5/10/15/20 March 2008

  by T Max and Joe Coughlin   20 YEARS AGO   March 1988 Issue #71 Cover: Bullet LaVolta Bands: Think Tree, The Bags, Gang Green, Blake Babies, Dharma Bums, Mark Melocarro, Two Saints, Scruffy the Cat, Slaughter Shack Other Stuff: Bill Tupper is the subject of the beginning of the gossip column. This local music scenester had the qualities of a WWF manager. He’d frequently jump on the stage to rile up an audience and demand an encore from … Read More >>

Mr. Max’s Message March 2008

VETERANS AGAINST WAR Most people are aware of my musical efforts against the war, but this month something is happening much larger than my group’s performances. On March 13-16, Iraq Veterans Against the War are gathering in Washington, D.C. to tell the nation what is actually going on in Iraq—and it won’t sound like the censored evening news. In relating this event to the past, a similar action took place during three days in January 1971, when over 100 Vietnam … Read More >>

Noise Radio Chart: February 2008

1. Bobb Trimble – Iron Curtain Innocence 2. A.K.A.C.O.D. – Happiness 3. Fire on Fire – EP 4. Hallelujah the Hills – Collective Psychosis Begone 5. Cheater Pint – Cheater Pint 6. Concord Ballet Orchestra Players – Flying Together 7. The December Sound – The December Sound 8. Freezepop – Future Future Future Perfect 9. Campaign for Real-Time – LA Tracks 1933-1969 10. Black Fortress of Opium – Black Fortress of Opium 11. Emergency Music – You’ll Be the Death … Read More >>

OUR EYES ON YOU: February 2008

CHOCOLATE, HEARTS, & KISSES Lolita: It’s February and by mid-month everyone will be sending me chocolate, hearts, and kisses. Rita: What about it being Black History Month? Lolita: Yes, all races send me chocolate, hearts, and kisses. Rita: But, I mean let’s focus on it being Black History Month instead of the month that includes Valentine’s Day. Lolita: Well, if it means anything to you, I do prefer dark chocolate. Rita: You’re impossible. Think of a Question of the Month … Read More >>

5/10/15/20 Feb 2008

by T Max and Joe Coughlin 20 YEARS AGO February 1988 Issue #70 Cover: The Bags, The Slaves, Joanie Lindstrom—Joanie’s still at it, and deserves more props in this town for her knowledge, perseverance, and always-entertaining radio shows. Bands: Cavedogs, Nova Mob (not to be confused with Nova Mobs featuring Julian Cope or Grant Hart), Throwing Muses, Big Dipper, Rich Gilbert, Dharma Bums (named for a Jack Kerouac book and, unfortunately, not Buck Dharma), Galaxie 500, The Bell People, The … Read More >>

Mr. Max’s Message: February 2008

THE PEACE SHOW What I call the peace show is coming together. Currently we’re recording “Military Men,” a song/skit that reminds me of something Monty Python would do. It’s a military hymn with rap and beat poetry mixed in. It’s a song that always gets a reaction when we play it out. We’ll be performing excerpts from the show again when the temperature starts rising (March 22 at Perks, April 11 at the Cantab, and May 9 at Middle East … Read More >>


  SESSION AMERICANA THE TRUE SPIRIT OF AMERICA by Shady The intimate surroundings of Toast, a new hang in Union Square, mate perfectly with the music of Session Americana. It’s a dark, yet warm and intimate spot—this despite the hard cement floors and low ceilings. The new hot spot has rounded high velvet covered booths and round metallic tables. These tables are in lock step with the table that the band plays around. I’ll explain more about that later on. … Read More >>

LIVE REVIEWS: February 2008

MeandJOANCOLLINS Comment on any Live Review in February's Reader's Respo™ Make sure you title your comment so we know what you're talking about. You can also discuss local music 24/7 at The Noise Board MEandJOANCOLLINS, I HAVE EARS, AD FRANK Cantab, Cambridge MA MARLENE SILVA photo show closing Zuzu, Cambridge, MA 1/4/08 I head out early in the evening to Zuzu to see Marlene Silva’s photo show before it comes down. The place is already full and it’s a little … Read More >>