I loved Doug Tuttle when I
saw him at the Hasselfest and he was on the bill of psyche bands at the Middle
East Down on Saturday 4/19. Unfortunately they played on time and had a short
set and we were late and missed them. Doug used to play in MMOSS from New
Hampshire. Here's a
link to a song from his just released CD. If you listen to that you can hear
its 60's psyche sound.
Now, what about that? What's the idea of listening to that style now? Ripped
of its social, political and lifestyle origins, does it make sense to play it?
Those questions were on my mind as I listened to Ghost Box Orchestra
and Loop. For me it is a viable musical direction. It seems to work in
the current zeitgeist. I don't pretend to know why exactly but I feel the computer
and the parallel web universe, not to mention game and Sim worlds, may put the
mind in the right space for psyche music.
We had seen Ghost Box Orchestra
at Radio (previous
BGN review) and liked them. This night they commanded a much bigger stage
and the music was big enough to fill the space. The lead singer was a dramatic
focus. They had a backdrop with psychedelic films that added to the ambiance
as they poured out their atmospheric songs. Tons and tons of echo on the vocals
and all sorts of effects on the instruments created spacy tapestries. The synth
player played some simple linear riffs that gave just enough to hold on to.
I found it very satisfying.
The club was full but not jammed but there was a noticeable
uptick in people when Loop
were scheduled to play. I was unfamiliar with
the English band whose history
goes back to 1986
. Others knew, and they included a few WMBR jocks including
, Sue Safton
and Mistress Laura
in the Belfry
. One thing was obvious from a fast sound check; they were
going to be LOUD. Loop's
main base is a short repetitive riff; they are
just a few notes or two chords. They play over that with some sharp acid guitar
or effects laden guitar. They had a much darker tone than Ghost Box
We didn't stay for the whole set but if I was more comfortable I would have.
The ME down is not a great place when it's crowded, the view of the stage is
pretty bad unless you fight your way to the front and this night we just weren't
up for that.
And in other news... Happy 28th Wedding Anniversary to Richie
and Judy Parsons!!!!!!
the Capital is a documentary being done on early Washington DC punk
scene 1977-1980. Miss Lyn and Kenne Highland lived there during that
time and there was a lot of great bands areound then!! The Afrika Korps
are in featured in there along with The Slickee Boys and many others,
check out the site and after you read about Punk the Capital scroll down
to the great links to other cool films on punk!!!
The Screamers had
a wild reputation at the dawn of punk. we remind you to check out the Kickstarter
to help a movie about the lead singer Tomata Du Plenty.
Another reminder: Wharf Cat Records has released an authorized reproduction
Peste's Better Off Dead. The single is a limited edition and features
the original tip-on sleeve jacket and "Black Records" imprint on the back. You
can pick up a copy for $7.99 at the Wharf Cat Records website click
here. A limited number of copies will be put aside for members of the group.
Once you order your copy email WCR and let them know you are a member of the
Peste Fanclub on Facebook and your copy will go out in the first wave. You
can follow up your order with an email here: firstname.lastname@example.org.
And for upcoming shows we think are worth mentioning.....
Boston punks are getting it together to support the Lieutenant Walsh - Firefighter
Kennedy Memorial Fund this Tuesday April 22nd at Great Scott AND
(because of the amazing response) a second show at The Sinclair on Wednesday
April 23rd. Both shows are sold out but here's who's playing: Tuesday at Great
Scotts there's Street Dogs, Avoid One Thing (first show in 10 years),
Ducky Boys, Lenny Lashley's Gang of One, The Welch Boys, Burning Streets
and Duck and Cover. Wednesday at The Sinclair there's Street
Dogs, Slapshot, Ducky Boys, and Avoid One Thing. Since both shows
are sold out you can donate to the fund
here if you'd like.
Thursday April 24th O'Brien's has Boogie Boy Metalmouth,
Mystic Motorcycles, Radio Control AND...one of our faves: Sleep
Crimes, who is celebrating their CD release...with a song that made
it to our Top Ten list
...go have a listen to their song I Pledge My Love
Kelly Davidson is celebrating
another of her 6th installment
in her Rock Parents photo series on Friday April 25th at The Jamspot
in Somerville ...(its kinda off Prospect Street near Union Square click
here for directions) Anyway Kelly is an awesome photographer and a really
nice person and we think this project is a great idea. It celebrates the many
Boston rockers who are paretns. See you there folks!
Now this is gonna be a great show!!! At O' Brien's
this Friday the 25th: Jason Bennett, another one of our faves:
The Drunk Nuns, Playoff
Beard, Matt Charette and The Wicked Children - this is worth it just
to see The Drunk Nuns folks, they are currently the Number One band
on our Top Ten
list with their song F-Town!!
Whew there is a total hardcore matinee show at The Middle East UP on
April 26th: The Breakfast Club Hardcore Matinee: Finisher,
Meek is Murder, The Austerity Program , I am become Death, Aminals,
and Suffer on Acid - This is an all ages show and the doors at at Noon!!
Saturday April 26th at the Midway is The Cheeseburger Eatin'
King's Annual Birthday Circus featuring Bad Lieutenants, The FUs, Big
Meat Hammer, Rough Francis, The Stand Alones, The Pubcrawlers, Bragging Rights,
and Slim Francis
In Providence RI on Sat April 26 is the
A is for Awesome Benefit for the Trudeau Center -its at The Parlour 1119
Main St Provi, and playing will be Lenny Lashley (Darkbuster, Street
Dogs), Jenn Kitten (Music), The Red Pennys, The Quahogs...plus:
Treats from Bee's Knees / Surfing Movies and its sponsored by The Bucket Brewery
- The Trudeau Center in RI works
to promote an enhanced quality of life for individuals with developmental- disabilities.
so this is a great cause folks...head on over if you can.
Another gig on the 26th is Moose and the Mudbugs out in Worcester at Ralph's with Bee's Knees and Loose Salute.
The 4th Annual HardCore Cotillion is Sunday April 27th (5:30-10PM)
at The President's Rock Club in Quincy...this is one killer show folks!!
You got Kilslug, Jerry's Kids, Taxi Driver, Barroom Heroes, and Keith
"Fishead" Knowlton - all for 8 bucks!!
Also on Sunday the 27th 3-5PM is a fun event: Scavenge
The Square- Central: a day of exploring the fun spaces of Cambridge's
Central Square. We will taste some locally made treats, explore favorite haunts,
and end at a The Phoenix Landing. All scavenger hunt participants will be entered
to win fun prizes from local businesses.
Wednesday April 30th Streight Angular are at O'Brien's...
Saturday May 3rd 1-4PM ....on the radio....Crash Course for the Ravers
on WMFO 91.5FM ...has Siobhan Mcauley (Serum, Trojan Ponies) and
Boston based producer and composer James Bryan on the show to talk
about their new venture Embrionic.
After you listen to crazy Crash Corse you can head
to the Midway for the Cranktones. This is another in an increasingly
long list of cool rockabilly gigs at Midway. Cranktones CAN PLAY. If
you are an instrumental fan like me you will love to hear
there version of The Shadows' The Savage
The Cavestomp (Boston)
Standells and Lyres at The Brighton Music Hall on Monday
May 5th.... You can buy
What we knew as Joe Coughlin Memorial Show, and who could forget Joe
Coughlin??? is now dubbed Joe Fest...and its Joe Fest II at the Midway
on May 10th! And the bill is an awesome one, bands Joe would love and
who loved Joe... M.O.T.O., Alice Highland, Classic Ruins and Roy Sludge
doing his Stump the Undertakers Organ .....a good time will be had by
all and its all in Joe's honor!!
Also on the 10th at The Middle East Up is a good show with The
Devil's Twins, Petty Morals, Adam PC, and PowerSlut - this is an
early show with doors at 7PM!!
on Saturday, May 10th we got a excellent show with Jittery Jack
(their Boston record release show) , Whiskey Kill, Johnny Carlevale and the
Rollin' Pins and DiabloGato
Also on Saturday May 10th is a crazy night at Club Bohemia at the
Cantab with The Hixxtravaganza - playing are Hixx of course
along with Scott Damgaard, Cadillac Heart and James Straight
And The Wide Stance
Also on May 10th is a big ole celebration over at Store 54 -
turns 50 and he's celebrating with The Upper Crust playing and
its byob....should be quite a night folks!!
Wow this is a very special not-to-be-missed event: At
The Regent Theater on Sunday May 11th (7:30PM) - A Boston Film Premiere Event:
Looking For Johnny - The Legend of Johnny Thunders PLUS The Daughters
Reform to Play LIVE! I know they interviewed some Boston rockers for
this film, too!
It's a killer weekend over at The Midway on Friday, May 16th
with The Other Girls, BrownBooze (featuring Rod van Stoli and
Jordan Valentine of BrownBoot!!! she's in town for a couple shows this
weekend -see below too) ) and Saturday, the 17th with The Hudson Falcons
, The Sprained Ankles, The Black Cheers and Spectacle
OK people mark your calendars for May 17th there's a lot going on that
The famous Q Division Yard Sale...this one'll be the 4th
Annual...is coming up on May 17th...lots of music gear and local
musicians at this thing..... its on from 10AM- 2PM.
You know it's summer when Cal Cali is back in town and he's back to
his birthday on May 17th at The Tavern at the End of the World
with Asa Brebner, Richie Parsons Duo and Emily Grogan
We know you've missed the Bob Colby shows that were at The
Cantab on Thursdays and at The Rosebud before that...well Bob's back
at it and on May 17th at Wayne Viens' Store 54 his first show
there will feature Slowdim and Incinerator. Bob says: There may
also be a short opening set, we'll tell you about that when we know more. We're
glad to see you back Bob!!
Al Janick's St. Stanilaus Polka Party
on May 17th...this year its at Anthony's on Highland Ave in Somerville
and he's got his Plastyczny Ser Orkestra consisting of world famous musicians
like , Kevin Hensleyski on Guitar, Matt Burkeski on Drums and
Shaun Wolf Wortiski on Bass...along with The Warsaw Marching Accordion
Army and the Horny Karkow Horns...and if that weren't enough he also has special
guests The Pierogi Triplets (Jordan Valentine & Jenny Dee)!!!
Also on 5/17 over at the Midway in JP is The Beantown Boozehounds,
The Sprained Ankles, The Black Cheers and Spectacle.....
And if you are up in the North Shore on May 17th...there's a good show
at The Spotlight Tavern in Beverly with Pop
Gun, Cadillac Heart, The Classic Ruins
and the Brigands.
Thursday, May 22 at The Middle East Up......... The
with Muck and the Mires, Lyres - whoa what a show!!!!
Saturday, May 24 at 6:00pm The
Spot Underground (101 Richmond
St, 2nd Floor, Providence, Rhode Island 02903) has punk extravaganza going on.
It's featuring Boston and Providence hardcore with DYS, The FUs, The Loud
Ones, Words Of Truth, Honest John, Penalty Kill, Futile Justice
Sunday June 1 at The
Middle East down is The Cro-Mags, Anti Nowhere League, Taxi Driver
and Neighborhood Shit. This is an early show folks, doors are at 6:30PM
The 2nd Annual Rat Beach Party is already well in the planning stages...its
set for September 14th& 15th and here's a list of bands so far: Saturday
night- Red Parrot Beach Bar starting at 7PM: Hardwired -- Heavy Weddle & Sweet
Release -- Severance (or Band To Be Announced) -- JetSet -- Billy Rath & The
Street Pirates -- Open Jam to close
Sunday afternoon/evening: Red Parrot Function Room, Beach Bar and Back Room
Lounge starting at 12:00 -- The Beachcombovers (Function Room) -- Hardwired
(Beach Bar) -- The Boize (Function Room) -- Gino Caira Band (Beach Bar) -- Count
Viglione Love & Flame (Function Room) -- Hixx (Beach Bar)-- State of Union (Function
Room) -- GraveDancers (Beach Bar) -- The Derangers (Function Room) -- The Workers
(Beach Bar) -- Liz Borden (Function Room) -- Kenne Highland Clan (Beach Bar)
-- Slow Children (Function Room) -- Pop Gun (Beach Bar) -- Gyro Lula (Function
Room) -- Moose & The Mudbugs (Beach Bar) -- Tsunami of Sound (Function Room)
8:30 -- Masters of The Obvious (Beach Bar) -- Red House (Beach Bar) - Real Real
Bayou Band (Beach Bar) -- All-Star Jam led by Cindy Daley, formerly of Lovelace.
In August John Lydon hits Boston in a huge production of
Jesus Christ SuperStar , he's playing King Herod...man I want to see that
She doesn't wait for the good weather, she leaves the bad
weather to vacation on the west coast. That would be Joanie Lindstrom on her
latest trip to Seattle, San
Diego and Los Angeles.
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