By all reports the Brett Milano/Marlene Silva wedding
was a glorious affair in a mansion in Arlington. But we were invited
to the reception, which was after the wedding and at Q Division in Somerville.
There was a large gregarious crowd outside, and then soon inside, for a wonderful
thank you speech from Marlene and an on purpose funny/bad punning salute from
Roy Rubenstein and Perry Adler. They talked about married life
but inserted band names to replace various words in their speech. They had lines
like "We are they sure will iron out The Kinks." and "They will love each other
INXS." It was well thought out and entertaining! That alone was so nice, but
in addition, the general feelings in the room were so loving toward the newly
married couple that it said everything that needed to be said.
Of course it's never enough with this crowd, and Brett and
Marlene coz it's all about the music, so Muck and the Mires came on stage
for a wild set. They never fail and today they were giving it all. They said
they were going to play a song from Brett and Marlene's record collection and
that was "Lies" by the Knickerbockers. They also had one
song request from Brett - "Pussy Whipped" by the Dogmatics.
Now that was funny and where else in the world would you hear that song at a
wedding reception? That says it all.
Andrea Gillis sang two songs. She had some funny
comments and that voice on top of the Muck and the Mires accompaniment
was a treat. Cam Ackland, who we have been missing on stage lately, did
four songs with Muck which raised the energy level even higher. I don't
know how long it lasted, being lost in the moment, but it felt like a large
dose of great music by the end.
Meanwhile though there were tons of party goers in the adjoining
room, where there were kegs of beer and bottles of wine, multiple wedding cakes
and a buffet. The crowd was a veritable who's who of our Boston music scene
with Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Black, Boby and Anya Bear, Chris Thompson
and DJ Mistress Laura, Sue and Steve from MOWE, Des
Desmond, Aca Brebener showing off pix of his twins who are starting
to form sentences now, Tom Baker and Nicole Tamaro, Liz Borden,
Jonathan Pressman who is working on a new CD so we may see a new version
of Butterscott out and about....we saw Ed Moose Savage, Bob Colby,
and of course Amy Prohaska was there and graciously helped to serve up
Luckily we were right in Davis Square so we could shoot
over to Rosebud (not really having a large enough dose of rock after
all, I guess) for Cal Cali's birthday celebration and find we missed
Cadillac Heart. But we caught Eric Martin and the Illyrians' last
two songs. They were slow, deep, soulful songs that impressed immediately. Eric's
voice has so much character that that element alone can carry the show. And
of course there was cake! We're not the only ones that came from the wedding
either and so many are having their second or third dose of cake this day. Cali
with Jetset did a sludgy/noise set -I don't mean that in a bad way but
in a Flipper sort of way. They set up a dirgey base and riff on top. They did
our favorite "Just Shut Up" and people were dancing to it. The Rosebud
has been on again off again with the gigs and this night almost didn't happen
but we enjoyed the club more knowing it's soon to close.
We missed Cadillac Heart but got to talk to Rayboy
who came by bus from Cincinnati for the gig. That's 24 hours of BUS if
you want to think about it but I don't. Rayboy is having a hard time adjusting
to Cincinnati (that's called 'understatement' in the literary world). He says
there is no punk/garage music, the Rap music is not of a higher quality and
it's mainly blues that carries the day. He is in a blues band that is going
to be in a huge competition and festival that will attract around 10,000 blues
lovers, so all is not lost. It was good seeing Rayboy. You have to love
someone who will bus 24 hours to drum for you.
And in closing a big congrats and all the best to Brett
& Marlene and a big happy bday to everyone's pal Cal Cali!!
At the Milano reception we got to talk to Johnny Black
who visited Joe Coughlin in his final days. Johnny had contacted
the Dictators asking if they could do anything for Joe whereas he was a huge
fan. Joe was at the Church gig that the Dictators
did, that must have been one of his last getting out days. The Dictators
responded right off. Richard Manitoba sent one of his bobble head dolls,
Ross "The Boss" Friedman sent a whole CD he made of some wild lead playing
and Scott "Top Ten" Kempner sent his latest Del-Lords CD. I didn't
think I could love the Dictators any more but that did it. Dictators
Rule. Joe was pretty weak at that point but Johnny said he reacted
when he heard "The Boss" riffing away.
Now for stuff that's coming up:
THIS very Monday May 20th The Upper Crust are playing a late show (10:30) at The Midway on one of those Monday is my Friday nights...
May 23rd Cal Cali goes even further north to Salem for a special gig
at the Seaport Café - the Cali
Leger Experience will play...
If you missed the huge Willie
Loco Birthday Party back in January...or just want to relive it again
go to the The Cape Ann Community Cinema (21 Main St Gloucester) for an
exclusive showing of Willie Alexander's Birthday- The Movie flollowed
by a concert by The Persistence of Memory Orchestra. It all starts at
This Friday May 24th is a great night at Radio: James Straight and
The Wide Stance are at Radio with Gyro Lula and special guest
T Max who finally makes his way back to Boston if only for one night! -Radio
Down has Teenage Heart Records presents the Horny Bitches, Give
Up and the Bad Lieutenants
This Saturday - OK we now here this is IT...the LAST SHOW AT THE ROSEBUD
The Nervous Eaters, Aca Brebner & The Roman Sauna Warriors and Sourpunch
this Saturday May 25th...at The Rosebud. Oh Rosebud we will
miss ye surely and truly!! But Tony Savarino and his Savtones
are at Atwood's on Cambridge Ave in Cambridge this Saturday as well.
The Middle East Up on Friday May 31th its Pop Gun's CD Release
Party! Also on the bill will be The 360's, Classic Ruins and Terrible
Lots o'good stuff in June!
The Stranglers and The Nervous Eaters are at the Brighton
Music Hall. That's a great bill!
Ducky Boys do a Dead End Streets Record
Release show on Sunday June 9th with The Swinger Utters , Goddamn
Gallows, Welch Boys at Middle East Down...
Thursday June 13th-
Viva La Eva Benefit for Eva Lipton at TT The Bears:
Ivan Lipton is a huge Boston music fan, and was the VP of Strawberries back
in it's heyday. His
daughter Eva was in a horrible crash last year -- she's still on life support
and fights to recover daily. The lifelong costs for her care are astronomical,
so her family really needs your support. Boston rockers are going to help here's who's playing:
Classic Ruins (going on at 8:30) ... Roy Sludge...The Bristols...
The Neighborhoods... The Dogmatics...The Downbeat 5...The
Dents and Upper Crust (Ending the night). That's one hell of a night
for a great cause...You can buy tix here....TIX
Oh one more thing: From Ivan Lipton: We hope as many friends as possible
can make it to TTs to see all these great bands! If you can't make it, but still
want to support Eva you can donate on Paypal to: EvaLiptonBenefitFund@gmail.com
Also on Thursday June 13th is the first Bob Colby Second Thursday
at Club Bohemia Downstairs at The Cantab...and he has a great line up with
Mary Lou Lord, Matt Mingell, Kingdom of Love and Randy Black.
On June 15th - Jonathan Richman is at The Somerville Theater!!
And Tommy Larkin on the drums!
Also on 6/15 The Middle East Down has The Adolescents, The Casualties,
Tenebrae, and Done With You
June 22 - GG
Allin Remembrance Show -and bake sale- at The Midway!!! - This is going
to be a great show folks!! The original Jabbers are making their way down from
NH to play at The Midway...This is the 20th Anniversary of GG's death and
all proceeds from this show go to GG's daughter.
Here are the bands: The Jabbers, The Pity Whores, Antibodies, Meat Depressed,
Red Line Rebels, The Manglers, Insult, Taxi Driver, Connection and more!!!
Folks - now listen up friends, the Jabbers want this to be a positive, fun show...no
nasty shit...here's what Chris Lamy has posted:
So this does not spin out of control given any recent events, The Jabbers
want to say this.... We have been working on setting up this show with Jay and
Brian at the Midway for a few weeks (as well as a NH show with a respected booker
there). Every one of us Jabbers has a daughter. Later in life, The Jabbers were
given opportunities which may not have presented themselves were it not for
the Jabbers of 77-84. We have since played festivals, had records released,
tributes released, traveled, met lots of people, and played cool places like
the Midway, etc. Thru whatever divine intervention we Jabbers are all still
here and able to provide for our daughters. This is our way of thanking the
GG we knew and were friends with and giving to his daughter as he was not able
to. It may not be much given all we have in life, but it is collectively "our"
(meaning The Jabbers, Brian & Jay, The Midway and everyone else on the bill)
way of saying thanks and remembering GG. We'd like to thank all the bands playing,
the Boston first responders who have emailed us, and all the fans who will be
attending. It should be a good show." And now there's talk of a Wimpy Rutherford
Kissing Booth....oh OH OH!! I'm saving up my pennies starting NOW!!!
And we have to wait way too long to see Petty
Morals again...their next gig is July 19th at Great Scott
And oh good gawd this is too funny. It seems a "Christian" group is up in
arms about the spawns of Satan we call Unnatural Axe playing a gig in
their city!! In response to the Axe playing at the Hozac Blackout Fest in Chicago
a bunch of "religious" nuts put up posters stating: "Please join us in keeping
this notorious and abominable "punk rock group" from performing their violent,
anti-social, fascist-themed, and pro-euthanasia-themed "music" in our neighborhood,
at the "BLACKOUT FEST," a morally bankrupt celebration of anti-Christian values
that draws a morbidly fascinated crowd to each year's festival. Enough is ENOUGH.
Please call your local aldermen and voice your concern." You can read about
it here on the Huffington
On the things to do list we have:
Punk being spun over at The
Ramrod every Tuesday from 10PM to 2AM ...IT'S FREE and it's a revolving
cast of Punk DJs -All vinyl! All Punk! And there's FREE POOL too.
And on Fridays there's Chris Atwood's
Friday night radio show called The
Alternative plays punk and new wave hits.
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