Click that ‘hood: Albany

How rad is this! A timed, neighborhood identification game with the neighborhoods in Albany. Everyone loves maps, everyone loves Albany, it’s just perfect. I have just become obsessed with playing geography games like this for the USA and the world so this is really doing it for me right now. My best time is 1m 15s for the hard version of the game.

Go play it right now! Great job, Scott.

Ticket Giveaway: WCDB 35th Anniversary Birthday Bash

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While WCDB doesn’t ever necessarily need a reason to celebrate, 35 years as a station is a good milestone to throw an event. This Friday marks the 35th anniversary and WCDB will be taking over Valentine’s showcasing two floors of music.

Fun fact: WCDB celebrated its 14th anniversary at the QE2 (local-music-in-Albany’s-history-cool-point) and twenty years later, celebrated in the form of a two-day festival, which was awesome. The station also continues to be a close-knit group, with alumni reunions every 5 years.

For this occasion, the line-up consists of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Oberhofer, Blotto, Summer People, Barons in the Attic and if Madrid. Tickets and more info available courtesy of Dellarocca Booking.

Additionally, we have a pair of tickets to giveaway so hit the jump to enter!

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KC’s Music Monday: Full Moon Edition

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As someone who is fascinated by all things relative to the universe, astrology (let me live, bro) and the natural world, I feel a strange obligation to tell all my friends when it’s a full moon.

So all that being said, here’s some music. Get weird tonight.

First up is a new one from a fellow Albany-based appreciator of the moon, elsphinx. As I’ve said, title any track “The Moon” and I automatically deem it a love song. Regardless of what you’re actually rapping about. The line “blowing smoke rings around the moon” is incredible. Delicious imagery.

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VICE visits Shoenice in Lake George for an interview, feeds him an entire bottle of wood glue

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The Latest from My Life Online, profiling internet stars and their lives behind the screen. In the latest episode, VICE travels to upstate New York to get the exclusive with Chris Schewe, better known as Shoenice22, the YouTube sensation known for eating non-edible objects, from tampons to glue. Shoenice does this all, he claims, to raise awareness of world hunger. We sat down with him to talk about his his family, his rise to fame, and what drives him to open his gullet to anything and everything.

The video above provides a introspective look into the life of Chris Schewe and gives you an idea of what’s brought him to where he is now. There’s even a goal behind all the stunts he’s pulled.

Hit the jump for the video of VICE feeding Shoenice a bottle of wood glue.

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The best coffee shop in Albany

The best coffee shop in Albany is Stacks Espresso Bar, Lark St (soon to also be on Broadway). The focus at Stacks is coffee. They are a multi-roaster shop which is still quite rare in this area. That means they have many different coffees from many different companies. They have a small selection in their bakery case of goods from local bakers. Their espresso is among the best in the area, and they usually have more than one option ready to go for espresso. It’s typically their house blend espresso as well as single origin or espresso blend from a featured roaster. I’d recommend avoiding the house coffee, and opt for an Americano with either the house espresso or guest espresso, or a pour over if the shop isn’t too busy. As mentioned, they do pour overs on the Wave or Aeropress, iced pour overs, cold brew, macchiatos, etc., and even pumpkin spice lattes if that’s what you’re into.

The best coffee shop in Troy is Superior Merchandise Co., 4th St, Troy. Superior Merchandise bill themselves as a “design shop + coffee bar”. They recently added a bottle bar where you can buy rare Nordic beers to take home, and they also have two beers on tap, a bunch of bottles, cider, and canned wine (it’s surprisingly good). In addition to this, they have the strongest coffee program of any shop in the area. Everything from their cheapest batch brew to their $5 signature drinks is considered and well executed. Their coffee comes from select roasters that change every few months. They also host coffee classes about brewing at home with different coffee apparatuses such as the Kalita Wave or Aeropress. They even bring in extremely rare, pricey coffee from somewhere in Scandinavia once a month for the aptly titled Scandinavian Saturdays.

Artists announced for Camp Bisco XII

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Here’s the list of performers so far: The Disco Biscuits, Bassnectar, Passion Pit, STS9, Animal Collective, Umphrey’s McGee, Flux Pavillion, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Lotus, Boys Noize, Wolfgang Gartner, Tommy Trash, Dillion Francis, UZ, Aeroplane, Alvin Risk, Audrey Napoleon, Baauer, Bear Mountain, Boombox, Break Science, Cherub, Chris Malinchak, Clockwork, Com Truise, Congorock, Cosby Sweater, Crizzly, Dan Deacon, Designer Drugs, Dirtyphonics (Live), El-P, Eskmo, Flosstradamus, Free Energy, Gigamesh, Govinda, Gramatik, Grandtheft, Green Lantern, HeRobust, Heroes x Villians, Indobox, Killer Mike, Koan Sound, Manic Focus, M | O | D, Nadis Warriors, Nick Thayer, Paper Diamond, Party Supplies, Popeska, Project 46, RL Grime, Rubblebucket, Ryan Hemsworth, The Werks, Toro y Moi, Twiddle, Vacationer, VHS or Beta, Wick-It the Instigator, and Zoogma.

Additional details to follow on campbisco.net.

We’ve covered the past two festivals and you can check out our coverage in our archive.

Power Animal Systems still set to perform in wake of Gaga tour cancellation

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Unfortunately, all doesn’t go as planned. And it’s an even bigger bummer when the plan is to perform with Lady Gaga. I originally wrote about Power Animal Systems opening for Gaga, but an injury has nixed those plans and the tour is being rescheduled. However, Power Animal Systems had a few other dates lined up as after-parties and will still be performing at those.

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