Camper Van Beethoven
two veteran bands can be considered as one seven-headed
musical snark-beast. After all, the platinum-selling, in
some ways archetypical ’90s indie rockers Cracker (pictured)
immediately followed the thousands-selling, in some ways
archetypical ’80s indie rockers Camper Van Beethoven. Both
groups were, and are, fronted by master of revels David
Lowery. Cracker snarked on their decade with the likes of
“Happy Birthday to Me,” “Teen Angst,” and “Low.” Camper
Van Beethoven implored their generation to “Take the Skinheads
Bowling,” and had an out-of-left-field, oddball hit with
a cover of Status Quo’s “Pictures of Matchstick Men.”
A later reformation of CVB found them recording their own
version of Fleetwood Mac’s Tusk, in its entirety.
This is one definition of awesome.
Cracker were in Troy for an outdoor show last year that
was very well received, but this double bill—just down the
street inside Revolution Hall—should really be a treat.
Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven will perform Tuesday (Jan.
12) at 7 PM at Revolution Hall (421-425 River St., Troy).
Tickets are $22. For more info, call 274-0553.
Center for Photography at Woodstock starts the new year
right with a show that’s the result of an ambitious collaboration
between the Woodstock Land Conservancy and 10 photographers.
Over a seven-month period, these artists (all selected by
curator Dion Ogust) photographed the pristine lands protected
by the WLC, with one eye on beauty and the other on preservation.
Over the course of the exhibit’s run (which ends Feb. 28),
there will be guided walks and workshops, so check the CPW
Web site often for details (cpw.org).
Pictured is Bill Miles’ Snake Rock. Other artists
in the show are Richard Edelman, Gay Leonhardt, Yva Momatiuk
& John Eastcott, Fawn Potash, Peter Schoenberger, Carla
Shapiro and Williams & Russ.
Forever opens Saturday (Jan. 8) with an opening reception
from 5 to 8 PM at the Center for Photography at Woodstock
(59 Tinker St., Woodstock). Also opening Saturday in the
CPW Kodak Gallery is Vanitas, featuring still lifes
by Justine Reyes; both shows run through Feb. 28. For more
info, call (845) 679-9957.