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All Pigs Must Die
I wanted to see Parquet Courts at TTs over a year ago but
it sold out before I tried to get tickets. They've gotten ample airplay and
have gained popularity quickly. This show at the Middle East on Saturday sold
with guest Tommy Quartulli on sax
I arrived in time to see The Dazies who were having
their three year anniversary. I never saw the band but I did see singer Mickey
Holland do a short acoustic set during the TTs
closing celebrations. For this gig they had quest Tommy Quartulli
from Barrence Whitfield & The Savages playing sax for a few songs. As a band The Dazies combine pop, garage,
indie and some folk influences. The overall sound is rough, too rough to give
a pop gloss to the sound. They showed their garage side with Do
The Snake. They played one new song that I just fell in love with
called I Was Hypnotized that indeed cast a spell. Ill be on the
lookout for that release. Its worth pursuing
their Bandcamp offerings. The early ones are real basement quality
recordings but the later single song releases sound better and show them developing.
They are a very likable group of guys. The singer thanked the audience for giving
them attention and he was so right. This full club listened to every note. It
was a pleasure to see.
The audience also paid complete attention to Pill,
but I was left cold. They had a variety of noisy backdrops where the front person
did a sort of heightened talking a
la Happy Flowers or Niagara in I'm
Bored (and I was). There was no singing per se although their
earlier recording seem to indicate they did a little in the past. Bandcamp.
At this point standing in the full club with the bad air
the night was getting to be the familiar test of endurance. Parquet Courts
perked things up though. They started with a short jerky bit then a long meandering
bit which turned out to be a good warm up and I think thats what I was
meant to be. When the first real song came it was a worthy reward. They did
a lot with their two guitar presentation. They obviously spend a lot of time
arranging the songs. The guitars did dual lines and then intertwined with two
separate leads and then the traditional lead/rhythm duties. Overall they had
an indie feel but got louder than usual for that genre. There were some catchy
songs along the way. They never truly rawk out, theres always a restraint
there. Even when the rest of the band seems to want to take off the drums nails
them down with a strictly measured staid beat. I would say thats a negative
but thats just their thing, its what they are. Their periods of
a heightened groove (lets call it) generated crowd bouncing not moshing.
short video of crowd bopping
The band has its nerd side and I think the audience was nerdy too (and
I am) and they were soaking it all up. There were some songs that commanded
attention and generated crowd singing more than a few times.
I like them overall and especially the fact that they dont
slip into a genre. They're trying different ways of doing things. In that sense
they remind me of Titus
Andronicus who are also looking for new ways to rock.
Saturday it was the hard stuff at the Middle East Up. Wormwood, I had
seen before. They are mostly
slow tempo doom style. They have some singing and a few leads but its the
low end thats their calling card. They sit on that sludgy roar and at
the high volumes you tingle from head to toe. They have it down pat.
All Pigs Must Die
The club was close to sold out and you could sense the crowd
was excited for All Pigs Must Die. They went from doom slow to hardcore
fast. The singer had a menacing demeanor. The drummer knew his stuff and was
a big part of what makes them powerful. All the songs seemed apocalyptic. The
whole thing was very dark and to me fit the horrible days we're having out there
in the world. There was hair flinging and head nodding before the moshing started
up. I was a ways back in preparation for that but still got pushed a few
times. I thought I was alright still but the moshing got even more intense and
I got banged pretty good. I actually limped out of the club but no lasting effects,
not even a bruise, the next day. This
songs gives the story
There was a hardcore show earlier in the day starting at noon in the same room
and then another after starting at 11 pm. Three shows in a day, thats
working a room.
In other news.....
Peter Prescott of MOB and many other groups
has a Kickstarter
Campaign for his current group Minibeast. We saw
them a few weeks ago at Cuisine en Locale and found them very interesting.
It showed how much talent Peter has.
Andrew Szava-Kovats never sleeps. Hes released
a book from his documentary Women Who Rocked Boston which he released
just two weeks ago. Theres extra material in the book - including a playable
reprinting of the Clubland game the BGN published in 1982. The
book is available at Amazon.com Purchase
And don't forget the Documentary! (You can purchase
the DVD here!) It'a portrait of women who helped shape the Boston Rock
Music Scene, from the 1970s to the 1990s. Includes Live clips from the Bristols,
Jen Trynin, Tracy Bonham, Juliana Hatfield and more... Miss Lyn is in there
of course as well as some of our faves: Laurel Blanchard from Lou
Miami, Lilith , Misscarriage editor and bass player Carmen
Wiseman, the great Jane Hudson of Jeff & Jane/Rentals,
the active again Melodye Buskin of Phobia/Lou Miami and the beautiful
and articulate Linda Viens.
Joanie Lindstrom went real far afield this time with a trip to the Balkan counties. Countries you only hear about on the news.
Still there are record stores and she manages to meet Kevin from the Shods and Lauran from Cheater Pint.
Joanie's Balkan Vacation.
There is a foreign released comp called Boston Bootleg
Volume 3 - American Lost Punk Rock Nuggets #79. The description will get
your interest: They left 1/4-inch reels of tape at the local radio stations
and got played on the air. Sometimes vinyl would follow, usually not. This two-LP
set, based on these ultra-rare tapes, is an incredible and unique documentation
of the Boston punk scene in the late 70s-early 80s, with 30 killer tracks from
22 of the top bands (including Unnatural Axe, the Thrills, La Peste, the
Dogmatics, Baby's Arm and Lou Miami & the Kozmetix), all unreleased
or hard to find. A must for fans, collectors and anyone who was there
The price is $35.00. Yikes. But seems worth it. Check
it out here.
And here's a David
Johanson interview from an old FFanzine circa 1981
Nancy Neon is now actively writing her blog Nancy
Neon Reviews. Check it out!!
This isn't about music but I'm sure many of you out there
reading this love Christopher Walken like we do. It may not be a hilarious
SNL skit or a crazy scene from The Prophecy but he's one of 6 celebrities
helping Lidia Bastianich celebrate the Holidays on her PBS special Home
for the Holidays on Dec 11.
Here's some good shows coming up this week.....
December 7 (Monday) Zip-Tie Handcuffs,
Marianne Toilet and the Runs, Mike Woo's Raging Bone and Power Animal
at Opus Underground Salem.
December 8 (Tuesday) Rocket From the
Tombs is at the Brighton Music Hall!
December 8 (Tuesday) The Modern Voice,
VAT, Baylies Band and The Korps featuring Ken Kaiser and Kenne
Highland at The Midway
December 9(Wednesday) The Hi End, Old
Soldiers and Junky Love are at The Midway.
December 10 (Thursday) Warren Zanes
is at Store 54!!!! He'll be playing music and reading from his book.
December 10 (Thursday) Alice Highland
at The Cantab down.
December 11 (Friday) Excellent show with
Black Cheers, Silver Screams, and Darker Hues at the Greeks
in Union Sq Somerville. FB
December 11 (Friday) Rockin Bob Punk
Band, 138, Mongorellis, Labor Pains, And Fishhead are at Koto in Salem.
December 12 (Saturday) It's the Pre-Christmas
Punk Pop Party with Les Sans Culottes, Muck and The Mires, Jay Allen and
The Archcriminals, Stranglehold ( their only area appearance before The
Mighty Bosstones Hometown Throwdown Show at the end of the month) and The
Sprained Ankles at Once at Cuisine en Locale. (FB
page) Jay Allen & The Archcriminals are also celebrating their digital
release on Rum Bar Records. and you can download or stream their latest at http://rumbarrecords.bandcamp.com/
December 12 (Saturday) its the 4th Annual
Punks for Tots show at the Dover Brickhouse in Dover, NH. Bring an unwrapped
toy or 2 canned goods and you get in for free! The Guts (reunion), Genuine
Rust, Whiskey Kill, Jimmy Jacked, Diablogato FB
December 12 (Saturday) Black Souls
with Dennis Most & The Instigators, The Breakfast Project, and Bronson at PA's
December 12 (Saturday) Fireking
and John Powhida at Store 54
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 13 (Sunday) and then there were
two!! another Holiday Flea Market - this one Black Market, is by Boston
Hassle: everything from secondhand to handmade including artwork, zines,
records, body care, baked goods, books, patches, pins, T-shirts, leather goods,
knits, woodwork, pottery, vintage clothing, jewelry, tea, astrology readings
& MORE!! 11AM- 5PM at the Cambridge Community Center.
More info here.
December 13 (Sunday) and when you're done
shopping head to Sally O'Brien's in Union Sq for Roy Sludge at
6PM. These shows are So popular - last time we tried to Sludge it up at Sally's
we couldn't even get in!! So get there early.
And out in the future we have.....
December 16 (Wednesday) at Once Lounge
in Somerville there's a festive night of music and merriment. They are collecting
unwrapped gifts for children currently in foster care. They're looking for range
from toys, books, art supplies, sporting goods, electronics, personal care items,
clothing, coats, gloves, hats, and gift cards. Please enjoy the bands and bring
a gift: Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys, Lemon Merchant Allstars,
Goddamn Glenn and His Red Cup Ensemble, Parlour Bells, Johnny Blazes and the
Pretty Boys, The Static Dynamic, Los Texicanos, Axemunkee and The Knock
December 18 (Friday) The Downbeat 5
are opening for Tim Gearan at Atwood's.
December 18 (Friday) The Rationales,
When Particles Collide, The Static Dynamic and Stars Like Ours are
at Great Scott
December 18 (Friday) Diablogato's
CD Release Party at Opus Underground Salem also on the bill The Devil's Twins
and Salem Wolves - and its FREE!
December 19 (Saturday) A Crash Course For The
Ravers featuring DiabloGato. That's 1-4PM WMFO 95.1 on your radio
December 19 (Saturday) There's a "Rockin'
Winter Party" at O'Brien's with Jittery Jack, Diablogato and Easy
Ed's Record Hop between sets.
December 19 (Saturday) The Figgs and The
Upper Crust are at Great Scott
December 20 (Sunday) It's Thrash 'n' Bang's
5th Annual Holiday Party at The Midway with The Pity Whores, Fast
Time, Honest John, Lucky United, Bad Movies and Unlisted!! Also FREE pizza. Only $5. Starts at 4PM!!
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
December 28 (Monday) Shiny Beasts, Dippin'
Sauce and Classic Ruins are at The Midway
January 2 (Saturday) The Petty Morals
celebrate their newly released EP Marked Women at Great Scott
along with The Organ Beats, Watts, and Stars Like Ours
January 3 (Sunday) Roy Sludge is
at State Park in Kendall Square this is a regular evening show.
January 7 (Thursday) It's a Book Release
Party for Brett Milano's Don't Thank Me All at Once (The Lost
Pop Genius of Scott Miller), at Store 54. If you'd like to grab a
copy beforehand you can do so here Amazon.com
January 16 (Saturday) The Fathoms,
Tsunami of Sound and Richie Parsons at the Midway
January 16 (Saturday) Roy Sludge
is at Sally O'Brien's - this is a 6PM show.
January 16 (Saturday) OC45, Point Blank,
Meat Depressed, The FUs at Koto in Salem.
January 22 (Friday) Goddamn Draculas,
Red Sky Mary and Watts are at Johnny D's
January 29 (Friday) The Dictators -
NATUR - Neutral Nation are at The Parlor Newport, Newport RI (FB
page for more info)
January 30 (Saturday) The Dictators
- Lenny Lashley's Gang of One - Nick and the Adversaries - Neutral Nation are
at Great Scotts
January 30 (Saturday) Lyres, The Paul
Collins Beat and the modifierS are at The Middle East Up. BUY
February 17 (Wednesday) Poison Idea,
Child Bite, The FUs, LIVVER and Profit Margin at The Midway
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All Pigs Must Die