Quality events for this weekend vol 1

it’s gorgeous out and you need something to do? thank me later

friday 5pm, April Troy Night Out [fbook]

friday 5:30pm Knock it Off Art Event at the Albany Center Gallery [fbook]

thurs, friday, and sat (apr 28/29/30)
8pm: Francisco López: Hyper-Rainforest at EMPAC. [link]


friday 10pm, Jungala with LDFD at Cabaloosas, New Paltz [fbook]

friday 8pm, Undefined Arguments, If Madrid, My Favorite Fence at the HRCH [fbook]

friday 8pm, screening of clevelands screaming, a punk/hc documentary at valentines [fbook]


friday: critical mass 5:15 at hj & state

sunday: bike expo, corning preserve 9 to 4

Recap: Hyper-Rainforest @ EMPAC

Last night kicked off the world premiere of Hyper-Rainforest, a sound projection and sonic stimulation created from unmodified sound bites captured directly from rainforests all over the continents.  The piece was developed in residence at (and commissioned by) the Experimental Media And Performing Arts Center over in Troy, a.k.a. literally the coolest building bordering Albany county lines.

Over the past 20 years, Francisco López has worked extensively doing field recordings and submerging himself in the rich, natural sounds that rainforests provide.  López is internationally recognized as one of the major players in the world of sound art and experimental music.
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Unofficial TweetzzaPizza FAQ

Have you ever found yourself in Albany on a Saturday with no cell service, stuck in a room with a computer that for some strange reason will only load Twitter, and a burning desire to eat pizza at an unspecified time later that night? Also, your car was jacked so you can’t drive anywhere. And, your legs are broken so you can’t walk to probably the hundreds of pizza joints you could hit with a rock from the roof of your apartment. Oh yeah, and all of your roommates recently died from snakebites on the Oregon Trail so you can’t have any of them go and get you pizza either.

That’s never happened to you? Huh.

Well, fuck it, you should probably order from TweetzzaPizza anyway. The food is good, it’s reasonably priced, and a bearded man will deliver it directly to your face so you can eat it. That’s right, TweetzzaPizza exclusively hires men with facial hair.

I understand you may be hesitant to order from an establishment with no real location, management, or health standards.  I am here to put your reservations to rest.

I don’t have a Twitter account. What are you Amish? Make one. My grandma has a Twitter account.

I don’t know how to use Twitter. I guess you don’t get to eat some kick-ass pizza then. I don’t know what else to say. But, seriously, if you’re too stupid to figure out how to use Twitter, you’re probably so stupid you’ll try to eat the pizza with your ass anyway, and that’s not how TweetzzaPizza is best enjoyed.

But I already ordered pizza from somewhere else before I read this. Throw it out. Wait for the real deal to come. Awesomeness of this caliber is worth the wait. You won’t regret it.

Dude, I’m so high right now I don’t know if I can type. Go outside and stand around like you really want pizza and TweetzzaPizza will find you. Trust me.

But it’s cold out. Shut up hypothetical high dude. You live in New York. Suck it up.

Wait, what was that bit about a lack of health standards? Nobody has died yet from eating TweetzzaPizza.

My friend told me there’s this really great pizza place on Lark that… They’re lying to you. Don’t listen to them. In fact, kill the person who said that.

Do they have t-shirts? You can bet your motherfucking hipster-ass Ray-Bans they’ve got t-shirts.

How much are they? No idea. Make them an offer. They love to haggle.

Okay, fine, I’ll order from TweetzzaPizza. What kind of toppings do they have? It doesn’t matter. They’ll bring you something, you’ll eat, and you’ll like it.

But I’m a vegetarian. That’s fine. TweetzzaPizza recognizes there are people like you with completely irrational philosophies and they make some cheese pizza you can eat.

I’m vegan. I don’t eat cheese because we’re like totally enslaving the cows that give us the milk and stuff. TweetzzaPizza doesn’t like you and prefers not to do business with you. Also, you’re an idiot.

I think the pizzas are like $8 maybe. I don’t really know. Make sure you’ve got $15 because the bearded man who shows up at your door is going to be so sexy and hipster you’ll probably want to give him a huge tip (Editor’s note: just the tip or he’ll fall in love Author’s Note: quit editing my shit Andrew) and then possibly blow him. TweetzzaPizza is fine with that, in fact it’s encouraged, but keep in mind they are on a time frame so make it quick.

I hope as a person with no affiliation with TweetzzaPizza, and who is certainly not speaking on their behalf, I have answered your questions that I kindly made up for you so you wouldn’t have to. Have a nice day.

Recap: Kevin Devine at SUNY

Last night, the Campus  Center Ballroom at UAlbany, accomadated students looking to break up their academic week nicely, with the treat of some live music from local musicians and city folk alike.  WCDB got it right on point that a concert was a more solid, positive form of distraction from prepping for next week’s final exams than getting worked up over whether or not the fountains will be turned on or other various areas of focus these days on campus. BTW, Shoenice won.

photo by katie anello

I personally have realized the past few shows that, well, these things start on time and for some reason I always assume they never do.  Therefore I regret to report that this is the second time in a row that I’ve attended where I’ve missed a band that I did not want to miss. Sgt Dunbar and the Hobo Banned opened up this show, after being out on the road touring extensively for a month or so.  They trekked across country playing shows all over the west coast and central US, as well as playing as a part of this year’s SXSW festival.  The band is no doubt up to good things, and you can be sure to catch them at this year’s Tulip Fest on Sunday, May 8th.

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Interestingness in the local news vol 15

lots more ny-ers filing taxes via the intertubes [tu]

the alb convention center authority is trying to sneak by a smaller version [tu]

people in albany do weed [tu] bonus: matt baumgartner makes himself sound like a complete dick [tu]

two teens, one of their moms and another woman we’re robbing houses and got caught [tu]

dude who smashed his wifes face into concrete and doused her in bleach said it was her fault [tu]

a dozen people dumped into the mohawk, rescued [tr]

saratoga pubilc library set up a live webcam of their hatching chickens. [sspl]