The BGN News Archive
Neighborhoods at the MET
Photo: John Keegan
Saturday (Dec 12) John Keegan hit that Neighborhoods show at the Met.
John said the crowd was wound up really tight even before the Hoods got on stage
and when they did it all broke loose. He came back with the usual great photos.
Also some on Neutral Nation who opened up the show.
On Monday the BGN got an invite to the Middle East Holiday
Party. We always knew they had one but never made it. It turned out to be
a warm gathering. Nice people, some we knew and lots we didnt, and plentiful
food. The Sater brothers were there greeting everyone. John Keegan was
like a professional society photographer and took photos of anyone who got near
him. There are lots of photos of people we don't know and we are looking for
names to caption the photos. So, check out our page on that. If you are in their
or know someone in there shoot us an email at MissLynBGN@yahoo.com.
Later in week Blowfish hit the Middle East Up to hear some new bands: Phantom
Rides is a post-punk riot grrl outfit from Easthampton, MA. The music was
raw. I liked their punk spirit. One song had the lyrics: My body is
a black hole, I have babies by State control that put their politics
right out there. I think they did well in the studio listening
to the songs on their Bandcamp page
I knew nothing about the Big Ups. They are from NY, NY and describe
themselves as Punctual Punk, Nerdcore, and Post-Ponk and I think they are right.
Generally its art rock.
The thing that got me though was the lead singer. He was an attention grabbing
front man. He was a thin nerdy guy who was all over the stage. There were no
usual rock star moves he was more loose and rubbery, then sometimes jerky. All
the while he would be mugging. There was a little Jerry Lewis there.
It never got too jokey because many of the songs kicked into
displays of anger. As a singer he would half talk, sing and then scream all
in the same song. The trio behind him could dish out the crunch or set up a
math/art rock backdrop. They often stopped on a dime after building an intricate
structure; very impressive. This song is a good representative of them:JUSTICE.
Now I want to see them again. A good find.
The Big Ups
In other news.....
When hes not playing in the Brigands Mike Stewart is also now
part of the team on WMFOs
On the Town with Mikey Dee.
Store 54 has a HUGE
vinyl sale until the end of
2015.....December 31st that is...and you know how cool vinyl is.....so get one
over there! Check out the FB
Here's some exciting news!!! New Reddy Teddy Release - the "lost"
album from 1974 "MERCURY RETROGRADE" (downloadable from
CD Baby - soon on Itunes)...read on.....
In 1972 Boston's Reddy Teddy was brought to New York City's Mercury Records
Studios by A/R man Paul Nelson to record a demo and play a few showcase gigs
at the Village's Mercer Arts Center. Ultimately the demo led to this heretofore
unreleased 1974 full album recording now titled "Mercury Retrograde"
- a hindsight reference to the experience. And what an experience it was. Nelson
had just signed the New York Dolls and his eye went to the talented Matthew
Mackenzie and Reddy Teddy. In comes the Left Banke's Michael Brown
(hits "Don't Walk Away Renee", "Pretty Ballerina") at the
production helm. Brown's cameo keyboard ("Novelty Shoes") and his
uncle and father playing strings on "Crazy Jane" connect Reddy Teddy
and the Left Banke in a special way. Yes, the father and uncle played on the
Left Banke hits too - there is some rock n roll trivia for you! Anyway, the
story goes that perhaps the Dolls were not bringing home the bacon ($) for Paul
Nelson (a good guy) and Mercury as well as other excuses (cost of petroleum
and vinyl shortage?!!!**#). Perhaps they were afraid Reddy Teddy would sell
too many records? No matter, you have it now. Reddy Teddy headed back to home
sweet home in Boston to continue open playing steady weekend gigs at the Boston
rock clubs...so now you can hear these awesome tunes!!: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/reddyteddy5
Here's some good shows coming up this week.....
December 21 (Monday) Chanticlear,
Duck and Cover, Quiggs, Oh The Humanity and The Offwhites are at
Opus Underground in Salem. (FB
December 22 (Tuesday) Duke Levine
is playing at Atwood's and Wayne Viens is celebrating his birthday there!!
Happy Bday WAYNE!!!
This year the Might Mighty Bosstones have decided their shows should
feature all old school Boston garage and punk bands!! This is a AWESOME and
most wonderful idea!! Here are the line ups:
December 26 (Saturday)
Hometown Throw Down with the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Neighborhoods
and The Upper Crust at the House of Blues
December 26 (Saturday)
4 PM to 6 PM - Randy Black and the Heathcroppers will be performing at
the Plough and Stars in Central Square, Cambridge.
December 27 (Sunday)
Hometown Throw Down with the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Real Kids and
The Queers at the House of Blues
And out in the future we have.....
December 28 (Monday) Hometown Throw Down
with the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Outlets and Stranglehold at
the House of Blues
December 28 (Monday) Shiny Beasts, Dippin'
Sauce and Classic Ruins are at The Midway
December 31 (Thursday) New Year's Eve Party
at The Plough and Stars with Today Junior
December 31 (Thursday) New Year's Eve at
O'Briens with The Scrooges, Quiggs and Gaskco.
December 31 (Thursday) New Years Eve Celebration
with Hallelujah The Hills, The Barbazons and Milk at Great Scott
December 31 (Thursday) At The Midway they
are staying true to their QUEERAOKE!!! Women's Dance Night - All are welcome
- ring in the new year with The Midway folks!
January 2 (Saturday) The Petty Morals
celebrate their newly released EP Marked Women at Great Scott
along with The Organ Beats, Watts, and Stars Like Ours
January 2 (Saturday) Tsunami of Sound,
Black Souls and Shiny Beasts are at Sally O'Brien's
January 3 (Sunday) Roy Sludge is
at State Park in Kendall Square this is a regular evening show.
January 8 (Friday) My Own Worst Enemy,
When Particles Collide, Overlake and Gene Dante and The Future Starlets
are at the Midway
January 9 (Saturday) Mr Airplane Man
and Vapors of Morphine are at Atwoods
January 15(Friday) Thee Sonomatics
and The Black Souls are at Beatnik's, Worcester (433 Park Ave)
January 16 (Saturday) The Fathoms,
Tsunami of Sound and Richie Parsons at the Midway
January 16 (Saturday) Roy Sludge
is at Sally O'Brien's - this is a 6PM show.
January 16 (Saturday) OC45, Point Blank,
Meat Depressed, The FUs at Koto in Salem.
January 17 (Sunday) an afternoon show
4- 8 PM at The Midway with Trusty Sidekick, Black Souls, The First Supper
and The Jiblantos
January 22 (Friday) Goddamn Draculas,
Red Sky Mary and Watts are at Johnny D's
January 23 (Saturday) Brian Young's
A Crash Course for The Ravers with feature Nancy Neon and Friends. 91.5
January 29 (Friday) The Dictators -
NATUR - Neutral Nation are at The Parlor Newport, Newport RI (FB
page for more info)
January 30 (Saturday) The Dictators
- Lenny Lashley's Gang of One - Nick and the Adversaries - Neutral Nation are
at Great Scotts
January 30 (Saturday) Lyres, The Paul
Collins Beat and the modifierS are at The Middle East Up. BUY
January 30 (Saturday) Reddy Teddy
is playing at a 10 Jam for Ink Jam Tattoo in Arlington . 6-10 PM at the Knights
of Columbus, Arlington MA. Check out the FB
page for more info.
February 17 (Wednesday) Poison Idea,
Child Bite, The FUs, LIVVER and Profit Margin at The Midway
CONTACT US AT....firstname.lastname@example.org - Send us your gig listings, your news
and anything else ya got!!
The Big Ups
Angela Marinus, Jay Allen and Cyndy Doll
Photo: John Keegan