The BGN News Archive
October 30, 2017
Up and coming group Justine and the Unclean
had a Halloween party on Friday where it was encouraged for you
to show up as your favorite rock star. John Keegan
(Buckethead) was there to capture the fun. To top it off the video/slide
show above has Justine and the Unclean’s “I’m
In Love With You, Jackass” as the soundtrack.
In a week of costume-filled shows the only fashion statement
at Tubefest was surf wear. It was an all-day affair at the Midway
on Saturday starting at 2pm. We didn’t get there till 5pm
thus missing The Beachcombovers and the
Derangers among others. There was plenty left however.
The first group we saw was SPF4. New to us,
they were exactly what we were hoping to hear: all well-written
surf tunes played on Fender Jaguars. You could see the Fender
Reverb units in front of the amps. They didn’t play any
covers. The original songs had plenty of detail, moving from section
to section adding new melodies with ear-pleasing surftones that
were topped with whammy bar exclamations. They knew how to get
that kick from going from minor key to major.
Some of their songs would take a strong element, say the power-picking
of Dick Dale’s "Misirlou", and they would make
a new song from that.
They excelled on their slower moody songs. All primo material
and a very satisfying set.
The 9th Wave
Next was 9th Wave. They've been around and have
played the Tiki weekend up at Lake George according to Amy
Prohaska who was at the Midway for the show. They continued
what SPF4 did by playing all originals. They played with a hard
edge. The thing that makes them different and memorable is the
multi-instrumentation of Sandy "Oceana" Rosado.
She plays: flute, piccolo, Farfisa organ, alto saxophone and rhythm
guitar. The Farfisa and the sax added a lot. We were suspicious
of adding flute but it was used in a spaghetti western tune and
that made the tune. Video below.
The song “Short Board” was a straight-up surf winner
which included the yell of “Short Board.” They ended
the set with a novel ‘circus’ tune. The organ mimicked
the calliope. Great idea. Here's
Tsunami of Sound
Tsunami of Sound was the one band we'd seen
before, several times. At this point we were primed for the set
of covers which is their norm. It’s always a crowd-pleaser
and this audience gets it more than anyone. Even with a replacement
bass player (their regular had health issues) they sounded super-surfy.
No one, but no one has a better reverb sound than David
Esposito. It sounds like he’s playing underwater.
Half the time we're just listening to that guitar sound. Rick
Sanger is one of the group of personality drummers we
seem to be seeing more and more. He’s a visual show along
with the superb drumming.
They did a sparkling “Diamond Head”. They also are
the first group we’ve heard to cover the Ventures’
"Pedal Pusher" which is off the same album as "Diamond
Head". They had the gold jackets but forgot their flame pots!
We love the flame pots!! Their Website
There weren't many people there when we got there but by the
time The Fathoms came on the club was looking
fullish. The Fathoms is Franky Blandino’s
surf outlet. That’s Cranky Franky from
the Cranktones. We worship that guy. In The
Fathoms he restrains his virtuosity and plays the surf
music conventions – to a point. There’s no disguising
his guitar mastery. Franky knows his surf inside and out and delivers
it with his usual panache. They played a hilarious “One
Note Joe” where Franky played the classic one note solo.
It seemed like it was mostly originals but Franky knows more
than we do. There was one change-up where he went for his Tele
and it was a western twangy effort with steel guitar type bends
and had echoes of Link Wray to boot. He ended up with a retooled
“Telstar”. They played the chorus harmonized and it
rang like a bell. The whole group is a solid unit. The other guitarist
Rob Amaral played "Yellow Jacket" by the Ventures
and nailed that. Things were running late and The Fathoms had
to truncate their set. There were cries for an encore but it was
8:30 and the club had to get ready for the night show. Fathoms
Any one of these groups would have made a worthy night out. Four
in a row was instrumental heaven.
They had a raffle for a guitar and our friend Keith
won it! It was a cool purple guitar too!
A whole day of surf groups shows the difference with other rock
styles especially punk. They aren’t trying to rock you to
death especially with volume, it's a more...gentlemanly genre.
Even today it captures the magic of the sea and the joy of the
We talked to Eddie from Stop Calling
Me Frank. Those band members get out to gigs a lot. He
told us that in October of 1986 the Pixies opened
for them at the Rat! Stop Calling Me Frank is
now in the studio with six new songs and two older ones. They
won’t be gigging till after the new year..
And in other news...
We just talked to Jim Harold - November 16th is going to be the
big send-up for the Rat Suite video...now this is something that
is a REAL Rat thing.....6PM to Midnight in the Ballroom
at The Hotel Commonwealth - The Nervous Eaters, Willie Loco Alexander,
The Dogmatics and Emily Grogan will perform. There will
be a separate viewing room for people to put on headphones and
watch the video. This is the night we actually DO celebrate our
beloved home away from home - The Rat. All proceeds,
in the form of donations at the door, go to Right Turn.
The WMBR yearly fund raiser starts on Thursday,
Nov 2, and goes to the next Wednesday, Nov 8. They always have
the best incentives to give. CDs, books, shirts and concert passes.
check that list out here. What would life be for some us without
the WMBR and the Late Risers Club? We dare not think of it!!!
So make sure to listen in and donate.
So it’s come to this....We get punk articles in AARP magazine.
John Joseph McGowan who was a member of the Cro-Mags
has an article telling that he is drug-free and sober
and as a matter of fact: vegan. They give one of his recipes.
He’s also an Ironman competitor and ranks in the top ten
percent of his age group worldwide. He’s 55. Read
and to this.....The Globe informs that Eastern
Standard at the Hotel Commonwealth will have a Rumble
at the Rat night on Halloween. Dress up like “your
punk hero” and you could win a night in the Rat Room. They'll
have food inspired by the Hoodoo BBQ.
Five dollars of the entrance fee goes to Right Turn, starts at
ten. They'll even have
Punk rock face paint, temporary tattoos, piercings & more"
what's punk rock face paint?? Here's the FB
and to this.... if you need a costume fast for the Punk Rock
night you can buy this Adult
Male Punk Rock costume at Walmart!!
Chuck White teamed up with David Bieber
to throw a party of sorts at The Norwood Space Center. Natalie
Flanagan and Asa Brebner, among others,
played. It seems that David Bieber has signed a 20-year lease
which will serve as his home to over 600,000 pieces of pop culture
memorabilia. We heard it's a huge space loaded with 5 foot high
stacks of boxes upon boxes of stuff. A couple of things seen:
a 1971 Aerosmith poster for a gig at a New Hampshire high school
and an acoustic guitar tagged to be delivered to "K. Richards".
The Prefab Messiahs existed from 1981 to 1983
and revived in 2015 in all their psych glory. They came out with
an amazing video a while ago of The
Man Who Killed Reality. They have a new CD coming out and
have released another early song, again with an amazing cartoon
video; this one is called Psychsploitation.
You can watch
it here. These guys are wacked out space cadets and we mean
that in a good way!
Please Kill Me has a conversation with Television's
Richard Lloyd. Read
it here. Richard Lloyd will be at Once on Friday 12/1
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Here's some good shows coming up .....
November 1 (Wednesday) Sneeze,
Conmen, Moist Boys, Sex Snobs at O'Brien's
November 2 (Thursday) Barb
Wire Dolls, Svetlanas, The Devil's Twins, 57.....at Thunder
Road ....I dont think Thunder Road will ever be the same
November 3 (Friday) Indonesian
Junk, Justine and the Unclean & Gymnasium
at Tavern at the End of the World.
November 3 (Friday) The
Woggles, Muck and the Mires, Stupidity, Andrea Gillis Band
at The Middle East Up
November 3 (Friday) The
Guilloteenagers, Psychic Dog, Sapling, Graneros at Club
Bohemia at The Cantab
November 3 (Friday) Human
Sexual Response and Unnatural Axe at HOB
November 4 (Saturday) Brian
Young and Crash Course for the Ravers has Curt
Weiss as a guest today WMFO 91.5FM, 1-4PM
November 4 (Saturday) Fireking,
The Billy Connors Project, Hummingbird Syndicate, Tracy Chevrolet
doing a 4PM Matineee show at The Midway
November 4 (Saturday) Loser's
Circle w/ Rebuilder, Dead Bars, and Settlers
at OBriens Allston
November 4 (Saturday) The
Dents with Abbie Barrett Band, City Rivals, The
Melatonins at Sally O'Brien's Somerville
November 4 (Saturday) Carissa
Johnson, Michael Kane & The Morning Afters, Bundles, Coffin
Salesman 9PM show at the Midway
November 4 (Saturday) The
Idle Barons Ball at The Greek with The Idle Barons, Petty
Morals, Tom Baker & The Snakes and Jay Allen
and The Archcriminals FB
November 4 (Saturday) Barb
Wire Dolls, Svetlanas, 57, SPC, Three Fiends at Fete
Music Hall in Providence RI FB
November 5 (Sunday) Boss
Daughter, Brix'n Mortar, The Bad Larrys at Koto in Salem
And further out we have...
November 9 (Thursday) The
Proletariat at ONCE Ballroom w/ Siege and
November 9 (Thursday) If
you are in NYC or can get to NYC Celebrate Stranded in the
Jungle: Jerry Nolan's Wild Ride the new book by Curt
Weiss that covers 40 years of L.A.M.F. and is A Tale
of Drugs, Fashion, the New York Dolls, and Punk Rock. Also there'll
be music by with Greg Allen's Fringe Religion, and ...book reading,
panels, Q&A, guests, book signing. It's at The Delancey in
the Lower East Side 7-10PM FB
Page for directions and more info He's at Out of the Blue/Cambridge
on the 12! see below.
November 10 (Friday) CH3
(Channel 3), The FUs, Silver Screams, Fast Times Punk at
The Middle East Up - 8-Midnight show
tix here Read about
CH3 here. there's links for tix etc too
November 10 (Friday) The
Proletariat are at Narrows Center for the Arts w/
Black Beach in Fall River, MA (FB
page for info)
November 11 & 12 (Sat/Sun) 2nd
Annual Salem Punk Rock Flea Market at Notch Brewing (283R
Derby St, Salem, Massachusetts 01970) 11AM- 5PM This year it's
moved to Notch Brewing for a bigger location. There will be indoor
and outdoor vendors. No admission charge. check out the
November 11 (Saturday) Fundraiser
to Benefit Vernon West's battle with Leukemia is taking
place in Danvers, MA at Breakaway. Vernon was in Sass a band around
Boston very early on ,,,we had just heard from him a few months
back and he was putting together a band with his son. We wish
Vernon a winning battle!! If you can get to Danvers please support
this benefit. Here's the FB
page for directiosn etc. There is also A GoFundMe page for
those wanting to donate - that's
November 11 (Saturday)
A Matinee Show - Keith Brooks
started the tradition of doing a benefit every year to help out
his fellow vets. We are going to keep it going and donate in his
name to operation delta dog--an organization that trains service
dogs for vets. Come hoist one for a good cause in memory of our
buddy. on the bill: The Welch Boys, The Damaged, Held
Hostage, Out.Live.Death, Working Poor USA at The Midway
4-8PM show FB
November 11 (Saturday)
Hasselfest #9 this year has Pere
Ubu and a ton of other bands at Once- get
the info on the FB page here.
November 12 (Sunday) Curt
Weiss covers 40 years of L.A.M.F. and is A Tale of Drugs,
Fashion, the New York Dolls, and Punk Rock in his new book Stranded
in the Jungle: Jerry Nolan's Wild Ride Also, rock and roll
with the Thigh Scrapers, Tiger Bomb, Moto, Glider,
and the Lyres starts at 2:15. Here's
the FB page Also added to this show Greg Allen &
The Fringe Religion who go on right after the reading.
November 12 (Sunday) HIXX
play an early show at Tavern at The End of The World from 5-7.
November 12 (Sunday) WOW!!-
Jerry's Kids, Straw Dog, The Pist, Ancient Filth, Conscript
at Alchemy in Provi=dence RI FB page
November 15 - 18 (Weds - Sunday)
International Pop Overthrow is at PA's in Union
Square Somerville. Check
out the website for bands, set times etc.
November 16 (Thursday) Celebrate
The Rat with Jim Harold, The Nervous Eaters, The Dogmatics,
Willie Loco Alexander and Emily Grogan at The Ballroom
at the Hotel COmmonwealth 6PM- midnight
November 17 (Friday) Greg
Allen's Fringe Religion, The Stanleys (from Australia),
Mercury On Mars and Classic Ruins
are at Club Bohemia
November 18 (Saturday) Cheech
(EP Release), The McGunks, Steal Reserve
(NY), Hopeless (mems of Reason To Fight) at The
November 19 (Sunday) OC45
w/ Diablogato, On the Cinder at Great
December 1 (Friday)
The Monsieurs (LP Release Show),
Nice Guys, Earthquake Party at Great Scott’s
December 1 (Friday) The
Dream Syndicate, The Richard Lloyd Group and DJ
Carbo at Once
December 2 (Saturday) DJ
Easy Ed presents: The Cranktones plus
Easy Ed's Record Hop! 4-8PM matinee at The Midway...followed
December 2 (Saturday)
Watts (45 Release), Diablogato,
Duck & Cover, A Bunch of Jerks at The Midway
December 8 (Friday) Rumbar
records is throwing a HUGE record release party of the
new Justine and the Unclean record Get
Unclean....It's at Once and there will be bands
in the ballroom and in the Lounge. Check out this list!: In the
Ballroom- The Upper Crust, Hey Zeus, Tom Baker and the
Snakes, Justine and the Unclean ....In the Lounge - Cold
Expectations, Roy Sludge Trio, Pinecone Teeth and Jay
Allen - doors at 7:30 show starts at 8:15.
December 9 (Saturday) The
Raging Teens are turning 21 this year.. and that's "Drinkin'
Age!" There's releasing a 45 called "Drinkin' Age"
on Swelltune Records to celebrate their 21 years as a band! AND
that means The Raging Teens Holiday Shindig Record Release!
With The Raging Teens, Nate Gibson, Bloodshot Bill, Sean
Mencher at Great Scott. FB
December 9 (Saturday) Radiator
Rattlers, Brix'n Mortar,Lipstick Boys, The Grubs at The
Chit Chat Lounge in Haverhill FB
December 10 (Sunday) Horton's
Holiday Hayride featuring Reverend Horton Heat
& Junior Brown with special guests The
Blasters & Big Sandy at The Sincalir
December 14-16 (Thurs-Sat) Bowery
Boston presents Street Dogs Wreck the Halls Thursday
12/15- with special guests The New Darkbuster
& Taxi Driver at The Sinclair -
Proceeds benefit Massachusetts Fallen Heroes
December 15 (Friday) Street
Dogs Wreck the Halls with special guests The
Pinkerton Thugs & The Abductors at
December 15 (Friday) Street
Dogs Wreck the Halls with special guests A Wilhelm
Scream & Michael Kane & the Morning Afters
at The Sinclair
December 16 (Saturday) Bent
Shapes with Beware the Dangers of a Ghost Scorpion
@ Great Scott- this is Bent Shapes' FINAL SHOW
December 17 (Sunday) Thrash
N Bang's Annual Xmas/Pizza Party Show! with Crimespree,
CAC, The Grommets, The Sewer Buddies, and Jenn
Lombari & special guests (Matinee 4-8PM)
January 6 (Saturday) Nervous
Eaters, Watts and David Age & The Regrets
at ThunderRoad FB
January 13 (Saturday) Lyres,
Paul Collins Beat, Boston Cream at Thunder Road
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