The Last Ones
We’ve missed the last two shows by The Last Ones and
that’s not good because they don’t play often. So we made sure to
hit there Sunday show at O’Brien’s even though
Sunday is hard for us because we put the BGN together that day – all day
and into the night.
These days The Last Ones are Rick Coraccio on keyboards and
guitar, Dan McCormack on guitar, Jimmy Birmingham
on drums and Mike Quirk on bass. So you have two members of
the Lyres, one of the Real Kids and then Quirk who has been in a zillion bands
and still counting.
With Rick you get a link right back to the beginning of Boston
punk. He still brings that state of mind and musical direction to the
Last Ones. The first few songs were such real garage
rock that it made our minds swim. Mitch from Triple
Thick was there and we were moaning to him how great that was.
A big part of the sound was Dan’s guitar. It was trebly,
almost brittle, and a bit overdriven. Dan says he has one pedal, a small compressor.
In one song he was arpeggiating chords (playing (a chord) as a series of
ascending or descending notes.-ed) in a way no one does anymore. You can’t
teach anybody this, you just have to have “it”. Jeff Connoly knew
he had it and that’s why Dan was in the Lyres.
All the songs were Rick’s (except for a cover). As a
matter of fact The Billy Connors Project has Rick’s songs in their repertoire;
they started their set with one. The standout song was called “Dreams
of a Poor Man’s Mind”. It was in a Lou Reed/Velvet Underground style
- just primo. That’s in the video above.
The Last Ones
Birmingham and Quirk were keeping things
simple and that fit the material. One song sounded like a Lyres song, always
a good thing. The one cover was “It’s Gonna Work Out Fine”
by Ike and Tina Turner but they got it via the Manfred
Mann version. They ended with “Number One Again” their hit from
their EP of many years ago.
Word is that there is a compilation of Rick's material coming out. They also
say there will be a few newly recorded songs.
Rick used to do a column with us about the Lyres that still gets traffic and
he also has an online journal dealing with his travels on the “Great Loop”
and other maritime adventures. See his page for both of those… http://rickcoraccio.com/
The Billy Connors Project
Like we said The Billy Connors Project began their set with
"Limousine Jean" written by Rick Coraccio. They stuck
mostly to their last two EP’s. The EP’s have been a perfect format
for the BCP. They keep writing and are able to record the new material before
it gets too old. Both EP’s were recorded at Woolly Mammoth Sound
and the next one, in the works, will be too.
Some simple chords, made dramatic, outlined the song “Stranded”
that Adam Sherman sang. He also did “Knockdown Day” and “Graceless
Hideaway”. That’s another advantage of the EP’s, they are
easy to digest and we know every song from them.
Billy sang “I Know My Place”, “Gone Wrong” and “Hurry
Up Sundown”. They did a new one and that’s in the video above.
Like Rick, Billy and Rayboy
on drums go back to the beginning of the Boston punk scene and here they are
in 2019 still playing and still creative.
Tony Kaczynski had his early musical experience with Figures
on a Beach in the '80's, but he got on our radar with his Double
Trouble album as Fireking. That album still knocks us
out. The group had some of those songs through the set and every time they played
one it put a smile on our face.
You can also ID Fireking from the big guitar sound from his
hollow body Gibson. Tony also has a way of moving chord shapes up and around
the neck to get a new harmonic twist. They did “Look To the Sun”
which has one of those moments when he sings the words “maybe tomorrow”
that stick out as an earworm. (Listen
to that here)
All the songs really had the same character. Tony’s voice had such a
distinctive timbre. It’s full and mid-range. Then during the song he would
crank it and that extra power burst was one of our favorite things. The drums
were constantly pushing and the bass by John Sheeran was shifting
for the song needs. There’s a reason so many bands want Sheeran!!
Great set! There should have been more people there to hear it.
There are people paying top dollar for a seat in the TD Garden to see their
favorite music with a few thousand others. To us nothing beats seeing groups
like these in a small club.
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And in other news.....
The return of The ZULUS! September 19th at the Paradise. Tickets
are on sale now folks so you better grab 'em.
Doug Tuttle, who we’ve reviewed many times, does some
of the best sunshine psych around. He’s posted a new song on Bandcamp
The Podcast about the Channel continues to get attention. This time from
A short interview with Ruby Ray, i-D, who worked for Search
and Destroy magazine about her new book kalifornia
kool. The book and the article have a lot of photos of
70's LA punk scenes. kalifornia
We’ve been griping for years that the Boston Calling
festival had precious few actual Boston acts in it. We are not the only ones
evidenced by a very smart move by the Hip Hop community in the city. This year
they were completely shut out by the festival so they put a show together called
Boston Answering (love that) at the Strand. And get this, they
got sponsoring from Mayor Marty Walsh’s office, the Boston Foundation
and others. Ha, way to go!
Read more here.
Runaways vocalist Cherie Currie and Stooges Guitarist James
Wiiliamson have teamed up to do a new version of The Shangri-Las’
“Leader Of The Pack!” It's on Cleopatra records... Buy
the 7” or Stream/download
For guitarists only: Premier Guitar has a lesson
on punk guitar. They start early with the Velvet Underground “Ostrich”
tuning. They get to Richard Hell, Robert Quine, Tom Verlaine and Viv Albertine
of the Slits.
Learn how to play punk guitar here!!!
In addition to the Sex Pistols bio film that is in the works you can add the
documentary by Joe Corre, Malcolm McLaren’s son, called Wake
Up Punk. But it's not even about the initial punk movement but
about the 2016 celebration of the 40th Anniversary of “Anarchy in the
UK” single. Seems too far removed to be a much interest. But of course
Stone covered it.
It’s useless but let’s try to keep up with Rum
Bar Records. The latest exciting release is by legend Genya
Raven!! Genya’s had a few incarnations
from the 60s to early 70s and then to the punk era. We’ve loved
that husky voice the whole time. Now Rum Bar releases Icon
which is new material.
Then there’s a new Lassey Fairs album.....a new Cromm
Fallon album....and that's right on the heels of the Brad
Marino and Geoff Palmer albums.
Then there is the Cheap Gunslingers. Holy crap, are
we hooked on this song called "Good Time". It soundds like Mink
DeVille. Three chords is still all you need. We have it on
Ten Songs were you can find the link to play it.
Rumbar also has a show booked for June 1 (Saturday) at the Midway.
It’s 9PM show with Easy Ed spinning and the bands
are Muck and the Mires, Vicky and the Vengents and
the Electric Mess.
Here's some good shows coming up this week.....
May 27 (Wednesday) Natterers,
Yooth Decay, SAP at O'Brien's Pub
May 31 (Friday) Stubborn Heart,
The Hi-End, Benny Sizzler, The Worried at The News Cafe Pawtucket RI
June 1 (Saturday) Vicky and the
Vengents, Muck and the Mires, The Electric Mess at The Midway
June 1 (Saturday) Kal Marks, Lady
Pills, Banana, Aneurysm at Great Scott
June 1 (Saturday) Nat Freedberg
& Hayley Thompson King at Plough & Stars
June 2 (Sunday) Slimedog's 22nd
Annual Punk Pizza Poetry Party featuring Kermit's Finger, Cry
Havoc, Jerry's Got Jokes, The Grommets, Jake Tringali (between sets)
at The Midway 3-7PM
June 2 (Sunday) the second Out
of the Blue Benefit with a TON of bands….starting at 2PM -this
is in order of appearance: Club Linehan A Go Go, Mimsey Mack & the
Skinned Knees, Bob Cenci, Richard Mirsky Band, Randy Black & the Heathcroppers,
Thee Fighting Fish, Climate Change Band, The Stigmatics, The Laces , The Thigh
Scrapers, Gary Shane & the Detour, Sara Billingsley & Friends, GLiDER,
Baabes, Butterscott. FB
page for more info
June 5 (Wednesday) Mad Painter
Live at WMFO 91.5 10PM
June 7 (Friday) The Natty D's,
FiDEL, Coffin Salesman at The Jungle Union Sq Somerville.
June 7 (Friday) KCUF, Secret Spirit,
Oh The Humanity!, The Runouts at O'Brien's Pub
June 7 (Friday)
61 Ghosts, Cal Cali Band at Tavern at the End
of the World.
June 7 (Friday) Billy Connors Project,
Jay Allen & Archcriminals at Club Bohemia
June 7 (Friday) Jittery Jack &
Amy Griffin at The Book & Bar, Portsmouth
June 8 (Saturday)
It's Arlington Porchfest
and Justine and Her Black Threads
Covault, Johnny Sciascia
and Jim Scoppa
) will be playing
Porchfest at 15 Lombard St at 2PM Here's the FB
page for more info
June 8 (Saturday) A Crash Course For The
Ravers WMFO 91.5FM has Lucretia X. Machina of Lucretia's
June 8 (Saturday) Medical Maps,
Peachfuzz, Triple Thick, Church & Puppets at Union Tavern (formerly
June 8 (Saturday) Tad Overbaugh
and The Inebriations at The Square Root in Roslindale FB
June 10 (Monday) Cook Bag, Voice
of Addiction, Local Cult, See This World at Charlie's Kitchen
June 12 (Wednesday) Glider
will be on the Heavy Leather Topless Dance Party. Check out
page for access. 8:30-9:30PM
June 13 (Thursday) bloom., Smilin’
Issac, Threat Level Burgundy, The New Limits at The Hong Kong
June 13 (Thursday) Order 66, Circus
Battalion, Deranged Youth at the Jungle
June 14 & 15 (Fri. & Saturday) The
Fuzztival at Once Ballroom.
June 15 (Saturday) Thee Fightin'
Fish, The Billy Connors Project, A Bunch Of Jerks, Club Linehan A Go Go
- 3-7 matinee at The Midway
June 15 (Saturday) The Daylilies,
Justine and The Unclean, The Chelsea Curve at Sally O'Brien's
June 15 (Saturday) Nervous Eaters
with The Stigmatics at Pete's Grill in Quincy cover
charge is only $5!!! FB
June 15 (Saturday) Silver Screams,
Brix'n Mortar, The Downhauls at Atomic Cafe (Cabot St Beverly)
June 15 (Saturday) The Gala, Zip-Tie
Handcuffs, Ben & Jolly Janes, Green Pieceat at UnchARTed Lowell
June 16 (Sunday) OC45, Hobo Chili,
C.O.B., DNZL at The Midway a benefit for the New England Center and
Home For Veteran's 3-7PM All Ages
June 18 (Tuesday) Deaf Poets, Black
Beach, Friendly Psychic Strangers at O'Brien's
June 21 (Friday) Sky Tigers, Secret
Spirit, The Lipstick Boys at The Jungle
June 21 (Friday) Kid Gulliver,
Stars Like Ours, The Rationales at Sally O'Brien's
June 22 (Saturday) It's Quincy Porchfest!!!
At 62 Prospect Ave Quincy you can find - Order of appearance starting at 1pm
and every hour on the hour- The Fringe, Thee Fightin' Fish, The Stigmatics,
Baabes, Glider, The Thigh Scrapers, Charlie Don't Surf a tribute to The Clash
page for directions etc.
June 22 (Saturday) The Gala, The
Dazies, Haunted Horses NYC, Lockette at The Midway
June 22 (Saturday) writer Joe Milliken
is having a book event to promote his Ben Orr bio Benjamin Orr and
The Cars at 9 Wallis 8-10:30PM FB
June 22 (Saturday) Stars Like Ours,
Little Billy Lost, Thinner, and The Stigmatics at
Ralph's Rock Diner Worcester.
June 23 (Sunday) Teenage Bottlerocket
with Ramona, The Young Rochelles at Once
June 23 (Sunday) The Ones You Forgot,
The Burning Lights, Stubborn Hearts, Waiver Wire at O'Brien's
June 27 (Thursday) Let's Go! Author
Event & Cars Tribute Concert at 9 Wallis in Beverly FB
June 27 (Thursday) Powerslut, Thrust
Club, Radium Girls at The Jungle
June 28 (Friday)
Labor Hex, Ultra Major, The Endorphins at
June 28 (Friday) State Line Records Night
at the Midway Round 1: Stray Bullets, Secret Spirit (NH), Stolen
Wheelchairs (PA), Doc Rotten (NJ) at The Midway
June 29 (Saturday) The Old Edison,
Coffin Salesman, Time & Place, Loser's Circle at The Midway
July 5 (Friday) Cal Cali Band,
GLiDER, Mad Painter at KOTO Salem
July 6 (Saturday) The Hi-End, Nat
Freedberg, The Worried at Sally O'Brien's
July 9 (Tuesday) Some Kind Of Nightmare,
Losers Circle, Nick Barbarian, And Live Nude Girls
at Thirsty First Tavern Lowell.
July 11 (Thursday)
The Thigh Scrapers, Baabes, State of the Union and
The Laces at The Jungle 5 Sanborn Court Union Square Somerville.
July 11 (Thursday) 61 Ghosts,
Thee Fightin' Fish, Pop Gun at Opus in Salem
July 14 (Sunday) State of the
Union, The Only Things, The Tsunamibots, Pop Gun matinee at The Midway
July 14 (Sunday) The Messthetics,
Trinary System (Roger Miller) at Great Scott
July 18 (Thursday) Cruel Miracle,
Blindspot, Justine & the Unclean at The Jungle Union Sq Somerville
July 20 (Saturday) Thee Fightin
Fish, Warthog (Ramones tribute), Charlie Don't Surf
(Clash tribute), and Meat Depressed at The Midway for a 3-7PM
July 20 (Saturday) Dogmatics, Jittery
Jack & Amy Griffin, Stop Calling Me Frank at the Back Room at The
Burren Davis Sq Somerville 6-9PM folks!!!
July 21 (Sunday) A Bunch of Jerks,
The Stigmatics, 1.4.5, TRiPLE THiCK at The Midway matinee 3-7PM
July 27 (Saturday) M.O.T.O., Jerry's
Got Jokes, Cook Bag, The Trades, The Runouts at The Midway matinee
July 27 (Saturday)
Corner Soul, The Knock Ups, Motel Black at
The Jungle Union Sq Somerville
July 27 (Saturday) The New England
Ska Summit; Bim Skala Bim, Copacetics, Hempsteadys, El Grande at Once
July 31 (Wednesday) Black Leather
Lagoon, Poison Boys, Thee Fightin' Fish at The Jungle Union Sq Somerville
August 3 (Saturday) A Crash Course For
The Ravers 1pm to 4pm on 91.5FM has Powerslut
August 8 (Thursday) Otto Records present
145 & The Thigh Scrapers at The Plough
August 10 (Saturday) No Small
Children, PowerSlut, and The Knock Ups, at Once
August 14 (Wednesday) Deke Dickerson,
Bloodshot Bill, Jittery Jack, DJ Easy Ed at Once FB
August 15 (Thursday) 1.4.5.,
Crunchtime and Glider at The Jungle Union Sq Somerville.
August 15 (Thursday) The Queers,
Stubborn Hearts, Meat Depressed, The Parkwoods at Alchemy in Provi
August 31 (Saturday) Time &
Place, PowerSlut, The Daylilies, Lonely Leesa & The Lost Cowboys
at The Jungle - Music starts at 8PM
September 8 (Sunday) Somerville
Rock And Roll Yard Sale - Union Square - 11 AM – 5 PM FB
page for more info
October 5 (Saturday)
Mudhoney, Pissed Jeans at Brighton Music Hall
October 20 (Sunday) Stiff Little
Fingers, The Avengers at Brighton Music Hall doors 7PM
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