OUR EYES ON YOU: Nov 2011

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IN THIS ISSUE

Rita: This is quite an issue you are holding in
your hands. Each one of the artists on the cover deserves to be dominating
the page. THE BANDIT KINGS’ wonderful song, “Epic Hello” (and
CD of the same name)—tilted the scale to earn the top spot on the
cover. In a very close tie for second you have the loud, artsy, minimalist
rock of DO NOT FORSAKE ME OH MY DARLING, the acoustic folk/rock/jazz
of singer-songwriter
SARAH
BLACKER
, and the shakin’
country rock LIZ FRAME & THE KICKERS. They are all amazing acts
based in New England. These performers are already local stars—their
communities support them well. Time for you to catch the acts that suit
your taste if you haven’t yet.
Lolita: And notice the new feature T Max added to
the layout. It’s on the next page (page 5) and tells you what page
you can find all the feature stories, reviews, and special features.
Rita:
It’s called an index. Most magazines have them.
Lolita: Shhhhsh… T Max thinks he just invented
it.

WARM AND COLD
MONTHS…

WHAT’S THE
DIFFERENCE?

Rita: Now that we’ve left the warm days of summer
behind, besides the temperature, what is the difference between the
warm and cold months?
LINDA
VIENS
(Adam & Eve/ Angeline):
For me the difference in the warm and cold months is deeply ritualistic
and psychological. When it’s warm, I must be outside, in nature, as
much as possible, even if it’s yard work and not something as scrumptious
as swimming, but the cold invites me to come inside, get to more reading,
writing and studying, watching films, etc. Though that said, there is
nothing like a run in the cold winter air, or a walk around Walden Pond
when it’s frozen over; every season has its magic! ***
RICK BERLIN
(the Nickel & Dime Band): The cold months feel new. The school year
always began as the weather turned. New faces, new clothes, new classes,
new everything. The leaves die and fall just as we’re getting started.
It’s all backwards. Love that. ***
KRISTEN
MILLER
(Kristen Miller): The
difference? In the cold months I need a project to get me through the
darkness. Last year, I wrote film scores to three short Maya Deren films.
This year, I hope to tackle a longer film. And make a music video too.
***
KEN FIELD (Revolutionary Snake Ensemble/ Agachiko/ Birdsongs
of the Mesozoic): I feel like I should be more careful about walking
around my apartment naked in the cold months, since there aren’t leaves
on the trees in between me and my neighbors! ***
NIKI
LUPARELLI
(Niki Luparelli &
the Gold Diggers/ the Steamy Bohemians): In the cold weather, car accidents
caused by some dude staring at a girl in a skirt riding a bicycle, hoping
for a quick glimpse of her white panties, so that he didn’t see that
ice cream truck coming, are far less likely.
Lolita: Niki, how many accidents did you cause this
summer?
NIKI: If you don’t count the Italian ice guy,
three. I don’t ride a bike, but I am an areola 51 waiting to happen
at any given champagne filled moment. ***
AMANDA
NICHOLS
(Crash Safely): The
excuses given for not coming to the show. ***
MARK
BRYANT
(Plimro Records): During
the warm months, I wake up early and go bike riding in downtown Plymouth.
During the cold months, I wake up late and go drinking in downtown Plymouth.
***
LIZ BORDEN (Liz Borden Band): The difference is I become
moodier than usual. So does everyone else once it gets cold. It’s
darker earlier, we are stuck inside with the windows closed. We eat
more and dress warmer from head to toe. We plan our days and events
around snowstorms and end up staying inside more. We all be come vitamin
D deficient and wear boots. Warm months are so much better! ***
KIER BYRNES
(Three Day Threshold): In the winter, you can store beer on the back
porch and it’ll stay cold. In the summer, this won’t work, so there’s
a whole lot less space in my fridge. ***
CHUCK
ROSINA
(WMBR/WMFO): The lack
of light in winter is a difference from summer… or to be positive,
the increased time for nightlife in winter. ***
WAYNE
HUMPHREY
(Diabolis in Musica):
The warm-month names are two syllables or less. The cold months are
three syllables or more.
Rita: Wow, Wayne, you are a creative observatitude
dude. Though March may not fit with its “in like a lion and out like
a lamb” slogan. It doesn’t really turn lambish until early April
most of the time, so I’d have to label March a cold month. Look everybody;
Wayne has tears coming to his eyes. Let’s make Wayne feel better and
start calling the third month of the year Marchuary.

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OUR UNIQUE NEWS

Lolita: Read closely now, the Noise is the only print media reporting this rare
news. Parts of it will be used in a music trivia game someday. THE EVER
EXPANDING ELASTIC WASTE BAND is headed to Argentina and Chile (this
is after their trip to the Voodoo Fest in New Orleans) with both MORPHINE
drummers
JEROME DUPREE and BILLY
CONWAY
. Then they are off to
Amsterdam to play the IDFA/PLAY Film and Music festival in tandem with
a screening of the recent documentary film
Cure
for Pain: the Mark Sandman Story
.
*** THE GOBSHITES are going to Ireland to record with
CAIT
O’RIORDAN
(the Pogues) and RICHIE RAMONE
(the Ramones). *** Virgin Airlines will be playing BIRD MANCINI’s
song, “Because It’s December” on one of their in-flight channels
during the month of December. *** JENNY DEE & THE DEELINQUENTS have
included “That Moon Was Low,” written by the legendary
GRAHAM PARKER,
on their latest single. ***
AJ
WACHTEL
used to play in BLIND
LEMON PLEDGE. The funny part is that through sponsorships he now has
dust-free furniture. The unfunny part is that AJ’s vision is a major
problem. He’s blind in one eye and the other recently had surgery
on it. ***
Noise writer JUSTIN
KORN
is currently in medical
school. If it doesn’t work out, he and another student plan to start
up a record label, Medical Records, or Cough Again Records. *** Drum
Center (800 Islington St., Portsmouth, ME) presents a
STANTON
MOORE
drum clinic on November
16 (6:30pm) at the Frank Jones Conference Center (400 Route One Bypass,
Portsmouth, ME). Tickets are $10/ available at the Drum Center. ***
Since it has opened, Zuzu, the restaurant that is surrounded on three
sides by the Middle East, has only been open at night (5:00 pm on),
but now you can enter that space, under the name Z Rant, for brunch
and lunch between 10:00am and 3:00pm. *** Ipswich Music has moved from
197 High Street to 195 High Street, 2nd floor. It’s an attractive
sunny space used to teach and display musical instruments and supplies.
*** Passim administers a program called the Iguana Music Fund, which
provides seed grants between $500 and $2,000 to artists with ties to
New England to support specific career-building projects or to aid those
serving their community through music. For more information, go to www.passim.org.
*** For those who remember the late and great
MIKEY
DEE
(WMFO/ Planetary Group/
the
Noise), his presence in local music is still mighty.
The Mikey Dee Musicians’ Trust Fund aided
JJ
RASSLER
, who damaged his left
hand in an automobile accident. *** Drummer
DAVE
MATTACKS
(Paul McCartney/ George
Harrison/ Brian Eno/ Elton John) is playing again and well on his way
to recovery from back surgery. ***
AUDREY
RYAN
has written a book, The Need to Be Heard, about the record industry and will be playing
and reading at her release show on Saturday, 11/5, at the Nave Gallery
at the Presbyterian Church in Somerville.
Rita: I’m reading a local folk music novel called Revival
by
SCOTT ALARIK. I’m only on page 59, but in my mind I’ve
already become the pretty, young, inexperienced girl singer, Kit. I’m
hoping I gather at least some local notoriety by the end of the book.
I’ve already slept with an older guy, Nathan, who experienced some
fame, so I’m sure some of it will rub off on me.

YUM YUM EAT
’EM UP

Lolita: Instead of eating desserts, now I just talk
about them. I figured out if I could lose one pound a week… for one
year… I would lose 52 pounds. If I did it for two years I could practically
get back to my weight at three years old. So, let’s
talk about desserts. What’s your favorite? SATCH KERANS
(Satch Kerans): Key Lime Pie at Larry’s Lobsta Land on rte. 128, Gloucester,
MA. ***
DIANE YOUNG (TCAN): Hot fudge sundaes are by far my favorite
dessert… best deal around is at CPK… order the kids sundae, just
big enough, hot fudge is amazing and they even put mini M&M’s
on top … all for 99 cents… Sharing a banana split at JP Licks is
really great too.
Lolita: Last time I shared a banana split in public
a policeman gave me a ride downtown. ***
ANN
MARIE SHIMANOSKI
(the Bandit
Kings): That’s a tough one. I do have quite a sweet tooth. It’s
a toss up: My mother’s home-made apple pie
or coconut ice cream from Goodies in Danvers…yum!
***
JIM COUNTRYMAN (Lovewhip/ Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers):
Vegan chocolate cake with raspberry filling and vegan chocolate ganache
frosting (it was Erin’s b-day recently!) from Fiore’s Bakery in
Jamaica Plain, soooo good! ***
SOPHIA
CACCIOLA
(Do Not Forsake Me
Oh My Darling/ the Michael J Epstein Memorial Library/ Space Balloons/
Darling Pet Munkee): The cheesecake at Veggie Galaxy is pretty kickin’.
***
ANNE BROWN (the Noise): My favorite dessert is the chocolate vegan
brownie with vegan caramel and soy ice cream at Julian’s in Providence.
How it cannot in any way be faulted healthwise and still be totally
delicious is a tribute to the remarkable cooking skills and exciting
menu of this favorite restaurant. ***
MIKE
SCRIMA
(Force Us to Stop):
My girlfriend makes a pretty amazing carrot cake from scratch. It fakes
me out so I don’t realize I’m eating a vegetable, which I’m not
usually getting enough of. ***
CHRISSY
VACCARO
(the Spoilers/ the
Grinds): My favorite dessert is apple pie—really any kind of pie,
but it’s fall… so we’ll say apple. I get it from my mum. She makes
the best pies! ***
MR.
CURT
(MC3): Creme brulee—that
creamy custard with a flamed-sugar topping. The best I’ve ever eaten
is from Flour, Joanne Chang’s South End pastry palace. ***
EDRIE
(Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys): The apple pie at the
German Harvest Supper held every autumn at St. Peter and Paul in Strasburg,
North Dakota, is the best ever! ***
MELVERN
TAYLOR
(…& the Fabulous
Meltones): A large chocolate Fribble at Friendly’s. Friendly’s in
general is the best place to eat. I’ll fight anyone who says otherwise
at 2:05 on the hill. ***
LIZ
FRAME
(Liz Frame & the
Kickers): Oh man, I love dessert! Wish I could eat it more often (gotta
watch the weight!), but when I do eat it, one of my favorites is rice
pudding with raisins. I get this amazing brand called Cozy Shack at my
grocery store. I could eat the whole tub in one sitting. ***
T MAX (the Noise):
I am addicted to the wonderful raspberry frozen yogurt served at Café
Bishco on Main Street in Gloucester. There’s a full cup of raspberries
mixed into the fat-free yogurt. Lolita, I’m with you—I’m out to
lose one pound a week for a year.

PROGRESS, NOT PERFECTION

Lolita: Last month one of our better reviewers mentioned
that Steve Ward wrote the best song on the CATBIRDS’ new CD, when
actually it was
STEVE WOOD. Rita: And no, that’s not a typo for STEVE WINDWOOD.
***
Lolita: In Gloucester we had to start a catalog to
keep up on the bandits. Case in point: On the cover of this issue,
from Gloucester—THE BANDIT KINGS. Remember the pet of the month named
Bandit?—he is owned by singer-songwriter
CHARLIE
BIANCHINI
from Gloucester.
And JENNY DEE & THE DELINQUENTS (members
TONY and SAMANTHA
GODDESS
are Gloucester residents)
have a song (on their new single) called “Bandit of Love.”
Rita:
Hold on, the bandit who lives next door (in Gloucester) just stole my
heart. ***
Lolita: KIER
BYRNES
(Three Day Threshold)
got covered in grease on his honeymoon with his gorgeous new wife,
MANDY MORIN—no,
that must be
MANDY BYRNES now. Rita: First of all, Lolita, you should address
Kier Byrnes as
Doctor Kier Byrnes. And your second faux
pas
—he wasn’t covered in
grease—the newlyweds went on their honeymoon to Greece! ***
Lolita:
So, when did Jeremy Irons start playing with members of MORPHINE? I
thought that guy was a British actor.
Rita: Yes he is, and he doesn’t sing with members
of MORPHINE in the EVER EXPANDING ELASTIC WASTE BAND—that job has
been occupied by
JEREMY
LYONS
! *** Lolita: And who could possibly mix up CHELSEA BERRY
with
CLARA BARRY? Both talented female singer-songwriters came
out with CDs at the same time and got coverage in the
Noise. Did we screw up the names? Rita: No, in that case we didn’t, but the possibilities
are endless. Catch a mistake we make in this column and next issue we’ll
put your name in print (probably spelled wrong).

MUSICAL CHAIRS

Lolita: You know this game. We start the music and
when it stops, another local musician has joined a band. DARLING PET
MUNKEE is a garage/surf rock group that includes
MICHAEL
J. EPSTEIN
, SOPHIA
CACCIOLA
, (both of Do Not Forsake
Me Oh My Darling) and
CATHEERINE
CAPOZZI
(Axemunkee). *** The
guitar-driven, melodic, indie rock group, THE FIELD EFFECT, consists
of
DOUG OREY (vocals/ guitar), NICK
GRIECO
(lead guitar/ backing
vocals),
ANNIE HOFFMAN (bass, backing vocals), and ADAM
HAND
(drums). *** APESHITS
include
SKINNY MIKE (Coffin Lids) on guitar/vocals, ELIAS CARLSON
(66 Breakout) on guitar/vocals,
MATT
BURNS
(Coffin Lids), and GREG MAHONEY
(Triple Thick). Their name represents the band well in that they play
monkey, ape, and gorilla songs with some hairy complementary visuals.
***AMERICAN WATER is
JOHN
KINNECOME
(guitar/ vocals), DENNIS McCARTHY
(drums),
MIKE HIGGINS (bass) and MIKE
JOY
(lead guitar). Their new
CD,
This is Where It
Ends,
is produced by DAVID MINEHAN.
*** Pedal steel player
DAVE
MIDDLETON
is the newest member
of GROWNUP NOISE, even though he hails from Sacramento, CA. The group
is a true bi-coastal band. ***
NOELLE
LeBLANC
(x-Damone/Noelle) now
fronts ORGAN BEATS. ***
MARK
CUTTLER
(guitar/ mandolin/
vocals),
JOHN FUZEK (guitars/ keys/ banjo), and DAN
LILLEY
(guitars/ harmonica)
are the heart of FOREVER YOUNG—an eight-piece Neil Young tribute.
*** JOHN POWHIDA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT has been upgraded to included
JIM ZAVODOWSKI, PETER MOORE, MIKE CASTELLANA,
and
NATHAN LOGUS. *** MR.
CURT
has formed a sub division
of THE MR. CURT ENSEMBLE called MC3. It includes
CLARA
KEBABIAN
, MARTY
WHITE
, and Curt himself. ***
Look for the debut of RANDY BLACK & THE HEATHCROPPERS (nod to Thomas
Hardy), a new rockin’ band that includes
LARRY
DERSCH
(Angeline/ AKACOD/ Common
Ailments of Maturity),
MATT
GRUENBERG
(the Dark/ Atom Said),
and of course,
RANDY BALCK (Limbo race/ Dr. Black’s Combo). *** Keyboardist DOUG MAJOR
has joined BRITANICA. Doug has played with Ravi Shankar, Leonard Bernstein,
Aretha Franklin, Wynton Marsalis, and Yo Yo Ma. ***

DUKE LEVINE
and KEVIN BARRY
play guitar and lap steel respectively on LIZ FRAME & THE KICKERS’
new album. ***
MICHAEL MAROTTA
has taken over
DAVE DUNCAN’s host position on WFNX’s Boston Accents
local music show, 8-10 Sunday nights. DAVE is now doing afternoons
at 102.7 WEQX, based in Manchester, Vermont, and serving the Albany
market, Western Mass and southern Vermont. He also does a show Sunday
nights 8-10pm called
Going
Underground
featuring the best
new national releases, with songs by unsigned New England and New York
acts thrown in for good measure.
Rita: If Dave didn’t throw those extra acts in,
would his show have bad measurements?

WHEN DIFFERENT SPECIES
MATE

Lolita: Sometimes I just sit around looking at the
peaceful animals and wonder what it would be like if two different species
mated. What would the offspring look like? Let’s see what combination
of species our friends can come up with.

ELIJAH EBENEZER WYMAN
(Tiny
Mountains): I would like to see a cat and dog mate because when I was
a kid I thought dogs were boys and cats were girls. Depending on its
sex I would either call it a dog or a cat. ***
BONNIE
BARISH
(the Dynamic Duo): It
would be interesting to see a long-haired cat, like a Persian, mate
with a Pomeranian dog, and I would call that a Dogmatic Cattastrophie!
***
PETER RINNIG (QRST’s): A giraffe and a giant sea tortoise would
make a giratortoise, but I would call it a submarine. ***
CHANDLER TRAVIS
(the Dick Travis Singers): Absolutely! But I try to make sure no one’s
watching! And Shaun Wortis. ***
MICHAEL J.
EPSTEIN
(…Memorial Library/
Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling/ Darling Pet Munkee/ Space Balloons):
I am stretching the question a little from two to three, but I am allergic
to virtually every animal except for birds, horses, and cockroaches.
My dream is to someday ride into battle on a hybrid steed, a flying
horseroach of the hawkbarbroach breed, if you will. The creature’s
battle cry alone will spread fear across the world. Children will never
sleep again. ***
FRANK
ROWE
(Classic Ruins): I would
like to see the North American bison mate with the South American giant
Andean condor. The resulting offspring would be called the Giant Buffalo
Wing Special.
Rita: I don’t eat meat any more so we’ll have
no more of that foolish death talk about my fellow Earthians.
Lolita:
I don’t eat Lima beans, so are they off-limits in this column too?
Rita:
No. Unless you keep a Lima bean as a pet. Anyway, that segues nicely
into a favorite vegetable survey I ran this month. Favorite vegetable
votes came in for popcorn and aubergine. Popcorn is stretching it and…
aubergine? What the heck is an aubergine?
EDRIE (Walter Sickert & the Army of Toys): Aubergine
is eggplant. I was in the UK when I answered this and that’s what
they call it. I liked the name. It tickled my fancy button.
Lolita:
Yeah, now guys will be asking me if they can tickle my fancy button.
But are you sure an aubergine is not an auburn-colored tangerine?
Rita:
Drum roll please… the most favorite vegetable from the survey is…
carrots! Second place: asparagus. Third: broccoli.
Lolita: That’s typical—the top two are phallic
vegetables we stick in our mouths. Sounds like another banana split
experience.
Rita: What about the broccoli? Lolita: If you don’t eat it right away, it goes
limp.

CONTEST TIME

Lolita: This month’s contest: How many skulls were
in the layout of our creepy Halloween issue? Closest guess (sent to
tmax@thenoise-boston.com) wins an online banner for a week on thenoise-boston.com
and thenoiseboard.com, and your name and occupation mentioned in the
next issue. Last month’s winner was from someone who felt like he
was ineligible. We won’t say his name, but he writes for the
Noise,
can’t see too well, and has dust-free furniture. The answer to those
clues can be found in this column.

ALL GOIN’ OUT
TOGETHER

Rita: Looking for us? Try these places first:
LENNY LASHLEY
lashes out at the Village Smokehouse in Lowell on
Friday, 11/4. *** GimmeSound.com and the
Noise sponsor THE BANDIT KINGS CD release at the
Rhumb Line on Saturday, 11/5. *** Same night ADVENTURE SET is at the
Magic Room. *** And again on 11/5, FRANC GRAHAM releases her CD,
Steady,
at Atwoods. *** As if that’s not enough on 11/5, at Precinct there’s
a USA vs. Japan garage rock battle. MUCK & THE MIRES and LYRES represent
the States. *** On Sunday, 11/6, THE MICHAEL J. EPSTEIN MEMORILA LIBRARY  performs their
entertaining/educational show at Passim. *** At All Asia on Tuesday, 11/8, RITUAL NOISE BOSTON helps
to promote this magazine. *** THALIA ZEDEK leads a Billy Ruane
Tribute
at Radio on Thursday, 11/10. *** On Friday, 11/11/11 (Nigel
Tufnel Day) MY OWN WORST ENEMY releases their CD, Electric Like the
Moon
, at Precinct. *** Same night, watch out for DIRTY BOMBS at
Great Scott. *** On Saturday, 11/12, DO NOT FORSAKE ME OH MY DARLING
is part of Projektfest ’11 at the Middle East Downstairs. ***
Same night THE NEIGHBORHOODS share the bill with UNNATURAL AXE at Church
Boston. *** Also on 11/12, JAKE PARDEE plays the Dog Bar. *** On Sunday,
11/13, JOE TURNER & THE SEVEN LEVELS expand the Middle East. ***
A lot is going on on Friday, 11/18: ABSINTHE ROSE brings folk punk to the Midway, CHELSEA BERRY opens for MARSHALL CRENSHAW at Me
& Thee Coffeehouse in Marblehead, THE DENTS
reunite at T.T. the Bear’s, BRIAN EVANS
sings “At Fenway” at Shalin Liu in Rockport, MA, and finally T MAX is at Northeastern University's After Hours—all on 11/18. *** FARREN-BUTCHER,
INC. plays the Center for Arts in Natick on Saturday, 11/19. *** Same
night over at the Cantab, THE RODS (a Rod Stewart Tribute) sing “Maggie
May.” *** Also on 11/19, SHAKE THE FAITH reunites at the Magic Room
for a 25th anniversary to benefit the Abel Harris Jr. Scholarship Fund.
*** Boston Music Awards will be held on Sunday, 11/20, at the Liberty
Hotel in Boston. *** ROB POTYLO does his triple CD release party at Church on that same night. *** SARAH BORGES delights the crowd at Johnny
D’s on Wednesday, 11/23. *** THE BANDIT KINGS play the Dog Bar on
Saturday, 11/26. *** HENRY ALLEN directs the LobstahCrackah Ballet
(12 performances over three weeks), 12/15 to 1/1/12 at the Annie in
Gloucester. Rita: I hope you all enjoy Thanksgiving. It’s good
to be grateful for anything you have.

 

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