The BGN News Archive
May 27, 2013
On Saturday night The Rosebud displayed all the attributes that we love:
friendly, music loving crowd, the nice no-attitude doormen, great music, comfortable
sight lines and available seating. Even the entrance is cooler than any other
place bar none. Alas, this would be the last night.
This last gig was booked by Cal Cali with the Nervous Eaters
as headliners. First on the bill was Sourpunch from Providence. They
have played in Boston a few times but we had yet to see them. This night we
just saw a few songs. They are a two piece now, Jenn Lombari has tried
to get more members but they never last she says. They were bare as you would
expect of a two piece but their attitude carries the performance. One of their
most popular numbers has a real throwback feel and by that I mean a fifties
sort of rock feel along with a current punk attack. A neat trick. We will try
to catch a full set soon.
We don't talk as much about Asa Brebner as we should. I would have
to say at this point that he's been around longer and played more consistently
through the years than anybody. For quite some time now he's played almost weekly.
It would be hard for anyone to match his record. That's not even to start talking
of his musical accomplishments. Tonight he has Tim Jackson, fellow
Chartbusters compatriot, on drums, a bass player, a violin player and
guest guitarist Charles Hanson (Andrea Gillis). The violin is a nice
addition. The violinist kept it subdued and the tone warm. Asa has a vast collection
of songs to pick from. Tonight he features a wide range. He begins by saying
that after Sourpunch they will sound like Lawrence Welk, to which
someone makes the point that they don't know who that is.
Asa does start slow and calm but slowly worked up
the energy over a few songs, then adding guitarist Hanson for a bigger punch
and by the time the set ended it seemed like he was just getting warmed up.
I was hungry of more. He played Babes In the Bar, a longtime favorite.
He also played a song about the Rat- another bar that went bye bye. Many
people tonight know all the songs and all the lyrics. One thing Asa does
that I love is a sort of recitation where he talks over the beat in a few songs,
not rhythmic or rapid in a rap way but more like a fast talking blues. It's
one of the many things that make him unique.
The Nervous Eaters - one of our all time faves -and they didn't disappoint
tonight. Along with Steve Cataldo this version has long timer Alan
Hebditch on guitar, the original Rob Skeen on bass and in a move
that bugged our eyes out...Dave McLean the Boom Boom drummer himself! Wow!!
There was a lot to hear on stage. This is the second time
I've heard Skeen with the group after a long (20 or 30 year) hiatus.
Hearing those original bass lines pumping out makes a big difference and brings
back some of that undeniable 'authentic' feel to the songs. For those that were
there at the beginning just seeing Rob up there is a thrill, and thrilled
we were. Steve had volume up and treble up for this set and as a result
delivered primo Eaters riffage. When he's 'on'- and he was 'on' -you can't get
tastier fills or more aggressive yet melodic phrasing. The guitar is always
reflecting the lyrics. When the lyrics are rough the guitar is gritty, when
things are calmer like in Last Chance the guitar will carry you along
with a gentle grab and release. He's done this from day one. The mix was real
clear and I got to hear many of the fills by Alan that I usually can't
catch. All creative counter moves and support for the main part of the song.
Even the seemingly simple songs are arranged like this. One of the kicks of
current day Eaters is the way that newer songs are equal with the old
ones. Call Kevin and No More Idols are songs you want to hear
as much as Get Stuffed and Shit for Brains. Another newer gem
I want to hear every time and they did play was 528 the song about the
Rat. The second time tonight we get a Rat song. 528 says a lot
about the scene and people that were around those 35 years ago and only some
group like the Eaters could pull it off.
So, the Rosebud will close. It did us good. The Eaters were a nice memorable
closer. We can thank Cal Cali for booking a whole slew of gigs there
this last year and Bob Colby and Roy Rubenstein for some too.
And speaking of things ending...we are excited but sad to announce that
Rick Corraccio has sent us his FINAL entry for A
Lyre Retyre Chronicles.....Rick is an amazing writer and we have been thrilled
that he has written so many great Journal Entries for us...this last one is
a great one as usual and the pics!!! WOW!! Thanks again Rick we will miss your
amazing stories and insights into what it means to be a Lyre!!
Now for stuff that's coming up:
The Middle East Up on Friday May 31th its Pop Gun's CD Release
Party! Also on the bill will be Muck and the Mires, Classic Ruins and Terrible
Lots o'good stuff in June! On the Saturday June 1-
start out the month by heading over to Q
Division's Third Annual Yard Sale....10AM-2PM... then tune into Crash
Course for Ravers (WMFO 91.5) from 1-3PM guests are Charles Hansen
who has been in several groups (including Asa as mentioned above) and
currently in the Andrea Gillis band. Also on the show will be Sarah Borges.
Then I'd say head back over to Davis Square for this show: Walter Sickert
and the Army of Broken Toys, Shepardess, Soft Focus and Chris
North at Johnny D's...yeah!!
Tuesday, June 4th The Stranglers and The Nervous Eaters
are at the Brighton Music Hall. That's a great bill! Alas it's the Stranglers
without Hugh Cornwall.
- Saturday JUNE 8TH!!! Blowfish and Miss Lyn will be on A Crash Course for Ravers
Show on WMFO 91.5FM 1-3PM talking to Brian Young and Mike
Stewart and spinnin' discs of our choice.....listen in!!! We will be followed
by special guest Carl Biancucci who will be talking about the Viva
La Eva Benefit coming up 6/13.
After the show Brian Young will be heading over to radio for his gig
- his band The Thigh Scrapers is playing with The Scrapes, Tsunami
of Sound and Bob Cenci....
Ducky Boys do a Dead End Streets Record
Release show on Sunday June 9th with The Swinger Utters, Goddamn
Gallows, Welch Boys at Middle East Down...
Tuesday, June 11...The Young Adults are at great Scott's...
Thursday June 13th-
Viva La Eva Benefit for Eva Lipton at TT The Bears:
Ivan Lipton is a huge Boston music fan, and was the VP of Strawberries back
in it's heyday. His
daughter Eva was in a horrible crash last year -- she's still on life support
and fights to recover daily. The lifelong costs for her care are astronomical,
so her family really needs your support. Boston rockers are going to help here's who's playing:
Classic Ruins (going on at 8:30) ... Roy Sludge...The Bristols...
The Neighborhoods... The Dogmatics...The Downbeat 5...The
Dents and Upper Crust (Ending the night). That's one hell of a night
for a great cause...You can buy tix here....TIX
Oh one more thing: From Ivan Lipton: We hope as many friends as possible
can make it to TTs to see all these great bands! If you can't make it, but still
want to support Eva you can donate on Paypal to: EvaLiptonBenefitFund@gmail.com
Also on Thursday June 13th is the first Bob Colby Second Thursday
at Club Bohemia Downstairs at The Cantab...and he has a great line up with
Mary Lou Lord, Matt Mingell, Kingdom of Love and Randy Black.
On June 15th - Jonathan Richman is at The Somerville Theater!!
And Tommy Larkin on the drums!
Also on 6/15 The Middle East Down has The Adolescents, The Casualties,
Tenebrae, and Done With You
June 22 - GG
Allin Remembrance Show -and bake sale- at The Midway!!! - This is going
to be a great show folks!! The original Jabbers are making their way down from
NH to play at The Midway...This is the 20th Anniversary of GG's death and
all proceeds from this show go to GG's daughter.
Here are the bands: The Jabbers, The Pity Whores, Antibodies, Meat Depressed,
Red Line Rebels, The Manglers, Insult, Taxi Driver, Connection and more!!!
So Cal Cali is working on booking shows at a couple clubs in the area
like The Midway and PA's Lounge in Union Square Somerville...June
28th he's got, at PA's, MOTO and JetSet and he's working on
a third band as well.
And we have to wait way too long to see Petty
Morals again...their next gig is July 19th at Great Scott
Pere Ubu is at Brighton Music Hall Saturday, September 4th!!! http://ubuprojex.net/
Hey check out the mention of our review of Sonny Vincent's last show
that got posted on
Swami Records' site We love Sonny Vincent and hope to see him back
in the States and Boston of course soon!! Check out his FB
page to see his Euro Tour Dates and pics of his hot new guitarist Aiky from
Bilbao, Spain...she's punk personified!
FROM BOSTON TO THE BOWERY: Photos by GODLIS 1970-1979-John Nikolai
has put together this show of photography by Godlis over at The JP
Art Market - here's the scoop:
In the early '70s, Godlis was a photography student in Boston, relentlessly
documenting the city streets and everything that struck his interest. Not long
after getting his first review of his exhibited work in The Boston Globe, Godlis
was robbed one too many times, the last time being when he walked into his Brighton
apartment during a burglary in progress. Held at gunpoint and tied up in guitar
straps belonging to a band he shared his living space with, he decided that
incident was the last straw and, "to be safe," he left Boston for New York in
the mid-seventies. He arrived just in time to become a solid fixture of the
foundling NYC punk scene which he found waiting for him at CBGB upon moving
to New York. His iconic images of Patti Smith, the Ramones, Talking Heads and
other bands who began in that era have become part of popular culture and his
many of his photographs of Boston are being shown for the first time in this
exhibit. "FROM BOSTON TO THE BOWERY: Photos by Godlis 1970-1979" captures enthralling
moments frozen in time in two different places in an exhibit that is very Boston,
very NYC, very punk rock and very 1970s.
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