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Hoods TT's
David Minehan of the Neighborhoods
at TT's Friday

Great music is happening every day of the week this summer. Monday we started at Great Scotts which was full like a Saturday night.
   The Detroit Cobras haven't put out much music in the last few years but that doesn't matter to the faithful who came out to see them.
Openers Fireking's job was to engage a crowd who only came to see the headliners. Often this is futile but not tonight. Fireking were pretty much undeniable. No warm up was required as the first song shot out of the gate. The trio is a tight working unit. They're completely synced and energy comes from all of them. They play a few songs without stopping and there is a real momentum that carries the whole set.

Fireking
Fireking
Photo: John Keegan

    This gig is a little different because they now have an excellent double CD Double Trouble behind them (Our Review) Tonight they have to live up to that and they do. They play some songs from the CD; Muffins, Once is Not Enough, Runaways, Futura 2000 and a rave up closer The Dukes of Rock.
   The elements of the music are very simple. Tony Kaczynski has the Gibson hollow body tone and does mostly single note runs only switching to octaves for variety. The rhythm unit is on the beat and pumping in the power. Two big elements are the songwriting and Tony's vocals. Tony has a distinctive full bodied voice that I find captivating when he cranks it up. On record you can listen over and over, live you can just enjoy it as it happens. It's something you should go out and catch yourself.

Detroit Cobras
Detroit Cobras
Photo: John Keegan

    The audience was primed for the Detroit Cobras. There was a longish wait for the set to begin and when the group got on stage they had a heckler who was telling them to "play already". The heckler kept going during the set annoying Rachel Nagy the lead singer and he eventually got thrown out.

Detroit Cobras
Detroit Cobras
Photo: John Keegan

    The Cobras did their thing which is a garage rock version of 60's obscure songs. They delivered a set that was comparable to their recorded efforts. I loved the overall sound and Rachel Nagy the lead singer has a natural voice with character that she can control and brings it all home. She's known for that. We know from the Black Souls that there's gold in those old songs and the Cobras' capture some of the magic. This Monday night crowd got what they came for.

    Tuesday TT's was also full for one of the Farewell Blowout celebrations. You couldn't help but give notice to Evan Dando's name in the lineup and Thalia Zedek is someone we always want to hear.

Evan Dando
Photo: John Keegan

    Upon first walking in we see a non-descript line up on stage. but on a closer look there was Evan Dando, tucked in and playing with the group. They were switching players and leaders and going by different names. When Evan took the lead it was called The Sandwich Police Department which is what his t-shirt said.


Evan Dando
Photo: John Keegan

    A lot of the time Evan was bent over from the waist looking at his pedals or listening to his amp. You would think there was something wrong but that's just what he does. He was singing and playing lightly and you had nothing to hold on to and then…wait…there's a nice solo….there's a well crafted song…finally a stronger vocal. The rewards were there but you had to pay attention. He covered the 13th Floor Elevators You're Gonna Miss Me which stood out.

Evn Dando
Ben Deily and Evan Dando
Photo: John Keegan

   When Ben Deily ex-Lemonhead (current Varsity Drag) stepped up to play with him as a duo things kicked in a bit more. The songs were more concrete but it seemed there was no rehearsal so it was pretty loose, but hey, it was a reunion of sorts. You could see how their combined talents made the Lemonheads work.

Dazies
Dazies
Photo: John Keegan

    Mickey Holland from The Dazies played an acoustic solo set of snappy songs with clever lyrics that were entertaining. I thought the songs came across a bit better than some of the Dazies low fi recordings. Although he did play Bad Moon Rising by CCR; I was hoping that would never happen to me.

Thalia Zedek
Thalia Zeded Band
Photo: John Keegan

    Thalia had six people on stage for her set. Now, finally we had a focused unit not afraid to get loud. Thalia's substantive music makes other groups sound trite. Her songs heave with emotion. The dynamics of the performance reflect the content of the lyrics. The vocals, the elegant piano, the violin and the powerful vocals all add to the heft. There's a power that comes from these serious players. The songs ebb and flow dynamically, carrying you along and giving you an emotional high as a reward.

Thalia and Chris
Thalia Zedek and Chris Browkaw
Photo: John Keegan

   Hilken Mancini of the Monsieurs added to the vocals on two songs and left her mark. Chris Browkaw created some sonic landscapes in tandem with Thalia on guitar and aided by the violinist (or was it a viola?) who was doing everything except playing straight ahead. He had complete control of feedback to boot.

Thermodynamics
Runner and the Thermodynamics
Photo: John Keegan

    That was a memorable set and after that It would be hard to concentrate on another band but John Keegan did stay for the final group and says: "Runner and the Thermodynamics brought their big seventies classic rock trio sounds to TT's for a last blast run through. Guitarist Mark Pinansky sported and appropriately porn moustache. The drum fills pounded hard and hit and ran damn fast. The set built momentum and ragged charm as it went. Time was moving backwards and it sounded pretty good."

    Wednesday Scruffy the Cat had a warm up gig at Cuisine en Locale. If you were surfing around the usual internet sites you could have caught a heads up on that.
    Thursday it was back at TT's - hey, what else do we got to do? The club was full and buzzing with excitement. Not from the music even but the whole drama of the closing is gripping the audience. It's in the air now. I can hear people talking about it around me.

Orbit
Orbit

    The name Orbit was thrown around in the 90's but we never saw them. When they started playing I thought they were a little lame. Jeff the guitarist/singer confessed they had not played in a few years. But things changed, in a few songs they found their footing and cranked out a rewarding set. Their better songs reminded me of the Pixies a bit. They revved up a wall of sound with a groove and just kept it steady for three minutes with the bass growling and the guitar feeding back. They had intensity in their playing that added to the impression. They were rewarded by the audience reaction with big whoops going up at the end of the tunes. I would have loved to seen them back in their prime.

Vic Firecraker
Vic Firecracker

   I only caught a few songs by Vic Firecracker who were tight and rocking. They had a split EP with Orbit back in 1997.

    It's sleep, eat and back to TT's on Friday. This is the big night for us with the Neighborhoods who haven't played in two years according to David. The club is sold out and the crowd is buzzing even more.

Moving Targets
Kenny Chambers of Moving Targets

   Moving Targets takes the stage and man are they good. One forgets. We saw them a few years back at Carmelita's Baystate Rock 20th Anniversary. It's intense and Kenny Chambers is jumping all over the place. I love the guitar work which is free of clichés. The songs hold up too. The bass and drums are 100% right on it. These guys should restart this band right now. Why not? It's as good as anything out there. There's a big response from everybody who are giddy with excitement anyway. This feels good.

Scrapes
Howie and the Scrapes

    A lot of people don't seem to know Howie and the Scrapes. We've seen them before . Drummer Walter Gustafson was in the Outlets and Gang Green. I think they gathered a few new fans with the fun and rocking set. The overall sound is very dense and loud. They are not afraid to be too loud. Even though it's TT's celebration they play There's a Hole in My Heart Where the Rat Used To Be about the demise of the Rat.

Howie
Howie Scrape

   Howie Scrape the lead singer is a front man with some panache. He wears sunglasses and sports a dark shirt with a purple neck tie and a classic Elvis do. He juts into the audience and often spreads his arms as if he's gathering in the vibes or giving them out.
   The songs have funny lyrics if you can catch them. Check out Sham Rock. They also give a gritty depiction of Brighton called Brighton Dungheap. This is an interesting group we should all be paying more attention too. The power cover of Knock Me Down by the Outlets sealed the deal.

Hoods
Neighborhoods

    We've been edging closer to the stage with each set. And now we secure a nice position right at the stage for the Neighborhoods. The Hoods have played a little here and there. They were at TTs in 2013 for the Viva La Eva Benefit. In 2008 we saw them at the Somerville Theatre. David also played at Willie Loco's 70th Birthday in 2013. That's a long way from the hundreds of gigs they played per year back in the day, but that's a story to be told in our interview with David.

    Now, we have that feeling that we are in the only place we want to be. They run on stage plug in and play Monday Morning. All the things you love about the Hoods come crashing back into your conscious mind; the crunch, the pop, the singing, the way the lyrics sit in the tune, and the Minehan moves. It's all there and now it's almost a non-stop ride of Hoods mania and it's crazy good. I don't think I've appreciated the songs as much as I do this time. With a little distance they sound better than ever. They have some sort of Peter Pan ever youthful exuberance to them.

Lee harrington
Lee Harrington
David Minehan
David Minehan

   Prime example would be Pure and Easy and then WUSA, when that riff hits again and again and you can't get enough of it. Hoodwinked which I always loved is a bit darker and they dig into that roller coaster riff and make the most of it.
    They salute the early Boston Punk era by playing Just Head by the Nervous Eaters. The audience demands an encore and play three more songs and end with Bowie's Suffragette City. This was everything you wanted.
    David, Lee Harrington and John Lynch looked and sounded like they were having a good time. In our talk with David he seemed to have many plans for the Neighborhoods. There will be a new CD. There are plans for new material and release of older songs. We will have more details on that with the interview but hopefully we will look back on this gig as a beginning of a new active era of the Hoods.

Dogmatics
The Dogmatics

    The night still wasn't over. The Dogmatics were still to play. That's a hard chore and Jerry Lehane mentioned that but that didn't discourage these guys. The club had emptied a bit but there were still many there as the Dogs did their thing. They are very dependable these days and also very satisfying as they launch into the set with Teenager on Drugs.

Tt's logo     Saturday was TT's last day but we couldn't get tickets. It was a great bill with Randy Black and The Heathcroppers, Willie Alexander, O Positive and Scruffy the Cat who were the final group to play TT's…ever.
   Saturday before the show there was a line down the street and around the corner for available tickets and the bar was running out of beer even on Friday but it must have been a sad but glorious ending.
It turned out David Mineham sat in with Scruffy on Saturday.Video Minehan/Scruffy.

    I saw this photo by John Keegan of the TT's sound booth and I have to say that the sound guy Barry Hite (to the left) is always there. I've seen groups ask him to do a million different things which he does in just a few minutes. No big whoop or delay of the show, he just knows how to get it done. I've never had complaints about the sound there either; it's always been balanced and clear. Kudos to him and my thanks.
    Lots about TT's on the WBUR website. An article well worth reading.
   And here's some memories from Kay Handley in Billboard Mag about TT's

   And now Johnny D's is closing in February 2016. Things are getting bad. Let's hope some new places open up.

And in other news.......

BOOM! is a film in the works (for over 7 years now) about The Sonics who just played the Brighton Music Hall a while ago. The films creator Jordan Albertsen has an IndieGoGo page to raise moeny to finish the film. You can read all about it here.

There was a very successful Kickstarter campaign for Wax Trax! A Monumentary, a film on Wax Trax! The Indie record store and label…..you can read about that one here.

And here's a story on Please Kill Me about (and including) NY77, The Coolest Year in Hell the documentary about the Summer of 77 in NYC when the Punk scene was at its heyday.

Hoods
Neighborhoods

Did you hear about the punk guy who unwittingly got everyone upset and even got arrested for wearing a punk belt? Here 's the story and an interview with him after the fact. Check it out, it's good!

The Boston Tattoo Convention is coming up in August 21 & 22 and lots of local bands like Diablogato, OC45, The Sprained Ankles and The Beantown Boozehounds are playing, you can buy tix and check the skedge here.

When Blowfish and Miss Lyn were on the Crash Course for the Ravers show Miss Lyn couldn't remember the name of the Kendall Square restaurant that recently started having bands play. Miss Lyn remembers!!! It's Firebrand Saints, it's in the One Broadway building. They got the Bent Shapes coming up on August 8th.

Here are some shows that are happening this week....

Today jr July 30 (Thursday) There's a mega hardcore show at Cuisine en Locale with Power Trip, Foreseen, Boston Strangler, Peacebreakers, Freedom, Fury, Red Death, Intent, CIAC and Take Control. Music starts at 6:30 SHARP doors are at 6.

July 30 (Thursday) X, with all original members, are at The Sinclair Tix here

July 31 (Friday)THE DAMNED: Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead” documentary is FINALLY playing in Boston!! It's at the Regent Theater at 7:30. You can buy tix here. Watch the trailer here.

August 1 (Saturday) Tiger Bomb is on Crash Course for the Ravers on WMFO 91.5FM from 1-4PM

August 1 (Saturday) The Static Dynamic, The Wrong Shapes, Hope & the Husbands and Alchemilla at The Middle east (FB page for upcoming updates)

August 2 (Sunday) A Punk Show at Koto with USA Waste (ex A Global Threat), Adults, The Earbleeds, Gravel and Farce!

And after that we have.....

Fuzzfest August 3 & 4 (Monday and Tuesday) Darkbuster returns!! at The Sinclair. Well, no tix available anymore congrats to Darkbuster for two night of sold out shows!!!c

August 3 (Monday) Tsunami of Sound and The Vista Cruisers are at Opus Underground, Salem.

August 6-8 (Thursday - Saturday) Boston Fuzzstival 2015 is at The Middle East Down. The Fuzztival highlights "the best bands in the region that make psychedelic/fuzz/garage/surf rock" and its goal is "to build bridges within the local music community." Stay tuned for the lineup and more info keep checking their FB page!

August 8 (Saturday) - Head over to Store 54 to help Bob Colby celebrate his birthday (two days early) with The Rationales and My Own Worst Enemy!

August 8 (Saturday) - The Bush Tetras and headlining at The Sinclair and also on the bill are E, Gene Dante & The Future Starlets and DJ Gang of One (Gang of Four's Hugo Burnham) get tix here.

August 8 (Saturday) The Memphis Rockabilly Band are doing an early show at Johnny D's (FB page) 7-9PM

August 8 (Saturday) at Firebrand Saints there The Bent Shapes, Hard Left, Didi and Fleabite. FB Page

August 8 (Saturday) at The Spotlight Tavern in Beverly The Charms, The Knock Ups, and Mary Lou Lord (FB event page )

Borgioli August 9 (Sunday) The Billy Borgioli Tribute Memorial Show at Cuisine en Locale. Doors are at 2:30 PM. Oedipus will be DJ extraordinaire for the event. Also playing will be Steve Cataldo and Rob Skeen doing an All Star Jam, Classic Ruins with Pete Taylor on drums , GLiDER , Richie Parsons Band, The New Frustrations and Fox Pass and Cheryl Eagan-Donovan film - interview with Billy. For times and updating info as more bands are added see the FB page

August 14 (Friday) at The Midway are The Connection, The Above, Fireking & Special guest to be announced...watch for updates on the FB event page

August 22 (Saturday) Memphis Rockabilly Band is at the Marshfield Fair. check out the particulars here

August 23 (Sunday) Night Slice is having a party at The Midway 4-8 PM...It's a CD Release, Moving and Birthday party all rolled into one great afternoon! Check the FB event page here.

August 29 (Saturday) The Ten Foot Polecats are gonna be on A Crash Course for the Ravers with Brian Young and Mike Stewart on WMFO 91.5 - that's 1PM- 4PM.

August 31 (Monday) The Fake Boys, Petty Morals, BDSX, Spectre Hawk and The broken glass kids at Opus Underground Salem.

Store 54 and of course The New England Shake-Up! September 25,26,27 2015! Keep yourself updated at their FB page

September 3 (Thursday) Wormwood (mem of Doomriders), Mountain God (NY), Conclave (ex Warhorse), and Livver are at O'briens

September 12 (Saturday) Barrence Whitfield & The Savages are at the Brighton Music Hall

September 17 (Thursday) at The Oberon this should be an amazing experience: Endation has put together a special show "The Chimera" explores musical and artistic dichotomies. Act I features the raw, intense, melodic force of two-piece Endation accompanied by movement and dance. Act II brings the audience into the dreamy, experimental world of Bent Knee as visual artists create pieces inspired by the band in real time. The Chimera invites the audience to seek their own interpretations in the disparate pieces that form one singular evening of performance. Buy tix here. Get more info on the FB event page.

September 18 (Friday) Livver, Tenafly Vipers, Dead Cats Dead Rats and Profit Margin are at Koto in Salem, MA

September 19 (Saturday) Pop Gun along with Fireking, Classic Ruins and 138 are at Koto in Salem, MA

CONTACT US AT.....misslynbgn @ yahoo.con Send us your gig listings, your news and anything else ya got!!

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It's NEW people    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
It's NEW people    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
   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 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 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 jiggling...it'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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