Site improvements and a t-shirt restock!

After only being okay with the site design I finally changed a few things today. There was an incredibly overwhelming demand for a way for people to post events, so now check the dedicated events section up top! You can submit your events through there as well which makes things much easier for me to post and deal with. It will take a minute since I still gotta add it manually but it’s much better than it was. Also the readability of this is now way better as the columns are smaller, and the site scales perfectly on every display since all measurements are percentages instead of absolute values.

Also, I got about 90 shirts left. I took everyones feedback and got a bunch of x-smalls for the girls to be able to wear them without cropping them or cutting em up. They go up to x-large for the big dudes too.

So, here’s how you get one.
Send me $15 via Paypal and I’ll hold it for you and you can pick it up/we can meet somewhere. Or if you’d rather me ship it, send me $18 via Paypal as a gift (avoids fees) to I’ll have them for $15 at every Fuze Box event and I can take cash or credit there.

The shirts, which are from 518 Prints are top quality. They’re discharge printed which means instead of putting a layer of ink on top, they remove the black from the shirt and replace it with white. You can’t feel any design or printing on top of the shirt, since it’s now actually part of the shirt. Look close and you can see it in the photo above. This is the absolute highest quality way to print. Not only that, but the shirts are made at a factory in Los Angeles by a company you may know, called American Apparel, so you know they fit proper, and you aren’t buying shit products out of exploited labor in sweatshops.

If you have any feedback about the new design of the site, leave it as a comment!

Recap: Post-Valentine’s Sweetness

The bill alone Tuesday night at Valentine’s was strong enough for me to ignore any excuses I could concoct about not possibly attending on a work night. WCDB and B3nson Records presented a diverse yet compatible blend of local and celebrated indie acts of Neighborhood of Make Believe (ALB), Former Belle (PHIL), Barons in the Attic (ALB), and hailing from the South, the headlining Colour Revolt.

I hauled ass through an ice-coated Albany and walked into the dimly lit music bar just in time to catch the catchy ear worm cover of Neutral Milk Hotel’s “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea.” I arrived as their set was concluding and saw that the band playing, Neighborhood of Make Believe, spawned from members of Sgt Dunbar and the b3nson fam. With a “WCDB” banner and an aged yellow and green floral sheet as backdrops to the stage, it was pleasantly fitting that the bar, for the most part, was loosely packed with friends, familiar faces and friendly strangers alike.

“I used to write a lot of dumb songs about girls,” said the lead singer of Former Belle. “This is one of them.” His shy yet curiously confident demeanor directed the band’s immediate dive into their set with high-energy. Former Belle let it be known early on that they didn’t travel from Philadelphia to deliver a sub-par performance. If I had to describe their stage presence in one phrase it’d be “straight-up passion.” Former Belle is a 4-piece that features an upright bass, violin, keys, drums and acoustic/electric guitars. Their violinist, Jaime Balinksi, was both endearing and talented. Their folk sound was reminiscent of a Bright Eyes flavoring with Cursive outbursts at times, and some theatrical chanting and carnival-esque finger-picking moments.

As Barons in the Attic started setting up, people already were dancing and yelping. Barons, a part of the B3nson crew, is a local 5-piece known for their monstrous instrumentation and explosion of sound, in addition to occasionally hosting awesome basement shows. They blend in acoustic folk accents to their sound but I’d personally consider them more of an alternate rock band. Barons is all about getting their music out there (as all musicians are) but there’s an authenticity behind their networking efforts that really works for them. They make it clear that they are just as serious about their music as they about people enjoying themselves, which translates into a guaranteed fun live show. In addition to individually being musically gifted, Barons’ likes to mix it up — pretty much swapping instruments every other song in a musical chairs type fashion. Playing some crowd favorites, such as “Blue York City” “Song 3.0″ and “Wintery Mix,” resulted in vocal support from more than a handful of show goers. Barons also threw in some new songs into the mix, all with a spontaneous nature of basically scrapping their set list due to pressing time constraints. They concluded with “My Old Soul,” merrily paving the way to Colour Revolt’s Albany debut.

Colour Revolt, in recent years has powered through a bit of a dreary ride, changing labels and members, and therefore experimenting with their sound. Colour Revolt’s set featured songs off their new album, “The Cradle,” released in 2010. The black and white checkered floor wasn’t visible as people crowded around the stage, abandoning the back of the bar. The centered drum kit was glowing, with an energy-efficient bulb placed inside the bass drum, illuminating a sweet, messy red and green acrylic paint job on the outside. They kicked off with songs, “New Family,” and “8 Years,” and reverb heavy vibrations shook the room, establishing a rough-around-the-edges solid vibe to the night. With fast paced rhythms, distortion, korg effects and dual guitars, they balanced spacy riffs with a heavier sound. Core members Sean Kirkpatrick and Jesse Coppenbarger both play guitar and sing, creating a duality that works for the band. Other highlights included “Our Names,” “Moses of the South,”Naked & Red,” and “Mattresses Underwater.”

Colour Revolt is adaptive and interactive. At one point, Sean Kirkpatrick (vocals/guitar) took advice from Prima‘s Collin Reynolds in asking to adjust the volume on the vocals. The bassist, Luke White, halfway through their set, handed photographer Patrick Dodson a winning scratch-off for $5 in exchange for a beer. After the show, inching closer to 1am, all the bands hung out at the bar and sparked cas ual conversation with the other bands and some late-night lingerers alike. They have the professionalism of seasoned pro’s while still maintaining a relatable DIY polish. Overall, the type of bands that do their thing regardless of the venue or turn-out, are always the ones that make an impression on me.  Thankfully, Valentine’s played host to an eclectic batch of bands that all fit that category.

colour violin barons

Photos by Alexandra LoSordo. Check out her full gallery on her flickr.

Quality events for your consideration this weekend

Ashley’s Birthday Dance Party feat. Party With Tina at Bogies, 7pm free [fbook] Girls of Porn, Monster Movie, Hilly Eyes and Friends of the Library at 27 Lincoln, 7pm $5 [fbook]

Keep Albany Boring is throwing another party! If you missed out on New Year’s, here’s your chance to make up for lost time. Albany’s most highly under-rated DJs Deep Children playing after Duncan and I (Party With Tina) at Fuze Box, 10pm $5. [fbook]

Whiskey and The Devil, The Red Lions, Bohemian Slackers, Orphan Legs, Old Friend, in Troy at Dublins. 8pm $8 [fbook] Kingdom (Night Slugs, Ghosts on Tape (Icee Hot) and our Albany buddies down in New Paltz 10pm $6 [fbook]

Sgt Dunbar with The Loom, Wailing Wall and Life Among the Trees at Valentines 7pm $7. [fbook]

Scotty’s Music Monday: Some new Deep children stuff and Cunei4m fun

We’re broadcasting all our shows on UStream from now on, so the world can have fun watching us DJ. You gotta log in on Friday’s 8-10pm and get in the chat! I’ll be tweeting the link from my twitter every Friday around 8pm, @ScottyMycon. I’ll start learning DMC championship turntable tricks so its fun to watch. Below is the first one, from last Friday.

Looney dropped one of his new tracks and its pretty damn sweet! Check it out, it’s going to start a mosh pit this Friday.

‘tein by looney

Lastly I want to shout out my new buddy Cunei4m from Delaware. He’s a sick a DJ who’s had mixes featured on Turbotax, Trash Menagerie, and Bassfaced. And probably more. I am a fan of his UStreams. Follow him. Anyway I think I’ve gotten Scott (we have the same name) sold on mopeds, so hopefully he’ll be coming to Albany in the future to DJ with us and ride mopeds.

Duncan’s Music Monday: Keep Albany Hyphy

So since my posts are erratic and not posted in a timely manner, I am going to refrain from titling this any ‘Music Monday’. Instead this will just consist of cool tracks that I have recently discovered. Nothing too crazy here.
Editor’s note: This was indeed submitted for review Monday, my bad.

This track by NiT GriT is real rad due to the slow and low approach I feel it has. The strong synth leads if you have not already guessed are a part of my favorite sound textures in the electronic genre of music and this particular track is very rich with these. Overall I just like it because it has a relaxed tone without compromising its attack when it comes to wobble. Bro-Step beware, people are no longer hopped up on old recipe Four Loko. It has to be that new jenkem.

Honestly its Skream. Too bad this particular track is a rip off a mix and has vocal rubbish on the end.

Moving more towards Grime, I am a fairly unknowledgeable about this subgenre, but have been listening to it almost exclusively. Over the course of listening to many mixtapes this little gem peeked into my ear drums.

Obligatory Joker remix. But on the real, it also has a phenomenal grime vocal track to boot so.