Quality events for this weekend vol. 68

Friday, December 7th

First Friday! Be sure to check 8th Annual Members Show at the Albany Center Gallery, for a show consisting of all the ACG’s members work.

First Friday at Fuzz: Local art and tunes form Tall A$$ Matt, White Lotus and Paul Nice at the cities best record store.

40 Broadway Changed My Life: The last big jammer at a space that has shaped the Albany art and music scene for a long time.

Goonies and Gremlins: Goonies, then Gremlins, at Proctors. Can’t go wrong with these classics.

Vinylmania at Eldas: Time for Round Two! 40s, 50s, and 60s dance music, all on spinning plastic plates. Weird.

Break Science at Valentines: Electronic jams at Albany’s CBGBs.

Saturday, December 8th

The Santa Speedo Sprint: You know what this is! And it’s for a good cause.

Winter WonderLARK: Outdoor holiday market and all sorts of festive wares.

Such Gold, A Wilhelm Scream, After the Fall, Drug Church, Pentimento and Broken Field Runner at Valentine’s: All star local line-up with some great out of towners. Not a show to miss.

The Point Winter Semi-Formal: Trumaster spiining some tunes while you dance your behind off in some fancy-ass clothing.

Tight Knit: Get your holiday gifts sorted out locally.

Sunday, December 9th

2-for-1 at McGeary’s: Trumaster. Cheap drinks.

The Adventures of Kaila and the Kid in Albany

Earlier this week, I was introduced to the Adventures of Kaila and the Kid, who are a pair of individuals who combine the art of beatboxing and rapping at the same time. Based out of New York City, the duo has been taking advantage of what the city of Albany has to offer better than the locals.

Not many can pull off a tour in Albany hitting up a different venue every night of the week performing their craft to a varied audience but so far Kaila and the Kid have done so with adaptive ease.

On Monday, they performed at Tierra‘s open mic, which is a weekly event with a sign-up beginning at 6:30pm. Tuesday night, Justin’s played host and tonight, they will be performing in between sets at the weekly residency the Deadbeats hold down at Valentine’s.

Tonight’s event begins at 10pm and Kaila and the Kid will go on perhaps around 11:45pm. Get there.

If you can’t make it out tonight, you can catch Kaila and the Kid at the Hudson River Coffee House for their open mic tomorrow evening. Wrapping up the week, the two will be performing as part of the Gift Wrapped in Sound benefit at the Bayou Cafe alongside Mirk, Goldtooth and others this Friday. Additionally, the two will be joining in on the fun as part of the goodbye bash for 40 Broadway. Full event information can be found as featured on KAB last week.

KAB pro tip: Spend some time on their YouTube channel if you aren’t already intrigued.

KC’s Music Monday: Captain Murphy


That’s what Flying Lotus tweeted following the reveal that he in fact has been the man behind the elusive moniker Captain Murphy during a performance with Earl Sweatshirt this past Wednesday. The brilliant bastard.

For some backstory: back in July, a collaboration between Flying Lotus and Odd Future member Earl Sweatshirt came out, called “Between Friends,” and featured a then-new-to-the-scene Captain Murphy, who was portrayed as a cartoon rap villain thought to maybe be the formerly-elusive Tyler, The Creator, among other speculations.

Two weeks ago, Captain Murphy put out a 35-minute mix tape, called Duality, which features production from well-known players TNGHT, Flying Lotus, Madlib and Just Blaze that got quite the hype in the time following.

Last Wednesday, in Los Angeles, a local mystery rapper (Captain Murphy)announced he’d be playing alongside Earl Sweatshirt at Low End Theory and people got so excited that at the venue, a line formed hours before doors began. I’m sure the whole thing was a mad scene to witness. During the end of the performance, Captain Murphy, wearing a sequined gold cape and a ski mask, said, “Just between us,” revealing his identity. Straight grinning and advising the audience to “tell no one.” You can watch some live footage here.

The Duality mix tape was originally released as one long .mp3 but now courtesy of DatPiff, you can download the original mix into 16 tracks, with artwork, instrumentals and bonus tracks.

Download it. And listen to it.

That is all.

Quality events for this weekend vol. 67

Friday, November 30th

Troy Night Out: Head over to Troy after work and see all that Troy has to offer, and obviously stop at The Confectionery for a glass of wine. Afterward, why not check out the TNO After Party at Daisy Bakers?

RAILBIRD at Valentines: Joined by Hand Habits and Sun Burdens. I’m not sure if I have to write anything considering most of the posts this week have been about RAILBIRD.

Jennifer Koh at EMPAC: Three violin recitals from an absolutely incredible violinist.

Eli Fest at the Bayou: A fellow WCDB DJ was injured on July 1st and they’re throwing a fun show to raise money for a friend and have fun, all at the same damn time.

Saturday, December 1st

Albany Center Gallery Gala: Time to get fancy and celebrate the amazing art that comes out of this city. There’s silent auctions for tons of art and other items as well as food and drink.

Ira Glass at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall: Anyone into podcasts knows Ira Glass as he has the the number one most popular podcast, This American Life. In this talk Ira will be giving you a look behing the scenes into This American Life.

Tight Knit Flea in Troy: Set up in the Atrium for the winter, you can check out all the goodies local vendors have to offer.

Rock and Roll Burlesque at Valentines: Scooter Pie is back at it again with another installment of their burlesque show.

Sunday, December 2nd

Troy’s Victorian Stroll: It’s the 30th anniversary! Click that link if you’re not sure what to expect. Also, there’s the Victorian Roll for those who want to take a spin around Troy on two wheels.

Albany Center Gallery Masquerade Gala

This Saturday at The State Room in Albany, Albany Center Gallery is hosting another one of their awesome yearly galas. This one, titled Through The Decades is masquerade themed and aims to celebrate the past 35 years of local art and culture.

I went to this last year and it was really awesome. Tons of really incredible art to bid on as well as all sorts of other items. Also, it’s basically a who’s who of the Albany art scene which is really great to meet some of these people in person. Plus, you get to dress up and be a fancy adult.

You can still buy tickets or read more about the event on the Albany Center Gallery Website!

Interestingness in the local news vol 56

The State has dismissed a case against itself about the resulting deaths from the Ethan Allen tour boat capsizing on Lake George.

Court rules the State must re-hire the Albany police offier who was passed out drunk behind the wheel of his SUV.

A stabbing death on Myrtle results in “one of the bloodiest crime scenes” an investigator has ever seen.

43-year-old crazy weirdo charged with felonies when found with assault rifles, bullet proof vests and a bunch of drugs.

Someone got robbed of their cellphone after getting shot in the head with a pellet gun near Alumni Quad.

Steve Barnes compiles interesting list of local eateries that have opened and local eateries that have closed in 2012.

SLA revokes liquor license form Club XI after 100-person-brawl.

Armory parties can continue but with a few new rules.