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Camper & Bear Grass @ Putnam Den

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Aesthetically unremarkable

Prepare your loins and dancing shoes, because Camper and area folkies Bear Grass will be playing a FREE show at Putnam Den. IT’S SO FREE.*

Everyone loves Camper and if you don’t you’re fucking dickhead, and the word is that they’re going to be playing some new songs. Also, if you’re the luckiest girl in the world and YOU DON’T COME ON TOO STRONG, maybe Stephen Yell will toss his drumsticks and heart at you.

*As long as you are over 21.

Thursday November 1, 9pm @ Putnam Den

(via Facebook)

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)

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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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.


Brenmar @ Putnam Den 10/6

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011


how could you say no to this face???

This Thursday at the Putnam Den, Skidisco has organized a show that sounds like it’ll be the perfect release for your fifth-week-of-class-induced-stress. The event features a very talented upcoming producer/DJ from Chicago named Brenmar, who is performing along with some Skidmore students and local favorites.

Brenmar’s music embodies elements of classic Chicago house music fused with his background in R&B and modernized to current club-music tastes through the addition of dutchy synths and hard bass lines.

I know– we had you at “background in R&B,” didn’t we? Or perhaps it was “douchy synths.” If it’s the second one you should go back and reread that quote because that’s not what it says. Brenmar will be performing with the Skidmore-half-of-gLAdiator, Tony Quattro, and DJ Prophet.

Big thanks to Skidiscco for hosting the event; the group is a “party collective of DJs, producers, and music enthusiasts.” Each month they choose a non-local, upcoming DJ to perform with local talent, and all profits go toward booking the next month’s act.

Doors open at 10:00pm.
Cover charge for 18+ is $10, 21+ is $5.
We’ll see you and your dilated pupils at Putnam Den on Thursday.


There + Back @ Putnam Den

Monday, September 26th, 2011

A Hobbit's Tale

Skidmore’s Macgregor (who also co-runs a prestigious” blog) has put together a pretty tight lineup at Putnam Den this Thursday. In addition to Mac, Saratoga mainstays Boogie Knights, Looney and Party With Tina of Keep Albany Boring (who also helped organize the party) and Brooklyn-based bleepy-blooper Andy Petr will all be playing sets. I’m going to be dancing my pantaloons off.

Cover charge is minimal at $7 for under 21 and $3 for 21+, with drink specials all night. I’m also told that Putnam Den has “the best sound system in town.” That’s a pretty tall order, but I bet it’s true!

Freshmen, if you’ve never been to Putnam Den, I have a word of advice: you might have the “totally smart” idea to wash the underage stamp off your hand in the bathroom, but I assure you, this does not work. The prowling bouncer will catch you and literally throw you out the door into the street, from whence you will walk home alone in the dark, broken and depressed. This happened to a friend of mine last year and he was deservedly given endless shit for it.

Anyway, if you’re still trying to figure out what your Thursday’s going to look like, with Bailiwick at Falstaff’s and this going on at Putnam immediately after, you should probably just stay in and run train on Game of Thrones and get a jump start on your homework for next week or something. Loser.


Downlow Plays Putnam Den

Saturday, October 16th, 2010

Wooohooo! The Downlow, Skidmore’s finest cover band, is playing Putnam Den tonight. The bill is huge, with Junior Minte, Downlow, Jetsons, AudioDax and a closing dubsteb set w/ DJ Prophet, so you should go and drink cheap PBRs and hug people you have class with and have a generally fantastic time. 18+, drink specials, dimly lit, blah blah blah. What more do you need?

Rumor has it Downlow is gonna dump condoms on the crowd, and considering their propensity for getting everyone at their shows laid that seems like more of a public service than a promotional stunt.

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