The BGN News Archive
September 4, 2017
Blood Built Empire
It wasn’t until Friday before we got out this week. There were bands
we didn’t know but they sounded like they could be interesting.
Blood Built Empire is a trio from Somerville. This was their
first show but you would never guess that from the set. It was tight and hit
hard with a mighty roar and righteous rants. They obviously have been in other
bands (Ex-Taxpayer/The Information) to have the confidence they had on stage.
The songs had riffs that were mechanical rather than melodic and that worked
into their overall sound just fine. They could hammer on those riffs and drive
The lyrics seemed like they were consequential but as usual
they were hard to catch. Their Bandcamp
page has a song called The Continuous Deterioration of
Everything with an ecological message. Listening to that
you can grasp what we were hearing live. Equipment geek alert:
the bass player had a vintage Custom. It was black with that plentitude
of Naugahyde plush.
They have some humor in describing themselves: Like the Mamas
and the Papas with one less Mama - and mosh parts.
And they were giving out free shirts!
Next to play was Gnard from Worcester. They
seemed to have an arty side but were playing much too hard for
any pretensions. It was loose and fun. They did a few short instrumentals.
On their Bandcamp page all songs are under 1:45. That’s our
sort of band. They have a song on Bandcamp
called I’m a Demon (Roky) which is obviously about Roky
Erickson. They score points for that.
Great News has a bunny fetish of some sort.
They wear rabbit masks on stage and in their promo photos. There
may be a reason but it’s wasn’t discernible. They
also had a non-compromising assault like Blood Build Empire.
They put all different types of ‘rock’ in their self-description
on Bandcamp. We however kept getting flashes of Zappa in their
jerky rhythms. Even in a rabbit mask there was no hiding the workings
of the intense drummer. We like them a bit more on their recorded
on Bandcamp. That’s where their ‘math rock’
comes through more.
At that point it was three sets that satisfied our rock seeking
It was Labor Day weekend but we never stop working the clubs.
Aneurysm opened the bill at O'Brien's. The bill was half local/half
Boston boys' Aneurysm's music came out in raw
torrent. It's a sonic jumble that does its job of disorienting
you and making you giving in to the power. The band's banging
as the singer rants over it. He is at top yelling volume the whole
time. He seems to be making a point but you can never hear lyrics
when a group is roaring like that.
I liked it best when they would hit the occasional groove and
you could get caught up in the lurching sound mass. The song Swallow
My Prize on Bandcamp captures what they do but live is
the best way to get this music.
Punk brought the noise in the seventies when things got too mellow.
Groups like Aneurysm are continuing the assault
on soft rock to this day. That's why we're still around.
Moist Boy from New Bedford was punk. Thank you,
we need that! Just three guys pounding it out. The singer had
a typical punk nasal voice, like the Dickies singer. It was so
cool hearing that. The songs are all two minutes long. One of
the songs was called i
Wanna Be A GMO. Lyrics: "Inject me with some brand new
DNA/ I think my old stuff is malfunctioning / I really need to
be altered genetically.
They covered Attitude by the Misfits.
Being a New Bedford band they even recorded their songs in the
Love to see these guys again.
Like Good News they had a rabbit thing going
on with several stuffed ones on stage.
What's with the rabbits already?
Giant Peach were more arty sounding than their recorded efforts led us to believe. Bandcamp They were not playing conventionally. They were reaching for different ways of playing and structuring a song.
Another confirmation that Brooklyn is a hotbed of musical creativity.
And in other news ....
Playboy posted 8 pages of photos from Jimi Hendrix’s
Electric Lady studio in NYC. They seem to focus on the women and you
can’t see the studio so much. There is one shot where they show a big
rack (pun intended) that will give you studio geeks a thrill.
MIT Technology Review usually gives you hope when they
describe the technology coming down the line that will improve
life in the future. The first article in the current issue however
is by David Byrne who writes at length in Eliminating
the Human on the dehumanizing downside of the sterile computerization
of civilization. Like all of David’s prose it’s clear
and makes a compelling argument.
We think this time though that he was one-upped by an article
a few pages later entitled The
Octogenarians Who Love Amazon’s Alexa. It’s an
uplifting story of elders using Alexa to communicate with family
and to interact with computers without typing. It’s making
their life so much better.
Alexa is just a Talking Head that listens too, isn’t it?
If you buy the new Petty Morals track Saturday
Night Slacks on Bandcamp before September 8, they will contribute
50% of the money to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Today Junior released a fun new video of Lee's
Anthem. It's only 2:07 and has a lot of the signature moves
that make us love the group.
Tim Casey and the Elves at Lowbudget
Records just put out Living With the Aliens
which is a David Bowie tribute double CD. They have made their
three silent movies with new soundtracks available in the latest
technology: Blueray and Download. If you are a silent movie fan
or trying to find a way to appreciate them, these are for you.
Casey’s soundtracks make them live again. Check
them out here.
We need to hire help to keep up with these Rum Bar Records
releases! The newest is the single by A Bunch of Jerks. It's
two hits of cool garage. They are loose and fun and make you feel like the group
would be a gas live. Check
it out on Bandcamp
We’ve also heard from The Forty Nineteens
from California. The CD is on Kool Kat Music
and one of their songs I’m
Free has been a Coolest Song of the Week on Little Steven’s
show, both of those are a sign of quality. The first song And
Such and Such is as good as I’m Free. It seems
like there’s no end to the pop they can pour out. They do
a cover of Time is On My Side by the Rolling Stones and
it seems like they could do dynamite covers endlessly too. Go
here for ways
to get the album.
Here's some good shows coming up .....
September 7 (Thursday) Teenage Bottlerocket,
OC45 and MakeWar at The Middle East
September 7 (Thursday) Thrust
Club, Burnt VIllage, Psychic Dog and Cook Bag at O'Brien's
September 8 (Friday) The Nervous Eaters
and Glider , State of the Union and Casanovas in Heat at
Out of the Blue Gallery Central Sq. here's the
FB page to get updates.
September 8 (Friday) In Good Nature
(EP Release Party), Degrader, Anyone Anyway, Divided Life, Rocket Ship
at The Knights of Columbus in Leominster FB
page for directions etc - this show starts at 5PM
September 9 (Saturday) The Stigmatics
are on A Crash Course for the Ravers on WMFO 91.5 from 1-4PM
September 9 (Saturday) Starlabfest VIII
will be taking place at the Somerville Arts Council's outdoor ARTFarm location
at 10 Poplar St. just outside of Union Square. There will be beer, wine and
cider, as well as FREE BBQ (including vegan/veggie options) from Scott Brothers
New American Meat Co. Also, a flea market will be on site curated by High Energy.
Music will be by Paul Collins & The Dazies, Lyres, Black Beach,
Laika's Orbit, Me In Capris, JoJo & The Angry Girls, Bundles, Boston Cream
and Jeff Rowe. Info
and tix etc here.
September 9 (Saturday) The Gala,
Future Carnivores, Stars Like Ours and Courters at
September 9 (Saturday) Highway
Chapel at Sally OBrien's
September 9 (Saturday)
Charlie Don't Surf at McGann's Pub down in
North Station area. FB
September 10 (Sunday) A Giant Dog, The Dazies, Boston Cream at O'Brien's
September 10 (Sunday) GBH and The
Casualties at The Brighton Music Hall
And further out we have....
September 11 (Monday) Roky Erickson
at the Brighton Music Hall. WOW!! Get
yer tix here.
September 11 (Monday) Rocker Zine's
Rock'n'Roll Trivia at Once (Taco Monday too! YUM) FB
page here for more info
September 15 (Friday) Cold
Expectations, Justine and the Unclean, Ten Dollar Mistake
at The Tavern at the End of the World - FB
September 15 (Friday)
Less Art, Vattnet, Actor|Observer, The Nomad Stones at the Middle East Up
September 15 (Friday) Boston vs Tokyo
Rock n Roll Showdown with Muck And The Mires, The Fadeaways (from Japan),
Mellvins (from Japan), Jittery Jack at O'Brien's Pub
September 16 (Saturday) Big Giant, Greg Allen's Fringe Religion, The Melatonins at The Midway - 4PM matinee show
September 16 (Saturday) Chameleons VOX
At the Middle East Also on the bill: Soft Kill , Way Out and The Milling
September 18 (Monday) The Dictators NYC (aka Manitoba NYC) are at The Middle East
September 18 (Monday) Duck & Cover
and the Quiggs are at Once with a fake version of The Dead
Boys...no Stiv no Jimmy Zero -how can you call that the Dead Boys?? sad.
September 18 (Monday) The Martians,
The Runouts, Gant and Port City Saints are at Koto
September 19 (Tuesday) The Silver Mirrors, Dan Barracuda, Fordham Road, Perfect Mark
Are at the Midway. Facebook Event
September 20 (Wednesday) X doing
their 40th Anniversary Tour- at the Brighton Music Hall
September 20 (Wednesday) Kris
Rodgers and Soraia are At O’Briens
September 20 (Wednesday) a super-special
Rockabilly edition of Primitive Sounds with host DJ Easy Ed will
be spinning with three top DJs from out of town: James (Los Angeles), El Dedo
(Phoenix) and Skeets (Montreal)....All 45s... All Killer, no Filler!- its at
Brass Union in Union Square Somerville. Starts at 8PM
September 21 (Thursday)
Mailman Carl, Dead Trains, Hambone Skinny, Natty D's,
The Appleyards at Club Bohemia
September 22 (Friday) The Go
Set, Beantown Boozehounds, The Pint Killers, The Disquiets at O'Brien's
September 22 (Friday) The Ataris and The
Queers at The Middle East - this is an early show- 6PM -10Pm
September 22 (Friday) The Hi-End,
Corin Ashley, Modern Day Idols, The Curtis Mayflower at the Midway
September 22 (Friday) The Bushwick
Hotel, Petty Morals, The Fellowship of Feeding Wolves are at The Middle
September 22, 23 & 24 (Friday-Sunday)
The 5th Annual Rat Beach Party is at The C Note in Hull. FB
page here. Lotta bands!! The Black Souls, Hummingbird Syndicate,
Greg Allen & The Fringe Religion, Highway Chapel etc.
September 24 (Sunday) The Grommets,
Uncle Spudd, Kermit's Finger, The New Frustrations, Sewer Buddies at
The Midway - 4PM Matinee show
September 25 (Monday) Loser's Circle,
Mongorellis, the Scutches, and Blame It On Whitman @
September 28 (Thursday) Stiff Little Fingers
are doing their 40th Anniversary tour they have Death by Unga Bunga opening
for them - at the Brighton Music Hall
September 29 (Friday) Il Mostro,
Silver Screams, BDSX and The Von Traps at O'Brien's
September 29 (Friday) Brian Young's
ACCFTR A Crash Course for the Ravers featuring A Tribute to
Thunders with Simon Ritt! 1-4PM WMFO 95.1
September 29 (Friday) Jay Allen
and The Archcriminals, The Black Souls, Roy Sludge at The Midway (9PM
September 30 (Saturday) The Billy Conors Project with
Mr Curt, Geoff Pango and Ski Bunny at The Tavern at the End of the World
October 7 (Saturday) Four great Boston punk bands, The Welch Boys,
Pint Killers, Jason Bennett and the Resistance, and Guns of Brighton will be playing a benefit for Rosie's Place Shelter
at the Midway..Facebook Event...If you can't make it,.. please donate to www.rosiesplace.org/
October 8 (Sunday) Petty Morals
are having a Ballroom Blitz at Once Ballroom with a Flea Market and Art
Show -also on the bill Muck & The Mires, The Dazies and Lady
Pill (set times and more are on the FB
page) It's 2PM- 8PM
October 8 (Sunday) The Crank-Tones
are at Atwoods. This is a 4PM show. Atwoods is a great place for dinner too!!
October 13 (Friday) Silver Screams,
Idle Pilot, Black Cheers and Psychic Dog at Koto/Salem
October 14 (Saturday) Rumbar Records presents-
The Dirty Truckers celebrate Jamie's Dirty 50th BDay! Also
on the bill- Watts, Kris Rodgers and the Dirty Gems and AM
Stereo at The Midway (9pm)
October 14 (Saturday) The Worried,
Greg Allen's Fringe Religion, Classic Ruins are at The Parlor, Providence,
November 3 (Friday) Indonesian Junk, Justine and the Unclean & Gymnasium at Tavern
at the End of the World.
November 3 (Friday) The Woggles, Muck and the Mires, Stupidity, Andrea Gillis Band at The Middle East Up
November 4 (Saturday) Human Sexual
Response at HOB
November 9 (Thursday) The Proletariat
at ONCE Ballroom w/ Siege and Black Beach
November 9 (Thursday) If you are in NYC
or can get to NYC Celebrate Stranded in the Jungle: Jerry Nolan's Wild Ride
the new book by Curt Weiss that covers 40 years of L.A.M.F.
and is A Tale of Drugs, Fashion, the New York Dolls, and Punk Rock. Also there'll
be music by with Greg Allen's Fringe Religion, and ...book reading, panels,
Q&A, guests, book signing. It's at The Delancey in the Lower East Side 7-10PM
Page for directions and more info He's at Out of the Blue/Cambridge ont
he 12! see below.
November 10 (Friday) CH3 (Channel
3), The FUs, Silver Screams, Fast Times Punk at The Middle East Up
- 8-Midnight show
tix here Read about
CH3 here. there's links for tix etc too
November 10 (Friday) The Proletariat
are at Narrows Center for the Arts w/ Black Beach in Fall River,
page for info)
November 11 (Saturday)
Hasselfest #9 this year has Pere Ubu
and a ton of other bands at Once- get
the info on the FB page here.
November 10 (Friday) Curt Weiss
covers 40 years of L.A.M.F. and is A Tale of Drugs, Fashion, the New York Dolls,
and Punk Rock in his new book Stranded in the Jungle: Jerry Nolan's Wild
Ride Also, rock and roll with the Thigh Scrapers, Tiger Bomb, Moto,
Glider, and the Lyres starts at 2:15. Here's
the FB page
December 8 (Friday) Rumbar records
is throwing a HUGE record release party of rthe new Justine
and the Unclean record Get Unclean....It's
at Once and there will be bands in the ballroom and in the Lounge. Check out
this list!: In the Ballroom- The Upper Crust, Hey Zeus, Tom Baker and
the Snakes, Justine and the Unclean ....In the Lounge - Cold
Expectations, Roy Sludge Trio, Pinecone Teeth and Jay Allen
- doors at 7:30 show starts at 8:15.
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