OUR EYES ON YOU: June 2011

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ECONOMIC RECOVERY:

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

Rita: Welcome to our June/July double economic
recovery issue.
Lolita: How did we recover so quickly? Rita:
It’s a little trick I’ve learned to make use of called an affirmation.
If we just keep saying the economy is good, it will naturally correct
itself.
Lolita: Oh great, then you can pay me back the $900
I leant you for rent last month.
Rita: Yes, I will. Money is just something our
forefathers made up. You do know that money didn’t always exist. So
now that we all have enough of this worthless paper, we can spend more
on the things we like. In fact, we can spend money on things that are
usually free. I pay all my friends for their advice now. And I started
giving my cat an allowance. Lolita, go ask all your wealthy friends
what they’d be willing to pay for that they now get for free.
Lolita:
I don’t give
that away for free. Rita: What are you talking about? Lolita: Oh never mind, I didn’t say anything. I’ll
go ask the question while I’m on a shopping spree.

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IT’S FREE, BUT
I’LL PAY

Lolita: There’s Liz! I’ll ask her first. Hey
Liz—your tan is looking great. Tell me, what is something you can
get for free that you’d be willing to pay for?
LIZ
BORDEN
(the Liz Borden Band):
The summer and sunshine. The only thing is that if I am paying for it,
I want a longer summer and way more sunshine! ***
MARK
KAYE
(Hear Now Live): Music
is something everyone seems to steal for free these days. I refuse to
do that and continue to pay for it whether it be via download, CD, or
vinyl. The music industry continues to fall apart because no one will
stop music fans or casual listeners from taking what’s not theirs.
Free live shows is another thing I would gladly pay for. Why anyone
performs free shows after the fall of the industry is beyond me. Bands
shouldn’t play clubs that don’t charge a cover fee—because it’s
just another way of teaching fans that they don’t have to pay for
music. ***
AL JANIK (Al Janik’s Plastyczny Ser Orkestra): The
best things in life. ***
RUBY
BIRD
(Bird Mancini): Clean
air. We’re probably already paying for this in taxes… hmmm… but
whatever it is, it’s a bargain. ***
BLOWFISH (Boston
Groupie News
): YouTube. It’s
so great. I’m seeing all the ’60s band performances that were on
TV on Friday and Saturday nights when I was out clubbing in the late
’60s. ***
RAY FERNANDES (Cadillac Heart/ Boston Butta Beats studios):
Bottled water… because with all the possible contamination in our
water supply, I won’t drink tap water… and haven’t for a very
long time. But with all the lies that people have been fed over the
years, who’s to say bottled water is any safer?
Lolita: Some bottled water is tap water. *** GLENN
WILLIAMS
(Lowbudget Records):
Do you mean besides the
Noise? Lolita: Oh, you are so sweet, Glenn. We’ll make
note of that. But go on—tell us something besides the
Noise. GLENN:
Being an elementary school art teacher, I love running into the kids
outside of school. They look at you like you’re from a different planet.
It makes me feel kind of cool. I’ve tried to buy things in the past
that were intended to make me feel cool. But, none of them work like
a 5-year-old saying, “Oh my goodness, it’s Mr. Williams.” ***
LEE TODD LACKS
(Radio Pü): The eyeglass adjustments that most opticians provide as a
courtesy. ***
ANDY MILK (the Vital Might): Head scratching from my
lady. I’d pay at
least $5 per session. Puts me right to sleep. *** CHUCK U. ROSINA
(WMBR/ WMFO): Oh this is too easy. Our great wealth of college/community
radio stations! You can listen to them for free, (many do), but I for
one gladly pay up some money every time WMBR, WZBC, and WMFO have fundraisers.
All three stations do get some support from their affiliated universities,
but they rely on listeners for equipment purchase and repair. And unlike
their NPR counterparts, nobody gets paid at these stations, so the money
they get goes directly into station upkeep. Support your local community
radio.
Lolita: Chuck is right. Those three Boston-area stations
in particular are extremely well-managed with a constant supply of interesting
music that you would never hear on commercial airwaves. ***
MICHAEL P. AROIAN
(Elsewhere): My answer would be music… it has to be! Because in the
past decade all we’ve done is commodify music and perpetuate this long-lasting
deflationary environment in the wider industry. While this has arguably
made things exciting, it has also made accomplishing “success” increasingly
difficult as the business infrastructure continues to be only reactionary
and fearful of taking on risk. Music should not be a hand out; it should
be priceless and special. The more we just give it away and take it
for free, the more we hurt ourselves as musicians. ***
ROB
GARRETT
(the Dormers): Umm…
Obviously the
Noise. Lolita: Rob, we need to raise some cash, so from
now on your copy of the
Noise will be $20—just make the check out to Lolita
Flange.

RECOVERY NEWS

Rita: You know we don’t do fundraising, because—you
know—money is just something Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, or one
of those other early American long-haired freaks made up. When we give
special rates to bands for advertising, they give us some paper—since
that’s basically the same thing we hand them. The
Noise is just like money—it’s musical currency.
Bands need exposure—we give it to them on paper—they give us paper.
Lolita:
I think I’m getting it—paper money—toilet paper—it’s all the
same thing.
Rita: Now that we have economics all figured out,
let’s move on to the news…

CASEY DESMOND
and ROBERT ELLIS ORRAL
co-wrote the title track “Talking to God” for Casey’s latest audio
release and psychedelic video.
Lolita: Wow—this Desmond/Orral song is really good—and
the video is fun. *** THE LIGHTS OUT got written up in

Billboard
because of their
creative approach to get the message out about their CD,
Rock Pony. Rock Pony
transformed into a character on a dating site and the band ran with
it. ***
ROGER MILLER scored the soundtrack for Granito:
How to Nail a Dictator
, a documentary
on the genocide in Guatemala. *** Fans of
WAYNE
VALDEZ
know that Store 54 is
back—this time it’s located in the basement of 16 Harvard Ave.,
Allston.
Lolita: Besides fronting a great band (Valdez the
Sinner), Wayne photographically documented the whole scene based abound
the Hoodoo Barbeque at the Rat in the ’80s. *** NBC’s
the Voice
had two very talented New England artists advance beyond the blind auditions—
CASEY DESMOND
and
DEVON BARLEY—and there was also one Berklee College of
Music graduate—
REBECCA
LOEBE
. *** After their stint
on Jay Leno’s
Tonight
Show
, the TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND—led
by
SUSAN TEDESCHI and DEREK
TRUCKS
—tours the states and
Europe. ***
JOE COUGHLIN pointed us toward our latest favorite cooking
video—he’s never steered us wrong—check out
Vegan
Black Metal Chef
on YouTube.
***
Rita: Did you know that the Supreme Judicial Court
ruled that it is unlawful for police to search people or places based
solely upon the odor of burnt marijuana? I just wanted to make sure
A.J. WACHTEL
was paying attention. *** New England winners in the 2010 International
Songwriting Competition are
DAN
MENZONE, LEE MARCUS
(first
place instrumental),
TIM
BLANE
(honorable mention adult
contemporary),
JIM INFANTINO (honorable mention comedy/novelty), AMY FAIRCHILD
(honorable mention folk/singer-songwriter),
BRUCE
GERTZ
(honorable mention jazz), THE GALLERY
(honorable mention rock). Go online for rules to enter the 2011 competition.
***
JAKE ZAVRACKY has been releasing an EP every month in 2011.
Each release benefits a different organization.
Lolita: Most of this music (http://zavracky.com)
is quite a new direction for Jake—and I like it. And think of all
that paper that goes flying into the hands of worthy organizations!

NATURAL SOUND

Rita: Lolita may like Jake’s music, but what
about natural sound? It happens with no exchange of paper—it just
happens naturally. Lolita—go ask your buddies to tell you where they
can find the nicest natural sound.
Lolita: I just heard a fart. Was that you Rick? RICK BERLIN
(the Nickel & Dime Band): As a fart queen I guess my answer would
be obvious, but now I’m thinking it’s my former roommate’s cat,
Mao. His purr was like a Tibet singer. Several notes and sounds at once.
Like a chord. A cat chord. Hilarious and astounding at the same time.
***
CORIN ASHLEY (Corin Ashley Rock Band): I’m a very big
fan of walking through a pine grove—I love the sound of the pine needles
under my feet, especially if there is water nearby and you get a little
hint of the wind on the water. This isn’t making me sound like a hippie,
is it? ***
LINDA VIENS (Angeline/ Adam & Eve): At the beach at
dusk, listening to the reassuring sound of the lapping waves… or standing
still deep in a pine forest… listening to the wind, the pine needles
gently falling and sometimes the trees have things to say too. ***
DAVID KIRKDORFFER
(UNDO/ the Blank Attack): The nicest natural sound? Well, wouldn’t that
be the sound of your loved one’s sighs as you rub suntan lotion into
hot skin while waves lap against a seashore? ***
SHANE
KINNEY
(Lost on Liftoff): The
waves at Big Sur. ***
NICHOLE
FERREE
(Orange Nichole): The
nicest natural sound on earth takes place at about 5:30 am in the spring
and summer when all the birds wake up one by one. First there’s one
voice and then more and then for about 10 minutes there’s this crazy
bird chorus! Of course, this chorus is usually the cause of me being
awake at 5:30 am… still, it’s pretty amazing. ***
KEN
FIELD
(Revolutionary Snake
Ensemble/ Agachiko/ Birdsongs of the Mesozoic/ Alto Army): I don’t
know about the nicest, but the most amazing natural sound I’ve heard
in a long time was the sound of tens of thousands of sand hill cranes
returning to their spring migration stopping point at Bitter Lakes National
Wildlife Refuge near Roswell, NM. I recorded this and I’m using
parts of it for my latest soundtrack project for Karen Aqua’s new
animated film
Taxonomy. *** IAN
ADAMS
(solo/ Little Wolf &
the Thunderstick): I would have to say Monhegan Island, Maine. It’s
a couple miles long, and 10 miles off the coast, with 200 foot cliffs.
Standing on those cliffs is like listening to God breathe. ***
CLARA KEBABIAN
(Mr Curt Ensemble): Nicest natural sound I can think of are the peeping
frog choruses in the spring at my parents’ house. ***
HENDRIK DAVID GIDEONSE XIX (Indecent Music): The basement ‘T’ shaped
hallway at the Northshore Recovery High School in Beverly, MA, has the
most amazing natural reverb I have ever heard. It has a very smooth
and long reverb time with a natural shimmer of late bright reflections.
If you close your eyes you might mistake it for a tape delay with feedback
feeding an old EMT plate reverb. Gorgeous. ***
LIZ
FRAME
(Liz Frame & the
Kickers): Well, certainly
one of the nicest natural sounds on earth are
the sounds I hear outside my bedroom window early each spring morning:
I get to hear the birds singing, calling out to their mates, staking
out their territories. It reiterates to me just how defiant and resilient
nature is. Ultimately, nothing will stop her, despite our best and most
stupid efforts. And that’s a relief. ***
JIM
COUNTRYMAN
(Lovewhip/ Erin
Harpe & the Delta Swingers):
Our roof in JP from 3:00 am to 4:30 am in the
summertime.
Lolita: Now I’m trying to figure out if you guys
have late-night rehearsals, or if it’s some kind of outdoor moaning
going on.

MUSICAL CHAIRS

Rita: While Lolita sneaks around to hear the moaning
(she knows they don’t rehearse that late), I’ll make a little music
with chairs—here’s what going on with the never-ending dance of
members of bands.
GARY and MARK
CHERONE
’s project HURTSMILE
will be touring Japan in the summer after spreading out gigs all over
the U.S. *** Singer
CHAD
HICKMAN
has rejoined AGE OF
END. *** Guitarist
PETE
ZEIGLER
(Hey Now Morris Fader)
has become a full-time member of THE RATIONALES. *** After five years
of gigging,
LISA CONNOLLY has left COROLLA DeVILLE. *** VINTAGE FLESH
has shed their skin and become INVERTICRUX with shedding vocalist
RAYPISSED
adding
TERRY SAVASTANO (Disrupt/ Superpower/ Warhorse/ Grief), ERIC PODHORIN
(Eternal Embrace/ Salem Fires), and
MICHAEL
BERNIER
(Eternal Embrace/ Salem
Fires). ***
ALEXANDRA D’MARIS (guitar/ vocals), ERIC
COLVILLE
(guitar/ vocals),
and
GEZA CARR (drums) make up THE SELKIES. Selkies are mythological
seals that can shed their skin to become humans. *** BLOW YOUR FACE
OUT played their final gig at Great Scott on May 19. ***
JUDITH ARC
(vocals
), TIM SPRAGUE (vocals/guitar/trumpet), MAUREEN
RELLING-BOOTH
(vocals/ bass), PHILLIPPE DOUCET
(guitar), and
ETHAN HERSCHMAN (drums) make up ENGINE JUDY. *** JOHNNY ANGEL
in the studio recording with
SCOTT
GILMAN
and BROCK
AVERY
(New Man). The Blackjacks
meets New Man. Will wonders ever cease? ***
FRANC
GRAHAM
has put together a new
band that plays under her name—welcome
RICHARD “New Guy” GATES on bass, CHRIS “Old Guy” RIVAL on guitar, JEROME “That Guy” DEUPREE on drums, and PACEY “Wacky Guy” FOSTER on turntables. *** AD FRANK & THE FAST
EASY WOMEN are getting divorced (it’s their final show) on Friday,
6/3 at T.T.’s. *** LITTLE WOLF & THE THUNDERSTICK is
IAN ADAMS’
new band, with
JON PULI (x-the Entwives) on drums and PAMELA WONG
on bass. ***
CHRISTINE
ZUFFEREY
(Ziaf) is now performing
in France, leading a band called MARY ZOO. *** THE BACKUP FACTOR includes
MATT OTT, MATT HANNA, MARK DESROSIER, MARIAN DIDIO, TRAVIS RICHTER,
and
SARAH KORVAL. ***
LEE HARRINGTON
(the Neighborhoods)
has a new project called THE GOLDHAWK SOCIAL CLUB, named after a venue
the Who played early in their career. The band will by very Who-oriented.
*** Drummer
BOBY BEAR has rustled up DAVID
BOVE
and ROSS
PIERCE
to create BOBY BEAR
(the band).
Lolita: I’m waiting for the Boby Bear cologne so
I can make all my men smell as good as Boby.


NUCLEAR POWER?

Rita: Okay, let’s get serious. Lolita: I was being serious. Rita: No, I mean really serious. For our last question
I want to know what you think we should do with nuclear power. Matt,
why are you dressed like that? And what’s with the Vulcan “live
long and prosper” hand gesture?

MATT J
(the Bynars): We use
nuclear energy to power emergency lights on our Galaxy Class starship when we
are stuck at impulse and the dilithium crystals have failed. We play
tri-dimensional chess in the dim light. Nuclear power is like a kerosene
lamp in the blackout for the 24th century.
Rita: Well, so much for my serious question. *** TIM MUNGENAST
(Tim Mungenast & His Preexisting Conditions): Anyone who still supports
nuclear power just hasn’t been paying attention, or perhaps has some
form of learning disability. I say this not as a hippie Luddite, but
as an engineer’s son. There are many reasons to ban nuclear power,
but since space here is limited, let’s mention just one: the waste.
It is insanely poisonous and remains lethally radioactive for thousands
of years. (Think about that for a second.) Nobody wants it stored anywhere
near them, and if you build more plants, you will just make more waste.
Where the hell will you put it? ***
FRANK
ROWE
(Classic Ruins): Nuclear
power seemed like such a good idea at the beginning—the peaceful uses
like power plants and the

N.S. Savannah,
but we were
all in such a hurry for dessert that we wolfed down dinner before it
was cooked. Shouldn’t we have researched it further until we understood
the dangers, and maybe developed safer forms? Since it’s never going
to go away now, maybe we should back up and try to find a safer way
to use atomic power than putting reactor cores on top of tectonic sutures.
***
JON MACEY (Fox Pass/ Adam & Eve): The hardest question
to answer this month. We need to get off oil and coal. If nuclear could
be safe, it is an option. But then, Japan happens. Windmills anyone?
***
NIKI LUPARELLI (Niki Luparelli & the Gold Diggers/ the
Steamy Bohemians): We watch
The
Toxic Avenger
and Class of Nuke
’Em High
until we get comfortable
with having monster babies swimming in toilets and marijuana grown with
radioactive fertilizer. The marijuana thing might not be so bad,
but definitely look before you sit on the loo. ***
PHIL
KAPLAN
(the Exiles/ Men &
Volts): Nuclear power has been and remains one of the real-life miracles
of the modern era, a shining example of the genius of Man. As a source
of cheap and (relatively) clean energy, it should remain an option,
and prominently so, within the current mix of (realistic) energy alternatives.
Let’s remember that Chernobyl and the Japan disasters were both preventable,
and due to sloppy, sclerotic, log-rolling cultures, respectively. The
real question is, how much trust/faith do we have in our technocratic
managing elites? And if we do have that little faith in them, maybe
we should fix our culture before we go off half- (or fully-) baked down
the road of “alternative energy sources.” ***
MAX
BOWEN
(Citywide Blackout):
Shut it down and get cracking on that alternative energy, because this
stuff is way more trouble then it’s worth. ***
KAREN
DeBIASSE
(Girl on Top): Nuke
it. ***
BOBY BEAR (Boby Bear): We should cease use immediately,
before it’s too late.
No place on Earth is one hundred percent stable.
The alternatives to this nuclear nonsense are all around us—literally.
The
wind: What’s uglier? A hillside full of windmills,
or more meltdowns?
The
ocean
: Crashing waves against
resistor panels at select locations would generate a tremendous amount
of energy. Nuclear power is
way beyond anything we’re equipped to deal with,
and it makes me sad that we actually buy into the
lie that we “need” it. Mother Nature has more
than provided for any power we have any business wanting. ***
DAVE TREE
(Tree/ Drugwar/ SuperPower): Nuclear power was recently repackaged by
the Republicans as “Clean Energy.” Why don’t we ask the people
of Japan if they think nuclear power is a clean energy source, then
remind ourselves who in this country is willing to risk the lives and
safety of all living things so that once again a small minority can
walk away with all the profits from an unsafe energy source. If you
demand the truth, you just might get it. ***
PAUL
HANSEN
(the Grownup Noise):
We should immediately, and safely, use whatever nuclear power is available
to us and power the Flux Capacitor to travel back in time to halt the
inception and subsequent use of nuclear power. And then, whoever it
is that goes back in time can wait around until 1985 and prevent the
making of
Back to the
Future 2
and 3! Lolita: Who would think our question about nuclear
power would start and end with answers about films?

ALL GOIN’ OUT
TOGETHER

Rita: So remember—money is nothing—give out
as much of it as you can. Local musicians are great people to give money
to because they can use it to buy quality instruments to make the sounds
you want to hear. Fill your pockets with money and go listen to this
live music—and remember to tip the musicians: DAN BLAKESLEE plays Gulu Gulu in Salem, MA, on Thursday, 7/7. *** UNIVERSAL FUNK ORDER play Johnny D's on Thursday, 7/9. *** Same night THE DECEMBER SOUND will cool you off at Great Scott.  *** On Sunday, 7/10, at 2:00 PM, KEN FIELD has organized a memorial show for his long time partner KAREN AQUA at the Armory. *** CURIOUS RITUAL reunites on Friday, 7/15 at Church leading a benefit/memorial for Frederick F. Campu III, the late husband of Claudia deHaven Biddle-Ciampi. *** Same night FULL BODY ANCHOR headlines the show at O’Brien’s in Allston. *** On Saturday 7/16 you’ll find TOTALLY INAPPROPRIATE at the Sky Box in Tewksbury. *** Next month’s cover boy ALLEN ESTES entertains at the Rhumb Line in Gloucester on Sunday 7/17. *** RICK BERLIN is raising money for the JP Music Fest by putting together a tribute night to Bob Dylan at the Midway on Tuesday, 7/19. *** CADILLAC HEART takes you for a ride at the Rosebud on Thursday, 7/21. *** On Monday, 7/25, DENNIS BRENNAN takes the stage upstairs at the Cantab. *** WALTER SICKART & THE ARMY OF TOYS is part of a big show downstairs at the Middle East on Friday, 7/29. *** GIRLS GUNS & GLORY’s second night of CD releasatude is on Saturday, 7/30, at the Lizard Lounge. *** THE J. GEILS’ BAND is back performing at the Bank of America Pavilion on Saturday, 8/6. *** And finally, the Noise will have it’s final 30th anniversary party at the Annie in Gloucester that will feature T MAX’s favorite solo artist on Thursday, 9/8.
Rita:
We’ll see you in the clubs and all the exciting outdoor events.

R.I.P. GREGORY V. PETRONIO III (1969-2011) was a partner and co-owner of the
Lucky Dog Music Hall in Worcester, MA.

R.I.P. KAREN AQUA died on May 30, 2011 after a decade-long battle with cancer. Karen was an animated film maker, a percussionist for Crown Electric Company, and wife of Ken Field (Revolutionary Snake Ensemble/ Chandler Travis Philharmonic/ Birdsongs of the Mesozoic).

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