We mourn the loss of RICHARD NOLAN
What can be said about Richard Nolan is really the beginning of a book about the Boston Punk scene. He was there at ground zero in 1975 and before. There were just a few bands kicking around town to form the early punk scene and Richard's Third Rail was probably the 'punkiest' of them all. Punk at this pre-Ramones time would mean dressing in black or leather, having a street attitude and music that was way more unruly than the 70's wimpy norm.
later show at All Asia
In a scene full of characters Richard still stood out. Dressed
in black from head to toe and being a actual funeral director, he totally fit
the bill. Our interview
with Richard in 2005 was cut short by a phone call requesting him to
pick up a body.
Third Rail would go though many personal changes (listed at bottom of this page.) but always sounded like Third Rail - a testament to Richard's management and musical skills.
When he started playing again in 2005 he was, as usual, able to get top notch players in the band. There was never a bad Third Rail gig. The number one thing about Third Rail was the high level of songwriting, almost all Richard's. The Third Rail sets were the most listenable and well crafted sets from those first days.
Third Rail was overlooked and underappreciated, now and back then as well. One big reason for this could be the sparse recorded material from the band. The few singles weren't timed for any momentum and there never was an album. They did have two cuts on the Live at the Rat album and a single on Rat Records. His single Dark Ages was produced by Ric Ocasek. There was a later CD that Richard put together but a full retrospective CD would be nice.
When there was a small resurgence of punk with The Hives
and others in 2005 Richard came out to play gigs again. He played the Kirkland
and all the great songs and a few new ones made for a great set. With the last
song he thanked the audience and ran off stage, kissed Miss Lyn, and flew out
the door to the street into a subzero night and disappeared. One of the most
dramatic exits we've ever seen.
Another gig was Nancy Neon's Rat Reunion show at the Cantab 2010
Richard had a stroke in 2011 and had trouble talking, but despite that he did a gig in 2012 singing a few songs with Cadillac Heart. It was a very inspiring show. He could sing better than he could talk and during the set he delivered the characteristics that were his brand.
Blowfish made it out to see some bands this week and reports ..
Not being big on Halloween I try to avoid the costume heavy gigs, which is hard because now Halloween gigs go all week. I went to the Middle East Up on Thursday- there was a minimum of dressing up. The club was full up for this Illegally Blind show. I saw just a tad of Mini Dresses who's singer had a soaring voice added by the mega echo on the voice. All night that echo was there. I heard the bands request it; the psych bands love echo. When the bands where talking between songs you could hardly understand them with the bottom of a well effect going on.
The Televibes are an addition to the proliferation
of psych bands in town. The spread is epidemic and I like it. They all have
been worthy bands from my listening. The Televibes were a spacey version
of the genre. The bass has interesting repetitive figures that gave a stage
for the guitarist to weave his trippy leads. The drummer was hitting hard and
didn't go too far afield. Each song went through a few changes of tempo, rhythm
and dynamics, all nicely worked out. Playing the energetic and fast against
the laid back and slow kept it interesting.
Halfway through the set a guy ran on stage and danced like a man possessed. He stayed for the rest of the set and got up there for some of the CreaturoS set too. Way out there and entertaining. For Halloween sake they did a cover of the Talking Heads Psycho Chicken. They played the song straight and added a rave up, Televibes style, at the end to finish the set on a high.
I just missed the CreaturoS several times at other
gigs and came out to see them specifically on this night. They take a garage
attack on psych. They have a friendly and chatty stage presence. The songs are
three minutes and stop almost abruptly like they just don't want to drag things
out whereas the Televibes would go another three minutes no problem.
They wore pumpkin masks that came off within the first song, they must be hot, but the drummer kept it for most of the set. They were also throwing out candy. When the drummer was fixing a broken pedal, they chatted with the audience remarking on the costumes, a change from other shows where that would be dead time.
This is a fun group that is keeping the garage spirit alive. I'd love to see them at a more intimate club like O'Briens, and will if I can.
Listen to Sunrise Wedding on Bandcamp. It captures the garage feel and that echo on the vocals.
In other news ..
Midriffs who we reviewed last week just put out a new video. White
Washed by The Midriffs
The Monsieurs seem to be cutting a swath of mayhem through Europe. Lucky
for us they've been documenting
Here's the latest video: Monsieurs doing Wild Thing in Spain. And here they are performing Falun Gong and Kari Ann in Portugal!
You can catch them hot off their Euro Tour on on 2 weeks on Friday the 13th (of November) at the Middle East Up.
Here's an interesting article on Lou Reed in the NY Times. Who Was the Real Lou Reed? (Thank you Carl B!)
Coming up this week....
November 5 (Thursday) The beast that is known as BOSTON HASSLE FEST 7 starts at the Central Square Elks Lodge. Home Blitz and lots more bands.
November 6 (Friday) the LAST 2015 Bob Colby production at Store 54 with the intense Endation , and another two person group When Particles Collide ...the Store 54 gigs are the coolest shows you can go to. So, take the hint.
November 6 (Friday) BOSTON HASSLE FEST 7 continues at the Brighton Music Hall . Screaming Females, Battle Trance, Dreamcrusher, Unicorn Hard-On. (Here's the FB page for ALL of Hassle Fest)
November 6 (Friday) A Benefit for the North Shore Animal League with BearTrap, Vein, Goolagoon and Kids Having Kids (from NY) at the Democracy Center (45 Mt Auburn St Cambridge) (fb page)
November 6 (Friday) at The Lily Pad, Inman Sq, Cambridge: Myriam Gendron, Thalia Zedek, Gun Mother and Rob Noyes
November 6 (Friday) at The Lizard Lounge - Airport, Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents and Gene Dante & The Future Starlets
November 6 (Friday) at PA's Lounge: L.S.C (Light.Sweet.Crude), Happy Little Clouds, The Knock Ups and Easy Reasons
November 6 (Friday) Jenny D and the Deelinquents are at The Lizard Lounge
November 7 (Saturday) BOSTON HASSLE FEST 7 continues at the Brighton Music Hall . Flipper (w/ David Yow), Guerilla Toss, Olivia Neutron-John, The Lesser Knowns, Obnox, & more.
November 7 (Saturday) Get levitated by the sublime and psychedelic sounds of... Dead Leaf Echo , Magic Shoppe, S.S. Cretins and The Silver Mirrors at The Out of the Blue Gallery in Central Square (FB Page)
And out into the future we have.....
November 10 (Tuesday) Jonathan Richman with Tommy Larkin on drums will be at the Somerville Theater. Its a 7PM show. Tix are $21. We saw Jonathan and Tommy at the Middle East Up in March last year and it was FANTASTIC!!
November 10 (Tuesday) City Mouse, The Murderburgers, Lucky United, and Mr. Fahrenheit are at O'Brien's
November 11 (Wednesday) International Pop Overthrow is at PA's Nov 11- 15 Day One starts at 7:30 with Trick Wallace Trio, Natalie Flanagan, The Eric Barao Band, Marriage Material, Bedford Davis and SHIRR FB Page for all days
November 12 (Thursday) International Pop Overthrow at PA's Day Twostarts at 7:30 with Skyler and The Brit, Oberon Rose, Richie Parsons, The Tripping Souls and Powderhouse
November 13 (Friday) International Pop Overthrow is at PA's Day Three: starting at 7:30 with Corin Ashley then Michael Oliver & The Sacred Band, The Forz, Big City Rockers, John Powhida, Fireking and 1.4.5.
November 13 (Friday) NoBunny, The Monsieurs, Nice Guys and Gym Shorts are at The Middle East Up.
November 13 (Friday) The Furs, Tom Baker and the Snakes, The Blue Ribbons and Peter Buzzelle and The Academy are at The Midway (FB page)
November 14 (Saturday) A Crash Course For The Ravers featuring Mary Lou Lord. Shoud be a good one!! 1-4PM WMFO 95.1FM
November 14 (Saturday) International Pop Overthrow is at PA's Day Four starts at 7 :30 with Arthur Nasson then Cliff Hillis, Lannie Flowers Band, The Brigands, London Egg, Watts and Dave Rave
November 15 (Sunday) at O'Brien's - U.S. Girls, ESCAPE-ISM, Half Sour, Mini Dresses
November 19 (Thursday) This is going to be a fun gig - Muck and the Mires along with The Ugly Beats from Austin and then The Downbeat 5 at Sally O'Brien's
November 21 (Saturday) The Uppper Crust return to Store 54!! Opening the night is a band representing the other end of the social spectrum: The Peasants. And here's a hilarious Jib Jab viddy with the Crust.
November 21 (Saturday) Jon Macey's news band The Hummingbird Syndicate is having a 45 RPM vinyl record Release show: This is the debut show where the East Coast and West Coast band members all perform a 2 hour concert. We will play the new 45 single plus many songs from the upcoming album, POP TRICKS. You will hear an acoustic set in the middle of the show. We will do our own special versions of songs from our influences. This is at Hibernian Hall in Watertown. (Here's the FB Page for the event)
November 21 (Saturday) The Worried, Greg Allen's Fringe Religion, Two Saints and Charlie Don't Surf are at Koto in Salem.
November 25 (Wednesday) It's Thanksgiving Eve...what better time to head over to the Brighton Music Hall for an amazing line up of The Flamin' Groovies, Muck & The Mires, The Connection and Fireking!! WHOA!!Tix here.
November 25 (Wednesday) A Thanksgiving Eve party over at the Sinclair for the The Daykamp Poster and Photo Show featuring The Sheila Divine, Sidewalk Driver and Weakened Friends.
November 25 (Wednesday) A Thanksgiving Eve party at Atwood's with Jittery Jack and the delightful sounds of DJ Easy Ed spinnin' the platters too!
November 27 (Friday) Reddy Teddy returns to their hometown to play at the Unofficial Winchester High School Reunion. Its at the Winchester Elks Lodge 375 Cambridge St. Winchester. This is an early event starting at 7PM.
December 2 (Wednesday) at Great Scott - Brian Carpenter & The Confessions, Thalia Zedek Band, The Wrong Shapes
December 4 (Friday) Kermit's Finger, Penis Fly Trap, Padded Hell and The Unstables at O'Brien's
December 5 (Saturday) Corrosion of Conformity with Brant Bjork, Saviours, Mothership at The Brighton Music Hall
December 5 (Saturday) it's the Weisstronauts' Holiday Show with The Weisstronauts, Tsunami of Sound and special guests at the Midway
December 8 (Tuesday) Rocket From the Tombs is at the Brighton Music Hall!
December 13 (Sunday) The Rockin' Holiday Flea Market and Bloody Mary Bash (formerly at TT's) is now at Once (Cuisine en Locale) There'll be Vintage clothing + Collectibles, Tons of rare vinyl records, Knick Knacks, Jewelry, Homemade snacks, Music Memorabilia, Cool Holiday Gift Ideas, If you're looking for it, chances are you'll find it there. ...and of course the Bloody Marys!! It all takes place from 11AM to 6PM
December 18 (Friday) The Rationales, When Particles Collide, The Static Dynamic and Stars Like Ours are at Great Scott
December 19 (Saturday) A Crash Course For The Ravers featuring DiabloGato. That's 1-4PM WMFO 95.1 on your radio dial.
December 19 (Saturday) The Figgs and The Upper Crust are at Great Scott
This year the Might Mighty Bosstones have decided their shows should feature all old school Boston garage and punk bands!! This is a AWESOME and most wonderful idea!! Here are the line ups:
December 26 (Saturday)
Hometown Throw Down with the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Neighborhoods
and The Upper Crust at the House of Blues
December 27 (Sunday) Hometown Throw Down with the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Real Kids and The Queers at the House of Blues
December 28 (Monday) Hometown Throw Down with the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Outlets and Stranglehold at the House of Blues
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