Bob Colby watching Cold Expectaions
Bob Colby left Boston today (Sunday 9/23/18) for Tuscon,
AZ. He had a going away show at Once to mark the occasion
a week ago. There’s no doubt really, Bob is the first Boston punk
fan. He was there at the origins with the Modern Lovers and then The
Kids, that became the Real Kids.
It means something that he's leaving. We don’t even know all
of its meaning yet but we'll find out with some perspective later. The
obvious thing is that’s it’s been 40 years and time is marching
At Once the bill was filled with 15 acts, and the sets were short.
Colby got up and close to the stage. That’s what he’s done
We walked in on Steve Prygoda from Cold Expectations
in solo mode on stage. It was a change to hear him that way. JoEllen
joined him after a few songs. Steve said that now there was
only two members of Cold Expectations. That was news. We guess they
are in hiatus now?
We hadn’t seen Classic Ruins for a long time.
Maybe a year? The worse shock was that they only did three songs because
of the time constraints. We felt gypped but the packed bill dictated
it. We were able to video "Nyquil Stinger", that is below.
The Very is typical of the sort of music Bob sought
out; just a duo with guitars. The minimalism allows novel approaches.
In The Very’s case the songs open up when you give a close listen
to the lyrics.
Bob never got jaded. He was always looking for new groups with a different
way of doing things as well as keeping track of the old rocking faves.
Psychic Dog were on as we were yapping up a storm
and soon left. We had just spent 11 hours doing last week’s BGN
that day. We were tired but had to show up for Bob.
Good luck Bob!!!! We will miss you!!
Friday was a tryout for punk in Pinz, a new venue in Kingston on the
South Shore. It’s a huge entertainment complex in the Kingston
Mall. It has about half a dozen large rooms; bowling lanes, a restaurant,
a gaming area, a billiards room and a very large bar/stage area.
The Woods was playing as we entered. There were a
few dozen people in front of the stage and many more were at tables
around the stage. From the beginning we could hear the heavy echoes.
The music area had a high ceiling and there was nothing to absorb the
Worm also suffered from the sound a lot. They came
over differently from even their last gig at the C Note with Gang Green.
At Pinz there was a lot of space between the band members to go along
with the spacey sound. Even still some of the songs came through. There
were times when the lyrics were clear.
The Straight Eights
The Straight Eights, who set up the bill, fared a
bit better. The sound was the same but their simple riff based songs
held up better. The simple riffs were often doubled up by guitar and
bass and that gave it more definition and the vocals were plain on top.
The singer had a distinctive tone that gave character to the lyrics.
They covered a Twisted Sister song, the first video above. Twisted
Sister has that same minimalist style but Straight Eights have a punkier
sound. We saw then at Pete’s Grill in Quincy
last February but got into their music more this time.
Everything seemed calm up to this point. Then it was Crimespree
time. We know that Chester the singer likes
to talk up a storm and often he will throw out a few verbal taunts.
Crimespree are punk, first and foremost. The music is hard and fast
and meant to excite. A few moshers started. That made us realize –
oh, ya, moshing! What are they going to do about that? In no time the
bouncers had squashed it. That didn’t sit well with Chester who
suggested dancers do what they want. People were cool till the last
song and a few started to mosh and again the bouncers were right on
Thumbs up during Crimespree set
Chester also did his thing where he stops the music
and makes everyone raise their arm and give a thumb’s up. Then
he says to point to people not raising their arms with your other arm.
He stays with this for a while talking about what he is doing and pointing
out that the bartenders and even the nearby bowlers were doing the thumbs
This was not a musical thing like clapping or waving to the beat, this
was a theater of the absurd moment. As dumb as it may seem it did put
you in the ‘moment’. You looked around at everyone and everyone
was looking at you. It was a cool moment there in Pinz which I can’t
imagine is typical.
All the groups had the benefit of the elaborate light show the club
has. In between the groups there was some mainstream music (we didn’t
know any of it). The also had videos by the likes of Britney Spears
and Avril Lavigne…those are the two we recognized.
That was the first punk show there. Let’s see if there is another.
More band photos below the show listings
Arthur Freedman was at the Gary Numan show on Thursday at the Paradise.
We have some photos below. The woman beside Gary in the first photo
and in the second is Gary's daughter.
Numan at the Paradise 9/20/2018
And in other news.....
It seems like a forty hour job just keeping up with the Rum
Bar releases. This week was the official release of the new
ones from Muck and the Mires, Stop Calling
Me Frank and The Peawees.
Muckus Maximus is just another confirmation
of the insane greatness of Muck and the Mires. “Good
Enough” which we have loved live is here along with three other
charged up winners.
Stop Calling Me Frank took decades to get to Spider
In My Beer And Other Songs, a 13 cut CD of new and old
material. It turns out that “Every Time I See Her” is a
cover song from Peter
and the Test Tube Babies. If you know the SCMF version you can’t
help but add in the sax riff in the chorus in your mind. Their
CD release party is at Sally O’s on September 28
The Peawees we talked about last week. One listen
to their new CD Moving Target is all it
should take for you to latch on to this Italian band. Bandcamp page.
An let’s give some attention to a non-Rum Bar release; Skin
Deep by The Flying A Holes. They are
a revived group that started in the 70s and had their final show at
the Rat. At different times they sound like Roxy Music, Graham Parker,
the Ramones, a movie soundtrack and many other groups. They do miracles
in the studio. It’s a fine effort that deserves some attention.
Check out their FB
page for more info
Here's some good shows coming up this week.....
September 26 - 28 (Weds-Friday) The
Regent Theater in Arlington is showing of Bad Reputation
which is all about Joan Jett.
September 26 (Wednesday) Thee
Fightin' Fish, Graneros, Jakals at Opus in Salem
September 28 (Friday) State
of the Union's CD release party at the Midway
with The Gala, Gene Dante and The
Hi-End. We heard some of that material and it is awesome!!!
September 28 (Friday) Have
Nots, Lenny Lashley's Gang of One, Cuidado, Blood Stained Brindle
at The Middle East Up
September 28 (Friday) Stop
Calling Me Frank, Soraia, Hambone Skinny & The
Connection at Sally O'Brien's
September 28 (Friday) When
Particles Collilde, Dirty Dottys, Bloom at O'Brien's
September 28 (Friday) Shiny
Beasts, Tiger Bomb at the Plough
September 28 (Friday) Fuzztival
Night 1 at Once with The Monsieurs, Corridor, Rick
from Pile, NICE GUYS, TRIM, Dump Him, La Neve, Rick Rude, Leopard Print
Taser, Hairspray Queen, Blue Ray- Show starts at 7PM
September 29 (Saturday) Fuzztival
Night 2 at Once with What Cheer? Brigade, Olden Yolk,
Mr. Airplane Man, Really From, Anna Fox Rochinski, Bong Wish, Oompa,
Carinae, Lady Pills, Edge Petal Burn, Love Stranger - show
starts at 7PM
September 29 (Saturday) Kermit's
Finger, New Frustrations, More Beer Please, Instamatics 4-8PM
At the Midway
September 29 (Saturday) TNG
(The Next Generation), Thee Fightin' Fish, Binge Magick, The
Kicks at The Midway
September 29 (Saturday) Party
Bois (record release!) along with Carissa Johnson,
Andre Obin and Dj Michael V at Great Scott
September 29 (Saturday) Crunchtime,
The Hi-End, State Of The Union, The Worried at Koto in Salem
September 29 (Saturday) The
Radiator Rattlers Record Release Party with Tigerman
WOAH!, Michael Kane & the Morning Afters, Rooftops at RG's
Pub in Haverhill, MA FB
And further out we have......
October 1 (Monday) Major
Stars *tour kickoff* Chris Brokaw Rock Band
& Bong Wish at Charlie's Kitchen
October 2 (Tuesday) Rock
n Roll Trivia at The Sincalir!! FB
October 2 (Tuesday) Coffin
Salesman, Bob Cenci, Troll 2 and 1 more tba at Opus in Salem
October 5 (Friday) The
Billy Connors Project at Sally O'Brien's
October 5 (Friday) Kid
Gulliver, The Hi-End, The Stigmatics at The Jeanie Johnston
Pub in JP
October 5 (Friday) At the C Note
in Hull - 61 Ghosts, 1.4.5., Classic Ruins, Johnny Thunders
October 6 (Saturday) Out Of The
Blue Gallery Benefit~Allston location ~3-11pm~ 18 sets mostly solo peeps
like Frank Rowe, Adam Sherman, Kenne Highland and Gee
Julie, Rich Mirsky..... see FB
page for info and address.
October 6 (Saturday) Art
Thieves, Stemwinder, Michael &TMs, Blood Built Empire at O'Brien's
October 7 (Sunday) The
Crank-tones are at Atwood's 4-6PM
October 8 (Monday)
Loser's Circle, Coffin Salesman, Voice of Addiction,
Cook Bag at Charlie's Kitchen
October 12 (Friday) Brix'n'Mortar,
DNZL, Secret Spirit, The Kreutzer Sonata, Rooftops at O'Brien's
October 12 (Friday) Salem Horror
Fest After Party with Diablogato, Gray Bouchard and the Dedications
and Petty Morals at Opus in Salem
October 13 (Saturday) The
Pack A.D., Tom Baker & The Snakes, The Gala at ONCE
October 13 (Saturday) Satan,
The Humanoids, Hessian, Black Mass at Great Scott
October 14 (Sunday)
Punkcake's Halloween Market with lots
of cool vendors and music by The Evil Streaks, The Demon Seeds,
Coffin Salesman at Ralph's Diner 12-5PM FB
page for more info
October 14 (Sunday) Jagger
Holly, MATB, The Prozacs, Mongorellis, Color Killer at Beatnik's
October 15 (Monday) Jagger
Holly, Mongorellis, The Prozacs, Jimmy Jacked, Color Killer
at Opus Salem
October 15 (Monday)- October 18- Thursday
Jonathan Richman at the Middle East Up.
October 17 (Wednesday) The
Damned are back and at The Paradise.
October 18 (Thursday)
The Proletariat, Savageheads, Silver Screams
at Sonia -FB
October 19 (Friday) Sidewalk
Driver, Watts, Justine and the Unclean at Thunder Road
October 19 (Friday) Halloween
Show with Kid Gulliver, The Knock-Ups, Ski Bunny, Sapling
will include Special Halloween covers and a full cover set with The
Knock-Ups doing Siouxsie and the Banshees. At jeanie Johnston Pub in
October 20 (Saturday) Nervous
Eaters, Indonesian Junk, Duck & Cover at the Middle East
October 20 (Saturday) Stop
Calling Me Frank, Crunchtime, The Jiblantos and The Black Souls
at The Midway for a 4PM matinee.
October 21 (Sunday) Boston Premiere
of the Chet's Last Call Documentary at The
Regent Theater Arlington with live performances byRandy Black
and The Heathcroppers, The Dogmatics, Bim Skala Bim, TBA Allstars
- starts at 7PM TIX
October 22 (Monday)
OC45, Bad Larrys, BDSX, Von
Traps at OPUS Salem
October 25 (Thursday) Damnation,
Forbidden Dimension, Demon Seeds, Knock Ups at O'Briens'
October 26 (Friday) The
Humanoids, Slim Jim and the Mad Cows, Maiden New England, Electric Street
Queens at The Midway
October 26 (Friday) The
Radiator Rattlers, Kermit's Finger, Black Hatch, The Grommets
October 27 (Saturday) Benefit
for Mission 22/Dennis Donahue's Birthday Show! with Kind Crew, Neighborhood
Shit, Sick Minds, Jerry's Got Jokes, and Whoopi Sticks at The Midway
-Early Show 4-8PM
October 27 (Saturday) Lyres,
GLiDER, the modifierS at The Middle East Up- Early show doors
October 27 (Saturday) The
Descendents w/ Teenage Bottlerocket at The
Palladium in Worcester FB
page for tix etc
October 29 & 30 (Mon & Weds) Now
here's how to do Halloween!! At Symphony Hall this Halloween season
when Keith Lockhart and members of the Boston Pops visit The Bates Motel
and perform the original score of the Alfred Hitchcock film, "Psycho",
in sync with the film on the big screen. One of the greatest suspenseful
thrillers of all time, this cinematic masterpiece comes alive with Bernard
Herrmann's spine-tingling score performed live. The unforgettable and
disturbing slashing chords played during the now famous shower scene
are just as terrifying now as they were to first-time audiences in 1960.
November 1 (Thursday) Kris Rodgers
& The Dirty Gems - The Connection - Kurt Baker at The Dover Brickhouse
in Dover NH FB
November 2 (Friday) Roky
Erikson at Once. Tix
November 3 (Saturday) Coffin
Salesmen, OC45, The BUndles, Burn Burn Burn at O'Brien's
November 4 (Sunday) Book release
party for Poetry for the Neon Apocalypse by local Punk Poet
Jake Tringali with Mint Green, Ski Bunny, The
Sewer Buddies, Jenn Lombari, Hyber at The Midway 4-8 PM. FB
November 10 (Saturday) Rockin
Bob Punk Band, Smartyr, Banshee, Raw Radar War at The Midway
November 10 (Saturday) Kurt
Baker is coming to Boston!! One show only at Sally O'Brien's
Nov 10. with Muck and the Mires, Stop Calling Me Frank
and Kris Rodgers and the Dirty Gems
November 11 (Sunday) DNZL,
Standard Issue, Psychic Weight, TBA - 4-8PM Early Show at The
November 11 (Sunday) Save the
date!! Brian Coleman who has published the much talked
about Buy Me Boston book will be having a
slideshow and panel discussion (including our very own Paul Blowfish
Lovell and David Bieber) to promote the book. It's at The Brattle Theater
- more info as it becomes available.
November 17 (Saturday) It's HIXXGIVING!!
The joyous return of the annual celebration of white trash culture and
redneck vittles. This year they'll have newcomers - Alice Highland,
New Jersey's Sex Zombies, Your hosts- HIXX
and the formidable Screw Cart. This will, no doubt,
be off the hook! The buffet will be provided by the bands. Hixx asks
that you bring non perishable food items, as always, for a local woman's
shelter. At The Midway
November 17 (Saturday) Post
Punk 1977-87 Cover Night at Sally O'Brien's - 3 super groups
will be covering songs from 1977-87. (punk, new wave, synth pop etc)
The groups are: Chuck Ferreira, Josh Pickering &
friends, Duncan Wilder Johnson & friends, and Anthony
Kaczynski & friends. FB
November 17 (Saturday) Jittery
Jack, Miss Amy Griffin, Whiskey Kill & DJ Easy
Ed at Sally O'Brien's
November 17 (Saturday) Scissorfight,
Welch Boys, Taxi Driver, Watching It Burn, COB at Maggy's in
December 1 (Saturday) the second
and final Red Invasion show - with Funeral
Cone and Brix N' Mortar and one more TBA.
@ The Middle East Upstairs This is an early show- doors are at 6:30
December 9 (Sunday) Trusty
Sidekick, Stigmatics, Crunchtime. Dick Pics do a Matinee 4-8
show at The Midway
December 15 (Saturday) Duck
& Cover, Stop Calling Me Frank (Album Release), State
of The Union, The Angel Martins Early Show 4-8PM at The Midway
December 22 (Saturday) Greg
Allen's Fringe Religion, Classic Ruins, 1.4.5, Fireking - Early
Show 4-8 at The Midway
January 12 (Saturday) IL
Mostro (CD release) w/ Cortez, Scuzzy Yeti & Wrought
Iron Hex at O'Brien's
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