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Playlist for the 4/24/16 show

Sunday, April 24th, 2016

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SEAN ROWE! Free! Tonight, 5pm at Union College in Taylor Music Center’s Emerson Auditorium. I can’t wait! He’ll be playing his own songs and in between he’s going to talk about how folk and blues musicians influenced his personal music style. This is one of my favorites of his.

8:00am (+ 8:00pm!)
The Black Keys: Everlasting Light
Oscar Neves: Mabelé
Ex Hex: Don’t Wanna Lose
Foxygen: How Can You Really
Architecture In Helsinki: Heart It Races
Vampire Weekend: One (Blake’s Got a New Face)
Booker T. Jones: Progress (featuring Yim Yames)
Cass McCombs: Love Thine Enemy
Broadcast: Before We Begin
Sinkane: How We Be
The New Pornographers: Champions of Red Wine
Friends: Friend Crush
Wye Oak: Glory
Frankie Rose: Interstellar
Andrew Bird: Fake Palindromes
Mitski: First Love-Late Spring
Marine Girls: Tonight?

9:00am (+ 9:00pm!)
Richard Swift: Lady Luck
Widowspeak: Dyed in the Wool
The Hidden Cameras: Colour Of A Man
Jessica Lea Mayfield: Kiss Me Again
José González: This Is How We Walk On The Moon
Gillian Welch: Six White Horses
Father John Misty: Nancy From Now On
The Innocence Mission: Brotherhood Of Man
Whiskeytown: Dancing With The Women At The Bar
Lavender Diamond: Forgive
Literature: Kites
Wilco: How To Fight Loneliness
PHOX: 1936
Teitur: Antonio And His Mobile Phones
Yo La Tengo: Well You Better

Photo note: Awesome dimensional collage by artist Patrick Picou Harrington seen on a telephone pole during a walk down Delaware Avenue this weekend.

Playlist for 9/29/13 show

Sunday, October 6th, 2013

There was one song that Sam Amidon played on the violin this past Thursday at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall that may have made every heart anxious and then nearly stop beating. It was a tear-inducing performance that I’m still sad is over.

8:00am (+ 8:00pm!)
Magnet: The Gospel Song (So many elements of a perfect song! Hand claps, stomping, banjo, sweet and smooth singing.)
The Tallest Man On Earth: King Of Spain
The Secret History: Anthony!
Beach Day: Beach Day
The Cave Singers: Easy Way
Washed Out: Within and Without
Calexico: Fortune Teller (Something about this song gives me chills each time I hear it.)
Lou Doillon: One Day After Another
Veronica Falls: Everybody’s Changing
The Avett Brothers: Murder In The City
Spectrals: Limousine
Ravens & Chimes: The Parting Glass
Powerdove: Love Walked In
Magnolia Electric Co.: The Handing Down
Timber Timbre: Black Water
Jens Lekman: Black Cab


9:00 (+ 9:00pm!)

Jim Guthrie: The Sound Of Wanting More (Still pretty sure this album, Takes Time, is on my list of fave albums this year. I expect to be enjoying it for many years.)
Jenny O.: In Our Hands
The Concretes: A Way Of Life
Beach House: Lazuli
Lily & Madeleine: These Great Things
Yellowbirds: Stop Tonight
Belle & Sebastian: The State I Am In
Olof Arnalds: A Little Grim
Treetop Flyers: Is It Worth It
Bombino: Tamiditine
Feist: The Water
Sea Wolf: Leaves In The River
Emiliana Torrini: Fisherman’s Woman
Don Peris: Palos Verdes
Little Joy: Unattainable

Picture note: Listen for Sam’s interview and performance this week on WEXT.

Playlist for 2/26/12 show

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

The warm winter blues of February are melting away and it’s all because of this:
Langhorne Slim + Babe City = This Wednesday at Valentines

I think it may be a one-time chance to see Babe City, a group made up of queens of Hello Pretty City:
Olivia Quillio
I call 2011 the year of Olivia Quillio. Every time I hear her sing I lose my breath for a second. I swear. Every time.
Caroline Corrigan Love getting lost in her voice when she sings with The Red Lions.
Meagan Duffy She stops time with her guitar solos.
MaryLeigh Roohan Still blown away by her performance at Exit Dome last month.

Show starts at 8 on Wednesday, 2/29 at Valentines. Bedtimes be damned…this week at least ;)

Playlist for 2/26/12 show

Cults: Most Wanted
Deerhunter: Don’t Cry
Neverever: Wedding Day
Langhorne Slim: Say Yes (Playing this Wednesday night at Valentines and he sincerely sings cool things. Like right here.)
Dr. Dog: How Long Must I Wait (Playing Tuesday, March 20 Northern Lights. More info here. (It’s a WEXT show so it’s extra exciting!))
Sharon Van Etten: Warsaw
Shearwater: You As You Were
Winterpills: Rogue Highway (Possibly a perfect song…hand claps + boy voices + girl voices = joy)
Plants and Animals: Lightshow
Hospitality: All Day Today
St. Vincent: Cheerleader
Joy Kills Sorrow: New Man
Imperial Teen: Last To Know
Typhoon: Summer Home
Tennis: Origins
Delta Spirit: California
Basia Bulat: Before I knew

Atlas Sound: Parallax
William Fitzsimmons: Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want
First Aid Kit: Emmylou (Tentatively placing this song in the 2012 faves folder.)
Luna: Teenage Lightning
Cass McCombs: Jonesy Boy
Frankie Rose: Pair Of Wings
Calexico: Two Silver Trees
Lovers: Let’s Stay Lost
Jessie Baylin: Holiday
Megafaun: You Are the Light
Whiskeytown: Somebody Remembers The Rose
Dry The River: Thou Art Loosed
Big Deal: Talk
Silver Swans: Secrets
High Highs: Open Season
The Barr Brothers: Ooh, Belle

Picture note: Pie

This dude!

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Langhorne Slim comes to Albany on Wednesday, 2/29, 8pm, at Valentines. Babe City opens!

He sounds like this. (See previous post for info on Babe City.)

Playlist for 8/21/11 show

Sunday, August 21st, 2011

Tomorrow night at the Hello Pretty City concert will be beautiful!
Hope you can come, you will truly be among friends and good people. Really.

Music starts at 8pm downstairs at Valentines, complete with cupcakes and music from Olivia Quillio, Viking Moses, Mother McKenzie and Joey Demarco. Still only $5!

(This night of music may even cause you to have the best Tuesday ever!)

The Avett Brothers: Distraction #74
Cults: Never Saw The Point
Girls Names: When You Cry
Fruit Bats: You’re Too Weird
Olivia Quillio: Lukewarm Action
Viking Moses: Jones Boys
Olivia Quillio: Retrospect
Viking Moses: Sole Command Of The Day
Barbara Carr: Don’t Knock Love
The Dead Weather: I Can’t Hear You
The Shins: Girl Inform Me
Brown Bird: Bilgewater
Paul Simon: Rewrite
Kaiser Cartel: Carroll Street Station
Eleanor Friedberger: Early Earthquake
Kids At Risk: Sugar
Olivia Quillio: Playground
Elliott Smith: Everything Reminds Me of Her
Sam Cooke: Summertime, Part 1
Luna: Fly Into the Mystery
Viking Moses: Little Bows
Olivia Quillio: The Bomb
Case Studies: You Folded Up My Blanket Like We Were Already Lovers
Mark Mulcahy: Tempted
Iron & Wine with Calexico: Sixteen, Maybe Less
Devendra Banhart: Little Yellow Spider
Ra Ra Riot: Keep It Quiet
Land of Talk: Troubled
Deer Tick: Dirty Dishes (Playing next Saturday night at Rest Fest…see you there!)
The Middle East: Months
M. Ward: Let’s Dance (His version of this song makes me smile. I dedicate it to my 8th grade French class buddy who recently reminded me of how good it is.)
Nick Drake: Blossom

Thrilling news! Hello Pretty City concert on 8/22!

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

The third ever Hello Pretty City concert is going to be so sweet! Why? Because Olivia Quillio and Viking Moses are playing their amazing songs with their amazing voices and stage presence. Also playing are Joey Demarco and Mother McKenzie. I’ve never seen them live but I’m loving the music that they have on their Bandcamp sites. (Links to everyone are below.)

Monday, 8/22
Downstairs at Valentines
Doors open at 7, music starts at 8 (probably ends around 10:30…plenty of time to get good sleep and still be perky for work in the morning!)
Ages 18+, $5
Co-sponsored by WEXT
Facebook event page here

Olivia Quillio here
Viking Moses here
Joey Demarco here
Mother McKenzie here

Holy no way! Awesome concert! Phantogram!

Sunday, December 5th, 2010

It’s not easy to write this post because in reality I’d really like to run up to you, hug you, and exclaim “Phantogram and The Charlie Watts Riots are playing the Exit Dome 4 concert!” The show is Saturday, January 29, 2011 and it happens in WMHT’s TV studio.

Last year’s Exit Dome has a special place in my heart and now I’m even more excited about this year’s show. Also playing are Local 518 bands Que Caro,  The Rodeo Barons, Nancy Walker, and Slender Shoulders. The doors open at 7pm and the show starts at 7:30pm. Snag your tickets now at (The tickets are listed in the “Thank you gifts” section.)

Restoration Funstival in Albany soon

Sunday, August 8th, 2010

The folks at WEXT are getting pretty psyched to be a big part of the Restoration Funstival that’s happening at the end of August. A two day music festival in Albany! It’s happening from noon to 10pm at St. Joseph’s Church on Saturday, August 28 and Sunday, August 29.

The poster for the event is pretty cool looking and the musical lineup is gigantic. Here are a random few: Matthew Carefully, Aficionado, the Mathematicians, Railbird, RESTYS, The Red Lions, Grainbelt, Scientific Maps, Beware! The Other Head of Science and Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned.

There are lots of great things about this Funstival but this is my favorite:  25% of all proceeds will go to the St. Joseph’s Restoration fund to support their $300,000 matched grant from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation. I hear that the inside of St. Joseph’s is very cool, a good place to let a mind wander during a music set.

Right now, tickets are on sale online for the early bird price of $10.00 per day and $15.00 for the whole weekend at (I love that there’s an early bird feature.)

Poseter for Restoration Funstival

WEXT, All Over Albany, B3nson Recording Company, and Historic Albany Foundation are the sponsors of the Restoration Funstival.

Hello Pretty City concert! Friday, 3/5

Friday, March 5th, 2010

Please say you’ll come! Friday, March 5, 2010 at 8:00pm downstairs at Valentines featuring Brown Bird, The Charlie Watts Riots, The Pony in the Pancake, and The Landlines at Valentines Music Hall located at 17 New Scotland Avenue, Albany, New York 12208. $8

A Hello Pretty City Concert! March 5!

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010
Announcing a Hello Pretty City concert…
please say you’ll come!

Friday, March 5, 2010 at 8:00pm
Downstairs at Valentines featuring
The Charlie Watts Riots
The Pony in the Pancake
The Landlines
…and a TBA band! Brown Bird!

Valentines Music Hall
17 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, New York 12208