Captain Easychord has two reports for us this week!!
One was a mostly hardcore show at the Middle East up.
It was West Coast’s Guttermouth along with Baabes,
The F.U.'s and Wimpy Rutherford.
Hit the photo link below for the full report.
He also took in the Hallapalooza in Lexington which was rescheduled
from earlier in the summer. That had a few opening acts that were followed by
a few Red on Red Records acts: Speedfossil, Justine & the Unclean,
Cold Expectations and the Andrea Gillis Band. Then
it was the Mach Bell Experience that made a big impression.
Mach now has another chapter in his musical career now after getting lots of
attention from his books and his promo appearances.
Hit the photo link below for the full report.
Frank Rowe posted that the Classic Ruins show
at the Midway last Saturday 9/24 was cancelled because he had Covid. It’s
a reminder, if one needs it, that Covid is still a concern.
Even though there still are deaths from Covid the concert scene is back to
pre Covid levels and even exceeding them.
Says the Washington Post 9/24/22.
““Everybody’s returned to pre-pandemic levels, across
all venues, from small clubs to stadiums and festivals,” a promoter
said. That’s true across the concert industry, according to Pollstar,
which collects box-office data nationwide. The average number of tickets
sold per show jumped above 2019 levels in the first half of this year,
the data showed.”
Although Classical music and Broadway attendance are 32 and 50 percent below
pre Covid levels respectively.
The New England Tiki Society are having a benefit for Brother Cleve’s
wife called A Toast for Brother Cleve. It’s Monday October
10 from 6 to 8pm at the Wusong Road Tiki bar in Cambridge (112 Mt. Auburn St
in Cambridge). For tickets or donations go to https://www.newenglandtikisociety.com/a-toast-to-brother-cleve
Stormstress has been nominated for four New England Music
Awards: Artist of the Year, Album of the Year (for Silver Lining), Hard Rock/Metal
Act for the year and Video of the Year. You can help them by voting here.
Also listed for Artist of the Year in the awards are Weakened Friends
and Paper Tigers. The Chelsea Curve are nominated
in New Act of the Year.
In the Punk Rock Act of the Year they have: Linnea’s Garden,
The Jacklights and the Chelsea Curve.
In Rock Act of the Year they have: Gymnasium, Weakened Friends,
and Dutch Tulips.
Andrea Gillis is in the Pop Act of the Year.
In Video of the Year they list “Quitter” by Weakened Friends
and “Goth Beach” by Walter Sickert & His Army of Toys.
Local coffee franchise named Pavement has a new blend called
The Rathskeller. That’s no coincidence, it’s about
“Inspired by people who live on their own terms, this is Pavement's Rathskeller.
No local rock club had a more notorious reputation than The Rathskeller. To
be young, free, and turning your finger up to authority in the 70s, 80s, and
90s was to find yourself in Kenmore Square when it was more sleazy than
A night at “The Rat” guaranteed loud, edgy, electrifying music
and people. Known equally for the music (think Thin Lizzy, Talking Heads,
and Pixies) and its wicked nasty scene, The Rat remains in infamy for
a generation of Bostonians."
We hope it doesn’t have the distinctive bouquet of the club!
The Dropkick Murphys have announced their St Patrick’s
day shows. You know if they've announced it, the tickets are probably gone now.
In any case the shows are going to be in two clubs. One will be at the new MGM
Music Hall and the other in the House of Blues on March 17 to 19.
It’s the album that won’t stay down. That would be Big
Star’s #1 Record. It’s loved to death by pop aficionados
and influential in inverse proportion to its popularity. Maybe one of the best
things about it is that some people just don’t get it. “What is
it about that record,” they ask?
Well for those that know a road trip might be in store for you. They have a
dream band line up going out on tour to play the #1 Record. The band includes
Chris Stamey (dB's), Mike Mills (REM), Jon Auer (The Posies)
and Pat Sansone (Wilco/The Autumn Defense),
The tour is: 11/30 - Athens, GA, 12/3 - Memphis, TN - 12/4 - Jersey City, NJ
- 12/6 - Philadelphia, PA - 12/7 - Washington, DC -12/9 - Carrboro, NC.
Brooklyn Vegan also reports that they are going to reissue the 1994
first Punk-O-Rama compilation album on cassette. Those compilations
were everywhere for a decade. They got up to #10 in the series.
The albums represent the punk music of their time. Volume one has:
Descendents, Rancid, T.S.O.L., NOFX, Down By Law, Poison Idea, Bad Religional and the New Bomb Turks. More
on the Brooklyn Vegan website along with photos of the new merch
Artist Amber Rose Tortorelli of Sapling has
an art exhibit in Worcester. There was a big write up in the Worcester Mag website
on the show. The name of the exhibit is 'Mani(a)c'. Amber has mental illness
issues and her art deals with that. The exhibit has everything from a typewriter
to a video of shadow puppets.
The story gives Amber enough space to explain what she is doing. Read
Steve Diggle has kept the Buzzcocks going since the death
of Pete Shelley in 2018. The group now has a new album, Sonics
in the Soul, the first since 2014.
The first song/video released is “Manchester Rain”. He’s
decided not to try to artificially write in the Buzzcock’s vein. “Manchester
Rain” has some sections that recall the buzz guitar but mostly goes its
own way. See the video above.
The album is now on Bandcamp. It’s much like the single, it’s not
the Buzzcocks as they were, but the album is good in its own way. Diggle's
voice is nasal like Pete’s was and it sounds very English.
Jeff Hudson has a bunch of new video/songs on his YouTube
channel. One that we liked was titled “Hey You”. Video is above left.
It seems nice and calm but then it has a creepy quality to it. What’s
with the ‘little creatures’ and going to the zoo? Then there is
the very obvious song “Bullshit” that captures that idea. The video is above right.
Jeff has been doing this for decades. The synth sounds have a retro quality
to them that’s appealing but it’s also new material that has current
concerns going for it.
Blowing Smoke with Twisted Rico interviews Mike Nash
who is a drummer for Bird Language. Their album got sidetracked
by Covid, sidetracked for 625 days which is the name of the album. Because of
the vinyl backlog they elected to release their album on cassette.
Bird Language does something different with this album. The music hangs
in the air sometimes even as there are some heavy tonalities. We fouond
This is another case of finding some new music on this podcast.
We heard of Move when they were mentioned in an article on
Actor\Observer. The group was formed to articulate the black
experience in Hardcore.
Their name comes from the group in Philadelphia that got bombed by the police
in 1985. The Proletariat named their last
album for that some movement. In February of 2021 they released a 5 song
EP, Freedom Dreams. The music is politically charged
and the music is pounding hardcore. It recalls Bad Brains.
We’ve seen Screw Cart get better and better with time.
Their last few singles have been very effective. The last song “Foot Washer”
was very intense. Now they release “Anibus” and this one is just
They have it all together here. The lyrics are warning of the antics of Anibus
the Egyptian god of the dead. He has they head of the dog as the lyrics say.
That also leads to the line “ the jackal cackles raising hackles.”
Mark Kennedy imbues every word with menace. The music is a
pulsating mass below the vocals. There are all sorts of effects on the guitars.
They squeal and swoop in and out. Near the end it sounds like a vibraphone line,
but that may be done with a keyboard?
This song alone with “Foot Washer” sounds EPIC!
Geoff Palmer has released the whole of his cover of the Dee
Dee Ramone solo album Standing in the Spotlight.
Geoff’s cover did its job with us, it made us appreciate Dee Dee’s
creation. The album has some daredevil mash ups. “Mash Potato Time”
is a combo of the sixties dance music with rap. “Brooklyn Babe”
is similar. What an idea ... and it works!
“Emergency” is just a neat pop punk song.
There are songs that are rap with the rock below it. “Poor Little Rick
Girl” is sort of rap, but not too rap, with a great chorus. “Commotion
On the Ocean” is more punk.
Listening to this we get what Dee Dee was doing as we hear Palmer stamp it
with his musicality. It’s a wonderful mix.
They are on the verge of releasing an album. “Voyager of a Daydream”
is a heavy psych tune. The recording has a lot of depth to it and the singing
gives a sense of import to the lyrics. There are a ton of people trying to do
psych, you have to have the chops to distinguish yourself and this group does.
If the rest of the album is of this caliber they have a winner!
FEEP is a group that formed during Covid. They discovered
their sound as they started to play together.
There’s some electronics that go 50/50 with the guitar work. It sounds
a bit cheesy and garage-y which is a good mix for us.
And yes, FEEP was that macrocephalic alien that introduced monster movies on
TV way back when.
They are playing the Hambone Skinny Record Release with Jay
Allen & The Archcriminals and The Hi-End, at The
Midway on October 8th.
Key of Caustic have a new single titled “Pretty Little
Suicide”. It’s a neat hunk of good sounding punk. We like the vocal
and the sound of the guitars. It’s a fast 2:18, as it fades we just pushed
that slider to the beginning again. Very cool.
Little Billy Lost, that line up of veteran rockers,
has a new tune out titled “Whiskey Pointe”. Everything is
measured and controlled to deliver its maximum effect. You can appreciate
the knowledge these guys bring to the table. James Melanson’s
vocals are the most obvious thing that hits you, but then you can hear
the rest of the band doing their welll executed thing.
The band is slowly building up their catalog of songs. When that 12
cut album comes out it’s going to be a killer.
Here's some good shows coming up .....
September 26, 2022 (Monday)Mallcops,
Cape Crush, Seltzers, Going222jail at the Silhouette Allston
September 29, 2022 (Thursday)Key
of Caustic is playing the Boston MiniFest at Sonia on 9/29, doors 6pm.
September 29, 2022 (Thursday)Early
Exit, Paper Tigers, Long Autumn, Robotic Hawks - Middle east Up.
September 29, 2022 (Thursday) Mairead,
Alaskas, Johnnie and the Foodmasters, Bradford Barker & Unwavering Beacon
of Righteousness at The Jungle FB
page for band info
September 29, 2022 (Thursday)The
Modern Day Idols, Tad Overbaugh & the Late Arrivals at Notch Brighton
September 30, 2022 (Friday) Crow
Follow Record Release Party with: The Daylilies and
The Jacklights at The Square Roots, Roslindale.
September 30, 2022 (Friday)McGunks,
West Side Rats, D.O.P., Golly Geewillikers, Kermits Finger at Ralph's
Diner in Worcester
October 1, 2022 (Saturday) Benefit for
Pine St. Inn ft. The Welch Boys w/ Chris Doherty, Nothing But Enemies,
The Hagglers, Guns of Brighton at The Midway - get
October 1, 2022 (Saturday)
A Wilhelm Scream, Oh The Humanity at the Middle East Down
October 1, 2022 (Saturday)WhistleStop
Rock, Linnea's Garden, Justine and The Unclean, Kid Gulliver, The Chelsea Curve
at The Jungle
October 1, 2022 (Saturday) Rocktoberfest
At the Marina Beer Garden - Michael Kane & The Morning Afters,
Motel Black, Radio Compass, Evil Felipe, Pet Fox, Hyber, Prateek at
225 Derby St Salem - music 3-10PM, food trucks, all ages etc... FB
October 1, 2022 (Saturday) Octoberfest
at Dusk with a Full day/night of live music. Indoor and outdoor stages.
Bands/Food/Drinks/Vendors. Bands: Vudu Sister, Jade Tourniquet, Brown
Apples, Joy Boys, DNR, Minibeast, Paranoid Android, LooksThat Kill, Parapalegic,
Ski Bunny, Atlantic Thrills, Joudy Ju, Northeast Traffic - starts at
2PM and goers all day and night. FB
October 3, 2022 (Monday) Rick
Berlin, Eastern Function(PA), GLiDER & Bill
2 @ The Silhouette Lounge, Allston, MA ...starts at 7:30.
October 5, 2022 (Wednesday) Dr.
John Cooper Clarke at City Winery
October 7, 2022 (Friday) At the Midway. Oh this one is
NOT TO BE MISSED!!! Danzig in the Moonlight - Come on down
to this burlesque and drag tribute to everyone's favorite grouchy horror punk
grandpa- Glenn Danzig. Misfits! Samhain! Danzig! A lot of VERY questionable
comics and two ???movies??? came from this absolute New Jersey weirdo's lil'
brain, and we both love and will give him grief for it. Featuring Dahlia Strack, Lucifer Christmas, Hazel Hellcat
Ivana, Ophelia Orchid, Dyke Van Dick, AND MORE TBA Read
more on the FB page.
October 7, 2022 (Friday)Joan Jett
Birthday show with Anrea Gillis & Friends and
Sue Minichiello & friends doing everything Joan Jett. At
October 8, 2022 (Saturday)Phantom
Ocean, The Guilloteenagers, The Teezers. Electric Paisan for a 3PM
matinee at The Midway
October 8, 2022 (Saturday)Hambone
Skinny Record Release with Jay Allen & The Archcriminals,
The Hi-End, FEEP at The Midway 8PM show
October 8, 2022 (Saturday)Roger
Miller will be performing some of Dream Interpretation
at the Lilypad Facebook
October 8, 2022 (Saturday)Captain
Vampire at The Square Root
October 9, 2022 (Sunday)Plymouth
Punk Rock Market at Mayflower Brewing in Plymouth Mass. 12-5PM -JK
and Macky, formerly of Wicked Whiskey will be playing acoustic punk
covers. now there are over 40 vendors booked for October. FB
page for info, vendors etc.
October 9, 2022 (Sunday) L7: Bricks
Are Heavy 30th Anniversary at Big Night Live FB
October 9, 2022 (Sunday)Brix 'N'Mortar,
Cry Havoc, Triggered, Blood Stained Brindle, Grip Bite at Dusk in Provi.
October 10, 2022 (Monday)Husbands,
Today Junior, Motel Black at The Silhouette Lounge Allston
October 11, 2022 (Tuesday) Lion's
Law, Violent Way, Blood Stained Brindle, Battery March at Sonia -
October 11, 2022 (Tuesday) Agent
Orange, Midnight Creeps and Gnarnia at Alchemy in
Provi, RI FB
October 14, 2022 (Friday) Shakedown
at the Shaskeen - Scissorfight returns to the stage
with Drunk off diesel and Humanoids. at the
Shaksheen Pub Manchester, NH
October 15, 2022 (Saturday) Speed
Fossil are at The Square Root
October 15, 2022 (Saturday) Third
Annual Punktoberfest at Thirsty First in Lowell...Razors In
The Night, The Fake Boys, SkyTigers, Taken By Vultures, Diablogato, Warthog,
Chumhuffer, Working Poor USA, The Downhauls, Hagglers, Baabes, CE Skidmore And
The Damn Fine Band ... FB
October 15, 2022 (Saturday) ROCKTOBER GARAGE
& SOUL REVUE with Barrence Whitfield & Four Piece Suit, Nervous
Eaters, Tiger Bomb at Geno, Portland, ME FB
October 16, 2022 (Sunday) Already
Dead, Moving Targets, Bad Idea USA, Shiny Beasts - 3PM matinee at The
October 17, 2022 (Monday) Gollylagging,
Kerosene Heights, Tatooine Punk Scene at The Silhouette Lounge Allston
October 20, 2022 (Thursday) Tsunami
of Sound, U-Ey at the Buoy, Josephine With a Cause at Notch Brewery
October 20, 2022 (Thursday) June
of 44, The Thalia Zedek Band at The Middle East Down
October 21, 2022 (Friday)Key of
Caustic at The Square Root.
October 21, 2022 (Friday)Stars
Like Ours, Gene Dante & The Future Starlets, Paper Tigers at Faces
October 23, 2022 (Sunday) Dead
Boys with The Briefs and Suzi Moon
has been moved to Alchemy. FB
October 28, 2022 (Friday)FEAR
performing The Record in its entirety at The Middle East Down
- FB page.
October 29, 2022 (Saturday)Red
on Red Dress Like a Rock Star Halloween Party with Stupidity
(from Sweden) with Keith Streng from the Fleshtones, Cold Expectations,
Andrea Gillis, Justine & The Unclean and Speedfossil
- at the French Club in Waltham. FB
October 29, 2022 (Saturday)Tiffy,
Divine Sweater, Kipani, Paper Tigers at O'Brien's
October 30, 2022 (Sunday)The Manglers,
The New Frustrations, The Instamatics, Charmed & Strange -3PM matinee
at The Midway
November 2, 2022 (Wednesday) River
Of Trees, Black Helicopter, Accidental Caps, Tower Brothers at The
November 5, 2022 (Saturday) The
Mahones, The Pourmen, The Gobshites at Askew in Provi.
November 7, 2022 (Monday)Starcrawler at The Brighton Music Hall - this
is all ages and EARLY at 6:30PM TIX.
November 11, 2022 (Friday) Hardcore
Stadium Presents: Wound Man, Tinnitus, Robert Siege, Hideous, Shawnie Brando,
Strictly Hip Hop, Sinister Wand, Operation Paperclip, Biproduct at
The Middle East Down. Doors at 5 PM.
November 11, 2022 (Friday) Speed
Fossil are at Sally O'Brien's
November 11, 2022 (Friday) The
Teezers, The JackLights, Phantom Ocean, Key of Caustic at The Jungle
November 11, 2022 (Friday) Hardcore
Stadium Presents : Wound Man, Tinnitus, Robert Siege, Hideous, Shawnie Brando,
Strictly Hip Hop, Sinister Wand, Operation Paperclip, Biproduct at
The Middle East Down
November 12, 2022 (Saturday) SO/CAL
Punk Invasion 2022- Black Flag, The Dickies, TSOL, Total Chaos at The
Granite State Music Hall Laconia, NH -
November 16, 2022 (Wednesday) Youth
of Today, Art Thieves, ICU at The Middle East Down TIX!!
November 17, 2022 (Thursday) The
Thigh Scrapers, Mad Painter, Doug MacDonald Band, The Stigmatics at
The Middle East Up.
November 19, 2022 (Saturday)A
Crash Course For The Ravers on WMFO
91.5 FM has Mach Bell as guest. 10AM- 1PM
November 19, 2022 (Saturday)Men
and Volts at The Square Root
November 20, 2022 (Sunday)Hardcore Stadium presents - The Trouble
at the Middle East Down (alas this show is sold out)
November 25, 2022 (Friday) Grayskull Booking
& Hardcore Stadium present Slapshot, Crown of Thornz, Risk, Neighborhood
Shit at The Middle East Down
November 26, 2022 (Saturday)Stars
& Stripes, The Prowlers, Cinderblock, Luger at Sonia
November 26, 2022 (Saturday)Dinosaur
Jr., Guided by Voices and Eugene Mirman are at the
House of Blues -FB
December 17, 2022 (Saturday)New
England Punk Rock Flea Market presents our inaugural live event, happening
here at the historic Hotel Vernon, located in the vibrant and
newly revitalized Kelly Square. Join us for a fun day of vendors and bands,
a toy drive, and holiday raffles! 11AM - 9PM Music at 7PM -Music 7PM with Michael
Kane (solo), Scare City, Sapling, Memory LameFB
page for vendor info etc
December 17, 2022 (Saturday)The
Lemonheads are playing the Paradise
December 18, 2022 (Sunday)The
Lemonheads are playing a seco0nd show the Paradise - Facebook
October 11, 2023 (Wednesday) The
Mission UK & The Chameleons: Deja Vu Tour
2022 Rescheduled to 2023!!! also on the bill Theatre of Hate
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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 ....
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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.