Rita and Lolita


Lolita: April is known for its showers. So if you haven’t taken one recently, hop to it. Rita: This issue of the Noise is chock full of reviews and news about musicians from all over New England. Our feature story is on DAVID MINEHAN, leader of THE NEIGHBORHOODS, an iconic Boston rock band, and the owner of Woolly Mammoth Sound recording studio in Waltham, MA. Other features in the print issue include TIJUANNA SWEETHEART, JON MACEY, and AUTOCHROME. Check out the CD reviews, live reviews, the Pet of the Month (in print only), the Big Shot (read centerfold), and CRISPIN WOOD’s Rock School comic strip.


Rita: Being up in Gloucester we couldn’t help but notice the trains that run through the city. Okay, they almost run through our office. Lolita: The multi-note train whistle plays a G9 chord. And let’s not forget that our chief T MAX once lost his 1963 Plymouth Fury to the impact of a speeding train on the Long Island railroad. We wanted to find out if other musicians had stories about trains. So, get in line on the tracks and give us your story… CORIN ASHLEY (Corin Ashley & the Scurrilous Rumors): I love trains, such an elegant way to get somewhere. The Pills did a whole UK tour by train, and I swear the whole experience was in black and white. My favorite thing about that was on the train to Liverpool, erstwhile drummer MattyB opening the bathroom door on a poor, unsuspecting nun taking a wee. Everybody involved was completely aghast—penguin feathers definitely got ruffled. I assume she is now in the habit of locking the door. Get it? The habit? She was a nun, see. *** SARAH BLACKER (Sara Blacker): Well, I have a song called “I’m Like a Train, My Lord” that is representative of the train-like force that a human can embody when trying to find his/herself. This being said, I took trains all over Germany this past fall when I was on tour there and met some amazing people. A fellow who lays power-lines under the earth throughout the country and knew everything about everything, someone who sells trucks, (and initially seemed very unfriendly, but later became our unofficial tour-guide) and even rode down the countryside along the Rhine River where every few seconds, low and behold there was a castle perched atop a hill. Very cool. Old-fashioned trains with sleeper cars are definitely what’s up. *** RANDY BLACK (Randy Black & the Heathcroppers): The train trip was from Boston to Albuquerque. In Chicago, we changed to a string of train cars, one of which had an upper level. The sides were glass, as was the roof. Not having paid extra for a sleeping berth, I dozed in the seat and walked about. Around 3:00 AM I went up to the observation deck. The moon lit up the Mid-western landscape. A smallish black man was sitting by himself and in a lilting, quivering tenor he sang, “I’ll Be Seeing You,” which ends with the line, “I’ll be looking at the moon, but I’ll be seeing you.” I thought of my woman back in Cambridge and I felt happy and somehow reassured. *** BONNIE BARRISH (The Dynamic Duo): When my husband and I first got married, we took the Auto Train from Virginia to Florida. We put our old car on there. We found out that there was a piano in the dining car, and I played the piano on the train in the Starlight room. It was originally a Canadian train, and had glass windows for tours, and we had a great time, and I loved playing the piano on the train!! That was so cool, back in 1976! *** AD BOC (Crimson Spiral Records/ Promise to Be Good): My last train ride was 80 minutes from Shanghai to Hangzhou. People can’t ride on top or hang off the train, but they sure do pack ’em inside. I sat across from a heavily made-up, middle-aged woman who seemed to have plucked 100 percent of her eyelashes out and drawn in new ones with ink. Lolita: Wow—I just read that the Shanghai/Hangzhou line can reach up to 268 miles per hour! Maybe that heavily made-up woman stuck her head out the window and her lashes got blown off! *** TIM MUNGENAST (Tim Mungenast & His Preexisting Conditions): I got the train bug from my dear departed dad, who had a high-school job on a Mississippi steamboat and who grew up in the age of steam locomotives. Every summer he’d drive our family to St. Louis to see our grandparents, and each time, we’d hit the St. Louis Museum of Transportation to climb on all the awesome old locomotives they had on display. To this day, watching a freight train go by is one of my great joys. *** IAN CLARK (Razors in the Night/ With a Bullet/ the 360s): Since I never had a license or a car I spend a lot of time on busses and trains. Just the usual shit. Dopeheads nodding out, drunks falling on their face and fighting, homeless people shitting their pants. Oh wait, I’ve done all of those things before too. *** RICK BERLIN (The Nickel & Dime Band): On a sleeper to Montreal with family, Dad arrived in the cabin, drunk on his ass. My sisters and I giggling in the upper bunk. Mom hauled off and hit him in the jaw. He fell, forever humiliated. The giggling stopped. *** PERRY PERSOFF (WUMB-FM): It was my first train ride: Santa Fe, New Mexico returning to L.A. Who knew trains rattled so much? And yet, the shaking drowsed me into sleep. But the rattling was too much. I woke up… very groggy… only to see a single train headlight coming toward me. As it got closer, the oncoming headlight slowly morphed into… my father holding a flashlight, walking down the hallway. My grogginess subsiding, I looked at the other bed in my room. Boards of the wooden frame had split and were knocking against one another. Lolita: Wake up, Perry! You’re having that dream again.


Rita: Our favorite doctor is in the news again. At first I thought he was running for president, but no, DR. KIER BYRNES (Three Day Threshold) and his wife MANDY are running to help support the Cystic Fibrosis Team in the Boston Marathon on April 15. *** Despite his less than glorious reviews in the Noise, ROB POTYLO is still steaming roads with his TV show Quiet Desperation that is shot in and around Allston MA. Search YouTube for the current episode. *** THE RATIONALES were nominated for band of the month in Deli Magazine New England. *** Berkleemusic.com, the online school of Berklee College of Music, is launching Rock History, an online course that chronicles the evolution of one of the greatest periods (the past 60 years) of music. The course is taught by STEVE MORSE and launches on 4/2/12. *** The Berklee American Roots Music Series takes place on the fourth Tuesday of every month at Club Passim starts on 3/27/12. *** BANG CAMARO (the hard-rock band with more lead male vocals than any band in history) is planning to reunite in Boston in the spring of 2012. It will happen at the Brighton Music Hall on Friday 5/18. *** CHANDLER TRAVIS held on to a special song called “First Warm Day” that he wanted to release on that first abnormally warm winter day in March, but Mother Nature tricked him and put a whole bunch of warm days sprinkled throughout the entire winter. Lolita: Global warming is a falacy. Last year winter was brutal. This year we kinda skipped winter.


Lolita: Some people love birds. Not many hate birds. We gathered up a flock of feathered tales about our fine flying friends. We made everyone who gave an answer try to fly as they told their story. DAVID MIRABELLA (the Rationales): While living in California, waiting for my roommate to pick me up, I notice this pigeon in the saddest state I’d ever seen a living thing. It had half of one wing missing, and was dragging the other as it hopped along on its one foot. Feathers filthy and askew and I could swear he had an eye patch. My roommate arrives, opens the door and out bounds our 70 pound German Shepherd puppy. In one motion the bird is in the dog’s jaws being shaken about. Roommate is screaming, I’m chasing the dog as he happily chews and frolics. After a long minute, a shout startles him into dropping it. I was certain that hobo-bird would be DOA, but this tough SOB hits the ground. Shakes all over once or twice, shambles to his foot, and then continues on in the direction he was headed. I like to think I saw him take a hit off a flask as he turned the corner. FRANK ROWE (Classic Ruins): One afternoon I heard the sound of girls screaming and geese honking in back of my school, sounds not ordinarily associated with one another. A huge gray goose, the size of an ostrich, was chasing the girls’ soccer team around the field after they had kicked a ball at it. They asked me, as janitor, to run his ass off the field so they could get back to practice, but he just looked at me and stood his ground. He was as tall as me. The girls gave up and went inside. A Springer Spaniel finally chased him off. *** LIZ FRAME (Liz Frame & the Kickers): We have a pair of mourning doves that have been coming back to our house every spring for five years now, to make their home on our front porch. They use the same nest every year and they are busy birds! They raise one brood after another, from February until September. Pretty cool! *** *** MICHAEL J. EPSTEIN (the Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library/ Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling/ Darling Pet Munkee/ Space Balloons): I was in England outside the Tower of London and felt a really sharp pain in my chest. I looked down and my shirt had a red spot on it. I immediately reacted with “I’ve been shot.” It turns out a bird that enjoyed eating red berries had pooped out a small stone from high above and it had hit me in the chest. Apart from a small bruise, I was unharmed. I certainly wasn’t shot. *** CHUCK ROSINA (WMBR/WMFO): My brother (and sis-in-law) had an African Grey Parrot. He died last year, but they had him for nearly 30 years. His name was Bowie (yes, named after David). Not only did he have quite the vocabulary, but he also mimicked some of the silliest sounds. He could purr and meow like their cats, and he also “chirped” just like the sound of a roach clip being tapped on an ashtray. He usually followed this chirp with “mmmm, good smoke.” *** A.J. WACHTEL (Ancient Warrior): When I was a teenager, I was out in San Francisco getting my rock ’n’ roll tattoo from legendary artist Lyle Tuttle and I was on the Oakland Ferry and I had a slight buzz on. It’s a beautiful day and as I look out at the Bay, Alcatraz is right in front of me in my view. Also in the view is the ship’s flagpole and there is a bird perched on the top of the pole right in front of my view of the prison. All of a sudden, a woman turns to me and points to the bird and says, “There it is: TWO kinds of freedom.” I have always remembered this. Lolita: But then, freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose.


Lolita: Here’s where we list new bands or new combinations of musicians working together. If your name belongs in this column, we’d appreciate you letting us know. Email tmax@thenoise-boston.com. BROKEN RIVER PHOPHET has a new line up with drummer ALEX GARCIA-RIVERA (American Nightmare/ Bloodhorse) joining former Prophets RYAN REX (Sharp Darts USA/ Lockgroove) and DEBORAH WARFIELD (Puella/ Swirlies). *** GUT BUCKET announced the departure of lead vocalist “DEATHMETAL” JIM after gay zombies ate his private parts. The band tighten the bucket and moved on as a three-piece. *** JARRED SULLIVAN will pick up where STEVE MADIGAN left off as drummer for AGE OF END. *** LUCRETIA’S DAGGERS has added JASON SKULLS (Mortuus Ortus/ Sans Nomenclature) on bass. The band seeks a guitarist for their dark lyrical electro-rock. *** ENGIN JUDY has picked up DAVID ZIMMERMAN as their new drummer. *** Due to a legal dispute DOWN & DERBY has changed their name to THE JACKLEG PREACHERS. The band still includes BROTHER BRI (vocals), JEFF TANZER (guitar), ERIC REARDON (guitar), CHRIS NOYES (bass), RORY WALSH (drums), and SCOTT NORING (percussion). Lolita: I haven’t been able to confirm that THE JACKLEG PREACHERS are starting a Jack Church with PREACHER JACK.


T Max: I recently remembered that when I was very young and my family went to visit my grandparents in Brooklyn that we would each have to sing a song before we ate dinner. My late Uncle John always sang “Dundabeck.” I can still remember all the lyrics to the song about a man who invented a sausage meat machine. So I’ve decided to record that song as a tribute to my favorite uncle. Lolita: That’s why we decided to ask other musicians for their earliest memory of music affecting their lives. Rita: Everyone who responded to this question was asked to sing their answer. Can you hear the melodies? ASA BREBNER (Asa Brebner): When I was 5 I had a transistor radio in the shape of a rocket ship that you listened to with an earplug. I hid under the covers after being told to turn out the lights and go to sleep. I listened to Arnie “WooWoo” Ginsberg on WMEX. The first tune I remember was “My Boy Lollipop” sung by Millie Small. Originally written by Robert Spencer of the doo-wop group the Cadillacs, the Millie Small version became one of the biggest-selling ska records of all time. Although I didn’t suspect it at that tender age, one of the reasons people like it is for it’s obvious allegory for you know what. Mmmm—yummy pop with happy ending! *** MARK LIND (Ducky Boys/Ebenezer Blood): I remember my Uncle Joe picking up an acoustic guitar and playing and singing “When I’m 64” by the Beatles. He wasn’t a great musician, but he loved that band and he was determined to learn a few of their songs. It may still be the single greatest musical performance I’ve ever seen in my life just because it was the first time I ever saw anyone make music in front of me. *** DAVE KOEN (x-Upstart): The joy of Fats Domino singing “Blueberry Hill” was the first record I ever put on a turntable. Well well well. *** SARAH RABDAU (Sarah RabDAU & Self-Employed Assassins/Foolish Ida): Every night when I was a kid my mom would read me a book, and then either play the piano or put on piano music for me to fall asleep to. I grew up on “It’s Alright to Cry” from Free to Be, the “Cats” theme, Beethoven, and George Winston. Somehow you can hear all those things in my music, for better or worse. *** DAVID AVERY (Powderfinger Promotions): My earliest story of music affecting my life actually involves trains—sort of. When I was 3 or 4 my parents bought me a kid’s portable record player, along with the seven-inch single of “Little Red Caboose.” I LOVED that record. I can remember playing it over and over and over until my mother made me stop—on several occasions. At night I’d put the record back in its happy illustrated sleeve and slide it under my pillow. *** GEORGE HALL (Kingsley Flood/ Weisstronauts): Hmm… the first thing I remember going totally nuts over would’ve been either seeing the Beatles’ movie Help on TV or maybe hearing my dad’s Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass records (cue perky trumpet music). *** 3RIAN KING (What Time Is It, Mr. Fox?): My first memory of music affecting my life was listening to Stevie Nicks’ Bella Donna album through my father’s giant headphones. I think I was 6 or 7. Someone had lent my mother a copy of the record. I knew her voice from the Fleetwood Mac eight-tracks my Dad played in the car, but this was the first time that it really dawned on me. This woman was living a life, having relationships, getting her heart broken, writing songs about her experiences, then going into a studio and recording them. The mystery and mysticism of her lyrics was obviously an attraction to a young witchy gay boy, but it was the conviction in her voice that really got me. I believed her. I understood that this was her therapy. I think I started writing songs the next day. *** RAY MASON (Ray Mason Band/ Lonesome Brothers): Hearing polka bands playing in the hall across the street from the housing project in Holyoke where I grew up. They were loud and rockin’! Plus of course listening to the AM radio and buying 45’s like “Till I Kissed You” (Everly Brothers), “Wonderful World” (Sam Cooke), and “Because We’re Young” (Duane Eddy). How could they not affect me! *** MR. CURT (MC3): My grandmother semi-taught music and the first instrument she gave me was a tiny xylophone. Learned “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” “Jingle Bells,” “This Old Man,” etc. One summer, during time spent at camp, a kids’ concert was planned and I made my nervous public debut at 7 years old. Never would’ve guessed this epiphany became a life endeavor. *** PREACHER JACK (Preacher Jack): My earliest memorable musical moment came in the summer of ’56. As an overactive and somewhat semi-crazed 14-year- old, I sat in my parents living room in Malden that summer night and waited patiently for Elvis Presley to make his appearance on the Steve Allen Show. My first peak at the man who would be King. When The Big E came out and started singing “I Want You, I Need You, I Love You.” I let out a scream. I started to jump up and down. I ecame an emotional and physical mess. My parents became VERY concerned. NOTHING has been the same for me since that summer night in ’56.


The 2012 Rock ’n’ Roll Rumble starts on Sunday, 4/1, at T.T. the Bear’s. The preliminary lineup in chronological order is: (4/1) the Grownup Noise, Endless Wave, the Rationales, Cooling Towers. (4/2) Thick Shakes, Animal Talk, Garvy J, Grey Valley Ghost. (4/3) the Susan Constant, the Tin Thistles, Ghosts of Jupiter, Letterday. (4/5) Cask Mouse, Never Got Caught, Parlour Bells, the Fagettes. (4/6) Pray for Polanski, Brownboot, Bow Thayer & Perfect Trainwreck, the Bynars. (4/7) the Grinds, Sherman Burns, Motherboar, Streight Angular. The semi finals are on 4/12 and 4/13, with the finals on 4/20.


Rita: BIG DIPPER recorded the song that this paragraph is named after. In the song the “goin’ out” ambiguously refers to a night on the town—or being wiped from the face of the earth. We are talking about a night out. THE GUITAR CIRCLE practices the principles of Robert Fripp’s Guitar Craft. Performances are at the Harvard-Epworth United Methodist Church in Cambridge every Thursday, 3/29 to 5/10 (except 4/5). *** On Sunday, 4/1 (3pm), THEA HOPKINS leads a group of her friends to play the Arts at the Armory Cafe. *** On Saturday, 4/7, THE MILLING GOWNS headline at the Cantab. *** That same night BILL GOFFRIER (x-Big Dipper) is at PA’s Lounge. *** On Thursday, 4/12, BAKER THOMAS BAND plays Johnny D’s. *** Hear Now Live presents an all-ages show with MERRIMACK DELTA DUB SET and more at the Davis Square Theatre on Friday, 4/13. *** PREACHER JACK and WILLIE ALEXANDER tickle the 88s at the Dog Bar in Gloucester, MA on Saturday, 4/14. T MAX hosts the show and is also releasing his CD Shake at the event. *** On that same night in Worcester, DIABOLIS IN MUSICA plays Nick’s. *** PARANOID SOCIAL CLUB hits Church on Thursday, 4/19. *** Rock Off Main Street all-ages rock show’s fifth annual Rock Showdown finals are on Friday, 4/20, at The Center for Arts in Natick. *** Same night DUKE ROBILLARD plays the Blue Ocean Music Hall in Salisbury, MA. *** On Saturday, 4/21, JANE FALTON entertains at the Byfield Community Arts Center. *** On Thursday, 4/26, it’s time to roast ERNIE BOCH JR. at a benefit for Right Turn. *** TOM EATON & PICK 3 are playing Giuseppe’s Ristorante in Gloucester on Sunday, 4/22. *** On Friday, 5/4 (5pm), NICOLE TAMMARO invites you to Drop Ya Mic Pickup Yer Paint Brush III with her favorite Boston musicians showing off their visual art at Radio. There will be acoustic music all day. *** Later that same night MELLOW BRAVO releases their new CD at the Middle East. *** Every Tuesday night THE WOOD PEPPERS grace the stage of Jalapenos in Gloucester. Lolita: Hope to see you at one of these shows. Rita: If not, you can pick us up again next month on May Day!

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