Saturday, December 16, 2006

Sweet Fancy Moses, the Forums are back!

In the true spirit of holidaze, LOTSOFNOISE frequenter Gauze gave us our forums back. Waiting for my webhost to solve my forum woes was going nowhere but Gauze brought us back from the depths. Not only are the boards back but there are now multiple anti spamola strategies in there as well. I think there are still a few to go...but things should be a lot better now.

Sorry for the look of the forums...I will need to make a new skin that fits the site's style again...but that is an MP not a YP. For now, enjoy the fully functioning yet visually dull forums.

Oh yeah...we unfortunately lost a week or so of posts so please repost if you need to.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Fuckin' Spam!

Sorry everyone, but the forums are down. Spammers were hitting us hard and during an attempt to squash the problem, something went, um, wrong.

I will hopefully have this fixed by tonight with the help of some awesome LON'ers.

The rest of the site is working fine though.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Monument of Urns, Lorna Doom and more

I recently got copies of the 2 Monument of Urns CDs, Lorna Doom, Get Killed, the 75 or less cd comp, the Rare Youth comp and others. The stuff is out in the reviewer's hands and you should be able to feast your eyes shortly.

I have to say that I have been listening to M.O.U. and it is sweet. They are these 2 tiny little CDs with 1 song per (mind you, the songs are like 20 minutes long). The art is good, the music is good. If you like large helpings of doom and gloom with your metal...go snag copies at Armageddon.

I am pretty torn about Lorna Doom. Although I quickly got over the fact that it is in fact NOT a doom metal band :) , I go back and forth on how much I like/dislike the CD. The music is pretty great almost all the way through. It has that cool 80's hip hop thing going on where the song actually has structure and changes (unlike most hip hop albums now with one loop per song). It is noisy and raw and differentiates itself from most hip hop sounds. However, it is the singing that I do not think I can get behind. It is a weird blend of Beasties/Dr. Octagon/MC Paul Barmann. I have been going through phases where I love it...and then don't. You should listen for yourself though...and read the real review when it gets posted.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Lotsofnoise Mobile

Just wanted to let you know that the Listings page works super sweet-like on mobile phones. I mean, I can only speak for Verizon's LG phones with web browsers...but I think it will work universally. I did not do anything to make it so...I guess I just got lucky. Here are shots from my LG phone. Now you can check what the hell is going on no matter where you are.

In this animation I show how I have as a "Favorite", but you can just type in to your phone and navigate over (make sure you use the L_side link) OR make a favorite that is direct to

Photos from LOCAL IMAGES section of lotsofnoise

Just thought that I would post some of the cool images that are in the LOCAL IMAGES case you did not know it was there :) Check them out...there is a ton over there.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Punk Rock Farmers

There ia a rad article on punk-inspired, urban Women Farmer's in Providence in BUST this month, written by Providence's own Vikki Warner.
I scanned the HERE to read the pages:

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Providence Declares War footage

Anyone have footage of the shows? Mine is pretty terrible. Please post to my thread in the forums if you do. i would love to put it up on Lotsofnoise.

Here are some (admittedly crappy) videos of Lightning Bolt from PDW. I tried to shoot some other bands but all of the videos pretty much sucked. Show was good though!

I know it's dark

And the sounds stinks....

Friday, October 06, 2006

Providence Declares War!

PROVIDENCE DECLARES a two day music festival celebrating the diverseness and unique creativity of the Providence music scene... A showcase of some of the citys newest and best talent, this year's line up is a potent mix of power electronics, ethereal folk, doom metal, psych rock, political hardcore, and every genre in between. The show will also host a wide range of PVDs talented local artists, labels, and music distros to round out the exciting and colorful community that Providence has become famous for.... One of the years most exciting events... Providence Declares War...

Saturday, September 30, 2006

Do Not Install Itunes 7 or 7.0.1

So, as you may know, Apple released a shitty new version of Itunes that had some pretty cool stuff in it, but trashed some peoples computers/music collections...including mine. They quickly took it off the site as everyone complained and recently released a new version...7.0.1.

Don't do it. It still sucks.

Though I LOVED browsing my music collection via large album art (like the good ol' days)...the new itunes crashed...and crashed...and crashed.

Anyway, hold tight until a stable release. Yeah.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

MahiMahi at As220

I always dig a MahiMahi show.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Wunderground was awesome.

(click to enlarge image)

Not sure how many of you made it to the RISD poster retrospective...but it was F'ing awesome. There were 2200 posters spanning from 1995ish to now. Everything from Jim Draper's Rogue Gallery (which really helped to start it all), through Forth thunder era all the way up to Dirt Palace, etc. SO cool. The installations in the side room were excellent as well. I was hoping it would be a little more like Fort Thunder in there, but instead it was clearly a "sculpture show" in a museum...still cool though.

I will be posting images to the image gallery and videos as well. Stay tuned.


Saturday, September 09, 2006


Next weekend starts the crazy RISD Museum show of Providence poster art from 1995-2005. The early/mid nineties were a crucial time for rock posters and Providence artists...and the museum is having a show to commemorate it.

Exerpt from the site:


September 15, 2006-January 7, 2007

PROVIDENCE, RI — For the past decade, Providence has been the site of a radical underground art scene, giving rise to a multi-faceted, unbridled aesthetic that is as distinct as it is influential. The work earns international press ranging from music and fine art to comic and shelter publications, yet the artists maintain their underground life-as-art practices. This fall, the Museum presents Wunderground: Providence, 1995 to the present, an exhibition celebrating Providence’s intersection of art and music.

This watershed exhibition consists of two parts, representing present and past: Shangri-la-la-land and Providence Poster Art, 1995-2005. Organized by Judith Tannenbaum, Richard Brown Baker Curator of Contemporary Art, the exhibition is conceived by a core group of eight artists: Mat Brinkman, Brian Chippendale, Jim Drain [RISD ’98, Sculpture], Leif Goldberg [RISD ’97, Film, Animation, Video], Jungil Hong [RISD ’99, Ceramics], Xander Marro, Erin Rosenthal [RISD ’98, Film/Animation/Video] and Pippi Zornoza [RISD ’01, Printmaking].

For Shangri-la-la-land the eight artists will construct a sculptural installation especially for the Museum’s soaring 30-foot Main Gallery, transforming it into a fantastic landscape loosely based on the idea of a village. Taking the raucous interiors of such Providence artists’ collectives as Fort Thunder and Dirt Palace as a guide, bets are on for a lively spectacle.

Providence Poster Art, 1995-2005 will display, floor-to-ceiling, some 2,000 screen-printed posters advertising rock shows, art exhibitions, and community events held in Providence since 1995 — a comprehensive timeline of the signature creative activities of the underground’s last decade: silk-screening and noise music. Over 200 artists created these colorful, graphic, cartoony posters for happenings at off-the-radar venues such as Rogue/Renegade, Box of Knives, and Pink Rabbit. Headsets with recordings of live shows will pepper the galleries.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Fancy Fest is coming...

As220's big ol' multi day show/party is coming up. Check out the details:

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Forums are back

They were gone for a brief moment in time...but now are back.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006


As of a week ago or so, we switched over to a new process for putting up listings. It is now MUCH easier for us, and therefore listings should go up more quickly and reliably. HOWEVER...if you submit a listing and do not see it on the listings page yet...please re-submit. It means that unfortunately the listing did not make it for some reason. Once you re-submit, you should see the listing reappear very quickly (a day or two).

Thursday, August 03, 2006

SweetThieves and TinyHawks reviews are up!

BOBDEAD has posted 2 new record reviews: SweetThieves and TinyHawks.


Sunday, July 16, 2006

Project Digs 2


Josie Morway and friends are at it again with part two of the awesome Project

OPENING RECEPTION PARTY: FRIDAY JULY 28th from 7pm to midnight. Musical guest tba.

ALL-DAY OPEN HOUSE AND CLOSING EXTRAVAGANZA: SATURDAY JULY 29th from noon to midnight. Entertainment and party after 7pm

From the Project Digs' website:

Mission Statement: As artists and creative professionals, we are often solitary in our work habits, and yet our work requires audience, participation, collaboration and communication to thrive. We work in individual studios or out of our homes, our work only meeting an audience when it’s put into a gallery space that requires the work to be finished and polished, and seldom represents the idea of process or addresses the relevance of the work to the world in which we live. Gallery space, in its formality, also seldom encourages comfortable conversation or collaboration.The mission of the Digs shows is to close the gap between making work and showing work by bringing art and dialog into a variety of living and working spaces. Even more importantly, we seek to bring artists of all sorts together; to talk, share ideas, and hatch new plans.In the 1920’s Vladimir Mayakovski said of museums and galleries that “We do not need a dead mausoleum of art where dead works are worshiped, but a living factory of the human spirit - in the streets, in the tramways, in the factories, workshops and workers’ homes.” In 2006 it might be said that our “living” factory of art needs– if it’s going to inspire others and shape our community– to be brought into the apartments, the condos, the warehouse studio spaces, the department stores and the cubicles that we now inhabit. The first Project Digs took place in April in a 3-story home on Courtland Street. Over 20 artists showed their projects. Some of the participants included Josh Kretzmann, who transformed an entire room into a startling geometric experience in paint; J Hogue, whose intense photos of the interiors and architectural details of abandoned mills covered an entire wall, pinned up like collected butterflies; and John Dee, who created lush, slick acrylic paintings of strange and dark yet amusing narratives. The show drew over 300 attendees on its opening night, and led to countless new connections and plans for future projects.

Project Digs Part 2 is coming up on July 28th and 29th, and will take place at 83 Tobey Street. The Tobey Street house is a recently rehabbed Victorian that’s available for sale as four separate, very affordable units. Gabe Francis, who is selling the units, says that the affordable price reflects his desire to promote ownership in a neighborhood (and especially among a demographic) where renting is still the norm. Project Digs Part 2 is a chance for us to keep local art and Providenc’s DIY spirit in the spotlight as our neighborhood changes. The show will feature more artists than last time filling over 3,000 square feet, and include such projects as a series of cycling portraits, prints made with rust rather than ink, and large sculptural work.Come, see the art, meet the artists, see musical performances, and investigate the house. Maybe you’ll leave with a painting, or a new home - Dig?

Friday, June 30, 2006

Sweet Theives and Tiny Hawks

I recently got both the Sweet Thieves' "View From A Glass Tower" and Tiny Hawks' "People With Out End". They are both really good in totally different ways. Reviews will be up soon...but you should probably cut to the chase and go buy them now.

Friday, June 09, 2006

Thanks...and Thanks.

So, Sasha (Volunteer Extraordinaire) is ending her stint with Lotsofnoise so that she can focus on bringing noise to folks everywhere. A gigantic thanks to her for all of her help on the site.

Also, Samantha (Potential Volunteer Extraordinaire) is now helping me out with the listings in Sasha's stead. New listings are already up and things are going swimmingly. Big thanks to Samantha too.


Sunday, June 04, 2006

PLEASE repost your listing

If you have posted a listing in the past week and do not see it up on the calendar, please repost it. We are switching people around and there was a short stint where I think posts are lost. PLEASE REPOST and we will get it up on the calendar.

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Rollerderby Rocks

I went downtown to see the Providence Rollerderby on Sunday. Man, it was so fun. The women were super good at the sport and it made for a great night. The weather was pretty perfect too. It is awesome to have some interesting stuff to do Downtown. Whenever something like that happens and is successful it gives me high hopes for downtown-proper. I remember it used to be a ghost town down there on the weekends.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Forums Upgraded

The forums are upraded and seem to be working well. Please use the thread about the forums to send me any bugs or feedback,

Monday, May 22, 2006

Forums NOT Upgraded

Crap...i had it all working and then something went wrong. The old forums are back up for now.


Shit. So, a couple of things have become clear to me recently.

a) I hate the radio but I forgot my mp3 player so I was listening to B101 for like 5 minutes today. B101 is "the oldies station". In the 5 minutes that I listened, I heard the Police, The Romantics and Blondie. Now, when I came to Providence in 1989, B101 was all Bill Haley and the Comets, Nat King Cole and Peter Paul and Mary. It seems like New Wave is now "oldies".

b) When MTV and VH1 first aired, all my friends made fun of VH1 as being the "adult, easy listening" channel. Now, VH1 is having "The Month Of Metal" programming. I told my co-worker, "Hey, remember how when we were kids we thought VH1 was all old and lame? Now they have the Month Of Metal and stuff...". He said, "kids still think VH1 is old and lame". Shit, now Slayer and Megadeth are "oldies".

c) In 1994 I started teaching college classes. I was very young, so my students were my peers. I would reference things like Devo and Atari and everyone got it. Now my students have no idea who Devo is and all pop culture video references today date back to Nintendo and stop there. Erg. Oldies.

Sunday, April 30, 2006


Hey everyone. The show was a big success. The bands were amazing and thanks to all of you will now be paid-in-ful for 2 years. That is a really big deal and I totally appreciate it. Having the site be locally supported is evidence that Providence rocks and so do the folks that live here. Thanks.

and more thanks to:
  • Sasha, for helping plan the whole night
  • Made In Mexico, Tiny Hawks, Unprotected Sects and Work/Death, for playing
  • Nice Slice,, Julians, White Electric, As220, Load, Corleone and the artists that supplied us with raffle giveaways.
  • 39 Troy, for letting us use the space
  • All of the folks that volunteered..making popcorn, selling tickets, moving stuff...
If anyone took photos, please let me know, or just post them to the lotsofnoise gallery.

Monday, April 24, 2006


Hi everyone. So, a month or so ago I was mentioning that the reasons LOTSOFNOISE kept going down were partially due to the fact that the site is so large that it costs a ton to keep up. I really try to keep LON ad free and have done so for years...but the hit on my wallet is just too large. Many of you have volunteered in one for or another and that is rad. Here is the biggie though. We are having a benefit show this week and we hope you will come. All proceeds go into keeping the site alive and kicking. My guess is that this one event will keep LON going for 1-2 years:

the line-up:

Made in Mexico
Tiny Hawks
Unprotected Sects
(debut performance of musical theater by Dirt Palace ladies Xander and Sasha w/ Ali from Dreamhouse)
...and a carnival!

-games with prizes donated by local business, artists and musicians (So far we have stuff/confimations from White Electric, Julian's, As220, Load, Corleone, Matt Brinkman, Nice Slice and more).
-continuous screenings all night of the Intensylvania Collective's new basement horror movie series
-gruesome face/body painting booth courtesy of Merrydeath
-stiltwalkers! popcorn!

Thanks a ton to Sasha for coordinating everything. Come out and keep LOTSOFNOISE running--Help us stay community (not advertising) supported!

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Project Digs Closing partay

So, the first Project Digs opening was rad. Now, the closing party is upon us. Check it out...there will be new performers as well as new art from the already featured artists. Lots of cool art for decent money to be had...and things were selling really well. SATURDAY APRIL 22, 6-9PM and on.

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Project Digs' first show

Local arteest Josie Morway is kicking off her new gallery space this coming Saturday the 15th. The space, Project Digs, is a three story Victorian that is being converted to host work by artist, musicians, architects etc.

The participant list on the site is small compared to the actual artist count...but one thing I do know is that I am going to have about 11 paintings in that joint (10 tiny, 1 large). Please come by and see some art and hear some music. The hours are posted on the link above, but the opening is 6-9pm Saturday with a party and performances from 9pm on. Location: 89 Courtland St, 02909

See you there.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Lord Of Magic...the gathering

Big props to Providence's own Paul Lyons for winning the "crown" at the recent championship of Magic: The Gathering. Paul is now the Rhode Island MTG Champ. There can be only one.

If anyone is looking for a new band name, you just struck pure gold. Check out Paul's dominating deck below. Howabout Steamcore Weird? or Drift Of Phantasms?

Paul Lyons
1st Place - Rhode Island
40 cards

5 Swamp
6 Island
4 Mountain
1 Dimir Aqueduct
1 Watery Grave

17 land

1 Wee Dragonauts
1 Ogre Savant
1 Drake Familiar
1 Drift of Phantasms
2 Vedalken Entrancer
1 Lurking Informant
2 Steamcore Weird
1 Stratozeppelid
1 Dimir House Guard
1 Thoughtpicker Witch
2 Izzet Chronarch

14 creatures
1 Brainspoil
1 Strands of Undeath
1 Electrolyze
1 Halcyon Glaze
1 Dimir Signet
2 Douse in Gloom
1 Boros Signet
1 Necromancer's Magemark

9 other spells

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Anyone see Thrillions the other night?

Holy crud...Thrillions were awesome last Saturday. They only played a 3 song set...but they were pretty freakin rad. These guys and gals are only gonna get check it. 2 drummers, sax, geetar and bass...R A D.

Also, big Huzzah to B Sharp for their 3rd birthday. B Sharp is Providence's hometown musical instrument store. Bring some stomp boxes by and have them mod'em for you. I did. Stock pedals are for suckers.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Yes, we were down...and we need your help

Sorry that LOTOFNOISE was down for a day or so. It should be good to go again now.

LOTSOFNOISE needs some help from you all. I have been paying for this site for over 6 years now, mostly out of pocket. For a little while I had advertisers from awesome local shops, labels etc...but I really wanted LON to be ad free...and still do. The problem is that this site is so big and has so much media on it, that I just can't keep up cash-wise. This is one of the reasons that LON was down last month and again this month.

Sasha and I have been thinking about it a bit and it seems like a good idea to have a benefit show for LOTSOFNOISE. There are tons of people that use this site each month (well, thousands actually) and I would like to think that many of them would like to throw just a few bucks into the pot to help me keep it alive. We are going to be planning a show for the next month or so where proceeds will go directly into the hosting costs of this site. As always, I make no money from LON and do it entirely for my love of the city, the scene and your bands.

Please keep an eye out for the advertisement of the show. I am hoping to sell posters and shirts at the show if you feel like donating a little time to help screen or whatever, let me know. I will start a forum thread sometime in the near future about this very topic.

Thanks everyone, and I hope you did not miss anything awesome while we were down.


Thursday, March 02, 2006

Bilkin's restaurant

I have been frequenting possibly the best restaurant I have seen in a long time recently...and I thought that you should all know about it :)

Bilkin's is this sort of hole in the wall restaurant in Cranston (really just right on the other side of Lonelyville) next to Lang's Bowl-o-rama. On the outside it looks like a converted Carvel or Post office. Inside, while the decor is not totally my style in that it is a little old fashioned...the place is super clean and well kept. Most importantly, the food is fucking amazing.

I have not been to Bilkin's for anything other than dinner so I can not attest to it's greatness for breakfast of lunch (yet) but their chef, Willie, makes some awesome food. The first time that I went there I ordered my sort of "test" meal which I order whenever I try a new joint...Chicken Parm. I know this is sort of pedestrian amongst the other things on the menu, but it is like Pad Thai for a Thai restaurant. You know that if it sucks, everything is going to suck. Anyway, this was without a doubt the BEST Chicken Parm that I have ever had (except for my Mother's). I shit you not. It is made fresh for you at that moment and it soooo good. Since then I have had lots of things on the menu from burgers to insane Tuna specials. They have vegan and veggie meals though they do cater mostly to carnivores I think.

One of the greatest things about the place is that Willie claims that if you want something prepared differently or something that is not on the menu...ask for it and he will make it (providing he has the ingredients). Last time I was there he just made an experimental dessert which was Brownie Creme Brulee. It was insanely good. Another great thing about Bilkin's is that you get top quality food for pretty cheap. You get a healthy portion of top quality food, with your choice of alterations..Forr between 7-15 dollars. I would say the price structure is around Julian's or maybe cheaper.

There is a bar and lots of tables. I highly recommend this place. The owner is super nice and the entire staff, sans Willie, are his daughters. This is the real should go now. Luckily for you they are open for dinner Wed - Sat.

Tell them Ryan sent you. :)

Here are directions

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Thursday, February 23, 2006


Local Images is now active on the navbar. If you are not seeing it over there on the left...reload the page. I have implemented a new Lotsofnoise GALLERY where we can ALL post images. This is a free deal. You register on the gallery, we turn on your account, you post images. Easy.

A few things:
  • Currently every user has a 10 meg limit, so dont post megahuge images. If everyone posts 500x500-ish images as a decent jpg compression, you should get a good 100 images or so. Awesome contributors may get a special gift from me of more space.
  • When you register, an ALBUM is automatically made for you. You can post here, or in the POSTER GALLERY.
  • This gallery is for 2 things only: Images of local Rock Shows/Events and Images of local Rock Posters. I ditched the old, crusty poster archive so that everyone can post to this album. Please put up artwork only, no crappy junk to self promote. I will be reposting all of the old posters that were up before.
  • all albums can and will be moderated. We will ditch anything that does not belong. In fact, as the all powerful owners of the site we will ditch anything that we find inappropriate. Mwaahaahaahaa.
  • Users must register and a moderator will approve. This may take a day or two so be patient.
  • I am working on the look of the gallery to make it jive with the site better. Bear with me.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Hey, Want to contribute to Lotsofnoise?

We are looking for some of our regulars to help out by occasionally doing one of the following things:

  • Be a blogger (for this new main page)
  • Be a photo blogger (for this main page)
  • Be a forums moderator
  • do interviews
  • write reviews of records or shows
  • other general Lotsofnoise tomfoolery

If you want to help us out, comment to the forum thread in General Discussions. LON is hard work for us and we want to make it even better than it is now. Let us know. Thanks!
So, LOTSOFNOISE was down for a few days due to some issues with us and our host as well as getting funds going. I am moving to a new host soon so hopefully this will not be as much of an issue again.

All listings are CURRENT as of Monday Night. If your post is not up, please repost. I will get it up there. Remember that if you post 1-3 days before the actual run the risk of not getting posted. This is all still old school...we post listings by hand. R O C K
Check out the new Playstation Rock and Roll game by Providence locals Ryan Lesser, Dare Matheson, Jason Kendall and Brian Gibson: