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  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!)    


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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?



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:

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. ||

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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