Moon Magick and Fountainsun at the UAG: Video

This past Friday, the UAG played host to an awesome show with Moon Magick and Fountainsun. Moon Magick is made up of two friends of mine, Phil and Laura. They played twenty-three minutes (the correct amount of time for any band to play) worth of etherial, electronic music with a smattering of effect-laden guitar. Let the video above give you a better idea of what they sound like.

Fountainsun, the newest project from Dan Higgs of Lungfish fame, was an awesome experience to say the least. It started slowly and softly and eventually included lyrics, mostly in the form of spoken-word poetry. Dive straight into the last bit of the performance below.

A first look at Superior Merchandise Co.: Photos

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As all classic novels begin, I recently got a follow on Instagram from an account of interest. Said account is a not-yet-in-existence business based in Troy. The tagline read “Design Boutique and Bookstore + Beer, Wine and Coffee Bar”, so clearly, I was interested.

About ten seconds of digging led me through their photos and I could see that this project is no small undertaking. The building at 147 Fourth Street in Troy was abandoned for a long time, filled with garbage, and was stated to be demolished. That was until Felicity and Mike swooped in and purchased the building from the city. Jeff Buell, who is no stranger to fixing things up in Troy (simply google him) has his team on this project in full force. A load-bearing wall which was in disrepair has already been braced. An illegal addition to the building is to be demolished soon. The list goes on. And on.

The actual business, Superior Merchandise Co., will be a design boutique and bookstore with beer, wine and coffee. They’ll have a mix of old and new items such as posters, prints, clothing, jewelry, magazines and more. The owners will be living on the third floor of the building, with apartments also going into the second floor. This space sounds like a pretty ideal place to spend time and maybe even pick up things for your apartment, or for a unique gift for someone. The space is expected to open in early 2015.

These stories of to be bulldozed buildings getting bought and fixed really gives me hope for what’s to come. There’s no reason to build some new zero-personality cookie cutter home for people when there’s tons already standing ready to be rehabbed.

Click the photo above to check the gallery! And don’t forget to like Superior Merchandise Co. on facebook.

Quality events for this weekend vol. 119

Friday January 31

Troy Night Out: Art, drinking, dancing, shops, etc. Duh.

4th St. Funnies Comedy Show at Kokopellis: Laugh and drink all while dodging police batons!

Fountainsun and Moon Magick at UAG: Daniel Higgs from Lungfish on Lark Street. Yo. And Moon Magick is dope too.

Saint Rose Jazz Faculty Performance: The faculty doing their thing.

The So So Glos and the Slaughterhouse Chorus at the Hollow: Free show. Word up.

Coffee and Comedy Show #9 at the HRCH: First show of the new year and doing it properly.

Saturday February 1

Girls of Porn, Pick Your King, Fossils from the Sun, Bad Friends, Random Funny Man & More at Valentine’s: Last show from GoP for a long time.

Patrick Porter: Live in the Loft at the Foundry: Intimate show after the Caleb Cole opening.

Beat*Shot Spins for J Dilla at the Hollow: Just read this.

Eighties at Valentine’s: You know what it is.

Sunday February 2

The Seahawks win.

Review: Warpaint – S/T

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It is acceptable to feel a haunting aura when listening to Los Angeles indie rock outfit Warpaint. Since 2004, the band has dealt with darker, moodier and more psychedelic textures than most of their indie peers. On the band’s debut EP, Exquisite Corpse, we saw Warpaint dealing with quiet yet lush sounds, a pre-cursor to what would become more prevalent on The Fool. Now, on Warpaint’s third self-titled album, long time fans will notice a band that has come full circle, with refined songwriting and a new found ambition while still remaining accessible to new audiences. Drawing queues from psychedelia, goth, electronica and even disco (!), Warpaint is the band’s best, most varied and ambitious album to date.

One thing that is apparent about this album is the time it spends building up and releasing, like a constant ebb and flow of sonic tension and relief. This can be seen from the intro, a pretty substantial instrumental piece with a thick, driving bassline and guitar drones akin to 90’s bands such as Seefeel. The intro leads into the song “Keep It Healthy” a track that could have honestly fit anywhere on the band’s last album. Emily Kokal’s vocals are still airy and haunting, weaving in and out of the mix of melodic guitars.

While the first two tracks delve into the tones that saturate the indie world, Warpaint spends the rest of the album exploring sounds from a myriad of genres. Take for example the song “Hi”, a track that slowly burns over the first minute but then manages to explode into a trip-hoppy beat that is relative to groups such as Massive Attack. Warpaint does a great job of taking stylistic differences from a number of influences and melding them into a cohesive album. The same can certainly be said for the track “Disco//Very”: the most danceable song on the entire LP, yet it still somehow manages to fit within the overall context of the project.

The only downfall for the album is the closer, “Son”, an anti-climatic psychedelic ballad. After spending an entire album building up and taking the listener on a sonic journey, the track just does not bring closure in the proper manner (though, it most certainly is not a bad song). With that being said, Warpaint is most certainly an enjoyable listen for fans and anybody looking to get into the band. This album has variety, ambition and great songwriting that yields high replay value. Not only does Warpaint start off the year well, they also manage to start it off with style. I am looking forward to whatever the band puts out next and I highly recommend listening to previous projects if you have not already.

Favorite Tracks: “Love is to Die”, “Hi”, “Disco//Very”, “CC”
Not-So-Favorite Tracks: “Son”, “Feeling Alright”