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FABLES OF THE DEACON STRUCTION: The loud and intense rock trio Struction recently finished recording a six-song EP, and they’ll hold a three-way release party with Complicated Shirt and Glitter of Cohoes sometime in the near future. Their prior five-song EP has garnered some attention, with Oregon-based claiming, “I sure hope that this three piece from Albany, NY, deliver the goods live, because this surprisingly well-recorded five-song EP suggests that they have an incredible live presence”; states, “Struction is on a course that is clearly to explore their own sense of musical interpretation. Their songs have influences, but the execution and structure of their music is colored with interesting guitar tones and interplay with the bass”; and asserts, “This music really ROCKS.” Head to their Web site,, for further band information.

LOOP PURSUIT: Alt-country posse knotworking are in the studio again, traveling down to Woodstock’s Nevessa studio and visiting other various recording crevices (basements, kitchens, what-have-you) in an effort to bring their loving fans another recording. Their third album, The Garden Below, is expected to be finished in March, and will be celebrated in typical CD-release fashion thereabouts—so we probably won’t see them live before then. While you’re waiting, check out their nifty new Web site design,

Plaid love: Amazing Plaid.

KNAPSACK TIME: Noise-rockers Amazing Plaid have returned from what they call the “Backpack Mystery” winter tour—which took them, via minivan, to Manhattan, Long Island, Chester, Buffalo, Ithaca, Plattsburgh, Rochester, Montclair, N.J., Boston and Providence. The band unleashed copies of their new split (with themselves) EP, Captain Womb/Mister Sunlight Blackeyes, upon an unsuspecting public during the Backpack tour, and they’re planning a couple of area come-down shows in the next few weeks—St. Rose’s St. Joseph’s Hall (Jan. 31), and Valentine’s (Feb. 14) with Kitty Little and Complicated Shirt.

Fortune hunter: Albie Von Schaaf.

WINTER FERTILITY: During this winter nadir, when the rest of us can’t seem to get off the couch, Albie Von Schaaf—formerly of Secret Guy, way formerly of Can’t Say, and presently of Lowthief and Wood—is quite the productive fella. He’s in regular attendance at MotherJudge’s Fuze Box open mike, playing solo, performing his songs with other musicians, and sitting in with many various groupings—“It’s totally responsible for my having fallen back in love with local music, and its beautifully insane cast of characters,” he says of the open-mike scene—and has been gathering steam as the weeks progress.

The lineup of Lowthief—“stuff that anyone who likes rock & roll, celebration, sex, booze or being alive could relate to in some basic way,” as he puts it—includes drummer Pete Sheehan, bassist Shawn McCann, and Wiley on the harmonica (“Wait till you hear THIS guy!,” Albie proclaims). Lowthief are about ready to record their debut album, and they’re booked well until late spring.

Albie’s also got a solo disc, Bedroom, recorded exactly there (aka the knothouse attic)—“Flawed, intimate, but pretty real, I think,” he says—that he gives out at his gigs. So, if you see him, ask for one. (Speaking of gigs, Lowthief will play the Fuze Box tomorrow, Friday; see Noteworthy, page 38). When he’s not working on his own stuff, Albie provides his vocal, bass and guitar prowess to Mitch Elrod, MotherJudge’s Urban Holiness Society and Wood—who are nearly ready to share their recorded tunes with the world.

SITE CLUB: Of the Web sites that I visit again and again when I’m in need of local-band information—in addition to the sites with extensive links, such as the and, which I look at daily—a new contender is, managed by area jazz saxophonist Brian Patneaude (who, by the way, will play his last show with the Refrigerators at Valenti’s on Saturday, so he can focus on his own pursuits). “My thinking was, let me create a site online that will serve as a listing of as many of the local jazz musicians as possible,” he says. “So that the general public could learn more about them and hopefully go out to hear them live.” The site, which Patneaude began last spring, contains musician-info pages, special features such as interviews with area jazz artists, event calendars and the like. He’s created a pretty big list of area jazz performers, but there’s always room for expansion—so, head to the Web site if you’d like to be included.

—Kate Sipher

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