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Albany Sonic Arts Collective — UAG Benefit

uag benefit

The Albany Sonic Arts Collective is holding their second annual benefit show for the Upstate Artist Guild. The show is going to run all day Saturday (today), starting at 4 and going until late. It features a long list of performers:

Fossils From The Sun

Matt Weston

Grab-Ass Cowboys


Sun Burdens

Blacklight Lighthouse

Tiki Bats



World Lines

Crank Sturgeon

Crank Sturgeon is headlining the show. When he played a few months ago at the UAG it was a brilliant mix of noise, ipod karaoke, cosmetology, caricature drawing, and all around madness. It was really something to see, and I highly recommend catching him. You can see a clip of that last show below.

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Brothers Quay

brothers quay

The Brothers Quay make some of the best, most spellbinding animations.  They create darkly atmospheric animations rife with magic and decay that grow out of their intricate hand made sets and puppets.

I first became aware of them through their videos for one of the classic 4AD bands, His Name is Alive. The brothers did two videos for the songs “Are We Still Married” (below) and “Can’t Go Wrong Without You”. The videos and the songs form a perfect compliment each accentuating the other’s dark beauty.

EMPAC is screening a number of the Brothers Quay’s short films tomorrow as part of EMPAC’s series Shadow Play, which highlights films “that tread nimbly between reality and illusion”.

You can win tickets the the screening of these short films by listening to Nicole tonight 6pm-8pm.

Public speaking + 1983 + Tiki bats


The Albany Sonic Arts Collective is bringing Jason Anthony Harris, known as Public Speaking, to the Upstate Artist Guild Wednesday April 3rd.

Harris makes songs out of little pieces of sound that he coaxes into beats which then mingle together with horns, guitars, and other orchestration. It is his voice that glues all of these pieces together transforming these sounds into something closing in on the sublime. Check out “Funny You Ask” (below) it’s really great.

1983 is an alias of Jason Cosco, who has played live on WCDB before as part of Grab Ass Cowboys. Cosco makes harsh dark pieces—the audio equivalent of course sandpaper—in the best possible way that is.

Tiki bats bring the heat with their danceable chaos. They meld punk, industrial, noise, and what ever else together to get something, that on somedays, you might be able to dance to.

It should be an awesome show. You can get more info at the Albany Sonic Arts Collective website

Facebook event.