The set was one of those pin-you-against-the-wall and go
sets. SET LIST They did What Love Is and Ten Seconds Over Tokyo.
The first encore was Final Solution (video
of Final Solution) and that was as epic as you would wish. The final
song was Sonic Reducer. Video
of Sonic Reducer
In the end it was not just a peek into rock history but a powerful and rocking
good show. This was their last show in the U.S. leg of their tour. They're now
This past weekend had mucho going on. We just had to pick. We went to the comfortable
Once at Cuisine en Locale. They called the show the Pre-Christmas Punk
Pop Party which had five bands. We missed Sprained Ankles who we like
a lot. We'll catch 'em soon.
We were greeted by Stranglehold just about to start their set. They've
been doing the same thing on and off since 1982 and that is catchy punk. The
songwriting is simple but they always manage to have that one phrase or lick
that sticks with you.
The drummer sounded like rolling thunder. You could see where he got some of
his technique when they covered the Whos Substitute. Either of
the guitarists would have been sufficient but with the two it was primo. The
lead singer was belting it out. On some of the choruses he wraps his voice around
a repeated phrase and drives it home.
I think I like Stranglehold even more now then back in the day. Back
then they were one of many but now the straight up punk bands are getting sparser.
They wanted to do this gig to get their chops for the upcoming Mighty Bosstones
punk oriented Throwdown show they are doing on Dec 28th. (see below in gig oistings)
Jay Allen and the Archcriminals
The same goes with Jay Allen and the Archcriminals.
You can always count on Jay to deliver a fast punky set. With him it pays to
listen to the lyrics because they are acerbic, sarcastic and funny. The Archcriminals
seem to do it all effortlessly. Even when the drummer Larry Litagot
had a problem and couldnt play, Jay and the bass player just played the
first two songs. No big deal.
With Jay you have cover songs you know, cover songs you dont
know, and originals that sound like cover songs. He started with a song that
Im sure was his but nope it was a cover. The metaphor for a broken heart
was Gerry Cheevers
(I Feel Like) (Gerry) Cheevers (Stitch
Marks On My Heart) by the very cool Chixdiggit, a Canadian group
who's played Boston a few times and Jay did see them every time.
The Archcriminals have a new album on
Rum Bar Records They played Chopped Liver from that is representative
of his style.
We've seen Jay lots
of times and every
time its very cool. Hes one of the people that makes the
Boston scene a nice place and a musician that keeps it going. As an additional
note Jay was walking with a crutch -we asked him why - Jay was so excited about
playing with the Sprained Ankles that he indeed sprained his ankle!!! He did
play without it however.
We caught an odd and unintended effect of the lights on Jay
Allen. They caused a psychedelic backdrop. You
can see it to the left of Jay in this video.
Muck and the Mires
Then it was Muck the Machine, taking over. We saw them twice in a week just
two weeks ago. Would that be enough? No, you never can have too much Muck
and the Mires. They proved then that they have two complete sets of songs.
This night they combined the two and it was a hook laden festival.
Every time you hear Muck you cant believe how
lucky you are to have this around all the time. That was the feeling for the
whole night. We caught three sets full of well-crafted material by veteran musicians
that cranked it out. The friendly scene added to that.
The next day Cuisine en Locale was having the Punk Rock
Fleamarket, it has officially moved from TT's to Once. There was also the
Boston Hassle Black Market. The scene is thriving at the moment. We LUV
In other news.....
We talked to Chris from Duck and Cover this weekend. They had a good
year and some rewards from the Rock and Roll Rumble. Now the song Knock em
Down is included on the latest Rock
Band 4 game by Harmonix and that's opening up a whole new fan base.
They are getting more attention on social media, emails from fans across the
world (some asking for the chords to the song) and hits on the videos for it.
Those are examples on how to get attention in the busy music world. He's looking
forward to a great show coming up soon at Opus in Salem on the 21st (see listings
Andrew Szava-Kovats never sleeps. Hes released a book from his
documentary Women Who Rocked Boston which he released just two weeks
ago. Theres extra material in the book - including a playable reprinting
of the Clubland game the BGN published in 1982. The book is available
at Amazon.com Purchase
And don't forget the Documentary! (You can purchase
the DVD here!) It's a portrait of women who helped shape the Boston
Rock Music Scene, from the 1970s to the 1990s. Includes Live clips from the
Bristols, Jen Trynin, Tracy Bonham, Juliana Hatfield and more... Miss
Lyn is in there of course as well as some of our faves: Laurel Blanchard
from Lou Miami, Lilith , Misscarriage editor and bass player
Carmen Wiseman, the great Jane Hudson of Jeff & Jane/Rentals,
the active again Melodye Buskin of Phobia/Lou Miami and the beautiful
and articulate Linda Viens.
Here's some good shows coming up this week.....
December 16 (Wednesday) at Once Lounge
in Somerville there's a festive night of music and merriment. They are collecting
unwrapped gifts for children currently in foster care. They're looking for range
from toys, books, art supplies, sporting goods, electronics, personal care items,
clothing, coats, gloves, hats, and gift cards. Please enjoy the bands and bring
a gift: Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys, Lemon Merchant Allstars,
Goddamn Glenn and His Red Cup Ensemble, Parlour Bells, Johnny Blazes and the
Pretty Boys, The Static Dynamic, Los Texicanos, Axemunkee and The Knock
December 17 (Thursday) Mr. Airplane
Man is playing at The Plough and Stars
December 18 (Friday) The Downbeat 5
are opening for Tim Gearan at Atwood's.
December 18 (Friday) The Rationales,
When Particles Collide, The Static Dynamic and Stars Like Ours are
at Great Scott
December 18 (Friday) Diablogato's
CD Release Party at Opus Underground Salem also on the bill The Devil's Twins
and Salem Wolves - and its FREE!
December 19 (Saturday) A Crash Course For The
Ravers featuring DiabloGato. That's 1-4PM WMFO 95.1 on your radio
December 19 (Saturday) There's a "Rockin'
Winter Party" at O'Brien's with Jittery Jack, Diablogato and Easy
Ed's Record Hop between sets.
December 19 (Saturday) The Figgs
and The Upper Crust are at Great Scott
December 20 (Sunday) It's Thrash 'n'
Bang s 5th Annual Holiday Party at The Midway with The Pity Whores, Fast
Time, Honest John, Lucky United, Bad Movies and Unlisted!! Also FREE
pizza. Only $5. Starts at 4PM!!
And out in the the future we have.....
December 21 (Monday) Chanticlear,
Duck and Cover, Quiggs, Oh The Humanity and The Offwhites are at
Opus Underground in Salem. (FB
December 22 (Tuesday) Duke Levine
is playing at Atwood's and Wayne Viens is celebrating his birthday there!!
Happy Bday WAYNE!!!
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
December 28 (Monday) Shiny Beasts, Dippin'
Sauce and Classic Ruins are at The Midway
December 31 (Thursday) New Year's Eve Party
at The Plough and Stars with Today Junior
December 31 (Thursday) New Year's Eve at
O'Briens with The Scrooges, Quiggs and Gaskco.
December 31 (Thursday) New Years Eve Celebration
with Hallelujah The Hills, The Barbazons and Milk at Great Scott
December 31 (Thursday) At The Midway they
are staying true to their QUEERAOKE!!! Women's Dance Night - All are welcome
- ring in the new year with The Midway folks!
January 2 (Saturday) The Petty Morals
celebrate their newly released EP Marked Women at Great Scott
along with The Organ Beats, Watts, and Stars Like Ours
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