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by Ali Hibbs on August 2, 2012

Back to the Woodshed

Is it a coincidence that the Albany Music Coalition logo looks suspiciuously like the Masonic Square and Compasses—or is it a vast conspiracy by global elites to transform the local music scene into a new world order of creative activity? We’ll let you decide, but here are the facts:

The Coalition has launched the Deciphering Songs workshop series hosted by Lark Street vinyl palace Fuzz Records. For their first installment tonight (Thursday), Jen O’Connor and Eric Krans of the Parlor will team up with Caroline Corrigan at 6:30 PM for “Lyrics First,” a discussion of their craft based on a lyric-oriented approach to songwriting. The event is free and open to the public and participants are encouraged to bring their instruments. The next installment will be “Instrumentals First” on Aug. 23, featuring Tim Koch of Sgt. Dunbar and the Hobo Banned and Chris Tenerowicz of Aficionado. The final round will be “Structure and Arrangement” on Sept. 13, featuring Meagan Duffy, Micahel Eck and Matthew Loiacono. Visit albanymusiccoalition.com for more info and insight into their plight for global dominance.


Growing Frequencies

Earlier this summer, free103point9, the Acra-based nonprofit arts organization specializing in “transmission arts” and responsible for spearheading WGXC, Hudson’s high-power community FM radio station, announced the latest of their ventures. The Wave Farm Study Center is a one-of-a-kind resource and workshop for those interested in transmission arts, that is, sonic work that uses the electromagnetic spectrum as its medium. For those unfamiliar with the form, you can tune into WGXC during their midnight broadcast to hear a sampling of the work.

The Wave Farm will offer AIRtime Residencies, live-in opportunities for artists to create new work for broadcast, based on the center’s resources, library and archives, which are also available to the public by appointment. Furthermore, the space will be home to the WGXC Acra Studio, which is the station’s third location after Hudson and Catskill. The first round of artists will include Japanther, Jeff Kolar, Andrea-Jane Cornell and David Galbraith. Stay tuned to free103point9.org for upcoming events.


The Final Sludge

Planet Eater

“Ninety-five percent chance we’ll have a brand new compact disc free for whoever wants one, 50% chance we’ll have some sort of memorial shirt. 100% chance of DRUNK.” This accompanied the Facebook anouncement that Albany “power slop” metal band Planet Eater will be calling it quits with one final show at Valentine’s Saturday night. There’s no crying in heavy metal, so hold your tears, have a drink and turn out for what promises to be a rowdy parting shot. They’ll be joined by “Yanni core” metal band Maggot Brain, and Boston’s Finisher.The show will be downstairs at 8 PM and costs $5.