Were trying to get out these weeks to beat the student influx. Tuesday
at OBriens fit the bill.
I walked into a fun scene with Electric Octopus on stage. They
were having a ball playing a punky number that had some ska in it. That
might have The Happy
Song posted here.
The lyrics are in Japanese and on their Facebook page they label their music
J-Punk. My problem was that it was their last song so I didnt get a full
picture of what they do. They're based in Cambridge and have been on bills all
summer but we've missed them. Going clubbing begets more clubbing. Now, Ill
have to check out a full set by them soon.
Electric Octopus and their fun lovin' fans made the whole night a fun
one, as Suburban Samurai from Burlington, VT started to play Electric
Octopus and fans where right up front and cheering them on.
Suburban Samurai had such a raw attack I thought they were hardcore for
half a song but they actually are a pop punk emo hybrid. They describe themselves
as melodic pop punk. The hard edge and the emo-ish vocals are the characteristics
that stand out. They play with precision, giving their songs some punctuating
accents that break up the wall of sound. Over the course of the set I grew to
really like them. At the end I wanted more. This is another band Ill have
to go out to see again.
Video of Suburban Samurai
During the set the guys from Electric Octopus where going crazy and actually did
a Circle pit around the pillar in the middle of the floor. You can see
that in the video we have to the right. There were only 25 people in the
club but Suburban Samurai said for them this was a good gig.
You can hear their power on the Suburban
Samurai Bandcamp page
The party atmosphere continued during In The Meantimes
set. They're a punk pop group too. They played well but no song connected
with me. Up next was Losers Circle that has members who used
to be in Refuse Resist. Ive seen
them before so I made it a short night.
Pop Allston is an alternative multipurpose space (lets
call it) on Brighton Ave that the city has used to promote local start
up and small businesses and art events. Its closing after this
years Allston Awesome Christmas - check out the listing below.
We think it's been an overwhelming success; an idea that worked. We
featured an arty
flea market and the Allston
Christmas Block Party there.
Friday they had some WMBR jocks spinning and three groups playing.
There wasnt a ton of people but enough to make it a good night.
It is a nice change of pace to see music in a non-club environment.
From MBR we had Mully, Jeff Breeze and Galen Mook playing
some not obvious songs before Today Junior took the stage.
The news with them is that they have a new bass player. With only
a few rehearsals he was a bit tentative but he never hit a bum note
that I could hear on the very complicated runs of chords that signal
a Today Junior song. The PA was distorting a bit. Maybe
not the best set up for the group, despite that, the playing and singing
was as intriguing as ever. The PA didnt diminish the drums. Mike
had a smile on his face the whole time playing his busy style. Brother
Harry on guitar and vocals roamed off the stage a few times too.
of Today Junior at Pop Allston
The Lala Lalas are from Chicago. They started with some strong
vocal harmonies and then into some punky indie rock. I didnt stay
long because I had plans for Saturday afternoon.
The Lala Lalas
Saturday afternoon there was the punk show at the ME with headliners Blanks
77. There were six bands and we tried to time it so we could see a few bands
and especially Blanks 77. But by the time we arrived there were only two bands
left to go. The ME made the first band start at 12:15. WTF!
Luckily Slimedog from Thrash
n Bang was there from the beginning and he is giving
us an idea of the early part of the night: DestrOI
who is one of my favorite bands, played a short set first playing Oi
music with punk energy, Mooseknuckle next- a great,
fun, anarchy loving band that's a mix of hardcore, Oi and punk. Followed
by The Murder, a band that hadn't played for five years,
doing a rock'n'roll/punk style
We came in on The Parasitix a bare boned old school style punk. There
was a lot of fuck this and fuck that and mentions of
alcohol. The club was half full with a crush of spiky jackets and mohawks in
the front. This warmed out punk hearts.
Their last song was "So What" by the Anti-Nowhere
League. (We heard the League
do it at the ME wild night). That really got the crowd
going. The audience knew the songs and there were crowd sing alongs
on almost every song.
"So What" along with "Alcohol Withdrawal" are on
Bandcamp page. and its a free download!! They
have a suitable song for these politically centric days called "Pogo
on a Politician".
Blanks 77 drove 6 hours from New Jersey to get to the gig and
they were determined to give us a good show. Word was that the club
wanted them to do a half hour set but they did a 45 minute one. It was
all high energy causing lots of sweat on stage and off. They play old
school punk. The Mike Blank's singing reminded us of Johnny Rotten with
the sneers and even the accent intact. The band was cranking out the
There was so many fucks in the lyrics that it became almost comical,
but it seemed right too. Their song "Just Another" makes the point
that they dont want to be just another fuck. Those fucks
give the songs the anger they need. One of their new songs had a point where
it said hey you and it made us wonder: are they mellowing?
There was lots of pogo action. You dont see that at all anymore
so this again warmed our punk hearts to the warmest!! This crowd takes
the song I
Wanna Be A Punk seriously!! They covered the Dead Boys
"Sonic Reducer" Yeah!!! A very welcome long punk set.
Tom,Renee Wasted, Joanie, Mike Blank, Chad 77 and Victoria
Blanks 77 was staying at former Spitzz/Showcase Showdown-ers Victoria
and Tom .who brought their three kids, donned with protective earphones.
Showcase Showdown did a split EP Drunk At The Karaoke
Bar with Blanks 77 back in 1997.
This bill was put together by Vivd who's done similar
shows these last few years Turns out Slimedog
is the one who actually urged her to start booking shows. Now Viv is
working with other women in the scene to get them booking gigs and promoting
shows. We like that idea! She also talked about how the roles for women
in the scene are changing (About time huh???) and she sees more girls
in the pit slamming and thrashing than ever before. Our conversation
also ran to how to get more diversity on the scene....that's an on going
discussion for sure.
Slimedog also gave us the word that this years Thrash n
Bang Christmas Party will be on December 10 at the home base Midway
In other news.....
BOB COLBY!!!! He's given so much to the scene over the years, lots of love
& devotion, time, money and more...it is time for us to give back to Bob and
help him with his move to the south. There's a Benefit for Bob Colby coming
up on Saturday Sept 10 at Once featuring PowerSlut, Viva Gina, The Land of
Enchantment, & The Very. See you all there!!!! (FB & Tix link
Hey YAY!! We get another Rock'n'Roll Trivia Night thanks to Erin Amar of
Rockerzine - she and Brett Milano will be hosting Rockerzine's Rock n'
Roll Trivia Night at Zuzu on Sunday Sept. 18 8:30-10:30PM.
Check out this great podcast from Little Records.com called Bands
That Could Be God with hours of Boston music. (And read the blog
too - very good!) You'll "hear from bands who won the Rumble and regularly
prowled the stages of the Rat, the Channel, the In-Square Mens Bar, TTs,
and Middle East. Well check out some of the more interesting local artists
who released records on Boston labels like Ace of Hearts, Taang!, Modern Method,
Arf! Arf!, Harriet, Rykodisc, Propeller, and the awesomely named Throbbing Lobster
Records. Well scour the pages of Boston Rock, Forced Exposure, Conflict,
and Suburban Voice for the fiercest noise from Bostons past."
We send out a huge congrats to WTBS/WBCN's Oedipus who has just been
inducted into the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame
From the story
in the Boston Globe!!
We are thrilled to hear that Johnny Wendell Angel is writing
a second book!! If it's anything like Looking for Lady Dee
we really can't wait!! To refresh your memory ...or if you haven't purchased
your own copyread this great write up. And go to Amazon
or here at CreateSpace
and buy it!! Then you'll be waiting with bated breath for the next book
too!! This one is a novel but it looks to be a memoir of sorts as well.
There are a million punk songs, this is just one.
I've Got My Friends was a 1996 compilation that alternated
Boston bands with San Francisco bands. Ken Casey
helped to put it together. Al Quint does some
liner notes. Boston bands are Dropkick Murphys, Outlets,
Showcase Showdown, The Freeze, The Ducky Boys The Unseen , and
All Systems Stop.
This song Boston Bands is done by Bastard
Squad. In it they rail on the horrible bands that make
out of towners hate Boston Bands and that
makes them pissed. They name Billy Squire,
Letters from Cleo, J Geils,
Til Tuesday, NKOTB, New Edition,
the Cars and the John Butcher Axis.
In the catchy chorus they conclude, "No wonder they hate us. Everyone hates us - Boston Bands, Boston Bands".
It reminds me of the early days when we were defined as much by the music we hated as the music we liked.
And hey!! The BGN is on the radio!! DJ and Emcee
Brian Young will be reading some of the gig listings from this
page on his WMFO show Crash
Course for the Ravers. Its on Saturdays from 1 to
4 pm and the later shows are archived. He's always got a bunch of good
guests on the show too!
Here's some good shows coming up .....
August 29 (Monday)Crushed Out, Messer
Chups (who are from Russia), and the Trabants are at Charlie's Kitchen
September 1 (Thursday)Thalia
Zedek Band, Minibeast, Black Helicopter and Positive Negative
Man at Great Scott - this is a record release show for the TZ band.
September 3 (Saturday)REDDY TEDDY at The Rhumbline,
40 Railroad Ave., Gloucester, MA.....3 sets in an intimate setting and fun with special guest. Starts at 9:00 PM.
September 8 (Thursday)Nancy Neon
presents Paul Edward Yu, Mike Morrissey, The FACC-Tones and The Downtowners
featuring Jeff Kabot of The Venusians and The Superkools and Matt Burns of Black
Souls and The Hopelessly Obscure at the Cantab down.
September 9 (Friday)Worshipper, Zip-Tie
Handcuffs and The Devil's Twins are at ONCE
September 9 (Friday)The Black Cheers,
See This World, Problems With Dragons and The Dead Simple are at
September 9 & 10 (Friday & Saturday)
There's Allston Awesome Christmas a three day festival of music in Allston.
The main event is a block party at Pop Allston 89 Brighton Ave 12Noon
til 8PM with The Blake Babies, Doped Up Dollies, Weakened Friends
and Dutch Rebelle and its FREE you just have to RSVP at Do617
Also go there for a list of bands playing at O'Brien's and Great Scott
on Friday and Saturday nights.
September 9 & 10 (Friday & Saturday)
Road Trip!!! The People Who Brought You Upstart Punk Rock Radio,
Upstart Fest and Upstart Magazine are at it again! It's The
Upstart Antisocial Campout with Svetlanas, Cheetah Chrome and
30 PUNK other bands over the 2 days!! it's at Blackthorne Resort in
East Durham NY.....check out the FB
page for the list of bands and info for reservations etc....
September 10 (Saturday)Cheetah Chrome
, Unnatural Axe and Crank County Daredevils are at The Middle East
September 10 (Saturday)PowerSlut,
Viva Gina, The Land of Enchantment, & The Very are at
ONCE Lounge This is now a Benefit for Bob Colby!! FB
September 10 (Saturday)Second
Annual Coberfest w/ Happy The Clown + Cryostasium & Thor
Maillet at The Lily Pad in Inman Square. FB
September 11 (Sunday) Somerville Rock
+ Roll Yard Sale will be in Union Square Somerville 11AM- 6PM Here's
pagefor info on vendors etc
September 14 (Wednesday) FREE Roy Sludge
Trio outside at the Rockin' the River show at The Cambridge side
Galleria Mall...at the Canal Park area. 5:30-7:30PM COol!!
September 16 (Friday)Cal Cali
is bringing the Dictators to Boston!! YAY! Line up: The Dictators,
Lyres, Glider and The Modifiers at Once The Stigmatics
have just been added to the line up! Here's the FB
page. and TICKETS!!
September 17 (Saturday)The
Cranktones are doing an early evening show at Atwood's Tavern starting
at 4PM Facebook
September 17 (Saturday) The Swindlers CD
Release Party with Centerlink, The Swindlers, The Low Babies and Billy
Dodge Moody at The Midway
September 17 (Saturday)Dot
Wiggin of The Shaggs will meet fans and sign CDs and albums at Newbury
Comics Harvard Square location. More
info on Pitchfork
September 17 (Saturday)Huntingtons,
Mongorellis, 138, and Profit Margin are at Koto in Salem.
September 18 (Sunday)Rockerzine's
Rock n' Roll Trivia Night with Erin & Brett at Zuzu. Check
the FB page for upcoming details!!
September 18 (Sunday) Another Sunday
Night Mess Around at The Plough
September 22 (Thursday)Highway Chapel
at The Cantab Club Boho!
September 22 (Thursday) Yes on 4 Benefit
Show with The Martians, You Scoundrel, Aneurysm, Whoopi Sticks and Limited
Freedom at O'Brien's starts at 7Pm
September 27 (Tuesday)Buzzcocks at
the Royale ...they played this very room back in 1980! And we were there then
September 29 (Thursday)Barrence Whitfield
& The Savages and Diablogato are at ONCE Ballroom
September 29 (Thursday) through October 1
(Sunday) The "Rat" Beach Party in Hull. Check
it out on Facebook for bands and times etc
October 3 (Monday) Bob Colby Presents:
Mr Airplane Man and The Land of Enchantment at ONCE Lounge - He
will present occasional shows at this venue now...These shows are taking place
as part of ONCE's "Taco Monday" series, which means two things: 1)
You can have some great food beforehand (starting at 5). 2) The shows have *no
cover*, but donations to performers are encouraged (no set amount, whatever
you can do). Look for the big silver bucket, every dollar that goes in there
goes to the artists!
October 7 (Friday) State Of The Union,
Watts, Pop Gun, and The Knock Ups are at Koto in Salem
October 14 (Friday)The Time Beings,
The Black Souls, Craig Bell (of Rocket From The Tombs/Mirrors/X__X) and
Shiny Beasts - this is a show not to be missed!! At the Midway!
October 15 (Saturday) The Stigmatics (Randall
Gibson's new band) will be on the Crash Course for the Ravers with Brian
Young on WMFO 91.5FM 1-4PM.
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.
October 21 Friday) Fuzbrains Presents:
The Time Beings, Glider and If We Go At All at Ralph's Rock Diner
October 28 (Friday) The Vooduo, (from CA),
The Crimson Ghosts, The Skeleton Beats & The Outsiders are
at Koto in Salem
November 3 (Thursday)The Proletariat
are at Once: "After a 33 year hiatus, legendary Boston punk
rock band The Proletariat has decided to reunite for a few select shows
. Original members Richard Brown, Peter Bevilacqua and Tom McKnight
will be joined by guitarist Dan Sanders(from the Providence band Idle
Rich) and will reunite for a series of shows in Fall 16. The reunion
comes on the heels of the vinyl rerelease of the bands groundbreaking
debut Soma Holiday on SS Records." Tickets!!
they are in Pawtucket at The Met.
November 3 (Thursday)Wolfman And The Brimstone
Boys, The Evil Streaks, The Devil's Twins and Damnation are at Opus
Underground in Salem #8 brings together several broad ranging underground legends
- Silver Apples, Wolf Eyes, Rhys Chatham, and Massachusetts' own, Siege - with
mysterious contemporary underground delights such as Girlpool, Guerrilla Toss,
Willis Earl Beale, Ava Luna, Doomsday Student, Sad13, Macula Dog, IAN Sweet
and many more!!!!
November 9 (Wednesday) Illegally Blind
and League Podcast Present: Shonen Knife, Shepherdess, and Birthing
Hips at the Middle East Up
November 10 (Thursday) The Sonics will
be at Fete Music Hall 103 Dike St, Providence, Rhode Island 02909 -
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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.