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Well here we are in the new normal...for now...

One bright spot this week, when we really needed it: The Ace of Hearts Story; 40 Years of Recording 1978-2018.

For this new CD Rick Harte went through all his 300+ recordings and picked songs that he thought were representative of Ace of Hearts, but avoided the ‘hits’. It makes for a rewarding and illuminating listening experience. It hits you on several levels; first the immediacy of the recordings and their quality, and secondly you realize the history of what you're hearing - and as a Boston punk fan - you realize you're part of that history and have a unique perspective on it. Then of course you realize that one man, Rick Harte, has been hard at work for 40 years and has given you some unforgettable musical moments!!

Ace of hearts Ace of Hearts

Even if Rick was trying to avoid out and out hits, the groups themselves have such a special status that when you hear them they register as special and they are elevated to favorite status. Any song by The Neighborhoods, Nervous Eaters, Mission of Burma, Lyres, Neats and Real Kids is just gold to all of us, and that’s the beginning of what you get here.

There are five previously unreleased songs and one is the first time on Ace of Hearts:
Infliktors, Strangled-1978
Infliktors, Police Freeze -1978
Neighborhoods, The Patriot – 1979
Neighborhoods, Mr. Reeves – 1979,
Tomato Monkey, Volunteers of America,
Mission of Burma, Execution - 1979-80 (only released on Matador before).

Rick Harte
Rick Harte on cello
The CD begins with two cuts that set the stage. They sound like two cutting edge indie bands playing right now. The first cut "Ad Astra" by Heat From a DeadStar, jumps out with crystal clear sound. It’s a short 2:26 that ends with a cello part (flipped backwards) played by Rick! Really?? Rick on cello???

Next is Birdsongs of the Messazoic who have a sharp edge to their artiness. You would swear it was a studio recording until the audience applauds at the end. MOB’s Tremelo also benefits from the immediacy of the live setting.

The Satin Kittens’ cover of PJ Harvey’s Rid of Me sounds like it could be a Salem 66 song. It’s the only place on the CD where you hear a woman’s voice and it is mightily welcomed.

Two never before heard songs by The Neighborhoods! Oh, you are going to love those. Just the general loping forward motion of the song “Mr. Reeves” as it starts up will make you swoon because it’s a patented Neighborhood rhythm.

Richie Parson’s Tomato Monkey covers the Jefferson Airplanes’ “Volunteers of America”. Linda Viens does the Grace Slick part. Who else could do that?

There is so little Inflicktors recorded material that these two songs are useful in assessing this very early Boston punk group.

Those are just some points to think about. As you listen to the CD the Nervous Eaters, Lyres, Real Kids and Neats plug in regularly, and it makes the whole thing a monumental listening experience. It’s more like a WHRB record orgy than a CD.

The CD is on lots of digital platforms, check this link for that… and you can get it from Ace of Hearts here.

Salem Hope springs eternal. Some bands in Salem have booked a Post Covid-19 Cabin Fever Bash at Koto on April 18. It’s Greg Allen’s Fringe Religion, Pop Gun, Concrete Haze and The Knightsville Butchers. OK, we'll see how things are on April 19 and see if that will happen.

Adam Sherman played the Plough and the Stars as part of the Will Dailey’s Isolation Tour Show #5 this week. They raised $900.00 that night. Adam’s set can be seen on his Facebook page : here

Here’s a list of Financial Relief Resources for Artists During COVID-19 on Artwork Archive.

Here is another donation platform from MusiCares: The MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund

The Dig halts it's print edition and gos digital only...for now, as a responses to the C-19 virus. Read about that here.


Muck and the Miires Everything is an opportunity to Muck and the Mires. In a time of pandemic they release their new CD Quarantine-Age Kicks in hi-def Muck-o-Phonic sound!!– of course they do! On the cover they are the required six feet separated. It’s a compilation of 9 cuts. And you know it’s Muck so it’s great! You need this, we all need this. It's On Bandcamp… Get it!

Here’s this week’s Boston Emissions - Anngelle Wood played some great stuff - The Dents new single “Last One Standing” and a new one by The Knock Ups called “Black and Blue” a raw rockabilly rave up. This is a real treat. The Knock Ups can write a song with lots of attention to detail but here it seemed like they let the rock and roll in them just run wild. There’s a sense of abandonment in it that makes it special.

Angelle also played "January" a new song by STEMS. STEMS is actually Penelope Conley, formerly of Endation. There’s a lot of Endation intensity still in the music. Catch the song “January” here.

And we liked hearing “MT” by Green Piece who we've seen at the Hong Kong a few times.

Anngelle says that she has booked The Rumble at Once for August.

Zulus The Zulus reunion show has been postponed until Sept 4th. To hold everyone over they are releasing a compilation CD titled Cockfight in a Bullring. It features all their Fort Apache Sessions, a Radiobeat session and their last live show at The Rat, Feb 15, 1991. It’s available (along with a T shirt) for $19.00 on Rich Gilbert's webpage here

And here's a new Internet radio station that came to life on March 19, 2020 - Oh, Hello Boston!: "We play Indie Rock, Americana and Rock & Roll music by Boston bands and musicians around New England. We’ll be adding shows soon. While we get things set up, the station is broadcasting on shuffle — listen up to hear music from the 1990s into today. When you tune in with the Live365 player (desktop+mobile), you’ll see what’s playing now, album artwork plus recently played songs. - If you’re in a band in Boston or around New England, email Sooz to share your music: We broadcast through Live365 and pay full licensing coverage in the United States, Canada and U.K. for SoundExchange, ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC." Here is their FB page with a link to listen: Oh Hello Boston. They play a ton of the bands you read about in the BGN as well as other stuff too.

Watts Sightings of Watts have been very sparse for a while now. Maybe their new single release is a sign they might be back in the swing. They sound more glam than ever on “17”. It’s like a dose of Sweet at times. Dan Kopko drawls and stretches some of the lyrics. The flip side “When the Party Ends” is less hectic with more feeling and reminds us of some of their earlier material, which is what made us fall in love with this group. Here’s the Bandcamp link it's free.

So here are some shows to look forward to after things are hopefully back to normal....maybe.....

May 8 (Friday) Salem Answers-Night 1: This is a music fest to celebrate and encourage the arts, magic, equality, and diversity of Salem! 7-9 at Koto: Accoustic sets with Pink Malahares, Coffin Salesman, Jenn Lombari - 9:30 to close at Koto: Salem Wolves, Oh The Humanity!, Radio Compass, Bad Larry's....9:30 to Close at Opus: Marianne Toilet and the Runs, Losers Circle, Red Ledger, Hyber, Subourban Sunrise FB page

Nervous Eaters May 9 (Saturday) A Crash Course for the Ravers featuring Glider WMFO 91.5 - 1-4PM

May 9 (Saturday) Divine Sweater, Eagle Jesus, Louzy, Jailbait matinee show 3-7PM at The Midway

May 9 (Saturday) Salem Answers-Night 2: 7-9 at Koto: Acoustic sets with Live Nude Girls, C.Murray, C.Okeeefe - 9:30 to close at Koto: Diablogato, Brix'N Mortar, Hellbound Hitmen, Skytigers, Motel Black...9:30 to Close at Opus: The Gala U.S., Z28, The Von Traps, The Downhauls FB page

May 10 (Sunday) SalemAnswers-Night 3: 7-9 at Koto: Accoustic sets with Carissa Angelo, Opus, Vilanvs, - 9:30 to close at Koto: Stiff Propisition (Glamtastic covers members of Bacterial Husk, Sexcrement, and Brix'N Mortar), Master of Beers (Metallica), Aces High (Iron Maiden), Warthog (Ramones ). FB page

May 14 (Thursday) The Thigh Scrapers , 61 Ghosts, GLiDER, and Sara & the Scaliwags at Thunder Road

May 16 (Saturday) Baabes, The Knock Ups, Mister Vertigo, Motel Black at The Jungle

May 16 (Saturday) The Hi - End Record Release party at The Square Root

May 22 (Friday) Guilloteenagers, Stigmatics, Acrylic Killers at The Square Root

May 22 (Friday) Cal Cali Band, The Last Ones at Tavern at the End of the World

BGN archives 12 years worthMay 24 (Sunday) Negative Approach, ACxDCx , Bandit at ONCE Ballroom

May 29 (Friday) Easterville Rocks Boston with Nervous Eaters, Barrence Whitfield & The All Stars, Willie Alexander and the Boom Boom Band, Carissa Johnson at The Parardise

May 29 (Friday) Brix'n'Mortar and Silver Screams at Koto Salem

May 29 (Friday) Tsunami of Sound, Kid Gulliver, Jonee Earthquake Band, Doug Macdonald Band, The Thigh Scrapers at Pete's Bar & Grill in Quincy

May 30 (Saturday) Stray Bullets, Duck & Cover, Disco Rice, Silver Screams at O'Brien's

June 5 (Friday) Booze & Glory (punk/Oi - U.K.), The Drowns, Battery March at Great Scott

June 5 (Friday) Booze & Glory (punk/Oi - U.K.), The Drowns, Battery March at Great Scott

June 6 (Saturday) Straight Johnny, The Cretins, Electric Joey, Bad Sandy, Thigh Scrapers at The Midway 3-7PM matinee

June 6 (Saturday) Jay Allen and the Arch Criminals Record Release Show at The Square Root

June 13 (Saturday) Lyres and GLiDER at ONCE Lounge early 6:30-9PM show

Damned Interviw June 13 (Saturday) Sugar Cones, Diablogato, Bunch of Jerks at The Square Root

June 14 (Sunday) Fourth Annual Out of the Blue Art Gallery Benefit FB page for more info as it comes.

June 27 (Saturday) Stop Calling Me Frank, Nat Freedberg, Brad Marino at The Square Root

June 28 (Sunday) The Amplifier Heads, The Thigh Scrapers, 1.4.5., The Stigmatics at The Midway 3-7PM matinee

July 3 (Friday) Andrea Howlett’s X-Ray Specs Tribute Show at The Square Root

July 18 (Saturday) The F U 's, GLiDER, Screw Cart at 9 Wallis Beverly

August 10 (Monday) (moved from 4/6/20) The Knock Ups, blindspot, Gene Dante & the Future Starlets at Charlie's Kitchen

September 4 (Friday) The Zulus at The Paradise

September 17 - 21 The New England Shake-Up! Year Seven! in Framingham FB page

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Joanie's Denmark Vacation
Jonathan Richman Interview
Desmond interview
Rock Tour of 2020
999 in Proivdence RI
Mike Stewart Interview
Kids Like You And Me
RIP Asa Brebner
John Lydon at museum of art
Valentine Banner
Simon Ritt
The Damned Interview 1977
Curt Florczak
Mkke Worm
Color Killer interview 2018
Justine and the Unclean
Stop Calling Me Frank
Live at the Rat CD DVD party
John Felice Inerview
Trivia Night by LRC WMBR
Wayne Viens Interview
Abbey Lounge Reunion
David Minehan Interview
   We interviewed David Bash on the week where his International Pop Overthrow is coming to town. It's some backgroud on the history of the event and of course talk about POP..........
David Bash Interview
   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.........
The Rat Room
   Johnny Angel writes a mystery novel Looking for Lady Dee steeped in Boston punk and Thrills history. It's no apologys given for the punk lifestyle. ....
Johnny Angel talking about his Book
   Just ahead of the big punk show at the Middle East we have an interview with the outspoken Paul Cripple of Reagan Youth......
Paul Cripple of Reagan Youth Interview
   It appeared before us like a chimera and it's still'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 show....
The Bob Dubrow Interview
   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
   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
   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
    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 .....
Future Tombstones
Crotch biting...head bleeding...dick's all in Miss Lyn's report (with photos to prove it) from the GG Allin 10 Year Memorial Tour at the Middle East....
"R.I.P. GG!!"
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 this far...
In Memoriam
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

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