Category Archives: Local music

Cool Video: Ashton Holmes performs with his old band Method of Groove at Valentine’s for a reunion show…

Movie star, Ashton Holmes, returned to Albany over Christmas weekend to reunite with his old band he used to play with back in 1999, a band called Method of Groove. That year in ’99, they release a CD titled, “448 Pearl” which I bought off Ashton himself years back and still have the CD. Method of Groove used to be one of my favorite local bands back then. In  this video, here they are playing acoustically. It’s obvious Albany still remembers them ’cause it sounds like they had quite a crowd there that night and the audience was singing along with them a little bit with this song.

It would be  cool if Ashton would come back to music full time in Albany, but I doubt it. This was probably a one off thing since I’m sure Ashton came back to Albany to visit friends and family for the Holidays. Ashton Holmes is an actor for movies and Broadway. So I’m sure he’s concentrating on that more.

Good to see him doing Method of Groove again for old time’s sake though. It be kind of cool if they go back in the studio and put out a new record for Albany, but who knows, maybe it’ll actually happen. Method of Groove was one of the great local bands back in those days and still listen to their CD.


Kapitol Magazine, new local website…

A new website’s been advertising itself in craigslist today and it caught my attention, it is called, “Kapitol Magazine”. I gave it a look and been finding myself entertained reading it. It’s a funny site made for comedy material and for all in good fun really.

It’s a site about local music to be reviewed with brutal honesty. Kind of like what I do here.

No, “Kapitol Magazine”, isn’t being runned by me, I don’t own the site. Who ever owns it, did a good job.

I know that honest critique in local music creates a lot of controversy, and local people hate it, but, I never understood it. Music gets boring with it being positive and happy all of the time. Music is here for honesty. That’s what music is here for. To put it out there and get honest feedback from people, good or bad.

I’m all for the site, and I love it. There’s even an article on “The Legend” in there, that I totally agree with. I also agree with what they say about Ten Year Vamp as well.

Enjoy it here:


Thought: Blog post of the day by Iaz…

I just wanted to respond to this post a little bit, by Tobiaz, an upstate NY songwriter:

“I can’t begin to tell you how hard I’ve been working on recording this new album “East Side Gallery” and the levels that the plays are getting for the preview tracks to this album don’t exactly thrill me. This year I have rode the bicycle to the studio. Not even reaching 50,000 plays that’s crazy for the amount of effort and dedication that I happen to be involved in recording the new album. It has been a long road to get to this point. I hope people are not telling me to rush the release of this album because it won’t happen. I’m in a decent studio and I can’t begin to express how I want this album to be an immense success it will deserve it because I’m not even close to having the album done. It is all cool to now be certified with 29,000 friends but the other levels count as well.”

Reality check time – That’s good that he’s working extremely hard on his new album (or demo CD, in fact…). Dude, all bands work on their albums extremely hard. That doesn’t mean the album will be an immediate success ’cause you’ve worked hard on it. I mean, this guy has got 29,000 friends in his myspace and very low plays in his song tracks.

He’s in his blog calling them all fans and supporters when I’m noticing that most of it’s just bands advertising their own music. This is a perfect example of musicians trying to make themselves look popular online.

Iaz is a good dude and all, but honestly, he says a lot of things that are really whacky. He’s in there complaining about how this area doesn’t ask him to play gigs, when I’ve told him plenty of times that this area’s venues don’t go around asking musicians to play. Bands and musicians have to get the gigs themselves, that’s the way it works. Gigs don’t fall in your lap, dude. Gotta go out and get ’em yourself if you want to be a successful, “artist”. Send your demos out to the venues and they’ll get back to ya, that’s how this game goes.

His music is alright and he’s an ok performer but sometimes I think he’s living in dreamland. Myspace is not a good tool to promote your music which is why I refuse to go back there. If he thinks myspace is going to make him big, then there is something wrong.


Thought: Unsigned bands/musicians obsessing with fame and popularity…

It still amazes me that so many unsigned bands out there obsess with wanting “fame” and try to become very popular in their local area. Why obsess with it too much? Are you that desperate for recognition? Keep dreaming.

Yes, I am a musician, songwriter and guitar player, but I don’t obsess with any of it. I’m just a simple guy that wants to play music.

I’m not naming names but there are plenty of bands and solo songwriters out there, that try to chase “popularity” and “superstardom” in their areas.

There are bands and musicians out there that call themselves, “music artists”, “profesional musicians” and “established bands”. There are even plenty of bands that call themselves, a “top act with high energy”. LOL! Quit living in your own delusional worlds.

I don’t call myself any of those things. Just a normal guy that just want to play guitar and write songs.

I’m not that desperate for recognition or popularity. I just play for the love and passion for it. People around here are crazy when it comes to music. A lot of them like to make themselves look popular online when the reality is, their music goes no where.

Many of these bands claim they are not doing it for fame, but I know that is a flat out lie when they seem to be obsessed with popularity. Getting signed is what a lot of bands want around here.

I think a lot of bands are better off staying unsigned ’cause the way the music industry has total control of your music and your image, you’ll realize that fame is a huge mistake.


Thought: Not everyone is going to be your friend in music…

In the past, I used to think that music was going to be friendly, almost all the time and thinking I was going to make friends with everybody. I am noticing that some musicians out there today even think that still. Many musicians are in it to become part of the community and to make friends with other musicians. If that’s what you’re doing music for, then I think you’re doing music for all the wrong reasons.

Yes, you’re going to meet some musicians that have huge ego problems. Yes, you’re going to run into some musicians with huge temper tantrums, you know, musicians that are real dicks and almost negative, all the time. Yes, you’re going to run into musicians, club owners/promoters that will stab you in the back and deal with a lot of drama bullshit. Yes, you’re going to get people that will hate you and think your musical talent is crap. Blah blah blah, you get the deal.

I’ve dealt with these things over the years in music. Hey, all musicians go through it , they all go through ups and downs, all the time.

I learned that if you want to keep doing what you’re doing, making music and playing live, is to ignore all the bullshit completely. You only care about “you”, and your “music”. Not caring what anybody else thinks. This is the best way to go, if you want to keep going in music.

Don’t be into music to make friends with people in the scene. That’s not what music is all about in my opinion, when a lot of people think it is. I know it sounds harsh and you may think I’m crazy, but you need to think about this. The no. 1 rule is only care about the music that you do, if you want to keep going. Nothing else.

If bullshit gets in your way, let it slide right by immediately and keep going with your music. You don’t have to give up what you do  just because all kinds of negativity gets in the way with it.

You have to be strong and have guts.

Making “friends” with other musicians in the music scene is not the right way to go, in my opinion. To be honest, these musicians don’t even care about you, anyway. They only care about their own playing and the music they do in their band. I clearly think musicians are “using” musicians just to promote their own music by networking with the music community.

Don’t trust anybody and don’t listen to anybody, only believe in yourself. Don’t let the negativity stop doing what you love doing. I’m learning.


Thought: Bands/artists that make MTV/VH1 profesional styled videos is silly I think…

I know unsigned and local bands are starting to make very expensive profesionally made MTV/Vh1 styled music videos these days, but why? I know it’s the musicians way of getting their popular song out there but I don’t really see the point in making these videos. Making your music video that seems like a movie and trying to lip synch your own recording, just sounds kind of weird. It almost feels like a Broadway musical where people just walk around and they start singing all of a sudden.

I was never really that big of a fan of music videos with the exception of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”, Twisted Sister’s “We’re Not Gonna Take It” and Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit/Heart Shaped Box”, Pearl Jam “Alive/Jeremy”, are a few of my favorite music videos ever made. Most music videos are pretty bad and silly.

Why pay all that money to make a video when all you really need is to buy a cheap cam corder at the electronics store and record yourself playing live at home?

There is a reason that bands such as Pearl Jam and maybe a few others don’t do too many music videos.

I don’t think you’ll ever see me make these kind of music videos, ever. Simply because I don’t believe in hit songs and trying to dream of fame with these profesionally made videos.

I just think it’s better recording yourself live on video instead of acting over a recording that you just did.

Making videos is very pricey and so expensive. I think bands are better off spending money on more important things like gear, food/hotels for your tours, etc.

Unsigned bands/artists don’t really need to make these kind of videos, in my opinion.


RANT: Talent bashing and musicians defending themselves about it, still hasn’t stopped? What is the deal here?

If you want further evidence on how the local music scene in Albany is so bad, and how the egos and bad attitudes of local music still hasn’t changed to this day, well here it is. My question is, why do local musicians get so hung up on defending theirselves when people bash their talent? When local music fans say a local musician sucks and have no talent, the musician will reply to every negative critique to try and prove themselves they don’t suck.

They try to prove that they are profesionals by explaining everything about their playing in detail, they explain how long they have been playing and how many opportunities they had over the years. Really…what is that trying to prove? NOTHING!!!

I’ve written something in my facebook page that if you’re going to be part of the local music scene, you have to be confident enough to put up with negative feedback. If you put yourself out there in the public, it will give people the right to give feedback, negative or positive. That’s the way music is, not everybody is going to think you’re talented, all the time.

People would take the blame on all of this from the old crumbs “Rant and Rave” board from the past, which I find it kind of silly. It isn’t the way websites are. It is how people are and how people has never changed. People would act like this everywhere. It is what happens when musicians have huge ego problems.

I’m not naming names, but this whole “talent bashing” and defending themselves from the critics is a turn off for me.

Who cares if other people think you suck. Have a thick skin and deal with it, I can. So can you. Being able to put up with all feedback, negative or positive is part of being a profesional. Responding to every negative critic, is doing you no good.

If you want to prove that you’re a profesional and prove that you are talented, stop replying to the critics and concentrate on your music. It’s the only way to turn negative feedback into positive by proving people wrong.

If you get so many attacks by local music fans in your area, they don’t do it because they are jealous, they do it because they are honest, and most of what they say is pretty much right.

I get people slamming my music all the time. Sorry to say, but I kind of agree with what people say about my music. I’m not the best musician in the world, I just do it for fun and enjoyment. It’s a waste of time to reply to every negative critic. You’re not going to win over local music fans that way. The only way to get the area to respect you is to concentrate on your music and get better with your profesionalism, and maybe people’s opinions will change.

On top of that, every single band and solo musician out there, get their share of hate. They don’t reply to them, ’cause they have better things to do like their music. The end.