this thing on? MotherJudge and Sten Isaschen.
Photo by Leif Zurmuhlen
OF INVENTION: MotherJudge and posse have been delighting
music lovers with a Wednesday-night open mike at the Fuze
Box since the warm summer months (mmmmm, summer), when she
moved the popular event from the Larkin. On Sunday (Feb. 16)
at the Fuze Box, the host and performer will oversee a live-recording
session, very open to the public, for an upcoming CD release—“A
first of a series of recording tributes to our MotherJudge
Open Mic faithful,” she says—featuring a handful of talent
that can be found at the event on any given week. Albie
and Sten Isachsen will co-host Sunday’s show along
with MotherJudge, and the featured performers are musicians
Mitch Elrod, Jason Martin, Paddy Kilrain, Bryan Thomas,
Troy Pohl and Bob Buckley, No Hellers, and poet Dan
Wilcox. Other artists that will appear on the release
include Mabel, knotworking, John Brodeur, the Arbor
Hillbillies (Lynette and David), Steve Candelin, Laura Boggs,
AC Everson, Michael Eck and Mary Panza. The show
begins at 8 PM at the Fuze Box (12 Central Ave., Albany, 432-4472).
You’ve heard about her open mikes; find out why.
REVOLUTION: Local electronic outfit Wetwerks, who
won Best Band in our most recent Best Of issue, have been
busy as of late. The band went to their manager’s stomping
grounds, L.A., twice this past summer—once in May to record,
once in September to showcase for some record labels. And
despite the fact that their Viper Room show had a handful
of interested labels—“They’re all huge labels, so it was a
little bit intimidating,” the band’s vocalist-guitarist Seth
Warden says of the situation—they came home unsigned.
“Our mission, basically, when we got home was to record as
much material as we can, because the record labels just say
‘Please give us more stuff,’ ” Warden explains. So record
stuff they did, in their newly constructed mega-square-feet
high-ceilinged Troy rehearsal space/studio, Hydrostatic Studios.
There the band can set up a full live show, lights and all,
as well as record in their multitrack digital studio.
The band’s sound is evolving, says Warden, who also states
that cash is slowly trickling in for radio play on Channel
103.1 last year (which is also how their manager noticed them).
“We got about 300 spins in all, which we just got our first
royalty check from,” Warden says. It’ll be kind of hard to
catch Wetwerks around here for some time, as they are loath
to saturate the market. They’ve played the Chance recently,
and will travel to Vermont and beyond to reach an audience.
“We played the Chance the day after Christmas to about 400
kids, and we got all these e-mails saying, ‘We can’t wait
to come to Albany to be with a crowd that supports you,’ ”
Warden explains, laughing. “We’re lucky to get 150 people,
you know.” Although it’s a consistent 150 for Wetwerks, which
ain’t all that bad.
WORLD: Bruise Bros. are really busy at the moment as well.
They’ve been recording at Cotton Hill Studios under the production
of Nashvillian Bart Walsh—aka one of David Lee Roth’s lead
guitar players. “He is doing a great job,” claims the band’s
vocalist Vegas. “It’s a three-song demo that will accompany
the video we just shot over a two-week span.” The video for
their single “Prove You Wrong” was shot by Billy Idol videographer
Spencer Lasky, and all of it will be included on a DVD slated
to be released this spring.
A TANGLED WEB WE WEAVE: More Web talk: Noreasterzine
(www. noreasterzine.com) is a cool music site for reviews
of the live and recorded variety, interviews, editors’ rants
and the like. Speaking of editors, Matthew Heuston and
John Dudley created the site in November 2001, “with the
purpose of focusing attention on independent-underground artists
that caught our fancy,” says Heuston, who is the local half
of the pair (Dudley mans the Virginia headquarters). “We have
grown in just four issues to include 11 contributors (from
NYC to LA), with 19 interviews and 273 live and record reviews
under our belts,” says Heuston. He and Dudley handle the marketing—including
hitting festivals such as SXSW and Macrock as they did this
year—as well as the editing and site maintenance. “Both of
us work day jobs, so the rigors of putting together each issue
take up most of our evening and weekends,” Heuston notes.
But their hard work has paid off, as many in the independent
industry take them seriously, and they get new releases sent
to them “regardless of whether or not we’ve trashed their
previous records,” Heuston says. The site content is thoughtful
and provocative (they ask the tough questions, according to
Heuston, steering clear “of any of the fanzine star worship
or scenester lingo prevalent in most other rock publications”),
and they get heaps of praise on their message board and from
many an e-mail. “We see some angry responses too, but not
enough to satisfy our appetites,” Heuston states. “We love
negative mail. More hate mail please.”
The current issue of Noreasterzine features interviews with
Les Savy Fav, the Fucking Champs, Bellini, the Cancer Conspiracy
and Blake Fleming as well as reviews—and they have a killer
links section. An offshoot of the zine is the record label
Noreaster Failed Industries, which just released Southkill’s
eponymous disc (which was reviewed this issue—see the Recordings
page), and is also touting the compilation Songs for Failed
Industry Vol. 1, featuring tracks from ex-Swirlies and
ex-Tuscadero artists, New Zealand’s High Dependency Unit,
Toronto’s Picastro, and our very own Glitter of Cohoes.
Check them out on the Web, and you can send ’em stuff to:
175 Jay St., #2F, Albany, NY 12210 or 6423 Richmond Highway
#3205, Alexandria, VA 22306. And don’t forget the hate mail.