Science comes to the rescue with reports of not one but two Covid 19 vaccines.
It'll still be months but a time will come when this nightmare will end. It
was good news as the reality of this second wave of the virus is poised to ruin
everyone's holiday season. Clubs look they still will not reopen until a good
section of people are vaccinated, probably not before spring. But we can make
Back Porch Carousel
The Back Porch Carousel is one of the new groups that have
coalesced during the Covid situation and they look like a solid entity now.
It was Randy Black, Linda Viens, Adam Sherman, Eric Martin
with moderator Larry Dersch. We only know Larry as a quiet
drummer but he’s an awesome moderator!! Who knew! This latest Zoom performance
was to support Arthur Freedman who has many health problems
and needs monetary help. Along with performing they raised a glass in remembrance
of Boby Bear.
Randy Black had a great first line of a song with “The
bird on the wire, has no thoughts of Leonard Cohan“. Randy also played
the “Sadness” one of our favorite songs of the decade. When we first
heard it at the Rosebud we were floored. It’s about depression. You can
see in the performance that Randy is absolutely inside that song.
Adam Sherman played a song that had another first line grabber:
”The last bar in town has just closed, there is nowhere else we can go”.
The lyrics go on to paint a vivid late night personal drama. He didn’t
write it but he brought those lyrics to life.
Eric Martin covered a song by Norma Tanega who is known for
the one hit “Walking My Cat Named Dog”. Eric’s deep voice
and the way he gives weight to lyrics was as impressive as ever. He followed
with a Jane Siberry song.
Linda Viens put her pristine voice to Leonard Cohen’s
“Dance Me To the End of Love”.
There’s a nice pace to the show and a warm feeling between the members.
It feels like a friendly get together with easy conversations between the songs
rather than fostering a forced “show” vibe. Watch
the Back porch Carousel here.
Money for Arthur Freedman can go to: Artie VENMO: @Adam-Sherman-51
The Knock Ups
The Knock Ups did a live feed on Saturday at 7pm. We forgot
how rough and ready they always are. Their sound and energy was bumping up against
the limits of the live stream capabilities. That’s the way it should be,
we think, for a rocking band. They covered “Voices Carry” by Til
Tuesday. Why do punks love to cover that song? We''ll never understand!
You can see the
Facebook live stream here.
The Red on Red label launch party was at 8pm on Saturday.
They started with the “Queen of the Drive In” video. Then Jay
Allen and the Archcriminals played “Chopped Liver” . It
looked like they were in the Bunch of Jerks recording studio.
Jay Allen & Archcriminals
Dirty Truckers followed with the song “Star in My Dreams”
that was filmed at the Rosebud. Gee, we miss that place!!!
There was a video of “Love Doesn’t Know a Thing” by Justine
and the Unclean. That video was shot at Woolly Mammoth Sound by Duncan
Wilder Johnson. He also did the video for “Rock and Roll Blackmail”
that was shown later. Wilder brings a lot to the Red on Red game. You can see
in “Love Doesn’t Know a Thing” how he controls the light to
give the video a ‘look’.
Cold Expectations did an older song called “When you
are a Widow” and the Dogmatics had a video for “The
Ballad of Wilber Ross” off their last EP.
"Forget About Him" by Kid Gulliver
Kid Gulliver did “Forget About Him”. Simone
is on a creative high. The video was done by her and Daniel Ouellette. Photos
of her were embedded in romantic comic strip to make another unique video that
brings the song home. Kid Gulliver are giving all their material another life
with these striking vids.
Then it was just a crazy live show of The Neighborhoods shot
at The Church in 2008. It was a wild “Roxanne” and the great Pure
and Easy”. Doesn’t get better than that.
Justine is wasting no time in ramping up her new Red on Red record
label…and media complex – as we can see. We hope that other artists
are looking at what she and Lou over at Rum Bar are doing to
get inspiration on how to work during this period of quarantine.
On the whole most of the live streams from the beginning of the pandemic have
been more traditional and acoustic music. That’s why it’s a relief
to get some group rocking out like we did this week. Also in that vein is Rawstrum.
They had their record release live stream show for Sun to Moon
this past week. Their whole thing is to play off the intensity of their singer
doubled over focused on getting the full force into the mic. As if he could
jam it in there somehow physically. This music works best when you are being
pounded with the music live but in another way the live stream gives you a chance
to take the whole thing in a bit better. Sun to Moon
is available on Bandcamp.
The Midway live stream of Rawstrum is here.
We got our mid-week boost with Linda Bean Pardee’s Garagecast
on Wednesday. This week the song was the Pixies “Here
Comes Your Man” – always a song we want to hear. Her help
this week was Will Shelton, Sean Connelly, and Mike
Watch it here.
Tom Blanchi who booked the some shows at The Burren
just before the coronavirus hit has started 24 Hour Concerts.
They have many shows going on and more planned. They are going to have some
shows sourcing from Q-Division Studios in Somerville. One of those is with Tanya
them out here. and Their Facebook
One of the more odd things to happen this year of odd happenings was the ascendency
of Liquid Death. It’s Alpine spring water that's target
advertised to Straight Edge punks ... and male straight edge punks at that...and
it took off!! I mean, as they say in the
article in the Washington Post: "Need to get all up in someone’s
face about just how much you are completely sober but also kind of thirsty?
Do it with a tallboy. Of water. With skulls on it."
Now, Liquid Death has produced an album Greatest Hates Vol. 2
by some well-known punk musicians (from Rise Against, The Lawrence Arms, Alkaline
Trio, The Bombpops, Anti-Flag) . The song lyrics are actually the negative comments
about Liquid Death ads made by posters on social media. It's hilarious!! Some
of the song titles are: "Your Product Is Dumb," "Unnecessary
and Unimpressive," "Rather Murder Myself," "I Thought This
Theses folks are experts at advertising so it’s no surprise that
the mock TV ad they have about the album is pretty funny. See video
above. You can actually purchase the album AND read the lyrics to the
their website. Ha ha ha!!! And you gotta read their
About US page too!
Ian MacKaye and Dischord Records
are talked up in The Guardian: $5
gigs, not $10m deals: the story of US punk label Dischord Records
There’s not a lot new in there but they have some good quotes
and it tells the overall story. Dischord is now 40 years old.
Above the Basement Podcast had Clint Conley
for a guest this week, it’s a 48 minute interview. There’s
a lot of talk about the early days of the Boston scene and how Clint
worked his way into it. To hear hit arrow below.
The Boston Beat podcast has a video component now.
They've started posting videos on the Medford cable site. You don’t
have to be in Medford to access, anyone can go in and view. Check out
Tavern Tales: Pet List Show. It's a one hour
vid with a variety of acts including Frank Rowe doing
his acoustic numbers, Willie Loco, O Positive and
The Neighborhoods. Then two 60s groups: The Freeborn
and Orpheus. Watch
the video here. They'll have 10 more videos posted monthly.
Skybar has been back on WMFO for a few weeks now. Things
aren’t back to normal but it’s a sign that people are doing
work arounds that brings things closer to normal.
Skybar now records his show from home and sends it
to the station. All shows now have to be done like that. With that the
station is doing a few things differently. One result is that they are
now archiving the show and allowing you to hear it during the week.
For Skybar’s Rising show go to the schedule page
here: https://www.wmfo.org/schedule/ and hit ‘Rising’ in
the schedule and then look for ‘archive’ on that page and
Also on WMFO (Friday
6 to 7 pm) is Easy Ed. He covers rockabilly, old country and 50s rock
and roll and he does it with impeccable taste. The live shows that Easy
Ed put on (when that was possible) were some of the most uplifting feel
good rocking events ever.
Easy Ed also has his own page with his shows lined up in an easy format
to access. As we wait for live shows to kick in again we suggest you
click on over and give it a listen at : Easy
Ed’s Variety Hour
Joanie Lindstrom of WMBR’s Late Risers
Club played a knock out new track by Australia’s The
Cavemen. It’s called “Over You”. It’s part of
the new 7 inch EP which
is on Bandcamp but the “Over You” song is not playable
had a local set dedicated to Jeff Breeze RIP of Pipeline.
It included The Jacklights “Productive Member
of Society”. Jacklights are new and we think they will be getting
more known as time goes on. She also played the new Classic
Ruins’ “Forget About It”, A Bunch
of Jerks and Von Traps. All great stuff!!
The MBR shows are archived for two weeks and can be accessed here:
On the Red on Red label Cold Expectations
gets a boost for their new single “Could You Feel the Distance”.
This single captures the indie/Americana feel they are shooting for.
It’s a good niche and bodes well for Red on Red as this is one
of the first songs to roll out.
A Bunch of Jerks have a great work ethic. They've
managed to get some gigs in via live stream and even one live gig these
last few months. Now they've put out a three song EP The
Dead, on Rum Bar! In the title song “The Dead”
the characters talk about what they do at night, hey, why shouldn’t
they? It’s a great Halloween song too that should be brought out
“Chad” sounds like a 50/60’s throwback. The lyrics,
and it’s morphed “Wipe Out” guitar and drums, whip
you back to high school. This song along with the Shang Hi Los “Swing
Little Player” could be two songs in a punk version of Grease.
Then they cover “No More Mr. Nice Guy” by Alice Cooper.
That’s another in their list of well-done covers. Over time
The Bunch of Jerks band sound and Stabatha’s
voice have become a very identifiable brand.
Adventure Set has a ‘west coast remix’
of the song “Cleaner” that they put out last year. The new
version sounds crisper and makes it’s mark faster by cutting a
minute off the track. It just adds more luster to their quality output
these last few years.
The Runouts have a new single out called “Mr.
Born Yesterday”. It has shades of the Who as it begins with a
fast strumming acoustic guitar that soon enough is replaced with an
electric. There’s a lot of talent in the Runouts. They are an
unassuming bunch and haven’t got the attention that they deserve
especially for their last album Bohemian Catastrophe.
It’s a little bit Irish, it’s a little bit Christmas…An
Irishman for Christmas .... the new Christmas single by
Simone Berk (Kid Gulliver) and Jerry Lehane
(Dogmatics) with Billy Loosigian on guitar
and you get one of his solos as another Christmas gift – because
you have been so nice..
Simone’s voice has become so familiar to us over
these last two years, it brings a whole load of good associations. The
song is warm and clever. It’s hard not to like.
This is all part of the new Red on Red label. There's
going to be a lot of action from this corner, we can see that.
Virtual/ Streaming/Online Events.....
Dont forget to check out Linda Bean Pardee's Linda
Garagecast every week.
Shows coming up sometime in the future....
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
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