

EMPAC has announced that contemporary artist Laurie Anderson (who is married to Lou Reed) is EMPAC’s new artist-in-residence for the next three years.

From EMPAC:

As one of America’s foremost contemporary artists; a persistent experimenter at the intersection of performance, media, and technology; and an inventor of tools and instruments, Anderson and EMPAC’s exceptional research and production environment for adventurous new work are an ideal match. The residency provides Anderson with wide access to space, technology, and support for creative experimentation, but as important, brings the artist into ongoing dialogue with students and faculty at Rensselaer.

This is an amazing thing to have in this area and I’m really excited to see what Laurie has in store for us through 2015. If her inventions are any indication as to what we may see, I cant wait.

Photo © Leland Brewster