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.