OUR EYES ON YOU: Feb 2011

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Rita: Hello fans of New England music—we’re
back with a fresh issue of the
Noise. Lolita: I remembered to say rabbit rabbit on the
first day of the year so I am bound to be profitable, healthy, happy,
and lucky for the entire decade.
Rita: Hold on—what’s this about rabbit rabbit? Lolita:
Well, the whole deal is that you say “hare hare” the last thing
at night of the last day of the month and then say “rabbit rabbit”
upon awakening—with nothing said in between. If you can accomplish
that, you might as well say goodbye to any problems for that month.
Rita:
Why don’t you say, “cow cow” and “moo moo”?
Lolita: Cows and moos will do nothing for you. This
is an old English tradition that dates back into the 1800s. It’s connected
to a rabbit foot being lucky and hopping into the future.
Rita:
I’ll give it a try. But let’s get to our friends who are waiting
outside on a line to answer the question of the month.
Lolita: Yeah, I saw them when I came in—they were
all shivering.
Rita: The cold helps build character. So ask those
characters what they would like to see happen in 2011.
Lolita: Yes boss…

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PREVIEW 2011


Lolita: Hey Dave! You are keen on observation
and advice—tell me what you’d like to see happen in 2011.
DAVE TREE
(Blow Your Face Out/ SuperPower/ DrugWar/ Tree): What I would like to
see in 2011 and beyond is people becoming more self-sufficient, growing
and building more for themselves and for other people—more gardens,
more food, grow your own kindness, build a network of support in your
community. It’s really the true American way and not the selfishness
and greed that gets celebrated in this country as success. ***
KAREN DeBIASSE
(Girl On Top): Besides the basic things like all wars to end, the economy
to get better, and that false terror come to a half, it sure would be
nice to see the Boston music scene get a boost. ***
RYAN
LEE CROSBY
(Ryan Lee Crosby/
Faces on Film/ Mr. Sister): I’d like to see Floyd face his fear and
meet Manny in the ring. ***
SLIMEDOG (the Noise): What I would like to happen in 2011 is to
see the giraffes take over the planet and enslave mankind. We would
be forced to only listen to Uriah Heep and be made to wear plaid leisure
suits. Not only do I fervently wish this, but I believe it’s very
possible that this will happen. ***
BOBY
BEAR
(Boby Bear): This will
come as no great surprise to anyone—but I’d like to see Elvis Presley
step forward and give a final, late in life public statement about his
departure from the public eye. If it ever happens, he’ll most likely
be flanked by Priscilla and Lisa Marie, who still refer to him very
much in the present tense, especially Priscilla. She just did it again,
blatantly, in a recent on-camera interview.
***
KEVIN FINN
(the Noise):
I would like to see the Bruins finally win the Stanley Cup. ***
TIM MUNGENAST
(Tim Mungenast & His Preexisting Conditions): What I want to see
in 2011 is Joe and Jane Lunchbox waking up and realizing what a huge
mistake they made giving the GOP (Greedy Oil Plutocrats) more power
in 2010. I hope they open a big can of that righteous Tea Party rage
on the folks who held their tax breaks and unemployment benefits hostage.
I also hope they stop the GOP newcomers’ pledge to eliminate the EPA,
because “the environment” is not some vague ivory-tower concept:
the environment is simply WHERE WE LIVE. Nobody wants brown drinking
water, right? ***
IAN CLARK (With A Bullet/ Razors in the Night): I’d
like to not get banned from any more bars in Boston… I’m running out
of places to drink. ***
BONNIE
BARRISH
(Bonnie Barrish): First,
I want to see us get out of the war, and for there to be peace again.
Second is on a personal level, and that is to have more performances,
and opportunities. The third thing is that I am hoping that we can start
an open mic, where we can invite different performers to have the opportunity
to do their thing, in all different art forms, and to bridge the stratification
of different kinds of music, and art, and allow it all to be performed
and shown in the same venue, and under the same roof. ***
HENDRIK DAVID GIDEONSE XIX (Indecent Music): Looking forward to the arrival
of our first daughter and wondering how that will impact the recording
studio in the basement!
Lolita: Well, if you don’t have the basement properly
soundproofed, I’m sure you’ll get cute baby cries on some of the
recordings. ***
SHAUN WOLF
WORTIS
(18th Annual Mardi Gras
Ball): I’d like for Boston to finally start thinking about a signature
sandwich. We have none. Philly has several. New Orleans several. New
York many. Even Louisville has one. Boston none. It’s time this was
rectified. A signature sandwich needs to be unusual, distinctively regional,
popular, and available everywhere. ***
LEE
TODD LACKS
(Rootlock/ Radio
Pü): Above all else, I hope that my wife and I may continue to love
the wonderful little boy who came into our care five months ago. ***
CHUCK U. ROSINA
(WMBR/ WMFO): What I would like to see in 2011? How about a cease-fire
in Afghanistan, an end to corporate greed, and a reversal of the Supreme
Court decision on money equals speech. As Jimmy Tingle says, “that
means a lack of money equals lack of speech.” Poor, working, and middle-
class people are left without a voice in government. It’s a lot to
ask for in one year. “You can say that I’m a dreamer, but I’m
not the only one.” ***
DJ
MÄTTHEW GRIFFIN
(the Noise):
I’d like to see more people in our community going out to support
local live music. ***
MICHAEL
P. AROIAN
(Elsewhere): I would
like to see everyone in the Boston music scene continue to be passionate
about music, yet at the same time not take themselves too seriously.
Too many times there are too many people (often times non-musicians) who
try to drag the rest of us down with their self-importance. Let’s actually
serve the song for once. The other thing I would like to see happen is
time travel, so we can go back to 1999 and give the music industry a
second chance at trying to develop a viable business model using the
Internet and technology. ***
KRISTEN
MILLER
(Kristen Miller): I
would like to hang out more with you, Rita. It’s been forever, and
that’s just too long. Lolita I see plenty, since she cleans my house
and I take care of her dog. But really, Rita, this is getting ridiculous.
Also, I would like all of us to get wildly rich and famous.
Rita:
But I thought you were rich and famous. Just compare yourself to kids
from some remote country and you’ll realize we are all rich and somewhat
famous.

THE
FAMOUS NEWS

Lolita:
Our news is famous because it is about our famous community—if you
are reading this, you are part of that community.

ANAIS MITCHELL
is now employing
new casts for her successful folk rock opera,
Hadestown, when she’s on the road. She’s done NYC
Sings Hadestown, California Sings Hadestown, London Sings Hadestown,
Glascow Sings Hadestown, and on 2/17 to 2/20 she does Virginia Sings
Hadestown. ***
NICK BLAKEY has returned to Church and is now the sole
booking manager there. ***
ROB
POTYLO
(Robby
Roadsteamer) recently scored second place in the 2010 Andy Kaufmann
Comedy Awards. His TV show
Quiet
Desperation

is produced by Allston-area actors, musicians, and comics and airs on
Friday and Saturday nights at 11pm into 2.6 million homes on MyTV New
England. *** Longtime DJ and booker of New England bands,
SHRED tied the knot on center ice
with Rachel b
etween the second
and third periods of the Worcester Sharks vs. Portland Pirates AHL Atlantic
Division match-up at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA, on Sunday, 1/23/11.
***
BOBY BEAR has a new online radio show called Bear With
Me (unregularradio.com) produced by
CARMELITA. *** AXEMUNKEE’s “Acid Django” was featured
briefly on History Channel’s
American
Pickers
show. *** MARK MCKELLAR (Age of End) will be one of the characters
in an online video game Play Live! Play Loud! that uses his band’s
song, “the Awakening.”
*** MASON VINCENT
(Cannible Kings) has created a graphic magazine/comic entitled
Tales of Captain Black. It’s available at www.amazon.com/dp/B004C446AK.
*** JOHN
SURETTE
is writing a rock opera
about a punk rock super hero who once played in a band called Boy’s
Life. The musicians include
DENNIS
McCARTHY
(drums), BO BARRINGER (bass), DAVID MINEHAN
(guitar) and
JOHNNY BLAZE (vocals). *** DAVE
MORRISON
(the Trademarks/ True
Blue) has released
Clubland (Fighting Cock Press), a collection of poems
about the Boston rock ’n’ roll scene written in verse. ***
TIM CATZ
(Roadsaw) and
IAN ADAMS both worked behind the scenes on The Fighter starring MARK
WAHLBERG
. *** D.J.
McLEAN
won Marblehead’s Got Talent competition.
*** Narragansett Beer celebrated its 120th anniversary in
2010. *** Blackburn Performing Arts in Gloucester closed on December
18. But we’ve heard rumors of new plans for that same space. We’ll
have more details next month. *** Despite a successful benefit show
to keep the Horror Business in Allston open, it just didn’t do the
trick—the place closed on January 2. *** ROADSAW will release
their “comeback” record on 3/22. It’s on Small Stone Records and
produced by
SEAN SLADE and the Boston Music Awards’ current best
producer
BENNY GROTTO. Lolita: See, we do have famous people and the famous
things they do in our news section.


TOP
THREE


Rita
: As is it every February,
this is our Top Ten issue. Elsewhere in these pages you’ll find lists
of
Noise contributors’ top 10s for 2010. Now we offer
our friends a chance to play along by asking them to share their top
three for 2010. There is the famous Mr. Curt! Tell me your top three
for 2010.
MR. CURT (Mr. Curt Ensemble): With no order specified:
a) CD: Anais Mitchell’s
Hadestown folk opera was an absolutely confident &
supreme effort from a local talent. Superb music, incisive lyrics, great
cast, and all-encompassing styles and themes. b) Musician: our violinist,
Clara Kebabian released her debut album collection,
Symbiotica, which crystallizes her abundant talents with
many local acts. And lastly, c) The scene: maintaining and sharing friendships,
music, and concerns with many of the older Boston scene members who
refuse to go quietly into that dark night of retirement by creating
new and stimulating music. Bop ’til you drop, indeed! Rock on! Hooray
for heritage! ***
WARD
HADEN
(Girls Guns & Glory):
The top three Boston bands/artists I learned about in 2010 (that subsequently
begin with the letter L) are: 1) Love in Stockholm. 2) Lady Lamb the
Beekeeper. 3) Lake Street Dive. ***
LUCRETIA
X. MACHINA
(Lucretia’s Daggers):
It was a productive band/music year for me and my partner, Jason Skulls
(Mortuus Ortus): 1. Acquiring Otto von Kinzel (Chemical Distance) as
LD’s new guitarist/ synth programmer/ backup vocalist extraordinaire!
2. Seeing Skulls join punk rock metal outfit Electric Mummy as their
new bassist, Brain Dead! 3. Seeing Skulls join Anderson Mar’s band
Sans Nomenclature as guitarist and one of her part-time bass teachers
at the Paul Green School of Rock! ***
MASON
VINCENT
(the Cannibal Kings):
I discovered that all kinds of restaurants and a lot of clubs have jam
nights that are pretty well attended. They make a few bucks on the jammers
and friends and the locals. As for the jammers who come in all shapes
and sizes and levels of play, the draw is a chance to play out and with
other musicians live for an audience. Most are older musicians without
a band, but many are acoustic guitarist and rock bands that want to
try out their presentation and network. 2010 was the rediscovery of the
jam scene. ***
KIER BYRNES (Three Day Threshold): Top three things that didn’t happen to my
band in 2010: No one got arrested; our band’s drink tab was smaller
than band earnings; and best of all Three Day Threshold’s guitarist,
Evan Gavry’s house did
not burn down this year. Rita: Kier’s top three things that didn’t happen
to his band goes together with his top ten things that
did happen to his band—see if you can find it
in this issue.


MUSICAL
CHAIRS


Lolita
: In this section we
let you know what’s going on with new bands that have formed and bands
that have taken in new members.
Rita: But first we’d like to announce some changes
in the staff of the
Noise. New England’s longest running music magazine
has four new associate editors!
DJ
MÄTTHEW GRIFFIN
, ERIC BAYLIES, JULIA DeSTEFANO,
and
AJ WACHTEL have all been promoted for their work above
and beyond the call of duty.
Lolita: Congratulations to all—but don’t think
for a moment that I will get your morning coffee for you. Here now,
our game of musical chairs:
KENNY CHAMBERS & THE MAIDS debuted in January
at T.T.’s. Kenny is playing all new songs that cross the Clash with
the Beatles. The Maids include
ANDY
BAKER
on drums, STEVE CARAWAY on
bass, and
CURTISS FLORCZAK on guitar. *** ANDY
MILK
(the Vital Might) has
a side project called WESTERLY WALES. *** JET FUEL is the new band from
JET (Sam
Black Church). ***
KEN
FIELD
leads the ALTO ARMY,
where he gets as many of his alto sax buddies to join in to play ambient
and trance long-tone sounds. ***
ERICH
THALER
(Stompbox) and GLEN
and
CHUCK STILPHEN (Gang Green) have formed NUNS OF PUNK and
released the single “First Nickle.” *** As of December 2010,
OTTO von KINZEL
(Chemical Distance) has joined LUCRETIA’S DAGGERS as guitarist/ programmer,
replacing guitarist
ELUCID (Streak). *** TOXIC NARCOTIC is on hiatus,
and while they are,
SAMMY
MIAMI
will be playing drums
with THE WELSH BOYS. ***
SULLY
ERNA
(Godsmack) has a solo
project called AVALON that includes
LISA
GUYER
(vocals), TIM THERIAULT
(guitar),
CHRIS DECATO (Keys), CHRIS
LESTER
(acoustic guitar/bass), IRINA CHIRKOVE
(cello),
NIALL GREGORY (drums), and DAVID
STEFANELLI
(drums). *** CHRIS MASCARA
(Mascara) has joined BIRDSMAKEBIRDS, playing bass and doing some background
vocals.
Lolita: Good luck to al the new bands and new members
and congratulations to our new associate editors.


CHANGING POINT


Rita
: In our final question
of the month we’d like to know of a changing point in your life.
Lolita:
I’ll go ask it. Ken, I love that red jacket you have on—can I have
it? No wait—that was the wrong question. I need to know a changing
point in your life.

KEN FIELD
(Agachiko/ Revolutionary
Snake Ensemble/ Birdsongs of the Mesozoic): I joined the psychedelic
funk band Skin in the mid-’80s. Man, those guys were crazy!
But what really changed things for me was recording my first solo CD
Subterranea
in an underground room in Roswell, New Mexico, about 10 years later.
No space aliens, but it was a blast to do, and I still dig the disc.
***
RICK BERLIN (Nickel & Dime Band): Playing with these
guys (who grew up and played music together in JP) takes me to a place
I’d sworn off—band-as-genre. Total fun, happy, rock strong, big
drums, three guitars, awesome musicianship. Feel like I found E-Street
in the hood. For the first time ever, people actually dance to this
stuff. Nickel & Dime play for the song, period. Resurrected my love
of bands after years of doubt and drama. ***
RICK
BARTON
(Continental): The big
change for me came over the course of this past year when I finally
let go of the worldly pressure that I succumbed to since about fifth
grade! But not just saying it (like now), or thinking it, but actually
feeling it! Knowing it’ll be all right! ***
LARRY
LITOGOT
(Penis Fly Trap/ Jay
Allen & the Archcriminals): In August of 2010 I bought a bicycle.
I hadn’t ridden a bicycle in more than 20 years but soon discovered
it was just like riding a bike. This changed my life because now I can
get to local rock shows in 15 minutes and I’m not always Jay Allen’s
date at the end of the night. It also keeps me in great shape as long
as I don’t get crushed by a bus. Then I’ll be flat-shaped. ***
LINDA VIENS
(Angeline): A hugely changing point in my life was about four years
ago: in emotional agony and searching for answers, I turned to the ancient ways of
meditation and yoga, and began to practice consistently. Within the
quiet of both I have processed untold griefs, losses, and childhood
pain, and my body, heart, and brain have grown new muscles/cells/DNA
that are encoded with a kind of pure optimism, love, and strength. I
am grateful beyond words. ***
MELVERN
TAYLOR
(… & His Fabulous
Meltones): A major changing point in my life was the first time I heard
Guns N’ Roses. When I was 15 I was the personification of hate and
fury and
Appetite for
Destruction
seemed like it
was written just for me. I literally listened to nothing but Gn’R
between 1987 and 1989. Then
Lies came out and I loved the acoustic sound of
it so much that it sent me down a totally different road. Eventually,
I traded in the hate and fury for good old-fashioned misery. Thank goodness
for dollar beers! ***
MELISSA
GIBBS
(Andrea Gillis Band/
Coffin Lids): 2010 had a few changing points. My husband, Charles Hansen,
and I had a baby in November. We also became small business owners; we
opened a music store—Mass Ave Music—in Porter Square, together with
Joe Klompus.
Lolita: Wow! Congratulations on becoming a mom! And
it’s great to hear that a music store upstairs from where Cambridge
Music used to be (1904 Mass. Ave., Cambridge).


ALL
GOIN’ OUT TOGETHER

Rita: Time
to plan your winter outings—here’s our advice.
CHELSEA
BERRY
is in residency at Alchemy
(Gloucester) every Wednesday night. ***
LENNY
LASHLEY
(Darkbuster)plays the
Middle East on Wednesday, 2/9. ***
CASEY
DESMOND
is part of a good sampling
of musicians at T.T.’s on Thursday, 2/10. *** ERIN HARPE & THE
DELTA SWINGERS swing at the Cantab on Saturday, 2/12. *** Same night
BIRD MANCINI soares at Cat in the Cradle (Byfield, MA). *** AD FRANK
& THE FAST EASY WOMEN play the Middle East on Friday, 2/18. ***
Saturday, 2/19, is the time shake it with BOOTY VORTEX at Johnny D’s.
*** Same night THE BANDIT KINGS play the Rhumb Line (Gloucester). ***
Our February Big Shot,
RYAN
LEE CROSBY
, opens for MARISSA NADLER
at Passim on Sunday, 2/20. *** On Thursday, 2/24, ME&JOANCOLLINS
does it at the Middle East. *** TIJUANA SWEETHEART win your heart at
the
Noise’s 30th anniversary February party at the
Middle East on Friday, 2/25. Also on the bill are BLOW YOUR FACE OUT (Dave Tree's J. Geils tribute band), JASON BENNETT & THE RESISTANCE, and MIKE SAVITKAS & MARK LIND. *** On Saturday, 2/26, ENTRAIN rolls into
Johnny D’s. *** Thursday, 3/3, has
JONATHAN
RICHMAN
on stage at the Armory.
*** THE ALLSTON BROTHERS BAND reunites with their
Live
at the Fillmore East
album
at the Bangkok Paradise (Salem, MA) on Friday, 3/4. *** THREE DAY THRESHOLD
drinks straight from the barrel at the

Noise
’s 30th anniversary
March party at Precint on Thursday, 3/17. Yep, that also happens to
be a St. Paddy’s Day celebration! Playing with 3DT are COMANCHERO and NEW ENGLAND AMERICANA ALL STARS (perfoming traditional Irish music).
Rita: Hope to see you there. Lolita: Remember—every March issue, our next, is
online-only.

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