K-Chuck Radio: When someone sings Tom Waits’ tracks …

Tom Waits is a songwriting genius.  His tracks have been covered by artists from nearly every musical genre, and his music has become the fabric of pain and heartache and solace for decades. What’s amazing about his songs is that every one of them sounds perfect for the artist who covered them.  They sound like…

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The RCA Victor Record Brushes of New Scotland Avenue

I spent yesterday cleaning up and tossing out things.  And in my “cleaning up and tossing out” endeavors, I came across some local Albany artifacts. Wanna see? These are record brushes.  They were used by electronics stores and audio stores to sweep dust and dirt from phonograph records.  They were branded for various companies, and…

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The Return of WPTR (for reals this time!!)

Did my eyes deceive me? If my eyes were deceiving me, my camera wasn’t. This was what I saw yesterday at the Rotterdam mall – a full-flung studio with big “WPTR” letters over the entrance. Holy crap.  It’s back. And it’s back at – wait, at 1240 AM?  The old 3WD frequency?  And an additional…

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What’s Up in the Neighborhood, November 9 2019

Good morning, my wonderful blog readers.  Hope you’re doing well today, I’ve got a big day planned myself so let’s get right to the recap.  As always, these are the recent posts and photos and actions by the blogs on my personal blogroll – each Saturday I step away from my comments and share theirs…

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So I’m buying Disney+ … God help me …

I do this more than I should.  I hold out on getting involved with any new streaming video service, unless there’s something it has that I won’t find anywhere else.  Case in point – I signed up for the HBO NOW streaming service because I didn’t want to have to pay for additional bundles from…

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The results of Work of Art 2019

So after four ribbons, three of them blue – it’s time to see if my macro photograph After the Rain can hold its own in a full gallery show. And last night … it had its chance, as one of 35 artworks in the 2019 Work of Art gallery fundraiser for the Albany Institute of…

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Night of the Simian as a fundraising limited edition print #BecauseHamilton

I graduated from Hamilton College in 1985.  I will participate in my 35th reunion this upcoming June. But before that … I want to make my fellow Class of 1985’ers a special offer and challenge. Let me explain. On Friday, November 15, there will be a major college fundraising initiative, which the college is branding…

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Beany and Cecil – the popular cartoon that was lost in time

I will forgive you if you’ve never heard of Beany and Cecil.  I totally understand.  Who today would remember a boy and his talking sea serpent? Even though, at one point in time, it was one of the most popular TV shows in the early medium. So first, let’s go back to 1949.  Animator Bob…

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So I donated to Goose Hill Good Finds …

I know why I bought the sewing machine.  I don’t know why I haven’t used the sewing machine in a while. But I know that if I don’t use this sewing machine, someone else should. A few months ago, I purchased a second-hand sewing machine with the idea of getting into quilting.  What I discovered…

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The Results of BUILT 2019

On Friday afternoon, I schlepped my three BUILT artworks to the Empire State Plaza museum for the 2019 Historic Albany Foundation BUILT: Albany Architecture Through Artists’ Eyes art show.  I’m hoping that all three pieces find new homes. One wired-up piece (featuring the sign from Hoffman’s Playland), one piece from my latched hook art series…

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