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 >>


Comment on any CD Review in February's Reader's Respo™ Make sure you title your comment so we know which review you're talking about. You can also discuss local music 24/7 at The Noise Board THE DOOM BUGGIES The Doom Buggies 13-song CD Genre-wise, call this psycho-delic: the mutant offspring of "20 Flight Rock," The Purple Gang, and Screamin' Jay Hawkins. Throughout the '60s it may have clawed out our hearts via any number of moronic garage bashers as collected on … Read More >>

Noise Top Ten 2007

Top Tens When The Noise does a poll, the results show the average of everyone’s opinion. That tends to make people complain about their little corner of the scene not getting the attention it deserves. This year I chose to skip the poll and go with individual top tens. This way you get to really see what each individual loves. NOISERS’ TOP TEN FRANCIS DiMENNO Eclectica: Top Ten CDs of 2007 1. Erich Groat's Found Missing Volumes 1 and 2 … Read More >>

Mr. Max’s Message: December 2007

T MAX MUSICAL OUTINGS The rehearsals with the Peace Chorus sound excellent. The Peace Chorus Band consists of Shawn Marquis on minimal drums, Susanna Porte on cello, and me, T Max, on guitar. But this group is really about the voice, and message that the voice delivers. Picture a gospel choir more than a rock band. The chorus members are Michael Bloom, Diana Casado, Mick Maldonado, Ruby Bird, Billy Mancini, John Hess, Mr. Curt, Eleanor Ramsay, Emily Grogan, and new … Read More >>

Chello Chix: Breaking the Mold

CELLO CHIX: BREAKING THE MOLD by Michael Bloom It’s understandable why you wouldn’t often think of rocking out on a cello. Maybe you’d think instead of that scene in Take the Money and Run, where Woody Allen is trying to play one in his high school marching band. But appearances can be deceiving; the cello actually has a surprisingly vibrant niche in rock. Cream’s Jack Bruce played cello on their Wheels of Fire LP, and Jimmy Page scored a cello … Read More >>