The KLYAM blog is certainly back – cool to see some OGs taking note. Thanks to BCN for the shout out in its Platforms section! The Compass has been guiding Boston eclectics to underground/off kilter music, art, and more for over a decade. The Compass started off as a mere page of show listings, but has expanded into its current lengthier newspaper format.
Check out the April issue online here: https://issuu.com/bostoncccompass/docs/bcn_final145_apr22
So you had a ball last night at our first DJ night over at the best bar around – State Park in Kendall Square? Same. It’s long been an institution, but the People Playing Records series is knocking it out of the Park as an opportunity for amateur music enthusiasts & disc jockeys to spin their heart out. We’re grateful to be a part of the mix! Speaking of which the crowd is quite the eclectic mix of students, tech millionaires, punks, pool sharks, loan sharks, friends, and first dates. The staff is friendly AF. Shout out to them.
Here are the songs/sets that we played:
Glen: Lee Hazlewood – Califa (Stone Rider), T. Rex – The Slider, Ananda Shankur – Jumpin Jack Flash, The Tail Gators – Rock ‘n’ Roll Till the Cows Come Home, Danyel Gerard – Sexology, The Hawaiian Singers – Bali High
Chris: The Earls – Remember Then, The Mighty Hannibal – Love is Funny, The Lids Something to Do, The Mummies – (You Must Fight to Live) On the Planet of the Apes/White Caps Part I
Glen: The Barbaras – Summertime Road, Giorgio Murderer – Beat Up the West Coast, Swell Maps – International Rescue, Swingers Resort – Hit List, The King Khan & BBQ Show – Zombies, Ty Segall & Mikal Cronin – I Wear Black
Chris: The Phantom – Love Me, The Novas – The Crusher/Take 7, The Triumphs – Surfside Date/Susie in My History Class, Please Seekers – What a Way to Die
Glen: Paris Hilton – I Want You, Tracey Trance 10th & Stone Lane, Beat Happening – Noise, The Beets – Broken English, Saralee – Lead the Fire, Thee Oh Sees – I Was Denied
Chris: The Cavemen – Nightmare/Over You, The Donnas – Let’s Go Mano/Last Chance Dance, The Reatards – I Lie Too/She Don’t Know
Glen: The Savages – Born to Be Wild, Bound & Gagged – Black Sand, The Hawaiian Singers – The Hawaiian Wedding Song, Swell Maps – Hey Johnny, Where’s the Chewing Gum? T. Rex – Spaceball Ricochet, Tracey Trance – Feelin’ the Sun
Chris: Dion – I Wonder Why, The Dreamers – Because of You, The Students – Everyday of the Week, The Velvets – Tonight (Could Be the Night), Trampoline Team – Kill You On the Streetcar/False Fiend, The Wongs – Get Away/Let’s Go to Outerspace (Baby)
Glen: The Tail Gators – Cajun Honey, The Barbaras – Topsy Turvey Magic, Giorgio Murderer – I Ain’t Doing So Hot, The King Khan & BBQ Show – I’ll Never Belong, Ty Segall & Mikal Cronin – Ramona, The Beets – For You
Chris: Beat Happening – Red Head Walking, Adam Green – Friends of Mine, Atlas Sound – I’ll Be Your Mirror, Best Coast – Sun Was High (So Was I), Cyrpress Hill – Insane in the Brian
Glen: Paris Hilton – Stars Are Blind, Thee Oh Sees – Warm Slime, Mohammed Rafi – Jaan Pehechaan Ho, Saralee – Jackolantern House, Saralee – Bugs in My Coffee, Charlotte Leslie – Les Filles C’est Fait
Chris: Marie Marie – Do You Do You Brush Your Teeth? Mickey Bliss – Cocktails for Two, Cyndi Lauper – Time After Time, Generation X – Dancin’ With Myself, Nots – Virgin Mary, Anemic Boyfriends – Fake ID, Icky Boyfriends – Frank’s Mom/Muffin, Euromilliard – Indolore, The Kingsmen – Louie Louie, From – Chase Me Up a Rhubarb Tree, Fire Heads – Sleep At Night/Hardly There, Mudhoney – Sweet Young Than Ain’t Sweet No More, Bukkake Boys – Elite/Self Interest/Invisible Boundaries/Female Dog, -1 – Hate is a Faucet/You Lack Direction/We Guilt This City/Policin the Scene/Social Justice/Negative One, Smith Westerns – Irukanji/Crabman, The Jades/Lou Reed – So Blue/Leave Her for Me, John Trubee – A Blind Man’s Penis, Connie Lingus – Fuck Me Forever, The Teddy Bears – To Know Him, Is to Love Him, The Elegants – Little Star, The Cryin’ Shames – Please Stay
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!
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!
Our first time seeing Jay Reatard live! 10 years ago today. We were disappointed because he only played for 30 minutes. And he called all of us in the audience “boring fucks”. The horror!
On a side note – there’s a YouTube poster Reatard Live who has recently compiled a bevy of Reatard-adjacent (solo, Reatards, Lost Sounds, Bad Times, etc) live videos. Thank you to Reatard Live for all of these viddies, which as you can imagine, we at KLYAM can not get enough of. Jay’s influence on KLYAM may, without exaggeration, be one of the most prevailing.
2018: Nice Guys, Banana, Blue Ray, Pleaser – O’Briens Pub
2009: Jay Reatard, TV Smith, Pretty & Nice – Harper’s Ferry
2016: Trim, Pool, Grutch, Alto!, Off Land – Industry Lab; Puzzle Mansion, Midriffs, Tomato Dodgers, Bourgeois, Wydyde, Lady Pills – Theives Grotto
2013: Fat Creeps, Nice Guys, Bleeding Rainbow – Great Scott [REVIEW]
Four years ago today we celebrated our 6 Year Anniversary. In two weeks time, we’ll be wilding out for three nights in a row (July 11, 12, 13) to celebrate our 10 years. This is a PSA that advance tickets are available and encouraged so a slip-up like being turned away at the door doesn’t happen. Stacked lineups. every. dang. night.
2017: Ava Luna, Birthing Hips, The Craters – Great Scott
2016: Wendy Alembic, Alexander, Fat Shuggy, Will Henrikson – No Berry; International Noise Conference with Trim and many others – Visible Hand/Hassle Space
2015: Kids Like You & Me 6th Anniversary Party featuring The Barbazons, Nice Guys, Atlantic Thrills, G. Gordon Gritty – Middle East Upstairs
In the 10 years of KLYAM, we’ve never seen a show on June 28. Good, if not great, shows have passed us by on this day. I imagine. Maybe the trend will end in 2019!
Gritty’s Songs of the Week – June 28 – July 5, 2009
Calabria by Enur – Watch/Listen
Funky Munky by Northside – Watch/Listen
Gun in the Sun by Wavves – Watch/Listen
Help You Out by The Go – Watch/Listen
Pickpocket Song by The Ponys – Watch/Listen
Little House of Savages by The Walkmen – Watch/Listen
2009 – KLYAM begins!
2014 – Fat Creeps, Littlefoot, Snow Wite, NU Depth @ Lilypad
2016 – The Cavemen, Nice Guys, Sun Young, Personality Girls @ ZuZu; Fat Shuggy, The Forgotten Jam, Skyjelly @ Middle East Corner
Limited 3 day passes available for $30:
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