The BGN News Archive
June 17, 2013
Miss Lyn, along with Judy Wilburn and Kim Ackland, took
a trip to NYC this past weekend to see Punk
at Met: Chaos to Couture … there were several rooms making up the show. All
the mannequins wore a some kind of take on fright wigs in various colors, covering
anything that would have been a face…for music there was drone/noise instead of
actual punk music. Each room had large almost floor to ceiling length videos of
punk images/icons (with the sound turned down!!) One of the first things you see
is the recreation of the CBGB's men's room, based on original photos by
Godlis. The videos in this room were or Blondie/Patti Smith/Richard Hell
But after that the emphasis turned pretty much British Punk
and couture….American punk got left behind and almost completely forgotten!
In fact the next three rooms were all clothes by Malcom McClaren and Vivian
Westwood from their stores Seditionaries and Sex intermixed with
designer couture …some stupid and clueless (Versace and Givenchy) some fabulous,
from designers who seemed to "get it" ( my fave: Junya
Watanabe, and Gareth Pugh, Rodarte and of course Alexander McQueen). There
was even a recreation of the Sex shop and lots of the muslin t-shirts
we saw the Sex Pistols wearing in photos all those years ago.
I was happy to finally come upon a room that had a quote
by Jane County on the wall as well as video of her performing. This room
was all Jane County inspired trash bag gowns! This is where the McQueen
pieces are. They were silk and synthetic purposely made to imitate the look
of black garbage bags. And they were just drop dead gorgeous.
One of the last rooms had particularly crazy juxtaposition of a floor to ceiling
black and white photo of shirtless Sid Viscous at the end of a long row of black
and white designer gowns. All in all it is an amusing show…it doesn't treat
punk as a living entity though, but rather as a long dead historical event from
the past….and it just didn't feel punk…at all…of course it's not really it's
the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute and it's about how that
movement inspired these designers.
It was intresting to see though, and I felt proud to be part of a movement that did
in fact have such a deep and wide effect on culture in general….this
show does prove that.
Since we were away for the weekend we had a couple of our
roving reporters go to the Viva La Eva Benefit at TT's this past Thursday
night…we are excited that Eric Law took awesome pics for us and Burt
Cokain has this report: It was a night of powdered wigs, band reunions,
stand-up basses, and power trios wearing stocking caps, all to raise awareness
and badly needed financial aid to assist the family of Eva Lipton.
FOR A FULL PAGE OF PHOTOS BY ERIC LAW - CLICK HERE
Eva is the daughter of Ivan and Rebecca Lipton, longtime supporters of the
Boston music scene (Rebecca was involved in club and concert promotions while
Ivan is the former president of Strawberries.) She was injured in a car accident
one year ago and has been on life-support in a rehab facility ever since. The
bills for her care are staggering so a group of Boston rockers decided to help.
The club was full, the beer was flowing, and the hits just kept on coming all
Classic Ruins opened the show, with special guest JJ Rassler
on 2nd guitar; he and Frank Rowe are masters of garage guitar individually and
together - let's hope there's an encore of this line-up down the road somewhere.
The Roy Sludge Trio followed with their always frenetic shit-kickin'
country and rockabilly. It's no accident that Sludge Sundays at Radio
are always packed.
Bristols (with ex-Real Kid Jimmy Birmingham on drums) brought
Illyrian/Neat Eric Martin onstage for a number, and surprised with a great
version of AC/DC's "What's Next To The moon".
There's only one Ed "Moose" Savage and he and Ken Kaiser played
material as original as they are.
When The Neighborhoods hit the stage, each member was wearing pantyhose
on their heads/over their faces, leaving most of the audience scratching their
heads. (apparently it's the result of an inter-band in-joke) In spite of the
strange stage attire, the boys rocked hard ,and made it look easy as always.
It's not a true Boston show without the Dogmatics on the bill, and
they played lots of faves (MTV OD etc) plus an excellent version of Unnatural
Axe's "Can't Wait For The Summertime".
I couldn't tell you the last time The Downbeat 5 played a show, yet
here they were, with JJ and Jen completely in command.
The Dents don't play on a regular basis either, but joined forces for
a heart-stopping set that never let up.
Topping off the night, those friends of a friend of the
working class The Upper Crust showed us peasants that the privileged 1% will still let us
eat rock, and rock we did eat…..Or something like that.
By the end of the evening ,almost $5k was raised for Eva's
care and rumor has it a Worcester version may take place at Ralph's Diner
(more info as it comes in)
If you missed the show,but would like to help out, you can
donate for Eva through Paypal by clicking "Send Someone Money" and sending a
donation to: email@example.com.
- Hey Thanks Burt!!
An let's see what's coming up:
Friday June 21st at The Hard Rock Café (wherever that is ) Boston
Rocks for the OneFund with Charlie Farren, LizBorden Band, James
Straight and The Wide Stance, Adventure Set and other…
Now at O'Brien's on Friday June 21st there is an excvellent
show with Guillermo Sexo, The Suicide Dolls and Ghost Modern…
This Saturday there is a TON of stuff going on!...The Make
Music Harvard Square / Fête de la Musique is THIS Saturday - I had the
date wrong last week (what else is new huh?) So yeah Plumerai and a ton
of other musicians play all around Harvard Square on Saturday June 22nd. Festivities
kick off at 2pm and come to a close at 10pm. That's pretty cool!
The Milton Art Center is putting on a very special event: Roger
Miller of Mission of Burma, Alloy Orchestra, Sproton Layer will perform
in a rare solo performance in the MAC gallery this Saturday June 22 at
7 PM. AND The gallery will be featuring Roger's visual artwork throughout the
weekend. Roger Miller will also host a demonstration/discussion/workshop on
the frottage art technique on Saturday from 12-2:00PM. Miller's art will be
on display in the gallery through Sunday 6/23, and select pieces will be available
for sale. For more info and to buy advanced tix go to
Milton Art Center's site .....And then at the other end of the spectrum
GG Allin Remembrance
Show -and bake sale- at The Midway!!! - This is going to be a great
show and an early show from 2-8PM folks!! The original Jabbers are making their
way down from NH to play at The Midway…This is the 20th Anniversary of
GG's death and all proceeds from this show go to GG's daughter. Here are the
bands: The Jabbers, The Pity Whores, Antibodies, Meat Depressed, Red Line
Rebels, The Manglers, Insult, Taxi Driver, Connection and more!!!
and you can continue the evening here with Cal Cali 's show
after 8PM at the
Midway Cal Cali's New Experience, Tsunami
of Sound, Foxpass and Answerman…
that's not all folks…over at The Cantab on this Saturday the 22nd
is Tim Sprague's show "All the Pretty Flowers: An Evening of Female Driven
Music" so you have Ruby Rose Fox opening the evening, then Uranium
Daughters, Engine Judy and the Boston area debut of Monique Ortiz's
new band Alien Knife Fight!
And it still doesn't end there…The Lyres are at The Middle East
Up with their Record release Show…please note this is an early evening show
and the doors are at 7PM!!
Sunday is the Channel Reunion Show…but since there is no Channel
it's at The Royale and there's a list of bands: Jon Butcher, Robin
Lane & The Charbusters, Lizzie Borden & The Axes, Charlie Farren, New England,
The Stompers, The Fools and there'll be Surprise Special Appearances too
tix early and its an earlier opening too, doors are at 6:30
At PA's on June 28th Cal's got MOTO and JetSet and he's
working on a third band as well.
June 29th at The Midway you'll find the Dirty Truckers and
Slim Jim and The Mad Cows.
and coming up in July: Awesome Day Festival at O'Briens
with Cult 45 and The Humanoids on the 6th….
Fleshtones at Church on the 12th and ….
The Neighborhoods are at The
Ocean Mist in Mantunuck, RI on the 13th
Morals on the 19th at Great Scott
Pere Ubu is at Brighton Music
Hall Saturday, September 4th!!!
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