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Rough Mix

ITHE ROCKOUT IS COMING—GIVE IT ROOM Perhaps many of you can recall the mega-band music event known as the Anti-Freeze Rock Out that took place in March 2001. The promoters, Ashley Hahn (now a Metroland writer) and Bob Carlton (who is Mr. Sixfifteens), got involved with the endeavor over a bet (that they couldn’t successfully book a weekend of music). The Anti-Freeze Rock Out reigned supreme: It featured more than 20 bands at a handful of Saratoga Springs venues, and hoards of winter-weary music-loving folk attended.

The pair wanted to do it again last winter, but winter became spring, spring became summer . . . But now they’re on it. And it seems as if the wait was worth it. They’ve enlisted the help of another music fiend, John Suvannavejh, to help make this Rockout (it’s not cold enough for the anti-freeze) even bigger. The shows will take place in Saratoga, Troy and Albany this time around—which will be next Friday and Saturday (Nov. 7-8).

The Saratoga sites are: Last Vestige (437 Broadway), King’s Tavern (241 Union Avenue), Falstaff’s (Skidmore College) and Club Caroline (13 Caroline St.); Rockout Sites South are All Sports in Troy (194 River St.) and Valentine’s (17 New Scotland Ave., Albany).

Mixing their influences of Thin Lizzy and Mötörhead with rockabilly abandon, the Supersuckers will play twice on Friday: a free performance at Last Vestige (5 PM), and later, on the bill with To Hell and Back and Until Sunday at Valentine’s (upstairs, 10 PM). It’s nothing but garage-rock downstairs at Valentine’s that night, with Boston-based Downbeat 5 and local troupe the Staynes (10 PM). Also at 10, the Day Jobs, 4 Minute Mile and Nero will descend upon King’s Tavern.

The Saturday shows are mainly in Saratoga: Ohio-based glam punks Cobra Verde will play at King’s Tavern, with three local acts, mudflap-rockers Coal Palace Kings, heavy-hooksters Small Axe and post-punk seizure rockers the Wasted, sharing the bill. At Club Caroline, it’s the Sixfifteens, the Trauma Queens and the Mitchells; at Fallstaff’s, locals Pirate School (electrified Kamikaze Hearts) and the Weigh Down will play; Scientific Maps and Samantha DeBie will be at Last Vestige. Rockout South will take place at All Sports, with garage legends the Lyres and the Fleshtones, with our local garage legends Thee Ummmm, opening.

Check out rockout.com for a complete schedule.

FILMMAKING ON A SHOESTRING Area avant-garde experimental band and multimedia project Wet Shoe- laces, who won Best Homage to Pre-MTV Peter Gabriel in this year’s Best Of for their Umbref Records release If Gods Were Stoned, have been too busy to get soggy as of late. The Clifton Park-based duo, Allen Bailey and Steve Gregory, landed a job scoring Thunderbubble Pictures’ Chaos Monster and the Sun God, a heartwarming tale of a job opportunity gone bad due to some acid-spiked soda. The film is included on a DVD comp, Lawn Chair Frontier, out on Thunderbubble. Umbref Records has released the CD-soundtrack to Chaos Monster and the Sun God, available on www.wetshoelaces.com. Go to www.thunderbubble.com for the DVD. Bailey and Gregory hold film scoring near and dear to their hearts, so this must have been a good time. Two of their songs are also featured on another film, The Faith Healer’s Manual for the Slightly Inebriated.

The duo have been making music together since 1998, when they were in the trio Queen Elvis together. But they enjoyed the creativity and complexity that recording offered more than performing live, so they retreated to their four-track. Gregory gets his live fix performing bass with Blackcat Elliot and Zen Vandals—and he’s also a multi-instrumentalist with Radical Polynomials and Discordian Liberation Front (band names are a second language to these guys).

Wet Shoelaces’ fifth release, Fanfare for the Umbref King, is due out Friday. It has a handful of songs with words—featuring the disquieting poetry of frequent collaborator E. Aubrey Andrews—and a bunch of instrumental tracks. They’re releasing the album on Halloween, “in honor of the dark atmosphere of the new disk.” Check their Web site for any further information.

A HOLE LOTTA LOVE Metroland is in search of music fans who can write, and who’d like to write, reviews of live shows and records. We’d especially like those interested in DIY basement shows, hiphop, rap and R&B. So send a writing sample or two to: Kate Sipher, Metroland, 4 Central Ave., Albany, NY 12210, or e-mail ksipher@metroland.net.

—Kate Sipher


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