Erotics CD-Release Party
revival of gutsy garage rock over the last few years may
indicate that the old Radiohead-led, Ambitious Millennial
Angst Rock movement has closed up shop for a while. And
we’re just fine with that: We like a good party (and good
party music) as much as the next guy. But some of the standard
bearers of good-time rock are just so freakin’ dopey. I
mean, we got deeper into “deep” music to begin with because
we were tired of watching the athletes in our high schools
crush beer cans against their heads to the strains of Poison’s
“Don’t Need Nothin’ But a Good Time.” We don’t want our
parties stupid, man, we want them weird.
Enter the Erotics.
The Erotics combine all the simple musical pleasures of
the most stripped-down New York Dolls-style punk with all
the sleaze-saturated attitude of early L.A. glam-metal.
And though they’ve got more than their fair share of recreational-self-abuse
songs, they’re never of the predictable chest-thumping,
Coors-can-crushing variety. Simply put, the Erotics are
damaged—damaged and hilariously un-P.C. On previous releases,
they’ve revealed a curious fascination with the History
Channel (Hitler and Helen Keller feature prominently as
subjects—as do jet-packs); on the newest one, All That
Glitters Is Dead, there’s an eschatological bent. “Gas
Chamber Barbie Doll,” “Death of the Party,” “Supermodel
Suicide” and “Bullet” flesh out the album title’s grim promise.
Party-hearty traditionalists, take heart, though: The Erotics
also tip their hats ironically to the conventions of the
genre with “Fast Cars and Porno Stars” and “Date Rape (By
The Erotics will celebrate the release of All That Glitters
Is Dead at Valentine’s (17 New Scotland Ave., Albany)
tomorrow (Friday, June 13). Sharing the stage for the CD-party
blowout will be the Charms, the Bamboo Kids, Rock City Crimewave
and Scamper. Tickets for the 8 PM show are $7, which includes
a copy of the CD. For more information, 432-6572.
Callar (Samantha Morton, pictured at right) wakes up on
Christmas morning to find her boyfriend dead on the kitchen
floor. He has committed suicide, leaving her an unpublished
manuscript, an ATM card, and a two-word message: “Be brave.”
(This is probably not what she expected from Father Christmas.)
Callar buries him in the backyard and hits the road with
a pal (Kathleen McDermott, pictured at left).
That’s the opening scene in Lynne Ramsay’s acclaimed 2002
British film, also titled Morvern Callar, which is
making its belated local debut tonight at Saratoga Film
Forum. This startling story follows the enigmatic Callar
as she puts her life back together in mysterious and surprising
ways. The film deals with those sticky issues like morals,
motives and desires. The audience can never be sure if she’s
cold and calculating or simply emotionally devastated.
Morton—last seen on these shores in the Steven Spielberg-Tom
Cruise collaboration Minority Report—gives what critic
Peter Bradshaw describes as “a luminous and charismatic
performance” as Callar, radiating confidence in her art.
Equal praise has been bestowed on director Ramsey; the Los
Angeles Times says that Callar “confirms Lynne
Ramsay as an important, original talent in international
Callar will be screened at Saratoga Film Forum (Saratoga
County Arts Center, 320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs) tonight
(Thursday, June 12) and tomorrow (Friday, June 13) at 8
PM. The film in not rated, and contains adult situations
and sex. Tickets are $6 for nonmembers and $4 for members.
Call 584-3456 for more information.
Lynn and Troy Bike Rescue are at it again, melding art and
action. This Saturday they’ll attempt to create a parade
of characters to rival Troy’s Fourth of July parade with
their Bike Monster Theatre at the Arts Center in downtown
Troy—and, expectedly, it’s a dual event.
The Bike Monster Theatre streetshop and parade will be the
outdoor happening. At 4:30 PM Saturday, a parade of monsters
on bikes will cruise through downtown Troy. The costumes
will be made at the streetshop, beginning at noon, and participants
of all ages are encouraged to bring anything that may go
into the making of a monster, monster accessories and monster
props. Chalk, paint, usable junk, crayons, glue-guns, cardboard—the
bigger the better—are all encouraged. “Come and express
your creativity by creating a personal bike-monster and
participating in a leisurely ride in costume,” so sayeth
TBR’s press. It’s fun, arty and social.
As with everything Troy Bike Rescue does, the Bike Monster
Theatre parade and streetshop is an experiment—and you fine
Capital Region folk can affect the results. Bring along
something to bang on, blow through, strum, pluck or bow
if you’ve got it, as the parade will have musical accompaniment.
There’s more: Earlier this spring, Troy Bike Rescue received
a New York State Council on the Arts grant through the Arts
Center, and this exhibit has been in the making since then.
Inside the building will be an installation of Green Bikes,
the results of a TBR program to make bikes available to
the populace by placing them in public places. Lynn, TBR’s
main dude, will give a presentation at 4 PM. The displayed
bikes will be donated to the Troy’s Riverspark Tourist Center
at the end of the day. Then it’s on to the parade.
Troy Bike Rescue’s Bike Monster Theatre events will take
place Saturday (June 14) from noon to 4 PM in and around
the Arts Center of the Capital Region (265 River St., Troy).
Call the Arts Center, 273-0552, or go to www.breathinplanet.net
for further information.