It was a frustrating week trying to get some good sounds. It was a matter of
the bills working against us.
Friday the object was to hear Today Junior at the Midway. Even
getting there at 10pm thinking it was late-ish the first band was just
beginning. That act was Sports Coach an electronic dance act;
one guy and his equipment. It was an odd fit for the bill but people
listened and liked.
Brushes have a new split EP with Today Junior. Initially I couldnt
see the compatibility because they were very controlled and low volume. Eventually
they got noisy in a few sections and you could hear a semblance to Today Junior.
They also did some high background vocals which are a Today Junior trademark
and, finally, they did have the Mike TJs drummer. Check out their
Next up was Spirit Ghost who sound pretty good with their Bandcamp
material. And truth be told they werent bad but the patience
was wearing thin and the idea that the Today Junior set would end an
hour and a half later, we fled the premises.
The new split Brushes/Today Junior EP release is
Saturday was a similar situation at Club Bohemia. The object
then was to see Brit-beat via Brockton, MA from The Forz.
A search for some material from the bands who had sets before The Forz turned
up nothing. When we got there it turned out they were two groove/ light funk
bands playing. That's the stuff that's usually going on upstarts at the Cantab.
And wouldnt you know it, downstairs was full up, just like the upstairs
is with these same type acts. How would The Forz even face this crowd?
More bad luck - the acts were running late and Forz would go on later than scheduled.
This time we fled the premises but came back.
Most of the crowd left after the second act. That was to be expected...but
some did stay and The Forz went gamely on. The rock beat after all the
groove beats was jarring at first.
Forz at Club Bohemia
Here Comes Your Man
Open Your Eyes
They've been impressive since the first time we saw them in January
of 2015. And - they've gotten better! Everything was in place with vocals
and instrumentally, they all are very good players. The bass player has a warm
tone and is in the pocket. The main guitarist now plays a 12 string for several
songs and he milks it for all its worth. He plays riffs that are both
memorable hooks and move the songs as well as giving that distinctive tone.
All the songs were notable. The originals are well written. They sound
like Beatles/Zombies concoctions, thats their thing. The covers
they choose are ones that work well live. They're getting known for
their cover of Psychotic Reaction by the Count Five where the drummer
gets to show his stuff. This time they ran it straight into Nazzs
Open My Eyes. They even did Here Comes Your Man by the Pixies.
But truthfully, its the originals that'll distinguish them and they
seem to be creative on that level with their new CD they released a
while back. Bandcamp
We had to go through some electronic dance music and funky grooves to finally
get a good old dose of rock and roll. Sometimes it aint easy.
Walking to the car we saw the old storefront for Weirdo Records was
still there and empty. Sigh.
Weirdo Records Mass Ave
And in other news.....
From Danny Garcia who brought us Looking
For Johnnynow delivers Sad
Vacation - The Last Days Of Sid And Nancy.Starting this Friday Dec
9 through Dec 15. the film will be at the Regent Theater in Arlington. The documentary
is focused on the last days of Sid and Nancy at the Chelsea Hotel. They were
wallowing in drugs and you end up wallowing in the details of that drug life
as a result. Thats depressing, the whole subject is. This is not a feel
good movie. The problem is that as punks we care about Sid. He looms large in
the punk narrative. So, you want to go.
You will see Sid in a lot of shaky videos. Didnt he ever get
a quality taping? Just the My Way video it seems (it's not shown).
They cast a few possible culprits for Nancys murderer (if not
done by mishap by Sid). Some talk about how nice Sid could be but that
seems to get lost in the shuffle. Also, there's heretofor unseen photos
of Sid and Nancy and the soundtracked has music from Vicious as well
as the Heartbreakers, and a bunch of other bands you want to hear.
December 6 (Tuesday)When Particles
Collide are doing a December Residency every Tuesday at Atwood's Tavern,
December 9 (Friday)Peter Murphy "Stripped"
-This is A rare opportunity to see Peter Murphy performing (with an ensemble
- 3 piece in all) semi-acoustic versions of his music from throughout his illustrious
career (um, $25 Advance / $35 Day of Show / $30 VIP Early Bird / $35 VIP Advance)
7 PM Doors
December 9 (Friday) our new faves State
of the Union are having their Second Annual Holiday Extravaganza out in
Lowell at Dudley's. On the bill are State of the Union, The Only Things
and Arlen. Here's the
FB page for directions etc
December 9- 13 (Fri- Tues)Danny Garcia's
Sad Vacation (a film about Sid and Nancy) is showing at The
Regent Theater. You can
get tix here.
December 9 (Friday)Major Stars, Taiwan
Housing Project, Mini Dresses and KSZNK are at O'Brien's
December 10 (Saturday)Charlie Don't
Surf will be on A Crash Course for the Ravers with Brian Young
on WMFO 91.5 1-4PM
December 10 (Saturday)Thrash'n'Bang
Christmas Party at the Midway with The Martians , DestrOi, Crimespree,
Pink Parts and Jenn Lombari (of Lucky United) this is a 4-8PM show.
December 10 (Saturday)The Weisstronauts
18th Annual Holiday Jubilee at 4:00 pm at Atwood's
December 10 (Saturday)Cask Mouse, Diablogato,
Salem Wolves, and Nick the Barbarian are at Great Scott.
December 10 (Saturday)Nicole Tamaro
Productions Christmas Party with The Silver Mirrors, Legendary Rockin
Prophets and + free snacks & swag all at the Greek in Union Sq Somerville.
December 10 (Saturday)Psychic TV at
Brighton Music Hall
December 10 (Saturday)The Upper Crust,
Tiger Bomb, and The Downbeat 5 are at The Spotlight Tavern in Beverly
December 11 (Sunday) Boston Hassle's
Black Market - perfect for getting holiday gifts!! This one-day event boasts
everything from secondhand to handmade: artwork, zines, body care, nail art,
records, baked goods, patches, pins, books, T-shirts, leather goods, knits,
woodwork, pottery, local honey, vintage clothing, jewelry, tea, haircuts, tarot
card readings, face-painting, portraits, & MORE!! at The Elks Hall in Central
Square Cambridge 11AM- 5PM Here's the FB
December 11 (Sunday) Check out Sparks at
the Armory: a Sunday afternoon acoustic show celebrating the release of "Bizarre
Animals," a new photography zine by L.A. photographer Tucker Leary. Starts
at 2pm at arts at
the Armory Cafe, on the bill are Sam Moss, Vincent and Nicholas Ward of
December 13 (Tuesday)When Particles
Collide are at Atwood's Tavern, 7PM show
December 13 (Tuesday)Shitted Wizard,
Shatner and Petty Morals are at O'Brien's
December 17 (Saturday) Roy Sludge is doing
at 6PM set at Sally O'Briens
December 17 (Saturday) Just in time for
the holidaze- This ain't your granma's flea market....It the Rockin' Holiday
Flea and Bloody Mary Bash at Once in Somerville! It's an ALL DAY PARRTAAY and
it's Free Admission, Open to all ages,11AM- 6PM THIS is where you get your gifts
for everyone! There'll be Tasty breakfast tacos from Cuisine En Locale! Tons
of vendors selling: Vintage clothing + Collectibles, Tons Photo booth with Panda
Clause and DJ spinnin' music! Here's
the FB page
December 20 (Tuesday)When Particles
Collide are at Atwood's Tavern, 7PM show
December 23 (Friday)Raging Teens 20th
Anniversary Boston Reunion! at O'Brien's (FB
page) also on the bill Roy Sludge, Ten Dollar Mistake and DJ Easy
Ed's Record Hop between sets!
December 27 (Tuesday)When Particles
Collide are at Atwood's Tavern, 7PM show
January 7 (Saturday)The Johns, The
Martians (mems of Bim Skala Bim/Rock Bottom), The Cold Expectations (Album
Release) and Medical Maps at The Midway
January 7 (Saturday) The Last Ones,
Tsunami of Sound and Stop Calling Me Frank are at Sally O'Briens
January 13 (Friday) Lyres, The Charms,
the modifierS at The MIddle East Up.
January 14 (Saturday) Now here's a show
you won't want to miss Brian Young's A Crash Course for the Ravers (WMFO
95.1FM 1-4PM) has Andy California as a guest.
January 27 (Friday) Ska and Punk night
at the Midway with Hobo Chili, Stray Bullets, Losers Circle, Crime Spree
February 10 (Friday) The Upper Crust,
Watts and Petty Morals are at great Scott
February 10 (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!
March 8 (Wednesday) The Sheckies, Mongorellis,
The Prozacs, Meat Depressed at Koto in Salem
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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......
In the middle of the worst winter ever we give you a story about one of the worst winters ever: mainly the winter of 1978. But it's not just about the winter of course, we don't care about winters we care about punk. Rick Coraccio gives us the inside story from 33 years ago when DMZ went to record their LP.........
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.