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Forgive Me

Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling

Photo: Blowfish

When we interviewed Wayne Viens we had a moment where we exchanged ideas about what to do with all our Boston punk material in preparation for when we die. We weren't being morbid but realistic. We've had similar conversation with many others. There are a lot of people reading this that have collections of memorabilia; magazines, flyers, artwork, vinyl, photos etc. We think these things are important because the times seemed so important to us and still do. I don't have to convince you of that but what about convincing an institution that has the capacity to house and archive these materials beyond our life spans? Do they consider it important? The answer is basically no. The exception would be the Harvard Film Archive collection of Arthur Freedman.

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Grove Hall Library meeting of Boston Archive

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   That brings us to the meeting at Grove Hall Branch of the Boston Library. Librarian Paul Edwards, who has a history on the Boston scene, took up a suggestion by co-worker Kate to somehow deal with the Boston scene and its 'historical' material. There were 10 people there at 10am (yikes) including Wayne Viens. Importantly Tom Johnston, another with a lengthy Boston Punk/Rat history, who is with the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture, was present and very involved. The discussion was very interesting to say the least and even this one session immediately exposed the width and breath of the issue.
   The concept is spot on: "to provide a place, both physical and virtual, for Boston's rich rock music history to be housed". The execution could be a mammoth undertaking. This collection would be public and accessible. It would also involve shows of the material at libraries, clubs or whatever venue was appropriate. It is doable. The model for this is the DC punk scene who has such a collection at their library.

   To contact the people in this Boston Project email They are accepting digital material even now and have a Dropbox for over 25MB material. There will be another meeting once some of the issues discussed are addressed. That will be at night somewhere and we will have info here.

Photo: Blowfish

   Later Thursday we were at the Middle East for the going away show for Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling. The club was only about a third full but that's still a hundred plus people. It took a while to get used to seeing the duo Endation, who we have seen a half dozen times in intimate venues (last time at Store 54 ), now be on the big stage. It was different but the music did work on the bigger platform. They said they were playing all new songs. That's amazing right there. The new songs have all the attributes of the old ones.
   They had Matt's drums miked up and they sounded huge. That coupled with his machine precision and contrapuntal style made for a compelling footing. Anthony got a big roar out of his four string guitar with surprising variety. He knows how to leave spaces to give a dramatic wallop. His singing grasped the emotions of the songs which erupt with vocal shredding screams and body contortions. That visceral reaction is what people were responding to. The audience gave them healthy cheers. That's the best reaction I've seen them get. It was true acceptance of their challenging material.
   Video of Endation at the Middle East

Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling
Photo: Blowfish

   We do like our duos around town now. Along with Endation we have When Particles Collide, Hambone Skinny, Mr. Airplane Man and then the next act Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling. A while ago Michael J. Epstein wrote an open letter about leaving Boston. He felt he wasn't getting enough support for his projects, especially from the city. ( letter on Facebook Story on Vanyaland ) He's moving to California. He has his calling card which is the incredible video of "EPISODE 1: ARRIVAL" that recreates the Prisoner intro shot by shot. It's a real tour de force sure to impress anyone.

   For this show they added a drummer, so we got a trio. The sound is bare boned as you would expect with just two instruments. Epstein plays bass and he had that sucker turned up to the pain threshold. A guitar at that level is one beast a bass is another creature. My ear plugs were useless as the low vibrations rattled my skull. Then there was the stunner - Sophia Cacciola came out in a Klaus Nomi dadist vinyl tux. The coolest single thing I've seen on stage that I can remember. How did she get that or make that? She cubist! Then she played it up by moving her body jerky with lots of hand movements. I couldn't take my eyes of her! Her singing often escalated to the screaming level and that worked the with the bass/drum attack. The audience was jammed up front and took it all in. That was a suitable final remembrance for the group.

Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling
Photo: Blowfish

   Epstein is a concept guy and I think that will go over big in LA. Good luck out west! Here is their new three song effort on Bandcamp which includes a cover of Working For the Weekend. It's it electronic based in contrast to the live show.

   Arthur Freedman was at the Girl On Top show at Sally O'Brien's that was a benefit for Autism.

Girl on Top
Girl on Top
Photo: Arthur Freedman
Girl on Top
Girl on Top
Photo: Arthur Freedman

Other news....

Vanyaland reported on the second in a series of meeting concerning the problems of clubland. They talked about having earlier times for some shows. Some bookers and club owners were there and heard that, so that's something that could happen. You can read the story here.

Woody Geisman had a stroke and is on the mend- we are wishing him a full and speedy recovery!!!.

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

Cradle June 27 (Monday) Pere Ubu at The Sinclair

June 30 (Thursday) Randy Black & The Heathcroppers and the Trick Wallace Trio are at Sally OBrien's

July 1 (Friday) Rock The Cradle - A Two Day Benefit for Cradles to Crayons Night 1 is with Cactus Attack, Live Nude Girls, Mark Lind, time and place, Evan Weckbacher and Darn Coyotes at The Midway

July 2 (Saturday) Rock The Cradle - A Two Day Benefit for Cradles to Crayons -Day 2 (this one's 3-8PM) is with The Dents, High School Football Heroes, Mickey Rickshaw, The American Myth and Go Big - at The Midway

July 9 (Saturday) Happy Little Clouds (It's their Album Release), The Rationales, Powerslut and The Knock Ups at O'Brien's

July 9 (Saturday) Jason Bennet and the Resistance, You Scoundrel, The Pity Whores, Game Over and Olde Boy (Liam from The Old Edison) are doing an afternoon 4-8PM) show at the Midway

July 9 (Saturday) Tsunami of Sound, Fireking, Popgun, and The Beachcombovers are at The Midway

July 9 (Saturday) Caged Heat and Erron Geer & The R'n'R Bastards are at the Plough

Hassle Flea July 10 (Sunday) Boston Hassle's BLACK MARKET is taking it outside for the summer! They'll be at 420 Amory Street in Jamaica Plain!
The location is T accessible, just a two minute walk across the street from Green Street Station on the Orange Line. Hours - 11AM- 5PM. This one-day outdoor event will spotlight a featured artist, and boasts everything from secondhand to handmade: artwork, zines, body care, records, baked goods, patches, pins, books, T-shirts, leather goods, knits, woodwork, pottery, vintage clothing, jewelery, tea, hair cuts, tarot card readings, face-painting, portraits, & MORE!!

July 10 (Sunday) Kenne Highland, Tokyo Tramps, Los Texicanos and Crooked Mirror are doing an afternoon (4-8PM) show at the Midway.

July 11 (Monday) Guided by Voices are at The Paradise

July 11 (Monday) Beach Slang, Lucky United and Potty Mouth are at Fete Music Hall, 103 Dike Street, Providence, RI,

WMBR July 14 (Thursday) The Late Risers Club Punk Rock Trivia night will be at "the Greek" in Union Square (more info to follow) Of course Eric Law's team will win but it'll be fun just the same. Starts at 8PM - And there'll be free pizza!! Team BGN will be there too!

July 16 (Saturday) Justine and The Total Bastards are at the Midway

July 16 (Saturday) OC45 celebrates their 5 year anniversary at the Middle East Up along with Burning Streets, The Jukebox Romantics and Jumper!

July 22 (Friday) Fur Purse, Thalia Zedek, Weather Weapon, Phurnne, Death Cloud at the Midway

July 22 (Friday) Screw Cart, Psycho, Rockin' Bob Punk Band, and 4 Sids are at The Cantab down.

July 22 (Friday) The Downbeat 5 and Tom Baker and The Snakes at the Plough

July 23 (Saturday) The FUs, Silver Screams, Electric Street Queens, Il Mostro (mems of The Humanoids) are at The Midway

July 29 (Friday) The Warning Shots, Duck & Cover, Quiggs, and Tenafly Vipers are at the Greek in Union Square (FB page)

August 1 (Monday) The Schisms and Sassy Goose both from Austin TX along with The Knock Ups are at the Midway. This should be an interesting show!!

August 6 & 7 (Sat & Sunday) The Boston Rock Opera presents Stardust to Blackstar: The Lives of David Bowie at Once Ballroom: a concert dedicated to the late rock god David Bowie. "David Bowie taught us all so much about performance and stagecraft. If B.R.O. is going to, like Lazarus, rise up again then it should be to honor and celebrate his amazing music." The night begins with fellow B.R.O. co-founder Fireking Mick "Mondo" Maldonado directing and performing Bowie's "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders from Mars" with a full band and guest vocalists. Following that, is an original live arrangement of Bowie's final opus work "Blackstar" performed by an all star band and chorus under the direction of Either/Orchestra's Russ Gershon. The evening continues with a celebration of songs from Bowie's vast catalog as even more Boston musicians take the stage to perform.

August 12 (Friday) The Handymen are at The Plough & Stars

August 13 (Saturday) FRANK ROWE's 65th BIRTHDAY PARTY!!! starring: Kenne Highland, Stop Calling Me Frank, The Dogmatics, Classic Ruins, Richie Parsons Band, and The Stigmatics - at The Midway

August 15 (Monday) X are at The Brighton Music Hall - nice venue to see them!!

August 19 & 20 (Friday & Saturday) The 4th annual Boston Fuzzstival takes place on August 19/20 at The Middle East Downstairs. Fuzzstival is a celebration of our regional music scene and local music community. Bands are Doug Tuttle, Lyres, The Monsieurs, Mr. Airplane Man, Mini Dresses
Painted Zeros, Black Beach and a whole lot more...check out the FB page for updates etc

August 20 (Saturday) The Road Devils C.C. Boston Massacre Pre-Party!!! featuring Taxi Driver, The Hi-End AND MORE!!! FB page for more info as it develops

August 20 (Saturday) There's a great daytime (4-8PM) show at the Midway with The Lost Riots, The Scrapes, Whoopi Sticks, Go Blank and Point Blank

OC45 August 20 (Saturday) The Upper Crust, Devil on Horseback, Watts, Gymnasium at The Middle East Up.

August 27 (Saturday) Idiot Genes, Duck & Cover, Silver Screams and Jack Widows at O'Brien's

September 27 (Tuesday) Buzzcocks at the Royale ...they played this very room back in 1980! And we were there then too!

October 15 (Saturday) Idiot Genes, Duck & Cover, Chanticlear and Jack Widows are at O'Brien's

October 15 (Saturday) The Upper Crust, Hickoids, The Grannies & Devil On Horseback at Once

October 21, 22 & 23 (Fri., Sat & Sun) The Boston Rock Opera presents Hair at Once Ballroom.

September 1 (Thursday) Thalia Zedek Band, Minibeast , Black Helicopter, Positive Negative Man are at Great Scott

CONTACT US - Send us your gig listings, your news and anything else ya got!!

Photo: Blowfish
Girl on Top
Girl on Top
Photo: Arthur Freedman

Wayne Viens Interview
Abbey Lounge Reunion
David Minehan Interview
Middle East Holiday Party
   We interviewed David Bash on the week where his International Pop Overthrow is coming to town. It's some backgroud on the history of the event and of course talk about POP..........
David Bash Interview
   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.........
The Rat Room
   Joanie takes a shorter trip (for her) with a Quebec jaunt. She checks out the old city and Bryan Adams' art exhibit!?
Joanie Lindstrom's Quebec Vacation
   Johnny Angel writes a mystery novel Looking for Lady Dee steeped in Boston punk and Thrills history. It's no apologys given for the punk lifestyle. ....
Johnny Angel talking about his Book
   John Keegan get some great photos at the Cramps tribute night at the Middle East Down. .....
All Cramped Up
   It's always a special time when The Damned play. As Halloween looms The Damned hit The Royale...John Keegan reviews and has photos......
Review of The Damned at The Royale
   Just ahead of the big punk show at the Middle East we have an interview with the outspoken Paul Cripple of Reagan Youth......
Paul Cripple of Reagan Youth Interview
   It appeared before us like a chimera and it's still'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 show....
The Bob Dubrow Interview
   A look at a notable summer Wednesday. We start at the LRC Summer Party and bar hop to the Sonny Vincent show at Radio......
LRC Summer Party/Sonny Vincent
   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......
The Viva La Eva Benefit
   It's Part IV and there are still awesome revels....and the photos go back to 1971....not to be missed stuff for Boston Punk fans......
The Lyres Chronicles:The story of a Lyre Retyre - Part IV
   He's legendary and his surprise birthday party was legendary in turn. Only in your Boston Rock and Roll dreams could you come up with a night like this.......
Willie Loco's 70th Birthday Party
   In a case of reverse outsourcing Carl Biancucci of the Classic Ruins also plays bass in the English group Shotglass Killers. He tells us about a gig at the 100 Club with a reformed Damned....
Carl Biancucci in London
   2011 - there are upheavals all over the world, the US is in economic shambles...yet somehow Johnny Anget finds inspiration for a renewal an artistic rebirth if you will......
Interview with Johnny Angel about his new CD
   Ralph Fatello gets into reporter mode and gives us a look into the Cars reunion gig with some great back stage photos too at. ......
The Cars reunion gig at the House of Blues
   The scene gets together for Charlie Chesterman and we get to see Scruffy the Cat reunite......
The Charlie Chesterman Benefit
   The Domatics and The Neats Band 19 and Last Stand reunite...for a benefits for cancer research.... ......
Dogmatics Reunion show at the Paradise
   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.........
The Story of DMZ and the Blizzard of '78
    The Konks' hypnotic bashing was a smart mindlessness that you got addicted to. They are calling it quits and we'll miss 'em and there's no free clinic out there to help us either...........
The Konks Final Show
   We were so thrilled with the La Peste DVD we had to talk with Jan Crocker and while we were at it, get his story too......
Jan Crocker/La Peste DVD Interview
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..........
Kathy Flynn's Photos
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 .... ...
Time Magazine Article on Punk 1977
Let's get real. We are all getting older and will die. Do you ever consider how you will be remembered? I'm talking about your tombstone. It's morbid, it's in poor taste, it's .....
Future Tombstones
Crotch biting...head bleeding...dick's all in Miss Lyn's report (with photos to prove it) from the GG Allin 10 Year Memorial Tour at the Middle East....
"R.I.P. GG!!"
Everybody wants to know where everybody else is. To help keep track of the wild, the beautiful and the damned we have set up ....
Then and Now
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 this far...
In Memoriam
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.
The Judy Map Shrine
1977-The Damned were ready to piss on Blowfish and started to undress Miss Lyn! And people seemed to like it!! This interview IS outrageous...for then AND now!
The Damned Interview

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