Monthly Archives: August 2011

Dom, Worcester Band

From an interview with Dom:

But you’ll always be known as a Worcester band.

Dom: The Beatles moved out of Liverpool, but they weren’t like, “Oh, we’re a New York band.” Same thing goes for Zeppelin and Sabbath, they were from Birmingham. We’re from Worcester. A lot of bands say that they’re from Brooklyn because they’re located in Brooklyn, that’s not where they’re from, that’s not where the band’s from. I’m not necessarily from anywhere, but I’m more from Worcester than I am from Hadley.

He mentions this review in WoMag, which contains what is possibly the best phrase I’ve ever read in that magazine, viz. “some shmuck with an over-glorified Casio.”  (The review itself is worth reading just for the comments.)

That hilarious review, of course, was in part a response to this rather funny Pitchfork interview in which Dom stated “I can’t say enough about Worcester, Massachusetts. It’s a utopia. … With the recent passage of this new bill, artists can do some things more freely now, like carry two grams of pot without any fines. And they actually pay us money for music equipment. If you’re an artist, you can fill out a form and they’ll help pay for rent and give you more money on your food stamps.”


John Davis, a 54-year-old businessman from Colorado, is running for president.

In what could quite possibly be a quote befitting a city council candidate, he said, “We need a symbol that symbolizes what we need to do in America, and we need to fix it. And it’s going to take a mighty big wrench to fix this country, so I just got a big old 36-inch pipe wrench and colored it.”

(Big colored pipe wrenches could be the new Gary Rosen comb. Someone, make it so.)

Anyway, he was stumping in Worcester over the weekend. Here are his wife’s thoughts on our fair city:

Our stop in Worcester was at George’s Coney Island. My notes said it is 100 years old, a piece of history. Catherine gave us permission to come, and Andrew met us there and welcomed us.

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He was a good looking man! I passed out fliers, John introduced himself, and Garrett took pictures. Skyler was in the bus eating lunch. I was told this is a very democratic area, but these were very friendly people, and one young man even stood to shake hands with John. How polite and respectful! Where are my single daughters?

In related news, the best comment ever posted on (about the article The 2 moons of Earth? It’s not lunacy) appeared online yesterday courtesy of commenter truthbetold:

junk science. just like the earth rotates. The sun rises and sets. theres no spinnig earth. the junk scientists have made the sheeple beleive the earth rotates to take God out of the equation.. You think God would have to have his earth spin. The bible is clear about the sun and so is common sense.

Mapping Donuts


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Boston commissioned a series of maps of Massachusetts from designer Ryan Sullivan. Among them is a map (seen on the right) that shows the concentration of Dunkin’ Donuts in each municipality. Note the large blob of pink that is Worcester.

The entire article — well worth reading — is available in pdf format.

In fact, there’s plenty in the current issue well worth reading. There’s an interview with Edward Glaeser. Notes from the Suggestion Box discusses Chapter 40B and the need for a Green Gateway City/Creative-Economy Tax Credit. The Insider’s Guide to Improving Local Government is a really provocative read.

WB Journal series on commuting

The Worcester Business Journal had an excellent series on commuting in Central Massachusetts. It included a biker (who is, incidentally, the president of the Worcester Public Library Foundation board) and a pedestrian.

As CommonWealth Magazine notes, there’s lots of great tidbits in the Worcester Business Journal.  For examples, WRTA “usage has increased by between 3 and 4.5 percent in each of the past three years.”

(Image: a sculpture by Amy Podmore as photographed by vintage super lady)