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Interview: Talking with Mission of Burma's Roger Miller

This weekend (January 20-21) brings a two-night stand at Brighton Music Hall for post-punk godfathers Mission of Burma, who have somehow morphed into a band that's equal parts internationally renowned throwbacks and prolific local underdogs.
Reformation
By MATT PARISH  |  January 20, 2012
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Mission of Burma's sonic fury still burns

It already seems like ages ago when Mission of Burma announced their reunion.
Evolver
By MATT PARISH  |  January 20, 2012
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Lyric Stage navigates Big River

Compared to the mighty Mississippi, Big River is just a Tony-winning tributary. But to borrow a lyric from its composer, Roger Miller, the show climbs on the river's back and rides.
Finn tuning
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 16, 2011
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Tribute: Friends remember Billy Ruane

Billy Ruane died on a Tuesday night.
The heart of Boston rock
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  November 12, 2010
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Sick sense

We've been told there's no such thing as a new idea, but that may well be bullshit. The new ideas are out there, they just need bands like Bunnies to root them out.
There's a madness to Bunnies' method
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  January 15, 2010

Birdsongs on the road

Birdsongs of the Mesozoic enjoyed a curiously successful career from their very first show, a release party at Kenmore Square's deceased Rat for the Modern Method label's local comp A Wicked Good Time .

By MATT PARISH  |  July 24, 2009


Re-geeing

Birdsongs go back to the drawing board
Birdsongs go back to the drawing board
By MATT PARISH  |  July 24, 2009
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Psalms For The Deaf

Sage Francis addressed the densely-populated crowd at Rock the Bells at Comcast Center last weekend: "This song helped get a friend of mine out of jail. Thank you to all who donated. This song is called 'Conspiracy to Riot.' Strange Famous fucking Recor
Jared Paul Unleashes Prayers For Atheists
By CHRIS CONTI  |  July 24, 2009
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The old is new

Birdsongs of the Mesozoic bring back Roger
Birdsongs of the Mesozoic bring back Roger
By MATT PARISH  |  July 24, 2009
Split/Signal featuring the Books + Cul de Sac + Devil Music + Caspian + Roger Miller

Split/Signal featuring the Books + Cul de Sac + Devil Music + Caspian + Roger Miller


Virtuoso sample stitchers the Books, local post-rock legends Cul de Sac, silent-film-scoring giants Devil Music, and a horde of others (to include Caspian, Arms &...
By Shaula Clark  |  May 27, 2009

Wendy gets Bad

Wendy Lewis's association with the Bad Plus goes back to her shared Minneapolis roots with David King and Reid Anderson.
A little history on the ties between Wendy Lewis and the Bad Plus
By JON GARELICK  |  March 09, 2009


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Accidental purist

In one of Karlheinz Stockhausen's weirdest creations, the ensemble is instructed to "play a sound with the certainty that you have an infinite amount of time and space." Stephen Drury doesn't mind that so much. But fasting for four days? "No."
Stephen Drury takes on Stockhausen
By MATT PARISH  |  February 18, 2009
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Review: The Bad Plus's For All I Care

On each of their previous albums, the Bad Plus let it be known they owed as much to classic rock and pop as to prog jazz.
Heads Up (2009)
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  January 27, 2009
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The ignorami

Mission of Burma formed in Boston 30 years ago — the year Joy Division, Gang of Four, and the Pop Group released notorious post-punk releases in the UK.
Getting hip to Mission of Burma, 30 years later
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  January 21, 2009
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Idol hands

The band, as always, sounded fantastic, especially if you’d been listening to the record all week in preparation.
Mission Of Burma at Pitchfork Music Fest, Union Park, Chicago, July 18, 2008
By DEVIN KING  |  July 21, 2008
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Remasters of the universe

The adage “All things come to those who wait” tends not to find too many useful applications in rock and roll.
The ‘definitive’ Mission of Burma
By MATT ASHARE  |  June 09, 2008


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Fusion forms

Modern dancers who aren’t tethered to a specific technique can forage the whole world for useful movement and effects. We saw three completely different examples recently.
Lorraine Chapman, Kinodance, Black Grace
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  April 23, 2008
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Bouncement 3

Lately it’s seemed like Old Home Days for Toneburst, the influential artcore junglist collective that was a locus of Boston’s underground dance scene in the mid ’90s.

. . . and other singular beats


By SUSANNA BOLLE  |  April 08, 2008
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Mexico City abuzz with Beantowners

Where’s New York?  Where’s LA?
A report from the International Mexico City Festival of Contemporary Cinema
By GERALD PEARY  |  April 07, 2008
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Alloy Orchestra

If it weren’t for Alloy Orchestra, it’s doubtful Boston would ever get to see silents like Fritz Lang’s Metropolis and Josef von Sternberg’s Underworld.
The Alloy does the Underworld at the Somerville
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 17, 2008
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Back in print

In a quiet basement in suburban Concord, singers/guitarists Gary Waleik and Bill Goffrier and drummer Jeff Oliphant are about to turn back into Big Dipper.
The return of Big Dipper
By BRETT MILANO  |  March 05, 2008


Mission completed

This article originally appeared in the January 18, 1983 issue of the Boston Phoenix.

The break-up of Mission of Burma


By DOUG SIMMONS  |  January 17, 2008
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Home for the holiday

The Middle East corner is not exactly where you’d expect to find Mission of Burma guitarist Roger Miller performing on the Friday after Thanksgiving.
Mission of Burma's Roger Miller does his part for Tibet
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  December 09, 2007
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Anxiety of influence

The sound on A.K.A.C.O.D.’s new Happiness CD is going to make many Boston listeners think one word: Morphine.
A.K.A.C.O.D. come out of Morphine’s shadow  
By JON GARELICK  |  November 27, 2007
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Boston music news, November 9, 2007

"If you don’t have the flowers, the bees won’t come for the nectar.”
Notes on the 20th anniversary of the Middle East
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  November 05, 2007
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In with the new

Mission of Burma left the building last Sunday without playing the “hits.”
Mission of Burma, Institute of Contemporary Art, September 23, 2007
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  September 24, 2007


Boston music news: March 30, 2007

Drummer Billy Beard saw a young band called the Everyday Visuals at the Lizard Lounge last year and was knocked out.
Notes on the Everyday Visuals and Brett Rosenberg
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  March 27, 2007
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Porn in the USA

What’s the last time you went to a theater to see a porn movie?
Boston Underground Film Festival, Brattle Theatre, March 22, 2007
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  March 26, 2007
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Damned good

James Levine returned from his winter break with one of the most thrilling BSO concerts of his tenure: Berlioz’s “dramatic legend,” La damnation de Faust.
Levine’s Berlioz and Wuorinen, Garrick Ohlsson’s Beethoven, the Borromeo’s Shostakovich, the Alloy’s Eagle
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  February 20, 2007
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Survivor: Portland

When Jeremiah Freed decided in early 2005 to depart Portland for the sunny climes and cutthroat industry of Los Angeles, guitarist Jake Roche didn’t make the trip.
Jake Roche returns with a solo debut
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 31, 2007