We did a three day stretch this week; Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Thursday was a show at OBriens. There were about 30 people there
and they were involved with Above the Mendoza. I love the name which
expresses a concept to think about, and I quote: The Mendoza Line is an
expression in baseball in the United States, deriving from the name of shortstop
Mario Mendoza, whose mediocre batting average is taken to define the threshold
of incompetent hitting."
Above the Mendoza
They are from Philadelphia and describe themselves as punk and post punk and
I would throw in an emo element in the vocals. They exuded friendliness along
with tons of energy onstage. You could see they were a close knit group with
the amount of interaction they had on stage. They would just bounce with excess
energy at points as they smiled and generally looked like they were loving every
minute of playing and being on stage.
Glamour Queen was a song that stood out. It sounds good in
their recorded version too. Bandcamp.
Their other song Home on that page is also worthy of a listen.
It was good music and an involving stage show together that made a memorable
set. The band stayed around and supported the rest of the bill; a nice group
Next up Arlen (from Lowell) also describe themselves with post punk
along with marking Joy Division in the list. They had that moody darkness
in the music. They all were excellent players. The guitarist somehow
had a sharp yet airy sound. It was an effects laden tone that hung in
the air and gave every song the smoldering ambience that was their signature
The group sound was thick, helped by a busy drummer and through that
the singer was still able to be heard. His voice had a pleading tone
at times. I was swept away by their song Hear Me Out. You can
hear what I heard in their
recorded version. He puts the emotion in the words, Hear me
out. I caught the mood and did not want the song to end. Their
ability to put the emotion into their material is what makes everything
Week after week weve been catching mid-week shows at OBriens.
The person booking this place has good ears.
Friday it was a must not miss gig at the Middle East up with Lyres.
They've been consistently at the top of their game. The short story of the night
is that they were great again.
The modifierS were openers. They've been around for a long
while. They put out a straight forward guitar blast. Its all mid-tempo
and solid. They do a good job and you get sucked into the songs time
and time again. A good example is I Like Her Band...the chorus
will hook you. They talk about a waitress in Kenmore Square in the lyrics.
Lyres again prove their drawing power. The Middle East Up, if
it wasnt sold out, was close to sold out. A lot of familiar faces
were in the crowd. Jeff started the show wearing a black wig. It put
the twist on the halo of blond hair that we're so used to. Getting right
to it they play Dont Give It Up, Now. If they stopped
right there it would have been enough. It was pure Lyres.
No one else gets close to this. They've been doing this for 40 years
and it was great on day one and only more important and impressive now.
Jeffs voice was soulful and strong with the occasional scream.
Theres something about those screams that embody the id of rock.
The organ was branding everything with the Lyres sound. Steve
Aquino was in exceptional mode. The sound guy had every instrument
clear and you could catch Steves chording. Its just garage
rock style I say just! Sometimes simple is the hardest thing to
play. He has the right tone and knows how and when to strum or chop
the chords and where on the neck to play them. It was a lesson if anyone
wanted to take it in.
How Do You Know
Help You Ann - Soapy
Don't Give It Up Now
The set continues with their hits and less familiar nuggets. Jeff
was all business as they played Im Your Guy, Help
You Ann, Soapy and How Do You Know. This was
one hour of uninterrupted playing. This is what we live for. It ended
with I Really Want You Right Now.
The Charms were closers but we missed them.
Saturday we knew that Andy McBain in the guise of Andy California
was going to be on Crash Course for the Ravers. Brian Young
sort of dared us to show up and face the guy who has already crash
coursed with Blowfish. So of course....we go.
Andy had his two small amps. One for his guitar and one for the microphone
duct tapped to the guitar. On air (or in person) hes mild mannered
but the second hes plugged in, he makes a growl like a beast rising
from the primeval ooze and hes off. A video of Andy in the studio.
We naively thought that this being radio the Andy would sit and play....wrong!
He stands up and sure enough hes into his routine and roaming around.
He does his quirky shuffle step and slowly but surely heads to Marie. Poor unsuspecting
Marie. She got a dose of Andy luv.
Marie and Andy California
Brian was behind the console and Miss Lyn was, not by chance, tucked into
an inaccessible corner. Blowfish had a target on his forehead...as usual.
It was mash time. Photos tell the story.
Photo: Miss Lyn
We learned little about Andy. We're planning to do an interview for the BGN
to learn more. Hes bit of an enigma.
The ACCFTR gang read the BGN concert report for the upcoming week
as a feature on the show at 3:45pm. They do a great job on that. They
asked us to do it this week. It was a fun time and we all had a blast!
But...that still wasnt enough so we headed to Atwoods
where Jittery Jack was having a record release party. For us
this was a repeat of our Cranktones show last
September. We even had the same meals; again great. Jittery Jacks
personality fills the room and Miss Amy plays the best rockabilly
guitar ever. The crowd is friendly and the place was full. Its
a neighborhood bar with a big heart. January 21 they have the Cranktones
again. If you're looking for a way to chase away the winter blues this
is the place.
And in other news.....
Rick Harte says: The new 7 song Real Kids record is almost done.
It will be mastered at Sterling Sound on February 2nd. The Real Kids
show in Worcester was cancelled. Turns out John got bonked on the head
by a rouge car part and had a concussion. He's doing OK though.
Is there a new Store 54 in the works? Theres some rumors out there.
UK paper The Sun takes a looks at some notable punkers then and
now. They call if "Granarchy
in the UK". HA! That's hilarious and fitting!!
Kurt Baker is currently touring Europe but, we hear, is returning
home for some shows..... home for Kurt would be Portland, ME. There's
gonna be a gig in March with his buds The Connection
and Kris Rogers; thats nirvana for pop fans.
We're hoping there's also a Boston show involved.
Here's some good shows coming up .....
January 17 (Tuesday) Salem Wolves and Miss
Amy Griffin (The Raging Teens, Jittery Jack) will be making magic at Atwood's
January 19 (Thursday) Hey its a Punk
Rock Pizza Party at O'Brien's with Endless Mike and the Beagle Club, Retirement
District, Saccharine and Puppy Problems...and there's Free pizza
at the show!
January 19 (Thursday) Aeronaut Brewery's
2nd Annual Beers for Books- join Room to Read and Aeronaut as
we help raise money for literacy and gender-equality in education in the developing
world. The event will feature a live jukebox! Here's how it works: 1) Request
a song: 1 song = $1 = 1 book
2) Drink: delicious Aeronaut beer, 3) Support: a great cause! There will also
be a raffle and a silent auction including gift certificates to various local
restaurants, trinkets from Nepal, and more. 100% of proceeds will go directly
to helping children and girls with Room to Read! Sounds good to us!
January 20 (Friday) The 50th Anniversary
of the Boston Tea Party opening is at the Verb Hotel. Friday Jan 20 from
5 to 8. " Join the Music Museum
Of New England for a commemoration of the Tea Party 50th anniversary on
Friday, January 20, 5-8pm, at The Verb Hotel and Hojoko Japanese tavern, 1271
Boylston Street (opposite Fenway Park). Whether you went to any shows at the
Tea Party, or wish you had, let's all get together to celebrate good music and
good times, and to enjoy the rock memorabilia at The
January 20 (Friday)The Lights Out,
Gene Dante & The Future Starlets, Zip Tie Handcuffs and The Sun Lions
at the ArtsEmerson Black Box series at Emerson/Paramount Center, Jackie Liebergott
Black Box Theatre - 559 Washington St Boston (Link)
January 21 (Saturday) Vibrate with the
Cranktones at Atwood's Tavern (Cambridge St Cambridge) this is a 4-6PM show.
And stay for dinner the food is awesome at Atwood's. We really
enjoyed their last show there.
January 21 (Saturday)HayBaby, Creaturos,
MiniDresses and Jack as part of the ArtsEmerson Black Box series
at Emerson/Paramount Center, Jackie Liebergott Black Box Theatre - 559 Washington
St Boston (Link)
January 21 (Saturday)Roy Sludge
is doing an early show at Sally O'Brien's 6-8PM
And further out......
January 24 (Tuesday)Adam Ant is
at The Wilbur
January 25 (Wednesday)A Wish For Fire,
Bird Language and The Darker Hues are at O'Brien's
January 27 (Friday) Ska and Punk night
at the Midway with Hobo Chili, Stray Bullets, Losers Circle, Crime Spree
January 29 (Sunday) The reskedged Rockerzine
Trivia Night is happening ....Join Erin & Brett for some fun times at Zuzu...
6:30 - 9pm FB
January 29 (Sunday) Black Beach, Hairspray
Queen, Idiot Genes and Thee Cavemyn at O'Brien's
January 29 (Sunday) There's a CREIGHTON
ST. FIRE BENEFIT SHOW at the Midway ,The Hi-END will be playing Here's
the FB page
February 4 (Saturday) Oh this is gonna
be a GREAT show!!: OC45 (CD Release/Tour Kickoff), On
The Cinder (NY), Fast Times and Back Door Key (it's also
their EP Release) at The Midway (FB
February 9 (Thursday) we love this stuff
its always fun!! Karaoke Underground at O'Brien's in Allston. The
Karaoke Underground is for punk and indie rock fans who love to scream,
yelp, croon, bark and sometimes even sing their favorites from artists like
Black Flag, Modest Mouse, the Misfits, Cat Power, the Pixies, Dead Kennedys,
Sleater-Kinney, Pavement, Joy Division, Fugazi, Guided By Voices and many more.
It's video karaoke with onscreen lyrics, a stage, you -- and the chance to sing
great songs you just can't find anywhere else. Full catalog
of songs here.
February 10 (Friday) BadassMotherfuzzers, Muck & the Mires,The Real
Kids, Richie Parsons at the Midway
February 10 (Friday) The Upper Crust,
Watts and Petty Morals are at Great Scott
February 11 (Saturday) Tavern at The End
of The World Presents: Trusty Sidekick, Fireking, and The Trick Wallace
February 17 (Friday) Lux Lives East
Coast is coming again -this event is in Salem at Koto, on the bill are
Thee Fabulous Itchies, The Evil Streaks and The Nebulas. Here's the
Page Lux Lives is a chance for Bands and DJ's and fans to come together
to celebrate the life of Lux Interior. Since it's inception, Lux Lives East
Coast has raised over $10,000.00 for Lux and Ivy's favorite charity Best Friends
Animal Society. This is a GREAT event all around!
February 18 (Saturday) DJ Easy Ed presents
The Crank Tones plus Easy Ed's Record Hop! for an early show (4-8PM)
at The Midway
February 18 (Saturday) and for the evening show at The Midway we have Amos Fortune, Endation,
Lotus Ignite and GrandEvolution
February 25 (Friday) The Billy Connors Project
is @ the Cantab with Corrola Deville and Jimmy Bez.
February 28 (Tuesday) The Hi-End, Low Babies,
Four Point Restraints, and the Instamatics are at the Midway Feb
28 Here is the
March 3 (Friday) Robyn Hitchcock at
March 8 (Wednesday) The Sheckies,
Mongorellis, The Prozacs, Meat Depressed at Koto in Salem
March 9 (Thursday) A benefit for Outside
the Lines (the special needs art studio) at Thunder Road. Barrence Whitfield
& Dennis Brennan will be playing.
March 10 (Friday) Agent Orange, The Queers,
& Guttermouth at ONCE Ballroom FB
March 25 (Saturday) 45 Adapters (from
NYC), Blood Stained Brindle, The Damn Garrison and Quiggs
April 1 (Saturday) State of the Union, The New Frustrations, The Stigmatics
and The Only Things doing a GREAT early show (4-8PM) at the Midway
April 1 (Saturday) The Upper Crust, Sidewalk
Driver and When Particles Collide as part of the ArtsEmerson Black
Box series at Emerson/Paramount Center, Jackie Liebergott Black Box Theatre
- 559 Washington St Boston (Link)
May 29 (Monday) Teenage Bubblegums,
Jagger Holly, Mongorellis, Jimmy Jacked at Opus Underground in Salem
June 1 & 2 (Thurs & Fri) Reverand
Horton Heat at Once in Somerville
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We bring you into the Rat Room at the Hotel Commonwealth.
Jimmy Harlold invited a group of scene veterans. It was a Rat reuion
with lots of stories exchanged. Get to see the room and the people.........
It appeared before us like a chimera and it's
still growing...it's the Pipeline 25th Anniversary celebration.
We interview mastermind Bob Dubrow about his background and
search for what motivates him as well as Pipeline history and
The Boston punk community comes out for a good cause.
Neighborhoods, Upper Crust, Dents, Dogmatics, Roy Sludge Trio, Ed
Moose Savage, Downbeat 5 and Classic Ruins raise some money and
rock the house at......
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Thank god for 110 Instamatics or we wouldn't have a lot of our early Boston punk photos. Kathy Flynn used hers to get some pics of the Rat and The Club and she sent them to us to share with you..........
One of the interesting things in the early days of Boston punk was seeing the attention grow around us. One watershed moment was when we heard that a Time Magazine reporter was going to visit the Rat. We didn't like the resulting article. But you can decide. Take a look at the ....
Punk started 25 years ago. Did any of us think we would ever make it this far? Probably not, that was punk; nihilistic, "no future!". Here is a place to remember, and give a moment of thought to, those who didn't make it
The minute she hit the scene she was every male punk's heart throb. She was beautiful. She had a winning personality. She had a ...well...a...glow. That could be my heart talking because I, Blowfish, confess: I too am Judy's love slave. We didn't just love Judy, we worshiped her. So, now all of us members of Judyism have somewhere to meet and offer our prayers of unrequited love.