WCDB’s 36th Birthday at Low Beat and Pauly’s

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When most people turn 36 years old they’re home watching the kids. But the occasion of WCDB’s anniversary always promises to put on a raucous show in Albany even as the years pass by. Last night brought together not only current radio station students and alumni, but also two local establishments fighting to be known as Albany’s next hip neighborhood — The Low Beat, Howard Glassman’s new joint since Valentine’s closed, and old mainstay Pauly’s Hotel next door. The sold out show featured locals Secret Release and Slowshine, and touring acts Tweens, Pleasure Leftists, Cosmonauts, and Cloud Nothings. Cincinnati trash poppers Tweens had the most people dancing during their feel-good set at Pauley’s. (Listen to their debut album streaming now on Pitchfork) Unless you count the shoulder-to-shoulder flailing around during Cloud Nothings loud and unruly Low Beat set as dancing. They continue their tour with punk outfit Pleasure Leftists in Canada this week. WCDB lives another year, but does college radio ever really need to grow up?

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Fuzz Records to become craft brew shop

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Fuzz Records, located at 209 Lark Street, will become a specialty beverage shop this spring. Owner Josh Cotrona is teaming up with August Rosa to bring craft beer, specialty coffee and tea, as well as sodas and other beverage merchandise to the shop location — which will be called Brew. We interviewed the duo to find out more about the new venture:
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Upstairs Valentine’s: then and now

Two photos show the difference between Valentine’s upstairs. From B3nson Family Funsgiving in November, to a closed and dismantled Valentine’s today. Scroll left and right and let the tears flow.

Watch the first bricks fall at Valentine’s

Why wait? Local artist Samson Contompasis came in like a wrecking ball to claim his own piece of Valentine’s. With his own damn hands! Samson can send a bill for his services to: Albany Medical Center, 43 New Scotland Ave, Albany, NY 12208.

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No Pepper is officially no more

With the last note coming from the No Pepper stage at Valentine’s on Saturday night…

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…the beloved Albany stage was no more by Sunday afternoon — at least the 17 New Scotland Avenue incarnation. After a long and tiring career, it is destined for some much needed retirement on a man-cave wall. There’s a new stage in town.

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More photos from the final show, featuring local favorites Sgt. Dunbar and the Hobo Banned and The Parlor following by an epic 80′s night DJ’ed by Hans. Drink specials all night brought to you by Albany Med. — See Full Post »