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Deer Tick @ Putnam Den

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Musically speaking, next weekend is going to be practically unparalleled. The Big Show is on Friday October 12, and then on Saturday, Deer Tick will be playing at Putnam Den.

Here’s the bizarre press thing promoting their 2011 full-length, Divine Providence, and their new EP, Tim:

Ladies and gentlemen…
From the band that’s been both accurately and inaccurately labeled just about everything this side of Top 40 comes a true-to-form rock-n-roll record. Scratch that, true-to-form is not Deer Tick’s style. Let’s start over…
Naturally, after so many years of critics praising [and making fun of] them for their “folk” and “country” sounds and hardly ever mentioning the fact that they’ve also recorded virtually dozens of other kinds of music, the band wanted to make a record that was truer to their live set (which has gained some notoriety): raw, loud, heartfelt, and completely uninterested in whatever the hell the rest of the music industry is up to.
To produce this record, the band recruited the team of Adam Landry and Justin Collins, who produced McCauley’s side-project Middle Brother’s debut album. The results are unlike anything you’ve heard on a Deer Tick album, but Deer Tick achieves something that is a lot more accurate to their live sound. Distorted guitars are aplenty, guitarist Ian O’Neil and drummer Dennis Ryan take lead vocal duties for the first time on record. Man, you can practically smell the sweat and the beer! Shit, you may even hear a guitar or two break somewhere in there! It’s got a little Exile, it’s got a little In Utero, it’s got a little Nilsson Schmilsson, but it’s 100% Deer-Fucking-Tick in their purest, and most carefree form… perhaps that’s because this is the first record they’ve recorded in their home state of Rhode Island… GAH!!! No need to over-think this shit!!! Moving on…
The songs are there. The delivery is in your face. There’s no studio magic. There’s no hiding the fact that Deer Tick is just five regular dudes. This record may rattle your thoughts, and it may make you think differently about Deer Tick, but at least they didn’t make the same album four times in a row, right?


According to my friends who have seen Deer Tick like twenty-six times combined, lead singer John McCauley is a “fucking lunatic” who’s “one show away from dying on stage,” so this is guaranteed to be the best kind of shitshow. Tickets are available here. Also, check out their fantastic, completely unironic cover of “Beautiful Girls.”

Saturday October 13, 8pm @ Putnam Den 

(via Ticket Fly)

Slim Charles, Hannibal Montana & Mugsy Boges @ Putnam Den THURSDAY Night

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

As more and more of you bookworms pop up and join the lucky few of us at the finish line, you’ll want to reward yourself with a 40 oz. and the first social event you can lay your grubby, carpal-tunneled hands on. Next up is this great show at Putnam Den, land of a thousand smiles:

Slim Charles (last time before they graduate, with the O.G. bassist, no less, not that gun-for-hire dude)
Hannibal Montana of Badass, NY
Mugsy Boges of here

Thursday, 9:00pm, tickets $5, open to 18+

All the more incentive to cook the (fbook)

Glotzbach sighting in Burgess! He orders a medium coffee, yogurt muffin and Peppermint Stick Luna Bar!

Op-Ed: How Skiddies and Townies Made Nice At Putnam Den

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

What follows is a brief and final account of the “Queerin’ Putnam” event, with an emphasis on the facts as we know them. My intention is not to stir up what might have been settled the other night—I’m happy to report that the event went beautifully, drag queen and kissing and all. Rather, I want to share what I learned while attending the queer-in and offer some suggestions for how we might pop the Skidmore bubble.

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Op-Ed: Define Activism

Friday, March 30th, 2012

The author of this op-ed piece wishes to remain anonymous

My first day at Skidmore College was the first time I’d ever identified myself as a queer individual. I had wrestled with and repressed that identity throughout most of my childhood, and my entire miserable time in high school, and was so happy to finally be out and express my gender and sexuality freely. Those first couple weeks at Skidmore have been some of the most liberating and invigorating moments of my life so far, and I’ll forever hold those moments dear as some of the biggest milestones of my life to date.

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Op-Ed: What “Queerin’ Putnam” Is Really About

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

By Becks Kolins ’12

While I appreciate SkidmoreUnofficial’s efforts in posting Queerin’ Putnam, I am a bit bummed (to say the least) at the misrepresentation of the event and the subsequent comments that have ensued.  As one of the two organizers for this event, I don’t want to speak on behalf of both of us, so I’ll try to speak on just my behalf to the many misconceptions that have been commented on.  Firstly, this event is going to be nonviolent.  Though words like “takeover” have been used, and some may find that to be aggressive, we are using these words and our general message to empower ourselves and one another to come together and feel safe.  Never do we say that we are protesting and never do we claim to use force.  Many of us have felt uncomfortable at Putnam and while there may be queer-identified individuals who haven’t felt that way, it’s important that those who do feel uncomfortable and those who are in support, are able to create a safe space; it is most important to us that we are creating a safe and comfortable space that many of us haven’t felt at Putnam and don’t feel at many places downtown.

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Op-Ed: Let’s Talk About Putnam Den

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

By Tucker Costello ’12

Lets talk about Putnam Den. The local bar and popular music venue has come under fire as a place where queer individuals of the Skidmore community feel unsafe. Recent personal and eyewitness experiences of homophobia, transphobia and bigotry inside the establishment have been addressed here at Skidmore through discussions at PRIDE and BARE but have now become a call to action through the Queering Putnam event planned for this Thursday. The announcement of Queering Putnam on SkidmoreUnofficial has raised more than a few issues with the event, it’s motives, and the victimization felt by members of our community.

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Queerin’ Putnam

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Not Putnam Den.

Representatives from BARE, in their own words:
So this Thursday, March 29th, we are organizing a queer takeover of Putnam Den. Downtown and Putnam Den have repeatedly been unsafe spaces for queer identified people and we want to end the victimization, the fear and the hate. We think that through this takeover we can make a statement to Putnam Den that the queer community of Skidmore, Saratoga and our allies are a large and powerful group capable of making change. This is why we invite all of you to join us in this takeover. 
Any person of any identity is welcome and encouraged to come to the takeover. If you have questions or concerns please bring them with you to the interest meeting tomorrow. 
Interest meeting:
Tuesday night, 8pm in Ladd 206


Wild Adriatic & Capital Zen at Putnam Den

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Now I don’t pretend to know what’s going on this weekend – nobody tells me anything – but the best thing going will undoubtedly be Wild Adriatic. In the words of Ebaum’s World: “Capital Zen can come, too.”

Scared off by the $8? Ha! Pack lunches next week and turn a would-be overpriced Spa sandwich into a groovy time.

Saturday night, doors @ 8:00, tickets for $8

Aural Pleasure at Putnam Den

Thursday, February 16th, 2012


Friday night is looking pretty legendary at Putnam Den. Dryer and Houseboat are finally gracing the same stage. Holy Shit. Let’s break this down. You may not have heard of Dryer but they’ve got that classic rocking Saratoga indie sound*, accentuated by the guitar stylings of Bob Carlton. Then prepared to be bowled over by the utter debauchery that is Houseboat. I mean have you seen the posters around campus of the Costa Concordia? Does that not scream degeneracy?

Doors open at 9. If you’re 21+ it’s free to get in. For everyone else it’s going to cost $5.
Here’s to hoping Putnam is selling 40’s at the bar.


*not 100% sure what this is.

Third Nature @ Putnam Den

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Brap brap

Third Nature (the gentlemen behind that cool music video), D.V.S*, along with special guests Houseboat, will be playing at Putnam Den this Thursday night from 8pm to 3am.

The first time I saw Third Nature, it was like the third or fourth weekend of freshman year. A drunk girl tried to hug my friend, and he got pushed into that wall of broken mirrors they used to have in the basement of East. For the rest of the night, he was walking around with a huge gash down his arm, mumbling bullshit, clutching a bloody paper towel. Nobody took him to the hospital because we were all having such a great time! College, huh guys?

It’s likely that nobody will be on the verge of needing a blood transfusion on Thursday, but even so, it’s going to be a lot of fun. There will be drink specials all night (as Putnam is wont to do), and the cover charge will surely be minimal. Get at it.