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Last Ones
The Last Ones
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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. He knew.

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.

Rick Coraccio great garage songs
The Last Ones
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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…

Billy Connors
The Billy Connors Project
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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.

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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.....

Zulus 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 called Fade

The Podcast about the Channel continues to get attention. This time from the Globe.

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 kool

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.

Chere Currie 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 Rolling 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.

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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 our Top 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.....

Rock Show 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.

Runouts 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 (featuring Justine 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 Daggers

June 8 (Saturday) Medical Maps, Peachfuzz, Triple Thick, Church & Puppets at Union Tavern (formerly PAs)

June 8 (Saturday) Tad Overbaugh and The Inebriations at The Square Root in Roslindale FB page

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 the FB 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.

Thee fightin fish 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 page

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 FB page for directions etc.

June 22 (Saturday) The Gala, The Dazies, Haunted Horses NYC, Lockette at The Midway

Let's Go the story of Ben Orr of the Cars 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 page

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 page

June 27 (Thursday) Powerslut, Thrust Club, Radium Girls at The Jungle

June 28 (Friday) Labor Hex, Ultra Major, The Endorphins at O'Brien's

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.

Brian Young WMFO 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 3-7PM

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 show

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 3-7PM

July 27 (Saturday) Corner Soul, The Knock Ups, Motel Black at The Jungle Union Sq Somerville

Justine July 27 (Saturday) The New England Ska Summit; Bim Skala Bim, Copacetics, Hempsteadys, El Grande at Once Ballroom

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 & Stars

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 Page

August 15 (Thursday) 1.4.5., Crunchtime and Glider at The Jungle Union Sq Somerville.

The Jungle club in Somerville August 15 (Thursday) The Queers, Stubborn Hearts, Meat Depressed, The Parkwoods at Alchemy in Provi RI

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 6PM doors.

October 20 (Sunday) Stiff Little Fingers, The Avengers at Brighton Music Hall doors 7PM

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Billy Connors Projext
The Billy Connors Project
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Adam Sherman - The Billy Connors Project
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Tony Kaczynski - Fireking
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THe Last ones
The Last Ones
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Mike Quirk - The Last Ones
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LA Palm Springs Vacation
John Lydon at museum of art
Simon Ritt
Curt Florczak
Mkke Worm
Color Killer interview 2018
Justine and the Unclean
Stop Calling Me Frank
Live at the Rat CD DVD party
John Felice Inerview
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
   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
   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
   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
   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
    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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