Sharp Notes January 13 2001

Lift off. Lift was recently chosen as one of the 10 semi-finalists in Sam Goody's snappily titled Bandomonium 2000 "ultimate band search." Although the title is outdated, fans are encouraged to log in at www.samgoody.com between Jan. 16 and Feb. 16 to vote. Lift was also recently awarded "Best Of 2000" for their September EP in L.A.'s Music Connection magazine.
Loy has left the building. Kingsized's yearly tribute to Elvis was bittersweet since it was longtime drummer Loy (aka LG, aka Peanut, aka Payday) Franklin's last gig with the horn-fueled lounge/jazz/rock group. The former force behind Atlanta's the Famous Hoods blues band, Loy is moving to Seattle for his full-time job.
Still wogglin'. Those of you who didn't make it over to Europe to catch the Woggles in early December can experience every one of their three-chord songs by tapping in at www.vpro.nl/3voor12. It's their complete Dec. 6 set at Club Lekk in Amsterdam, broadcast for our Scandinavian friends on VPRO radio. Europe hasn't gotten its fill of Woggle-mania yet, though. The Professor and the boys are back in Spain this week. Their new live album, recorded at the Star Bar, is currently being mixed and is scheduled for release in the spring.
Tractor trailer. Athens' Love Tractor, the moderately successful band whose last album was released a whopping 11 years ago, has reformed. The three original members are joined by some hired hands — including former R.E.M.'er Bill Berry — and will release an album of new songs, The Sky at Night, on the Razor & Tie label in early March. No word on tour plans yet.
Atlanta-based gospel singer Dottie Peoples joins former local lass Toni Braxton on the extensive list of nominees for the NAACP Image Awards. Braxton is nominated in three high-profile categories, but Peoples is also up for some stiff competition from the likes of Aaron Neville in the Outstanding Gospel Artist-Traditional field. The show will be held March 3 and broadcast on Fox March 9