Drawing Black Helicopter during the set
Black Helicopter got us to O’Brien’s
The bill started with Ringtail. We couldn’t
find a lot of info on this band; no music online before the show
but did find one song called Birdwatcher
after. It didn’t take long to hear that they could deliver
the goods. The songs were strong and varied. Some songs were based
on the moving chord progressions.
Other songs were psych tinged
jams like the first video above. Then they had some pop efforts
like the song Birdwatcher and the second video above. Everything
was done well.
The next group Death Pesos was another new group for us. On
Bandcamp they sounded raw and rocking. Live they were even better. Just
a trio they play a sort of garage metal. They throw stoner rock into the description.
Most songs were a riff that went for a few bars and then just got repeated.
In the repetition they were in a groove and that got you going. Larry
Frisoli on bass was a big plus in the vocal category too. He had a
clear full voice with a middle high register available that was distinctive.
A lot of times a singer in this format would do lots of yelling, not Larry.
You could hear every word and that separates this group from many others. Pete
Schluter lists his instruments as guitar and Echoplex and sure enough
there was mucho echo going on at some points.
They had some funny lyrics. The first song was about the president.
That guy is a songwriters dream. Later it was a song about Sean
Spicer (it's the video above). “He was a very unsexy secretary,”
was the chorus. When they went from verse to chorus they traded
off the vocals. They also did a song about The Edge a
movie with Alex Baldwin where he fights a bear. Not a lot
of songs about love with this band. Death Pesos
is also a Boston band so we hope to catch them at some other show.
Black Helicopter have been around for a while now. They continue
to do quality albums and always sound impressive live. They have different things
they do. In that way they compare to Ringtail who started the show. Helicopter
had a hard edge, even a MOB attack at times. At other times the songs seemed
to get almost traditional with tuneful melodies and conventional chords and
fills. It’s sort of your job to follow them and it’s not hard to
At this point O’Briens was getting hot. No AC on this warmer than usual
October day. So we took a sweaty retreat.
The weekend had shows a plenty. Blowfish went to The Feelies
and Miss Lyn to the Psychedelic Furs.
The Feelies are the original nerd rockers. Their influence
is basic to all indie rock. The show at Sinclair wasn’t sold out but looked
close to it. At the beginning they were playing like they were guilty of breaking
the silence. On many songs the audience applause was louder than the band and
seemed harsh in the contrast. Even with two drummers they never got rambunctious.
They often played a simple rhythmic chord progression and added a bouncy bass
line and with that combo much gentle swaying and head bobbing commenced. That’s
the lesson with the Feelies; keep it at human level where you can relate.
In the year 2017 they sound the same as they did in 1980. The fans were intense
and responded to all the subtleties. It’s a rewarding thing for a group
to have fans like that.
The Psychedelic Furs Salem 2012
At The Paradise The Psychedelic Furs show sold out a long
time ago. This was their "Singles" Tour. There were a lot of songs
somewhat unfamiliar to us since they came out once The Furs were introduced
to a different crowd after the film Pretty In Pink. The make up of
the audience reflected that too...there were only four people we knew in the
packed house!! And yeah it was packed and it was hot and sweaty. We got there
at 8 when they show was supposed to start. We had a hard time finding info on
an opening act but one site showed that a band called Cherry Glazerr was supposed
to open...but they canceled. So there was nothing 'til 9 when the Furs came
Richard Butler Salem 2012
was in top form, excited and happy, jumping
around. His voice is such a notable part of the sound...it has that velvety rasp you
gotta love! And his hand movements and twirls are all still intact. The band
sounded great, the mix was even...except for an effect on the drums which made
them sound like you were in an Imax theater or something- kinda tacky, but I
don't fault the band for that. The other notable was the horn player. Horns
were introduced after their first album I believe. The original version of Pretty
In Pink didn't even have horns...those were added for the later film version.
But tonight the horn player moved with ease all around the stage, weaving in
between Butlers twirls and everyone else up there. He made for a happy feel
throughout the set with his toots and his moves. Unfortunately, it was so crowded
it was impossible to get a good view...I pushed in between two people behind
the sound board and I never saw the feet of any of the band members, just their
The first half hour was great as they did songs from their first three albums
...We Love You, Pretty In Pink and Love My Way among others. But...I was highly
disappointed in Love My Way!! Where were those iconic simple keyboard notes
that run throughout that song??? Gone, left out....what was wrong with that
keyboard player to leave those out!?
It was not long after that first half hour I decided it was time to sit down.
Luckily I had some great conversation with friends to an awesome sound track
of the Furs live. Up again near the end to wring my neck and catch the band
as they did Sister Europe and India. We were out of there at that point...just
too hot sweaty and impossible to see much. Despite all my complaints it was
a great show. Nothing will ever match the magical night in Salem in 2012 when
the Furs played at The Catholic Center...it was a not even half full church
hall and it was easy to be right up front...but this show did the trick.
Friday night Arthur Freedman
was at the Club Bohemia for a Burlesque show.
These shows are getting more and more popular. They have been a regular thing at the Midway for a long while now.
Arthur said that S the Supplicant
, from NYC, was very intense.
Club Bohemia 10/13/17
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On Friday 10/6 John Keegan was at the House of Blues for Paul Weller.
He got better photos on his cell phone than you could expect. He also filmed two videos.
They are of Town Called Malice and Start!.
Hit the link below for photos, video and review.
And in other news...
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Stevie Van Zandt mentions Kurt Baker, Kris Rodgers
and The Connection in a Forbes Magazine article.
He’s had their songs on his show many times. Read it here: Stevie
Van Zandt Interview: Bruce Springsteen, New Album, Hope for Music Industry,
Bands To Watch
Second Annual Salem Punk Rock Flea Market Nov 11 & 12
- see below for more info!
What’s this, a new song by Jane County? Looks like it.
It sounds like the Jane County we love!! It’s called Leave My Pussy Alone
by Jane and Jimi LaLumia....check it out on You
is doing it. Now Johnny Angel
is too....busking at Farmer's Markets.
Video on YouTube here
Ted Myers, who was in The Lost with Willie Alexander,
has a book called Making It: Music, Sex, & Drugs in the Golden
Age of Rock. He talks about those days (around 1965) and playing
the Rat. At that time Gene Brezniak was the owner. They played “Louie
Louie” and ducked a few flying beer mugs. You get inside stories on the
Lost, Chameleon Church and Ultimate Spinach.
After that he ended up in LA and drugs and sex became his life for twenty years.
It’s as low as $4.99 in the Kindle
version so really, go read it!
That POP store in Provy is having a huge photo show in December.
It’s so big they’re having two opening receptions! It's "Out
of Control" The Spirit of 77 - Exhibition Celebrating 40 years of Punk
Rock Photographs by Richard McCaffrey and f-Stop Fitzgerald. Screen prints by
Pete Cardoso of Ghost Town Studio
Part I: Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017 Special Performance by John Doe of X
with guests Tall Teenagers and DJ Hula Bomb.
Part II: Saturday, Dec. 16 Special Performance
by HR (of Bad Brains) &
Human Rights Get
December 1st is the release date for the book FACE TO FACE: 25
Years of SOCAL Punk - The Visual History...its
SO/CAL but the Mighty Mighty Bosstones are in there. It's not
cheap at $55...but it's visually very cool! check
it out here. " Face to Face: 25 Years of SoCal Punk is a fully authorized
visual history of the band that follows them from their early days in Victorville,
CA to the reunion and beyond. This limited-run coffee table book tells the story
of Face to Face from the viewpoint of their fans and contemporaries. It features
exclusive stories from Tim McIlrath (Rise Against), Chris Carrabba (Dashboard
Confessional), Max Bemis (Say Anything), Roger Lima (Less Than Jake), and more,
as well as never-before-seen photos, artwork, and other memorabilia."
Here's some good shows coming up .....
October 16 (Monday) Taco Monday Mess-Around
at Once! This time around they have the usual messers Jay Allen, Justine
Covault, Tom Baker, and will be joined by Mitch Murphy and
Henry Marcucella III (Triple Thick, Shiny Beasts, Ten Dollar
Mistake) and BOX featuring Kimi Hendrix (Killer
Abs, The Unstables) and Jen W (Moonlight Orchestra)
October 16 (Monday) Psychic Dog,
I Wish I Could Skateboard, Playoff Beard, Kato Kaelin are at Charlie's
October 18 (Wednesday) The Nekromantix
and The Brains also with Diablogato and Dead
Trains at The Middle East Down 7PM- Midnight show Tix
October 19 (Thursday) Mr. Airplane
Man are at The Parlour in Providence for a special single release show!!!
Also on the bill: Andy California, The Hangovers and Night
Thrills (eric & dan from atlantic thrills)- FB
October 20 (Friday) Hey Hey Record Party
Par-Tay! - Andy California celebrates the release of his new
7 inch and don't forget to bring the money says Andy. He par-tays with Sticker
Shock and Johnnie and the Foodmasters - 10PM @ The
Jeanie Johnston Pub- Check out the Facebook
page- worth it for the visuals alone.
October 20 (Friday) Boston Hassle
presents Boston Underground Summit 10! Featuring Panicsville
(Chicago), Diva Karr, S Nicaenum, Manes Prophet (VT), +DOG+,
Service ....MORE TBA at the Massasoit Elks Lodge Bishop Allen
Dr Central Sq Cambridge. FB
page The 9 bands will set up round-robin-style in two rooms, 3 stages and
take turns playing a song. When the cycle is complete, the loop repeats again...and
again... and again. First cycle starts at 8:30.
October 20 (Friday)
Highway Chapel and Cal Cali at
Tavern At The End Of The World.
October 20 (Friday) Scissorfight,
Roadsaw, Test Meat, Mantooth at Great Scott
October 21 (Saturday) Red House Iron's
Tattoo presents Michael Kane & The Morning Afters' record release
show at Hotel Vernon in Worcester
And further out we have...
October 26 (Thursday) GRCB Halloween
Fundraiser Cover Show! at O'Brien's - it's a load of Boston rockers
doing covers as various bands...in the mix you've got Hilken Mancini,
Samwise Faye, Liz Vom Teufel, Megan Sutton, Anjimile Yvonne, Jennifer Turpin,
Liz Vom Teufel, Erin Genett Cat Verlicco, Jenny Bergman and Flight
of Fire and a lot more people.... they'll be doing Cramps, The Pixies,
Spice Girls and Led Zepplin. ....Stick around for costume prizes for Best DIY
Costume! Best Group Costume! Scariest Costume! Most Creative Costume! Costume
that needs the most explanation! ...it's gonna be a FUN night!!
October 26 (Thursday) The Providence Garage
Fest with The Viennagram, Atlantic Thrills, Beware the Dangers of a
Ghost Scorpion, Super Natural II, Germ House and Minibeast
October 28 (Saturday) Tube Fest,New England's
all day instrumental celebration, is coming to the Midway Cafe - on the bill:
The Fathoms, Tsunami of Sound, SPF4, Matt Heaton and The Electric Heaters, 9th
Wave, The Derangers, The Spytones, The Beachcombovers
October 27 (Friday) Horror Punk
Night At Haunted Somerville - the biggest Halloween show in town! Taking
place at the Somerville Art Farm this year, it will feature mazes, music, and
monsters to bring a fright to your Halloween! Horror Punk Night has 3 punk bands
scaring your pants off and blowing your eardrums out - Loser's Circle,
Garbage Point and Coffin Salesman...check it all out
the FB page 7-11PM
October 27 (Friday) The All Souls Ball
at The Lily Pad - Haunting your earlobes this year: Beware the Dangers
of a Ghost Scorpion!, Sinnet and Boston Cream
October 27 (Friday) Halloween Weekend
Kick Off SHow at Koto with Monkey Knife Fight, Marianne Toilet and The
Runs, Das Muerte and Damnation
October 28 (Saturday) Martin &
Morell, Richie Parsons Rock Outfit and Thalia Zedek
will be sinin' and strummin' at The Tavern at The End of the World
October 29 (Sunday) Boston Stands With
The ACLU: @GUITARMY! at ONCE Somerville An afternoon of mostly
instrumental guitar-centric music in celebration of the electric guitar (and
your civil rights) to benefit the ACLU Massachusetts: Club d"UKE featuring
Duke Levine and Club d'Elf Matthew Stubbs & The Antiguas
Guitarzan (Russell Chudnofsky) Axemunkee (Catherine
Capozzi) OFFICE-R (featuring Rodrigo Van Stoli) The
Savtones (Tony Savarino) Amy Griffin & Kevin Patey
(The Raging Teens / Jittery Jack) Doors at 2 PM Show ends at 7 PM ADV - $20.00
DOS $25.00 FB
November 1 (Wednesday) Sneeze,
Conmen, Moist Boys, Sex Snobs at O'Brien's
November 3 (Friday) Indonesian
Junk, Justine and the Unclean & Gymnasium at Tavern
at the End of the World.
November 3 (Friday) The Woggles,
Muck and the Mires, Stupidity, Andrea Gillis Band at The Middle East
b>November 3 (Friday) The Guilloteenagers,
Psychic Dog, Sapling, Graneros at Club Bohemia at The Cantab
November 3 (Friday) Human Sexual Response
and Unnatural Axe at HOB
November 4 (Saturday) Fireking,
The Billy Connors Project, Hummingbird Syndicate, Tracy Chevrolet
doing a 4PM Matineee show at The Midway
November 4 (Saturday) Loser's Circle
w/ Rebuilder, Dead Bars, and Settlers at OBriens Allston
November 4 (Saturday) The Dents
with Abbie Barrett Band, City Rivals, The Melatonins at Sally
November 4 (Saturday) Carissa
Johnson, Michael Kane & The Morning Afters, Bundles, Coffin Salesman
9PM show at the Midway
November 5 (Sunday) Boss Daughter, Brix'n
Mortar, The Bad Larrys at Koto in Salem
November 9 (Thursday) The Proletariat
at ONCE Ballroom w/ Siege and Black Beach
November 9 (Thursday) If you are in NYC
or can get to NYC Celebrate Stranded in the Jungle: Jerry Nolan's Wild Ride
the new book by Curt Weiss that covers 40 years of L.A.M.F.
and is A Tale of Drugs, Fashion, the New York Dolls, and Punk Rock. Also there'll
be music by with Greg Allen's Fringe Religion, and ...book reading, panels,
Q&A, guests, book signing. It's at The Delancey in the Lower East Side 7-10PM
Page for directions and more info He's at Out of the Blue/Cambridge on
the 12! see below.
November 10 (Friday) CH3 (Channel
3), The FUs, Silver Screams, Fast Times Punk at The Middle East Up
- 8-Midnight show
tix here Read about
CH3 here. there's links for tix etc too
November 10 (Friday) The Proletariat
are at Narrows Center for the Arts w/ Black Beach in Fall River,
page for info)
November 11 & 12 (Sat/Sun) 2nd
Annual Salem Punk Rock Flea Market at Notch Brewing (283R Derby St,
Salem, Massachusetts 01970) 11AM- 5PM This year it's moved to Notch Brewing
for a bigger location. There will be indoor and outdoor vendors. No admission
charge. check out the
November 11 (Saturday)
A Matinee Show - Keith Brooks started the
tradition of doing a benefit every year to help out his fellow vets. We are
going to keep it going and donate in his name to operation delta dog--an organization
that trains service dogs for vets. Come hoist one for a good cause in memory
of our buddy. on the bill: The Welch Boys, The Damaged, Held Hostage,
Out.Live.Death, Working Poor USA< at The Midway 4-8PM show
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.
November 12 (Sunday) Curt Weiss
covers 40 years of L.A.M.F. and is A Tale of Drugs, Fashion, the New York Dolls,
and Punk Rock in his new book Stranded in the Jungle: Jerry Nolan's Wild
Ride Also, rock and roll with the Thigh Scrapers, Tiger Bomb, Moto,
Glider, and the Lyres starts at 2:15. Here's
the FB page Also added to this show Greg Allen & The Fringe
Religion who go on right after the reading.
November 18 (Saturday) Cheech
(EP Release), The McGunks, Steal Reserve (NY), Hopeless
(mems of Reason To Fight) at The Midway
November 19 (Sunday) OC45 w/
Diablogato, On the Cinder at Great Scott
December 1 (Friday) The Dream Syndicate,
The Richard Lloyd Group and DJ Carbo
December 2 (Saturday) DJ Easy Ed
presents: The Cranktones plus Easy Ed's Record Hop!
4-8PM matinee at The Midway...followed by......
December 2 (Saturday)
Watts (45 Release), Diablogato, Duck
& Cover, A Bunch of Jerks at The Midway
December 8 (Friday) Rumbar records
is throwing a HUGE record release party of the new Justine
and the Unclean record Get Unclean....It's
at Once and there will be bands in the ballroom and in the Lounge. Check out
this list!: In the Ballroom- The Upper Crust, Hey Zeus, Tom Baker and
the Snakes, Justine and the Unclean ....In the Lounge - Cold
Expectations, Roy Sludge Trio, Pinecone Teeth and Jay Allen
- doors at 7:30 show starts at 8:15.
December 9 (Saturday) The Raging
Teens are turning 21 this year.. and that's "Drinkin' Age!"
There's releasing a 45 called "Drinkin' Age" on Swelltune Records
to celebrate their 21 years as a band! AND that means The Raging Teens
Holiday Shindig Record Release! With The Raging Teens, Nate
Gibson, Bloodshot Bill, Sean Mencher at Great Scott. FB
December 9 (Saturday) Radiator
Rattlers, Brix'n Mortar,Lipstick Boys, The Grubs at The Chit Chat Lounge
in Haverhill FB
December 10 (Sunday) Horton's Holiday
Hayride featuring Reverend Horton Heat & Junior
Brown with special guests The Blasters & Big
Sandy at The Sincalir (7-11PM show)
December 14-16 (Thurs-Sat) Bowery Boston
presents Street Dogs Wreck the Halls Thursday 12/15- with
special guests The New Darkbuster & Taxi Driver
at The Sinclair - Proceeds benefit Massachusetts Fallen Heroes
December 15 (Friday) Street Dogs
Wreck the Halls with special guests The Pinkerton Thugs
& The Abductors at The Sinclair
December 15 (Friday) Street Dogs
Wreck the Halls with special guests A Wilhelm Scream
& Michael Kane & the Morning Afters at The Sinclair
December 16 (Saturday) Bent Shapes
with Beware the Dangers of a Ghost Scorpion @ Great Scott
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