Monday, March 8, 2010

moe. old-school tracks

This link has been circulating around Facebook the past couple of hours and I couldn't help but click.

I'm glad I did, and so will all you moe.heads. Here, you'll find the archived taping of a 1998 moe. show at Captain Trip's Rainforest Preserve (it was a hot spot back in the day located in the Uptown district where a variety of bands performed. You'll also remember it as Club Amnesia. It's since closed.).

From what I understand, moe. performed the surprise gig under the name Monkeys on Ecstasy. Anyway, you'll find 24 old-school tracks complete with bar applause (you know the kind that is way too excited to be backed by any sober listeners) .


Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Another gift from those kids

The Gifted Children, a Rochester/Buffalo band that often performs at local venue The Tramontane Cafe, has just released a mini-album "please freeze me." The album is made up of 10 songs and 20 minutes of "isolate winter music," said band member Jeff Suszczynski.

"We think we've captured the dark, cold and general ennui of late winter rather well with this one. of course, there's a pop song or two in the mix as well," Suszczynski said.

The indie-pop band is known for its short, sweet songs and poetic, sharp lyrics. Most songs are no longer than 2 minutes long.

The CD is available for $7; shipping will begin mid-week next week. With every CD order, the band will immediately send you a free zip containing the album in 320k MP3 format to bridge that gap when you order. Or, if you'd like just the MP3 download (with cover art included), it's $4! Visit for information and samples.

Above photo: "please freeze me" cover art.

Herkimer native recognized by Howard Stern

Another local boy is on his way toward a glimpse of national attention.

Herkimer native Mike Brindisi, who now lives in Ithaca, and his band The New York Rock will be featured on Thursday morning's The Howard Stern Show, which airs on Sirius Satellite Radio to subscribers.

Mike Brindisi
& The New York Rock is an original, rock alternative band hailing from Ithaca formed as recently as October, but have moved forward quickly despite their newness. They've opened for national singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw, played sold-out shows at The Haunt and recorded with producers of Timbaland and Aaliyah fame.

I'm trying to get in touch with Brindisi to find out how he caught the attention of the show and why. As soon as I hear from him, I'll let you all know. So stay tuned.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Utica gets a shout-out

Good news in local music.

Jim Millbower's song "Utica" which was featured on the Mohawk Valley Tribute CD and nominated for a Sammy for best pop recording recently was recognized by as track of the day. The award is based on positive reviews from site goers. The site was founded by Talking Heads' Jerry Harrison.

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Yay Utica!

Snow makes KAC event a no-go.

CLINTON - The threat of an impending "snowicane" seems to be scaring even the musicians away.

The Kirkland Art Center's Song circle scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, has been canceled.

Don't worry. The event will be rescheduled. I'll let you know when that happens.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

An '80s throwback that will make you 'throw your cares away'

There are some songs that never fail to elicit a smile, memory or tear. Here's one a friend sent me today that made me smile and remember simpler days. All you Gen-Xers out there should get the same thrill from this oldie but goodie.

Is there a song that does the same for you? Please share.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Gloriana goes for the gold

Looks like Gloriana's going for the medal.

Ahhh, well not exactly, but the group with New Hartford roots, will be showing up on the AT&T Team USA Soundtrack for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.

The group adds "The World is Ours Tonight"to the soundtrack that includes songs from such artists as Mariah Carey, Rascal Flatts and 3 Doors Down. Whatever money made from the tracks benefits Team USA. Here's what New Hartford's Mike Gossin had to say to about it to Great American Country:

“To be able to team up with such amazing artists including Rascal Flatts and Sugarland on this soundtrack and support Team USA and the 2010 Winter Olympic Games is an opportunity we are so grateful for,” Gossin said. He and his brother Tom are two of four of the band's members. “We hope it helps Team USA to win Olympic Gold across the board.”

Check out the video for "The World is Ours Tonight":

AT&T Team USA(tm) Soundtrack: Gloriana

Here's what else you'll find on the soundtrack, available at iTunes:

  • 3 Doors Down "Shine"
  • The All-American Rejects "Move Along (remix by Chad Hugo of the Neptunes)"
  • David Banner "In the Zone (feat. BJ the Chicago Kid)"
  • Green River Ordinance "Rise Up"
  • Honor Society "Can't Box Me In"
  • Hoobastank "Never Be Here Again"
  • Mariah Carey "100%"
  • Puddle Of Mudd "Shook Up the World"
  • Rascal Flatts "Unstoppable (Olympics Mix)"
  • Sugarland "Wide Open"
  • Train "The Finish Line"