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Vocal hero: (l-r) Collider, Tommy Ramone and Bryan Thomas in the studio.

ROUGH MIX

AN UNTIMELY PASSING: The Capital Region mourns the loss of Billie Katherine Way, who passed away in Schenectady on Nov. 5 from complications associated with diabetes. She had performed in the area as bassist-vocalist for the Staziaks, and will be sorely missed.

COLLIDER? I HARDLY EVEN KNOW HER: In early December, soul rocker Bryan Thomas recorded some vocal tracks for Jed Davis’ electro-punk outfit Collider at Loho Studios in New York City. Thomas’ vocals will be included on an upcoming Collider EP on SonaBLAST! Records, and producing the disc is Tommy Erdelyi, aka Tommy Ramone (drummer on the first three Ramones albums). As many of you know, Davis once graced the Capital Region streets, and performed with area band Hanslick Rebellion, before making tracks to Long Island to make a big huge name for himself among music lovers great and small (in the not-so-distant past, musicians such as Daniel Johnston, King Missile III, Agnostic Front’s Jimmy Colletti and Anal Cunt performed an album’s worth of Davis originals—well, a couple, including a song by Wesley Willis, were written about Davis—for Everybody Wants to Be Like Jed out on Davis’ own J-Bird label. A longtime Ramones fan, Davis previously worked with Tommy Ramone when his ode to Joey Ramone (himself a Collider fan), “The Bowery Electric,” written following the artist’s death, caught the ear of Tommy, CJ and Marky. The single was recorded, and Davis performed it at Joey’s birthday last year.

PLEASE RELEASE ME: Alex Torres & the Latin Kings recently released their seventh album, Punto De Vista, which includes eight original Latin Kings songs and a remixed tune by Jimmy Fontañez. The band will celebrate with a CD-release party at the WAMC Performing Arts Studio on Feb. 8.

Speaking of releases, a few new ones haven’t been mentioned yet in Metroland. Kamikaze Heart Gaven Richard’s long-awaited solo disc, Live From Restaurant Island, produced and engineered by Jason Martin, mastered and assisted by Troy Pohl, is now available and awesome. And before you even catch a listen, you’ll be grabbed by the gorgeous cover art, created by Aindrea H.B. Richard.

Stars of Rock singer-guitarist Brent Gorton has been busy recording and producing as of late. We’ve mentioned in the past his efforts with regard to the recently released eponymous Kamikaze Hearts disc, and Gorton’s latest solo release, the rootsy-inflected indie-rock gem San Diego, is likely to reside in your CD-player for more than a few spins. Gorton also recorded the tail end of the Users (Gene Davenport and Greg Adams will continue to collaborate under a different name), capturing some of their best material.

OH GIVE THEM A HOME: Miss Mary’s Art Space continues to search for new digs, and you can join the many area bands donating their sweaty effort to the cause by partaking in Miss Marys’ membership meeting on Wednesday (Jan. 15). The gathering takes place at 7 PM at 2B Irving Street, Albany. If you have questions, e-mail them at ljk59@yahoo.com or call Matt Toomey at 463-5857.

REFERENCES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST: Our very own J. Eric Smith is now directing the Chapel and Cultural Center, located on the R.P.I. campus, and he encourages area artists, musicians, scholars and writers to propose programming items for the upcoming spring and fall. Call him with ideas, or just to talk shit, at 274-7793, or drop him a line at smithj3@rpi.edu. Some acts already booked: Blackloud (onetime Small Axe bassist Jimbo Burton) on Jan. 31; guest poet Alice Fulton on March 4; guest speaker and former Times Union reporter Christopher Ringwald on March 20; violinist Deni Bonet on April 11; ambient night featuring Sara Ayers, Mindspawn and Dreamstate with video by Twisted Pair on April 25. And there are a couple of art exhibitions slated as well: Uncovered Treasures: Contemporary Latino and Latin-American Art; Loop Sanctuary: The Art of the Dreamscape; and Client Art From the Roarke Center.

—Kate Sipher


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