July 6, 2015
Jittery Jack and Miss Amy
Sir Blowfish was out and about this week:
The Shods' gig almost got by me, I just found out about it on Monday,
the day of the show. It was billed as a showcase of Lowell bands. Including
Varsity Drag who I like but arrived just to hear the last song. For a
change there was a lot of people in the club on a Monday. The Shods have
some loyal fans. There were rumors that this was their last gig because band
members were moving out of the country.
Walker preceded the Shods. Somehow they are from Rhode Island and eluded
the Lowell theme. They were psych-like and noisy. Most of the time they had
effects on the guitars but I like it when they played with a clear tone, they
had hills and valleys with loud and quiet sections. Their second to last song
transmogrified into I Wanna Be Your Dog and Kevin Stevenson of
the Shods jumped up on stage and sang along.
There was the air of expectation as the Shods took the stage. This audience
was comprised of a very dedicated fans. The Shods are very straight ahead rock
musically. Without Dave Aaronoff on guitar they sounded very sparse and
they made that work for them by making simple and effective music. Scott
Pittman is an exceptional drummer. His playing went beyond rock into jazz
or big band styles or maybe just well executed drumming. Rhythms were varied
and tick tock tight. The lyrics talk of the Lowell mill town and that gives
them a down to earth grittiness. Lead singer Kevin Stevenson did a lot
of talking. He was enjoying the night as well he should. He looks a lot like
Joe Strummer to me and had that sort of presence on stage.
They have lots of material to pick from so it's no surprise
the songs were varied and they all worked. They played my favorite: Things
Will Be Different (A later
version can be found here). They also covered Johnny Cash's Folsom
Prison Blues. The set went by so fast that it was five minutes to 1am before
I knew it. That's TT's closing time on Mondays. The Shods just kept playing
till finally relenting and the TT's staff shuffled people out (me too), still
being lawful in the last days.
As this emotional and energetic show was going on I couldn't help but think:
this club will be gone in a month. People are salivating over the bands that
might play in the last week but it's all the gigs like this that will be missed
You must be tired of us telling you about these Rockabilly shows put on by
Easy Ed but here we go again....and this July 3 show was the best yet.
It was another group of people saying good by to TT's. I saw four of
the six groups in the big line up.
The Alrighters had the crowds full attention as I
walked in. The lead singer Andrew was getting a lot of attention in his Burger
King crown while throwing out insults in Tourette fashion. You had to laugh.
Backing him up was a trio of a drummer, bassist and baritone saxophone (that
was Kim a member of DiabloGato.
The actual singing was a bit rough but there was no denying the energy and fun.
I got swept up in it and then the unusual instrumentation was a refreshing change
I've seen Jittery Jack and Miss Amy a few times,
the last time at Atwoods
in Cambridge. Jittery Jack (Kevin Patey) is an enthusiastic front
man often hitting the floor to make an emotional point. He keeps things moving
with fast chatter in between songs. Sporting sunglasses, Judd Williams
looks as well as plays the part of the suave Rockabilly drummer. He's got every
tasty fill and turn around in the book. I would just listen to him the whole
time but there's Miss Amy pouring out endless riffs on guitar. It seems
like she has a bottomless well of creativity. I don't remember her repeating
anything even from verse to verse.
These guys play out often enough; if you want a dose of Rockabilly you should
seek them out. They brought on members of The Racketeers, a long time Psychobilly
band, as guests for a few songs. As is usual with these shows you also get Easy
Ed playing amazing tunes in between the sets. A few times a half dozen women
would do the Stroll during Ed's tunes; that's just another cool thing at these
(from Toronto) played one of the Shake
Up shows and people were saying good things about them before hand.
The guys had spiffy suits and the woman had a black fringe laden dress. They
also have a 50's vibe in the music. They exuded a calm control over a smooth
performance. There was plenty of nuance in the restraint. Sarah the singer
didn't sound flashy but time and time again she would grab your attention with
the way she would capture a melody and bring the lyrics home. They weren't stuffy
and they weren't quiet. It was just a dose of sophistication you don't usually
see in a rock situation.
"Crankie" Frankie of the Cranktones
Then it was to the Cranktones who don't play a lot so it's an occasion
when they do. They have a history. Guitarist "Crankie" Frankie Blandino
has been playing a long time and his playing contains elements of jazz as well
as rockabilly. It seems like you are getting the real deal when he plugs in.
He's funny on stage to boot. It seemed like desert after a those three other
bands. I heard so much music and I sadly missed Johnny Carlevale and the
Rollin' Pins, another fave. These Rockabilly nights are something to catch.
We sure will be at the next one.
Jittery Jack and Easy Ed
and in other news.....
You've heard about the Rathskellar Suite at the Commonwealth
Hotel. We wrote about
it a couple of weeks ago. Along with Jim Harold and photographers Phil
N Phlash, Wayne Viens, Richie Parsons and JJ Gonson they've produced a really
nice photo book of Rat pics (with a forward by Jim Harold). Problem is the book
was created only for the people that spend a night in the Rat room. Everyone
who sees the book, and lots of people who haven't, have been raising a fuss
about getting their hands on a copy. Well we got in touch with the folks at
the Hotel Commonwealth about this predicament and they are willing to sell it
to those of us that want one. It doesn't come cheap, its $49.69 but that is
actually the price the hotel pays for each copy so you're getting it at cost.
All you have to do is contact Jessie Stephenson at the Hotel Commonwealth. You
can email Jessie at: jstephenson @ hotelcommonwealth.com to get your very own
And what? ANOTHER Rat movie?? We love it!! A
Ratrospective is a film in the works about the Rat, this one focusing
on the latter days: "Touching on a brief history and concentrating on the
final years before its sudden closing in 1997."
Have you been feeling a little overwrought lately?? Well
check this out folks, researchers at the University of Queensland in Australia
did a study on the effects of extreme music on people and found "Participants
listening to the likes of the Sex Pistols and Slayer not only emitted
positive emotions, but were found to be as relaxed as those who had been sitting
in silence." We knew this all along didn't we? Here's the article in Newsweek:
Nevermind the Bollocks: Study
Shows Punk, Metal Help Calm Nerves
The Gizmos World Tour CD has finally been released
by Gulcher records. All songs recorded live during the 2014 Gizmos World Tour:
"The Gizmos rock their way through all 15 of the songs from their three
EPs: "Kiss Of The Rat," "Mean Screen," "Regular Dude,"
"Amerika First," "Human Garbage Disposal," "Muff Divin',"
etc. Plus the MC5's "Black To Comm" and "Ramblin' Rose,"
"The Devil Talks In Tongues" by Eddie's band Crawlspace, Kenny Kaiser's
"Don't Get Fresh With Me" (from the 1978 Korps LP with Kenne Highland),
and a brand new Gizmos song from Ted Niemiec called "Around." And
you can get
Here are some shows that are happening this week....
July 10 (Friday) Mr. Airplane Man are
back in town with The Monsieurs and Party Pigs are at Cuisine
en Locale (FB
July 10 (Friday) a little more North, in
Salem there's the Salem Wolves, Oh the Humanity, The Jukebox Romantics
and Ghost Ayeria at Koto (90 Washington St Salem) Their show are
only 5 bucks!!!! (FB
July 11 (Saturday) it;'s beach
season so....there's Rockin Dune Tunes at Whitecrest Beach in Wellfleet, MA
with Mr Airplane Man, Thick Shakes, The Barbazons and Hambone Skinny
Here's the FB page.
This is a 5-9PM show.
July 11 (Saturday) There's an afternoon
show in the city, in Cambridge coz Savtones return to Atwoods. This one is 4-6PM.
Atwood's has a nice menu and an outdoor patio too.
July 11 (Saturday) Mudhoney along with
White Dynomite will be at The Brighton Music Hall
July 11 (Saturday) The FUs, Ungraded,
Sewer Rats, Jay Allen and the Arch Criminals and Kenny Chambers are
at Cuisine en Locale
July 11 (Saturday) it's official The
Gizmos (and a TON of other bands) are playing Mutant Fest II
at the Blockhouse in Bloomington IN. FB
July 12 (Sunday) it's the final TT's
Rock n Roll Flea Market & Bloody Mary Bash 11AM- 5PM and its Free
July 12 (Sunday) At The Sinclair there's
Stiff Little Fingers with The Warning Shots and Trophy Lung.
July 12 (Sunday) at The Midway are Beantown
Boozehounds, El Escapado, Lucky United, Deranged Youth and Bad Movies
up after this week we have.......
July 14 (Tuesday) - WHAT a great show this
will be The Rezillos with Petty Morals and Casanovas in Heat
at Johnny D's. And the Rezillos have a new full length CD out. There
will be a CD and a limited edition vinyl album available at the shows !! Get
July 16 (Thursday) Wolf's Farewell to TT's
Party (also his 22nd Bastille Day A go-go) and what a show this will be!! with
the Legendary Vudu Krewe & special guests Jenny (Dee) DAngora,
John Powhida, Amber Casares, Asa Brebner, Kevin Connelly, Jittery Jack, Anthony
Kaczynski (Fireking), Michelle Paulus (Dents), Ramona Silver and more! Music
start at 7:30 folks so don't arrive late. In fact the music is mostly 7:30 -
July 17 (Friday) through July
25 (Saturday) - make
sure to keep your calendar open for the TT's Farewell Bash happening all week!!
July 17 (Friday) at Club Bohemia
- Greg Allen's Fringe Religion, Caged Heat, and the Black Souls.
July 17 (Friday) at Sally O Brien's
- Richie Parsons, Aca Brebner and The Trick Wallace Trio
July 17 (Friday) at The Midway - The
Dirty Truckers, A Bunch of Jerks, The Dents and Jay Allen & The Archcriminals
July 17 (Friday) The Brigands are
putting on a Wounded Warriors "Garage Night" Benefit at Spotlight
Tavern in Beverly, MA. Here's who's on the bill and the music starts at
9PM: Pop Gun, Corolla DeVille, The Brigands, The Flying A-Holes and Gary
July 18 (Saturday) Roy Sludge Trio
is doing an early show (6PM) at Sally O'Brien's. Perfect for dinner and
July 18 (Saturday) Mission of Burma
opens for The Foo Fighters and the Mighty Mighty Bosstones at
July 20 (Monday) The Detroit Cobras
and Fireking are at Great Scott -
Get your tix here.
July 22 (Wednesday) Jaz Coleman
founding member of Killing Joke is doing a Spoken Word performance at
The Middle East Down. its al about his new book: "Letters from Cythera".
Jaz will delve into his many experiences that have influenced his philosophical
outlook on life and also discuss, Supersynthesis, a principle which has facilitated
his many accomplishments including acting, conducting, singing, composing, geometry,
architecture, and occult history. Tix
available here. This one will be different, there's seating and VIP seating
tix for this show.
July 22 (Wednesday) up North in Portland
ME at The Space Gallery (538 Congress St, Portland, Maine 04101) are
Kid Congo Powers & the Pink Monkey Birds with Tiger Bomb and
Cheerwine Here's the FB
page for this one.
July 24 (Friday) WOW! check this out: Bim
Skala Bim and the Pajama Slave Dancers are at The Middle East
Down along with Brunt Of It, Zeme Libre and The Porter Squares
July 24 (Friday) at The Midway - BrownBoot,
Barbusters and Hambone Skinny
July 25 (Saturday) A Crash Course For
The Ravers is featuring Ajda The Turkish Queen! That WMFO 91.5 from
1PM - 4PM.
July 25 (Saturday) The final day of TT
The Bear's Place...and they have Scruffy The Cat this night!!
July 25 (Saturday) Muck & The Mires,
The Nervous Eaters and Richie Parsons are at The Midway
(FB event page)
July 25 (Saturday) The Shambolics, Greg
Allen's Fringe Religion, Jay Berndt & The Orphans are at Sally O'Brien's
July 26 (Sunday) a Matinee Show at the
Middle East Up - 1PM doors with Band Without Hands, The Knock Ups,
Radio Compass, and Happy Little Clouds
July 26 (Sunday) Screeching Weasel,
plus The Queers and The Mr. T. Experience are at The Royale.
get tix here. This is a 6PM show!!
July 26 (Sunday) Matinee show at The
Middle East Up with Band Without Hands, The Knock Ups, Radio Compass,
Happy Little Clouds. Doors are a 1PM
July 30 (Thursday) There's a mega hardcore
show at Cuisine en Locale with Power Trip, Foreseen, Boston Strangler,
Peacebreakers, Freedom, Fury, Red Death, Intent, CIAC and Take Control.
Music starts at 6:30 SHARP doors are at 6.
July 30 (Thursday) X, with all original
members, are at The Sinclair Tix
July 31 (Friday) THE DAMNED: Dont
You Wish That We Were Dead documentary is FINALLY playing in Boston!!
It's at the Regent Theater at 7:30. You can buy
tix here. Watch the
August 1 (Saturday)
Tiger Bomb is on Crash Course for the Ravers on WMFO 91.5FM from
August 1 (Saturday)
The Static Dynamic, The Wrong Shapes, Hope & the Husbands and Alchemilla
at The Middle east (FB
page for upcoming updates)
August 2 (Sunday)
A Punk Show at Koto with USA Waste (ex A Global Threat), Adults,
The Earbleeds, Gravel and Farce!
August 3 & 4 (Monday
and Tuesday) Darkbuster
returns!! at The Sinclair. Well, no tix available anymore congrats
to Darkbuster for two night of sold out shows!!!c
August 3 (Monday)
Tsunami of Sound and The Vista Cruisers are at Opus Underground,
August 6-8 (Thursday - Saturday) Boston
Fuzzstival 2015 is at The Middle East Down. The Fuzztival highlights
"the best bands in the region that make psychedelic/fuzz/garage/surf rock"
and its goal is "to build bridges within the local music community."
Stay tuned for the lineup and more info keep checking their FB
August 8 (Saturday) - Head over to Store
54 to help Bob Colby celebrate his birthday (two days early) with
The Rationales and My Own Worst Enemy!
August 8 (Saturday) - The Bush Tetras
and headlining at The Sinclair and also on the bill are E, Gene Dante
& The Future Starlets and DJ Gang of One (Gang of Four's Hugo Burnham)
get tix here.
August 8 (Saturday) The Memphis Rockabilly
Band are doing an early show at Johnny D's (FB
August 14 (Friday)
at The Midway are The Connection, The Above, Fireking & Special
guest to be announced...watch for updates on the FB
August 22 (Saturday) Memphis Rockabilly
Band is at the Marshfield Fair. check
out the particulars here
August 29 (Saturday) The Ten Foot Polecats
are gonna be on A Crash Course for the Ravers with Brian Young
and Mike Stewart on WMFO 91.5 - that's 1PM- 4PM.
August 31 (Monday) The Fake Boys, Petty
Morals, BDSX, Spectre Hawk and The broken glass kids at Opus Underground
and of course The New England Shake-Up! September
25,26,27 2015! Keep yourself updated at their
September 3 (Thursday) Wormwood
(mem of Doomriders), Mountain God (NY), Conclave (ex Warhorse),
and Livver are at Obriens
September 18 (Friday) Livver, Tenafly Vipers,
Dead Cats Dead Rats and Profit Margin are at Koto in Salem,
September 19 (Saturday) Pop Gun
along with Fireking, Classic Ruins and 138 are at Koto in
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