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ROUGH MIX

FIRE WALK WITH ME: Shame on the local TV news stations for making an already difficult situation worse for Howard Glassman, proprietor of Albany club Valentine’s. Glassman had to shake off swarms of reporters inquiring about his fire policies following the Great White disaster, yet nary a reporter verified the facts regarding a house fire that took place behind his club on Monday (March 3). Which is a shame, since the stations reported on it anyway—erroneously. Contrary to their hearsay reporting, the club was relatively unaffected by the blaze. Only the phone line, due to its outside location on the back of the building, and the fire-escape canopy were affected. So, other than the phone, the club suffered no damage, and all scheduled shows are still on.


Piano bard: Adrian Cohen. Photo by John Whipple

HOPE YOU LIKE JAMMIN’ TOO: The weekly Tuesday-night jazz jam that takes place at Schenectady club the Van Dyck recently celebrated its one-month anniversary, and by all accounts, things are going rather nicely. It’s hosted by the jazz supergroup, the Adrian Cohen/Brian Patneaude Quartet—which, along with saxman Patneaude and pianist Cohen, includes drummer Danny Whelchel and bassist Mike DelPrete. They play a short set, and then open-mikeness ensues. Those still wet behind the ears get to choose one tune, the more skilled get two—with two to four people climbing on stage at a time.

The weekly event has been drawing in the crowds, with their first gig attracting roughly 60 people. The weekly average for the event is now 80, with more people coming to listen than to play (how’s that for a successful open jam?). “It all happens upstairs on a beautiful stage,” exclaims Cohen. “The front room with the bandstand is more of the listening area, and the back bar area is usually full of college kids. It’s a diverse mix, and lately more young people are coming out, which is great.”

Also, check out Cohen’s newly remodeled and updated Web site, adriancohen.com, designed by Latin Kings drummer Nick Lue. It looks hot.

SITUATE YOUR BAD SELF: The Glen Slingerland Situation, which airs on cable channels 2 and 14, begins its second year on TV this Wednesday (March 12). Some of you may chance upon it late at night (well, 11, 11:10 and 11:20 to be exact) while channel surfing, wondering what the hell is going on? It’s music. It’s action. It’s inaction. It’s sponsored by Smitty’s and the Toll Gate. The Situation, based on the long-running radio show of the same name, is a seven-minute aural and visual snippet, highlighting new music from such artists as Tony Levin, Porcupine Tree and Albany’s own Blotto. Their second year features two new nights—it will expand to five nights (Monday-Friday) in August—and the whole show will now, apparently, be in Esperanto.


Look around you: the Suggestions.

THE POWER OF THE SUGGESTIONS: The Suggestions have recently released the EP Mix Tape, on their own Mr. Duck records, and they’re touring like madmen behind it. Frontman John Brodeur, bassist Keith Hosmer and drummer Jason Schultz will officially head out on the road on Sunday (March 9) and return in late April-early May, with 22 stops in between—including a slot at the International Pop Overthrow festival. Go to www.thesuggestions.com for information about the band, the CD, the tour, the meaning of life, and such.

HEADS UP: Aggro-rockers Great Day for Up have recently returned from a weekend-long recording session in Boston at New Alliance Studios, where they worked with engineer-producer Andrew Schneider (Godsmack, Scissorfight and Cracktorch). They’ll use the songs for an EP, but may work them onto a split-CD with a band on the Curve of the Earth label—owned by New Alliance cofounder Alvan Long. They head back to the studio in April to add to the three songs already recorded, and, they sound “fucking cranking,” according to GDFU guitarist Mike Vitali. “We’re pretty psyched about it,” he says of the experience. “I’m now starting to feel like we’re getting some stuff down that better represents our sound.”

YOUNG AND OUT OF THE WAY: Rockin’ young’uns Lincoln Money Shot have been busy playing local shows lately—mostly those of the out-of-the-way, down-in-the-basement variety—and testing out their new material on those masses. They recently played the new Altar Records, housed in the old Café Web storefront, and with only e-mail communications on the afternoon of the show, accrued a large crowd. Man, these lads know how to network. LMS, aka Nick Carpenter and Mike Keegan—who switch off between electric guitar and drums—have had their debut CD in the can for some time. Since they have about a dozen new songs kicking around, they’ve decided to utilize their time spent waiting for their first CD to be pressed to record them. They’ll start recording their second album in a few weeks, once again utilizing Brent Gorton’s production skills. Look for them in a basement near you. You can also read all about them at http://lmsnoise.cjb.net.

—Kate Sipher 


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