Interestingness in the local news vol 35

intel and ibm building $4b complex at ualbany [TU]

el loco is for sale [TU]

ppl real mad about sneaky petes wanting to come to north albany, dont pearl st my broadway [TU]

burrito joes opening uptown [TU]

dudes busted with 10+ lbs of weeeeed [tr]

cuomo signs law restricting protests at military funerals [st]

dude suicided himself at the st peters parking garage [tr]

dude drives into troy store by accident, oopsie [ynn]

albany releases gun violence statistics [TU]

19 year old kid who was found facedown in a stream had zero drugs in his body [TU]

Andrew’s Music Monday: THERE+BACK Edition

This Thursday we’re heading up north to play and wild out at a party called THERE+BACK at Putnam Den in Saratoga. The line up on the night is pretty diverse and will be a fun time.

Below you’ll find a bunch of sounds for you to enjoy to get you primed for Thursday!

Here’s a promo mix from Andy Petr for download, but if you’re more inclined to stream stuff, check below.

This Can’t Be Real by Andy Petr

Surprise August Slap Party!!!! by Looney

There+Back #1 Promo Mix by macgregorbeats

Boogie Knights Live At Putnam Den – 5/3/11 by Tony Quattro

Party With Tina: THERE+BACK PROMO MIX by ents

Here’s the event’s facebook page which has more details! See you there!

Quality events for this weekend vol. 21

If I missed something, submit it.


Thursday, September 22

aka “Silly Event Name Thursday!”

“Filthy Dirty House Thursdays”, w/Mr. Kissner & Brother Suarez, RBar, 10pm [fbook]

“Lazerdisk Party Sex” at The Stone Crow, 21+ free 10pm [fbook]

Rock to Rebuild Schoharie County w/Mirk, Sirsy, Erin Harkes Band and Platypus at McGearys, $10 [fbook]

onedotzero at EMPAC 7 and 9pm [fbook]

Friday, September 23

The Foundry for Art Design + Culture Grand Opening, Cohoes, 4-9pm Free [via]

Capital Crush Alleycat (Bike Race) $5 8pm [fbook]

Phantom Limb at EMPAC, $18 8pm [fbook]

Saturday, September 24

Pearl Palooza 2, Company of Thieves, DOM, Mute Math, A Million Years, Black Taxi, Ten Year Vamp, etc. Noon. [fbook]

Solo Artists’ Show w/_11:34, Patrick Porter & more. 6pm $3-5 [fbook]

Roller Derby: Hellions of Troy vs. Maine Roller Derby, Rollarama, $10 [fbook]

Irene Relief Show: Disposable Rocket Band, Mr Owl, Walking X-Ray, @ The SwordPaw HQ, 8pm, $5 [fbook]

Back to School Bowie Tribute at Fuze Box [fbook]

Kemp Avenue Band at the Bayou, 8pm $5 [fbook]

Delirium, Fuze Box, 10pm $5 [fbook]

Phantom Limb at EMPAC, $18 8pm [fbook]

Sunday, September 25

S.I.N at McGearys w/DJ Trumastr and 2-for-1 drinks, 10pm, 21+ free [fbook]

Bonus Round: Thursday, September 29

THERE+BACK #1 w/Andy Petr, Looney, Party With Tina and Macgregor at the Putnam Den, $3/7 9pm [fbook]

BASS!MINT interview: Shigeto

This Friday, our friends down in New Paltz are bringing Shigeto of Ghostly International to Cabaloosa’s, alongside resident DJs Far East and Jack Inslee, as hosted by MC DRHU of Broken Teeth NYC. Shigeto will be playing a live set, complete with drums, synthesizer and sampler, as sequencing and looping on the fly. Much respect to the Ghostly label and I highly suggest peeking around their site, (you’ll even find once-upon-a-time local band Phantogram on there) and Shigeto is definitely one of the label’s standout artists in my book. Peep the event details here and check the full Q+A beneath the cut!


photo courtesy of ghostly

Given your background in classical jazz / drumming how was the transition process to working with electronic music? What was your introduction to electronic music, production, ghostly, etc? The transition was easy at first. It was all so new and exciting. When you have new things to work with, it’s easy to stay inspired.

I started listening to electronic music as a kid. Early Warp and Ghostly releases were my first inspiration, along with all the 90′s hip hop.

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For the love of jazz

Back in the day, I would percolate in some music culture to help drown out the noise from the day. Tuesday nights were jazz night at Justin’s. For me; jazz is best live or while soaking in a bath, as long as either scenario also involves a glass of red wine.

This weekly jazz rendezvous is where I met Yuko Kishimoto. Her hands would dance wildly over the keys while the rest of her body held carriage. She had a uninhibited sophisticated quality that I was drawn to. It was mesmerizing the way she played the piano like no other. As time went by; we would share our love of fine scotch, dry humor and trade stories.


photo © Rudy Lu

Yuko Kishimoto debuted her album Songbook at a CD release party on August 31, 2011. The official release is due sometime in the beginning of October. She is a gifted composer who started playing the piano at 3 years old. She had created original compositions and arrangements but had no CD of her own. Thanks to the Albany music and art community as well as money generated from Kickstarter, a CD was born.

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KC’s Music Monday: Jon Hopkins + Four Tet at EMPAC

This past Thursday, EMPAC hosted a dual billing of equally brilliant electronic producers and composers Jon Hopkins and Four Tet in what arguably was one of the best shows I’ve attended in 2011.

Andrew and I last covered Four Tet at Camp Bisco, and although that was one of our highlights of the entire festival weekend, I can’t stress enough that seeing Four Tet perform at EMPAC surpassed Bisco immensely. It was almost as if EMPAC was designed for Four Tet and Jon Hopkins specifically and was indubitably the venue of choice, adapting to the style and music of each performer respectably.

Check out Jon Hopkin’s remix of Four Tet’s “Vessel” and hit the jump for the rest of the review.

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