* My So-Called Band have started their own record label called Suicide Watch Records. The first CD, titled Bomb Threat, is being released this week. The album is a compilation featuring 31 acts from both North and South Carolina and includes local acts The Dead Kings, Luke Warm'z Reception, Drat and Babyshaker. A CD Release Party will be held Saturday, November 3 at Tremont Music Hall; the show will feature My So-Called Band along with Choke Their Rivers With Our Dead and Hairball. For more info on the show, call the club at 704-343-9494.
* Babyshaker are set to release their debut record next month. The band recorded the material for The Best of Babyshaker in Chapel Hill with Ryan Pickett (formerly of Collapsis). A CD Release Party will be held on Saturday, November 10 at Fat City. Vocalist Scott Weaver says an interesting array of "special guests" as well as a horn section will be performing with the band at the show.
* A new public television series, Carolina Calling, is currently in the works. The weekly, hour-long musical variety show will go into production next month and begin airing in April 2002 every Saturday at 8pm on UNC-TV Network. The show, which is free to attend and open to the public, will be hosted by music legend Arthur Smith and will be taped live at either Spirit Square or the Booth Theatre. Musical acts that will be featured on the show will be found through a series of regional talent shows. The third show is scheduled to take place in Chapel Hill on November 11 (a total of five shows will be held). For more details, call 704-366-9336.
* A relatively new local band has landed yet another big opening gig. Green Light, featuring guitarist Kevin Gill, bassist Dustin Hofsess and drummer Adam Snow, will be opening for Charlie Hunter and Robert Walker's 20th Congress at Amos' Southend on Saturday, November 10. The band plans to release a live recording in December of their last appearance at the club, when they opened for John Scofield.
* Another new local band is on the scene and they've started hosting a regular Thursday night gig at Tonic. The Hugh Mann Rhythm Dilemma, featuring Hugh Mann Hu (aka Dave Haire) on turntables, percussion and samplers, Derrick "Th(inc)" Hines on keys and percussion, and Ron Brendle on upright bass, hosts Deep Crates every Thursday beginning at 9:30pm. Each week, members from various bands will join in with the group, and local artists will be on hand to create "live art improvisation" with the music as well. There's no cover charge, but donations are accepted. For more details, call the club at 704-347-2502.
* The King is alive! The Wax Gurus will host an Everybody's Elvis Halloween costume party and show on Wednesday, October 31 at Bailey's in Pineville. Everyone is invited to dress like the King (any era, of course).
* Prey 4 Raine have not one but two new line-ups. Joining original members Christina Raine (vocals) and Matt Parker (guitar) are bassist Daniel Honeycutt and drummer Ben Happach. Raine and Parker also have a new "Prey 4 Raine Blues Band" in the works that will feature Tom Aggeles on drums and Josh Stallard on bass.
* Tina Gibson of Imagine Music Group is now managing Sammy Johns, NC native and noted songwriter (he penned the 1975 hit "Chevy Van"). Johns is currently signed with the Georgia-based label Southern Tracks, which is distributed by Sony Music.
* The House of Blues in Myrtle Beach is currently hosting local and regional acts each Thursday. If you'd like to be considered for a gig, send a press kit and demo to: House of Blues, Attn: Scott Kapp, 4640 Highway 17 S, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582.
* Trax Radio Showcase, a one-hour independent music program currently airing on nine stations in New York and Pennsylvania, is about to become nationally syndicated and is in the process of adding bands to its playlist. Interested bands can submit a press kit and CD to: Trax Radio Showcase, 65 Bryant Woods South, Amherst, NY 14228. For more details on the show, go to www.buffalotrax.com. *