The BGN News Archive
June 29, 2015
Billy surrounded by his art
Photo: Denise Donahue
FRANK ROWE says: Denise took this picture on Valentine's Day 1979. He was looking for a room to rent, and I suggested he could move in with us,
but Denise said that if that happened, Billy was so hot that I would have to leave.
Sadly we start of this week's news with the passing of Billy Borgioli.
Guitarist in the original Real Kids and later in the Varmints, Billy was also
a talented visual artist and a very much loved member of our community. As many
know, through the years, he has fought back from previous health problems including
a coma and cancer...twice! This past Thursday he suffered a brain hemorrhage
and passed away on Saturday June 27th. We are all shocked and saddened by the
loss of someone who meant so much to our music scene and meant so much to so
many individuals as well. The loss of Billy will be far reaching but is especially
difficult of Nancy Neon who has been with Billy and taken care of him for many
years now. From Nancy we've been told that she and Arthur Freedman will work
together to plan a Celebration of Billy's life, music and art. We'll keep you
posted for more news on that. RIP Billy Borgioli. Tell Alpo we all say hi!!
The BGN interview with Billy Borgioli. CLICK.
In some other news
Brian Viglione who was the drummer for the Dresden Dolls is now
the drummer of The Violent Femmes and they recently recorded a new batch
of songs with Martin Bisi at his legendary studio in Brooklyn.
Jeff Hudson of The Rentals and Jeff and Jane Hudson fame
has a new CD out,
its available at CD Baby.
The RPM (Rock, Punk, Metal) Fest 2015 has a Kickstarter page going as
a way to raise money for the three day multiple stage outdoor festival coming
up this August 28, 29 & 30. It'll take place in Greenfield, MA ...actual
location to be disclosed at a later date. They already have 35 bands booked
for the fest. Donate some money and get various cool stuff. Check it out here:
RPM Fest 2015.
Supersuckers had to cancel their European tour that was set for this
summer because lead singer Eddie Spaghetti was recently diagnosed with
stage 3 cancer. To assist with his treatments a fund raiser page has been set
up. Find out how to give here Eddie
Spaghetti Cancer Fight.
Now here's a report on what we saw this week for music:
The Weirdos and The Adolescents have spent June touring the U.S.
together. You'd think the line up would have big drawing power, but the Brighton
Music Hall was maybe ¾ full; it was a Wednesday night, we get it
Miss Lyn complained too many guys in the hall reeked of BO
and bad. Quiggs
Bass player Swid was there and posted on Facebook "If punk shows are judged on
how bad the audience smells, this show is pretty awesome!" and said "it was
even just BO - it was distinctly poo-like." I guess because of the few warm
days leading up to Wednesday ripe smelling punks seemed to hanging out everywhere,
inside and out of the venue! Whatever it was nobody was smelling like roses.
The Weirdos were one of the earliest punk rock bands starting in 1975
in LA. Their single We
Got the Neutron Bomb is one of those early punk songs that had endless
air play and sums up a lot of the spirit of that time.
The lead singer wore a bowler hat and looked a decidedly droog like. Mugging
constantly through the set he'd mush his face up and make all kinds of funny
faces. The Weirdos historically would mess up and do stuff to their clothes
and this show was no exception with their pants and jackets hand painted in
splotches of color. The bass player was clear in the mix and had a warm tone
and bass lines that made every song sound full. Neutron Bomb was the
highlight as you'd expect. Here's a
good history of the band written by John Denney the lead singer.
The band still carried off their old sound after all this time. There wasn't
a lot of variety in their songs but we didn't mind that too much. We love the
old punk sound....the audience this night did too!
The Adolescents stepped up everything when they came on: it was more
band members, more volume, more speed, more excitement and more frenzy in the
pit. They still have two members from 1980 with Steve Soto on bass and
Tony Cadena doing vocals. They satisfied us all with multiple songs in
a row with fast rhythm and tempo changes. The overall sound was loud and punchy.
The audience rewarded them with a vigorous, if not purposely nasty, circle pit.
Photographer John Nikolai was right up front and got elbowed in the
face by an aggressive idiot who seemed to have an agenda for such things. The
whole set was really great with the highlight being Amoeba.
Tony the singer got very chatty during the second half of the set. He seemed
to have a problem with a heckler upfront. He was trying to make fun of it but
seemed genuinely annoyed. it caused long pauses between songs, the exact opposite
of how they started their set. The guitarist was wearing a Svetlanas
t-shirt which we thought was pretty cool. It turns out the Adolescents
did a split 7" with them which was released back in January called Hot
All and all it was an excellent night of punk and that's what we are always
And in other news
The Gizmos World Tour CD has finally been released by Gulcher records. All
songs recorded live during the 2014 Gizmos World Tour:
"The Gizmos rock their way through all 15 of the songs from their three
EPs: "Kiss Of The Rat," "Mean Screen," "Regular Dude,"
"Amerika First," "Human Garbage Disposal," "Muff Divin',"
etc. Plus the MC5's "Black To Comm" and "Ramblin' Rose,"
"The Devil Talks In Tongues" by Eddie's band Crawlspace, Kenny Kaiser's
"Don't Get Fresh With Me" (from the 1978 Korps LP with Kenne Highland),
and a brand new Gizmos song from Ted Niemiec called "Around."
Plus a couple bonus tracks: Bebop Betsy's radio interview with the Gizmos right
before their tour kicked off, and an interview that appeared on a vinyl single
giveaway for Gonerfest." And you can get
Here are some shows that are happening this week....
July 1 (Wednesday) Looks like there's another
new place for music in Salem - Koto (90 Washington St.) and on 7/1 they
have The FU's, Profit Margin and Damp. They also have Sushi Classes!!
July 3 (Friday) A Rockin' Farewell to TT's
- sigh- with The Cranktones, The Millwinders, Jittery Jack , The Allrighters,
Johnny Carlevale &The Rollin Pins, Jeff Deware &The Bop Thrills
and DJ Easy Ed setting the tone between sets are at TT's (here's
the FB page for this one) Be there or be square
July 3 (Friday) Tsunami of Sound, Beachcombovers
are at Sally O'Brien's
July 5 (Sunday) Caged Heat (yup
with Chilly Kurstz, they're back!) , Greg Allen's Fringe Religion,
The Low Babies and Lady Pilot are at The Midway. This is an afternoon
show at 4PM! Here's a recent
interview with Chilly on Blowing Smoke.
up after this week we have.......
July 10 (Friday) Mr. Airplane Man are
back in town with The Monsieurs and Party Pigs are at Cuisine
en Locale (FB
July 10 (Friday) a little more North, in
Salem there's the Salem Wolves, Oh the Humanity, The Jukebox Romantics
and Ghost Ayeria at Koto (90 Washington St Salem) Their show are
only 5 bucks!!!! (FB
July 11 (Saturday) Mudhoney along with
White Dynomite will be at The Brighton Music Hall
July 11 (Saturday) The FUs, Ungraded,
Sewer Rats, Jay Allen and the Arch Criminals and Kenny Chambers are
at Cuisine en Locale
July 11 (Saturday) it's official The
Gizmos (and a TON of other bands) are playing Mutant Fest II
at the Blockhouse in Bloomington IN. FB
July 12 (Sunday) it's the final TT's
Rock n Roll Flea Market & Bloody Mary Bash 11AM- 5PM and its Free
July 12 (Sunday) At The Sinclair there's
Stiff Little Fingers with The Warning Shots and Trophy Lung.
July 12 (Sunday) at The Midway are Beantown
Boozehounds, El Escapado, Lucky United, Deranged Youth and Bad Movies
July 14 (Tuesday) - WHAT a great show this
will be The Rezillos with Petty Morals and Casanovas in Heat
at Johnny D's. And the Rezillos have a new full length CD out. There
will be a CD and a limited edition vinyl album available at the shows !! Get
July 17 (Friday) through July
25 (Saturday) - make
sure to keep your calendar open for the TT's Farewell Bash happening all week!!
July 17 (Friday) at Club Bohemia
- Greg Allen's Fringe Religion, Caged Heat, and the Black Souls.
July 17 (Friday) at Sally O Brien's
- Richie Parsons, Aca Brebner and The Trick Wallace Trio
July 17 (Friday) at The Midway - The
Dirty Truckers, A Bunch of Jerks, The Dents and Jay Allen & The Archcriminals
July 17 (Friday) The Brigands are
putting on a Wounded Warriors "Garage Night" Benefit at Spotlight
Tavern in Beverly, MA. Here's who's on the bill and the music starts at
9PM: Pop Gun, Corolla DeVille, The Brigands, The Flying A-Holes and Gary
July 18 (Saturday) Roy Sludge Trio
is doing an early show (6PM) at Sally O'Brien's. Perfect for dinner and
July 18 (Saturday) Mission of Burma
opens for The Foo Fighters and the Mighty Mighty Bosstones at
July 20 (Monday) The Detroit Cobras
and Fireking are at Great Scott -
Get your tix here.
July 22 (Wednesday) Jaz Coleman
founding member of Killing Joke is doing a Spoken Word performance at
The Middle East Down. its al about his new book: "Letters from Cythera".
Jaz will delve into his many experiences that have influenced his philosophical
outlook on life and also discuss, Supersynthesis, a principle which has facilitated
his many accomplishments including acting, conducting, singing, composing, geometry,
architecture, and occult history. Tix
available here. This one will be different, there's seating and VIP
seating tix for this show.
July 24 (Friday) WOW! check this out: Bim
Skala Bim and the Pajama Slave Dancers are at The Middle East
Down along with Brunt Of It, Zeme Libre and The Porter Squares
July 24 (Friday) at The Midway - BrownBoot,
Barbusters and Hambone Skinny
July 25 (Saturday) The final day of TT
The Bear's Place...and they have Scruffy The Cat this night!!
July 25 (Saturday) Muck & The Mires,
The Nervous Eaters and Richie Parsons are at The Midway
(FB event page)
July 25 (Saturday) The Shambolics, Greg
Allen's Fringe Religion, Jay Berndt & The Orphans are at Sally O'Brien's
July 26 (Sunday) a Matinee Show at the
Middle East Up - 1PM doors with Band Without Hands, The Knock Ups,
Radio Compass, and Happy Little Clouds
July 26 (Sunday) Screeching Weasel,
plus The Queers and The Mr. T. Experience are at The Royale.
get tix here. This is a 6PM show!!
July 26 (Sunday) Matinee show at The
Middle East Up with Band Without Hands, The Knock Ups, Radio Compass,
Happy Little Clouds. Doors are a 1PM
July 30 (Thursday) There's a mega hardcore
show at Cuisine en Locale with Power Trip, Foreseen, Boston Strangler,
Peacebreakers, Freedom, Fury, Red Death, Intent, CIAC and Take Control.
Music starts at 6:30 SHARP doors are at 6.
July 30 (Thursday) X, with all original
members, are at The Sinclair Tix
July 31 (Friday) THE DAMNED: Dont
You Wish That We Were Dead documentary is FINALLY playing in Boston!!
It's at the Regent Theater at 7:30. You can buy
tix here. Watch
the trailer here.
August 1 (Saturday)
The Static Dynamic, The Wrong Shapes, Hope & the Husbands and Alchemilla
at The Middle east (FB
page for upcoming updates)
August 2 (Sunday)
A Punk Show at Koto with USA Waste (ex A Global Threat), Adults,
The Earbleeds, Gravel and Farce!
August 3 & 4 (Monday
and Tuesday) Darkbuster
returns!! at The Sinclair. Well, no tix available anymore congrats
to Darkbuster for two night of sold out shows!!!c
August 3 (Monday)
Tsunami of Sound and The Vista Cruisers are at Opus Underground,
August 6-8 (Thursday - Saturday) Boston
Fuzzstival 2015 is at The Middle East Down. The Fuzztival highlights
"the best bands in the region that make psychedelic/fuzz/garage/surf rock"
and its goal is "to build bridges within the local music community."
Stay tuned for the lineup and more info keep checking their FB
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