IN Were you there?
If not, you missed an amazing show! Last Friday,
Metroland presented Feedback, our
annual Local Music Bash and Food Pantries Benefit.
Nine great regional acts performed on two stages
at Valentine’s, and the night just got looser
and crazier as it went on, as any good party should.
The overall attendance was close to matching our
record turnout from January 2007, and everyone
who turned up helped support a great cause: Exact
figures aren’t yet available, but we know that
several hundred dollars and more than 150 pounds
of food were collected for Food Pantries for the
Capital District. (I’ll post the final tallies
on the Metroland blog later this week.)
Thanks to everyone who came out—I really enjoyed
this one, and I hope you all did too.
If you were at Feedback and took photos—whether
on a camera, an iPhone, or with an old Polaroid—we’d
like to see them. They needn’t be expertly lit,
or even in focus. (For example, take a look at
my awesome shot of the Sense Offenders’
Tom McWatters, pictured.) Send your photo files
as attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org with the
subject “feedback photos” and we’ll put ’em up
on our Web site, or on flickr, or wherever it
makes the most sense. Be sure to include your
name and hometown, and understand that in submitting
your pics you’re giving us permission to share
them with the rest of the world in whatever manner
we see fit.
TO FLY Fans of progressive rock will be in
heaven next Sunday (Nov. 23), when Yes—or most
of Yes—come to downtown Albany’s Times Union Center.
But concertgoers may want to call the babysitter
and tell her to stay on an extra hour or so, as
the Capital Region’s own Fear of Flying
will celebrate the release of their brand new
CD immediately following the big concert. The
band—bassist/vocalist Tearle Ashby, guitarist
Carm Grasso, drummer Tom Occhiogrosso and keyboardist
Matt Occhiogrosso—have been prepping the self-titled
release for a while now; it’s their first since
2005’s More Attempts at Perfection, and
only their third in 20 years. The release show
will take place just up South Pearl Street from
the TUC at Savannah’s. Find out more on the band
and the show at fearofflyingmusic.com.
WHAT YOU NEED It’s not new information that
the independent record store has been dying a
slow, painful death—with the CD format on sharp
decline these last few years, it’s a wonder that
anyone is still in the music-retail business.
Filmmaker Brendan Toller has tracked the
downward spiral and raised some important questions
in a new documentary, I Need That Record.
According to Toller’s film, more than 3,000 independent
record retailers have shuttered over the past
10 years, as a result of a number of factors,
including that mentioned above, centralized radio
programming, the Internet, and more. (Ironic that
some big-box stores are now getting into the vinyl
business, isn’t it?) The doc will be screened
locally at the Sanctuary for Independent Media
in Troy on Dec. 6 at 7 PM, followed by a Q-and-A
with the filmmaker. For more, visit thesanctuary
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