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New Documentary To Chronicle Boston's Garage Punk History

Posted by Billyjam, September 12, 2013 11:44am | Post a Comment

Boys From Nowhere: The Story of Boston's Garage Punk Uprising trailer 2013

The announcement over the past week via the above video trailer of an exciting sounding forthcoming documentary on the history of Boston garage / punk titled Boys From Nowhere: The Story of Boston's Garage Punk Uprising  got me thinking about all the great punk music that came out of Beantown - most of which I personally learned about via college radio and buying records like the compilation "This Is Boston Not LA." The documentary, that features the godfather of Boston punk (and punk in general) Jonathan Richman, looks like it will be really good and well worth seeing - especially for fans of music from this region. Below are a few live videos of three Boston bands featured in this new documentary. These include The Real Kids in 1982 live  on TV, the Nervous Eaters live in Cambridge, MA back in 1979 performing the songs "Degenerate" and "Loretta," and (from that same year) The Neighborhoods on a local Boston TV show when the pop hook driven band performed both "Prettiest Girl" and "No Place Like Home." For up to the minute updates on the documentary keep up on Facebook.


Nervous Eaters "Degenerate" & "Loretta" (Live, 1979)

Author, Musician & Lifelong Anarchist Mick Farren Died Onstage During Deviants Concert

Posted by Billyjam, July 29, 2013 07:40am | Post a Comment

Over the weekend British author, political observer, career anarchist, party animal, journalist, and musician Mick Farren - best known as the leader of the '60's counterculture rock band The Deviants - died on Saturday night (7/27) after collapsing onstage during a concert with his longtime band at London's Borderline club. He was 69 years of age. Pre-dating the British punk movement by a decade, The Deviants have been accurately described as the first true anarchist rock band. Following close in their footsteps were The Pink Fairies - the band that The Deviants spawned when formed by three other members in 1970. The Deviants, who first formed in 1967 and broke up in 1969, would get back together intermittently over the decades. There is a great quote by Mick Farren that has been circulating online since news of his passing surfaced in which he famously told an audience, "This is British amphetamine psychosis music and if you don’t like it you can fuck off and listen to your Iron Butterfly albums!"

Always a master of words Farren turned most of his energies to writing about music and culture back in the early '70s sometime after releasing his solo album Mona – The Carnivorous Circus, which included his version of "Summertime Blues" (below). He never gave up music completely but focused on writing primarily, contributing to such British underground, counterculture publications as The International Times, as well as (later) for such music mags as the NME and The Trouser Press. He has written dozens of books over the years including both fiction (fantasy lit been his forte) and non-fiction, including several books on Elvis Presley and his entertaining autobiography Give The Anarchist A Cigarette.  Up until recently Farren had lived in Los Angeles, where he wrote for the Los Angeles CityBeat from 2003 to 2008, before returning back to his English homeland a few years ago.

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New York State of Mind Amoeblog #30: The Met Celebrates Punk Rock, 5 Pointz Celebrates Hip-Hop, WTC's Observatory Deck, + more

Posted by Billyjam, May 8, 2013 04:45pm | Post a Comment

Compared to Bay Area, the weather in NYC of late has been overall pretty crappy with some nasty rainy days like today: overcast, wet, showery with highs only hovering around the 60 degree mark. Yep, for spring coming into summer this is not the most desirable weather, but it is another needed reminder for anyone living in or visiting that it is always good to carry an umbrella with you anytime in NYC (summer or spring) because it can switch up from sunny to stormy in an instant. Last Saturday, when the weather was mostly nice, warm, and sunny, outdoor events included a big free hip-hop jam at the season re-opening (after the winter) of NYC graffiti mecca 5 Pointz (pictured above), which was simultaneously the kick-off of the all summer long, four-month hip-hop event accurately titled Celebrating 40 Years of Hip-Hop. Yes, believe it or not is now four full decades since that fateful day back in 1973 in the Boogie Down Bronx when DJ Kool Herc's block parties would kick-start the global music and cultural movement of today known as hip-hop. The always impressive, decade old 5 Pointz Aerosol Art Center, which has been rumored to be facing eviction for some time now but reportedly is not in any danger for the next year, will continue its celebration of hip-hop between now and September 14th with most entertainment taking place on Saturdays (but note the area is open to public 24/7. Entertainers will include influential, legendary NY hip-hop DJ/producer Marley Marl spinning music and local emcees and beat-boxers holding informal battles - and, of course, lot and lots of graffiti art being done live. 5 Pointz Aerosol Art Center is located near the E and 7 train stops at 45-46 Davis St at Jackson Ave, Long Island City, Queens; 317-219-2685, 5ptz.com).

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Young Til They Die: 7 Seconds Play 924 Gilman Tonight

Posted by Billyjam, September 22, 2012 09:25am | Post a Comment
         


You gotta love a band like 7 Seconds who continue to gig and passionately play the music that they love three plus decades into their career - even if they have gone through several lineup changes and some musical style changes too over the years. The Reno Nevada hardcore punk band, who formed 1980, are playing 924 Gilman Street in Berkeley tonight on a bill along with Bastards of Young, Heart Sounds, and City of Vain. And based on reports of their recent shows they should kick some serious ass at tonight's East Bay show.

Above is a classic old school era live performance of "Young Til I Die" and below is a more recent performance by 7 Seconds from a European tour a few years ago when they did an inspired cover of a Sham 69 song. While some members have split over the years both Kevin Seconds and Steve Youth have remained consistent members of the band who, over their 32 year career, have released a lot of music that includes 15 albums and a half dozen EPs plus numerous compilation appearances. With the exception of some rare 7" EP releases by the band much of 7 Seconds catalog can be found in the three Amoeba Music stores (be sure to check the new punk section at Amoeba Hollywood).  You can also find some  online at the Amoeba.Com store  where you can cop such 7 Seconds albums on CD as Walk Together, Rock Together, The Crew (both on BYO Records), Take It Back, Take It On, Take It Over on Side One Dummy Records, and Old School on Headhunter Records.
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Tonight's Sept 22nd, 2012 7 Seconds headlined show at Gilman Street is at 7pm. It is
an all ages show. $12 at the door. Find 7 Seconds on Facebook


7 Seconds - If The Kids Are United (Eastpak Resistence Tour) (2009)

OFF! Play Free Show At Amoeba Berkeley At 4pm Today, Saturday May 12th

Posted by Billyjam, May 12, 2012 11:01am | Post a Comment

OFF! playing Amoeba Hollywood In-Store in October 2010

The West Coast hardcore punk super-group OFF! play Amoeba Berkeley today at 4pm but if you are a fan of this amazing band you know this fact already, probably attended their anticipated Slim's show last night, and more likely have already snagged your Amoeba wristband for today's free in-store show and signing line that follows which you got from buying the band's just released self-titled official debut album - simply entitled OFF!, on Vice Records at Amoeba (only 300 wristbands available).

Comprised of Keith Morris (Black Flag/Circle Jerks), Dimitri Coats (Burning Brides), Steven McDonald (Redd Kross), and Mario Rubalcaba (Earthless/Hot Snakes/Rocket From the Crypt) OFF! epitomize the term "super group" but unlike so many so-called super-groups who fall short of their collective parts - OFF! somehow manage to push the music to new heights. Simply put; OFF! are off the fuckin' hook! Truly an amazing band!

Around the time OFF! played Amoeba Hollywood (see concert video above + interview below of their October 2010 in-store at the SoCal Amoeba) Vice Recordings released the 4-record set OFF! The First 4 EPs (with artwork, like the just released LP, by Raymond Pettibon). I wrote about OFF! and their 4EPs for the Amoeblog at that time. And, since I am in the East Bay right now, you can bet your ass I will be over at Ameoba Berkeley today at 4pm for their in-store & signing. Note that the capacity of the Berkeley Amoeba is 300 people - hence why 300 wristbands were issued - and that, as of time of publishing this Amoeblog (11am on Saturday morning) there were still wristbands (which guarantee entrance) available.

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