Beatshot Music Festival will return to the Red Square in Albany, NY for not one but two days (July 2nd & 3rd) this year. The event will feature poets, food vendors, emcees, visual artists, video projection, clothes vendors, bands, dancers, b-boys and homeboys.

On Friday July 2nd world wide triple threat J-Live (www.j-livemusic.com) will be hosting with DJ’s Nate Da Great and Trumastr.

On Saturday July 3rd Homeboy Sandman (www.homeboysandman.com) takes over hosting duties with J-Live behind the ones and twos.

Also performing:

3rd Party
Absolute
Algorhythm
Animal Cracker
Anneice Cousin
Armah
Atypical
Awar
Bless
Broadcast Live
Chinatown Lights
The Chronicles
D-Ave
Deep Children
Designs By Jessyka
DJ Ofi
DJ Playground
DJ Tone
DJ Trumastr
Dwell OneUnit
Dez And Nobs
Doom Fist
Existing Artist
Funkn A
Genesis
Ghoul Poon
Guttman
Homeboy Sandman
Homeless
Iam Self
Irie Photography
Jae Lux
Jason Cosco
J-Live
John Robinson
Killa Kev
The Logical
LR
M.D.-E
Midas
Mirk and the New Familiars
Mr. More
Mr. Pigs
Muscle City
Nickey Black
Nomad
Oddy Gato
Origin
Pandha Piranha
Pete Pluto
Readnex Poetry Squad
Rick Whispers
Sev Statik
Shyste
Skillz
Sleepwalkas
Some Girls Boutique
Taina Asili y La Banda Rebelde
TreeShurts
Truth InRhyme
Venom
Vinylcologists
White Lotus
Wine And Diner
Willingdone Museyroom
Xkwisit

And more!!

This weekend will be filled with a little something for everyone and the value, $5 per day, is unbeatable. Hope to see you there!!!

Picture The Music 2010!

http://www.beatshotmusic.com

*Note* anyone under 21 (over 18) will be charged an additional $5 which goes directly to the venue.

Two disc Halloween compilation released by Sub-Bombin artist Ghoul Poon. Consisting solely of musicians from the capitol region of New York!

FREE DOWNLOAD

GHOUL POON PRESENTS – DO THE FRIGHT THING – VOLUME TWO

1. WDIE FM (Intro) – Lofi Lobo
2. Theory of Witches – Machete
3. Sparkle Mag – Todd is New Each Moment
4. Voodoo – Oddy Gato
5. WDIE FM (Interlude) – Lofi Lobo
6. Heartless Vampire – Ghoul Poon
7. Apart at the Seams – Nursing Home Discoveries
8. Beautiful Funeral – Eraserheadz
9. WDIE FM (Interlude) – Lofi Lobo
10. Cut (Up Some Sheets) – Grady Stiles
11. Off With His Head – Barons in the Attic
12. American Lobotomy – Charlie Don’t Surf
13. I Go Out at Night – Black Andy
14. WDIE FM (Interlude) – Lofi Lobo
15. Head Crack – Pete Pluto and GM
16. Lights Off – The Boston Celtics
17. Touch the Sky – Tobiaz
18. Return of the Ghost – Asa Morris
19. WDIE FM (Interlude) – Lofi Lobo
20. Candybars and Razorblades – Oz Alone
21. Sarcoughagus – Skeletons in the Piano
22. Power Slut – Grab Ass Cowboys
23. Barnabas Collins – Motel
24. WDIE FM (Outro) – Lofi Lobo

GHOUL POON PRESENTS – DO THE FRIGHT THING – VOLUME ONE

1. Oh! It’s Halloween – Desperately Obvious
2. Zombie Apocalypse – Daytime Soiree
3. Halloween 1985 – Scientific Maps
4. The Monster – Asa Morris
5. Superstition – Pete Pluto, Mr. Mcfeely & El Sciz
6. Ghost – Suzy Wong and the Honkeys
7. Satanic Lunch – Ghoul Poon
8. For Buffy the Vampire Slayer – Matthew Loiacono
9. Buried Alive – Mr. Mcfeely
10. Ghost Food – Firefighter Font
11. The Butcher – Sai u Drom
12. The Monster Song – Beware! the Other Head of Science
13. Around the Bend – Tobiaz
14. This Halloween – Contact Kiss
15. Witch’s Brew – Harry Pyle
16. Ghosts from Outerspace – Pinkriverdolphin
17. Mask Slips – GM
18. Halloween Show – Christopher Brown
19. Bad New for Barbara – Worlds of Shit
20. The Man Who Comes to Take You Home – Daniel Levine
21. Them – Jason Cosco

I’ll be at the Sunday show joining Pete Pluto in some new Backward Blessing material!!

Times Union shows us love!!

January 24, 2009

http://www.timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=762606

Charlie Everywhere is rising as Sub-Bombin Records first big success

By DANIELLE FURARO, Staff writer
First published in print: Sunday, January 25, 2009

Sub-Bombin Records operates on principles of community, friendship and love of making music. The label is a loosely organized group of similarly minded musicians who work together to share resources, connections and ideas to nurture its artists and promote the local scene. Call it a musicians’ incubator.

Now, one of Sub-Bombin’s bands is leaving the nest. Saratoga Springs-based Charlie Everywhere is spreading its wings and taking its ambition to the big time, negotiat

ing with labels that have global reach. They hope to release their already-recorded debut album and tour internationally by summer.

And the members of Sub-Bombin, like any mama bird would be, are gleaming with pride.

Charlie Everywhere makes dreamlike, danceable soundscapes of lush, synthetic texture and melancholy lyrics. It’s catchy and easily accessible, so it’s little wonder the band was able to quickly make its way onto the radar of major labels.

“We wanted to incorporate all our own influences and created our own sound that’s a combination of Serge Gainsbourg, sampling and Detroit hip-hop,” said Sarah Barthel, 25, who sings and plays keyboards. “Or how I explain it to the customers who come into the restaurant where I work is that we sound like a combination of Kanye West and Radiohead.”

The band might not be an overnight sensation, but they are about as close as it gets. While most bands toil for years in the studio and on the road, the duo of Barthel and Josh Carter got on the radar of a couple of labels barely a year after they formed. While some bands have played thousands of shows to indifferent crowds, Charlie Everywhere have played about two dozen times since forming in summer 2007. In the meantime, they’ve pushed their songs on the Internet, through both Sub-Bombin’s Web site and on MySpace.

“It boggles my mind every time I think about it,” said Barthel. “Josh and I had a goal and are very determined people. I can’t tell if we are lucky or if we met the right people, but I do feel that our sound is unique and we stick out from the crowd a little more than the average indie rock band.”

Charlie Everywhere is opening for indie-label stars Ra Ra Riot on a couple of dates this winter and dreams of one day supporting bigger bands such as Animal Collective or TV on the Radio.

Barthel and Carter said they prefer not to reveal which labels they’ve been in negotiations with until the dotted line is signed. Barthel said Charlie Everywhere is grateful for all Sub-Bombin has done.

Since 2004, Sub-Bombin has had a handful of identities. Collin Badger, whose DJ name is Midas, and Mike Okon (Rawhead) first had a radio show called Sub-Bombin on Skidmore College’s 91.1 WSPN. After about a year, they decided to form a collective of musicians. The goal was to share booking connections and practice and recording space, and to promote their artists through the shared marketing of a Web site. Eventually, they started releasing records, too.

“We all bring small pieces to the whole,” said Badger. “I’m a graphic artist and a DJ and a producer. Mike has mixing and engineering capabilities. We all offer each other help as a group rather than everyone having to tackle it on their own.”

Badger figured that by creating a critical mass of artists ranging from rock to experimental to hip-hop, they could bolster an anemic Glens Falls/Saratoga music scene.

“We are trying to change the mentality of the people in our cities and get them to think more locally and appreciate what they’ve got around them,” said Badger. “We’ve got so many great bands around here.”

Sub-Bombin has a roster of 13 artists and about a dozen others that are currently inactive. Badger is the executive producer of all releases, two of which have been physically packaged and about 10 that are available on the Web site via free download. The label has also released a couple of compilations.

Their roster includes local acts such as A Fetish For Ethics, Panda Piranha and Ghoul Poon.

While the musical styles might differ, one characteristic remains constant with the artists.

“We do not promote violence or negative lifestyles,” said Okon. “Positive mental attitude is essential.”

Badger knows that once an artist wants to go beyond the local scene, it will have to move on from Sub-Bombin. And he’s OK with that.

“It’s great that Sub-Bombin was able to be a springboard and help them get to the next level,” said Badger. “And hopefully it will help attract more attention back to the label.”

While they are working on negotiations, Charlie Everywhere plans to self-release an EP.

“We want to build up buzz first so that when we release our LP, we will get more sales and more press,” said Barthel.

Bands must consider a number of factors when choosing a label to sign with, said Paul Rapp, local music media expert and Charlie Everywhere’s attorney. They have to figure out if they have the skills to handle the business end themselves or if they want the label to do it for them. In choosing between a major label and an indie label, they have to weigh the benefits of powerhouse promotional resources versus a nurturing relationship that will allow a band to grow over several years.

“Major labels have not nurtured bands the way they used to,” said Rapp. “Now, you get one shot and if you don’t sell records, you are dropped and forever known as the band who didn’t make it.”

Danielle Furfaro can be reached at 454-5097 or by e-mail at dfurfaro@timesunion.com.

On the Web

Catch Sub-Bombin and Charlie Everywhere at these Web sites:

http://www.sub-bombin.com/

http://www.myspace.com/subbombin

http://www.myspace.com/charlieeverywhere2

http://charlieeverywhere.com