David Greenberger and Terry Adams

The Duplex Planet, one of the best and longest-running fanzines in America, features transcripts of the sad, funny, brilliant, inane, remarkable, irrelevant and ingenious things said by the elderly residents of Boston’s now-defunct Duplex Nursing Home during interviews and conversations with editor David Greenberger. It’s a fantastic concept that consistently yields revelatory results, providing a…

Peter Blegvad

Peter Blegvad’s work contains some of the most oblique and poetic wordplay ever to make its way to song. An affecting singer and a fine guitarist, Blegvad has an uncanny knack for creating literate lyrics — a golden triangle of emotion, intellect and humor — and combining them with enduring melodies. A restless spirit that…

Love Camp 7

This literate Brooklyn group, named for a trashy 1968 sex flick, came together in the late ’80s. Guitarist Dann Baker, bassist Bruce Hathaway and drummer Dave Campbell (sometimes with a fourth member, on guitar or sax) have a keenly developed sense of interplay, and their collaborative material could have been arrived at in no other…

Colorblind James Experience

The seven-piece from Rochester, New York was led by James “Chuck” Cuminale, aka Colorblind James (guitar, vibraphone, vocals), who saw nearly two dozen players pass through the band’s friendly gates. The alumni association includes eight bassists, five guitarists, three trombonists and a host of others. Throughout it all, however, the Experience’s sound remained incredibly stable,…

Swales

The Swales came into being in 1990 when singer/guitarist Bob Carr, who’d been writing songs, decided to record some of them at home (Bloomingdale, New Jersey) with his roommate Larry Bonforte on bass. While a friend made the resulting tapes available through his DIY cassette mail-order service, the duo also sent their honest and rootsy…

April March

With her wavery Nancy Sinatra voice and pedal-pusher persona, the pseudonymous April March (in reality Elinor Blake, formerly of New York’s Pussywillows) conjures up the kicky spirit of a late-’50s dippity-do teenager on her kitschy five-song solo debut. Written, produced and accordion-packed in vintage Los Angeles style by the pseudonymous Vic Hazlenut and His Orchestra,…

Lida Husik

Washington DC native Lida Husik began writing songs in high school; she first played drums in a punk band. After moves to San Francisco and Hoboken, she ended up back in the capital area, where she met scenester Don Fleming. He passed her tape to Shimmy-Disc, whose owner, producer/artist Kramer, clearly heard a kindred spirit…

When People Were Shorter and Lived Near the Water

When People Were Shorter and Lived Near the Water, the Brooklyn, New York sextet of merry pranksters led by singer Kim M. Rancourt, is devoted to conceptual covers of material from outside sources. Depending on one’s point of view, the work can be viewed as deconstructing the originals, partying with them or pummeling unsuspecting songs…

Barrence Whitfield and the Savages

Growing up in East Orange, New Jersey, Barry White spent his teen years fronting various funk and rock bands. When success eluded one outfit that had it almost within reach, he closed the door on the music business and headed for Boston to attend B.U. Studying to be a television news writer, he supported himself…

Wreckless Eric

Emerging in England on Stiff Records’ initial roster, and with Nick Lowe as his producer, Wreckless Eric (Goulden) greeted the pop world on his first album in 1978 with a grin and a badge proclaiming “I’m a mess.” A drop of the needle on the disc confirms it (in the best possible sense). Led by…

Half Japanese

Rock’n’roll started as a medium in which the three-chord song reigned supreme — until, of course, some wise guys got the idea that four chords, then five (and so on) would make it even better. It took years of such high-falutin’ thought before a pair of Maryland-via- Michigan brothers emerged with just the opposite notion,…

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Men & Volts

With the arcane musical instincts of Captain Beefheart and the dada poetic mindset of Tom Waits, the well-educated Men & Volts (based in the Boston area, although mainstay/lyricist David Greenberger lives in upstate NY) debuted with the challenging and bizarre Rhythms & Blues. Employing horns and difficult tempos, the quartet offers the same four songs…