OUR EYES ON YOU: Dec 2009

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RE-GIFT

Lolita: Okay, December may be a cold month, but when else do people so readily buy you presents? You know, I could use a pair of Steve Madden Pandita boots, guitar-pick earings, Parigina over-the-knee pattern tights, and a Woolrich pink plaid cowgirl shirt. Rita: While you’re at it, I’ll take a boiled wool cardigan sweater and a pair of green suede clogs. But maybe we should be asking what other people want. Lolita: Yeah, that’s the downside of December. Think of all the wasted money on terribly inappropriate gifts. That’s why I readily re-gift. Rita: I like to craft my own gifts to give. This year I’m working on driftwood mirrors with seashells. Lolita: I hope the mirrors are looking better than last year’s fruitcake. Was there really cement in that recipe? Rita: At least I don’t re-gift band’s promo CDs to the same bands that release them. Lolita: It’s obvious to me that the bands must like their own music—I just want to make them happy. Rita: Let’s see what will really make people happy—ask your friends what they want for Christmas. And if they’re Jewish, ask them what they want for Hanukkah—and just be ready to substitute in Kwanza, Winter Soltis, Ramadan, or the Boston Tea Party.
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CHRISTMAS RECEIVING

Rita: Look there’s Sleazegrinder—he’s writing
for that British magazine—ask him what gift he’d like.
Lolita:
Sure! Sleazegrinder—what would you like planted on you this holiday
season?
SLEAZEGRINDER (Classic
Rock Magazine
): Cracktorch
reunion. Or a Vincent Price shrunken head kit. Whichever is cheaper.
***
JORDAN VALENTINE (Sunday Saints/ Brownboot): For Christmas,
I shall require ten feet of sturdy rope, two chickens, ten pounds of
baker’s chocolate, a Mandarin-to-Portuguese translator, and seven
one-way tickets to Istanbul. Oh, and a new pair of cozy slippers. Thanks.
***
BILLY BORGIOLI (the Varmints): The gift I want is a Varmints
CD with the new line-up of Josh, Danny, and Fred. We have more than
enough songs! ***
BEN DEILY (Varsity Drag): All I really want is an M136
AT4 shoulder-fired rocket launcher… and a pony. ***
LISA DEILY
(Varsity Drag): Bail money. ***
MATT
JATKOLA
(the Bynars): All I
want for Christmas is
Perfect
Strangers: Seasons 1 and 2

on DVD. ***
BUBBA GRIMM (Danse of the Macabre): As always there are
many practical things that I could use for Christmas this year—clothes,
money for my bills, gift certificates. However, I always want the most
impractical thing out there. So what I want for Christmas this year
is a framed autographed photo of Vincent Price (
The
Oblong Box
) to match the autographed
photo of Christopher Lee (
Dracula) that I received last year from my fiancé. Lolita:
Wow—Vincent Price actually carries some weight long after Halloween
is gone. ***
LANTZ BOYLES (Regressing to Apes): I would like to see
the Dodge Street Bar & Grille stand as a catalyst for the North
Shore music scene and for all of us to be successful. There are
so many great bands that pass through here. ***
LINDA
VIENS
(Angeline): For Xmas I
would love plane tickets to someplace beautiful and exotic. ***
PAUL ROBICHEAU
(
the Improper Bostonian): An iPhone on the network of my choice…
okay, I’d settle for a new iPod. ***
NANCY
NEON
(Noise/ Varmints mgr.): My ideal Christmas present
would be a double bill of the Varmints and the Waldos starring Walter
Lure of the Heartbreakers in NYC, Boston, and Worcester. Talk about
guitargasmatic!
***
RODRIGO VAN STOLI (BrownBoot/Noble Rot): I want a tailored suit,
an office bar with lots of vodka and a busty secretary screening my
calls. Yes, for Christmas, I want to be Don Draper from
Mad Men.
Hold the disgruntled wife, please. ***
ALLAN
SHEINFELD
(ROY SLUDGE): February. Lolita:
That’s so thoughtful of you, Alan— you want to skip right over January
because you know the
Noise isn’t published between Christmas and February.

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INTERNATIONAL
NEWS

Rita: That’s a good thing to remind people. This
issue of the
Noise covers both December and January—so look
for our next entertaining Top 10 issue in February, 2010.
Lolita:
Wow. That’s really moving into the future with a number like that.
Rita:
Yep, the future keeps coming, but all we have to do is live in the present.
Lolita:
That reminds me of when my old rich boyfriend bought me a house for
Christmas—I was definitely living in the present.
Rita: While Lolita baffles us with her consciousness,
or lack of it, I’ll deliver the news, even some international news—and
it’s more important than anything you’ll hear on TV. PERSIAN
BLUE’s drummer
ZEKE was touring Malaysia with his band ZMP between
Persian Blue gigs. ***
AMANDA
PALMER
is selling out shows
in Singapore. *** HO-AG toured a good chunk of Europe (Spain, France,
Netherlands, Luxembourg) in November. *** RAZORS IN THE NIGHT has a
7” single clear vinyl single that is splattered with red (blood) released
in Germany. ***
RICK HARTE has been stuck in re-issue mode with releasing
the MISSION OF BURMA catalog to Matador, doing the music for Burma’s
DVD, reissuing BIRDSONGS OF THE MESOZOIC material on Cuneiform, doing
JOHN FELICE’s Pretty Nothing CD
for Norton, and the current release of THE NEATS on his own Ace of Hearts
label. Without the reissuing and transferring the vinyl releases to
CDs, Rick’s past work would be lost. *** In the “we forgot to give
photo credit” category—last month we messed up on some of our favorite
photographers. The photo of Mission of Burma was taken by
BILL T MILLER;
the one of Billy Conway was taken by
WAYNE
VIENS
; and the photo of Susan
Tedeschi was taken by
T
MAX
. *** When RCA recording
artist
LANDON PIGG arrived in town to play the Paradise he put
an ad in the
Globe looking for musicians to sit in with him.
Violinist
CLARA KEBABIAN (Mr. Curt Ensemble) showed up at soundcheck
and was picked to play on “Ghost” which will be included on a future
record. *** Look at all the New England acts that have their music
in the nationally released edgy teen feature film
Sill
Green
—THE CURTAIN SOCIETY,
FUTURE JOYNER, STEVE MAYONE, DJ KAZ GAMBLE, WAITING FOR SULLY, and ORANGE
ISLAND. *** The
Phoenix Media Group and Foxwoods are looking for the
best new version of the Foxwoods theme song, “The Wonder of It All.”
Big prizes are involved. Go to www.bethewonder.com and download the
kit to get started. *** Plough & Stars celebrated their 40th anniversary
in November. ***
SHADY (the Noise/Pure Fiction) done knocked up Jill and the
results, culminated on 10/27/09, was a 7 lbs., 12oz., 20.5-inch girl
named Madeline. ***
WILLIE
ALEXANDER, JOHN POWHIDA, JAMES MONGOMERY
and
many more New England icons will be part of the Rock ’n Soul Holiday
Concert benefit for the Music Museum of New England at the Regent Theatre
in Arlington, MA on Sunday, 12/13. *** Boston Music Spotlight is holding
a benefit for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation on Thursday, 12/3
at Hennessy’s Hooley House. Featured bands are CASSAVETTES, SHADWELL,
THREE DAY THRESHOLD, and TASTE. *** THADDEUS HOGARTH BAND celebrated
its 10th anniversary with the release of
Live
at Bose II: The DVD
—a follow
up to the award-winning
Live
at Bose
. *** JOHN
EYE
got signed to H1 Massive
and has already created three videos. *** New England Sports Network
(NESN) made an offer to pick up
SCOTT
MATALON
’s new reality TV
show about a local Allston boxing club,
Boston
Boxing,
with a Fit Students
For Life charity program, and is offering prime airtime after the Bruins
games.
Lolita: Wow, Scott is an active guy, with a tattoo
shop (Stingray Body Art), a band (Matalon), and a TV show! How does
he juggle it all?

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THREE IMPORTANT
ATTRIBUTES

Rita: You know juggling is one of the most important
attributes I need in a man.
Lolita: I need one with lots of money or lots of
talent.
Rita: Let’s find out the three most important
attributes people want to find in a perspective mate.
Lolita: Okay, P.J., you heard the question—what
you want in your perfect mate?
P.
J. O’CONNELL
(P. J. O’Connell
Explosion): (1) As the song goes, she must love how I love her; (2)
she must love Fenway Park; (3) Forgiveness is her middle name. ***
FRANK STROM
(
Noise): Black hair, Greek, and formerly pregnant.
***
SARAH RABDAU (Sarah RabDAU and Self-Employed Assassins/
Ad Frank & the Fast Easy Women): I started to make a list of the
three most important attributes, but it ended up being 15 points long.
In summary, I’m a handful and there is only one—Peter Moore… but
with more money. So, two points really. ***
SUSAN
EMERSON
(Gloucester Music):
Three things most important in a partner: (1) one who would be comfortable
giving a gift from a second-hand store; (2) one who would take time
to sort through my dusty bookshelf writing down a list of titles of
a given author, then take it to a used bookstore to search out one not
on the list in his hand; (3) one who would sit next to me on the floor
by the Christmas tree and kiss my neck just below my ear lobe, even
though I smelled like an Edmond Fallot blackcurrant French Dijon mustard.
***
FRANK ROWE (Classic Ruins): My love must have a full,
well-rounded body, a slim, graceful neck, and a wide, flat fretboard.
***
AJ WACHTEL (Boston
Gets a Grip
): Easy question—for
me the three most important attributes I look for in a woman are: first,
she has to be blonde (and the collar should match the cuffs); second,
she must be deaf; and last she must be dumb (I enjoy having a mute girlfriend
but dumb as in stupid also works for me). Any interested woman who fit
the bill may contact me through T Max.
Lolita: Luckily T Max prefers blonds that are smart
as a bell, like me.

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MUSICAL CHAIRS

Rita: Do I hear a bell? Oh yes, it’s that dumbbell
Lolita insisting that she’s the smartest thing. She’s not happy
enough being gifted with a perfect body and healthy teeth and a collection
of boots to die for. No—she needs to think she’s smart too. Okay,
enough about my less fortunate half sister, on with the news about band
members and their situations.
WENDY
MITTLESTSDT
(x-Cyanide Valentine)
is rehearsing with THE ELEVATOR DROPS for a big one-time-only reunion
on Friday, 10/18, at Middle East Downstairs. *** SCRAPES include at
least one member of GANGGREEN—and his name is
WALTER
GUSTAFSON
(see our incoming
mail section). *** WOODY GIESEMANN & FRIENDS includes
WOODY GIESEMANN
(Del Fuegos) on piano,
JON
COHAN
on drums, RICHARD O’CONNELL on bass, with MIKE
PYLE
and PHIL
KAPLAN
on guitars. *** Out
in Los Angeles there’s an x-Boston supergroup recording at
MICHAEL EISENSTEIN’s
(Letters to Cleo) studio—they’re called MATT BUNSEN & THE BURNERS,
and consists of
TODD SPAHR (the Cavedogs), AARON
TAP
(Paula Kelley), CRAIG MACINTYRE
(Wheelers and Dealers),
and MATT
SILBERT
(Seks Bomba). They
promise a Boston show in 2010. *** Members of FAT DAY are in EXSAMWA.
They’re not a very new band but we just noticed them. *** BROWNBOOT
is
JORDAN VALENTINE (Sunday Saints) on vocals, ROD
VAN STOLI
(Bang Camaro) on
vocals,
JIM ZAVADOSKI (the Damn Personals) on bass, MATT SULLIVAN
(Cocked n’ Loaded) on guitar, and
WES
NARRON
(Noble Rot) on drums.
***
SEAN MORALES (bass) and MARCUS
SKAPARS
have formed the new
rhythm section for DAVE CRESPO’S AFTER PARTY. ***
BRIAN
VIGLIONE
(Dresdens Dolls/ Nine
Inch Nails) is laying down drums on a BLACK FORTRESS OF OPIUM track
titled “Unraveling.” He’s also playing with THE CLIKS on Saturday, 12/12, downstairs at the Middle East. ***
ASA
BREBNER, JASON KERN, JESSIE GRIFFITHS
,
and
JAY JANNERY are THE BRAMBLE JAM from the White Mountains
of New Hampshire. *** DOWNBEAT 5 have a new drummer in
JEFF
NORCROSS
(the Weisstronauts).
*** ROCKSTEADY SUPER SOUL REVUE consists of
RIKKI
ROCKSTEADY
on vocals, DICK TATE
(Slaves) on guitar,
DUGGAN (x-Lost City Angels/ the Men) on bass, DAVE NORTON
(the Men/ Victory at Sea) on drums, and
ISSAC
SUSSMAN
on keyboards. *** ALEX NECOCHEA
(Bang Camaro) has joined TOWNSHIP and made his debut appearance with
the band at T.T. the Bear’s in November. ***BRITANICA has been invading
the North Shore with their Brit tribute—members include
TED SOLOVICOS
(guitar/vocals),
PETER
TENTINDO
(guitar/vocals), RICHARD MEADER
(keys/vocals),
ED McNIFF (bass), JIM
SIMONIAN
(drums), and TOM PASCHETTO
(drums). ***
JESSE GALLAGHER (Apollo Sunshine) is spinning for your ear
enjoyment now under the name NIGHTTIME GALLAGHER. Catch him at T.T the
Bear’s on Wednesday, 12/23. ***
CORIN
ASHLEY
(the Pills) has formed
the CORIN ASHLEY QUARTET along with
BRIAN
KING
(Oranjuly) on piano, CORY HARDING
(the Pills) on guitar, and
MARR
BURWELL
(the Great Bandini)
on drums.
Lolita: Is that Brian King of What Time is it Mr.
Fox?
Corin: I believe this is a younger fellow who did
some work with
BLEU.

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HEALTH CARE

Rita: What’s the most common question asked? Lolita:
Do you want to come home with me?
Rita: No. It’s “How ya doin’?” Lolita:
I’m fine. How are you?
Rita: My point is that the most common question
is about the health of a person.
Lolita: Okay, I’m a little sniffily. Rita:
Let’s ask if people have any thoughts about healthcare. After all
it is currently one of the most discussed topic in Washington DC right
now.
Lolita: Oh, did the swine flu break out big down
there?
Rita: Just get people’s opinions about health
care.
Lolita: Okay, but doesn’t everyone want to be healthy?
Okay, I’ll ask the question. Evan, do you have any thoughts about
health care?
EVAN GAVRY (Three Day Threshold): I could sure use some!
***
MICHAEL EPSTEIN (the Motion Sick/ Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling):
I can’t even fathom why there are debates on whether or not health
care should be made available to everyone. That should just be
an accepted fact. The discussion and debates should be about how
to make that happen. I’d even be willing to accept a 10-year
implementation plan. ***
DICK
TATE
(The Middle East/ Rocksteady
Super Soul Revue): Yes I do! Birth control in the drinking water, take
a pill to GET pregnant. ***
CHUCK
U. ROSINA
(WMBR/WMFO): Thoughts
about health care? If you don’t need it, the system works fine. All
the Nay-sayers about single payer complain about government intervention
between patient and doctor. But what do we have now? For-profit-insurance-companies
intervening between doctor and patient. I’ll take the government over
that any time. Let’s go Canadian style! ***
WAYNE
VIENS
(Crown Electric Co./Valdez
the Sinner): I think it’s fine if the government wants to help people
who need health care, but I certainly don’t want them to tell me what,
how, and where, to get mine, and to force me to get it from, of all
places, our government. Just look at the VA. What a mess—and besides,
it already seems so confusing. Just imagine when they get ahold of it.
Sad to say, and it sure isn’t gonna be less expensive. ***
JASON DUGUAY (Project
Sound): When I think back at all the crap I learned in high school it’s
a wonder that I can think at all. Though my lack of understanding hasn’t
hurt me none, I can read the writing on the wall. ***

TIM MUNGENAST
(Tim Mungenast
& His Preexisting Conditions): I was going to talk about the ’66
Marshall Super 100 I wanted for Christmas, but the name of my band behooves
me to pass along a tip about healthcare: former Cigna VP Wendell Potter
told Congress that the industry is “beholden to Wall Street,” and
added, “I know from personal experience that members of Congress and
the public have good reason to question the honesty and trustworthiness
of the insurance industry.” What will happen to all that town hall
rage when those trusting conservative dupes finally realize they’ve
been played like violins?
Lolita: I get it—you want a violin to play through
the ’66 Marshall Super 100. Will you play for me?

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ALL GOIN’
OUT TOGETHER

Rita: As Lolita tugs on another man’s heartstrings,
I’ll tell you where we’ll be this month. THE RAGING TEENS throw
a
Holiday Hoedown at T.T. the Bear’s on Saturday, 12/5. ***
Same night GENE DANTE & THE FUTURE STARLETS light up Church. ***
On Tuesday, 12/8, AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLER releases
the
One
at the Loft in Harvard
Square and will donate $1 for each CD sale to Children’s Hospital.
*** FREEZEPOP executes their electronic pop at the Middle East Downstairs
on Friday, 12/11. *** Same night FRANK BOOTH’S CAR releases their
CD at the Dodge Street Grill. *** On Saturday, 12/12, THE VARMINTS explode
at the Cantab. *** Boston area’s best songwriter, CHANDLER TRAVIS,
does his Christmas Cavalcade
benefit on Thursday, 12/17, at Johnny D’s. *** Friday, 12/18, has
THE LIZ BORDEN BAND at the Cantab. *** Same night at Johnny D’s catch
THE COACHMEN. *** It's also opening night for ULTRASONIC ROCK ORCHESTRA at the Regent Theatre (the show runs for three consecutive nights). *** THE KONKS bang it around at Great Scott on Saturday,
12/19. *** Same night in Haverhill, MR.E .FLOYD pays tribute to Pink Floyd at the Chit Chat. *** On Sunday, 12/20, HARRY & THE POTTERS host their fifth
annual
Yule Ball downstairs at the Middle East (doors at 5:00pm).
*** Later that night FANTASY MIRRORS are smashing at Zuzu. *** Our favorite
soul band, THE CHICKEN SLACKS, is at Johnny D’s on Saturday, 12/26.
*** THE UPPER CRUST lets them eats cake on New Year’s Eve at Church.
*** TIGER SAW plays Great Scott on Thursday, 1/7. *** SANS NOMENCLATURE,
ANDERSON MAR
’s new band is at the Cantab on Thursday, 1/14. ***
On Friday, 1/22, GEORGETOWN FATS & THE GROWLERS play Uncle Eddie’s.
Rita:
Now go see a local band!
Lolita: We’ll be back with our next issue in February
2010!

RIP: ALEX
LOB
(49) drummer and founding
member of O Positive passed away on 10/20/09 from difficulties brought
on by diabetes.

 

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