Basilica Hudson, is an artist owned and operated reclaimed 19th-century factory that was turned into an art and event space. For those of you who haven’t yet visited, the venue is seasonally operated and has already began its summer season for this year, kicking off with its third-annual Ramp Fest a couple weeks ago.
This Friday, McPherson will share clips from the new documentary, “Somewhere in New Mexico at the End of Time” during his presentation on global climate change, energy decline and durable living.
The workshop will continue on Saturday, May 18th with a guided, exploratory walk along the waterfront in Hudson and will focus on discussing ways we can protect and preserve our natural environment.
“We can secure clean water. We can secure healthy food. We can secure the means to maintain our body temperature at a safe level, and we can develop and maintain a decent human community. These are the elements we need to thrive.” – Guy McPherson
For more information about Basilica’s events, such as their weekly movie screenings, their third-annual music festival and weekend-long film festival BasilicaScope, please visit Basilica Hudson’s website for full details.
Thursday night, businesses in downtown Schenectady will be teaming up for the fourth semiannual Merchant Mash-up, featuring food, shopping, prizes and live music.
From 5-8pm, restaurants will host food tastings inside downtown shops while shops will offer nightly specials and/or in-store entertainment. In some cases, businesses will create “reverse mash ups” where the shop sets up merchandise or services within the restaurant itself. There will also be outdoor and indoor live music, taste-testing and tickets to Proctors to the first 50 visitors who spend $25 or more at any downtown business.
The event, organized by the Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corporation, will feature 12 business pairings including the Bier Abbey, Café NOLA, Lennon’s Irish Shop, the Open Door Bookstore, Apostrophe Cafe, the Moon & River Cafe and more. Check out their website for full event details.
The idea of businesses teaming up in the same space creates an interesting partnership that will likely introduce you to something you might not have been interested in before. Get out of the house, walk around and support local!
Wow it’s been a long, long time since I’ve done one of these. And in true-to-myself style, it’s late. Might as well get right to it.
This track by Kingdom and Kelela has been in so many DJ sets as of late and there’s a good reason. This tune is heading straight for anthem status and I hope no one stops playing it out. Really awesome to see people really pushing the sounds of “club music”. If you’re into this kinda thing, check out a 74-minute set Kingdom did last July.
Next we’ve got a new hour-long mix Brenmar did for Diplo/BBC Radio 1. Lot of really great new cuts in here with a few of the classics. I’ve had this on repeat for a while.
Here we’ve got a great bootleg from Dev/Null, of one of my favorite songs form The-Dream. Not only that, it’s a jungle remix!
PARTYNEXTDOOR was just signed to Drake’s label, and for a good reason. Although there’s not much info on PND, the tunes are incredible. It’ll be interesting to see who this producer is. And of course I’m waiting for more material.
The-Dream and Jay-Z. Enough said.
This reggae tune has been huge around the world for the past 10 years but there’s almost no love for it in the States. I definitely hadn’t heard it until it was shared with me. Weird.
Groundisalva has released a huge “Treasure Chest” of remixes in support for his upcoming tour. Be sure to catch the footwork Katy Perry remix.
Bonus round for those still with me:
DJ Q talks about his favorite vocal 2-step garage tunes.
Helix releases a few club bootlegs on bandcamp.
August Alsina The Product 2 Mixtape.
The following is a guest post by Masai, originally titled, “The world’s longest 518 hip hop review that you will ever skim through and ignore.” Masai appeared on Lofi Lobo‘s radio program, the Capital Coup, this past Friday at WCDB and Lobo was gracious to share the archived audio with us at KAB. Thanks again to Masai and Lobo!
A few weeks ago I gave a local record label coordinator/rapper a ride home. When he got in my car and heard whatever album I was casually bumping he lamented, “Gee, you really do listen to local music.” I thought it was an odd observation since I consider myself pretty vocal about how much I enjoy local music. After all, my closet looks like a shrine to bearded wordsmiths and alcoholic cliques. My bookshelf and coffee table are cluttered with the broken fragments of CD jewel cases from dozens of local artists who I know and respect. And if it’s a Friday or Saturday night you can usually find me being an obnoxious fan at a half dozen local venues showing support. If I haven’t annoyed you on social media with my constant stream of local songs, videos, and promotions than you’re probably not following me on any sites. So why, I wondered, would it even cross somebody’s mind that I didn’t actually listen to the music I laud so much?
Listen to the WCDB show and hit the jump to check out Masai’s reviews:
Friday May 10
SUNY MFA Open Studios 2013: Check out the studios of grad students before the opening of the MPA Thesis exhibit at the University Museum.
Black Mountain Symphony, The Lucky Jukebox Brigade, & The Nightmare River Band at Pauly’s Hotel: Folky, punky, country, indie show.
Retro-active 80s Night w/DJ Rana Ransom at Elda’s: Dance the night away to 80s jams.
The Indobox at Red Square: Dance party starters from Boston.
It’s going to get worse and worse and worse, my friend at EMPAC: A transformed speech turned into gesture and dance.
Saturday May 11
Drawing UP Central: Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest: Flex your chalk skills and win some prizes. Or just watch!
B-Scene BBQ at Valentine’s: Free hotdogs and veggiedogs among a grip of bands.
Breakout II at Valentine’s: No cover, unique dance night with new wave, britpop, vintage indie pop, etc.
Sunday May 12
Tonight at Elda’s on Lark, the monthly comedy showcase, Laughs on Lark continues with stand up by Michael McLaughlin, Bill Nettles and Billy Procida. The flyer is also alluding to a theme of this weekend’s Tulip Fest, so maybe they will poke fun at all of the Professional Tulip Photographers I’ve seen out and about all week at Washington Park. Co-hosts Jaye McBride and Ethan Ullman will also premiere their new duo comedy act.
Should be a good way to deviate from your typical Wednesday night routine and you can also squeeze in a drink or dinner beforehand on Elda’s patio, now that it’s open for the summer months.
Here’s the official facebook event. See you there!
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