The BGN News Archive
May 14, 2012
We had a full day on Saturday May 12, there were lots of good things happening
and we wanted to get to a good portion of them....There was a Charlie Chesterman
Benefit/Chorus vs. Solo CD Release Party at Radio....a load of bands
played: Uncommon Houseflies, Orange Nichole, Bamboo Steamers, New Million Box
with Charlie Chesterman, Brian Charles , Classic Ruins and Jenny Dee &
The Deelinquents. We got there at 4PM so we only were able to catch the last
two bands The Ruins and Jenny Dee. It was cool to be out during
the daytime seeing music and hanging with a bunch of friends at Radio. It reminded
me a LOT of the old days at the Rat when many all day affairs happened or you'd
just hang upstairs at the Rat during the day.
We walked in on The Classic Ruins playing as a trio. Seems like Jeff
Crane has a job now! (Hey, it happens to best of us.) The lack of a rhythm
guitarist made us realize how important that job is and it also made Carl on
bass easy to hear. What a show this guy puts on. He does everything: slides,
pedals, double stops, trills, two scale ascending and descending lines, melodic lines,
riff based lines, staccato and legato. Most of time he does it all in one song!!
It's the Carl Biancucci School of Bass Playing with every song. Tom
Long on drums is perfect and we heard from Jerry Lehane that Tom
pulled out an old Ludwig set for the gig. Frank Rowe was sporting a new
Rickenbacker guitar (see picture) as well as his new fashion choice bagging
as hell jeans!! (Note disapproval from the editor here)
Then we get a chance to see Jenny Dee and the Deelinquents in an intimate
setting rather than a big club or say Fenway Park . They have a great punch
with strong vocals and a large backing group. All are professional sounding.
The original songs on the CD are all written by Jenny, I assume those are what
we heard live and they are very strong efforts that don't take a second seat
to the classic covers they do. They cover Hot Legs by Rod Stewart and that was
Jen is the focal point. She is a riveting presence whenever she plays.
Jenny also arrived with husband and baby in tow!! The cutie patootie was sporting
adorable chubby cheeks and a fabulous set of noise cancelling headphones to
protect those delicate little ears.
In the audience were Ed Moose Savage, Terry Brenner, Todd Purple, Bob Colby,
Cal Cali, Paula Worsley, Roy Rubenstein, Brett Milano and lots more ......
Now, it's six o'clock and our regular night hasn't even begun yet. We are
planning on going to Mistress Laura's Bat's in the Belfry 20th Anniversary
at the Magic Room but many people are talking about Al Janick' s St.
Stanislaus Polka Party at the Cambridge Polish American club. Blowfish
was apprehensive; Polka? Really?...Miss Lyn was pushing to go and dance.....
We go to the Magic Room at about 8:30. We found Mistress Laura
and Kris Thompson out front grabbing a fast sandwich. The club was
pretty full. They took out most chairs to fit the people so some started to
sit on the floor. Cober was on stage - it's just one woman playing a
double neck guitar. She plays a few bars and loops them and plays over it. She
uses lots of effects and creates a moody space. It all soft, delicate and dark.
I liked it and the crowd loved it. They were true Bats in the Belfry
fans who finally got to be together. The awesome creep-out decor, dark interior,
incense and video of the Magic Room was never more appropriate. Laura
got a great write up in the Globe, and she's another reason why we love WMBR
so much, thank you MIT.
This was all going on swimmingly. As good as
that was we were trying for a hat trick and made for the Polish club.
Talk about polar opposite!! Performing a full night of straight polka was Al
Janik's Plastyczny Ser Orkestra...a huge band with horns, accordion, keyboard,
guitar, bass etc etc.....and Al singing. Al Janick has been around for
many a year! He used to be at all the Kenne Highland parties in the 90's and
was a Kirkland fixture as well. The club was a real Polish American club,
huge, brightly lit and way full of people both rockers and real Polish. The
number one thing about all this is that it was FUN.
The songs had new and jokey lyrics. One was called "Grab
your Balls, We're Going Bowling". But of course true Polish hits like "Who
Stole the Kiska" and "Moja droga jak Ci? kocham (Means that I Love
you so)" were also performed. Jordan Valentine, flew in from Pittsburg
for the gig, she and Jen of Jenny Dee and the Deelinquents did a few
numbers together as well. Everything was oompa - oompa the way it has to be
with polka and that makes everyone just wants to dance and we were!!
In the audience was Cam & Kim Ackland because of course Dennis McCarthy
was there with Jordan. We also saw Mike Quirk, Michele Meadows, Amy Prohaska,
Linda and Evan Shore, George Hall and Gregg Zoske, Sue & Steve
of My Own Worst Enemy among a load of others. What an awesome day...we went
from garage/punk/oldies to goth to polka!!!!
Now what's coming up:
Oh man...weekends like this one; the 18th & the 19th are awesome yet frustrating: there's SO many good things going on damn it!!
is coming back to town!! He's playing P.A.s Lounge (Union Sq)
on Friday May 18th!! With his new band The Bad Reactions which
features members of Ex Humans, Carbonas, and The Sorrows. They'll be
playing select Testors songs and works from Sonny's extensive solo career.
This is his first time back in the states since The Abbey in 2008.
Also on Friday at The Middle East you can find Up Your Bucket, Chinstrap
& Fog Wizard upstairs....
Also on Friday the 18th an great show at TT's!! Mark
Lind must be having some kind of blue streak of productivity coz
Dirty Water is back together for a reunion show at TT's. also
on the bill are The USM, Confront and Jason Bennett and The Resistance.....and
there's a dinner buffet included in the price of admission!
Wait, WHAT??? The Midnight Creeps at the Plough??? Oh this I GOTTA
Yeah so now we have Saturday May 19th and there's MOTO, Midnight Creeps
and The Throttles are yes at The Plough, 10:30 show...
also on Saturday May 19th we got a Cal
Cali Birthday Party to celebrate at The Rosebud with Lyres.
Jetset, Classic Ruins and and Tsunami of Sound. And Brett Milano
will be spinning songs between sets too! Gots ta stop by and say Happy Bday
to Cal Cali!!
The Ducky Boys and Rancid are at The House of Blues on May 21
Here's another buysy few days:
Thursday May 24th Manitoba is at Church...from all reports that
should be an amazing show !!!
Friday May 25th, Black Fortress of Opium is at Radio
along with Varsity Drag, Peter Buzzelle & Soul Clinic Bible School and
The on Friday May 26th The Psychedelic Furs and Pop Gun are
at the Salem Performing Arts at The Catholic Center in Salem!! Psyched for this
Check this out...Boston's best Bass Player Carl Biancucci, has crossed
the pond and has been taking over Europe, starting with the UK!! On June
6th his UK band The Shot Glass Killers are opening up for the Brian
James/Rat Scabies (BOTH original Damned members) show at the 100
Club! WOW Carl!! Let's get a whole posse of Boston rockers over there for
that show!! You can go
here to buy tickets...you're on your own finding air and hotel.
While talking to Kris Thompson at the Magic Room he mentioned that his
old band Prefab
Messiahs (remember them??) are doing a reunion (micro) tour in June!! They are hitting Cambridge,
at the Middlesex
Lounge in Central Square on Wednesday June 6th, then off to Northhampton, Worcester
and then Brooklyn NY
and Johnny Angel is coming back to Boston again in July both the
6th & 7th to be exact. He's putting on the "First (And Maybe Last) Annual
Johnny Angel Hootenanny At Radio" with a load of awesome bands: WATTS,
Robin Lane, Mary Lou Lord, Darling Pet Munkee, 360's, Noggin and Eric
Martin/Illyrians. AND Johnny will be playing music from IT! (his latest
CD and band click on the link to here the songs, buy the CD and read some
Lastly we got a special word from Jerry Lehane about a benefit he's doing this summer, in late July....special
guests will be...a band that has yet to do a reunion: The Flies!!! So stay tuned for more
info on that excellent show in the next few weeks here on the BGN!!
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