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Monster Mike

The Monster Mike's Guitar Bash

Photo: Blowfish


Soon after finishing the BGN last Sunday we headed to The Midway for Mike's Monsters Guitar Third Annual Birthday Bash. There was a lot to see at last years show at TT's. And Andy California would also be playing this year and that is always an occasion for who knows what.

Monster Mike
Hambone Skinny
Photo: Blowfish

    The line-up was punk and Americana rural and then Axemunkee who do their own thing. We got there just as Skinny Mike was going on with Steph on drums for Hambone Skinny. They bring the sounds of the swamp. It’s dirty voodoo blues evoked with lots of slide guitar. They do a version of the "Green Manaleshi" by Fleetwood Mac that is dripping in more mojo magic creepiness than the original. It shows you how much you can do with keeping things bare boned.

Axe Monkee
Photo: Blowfish

    That’s not the case at all with Axemunkee. At the helm is Catherine Capozzi who famously walked in of the street cold and won a big guitar contest. It takes a while to appreciate what she does because she does many things. She can sound simple and crude like she did with the group Darling Pet Munkee (whose songs were salutes to comic book ads) but then she can play like Django Reinhardt.
    The band does a version of "Dark Eyes" and updates it so Django would have raised his eyes. They also crank up "March of the Toreadors" from Carmen.
Capozzi has a million pedals going, wha wha and flanging her way through it all. They also have someone on synth drums and they add a lot to the rhythms and sounds that thicken up the mix. At some points they are in jazz fusion country.

Guitar Fashion Show
Fashion Show Monster Mike
Fashion Show Fashion Show Fashion Show

    A last minute addition to the Monster Bash is the Guitar Fashion Show which was a brilliant idea and turns out to be a highlight. Mike brought six guitars from his store and they had six musicians ‘model’ them as Jay Allen gave the commentary, all very funny. The crowd was really into it. The models hammed it up and the guitars were very cool. They're going to double down on this next year and make it even a bigger, more thought out show.
You can see some of those guitars at Mikes gallery on his store site Mike's Monster Guitars

Monster Micke Guitar
Photo: Blowfish

    Next up was Baluchitherium, and I’m glad I can write that and not have to pronounce it. They are all members of other bands that got together and play a mishmash of many things. There’s that Americana thing most prominent. They come across as low key hicks but actually do some very sophisticated playing. I don’t think I understood it all but it was intriguing.

Floor Singing
Andy California
Photo: Blowfish

    Then all stops for Andy California - that’s Andy McBain with a microphone duck taped to his guitar singing blues songs. Not just a joke, he can finger pick some blues! It’s that other confrontational thing that makes you laugh. He did some close face singing, Miss Lyn got a little of that, some crotch singing and some on the floor crawling. At one point a couple walked out...and Andy followed them out the door and taunted them and singing the whole time.

Andy California
Andy California
Photo: Blowfish

    Henry from Ten Dollar Mistake and Shiny Beasts walked on stage mid Andy set to do some simple drumming for a few songs. Andy joined him up there for a song or two. On his last song Andy went through a progression and was at the last note which would resolve the song and he held off for 30 seconds and then…did not play the note. He walked away leaving with that feeling of something not complete. That’s our guy. We love him!

Jay Allen
Jay Allen
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    Then it was the headliner Jay Allen and the Archcriminals a suitable topper to the motley bill. Jay has the smartest dumb songs of anyone we know. "Bustin My Balls", "Toaster Oven", "Twist My Nuts" are song titles that should be dismissed at the mere mention but no, they turn out to be worthy tales of woe from your ordinary Joe Punk. Jay has great taste in punk songs and comes up with covers you sometimes don’t know as covers. One of those is (I Feel Like) Gerry Cheevers from Chixdiggit a Canadian group
    It was a lot of music and still only 8 pm. Not to forget Monster Mikes Guitar store and its conveniently located just outside of Central Square on Mass Ave and offers other gear, and repairs...and Catherine Capozzi teaches guitar lessons there too!

Photo: Blowfish

    We totally blew it on Saturday. It looked like a great show at PA’s Lounge. We checked out two groups Binky and The Bookhouse Boys. Binky were crazy carnival/metal. That was borne out by their video. The Bookhouse Boys had a dark brooding thing going on a la Nick Cave again the video seemed intriguing. Or so we thought......the problem those weren’t the groups we actually playing at PA's! Those groups (in the video links above) are from San Francisco and London.....the groups actually playing at PA's were from Milton and Ashburnham, MA.
   Binky did some smoldering psych that erupted now and then. It sounded very good on an early Saturday. Their Bandcamp offerings don’t capture the psychedelic effects we heard.

Punk Rock Sommelier Presents.....
Raw Power Raw Power

Raw Power     Bummed out by the major screw up...we headed to Jerry's Liquors next door, as we left mid-set, looking for other entertainment options. There it was: Raw Power, a Australian Shiraz. This is a single vineyard red and the label has a whole story about an Australian Punk called Rawley Power who was frontman for a band called Anti-Power back in the day who has turned to the business of making wine. The label has a list of Anti-Power "songs" like Holiday in Angle Vale, Anarchy in the SA, Vineyard Calling and I Wanna Be Macerated. Any good? It's dark and there's berry notes and some spice and just a touch of oak. One review says “this wine's a sheila mate”. Read another here.

DMZ wine    Last week...well just because....we tried another wine we had to grab off the shelf because of the label- DMZ!!! This is a Cabernet Rose from South Africa. The fruit for DMZ Cabernet Rosé is selected from premium trellised vineyards located in cooler areas of the South Africa's Western Cape characterized by well-drained soils of weathered granite. And check this out: The grapes were handpicked at between 21 and 22.5 brix, de-stemmed and lightly crushed. The juice was left in contact with the skins for about three hours, until a soft pink hue was attained. The must was settled overnight, then cooled and fermented in tank to maintain a fresh fruit profile. It was lightly fined and filtered before bottling. And all that work made for a nice, not too sweet but juicy quaff that was very pretty to look at too!!

   The North Shore scored another cool gig at the Spotlight on Saturday. If we could get the car to go that far we should have been there. Arthur Freedman was there though. He caught the whole night. He caught Terry Brenner and his dancing shoes too.

The Spotlight in Beverly
Spotlight show
Nervous Eaters
Photo: Arthur Freedman
Nervous Eaters
Photo: Arthur Freedman
Spotlight show
The Darlings
Photo: Arthur Freedman
Spotlight show
The Darlings
Photo: Arthur Freedman
Spotlight show
Corolla DeVille
Photo: Arthur Freedman
Spotlight show
Corolla DeVille
Photo: Arthur Freedman

   We put in John Keeganís page on Cock Sparrer and Cherie Currie late in the week, so we are posting that for those who might have missed it. His next installment this week is on King Khan and the Shrines and Giorgio Murderer who played the Sinclair. See the links below.

John Keegan
King Khan and the Shrines REVIEW - CLICK HERE
Cherie Currie
Cherie Currie/Agnostic Front/Cock Sparrer/American Nightmare - CLICK HERE

And in other news

In the crowd at the Monster Guitar Party were Justine Covault and Steve Prygoda....both working on new bands!! Justine's got Justine and the Total Bastards featuring Judd Williams, Charles Hansen and Carl Biancucci! They'll debut at the Midway on July 15th. Steve P has The Cold Expectations which will feature Jo Ellen from WMFO on bass. Can't wait to hear them!

JoEllen and Steve Prygoda
Photo: Blowfish


We also want to mention a very worthy cause that we hope everyone will donate to...every bit helps here!! Long long long time Punk Rocker Sonny Vincent's family were in a terrible and tragic fire that badly burned Sonny's son, daughter in law and grandson. it's really bad. Sonny has been a dedicated and talented punk rocker from day one and has lived the life all these years. We've seen him when he's come to Boston and Providence - he's given us amazing shows...its time like these though when we hope the Punk Rock Community will come together to support a fine person and musician like Sonny whose life has been drastically altered because of this horrific and tragic event.

Please visit Sonny's Go Fun Me page and help out.


Reminder- Jan Crocker has Boston Flashpoint and it is a great concept. Photos from the old days along with video interviews of musicians and scenesters who were there at the time. Right now there's a lot of pics and remembrances of The Underground by the likes of Clint Connolly, Jim Sullivan, Jan, Eric Martin, Peter Dayton and a host of others. The great thing about this site is anyone can contribute so it will grow and change as time goes on. There's a punk timeline of events, there's videos of bands, and tons more stuff. Check it out Boston Flashpoint Music & Arts Explosion from 1978 to 1982.

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

Endation June 21 (Tuesday) Allston Pudding Presents an All Ages show with Free Pizza, Nice Guys, and The Monsieurs

June 23 (Thursday) Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling are saying Bye Bye Boston with their last show here - joining them are Petty Morals, Endation, and Psychic Dog - at the Middle East Up

June 24 (Friday) Gymnasium and Mike Gent & The Rapid Shave are at The Tavern at the End of the World

June 25 (Saturday) Dead Kennedys are at The Paradise and they have an AWESOME line up bands playing before them!! Jerrys Kids - 10.15pm, Straw Dogs - 9.30pm, The Welch Boys - 8.45pm and Burning Streets - 8.00pm- Get tix HERE!!

June 25 (Saturday) The FORZ have a new album out! To celebrate the release they are doing a show at the New World Tavern, Plymouth MA. Also on the bill will be Muck and The Mires and Viewers Of.

June 26 (Sunday) Making Waves For Autism benefit - featuring John Powhida, The Dogmatics, Girl On Top at Sally O's (this is a 1-5PM show)

And further out past this week....

June 27 (Monday) Pere Ubu at The Sinclair

June 30 (Thursday) Randy Black & The Heathcroppers and the Trick Wallace Trio are at Sally OBrien's

July 1 (Friday) Rock The Cradle - A Two Day Benefit for Cradles to Crayons Night 1 is with Cactus Attack, Live Nude Girls, Mark Lind, time and place, Evan Weckbacher and Darn Coyotes at The Midway

Cradle July 2 (Saturday) Rock The Cradle - A Two Day Benefit for Cradles to Crayons -Day 2 (this one's 3-8PM) is with The Dents, High School Football Heroes, Mickey Rickshaw, The American Myth and Go Big - at The Midway

July 9 (Saturday) Happy Little Clouds (It's their Album Release), The Rationales, Powerslut and The Knock Ups at O'Brien's

July 9 (Saturday) Jason Bennet and the Resistance, You Scoundrel, The Pity Whores, Game Over and Olde Boy (Liam from The Old Edison) are doing an afternoon 4-8PM) show at the Midway

July 9 (Saturday) Tsunami of Sound, Fireking, Popgun, and The Beachcombovers are at The Midway

July 9 (Saturday) Caged Heat and Erron Geer & The R'n'R Bastards are at the Plough

July 10 (Sunday) Boston Hassle's BLACK MARKET is taking it outside for the summer! They'll be at 420 Amory Street in Jamaica Plain!
The location is T accessible, just a two minute walk across the street from Green Street Station on the Orange Line. Hours - 11AM- 5PM. This one-day outdoor event will spotlight a featured artist, and boasts everything from secondhand to handmade: artwork, zines, body care, records, baked goods, patches, pins, books, T-shirts, leather goods, knits, woodwork, pottery, vintage clothing, jewelery, tea, hair cuts, tarot card readings, face-painting, portraits, & MORE!!

July 10 (Sunday) Kenne Highland, Tokyo Tramps, Los Texicanos and Crooked Mirror are doing an afternoon (4-8PM) show at the Midway.

Fireking July 11 (Monday) Guided by Voices are at The Paradise

July 11 (Monday) Beach Slang, Lucky United and Potty Mouth are at Fete Music Hall, 103 Dike Street, Providence, RI,

July 14 (Thursday) The Late Risers Club Punk Rock Trivia night will be at "the Greek" in Union Square (more info to follow) Of course Eric Law's team will win but it'll be fun just the same. Starts at 8PM - And there'll be free pizza!! Team BGN will be there too!

July 16 (Saturday) Justine and The Total Bastards are at the Midway

July 16 (Saturday) OC45 celebrates their 5 year anniversary at the Middle East Up along with Burning Streets, The Jukebox Romantics and Jumper!

July 22 (Friday) Fur Purse, Thalia Zedek, Weather Weapon, Phurnne, Death Cloud at the Midway

July 22 (Friday) Screw Cart, Psycho, Rockin' Bob Punk Band, and 4 Sids are at The Cantab down.

July 22 (Friday) The Downbeat 5 and Tom Baker and The Snakes at the Plough

July 23 (Saturday) The FUs, Silver Screams, Electric Street Queens, Il Mostro (mems of The Humanoids) are at The Midway

July 29 (Friday) The Warning Shots, Duck & Cover, Quiggs, and Tenafly Vipers are at the Greek in Union Square (FB page)

Late Risers August 1 (Monday) The Schisms and Sassy Goose both from Austin TX along with The Knock Ups are at the Midway. This should be an interesting show!!

August 6 & 7 (Sat & Sunday) The Boston Rock Opera presents Stardust to Blackstar: The Lives of David Bowie at Once Ballroom: a concert dedicated to the late rock god David Bowie. "David Bowie taught us all so much about performance and stagecraft. If B.R.O. is going to, like Lazarus, rise up again then it should be to honor and celebrate his amazing music." The night begins with fellow B.R.O. co-founder Mick "Mondo" Maldonado directing and performing Bowie's "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders from Mars" with a full band and guest vocalists. Following that, is an original live arrangement of Bowie's final opus work "Blackstar" performed by an all star band and chorus under the direction of Either/Orchestra's Russ Gershon. The evening continues with a celebration of songs from Bowie's vast catalog as even more Boston musicians take the stage to perform.

August 12 (Friday) The Handymen are at The Plough & Stars

August 13 (Saturday) FRANK ROWE's 65th BIRTHDAY PARTY!!! starring: Kenne Highland, Stop Calling Me Frank, The Dogmatics, Classic Ruins, Richie Parsons Band, and The Stigmatics - at The Midway

August 15 (Monday) X are at The Brighton Music Hall - nice venue to see them!!

August 19 & 20 (Friday & Saturday) The 4th annual Boston Fuzzstival takes place on August 19/20 at The Middle East Downstairs. Fuzzstival is a celebration of our regional music scene and local music community. Bands are Doug Tuttle, Lyres, The Monsieurs, Mr. Airplane Man, Mini Dresses
Painted Zeros, Black Beach and a whole lot more...check out the FB page for updates etc

OC45 August 20 (Saturday) The Road Devils C.C. Boston Massacre Pre-Party!!! featuring Taxi Driver, The Hi-End AND MORE!!! FB page for more info as it develops

August 20 (Saturday) There's a great daytime (4-8PM) show at the Midway with The Lost Riots, The Scrapes, Whoopi Sticks, Go Blank and Point Blank

August 20 (Saturday) The Upper Crust, Devil on Horseback, Watts, Gymnasium at The Middle East Up.

August 27 (Saturday) Idiot Genes, Duck & Cover, Silver Screams and Jack Widows at O'Brien's

September 27 (Tuesday) Buzzcocks at the Royale ...they played this very room back in 1980! And we were there then too!

October 15 (Saturday) Idiot Genes, Duck & Cover, Chanticlear and Jack Widows are at O'Brien's

October 15 (Saturday) The Upper Crust, Hickoids, The Grannies & Devil On Horseback at Once

October 21, 22 & 23 (Fri., Sat & Sun) The Boston Rock Opera presents Hair at Once Ballroom.

September 1 (Thursday) Thalia Zedek Band, Minibeast , Black Helicopter, Positive Negative Man are at Great Scott

CONTACT US - Send us your gig listings, your news and anything else ya got!!

Crotch singing
Andy California - crotch singing
Photo: Blowfish
Jay Allen
Jay Allen giving the commentary
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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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