Go vote

Seriously. Go do it.

If you’re in New York, go to the voter lookup website to see where your polling place is. Then, go there.

If you’re registered to vote in Nassau, Rockland, Suffolk, Westchester or NYC, you can vote at ANY polling place via affidavit ballot. For example, if you’re registered to vote on Long Island and you’re currently at school, you can vote in places such as the UAlbany Campus Center.

I’ll be watching the results come in tonight at the Young Prisms, Careers and Sun Burdens show at Valentine’s.

Andrew’s Music Monday: Winter is here edition

Hope everyone’s doing well post Sandy. I’ve been slacking on these posts but with a few minutes to spare I figure I’d share what I’ve been listening to recently.

The following is a new mix by Ryan Hemsworth for Fool’s Gold Records. It’s got a slow and surreal vibe to it and is perfect for the early morning or late night. Each track is presented in a new context as each one is a remix/remake/refix of the original. Track list inclues Frank Ocean, Kanye West, Grimes, Big Boi and more.

Next up is a new mix in support of Dubbel Dutch‘s new single Self Help Riddim. Again, packed with unreleased edits and all sorts of amazing stuff you can only hear in mixes. The Self Help Riddim itself is really graceful and light, a much needed contrast to the torrents of trendy music that’s sweeping the internet and club at the moment. There’s a huge gap left by all the trap and club remixes of rap stuff that’s popular at the moment so any soca/dancehall/afrobeat sounds are more than welcomed to keep things in check.

Next up is a mix from BODY HIGH‘s most hyped artist DJ FUNERAL. It was from the BODY HIGH BOILER ROOM (so many capitals) takeover. The mix features all the tracks from DJ FUNERAL’s new EP titled RIP Tribute, which sold out basically instantly when it was put up for sale. Really great mix and in general a very strong sound coming from BODY HIGH since their inception. Too bad Jerome hates Albany.

The following tekstyle mix isn’t for the feint of heart, but if you’re into the harder side of electronic music it’s checking out. It’s by the old school hardcore and jungle enthusiast and all around incredible DJ and producer Dev/Null. It’s packed with 29 tracks in an hour and the mixing is absolutely impeccable. You will be hearing this sound at a club night near you in the upcoming months.

That’s it for now. If you have something you’d like me and others to hear, leave it as a comment or tweet it to me!

Kitty Little and Salon Style at Fuzz Records: Recap and Photos

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Last night was a fun little show at Fuzz Records, with Kitty Little and Salon Style.

Salon Style is Gavin from The Kamikaze Hearts sample based act, in which he is joined on stage only by a sampler and what I believe was a small jar of whiskey. The samples ranged from simple drum patterns to really intricate, layered, backing tracks. Really smart idea and the set up and break down is probably a huge perk for someone who is used to playing with a huge band.

Kitty Little, who has been a Capital Region staple for quite some time, was incredible. Being a somewhat recent transplant to the area, this was my first time getting to see them and I really hope it won’t be the last. It was fast, loud and really enjoyable. And any ‘pop’ band with guitar solos is awesome. If you haven’t see these guys, you really have to make an effort.

Side note: after the show we all went over to Elda’s for karaoke which was amazing. The drummer from Kitty Little absolutely destroyed some Michael Jackson.

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Ticket Giveaway: Young Prisms at Valentine’s 11/6

Dellarocca Booking has put together your live soundtrack to watching the election (Tuesday, November 6) results in the form of Young Prisms, Careers, and Sun Burdens in the downstairs space at Valentine’s. I think hosting a show on such a night is a perfect fit – especially for those who want to periodically check in on election coverage, without being buried in Twitter or cable TV, and while simultaneously enjoying live music and drinks from the bar.

Young Prisms released their sophomore record, In Between, this year on Kainine Records, and the whole album is still available for streaming. Check ’em out.

Joining in on the fun is Careers, who you may have caught at Restoration Festival. Careers is comprised of local talent Meagan Duffy and Steve Stanley. You can also catch Sun Burdens, which is the new project of electronic musician Shane Sanchez, formerly of Ghoul Poon. You can check out his latest release here.

Fuzz Records also has a limited number of advance physical tickets without service fees. Stop in as you’re walking down Lark Street. You can also buy tickets online here.

We have a pair to giveaway so hit the jump to enter!

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Ticket Giveaway: CLUSTER at EMPAC 11/03

This Saturday, Chicago-based artist Kurt Hentschläger, known for his audio-visual performances and installations, will be performing at EMPAC. Hentschläger has been working with time-based media, film, video, animation, and sound since 1983 and EMPAC has been kind enough to offer up a pair of tickets so you can experience an awesome audio and visual event.


The next phase in Kurt Hentschlägerʼs generative video and audio work, CLUSTER moves the focus to group behavior and interaction, particularly swarm phenomena. A simple, yet absurd setting is proposed—3D human characters turn into a school of fish. In the weightless choreography, human figures appear mostly as a pulsing, amorphous mass, a cloud of blurry matter from body parts and light. By its never fully predictable generative nature, CLUSTER describes a meta-organism with a decidedly anti-individualistic character.

If you’re not the contest type, you can get tickets from EMPAC, and you should do so sooner rather than later as space for this is really limited. This is going to be an awesome performance, and word on the street is that people still talk about Hentschlägerʼs last performance at EMPAC, titled FEED.

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