Bloc Weekend Recap: ABlocalypse 2012

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It’s been just over two weeks now since The Weekend That Never Was.

The sixth-annual gathering of some of the biggest names in transnational electronic bass-driven music and like-minded enthusiasts, known as Bloc Weekend, was scheduled to take place on July 6th and 7th of this year and was the main magnetic force not to be ignored pulling me overseas from New York.

A couple friends of mine have made the trek in the past; with one saying “What happens at Bloc, stays at Bloc” and another letting us in deeper with his extensive and insanely well-written recap over on Bassfaced.

Needless to say, this festival year after year packs a solid line-up that gets ears perked around the world and regardless of what my parents may have thought, I wasn’t the only ‘crazy’ one who traveled out of my native country to be in attendance.

This year’s festival was to feature Snoop Dogg, Oribital, Flying Lotus, Amon Tobin, Squarepusher, Jeff Mills, Richie Hawtin, DOOM, Nicholas Jaar, Digital Mystikz, Shackleton, to name a few, as well as curated showcases from Swamp81, Resident Advisor, Bleep, Hyperdub, Boiler Room and more. I still have my rough plan for Friday night stored in a nostalgic note on my phone.

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Andrew’s Music Monday: BOILER ROOM NYC, Bosstone, and more

Damn it’s been a while since I’ve done one of these. Sorry for the irregularity but sometimes there’s just not too much going on. That’s not the case with this past week. BOILER ROOM posted videos from their NYC show that I was lucky enough to attend, among many other releases.

First one here is Rizzla, a DJ from CT but currently in Somerville, MA. This dude played one of the best dancehall sets I’ve heard live and hes having a blast while doing it. Also shout out to the girl in the background.

Next up is a mix Bosstone did for one of my favorite music sites, AO-AO. It’s mostly hip-hop and it’s done quite well. Super good listen.

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Collar City CrossFit: Before joining, everyone that I knew that did CrossFit and loved it. I’ve been going for about a month now and I totally get it. Check em out, especially because your first class is free. Go with a friend and see what it’s all about. All abilities.

The City Beer Hall: They’ve got a big craft selection on tap and even more bottles. Their food is incredibly good, and if you’re not there for dinner you can opt for the free pizza you get with each drink. And now, boozy brunch on the patio every weekend.

518Prints: The only place to go if you need shirts printed. Period. Every local band shirt and more you probably don’t realize basically is done by these guys.

Quality events for this weekend vol. 52

Friday, July 20th

Opening day at the track: There’s a bunch going on, including MaryLeigh & The Fauves at the Hats Off Festival.

Garage Bands 2012 w/The Slaughterhouse Chorus and The Pistolwhips: They’re playing in the Elk Street parking garage. Interesting venue aside this should be a good show and the garage will shield you of rain.

SummerNight Schenectady: Live music, street performers, food, drink, etc.

WEXT 97.7 Birthday Bash at Valentine’s: With Sgt Dunbar and The Hanslick Rebellion.

Saturday July 21st

Death Cab for Cutie at Brewery Ommegang: Needs no explination really. Bonus: The Westboro Baptist Church hates Ben Gibbard.

TightKnit’s Troy Flea: Rosary Beard and Slender Shoulders will be performing at this weeks installment of the vintage and craft market in Troy.

Lawyers, Guns & Photos at The Foundry for Art, Design + Culture: Opening reception for what looks like an awesome book release.

Ladies Eighties Night at McGeary’s: Trumastr holding down another perfectly executed party. Enough said.

Sunday July 22nd

Hearing Sounds Music Performance at Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery: Matthew Carefully, Elky, Doug Van Nort, and Matt Weston using the artwork in Hearing Pictures as their score.

Fuzz Records Presents: Tony Bucci’s Birthday Extravaganza: This is going to be awesome. A mash up of local talent all performing at Fuzz Records all in celebration of a friends 25th birthday.

SIN with DJ Trumastr at McGeary’s: Two for one drinks, good music, patio. No further explanation needed.

Phantogram: “We’ve got some songs on the next Big Boi album”

From SPIN’s ‘5 Things SPIN Learned About Big Boi’s ‘Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors‘:

“She’s my new Sleepy Brown” Big Boi said, comparing Barthel, who was snapping pics of the MC, to the Dungeon Family hookmaster. His connection came from a bit of kismet. Turns out Big had unknowingly heard Phantogram’s ethereal “Mouthful of Diamonds” in a commercial. After he had Shazam’d the track and figured out which band was responsible, he hit the duo up on Twitter. Carter and Barthel eventually came down to Atlanta to work on the record. Sarah handled hook duties on three of the tracks played, one of which was produced by Phantogram’s other half, guitarist Josh Carter. (That track, the spacy “Objectum Sexuality,” was a highlight.)

Dope. This also sort of settles my question of “why do indie artists let their songs be used in commercials for all sorts of shit”. Can’t wait to hear the actual tracks, although I’m sure I’ll forget about this before it’s stated November 13th release date, then be real excited again in October.

Also, just reunite Outkast already.

Ula Ruth to play opening day at the track

Up-and-coming Conneticut based Ula Ruth will be playing this Saturday at 6pm for opening day at the track. Their sound is similar to that of the Black Keys but with a bit more indie and alternative influence. They’ve been selling out shows in NYC and have on-air radio interviews in the works, so they’re not your normal band-for-the-sake-of-a-band type deal that we’re all used to. The NYRA has put in a lot of improvements for this season at the Saratoga Race Course, so if you are there on opening day, it should be better than it was in years past. MIRK will also be joining them.

You can stream their EP below.

WITCH KNOTS Book Release and Storytelling Event at Troy Night Out

Local illustrator and musician Ira Marcks from Troy will be doing an multimedia performance at the Arts Center of the Capital Region Friday, July 27th for Troy Night Out.

The Art Center of the Capital Region will be host to the book release party for Ira Marcks’ new, kickstarter-funded, graphic novel, WITCH KNOTS as part of Troy Night Out. The live storytelling performance with live music and projected illustrations will be held the Black Box Theatre at 6pm and 7pm.

WITCH KNOTS is a 170 page, hard cover, full color graphic novel available for $20 at witchknots.com and Market Block Books in Troy. Really great to see local talent being created, sold, and celebrated all within Troy.

Hit the jump for the official flyer. Continue reading…