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Rough Mix

by Ali Hibbs on October 9, 2013


Happy Valentine’s

Good news broke this week regarding the future of venerable Albany rock club Valentine’s. While the building at 17 New Scotland Ave. is still slated for demolition in advance of Albany Med’s Park South development plan, club owner Howard Glassman has purchased a new space at 335 Central Ave., which used to house Cagney’s, a bar that closed in 2008 after getting caught serving minors. The building is next door to Pauly’s Hotel and a short walk across Quail Street from the Linda, so, when Glassman eventually opens, the neighborhood will feature a trifecta of live music venues.

The timetable for the transition is still unclear, as Glassman has still received no notice as to when he’ll have to vacate his current location and has shows booked through December. But it shouldn’t take long for him to set up shop on Central, since Cagney’s requires little more than a deep clean and the addition of a stage and soundsystem to become a functioning music venue. With apartments upstairs from the first-floor bar, the new venue will only have one stage, but Glassman aims to run very similar programming to the classic Valentine’s, even if the new venue may carry a new name.

Twerk Talk

Love her or hate her, Miley Cyrus has dominated the pop music dialogue these past couple months. From her VMA performance to her Terry Richardson photo shoot, the twerking and the weird tongue thing, everyone’s got an opinion. Even the academics. Tonight (Thursday), University of California ethnomusicologist Deborah Wong will deliver the first lecture of Skidmore’s Judy Tsou ’75 Music Scholar Series titled “The Summer of 2013: White Heterosexist Performance and the Critical Consumer (or, What Was Miley Cyrus Thinking?).” Is Miley’s appropriation  of the booty bounce racist? Is her sexual posturing, as Sinead O’Connor says, allowing the music industry to pimp her? Or, as this lecture puts it, “How are unspoken ideologies of difference dependent on our willingness to enjoy them without questioning their terms?”

The lecture will be held at 8 PM in the Arthur Zankel Music Center. Admission is free. Call 580-5321 for more info.

Better Than the D-BOX

Last night (Wednesday) marked the first installation of the Albany Public Library’s revamped Silent Movie Spectacular, a series of classic silent films soundtracked by local musicians. Last night’s feature was Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lodger, with music by Ryan Slowey, Meg Duffey, Sean Fortune, Chris Jordan and Tommy Krebs. The next installation is this coming Wednesday (Oct. 16), featuring lastdayshining behind animation The Adventures of Prince Achmed. On Oct. 23, Blacklight Lighthouse will play along to The Wind, and on Oct. 30 Helicoprion will play to the horror trilogy Waxworks. All events start at 7 PM and are free. Call 427-4349 for more info.

Suspiciously Familiar

It wouldn’t be a Rough Mix with the announcement of a local band’s effort to crowd-fund their next album. The big surprise this time is that it’s not Kickstarter that Saratoga rockers Wild Adriatic have chosen to run with. It’s Pledge Music—essentially a streamlined and genre-targeted version of the former. The band’s new album, Big Suspicious, is scheduled for release on Jan. 21 and, well, you know the rest. $10 is the lowest pledge level, earning you a digital copy of the finished record, and there are a bunch of other rewards for higher contributions. Check out the project at pledgemusic.com/projects/wildadriatic.