Occupy Albany Weekly Update, Week of Dec. 2 to Dec. 9

On Friday afternoon Occupy Albany was with a by the City of Albany government. The order threatened eviction from the park on December 6 if fifteen conditions were not met. These conditions were focused largely on health and safety matters, though one one condition required Occupy Albany to apply for a permit that would give the city government the right to evict Occupy Albany at its discretion and which would require that the park be cleared entirely by December 22.

Occupy Albany spent Saturday streamlining and cleaning up the occupation, consolidating work areas, restructuring its tent management system, and generally sprucing things up. However, on Sunday morning extreme winds undid most if not all of the work that was done on Saturday. Thus, Sunday was spent recovering lost ground, but by Sunday night things were under control and the camp was ready to , which it did on Tuesday morning.

On Monday morning, the met with city officials to discuss the cease and desist order issued on Friday. The city agreed to relax some of the restrictions they sought to impose on the camp and Occupy Albany agreed to apply for a permit that would allow Occupy Albany to remain in Lafayette Park indefinitely and which would not allow the city to evict Occupy Albany without cause. However, the permit that was by the city on Wednesday , setting the city and Occupy Albany for a showdown in a few weeks, as Occupy Albany is set on remaining at Academy Park through the winter.
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Music Monday: AraabMUZIK

AraabMUZIK is a heavyweight beast on the MPC. His performances are a blend of playing drums and DJing, all at the same time of course. He makes beats for The Diplomats and has quite the production history, as well as making his own albums.

Watch the videos below and definitely check out his album Electronic Dream, it’s incredible.

Quality events for this weekend vol. 30

Friday, December 9th

Way Yes, Carl Daniels of The Makeshift Dream, Bailiwick, Daily Grind (Troy), 7pm, [fbook]

90s Night, Fuze Box [fbook]

Hurricane Bells, Meg Duffy (and friends), & Nate Danker, 8pm, Valentines [fbook]

Between The Buried and Me, Northern Lights, 7pm [fbook]

Saturday, December 10th

Santa Speedo Sprint, Lark St, 11am [fbook]

Winter Wonder Lark, Lark St, 12pm [via]

Itty Bitty Titty Committee Movie Night, X’s to O’s, 6:30 [fbook]

Barbecue Bash, Guardian, The Nightlife, Valentines 8pm [fbook]

My Bitter End, Bogies, 7pm [fbook]

Deer Tick, Jillians, 8pm, Free [fbook]

Sunday, December 11th

S.I.N ft. Party With Tina, McGearys, 10pm [fbook]

Interestingness in the local news vol 40

spacs first summer concert is…yanni. [nt]

pjacks claims moving has helped [tu]

there’s a distillery opening in albany [tu]

burrito joes closing [tu]

legends got two of their bartenders arrested and 11 citations [tu]

r bar is for sale already [tu]

illium cafe in troy is expanding [tu]

ex-sheriff held in jail named after him [tu]

dude shot his girlfriend in the head with a shotgun [tu]

dude got stabbed after the tattoo expo at northern lights [tu]

Occupy Albany, Weekly Update Nov. 25 to Dec. 2

Welcome, everyone, to my first post for KAB. By way of introduction, my name is Robert Magee and I’ve been with Occupy Albany since its inception on October 1, 2011. I’ve been recruited to do a weekly summary of our activities during the past week and let you know what we plan to do in the coming week.

Last Friday, OA put together a flash mob in response to Black Friday. A group of between 30 and 40 occupiers visited Colonie Center and Crossgates Malls to sing parodies of Christmas carols meant to draw attention to the perils of unthinking consumerism and the harmful effect it has on society and culture.

On Saturday OA hosted a teach-in on participatory economics which was presented by Colin Donnaruma and Nick Partyka. There were about fifty people in attendance and though participatory economics is a difficult subject to get through in the time set out for the teach-in (about an hour and a half), it did foster a lot of good discussion about alternatives to the current economic system.

Monday saw the arraignment on charges of trespassing and disorderly conduct of fifty occupiers who had been arrested for breaking the curfew at Lafayette Park during the week of Nov. 12-20. Most of those who were arraigned on Monday had been arraigned during a mass arrest which occurred on Saturday Nov. 20. The purpose of the arrests was to reassert the people’s right to occupy public space for the purpose of engaging in political discourse and dissent. Despite receiving a threatening fax during the week, Albany County District Attorney David Soares has stood firm in his commitment not to prosecute non-violent protestors and the charges are expected to be dropped by Albany City Court Judge Keefe after the Occupy Albany Legal Team submits a written application for dismissal on December 12.

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Quality events for this weekend vol. 29

First weekend in December!

Friday December 2nd

First Friday December, 5pm [fbook]

MIRK – Grind – Album Release Party, 7pm at the Armory [fbook]

The Pistolwhips, My Favorite Fence, and the Land Lines, 8:30pm at Valentine’s [fbook]

Japanther at EMPAC, 8pm [fbook] Bonus: Enter to win a pair of tickets to Saturday’s showing via KAB here, contest ends Saturday at 12.

Hudson River Coffee House’s One Year Anniversary [fbook]

Saturday December 3rd

Sgt Dunbar and the Hobo Banned, 8pm at the Sanctuary for Independent Media [fbook]

The Knee Benders, 10pm at Casey Flynns [fbook]

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Record release: Mirk celebrates their #Grind

In my personal music-related experiences, I always find it refreshing to me to stumble across people with a genuine vision for their creativity. Mirk is a prime example of one of those people.

Mirk, frontman of the band of the same name, has led his band mates through some trying times this year following their name change (shortened from Mirk and the New Familiars to Mirk). Mirk has since been consumed by all things MIRK – from writing music to recording to producing and performing – the whole 9 yards and beyond. Mirk is more than what’s in the name and tonight the 7-piece collective will be thanking their fans for sticking with them at the Washington Avenue Armory with a fan-exclusive record release show.

Their latest album, Grind, is a home-grown effort created 100% local and in-house, from recording to production. The band has an amazing HQ – located in the Armory and combines an office with a recording studio – in what is literally every bands dream space. The album, on Mirk’s label, Foster House Records, encompasses what the band is all about – being on one’s Grind. Working through every day and constantly growing.

In discussing the new album, Mirk discussed how the record is “really big and grandeouse” in comparision to the debut album, Love. “It’s a wall of sound and really loud. I know the sounds that I’m going for, I’ve found it,” he says. “So it’s a lot more deliberate. The times are a little bit darker, so it’s a little bit darker.”

“As far as the name Grind, it’s what we’re on. It’s been such a nonstop effort, we’ve just kept it moving, just kept grinding,” he says. “The first album was all about love and relationships and a lot of the songs on the new records are all metaphors for work, music, success and the grind. For example, there’s a song ‘Favorite Girl’ which is all about New York, but it sounds like it’s about me talking to a girl. It’s about how New York will kick the shit out of you or make you a star.”

The record is officially due out next year in March, and tonight a limited pressing will be given to the first 500 in attendance tonight. Tickets are available at the Washington Avenue box office, and the show kicks off tonight at 7pm.