2. The Chandler Travis Trio This Is What Bears Look Like Underwater
3. Tim Mungenast & His Preexisting Conditions (aka Timworld) Dhoom
4. Rotary Club Second Year In Swine
5. The Weisstronauts 19 Something 9
6. Dirigible Ego Entanglement
7. Peter Bufano’s Cirkestra The Hairless Woman
8. Love of Life …And Time Again
9. The 7CS Stick Your Neck Out
10. Lauren Bateman Here I Am …and five outstanding EPs
1. Golden Bloom/ the Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library Swap Meet
2. The Weisstronauts InMemphis 2
3. Ruin/ Renwal Chess Club
4. Wrought Iron Hex III
5. The Sedgwicks Parking Lot Extortion
TOP TEN LOCAL GUITARISTS (plus one)
1. Duke Levine
2. Jay DiBiasio
3. Sam Reid
4. Kevin Barry
5. Colt Thompson aka Jeff Katz
6. Lyle Brewer
7. Russell Chudnofsky
8. Barry Edwards
9. Pete Cassani
10. Dave Pino
+1. Jerry Miller
TEN THINGS I ENJOYED IN 2012 (in no particular order)
1. The Sinclair opening in Harvard Square.
2. My two favorite record stores, Armageddon Shop and Somerville Grooves, still going strong.
3. The final two Tijuana Sweetheart shows at O’Brien’s. I later realized that the searing pain I was feeling during those shows was kidney stones. It was worth it.
4. As always, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones Hometown Throwdown at House of Blues. This time with the added bonus of the Amazing Royal Crowns!
5. The punk rock cruise with the Ducky Boys, Cradle to the Grave, and Lenny Lashley’s Gang of One. Who doesn’t like punk rock on a boat?
6. Stairway to Zeppelin at the Chicken Bone in my hometown of Framingham. Brittany Gray was quite the Robert Plant, and Pete Cassani’s overalls (and guitar playing) were mesmerizing.
7. Bucky Fereke & the Freelancers at Brew’d Awakening in Lowell. I will cop to having a huge crush on the violin player.
8. The Dents, the Blue Bloods, and the Black Cheers at the Beachcomber. It’s so great to have the Dents playing again now and then. Still my favorite Boston band.
9. Mission of Burma playing the best set I’ve ever seen them play on a perfect summer night at Prospect Park in Brooklyn.
10. The sweet leopard-print coat my wife got at the T.T.’s the Bear’s Rockin’ Flea Market.
TOP TEN LOVE INTEREST of 2012
1. Willie “Loco” Alexander
2. Ruby Bird (Bird Mancini)
3. Larry Bangor (Human Sexual Response)
4. Heather Maloney
5. Peter Goutzos (El Seven)
6. Kate Taylor
7. Dave Minehan (the Neighborhoods)
8. Erin Harpe (Lovewhip)
9. Michael J. Epstein (…Memorial Library)
10. Shea Rose
Shaun Wolf Wortis (Mardi Gras Ball), Diane Young (TCAN), Ray Dollard (photographer), Ann Marie Shimanski (Bandit Kings), Jeremy Lyons, Chelsea Berry, Kier Byrnes (Three Day Threshold), Charlee Bianchini, Chandler Travis (Catbirds), Mickey Bliss (Cantab)
TOP TEN REASONS WHY BOSTON WILL ALWAYS HAVE A GREAT MUSIC SCENE (2012 updated version)
1. The Dogmatics are still gigging.
2. Journalist Brett Milano still walks the streets and cares about the local circuit.
3. Clueless patrons will always spend money for terrible music.
4. Bad attitude always sells well locally.
5. One of the “talented” Wahlberg brothers just opened up a new restaurant.
6. The J. Geils Band is still gigging.
7. My new journalist rules of giving a band press are: screw me and I’ll screw you in print. If you’re not there, lie about it, and no DRINK no INK.
8. The amount of lead singers who are bald is approaching the amount of lead singers with “Retro “ coiffs.
9. I have witnessed reunions of the Cars and Human Sexual Response in the same year.
10. I can still drink for free in Bunratty’s, now called the Wonder Bar, in Allston. That’s three decades and counting. (That must be a record!)
HARRY C. TUNIESE
MUSICAL TOP TEN
1. Anais Mitchell Young Man in America (she’s the champ again!)
2. Rick Berlin with the Nickel & Dime Band Always On Insane(…and tied for third place)
3. Michael Chorney/Dollar General Dispensation of the Ordinary
4. Eva Walsh Storybook
5. Amanda Palmer Theatre is Evil
6. Shinichi Otsu Orifice
7. Steve Gilligan Jacob’s Well
8. Ben Schwendener Apfelschaun – New Episode
9. Chris Smither Hundred Dollar Valentine
10. Capital 6 The World Was Supposed to Love Us
Dar Williams In the Time of Gods
Duke Robillard Jazz Trio Wobble Walkin’
Aimee Mann Charmer
Special Vinyl Record Store Day
Bubbles in the Think Tank The Petite 7 inch Record
TOP TEN MOST INTELLECTUAL TICKLERS of 2012
1. Francis DiMenno (the Noise)
2. Kathy Sand-Boehman (me&thee)
3. Eli Polansky (WMBR)
4. Barbara Koen (the Dress Code)
5. Tim Mungenast (Tim’s World)
7. Susan Emerson (Gloucester Music)
8. Barrence Whitfield (& the Savages)
9. Ariel Parkington (Parkington Sisters)
10. Bobby Keyes (…Trio)
Preacher Jack, Julie Dougherty, Chuck U (WMBR/WMFO), Thea Hopkins, Roger Miller (Mission of Burma)
MY TOP TEN NEW ENGLAND VENUES IN 2012
1. Space Gallery (Portland)
2. Firehouse 13 (Providence)
3. Great Scott (Allston)
4. Precinct (Somerville)
5. Middle East Upstairs (Cambridge)
6. Moe’s Lounge (Somerville)
7. Rosebud (Somerville)
8. Paradise (Boston)
9. Brighton Music Hall (Brighton)
10. Western Front (Cambridge)
DJ MÄTTHEW GRIFFIN
TOP TEN of 2012
10. Jenny & Jami (Midnight Creeps/ the Sleazies) tie the knot (FINALLY)!
9. Spinning with Chris Ewen again, for Xmortis at T.T. the Bear’s in Cambridge.
8. Spinning for the David J (ex-Bauhaus/Love and Rockets) show at Club Bohemia in Cambridge, thanks to Anderson Mar of Dark Sky Productions.”
7. Being interviewed by Chrissy Prisco at the Deli Magazine, March issue.
6. Most dangerous band to see live—Who Killed Spikey Jacket?
5. Concrete Facelift reunion show, to benefit the Firehouse in Worcester.
4. Best new avant garde act: CLOWN, featuring Rusty Rabinowitz.
3. LB Worm’s video of the Depositables (featuring Brian Goslow on lead vocals; myself on backing vocals; Chris Cah on guitar; Preston Wayne on lead guitar; Cathy Cah on bass; Dave “DK” Kowalchek on drums;) covering Dead Boy’s “Sonic Reducer” and Britain’s NME Magazine’s NMETV channel picking up the video.
2. My 40th Birthday Bash at Ralph’s Diner with Worsteria, the Time Beings, and the reunions of The Performers and The Missionarys.
1. The biggest suck of 2012: RIP Carl Rasmussen (aka Spike Viper) Dead-Wrong vocalist/ guitarist and Wormtown vet, killed on his bicycle on a sunny summer afternoon.
TOP TEN SIGNS THAT THE MAYANS WERE RIGHT (Post Doomsday Edition)
10. Downbeat 5, Coffin Lids, and Sprained Ankles only played once all year.
9. Barrence Whitfield averaged more, but I missed him every time.
8. Andrea Gillis restricted to Monday shows only at Toad.
7. The imminent disbanding of the Furiousity.
6. Chris Horne’s new band, the Flipsides, never made it outta Maine (they did try).
5. Dents reunion—okay! But I’m still waiting for the Lombardies, Mission 120, Black Mosettes, and Ghouls Night Out.
4. The Abbey Lounge prayer vigil continued unanswered (thanks a heap, God).
3. The Queers… on a boat. Joe should know better.
2. Seriously. With water and everything. I wanna hear “Love Love Love,” not “Blub Blub Blub.”
1. I’m sure there was some Muck & The Mires related disappointment… but I can’t think of any. I guess they win.
TOP TEN MUSIC VENUES SERVING FOOD
1. Chianti, Beverly MA
2, Capiz Lounge at the Renaissance Hotel, Boston MA
3. The Pressroom, Portsmouth NH
4. In a Pig’s Eye, Salem MA
5. All Asia, Cambridge MA
6. Tavern at the End of the World, Charlestown MA
7. David’s Tavern, Newburyport MA
8. Empire Dine & Dance, Portland ME
9. Dog Bar, Gloucester MA
10. Brew’d Awakening, Lowell MA
TOP TEN PEOPLE, PLACES, & THINGS THAT MADE ME SMILE
1. Ruby Bird (Bird Mancini) joining the Stompers’ finale at the Blue Ocean
2. Preacher Jack & Willie Alexander performances at the Dog Bar
3. Going to Peter Goutzos’ Pow Wow with photographer Ray Dollard
4. Chris Smither performance at me&thee coffeehouse
5. Julie Dougherty’s annual Christmas singalong at the Hawthorne Hotel
6. Kier Byrnes becoming a dad
8. Jeremy Lyons performance for kids at me&thee coffeehouse
9. Gloucester Music–favorite hangout
10. Recording with Jason Duguay at Project Sound
The generosity of Nabil & Joseph Sater at the Middle East
Don White at me&thee coffeehouse
Heather Maloney video of Flutter from the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival
Fly Amero at the Rhumbline
“Green Walls” by Bird Mancini
The Doug MacDonald Band at the Tavern at the End of the World