Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Craig Fenton Reviews Audioscam 4 KICKING AND SCREAMING

The group: Audioscam
The cd:  Kicking and Screaming
Review by Craig Fenton


Audioscam- Kicking And Screaming 2018:

On a conference call circa August 2011 to promote Audioscam’s second release “When The Money’s Gone” I was introduced to Brian Pitcher.

The initial question I had was did he make a concerted effort to author songs that would somehow accomplish the nearly unworkable?  That is the fulfillment of pleasing three vastly different record buyers, the passionate British Invasion and straight-ahead rocker (especially 1964-Mid 1970’s), the rebellious New Wave, Power Pop, and Punk fan of the 70’s and early 80’s, and the exponent of the Indie-Rock scene from 2000 to the present.

Brian’s response cemented how potent he was as a songwriter and Audioscam as a band.  Brian told me “As long as I have been writing songs I have never attempted a pre-fabricated approach.  I let things take a natural course.”
With the fans of the aforementioned styles of sound as divided as the current United States political parties, it gave me an even more reinforced view of Audioscam.

After over four years we finally have the follow-up to 2014’s “Audioscam 3.”  This time around the Australian powerhouse serves up the five tracks “Kicking And Screaming.”  It is one thing to commandeer a room but another to sequester the listener.  From the first note we are secluded.  There is no outside interference, the only duty is to interpret the stellar recorded works and all else becomes secondary.     

The opening number “Just Like Jamaica” serves a dual-meaning.  Brian penned the tune first as homage to the 1988 Jamaican Bobsled team that gained world-wide attention and everlasting respect at the 1988 Olympic Winter Games in Calgary, Canada.

Brian’s additional (but in no way taking a back-seat) message is to never let others foil your dreams and prevent your life from taking its own unique shape.  Comingling the mellow sounds of Jimmy Buffet with a dose of Rock “N’ Roll” the latest project is not only off and running but catapulting forward.

Track 2 “Baby Done Bad” is Brian’s story of meeting his wife Julie.  We the listener are thrown into the reverse time machine and land in the year 1972.  On the radio is the rock and boogie sound of Humble Pie’s “30 Days In The Hole.”  Audioscam has unearthed the Humble Pie sound and brought it forward.

Next up is “Get Used To This.”  After getting married Brian found himself in a place he couldn’t believe existed.  There was contentment and stability.  Although in the back of his mind there was skepticism that the dream would be shattered, Brian and Julie remain an unbreakable team.  The Talking Heads, Television, and Joe Jackson resonate in your mind as Audioscam sends a message of hope.

The fourth song “Batesfield” brings Brian back to yesteryear.  Written by his friend from High School, Mark Gable.  A bank robbery and a country mile removed from the crime is the thematic scene.  ACDC and Alice Cooper are prevalent in the musical beat.

Onward to “Hand Of Sin.”  Open to your own interpretation.  To quote Brian “There is an evil vibe to it.”  Talking Heads and Graham Parker come to mind in terms of the musical spectrum.

Here are the players:   
Brian Pitcher- Vocals, drums, acoustic guitar
Brad Wallace- Bass, backing vocals, guitar, and keyboards
Wayne Macintosh- Guitar

Additional Personnel:

Tenor Mel Miller- Steel drums and pans on Just Like Jamaica
Jason Byrne- Guitar on Batesfield and When The Money’s All Gone
Ross Wedding- Guitar on When The Money’s All Gone
Miss Ari Safari- Backing vocals on When The Money’s All Gone
Audioscam’s gift to us for an eternal summer.

After being engulfed in the new release you can purchase the following as well:

Abbattack August 12, 2008

When The Money’s Gone August 18, 2011

Audioscam 3 May 6, 2014

All the best,
Craig Fenton
Author: Jefferson Airplane “Take Me To A Circus Tent”
Jefferson Starship “Have You Seen The Stars Tonite”

Monday, April 02, 2018

No Condiments, Please! Jeffland 12 CD reviewed by Craig Fenton


Review by Craig Fenton

Jeff Mastroberti (Jeffland 12) – 
No Condiments, Please 

     In April 2015 I received a call from Music & Film Producer Joe Viglione.  The circumstances of the communication were to discuss the upcoming New York Yankee/Boston Red Sox three game series and to afford me an invite to attend a performance by Jeff Mastroberti.   Since the end of the 1970’s music and poetry in any form have often lacked originally, conviction, and memorable moments.  
    With a profusion of people making up many demographics praising Jeff’s words and his meritorious skill in articulation along with the groundswell of approval Jeff’s gigs had earned made me resonate a loud “Yes” to Joe’s offer.

    In 2002 Jeff had settled in Pennsylvania and the soil for his unique style had been planted.  The term Spoken-Word often pigeonholes an artist and poet.  The stereotypical definition is some girl or guy is reading from a book or scribed notes without musical accompaniment.

   To place Jeff into a sea of conformity not only is insulting to his performances and vision but limits someone with his ability to reach a weightier base of exposure.The case in point is the experience that I rubber-stamp to this day sitting in the audience soaking up the auditory sounds.  Jeff immediately commandeered the room with a connection to his fans and a speaking style that was both pleasant, natural, and never condescending.  

    Many of the Spoken-Word performers even in the most intimate of settings don’t make eye contact and seem to protect themselves with the Great Wall of China, rather than let the guard down and allow natural occurrences to be the order of the day. In the sixty-minutes Jeff not only read flawlessly in a solo format from his 2012 book of forty-four poems, he also presented us with a backing-band that would without blemish play jazz, country, blues, and folk music as Jeff would open his soul, heart, and mind to the mesmerized audience. Jeff’s third CD release “No, Condiments, Please” follows “Caution: Your Entering Jeffland” and “This Land Is Jeffland.”The twelve tracks are taken from the 2012 book.  

    It must have been forever painstaking to narrow down the choices to a dozen since any of the poems could have been successful in Spoken-Word form (without music representation) or with a group of musicians. 
The first track “My Place” with an easy jazz feel behind it slams you to the mat during the first verse “My frown is becoming permanent, my crown is aching with pain” but salvation is obtainable as Jeff pens at the end “Believe in myself, God, and dream.”  No predictability here, only a solution that allows Jeff to persevere another day.

   The second selection “I Recall” immediately changes the route as the sounds of a finely-tuned old time country band keeps the beat as Jeff struggles with the need for the mighty dollar and the dependence having become the thirteen-thousand-pound elephant in the room.  The superlative expression is highlighted by Jeff’s Spoken-Word interchanged with a peerless vocal.    As we fast-forward to track five “Onion Waits” it will rip your eyes open with the instrumentation at times reminiscent of the Beatles “Eleanor Rigby.” Jeff ponders is he insane or a master of words and imagery?  The proficiency is clear, and he is the master of words and imagery.Number eight on the docket is haunting.  

   “Kimberly” with an intro redolent to one of the finest songs ever designed “Today” from the Jefferson Airplane.  “Kimberly” contains one of the best lines a poet has ever carved, “She can please a beggar without ever giving him a dime.”  Finality for now with “The Rain” has become a reality, the CD is approaching the laser’s last spin.  The words “I taught her to enjoy the rain, she taught me how to feel the pain” rip through the skin as a nurse changing a band-aid on a still open wound.  The concluding sentence “I learn to live alone again” is not meant for eternal bleakness, only to memorialize the words from “My Place”, “Believe in myself, God, and dream.”  

All the best,Craig Fenton
Author: Jefferson Airplane “Take Me To A Circus Tent”            
Jefferson Starship “Have You Seen The Stars Tonite”

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Music Business Monthly February 2018

February 2018
Founded, Edited and Published by Joe Viglione

To see previous postings, click on the right hand side of this page. 

The History of N.E. Rock and Roll is on our http://musicbusinessmonthly.com Wordpress site.

This month's issue of MBM includes a rare WCGY playlist from April 19, 1992 and a press release on Billy Gear's band The Verdict.   

We intend to bring more classic press releases 26 years ago to keep the history of this region's music on the radar.

Ed White is with Cecil Rednellac and Geoff Bartley. I'm back @ the Cantab Lounge this Monday Night, Feb. 19th @ 9:30 w/ my trusty sidekicks Sir Geoff Bartley, bass & Sir Cecil Rednellac, drum... + special guests... Come on down & join the fun...


 Amie and Ed from Talking Hendrix Radio Show at Original N.E. Compact Disc and Record Expo  February 18, 2018






Sunday, December 03, 2017

The Noise Magazine - Start to finish

With the closing of The Noise we intend to publish Music Business Monthly more frequently. 

Our History of Boston Rock & Roll can be found on a separate site
http://musicbusinessmonthly.com  distinctly different from this blog page. 

Music Business Monthly, in association with the Boston Phoenix, produced a spectacular seminar at the Westin Hotel (as well as Radio 1990 at the World Trade Center and another exposition at the Waltham hotel on Route 128 (most likely the Westin Hotel, Waltham, it's been many years!)    

YOU CAN REACH THIS BLOG SITE EASILY HERE: https://tinyurl.com/mbmdec32017

Music Business Monthly 2

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Varulven's Music Business Monthly™ is an online magazine created by veteran rock writers to generate content which will be syndicated to other publications, DVD, radio, television and other media. The philosophy is to document art which we feel passionate about in an exciting and reverent way. Drawing on experts from various fields, MBM™ is an arena where material and ideas usually not found anywhere else are communicated.

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The Noise... 1981 - 2017...
By Joe Viglione

In 1981 Teddy Virgin was bassist in the band The Machines with T Max.   They put the first issue of the Noise together on my kitchen table on Dragon Court in Woburn... Teddy later moved in and was a roommate while in CVB - the Count Viglione Band when we had the "Cat in the Dark" 45 on the radio (added in rotation to WBOS ...tons of college radio across the country - just a little history. )   As Teddy was an important part of the original evolution of The Noise, a sad note must be addressed here -   "Theodore Rodden, (aka Theo or Ted), age 61, was senselessly killed in the backyard of his Mill Valley home on August 20, 2014. It was a random act of violence and totally unsolicited."  

    Ted was a cool guy and his contributions to the original Noise can't be understated.

In April of 2011 Ed Symkus wrote a piece for the JP Patch about the Noise's 30th year:

What's the biggest difference between the first issue in 1981 and the current issue?
The first issue was five pages, stapled together. But it was enough to make musicians realize hey, this is a little rag that we can get into. And that's still what happens now; it's like a stepping stone for new bands to start off getting coverage. It's still stapled together, but it's 40 pages now.

How did it actually start?
I was in a band called The Machines, and we were hoping to promote the band. We said, "Let's put a monthly magazine out, and we'll devote one page to us every month." It soon got cut down to a half page, and I think we only put out four issues before the band broke up. But I realized that I liked doing this.

November 29th, Ed Symkus wrote the closing notes on the past 37 years...

After 36 years, The Noise unplugs - The Boston Globe

5 days ago - By Ed Symkus Globe Correspondent November 29, 2017 ... The Noise began in 1981 and became a must-read for local music fans and musicians. ... The music magazine that began in September 1981 as a raggedy, five-pager, piling up in rock clubs and music stores all over Boston before switching ...


T Max and Ted Rodden were at my home in Woburn when the Noise first published. How fitting that it seems I wrote the final published piece in the Noise magazine on a band called The Freestones along with Max Clark.


Artist: UNIVERSE No. 122
Title:  Beyond Mars
Year:   2017



Paul LaPointe of Universe No. 122 appeared on Boston Free Radio's The Villen's Den when MBM editor Joe Viglione substituted for Chris Haskell on Thursday, November 30.
Along with LaPointe a terrific new singer, Kiersten

From the band's FACEBOOK PAGE:
Beyond Mars is the debut album from Universe No. 122. This is a concept album that follows the story of a young man's journey into space in an attempt to outrun a broken heart and leave behind his past in search of something more fulfilling 
Janis Reed working on a review!

Perhaps they should perform with Approaching Zero Space Rock?  https://www.facebook.com/approachingzerospacerock/



by Ed Wrobleski, host of Talking Hendrix


November 27, 2017 would have been the 75th birthday of James Marshall Hendrix, arguably the finest purveyor of the electric guitar since the instrument was invented.  Yes, Buddy Guy, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Nils Lofgren, Eric Clapton, Muddy Waters, Steve Vai, George Harrison, Keith Richards all brought – God bless Chuck Berry – distinctive sounds and delights to the world, but it was Hendrix that stretched the boundaries, developed his uniqueness backing up the Isley Brothers, Joey Dee, Little Richard, Curtis Knight, Nashville’s legendary Jimmy Church, embedding a strong imagination into stage performance, studio recordings, lyrics, composition while creating a textbook, more like a Bible, that has only intensified over the past five decades.   It was May 25th of 1967 when Hendrix was able to unleash his true debut masterpiece, Are You Experienced, which expanded the listener’s mind on a recording that not only stands the test of time, its experimental technology echoes and boomerangs into this new century and will certainly travel as far into the future as this planet and species are able to exist.   


Hendrix maintains his status as legend when it comes to blues, rock, jazz fusion, psychedelic, R & B – inspiring many, but few – if any – coming even close to his impressive production and collection of vibrations.  It really is a quite extraordinary compliment when hundreds of thousands of artists fail to replicate the initiators and originators such as the Beatles, the Rolling Stones,  Dylan, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison/Doors and Jimi.   What is also worthy of note is that these individuals and groups were all contemporaries of each other, and that they didn’t develop over different decades but all emerged from the 1960s.    


It was because Hendrix always kept his tape recorder(s) rolling that the world is blessed with fragments of that genius, we can almost expect at least one new piece of material to add to our Hendrix collection, if not more upon occasion, not only making the late rock star a “current” artist, but satisfying the infinite number of fans, appreciation societies and gifted musicians who study, are entertained by and who devour each precious note that Jimi delivered from the cosmos.  


This year we did get a nugget of pre-Jimi Hendrix Experience recordings from Dagger Records, currently a subsidiary label of Sony Legacy but – since it is owned by the Hendrix estate, can migrate to the highest bidder when (and if)  the Experience Hendrix/Sony deal concludes. These recordings, though once released on Ed Chalpin’s imprints, have been refocused by original Hendrix Experience engineer Eddie Kramer, and made a heralded entrance on Saturday, April 22 -  Record Store Day, 2017. 


The material is from the Curtis Knight with Jimi Hendrix phase of his career, their pre-Squires band, the Lovelights, with sax player Lonnie Youngblood, Ace Hall on bass guitar and Ditto Edwards keeping it together on drums.  The recordings were made live at George’s Club 20 in Hackensack, New Jersey on December 26, 1965 and January 22, 1966 and give a glimpse of what was to come.  Though mainly cover versions of Motown, soul, R & B and blues classics, the taste of his emerging guitar sound (and Jimi vocalizing on “Killing Floor” – a feature of his future live shows in the Experience) his personality and humor come through as well on the historic early days release.  


With YouTube rich in treasures, Jimi singing with Dusty Springfield,  Jim Morrison, Jayne Mansfield (yes, the mom of Mariska Hargitay from Law & Order SVU) and many more, perhaps we can look forward to a boxed set of lost 45’s (thank you D.J. Barry Scott) and live tapes, outtakes and lost cassettes.  It’s what makes the world of Hendrix a fun place to be in 2017. Just imagine the remixes with supercomputer in the next phase of Jimi Mania.  But in any case, it’s Happy 75th and this is just a little essay from someone who appreciate the music even more as the decades keep rolling on.


Trinary System with Roger Miller of Mission of Burma 

by Janis Reed


Ralph’s Diner in Worcester is one of the best old school (as in The Rat, The Club, Jaspers, Jumbos, Club Bohemia, the original Paradise) rock clubs in the world.

    Following up the superb party that was Human Sexual Response and Unnatural Axe at the House of Blues in Boston, November 3, is another Friday night extravaganza with scene veterans Roger Miller of Mission of Burma with his Trinary System and Mike Aroian of Elsewhere. Both artists performed at the Rathskellar and bring their magic to the always magical Ralph’s along with Plastic Angels and Ian Cat and the Crimsons.

Trinary System got a nice quote from a fan: ”This was off the hook fun! Trinary System with Roger Clark Miller Andrew Willis and Larry Dersch was amazing! That’s some #futurepostpunk right there….May 31, 2014 The band’s FB page has this essay: Miller’s primary motive for forming The Trinary System was to free his guitar playing from a post-punk environment. The band started with songs he wrote that didn’t make sense for Mission of Burma. Delving deeper into the full history of rock viewed hazily through his 2014 surrealistic/psychedelic nature, with perhaps a bit of funk pelting the proceedings from the wings, Miller is opening things up.

Larry Dersch was in Miller’s complex ’90’s keyboard and drum duo, The Binary System (1 cd on SST, 2 on Atavistic). “Larry proved he could not only take anything I dished out, but he could dish it right back at me.” No question as to who the drummer would be, and mercifully he was up for it.
Andrew Willis played guitar in the avant-rock band The Web in Louisville, KY. Bob Weston said The Web opened for Shellac and he thought they were great. That made sense with everything else Miller knew about Andrew. “I’d never actually heard him play when I asked him to join the band on bass. I checked in with Larry after the first couple of rehearsals in 2013 – ‘Hey, you think this works?’ Larry said, ‘Yeah, let’s go.'” Andrew hadn’t done any singing in a band for 20 years, but now he does.
Ian Laczynski of Beat Surrender fronts the Crimsons with lots of music up on Bandcamp for your perusal and enjoyment. The band states that they enjoy The Sharp Shadows, The Cowpunks, The Okay Win, Cat Has Claws, Matthew DeMello, Shelley Therrien, The Odessa Steps, Forest Henderson, Ben Swartz, Kevin Sinclair, A Troop of Echoes, The Barreracudas, Alyssandra Nighswonger, O.B. Howard, Butt Whitney – but that’s if you travel deep into Facebook to find out.

You can hear “East Coast New England Boy” here: http://crimsonshq.com/

Elsewhere, the “new wavers gone wild” return with their first show since the spectacular night at The Middle East in Cambridge, August 11 2017. Elsewhere appeared on the main stage and were spot on, after a full page in the Boston Herald, airplay on WXRV the River, WMWM, Boston Free Radio, WEMF and other stations. The band decided to take 3 months off to complete work on their newest EP scheduled for 1/18 release.

Opening the evening are Plastic Angels — Cape Cod’s newest hitmakers!….well, they call themselves a Boston band… Bethany Lawson – Vocals eff Lawson – Guitar Rick Barry – Bass, Richard (Dickie) Buck – Drums Their FB page notes: The duo met in July of 2013 and began writing music soon after. The result was a debut EP titled “Love in Hell” (2014) released under the band name Angry Ginger.

http://www.facebook.com/plasticangelsmusic || http://plasticangels.bandcamp.com

Catch this great show Friday night November 10 at Ralph’s in Worcester
By guest columnist Janis Reed


POP EXPLOSION on Boston Free Radio


Wed, December 6, 1pm – 3pm 
Joe Vig Pop Explosion explores the essence of pop music with classic recordings, demos and original songwriter renditions of classics (e.g., Jackie DeShannon's original "Bette Davis Eyes," a bit bawdy with pure country and western vs. Kim Carnes techno-pop #1 smash,) interviews with major recording artists from David Clayton Thomas of Blood Sweat and Tears, Aretha Franklin drummer Bernard "Pretty" Purdie, Jim Peterik of The Ides of March and Peppy Castro of The Blues Magoos to film stars like Jodie Foster. In between the host gives pop history, reads from his reviews of artists from across the spectrum with a heavy emphasis on regional music. 

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Monday, October 12, 2015

Live Concerts - Rat Beach Party, Burton Cummings, Left Banke, Stories with original drummer Brian Madey,


Being a participant of the Rat Beach Party it is hard to be objective,  but our friends in POPGUN, those who performed in Love and Flame (which this writer is 1/7th of,) FOX PASS and LIZZY BORDEN AND THE AXES all performed with a professionalism and excitement that proves the Boston "new wave" of the 70s and early 80s band with their personality and drive are going to be hard for current bands to beat.

Overview and more photos soon.   6:56 pm  Monday, Columbus Day, October 12.


We Rocked Nantasket Beach 10/10/15

From GREG W:
Joe, sorry I had to take off near the end of your set. I was so impressed. You have a very personable stage presence that pulls people in -- I never really saw you perform before so I didn't know what to expect. It was fucking greAT! (quote at 3:18 am on 10-11-15; what do rockers do after  a show?  Go to parties we are invited to?  Hell no, we all run to our Facebook pages!!!)

Hey Greg, it must be all the practice making friends and going up to the podium at the Medford City Council week after week!
From Harry:
Thanks so much for all your support of Rock 
through the years! 


We were invited to volunteer our time for a college fund and it was great doing some hard work for a good cause.
    The old Rathskellar is now the Commonwealth Hotel in Kenmore Square, but for the third year in a row we moved the notorious punk club down to Nantasket Beach and what a trip it was Saturday night. 

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      Of course, even though I know the area, I got lost going home, and a Visual Radio co-host throwing a party after the show in Hull is on the phone expecting me to pull an all-nighter.

    I don't think so!   

    "There's a beautiful man I want you to meet."

"How about a raincheck!" 

It sounded rowdy...like, you expect us to perform, videotape four bands and then...go to a party????    Honey it's not 1978 anymore!

    She wouldn't take no for an answer...but, thankfully, I was already on the highway...and here it is 2:08 am...and that party over the phone sounded highly inebriated.

    Johnny B on a later call agreed...get the heck out of the seashore...

One things for sure. Summer might be over, it was cold and windy on the pitch black beach, but four bands from the old days rocked the joint!

so much fun! 

Hey Babe, Take A Walk on the Wild Side
   What our pals from "the good old days" were surprised with is that we did mostly Lou Reed covers again, as we did in early September.  They were dancing to Lou, and we did something very different, our special guest star opened the show with the first song, not in the middle of the set, we turned the music inside out and upside down and it was a blast.   There were about ten groups playing on Saturday, ten bands a day/night for four days over Columbus Day holiday, with five bands rocking on the Saturday night.   

A splendid time was had by all!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Miscellaneous Notes June 24, 2015

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Fox Pass at Club Bohemia, Elsewhere at Model Cafe's Rock n Roll Social

Jim Peterik of Ides of March on Pop Explosion

3 PM June 10, 2015


at Rock n Roll Social June 9th Model Cafe


Fox Pass at Club Bohemia 
Saturday night June 6, 2015


GREEN TEA  U.K. in TMRZoo.com