The previous yr was wealthy for native music, with bands returning to play dwell reveals after a number of years of pandemic-related closures and cancellations (though sickness-related cancellations are nonetheless usually a truth of life.) Many native bands launched nice singles, EPs and albums this yr, and the next is in no way an exhaustive record. However listed below are seven native music releases that I personally loved in 2022.
1. The Jagaloons, “Stroll, Don’t Run for the Border.” This EP from the Albany-based surf-rock combo covers fertile surf instrumental territory, swinging from the Tijuana sounds of “Baja Blast” to the tastefully delicate “Nacho Boyfriend [Seven Layers of Tears].” It’s an all-instrumental tribute to Taco Bell, proving — within the band’s phrases — that “horrible meals can encourage wonderful music.”
2. Steve Hammond, “Honky Tonk File Membership No. 1.” Troy outsider musician and audio engineer Steve Hammond is each versatile and prolific, self-releasing albums and singles that vary from steel to psychedelic and experimental rock. Right here he turns his consideration to straight-up honky tonk, and the outcomes are spectacular, from the cosmic nation of “Sometime Mom” to a totally revamped, twang model of the Jesus and Mary Chain traditional “Midway to Loopy.”
3. Saucer, “Outdoors.” Jim Crawley and Jim Temple, previously of Poestenkill rock band Blue Manufacturing facility (and Albany’s Personal Plain), workforce up with Crawley’s son Evan — a gifted songwriter on his personal — because the band Saucer and launch a debut album that demonstrates the trio’s melodic reward and bristling rock punch on tracks like “Miss Loneliness,” “Motorbike” and “Relaxation.”
4. The Scurves, “Shelter in Place.” Guitarist and songwriter DJ Miller, previously of heavy Saratoga-area rock group Small Axe, was a pressure of late Nineties and early 2000s earlier than taking a break from the native musical scene for some time. It’s nice to have him again with a brand new trio that additionally options Dan Sorensen and Levi Jennes, previously of The Orange.
5. Sinkcharmer, “Radical Luck.” Paul Coleman (who additionally performs in Haley Moley together with his super-gifted companion Jennifer Maher Coleman) is without doubt one of the most prolific and energetic native musicians round. Sinkcharmer is his solo outfit, though the ever-talented Shane Sanchez (100 Psychic Desires) and Madeline Darby be part of him dwell. Highlights embrace the Madeline Darby-penned electro-anthem “Innovation” and the delicately dystopian “Season Six Script Planning Assembly.”
6. Buggy Jive, “The Ghost of Alexander.” A brand new album from soul rock singer-songwriter Buggy Jive, aka Bryan Paul Thomas, is all the time a deal with. He additionally launched a stellar EP, “I Don’t Perceive How the World Works,” this yr. A self-described “Literary Kravitz,” Buggy Jive melds the funk of D’Angelo and Prince with trenchant lyrics and reducing social commentary. All the time unpredictable, all the time very important.
7. Physician Baker, “Trespassers.” Recorded by Troy punk legend Don Fury, this album by Albany’s Physician Baker was the right musical antidote to post-pandemic malaise, from the opening observe of “Exhausted,” which rolls like a Mississippi river boat down a present of dissatisfaction, to the toe-tapping, hopeful uplift of “Hey Romeo” and “Darkish Instances.”
The Week Forward
To commemorate the life and spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a number of space venues host celebratory music and cultural occasions this weekend. Don’t miss the next:
— A 2021 Yaddo fellow, Danyel Smith is an creator, journalist and the creator and host of Spotify’s Black Woman Songbook, a music and discuss present that facilities on Black ladies in music. She leads “Best Love of All: The Roots & Revolution of Black Ladies in Pop,” a free live performance at SPAC’s The Pines live performance house on Saturday. Register at www.yaddo.org/greatest-love-of-all-the-roots-revolution-of-black-women-in-pop. 6 p.m.
— The Strand Theatre (210 Essential St., Hudson Falls) hosts a day musical celebration in honor of Dr. King on Sunday with R&B singer Milayne Jackson, native gospel ensemble the Heavenly Echoes and Jonathan Newell. 3 p.m.
— At Capital Repertory Theatre (251 North Pearl St., Albany), DJ Hollyw8d and a solid of performers — together with Doc Horton and The Jay Avenue Band, Camtron 5000, the Leik, Quav13, Gianlife, Levi, Ovaia, NoxTros, King Malachi, King Var DaSuperstar, and spoken phrase poet Nrgy — kick off the primary annual Extra Music Much less Violence live performance gala with a constructive message and a protected house for inventive freedom. Sunday, 4 p.m.
— A free household live performance in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. takes place at Caffè Lena (47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs) on the afternoon of Sunday with Brooklyn native Nikara, a vibraphonist, instructor and composer who introduces kids to jazz as a part of the American story. 3 p.m.
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