JUST A FLESH WOUND: Acoustic Trauma have unveiled their
new Web site, www.acoustictrauma.com, and its chock full of
traumatic information. Yes, it’s got the press clips, the
bio, the news, the photos, the links, but there’s also the
World Trauma section—“devoted to all kinds of information
pertaining to people, organizations and institutions that
make our lives in Albany, NY enjoyable and exciting!” You
know, little gems around the area that not everybody is hip
to. It’s a service (and it’s not yet up on the site, but it’s
sure to be coming soon). They’ve also got pictures of their
ripping parties, usually taking place at the Trauma House.
(Did you ever notice that it’s impossible to take a photograph
of someone completely loaded without them looking completely
loaded? Just an aside.)
The folk-influenced “aggressive progressive”—as Metroland
scribe J. Eric Smith has referred to the band—ensemble
have a pantload of things going on this summer. They’re playing
all over hell’s half acre, including a Medieval Rock Wedding
(it’s private, sorry), and a Rock N Roll Pig Roast. Regarding
the marital stuff, the Trauma will play your wedding—in full
medieval attire if you wish. Oh, and look for their new release,
Nightmares in the Labyrinth in late summer.
ME WORRY? I READ SCREED: The second issue of Screed
is set to hit the stands on June 21, and make sure you
get to the stand nearest you early, as the last issue disappeared
as fast as ice cream at day camp. The magazine is a project
of Miss Mary’s Art Space, a nonprofit arts organization that
once lived on New Scotland Avenue a couple doors down from
Ralph’s. They’re looking for new digs, and there’s a legion
of volunteers to help raise some funds—and Screed is
one way they do that.
is free of charge, but the folks behind the effort hope
that its existence will raise awareness about the flourishing
scene that Miss Mary’s helps foster—and may attract a donation
or two. It’s filled with prose, poetry and art—and it also
comes with a CD. Screed welcomes submissions, but as
we’re a little late in getting this info out, the deadline
is fast approaching: It’s June 9. Send materials (keep in
mind it’s all in black and white) to: Laura Koennecke, 59
Irving St., Albany, NY 12202. This issue will also have personals
and classifieds, run free of charge. Remember though, they
accept donations gracefully.
The CD that ran in the first Screed was the shit—each
and every song on the 22-track release rocked, and much of
our area’s music scene was represented. To be included in
this one, send your submissions to Matto, c/o Peterwalkee
Records, PO Box 14794, Albany, NY 12212.
SCABBY: Well, who’da thunk it? The Erotics’ Mike
Trash with his own advice column. Yep, it’s true. It’s
called Trash Talk: “The advice that no one else has the balls
to give you,” and the glam king can be found bestowing his
knowledge on inquiring minds at www.glam-metal.com/trash_talk.html.
Just send him an e-mail about whatever’s on your mind, and
he’ll set you straight (if straight is what he thinks you
One example: “My co-worker keeps eating egg sandwiches and
is always saying phrases like ‘pipe down’ and ‘what the devil.’
He is hated in the office. What is a good way of getting him
Wanna know what Mike advises? Go to the Web site and see.
In more Erotics news, they’ve joined with Cacophone co-head
Jeff Smith to form a record label, and will release their
upcoming All That Glitters Is Dead on it—and they’ll
perform next Friday (June 13) at Valentine’s in celebration
of the release. They’ve also got a song in the film The
Unliving directed by film legend Fred Olen Ray, and have
a piece in the locally made The Situationist, by Dean
Giagni. Check out their Web site, www.eroticrockn roll.com
for band info.
by Leif Zurmuhlen.
THEIR OWN IMAGE: The Clay People are back together, as
Dan Neet confirms. The lineup: Neet, Dan Dinsmore (drums),
Mike Guzzardi (guitar), Brendan Slater (bass) and new addition
Walter Flakus—of Stabbing Westward—on keys. The gang is working
on a new record, and they’ll play their first show in a dog’s
age on June 26 at Valentine’s.
UP THE CRUMBS: CRUMBS, the Capital Region Unofficial Musicians
and Bands Site, will release a double-CD full of local music,
Here We Go Again. It’s their latest effort, a follow
up to You Are Here (1999) and You’re Still Here
(2001), to support our diverse local-music scene. Go to
www.crumbs.net to submit a song.
YOU KNEW THAT: The Bruise Bros. won the Most Original
Band Contest awhile back, and they won themselves some stage
time during the Big Day Out at SPAC on July 5.