Rosary Beard to Debut New Album May 4th

Photo by Laura Harris

Rosary Beard, comprised of Albany’s own Matthew Loiacono and Hunter Sagehorn (of Matthew Carefully and Alta Mira, respectably), will be presenting their debut album Halfmoon Fever on Friday May 4th at the Steamer 10 Theatre in Albany.

Rosary Beard is an instrumental acoustic guitar duo and have been writing highly-detailed, emotive compositions since January 2010. I’ve given their album several listens at work and found it to be excellent for the office environment. I also have total faith that Rosary Beard in the live setting is a completely different experience – in a good way – than it is as a calming soundtrack at my job.

Additionally, the album itself was recorded completely live, with no overdubs, over the course of this past year at a historic ballroom in Troy, by Ian White of Swordpaw. The record was mixed by Troy Pohl (The Kamikaze Hearts, producer of Sean Rowe’s Magic LP) and then was mastered by Paul Gold at Salt Mastering in Brooklyn.

Lots of care went into making this album and it makes for an intelligent, interesting and creative take on guitar-based instrumentals, while remaining whimsical and not boring at all. (For those of you who feel like you absolutely “need” lyrics to enjoy music, Rosary Beard will likely prove you wrong).

The album officially comes out on June 5th, and May 4th will be a special opportunity for locals to hear it first.

The Steamer no. 10 Theatre is located at 500 Western Avenue, and I, for one, have never been there before, and am excited to check out what the venue is all about. (Consider this a perfect break in routine from seeing shows at Valentine’s, Bogies, or other commonly frequented spots in Albany).

Opening the night will be Northampton, MA-based indie-pop band Winterpills.

Tickets are available at the door ($13) and in advance ($15) by calling 518-438-5503.

Price Chopper to demolish St. Patricks Church in Watervliet

From the Troy Record:

We are sensitive to the role that St. Patrick’s Church has played in this community and are aware of initial public reaction to its purchase and demolition by Nigro Cos.,” Price Chopper CEO and President Jerel Golub said in a statement. “As such, we plan to be a participant in the larger public process and will address all questions and concerns relative to our proposed new store.”

The new store, if approved, would be about 40,200 square feet and located between 19th and 23rd streets, and 5th and 6th avenues. Along with the proposed demolition of the church, a former school and multiple row houses would also be demolished.

Imagine if they opened the small market style grocer that Fresh Market so desperately tries to do (but fails miserably) in the building that’s already there? That would be an awesome addition to the area and would definitely be a novel place to get your food. What a shame.

Local Planned Parenthood STD Campaign Going Viral

In two days, the new spots the Mohawk Hudson Planned Parenthood have posted have gotten over a thousand views while spreading the extremely important message of: GET CHECKED FOR STDs. The spot is quite funny in an awkward Dwight Schrute kind of way.

Also, with tax day coming up, if you’ve got a few dollars to spare, consider a donation, which can be made on their website.

Check the full website at, and check out the letter they got about their spots on the buses.

Albany’s residential parking permit system almost a reality

From the TU today:

City lawmakers reached consensus Wednesday to divide the issue in two pieces, voting on the legislation creating the system Monday and waiting until next month to approve a separate resolution designating the specific streets to be subject to it.

Splitting the question in two will allow city agencies to prepare to implement the permit system now while officials tinker with the final maps to bring the total number of permit-restricted parking spaces beneath the 2,750 threshold allowed under state law, said Councilman Richard Conti, who represents Center Square and surrounding neighborhoods and is the measure’s chief sponsor.

Crazy to think Albany hasn’t been able to get their shit together to get this rolling, but it’s already been implemented in Troy for ever. Really exciting to see my friends not have to wake up at 8am to start feeding the meter since every street within walking distance is a metered spot. Fin-a-lly.


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.


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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