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The Mess Around
I'm Not Gone Vol II artists visit the Mess-Arouond
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Captain Easychord went to the special edition of the Mess-Around on Sunday, 11/21/21 at the Plough & Stars: "The Salute to Boston Rock'n'Roll" the first part of the evening was your regular Mess Around with Justine's Black Threads and Mach Bell as a special guest. The latter half was about musicians who've recorded songs for the Asa Brebner tribute album I’m Not Gone Vol II, put together by Larry Newman. That even drew out the Rat owner Jimmy Harold.

Jimmy and Jan
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Mach Bell
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Mach Bell put down his book and picked up a guitar and did some rocking because, ya know ... he’s gotta rock! Robin Lane did some “rich, soulful songs” reports Captain Easychord.

The club was packed and the stage too. Others that played are: Randy Black, Linda Viens, Billy Connors, Charles Hanson, Frank Rowe, Mike Quirk, Kenne Highland, Garret Vandermolen, McGregor McGehee and George Hall. Read all Captain Easychord’s review and see all the photos on Easychord’s page by clicking the photo link below.

The Mess Around by Easychord

Moving Targets are ramping up to do their next album In the Dust. Their last two albums Wires and Humbucker were superb.

Moving Targets In the DustYou can support them and be one of the first to get the next album by pledging on their Kickstarter page. They start recording in March of 1922 in Baltimore.

Record Store Day happened last Friday ... Decibel magazine has a bleak look at the whole affair. They have a lot of issues. One is that the major labels got into this quickly and screwed it up. We know that some opportunists just scarf up the limited releases and then head to EBay. Decibel says that the record stores themselves sell on EBay. On top of all this, vinyl pressing plants have a backlog that’s only getting longer.

But let’s not get too depressed. Vinyl came back on its own. People just wanted it. It’s not often that happens. Vinyl makes us feel good.

Read the article in Decibel magazine

In the Shadows You have to have a good memory for this ... the first issue of Take It magazine had a red flexi disc with the song “It’s Up To You” by the Trademarks. We always loved that piece of pop gold. The good news is that recently the song was released on a comp titled Standing in the Shadows Vol 2. The bad news is that it’s sold out.

You can hear "It's Up To You" on YouTube

Also featured on the album is the Hot Dates (Rock n’ Roll Rumble contenders in 1980) and The Sighs. The album and other volumes in the series are on the Mean Bean Records website


The Big Balloon is Rick Berlin’s second book. It’s a sort of pastiche: an autobiography, artistic reflections, sexploits and band stories. Most chapters begin with a piece of art or household item that Rick will comment on and if that leads to a story from his life, he goes there.

The BIg Balloon Things fill in as you go along. Rick relates happenings in Orchestra Luna, Berlin Airlift, The Shelly Winters Project, and The Nickel & Dime Band. Rick is a mainstay in Jamaica Plain and he has stories (and songs) of the hood and the Jamaica Plain Festival that he helped create. He had a long employment at Doyle’s. Some to the parts we found most intriguing were, not surprising, about Orchestra Luna. The band got attention from record companies and played CBGB’s and interacted with Danny Fields.

The eBook edition is interactive in the sense that it has links to songs and videos from Rick, as he talks about what and who they are about. This is an enormous help in understanding and appreciating the songs.

Early in the book tells of a friend who relates a story about his roommate Machiko who he’d never seen eat, among other things. Rick took the words of the story verbatim and that become the song “Machiko”. Then you go to the link provided and hear the song. It has an amazing arrangement, and that’s the thing with Rick it’s not just the song, there’s always an arrangement. In this case it’s played by some proficient musicians. Knowing how he got the lyrics makes the unconventional vocal make sense. This happens a lot in the book which is reason to read the eBook version. This is one of the obvious ways to utilize the eBook connection to the web but so few books take advantage of it.

Rick is prolific. He has 34 albums on his Bandcamp page. The Demos album alone has 168 songs. That’s why in the book when he mentions any person or club or situation he probably links to a song about it.

Rick has really done this right. He’s exercised his artistic spirit in the writing, explained his lifestyle and community (Jamaica Plain), told much about his colorful life and shown how his music directly links to his experiences.
Rick will be performing at The Midway on Sat Dec 18th at 8:00pm

Information on how to get the book is on Rick’s website


Tommy White of Unnatural Axe posted Chapter 8 in his ongoing documentary on Zoom. The phenomenon of the Zoom Rap is featured this week.


Ron on the Late Risers Club always has a show worth catching. There are always a few things that jump out. This week the cover of The Boys' “First Time” by GeeTeeVee was the one. The cover is rawer and punkier than the original. It works for us.

Skybar will have a call in interview with Michael Kane (and the morning Afters). He'll talk about his new release on State Line Records. We spotlighted the Morning After’s new song “Tear This World Apart” a few weeks ago. Michael Kane & The Morning Afters on bandcamp.

Skybar’s Rising show is on WMFO on Tuesday nights from 8 to 9pm.


We like our metal done up Il Mostro style ... We like the way they put some punk in it..We didn’t know they had a new EP, Occult Practices, till Joanie Lindstrom played it on the Late Risers Club this week!!

It doesn’t take much more than the first song on the EP, “Firewitch” to set your speakers on fire. It comes with a video too. They also cover T.S.O.L.’s song BlackMagic!! Il Mostro will be at The Midway for a matinee show on January 22.

We love getting a new track from Adventure Set. They evoke everything good about mid-eighties electro pop. The new song “Narcoleptic” moves smooth and graceful. It’s easy to fall under its spell and we did.

Joey Ramone’s brother, Mickey Leigh, wrote the book I Slept with Joey Ramone. Mickey’s a NYC mainstay, he was also in the Rattlers. Now his band Mickey Leigh's Mutated Music has a new album, Variants of Vibe. Six of the 14 songs are pre-released on Bandcamp. You would think maybe it would ape the Ramones sound, but he doesn’t do that. The band sound is clearer and goes for more nuance than bashing. We can hear Who and Jam in the guitar attack.

“Brave New World” has some New Orleans style horns. “Lost in Space” is the song that gets closest to the Ramones style.

We’ll direct you to “No Fun Anymore” which has that Who/Jam sound going for it.

I Slept with Joey Ramone is also being made into a movie featuring Pete Davidson of SNL. It's being produced by Netflix in partnership with STX, and has the support of the Estate of Joey Ramone. There's no release date as yet but that should be a good one to watch!!

Here's some good shows coming up .....

Freeloader November 30 (Tuesday) The Labor Pains, Disqualifier, Tensor, Bad Sandy, The Lost Boys at The Midway. FB page

December 3 (Friday) Kurt Baker, The Fatal Flaw, Dutch Tulips at The Jungle

December 3 (Friday) Planet Mercury, Super Pink and Chris Walton at Club Bohemia

December 4 (Saturday) The Imposers, Witches Tears, Jerry's Got Jokes, Blame It on Whitman, Beyond Agitation - 3PM Matinee Show at The Midway

December 4 (Saturday) Hunter, Melt, Faith and GingerIbex at Club Bohemia

December 5 (Sunday) Benefit for Pine St. Inn with Lenny Lashley's Gang of One, Jesse Ahern, Wicked Whiskey - 3PM Matinee Show at The Midway

December 9 (Thursday) North by North, /Kid Gulliver, Motel Black, Lily Black @ O'Briens

December 10 (Friday) Live Skull w/ Thalia Zedek Band at the Midway - night show

December 10 (Friday) Boston Hassle Benefit Show with HiFi, Scare City, Rusty Mullet, Exit 18 at O'Brien's

Toys for Tots December 11 (Saturday) ONCE Somerville & Boynton Yards present: Winter Fest at Boynton Yards - starts at 11AM. FB page for more info.

December 11 (Saturday) The Hi-End, Tim McCoy's Rock Quartet, Freeloader - Middle East Up - starts at 12:30PM!! FB page.

December 11 (Saturday) Toys For Tots Benefit with The Welch Boys, Loser's Circle, Michael Kane & the Morning Afters, Grip Bite at The Midway - 3PM matinee show. FB page.

December 11 (Saturday) Kids Like You & Me Christmas Special featuring Johnnie & The Foodmasters at Club Bohemia

December 11 (Saturday) Charmed & Strange, Linnea's Garden, Sapling, Pitstain at The Midway - FB page.

December 11 (Saturday) A Krampus Xmas Celebration! Special Guest Hostess: Kristen Eck of BumbleBee Radio! and Motel Black, Little Billy Lost, Gretchen Shae & the Middle Eight @ KOTO in Salem, MA!- FB page. *You will need a Vax card or proof of a negative test.

December 11 (Saturday)The Feldons with Tiger Bomb & The Chelsea Curve at Sun Tiki Studios Portland, ME FB page.

Thrash and Band Christmas Party December 12 (Sunday) Thrash ‘n Bang Christmas Party/ 10th Anniversary Party with Stop Calling Me Frank!, Baabes, Lewd, Kermit's Finger, The Grommets - At the Midway - Matinee show - 3pm to 7pm. ....and ...FREE pizza! Facebook event page

December 17 (Friday) The Chelsea Curve Singles Scene Live! Nite #1: with The Chelsea Curve, Gene Dante & The Future Starlets, Britpop Social Club DJs! Early show - 5-8PM at The Jungle. This is the first night of the Chelsea Curve's Jungle residency! FB page

December 17 (Friday) Diablogato, The Devils Twins, Ruin The Nite at Opus Underground / Salem.

December 18 (Saturday) Martin / Morell / Fredette with Crow Follow and Girl With A Hawk at The Midway - 3PM matinee show

December 18 (Saturday) Koto's Killer Kristmas Party with Marianne Toilet and the Runs, Fog Wizard, Dust Prophet at Koto Salem.

December 19 (Sunday) The Mess Around at The Plough & Stars 3-7PM

December 20 (Monday) Camelopard, Rawstrum, Zygote Theory, Headlights at The Jungle - early show 6:30 - 10PM Music at 7PM.

Rock show posterDecember 22 (Wednesday) Black Beach, Cronies(NYC), Betties, Anxious Wave @ O'Briens

January 1 (Saturday) Randy Black and the Heathcroppers early 4-6PM show!! at The Plough & Stars.

January 2 (Sunday) Vanishing Point, Rocket Gods, Sourpunch, The Stigmatics at The Midway for a matinee show starting at 3PM. FB page.

January 7 (Friday) The Chelsea Curve Singles Scene Live! Nite #2: Chelsea Curve, Muck and The Mires and DJ Mike Gioscia X-Night! This is an early show 5-8PM at The Jungle

January 14 (Friday) Hixx, Bunch of Jerks, Highland Air Force at Club Bohemia.

January 15 (Saturday) The Skirts, Crow Follow, Linnea's Garden at The Square Root

January 15 (Saturday) 11th Annual Joe Zippo Kelley Memorial Show with Blanks77, Brix’n'Mortar, The McGunks, PCP & The Knives at Koto Salem - FB page.

January 16 (Sunday) Jerry's Got Jokes, Blame it on Whitman, Witches Tears, Screams of Hockomock, Coma Hole at The Midway - 3PM matinee show. FB page.

January 16 (Sunday) The Mess Around at The Plough & Stars 3-7PM

Oh the HumanityJanuary 18 (Tuesday) Wine Lips & Zip-Tie Handcuffs @ O'Briens

January 22 (Saturday) The Somethin' Somethings, We Own Land, Il Mostro, Watching It Burn at The Midway a matinee show starting at 3PM. FB page

January 22 (Saturday) Razors in the Night, Tijuana Sweetheart (originally known as Vagiant), Sky Tigers and Nothing But Enemies at Sonia Facebook event page

January 22 (Saturday) Kid Gulliver and The Chelsea Curve at The Plough & Stars - 10PM music.

January 28 (Friday) The Chelsea Curve Singles Scene Live! Nite #3: Chelsea Curve, The Shang Hi Los and DJ Sherman! This is an early show 5-8PM at The Jungle

February 5 (Saturday) The McGunks, Duck and Cover, Scotty Saints & The True Believers, Presidential Disgrace at The Midway - 3PM matinee show

February 5 (Saturday) The Jacklights at The Square Root.

THis is Boston Not LAMarch 13, 2022 (Tuesday) Reigning Sound at the Sinclair Tickets:

March 20, 2022 (Sunday) Henry Rollins at The Wilbur for his Good To See You tour. Tickets here

March 22, 2022 (Sunday) Henry Rollins: Good To See You 2022 at the Met in Pawtucket, RI FB page

March 31, 2022 (Thursday) The Parquet Courts are at the Royale. Tickets are here

April 22, 2022 (Thursday) Circle Jerks at the Paradise

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Red on Red Summer Showcase
The Chelsea Curve
Litlte Billy Lost
Jaime Talia Pleasant Village Records
Greg Allen Interview
Smitt E Smitty
Jonathan Richman Interview
Desmond interview
Rock Tour of 2020
999 in Proivdence RI
Mike Stewart Interview
Kids Like You And Me
RIP Asa Brebner
John Lydon at museum of art
Valentine Banner
Simon Ritt
The Damned Interview 1977
Curt Florczak
Mkke Worm
Color Killer interview 2018
Justine and the Unclean
Stop Calling Me Frank
Live at the Rat CD DVD party
John Felice Inerview
Trivia Night by LRC WMBR
Wayne Viens Interview
Abbey Lounge Reunion
David Minehan Interview
   We interviewed David Bash on the week where his International Pop Overthrow is coming to town. It's some backgroud on the history of the event and of course talk about POP..........
David Bash Interview
   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.........
The Rat Room
   Johnny Angel writes a mystery novel Looking for Lady Dee steeped in Boston punk and Thrills history. It's no apologys given for the punk lifestyle. ....
Johnny Angel talking about his Book
   Just ahead of the big punk show at the Middle East we have an interview with the outspoken Paul Cripple of Reagan Youth......
Paul Cripple of Reagan Youth Interview
   It appeared before us like a chimera and it's still'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 show....
The Bob Dubrow Interview
   A look at a notable summer Wednesday. We start at the LRC Summer Party and bar hop to the Sonny Vincent show at Radio......
LRC Summer Party/Sonny Vincent
   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......
The Viva La Eva Benefit
   He's legendary and his surprise birthday party was legendary in turn. Only in your Boston Rock and Roll dreams could you come up with a night like this.......
Willie Loco's 70th Birthday Party
   In a case of reverse outsourcing Carl Biancucci of the Classic Ruins also plays bass in the English group Shotglass Killers. He tells us about a gig at the 100 Club with a reformed Damned....
Carl Biancucci in London
   Ralph Fatello gets into reporter mode and gives us a look into the Cars reunion gig with some great back stage photos too at. ......
The Cars reunion gig at the House of Blues
   The scene gets together for Charlie Chesterman and we get to see Scruffy the Cat reunite......
The Charlie Chesterman Benefit
   The Domatics and The Neats Band 19 and Last Stand reunite...for a benefits for cancer research.... ......
Dogmatics Reunion show at the Paradise
    The Konks' hypnotic bashing was a smart mindlessness that you got addicted to. They are calling it quits and we'll miss 'em and there's no free clinic out there to help us either...........
The Konks Final Show
   We were so thrilled with the La Peste DVD we had to talk with Jan Crocker and while we were at it, get his story too......
Jan Crocker/La Peste DVD Interview
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..........
Kathy Flynn's Photos
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 .... ...
Time Magazine Article on Punk 1977
Let's get real. We are all getting older and will die. Do you ever consider how you will be remembered? I'm talking about your tombstone. It's morbid, it's in poor taste, it's .....
Future Tombstones
Crotch biting...head bleeding...dick's all in Miss Lyn's report (with photos to prove it) from the GG Allin 10 Year Memorial Tour at the Middle East....
"R.I.P. GG!!"
Everybody wants to know where everybody else is. To help keep track of the wild, the beautiful and the damned we have set up ....
Then and Now
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 this far...
In Memoriam
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.
The Judy Map Shrine
1977-The Damned were ready to piss on Blowfish and started to undress Miss Lyn! And people seemed to like it!! This interview IS outrageous...for then AND now!
The Damned Interview

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