Wille Loco Alexander at Third Life Studios
Catch up time here: John Keegan was up in Portland on Saturday April
14th to see a show at the Bayside Bowl. It was Tiger Beat,
Muck and the Mires and Crunchtime.
He somehow had time to sample the famous Portland cuisine for a dinner
and then a band breakfast the next morning. Click the photo below for
the story and photos.
This week on Thursday at O’Briens was a hardcore
bill with Lessener, Taxi Driver, Sick Minds, &
We just saw a song and a half by Faux News. They
were having fun on stage and the music was hitting hard and the lyrics
seemed like they were saying something. We did capture one song on video
- see below.
We’ve seen Taxi Driver a few times so we knew
what to expect. They did some sledge hammer hardcore at a fast but not
super fast pace. Danny the lead singer was an imposing
front man. He was roaming the floor in front of the stage which the
next two singers did also.
Taxi Driver has been together since 2010.
They've played on bills with many popular hardcore acts. We
saw them with The Anti-Nowhere League in 2014.
They give you that complete hardcore submersion feeling where you are
overwhelmed with the volume and intensity. Listen to them on Bandcamp.
That whole feeling was continued and enhanced with Sick Minds.
The music was even more uncompromising and the lead singer was putting
all his energy into the singing - yelling at full volume. It was a guess
if he could do it a whole set. He did, but he was panting like crazy
near the end. Tommy the drummer of Taxi Driver did
double duty by playing with Sick Minds too. So, he kept up the frantic
pace for two sets.
We are always impressed with the dedication of most hardcore groups,
there’s no walking through a set with this music.
Lessener continued the hardcore but broke a string
after the first song. Knowing we were doing a multi-night stretch of
clubbing we bailed.
When we hear a multi set of hardcore like this night we walk out feeling
like we’ve been beaten up a bit. It’s a physical as well
as mental thing.
The next night was a complete turnaround. It was Willie Loco,
Randy Black and Mark Chenevert in Somerville.
Mark set up this cozy show at Third
Life Studios. It’s across the street from Sally O’Brien’s
and closer to the Union Square intersection. You don’t see it
till you are right on it. It’s a simple square room which had
about 40 chairs. There were about 20 people there. We were expecting
more. In the front of the room was a grand piano that Willie had played
and expressed a desire to do a show with, so, there we were.
Mark Chenevert and Randy Black
Randy Black began playing a set with amplified acoustic
and accompanied by Mark on clarinet. Randy has a
lot of technique and doesn’t just strum chords which makes his
acoustic sets more rewarding. He does finger picking and hybrid picking
as well as moving chord forms up the neck with open strings.
His arrangement of "Everybody’s Talking" flowed like
a river. One of his own songs called something like “Time More
Slowly” had lyrics that resonated like prose. Randy works to make
his songs go deeper. All his songs rewarded the close listening made
easier in this setting.
Willie Loco and Mark Chenevert
Willie started his set with a song called “Spring”,
maybe hoping that would happen soon. The words were by Vincent Ferrini.
Willie has an album of Vincent’s material: Vincent
Ferrini's Greatest Hits as Interpreted by William Spence Alexander.
He did “Gravelly Hill” from the Dog Bar Yacht Club
CD which had words by Charles Olsen (American Poet that lived in Gloucester).
Here's a YouTube
video of it.
As the songs went on you could appreciate the beauty of that quality
piano. There were times where the sound had a concert hall feeling.
In this intimate setting you could almost X-ray Willie’s playing
style. There’s so much in there, obviously rock (of all eras)
but also stride, boogie woogie, jazz, Latin, Cecil Taylor, blues and
something...lets call it freeform....that keeps things interesting.
He also had a song with chords borrowed from the Rites of Spring, so
you can add classical music into the mix.
You could also see the virtues of Mark Chenevert.
He has a grasp of multiple music genres and disciplines as well. He’s
with Willie the whole way and even pushing things further with an eastern
scale that Willie wouldn’t dare go near and leading the dynamics
of the songs when he wanted. He added another layer to Randy’s
set also. Things are simply better with Mark in the mix. No mystery
why he’s the go to guy in these situations.
Willie did “Bass Rocks” (great sax by Mark), “Gin”,
“Shopping Cart Louie” (‘He survived the Germans, but
not the kids.” ) and “Kerouac”. He told a lot of stories
in between songs. He apologized for “babbling”, but that
was the exact right thing to do in that setting.
We don’t get a lot of Willie shows in town these days. They
might do this again. Hopefully more people will show up.
Also on Fridaym Jiblantos, Shiny Beasts, and Black
Souls rocked up a house party away from home at the Tavern
at the End of the World.
Two Jiblantos and a Shiny Beast
Jiblantos warmed up the room with their retro mix of sax, violin,
guitar spazzmatazz. In a move worthy of Kenne Highland
they segued from the last tune, Don Van Vliet’s Zig Zag Wanderer,
into a keep your seat intro for Shiny Beasts.
Henry - Shiny Beasts
Speaking of Shiny Beasts
, they were in crispy form.
vocal overlap fits together like jigsaw
pieces. Greg 2
sets up the edge on lead. From "Feral
Cats" to "A Girl Like You" to "Drive All Night"
catchy hooks, pushy choruses, rhythm section kickin’ up a ruckus.
The Cam and Kim, Classic Ruins graft called The Black Souls
is starting to take. The deep-cut covers, the rocked up r & b, the
’s harmonica, Kim
back up and lead vocals, and especially Brian Worsley
King Curtis sax had the late night crowd boppin’ and dancin’.
"Sally Goes Round the Roses" is an inspired call. "Venus"
was ragged and right. "Charlie Brown" was a riot with Frank
going low on “why you always pickin’ on me.”
The next night we moved on to the Middle East Up.
Muck and the Mires were opening up for the Bush
Tetras. The Bush Tetras used to play the
Underground a lot. Mark Davis used to do sound
for them there. He was at the Middle East and saw the sound check and
said before the show that they sounded just like they did back in the
Muck and the Mires
We never saw Muck and the Mires even get on stage
before they launched into the first song and started the avalanche of
songs that seems to not stop till the very end of the set. They do it
every time, and we love it every time. We thought this was the best
set of theirs that we ever saw, but that’s what we always think.
Does that mean they are indeed getting better every time or probably
it’s just the immediacy of getting bombarded by the great songs
and the joyful rock and roll delivery. How can you not love this band?
The Bush Tetras were post punk and considered part
of the ‘no wave’ bands from NYC. The song “Too Many
Creeps” was a staple of college radio in 1980. We never saw them
in their Underground appearances and were interested in getting a measure
of them now. A lot of others did too, it was good to see the club fill
up for a band like this.
The overall sound did evoke the art rock genre that was prevalent
in punk in the early 80’s. It was jerky and fragmented which would
have bothered us back when we wanted straight punk but now sounds just
fine. The thing that kept everything together was Val Opielski's
prominent bass, it was up front and constant. That steadfast and repetitive
nature gave a hypnotic feel to the whole set. Singer Cynthia
Sley was the visual focus. She gyrated and shook, messed up
her hair and used her long arms to punctuate the lyrics. Original guitarist
Pat Place had a ton of effect peddles and delivered
her slicing, atmospheric guitar sound throughout the set. It wove
together with the bass and drums to create their unique sound.
The crowd gave them a big reception and the band seemed to appreciate
the response. Some times there are issues with reunions. This one felt
right and was very welcome. In our case it brought us around to their
music. We really did miss out not seeing them back in the day.
Between Muck and Bush Tetras sets, Hugo Burnham (Gang
of Four) was DJing. Though we were not in the room much of
the crowd stayed for the music and were dancing too!
More band photos below the show listings
And in other news.....
Killing Joke's - 40th Anniversary Tour hits Boston
on Sept 11 at the Paradise. Check out more
on the FB page.
Allen’s Fringe Religion’s drummer is moving to Arizona
so they're looking for a new drummer if anyone is interested.
We talked to Mr. Curt at the Willie Loco show at Third
Life. He gave some more information on a subject he mentioned in his
Crash Course for the Ravers interview a few weeks back. He worked with
LaPeste during their early days. He did several recording
sessions. Now, just like his tape of The Kids resulted
in a release on Crypt Records, those recordings may show up on a compilation
album on La Peste being put together by Curtis at Tang.
Peter Dayton is listening to those tapes and deciding if they
should be released. Mr. Curt said that Peter once thought that the tapes
didn’t reflect what they eventually decided to do as a group.
That’s something to wait for.
Tang also has a limited vinyl release called Boston
Phil'n'Plash is part of a big Chicago photo show called
Photo Show. It's spotlighting 20 Chicago photographers. It started
Friday and goes till next Saturday 4/28.
The Neighborhoods at the Ocean Mist in RI on June
Time to fall in love with “Doll Eyes” by Tom Baker
and the Snakes all over again. They just released a video of
the song done by Duncan Wilder Johnson. The Snakes
have been played four weeks in a row on Underground Garage. They have
great songs performed by stellar musicians, they deserve the attention.
Check it out
Here's some good shows coming up this week.....
April 23 (Monday) Game Night
for Girls Rock Campaign Boston! at The Aeronaut Brewing Company
This is a fundraiser for Girls Rock so there is a sliding scale suggested
donation of $10-$15. Bring our own games to share and food if you want
to eat! 6-9PM FB
April 25 (Wednesday) The
Guilloteenagers, Houston & The Dirty Rats, Sewer Buddies, Blame It On
Whitman at O'Brien's
April 27 (Friday) Pete
Cassani (acoustic), Greg Allen's Fringe Religion, MOTO,
Billy Connors Project at Tavern at the End of the World
April 27 (Friday) Bad Luck
13, Full Blown Chaos, Enrage, Grudgeholder, One Less Scumbag, LHB
at Maximum Capacity Chicopee. MA FB
April 27 (Friday) Revilers
Antibodies Worm MATB Braindeth Nick Nobody(acoustic) at The
C Note in Hull
April 28 (Saturday) Cranktones
and DJ Easy Ed at The Midway. Early 4:00 PM
April 28 (Saturday) Salem
Wolves, Mercy Union, The Offseason at O'Brien's Pub
April 28 (Saturday) Booze&Glory,
Antagonizers ATL, Brix'n Mortar, Pint Killers at Hardcore Stadium
on Bishop Allen Drive Cambridge 7PM - Midnight
April 28 (Saturday) Shrink
Ray, Yes, Commander, The Big Lonesome and Courters
at The Midway
April 28 & 29 (Sat & Sun) The
4th Annual East Coast Block Party in Salem NH- loads of great bands
like Highway Chapel, ,Tried & True, Cloater, The Stigmatics,
Drunken Uncle Inc, Seismis Pulse and that's just day 1!! Check
out the FB pages for more info and directions FB
Day 1 FB
And further out we have.......
April 30 (Monday) Loser's
Circle, NO HANDS, Secret Spirit, DNZL at Charlie' s Kitchen
May 1 (Saturday) Rock
and Roll Trivia w/ Erin and Brett at The Sinclair (FB
May 5 (Saturday) Taxi
Driver, Neighborhood Shit, Out Live Death, Alouth, DNZL at
The Midway - a 4-8PM show
May 5 (Saturday) Kal Marks,
Black Beach, Rong, Pleaser at O'Brien's Pub
May 6 (Sunday) The Dirty
Truckers take over Atwoods 4-6PM
May 6 (Sunday) Kelly Davidson's
Rock Parents #7 Photo Show at Once 5-9PM with music by John
Powhida International Airport, The One Smith and Walter Sickert &
the Army of Broken Toys. FREE! FB
May 6 (Sunday) Punkcake
is hosting it's Flat Out Flea and Punk Rock Open Mic at
Ralph's in Worcester. 12-5PM Here's the FB
May 9 (Wednesday) Hoods,
Death Before Dishonor, Set Your Anchor, Scars of Deceit and
Distressor! at Hardcore Stadium (Bishop Allen Dr Central
May 10 (Thursday) Maple
Mars w/Corin Ashley and Richie Parsons at
the Tavern at the End of the World
May 10 (Thursday) Elseware,
Slum Raisons and Greg Allen’s Fringe Religion
May 10 (Thursday) Mickey
Rickshaw and Buster Shuffle at Thunder Road
May 11 (Friday) Pale Monsters,
Stars Like Ours, Magen Tracy and the Missed Connections, Dana Osterling
of CIVIC at O'Brien's Pub
May 11 (Friday) Loser's
Circle, K.C.U.F., Dial Drive (FL), You Scoundrel at The Midway
May 11 (Friday)
One Less Scumbag, The Great War, Brix'n'Mortar,
Chasms at The Chit Chat Lounge in Haverhill MA FB
May 11 (Friday) The Hudson
Falcons are at Askew in Provi, RI FB
May 12 (Saturday) Roy Sludge
at Atwood's, early 4PM Show
May 12 (Saturday) M.O.T.O.,
Color Killer, The Sprained Ankles, Sewer Buddies, Time Out Timmy
for a 4-8PM show at the Midway
May 12 (Saturday) Clever
Girls, Night Nurses, Dark Wing, Today Junior at O'Brien's
May 12 (Saturday) WEMF presents
– Stigmatics, Vanishing Point, Crunchtime and
Greg Allen’s Fringe Religion at PA's Lounge
May 12 (Saturday) The
Nervous Eaters with Justine and the Unclean, The Gala,
The Hi-End at The Midway 8pm show
May 12 (Saturday) WEMF Night with
The Stigmatics, Crunchtime at PA's Lounge
May 12 (Saturday) Stray
Bullets, Coffin Salesman, Girth Control, DNZL at Club Boho/Cantab
12 (Saturday) Watts, The Dents, We Can't Work It
Out at Sally O'Brien's
May 12 (Saturday) Crimespree,
Pruf, Crossthreads at The 13th Floor Music Lounge in Florence,
May 13 (Sunday)
Ski Bunny, Happy Little Clouds, Yes Commander
at The Dark Horse Public House in Somerville
May 13 (Sunday) Buster
Shuffle, Mickey Rickshaw, The Pourmen, Threat Level Burgundy
at Alchemy in Provi, RI - 7-11PM
May 14 (Monday) Salem Wolves
w/the Very Reverend, LE Yikes, SURF CLUB, the Maxims at Charlie's
May 16 (Wednesday) Sean
Patrick Carney (of The Scandals) with special guests Michael
Kane and the Morning Afters, The Callouts, and Coffin Salesman
at the Midway
May 17 (Thursday) Tsunami
Bomb, Diablogato at Once
May 19 (Saturday) The
Facc-tones, A Bunch of Jerks, Sugar Cones, Charlie Don't Surf
at The Midway
May 19 (Saturday)
A Crash Course For The Ravers 1pm to
4pm on 91.5FM Medford. featuring Simon Ritt talkin'
'bout Johnny Thunders!
May 19 (Saturday) Kingsley
Flood, Glenn Yoder & The Western States, Andrea Gillis
at Once - music starts at 8PM
19 (Saturday) The Knock Ups, State of the Union,
The New Frustrations, The Imposers at The Midway- early show
May 19 (Saturday) WAAF Presents:
Punk In Drublic Festival with NOFX, Bad Religion, The Interrupters,
Mad Caddies, Bad Cop Bad Cop at Campanelli Stadium in Brockton,
page for more info/directions
May 19 (Saturday)
Celebrate Sue (Miniachello's) 50th Birthday!!
at Sally O'Brien's celebrate Sue with friends and family and food and
drink and cake and, of course, MUSIC! A stellar lineup of bands and
special guests is in store. More details to come on that, although a
few surprises will be kept under wraps. FB
page for updates
May 20 (Sunday) It time again for
Slimedog's 22nd Birthday Party. The line up is Kermit’s
Finger, The Lost Riots, The Revilers, Uncle Spud,
and Time Out Timmy. Linnea Svedka
will play between sets. All that and FREE PIZZA too! Starts at 4PM.
May 20 (Sunday) The Crank-tones
(Record Release), Jittery Jack and DJ Easy
Ed at Great Scott this is a 2PM show start
May 20 (Sunday) Red Hare,
Sweet Jesus (Last Show), Holy Hands, Silver Screams
are at AS220 in Provi, RI
May 20 (Sunday) The Proletariat
are at Alchemy in Providence RI FB
page This show is FREE and All Ages.
May 24 (Thursday) Thrust
Club with Dump Him & Sapling
25 (Friday) Whore Paint, E
(record release), Arch Cape at The Midway
May 27 (Sunday) The Four
Point Restraints, The Guilloteenagers, Surprise Party, American Affairal
(Jess & Tom of Man Trouble) at ZuZu
June 2 (Saturday) The Black
Souls, Crunchtime & Guests, do a Midway Cafe Matinee 4-8PM
June 2 (Saturday) Sheer
Terror, Nothing But Enemies, Brando, American War Machine at
The Middle East - this is an early show 5:30-10:30
June 3 (Sunday) The FUs,
Working Poor USA, The Straight Eights, Worm at The Midway for
a 4-8PM show
June 9 (Saturday) The Neighborhoods
at the Ocean Mist in RI on June 9, Tickets
June 10 (Sunday) Tokyo
Tramps, Jody Moore, Billy Connors Project, Club Linehan A Go Go
atThe Midway for a 4-8 PM show
June 13 (Wednesday) doing their
G.G. ALLIN 25th Death Anniversary Tour the Murder Junkies
are at Cafe Nine in New Haven CT FB
June 13 (Wednesday) Supersuckers,
Speedealer, Salem Wolves are at Alchemy in Provi, RI
14 (Thursday) The Dickies (40th Year Anniversary)
w/ The Queers, Duck & Cover and Cookbag
at The Middle East FB page for
June 16 (Saturday) GLiDER
Live on Radio 91.5FM CrashCourse for the Ravers! wmfo.org
June 16 (Saturday) The
Nervous Eaters, Justine and the Unclean, Stop Calling Me Frank are
at Thunder Road
June 16 (Saturday) GBH
with Pinata Party are at The Middle East Down.
June 17 (Sunday) Micah
Schnabel, Live Nude Girls, Olde Boy, Amy Griffin at O'Brien's
June 20 (Wednesday) Reverend
Horton Heat, Big Sandy, Lara Hope & The Ark-Tones at Alchemy
June 22 (Friday) Greg Allen's
Fringe Religion, Pop Gun, Muck and The Mires and 138
at KOTO in Salem
June 22 (Friday) Tied To
A Bear, Duck &Cover, The Von Traps, Sonic Libido at Opus
June 23 (Saturday) Gene
Dante And The Future Starlets, Parlour Bells, The Gala, Smitt E. Smitty
and special guest DJ, Gang of One (Hugo Burnham
formerly of Gang of Four) at Once - 8:15PM show time!
June 23 (Saturday) Mr.
Airpane Man, GLiDER, Andy California, Shiny Beast, Thigh Scrapers
at Club Boho/The Cantab
24 (Sunday) The Adolescents, Electric Frankenstein
and Duck & Cover at Brighton Music Hall
June 29 (Friday) Nervous
Eaters, The Gamma Goochies, Euphemia at Geno's in Portland,
June 30 (Saturday) Goddamn
Draculas, Jason Bennett and The Resistance, Art Thieves at
Middle east Up 6:30 PM show
July 1 (Sunday)
G.G. ALLIN 25th Death Anniversary show with
The Murder Junkies, Smoking Triples, Jonee Earthquake, They
Hate Us, Malcolm Tent at The Dutch Treat Franconia NH Here's
July 7 (Saturday) Pajama
Slave Dancers (reunion) with special guests Trusty
Sidekick, Grey Matter (ft. Eric Gaffney), and The Weisstronauts
July 8 (Sunday) Step 13,
Genuine Rust, The Martians, Cry Havoc at the Midway for a
July 11 (Wednesday) The
Goddamn Gallows, The Koffin Kats, Viva Le Vox at Alchemy in
July 12 (Thursday) Koffin
Kats, The Goddamn Gallows, Viva Le Vox at The Middle East
13 (Friday) Last Ones and CalCali
Band are at Tavern at the end of the world. (Rick must be back
from his Grand Tour!)
July 14 (Saturday) il
Mostro, Psychic Dog, The Laces, Jim Healey for a 4-8PM show
at the Midway
August 8 (Wednesday) The
Blasters come back to ONCE
August 13 (Monday) Agent
Orange, Fea, and more at Ralph's Diner in Worcester
August 16 (Thursday) Agent
Orange w/ FEA, Zero Holds at Alchemy in Provi,
September 9 (Sunday) Slim
Cessna's Auto Club and Kid Congo Powers at
Once - music starts at 8:30
September 11 (Tuesday) Killing
Joke on their 40th Anniversary Tour at the Paradise FB
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