OUR EYES ON YOU: May 2009

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Rita: Springtime in New England—I love it. Lolita:
Yeah, there’s always something to complain about.
Rita: The April showers have brought May flowers. Lolita:
Enough rain already. I can’t stand looking like a rat when I enter
a party.
Rita: Yeah, but when you dry off you probably blossom
like a flower.
Lolita: Then I would have to be a Venus flytrap because
I’m ready to bite someone’s head off.
Rita: Since you’re in such a good mood, why don’t
you go ask our favorite rockers what they know about flowers.
Lolita:
Well, I know that you grow them and that they are good for sticking
into the barrel of a gun.
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FLOWER POWER

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Rita: Look there’s Willie. Go ask him what he
knows about flowers. Is he eating a newspaper?
Lolita: Maybe he’s just digesting the news. WILLIE ALEXANDER
(Willie Alexander): I love flowers especially fleur de mal. Once in 1977
on stage at CBGB I ate some flowers that were presented to me… or
was it a newspaper? *** PATRICK YERBY
(YerbY): Flowers are basically sex organs.
So if a girl accepts flowers from you, there’s a good chance she will
let you violate her. ***
NAT
FREEDBERG
(Satanics): If you
throw ’em on a coffin and cover ’em up with dirt, they don’t come
up no more. ***
JAMES HOULAHAN (Dogs on Television): I know that they tend
to die and end up in famous rock songs. ***
CHERYL
WANNER
(Dreamchild): Bien sûr!
As only the truly deranged can tell, I know full well that
Sleeping Flowers, Severed, Scream
of Slaughter
! Also, here’s
rue for you … but you can wear yours with a difference. ***
HENRY SANTORO
(WFNX): I know a lot about flowers: In Newton, there’s a Rosenbloom
on every corner. And doesn’t everyone know how to plant two-lips? ***
KIER BYRNES
(Three Day Threshold): Well, on our last European tour, I met a girl
that went by the name of “Rose”; a nickname inspired by the massive
vine of roses tattooed across her back. She claimed to be Hank III’s
guitarist’s “Belgium wife” but had no issue about showing anyone
who was inclined to look, and even touch, her newly installed fake boobs.
***
JON MACEY (Fox Pass/ Urban Caravan): I do understand
that flowers are symbolic of a life process: birth, growth, fulfillment,
and death. And then it starts over and again forever. They are under
the ground in the coldest winter day. We don’t really have to wait
for the flowers, they are going to come and we know it. Wish other things
were that certain and comforting.
Flowers is also the title of an excellent (American
only) mid-’60s Stones LP. ***
A.J.
WACHTEL
(Boston Gets a Grip):
I was voted “most likely to de-flower” at the Jonathan Dayton Regional
High School but it always confused me because I HATED gardening. More
recently, disgraced Rep. Chuck Turner from Roxbury once commented to
me that I was “da prince of de flower” when we munched hot dogs
at Simcos on the hill in Mattapan. I was never afraid of being the only
white guy at Simcos because as Chuck fondly remarked to me often: “the
only reason you ain’t shot is because everyone figures you’re either
muy loco or you’re a musician.” ***
SAMMY
MIAMI
(Houndstone): Roses are
red, violets are blue, but nothing compares to the May Day dew! I get
up at the crack of dawn every May 1st and roll around in it, it’s
magic! Also, it’ll most likely be my favorite outdoor activity so
far this year. Go ahead, call me crazy. ***
MICHAEL
BLOOM
(Tim Mungenast &
his Pre-Existing Conditions/ Sgt. Maxwell’s Peace Chorus): I know
that you can keep cut flowers from wilting a little longer by adding
some Sprite to the water. ***
KEITH
NELSON
(Clatter Clatter): They’re
sex coupons.
Lolita: But how much of a coupon discount should
I be giving?

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NEWS

Rita: While Lolita tries to figure out the coupon
value of flowers, I’ll dredge up some rock news.
CARL BIANCUCCI
(Classic Ruins) recorded with his US/UK band the Slumlords in Brighton,
England. The session was produced and features an appearance by x-Damned
guitarist
BRIAN JAMES. Evidence of this recording session will be
made to the public this summer in a 13-song LP on the Devil’s Jukebox
label.
*** SGT.
MAXWELL’S PEACE CHORUS’
“End
War Now” won Best Protest Song, Best Peace Anthem, and Best Song by
a Collective Group of Musicians from a City (Boston) in
Musea Zine. ***
Activist/songwriters
SHANNON
MURRAY
and EVAN
GREER
toured Florida biking
(!) over 1,300 miles, stopping in over 20 towns along the way to offer
interactive workshops and performances on topics like climate change,
feminism, racial and economic justice, and sustainability. ***
ERIC WALSH
(Chillhouse Studios) recorded
STEVEN
TYLER
(Aerosmith) with the
Atlantic Symphony Orchestra. *** The award winning
Shooting
Beauty
film was scored by ERIC SCHMIDER
and
FAITH SOLOWAY and was featured at the Boston Independent
Film Fest in April.
*** Quiet Desperation (possible TV show) is the story of struggling
musicians in the greater Boston area that follows the adventures of
ROBBY ROADSTEAMER, TOM DUSTIN, MEHRAN,
RENALDO
(a.k.a. Chris Coxen)
and
SHAUN BEDGOOD. ***
MATT FARLEY
(Moes Haven) shot
the film
Monsters,
Marriage & Murder in Manchvegas

that will show at the West Newton Cinema on Sunday, 5/31, at 6:00pm.
*** CALLING AVIV won the 15th annual WBCN/Berklee College of Music Battle
of the High School Bands. ***
Topshelf
Records signed the Connecticut-based MY HEART TO JOY and will release
bands debut CD,
Seasons
In Verse
, nationally
on 7/30.
*** AMANDA “Fucking” PALMER (as she now refers to herself) is performing
in
With the Needle that
Sings in Her Heart
, an original
play, at Lexington High School. Performances are 5/7 to 5/9 (doors at
7:30) at the LHS Theater.
Rita: Lolita, maybe you should ask Amanda how much
of a discount she gives for flowers.
Lolita: I hear she gives very good flowers.
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MUMS THE WORD

Rita: I think it would be a good idea to return to
some normal PG conversation. You do know that Mother’s Day is May
10—so let’s ask a question about the female who was responsible
for bringing us into the world.
Lolita: I’m going to ask people what song epitomizes
their mom.
DAMIAN DAVID (4”Stud): No! “Color Me Badd” did NOT
just instantly come to mind and either did “Air Supply”! Those would
be John Brady’s moms’ songs. The song that best epitomizes my mom
would be “Moon River” by Johnny Mercer. She simply watched me drift
to find my way ever since I was young… and she loved that George Peppard
guy before he worked with Mr. T. Plus it was the mom/son dance at my
wedding. Every year I take the drive back to where I grew up to have
lunch with her on Mother’s Day. This year I’ll bring her a copy
of the
Noise. Happy Mother’s Day, Mom! *** SIMON RITT
(the Darlings): “I Wish I Was Your Mother” by Mott the Hoople. ***
SLIMEDOG
(the
Noise): My mother, whose birthday is May 9, if a
pretty tough cookie—so I’ll go with “Tough Enough” by the Faboulous
Thunderbirds. ***
MARYA
MCLAUGHLIN
(Slow Century):
For me, the song that has always been my mom’s is “The Circle Game”
by Joni Mitchell. Growing up she definitely had a huge impact of my
involvement in music and the arts, and Joni Mitchell was a staple within
the household. This song symbolizes growth through the passage of time,
and she said it always reminds her of my brother and me. Now, when I
hear it, I think of her. ***
WILL
DAILEY
(Will Dailey): “Maggie
May” by Bob Dylan. ***
DUNCAN
WILDER JOHNSON
(Destruct-o-thon):
Hey Jude. My mom’s name is Jude. ***
FRANCIS
DIMENNO
(Wrong Hero/the Noise):
My mom used to walk around the house singing “I (Who Have Nothing),”
in the version made popular by Terry Knight & the Pack (#46 in 1966)—practically
the last gasp of the prestigious Cameo-Parkway label. ***
LIZ BORDEN
(Liz Borden Band): I am not sure there is one song. There are so many.
When I was a kid in NY my mother hung out with musicians. It was great.
You never knew who would show up. If I had to pick one, it would be
Janis Joplin’s version of “Piece of my Heart.” She loved Janis
and has always lived with her heart leading the way. Not always with
the best results. ***
JOE
COUGHLIN
(the Noise): It’s not about my mom, or even moms in
general, but Mott the Hoople’s “I Wish I Was Your Mother” is a
heartbreaker, you’ll get the connection if you hear it. Otherwise, Sinead
O’Connor’s “This Is To Mother You” would probably qualify. Unfortunately,
so would the Stones’ “Mother’s Little Helper.” And Queen’s
“Tie Your Mother Down.” She was into that stuff (okay, not really).
***
SELDAWG (Onebigmess): “One Bourbon, One Scotch,
and One Beer.”
Lolita: I guess that would explain your strange name—your
mom must have slurred some meaningless sound to the doctor at your birth.
She was probably trying to say “Sheldon.” No wonder your band name
is ONEBIGMESS. You should get some therapy that will take you back to
your birth and straighten everything out. The new name of your band
could be NEATASAWHISTLE featuring
SHELDON
PROPERTON
.
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MUSICAL CHAIRS

Rita: Lolita is great at giving advice when it
doesn’t have to do with her screwed up life.
Lolita: It’s always harder to see the forest before
the trees when it’s in your own backyard. Especially when there’s
a brick wall outside your window.
Rita: I think we’re supposed to be talking about
musical chairs.
Lolita: But it’s hard to play that game around
a park bench when there’s someone covered in newspaper sleeping on
it.
Rita: Try buying the bench from them next time.
Now without any more bull turds, we bring you the news of local musicians
doing their dance to arrange their lives in the best situation for success
in the music business.
ELLIE
VEE
and JOE
WIZDA
(x-the Charms) now play
in JEDDO STARS. ***
TROY
SCHOELLER
of Horror Business
has a new band is called RAZORS IN THE NIGHT. *** THE CELLO CHIX have
found their drummer dude in
GEORGE
NICKSON
. *** KRISTINA
JOHNSON
played her final gig
with HO-AG. She’s headed off to school, making her the fourth HO-AG
member lost to higher education. *** They’ve been around for a few
months but we’ve yet to mention them—the METAL & GLASS ENSEMBLE
with our old friend
MATT
SAMOLIS
on flute, and eight
other musicians, including two who just play glass. ***
KATHY HAZE
has taken over the lead singing chores in JADED. ***
NATE
ROGERS
and MIKE
MIRABELLA
(x-Scamper/Brendan
Boogie Band) are launching a new pop project called the Future Everybody.
Lolita:
Wow, can everyone be in that band?
Rita: They’d probably let you shake your maracas
if you bring them flowers.
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OUTSIDERS

Lolita: Well then, I better go pick some flowers.
I’d actually do anything to get away from sitting at this computer.
In fact, I’ll just call in my little interesting tidbits on my iPhone.
Rita:
You don’t have an iPhone.
Lolita: Okay, I was really planning on just using
a Dixie cup on a string while I sit out in the yard.
Rita: I know just being outside is a real pleasure. Lolita:
While I’m out there, I’ll ask every musician that walks by, what
the favorite thing you’ve done outside so far this year.
Rita:
Excellent. Make sure you turn the volume up on your Dixie cup.
LINDA VIENS
(Angeline): My favorite thing I did outside this year so far was meditating
under the full moon on a volcanic rock cliff high above the Caribbean
Sea in Tulum, Mexico. ***
MATT
J
(the Bynars): I went outside with
my Captain Kirk uniform on, screamed “KHAAAAAN!” and went back inside
to watch more
Star Trek. *** TIM
DINNEEN
(Singuya): There’s
something to be said for standing around outside with a frosty cold
adult beverage in your hand while a succulent rack of ribs sizzle and
pop next to a couple of burgers on the BBQ. You just can’t beat
drinkin’ and grillin’. ***
KAREN
DeBIASSE
(Girl On Top): Being
outdoors in the woods or at the beach is a great way to relax and be
one with nature. We bought a gorgeous black German shepherd named Bonzo
a few years back, so every time he comes with us on our adventures it
is my favorite thing to do outside. ***
CHUCK
U. ROSINA
(WMBR/ WMFO): Winter
in New England. You can’t make it go away, so we embraced it.
My wife and I, and another couple, spent three days snow-shoeing in
the backcountry of the White Mountains. We came upon frozen waterfalls,
ice-covered lakes, serene and peaceful. Often we four were the
only humans around, communing with nature. ***
DARRON
BURKE
(Makeshift Studio): I
rebuilt a vintage wooden Rogers snare drum and used bamboo that grows
in our yard for the job. I shaped a piece and glued it in, voila! ***
MICHELLE PAULHUS
(Andrea Gillis Band): Spending the day on a deserted island in the Caribbean.
The only inhabitant was a fat and very happy housecat. Doesn’t get
any better. ***
DAVID AVERY (Powderfinger Promotions): I did a lot of
snowshoeing in the woods this winter. And then there was snowball baseball—a
game that can be either harmless or deadly, but is rarely in the middle
due to some people’s ability to make some horrendously fierce ice
balls. Yes, bring on the “ball” jokes. ***
MR.
CURT
(Mr. Curt Ensemble): It
was mid-January, 7:00 am, one of those absolutely freezing days (say
about three degrees!), and I was sitting in my school bus waiting for
some children to arrive. The windows were completely frosted though
the heat was on. I grabbed my pen and notebook and jotted down my impressions,
which became my newest song, “File Under Winter.” Add some music
to your day! ***
GENE JOHNSTON (Dead Friends): I took my dirt bike out last
week and the experience was soooo vindicating. Is it me or was this
winter effin painful and long? I think it altered my brain. Firing my
motocross bike up and hearing that bumblebee on steroids tone echo through
the woods of Oxford, MA soothed my soul in ways I can’t even explain.
The smell of pine, tons of mud, sand, trees blurring by and a beaver.
Hellz Yea! ***
CORIN ASHLEY (the Pills): I’m getting pretty fruity in my old age and
really into staring at trees lately. My three year old and I have been
taking big hikes in the woods with our bulldog and we agree that trees
are just really cool. I’ve just been having a lot of pleasant early
childhood associations flooding back, staring at the branches until
everything goes all cosmic on us. ***
SHADY (the Crushing Low/ the Noise): As much as I complain about it, heading
out for a really long walk with Mrs. Shady and our pooch has been the
best thing so far this year outside, now we just need to get to the
beach.
*** PETER
MOORE
(Count Zero/ Peter Moore):
I was in Nevada in March. One morning we got up early and drove an hour
outside of Vegas to the Valley of Fire. There’s a (far less vibrant)
video example of how cool this is on petermooreworld.com where I apparently
confuse the words “rocks” with “rain” and my real last name
with Gabriel. And earnestness with Velveeta. ***
NICOLE
TAMMARO
(Nicole Tammaro Photography):
My favorite thing I did outside this year… so far… was rippin’
into some ass who thinks it’s okay to park his car on my private way
in Somerville and walk to his work. I have not seen that car back…
yet. ***
CHRIS PEARSON (Ekranoplan): In February, I went skiing for
the first time in almost 17 years in Stowe, Vermont. I thought I’d
be all wobbly on the slopes, but it came right back to me. Vigorous
alpine sports are great for chasing the winter blahs away! ***
ANDERSON MAR
(Dark Sky Productions/ the Paul Green School of Rock): Pedestrian-yelling.
It’s considered a bonafide sport in places like Rhode Island. I’m
continually amused at how many joggers will look down when you yell,
“Your socks are untied!” out a car window.
Lolita: Sounds like you, Anderson, and Nicole would
have fun yelling at people together. We prefer that you start bringing
them flowers.
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ALL GOIN’
OUT TOGETHER

Rita: Here’s what’s happenin’… On Sunday
afternoon (2-5pm), 5/3, just about every Boston musician will perform
acoustically at
Celebrating
& Remembering Jeanne Connelly

at T.T. the Bear’s. *** The Mark Sandman Music Project presents
RICK BERLIN
& the Old Stag String Quartet (featuring FABRIZIO MAZZETTA) on Saturday,
5/9 (doors at 7:30pm) at Hi-N-Dry, the Armory (191 Highland Ave., Somerville,
MA). *** Same night EVERYDAY VISUALS are at Great Scott. *** CHANDLER
TRAVIS PHILHARMONIC plays the Midway Cafe on Sunday, 5/10/09. *** At
In a Pig’s Eye,
DEREK
RANDO
gathers a croud on Wednesday,
5/13. *** On Friday, 5/15, Slainte in Portland, ME, holds its GoGirls
Showcase with BAR SAINTS & SINNERS. ***
PJ
GRAY
joins SOUL-LE-LU-JAH on
Saturday 5/16 at Zuzu. *** HALLELJAH THE HILLS headlines at the Middle
East Downstairs on Friday, 5/22. ***
AL
JANIK
’s PLASTYCZNY SER ORKESTRA
returns with the annual polka party celebrating Saint Stanislaus Day
on Saturday, 5/23, at the Polish American Club (747 Cambridge Street,
Cambridge). Good Polish eats included with the price of admission. ***
SKY SO GREY CD Release Parties are on Saturdays, 5/23 and 5/30, at the
Cantab. ***
RYAN LANDRY & the Gold Dust Orphans present Willie Wanker and the Hershey Highway at Machine Nightclub (aka the Ramrod— 1254
Boylston Street). It runs every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through
5/24. *** FLUTTR EFFECT swarms Johnny D’s on Friday, 5/29. ***
Rita:
Please buy a T-shirt from a local band this week.
Lolita: Maybe they’ll bring you flowers if you
do.
Rita: See you in June, when many more flowers arrive!

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