Rosary Beard to Debut New Album May 4th

Photo by Laura Harris

Rosary Beard, comprised of Albany’s own Matthew Loiacono and Hunter Sagehorn (of Matthew Carefully and Alta Mira, respectably), will be presenting their debut album Halfmoon Fever on Friday May 4th at the Steamer 10 Theatre in Albany.

Rosary Beard is an instrumental acoustic guitar duo and have been writing highly-detailed, emotive compositions since January 2010. I’ve given their album several listens at work and found it to be excellent for the office environment. I also have total faith that Rosary Beard in the live setting is a completely different experience – in a good way – than it is as a calming soundtrack at my job.

Additionally, the album itself was recorded completely live, with no overdubs, over the course of this past year at a historic ballroom in Troy, by Ian White of Swordpaw. The record was mixed by Troy Pohl (The Kamikaze Hearts, producer of Sean Rowe’s Magic LP) and then was mastered by Paul Gold at Salt Mastering in Brooklyn.

Lots of care went into making this album and it makes for an intelligent, interesting and creative take on guitar-based instrumentals, while remaining whimsical and not boring at all. (For those of you who feel like you absolutely “need” lyrics to enjoy music, Rosary Beard will likely prove you wrong).

The album officially comes out on June 5th, and May 4th will be a special opportunity for locals to hear it first.

The Steamer no. 10 Theatre is located at 500 Western Avenue, and I, for one, have never been there before, and am excited to check out what the venue is all about. (Consider this a perfect break in routine from seeing shows at Valentine’s, Bogies, or other commonly frequented spots in Albany).

Opening the night will be Northampton, MA-based indie-pop band Winterpills.

Tickets are available at the door ($13) and in advance ($15) by calling 518-438-5503.

KC’s Music Monday: Obey City, Archie Pelago, Artek, Jackmaster + Ben UFO

First up is the Essential Mix from Rustie which features two tracks from April’s OUTPOST1 guest, Obey City. You can check out the mix here, for the next 4 days, then probably troll around to find it posted somewhere else. It’s an even 2 hours too, which is perfect to start off your work week.

Over the weekend, my personal Twitter feed blew up with support of our friends in Archie Pelago, who recorded a live set for the one and only Mary Anne Hobbes for XFM. It was a fun experience catching it live but in case you missed it, you can stream it here. It starts around 22 minutes in and will be posted up on mixcloud sometime in the near future. You can also check out this interview I did awhile ago in the KAB archive. Keep an eye on Archie’s upcoming gig dates; you never know when it’ll align that they trek up I-87 from Brooklyn to visit us in Albany. Their live performances are not to be missed, and they also hinted on Facebook they’ll post a video from the MAH performance sometime soon.

This next mix from Ben UFO and Jackmaster went live last week and I am responsible for at least a dozen plays at this point. It’s a really excellent office soundtrack, with its proper dedication and tribute to the art of the “warm-up set” with an emphasis on building, much like what should happen in the early stage of a night. (Bonus: check out this feature on Resident Advisor on the importance of the opening DJ’s set. Tall Ass Matt will be opening the next OUTPOST1 and has the art of opening down, which is why we asked him back for a second round.)

Lastly, out tomorrow on multiple digital distribution sites is the next release from one of my favorite labels, B YRSELF, from self-described “low key” UK producer Artek. I’ve been bumping the preview for awhile now and it makes for very good listening, with smooth and original production. It’s a bit calm at times (which I like) and has several layers to it. Listen through a couple times and you’ll see (hear) what I mean. The EP also features remixes from Umba, Keiska and BombĂ©.