Finally something to cheer and feel good about!! Simone Berk/Sugar
Snow was one of the winners in the The Goffin & King Foundation
Quarantine Cover Contest we spotlighted last week. The job was to record
one of their songs in this difficult period of shutdown. Simone covered
“He Knows I Love Him Too Much”. (Video below.) She shows
how a singer can make a song their own, by giving it a reading that
wasn’t in other versions. It was both subtle and stunning.
We’re not real surprised because she (and Brian Charles at Zippah
Studios) did a similar thing with the whole Woodface album
by Crowded House last year that she titled Woodface
Reimagined. You should listen to that to really appreciate what Simone
can do and that’s in addition to her work in Kid Gulliver.
Congrats to Simone!!!
The first socially distanced concert in America happened in
Arkansas last Monday. It seemed pretty horrible to us. All sorts of restriction.
Limited to 200 people in a hall that has a 1000 capacity. The acts were solo
with acoustic guitars, no groups. You can read
about it here.
Concert in Sweden
The group is The Hypnagogics
Sweden tends to be on the cutting edge of some things. They've already
had a rock show that had social distancing. 39 people were in the audience
to hear Spunsugar at the club Plan B. Normally the room fits 350. The
rules for social engagements are less strict in Sweden than in most
places. No one had face masks on and there are photos of small groups
of people not socially distanced. Read
about it on NME. This week Sweden had a spike in Covid 19 cases
Joanie Lindstrom actually was in Malmo last year and visited
Plan B but didn’t wait for the band to play because they
were going late. Joanie
Tupelo Music Hall in Derry, NH, has a 75 car drive in concert
series. Seems like all the acts are either solo, country or MOTR pop rock. But
it shows what is begining to happen out there. Read
The deepening crater for clubs is getting more attention but maybe no help.
Some clubs have banded together and have asked for help from Washington. This
article from ABC news tells the story.
Stubborn Hearts on TV
Stubborn Hearts received some TV time down in Rhode Island
on channel 10 WJAR, they get on screen a few times. It was in connection with
the benefit album they did for News Café called Making
Pawtucket Famous: A Benefit Compilation For News Café. You can see
the video on the news website and you can purchase
the compilation on Bandcamp, it features Stubborn Hearts, Funeral Cones,
Electric Street Queens, Cherry Pit and a bunch of other bands.
Once Somerville is streaming some events every week. This
week they are offering a $25.00 "Once Army" T-Shirt to raise funds
for the venue and workers. You
can get it here.
Al Quint, the voice of hardcore hereabouts, dipped into Facebook
for a 2 hour live Sonic Overload on Saturday night. Not much
going on visually with Al just sitting there but the music was GREAT - hard
and fast as you would expect. It was a steady stream of quality indie hardcore.
Al has a low key demeanor but he gets it done. He was just feeding songs in
via the computer, no turntable. He did a set featuring local bands including
The Neighborhoods and LaPeste. Facebook stopped it for a minute because of profanity
but the whole show is on Al’s Facebook page in two sections: Sonic
No video from Color Killer this week but they did get a song
recorded. It's a cover of The Offspring’s “The Kids Aren't Alright".
It’s another good job. They are getting so much experience recording.
This is one group that is going to come out of this shutdown roaring to go!!
Here is the song on Bandcamp: “The
Kids Aren't Alright"
Nat Freedberg cranks up the GarageBand software and gives
us a new song called suitably “Hotbed
Lynda Mandolyn of Tiger Bomb
The Chelsea Curve
Heather Rose In Clover
WhistleStop Rock Festival: Virtual Show! #2 was aired last
Thursday. The first one was one of the best efforts out there, and they made
it better this time. Again all the acts introduced by members of the WhistleStop
crew and with the one song a piece rule and the edited pre-recorded bits things
move along without dead time. They had special guests Tanya Donnelly
and Dean Fisher. They used the video to simultaneously
raise money for the clubs they love: The Square Root, Tavern at the End of the
World, and The Plough and the Stars. WATCH
Roger Miller’s live 40 minute guitar improv Six
Dream Interpretations (described as a “solo electric guitar
ensemble” ) will be on Friday 29 at 7:30pm on Zoom. This is connected
to Rogers show called Transmuting the Prosaic at the Brattleboro Museum
of Art. More info on the
Brattleboro Museum of Art site. There's a link to the Zoom meeting on their
"Six Dream Interpretations is an updated version of Miller’s Elemental
Guitar work from the mid 1990s. It features Miller on a customized Stratocaster
six-string, three altered/prepared lap-steel guitars, a new looping device,
and many sound-altering tools. It’s just Miller, but with the looping
device there are often three or more guitar parts heard simultaneously —
hence, solo ensemble. The structure of the music is based on Miller’s
dreams and the Dream Interpretation technique he developed in 1975 as a student
at Thomas Jefferson College."
Those that have been on the scene a long time might know of Captain
PJ. He’s a much loved Worcester legend, or maybe just a legend
in general!! He was also a DJ, a sports team macscot and a puppet fanatic! PJ
is meant to be with people, he's a people person in a big way, so this isolation
thing is not working for him. Brian Goslow passed on this message
from Captain PJ's sister, Sheryl: "If you have the time
could you please send a letter or card to help raise PJ's spirits? (Share memories,
favorite bands, humor, etc) These could help distract him from his protocol
frustrations of isolation and help him feel more connected to others. (Please
note: no items, magazines or packages are being received at this
time. ONLY letters and cards.) His address:
Captain PJ (William) PJ LeBlanc 2nd Floor, C/O The Reservoir
Center for Health and Rehab, 400 Bolton St, Marlborough, MA 01752
You can read
about Captain PJ here. His history
as a DJ and his 2,000th show. More
info about PJ. And of course Stay
Mental...watch him on YouTube.
We continue to give time to radio shows and podcasts while stuck inside the
four walls. This hour podcast Tommy Unit Live on Real Punk Radio #447
is from NYC and has that NYC attitude. We heard about it from a post from The
Hi-End because they played their song “Looking for Some Kicks”.
The Hi-End are perfect for this line up of hard rocking songs.
They also played Amyl and the Sniffers but most were new groups
to us but all rocking like crazy. Our ears perked up for The Hellebores
from Sydney doing “Not Just For Anyone”. Listen
to the song on Bandcamp. At the end of the broadcast, there's a rockabilly
track by Dave Del Monte & The Cross County Boys called
Hubba Ding Ding”. They would be a great add to a DJ Easy Ed
rockabilly bill at the Midway….if we can ever back to those days.
You can hear the Tommy Unit Live podcasts
easy on their webpage .
Now for this week’s two videos from The Damned Show:
Episode #13 has Captain Sensible visiting the Chattri Memorial
in Brighton, UK. It’s a monument that celebrates the Indian veterans that
died in WWI. Captain gets on his bike and rides into the country side. He gets
serious for a minute reflecting on the horrors of war. WATCH
Episode #14 is Part 4 of Monty Oxymoron’s memoirs.
This is turning out of be our favorite things of all the things that only exist
because of the deadly pandemic…what a thing to have to say! WATCH!!
The Joey Ramone Birthday Bash happened Tuesday night. You
it now on Facebook It was a fast moving affair. Which is the way to go with
these sort of things. It was all pre-recorded. There were old clips of Joey,
radio interviews, the street dedication to Joey. There was a big cavalcade of
performers and birthday wishers. It was all done, as it is every year, to raise
money for the Lymphoma Research Foundation. Joey died from Lymphoma. You can
here. They also had an after party video which was equally worthy. It ends
with Amy Rigby doing “I Danced With Joey Ramone”. Watch
We watched some of Peter Hook's three hour vid of all of New
Orders’ songs. It was a chance to wallow in the New Order moodiness.
“Love Will Tear Us Apart” stood out as the amazing creation that
it is, but outside that it was the collection of the songs and how they sustained
the same feeling that made it special.
If you saw that and are still up about it you can read this NME
piece on the making of the Unknown Pleasures album.
Steven Hanford, best known as the drummer for Portland punk
icons Poison Idea, has died. His girlfriend confirmed the news
in a Facebook post, writing that he suffered a heart attack. He was 50 years
Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong has been doing
a cover a week under the title No Fun Mondays. He did
a version of Blondie’s “Dreaming”. Then there was
the cover of “That’s Rock and Roll. (Video above) That is
actually an Eric Carmen song but we loved the Shaun Cassidy
version. It may have been a prepackaged studio musician effort but we
like it still. The Eric Carmen version is well done but doesn’t
have the teen idol glow to it that Shaun’s version has. This comparison
would only be done in a time of forced isolation: Eric
Carmin's version ...... Billie
Joe's Version ..... Shaun
Watch Billie Joe's
No Fun Mondays on You Tube.
Cutting Corners by Pavid Vermin
came out a few months ago. It’s got two things going for it right out
of the gate: One is the music, it’s a Ramones like punk pop. Most songs
are less than two minutes. Two is the concept: Every song has the same title
as the Beatles Abby Road album and is in the same order, but they are entirely
new songs. Most of the songs use the title as a jumping off point for the lyrics.
That’s why Glenn Robinson, the man behind Pavid, was
‘cutting corners’. What do you even call that concept? John Cage
used Finnegan’s Wake in a somewhat similar way and called it ‘writing
through’ Finnegan’s Wake.
Glenn said he thought of the idea and just went at it until he actually accomplished
it. Glenn has two other albums of super punk pop and all three were recorded
in less than a year! pavid
Vermin's Cutting Corners on Bandcamp
Last week, In his BGN column, Kenne
Highland at Large, Kenne Highland talked about the Diabolico
Delerium album by Tolga Ozbez from Reptilians
from Andromeda. It’s a side project. The cover art alone
was enough to grab interest. It looked like something from a horror comic. It’s
a short five cuts. Songs are basically instrumentals with horror sound clip
drop-ins. The 60’s psych-garage playing successfully hooks up with the
spirit of the cheap and cheesy movies of the sound clips. We think it's better
than the real soundtracks to those movies. In short, a trash classic!! and that's
a good thing!! Check it out here
Diabolico Delerium by Tolga Ozbez
Our minds were on Little Richard when the name The
Little Richards popped up in our memory. We put the name into
Bandcamp search and sure enough they were a punk band from the Lynn
area. They were active around 2012/2013. They were a gloriously messy
punk garage band with a lot of Ramones influence. There’s lots
of teenage fun in their lyrics. The song “J-Bone” seems
like a true story.
They print the lyrics like this:
J-BONE GOT HIS TOOF KNOCKED OUT @ A RAMONES' SHOW.
IT'S HIS 1 & ONLY CLAIM 2 FAME.
I WISH THAT I COULD SAY THE SAME”
The Little Richards got by us, sorry guys. We’d love
to see them now!!
Looking for things to do at home? Some people are turning to coloring books.
Bowery Boston has a coloring book with images of its clubs:
Great Scott and The Sinclair and The
Royale in it. You can download the PDF and color it, or do it digitally:
Chech it out: Live
Third Man Records (Jack White) also has a coloring book: "Take
an adventure with Manny, Third Man's Nashville storefront mascot, as he hangs
out in our shop, takes in a show on Record Store Day, visits space, and learn
how the (fastest) record was made! Draw Your own record label. Play Tic Tac
Toe with speakers." Its available on the Third
Then there's The Coloring Sessions...where you can color in
your favorite alumbu covers...or some album covers from Sony Music (Elvix, Jimi
Hendrix, . You can sign up to get more int eh future too. Check
Dont' forget to check out:
May 29 (Thursday) WhistleStop Rock
Festival: Virtual Show 7-9PM Watch
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