Dellarocca Booking announces date for their last show in Albany

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Yesterday we got word that our friends behind Dellarocca Booking will be relocating to Brooklyn this summer and will no longer be booking shows in Albany on a regular basis (unless the Mountain Goats or Titus Andronicus or Ty Segall get in touch).

I met Nicole Dellarocca and Andrew White back when I was in college through our mutual respect and love for all things WCDB, Albany and local music related. Nicole and Andrew have been commendably working on putting shows together in Albany for over three years now, which is not the easiest commitment to maintain. During their time in Albany, they have done so much for the local music scene here, whether in the form of bringing the latest independent music of quality over the airwaves, to a house party in a basement or at Valentine’s.

Browse our photo galleries and archive for a couple minutes and you’ll find countless recaps and write-ups of shows that Dellarocca Booking has been so kind to invite us to over the past couple of years.

The best way to support the local music community is to keep going to shows and you can continue doing so by attending their last show in Albany on May 3rd, where they will host The Babies at Valentine’s, alongside BIRTHDAYS and Party Boat. Be sure to pick up a ticket and read their fond farewell to Albany.

See you on May 3rd!

Listen: PJ Katz – Ear Food Volume 1

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I’ve been listening to the latest release from Pig Food Records all weekend and then some. If you’ve become familiar with my writing and tastes over the past couple years then you know this is definitely my style – plus the type of music that I want to share with everyone.

Ear Food Volume 1 is a compilation of 23 brand new instrumental beats by producer PJ Katz. I’m glad I’m not a rapper or DJ because if that were the case I would definitely be interested in stopping what I’m doing immediately to work with these beats. That being said, this release isn’t solely for the music and tastemakers, it’s one for fans of simply good music too.

PJ Katz is a thoughtful producer who thinks about the experience of listening both as a whole and of individual components alike. Each track is balanced, creative, interesting and perhaps one could even say organic. It bangs and it flows.

In addition, the guys at Pig Food Records have taken a unique take on the release, making it available locally first and digitally secondary. They want you to get out of the house, which I am in full support of, especially since it’s for the purpose of seeking out music.

Ear Food Volume 1 is available exclusively at local businesses, Fuzz Records, Seasons Skate Shop and Some Girls Boutique.

Go pick it up. All you have to do is ask the staff for a download card. If you live outside of the Albany area, the release will be available for a free download sometime next month. But until then, go take a walk down Lark street or in Troy. You’ll be glad you did.

Quality events for this weekend vol. 82

Friday, April 19th

80s Night at the Fuze Box: The ole’ standby.

End of the Month at McGeary’s: With Doom Fist, Mizery Crew, DJ Monsters and Lazers. Free, awesome rap show.

Moustache Bash at Elda’s: Free facial hair themed dance party at Elda’s with DJ White Lotus.

Tom McWatters and the Philo Beddoe Band with Esquela at Valentine’s: Rock and roll show at Albany’s favorite club. Esquela is supporting a new album produced by Eric “Roscoe” Ambel.

Albany Word Fest: Poetry open mic with many poets.

Saturday, April 20th

Hudson Valley Hops at Albany Institute of History & Art: Beer. From New York. What more is there to say?

420 Party at Red Square: Tons of local talent playing all night at Red Square.

Albany Word Fest: Invitational Slam to punctuate Albany Word Fest.

Albany Restaurant Week: Do something new. For cheap.

Dan Deacon at MASS MoCA: Weird bleepy-bloop man to perform bleepy bloops.

Sunday, April 21st

Albany Restaurant Week: Do something new. For cheap.

NYS Museum: Check the current exhibits.

Swissted at the Arts Center

The Arts Center has an amazing gallery opening tonight which includes a reception and book signing by the artist, Mike Joyce.

From the copy:

Swissted is an ongoing project by graphic designer Mike Joyce, owner of Stereotype Design in New York City. Drawing from his love of punk rock and Swiss modernism, two movements that have almost nothing to do with one another, Mike has redesigned vintage punk, hardcore, new wave, goth, grunge, and indie rock show flyers into International Typographic Style posters. Each design is set in lowercase Berthold Akzidenz-Grotesk medium. Every single one of the shows represented actually happened. Joyce was born in Troy, New York.

Books and prints are available for purchase and Swissted will be on display until April 21st. Tonight’s book signing starts at 6:30pm. More info on The Arts Center website.

Recap and photos: Delicate Steve and Dirty Projectors at Skidmore

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The past Saturday, the gymnasium at Skidmore played host to bands Delicate Steve and the Dirty Projectors.

As a thin crowd filtered in at the beginning of the night, the gym felt like a strange venue to host a show, one almost reminiscent of a high school dance, but that in itself was something different and therefore appreciated. It’s not every day you can see bands that typically play sold out (and consequently tightly packed) venues in larger cities. Once the music started and the lights were off, the mood of the evening transformed rather quickly into that of a concert and it all came together properly with ease.

I know I’ve said it before, but a bill of two bands is one of my favorite formulas for live music. Performance, a quick intermission, performance. With this set-up, the bands can feature totally diverse sounds and the show will still be enjoyable. In the case of this particular show, the bands complimented each other wonderfully and both brought quality craftsmanship and creativity to their sets.

Delicate Steve is a five-piece from New Jersey, whose music, I quickly learned, brings a distinctive inventiveness to the instrumentation of their live set. The guitar playing in their set drew me in from the beginning and the other members worked well together in creating their compositions. The band’s music is mostly instrumental, with some songs featuring light vocals. It has a hypnotic quality to it while still being danceable and overall was a pleasant surprise and kickoff to the night.

Seeing the Dirty Projectors in a setting such as Skidmore was a really fun opportunity to take advantage of. The Dirty Projectors have been playing together for a decade now and have released seven full-length albums during their time as a band. The band played songs off their latest EP, “About to Die,” and also off their latest album, such as tracks “Offspring Are Blank,” “See What She Seeing,” and “Gun Has No Trigger.”

In my opinion, Amber Coffman is the standout talent of the group and hearing her sing live made the show for me. She holds a captivating stage presence and balancing her vocals with Olga Bell was very complimentary during the set. The pair executes an interesting display of what sounds like vocal gymnastics at times and is really fun and interesting to watch.

Keep an eye on Skidmore’s event calendar, for as we recently learned, not all events are exclusive to students.

Hit the jump or click the image above to see Andrew’s full gallery!

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Quality events for this weekend vol. 81

Friday April 12th

Mavado at the PCC. Dancehall legend. Nuts that he’s playing in Albany.

VAS: Nuclear Café at the Foundry: Arts collective ‘Nuclear Café’ will have work on display and there will be a live performance at 7:30pm.

Kowloon Walled City, Zozobra, Maggot Brain (LP Release), Hush at Valentine’s: Big show to celebrate Maggot Brian’s LP that’s being released on Fuzz Records!

Comedy Showcase at Waterworks: An awesome, cheap way to start your night.

Retro-active 80s Nite at Elda’s: No cover fun party time with DJ Rana Ransom.

Cam’rom at DUO Lounge: Hey ma, what’s up?

Saturday April 13th

The Slaughterhouse Chorus at Professor Java’s: Free acoustic show with great local Americana band.

Dirty Projectors at Skidmore: Self explanatory. Will be awesome.

Sunday April 14th

Deerhoof at Valentine’s: Noisy and fun music. End your weekend right.

Sunday Underground with DJ Trumaster and Party with Tina at McGeary’s: The best in dance music and two for one drinks.