The BGN News Archive
November 27, 2017
Kimberleigh Ernst, Simon Ritt and Kelly Knapp
Photo: Mark Davis
This thing where we get hit with bad news of multiple deaths is disturbing.
Last week Malcolm Young of AC/DC died. He
was described as the ‘engine that powered’ the band. AC/DC have
always been loved by punks. They were one of few non-punk groups that got played
on punk radio when there wasn’t enough new punk to fill a show.
Soon after that it was David Cassidy. In all the tributes
we haven’t seen one mention of his voice. To us that warm voice had lots
of character and was responsible for all those sweet pop songs hitting their
target. Not to forget Boston had a fun band for a while that played the Partridge
Family and other bubblegum groups - Sticky
Then we got hit with the third one – Tommy Keene.
He had just played Brighton Music Hall on September 16. He played
classy power pop. His songwriting was superior; he put intelligence
into the pop. Way back his name was getting tossed around before
we got to hear him. He was getting attention in the DC area. We
saw him at Storyville in Kenmore Square in the early eighties.
We think that was before his first fantastic EP Places That
Are Gone. It didn’t take long to know how good he was.
With his clean tone he would slowly pick chords with open strings
that resonated like crazy. For power pop fans it was pure gold.
You think these people will always be there. Now we just have the recorded
Photo: Mark Davis
Was it really on October 3, 2016 that the first Mess-Around
happened? John Keegan was there
for that one at the Plough and Stars and
a few weeks later
on October 16 for another. This is the brain child of Jay
Allen. It gives a chance for musicians to do solo sets or stripped
down ones and to go in a different direction if they want. There
was one last Monday at the Once Ballroom. Soundboard
superman Mark Davis sent us some photos. There
was Justine Covault, Eric Martin
(Neats) and Kimberleigh Ernst and Kelly
Knapp (Bristols). Tom Baker and Jay
Allen were also there but no photos. Click the picture
below to see the photos.
John Keegan was in NYC for a John Cale concert and then up to New
Hampshire for a Ian Hunter show. For photos and review click the picture below.
The big Rat Suite DVD Release Party last week was really about
the Commonwealth Hotel publicizing their Rat Suite with a CD and DVD with material
recorded in the room itself. The DVD was playing on screens during the party.
We saw lots of Robin Lane and the Chartbusters and Oedipus.
The CD was given to the party guests. It has twelve songs. First
it’s Willie Loco doing “Let’s
Go to the Rat” with just him and the piano. John
Felice does “No Fun, No More” with just an
electric guitar and Billy Cole on acoustic. The
Dogmatics have a full band doing “Saturday Night
Again”. Later they back Richie Parsons as
he plays the Axe’s "Summertime
'. It’s full band for both Robin Lane and the Chartbusters
(“Don’t Cry”) and Emily Grogan
(“Weathervane”). 21CF, the youngest
band to play the Rumble, covers “Spymaster”. Billy
Connors plays an old Boize song “Limousine
Jean”. The Nervous Eaters do up “Loretta”
and “After Your Goodtimes Gone” with Rob Skeen
on bass. It ends with the acoustic Dropkick Murphys
playing “Citizen C.I.A.” and “Bar Room Hero”.
The idea is that people who book the room will get the CD and
DVD as a perk.
Two weeks ago when the Human Sexual Response played the House
of Blues we saw that they had played the same venue almost 5
years ago to the week. That got us thinking about what happened 5, 10 or
40 years ago this week? Hence the following:
The Punk Past
The week of
Nov. 26 – Dec. 2
5 years ago 2012
Precinct in Union Sq.- 11/30-Lyres, Mucks and Jenny Dee
Radio- 12/1 Cadillac Heart and James and Straight & The Wide Stance
9 Years Ago
The Abbey Closed on November 26, 2008 BGN
20 years ago – 1997
The Rat closed in November.
30 years ago – 1987
Channel – 11/28 New Man, Beat Surrender, The Shivers, Reel To Reel and
Channel – 11/29 Lizzy Borden (all ages 3 pm), Shok, Paris, X-Cape, dj
40 years ago – 1977
The Rat - 11/27 - Fox Pass and Third Rail.
Cantone's – 11/ 25-26 The Feelies (from NYC)
The Rat - Nov28 Mon (ALL WEEK- SPECIAL RECORDING OF LIVE AT THE
RAT II …Special Guests Each Night) The Count, Harlequin
The Rat – 11/29 Balloon, Hard Core
The Rat – 11/30 Johnny Barnes Group, Neighborhoods
The Rat – 12/1 The Molls, The Lazers
The Rat – 12/ 2 Slash, Fighter
Cantone's – 11/28 Mechanics, Fighter
Cantone's- 11/29-30 Mechanics
Cantone's – 12/1 Shane Champagne Band
Cantone's – 12/ 2 Shane Champagne Band, Inflicktors
Wire on 11/28 release the classic first LP called Pink Flag
“Ca Plane Pour Moi” by Plastic Bertrand
released this week
The Rezillos release “My Baby Does Good
And in other news.....
To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of The Voidoids' Blank Generation
album, Rhino Records is issuing a Deluxe edition. It has 12 extra cuts.
it out and order here.
This week in Facebook…we posted a photo of The Damned
on stage singing with Peter Dayton at The Space….a
photo of Miriam Linna and the Zantees at the
Rat….and a photo of Marshall Simpkins who was the owner
of the Inn-Square Men’s Bar….to see those
go to the BGN Facebook page…
For those that remember Mark Morrisroe (Dirt Magazine)
here is a page on an exhibit held in 2011 in Zurich! There are many photos of
his and a good amount of text about his art. Check
it out here
Robert Gordon is back! He’s on tour and playing at the
Bowery Electric on Dec 22. FB
events page with links
Super fun band Hixx is seeking a new bassist.
You got some Hick in ya?? Well get in touch then ......Prospective
players could send them a message at the
Hixx Facebook page.
Here's some good shows coming up .....
December 1 (Friday)
The Monsieurs (LP Release Show), Nice
Guys, Earthquake Party at Great Scott’s FB
December 1-3 (Fri/Sat/Sun) D.O.A. – A Rite of Passage
the classic punk movie at the Brattle. 9:30 pm shows.
December 1 (Friday) The Dream Syndicate,
The Richard Lloyd Group and DJ Carbo at Once
December 2 (Saturday) DJ Easy Ed
presents: The Cranktones plus Easy Ed's Record Hop!
4-8PM matinee at The Midway...followed by......
December 2 (Saturday)
Watts (45 Release), Diablogato, Duck
& Cover, A Bunch of Jerks at The Midway
And further out we have...
December 8 (Friday) Rumbar records
is throwing a HUGE record release party of the 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.
December 9 (Saturday) The Raging
Teens are turning 21 this year.. and that's "Drinkin' Age!"
There's releasing a 45 called "Drinkin' Age" on Swelltune Records
to celebrate their 21 years as a band! AND that means The Raging Teens
Holiday Shindig Record Release! With The Raging Teens, Nate
Gibson, Bloodshot Bill, Sean Mencher at Great Scott. FB
December 9 (Saturday) Radiator
Rattlers, Brix'n Mortar, Lipstick Boys, The Grubs at The Chit Chat
Lounge in Haverhill FB
December 10 (Sunday) It's time for the
Annual Rockin Holiday Flea Market and Bloody Mary Bash- 11AM-5PM
at Once Ballroom. Since it’s always FREE ADMISSION they ask that you bring
a small toiletry (shampoo, razors, toothbrushes, etc) to donate to the residents
of ROSIE’S PLACE if you can. Not required but it would be nice if you
did. Checkl out the
FB page for more info.
December 10 (Sunday) The Boston Hassle
and Ignore Rock'n'Roll Heroes present their joint effort, Black Market
a bi-monthly one-day flea market featuring handmade artwork, prints, patches,
records, tees, pins, ceramics, jewelry, zines, body care, tea, macrame; vintage
clothing, accessories, books, as well as tarot readings, haircuts, live drawings,
and more! 12-6PM at The Massasoit Elks Lodge
December 10 (Sunday) Loser's Circle
and Special Guests are at The Midway 4PM show
55 Bishop Allen Dr, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139 Here
the FB page for vendor lists etc. $1 entry fee!!
December 10 (Sunday) Horton's Holiday
Hayride featuring Reverend Horton Heat & Junior
Brown with special guests The Blasters & Big
Sandy at The Sinclair (7-11PM show)
December 11 (Monday) Rock and
Roll Tacos & Trivia at ONCE Lounge 7-10PM...always fun!! FB
December 14-16 (Thurs-Sat) Bowery Boston
presents Street Dogs Wreck the Halls Thursday 12/15- with
special guests The New Darkbuster & Taxi Driver
at The Sinclair - Proceeds benefit Massachusetts Fallen Heroes
December 14 (Thursday) The Hi-End,
The Peasants, Trusty Sidekick at Sally O'Brien's
December 15 (Friday) The Evil Streaks,
Muck And The Mires, The Downbeat 5, The Black Cheers at O'Brien's Pub
December 15 (Friday) Tragedy, The
Scrooges, Rawstrum at The Middle East Up.
December 15 (Friday) Street Dogs
Wreck the Halls with special guests The Pinkerton Thugs
& The Abductors at The Sinclair
December 16 (Saturday) Street
Dogs Wreck the Halls with special guests A Wilhelm Scream
& Michael Kane & the Morning Afters at The Sinclair
December 16 (Saturday) Bent Shapes
with Beware the Dangers of a Ghost Scorpion @ Great Scott-
this is Bent Shapes' FINAL SHOW
December 17 (Sunday) Thrash N Bang's
Annual Xmas/Pizza Party Show! with Crimespree, CAC, The Grommets,
The Sewer Buddies, and Jenn Lombari & special guests
December 17 (Sunday) The Dazies,
Hallelujah the Hills, The Knock Ups, Courters at Koto in Salem
December 20 (Wednesday) Crimespree,
Worm, Parkinglot at the C Note in Hull
December 26 (Tuesday) KCUF, Loser's
Circle, The Essays at O'Brien's Pub
December 28 (Thursday) The Knock
Ups, Gene Dante And The Future Starlets, Godmouth, Set Fire at O'Brien's
December 30 (Saturday) When Particles
Collide, Old Jack, Petty Morals at The Lizard Lounge
December 30 (Saturday) 3 Parts
Dead, Z28, Test Meat at Koto in Salem
January 6 (Saturday) Nervous Eaters,
Watts and David Age & The Regrets at ThunderRoad
January 6 (Saturday) Fur Purse
Album Release Party with Whore Paint, Shepherdess, sister at
January 13 (Saturday) Lyres, Paul
Collins Beat, Boston Cream at Thunder Road FB
January 17 (Saturday) Red Mantis,
Silver Screams, Wrought Iron Hex & Greylock at
b>January 20 (Monday) U.S. Bombs,
Wimpy Rutherford & The Cryptics, The FUs - at the Dover Brickhouse
Dover, NH - Here's the
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