Local Planned Parenthood STD Campaign Going Viral

In two days, the new spots the Mohawk Hudson Planned Parenthood have posted have gotten over a thousand views while spreading the extremely important message of: GET CHECKED FOR STDs. The spot is quite funny in an awkward Dwight Schrute kind of way.

Also, with tax day coming up, if you’ve got a few dollars to spare, consider a donation, which can be made on their website.

Check the full website at planonit.org, and check out the letter they got about their spots on the buses.

Albany’s residential parking permit system almost a reality

From the TU today:

City lawmakers reached consensus Wednesday to divide the issue in two pieces, voting on the legislation creating the system Monday and waiting until next month to approve a separate resolution designating the specific streets to be subject to it.

Splitting the question in two will allow city agencies to prepare to implement the permit system now while officials tinker with the final maps to bring the total number of permit-restricted parking spaces beneath the 2,750 threshold allowed under state law, said Councilman Richard Conti, who represents Center Square and surrounding neighborhoods and is the measure’s chief sponsor.

Crazy to think Albany hasn’t been able to get their shit together to get this rolling, but it’s already been implemented in Troy for ever. Really exciting to see my friends not have to wake up at 8am to start feeding the meter since every street within walking distance is a metered spot. Fin-a-lly.

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WCDB Presents: Disappears, Lotus Plaza & Location Ensemble

WCDB and Albany Sonic Arts Collective have put together an awesome show Wednesday, April 18th at Valentines Music Hall. Disappears, which features Steve Shelley of Sonic Youth and Brian Case of the Ponys; Lotus Plaza, which features Lockett Pundt of Deerhunter and as an fyi, their new album got rated as ‘Best New Music‘ by Pitchfork. Location Ensemble is a “motley 9-piece guitar ensemble whose membership reads like a who’s who of experimental Albany-area musicians. It currently includes Thomas Lail and Patrick Weklar from soundBarn, Tape Drift owner Eric Hardiman, Ray Hare from Century Plants, other Albany Sonic Arts Collective regulars Holland Hopson (also a UAlbany Music Dept Professor) and Matt Weston, an Albany rock club (Valentine’s) owner Howard Glassman, Tara Fracalossi, and Jason Martin.” (Quote lifted from their Self-Titled Album review on Upstate Soundscape.

Tickets are available on Brown Paper Tickets, and the event is also on facebook. See you there.

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12-year-old arrested for the 3rd time in four months after stealing another car

Not quite sure why this kid is free to steal another car after stealing one previously, which would land an adult in jail for up to 20 years.

According to police, the boy, who’s about 5 foot 4 and 125 pounds, was among a group of five boys seen running from another stolen car at 4:45 a.m. Tuesday.

4:45am on a Tuesday, you know, a normal time for a 12-year-old to be out with friends. Although, I do give them props for this one, even though I’m sure they didn’t do it intentionally:

While the officer was signaling for the car to pull over, the youths stopped just before coming to North Lake Avenue and ran away, leaving the stolen car in drive, Smith said. The officer had to jump inside and put the car in park as it rolled into the street.

The article closing with this gem really is the icing on the cake:

After Tuesday’s arrest, the child was released to his mother.

Be sure to read the article for the full ‘tear your hair out’ experience.

Albany Bicycle Coalition Announces Events for Bike Month

If you can’t believe it’s already April, just wait for May to start creeping towards us. The beginning of May through to June marks an extended month dedicated towards promoting cycling through a series of organized events in the Capital Region.

The Albany Bicycle Coalition announced the very first round of events for this year’s Bike Month, and the rest will soon be on their official calendar. In the past they have hosted viewings of rare cycling films, rides, giveaways and all sorts of really great bike related happenings.

And in case you didn’t know about this awesome organization, the Albany Bicycle Coalition is a group of individuals that work towards promoting bicycling in any form and they also are involved with the Albany Bike Rescue.

The ABC also will be hosting the 2nd Annual Bike EXPO, which will kick off National Bike Month. The event will take place on May 6th, from 10am to 4pm at the Washington Park Lakehouse. You can find more info on the EXPO on the ABC website.

You can also keep up with the ABC and their events over on their facebook page.

Hit the jump to see the schedule.

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Review: Magazine, No Thyself

Could Magazine have been the biggest band in the world? Not a chance. Next question: did they want to?

When lead singer and founder Howard Devoto quit the band in 1981, he cited low album sales as the reason for his departure. Devoto was twenty-nine then, by which age he should have either succeeded in music or surrendered to the workforce. (In his native Britain, where teenagers regularly started full-time careers, he probably should have given up five or six years earlier.) Magazine did not fail, exactly, but they defined the term “cult band”: beloved by a small clutch of critics, despised by just as many, small but devoted fanbase, ignored by the larger public.

Magazine presented themselves as a connoisseur’s band; also, as pricks. They knew full well that they were smart musicians, a fact they never failed to advertise. They positioned themselves at the avant-garde, relying upon futuristic keyboards and scathing lyrical introspection where pub rock and punk demanded back-to-basics anthems. Across five albums – four studio, one live – and a handful of singles, Magazine exuded the barely-suppressed fury of over-educated twenty-somethings bashing up against the realization that the world is not, in fact, a meritocracy. They longed for mass appreciation, yet reveled in a style that was, for most listeners, nearly impossible to appreciate.

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Horrible 2012 Tulip Festival Lineup Announced

In an obvious move to the most accessible artists possible, ‘Today the Moon, Tomorrow the Sun’, ‘Walk the Moon’, and ‘Fountains of Wayne’ have been announced as the big three for this years “get-day-drunk-on-Lark-Street-with-suburbanites-who-complain-how-dirty-Albany-is-whilst-littering” fest.

Full line-up after the jump.

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