The BGN News Archive
Color Killer did a live set on Facebook called Down with Corona Concert. They sounded sharp too. They were positioned an appropriate distance apart in a driveway.
It was the most satisfying live Facebook set that we’ve seen anybody do. The sound was very good and the band rocked for 52 minutes. They even had song titles on the screen as the songs began. This is how to do this! The kids are showing the way.
They sang Green Day’s “American Idiot” and a punked up Crocodile Rock by Elton John and Haunted House by Teenage Bottlerocket among others. The set was also packed with their own pop punk nuggets. They excel at targeted songs like the corona virus song “Down with Corona”, “Football”, “California” and “I’m Not Going to Be Your Valentine”. Watch the set on their Facebook page.
The first episode Top of the Pops Memories is only three and a half minutes but it hits it’s mark. It had a nice close up and personal shot of Captain Sensible as he talks about doing the Top of the Pops show in England. If you are a Damned fan you should be taking this in. We found the first show on YouTube here
The second show is out as well ... It's Punk Rock Planting with Paul Gray and his cat Badger...yup, it’s about gardening, it is!
Henry Rollins is doing a 4 hour radio show called The Cool Quarantine out of KCRW. You can access the first show here. Henry has a massive record collection and he’s going to go through it. The show may happen every other week. And ya know, the concept is in fact cool. Rollins says: "So, why did we start the Cool Quarantine? Two reasons. The first is that I wanted to make a show that felt like those great hangouts you might have done where you and some friends descend on someone’s house, everyone brings some records and the jam session goes and goes. Also, I know that you might be spending some long spells in your dwelling, so I wanted to make a show that conformed to that."
The Rumble has been rescheduled for July 30 to August 29. The preliminary line up has been posted. You can see that and more here.
There’s a very good article in WBUR’s The ARTery web page on Busted Statues. We're sure anyone who heard them in the mid to late eighties didn’t forget them. The singer Bob L'Heureux has an unearthly voice that could soar. This piece will fill you in or remind you of how good they were.
Jan Crocker is keeping busy during this shutdown. He says: “….. I am going to edit away and post a new show for you to vicariously “go to” every two weeks. Full sets front to back with the first being La Peste at the Paradise Club in Boston filmed in 1979. That will be followed by Human Sexual Response at Streets in Allston in 1980, and the Nervous Eaters at the Club in Cambridge 1979. That should get us to the middle of May and hopefully we will be liberated and circulating under safe conditions again…so hop on the way back machine and enjoy the shows! Check out the La Peste show here.
The Late Risers Club and Breakfast of Champions on WMBR 88.1 FM are broadcasting new shows that the DJ’s are pre-recording at home. Not all DJ’s are up to speed but it’s nice to get some new shows going. The Late Risers Club is on from 10am to noon. You can also hear the shows on their archive page here Ben Kochen was on Wednesday playing songs like; “Staying Home”/Superchunk, “Hands Off”/Bettie Serveert “Cough, Cool”/Misfits and “Give Me the Cure”/Fugazi.
Joe “Count” Viglione has a couple of documentary projects in mind. One is about the Club Bohemia, now located at the Cantab but existed before that at The Kirkland. The other is about Lady Carolyn who has sung in the Count’s for years and has a history before that. Joe is going to start a Go Fund me page for that.
While you were working from home, Crunchtime was recording from home and have a new song called “Working From Home”. All that makes sense, right? It’s a crisp punk ditty branded with the Crunchtime sound. There’s a cool moment at the 1:36 second mark where the song morphs a bit and they start singing “I could get used to this”.
Boston Hassle has started a Go Fund Me page for it's staff. The COVID-19 spread has left a number of them unemployed....and ...Aside from bringing Boston and New England the best in alternative and independent shows in alternative, DIY spaces, bostonhassle.com is an emerging and volunteer-run cultural outlet, there are a lot of expenses involved and they can't out on their flea market and shows right now. It’s time to help them now if you can please see their Go Fund Me Page - any amount will help: https://www.gofundme.com/f/boston-hassle-needs-your-help-during-covid19
Penelope Conley, formerly of Endation and now STEMS released another CD entitled Imminent Embers on April 6. This is different from the hard mechanical rocking of Endation, it’s built on synth work. It’s very dreamy. By the time it gets to the last track “Hang a Light” it’s a like a dream of a dream. In some ways it seems like as close to an abstract painting one can get with music. Penelope just has a lot of musical talent and none of it makes music as usual. It’s always innovative. The album is on Bandcamp: Imminent Embers.
The brilliant and always entertaining (Dr.) John Cooper Clark, the Bard of Salford, punk poet, rock star, fashion icon, national treasure and acerbic wit, has written I WANNA BE YOURS and it's coming out in November 2020. You can preorder a signed copy from the UK publisher Waterstones. Or pre-order on Amazon (unsigned). We have no doubt it will be a very interesting read!
Publisher's description: I Wanna Be Yours covers an extraordinary life, filled with remarkable personalities: from Nico to Chuck Berry, from all the great punks to Bernard Manning, and on to more recent fans and collaborators Alex Turner and Plan B - who have championed his work. Interspersed with stories of his rock and roll and performing career, John also reveals his boggling encyclopaedic knowledge of twentieth-century popular culture, his private passions and guilty pleasures: from Baudelaire, Pam Ayres and Rimbaud to football to Coronation Street, comprising horse racing and gambling, politics and jokes - and much more.
We found this 1976 set by Tuff Darts on YouTube. There's no video but it was recorded on 5/21/76 at Max’s Kansas City. They cover “Twenty Flight Rock” and end with “All for the Love of Rock and Roll”. They never got the press and acclaim of other early NYC punk bands but we loved them.
Patti Smith did a 20 minute podcast interview for Are We On Air? It’s followed by a 41 song set that you can listen too. It’s a very interesting set going from opera to Hendrix and Dylan (and Tim Buckley!). This is a nice treat, we urge you to give it a listen.
Brix n’ Mortar released some live tracks from their session on WMFO’s On the Town with Mikey Dee as a quarantine hold over. Listen here.
Brian Young takes his Crash Course for the Ravers to an online site called OutBreak DJ’s. He’s going to do the show in the same Saturday time slot 1 pm to 4 pm. If you go to the site, during that timeslot, you can hit Mobile Player or Pop Up Player links at the top and that will play the station.
Not to be missed this week:
April 19th the Whistle Stop Rock join The Mess Around for a grand virtual show: “WhistleSisters from many undisclosed bunker-like locations will perform solo or with whomever they can find in their bunker. And you can experience it all from your very own bunker as it will be 100% online."
Guests will include: Lynda from Tiger Bomb, Simone from Kid Gulliver, JoEllen from The Cold Expectations, Linda from The Chelsea Curve, Lisa and Heather from Heather Rose In Clover, Linnea from Linnea's Garden, Joan from Field Day and Gretchen from The Knock Ups”
Here are some shows to look forward to after things are hopefully back to normal....maybe.....
As far as we know this has not been cancelled...yet... May 29 (Friday) Eaterville Rocks Boston with Nervous Eaters, Barrence Whitfield & The All Stars, Willie Alexander and the Boom Boom Band, Carissa Johnson at The Paradise
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
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
CONTACT US AT....email@example.com Send us your gig listings, your anything else ya got!! You want your CD reviewed?? Contact us for that too.