OUR EYES ON YOU: Sept 2011

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IN THE PRINT ISSUE

Rita: Wow—what an amazing summer we experienced
this year.
Lolita: Let’s keep it rolling right through the
fall. We have to celebrate what’s good because it’s healthy to focus
on the positive. In this online issue we’ve got the most exciting new performer
coming out of Western Mass.,
HEATHER
MALONEY
. She and her
music are eccentric, bright, and adorable.
Rita: In the print issue we also have my favorite new Boston band
that is as literary as they are musical—THE GROWNUP NOISE.
Lolita:
And the guy who did more than managed THE CARS to fame and fortune—
STEVE BERKOWITZ. Rita:
And the brooding punk-metal band out of Olneyville, RI—LOLITA BLACK.
Lolita:
No, I haven’t married
RANDY
BLACK
or FRANK
BLACK
, but maybe I should. Rita:
So to keep the good vibes rolling, let’s hear some of the highlights
of the wonderful summer of 2011. Unwed Lolita, get out there and report
your findings.

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THE WONDERFUL SUMMER
OF 2011

Lolita: I’ve loved the summer in Gloucester. How
’bout you, John, tell me about a highlight of your summer.
JOHN POWHIDA
(John Powhida International Airport): Swimming with my brother at Marconi
Beach Post opening for Urge Overkill at the Beachcomber. ***
RUBY BIRD (Bird
Mancini): A definite summer highlight has been playing in Gloucester
at the “Night on the Neck” monthly summer series on Rocky Neck.
Ejay at Khan Studio was a fantastic hostess, and we really enjoyed meeting
all the artists, writers, musicians, vacationers, and summer strollers
from the Gloucester area. We did it twice and had fantastic weather
both times. How lucky is that?! For anyone who loves art, Rocky Neck
should be a favorite destination. Check out Khan Studio on Madfish Wharf! ***
IAN ADAMS
(Lucky Dragon/ solo): While working on the Adam Sandler movie down on
the Cape, I got to witness Adam Sandler, James Kahn, and Vanilla Ice
(yes,
Vanilla Ice!) throwing around a football between takes.
Then Vanilla picked up an acoustic guitar and sang a Pearl Jam song
to an elderly actress, and some extras. I kid you not. ***
SARAH BLACKER
(Sarah Blacker): There have been so many thus far, but playing the Naukabout
Festival on Saturday, August 6th was definitely one of the most beautiful
days of my life. Gorgeous weather, an amazing crowd, and a perfect line
up with Will Dailey, Ryan Montbleau, Zack Deputy, Jake Hill, and more.
It’s always been a dream of mine to play the festival circuit, and
when Jeff Conley invited me to perform at this year’s event, it was
a dream-come-true for me. What a blast. There was even a burrito man.
***
KIER BYRNES (Three Day Threshold): This summer, my band
has been playing more shows outside of New England than in New England,
so what I’m really looking forward to is coming back home and playing
the Massachusetts Brewers Guild’s Summer Fest on September 2. With
over 80 beers to sample, it’s going to be a hell of a party. ***
BRIDGET MURPHY
(Boston Blacklisted): One of the highlights of my summer is knowing
that my Little Billy had an awesome time at camp. This has been his
third year at overnight camp and he really digs it. Being a parent like
so many of us are, it’s always a comfort and joy knowing that your
kid is happy and well! ***
BONNIE BARRISH (Bonnie & Nancy’s Open Mike): The highlights
of the summer are when I get a chance to play my music, as a soloist,
and with Nancy. ***
MUNK
CIANO
(the Radio Says): Discovering
country music. It’s one of the genres I bristled against my entire
musical life. I got turned on to Brad Paisley’s instrumental album,
Play,
and the musicianship just blew my doors off. I’ve been fully immersed
in country music all summer long and haven’t been excited about a
new type of music since I was a kid. Great guitar playing is alive and
well and living in Nashville.
Lolita: We obviously know that because RICH GILBERT,
winner of Boston’s Most Impressive Guitarist seven years in a row,
moved down to Nashville a few years ago.

SOUND NEWS

Rita: Regular readers may wonder where has SLIMEDOG
gone. Well, he’s started his own new music website with
ANDY BANG
that promotes local hardcore, punk, and metal music. Go to thrashnbang.com
and say hi to
JIM SLIMEY. *** DROPKICK MURPHYS held their First Annual Rotten Tomato Karaoke
Party
, a fundraiser for the Claddagh Fund, a non-profit
that supports children, veterans, and alcohol and drug recovery charities.
At the party, Red Sox closer

JONATHAN PAPPLEBON
hit bassist KEN CASEY
right in the head with a big old tomato. It made for great TV news viewing.
***
ASA BREBNER became the dad of twins on 7/25/11. Congratulations
to the new poppa. *** ROCKIN’ BOB’S GUITARS (31 Holland St., Davis
Sq., Somerville, MA) is now celebrating its 30th year in existence.
***
PHIL KAPLAN was seen playing a guitar he put together
based on Indian treatment of sound. The fretless 12-string neck employs
four single strings on the bottom end (the melody strings) and on top
the two strings are doubled and used as sympathetic stings to boost
the harmonic nature of the melodies. *** X-Noise writer
LENNY SCOLETTA
is working on documenting the ’77-’81 Boston garage scene. If you’ve
got any videos you’d like to supply him with, call 781-391-0904. ***
SHAYSH and DANIEL PERRY
have started a Facebook video blog,
Big
Old Big One
, that features
artists playing acoustic “off stage shows” in locations of their
choosing. ***
Crash Safely is a two night benefit for Bike MS at Church
on Friday 9/23 and Saturday 9/24. The benefit is organized by
AMANDA NICHOLS
and will benefit the Bike MS team of
PETE
HAYES
(drummer of the Figgs.
Both Amanda and Pete were diagnosed with MS in 2008. *** DINOSAUR JR.
is re-releasing its first three albums on vinyl in October. *** Freak
motor accident sidelined CUBAN HEELS guitarist,
JJ
RASSLER
. Long-term prognosis
is hopeful. *** Song alert—in the future you will hear “Epic Hello”
by THE BANDIT KINGS on the radio and say to yourself, what a great song.
*** Berklee College of Music and Lollapalooza announced the founding
of the Berklee Lollapalooza Endowed Scholarship at the 20th Anniversary
of Lollapalooza in Chicago. The four-year, full tuition scholarship
will be awarded annually to a talented musician in financial need and
is being endowed by Goldman Sachs Gives, a donor-advised fund. *** School
of Rock Boston has partnered with the National Association of Music
Merchants (NAMM) on its third annual SchoolJam USA teen battle of the
bands competition. If you’re in a teen band or know of one, look up
the event online. *** To enter the 2011
International
Songwriting Competition
and
win lots of cash and prizes, Google their name and have your song(s)
judges by
TOM WAITS, TORI
AMOS, OZZY OSBOURNE
and more. Lolita:
I know many who could win this multi-category contest.

CONTEST WINNER

Lolita: I’m not sure which syllable to emphasize
in the heading of this paragraph, so are we contesting the winner? Or
announcing the winner?
Rita: You’re announcing. Lolita: Thank you. DEBORAH
GALAGHER
won last month’s
prize question about where the belt sander races used to take place
in JP (answer: Kenyon Woodworking). She won a banner for a week on our
popular music web sites, thenoise-boston.com and thenoiseboard.com.
This issue’s contest question: what Boston-based band employed three
drummers who set up in front of two members on guitar, one on bass,
and the final player in the back on the largest percussion setup I’ve
ever seen? Send your answer to tmax@thenoise-boston.com. Three winners
will be drawn at random.

THE OTHER SIDE OF
GOOD VIBES

Rita: Okay, we tried our best to keep the good
vibes rolling but the natural yin/yang in us forced us to deal with
some reality.
Lolita: Okay, let it out—tell us what you’re
pissed off about at the moment?

PETER RINNING
(QRST’s): Right
now, today, I’m pissed about when people do not show up for work when
they are supposed to, and do not even call in. I tried calling them
on their two cell phones and left a message on their Facebook page and
got NO reply! This type of attitude puts managers and places of business
in a lurch. Whatever happened to the hard working, get ahead, type of
person? Very few left.
That is what I am pissed off about today. Tomorrow—maybe
nothing. ***
SAMMY MIAMI (The Welch Boys/ For the Worse/ Britt Lightning
Band): I’m pissed off at the
Boston
Phoenix
! An employee was trying
to cover her cubicle with Boston band stickers (past and present). It
took me about a month to do, but I ended up gathering four decades worth
of Boston rock band stickers for her. I sent the package in only to
find out she had been fired. When I spoke to the staff, they told me
that they had received the package but didn’t know what happened to
it. Poor gal was fired, didn’t get her stickers, and they didn’t
send the package back to me. Shame on them! ***
ROGER
CLARK MILLER
(Mission of Burma/
The Alloy Orchestra/ Sproton Layer): The ungodly stupidity of Americans
to even consider that the Tea Party has any real ideas at all, or that
they are interested in even the tiniest portion of well-being for anyone
else other than their pitiful, greedy, ignoramus selves. ***
BRAD BYRD
(Brad Byrd): At the moment, and sadly more often than not, I’m pissed
off about the overall lack of empathy in America for one another. It
appears as if we live in a very self-serving society that is largely
concerned with “what’s in it for me?” and not “what’s in it
for each other.” We see it from the top down, from government to Main
Street—everyone pointing fingers. I realize there are complex issues
in the world, but expressing kindness, love, and empathy for others
is something we must all start to do in order for things to recover. ***
CORIN ASHLEY
(… & his Happy Band): I take medication that turns “pissed off”
to bemused, but I still find myself quite edgy when pondering the path
of polemic self-destruction that has replaced meaningful discourse in
politics. This is our country that’s being dragged down the tubes
by extremist nudniks on both sides of the political spectrum. I try
really hard to ignore them and hope they’ll go away, but it seems
to be just getting ri-goddamn-diculous out there.
Rita: Corin, we couldn’t agree with you more.
And all we see it leading to is a situation similar to the riots in
England. Give it more time to fester and build and you’ll have a full
out revolution between a corporate-run government and the oppressed
people. Any bets on what year the revolution will take place?

MUSICAL CHAIRS

Lolita: While the revolution hits the streets there
will continue to be musicians moving from band to band, project to project.
And don’t forget that the revolution will be televised, but with a
spin that will make anyone acting out against our corporate-sponsored
government look like they are out of their minds or just basic criminals.
So plan your method of revolution accordingly. Now on to the constant
re-scrambling of musicians. The band ENDATION includes
MATT
GRABER
(Sarah RabDAU &
the Self-Employed Assassins/ Mascara) and
ANTHONY
“ANTS” CONLEY
(Faux Ox).
***
RYAN LEE CROSBY featured NICK
WARD
and ELIO
DeLUCA
(Hallelujah the Hills)
on bass and Rhodes, plus drummer
KEVIN
MICKA
(Animal Hospital) on
his latest release,
Summer’s
Come
. *** THE GROWNUP NOISE
is losing their cellist
KATIE
FRANICH
. She’s moving to
Chicago and the band will be looking to replace her. ***
SARAH RABDAU, VALERIE THOMPSON,
and
VESSELA STOYANOVA have a new side project called FOOLISH IDA.
All of their songs are inspired by the book
Outside
Over There
by Maurice Sendak.
*** In issue #312 we reported that
RAYPISSED left VINTAGE FLESH, but we got it wrong. He’s
still the band’s lead singer.
REVEREND
JOHN HEX
left the band. ***
Lowell’s LOS WUNDER TWINS are back in the saddle after some extended
time off. ***
JULIE TWO
SHOES
(this month’s Noise Big Shot)
is now thumpin’ the bass with CRADLE TO THE GRAVE. *** LUCKY DRAGON
features
IAN ADAMS (Rock City Crimwave) on guitar and vocals, JOHN GILDERSON
(Slim Jim & the Mad Cows/ Ghost of Tony Gold) on drums, and
ISABEL RILEY
(Vera-Go-Go) on bass.
Rita: It’s good to see some old faces resurfacing.
Once you’ve got that performance bug, it’s hard to shut it off.

CALORIES ADDING
UP?

Lolita: I know I weigh myself everyday. I don’t
eat fatty foods, salty foods, or too much sugar. I’m still trim and
attracting men, even when I’d rather not. One thing I am totally hooked
on is the fat-free frozen yogurt at Café Bishco in (51 Main Street,
Gloucester). I have no intentions of stopping my daily intake—hey—it’s
fat-free. But I really want to know what
you wish you could stop eating. TIM
MUNGENAST
(Tim Mungenast &
His Preexisting Conditions): I wish I could stop eating black cheese.
It’s not just black on the rind, friends, it’s black all the way
through. And it’s mildly radioactive, as it’s made from the milk
of Martian goats. Between the high price tag, the fat, and the fact
that it’s irradiating my insides, I just gotta break the habit—I
think.
Lolita: Martian goats? I didn’t know we were getting
deliveries from Mars. The shipping costs must make the cheese ridiculously
expensive. ***
DJ MÄTTHEW
GRIFFIN
(the Noise): I wish I could stop eating sugars and most
carbohydrates. From all the years of good living I found myself as a
type two diabetic and I also have a severe phobia of needles. My blood
sugar levels tested at 10.4, which makes me close to having to inject
insulin. I pretty much have slowed down what I have been eating and
am eating better. People have suffered greatly from this disease and
it’s a path I would rather not go down. I am very lucky to have the
loving support from my boyfriend, Bunch. ***
CARL
BIANCUCCI
(Classic Ruins):
Humble pie!
Lolita: I know how embarrassing it can be to eat
humble pie, but at least there are zero calories. ***
KENNETH GEORGE SCALES (Adventure Set): I wish I could stop eating
ice cream. Sooooo yummy in the summertime—but sooooooo fattening.
Lolita:
Ken, you really have to switch to the fat-free frozen yogurt at Café
Bishco in Gloucester. It’s better than fatty ice cream—I swear.
And yes, it’s worth the drive from whereever you are in New England.

ALL GOIN’ OUT
TOGETHER

Rita: Before we all go out to join the revolution,
let’s go out and have some fun. Here’s where we’ll be:
MARINA EVANS
delights all at the Dog Bar in Gloucester, MA on Thursday, 9/1.THE INCREDIBLE
CASUALS play closing night at the Wellfleet (MA) Beachcomber on Sunday,
9/4. *** The
Noise’s final 30th anniversary party
is on Thursday, 9/8, and features
ALLEN
ESTES, CHELSEA BERRY, SALVATORE BAGLIO, JULIE DOUGHERTY
and T
MAX
at the Annie (Gloucester,
MA). *** On that same day and the following day DROPKICK MURPHYS are
up at Fenway Park with their special guests the MIGHTY MIGHTY BOSSTONES.
***
SARAH BLACKER performs at the House of Blues on Friday,
9/9. *** Twice on Saturday, 9/10 (10:30am and 3:30pm),
ALASTAIR
MOOCK
celebrates the release
of
These Are My Friends at Club Passim (Harvard Sq., Cambridge, MA).
*** Later that night BRING THE KNIFE holds their CD and vinyl release
party at the Middle East (Cambridge, MA). *** STACY BUG brings the funk
to Uncle Eddie’s in Salisbury, MA, on Sunday, 9/11. *** THE BANDIT
KINGS play the New England Pop Fest at the Rosebud (Somerville MA) on
Thursday, 9/15. ***
WARREN
ZANES’
CD release show is
at Toad (Cambridge, MA) on Friday, 9/16. *** Same night
THE CRUSHING LOW flattens the Cantab (Cambridge, MA). *** Blues legend DUKE ROBILLARD
plays Johnny D’s on Saturday, 9/17. *** On Sunday, 9/18, Rockport
(MA) holds its annual
Peace
Fest
in Millbrook Meadow (noon
to 5:00pm). *** That same night LOVEWHIP gyrates at the Middle East.
*** KATE TAYLOR BAND plays the Me and Thee Coffeehouse in Marblehead,
MA on Friday, 9/23. *** TOM DICKEY & THE DESIRES hit the Cantab
(Cambridge, MA) on Saturday, 9/24. *** On that same night the Middle East hosts One Night Band (presented by Boston Band Crush). The idea of this event is to take 40 random Boston musicians, throw them together for one day to make five new temporay bands that will write three songs together, choose one cover song, and then perform them live onstage later that night. This is the third year of this event and like previous years, proceeds will benefit Zumix, an East Boston youth music program. *** The Life is good Festival (9/24
and 9/25) is at the historic and picturesque Prowse Farm at the foot
of the Blue Hills in Canton, MA. It’s a three-stage event includes
many mega-acts and a couple of our New England favorites—MARTIN
SEXTON
and JENNY DEE & THE DELINQUENTS. This one-of-a-kind festival
aims to raise $1 million to benefit the Life is good Playmakers, the
action arm of the Life is good Kids Foundation. *** The Honk Festival
in Cambridge’s Davis Square with host band REVOLUTIONARY SNAKE ENSEMBLE
starts on 9/30 and runs for four days.
Lolita: Honk! You’re it! Rita: Thanks for reading the Noise and supporting local music!

RIP: RICK
BLAZE
of Rick Blaze & the
Ballbusters (Deb Beaudry’s husband) passed away on 8/9 at the age
of 52.

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