Quality events for this weekend vol. 74

Brenmar will be DJing at the Putnam Den on Saturday

Friday January 25th

Troy Night Out: It’s the last Friday of the month! Be sure to stop by the So to Speak exhibit at The Arts Center, Exit at EMPAC then over at the Confectionery afterward for a glass or 10 of wine.

Fourth Friday and Everything Classic w/Great Mastr: Dance well into the night at Justin’s with DJs Trumastr and Nate da Great.

Two Car Garage at Valentine’s: Alongside Nightmare River Band and Todd May.

Happy Days at Elda’s, 50’s themed party with DJs General Kornwalis and Mr. Kissner.

Saturday January 26th

Headswap at EMPAC: Awesome immersive performance with all sorts of omnidirectional footage. Crazy stuff.

UAG Night at Fuze Box: Before 80s night check out Linear North, The Titanics, BIRTHDAYS., and Grabass Cowboys.

Brenmar at the Putnam Den: Chicago-born NY-raised DJ Brenmar will be tearing things up at the Putnam Den along with the best local DJs. Highly recommended for those not into the normal club music crap.

EOM: End of the Month at McGearys with Goldtooth and a special performance by AWAR, hosted by Lofi Lobo with music by DJ Trumastr.

Sunday January 27th

2-for-1 at McGearys: Trumastr and 2-for-1 drinks. Enough said.

The Slaughterhouse Chorus and Bridge Under Fire dual record release of a split 7″ at Valentines alongside Bad Friends (also releasing a 7″).

Stream: FaltyDL’s ‘Hardcourage’

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Part of the reason why I believe certain musicians find success in their creative endeavors is when they consciously make an effort towards putting time, energy and focus into studying their craft from all angles. FaltyDL is one of those musicians.

FaltyDL‘s new LP, Hardcourage, is wonderful. The album is to be released via Nina June and is currently available for full streaming over on Sound Cloud. Put your orders in for it.

Check out this recent interview with the man himself and hit the jump for my appreciative ramblings.

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‘So to Speak’ opening at the Arts Center

Friday January 25th for Troy Night Out, The Arts Center is presenting So To Speak.

From the copy:

[So to Speak is] an exhibition that creates an encounter between visual and verbal forms of representation. Each work in the exhibition weighs the difference between these two forms of expression, reflecting on the faults, slippages, and tensions that arise when representing images with words.

So to Speak features the work of Leona Christie, Paula Gaetano Adi, Hollis Frampton, Melinda McDaniel, Fernando Orellana, and Klub Zwei, several of which are living and working in the Capital District. The exhibit runs January 25th through March 29th. TNO is an awesome way to spend the earlier part of your Friday night and this exhibit alone is going to be worth it! Plus, you can hit up the Confectionery before and after checking out all the art.

Thanks to Klub Zwei for the photo above. Hit the jump to check out the full press release!

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Ticket Giveaway: Brenmar at Putnam Den

on.the.sly & The Diamond Armada are kind enough to hook us up with a pair of tickets to give away for this Saturday’s show at Putnam Den. Brenmar has been one of my favorite DJs since I started paying attention to club music. His priority of getting the women in the room moving lends itself to some of the best and most appropriate tunes you can hear in a club, ever. Also on the bill is locals Despereaux, Looney, Party With Tina (that’s me), Sweatpants $, and on.the.sly’s own knomad.

The mix above is one of my favorites and is seriously in constant rotation. I absolutely love R&B and this mix really scratches the itch. That mix is a must download. In addition to that, there’s tons of amazing local support and you’re sure to not hear the same boring tunes the rest of Saratoga has their DJs playing. Put this in your calendar and come out and have an abnormally fun night.

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KC’s Music Monday: J Dilla

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James Dewitt Yancey, also known as J Dilla or Jay Dee, was a very important person.

For those of you unfamiliar, Dilla was a producer who is deservingly cited, time and time again, as one of the most influential hip hop artists of our time. He worked with many of the industry’s finest, such as A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Busta Ryhmes, The Pharcyde and Common, in addition to creating an extraordinarily large amount of solo work. Jay Dee passed away in 2006 of a blood disease, merely three days after his 32nd birthday and the release of his final album, Donuts.

This year marks the 5th anniversary of the annual tribute, as graciously organized and presented by Beat*Shot Music. Proceeds from the event, which will take place on Saturday, February 2nd at the Red Square, will go to the J Dilla Foundation.

This year’s event will feature performances from Midas, Rawhead, Oddisee, J Live, JB aka Dirty Moses, PJ Katz and the Dilla Gents, with DJs Nate Da Great and Trumastr, aka Great Mastr. Be sure to check out each of these artists in their own respects, you won’t be disappointed.

This year, Dilla’s mother, Maureen “Ma Dukes” Yancey will also be in the building, holding it down as a representative of the J Dilla Foundation. The foundation, which was founded by Ma Dukes herself, works to help fund inner-city music programs and provide scholarships to students attending schools that have progressive music curricula.

With Dilla, there’s a lot to talk about and a lot of music to listen to. For this post, I asked for friends to pitch in with some of their favorite tracks. Speaking honestly, there’s not much out there that the producer created that I don’t like and I know I’m not alone in saying that. For myself and Dilla, it’s about discovery and re-discovery, especially considering the fact that the Grammy-award winning musician put out more music in just over a decade than some are able to produce in a lifetime. Incredible.

Hit the jump and spend some quality time listening.

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Broadway Brew ‘Biergarten’ officially fails to re-brand, closing doors on 1/31

That’s one way to try to sell some beer.

From their facebook (worth noting how quickly the comments thread on their announcement becomes inflammatory):

Open only till the 31st of this month folks come in tonight for great food and drink specials. If you have been here than come say goodbye, if you haven’t come and see what Troy is losing……

This comes after a patron of their bar threatened to start shooting people one week ago. After a foot chase, the patron hurled the loaded handgun onto the roof of a garage.

This comes after a completely failed attempt at “upgrading” their patrons by opening as a biergarten as opposed to a sports bar/night club type establishment. Perhaps the DJs, $1 shots, hookah nights and beer pong tournaments didn’t help ward off the issue.

Let’s hope someone tries to compete with Vic in that space by offering something of actual quality.