This Saturday, Sept. 26th from 8 to 10 pm, we get Smitt E Smitty’s
Atomic Fez Fundraiser on Once’s Virtual Venue (info
on FB) Even though we asked (in our
interview with Smitty), we still don’t know exactly what some of the
groups are going to do for the show. Some details have come out lately though,
we now know that The Shang Hi Los will debut a new song and
their first video.
We just found out that Kid Gulliver will reveal a new video
for their song “Carousel” from their first CD. Kid Gulliver were
just getting attention and a parcel of new fans who were just getting familiar
with their catalog ... as the pandemic hit.
Carousel, like the amusement ride, is circular and moving but it’s even
more disorienting than that. The phrasing gives the song an even more vertiginous
feeling. It doubles up on the swirling effects already in the song. Simone Berk
is superimposed and it feels like she’s floating. The lyrics come across
as inner musings. The video was done by Daniel Ouellette and
it has the craft and superior quality that will raise the bar for future works.
So, now we jump the gun and give you the Kid Gulliver video of “Carousel”
This week we had another fine gift…a new Baabes video
and song; "Pretty Mugshot" from the up coming
High Demand Trash EP. It's got all the exciting garage craziness
that mark their live sets…and oh, do we miss that!! If you missed Baabes
live shows, shame on you.When we get back to live shows youhaveto put a Baabes show at the top of the list. Meanwhile,
give the video a view
here. Here's the Baabes
Facebook page. They'll be doing a new song and video each month during the
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The Live Art show
Thursday’s Live Art with Dug McCormack continues to
be a highlight of the week. Dug draws as he talks about what’s going on
in the Boston scene and how to support the artists that are still working. The
show is one of the welcome oddities that cropped up amidst the shutdown. He’s
on every Thursday starting at 6 pm. Here’s
this weeks show on Facebook. This week the Count interviewed Dug on the
Bohemia page. Something we wanted to know is in there – how many bands
is Dug in? Turns out it’s three and a half, but Dug’s creative drive
may increase that number at any time.
Richie Parsons and Tony Kaczynski did a live
stream set on the Midway stage on Thursday.
Richie had a trio with him and did his solo material. Richie’s
whole second career line has been a welcome addition to his musical life. His
voice has come to the fore and his wide taste in music has served him well in
his songwriting. His set was similar to his last
set at the Midway a few weeks ago. He sang mostly from his solo albums.
Funny, he sang “Blue Sands” about that long lost club…hang
on Richie you will have a whole list of closed bars to sing about. We can never
get enough of “Love Letters”, “When You’re Dancing”
and “Mix Tape”.
Tony Kaczynski has done regular streams from his apartment.
He said he was happy to be on a stage again and we were happy too. I mean it’s
been six months since we’ve seen him on stage…and that means it’s
been six months since we’ve seen ANY band on stage! Damn!!!
Tony did a solo acoustic set. he is a superior song writer
and the songs are showcases for that amazing voice. It’s been too long
since we heard some of those songs from “Double Trouble” that we
have come to love so much, like “Look To the Sun” and “Just
Like Sunday”. Tony used his strong voice to take on Roy Orbison’s
“Running Scared”. That was cool.
The Midway had Paper Tigers doing a live stream on Saturday
at 8pm. We never saw them before but we heard a lot to like on the live stream.
They were all amped up and the sound was balanced with the vocals still clear.
The singer interesting and the power of the band actually came through the live
stream feed, that doesn’t happen often. Check out their website Paper
Tigers. You can hear their EP, The Outer Limits, there. They're
from Allston and they have a song called “On Harvard Ave”.
Jenn Lombari of Stubborn Hearts has a live
stream show at the Midway coming up this Thursday September
24 from 7 to 9 pm. The other act is Britt Walsh. See below
in listings for link.
The Instamatics and The Jacklights will
be streaming live from the Midway on October 13 7 to 9 pm See listing below
for link. The Instamatics is a scrappy surf band that does
its own thing and comes up with some unusual covers that originally are anything
but surf. We saw
them in 2018
The Jacklights look interesting judging by their Bandcamp
page. "Hook-driven pop punk, inspired by 80s/90s bands." Listen to
their demo "Bad
Memory" on Bandcamp.
And don't forget Replay at The Midway ( every Weds, Thurs,
Sat & Sun 5-10PM) which is videos of previous shows by bands like The Cranktones,
Triple Thick, Classic Ruins and more. Check
out the FB page.
There is a live stream fundraiser for The House of Music in
Portland ME club that looks like it could be interesting. There’s no list
of groups but they say they will play until the donations run dry: The
Facebook And here's the Go
Fund Me page They already have $53,475.00.
On the radio......
Skybar is bumpin' it up, he’s getting some live music
action into his podcasts. This week it was Carissa Johnson. Carissa is better
suited to the solo set than a lot of others. She played a few songs and talked
about strategies during the shutdown. You can hear the show on the AnchorFM
Here’s a Singles Going Steady podcast "wherein:
Adrienne and Steve discuss the influential, underrated punk of England's 999"
The show focuses on the art of the single and this podcast zeroes in on 999.
it a listen here.
On her Late Risers Show thursday Joanie Lindstrom
played the Sensible Gray Cells' "So Long". That's Captains
Sensible's his new side group with Johnny Moped &
Paul Gray, And what a fine song it is!! You'd think that maybe
the Captain was spreading himself a bit thin at this point or that he’s
worn out as far as songs go. Obviously not, judging by this song! Give
it a listen yourself.
Here’s a 17 minute video of
Lenny Kaye (from Sept 5, 2020) of the Patti Smith Group.
He plays several songs and has some thoughtful ideas to communicate. This was
recorded at his home in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania.
Today Junior were not very active pre lockdown. We always
thought that they were one of the leading contenders for the next prominent
band in town. They have a whole sound of their own. The good news is they just
released a new song; "Laurel Canyon" and it's right in line with their
best. It’s a lyrical love letter for that most favored of locations. Today
Junior’s dreamy indie surf sound is a suitable frame for something like
this. Listening to this we almost forget our current predicament and we greedily
want more songs!
Adventure Set take their time releasing songs but it’s
always worth the wait. They craft their tunes so they sound like the best and
classiest of 80s electronica. The new song is “Handmade”. “The
worst pain is handmade”, the lyrics declare. The overall effect is somber.
Rum Bar’s latest is The Short Fuses'
album Dawn of the Deaf. The first song “The
Pink” is a take no prisoners rocker. The sound of the group jumps out
of the speakers. They are some aggressive players. Live they must be an earful.
Cherry Red Records recently released (in 2019) a three disc
box set called 1977 - The Year Punk Broke. "chronologically
chosen three-disc selection of singles that touches on some of the biggest releases
of the year plus loads of tracks that still sound rough and ready by bands who
didn't stand the test of time. It kicks off with the Buzzcocks'
"Boredom," which was an influential track sonically and commercially
as it gave other people the idea to release their records totally independently.
The deluxe clamshell package includes a weighty booklet full of illustrations,
with a 15,000-word sleeve-note and band-by-band biographies by compiler David
Wells." it includes The Stranglers, 999, The Lurkers, Xray Specs
and a ton of others. Check
it out here. and Here's a chat with
Cherry Red's founder Iain McNay about the set. You can see the entire
list of songs here.
Cal Cali’s band Glider has been releasing
songs from their album Glider Glider recorded with Ducky Carlisle.
It’s their best work yet. Punk songs that sound doubly great when you
hear them on the radio in a set. To hear them now you can go to the Glider
page and listen. And hey our own Kenne Highland is on bass!
The latest Boston Rock n’ Roll Anthology is almost here. It is available
Is there anything new to be found in Jonathan Richman’s
bio? Uncut Magazine gives it a six page try in the September issue.
The story is the same but there are some current quotes from the people
around Jonathan. One thing we learn is that there is an album in the
pipeline of ALL the A&M (Alan Mason) and Warner Brothers (John Cale)
demo recordings. Some of the cuts have no vocals. Bassist Ernie
Brooks says that there are some song versions that haven’t
been heard yet. Jerry Harrison says that there have
been “substantial offers” to reunite the classic Modern
Lovers group. You can purchase a digital copy of the September
Uncut Magazine here. And read some more articles
on Jojo here.
Clubland stands by itself - A book of poetry from
2011 based on Dave Morrison’s experience on the Boston Music scene is
a one off. Dave revisited the book last Wednesday on his live stream poetry
reading from the Camden Opera House in Maine.
Dave has 14 books of poetry and is seasoned in reading poetry in a public forum.
There was no awkwardness as he read for a half hour. Some quick stories introduced
some of the poems. People shy away from poetry so this is a good chance to get
a feel for it. The subject matter will be of interest and the presentation couldn’t
be better. Dave’s
website. The video
can be seen here
The second part of the video is a book reading by Ellen Sander.
She was a rock critic in the sixties and she has many inside and personal stories
of major rock stars that you haven’t heard before. Well, you haven’t
heard them if you haven’t read her book Trips.
That book is currently being reissued. The original goes for good money on eBay.
If you are a classic rock aficionado you will be pleasantly surprised at her
tales and views from the sixties.
Mach Bell’s book Once a Rocker is
now out in audio book form. The book about Mach’s time in the
Joe Perry Project has extra material in the audio form. Mach says:
I tell my own story along with my great friend and co-narrator Earthquake Morton.
Some may remember Earthquake from his famous party band, “Duke & the
In this audio book there are also visits from an illustrious supporting cast:
WBCN’s Carter Alan and Joe Perry Project members
Danny Hargrove and Charlie Farren. Vivid, new tales
shared, old questions finally answered, and a gripping, new Final Chapter is
premiered. Get it here Once
Saturday Sept 26, 12PM and September 27, 10PMThe Boston Local Music Festival on Facebook Live. Hosted by
Midway Cafe, TinyOak Booking and Boston Local Music Festival and shot
at various locations. Bands will include The Knock Ups, Linnea's Garden,
When Particles Collide, Planet Mercury, Walter Sickert, OTP. Here's
the Facebook page.
Saturday October 3,7 PM – 8:15 PM The Mess-Around Virtual Video Premiere guest will include
Kurt Baker and Geoff Palmer (The Connection) as well
as the regulars, Justine, Jay and Tom. Here's
Tuesday October 13, 7-9PM, 8PM- The
Instamatics and The Jacklights will be streaming live
from the Midway FB
October 3 (Saturday) A Bunch of
Jerks and Random Ideas at the HydeOut At
The Wharf (1 Wharf St. Hallowell, ME) from 6 -9 pm. It’s free
and food trucks will be on site and plenty of space to dance and social distance
October 28 (Wednesday) Einstürzende
Neubauten - The Year of the Rat Tour - The Wilbur Theater Facebook
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.