by Casey Rea
Some Tuesday reporting for yez:
Local alt-country legend Brett Hughes recently told me that a song he penned for his old band the Decentz (which also featured Seven Days Publisher Pamela Polston and 'grasshead Gordon Stone) made a list of "Essential Recordings by Acts With Strong New England Ties." The song in question, "Compared to You," is from the Decentz' out-of-print debut, which I've wanted to get my hands on for some time. Who can digitize that sucker for me?
Says Hughes, "It was right there next to Mission Of Burma, The Pixies, Bonnie Raitt, Morphine, Aerosmith, The Cars, The Modern Lovers, J. Geils Band, Aimee Mann, NRBQ, etc." So basically, there's a shitload of Boston acts and Brett's old gang.
The chart was compiled by longtime music observer Alan Lewis, who publishes a weekly e-mail newsletter called the New England Music Scrapbook. He's been doing it for years, with no financial reward. Lately, he's written about area music for the Vermont Guardian, who I assume offer some compensation for his work. They should - he's an all-around hardworking, gentlemanly fellow with a strong grasp of regional music history.
In other news, I'm thinking about entering the Comedy Open Mike Battle Auditions at Higher Ground in order to write about it. Organizer/host Lee Seelig is kind of pressuring me into it.
What he doesn't know is that if I do it, I'm totally in it to win.
But I haven't decided yet.