Capital Region mourns the loss of Jesse Gifford, who
died suddenly on July 14. Gifford, 23, was a member of the
Albany punk band the Derogatories, and is sorely missed by
his many friends and his family.
LOVIN’: Ex-Coal Palace King drummer George Lipscomb
is keeping busy with a couple of new bands. Lipscomb rat-a-tats
with Mime Choir, along with Scott Dorrance on
lead guitar and vocals (he’s the bassist for the Staziaks),
guitarist Charlie Morris and bassist Dave Dean.
The band plays original music in the vein of Cheap Trick,
Kiss and a whole slew of other ’70s and ’80s acts.
Lipscomb also hits for Erin Harkes’ new concern, Erin Harkes
and the Rebound. He’s joined by Dorrance (on bass this
time), Mike McMann (guitar) and, of course, Erin
Harkes. They’ll play their debut show at Valentine’s Thursday,
Aug. 15, and another at Artie’s Lansingburgh Station Friday,
SKILLS: Producer-DJ-turntablist-recording artist DJ
Panzah Zandahz, host of WSPN Skidmore radio show Diverse
Technics, launched a unique Web site last week, zeroskillz.net.
He started this music-collaboration headquarters of sorts
with a crew of other local and not-so-local musicians, and
Zero Skillz intends to offer collaborative production opportunities
to hiphop and tech-based musicians.
could include your own Web site on Zero Skillz, mp3s hosted
on Zero Skillz’s mp3.com address, inclusion on a compilation
CD-release, help releasing your material,” or just plain old
support, says Zandahz. “This is really a positive project
designed to bring some fun back into this blood sucking money
hungry industry.” (But how do you really feel?)
At the site, you can listen to collaborative and original
work, play interactive games, post a message for an artist,
shop for merch and learn a thing or two. Artists include,
along with Zandahz, DJ Dave Perez, Gyro, White Lotus, Constant
Elevation, Hymnz and Smooth Scienz.
KILLED THE RUNAWAY STAR: Local filmmaker and musician
Joe Glickman was recently chosen to record a song for
a Del Shannon tribute album, and his “So Long Baby” will appear
on the effort—along with renderings by the Electric Light
Orchestra, Randy Bachman and the Guess Who.
Glickman and his backup players, the Zippity Doo Wop Band
(featuring members of the Refrigerators, the Swing Docs and
the Cole Broderick Quintet, among others), intend to release
the song on Glickman’s own Zippity Doo Wop Records. But they’re
not stopping there, nosiree. The group will film a music video
in the hopes that it will appear on MTV or VH1, and some shooting
will take place this weekend, complete with ’50s-era cars,
costumes and décor. Tomorrow (Friday, Aug. 2) crews will be
at the Malta Drive-In from 2:30 to 6 AM—yep that’s AM—and
there will be some fancy-pantsy old-timey (as they say in
the South) cars. On Sunday (Aug. 4) they’ll be filming (yep
they’re using the real thing) at the Fuze Box from 2:30 PM
until midnight. The band scenes are scheduled to take place
between 3 and 6 PM.
SINGALONG: The Erotics are making friends and influencing
people lately. Their local shows have been getting rave reviews,
and their recent left-coast tour was a smashing (pun intended)
success. The band even got word recently by spotters at the
Rainbow Bar and Grill in Los Angeles that the DJ was playing
their new promo CD from start to finish, and that the crowd
loved it—they even sang along with it.
OR BUSK: SpineCar are now in league with Subway Records
Inc., and you can get band news, gig information and merchandise
online at subwayrecords.com. The site is dedicated to the
NYC subway-playin’ folk (someone’s gotta entertain the weary
masses of commuters), and SpineCar are their first band who
don’t provide that function. Perhaps an N, R tour is in the
NOT JUST IN: Adrian Cohen is no longer booking for the
Larkin Lounge, in case you haven’t noticed, but he’s booking
music at other venues in and around Albany. Some places he’s
now involved with include the Fuze Box, WAMC’s Linda Norris
Auditorium and Changing Spaces Art Gallery.
Rough Mix items? Contact Kate Sipher at 463-2500, ext. 145