We finally got to the Dorchester Art Project. This space is
run by Boston Hassle. It reminded us of the New Alliance space
in Union Square. The DAP is smaller but very comfortable and
conducive to making art. There’s art work on every wall with on room is
a nicely set up gallery with white walls and there are lots of artist studio
spaces also. The room for the bands seemed small initially but it also is set
up well. The stage area has a half brick background that looks like a comedy
We were there for night two of the Rama Lama Ding Dong that
is run by Kids Like You And Me who we
interviewed last week.
On stage there were two people sitting down facing the audience with a bunch
of electronics in front of them. There was a cheap turntable but they didn’t
seem like DJ’s. They were Semi-Sounds and they were one
big surprise. They were doing sound effects. Specifically, they made up a detailed
soundscape of two semi-trailers rolling down the highway to meet at a truck
stop. That’s about the last thing we would have expected to hear on a
It lasted about fifteen or twenty minutes. It was like seeing a live radio
show. The sound was so good that you were immersed in the experience. Through
some electronic pedals and some old school inventiveness they summoned up all
the sounds of the trip: air brakes, air horns, regular car horns, and road sounds
for trucks and cars. For some popping and hissing sounds they used a bicycle
pump. For some tires on the road sounds they put a microphone without a wind
screen close to a small fan. You felt like you were in the cab with some country
and western music on the radio as cars rushed by and you could hear your own
tires on the road. They created some CD radio chatter.
There's a short clip of this above.
We are so single minded about music that we wouldn’t go out looking for
this but it was an awesome experience.
G. Gordon Gritty
There was only a dozen people there as G. Gordon Gritty started.
Glen from KLYAM is in the group. They were pretty rough
but there was one thing that was notable, Glen had
a wireless microphone and guitar. He does this so he can roam around
the room and/or building. A few weeks ago we saw Grade 2 and they had
wireless guitars and it allowed them to move around freely in the stage
area. Glen takes it a step further, he’s in the audience most
of the time. It seems like the technology is there and it works, so
why don’t others do this? Maybe this is a view into what we'll
see in the future.
Main gallery at the Dorcester Art Project
The whole scene at the Dorchester Art Project encourages things
like this wireless innovation and the workings of Semi-Sounds.
This is a space where the innovative spirit can thrive. It took us a while to
get there but we hope to see more shows there as time goes on.
Saturday we kept with the Rama Lama Ding Dong and did it’s
last day at the Cambridge Elks Lodge. That venue has been a well-known sweatbox.
The good news is that it now has air conditioning. That changes everything.
We’ll be paying more attention to the shows there now.
The big draw for the day was Unnatural Axe. They haven’t
played in a while so it was a must see for us.
We saw four bands. The first was Andy California, always an
experience. Andy now has a group behind him. He was able to
do a little more work on the guitar since it wasn’t the only thing holding
down the beat. Other than that it was the same Andy and you
had to watch out for the antics, but there was no singing into someone’s
crotch this time. He did a lot of roaming around and bumping into people. The
crowd was bunched up around him. This was the sort of venue where Andy’s
reputation grew. He ended with a Feat of Strength which was dragging his guitar
along the ground with just his teeth.
We didn’t recognize the next group who were wearing masks and capes.
The drummer’s sheer head-covering looked like it was out of a horror show.
They were playing raw garage/surf. It wasn’t till it was over that we
realized it was Atlantic Thrills. They've been around a while
and we’ve seen them a few times but not recently. We saw them once at
TT the Bears in 2015.
They've gone from a four piece to a trio. The guitarist had the surf tone but
his playing had a wild quality not present in the more restricted surf genre.
It was loose but seemed to tighten up as the set went on. The last few songs
hit a groove and was an exciting wrap up of a cool set. We’re game to
see them again.
Chris and Andy with the Nice Guys
The Nice Guys have been playing steady lately. We saw them
this year. They seemed primed to play as they came out full of energy.
This was some of the sharpest playing we’ve seen from this always
progressing group. We recognized a lot of the songs but there was some
extra rawness and abandon in the playing.
They had a problem with the lead guitarist’s pedals. That got
fixed and indeed it was the sounds that the pedals were generating that
gave the songs their character. They brought up Chris and Glen from
KLYAM to sing and that made for a crazy ending.
That was such a good set that it set the bar higher for Unnatural Axe
who didn’t have the benefit of steady shows. But that uncertainty
didn’t last a second as the Axe was in full Axe
mode from the get go. They started with the appropriate “Summertime”
from that first EP in 1977. Either they practiced or they don’t need to
at this point but their playing was tight. These guys still have it, all of
This was primo Boston punk the way they did it in 1977. You could hear it
in comparison to all the bands that preceded them. There’s a way of playing,
a way of writing a song, and an attitude that came with punk in its first incarnation
and the Unnatural Axe bring that with them. We write about
this here but you had to be there to get the impact of that.
We don’t have a set list but the Axe did all the songs you wanted to
hear. There was “Three Chord Rock”, “Someone Told Me”
and “The Man I Don’t Wanna Be” was a highlight. Near the end
of the set things got intense, as they always have, with “They Saved Hitler’s
Brains”. It was something for us older fans to see the current generation
of fans yelling in the chorus. Rita Rat (RIP) came to mind
here and we got a little misty. At that point Richie became
a beer spewing fountain, topped with a beer can crushing head.
There was no stopping as “The Creeper” slammed into gear. Even
though it was 11 pm, the official stop time, they encored with “Hot Steel
and Acid” by the Nervous Eater. The audience wanted more but it actually
sounded like some equipment crashed on the stage, a suitable ending actually.
The Who smashed their equipment as part of the show, the Axe equipment breaks
because of the show.
There were about 50 people there. A lot of Axe fans maybe didn’t know
about this show and many wouldn’t know the venue. Not knowing about the
new AC, even we thought about it twice because we have suffered in the heat
there before. There were some of the old gang there but there should have been
more. This was a great show by any standard.
Chris and Glen of KLYAM did
a good job with the whole Rama Lama Ding Dong festival. Just
getting the Axe together for a show was a big accomplishment.
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And in other news.....
The last two Neats records have been made available again
as of this last Friday. Crash at Crush and Blue Ends Blue marked the
new Neats sound where they went from jangly to a punchier style.
They say that, "Each recording is accompanied by its own set of fiery
live tracks, carefully restored from original master tapes, as a bonus."
The releases will initially be digital only through a
Bandcamp page - here.
At this point in the Neat career it was becoming obvious that Eric
Martin had an amazing voice. The low key initial martial of
the Neat showcased one side, these later albums revealed a ramped up
bluesy side. Eric has continued in that vein to this day.
There's a lot of good material and performances in these two albums
that might have got by people in the day. This is a great opportunity
to get in there to appreciate and re-evaluate.
ZULUS Paradise show has been postponed...the new date is March
28, 2020. If you already bought tickets you will be receiving an email from
Ticketmaster providing you with information on how to exchange or refund your
Julie Kramer has another photo show, this time at Boston
Center of Adult Education on Arlington St. Boston. It's called
The Basement Arcives: The Ghost of WFNX: Volume II. (The show must be
good because the title has two colons in it.) There is over 100 portraits
and live-concert images. The opening is July 20th. It's free but you
need reservations. Which can be obtained here - https://bcae.org/eventrsvp/
Genya Raven who has a history too long to go into
here has a new album called Icon on Rum Bar. It has the song
"Don't Go Into the Bathroom". The bathroom being referred to is the
one at CBGB's. The song includes mentions of CBGB's regulars while always
returning to that infamous bathroom. The song is hysterical and historical.
Hear it on Bandcamp - "Dont Go Into the Bathroom"
We have it on our Top Ten Songs.
Death Pesos has released a digital single: Madam "Sorceress"/"Robotrippin'". They gave it a limited release.
"Madam Scorceress" is a powerful, unrelenting, riff lead song. This is some of what we hear them do live that keeps us coming back for more.
It will be available mid week at their Bandcamp page.
Wire Lines from New Bedford have a new album up on Facebook.
The song "Blind" is an avalanche of post-hardcore that features powerful lyrics relevant to our current zeitgeist.
Here'e the song on Bandcamp.
It made our Top Ten Songs easy.
Here's some good shows coming up this week.....
July 15 (Monday) Black Kat Boppers
from the UK at Askew in Providence RI. FB
July 18 (Thursday) Cruel Miracle,
Blindspot, Justine & the Unclean at The Jungle Union Sq Somerville
July 18 (Thursday) The Chats,
Louzy at the Middle East Down
July 20 (Saturday) Thee Fightin
Fish, Warthog (Ramones tribute), Charlie Don't Surf
(Clash tribute), and Meat Depressed at The Midway for a 3-7PM
July 20 (Saturday) State Line Records night
at the Midway Round 2: Hudson Falcons, The Sprained Ankles, Michael
Kane & the Morning Afters, Dressed for the Occasion, Coffin Salesman
July 20 (Saturday) Spring Heeled
Jack, Party Bois, Diablogato, Catbite at The MIddle East Down - all
July 20 (Saturday) Dogmatics, Jittery
Jack & Amy Griffin, Stop Calling Me Frank at the Back Room at The
Burren Davis Sq Somerville 6-9PM folks!!!
July 20 (Saturday) Watts, Little
Billy Lost, Tiger Bomb, Kid Gulliver at Once Music starts at 9PM
July 20 (Saturday) Thalia Zedek,
GLiDER, Sara &the Scaliwags at The Square Root in Roslindale
July 20 (Saturday) Rockin' the
Dunes Rock n Roll Beach party with Slim Jim and the Mad Cows
7:45, Muck and the Mires 7, Atlantic Thrills
6:15, Hambone Skinny 5:30, Tsunami of Sound 4:45,
Jay Allen and the Archcriminals 4, + special guests at Cahoon Hollow
Beach, Wellfleet, Cape Cod, Ma. Here's the
FB page for all the info
July 21 (Sunday) A Bunch of Jerks,
The Stigmatics, 1.4.5, TRiPLE THiCK at The Midway matinee 3-7PM
July 21 (Sunday) A Mid-Summer MessAround....this
Sunday you'll see Bob Cenci playing with former band mates
(Hellcats from Outer Space aka X-15- John
Darga and Craig Riggs), Kenne Highland making
his first MessAround visit....also Michele Johnson-Kish (The
Wynotts, The Killer Abs). She’ll be teaming with old pal Paul
Delano (Mung) as well as Justine Covault
and her Black Threadmates, Jim Scoppa and
Johnny Sciacia ...there will aslo be Tom Baker and
of course Jay Allen!!! 4-6PM at The Plough
And further out there is......
July 23 (Tuesday) Stubborn Hearts,
The Essays, Street Milk, at the News Cafe in Providence.
July 24 (Wednesday) Brockton Hardcore Shows
presents Hoods, Rhythm of fear, Trust in Few, Section H8, Fixation,
Instigate at the Middle East Up. 7PM doors.
July 26 Tavern At The End of The World
July 26 (Friday) Classic Ruins at Tavern At The End Of the World
July 26 (Friday) Oxblood Forge,
IL Mostro and Wrought Iron Hex at Koto Salem
July 26 (Friday) Diablogato
& The Gala at Askew in Providence RI
July 26 (Friday) Wormtown Ska
Presents: Mixed Bill 3 - of Ska, Punk, Metal and Hardcore with 6 Foot
Silence, Hobo Chili, Jimmy West Band (Worcester's Outlaw Punk), Point
Blank (from NYC), Threat Level Burgundy at The Raven,
258 Pleasant St Worcester FB
July 27 (Saturday) M.O.T.O., Jerry's
Got Jokes, Cook Bag, The Trades, The Runouts at The Midway matinee
July 27 (Saturday) Les Sans Culottes,
Muck & the Mires, Fireking, Hambone Skinny at The Midway - night
July 27 (Saturday)
The Knock Ups, Motel Black, Bad at Sex at The
Jungle Union Sq Somerville
July 27 (Saturday) The New England
Ska Summit; Bim Skala Bim, Copacetics, Hempsteadys, El Grande at Once
July 27 (Saturday) The Hi-End,
Classic Ruins, The Stigmatics at The Square Root in Roslindale
July 28 (Sunday) Joe Harvard Memorial
- 5-10PM Middle East Up. Keep checking the FB
page for updates and info
July 30 (Tuesday) Pop punk/hardcore show
at The Model Cafe in Allston!! No cover!! You get Stubborn Hearts
(Energetic melodic punk duo from RI), Street Milk (Skate or
Die), Allison & Moon (puppy dogs and pop punk) Starts at 8PM
Here's the FB page
July 31 (Wednesday) Black Leather
Lagoon, Poison Boys, Thee Fightin' Fish at The Jungle Union Sq Somerville
July 31 (Wednesday) Heavy Hands,
Voting Yes, The Lightweight Champs, TIFFY at The Midway
August 1 (Thursday) Special Movie Night
at the Brattle with Chet's Last Call: A Story of Rock and Redemption
-showing at 7PM (in betwen showing of Rock'n' Roll Highschool) The Brattle Theater.
August 1 (Thursday) Chet's
Last Call After Party at Once Lounge - 9:40 The
Classic Ruins, 10:10 The Hopelessly Obscure with Cal Cali,
10:50 Randy Black and friends, 11:40 Esther Rose and
friends...PLUS Lots of special guests - the 10 singers who are in the
film will perform and Kenne Higland is the Host for the NIght.
-- at Once Lounge
August 3 (Saturday) Rawstrum
with Tensor at Sally O'Brien's
August 2 (Friday) Cleaver/Walker/Messerly
(Of Wussy) with special guests Thalia Zedek and Chris
Brokaw of Come at The Midway
August 3 (Saturday) Townies,
Louzy, Rusty Mullet this is a 3-7PM matinee show at The Midway
August 3 (Saturday) Oppositional
Defiance, Red Mantis, Death Pesos, Wrought Iron Hex at The Midway
August 3 (Saturday) Rawstrum
and Temple at Sally O'Brien's
August 4 (Sunday) Mid Summer Night's dream:
Chris Brokaw & Margaret Airplanemanat Atwoord's
August 7 (Wednesday) The Muckers,
The Gobshites, Dori Cameron at the Midway
August 8 (Thursday)
Green Piece, Sorry w/ slo-anne & The
Callouts at The Hong Kong
August 8 (Thursday)
Otto Records present 145 & The Thigh
Scrapers at The Plough & Stars
August 10 (Saturday) Billy Connors
Project, 61 Ghosts, Little Billy Lost at The Square Root in Roslindale
August 10 (Saturday) No Small
Children, PowerSlut, and The Knock Ups, at Once
August 10 (Saturday) Muck And
The Mires, Watts, The Electric Mess, and A Bunch of Jerks
at Sally O'Brien's
August 14 (Wednesday) GLiDER
live on Heavy Leather Topless Dance Party ! scat-tv FB
page for links
August 14 (Wednesday) Deke Dickerson,
Bloodshot Bill, Jittery Jack, DJ Easy Ed at Once FB
August 15 (Thursday) 1.4.5.,
Crunchtime , Glider, Sara & The Scalliwags at
The Jungle Union Sq Somerville.
August 15 (Thursday) The Queers,
Stubborn Hearts, Meat Depressed, The Parkwoods at Alchemy in Provi
August 16 (Friday) Cocked N' Loaded,
Hey Zeus, Scissorfight at Great Scott
August 16 (Friday) Baabes, The
Von Traps, Silver Screams, Lipstick Boys at O'Brien's Pub
August 17 (Saturday) Stop Calling
Me Frank, Muck and the Mires, The Dirty Truckers Boat Party! 3:30-
7PM FB page for info
August 18 (Sunday) Possum, Martin/Morell/Fredette,
The Chelsea Curve, Tsunami of Sound matinee 3-7 show at the Midway
August 24 (Saturday) Waiver Wire,
Bernie's Garage, Happy Just To See You, Extract 3-7 matinee show at
August 24 (Saturday) The Humanoids,
Bossnova, Oxblood Forge, Renegade Cartel night show at The MIdway
August 31 (Saturday) A Crash
Course For The Ravers LIVE Saturdays 1pm to 4pm at WMFO
and transmits on 91.5FM Medford. This week we have RICHARD MIRSKY!
August 31 (Saturday) Time &
Place, PowerSlut, The Daylilies, Lonely Leesa & The Lost Cowboys
at The Jungle - Music starts at 8PM
September 1 (Sunday) A Bunch
of Jerks, Crunchtime, Zulu Lulu, The Black Souls - 3-7PM matinee at
September 7 (Saturday) Buddy Hally
Birthday Bash - Performing two sets of Buddy Holly’s music: Evan
Shore (Muck and the Mires) - guitar, John Sheeran
(Township, Fireking) - bass, Scott Pittman (Sugarblood Jinx,
The Shods…) -drums, and guests Kevin Patey (Jittery Jack),
Terry O’Malley (Stop Calling Me Frank) and more TBA!
10PM at The Plough.
September 8 (Sunday) Somerville
Rock And Roll Yard Sale - Union Square - 11 AM – 5 PM FB
page for more info
September 8 (Sunday) Private Instigators,
Color Killer, Jonee Earthquake Band, The Degenerates of Punk 3-7PM
show at The Midway
September 20 (Friday)
Priors, Black Beach, Far Corners, Andy California
at the Midway
September 21 (Saturday) PRIORS,
Black Beach, Far Corners, and Andy California 8PM
show at The Midway
September 21 (Saturday) Lyres
and Glider at Once (TIX)
September 26 (Thursday) Baabes,
GLiDER, Sara & the Scaliwags, Lily Black at O'Brien's
October 1 (Tuesday) Agnostic Front w/Prong at Brighton Music Hall
October 5 (Saturday)
Mudhoney, Pissed Jeans at Brighton Music Hall
October 6 (Sunday) The Sinister
Six, Martin / Morell / Fredette and TRiPLE
THiCK - 3-7PM show at The Midway
October 12 (Saturday) Lyres, Tiger
Bomb, Glider at Sun Tiki Studios 375 Forest Avenue, Portland, Maine
October 19 (Saturday) A Crash
Course for the Ravers has Richard Mirsky - 1-4PM WMFO
October 19 (Saturday) Avenir (French
punk rock) at the News Cafe in Provi RI - check out their
bandcamp page ..and here's the FB
page for the show & tix etc!!!
October 20 (Sunday) Stiff Little
Fingers, The Avengers at Brighton Music Hall doors 7PM
October 23 (Wednesday) Flipper
with David Yow (Jesus Lizard) "40th Anniversary Show"
at The MIddle East Down
October 23 (Wednesday) 999, The
Clap, Vixen 77 at The Fire Philly PA FB
October 25 (Friday) 999, The Clap,the
Parasitix, The Transmission Now at the Catasauqua American Legion 215
October 26 (Saturday) The Fleshtones,
GLiDER, Muck & the Mires at Once Ballroom
October 26 (Saturday) 999, The
Clap, The Bobby Lees, Blank Spots at Coney Island Baby in NYC FB
October 29 (Tuesday)
999 & The Clap at Randy
Now's Man Cave 134 Farnsworth Ave, Bordentown, New Jersey 08505 FB
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