“A uniquely rooted sort of native son - imagine ‘Good Will Hunting’ if Matt Damon's character had stayed home and founded the studio that galvanized local indie rock and launched the Pixies ... Harvard is a witty raconteur whose memory for detail nearly matches his enthusiasm for talking ... one of the nicest people ever to have inhabited the Boston music scene, and you can hardly turn around without hitting a Joe Harvard story, or someone who can tell one.
[Joe Harvard Has A PhD in Rock History]”
“In a previous life, Joe Harvard was an archeologist. In a sense, he still is; it's just that he's digging through the bones of Velvet Underground, having written a smart little book about the band that has the same name as its first album, "The Velvet Underground and Nico," an edgy effort undiminished by time. You might be expecting a book release party, and you will be getting that and more. The big banana is Velveeta, which Go! must say is a pretty neat name for this cover band. Harvard, a guitarist who also cofounded Fort Apache Studios, will take the stage with Velveeta, joined by Champagne, John Rosato, Asa Brebner, Marco Giovino, ex-Stompers singer Sal Baglio, the Pernice Brothers' Bob Pernice, Joe Fagan, and Jerome Deupree, among others. They'll blast through songs by the Velvet Underground and the Modern Lovers (direct descendants of the VU and much-loved in these parts).
[Go! Wednesday: They'll be your mirror]”
Boston Globe Go!
"Joe Harvard is Asbury Park’s Renaissance Man ... Through the strength of his live performances Joe Harvard has slowly made a name for himself on the Shore scene … record producer, songwriter, impresario, book author and multi-instrumentalist … .his performances are as much an education as they are entertaining.
Asbury Park Press
“Great and gritty songs of love gone wrong and divorce 24 hour style … a veteran player with a major resume that goes from engineering Gwar demos to playing on Dinosaur, Jr.’s Sire/Warner release Green Mind”
“an eclectic mixture…running a gamut from airtight, breathtaking, and soaring to mutely hilarious…Joe whipped thru an obscure to bell-ringing medley of tunes…in his own warm, personable style, which made one feel like they were sitting in Harvard’s living room...”
“Joe Harvard (nee Incagnoli son of Mary and local sports hero Joe "Shoemaker" Incagnoli) has been described as being "not only on the pulse of the local underground but also on the national underground scene." He's the chief owner, and self-proclaimed "figurehead", of two fraternal recording studios: Fort Apache North, a comfortable 24-track in Cambridge; and Fort Apache South, a rough-hewn warehouse space in Roxbury, which houses both 8- and 16-track facilities. In addition to Harvard, the Forts Apache are home base for a crackerjack collective of producers ("all tasteful motherfuckers"): Lou Giordano, Paul Kolderie, Sean Slade, and Gary Smith, plus two assistant engineers, Tom Hamilton and Tim O'Hare ... "It sounds corny," he ventures, "but I really believe that this studio is the one chance we'll have in our lifetimes where the nuts get to run the nuthouse. It's us doing it for people like us."
(WFNX/Boston Phoenix Poll / Top Local Producer)
“But when you ask Joe what he'd really like to play, this hard-core punk says he loves the blues- "everything comes from the blues." Demonstrating on his guitar the three chord progression central to all blues riffs, Joe looks up and complains that critics who accept the blues make fun of punk for it's simplistic chord progressions.
"It's exactly the same thing," he says. "With the blues, the progression is a vehicle around which you tell a story, to convey a feeling using the guitar riffs and words ... and it's exactly the same with punk. It's ... only a vehicle around which the real meaning of the song is brought out."
"Punk, and I know this sounds weird, is a visual experience, much the same way a ballet is. You can't seperate the music from actually seeing it, being there ... punks get into anarchy and disorganization ... it's really a reaction to the absurd organization which has taken all the creativity out of music"
[Even Punks Sing the Blues]”