The BGN News Archive
November 23, 2009
We start off this weeks news with a sad note of another loss for Boston rock'n'roll
The Dawgs' Phil Haynen has passed.
We got his from Allen Lewis of New England Music Scrapbook :
"Phil Haynen was a Boston rocker we knew best from his days playing guitar
and singing lead for easily one of my favorite early 1980s bands, The Dawgs.
On record, The Dawgs had what I think of as slightly thin, lightly-amplified-
seeming sonics that put the focus on the musicians own rock 'n' roll energy
rather than on a wave of artificial sound that was more the work of big amplification
and big speakers. These Dawgs were the real thing. Phil Haynen was the real
thing". …R.I.P. Phil Haynen of The Dawgs
Frank Rowe sent us a photo of Phil by Denise Donahue Rowe and tells
us: "Denise took this in the kitchen at Cantones in 1979. Phil is beginning to experiment with headgear
in a search that will ultimately lead to his ubiquitous scollay cap.-fr"
Simon Ritt we recevied a note about Phil
and a cool vintage Dawgs poster:
"The first band I saw upon moving to Boston was The Dawgs. It was at
the Rat in the Summer of 1980 where they held a Monday night residency
for ages. Since then I've seen and heard more Boston bands than I can recall.
But still I've never heard one better than those four guy's I heard the first
night I was here. Phil was a sweet guy with a voice like gravel that most singers
only dream of having. He wrote more great songs than most people forget and
even after becoming ill he continued to write and record fantastic tunes. Why
this amazing talent wasn't better known Is beyond my understanding. His passing
Is a real loss to his family, friends and Dawg lovers everywhere.- SR"
We went out this week to a couple different shows: Blowfish went to
International Pop Overthrow at Church on Friday Night Nov 20th:
Click for a write up and some picures.
I went over to the Cantab on Saturday the 21st to see The Varmints, The Port
Charles Quintet, and Corolla Deville…it was a good night, unfortunately I missed
the Varmints but saw Corolla Deville, they sounded excellent!! They dedicated
their set to their good friend and Mentor Phil Haynen and did a really fun and
... and I finally got to catch The
Port Charles Quintet...Cam Ackland and Dennis McCarthy's new
band...here;s what it says oin their site : "PCQ is coming to rock your socks
off and get your hips shakin with their particular blend of rock and roll, r
&b and soul. Featuring fabulous rythm section Dennis McCarthy & Greg Steinbaugh,
high energy frontman Cam Ackland, and the awesome guitar of "Joe Cool"
Quintero." yup they did not dissappoint!! Cam was his usually high energy
self and Joe is pretty damned awesom eup there I must agree and the rhythym
section is killer... Dennis just plays those drummers so masterfully yet it
flows out of him like with no effort, he is amazing! And an interesting note
about this band is they do all covers, no originals! And you will definitely
want to dance your butt off!
The Cantab Saturday Nov. 21.
OK so coming up .....
this week we gotta start off the holiday week off the right way…Monday at
Charlie's Kitchen in Harvard Sq is Vagiant, Cocked and Loaded and
Gibby & The Buzzkills …now that's a damn good show!!
weekend on Wednesday
night Thanksgiving Eve, Nov 25th with a great show at TT The Bear's with
Mark Lind & The Unloved, Death & Taxes, The Scars, The Rebel Dead and Marc
Cannata of Far From Finished ,
midway through there's a Jimmy Fund Benefit at Church on Friday, 11/27
with Jason Bennett and the Resistence, Lenny Lashley and Friends, Bryan McPherson
and Six String Bullets
and end it properly too with Red Invasion, The Murder, The Spoilers, The
Egos who are doing a 1PM show at the Middle East UP on Sunday November
After you're stuffed on Thanksgiving Day you might want to do something music oriented - where do you go? Try Wierdo Records on Mass Ave in Cambridge who will be open. Here's what they say:
The shop will indeed be open on Thanksgiving day, so once you've slept off the food & get tired of hearing Aunt Gertrude whine about the heat not being turned up, stop by for a visit. Likely be some impromptu imbibing & horror movie viewing as well as plenty o' records.
In December …ugh, how can it be going on December ??? well here we are damn it, so….
Might as well make the best of it and there's a good start to the month at TT's
The Bear's Place Friday Dec 4 are The Queers, The Leftover and Killer
Abs…then the next night they have Preacher Jack, Wicked Whiskey, The
Swindells and The Raging Teems Holiday Hoedown…whew!...
Saturday 12/12 is another new and fab Nancy Neon Nite at the Cantab
with The Varmints, Classic Ruins, The Greg Robbins Band and Red Invasion…YEAH!
Monday Dec 14th is The Curses, The Egos and The Mess Me Ups at
Charlie's Kitchen…. Monday, December 28th is Razors In The
Night and Hate & War at Charlie's Kitchen…
And get your tix now folks because First Night , First off: The Neats
reunite in support of the recent reissue of almost their early recordings on
Neats 1981-84, and play at the Orpheum along with Buffalo Tom and The Lyres.
Then over at The Parkman Bandstand features Jordan Valentine and the Sunday
Saints, with The Fatal Flaw. Jenny Dee and the Deelinquents bring
their girl group sound to The Park Plaza. The Painted Lights, Walter Sickert
and the Army of Broken Toys and Cirkestra play at the Hynes, and
Emmanuel Church features a triple bill of Drew O'Doherty, Kristin Hersh
and Chris Brokaw and Geoff Farina performing pre-WWII country blues.
And we got a note from from Hixx
- America's most repulsive redneck rock n roll band is re-tooling and in
need of a rhythm section. They tell us: "We need people that get the low brow, high concept
that is the essence of us. You must be willing to create a character and immerse
yourself in it, while on stage. We're just as much theater as we are a band
- Think Hee Haw in an open marriage with Deep Purple and Tarantino. Hopefully
you're also a master at your craft. Thanxx!" well that's a lot to live up to and check out their My Space site, even if only for the photo there! Yeeehaw!
alrighty folks I gotta run….have
a good week and email me please!!!
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