The BGN News Archive
June 12, 2017
Once has come up with some noteworthy bookings.
That Robyn Hitchcock show with Al Kooper as guest was a winner.
They even have Janeane Garofalo coming up way in the future. This
week they had Reverand Horton Heat for two days with Agent
Orange and the Flat Duo Jets. We hit it on Thursday.
The club was fullish and Friday was sold out.
Agent Orange started in 1979 and still delivers a set with lots of
energy. The first half of the set had bounce in the punk. They seemed sunny
and displayed some influences beyond punk if you wanted to go looking. It was
easy to get into. Then the second half it was more on the straight punk southern
cal style. During all of it surf music pops up. They did a rauchy Mirsirlou
by Dick Dale. All in all it was a lot to put into a set. There was some small
moshing in the middle of the floor. We thoroughly loved the set. That would
have been a good night right there. This video will give you a taste.
Reverend Horton Heat
But the Rev had yet to hit the stage. When he did the
crowd had a noticeable change. No mulling around now it was all
to the front to catch the Heat. You dont need us to tell
you about what the Reverend Horton Heat does. We will just
tell you that he delivered the goods. His set is almost all guitar
antics (catch some in the video below). The vocals are sparse.
He told one long story. He covered Little Queenie by Chuck Berry.
They ended with a nod to Lemmy and doing Ace of Spades (Video
below) . Hear that in the video above. See the Reverend once,
see him a million times it will always be a Psychobilly Freakout.
Saturday we were listening to Crash Course for the Ravers where Brian
Young was interviewing Greg Allen of Greg Allens Fringe
Religion. Boy, does that guy have the stories. He was in NYC in the middle
of things in the early 80s. That got us in the mood for that Real Kids
show at the Spotlight later that night. Greg and Muck and the Mires
were also on the bill.
Walking in we saw Rick Harte, John Felice and the band at the
bar. This was the first time seeing John since we posted our John
Felice interview. John was pleased with it and has gotten good response
from people...as we have. That interview drove more people to the site last
month than we've ever had.
Greg Allen's Fringe Religion
Greg Allen's Fringe Religion was playing in the other room and it was
sounding good. Then there was a song that sounded so snappy and appealing we
had to get in there and hear it close up. It was in a more simple and direct
style than of days past. Greg has changed the lineup. Now its a three
piece. All the material that followed connected like the song that first drove
us in. Greg has considerable song writing chops and probably can pick his direction.
This all was working. Next, thing is to hear a whole set and get a better handle
on the songs from our end. Well be doing that.
After the set we could meet up with the North Shore regulars like Terry Brenner
and Ed Moose Savage. Amy Prokaska also made it. The Spotlight
is a comfortable place. They even have a big comfy couch area. Take that no-seats-in-the-place
Muck and the Mires
Before you know it Muck & The Mires is up there. These guys set up
and break down in three minutes. Then its aural whiplash as the fast tempo tunes
are flung out without stopping for almost the whole set.
And then the songs
they have still not got the credit they deserve for
the well-crafted hook laden songs that they seem to write at will. Theres
no other set of songs by another group one can think of that has the sheer pop
pleasures of their set. Radio in the sixties would have a series of songs by
the Beatles, Stones, Who, Beach Boys etc. A Muck and the Mire set hits like
that but all the songs are by one group. Ya know, its amazing.
As we wait for the world to give Muck and the Mires
their due what can we do but listen and love it.
Randall Gibson was on drums for Real Kids this show. We have been
used to Judd Williams. They started with Better Be Good. The sound was
deep. Randall hits hard. He had a big impact on My Babys Book where it
gave it back beat that could not be denied. Dickie has that round smooth
tone on bass which constantly draws your ears. Billy and John had their duo
guitar action going big time. One of the pleasures of this set was during All
Night Boppin where they brought the volume down and riffed for an extended
section. Billy and John were jumping in and out with short tasteful
playing. This was a band confident and having fun. They did it again at the
end with All Kindsa Girls.
Another brilliant moment was during Fly Into the Mystery (read about that
song in our interview) where John sang, Get in my car and drive down Route
128 towards Beverly, and there we were in Beverly! That song transports
you to a reflective zone as its intended to do. There were a few songs
from Shake Outta Control. It all felt right up there in Beverly with
the North Shore crowd.
Photo: Miss Lyn
On Saturday night Miss Lyn went to see the sold out Nick Cave and The Bad
Seeds show at The Wang Center. All reports on FB, via The Cult of Nick Cave
and devout Nick fan Arlene Boyer who went to 4 shows in various places,
said Nick was "on fire" this tour. Those reports were true! Most of
the show was material from his newest release Skeleton Tree but there
were alot of old favorites too. There was a floor to ceiling back drop behind
the band who stood mostly in the shadows, except for Warren Ellis. I remember
when Warren Ellis first toured with Nick, he would never face the audience...now
he has to because he plays more than just the violin and is a huge part of the
band. (If only he would shave off that beard!!) Anyway the sound was great and
Nick's voice only gets better and better every year.
Nick Cave crowdsurfing
Photo: Doug Melcher
Nick was very much into being with the audience, he kept going down into the
crowd for longer and longer times. He annouced to us that it was important for
him to touch...and everyone complied with that no question. As with all his
shows Nick was very physical but he seemed to have energy to spare, energy and
emotion was spewing out of him like a volcano erupting...it was infectious!!
Nick Cave with backdrop
Photo: Miss Lyn
That floor to ceiling backdrop came into play when it was used to project images...but
only a few times and tastefully- black and white footage of palm trees in a
hurrican during Tupelo and a woman singing her part in one of his newer songs,
also in black and white...and stunning.
Nick Cave with dancing crowd
Photo: Miss Lyn
The final encore song was Stagger Lee and Nick kept pulling more and more people
up onto the stage with him and having them sing along. Even our own Arlene
Boyer was up there with her friend Palma -who was I must say- a stand
The one sad point I need to mention though was the anger and physicallity shown
by people in seats up front. I got kicked by some macho asshole - twice. And
he kept yelling at people like he wanted to start a fight. Then another instance
a guy came up next to me and this little shorty dude ran up to him, got in his
face and yelled "You're a fucking asshole!!" Why? WTF people!!?? How
disappointing that there were people like that in the crowd. But they couldn't
really make much of a dent in the amazing experience everyone else had. Nick
Last Sunday John Keegan was at Once.
Richee Parsons has that Italian connection. He's brough over Giuda
before and we've learned that an Unnatural Axe
and Giuda show was going to be a crazy gig. They
also had the newer The Hi-End to round out the
bill. Antother success for Once. Hit the photo below to read about
it and see the fantastic photos.
And in other news.....
Converse Rubber Tracks is now not going to record local acts. Damn! It was
always too good to be true. Read about it on
Just announced!!! Fred Pineau and Big City Rockers will be opening
for Mike Peters and The Alarm July 21st @ ONCE Ballroom in Somerville,
MA Tickets $29 in advance, $35 day of the show. Check
out the FB page
Weve been posting links on Facebook to articles from the Globe
about the Boston scene. We were wondering why they were cropping up. Now on
Sunday we see all the articles in the Boston Magazine. Its a 14
page section with the largest article by Brett Milano which is a nutshell
version of his book The Sound of Our Town. There is probably nothing
much new for people reading this, with the exception of the page on Syncro Sound.
A BIG problem we have with this is the title and its implication: WHEN BOSTON
ROCKED! ...Really?? So what are we doing now?
And lastly we want to wish a big GET WELL SOON to Skybar who does his
show Rising on MFO on Tuesdays at 8PM. He's had a mystery illness
but is getting better....keep that going Skybar!!
Here's some good shows coming up .....
June 14 (Wednesday) Eve Minor
(from NYC), DnAs Evolution, The Stigmatics, Doug Linse at The Midway
June 15 (Thursday) Nice Guys, Black
Beach, Ovlov and The Cavemen at Great Scott
June 16 (Friday) Kids Like You &
Me' s Rama Lama Ding Dong 2017! Featuring.. The Monsieurs, Creaturos, Littlefoot,
Germhouse & more! at The Middle East Up- check out
the FB page
June 16 (Friday) Dave Tree is
having an art show "The New Normal" at his Sweetree Ink shop
(281A Mt Auburn St Watertown) 6-11PM
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) Il Mostro, Point
Blank, Neighborhood Shit, Infernal Diatribe at Koto in Salem (FB
June 17 (Saturday) The Canned Ham
String Band with Chris DeBarge...Racous, high-energy string band
music of the 1920s and 30s. Fiddles, banjo, guitar, maybe some clogging too,
$10, cheap! At the Canadian American Club of Massachusetts in Watertown. Check
out the FB
page for directions etc
June 17 (Saturday) In Worcester at The
Hotel Vernon The FU's, Pus, Barfight Champs The Abductors and probably some
other bands too...FB
June 18 (Sunday) Help Save Out of
the Blue Gallery Too - this will be an all day affair (3PM-11PM) with a
TON of bands including: Brian Young -WMFO as Emcee plus Thalia Zedek,
Fireking, Randy Black, The Knock Ups, Tsunami of Sound, The Stigmatics, The
Black Souls, The Classic Ruins, 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
And further out....
June 23 (Friday) Club Linehan A GoGo, Johnny
Plankton, The Unoriginals, Mad Painter and Nonzerochance at McGann's
page for directions etc
June 23 (Friday) Dave Tree is putting
on a benefit for his friend Chuck McNally at Hibernia Hall in 151 Watertown
St in Watertown - bands will be See This World, Riki Rocksteady, Mollusk
and Pelvic Thrust. Starts at 8PM
June 23 (Friday) Billy Connors Project, Corolla
DeVille and Carissa Johnson at The Tavern at the End of The World
June 24 (Saturday) Punk Rock Matinee
at the Middle East Up Doors @ 1PM - Michael Kane & the Morning Afters,
Dan Webb and the Spiders, Hudson Falcons, Jason Bennett and The Resistance -
show ends at 4Pm
June 25 (Sunday) Punk Oi Matinee at The
Midway with Working Poor USA, Moose Knuckle, DestrOi! and The Abductors
June 25 (Sunday) Roy Sludge is
at Sally O'Brien's and its a FREE sgow! 6 - 8:30 PM
June 25 (Sunday) The Monsieurs, Neutrinos,
Harvey Garbage and Super Natural are at The News Cafe News Cafe
43 Broad St, Pawtucket, RI
June 25 (Sunday) Nonzerosum Present:
Conflict, Who Killed Spikey Jacket, Cinderblock, Pandemix - ALL AGES, $20, 8:00
PM Doors at the Middle East Up. This show has been cancelled!!
July 1 (Saturday) Loser's Circle
are at The Midway
July 2 (Sunday) FOTOCRIME, The Milling
Gowns, Bedroom Eyes at O'Brien's
July 7 (Friday) Mr. Airplane Man, Tall
Teenagers, Andy California and Little Tomb are at The Providence
Garage Fest at the News Cafe in Pawtucket, RI.
July 7 (Friday) Cortez, The Humanoids,
The Heave Ho and Test Meat are at O'Brien's
July 13- 16 VIVA EAST Rockabilly Weekender
and Custom Car Show in Marlboro, MA check
out the info here.
July 14 (Friday) Bim Skala Bim Concert
Cruise (Check out FB
page for details)
July 15 (Saturday) LYDIA LUNCH Retrovirus,
Doomsday Student, (NE) Pats, Peach Ring are at The Elks Lodge
on Bishop Allen Dr. Central Square Cambridge- Thank you Boston Hassle!!
FB page here.
July 15 (Saturday) Charms, Tiger Bomb
and The Knock Ups are at the Chit Chat Club in Haverhill MA.
July 17 (Monday) Township, The Dents,
Love Love and Weather Weapon at The Midway- Night 1 of the Midway
July 19 July 30: The Midways
Dirty 30th Anniversary Celebration Spectacular
July 20 (Thursday) Kal Marks, A Deer
A Horse (NY), Nice Guys and Zip-Tie Handcuffs at O'Brien's
July 21 (Friday) Stray Bullets, Hobo
Chili, Warning Shots and Stop Calling Me Frank at The Midway!! Night
5 of the Midway Dirty 30.
July 22 (Saturday) DJ Easy Ed Night
with The Cranktones, The Barley Hoppers and Fearless Leaders at
The Midway!! Night 6 of the Midway Dirty 30.
July 22 (Saturday) Negative Approach,
Bloodclot, Opposition Rising, PanzerBastard, Buried Dreams and Ritual
Blade at The Hardcore Stadium Bishop Allen Dr Central Sq Cambridge. Show
starts at 6PM.
July 22 (Saturday) Mr. Airplane Man
returns to town. They'll be at The Lily Pad in Inman Square with Thalia Zedek.
July 29 (Saturday) The Real Kids, Muck
& The Mires, Watts and Gene Dante & The Future Starlets night 13
of the Midway Dirty 30!!
July 27 (Thursday) The Upper Crust,
Supersuckers at ONCE Ballroom
July 27 (Thursday) Hambone Skinny,
Detroit Rebellion and Jon Bach are at The Plough & Stars
July 30 (Sunday) Fast Times Nervous
Eaters, BarRoom Heroes, The Revilers -4-8PM at The Midway!! Night
14 of the Midway Dirty 30. at The Midway
August 5 (Saturday) The Silver Mirrors,
Instant Shawarma, The Facc-Tones and The Sound Down Cellar at The
August 5 (Saturday) The Knockups, The
Caught Flies, Black Hatch and the Labor Pains are at The Chit Chat
Club in Haverhill
August 5 (Saturday) Rancid and
The Dropkick Murphys are at the Brockton Fair! 4:30-9Pm check
out the FB page
August 6 (Sunday) World/Inferno Friendship
Society with Diablogato and Stars Like Ours at The Middle
August 8 (Tuesay) Poptone...which
is Daniel Ash and Kevin Haskins from Bauhaus Tones on Tail and
Love and Rockets are at The Paradise
August 12 (Saturday) The Modern Voice,
Black Helicopter, Wrought Iron Hex, Scuzzy Yeti at The Midway
August 13 (Sunday) Pinkerton Thugs
all ages punk show at The Middle East = also on the bill The Warning Shots
and Duck and Cover. This is a daytime show- 1-6PM Check the FB
page for more info as it is posted.
August 13 (Sunday) - This is Bob Colby's
65th Birthday Extravaganza - it is also he LAST show in Boston!! Viva
Gina, DYR FASER, The Land of Enchantment, Kingdom of Love, Cold Expectations,
Carissa Johnson (solo acoustic), The Very, Randy Black and the Heathcroppers
and The Wrong Shapes. At Once in Somerville and the show runs 3PM until
August 27 (Sunday) Stop Calling Me Frank,
State of The Union, The New Frustrations, The Only Things at The Midway
- afternoon show 4-8PM
September 7 (Thursday) Teenage Bottlerocket
and OC45 at The Middle East
September 10 (Sunday) GBH and The Casualties at The Brighton Music Hall
September 16 (Saturday) Chameleons VOX
At the Middle East Also on the bill: Soft Kill , Way Out and The Milling
September 20 (Wednesday) X doing
their 40th Anniversary Tour- athte Brighton Music Hall
September 22 (Friday) The Ataris and The
Queers at The Middle East - this is an early show- 6PM -10Pm
November 4 (Saturday) Human Sexual
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Reverend Horton Heat
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Ed Moose Savage gives his propers to the Real Kids
Brian Young of WMFO intros Muck and the Mires
Muck and the Mires