OUR EYES ON YOU: Nov 2010

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FEAST DAY COMETH

Rita: This is a great time of the year for musicians
and artists to finish up their latest contributions to society that
will hopefully turn into monetary rewards.
Lolita: And don’t forget the big family feast day
that’s drawing closer. I usually don’t eat for two weeks before
Thanksgiving so I can pig out.
Rita: That’s right, Thanksgiving is a time when
families come together. Let’s find out more about some people’s
families. Lolita, go ask them to tell you something unique about their
family.
Lolita: Sure. Hey, there’s Mickey Bliss riding
his bicycle down Mass. Ave. Hoe, Mickey! Oh no, there’s a puddle!
Ahhhh! You’ve… got my… dress all muddy and wet! Okay, calm down—I’m
supposed to ask you… can you buy me a new dress?

UNIQUE FAMILY

Lolita: Okay, forget the dress. Tell me something
unique about your family.
MICKEY BLISS
(Club Bohemia): My family is not so unique—just an average middle
class family—though my dad is still alive at 86, still has a full
head of hair, and still works 50 hours a week. ***
MATT
PAQUETTE
(Mudflap Junior Jones):
My mother makes absolutely the best stuffing for Thanksgiving. It is
a French Canadian recipe she learned from her mother, made with pork
and Bell’s seasoning. This once-a-year treat combined with a trip
to the Haverhill High School football game makes for a superfantabulous
day of giving thanks! ***
JOE
COUGHLIN
(the Noise): Five kids with virtually nothing in common,
none of whom have reproduced. One brother got the end of his nose bitten
off by a horse and never did anything about it. He also got mad at his
computer once and threw it in the lake behind his house. Mom was clairvoyant,
a great singer, and expert (though untrained) handwriting analyst. We
saw a UFO together once, a legit unexplained sighting which was confirmed
to me by a former government worker many years later. And it gets a
lot weirder. ***
SAMMY
MIAMI
(Houndstone): My family
is scattered all over the country so we can’t all sit down at the
same table. The Thanksgiving I’ve grown accustomed to is more or less
a gathering of the misfits. The festivities involve my father serving
up a home cooked meal for brothers and sisters with different last names,
aging bachelors, ex-cons, and pretty much any folks that were kicked
out by their spouses. It’s kinda like an AA/NA/SAA meeting with gravy.
***
KEN FIELD (Revolutionary Snake Ensemble/ Agachiko/ Birdsongs
of the Mesozoic): My wife is uniquely awesome. ***
ZORTAR
(Body inhab-itor of Slimedog/ the
Noise): I think my family is unique in the fact
on my planet we are all of one sex and reproduce quite like in a manner
that you humans know as photosynthesis. We are quite amused with all
your fervor over same sex marriages. My partner is named Bauzie and
on your planet he would be known as a transvestite. We, of course, have
nothing you know as children but we do have a waste disposal unit that
we are quite fond of. ***
DAVE
BALERNA
(Midway): My grandfather
came over from Italy in the1920s where hunting wild mushrooms is all
the rage. He brought this art to America with him and I am the only
one out of a family tree of over a hundred to still pick the mushrooms.
I have served them at the Midway a la Davy style (garlic butter sautéed)
to some of your readers, I’m sure. They are gourmet ’shrooms that
can go for 30 bucks a pound at market. We enjoy them with Thanksgiving
dinner with full knowledge and respect for tradition. Bon appetit!
Lolita:
I could never imagine my family all sitting around doing ’shrooms
on Thanksgiving Day.
Rita: I don’t think the mushroom hunter was serving
psychedelics.

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MUSIC NEWS OF NEW ENGLAND

Lolita: Speaking of mind altering states, on September
18, I went to the Freedom Rally at high noon. Two hours before AGE AGAINST
THE MACHINE got on stage to play their slot, their bass player was taken
to the hospital (he had near fatal dehydration). The promoter announced
to the 50,000 in attendance that the band needed a bassist. A few showed
up—they made use of three. Guitarist
BILL
BRACKEN
smashed his guitar
in a rage at the end of the set. *** GUSTER’s new video single “Do
You Love Me” (Universal Music) was produced by
CHAD
CARLBERG
. It landed in the
iTunes video pick the week slot. *** Newbury, Massachusetts, native
ERIC CLEMENZI
(Kangaralien) took second place in
Guitar
Player
magazine’s Superstar
competition. His prizes include being featured in
Guitar
Player
, a collection of guitars,
amps, pedals, and more than $100 worth of guitar strings. *** ERIN HARPE
& THE DELTA SWINGERS won the 23rd Annual Boston Blues
Society Challenge and will be headed to Memphis in February to compete
in the International Blues Challenge.
SATCH
ROMANO
& CINDY
DALEY
won the solo/duet category.
***
JAMES MONTGOMERY’s next CD (due in early 2011) will include
guest artists
JOHNNY WINTER, BRAD
WHITFORD
and JOEY
KRAMER
(Aerosmith), DMC,
and
JAMES COTTON. *** CAT (The
Cheap Seats
, WICB Hyannis)
has teamed up with
MARK
BRYANT
(SeaSound Recording
Studios in Plymouth) to create a charity compilation CD specifically
for kids. The proceeds will benefit children who require hospice, cope
with terminal health problems, or deal with the loss of a parent. ***
In September MUCK & THE MIRES toured Spain, now they’re out again
on the other side of the pond—this time in the UK—highlighted by
the 2010 Dirty Water Club Festival London. *** The International Songwriting
Competition (ISC) has extended its deadline for entering to December
3, 2010. ***
MORGAN HUKE (WMFO) suffered a stroke and there was a benefit
for him in Gloucester in October. If you’d like to help Morgan out,
send a check to: Lisa A. McLaughlin, 14 Truman Rd. Peabody, MA 01960.
*** Berklee College of Music and MIDEM today announce a long-term partnership
that will debut with the first Rethink Music conference (rethink-music.com),
April 25-27, 2011, at the Hynes Convention Center, in Boston, MA. ***
Check out
CLAY N. FERNO comic book podcast at LeaguePodcast.com *** Harpers
Ferry had it’s final show on Halloween 2010. Will it become Don Law’s
Brighton Music Hall? ***
Walking
and Talking the Blues
, the
latest documentary by famed roots-music filmmaker
ROBERT
MUGGE
starring SCISSORMEN (TED DROZ-DOWSKI’s
band) debuts at the Starz Denver Film Festival on 11/5. *** Boston rap
artist MC HOLY GHOST performs in Essen, Germany on 11/20. *** Our July
cover girl
ANAIS MITCHELL is touring the UK and Italy. Lolita: But she will be back in Boston on Thursday,
11/11, at the Middle East Downstairs.


ONE NATION WORKING
TOGETHER

Rita: The One Nation Working Together mass mobilization
on Oct-ober 2nd assembled hundreds of thousands at the Lincoln Memorial
in Washington DC to demand jobs and economic relief from the effects
of the recession.
Lolita: Rita has to show off her awareness of current
events, but all we really want to know is how the recession is affecting
you?
DAVE TREE (Tree/ Drugwar/ SuperPower): I have said before
I am rock ’n’ roll dirt poor, so the recession hasn’t effected
me as much as it does my family and friends and neighbors. The work
is scarce and the wages are low if you are looking for work, if you
have work you have to worry about your job, and if you work for yourself
you are working double time for less dime. Everyone is up to their eyeballs
in debt and people are freaking out—drugs, booze, depression and despair
is everywhere. People need to recognize that its is not entirely their
fault, the bankers have designed it so you will always be in debt, that
there will always be a war, and when they control the money, profit
off war and put you in debt and in fear they can control you. ***
DAVID KIRKDORFFER
(the Blank Attack/ UNDO): Belt-tightening and hunger have combined in
equal measure so as to avoid flabby over the top belly-bulge and other
risky button-popping protuberant behavior. Also, my sock darning business
has taken off. ***
MARK
KAYE
(Hear Now Live): The recession
has affected me in many ways… there is a lack of consumer confidence
in the local club scene. A lot of patrons have decided to come to shows
but not drink or try and sneak in. The clubs are hurting right now and
I see it getting worse going into the winter. I have been trying to
create ways to give people incentives to get out to the clubs. ***
SHAUN WOLF WORTIS
(VUDU KREWE): I have no doubt this has been one, if not the, most stressful
time for the country in my lifetime. Not simply because of our financial
demise, but because I think so many are questioning whether the structure—the
very fiber of our economy, our culture, our sense of
country can survive, never mind flourish, again. I
guess I’ve been personally lucky—I still have work—but the stress
has indeed still been intense. ***
MICHAEL
P. AROIAN
(Elsewhere): I have
fortunately been able to keep my job and provide for my family but I
know several people who have been laid off and its very disconcerting
to see them try to find work in vain. After awhile, one develops both
a greater appreciation for what one has while at the same time becoming
almost paranoid for ones own job security. The key is not to focus on
the latter. I have also noticed how companies are trying to squeeze
as much from their employees as they can and this too can be maddening.
***
BILL BRACKEN (Age Against the Machine): The recession pisses
me off. A major cause of it was greed. People were living way beyond
their means. Banks and mortgage companies were approving $500,000 home
loans to people only making $40,000 a year. They are now out of work
or unemployed. I blame the banks, but mostly the people who accepted
the loans. If they are in hard times now, it is their own fault. I made
a good living in the past 10 years. Because of the recession, my wife
and I were both laid off from good jobs. A great station, WBCN, went
out of business after 41 years because of a stupid overpaid G.M. Let’s
call him the George W. Bush of Boston radio, but that’s another story.
But life goes on; you fall down and get back up stronger than before.
Rock ’n’ roll keeps me young. So
fuck the recession! I can take it and come out
winning!
Lolita: That’s what I like to hear.

MUSICAL CHAIRS

Rita: Do you know how many talented musicians there
are in New England? Every time I turn around there’s another one asking
me to pass the sugar.
Lolita: Do you mean that literally or figuratively? Rita:
You’ll have to figure that out, sweetie. Here now are just some of
those musicians with new projects… JAVELOCE consists of
MIKE LOCE
on guitar,
KEVIN WYMAN on six-string bass, BRYAN
THOMAS
on drums, STEVE DAHLGREN
on baritone sax, and
MYLES
MORIARTY
on baritone/tenor
sax. Mike Loce said, “When the two horns harmonize in a strong fifth,
it sounds like a mighty trailer truck or tugboat coming through. ***
THE MARTHA’S VINEYARD FERRIES are made up of
ELISHA
WIESNER
(Kahoots), BOB WESTON
(Shellac/ Mission of Burma), and
CHRIS
BROKAW
(Come/ the New Year).
Their new EP
In the Pond is available on Sick Room Records. Lolita:
I wonder if you have to wait in a standby line before you hear them
play. *** AUX served as the backing band for DAGGER OR A DRAM, but is
now a band all its own. *** BY THE THROAT is a hardcore punk outfit
made up of players in BLOOD VESSELS, THE ACROBRATS, THE DIMWITS, and
BURIED IN LEATHER. Look for their debut 7-inch EP pressed in black and
green marbled vinyl. *** SAM COHEN (Apollo Sunshine) now heads up YELLOWBIRDS.
They have a new single, “The Rest of my Life,” now available on
iTunes. ***
SHAWN MARQUIS (Circle Circle Star) has taken over the drumming
position for COUNT ZERO. *** Members of the innovative BANG ON A CAN
(not to be confused with Bang Camaro) include
DAVID
LANG,
a 2008 Pulitzer-prize
winning composer;
MARK
STEWART
the music director
for Paul Simon; and
DAVID
COSSIN
a drummer for Sting.
The band has picked up a three-year residency at MIT. *** BROWNBOOT,
one of those bands that originally started as a one-off, displays the
artistry of
RODRIGO van
STOLI
(vocals), JORDAN VALENTINE
(vocals),
JASON BALDOCK (drums), MATT
SULLIVAN
(guitar), and JIM ZAVADOSKI
(bass).
Lolita: Oh, any band with Jim Zavadoski on bass has
to be great.

IS CLEANLINESS
IS NEXT TO GODLINESS?

Rita: Let’s see if there is anything to this
old saying… hey Clay—when was the last time you cleaned your living
space? And what kind of cleaning was it?
CLAY
N. FERNO
(Middle East): I live
in what Rob (Cocked n’ Loaded) calls a “dude apartment.” So we
did the smart thing. We hired a service to clean our place once a month.
Reasonable price, and we all know that neither Kyle (Cocked n’ Loaded)
nor I are going to get all friendly with the toilet brush. ***
LINDA VIENS
(Angeline): I enjoy keeping my living space neat and clean but comfy
and cozy; you have to be able to
live in your space and have fun. My last big cleaning
project was my overcrowded pantry, which was overrun with food moths.
I kept putting if off because I
dreaded seeing those awful worms, but tis done now
and I feel so much better! ***
CHRIS
BRAT
(the Acrobrats/ By the
Throat/ the Spoilers/ Jason Bennett & the Resistance): I only really
moved into my current place a month ago, so I haven’t cleaned anything
yet. I spilled some Beefaroni on the floor and wiped it up with a sock,
if that counts. ***
KAREN
DeBIASSE
(Girl on Top): Very
often lately. We’ve been doing mudding, sanding, painting, and more
mudding, sanding, and painting. As we own our own cleaning business,
Maid For You, I really like to keep a tidy home. What I’ve done in
the last year is get rid of any and all clutter and simplified my life
so that it is much easier to keep clean. Being an artist I love to be
in a beautiful space. I don’t own a lot of things, but the few things
I do own must be artistic. Eye candy abounds everywhere I gaze. ***
DJ MÄTTHEW GRIFFIN (the Noise): All day today, I cleaned twelve eight foot
lancet arched bay windows! I have a small acting roll in a scene from
Thomas Nöla’s new psychedelic masterpiece,
Eviva
il Coltello
! This particular
scene is being filmed in my home. Though depression sometimes holds
me back, I know I have to clean the house regularly. I live alone in
a beautiful two-bedroom condo with my big black Maine coon kitty. It’s
a former schoolhouse from 1898 and it sits, facing a park, between a
church and a convent. You ever tried to hang 12-foot bordello red curtains
on a 14 foot wobbly ladder while hung over? It’s hell! ***
EVAN GAVRY
(Three Day Threshold): Once a week I park my Harley in the living room
and rev the engine to scare out the rats, all the while drinking hard
liquor and burning incense to ward off bad mojo. Then I sweep all the
stems, seeds, and roaches into a casserole dish and put them in the
oven to clambake the place while I alphabetize my Duane Eddy 45s and
rare Who imports. Finally, I autograph the dirty sheets and pillowcases
and tell the girls from the night before to take them as souveneirs before
burning my laundry in the front yard.
*** A.J.
WACHTEL
(the Noise): The last time I cleaned house was when I
got divorced and threw my wife out. ***
CHELSEA
BERRY
(Chelsea Berry): The
last time I cleaned my living space? I live in a friend’s attic. I
burrowed a tunnel through the clothes, stacks of the
Noise, cables, shoes, and camping gear two weeks
ago. I found the bed, slept in it, woke up the next morning, and then
took off for another vagabond adventure in my equallypacked Subaru Outback. ***
KRISTEN MILLER
(Kristen Miller): Lolita, are you being coy? You know you clean my house
weekly wearing those fabulous boots of yours. And thanks for that, by
the way.
Lolita: At this point I’m doing anything for some
extra cash. I guess you didn’t know that those fabulous boots are
written into your house cleaning contract. Maybe you should talk to
Mr. Miller about that.


ALL GOIN’
OUT TOGETHER

Rita: Remember how much you love hearing great
live music? Here are some shows we recommend: EMPEROR NORTON’S STATIONARY
MARCHING BAND invades the Cantab on Saturday, 11/6. *** BLEU starts
his U.S. record release
Four Tour on Tuesday, 11/9, at T.T. the Bear’s.
*** Two thirds of SCARCE (Joyce and Chick) play the Plough &
Stars on Wednesday, 11/10. *** Cover girl
CHELSEA
BERRY
is at Johnny D’s on
Thursday, 11/11. *** LOVEWHIP is up in Portland, ME, at Geno’s on
Friday, 11/12. *** Same night BLACK HELICOPTER blasts the Middle East
upstairs. *** Saturday, 11/13, is the second consecutive night for Deep
Heaven Now 2, an ambient/psych rock festival, at Precinct and P.A.’s
Lounge. *** JOHN POHIDA’S INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT plays the Midway on
Saturday, 10/20. *** Same night COUPE DeVILLE plays the Chit Chat Lounge
in Haverhill. *** On Monday, 11/22, the Middle East continues its Rock
Shop: Less Rock, More Talk series—this one is on design. *** LENNY
LASHLEY’S GANG OF ONE hits the Midway on Wednesday, 11/24. *** BENEATH
THE STONE mixes Brazilian rhythms with metal at the Middle East on Friday,
11/26. *** Future cover boy
SAM
ADAMS
raps at the House of
Blues on Saturday, 11/27. *** THE DIRTY WATER BRASS BAND plays the Cantab
on Thursday 12/2. *** The Boston Music Awards will be held on Sunday,
12/5, at the Liberty Hotel in Boston.
Rita: We will see you at one of these great events. Lolita:
Yeah, and have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Tell your uncle, “Lolita
says hi.” I’m sure he will remember me.

RIP: BILLY
RUANE
(52) was loved by all
that met this crazy man. He expressed his love for music unlike any
other. He died on 10/26/10.

RIP: MAGGIE the golden retriever who was the Noise mascot
in many
Noise ads (circa 2004-2006) passed away with inoperable
cancer.

RIP: MARK
SHEEHAN
(Out Cold), 41, of
Dracut died unexpectedly on 10/1/10.

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