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Frankie Rose + DIIV: Photos and Recap

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The following is a guest post by By Jordan J. Michael.

Music can sound really huge. It can reach cosmic levels. Just close your eyes and let the intensity swell over you.

I once found myself in a debate about what “epic” music sounds like. Band names akin to Arcade Fire, Tool, My Bloody Valentine, and Godspeed You! Black Emperor were thrown around. What about Frankie Rose or DIIV?

Playing Valentine’s on Thursday night, these two Brooklyn bands reached epic heights. The downstairs of Valentine’s is small, but DIIV and Frankie Rose sounded enormous. It was even bigger when I closed my eyes.

Frankie Rose, known for her work with Crystal Stilts, Dum Dum Girls, and Vivian Girls, ended the show with “Save Me.” The song was rather calm until it busted into the most mammoth sound of the night. Many “OMG” faces were seen in the crowd as the noise got louder and louder, and then the set was over.
Rose said that about 15 people came to Valentine’s to watch her play last time, but a much larger number was here on Thursday. “My goal is to make music that’s a wash,” she said. “I want separation and dynamics. The small parts are small, but when you go into a huge epic part of the song, it feels really huge. Space is equally as important as something being loud and large.”

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New York State of Bass: 5 Q’s with Proper Villians

In advance of New York State of Bass taking place tomorrow night at the Armory, I had a quick chat with Proper Villians.

1. Introduce yourself! Who you are, what you do, where you’re from.

I’m Jon, I’m from NYC and I make/play eclectic bass music. Mainly dubstep, but also electro, moombahton, hip-hop, drum & bass or just about anything with a lot of bass or lazer noises in it.

2. How did you first get involved with DJing and remixing? Do you identify with being a DJ or a producer more? Do you separate them in your mind or for you, is it all apart of the same game?

I got my first pair of turntables back in 1998 shortly after attending my first rave. I started making beats on a PC maybe a year later, but didn’t get serious about my production until September 12th, 2001. DJing and producing are really intertwined for me. I don’t really consider a song “finished” until I play it out at a party & the remixing thing came about so I could work a wider range of songs into my DJ sets.

3. What have you been up to lately? What are some recent projects or things we can expect from you in the near future?

I just did a remix of Roger Seventytwo’s “Take Me Higher” which was released on Fools Gold/Ministry of Sound (you can also grab it for free on my SoundCloud). I also released a free bootleg of Rihanna’s “Birthday Cake” on my Soundcloud this week. I’ve got a bunch of new bootlegs and a couple of originals in the works.

4. Favorite track or producer that is particularly killing it right now?

There’s too much good music coming out right now to play favorites. I’m really feeling all this new moombahton stuff. Producers like Billy the Gent, Jay Fay, as well as the heavier “moombahcore” stuff like Nick Thayer & Milo & Otis.

5. What can we look forward to on Saturday?
Awesome M@#$@# music

You catch Proper Villians Saturday at the Armory alongside a generously large helping of local DJs spread out across three different rooms, as well as with a silent disco component. Set times and other event information available here. Bonus interview question beneath the jump!

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Alive at 5 Line-Up Announced

Adding to recent line-up announcements to annual Albany events such as Tulip Fest (not that good) and Art on Lark (actually good) is this year’s Alive at 5 schedule.

This free summer concert series hosts notoriously humorous and/or so-bad-its-good acts and didn’t disappoint this year. Obvious highlight this year is Smash Mouth.

via Nippertown:

June 7: Dave Mason. Rock and Roll Hall of Famer from Traffic and Fleetwood Mac. With the Emerald City Band.

June 14: Bootsy Collins. He’s held down the bottom-end funk with everyone from James Brown to Parliament/Funkadelic. With Garland Nelson & Soul Session.

June 21: Patty Smyth & Scandal. With Sirsy.

June 28: Dickey Betts & Great Southern. Former Allman Brothers Band guitarslinger. With Kirsten Thien.

July 5: Local Blues Night

July 12: The Bacon Brothers with the Stray Dogs.

July 19: Buckwheat Zydeco with Captain Squeeze & the Zydeco Moshers.

July 26: Smash Mouth with the Dylan Emmet Band.

August 2: Lee Brice with Wendy Owens & Renegade.

August 9: The Beach Bums. Beach Boys tribute band. With Grand Central Station.

The real question is: Will Smash Mouth eat eggs?

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Quality events for this weekend vol. 43

Busy weekend ahead. Do something.

Friday, May the Fourth Be With You

Fuzz Records Presents: The Artwork of Andi Lake Boyhan If you haven’t checked out the new record store on Lark St. tonight would be a great time to stop by. In conjunction with First Friday, Fuzz Records will be showcasing the artwork of graduating St. Rose senior Andi Lake Boyhan.

Mohawk Hudson Regional Invitation 2012 at Albany Center Gallery. Featured work by Renee Iacone, Nancy Van Deren and Lynn Schwarzer as well as other locals who participated in past Mohawk-Hudson Regional exhibits. Opening tonight from 5-9pm.

NUDISCO Rana Ransom and Midnight Climax spinning during this month’s Secret Garden Show at the Upstate Artists Guild on Lark.

Riotous Babes Opening reception for art created by artistically empowered women at the Dead President’s Lounge, on display until June 4th.

First Friday May See the full listing for all of the great local art happenings this evening. Most places run from 5-9pm. Always free.

Show at the Furnace featuring Soul Control, After The Fall, Smartbomb, Foxfires and Weak Teeth.

Stray the Path at Bogies, alongside The Viking, Towers, Vessels, Johnny Booth, The Less We Know.

Rosary Beard CD Release taking place at the Steamer no. 10 Theatre in Albany alongside the Winterpills. Everyone who attends the show tonight will receive a free copy of Rosary Beard’s “Halfmoon Fever” on their way out the door.

Show at Hudson River Coffee House with Steer, Burning Buildings, Rayduohead and Haybaby as presented by WCDB and CPJ Presents.

Behemoth Music Festival at the Putnam Den featuring Rawhead, Babe City, Black Ships, Gold Tooth, Mr. Complex. Mr. Complex had a new record come out recently on local label Sub-Bombin and I’ve had the song “Flying High” stuck in my head ever since I got my hands on it.

BACE Hardware Party After party for First Friday at Quintessence featuring music by Static Groove, DJ OFI, Eric David and Trumastr.

Phil Selman at Comic Syndrome Comedy Club. As seen on MTV, Showtime, and Comedy Central. Dude is funny. Also featuring Kevin Marshall (of local internet fame). Hit the link for details on getting $5 off the ticket price.

Saturday, Cinco de Mayo

WCDB Presents Future Island alongside Ed Schrader’s Music Beat and Barons in the Attic at Valentine’s.

Barons in the Attic Free Show at the River Street Beat Shop at 2pm.

Tequila Tasting Party at the Point featuring DJ White Lotus. Good music. And Tequila.

New York State of Bass Proper Villians headlines alongside a ton of local DJs at the Armory. Split up into three rooms with a silent disco component as well.

El Cinco de “My Oh” Music An evening of music at Hudson River Coffee House featuring Amanda Rogers, Hawazin, M.r. Poulopoulos and Cristo Lewis.

Cinco De Mayo Metal Party at the Fuze Box featuring Guardian, Prostitution, HUSH and Headsnatcher. Followed by a classic 80s night at 10pm.

Sunday May 6

Show at Valentine’s with Nothing But Wolves, Dead Channels, The Pistol Whips and Black Masses. Make Sunday feel like another Saturday but maybe with less tequila. Maybe.

S.I.N. (Service Industry Night Have another round at S.I.N. with music provided by DJ Trumastr.

Ticket Giveaway: Future Islands, Ed Schrader’s Music Beat, Barons In The Attic

Valentines’s is generous enough to give us a pair of tickets to give away for this Saturday, May 5th’s show featuring Future Islands, Ed Schrader’s Music Beat, and Barons In The Attic.

If you’re not the contest type, you can buy tickets online for $8 on eventbrite, otherwise…

For your chance to win hit the jump and enter your info! We’ll pick a winner Saturday at 2pm.

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16th Annual Art On Lark Line-Up Announced

The Lark Street Bid announced the line-up for this year’s Art On Lark, which will take place Saturday, June 9th. It will feature Babe City, The College Farm, Matthew Carefully, Mike Grutka, The Ashton Williams Band and Betsi Krisniski among other exhibits and vendors.

Last year had a lot of tents along Lark with awesome art from great area artists. There will be plenty to see in addition to the great music line-up the bid has crafted for this event.

And check out our quick photo recap from last year.

Whole Foods coming to Albany

The company broke the news yesterday on twitter that among other places, we’re getting a Whole Foods. The store is expected to be 32,000 square feet and take the whole first floor in Colonie Center where Sears is currently, while Sears downsizes.

Really sucks they’re putting this so far away from downtown Albany, there’s plenty of warehouses and and no grocery stores whatsoever in North Albany. But yeah, I get it.

Read more on the TU and AOA.