CD Reviews – June

Send your CDs for review to: T Max/ The Noise, 40R Highland Ave, #219 Salem, MA 01970 … DAYTIME DRUGS Eastern Prawn Records Waitin’ for the UFO   6 tracks Where was this recorded? Inside of a gurgling culvert? With a taxicab mike? On the surface of the fucking moon? This makes “Green Fuz” sound like the Philadelphia Orchestra rocking Mahler’s Third Symphony. It makes the New York Dolls sound like Sgt. Pepper. And I love it. Just like I love … Read More >>

Rita & Lolita

SUPER STATIONS Rita: It’s time for me to list my favorite five seasonal songs of summer. Lolita: Only five? From Memorial Day to Labor Day you camp out on the beach and only turn your radio off when you steal food from the seagulls. Rita: We both like shrimp. This year I dig Aerosmith’s “Remember (Walking In The Sand),” “Summertime, Summertime” by The Jamies, “That Summer Feeling” written by Jonathan Richman, “Summertime” the metal anthem done by Bang and “No Surfin In Dorchester Bay” … Read More >>

Noise Live Picks

“+” after an act implies there are more acts on the bill If you’d like to start writing live reviews on New England acts of your choice, contact – please put LIVE REVIEW in the subject. … Thur June 29  JULIET SIMMONS DINALLLO @ Menotomy Grill, Arlington, MA Thur June 29  THE ROLLO TOMASI QUARTET @ The Cantab, Cambridge, MA Fri June 30  ALLOY ORCHESTRA (live score to Metropolis) @ 3S ArtSpace, Portsmouth, NH Fri June 30  TIM GEARAN … Read More >>

Book Review

The Art of Asking: or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help. By Amanda Palmer. Grand Central Publishing, 2014. 337 pages. Hardcover. Review by Francis DiMenno The world is just a little town/ Everybody putting everybody down–John Lennon Is Amanda Palmer a pretentious, shrieking cyberspace mooch, or an exceptionally talented artist and consensus-builder who has also mastered the ins and outs of social media marketing? Some have suggested she is a shameless narcissist, while others maintain that she’s … Read More >>


AURA – NEW PORTLAND VENUE by Steven Farro On May 25 there was a VIP gathering at the new Portland, ME, venue Aura (formerly Asylum). The nine million dollar renovation transformed this space into one of the best live music venues around.  In an era where we see more live music venues closing it’s great to see one open that has everything. A massive stage with state of the art sound and lights, a street level load in area that … Read More >>

Roy Sludge Trio

THE ROY SLUDGE TRIO ROCKABILLY ROYALTY by A.J. Wachtel In the entertainment world it’s pretty clear: your ears either love rockabilly music or they can’t stand it. This is the way it has always been in the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, ’00s, and it hasn’t changed at all right up to this very day. You’re either a fanatic who’s ears perk up when you hear the strains, or you’re a dilettante who’s nose turns up in disgust whenever  a song … Read More >>