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The BGN News Archive

November 2, 2020

Lee Harrington

Twisted Rico’s Blowing Smoke podcast had Lee Harrington of the Neighborhoods as a guest this week. Lots of Neighborhood touring stories you’ve never heard before, along with a few Bowie stories. Lee also gives an inside look at the personalities of the band and their relationships. All Hood fans should hear this!! Listen up here!!


Lee Harrington showed up again this week in Linda Bean Pardee’s fantastic Garagecast series. It was another choice song pick with Marshall Crenshaw’s “Cynical Girl” with Justine Covault singing. It just gets betterer and betterer! You can watch it here.

Buy Me Boston Brian Coleman is in distribution mode for his Buy Me, Boston Volume 2. As of now Village Vinyl & Hi-FI, 307 Harvard St, Brookline is the first store to carry the book. Buy Me, Boston is such an original concept and such a fun experience for any Bostonian.

Jeff Mardanes of Witches with Dicks has suffered a hematoma requiring several surgeries and his recovery will be ongoing and long. There is a GoFundMe page for him and his recovery. I think we all know that there’s no end to the help one needs in a situation like this.
Rebuilder is donating the proceeds of their song “Burning the Bridges of Hillsborough County” for Jeff. That’s another way to give. The song on Bandcamp.

The Hummingbird Syndicate has a new video for the song “Any Given Day “ from their lattest album - you can watch and listen there.

Mini Beast played Dusk in Providence last Saturday. That prompted a short interview in the local paper The Woonsocket Call here.

Joanie Lindstrom did a 45 minute interview with Bradley Jay mostly about her trip to Moldova/Bulgaria. It was a travelogue by two experienced travelers. There were lots of tips and advice for those that might make the trip. Joanie's travel photos can be seen on her Boston Groupie News report, ( that illustrate all the talking points. This was so good that it should be a regular thing. She has 33 more trips in our Joanie Vacation’s page.

Uey at the Buoy
U-ey at the Buoy

U-ey at the Buoy is Bob Cenci’s new band is a whole different thing than you would expect from the Jerry’s Kid alumni. U-ey is described as a “rhythm bules garage originals” band. The set they did this last Saturday at the Midway is a good way to catch up on what Bob is doing. He’s no one trick pony. They started the set with an exotic sounding instrumental before hitting some more traditional sounding bluesy material. It’s a whole new direction for Bob and he has the blues licks to back it up.They do a cover of “Hot Rod Lincoln”. Watch the stream HERE.

JJ Gonson
JJ Gonson

JJ Gonson has had a high profile lately. Because of Covid 19 and the quarantine she has stepped into the spotlight as she promotes Once in Somerville and steers its way through these days. She spent a lot of time in Portland, OR where she worked with Elliot Smith. She’s had a few photo shows. Take a look at her page at The Morrison Hotel Gallery, for some striking photos. She goes over her whole career on her interview on the Once You Tube channel.

This week {11/8 to 11/14} is the WMBR fundraising campaign. It is going to be different with the quarantine, but on it goes. You can pledge here The premiums (T shorts, Zippered Hoodies, Face Masks and more!!) are on that page too.

CDs/ Music....

Wild Stares Long time Boston scenesters have a common knowledge and that's the basis of shortcuts in explanations. So, when we say a band sounds like one of the Underground art groups, you immediately know what we are talking about.

The band we are referring to here is The Wild Stares. That band has a complicated history. They moved from Boston to Europe and ended in LA. They recorded under a different name for a while. Now in 2020 they release new material in an album called Automatic Writing Machine.

The basic tracks were written in 2006. Their music is art rock still. The songs have lots of detail and lyrics. There’s no sense that they have run out of inspiration or drive to get their music out.

There are spots on this album that will whip you back to 1981 and Propeller Records but at the same time there’s so much vitality here that it speaks for now too. There’s a lot of music packed into this generous album. We have some favorite tracks but they all have their attraction. You should just get in there and listen to the whole thing.

Classic Ruins Rawstrum

Classic Ruins' new album Forget About It on Rum Bar Records will be out soon. They have the album, called “Forget About It”, posted on Bandcamp but only two songs are available as of now. One is the title song written by ex-Real Kid Billy Borgioli. We’ve heard the whole album and it reflects the Ruins as they have been since day one up to right now. They are their own thing and we love them.

Sometimes a band sticks in your mind with one song. Rawstrum did that to us because of one time at O’Brien’s and the intensity of the performance will forever be in our memory. Rawstrum has a new 7 song album/EP Sun To Moon on Bandcamp. Like all their material the music is dark and deep. Then the singer bores down, way down to some dark territory. These songs may be their best batch yet. This is not relief music, this is music where you deal with your demons one on one. They are doing an album release show at The Midway (streaming) on Nov 19 - see listings below.

Parsons Brad Marino

Richie Parsons has just recently released a metal song that he did a while ago. Now he has three up on his Bandcamp page and they are solid metal. Coming after his pop songs albums it just proves he can play a lot of different styles with authority.

We love getting a new song from Brad Marino. He just released his cover a song by Germany’s The Richies called “Come With Me”. It’s a delectable slice of pop punk.

That made us go running to check out The Richies who we didn’t know. Well... "The Richies play straight ahead pop-punk with a delicious German flavour. Their music is characterized by uncompromising fast, loud and distorted guitar and correspondingly bass and drums, combined with ear worm catchy melodies. Punkrock according to the German brewing rules of 1516." Here’s a The Richies' website ... and here's a page of some Richies videos.

Death Pesos Frank Delevi

One can see from the releases that at least some bands have got into studios to record.
Death Pesos has been in the studio and has able to get a few good songs recorded. Their latest is called “Battlesnake”. It’s another hard stoner epic. It’s over eight minutes long. The sound is thick with chunky guitar and the rhythm section riding a hypnotic pulsating beat. The guitar does some interesting things in it’s solo sections…like double tracking near the end. This band is getting better all the time, quarantine or no quarantine.

Freddie Dilevi has a 5 song EP. It an acoustic effort called Acoustic Heartbreaks. All five songs are on the album that was out earlier this year. What this does is give you a chance to hear that lead singer’s amazing voice in a quieter setting. It is a voice that is worth this effort. It's on Rum Bar, don’t you know.

Worm South Shore hardcore/punk band Worm has released a new album American Catasrophe. It’s a heavy dose of agitprop with lots of sound clips that introduce and infiltrate the songs. With our political situation these last few years we’re amazed that there isn’t more of this out there.

The song titles tell the story ; “Age of Medication”, “Blue Collar Riot”, “One Man Riot” and “Take Control”. Most are about two minutes except for “American Catastrophe” which is nine minutes long. The music is roughhewn and the singing is charged up.The political angst is so complete that they even have a ‘surf’ tune called “Tsunami (Tidal Wave of Death)” that seems angry as hell.

Coming up.....

Virtual/ Streaming/Online Events.....

Garagecast Dont forget to check out Linda Bean Pardee's Linda Garagecast every week.

Thursday November 12 -7-9 PM - Live stream from The Midway - Richie Parsons! FB events page

Thursday November 19 -7-9 PM - Rawstrum will be album release live stream from The Midway. FB event page. Check out their new release Sun to Moon on Bandcamp.

Shows coming up sometime in the future....

Thursday December 17 -7-9:30PM - Talkin’ to Dracula and his Crew: Goth subculture and horror, a lecture - Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies Brooklyn NY FB page

Crash Course January 16, 2021 (Saturday) New Date - The Schizophonics, Muck and the Mires at ONCE Lounge Early Show: 5:30 PM – 8 PM

February 17, 2021 (Saturday) Rescheduled - Swans w/ Anna von Hausswolff at the Paradise

April 19, 2021 (Monday) Rescheduled - Dead Can Dance at The Wang Theater

April 29, 2021 (Thursday) Circle Jerks Plus Special Guests at the paradise (this is a reskedged show) FB page

CONTACT US Send us your gig listings, your anything else ya got!! You want your CD reviewed?? Contact us for that too.


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