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Weekly Band E-Mail #133.0 NEWS June 24th, 2010
WEEKLY BAND E-MAIL #133.0 NEWS June 24th, 2010


Because the month of July begins on a Thursday, the next issue of the Weekly Band E-Mail NEWS (along with the LISTINGS edition) will be sent out on Friday, July 2nd in order to give TheNoise-Boston a chance to post the Top 30 Boston Area CDs According to Radio Airplay for the month of July.


Brian T. Marchese of Northampton has put together a two-disc tribute CD to Thane Thomsen of The Figments, who recently turned 45. Brian says of Thane:

"The first day I met Thane was also the first day I played music with him, at the first Figments practice on School St, Northampton, MA. That was in the final weeks of 1995. I was nearing the end of my time as an undergrad at U Mass. All the other guys in the band seemed way older (really, by just about 5-7 years, but it seemed old to ageist-me), and the songs were way slower and softer than anything I was used to playing. I had a thing about not wasting one's youth on being mellow. My previous two bands, Sourpuss and Sweetspot always left me with broken drumsticks, throbbing eardrums and bleeding calluses. When I first received the tape of Thane's 4-track demos to listen to and learn from, I was immediately struck by the sound of his voice, the lyrical flow and imagery. It felt like the future, or my future at least. Very few times in my life have I had that sure feeling. So nice to feel that instead of encountering the usual roadblocks or detours. Instead, it seemed a pathway to a next phase.

The demo tape was amazing and intriguing, and I listened to it a lot. It was too dark to be hippie-ish, though there was a stoner quality. It was too serious to be Pavement-y, though that kind of indie spirit was there too. There was also the cold, dark western Massachusetts smokey/boozy late night quality of the Scud Mt Boys, but with less precision and prettiness. Also, it was literate but not obnoxiously so.

At the first practice or two, I had to be reminded to chill a bit on the tempo and volume, but eventually found how to shift down to first or second gear. I'd never been surrounded by a more complimentary, yet totally fun and cool and smart bunch of guys in a musical situation. My few suggestions and ideas were welcomed and often used. That Russ Kunkel was referred to in the first practice was an awesome thing in my book. That Russ Brooks came by to say hello and have a beer was even more awesome. As practices continued, I found my drumming style changing--to the point where, when we did start to get loud, I had almost forgotten how to rock out. Yikes. But what emerged was a whole new "from the wrist" style of drumming, which enabled me to play as fast and hard as I used to, but while leaving my hands soft and smooth, and my drumsticks intact, and gave birth to the signature Figments louuuudd....ssssuck...soft turn-on-a-dime-dynamic. Something mysterious also gave birth to the practiced wavering tempos. An effortless group mind that wouldn't make sense if tried to explain. And soon, we were employing feedback-soaked freakouts as loud and chaotic as anyone.

So here we are, 2010, and the Figments, 4-1/2 albums later, still play when we can. In the meantime, Thane and I have been among the busiest musicians in the area. We've played together in Lo Fine, Haunt and my band, Sitting Next to Brian. He's asked me to be the drummer on his amazing Rehab, Mass (aka The 12 Steps) album, as well as his new vehicle, Goldwater (new EP coming out hopefully this fall!). And we each have had several separate projects too.

Thane's a modest guy, quick to deflect credit and kudos and turn away from the spotlight. Thus, I've only known it was his birthday maybe four of the fifteen birthdays I've known him through. A couple years ago, he was helping me move into a new apartment when he mentioned it was his birthday. Goddamn, what an asshole I felt like. "Actually, Brian, this is the PERFECT way to be spending my birthday". Yeah, I thought, what fun, lifting heavy furniture up a narrow staircase on a muggy day. Let the good times roll...and watch the leg of that couch in the doorway--fuck, was that your finger?

It was a confluence of things that gave me the idea for this tribute album: driving home from work, iPod on shuffle, a tune from the latest Figments album, Twelve Belles, came on. Wow. What a band!. I was hit by the realization that, more than any other band, I believe I'll look back on the Figments as the defining band in all the stuff I've done. Don't get me wrong, everything I play on I do so because I love it, and love the songwriting and have a blast playing and hanging out with the musicians. But The Figments, and Thane's songs, taught me, involuntarily, to approach music in a totally different way. Credit is also due to Trace Meek's John MacVie-esque bass, which made me look at the bass guitar/bass drum relationship in new and simplified ways; and Matthew Zapruder's tenacious yet self-deprecating approach to guitar playing (it's only rock>playing rock rules>still, it's only rock>but still it rules, so let's treat it with respect but still stay aware of the innate silliness).

Not long after, I was at work, and another Figments song, this time the old classic "This Dog We Live" came up on the shuffle. Wow! What a perfect 3 verse, 3 minute, in-and-out song that is! I made a mental note: "when I get home I'm gonna figure that one out". Then (as it often does) my brain went on a hyper speed tangent and before I knew it, I was writing a note down "Contact a dozen songwriting friends and ask them to record a Thane song and send it to me. I'll compile them and make a CD for his birthday."

The following six weeks, (two of which were the final two weeks of my harrowing first semester of grad school, so this was a perfect distraction from homework and finals...sigh...) were a labor of love. 90% of the people I asked were into it. Many suggested other people. I thought of a few others as well. The list at one point was up to 27 artists. A few dropped out, or realized time wasn't on their side. I ended up with 23 artists. 24 Thane songs. Most were home recorded in various ways, in various qualities. Five years ago this couldn't have been possible. But now someone (like me) who doesn't own a single piece of recording equipment, can sing and play into the built-in lap top mic, throw an effect (or five) on, muck around with all the toys and effects and loops and gadgets, and end up with something listenable (if not radio-ready. But what is radio anyway?).

Dan Richardson said he'd master it, which was the best news imaginable, since the quality of stuff I was getting varied wildly. From pristine, perfectly mic'd acoustic instruments on multi track analog tape (say, Bruce Tull), to Elephant 6-esque, over-driven spazz outs recorded on an outdated version of Garageband (say, Scott Alden), to everything imaginable in between.

The receiving of submissions every day was a total joy. Each one blew my mind in a different way, and I'd email "the list" with excitement anew--probably a little too often-- and too overloaded with giddy jokes and wise ass remarks. Making and revising the track order was a lot of fun. Imagining just how mind-blown Thane would be was even more fun. Realizing that I'd been a friend of and drummer for this guy who has written so many beloved songs was an unexpected ego boost/ life-affirmation, especially after the sobering, deflating experience of grad school.

Tribute albums can be boring--especially when you really like the artist being paid tribute. XTC's "Testemonial Dinner?"--beh. The Grateful Dead one sucks, save Elvis Costello and Suzanne Vega and Jane's Addiction. I think the Leonard Cohen one's pretty good. Umm...I've probably blocked out the others I've heard. This one, I like the songwriter AND the artists doing them. (and I've played, or probably will end up playing drums for most of them). So there was double appeal.

Also--Thane Who? While he SHOULD be mentioned and referenced in music books and magazines world wide, The Figments etc have not exactly done much to promote themselves. Never toured. gave away more CDs than we sold (though the free 12 Belles album was downloaded 1000+ times!). We did have a three or four year stretch of good luck in NYC, but stuff got in the way. People got serious about their various lots in life. And I couldn't manage to stay faithful to only one, or two, or three bands.

Then there was Northampton's 9/11--i.e. the Baystate closing, which took a lot of wind out of the scene, and sent a lot of music fans home to grow up, mellow out and seldom, if ever, return to the scene.

Since 2002, The Figments have played about as many gigs as we did in any two-month period between 1995-2001. But when we do get together it's nothing but fun and love of the music. And we look and sound almost exactly the same, just with new songs always entering the rotation So there's my plug for the Flywheel show coming up next week (6/26/10)...(you knew that was coming)."

Here is the track listing for the two CDs:

CD 1
1) Up-- The Florence Nightly Ensemble (Ken Maiuri)
2) Step Away--Terry Flood
3) The Empty Mirror-- Matthew Zapruder
4) The Light of Your Ways (step 2)-- Basketball (Miranda Brown w/ Tim Regan)
5) This Fleeting Life--Matthew Cullen
6) Feel the Fields--Henning Ohlenbusch
7) What Grace Allows--Scott Hall and the Burn Pile
8) Down--Tim J. Dunn
9) Some Given Day--Trace Meek
10) The Evidence (step 1) --Dennis Crommett
11-12) Settling/Hugo's--Lo Fine

CD 2
1) Alphabetical Thane--Mark Mulcahy
2) Every Other Letter is a Woman's Name--Scott Alden
3) The Pile and the Hole--Lesa Bezo
4) Don't Get Me Wrong (step 9)--Bruce Tull
5) Shag--Jose Ignacio Ayerve
6) Provide Provide--Frank Padellaro
7) Was--Brian Akey
8) A Pint of Salvation (step 4)--Dave Houghton
9) Under the Flash--Matthew Hebert
10) Zero--Mike + Ruthy
11) Grow to Expect--Mike Flood
12) This Dog We Live--Brian Marchese

You can hear it and download it for free at


This is the latest message from MPress recording artist Seth Glier. Seth's messages often provide much food for thought, and reflect his sense that he truly loves being a performer.

I arrived on the Quite Valley Ranch in Kerrville TX in the early afternoon of June 4th as the Texas sun just reached 100 + degrees overhead. Ryan [Hommel] and I flew in from Boston that morning, but there I stood several hours later sweating in black corduroy pants and a long sleeve shirt eager to check in as a performer for the Kerrville Folk Festival. "Hey Seth! Welcome Home!" the woman behind the registration table said to me. "Hi? Oh, you see I’ve never been here before," I replied. "Well then…welcome home," she said with a smile as if she knew something I didn’t. "You don’t understand" I snapped back, "this is my first time here EVER. No home! Never been. K?"

I got my backstage pass and food tickets and walked around the camp for a while where I quickly saw many of my singer-songwriter friends from around the country. Catching up and conversations turned to dinner and dinner turned into song circles. On Saturday I took to the main stage after a sing along chorus of "Puff The Magic Dragon" sung by Peter Yarrow & Paul Stookey (from Peter, Paul, and Mary). "Are you kidding me," I thought to myself? Am I really going after such a legendary group? Well minutes later I found myself on stage in front of 6,000 people in a place I’ve never been before but couldn’t help but feel "welcomed home" in some way. It was one of my favorite shows in recent memory.

That same weekend I heard a Canadian singer-songwriter say that with all the traveling we do, for an artist, home is wherever you find your inspiration. I really like that. It’s our choice to either feel comforted or complicated by where we are at any given time. Home does not sit nestled into a hill in Shelburne Falls, MA. I am my home, I am inspired. Have you been inspired lately?"

Here is Seth Glier performing "Feels Like the First Time Now" at the 2010 Kerrville Folk Festival:


The True Jacqueline, a Northampton-based band, will be having a CD release party for it's new CD, "Nice Bird," at The Sierra Grille in Northampton tonight, June 24th. Also appearing will be Friends of Yours and Orca Age. The show is at 10pm. It is a 21+ show, and admission is only three bucks!


The New England Americana Festival willl be held on the last Thursday of the month for the next three months at the Hard Rock Cafe in Boston. All shows begin at 8pm and are all ages. A donation of $10 is suggested. For more info, go to Here is the schedule:

Thursday, June 24th
Jimmy Ryan and Friends
Marc Douglas Berado
Sam Reid and The Riot Act
Eric Robertson and The Boston Boys
The Whiskey Boys
Jeff Conley

Thursday, July 29th
Autumn Hollow Band
Jeff Bird
Brendan Hogan
Jenee Halstead
The Bees Knees

Thursday, August 26th
Dennis Brennan
Brown Bird
Tripping Lily
John Colvert
Highway Ghosts
The Rationales


The Great American Food and Music Fest will be at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro this Saturday, June 26th. There will be musical performances by Buckwheat Zydeco, American Idol's Melinda Doolittle (a finalist from season six), Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, Boston rock legends The Stompers, Bob Schneider, and others. The fest runs from noon to 10:30pm. Tickets are $42.50 in advance and $52.50 on the day of the show. You can purchase tickets online through Ticketmaster.


Church of Boston has announced a very special show on Wednesday, July 14th. Starring will be legendary Sun Records recording artist Sonny Burgess and The Legendary Pacers from Arkansas. Burgess has traveled with Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, and many more. Burgess was also inducted ino the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame of Europe in 1999. His group, now called The Legendary Pacers, was inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame in Jackson, TN in 2002.

Also appearing that night will be The Raging Teens from Boston (making a rare appearance), and Pinball Millionaires from Providence. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 day of show. Tickets may be purchased online at


The Iron Horse Entertainment Group (IHEG) has announced another show at Mountain Park in Holyoke. This time it's a triple bill line-up with Vampire Weekend, Beach House, and The Dum Dum Girls. The show will be on Monday, September 13th, beginning at 7pm. Tickets are $32.50 in advance.

Also, IHEG has announced that Interpol, former local favorites from New York City who are now touring hundreds of venues from Tampa to Tokyo, will be coming to the Pearl Street ballroom in Northampton on Friday, July 23rd at 9pm. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door..

Advance tickets for both shows go on sale for the general public tomorrow, Friday, June 25th. You can purchase tickets online at Both are all ages shows, although children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.


It is likely that anybody who grew up in the Boston area between the early 1970s and the year 2000 has listened to or at least knows of Charles Laquidara from his days at WBCN and WZLX. Charles came to Boston from KPPC in Pasadena, CA in 1969 to replace Peter Wolf, who was leaving WBCN to form The J. Geils Band.

Charles began "The Big Mattress" morning show on WBCN in 1972, and it could be said that the huge audiences the show drew created the concept of morning drive radio as an attractive buy for advertisers. "The Big Mattress" began with the "LP du jour," when Charles would play a new album in its entirety uninterrupted. Other features of "The Big Mattress" included news analysis by Danny Schechter "The News Dissector," and a game show, "Mattress Mishegas" (Yiddish for "craziness") which he and "Captain" Ken Shelton, who followed Charles at 10am weekday mornings, would play with listeners.

As a recurring part of his time at WBCN, Charles introduced his listeners to his alter-ego, Duane Ingalls Glasscock, who had a show on Saturday mornings. The show began with Charles yelling "Hello Rangooooon" and explained to listeners that Duane was born in a test tube in Butte, Montana. Among those who worked on the Duane show were the late Tom Sandman (of Morphine) and Eddie Goredetsky. Eddie is now producer of Bob Dylan's Theme Time Radio Hour on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio, as well as producer of the sitcom "2-1/2 Men," which is the highest-rated sitcom on television today. Charles revealed in a later interview that the Duane shows actually had more listeners than his regular weekday morning shows.

The "Big Mattress" name was retired in 1996 when Charles, who at the time was one of the most highly paid disk jockeys in the country, was persuaded by Oedipus, WBCN's program director, to move over to sister station WZLX to make room for Howard Stern in WBCN's morning time slot. The new program, called "The Charles Laquidara Radio Hour," was broadcast from the WZLX studios in the Prudential Tower, which is where WBCN was during the 1970s before moving underground (literally) to 1265 Boylston Street across from Fenway Park.

When Charles came back to Boston in August 2009 when WBCN left the airwaves to make room for a new sports talk station WBZ-FM, Charles was inducted into the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame in recognition of his pioneering efforts in FM radio. Now Charles is up for nomination to the National Radio Hall of Fame, which is a not-for-profit venture of the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago.

Charles has been selected as a candidate in the field of "Local or Regional - Pioneer." Three others have been nominated in this category: Gary Burbank, Steve Dahl, and Ralph Emery. To see what the National Radio Hall of Fame is all about and to cast your vote for Charles, go to

Here is Charles/Duane being interviewed by Gary Zappelli of Zapp TV on cable access in Medford:


Bluesman James Montgomery was interviewed by telephone on WCAP, 980AM in Lowell, on Friday, June 18th. In the interview, James talked about his almost finished new CD and the Westford Roots, Rock, Rhythm and Blues Festival which he and his band will be headlining this Saturday, June 26th. You can hear the interview at

James Montgomery's new CD will be out in the fall.. Making guest appearances on it are Johnny Winter, James Cotton, The Uptown Horns, Joey Kramer and Brad Whitford from Aerosmith, and DMC of Run-DMC,


The new CD by The Stompers, titled LiveStomp!, is now available. It is a collection of 16 songs recorded live at the band's 32nd anniversary show at the Tupelo Music Hall back on November 28, 2009. Playing with the band were the Tornado Alley Horns and The Stompettes. You can order the CD online using PayPal at The Stompers website, which is

Singer Sal Baglio will also be performing solo at the Rhumb Line in Gloucester on Wednesday, June 30th.

Here are The Stompers performing "Street Corner World" at that show at the Tupelo Music Hall:


Thirty-six years ago today, June 24th, 1966, The Rolling Stones played at the Manning Bowl in Lynn. Urban legend has this show as the Rolling Stones' first-ever American appearance,.but entries in Wikipedia and by someone connected with New York tell a different story.

This was posted by jabartlett on

"The Stones landed in New York on June 1, 1964, and spent a couple of days doing press, including radio and TV interviews, then they took off for Los Angeles. On June 3, they taped an appearance to be broadcast later in the month on Dean Martin's TV show, Hollywood Palace. They performed I Just Want to Make Love to You and Not Fade Away -- and found themselves the target of Martin's mockery.

Here are the Rolling Stones performing "I Just Wanna Make Love to You" on the Hollywood Palace TV show:

After the Martin taping, the Stones opened their tour at Swing Auditorium in San Bernardino on June 5, then headed for San Antonio for two shows on June 6th and two more on June 7th. The Wikipedia list of concerts shows nothing between San Antonio on the 7th and a show in Excelsior, Minnesota, a Twin Cities suburb, on June 12th. That gap was anything but a layoff, however. The Stones hit Chicago on June 10th, doing more media interviews and, more importantly, two days of sessions at Chess Studios, cutting several songs that would end up on the album Five by Five.

After Chicago and the Twin Cities, it was off to Omaha on June 13th and Detroit on June 14th. In Detroit, a couple of their songs were broadcast on TV, although it's not clear to me whether they were taped at their Olympia Stadium show or performed in a studio. They performed Route 66 on a TV show in Pittsburgh on the 17th and Not Fade Away on a TV show in Cleveland on the 18th in addition to doing concerts in those cities. On June 19th, they played Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, before heading back to New York for a TV appearance and two shows at Carnegie Hall on June 20th. They returned to Britain on June 22nd and were soon back in the studio."
The Rolling Stones did begin their second tour of the United States at the Manning Bowl on June 24th, 1966. Their setlist was intended to begin with a cover of Buddy Holly's Not Fade Away, to be followed by The Last Time and Paint in Black. However, the show was cut short due to rain, and police had to use tear gas to quell the angry crowds.

I was living with my parents in Beverly at the time, which was only about 20 miles away from Lynn. Although I was almost 17 at the time, for some reason my father took me to the show. I think Massachusetts law back then required drivers under 18 to be accompanied by someone over 21.

Shortly after I moved to western Mass., I walked into the old Army and Navy Store on Main Street in Northampton, on the other end of the block from Broadside Books, and found an oversized poster of that show and immediately bought it. However, the poster has June 2, 1965 as the date, and Bobby Goldsboro and Johnny Rivers as the opening acts.

My recollection of the show is that it was a sort of "one-hit wonders" package tour that included bands such as The Trade Winds, who at the time had a hit with The Boy From New York City. I also seem to remember that Arnie "Woo Woo" Ginsburg, whose "Night Train" show on WMEX 1510AM in Boston was hugely successful, was the emcee. Whatever...

The Rolling Stones show at Manning Bowl was not the only concert at the stadium. On June 11th, 1976 Ray Charles had a charity concert to raise money for the Life Institute for the Blind. The Four Tops and Dorothy Moore also performed. In August of 1985 Motley Crue drew 15,000 fans. On September 14th, 1985 Aerosmith performed at the stadium as part of their Done With Mirrors tour. But sadly, The Boston Globe reported on September 26th, 2004 that Lynn mayor Edward J. "Chip" Clancy announced at a press conference that the City would move to tear down the 17,000 seat facility, which had fallen into disrepair over the years. It truly was the end of an era.


Back in 1970, Michael Eavis, a dairy farmer who owned 900 acres of farmland in the town of Pilton, in southwest England in the mystical Vale of Avalon, decided to have an outdoor festival on the land. Eavis stated that he decided to run his own festival after seeing an open air Led Zeppelin concert at the Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music 1970. That first show, dubbed The Pilton Pop, Blues, and Folk Festival, was held at Worthy Farm for two days, September 19th and 20th, 1970. Acts included Mark Bolan, Keith Christmas, Stackridge, Al Stewart, and Quintessence. The price:for a ticket was £1, and included free milk from the farm. 1,500 people attended.

Now, some 41 years later, the Glastonbury Festival, as it was renamed, is recognized as the most prestigious outdoor festival in the world, and indeed is the largest greenfield music and arts performing festival in the world.
Glastonbury has 45 different stages to accommodate the attendees' many different tastes. The more commercial aspects revolve around the Pyramid stage, where the major national and international acts appear. But there are several other stages, including the Other and Dance stages, the Jazzworld and Acoustic areas, and family-oriented areas such as the Kidz field, the Theatre, and Circus fields.

Notably absent from this year's Pyramid Stage is U2, as frontman Bono hurt his back while practicing for the band's 360 degree tour about a month ago. But there will be no shortage of megastars this year on the Pyramid Stage. Here is the schedule:

Friday, June 25th
Dizzee Rascal
Vampire Weekend
Snoop Dogg
Willie Nelson
Corinne Bailey Rae
Femi Kuti
Rolf Harris

Saturday, June 26th
Scissor Sisters
The Dead Weather [Jack White's side project]
Seasick Steve
Jackson Browne
The Lightning Seeds
Tinchy Strider

Sunday, June 27th
Stevie Wonder
Jack Johnson
Ray Davies
Norah Jones
Paloma Faith
Yeoville Town Band

Performing on some of the other stages will be Florence and the Machine, MGMT, Pet Shop Boys, The National, Orbital, LCD Soundsystem, The Flaming Lips, Imogen Heap, Kate Nash, The Cribs, The Hold Steady, Mumford and Sons, Gang of Four, The Black Keys, Tegan and Sara, Mos Def (with full live band), George Clinton with Parliament/Funkadelic, Toots and the Maytals, Dr. John and the Lower 911, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Gandalf Murphy and the Slambovian Circus, Jackson Brown with David Linder, Richard Thompson, Loudon Wainwright III, The Leisure Society, and The Dirty Projectors.

This year's Glastonbury Festival runs for five days and nights beginning Wednesday, June 23rd. You can get a complete listing of who is playing at all 45 stages at

You can even listen to many of the acts live by listening to Worthy FM live. Just go to


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