Big Boi considering Phantogram collaboration EP as “Big Grams”

From HipHop DX:

Phantogram. Recording with them was one of the best studio sessions we’ve had. It was really good. We have a little side project that we’re thinking about working on right now too, called Big Grams. [It’s] a collaboration with me and Phantogram. I think we’ll put out a little EP or something after they drop the next record. Me and T.I. just did a song as well. I have a couple tricks up my sleeve but that’s enough for now.

My god this would be so sick. I can’t stop listening to the recent Railbird track that Sarah Barthel is on so I can’t imagine what would happen if these two powerhouses got together. Rapping with a Phantogram beat? Sarah singing over a beat from Big Boi? I’ll be sort of pissed if this doesn’t happen now that they’ve thoroughly teased us with this.

Also, what’s Andre 3000 up to these days?

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak to speak at GLOBALFOUNDRIES September 6th

From the Business Review:

Join us at GLOBALFOUNDRIES as we discuss innovation and technology development in Tech Valley. The focus will be on driving economic growth and jobs for the next two decades.

Featuring Panelists:
Steve Wozniak, Co-founder, Apple Computer Inc.

Silicon Valley icon, philanthropist and globally recognized thought leader Steve Wozniak is credited with single handedly designing the first personal computer and cofounding the most valuable company in the world. Steve is also the Chief Scientist of Fusion-io.

Peter Schultz, Co-inventor, Fiber Optics

Peter C. Schultz is the co-inventor of fiber optics for which he received the National Medal of Technology. As the retired President of Haraeus Tenevo Inc., he has provided technical consulting to numerous companies including Intel, Sematech International, Yazaki, Furukawa and SPI Lasers plc.

Tickets are $75 for the general public, and $25 for students and all proceeds go to a charity that’s decided by Woz himself. Space is limited and you need to register before the event, so if you’re into this, go get a ticket! If you have any interest whatsoever in these topics, this event is not something you’re going to want to miss. Really awesome to have this happen so close to us, and I’m excited to listen to what these two have to say about the industry that’s booming in Albany.

Quality events for this weekend vol. 56

Friday, August 24

Keep Albany Boring radio with KC, Knomad (6-8pm) Looney (8-10pm) and Lofi Lobo (10pm-12am). Tune in 90.9fm or via WCDBFM.com

This weekend marks the biggest of the track season in Saratoga. If you spend all your money at the track, you can still head to the Putnam Den afterwards to catch local outfit Maryleigh & the Fauves play for free alongside NYC-based Lunic, as well as DJ Prophet on the decks following. Saturday is the actual Travers Stakes race, with a post time for the first race at 11:35am.

Fourth Friday and Everything Classic with Nate Da Great and DJ Trumastr at Quintessence. One of my favorite spots to go out and dance in Albany, surprisingly so.

Earlier this week it was announced that Savannah’s will be closing its doors come Monday so support their final weekend in business and check out Mirk at 9pm.

‘Comedy Gold Six’ Comedy Showcase at the Mine in Saratoga. Fellow WCDB DJ Ethan Ullman will be hosting this event. Line-up is huge and includes Kevin Marshall among many others.

Saturday, August 25

Last Saturday of the season for Troy Knit flea market. Stop by the Antiques District in Troy from 9am-1pm, especially if you haven’t been yet this summer.

LatinFest in Washington Park with music and local vendors. Should be a really nice day to walk around the park and grab a bite to eat while checking out the activities.

Sunday, August 26

Service Industry Night at McGearys with DJ Trumastr. Music, two for one drinks and a big patio. All you need.

Dimensions Festival: Interview with Kozee

As you may have gathered from recent themes in my Music Mondays, I’m headed to Croatia for the debut of Dimensions Festival, which is kicking off exactly two weeks from today. You can find out full details and peep the line-up for the festival here.

After a handful of giddy chats about the fest and bass-driven music alike with Kozee, a DJ and producer based out of the Bay Area, we decided to take some time for a proper Q+A.

Kozee will be playing this year’s Dimension’s festival on the Audio Doughnuts curated stage alongside label mates Pusherman, Shox, TOYC, ADDJ’s, as well as guests Koreless, Dark Sky, George Fitzgerald, and Sei A, plus a special guest headliner and some additional surprises.

Kozee has been in the game since 2005 and is considered to be an integral part of the now burgeoning bass music scene in the States, drawing inspiration from multi-genre bass music. She’s toured the UK and Sweden, while also playing out across the US and doing her thing in San Francisco, such as recently playing a gig with fellow SF’er and former OUTPOST1 guest 5kinandbone5!

She’s also been busy as hell, to say the least, with eleven releases starting in 2009 and handful of giveaways along the way.

Needless to say, I’m very excited to catch this fellow Gemini behind the decks at Dimensions. Check out some of her sounds and hit the jump for the interview.

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Valentine’s 9/8: Sean Rowe & Railbird

Troy-native Sean Rowe is playing at Valentine’s on September 8th to support his new album The Salesman and the Shark, which is out August 29th on Anti-Records. If you haven’t already, you can stream the entire new album on NPR. I’m not usually be drawn to this style of music but once the album ended, I can honestly say I enjoyed the whole record; I can’t wait to see how much I enjoy Rowe live.

Also joining Rowe is Railbird, a lo-fi electronic outfit currently from Brooklyn.

Check out railbirds video for Jump Ship, featuring Sean Rowe and Sarah Barthel from Phantogram, which was funded via Kickstarter. The video came out awesome and fits the song perfectly. Fantastic job.

This is a stellar line-up and definitely worth the ticket price and is an amazing way to start your Saturday night. If you’re that kind of person, you can buy tickets online to be safe.

Photo © Marius Bugge

Savannah’s to close on Monday 8/26

Earlier today, The Dublin Underground announced their last day will be Monday, August 26th. Unlike the fiasco with Jillian’s this is happening due to a dispute with the landlord, and nothing to do with business being slow in the area.

An extremely unfortunate side effect of this is the vodka bar that was getting ready to open next door, and has had extensive work done to the space, will not be opening. Walking by, you can see the amount of work that’s going to be lost which is really unfortunate as that spot was shaping up to be something great. Sad to see another business go and even worse to see one not even open.

On Monday night as a proper send off, there will be a burlesque show. See you there.

Also shout out to the dude able to talk on the phone and give the Google street view car the finger on a moments notice.

3rd Annual Pearl Palooza line up to include Matt and Kim (And now Phantogram, too)

Updated: EQX has announced earlier today that in addition to Matt and Kim, locals Phantogram will be joining the festival, as well as the recently re-formed Conehead Buddha.

Pearl Palooza, downtown Albany’s response to Lark Fest, has just announced their lineup for their block party, which is Saturday September 22nd of this year.

The main stage will host: Matt and Kim, Robert Delong, Oberhofer and The Royal Concept.

The local stage includes: Eastbound Jesus, Wild Adriatic, MIRK and Barons in the Attic.

Stay up to date with the event on the WEQX website.