Too many broken up house parties right as it was getting fun. Too many shitty venues with shitty music charging $10 covers and making you suffer through that same played out song. This is thrown by your friends and the money will go to keeping the gallery running, this website hosted, and getting Deep Children their own sound system; not some dickheads venue owner’s BMW payment. You owe it to yourself to come support your friends and have the best New Years possible!
Photo Andrew Franciosa
If you find someone you like I highly suggest you ignore that person as best you can. It’ll make this easier.
Think of all the ways you could die. Decide on the the worst one. Then think how much worse it would be if when it happened you were in….
Poughkeepsie. That’s how far I got before my road trip to my new and exciting life had become a long and boring car ride through the depths of hell a.k.a Pennsylvania. The fog and blinding headlights of oncoming traffic took their toll and my head began to throb. When I finally stopped at a Denny’s in Virginia and watched the sun rise over a strip mall it was quite possibly the most beautiful thing I had ever witnessed. But to be honest, I could have stepped out of my car and seen two cats blowing each other and I would have been just as happy. Also, Pennsylvanian roads are constantly under construction. I think when they get to the end of one they just start back at the beginning again. Big fucking mystery. Been losing sleep over it.
I think we all reach our Poughkeepsie at some point. And this is where I’m supposed to say something inspiringly lame like you need to keep driving and wait for the sunrise. Well the sun rose over a Denny’s. It was about as poetic as passing a kidney stone. It’s just that I was so delirious from sleep deprivation I practically became the double rainbow guy. Fuck double rainbow guy. And fuck rainbows for that matter too. The refractive index of a raindrop does not impress me.
So how do you leave Albany?
I suppose the first step is to realize that there’s something better somewhere else. That’s certainly easy enough but the rest gets considerably harder and it helps if you start warping your vision of the world. Take everything you see and view it through the lens of apathy, depression, or if you’re a real sick puppy, optimism. I say this because the first two leave a whispered possibility of being better than you had anticipated. Optimism or hope or whatever positive outlook you manage to twist your aspirations through will just end in sad realization. It is best if you just embrace being unhappy and decide maybe it’d be interesting to be unhappy somewhere else. There are so many people and things not to like there’s no reason to limit yourself to one place.
Also, make sure you realize the reason you’re unhappy and want to leave isn’t because you live in a shitty place but because you are in fact a shitty person. People love to say Albany sucks. Well, chances are, you suck. You’re probably not a very interesting person and there’s a fair possibility everybody thinks you’re frightfully unattractive. Don’t leave because you think you’re better than the place you’re leaving or better than the people who live there. You are very likely not. You are statistically mediocre in every way and only a small handful of people will truly miss you when you’re gone.
So, now that you’ve gotten yourself in the right mind set, it’s time to pack your bags. If you need instructions or help with this I highly recommend you shoot yourself in the face. I will give some advice though: everything needs to fit into the trunk and backseat of your car (you do have a car right?), if you own more than two trash bags worth of clothes and shoes I hate you, don’t bring any furniture or anything large and completely unnecessary like a three foot framed picture of your ugly ass dog, and if you’re going someplace hot please remember vinyl records can easily melt. Lastly, before you pack your car, toss a fat man in the passenger seat. Do this because, either like me you brought a fat man with you on your trip, or because I figure that’s how much spare room you’re going to want for all the cases of Red Bull and Hostess cupcakes you’re going to consume on your journey. Be careful with the energy drinks and cupcakes by the way, if you drink three of those things and pound four cupcakes in a one hour period, you will shit out your soul at the next rest stop. You might also want the room for picking up hookers, serial killer drifters, or possibly but unlikely, a nice boy/girl you meet on your way.
Give yourself a month to announce your departure, quit your job, and say your goodbyes. Get everything sorted out sooner rather than later so you can spend your last week without the worries of traveling. Don’t try and see everybody. Most of your so called friends aren’t worth it. Focus on the few people you actually care about and leave the rest to show up at your going away party at a crappy Albany bar of your choosing. Most won’t show and you shouldn’t care. If you do then maybe you’re not ready to leave yet. Try and have sex with everybody you have been wanting to have sex with. The going away forever thing seems to be an effective ammunition for gettin’ laid. Have sex with someone regrettable while you’re at it too. Give yourself one last thing to be happy to see fade away in your rearview mirror.
Hopefully you’ve settled on somewhere to go at this point and you’re not just running off to get raped or killed in the moonlight of an unfamiliar city. I recommend giving Seattle a shot. People tell me it’s great and it has a high suicide rate. Get in your car and leave at night. There’s something calming about driving away in the dark.
You have started again, but when you arrive at your new home and gaze upon its buildings and its people, remember, everything ends. If you’re lucky you’ll be somewhere nice when it does.
Pretty Lights headlined at the Washington Avenue Armory on Saturday night. I spent $26 on a ticket (plus an additional $5 in fees) and went with a group of friends. None of us were particularly familiar with Pretty Lights, or even the genre, and we didn’t quite know to expect.
To do my homework, I listened to as much Pretty Lights as I could the night before to try and familiarize myself with his work. Pretty Lights consists of DJ Derek Vincent Smith, who has been in the electronic music scene since 2006. On Saturday, drummer Adam Deitch accompanied him. Nothing I found online, however, could prepare me for the actual experience.
Photo: Keith Foote of jamforums.com
Due to the difficulties of wrangling cab rides for a large group of people (did anyone actually drive to the event?); I arrived late and missed opening acts Michal Menert and Chali 2na. However, the crowd seemed to love them. I arrived as the second act was finishing and there was already a swarming pit of dance and emotion. The collective state of mind could be described as altered, to say the least. Many fans rolled into the Armory ready to be taken over by the music. That is, those that didn’t have to wade through the immense blob of people waiting at the will-call line.
A thick haze of smoke hovered lazily over the mob of fans and helped enhance the dreamlike quality of the lightshow that was melting faces left and right. Lasers shot everywhere, illuminating the entire room. Behind Smith, a large LCD screen constantly assaulted viewers with continuously morphing images of abstract designs and colors. Strobe lights flashed in machine-gun bursts of radiance. In the pit itself, glow sticks and other flashing accessories cut through the darkness and helped to integrate fans into the spectacle. Clusters of people banded together, passed around water bottles, and let themselves be carried away.
Smith himself maintained a relatively low-key presence. He didn’t speak much, except to occasionally urge the crowd to cheer. Despite the heat from the lights, he kept his hood on throughout the performance. His calm demeanor on stage stood in stark contrast to the zoo below.
The music could be described as a soulful and intense dance party. A constant thumping beat progressed throughout the performance, highlighted by Adam Deitch’s live percussion. The inclusion of a real drummer, rather than a recorded beat, gave the show a fluidity and naturalness that lent itself well to the expressive nature of the visuals. It was like being consumed by a living, breathing, glowing organism. The collective bodies of the listeners in the crowd swayed and grooved in time with the fat and even funky sounds produced by Smith.
The event transpired relatively hassle free. As far as I was aware, there were no serious fights or any other forms of static. I did see a dazed and frightened young hippie hurry out of the arena with a comatose girl slumped over his shoulder. I hope she’s okay.
At the end of the set, the crowed erupted in a loving rush of gratitude. Smith returned for his encore, apparently impressed by the applause. “Damn, Albany,” he drawled, cigarette in hand. That seemed to be enough for him, however, and he finished off the night with an “Empire State of Mind” and “Juicy” mash up that was definitely a crowd pleaser.
After the show, the crowd poured out onto the street and commenced a fierce battle over the cabs that began swarming the venue. Fans dispersed in small groups, their ears still ringing from the deafening display of phatness they had just ingested.
Article written by Charlie Vella for Keep Albany Boring.
[tweetmeme]Udachi stopped at Albany on November 6th with The Swagger Tour to give us a little bass. I was living in Brooklyn this past summer and met a few of the T&B dudes through my internship so when they came to my town I had to show them love! I got there as Udachi was playing so sorry to the openers! Udachi did a stand up job and really let us have it. We were lucky to have them stop in Albany!
Check below to see a bunch of photos that sum up the night. To see the whole photoset, check the full set on flickr.
You’re silly if you missed this just because of the cover!
Around the World and Back have been around for a few years now playing indie rock made notable by great guitar tone and skill. Their latest release is an E.P. titled “Songs To Sleep To”. As far as album titles go, this is about as straight forward as things get. This is a soothing album meant to be listened to in your bedroom. If you’ve heard the band previousl, you know that they frequently employ great dynamics to make a song. However, it’s a nice change of pace hearing a finished project with a cohesive theme. While most bands just lump together a few good songs this really feels like an album. Also, the fact that it’s an E.P. is perfect because while 40 minutes of this kind of music might get a little boring, seventeen minutes of it is perfect.
One of the first things I noticed about the record is that the band weren’t afraid to take a step back and focus on the song. No one’s overplaying on any of this and it definitely adds to the overall feel of the record. The subtle slide guitars in the background are very reminiscent of Mazzy Star and reoccur through the album. All of these songs flow together so well that when I initially tried to review these song by song it just didn’t work. Everything from the melodies, to the instruments used, tones, lyrics, and even background effects all re-occur and blend together so well that you can often transition into the next song without really noticing.
With that said, after listening a few times there are a couple stand out tracks. “@$%^” is an instrumental interlude that combines digital drums with analog instruments that will appeal to fans of Thrice’s Water E.P. The other song that really stands out is the last song “Advice”. Distant drums and airy vocal harmonies give this a haunting feeling that really makes it sound like a closing track. The slide guitar returns again acting almost as a narrator of the album to tie everything together and the guitar solo in this is one of the best written pieces of music I’ve heard in a long time. It’s so subtle that you almost don’t notice how good it really is. Not to mention the tone is one of the best I’ve heard period. Guitar nerds take note, Marco Testa is the man to talk to when you want to geek out on gear.
This is an incredible E.P. that is also free. So really, there’s no reason to not be listening to this. Put it on in your bedroom, take a nap, make out with your girlfriend, smoke em if you got em, but just listen to this. Be on the lookout for a full length in early January.
The E.P. can be downloaded for free on Around the World and Backs Tumblr.
Any bands that would like to have their demo reviewed can send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org