First off we have the sad news that Billy Rath , who has recently made
Boston his home, has passed away. We had just discussed an interview with Billy
before he got sick this time. We didn't know Billy well but certainly appreciated
his history and thought him to be a pretty amazing guy. RIP Billy Rath! Lots
of people loved you and you will be missed!
Blowfish did all the carousing at the clubs this weekend: The five band Hardcore
line up at TT's last Friday was sparsely attended at first but by the
time the fourth band came on a respectable amount of people were there.
Honest John is from Providence and there's a good hardcore scene there
judging from the amount of bands that show up in shows here in Boston. Honest
John had a mighty sound with lots of one minute songs in the lineup. The
singer was impressive. He was down on the floor rather than the stage. I've
seen many core groups do this. it shows that they're connected to their audience
in a real way. There was too much down time between songs however and that coupled
with the fast then slow tempo changes in most songs stifled any momentum they
were getting. I feel if they tighten up the segues and get a good set list they
could improve the show right there.
Neighborhood Shit I saw a few weeks ago and liked.
They did a similar set tonight. Their lyrics reflect their life and that investment
gives real weight to their impassioned vocals. The drummer does some furious
tempos. He moves like The Incredible Flash. In a normal tempo he probably did
10 hours of drumming during that 30 minute set.
Cheech bumped everything up a few notches. These guys
had a better command of their instruments and had military precision in their
execution. The lead singer was at top yelling range from the beginning. The
drumming was more conventional than, say, Neighborhood Shit's
drumming but it was very effective. It was the same with the guitars which had
some metal in them. Now these guys showed how good segues could give momentum.
They strung 4 and 5 songs together with no break and the excitement built. That
unrelenting barrage of sound and fury is what makes a great hardcore show. At
the end you feel beat up. These guys have a song called Nerdcrusher
and that's just what I'm afraid will happen to me at these shows.
On Saturday there were tons of shows going on all day. Providence
had a festival downtown from 1 till 10pm. The Middle East had a 1 pm
show and the Midway had a 4pm start. The Middle East down had
a 5 pm show and next door TT's had a 5:30 start to a group of Pop Punk
bands. The Middle East even had a 7pm start to a show because
they later do a DJ thing there. Then there were the regular night shows. For
a while there have been the weekend afternoon shows but now it's all day music
everywhere. I'm liking that.
I did the hardcore thing on Friday so I elected to give the Pop Punk thing
a go at TT's. These bands were Emo. There was lots of love and camaraderie
on stage. Like the hardcore groups they link close with their fans and have
lots of sing-alongs.
Real Talk started out very shaky. Thankfully after a few songs they
got it together and ended up giving a pretty good show. I have to say the drum
and bass section were not giving a solid base to the sound and this was the
same problem with the next band. Despite that it was a good dose of Emo. The
lead singer is young and handsome. I would think that would generate lots of
women fans but there were only a handful of people all together for this part
of the show. The audience was young and a 50/50 male/female mix.
By the time Sleep on It from Chicago got on stage
the attendance went from 5 to 50. They were greeted with whoops and cheers and
that continued through the set. They were more pumped up than Real Talk
but had that drum/bass problem and I just never warmed up to them but I was
the odd man out. They got a great reception on everything they did. I got what
I wanted which was to a to hear some Emo.
Don't forget to check out
Kenne Highland At Large as he talks abut the Grant Town Goon and
reading rock bio books and of course...see his new Duck Dynasty shorts and of
course there's much much more....
Who goes to Detroit for vacation? I'm glad you asked, Joanie Lindstrom does.
There's only buildings in ruins, you say. She LOVES buildings in ruins. Which is all to say that
we have JOANIE'S DETROIT VACATION now posted.
This week we also are delighted to have a new
column by John Keegan!! This one's about The Baseball Project and
Split Squad at Great Scott's!!
In other news:
Ed Moose Savage is back home most importantly - out of the hospital
- after back surgery. Get well soon and get up and at 'em Ed!!
Records has put together a recording of previously unreleased Scruffy
The Cat recordings. The Good Goodbye: Unreleased Recordings 1984-1990
will be available on September 16th it features "features music from their
origin to their final, unissued sessionsrecorded at Ardent Studios."
You can read
more and prepurchase here!!
We heard from our pal Sonny Vincent and his new record is almost ready!!
This is the one is a special get together of a super group, it's called Spiteful.
It's Sonny ...on screamin' guitar of course....with Rat Scabies (The Damned)
on Drums, Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols) on Bass, and Steve Mackay (Stooges)
on Sax...wow!! Here's what he has to say about it: "Three years in the making,
four RocknRoll bastards get together to fuck shit up. .... The kick ass songs
are not playable in police stations, the freedom bell frenzy is banging way
too loud. Strap yourself in for a wild ride that takes you from a dark alleyway
to a far away planet of Love and mercurial radiance." Can't wait to get our
hands on that one!!
And some information at The Harvard Film Archive about Arthur
Freedman and his video collection which is now housed there. Check out the
list of videos he's got there. Now if they could be accessed it would be
fantastic!! Well it turns out he needs signed releases from the bands before
the vids can go public. So let's hope that can happen soon.
So what's comin' up for gigs?....
This Tuesday, August 19 at the Midway you can catch The Buckners,
Ramona Silver, The Natalie Flanagan Band and Fun Era Fifty which
is Mr. Curt's new band.
This coming Friday August 22nd
there's a great
show at the Midway
with Muck And The Mires, Watts, The Electric
(from NYC) The Black Cheers!
On Saturday August 23rd start the afternoon off with Brian Young
and Crash Course for the Ravers Show with his special guest this day being
Alexander and Carl Biancucci of The Classic Ruins and other bands. (WMFO 91.5PM 1-4PM)
There's a 4-9 PM show at The Midway with The Caught Flies, Psychic
Dog, The Radiator Rattlers and To The Gallows
It's Hixxmas in August folks! On August 23rd at Club Bohemia
at The Cantab it's Hixx and Psychic Dog and more bands TBA...
Friday August 29th has a good show at Church with Petty Morals,
Tigerman WOAH, When Particles Collide and Miss Geo.
And at The Tavern at the End of the World on Friday the 29th
there's "Detroit Night" with Three Great Bands with Detroit Roots
: Tiger Bomb features Lynda Mandolyn of Detroit's "Inside
Out" band, and San Francisco's "Fabulous Disaster"...
and Chris Horne of The Brood Cindy Allison & Andrea Ellis
provide the rock-solid rhythm section for a set of all-original pop songs! for
a set of all-original pop songs... , from Detroit, are making their Boston debut
here tonight... and the following night they will headline the 2014 Power Popaholic
Festival in Brooklyn... See them while you can! Fireking features Detroit
natives Anthony Kaczynski & Michael Smith of the Sire Records recording
group, "Figures On A Beach"... Andrew Morrison on bass
rounds out this fantastic power-pop-rock trio.
This should be an interesting evening...at The Cantab, Saturday August 30th....The
Sound Down Cellar, Nelson Slater (tentative), Annie Activator and
the once a year gig by Love & Flame featuring Danny Rybar, Lady
Carolyn and Joe Viglione along with Mike Quirk on bass, Kenne
Highland on guitar. (they are on at 9:30) and The Guns of Brighton
OK foks get ready for a crazy, exhausting and exciting couple of months of
music in Boston....read on...amazing shows coming up and lots of them.....
Tuesday Sept 2 there's a punk show at The Middle East UP with
Bishops Green, Hammer and the Nails, For the Worse, Yellow Stitches, The
Damn Garrison *NOTE: its a slightly earlier than usual show with 7:00 PM
Please put this on your calendar and go folks- Viva
La Eva Dos...another benefit for Eva Lipton you was in a horrible car
crash and remains in a rehab facility....Thursday September 4th starting at
7PM at TT The Bear's ...on the bill are Joe Queer & Friends, The Dogmatics,
The Downbeat 5, Classic Ruins, Parlour Bells, Moose & The Mudbugs, and
Sonomatics ...see you there!!
Thursday Sept 4 at Tavern at the End of the World is the return
BAKER! This should be a great show - his only 2014 appearance in Boston,
it was cancelled and is now back on.....and its a great bill all around with
The Kurt Baker Band (11:30) The Connection (10:30) and
The Dirty Truckers (9:30) . Get there early folks!!
And you definitely want to hit this show: Richie Parsons performing
his Honey & Tears songs along with The Dictators NYC on September
5th at the Middle East down. Kim Ackland posted on Facebook
about this "NYC" version: "No Top Ten, it's a new band with Dick,
Thunderbolt, Ross, Daniel REY from Shrapnel ROCKS and Dean Rispler, as Ross
said "the best bass player on the planet". They're awesome" ...and
You can download
Honey and Tears from iTunes for one.....or Bandcamp.....where
you can download or order the CD or the vinyl! or hunt Richie down and buy one
from him. Or you can get one at this gig if you can wait that long.
Another great all ages 4-9PM show Saturday September 6th at The
Midway with The
Humanoids, Arctic Horror, In The SHit
and a solo Larry Lifeless...the cost?...well priceless as you can
imgine but you only have to shell out FIVE dollars for this show folks.
Oh yeah on Tuesday September 9th at the Midway Brian Young
hosts a show with Johnny & The Hartebreakers, The Classic Ruins and
Tsunami of Sound....so um, this "Johnny and The Hartebreakers"
better be good......or Mr. Harte may say "Who needs you"
and I hope they make me shake out of control.
Crash Safely is coming up
in September/October - night #1 is at The Midway on Saturday
September 27th with Pete Donnelly, Pete Hayes and John Powhida (Aka The
Petes), Watts, Gene Dante and The Future Starlets, The I Want You and
As The Sparrow
The Legendary Shake Shakers are coming to the Middle East down September
And there's 4 straight nights of awesome shows at the Midway starting
with folk/punk show
Friday 9/12 with Bryan McPherson, The Old Edison, Marl Lind and
There is a lot going on Saturday Sept 13....first off there's a early
matinee with 4PM doors at the Midway, it's all ages and only $7.00...on
stage is Risk, Class
Struggle, Working Poor
USA, Aftermath (from
CT) and Traces
Then that night, at The
Midway on Sept 13.
Cal Cali brings us Lyres-Nervous Eaters-Cal Cali Band- The Invaders
(Les Envahisseurs-from Quebec) - oh mon dieu!!! What an excellent line up!
AND Sept 13th the begining of the Pipeline shows with Baby's Arm, Berlin
Airlift, The Dogmatics, The Neats' Eric Martin & friends, Stranglehold,
The Turbines - at Cuisine en Locale wow!!
But don't forget Sat. 9/13 is also Matt Burns' 60th Birthday Party!
He's celebrating at The Lizard Lounge. So far the bill includes Litehouse,
The Handymen, Kenne Highland, and more bands to come.....
Sunday September 14th --the Midway will bring us the legendary
UK band The Members!! also
with them are Greg Allen's Fringe Religion and OC45...here's the
FB page link
Then on Monday Sept 15th....not to be missed the band you never heard
of but want to see in this setting - The Shakes Outta Control, just click
their link and see where it brings you) but also on the bill TRiPLE THiCK,
Banditas and Jay Allen & The Archcriminals! This should be a
50 Years of Boston Rock, WMBR's Pipeline's 25 year Anniversary is coming
up!!! It's at various venues in Boston, Cambridge, Brighton, Somerville and
Arlington. Specifically it's going to be 13 shows featuring close to 80 reunited
Boston-area bands performing at 5 venues over 5 weekends from September
12 to October 12 - at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston, The Middle East downstairs
in Cambridge, the Brighton Music Hall, the Regent Theatre in Arlington, and
Cuisine en Locale in Somerville, a new ballroom-like space with a capacity of
425.!! So get ready now. (There are current plans to add a 14th night to the
series) Tickets are now available at all venues!
Click to see the insanely long entire list of line ups HERE. And here's the
And because we love you here's links to all the clubs to purchase tix:
CUISINE EN LOCALE in Somerville (Sep 13, 19, 20, Oct 10, 11)
Sept 13th (these are all
links to tix) who's playing on the 13th: Baby's Arm, Berlin Airlift, The
Dogmatics, The Neats' Eric Martin & friends, Stranglehold, The Turbines
REGENT THEATRE in Arlington (Sep 12, 26, 27)
27 Who's playing on the 27th: Barry & The Remains, Cardinal, The
BRIGHTON MUSIC HALL (Sep
Who's playing on Sept 28: Anastasia Screamed, The Flies, The F.U.'s / Straw
Dogs, Men & Volts, The Nervous Eaters, + 2 TBA
MIDDLE EAST RESTAURANT DOWNSTAIRS in Cambridge (Oct 3, 4, 12)
Who's playing on Oct 3: The Blood Oranges, The Bristols, Buttercup, Fuzzy,
Lazy Susan, Robin Lane and The Chartbusters, Tacklebox
PARADISE ROCK CLUB in Boston (Oct
Who's playing Oct 5: Big City Rockers (Atlantics), The Charms, The Dents,
High Risk Group, Reddy Teddy, Shake the Faith, Willie Alexander & The Boom
12 Who's playing on the 12th: The Bags, Ed's Redeeming Qualities &
The Breeders' Carrie Bradley & friends, The Gizmos (original
line up), Kenny Chambers / Electric Ears, The Underachievers, The Voodoo
whew!!!!!!!!!! what an amazing event this will be Congratulations and THANK
YOU! Bob Dubrow for all your work on this!!
Saturday, September 20 we get to see James Straight & The Wide Stance again!!
They are at Copperfield's along with The
People's Party, Green Street Station
, and Sunrise
Sunday Sept 21 at TT The Bear's there's is Queerstock 2014
with Gunpowder Gelatine, Thalia Zedek, The Kitchenettes and Fur
And September 22nd at the Middle East up is a great show with
Shonen Knife and Petty Morals.
Also at TT's to finish off the week on a definite , awesome actually,
punk note Friday the 26th they have The Angry Samoans, Reagan Youth,
Burning Streets and The Welsh Boys opening the night.
Sept 26, 27 & 28 is The
2nd Annual New England Shake Up it's Three Rockin' days of Bands! Record
Hops! Vendors! Car Show! Indoor Pool Party! And More! All taking place at the
lovely Sturbridge Host Hotel in Sturbridge, Massachusetts....Boston bands Jittery
Jack, The Rollin' Pins and Lynnette and The Longshots will be performing.
The Rat Beach Party set for September 27 & 28 (Sat
& Sunday) you get all the info on their
Here's a special show on Monday
Sept 29th - at The Midway - with the "Surreal Adults" (so
are we sure they aren't SurREAL kids????), Richie Parson, The Swindlers
and The Connection.
And for The Midway early evening
show (4PM doors) this Saturday October 4th - Kenne Highland and Eddie
Flowers are at it again with The
Rockabilly Yobs (mems of The Gizmos/Afrika Korps), Didn't
Planet, Wasted Luck
(from Germany) and The New Frustrations
Saturday October 4th O'Brien's has a really good ...and long and early
starting show with 3PM doors: DRAGO, The FU's, Black Cheers, Silver
Screams, Quiggs and Little Richards
October 5th - another amazing Sunday show at The Midway will
bring us The Vibrators!!!
also on the bill MOTO and The Skeleton Beats.
Friday October 10 is Night 2 for Crash
Safely Benefit this one's at the Midway again...and there's a
great line up with Petty Morals, Gymnasium, Tsunami of Sound and My
Own Worst Enemy.
The Gizmos are in Brooklyn at Union Pool on Saturday October
11th this line up will be Kenne Highland, Eddie Flowers, & Ted Niemiec
bringing the original 1976/77 Gizmos to NYC w/ assistance from Kenny
Kaiser (Afrika Korps), MJ Quirk (Kenne Highland Clan), & Matt
Burns (KH Clan) also on the bill: Lame Drivers, Milk Dick, & Liquor
Also on October 11th an all day affair with the
9th Annual Hot Rod Fallout in Glastonbury CT - Bands & Continuous Music
Vendors, Food, Booze, and more.....1963 & Older Traditional Styles Vehicles
- Hot Rods, Customs, Stock, Race and Bikes
Monday October 13th there's a special show at Weirdo
Records with Eddie Flowers and Kenne Highland , its the day after their
Pipeline show at the Middle East Down. Pre Kenne'Eddie there's CTM opening
the night around 8pm and Cryostasium middle things out around 8:30-8:45.
If you know the album 'Vernietiging', you'll love the set. Triple guitar attack
all coming out of tiny l'il amps. Keep in mind that this is a TINY place so if
you want to see the sets best to get there earlier than later.
Friday October 17th is Night 3 of Crash Safely Benefit...this
time its at the Middle East Up and wow, the line up again is killer with
Township, White Dynomite, The Field Effect, Triple Thick and Animal
Also on Oct 17th at The
Midway is Sasquatch and the Sick-A-Billys, Tigerman WOAH, Tail Light
Rebellion, and The Radiator Rattlers
Ocrtober 25th we can see The Cranktones at The Midway again
kids...it's WMFO's Easy Ed presents:- The Cranktones, Johnny Carlevale
& The Rollin' Pins, plus Easy Ed's Record Hop!!! - great night!!!
The Damned are touring this Fall with TSOL. They are playing
Halloween in NYC but playing Boston on Saturday October 25th at the Royale...tix
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Going to Detroit for vacation? Yup, you might think of it as vacation as warfare but Joanie Lindstrom the urban
explorer takes it on.........
Joanie Lindstrom's Detroit Vacation
A look at a notable summer Wednesday. We start at the LRC Summer Party and bar hop to the Sonny Vincent show at Radio......
LRC Summer Party/Sonny Vincent
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......
The Viva La Eva Benefit
It's Part IV and there are still awesome revels....and the photos go back to 1971....not to be missed stuff for Boston Punk fans......
The Lyres Chronicles:The story of a Lyre Retyre - Part IV
He's legendary and his surprise birthday party was legendary in turn. Only in your Boston Rock and Roll dreams could you come up with a night like this.......
Willie Loco's 70th Birthday Party
In a case of reverse outsourcing Carl Biancucci of the Classic Ruins also plays bass in the English group Shotglass Killers.
He tells us about a gig at the 100 Club with a reformed Damned....
Carl Biancucci in London
2011 - there are upheavals all over the world, the US is in economic shambles...yet somehow Johnny Anget finds inspiration for a renewal an artistic rebirth if you will......
Interview with Johnny Angel about his new CD
Ralph Fatello gets into reporter mode and gives us a look into the Cars reunion gig with some great back stage photos too at. ......
The Cars reunion gig at the House of Blues
The scene gets together for Charlie Chesterman and we get to see Scruffy the Cat reunite......
The Charlie Chesterman Benefit
The Domatics and The Neats Band 19 and Last Stand reunite...for a benefits for cancer research....
Dogmatics Reunion show at the Paradise
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.........
The Story of DMZ and the Blizzard of '78
The Konks' hypnotic bashing was a smart mindlessness that you got addicted to. They are calling it quits and we'll miss 'em and there's no free clinic out there to help us either...........
The Konks Final Show
We were so thrilled with the La Peste DVD we had to talk with Jan Crocker and while we were at it, get his story too......
Jan Crocker/La Peste DVD Interview
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..........
Kathy Flynn's Photos
|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 ....
Time Magazine Article on Punk 1977
|Let's get real. We are all getting older and will die. Do you ever consider how you will be remembered? I'm talking about your tombstone. It's morbid, it's in poor taste, it's .....
|Crotch biting...head bleeding...dick jiggling...it's all in Miss Lyn's report (with photos to prove it) from the GG Allin 10 Year Memorial Tour at the Middle East....
Everybody wants to know where everybody else is. To help keep track of the wild, the beautiful and the damned we have set up ....
Then and Now
|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.
The Judy Map Shrine
|1977-The Damned were ready to piss on Blowfish and started to undress Miss Lyn! And people seemed to like it!! This interview IS outrageous...for then AND now!
The Damned Interview