The BGN News Archive
December 23, 2013
This week we targeted Duck and Cover at Church as a desirable
gig. Some holiday party action delayed us and we missed the Duck and Cover
set. There wasn't even any traffic getting there; seems like the students had
fled the city for the holidays and as a special Christmas miracle the parking
lot in back of the club was 2/3 empty but that meant the club was also.
We caught OTP who had some nice qualities but overall I couldn't figure
out what they were trying to sound like. Nice bass player though.
Things turned around with The Drunk Nuns. Just the name perked my interest.
Unlike Smegma and the Nuns these guys don't dress in habits. The playing
was sharp and fast. The lead singer had a voice that gave character to the songs
and the songs themselves had differences so that they didn't run together and
all sound the same, a plague many groups have.
They also played homage to some influences, something we
like to hear. They had fun playing Cretin Hop by the Ramones and
then played one of my all-time favorite songs Where Eagles Dare by the
Misfits. At that point they had totally won me over. Listen to Mutiny
on the Microphone; it's a short 52 seconds that shows how they give
punch to the hooks.
The lead singer had lots of personality with plenty of friendly stage patter.
He jumped off the stage several times to join some moshing. Near the end the
bass player left the stage which seemed odd but they took the break to play
a Christmas song that was
on Saturday Night Live several years ago and evidently is becoming more
and more popular .
Then Santa came on stage! That explained where the bass
player went. They played a cover of Elvis's Fool's Rush In and
a few more songs with Santa-bass jumping around. I wasn't looking for it but
their joyful holiday antics were a spirit booster and we left very happy indeed.
Screw Cart is a new
group with Rico Petroleum of Kilslug and Mark Kennedy on
vocals Cheese Wheel
is a roller coaster hard rocker with wha wha and plentiful MF's delivered with
glee, it's both fun and scary. We're loving this big time.
Sam Black Church are doing a documentary - now that should be wild -
and they have a Kickstarter
campaign to help.
The debate still rages on over the proposition to make Roadrunner
the official song of Massachusetts. Joyce Linehan who has done lots of
things on the Boston Punk scene and is now connected to the mayor elect gave
some testimony in support of the song.
Los Saicos was a Peruvian rock act from the sixties that sounded so
raw it's hard to believe they were popular but they were and they now seem like
one of the pioneers of punk. This
is an entertaining 13 minutes long documentary.
So Johnny A. Wendell is spouting off on Facebook
we thought we'd include is latest post:.Rathskeller "The Rat" - Boston, MA......It's
the holidays and so people get a little nostalgic--cool. But you know what?
The worst thing about the "good old days"? I took them for granted. I took the
full houses at the Rat and Cantone's and the Space and Jumpin'
Jack Flash and Spit and the Peppermint Lounge for granted.
I took gigs with U2 and the Clash and Run DMC and the Ramones
and Cars for granted. I took the radio playing my songs for granted.
Because they were just THERE and therefore, would ALWAYS be there...Mercy. Now
there's nothing like that and you know what--it's WAY BETTER! Now, if 10 people
know "My Lesbian Friend" or "OK By Me" or whatever and sing along
with them, I appreciate it, because it's not a sure thing anymore. It's like
someone smiling and giving you a thumbs up for a song that moved them, because
that didn't exist at all for so long. Now, on the cusp of 2014, that I can even
play in public with other people and see people's faces light up when they hear
a certain lyric--that's awesome. Because it's a treat--not an entitlement. That's
why I love doing it again and don't wanna think about the 70's or 80's too much
anymore. Happy New Year.
There was a holiday surprise seeing Roy Rubinstein
up for a visit. He hit a few parties and wasn't long before he realized he had
come to Boston in the winter from his new Ashville home and maybe he should
revisit that strategy.
There's lots of talk and feedback about the Chronicle TV
show featuring Lets Go To the Rat. (click the link to watch the segment)
We were grateful to make the cut and get our faces on TV along with Willie
Loco, David Minehan, Terry Kitchen and Carl Biancucci. Documentary
maker Andrew Szava-Kovats made a big impression in his interview section.
Miss getting in this documentary? Next chance is the Women Who Rocked Boston
that Andrew is starting now. If you have info and want it in please step up.
Maybe you can also help his Kickstarter
The other film we eagerly wait for, The
Boys from Nowhere, is just about complete and is now waiting for the
legal end to clear up. Chris Parcellin has a article in the
Sunday Globe giving some info in preparation for the roll out of that documentary.
OH there's still time to do some late Christmas shopping!!!
Kitchen's book Next Big Thing with the Boston Punk scene 81-86 as a
backdrop is available on Amazon and at The Trident on Newbury Street
and Let's Go To The Rat which is available on True
Age Media's website...Holiday Bonus: Buy three items get one free!!! it
is also available at Newbury Comics stores.
Also Squallie Greenthumb of The Old Edison has had to stay out
of work because of back problems. He has no disability coverage so he's been
making a series of pay as you wish hip hop mixtapes to try and take care of
his back rent. The most recent one is a weed/christmas themed one ...so spread
and share some holiday cheer and help a brother out...You can purchase DissABillyDee
3: Fat Sack of Mistletoe on bandcamp and there's
more Squallie on Amazon as well...check that out too!!
Richie Parsons has a new CD coming out this week...its Richie's band The
Chord Rockers...with his Italian contingent...Astrid Dante (Miss Chain singer)
and Alex Vargiu....along with Frank Dehler of Unnatural Axe on Bass
and Jack Clark of Jerry's Kids and Unnatural Axe on Drums...this is an international
effort recorded in part in the US and in Italy...check it out here
and buy it!! And you could get one of 50 collector's edition pressed on colored
vinyl!! And you can preview
a song on You Tube!
And for good measure we'll also mention you can get Randy
Black and The Heathcropper's new CD Sky Goes Clear on CDBaby
OK...so here's some music coming up: And on 12/24 Christmas Eve there's
the traditional (and 6th annual) performance of The Slutcracker at the
Somerville Theater...this year its even more of a holiday spectacular
as Walter Sickert and His Army of Broken Toys starts the evening off...you
can buy tix here.
And of course the much anticipated show.....The Real Kids, The Nervous Eaters
and The Connection December 28th at the Middle East Down ....you know
there wasn't a lot of talk on Social Media about the Real Kids show in NYC....I
was wondering what the hell was going on...but here 's a great video of them
Kinds Girls at the Bowery Electric 11/23/13
I pity the poor fools who book a show anywhere else on 12/28 and it turns out
the Greg Allen show at Club Bohemia gig has been
postponed... they are thinking about some time in February. But Mente
is at the Plough this night too.
You have probably heard that Patti Smith is paying New
Year's Eve for the First Night event...this would be a great way to bring
in the new year...
And you can go Honky Tonkin' for New Year's Eve with Girls Guns and Glory
doing Hank Williams tunes 12/31 at The Lizard Lounge!! they are also
performing on 1/1/14
and Yikes we're now into the new year...and on Saturday January 4th there's
a show at Great Scott's with a brilliant theme..We Got The Beat -
A Boston Lady Drummer Showcase with The Monsieurs , Petty Morals, Apple
Betty, Post Modern Authors and Thrust Club
On Thursday, January 8th Club Bohemia has The Kenne Highland Clan
(8 pm), The GraveDancers (9 pm) and GrimeWave (10 pm) and Michael
Weddle's new band Climate Change (11PM) ....
Put this event in your calendar now folks - Monday March 3rd...Gail
C. and Babysitting Calamity Booking present The Sheckies, The Pity Whores,
Jimmy Jacked, The Labor Pains....not
only is it a great bill but Gail C will be having one of her fabulous bake
sales so arrive hungry, see a great show and leave with a wicked sugar high!!
Brian Young, Crash Course for Ravers, who has a whole career going
on as a 'host' will be the host at the Cracker/Camper von Beethoven show
at the Middle East on Friday January 17.
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