It’s been a hot minute and a half since we’ve filled you in on what keeps a fire burning in our cold hearts here at The Alt. Without further ado, feast your eyes:
Katie Cusack @katiecusackk
What do you get when you throw together Mom Jeans., Pictures of Vernon and Prince Daddy & The Hyena? A brilliant 6-track split worth listening to until you pass out. The energy behind this collection–which just dropped today–is infectious. PDaddy thrashes, Mom Jeans croons and Pictures of Vernon keeps the tempo at a sprint. There’s a reason that this release has exploded since it was dropped mere hours ago and it’s much more that notoriety of the three bands that seems to be bubbling over. Yeah, as fans we’re all stoked but these songs are pretty killer. Mom Jeans.’ rhythm in “YIKES (daddy wants wings)” is on point and the interplay of vocals on Prince Daddy’s “Thrashville 2/3” with Zoe Reynolds of Kississippi belongs on a pedestal above us all.
Luke Stoddard Nathan @lukestdnathan
I have followed it on Instagram for weeks, and now it is here. This weekend, an artist studio and event space is opening in Troy, in the Hillside neighborhood just north of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Welcome to the neighborhood!
David Howard King @davidhowardking
I’ve spent the good part of this year suppressing my excitement for Blade Runner 2049 and its taken a lot of focus. I’m a Philip K. Dick obsessive, a consumer of sci-fi en masse and someone who has watched every version of Ridley Scott’s original masterpiece ad nauseum. I’m jonesing for Blade Runner 2049 but I’ll be honest–I don’t want to get hurt. Hollywood has failed me so many times in the past 5 years that I don’t think I can stand another botched rework of something that has meant so much to me for so long. The casting looks like it should be good. Director Denis Villeneuve is known for delivering stunning visuals but he has directed a number of questionable scripts. I deeply resented him after sitting through Prisoners. For me, no matter how gorgeous “Blade Runner 2049” is, it all comes down to the script. I don’t expect something as stunning as the “Tears in the Rain” monologue delivered by Rutger Hauer. But I do need meaning. This movie has to have substance. I’ll find out Saturday. Hopefully I’ll be able to get out of my head for the two hours necessary to actually process the film!