OUR EYES ON YOU: Dec 2010

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Rita: I sat watching President Obama being interviewed
on
60 Minutes and although the majority of the conversation
was about the poor economy, there was not one mention of the biggest
drain on our economy—THE WAR! Why???
Lolita: Everyone is focused on the economy. They
don’t hear about the war so it’s easy to make believe it doesn’t
exist and it has nothing to do with our economy.
Rita: How can we win a war against terrorism when
our occupation of foreign countries only inflates the membership of
terrorist groups?
Lolita: I know… maybe we should talk about music
in New England.
Rita: Okay, get out there and ask our large family
of peace-loving music-related friends what they are looking forward
to in the way of a performance or CD release coming up in December.
There’s Kier! Lolita, quick grab him!

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WHAT’S HAPPENING
BABY

Lolita: Kier, what’s up—anything happening out
there that we should know about?

KIER BYRNES
(Three Day Threshold):
I’m looking forward to the New England Americana Festival held at
Church that runs from Wednesday, March 30 through Saturday, April 2.
There are so many great acts that take part in this festival year after
year; it’s great to catch them all in one place. ***
SCOTT
MATALON
(Matalon): Rob “Roadsteamer”
Potylo is releasing
Something
Happened at Horse Lake
at the
Middle East Downstairs on December 4. I am working with Rob on his TV
show, and I think his music is great and deserves more local attention
and support—and this album is great! ***
CHRIS
BRAT
(the AcroBrats/ By the
Throat/ the Spoilers/ Jason Bennett & the Resistance): Tenafly Vipers’
CD release! They’ve got two release shows because they’re greedy
attention-whores—one North Shore, one in Boston. It’s been forever
since a new Vipers disc and I think this CD has, like, 62 songs on it.
And only seven of them suck! Sick vocal cameo from Troy (Razors in the
Night) plus the recording process was so grueling that one Viper pissed
his pants while in the studio. For reals.
Your
Event Horizon
—already best
CD of 2010 and it isn’t even out yet. ***
MELVIN
O
(the Noise): On December 10th, White
Lighter
by Joe Fletcher &
the Wrong Reasons will finally be released. Thanks to all those who
contributed to this project through Kickstarter. ***
DARRON
BURKE
. (Makeshift Studio/ Vac-Ume-Pakt
Records): Well, I just say this… If you’ve seen Carl Plaster around
lately, you’ll notice he only seems to be able to mutter one thing:
Kiling Joke, December 4th, Paradise. Nuff said. ***
OEDIPUS
(Oedipus): The Decemberists’ album
The
King Is Dead
due in later January.
A vital American band. ***
STEVE
“ACE” McARDLE
(Skull Hammer):
They have been teasing us in the U.S. with the “Big Four Tour” (Megadeth,
Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax). Will they tour the states or won’t they?
We know a DVD is coming, but I’d love a chance to see all these bands
together in one night. ***
PAUL
ROBICHEAU
(the
Improper Bostonian
): Kelli
Scarr at the Rosebud December 19. Several years ago Kelli was the soulful
voice driving trip-hoppy local rockers Moonraker before the band moved
to Brooklyn and broke up. She became a mom, collaborated with Moby,
and stripped down to singer-songwriter mode for her subtly enchanting
recent disc,
Piece. So this is a different sort of homecoming.
***
PAT WALLACE (Natalie Flanagan Band/ Trick Wallace Trio):
Tons of new stuff, from Wire, Social D, Steve Wynn, Mogwai, the Decemberists—not
to mention that highly anticipated all-acoustic Justin Bieber record—counting
the minutes!
Lolita: Yeah, don’t you wish you could sell as
many CDs/downloads as Justin.

NEWS

Rita: Big or small—we’re all stars. At least
in our own minds. Here’s the big news I managed to wrangle up lately.
Last
month’s
Noise Big Shot ALLEN
ESTES
was given his own local
TV show—
the Local Music
Seen
. It will feature him and
local musicians from the Gloucester music scene. ***
ERIC
SCHMIDER
’s “Ordinary Life”
aired on
Terriers (FX Network). *** THREE DAY THRESHOLD
won
Boston Magazine’s award for best local band. Bandleader KIER BYRNES tells
us that he’s set up a tour in the Middle East (not the club in Cambridge)
for early next year. ***
TIM
CASEY
(Low Budget Records)
hosts a new TV show—
Transmission
Hour
. The show is broadcast
on Comcast channel 23 in Boston. It’s filmed at Boston Neighborhood
Network’s Egelston Square studios. ***
MUNK has had his music aired on half time for the
2010 Super Bowl. He also scored the independent feature film
Conned,
directed by
ARTHUR LUHN (Eyeth Films). *** Our favorite café with
live music in Portland, ME, closed—that’s the North Star Café.
*** THE DRESDEN DOLLS had a big write up and review of their Halloween
show at Irving Plaza in
Spin. *** THE WEISSTRONAUTS toured the mid-South
in mid November. I wonder if they played “Dueling Banjos” to remind
them of
Deliverance. *** Get in the Christmas spirit with Infinite Santa—watch
a new episode each week at www.infinitesanta.com.
ERIC
WELSH
(Chillhouse Studio) is
mixing the audio and composing the music. He’s also adding more sound
effects in post-production.
Lolita: I always thought post-production had something
to do with manufacturing parts of fences.

THE REAL MAIL

Rita: While Lolita is admitting her ignorance,
I’ll join her in saying I always though there was something inherently
wrong with the term military intelligence. The smart men I know don’t
kill people they disagree with. But that has nothing to do with the
next question of the month. Ooo—I can try it out on Melvern—tell
me, Mr. Taylor, what was the most recent significant snail mail you
received?
MELVERN TAYLOR (… & His Fabulous Meltones): Wilco tickets
and a silicone vagina. ***
NICHOLE
FERREE
(Orange Nichole): Last
spring a relative mailed me a kazoo. A fancy, custom-made one in its
own velvet pouch. One of the more unexpected and significant pieces
of mail I’ve received in a while. ***
DAVE
WESTNER
(Woolly Mammoth Sound):
A box of 200 pairs of earplugs. Boring, but necessary. ***
AJ WACHTEL
(the
Noise): I don’t know if significant is the right
word but I once got an interesting letter when I lived at 30 Francis
Street in Brookline. Within walking distance and sight from my house
was 30 Francis St. in
Boston and occasionally I would get my mail delivered
to the wrong address and vice versa. My 90-year-old grandfather sent
me a letter and addressed it to J. Wachtel. Apparently, there was a
Joanne Wachtel at the other address and got my grandfather’s letter
by mistake. She called me up and told me she would deliver it and I
remember waiting to see what this woman looked like. Looking down from
my second floor window when she arrived I saw a very blond woman walk
up my steps and all was cool until soon after we met and she said to
me, “Gee, if we ever get married, I wont even have to change my name.”
We never married. ***
DAVID
KIRKDORFFER
(UNDO/ the Blank
Attack): The last snail mail I received was probably from my dear old
mum, and anytime she writes it’s significant. ***
KRISTEN
MILLER
(Kristen Miller): Our
son gets all the good snail mail. He is in kindergarten and gets tons
of birthday party invites. I love that they still come in the mail,
the old fashioned way. ***
JON
MACEY
(Fox Pass/ Acoustic Storm
Cellar): The last significant snail mail was yesterday—my auto insurance
company lying to me about the fact that I am getting the best rate and
the state putting in a booklet about competition that is supposed to
convince me that I am not being completely ripped off by these insurance
companies. I do get other heartfelt mail from credit card and other
corporations that steal from everyone. But yet, we can’t pay to put
addicts in treatment or feed kids. ***
RAY
MASON
(Ray Mason Band/ Lonesome
Brothers): I recently received the great new Bob Jordan CD (
The Meaning Is…) in the mail. I had no idea Bob had a new
one out so it was a very pleasant surprise. Always a treat to find a
new CD in your mailbox! ***
BILL
DWYER
(Bill Dwyer Band): I
just got a cool paper ’zine in the mail from my friend Liza. She just
moved from Rhode Island to California with her young daughter on a whim
for a life change and to be able to surf more often. She’s a small
engine mechanic, musician, surfer, and finds time to create and mail
out her own ’zine, on top of being a single mom. Amazing, very cool
person. Cheers to you Liza! ***
D-TENSION (Los Wunder Twins Del Rap): I received a nice letter from the IRS informing
me that all of the shows that I booked for a club near Kenmore Square
for a period of three-years were “inadvertently” not reported by
said club. Now they want me to pay taxes on every show. When the IRS
called to follow up, I told them that I never got their letter because
I don’t consider snail mail to be significant. ***
WALTER
SICKERT
(…& the Army
of Broken Toys): A fan of the band shaved her head to one of our songs
and sent me her hair in a large envelope with lipstick kisses and ponies
drawn on the outside. Edrie knitted the hair into a tea cozy. ***
RUBY BIRD (Bird
Mancini): I got a royalty check! However small, it’s significant to
me. Oh yeah, and a coupon for
free panties from Victoria’s Secret! Whee! A
good day.
Lolita: Wow, I didn’t know you were part of the
royal family. Do they really check on you to make sure you are wearing
underwear?

MUSICAL CHAIRS

Rita: While Lolita is poking around in people’s
under garments, I’ll go underground and report the movement of musicians
in some relatively new bands. MIDATLANTIC has added
ROB
FUSCO
(drums) and JOHN MILEHAM
(keys). *** DIRTY BOMBS is one part the LUXURY, one part CONSERVATIVE
MAN, and two parts TELEVANDALS. ***
JASON
BALDOCK
has taken over the
drummer slot that
WES NARRON
JR.
held in BROWNBOOT. ***
THE RADIO SAYS is
MUNK (guitar/vocals), TONY
SAVARINO
(guitar), GUILLERMO DEL NOCHE (bass), and MICHAEL
CAFASSO
(drums). In November
they were still auditioning keyboard players and possibly violin and
mandolin as well. ***
KEN
FIELD, SCOTT GETCHELL, DANA COLLEY,
RUSS GERSHON, JOHN FERRY, TIM SPRAGUE
,
and
ETHAN MEYER make up the BILLY RUANE MEMORIAL BRASS BAND
and played at Billy’s wake. *** THE LUXURY has picked up
MATT GRABER
(Sarah RabDAU/ Mascara) on drums. *** NARCOTERROR (a band that existed
from 2005-2006 featured members from BLACK OPIUM FORTRESS, ABUNAI!,
and MAGIC SHOPPE. They are reuniting on 12/9/10 at P.A.’s Lounge.
*** DUB APOCALYPSE is comprised of musicians from JOHN BROWN’S BODY,
MORPHINE, G LOVE & SPECIAL SAUCE, and NATE WILSON GROUP. ***
SAL BAGLIO
(Stompers/ Urban Caravan) heads THE BEAUTY & DISTURBANCE ORCHESTRA
with
DANIEL ROWE (cello), CLARA
KABABIAN
(violin/ vocals), SETH PAPPAS (percussion/
glockenspiel/vocals),
JOHN
RYDER
(upright bass), STEPHEN GILLIAN
(mandolin/ vocals), and
LEONARD
SHEA
(percussion/ vocals). Lolita:
The Beauty and Disturbance Orches-tra?—that sounds like an oxymoron.
Reminds me of “political solutions.”

LESSER KNOWN
FACTS

Rita: Ooo—my favorite oxymoron
is on my amplifier—there’s a slave master! Now onto our final question
of the month… Tell us and interesting lesser-known facts about your
town or city.

NICOLE TAMMARO

(Nicole Tammaro Photography
): I
have to direct this one to all you hipsters that have invaded my hometown
of… Somerville. To the same d-bags that in the ’70s and ’80s that
called it scum-aville, slum-aville. You have driven up our rents and
made Somerville move to “resident only” parking on most streets.
You have caused all the Italian, Portuguese, Irish, and Greek familys
to move to the burbs! Ending rant now before I really get angry.
***
DAN KING (DMKG/ the Bandit Kings): A great piece of
Gloucester folklore is that the term
bash for a wild party derives from this Cape Ann
city. This
bash was an acronym for the events put on by Buswell,
Andrew, Sleeper, and Hammond who were all wealthy landowners at the
time and whose names are still associated with the city. Examples are
Hammond Castle, Buswell Pond, the Sleeper House and A. Piat Andrew Bridge. ***
JEN D’ANGORA (Jenny
Dee & the Deelinquents/ the Downbeat 5): Every Thanksgiving Day,
protesters gather at the top of Cole’s Hill in Plymouth (where I used
to play as a kid), which overlooks Plymouth Rock. This is in honor of
Wamsutta James, who, in 1970, was the first person to demonstrate at
Cole’s Hill and protest the injustices of Native Americans, who have
labeled Thanksgiving “National Day of Mourning.” ***
MUNK (the
Radio Says): I’ll give you two, cause it’s all my tiny town has.
Whitman is the smallest town in Mass. and is where the tollhouse cookie
was born. Small town but big yummy contribution to fat people everywhere.
***
TED DROZDOWSKI (Scissormen): My current hometown is Nashville,
and a lot of people don’t know that Nashville is home to the best
hot chicken in the world. Not buffalo wings or hot wings, but hot chicken,
which is a more African-American experience and makes vindaloo seem
like it’s for rookies. It needs to be ingested with white bread and
sweet tea, ideally, and the first few bites are challenging, but when
the endorphins kicks in it is pure epicurean bliss. ***
MONIQUE ORTIZ
(Secret Trains): Women going topless at local swimming holes is perfectly
legal here in Austin! ***
BRETT
MILANO
(writer): Guitar legend
Mike Bloomfield once visited the pre-fame J. Geils Blues Band at the
house they all shared; he found them via the blues records they were
blasting out the window and they sat up all night doing Lord knows what…
This happened about two blocks from my house on Inman Square. ***
TIM MUNGENAST
(Tim Mungenast & His Preexisting Conditions): My adopted town, Watertown,
MA, was the home of the Stanley Steamer automobile. ***
ANDY MILK
(the Vital Might): The Village of Barnstable is inside of the Town of
Barnstable, which is inside the County of Barnstable. ***
CARL BIANCUCCI
(Classic Ruins): Arlington Massachusetts has become
the rock ’n’ roll mecca of Middlesex County.
You can’t throw a guitar pick in Arlington without hitting a member
of the Neighborhoods, the Rudds, JJ & the Cuban Heels, Classic Ruins,
Gozu, the Killer Abs, Rock Bottom, the Doom Buggies, or the Bags. All
this plus a pizza joint on every block! ***
IAN
ADAMS
(Ian Adams): The high
school I went to in my home town, Whitman, MA (the school has since
been demolished and moved) was built on the site of a former smallpox
cemetery, and was sinking at a rate of about two inches a year into
the swampy earth. ***
DAVE
PINO
(Powerman 5000) : According
to my
History of Waltham
Class
, the industrial revolution
started in Waltham with the factory BMC. Legend has it, owner Francis
Cabot Lowell stole engineering designs from a factory in London by drawing
what he saw onto napkins. ***
PETE
SUTTON
(the Vivs): Three fun
facts about my hometown of Agawam, MA. 1. It is the first zip code in
the nation— 01001; 2. It is the only town in the state with no
official town center; 3. In 2005, it listed as its residents no fewer
than five retired TV weathermen—of which my dad was one. ***
KEN FIELD
(Billy Ruane Memorial Brass Band): I grew up in Tinton Falls,
NJ, (then called New Shrewsbury). Next door to my house was an
underage alcohol-free music club called Le Teendezvous where Bruce Springsteen
played several times with his early trio, Earth, with my classmates
John Graham on bass and Mike Burke on drums. ***
FRANK
ROWE
(Classic Ruins): Few people
know that my town, sleepy Winthrop, once boasted a death camp and several
slave plantations. During King Philip’s war (1675-6) all of the non-combatant
Christian convert Winnisimmet and Wampanoag in Mass. Bay Colony were
herded onto Deer Island, part of Winthrop, to die of starvation and disease,
which they did in numbers approaching 2000.This did not interrupt the
labors of the African slaves working half a mile away on the Floyd,
Pierce and Bill plantations, whose names were mostly forgotten when the
slave cemetery was plowed under for the construction of Fort Banks.
***
LINDA VIENS (Angeline): Somerville is the most densely
populated city in New England according to the 2000 Demographics of
the United States. In November 1997, the
Utne
Reader
named Davis Square in
Somerville one of the 15 hippest places to live in the U.S. and in 2009
Somerville was an All-American City Award recipient. I have also heard
that we have more artists per square mile than any city in the world
except New York, though I can’t back that up with hard data. ***
JIM COUNTRYMAN
(Erin Harpe & the Delta Swinger/ Lovewhip): Our hometown of Jamaica
Plain is named after plain white rum not some grassy field and most
of that rum money was made by selling slaves. Not so PC for such a liberal
PC place. ***
PETER RINNIG (QRST’s): 1. Conan O’Brian (Team Coco)
is from Brookline. His parents still live here. 2. John F. Kennedy was
born in Brookline. 3. Brookline was named Brookline from when it was
annexed from Boston because the muddy river was the dividing line—hence
brook-line. 4. In 1873 Brookline became an exclave when the neighboring
town of West Roxbury was annexed by Boston. Brookline refused to be
annexed by Boston after the Brookline-Boston annexation debate of 1873.
***
BRUCE ALLEN (the Doom Buggies): I live near Pine Grove
Cemetary in Lynn. It is surrounded by the second longest continuous
stonewall in the world. According to the Guinness Book of Records, only
the Great Wall of China is longer. ***
CHUCK
U.
ROSINA (WMBR/ WMFO): My wife and I have lived in
Medford for eight years. We’re just north of Davis Square, right next
to Tufts, so we really feel like we are in a spacious Somerville. One
of Medford’s claims to fame is that the song, “Jingle Bells,”
was written in a tavern in Medford Sq. over 200 years ago. The tavern
is long gone, but the song remains. ***
IAN
CLARK
(With a Bullet/ Razors
In the Night): Marblehead has more drunks per square mile than anywhere
in the world.
Rita: I thought that title belonged to Nantucket? Lolita:
I read it was Cape Cod.

ALL GOIN’
OUT TOGETHER

Rita: Where ever you drink—please do it responsibly.
And make sure you have fun when you go out to any of these shows…
Joestock
starts at 1:30pm on Saturday, 12/4, and goes all day at the Cantab with
the ALLSTONIANS and a whole lotta other great bands. *** A.K.A.C.O.D.
returns on Wednesday, 12/8, at Plough & Stars. *** THE BANDIT KINGS
celebrate the release of their CD at T.T. the Bear’s on Thursday,
12/9. *** Same night STEALING EARTH is at the Dog Bar in Gloucester.
***
KRISTEN MILLER performs her score to At
Land
at the Cape Ann Community
Cinema on Saturday, 12/11. ***
BIRD
MANCINI
plays the Midway on
Tuesday, 12/14, at the newly expanded Midway. ***
CHANDLER TRAVIS’s
annual Christmas Cavalcade Benefit is at Johnny D’s on Wednesday,
12/15. *** On Thursday, 12/16, the
Noise anniversary party continues at T.T. the Bears
with JASON BENNETT & THE RESISTANCE leading the charge. *** THE
JAMES MONTGOMERY BAND is at Longfellow Square in Portland, ME, on Friday,
12/17. *** THE LUXURY is part of a great holiday show at the Middle
East upstairs on Saturday, 12/18. *** In January, the
Noise anniversary party continues at Precinct on
Saturday, 1/15, with COFFIN LIDS headlining. ***
CHELSEA
BERRY
is playing at Carnegie
Hall with the Turn Up the Peace World Music Tour on Tuesday, 1/25. ***
Rita:
Look for a complete story on
BILLY
RUANE
(Citizen
Ruane
by Francis DiMenno) on
www.thenoise-boston.com.
Lolita: Have the greatest of holidays! We’ll be
back with our next issue in February.

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