Building sold, no lease renewal for Mahar’s

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Randy just sent over a link to a post on his blog with some bad news.

I introduced myself and thanked him for establishing a terrific joint. He said I should enjoy it while I can–he was informed this morning that he’d lost the lease. Mahar’s (Albany) will only be open for a couple more weeks. The space will be rented (has been sold?) to the folks that run Junior’s, The Point and Madison Cafe.

This absolutely sucks. Mahar’s is one of the very few establishments we have here in Albany that’s in a league of it’s own. It’s the best spot hands down to try hard-to-find, rarely stocked beer in this city, and it’s a favorite establishment for among beer aficionados far and wide.

Do we really need yet another Junior’s/Madison Cafe/The Point owned establishment on that same block at the expense of a landmark? Randy calls for a start a campaign to save this neighborhood treasure and I can’t help but agree. I hope they simply move instead of close.

NYE 2012 Cheat Sheet

It’s time again for the years most over hyped and constantly most disappointing holiday!

And for parties, you have a few options.

And there’s probably a million more that I’m missing, so if you’re going somewhere worthwhile tonight, leave a comment.

Quality events for this weekend vol. 70

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Seems as if all the promoters are saving their efforts for Monday night. If I missed something leave it in a comment! Might be a good weekend for a day trip or a visit to the museum.

Friday December 28th

Charmboy Acoustic with Henry’s Rifle at More Bread and Jam Cafe: Tunes to jam out (hurr) to and to start the night off right with.

Harm’s Way, Gaining Ground, Surrounded By Teeth and more at Bogie’s: Hardcore for all at Albany’s premiere metal bar.

Fourth Friday and Everything Class with DJ Trumastr at Justin’s: If you’re going to be in a bar, might as well go to the one with the best musical selectors in town.

The Bernie Worrell Orchestra and the Stone Revival Band at Putnam Den: Knomad will be DJing some old funk records after this as well!

Saturday December 29th

Pre-New Year’s Jump Off at Justin’s: Again, another night of great music with True.

The Lucky Jukebox Brigade End of Year Party at Valentine’s: With Megan Jean and the Klay Family Band, Headband Jack, Betty Bonneville and Alice Mammalis. Lots of tunes and dancing.

NYS Museum Holiday Break Programs

So for all of you who are home and completely sick of your family, or conversely want something to do with your family, the NYS Museum has a bunch of extra programming starting today and running through Sunday. The Star Lab: Winter Sky program (recommended for ages five and up) sounds super awesome.

In addition to that stuff, check their regular schedule, because on display, there is a rock from the freaking moon in the lobby. Seriously.

Hit the jump for the full holiday schedule! Continue reading…

Review: Kite Person’s “Tonight We Run”

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It’s a good week for Kite Person. Today marks the dropping of his debut EP on Sub-Bombin Records and this Thursday, Kite Person will be performing for free alongside Elsphinx, The Black Ships, Party Horn, Rally and DJ Mercy at the Fuze Box. Don’t you just love when things happen in a nice, chronological order?

Tonight We Run is a collaboration between local musicians and producers Kite Person and Rawhead, both of whom call home to the Sub-Bombin roster. These two working together makes perfect sense with a very complimentary combination of distinctive vocal stylings over ambient electronica beats. Their first time working together was supposed to be a one-off single that ended up leading to a full seven-track EP. You know, lock two creative souls in the studio and see what happens. I’m not mad about it.

At first listen, I was a bit surprised. Sub-Bombin has consistently featured a lean towards quality hip hop and downtempo instrumentals and this release just goes to show taste-making is just as adaptive and open-minded an art as anything else. (In fact, I believe I said something along the lines of, “why didn’t anyone tell me this was gonna be kinda weird-in-the-good-way?”) Regardless, it fits in its own place.

Kite Person features subtle tastes reminiscent of Phantogram, Of Montreal and maybe even Ariel Pink, while also appealing to those who gravitate towards experimental electronic production. Kite Person could easily perform both on bills comprised of indie bands or of forward-thinking DJs or perhaps be the linking thread between the two genres. It’s upbeat, easy-listening that doesn’t lose its voice or point of view in its experimentation.

The lyrics and vocals alike are both a bit whimsical in nature that helps inspire an element of visual storytelling that would translate quite well to a movie soundtrack or what have you.

You can preview the song “Know Yr Rites,” courtesy of Sub-Bombin and download a digital copy over at the label’s store. Listen and get excited for Thursday.

KAB picks: “Know Yr Rites,” “Hipster Fatigue,” “Squadron Dogs”

Andrew’s Music Monday: On The Sly Edition

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This Thursday night, I’m headed down to Le Poisson Rouge to DJ alongside of some of my favorite producers and DJs. So, with that said, the theme for this Music Monday is to get as many people acquainted with myself, knomad, Max Pearl, False Witness and Rizzla.

First up, we have my mix I did for on.the.sly, who is hosting Thursday’s madness. It’s got a lot of deep and dark club tunes in there with a slight sprinkling of tekstyle. Also it’s a pretty good representation of what I like to play on a typical night out.

OTS Promo Mix #8 : Party With Tina by Onthesly Ny on Mixcloud

Next up is False Witness, who’s ‘Realidad Bodega’ mix is one of the craziest mixes I’ve heard in a long time, especially because of it’s backstory:

A Latino teenager turns on his walkman after he leaves his local bodega on a hot summer night. While walking home, the station he settles on is a live mix from a rave in the Caribbean. From there, it’s a transformative process in which the local sounds of his neighborhood seem to mesh vibrantly with the sounds of acid, vogue, urbano, hardstyle, and rave stabs. As the broadcast ends, he’s finally home, and he switches channels until finding something familiar.

Pure insanity.

Next, we have Cluster Mag’s managing editor, Max Pearl. He’s been onto a tip of bootlegs and juke edits recently, but the mix below is a history lesson. And not only that, the mixing and selection is impeccable.

Five Years of Hipster Bass by Katfyte on Mixcloud

And the headliner on the night, Rizzla, is one of my absolute favorite DJs. Below is the audio from his BOILERROOM set in NYC this summer.

Also, we can’t forget knomad, who is putting this whole party together and is a damn fine selector himself. Below is his set from his RWD.FM show during hurricane Sandy.

OTS RADIO RWD FM 10.29.12 HURRICANE EDITION by Onthesly Ny on Mixcloud