Quality events for this weekend vol. 60

Friday, September 21st

Alta Mira and Giles Bennett & the Petrified Woods at the Albany Public Library: Band literally playing in the garage.

The Antlers at Helsinki Hudson: Brooklyn based indie rock band making a trip upstate. They’re on tons of ‘Album of the Year’ lists and all over P4k.

Saturday, September 22nd

Pearlpalooza: Matt & Kim, Phantogram, Robert DeLong and a whole bunch more. The whole thing kicks off at noon.

Pop up flea in Scotia: Big vintage flea market to kick off the fall season.

Coheed and Cambria with Three at the Egg: It’s Rush for the youngins at the areas most architecturally significant venue.

Genesis at the Pearl St Pub: Featuring Cosmic Revenge with support from locals Knomad, Just the Sauce, Snakefoot and Looney. Kicks off at 9pm.

Aficionado Record Release Show at Fuze Box: Free copy of their record if you bring in a flyer. With support from Babe City, Lysergic Shores and Bad Local. Vegan food will be provided.

Sunday, September 23rd

Local Harvest Festival: Kicks off at noon in the Washington Park Lakehouse. Get down on some local goodies and some local music.

2 for 1s and 1s and 2s at McGearys w/DJ Trumastr: Cheap drinks and good tunes.

NYS Museum: Now open on Sundays, and you know you haven’t visited in a while.

Troy and Albany Banned Books ReadOut

Next week, there is going to be two banned book events in Albany and Troy, respectively. The Albany event takes place Friday September 28th at 6pm, and the next day the Troy event takes place at Market Block Books at 10am. There will be readings of excerpts from banned or challenged books by local actors, writers, poets and community leaders at the event.

From the copy:

Banned Books Week (Sept. 30 – Oct. 6, 2012) highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship. Building on the success of their joint 2011 program, the University Club of Albany Foundation and the New York Civil Liberties Union, Capital Region Chapter will present ReadOut! on Friday, September 28 at 6:00 p.m. at the National Register-listed University Club of Albany, 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street.

You can check out more details on the Albany event and the Troy event on facebook or through the Albany Poets website. Go check out what the government doesn’t want to to be able to have access to with a bunch of like-minded individuals.

Photo: shutterhacks on flickr

Jason Martin’s 23-year-archive

Jason Martin is a once-local visual artist and musician who’s performed in and curated shows as well as ran underground music and art spaces in the Capital District throughout the 1990s and early 2000s.

He’s just posted a 23-year-archive of these performances and works on his YouTube channel. Of note, is Jason’s sister Lady Starlight, who is currently touring with Lady Gaga, in many of these performances as well as helping behind the scenes.

Really neat to see this stuff surface and I bet there’s loads of other people sitting on tons of amazing content such as this, hopefully it motivates some people to share!

Ticket Giveaway: Tim Hecker at EMPAC 9/28

Ambient musician Tim Hecker was recently announced to be playing EMPAC on the 28th of September and lots of people are excited about it, including me!

From EMPAC’s copy:

Tim Hecker is a Canadian-based musician and sound artist. Since 1996, he has produced a range of audio works for Kranky, Alien8, Mille Plateaux, Room40, Force Inc., Staalplaat, and Fat Cat. His works have been described as “structured ambient,” “tectonic color plates,” and “cathedral electronic music.” He has focused on exploring the intersection of noise, dissonance, and melody, fostering an approach to songcraft that is both physical and emotive. The New York Times has described his work as “foreboding, abstract pieces in which static and sub-bass rumbles open up around slow moving notes and chords, like fissures in the earth waiting to swallow them whole.” His Harmony in Ultraviolet received critical acclaim, including being recognized by Pitchfork as a top recording of 2006. Radio Amor was also recognized as a key recording of 2003 by Wire Magazine. His work has included commissions for contemporary dance, sound-art installations, as well as various writings. He currently resides in Montreal.

If you are unfamiliar with Hecker but it seems like this might be your kinda thing, you can see reviews of Hecker’s work on Pitchfork, read up on him on his Wikipedia page, and check out some of his tunes on YouTube.

To enter, hit the jump and fill out the form! You’ll need to respond quickly if you win so don’t sleep on it. Good luck! And if you’re not the contest type, you can purchase your tickets through EMPAC.

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Skeletonwitch & Early Graves: Photos and Recap

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Last night the college ghetto was a total ghost town except for the sound coming out of Bogie’s. There was a huge stacked bill at the region’s best metal club, and people noticed. It wasn’t mega-packed as almost no late show on a Monday night is, but there was a comfortable amount of people ready to headbang and get their fix of crossover metal bands.

I arrived just in time to catch San Franciscio’s Early Graves, who are label-mates with Aficionado and Drug Church. Knowing only this, I was eager to check them out and I was glad I did. They reminded me of a mix of Gaza and R.A.M.B.O, which definitely is a good thing. If you missed the show and you’re not familliar, you can check out their new song ‘Pure Hell’ premiering on NPR today, or check out their album below.

Once Skeletonwitch took the stage, the room filled up and everyone was getting really excited for the headliners to melt some faces off. They went back a few albums and played a ton of stuff from all of their records which was great to hear. Bands usually tour to support their new records and primarily play material off them, which makes sense, but it’s still nice to hear a mix of new, old and the in between. I saw them last time they were in Albany at Valentine’s and they were even louder and heavier this time. Also worth noting, they had a ton of weird merch such as beer koozies and pint glasses (of which I bought both) alongside underwear and all sorts of other normal things.

Total bummer if you missed this. You’ve got to catch both these bands the next time they’re in town.

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Triptych 0811 at EMPAC

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Today I got to sit in on a run through of Ella Fiskum Danz’s Triptych 0811. The performance is Tuesday at 7:30pm at EMPAC and I highly recommend you go. It’s also free.

From the copy:

The Norwegian dance company journeys into the inner life of fantastic aspirations flanked by the obstacles of real life. Using classical ballet vocabulary in stark contrast to aspects of contemporary life, Fiskum culls together a theatrical dreamscape: a woman in a burqa, a ballerina turned nightclub dancer, a Hollywood starlet played by a man, and a prima ballerina. With a live performance by Norwegian rock guitar legend Ronni Le Tekrø and innovative stage design by Serge von Arx, the audience is invited to view multiple realities through the lives of the characters on stage.

During the performance, I made myself leave as to not spoil it for the real thing. The whole thing is really surreal and the performers are incredible. Not to mention that EMPAC is probably the nicest and best sounding venue on the east coast for this sort of thing. EMPAC was gracious enough to let me grab a few photos so click the photo above or hit the jump for the full gallery!

Kirkland Cyclocross Race: Photos and Recap

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Today’s weather was absolutely beautiful and only made todays cyclocross race even more enjoyable. It was my first race in over a year and it was a blast. It was the first race in the NYCROSS.com series, which is a race series thrown by a team right here in Albany, with the races all over the greater Capital District. The course was incredibly laid out with perfect technical and power sections and a bunch of really fun features.

My race went very well. I’ve literally only ridden my bike twice before today’s race and found myself racing with a group within the race itself. Once I found my rhythm and a comfortable pace I was able to ride away from the group and finish with a good amount of time on them. I didn’t place well but it was a total success all things considered.

If this looks fun to you come out to either race or drink a bunch of beer and heckle the racers!

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