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Rough Mix

LIVE MUSIC GOES PERFECT WITH BEER . . . AND BURRITOS Another music venue is always a very welcome thing. Bombers’ Bar (258 Lark St., Albany) has recently introduced their Sunday night Unstuffed Music Series. The large room in the upstairs bar has proven to be a wonderfully intimate setting, the perfect atmosphere for some serious listening. So far, musicians who have played as a part of this series include the likes of knotworking, the Sifters, Eric Halder, and Pocket Protector, just to name a few; upcoming shows will feature Katie Haverly, Kitty Little, Bryan Thomas, Rob Skane and more. This Sunday, Moxxie will take the window stage. Check the listings in the back of this paper to keep on top of things. For information and booking details, e-mail cantusrecords@hotmail.com.

Bryan Thomas

SOULED OUT On Leap Day (Feb. 29) local soul rocker and new daddy Bryan Thomas released his new CD, Babylon, a testament of his very personal feelings about our government, our country, our country’s war in Iraq, and other political issues. Thomas calls it “a love song to America. . . . But not the blind love that’s been going around of late. This is something deeper. This is seven songs of tough love.” The entire album was recorded live to tape in a single day at Silverstone Studios in Saratoga Springs with Thomas on guitar and vocals, and some local VIPs providing back-up, like Matthew Loiacono, who provides percussion, and Bob Buckley on bass (both of Kamikaze Hearts). Additional guitars were added to some of the tracks later on. Larry DeVivo and Scott Benson engineered and mixed the album. You’re gonna have to be patient to get your hands on a copy, though; Babylon is sold out. However, there should be some more available by the end of the week. Go to www.cdbaby.com to be notified when it’s back in stock.

CHANGING OF THE GUARDS The Sifters have given up their role as ambassadors of the Lionheart’s (448 Madison Ave., Albany) Monday Night Music Series, but fear not. Local singer-songwriter Sean Rowe has stepped up to the plate to take over the live-music night. He will perform regularly, with special guests every week. For more information, call the bar at 436-9530.

SHOWERED WITH DIAMONDS Spring is here, and record-making is in the air. Troy-based Denim & Diamonds (made up of Jason Martin, Chris Skinner and Tyler Jacobsen) have been busy in the studio for a while. The fruit of their efforts will come in the form of an EP called Street Medics Unite!, which will be released soon (we know, that’s vague—we would tell you when if we knew) on Bloodlink Records out of Philadelphia. The CD, which was mixed and mastered at Jason Martin’s analog recording studio in Troy, Magic Recording Eye Studio, has music videos for three of the songs, as well. As if a brand-new EP wasn’t enough, the band will also release a seven-inch split on Asking For Trouble Records out of Glasgow, Scotland, and yet another seven-inch single for “The Cyborg Manifesto” on Televaw Records in Troy. There is actually a contest going on at www.blood link.com, challenging amateur cinematographers to come up with no/low-budget music videos for D&D’s songs. There are directions on the site, and the deadline is April 10. Keep an eye out for these hard-working fellas; they will tour the East coast in April and May in support of their new releases.

I HEART YOU Americana rockers the Kamikaze Hearts are working to release their new EP, The Foxhole Prayers. The release is set for mid-April, and you’ll know when it drops, because the Hearts will start playing around like madmen to celebrate it. To remain up-to-the-minute-in-the-know, you can also visit their Web site, www.kamikazehearts.com, and sign up on their mailing list. You can hear clips from the release there, too. Catch their first local show in quite some time when they play the Lark Tavern (453 Madison Ave., Albany) on Saturday, March 20.

—Kathryn Lurie


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