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We did a three day stretch this week; Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Thursday was a show at O’Brien’s. There were about 30 people there and they were involved with Above the Mendoza. I love the name which expresses a concept to think about, and I quote: “The Mendoza Line is an expression in baseball in the United States, deriving from the name of shortstop Mario Mendoza, whose mediocre batting average is taken to define the threshold of incompetent hitting."

Above the Mendoza
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They are from Philadelphia and describe themselves as punk and post punk and I would throw in an emo element in the vocals. They exuded friendliness along with tons of energy onstage. You could see they were a close knit group with the amount of interaction they had on stage. They would just bounce with excess energy at points as they smiled and generally looked like they were loving every minute of playing and being on stage.

Glamour Queen was a song that stood out. It sounds good in their recorded version too. Bandcamp.
Their other song Home on that page is also worthy of a listen.
It was good music and an involving stage show together that made a memorable set. The band stayed around and supported the rest of the bill; a nice group of guys.

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Next up Arlen (from Lowell) also describe themselves with post punk along with marking Joy Division in the list. They had that moody darkness in the music. They all were excellent players. The guitarist somehow had a sharp yet airy sound. It was an effects laden tone that hung in the air and gave every song the smoldering ambience that was their signature sound.
The group sound was thick, helped by a busy drummer and through that the singer was still able to be heard. His voice had a pleading tone at times. I was swept away by their song Hear Me Out. You can hear what I heard in their recorded version. He puts the emotion in the words, “Hear me out.” I caught the mood and did not want the song to end. Their ability to put the emotion into their material is what makes everything click.

Week after week we’ve been catching mid-week shows at O’Brien’s. The person booking this place has good ears.

Friday it was a must not miss gig at the Middle East up with Lyres. They've been consistently at the top of their game. The short story of the night is that they were great again.

the modifierS
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The modifierS were openers. They've been around for a long while. They put out a straight forward guitar blast. It’s all mid-tempo and solid. They do a good job and you get sucked into the songs time and time again. A good example is I Like Her Band...the chorus will hook you. They talk about a waitress in Kenmore Square in the lyrics. ReverbNation.

Lyres again prove their drawing power. The Middle East Up, if it wasn’t sold out, was close to sold out. A lot of familiar faces were in the crowd. Jeff started the show wearing a black wig. It put the twist on the halo of blond hair that we're so used to. Getting right to it they play Don’t Give It Up, Now. If they stopped right there it would have been enough. It was pure Lyres. No one else gets close to this. They've been doing this for 40 years and it was great on day one and only more important and impressive now.

Photo: Blowfish

Jeff’s voice was soulful and strong with the occasional scream. There’s something about those screams that embody the id of rock. The organ was branding everything with the Lyre’s sound. Steve Aquino was in exceptional mode. The sound guy had every instrument clear and you could catch Steve’s chording. It’s just garage rock style…I say just! Sometimes simple is the hardest thing to play. He has the right tone and knows how and when to strum or chop the chords and where on the neck to play them. It was a lesson if anyone wanted to take it in.

How Do You Know

Help You Ann - Soapy

Don't Give It Up Now

The set continues with their hits and less familiar nuggets. Jeff was all business as they played I’m Your Guy, Help You Ann, Soapy and How Do You Know. This was one hour of uninterrupted playing. This is what we live for. It ended with I Really Want You Right Now.

The Charms were closers but we missed them.

Saturday we knew that Andy McBain in the guise of Andy California was going to be on Crash Course for the Ravers. Brian Young sort of dared us to show up and face the guy who has already crash coursed with Blowfish. So of course....we go.
Andy California
Andy California
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Andy had his two small amps. One for his guitar and one for the microphone duct tapped to the guitar. On air (or in person) he’s mild mannered but the second he’s plugged in, he makes a growl like a beast rising from the primeval ooze and he’s off. A video of Andy in the studio.

We naively thought that this being radio the Andy would sit and play....wrong! He stands up and sure enough he’s into his routine and roaming around. He does his quirky shuffle step and slowly but surely heads to Marie. Poor unsuspecting Marie. She got a dose of Andy luv.
Andy Marie
Marie and Andy California
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Brian was behind the console and Miss Lyn was, not by chance, tucked into an inaccessible corner. Blowfish had a target on his usual. It was mash time. Photos tell the story.

Andy paul
Andy crush
Photo: Miss Lyn

We learned little about Andy. We're planning to do an interview for the BGN to learn more. He’s bit of an enigma.

The ACCFTR gang read the BGN concert report for the upcoming week as a feature on the show at 3:45pm. They do a great job on that. They asked us to do it this week. It was a fun time and we all had a blast!

Jittery Jack
Jittery Jack
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But...that still wasn’t enough so we headed to Atwoods where Jittery Jack was having a record release party. For us this was a repeat of our Cranktones show last September. We even had the same meals; again great. Jittery Jack’s personality fills the room and Miss Amy plays the best rockabilly guitar ever. The crowd is friendly and the place was full. It’s a neighborhood bar with a big heart. January 21 they have the Cranktones again. If you're looking for a way to chase away the winter blues…this is the place.

And in other news.....

PUnkRick Harte says: The new 7 song Real Kids record is almost done. It will be mastered at Sterling Sound on February 2nd. The Real Kids show in Worcester was cancelled. Turns out John got bonked on the head by a rouge car part and had a concussion. He's doing OK though.

Is there a new Store 54 in the works? There’s some rumors out there.

UK paper The Sun takes a looks at some notable punkers then and now. They call if "Granarchy in the UK". HA! That's hilarious and fitting!!

Kurt Baker is currently touring Europe but, we hear, is returning home for some shows..... home for Kurt would be Portland, ME. There's gonna be a gig in March with his buds The Connection and Kris Rogers; that’s nirvana for pop fans. We're hoping there's also a Boston show involved.


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

Show January 17 (Tuesday) Salem Wolves and Miss Amy Griffin (The Raging Teens, Jittery Jack) will be making magic at Atwood's Tavern

January 19 (Thursday) Hey its a Punk Rock Pizza Party at O'Brien's with Endless Mike and the Beagle Club, Retirement District, Saccharine and Puppy Problems...and there's Free pizza at the show!

January 19 (Thursday) Aeronaut Brewery's 2nd Annual Beers for Books- join Room to Read and Aeronaut as we help raise money for literacy and gender-equality in education in the developing world. The event will feature a live jukebox! Here's how it works: 1) Request a song: 1 song = $1 = 1 book
2) Drink: delicious Aeronaut beer, 3) Support: a great cause! There will also be a raffle and a silent auction including gift certificates to various local restaurants, trinkets from Nepal, and more. 100% of proceeds will go directly to helping children and girls with Room to Read! Sounds good to us!

January 20 (Friday) The 50th Anniversary of the Boston Tea Party opening is at the Verb Hotel. Friday Jan 20 from 5 to 8. " Join the Music Museum Of New England for a commemoration of the Tea Party 50th anniversary on Friday, January 20, 5-8pm, at The Verb Hotel and Hojoko Japanese tavern, 1271 Boylston Street (opposite Fenway Park). Whether you went to any shows at the Tea Party, or wish you had, let's all get together to celebrate good music and good times, and to enjoy the rock memorabilia at The Verb."

Show Gene Dante January 20 (Friday) The Lights Out, Gene Dante & The Future Starlets, Zip Tie Handcuffs and The Sun Lions at the ArtsEmerson Black Box series at Emerson/Paramount Center, Jackie Liebergott Black Box Theatre - 559 Washington St Boston (Link)

January 21 (Saturday) Vibrate with the Cranktones at Atwood's Tavern (Cambridge St Cambridge) this is a 4-6PM show. And stay for dinner the food is awesome at Atwood's. We really enjoyed their last show there.

January 21 (Saturday) HayBaby, Creaturos, MiniDresses and Jack as part of the ArtsEmerson Black Box series at Emerson/Paramount Center, Jackie Liebergott Black Box Theatre - 559 Washington St Boston (Link)

January 21 (Saturday) Roy Sludge is doing an early show at Sally O'Brien's 6-8PM

And further out......

January 24 (Tuesday) Adam Ant is at The Wilbur

January 25 (Wednesday) A Wish For Fire, Bird Language and The Darker Hues are at O'Brien's

January 27 (Friday) Ska and Punk night at the Midway with Hobo Chili, Stray Bullets, Losers Circle, Crime Spree and Gant!

OC45ws January 29 (Sunday) The reskedged Rockerzine Trivia Night is happening ....Join Erin & Brett for some fun times at Zuzu... 6:30 - 9pm FB page

January 29 (Sunday) Black Beach, Hairspray Queen, Idiot Genes and Thee Cavemyn at O'Brien's

January 29 (Sunday) There's a CREIGHTON ST. FIRE BENEFIT SHOW at the Midway ,The Hi-END will be playing Here's the FB page

February 4 (Saturday) Oh this is gonna be a GREAT show!!: OC45 (CD Release/Tour Kickoff), On The Cinder (NY), Fast Times and Back Door Key (it's also their EP Release) at The Midway (FB page here)

February 9 (Thursday) we love this stuff its always fun!! Karaoke Underground at O'Brien's in Allston. The Karaoke Underground is for punk and indie rock fans who love to scream, yelp, croon, bark and sometimes even sing their favorites from artists like Black Flag, Modest Mouse, the Misfits, Cat Power, the Pixies, Dead Kennedys, Sleater-Kinney, Pavement, Joy Division, Fugazi, Guided By Voices and many more. It's video karaoke with onscreen lyrics, a stage, you -- and the chance to sing great songs you just can't find anywhere else. Full catalog of songs here.

zReal Kids February 10 (Friday) BadassMotherfuzzers, Muck & the Mires,The Real Kids, Richie Parsons at the Midway

February 10 (Friday) The Upper Crust, Watts and Petty Morals are at Great Scott

February 11 (Saturday) Tavern at The End of The World Presents: Trusty Sidekick, Fireking, and The Trick Wallace Trio

February 17 (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 FB 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!

February 18 (Saturday) DJ Easy Ed presents The Crank Tones plus Easy Ed's Record Hop! for an early show (4-8PM) at The Midway

February 18 (Saturday) and for the evening show at The Midway we have Amos Fortune, Endation, Lotus Ignite and GrandEvolution

February 25 (Friday) The Billy Connors Project is @ the Cantab with Corrola Deville and Jimmy Bez.

Midway February 28 (Tuesday) The Hi-End, Low Babies, Four Point Restraints, and the Instamatics are at the Midway Feb 28 Here is the FB page

March 3 (Friday) Robyn Hitchcock at Once

March 8 (Wednesday) The Sheckies, Mongorellis, The Prozacs, Meat Depressed at Koto in Salem

March 9 (Thursday) A benefit for Outside the Lines (the special needs art studio) at Thunder Road. Barrence Whitfield & Dennis Brennan will be playing.

March 10 (Friday) Agent Orange, The Queers, & Guttermouth at ONCE Ballroom FB page

March 25 (Saturday) 45 Adapters (from NYC), Blood Stained Brindle, The Damn Garrison and Quiggs

April 1 (Saturday) State of the Union, The New Frustrations, The Stigmatics and The Only Things doing a GREAT early show (4-8PM) at the Midway

April 1 (Saturday) The Upper Crust, Sidewalk Driver and When Particles Collide as part of the ArtsEmerson Black Box series at Emerson/Paramount Center, Jackie Liebergott Black Box Theatre - 559 Washington St Boston (Link)

May 29 (Monday) Teenage Bubblegums, Jagger Holly, Mongorellis, Jimmy Jacked at Opus Underground in Salem

June 1 & 2 (Thurs & Fri) Reverand Horton Heat at Once in Somerville

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

Above the Mendoza
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Andy Paul
Andy and Blowfish
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Jittery Jack
Jittery Jack
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Crash Course for the Ravers on Saturday WMFO

Trivia Night by LRC WMBR
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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