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March 6, 2017

Oh The Humanity
Oh The Humanity
Photo: Blowfish

There was a lot going on Friday night: Robin Hitchcock was at Once and it had been sold out for a while. Al Kooper joined Robin in the encore with three Bob Dylan songs: Visions of Johanna, Just Like a Woman and Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands, that’s a one-time happening. Up in Beverly The Upper Crust played the Spotlight.
We ended up in a basement. That would be the Club Bohemia at The Cantab.

Port City Saints
Port City Saints
Photo: Blowfish

There were three bands we liked on the bill and the club was full.
The opening band, which we hadn't heard before was the Port City Saints from Portland, Maine. Luckily we caught a lot of their set. They had that Les Paul through a Marshall roar that's familiar. That punch, while working the vocals hard, was their sound. There were times where the lead singer just held a scream while the group sound was hitting hard. There was one song, that might have been called Fade Away, that stuck in our ears. Good stuff! Together since 2015, they are going to have a EP release soon. Their Reverbnation material is just three songs recorded live. We look forward to the EP! Here's their FB page

Electric Octopus
Electric Octopus
Photo: Blowfish

We've actually only seen Electric Octopus twice before (here and here) but fell in love with the group so quickly it seems like we've seen them more. They are a refreshing blend of influences: the base of it all is punk and to that they staple anything the band members might like to add - Ska, rap, pop, funk, or Japanese pop; those are some of the things I can identify. You really get the impression that you're getting more that you even know.

Some of the songs have irresistible sing along choruses. They sing in Japanese or English, and that can change from one line to the next. The guitarist often runs riffs all the way through the song which gives it a texture. Tak on bass plays some nice lines too.

They seemed to be even better this show than last. Some of it was the larger and enthusiastic audience that made it more of an event. Electric Octopus wants you to sing and dance and that’s what people were doing. They urge everyone to move closer to them. They want a party with everyone included.

Their sets are exciting in the way they reinvent the punk paradigm and do it in a fun way. Again we recommend people look for their shows. We try to spread the word on Electric Octopus as much as we can.

The Runouts
Photo: Blowfish

The Runouts started in 2015 but already have a full CD out with some interesting material. They seem to be straight ahead punk but distinguish themselves with good songwriting and pushing their singing to the fore. It was the combo of a full force punk attack that never flagged topped by three voices constantly giving it all that swept us away. Some of the songwriting details got lost in the drive but the overall effect was so all encompassing that it didn’t matter.

The volume was way up compared to Electric Octopus. It did it’s magic on us and by the time they covered Substitute by the Who it seemed like they could do no wrong. The drummer really did his job on that one. A new group playing punk we love - that always make us feel that punk is still vital.
Just after the Runouts stopped there appeared a puddle of water near the ladies room. Didn't smell bad...and the show went on.

Oh the Humanity
Oh The Humanity
Photo: Blowfish

Oh The Humanity upped the volume even more than The Runouts. We knew they would after seeing them in November.
They identify themselves as melodic punk but there’s a metal edge to it too, and it verges on hardcore sometimes. However you label it, it has a big punch. They pummel you with overwhelming force with the help of two guitars. The singer is in the audience half the time and is very relaxed doing it, but he’s not relaxed with his singing. He puts everything into it.

Last week we had a good take in at Sally O’Brien’s with four rockin' bands and the same this week. You really come out satisfied after a bill like those.

jjj Oh the Humanity is on Ocelot Records. Andrew of The Runouts is also in The Digs ,another Ocelot band. We talked to Jeff Demas of The Digs who was at the gig, they have a new album coming out on March 18th. but they're breaking up soon after (August 11th). Turns out Jeff is continuing his education and that will not be local. That’s the best reason to stop a band ever. Typical is the fact that the two released songs are pretty great and sharply recorded. The Digs will do two tours before they stop; one in northern New England and one down South. Catch this dynamite new track.


And in other news.....

Sonia the news club where TT's used to be will be officially opening April 1. Sonia announced this morning that its first show (as of now) will go down Friday, March 31, and feature Doom Lover, Auva, Creaturos and Bad Boys Club. Looks like they will have a very wide variety of performers, bands etc.

We were at the going away show for OC45. Now they are on the road but their van had trouble. They could use some money!! Buy their latest album if you can at Bandcamp and help them out…OC45 Bandcamp

Iggy It's widely known that Iggy loves to run around half naked....well he went all the way with the Iggy Pop Life Class drawing class happened that February 2016. Now that class has birthed an exhibition of the drawings. "The fifty-three drawings included in the exhibition were created on February 21, 2016, during a one-day life drawing class, using Pop as the unexpected model. The class was held at the New York Academy of Art and included 22 artists from New York City’s diverse communities, ranging in age from 19 to 80, with varying backgrounds and levels of education and experience."
It’s a road trip for you Iggyphiles: Brooklyn Museum, November 4, 2016–March 26, 2017. (Get all the info here: Iggy Life Class)

Richman It’s always been hard getting enough Jonathan Richman info. He does few interviews, we have ours from way back when. He talks on stage and lets loose some details about songs. Now, here’s an unusual place to get some straight talk from Jonathan – The Jonathan Richman Songbook.

It came out in 2009 but we just discovered it. There’s a generous 24 songs here but the interest is in some text by Jonathan. He writes an intro and then some explanations at the end of three of the songs. Those explanations include handwritten chord symbols . He’s managed to make a song book more personal.

I’ll give just a few highlights:
He used to make notebooks of songs that he left in dressing rooms for anyone to find. His father sold Bingo prizes to military bases and he got his first $15.00 guitar from that. He writes songs in other languages because they have sounds and rhythms that express some things better. When he first heard Roadrunner with bass/drums and “my friend John Felice on 2nd guitar” he laughed it was so exciting. He wrote Roadrunner when trying to play Sister Ray but he got the D-D-A riff from Big Brother and the Holding Company. Jonathan never stops surprising. Get it on Amazon

This week on Facebook:
Willie Boom Boom w e posted a review of the first Willie Loco and the Boom Boom Band’s first LP in Cream that was done comic strip style.
We posted the Boston Globe article on Tim Downie aka Marsman and his Plymouth record store. Article
We found out on Thursday early that the same day Joanie Lindstrom would be a guest on a London Radio Show called Trash Can Records…sorry no archive on that to listen to but here's Facebook Page
We shared Monster Guitars post on their fourth anniversary. We wish 'em many more!
We posted an old ad for the CBGB’s LP from back in 1976 and a letter from Hilly Kristal.
A blurb from Cellars by Starlight reminded us that Oedipus’s first radio show Nuit Blanche on WTBS/WMBR was on Friday from 7 to 10am rather than the Saturday stint that most people recall. We remember setting the alarm to be up to listen in!
Our Facebook page….

Just One

There are a million punk songs, this is just one.

Nerf Herder   Richman

Following up on our Richman info above here's a song about Jonathan.
This band is not meant to be taken seriously. Catch the fun in the videos on their band page called Ghostbusters III and At the Con.
They piggy back on the Roadrunner D to A riff for the verse and break away at the chorus.
Half their lyrics are just rounding up Richman's. The dig is the chorus when they say:
Too sensitive for this world
Too sensitive for that girl
Please God don't let me end up like Jonathan Richman
Turn the radio off

The Lyrics to Richman

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

Sheeekies March 8 (Wednesday) Fully Celebrated Orchestra, Trinary System at The Midway

March 8 (Wednesday) The Sheckies, Mongorellis, The Prozacs, Meat Depressed at Koto in Salem

March 9 (Thursday) Asa Brebner (8PM) Randy Black and The Heathcroppers (9:30) and Tony Savarino and the Savtones (10:45) are at Sally O'Brien's

March 9 (Thursday) A benefit for Outside the Lines (the special needs art studio) at Thunder Road- Barrence Whitfield & Dennis Brennan will be playing.

March 10 (Friday) Agent Orange, The Queers, & Guttermouth at ONCE Ballroom FB page

The Bruvs March 11 (Saturday) Off World, Lon Chaney Jr., Garbage Point, The Ghost Boys at The Midway - this is an afternoon show 4-8PM

March 11 (Saturday) The Shitfits (Misfits tribute band), Bon Shootin' (AC/DC cover band), High Karate & Leeds Point at The Midway for the night time show.

March 11 (Saturday) The Slaves, a British punk duo are at Great Scott

March 11 (Saturday) The Knock Ups, The Furs and The Evil Streaks are at O'Brien's

And further out......

March 16 (Thursday) A Benefit for John Dougherty's sisters... At Tavern at the End of the World:
In honor of John Doherty, one of THE most supportive people in our music scene, Trick Wallace is putting on a benefit for John's sisters, Krista & Kara. Long story short, Krista needs a kidney. Kara is a donating one of hers. They both need some help to offset medical expenses and lost wages. Dollars for Dohertys -- a night chock full of fun and great music -- aims to raise some extra cash to contribute. So come on down to hear Sue's Guitar, Natalie Flanagan & Trick, Hayley Jane's Primate Trio, Trick Wallace Trio and Trusty Sidekick. And throw some cash in the bucket to help two beautiful sisters through a tough journey. If you can't make it, please donate at But we'd love to see y'all in person! (Music starts at 9:30 with Sue's Guitar.).FB Page

March 17 (Friday) Boston Hassle Presents: Simply Saucer, Poppy Seed & The Love Explosion, Dyr Faser, Doug Tuttle, Major Stars at the Middle East Up (FB page)

Dohrerty March 17 (Friday) Sasquatch And The Sick-a-billys Return To Salem! along with Damnation, Creepin Cadavers and The Womps at Koto in Salem

March 18 (Saturday) Roy Sludge Trio for a 4:00 pm show at Atwood's

March 18 (Saturday) Reason Enough, Words Of Truth, A Breed Apart (from NYC), One Less Scumbag and KUYA at The Midway - an afternoon 4-8PM show (FB page)

March 18 (Saturday) DFMC (Dana Farber Marathon Challenge) Benefit Show with Sidewalk Driver, Township, The Fatal Flaw, Red Red Rockit at The Midway (FB page)

March 18 (Saturday) The Digs are having an EP Release Party at the Middle East Up ! Also on the bill are JRV and Psychonaut Underground - FB Page

March 19 (Sunday) Ruby Rose Fox is at Atwoods.

March 19 (Sunday) Hillbilly Holiday and Cold Expectations (here's their Bandcamp page) are at Aeronaut Brewery for a FREE afternoon show starting at 2PM. As part of Aeronaut's " Bring Your Own Picnic" music series, friends, families, kids, and, well heck, anybody, is encouraged to pack some tasty morsels and supplement them with tasty Aeronaut drafts on this lazy Sunday afternoon! Grab a beer, pull up a picnic table and dig the country-fried song stylings of these two local bands playing all afternoon long. Or skip the picnic and just drink!

fIREKING March 21 (Tuesday) A Night of XTC - This will be a performance of select songs off Drums & Wires and Black Sea. All this performed by Jerome Deupree, Mike Rivard

March 23 (Thursday) Beans On Toast, The Old Edison, Troll 2 and Miketon & The Nightblinders at O'Brien's

March 25 (Saturday) 45 Adapters (NYC), Blood Stained Brindle, The Damn Garrison, Quiggs at The Midway - this is an afternoon show 4-8PM

March 25 (Saturday) Another benefit for the Cambridge Fire victims. Lots of families were displaced and lost everything. Help 'em out by going to the Greek American Social Club (Union Sq Somerville) and listen to Tsunami of Sound and A Bunch of Jerks. Here's the FB page

March 25 (Saturday) Muck & The Mires, The Evil Streaks and Tiger Bomb are at The Chit Chat Lounge in Haverhill. FB Page

March 25 (Saturday) 45 Adapters (from NYC), Blood Stained Brindle, The Damn Garrison and Quiggs at The Midway - this is an early show 4-8PM

March 25 (Saturday) You might as well just plan on staying at the midway all day coz their night show is The Hi-End, M.O.T.O., Modern Day Idols and Hello Susie

March 25 (Saturday) BETH & The Black Cheers at Sally O Brien's - FB page

BlCK cHEERS March 25 (Saturday) Boston Underground Summit 9! brought to you by Boston Hassle - 9 bands will set up round-robin-style in two rooms, 3 stages and take turns playing a song. When the cycle is complete, the loop repeats again...and again... and again. UNTIL THE SHOW ENDS! Here's the bands Pink Navel, Sidney Gish, Ozlo, Boston Cream (ex Barbazons) Kármán Voh, Mint Green, Solei, Divided Self (Worcester) and Kiss Concert. Its at The Elks Lodge on Bishop Allen Drive Here's the FB page

March 25 (Saturday) Rockin' Bob Punk Band, Pragmatics, Sick Joke, Laughing Stock, Piss Dogs, and Screw Cart are all at The Spotlight Tavern in Beverly MA 3:30pm show/$10

March 26 (Sunday) Shepherdess and Alice Bag and Electric Street Queens at Once Buy tix etc here FB page

March 27 (Monday) Jay Allen's Mess Around moves to Taco Mondays at Once with Jay Allen, Tom Baker, Justine Covault, Chrissie Vaccaro And Special Guests...FB Page Starts at 7:30

March 31 (Friday) Classic Ruins and Randy Black and the Heathcroppers are at The Tavern At The End of The World

Weakened Friends April 1 (Saturday) State of the Union, The New Frustrations, The Stigmatics and The Only Things doing a GREAT early show (4-8PM) and its ALL AGES at the Midway (FB page)

April 1 (Saturday) The Upper Crust, Sidewalk Driver and When Particles Collide as part of the ArtsEmerson Black Box series at Emerson/Paramount Center, Jackie Liebergott Black Box Theatre - 559 Washington St Boston (Link)

April 2 (Sunday) Six Organs Of Admittance and Minibeast are at Great Scott

April 8 (Saturday) The Kurt Baker Combo, Soraia, Watts and The Connection at O'Brien's Here's the FB page

April 13 (Thursday) The Rumjacks, Jason Bennett and the Resistance, Michael Kane & The Morning Afters and The Runouts

April 13 (Thursday) Modern English are at The Brighton Music Hall

April 15 (Saturday) The Last Ones are at The Midway with Tsunami of Sound,Trusty Sidekick and Sammy Kay (a PM show)

April 17 (Monday) Terry Malts, Shark Toys with Idiot Genes and Bad Deals at O'Brien's Pub

Rockin Bob show April 22 (Saturday) Electric Frankenstein, Symbol Six, Hey Zeus and Duck & Cover at O'Brien's Pub

April 22 (Saturday) The Last Ones, Tiger Bomb and Corolla deVille at The Spotlight Tavern in Beverly

April 28 (Friday) The Upper Crust, Benny Sizzler, Devil On Horseback at Once

April 28 (Friday) Why isn't this show in Boston or Cambridge!?!? Lydia Lunch, Hard Nips (Japanese Girl Band), Cassie J Sneider and Nonye Brown-West at Ralph's in Wishtah. FB page

April 29 (Saturday) A special evening of performances at The Met by Throwing Muses, Neutral Nation, and Plan 9, and their inductions into the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame! Tickets are scheduled to go on sale on February 27!!! For unveiling ceremony and rock inductions day #2 check out the FB page!!

May 4 (Thursday) Walter Sickert & the Army of Toys, Scarlet Sails, Radiator King at Once

May 3 (Friday) Oh the Humanity, The Run Outs, Electric Octopus and the Port City Saints are at Cantab's Club Bohemia

Dazies May 8 (Monday) Indonesian Junk who have just released a digital single "Turn to Stone" on Rumbar Records are at O'Brien's. HearTurn to Stone here.

And buy more Indo Junk at Rumbar Records, as Malibu Lou says "We are carrying slabs of the wax version too!!"

May 12 (Friday) Mike Watt (Minutemen) and Meat Puppets are at the Brighton Music Hall Here's the FB page

May 12 (Friday) Rockin' Bob Punk Band w/ Special Guests TBA at O'Brien's

May 12 (Friday) A Crash Course For the Ravers has Glider on - WMFO 95.1 1-4PM

May 13 (Saturday) Watch City SteamPunk Festival in Waltham...Website FB Page

May 20 (Friday) Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents, Muck and the Mires, Vicky and the Vengents

May 26 (Saturday) Corin Ashley and Modern Day Idols are at The Plough

Lyres May 27 (Saturday) The Cal Cali show that had The Shadows of Knight at ONCE Ballroom has been changed to now have all local bands: Lyres, The Black Souls, Classic Ruins and CalCaliBand You can buy tix here (Only ten bucks!!) FB page

May 27 (Saturday) The Runouts, The Martians, Blame Shifters, Nymphidels at The Midway this is an afternoon show - 4-8PM

May 29 (Monday) Teenage Bubblegums, Jagger Holly, Mongorellis, Jimmy Jacked at Opus Underground in Salem (FB page)

June 1 & 2 (Thurs & Fri) Reverend Horton Heat at Once in Somerville

June 4 (Sunday) GIUDA (from Rome Italy) and Unnatural Ax at Once Tix etc here

June 17 (Saturday) Held Hostage, Point Blank, Infernal Diatribe, Profit Margin at Koto in Salem (FB Page)

June 17 (Saturday) Help Save Out of the Blue Gallery Too - this will be an all day affair (3PM-11PM) with LOADS of bands including: Brian Young -WMFO as Emcee plus Thalia Zedek, Fireking, Randy Black, The Knock Ups, Tsunami of Sound, The Stigmatics, State of the Union, Cal Cali Rockin' Trio, The Last Ones, The KENZ (Highland & Kaiser), The Thigh Scrapers and Club Linehan A Go Go ~ 50th Birthday Party for Joe Quinn. Check out the FB page

September 16 (Saturday) Chameleons VOX At the Middle East Also on the bill: Soft Kill , Way Out and The Milling Gowns FB Page

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Electric Octopus

Electric Octopus
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Electric singer

Electric Octopus
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The Runouts

The Runouts
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Oh The Humanity

Oh The Humanity
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Port City Saints

Port City Saints
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Crash Course for the Ravers on Saturday WMFO


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