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WCDB Presents: Disappears, Lotus Plaza & Location Ensemble

WCDB and Albany Sonic Arts Collective have put together an awesome show Wednesday, April 18th at Valentines Music Hall. Disappears, which features Steve Shelley of Sonic Youth and Brian Case of the Ponys; Lotus Plaza, which features Lockett Pundt of Deerhunter and as an fyi, their new album got rated as ‘Best New Music‘ by Pitchfork. Location Ensemble is a “motley 9-piece guitar ensemble whose membership reads like a who’s who of experimental Albany-area musicians. It currently includes Thomas Lail and Patrick Weklar from soundBarn, Tape Drift owner Eric Hardiman, Ray Hare from Century Plants, other Albany Sonic Arts Collective regulars Holland Hopson (also a UAlbany Music Dept Professor) and Matt Weston, an Albany rock club (Valentine’s) owner Howard Glassman, Tara Fracalossi, and Jason Martin.” (Quote lifted from their Self-Titled Album review on Upstate Soundscape.

Tickets are available on Brown Paper Tickets, and the event is also on facebook. See you there.

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12-year-old arrested for the 3rd time in four months after stealing another car

Not quite sure why this kid is free to steal another car after stealing one previously, which would land an adult in jail for up to 20 years.

According to police, the boy, who’s about 5 foot 4 and 125 pounds, was among a group of five boys seen running from another stolen car at 4:45 a.m. Tuesday.

4:45am on a Tuesday, you know, a normal time for a 12-year-old to be out with friends. Although, I do give them props for this one, even though I’m sure they didn’t do it intentionally:

While the officer was signaling for the car to pull over, the youths stopped just before coming to North Lake Avenue and ran away, leaving the stolen car in drive, Smith said. The officer had to jump inside and put the car in park as it rolled into the street.

The article closing with this gem really is the icing on the cake:

After Tuesday’s arrest, the child was released to his mother.

Be sure to read the article for the full ‘tear your hair out’ experience.

Albany Bicycle Coalition Announces Events for Bike Month

If you can’t believe it’s already April, just wait for May to start creeping towards us. The beginning of May through to June marks an extended month dedicated towards promoting cycling through a series of organized events in the Capital Region.

The Albany Bicycle Coalition announced the very first round of events for this year’s Bike Month, and the rest will soon be on their official calendar. In the past they have hosted viewings of rare cycling films, rides, giveaways and all sorts of really great bike related happenings.

And in case you didn’t know about this awesome organization, the Albany Bicycle Coalition is a group of individuals that work towards promoting bicycling in any form and they also are involved with the Albany Bike Rescue.

The ABC also will be hosting the 2nd Annual Bike EXPO, which will kick off National Bike Month. The event will take place on May 6th, from 10am to 4pm at the Washington Park Lakehouse. You can find more info on the EXPO on the ABC website.

You can also keep up with the ABC and their events over on their facebook page.

Hit the jump to see the schedule.

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Review: Magazine, No Thyself

Could Magazine have been the biggest band in the world? Not a chance. Next question: did they want to?

When lead singer and founder Howard Devoto quit the band in 1981, he cited low album sales as the reason for his departure. Devoto was twenty-nine then, by which age he should have either succeeded in music or surrendered to the workforce. (In his native Britain, where teenagers regularly started full-time careers, he probably should have given up five or six years earlier.) Magazine did not fail, exactly, but they defined the term “cult band”: beloved by a small clutch of critics, despised by just as many, small but devoted fanbase, ignored by the larger public.

Magazine presented themselves as a connoisseur’s band; also, as pricks. They knew full well that they were smart musicians, a fact they never failed to advertise. They positioned themselves at the avant-garde, relying upon futuristic keyboards and scathing lyrical introspection where pub rock and punk demanded back-to-basics anthems. Across five albums – four studio, one live – and a handful of singles, Magazine exuded the barely-suppressed fury of over-educated twenty-somethings bashing up against the realization that the world is not, in fact, a meritocracy. They longed for mass appreciation, yet reveled in a style that was, for most listeners, nearly impossible to appreciate.

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Horrible 2012 Tulip Festival Lineup Announced

In an obvious move to the most accessible artists possible, ‘Today the Moon, Tomorrow the Sun’, ‘Walk the Moon’, and ‘Fountains of Wayne’ have been announced as the big three for this years “get-day-drunk-on-Lark-Street-with-suburbanites-who-complain-how-dirty-Albany-is-whilst-littering” fest.

Full line-up after the jump.

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KC’s Music Monday: Obey City, Archie Pelago, Artek, Jackmaster + Ben UFO

First up is the Essential Mix from Rustie which features two tracks from April’s OUTPOST1 guest, Obey City. You can check out the mix here, for the next 4 days, then probably troll around to find it posted somewhere else. It’s an even 2 hours too, which is perfect to start off your work week.

Over the weekend, my personal Twitter feed blew up with support of our friends in Archie Pelago, who recorded a live set for the one and only Mary Anne Hobbes for XFM. It was a fun experience catching it live but in case you missed it, you can stream it here. It starts around 22 minutes in and will be posted up on mixcloud sometime in the near future. You can also check out this interview I did awhile ago in the KAB archive. Keep an eye on Archie’s upcoming gig dates; you never know when it’ll align that they trek up I-87 from Brooklyn to visit us in Albany. Their live performances are not to be missed, and they also hinted on Facebook they’ll post a video from the MAH performance sometime soon.

This next mix from Ben UFO and Jackmaster went live last week and I am responsible for at least a dozen plays at this point. It’s a really excellent office soundtrack, with its proper dedication and tribute to the art of the “warm-up set” with an emphasis on building, much like what should happen in the early stage of a night. (Bonus: check out this feature on Resident Advisor on the importance of the opening DJ’s set. Tall Ass Matt will be opening the next OUTPOST1 and has the art of opening down, which is why we asked him back for a second round.)

Lastly, out tomorrow on multiple digital distribution sites is the next release from one of my favorite labels, B YRSELF, from self-described “low key” UK producer Artek. I’ve been bumping the preview for awhile now and it makes for very good listening, with smooth and original production. It’s a bit calm at times (which I like) and has several layers to it. Listen through a couple times and you’ll see (hear) what I mean. The EP also features remixes from Umba, Keiska and Bombé.

Phantogram to be on the next Flaming Lips album

In an article from Pitchfork, Wayne Conye talks about the Flaming Lips’ next album, which includes a ton of collaborations, a few ultra-limited edition which will have actual blood samples from the collaborators, and what it’s like to be around Ke$ha while she’s on 10 hits of acid.

However, a little way into the article, this gem drops:

According to Coyne, one track that’s almost guaranteed to make it onto the new album features New York electro-pop outfit Phantogram. Coyne describes that one thusly: “It’s a real fuckin’ somber, strange song about lusting for success and the things that you want in your life.”

Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of that record.