We finally got out!! Our first post snowpocalypse gig!! We hit the Rockabilly show at the Midway. It was an Easy Ed show which always has a friendly low key crowd, quality groups and Easy Ed spinning the coolest songs in between sets.
The lineup changed a bit over time and we were presented with the Roy Sludge
Duo for the first act. Weve seen Roy in all sorts of incarnations
and probably you have too by this time. Hes a gem, a true natural resource
on the scene. Everything good you can say about an act has been said about Roy.
All thats left is to listen and enjoy. Theres that kick when he
summons up the deep low voice and it seems to make everything loose rattle.
Then theres the song selection; theres always something you havent
heard. Someone yells out Dont Fear the Reaper and Roy does the
intro he can play anything.
One funny song was I Smoked a Dead Mans Roaches and he also did his big one Back the Truck Up. Roy played with a standup bass player Johnny Sciascia who had a real hillbilly tone to his backup singing that added to the mix.
Easy Ed is a perfect host as he handles the exit of
Roy then some vinyl spins and the intro of the next band The Red Pennys.
We saw them at another Easy Ed show just
over a year ago. Just like before, we love their unassuming presentation....and
their illuminated bass drum. They make comfortable grooves and put you in a
good mood. The drummer used brushes about fifty present of the time. The guitarist
has the classic tone with his orange Gretsch using his tremolo bar here and
there as a treat. The standup bass player does all the right moves.
They do a few songs we recognize, like Hank Williams' Honky Tonk Blues being one. They do a generous set and end with Do the Mess Around which is a rousing closer.
There are more records spun by Easy Ed and then Little
Lesley and The Bloodshots from New York City commandeer the stage and ramp
up the volume (up to this point I didnt need my earplugs) and excitement.
Little Lesley is indeed little. Petite and pencil thin in tight clothes
but with a big voice and plenty of energy. She puts plenty of emotion into the
vocals and then climbs up the standup bass and does a few moves while she
up there like a Russian gymnast. That can never fail to get your attention if
the music doesnt.
They are rockabilly with accent on the Rock. The other groups tonight were sticking to the playbook but The Bloodshots throw the book out and do and play anything to rev up the action. Its the New York way and it works.
Well, we did it, we got out. The club was about half full. Truth be told its still hard to get out there but we arent holding back now.
After we got out Saturday night, Blowfish felt like getting out the next day was easier. He went to the Midway for the 4PM show Gail Corcoran put together with The Sheckies, The FUs, Jimmy Jacked, and Jagger Holly plus a bake sale. Here's his take:
It wasn't crowded but had loads of good spirits and some worthy music. I saw the end of Jagger Holly. I loved what I heard. I felt like a missed something there.
One of the last gigs I saw before the snow shut down my life was the FU's
at the Cantab. I felt like I was resuming my life seeing them play again.
I talked to John Sox. He said that they were playing in Punk
Rock Bowling, the mega festival in Las Vegas coming up in May. They are
openign for the Street Dogs and 7 Seconds. Very cool. And they
they'll take advantage of being out west by doing a few gigs there.
He also told me that the FU's are mentioned in the Dead Milkmen song Tiny Town. ( Listen to the song here…the mention is around 1:20 ) (Lyrics here) It's a rant by a racist so that's not so good, but there it is.
Last few times I've seen the FU's the personnel has been a little different
each time. John seems to be able to get people who always measure up and that's
a talent that has helped him keep the group vital. Look at bass player Ed
Lynch, from the first gig he's played like his life depended on it. He did
tonight too. The original drummer is playing tonight too, and he is a force
of nature. He keeps the music flowing with hardly a second's stop. As one song
ends its ass is ripped off by the announcing drum intro of the next.
I'm very impressed with the guitarist named Jones. He's very young and very good. He's got the crunch and the licks that fit. His playing also individualizes the songs because they have different attacks. He's adding variety to a genre that often is an undistinguished blur. Although he's wearing what looks like pajama pants...and I'm hoping I'm wrong on that.
John does what he's been doing for so many years - being the great front man.
As time goes by the songs seem better and better. John will repeat words making
their rhythm be the songs rhythm giving the songs a unique stamp. It's a powerful
The laugh was the two little kids that were there and formed a circle mosh pit. It was pretty funny.
Next up were the Sheckies from New Jersey. Earlier you could see one of them walking around the club. He's an extremely big guy wearing a shirt that says: "I BEAT ANOREXIA". Being oversized is part of the act as I soon found out. The guitarist and the drummer are XXX-sized men and on stage they take off their shirts and then it's hard to think of anything except...holy crap they are BIG. Then they proceed to play some breezy pop punk. They have the formula down pat and every song is a catchy ditty. I liked it all. Catch a dose of them on their BANDCAMP page. Here's a video if you can take it. You can't make any fat jokes that they don't make themselves but to me that was a gimmick that wore thin....but the music made it all worth it.
Then I got some cake pops, what a genius idea that is, and a cupcake that was out of this world - all made by Gail C. This supports my hope that we have more music/bakery clubs rather than music/liquor clubs. (Miss Lyn: WHAT?? Please note that last line is written by Paul Blowfish Lovell and does not necessarily reflect the beliefs of the whole BGN staff! Gawd forbid!!! )
Last week we told you about Johnny Angels new book Looking
For Lady Dee. Now its available in a Kindle
edition for a mere $2.99. Since that was the case I got it and read it and
Its presented as a mystery story but that is just a ruse. The mystery part is just a frame to hold the Thrills story. Thats what this is; the story of the Thrills told as if Johnny is talking right to you! Who doesn't want to read this?? Its blunt and sordid. Johnny is screwing every woman he meets or mentions. Thrills are playing The Space, The Rat etc. Some people mentioned are thinly veiled sometime like in the case of Richie Parsons and Oedipus he uses their real names.
When he gets down and dirty it comes off as a tell-all book. When he talks about the scene, most of the book, it comes across with the voice of authority. There are a few scenes with Barb Kitson that shocked me and when I meet people now I tell them those stories. Thats one of the points where the book becomes a juicy read and more than a bit embarrassing. I felt like taking a shower after one tale.
It seems to be written with a punk/hard boiled tone but in truth its
not that far from Johnnys real rude rhetoric, just a little bit heightened.
I say you if you know the personalities or love the 70s-80s Boston
scene you've GOT to get this. Its a new genre : pulp punk.
(If you don't have a Kindle you can get the hard copy of Looking For Lady Dee at CreateSpace!!!)
And that was then ands this is now...time marches on right? We've noticed there are some bands playing out with the names of some of our favorite bands from back in the 80's...Joe Fagan was in Slow Children, now there's a punk band called Slow Children ,they're playing at the Midway in April [see poster at right].....last week a band called The Outlets played at the Cantab...it wasn't OUR Outlets. There is also a group called Last Stand.
And.. a couple of reminders: .if you haven't seen it yet make sure to check out Tony V's Facebook page TVOD. He's got lots of interesting stuff posted on his page and its becoming a pretty cool community space. He posts that it's "a new open page for friends and family to upload old pictures (mainly) and memories from the classic period of 1976 to 1986. While obviously this means pix from Spit, it could be from anything that relates to that incredible period of musical explosion." So my friends visit and join!
If you didn't see this last week- Andrew Szava-Kovats is still working on The Women Who Rocked Boston and he has a new trailer out...this one is with the amazing Jane Hudson!! Check it out here.
And here's a reminder again that if you'd like to see a new Lyres album you should go to their Go Fund Me page and give 'em some dough maybe.
This week we have more sad news of another loss in our music community - Scott Gildersleeve, AKA Tulu Titmouse, the original drummer and one of the founders of The Queers passed away last week. Wimpy Rutherford and friends are planning a memorial service in his honor with a date and place to be announced. Wimpy and Tulu had just finished an album called Tulu and Wimpy Fly Like a Cucumber, and Wimpy now vows to get it released ASAP in honor of his dear friend. Here's an Interview with Tulu and Wimpy. Ands here's a link to the announcement by The Queers of his death. RIP Scott (Tulu) Gildersleeve, much loved and will be very much missed!!
here are some shows that are happening this week....
March 9 (Monday) Cuisine en Local has it's Taco Night on Mondays and this one also includes sets by The Weistronauts and Tsunami of Sound.
March 13 (Friday) its a
show in Portland ME: at the Bayside Bowl they haveThe Outsiders
(Cd release/13yr anniversary)
The Pubcrawlers (13yr Anniversary), El Grande, and DJPJ (33 years)
March 13 (Friday) Viv'D and Original Local have a great Punk show going on at the VFW Post 6536, Andrew Station in Southie (7 Ellery St) with Channel 3, Disaster Strikes Neighborhood Shit, and Silver Screams. FB event page here
March 14 (Saturday)A Crash Course for the Ravers on WMFO 91.5, 1-4PM will be off the air this Saturday but dont freak out they will be back.
March 14 (Saturday) Terry Brenner is trying to give the Spotlight Tavern a go again...and he's doing it will almost the same bill as the ill fated show back in November 2014...Willie Alexander and The Boom Boom Band and The Nervous Eaters...sadly no Real Kids this time around but we do get to see The Knock Ups with John Surette. Here's the FB page And this is also when we're celebratin' Kim Ackland's birthday!!!
March 14 (Saturday) In town there's The Humanoids, Kilslug, Gaskill at The Midway...that should be a hell of an event!
And coming up after this week we have.......
March 19 (Thursday) The much loved '80s garage-pop-psych band The Prefab Messiahs has an EP (10", cassette, CD) coming out March 10 on Burger Records & KLYAM Records (split release). It'll be their first new sounds in 32 years! So they are having a record release party at The Middle East Upstairs - it's The Prefab Messiahs, The Fagettes, Magic Shoppe, and Fedavees
March 19 (Thursday) at Atwoods in Cambridge, MA. World-renowned rockabilly sensation Jittery Jack, along with Miss Amy Griffin on guitar, Johnny Sciascia - America's Bass Player , and Judd Williams on drums. Two big sets of top-notch rockabilly and rock 'n' roll on a thirsty Thursday evening ! WMFO's Easy Ed spins platters early, late, and on the break.
March 20 (Friday) at TT's - Join The Dogmatics, Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents, The Hired Men, GypsyMoths, and The Other Girls for a night of rock and roll to benefit Team MR8, running for The Martin W. Richard Foundation in the 2015 Boston Marathon. The Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation honors Martin's message of "No more hurting people. Peace" by investing in education, athletics and community..
March 20 (Friday) The Skels, The Allstonians, The Sprained Ankles and Tsunami of Sound at The Midway. Surf, Punk, Ska, Irish what a combo but these bands are all connected in some way...come on down!!
March 20 (Friday) The Black Souls are playing a birthday bash at The Cantab Club Bohemia...other bands tba at this point.
March 21 (Saturday) A Crash Course for the Ravers WMFO 91.5FM, 1-4PM has the Welsh Boys as guests today.
March 21 (Saturday) it's a Big Thaw Spring Equinox Party with Muck & The Mires, The Dents, Watts and The Above at The Midway Cafe.
March 21 (Saturday) Lux Lives comes to Portland, ME at The Bayside Bowl with The Crimson Ghosts and Thee Icepicks and DJ's Kogar the Swinging Ape and Matt Little! It's all Cramps all night!!
March 23 (Monday) - The The Downbeat 5 are playing in Salem at Opus Underground along with The Skeleton Beats and Crimson Ghosts
March 27 (Friday) - Township is at the Midway. with The Silks, Handsome Jack, Andy California
March 27 (Friday) Salad Days - The D.C. Punk Revolution is a film about the great punk scene that came out of DC from 1980-1990 is showing at the Somerville Theater.at 7:30PM Here's the FB page for more info and you can buy tix here
March 28 (Saturday) A Crash Course for the Ravers on WMFO 91.5, 1-4PM has MOTO. so tune in.
March 28 (Saturday) Bob Colby presents Thalia Zedek Band and Banditas at Store 54. That's gona be a really nice night here! FB page
March 28 (Saturday) All ages early (4PM)
show at The Spotlight Tavern in Beverly with The FUs , Los Bungalitos,
Oh the Humanity, 138 (a Misfits/Samhain/Danzig cover band) and RMW - Randy Mississippi Whiskey
March 28 (Saturday) very hardcore gig at The Elks Lodge in Central Square with Los Crudos, (their First Boston Gig in a long time), Scapegoat, Green Beret, 2X4 and Animal Mother NOTE: this is a 6PM show!
March 29 (Sunday) Biohazard, Sworn Enemy and Tenebrae are at the Middle East down - note! this is an early show- doors are at 6PM.
April 1 (Wednesday) It's "Surf and Turf" at TT's for a night of instro/surf and rockabilly/rock and roll/honky tonk featuring The Skeleton Beats, Matt Heaton & the Electric Heaters, The Weisstronauts and Leah and her J-Walkers
April 1 (Wednesday) Mars Records Grand Opening Party at The New World Tavern Plymouth with Kingsley Flood! and special guests Plymouth's own New Frustrations! 9pm no cover charge!
April 3 (Friday) At the Midway - ther return of The Real Kids!! also on this bill: Monsieurs, Stop Calling Me Frank and The Skeleton Beats (note the Skeleton Beats were originally booked in Salem for this night but that has changed, they are at the Midway instead, really can you blame them??) The Skeleton Beats will start recording an album...on vinyl....on March 27th at Galaxy Park Studios....and remembner the Real Kids are currently in the studio also!
April 3 (Friday) -It's Party Time at TT's with Party Bois, Petty Morals, Parlour Bells and Gene Dante & The Future Starlets
April 3 (Friday) The Knock Ups, Ladymob, Lucky United and Radio Compass are at Opus Underground in Salem.
April 4 (Saturday) Cadillac Heart is doing a show at Club Bohemia at The Cantab. Also on the bill is James Straight and The Wide Stance, Billy Connors' nephew Cory's band Dr Fuzz and the Garage Boys
April 4 (Saturday) a FREE and all ages punk show at The Midway with Opposition Rising, Ancient Filth, All Torn Up, Slow Children and Crystal Methodist -This is a 4PM early show. FB event page
April 10 (Friday) Salad Days - The D.C. Punk Revolution is a film about the great punk scene that came out of DC from 1980-1990 is playing in Providence, RI at AS220 (115 Empire St) Here's the FB page for this event.
April 10 (Friday) and of course The Sonics are at The Brighton Music Hall along with Barrence Whitfield & The Savages, Muck And The Mires - NOTE!! early show, doors at 6 show starts at 7PM! Hmm, what to do afterwards???
April 11 (Saturday) A is for AWESOME 2: the punk version. This is a fund raiser for Autism research etc. The money raised from all four events during the weekend will be donated to The Trudeau Center Children's Rec Program and The Autism Project. Confirmed so far they have: Neutral Nation, The Frenzy of Tongs, The McGunks and Me Jane. At the Parlour in Providence RI. Check the FB page for updates!!
April 12 (Sunday) A is for AWESOME 2 : On this night they have: The Worried, Pyramid, Black Oil Incinerator, Atlantic Thrills The Neutrinos, The Evil Streaks and more to be announced soon. Check the FB page for updates on the bands etc...
April 19 (Sunday) It's The 5th Annual Hard Core Cotillion...with Gang Green, Antagonizers ATL, Drug Shock and "Special Guests" (who they'll announce after 3/17!) and Rockin Bob (Cenci) and The BarRoom Heroes. This is an All Ages 3PM afternoon show.
April 24 (Friday) The Upper Crust, The Grannies, White Dynomite and I Am Next are at Cuisine en Locale. You can buy tix for this killer show here.
April 24 (Friday) if you live near Dover, NH you're lucky coz there's a awesome show with NYC legends Thee Casualties and we luv us some Wimpy and you get Wimpy Rutherford & The Cryptics doing a Full Queers set - the Cryptics backing up NH legend and original Queers singer Wimpy Rutherford ...also, he should not have cut his hair,- Rockin' Bob which is Bob Cenci of Jerry's Kids and The FUs & friends playing Jerry's Kids material + more but you also get Shitty Friends we all have some of those right? these guys are from Lancaster, PA and also on the bill are Maine street punks The Earbleeds. its all happening at the Dover Brickhouse. See the FB page and be there.
April 25 (Saturday)- Bob Colby Presents Sarah Rabdau & Self-Employed Assassins and The Wrong Shapes at Store 54
May 6 (Wednesday) here's one to put in your calendars my friends: The Meatmen, Against the Grain and The Humanoids at the Middle East upstairs....(UP??? They sold out the downstairs last time!!) anyway herer's the FB event page
May 9 (Saturday) Johnny and The Jumper Cables at the Midway Cafe!
May 14 (Thursday) John Cooper Clarke is performing at Berklee!! At the David Friend Recital Hall (921 Boylston Street) Click the link to read more about JCC and to buy tickets.
May 16 (Saturday) Hixx are at Club Bohemia at The Cantab
May 22 (Friday)- You have been warned - Book the flight now: Sleep Chamber!! Doing their only show in 34 years in Tel Aviv, Israel at UTC+02. Not only is this their first show in 34 years - its their LAST SHOW ever.
July 18 (Saturday) Mission of Burma opens for The Foo Fighters and the Mighty Mighty Bosstones at Fenway Park
and of course The New England Shake-Up! September 25,26,27 2015! Keep yourself updated at their FB page
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