THE OPERATORS



Handstand Command
Sinkcharmer
The Anchormen
Compound 440R
Unstoppable Records
The Quincunx
Squids
Spoilsport
Big Digits
Biscuit Theater
WHRW, Binghamton
WMFO, Medford
Breakfast of Champions
Non Comix
Highwater Books
Hypertruck
Craftster
Bazaar Bizarre
Punk Rock Aerobics
Off My Jammy
Braine
Chick-a-dee
Magpie on Huron
Skylark
Links
The Operators never leave home without these URLs handy.

OUR MUSICAL COLLECTIVES
Fellow Handstand Command Members

HANDSTAND COMMAND
The musical collective to which we belong.

UNSTOPPABLE RECORDS
The label what puts out our records.

THE ANCHORMEN
Our "brother" band, also hailing from Somerville, MA. We like to have the occasional "mixer" with the boys, and affectionately refer to their means of transport to these events as the "Meat Wagon."

SINKCHARMER
Paul and Jen's other band based on Paul's vast home-recording oeuvre--sweetly ramshackle electro-pop.

SCRAPPLE
As porny as they wanna be.

PLUNGE INTO DEATH
Fake-art-goth-dance band with giant boom box, remote-controlled godzilla.

THE TARDY
Steph was in a rockin guitar/drum duo with Jef Czekaj. See also: Jef's "endearingly primitive" solo project.

NICE AND EASY
Steph also drummed for this girl group outta JP--now with the incomparable Keira of Mary Reillys!

ASIAN BABE ALERT
Garage rock duo with Leslie and Tom of the Anchormen--sometimes aka The White Flags.


Fellow Compound 440R Members

COMPOUND 440R
The world's best practice space/musical collective.

BIG DIGITS
Mac and TD bring hits to the needy. Sometimes found in Voltron-like combination with Plunge into Death!

UV PROTECTION
Spine-tingin combo of electronic music, flashing lights, operatic vocals, and crazy costumes.

SQUIDS
Raucous postprotopostpunk at its finest.

THE NEW YOU
"Four Tet does drugs with The Sea and Cake"

Z.W.A.
Zombies with Attitude!

RESCUERS ROW ROW
Bad Music for Bad People!

CRYSTAL UNDERSTANDING
Crazy electro duo!



OUR FAVE LOCAL ACTS
These bands rock our Greater Somerville Area world

MR. AIRPLANE MAN
Guitar-and-drum duo ladies deliver hard rockin' blues-punk.

MISHIMA
Guitar-and-drum duo gents sing sensitive songs about driving.

CHOO CHOO LA ROUGE
Superb indie rock; sometimes they sound like Railroad Jerk, always they sound like awesomeness.

THE PEE WEE FIST
Killer band with eclectic instrumentation.

SO&SO
Fab Phair-esque songwriting.

THE IN OUT
Superb Fall-like rock. See also: The Arrangement.

THE COUNT ME OUTS
Amazing garage band with members of Fuzzy.

CONSONANT
Mission of Burma's Clint Conley + Winston Fuzzy + Chris Browkaw

NAUGHTY SHIRLEY, PELVIC CIRCUS, and PORNBELT
3 kick-ass bands with Slamber as a member.

TUNNEL OF LOVE
Nasty garage rock you can feel in your fallopian tubes. Yowza.

SPOILSPORT
Pop Rocks mixed with Pepsi.

SHUMAI
Jingly-jangly indie rock with a former member of Prickly.

THE BLIND KING
Think: Go-Betweens meets Galaxie 500 meets Wilco meets Yo La Tengo. With mems of Swizzle.

IMPOSSIBLE HAIR
Awesome half girl/half boy rock with hints of Superchunk and Rainer Mariaesque vocals.

JENNIFER O'CONNOR
Mesmerizing alto/guitarist.

MARY TIMONY and GREEN 4
The Lady of the Fire.

SWIRLIES and SEANA CARMODY
Lovely, dreamy, swirly rock.

VICTORY@SEA
Dirge-y, complex trio.

MARY REILLEYS
Beautiful melodic slow pop.

MARK ROBINSON
Flin Flon, Air Miami, Unrest, and solo artist

CYNDI@ELECTRIP.COM
Totally rad lo-fi rock.

BRETT ROSENBERG
Pop songwriter extraordinaire.

SOB SISTERS
Vintage cello trio with Edwardian-Goth outfits!

FIGHTIN DOGS
Lovely, Luna-esque trio.

RUBY LASHES
Amazing indie power trio.

THE MOVES
Sadly defunct, but Sara Cooper's been known to play round Boston...

THE SCENE...

BOSTONBANDS.COM
Extensive local band portal.

BOSTON ROCK STORYBOOK
Know yr history!

JUST ANOTHER SCENE?
Near-exhaustive listing of shows, bands, clubs, labels, zines, radio and more for New England.

NEWCONCERTS EMAIL LIST
Great resource for finding out about indie music in New England.



OUR NYC NEIGHBORS AND BEYOND
Fave out-of-towners

NYC NEIGHBORS:

THE COLOR GUARD
Dark pop, bright outfits.

CROWNS ON 45
Electric new-wave rockers, sadly defunct. But now there is: Ex-Boyfriends and Addicted2Fiction, both on the West Coast!

TIN CAN TELEPHONE
Punk-prog rockers.

PALOMAR
Gritty sing-song pop-rock.

MASCOTT
Kendall "Juicy" Meade and co.

SOPHIE DRINKER
Cynthia from Retsin, plus!

BEYOND...

TIZZY (Northampton MA)
Nobody Beats The Tiz.

SARAH DOUGHER (Portland OR)
That's Ms. Punk Rock to you.

ELLISON (Providence RI)

DISKOTHIQ (La Verne CA)

PRETTY PONY (Bloomington IN)

RIPLEY (Seattle WA)

SECOND STORY MAN (Louisville KY)



OUR FAVE COLLEGE RADIO
The best of the airwaves

WZBC, NEWTON
Boston College's station is consistently great--the most interesting game in town.

WMBR, CAMBRIDGE
The MIT station is also fantastic. We esp. like Breakfast of Champions and Pipeline.

WHRB, CAMBRIDGE
Home of Record Hospital and various music Orgies.

WXYC, CHAPEL HILL
WFMU, JERSEY CITY
Perhaps hipper-than-thou, but these stations are so good, we'll keep listening to them online no matter how far away we move from the origin of their signals.

BOSTON EMISSIONS
The excellent local music show on WBCN, hosted by Shred.

WMFO, MEDFORD
This freeform station is refreshingly eclectic; sometimes inconsistent, but rarely dull.

WHRW, BINGHAMTON
3 out of 4 Operators were music directors at this longtime freeform station.



SOME OTHER GREAT NEARBY INSTITUTIONS
Run by or otherwise involving friends of the Ops

BAZAAR BIZAARE
Local punk rock crafts fair we help organize.

MAGPIE
The vintage, art, and craft store that Emily co-owns with 5 other Bazaar Bizarre organizers.

BITCHIN KITCHEN
Cookin up cute things for you and your home!

CRAFTSTER
Rock is dead. Long live paper and scissors!

CHICK-A-DEE
Darling crafts by the lovely Simone.

PUNK ROCK AEROBICS
How do you think Iggy Pop got those abs?

MILLION YEAR PICNIC
The best comic book store ever. Tons of minis, indies.

YIPYOP.COM
Twink! Biscuit Theatre! Evil Elf Heads!

HIGHWATER BOOKS
Indie comix publisher extraordinaire. Comix by Megan Kelso, Ron Rege, James Kochalka, Brian Ralph, Greg Cook etc. Founder Tom Devlin is our poster artiste.

RED INK
Amazing comix (Non, The Last Lonely Saturday, etc.) by Jordan Crane.

JEF CZEKAJ
Author of comix Grampa and Julie: Shark Hunters and R2-D2 is an Indie Rocker.

CAMDEN JOY
Brilliant, semi-fictional rock rants, novels, and essays.

CHRIS BRAIOTTA
Hi-larious essays and articles.

OFF MY JAMMY
Excellent zine outta Cambridge. Recurring themes include rock, food, and Brazil.

HILLARY JOHNSON
Recording engineer, web designer, geek, rocker!

LOW SELF NOISE
Paul's recording studio.

SKYLARK CAFE & CLUB
New restaurant/bar/rock club in West Seattle!

DARK BELOVED CLOUD
Lovely indie record label in NY.

HEARTCORE RECORDS
Most excellent queercore label.

LADYFEST EAST
Non-profit east-coast women's arts and activism festival.

ROCKERCHICK
For chicks who rock and the people who love them.

SUGAR TOWN and PLAIN PARADE
Awesome regular events with bands and DJs in Philly. ST is lady oriented, PP is all-encompassing.

THE CRITIQUE OF PURE REASON
Stacie books a lovely, arty music series.

TRUTH SERUM
Local impressario Aliza puts together great musical, queer, and/or multimedia events.

BANDS AGAINST BUSH
Fight the Power with Music.

WASHINGTON ST ART CENTER
Somerville arts collective with exhibitions, peformances, etc.

SOMERVILLE ARTS COUNCIL
One of the coolest and most active local cultural councils around. Emily just joined the board.

SOMERVILLE COMMUNITY ACCESS TV
Teevee by, for, and about the People!

ARTSOMERVILLE
A non-profit lookin to open an arts center in our hometown.

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