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Boston Goupie News onstage at the Brattle
at the Buy Me Boston release show

Photo: Mary Kiwi

Last Sunday, 11/4, Blowfish was on stage at the Brattle Theater talking about the Boston Groupie News as part of a panel discussing Brian Coleman’s book Buy Me Boston. The panel was sandwiched between some old video clips from a Kiss 108 New Year’s Eve party (the hair!) and music videos from panelist Prince Charles Alexander. Prince Charles was the star power for the night. Other panelists were Dart Williams who has a web based career that is new to these times and something to ponder, and the well- known and respected David Bieber. The audience was filled with Boston scene mavens.

Blowfish told the BGN origin story and talked a little on the Rat opening day ad. The next show for the book will be at the Boston Public Library.

Wednesday we went to O’Brien’s to get one of those early week punk shows that O’Brien’s does so well. We caught two of the acts. They were both in the punk/emo/pop area.


Photo: Blowfish

The band Happy are from North/South Carolina. They didn’t like the cold that came in on Wednesday. Three of the band members had knit hats on. The group only formed in 2016. They have a nice set of songs for such a new group. They were high energy on stage and had some nice guitar work going on.

Their song “Don’t Overdose and Drive” sounds like a pop punk song that might have been a hit a few years ago. YouTube video.


Photo: Blowfish

Brigades, from North Carolina, upped the ante. They were much more of a powerhouse unit. They blasted it out. The music had an emo component. They have excellent guitar arrangements that gained an extra quality done up with volume. The singer filled the lyrics with emotion. The drummer was hitting hard and putting in rolling fill-ins that pushed the whole band on and never wavered.

It was one of those sets you don’t think you're going to get on a Wednesday; it rocked and had substance. We know most people can’t swing a mid-week show but we’re glad to take them in when we can.

Friday there was a lot going on. The Boys from Nowhere was playing at the Regent with the Nervous Eaters playing afterward. Stars Like Ours were at O’Briens in Allston. We ended up at Sally O’Brien’s where Justine and the Unclean had a record release party with a large bill. The whole thing started around 6:30 and Hambone Skinny, Tad Overbaugh and The Dirty Truckers had already been on by the time we got there at 9:30.


Justine and the Unclean
Photo: Blowfish

On the bright side we were there for Justine and the Unclean who played a few songs and then played the whole new 6 song CD. The place looked like it was sold out. We saw some people that we haven’t seen in a rock club for a while and they were hearing Justine and the Unclean for the first time and loving it. It was a new discovery for them and a needed fix for us.

Justine and the Unclean have become one of those bands you want to see every time they play. The set seemed to go by too fast but you did get to hear the sweep of that new CD. It’s six more songs with showing the band's playing prowess filling every nook and turnaround. Yup, we see them every time and it’s worth it every time.

Nat Freedberg

Nat Freedberg
Photo: Blowfish

Nat Freedberg was playing in anticipation of a new album from him. It was advertised as acoustic but he was electric with Jay Parnum on bass and Randall Gibson on drums.

Nat can play in any configuration he wants but it always comes across as a Nat project anyway. By going solo he’s just taking away any pretense. The new songs were in his usual style. He was doing some nice guitar work that maybe was different from his usually straight chord playing.

This new album should be interesting. It’s going to be another notch in a long and album filled career.

We took the opportunity then to club hop to the Greek American Club down the street. We were in time to hear Club Linehan do their set of Lou Reed/Velvet Underground songs. If we stayed at Sally O’s it would have been a set of Kiss songs by the Beth cover band.


Club Linehan a Go Go
Photo: Blowfish

Club Linehan has a lot of ammunition for the set. They have Kenne Highland on guitar, Keegan on sax, Lady Caroline on vocals and the rhythm section led by Mike Quirk. Actually Quirk is more like the conductor for this set. Mike has said he might stop playing this year. Can he stop? We don’t think so and if he did something like this wouldn’t work like it did.

The best thing about this set was the overall group sound. Somehow they nailed that messy drone background sound that’s in those early Velvet songs. Keegan’s sax was doing what Cale’s viola usually did and Kenne’s fuzzed out guitar laying lower with Quirk’s guitar hitting higher created the wall of sound and the rhythm section were doing the right thing so that it didn’t plod, which is always a danger.

Club Linehan

Keegan and Kenne - Club Linehan a Go Go
Photo: Blowfish

With that in place, songs like “White Light/White Heat” and “Waiting for the Man” were spot on. And being this was with Kenne Highland we got “Talk To Loretta” in the middle of “Waiting for the Man”. Then somehow Kenne mixed country with the Velvets and came out with “Pale Bluegrass Eyes”. Only Kenne would get to that place. Hear it for yourself in the video below.

Lady Caroline always has the vocal highlights with “There She Goes Again” and "Femme Fatale” as she has done in Count Viglione’s band. We are wearing out on the cover band trend but not this Velvet tribute. It becomes more and more obvious how great the Velvets are as the years go on.

More band photos below the show listings.

And in other news.....

It's been announced that Stop Calling Me Frank are on the bill for the Dropkick Murphy’s House of Blues St. Patty’s Day stand on 3/14. The tickets are already sold out. What a show for SCMF!

Parsons Richie Parson’s new CD Black Throated Blue has been mailed out to his pledge drive supporters. He’s got that Richard Lloyd cover of Blue & Grey on it along with 11 new original songs.

The Rum Bar train rolls along. This week it’s a new CD by Justine and the Unclean called Heartaches and Hot Problems

Tom Baker and the Dirty Truckers have two new songs on a free digital sampler. “Human Contact” makes me want to get comfortable and listen with a big glass of whiskey at hand – and I don’t drink!! Check it out here.

Punk winter of 2018 is here. We know that because Cal Cali is off to Florida as of Saturday 11/17. See ya in the spring Cal!!

Here's some good shows coming up this week.....

Midway Rock Show November 19 (Monday) Trick Wallace, Corin Ashley, Chris Wagner, Gene Dante: all doing Acoustic! at The Midway

November 20 (Tuesday) Living It Up: Gary Shane And The Detour - the screening of the film Twill be followed by performances by Tee Max, Natalie Flanagan, Asa Brebner and Gary Shane and The Detour - which includes Mach Bell of Thundertrain and Mach 4 fame. At the Cape Ann Cinema. Heres the FB page for times and info.

November 21 (Wednesday) 1476, Coffin Salesman, Darker Days at UnchARTed in Lowell. FB event page

November 21 (Wednesday) Far Above the Ground, Thee Midnight Society, The New Frustration, Lightnin' Lyford and the Procrastinators at PINZ in Kingston, MA FB page

November 21 (Wednesday) Mr Airplane Man, The Concerns at Atwoods

November 21 (Wednesday) 3rd Annual Morning Afters Thanksgiving Eve Show *FREE* at Raolph's Diner Worcester with Michael Kane & The Morning Afters,
Dirty Laundry, Reverend Dan and The Dirty Catechism, Douglas Sullivan (Westies / Ducky Boys)

November 24 (Saturday) Friendsgiving Punk Rock and Roll! at O'Brien's with Arctic Horror, The Skeleton Beats, The Von Traps, The Downhauls- 8-Midnite

Freindsgiving November 24 (Saturday) Jittery Jack, Miss Amy Griffin, Whiskey Kill & DJ Easy Ed at Sally O'Brien's

November 24 (Saturday) Paraffin, Tiger Bomb, Fireking, Scotty Saints & True Believers at The Bayside Bowl in Portland, ME

November 25 (Sunday) Roy Sludge is at Sally O'Brien's at 6PM - no cover!

And further out we have......

November 30 (Friday) Trusty Sidekick and Modern Day Idols at Squealing Pig

December 1 (Saturday) A Crash Course For The Ravers 1pm to 4pm at and transmits on 91.5FM Medford. This week Brian Young hosts have Charlie Don't Surf!

December 1 (Saturday) Cranktones and Sax Gordon, Two Fathoms Down, Easy Ed's Record Hop! at The MIdway for a Matinee 4-8PM show

December 1 (Saturday) the second and final Red Invasion show - with Funeral Cone and Brix N' Mortar and one more TBA. @ The Middle East Upstairs This is an early show- doors are at 6:30 NOTE!!! This show has been moved to Dec 14 at OBrien's instead. (see below)

hARDCORE SHOW December 1 (Saturday) America's Hardcore Fest: W/ Ecostrike, Abuse of Power, Fiddlehead, Magnitude, Restraining Order, Deflect, Sleight of Hand, Dominant Force, Result of Choice this show starts at Noon. Middle east Up

December 1 (Saturday) Cherie Currie and Flight of Fire (She's A Badass Release Show) Lizzie Borden & The Axes final reunion show. at Once

December 1 (Saturday) The Feldons, Tiger Bomb, Justine & The Unclean, Thee Sonomatics at Ralph's Rock Diner in Worcester.

December 8 (Saturday) A Crash Course for the Ravers on WMFO 91.50 1-4PM has Stop Calling Me Frank.

December 8 (Saturday) Roy Sludge with Jim Scoppa & Johnny Sciascia at Atwoods for a 4PM show. $10 suggested donation when the tip bucket comes around.

December 8 (Saturday) 2nd Annual Tunes For Tots show with Stray Bullets, Loser’s Circle, The Black Cheers, Coffin Salesman, Blame It On Whitman for a 4-8PM matinee show at The Midway And then there's.....

December 8 (Saturday) Pinkerton Thugs, OC45, MK & Morning Afters , the Lot at The Midway

December 8 (Saturday) The Dents, Diablogato, Tom Baker & The Snakes at Sally O'Brien's ,

Midway Rock show December 9 (Sunday) Trusty Sidekick, Stigmatics, Crunchtime. Dick Pics do a Matinee 4-8 show at The Midway

December 13 (Thursday) Baabes, The Maxims, Labor Hex, Sticker Shock at O'Brien's Pub

December 14 (Friday) Red Invasion with Funeral Cone and Brix N' Mortar and EVERT at O'Brien's

December 14 (Friday) Street Dogs: 13th Annual Wreck The Halls at Brighton Music Hall

December 15 (Saturday) Duck & Cover, Stop Calling Me Frank (Album Release), State of The Union, The Angel Martins Early Show 4-8PM at The Midway

December 15 (Saturday) The Swelltune Records Holiday Shindig! with Jimmy Dale (OK), The Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co (NY), Jittery Jack and Miss Amy and DJ Easy Ed. at O'Brien's the night ends with the Swelltune Jamboree!

December 20 (Thursday) 7th annual Spectacular Gift Drive for DCF Wonderfund! In support of foster families in the Boston area, letís spread good cheer with this holiday celebration. with Hail Santa- Boston Rock's holiday season super group featuring Michelle Paulhus (Stars Like Ours), Ali McGuirk, Bice Nathan (Hey Zeus), Chip Nicolai (Goddamn Draculas), Peter Moore (Count Zero) Brian Young also on the bill When Particles Collide and Salem Wolves- NOTE: Please bring unwrapped gifts for children of all ages—toys, books, art supplies, electronics, musical instruments, clothing, hats, coats, sporting goods, gift cards (older kids like these)...this is an 8-Midnight show at Once Somerville.

December 22 (Saturday) Greg Allen's Fringe Religion, Classic Ruins, 1.4.5, Fireking - Early Show 4-8 at The Midway

December 22 (Saturday) Hardcore Stadium presents The A-Team w/ Last In Line, Down But Not Out, Rampage, MFP, Restraining Order at an early show at Middle East Up 4:30 doors

December 23 (Sunday) Thrash N Bang's Annual Xmas Punk Pizza Party! with Neighborhood Shit, Revilers, The Hangovers, Sewer Buddies, Coffin Salesman and Jake Tringale. 4-8PM at The Midway

December 29 (Saturday) The McGunks, Scotty Saints & True Believers, Steal Reserve, COB at The Midwayt for a 4-8PM show.

January 4 (Friday) OC45, The Dents, Duck & Cover, Blame It On Whitman at O'Brien's Pub

January 12 (Saturday) IL Mostro (CD release) w/ Cortez, Scuzzy Yeti & Wrought Iron Hex at O'Brien's

Thanksgiving showJanuary 12 (Saturday) Gene Dante And The Future Starlets, The Gala, Tiger Bomb, Smitt E. Smitty at Once Somerville.

January 12 (Saturday) Restraining Order, Envision, Antagonize, Brother, Pummel at AS220 Provi RI

January 17 (Thursday) Boston Emissions presents: PowerSlut, Stars Like Ours, Dark Wheels at Once Somerville.

January 19 (Saturday) The Gobshites, Time Out Timmy, Mongorellis, Punk Band, Jimmy Jacked at the Midway for a 3-7PM show.

February 8 (Friday) Hey Zeus Record Release & Listening Party (Argonauta Records) with Motherboar, Cocked N Loaded, Labor Hex at Once Somerville.

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Justin and the Unclean
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Justine and the Unclean
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Nat Freedberg
Nat Freedberg
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Mike Quirk - CLAGG
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Mkke Worm
Color Killer interview 2018
Joaniie's Colombia Vacaton
Justine and the Unclean
Stop Calling Me Frank
Live at the Rat CD DVD party
John Felice Inerview
Trivia Night by LRC WMBR
Wayne Viens Interview
Abbey Lounge Reunion
David Minehan Interview
Middle East Holiday Party
   We interviewed David Bash on the week where his International Pop Overthrow is coming to town. It's some backgroud on the history of the event and of course talk about POP..........
David Bash Interview
   We bring you into the Rat Room at the Hotel Commonwealth. Jimmy Harlold invited a group of scene veterans. It was a Rat reuion with lots of stories exchanged. Get to see the room and the people.........
The Rat Room
   Joanie takes a shorter trip (for her) with a Quebec jaunt. She checks out the old city and Bryan Adams' art exhibit!?
Joanie Lindstrom's Quebec Vacation
   Johnny Angel writes a mystery novel Looking for Lady Dee steeped in Boston punk and Thrills history. It's no apologys given for the punk lifestyle. ....
Johnny Angel talking about his Book
   John Keegan get some great photos at the Cramps tribute night at the Middle East Down. .....
All Cramped Up
   It's always a special time when The Damned play. As Halloween looms The Damned hit The Royale...John Keegan reviews and has photos......
Review of The Damned at The Royale
   Just ahead of the big punk show at the Middle East we have an interview with the outspoken Paul Cripple of Reagan Youth......
Paul Cripple of Reagan Youth Interview
   It appeared before us like a chimera and it's still's the Pipeline 25th Anniversary celebration. We interview mastermind Bob Dubrow about his background and search for what motivates him as well as Pipeline history and the show....
The Bob Dubrow Interview
   A look at a notable summer Wednesday. We start at the LRC Summer Party and bar hop to the Sonny Vincent show at Radio......
LRC Summer Party/Sonny Vincent
   The Boston punk community comes out for a good cause. Neighborhoods, Upper Crust, Dents, Dogmatics, Roy Sludge Trio, Ed Moose Savage, Downbeat 5 and Classic Ruins raise some money and rock the house at......
The Viva La Eva Benefit
   It's Part IV and there are still awesome revels....and the photos go back to 1971....not to be missed stuff for Boston Punk fans......
The Lyres Chronicles:The story of a Lyre Retyre - Part IV
   He's legendary and his surprise birthday party was legendary in turn. Only in your Boston Rock and Roll dreams could you come up with a night like this.......
Willie Loco's 70th Birthday Party
   In a case of reverse outsourcing Carl Biancucci of the Classic Ruins also plays bass in the English group Shotglass Killers. He tells us about a gig at the 100 Club with a reformed Damned....
Carl Biancucci in London
   2011 - there are upheavals all over the world, the US is in economic shambles...yet somehow Johnny Anget finds inspiration for a renewal an artistic rebirth if you will......
Interview with Johnny Angel about his new CD
   Ralph Fatello gets into reporter mode and gives us a look into the Cars reunion gig with some great back stage photos too at. ......
The Cars reunion gig at the House of Blues
   The scene gets together for Charlie Chesterman and we get to see Scruffy the Cat reunite......
The Charlie Chesterman Benefit
   The Domatics and The Neats Band 19 and Last Stand reunite...for a benefits for cancer research.... ......
Dogmatics Reunion show at the Paradise
   In the middle of the worst winter ever we give you a story about one of the worst winters ever: mainly the winter of 1978. But it's not just about the winter of course, we don't care about winters we care about punk. Rick Coraccio gives us the inside story from 33 years ago when DMZ went to record their LP.........
The Story of DMZ and the Blizzard of '78
    The Konks' hypnotic bashing was a smart mindlessness that you got addicted to. They are calling it quits and we'll miss 'em and there's no free clinic out there to help us either...........
The Konks Final Show
   We were so thrilled with the La Peste DVD we had to talk with Jan Crocker and while we were at it, get his story too......
Jan Crocker/La Peste DVD Interview
Thank god for 110 Instamatics or we wouldn't have a lot of our early Boston punk photos. Kathy Flynn used hers to get some pics of the Rat and The Club and she sent them to us to share with you..........
Kathy Flynn's Photos
One of the interesting things in the early days of Boston punk was seeing the attention grow around us. One watershed moment was when we heard that a Time Magazine reporter was going to visit the Rat. We didn't like the resulting article. But you can decide. Take a look at the .... ...
Time Magazine Article on Punk 1977
Let's get real. We are all getting older and will die. Do you ever consider how you will be remembered? I'm talking about your tombstone. It's morbid, it's in poor taste, it's .....
Future Tombstones
Crotch biting...head bleeding...dick's all in Miss Lyn's report (with photos to prove it) from the GG Allin 10 Year Memorial Tour at the Middle East....
"R.I.P. GG!!"
Everybody wants to know where everybody else is. To help keep track of the wild, the beautiful and the damned we have set up ....
Then and Now
Punk started 25 years ago. Did any of us think we would ever make it this far? Probably not, that was punk; nihilistic, "no future!". Here is a place to remember, and give a moment of thought to, those who didn't make it this far...
In Memoriam
The minute she hit the scene she was every male punk's heart throb. She was beautiful. She had a winning personality. She had a ...well...a...glow. That could be my heart talking because I, Blowfish, confess: I too am Judy's love slave. We didn't just love Judy, we worshiped her. So, now all of us members of Judyism have somewhere to meet and offer our prayers of unrequited love.
The Judy Map Shrine
1977-The Damned were ready to piss on Blowfish and started to undress Miss Lyn! And people seemed to like it!! This interview IS outrageous...for then AND now!
The Damned Interview

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