OUR EYES ON YOU: June 2010

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Rita: Yes, we’re in full swing with gorgeous
weather, the Sox getting it together, and the clubs filling up every
night for the great talent in New England.
Lolita: Well, you certainly sound like a cheerleader. Rita:
I guess it’s because I knew you couldn’t do the cheerleading with
that winter belly you put on.
Lolita: That’s not a winter belly. It’s an ice
cream belly.
Rita: Looks like a beer gut to me. Lolita:
You can think what you want. I’ve been eating Yo Tango—a no-fat
delight found at my favorite local ice cream chain.
Rita: Hey, maybe you have a question of the month
there.
Lolita: Yes—what is my favorite local ice cream
chain?
Rita: No. Let’s find out everyone’s favorite
ice cream place.
Lolita: Okay, but none of them will have Yo Tango
except for the best one.

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SEAWEED ICE
CREAM

Lolita: Hey Slimedog, doesn’t one of your demons
sell ice cream? I mean, what’s your favorite ice cream place?
SLIMEDOG
(the
Noise): Some like Ron’s Bowling Alley in Hyde
Park but I like Zortar’s Ice Cream Truck the best. Their Seaweed Swirl
(vanilla ice cream with seaweed in it like fudge ripple) is out of this
world! So to speak. ***

JESSE VON KENMORE
(the Marvels):
Homemade peach ice cream at my grandaddy’s house in LaGrange, Georgia.
There were peach, pecan and fig trees in the yard, ya’ll. It was heaven.
***
PETER RINNIG (QRST’s): Emack and Bolio’s. Their ice
cream and smoothies are the BEST! One of their stores is a five-minute
walk from my house… nothing like a moose tracks ice cream after dinner!
***
BOB MAHONEY (Rockin’ Bob’s Guitars): Howard Johnson’s…
they used to be the Host of the Highways, now they are few and far between
but their ice cream was awesome! Try the fudge ripple… you don’t
know what you’re missing. ***
CASEY
DESMOND
(Casey Desmond): Peaceful
Meadows Abington—yum! ***
DEDE
BOOTH
(Sententia): I grew up
on Brigham’s and will always consider them my favorite ice cream place.
It’s hard for them not to be, after all, I went to high school with Brigham’s
being right behind the football field and couldn’t resist getting mint
chocolate chip with jimmies. Not only is their ice cream good, but they’re
raspberry lime rickies are badass. ***
MR.
CURT
(Mr. Curt Ensemble): Ron’s
Gourmet Ice Cream in Cleary Square, Hyde Park (just minutes from my
house) has been here for almost 30 years. Old-fashioned homemade taste
and unbelievably delicious in many flavors. Also includes a bowling
alley! Trés cool. ***
CLAY
N. FERNO
(leaguepodcast.com):
J.P. Licks in J.P. No doubt the best place for the sugary sweet stuff
with your sugary sweet mate!
Lolita: Ahh, finally someone I can go with to get
my Yo Tango! And Clay, thank you for considering me your sugary sweet
mate. That is what you meant, right?

NEWS

Rita: Well, while Clay and Lolita get their licks in, I’ll give you the news
I dug up while I wasn’t eating ice cream.

JOHN HOVORKA
(the Turbines)
has released his first novel—
The
Story of Johnny Wylde
. It is
about rock ‘n’ roll in the 1980s. ***
ASA
BREBNER
is now offering guitar
lessons since his last daytime gig, painting houses, was hit with laws
that can lead up to fines of $37,000 for not complying with a complicated
set of rules, guidelines, and paperwork. *** The bands that made it
to the Rock Showdown finals are AWESOME EXPRESS (from Wellesley, Needham,
and Newton), THE JESSICA PROUTY BAND (from Marblehead), THE DEADLY STYLES
(from Sudsbury) and BLINDFOLD ASIDE (from Boston). ***

CHRISTOPHER PAPPAS
(Everyday
Visuals) is conducting The Hark! Philharmonic. *** Lawless Records has
released a split 45 (yes, that’s vinyl) with Boston punk legends UNNATURAL
AXE
and
THE NASTIES from Italy. Unnatural Axe songs include “I Am the Way”
(their first newly recorded material in over 28 years) and a cover of
the Nasties “Back To L.A.” *** Bristol Voice Studios has opened
a new branch in Worcester. Call PATRICE PERIS to schedule your free
voice lesson (774-275-0564). ***
MICHAEL
MAROTTA
has left the Boston Herald
to start his own nightlife agency, Vanya MMC, which will provide marketing,
management and consulting for bands, DJs, parties, venues, and restaurants.
*** The Rock Off finals in Portland chose LOW-FLYING PLANES the
best high school band in Maine. *** LANSDOWNE has toured for the USO
and Armed Forces Entertainment partnerships. It has brought them overseas
to the Middle East and around the country to play for our troops. ***
Walt Disney Music All-Stars Resort has begun playing AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLER’s
music throughout the theme park.
Lolita: I wonder if they recorded the Mickey Mouse
theme song?

FATHER’S FATHER

Rita: Do you know who Mickey Mouse’s grandfather
was?
Lolita: Ooo, that’s a good trivia question. Rita:
Well, we’re not going to ask that question. I want to know something
about your father’s father. Jonathan—you’re first in line—tell
me something about your dad’s dad.

JONATHAN WEINER
(M-Works):
He conducted (was music director) the Workman’s Circle chorus at a
May Day celebration in the Polo Grounds in New York in the 1940’s
in front of 40,000 people …Lazar Weiner. ***
ERIC
WELSH
(Chillhouse Recording
Studios/ Eman Music, Inc.): He used to like to strap a dog’s electrical
fence collar around his leg and run through the electric field to feel
the shock. It eventually became a local community sport until
the authorities found out and shut the operation down. ***
DJ MATHEW GRIFFIN
(the
Noise): My father’s father was John J. Griffin,
Jr. A tough-as-nails 29-year veteran of the Medford Police Department’s
special detective unit. He was highly decorated for solving many cases.
After his heart attack in 1972, he resigned and then took my grandmother,
Nana June, on trips around the world, for the final two and a half decades
of their lives. They were married for 60 years and Nana June was buried
on June 1st. My grandfather followed soon thereafter. One of my last
memories of him, alone one night, was a story he confessed to me, about
forcing one brother against another—to “rat him out” on a crime
the other brother had committed, which sent his own brother away for
life. I had never seen Grampy cry before then. ***
JON
MACEY
(Fox Pass): My father’s
father was a country singer in upstate New York. Dick Hall & the
Melody Ramblers. He made radio records in the late ’40s and early
’50s. He eventually became a popular square dance caller. He never
stopped playing gigs until he had a stroke age 75 after a show in 1978.
He was my role model as a child. I wish I had played music with him
back when I still could have. We sang “Hey Good Looking” together
the year before he had the stroke. ***
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FRANK
(…& the Fast Easy
Women/ Lifestyle): Leroy Winslow Frank played Santa Claus in various
Auburn/Lewiston, Maine area department stores, as well the annual Lewiston
Christmas Parade. The beard and the paunch were real, and the kids in
the neighborhood actually thought he was Santa Claus. They called my
grandmother Mrs. Claus and thought the goats he raised were reindeer.
That’s Maine for you. He also played Heidi’s grandfather at Storyland
for a summer. ***
CORIN
ASHLEY
(…& the Houndogs):
This is a photo of my paternal grandfather, Walter Chewning, on the
USS Enterprise aircraft carrier
, November 10, 1943. He is is climbing up the
plane’s side to assist the pilot from the burning aircraft with a
ruptured fuel tank. When I was eight years old, the Navy sent a film
canister to my school with footage of this event. ***
KIER
BYRNES
(Three Day Threshold):
Son of Irish immigrants, my dad’s dad grew up during the great depression.
To help his family survive, he kept a garden, growing tomatoes, raspberries,
asparagus, rhubarb, and radishes. He had cherry and pear trees too,
but the birds ate most of the cherries, nobody ate the pears. He was
mainly a meat and potatoes guy but he also liked cow’s tongue, Brussels
sprouts, herring, and pickled pig’s feet. He did not eat spaghetti
or ravioli. He smoked at least two packs of cigarettes every day, and
drank more than he should have. He was very religious; after graduating
from Holy Cross, he entered the seminary, though he did not stay. He
awoke at 6:30 each day to teach Latin in high school though he’d sleep
in on weekends, somehow always making the 11:00 am Mass. He could also
play the piano by ear and had small feet. ***
AJ
WACHTEL
(bostonblues.com):
My dad’s dad lived till he was 99 and since he outlived my dad by
10 years I spent a lot of time with him when I was in my late 20s. He
had a quiet sense of humor and lived alone and had a Phillipino maid
who came in a few times a week and she was a loud mouth know-it-all.
So one day, she says something and I break in immediately and ask her
if she’s familiar with the myth of the ancient Greek god Testacles,
but I said it as “testa-KLEASE.” After a few seconds she replied,
“No, I’ve never heard of Testa-klease,” and my grandfather and
I both cracked up. I never asked him if he laughed ’cause I got one
over on the smart-ass housecleaner or if he got my word play and play
on the loud mouth immigrant. Two generations of Wachtels seperated by
60 years of debauchery. ***
ANDY
MILK
(the Vital Might): My
family says that the musicality and quirkiness of my father’s father
skipped a generation down to me. He played piano for 80 years, all self-taught,
starred on Broadway, and often strolled on Main Street in Hyannis in
his later years, always with his trademark red bag. If I can accomplish
half of what he did, that sounds like a pretty good life to me! ***
SAMMY MIAMI
(Houndstone) My father’s father was a musician and an inventor. He
used to set up a makeshift recording studio in the living room to record
his accordion. He painted “Quiet Please Recording Studio” on the
back of a mirror in the front hall. When he was recording, he’d turn
the mirror around so my dad and his siblings wouldn’t spoil the session.
As an inventor he designed and constructed many things, my favorite
being a speaker cabinet out of a hamper and a camper out of an Edsel.
Music and travel—I’m a lot like my grandfather.
Lolita: Is someone tripping to music around the household?

MUSICAL CHAIRS

Lolita: Do people still trip on acid? Do people still
do cocaine? Heroin? I know I’m pretty hooked on coffee. I better be
careful it may lead to harder stuff. But for now I’ll stick to music.
Here is the newer information on bands that has passed our desk recently.
BRING THE KNIFE is
DUNCAN
WILDER JOHNSON
’s new band,
with
PATTIE THE GIMP (guitar), ZAY
DOHSE
(bass), and EMAN PACHECO (drums).
*** At CHAUNCEY’s reunion (Lizard Lounge 5/29) two other bands played
that branched out from them—CIRCLE CIRCLE STAR and MY RADIO. *** WALLCREEPER
includes ex-members of KARATE, SWIRLIES, CUL DE SAC, and PHARMACISTS.
*** BURN THE WITCH was born out of OVERCAST and SEEMLESS. *** Members
of FOREST HENDERSON, OKAY THURSDAY, THE MOTION SICK, THE FUTURE EVERYBODY,
and NAKED ON ROLLERSKATES have formed THE BACKUP FACTOR. *** THE MILLING
GOWNS new shoegazy post-punk line up is
M. (vocals), ALLEN
ESSER
(drums), DAVE STOOPS
(bass) and
KEVIN HEINOLD (guitar). *** SOCCER MOM once was part of
THE SPANISH ARMADA.
Rita: So never underestimate a soccer mom. Lolita:
Does this have something to do with Sarah Palin?

TEA PARTY

Rita: I don’t think the Republican party will accept
Sarah Palin as their nominee for president in 2012, so she’s probably
looking for another party.
Lolita: Would that be the Tea Party? Rita:
Yes, it would. Now let’s find out what people are saying about the
Tea Party. Lolita, go ask everyone what they think.
Lolita: Shaun, hold up there—tell me what you think
about the Tea Party.
SHAUN
WOLF WORTIS
(Jeremiah Weed
Foundation): I’m all in favor of people getting involved but there’s
nothing about the Tea Party that leads me to believe they’re anything
but corporate shills. Remove the nuts and assholes (which exist in any
group, right or left), and you’re left with a lot of folks who’ve
been led to believe that “big business interests” are the same as
“American interests.” This is very wrong in my opinion. ***
MATT J
(the Bynars): I hate tea and I hate parties. When I play tea party with
my neice, it’s pretty fun… but it’s fake tea and it’s a fake
party. Tea Party All Nite & Rock & Roll Everyday, like KISS unmasked
is what I say. You know they don’t wear masks, right? They wear makeup.
They’re always one step ahead of us, aren’t they… messing with
our minds… with music certainly, but also with jest. ***
FRANK ROWE
(Classic Ruins): Well, I think that the Tea Party could have had a better
chance but for the rapid moral disintegration of us hippies, Don’s
target market. Rampant drugs, lust, and intellectual evanescence meant
that we could never truly focus long enough to realize that we were
seeing the next huge act, because we were too deep into our navels to grok
it. It was for a later, even more dissipated crew to reap the harvest
that we were too self-absorbed to glean, but they paid inflated ticket
prices in larger venues. Or were you asking about the Fort Point incident?
***
MICHAEL SAPORITO (Frank Booth’s Car): Great passion and anger—misguided
and irrational reasoning in the actual content. ***
DUNCAN
WILDER JOHNSON
(Trashachusetts/
Bring the Knife): I don’t get it. They hate Obama because they think
he did something unconstitutional? They don’t want their fellow Americans
to be healthy? Some patriots. ***
DAVID
KIRKDORFFER
(the Blank Attack/
UNDO): The Tea Party, seemingly led by Sarah “Queen of Hearts” Palin,
is full of Mad Hatters and March Hares. If the Democratic and Republican
parties don’t start enacting changes, someone will steal their tarts!
If that happens, let’s hope the Catepillar has some good stuff for
us all to smoke. ***
KAREN
DeBIASSE
(Girl On Top): Great…
except for infiltrators who will undermine it. ***
SIMON
RITT
(the Darlings): One thing about
being in the Darlings is ya’ got to like to party… tea party, birthday
party, New Years Eve or a cocktail party who really gives a good God
damn as long as there is plenty of booze and ashtrays and that all the nice
looking chicks are over eighteen. ***
DAVE
TREE
(SuperPower/ Tree): I
went down to the Tea Party event on the Common. First thing I noticed
was the Tea Party people hated it when I read their signs. Hated even
more when I questioned them. I was told to move on but I made them move
on because they couldn’t stand up for what they held up over my head.
The second thing I noticed was they didn’t have their facts right,
Obama didn’t bankrupt this country, Bush did that, but they want to
“Take this country back” back where to the Bush years? ***
CHUCK U. ROSINA
(WMBR/ WMFO): The Tea Party? On the one hand, I understand their frustrations
with big government, but they are more then slightly misguided. Corporate
government is more the problem. Get government out of health care? Oh,
is it better to leave it in the for-profit insurance sector, where the
bottom line is more important then your health? Can’t have government
come between me and my doctor, but insurance companies can? That’s
too weird. And it gets even weirder when they say don’t cut Medicare,
or compare Obama to Hitler. Get a grip on reality.
Lolita: It’s the Tea Party—there is no reality.

ALL GOIN’
OUT TOGETHER

Rita: While Lolita is lost in reality, I’m going
to sneak out without her. Here’s where I’ll be… THE DARLINGS countrify
Johnny D’s on Thursday, 6/3. *** On Friday, 6/4, AXEMUNKEE celebrates
Gemini birthdays at the Cantab. *** WHAT TIME IS IT, MR. FOX? performs
at the kick off for Boston Gay Pride festival (10:00 am-5:00 pm) in
Faneuil Hall on Saturday, 6/5. *** THE INCREDIBLE CASUALS continue to
play the Wellfleet Beachcomber—every Sunday throughout the summer
(’cept 6/6—Chandler fears this day of the devil). *** There’s
an art opening for
ANDER
CHURCHMAN
with FLUFFY LUMBERS
supplying the music at Zuzu on Monday, 6/7. *** BLACK HELICOPTER returns
to the Middle East on Wednesday, 6/9. *** On Saturday, 6/12, CLYDESDALE
COWBOYS russle ’em up at Club Bohemia. *** Same night Hear Now Live!
presents McALISTER DRIVE at Precinct. *** Also on that same night DAVE COFFIN releases his new CD, The King is Dead, at Lizard Lounge. *** I HAVE EARS performs at Club
Bohemia on Saturday, 6/19. *** On Thursday, 6/24, THREE DAY THRESHOLD
rounds ’em up(stairs) at the Middle East. *** Hear Now Live! presents
SUPER VOLCANO at Church on Friday, 6/25. *** On Saturday, 6/26, ROCK
BOTTOM rocks Johnny D’s. *** Every Thursday in June HEY MAMA holds
residency at Precinct.
Lolita: Hey—I’ll be there, too! See you in the
clubs!

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