NYS Museum Holiday Break Programs

So for all of you who are home and completely sick of your family, or conversely want something to do with your family, the NYS Museum has a bunch of extra programming starting today and running through Sunday. The Star Lab: Winter Sky program (recommended for ages five and up) sounds super awesome.

In addition to that stuff, check their regular schedule, because on display, there is a rock from the freaking moon in the lobby. Seriously.

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Review: Kite Person’s “Tonight We Run”


It’s a good week for Kite Person. Today marks the dropping of his debut EP on Sub-Bombin Records and this Thursday, Kite Person will be performing for free alongside Elsphinx, The Black Ships, Party Horn, Rally and DJ Mercy at the Fuze Box. Don’t you just love when things happen in a nice, chronological order?

Tonight We Run is a collaboration between local musicians and producers Kite Person and Rawhead, both of whom call home to the Sub-Bombin roster. These two working together makes perfect sense with a very complimentary combination of distinctive vocal stylings over ambient electronica beats. Their first time working together was supposed to be a one-off single that ended up leading to a full seven-track EP. You know, lock two creative souls in the studio and see what happens. I’m not mad about it.

At first listen, I was a bit surprised. Sub-Bombin has consistently featured a lean towards quality hip hop and downtempo instrumentals and this release just goes to show taste-making is just as adaptive and open-minded an art as anything else. (In fact, I believe I said something along the lines of, “why didn’t anyone tell me this was gonna be kinda weird-in-the-good-way?”) Regardless, it fits in its own place.

Kite Person features subtle tastes reminiscent of Phantogram, Of Montreal and maybe even Ariel Pink, while also appealing to those who gravitate towards experimental electronic production. Kite Person could easily perform both on bills comprised of indie bands or of forward-thinking DJs or perhaps be the linking thread between the two genres. It’s upbeat, easy-listening that doesn’t lose its voice or point of view in its experimentation.

The lyrics and vocals alike are both a bit whimsical in nature that helps inspire an element of visual storytelling that would translate quite well to a movie soundtrack or what have you.

You can preview the song “Know Yr Rites,” courtesy of Sub-Bombin and download a digital copy over at the label’s store. Listen and get excited for Thursday.

KAB picks: “Know Yr Rites,” “Hipster Fatigue,” “Squadron Dogs”

Andrew’s Music Monday: On The Sly Edition


This Thursday night, I’m headed down to Le Poisson Rouge to DJ alongside of some of my favorite producers and DJs. So, with that said, the theme for this Music Monday is to get as many people acquainted with myself, knomad, Max Pearl, False Witness and Rizzla.

First up, we have my mix I did for on.the.sly, who is hosting Thursday’s madness. It’s got a lot of deep and dark club tunes in there with a slight sprinkling of tekstyle. Also it’s a pretty good representation of what I like to play on a typical night out.

OTS Promo Mix #8 : Party With Tina by Onthesly Ny on Mixcloud

Next up is False Witness, who’s ‘Realidad Bodega’ mix is one of the craziest mixes I’ve heard in a long time, especially because of it’s backstory:

A Latino teenager turns on his walkman after he leaves his local bodega on a hot summer night. While walking home, the station he settles on is a live mix from a rave in the Caribbean. From there, it’s a transformative process in which the local sounds of his neighborhood seem to mesh vibrantly with the sounds of acid, vogue, urbano, hardstyle, and rave stabs. As the broadcast ends, he’s finally home, and he switches channels until finding something familiar.

Pure insanity.

Next, we have Cluster Mag’s managing editor, Max Pearl. He’s been onto a tip of bootlegs and juke edits recently, but the mix below is a history lesson. And not only that, the mixing and selection is impeccable.

Five Years of Hipster Bass by Katfyte on Mixcloud

And the headliner on the night, Rizzla, is one of my absolute favorite DJs. Below is the audio from his BOILERROOM set in NYC this summer.

Also, we can’t forget knomad, who is putting this whole party together and is a damn fine selector himself. Below is his set from his RWD.FM show during hurricane Sandy.

OTS RADIO RWD FM 10.29.12 HURRICANE EDITION by Onthesly Ny on Mixcloud


Miami Art Basel 2012: Photos and Recap

This year’s annual Art Basel affair fell on December 6-9 and just about a week prior, I decided to book a spontaneous flight to Miami to check it out for myself. (Do something stupid like that sometime, it feels amazing).

Essentially, Art Basel has grown massively since getting its start in 1970 and now has expanded to include an incomprehensibly huge amount of representative galleries, artists and of course, copious amounts of artwork itself, all contained in one place, at one time. Simply put, Art Basel is reputed to be the most prestigious art show in the country and features galleries from all over the world. What I learned during my trip is that Art Basel is the jump off for almost a dozen other giant art fairs that are all organized during the same time frame, all hosted in Miami.

Our game plan was solely to solidify our booking at a $18-per-night hostel in South Beach and take it from there. We ended up overdosing on art in the best way imaginable during our time in Miami.

We hit up separate fairs, Fountain, (which featured work from local artists, including Samson Contompasis and friends of ours who run a gallery in North Adams), Scope, Pulse and another one focused mainly on fine art that was free admission. It was nice to get some contrast between fairs, as most had a subtle DIY pop-up gallery feel (some with live painting occurring at all hours outside its walls) and all featured top tier artists of today’s scene and countless others of impeccable talent and creativity.

The Wynwood Arts District was absolutely the highlight and focal point of the weekend, with art by day and countless parties at night, with so many people walking around cars had a hard time moving down the street. Walking down one street one day had a completely different feel the next, as new murals popped up on walls literally overnight. There was also a shift in energy from Wynwood during the day into the art district’s night life mode that helped remind us that we were on vacation in the first place and artists, well, they like to have their fun as well. SPIN Magazine sponsored one of the parties we went to and we saw araabMUZIK, Mr. MFN eXquire, Kool Keith perform under an artfully constructed stage. Other performers throughout the weekend included MikeQ (who we unfortunately missed), Ben UFO and JOGYO, featuring kuxxan SUUM.

Art-wise, it was a happy challenge attempting to see it all (this is virtually impossible) and although we probably only hit 30% of what was fully offered as a part of the festivities, it was more than satisfying and by the end of the weekend, we were ready to not look at art anymore. Additionally, it was hard to NOT take pictures the entire time, as the level of artistic quality and quantity were both at all time highs. I’ve never experienced anything quite like it in any comparable capacity and now that I’ve gone this year, it feels like a staple for next December as well.

Plus you know, seeing palm trees everywhere and experiencing warm weather in December is always nice. And I had a fried-avocado taco that changed my life.

Hit the jump or click on the image above to see the full gallery.

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Quality events for this weekend vol. 69

If I’ve missed something leave it in the comments, there’s not much going on this weekend in the way of events. Time to check out the NYS Museum or take a day trip somewhere!

Friday, December 14th

Ugly Sweater Christmas Party at Finnbar’s Pub: First annual Ugly Sweater Party at a really great new spot in Troy. Cash for the best sweater, too!

The Chronicles CD Release Show at the Bayou: The Chronicles new album is coming out so it’s time to celebrate.

Party Boat, Hand Habits, Linear North and Josh Robin at Bailey’s Cafe: It’s that time again for some of that good ole rock and roll in Saratoga.

Saturday, December 15th

Bulldoze, Vehement Serenade, War Hound, GhostxShip at Bogies: Get your hardcore fix before spending all that time with your family in two weeks.

Tight Knit: Get your holiday gifts sorted out locally, and hit the farmers market too!

Sunday, December 16th

Job for a Cowboy and Cephalic Carnage at Bogies: Bring a food item for the local food pantry and get $5 off your admission. This show will be awesome.

2-for-1 at McGearyโ€™s: Trumaster. Cheap drinks. End the weekend right.

Rumored Upstate New York chip factory likely to involve Apple

Neil Huges, for Apple Insider:

“We’re shopping a lot of different companies at any given time,” Cuomo said. “Apple has a lot of competition, obviously, for their location. I don’t think they’re anywhere yet in the decision-making.”

The secret Apple customer eyeing upstate New York has reportedly been scouting sites such as the Luther Forest Technology Campus in the city of Malta, as well as Marcy NanoCenter in Oneida County.

This isn’t a huge surprise, as all of Apple’s iPhone/iPad chips are already made stateside, in Austin, Texas by Samsung. But with mounting anti-Samsung sentiment from Apple (and vice-versa), it makes sense for them to have their chips manufactured through a different supplier. With the emergence of Tech Valley in our area, putting another chip fab in our area seems to only make sense.