Portland scene report: September 28, 2007

Sibilance starts now
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  September 26, 2007

The September 14 issue of the Christian Science Monitor (obviously required reading for the "Sibilance" set) features a fairly interesting article about baby boomer (oh, sorry, Baby Boomer) rockers getting another chance at a music career thanks to the Internet, etc., and isn’t it cool that their kids can join in on the fun, etc. This would be otherwise fairly standard mainstream pap coverage of the music world (focusing, per usual, on the financial aspect of the art that’s not recognized as art). However, one DOUG KOLMAR, hailing from Southern Maine — he teaches in Saco, the Monitor tells us — is prominently featured, with a photo of him and his kids. We were touched, we can tell you. Also, did you know old people are on MySpace now? We were totally shocked by that.

BILL THE CAT is back, though he’s going by his real name now, BILLYWINN. You might remember his track from the fifth Greetings from Area Code 207, and now he’s got a full-length, Nothing to Lose, that’ll drop in early October (or as soon as he can get it into Bull Moose). If you like straight-forward, bluesy, country rock, give it a listen.

BOOMBAZI released a self-titled record last Tuesday, the product of more than a year’s work down at Boston’s CHILL HOUSE STUDIO. It’s got 10 tracks and features a number of specical guests, including RUSTIC OVERTONE RYAN ZOIDIS, DJ SHADEZILLA (once DJ shAde), rapper JUBA, and a couple of out-of-towners in SAIYID and HEAVY DREAD. Further, the band have added LABSEVEN’s MELLO THE VERBAL WONDER, who appears on four of the new songs.

If you’re jonesing for some political folk, check out RANDY BROWNING’s Radical Rags, which you should be able to find at Bull Moose. Browning calls the album a “blend of new and folky songs connected by positive social change.” We just want to know how many slurs he created solely for George W. We hate that guy.

  Topics: New England Music News , Doug Kolmar, Randy Browning
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