GREG HAYMES Staff writer
Section: PREVIEW,  Page: P7

Date: Thursday, January 13, 1994

In recent years, Guns N' Roses simultaneously released two albums, and so did Bruce Springsteen.

But 1313 Mockingbird Lane -- Albany's own band of garage-rock gurus -- has gone them one better, having just released three -- count 'em, three -- recordings, all at the same time. First up is "Triskaidekaphobia" -- which means "fear of the number 13" -- a mighty nifty 11-song compact disc released by New York City's Midnight Records. Recorded at Albany's Hyland Studio, the album features such original gems from the band as "Teenage Frankenstein," "Surfin' & Draggin' the Hudson" and "(I Don't Wanna) Hold Your Hand," as well as such nearly forgotten nuggets as the Flamin Groovies' "Teenage Head" and a raucous, recorded-live-at-Bogie's romp through Freddy Cannon's "Tallahassee Lassie."

1313 Mockingbird Lane also fires up a raw-edged cover of the Flamin Groovies' "Slow Death" on its simultaneous vinyl single release on the band's own Scarab Records.

Wrapping up 1313 Mockingbird lane's hat-trick of releases is "Froot Boots," a four-song, seven-inch vinyl EP, also on Scarab Records, that's the loosest, goosiest slab of the bunch. The back cover boasts that the tunes were "recorded in 2-track low-fi stereo," and they weren't kidding. Garage rock just doesn't get any garagier than this stuff, as the band blasts through "Latin Louie," "Hey Joe," "Hey, Hey, Hey" and an homage titled "Albany," which the band credits to songwriters "Corning-Whelan-Conelly."

Led by founding members Haunted Hausmann on guitar and vocals and Kim on organ, 1313 Mockingbird Lane will be celebrating its triple-threat set of releases with a rock 'n' roll bash at QE2 (12 Central Ave., Albany) tonight. Opening the show will be New York City bands the Astro Zombies and the Throwcats.

SINGIN' A JAZZ SONG: Back in August, pianist Peg Delaney brought together three of the Capital Region's most sparkling jazz vocalists -- Colleen Pratt, Jody Shayne and Teresa Broadwell -- for what was slated to be a one-time-only performance at the Rensselaerville Institute.

After the audience's overwhelmingly favorable response, the group decided to continue to make special appearances together, and that's exactly what's going to happen when Jazz Voices -- as they now call themselves -- take over the microphones at Mill Road Acres (30 Mill Road, Latham) at 7 p.m. Sunday.

In addition to Delaney, the band will also feature drummer Mike Benedict and bassist Pete Tiogo. The three jazz singers will each perform in their usual solo format before teaming up as a trio to blend their vocal styles into lush harmonies and tight arrangements.

A VERY STRANGE WEEKEND: Mister Strange is slated to rock Bogie's (297 Ontario St., Albany) tonight and Charity's (Routes 9 & 146, Clifton Park) on Saturday. You can also find Jeff Strange (no relation) at Mill Road Acres (30 Mill Road, Latham) tonight and at the Omni Albany Hotel (State & Lodge streets, Albany) on Monday. And on Friday, Strange Arrangement heads into Bogie's (297 Ontario St., Albany).

Very strange, indeed.

And speaking of Mister Strange, the band's music video for "I Love My Smile" took top honors on "Music Scoupe" back in November, and the clip has advanced to the semifinal round of competition, which will take place on the hour-long, nationally syndicated television show "Music Scoupe" this weekend. The show airs locally on WXXA-TV (Channel 23) at 11 p.m. Sunday.

More than fifty unsigned bands from all across the country are competing in the video battle of the bands, and the grand prize is a recording contract with I.R.S. Records. Tune in and vote often.

PIGLET PARTY: One of the hottest new bands on the Capital Region alternative rock scene is Piglet, a five-piece melodic noise combo that's only been together for only about six months.

Piglet isn't wasting any time, either. The band has just finished its debut recording at Scarlet East Studio, and the results will be unveiled on Tuesday night at QE2 (12 Central Ave., Albany) when Piglet celebrates the release of its as-yet-untitled five-song cassette. Sharing the stage with Piglet at its tape release party will be Festering Gobs of Pus and Myxlptx.


Straight outta Union College, Wok the Dog lays down groovy tunes at Pauly's Hotel (337 Central Ave., Albany) tonight. ...

Nobody's Girls head into the Lark Tavern (453 Madison Ave., Albany) tonight and the Metro (17 Maple Ave., Saratoga Springs) on Friday, before teaming up with Tina Ward & the Matter Babies at Bogie's (297 Ontario St., Albany) on Saturday. ...

Bad Go-Getter gets down at Rolls Touring Co. (87 Fourth St., Troy) on Friday and at Haggerty's (155 Delaware Ave., Delmar) on Saturday. ...

New Vision entertains at the official grand opening of City Limits at the Northway Inn (1517 Central Ave., Colonie) on Friday and Saturday nights. ...

At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Eamonn's (151 Menands Road, Loudonville) will host a benefit concert for the Junior League of Troy featuring entertainment by Eamonn McGirr, Frank Jaklitsch and others. ...

Also on Saturday night, Alien Folklife lands at Mother Earth's Cafe (217 Western Ave., Albany), CD3 jazzes up Vito McMurphy's (124 Washington Ave., Albany) and the Landfill Mountain Boys fill the stage at the Eighth Step (14 Willett St., Albany). ...

In the bookstores, folk-rockers Empath's Diary at Borders Book & Music (59 Wolf Road, Albany) at 8 p.m. Friday, while Vocalese takes over at Barnes & Noble (20 Wolf Road, Colonie) at 1 p.m. Sunday. ...

Headbangers Kaptain Krunch team up with Joya Suicide at Saratoga Winners (Route 9, Latham) on Saturday and then head over to Bogie's (297 Ontario St., Albany) on Sunday to share the stage with Doomsday, Cryptic Fate and Odium.