The BGN News Archive
It was a big disappointment when the Dead Boys cancelled their Middle East show. Cheetah Chrome was down and out with the flu. They did play two days later down in Providence. Captain Easychord was down there, he actually played in Glider that night as he took notes and photos. We have his report.
The night started with 2023 Rumble winners One Fall, then it was Provy locals Midnight Creeps with attention getter Jennie Hurricane. Then it was Glider, who covered La Peste’s “Stuck on the Same Refrain”, and finally Dead Boys. Cheetah still was battling the flu and the set ended early but the crowd was slam dancing like crazy while it lasted.
The New England Music Hall of Fame night at the Regent Theater was last week and Captain Easychord was there too. . A lot of musical acts received their recognition that night. Captain talks about The Atlantics, Mach Bell, a moving tribute to Justine Covault, The Bentmen, Girl With a Hawk. Angela Gillis, Rick Berlin and more.
Ducky Carlisle died this week. He was a very well know local (Medford) producer. He won three Grammy awards! He did a lot of pop with Bleu, Corin Ashley, Figgs, Andrea Gillis and more. He won his Grammys for his blues efforts including a Buddy Guy record.
He was also a drummer and played with 1.4.5. in later years (photo to right). We saw him play with the group in the 2013 International Pop Overthrow at Precinct. We also saw him play with Asa Brebner in 2014
The Jacklights and Double Star are having a double EP release show at the Square Root on October 20. Jake Tringali will also be reading some of his edgy punk poetry. Jake was featured in some of the Thrash n’ Bang Christmas shows and we featured him a few times. Here’s one . He adds a lot to the night. Here's the Facebook event page for the show.
Greg Kuehn was a member of T.S.O.L. After that he's been involved with many groups (Dylan, The Church, Berlin), films (Repo Man) and TV shows. He plays with X occasionally. This video of his song “Medicine Man” is a long way from punk but is very moving. It is about dealing with mental illness which Greg has dealt with. It gets surrealistic at the 3:18 mark. We will not give it away here, you should be surprised when you see it.
Skybar had Cold Expectations in for an interview and some live songs. They played “In the Padlock Night” and dedicated it to Justine Covault.
They have a new single which is a cover of Lou Miami’s “I Live With Ghosts. We talk about that in the new music section below. In the interview they give a lot of credit to David Minehan at Woolly Mammoth for arranging the time to record and to add so much to the track in production.
The Cold Expectation next show is at the Jungle on Saturday10/14 and then the International Pop Overthrow. (see the gig listings below)
To hear the show go to the WMFO schedule page. Hit the Rising show on Tuesday at 8pm and then hit the ‘archive’ link.
This coming week 10/10 Skybar will have The Jacklights in. They will talk about thier new excellent EP Final Girl. We have a review below.
Brian Young had Muck and the Mires on his WMFO A Crash Course for the Ravers show. Muck and the Mires have had a busy year. They went to Austin for SXSW, they played in Seattle twice and established a fan base there. In Europe they played England and Spain in festivals to large crowds. They just came back from Mexico where they played with the Gruesomes (They played a few songs from them). What they haven’t done is play Boston in six months!
They've got a new record coming out in early 2024 called Beat Revolution on Dirty Water Records in London. They played a few of those new songs in the studio.
To hear the show go to the WMFO schedule page. Hit the A Crash Course for the Ravers show on Saturday at 1pm and then hit the ‘archive’ link.
Anngelle Wood goes over the Boston Music Awards nominees on the latest Boston Emissions show.
There are a good choices in there: Miracle Blood, Sapling and One Fall. We were glad to be reminded of Astral Bitch who are up for New Artist of the Year. They are indie/post punk. Their “You’ve Got It Wrong” single came out in March this year. Here it is on Bandcamp
Kurt Baker is getting into the radio bizz…or buzz. His show, The Buzz Electric, is on the Underground Garage station on Sirius Radio!! It’s on Saturday mornings…early from 4 to 8am. Kurt has a wide range of music that he draws from and some are surprising and always interesting. He’s not a one trick pony.
On Joanie’s Thursday Late Risers Club she played a local group we hadn’t heard before: Cigarette Camp has a six song EP. The songs go from 25 seconds all the way up to 1:24. They have a raw punk sound but with some relatively clear guitar sounds mixed in.
Joanie played “Living With Employment” which actually has an organ part in it. We really liked “So Long” in which the singing of ‘so long’ takes up the majority of its 36 seconds. The whole EP is a fulfilling rush of punk. This is a good find and it would be nice to see this group live.
To hear Joanie’s Thursday LRC show go to the WMBR archive page hit the LRC show for Thursday 10/5.
On Ron’s Monday Late Risers Club show he had an Austin group called Pussy Gillette doing “Permanent Trash.” It has an automatic feel to its punk progression that sounds a bit VU to boot. The lyrics have some humor and sass that adds to its appeal.
If you go to their Bandcamp page you can see the video for the song to get the full impact
To hear Ron’s Monday LRC show go to the WMBR archive page hit the LRC show for Monday 10/2.
This week on Blowing Smoke with Twisted Rico he had Kurt Davis the lead singer from Bullet LaVolta and the Konks.
Kurt had a career in Indiana before doing Bullet LaVolta. He was involved with the Zero Boys. Like a lot of people he liked rock music but it wasn’t till punk began that he knew he could play in a band. He played drums. Bullet LaVolta is the first band he sang for. He gives his side of the Bullet LaVolta story.
He worked at Mystery Train records with Peter Prescott and was in the band Customized with him for a while and has lots of good things to say about him.
There is a new podcast called The Eradicators that currently has an episode on punk rock American Sign Language interpreter Justin Maurer. In June 2022 we spotlighted Amber Galloway Gallego who does signing for Heavy Metal groups.
Justin's mother was deaf so he learned the language growing up. He has a story that was new to us on a San Francisco punk club called The Deaf Club. Groups that played there were: DOA, Dills, The Germs, X, Avengers and The Nuns. Originally it was a club for the deaf where they could get information and communicate with each other. They rented out their hall to get money and punk bands took advantage of it. The deaf people ran the bar, the punks did the music. The club ran one year from 1978-79 and was closed for noise complaints – the irony!! There is a documentary Live at the Deaf Club being made about it.
We have glam in our lives every week with the Elastic Glam Breakfast podcast. There’s so much good stuff this week.
After the T Rex opener the first song is “Let’s Go Steady” by Howlin’ Sun. The sound is a mix up of Led Zeppelin and garage. It’s so unexpected. Here it is below.
Then it’s a whole bunch of new to us songs we love: Vera Bloom – “Eyes On You”, Warwick – “Let’s Get the Party Going”, Roger Joseph Manning Jr – “Rockin’ It Our Way”, Royal Sugar – “Heels” and the Washington Flyers with “Another Saturday Morning”.
There’s a cover of Lou Reed’s “Candy” by the Mutual Admiration Society and a cover of “Painted Love” by Broken Peach.
Getting over the loss of Justine doesn’t get any easier. There are always reminders because she was involved in so much of what we care about. This sweet Justine tribute song “Sister in Crime” by Jay Allen is another reminder. Listening to it we go through a series of emotions. In the end we sort of get in a mindful reverie. The song that gets to the six minute mark doesn’t get mawkish. It works because it rocks on its way to telling its story. Jay is the man to do this too. Justine was truly his “sister in crime”. It’s also suitable to have Charles Hanson’s guitar work priming the song. Justine really appreciated Charles’ talent.
We have it on our Top Ten Songs
We knew this was coming. It’s Cold Expectations version of Lou Miami’s “I Live With Ghosts”. It’s close to the original. The guitar duties are done by everyone’s first choice these days – James Melanson and he does a fine job. He nails the all the parts and adds his own solo. The group captures the lilt and stylings that give the song its flavor.
Part of Cold Expectations success is their taste. They know what to play, what to add and in this case what to cover. This is right in time for Halloween to add to its appeal. Lou Miami never goes out of style. It’s gratifying for us that experienced him back in the day to see him being appreciated now.
They'll have a video of the song by Joan Hathaway soon.
For anyone else it would be a career high, for Kurt Baker, his new album Rock N’ Roll Club is one of many. He puts out these amazing pop collections time after time.
We’ve been getting a few pre-singles and they did a good job picking them because they would be our favorite songs from the album. They are: “Rock N’ Roll Club”, “Anchor’s Up”, “She Don’t Wanna Be Alone” and “Bright Blue Sky.” Others we like “Go Getter”, “In Love Alone” and “It Was You”.
“It Was You” starts with just acoustic guitar but slowly builds up with an elaborate arrangement. That’s a new thing for Kurt.
“Love Express” is a funky song a la the Ohio Players. Again, another change up for Kurt but the thing with Kurt is that he has far flung influences that can crop up at will.
You can hear the album below from Bandcamp. There will be physical copies from Wicked Cool Records soon.
The Jacklights four song EP Final Girl is out now and on Bandcamp.
The song “Final Girl” got lots of attention. The EP’s material never strays too far from that template and why should it? The Jacklights have an identifiable sound. That’s something all groups dream of.
Nilagia McCoy lays down an ultra-distorted guitar bed. It’s a bubbling corrosive stream of lava. In the mix you can still hear the drums and bass, which is nice mixing. We spent time listening to the drums because they are in such relief that it’s easy to do. In “Final Girl” the drummer double times the accents which gives the feeling that the song is faster than it actually is. That was interesting. You can hear the bass pumping in the songs up too. On top of that is Nilagia’s voice which is clear and sort of easily floats over it all.
With Halloween coming up it’s appropriate that “Haunted” starts off the EP. There’s an Edgar Allen Poe illusion in the lyric with, “…the sound of my heart beating under the floor.” With the lyric, “What is that sound? Tap tap tap.” They have some guitar string scraping that just jumps out of the mix in super relief. You feel the guitar is in the room with you.
All the songs come under the end of a relationship situation. That’s always fertile ground.
You can see how “Final Girl” fits in the mix before it comes in at the last song. Before the EP it looked like “Final Girl” would be the signature song for this group but the other songs are right up there with it. The apocalyptic lyrics of “Final Girl” also fits in with the Halloween theme.
We also like the fact that this EP is a strong punk/post punk work that shows the genre is still strong and viable.
The EP release show is at the Square Root on October 10.
You title a song “Fuck Shit Up” and you have our attention. Now, what we want is for the song to really leave a mark.
Well, Grave Secrets (from Los Angeles on Wiretap Records) have that song. It’s excellent punk as it starts, then at the 45 second mark…oh ya, that’s what we want ... the intensity goes up and ya, it leaves a mark!!
We have it on our Top Ten Songs
Trash Knife are a punk outfit from Philadelphia. The lead singer has a vocal style that has a wild abandon quality to it. Not quite as wild as Poly Styrene but getting there.
There current song from a new album is “Party Friends”. We have that below. If you like that they have many more just as good on their Bandcamp page
The Beatersband from Italy have a new EP titled 52 Ways to Murder. It's four Misfits songs. We really enjoyed this. The Beatersband bring out the fifties/sixties influences in the songs.
You got to love some of those lyrics. They get gruesome and then lighthearted, like in “Some Kinda Hate”: “The maggots in the eye of love won’t copulate” right to “and it’s a whoah oh oh oh.”
With continuing Covid problems and numbers on the rise again we're always thinking about people being contagious- and here’s a song that uses that as a metaphor, and it works.
“Contageous” by The Mistons (from Portland, OR) gets your attention with the scraping string slides at the beginning. The group has a punk sound with a garage rock rattle that we like. We’ve heard this so many times in clubs. The song itself is sort of ….well…contagious!
We have it on our Top Ten Songs
Everyone’s favorite live band, The Woggles, have a new single out. “Mr. Last Chance”/”Will O’ The Wisp” was recorded in Athens, GA.
When “Mr. Last Chance” begins you can recognize The Woggles patented stomping groove right off the bat. Funny how they have that, when you hear it you can see them live on stage in your mind and your body begins to sway.
They slow things down a bit and get dark and smoky in “Will O’ The Wisp”. There are some sharp riffs and classic guitar tones though this. It’s a delight for the rock and roll ears.
Here's some good shows coming up .....
October 9, 2023 (Monday) Black Beach, Saturniids, Astral Bitch, Bad//Verb at The Silhouette
October 9, 2023 (Monday) Great Falls, Miracle Blood, Bed Time Magic, Don't Grow Old at O'Brien's
October 9, 2023 (Monday) Voided Shape, Cotter Champlin Group, Mad Painter at The Jungle - music starts at 6:30PM!!
October 11, 2023 (Wednesday) The Mission UK & The Chameleons: Deja Vu Tour also on the bill Theatre of Hate
October 12, 2023 (Thursday) Sydney Valette, Looking Glass War, Goiter at O'Brien's
October 12, 2023 (Thursday) The Len Price 3, The Chelsea Curve, Cynz, Tiger Bomb. at Geno's Portland, ME
October 13, 2023 (Friday) Gretchen Shae & The Middle Eight, Your Friends In Hell, American Ocelot, Thou Merciless Graves at Faces Brewery Malden
October 13, 2023 (Friday) The Len Price 3, The Chelsea Curve, Muck & The Mires at The Burren Backroom,
October 13, 2023 (Friday) mssv, Minibeast at The Middle East Up
October 14, 2023 (Saturday) Son of a Gun, The Legendary Brewmasters, The Ballbusters, Linwood Strange at The Midway - 3PM matinee
October 14, 2023 (Saturday) Hammered Saint, Tiger Bomb, Greg Allen's Fringe Religion, Warthog at The Jungle MUSIC AT 8PM
October 14, 2023 (Saturday) Murphy's Law, The Rumjacks, Bar Stool Preachers at Deep Cuts Medford
October 14, 2023 (Saturday) The Len Price 3, Palmyra Delran and the Doppel Gang, Steve Krebs and The Maynard G's at Parkside Lounge NYC
October 15, 2023 (Sunday) Early Halloween Dress Up Mess Around with Shotgun Waltz Duo, Kevin Coombs and Lisa McColgan from The Zip-Ups (see their Oct 20 show below) And Kate Redgate, and of course your hosts Tom Baker and Jay Allen
October 15, 2023 (Sunday) Honey Cassette, Miss Geo, Thrust Club at Once at The Rockwell - 6: 30PM early show.
October 20, 2023 (Friday) The Jacklights, Double Star (EP Release Party!), Harry & The Hot Flashes at The Square Root
October 20, 2023 (Friday) Bootleg Dan Presents Ivan Julian, Muck & The Mires, Judy Ann Nock at The Burren - 6PM show!!! FB page
October 20, 2023 (Friday) The Zip-Ups, Magen Tracy & the Missed Connections, Stars Like Ours at Sally O'Brien's
October 20, 2023 (Friday) Jonathan Richman is at The Somerville Theatre Tickets!!
October 20, 2023 (Friday) Lewsberg, Chris Brokaw, Minibeast at The Middle East Up
October 20, 2023 (Friday) Wreckless Wreck Chords presents Wreck-O-Ween at The C Note This is a TWO day event - Day 1 - Barfight Champs, War Graves, Mitch Kramer, Screams Of Hockomock, Witches Tears, Hardwired, Barry Larry Tickets here. $25 for both days Day 1 FB page
October 21, 2023 (Saturday) Wreckless
Wreck Chords presents Wreck-O-Ween at The C Note - Day 2 -
Worm ( as Misfits for Halloween Guest Singers)
October 21, 2023 (Saturday) Psych-O-Postive featured on A.C.C.F.T.R. WMFO 1-4PMS
October 21, 2023 (Saturday) Psych-O-Postive NYC, Classic Ruins, Little Billy Lost at The Square Root
October 21, 2023 (Saturday) Here they come, the Halloween shows....Halloween Kick Off Cover Extravaganza - post punk cover bands are ready to get you into the costuming swing: Gretchen and The Banshees, Staring at the Sea (The Cure), The Devil (The Pixies). Plus the whole night will be MCed by the most fabulous Gene Dante! Dress to impress. Dress to win! It's at Once at Arts @ The Armory. Tix
October 25, 2023 (Wednesday) The Zip-Ups, Magen Tracy & the Missed Connections, Stars Like Ours, at Sally O'Brien's
October 26, 2023 (Thursday) Mudhoney at The Brighton Music Hall 18+ TIX
October 26, 2023 (Thursday) Tim Sköld and Nero Bellum combine forces for their brand new project, NOT MY GOD. with special guests Snakes of Russia, Klock Work Echo, Death Loves Veronica plus local guest metal industrial band Deprived at Koto Salem
October 27, 2023 (Friday) Hand of the Tribe, Black Helicopter, Wrought Iron Hex, Luxury Deathtrap at The Jungle
October 27, 2023 (Friday) Bootleg Dan Presents: The Grip Weeds, 1.4.5., Preacher, Kenne Highland Airforce at Lost Horizon, Syracuse NY FB page.
October 28, 2023 (Saturday) The New Frustrations, State of the Union, The Grommets, Stop Calling Me Frank at The Midway for a 3PM matinee show.
October 28, 2023 (Saturday) Halloween Hangover with blindspot, Twig, Joshua Sweet at The Jungle
October 29, 2023 (Sunday) GBH and NIIS at The Middle East down. Tickets
October 31, 2023 (Tuesday) Monsters at the Midway with Your Friends In Hell, Coffin Salesman, Minusworld, Thou Merciless Graves
November 1, 2023 (Wednesday) Handsome Dick Manitoba playing classic punk including The Dictators songs - Garage B Brighton MA
November 2, 2023 (Thursday) Key of Caustic, Baabes, No Detour, Octavate at The Jungle
November 2, 2023 (Thursday) Handsome Dick Manitoba playing classic punk including The Dictators songs at Geno'sd POrtland, ME
November 3, 2023 (Friday) Modern Day Idols Single Release Party with Tad Overbaugh and the Late Arrivals at Square Root, Roslindale.
November 3, 2023 (Friday) Handsome Dick Manitoba playing classic punk including The Dictators songs at Race Street Live Holyoke, MA
November 4, 2023 (Saturday) Plymouth Punk Rock Market Invades Weymouth! Noon - 4 PM at Barrel Z - FB page.
November 5, 2023 (Sunday) Handsome Dick Manitoba playing classic punk including The Dictators songs at The Music Room in Yarmouth
November 5, 2023 (Sunday) Bootleg Dan presents Captain Easychord, Hummingbird Syndicate, American Ocelot at The Worthen Attic 4PM
November 6, 2023 (Monday) Renegade Cartel, Falsely Accused, GhostGuard at The Jungle
November 9, 2023 (Thursday) The Cocktail Slippers, The Chelsea Curve at Cafe Nine New Haven, CT
November 10, 2023 (Friday) The Cocktail Slippers (Norway), Diamond Dogs (Sweden), Soraia at The Burren Back Room
November 11, 2023 (Saturday) KLYAM's annual Rama Lama Ding Dong Fest! with Johnny & The Foodmasters, Balaclava (NY), Gossip Collar (ex-Spitz), Nurse Joy, Orange Whip (new band with members of Funeral Cone/Ancient Filth) at O'Brien's Tickets
November 11, 2023 (Saturday) The Cocktail Slippers (Norway), Diamond Dogs (Sweden), Soraia, Tiger Bomb at Geno's Portland, ME
November 12, 2023 (Sunday) Cynz, USM, C.E. Skidmore, The DFB at The Worthen House Attic
November 12, 2023 (Sunday) Diamond Dogs, Soraia at Divine Theater, Holyoke MA
November 15 - 18, 2023 (Weds - Sat) International Pop Overthrow at The Square Root Rosindale
November 16, 2023 (Thursday) Cocktail Slippers, Muck and the Mires, Stigmatics, Sourpunch at Alchemy Providence
November 17, 2023 (Friday) Mighty Suicide Squirrels, Degenerates of Punk, Key of Caustic, Goon Platoon at The Jungle
November 17, 2023 (Friday) Tribute night to your favorite goth & post-punk bands: Staring At the Sea performing The Cure and Gretchen & the Banshees performing Siouxsie & the Banshees at The Midway
November 17 & 18, 2023 (Friday & Saturday) Letters To Cleo and Gigolo Aunts at The Paradise Tickets
November 18, 2023 (Saturday) The Fast Tracks, Hammered Saint, The Spackles, Sex Zombies - a 3PM Matinee at The Midway
November 18, 2023 (Saturday) Color Killer, Rockin' Bob PunkBand at the Middle East - Matinee show starts at Noon!!
November 24, 2023 (Friday) Bootleg Dan presents- Kurt Baker Acoustic, Brad Marino, Kris Rodgers, Drew Eckmann Band at Geno's Portland, ME
November 25, 2023 (Fri, Sat, Sun) Blood Lightning, Kind, Casket Rats, Lipsmear at The Middle east Up
November 25, 2023 (Saturday) Girl With A Hawk, Cold Expectations at The Divine Theater Holyoke, MA
November 27, 2023 (Monday) Dark Rain, Authentic Dissent, Rawstrum, Gavriloprincip at The Midway
December 1, 2 & 3 2023 (Saturday) Triple B Records presents The FINAL America’s Hardcore Fest with Negative Approach, Slapshot, Mindforce, Gridiron, Fury, Shipwreck, Spy, COA, Restraining Order, Buried Alive, Adrienne, Best Wishes, C4, Combust, Missing Link, Wild Side, Wreckage, Vantage Point, and more TBA.
December 2, 2023 (Saturday) The Hammer Party, Black Helicopter, Spiller, George James T Maze at The Midway
December 2, 2023 (Saturday) Buffalo Tom at The Paradise
December 2, 2023 (Saturday) Hammered Saint at Parkside Lounge NYC
December 3, 2023 (Sunday) The Chelsea Curve, State of the Union, DJ Sherman at The Worthen Attic
December 8, 2023 (Friday) Huck 2, Gretchen Shae and The Middle Eight and Key of Caustic at Koto Underground, Salem
December 8, 2023 (Friday) Girl With A Hawk CD Release Party, Cold Expectations, USM, at The Burren
December 9, 2023 (Saturday) Connor Storms, Fire King, Crow Follow at The Square Root
December 10, 2023 (Sunday) Mad Painter, Church Puppets, Galaxy Cake at The Worthen Attic
December 15, 2023 (Friday) Sheer Terror, Nothing But Enemies, American War Machine, ICU, Rejekts, Clearance at The Middle east Up
December 15, 2023 (Friday) The Dogmatics at The Parkside Lounge NYC
December 17, 2023 (Sunday) Slimedog's Drag Puppet Punk Xmas Show (with poetry & free pizza)! Featuring... Kermit's Finger, Grimly Pleased, The Jacklights, Charmed & Strange, The Instamatics, plus poetry from Jake Tringali! FB page
December 17, 2023 (Sunday) Stars Like Ours, The Magic City, Roxy And The Crisis at The Jungle
January 11, 2023 (Thursday) Punk Rock Karaoke with members of (Bad Religion, Circle Jerks The Dickies, Pennywise, Goldfinger) Pick a song,they give you the lyrics.They call your name and voila! you are the singer in a punk rock band backed by the finest hand picked side men.Simple...there will be a sign up sheet at venue - The Middle East Down. We went to one in 2015 and it was loads of fun!!
January 26, 2023 (Friday) Hooligan Holiday Night 1 - Suited and Booted with DJ Boss Hooligan, Stress The White Boy, DJ Ruben Doc Marten Soundsystem
January 27, 2023 (Saturday) Hooligan Holiday Night 2 - The Templars, Battle Ruins, Merauder, Violent Way, Powerhouse at The Paradise
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