OUR EYES ON YOU: April 2008

LOLITA’S SECRET

Lolita: We’re back from our online-only issue and anxious to hear all about your spring plans. Rita: Aren’t we the one’s who are supposed to tell the readers what going on? Lolita: Well, you can do what you want. I like to know what the readers do. Rita: Maybe you’re in the wrong business. Lolita: Maybe you should take the stick out of your butt and open up that mind of yours! Wait a second—I’m sorry for saying that. I’m just so happy that spring is in the air. On April 12 everyone is coming to my spring celebration—Lolita’s Lovefest. But I don’t want just anyone there, just the people who love me. So I’m going to keep the venue a secret. No one will get this information out of me. Rita: Oh really? Lolita: Yeah, so don’t even try. Will you please pass my “Can” of “Tab.” Rita: You don’t normally drink that crap. Lolita: I know but right now I need that “CanTab” and if you don’t pass it to me I’m going to Club Bohemia you all the way to my Lovefest. Did I mention THE RUDDS, SGT. MAXWELL’S PEACE CHORUS, I HAVE EARS, and THE BOSTON TYPEWRITER ORCHESTRA? Flip back one page and check out the ad.

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SURPRISING INFORMATION

Rita: While Lolita passes out posters in front of 738 Mass. Ave, Central Square, and tries to kiss everyone, I’m going to take this time to find out something new about some of the people we already know. Excuse me Roger, could you tell me something our readers would be surprised to learn about you? ROGER MILLER (Alloy Orchestra/ Mission of Burma): I made the “waiting in line” and “safety instruction” music for the Hulk Ride (Gamma Tube) at the Universal Theme Park in Orlando, Florida. *** AARON GRAY (Milo’s Syndicate): I started my musical career as a trumpet player… marching band, orchestra, jazz ensemble… the whole deal. That was until Metallica called me up and told me to stop being such a pussy. True story. *** PETE SUTTON (Temper): I am actually Joel Simches. *** SEAN MURRAY (Totaro): Something that some of you may be surprised to know about me is that when I was about 13 years old my parents divorced. My father moved away and I have not heard from him more than three times since. I have no idea where he is or even if he is alive. Occasionally (not for while though) someone like and aunt or uncle or maybe even a cousin will have some news on him. If I were to see him now, the first thing I’d say is that I miss and love him and that everything is okay. *** ANNGELLE WOOD (WZLX/ WMFO): I’m a rock and style enthusiast. Never wanting to be a one trick pony, I got into the hair business three years ago and I totally love it. I still do radio—hear me on WZLX. I do the hair stuff at Floyd’s 99 Barbershop on Mass. Ave. in Cambridge. *** WALTER SICKERT (Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys): One of my heroes, the creator of theSimpsons, Matt Groening, caught our set when we opened for the Tiger Lillies at UCLA. After the show he bought our CD and now owns all five of our Jack Ripper-themed art EPs! Come on Matt Tree House of Horror with The Army of Broken Toys! *** LIZ BORDEN (Liz Borden Band): I watch soap operas! ABC soaps, baby! I have watched my whole life! There, I admitted it! I am out of the soap opera closet! I feel free and so much better. Next year I will be marching in the Soap Opera Pride Parade. *** JAKE HALL (The Self Righteous Brothers): One thing readers might be surprised to learn about me is that I was born with both male and female genitalia. Interestingly enough however, I was also born with only four fingers on my left hand. This posed an interesting dilemma with an even more interesting solution. After weeks, my parents agreed to a surgery that would involve removing my existing penis and sewing it onto my left hand to function as a pinky finger. The operation was a great success! To this day, every time I “pinky-swear” with someone, I chuckle to myself… ’cause it means I actually just penis swore. Shhh… Don’t tell! Lolita: I knew I couldn’t trust Jake when he asked me if he could stick his finger in my belly button. *** MR. B (Born of Thunder/ IPR): I am an avid collector of broken ladders. *** MIKE PIEHL (Reverse): Your readers would be surprised to know I did time for perjury. Joliet, Illinois for 10 years. Hey, would I lie about something like that? *** DJ MATTHEW GRIFFIN (The Noise/ Gotharama): My cat can throw a guilt trip on me with just a look. I think it’s time to start getting out of the house more often. *** JIM HEALEY (We’re All Gonna Die): That I have actually been to numerous Star Trek conventions. No, I didn’t dress up. Lolita: Wait a second—weren’t you that Klingon who was hitting on me when I was in my sexy Seven of Nine costume?

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NEWS UNDER A ROCK

Rita: Speaking of sexy costumes—please check out EMPRESS ERIN in LOVEWHIP’s latest video“Gimme That” at www.lovewhip.net. It was shot in Jamaica Plain—some on the streets—some in their cement S&M dungeon. And keeping in character, LOVEWHIP played a birthday party for porn star RON JEREMY (who’s coming out with new adult comedy called Spunk’d). *** JamSpot is opening a second location in Wakefield in April. The new rehearsal complex is located just off of Route 95/128 at exit 42, a few minutes north of the Route 93 interchange. *** THREE DAY THRESHOLD toured Belgium and the Netherlands last month. KIER BYRNES walked onto The Seventh Seal (Het Zevende Zegel in Kluisbergen, Belgium) and there was a gigantic poster of him on the wall. After the show he took it down to bring home to his mom. *** DAN MILLEN is now booking Friday nights at Bill’s Bar and is looking to hip the joint up a little bit. If your band is interested email dan@rockonconcerts.com with links, some history on your band, and your draw around town. *** JIM SEERY (Triple Thick) is booking bands this spring/summer at the Squealing Pig in Provincetown in addition to booking the Plough & Stars Cambridge. Contact Jim at jim@ploughandstars.com. *** Check out local bands on CCTV’s Bandwidth TV. The shows are on the web at cctvcambridge.org. See A.K.A. C.O.D., THREE DAY THRESHOLD, JESSICA RYLAN, and a few more. *** The 30th annual WBCN Rock ’n’ Roll Rumble begins on April 6 with six nights of preliminaries (skipping Wednesday), followed by the semis on 5/18 and 5/19, and the finals on 5/25 (with special guests THE NEIGHBORHOODS!—the winners of the very first Rumble)—all at Harpers Ferry. A full list of the preliminary lineup is on page 35 of this issue. *** LENNYSOLOMON’s anti-war/anti-Bush song “Let’s Go To Mars” was number one on NEIL YOUNG’s Living with War website for over a month. *** UBIQUITOUS won the Opsercian Rompetition held at the Middle East in February. *** This past December BRIAN VIGLIONE (Dresden Dolls) worked with TRENT REZNOR and contributed some drum tracks to NINE INCH NAILS’ new album. *** In the category of strange bedfellows we find AMANDA PALMER (Dresden Dolls), who recently underwent vocal cord surgery, performing with the Boston Pops! Go see the odd coupling on June 19 and 20 at, where else, but, Symphony Hall. Lolita: Are Brian and Amanda in competition for who can come up with the most exciting news? Maybe they should be Rita and Lolita.

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THE PRESIDENTIAL COMPETITION

Rita: Grabbing those headlines are what’s it’s all about. But what are the real issues? How ’bout if we run our own little competition? Let’s see who can come up with the best idea of what the presidential candidates should debate. Okay now, take a number and state your debate suggestion. TIM MUNGENAST (Tim Mungenast & His Preexisting Conditions): Well, since they’re already debating the deficit, the bombed-out economy, our over reliance on fossil fuel, and out half-trillion-dollar war in Iraq, I’d like them to discuss scrapping the Federal Reserve and/or investigating what REALLY happened on 9/11. *** KAREN DeBIASSE (Girl On Top): The new world order and what they’re going to do about it. All of the candidates are all puppets of it anyway so to me it’s just one big show to make us believe we live in a democracy. *** FRANK ROWE (Classic Ruins): I would like to see the candidates debate the question of whether we even need a president at all. Might we not simply install an official simulacron puppet to deliver the priorities of whoever is actually running things instead of continuing the laughable fiction that we are not already doing so? And this mannequin could look like anyone… Santa, Elvis, Bigfoot, Soupy Sales. We could change heads every week and thus spare the election hysteria. The best part is that if the candidates debated this idea, at least one would have to be in favor! *** CARLA DeLELLIS (Johnny D’s): Why doesn’t anyone have the balls to stand up and say it is not okay to discriminate against gays in marriage? It’s a character litmus test every presidential candidate is failing. *** C. MOON MULLINS (Ultrasonic Rock Orchestra/ Damned Dirty Ape): Human rights. The nation has turned from one that stands against the principal of torture, to one that uses torture. Once this nation stood for freedom, and now we propagate fear. Once, we led the world in respect for humans, and now, we vie for leadership in treating people like shit, in both foreign and domestic policy. I would invite the candidates to discuss the numerous specific examples of human rights violations comprise our new national policies: 1) Preemptive military attacks. 2) Suppression of prisoners’ rights. 3) Torture. 4) Lying about maters pertaining to national policy (blowjobs okay; WMD in Iraq, not ok). 5) Policy and (grrrr) business related to health care. *** CHUCK U. ROSINA (WMFO/ WMBR): I would like to see Clinton apologize for her vote to authorize Bush’s war way back when (like Edwards did), and it would be great if both Democratic candidates could come up with honest plans for dismantling our bases in Iraq. *** DAVE TREE (SuperPower/ Drugwar): What I’d like to see debated by the candidates is what responsibilities and consequences should George W. Bush and Dick Cheney and company face for outright lying and misleading this country into a war in Iraq. For one of the most serious crimes committed in this century what penalties do they believe this administration should pay? I believe they should be treated like a common drug dealer; that way not only do they do hard time in a real prison but all their money and assets are taken by the government, which could be used to finance the problems they have created. Lolita: Dave gets my vote! It takes a genius to come up with an idea that is so simple that we all don’t automatically don’t think of it ourselves. Rita: I agree. Let’s see our so-called leaders take some responsibility for the mess they’ve created.

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MUSICAL CHAIRS

Lolita: A time for birth, a time for death. Bands always seem to fall apart—but some members go on to form other bands. We keep track of them here. DAVE WESTNER (Woolly Mammoth Sound/ Jabe) will debut his new band, TORI PYNE, at The Cantab on Friday, May 2. Joining Dave in Tori Pyne are EDDIE ARNOLD (Amun Ra/ Sam Bigelo), BRYAN KILLOUGH (Groove Child), and JUSTIN CASINGHINO (C7). *** 3RD LEFT has added JOHNNY SOUZA on trumpet. *** BORN OF THUNDER features former HUMANOIDS MR. B, MIKE DEMONIK, and JOEY SINN. Their first show is at Church on 6/7. *** LINDA VIENS (Angeline) and C. MOON MULLINS (Ultrasonic Rock Orchestra/ Damn Dirty Ape) have enlisted in SGT. MAXWELL’S PEACE CHORUS. *** Photographer KELLY DAVIDSON is no longer strummin’ the guitar in LIZ BORDEN BAND—and MARIAN (HRT) is now strummin’ guitar in that band. *** J.R. (Sam Black Church) and DUGGAN D (Lost City Angels) perform together in the band THE MEN. *** AWAKENING STICK has disbanded and here’s the fallout: Guitarist/ vocalist JOHN HESS and drummer MATT BURNS have joined up with BRUCE ALLEN (The Doom Buggies) to form THE VOGON POETS while bassist DAN CHASKES has teamed up with JESSICA RODDEN (Apple Betty) for a side project called DC4. Jessica’s husband, GLEN ANDERSON, plays guitar and DAN JEFFS drums for the DC4 project. *** NOELLE (Damone) is now performing with THE ORGAN BEATS. *** SEAN MURRAY has become a hired gun for TOTARO. Sean’s other relatively new project with LIZ BORDEN, THE VELVETS, is already on hiatus. Lolita: You never know when something will come or go, but we’ll let you know when it does.

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MOST IMPORTANT

Rita: Things do come and go, even when they are the most important thing in your life. Lolita, go find out what people believe is most important to them. Lolita: Okay, but I feel like Julie Andrews asking people to sing “These are a few of my favorite things.” Hey, Andrea, could I have a Cape Coder and while you’re pourin’, tell me what’s most important thing in your life. ANDREA GILLIS (Andrea Gillis Band/ The Other Girls): Love, Family, Friends, and great wine! Oh, and did I forget to mention…ROCK ’N’ ROLL! These are the things most important to me! *** DAVE PINO (POWERMAN 5000): The most important thing in my life is reading the thenoiseboard.com everyday. *** LINDA VIENS (Angeline): The most important thing in my life is being a good mama to my precious nine-year-old daughter Ruby! *** SAMMY MIAMI (Shööt the Möön): To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of the women. *** AJDA THE TURKISH QUEEN (Black Fortress of Opium): Freedom. *** BILL GOFFRIER (Big Dipper): It’s easy to say that the answer is family. To be more detailed, it is the work of moving the family forward in life. Gee, I guess that’s called growth. Learning, laughing, and loving. Yeah, I’ve gone soft. *** DAVE BALERNA (The Midway): Not making the same mistake twice is most important. I find it prevents lamenting and wallowing, which I despise. I believe that I like to cross that bridge when I come to it. I just hate when I forget my shit on the other side and have to go back over that fucking bridge and there’s a police roadblock. So I guess it is most important to avoid the jailers. *** BOB BEAUMONT (Guns of Navarone): The most important thing in my life are my children. When I had my first child at the age of 22, I was in a “post-hardcore” band called Aurora. I realized that my new life was not conducive to touring and other such band commitments so musically I laid dormant for a few years. In that time my life was filled with chaos. Now with the stability of a healthy family structure I’ve returned to my music. I’m quite sure I would not be where I am today if it were not for the grounding effect my children. Thanks Jacob and Sofia. Daddy loves you. *** PETER MOORE (Count Zero): A good listener. *** ERIK LINDGREN (Birdsongs of the Mesozoic/ Arf Arf Records): In no particular order—my Irish setter, freedom of speech, original Shaggs’ 45 on Fleetwood, invaluable friendships, agnosticism, concern for others, and staying in good health all immediately come to the mind. *** GENO JOHNSTON (Splint): I would have to go with the obvious answer of family and friends. They are far more important to me than my five platinum records, my Grammy nominations, and even my wicked talented singer. I know that’s hard to believe but my girl, my little ones, and my pals reign supreme. *** MR. CURT (Urban Caravan/ Mr. Curt Ensemble): Ms. Donna, always and forever! Which is also the dearest part of my family and friends and our beloved kitties. *** JON MACEY (Fox Pass): Though that may seem easy to answer or maybe it should be obvious to a person, I do find these days it can be elusive to grasp what it most important to me. I think I may need some quiet time in a far off land on a remote beach. *** ANDERSON MAR (Dark Sky Productions/Paul Green School of Rock): My other half, Matthew Marchesi. I met him at a wedding in a graveyard in 2004, and together we founded the New England Punk, Goth, and Metal Festival; the rest is history! I am so blessed to have someone in my life who shares my love of music and passion for revitalizing the New England scene. *** BRIAN E. KING (Oranjuly/ Performer Magazine): The ability to write and play music, of course! *** KIER BYRNES (Three Day Threshold): Music. Girls just end up leaving you, friends can betray you, and money is as irrelevant as cow shit. Lolita: Wow, Kier. Sounds like you’ve been hit by a Mack truck. Just hang in there—Rita and I will come over some night this week and be two slices of bread if you’ll supply the meat.

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CLUB SCENE EVENTS

Lolita: When it comes to our show suggestions, they are all meat and no potatoes. Rita: Being a vegetarian, I find that expression offensive. What’s wrong with potatoes? ERIN HARPE releases her Delta Blues Duets CD on Thursday, 4/3 at the Alchemist Lounge (in JP)—the duets are with her dad, NEIL HARPE. *** COROLLA DEVILLE headlines the bill at Church on Friday, 4/5. *** DAN ZANES & FRIENDS do four shows at the Somerville Theatre on Friday-Sunday, 5/4-4/6—don’t expect anything like Dan’s previous band, THE DEL FUEGOS; he does cool music for children now. *** On Wednesday, 4/9, the DENNIS BRENNAN BAND shakes up the Lizard Lounge. *** SAL BAGLIO’s URBAN CARAVAN is at the West End Theatre in Gloucester on Friday, 4/11. *** Lolita’s Lovefest on Saturday, 4/12 at the Cantab has turned into quite an orgy of the absurd with THE RUDDS, SGT. MAXWELL’S PEACE CHORUS, I HAVE EARS, and BOSTON TYPEWRITER ORCHESTRA. *** Same night, LONESOME JUKEBOX releases their CD at the Garibaldi Club in North Plymouth, MA. *** MUCK & THE MIRES release a new 4-song 10” vinyl EP on Friday, 4/18 at the Middle East. TOP HEAVY releases their CD at that same party. *** Same night DAVE ARRONOFF releases Dead Bird for Dinner at the Plough & Stars. *** And again on 4/18, GLADIOLA releases There is No Road at the Midway. *** The MassCann benefit is on Saturday, 4/19, at the Middle East with rockin’ bands and an unplugged ROBBY ROADSTEAMER. *** On Thursday, 4/24, AXEMUNKEE is part of a psychedelic music night at PA’s. *** BIG DIPPER reunites at the Middle East Downstairs on Saturday, 4/26. *** For our all-age readers, the finals of the Rock Showdown at the Natick Center for the Arts is on Sunday afternoon (1:00-5:00) 4/27. *** On Tuesday, 4/29, JIMMY RYAN opens the show at Johnny D’s. Lolita: Did you know that a local band has a song called “Ghost of Jimmy Ryan”? Be the first to name that band and win a free pass to Lolita's Lovefest! Rita: I know the answer! Lolita: Well, I do too. But all you really need to know is that this lovefest will be the lovinest ever

 

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