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ROUGH MIX

The 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.

DRUMMER 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, Aug. 16.

MAD 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.

“This 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.

VIDEO 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.

SHORELINE 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.

BROADWAY 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 works.

THIS 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.

—Kate Sipher

Got Rough Mix items? Contact Kate Sipher at 463-2500, ext. 145 or ksipher@metroland.net.


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