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System Blister
System Blister
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We took advantage of another Sunday late afternoon show at the Midway. Loser’s Circle were having a welcome back show after their tour...which they lived through despite fears to the contrary.
The opening act was Coffin Salesman. This is the new project by Aria Rad who used to be in the Radicals; it’s Rad on guitar, Ryan Coomey on accordion and another person hitting a box for percussion. Even the hard rock maven Slimedog is making an exception with this acoustic act because the lyrics make the grade. I would too.

Coffin Salesman
Coffin Salesman
Photo: Blowfish

Aria’s persona on stage is a button down nerd. He’s not folk but a little beatnik creeps in. His songs carry a lot of lyrics and that’s where you get your interest. People I talked to later all had favorite lines that they repeated. Mine was, “you’re far too young to have all these dead friends.” That’s in Don’t Ask Alice. He’s doing what Jay Allen did a few years ago which is to supply a low key acoustic set that fits in with a punk bill. It’s a viable niche. The originator of that would be Patrick Fitzgerald with Safety Pin in My Heart.
Coffin Salesman have a new album; Disappearing Actscheck it out here on Bandcamp

Blame it on Whitman
Blame it on Whitman
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Things got noisy real quick with Blame it on Whitman. We saw their debut here in July when the Loser’s Circle were leaving on tour. They put out pop with rough edges and above average harmonies. They all are solid players.

Add to that an exciting stage presence. All this and they are very young too. A lot of the elements are similar to early Neighborhoods. This is just the beginning for Blame it on Whitman. We'll see how they develop. Even right now they have a fun set of tunes.

Photo: Blowfish

We have wanted to hear Chanticlear again after seeing them last May. They actually have a long history but were new to us. They had some new members in the group and sounded even better this time. The new drummer was a standout and to us seemed well rehearsed as he was leading the group in the fast segues.

They played Hello, I’m a Bastard that we heard last time. It had memorable hard hitting lyrics about being a father. They added another killer new song called Watching You Watch Me Die.
It was a longer song which was welcome because we wanted that choice chorus to repeat a few times. Both of those songs have melodies that give the lyrics added power. It’s one of the things they do and what we love them for. Joey Riot’s singing is also contributing to that effect. Meanwhile they just rock hard.

Listen to Haverhill. It’s nice and short 1:25 and even here there’s a little extra in the vocal line that makes it.

Loser's Circle
Loser's Circle
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Loser’s Circle joked that they would die on tour but something worse happened: they went Hawaiian! They presented themselves on stage wearing Hawaiian shirts and yelling “Aloha!”.
What the hell happened to them? Nothing that hurt the music thank goodness. Like a lot of bands that go on tour they tightened up and upped their game. They had extra energy and concentrated power. They took drummer Matt (II) on tour because Matt (I) couldn’t make it but for this show Matt (I) donned a guitar (and Hawaiian shirt) and gave extra support.

Losers Circle
Loser's Circle
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Since they left we've been able to digest their album. The familiarity with the songs made the performance resonate even more. They have a string of punk pop songs that make a worthy set.
The front room of the Midway was all full up with well-wishers who know and love them.

It was a cheery ending to another comfortable Midway Sunday.

Hospital Beds
Hospital Beds
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We searched out the Thursday show at Cantab looking for Hospital Beds. At O’Brien's the group was great but the drummer Tan’s performance stuck in our minds. It was hard to explain but he was hunched over the drums playing super busy driving the group every second.
At the Cantab it was a repeat but even better. The group seemed more rehearsed and the songs more coherent. Tan was just wild. He was so fast and energetic he was like a force of nature, impossible to ignore. We want to say he IS the group but that’s not true, the songs are hard hitting punk and the rest of the group delivers too. They would have to, Tan would just run over you sonically if you didn’t kick ass every minute! It was a fun set to see as well as hear. Check them out in the video below.

The three other bands on the bill were all Hardcore/punks with studded jackets and mohawks. The audience was all studded up too. They gave the Hospital Beds a good response.

System Blister
System Blister
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The next band was System Blister. The lead singer planted himself just in front of the stage and was all over the place as he put out the lyrics at the top of his lungs. The band was rough and hard behind him pushing out the short songs. The drummer was actually busy like Tan. These guys took their punk serious!! The lead singer left an impression with his dramatic stage presence. See the video above.

The DIgs
The Digs
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We glommed on to The Digs early because lead man Jeff’s uncle was Matthew MacKenzie of Reddy Teddy. They turned out to be a very interesting band. They had the confidence to play what they wanted regardless of labels. What they ended up with was something they claimed was “Too punk for rock, too rock for punk”.

The Digs
Photo: Blowfish

They had a few years with an album, an E.P. and a Rumble appearance in 2016. At the Middle East up on Friday they called it quits. Jeff’s career is taking him out of the Boston area.

They had a club full of well-wishers to mark the final show. They seemed tighter than ever and harder than we remember them from last time. The songwriting earmarks were all there, like the inclination to use more chords than you would expect. Their biggest success to us was where the songs married melody to words in a lilt that was unique to them. We will miss that and we know we’re not getting that from anyone else anytime soon. And Jeff had the ability to nail a phrase and make it memorable like the “And I’m so damned tired” line in Gunslinger. There are a few times where he did that in that last show.

The drummer Steve was versatile enough to go wherever the songs did. He was able to go loud but to scale down and put detail in the soft sections. We were listening to Andrew on bass specifically because we know he does interesting lines and sure enough they were so interesting we would have loved a ‘rewind’ option at points. And we know there is no ‘rewind’ in any sense at this point. Jeff is right in moving on with his life and we get to hear Andrew in the Runouts at least.

Hey Zeus
Hey Zeus
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We also took in Hey Zeus who did their over the top show. It’s all the glory and pageantry of 70s metal. The strutting, posing and jump kicks are on overload. It’s metal as opera. The music is spot on and unrelenting as is the stage antics. And it starts and ends with a gong. Unadulterated fun, and if you love metal, you’ll love it even more.

It was Abbey Lounge fever at Sally O Brien's on Saturday August 5 as John Keegan got into the middle of The Coffin Lids reunion. For his report and photos click below.

Coffin LIds

And in other news ....

Bamned The BGN interview of The Damned which was originally in issue #11 1977 has been reprinted in a new Damned fanzine called Damned Unto Death that celebrated the Damned's 40th Anniversary. It even looks like an old fanzine of the era. Lots of early Damned info in there besides. It was lovingly put together with lots of work by Carrie Felter and Kevin Shepherd over in London. How do you get it? Don’t know. We think it's only available in the UK and maybe Europe. But there is a Damned Unto Death facebook page...and ...Lucky for you our Damned interview is online

Times sure have changed when you can scrape in dough with Punk crap for sale.... Now there is punk rock beer via the 25 Anniversary of punk band MXPX and some brewery: "Celebrating 25 years of loud, fast, left-coast punk rawk, MXPX and Silver City Brewery, both from Bremerton, Washington, have joined forces to commemorate the band's anniversary milestone with an exclusive, signature beer. Named after the band's 2007 hit, "Secret Weapon" more here

Beer [pUNK Joey Ramone

Hey, what about a Joey Ramone plush doll for your collection? They got one at We think he needs longer legs...and what about the other guys??

The Chet's Last Call doc is moving forward- go here to check out the trailer and maybe part with a few bucks to help it move along and come to fruition...

Here's some good shows coming up .....

August 14 (Monday) The Silver Mirrors, Spo, Scotty & The Gang at Great Scott

Midway show August 15 (Tuesday) No Time, Concrete Elite (tx), Savageheads, Cinderblock and Piss Dogs at Ralph's in Worcester.

August 16 (Wednesday) Rock DJ Carter Alan, author of The Decibel Diaries: A Journey Through Rock in 50 Concerts, will do a reading and book signing at the Quincy Historical Society at 7 p.m. (8 Adams Street, Quincy, MA 02169

August 16 (Wednesday) You People (Album Release) w/ E at Great Scott

August 16 (Wednesday) Salem Wolves, North by North and Day Grazer at O Brien's

August 19 (Saturday) Ocelot Records Presents: The Tenafly Vipers, Bucky Harris, A Minor Revolution, The `88 Rangers at O'Brien's

August 19 (Saturday) American Burn, Devil On Horseback, Burnt Village, War Graves at The Midway

August 19 (Saturday) Screw Cart, Musclecah, Broken Toys, Mongorellis at Koto /Salem

And further out we have....

August 22 (Tuesday) OI!! - Rixe (France), The Brass, Bombers, Security and The Stance at The Middle East Up

Kyoto show August 22 (Tuesday) The Legendary Flamin' Groovies w/ Muck & The Mires & The Downbeat 5 are at Ralph's in Worcester you can get tix here

August 22 (Tuesday) A Bunch Of Jerks Album Release Show with special guests: Offworld, DnA's Evolution, Endation at The Midway

August 24 (Thursday) The Surfrajettes, Tsunami of Sound and The Beachcombovers are at Regent Theater in Arlington (FB page)

August 25 (Friday) Eyehategod and The Cro-Mags at The Middle East Up (FB page)

August 25 (Friday) Mercury on Mars, Psychic Dog,The Runouts, Corner Soul at The Midway

August 25 (Friday) Billy Connors Project, Club Linehan A Go Go, Corolla De Ville at The Spotlight Tavern/Beverly

Connors August 25 (Friday) Ladymob, Swivel, Skeleton Beats and Fossy Jaw are at Koto in Salem

August 25 (Friday) When Particles Collide and Petty Morals at Fury's Publick House in Dover NH

August 26 (Saturday) The Guilloteenagers, Four Point Restraint and After the Blackout are at The Cantab's Club Bohemia

August 26 (Saturday) Trusty Sidekick, Jason Bennett & The Filthy Muskets, Richie Parsons, Matt Trainor at The Midway

August 26 (Saturday) Jess Collins and Chrissy V. from Petty Morals will be taking over the music situation at the Shanty w/ Jim Healey & Set Fire. Solo stuff, duets, acoustic, etc...perhaps a few others, will be joining the fold for some round robin-ing! Starts at 8PM

August 27 (Sunday) Stop Calling Me Frank, State of The Union, The New Frustrations, The Only Things at The Midway -matinee show 4-8PM

Eaters August 27 (Sunday) Brian Young's A.C.C.F.T.R. featuring Casanovas in Heat! 91.5 WMFO 1-4PM

September 1 (Friday) Silver Screams, The Runouts and Crimespree at Koto in Salem

September 7 (Thursday) Teenage Bottlerocket, OC45 and MakeWar at The Middle East

September 7 (Thursday) Thrust Club, Burnt VIllage, Psychic Dog and Cook Bag at O'Brien's

September 8 (Friday) The Nervous Eaters and Glider , State of the Union and Casanovas in Heat at Out of the Blue Gallery Central Sq. here's the FB page to get updates.

September 9 (Saturday) The Stigmatics are on A Crash Course for the Ravers on WMFO 91.5 from 1-4PM

September 9 (Saturday) The Gala, Future Carnivores, Stars Like Ours and Courters at O'Brien's

Punk show poster September 10 (Sunday) A Giant Dog, The Dazies, Boston Cream at O'Brien's

September 10 (Sunday) GBH and The Casualties at The Brighton Music Hall

September 11 (Monday) Roky Erickson at the Brighton Music Hall. WOW!! Get yer tix here.

September 15 (Frirday) Cold Expectations, Justine and the Unclean, Ten Dollar Mistake at The Tavern at the End of the World - FB page

September 16 (Saturday) Boston vs Tokyo Rock n Roll Showdown with Muck And The Mires, The Fadeaways (from Japan), Mellvins (from Japan), Jittery Jack at O'Brien's Pub

September 16 (Saturday) Big Giant, Greg Allen's Fringe Religion, The Melatonins at The Midway - 4PM matinee show

September 16 (Saturday) Chameleons VOX At the Middle East Also on the bill: Soft Kill , Way Out and The Milling Gowns FB Page

September 18 (Monday) The Dictators NYC (aka Manitoba NYC) are at The Middle East

Lyres September 18 (Monday) Duck & Cover and the Quiggs are at Once with a fake version of The Dead Stiv no Jimmy Zero -how can you call that the Dead Boys?? sad.

September 20 (Wednesday) X doing their 40th Anniversary Tour- at the Brighton Music Hall

September 20 (Wednesday) Kris Rodgers and Soraia are At O’Briens

September 22 (Friday) The Go Set, Beantown Boozehounds, The Pint Killers, The Disquiets at O'Brien's

September 22 (Friday) The Ataris and The Queers at The Middle East - this is an early show- 6PM -10Pm

September 22 (Friday) The Hi-End, Corin Ashley, Modern Day Idols, The Curtis Mayflower at the Midway

September 22 (Friday) The Bushwick Hotel, Petty Morals, The Fellowship of Feeding Wolves are at The Middle East Up

September 24 (Sunday) The Grommets, Uncle Spudd, Kermit's Finger, The New Frustrations, Sewer Buddies at The Midway - 4PM Matinee show

Svetlanas September 28 (Thursday) Stiff Little Fingers are doing their 40th Anniversary tour they have Death by Unga Bunga opening for them - at the Brighton Music Hall

September 29 (Friday) Il Mostro, Silver Screams, BDSX and The Von Traps at O'Brien's

October 8 (Sunday) Petty Morals are having a Ballroom Blitz at Once Ballroom with a Flea Market and Art Show -also on the bill Muck & The Mires, The Dazies and Lady Pill (set times and more are on the FB page) It's 2PM- 8PM

October 13 (Friday) Silver Screams, Idle Pilot, Black Cheers and Psychic Dog at Koto/Salem

November 3 (Friday) The Woggles, Muck and the Mires, Stupidity, Andrea Gillis Band at The Middle East Up

November 4 (Saturday) Human Sexual Response at HOB

November 9 (Thursday) The Proletariat at ONCE Ballroom w/ Siege and Black Beach

November 10 (Friday) CH3 (Channel 3), The FUs, Silver Screams, Fast Times Punk at The Middle East Up - 8-Midnight show tix here

November 10 (Friday) The Proletariat are at Narrows Center for the Arts w/ Black Beach in Fall River, MA (FB page for info)

November 11 (Saturday) Hasselfest #9 this year has Pere Ubu and a ton of other bands at Once- get the info on the FB page here.

CONTACT US -Send us your gig listings, your news and anything else ya got!! You want your CD reviewed?? Contact us for that too.

Losers Circle
Loser's Circle
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Photo: Blowfish
Losers Circle
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Hey Zeus
Hey Zeus
Photo: Blowfish
The Digs...
The Digs - a final toast.
Photo: Blowfish
Crash Course for the Ravers on Saturday WMFO

John Felice Inerview
Joanie's London Manchester Vacation
Trivia Night by LRC WMBR
Wayne Viens Interview
Abbey Lounge Reunion
David Minehan Interview
Middle East Holiday Party
   We interviewed David Bash on the week where his International Pop Overthrow is coming to town. It's some backgroud on the history of the event and of course talk about POP..........
David Bash Interview
   We bring you into the Rat Room at the Hotel Commonwealth. Jimmy Harlold invited a group of scene veterans. It was a Rat reuion with lots of stories exchanged. Get to see the room and the people.........
The Rat Room
   Joanie takes a shorter trip (for her) with a Quebec jaunt. She checks out the old city and Bryan Adams' art exhibit!?
Joanie Lindstrom's Quebec Vacation
   Johnny Angel writes a mystery novel Looking for Lady Dee steeped in Boston punk and Thrills history. It's no apologys given for the punk lifestyle. ....
Johnny Angel talking about his Book
   John Keegan get some great photos at the Cramps tribute night at the Middle East Down. .....
All Cramped Up
   It's always a special time when The Damned play. As Halloween looms The Damned hit The Royale...John Keegan reviews and has photos......
Review of The Damned at The Royale
   Just ahead of the big punk show at the Middle East we have an interview with the outspoken Paul Cripple of Reagan Youth......
Paul Cripple of Reagan Youth Interview
   It appeared before us like a chimera and it's still's the Pipeline 25th Anniversary celebration. We interview mastermind Bob Dubrow about his background and search for what motivates him as well as Pipeline history and the show....
The Bob Dubrow Interview
   A look at a notable summer Wednesday. We start at the LRC Summer Party and bar hop to the Sonny Vincent show at Radio......
LRC Summer Party/Sonny Vincent
   The Boston punk community comes out for a good cause. Neighborhoods, Upper Crust, Dents, Dogmatics, Roy Sludge Trio, Ed Moose Savage, Downbeat 5 and Classic Ruins raise some money and rock the house at......
The Viva La Eva Benefit
   It's Part IV and there are still awesome revels....and the photos go back to 1971....not to be missed stuff for Boston Punk fans......
The Lyres Chronicles:The story of a Lyre Retyre - Part IV
   He's legendary and his surprise birthday party was legendary in turn. Only in your Boston Rock and Roll dreams could you come up with a night like this.......
Willie Loco's 70th Birthday Party
   In a case of reverse outsourcing Carl Biancucci of the Classic Ruins also plays bass in the English group Shotglass Killers. He tells us about a gig at the 100 Club with a reformed Damned....
Carl Biancucci in London
   2011 - there are upheavals all over the world, the US is in economic shambles...yet somehow Johnny Anget finds inspiration for a renewal an artistic rebirth if you will......
Interview with Johnny Angel about his new CD
   Ralph Fatello gets into reporter mode and gives us a look into the Cars reunion gig with some great back stage photos too at. ......
The Cars reunion gig at the House of Blues
   The scene gets together for Charlie Chesterman and we get to see Scruffy the Cat reunite......
The Charlie Chesterman Benefit
   The Domatics and The Neats Band 19 and Last Stand reunite...for a benefits for cancer research.... ......
Dogmatics Reunion show at the Paradise
   In the middle of the worst winter ever we give you a story about one of the worst winters ever: mainly the winter of 1978. But it's not just about the winter of course, we don't care about winters we care about punk. Rick Coraccio gives us the inside story from 33 years ago when DMZ went to record their LP.........
The Story of DMZ and the Blizzard of '78
    The Konks' hypnotic bashing was a smart mindlessness that you got addicted to. They are calling it quits and we'll miss 'em and there's no free clinic out there to help us either...........
The Konks Final Show
   We were so thrilled with the La Peste DVD we had to talk with Jan Crocker and while we were at it, get his story too......
Jan Crocker/La Peste DVD Interview
Thank god for 110 Instamatics or we wouldn't have a lot of our early Boston punk photos. Kathy Flynn used hers to get some pics of the Rat and The Club and she sent them to us to share with you..........
Kathy Flynn's Photos
One of the interesting things in the early days of Boston punk was seeing the attention grow around us. One watershed moment was when we heard that a Time Magazine reporter was going to visit the Rat. We didn't like the resulting article. But you can decide. Take a look at the .... ...
Time Magazine Article on Punk 1977
Let's get real. We are all getting older and will die. Do you ever consider how you will be remembered? I'm talking about your tombstone. It's morbid, it's in poor taste, it's .....
Future Tombstones
Crotch biting...head bleeding...dick's all in Miss Lyn's report (with photos to prove it) from the GG Allin 10 Year Memorial Tour at the Middle East....
"R.I.P. GG!!"
Everybody wants to know where everybody else is. To help keep track of the wild, the beautiful and the damned we have set up ....
Then and Now
Punk started 25 years ago. Did any of us think we would ever make it this far? Probably not, that was punk; nihilistic, "no future!". Here is a place to remember, and give a moment of thought to, those who didn't make it this far...
In Memoriam
The minute she hit the scene she was every male punk's heart throb. She was beautiful. She had a winning personality. She had a ...well...a...glow. That could be my heart talking because I, Blowfish, confess: I too am Judy's love slave. We didn't just love Judy, we worshiped her. So, now all of us members of Judyism have somewhere to meet and offer our prayers of unrequited love.
The Judy Map Shrine
1977-The Damned were ready to piss on Blowfish and started to undress Miss Lyn! And people seemed to like it!! This interview IS outrageous...for then AND now!
The Damned Interview

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