Music released by Albany-area artists during Covid

Brendan generously wrote in with a list of music that’s been released by local artists since March. I thought his idea was great, so I expanded on his list a bit. If you’d like to submit your release to this list, submit here!

Wet Specimens – 4 hits from HeLL

Allyson Smith – Carter Creek Choir

Oddy Gato – While You Were Sleeping

Willoughby J. Morse – together, forever​/​/​together, apart & sistrs only lvr


Maggot Brain – Illumine

The Purple Stuff – Ask Again

Male Patterns / Executors Split 7″ EP

After The Fall – Resignation

JB aka Dirty Moses – Die Tonight ft Masai and Ice T

Concrete – Free us from Existence

Giant Gorilla Dog Thing – Baths with Geese

Yawning Earth – Profiteers

Dog Man Pizza Party – Stay Dead & Supa-Stah


Architrave – This Perfect Day

Crisis Actor – Isolation

The Jagaloons – Knock You Up

Upstate Mixtape Vol. 1

Upstate Mixtape is a compilation of musicians and artists hailing from the Capital Region of NY. This mixtape is part of antiracist grassroots fundraising efforts, spearheaded by Jammella Anderson. 100% of the proceeds of this compilation album will be redistributed back to the Black musicians and artists who contributed to it. We carefully selected the white musicians that were asked to be a part of this project as being in line with our values of antiracism and commitment to amplify Black voices.
Songs contributed here are anything from demos, to B-sides, to album loose ends to showcase the multifaceted musicians from the 518.

1983 – Saturday’s Child

A guide to Capital Region businesses during COVID-19

As we’re settling into week whatever of quarantine, I figure we can all used a nicely compiled list of businesses that are open, and likely in very dire need of our support.

Also, businesses! Please update your websites (not just your socials) to let us know what you’re doing or how your business has changed during this time. SMCo. is the best example I’ve seen of this being done correctly. Help us help you!


Pint Sized: Booze. Delivery and pick up. Read the schedule on the page for delivery and minimums, or just go pick it up! Easy!

Delaware Supply: Booze. Pick up! Call or message them on Instagram to place an order. Menu here.

Son of Egg: Food (Korean sandwiches and bowls). Take out and delivery. Unfortunately opened during quarantine. (Also, look how good this website is!)

Berben and Wolffs: Food. Vegan. Delivery or pick-up.

Lost and Found: Food and Booze. Friday & Saturday 3pm-8pm, Sunday 11am-3pm. Curbside pickup and delivery.

Nine Pin Cider: Booze. Free local delivery, open 11am-5pm for pick-up.

Albany Distilling Co.: Booze. Cocktails, full bottles of spirits, and hand sanitizer.

The Cheese Traveler: Food. Cheese, meat and specialty foods. No-contact pickup.

Curry House: Food (Indian). Pick up and delivery.

Empire Wine: Booze. Order online, and they will put it into the trunk of your car. Delivery and shipping options as well.

Viva Cinco De Mayo: Food (Mexican) and Booze. Delivery and pickup.

Albany Ale & Oyster: Food and booze. Pick up.

Poke Bar on Lark: Food. Curbside pick up and delivery.

Toro Cantina on Wolf Rd: Food (Mexican) and booze. Pickup and delivery.

El Mariachi: Food. Take out and delivery.

Cuckoo’s Nest: Food. Pick up and delivery.

Crave: Food (burgers). Pick up and delivery.

El Loco: Food (Mexican) and booze. Pick up and delivery.

Honest Weight: Prepared foods delivered via Grubhub. Store still opened and very well stocked, but enforced lower capacity.

677 Prime: Food and booze. To go and delivery.

Zombie Planet on Central Ave: Curbside pickup for board games and comics, and delivery on orders over $50.


Franklin Alley Social Club: Food and booze. Tuesday-Sunday 4-8pm. Curbside pickup, with deliveries on Friday, Saturday, & Sunday.

Superior Merchandise: Food and booze, as well as some household staples such as eggs, cheese, jams, granola, etc. Take out only.

Berben and Wolffs: Food. Vegan. Delivery or pick-up.

Burrito Burrito: Food (Vegan Mexican) and pantry staples. Pick up.

Little Pecks: Food and coffee. Pick up and delivery. Also doing meals for two, to go, with a bottle of wine. Small grocery store is back as well.

22 2nd St Wine Co: The areas only natural wine shop. Pick up and delivery.

Troy Farmers Market: Food. Order online, and pick up on Wednesday or Saturday.

Nighthawks: Food and booze. Cocktails in Capri Sun-esque pouches. Pick-up.


Il Faro in Menands: Food (Italian) and Booze. Family meals to go on Saturday’s. Beer, wine, and cocktails to go as well.

Great Flats Brewing in Schdy: Booze. Pick up some cans from Schenectady’s local brewery.

Boho Chic Boutique in Ballston Spa: Online store open as well as zoom personal shopping sessions.

Iron Coffee Co in Hoosick Falls: Coffee to-go. 7am-3pm.

Centre Street Pub in Schdy: Food (pub) and Booze. Delivery and pick-up.

Graham’s Coffee Parlor in Schdy: Coffee, food, smoothies, juices. To go.

Paesans Pizza in Albany, Rensselaer/EG, Guidlerland, Latham, Rotterdam: Food. Pick up and delivery. Pizza, wraps, wings, entrees, subs, hot platters and more. And also shipping frozen pizzas anywhere.

Pellegrino Imports in Malta: Food. Open for takeout 9am-6pm weekdays, and 8am-4pm on Saturdays.

When possible, avoid using apps or third-party online ordering systems. Call and order directly to avoid the businesses from having to pay the percentages. And if possible, use Mealeo over Grubhub, as Mealeo is based in Cohoes.

Also, this goes without saying, but tip well!

Thanks to everyone who responded to my post on Instagram. If I missed anything, or if you’d like to contribute to this list, please shoot me an email!

Quality events for this weekend

Everything is canceled.

Please take a few minutes to read both and to understand what you can do to help slow or stop the spread of the current pandemic.


The Self-Quarantine Manifesto

With no well-studied treatment and a viable vaccine still being out at least another year, the only effective way to keep the coronavirus epidemic at bay is to give the virus less chances of spreading. The following list of actions, ordered from easiest to implement to most effective in the fight against the pandemic, should serve as a set of loose guidelines for people who wish to join the movement and take action, where the people in charge continue to neglect.

1. Don’t panic, but be alert.

2. Wash your hands often and practice good cough and sneeze etiquette.

3. Try to touch your face as little as possible, including your mouth, nose, and eyes.

4. Practice social distancing, no hugs and kisses, no handshakes, no high fives. If you must, use safer alternatives.

5. Do not attend concerts, stage plays, sporting events, or any other mass entertainment events.

6. Refrain from visiting museums, exhibitions, movie theaters, night clubs, and other entertainment venues.

7. Stay away from social gatherings and events, like club meetings, religious services, and private parties.

8. Reduce your amount of travel to a minimum. Don’t travel long distances if not absolutely necessary.

9. Do not use public transportation if not absolutely necessary.

10. If you can work from home, work from home. Urge your employer to allow remote work if needed.

11. Replace as many social interactions as possible with remote alternatives like phone calls or video chat.

12. Do not leave your home if not absolutely necessary.

Quality events for this weekend

Friday March 06

First Friday Albany: Arts, culture, music, food, and more all around Albany.

1st Friday at Albany Institute: Free admission.

Fine Grain & Lost Drones at Pint Sized Albany: Super Dark First Friday.

Pinball Wizard Challenge at Excelsior Pub: Sanctioned by the IFPA.

Show No Mercy at The Mall: Tribute to Slayer.

Horse Apples, Madeline Darby, Ben Miller at The Low Beat: Improv/synth/albient/experimental.

DJs Hellraver + Richard at Fuze Box: Goth night!

Caroline Rose, Good Baby at The Hollow: Indie pop/rock.

The North & South Dakotas at Lost & Found: Americana/folk.

Gratefully Yours at Parish Public House: Grateful Dead tribute.

Saturday March 07

El Modernist, A Bit of Space, The Northway, The E Block at ASJC: WCDB’s battle of the bands and bake sale.

NonCompliants, Kid Vicious, Lunkhead, The Frozen Heads at Pauly’s: Punk rock.

Mikaela Davis, Dust Bowl Faeries, Belle-Skinner at The Hollow: Pop/folk.

The Brass Machine at Lost & Found: Brass band.

All weekend

Art Omi: The sculpture fields are awesome.

Day trip to MASS MoCA: Pretty drive and a great museum.

Olana State Historic Site in Hudson: Rotating weekly programs and a landscape to get lost in.

The NYS Museum: Bunch of great exhibits and it’s right in your backyard.

Movies at The Spectrum: First run movies at a small centrally located theater.

Farmer’s Markets: Troy, Delmar, and Saratoga on Saturday, and Schenectady and Saratoga on Sunday.

Did I miss something? Please let me know!