ONE WEEK FROM TODAY – OCTOBER 21, 2019 – THE HUSSY @ THE GREEK

Early heads up everyone. We’ve got THE HUSSY from Madison, Wisconsin. New album out on Dirtnap Records. 4 Piece Line-Up. Just played Gonerfest. On Tour. Checking all of the boxes. One of the most exciting live bands? Check check. Blew minds opening for Thee Oh Sees? Yes.

But this post and our next KLYAM show that we are Pumped for: THE HUSSY live at The Greek (Greek American Social Construction Club) in Union Square, Somerville (9 Bow St, Somerville, MA 02143) on OCTOBER 21, 2019. One week from today. All Ages. 8 PM Doors. $10.

Opening bands: Funeral ConeG. Gordon GrittyKind Budz 

A Review of KLYAM’s AMAM Noisefest Part 7

In the style of Blowfish

We headed to Trixie’s Palace for Kids Like You and Me (KLYAM)‘s A Mouth Is A Mouth Noise Fest Part Seven. KLYAM has been putting on underground – quite literally – noise fests for a few years now so we thought we’d go check it out.

We were greeted by what appeared to be AMAM Noisefest performers sitting on the lawn outside of the house concert venue. These friendly folks informed us that there was free pizza and beer inside of the home. Somebody said that the kids putting on the show directed the bands to load in at 5 PM, but nobody actually showed up on time. Anyway, we waited around a bit for the show to start.

Soundcheck kicked things off. This band is comprised of Chris from KLYAM on vocals, Brian, who will be performing two more times tonight, on drums and G. Gordon Gritty on mini keyboard.  There is a repetitive synthesizer loop in the background while the trio is playing. They played some bizarre song with the lines “I WANT A MILF” repeated and then maybe a couple of other quick songs.

Next up were Lindie and Con Tex. Two really talented guitarists playing off of the other. They might have been playing two totally different melodies, but it really worked. Picture a 10 minute long instrumental passage smack dab in the middle of a The Clean pop song. Those perfect kind of vibes. They looked at each other and decided that the set was over. We think they should play much more often in the rock ‘n roll circuit!

Next up was Brian, also known as >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>, UP UP UP, arrows, the drummer of Johnnie and the Foodmasters, the drummer of Soundcheck, the noise guitarist in G. Gordon Gritty. Among other things. Up Up Up is an innovative noise guitarist who constructs his own pedals, guitars, and peripheral accessories. He has played at other noisefests before. This time it is just him on guitar and he plays a variety of instrumental surf classics. He introduces the set by saying something like it’s summer. His style of playing is pretty percussive and the sounds very wiry, clangy, and fuzzy. He deconstructs Dale with his own signature attack, but not to the point beyond recognition. This is great!

Next up was DJ Tomorrow’s Achievements. His vocal-only set was broken into a couple of segments. Progressively depressing per the speaker. The first was a group exercise: we were to find someone we didn’t know and tell them the best thing that happened today. The exercise was to take five minutes. We didn’t participate, but most people did. After that DJ moved into throat singing. Singing or noise making. A long fart type of noise. But other noises, too. Next, he told a story of a prisoner who ate his own shit and the high costs of maintaining prisons. The atmosphere did not lighten up as everyone paid close attention to the speaker.

Lobotomizer from Pawtucket took the stage after DJ. Lobotomizer has a large speaker and a vast array of electronics perched atop a keyboard stand. Turning knobs. Glitching out. It’s hard to say if there were individual songs, but it might be safe to assume something like that. So many different sounds. Back when we were going to noisefests in the ’90s, we would see performers do stuff like Lobotomizer. Almost really really subtle dance music now that we think of it.

Next up was Healers Co. A duo with both players on electronics and tiedye projections in the background. We’ve seen them before with drums and guitar, but this set is notably scarier, more atmospheric, and more one-with-nature. The cornerstone of Healers Co. is intimacy and the open invitation to let your mind to wander. They occupy a flexible position in the weird world noise universe. We sure will keep an eye on them.

G. Gordon Gritty was next and again they were rough. A three piece this time with Brian from before on noise guitar, a gentleman named Kyle on drums, and Gritty on bass and vocals. Interestingly enough, GGG did not utilize wireless systems to execute this performance, as he had in recent times. There was a cover of Black Lips “O Katrina” and a rapid-fire out of tune/time burst of one or two lines from a half dozen or so songs  before the band got all wild and switched instruments mid-jam while GGG improvised a bit “Like A Stripper In Vegas” and called it a night.

Skull Urethra , a project of VomitBitch, ended the night with a grotesque, one-of-a-kind set. There were about a half dozen members of this collective. Add to that a tarp of fake blood, partial nudity, wrestling, and haircuts. That was just the performance piece of it. The music side of it was well orchestrated and in the general pedigree of noise. The crowd seemed to be in on what was happening and some found themselves suddenly a part of the act. The people in the band, so to speak, were doing their thing in a half circle around the space. The chaos was controlled and once it was over, it was over, but we all had never seen anything like it. No amount of recorded audio could capture this. So you’d have to be there. Interesting, huh!

G. Gordon Gritty – “The Official Theme Song of the Lil League World Series” (lost rehearsal version)

Long rejected from Little League (TM) as the Official Theme Song, that’s A-okay because this is the Lil League (No TM) Theme, and just in time for the start of the 2019 tournament – one Jeremy Barngrumbles unearthed a lost band rehearsal version. Drop your bats kids and pick up your instruments. Make some noise. Check below:

You’re 13
You’re the star of your team
Grown men say you’ve got good hits
You’ve got free pie, kid

When you return
You’ll hold babies
All because you’ve won the
Little League World Series

Bobby did you hear
Are you going to be there next June?
When your balls drop
You’ll turn 16 and then flop

When you return
You’ll hold babies
All because you’ve won the
Little League World Series

Interviews with KLYAM ahead of Rama Lama Ding Dong

Boston Groupie News and Boston Hassle recently chatted with us about our 10 year anniversary celebration Rama Lama Ding Dong. Click the links to check out the interviews and a 3 night pass to all three shows. The festival is happening this Thursday (Lilypad), Friday (Dorchester Art Project), and Saturday (Cambridge Elks Lodge). If you go for an advance ticket you’ll receive any KLYAM release of your choice!

KLYAM 10th Anniversary RAMA LAMA DING DONG

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Limited 3 day passes available for $30:
https://bit.ly/2wgIWMD

Night One – THURSDAY, JULY 11 @ LILYPAD (CAMBRIDGE, MA) — TICKETS —
Juan Wauters [NY], Boston Cream, The American Whip Appeal, The Glue
10 PM Sharp Doors – All Ages – $12-15 

Night Two – FRIDAY, JULY 12 @ DORCHESTER ART PROJECT — TICKETS — 
Thighs, G. Gordon Gritty, Kremlin Bats
8:30 PM Doors – All Ages – $5-10 

Night Three – SATURDAY, JULY 13 @ CAMBRIDGE ELKS LODGE TIX: https://bit.ly/2QoVVVV

Unnatural Axe, Nice Guys, Atlantic Thrills, Andy California, Johnnie & The Foodmasters
6:30 PM Doors – All Ages – $12

UPCOMING KLYAM SHOWS/RELEASES

SHOWS
Thursday, October 18 @ Lilypad – 10 PM Doors – All Ages, $7 to $10 Sliding Scale – Dumb Vision (Madison, Wisconsin), Boston Cream, Request Freebird, G. Gordon Gritty – A classic KLYAM show featuring our buds on tour from Madison, Wisconsin (nice city, nice bands that roll through Boston regularly) along with what could be described as an eclectic medley of supporting acts: Boston Cream has been known to incite spontaneous wild dances, Request Freebird unforgettable sing-alongs, and G. Gordon Gritty confusion. Dumb Vision splits the difference with their full-steam-ahead punk rock attack.

TAPES
American Whip Appeal
Nevermind tape – Mischief country/country glam trio originating in Newton, Massachusetts. We put our their Live In New York ditty a while back and they wasted little to no time congregating for a spontaneous ‘gospel’ record. The quotes are necessary; these kind folk spend a good chunk of their livelihood in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The Glue tape – The mysterious Glue, oft hailed on this very site as one of the most exciting NEW local bands, is getting together for a Last Chance record production. YouTube viddies and the irregular show have kept us satisfied, but imagine a tape of the hits? Cello, bass, keyboard, voice. Oozing passion. Get ready.

Bong WishSongs under a Minute tape – Stated best by Mariam: “These were all made on a PC computer from 2010-2011.. I had this generic program called “Sound Recorder” that only allowed you to record up to a minute..so that’s essentially why the songs are all under a minute. I also used headphones to record everything. Was heavily influenced by Guided by Voices and Beat Happening at the time. I was still in the process of teaching myself guitar, I didn’t know you were supposed to tune a guitar so I just played whatever sounded interesting to me.” If that’s not amateurism in its perfect nature, I’m not sure what is. This is a special tape.

The Migs tape – We’ve been sitting on a comprehensive Migs compilation for three and a half years. Waiting for just the right moment to release it to the world. It’s coming. You bet.

 

 

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.

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)

OPENING NIGHT – RAMA LAMA DING DONG – 4/28 – CLUB BOHEMIA

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Back in the day we used to have “Hopes and Expectations” before highly anticipated shows featuring our slimy favorites. With the Rama Lama Ding Dong, the theme surrounding it is the ultimate local show that we would want to see TIMES THREE. We are grateful to be curating an experience featuring bands we consider EXCITING performers in garage, noise, punk, surf, Rock and Roll.

Opening night is Thursday, April 28 at Club Bohemia in Central Square, Cambridge. Love it or hate it, we are in the former camp and have held several fun KLYAM shows in this dank basement of the Cantab Lounge.

To kick off the festivity, KLYAM will be DJ’ing starting at 8 PM. What will we play? Ass shakers, maybe some Jandek, sure maybe some Khan, some singles from the early 1950s.

My band and I, G. Gordon Gritty, will be starting things around 9 PM. I’m not a musician, we’ve never all together played in the same room and my last gig at Bohemia we cleared the joint of aging Rockers until all but Mickey Bliss remained. Come check it out!

Next up will be Mike Mountain. I met Mike in New Bedford, his glorious hometown, about one year ago. He is joyously unpredictable, confidently moseying the musical vernacular like a guy who owns 20,000 records and favorite band is The Thinking Fellas Local Union 282. Whatever form Mike strolls to town in, it will be somethin’.

Third on the dusty billing is Andy California, perhaps the only musician who is awarded pre-arranged accommodations at the incensed Bohemia Club.  Dude recently toured Europe and yup is THAT guy from The Monsieurs and Mardi Kings. In the California incarnation, he’s strumming away – bluesy stomps – and guess what you better be payin’ attention because he swirms and swims amongst the vulnerable crowd. Not some passive pensive slinger, Cali is the look you in the eye, real deal.

One, two, three and four – Second Becky. What do we know about Second Becky? It is a band coming courtesy of Victoria from GRAVEL. A two piece. What else do we know? We know it’s a band we ought to check out, a band you ought to check out. Find out more at the show!

HEADLINING are the heavies, the behemoths of the every second is a celebratory noisy freakout FUNERAL CONE. The hardest of cores playing the Ding Dong, we’ve been wanting these cats on a KLYAM show for a while and what better occasion than this, bringing this wicked evening of craze to a close.

Come early, stay late, you know. 21+. $8

G. Gordon Gritty’s “Still Not a Musician” Coming Out On KLYAM & BUFU/Release Show @ Club Bohemia (5/29)

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Flyer by Gordon himself

Yo what up freaks, KLYAM and BUFU are teaming up to bring you the latest release “Still Not a Musician” from Boston Outsider Rockin honoroller G. Gordon Gritty aka Gangbang Gordon. GBG is in the past, let the past be the past. I miss the name too, but Gritty is just as wiry and wholesome and weird and charming as the gangbang. In fact, it’s exactly the same and entirely different. Huh?

More on that later.Joining in on the slopfest are some of our favorites in recent memory. Waltham, MA’s The Shallow End Divers are opening up the festivities with their brand of balls out, no fucking around 60s garage rock ‘n’ roll – slime that would feel right at home at the Delta House. Fellow Bostonians, Underwater Bear Ballet share a similar fuzz fidelity and shake things in an even weirder direction. Rounding out the bill is Queen’s, NY’s own Tall Juan. You may have seen Juan playing alongside the shorter Juan, Juan Wauters in The Beets and in his solo work. Well, if you dig The Beets/Wauters, then you’ll freak out over Tall Juan’s similarly captivating, Ramonesian folk garage pop. Check out the dude’s latest music video for “I Like to Stay Home” (R. Stevie Moore) below. Directed by Beets vet Matthew Volz.

KLYAM & BUFU Present: G. Gordon Gritty’s “Still Not a Musician” KLYAM Records/BUFU Records Tape Release Show w/ Tall Juan (NY), Underwater Bear Ballet, The Shallow End Divers @ Club Bohemia (Cantab Lounge basement) in Cambridge, MA on Friday, May 29th!

This show is 21+ :( sorry kids. $8, 8:30 PM. COME OUT!
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