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November 21, 2022

The Schitzophonics
Schizophonics at the Middle East
Photo: John Keegan

It's great when a band gets a ‘buzz.’ When a band gets the attention of everyone at the same time and people want to see and hear them. If they're an out-of-town band and they get a show scheduled then people are talking about and dying to go.

That’s what happened with the The Schizophonics this last week when they played the Middle East. Front man Pat Beers is the man everyone wants to see. He did not disappoint in Boston.

Hit the photo link below to see John Keegan’s photos and write up of the gig. Check out The Schizophonics web page Schizophonics Facebook page

Schizophonics

John was also at The Dictators show at Askew in Providence a week ago. There's no Handsome Dick Manatoba but John checks out how there doing. Locals Little Billy Lost and The McGunks were on the bill. Click the photo link below to see the review.

Dictators

Mach Bell announced on social media that he was having open heart surgery this week ... a quintuple bypass!!! Yup, Mach does everything big! We are all nervous for him. Open heart surgery has a long recovery time.

Mach Bell

The first post op message was from Friday: “Hey! I’m not eating yet , still in ICU following quintuple bypass heart surgery. Internet service had been sketchy these past couple days but i got to see a bunch of your nice messages come thru. Thank you! They gave me a nausea patch so I’m feeling better but unable to clear my throat or breathe deeply. “

Then Sunday another update “Mach is steadily making progress in his recovery.

Julia said Mach has a great team working with him at Beth Israel. "He still does not have a great appetite but time will change that. Keep the good vibes coming for Mach!!”

Mach’s Facebook page

 

Nervous EatersAnother week, more Nervous Eaters news. The song “Chad” off the Monsters & Angeles album was the Coolest Song in the World this week. You can hear the show here

The Eaters have another show lined up with Barrence Whitfield and the Savages at the Regent Theatre in Arlington on Dec 16. Facebook event page

There’s a new Tree album on the way! It seems the group was at Galaxy Park Studios and indeed are making another album. They had Chris Doherty from Gang Green in for some vocals. Chris seems to be everywhere these days.

Galaxy Park Studios Facebook page

and this Friday at Alchemy in Provi, RI are - Tree, Inverter, Catalyst, Worm (special set w/ Chris Doherty), Grip Bite - doors 8 music 9

 

Shang Hi LosThe Shang Hi Los have a new single coming out on Dec 3; “Aces, Eights & Heartbreaks.” It comes with a video. The video was done with Joan Hathaway, who did the last Cold Expectations vid. Shang Hi Los Facebook page

Cold Expectations had a short interview on the Flex Music Blog. One question describes the band as “fresh, yet vintage”. We think that is an excellent assessment. The elements of the group's music are familiar but the result of the mixing of sounds seems very new.

Read it on the Flex Music Blog website

 

We were glad to see that one of our favorite musicians Artie Sneiderman (ex of Crybabies) has formed a new group called Swamp Roots that debuted at the Steel & Wire in Worcester last Friday. He is too talented to be out of action.

Swamp Roots Facebook page

 

Christas Party free pizzaThrash’n Bang will be having their 47th (!?) Punk Pizza Party on December 18th at the Midway. Doors are at 3pm and ya, Free Pizza if the music isn’t enough for you. Only $5 cover.

On the bill are State Of The Union, The Grommets, Kermits Finger, The Jacklights, Charmed & Strange and Jake The Poet (Jake Tringali) between sets!

Facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/events/691348995532578/

 

Monster Mike's Guitar store was closed this last week for the filming of a movie called Any Day Now. That’s a great setting for the appropriate movie!! Hey, I hope they put Hambone Skinny on the soundtrack, it’s only right! Monster Mike’s Guitars Facebook page

 

Beautiful was the FightBeautiful Was the Fight is a documentary focused on women and other marginalized voices in the Boston music scene. It's produced by David Habeeb

The film had a premier showing at the Landmark Kendall Theatre. There are loads of and bands in the film including: Sapling, Stormstrees, JJ Gonson, Carissa Johnson. Nicole Tammaro has some photos in the film. Habeeb's Facebook page

 

Here’s an odd one, a musical theater production about the group Pavement. Seems unlikely (and there’s choreography too), it's directed by director Alex Ross Perry. They state: “The majesty and mystery of Pavement, one of rock music’s most unique treasures, brought to life on the stage for an abbreviated, unforgettable stand.” There will two performances of Slanted! Enchanted! A Pavement Musical. That title is so perfect. It’s Dec 1 and 2 at the Bleeker Street’s Sheen Center. Read more here.


The Holiday Markets are setting up starting this weekend... so plan your gift shopping accordingly:

Woman's MarketBoston Women's Market is at Union Square Somerville this Sunday Nov 26th: Small Business Saturday 11 AM - 4 PM at 11 Sanborn Ct.(right next to The Jungle), Somerville "Our 30+ local makers and artists will welcome you with perfect gift choices for this holiday season!" BWM FB page.

Salem's Black Mold Market II at Old Town Hall in Salem Center 1:30PM - 9PM November 27th - Bands: Dropdead, Backstabbers Inc.,PCP & The Knives, Troll Milk, Funerary Spell, Necralant, Brix 'n Mortar, Vomit Dolls, Rejects, and Stryga - Vendors: Deathwish Inc., Armageddon Shop, Tomb Gallery & Tattoo, Come On Strong, Chaos & Hell, Speakeasy Printshop, Creeping Death Designs, Content Breaks Distro, The Haul Of Horror, Salem Kustom Leathers, Clay Creep - FB page.

Winter Fest, Holiday Market at Boynton Yards by Once on Dec 10 - Games, Free Food, Bands and a huge list of awesome vendors. FB event page.

New England Punk Rock Flea Market on Dec 10 at the historic Hotel Vernon, located in the vibrant and newly revitalized Kelly Square, Worcester. it's a day of vendors and bands, a toy drive, and holiday raffles! 11AM - 9PM Music at 7PM -Music 7PM with Michael Kane (solo), Scare City, Sapling, Memory Lame FB page for vendor info etc

Hotel VernonNight Shift Brewing Holiday Market is Sunday Dec 11 from 12 PM – 5 PM. Shop Boston Women’s Market small businesses for gifts throughout the marketplace ~ Get delicious grub from Daddy's Bonetown Burger from 12 PM - 5 PM - ~ Enjoy live music from 2 PM - 5 PM. ~ No tickets required, free event! FB page

The Plymouth Punk Rock Indoor Market is now TWO DAYS for the Holidays. Dec 17 & 18 at Mayflower Brewing Company, Plymouth. 15 vendors on Saturday, 15 different vendors on Sunday: vinyl records, housewares, accessories, handmade jewelry, oddities, vintage goods & clothing.
Weird stuff for weird people. all ages, no cover. Food trucks: Wild Game Sausage Guy on Saturday, Wolf Pizza on Sunday FB event page

 


VIDEOS............

We got this video from Brian Goslow. It’s a half hour early punk show from 1977 called Impact. It starts with the Damned doing “Neat, Neat, Neat” “Problem Child” and “Fan Club”. That’s followed by the Rich Kids, Generation X and The Adverts. Classic stuff.

I Will EMBED


RADIO......

Already Dead LPWe were glad to hear the Already Dead interview on Skybar’s Rising show.

We featured their video for “Stability” last August Their 7 song EP is called My Collar Is Blue. That's also a song and a video which is here.

“Hypocrite” is a fast 1:20 hardcore song. We like that a lot and we have it on our Top Ten Songs
“Bruises and Bottles” is another strong hardcore number. They played “Stability” acoustically in the studio.

To hear the Rising show go to the WMFO schedule page and hit the Rising show at 8pm on Tuesday, then hit the ‘archive’ button.


PODCASTS.........

Podcast Stuggling ArtistThe Struggling Artist Podcast took on Baabes this week. The band tags a few hardcore groups as their influences. We expected a garage band or two but they didn’t mention any.

Baabes' live shows can be exciting, maybe too exciting for club owners. One club owner in Worcester said they would never play that town again! It was like a bad movie.

Trev is obviously a big fan of the group. It seems to us that even though Baabes played a lot before the Covid shutdown, it’s been the shows they've done after (and the album) that have gained them the fans and rave reviews they deserve.

The Rat Tales podcast has Jon Macey in for an interview. Jon has a long history. A version of Fox Pass played the last Cambridge Common concerts. This is a good chance to hear what Rat Teles podcast the thinking was and what influences were around when the early bands that made up the Boston scene started out. Fox Pass existed years before punk started. The Velvet Underground and Jonathan Richman were the models. Jon was recording from the start. It’s great hearing “Laura” which is so much like Lou Reed.

Jon gives a picture of the clubs that existed just before punk started and that’s enlightening. There was a good scene set up then.

Fox Pass were very popular in the early punk days. At the Rat Talking Heads and Mink DeVille opened for Fox Pass.

He tells the story of how he created the Boston Groupie News, always a great tale, and the reception it got. HA! Yup, Jon did the very first and very mysterious BGN!!

He outlines his bad drug days in NYC. That’s was a scary period, but he did come out of it. This was a very frank discussion.


NEW MUSIC/CDs......

The Beatersband from Italy are back with another album of punked up 50s and 60s rock hits. It makes you see how some of those hits had simple chord structures that make them line up with later punk sensibilities. They cover “Burning Love”, “Be My Baby”, “C’mon Everybody”, “Wild Thing”, “I Only Want To Be With You” and “When You Walk In The Room”.

 


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

Hamard Saint November 25, 2022 (Friday) The Sheila Divine, Valleyheart, The Rupert Selection at the Paradise Facebook event page Tickets

November 25, 2022 (Friday) Hammered Saint, The Hellbound Hitmen, Shock Corpse, Scumbari are at Koto in Salem.

November 25, 2022 (Friday) Tree, Inverter, Catalyst, Worm (special set w/ Chris Doherty), Grip Bite are at Alchemy in Provi RI - FB page

November 26, 2022 (Saturday) Stars & Stripes, The Prowlers, Cinderblock, Luger at Sonia

November 26, 2022 (Saturday) Dinosaur Jr., Guided by Voices and Eugene Mirman are at the House of Blues -FB page

November 27, 2022 (Sunday) Salem's Black Mold Market II at Old Town Hall in Salem Center 1:30PM - 9PM. Bands: Dropdead, Backstabbers Inc.,PCP & The Knives, Troll Milk, Funerary Spell, Necralant, Brix 'n Mortar, Vomit Dolls, Rejects, and Stryga - Vendors: Deathwish Inc., Armageddon Shop, Tomb Gallery & Tattoo, Come On Strong, Chaos & Hell, Speakeasy Printshop, Creeping Death Designs, Content Breaks Distro, The Haul Of Horror, Salem Kustom Leathers, Clay Creep - FB page.

November 28, 2022 (Monday) War On Women, Cancer Bats, Spaced at The Middle East - Upstairs

Silhouette Louonge show November 28, 2022 (Monday) Hunting Accidents, The Dream Today, The Endorphins at The Silhouette Allston

December 1, 2022 (Thursday) Johnny Planton, Zipper, Ski Bunny, at O'Brien's

December 2, 2022 (Friday) California's Decent Criminal comes to Boston joined by locals C.E. Skidmore & the Damn Fine Band and KCUF at Faces Brewing Malden.

December 2 & 3, 2022 (Friday & Saturday) America’s Hardcore Fest 2022 Friday December 2 - tons of bands check out the Facebook page for bands, times and weekend pass purchases.

December 3, 2022 (Saturday) Baabes, Sgt. Scag, Threat Level Burgundy at The Midway

December 4, 2022 (Sunday) Jay Potts Memorial Jam with Skin, Tree and Holy Smoke plus many of Jay's musical friends and fans will also share songs and memories...
Linda Viens, Keith Bennett, Rob Zammarachi at The Magic Room, Norwood 2 PM 8 PM - FB page.

December 4, 2022 (Sunday) O'Brien's Annual Toy Drive with The Scrooges and Cape Crush - FREE but Please bring and unwrapped toy 9PM.

December 6, 2022 (Tuesday) The Cro-Mags and specials guests at The Shaksheen Pub, Manchester, NH FB page.

Angelle wood drive December 8, 2022 (Thursday) Anngelle Wood’s 11th Annual Spectacular Gift Drive for DCF Wonderfund at Faces Brewing in Malden - featuring music by Parlour Bells, Gretchen Shae and the Middle Eight, Little Fuss. They are collecting unwrapped gifts for foster families in the Boston area - not just toys, gifts for all ages, infants to 18 year olds. Think books, clothing, art supplies, personal care items, sporting goods, electronics, games, gift cards and more. Come spread holiday cheer! - Here is the FB page.

December 8, 2022 (Thursday) Girl with a Hawk, Lonely Leesa & the Lost Cowboys, & Linnea's Garden at Sally O'Briens

December 9, 2022 (Friday) The McGunks Christmas Party with We Own Land, Grip Bite and hosted by Adam Femino at The News Cafe, Pawtucket, RI. FBpage.

December 9, 2022 (Friday) Zip-Tie Handcuffs, One Fall, Blame It On Whitman, at Faces Brewing in Malden. FB page.

December 9, 2022 (Friday) Jonee Earthquake Xmas Punk Party at The Shaksheen Pub Manchester, NH FB page.

December 9, 2022 (Friday) The McGunks X-Mas Party with The McGunks, We Own Land, Grip Bite and Hosted by Adam Femino at The News Cafe Pawtucket RI

Sapling showDecember 10, 2022 (Saturday) Winter Fest, Holiday Market at Boynton Yards by Once on Dec 10 - Games, Free Food, Bands and a huge list of awesome vendors. FB event page.

December 10, 2022 (Saturday) New England Punk Rock Flea Market presents our inaugural live event, happening here at the historic Hotel Vernon, located in the vibrant and newly revitalized Kelly Square. Join us for a fun day of vendors and bands, a toy drive, and holiday raffles! 11AM - 9PM Music at 7PM -Music 7PM with Michael Kane (solo), Scare City, Sapling, Memory Lame FB page for vendor info etc

December 10, 2022 (Saturday) 5th Annual Tunes for Tots with Lenny Lashley's Gang of One, Loser's Circle, Dead Low, Jeff Bousquet at The Midway Cafe - MATINEE at 3 PM | 10 Bucks | ALL AGES! - *PLEASE BRING A NEW AND UNWRAPPED TOY TO DONATE TO TOYS FOR TOTS! FB page.

December 10, 2022 (Saturday) Magic Room Rock and Roll Holiday Party! with Diablogato, The Shang Hi Lo, Muck and The Mires, Little Billy Lost - this is an early-ish show- music starts at 7:30PM -FB page.

December 10, 2022 (Saturday) Oneida, Martin Bisi, Thalia Zedek at Lilypad Inman Sq Cambridge 7-10PM show.

December 10, 2022 (Saturday) The Stampede, Mouth Washington, Miracle Blood at Aeronaut Cannery in Everett FB page

BaabesDecember 11, 2022 (Sunday) Brighton Bazaar - over 70 vendors!! "Imagine the love child of a flea market and a craft fair, if it was raised by an art gallery and grew up in an Etsy shop" 11 AM – 5 PM at The Brighton Elks Lodge...check out the FB page for vendor lists and directions.

December 11, 2022 (Sunday) Boston Women's Holiday Market at Night Shift Brewing

December 12, 2022 (Monday) Key of Caustic, Little Fuss, Burp at Charlie's Kitchen

December 14, 2022 (Wednesday) Boston Music Awards - FB page. December 15, 2022 (Thursday) Hambone Skinny, Sugar Blood Jinx, Thanks - Notch Brighton @ The Charles River Speedway

December 16, 2022 (Friday) The Nervous Eaters with Barrence Whitfield and the Savages at the Regent Theatre in Arlington. Facebook event page

December 16, 2022 (Friday) The Lipstick Boys, Duck & Cover, The Downhauls at Koto Salem

December 16, 2022 (Friday) A Very FUNdraising XMAS: featuring rock star heroes of the 90’s: Buffalo Tom, Mary Lou Lord, The Bags, members of Fuzzy, Merrie Amsterburg, Scruffy The Cat and more- all playing holiday tunes and some of their infectious 90’s hits at the Burren Davis Square, Somerville, MA. Rock the nostalgia, come by, and donate to a great cause https://abortionfunds.org/ - it’s sure to be a seasonal treat! FB page

HardcoreDecember 17 & 18, 2022 (Saturday & Sunday) Plymouth Punk Rock TWO DAY Indoor Market at Mayflower Brewing Company, Plymouth. 15 vendors on Saturday, 15 different vendors on Sunday: vinyl records, housewares, accessories, handmade jewelry, oddities, vintage goods & clothing.
Weird stuff for weird people. all ages, no cover. Food trucks: Wild Game Sausage Guy on Saturday, Wolf Pizza on Sunday FB event page

December 17, 2022 (Saturday) Hardcore Stadium Holiday Celebration with Infest, Siege, Citizens Arrest, Dropdead, F.U.'s, Shark Attack, Intent To Injure, Tree, Firewalker, Peace Test, The Lousy, Tossed Aside, Sinister Wand, Burning Lord - at the Middle East - All Ages, $35 Advance / $30 Day of Show, 3:00 PM Doors

December 17, 2022 (Saturday) SCMF, Dogmatics, Jittery Jack & Amy Griffin at Faces in Malden FB page.

December 17, 2022 (Saturday) Murdoch, Lonely Leesa & The Lost Cowboys, Gene Dante & The Future Starlets at The Middle East - Upstairs - (Doors: 6:00 pm )

December 18, 2022 (Sunday) Thrash’n Bang's 47th (!?) Punk Pizza Party on December 18th at the Midway -its a matiniee- 3pm - 7pm and and ya, Free Pizza and Only $5 cover. On the bill are State Of The Union, The Grommets, Kermits Finger, The Jacklights, Charmed & Strange and Jake The Poet (Jake Tringali) between sets! Facebook event page

December 18, 2022 (Sunday) The Lemonheads are playing a second show the Paradise - Facebook event page

KLYAMDecember 19, 2022 (Monday) Casket Rats, Scumbari (members of Razors in the night), Ruffian Dick at O'Brien's

December 20, 2022 (Tuesday) Threat Level Burgundy, Bad Idea at The Jungle - 6PM show!!

December 22, 2022 (Thursday) The Scrooges and Gretchen & The Bansheess are at Notch Brewery Brighton. Facebook Event page

February 24, 2023 (Thursday) Triple B Records presents: Gorilla Biscuits, Restraining Order, Wild Side, Vantage Point, Truth Cult, Wreckage - At the Middle East - warning tix are $40!! this is a 6 PM show.

March 11, 2023 (Saturday) Grayskull Booking & Hardcore Stadium present Slapshot, Crown of Thornz, Risk, Neighborhood Shit at The Middle East Down

October 11, 2023 (Wednesday) The Mission UK & The Chameleons: Deja Vu Tour 2022 Rescheduled to 2023!!! also on the bill Theatre of Hate

 

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