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.
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,
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.
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