Recap: WCDB’s 34th Anniversary Music Fest

14 bands took to the stage to help ring in WCDB’s 34th anniversary as a station, providing party-goers and WCDB’ers with two packed days of live music.

It was great to see Valentine’s dressed up for the occasion with balloons and streamers everywhere and more importantly, bursting at its seams with attendees. Special shouts to those who wore birthday hats in celebration of the station’s 34th “WCDBirthday”.

Photo by Leon Ferri

The weekend’s line-up consisted of Barons in the Attic (with the festival being the official release of their new album Turn it Off and Take Out the Battery), Avi Buffalo, The Parlor, Hanslick Rebellion, Around the World and Back, Slaughterhouse Chorus, if Madrid, Secret Release, Ramblin’ Jug Stompers, Matthew Carefully, The Neighborhoods, Brian Dewan, Sgt Dunbar and Titus Andronicus. Wow.

In addition to being rewarded with experiencing excellent music, there was also what seemed like a raffle prize given away on the hour, if not more, and plenty walked home with vinyl and WCDB merch. Thanks to Nicole and WCDB for organizing chaos under one roof this past weekend.

Be sure to keep the merriment going all year long and check out the station; you might even become a regular listener afterall. You can view the schedule on their website and lock in via iTunes or radio dial 90.9FM.

More photos beneath the jump courtesy of WCDB’s Leon Ferri. Thanks Leon!

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KC’s Music Monday: Distal, Archie Pelago + More

Occasionally one of us will toss together a post collecting some of the music we’ve started our week off listening to. This is one of those times.

To start things off, here’s the latest release from Distal, “Booyant” with HxdB / “Amphibian”, out today on Tectonic, as well as a remix of the collaborative track from Archie Pelago. Available on Beatport, Amazon, etc. and vinyl here. Bonus: Check out past interviews from the KAB archive with Distal and Archie Pelago.

Also, today’s post is dedicated to:

You know who you are. Hit the jump for more!

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Crossgates to ban smoking anywhere on it’s property

Starting March 30th, 2012, which is “World No Tobacco Day”, Crossgates is officially making it’s property smoke free. Going to the mall is bad enough but having to walk through the plumes of disgusting cigarette smoke outside each entrance is one of the few things that can actually make the mall worse. Good move, Crossgates.

Here’s the letter they gave to the stores within the mall.

Thanks for the photo Katie!

Quality events for this weekend vol. 37

Friday March 2

1st Friday Albany – March [fbook]

Friday + Saturday WCDB 34th Anniversary Music Festival [fbook]

With The Punches, State Champs, Growing Pains, The Summer Switch at Jack’s Place (St. Rose) [fbook]

Trumastr Jones and the Temple of Boom with Kido, Party w/ Tina and DJ OFI at HRCH [fbook]

Saturday March 3

On Deck – Skateboard Art Show at Spring Street Gallery fbook]

Jean-Fran├žois Peyret’s RE: Walden at EMPAC fbook]

A Little Bit of Everything with DJ Trumastr and Jonathon Vegus at Quintessence fbook]

Albany All Stars Roller Derby [fbook]

Sunday March 4

1st Open Mic Night at Lark Tavern, hosted by Carl Daniels fbook]

S.I.N. at McGeary’s with DJ Trumastr fbook]

Interestingness in the local news vol 51

it snowed.

troy record does the 5 questions thing with total (local) babe whos on americas next top model laura lafrate [tr]

highspeed chase to fatal hit and run to flee with a car full of friends on a suspended license bro pleads not guilty [tu]

crazy chick thats a ua student breaks into ex bfs house and goes ratchet [tu]

two locals win lotto [tr]

corning tower fire caused by space heater under desk [tr]

OVER: Ticket Giveaway: Langhorne Slim and Babe City, Tomorrow at Valentines

After my enthusiastic post, Hello Pretty City was kind enough to give us TWO pairs of tickets to give away for the amazing show that will be happening tomorrow.

To enter: Just fill out the form below (and like the pages if you are nice) and I’ll pick two winners (each get a +1) tomorrow at 4pm. Don’t enter if you can’t go and be sure to put in a phone number or an email because you’ll need to respond somewhat quickly.

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Tomorrow: Langhorne Slim with Babe City at Valentines

Tomorrow night marks the emergence of Albany’s pop-up supergroup, aptly titled Babe City, which consists of Caroline Corrigan, formerly of the Red Lions and who just returned form a quick Euro tour with End of a Year. Olivia Quillio and Meg Duffy, both of self-titled fame, and MaryLeigh Roohan of MaryLeigh & the Fauves, which requires no introduction.

They’re opening for Langhorne Slim, a singer/songwriter from Pennsylvania that graduated from the highly acclaimed Purchase College Music Conservatory. I have no idea what they sounds like and I’m going to stay ignorant until tomorrow night, where I am sure I will be pleasantly surprised. The wiki says they’re “featured artist on Season 2 of “Sun Studio Sessions,” distributed nationally to PBS affiliate stations” so if you are an NPR cool-dad, know an NPR cool-dad or listen to NPR cool-dad music like that “Bonny Bear” guy who won a Grammy, you will love it. Oh! Apparently there is a banjo. I’m excited.

Official event listing on the Valentines website.