OUR EYES ON YOU: Novemer 2007

Rita: Ahhh, November is here—time to kick back, throw on a coat you love, and get involved with your favorite cause. Lolita: So, you’re gonna get political on us? Rita: I like being involved with real people. It beats the hell out of sitting behind my computer all day talking with my fingers. Plus I like the touch of a human. Lolita: Sometimes after too many hours of work, I just want to kick back, relax, and do something illegal. … Read More >>

Noise Radio Chart: November 2007

1. Jason Anderson – Jason Anderson 2. Hallelujah the Hills – Collective Psychosis Begone 3. Black Francis – Blue Finger 4. Cheater Pint – Cheater Pint 5. Drug Rug – Drug Rug 6. Polyethylene – What Goes On Inside Houses 7. Miskatonic – Let Us Entertain Us 8. Mobius Band – Heaven 9. Bird Mancini – Funny Day 10. Campaign for Real-Time – L.A. Tracks (1933-1969) 11. Freezepop – Future Future Future Perfect 12. The Gulf – Chinatown 13. Frank … Read More >>

Mr. Max’s Message: November 2007

  NOVEMBER 30 Girl On Top invited me to play a couple of songs from Why Do We Go To War? during their set at the Cantab on Friday, November 30.  I wrote a medley of three songs from the show, but maybe it will be better to play one of the gospel numbers, or the military hymn that mixes rap with Monty Python antics.  What ever we decide to play, I hope to see you there. DECEMBER 8 “END … Read More >>

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 >>