Even as inside gigs are happening there's a surge in Covid cases. Somerville
now requires masks indoors again. We figure that means the many music
venues there too.
The Middle East is slowly opening it’s variety
of rooms. They made a statement
on Monday that they will require proof of vaccination to get in.
They are worried about the spread of the Delta variant. The
Plough and Star also require proof of being vaxed.
Meanwhile at The Vault in New Bedford, a restaurant/pub
in the day and club at night, had 39 cases of Covid from a July 10 show,
34 of those people were unvaccinated. There you have it, people who
are not vaccinated still think it’s alright to go into a crowded
story is here
There was some good news for the South Shore as the C Note in
Hull announced that they have made it through the quarantine and will
be having shows. They are having a grand reopening on August
13. You can keep
track of the shows on their Facebook page
Another chance for music on the South Shore is Rock the Lot
#3 show (August 20th) in the parking lot of WATD 95.5 FM
in Marshfield. Showing good taste they have State of the Union
page) on the bill. This is put on by the 80’s Alternative
Underground Radio show (6:15 to 10 pm on Fridays.) with DJ
Chris Atwood. (See Gig Listings below for links etc)
Once received a $400,000.00 federal grant. This is
a lifesaver for the club. JJ Gonson has done everything
a person can do to keep her club going without its physical presence.
Gonson says that the money will still not cover all the charges of starting
in a new location but is a big boost. They've also received $25,000
by the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA), and $3,000 from
the city of Somerville. That's a lot of money!! Vanyaland
had the story
Boston Rocks for Julie Duffy Benefit featuring: Duncan
Wilder Johnson, Jimmy Weeks, Chris Trapper, Scratch, Heretix, Stompbox,
Sam Black Church, Only Living Witness and Tree
on Saturday, October 2 6PM at the Paradise.
Friday, December 18, Julie Duffy went to her doctor with what she described
as the worst sore throat of her life. She was admitted to the hospital
for exploratory surgery and they discovered a very rare infection (Descending
Necrotizing Mediastinitis or DNM) which resulted in septic shock. After
surgery, Julie was brought to The SICU (Surgical Intensive Care Unit),
administered the strongest antibiotics, put under sedation, a ventilator,
and dialysis. There was nothing Julie’s family and friends could
do but pray and wait on what was described as “a poor prognosis”.
She was fighting for her life......
This is where you can really help. Julie, as a respected and loved
member of the Music Touring Community for decades, has not only lost
her career due to COVID but her entire industry has been destroyed.
Her medical bills are mounting and she is unemployed. Those of you in
the industry may have worked with her through her most recent gig as
Tour Accountant for Counting Crows, Tour Manager for Peppa Pig Live,
or any of the many tours over the years including Stone Temple Pilots,
Van Halen, Cristina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Maroon 5, Linkin Park,
Fresh Beat Band, John Cougar Mellencamp and so many others. And let’s
not forget her lifelong Best Friends from Westwood One Days and WBCN
Radio – specifically production of “Oedipus’ Nocturnal
Emissions” and the Listener Line.
Remember the iconic punk woman Jordan from the early
Punk days in London? She worked at McLaren's shop Sex
and was phoitographed with just about every punk rocker out there!!
She's still around!! She was recently interviewed by the folks at
Please Kill Me
Boston Hassle interviewed Sapling
this week. Sapling have produced some interesting post punk style material
lately. They remarked that after the Covid shutdown they hope that DIY
spaces proliferate rather than the music being linked to places that
sell alcohol. That’s always been an issue; when you have to be
of age to buy alcohol to get in the door that limits the younger audience;
that is a problem.
Interview here. You can see Sapling at The Jungle on 9/25.
The Nation has an article that takes you through
the main points of the book on punk called We’re Not
Here To Entertain by Kevin Mattson.
The book deals with punk politics starting in the Regan era. Punks had
a fixation on Regan, which you could tell with all those record sleeves
with caricatures of the president plastered over all of them.
Kevin dismisses early punk as ‘boomer punk’.
WTF??? We take umbrage to that but we admit early American
punk was not as politicized as say the Sex Pistols were. As the article
states: "Mattson’s book begins and ends with Cobain’s
death" Seriously?? Kurt Cobain?? Dude, Punk was founded on the
Sex Pistols and the Ramones THAT was punk
and you wouldn't have had those later years if it wasn't for the likes
of the Pistols, Ramones and Patti Smith!!
The review in the nation says that Mattson reviews the scenes in a
list of cities and one of those is Boston. It will be interesting to
read that eventually. Here's the article
in the Nation You can buy
the book on Amazon
The fascination with the Velvet Underground goes on
unabated. Now, 54 years after the release of their debut album, Verve
Records (the original Velvets label) is releasing a tribute album; I’ll
Be Your Mirror: A Tribute to The Velvet Underground & Nico,
with some notable musicians: Michael Stipe –
Sunday Morning, Kurt Vile & The Violators –
Run Run Run, Thurston Moore – Heroin, Courtney
Barnett – I’ll Be Your Mirror, Iggy Pop
– European Son and Matt Berninger’s doing “I’m
Waiting for the Man”, We’re not familiar with Berninger's
work in the Nationals but he manages to hold on to all its qualities.
That can be found embedded on the Consequence
web site that talks about this tribute album There’s also
a live version Berninger does on the Jimmy Fallon show which
can be found here
Gene Dante and The Future Starlets released a video
for their song “She’s Outside”. The visuals are as
glammy as the song is. It’s peppered with the glare of the striking
Gene Dante himself. This is the first single from Dante's
album DX/UX that will be released this fall. Here's
an article about it
It’s officially a thing: record companies celebrating their anniversary
with cover compilation albums. Last week it was 4AD,
this week it’s the Velvets tribute mentioned above and Jagjaguwar
with their 25th anniversary compilation Join the Ritual.
One unusual match they have is Bruce Hornsby taking on Dinosaur Jr’s
“Feel the Pain”!!! See the video above. We couple that with
the original Dinosaur Jr. video of the song beside it.
More details on Pitchfork
Did anyone other than Miss Lyn ever see the pre-punk glam band The
Harlots of 42nd Street??? They were contemporaries of the New
York Dolls and had many similarities with them and were active in NYC
in the pre-punk days of the seventies. Miss Lyn saw them a couple of
times at gay bar The Other Side, and some other Boston area clubs, way
before seeing the Dolls. The Harlots did release an album, Refuse
to Be Misused, back in the day. The master tapes have
been found and the album will be reissued!! There's no release date
for the album but they do have two songs from a 45 available on Bandcamp
"Cool Dude/Foxy Lady" b/w "Spray Pain Bandit" Listen
You can get an idea of the Harlots from the video above.
ONCE’s Boynton shows are getting lots of attention but they still
have some live streams happening. Last Thursday they had a concert with
Evil Felipe and Service.
Service had sharp and intense playing with much interaction
between the guitarists. It was a post punk sound and there was plenty
of dissonance in the interplay. The whole set comprised an enormous
amount of playing and they had it down. They must rehearse a lot. They
sound halfway between Gang of Four and Captain Beefheart. Even in a
live stream they made the music have impact.
Their latest release is a 5 song EP titled High Speed Vomit.
Evil Felipe concentrate on personal relationships
in their songs. That along with their very modern alt rock sound is
a template for delivering material today. To us they should be gaining
a big local following with a young audience. The material is first class.
Blowing Smoke With Twisted Rico has another behind
the scenes guy on the show this week. “Nite Bob”
Czaykowski has been a part of almost every phase of recording,
stage and promotion for 50 years. Groups he was involved with are the
Stooges, Dolls, Kiss, Aerosmith and Steely Dan. He shipped amps/drums
back and forth to Europe as excess baggage. Can’t do that now.
He talks about the situation with albums. To him there is no incentive
for a major group to record at this point.
The Chelsea Curve continue their winning streak of
singles with “Drag”. We're getting to a deeper appreciation
of Linda Bean Pardee’s voice with every one of
these single releases. Here it really kicks in with the chorus when
it sounds like she multi tracks the singing. It has a wonderful feeling
that goes even farther than it’s tunefulness. Then they coin the
word ‘draggermost’. There’s some Beatle references
here with tagging the ‘most’ at the end of the words, and
later in the lyrics, the phrase “eight arms to hold you”
which was the working title for the movie “Help!”.
This has been a spectacular run of songs from Chelsea Curve!!
We feel lucky at the BGN because The Bambies record
company keeps us posted on them. The second pre-release from their upcoming
album is also the title of the album, “Summer Soon”.
The group, from Quebec, says that summer is special for them, “
That feeling at the end of winter when the sun is out, the snow is melting
and last season’s accumulated garbage appears below! The feeling
They have a punky trashy sound that we love too. We’ve heard the
whole album and it’s 12 songs that blast the same way “Summer
The Jacklights now have their whole 5 song EP out
(on Red on Red). “Beach” and “Eat
the Young” have already been released.
They've made a name for themselves and they did it in this last year
of shutdown. Already the songs off this EP have been played on all the
regular local shows. Their sound and Nilagia’s
voice are becoming a recognizable trademark on their own.
The Jacklights lyrics can are clever and wry at points.
In “Monster” the singer is in love with a Frankenstein creation.
He is ugly but she knows his “insides are fine”. When the
monster breaks her heart she doesn’t worry, she’ll just
“dig another one up from the graveyard ”.
It’s been gratifying to see and hear the Dogmatics
in their second go around not just gigging but being creative with new
material on their 2019
EP She’s the One. Jerry
Lehane has also released some older
material on a five song EP. He then had a collaboration with Simone
Berk on “An
Irishman for Chrismas.” Now, he’s got another unexpected
pairing with Dicky Barrett of the Mighty Mighty
Bosstones with "The Drinking Life.”
The singers intone with world weariness. You can feel the weight of
The guitar is cutting with a lot of whammy bar giving shakiness to
the notes, as you can imagine the character of the song as an older
lifetime drinker, is maybe shaky too. Brilliant! This is just another
nugget in the continuing Rum Bar goldmine.
Here's some good shows coming up .....
August 3 (Tuesday) KCUF,
Loser's Circle, Taken By Vultures, Blame It On Whitman at the
August 5 (Thursday) No
Small Children, Thrust Club, Bad Larrys, Tiffy - ONCE Somerville
@ Boynton Yards - a 6PM show. FB
August 6 (Friday) The Furniture,
Today Junior, Children of the Flaming Wheel + special guests
Garden Party at O'Brien's
August 6 (Friday) End
of Summer All ages hardcore show with The Woods, Witchita
Hangman, Half Mast, Mont Clair, Rocket Gods and Loser
Birds,at the VFW post at 95 Essex St. Whitman, Ma - 6PM. FB
August 7 (Saturday) Nice
Guys, Zip-Tie Handcuffs, Boston Cream, Rick Rude at Once @
Boynton Yards a 6:30PM show.
August 7 (Saturday) The
Worst (featuring Dana Colley), Swivel at O'Brien's
August 11 (Wednesday) BE FINE!
featuring Sapling, John Powhida, Spotted Tiger, Yoni Gordon
at Once @ Boynton Yards
August 13 (Friday) Freezepop,
Brandie Blaze, Linnea's Garden, The Glitter Boys at The Sinclair
(Second show added due to overwhelming demand! 8/14 show is sold out!)
August 13 (Friday) Liz
Borden (w/Stormtress), Gene Dante & The Future Starlets, Little
Billy Lost at Once at Boynton Yards. 6PM Doors, Music at 7PM
August 14 (Saturday) The Indie
Rock Flea Market at Once @ Boynton Yards starting at Noon.
Tix are $15 in advance $20 day of. TONS of bands along with local vebdors
and food. More
info & tix here.
August 14 (Saturday) Double
Star Ep Release Show w/ Service, BAABES, Bad Sandy
at The Midway FB
August 14 (Saturday) The
Winter Project, A Bunch of Jerks, HIXX, Screwcart at The Jungle,
7:30 doors FB
August 14 (Saturday) Paper
Tigers, Luxury Deathtrap, Little Fuss, Papercage at O'Brien's
August 14 (Saturday) an evening
with legendary rocker Robin Lane in support of her
nonprofit Songbird Sings, which helps trauma survivors
heal through songwriting and music. Performers include: Kid
Gulliver, Justine and The Unclean, Nightspell,
The Jacklights ... and of course Robin Lane!
August 14 (Saturday) The
Backporch Carousel 7:30 PM at Herter Park Amphitheater, Allston
- with Linda Viens, Randy Black, Adam Sherman, Eric Martin,
Larry Dersch, Sarah Levecque, Peter Zarkadas, Lauren Parks
and Matt Gruenberg. More
info etc here.
August 14 (Saturday) Sidewalk
Driver, Freezepop, Worshipper at the Sinclair FB
August 14 (Saturday) The Mal
Thursday Quintet with special guests Tiger Bomb
at Sun Tiki Studios Portland, ME FB
August 18 (Wednesday) Possum
and Martin. Morrell, Fredette, The Chelsea Curve
and Tsunami of Sound at The Midway -a matinee show
August 19 (Thursday)Tsunami
of Sound, State of the Union, Disco Volante, Tsunami of Sound, The Only
Thing sat The Jungle.
August 20 (Friday) Red
on Red Records Presents Kameelah featuring Cruel Miracle,
Linnea's Garden, The Chelsea Curve and Cold Expectations!
at Once @ Boynton Yards - door at 6PM, music at 7PM!! Tickets
August 20 (Friday) Bonecrusher,
The Welch Boys, Riotgun at The Midway - doors are at 10PM.
August 20 (Friday) ROCK
THE LOT #3 with State of the Union! It's in
the parking lot of WATD 95.5 FM in Marshfield - FB
page with info.
August 21 (Saturday) The
Concerns, Crow Follow, The Skirts, Connor Storms - Matinee
show 3-7PM at The Midway
August 21 (Saturday) Mad
Painter, Penny Outlaw, Shotgun Waltz, Glowbox at The Midway
August 22 (Sunday) DNZL,
Urban Waste, Controlled Substance, Grip Bite doing a matinee
show at The Midway 3-7PM FB
August 27 (Friday) Future
Teens, Kitner, Color Killer at Once @ Boynton Yards 7PM music.
$15 advance / $18 day of show
August 28 (Saturday) Magen
Tracy & The Missed Connections, Lonely Leesa, Happy Little Clouds
at Once @ Boynton Yards 1-4PM!
August 28 (Saturday) Ray's
Occult, Coffin Salesman, CE Skidmore & the Damn Fine Band, Jeff
Bousquet at The Midway (night show)
August 29 (Sunday) Johnnie
G & The Royalty, Camelopard, The Stigmatics, Vanishing Point at
The Midway MATINEE show.
September 2 (Thursday) Public
Serpents, Threat Level Burgundy, Loser's Circle at O'Brien's
September 3 (Friday) Rebuilder,
Choke Up and Old Soul at the Sinclair - Tickets
September 3 (Friday) The
Zulus rescheduled show at The Paradise - doors 8PM, music 9PM.
September 4 (Saturday) Actor|Observer,
Girih, Dreamwell at O'Brien's
September 10 (Friday) The
DollyRots at the Middle East Up.
September 11 (Saturday) Rock
and Roll Yard Sale, Union Square, Somerville
September 11 (Saturday)Lovelorn, Biproduct, Betties, DJ set by Octalisk
We see that Tsunami of Sound has a poster for a show at Geno’s
Rock Club in Portland Me for September 24. We checked Geno’s Facebook
page https://www.facebook.com/genosportland/ and there’s no info
about the exact date of them starting up, but it must be coming.
September 11 (Saturday) Guided
by Voices at the Sinclair. Tickets.
September 12 (Sunday) Mark your
calendars! Frank Rowe's 70th Birthday Party featuring
Classic Ruins, Unnatural Axe, and friends (more info
soon) - at the Midway
September 16 (Thursday) Bob
Mould is at the Paradise - Tickets
September 17 (Friday) The
Dents, Duck and Cover, Fullmoon Vagrants, Deprogrammer Cult
at The Jungle FB
September 18 (Saturday) Martin,
Morell, Fredette are having a residency at The Midway. These
are early shows - 3-7PM
September 18 (Saturday) Michael
Kane & The Morning Afters, When Particles Collide, Adi Sun, Senseless
Optimism at Once @ Boynton Yards...dorrs 6- music at 7PM....TIX
September 18 (Saturday) Rockin
Bob Punk Band and Scotty Saints and the True Believers
at Ralph's Diner 8PM
September 19 (Sunday) It's the
return of Tubefest -New England Surf/Instro Showcase!
Lots of surf and instrumental bands for your enjoyment! Tubefest
Facebook page. This will be a matinee show - 3 to 7:30pm at the
Midway. Groups are Tsunami of Sound, The Weisstronauts, Max
Heaton and the Electric Heaters, The Malfunctions and the Tarantinos
(good name) from NYC.
September 24, 25 and 26The
New England Shake Up is back. The rockabilly festival will
happen this year in Framingham. The line-up of bands is way long. They
also have a picnic record party 11AM-4PM on Saturday the 25th with
Barrence Whitfield spinning vinyl. Get more
details and ticket info on their website.
September 25 (Saturday) Stop
Calling Me Frank, The Hi-End, The Idolizers, The Shang Hi-Lo's
at The Midway
September 25 (Saturday) The
Royal Arctic Institute Clamb, Home Despot, Sapling at The Jungle
September 30 (Thursday)
Nervous Eaters/Barrence Whitfield/Willie Loco and the Boom Boom Band/Carissa
Johnson at the Paradise . Get
October 2 (Saturday) Oh
the Humanity! record release show at O'Brien's
October 4 (Monday)Gary
Neuman at the Paradise Tickets
October 14 (Thursday) Ministry
at the House of Blues. Tickets
October 18 (Sunday) Martin,
Morell, Fredette are having a residency at The Midway - 3-7PM
October 22 & 23 (Friday & Saturday)The Town & The City Festival, Lowell. Music
by: Tanya Donelly & The Parkington Sisters, Robyn
Hitchcock, Screaming Females, Jon Langford & Friends, Will Dailey,
Damn Tall Buildings, Evolfo, Hilken Mancini & Chris Colbourn, Alisa
Amador, The Chelsea Curve, The Daylilies, The Shirts and Shoes, Daisybones,
blindspot, Divine Sweater, The Q-Tip Bandits, The Only Things, oldsoul,
and Brian Porter Hinkley. Website
for tix & info ... FB
October 24 (Sunday) Nervous
Dater, Good Looking Friends, Tatoonie Punk Scene at O'Brien's
October 27 (Wednesday) Richie
Ramone and Public Nature at Ralph's Diner
October 31 (Sunday)Dropkick
Murphys At Hogan's Run again 7-11PM...best Tessie costume wins
a free drinks bracelet for the night. FB
November 13 (Saturday)
Field Day (x-Dag Nasty), Moving Targets, Lenny Lashley's Gang of One
at the Middle East Up TIX!!
November 19 (Friday) Hardcore Stadium
and Grayskull Booking Presents: Slapshot - Celebrating 35 Years
of Hardcore Day 1- Stars & Stripes, Noi!se, COA,
Patriot, Violent Way at Sonia - (already sold out!!)
November 19 (Friday)Joan
Jet & the Blackhearts will be at the Chevalier Theatre
in Medford Square. Tickets.
November 20 (Saturday) Hardcore
Stadium and Grayskull Booking Presents: Slapshot - Celebrating
35 Years of Hardcore Day 2 -Slapshot, Sheer Terror,
Death Before Dishonor, Pummel, Count Time - at The Middle East
Down. (already sold out!!)
November 27 (Saturday)Dinosaur
Jr. at the House of Blues on Saturday Nov 27. Tix
We bring you into the Rat Room at the Hotel Commonwealth.
Jimmy Harlold invited a group of scene veterans. It was a Rat reuion
with lots of stories exchanged. Get to see the room and the people.........
It appeared before us like a chimera and it's
still growing...it's the Pipeline 25th Anniversary celebration.
We interview mastermind Bob Dubrow about his background and
search for what motivates him as well as Pipeline history and
The Boston punk community comes out for a good cause.
Neighborhoods, Upper Crust, Dents, Dogmatics, Roy Sludge Trio, Ed
Moose Savage, Downbeat 5 and Classic Ruins raise some money and
rock the house at......
Thank god for 110 Instamatics or we wouldn't have a lot of our early Boston punk photos. Kathy Flynn used hers to get some pics of the Rat and The Club and she sent them to us to share with you..........
One of the interesting things in the early days of Boston punk was seeing the attention grow around us. One watershed moment was when we heard that a Time Magazine reporter was going to visit the Rat. We didn't like the resulting article. But you can decide. Take a look at the ....
Punk started 25 years ago. Did any of us think we would ever make it this far? Probably not, that was punk; nihilistic, "no future!". Here is a place to remember, and give a moment of thought to, those who didn't make it
The minute she hit the scene she was every male punk's heart throb. She was beautiful. She had a winning personality. She had a ...well...a...glow. That could be my heart talking because I, Blowfish, confess: I too am Judy's love slave. We didn't just love Judy, we worshiped her. So, now all of us members of Judyism have somewhere to meet and offer our prayers of unrequited love.