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The BGN News Archive

September 6, 2021

Larry Bangor - The Zulus

This week we have some coverage of an actual gig thanks to John Keegan who went to the long awaited Zulus show at the Paradise

"A large percentage of the local rock and roll wanderers came in from the plague-ridden diaspora to welcome the kings of the Zulu nation at the carded and masked Paradise last night. After a 24 year hiatus and two years of snafu delays, the Zulus finally hit the stage. Yes, as Ernie Ford noted, everyone was another day older and deeper in debt but that only seemed to add to the electricity in the room. Even the big poles seemed glad to be there."

Rich Gilbert

"The band took the stage and slammed into the trifecta of "Kings in the Queen City", "Hard Row to Hoe" and "Got it". Gauntlet thrown. The audience didn't need a road map to nirvana and howled their approval........." Read more by clicking the photo below!!

And in other news.......

Yup the Zulus show was a big deal and Jim Sullivan has an excellent Zulus article with band member quotes on the WBUR website. Read that here.

Cantab Wicked Local website about Tim Dibble, the new owner of the Cantab. It does confirm that Tim has the right spirit for the club. One red flag we did notice was this quote, “They intend to keep the same content lineup, as well — bluegrass and slam poetry downstairs, more of the R&B upstairs.” It’s just that non-mention of punk in the downstairs that makes us uneasy. The article is here

Dinosaur Jr. is postponing the first leg of their tour because of the surge in Covid cases. September 10 to October 2 is cancelled. The rest of the tour is good ... for now. The story is on the Brooklyn Vegan website

The Kiss tour had a problem when Paul Stanley came down with the coronavirus, now Gene Simmons has it too. They’ve stopped the tour till September 9. They are hoping all will be recovered by then. The story on TMZ

It’s another case of punk being mentioned in the wider society. The Wash ington DC Mt. Pleasant Library printed up a shirt for fund raising with the words, “What’s more punk than the punk library”. Punk and library shirt They thought they'd sell 500 at most ... they sold 7000, reaching 21 countries and raised $100,000.00!!

Carlos Izurieta, president of the Library said friends, created the shirts and “Punk in D.C. is centered around the local community. I feel like the library is like that. It’s a place for people to go who don’t have access.”

It makes even more sense when you know that the DC library has a Punk Archive They've archived 39 large collections and many smaller ones. Boston has The Bieber Archives that has a very wide selection of rock memorabilia and records, Harvard has Arthur Freedman’s audio/video collection, but no public facility has come forward to the punk community to help preserve the large amount of material that exists. That material will be lost in the days ahead if no preservation plan is available.

The Guardian just published an up to date piece on the Stranglers. They talk a lot about Dave Greenfield who died last year from Covid. Greenfield was actually autistic and had difficulties in social situations. The group will have a new album out titled Dark Matters. The song “And If You Should See Dave” is about Greenfield.

We say ‘the group’ but the last remaining member is Jean-Jacques Burnel. Jet Black the drummer had a stroke. There’s a lot of funny stories packed into the article, give it a read.

Book on Punk in Ireland

Also a good read for Stranglers’ fans is Hugh Cornwell’s bio called A Multitude of Sins, Golden Brown. It’s at Amazon ….and the Kindle version is $1.99.

The Troubles, with music: Ulster punk and British independents is a book about the music that came out of Ulster in the punk era. They write about Ulster groups like Rudi, Rueflex, Stiff Little Fingers, and the Undertones. They focus on the Good Times record label. The book at Amazon



Patti Smith has booked a show at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. The Ryman is considered a temple for Country and Western music.

The Dig has an article this week by Tom Nash remembering Jeff Breeze the WMBR DJ who did the Pipeline for years and who died last year.

Stubborn Hearts Stubborn Hearts are having a CD release party at News Café on Saturday October 9. more in the Gig Listings The Stubborn Heats Facebook page

Richie Parsons announced that the Unnatural Axe line up for Frank Rowes birthday party at the Midway on Sept 12 has changed. Richie has Jack Clark, Doug Harper (from Richie’s solo band), and Ed Reimer. They will play Axe, Band 19 and Richie’s solo material.

Lyres are playing The Middle East Up on Saturday, October 2. They are playing with Classic Ruins and the Modifiers. More in the Gig Listings.

All Music Podcasts interviewed Mark Shuman who directed the documentary Morphine: Journey of Dreams Listen here.


The upcoming Velvet Underground documentary has a new trailer out. It’s looking good. Jonathan Richman gets a few seconds in this too. See video above.

Athens documentary Athens, GA - Inside/Out gets a sequel after 30 years. The original was released in 1987. but this one is more political than musical. Read more here. We never saw the original. We can’t find the whole film but there are some extended sections. We have one above and then one news feature from MTV about the B-52’s.

In the same vein, A Carnival of Sorts a Covers Compilation by Various Artists is the REM charity compilation album produced by the God Is In The TV fanzine website. There is an article about some of the musicians on the album and what REM means to them on the Joyzine website. You can hear and buy the album on Bandcamp

Far Out Magazine has a piece that claims that Glen Matlock is one of the most unlucky men in rock…or is it the luckiest man? Depends on how you see it. He got kicked out of the Sex Pistols just before fame hit but was there forever after to fill in for later tours and had a long musical life up to and including now. We saw him at the Midway in 2014 with Sylvain Sylvain …that was quite a night!! The article is on the Far Out website

Glen Matlock

Then there is the video interview with Jonathan Clark, a NYC DJ, which you can see above.


Ron on the Late Risers had the find of the week with “I Got the Hots For Charlie Watts” by the Exbats an Australian group. Here it is below.

Another punk song he played worth a listen was “Stupid Band” by Jenny from LA.

Ron got inspired by the book Roadrunner which we talked about last week. He ended his show with 7 versions of the song. Outside of the three Richman versions, he played covers by: Greg Kiln Band, Wire, Reducers, and Yo La Tango. If you want to hear all of this go to the WMBR/LRC archive page and hit the link on the Monday’s LRC show.


Blowing Smoke With Twisted Rico gets stories from Ed Valauskas. Ed is the manager of the Q Division studio and also a member of Gravel Pit, The Gentlemen, and Jenny Dee and the Delinquents.

He’s played and toured with Julianna Hatfield. He talks about Julianna who has had a high profile during the quarantine time because she never stopped producing music. She is creatively prolific and is able to get the finished albums out at a fast pace too. She is performing at Once on 9/19! See the Gig Listings.

Ed explained the whole reason and the reality of the Q Division move. He talked about Hot Stove, Cool Music benefits that he’s involved in. Ed is working with Abby Barrett and revealed that some of her music will end up on Rum Bar.

MUSIC/ CDs...........

Joanie Lindstrom has been giving attention to the Australian group Zig Zag and their song “I Care About You”. We think it’s worth sharing too. It’s bouncy and its strong sentiment makes you feel good. It’s a garage punk rocker with lots of character.

She also played Frvuit, that’s fruit spelled with a V – why? Who knows?. Frvuit plays a frantic punk. On “Blues Detector” they are only asking 30 seconds of your time, that’s how long the song is. It reminds us of a ramped up Fall effort.

The Stigmatics have a new single titled “She Don’t Want You Around”. They have a garage rock ethic joined with punk influences. They know how to capture that sixties rock thing like few others. They got the instrument sounds down and then the style of singing is so mannered and evocative. Right to the end, listen to the end the song and how they hang on the word “around”.

We haven’t heard from Black Beach during the coronavirus shutdown until now. They have a new song “Traffic Jam”. It was premiered on the Post-trash website. It’s off the future album Giallo.

The group certainly hasn’t lost their edge. The bass plays a short distorted figure with little let up for three minutes. The vocals are echoed into incomprehension but the intensity goes up at the end. It’s a primitive performance by the trio, very familiar to us that have seen them live. It’s raw but still mesmerizing and unnerving.

Post-trash says they have “a special kind of sonic violence”, we like that.

You can get a limited-edition cassette of the album and shirt bundle for $25.00 on their Bandcamp

So you know Rum Bar, they lead you along, they drop a song or two or three, and you’re hungry for the whole album. That’s was situation with Freddie Dilevi. It was especially cruel of them because you want only more of Freddie Dilevi, one song is never enough. Now, here we are with a whole new album called In the Light of a New Day. Ten songs with that amazing expansive voice, it evokes big panoramas and bigger emotions. They should be doing movie theme songs and soundtracks.

You listen and are inspired with grandiose thoughts, you can do anything, you can change the world….but after the next song.

It’s been hard to get all of Rockin Bob Punk Band’s songs that we heard live in some form online. Now, they have them lined up on a self-titled 7 song album.

It’s punk rock with no frills. The songs come with very little space between them, much like how the songs flow live. “Never Trust a Terrorist” was the first song we heard from the group that hooked us on them and that song retains its strength in recorded form. The guitars are full throttle and the drums right on their heels.

All the songs hit as hard as that, it never lets up. “Private Jet” goes after the privileged set. Falling too hard for the wrong person? You need the “Kamikaze Love Song”.

The strongest indictment to society is “Got a Minute” where people are scrambling for what is left, when you think the end is inevitable. Rockin Bob Punk Band is playing Ralph's in Worcester on 9/18 see the Gig Listings.

They’re a decade earlier than the punk era but they are garage rock and that makes them of interest. The Luv’d Ones were a Michigan band that were a ‘Y Chromosome’ free outfit. Sundazed has released their whole catalog in an album titled Truth Gotta Stand.

They don’t rock like crazy maybe that’s way we like the pop and the ballad material like “Stand Tall”. You can buy it and the Sundazed site Bandcamp has “Dance Kid Dance” free to listen to as of now.

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

Baabes! September 9 (Thursday) State of the Union and Speed Fossil at The Jungle

September 10 (Friday) The DollyRots at the Middle East Up - Baabes have been added to this show!! FB page.

September 11 (Saturday) Rock and Roll Yard Sale, Union Square, Somerville

September 11 (Saturday) Kid Gulliver, Hired Men, Field Day at the Square Root

September 11 (Saturday) Lovelorn, Biproduct, Betties, DJ set by Octalisk at O'Brien's

September 11 (Saturday) New England Ska Summit II with The Skatalites, Bim Skala Bim, Void Union at The Middle East down.

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, Unnatural Axe, and Kenne Highland's Air Force- at the Midway

September 13 (Monday) Field Day (x-Dag Nasty), Moving Targets at The Middle East 6PM!!

Lyres September 16 (Thursday) Richie Parsons at The Midway - 8:00- 9:15PM. September 16 (Thursday) Bob Mould is at the Paradise - Tickets here

September 17 (Friday) The Dents, Duck and Cover, Fullmoon Vagrants, Deprogrammer Cult at The Jungle FB page

September 18 (Saturday) Martin, Morell, Fredette with guests Field Day and Randy Black at The Midway. These are early shows - 3-7PM

September 18 (Saturday) Michael Kane & The Morning Afters, When Particles Collide, Adi Sun, Senseless Optimism at Once @ Boynton Yards...doors 6- music at 7PM....TIX here.

September 18 (Saturday) Punk On The Patio at Ralph's Rock Diner! Rockin Bob Punk Band and Scotty Saints and the True Believers, Trash Muppets, Kermit's Finger at 8PM

September 19 (Sunday) STORE 54 POP UP another moving event - 9 AM EDT – 6 PM - FB page He'll be selling stuff - like Miss Lyn's artwork!!

September 19 (Sunday) Juliana Hatfield is at Once @ Boynton Yards. Music starts at 7PM. Info/Tix here.

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 a matinee show - 3 to 7:30pm at the Midway. Groups are Tsunami of Sound, The Weisstronauts, Max Heaton and the Electric Heaters, The Malfunctions and the Tarantinos (good name) from NYC.

Once show September 23 (Thursday) Black Souls at the Plough, Cambridge, MA, 10p

September 24 (Friday) Reagan Youth along with Rockin Bob Punk Band, Fat Chance, Neighborhood Shit, Sorry Mom at Sammy's Patio in Revere FB page.

September 24 (Friday)  Diabolgato, Salem Wolves, The Evil Streaks at Koto. As per order of the City Of Salem , masks must be worn regardless, and that includes the bands onstage .

September 24, 25 and 26 The New England Shake Up is CANCELLED!

September 25 (Saturday) Stop Calling Me Frank, The Hi-End, The Idolizers, The Shang Hi-Lo's at The Midway

September 25 (Saturday) The Royal Arctic Institute, Clamb, Home Despot, Sapling at The Jungle

September 30 (Thursday) Nervous Eaters/Barrence Whitfield/Willie Loco and the Boom Boom Band/Carissa Johnson at the Paradise . Get Tickets Here!

October 1 (Friday) Sam Black Church, Stomp Box, Only Living Witness at the Paradise (a benefit for Julie Duffy) FB page with Tix link.

OH the Humanity October 2 (Saturday) Oh the Humanity! record release show at O'Brien's

October 2 (Saturday) Lyres, Classic Ruins, The Modifiers at the Middle East Up. FB event page Tix here.

October 2 (Saturday) Cape Cod Punk Rock Showcase featuring Dead Low, Neighborhood Shit, Cry Havoc, Working Poor USA, Worm at the Brewster VFW 989 Freemans Way. Starts at 6PMFacebook event page

October 3 (Sunday) Thalia Zedek, Andrew Cohen, Honey Radar at O'Brien's Pub

October 4 (Monday)Gary Neuman at the Paradise Tickets

October 5 (Tuesday)The Chops, Weatherworn, Louzy, Key of Caustic at The Midway

October 8 (Friday) Hardcore Stadium presents No Pressure, Koyo, Fleshwater, JINX, Crescent Ridge at the Middle East Up. All Ages.

October 9 (Saturday) Little Billy Lost, Peppermint Kicks at The Square Root

October 9 (Saturday) Stubborn Hearts CD release party at News Café with The War in Kids and They Them Femme.

October 9 (Saturday) NE Ska Summit doc w/ The Copacetics and Riki Rocksteady at the Regent Theater Arlington FB page

SlapshotOctober 14 (Thursday) Ministry at the House of Blues. Tickets

October 15 (Friday) Tsunami of Sound, Jonee Earthquake Band, Doug Macdonald Band, Kenne Highland's Airforce, The Thigh Scrapers at Pete's Grille Quincy. FB page

October 16 (Saturday) Magic Room in Norwood presents Smitt E. Smitty & The Feztones and Gene Dante & The Future Starlets FB page

October 18 (Sunday) Martin, Morell, Fredette are having a residency at The Midway - 3-7PM

October 22 (Friday) Brad Marino, Geoff Palmer and Kurt Baker playing 2 sets of hits from all their bands with The Dents in the middle. At The Square Root.

October 22 & 23 (Friday & Saturday) The Town & The City Festival, Lowell. This has been postponed until April 2022. Website for tix & info ... FB Event page.

October 24 (Sunday) Nervous Dater, Good Looking Friends, Tatoonie Punk Scene at O'Brien's in Allston

October 27 (Wednesday) Richie Ramone/Public Nature CANCELLED Ralph's Diner Worcester

October 31 (Sunday) Dropkick Murphys At Hogan's Run again Tessie costume wins a free drinks bracelet for the night. FB page.

Tubefest November 5 (Friday) The Guns of Brighton return to the Breakaway in Danvers FB page here.

November 13 (Saturday) Field Day (x-Dag Nasty), Moving Targets, Lenny Lashley's Gang of One at the Middle East Up TIX!!

November 13 (Saturday) Tsunami of Sound, U-ey at the Buoy at The Square Root

November 19 (Friday) Hardcore Stadium and Grayskull Booking Presents: Slapshot - Celebrating 35 Years of Hardcore Day 1- Stars & Stripes, Noi!se, COA, Patriot, Violent Way at Sonia - (already sold out!!)

November 19 (Friday) Joan Jet & the Blackhearts will be at the Chevalier Theatre in Medford Square. Tickets.

November 20 (Saturday) Lurid Purple Flower, Verdegree, Motel Black, Shrink Ray at The Jungle

November 20 (Saturday) Hardcore Stadium and Grayskull Booking Presents: Slapshot - Celebrating 35 Years of Hardcore Day 2 -Slapshot, Sheer Terror, Death Before Dishonor, Pummel, Count Time - at The Middle East Down. (already sold out!!)

November 27 (Saturday) Jason Bennett & the Resistance, The Damaged, The Hagglers, & Chris Skel at The Middle East

November 27 (Saturday) Dinosaur Jr. at the House of Blues on Saturday Nov 27. Tix

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

March 13, 2022 (Tuesday) Reigning Sound at the Sinclair Tickets:

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

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