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10686731_1540080089556958_9176149534064937422_nSATURDAY OCTOBER 25th 2014
Advance Tickets Available: $25 single $40 couple
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NoreJay Events with
Uforia Entertainment, Shocker Tattoo & ProArt Services are proud to present:
Albany’s ONLY Exclusive Halloween Celebration!!
The 6th Annual Festival of the Dead
“The Danse Macabre”
Saturday, October 25th 2014 at The Washington Avenue Armory 195 Washington Ave, Albany, NY.
Doors at 7:30pm
21+ with costume

This is the Mother of all Halloween parties…the shear scope of what this party encompasses will amaze you! It involves the entire Washington Ave Armory, which includes the main floor arena, ALL four ballrooms AND the Basement! Each room with different themes and music genres to suit everyone’s music and entertainment needs. Rated the #1 Halloween Event in the Capital District 6 years in a row!

Come join us for a night of frightful fun in one of Albany’s majestic gothic castles ornamented by the artwork of the Master of the Macabre the talented Jeff Brower!

Featuring performances by:
Funk Evolution
British Steel : NY Judas Priest Tribute
The Erotics
The Henchmen
The Last Conspirators
Poor Dead Molly
Second Heat
Shotgun Wedding
UCL

Upstairs Green Room:

*DJ Debonair from Uforia Entertainment
Kendrick Dj-Debonair Ricci
www.uforiaentertainment.com
*Laveau – Percussion, keyboard and vocals performing live with DJ Debonair – https://soundcloud.com/Laveau

*DJ Eric Lærlooper Garner
http://www.laerloopermusic.com/
With special guest DJ RIPLEY VON TRAMP

Exhuman

Additional performances by Succulesque Burlesque Dance Troupe and much, much more…

Rhema PhotoEvents
Mark Kelly Photography

Each year a portion of the proceeds from Festival of the Dead go toward helping ease the financial burdens which fall suddenly upon the families of trauma unit patients at Albany Medical Center.

Although we do not officially engage in sponsorship, NOREJAY EVENTS feels very passionately toward making tremendous efforts in support of this cause.

Norejay Events encourages fans, friends and family to support The Trauma Family Fund and gives thanks to all who have shown support through event attendance.

You can support the Trauma Family Fund directly by following the link below.

http://www.amc.edu/foundation/make_a_gift/make_a_gift.cfm

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So Facebook came out of the blue with this real-name “crackdown”. I, myself, use my DJ name “Laerlooper” within my Facebook identity so that people searching under that name can easily find my profile. Lots of people have their own reason. “Reason” being the key word here. Facebook isn’t being reasonable with their users and Myspace has once proven that online success is quite fleeting sometimes.

I always knew I should probably spend less time online. By all accounts I’m an ‘addict’ lol…but I always knew that my way of life would change when the need became apparent. It seems like this might be the right time. I could use more time at the gym anyway. ;) More and more I will be checking into my Google Plus account so consider creating a profile over there if you haven’t already, and please start using it. Here’s mine: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+EricGarnerLaerlooper/posts/p/pub

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Please set up your Google+ profile if you have Gmail. Google+ is Google’s social media app that’s much like Facebook, except they don’t hate drag queens and musicians. Please check out my Google+ profile and add me to your circles. I will be weaning myself off of Facebook with all my heart now.

https://plus.google.com/u/0/+EricGarnerLaerlooper/posts/p/pub

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As the long Labor Day weekend approaches I’m thinking about my labor of choice; my music. Some people know that every note of my music is protest music. It’s the child of rage; pure, spiteful, self-righteous rage. I was pissed at Corporate America, and I needed to prove to myself that I had it within me to stand up and do something about their disgusting power over us all.

In recent years I tried to turn my self-acquired skill set into something more like a career and in doing so, I found a sense of power over my own destiny that I never found through corporate employment. You can only listen to one song at a time, and if this roomful of people was listening to my original music, then they couldn’t be listening to Beyonce, or Justin Bieber, or Metallica, or whoever the next corporate music robot of the week might be. If I needed proof that my goal of competing with, not supporting, the corporate music model was a success then a room full of people dancing to my music was all I needed. And this lead to opportunities.

Opportunities involve others. Creating music in a bubble for my own listening pleasure doesn’t go very far. I needed other people in the equation to make it balance out. And therein I uncovered a very fine line with regard to intentions, and motivation, and direction. Did I want collaboration to boost my name and my game to the next level? Does an element of notoriety, even if only on a regional scale, mean I beat corporate music? Or am I spreading myself too thin to feel the rage that got me going in the first place?

Don’t look for any anger within my songs themselves; my knockout blow is your enjoyment of my tracks. It’s like the angry gardener growing their own delicious food to protest corporate GMOs. But that is, and has always been, only the first step in my plan. I knew that I alone couldn’t pose a serious threat to the established music industry. I would need to inspire more people to do the same thing. But more importantly, if those people found success of their own, I would hope that they would stick to their indie roots and not sell out…which brings me to this question I have to ask myself for Labor Day: how do I get back to my own musical starting point?

There is not a tidy ending to this blog post. I leave you, dear reader, with that last question. I’m getting pissed off once again – VERY pissed – at the shit that today’s Corporate America is pulling over on the American people. I hate hate HATE Beyonce, Justin Bieber, and Metallica. I also hate Burger King, Chick-fil-A, and every other company that foists their commercials in my face to try and extract my money which will then fuel their sociopathic intentions. I need to sit down in that old cerebral space and write some beautiful angry music. This is a process, not a goal.

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The Lark Street BID is BACK, along with LarkFest!!

We’re very happy to announce that the Lark Street Business Improvement District is back up and running!…CONTINUE READING HERE….

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It’s been years in the making and I think I put it off as long as I could. This morning my iTunes library crashed. Upon trying to reset everything I learned that a whole lot of the music files I’ve accumulated over the years are AWOL. How could this be? Well…for starters it’s easy to lose stuff when it’s spread over multiple devices. My guess (and hope) is that I still have all of my digital music in my possession, but it will probably be a big endeavor collecting it all into one place.

Back around 2003 or 2004 when I first downloaded iTunes it was a major shift in how I listened to my music. Could I adapt to using my computer instead of my CDs? More importantly, knowing how fragile digital data is, how can I guarantee that one disaster doesn’t wipe out everything? The answer, I discovered, was multiple backups. A no-brainer, right? Well…in the years in between then and now I haven’t been as organized as I intended to be regarding these multiple backups and I also have a collection of computers that each have a different collection of music files saved on them. A few years ago I realized I should probably do some serious maintenance, but I put it off figuring I’d know when it became enough of an issue that it warrants undertaking this big project. Well I think that time is here. Half of my iTunes library is missing and I only know this because of my iTunes library randomly becoming corrupted this morning. That happens from time to time and it’s usually easy enough to correct. But this time I was dismayed to see all the songs listed within iTunes with a little mark next to them indicating a missing data file. So okay…I guess I know what I’ll be doing all day today while it rains. Wish me luck!

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…”Nearly 3 inches of rain pounded Albany in less than an hour. Portions of one of the oldest cities on the East Coast that had never seen flooding before were still drying off Wednesday.”…

Let it not be forgotten that Albany is also the seat of power in New York State (sorry NYC, we still own it and we always will) and I can’t help but wonder if this is Mother Nature’s way of trying to tell us something. Albany is uniquely positioned to lead the world in new ways of distributing energy to it’s people. Clearly we’re doing it wrong. And the invisible forces that we may simply never understand, but which directly affect us (or threaten us as the case may be), are clearly pissed whether or not you call them Mother Nature, or God, or karma, or whatever. I am not painting this with a sheen of politicism or environmentalism and I’m certainly not advocating restrictions on energy use by the state – this state sucks in its restrictiveness already – I’m saying it’s time to rebuild our relationship with energy as an entity unto itself. There is a better way and if it’s to be found, I think it needs to be found here in Albany. I see this mysterious storm as a sign of that. It simply hit too close to home.

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It looks old and low-tech, but that’s only because it’s future-proof. What you are looking at is my integrated entertainment/computer/internet/communications hub. This is what Apple and the like are still striving to market to the masses. Oh how I love being a nerd!! I play everything from cassette tapes to vinyl to iTunes to Netflix, and it all *just works*… no complicated remotes to screw around with. I put a record on, and it plays. I put a tape in, and it plays. I put a DVD in, and it plays…I can websurf and enjoy tunes at the same time…you get the idea. Everything an AppleTV can do, this already does. All of these components are wired together and networked. I can even produce my own music here! (And I do!) And when my Skype phone rings, everything turns down automatically so my call isn’t disturbed with background noise. Best of all, I’ve used this setup for years and years…and it saved me a fortune! All I need is reliable internet and electricity.

My iPhone adventure ended with me returning the device in disappointment. It was costing me money every month and it did little more than this can do. Granted I could carry it around in my pocket, but I carry my laptop with me everywhere anyway, and I have my own wireless hotspot. I can call you from anywhere that I can get a mobile signal – iPhone schmiPhone…

Every so often I look at my old computers and think it’s time to upgrade, but every time I’ve done this I have to re-integrate my whole living room. A bigger screen would be nice (and yes it is a TV so I am still able to watch the local news!) but that is only aesthetic. This is what kept me wired and productive during my recent years of spotty employment until I got back into permanent employment…and it was cheap!!

Now that I am able to upgrade, I have to think very carefully about whether I even want to. I’m afraid it won’t work as well as this.

 

 

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I’m in a bit of a creative funk lately and I think it’s time for a change of focus. Sometimes instead of looking forward toward future goals it’s better to look backward at your goals from the past. In doing this you can check off those goals which you have already accomplished. Indeed, those goals were formulated with certain ends in mind, not to be considered finish-lines in their own right. I will spend today pondering and trying to remember what my vision was back then; pioneering music podcasting in New York’s Capital Region, learning to beat-match, learning to compose, dusting off my journalism training from college and trying to figure out how it fits into today’s technical paradigm… I had a vision back then of where I wanted to be in life by now and it’s time to revisit that vision for some direction going forward. I need to do this in order to keep creating cool things.

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So the Weather Channel posts stories about beauty pageants and the History Channel airs ‘reality’ programs about rednecks or pack-rats or some other shit…is it me or have the media conglomerates lost their focus? Am I wrong to be a purist in this regard? I suppose this here blog is a pretty bad example for them to follow since I’m an EDM musician but my posts go all over the map. But really, I remember when my family got it’s first cable box in the early 80s and you could count on music videos if you tuned into channel 28, the weather if you tuned into channel 30 (or maybe it was 31), women’s programming if you switched to channel 25, and old movies if you turned to channel 24. That’s what these channels *were*. Nowdays it’s like all stations overlap with the same nonsense; often having nothing to do with the particular stations’ stated purpose. I hereby call it “media blur”. You can combat it by turning it off.

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