Mom charged after hiring strippers for son’s 16th birthday party

From the Times Union:

The Nov. 3 party at Spare Time Bowling Alley featured two exotic dancers performing for partygoers as young as 14. The dancers stripped to thong underwear and bras and gave lap dances to some of the teenagers. A photo taken with a cellphone camera shows an upside-down dancer with a teen’s head between her knees and her head between his legs.

Judy H. Viger, 33, of Gansevoort, was charged with five counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

I’m very glad the original article included a photo to show everyone exactly what “endangering the welfare of a child” looks like.

Review: Shyste and DeeJay Tone – Climate Control


Tonight marks the official release party for DeeJay Tone and Shyste’s EP “Climate Control – Winter Edition” at Bogies. Tickets are $15 at the door and the show will feature performances by DeeJay Tone, Shyste, RA The Rugged Man and PJ Katz and the Fat Buckle Band, with DJ Deuce on the 1’s and 2’s. The first 50 people through the door will get a free hardcopy of the album so don’t sleep.

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Quality events for this weekend vol. 75

Friday February 15th

Kitty Little, Party Boat and Many Trails at Valentines: Come see your favorite rock trio with other rockers rocking out at Albany’s rock venue. Rock.

From the Page to the Stage: Spoken word and poetry performance put on by the Albany Barn.

“Meet Market” (seriously?) at Elda’s: Post Valentine’s day party for the singles with DJ White Lotus.

Willy Moon at Dinosaur BBQ in Troy: As seen in “that iPod commercial”, a neat blend of 50s rock and roll and modern production. Free.

Designer Drugs at Fuze Box: Big show in a small venue.

Hot Box at EMPAC: Described as “loud, dark, foggy, sweaty and very live”. It’s going to be hard to be anything with that description, let alone a performance at EMPAC.

Saturday February 16th

Climate Control Release Party: Local hip-hop release party with tons of talent at Bogies.

That’s my Jam!: Hip hop, R&B, etc., with DJ White Lotus at Bombers.

Hot Box at EMPAC: Described as “loud, dark, foggy, sweaty and very live”. It’s going to be hard to be anything with that description, let alone a performance at EMPAC.

Sunday February 17th

2-for-1 at McGearys: Trumastr and 2-for-1 drinks. Enough said.

Review: Masai – Almost Home


While listening to the 15 tracks that make up Almost Home you are getting to know the artist behind the music as if he’s there sitting next to you on a park bench, casually bearing his soul to you, while also making you laugh and carefully listening to what you have to say. That’s Masai, as I’ve come to know him.

For some unfortunate reason, such a personable artist-and-listener interaction and consequential intimate relationship feels rare in today’s music scene, in both local and international examples. In this particular release, emcee and writer Masai created an album that in theory, is all about him, his life and his experiences, and in its outcome, it is actually not only about him, his life and his experiences. He takes small details and turns the focus on the larger picture, all with the collaborative help of over a dozen reinforcements.

Almost Home joins releases Almost Gone (2007) and Almost Back (2010), bringing Masai’s trilogy of solo albums full-circle. The release date of Almost Home, today, February 13, 2013, marks the one-year anniversary of the passing of his mother and serves as a tribute to her life. The album overcomes hardships and grief, displaying strength, honesty, perspective, growth and depth, which are core themes of hip-hop and life, in and of itself.

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Andrew’s Music Monday: Winter Mixtapes

There’s been a crazy amount of awesome mixtapes coming out this year for it to barely be halfway through February. Here’s a few choice ones that have popped up in the past couple of weeks.

Up first we’ve got Mike Posner and DJ Benzi with a guest mix they did for BBC Radio 1. It’s got a lot of energy and definitely has a sexy Valentine’s Day flavor to it — just look at the tracklist.

Diplo & Friends 2013-02-10 Mike Posner and DJ Benzi Valentine’s Warm Up by Core News Uploads on Mixcloud

Up next we’ve got a mix from Kingdom for DIS Magazine. It’s loaded with a ton of different sounds and has a big span (Jersey club to rap to what you’d expect from Fade to Mind) for being only 45 minutes. The intro is amazing. It’s got a lot of forthcoming stuff from Kingdom, including the tracks he did with Kelela Mizanekristos which are be coming out soon on the Vertical XL EP on Fade to Mind.

Here we’ve got Ryan Hemsworth’s Radio 1 Mix for Benji B. Hemsworth has exploded in popularity very recently and after listening to this mix you’ll understand why. Check out more from Hemsworth’s label WeDidIt if you’re into this sound. Very good etherial and emotive sounds in this mix. Would be a good soundtrack for a scenic drive.

That’s it for now. Go have a productive week!

Ravens Head Brewing purchases Cohoes Armory, plans $3M investment into building

Pam Allen for The Business Review:

Ravens Head Brewing Co. has purchased the Cohoes Armory and will pump as much as $3 million into the property to begin producing beer by late August or early fall.

That’s a pretty significant investment, especially since the Cohoes Armory is a mere 10% of the cost of the original plan which involved St. Joes and an additional parking lot. That’s a really high number especially considering:

Cleary’s not sure if the brewery will be limited to a production facility with tasting rooms and tours, or will add a restaurant down the road.

I’m not sure what the lack of continuity is with these numbers and plans for Ravens Head, but something isn’t adding up. I feel that there must be some miscommunication here as this wishy-washy attitude with regard to not having a brewpub is so far off from their original plan, not to mention I really don’t think it would cost $3M to set up a production-only facility.

AOA has a fantastic article about the future of St. Joes which gives a look into the challenges of finding an occupant for the building.