The BGN News Archive
November 2 ,2015
Richard Nolan and Joe 'The Count' Viglione
We mourn the loss of RICHARD NOLAN
What can be said about Richard Nolan is really the beginning of a book
about the Boston Punk scene. He was there at ground zero in 1975 and before.
There were just a few bands kicking around town to form the early punk scene
and Richard's Third Rail was probably the 'punkiest' of them all. Punk
at this pre-Ramones time would mean dressing in black or leather, having a street
attitude and music that was way more unruly than the 70's wimpy norm.
Richard was out there trying to get clubs to open up to
this new music, having the first rock show at would become The Paradise.
later show at All Asia
He put out the Third Rail Newsletter, one of the first networking attempts
within the punk community (The Count and Thundertrain did this also).
He championed the band Tracks and famously got the Neighborhoods
together and started on their career.
He organized a bus trip to CBGB's when they had Boston
bands playing in an exchange with The Rat.
In a scene full of characters Richard still stood out. Dressed
in black from head to toe and being a actual funeral director, he totally fit
the bill. Our interview
with Richard in 2005 was cut short by a phone call requesting him to
pick up a body.
Third Rail would go though many personal changes
bottom of this page.) but always sounded like Third Rail - a testament
to Richard's management and musical skills.
When he started playing again in 2005 he was, as usual,
able to get top notch players in the band. There was never a bad Third Rail
gig. The number one thing about Third Rail was the high level of songwriting,
almost all Richard's. The Third Rail sets were the most listenable and
well crafted sets from those first days.
Third Rail was overlooked and underappreciated, now
and back then as well. One big reason for this could be the sparse recorded
material from the band. The few singles weren't timed for any momentum and there
never was an album. They did have two cuts on the Live at the Rat album
and a single on Rat Records. His single Dark Ages was produced by Ric
Ocasek. There was a later CD that Richard put together but a full retrospective
CD would be nice.
When there was a small resurgence of punk with The Hives
and others in 2005 Richard came out to play gigs again. He played the Kirkland
and all the great songs and a few new ones made for a great set. With the last
song he thanked the audience and ran off stage, kissed Miss Lyn, and flew out
the door to the street into a subzero night and disappeared. One of the most
dramatic exits we've ever seen.
Another gig was Nancy Neon's Rat
Reunion show at the Cantab 2010
Richard had a stroke in 2011 and had trouble talking, but despite that he did
gig in 2012 singing a few songs with Cadillac Heart. It was a
very inspiring show. He could sing better than he could talk and during the
set he delivered the characteristics that were his brand.
Third Rat at the Rat
For those who have been around the scene since the beginning
the loss of Richard Nolan is a hard hit. The scene was small and we all knew each
other - and how hard we were working to get the music out there.
Passing doesn't make Richard Nolan a legend, he always was a legend.
RIP Richard Nolan.
Blowfish made it out to see some bands this week and reports
Not being big on Halloween I try to avoid the costume heavy
gigs, which is hard because now Halloween gigs go all week. I went to the Middle
East Up on Thursday- there was a minimum of dressing up. The club was full up
for this Illegally Blind show. I saw just a tad of Mini Dresses
who's singer had a soaring voice added by the mega echo on the voice. All night
that echo was there. I heard the bands request it; the psych bands love echo.
When the bands where talking between songs you could hardly understand them
with the bottom of a well effect going on.
Televibes with hippie go go dancer
The Televibes are an addition to the proliferation
of psych bands in town. The spread is epidemic and I like it. They all have
been worthy bands from my listening. The Televibes were a spacey version
of the genre. The bass has interesting repetitive figures that gave a stage
for the guitarist to weave his trippy leads. The drummer was hitting hard and
didn't go too far afield. Each song went through a few changes of tempo, rhythm
and dynamics, all nicely worked out. Playing the energetic and fast against
the laid back and slow kept it interesting.
Halfway through the set a guy ran on stage and danced like
a man possessed. He stayed for the rest of the set and got up there for some
of the CreaturoS set too. Way out there and entertaining. For Halloween
sake they did a cover of the Talking Heads Psycho Chicken. They
played the song straight and added a rave up, Televibes style, at the
end to finish the set on a high.
I just missed the CreaturoS several times at other
gigs and came out to see them specifically on this night. They take a garage
attack on psych. They have a friendly and chatty stage presence. The songs are
three minutes and stop almost abruptly like they just don't want to drag things
out whereas the Televibes would go another three minutes no problem.
They wore pumpkin masks that came off within the first song,
they must be hot, but the drummer kept it for most of the set. They were also
throwing out candy. When the drummer was fixing a broken pedal, they chatted
with the audience remarking on the costumes, a change from other shows where
that would be dead time.
This is a fun group that is keeping the garage spirit alive. I'd love to see
them at a more intimate club like O'Briens, and will if I can.
Listen to Sunrise
on Bandcamp. It captures the garage feel and that echo on the vocals.
In other news
There's been a big outcry at Emerson's takeover of the Colonial
Theatre and their plans to make it a cafeteria. Really?? A cafeteria!?!? The
loss of the use of the theatre and its architecture has brought on efforts to
save the theatre and its use. Other campaigns like this have worked; look at the
Rose Museum where they were going to sell some artworks and diminish its
use. There was a complete turnaround now the museum has renewed its mission of
serving the public.
The Colonial - get rid of this?
To help with the Colonial start with an easy-as-pie petition via the web here
TO KEEP THE COLONIAL. It's important for the community to keep the pressure
on Emerson in these early planning days. Please click and sign!!!
Midriffs who we reviewed last week just put out a new video. White
Washed by The Midriffs
The Monsieurs seem to be cutting a swath of mayhem through Europe. Lucky
for us they've been documenting
Here's the latest video: Monsieurs
doing Wild Thing in Spain. And here they are performing Falun
Gong and Kari Ann in Portugal!
You can catch them hot off their Euro Tour on on 2 weeks on Friday the 13th
(of November) at the Middle East Up.
Here's an interesting article on Lou Reed in the NY Times. Who
Was the Real Lou Reed? (Thank you Carl B!)
Coming up this week....
November 5 (Thursday) The beast that is
known as BOSTON HASSLE FEST 7 starts at the Central Square Elks Lodge.
Home Blitz and lots more bands.
November 6 (Friday) the LAST 2015 Bob
Colby production at Store 54 with the intense Endation ,
and another two person group When Particles Collide ...the Store 54 gigs
are the coolest shows you can go to. So, take the hint.
November 6 (Friday) BOSTON HASSLE FEST
7 continues at the Brighton Music Hall . Screaming Females, Battle
Trance, Dreamcrusher, Unicorn Hard-On. (Here's the FB
page for ALL of Hassle Fest)
November 6 (Friday) A Benefit for the
North Shore Animal League with BearTrap, Vein, Goolagoon and Kids
Having Kids (from NY) at the Democracy Center (45 Mt Auburn St Cambridge)
November 6 (Friday) at The Lily Pad,
Inman Sq, Cambridge: Myriam Gendron, Thalia Zedek, Gun Mother and Rob
November 6 (Friday) at The Lizard Lounge
- Airport, Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents and Gene Dante & The
November 6 (Friday) at
L.S.C (Light.Sweet.Crude), Happy Little Clouds, The Knock Ups
and Easy Reasons
November 6 (Friday) Jenny D and the
Deelinquents are at The Lizard Lounge
November 7 (Saturday) BOSTON HASSLE
FEST 7 continues at the Brighton Music Hall . Flipper (w/ David
Yow), Guerilla Toss, Olivia Neutron-John, The Lesser Knowns, Obnox, & more.
November 7 (Saturday) Get levitated
by the sublime and psychedelic sounds of... Dead Leaf Echo , Magic
Shoppe, S.S. Cretins and The Silver Mirrors at The Out of
the Blue Gallery in Central Square (FB
And out into the future we have.....
November 10 (Tuesday) Jonathan Richman
with Tommy Larkin on drums will be at the Somerville Theater. Its
a 7PM show. Tix are $21. We saw Jonathan and Tommy at the Middle East Up in
March last year
and it was FANTASTIC!!
November 10 (Tuesday) City Mouse, The
Murderburgers, Lucky United, and Mr. Fahrenheit are at O'Brien's
November 11 (Wednesday) International
Pop Overthrow is at PA's Nov 11- 15 Day One starts at 7:30 with Trick Wallace
Trio, Natalie Flanagan, The Eric Barao Band, Marriage Material, Bedford Davis
and SHIRR FB
Page for all days
November 12 (Thursday) International Pop
Overthrow at PA's Day Twostarts at 7:30 with Skyler
and The Brit, Oberon Rose, Richie Parsons, The Tripping Souls and Powderhouse
November 13 (Friday) International Pop
Overthrow is at PA's Day Three: starting at 7:30 with Corin Ashley then Michael
Oliver & The Sacred Band, The Forz, Big City Rockers, John Powhida, Fireking
November 13 (Friday) NoBunny, The Monsieurs,
Nice Guys and Gym Shorts are at The Middle East Up.
November 13 (Friday) The Furs, Tom
Baker and the Snakes, The Blue Ribbons and Peter Buzzelle and The Academy
are at The Midway (FB
November 14 (Saturday) A Crash Course
For The Ravers featuring Mary Lou Lord. Shoud be a good one!! 1-4PM
November 14 (Saturday) International Pop
Overthrow is at PA's Day Four starts at 7 :30 with Arthur Nasson then
Cliff Hillis, Lannie Flowers Band, The Brigands, London Egg, Watts and
November 15 (Sunday) at O'Brien's -
U.S. Girls, ESCAPE-ISM, Half Sour, Mini Dresses
November 19 (Thursday) This is going to
be a fun gig - Muck and the Mires along with The Ugly Beats from
Austin and then The Downbeat 5 at Sally O'Brien's
November 21 (Saturday) The Uppper Crust
return to Store 54!! Opening the night is a band representing the other end
of the social spectrum: The Peasants. And here's a hilarious Jib
Jab viddy with the Crust.
November 21 (Saturday) Jon Macey's
news band The Hummingbird Syndicate is having a 45 RPM vinyl record Release
show: This is the debut show where the East Coast and West Coast band members
all perform a 2 hour concert. We will play the new 45 single plus many songs
from the upcoming album, POP TRICKS. You will hear an acoustic set in
the middle of the show. We will do our own special versions of songs from our
influences. This is at Hibernian Hall in Watertown. (Here's
the FB Page for the event)
November 21 (Saturday) The Worried,
Greg Allen's Fringe Religion, Two Saints and Charlie Don't Surf are
at Koto in Salem.
November 25 (Wednesday) It's
Thanksgiving Eve...what better time to head over to the Brighton Music Hall
for an amazing line up of The Flamin' Groovies, Muck & The Mires, The
Connection and Fireking!! WHOA!!Tix
November 25 (Wednesday) A Thanksgiving
Eve party over at the Sinclair for the The
Daykamp Poster and Photo Show featuring The Sheila Divine, Sidewalk
Driver and Weakened Friends.
November 25 (Wednesday) A Thanksgiving
Eve party at Atwood's with Jittery Jack and the delightful sounds
of DJ Easy Ed spinnin' the platters too!
November 27 (Friday) Reddy Teddy returns
to their hometown to play at the Unofficial Winchester High School Reunion. Its
at the Winchester Elks Lodge 375 Cambridge St. Winchester. This is an early
event starting at 7PM.
December 2 (Wednesday) at Great Scott
- Brian Carpenter & The Confessions, Thalia Zedek Band, The Wrong
December 4 (Friday) Kermit's Finger,
Penis Fly Trap, Padded Hell and The Unstables at O'Brien's
December 5 (Saturday) Corrosion of Conformity
with Brant Bjork, Saviours, Mothership at The Brighton Music Hall
December 5 (Saturday) it's the Weisstronauts'
Holiday Show with The Weisstronauts, Tsunami of Sound and special guests
at the Midway
December 8 (Tuesday) Rocket From the
Tombs is at the Brighton Music Hall!
December 12 (Saturday) The
Neighborhoods are down in RI again, this time at The Met in Pawtucket.
(Here;s the fb
December 13 (Sunday) The
Rockin' Holiday Flea Market and Bloody Mary Bash (formerly at TT's) is now
at Once (Cuisine en Locale) There'll be Vintage clothing + Collectibles, Tons
of rare vinyl records, Knick Knacks, Jewelry, Homemade snacks, Music Memorabilia,
Cool Holiday Gift Ideas, If you're looking for it, chances are you'll find it
there. ...and of course the Bloody Marys!! It all takes place from 11AM
December 18 (Friday) The Rationales, When Particles
Collide, The Static Dynamic and Stars Like Ours are at Great Scott
December 19 (Saturday) A Crash Course For The
Ravers featuring DiabloGato. That's 1-4PM WMFO 95.1 on your radio
December 19 (Saturday) The Figgs and The
Upper Crust are at Great Scott
This year the Might Mighty Bosstones have decided their shows should
feature all old school Boston garage and punk bands!! This is a AWESOME and
most wonderful idea!! Here are the line ups:
December 26 (Saturday)
Hometown Throw Down with the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Neighborhoods
and The Upper Crust at the House of Blues
December 27 (Sunday)
Hometown Throw Down with the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Real Kids and
The Queers at the House of Blues
December 28 (Monday) Hometown Throw Down
with the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Outlets and Stranglehold at
the House of Blues
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