Rita & Lolita




Lolita: Martin Luther said, “Next to the word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.” Rita: I couldn’t agree more. And if there is a fountain of youth—there is music being played alongside it every minute of the day. That youthful spirit is exemplified by our cover-story artist—ZOË LEWIS from Cape Cod. I have never seen an artist who is more into each and every moment of her performance. Lolita: And since I have Zoë right here with me, and this is the Halloween issue of The Noise, I have to ask you, Zoë—are you related to the actor AL LEWIS who played Grandpa on The Munsters?  ZOË: I feel like I must be! Lolita: Alright! Rita, you owe me $20. Rita: Darn. Okay, I’ll give you double or nothing odds if you can come up with another unknown family relationship that I don’t know of. And here’s our other hot stories—TEN FOOT POLECATS and GEORGE WOODS. Lolita: Let me think about it…


Rita: Okay, while Lolita tries to double her winnings, I will get everyone in the mood for Halloween by asking for spooky stories from some of our favorite New England musicians…LARRY BANGOR (Human Sexual Response/ The Zulus):  One Halloween I wore a JFK mask to trick or treat in, and he died three weeks later.  Coincidence? *** MICHAEL J. EPSTEIN (…Memorial Library/ Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling/ Darling Pet Munkee/ Space Balloons): I don’t believe in ghosts or anything supernatural, but when we were told that the mansion where we were shooting our movie Ten was haunted by a child who was hanged on a dumbwaiter rope, we definitely locked the dumbwaiter doors. The discovery of a child’s handprints in the dust going down the back stairwell into the creepiest basement I’ve ever been in didn’t make it easy for anyone to sleep. *** KAREN DeBIASSE (Girl on Top): We had just moved into our house in Pennsylvania and one night I was lying on my couch watching TV in the den.  I looked out the back glass sliding doors to my backyard when I saw a white glow, in human form,  approaching in a gliding manner up to the back door.  Then I heard BANG BANG BANG BANG BANG BANG BANG on the door.  It kept banging and banging like fists.  I was scared out of my wits and did a crazy thing.  I went up to the door to see if it was locked and then ran upstairs to my parents’ bedroom and woke them up.  They actually got right up and we went to their back window and watched as the white form floated back where it came from into the woods.  I never believed in ghosts and still don’t know if I do, but I did experience this.  I was not asleep.  Upon telling a neighbor what happened she mentioned that there was a young beautiful girl who used to babysit at my house regularly and was seen running down our street before committing suicide. *** HARRY Z (Pop Gun): Summer, 1981. Me and some friends were acknowledging the 10th anniversary of the death of Jim Morrison by drinking ourselves stupid up on Leggs Hill, listening to The Doors’ songs played from the stereo of my buddy’s car. Later on, a car winds itself up the dirt road through the woods toward us. At first we think “cops.” Wrong headlights though, we could tell in the darkness. So we wait. A man get’s out of the vintage Cadillac. He’s in his mid-forties, long hair and beard. Sunglasses. It’s nighttime. A bit thick. “What’re you kids doing?” “Listening to The Doors and drinking,” I say. “I dig that. My name’s Jim. Jim Morrison.” He got back in his car and it disappeared down the hill. *** A.J. WACHTEL (Future Gynecologist): My favorite Halloween story is many moons ago, when Harrison was about 6 or so, I took him out door to door in my Quincy suburban neighborhood. I remember he was dressed as Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story and I was dressed all in white like a ghost. I was buzzed and enjoying the fact that me, as a diabetic, was collecting a shopping bag full of assorted suicide bags of sugar while having a good time with my son. One middle-aged woman who answered her door and gave us a handful of candy first told me how cute my son looked, and then she turned to me and asked me if I was a ghost (cause I was all white from shirt to sheet, to pants to socks and white sneakers) and I casually replied, “No, I’m a line of coke.” My son and I then walked across her lawn to the next house. This may not be a spooky story NOW, but this event may force my son to get therapy at some point. Then we will all agree at how scary this circumstance really was. *** MICKEY BLISS (Cantab): One night I dreamt of an old flame whom I hadn’t seen, or even thought of, for some time. In real life, the “flame” had fiery-red hair, sparkling green eyes with specks of gold, and delicious cream-colored skin. In the dream however, she had a ghastly pallor, pale and wan from head to toe. And, though in the dream, she mounted and caused me to experience a nocturnal emission, I would not use the adjective “erotic” to describe the dream. In fact no part of the dream, including the final climax, was at all pleasurable—it was just the opposite. I awoke the next morning, cold and clammy, troubled by the dream. As I sat mulling over my first cup of coffee, the phone rang: It was the flame’s mother calling to let me know her daughter had passed away during the night. In my subsequent study of certain books on the Kabbalah, I came across descriptions of the Lilith, an unclean feminine spirit, who it is said, visits men in their sleep to rob them of their semen for the purpose of procreating demons. I am not superstitious. But still I wondered—could it be? *** RAY MASON (Ray Mason Band/ Lonesome Brothers): I once went to play a gig on Halloween and realized I was wearing a suitcoat and tie. Still get shivers when I think about it! *** VALERIE KAHN-DORATO (Time Tunnel):  My husband and I moved to an old home we knew had a history of mice troubles so we immediately set traps. That first night we heard horrifying squeals as mice were being killed. In the morning though all we found were their headless bodies. This continued for several weeks, every night we’d hear the cries of anguish and still only find their bodies from the neck down. Finally, we had one night of peace; no cries of pain keeping me awake. When I turned to tell my husband that the nightmare had finally ended, I discovered he had no head!!  Lolita: Valerie, not too many wives have husbands who’ve lost their head over them.  Now—to double my money with Rita, I’m thinking that JIM SCHEFFLER (Ten Foot Polecats) might be related to Wolfgang Scheffler who designed the Scheffler Solar Reflector. Rita: Everyone knows the answer to that—you’ll have to come up with another.


Lolita: I need to do some research if I’m going to keep from losing $40. So Rita, can you deal with our readers and double their knowledge of what is happening with New England music.Rita: (speaking quietly to the readers) Scheffler Solar Reflector?—who has ever heard of that? But don’t tell Lolita—I don’t have $20, much less $40, to give her. (Louder) Okay Lolita, I will lay some valuable information on our readers… T.T. the Bear’s wins the booking contest for bringing together the most Boston-area band reunions in one week—The Shods, The Sheila Divine, The Gravel Pit, O Positive, Three Colors, Les Chanteuses Sorceres, and The Dogmatics all reunited to celebrate the venue’s 40th anniversary. *** Although he was sworn to secrecy for five weeks, we found out that DAVID MINEHAN (The Neighborhoods) picked up a new gig—playing guitar with THE REPLACEMENTS. We spotted him spicing his life up on YouTube (http://youtu.be/4ohA5Cmey0M) at the Riot Fest in Toronto. *** Berklee College of Music has chosen the award-winning Boston-based company iZotope to partner with and outfit their labs and studios with the latest audio software. *** We ran into ERIN AMAR at Ritual Arts in Allston. She’s running Rocker Zine online (rocker magazine on Facebook). Rocker advocates the “oldternative lifestyle,” and offers readers music features and health, fashion, and lifestyle tips appropriate for hipsters of every age. Rita: Oh—and if you see her, ask Erin to tell you the story about first meeting Lolita. *** Some may remember DR. NANCY MROCZEK—she’s still at it with her free spirit and original take on expression in dance and many genres of music. It’s easy to find her—no one has that last name. *** Another unique New England artist is CHIEF KOOFFREH who made it onto Spotfify’s top 101 strangest records with “Tragedy and Dead (sic) of Princess Diana England.” Rita: I would love to see/hear a one-time duet with the Doctor and the Chief. *** “The best kids’ band I’ve ever seen,” says Carol Charnow, president of Boston Children’s Museum. She’s referring to JOSH & THE JAMTONES. They’re releasing a new CD, A Bear Hunt, on Sunday, October 6 (3:45pm) at Leventhal-Sideman Jewish Community Center in Newton, MA. *** WMBR and the List Visual Arts Center present a new creative concert series, Ampersand, held one Thursday a month in Bartos Theatre (in the Wiesner Building—20 Ames Street, building E15). *** STEFAN WEINER (Northampton) won second place in the rock category of the 2013 Unsigned Only Music Competition. *** MUCK & THE MIRES have set up an extensive tour of Spain for November. *** Not to be outdone, CONTINENTAL (Rick Barton & son band) is completing their U.S. tour then moving on to Europe from October through December. *** SIMON RITT (The Darlings) is working on a 12-minute song that will encapsulate the entire history of Boston rock. Lolita: Well, Simon, please don’t use the verse about BILLY CONWAY (Morphine) and me making beautiful seductive music on the beach—it got me (him) in trouble last time the public (his girlfriend) found out about it. I mean, that IS one of the most important moments in Boston rock history… isn’t it?


Rita: It’s easy to see why men don’t get involved with Lolita anymore. She thinks keeping it quiet means writing about in in The Noise. There are so many people who work—and I mean WORK—behind the scene to make your experience as a viewer or listener the best it can be. Musicians are very aware of these special folks—so come on and tell us—who is behind the scene that deserves a shout-out? CORIN ASHLEY (Corin Ashley Band): I hesitate to say this because it’s hard enough to get gear in with these guys, but my two favorite repair guys are Jim Mouradien and Robert Stubblebine and both should be celebrated with parades. Jim is the master of making my telecasters give the illusion that I play much better than I do—plus he always has time to gossip about Yes.  And Yukon keeps my acoustics in fine fettle and even puts magic songwriting drops in my Gibson J-200.  *** LINDA VIENS (Kingdom of Love):  I would like to give a shout out to my wonderful friend Bob Colby, who has worked tirelessly behind the scenes for years supporting, documenting, and championing many, many Boston artists including myself, for which my gratitude knows no bounds. He has helped many step further into the limelight through his personal testimonials, photos, videos, bookings, and promotions. He is truly an unsung hero and deserves much appreciation and respect! *** WILLIE “LOCO” ALEXANDER (Willie Alexander): Will Hunt is the soundman about town in Gloucester. He helps us sound good no matter where you are, inside or out, and he can play saxophone and flute if you need it! Three cheers for WILL HUNT!!  WAAAAAA! *** ANNE BROWN (The Noise): Jen Reardon has been a constant source of support to the North Shore music scene for many years through her venue, In a Pig’s Eye, an institution onto itself in Salem, MA.  Jen continues to to introduce quality musical talent. *** JOE VIGLIONE (Visual Radio): Doug Mascott at WMWM radio is one of the hardest working DJs for local music. Only he and Carmelita have kept the local music alive on radio consistently for close to three decades. *** MARK KAYE (Hear Now Live): Anne Cooke is an amazing photographer. Sometimes misunderstood, she continues to deliver quality photo shoots for bands either in a live setting or scouting out unique locations to do incredible photo shoots throughout New England. . *** SIMON RITT (The Darlings): A behind-the-scenes person The Darlings think a lot of is Doug Gessler who hosts WMBR’s Lost Highway program on Saturday morning. His show is an eclectic mix of classic country, the newest in all things Americana, and sultry steel guitar from the Hawaiian Islands. Doug is a big supporter of Boston area musicians, his definition of country music Is very liberal, and local releases are played on every show. WMBR has and has had a lot of great DJ’s, and Doug Gessler is definitely one of them. *** JIM TRICK (Jim Trick): Kathy Sands-Boehmer has been serving up love and folk music at the beloved, time-honored me & thee for years!   A promotor, mentor, encourager, and force for good music and good vibes.  What I love about Kathy is that she understands the business side of music without making it a business.  She is a compassionate and lovely human being.  You should hug her and send her flowers! Lolita: I will! There are plenty more admirable people in New England doing work that the general public doesn’t see. Write us a note if you think of someone who deserves to be mentioned.


Rita: Here’s another question similar to our shout-out one. You see who advertises with The Noise. Who have you dealt with? Give us the report.  KRISTEN MILLER (Kristen Miller): Glosta Music… just look at that place. Awesome. The door and front window is always covered with gig posters, and you can buy everything from guitar strings to a cello mute to rosin. I send my students there for books and supplies, and they will order anything for you. Plus, it just feels like a music store should. *** PREACHER JACK (Preacher Jack): I have been playing piano since the Eisenhower administration. Before hippies, boy bands, and even The Beatles. I have played EVERY bar room, saloon, honky-tonk, and sea side dive from Gloucester to Nantucket. In my 50-plus years of making a living at this crazy business I have never, ever met a nicer man or played at a nicer establishment than “Brother” Tim’s place in Charlestown—Tavern at the End of the World, one of your more-than-generous sponsors. Musician-friendly with great food, next time in have a plate of “bangers and mashed,” you will not regret it! *** SUNNI BADORE (Sunni Badore): First impressions are always so very important. On my first visit to the Drum Shop North Shore (457 Rantoul St., Beverly) I was greeted with a welcoming smile and a strong handshake by owner Nate Morrison. I had popped in for a copy of the September issue of The Noise.  The shop has a great feel and the beautiful drums and accessories so well displayed.   Nate carries many other musical treasures—maracas, twist beads, clackers, clickers, bells and whistles, and more. It’s an adventure. Take your kids there—they will love it!  I’ll be back to check out all those fun toys… for sure! *** CHUCK U. ROSINA (WMBR/ WMFO): I have dealt with some of the advertisers in these pages, and it’s nice to see so many local businesses lending their support to keeping this unique publication going. I see the Freedom Rally took an ad in the last issue.  That’s MassCann’s annual pot rally, as some affectionately call it.  It has become a Boston tradition (and this city has many), and a rite of passage as the seasons change from summer to fall.  I’ve attended almost every one going as far back as 1991.  That year we were just a little protest rally of a couple of hundred on the steps of the State House.   Now it’s a protest rally combined with music, food, and carnival-like atmosphere with thousands of like-minded people.  My, how it’s grown.   That’s some historic perspective, but I don’t think I actually answered the question. Lolita: It’s amazing how the effects of a Freedom Rally can lead someone off the subject at hand. 
And now my last chance to win my money back. Remember JOHN SURRETT (Boy’s Life/ Boston Rock Opera)—besides working on a new rock opera, Tomorrow the World, he is related to KEITH ASACK (Keep the Edge Studios). Rita: Well, that can’t be true—they don’t even have the same last name. I’ll take that bet. T Max: Okay, who won the bet? Are you going to leave us hanging?



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