The band Bad Movies lost two of their members in the last
two months! First was guitarist Colman Burns-Takki (also in
Worm) and then singer Linnea Sturdy. The news was so shocking!
We actually didn’t think we understood it, it seemed they were so young
and being in the same group that it couldn’t be.
There are a few live shows coming as early as June. Check out our listings
below the news. It seems like things are beginning to turn the corner. The vaccination
rate is getting higher all the time but with the anti-vaxxers there may be a
threshold that is below herd immunity.
Daniel Carswell who has taken over booking O’Brien’s
now has work to do. He announced he is starting to book shows in September –
and the bands are out of the gate! In a band? Think your band is right for O'Brien's?
Artists can reach Carswell at obriensbooking @ gmail.com and daniel @ refuserethinkrebuild.com.
This week we talked to Peter Laurence of the Harvard
Loeb Music Library about the Boston Rock City: Explore Wikidata
and Learn about Local Music event happening later this month…see
specifics below in the club listings.
This is a virtual event. Participants will be at their own computers. The main
idea is to gather information to add to a database – the Wikidata. This
information is the one point where all future links or references to a group
or club must start. After a group or club is in the Wikidata then it has a virtual
identity. Most Boston groups don’t have this, but to grow and build the
presence of the Boston scene online this has to be done. So let's do it!!!
There is a template to go by to fill in info like: genre, initial date,
location, record label etc. Look at this page for Bound &
Gagged on the Wikidata
site to get an idea.
And bands please read this too!: One of the best things is for the bands themselves to get in there
and fill in that info. We can’t emphasize this enough –
bands should be involved in this to promote their legacy. Look
to these two web pages – on the left is a list of bands, if you are on
in touch with this Wikidata event. Audio
band list here. Video
Band list here. We will have some more descriptive info on this in a day
or two. So check back.
The much postponed Nervous Eaters/Barrence Whitfield/Willie Loco and
the Boom Boom Band/Carissa Johnson show at the Paradise is now booked
for September 30, a Thursday and it is supposed to be definite. Get
The New England Shake Up is back. The rockabilly festival
will happen this year on September 24,25 and 26 out in Framingham. The line-up
of bands is way long. They also have a picnic record party 11AM-4PM on Saturday
the 25th with Barrence Whitfield spinning vinyl. Get more
details and ticket info on their website.
Don't forget to check the Gig Listings below...they're
Poly Styrene: I’m a Clichéwill
be shown as part of the Independent Film Festival Boston. It will be an online
viewing on May 14, this Friday and you can watch for 48 hours after that. Tickets
are $12.00. Get tickets at the
Linnea’s Garden have an interview on the Club
Bohemia Blogspot. Linnea says she has a show at The Jungle on June11,
as of Saturday (5/8) that was sold out. She also has a show at Dusk in Providence
on June 13. The Dusk show is outside. Read
the interview here.
Local group Birdwatching released an album on Friday on Bandcamp.
The proceeds are going to help the employees of the long closed clubs. They
received some attention this week from Allston
Pudding. Article hereBirdwatching have an indie sound.
The singing and the song arrangements separate them from the crowd. Their lyrics
are intriguing. The titles are funny in a surrealistic way too, like “A
Dog Named Lightbulb” and “Behind the Hoodsie Cup”.
If you start to listen you will get drawn in. Start with “All Smiles
in the Snack Aisle”.
Presto Records did their relaunch party on Once Virtual
Venue. Chris Porter talked about what it took to start
a label in 1989 with the Classic Ruins’ Ruins Café.
The other acts on the label were: Miranda Warning, The Terrible Parade
(from Cleveland), Miles Dethmuffen (with Linda Bean and Ad
Frank), the Visagoths, Evol Twins and the Trojan Ponies.
After Chris’ review they had current performances by the bands. Miranda
Warning sounded very together and better than most on a Zoom style
performance. The ringing riff by the lead guitarist was killer. Miles
Dethmuffin did their song in Linda Bean-Pardee’s now very familiar
garage. It was another very good song. After the performances they did interviews
with some of the bands.
On Monday May 10th (5-5:45PM) the Globe is showing a movie
called Long Live Rock...Celebrate the Chaos. It will
be online followed by a Zoom discussion with critics. The movie is about hard
rock and features talks with members of Metallica, Guns N' Roses, Slipknot,
Korn, Avenged Sevenfold, Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Rage Against the
Machine, Greta Van Fleet, Halestorm, and many more. It's not all fun and music,
oh no, there will be talk of substance abuse and depression.
The movie can be seen online and is actually available right now if you go
in and RSVP at
That Vitamin album from 1981 that was just released a few
weeks ago got us thinking about that art rock/no wave scene. Margie
Politzer the violinist from Vitamin talks about how she got into the
scene in her interview online in Dosage magazine.
It’s revealing how many familiar touchstones she mentions…the Velvet
Underground, RISD, Patti Smith’s Horses, the
Village Voice, the and Talking Heads. Read the interview
here on Dosage.
Again Jonathan Richman has been called on to talk about the
Velvet Underground. This time it is in Uncut magazine. They
have 15 pages on the Velvets. This bands continues to fascinate. Jonathan talks
about Doug Yule and what he brought to the group. Through these
articles you can see Jonathan really studied the VU and got lessons out of it
that he could use. As a musician he can get into the actual way they played
and the gear they used.
Another article resurrects an old write up by Richard Williams
who reviews a performance by the post-Lou Reed-version of the group. That’s
of interest to us because Willie Loco was in that line up.
He says that the group played “Down on the Farm” which was Willie’s
song from the Bagatelle.
You can get Uncut at the better magazine stands, say at Barnes
and Noble. Uncut website.
This week was Episode #6 for Bands, Beer and Banter. The beers
were: Aeronaut’s Double Hop Hop, Startline Brewery’s Hop Load Citra
and Greater Good’s GG Vibes. They all got ‘thumbs up’ from
the thirsty trio.
Vids started with the Chelsea Curve’s "Cavedog Girl".
We love the Chelsea Curve more and more and it’s no secret
why, these singles they're putting out are the balls.
Following was “Thanks for the Anxiety” by the Promise Game,
then Justine and the Unclean doing “Scorpion Bowl to
Go” and Little Fuss with “Watch Out”. They
play the vids, they talk them up and drink while they do it…that’s
a show! It rules!!
This weeks’ episode of Punk Rock Aerobics features an
interview with Robert Craig of Buck Biloxi and the Fucks who
do the exercise song “Streets of Rage”. Listen to the interview
then get up and move with Hilken Mancini’s aerobics. Watch
And Hilken's shop 40 South Street Vintage
was featured in Boston Magazine this past week in their article "15 Boston-Area
Stores Where You Can Score Collectibles and Antiques" Read
Dino Records is starting a remix of Kenne Highland's
Vatican Sex Kittens' songs for their never released second album Raunch
and Roll (after Be More Flambloyant) The songs were recorded
in 2004...better late than never!!!
Looks like Somerville will be taking over the ownership of the Armory
Building. The Slater brothers who also own the
Middle East have owned the Armory since 2004 and have used it as an
arts center. Somerville is afraid that the Slaters will soon use the space for
some commercial tenants (a high tech company or two) and want to stop that.
They will pay 5 million for the property and keep it as an arts center. No word
from the Slaters yet. Is 5 million a good figure for them? We’ll see.
The article is in Cambridge
All Your Things Are Gone has Richie Parsons
as a guest this last week. There's one thing about
Unnatural Axe - they never toured. They were offered a tour with Ultravox
but said no, they all had jobs. Right now they are lining up a festival show
in Cleveland. Richie has gone through a few bands but he relates that things
seemed to change in 2006. There were personal challenges and he started to write
He also runs down how the solo albums came about. He says there's a third album
like his previous two and also on punkish EP in the works too.....Then there’s
the story of Sting farting!
All Your Things Are Gone also has a long Chris Brokaw interview
in the line-up. You can hear that below.
Steeve on Blowing Smoke with Twisted Rico
got religious this week with the Reverend Hank Peirce (pronounced
“purse”) Rev. Hank went from punk to the priesthood. You might have
seen him in the news here or there. He's with the very inclusive Unitarian Church.
Steeve takes the opportunity to get serious and talk about the Mark Chauvin
trial and the social implications in America and Rev, Hank tells of a brawl
at a Slapshot show in Yugoslavia that he inadvertently started.
Steeve also posted another podcast episode with Margaret
Garrett of Mr. Airplane Man. He gets the Mr. Airplane origin story
which involves advice from Mark Sandman. The band has a few recordings that
they are working to release and Margret is working on a solo project.
Mach starts from the beginning, which for him was before punk. He spends lots
of time on the early years. A lot of stuff was packed into those years. Mach
gives a good summary on
that early rock that led into the punk scene. He has
a great memory. He relates it like it happened yesterday.
For anyone who wasn’t around this podcast is a way to get the story
of early Boston punk from the inside. Mach puts you in the place and time.
After that Mach tells the whole Thundertrain story. Even we
didn’t know how the Teenage Suicide album ended up on GEM records.
Rat Tales makes the point that Mach was shooting to be an arena rock star with
Thundertrain and actually did become one with his stint in
the Joe Perry Project.
Mach’s next book will be about his rock experiences from 1966 to 1986.
This getting a song every week or so from Nat Freedberg is
fun, we’re up to the fourth song from what will eventually be his next
album – Freeloader II.
“When I See You In My Dreams” is a quiet love song…until
it isn’t. It’s dainty arpeggiated chords until 1:45 when all of
a sudden the band crashes in with some hard rock riffs and Charles Hanson
rips it up. It goes back to the initial romantic sound and then once more...
it cranks out. We can’t remember the last time when a songs construction
surprised us like this. We love it.
The second song from The Dents new EP has been posted on Bandcamp.
There’s nice riffage on this one from Craig Adams and
again a more serious tone to the music. Two voices singing together give this
song a boost. The song picks up steam with Craig’s solo and it keeps the
excitement for the last half which makes the song seem too short, which is a
Los Chicos is another Rum Bar Records find from Spain. The
title of their album is a laugh – 20 Years of Shakin’ Fat &
Launching Shit by Medical Prescription. It’s 23 cuts. Three songs
can be heard currently on Bandcamp. They call up pub rock and garage rock in
their descriptions. We have to say there’s that and more in these tunes.
Listen to “Living Legends” where they sound like a 60’s party
band playing in your basement now, its bass heavy and laced with horns.
Here's some good shows coming up (live stream and actually LIVE!! .....
May 14 (Friday) Poly Styrene:
I’m a Clichéwill
be shown as part of the Independent Film Festival Boston. Online viewing on
this Friday May 14, and you can watch for 48 hours after that. Tickets are $12.00.
Get tickets at the
May 21 (Friday) and May 22 (Saturday)
10AM-2:30PM - Boston Rock City: Explore Wikidata and Learn about Local Music
(this is an online event) help search for and compile info concerning bands
that will be used for the Arthur Freedman Collection at Loeb
Music Library. For info and to register in advance: Here.
May 22 (Saturday) Diablogato and
The Devils Twins at The Porch in Medford (Tix
and info here)
May 27 (Thursday) Virtual Video
Atomic Fez Fundraiser for Boston - A Benefit for Boston Area Local Music Venues
starts at 8:15PM.
The beneficiaries are: ONCE, The Midway Cafe, The Jungle, The Square Root, Sally
O'Brien's, The Magic Room, O'Brien's Pub, and KOTO, with more to be added. And
the list of performers and special appearances is LONG!!! Read
more - and donate- here. and watch for the BGN spot along the way!!
May 28 (Friday) The English Beat
are at the House of Blues.
May 30 (Sunday) Color Killer
with The Prozacs - a free, live Facebook event. FB
June 3 (Thursday) The Grommets
and Trusty Sidekick are doing a live stream at the Midway on
June 3, 7 to 9:30pm with . The Facebook
June 11 (Friday) Linnea's Garden
and Home Despot are doing an outdoor show at The Jungle but
it is sold out already, sorry!!
June 17 (Thursday)M8 with Motel Black - this
is a LIVE show 40 people - Max. Masks and social distancing required
June 17 (Thursday) Color Killer
at Union Common Marlborough Ma @ 7PM. outdoor show.
June 18 (Friday) E w/
Omoo Omoo at Nova Arts in Keene, NH. FB
June 19 (Saturday) The Jacklights
and Double Star Live stream from The Midway Cafe FB
June 24 (Thursday) This should sell out
fast – Tommy Stintson of the Replacements
will be doing an outside house show in Mansfield, MA on June 24 with his current
duo set up called Cowboys in the Campfire. Tickets
September 3 (Friday) The Zulus
rescheduled show at The Paradise - doors 8PM, music 9PM. FB
September 24, 25 and 26The New
England Shake Up is back. The rockabilly festival will happen this
year in Framingham. The line-up of bands is way long. They also have a picnic
record party 11AM-4PM on Saturday the 25th with Barrence Whitfield spinning
vinyl. Get more details
and ticket info on their website.
September 30 (Thursday) Nervous
Eaters/Barrence Whitfield/Willie Loco and the Boom Boom Band/Carissa Johnson
at the Paradise . Get
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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.........
It appeared before us like a chimera and it's
still growing...it'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 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......
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..........
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 ....
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
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.