Quality events for this weekend vol. 54

Friday August 3rd

First Friday Albany: It’s the first Friday of the month, which means First Friday Albany will be in full force. Recommended that you check out the Carried Away Coffins exhibit at the Dead President Lounge with DJ OFI on the decks all night. Also Ed Cowley features work “Then & Now” at the Albany Center Gallery. You can see the full event listing here. It’s also fun to just walk around Lark Street and see what you stumble upon. For a quality after-party, head over to the Fuze Box with DJ Rana Ransom and Brooklyn duo Faith & Mark.

Valentine’s is also double booked with The Slaughterhouse Chorus, Goldtooth, Charmboy and Black Eyed Betty downstairs and Within the Ruins, Adestria and Erra upstairs.

Over at the Upstate Music Hall tonight is Moombah Method featuring Nadastrom (who is an excellent DJ and producer quite influential to the moombahton genre itself) alongside Static Groove and Lazerbass for support.

Saturday August 4th

Pretty sweet to see a ska show come to the area, featuring Hub City Stompers, New Red Scare and Dead Aces at the Fuze Box.

Planet Eater will be playing their last show alongside Finisher and Maggot Brain downstairs at Valentine’s.

Over at Red Square, Sonus Maximus will have their CD release show alongside Reign of Thought.

The UAG will host a show featuring Belltone Suicide, Cruudeuces, Fossils. I’ve never heard of any of these bands so let us know how it goes if you make it out. The UAG has featured bands in the past that have pleasantly surprised me.

Sunday August 5

Open mic at the Lark Tavern hosted by Albany’s own Carl Daniels. Go and participate or go and watch.

Interestingness in the local news vol 55

Vermont based Northshire Bookstore considering opening another location in Saratoga.

Amtrak introduces e-ticketing, no need to print at the kiosk anymore.

Finnbar’s Pub in Troy is now opened. Looks really great inside.

Super Bowl trophy was on display in City Hall.

De Von Callicutt, who killed Richard Bailey after trying to rob him, is suing Albany police for $160,000. De Von is currently in ultra-maximum-security prison Southport Correctional Facility.

NYS is expanding their DNA database.

Troy officials looking for proposals for foreclosed properties.

Westerlo Mom kills son with hammer and lives with the body for a couple days.

NY stops giving unemployment checks to the deceased.

10 cars broken into Wednesday night in Washington Park.

Rosen building behind the Miss Albany Diner will be turned into 20ish apartments.

Why “trap” as a genre is as relevant as you make it

Last night a friend of mine, someone whose musical taste – although primarily indie rock based – I’ve never questioned, asked me for “my take on trap.”

He intended the question to be a compliment, knowing personally my history and hobby of writing about current music over the years. I took it as such, but realized, my answer wasn’t all that insightful. Without thinking much about it, I said something along the lines of: think of the phenomenon of brostep these days but apply it within the context of featuring southern rap tastes. That’s that. He said “ok.”

Trap can be aggressive lyrically, with booming 808’s and cutting snares, as well as a negotiable tempo and rhythm. The kick is in the bass, in that it’s often quite dramatic with the kick drum acting as the bass instrument. To simplify, think banging beats with an ignorant vocal glaze.

My first introduction to the term came during a college radio set my friend did about six months ago, during which, someone (whose musical taste I also respect) asked me for a track ID. The track in question had “trap instrumental” in the title. That’s as much as I can remember – besides also enjoying the track – but from there, I started noticing more and more the term being tossed around and people fixating on it as the ‘next thing.’

A couple of my best friends for example, have been sampling rap in their bass-driven DJing since the very beginning of their time as a DJ, because that’s what they’ve known best coming into the craft. Do I call either one a trap DJ? Definitely not.

Hearing people bastardize the sounds as the ‘it-genre’ of the moment is quite annoying and repetitive, all without gaining much new insight.

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RestFest 2012

Rest Fest is on it’s way, and if you don’t already know, it’s a music festival that takes place in historic St. Josephs Church in Albany. This year’s festival takes place on on Sept 7th, 8th and 9th.

The full lineup will be released on August 7th. They’ve been releasing details slowly and here’s what we’ve got so far:

Brian Dewan — Brian’s an artist who’s made cover artwork for David Byrne, They Might Be Giants and Neutral Milk Hotel. Dewan’s music is a solo effort with him playing the autoharp, electric zither, organ, and accordion. Brian’s sound is definitely a throwback, which many people will enjoy.

The Loom — Brooklyn based indie rock band. The Loom have played almost every major festival and have been touted as “the next big thing” by The New York Times. They incorporate a bunch of left-field instruments such as mandolin, French horn, banjo, ukelele among others.

Hop Along — Female fronted indie rock which is much more airy than most. I really love three pieces and this is no different. Front-woman Frances Quinlan has been in Albany a few times, but not too many with her full band. Also nuts their album was recorded over a two-year period.

Common Prayer — Another Brooklyn-based indie band. Quite relaxed and melodic, easy and fun to listen to. The BBC has called their album “one of the year-so-far’s most recommended under-the-radar releases.”

Mount Eerie — Washington-based lo-fi band. Sounds like Bon Iver with much less shrieking and many more harmonies.

The Kamikaze Hearts — Albany based porch-rock. They will be reuniting for this Rest Fest. You may recognize member Matthew Loiacono of Matthew Carefully and Rosary Beard. No bandcamp link, but they’ve got a bunch of videos on YouTube.

Let’s talk about Snoop Lion

When I first heard about Snoop Dogg’s recent announcement that he’d be changing his name to Snoop Lion and pursuing down the path towards a reggae album, my first reaction was admittedly a bit negative.

I kind of found the whole thing funny for some reason. Thinking that the dude doesn’t really need to give us any more evidence that he smokes a lot of weed and that Snoop Lion as a name just didn’t roll off the tongue just showcased my initial ignorance towards what Snoop is doing, embarrassingly enough.

In actuality, this career choice is about moving forward, moving away from his established role in rap and starting fresh towards a new (re)discovered passion. It’s not just a genre swap for one album; it’s a whole commitment towards a new persona and life path. We’ll learn to like the name change, because it’s not going anywhere. Snoop is as Snoop does. I’ve always respected that.

Vice Media has produced a feature-length film that share’s the aptly-titled album’s name, Reincarnated, which will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. The trailer for the film is what opened my eyes to what Snoop actually is doing and I absolutely can’t wait for the opportunity to see the film in full.

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Ticket Giveaway: Thieves, Suckerpunch, Far From Proper, Ship Me Overseas and The Ambulance Review

This coming Monday, St. Rose operated venue Jack’s Place will be hosting another rad pop-punk show featuring Austin natives Thieves alongside Suckerpunch, Far From Proper, Albany locals Ship Me Overseas and The Ambulance Review. Jack’s Place has been hosting a bunch of great shows as of late and if you haven’t made it out, you really owe yourself. Plus, it’s on a Monday, and you’re not doing anything else anyway.

Jack’s place has hooked us up with a pair of tickets to give away, so hit the jump for the entry form! Continue reading…

Marina & the Diamonds to play free show tomorrow at the Barge

London based Marina & the Diamonds will be playing a free show tomorrow, Tuesday July 31st at the Barge sometime between 12:30-1:30pm. This is really weird, considering I am just hearing of this now, and the fact that it’s taking place in the weirdest possible “venue” in Albany, at lunch time.

Here’s the weirdly vague event announcement and here’s where you can enter to win to meet Marina.