We were looking forward to the Late Risers Club Rock'n'Roll Trivia
Night. We loved the
first one two years ago at the Middlesex. Last year a snow
storm stopped us from attending. This year it was at the Greek American
Club next to what used to be Radio. It turned out to be the perfect
place. Soon after 8pm it filled up but wasn't crowded. The owners were
there helping all the way. They were the nicest people. They seemed
to enjoy seeing the whole thing unfold.
Joanie and Mateo checking the answers
Photo: John Keegan
Joanie Lindstrom was hostess with the mostess.
The prep work was done with the all-important DJ set up. The other Late
Risers were running the board and doing the decorations. People got
into teams. There seemed to be around eight. The BGN team name was Shit
for Brains and consisted of Miss Lyn, John Keegan, Kenne Highland, Blowfish,
Betsy and Dave. Slightly larger than the regulations but no one was
counting. We have John Keegan photos of other teams on our LRC
TRIVIA NIGHT All Photos.
The elephant in the room was Eric Law the
two time winner. Then the questions started. Here
they are CLICK HERE.
Linda La Fever, Jeebs McCocktail, Erin Amar& Nicole Tamaro
They were... easy, hard and impossible. Mostly they
got the brain cells working. The formats kept it interesting; multiple
choice, lyric completions and even ones where you had to hear the song.
One song clue Joanie had played on her show earlier in the day so if
you heard her show you were one up on that one.
The questions and their presentations were the biggest
reason for the overall success. This could be Joanies paying gig.
She could have a regular night like this somewhere. In fact the one
comment you kept hearing was "when is this going to happen again?"
The look of confidence?
There was lots of socializing which really made
for a fun night. We met Erin Amar fromRocker
Magazine, John Darga of White Dynamite has
there as he was two years ago...but now with Mrs. Darga, Stephanie!
Michael Stewart popped in and helped us, as did Sara Billingsley,
(although thats not official). Mr B and Chris came in a
little late to be on a team but hung around. Vinny Bratty made
the trip from the south shore.
AARPM's Michele, Kaiser and Quirk
Photo: John Keegan
Erin was on a notable team - the AARPMs
who's name won the Best Name prize. With the rock knowledge of Mike
Quirk, Matt Burns, Michele Meadows, Kenne Kaiser and Erin
they came in third.
The winners, Carl, B-Face, Eric, Andrew
Photo: John Keegan
And of course, don't bother to ask who won - because
obviously Eric Laws team with Carl Biancucci won
for the third year in a row. Congrats guys!!!
There were some prizes as you can see in the photos;
lots of WMBR logo stuff, T Shirts, sweat pants, there were CDs and a
12 pack of beer for the winners. We dont see how the night could
be any better. Wed love to see it again!!
Saturday night it was to the Middle East Up
for OC45s 5th Anniversary. It was a hot night and that
room can get steaming but, miracle upon miracle, it turned out to be
comfortable. The fans were blowing and the room was about three fourths
We missed the first bands but saw the whole set
of Burning Streets. Now, what are we looking for? Punk. And thats
what Burning Streets are. Not bullshit hyphenated punk, just
non complicated punk. We loved it.
They had five members; bass, drums and three guitarists.
Now do you need three guitarists for this sort of music? Maybe not but
it made a huge aural and visual assault. The guitarists and bass player
were all over the stage as they bore down on their instruments showing
their intensity. The drummer had that thundering quality that added
excitement to the wall of guitar, the songs were melodic. This is what
we need more of!
Check out their
second album on Bandcamp
We were impressed when we saw OC45
at the Midway with The Members two years ago. They seem to
tour more than play here, which is a crime because they are one of the
better groups around. They joked that they've been together for 5 years
and have had 5 drummers; heading toward Spinal Tap territory there.
They set up in 5 minutes flat and were rocking full
out from the first note. Listening to Burning Streets you'd think
that was a high water mark for punk power but OC45 went beyond
They're not as smooth as Burning Streets but put
accents and stops in the songs that seem to accentuate the brute force
of their attack. They can sound loose but they stop on a dime proving
that this is well rehearsed material. Most of the time there are three
of them singing which brings the words into the mix where they might
OC45 last song of the set
They electrified the crowd from the beginning. When
they got on stage you could feel the gotta mosh feeling
ripping through the room. Behind a post (thank god for those posts)
we got to see the explosion in front as the moshers did their thing.
There was crowd surfing and packs of stage rushers singing the choruses.
the final song had all of that going on and then the guitarist jumping
into the pit and being held overhead as he played for a half a minute
- Just spectacular and luckily captured on video see above. I
hope as they go forward they have a few more local gigs so we can catch
them more often.
Two genuine punk groups in a row, thats what
were talking about!!!
And in other news
Alan Vega of Suicide has died!! Vega was such a trailblazer
and he created such great music and unforgettable performances. We saw
Suicide at The Rat a couple times and those shows were incredible. Vega
was also a ground breaking visual artist as well as musician. I read
a book recently called The Lofts of Soho and Vega was there when
Soho first changed into a enclave for artists. He was creating art way
way before punk and Suicide. He really was one amazing person. Here's
a link to his Obituary
in Rolling Stone
One of the greatest aspects of Alan Vega was his unflinching
adherence to the demands of his art, he only did what he wanted. Simply
put, he lived to create. Alan is survived by his amazing family, wife
Liz and son Dante. His incredible body of work, spanning five decades,
will be with us forever.
We got some news from one of our favorite groups the Trophy
Lungs. They are going on a two week European tour with Belgium
Nervous . Trophy Lungs have put in the hard work on touring
from the beginning. They have scored a few higher profile shows in town
and got the attention of some more main stream award shows even. One
can see that they could jump to that next level of popularity.
They are hitting Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands
and the Czech Republic. CLICK
HERE for list of shows.
We have seen them many times and they never fail
as a live act. Their album got lots of attention and we love it. Check
it out on Bandcamp. https://trophylungs.bandcamp.com/
Here's some good shows coming up .....
July 22 (Friday)Fur Purse,
Thalia Zedek, Weather Weapon, Phurnne, Death Cloud at the Midway
July 22 (Friday)The Downbeat
5 and Tom Baker and the Snakes are at The Plough & Stars
July 22 (Friday)Screw Cart,
Psycho, Rockin' Bob Punk Band, and 4 Sids are at The Cantab
July 23 (Saturday)Beware The
Dangers of a Ghost Scorpion, Silver Screams, Electric Street Queens,
Il Mostro (mems of The Humanoids) are at The Midway
July 23 (Saturday) whoa!!!! Willie
Loco, Nervous Eaters and The Real Kids who are fresh off
their very successful European Tour are at the Spotlight Tavern
July 24 (Sunday) Chuck Mosley
(Singer for Faith No More/Bad Brains) is doing his "Reintroduce
Yourself Tour 2016" and will be at Koto in Salem along with Daikaiju
(instrumental action punk/prog/surf), Thee Icepicks and Nomad
July 24 (Sunday) 6PM Hardcore
Show at The "Hardcore Stadium" 55 Bishop Allen Drive Cambridge
with Unified Right, Society Abuse, Deflect
Free and Take Control
July 29 (Friday)The Warning
Shots, Duck & Cover, Quiggs, and Tenafly Vipers are at
the Greek in Union Square (FB
July 29 (Friday) For you folks on
the Cape Sidewalk Driver and Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents
are at The Red Nun in Dennis Port! (more
July 30 (Saturday)Your
Friend Fest 2016 at Once....music comedy vendors and friends
all together at Once - there'll be things going on both up and downstairs.
Bands: The Knock Ups, Psychic Dog, Mercury on Mars, Thrust Club
and the debut of Rrrright? (Jess Jacobs and Jasmine LaRue)
July 30 (Saturday) For you folks
on the Cape who missed 'em last night- Sidewalk Driver and Jenny
Dee & The Deelinquents are at The Beachcomber in Wellfleet
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 3 (Wednesday) David
J. of Bauhaus and Love and Rockets fame reads from
his memoirs Who Killed Mr. Moonlight? at Symposium Books in Downcity
Providence. Event is FREE and his book will be available there. More
August 4 (Thursday) David J.
of Bauhaus and Love and Rockets fame will be performing
in a living room style show at Firehouse 13 in Providence. Tickets must
be purchased in advance HEREAug 3 & 4 are David 's ONLY New England appearances.
August 6 (Saturday) Muck &
The Mires, Electric Mess (NY), The Evil Streaks and the
Sprained Ankles are at Sally O'Brien's
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
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 updatesetc
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......
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.........
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.