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ROUGH MIX

Blackcat Elliot

DRAWING PICTURES We’ve reported in recent months on some big moves in the world of Troy power trio Super 400. The band teamed with San Fran-based management group Xanderworks; signed to Memphis-based label Response Records; and recorded their forthcoming album Sweet Fist at the legendary Ardent Studio in Memphis. But possibly the biggest news yet came this week when the band revealed that the cover art for Sweet Fist would be designed by none other than Klaus Voorman. Name doesn’t ring a bell? Go to your record rack and pull out Revolver. Yup—that guy. (Voorman was also the bassist for John Lennon’s Plastic Ono Band, Manfred Mann, and George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass. Nothing big.) Voorman’s artwork will be available in all its glory when Sweet Fist is released on CD and vinyl this May.

In related Super 400 news, the band performed along with power-pop warriors Superdrag and New York-based buzz band The Pains of Being Pure at Heart at the After the Jump party at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas on Friday. At the end of their set, drummer Jody Stephens joined guitarist Kenny Hohman and bassist Lori Friday for a rendition of “Feel,” the kickoff track from Big Star’s legendary #1 Record. The performance was a once-in-a-career opportunity for the band, who met Stephens while working on their album at Ardent and learned the song “just in case” Stephens showed up that afternoon.

THE MOVIE LIFE Garage-rockers Blackcat Elliot have been banging it out in clubs since the turn of the century, but to our knowledge they’ve never made it to the big screen. That changes (sort of) with the release of A Day in the Life, the new film from U.S. Olympian and ski filmmaker Andrew Newell. It’s Newell’s third film, documenting the Nordic World Cup in Germany. To help bring an edge to the action scenes, he included two of the band’s songs—“Never Come Clean” and “Send Her to Me”—on the soundtrack. Newell says he “first came across Blackcat Elliot’s music on cd baby.com,” which says as much for the power of the Internet music retailer as it does for the band’s music. Both songs are featured on the Never Come Clean CD. The film is available now from xskifilms.com; for more on the band, visit blackcatelliot.com.

IN THE STREET It’s spring now, so we may as well start looking ahead to summer. And one of our city’s best indicators of the start of the summer season is Art on Lark, the art and music festival held annually Albany’s Lark Street. This year’s festival has been given a date of Saturday, June 6, and the Lark Street BID is now looking for artists. More appropriate to this column, they’re also seeking musicians to busk, in a manner of speaking, at several points throughout the exhibition route. For information on how you can be a part of Art on Lark, call the BID at 434-3861 ext. 3, or visit larkstreet.org for an application.

—John Brodeur

Let us know about local-music news and happenings for inclusion in Rough Mix: E-mail tips and information to tigerpop1@yahoo.com or metroland@metroland.net.



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