LIVE REVIEWS Feb 2007

COUNT ZERO, VAGIANT Abbey Lounge, Somerville, MA 1/12/07          I may be late for That Handsome Devil but the band’s lovely Ms. Plaural is right upfront for the opening of Vagiant. I wasn’t sure what to expect from these buxom females. Two longhaired voluptuous gals are on guitars—the blond (Hellion) jubilant lead singer plays an old vintage crap guitar, the brunette (Elena) bangs a heavy metal axe. Then you’ve got the stylish flop-topped Cleopatra-like (Leeanne) on bass and the spike-haired … Read More >>

SILVER CIRCLE REVIEWS Feb 2007

PETER C. JOHNSON   High-N-Dry Records Yaka Yaka                         11-song CD      As much a literary as an exclusively musical recorded work, this concept album chronicles an impressionistic, growling antihero’s personal journey spent unspooling through a madness ignited by John Lennon’s murder. In its Spartan way, this instrumentally-backed spoken word album is a brutal miracle. As an exemplar of outsider music and of art-from-pain, it puts me in mind of Neil Young’s banned-in-Aspen LP Tonight’s The Night, or Lou Reed’s monumental bummer … Read More >>

2006 Noise Poll

Photo: Bang Camaro WHO YOU THOUGHT WAS THE BEST IN 2006 T Max The poll to determine the Best of 2006 was conducted on www.thenoise-boston.com . We received thousands of votes—a far cry from just a few years ago when fewer than 100 mailed-in ballots was the norm. There’s no Maxie Award ceremony year (we do it every other year). If you consider yourself an especially informed local music fan, and would like to be part of our nominating crew … Read More >>

A.K.A.C.O.D.

by Lindsay Crudele  Press the bottom buzzer and head to the top floor of the Hi-N-Dry and the air feels thick, like a sacred space. The former home of Morphine frontman Mark Sandman now stands as a temple to low rock, and devotees of the unmistakable format can rest assured that a new family of low rockers plans to keep it alive. “We haven't changed the configuration,” said Dana Colley, the saxophonist, on a recent rainy night's visit to the … Read More >>

OUR EYES ON YOU Dec 2006

Rita : Do you believe it's already time again to start picking up thoughtful gifts for everyone you care about? Lolita : I guess it's time to narrow down that “care about” list. I've got it down to two. Rita : Some people love giving presents every year. Lolita : I'm tired of receiving re-gifted items that were never meant for me. Maybe it would be a good idea to help people out with what gifts they should be giving. … Read More >>

DUNCAN WILDER JOHNSON

An interview with Duncan Wilder Johnson about his three-CD set with Destruct-a-thon, Kill It All Away, and spoken word: Destruct-a-thon: Es Muerto Kill It All Away Duncan Wilder Johnson has a Short Guy Complex: Spoken Word IV by Clay N. Ferno Duncan Wilder Johnson is a hyper-motivated writer, performer, musician, and photographer. He is releasing a brand new 3-CD set this month that encompasses and celebrates his many talents. The first CD is his fourth spoken word CD, the second … Read More >>

BRETT ROSENBERG

NEW PROBLEM by Lindsay Crudele Four hours a day, the law firm requires typing. When that's through, once a week, he visits the track, watches the horses run around, and tries to break even on twelve bucks. Brett Rosenberg is not trying to paint a glamorous picture. Alienation and anger is the theme of his new solo record, and his explanation of how he spends his non-musical time is painted through a lens no rosier. “Whatever scene I'm in,” he … Read More >>

26 Years of Boston Rock

1981-1985 TIME WARP IN THE ANNE FRANK MUSEUM by Joe Coughlin    Jesus, has it really been 25 years? Actually, longer. The drinking age was 18 when I started clubbing, four years before T Max hatched this thing. The number of bands back then who had the stuff to endure (and sadly, didn’t) is staggering. But the number of people still at it is equally so. This is a VERY short list of players who made these pages back then, … Read More >>