E with Thalia Zedek
Slimedog had the yearly celebration of his existence at the
Midway. For this auspicious occasion he footed the bill for free pizza. The
show was a line up of Slimedog’s and Thrash n’
Bang’s favorite bands.
There was Time Out Timmy from NH and Uncle Spudd from
Maine. Uncle Spudd are so from Maine that they once
hit a moose on the way to a gig.
The Lost Riots
We came in on Lost Riots from Connecticut. They are punk all
around; they look it and they play it. They did a memorable performance at the
a year ago with the Rockin’Bob Punk Band. At the Midway they played
the song we wanted to hear, “We're Getting Old”. Here it is on Bandcamp.
The singer did his patented pacing back and forth around the stage. They had
the raw roar going. Mostly it was all about being punk, pure and simple. They
come from New London where they say the people come out for the punk shows.
Next up was The McGunks. They seem like regular guys just
playing what they love. It was a mix of rock and punk. The guitarist
had some tasty solos. We actually thought there should have been more
but they are very song oriented.
They ended with the 60’s party song “Shake” where
Slimedog ended up on the ground. He later explained
he was doing the appropriate dance – The Worm. See the photo below
the show listings – you decide, is that The Worm or is that too
much party juice?
Last up was Kermit’s Finger. They are locals who started
in 1992. They play raw and hit it hard. There’s very little flash with
this band with one exception: on the last song the guitarist was doing a sort
of hand ballet on the fret board, which was entertaining. See the video below.
Slimedog compares this to Jackson Pollack splattering paint on a canvas which
we think is an apt comparison.
In between sets were filled with a few tunes by Linnea and Joe.
That would be Linnea of Bad Movies. They did
one cover, Jimmy Eats World’s "The Middle", a nineties fave.
There's a video of that below.
Linnea and Joe
More than any individual band it was all of the bands that reflect the music
that Thrash'n'Bang (i.e. Slimedog and Andy)
gives a platform. If they weren’t doing it, there would be a real gap
there. Often that’s the reality of the punk scene – you do it or
it doesn’t get done.
We glad to have Thrash
n’ Bang around. Oh! and Happy Birthday Slimedog.
Simon, Evan, Eric, Kim and Kelly
John Keegan went to The Lizard Lounge on Wednesday to catch "So
Alone- Johnny Thunders Tribute": Thunder’s alum Simon
Ritt and a cast of local luminaries dug up the bones of Johnny Thunders,
spanked him with a big hit of Narcan and took back Johnny’s ghost for
a celebratory night. Tony Savarino and the Savtones did backing
band duty. They were tighter than most of the band Johnny brought to town. They
seamlessly thread the wire through Thunder’s mix of rocked up 50’s,
New Ywerk punk through its twists and turns from clean ("You Can’t
Put Your Arms Around a Memory") with Adja Snyder on backing vocals, to
Heartbreaker clatter ("Leave Me Alone"), to Bo Diddly Dolls ("Pills").
Photo: Arthur Freedman
Kelly Knapp and the Bristols added the sass
talk to a hip twisting "Great Big Kiss". Mark Chenervert
tossed his always good to hear honkin’ tenor into the mix to push it over
the top. Ritt’s former Daughters bandmate Bill
Doherty added second vocal to "Ask Me No Questions". "Daddy
Rolling Stone" kept the roadhouse end of the party going with Phil
Aiken grabbing a little spotlight on the ivories and Evan Shore
and Eric Martin giving their harmonicas a workout.
The final bow
Ritt vocals didn’t ape the man but had just enough Queens
to make you smile. "London Boys" ripped. People came and went all
night long. Chenevert horned up the groovalicious kiss-off
"She’s So Untouchable". "Subway Train" ran slow and
then stomped on the pedal. "Downtown" had that nasty, Stooges feel.
"So Alone", which didn’t appear on its namesake album, got a
deep dark smear with Joe Mazzari adding some of his trademark
dirty blues. One off, one on, one up, one hell of a good time.
Thalia and Jason - E
Blowfish headed tot he Midway, we were overdue for
seeing Thalia Zedek. She is now concentrating on the
band E. She was doing the solo thing for a while. That
was her doing more traditional song sets. E is her
flexing her experimental inventive style and boy can she do that. The
music was dissonant and serious. There are few that can cover the wide
creative area that Thalia can. She is an intrepid artist.
Jason Sanford - E
There is much talk of Jason Sidney Sanford making his own
guitars and instruments. The ‘guitar’ he was playing was a skeletal
outline of a regular guitar. It’s neck seemed longer than usual. It did
have a different sound – bare and very electronic as one would guess.
He also had more tricks in his foot pedals. One that looked like it was housed
in a cigar box gave bass booms. There were other sounds that seemed to come
from nowhere that must have come from the pedals also.
Meanwhile Thalia was doing some stunning guitar work. A lot was jazz style
chording but abrasive in the Come/Live Skull vein. A lot of the time Thalia
and Jason played two repetitive lines that were far from harmonious or in seemingly
in sync but they had their own logic. You had to come to accommodation with
them and when you did the reward was there.
As they generated a steady rhythm it gave Gavin on drums a
chance to put in variety rather than the drummers usual job as a time keeper.
All three took turns singing. The overall sound was like MOB and even more like
Peter Prescott’s Minibeast. It may sound chaotic on the surface but there
are musical gems all the way though. You know you're hearing something special
with E. We will always be following Thalia in all her projects.
That was hard to follow but Whore Paint did it by having a
compatible sound and adding some humor in the mix. They're from Providence and
say they are “pre-post-feminist and rage-fueled”. It turned out
they were also very entertaining.
They are guitar, drums and vocals. Hilary, the guitarist had
a dozen pedals that made her sound as big as all Led Zeppelin or any other group
or tone she wanted. There are a lot of bands doing the duo thing and getting
it done by doing this. It works, so why not? Meredith, the
drummer played busy underneath this to solidify the effect.
Then there was the phenomenon of Reba on vocals. She
had a haunting, ghostly way of singing along with a lower register style.
But it wasn’t just the singing. After the first song it became
obvious that she was going to talk a lot. She was throwing out fast
observations and wise cracks and she was funny. It kept up all set.
We wouldn’t mind if she just talked all night. She’s got
personality and points of view to burn. We have a short talking example
in the first video above.
It was hard to tell what the songs were about. They had one light on the floor
at center stage that gave them a dramatic look. The set kept us there right
to the end. There are many bills this group would fit into. We hope to see them
We are glad to have Artie Freedman's photos from the
So Alone show. We have one more photo from that show
below. Followed by three more from the Rocking for a Cure for
Huntington's Benefit at Thunder Road on Thursday. There are
some more of these photos on Artie's
Lizard Lounge 5/23/2018 and Thunder Road 5/24/2018
The final bow
The Billy Connors Project
Rick Barton and Blame the Whiskey
Kim, Kelly, Eric and Steve
And in other news.....
Once Ballroom in Somerville was robbed, big time, this week.
the story. The perps got a lot of money and did property damage. There's
a GoFundMe page to help them - Go
Here to HELP Once They already have over $15,115.00 toward a $20,000.00
goal as of this writing.
June 23 at the Elks lodge is the Kids Like You & Me's
Rama Lama Ding Dong 2018! (FB
page) It’s from 6:30 to 11:30 and has 8 listed band and more
promised bands. They did a clever rip off of the Boston Calling poster.
Actually what the scene needs is a direct response to the Boston Calling
festival which hardly has a local band on it. Somebody, work on that!!
Here's some good shows coming up this week.....
May 29 (Tuesday)
Chrome at the MIddle East Up.
May 31 (Thursday) Crimespree, DNZL,
Order 66, Deranged Youth, Circus Battalion at PA's Lounge
May 31 (Thursday) Red Hare, Sweet
Jesus (Last Show), Holy Hands, Silver Screams, Pummel
at AS220 in Provi RI FB
May 31 (Thursday) Atlantic Thrills,
The Mad Doctors, Fire Heads, Heavy Connection at the News Cafe Pawtucket,
June 1 (Friday) Tom Baker &
The Snakes, Swilson and Duck and Cover at The Tavern
@ the End of the World.
June 1 (Friday) Thee Fightin' Fish
Record Release Party at Club Bohemia also playing are EVERT, Birdgangs,
Captain Martini and the Key Stoners
June 2 (Saturday) A Crash Course
for the Ravers featuring Charlie Don't Surf! 91.5
June 2 (Saturday)
Check out JJ Gonson
pics with Slam Dance - Pictures from the Pit
out in Framingham, 4-8PM FB
page for info
June 2 (Saturday) The Black Souls,
Crunchtime & Guests, do a Midway Cafe Matinee 4-8PM
June 2 (Saturday) Fur Purse, Lady
Pills, Miss Geo & DJ Sit and Spinat the Midway 9PM show
June 2 (Saturday) Sheer Terror,
Nothing But Enemies, Brando, American War Machine at The Middle East
- this is an early show 5:30-10:30
June 2 (Saturday) Worshipper, Sidewalk
Driver, Flight Of Fire, Blood Built Empire at Sonia
June 3 (Sunday) The FUs, Working
Poor USA, The Straight Eights, Worm at The Midway for a 4-8PM show
June 3 (Sunday)
Gang Green and Taxi Driver, Reason
To Fight at Alchemy in Provi RI also a matinee 2-6Pm Also there will
be not so surpriseguests Jerrys Kids doing a couple songs.
And further out we have...
June 4 (Monday) Radkey, Aneurysm,
Silver Screams at the Middle East.
June 5 (Tuesday) Rock and Roll
Trivia w/ Erin and Brett at Sinclair 8PM
June 8 (Friday) Taxi Driver, Brix
n' Mortar, Crimespree, Destroi! at O'Brien's Pub
June 8 (Friday) Mooseknuckle, Boot
Rot, Tap Water, Whoopi Stick, Rictus Grin at Club Boho at The Cantab
June 9 (Saturday) Sternman, Nightbird
and Tragedy at The Middle ast Up.
June 9 (Saturday)
Scissorfight, Diablogato, Scrimmy the Dirtbag
at Opus in Salem - and its sponsored by Lord Hobo Brewing company- you know
what that means
June 9 (Saturday) The Neighborhoods
at the Ocean Mist in RI on June 9, Tickets
June 10 (Sunday) Black Market Flea
The Boston Hassle and Ignore Rock'n'Roll Heroes present their joint effort,
a bi-monthly one-day flea market featuring handmade artwork, prints, patches,
records, tees, pins, ceramics, jewelry, zines, body care, tea, fiber art, vintage
clothing, accessories, books, as well as tarot readings, haircuts, live drawings,
and more! Noon - 6PM $1 to get in. At teh Cambridge Community Ctr -5 Callendar
St Cambridge FB
June 10 (Sunday) Tokyo Tramps,
Jody Moore, Billy Connors Project, Club Linehan A Go Go at The Midway
for a 4-8 PM show
June 10 (Sunday) Crimespree, Blame
it On Whitman, Punksatownie,System Blister, Cap at Koto Salem - 7PM
June 13 (Wednesday) The Posies
30th Anniversary Tour with guests Secret Sail at ONCE Ballroom
June 13 (Wednesday) doing their G.G.
ALLIN 25th Death Anniversary Tour the Murder Junkies are at Cafe Nine
in New Haven CT FB
June 13 (Wednesday) Some Kind Of
Nightmare (CA), Silver Screams, BDSX, Sweet Bangs at
Opus in Salem
June 13 (Wednesday) Supersuckers,
Speedealer, Salem Wolves are at Alchemy in Provi, RI
June 14 (Thursday) The Dickies
(40th Year Anniversary) w/ The Queers, Duck & Cover and
Cookbag at The Middle East FB page for
June 15 (Friday) Robert Gordon
is at the Greasy Luck Brewpub in New Bedford, MA opening is Johnny
Barnes & The Nightcrawlers. FB
June 16 (Saturday) GLiDER
Live on Radio 91.5FM Crash Course for the Ravers! wmfo.org
June 16 (Saturday) Benefit for Rosie's
Place with Jerry’s Got Jokes, Threat Level Burgundy, Whoopi Sticks,
Blame it on Whitman, The Runouts this is a DAY show at The Midway
June 16 (Saturday) The Nervous
Eaters, Justine and the Unclean, Stop Calling Me Frank are at Thunder
June 16 (Saturday) GBH
with Pinata Party are at The Middle East Down.
June 17 (Sunday) Micah Schnabel,
Live Nude Girls, Olde Boy, Amy Griffin at O'Brien's Pub
June 20 (Wednesday) Blk Squirrl
Record Release with special guests Andy California
and Sundog at The Midway
June 20 (Wednesday) Reverend Horton
Heat, Big Sandy, Lara Hope & The Ark-Tones at Alchemy Provi RI
June 21 (Thursday) There is an all over
Boston/Cambridge Music Festival called Make Music Boston, its ALL kinds of music
but in particular: The Stigmatics will be playing at the City
Square Park Charlestown 7-8PM, Check out their
interactive website to see who else is playing and where.
June 21 (Thursday) PowerSlut, Abbie
Barrett, Crystal Canyon at Once music starts at 8
June 22 (Friday) Greg Allen's Fringe
Religion, Pop Gun, Muck and The Mires and 138 at KOTO
June 22 (Friday) Tied To A Bear,
Duck &Cover, The Von Traps, Not Part of It at Opus in Salem
June 23 (Saturday) Gene Dante And
The Future Starlets, Parlour Bells, The Gala, Smitt E. Smitty and special
guest DJ, Gang of One (Hugo Burnham formerly of Gang of Four)
at Once - 8:15PM show time!
June 23 (Saturday) Mr. Airplane
Man, GLiDER, Andy California, Shiny Beast, Thigh Scrapers at Club Boho/The
June 23 (Saturday) The 7CS
and The Rolling Who, are at the Plough & Stars
June 24 (Sunday) Opposition Rising
Boston Record Release Show! with Not A Part Of It, Infernal Diatribe,
Neighborhood Shit, DNZL 4PM matinee show at the Midway
June 24 (Sunday) The Adolescents,
Electric Frankenstein and Duck & Cover at Brighton
June 26 (Tuesday) 8 pm 14 harvard Ave Allston.
Bill Sullivan reads from his book Lemon
Jail - On the Road with The Replacements, followed by a q
and a session. more info to come!!
June 26 (Tuesday) POPTONE
(Daniel Ash, Kevin Haskins, Diva Dompe) will be performing
the music of Bauhaus, Tones on Tail and Love and Rockets at the Midde East Down
June 29 (Friday) Nervous Eaters,
The Gamma Goochies, Euphemia at Geno's in Portland, ME
June 30 (Saturday) Goddamn Draculas,
Jason Bennett and The Resistance, Art Thieves at Middle east Up 6:30
June 30 (Saturday) Rockin' Dune
Tunes at Whitecrest Beach Wellfleet Cape Cod. It’s rocking on
the beach – well, the parking lot next to the beach. Line up : Mr
Airplane Man, Atlantic Thrills, Shiny Beasts, 5 SPF4. It's FREE &
ALL AGES. it starts at 5PM. The town charges to park for the beach until 4:30.
Bonfire on the beach after the show. In memory of our friend Trey Helliwell.
More info here
July 1 (Sunday) Today Junior, Milk,
Dutch Tulips, Soft Pyramids at Great Scott
July 1 (Sunday)
G.G. ALLIN 25th Death Anniversary show with
The Murder Junkies, Smoking Triples, Jonee Earthquake, They Hate Us,
Malcolm Tent at The Dutch Treat Franconia NH Here's the FB
July 7 (Saturday) Pajama Slave
Dancers (reunion) with special guests Trusty Sidekick, Grey
Matter (ft. Eric Gaffney), and The Weisstronauts
July 8 (Sunday) Step 13, Genuine
Rust, The Martians, Cry Havoc at the Midway for a 4-8PM show
July 11 (Wednesday) The Goddamn
Gallows, The Koffin Kats, Viva Le Vox at Alchemy in Provi, RI
July 12 (Thursday) Koffin Kats,
The Goddamn Gallows, Viva Le Vox at The Middle East
July 12 (Thursday) When Particles
Collide, Bad Larry's, Whoopi Sticks, The OK Oks at Opus in Salem
July 13 (Friday) Last Ones and
CalCali Band are at Tavern at the end of the world. (Rick must
be back from his Grand Tour!)
July 13 (Friday) Fireking, The
Grip Weeds, Watts, Modern Day Idols at Thunder Road -get
July 14 (Saturday) il Mostro, Psychic
Dog, The Laces, Jim Healey for a 4-8PM show at the Midway
July 14 (Saturday) Walter Sickert
& the Army of Broken Toys, The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing,
Frenchy And The Punk, Radiator King at Once Ballroom
July 26 (Thursday) Radium Girls,
Thrust Club, Lonely Leesa and the Lost Cowboys, Yes Commander at Once
August 4 (Saturday) Scissorfight,
White Dynomite, Northern Skulls, Red Mantis at Once Somerville
August 4 (Saturday)
Descendents w/ A Wilhelm Scream
& Pavers at State Theatre, Portland, Maine
August 8 (Wednesday) The Blasters
come back to ONCE
August 13 (Monday) Agent Orange,
Fea, and more at Ralph's Diner in Worcester
August 15 (Wednesday) Agent Orange
are at the Brighton Music Hall TIX!
August 16 (Thursday) Agent Orange
w/ FEA, Zero Holds at Alchemy in Provi, RI
August 24 (Thursday) Lyres, Glider,
Pop Gun, Knock Ups at Koto in Salem
August 24 (Thursday) Stop Calling
Me Frank, Hi-End, The Stigmatics, The Legendary Cazbats at Club Boho
at The Cantab
September 8 (Saturday) Richard Mirsky's
CD Release Party at the Midway (night show)
September 9 (Sunday) Slim Cessna's
Auto Club and Kid Congo Powers at Once - music starts
September 11 (Tuesday) Killing
Joke on their 40th Anniversary Tour at the Paradise FB page
September 13 (Thursday) Fall-Fest 5 Day
1: featuring The Avengers! also on the bill - Silver
Screams, Boot Rot, City Problems and a bunch more bands. It’s
at Alchemy. Music starts at 8PM Here's the FB
October 12 (Friday) Salem Horror Fest
After Party with Diablogato, Gray Bouchard and the Dedications and
Petty Morals at Opus in Salem
October 20 (Saturday) Nervous Eaters,
Indonesian Junk, Duck & Cover at the Middle East Up
October 27 (Saturday) The Descendents
w/ Teenage Bottlerocket at The Palladium in Worcester FB
page for tix etc
November 2 (Friday) Roky Erikson
at Once. Tix
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Slimedog doing the Worm
The Lost Riots
The Lost Riots listening to Kermit's Finger