This corona virus quarantine has put the brakes on the Boston rock
scene. Most groups just came to a grinding halt but there are some that
have worked every angle and found ways to advance their music anyway.
In that last group would be Justin Covault of Justine
and the Unclean. With the regular Mess Around streams,
promoting her own releases and her work with the WhistleStop Review
she has been a presence on the web.
The latest scoop is that she's starting her own label! Yes, and it will launch
mid-November. She was inspired by Lou Masdorf of Rum Bar Records who has proven
that no small pandemic can stop the flow of rock and roll to the masses. Justine
already has a few bands signed up ... including a legendary Boston rock band,
that will surprise everyone! There will be a virtual launch party on Nov 21
hosted by ONCE virtual venue.
When others look back on this time they will wonder, what we did and how we
got through this period. The answer will be people like Justine, who worked
to bring music to us no matter the circumstances. After seven months of shutdown
with no letup in site Justine is starting a new and challenging endeavor! Awesome
Simone Berk was interviewed on Oh, Hello Boston,
an online radio station, started up bySooz. They play all local Boston music. Check out Oh
Simone Berk has also plowed on during this quarantine with
more than a few projects going on. The interview was broken up with music samples.
All of Simone’s recordings are well written songs and productions that
are standing the test of time. l.
We spent some time listening to the Oh, Hello Boston programing
and it was impressive. We just want the rock here at BGN but they play a wider
range and it exposed us to some different acts that we could appreciate. They
are on 24/7 so at any time hit Oh Hello
John Keegan made it over to The Fenway to the Phil
N Phlash Photo Show: A Photo Retrospective of the Fenway/Kenmore
music scene in the early ’80s, curated by Duane Lucia
"There's nothing like a photograph that tells a good story, leads you
into another world, and makes you wish you were there. Whether you were part
of the scene or just punk curious, Phlash’s shots will help you smell
the sweat, feel your feet stick to the floor, and remember a crazy kiss or the
sole of some kid’s size 13 Doc Martins."
"The photos are spread throughout the main rectangle of the TimeOut Market
space. They run down two sides, gallery style, with 24 additional front and
back shots hanging two to a row over the food court tables."
"Phlash was in the right place at the right time and he brought his A-game
eye and talent to the party. He set the style bar for much of the small club
rock photography that continues to this day. The man has panache to spare. Don’t
miss the show!!"
The people at The Boston Beat podcast site have set up a separate
site for Boston Punk called “Rat
Tales – Boston Rock Stories” There are new interviews
with JJ Rassler, Unnatural Axe members Richie Parsons
& Tom White and a 2 part interview with Frank Rowe.
They're also doing a segment called "Tavern Tales - Open Mic"
where musicians can come in to the studio in Medford and do acoustic sets.
Frank Rowe has already done that.
It's video and audio taped. The audio goes on the podcast site and the video
is run on the public access station that can be streamed from anywhere. If anyone
wants to be on the show they can email Lenny Scolletta at lennys09 at verizon.net
and he'll set up a booking. All Boston music fans from the 1960’s on should
hit the Boston Beat
We just listened to their Jon Macey interview. Jon was part
of the early punk scene with his band Fox Pas, and helped create it
actually! In his interview he gives a very clear explanation of what
was going in the mid-seventies that led to the Boston Punk scene. It's
a must listen for anyone who wasn’t around and wants an authoritative
take on how we all got started in this punk rock life. Listen
Then at 8pm Once presents what they say is, “The Dark Art of BENTMEN, an all-new, career-spanning retrospective”.
You know the Bentmen never waited for Halloween to
dress up, so one imagines what they have lined up. This Once show is
streaming free but you need to register beforehand.
Register at Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bentmen-x-ovv-tickets-125230635201
Patti Smith has cropped up in a few places lately. Some of
it has to do with her new book Year of the Monkey.
She’s on Marc Morone's podcast WTF, hosted by Pitchfork. You can listen to the Patti
interview here. It’s an hour and a half long and the conversation
gets deep. Well done!!
Patti also sang “People Have the Power” on the street in Midtown
Manhattan. It was her way to make sure people get out and VOTE!!! Watch
Patti here. And yeah, please VOTE!!
Episode #7 of Linda Bean Pardee’s Garagecast has Linda
joined by Tim Gillis and Will Shelton doing
“Promises” by The Buzzcocks. Like all the Garagecast vids the song
a good pick and the group does it justice. This is a great series!! You can
watch Linda's Garagecast here!
Screwcart put in a very satisfying cranked up set on Saturday.
We know it's hard to play loud on a live stream and make it sound right so when it works for a band like Screwcart where the power is part of their thing we really soak it up.
The video can be seen here: Facebook They did three songs. They started with "Second Skin". Then they did their most well-known song "Cheese Wheel" which is a sorted tale if you've heard the explanation.
Then they did their latest and very topical "Mask Shamer" which delves
into some of the Covid shenanigans we are all going through.
"Mask Shamer" on Spotify
Muck and the Mires continue to light up our life with music
and vids. Now they have a new video on their song “Six O’Clock Baby”.
It’s a Halloween themed cartoon.
Yes it's true!! The Damned are reforming their original, classic
line-up of vocalist Dave Vanian, guitarist Brian James,
bassist Captain Sensible and drummer Rat Scabies for
four UK shows next year. The legendary British punk quartet, who released their
debut single New Rose 44 years ago on October 22, 1976, will play four headline
dates in London, Birmingham, Glasgow and Manchester in July 2021. You can read
about it here. And in case you have not read it you can check out our 1977
interview with the original Damned
Richie Parsons posted a new song that's a departure from his
pop material of the last few years. “Sin’s a Good Man’s Brother”
has a 70s metal sound to it. If he is trying to prove he can play anything ...
then he is doing that! You must give it a listen: On Bandcamp.
Kurt Baker has posted his whole new album called After
Party on Bandcamp. That’s a reason for all pop fans
to celebrate. It’s 12 pop classics in a row. Kurt has Palmer
and Rodger from The Connection in this line
Videos.....Watch & Listen.....
WHOA!!! Do you remember The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black???
They played The Rat several times in the '80's. They are BACK!!! They're doing
a Halloween Live Stream from The Bowery Electric on October 27th
... Special guests include Lydia Lunch, M.Lamar, CHRISTEENE,
and Bob Gruen. THAT should be a show to see!! Check
out more and buy tix here.
and in case you missed it last week ..... Jayne County has
just recorded a new song "I Don't Fit In Anywhere" with AM
Taylor. They also released a hilarious but rockin' video!
Watch the video here. Stream
the single here. Jayne says: “‘I Don’t Fit In Anywhere’
is both a protest song and a chant for individuality! It’s a song that
I have written with Am Taylor that expresses a modern attitude toward one’s
self and the world around. Out of all the guitarists I have worked with, I have
to say that Am Taylor is the best in translating my ideas.” Jayne has
been rocking for decades and had some great shows at The Rat and The Middle
John Cooper Clarke had his streaming book release of I
Wanna Be Yours on Thursday. You can get the Kindle version of
Wanna Be Yours
Tuesday October 27, 8- 11PM - The
Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black Halloween Special: Livestream from
the Bowery Electric. FB
page here. Tix
Wednesday October 28 thru Nov. 29, 4- 9PM -
Phenway Phlashback (A Phil N Phlash
Boston Punk Photography Retrospective) is open at Time Out Market FB
Wednesday October 28 6-8PM - Replay
at the Midway
Thursday October 29, 7:30-9PM - Walter
Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys Halloween Happening at the Museum
of Science ...special one-night-only virtual Halloween Happening! Kick off your
spooky season with a digital edition of our annual evening of music, masquerade,
and mayhem. FB
Saturday October 31, 7-8 PM - A Bunch of Jerks haunting up some horror sounds with their
live stream starting at 7pm. FB
event page for streaming.
Saturday October 31, 8PM-10PM -
The Dark Art of BENTMEN, an all-new, career-spanning retrospective”
on Once Virtual Venue 8-10PM. You know the Bentmen
never waited for Halloween to dress up, so we can opnly imagine what they have
lined up!! It's FREE but you need to register beforehand. FB
page. Register at Eventbrite
Saturday October 31, 9PM-1AM -
The ManRay 15 Year Halloween Virtual Reunion on Twitch and
In Person shows.....
Thursday December 17 -7-9:30PM - Talkin’
to Dracula and his Crew: Goth subculture and horror, a lecture - Miskatonic
Institute of Horror Studies Brooklyn NY FB
January 16, 2021 (Saturday) New Date
- The Schizophonics, Muck and the Mires at ONCE Lounge Early
Show: 5:30 PM – 8 PM
February 17, 2021 (Saturday) Rescheduled
- Swans w/ Anna von Hausswolff at the Paradise
April 19, 2021 (Monday) Rescheduled -
Dead Can Dance at The Wang Theater
April 29, 2021 (Thursday) Circle
Jerks Plus Special Guests at the paradise (this is a reskedged show)
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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.