Review: Cloud Nothings, Attack on Memory

This is the sound of growth, of maturation, of evolution. It’s the illustration of the axiom: talent borrows; genius steals. It’s the sound of adolescence becoming adulthood.

A grandiose introduction for a record review, to be sure. But the Cloud Nothings’ second album Attack on Memory (released in January) takes such a quantum leap from its predecessors that a little hyperbole feels in order. Until recently, Cleveland songwriter Dylan Baldi had spent his career borrowing snippets of indie rock history, churning out record after record of generic lo-fi rock. His work ethic was admirable – six singles and two albums in three years, plus a couple of cassette-only split releases and a digital single – but the music itself was forgettable, a fourth-generation tape dub of the moment indie rock became an identifiable sound.

His constant output, coupled with his age – Baldi dropped out of his first year of college to pursue music full-time – made for good press. And a songwriter that prolific no doubt has talent. But except for “I Am Rooftop” – a nod to Guided by Voices’ fascination with tape hiss and space aliens that received heavy airplay on WCDB – nothing stood out to me. What notoriety Cloud Nothings had stemmed from their story rather than their music itself. “A” for effort; ho-hum on everything else. But Attack on Memory changes that. Cloud Nothings finally stand on their own feet; they finally live up to their hype.

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Recap: MSI at Northern Lights

No one goes to see the Bearded Lady looking for substance. Seeing Mindless Self Indulgence this past Friday was an example of just that: spectacle. It isn’t important to justify or feel as though you have to defend being drawn into the element of performance; sometimes you just are. (Unless of course, that spectacle is Skrillex, in which case I don’t have much to say to you that you already haven’t heard before).

Mindless Self Indulgence are no strangers to the world of live performances, forming back in 1997. Wearing studded pink underwear over skin tight jeans, a leather jacket with the MSI logo on the back and a bowtie, frontman Jimmy Urine was the polar opposite of a shy performer. In fact, you could even go as far as to say that Jimmy Urine is the Bearded Lady ringleader of their eclectic mash-up sound drawing from punk, electronica and hip-hop influences, riling up the inner freak in all of us with the weirdest in-between-song-banter I think I’ve ever heard.

Be sure to check out Step Up Presents to see what’s coming up and hit the jump to see how weird things got.

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Upper Hudson Library System Android App

Wow, this is really awesome. This app allows you to search the catalog, view checked out items, renew books, request holds, and check the status of reserved books. So useful. I really hope an iOS version of this comes out as well.

See more and download on App’s Google Play page.

New Radio Station: 99.1FM

Just got a quick tip about a new Hip Hop and R&B station. You lot have big shoes to fill with that name (referring to Hot 97 for the uninformed), but another radio station is always cool. Check what their about on their website: hot991.com

OUTPOST1 Exclusive Mix + Interview: Brother Suarez

A week from today marks the next OUTPOST1! This month we’re packing a quality local bill featuring Brother Suarez, Jay Travis b2b Brad Lee, Tall Ass Matt, and as usual residents Party With Tina, Knomad and Looney.

Some updates you should know for this time around: we’ve moved to Jillian’s (which has a much, much better sound system, VIP sections with bottle service and a larger bar and dance floor), we are now 21+ and we will also feature a special RSVP only Happy Hour. For more details on how to take advantage of the Happy Hour special, check out the Facebook event.

For those of you paying uncomfortably close attention, Brother Suarez played OUTPOST1 in March exactly one year ago. He also kicked off our mix tape series, which you can still find archived on KAB. In the time that’s passed, he’s managed to balance playing out at a variety of venues throughout town with being a founder + resident at JunGALA: New Paltz’s biggest night for bass music, holding down a weekly radio show at WCDB, all while finishing things up at UAlbany.

Brother Suarez has consistently showcased immaculate skill as a DJ and considering he bought his first pair of 1200s at 15, he’s one of the genuine few who can say he honestly grew up alongside learning the art of DJing. He’s as much a tastemaker as he is versed with the talent of bringing high energy to every set.

He took the time to not only answer a few questions but also treated us to a short-n-sweet mix to kick off the weekend. Check it out and be sure to cop the DL.

Check out the Q+A beneath the jump!

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Quality events for this weekend vol. 38

Friday March 9th

Michael Van Winkle, A Thing Must Change at the Foundry, 3pm [fbook]

Girls of Porn Tour Kick-off, UAG, 8pm [fbook]

Asili & Vaccaro, Carmen’s Cafe in Troy, 8pm [fbook]

Comedy & Game Show Night, Waterworks Pub, 8pm [fbook]

Chambers Friday Night (EDM), Jillians, 10pm [fbook]

Linda Lou at Comic Syndrome, Savahannas [fbook]

MSI, Northern Lights, 7pm [fbook]

The City Never Sleeps, Mary Leigh and the Fauves, Tides Will Turn, Cosmonaut [fbook]

Saturday March 10th

Nightmares For A Week, After The Fall, Banquets, Ship Me Overseas, The Stereo State, HRCH, 6:30pm [fbook]

Pistolwhips, The Endmen, Skeletons in the Piano, Henry’s Rifle at Valentines, 8pm [fbook]

Sunday March 11th

Service Industry Night with Trumastr at Mcgearys, 10pm [fbook]

Ticket Giveaway: Rock N Roll Resort v2

It could be totally unrelated but now that we’re inching closer to the warmer months, it seems as though my events calendar is filling up faster than usual. With that also comes word of the Rock N Roll Resort v2: A Psybient Soiree, which is an exclusive 4-day, 3-night, 24-hour multi-media experience held at the historical Kutscher’s County Club in the Catskills.


Photo from Camp Bisco 2011 by Andrew Franciosa

This weekend is the first of this summer’s festival season (aside from those getting a head start at SXSW) and we’ve got a pair of tickets to give away for Friday, March 30th (valued at $70 a piece)! All you have to do is be sure that you can attend and fill out the form below.

For more info on the Rock n Roll Resort v2, hit the jump!

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