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Sense Offenders

Photo: John Brodeur

TAKEN 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 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.

LEARNING 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

GET 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

—John Brodeur

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