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December 2, 2019

With Thanksgiving in the works we didn’t make it out till Saturday this week. O’Brien’s had a bill of hard rocking bands that drew about 40 people.

Photo: Blowfish

We caught Hamhocker from Boston. They were riff based metal. Most of the time all three were pounding the same figure, “Old Phone” on their Bandcamp page shows this style. It all got our head shaking. The guitarist had a fantastic slide sound. You can hear it at the beginning of “Where’s the Money” They had some self-depreciating humor in between songs that was amusing.

007 hundred Club
007 Hundred Club
Photo: Blowfish

The 007 Hundred Club played a few years ago under that name and eventually became The Black Cheers. Dan O’Halloran who played guitar and sang in The Black Cheers, was on drums in this group and Chris Brat was on bass. They also had two members of Darkbuster in the band.

They played some fast punk. This was just what we wanted to hear. They drilled down into the music and had the conviction to make it all matter. Dan on drums was hitting every accent with staccato slams. Our ears kept going back to him. He was doing a lot.

They covered “Mystery” by the Wipers. It’s been a while since we’ve heard anyone cover Wiper. Very cool. We need more music like this. They should play out more. Again anything with Chris Brat in it will be something to seek out.

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And in other news .....

Des He's been hinting about it... Des (Desmond - photo to the right) of The Bent Men, Sound Museum and The Magic Room (where we saw a LOT of great shows) is going to start a new club on at The Norwood Space Center with the start up date around the new year. Based on past experience with Des this place should be awesome!!!

The highlight of the last few Little Steven’s Underground Garage shows lately has been “Can’t Go Back" by Kurt Baker Combo. It’s primo Baker stuff. Evidently he can crank out these delicious pop diddies forever.

XTC: This is Pop that XTC documentary that was on some cable station is somehow available on Vimeo!! Free!!

Mark you calendar for:

Scrooges THIS Saturday - December 7 (Saturday) The Scrooges, Brix'n Mortar, NICE GUYS, The Von Traps at ONCE Ballroom FB page

Stop Calling Me Frank is having their yearly Christmas show at the Midway on Dec 13. The cool think about SCMF is that they don’t just cover Christmas songs, they actually have a whole bunch of original Christmas songs. Like Santa Buy Me A Beer Hopefully they will all end up recorded at some point. The Midway Christmas show includes: Dirty Truckers (new album soon) , Ex-Avenue , The Grommets (old school punk).

Friday Jan 3 Oh The Humanity!, Loser's Circle, Tensor, Rage//Quit at O’Brien’s

Saturday January 11- Lyres (record release party) Middle East Up -early show at 6:30.

Alternative Christmas shopping....there's a TON of markets happening this year with offerings from local artisans & businesses your local non corporate people!!!!......

Christmas Saturday Dec. 7 - Boston Hassle Xmas Flea - 12-6PM Elks Lodge Bishop Allen Dr Central Sq Cambridge FB page

Sat & Sun Dec 7 & 8 - Stompbox Pedal Party and Vintage clothing SALE! at 40 South St JP - All clothes 20% off - treats & drinks too!! FB page.

Sunday December 8 - Brain Market Flea at the Cambridge Community Center - 12 -6PM FB page

Sunday December 8 Holiday Buzz Markets, 2 floors and over 40 vendors each! Come check out local folks with handmade, craft, vintage and fine art @ Once Somerville - starts at 11AM - FB page

Friday December 13 - Union Square Holiday Market - Warehouse XI @ 6Pm - FB page

Dec Christmas mart Saturday Dec. 14 - JP Holiday Flea 2019 - First Church in Jamaica Plain Unitarian Universalist, 6 Eliot St, FB page

Dec 12-15 (Thurs - Sunday) Allston-Brighton Winter Market FB page

Saturday Dec. 14 - Cambridge Holiday Market - 11Am- 5PM @ Saint Paul AME Church Bishop Allen Dr Cambridge FB page

Sunday December 22 - Holiday Buzz Markets, 2 floors and over 40 vendors each! Come check out local folks with handmade, craft, vintage and fine art @ Once Somerville - starts at 11AM - FB page

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

December 4 (Wednesday) Thurston Moore Group at Once

New Alliance December 5 (Thursday) Dark Days Long Nights Art show at New Alliance Gallery Union Sq Somerville. a TON of artists showing their works and music with Party Bois, See This World, and VQnC ...check the FB page for artists etc

December 6 (Friday) American Hardcore Fest 2019 with Incendiary, Mindforce, Buried Dreams, Day By Day, Division of Mind, Never Ending Game, Three Knee Deep, Nosebleed, Fuming Mouth, Maniac, Antagonize - All Ages, $30 Advance / $40 Day of Show, *NOTE* 6:00 PM Doors the Middle East

December 7 (Saturday) 3rd Annual Tunes for Tots Benefit with Loser's Circle, The Bad Reminders, and more! at The Midway - a matinee show 3-7PM

December 7 (Saturday) Triple B Records presents: American Hardcore Fest 2019 Day 2 with Firewalker, Big Contest, Abuse of Power, Mil-Spec, Ekulu, Diztort, Deflect, Big Cheese, Result of Choice, Dominant Force, Be All End All, Vantage Point All Ages, $30Advance / $40Day of Show, the Middle East *NOTE* 6PM Doors- this is an early show!! FB page.

December 7 (Saturday) The Scrooges, Brix'n Mortar, NICE GUYS, The Von Traps at ONCE Ballroom FB page

December 7 (Saturday) State of the Union, Mercury on Mars, Donny McHale solo at Thirsty First in Lowell

December 8 (Sunday) Analog Record Fair at Sonia 12-5PM

And further out there is.....

Trivia December 9 (Monday) Rock & Roll Trivia w/ Erin & Brett + Guest Shaun Young! at City Winery FB page

December 13 (Friday) Stop Calling Me Frank, The Dirty Truckers, Ex-Avenue, The Grommets at The Midway

December 13 (Friday) FU’s, Duck & Cover, Rockin Bob Punk Band & Doug MacDonald Band at Koto

December 14 (Saturday) Baabes, The Von Traps, The Hi-End, The Stigmatics at the Midway Matinee Show 3-7Pm

December 14 (Saturday) Jenn D'Angora Birthday Fest at Sally O'Brien's

December 14 (Saturday) Wormtown Ska Presents a benefit for The Mustard Seed Soup Kitchen in Worcester: bands start at 3PM - in order of appearance: Evil Felipe, The Shoats, Jerry's The Screw Ups, The Lousekateers, Shape Shifter - It's at The Raven in Worcester - here is the FB page Excellent cause folks and only FIVE DOLLARS at the door!!! OR....5-6 cans of food for FREE admission! (or maybe both!)

Pizza Party December 15 (Sunday) Thrash N Bang's 8th Annual Punk Pizza Party! with The Neighborhood Shit, Fast Times, The Ratz, The Hangovers at The Midway 3PM matinee - ony $5!!! and free pizza.

December 15 (Sunday) The 3rd Annual Rum Bar Records Holiday Mess-Around - this will be quite the party folks!!! Go to the FB page for the list of participants...its long and good!! at The Plough 3-7PM

December 16 (Monday) We Are Space Horses, The Zygote Theory, Rawstrum, Kevin Madden Band at The Jungle

December 18 (Wednesday) Randy Black & The Heathcroppers Plough & Stars Residency 6-8 pm

December 20 (Friday) WBCN and the American Revolution Screening at The MIddle East down 6:30PM

December 20 (Friday) Instamatics, Radium Girls, Thee Fightin' Fish, Johnny No Graves at The Jungle

December 20 (Friday) Crunchtime, The Hi-End, The Chelsea Curve at Koto Salem

Brian Young WMFO December 21 (Saturday) A Crash Course for the Ravers featuring Mad Painter! WMFO 1-4PM

December 21 (Saturday) MOTO, The Thigh Scrapers, The Thirsty Pirates (NYC) , The Montgomerys at The Midway for a Matinee Show 3-7:30PM

December 21 (Saturday) Black Helicopter, Blood Built Empire, Above the Din & NSTW at Club Bohemia

December 21 (Saturday) Lily Black, Set Fire, Baabes, The Spins at Sally O'Brien's

December 21 (Saturday) A Rum Bar Holiday Spectacular with Jay Allen & the Archcriminals, A Bunch of Jerks, Hambone Skinny, and The Black Souls at The Midway

December 21 (Saturday) Mother Iron Horse, Tied to a Bear, Von Traps, Skytigers at Opus in Salem

December 29 (Sunday) Cook Bag, Louzy, DownBoy!, Circus Battalion at The Midway matinee show 3-7Pm

The Last Rebuilder New Year’s Eve Party at Charlie's Kitchen with Save Ends, Sorry and 1 special guest to be announced

December 31 (Tuesday) Ken Highland's HAPPY LOU YEAR 2020 New Year's Eve Club Bohemia

December 31 (Tuesday) NYE show with Margaret & The CoPilots & Sugar Blood Jinx at Atwood's

Oh the Humanity January 3 (Friday) Oh The Humanity!, Loser's Circle, Tensor, Rage//Quit at O’Brien’s

January 4 (Saturday) The McGunks, Hamhocker, We Own Land, COB matinee show at The Midway 3-7PM

January 4 (Saturday) Handsome, Four Point Restraints, T and the Wrecks, Micah Howeson at The Jungle

January 10 (Friday) Nomad Stones, Labor Hex, Chrome Over Brass at Opus Underground Salem

January 10 (Friday) The Mercy Case, Bystander, blindspot, Foxes at Koto Salem

January 11 (Saturday) Lyres (record release party) Middle East Up -early show at 6:30.

January 11 (Saturday) WhistleStop Rock Festival at Askew in Providence- this is the first Whistle Stop - Featuring: Heather Rose In Clover, The Knock Ups, The Chelsea Curve, PowerSlut, Kid Gulliver, The Cold Expectations, Justine and the Unclean

January 15 (Wednesday) Randy Black & The Heathcroppers Plough & Stars Residency 6-8 pm

January 18 (Saturday) Triple Thick, Crunchtime, 1.4.5., Butterscott at The Midway 3-7PM matinee

January 18 (Saturday) Barrence Whitfield & The Savages, Muck and the Mires at The Middle East FB page and tickets

January 19 (Sunday) Stoploss, Secret Spirit, F.U.’s, more TBA at The Thirsty First Tavern Lowell FB page

BGN Archives February 1 (Saturday) Stop Calling Me Frank,Greg Allen's Fringe Religion, Tsunami of Sound at The Square Root Roslindale

February 7 (Friday) Lucid Lynx, Above The Din, Luxury Deathrap, Heavy Hands at The Midway

February 8 (Saturday) Scuzzy Yeti, IL Mostro, Z/28 and Wrought Iron Hex at The Midway

February 8 (Saturday) Nick And The Adversaries (CD Release), Jason Bennett and The Resistance, Triggered at The Middle East Up

February 16 (Sunday) Stop Calling Me Frank, State of the Union, The New Frustrations, The Steamies at The Midway - matinee 3-7PM

February 22 (Saturday) Rum Bar Records Anniversary Show with The Dogmatics - 11:00 PM, Muck and the Mires - 10:00 PM, The Dirty Truckers - 9:00 PM at The Square Root

February 29 (Sunday) PowerSlut “Fun With Junk” Release Party...AND...Whistle Stop Rock Fest featuring The Chelsea Curve, Cold Expectations, Field Day, Heather Rose In Clover, Justine and The Unclean, Lockette, Kid Gulliver, The Knock Ups, The Shang-Hi-Los, and Tiger Bomb! EARLY show 3PM - Midnight

March 28 (Saturday) The Zulus at The Paradise

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007 Hundred Club
Photo: Blowfish
007 Hundred Club
007 Hundred Club
Photo: Blowfish
007 Hundred Club
007 Hundred Club
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