The BGN News Archive
September 22, 2014
Here at the BGN we post the news on Sunday night or Monday morning.
That gives us the sense that the rock week ends on Sat and we start all over
again (usually on Friday after). That's not the case these days because good
gigs are every day this month. We posted the news Sunday mid-day and then headed
out that night to see The Members at the Midway.
We saw just a song and half by Greg Allen's Fringe Religion as they
were winding up the set. We really liked them last time we saw them play (read
about that here) and were disappointed at having not caught a lot more of
their set. People in the club?...less than 20....and most were band members. There
seemed to be about FIVE paying customers: us, Joannie Lindstrom, Eric Law
and Slimedog from Thrash'n'Bang.
OC45 had played the afternoon hardcore show and now they were playing
the night show also. They were drunk. I know that because they kept saying it.
They also said they were under rehearsed many times but then they launched hard
and heavy into some tight hardcore with many tempo changes and no mistakes that
I could hear. The lead singer had a 50% blond dye job and more to the point
a voice that reminded me of Stiff Little Fingers. Just a few songs made
my night. Between songs they were bantering between themselves mostly about
how much they drank and how the pizza they had was bad but then again it was
pizza so it wasn't that bad...etc. I found it extremely funny, very entertaining.
As long as the music was good - go ahead and prattle on.
Now that the night was saved we wondered what the Members
would be like. It's been a long time for this group. Blowfish
used to play Solitary Confinement and Offshore
Banking Business on the Late Risers Club back in '78 and
'79. The Sound of the Suburbs got massive radio play.
The Biographical Dictionary of Popular Music has The Sound of the
Suburbs listed as one of the most representative punk singles (that was
just the first book I picked up). So why wasn't anyone at the club? Maybe a
dozen people were there when they played. It was Sunday night and it had been
a week with lots of shows, but still. The Members put on one cool show.
off with they sound like THE MEMBERS which is English and punk. Seems like they
should but that's not always the case with older bands. When the Standells
played I didn't get the feeling I was hearing the old band in any significant
way. These guys though, still had it. JC the main singer gave back stories
or put the songs in context of the era. It was a little English punk history
as well as music. The songs are still as good as one remembers. It's hard to
beat those nuggets of punk from the early days. Sound of the Suburbs, Solitary
Confinement, Offshore Banking Business and Working Girl hit the spot.
They played other songs from their first record, all good. This was all I had
I doesn't matter to me how many people were there but I felt bad for the band
who took it in stride. I had bought tickets early because I thought, them being
an old English punk band, that it might have sold out.....right.
Then, on Monday, we found ourselves into the next week and the regular show
by the Real Kids. This would be my fourth day in a row at the clubs.
Rock Every Day is my new motto. Jay Allen was just stepping off stage
as we opened the door at the Midway. "Nice timing" he throws my way with derision
and a smile. I hope. Jay has lots of fun material and old school punk sounding
material I would have liked to catch.
Some equipment problems that Billy Cole helped to fix delayed The
Banditas. They have Margaret Garrett from Mr. Airplane Man who
everybody seems to know and like. Also in the group is a striking blond woman
who had a voice that could belt it out when needed. They did some soft poppy
psyche; one had the drummer playing a flute. Then some more rocking things driven
with Margaret Garrett's chording and that emotive voice.
Finally, after months of missing Triple Thick at the Plough,
we got a dose of the garage from our faves. Henry stands like a titan
shaking maracas and tambourine like ominous talismans and issuing lyrics with
plentiful emotion. We love this guy. It's a set full of short riff based songs
whose titles are almost the whole lyrics. If you want to do what they do you
have to immerse yourself in Garageland and have complete knowledge of its history
and songs. Please Triple Thick, never stop. We need to hear you always.
Can it be possible, more Real Kids? Yes, it can. They seem to be in
a fun mode today. A little monitor problem then there off with Don't Talk
to Strangers and Tell Me. Weeks of playing have improved them in
many unseen ways. Everything is sounding better; tighter, punchier. They roll
along - All Night Boppin' with the rockabilly sway. She's Got Everything
the Kinks song sounds like it was written for them.
John got a little sick and had to take a break but just like
every other time he comes back and finishes the set. I think more and more of
him as I see him soldier on despite the physical setbacks. He has played some
noteworthy solos tonight. They pull out the 12 string for the second time and
surprise us with the Beatles You Can't Do That. Every week they have
added some new things. They finish with the greatest screw-you song of all -
Who Needs You. Not a set without problems but the highs are Real
Kids highs, only receivable from them.
And in other news......
Not that it really effectsd us at all but ARCH as in Allston Rock
City Hall is dead as a music venue....they are only existing as a gallery
now because the city of Allston willnot let them have amplified music there!!
about it from the Herald here
Which brings us to the other news...about what was once our beloved Radio.
It seems the promoter Dan Millen, the guy who has finally ended up with the
liquor license, proudly stated to told Wicked Local Somerville Thunder
Road..." (the lame new name for the club) "...will be a venue for
local artists and will not play loud or dangerous music
that might attract the wrong kind of clientele. HUH?? WHAT the hell does
that mean?? Well it looks like most of the people reading this will proudly
NOT be there anyway!!
And what's coming up.......
Tuesday Sept 23rd is another one of those special Midway shows...this
one has The Egos, Problems , The Knock Ups and Hambone Skinny
Wednesday 9/24 is yet another excellent show at The Midway with
The Savtones, Axemunkee and Mission Creep (it's their Album Release!)
Here is another one of those insane weekends with loads of great stuff going
on- but its the norm for Sept/Oct in Boston!! :
It's starting early at TT's on Thursday Sept 25th. FINALLY Endation
is playing in Boston again, and this is their CD
Release party. Yellabird starts out the night at 9, then Eddie
Japan, Endation is on at 10:50 and Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling
finishes off the night and (this is the ONLY time you will see them for the
rest of the year).
SHOW #5 for Pipeline has Dumptruck resurrected in the line up - Fri. Sept. 26 at Regent Theatre, Arlington:
7:30 - 8:10 The Barnies
8:25 - 9:05 The Jigsaws
9:20 - 10:00 Big Dipper's Bill Goffrier & friends
10:15 - 10:55 Vapors of Morphine
11:10 -11:50 Dumptruck
On Friday the 26th Psychic
Dog is having a release
party for their new CD Big and Lonely at PA's Lounge in Union Square
Somerville also on the bill are All Eyes on Me, The Digs, Supersona and
at The Middle East down on Saturday the 27th they have a killer
show with GBH, The Angry Samoans, Reagan Youth, and Burning Streets .
The Regent Theater in Arlington Sept
27 is yet another amazing Pipeline! Show with: Barry & The
Remains, Cardinal, The Downbeat 5
Sept 26, 27 & 28 is The
2nd Annual New England Shake Up it's Three Rockin' days of Bands! Record
Hops! Vendors! Car Show! Indoor Pool Party! And More! All taking place at the
lovely Sturbridge Host Hotel in Sturbridge, MA....Boston bands Jittery Jack,
The Rollin' Pins and Lynnette and The Longshots will be performing.
The Rat Beach Party set for September 27 & 28 (Sat
& Sunday) you get all the info on their
Facebook page new bands are being added.
Crash Safely is coming up
in September/October - night #1 is at The Midway on Saturday
September 27th with The Figgs, Watts, Gene Dante & The Future Starlets, The I Want You and As The Sparrow
And Terry Brenner has a Garage
Rock Extravaganza on the North Shore! on Saturday the 27th with The
Connection (at 11), The Charms (at 10) and Corolla DeVille
( at 9) and its all happening at The Spotlight Tavern...for only $5!!
And the Gizmos are playing in Memphis at
The Gonerfest on September 27th
At BRIGHTON MUSIC HALL on Sunday Sep
28 is Pipeline! super show ....the line up now is.....
5:00 - 5:40 The F.U.'s / Strawdogs (split set)
5:55 - 6:35 The Nervous Eaters
6:50 - 7:30 Men & Volts
8:00 - 8:40 Bentmen
8:55 - 9:35 The Flies
9:50 - 10:30 Anastasia Screamed
Friday October 3rd at the Middle East down is a Pipeline at
25 Presents: 50 Years of Boston Rock! with: Fuzzy, Blood Oranges, Robin
Lane and the Chartbusters, Tacklebox, Lazy Susan, Buttercup, and Weeping
in Fits and Starts
Another Middle East down Pipeline! Show on Saturday Oct 4 with
The Clamdiggers (members of Upper Crust). Orangutang, Bulkhead,
Birdsongs of the Mesozoic, Kudgel, Quintaine Americana, and Crazy Alice
And for The Midway early evening
show (4PM doors) this Saturday October 4th - Kenne Highland and Eddie
Flowers are at it again with The
Rockabilly Yobs (mems of The Gizmos/Afrika Korps), Didn't
Planet, Wasted Luck
(from Germany) and The New Frustrations
Saturday October 4th O'Brien's has a really good ...and long and early
starting show with 3PM doors: DRAGO, The FU's, Black Cheers, Silver
Screams, Quiggs and Little Richards ...you can read our write up
on the Quiggs and
The Black Cheers here from when we saw them at The Midway in March.
Also on October 4th over at Hear
Now Live presents The HArd Rock Cafe is Versa Mynor, Black &
Blue Mornings, The Thigh Scrapers and Between Dreams
Next night Sunday Oct 5th Pipeline! has something at
The Paradise ...and the current line up added Tree
4:30 - 4:50 Kiristina and Carol of Quivvver mini-set
5:05 - 5:45 High Risk Group
6:00 - 6:40 Big City Rockers with The Atlantics' Fred Pineau
6:55 - 7:35 Reddy Teddy
7:50 - 8:30 Shake the Faith
8:45 - 9:05 Tree (mini-set)
9:20 - 10:00 Willie Alexander & The Boom Boom Band
10:15 - 11:00 Heretix
October 5th - another amazing Sunday show at The Midway will
bring us The Vibrators!!!
also on the bill MOTO and The Skeleton Beats. And the Vibrators
have a new record coming out September 16th on Cleopatra Records it's Punk
Mania - Back To The Roots: "14 killer reminders (plus 3 more on
the CD) as to why Knox, Eddie & Co. have built a long, successful career
on their razor sharp riffs and rousing hooks!"....check
it out here.
Friday October 10 is Night 2 for Crash
Safely Benefit this one's at the Midway again...and there's a
great line up with Petty Morals, Gymnasium, Tsunami of Sound and My
Own Worst Enemy.
The Pipeline! juggernaut continues with SHOW #11 - Fri. Oct. 10 at Cuisine en Locale, Somerville:
6:30 - 7:10 Luca Brasi
7:20 - 8:00 Unnatural Axe
8:10 - 8:50 Permafrost (Miles Dethmuffin)
9:00 - 9:40 Hullabaloo
9:50 - 10:30 The Red Telephone
10:40 - 11:20 Orbit
11:30 - 12:10 Green Magnet School
Pipeline! Show #12 - Sat. Oct. 11 at Cuisine en Locale,
Somerville: The Cavedogs, Gigolo Aunts, Flying Nuns, The Rising Storm, Drumming
on Glass, The Natives, The Dambuilders' Dave Derby & friends You can
get TICKETS here.
over at Store 54 Bob Colby Presents The Beachcombovers and Mars
on Saturday October 11th
The Gizmos are in Brooklyn at Union Pool on Saturday October
11th this line up will be Kenne Highland, Eddie Flowers, & Ted Niemiec
bringing the original 1976/77 Gizmos to NYC w/ assistance from Kenny
Kaiser (Afrika Korps), MJ Quirk (Kenne Highland Clan), & Matt
Burns (KH Clan) also on the bill: Lame Drivers, Milk Dick, & Liquor
Also on October 11th an all day affair with the
9th Annual Hot Rod Fallout in Glastonbury CT - Bands & Continuous Music
Vendors, Food, Booze, and more.....1963 & Older Traditional Styles Vehicles
- Hot Rods, Customs, Stock, Race and Bikes
Pipeline! Show #13 - Sun. Oct. 12 at The Middle East Downstairs,
with The Gizmos (original line up of Highland, Flowers, Neimec), The Bags,
The Voodoo Dolls, Kenny Chambers / Electric Ears (Moving Targets), The Underachievers,
Carrie Bradley (of Ed's Redeeming Qualities, The Breeders, The Buckets)
can be bought here
In case you've been missing the Roy Sludge Trio as I have, they're back
and on a Sunday too October 12th ...at The Midway from 4-8:30PM
along with special guest The Calamity Cubes and all for only $5!!
Monday October 13th there's a special show at Weirdo
Records with Eddie Flowers and Kenne Highland , its the day after their
Pipeline! show at the Middle East Down. Pre Kenne/Eddie there's CTM opening
the night around 8pm and Cryostasium middle things out around 8:30-8:45.
If you know the album 'Vernietiging', you'll love the set. Triple guitar attack
all coming out of tiny l'il amps. Keep in mind that this is a TINY place so
if you want to see the sets best to get there earlier than later.
A few weeks ago we mentioned that we missed Plumerai but that they were
reforming as DRLNG...well now they are playing out and already have a
new EP called Icarus. And they are celebrating with a EP
Release Party on Thursday October 16th at The Davis Square Theater.
Also on the bill are Video Teeth, Cooling Towers and Funeral Advantage.
We are looking forward to seeing this new iteration!!
Friday October 17th is Night 3 of Crash Safely Benefit...this
time its at the Middle East Up and wow, the line up again is killer with
Township, White Dynomite, The Field Effect, Triple Thick and Animal
Also on Oct 17th at The
Midway is Sasquatch and the Sick-A-Billys, Tigerman WOAH, Tail Light
Rebellion, and The Radiator Rattlers
Saturday October 18th there's a insane bill at The Cantab with
Kilslug, Hirudinea, Witch King and David Carradine
Also n the 18th - out in JP at The Boston Wreck Center are the Hub
City Stompers, Brunt of It, Beantown Boozehounds, Disaster Strikes and Neighborhood
info and map here
October 25th we can see
The Cranktones at The Midway again kids...it's WMFO's
Easy Ed presents:- The Cranktones, Johnny Carlevale & The Rollin'
Pins, plus Easy Ed's Record Hop!!! - great night!!! These are fun
gigs with a friendly group prone to dancing
.. And Easy Ed doing the DJ
thing between sets
.Heres a video we took last time they were there
it out here!
Also on Saturday, October 25, at Copperfields there's compilation
CD Release Party for Chris Atwood's radio show The
Alternative on WATD featuring: James Straight and the Wide
Stance, A Fifth Column, Ruby Rae, and The New Frustrations. That
little radio show is getting bigger by the day.
The Damned are touring this Fall with TSOL. They are playing
Halloween in NYC but playing Boston on Saturday October 25th at the Royale...tix
In November Bob Colby has his Store 54 show with When Particles
Collide and Powerslut on Saturday November 8th
Cavestomp ! & King Yum Records Present: Lyres with Special Guests
Wicked Cool Recording Artists Cocktail Slippers, The Connection,
TRiPLE THiCK on Friday, Nov 14, 2014 at The Middle East - Up.
Cocktail Slippers, great Norwegian female band: The band's main
musical influences are Blondie, The Shangri-Las, Joan Jett, Foo Fighters, The
Ramones, and The Beachboys. Their real
good version of the Connie Francis/Ellie Greenwich song Dont Ever
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This is at the Cuisine en Locale 9/13/14 show
Fri. Sept. 19 at Cuisine en Locale, Somerville
Fri. Sept. 19 at Cuisine en Locale, Somerville
Fri. Sept. 19 at Cuisine en Locale, Somerville