Cantab has new owner and we hope Mickey
Well...things are really opening up now. There are outside shows and
even inside shows!! The Midway has brought its calendar
back to life ... and there are gigs schedules. Once has
several shows at Boynton Yards lined up. The Jungle
has inside and outside shows. The Linnea’s Garden
show at the Jungle on Friday that was sold out practically
as soon as it was booked! it was moved inside and more tickets were
released for sale. That’s the way things are going. YES!! We'll
see how this all pans out. Hopefully we will get back to some semblance
The Cantab has been bought by a long time Cantab fan
Tim Dibble. That means things will stay basically the same ... we hope.
No mention of any drastic action the new owner may make, no mention of
Club Bohemia or Mickey Bliss.
The new article said: “[Dibble] is very adamant about continuing
a long-standing tradition of local and creative endeavors at the Cantab,
including the Boston Poetry Slam, a weekly bluegrass series and other
activities which provide a venue for the promotion of the arts,”
Barnosky said. It will be “a place where the independent musicians
and artists within Cambridge can congregate, create and perform, all
of which had been a constant of the Cantab.”
There were more good words from Michael Cronin who
will be the acting manager. “It’s a privilege,” Cronin
said. “I would really just want to revive the Cantab … and
hopefully be able to not skip a beat, even though it’s been a
tough, tough past year and a half.”
Another reassuring quote from Dibble was in the WBUR story: “It’s
going to be what it was before.” He does mention - new bathrooms!
The WBUR website zeroed in on the Midway
this week. They spoke with owner Jay Balerna. These club
owners really have been put through the mill. We all know the money crunch
they're in and Jay outlines some of what he's gone through. The Midway
has been proactive with the live streams and it looks like they will make
it through but they still will owe money that will take years to recoup.
Sobering stuff. We appreciate business people like Joe and the sacrifices
they are going though. Read
The line up for this year is: 6pm Beware The Dangers Of A Ghost Scorpion,
7pm Crow Follow, 8pm Margaret Garrett of Mr Airplane Man, 9pm Atlantic
Thrills and a Bonfire down the beach after the show. There’s camping
at Wellfleet Hollow State Campground (508) 349-3007 about 2 miles away.
it's Free. All ages. Bring a chair. Bring a cooler.
Now, it’s funny: the band Beware the Dangers of a Ghost Scorpion
were wearing masks on stage as part of their show before the pandemic.
We found this art/music/poetry video above fascinating: art by
Gerhard Richter, music is by Patti Smith and
John Cage and the poetry by Smith.
The paintings as a group are called ‘the Cage paintings”.
They look like faded fabrics or weather worn walls. The colors are subdued.
There are vertical and horizontal sweeps to them. They look both minimal
and heavily worked at the same time. The distressed look is not unlike
much punk artwork.
Patti reads from her notebook about creativity in front of the painting
whose gray color echos her gray hair. She also comments on the paintings.
Having the art and the live performances in front is very satisfying
when you have people and art of this quality.
Stupidity from Sweden have played Boston a few times.
John Keegan caught them at Store
in 2016. They have a new video of a song called “Stupid Like
Me”. (That sounds like the first song they should have written.)
The video features a recognizable face to us - Keith Streng
from The Fleshtones. The song, like “Shit for
Brains”, is something us low achievers can cheer for. The band
says they will have a new album later this year, they've recorded 20
songs with Keith Streng.
There’s probably a lot of videos of The Ramones,
but we still say this one is worth watching. It’s from 2004 and
is now on YouTube. It’s their story, with the Ramones telling
a lot of it through interviews. They have all the main characters you
expect. They have Joe Strummer talking about their first show in England.
Someone who heard the first Ramones’ album says, “that immediately
made half my record collection obsolete”. So true.
Maddie from Stormstress, photo to the right, revealed on
Facebook that she is going to have brain surgery at Mass General on
June 16. We send her best wishes!!
You think it would be a crazy rocker but the song “High as Johnny
Thunders” is a slow ballad by Chuck Prophet.
Listen on YouTube
Juliana Hatfield continues her live streams from Q
Division. This Saturday June 19 she will perform her whole album Beautiful
Mitch Easter talks about recording REM’s
first record, Radio Free Europe forty years
ago in his garage on the Music
Larry Newman has so far recorded these artists for the next ASA tribute
CD: Kenne Highland’s Air Force, Emily Grogan,
Trick Wallace Trio, Sandy Martin,
John Felice, Willie Loco Alexander,
Jonathan Paley and more…
Peppermint Kicks is a new band with members Dan
Kopko, Sal Baglio and Chris Anazlone. They
have a video on their Facebook page that gives some samples from an
album that will be streaming fully on July 23. It sounds like Dan and
Sal were good songwriting partners. The results seem like a 50/50 mix
of the duo. The video has 50’s and 60’s imagery and the
songs sound like that era also. The Facebook page for Peppermint
Friday, June 18th Bandcamp is donating 100% of their
share of sales to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, a racial justice organization
with a long history of effectively enacting change through litigation,
advocacy, and public education. This would be a time to buy some music
from your favorite group: Bandcamp.
U-ey at the Buoy, Bob Cenci’s
side band, does their blues thing with their new video “Don’t
Wait a Single Minute”. You can view
Blowing Smoke with Twisted Rico had three guests
this week members of 50ft. Furies, Tracey Noel
and Susan Lutin, are interviewed. Like Martin
and Rick Harte from last week these women have a lot of vitality and
opinions and the talk pours out effortlessly. There is some political
talk and catching up with side groups.
Crow Follow keep it slow and moody and way way low.
No one does the low thing better than Keegan on sax
these days. The song is about the trouble “spirit tribes”
(native Americans) have been have been subject to.
Here's some good shows coming up
(live stream and actually LIVE!! .....
June 17 (Thursday)M8 with Motel Black - this
is a LIVE show 40 people - Max. Masks and social distancing required
June 17 (Thursday) Color
Killer at Union Common Marlborough Ma @ 7PM. outdoor show.
June 18 (Friday) Kid Gulliver
“Gimme Some Go!” EP Release/Video Show - at Dusk in Provi,
RI. ...this is an EARLY 2PM !!!! FB
June 18 (Friday) E
w/ Omoo Omoo at Nova Arts in Keene, NH. FB
June 18 (Friday) Kid Gulliver
has a video Record Release Party. To view check thier Facebook
June 19 (Saturday) The
Jacklights and Double Star Live stream from
The Midway Cafe FB
June 19 (Saturday) Diablogato,
Brunt of It, Neutral Nation and Michael Kane & TMAs at Dusk
for an outside show - doors 6PM.
June 24 (Thursday) This should
sell out fast – Tommy Stintson of the Replacements
will be doing an outside house show in Mansfield, MA on June 24 with
his current duo set up called Cowboys in the Campfire.
June 24 (Thursday) Adapter
Adapter, Rawstrum,Waiver Wire at The Midway - a LIVE night
time show! set
times on FB page.
June 26 (Saturday) Rockin
the Dunes is on! Atlantic Thrills (9pm),
Margaret Garrett (8pm), Crow Follow (7pm), Beware
The Dangers Of A Ghost Scorpion (6pm) ... and a bonfire on the
beach after the show. at Whitecrest Beach Parking Lot, Wellfleet Ma Cape
July 3 (Saturday) Doug
MacDonald Band, Double Barrell, The Thigh Scrapers, The Bind
at The Midway - this is a LIVE in person show!! 8-1AM. FB
July 17 (Thursday) Thalia
Zedek is celebrating the 20th anniversary of her first solo
album Been Here and Gone by performing the entire album at
the Midway. Also on the bill will be Richie Parsons and
Eric Martin. 6:30 doors…The FB
July 23 (Friday) At The Breakaway
in Danvers Guns of Brighton as special guest in a Motley
Crue tribute show.
July 30 (Friday) Motel
Black, Gene Dante & TFS, M8, The Jacklights are at Ralph's
July 31 (Saturday) Walter
Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys (Matinee)
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm - ONCE Somerville @ Boynton Yards.
July 31 (Saturday) Walter
Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys - 6:30 pm - 11:59 - ONCE
Somerville @ Boynton Yards.
August 5 (Thursday) No
Small Children, Thrust Club, Bad Larrys, Tiffy - ONCE Somerville
@ Boynton Yards - a 6PM show.
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 14 (Saturday) The
Winter Project, A Bunch of Jerks, HIXX, Screwcart at The Jungle,
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 Mal
Thursday Quintet with special guests Tiger Bomb
at Sun Tiki Studios Portland, ME FB
August 20 (Friday) Bonecrusher,
The Welch Boys, Riotgun at The Midway
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 11 (Saturday) Guided
by Voices at the Sinclair. Tickets.
September 12 (Sunday) Mark your
calendars! Frank Rowe's 70th Birthday Party featuring
Classic Ruins and friends (more info soon) - at the
September 16 (Thursday) Bob
Mould is at the Paradise - Tickets
September 18 (Saturday) Martin,
Morell, Fredette are having a residency at The Midway. These
are early shows - 3-7PM
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 an afternoon/early evening show
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 30 (Thursday)
Nervous Eaters/Barrence Whitfield/Willie Loco and the Boom Boom Band/Carissa
Johnson at the Paradise . Get
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 31 (Sunday)Dropkick
Murphys At Hogan's Run again 7-11PM...best Tessie costume wins
a free drinks bracelet for the night. FB
November 19 (Friday)Joan
Jet & the Blackhearts will be at the Chevalier Theatre
in Medford Square. Tickets.
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.