THE CHANDLER TRAVIS PHILHARMONIC Sonic Trout Tarnation and Alastair Sim 48-song CD I’m thinking life’s too short to listen to shitty music by artsy poseurs, hedonistic-slash-politically-aware “heavy” rockers, ham-fisted indie wankers, retro panderers, or brain-dead goofs in psychedelic clown suits. So I’d still much rather listen to “Surfin Bird” (or, for that matter, “Eje Ka Jo”) than, um, “Stairway to Heaven.” Good news for those who agree: “Wireless” has finally made it onto a studio album, as track six. Tune-wise, … Read More >>

June ’07 Radio Chart

1. Shadows Fall – Threads of Life 1. Dinosaur Jr. – Beyond 3. Polyethylene – What Goes on Inside Houses 4. The Bags – Mount Rockmore 5. The Luxury – This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things 6. Cheater Pint – “Control Freak” 7. The Everyday Visuals – Things Will Look Up 8. The Glass Set – Something Unknown 9. Los Wonder Twins Del Rap – Feast of Steven 10. Don Lennon – Radical 11. Bang Camaro – Bang … Read More >>

Mr. Max’s Message – June 2007

END WAR NOW UPDATE “End War Now” (the Boston music community recording) is being manufactured for copies to be made available to the media. Go to to hear the final mix. Look at the list of local luminaries who are involved with this project: VOCALISTS: John Powhida (The Rudds) Emily Grogan (Emily Grogan) Michael Bloom (Tim Mungenast & His Pre-Existing Conditions) Andrea Gillis (Andrea Gillis) Mick Mondo (…& Streaker) Linda Viens (Angeline) Casey Desmond (Casey Desmond) Peter C. Johnson … Read More >>


  THE ROADSTEAMER by Glenwood The interview with Robby Roadsteamer about his upcoming record, I’ll Be At Your Funeral, written and recorded by the band rechristened as simply Roadsteamer, was a revelation.  I expected the obnoxious and ludicrous frontman who penned “I Put a Baby in You” to be cagey or difficult; I was miles off.  He’s genteel, oddly shy, and self-deprecating.          It seems that after an unlucky recent run with the music business and love, he is now … Read More >>


SUMMER PEOPLE, SOME’RE NOT Lolita: June marks the beginning of summer—a time to relax and take off your clothes. Rita: Don’t forget Father’s Day. Lolita: It’s also a great time to curl up on the couch in your underwear and watch the Red Sox win another one. Rita: Father’s Day is a Sunday right in the middle of the month. Lolita: Or go to Fenway Park and see how much of a disturbance you can make by stripping down to … Read More >>


THE DENTS, VAGIANT Abbey Lounge, Somerville MA 5/11/07       This is it—The Dents’ final show. They’re breaking my heart! Before the show, I sit around with guitarist Craig Adams as he talks about the Boston rock glass ceiling. And hitting it. Makes me wonder two things: What level of success was the band anticipating? Didn’t they know they were too good to be enjoyed by the local rock scenesters and taste-makers who set the pace around here? But I don’t … Read More >>


VARIOUS ARTISTS Triple B Recordings The History of Boston Rock “Here and Now” 16-song CD compilation             If you’re not a fan of good-old-fashioned hammer-and-tongs rock, you might wish to look elsewhere, though if you are, you could do worse than Noble Rot’s anthemic rabble-rouser “Rocket Fuel Mayhem,” The New Frustrations’ classy garage-rock thumper “Changed My Mind,” The Doom Buggies’ Byrds-like “Bruce’s Lament,” and Over the Edge’s over-the-top punk raver “Invincible.” Rounding out the bill are outstanding tracks by the … Read More >>