How’s this for a stance?

It took me until comment 24 on the TU to come across the first bigoted person who was opposed to the billboard above.

If words aren’t a big deal, why are you drawing a line in the sand? “On the books” & “not religious”? “It’s just a word”, “equality for all” and “gays already have equal rights”?

Fuck that to the nth degree.

I’m really not one to praise or advocate for Bombers or Matt Baumgartner, but today when I saw that billboard getting off my exit, I was pretty proud of what he is doing. The amount that billboard costs is nuts. I’m glad someone is spending that money on something that is this important. Bravo, Matt.

Interview: The Captain of Trouble & Bass

When Brother Suarez asked me to help co-host the kick-off of Heady Productions’ Summer Vibez series at Pagliacci’s, I couldn’t say no.

Suarez has been a good friend of mine since 2008 and also came out to play at the March edition of OUTPOST1. Over the years, it’s been a running joke of his to call me out on my (secret) love for astrology and how excited I get over the fact that our birthdays are one day apart. This year, Suarez and I decided on asking The Captain, from Trouble & Bass, to come up to Albany to headline our birthday celebration under the stars and alongside fam Deep Children, and Heady Pro’s Far East and Just The Sauce. Everything went according to standard Gemini procedure, (spontaneous, scattered and successful) and the party is all set for this Saturday, May 28.

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The Captain is a self-described “full-time hustler,” — He’s the manager of T&B Recordings, a traveling DJ, part time model and VP of the T&B operation. Needless to say, he’s a busy guy and I’m appreciative that he took some time to answer some questions for KAB.

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Finding an apartment in Albany

It is almost mid May and that means something very important. It’s time to apartment hunt, and realistically for most, it has been that time for a while now. I’m completely making this up, but most apartments are rented in the months of June, July, and possibly August. It makes sense, right? School is out, and you’ve finally realized that you’re sick of living in the dorm, or with your freshman year roomies in a party house, and you really don’t want to go back to your useless hometown. You’d like to stay here for whatever reason, grad school, a great job, or maybe you just don’t want to leave. So you search Craigslist for apartments.

The actual advice:
Find an area/neighborhood you like, go there and walk around. Chances are you’ll be happier with your choice if you’re familiar with the area and know a landmark or two, (e.g. Bombers, Spectrum, Mahar’s). Don’t rent from a company/renting agency or anything of the sort. Also be on the lookout for the slumlords with multiple properties (unless you’re into that sort of thing). A good example of a landlord who doesn’t care is someone who shows the same apartment to nine different people simultaneously. These apartments seem to be laughable in quality. If the landlord has turned a showing into a competition, a game of ‘who’s gonna sign first’ – just leave. No one needs that. Don’t rent from the moonlighting landlord whose day job is practicing law; they will likely sue you for damages done by the previous tenant and you will never find the pictures you didn’t take at the time of moving in.

There are a few ways of finding a place: exploring by foot, craigslist, living with friends, friends of friends/acquaintances – I think those are most of the common ones.

By foot:
Let’s say you pick a neighborhood: Center Square, Hudson Park, Park South, etc. (commonly known as the Lark area). Can’t find anything for June 1st? But you found a perfect place for August!? EVERYONE LIVES AT THE KNICKERBOCKER ONCE. It’s okay. Just go month to month there, everything is included in the rent. There are other options, but I’ll get back to that.

Craigslist:
There are plenty of beautiful places in Albany and you can often find some good stuff on Craigslist. This is what you should look out for:

Look for repeats. You can save yourself a lot of time by going back a few months and looking for duplicates. If you see a place up multiple times, there’s probably a stellar reason it has not yet been rented. Often it has to do with price or location. Take that as a warning.

Watch out for confusing language like “garden level apartment” – honestly, that sounds so lovely and flowery. Who wouldn’t want that? It’s in the fucking basement, and there are half windows and there’s no natural light ever… I wish they would just say that.

No companies, renting agencies, or anything like that. The rent is often low, but you have to pay thousands of dollars in first month, last month, a middle month. And sometimes you get a free month somewhere if you sign for a 13mo lease. It gets ridiculous. There are astronomical fees for things like light bulbs missing. Light bulb: $12 –REALLY? I can buy a 7 pack of those swirly, weird, energy saving ones for $12 at Lowe’s (that’s where they get you). 432-RENT aka RENT CITY is completely out. They are complete rubbish and will rape you with fees, security deposits, etc. Don’t rent from Kurt [link to one of Kurt’s post] – he is everywhere with his beautiful old brownstones. The problem with Kurt is that he is a strange man who just talks about the historic value of your potential apartment, but you want a place to live, not a place where Martin Van Buren took a shit (Madison Ave. @ Robin). Just so it’s noted, I’m dead serious about the Martin Van Buren thing. Also, did I mention Kurt is a liar? Yup, a huge liar. He works for a renting company (Madison Associates) and his job there is to woo you into signing that lease by playing the fatherly figure that you trust. The company is never mentioned until finances are discussed and he makes up all the prices on the spot based on what you look like.

Okay, enough bashing and ranting. The dos:

With Craigslist, just specify your search. I know this sounds like a dumb and obvious suggestion but put in a street name: Dove, Lancaster, Hamilton, Hudson, Willett, etc. It’s easier to look at a list of apartments when there aren’t as many. Search Lark and you get quite a few more posts because people will always write “walking distance to Lark street.” If you like the Spectrum area, try searching that; there are a bunch of wonderful little side streets down there off Delaware Ave. If living on a bus line is necessary for your transportation needs, search for that.

If you’re not a go getter. Here’s what you do, you post a wanted ad for the exact apartment you want. Apparently there are plenty of landlords who look at the wanted ads. The rough estimate is six creeps per every good reply. I don’t know about those numbers…

Think of the big picture. Get heat and hot water included. If H&HW are included, you have just set yourself up to get the best possible financial deal. Heating is expensive and Albany homes are old, drafty, and not insulated well. Electric is easy to manage and easy to deal with. I don’t usually suggest you get an apartment with it included because it seems to offset the bargain you’re getting with the H&HW. This is generally the case, unless it’s a huge apartment building.

This is extremely important! You’re always a grad student. Tell everyone that. Make it up. Either that or you have the most lucrative job in the world and say big words like “social networking consultant” and drop trendy sounding names with z’s in them like Potratz or something.

Separate suggestion: Live in a nook or a garage for a while. If you really loathe the idea of living in the Knick, you can take the cheaper approach and ask your friends if they have a place for you to stay. Post it on twitter. It’s hot out… live on someone’s back or front enclosed porch. Put up one of those weird, folding, Asian samurai decorated room dividers and pay the utility bill for the month. Or better yet, rent a one bay garage for $75/mo. and put a tent and sleeping bag in it. Just make sure it’s not too musty. Make sure it has an electric outlet. I made the mistake of getting a garage with old electricity and after replacing the fuses twice, still nothing works. Ask your friends if you can come over in a towel and shower at their place. Think of how much money you can save if you spend $75 a month on shelter. I mean, you’ll be unbelievably uncomfortable, but it’s definitely illegal and would make a great story.

OUTPOST1 Mixtape and Interview: MikeQ

Sup it’s Mycon and KC. This is the third Outpost1 mixtape, created by none other than DJ MikeQ, whom we’re very excited to say will be visiting us this Friday at the Fuze Box, to have fun wrecking the club with Deep Children, Party With Tina and Dwell.

Not only that, but KC interviewed him. I love Mike’s answers and can’t wait to meet the man. Check it out beneath the jump and show love this Friday!

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PORTER’S KORNER vol 1

The following is a guest post from Patrick Porter.

From the author: PORTER’S KORNER is a windmill of various gristle, written from the synesthesiac seismograph of one Mr. Patrick Porter (C. 1977, Murfreesboro TN). Mr. Porter is a somewhat-new-to Albanyite observing the historically weighty melancholic gnarl of NY through a reverb-drenched winsome Westerner’s eye. Besides being a roving reporter, Mr. Porter is also a musician and a painter, and occasionally a human being. Say Selah.

PATRICK PORTER REPORT ON TULIP FEST, MAY 7, 2011


art by patrick porter

It’s Tulip Fest today. My neighbors are sitting in the backyard drinking cans of Busch beer and listening to the same songs over and over. The music sounds like a lugubrious cat with dogbreath stumbling zigzags on a lubed piano.

The sun is out through the windows of the trees. A professional-grade glaze of church, placid and pained.

Warning whistles of police sirens ebbed into fire engine blats. Basic human prod.

I’m heading into the crowds now, up Madison, past Lark, and into the forced march of bottomless oncomers. Much chatter and congestion. The beautiful sad-faced girl at DINO’S passing paper-plated slices behind greased glass. Cramped oscillations between rain and sun. My notebook paper peppered with rain-pips. See-and-be-seen is sort of boring when all you are seeing is people.

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