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December 5, 2022

GG Allin
Early GG Allin at Cantones 1978
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GG Allin
Later GG Allin

Fasten your seat belts - it’s gonna be a bumpy ride!! There's a new GG Allin biopic on the way......

GG Allin: Live. Fast. Die. will be directed by Jonas Akerlund, a music video maker and who also directed the film Lords of Chaos. The screenwriter Richard Schenkman spent a year researching, he interviewed GG’s brother Merle Allin, his bandmates and his now-deceased mother. Here's the interesting note: "The producers have acquired Allin’s life and music rights" Gee, I wonder who got the wad of dough for that!!

There's sort of contradictory info going on here -

The producers say they "plan to tell the true story of Allin as what happens to a borderline personality when the reach for fame exceeds the limits of talent… when substance abuse goes unchecked and mental illness undiagnosed and untreated… and when a fictional character takes over a real person’s life, driving GG beyond limits anyone could possibly endure.”

Screenwriter Schenkman said: “I read hundreds of articles about him, arrest and trial transcripts, even his unpublished memoir. I watched hours of videos and endured (oh the poor man!!-ed) track after track of his assaultive music. I wanted everything in this movie to be accurate and true. And it is.”

But ..... here's the kicker Schenkman is a writer of low-budget horror fare such as Mischief Night, Zombie Night and The Man from Earth: Holocene, the latter of which he also directed. UGH!

We shall see.... Here’s an article on the Hollywood Reporter

Captain Easychord took in a night at The Jungle. Things are rough out there and add the Captain's apartment getting burnt out, it becomes a necessity to distract the mind and calm the soul with some music. Easychord found a community feeling in the groups who exchanged members all evening.

The line-up was Linnea's Garden, Emily Grogan Band, Crow Follow and Lights Out. See the photos and read what Captain Easychord has to say by clicking the photo link below.

Rock Show at Jungle

The Holiday Markets are going strong .. so plan your gift shopping accordingly:

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

New England Punk Rock Flea Market also this Saturday 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.

Night 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

German Holiday Market at Notch Brewery Salem is Sunday, December 11 & Sunday, December 18 - Get all the gifts you need for the holiday season and support local small businesses - hosted by Black Sheep Events. Vendors for each date will be different so you'll be able to find everything you need! -Check out the December 11 Vendors-
Kekii Crafts Much Ado About Sewing, Homebody DIY, THANKYOUSEAN, Feeney Clay, Keep Salem Odd, Black Coffiend, White Witch Vintage, The Chaos Factor,
Siren & Saint Vintage, Lisa Page Pottery, Yankee Wood Merchant, The Green Witch. FB page.

Plymouth Rock 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

Holiday Mart and Music in Maynard is Dec 17th at Sanctuary 82 Main St Maynard- Doors at 5 Music at 6 with Andea Gillis w/special guests Abbie Barrett and Amber Caseres, The Chelsea Curve, Magen Tracy & The Missed Connections, Justine and The Unclean - vendors: Blue Ribbon BBQ, Frankie's Sweet Shop, WexRex Collectibles, Rick Paige's Atomic Candy Collectibles, Black Crow Productions, Stompbox Sonic (hard-to-find effects pedals and other musical gear) and Haley Wood Textiles- FB page.

Somerville Flea at The Armory is Dec. 18th it's where you'll find two floors and over 30 vendors of vintage and artisan wonders. Shop local and don't worry about supply chains and box stores. Find that perfect gift that you never even knew existed!! FB page

And... year end is coming up too ... The Worcester Magazine does a yearly list of their favorite new bands. This year in the rock area they have Michael Kane & the Morning Afters, Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys, Motel Black, Linnea’s Garden and The Chelsea Curve.

They also have Tysk Tysk Task, a band just doing their own thing. There’s no template for the chances they are taking. It seems like all is up for grabs. You can hear their album You’re Sorry More below.

Skybar is turning the tables on Steev Ricardo of Blowing Smoke with Twisted Rico by interviewing him this Tuesday, 12/6/22 on his Rising show on WMFO. Steev had a long career in the record industry and was the man behind a lot of groups you probably love.

To hear the show tune in to WMFO 91.5 FM on Tuesday at 8 or listen to the archive version after Tuesday by going to the WMFO archive page and hitting Tuesday at 8pm then hit the archive button.


Shang Hi Los

It seems like it's been a while since there was a new Shang Hi Los song. That’s rectified with “Takes One To Know One” and its video. The song takes up a marching beat as it seems to refer to the rat race and workplace relations. It has a very together group sound with a wide sonic palate. It hits hard, and that fits the lyrics which have a sharp bite.

The visuals have office workers in lock step and they don’t seem like they’re having a good time. The filming, by Joan Hathaway and Alex Bandow, (Joan has been doing some fine videos recently) takes full advantage of the office backdrop.

The Shang Hi Los just seem to have it all together. With all their talent and their ability to put quality into every phase of music making they are poised for even more success.

Bang Camaro wants you to know they are BACK! Their mission is to bring the '70s back with them…that’s always been their mission. “Too Fast to Fall In Love” sounds like what we would be listening to if punk never happened.

The video is a clever conceit too. It’s sketches in a school notebook done by a heavy metal hands leads one through the song.

Rum Bar’s Street Walkin’ Cheetahs have a new video for “Know Your Product” the Saints song off the All The Covers album. It’s a live performance video from a show at The Good Bar in Long Beach, CA which looks like a cool place with all the skateboards hanging up on the walls. “Know Your Product” is just a nice hunk of rock.

The Cramps are back in the music charts. And you know why.... it's because the Netflix show Wednesday has a scene where Wednesday Addams dances to “Goo Goo Muck.” It’s very well done. Now all the viewers who never heard of The Cramps have gone searching for it, hence it’s back in the charts.

Jenna Ortega, who plays Wednesday, talks about where she got the dance moves “Thanks to Siouxsie Sioux, Bob Fosse’s Rich Man’s Frug, Lisa Loring, Lene Lovich, Denis Lavant, and archival footage of goths dancing in clubs in the 80’s. Helped me out on this one." she wrote.

The Cramps scooped the song up from the Ronnie Cook and the Gaylads 1962 version. There’s a story about that now too and where the money for all this goes. That story was in Billboard

How do you do a video for a 25 second thrash hardcore song with a super speedy tempo? Here’s one way and we think it does the job well. This is “Destroy” by Banda Destruida, from Chile.


Angelle Wood had a new Boston Emissions show this last week. The last show was in July. We never feared Angelle that wouldn’t come back. She’s dedicated!! And she’s all revved up with the Rock and Roll Rumble finally returning after two years too.

She had an opening set that was attention getting loud with Kid Disaster, One Fall and Gretchen Shae and the Middle Eight. Then Oh The Humanity’s “Worth Nothing” which sounded fine in the flow of music.

This week on Crash Course for the Ravers Brian Young had Joe Mazzari and Dixie Deadwood of 61 Ghosts and Simon Ritt playing in the studio.

Simon Ritt mentioned he’s on the long waited for tribute album for The Dawgs. He does a version of “Hit the Fan.” We’re been waiting for that album for a few years.

61 Ghosts had plenty of time to play both live and play recorded material.

The rest of the show had the rock we like with: Lou Reed, Stiff Little Fingers, REM, Dogmatics and T Rex.

To hear the show go to the WMFO schedule page hit CCFTR at 1pm on Saturday and then hit the ‘archive’ button.


Smitt E SmittyThere was a load of local music on On the Town with Mikey Dee on WMFO this week. That’s nothing new, there always is, but this time it was parceled out by Smitt E. Smitty of The Feztones and Little Billy Lost.

Smitty gave an advance play of two singles of his bands. One is a cover of “Rebel Rebel” by the Feztones and “Wash Your Sins Away” by Little Billy Lost.

The rest of the show was mostly new local releases. It’s a good show to take in to get up to speed on that.

To hear the show go to the WMFO schedule page hit On The Town with Mikey Dee at 1pm on Wednesday and then hit the ‘archive’ button.


Blowing Smoke podcastThis week on Blowing Smoke with Twisted Rico Steev Ricardo interview members of The Dogmatics: Jerry Lehane, Peter O’Halloran, Jimmy O’Halloran and James Young.

They talk about their early history and where it all started…the parish and school…these guys go way back. It eventually leads to Thayer St. They said there was only heat from Monday to Friday and the weekends they would freeze. With a freight elevator they were able to bring up their guitar equipment and motorcycles right into the loft. Their first club show was at Cantone's on a Tuesday.

They have lots of colorful stories from the club scene in the first half of the '80s. They end talking about The Dogumentary the documentary about the group. It’s been completed and should show up early next year.

Sonic Overload had its annual covers show. It’s a fun show to take in. Al Quint’s collection and knowledge are a deep well.

He has Paris 1942 doing a version of “She Cracked” by The Modern Lovers, Le Shok does Delta 5’s “Mind Your Own Business,” Rocket From the Crypt does Adam and the Ant’s “Press Darlings,” The Satanic Togas go back to“Lights Out” by the Angry Samoans, Sonny and Cher’s “The Beat Goes On” is done by The Screamers…and it goes on. There’s a lot to hear on this. Al even gets to the sixties with The Litter doing an extended “I’m a Man” the Bo Diddly song.

You can hear the show on the Sonic Overload webpage

The Rat Tales podcast have been busy lately. They posted a new Jon Butcher interview this week. Jon was playing the Rat in the early days beside the punk bands. He took his blues-based rock and went on to a successful career. He has a good handle on what was going on in those early days.

Then they have a lot of videos posted of local acts, both new and old. It’s worth getting in there and checking out their shows on the Spotify page.


Brad Marino Dream of a Man in a Top Hat

Brad Marino just released a live set from his show at the Down South Showdown from January 2022. He played with Geoff Palmer and Zack Sprauge. The songs include some recent rockers we love: “C’mon, C’mon, C’mon”, “Girl, I Want You” and “Local Show”.

Everything sounds nice and gritty. These guys never miss.

Dream of a Man in a Top Hat is a group that has two members of Native Tongue. They were doing cutting edge music then and still are. In "The Destination" thier latest effort the guitar has a classic post punk slash to it, a la Gang of Four.

There’s a nightmare quality to the lyrics, like someone desperately trying to think their way out of confusion.

This would have got plenty of air play back in the alternative radio days. We’d love to hear it on the radio now.

Highway Chapel Towheads

Highway Chapel’s last album came out in 2020. It’s nice to have some new material. The Reverend Joe Fagan has his thick (and cheap) guitar tone all over this. He also likes a good riff so some songs are built on those.

Joe’s voice is very effective in the song “Visitor.” What a tasty tone on the lead guitar line, it digs in and leaves a mark.

The song “Lost Something” has stuck in our heads. One because of the heart thumping rhythm guitar and the simple lyric “we lost something here” which gets repeated so insistently that it resonates.

The Rev has the beginnings of the sermon on “Walked Upon the Earth”. A sermon backed with plenty of guitar.

The Toeheads' single “Told You Twice” from Big Neck Records is a blast of hysterical garage rock. It’s like DMZ but even more unhinged sounding.

"The Toeheads represent the genre in the vain of their forefathers like Jay Reatard and Ty Segall, bestowing monstrous, impermissible anthems. Their fuzzy rock resembles the effects of amphetamines and hair of the dog, and just when you thought Detroit was on the threshold of demolition, Toeheads successfully salvage any lost hope you had in the Motor City and in rock'n'roll." The Detroit trio will have an album, A Cruel Winner’s World, out soon!

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

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

Boston Emissions toy driveDecember 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) Sick Minds, American Ethos, Hate Still Burns, DONE at O'Briens

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

December 9, 2022 (Friday) Scissorfight, Gozu, Brain Famine, Jim Healey (of Black Thai), Kerry Quirk at The Middle East Up

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.

SissorfightDecember 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

December 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. Miracle Blood

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

December 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 11, 2022 (Sunday) Renegade Cartel, Warthog, Done, The Somethin Somethings, Watching it Burn for a Matinee Show 3PM at the Midway

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 15, 2022 (Thursday) New Alliance Gallery Presents: Synth-mas! Keep checking the Facebook page for band info etc.

Christmas toy drive showDecember 15, 2022 (Thursday) Hambone Skinny, Sugar Blood Jinx, Thanks at Notch Brighton

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 - it’s sure to be a seasonal treat! FB page

December 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

Toy for TotsDecember 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 17, 2022 (Saturday) The Weisstronauts' 24th annual Holiday Jubilee with guests Faux Menco, Cotton Candy, Hayley Thompson King, and Patrick Bryant at State Park FB page.

December 17, 2022 (Saturday) Wicked Night Riots Presents; Hidden Figures, Rebuild Rewind, McNilly, The Flood at The Gardner Eagles (71 City Hall Ave, Gardner, MA) Doors 5:30PM - Sound 6PM - FB page. Tickets are $20 .... or $15 with a NEW donation of a winter accessory, all donations of winter accessories will be given to the CASA project of Worcester country, they will be given to children in foster care. That's another reason to go!!

December 17, 2022 (Saturday) Holiday in Maynard with Andrea Gillis, Chelsea Curve, Magen Tracy, Justine & The Unclean at Sanctuary

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) KLYAM Holiday Party!! with The Swettes, (punchy punk we love and need totally raw and compelling!) Adult Learners, Nervous Eaters (very new band ft. Kathy Snax on vox/keyboard, Simon on drums, and bassist Joe (of the legendary Tampoffs). Short & sweet garage pop nuggets!), Nice Guys, (noisy rock n roll powers) and of course Johnny & The Foodmasters!!! KLYAM will be DJing too. at State Park in Kendall Square. It's all ages and FREE!!! Starts at 8PM.

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

December 19, 2022 (Monday) Already Dead, Scumbari (members of Razors in the night), Ruffian Dick, Goon Platoon at O'Brien's

December 19, 2022 (Monday) Rougorou, Dwelley, Dark Time at Charlie's Kitchen

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

December 22, 2022 (Thursday) PUNK X-MAS at Alchemy with Gnarnia, The Pourmen, Paraplegics, D.O.P. more TBA - besides all the great local talent, they will have "awesome drink specials for the poor punk budget in mind! its Alchemy's gift to you!" and the cover is only $5! FB page

December 23, 2022 (Friday) Ghosts in the Snow, Miracle Blood, 123 Astronaut, Jake Wasson MD LIVE @ The News Cafe, Pawtucket, RI

KLYAM Rock showDecember 29, 2022 (Thursday) K.C.U.F., Baby Bowler, Twelveyes, Long Autumn at O'Brien's

December 31, 2022 (Saturday) New Year's Eve Party with Ray Liriano, The Manglers, Mistakes Were Made & more at The Midway- FB page.

January 6, 2023 (Friday) Leeway, Subzero, Neighborhood Shit, Ache, Sick Minds, Damn Your Eyes at The Middle East Up - All Ages, Cover $20, 8:00 PM Doors - TIX

January 9, 2023 (Monday) Tower Brothers, Battlemode, Ruby Grove at Charlie's Kitchen

January 12, 2023 (Thursday) Jivebomb, B.R.A.T., Fraud, Peace Test, Burning Lord at The Middle east Up

January 15, 2023 (Sunday) Point Blank, WORM, Working Poor, Gone Wrong, Circus Battalion at The Midway for a Matinee (3PM-7PM) All Ages! FB Page

January 21, 2023 (Saturday) The McGunks, Taken by Vultures, Bad Idea USA, Scotty Saints and the True Believers at The Midway for a Matinee (3PM-7PM) FB Page

January 27, 2023 (Friday) U-Ey at the Buoy, The Ungraded, Ruffian Dick at Faces Brewing Malden - TIX etc

Hardcore showJanuary 28, 2023 (Saturday) Lupo Citta, Daughter of The Vine, Andy California, Shiny Beasts at The Midway - 8PM, FB page.

February 4, 2023 (Saturday) The Freqs, Landowner, Miracle Blood at The Middle East Up

February 24, 2023 (Friday) Goth / Post-Punk Tribute Night with Gretchen & the Banshees perform as Siouxsie & the Banshees and Staring at the Sea as The Cure at The Midway. FB page.

February 24, 2023 (Friday) Triple B Records presents: Gorilla Biscuits, Restraining Order, Wild Side, Vantage Point, Truth Cult, Wreckage - 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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