We painted the town red last Wednesday at State Park! The tech bros were offended by the noise, but most people seemed to enjoy themselves. As always the staff was wonderful. Here’s what we played:
Chris’s Set: Nice Guys – Jamaican Vacation/Medical Envy, Sector Zero – Guitar Attack, Spodee Boy – Big Spud/III/Sterile World, Uranium Club – Sun Belt
Glen’s Set: Children of the Flaming Wheel – Waves, Staches – Great Depression, Gremlins UK – You Lie in a Park, Nots – Floating Hand, Fagettes – My Girl Looks Like Johnny Thunders
Chris: The Spits – Tonight, Los Saicos – Demolicion, The Outsiders – Summertime Blues, The Banshees – They Prefer Blondes, The Crystals – He’s a Rebel
Glen: Giorgio Murderer – Theme From Star Trek, The Ar-Kaics – Make You Mine, Curtis Mayfield – Nothing Can Stop Me, Patty & the Emblems – Please Don’t Ever Leave Me Baby, John Fred & His Playboy Band – Judy in Disguise
Chris: The Dreamers – Because of You, Colleen Green – Y Do You Call Me?, Saba Lou – Until the End, Coloured Balls – Heavy Metal Kid, Vomit Squad – Amon Ra Bless America/Burning With Beelzebub
Glen: Fats Domino – When My Dreamboat Comes Home, Elvis Presley – Patch It Up, Ray Coniff & His Singers – Somewhere My Love, Jim Croce – Bad Bad Leroy Brown, Pastiche – Austin Lunch ???
Chris: A Clockwork Orange OST Side 1: Wendy Carlos – Title Music from A Clockwork Orange (From Henry Purcell’s Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary)/A Deutsche Grammophon Recording (Rome Opera House Orchestra conducted by Tullio Serafin, Wendy Carlos – The Thieving Magpie (Abridged) (Gioachino Rochini)/Wendy Carlos – Theme From A Clockwork Orange (Beethoviana)/Wendy Carlos, A Deutsche Grammophon Recording (Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Ferenc Fricsay/Wendy Carlos – March from A Clockwork Orange (Ninth Symphony, Fourth Movement Abridged) (Beethoven)/Wendy Carlos – William Tell Overture (Abridged) (Rossini)
Angry Angles – Stab You Dead, You Call it Love, Ausmuteants – Fed Through a Tube, Young Identifiers – Threats, Public Execution – SS Brigade, The Press – Alcoholic
Glen: Paris Hilton – Stars Are Blind, Johnny Cash – Get Rhythm, Capes of Good Hope – Shades, Neil Diamond – Sweet Caroline, Exposé – December
Chris: Madonna – Material Girl, Mudhoney – Touch Me I’m Sick, Insults – Just a Doper, Electric Eeels – Spin Age Blasters, Black Abba – Betting On Death
Glen: Pscience – X-Ray Eyes, Charles Beverly – Don’t You Want a Man Like Me?, The 5th Dimension – Don’t Cha Hear Me Callin’ to Ya, Barbara Carr – Messing With My Mind, Charles Beverly – Hollywood
Chris: Five Discs – Never Let You Go, Fats Domino – Blueberry Hill, Bobby Darrin – Mack the Knife, Rosie & the Originals – Angel Baby, Rolling Stones – Lady Jane
Glen: Jay Blackfoot – The Girl Next Door, Dean Martin – Return to Me, The Minutemen – Slopping Around ????. The Vagrants – Rescue the Sea, The American Breed – Bend Me, Shape
Chris: Butthole Surfers – Cowboy Bob, The Legendary Stardust Cowboy – Relaxation, The Shaggs – Philosophy of the World, Little Sports Car, Toxie – Newgate, Three Degrees – When Will I See You Again?
Glen: Children of the Flaming Wheel – Trenches
Chris: The Tempos – The Closer You Are, SOA – Public Defender, Gonna Have to Fight
Glen: Paris Hilton- I Want You
Chris: Best Coast – So Gone, That’s the Way Boys Are
What up creeps. It’s been a long time since I’ve been on here rapping about your favorite bands, my favorite bands. Why should all those other writer twerps take away my spotlight? I’ve been, we’ve been busy… we threw down more shows than ever this year and attended many more. Here’s a list of my favorites, you’ll see a lot of the same names. You may even choke on your own vomit because you’re so sick of reading about the same bands over and over again and there’s no mention of Pile or Krill. Too bad freaks! Let’s go…
10) NOTS, (New England) Patriots, Ursula, Germ House @ Club Bohemia (October 23rd)
Jason Trefts (Illegally Blind) knows how to curate a stacked bill and that’s an understatement. But, this show right here is a chief example of his undeniable efforts. We KLYAMERS were beyond ecstatic when our beloved Memphis punkers in NOTS journeyed to our second home – the 100 capacity Club Bohemia in Cambridge, joining forces with local favorites Ursula and (New England) Patriots. New Mexico’s Germ House was a pleasant introduction as well. Dark, dank, and head spinning. Sounds like a regular night at Bohemia.
Flyer by G. Gordon Gritty
9) The Monsieurs, Atlantic Thrills, Feral Jenny, ACLU Benefit @ Lilypad (January 24th)
2015 is truly the first year we’ve consistently put on shows in Boston and this was one of my favorites. There was a snowstorm that night and the show was facing potential demise. Glen and I grabbed a beer at The Druid and as soon as 10:00 PM rolled around we headed over next door to the Lilypad to get ready for the show, expecting a sparse crowd. Quite the contrary my friends. As ACLU Benefit’s baritone vocals roared through the art gallery I was greeted with snowy friends and strangers alike. Each band turned it up a notch and I hold them all near and dear as you probably know. For what it’s worth, ego aside, I think this was one of the finest and most diverse bills all year. Where else have you seen The Monsieurs and ACLU Benefit on the same bill?! I could go on and on… Feral Jenny rocks. RIP :( and Atlantic Thrills are longtime homies. I hope to see and book more shows at Lilypad in 2016.
8) The King Khan & BBQ Show, Milk Lines @ Middle East Downstairs (November 19th)
To paraphrase something Mark Sultan said during the show, it’s a rare night when the stars align and you can see Nobunny and The King Khan & BBQ Show in one night. We did! But, I’ll get to the bunnyman later on. KKBBQ. Damn, we’ve been able to count on them to provide relentless, passionate rock ‘n’ roll entertainment for many years now. They are the best at what they do; soulful, punk infested doo wop. If you closed your eyes and didn’t know any better you’d probably think there were a whole bunch of fuckers up there. Nope, just two. I dug Ryan Major passionately singing along to their cover of Johnnie Thunders’ “You Can’t Put Your Arms Around a Memory” and King Khan dedicating “Lonely Boy” to one Gangbang Gordon. “Ladies, they don’t call him Gangbang Gordon for nothing.” Haha, they don’t win PC punk points and that’s fine by me.
Photo by Madison McConkey
7) The Barbazons, Earthquake Party, Jim Leonard, The Double Buscemis @ Theives Grotto (November 7th)
I’ve seen my fair share of Barbazons/Fagettes shows and probably your fair share and his fair share and her fair share and your snake’s fair share and you get the picture. They are a KLYAM staple, duh. This one stands out as one of the feistiest, sweatiest, and most fun. The Grotto is often the best place to see a band. Sidebar: Theives Grotto, best venue in Boston. Give it up for those kids. The picture above says it all: Melanie hanging from the pipes surrounded by a sea of doe eyed boys and girls. You can’t make that shit up.
Flyer by Jesse DeFrancesco
6) Nice Guys (tour kick off), Creaturos, The Mardi Kings, The Double Buscemis @ Grandma’s House (August 21st)
We said fuck off to all of our least favorite Nice Guys, which is all of them for me. I hate them all equally. Beer cans and bottles were flung, you crazy fuckssss I TRUSTED YOUUUUUUU. Basement shows can get wild sometimes and this place is pretty teeny tiny, so we were all smushed together and it was perfect. Creaturos set the bar high as always, don’t fuck with those guys or you’ll get a knuckle sandwich. Mardi Kings (they were Marty Kings at the time, what’s the scoop there?), damn that’s my jam. Those fuzzy bubblegum poppers, got all the crazy kids dancing hysterically. I too was not afraid to die, for a second. Anddd The Double Buscemis, this was my first time seeing this local duo. A couple of straight shooters; short, scuzzy rips about not wanting to be a fuckboi. Don’t. Keep your eyes peeled for these hellions in twenty sixteen.
Flyer by David Fowlkes
5) Nice Guys (‘Chips in the Moonlight’ EP Release), The Monsiuers, Slow Jerks, Black Beach @ Club Bohemia (February 12th)
I could make a list of my top ten Nice Guys shows in 2015, but then I’d just be sucking their dicks wayyy too hard and I’d rather save up all of my energy for 2016, sorry gentlemen. This list is pretty close to that anyway. You’ll see those fine boys on here again, trust me, I trusted you… This show was special, because “Chips in the Moonlight” is their finest release to date as far as I’m concerned and this was the perfect celebration for the occasion. Club Bohemia is the KLYAM haus, as you probably know and I love seeing the place packed to the gills, which is rare. Cheers Al Slounge.
Flyer by Jim Leonard
4) KLYAM 6th Anniversary Show featuring The Barbazons, Nice Guys, Atlantic Thrills, G. Gordon Gritty @ Middle East Upstairs (July 1st)
This was a massive love fest. Truly humbling and heartwarming. We were surrounded by all of our friends and favorite bands and I couldn’t have asked for a better anniversary party. The Barbazons set felt like it was being played just for us. I loved how they had us request each song before they played. They opened with my favorite Barbazons/Fagettes number, “Catholic Riffraff & The Allston Amazon.” Melanie shouts “I thought it was a hangover, but it’s my heart.” Well, the next morning, it was a hangover!
Poster by John Magnifico
3) Boston Fuzzstival @ Middle East Upstairs & Donwstairs (August 6-8th)
Several of the shows featured on this list were Illegally Blind shows and many more were attended by yours truly. Illegally Blind is run by Jason Trefts, a true mentor for KLYAM and a pillar of the Boston music scene. Fuzzstival is an annual event that brings various artists and fans together to build bridges within the community. The fest is a microcosm of what Illegally Blind/Jason does every day. This year was especially significant because it stretched across three days and featured 34 bands – 18 on the final day with sets shifting back and forth from the Middle East Dowstairs’ main stage and a little side stage near the bar area. It was incredible seeing so many great people and hearing the city’s fuzziest freaks all in one room. A positive vibe we can aspire to going forward.
Flyer by TJ of Midriffs
2) Nobunny, The Monsieurs, Nice Guys, Gymshorts @ Middle East Upstairs (November 13th)
This was a bruiser, but it was totally worth it. Nobunny is KLYAM’s top dawg, errr bunny. Seriously our favorite current live act. We go wayyy back ked, way back to 09 ked. Eight shows deeps and this was one of, if not, thee best. The bunnyman had some help from some of New England’s slimiest too. Stacked bill if I ever saw one.
Art via Rocket Science Audio
1) Gonerfest 12 @ Hi-Tone, Murphy’s, and Bucaneer (Memphis, TN from September 24-27th)
I can’t believe it either, we made it to Gonerfest! A dream six years in the making. Goner Records has always been a favorite of ours; just look at our vinyl collections. We hold Memphis in our hearts, bbq on our faces, and beers in our bellies. It was an amazing experience as a whole (first time in the South) roaming through literal rock ‘n’ roll history. The fest itself featured numerous incendiary bands, too many to mention them all. Highlights for me included Pookie and the Poodlez, Nots, Ty Rex ( Ty Seall T Rex cover set, got some sweet champagne poured in my eyes), Giorgio Murderer, Obnox, Sweet Knives (Alicia Trout fronted Lost Sounds cover set), Ar-Kaics, Quintron, and Nobunny (duh). What is special about Gonerfest is that the bulk of the attendees are non-locals. Like ourselves, most festers traveled from all over the world just to see some good old fashioned rock ‘n’ roll. We met folks from DC, Kentucky, Washington, Finland, Australia. You name it. We even met some Boston peeps, shout out to Tom! As monumental as the fest is, it’s still relatively small when you think about it and that’s not a bad thing. It’s cool to think 1,000 (or less) freaks from all over the globe are gathering to drink beer and geek out over some underground bands. It’s rock ‘n’ roll camp, that’s all you need to know.
There you have it. 2016 be my baby, be my bitch, you’re next.
Very, very excited to unleash this fresh batch of gunk for all you punk slimers out there. Somerville’s finest Future Spa have slithered their way into the KLYAM family and soon to be your family when you pick up their latest EP “Girl” (KLYAM-008/co-release with Bob Records) at the ill release show tonight (11/20) at Out of the Blue Too! You can also pick it up from the KLYAM online store: http://klyam.bigcartel.com/
Tomorrow night (Saturday, October 3rd), we blast back to 1964 with golden oldies oders Johnnie and the Foodmasters, garage slingers, The Shallow End Divers, and the fiercest pups in town, Drug Dogs. KLYAM DJ set in between bands!
Alright, alright, alright. Better bust out your dancing shoes for this one. KLYAM haus nut G. Gordon Gritty is kicking things off foist with his outsider rawk swagger. Field of Sheep (a new EDM project from ACLU Benefit/FIRST and possibly LAST club show!) will be non stop euphoric commotion, locomotion, and pure emotion. Só Sol will keep the momentum going with their signature brand of Latin folk dance. Bum Candy (FIRST SHOW! members of Future Spa and Flat Swamp) closes the evening with some rancid garage punk that would make Ty Segall and Lou Reed and all of their cronies puke all over the place. MMMMM Good.
Our friendly neighborhood, KLYAM Records superheroes in Nice Guys are hitting the rocky road all the way to Californy starting tonight. At the old Grandma’s House you can say good riddance to your least favorite Nice Guy and say hello to your friends in Creaturos, Marty Kings, and The Double Buschemis. Check out the rest of the tour dates and a new music video for “Beerflip” off their upcoming tape WSM (Gnar Tapes) out 9/3/15 below.
Dayemmm, been waiting for this one for a long time! Kids Like You & Me is teaming up with Monday night guru Rad Castle to bring you one helluva rock ‘n’ roll show and keep the weekend’s festivities going on! Surf rock slimers Beware the Dangers of a Ghost Scorpion, KLYAM Records mega stars Electric Street Queens, and garage punk party animals The Shallow End Divers fill out this NOT TO BE MISSED bill. Starts at 10 and it’s FREE! It’s fixing to be the sexiest show all Summer long…
Come out to Out of the Blue Too tonight to witness the holiness that is the Nice Guys/Free Pizza split out NOW on BUFU Records. KLYAM is teaming up with BUFU to present an epic show tonight in honor of this momentous event. Joining Nice Guys are (New England) Patriots, Power Masters (Providence), Jim Leonard, and our very own G.Gordon Gritty!
$7, 8PM, ALL AGES. Be there or be somewhere significantly less fun…
Head down to Armageddon Records in Harvard Square to pick up copies of the latest KLYAM Records releases: The Barbazons – Avec Plaisir (KLYAM-005) and G. Gordon Gritty – Still Not a Musician (KLYAM-006)!
ALL previous KLYAM Records releases are also available at Armageddon as well as Deep Thoughts in Jamaica Plain and The Traphaus in New Bedford.
Welly welly well, we have quite the weekend in front of us here at KLYAM. Tonight (7/24/15), we’re throwing down hard with a show at Club Bohemia (Cantab Lounge basement) featuring Dinoczar, Idiot Genes (Tim’s last show), Rosie and the Rosies, and The Forgotten Jam. It all kicks off around 8:30 in Central Square, Cambridge. $8, 21+. See you there!
FB Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1422773584718508/
Tomorrow (7/25/15), I (Chris) will be yapping my mouth off and playing some songs – both KLYAM Records homies and just some good ol’ fashioned KLYAM beloved homies – on WEMF’s Sleeper Radio show. Tune in to http://sleeperradio.com/live around 12 PM tomorrow to hear all that punk slimy goodness.