Aficionado announces forthcoming 7″ release date and fall tour

Returning back to Albany after a couple of out-of-town shows alongside Braid and Owen this past weekend, Aficionado has announced the release date for their next 7″.

“Empty” will be released on September 25th on No Sleep Records and will feature a track of the same name with “The Slack” on the B-side.

Filter Magazine is featuring an exclusive stream of the single “Empty,” which you can preview here. You can also pre-order the 7″ here.

Aficionado also will be leaving the Capital Region for a fall tour hitting Rochester on their way out west. You can check out the details here.

The EP’s album art was done by flutist/vocalist Laura Carrozza.

Things moving along for brewery at St. Joe’s (updated)

The following was posted quite a bit ago on the Ravens Head Brewing facebook page:

The Ten Broeck Triangle website has looked for an application or meeting agenda and has come up dry. It could be in processing or tied up somewhere, but it seems as if there’s no big red lights for the brewery to repurpose the church.

Update:

Brennon Cleary, the president of Ravens Head Brewing shed some light on the subject and has told us that they’ve pulled permits and will be getting a September 12th or September 27th hearing.

There’s been a few rumblings at the purported lack of transparency with these dealings. I’m quite unfamiliar with the processes involved but for them to be posting updates publicly provides at least some level of transparency.

Told Slant, Hand Habits and Orphan Tash at the Fuze Box: Photo Gallery & Recap

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So the Fuze Box is back to doing shows and it’s pretty criminal not to check a few of their offerings out, especially mid-week ones.

Told Slant, who I saw yesterday for the first time was a great surprise. Hand Habits, which is one of Meg Duffy’s ten million side projects was a real treat too. Effect heavy guitar tone but done very tastefully with some really skilled musicianship piled atop of great vocals. Really hard to ask for much more. Last up was Orphan Legs, which is Mike Tash. Always great to get to see him play.

Really great show with amazing musicians. Check them out live sometime and if you can’t you can always click their names on here and check ’em out on the internet. Also, props to the uptick in three-band shows, anything more and it gets way too long.

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Japanther, Dezmatic & Grizzly Grimace, Dead Friend: Photo Gallery & Recap

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Last night at Valentine’s was really awesome. Dead Friend played a great mix of electronic ambient sounds with all sorts of sequencers and drum machines. It was really interesting stuff and it was crazy to see how many layers of sound two people could make. After them, Get Vicious, who is Dezmatic, Grimace, and Tall Ass Matt as the DJ. These two frontmen were loud, charismatic and talented. There’s a lot of talent in the Albany rap scene, no question.

Closing out the night was of course Japanther. They sang through pay-phone handsets converted into microphones and got the whole crowd dancing. They were playing on top of backing tracks, being played through a stereo receiver, which is weird but I guess I shouldn’t be surprised by anything two former art school kids do.

It was really awesome to see two totally different scenes coming together for this weird line-up of a show but it worked really awesomely. I hope stuff like this continues to happen!

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Groundbreaking ceremony set for the new Honest Weight Food Co-op

Honest Weight is set to celebrate the construction of their new store at 10:30am on Tuesday, August 14th, at the new stores location (100 Watervliew Ave for the uninformed). The celebration however, will be taking place later that day, from 12-5 at the current store. There will be music, vendors, ice cream and other goodies to celebrate the beginning of the long road to a new store.

Really excited to see this finally happening and I’m still not going to be driving to Wolf Road for any reason, let alone once a week for groceries from a chain store. This new store is going to be huge and seem enormous to the co-op everyone’s used to.