Petition to Reject Albany’s Proposed Live Music Tax

Jeremy Routhier-James, a local musician has started a petition opposing the ‘Live Music Tax’. Sign it and pass it on!

Also, you should plan on attending the Common Council planning committee meeting which will discuss the proposed law February 15th at 5:00 pm, in a 2nd Floor Court Room at City Hall (24 Eagle Street). The meeting is open to the public and there’s a public comment period. If you have something to say, there’s your opportunity.

Interestingness in the local news vol 44

the ten year vamp show got mased/teargassed/somethinged [fridaypuppy]

guy got robbed of his guns at knifepoint [timesunion]

missing baby was dropped off at a church [timesunion]

dude duct taped a dog and left it on the side of the road bc he couldn’t afford a vet [timesunion]

ge had a superbowl ad [youtube]

daniel is building fussylittleballot3 to help guide people who may vote for mediocrity in the tu ‘best of’ poll [fussylittleblog]

dwi sweep nets 21 [troyrecord]

ibi posted a review and insight into chowderfest [idiotsbeingidiots]

Laughs on Lark Comedy Showcase Cancelled + An Open Letter

UPDATE: The Common Council planning committee is to discuss the proposed law February 15th at 5:30 pm, in a 2nd Floor Court Room at City Hall (24 Eagle Street). The meeting is open to the public and there’s a public comment period. If you have something to say, there’s your opportunity.

You can also now read more about this at AOA and the KnickLedger.

Many of you saw the article about the Hudson River Coffee House’s battle with mundane and arbitrary restrictions which hurt small businesses and the like. Last night I got this email from Matt Kelly who runs the Laughs on Lark Comedy Showcase, which is being affected by one of the aforementioned arbitrary ordinances. The letter follows.

An Open Letter to The Capital Region and Beyond

Many of you are familiar with, or have come to enjoy our monthly Laughs on Lark Comedy Showcase. We regret to inform you that we will have to cancel this month’s show, scheduled for Wednesday February 8th, our first cancellation since we started 20 months ago. It is not because we need to write new material, though we could use a few fresh jokes, or because of anxiety over the possibility of a Rick Santorum presidency, but because of a proposed Ordinance by the City of Albany regarding audio entertainment within taverns and restaurants. The ambiguity of the bill and the rush to enforce it prior to the Common City Council meeting scheduled to discuss it leave us no option but to pull the plug.

We started the show in August of 2010 in hopes of bringing a breathe of fresh air to the local entertainment community. Modeled after New York City alternative comedy rooms and with a showcase-format we’ve had 35+ different stand-up comedians, improv performers, special guests, and even a magician.

We love this neighborhood and judging by the increasing number of folks in attendance, you like us too. We believe strongly that businesses that promote and nourish local performers should be celebrated and not punished. Culture is what makes our community so spirited and lively, so imposing added restrictions on the shrinking number of establishments who embrace the artistic community is wrong. We are fortunate to have had the opportunity to perform for so many of you and we hope to be back as soon as possible.

Matt Kelly & Jaye Mcbride

It really sucks to see people who are doing things in our city to make it a more diverse and fun place to live getting entangled in regulations to the point of discontinuation. I guess these law makers really take the name of this site literally, eh?

You can buy tacos off the internet. In Albany. From Lucky Tortilla’s. It’s the future.

Yes you’ve been able to use CampusFood or Mealeo or whatever to order whatever standard pizza/wing crap for ages. HOWEVER, this breaking technology allows you to have TACOS and BURRITOS delivered, FAST. Also the tacos are about $2 and the huge burritos about $6. And, surprise, they’re actually good.

It’s no Brooklyn or Austin, TX food truck (how hipster of me), but it will do. Remember, you are in Albany.

Bookmark this link, and thank me later.

Megabus Starting Service from Saratoga To Burlington, VT

Quick little tip just in case you missed it: Megabus will be adding service between Saratoga Springs, NYC, and Burlington, Vermont, starting April 2nd.

Full details on the Megabus website.

Music Monday: Middle Finger Edition

First things first in this week’s Music Monday, check out the DAMN GURL Promo Homo Mix Series in its first volume featuring WERQ.

DAMN GURL, a monthly based out of Denver, put out this promo mix recently and the track listing is pretty huge, jumping from vogue house sounds to straight up Jersey club. WERQ also features in the mix tracks from past OUTPOST1 headliners MikeQ and Myrryrs, as well as a tune from DJ Sliink, who will be joining us at the Fuze Box Feb 17. Cop the free download for your Monday afternoon office soundtrack and let its HA’s carry you into your week.

Yep, M.I.A., we don’t care either.

Next up, Tony Goods, who has been featured at our NYC brethren’s party on the sly at the Gallery at (le) Poisson Rouge, has a new EP, “Friends” coming out on Sounds of Sumo this month. Peep the teaser below and look out for it February 20th.

Also on our radar this week is UMBA’s “Not Too Young” EP, which came out officially today on B.YRSLF division. You can listen to the album in full on the bandcamp page and doing so comes recommended.

Anything else you’re listening to, leave as a comment.

New Video: Barons in the Attic

Barons in the Attic have been busy leading up to their album release, Turn It Off & Take Out The Battery, which was featured back in November here on KAB. Their album release show is March 2nd in conjunction with WCDB’s 34th Anniversary Music Festival, and the album will be available through Albany’s own B3nson Records.

Check out the official music video, shot by Mike Matthews, featuring track “Julia” in advance of the upcoming release, which you can pre-order via their bandcamp.

Thanks for passing it along guys!