The BGN News Archive
And it just gets worser and worser!! ... Bandcamp is bought out and policies could change, now Spotify may not pay musicians whose songs don’t get enough streams to make it worth paying them. Spotify is orienting itself to the big music acts that will make them money.
Streaming media is turning out to be the digitally efficient way to screw the small musician even easier. Read more of the horrible details on the Metal Injection web site
While you can, take advantage of this Friday, 11/3, being Bandcamp Friday. Get your music and support your favorite musicians directly. We should be doing this as long as Bandcamp is doing it. More info
WMBR is doing their yearly fund raiser. We always chip in for the Late Risers Club. More than ever it seems like time to support what you like or see it disappear. The fund raising goes from Wednesday November 1 to Tuesday November 7.
They are taking pledges online and they will have some enticing gifts with your donation too.
A GoFundMe page has been set up for Tamora Gooding the drummer for Gene Dante & the Future Starlets, Magen Tracy & the Missed Connections and Axemunkee who had some emergency surgery this week and is unable to work during her long recovery.
Here is the GoFundMe page
Light of Day Records has moved from Bone Up Brewery in Everett to Deep Cuts in Medford Square . They're having a party at noon on Saturday, November 4 to celebrate. You can scour the record bins and have a sandwich…which look great…and beer/ale.
Green Day have a new song and vid. “The American Dream is Killing Me” manages to do a few things at once. First of the song is a good one. It has some nice melodic hooks in there. It hits hard in the Green Day style. It makes a political point which Green Day has done before. Finally by using the metaphor of the living dead it lines up with the Halloween season to boot. The last shot is a bit shocking.
Their fourteenth album Saviors will be out January 19. We know there are some Green Day haters out there but they have proven to be a hard working band and have kept up their creative spirits all this time.
More on the Louder Than War website
Tim Kelly did his once a month DJ stint on the Late Risers Club on Tuesday. He prerecords his show from his home in Chicago.
He played “Fits” by Wimps, a punk group from Seattle. It’s short blast. The album is thirteen cuts that average two minutes long. They focus on simple and humorous life observations. It’s a worthy punk find.
To hear Tim’s Tuesday LRC show go to the WMBR archive page hit the LRC show for Tuesday 10/24.
Steeve Ricardo on Blowing Smoke with Twisted Rico had Jay Allen in for an interview. The object was to get the Quest for Tuna story down.
Jay comes from Trenton, NJ and came to Boston to go to BU and had Evan Shore of Muck and the Mires as a roommate. It didn’t take long for them both to end up at the Rat and Metro to see the punk bands. Quest’s first tape was recorded at Fort Apache.
After Quest for Tuna Jay found himself living in the Malachite band house. Jay and four women – that’s a sitcom. He later ended up doing solo shows at the Abbey Lounge. Then he started Jay Allen and the Archcriminals and hooked up with Rum Bar Records.
With 40 years of friendship Jay had a lot to say about Justine Covault.
Jay has lots of stories. You would need a few more hours to get the all the details of his escapades.
This week on the Electric Glam show they start with TRex doing “You Scare Me To Death” which lines up with the Halloween theme.
Where else are you going to hear Thunderthighs doing “Dracula’s Daughter”? There was a great throwback from 1973, it was Blackfoot Sue with “Glittery Obituary”.
The Rat Tales podcast has gone into its archives and posted some older interviews. Back in 2013 they interviewed Rayboy Fernandes and Billy Connors of Cadillac Heart.
The Rayboy interview is well timed because he was just inducted into the New England Music Hall of Fame with the Atlantics. Ray has a lot of Atlantic stories. He remembers it all.
Billy Connors has such a long history. He goes back to the very beginnings of the scene with The Boize and they had one of the first singles to come out of the Boston scene.
Both interviews have some live footage of a Richard Nolan show at the old Magic Room (Connors was in the group) and some songs by Cadillac Heart.
The years seem to just melt away when you hear the new Dogmatics song “I Can’t Get Over You”. The song is mid-80’s Dogmatics ...the sound, the song style, the sound of the voices and the feel of the lyrics. It has two of the attributes we love the most with punk songs – it’s catchy and short. At 1:52 you can listen to it over and over – you know we did. Like Jerry Lehane said...keep it short and keep 'em wanting more. and you will!!... like we did!
The emotion in “I Can’t Get Over You” makes you think about young love but in the lyrics they say, “I’ll do the dishes/I’ll fold the cloths/ I’ll make you tea in the morning/and butter your toast” and that’s what a long time spouse would do. This speaks to us as older adults even as we bounce along like young punks to the tune.
It song was recorded by Ed Riemer at Ed’s Barn in Canton.
Catch the lyric video here
The Dogumentary is still playing festivals. The Dogmatics will be at the LA Punk Film Festival for the showing of the film on December 3. That’s exciting. A new full album will be following this single. What a year this group is having, a mere 40 years after their initial run.
New Frustrations new is on Bandcamp. Lifetime is six songs that are so good that they will not be ignored…will they? Already this group has a string of releases that should have given them a higher profile. This does seem like a game changer. The songs are killer and it’s a revved up Woolly Mammoth recording job.
This is pop with punk power!! ... or just call it power pop. The Minehan involvement is suitable because they recall the Neighborhoods in places like “I Can’t Be”.
Any one of these song would make a notable single release. The group has got the recording that should get them attention. Now, we hope that others jump on the bandwagon with this.
It’s obvious that One Fall have come to conquer. They won the Rumble having been together for less than a year, and they release this ferocious five song EP Spine First.
When you start the first song “Rage/Quit” you almost can feel the sound blast pushing you back. You need a second to catch your breath. What a group this is!! They are super tight and loud. Then that drumming by Caleb Wheeler is seismic. Where did he come from?
The second song “Surrounder” reveals another quality the group has, those melodic segments that stand out. Here it comes in the chorus section: “Everything begins and ends/But I will hold this ground and wait for you/And I will break before I bend”
As the group rages below, Helen McWilliams sings above, with a voice that's clear and strong - and she owns the moment. It happens because of the quality of the voice, the melody and the way she phrases. It sounds like it is double tracked which adds even more of a hit. It has even more meaning because the way this group presents itself you can believe the words she sings are the band’s motto.
They do the same thing in “Raleigh” with the band thrashing and the voice capturing the spirit of the lyrics. With this going for them how could they not win the Rumble? This is killer music.
“Back to the Wall” is hardcore hard and unrelenting.
The “Born to Run” is a fun cover but it’s the originals that are essential here.
We have “Surrounder” on our Top Ten Songs
Shiverlane’s new single “I Get Nervous” checks off a lot of boxes for us. The best thing is that the band has a natural raw garage/punk sound. We get flashbacks to the early punk days before punk got boxed in and codified. We heard lots of bands like this, bands that were garage bands that added some pop, punk energy and attitude.
We love that distinctive vocal and the stuttering delivery. The guitar has a raw tone too. We like the recording job done at Mooncusser in Upton, MA.
This was going to be on Red on Red Records but Justine Covault's untimely and shocking passing changed that.
We have it on our Top Ten Songs
The band will play with Nat Freedberg’s Freeloader at Notch Brewing Brighton on Thursday 12/28. That’s a free show.
Boston loves its garage bands. Tom “Satch” Kerans influences even go farther back than Shiverlane. Tom name checks the Kingsmen, the Sonics and the Knickerbockers. We get those early/mid-sixties vibes for sure, especially the Knickerbockers. That was the music we grew up with and we can almost hear this coming out of the transistor in 1964.
We don’t think it’s easy to nail a song like this now. It’s a whole ballgame to get a song lined up and recorded and to sound authentic, most especially. Kerans does it all.
On the recording is Brad Hallen of the Nervous Eaters (this guy is everywhere) and George Hall on guitar.
We have it on our Top Ten Songs
Cindy Lawson’s cover to her new release Don’t Come Crying To Me (on Rum Bar Records) had a familiar look to it. It’s a mockup of Suzi Quatro’s first album. Blowfish got that signed by Quatro in Harvard Sq. in 1973!
Cindy’s influences go back even further than that to the early sixties. It’s not a deep a dive as the Lyres but who could do that? Still there’s a sass and a forceful personality in the songs that isn’t in the innocent pop radio fodder of those times.
Even though the titles seem negative (“I Don’t Want You Anymore”, “Don’t Come Crying To Me”, “Go Find Another Heart To Break”) the songs go along at a brisk pace and with harmonica and sax fills there’s no time to mope. Cindy’s voice has a real presence and marks her material.
The songwriting is so good that you don’t even think about it, but after you hear the EP you realize you got all these 60’s vibes and enjoyed it all and it’s all original songs.
Just the title tune is up on Bandcamp now.
Here's some good shows coming up .....
October 31, 2023 (Tuesday) Monsters at the Midway with Your Friends In Hell, Coffin Salesman, Minusworld, Thou Merciless Graves at the Midway Cafe
November 1, 2023 (Wednesday) Beans On Toast, CE Skidmore - 8pm All Ages - Faces Malden
November 1, 2023 (Wednesday) Handsome Dick Manitoba playing classic punk including The Dictators songs also on the bill Muck & The Mires, Stop Calling Me Frank -Sammy's Patio, Revere
November 1, 2023 (Wednesday) Nick Lowe & Los Straitjackets at Brighton Music Hall
November 2, 2023 (Thursday) JJ Gonson is having a photo show at EvenetThem Studio in Mefford. There will be photos, merch, tunes and of course there will be CHEESE! Maybe even a Photo Booth. 5-8PM. FB page for addy etc.
November 2, 2023 (Thursday) Key of Caustic, Baabes, No Detour, Octavate at The Jungle
November 2, 2023 (Thursday) Beans On Toast, Little Low -8pm All Ages Faces Malden
November 2, 2023 (Thursday) Handsome Dick Manitoba playing classic punk including The Dictators songs at Geno's Portland, ME
November 3, 2023 (Friday) Paper Tigers will be playing their whole album Charmer in its entirety at O’Brien’s
November 3, 2023 (Friday) Key of Caustic, Baabes, No Detour, Octavate at The Jungle
November 3, 2023 (Friday) Modern Day Idols Single Release Party with Tad Overbaugh and the Late Arrivals at Square Root, Roslindale.
November 3, 2023 (Friday) Decent Criminal, Sleepwell, Saint Throwaway, Massive Nightmares - 8pm All Ages -Faces, Malden
November 3, 2023 (Friday)
Night of The Living Fez! with The Strangemen
(Reunion), Two Ton Com'n & The Heavyweights, Smitt E. Smitty & The Fezztones,
November 3, 2023 (Friday) Handsome Dick Manitoba playing classic punk including The Dictators songs at Race Street Live Holyoke, MA
November 4, 2023 (Saturday) Awakebutstillinbed, Stay Inside, Like Roses, Me In Capris - 8pm All Ages- Faces, Malden
November 4, 2023 (Saturday) Plymouth Punk Rock Market Invades Weymouth! Noon - 4 PM at Barrel Z - FB page.
November 5, 2023 (Sunday) Handsome Dick Manitoba playing classic punk including The Dictators songs at The Music Room in Yarmouth
November 5, 2023 (Sunday) Bootleg Dan presents Captain Easychord, Hummingbird Syndicate, American Ocelot at The Worthen Attic 4PM Early show
November 6, 2023 (Monday) Renegade Cartel, Falsely Accused, GhostGuard at The Jungle
November 9, 2023 (Thursday) Jeffery Lewis, The Burning Hell, Only Child - 8pm All Ages Faces Malden
November 9, 2023 (Thursday) The Cocktail Slippers, The Chelsea Curve at Cafe Nine New Haven, CT
November 10, 2023 (Friday) The Cocktail Slippers (Norway), Diamond Dogs (Sweden), Soraia at The Burren Back Room
November 11, 2023 (Saturday) Cocktail Slippers and Diamond Dogs will be on A Crash Course for the Ravers WMFO 1-4PM before their Portland show at Geno's
November 11, 2023 (Saturday) KLYAM's annual Rama Lama Ding Dong Fest! with Johnny & The Foodmasters, Balaclava (NY), Gossip Collar (ex-Spitz), Nurse Joy, Orange Whip (new band with members of Funeral Cone/Ancient Filth) at O'Brien's Tickets
November 11, 2023 (Saturday) The Cocktail Slippers (Norway), Diamond Dogs (Sweden), Soraia, Tiger Bomb at Geno's Portland, ME (last wee3k we said it was sold out - it is not, we were wrong.) GET TIX HERE
November 11, 2023 (Saturday) Swamp Roots (Artie Sneiderman and Steve Aquino) along with The Black Souls and Thee Sonomatics are having a rock & roll and blues show at the Century Sportsman's Club in Auburn, MA - It's an Early show - starts at 6:00pm! Here's the FB event page for more info
November 12, 2023 (Sunday) Claimed Choice, Concrete Elite, Working Poor USA, Wired Up at The Midway 3PM Matinee show
November 12, 2023 (Sunday) Mighty Suicide Squirrels, Pint Killers, Dan Cumming, Disqualifier at The Jungle Matinee 5-8PM
November 12, 2023 (Sunday) Cynz, USM, C.E. Skidmore, The DFB at The Worthen House Attic
November 12, 2023 (Sunday) Diamond Dogs, Soraia at Divine Theater, Holyoke MA
November 15 - 18, 2023 (Weds - Sat) International Pop Overthrow at The Square Root Rosindale
November 16, 2023 (Thursday) Cocktail Slippers, Muck and the Mires, Stigmatics, Sourpunch at Alchemy Providence
November 17, 2023 (Friday) Linnea's Garden celebrate the release on their new EP. Also on the bill are featuring Lovewhip, Catwolf, Hyber (ticket link here).
November 17, 2023 (Friday) Mighty Suicide Squirrels, Degenerates of Punk, Key of Caustic, Goon Platoon at The Jungle
November 17, 2023 (Friday) Tribute night to your favorite goth & post-punk bands: Staring At the Sea performing The Cure and Gretchen & the Banshees performing Siouxsie & the Banshees at The Midway
November 17, 2023 (Friday) Acrylic Killers, Honey Cassette, Alfred Be Loud at the Jeanie Johnston Pub in JP
November 17 & 18, 2023 (Friday & Saturday) Letters To Cleo and Gigolo Aunts at The Paradise Tickets
November 18, 2023 (Saturday) The Fast Tracks, Hammered Saint, The Spackles, Sex Zombies - a 3PM Matinee at The Midway
November 18, 2023 (Saturday) Color Killer, Rockin' Bob PunkBand, Super Beef, Solipsis at the Middle East - Matinee show starts at Noon!!
November 19, 2023 (Sunday) The third night (the other two nights are sold out) celebrating the life of Paul Christian and benefitting his family with Squallie Greenthumb, Nick and the Adversaries, Diablogato, Ruin the Night - There will be lots of surprises, raffles, etc! at Faces Brewing - FB event page
November 24, 2023 (Friday) Bootleg Dan presents- Kurt Baker Acoustic, Brad Marino, Kris Rodgers, Drew Eckmann Band at Geno's Portland, ME
November 25, 2023 (Saturday) Blame Shifters, Blame It On Whitman, Pink Slip, Bad Idea USA at The Midway
November 25, 2023 (Saturday) Blood Lightning (Record Release), Kind, Casket Rats, Lipsmear at The Middle east Up
November 25, 2023 (Saturday) Girl With A Hawk, Cold Expectations at The Divine Theater Holyoke, MA
November 26, 2023 (Sunday) The McGunks, Ruffian Dick, Triggered at The Midway for a 3PM mantinee show
November 27, 2023 (Monday) Dark Rain, Authentic Dissent, Rawstrum, Gavriloprincip at The Midway
December 1, 2 & 3 2023 (Saturday) Triple B Records presents The FINAL America’s Hardcore Fest with Negative Approach, Slapshot, Mindforce, Gridiron, Fury, Shipwreck, Spy, COA, Restraining Order, Buried Alive, Adrienne, Best Wishes, C4, Combust, Missing Link, Wild Side, Wreckage, Vantage Point, and more TBA.
December 2, 2023 (Saturday) The Hammer Party, Black Helicopter, Spiller, George James T Maze at The Midway
December 2, 2023 (Saturday) The Swelltune Records Holiday Shindig with the Rock-A-Sonics! - 8pm All Ages Faces Malden
December 2, 2023 (Saturday) Buffalo Tom at The Paradise
December 2, 2023 (Saturday) Hammered Saint at Parkside Lounge NYC
December 3, 2023 (Sunday) Triple B Records Presents : Americas Hardcore Fest Day 2 with Negative Approach, Slapshot, Spy, Restraining Order, Wild Side, Grand Scheme, C4, Vantage Point, All Ages, $30 Advance / $35 Day of Show, 5pm Middle East Down
December 3, 2023 (Sunday) The Chelsea Curve, State of the Union, DJ Sherman at The Worthen Attic
December 8, 2023 (Friday) Huck 2, Gretchen Shae and The Middle Eight and Key of Caustic at Koto Underground, Salem
December 8, 2023 (Friday) Girl With A Hawk CD Release Party, Cold Expectations, USM, at The Burren
December 8, 2023 (Friday) AxeMunkee and friends at The Square Root
December 9, 2023 (Saturday) Connor Storms, Fire King, Crow Follow at The Square Root
December 10, 2023 (Sunday) Back Porch Carousel rocks The Plough & Stars for the holiday season - 4PM show - FB page.
December 10, 2023 (Sunday) Mad Painter, Church Puppets, Galaxy Cake at The Worthen Attic
December 15, 2023 (Friday) Sheer Terror, Nothing But Enemies, American War Machine, ICU, Rejekts, Clearance at The Middle east Up
December 15, 2023 (Friday)
December 16, 2023 (Saturday) Light of Day Records and Indie617 present a rockin' night to benefit The Cancer Care Equity Center at Dana-Farber with Muck and the Mires, Vapors of Morphine, The Chelsea Curve, Muzzins, The Ray Liriano Experience, Uncivil Servants and Henry Santoro will be MCing the event! 6pm, at the Crystal Ballroom Tickets start at $25 with various tiers of support. All proceeds go to Dana Farber Cancer Care Equity Center. TIX HERE
December 16, 2023 (Saturday) Jittery Jack & Amy Griffin Record Release Party with Deke Dickerson, Pledge Pins - 7pm All Ages Faces Malden
December 17, 2023 (Sunday) Slimedog's Drag Puppet Punk Xmas Show (with poetry & free pizza)! Featuring... Kermit's Finger, Grimly Pleased, The Jacklights, Charmed & Strange, The Instamatics, plus poetry from Jake Tringali! FB page
December 17, 2023 (Sunday) Stars Like Ours, The Magic City, Roxy And The Crisis at The Jungle - Early show 4-7PM
December 28, 2023 (Thursday) Shiverlane and Freeloader at Notch Brewing Brighton
December 30, 2023 (Saturday) The Manglers at The Square Root
January 11, 2023 (Thursday) Punk Rock Karaoke with members of (Bad Religion, Circle Jerks The Dickies, Pennywise, Goldfinger) Pick a song, they give you the lyrics.They call your name and voila! you are the singer in a punk rock band backed by the finest hand picked side men.Simple...there will be a sign up sheet at venue - The Middle East Down. We went to one in 2015 and it was loads of fun!!
January 26, 2023 (Friday) Hooligan Holiday Night 1 - Suited and Booted with DJ Boss Hooligan, Stress The White Boy, DJ Ruben Doc Marten Soundsystem
January 27, 2023 (Saturday) Hooligan Holiday Night 2 - The Templars, Battle Ruins, Merauder, Violent Way, Powerhouse at The Paradise
March 2, 2023 (Saturday) Negative FX, Wrecking Crew. Wound Man, Savage Heads, Please Die, Eye Witness at The Middle East Down - all ages 1PM matinee show
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