Hurricane Sandy shot by Josh Rask

From Josh:

This project took photographer Christine Neely and myself into some of the hardest hit areas after Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast. Traveling by bike, subway and train, we were able to get access to many different areas, as well as talk to many different people and hear their stories. These are some of those stories and images I captured.

Another look into what’s really happening just a hundred or so miles south of us. This video focuses more on the people and stories rather than just shock-value destruction. I know 8 minutes is long for the internet’s attention span, but really, take the time and watch this.

Ticket Giveaway: Dillon Francis, Baauer & Clockwork at the UCH

This weekend at the Upstate Concert Hall is a trifecta of awesome shows. Thursday is Dillon Francis, Bauuer and Clockwork, Friday is NAS, and Saturday is Yeasayer. Pretty awesome week for music in the area, too bad none of it’s at the Armory.

Step Up is nice enough to give us a pair of tickets to give away for the Dillon Francis, Bauuer and Clockwork show! Hit the jump to enter. Since the show is tomorrow, I’m going to pick a winner tomorrow at 10am, so look out for a text around then. Don’t enter if you can’t go, obviously!

If you’re not the contest type, you can obviously buy a ticket to secure your attendance!

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Railbird, Sean Rowe coming to Putnam Den

The Putnam Den seems to be upping their game to keep people moving this Winter. This coming Thursday, Railbird will be gracing the stage alongside Cuddle Magic, and The Daredevil Christopher Wright.

On Black Friday, they’ve got another awesome show, this time around with Sean Rowe and Matthew Carefully. You can learn all about Sean Rowe in an interview done right here at KAB. MC has been a long time staple in the area and if you’re not already acquainted, you will not be disappointed.

Put this in your calendar now and avoid doing nothing when you could be out enjoying some amazing music. See ya there!

Go vote

Seriously. Go do it.

If you’re in New York, go to the voter lookup website to see where your polling place is. Then, go there.

If you’re registered to vote in Nassau, Rockland, Suffolk, Westchester or NYC, you can vote at ANY polling place via affidavit ballot. For example, if you’re registered to vote on Long Island and you’re currently at school, you can vote in places such as the UAlbany Campus Center.

I’ll be watching the results come in tonight at the Young Prisms, Careers and Sun Burdens show at Valentine’s.

Andrew’s Music Monday: Winter is here edition

Hope everyone’s doing well post Sandy. I’ve been slacking on these posts but with a few minutes to spare I figure I’d share what I’ve been listening to recently.

The following is a new mix by Ryan Hemsworth for Fool’s Gold Records. It’s got a slow and surreal vibe to it and is perfect for the early morning or late night. Each track is presented in a new context as each one is a remix/remake/refix of the original. Track list inclues Frank Ocean, Kanye West, Grimes, Big Boi and more.

Next up is a new mix in support of Dubbel Dutch‘s new single Self Help Riddim. Again, packed with unreleased edits and all sorts of amazing stuff you can only hear in mixes. The Self Help Riddim itself is really graceful and light, a much needed contrast to the torrents of trendy music that’s sweeping the internet and club at the moment. There’s a huge gap left by all the trap and club remixes of rap stuff that’s popular at the moment so any soca/dancehall/afrobeat sounds are more than welcomed to keep things in check.

Next up is a mix from BODY HIGH‘s most hyped artist DJ FUNERAL. It was from the BODY HIGH BOILER ROOM (so many capitals) takeover. The mix features all the tracks from DJ FUNERAL’s new EP titled RIP Tribute, which sold out basically instantly when it was put up for sale. Really great mix and in general a very strong sound coming from BODY HIGH since their inception. Too bad Jerome hates Albany.

The following tekstyle mix isn’t for the feint of heart, but if you’re into the harder side of electronic music it’s checking out. It’s by the old school hardcore and jungle enthusiast and all around incredible DJ and producer Dev/Null. It’s packed with 29 tracks in an hour and the mixing is absolutely impeccable. You will be hearing this sound at a club night near you in the upcoming months.

That’s it for now. If you have something you’d like me and others to hear, leave it as a comment or tweet it to me!

Kitty Little and Salon Style at Fuzz Records: Recap and Photos

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Last night was a fun little show at Fuzz Records, with Kitty Little and Salon Style.

Salon Style is Gavin from The Kamikaze Hearts sample based act, in which he is joined on stage only by a sampler and what I believe was a small jar of whiskey. The samples ranged from simple drum patterns to really intricate, layered, backing tracks. Really smart idea and the set up and break down is probably a huge perk for someone who is used to playing with a huge band.

Kitty Little, who has been a Capital Region staple for quite some time, was incredible. Being a somewhat recent transplant to the area, this was my first time getting to see them and I really hope it won’t be the last. It was fast, loud and really enjoyable. And any ‘pop’ band with guitar solos is awesome. If you haven’t see these guys, you really have to make an effort.

Side note: after the show we all went over to Elda’s for karaoke which was amazing. The drummer from Kitty Little absolutely destroyed some Michael Jackson.

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