Drug Church is one of my favorite bands that happens to be from the Albany area. It’s a pretty refreshing take on as it’s grounded in hardcore but often goes on tangents in an interesting, great way. Go check the new video and grab the EP on vinyl before it’s sold out.
I shot and edited a quick video to document the behind the scenes happenings in preparation for the Tavern Noodle Pop-up. The place was opened for one day, with no plans beyond that one day. However, since the overwhelming success they’ve decided to bring it back, one day only, on December 18 at 5pm.
The place was high energy the entire day and the food was phenomenal. Enjoy the video, and make it out to the next one if you missed this one. Last chance!
Recently Rome Fortune released his third project of the year – an 11-track EP titled “Small VVorld.” The album features production from Four Tet, Blood Diamonds and Bassnecter, as well as guest appearances from artists, OG Maco and ILOVEMAKONNEN, with the hopes to have some of the new talent that Atlanta is harboring represented alongside Fortune.
At first listen, I didn’t think this was an album for me. It has that abrasive, rough quality that, in this instance, grew on me quicker than I thought it would. Sometimes you just have to listen to filthy, haphazardly constructed rap music and get down with it.
This isn’t a perfect album. I ended up loving that about it. It’s got an edge to it where the imperfections simply aren’t flaws, they are subtly enhancing each track. There are certain times where the lyrical delivery seems forced or lazy or even unclear, and that ends up being part of the charm. Rome Fortune is having fun with his voice and his vision, while also delivering a bigger picture into the conversation, and that is clear from the tracks to the album cover.
Fortune spoke to Billboard.com regarding this EP, saying, “‘Small VVorld’ is an ideology I have that’s obviously a common saying, but at the same time is the truest way to test if you’re on the right path of life, in my opinion. If you’re doing it right, ‘it’ being whatever you prefer to occupy your time, you will always run into powerful presences [and] entities that can push you further with that passion or take it all from you. That’s what the album cover signifies in one image.”
Tracks like “Workin’ Gal” and “5 Second Rule” appear in the dead middle of the EP, and those were the two tracks that really sold me on the project. The production is spectacular and really shines alongside simple, repetitive patterns and hooks. “FriendsMaybe” is also a stand out track for me, and has both a club or radio quality to it (in the best way possible) and has a relatable story behind it.
Overall, this EP pleasantly surprised me. You can check it out below, available for free download.
Friday December 5
Spirits Tasting at FOGS with Albany Distilling Co. and Installation by Mary Elise Rees: Get some holiday shopping done and taste some made in Albany spirits.
Pharmakon at EMPAC: Big sound from Noise Artist Margaret Chardiet.
Young Thug at the Armory: Raps yo.
The Misfit Vocalists of Hip-Hop at Hudson River Coffee House: ‘All out hip-hop’.
First Friday: Art and culture happenings all throughout the city.
10th Annual Members Show at the Albany Center Gallery: See the art of the people who belong to the ACG.
First Friday at the Machine: All member show with a silent auction.
Lucius at the Hollow: Indie jams, with Bahamas.
Fight Club at Proctors: The classic, with contests, games, prizes, couches and a bar.
Rocky Horror Picture Show at The Madison Theater: Two showings with a shadowcast.
Burnt Hills, Severe Severe, Ubi Quitous, and Cool Cop at The Low Beat : “Psychedelic & Freak Music”
Goth Night at Fuze Box: “EBM”
PechaKucha at Opalka Gallery: Short talks from interesting people.
Saturday December 6
French Montana at UCH: Montana! (Sadly without Jeremih.)
Santa Speedo Sprint: A run for a great cause.
Made by Hand Invitational at The Foundry: Indoor designer craft market.
Madison Theater Comedy Night: Five comics and DJ Tall Matt.
Sangus at Pauly’s: With Sick Mind, One Master, and Open Sores.
Bing Bamboo Room Burlesque at The Low Beat: Holiday Burlesque show.
Sunday December 7
Tavern Noodle Pop-up at The Tavern: One day only ramen joint form the folks behind the Confectionery.
The Victorian Stroll: Holiday festival in Troy with entertainment, dancers, and more.
The Trial Before Christmas: Mock Trial at Rensselaer County Courthouse.
Takk House Presents The Dylan Perrillo Orchestra: Beautiful music in a beautiful new venue.
Self Defense Family at the Low Beat: With Soft Powers, Blood of Spain, and Broken Field Runner.
Tree Lighting at ESP: Fireworks!
Ice Skating at the Plaza: Rinks open 11am-8pm.
Art Omi: The sculpture fields are awesome.
Day trip to MASS MoCA: Pretty drive and a great museum.
The NYS Museum: Bunch of great exhibits and it’s right in your backyard.
Gone Girl, Die Hard and Big Hero 6 at the Madison Theater: Only five bucks!
Farmer’s Markets: Troy, Delmar, and Saratoga on Saturday, and Schenectady and Saratoga on Sunday.
The Albany Society for the Advancement of Philanthropy (ASAP) and the Albany All-Star Roller Derby Team are hosting the 9th Annual Santa Speedo Sprint on Saturday, December 6, 2014, at 2 pm. The race is a benefit for the Albany Damien Center as well as the HIV/AIDS program at Albany Med. Over $150,000 has been raised over the last eight sprints.
Last year there were 250 participants and around 2,000 spectators on Lark Street to watch the sprint. Also happening that same day is Winter WonderLark, a day to shop and support the local businesses on Lark Street. The sprint goes down Lark Street, starting from the Madison Ave side.
Registration is still open, but ends tomororw night, so get yourself registered!
UPDATE (December 14, 2014 2:15pm) This show is being rescheduled.
Dellarocca Booking has hooked us up with a pair of tickets to giveaway to this awesome show, and you can enter to win below. And if you’re not the contest type, tickets are currently available, and are only $12. Dellarocca Booking always puts on awesome shows up here and this one will be no different!
Not too long ago while swiping around on Instagram, I noticed an account for a coffee roaster in East Greenbush. After a few emails, I headed across the river to East Greenbush to check out Barkeater Coffee Roasters.
Barkeater Coffee Roasters is ran by Steven Pivonka out of a workshop on on his property. The whole operation is tucked into a corner, with the roaster, green coffee, scales, buckets and packaging equipment all present.
While I was visiting, Steven roasted up a five pound batch of Ethiopian East Harrar. It was fun to be able to watch the entire roasting process from start to finish, including warming up the roaster itself. The roasting process goes quicker than one would imagine and seems like some sort of witchcraft. Stephen fired up the roaster, dumped in a bucket of green coffee beans, and let em spin around for a little bit in the roaster. He checked on them a few times, listened in to hear the first crack and soon after dumped the beans into the cooling bin.
We took a bit of this coffee inside and brewed it through a Hario V60. I’ve definitely had some fresh coffee before, but not like this. The brewed coffee was great, and had all the notes you’d expect from an Ethiopian coffee. It was light, sweet and had a distinct berry taste. Steven also brewed some of Barkeater’s other current offering, Bali Blue Moon. This coffee is an interesting cup, as I am not a big Sumatra drinker, but this coffee was a great companion to the Ethiopian. The Bali Blue Moon was a little roasty, earthy and had a big body to it.
It was crazy to be able to drink coffee that had been roasted minutes earlier. I’m definitely excited to have another local coffee roaster in our area. A few short years ago the coffee situation in Albany was really lackluster and now there’s a ton of options.