Hoboe - the oboe-enhanced rockers led by Zen Ben - need your help. Bob Bergeron, the band's bassist, had two of his basses stolen from his car on Exchange Street early yesterday morning.
They are described as "a black Rickenbacher with a white pick guard and a bartolini pickup in the neck position, and a Jazz Fender bass with a distinct burn mark in the bottom cutaway."
Brian from Sly-Chi checked in the other day to let us know that they are finalists in the Anthem International Music Festival. (No, we hadn't heard of it either.) They're up against six other bands - and it seems like the whole thing's a little oddly organized. There are seven finalists in the group they call "the Final Six," and only one is from outside the US (and that one's from Canada), so we're not sure how "international" this whole thing is, but nevermind).
Look, we know you missed the first broadcast of Portland Phoenix local-music writer Sam Pfeifle on Charlie Gaylord's Greetings from Area Code 207 show on WBLM talking about our list of 2008's top 20 local albums. (Also don't miss Chris Gray's list of things you might have missed when they were first released.) We forgive you, because it was at 8 pm New Year's Eve, and we're not surprised the drinking started early.
Portland musician and rock-historian Allen Lowe has a piece in the current issue of the Oxford American, the magazine's 10th annual "Southern Music Issue." He extols the virtues of the Hampton Grease Band, whom he describes as "a group that had everything I liked in not just rock & roll but in all music."
Regardless of the possibly-apocryphal "fact" that the HGB's debut album was, as Lowe notes, the second-lowest selling release in the history of Columbia Records, Lowe's sense of discovery and genuine excitement are palpable - even as he describes guitarist Glenn Phillips as "better and more interesting as a guitarist than Frank Zappa."
The folks at WBLM (102.9 FM, "the Blimp") have banded together to raise money for the Good Shepherd Food-Bank, an Auburn-based nonprofit that helps feed hungry people across Maine, both on its own and in partnership with local food banks.
The BLM Band (a bunch of DJs and employees at the radio station) have written and recorded "The Blimp That Saved Christmas" - an optimistically named song - and made it available for download at the station's Web site, wblm.
Found online: this 1993 video gem, demonstrating the genius of (the now late) Manny Versoza. The song can be heard - by local-music aficionados - on the inaugural volume of the Greetings from Area Code 207 series.
H/T Sam Pfeifle
Yes, so we're a little behind in posting this, but better late than never: 5000 people went to a concert on September 13 in Oxford. And they really wanted to see and hear this band called Dead Season:
Ray LaMontagne's latest album, Gossip in the Grain (RCA), is at number 3 on the Billboard 200 this week. (Only Kenny Chesney's Lucky Old Sun and T.I.'s Paper Trail did better.)
Didn't hurt that the album got a ton of attention, starting with Sam Pfeifle's review in the Portland Phoenix, and then rapidly moving to the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, and then a spot on Late Night with Conan O'Brien:
Richard Pelletier of Juke Joint Video here in town stopped by today and dropped off a video of Civil Disturbance live at the Station, from back in June. Take a look:
Localists about town, including Diane Toepfer of Ferdinand; her husband Ron
Harrity, who runs Peapod Recordings;
former Phoenician and current Bollardian Sean Wilkinson; and Noah
DeFilippis and Amy Teh, who own the Pinecone+Chickadee design and
silkscreening studio, are organizing a juried craft fair scheduled for September 13 in Lincoln Park.
This didn't quite fit in Sibilance this week, but we didn't want you to miss out:
Portland music scene is getting all kinds of Web-friendly. On July 24, Spencer Albee
Gutter of Rustic Overtones (and As Fast As and Paranoid Social Club) will join Bull Moose
Brown as part of a live chat hosted by the Bull Moose group on Facebook