Review: Mitochi’s “Cryptic Cosmic”

Sub-Bombin Records, based out of Glens Falls, has always kept it fresh. The local label has curated a catalog of sounds from artists that each fill their own side of the venn diagram, but also share a common ground rooted in originality, quality production and that necessary balance between hard work and talent.

For Sub-Bombin, quality is a key word to the label’s aesthetic. The imprint aims to preserve the physical allure to music; something that so often is lost in the digital landscape. Sub-Bombin recognizes that the digital format is necessary in today’s music marketplace but also pairs each release with a physical element, either in the form of a customized USB or pressed on wax.

For their latest release, Mitochi’s “Cryptic Cosmic,” the music comes by way of a special USB card, which showcases the album’s artwork and can safely fit in a wallet. The USB card is a move of the future and an interesting way to distribute music. It feels sleek to the touch and is honestly the first of its kind that I’ve ever seen. The USB drive for Mitochi’s first release also features two additional bonus tracks.

Mitochi, (phonetically mi-ta-chi), is the moniker behind Lake George native Derek Mitchell. Mitchell has a background learning the trumpet and guitar early on, and moved onto beat production in 2002 after humbly realizing his talent did not lay in writing rhymes in high school. Over the years, his music has become more experimental and his latest album, “Cryptic Cosmic” is an interesting result of conceptualizing and creating a futuristic dossier of tunes.

The record has a balance of ambient and downtempo instrumental pieces but also samples hip-hop flavors. It’s an album that you can listen to on repeat or on shuffle or both. The tracks are all different without losing the touch and taste of the artist along the way. For one example, there is notable sampling of a slowed down Mitochi take on Dead Prez’s “Bigger Than Hip Hop” on the track “The Unknown Deep.” I personally don’t have a favorite individual track and appreciate the work as a whole, which I find to be a bit rare these days.

The tracks hold substantial weight and have a peculiar sense of intellectualism painted over them while still managing to showcase a feel of danceability. The album is adaptive for listening while driving, working, reading or browsing the Internet. The music is laid-back in nature but is by no means boring or simple.

Preview a track below and check out Mitochi’s album for yourself over on Sub-Bombin’s recently revamped website.

Aficionado announces forthcoming 7″ release date and fall tour

Returning back to Albany after a couple of out-of-town shows alongside Braid and Owen this past weekend, Aficionado has announced the release date for their next 7″.

“Empty” will be released on September 25th on No Sleep Records and will feature a track of the same name with “The Slack” on the B-side.

Filter Magazine is featuring an exclusive stream of the single “Empty,” which you can preview here. You can also pre-order the 7″ here.

Aficionado also will be leaving the Capital Region for a fall tour hitting Rochester on their way out west. You can check out the details here.

The EP’s album art was done by flutist/vocalist Laura Carrozza.

Recap: WCDB’s 34th Anniversary Music Fest

14 bands took to the stage to help ring in WCDB’s 34th anniversary as a station, providing party-goers and WCDB’ers with two packed days of live music.

It was great to see Valentine’s dressed up for the occasion with balloons and streamers everywhere and more importantly, bursting at its seams with attendees. Special shouts to those who wore birthday hats in celebration of the station’s 34th “WCDBirthday”.


Photo by Leon Ferri

The weekend’s line-up consisted of Barons in the Attic (with the festival being the official release of their new album Turn it Off and Take Out the Battery), Avi Buffalo, The Parlor, Hanslick Rebellion, Around the World and Back, Slaughterhouse Chorus, if Madrid, Secret Release, Ramblin’ Jug Stompers, Matthew Carefully, The Neighborhoods, Brian Dewan, Sgt Dunbar and Titus Andronicus. Wow.

In addition to being rewarded with experiencing excellent music, there was also what seemed like a raffle prize given away on the hour, if not more, and plenty walked home with vinyl and WCDB merch. Thanks to Nicole and WCDB for organizing chaos under one roof this past weekend.

Be sure to keep the merriment going all year long and check out the station; you might even become a regular listener afterall. You can view the schedule on their website and lock in via iTunes or radio dial 90.9FM.

More photos beneath the jump courtesy of WCDB’s Leon Ferri. Thanks Leon!

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Recap: Rest Fest ’11

Although in theory, the 2nd-annual Restoration Festival took some hits from Irene — such as two of the national acts, A Hawk and a Hacksaw and The Music Tapes both canceling and the consecutive choice to allow free entry on Sunday — in practice, the festival and its attendees became a textbook example for making the best of a potentially grim situation.


Deer Tick at Rest Fest © Andrew Franciosa

The b3nson family affair brought together a tediously crafted line-up and schedule of the Capital Region’s best in indie folk/rock/etc. mixed in with nationally touring bands Deer Tick and Titus Andronicus and a late(r) night DJ set from Looney of Deep Children and Party With Tina on Saturday. Sunday’s schedule was delayed and slimmed down due to the storm, but arguably one of the best parts of the entire weekend was seeing the tireless efforts and actions of volunteers and friends alike come together to ensure that Irene didn’t eff up a good time. People wanted this event go to happen and that energy was just as contagious as was freaking out about the storm.

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