Mojo Nixon died last week. He died in his sleep after his
show on the Outlaw Country Cruise. He was so wired up in everything we’ve
ever seen and heard that it seems impossible that his energy could dim, never
mind stop. Mojo started his career around 1986. His sharp and half-unhinged
putdown songs fit snuggly into the crazed Rockabilly genre. “Elvis is
Everywhere,”“Don Henley Must Die” and “Debbie Gibson
Has My Love Child” were the hits but all his songs fit the same mold.
Just the titles are entertaining:“Stuffin’ Martha’s Muffin”,
at McDonalds” (sounds like “Roadrunner” ), “Perry
Mason of Love,”“Put a Sex Machine in the White House,”“You
Can Dress Them Up (But You Can’t Take Em Out)” and “My Free
Will Just Ain’t Willin.’”
That acerbic wit punctured a lot of balloons. We need that now more than ever.
He was doing live shows here and there and died in his sleep after
his show on the Outlaw Country Cruise. This
video shows one of his live shows. Here’s his
obituary in the NY Times, it includes the story of Don Henley joining him
on stage for "Don Henley Must Die."
Carl Biancucci has joined Dave Harrison's
new band The False Positives. Pete Cassani (guitar) has also
joined the lineup on guitar. You can check out the new line up at the next
False Positives show February 24 at the Square Root.
Stiff Little Fingers will be at the Paradise on Wednesday,
May 1, 2024. They've made their live show a must-see for many people throughout
the years. We saw them in at the Brighton
Music Hall in August 2017 Here’s rough live video of them doing “Alternative
Ulster” at that gig .
Joanie Lindstrom has been to London
more than a few times. This latest time she visited Birmingham and Dover
along with London. She got to see shows with 999 and
Sex Gang Children and Flatworms (from
US). She hits plenty of record stores and restaurants. Don't you know
it was London Cocktail Week so that was a drink a day
for 10 days, just the vicissitudes of traveling!
Click to read Joanie's
Hit Girls: Women of Punk in the USA 1975-1983 by
Jen Larson came out in January 2023. It’s organized by
section of the country....We were hoping to see some local act in the Northeast
section and there was one – The Phantoms.
The Phantoms were formed in 1976 and around for a few years. They played the
usual venues of the day and in their own basement, they called Club 1, in Allston.
House shows way back then, talk about cool!! Lead singer and guitar player
Micky Metts was a big presence on the scene.
Here’s a 45 minute YouTube music vid of a 1981 Phantoms doing Wagon
Loopy. Then there’s three songs on this
YouTube video It looks like it’s been around a long time, but check
out their band webpage.
Leave it to Micky to still have some web presence to document their story.
But back to that book! The other east coast groups they mention are
Jayne County, Helen Wheels, Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, Plasmatics,
Bush Tetras, Pulsallama and more. Larson covers a lot of names you know
but then takes a deeper dive and you get local groups like The Phantoms
that you don’t know and are worth getting up to speed on.
Here’s the book on Bookshop.org,
a site that supports local bookstores.
Drew Stone scored Ian MacKaye for his NYHC
Chronicles. You learn a lot in the two-hour talk. Ian was fixated
on music from a very early age. He took piano lessons when he was eleven. He
loved the Beatles, Stones and Joplin. Queen/Thin Lizzy in 1977 was the first
show he saw live.
At the very beginning MacKaye didn’t like punk but at one point he gave
it a close listening and saw the worth of the music. Seeing the Cramps gave
him the desire to start a band. Surprisingly, the full out vocalizations of
Joe Cocker were an influence.
MacKaye has a great memory, and you get loads of stories on the early Minor
Threat shows. He talks in detail about the recording of the first two
classic EPs. Drew asks Ian about his shows in Boston. Ian is very sharp and
the stories come pouring out. Ian will not play a show unless it’s All
Ages. He’s someone to admire.
Later they bring in Glen Friedman whose photo book Just
a Minor Threat: The Minor Threat Photographs of Glen E. Friedman was
just published last year.
Speedfossil have a new video for their song “Sweetheart,"
with Linda Bean Pardee as the hard to get sweetheart. Garret
Vandermolen is frustrated but the tables are turned and later Pardee
can’t get him to put down the book he’s reading titled The Distracted
Mind (that book put to rest the idea of multitasking). They restrict the
colors in the vid by all dressing in red and black and then adding whites to
The song is poppy and bouncy and Speedfossil know how to navigate that territory
big time. It was recorded with David Minehan at Woolly Mammoth Sound.
We’ve heard a lot of Rob Moss lately because he’s
releasing a song a month with his band Rob Moss and the Skin Tight Skin.
Those songs have some well-known musicians playing on them, and some of them
local. This week he was on Joel
Gaustin's podcast. Rob talks a lot about his early Washington DC days. Some
of the groups he was in like Artificial Peace have had material
rereleased lately. He also wrote the mystery novel, Descending
Memphis, which of course includes rock'n'roll in the 50s.
There’s also a point where they talk about the similarity of pasting
flyers in the 80s vs digital posting today.
Gene Loves Jezebel have been active since 1980. The two lead
members, Aston brothers, have been feuding for decades. Now
there are two versions of the group. This video for the song “Serpent
Queen” is from the Jay Aston led group. The animation
is suitably dark and creepy for this goth song.
Gene Loves Jezebel will be on tour this summer with The
Alarm and will be at the House of Blues on May 29. Tickets
This song is from the album X-Love Death Sorrow. The group does some
interesting covers like: Another Girl, Another Planet (The Only Ones), “A
Girl Like You” (Edwyn Collins), “Broken English” (Marianne
Faithfull) and “The Light Pours Out of Me” (Magazine).
Congrats to WRPS (Rockland Public Schools) on their 50th Anniversary.
We love listening to WRPS every day now. It has excellent song choices with
lots of local music. Every day at noon they do an hour of local rock.
The station is a big plus for the South Shore rock community.
Last Tuesday (2/6) Skybar, on his Rising Show, had a telephone
interview with WiMP! (on Rum Bar Records) from Rockford, IL.
WiMP! are formed from some members of Mono
in Stereo which is also on Rum Bar Records. Skybar quizzes them on how the
album was made. Turns out it was recorded in their basement studio. There’s
not a lot of straight up punk like their Black Sheep album on Rum Bar.
Below we have the interview and music part of the Rising Show.
This past Tuesday (2/13) Garret Vandermolen of Speedfossil
was Skybar’s guest. Garret talks about Speedfossil and
the latest single “Sweetheart” (video above) that includes Linda
Pardee. He played “Magic Trick” which is such a meaningful song.
He also explained how he ended up in The Plimsouls with Tony Kaczynski.
That’s a story we wanted to know. Even better this version of The Plimsouls
will record an album!
Garret has the record label Sound Cove that will have groups
like Glowbox, Fireking and even The Plimsouls in its roster.
You can hear the Garret Vandermolen intereview below
Listen on Tuesday at 8pm at 91.5 FM or after that go to the WMFO
schedule page Hit the Rising show on 8 to 10 pm on Tuesday, then hit the
Let’s get some gems from Ron’s Monday Late Risers Club
show (2/5). The first song that got our attention was “Girl Like
You” which is a cover of the Troggs tune, done by an
Australian group from Perth called The Pleasants. Gee, you
don’t hear Troggs covers like you used to anymore!
It starts off very raw and garage like then in the chorus they add a cheesy
organ riff and then the song sounds like the Flying Lizards doing “Money”
from 1979 .
We say it all the time: “Google It.” It’s obvious it should
be a song. Virvon Varvom from St. Paul, Minnesota get a quirky
punk tune out of it. Back in the day we would have loved this jokey and observant
ditty and would have played it like crazy.
Sex Mex from San Antonio are one of the few punk acts that
successfully uses a synth these days. In “Cold, Not Cute” they also
use the old doo wop chord progression. They get away with it all – easy!
On Monday (2/12) Ron played two songs from GOAT,
a Jesus Lizard Tribute Album on Wax Donut Records.
Right now only two songs are released but there are 10 songs total. To check
out the album go to the Wax
Donut Record page on Bandcamp.
Another good batch of listening was the five song set Ron did of songs from
Thesaurus Vol.7. This is a 30 cut unreleased album
of rock/punk material from France 1978 to 1986. Here are lots of cool punk songs
that you have probably never heard or known about. Hear
the album on Bandcamp. We leave you with DECHARGE playing “Cauchemar
Erotico Mystique (“Come to the Erotic Mystique”).”
To hear Ron’s Monday LRC show go to the WMBR
archive page hit the LRC show for Monday 2/6 and 2/13.
Blowing Smoke with Twisted Rico had Emily Doran and
Andy Excuse of Hammered Saint on the show.
Emily lived near Albany and didn’t get to Boston until 2009. She was in
The Gala in 2019. Andy grew up in northeast Connecticut and
got into punk in the mid-eighties.
Both Emily and Andy both were involved Heavy Leather Topless Dance Party that
turned into the Heavy Leather Horror Show and moved to Salem. They had five
shows but sadly it no longer exists.
Andy started Hammered Saint and asked Emily to join and then later Curt Florczak
joined being the last piece of the puzzle.
At the moment they have a growing number of recorded originals and will release
a song a month this year. They've been on a short hiatus from live gigs but
will soon be back to the clubs. Those live shows made their early reputation!!
Hammered Saint will be playing with Diablogato,
Shang Hi Los at Faces, Malden on Friday
The latest podcast on Blowing Smoke is about The Dogmatics.
Steev has director Rudi Childs who is responsible
for The Dogmatics, A Dogumentary. Also on the show
is original member Jerry Lehane and the newest member James
Young. They talk a lot about the Film Festival in LA where the film
won the Best Punk Rock Documentary. They have a lot of stories about how they
got there and where they camped out for the week. The Dogmatics have so many
years of rock and roll stories and these days they are adding more. Steev brings
up the point, and we agree, that the band is as vital and meaningful today as
they were back in the 80s.
The film will be shown at Arlington’s Regent Theater on March 15 with
the band playing on stage live after.
The Elastic Glam Breakfast show last week (2/9) was packed
with new songs. We liked “American Eagle” by The Voltz, “Owned”
by Tell, “Pretty Vicious” by The Strutz, “Moneyman”
by Rich Kid Express and the glitter punk, as Sethyspice called it, of The Poison
Boys doing “Knocked Down.”
Elastic Glam ran a poll for their version of the Grammys…it’s
The Glammys. The vote was between Velvet Insane
with “Boogie Star” or Foreign Films with “Cosmic
Lover.” “Cosmic Lover” won, and they played that in this week’s
(2/16) show and that is a killer glam tune.
This week they also played Marc Valentine’s “Strange Weather”
that we featured too. That sounded poppy sweet in the lineup. “Star
Studded Sham” by Hello from 1975 was another glam goodie that got
by us in the day. They also picked out a Nick Gilder song “You Really
Rock Me” from 1978. The show always has a seamless transition of new and
old that is all marked with good taste.
Getting it Out Podcast has an interview with Jonathan
Anastas of DYS. The talk was all about the DYS Brotherhoodreissue. Jonathan said that 40 years ago no one thought the records
would have a shelf life. The album was released on Al Barile’s
umbrella Xclaim. The first pressing of Brotherhood
of 1,000 LPs have sold out and another batch is in the works.
He talked about the cover. Dickie Barrett did it. They asked for a picture
about ‘brotherhood’ and Dickie drew four monks.
Taken By Vultures have written songs about Zuul, the demon
from Ghostbusters, Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and John Larroquette.
Now they take on “Dr. Klaw” Brooklyn's famous underground lobster
roll dealer. “He’s not above the law/ He makes a bomb ass lobster
Like all their efforts it is done up in forceful punk/metal music. Hearing
this makes us believe getting a good lobster roll is worth getting worked up
“Look Cool” from Still Animals (St. Louis, Missouri)
is a nice hunk of garage rock in the sixties style with some punk sensibilities.
It’s all built on a simple chord crunch. The group just rides it. The
recording is as raw as the group sound. This is just a single but with an album
Leatherman are from Melbourne, Australia. They are not the
usual unruly punk that we've come to expect from Down Under. They have both
heavy metal and power pop in their self-description on Bandcamp and the crazy
thing is that both apply. Think Thin Lizzy.
“Telephone” cobbles together 70 power pop with Blondie like vocals
and a Thin Lizzy tandem guitar break. It’s sort of crazy and sort of wonderful.
Now, The Pingers with the Pink Mitzi album, that’s
what we expect from Australia! OMG this is hilarious and so un-PC. It’s
puerile, profane, lewd and obscene. Maybe, just 'offensive' would cover it.
Let’s look at a few songs:
“Let’s Get a Bag” – the title is most of the lyrics.
They want to “Fuck, ya let’s snort nose beers motherfuckers.”
“Drinkin’” – Three fourths of the lyrics are “Let’s
go fucking drinkin’.”
“Suck My Fist” – Three fourths of the lyrics are “Cyclist,
suck my fist.” You might not like this if you are a cyclist.
“Stop Telling Me What To Do” – over half the lyrics are “Fuck
you, stop telling me what to do.”
You get the idea. The music is good punk. We’re disgusted that we liked
it so much and played it over and over. We’re better than this. Now....
one more listen.
Sirius Voltage from Portugal have a long list of influences
on their Bandcamp page and they all seem true from The Sonics to Hanoi Rocks.
They just released their debut single “For Your Dreams.” The main
chord riff in the song seems like Spirit’s “Line on You” riff
but truncated. It’s a very tasty chunk of garage that only takes 2:10.
Well Valentine Day just passed. Canyons and Locusts released
the single “Love Goes Down The Drain.” Not everyone is blissed out
on love! It’s short and (not) sweet.
Dream of a Man in a Top Hat continue dropping singles.
The latest is “The Laughing Kind.” This one has a wonderful
post punk guitar sound. It washes over the whole production at times.
It works with the lyrics that mention “laughing” and a “joke”
but there is also words ‘darkness”, “jet black”
and “alabaster fog” that cast an ominous cloud over everything.
We kept playing it because we loved its overall sound and the dub like
Where's the radio station that will play things like this in rotation? We pine
for those days of WFNX and WBCN when we get in this mood.
Here's some good shows coming up .....
February 23, 2024 (Friday) Bootleg Dan
presents Glowbox, The Midnight Callers (NJ) at The C-Note,
February 24, 2024 (Saturday)Das
Damen, Thalia Zedek Band, Sleepyhead, Clamb at O'Brien's
February 24, 2024 (Saturday) Bootleg Dan
presents Jennifer Tefft and the Strange, The False Positives, Happy
Little Clouds, Video Release at The Square Root
February 24, 2024 (Saturday) Dark Electro-Alt
Night with Robert Bushinsky, Lucretia's Daggers, Red Glare, Neponset
Monastery at Ralph's in Worcester
February 25, 2024 (Sunday)LøbøHømbre,
Pint Killers, The Hagglers, Shuriken at The Midway for a 3PM matinee
February 25, 2024 (Sunday)Loretta,
Johnnie & The Foodmasters, Lupo Citta, Freak at The Cambridge Community
Center 6PM show! FB
March 1, 2024 (Friday) The opening of
the new Koto LOWELL!! Rockin Bob Punk Band, TJ Welsh
& The Wasted, COB. at the new Koto Lowell (76 Merrimack st, Lowell,
March 1, 2024 (Friday) TREE, Inverter,
Old North End, Samara at The Shaksheen Pub, Manchester, NH
March 2, 2024 (Saturday) Tj Welch
& The Wasted, Hold Fast,| The McGunks,| State Of The Union for
a 3PM Matinee at The Midway
March 2, 2024 (Saturday) Negative
FX, Wrecking Crew. Wound Man, Savage Heads, Please Die, Eye Witness
at The Middle East Down - all ages 1PM matinee show
March 3, 2024 (Sunday) Martin/Morell/Fredette,
Girl With A Hawk, I Want A Cat at The Midway - 3PM Matinee
March 3, 2024 (Sunday) Protex,
Crimps, Mystery Girl at Deep Cuts- Music at 7PM $20
March 8, 2024 (Friday)Thru It
All, One Fall, Nicoteens, at Deep Cuts Medford
March 8, 2024 (Friday) Color Killer and Dirty Walter and
the Smelltones at Koto - ALL AGES and FREE
March 9, 2024 (Saturday)The Long Wait, Chrome Over Brass, Catching Hell, Chumhuffer
at The Middle East Up
March 9, 2024 (Saturday) Actor|Observer,
Loud Sounds, Semaphore at The Palladium Worcester Tickets
March 10, 2024 (Sunday) Stubborn
Hearts, Dave Strong, Divorce Cake, Vivra Vera at The Midway - 3PM matinee
March 13, 2024 (Wednesday) The
Drowns, Michael Kane & The Morning Afters at Deep Cuts Medford
March 15, 2024 (Friday) The
Dogmatics: A Dogumentaryshowing and The Dogmatics
playing live at The Regent Theater (Tickets!)
March 16, 2024 (Saturday)Ravagers,
The Black Cheers, Loretta at O'Brien's
March 16, 2024 (Saturday)Jerry’s
Got Jokes, High & Dry, The Martians, Dear Maryanne at The Midway
March 16, 2024 (Saturday)Kids
Like You and Me presents: Johnnie & The FoodmastersParty! Boston's wildest, weirdest oldies cover band is throwing
a party at The Lilypad. Special guests - Electric Street Queens
and Jarsch - 7-10PM FB
March 16, 2024 (Saturday) Junkyard's
35th Anniversary Tour also on the bill Casket Rats at Koto
Lowell (76 Merrimack St)
March 20, 2024 (Wednesday) Chinese Telephones, Constant Insult, Cigarette Camp
& Blame It On Whitman at Faces Malden
March 21, 2024 (Thursday) Bootleg Dan presents
Marc Valentine, Girl with a Hawk, The Stigmatics at The Music
Room in Yarmouth
March 21, 2024 (Thursday)Barrence
Whitfield & The Savages and Tiger Bomb at SPACE, 538
Congress St. Portland, ME - FB
March 22, 2024 (Friday) Bootleg Dan presents
Marc Valentine, The Chelsea Curve, Little Billy Lost, Special Guest
DJ Sherman at The Burren
March 22, 2024 (Friday)Hammered
Saint, The Fake Boys, Deacon Bill, WLKRZ at Koto Lowell
March 23, 2024 (Saturday)Teen
Mortgage, Death Lens, Zip-Tie Handcuffs at Deep Cuts Medford
March 23, 2024 (Saturday)13th
annual fund raising event for The Joe Zippo Fund & Scholarship
with Mephiskapheles, Mamadou, The Riki Rocksteady All-Stars
and DJ sets by Breaux Silcio of Residency Records at Salem
Old Town Hall - FB
March 24, 2024 (Sunday)Teen Mortgage,
Death Lens, Zip Tie Handcuffs at Deep Cuts Medford. Music at 8PM
March 24, 2024 (Sunday) Matt Burns
Memorial Show at Worthen Attic, Lowell, MA- Larry Newman, Frank
Rowe, Spike, Captain Easychord, Captain and Schlemiel, Kenne Highland's Air
Force, Classic Ruins, The Reverand Joseph Fagan and his Deacons
March 25, 2024 (Monday) Tripsitter,
Today Junior, Big Brute at The Silhouette
March 29, 2024 (Saturday) Bootleg Dan
presents Satch Kerans Band with Hasbro and
Fandango (both from NYC) at The Square Root
March 29, 2024 (Saturday) Kate
Clover, Brad Marino at The Middle east Up
April 3, 2024 (Wednesday) The Koffin
Kats and The Queers at Sonia - 7:30PM All ages show!
April 5, 2024 (Friday) Hammered Saint,
Diablogato, Shang Hi Los at Faces, Malden - FB
April 6, 2024 (Saturday) Bootleg Dan BD
Blast!! with Densityblackcat (NYC), The False Positives,
Hi-End, Stop Calling Frank, DJ Sherman spinning at The Warehouse XI
in Union Square Somerville (right by the Jungle)
April 6, 2024 (Saturday) Huck
2 and Island of Alaska at The Jungle Somerville.
April 13, 2024 (Saturday) Children
of the Flaming Wheel, Electric Street Queens, Orange Whip, Christian Kids
-8PM at The Midway FB
April 14, 2024 (Sunday) Martin/Morell/Fredette
with Mike Weidenfeller and John Hovorka
at The Midway - 3PM matinee show
April 15, 2024 (Monday) Rockin
Bob Punk Band, Some Kind of Nightmare, Super Beef at Koto Salem.
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.