FALL FESTIVALS/SHOWS (9/28 to 10/7)

SEPTEMBER 28 to OCTOBER 1 GONERFEST 14 – Memphis, Tennessee – Simply stated the best rock ‘n roll festival in existence. Line-ups featuring some of the more exciting groups from all over the world. Headlining this year (Thursday night) is our Boston brethren, late ’70s punk heros and one of papagiorgio’s favorites – Unnatural Axe. Friday night headliners are some Aussies called feedtime and Saturday night we’ve got Derv Gordon (of the Equals). But those night time Hi-Tone shows are like dessert during this bender with weekend afternoon shows at Memphis Made and Murphy’s. And there is nothing like strolling into the famed After Parties at 2 AM. In between all the music there is so much to do and so little time. This is Memphis and there is still time for you to hitch a flight and check out what we rant and rave about every year.

SEPTEMBER 28 to SEPTEMBER 30 Boston Fuzzstival 2017 – Boston, Massachusetts – One of our favorite local festivals for a few years now, this three day event is in its 5th year, and is curated by the trustworthy Jason of Illegally Blind. Bummer it has to be the same time as Gonerfest, but what can you do. Expanding beyond the primarily garage/psych niche of the initial runs, these gigs are jam packed with local up-and-comers alongside mainstays.

OCTOBER 6Johnnie & The Foodmasters/Dylan and the Ded Beets/_HighlightReel/Picnic Lunch – Cambridge, Massachusetts @ Club Bohemia – As you know, every now and then, or maybe “most of the time,” we KLYAM like to throw some weird shows. This is one of them – almost like a mini/smelly club version of our Mouth is a Mouth Noise fest. New Bedford’s PICNICLUNCH is an offkilter outfit, ramshackle, maybe but maybe not put-together post punk cubed. Happy to have them up for this one! Going further down the odd rabbit hole is _HighlightReel. We know jackshit about experimental (dance?) music, perhaps our most deviant foray since Field of Sheep graced Club Bohemia’s presence at one of our shows a couple summers ago. Dylan and the Ded Beets might be playing their first show? It might just be a one man band? Sounds like a deranged early Ty Segall or the reincarnation of the Maine Coons. Yup. The mystery can’t wait much longer. And the “two year anniversary” of Johnnie & The Foodmasters. You’ve seen the name, maybe you’ve seen them. There is the intersection of the musical and the nonmusical, bla bla bla but for the less descript – there is the proliferation of oldies, good time tunes. Love us, hate us, bye!

OCTOBER 7 – Crocodiles/St. Pe/Boston Cream/Second Becky – Cambridge, Massachusetts @ First Parish Church. Former lead guitarist of Black Lips stepped away from our favorite group a couple years back and turned his focus to his own music, which he had called The Fixed Focus, but is now known as St. Pe. He kept Fixed Focus for the name of his first album which dropped earlier this year. Now Ian is on the road, touring with poppy noise advocates Crocodiles. We’ve been tracking St. Pe ever since he casually released a music video for a song called “Movin On Up” in 2011. He was like a recklessly wild step-brother in the Black Lips with primetime quotes and a ubiquitous friendly spirit. His new stuff seems to be dialed back a bit, but rest assured this Ian guy is one helluva performer that we’re pumped to see play once again. And we’re pumped to see Boston Cream, a bonafide local music supergroup, as well as Second Becky, who we last saw play at Night 1 of the first Rama Lama Ding Dong.

 

Band Recommendation: American Whip Appeal

It’s been a quick minute since we have continued the tradition of band recommendations and actually, it’s been a quick minute since we have written anything of any kind on this very site. Just honesty right there. And a perfect segue for a talk on American Whip Appeal.

There’s a lot that can be said about this group from Boston. A lot of history. But for most of you folks out there in the world, this might be your first taste of the American Whip Appeal crew. The band is relatively new or old, whatever. All I know is I first saw em play a circa Thanksgiving rip roaring, Nattie Ice drinking, house show set. Gee whiz almost one year ago. That was Dylany, loose and probably more country.

Recordings have emerged. In fact, Stop & Freak is the group’s first full length effort, available right now digitally through Bandcamp. It’s been over a month and dare I might suggest I accumulate multiple daily listens? I will. I am a full on, out in the open, appreciator of these cool, boppin tunes. Listening I get this feeling of camaraderie among the group and an intimacy (not sure if they are the same thing). This is what it is like for me to listen to my favorite groups. From the performance – just last week opening a show at Deep Thoughts – to the ragged sound of the recordings, this is “what’s up”.

I was almost going to name this article, respectfully, Anti Country. American Whip Appeal and I hadn’t one drink in my system that night. I’m not talking out of my ass here. James Coarse (vocals/guitar), Hannah Barbarian (bass), and Buck Palace (drums/guitar) are doing their own realest rock, bizarre in content and presentation, and groovy and fun. That’s where the anti-comes in; Coarse is ,probably unknowingly, flashing some Adam Green showmanship and comedy. He’s been in the game probably just as long – approximately since the infant years. But at the same time THIS IS SOME SERIOUS STUFF. BUT IT’S NOT. Ah I don’t care, I like singing along and not knowing what I’m saying because that experience, or hyperbolic version of a semblance of some actual-ish events. Story telling and totally pleasant, awesome, etc – musical accompaniment from all directions. This is what I want out of it all. Thanks American Whip Appeal.

And that brings up a good point – we put together a show that is happening real soon in fact – THIS UPCOMING MONDAY AUGUST 21 at ZuZu in Cambridge. 10 PM. featuring American Whip Appeal, The Maje, a gentleman whose music I have positively diatribed in a similar fashion as above for a half decade or so – his band Love Strangers, and of course, the royalty of noise pop immediacy, Earthquake Party. Great starting point for all!

NEXT KLYAM SHOW: Proud Parents – MAY 22nd @ ZUZU (W/ Peach Ring, G. Gordon Gritty)

We are very excited to announce our next show! It is May 22nd (10 PM), another fantastic Rad Castle Monday night event at ZuZu in Central Square, Cambridge. Proud Parents from Madison, Wisconsin, and on tour!, are making a stop here and we are lucky to hear them perform! I am sure many of you remember a couple of years ago, The Hussy (also from Madison) played an unforgettable set at ZuZu. Our pals Heather from The Hussy plays drums/sings in Proud Parents and Tyler from Fire Heads – who were all set to play ZuZu until a bad snow storm hit – plays guitar/sings in the band. Please head over to their bandcamp and enjoy their infectious pop rock ‘n roll. I insist!

Also playing are firebrands and frankly one of the most exciting groups to emerge out of Boston in the past six months or so — PEACH RING. I would head on over to YouTube where the micro-legend Front Row Person has filmed them on a few occasions, including our Feb 4th gig at Club Bohemia.

Lastly – G. Gordon Gritty – hasn’t shown its (my?) sloppy head(s) in these parts since September. Grab your musical handbook, a pair of scissors, and a lighter.

Announcement: NEXT KLYAM SHOW – Feb 4th @ Club Bohemia

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We are kicking off our 2017 show series in what can only be described as TYPICAL KLYAM FASHION. We let you off the hook in January, but look at this one. Saturday February 4th at Club Bohemia. Yup, the downstairs of the Cantab Lounge on the edges of Central Square in Cambridge. We’ve thrown several shows at the palace of Mickey Bliss.

You read that right, too. It’s the return of Johnnie and the Foodmasters. Who? The KLYAM House Band. The wildest, noisiest devotees of the golden oldies era of rock and pop music. There is the Yin and Yang dynamic of the clean and professional and the raw and amateur. It is a sight to see and with tremendous bias, I can say that.

We’ve curated an all-star lineup in support of the Foodmasters return: JIM LEONARD. Rock and roll juggernaut, back from Scotland. He’s been doing his thing for years, in a variety of iterations. Top notch on record, top notch live. THEE CAVEMYN – back to the basics rock and roll. Primitivalia as I have termed it. Boom doom BOOM. That riff. The line-up has seen many varieties, fuck I even used to react in it, but this latest one is a contemporary Boston underground supergroup featuring members of Nice Guys, Big Buck Hunter, Birthing Hips, and a newer group that is playing this show – PEACH RING, another contemporary Boston underground supergroup. We’ve never seen them, but oh we’ve heard them and we are excited for the noiseeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!

KLYAM will be spinning records and I might introduce the bands in some MC capacity. 21+. $8.

See you there!!!!!!!!

NEW BOSTON WEIRDO ALBUMS OUT: BIRTHING HIPS / FAT SHUGGY

WEIRDO has been a musical term of endearment in Boston for decades but anyone attending shows, especially in our underground spaces, these days knows there are some real out there performers. Transcending rock ‘n roll motifs, deconstructing deconstruction itself, this stuff just about affords itself no description. Your average music writer will look for existing references and fuck I’ve been guilty of it myself… we all trying to comprehend and make sense of things, forgive me here. But here I present you with two fresh albums, from two names you might recognize, via shared line-ups, collaborations, friendships, etc, etc, etc: BIRTHING HIPS and FAT SHUGGY.

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BIRTHING HIPS recently released their debut full-length NO SORRY. Nine tracks, nine instantly familiar numbers. In the best combo that I have seen, they combine what the ?????????????????? with noisy/dying guitar attacks, hardcore punk and children’s music. There are sour bubblegum moments and jazz beyond free moments. These triumphant contrasts, jeeze. Unreal.

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Not every music community has a Fat Shuggy. The entrail princess. I’ve seen Shuggy in quite a few incarnations probably dating back to one year ago. There is no performer that I have seen in that time that challenges the audience as much as Shuggy. Or dismembers them. Confusion and shock. But in the end, this is a musician that just does. With a variety of unorthodox instruments and voices and sometimes alone. It is not nicey nice. It is graphic, rated R. Experiments of noise and the spoken word. Revada Casah Enoy Reve is not something that anyone could have conjured up except for Shuggy, working in its own universe. Its own sound collage. I’m sure Shug could repeat these improvisations note for note, if Shug wanted to.

A KLYAMMER’S GUIDE TO A MOUTH’S A MOUTH FEST PT. 2 (Sat. 10/8/15, Black Lodge)

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A Mouth’s A Mouth Fest Part 2 – no lofty goals of unifying a scene or showcasing the greatest talent in noise around these parts. Not quite. The idea is a fun, autumn afternoon into the night intimate, dank festival outside of the tame curated world of pop and rock musics.

PERFORMING @ THE BLACK LODGE….

(-1) – Featuring a cast of long-time Boston weirdos with band associations that’ll make any one who has been paying attention to this town’s heavy, loud, and experimental rock ‘n roll of the past decade, that’ll make these people perk up in joy. Members of Bugs and Rats, Particulars, Exusamwa, Needy Visions. Guess the people. Anyway, Feeding Tube Records just released their debut 7″ and its a screechy hardgory winner. (Listen)

ID M Theft Able – Storied sound artist from Maine – if you like to research shit beforehand, go ahead now and type in ID M Theft Able into YouTube and get ready to be transported. This performer need not any electronic get-up to perform his noise, though these aids may factor in somehow. (Listen)

Fat Shuggy – Chances are you have heard or seen one Fat Shuggy in some incarnation or another, perhaps in his solo habitat as entrail princess. Who, what, when, where, and why, all things we are trying to still figure out. The entrail princess is a bit like a beast trapped inside of something very small, trying to escape. There is not a traditional way out. Halloween’s approach makes all the sense for this one. (Listen)

Mike Mountain – New Bedford master of the theater of the absurd. Quite possibly the most unpredictable of this bunch – he can and has dabbled in whatever he damn well feels like. (Listen?)

Asher Tuil – Somerville scaper of the ambient, the lush, the spacey, he’s been at it for a good chunk of time,  even was written about in the Boston Globe a couple of years back. A strap yourself in, relax, and enjoy, experience. (Listen)

The Craters – Perhaps the most traditional group on this billing, the baby of Wes from The Channels, The Craters are a different animal than that ‘un, maybe in some spots comparable to the output of early Deerhunter, but with a penchant to explore deeper and more experimental realms. And with a prolific amount of homespun music on the web…you can endeavor to explore all of it! (Listen)

Orgins – New (art school?) kids on the block. Are they just messin’ with us? An ole fashion purposefully hellraising eyeraiser? Listening Man? We’ll give ’em a shot. Oh wait, they don’t take themselves seriously. Nice! JAZZY. (Listen)

G. Gordon Gritty – The man who destroyed music – me! And my band. Apparently our last performance at ZuZu was “tight” and “better than ever” — what will this one be? I just got back from Gonerfest, but I’ve been on a methaphorical Gonerfest since 2009. What? Okay, see ya. (Listen)

FAT CREEPS are BACK! Playing Lilypad This Friday (9/2); Released Two New Songs

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are back!!!!!!! A brief history lesson for those who don’t know and some reminiscing for those that do: sometime in the year 2011, Gracie and Mariam from the North Shore of Massachusetts formed a band called Fat Creeps. Their first show was at Bangkok Paradise restaurant in Salem, Mass. FC earliest stuff is primitive, raw, no wave. Just some friends having fun was the vibe – whether wearing a helmet at the Elks Lodge in Cambridge or covering Louie Louie at the OAH Hall in Peabody (these were pre-KLYAM attending shows, by the way). And we picked up on that from the very first time we saw them at O’Briens. Which was April 13, 2012. I believe it was the band’s first show with Jim on drums. As Chris wrote:

” Kids need to hear Fat Creeps! Their energy and attitude is always present. I recognize some of the songs, which I want to point out as another trait that separates Fat Creeps from most bands I see: their songs are easily recognizable. I only had to hear some of the songs once for me to remember them tonight, a rare quality indeed.”

Thus began being super fans. If anyone recalls, four years ago, we went on a bender of their shows, seeing them every chance we could. Writing about each one on this very site. And others were taking notice as well; I remember reading an article about them on The Metro as I took my train ride to work. They self-released their debut EP that summer. This album blew us away and inspired us to start our own record label, KLYAM Records, to release it on 10″ vinyl. Around that time Feeding Tube put out a 12″ featuring “Dad Weed” and “Daydreaming.” In 2014, their first full length LP Must Be Nice came through via Sophomore Lounge.

Come to their first show since Fuzzstival 2014 — FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 10 PM, at LILYPAD in Cambridge!!!!!!!

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Oh and to stir up your excitement even more, the group has posted two new songs to their BANDCAMP. “IN LOVE” and “MAN IN THE WINDOW”. Check ’em out!!!