Book Review

TRIBUTE: THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOOD by Arthur Orfanos The Mood Publishing; 2012 Review by Francis DiMenno “In the fight between you and the world,” Nietzsche famously pronounced, “back the world.” Solid advice. Although it seems obvious that our own continued existence on earth depends upon mutual cooperation and a sustainable use of resources, the forces of reaction are powerful and relentless, and, all too often, men of good will are ineffectual and apologetic at best and, at worst, … Read More >>

Jon Butcher

JON BUTCHER  GOES BACK TO THE FUTURE  by A.J. Wachtel Jon Butcher is a showman in every true sense of the word. Behind his charismatic smile is a heart full of soul and passion. And now, a generation later, he brings his iconic flashy licks front and center and revisits a great former band—Jon Butcher Axis. Read on and learn the differences between fact and fiction as the plot thickens in Butcher’s legendary life. Noise: In three sentences, give me … Read More >>

Secret Lover

  DO YOU HAVE A  SECRET LOVER?  by DJ Mätthew Griffin Worcester’s Secret Lover is a mysterious foursome. They’re an enigma that recalls the decadent era of Velvet Underground and the paranoia of New York’s no wave scene. The band’s femme fatal, Sally is their siren vocalist; John’s twangy post-punk guitar beckons the Gang of Four; Dave beats the skins; and Lars dreamily looks up to the stars while playing bass. Sitting down with the band and giving them their first … Read More >>

Live Show Picks

Sat Feb 23  ALLOY ORCHESTRA @ Somerville Theatre, Somerville MA Sat Feb 23  DAN WEB & THE SPIDERS @ the Middle East, Cambridge MA Sat Feb 23  SASQUATCH & THE SICKABILLYS @ Lucky Dog Music Hall, Worcester MA Sat Feb 23   JASON BENNETT & THE RESISTANCE (4:00 pm) @ Midway Cafe, Jamaica Plain MA Tue Feb 26  BOBBY KEYES @ Chianti, Beverly MA Fri Mar 1  RYAN JACKSON TROIKA  CD Release @ Precinct, Somerville MA Sat Mar 2  THE … Read More >>

Rita & Lolita

IN THIS ISSUE Lolita: We call our February issue the appreciation issue because the contributors of the Noise get to air their Top Ten lists. The lists reflect each writer’s opinion in their choice of category, which can rage from top bathrooms to top artists—the only rule is that the list pertain to New England music in 2012. Find the contributor that you agree with the most. Rita: Also in this issue are features on SECRET LOVER, THE BLACK CHEERS, … Read More >>

2012 Top Ten

FRANCIS DiMENNO ECLECTICA: TOP TEN CDs of  2012 1. Big Dipper  Crashes on the Platinum Planet 2. The Chandler Travis Trio  This Is What Bears Look Like Underwater  3. Tim Mungenast & His Preexisting Conditions (aka Timworld)  Dhoom 4. Rotary Club   Second Year In Swine 5. The Weisstronauts  19 Something 9 6. Dirigible Ego  Entanglement 7. Peter Bufano’s Cirkestra  The Hairless Woman  8. Love of Life  …And Time Again 9. The 7CS   Stick Your Neck Out  10. Lauren Bateman   Here I Am …and five outstanding EPs 1. Golden … Read More >>

CD Reviews

DARLING PET MUNKEE You Better Believe It! 7 tracks Darling Pet Munkee (Michael J. Epstein, Sophia Cacciola, and Cathy Capozzi of Axemunkee) presents a follow-up to their earlier release “Glows in the Dark!” which also featured a kaleidoscopic collection of comic-book-ad-themed sonic pulp. Opening track “Hypno Coin” belongs firmly in the Sparks/Queen axis of idiosyncratic and operatic rock. “Scary…,” with its use of ominous soundscapes, electronic effects, and droning overtones,  features a deliberately abrasive post-punk sound in the school of … Read More >>