LIVE REVIEWS: November 2007

  SCARCE, BLIZZARD OF 78, DIRTY TRUCKERS, THE CRUSHING LOW T.T. the Bear’s, Cambridge, MA 10/6/07 This show was picked as The Noise live show of the month so my expectations are high. Opening the night is never easy, but The Crushing Low’s Matt Belyea thrashes his tom toms and Scott Lerner bashes out the chords of “40 Miles till Detroit” to a crowd that is quickly picking up in numbers. Ed Healy plays the serious role as lead singer/guitarist … Read More >>


  FISHEYE BROTHERS Fisheye Records 8-song preview             There are three songs on this latest Willie Alexander project that defy ready description: The closing track, “Cruisin Boise,” is best: it’s a classic, like “White Light/White Heat” channeled through “Rock-a-Hula Baby”—yet another hypnosonic masterpiece from a local legend who has already given us so many. “Me and My Doppelganger” is another nonesuch: a combination of incantatory talking blues fronting an abstracted but discernable melody. The entertaining and easygoing “Barbara Reid” is … Read More >>

Noise Radio Chart: October 2007

1. Hallelujah the Hills – Collective Psychosis Begone 2. Receiving End of Sirens – Between the Heart and the Synapse 3. The Campaign for Real-Time – LA Tracks (1933-1969) 4. Buffalo Tom – Three Easy Pieces 5. The Big Disappointments – The Big Disappointments 6. Polyethylene – What Goes On Inside Houses 7. Frank Smith – Heavy Handed Peace and Love 8. Jake & the Jakes – Last Call 9. Tristan Da Cunha – Instanter 10. Cheater Pint – Cheater … Read More >>


DREAMCHILD DON’T OPEN THAT DOOR by Michael Bloom Working in close proximity for long enough, bands may grow to resemble close families. Shared tastes may spread from music to aesthetics, to lifestyle, to metaphysics. They may get to where they finish each other’s sentences. They learn to both prop each other up and stay out of each other’s way, as if by instinct. And when they play, they become more than the sum of their parts, a confluence of sound … Read More >>


Rita: Welcome to my favorite issue of the year—the dark Halloween issue. This issue is so dark it will leave black on your hands. Lolita: The black organic soy ink is delicious and serves well with blood. I’ve made a habit of dicing up a Halloween issue and sprinkling it on my black rice. And this issue is especially delicious since I managed to bring back some of Paris for the cover. Those skulls and bones are from the catacombs … Read More >>

Mr. Max’s Message: October 2007

BLEU’S CHOIR I recently sang in Bleu’s choir at the Bank America Pavilion. Pictured above are four of the handsome male members of the choir. It was a WFNX Distorientation event and Bleu made the most of it with 50 people on the stage at one point (all decked out in tuxes and evening dresses). Besides the vocal choir, he had a 15-piece guitar choir! Most people know that Bleu has moved out to L.A.—he still gets coverage from The … Read More >>


MY OWN WORST ENEMY Pristine Indigo Records Total Action 12 song-CD This is a very ambitious and extremely busy production replete with arrangements slopping over with cowbells, tambourines, glockenspiel, and Sue and Steve’s inimitable vocalizing; it almost sounds like the band barricaded itself inside of a 32-track studio, held Pete Weiss at gunpoint, and ordered him to go apeshit. Ahem. Anyway, this collection puts me in mind of all those great, underrated all-American garage-punk bands of the 1960s like The … Read More >>