Second Look: Nยบ 12 Second, Troy

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Yesterday I stopped over to check on what’s been happening over at 12 Second Street in Troy. And since my last visit, progress has not halted at all. The bathrooms basically done, certain walls are finished, there’s the early stages of a bar, seating, and the list goes on. Vic Christopher (and two others) have not slowed down for a second.

In Vic’s own words, this project “is complete overkill”. And it shows, in the best way possible. Theres many spaces all along river street that are ready to move into that he could have just put his business into, but it’s obvious that’s not what he’s doing. And all the work he’s putting in now will be completely worth it in the long run, without any question. From the Lucas stamp on the wood in the bathroom, the sink made out of Stanton Brewing Crates, to the Trojan Hotel booths, there’s a lot of Troy history going into this space.

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KC’s Music Monday: “Eric” by Giant Gorilla Dog Thing

Considering the fact that summer is officially just around the corner, I’m already late to the party for spring cleaning and have ran out of excuses for letting this assortment of tasty local music collect any more dust in my email inbox. Enjoy.

Forming in 2010 by a bunch of friends who have an interest and talent in the rap genre, Pig Food Records is a DIY collective that is doing their own thing and doing it properly. The Pig Food Recs roster is stocked with quite the crew, all locally-based and all busy with on-deck projects, upcoming shows, videos, podcasts, freshly-stocked merch.

The featured mixtape in question, Eric, comes from local duo, Giant Gorilla Dog Thing (comprised of Dez and Dood Computer) over at Pig Food Records. The dudes put together this teaser mixtape to satisfy the heads while they work on their forthcoming album. “H.O.R.S.E.”, which is due out later this summer. The album is almost entirely produced by Albany’s own Brendan “Absolute” Paulsen and the troublemakers are currently putting the finishing touches on it. The album will also feature artwork by Adam Hathorn and surprise guest spots. Dez described it as “100% delicious Albany dickhead rap.”

Sign me up. And in the meantime, you can check out Eric for free over on their website.

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Interview and Summer Line Launch: Spring Break ’95

Back in January, our friend and sometimes KAB-contributor, Twomey, started up his own clothing line, Spring Break ’95. I was quick to get my hands on a tank once the Spring line dropped and before long, Justin Bieber was also sporting it.

In the months that followed the initial conception, Twomey began to get both the shirts and word out there, starting with the perfect demographic: his friends. It’s grown quite a ways since then and today marks a new landmark for the DIY start-up in the form of the Summer line launching in accordance with the company website going live.

These shirts and tanks were meant for the summer months after all, and as Twomey puts it, “This is our summer.” Get into it.

Hit the jump below to check out the look book video showcasing the new line and to hear more from the founder of Spring Break ’95.

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Quality events for this weekend vol. 48

Friday June 8th

Bass Fix at Red Square: a load of local DJs and DJ Flex from Rochester makes his return to Albany. (I’m DJing in the front room from 1230-2!)

Barons in the Attic, Goldtooth and Careers at Valentines: a birthday celebration with some great music.

Hop Chef: 11 North Pearl is hosting the second Brewery Ommegang Hop Chef Competition, where local chefs use and pair Ommegang beers with their dishes.

DMX at The Upstate Concert Hall: No explanation needed.

Saturday June 9th

Art on Lark: This years Art on Lark is Saturday! Tons of great art everywhere and a pedestrian only Lark Street. Going to be awesome, as always.

Hungry Hip Hop Junkie in the City at Quintessence: With Pig Food artists Unsavory Characters Benn Grim and Grizzly Grimace. Enjoy a real hip-hop night provided by the always great DJ Trumastr.

Railbird, Rawhead, Sun Burdens at the UAG: Big lineup for a small space. Huge show, going to be amazing.

Sunday June 10th

Sunday Night Rock n’ Roll at Valentines: Hudson Falcons, Bourbon Scum and The Mysterios for some end of the weekend rock and roll.

Troy Shares Skills at the Oakwood Community Center: A big old skillshare with all sorts of awesome skills to learn, such as yoga, yogurt making, cooking and more.

Albany Comic Con at the Holiday Inn on Wolf Road: Exactly as it sounds. Get some new “graphic novels” for “your friend”.

Albany Pride Parade: The annual Pride Parade is Sunday, and starts in Washington Park.

Against Me! at the Upstate Concert Hall: Photos and Recap

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Last night, Step Up Presents brought a packed bill of a punk blend featuring the prolific veterans Against Me! alongside Kayleigh Goldsworthy, the Menzingers and the Icarus Line.

Walking in around 8, we caught the tail end of a serenade from Kayleigh Goldsworthy who performed acoustic to kick the festivities off. Goldsworthy, from Brooklyn, also is involved with the Scarlet Ending, a six-piece out of Syracuse whose single “The Way We Used To Be” was featured on MTV’s “The Hills.”

Next up, was the Menzingers, a punk quartet based out of Philadelphia. The Menzingers started off with “Casey,” a track off of their latest album, On The Impossible Past,” which is their debut release on Epitaph Records. The vocal duties were split between guitarists depending on the song. The vocals were very crisp and clean, which is always appreciated and notable when you haven’t heard a band before and you can follow along with what they are belting. The Menzingers displayed distinctive vocals over a range of calming to fast-paced melodies and the crowd instantly picked up subconscious clues to clap along when the time was right.

The Menzingers’ set showcased growth in their sound, building with the night and it was a balanced arrangement from their catalog. For an opening band, they assumed the proper role of an opening band (something that is as important as it is difficult to achieve) and they engaged the audience in a way that the band that played after them (the Icarus Line) didn’t succeed in at all. For the Menzingers’ time on stage, people inched up close and were really captivated by it; those who could sing along, did.

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Albany Distilling Company to host First Annual Growing the Community Gala

The newly-opened Albany Distilling Company will be holding a cocktail reception hosted by the New Leaders Council of the Capital District. This is a really neat way to be able to check out the new distillery, eat some great food and support a good cause. The event will be catered by the Albany Pump Station.

The event will be held Wednesday June 20 at 5:30 pm and will benefit the New Leaders Council of the Capital District. Their organization’s goal is to recruit, support and train the next generation of progressive leaders in the community. There will also be a 50/50 raffle, the proceeds of which will go to the Trinity Park Fund to aid those affected by the April Park Avenue fire.

Historic Albany Foundation’s Susan Holland as well as the Empire State Pride Agenda will be honored for making positive difference in the Capital District.

You can check out the event’s facebook event page and you can buy tickets online. Tickets are $30 for one person and $50 for two.

Photo: Dylan Boyce

Restoration Festival 2012 Details Announced

The B3nson Recording Collective has announced the first headliner, The Kamikaze Hearts, for this year’s Rest Fest. In addition to this, the festival is now three days, instead of two, and also has moved to the weekend of September 7-9th to skip Labor Day and the return of students to classes.

Rest Fest organizers will be announcing more details on the 7th of each month, leading up to September 7th.

You can check out The Kamikaze Hearts on their YouTube channel.

Hit the jump to see the full press release.

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