Remembering The Black Lodge (Lower Allston)

Chris Reminisces on Black Lodge w/ Gritty Chipping In

The first time I ever heard of Black Lodge was September or October 2012. The Migs were playing there and we were huge Migs fans. I remember writing on the calendar that The Migs were playing Black Lodge. We had already been to houses in Allston, but I remember keeping the name Black Lodge on the backburner. On KLYAM we used to keep a Boston Venue Guide and we put Black Lodge on there because of The Migs show. I never heard about it for a while after that. Over the course of 2013, we got to know Nice Guys and Miami Doritos. A lot of times when we were in the Allston area we would show up to the house and just hang out. You could just show up and hang out. Not necessarily texting or calling. Like when you were a kid in the neighborhood.

In November 2013, Nice Guys and Miami Doritos performed some songs for us in the basement. These would be the ones included on the splifft 7″ we did with them. The first show I saw at The Black Lodge was the BBQ in August 2014.

Gritty: It’s wild that the Girlpool show was the first show I saw there. 

We crashed there so many times after shows. A lot of waking up early, hitting the train, and going to work in the morning.

The Girlpool one is interesting because they became such a big band. For their set, I was on the couch in the living room. Comfortable there. Heard the music from below. I was really couchlocked and didn’t feel like moving at all. It was a great show overall.

The first two KLYAM A Mouth’s A Mouth Noise Fests were there. We didn’t know what to expect. We had come off the Rama Lama which was way more conventional. It was awesome that Black Lodge was a home for the fests. People were grilling. People came out.

My favorite show (I’m biased) is the Foodmasters, Cavemen, Birthing Hips, Candy Miami, Steamtraktor show. It was such a weird fun show. It was the inspiration for the noise fests. It was the last show I went to before starting a big boy job.

Black Lodge was a home away from home. If we needed a place to crash or hang out. Not to mention the shows. Seven years is a really long time for anything, but for a showhouse that is a really long time.



#29 – April 13, 2019 – The Swettes, Cult Fiction, Broadband,Bloom

#28 – April 6, 2019 – The Cavemen, Patty Melt, Andy California, Nice Guys

#27 – October 20, 2018 – Nice Guys, Datenight, Crimps, Werewolf Jones

#26 – February 9, 2018 – Nice Guys (tour kick off), Love Strangers, Julep, Pleaser

#25 – October 27, 2017 – Devo (Nice Guys), Joy Division and New Order (Dazey and te Scouts), Bratmobile (Dump Him and Cam Girls), Black Flag (Cult Fiction and Nick Owen)

#24 –  August 26, 2017 – Forgotten Jam, Zebu, Jarva Land, Scream Castle, Gnards [Conrad’s going away party]

#23 – August 11, 2017 – The Cavemen, Horse Girl, Nick Owen, Karman Voh

#22 – August 4, 2017 – Birthing Hips (tour kick off), Blacker Face, Nice Guys

#21 – July 8, 2017 – Haag, Don Gero, Rust Promoter, Nice Guys

#20 – May 19, 2017 – Black Beach, Cool Ghouls, Beach Toys, Littlefoot

#19 – May 13, 2017 – Nice Guys, Meat Dreams, Banana, Nick Owen

#18 – February 24, 2017 – Nice Guys, Bong Wish, ZEBU, Jarvaland

#17 – December 10, 2016 – Kal Marks (didn’t play :( ) Littlefoot, Cende (didn’t play :( ), Pope

#16 – November 27, 2016 – Birthing Hips (tape release), Stephanie Germaine, Olivia WB, Hot Dirt

#15 – November 4, 2016 – Nice Guys, Black Beach, Mad Doctors, Rye Pines

#14 – October 29, 2016 – Beware of the Black Lodge: Raygun Against the Machine, “The Cramps,” Cult Fiction and Nick Owen as Black Flag, Thee Cavemen (James Chance and the Contortions)

#13October 8, 2016 – Kids Like You & Me Presents A Mouth is a Mouth Noise Fest Part II featuring Id M Theft Able, G. Gordon Gritty, Asher Tuil, Mike Mountain, The Craters, Disembowelment Choir, Negative One, Orgins

#12 – August 26, 2016 – Nice Guys, Drug Dogs (last show), Idiot Genes, A.D.U.L.T, Tim

#11 – August 6, 2016 – Gravel, Fake Surfers, The Cavemen, Cosmc

#10 – July 16, 2016 – Nice Guys, Ursula, Cavemen, Heartbreaker, Birthing Hips

#9June 17, 2016 – Nice Guys (as Crust Hunks), Love Cop, Beach Toys, Funeral Gold

#8 June 11, 2016 – Kids Like You & Me and Couch Present A Mouth is a Mouth Noise Fest: The Cavemen, Puzzle Mansion, Meat Dreams, Fenner, Wendy Alembic, Gangbang Gordon, >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

#7 – April 15, 2016 – Nice Guys (tour kick off), Pucker Up, Gravel, Stumpf

#6March 25, 2016 – Dog, Dust From 1,000 Years w/ Bad History Month, Pucker Up, Cat Throw Up, Dial Up – Black Lodge

#5 – February 13, 2016 – Hands and Knees, Lady Pills, Mardi Kings, Big Buck Hunter

#4 – January 30, 2016 – Johnnie and the Foodmasters, Cavemen, Birthing Hips, Steam Traktor, Candy Miami

#3 – September 4, 2015 – (New England) Patriots, Ursula (tape release!), Dog, The Cavemen, YRRAP YRRAP, Tomato Face 

#2 – October 21, 2014 – Saralee, Slutever, Girlpool, Miami Doritos, Ursula 

#1 – August 16, 2014 – Nice Guys (LAPD Tape Release), The Televibes, Beware The Dangers Of A Ghost Scorpion!, Beach Toys, Creaturos (3 piece), Chandos

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