Circle was the draw for us. They put in a game changing set at
the Midway in January. On this night they did what they did that
night which was string a series of catchy songs together that make a
mighty impression. They had that drummer who carved out a few thundering
turnarounds that were awesome and the kicker is he sings too.
At times all three sing with strong voices creating a wall of vocal
sound, thats a cut above the rest.
They had problems during the rest of the set with an out of tune bass
and they claimed to have not rehearsed and it did take a few songs before
things gelled. That Midway set remains the high mark but we will always
try to get to their gigs. They are going on tour this summer as a new
album is almost ready to drop.
Weve heard the name Kermits Finger thrown around
but this was the first time hearing them for us. Slimedog likes
them a lot, as a matter of fact we thought the Thrash
n Bang impresario would have hit this show.
Kermits Finger grapple with descriptions but garage
hardcore fits them well. The tempos were fast, the songs were
short and the sound was rough. Like Losers Circle all three
sang at times. We like it and then they covered Shit For Brains
by the Nervous Eaters (video above) and then we liked it all
the more. They took the song down to the bare bones and did it
their way. It worked and the crowd loved it.
We skipped the last band but that was a well put together bill.
Ed Moose Savage
Photo: John Keegan
Our John Keegan went a'travelin' on Saturday:
Moose and the Mudbugs took a road trip out to Holliston - hometown of
BGNs own master mind, Miss Lyn - to rock up the usually bluescentric Jasper
Hill Cafe. They had a the whole night so they got to stretch out a bit.
The band was kickin from the get go. They dug into a few covers - Love
Potion #9, Fever, and a great run at The Beat Goes On. They burned through a
slew of M and the Mb classics. The Middle Eastern scale of the psychedelic Worms
and the tightly coiled and skronkin Combat cooked. Andy Caplan
and Mick Lawless keep the tunes in line on drums and bass. Ken The
President Kaiser has a distinctive tone and technique that make his
playing memorable. We got to hear Moose take a tender run at Prezs
seldom played pop gem, Neptune All Night. Im not sure that the regulars
at the bar knew what they were in for but they quickly got swept up by the tight
band and Mooses always entertaining antics. Moose was made to front this
band of crazy crawfish first liners.
And in other news.....
OH NO!!!! The Scrapes are calling it a day. They never did get
the attention they deserved. We really liked these guys! One time they
got attention was at the TTs
good bye shows. They also had one of the best songs about the Rat.
Theres a Hole in My Heart Where the Rat Used to Be
should listen to it here.
They posted on Facebook
After 8 years and 3 drummers, The
Scrapes have decided to call it a day. We had a good run. Id like
to thank all the clubs that gave us a stage to play on and/or to fall off. Personally,
Id like to thank all Scrapes past and present Walter Gustafson,
Adam Furman (RIP), Mark Weise, Howie Hayward, Will Scrape,
Johnny Mullin, Matt Charette for letting me be in their band and
giving their best to make the music.
You an see The Scrapes one last time on May 11 at OBriens."
Yeah don't miss the show these guys are grrrrreat!
The Poetry Foundation has given our Willie Alexander well due props with
a nice long and super informative article/interview. You wanna read this ...check
it out here. Willie also got an award this Sunday April 30 with a Gloucester
Citizenship Award for all he has done there. Congrats WA!!!
And speaking of Ed Moose Savage...he has a track on the limited editon
Bubbles in the Think Tank. A record about records made especially
for Record Store Day from Bubbles In The Think Tank, a radio show on
WMFO. Sorry - it's sold out. But you can learn more about Bubbles
in the Think Tank here.
Cleopatra Entertainment has commenced shooting on a brand new bio-pic based
on the final days of legendary former New York Dolls guitarist Johnny Thunders.
The release is slated for early 2018. - THUNDERS begins with Johnny arriving
at a New Orleans hotel with a methadone supply, struggling to get his addiction
to heroin under control and to reconnect with his family as he adjusts to life
away from the rock and roll spotlight - and the fame and adoration that went
with it. From there were led on a series of strange events that throw
Johnny into a dark labyrinth where Johnny must embark on a mysterious journey
in New Orleans during his final days as he struggles to get his life, his family
and his music back on track.....can't wait to see it!!
Here's some good shows coming up .....
May 1 (Monday) PanzerBastard, The Humanoids,
Poison Rites and Armpits at O'Brien's
May 3 (Wednesday) Cold Expectations,
Happy Little Clouds, Uranium Daughters are at Once
May 4 (Thursday) Walter Sickert & the Army
of Toys, Scarlet Sails, Radiator King at Once
May 4 (Thursday) Everybody knows its The
Damned at The Paradise but this night is also Artie Freedman's 60th birthday
- be sure to wish him a happy happy when you see him there, he'll be celebrating!
Happy Birthday Artie!!
May 5 (Friday) The Billy Connors Project,
Tsunami of Sound, Bikini Whale are at Sally O'Brien's
May 5 (Friday) Jenn Lombari, Leesa
Coyne, Chrissy Vaccaro, Jess Collins and Sasha Alcott are all doing
solo performances at The Greek (Union Square)
May 5 (Friday) The Skeleton Beats
CD Release Party! at Opus in Salem also on the bill: Nick The Barbarian,
Michael Kane and the Morning Afters and The Warning Shots
May 6 (Saturday) Roy Sludge does
an afternoon show at Sally O'Brien's
May 6 (Saturday) 3:30-8:30PM- Jam for
Jay: A fundraiser for Jay S. Henderson to help with his medical expenses
featuring live music by the Henderson's, K.O. Stone Still Here, The Gravedancers,
Billy Squire, The Wicked Pissah Band, The Thigh Scrapers,and of course
Kenne Highland will be there playing rhthym...and a 'Burny Sanders Fake
News' Jam at the end!! Food will be provided.. 50/50 Raffle. If you are in town
for Wake Up The Earth Festival, consider stopping by and catching a couple of
tunes and brews!! At The Midway -3:30-8:30PM (FB
page) If you can't go and you know Jay via his many bands in all the years
he's been around donate
May 6 (Saturday) PowerSlut, Stars Like
Ours, You People and Happy Little Clouds are at Sally O'Brien's
And further out....
May 8 (Monday) Indonesian Junk.....who
have just released a digital single "Turn to Stone" on Rumbar Records.....
are at O'Brien's. HearTurn
to Stone here. Also on the bill Jay Allen & The Archcriminals
and The Von Traps
May 10 (Wednesday) Zip-Tie Handcuffs,
The Mad Doctors, Idiot Genes, Future Spa at O'Brien's Pub...FB
May 11 (Thursday) Cruel Miracle, The Stops!!!,
DiNOLA and The Scrapes are at O'Brien's
May 12 (Friday) Mike Watt (Minutemen) and
Meat Puppets are at the Brighton Music Hall Here's the
May 12 (Friday) Rockin' Bob Punk Band w/
The Lost Riots. Michael Kane & The Morning Afters and Mongerellis
at O'Brien's FB
May 13 (Saturday) A Crash Course For
the Ravers has Glider on - WMFO 91.5 1-4PM
May 13 (Saturday) DJ Easy Ed presents
The Cranktones plus Easy Ed's Record Hop! at The Midway - this is a 4PM
May 13 (Saturday) The 5th Joe Coughlin Memorial
Show.....we love Joe and will never forget him!!! On the bill: M.O.T.O.,
Super Special Guest Star, Blue Oyster Coughlin, Classic Ruins and Jay
Allen at The Midway!! (9PM show)
May 13 (Saturday) Silver Screams, Chanticlear,
The Runouts, Sonic Libido are at The Spotlight in Beverly.
May 13 (Saturday) Watch City SteamPunk
Festival in Waltham...Website
May 20 (Saturday) A Crash Course for the Ravers
will be featuring The Black Souls & Classic Ruins! Check it
out on 91.5
May 20 (Saturday) Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents,
Muck and the Mires, Vicky and the Vengents at The Middle East Up.
May 22 (Monday) Whoopi Sticks, Fire
In The Radio (Philly) and Cook Bag at O'Brien's
May 26 (Saturday) Reddy Teddy and State of the Union are @ the Cantab
May 26 (Saturday) Corin Ashley and Modern
Day Idols are at The Plough
May 27 (Saturday) A Crash Course for the Ravers
will be featuring the new Greg Allen's Fringe Religion! Check it out
on 91.5 WMFO
May 27 (Saturday) A Cal Cali show: Lyres,
The Black Souls, Classic Ruins and CalCaliBand You can buy
tix here (Only ten bucks!!) FB
May 27 (Saturday) The Runouts, The Martians,
Blame Shifters, Nymphidels at The Midway this is an afternoon show - 4-8PM
May 29 (Monday) Teenage Bubblegums (Italian
Pop Punk), Jagger Holly, Mongorellis, Jimmy Jacked at Opus Underground
in Salem (FB
June 2 (Friday) awesome punk show with
Jerry's Kids, Stranglehold and Panzerbastard at Once (the guy
from TSOL will not be here)
June 3 (Saturday) Chicago Vin,
who is actually here in Boston and was in Greg Allen's Fringe Religion and is
now solo is on A Crash Course For the Ravers 1-4PM 91.5FM WMFO
June 4 (Sunday) Birdsongs of the Mesozoic
are at Once
June 4 (Sunday) Jack Grisham from TSOL
doing readings and photos plus Jerry's Kids, Stranglehold, PanzerBastard
June 4 (Sunday) GIUDA (from Rome Italy)
and Unnatural Ax & The Hi End at Once Tix
June 8 & 9 (Thursday & Friday)
Reverend Horton Heat along with Agent Orange, and Flat Duo
Jets at Once in Somerville
June 9 (Friday) are they back from a tour
or going on a tour?? OC45 are at The Midway with Mickey Rickshaw
and AMDX (American Discord) ...gotta go!!
June 10 (Saturday) Psycho, Conclave,
Whoopi Sticks, Gant, Spillers an afternoon 4-8PM show at the Midway
June 10 (Saturday) The Real Kids (back
from touring Europe!) Muck and the Mires and Greg Allen's Fringe Religion
at The Spotlight Tavern in Beverly- FB
June 11 (Sunday) A Sunday Punk Matinee
at the Midway with M.A.T.B. (frm Worcester), Worm, The Hideout
and No Good (frm Maine) 4-8PM only $5!!and All Ages.
June 14 (Wednesday) Eve Minor
(from NYC), DnAs Evolution, The Stigmatics, Doug Linse at The Midway
June 16 (Friday) Kids Like You &
Me' s Rama Lama Ding Dong 2017! Featuring.. The Monsieurs, Creaturos, Littlefoot,
Germhouse & more! at The Middle East - check out
the FB page
June 17 (Saturday) A Crash Course
for the Ravers will be featuring Anthony Kaczynski! Tony is the consummate
musician, he should have some interesting stories to tell and picks to play.
Check it out on 951.5
June 17 (Saturday) The McGunks, Pint
Killers, The Martians and Taxi Driver - 4PM Show at The Midway
June 17 (Saturday) Quiggs, Diablogato,
Duck & Cover, Loser's Circle at O'Brien's Pub
June 17 (Saturday) Held Hostage, Point
Blank, Infernal Diatribe, Profit Margin at Koto in Salem (FB
June 18 (Sunday) Help Save Out of
the Blue Gallery Too - this will be an all day affair (3PM-11PM) with FOURTEEN
bands including: Brian Young -WMFO as Emcee plus Thalia Zedek, Fireking,
Randy Black, The Knock Ups, Tsunami of Sound, The Stigmatics, State of the Union,
Cal Cali Rockin' Trio, The Last Ones, The KENZ (Highland & Kaiser), The
Thigh Scrapers and Club Linehan A Go Go ~ 50th Birthday Party for
Joe Quinn. Check out the
June 25 (Sunday) Nonzerosum Present: Conflict,
Who Killed Spikey Jacket, Cinderblock, Pandemix - ALL AGES, $20, 8:00 PM
Doors at the Middle East Up.
July 19 July 30: The Midways
Dirty 30th Anniversary Celebration Spectacular
July 17 (Monday) Township, The Dents,
Love Love and Weather Weapon at The Midway
July 22 (Saturday) DJ Easy Ed Night
with The Cranktones, The Barley Hoppers and Fearless Leaders at
August 5 (Saturday) The Silver Mirrors,
Instant Shawarma, The Facc-Tones and The Sound Down Cellar at The
September 16 (Saturday) Chameleons VOX
At the Middle East Also on the bill: Soft Kill , Way Out and The Milling Gowns
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