Matt Farley

MATT FARLEY A CREATOR’S CREATOR by T Max Matt Farley of Danvers, MA, is a creative guy – a very unique kind of creative DIY master. He comes up with his own ways of doing things – very carefully and cleverly thought out. He a musician and film maker.  I recent went to the world premier of his latest film Slingshot Cops. It’s a totally different experience than a Hollywood film. Think small community. And although Matt Farley may not … Read More >>

Peter Rinnig QRST’s

 PETER RINNIG of QRST’s by T Max The short-sleeved T-shirt, first made for the U.S. Navy in 1913, accounts for $30 billion in annual sales in the U.S.   Noise readers know that a majority of musicians and bands supplement their audio income with related merchandise. The most popular non-audio item on the merch table, the T-shirt, tends to be one that best serves another important purpose – advertising the act. The desire to self-identify with the things that inspire … Read More >>

Brad Hallen

BRAD HALLEN Low End Legend By A.J. Wachtel Historically, and in the big picture that is the New England music scene, Brad Hallen is probably the best unknown four stringer around. Over the years he has had great success in a number of different genres and his inspirational bass playing is the stuff of legends. Check out Brad digging deep into his past to answer my questions. Noise: In your 35 years of recording credits and personal history there appears to … Read More >>

Rules for the Stage

RULES FOR THE STAGE by Jordan Tishler http://www.digitalbear.com/ Know your material. Don’t start and stop. Be prepared to fall down, be heckled, have equipment fall over. Be sure you can sing on key without the monitors. Know what to do if the monitor mix is bad or cuts out entirely. Know how long you have to play. Don’t run over. That’s amateurish. Don’t tell the audience “we have three more for you” only to be told “only two more” by … Read More >>

Janice Tumonis

JANICE TUMONIS: AN APPRECIATION AND REMEMBRANCE by David Bieber Janice Tumonis from Brockton.  But really, where did she come from?  How did she land, fully formed, in our midst? She was a muse to many.  For a moment, she was the Girl of the Year, our 1980s version of Edie Sedgwick, our “it” girl.  Platinum hair, midnight motorcycle jacket, four-inch black pumps and a whirlwind strut that would turn a fashion runway or an ordinary street into the pace of … Read More >>

Greg Klyma

GREG KLYMA  Rust Belted Americana in Camberville by Kathy Sands-Boehmer Greg Klyma is a product of the Rust Belt—Buffalo, NY to be exact.  As his bio states, he’s an old-school troubadour with contemporary savvy.  He’s a guy who has a ton of stories to tell and songs to sing. He’s rambled all over the country but decided to call Somerville home in recent years.  The greater-Boston area has benefited from his presence.  If he’s not on stage doing his own set, he’s sitting in with … Read More >>

Halloween Roundtable

PERRY PERSOFF “Halloween Roundtable”  1 track (8:52) This is what I would call a short entertaining radio play which Perry Persoff originally produced in 2005 for a public radio newsmagazine called Sunrise on WUML  (UMass, Lowell radio 91.5fm). Though the show went off the air in 2008, this piece still manages to get airplay in late October. After a spooky a cappella rendition of “This is Halloween,” Bob Ellis, the play-by-play radio guy for UMass Lowell hockey, acts as the moderator who interviews … Read More >>

Book Review

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BOOK REVIEW TEMPERATURE’S RISING: GALAXIE 500 by Mike McGonigal Paperback. Verse Chorus Press. 192 pages. Review by Francis DiMenno Full disclosure: This book is based upon an online article for which I answered questions sent to me via email. Another factor which might also cloud my already fallible critical judgment: the book reproduces in full an interview I conducted with the band which was first published in The Noise #74 (June 1988). The extended subtitle of this book is indicative: “An oral … Read More >>