OUTPOST1 Exclusive Mix + Interview: Brother Suarez

A week from today marks the next OUTPOST1! This month we’re packing a quality local bill featuring Brother Suarez, Jay Travis b2b Brad Lee, Tall Ass Matt, and as usual residents Party With Tina, Knomad and Looney.

Some updates you should know for this time around: we’ve moved to Jillian’s (which has a much, much better sound system, VIP sections with bottle service and a larger bar and dance floor), we are now 21+ and we will also feature a special RSVP only Happy Hour. For more details on how to take advantage of the Happy Hour special, check out the Facebook event.

For those of you paying uncomfortably close attention, Brother Suarez played OUTPOST1 in March exactly one year ago. He also kicked off our mix tape series, which you can still find archived on KAB. In the time that’s passed, he’s managed to balance playing out at a variety of venues throughout town with being a founder + resident at JunGALA: New Paltz’s biggest night for bass music, holding down a weekly radio show at WCDB, all while finishing things up at UAlbany.

Brother Suarez has consistently showcased immaculate skill as a DJ and considering he bought his first pair of 1200s at 15, he’s one of the genuine few who can say he honestly grew up alongside learning the art of DJing. He’s as much a tastemaker as he is versed with the talent of bringing high energy to every set.

He took the time to not only answer a few questions but also treated us to a short-n-sweet mix to kick off the weekend. Check it out and be sure to cop the DL.

Check out the Q+A beneath the jump!

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Quality events for this weekend vol. 38

Friday March 9th

Michael Van Winkle, A Thing Must Change at the Foundry, 3pm [fbook]

Girls of Porn Tour Kick-off, UAG, 8pm [fbook]

Asili & Vaccaro, Carmen’s Cafe in Troy, 8pm [fbook]

Comedy & Game Show Night, Waterworks Pub, 8pm [fbook]

Chambers Friday Night (EDM), Jillians, 10pm [fbook]

Linda Lou at Comic Syndrome, Savahannas [fbook]

MSI, Northern Lights, 7pm [fbook]

The City Never Sleeps, Mary Leigh and the Fauves, Tides Will Turn, Cosmonaut [fbook]

Saturday March 10th

Nightmares For A Week, After The Fall, Banquets, Ship Me Overseas, The Stereo State, HRCH, 6:30pm [fbook]

Pistolwhips, The Endmen, Skeletons in the Piano, Henry’s Rifle at Valentines, 8pm [fbook]

Sunday March 11th

Service Industry Night with Trumastr at Mcgearys, 10pm [fbook]

Ticket Giveaway: Rock N Roll Resort v2

It could be totally unrelated but now that we’re inching closer to the warmer months, it seems as though my events calendar is filling up faster than usual. With that also comes word of the Rock N Roll Resort v2: A Psybient Soiree, which is an exclusive 4-day, 3-night, 24-hour multi-media experience held at the historical Kutscher’s County Club in the Catskills.

Photo from Camp Bisco 2011 by Andrew Franciosa

This weekend is the first of this summer’s festival season (aside from those getting a head start at SXSW) and we’ve got a pair of tickets to give away for Friday, March 30th (valued at $70 a piece)! All you have to do is be sure that you can attend and fill out the form below.

For more info on the Rock n Roll Resort v2, hit the jump!

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KAB Interview: Recon

When I got word of Recon getting back together (in all capital letters via text, mind you), I knew that it would be only a matter of time before it aligned that we would sit down for some conversation, especially considering the band is based out of Albany, and is comprised of guys that are not only from the area but have been in reputable bands – (both local and beyond, such as Emmure, Most Precious Blood, the Acacia Strain) – for quite some time now.

Over the weekend, we got together at guitarist Tony Diaz’s lair mid-afternoon and sat down on comfy couches with Seinfeld playing in the background. My kind of interview setting. As we waiting for all members (save for drummer Paul Dove) to arrive, we began talking about how excited we were to be there. In my experience, it’s very apparent when a band “goes through the motions”, especially in interviews, and has on their game face for whatever appearances. The guys in Recon aren’t like that at all and it’s reflected in their music and in what their band is all about. Simply put, Recon is a group of long-time friends who utilize a common passion for hardcore music (and snax) as what guitarist Mike Mulholland said, “as an excuse to get together and hang out. And play music.” Right on.

Their latest EP Hell came out this Tuesday, and I wanted to give the world a couple days to digest it before posting this. (And take my time transcribing through forty-five minutes of audio featuring candid side stories, laughter and that’s-what-she-said jokes). Their self-released EP is now available via the iTunes store.

Check out the interview beneath the jump!

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KONY 2012: A guide to armchair activism

So I’m sure you’ve seen today the internet exploded with this 30-minute-add-defying video made by a charity called Invisible Children to raise awareness about what’s happening to children in Uganda.

The video in question:

I’ve seen people just watch the video then instantly become an internet activist reposting the video everywhere, using hashtags and declaring how well versed they are in current worlds issues. Some even have donated money, which is where in lies the real problem.

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Recap: WCDB’s 34th Anniversary Music Fest

14 bands took to the stage to help ring in WCDB’s 34th anniversary as a station, providing party-goers and WCDB’ers with two packed days of live music.

It was great to see Valentine’s dressed up for the occasion with balloons and streamers everywhere and more importantly, bursting at its seams with attendees. Special shouts to those who wore birthday hats in celebration of the station’s 34th “WCDBirthday”.

Photo by Leon Ferri

The weekend’s line-up consisted of Barons in the Attic (with the festival being the official release of their new album Turn it Off and Take Out the Battery), Avi Buffalo, The Parlor, Hanslick Rebellion, Around the World and Back, Slaughterhouse Chorus, if Madrid, Secret Release, Ramblin’ Jug Stompers, Matthew Carefully, The Neighborhoods, Brian Dewan, Sgt Dunbar and Titus Andronicus. Wow.

In addition to being rewarded with experiencing excellent music, there was also what seemed like a raffle prize given away on the hour, if not more, and plenty walked home with vinyl and WCDB merch. Thanks to Nicole and WCDB for organizing chaos under one roof this past weekend.

Be sure to keep the merriment going all year long and check out the station; you might even become a regular listener afterall. You can view the schedule on their website and lock in via iTunes or radio dial 90.9FM.

More photos beneath the jump courtesy of WCDB’s Leon Ferri. Thanks Leon!

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KC’s Music Monday: Distal, Archie Pelago + More

Occasionally one of us will toss together a post collecting some of the music we’ve started our week off listening to. This is one of those times.

To start things off, here’s the latest release from Distal, “Booyant” with HxdB / “Amphibian”, out today on Tectonic, as well as a remix of the collaborative track from Archie Pelago. Available on Beatport, Amazon, etc. and vinyl here. Bonus: Check out past interviews from the KAB archive with Distal and Archie Pelago.

Also, today’s post is dedicated to:

You know who you are. Hit the jump for more!

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