Torres and His Latin Orchestra
The B3nson Recording Company has been crazy
productive these last few years. And if this Friday’s
event is any indication, they’re not about to
slow down heading into the next decade—no less
than three new B3nson releases will be
celebrated at Valentine’s tomorrow (Friday). The
three acts are, of course, all part of the extended
family: the Boston Celtics pair two members
of B3nson band Beware! The Other Head of Science;
that band’s drummer, Seth Tillinghast, performs
solo as Littlefoot; and the Hoborchestra
are a mixed bag of B3nson family members and friends
led by Tim Koch of Sgt. Dunbar and the Hobo Banned.
Those acts will perform, and new CDs from all
three will be available—individually, or as a
package deal—at Friday’s show; read a review of
Littlefoot’s If You Give a Grouch a Guitar
in this week’s Recordings section (page 26).
TO SALSA The sounds of Amsterdam heat up
the big screen this holiday season thanks to two
prominent film placements for the Capital
Region’s own Alex Torres and His Latin Orchestra.
The Orchestra’s 2002 song “Con Mi Ritmo” was heard
in the Disney film Old Dogs, which hit
theaters just before Thanksgiving. And, on Dec.
11, their “La Ropa Esta En El Baul” will be featured
in The Slammin’ Salmon, a new picture from
Super Troopers filmmakers Broken Lizard.
If you’re not the moviegoing type, hang tight
until March 2010, when the group’s new album Anejo
is due for release.
VISIBILITY Windows 7 wasn’t my idea, but this
is a good one. Albany band Ten Year Vamp,
who released their mostly-fan-funded Don’t
Act Like You Know Me album in September, are
getting a major circulation boost this week thanks
to Microsoft. The band’s song “Another Try” is
available for free download through Sunday at
reverbnation.com/playlist7 as part of a promotion
for Playlist 7, a feature included in Microsoft’s
new Windows PC operating system. If it racks up
enough downloads, Ten Year Vamp could become a
Playlist 7 featured artist. Go forth and right-click.
DEVIL WENT DOWN TO PEARL STREET Regular listeners
of WQBK (103.5 and 103.9 FM), you are familiar
with Mrozek, the DJ and guitarist who hosts
the “Mrozek’s Mystery Riff” contest weekday afternoons.
Mrozek and WQBK have taken to the clubs, with
help from Yuengling brewery and Martin guitars,
to find the Capital Region’s best guitarist. Following
an online registration period, semifinal events
were held last week at Tess’ Lark Tavern, and
over the last two evenings at Savannah’s and the
Bayou Cafe in Albany. And while word reached us
too late to get our readers in on the competition,
you can still be a part of the grand finale: The
Guitar Wars finals take place on Friday,
Dec. 10, with a slate of nine finalists set to
battle it out on the big stage at Revolution Hall.
The winner picks up a limited edition Yuengling/Martin
guitar. Check wqbk.com for more details.
NAPTIME Remember that Billy Joel and Elton
John concert that was originally supposed
to happen in July? And Joel got sick, and it took
months to announce a new date, and the new date
was supposed to be this Tuesday? Remember all
that? Then this should be no surprise: After trading
illnesses for the last few months, Joel is sick
again, and the Face 2 Face Tour is now
scheduled for March 11, 2010. Original tickets
will again be valid for the new date—if they don’t
disintegrate by then! Am I right, people?
Face 2 Face tour? More like Gurney 2 Gurney! Hey-ooo!
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