Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols has a quarantine
recoded song (done in his bathroom) and here’s what’s notable, it’s
a slow acoustic love song. It’s so unexpected. It’s heartfelt and
evokes a simpler time in rock history. He posted it on his Instagram page: Would
But...here's the good news ...I guess you could say the Mainvest
campaign to save Great Scott is a success. In a relatively
short time they have raised $173,300.00. The goal is $200,000.00. They
are raising thousands every day. Check
it out here.
Maybe the start of live shows again?....The 145, Amplifier Heads,
The Stigmatics and The Thigh Scrapers have rescheduled
a show and are shooting for Sunday matinee on October 11 at The Midway. FB
The latest Bay State Rock came out too late to put
in the news last week. She started out with a TREE
song, always a good thing. The great thing about listening to radio,
rather than your own choices at home, is hearing songs you know in a
different setting when you don’t expect it. Carmelita
did that thing for us first with Justine’s Black Threads
and Me Against You and Me” .... and then “Invite”
by Generos. They both sounded super fine in the mix.
She also played Adam Sherman’s song “Justice Lies”
that we checked out last week on the BGN. Listen
to Bay State Rock here.
Anngelle Wood went video jock this week on ONCE Virtual Venue.
She played videos sent in by locals for a full hour. It’s on
On her Boston Emissions show of June 5 Anngelle played a Sheila
Devine song called “Melancholy, MA” off a 100 song compilation
of various artists called Talk - Action = Zero: A Compilation Benefitting
Black Lives Matter. All proceeds from that go to Black Lives Matter.
Here it is on Bandcamp
Anngelle also played a Test Meat song from 2019 that we hadn’t
heard before. It’s a cover of Dinosaur Jr's “Don’t”
from the album Bug. It’s two minutes and thirty eight seconds
of three chords and yelling, “Why? Why don’t You Like Me?”.
Yes, it’s that good!! Listen
to it here.
Thanks to a Facebook post by Cal Cali we got on to some YouTube
posts that Frank Rowe (filmed by Kathy Chapman)
as done during the coronavirus shutdown.
It’s just him and his guitar.
He does a version of “Nyquil Stinger” with a Danelectro 12-String
played through a Pal radio by Tivoli Radio. He also does “Murder Ballad”
which was on a compilation a few years ago. Frank was doing regular solo shows
at the Tavern at the End of the World, so he was ready for this format. This
link will get you to all his videos.
Lenny Lashley did a video stream on stage at the Midway on
Saturday. Lenny does the solo thing all the time and it shows. The set flowed
and sounded more professional than other efforts out there. His songs have well-crafted
lyrics and can stand the scrutiny they get in a solo stream. It was nice seeing
an act on the Midway stage even if it was on a screen. Video
is here. … This is part of a series called SceneStream live from Midway
Cafe. Next one is Saturday June 20 6-7:30 PM with LennyLashley & PennyOutlaw.
We went bonkers for the Trouser Press in
the early days of punk. They were still concentrated on mostly English
rock but had good taste. They added some punk covergae as the Sex Pistols
became big. They've finally posted all the magazines online. They stopped
puiblishing the magazine in 1984, they went till they hit 96 issues
at the 10 year mark. The last issue had Joey Ramone on the cover. You
all the issues here and for free.
On the Damned Show this week:
Episode #18 is the next chapter
from the Memories of Monty Oxymoron. What a bunch of characters
on the British music scene back in the day! Monty talks about the wild performer
called Space Toad.
#19 is another by bassist Paul Gray. He plays the bass
to "Hit or Miss” from The Black Album, as recorded live on a BBC
session for John Peel. It’s an opportunity to see how a bass line works
to shape a song. The bass line swings on its own too.
Episode #20 has
Monty Oxymoron again, this time he plays four minutes of an
instrumental on keyboards. It sounds classical and dark/gothic.
In another case of people finding a way to do things in shutdown, we have a
new video by Punk Rock Karaoke. We had fun when they played
Church in May of 2015. Currently the Karaoke musicians include: Stan
Lee of The Dickies, Greg Hetson of Circle Jerks, Darrin Pfeiffer of Goldfinger,
and Randy Bradbury of Pennywise. They cover the Misfits song
“Astro Zombies” with Jessica Nesmith, the daughter of the Monkees
Mike Nesmith, doing the vocals! We found this on punknews.org. Here you go.....The
video is on YouTube
Rum Bar Records has another generous helping of Rum Bar fare
with Somebody Out There is Having a Party Vol 2, a
free, 33 cut summer sampler. Electraluxx has a garage rocker
called “St Marks ‘96” which is sweet memory of the St. Marks
area of NYC. It reminds us of Jane County’s “Max’s Kansas
You get an early peek at Stop Calling Me Frank’s new
album with live favorite (but they are all live faves with this band) “King
A new one to us was “Vampire” by The Heatwaves from
Spain. It’s surfy with some high back-up vocals. We love the guitar feedback
squeal between 1:11 to 1:21. A real cute ditty.
There’s a Swindells song on there too – “Try
and Stop Me”. It’s a hit of soul with plenty of horns.
45 Rally jabs with “Grouchy Fauci”. Mark
Platt’s “Surf in the Rain” is a twist, a dark surf
song. It’s a chance to check Freeloader (Nat Freedberg)
do their version of the Four Season’s “Rag Doll”. A cut from
the latest Hi-End album called “One
Day at a Time” is here.
Brian Young played that this
week on his Saturday version of Crash Course for the Ravers
and it sounded fantastic on the air. He actually featured the sampler with plenty
Telamor is another artist that continues his output despite
all obstacles nature and man can put in front of him. “Kick It Out”
gives us a Mott’s “All the Way to Memphis” vibe in spots.
on his Bandcamp page.
Color Killer continues to knock out a punk song and a video
a week. This week it’s a cover of “Hey, Suburbia” by the Screeching
Weasels. It’s got all the pop punk qualities you want and it’s such
a good recording, especially during this time with all the restrictions. Listen
to the song here.Watch the video
There’s a cheap buy on Amazon of On Some Faraway Beach: The
Life And Times Of Brian Eno. It’s only $1.99 for Kindle
owners. “On Some Faraway Beach is the first serious, critical
examination of the life and times of Brian Eno, from an idiosyncratic childhood
to 1960s art school and the sharp end of pop charts around the world.”
You can buy it here.
Dont' forget to check out:
Monday June 15 - SceneStream
on TheSpoShow with blindspot, Max Boras, Atomic Basta on Once
Tuesday June 16 - Punk
Rock Aerobics every Tuesday on
FB @ 6PM
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......
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.