As we write this week’s "news" we're nearing the third
month of stay-at-home because of the pandemic and there is social unrest
around the country for reasons other than the pandemic.
The BGN has 13 years of archived news
and this week’s news will be archived so we want to be clear on
what’s happening around us. Everyone is doing what they can to
get through these challenging days. It’s all about sustaining
our mental, economic and physical health. Music is part of our mental
health. These days many musicians say they have a hard time being creative.
Music outlets like clubs and public performance have closed and virtual
ones are becoming more common. Musicians are trying to cope. Examples
of that are on our home page every week.
Our mission is to keep track of the Boston punk scene. That’s
basically it and has been for many years. That’s what we continue
to do. So on with the 'news'.....
There’s yet another twist in the Great Scott
story. According to Vanyaland: “…. a campaign has been launched
by its longtime booking agent, Carl Lavin, to save
the Allston rock club. Lavin has teamed up with Mainvest, a Salem-based
investment crowdfunding platform specializing in assisting local businesses,
to raise the necessary money to re-open Great Scott and keep it open."
can read more here.
Great Scott, the first club to face closure, is not giving up. It’s
encouraging to see the support they've been getting from the community.
It makes you feel that we may come out the other end of this with things
Mainvest says the idea is :”…. to empower
communities to invest in Main streets, not Wall Street.” and that
is AWESOME!!! They have a site up so that anyone can invest in the Great
Scott business. They hope to raise $150,000.00. $100.00 is the lowest
investment. Right now they are at $98,000.00 as of this writing!!!!
You can check it out and dontate here MAINVEST.
Jim and Fred - Atlantics
The Channel is ramping up its profile with a series
of Facebook shows and interviews. Saturday they had The Altantics,
O Positive, The Dogmatics and Girls Night Out
along with a lot of commentary. The Channel had set themselves up with
their audio Channel Podcasts before the pandemic, now they've added
the visual with Zoom and have Chachi Loprete as a moderator.
In Saturday's Atlantics set they had the incarnation
that included was Fred Pineau and Jim Melanson.
They did “ “One Last Night”, “Teenage Flu”,
“ Wrong Number”, “Weekend” and “Lonelyhearts”.
The Dogmatics had five members of the band. The set
included: “Gimme the Shakes”, ‘That’s Alright
Mama” and “She’s the One”. You can find some
of these on the Channel
Podcast Facebook page.
The Messaround keeps going - thankfully! The next
one is is their Fourth Anniversary Celebration and
its on the Once Virtual Live Performance Venue on Friday
June 19 at 7PM. This is also a fund raiser for the orignal
Messaround venue The Plough & Stars
The line up is: Amy Griffin (Jittery Jack and Miss
Amy), Chris DeBarge (The Curses and many more), Lee
Harrington (The Shang Hi-Los, The Neighborhoods), Tad
Overbaugh (Tad Overbaugh and The Late Arrivals), Evan
Shore (Muck and The Mires), Pedro Sjostedt (Muck
and The Mires), and Ken Kaiser (Mr. President) and
of course the hosts: Justine Covault (Justine and The
Unclean, Justine’s Black Threads), Tom Baker
(The Dirty Truckers), and Jay Allen (Jay Allen and
it here on June 18, 7PM.
Also to support Once Somerville you
can donate here. They are almost at their goal!!! Help
'em hit it!!
The Back Porch Carousel is also going with the Once
live venue stream for their next show on Friday, June
26 at 8PM. You
can get tickets and watch here. This show is Randy Black,
Adam Sherman, Linda Viens, Sarah Levecque and Peter
Zarkadas and is hosted and engineered by Larry Dersch.
And as a reminder this is to benefit Tavern at the End of the
Anngelle Wood made the 5/22/20 Boston Emissions
show all covers, she went back to the Acro-Brats (2015)
doing “Crash” by the Primitives. Here’s it is on YouTube
Crash - Acro-brats,
Michael Kane and the Morning Afters doing “Born
to Run” (It’s on Bandcamp…listen
Rabbithole did a good job kicking up “White
Rabbit” by Jefferson Airplane. The show is a good chance to hear
locals cover mostly main stream rock hits.
There’s another Bay State Rock show up on Spotify…here….and
sounds very comfortable in the new recording set up. She’s up
to speed and playing that mix of new and old that shows her full knowledge
of Boston rock.
Now we're getting used to the online radio show. It took this crisis
to get us there but we like the idea we can get to the show at any time
not just when it’s broadcast. It seems like the better thing to
Al Quint went live again on Saturday with his Sonic
Overload, at 9 pm playing indie hardcore. It looks like he
is making this a regular thing. You can catch the last show on his
Facebook page . We highly recommend it!!
Rich Mirsky is isolated but still cranking out some
songs. He had a great submission for the Goffin/King contest. Now he
has a song that directly addresses the current pandemic shutdown situation.
You'll recognize a lot of your own thoughts in “Lockdown”.
“I change my underwear/ but I honestly don’t care/ if I
get dressed/ because there’ nowhere to go.” He piled up
all the things we end up doing and just put it to rhyme. You can only
catch it on Rich’s
Facebook page as far as we know.
Color Killer did another live set on Facebook on Thursday.
There are so many groups that are completely sidelined it’s instructive
to see how Color Killer keeps things going. They do their sets outside
with all four members playing at an acceptable distance apart. The important
thing is that you get the band sound. Seems simple but this is what’s
missing in the majority of online sets that are solo performances.
Color Killer’s sets are getting us more and
more familiar with their songs just like when we used to see a live
band repeatedly. “California”, “Down with Carona”,
“Football”, “Not Your Valentine”, and “Pat
On The Back” are some of our faves. And they continue to add to
their list of cover tunes. This time they ended with “The End
of the World As We Know It” by REM. You can still see the set
on the Color
Killer Facebook page. Definitely worth a watch!!!
The other band that did a whole set was The Dropkick Murphys
and of course, at Fenway no less. They covered Thunders’
“Can’t Put Your Arms Around a Memory” Bruce
Sprinsteen did two songs via a feed, “Rose Tattoo”
and “American Land”. That’s available in a few places
Check out From Plague & Pestilence: "Viral Gods," a Judas
Priest Covid-19 Parody! With Lucretia X. Machina and
Jason Skulls on
Paul Mahern of The Zero Boys will
be teaching an online course on The History of Punk Rock:
From Sex Pistols to Green Day. It starts in the Fall Term
at Jacobs School of Music/ Inidiana University. It will meet (virtualy)
on Tuesday and Thursday from 2:30-3:45. Since there's a Bloomington
IN connection with Mahern, Kenne Highland says Mahern plays the Gizmos
in class. They don’t give a starting date but you can go to Paul
Mahern’s Facebook Page
Alice Cooper releases a new song that plays to our
strengths and offers hope. “We’re
Not Fragile” sings Alice. Video above.
Billie Joe’s of Green Day Mad
Monday vid this past week was “Manic
Monday” by The Bangles, Susanna Hoffs is in the vid too! Video
The Pretenders released a video for the song “Didn’t
Want To Be This Lonely” which is from their new album Hate
For Sale out on July 17. Video above.
Only For The Headstrong - John Lydon Quarantine Party -
yes, Party time with John Rotten, Rambo and Tabbert
as they answer questions about the film The Public Image
is Rotten. The online party/Q&A will
give fans a chance to ask questions from music icon and Public Image
Ltd. singer, John Lydon as well as executive producer
& PiL manager Rambo Stevens and the film’s
director Tabbert Fiiller. That's Sunday June 7th Midnight
to 3AM EST HERE!!!
The Public Image is Rotten, a film about the
ups and downs of the career of PIL, is on Vimeo.
It can be rented for $5.99 and bought for $14.99. The trailer alone
has a lot of provocative Johnny Rotten Lydon in it.
Lydon has remained a figure that will not be ignored. Watch
the trailer here.
Not to be stopped John Lydon has rescheduled his mostly
sold out tour I
Could be Wrong I Could Be Right to the Fall 2020.
Now for this week’s two videos from The Damned Show: Episode
#15: “Clock Maintenance with Cap” and
is indeed the Captain fixing an older pendulum running clock. You get
to see his cool bright yellow room with his silver records on the wall.
#16 is a 12 minute one featuring Paul Gray. He
plays and explains his song “Generals” that was on Strawberries.
He has the four track cassette recording and he shows you how he built
up the tracks for the demo.
As a "little tribute to Dave Greenfield (keyboardist
with The Stranglers who died from Covid-19 in early May and Paul
Desmond (saxophonist with the Dave Brubeck quartet - the anniversary
of his death is at the end of this month)", someone has done a
clever editing job of an old Dave Brubeck video which makes it look
as if his Take Five era group is playing The Stranglers' “Golden
Brown”. It’s an entertaining deep fake: watch
Then we came across an Amazon Kindle deal on the bio of Hugh
Cornwall: A Multitude of Sins: Golden
Brown, The Stranglers and Strange Little Girls. It’s
for only $1.99 for Kindle owners....significant'y more for hardcopies
For almost 12 years NPR Music streamed live shows
from Washington D.C.’s 9:30 Club. We have to
admit to not having heard any of them. As it happens they have stopped
doing them but they have all the shows (over 100!) online available
for streaming, including: PIL, Artic Monkeys, Of Montreal, Spoon,
Sonic Youth, Sleater-Kinney…it goes on and on. It’s
a treasure trove!!! Check it out here NPR
Actor|Observer has a new song out: Cargo Cult,
and it’s scorching!! There isn’t a recording process invented
that can contain the onslaught of this band. The blistering vocals can
give you an ear burn alone. There are a few sections where they lower
the attack but it comes back. This band needs a quadraphonic mix because
the stereo can’t handle the sonic material the band pushes out.
Everything here is what they do live and it makes us miss that experience
so much. Missing out on the live thing made us listen even closer to
get that A|O dose and we did.
The lyrics deal with a lesson drawn from those South Pacific Cargo
Cults created in WWII. The lesson they offer is “ … all
is not granted to those who try” A|O look at life and don’t
flinch. It can be found on a lot of digital platforms: https://ingroov.es/cargo-cult-vu
And Bandcamp Actor|Observer
Coffin Salesman released two songs on March 3 that
got by us. Aria Rad has fashioned his own way with
songwriting and with his sound and these two songs are a good introduction
to him. “Drinkin’ With Giles” seems like the story
of an cowboy outlaw. Like a lot of Coffin Salesman songs it slowly builds
up and the end is all wound up and furious. “Venomous Blood”
has a harder edge to it. It has echoes of Rolling Thunder Dylan that
Aria has made his own.
We’ve always contended that Coffin Salesman
should have a wide appeal. Aria has punk cred and the group sound close
enough to be familiar to a general rock listener.Give
it a listen or purchase here.
Dont' forget to check out:
Sunday June 7th: Only For
The Headstrong - John Lydon Quarantine Party Midnight to 3AM
Tuesday June 9th: Punk Rock Aerobics
every Tuesday on
FB @ 6PM
Tuesday June 16th: Punk
Rock Aerobics every Tuesday on
FB @ 6PM
Friday June 19th: The
Anniversary Celebration and its on the Once Virtual
Live Performance Venue at 7PM
Friday June 26th: Back
Porch Carousel 8PM
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