It was a night of remembrance and celebration at the Midway for one of the great
personalities of the Boston punk scene, Joe Coughlin. It was a quirky affair
full of oddities just like Joe would have loved. At the center of the stage was
a large funeral/cemetery spray of flowers ...all red and white with Canadian flags
in it along with the flowers.
The line up was The Classic Ruins, BJ Snowden, MOTO, The Electric Logs
and Stump the Undertaker. Unfortunately we missed the beginning of the
night. Opening act was BJ Snowden who is a one of kind living in her own
musical world, just that sort of thing that attracted Joe. Check out
her song Canada here. Like the Shags you either get it or you don't.
Stump The Undertaker was Roy Sludge solo doing oddball songs.
I'm not familiar with this part of Roy's career but by all reports it was fun
and we got to see Roy in the end in the Electric Logs who were a cult
favorite from the 80's. They haven't played since the late 90's but wanted to
be part of this celebration of Joe.
We came in to Classic Ruins playing at the top of
their form despite the absence of Jeff Crane (again with a job Jeff!
Get your priorities straight mister!). They knew as a trio they had to play
up to snuff and they had Matt Burns burning brightly and saving the day.
You know the Classic Ruins drill: the 'hits' from their many albums and
singles, Frank's acid comments and Carl's stunning bass work.
As The Electric Logs came on they stood up a full
sized cardboard figure of Joe that fittingly stood over the proceedings
for the rest of the night. The Electric Logs is Roy Sludge on
keyboard with a drummer and a bass player who also played Theremin. The Theremin
is always a novelty and it was tonight. We'd like to see more of those around.
The Logs do cheesy send ups of songs you know...maybe don't want to know but do….they
played The Elephant Walk, Carpenter songs, Sugar Sugar in a soft jazz style,
New Cape Cod (like Old Cape Cod but full of ugly realities) etc. They opened
themselves to requests but were stumped by Frank Rowe's suggestion of
the Theme from The Rifleman and then someone throwing out Windmills of Your
Mind, that's a unconventional tune hard to fake on any level. It was all and
all, lots of fun. After this Masters of the Obvious - MOTO were in line.
We exited but had a full load of entertainment for the time we were there.
And there were lots of people there to show tribute: Jon Seamans, Dave
Fenichel, Michele Meadows, Jay Allen, even folks like Betsy Button
and Sandy Neades showed up!!
What a nice night for saluting Joe. His friends should be proud of this celebration.
We miss ya Joe.
So here's some stuff coming up: This Monday May 13th there is another
Boston Marathon Bombing Victims benefit - this one goes to a specific family
it out and go- on stage will be Goddamn Draculas, Cocked'n'Loaded, Ghost
Thrower and others - there's also lots of really awesome raffles so go!!
This Thursday Jay Allen and The Archcriminals are
at The Tavern at the End of the World...over by Sullivan Station
OH the drama, oh the suspense.... This weekend is Cal Cali
birthday party and now the official line up does not include the Lyres... so -
this Saturday May 18th is at the Rosebud! with a completely new
line up- of Jetset (Latest news the The Illyrians
with Eric Martin has been added) and Cadillac Heart....and as a special treat
Rayboy Fernandes is coming back to Boston for a visit and will be playing
with CH. The band, with Rayboy, will be on Crash Course for Ravers that
afternoon at 2pm!! ....YAY Happy Birthday Cal Cali!! and welcome home Rayboy!
Come down and wish Cal a most wonderful bday. He's a great guy!!
Also Saturday the 18th The Pity Whores are at Radio
On that same day 5/18 in the afternoon 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM at 9 Charnwood Road, Somerville, Jon Bernhardt of WMBR's Breakfast of Champions will be doing
Theremin versions of songs that are completely inappropriate for that instrument (mostly punk and new wave classics).
Also on Saturday in Central Square were punks hang out a lot these days they are having a World's Fair :(they call it) ...LINK TO WORLD'S FAIR
Next Monday May 20th The Upper Crust are playing a late show (10:30) at The Midway
on one of those Monday is my Friday nights...
May 23rd Cal Cali goes even further north to Salem for a special gig
at the Seaport Café - the Cali
Leger Experience will play...
Friday May 24th is a great night at Radio: James Straight and The
Wide Stance are at Radio with Gyro Lula and special guest
T Max whgo finally makes his way back to Boston if only for one night! -Radio
Down has Teenage Heart Records presents the Horny Bitches, Give Up
and the Bad Leiutenants
And thankfully Cal Cali is taking full advantage of the
Rosebud situation!! We have The Nervous Eaters, Asa Brebner & The Roman
Sauna Warriors and Sourpunch on Saturday May 25th...at The
The Middle East Up on Friday May 31th are The 360's, Classic
Ruins and Terrible Beauty.
Lots o'good stuff in June!
The Stranglers and The Nervous Eaters are at the Brighton
Music Hall. That's a great bill!
Ducky Boys do a Dead End Streets Record
Release show on Sunday June 9th with The Swinger Utters , Goddamn
Gallows, Welch Boys at Middle East Down...
Thursday June 13th -
Viva La Eva Benefit for Eva Lipton at TT The Bears:
Ivan Lipton is a huge Boston music fan, and was the VP of Strawberries back
in it's heyday. His
daughter Eva was in a horrible crash last year -- she's still on life support
and fights to recover daily. The lifelong costs for her care are astronomical,
so her family really needs your support. Boston rockers are going to help here's who's playing:
Classic Ruins (going on at 8:30) ... Roy Sludge...The Bristols...
The Neighborhoods... The Dogmatics...The Downbeat 5...The
Dents and Upper Crust (Ending the night). That's one hell of a night
for a great cause...You can buy tix here....TIX
Oh one more thing: From Ivan Liptpon: We hope as many friends as possible
can make it to TTs to see all these great bands! If you can't make it, but still
want to support Eva you can donate on Paypal to: EvaLiptonBenefitFund@gmail.com
Jonathan Richman is at The Somerville Theater!! And Tommy Larkin on
Also on 6/15 The Middle East Down has The Adolescents, The Casualties,
Tenebrae, and Done With You
June 22 - GG
Allin Remembrance Show - and bake sale - at The Midway!!! - This is going
to be a great show folks!! The original Jabbers are making their way down from
NH to play at The Midway...This is the 20th Anniversary of GG's death and
all proceeds from this show go to GG's daughter.
Here are the bands: The Jabbers, The Pity Whores, Antibodies, Meat Depressed,
Red Line Rebels, The Manglers, Insult, Taxi Driver, Connection and more!!!
Folks - now listen up friends, the Jabbers want this to be a positive, fun show…no
nasty shit...here's what Chris Lamy has posted:
So this does not spin out of control given any recent events, The Jabbers want
to say this.... We have been working on setting up this show with Jay and Brian
at the Midway for a few weeks (as well as a NH show with a respected booker
there). Every one of us Jabbers has a daughter. Later in life, The Jabbers
were given opportunities which may not have presented themselves were it not
for the Jabbers of 77-84. We have since played festivals, had records released,
tributes released, traveled, met lots of people, and played cool places like
the Midway, etc. Thru whatever divine intervention we Jabbers are all still
here and able to provide for our daughters. This is our way of thanking the
GG we knew and were friends with and giving to his daughter as he was not able
to. It may not be much given all we have in life, but it is collectively "our"
(meaning The Jabbers, Brian & Jay, The Midways and everyone else on the bill)
way of saying thanks and remembering GG. We'd like to thank all the bands playing,
the Boston first responders who have emailed us, and all the fans who will be
attending. It should be a good show."
Also note this from Teenage Heart Records: The official
poster for the show will answer almost any question about the show. At the risk
of being repetitive, this is NOT a Murder Junkies show. But it keeps coming
up, and people keep asking, and trolls keep trolling, so here's the deal: It
can't be stated much more clearly than on the show poster that the show is a
remembrance of GG Allin's life and music and that the show proceeds are going
to GG's daughter. Come enjoy the bands, the beer (21+), and the bake sale. If
you have some other agenda, please take it elsewhere. Thank you."
And we have to wait way too long to see Petty
Morals again...their next gig is July 19th at Great Scott
Adam Ant being a swamp thang at The Royale on August 19th
On the things to do list we have: Punk being spun over at The
Ramrod every Tuesday from 10PM to 2AM ...IT'S FREE and it's a revolving
cast of Punk DJs -All vinyl! All Punk! And there's FREE POOL too.
And on Fridays there's Chris Atwood's
Friday night radio show called The
Alternative plays punk and new wave hits.
And for our video of the week: Here 's one by Bob Colby of Foxpass
closing their set at Precinct on 5/21/11 with a medley of "Wanda",
The Modern Lovers' "Roadrunner", and The Velvet Underground's
We want to send out a HUGE congratulations to Brett Milano
and Marlene on their upcoming nuptuals this coming weekend! Here's wishing
you many many many happy years together!
We have the latest instalment of Joanie Lindstrom's vacation sagas. This time it is a very
exotic Peru...Machu Picchu and all that. Great photos as always. Joanie Lindstrom's Peru Vacation.
Anyone go to see the Punk at The Met show yet????
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