The BGN News Archive
November 25, 2013
Blowfish was a rockin' maniac this week:
The rocking week started Tuesday at Middle East down with the Young
Adults. Here's where I tell you how great they are and you pay no attention.
But what can I do? Young Adults' aggro assault is the best around but
only me , Mr.B and Chris seem to be at the gigs (of people I know). Their
advantage tonight was the ME big sound system that made the drums especially
sound thundering. I could also hear the guitar lines clearer, not that they
are clear by definition, but I heard more of the single line figures and that
was cool. The audience gave them a good listen and reaction although they came
to see Beach Fossils a decidedly different style group. This cut Daydream
sounds like The Chills a little, they are good at what they do.
I'll give the crowd credit for listening and one hopes a few
were converted...now what about you out there?
I love the fact that we now have a novel with the Boston music scene as the
backdrop. That would be Next Big Thing by Terry Kitchen of course
and Thursday he gave a reading at the Trident book store. The audience was small
but the reading was very good. Terry is used to a stage and the reading proved
the material could stand up to scrutiny. He has some UPCOMMING
READINGS Not to forget that it would make a good Christmas
I always like to catch at least some of the IPO (International
pop Overthrow). This year it was at Precinct last week's host of
the kings of Pop the Flaming Groovies.
I hadn't seen Fox Pass in a while so I caught them on Friday. They were
playing all older material. They have the luxury of decades of material; how
many can say that? They were doing all upbeat songs and the mid-size audience
was vocal in response. They were getting the love. Their last song was a medley
of three songs; Wanda (a Fox Pass song) into Sister Ray into Roadrunner
and back to Sister Ray and Wanda. Purely as a medley it was a
tour de force but the true game changer was the Sister Ray section. Jon Macey
was jumping and twitching as he channeled energy and passion into the lyrics.
It snapped you to attention with the thought that this was special. He was hitting
bare nerves in himself and the audience. This was the best celebration of Lou
Reed you could want. They have been writing endlessly about Lou on the net and
in the music press but nothing comes up to this; the real power of Lou music.
After much whooping and whistling by the audience David Bash of the IPO
made them do an encore and we got Sweet Jane and that was a powerful
punch too. What a great reading of the line. "And that life is just to die"
Jon gave. You had to be there for that. Jon's thinking of setting up a gig with
all Lou Reed material - great idea.
One more thought, in the early days of Boston punk many groups
played Lou Reed in their sets as a matter of course. I think of The Count
(who also played Lou at
the Rat Beach Party ) and Third Rail who put Sweet Jane on
their Rat 45. I'm not hearing it these days.
145 stepped up to play a rocking and rollicking set
after Fox Pass. 145 have been underappreciated since their heyday in
the early eighties. They play power pop with tons of power and a smidgen of
pop. It's Johnny Thunders' style bare bones playing with adolescent concerns
in the lyrics. The focus is on Paul Armstrong a lot. He's jumping and
posing and he considers the guitar a weapon and he's out to kill. Ducky Carlisle
a long time rocker with many accomplishments is on drums. Like Fox Pass
this was another chance to see a group influenced by pre-punk groups and to
see how punk was formed.
It was back to Precinct on Saturday where the
Brigands were going to have Fred Pineau as a guest. I'm late to the
Brigands for some reason but they are a true blue Boston band. They have a Boston
punk sound although what that is is hard to delineate. They often sing of Boston
and they cover other Boston bands like La Peste and The Atlantics. Their
new CD has The Atlantics' Teenage Flu as an opener and hence the idea
of having Fred Pineau play with them.
The Brigands were sounding fine and I loved their
song She's Mine, which I think Triple Thick should cover, when
up steps Fred which puts everything into hyper drive. They played three Altantics
songs: Teenage Flu, It's Hard When You're Young, and Lonely Hearts. Exciting
stuff for a room jammed with Boston pop fans. I think the word should have gotten
out more that this would happen. I knew Fred would play but had no idea there
would be Atlantics' songs but it was a gem of a moment for the International
Joanie Lindstrom made it over to Quincy on Friday
night and she says:
The legendary (to some) Blowfly played President's Rock Club in
Quincy Fri night with the Unnatural Axe opening. Tommy White was
in Amsterdam so they got Casey Lindstrom to fill in on guitar. This wasn't
his first time, since he grabbed the bass a million years ago at the Rat when
something happened with Frank (details are hazy) then filled in a 2nd time when
Frank was away. Super fun set with a couple covers thrown in, Ain't Nothing
to Do and New Rose (done to varying degrees of success). Richie Parsons
was in full beer balancing and spitting mode, Casey added a bit of heaviness
to the sound (brother can still wail on guitar) and it all went well- if only
the band had monitors.
And if only the stage were 6-10 inches higher cuz it was a lot harder to see
when Blowfly played. He came out with a cape and two dancing girls starting
with some awesome funky grooves. Once the silly and nasty cover versions started,
I lost interest but it was cool. Brother Cleve said he saw him at Rosco's
in Dudley Sq in 1982 , that was probably the show to go to.
Miss Lyn headed over to Store 54 Saturday
night to Asa Brebner's birthday party...also there were Natalie Flanagan,
Andrea Gillis, Trick Wallace, Nat Freeberg, Chris Cote,
Michele Paulhaus and Jim Janota, old friend Helanie Saad, Steve
Morse, Dave Wildman, Linda Viens, Robin Lane and a
ton of others. As usual Store 54 has a grat vibe that's homey and fun
with lots of people chatting each other up, shopping and listening to the music.
It makes for a really nice experience.
Asa was in great form and I asked him how he felt hitting one of those milestone
decade birthdyas nad he said he two little twin boys are helping to keep him
feeling young and lively! While I was there Andrea Gillis and her band
played with Asa on guitar followed by Linda Viens up for a few songs
as well. We wish Asa a great birthday and many more to come!!
Nat Freedburg and Chris Cote
Asa and Linda Viens, Trick Wallace and Tim Jackson
Now.....some stuff coming up....
well the big news is this amazing show coming up in December: The Real Kids,
The Nervous Eaters and The Connection December 28th at the Middle East
and Steve Cataldo says: "this is the first on many Eaters - Real
kids shows, we will be shooting for N.H. RI., North Shore, all after the Middle
East show takes place" That is most awesome! Can't wait!!!
On November 29 No FX and The FU's are at The
House of Blues.
Crash Course for the Ravers 91.5 FM on Sat Nov 30 around 1:15 pm will have a call in interview with Peter Dayton (there is a little
action on the La Peste front) also Richie Parsons is calling in as well.
On Sunday December 1 - at Great Scott is The Thalia Zedek
Band, Shepherdess, Royal Wedding and Planet Of Adventure
and there's a killer show at The Midway on Friday December 6th-
how's this for an awesome line up: start out the night with The Monsieurs
then it's Triple Thick, Township, The Other Girls and Upper Crust
Randy Black and the Heathcroppers are having a CD Release Party
at TT the Bear's Place in Central Square, Cambridge, on December 7th.
It will be an evening event beginning at 6 and going to 10. Randy says
"We hope that this time makes it easier for folks to come out and join
us at Bonney Bouley's great venue. Sharing the bill with us will be the incomparable
Willie Alexander; Kingdom of Love which consists of Rich Lamphear
and Randy's dear friend and soul-mate Linda Viens. Performing with us
will be special guests Mark Chenevert and Clara Wellons. Mark is a saxophonist
extraordinaire and Clara is a singer with talent oozing out her pores. And we
are thinking there will be more special guests. Please come to hear us play
"the sky goes clear," and many more of Randy's songs." These
are such amazing songs that will stick with you for some time to come...should
be a great evening!
Saturday December 7th Black Mark Studios presents the HOODRAT
HOLIDAY BASH 2013 it's all happening at Radio and features The
Sprained Ankles, Duck & Cover, Silver Screams and The Dead Tricks
also on Sat 12/7 at O'Brien's are The Suicide Dolls, Slowdim,
Chandeliers and The Nice Guys
Thursday 12/12 Watts are at Precinct
And John Surette's punk opera
Tomorrow The World will be performed live at the Middle East,
Saturday Dec 14. This is a star studded event not to be missed my friends!!
also on the 14th is a DJ Easy Ed's Yuletide Rockabilly Blowout with
Easy Ed's Record Hop, Whiskey Kill, Lynnette and the Longshots, Johnny Carlevale
and the Rollin' Pins and Jittery Jack and Miss Amy
Thursday December 19th there's a very interesting show at O'Brien's with
The Wrong Shapes, Black Fortress of Opium, Endation
and The Easy Reasons
The Upper Crust are at Precinct on the 19th also....
another special Holiday show at the Midway...Saturday 12/21 it's
the Weisstronauts' 15th Annual Holiday Jubilee with M.O.T.O., The Weisstronauts,
Eddie Japan and Lars Vegas...
Yikes we're getting into the new year...and on Saturday January 4th there's
a show at Great Scott's with a brilliant theme..We Got The Beat -
A Boston Lady Drummer Showcase with The Monsieurs , Petty Morals, Apple
Betty, Post Modern Authors and Thrust Club
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