late, the great: Joey Ramone will be honored at CBGB in
IT FEELS SO GOOD: Funk Shop Loomis are reuniting after
a couple years of separation. The band, Chad Raymond (singer),
Anthony Deso (drummer), Rick Dolback (sax),
Big Matt (trumpet), Dain Fiacco (guitar/vocal)
and Titian Dion (bass), had a rough breakup before
they had a chance to hold a CD-release party two years ago,
but they’ve gotten back together to do just that. The Loomis
will celebrate their release, which was recorded, mixed and
mastered by Arthur Scott Verner at his DMS Studios, sometime
in June. We’ll keep you posted.
GOT BOTH KINDS: Time Warner Cable’s Sounding Board
recently covered the Northeast Country Music Association
Awards, held at Proctor’s last Sunday, April 14. The station
will broadcast the three-hour program on Time Warner Cable
Channel 9 on Sunday (April 21) at 1 PM, and on the next two
consecutive Tuesdays and Thursdays (April 23, April 25, May
7, May 9) at 7:30 PM.
SING THE BOWERY ELECTRIC: Jed Davis, onetime Albany
resident now living in New York City, started a song that
got the whole world singing, or something like that. Davis
penned “The Bowery Electric,” a tune about late, great Joey
Ramone and the hole left in New York City by Ramone’s absence
(the singer passed away in the spring of 2001). The song caught
the attention of Ramone friend and creative-director-for-life,
Arturo Vega, who in turn played it for Tommy, Marky and CJ.
They decided to record the song, along with producer Daniel
Rey—himself a Davis fan—and the recording will be premiered
at New York’s CBGB on May 19. There’s more: On that same evening,
10 young bands will perform their own tribute to Ramone, and
one of those songs will be chosen to be the B-side of “The
Bowery Electric” when it’s released in June. Visit www.officialramones.com
for contest information. Also on May 19, at CBGB Gallery next
door to the club, the paintings of Dee Dee Ramone will be
featured—those that will be used as cover art for “The Bowery
Electric”—and fans wishing to submit relevant artwork will
be guaranteed exhibition space in the gallery.
SAY GOODBYE, I SAY CELLO: Kamikaze Heart cellist Karen
Codd has left the group, and former Orange bassist Bob
Buckley has joined them. Codd still, thankfully, performs
with knotworking (who are playing the Earth Day festival
in Troy’s Riverfront Park on Sunday).
FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME: Last winter, Dryer singer-guitarist
Bob Carlton put together a nice array of local and
not-so-local music in his fine town of Saratoga Springs. He
called the event the Anti-Freeze Rockout, and it included
many bands playing at various venues throughout Saratoga.
This year, he’s holding the Anti-Freeze Rockout in June—don’t
ask us, ask him—and he’s looking for talent. So, dust off
the keytar and start practicing. Carlton will soon provide
us with information on where bands can send demo tapes, and
we’ll let you know as soon as that happens.
HIGH TIMES: Dark-metal threesome eN-DoR-PHiN, who
recently became sponsored by Dirtbag Clothing (www.dirtbagclothing.com),
will be playing the Continental in New York City tomorrow
(Friday, April 19), and you’re invited to be in their audience.
Contact www.en-dor-phin.com to save yourself a seat in the
Rough Mix items? Contact Kate Sipher at 463-2500, ext. 145