Albany’s proposed crude oil plant is a huge risk

Video by Justin Mikulka

Take a minute and watch the video above. Scary stuff to say the least.

From Duncan Crary:

Global Companies, a unit of Global Partners, based in Waltham, Mass., plans to build a 2,600-square-foot facility at the port’s rail yard to heat crude as it is pumped out of rail cars and into storage tanks. The oil will then be shipped out on barges headed downriver toward refineries on the east coast. Global’s application does not specify what kind oil would be heated, but many worry it will be volatile tar sands from Canada.

Sounds awesome to ramp up production considering the first tanker out of the port about a year ago crashed, and that there’s not even a system in place to deal with a spill. Read the full report from Duncan Carary and realize that on top of the impact a spill or explosion would have, that there’s one of the earliest Dutch settlements directly where this proposed plant is going to be built.


Quality events for this weekend vol. 118

Friday January 24

Pony in the Pancake, Deep Pockets, Ferriday and Bare Mattress at Valentine’s: Awesome bill of bands on this one. Gonna be radical.

Cretin Hop at Fuze: Albany’s rock and roll dance party. Guaranteed to be mad weird.

Saturday January 25

CRCC Presents “Coffee Brew Method Exploration” at Healthy Living: If you care at all about coffee you know the way you make it has a big impact on the taste. Come find out why, and which method you like the best. (Plus, free Gimme! Coffee.)

Extinction AD, Satan Place, Open Hostility at Bogies: Heavy thrashy jams.

The Hudson Rive Band and The Silver Standard at Tierra (Madison): Fun summery jams.

Bell’s Roar, Mic Lanny, Palemen, Mr. Borden, Kazufro at Pauly’s: Rappy electronic jams.

Surrounded By Teeth, Maggot Brain, Start The Reactor, Bad Friends in Hudson Falls: Techy metal jams.

Peradam at EMPAC: Audio/visual performance using voice and video manipulations. Click the link because that description is horrible.

EIGHTIES at Valentine’s: You know the dill!

6th Annual Beat*Shot spins for J Dilla


At the Hollow on February 1st, Beat*Shot and Sub-Bombin Records will honor one of the greatest producers of all time, J Dilla, with their 6th annual Beat*Shot spins for J Dilla event. J Dilla died at the age of 32 from a rare blood disease, and the night will benefit the foundation set up in his name, which helps fund inner-city music programs.

This show is a tribute to J Dilla with live music, emcees, poetry, singers and much more. Even the food menu will be Dilla themed. Acts include Boog Brown, J-Live, Oddissee, Midas and Rawhead and Great Mastr.

To get a sense of the influence Dilla had, check out the Notable Music Tributes section of his wiki.

Read more and rsvp on the facebook event page. See you there!

Tonight: The 7 Person Chair Pyramid High Wire Act (A Play)


There is an awesome sounding show happening tonight at the Contemporary Artists Center in Troy. Self described as “a DIY hodge-podge of experimental theater, puppetry, adventure, dance, ingenious nomadic set design, and the history of science”, there’s a nil chance those in attendance won’t be entertained.

From the event page:

“In the wilds of Siberia, Charles Darwin goes off search of the Yeti. The Yeti (if she exists) enters a radio station’s dance contest, hoping to win an all-expenses-paid vacation to a place that doesn’t exist yet. Darwin’s research companion—a little brown bat—falls in love with the radio station’s electromagnetic emissions—but how could that ever end happily? Meanwhile, Siberia’s caves are home to a secretive tribe of ropemakers—but their disintegrating family structure may cause their ancient craft to be lost forever. Through the lens of the real life allegory of the Flying Wallendas’ famous high-wire act, two performers on a tiny stage unfold Darwin’s laboratory, unfurl anatomic diagrams of the yeti, and try to tease out the difference between miracles and non-miracles.”

The show kicks off tonight at 8, and is $7. Hit the event page for more details.