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A little too quiet..

It’s been fairly quiet here at Crash Safely this year, if you haven’t noticed.  So what gives?

A few things, actually.  There are really only two people behind the scenes at CS, and we’ve been doing it for five straight years.  I’ve pretty much given up my birthday for that long, so the selfish part of me would like it back (thank you very much).

Maybe not quite like this.

Maybe not quite like this.

The other thing is that I have been editing videos for the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Casual Fridays series, and the first one happens to fall on a night I would usually book for Crash Safely. I essentially double booked myself, six months in advance.

 

By the way, you should totally go to Casual Fridays- ticket prices are reduced, there’s free food before and after, and you can mingle with orchestra members. If you sit in the “tablet” seating, you can see my work.  (You can subscribe to Casual Fridays, too!)

While I’m doing that, the Night Ridah has been called back into drumming duty with Shiny Beasts. They’re playing a ton lately, but if you haven’t seen them yet, here’s a taste:

 

Also, The Figgs are on tour! With mighty team captain Pete Hayes out with the Figgs, the Maybe Sump’ms won’t have enough time to train for the ride, let alone get the shows together.

The Figgs

So, while we won’t be seeing you for Crash Safely this year,  come see us! I think we’ve got a wide variety of options to choose from- see you soon!

 

Meet the bands: The Dents

Who are The Dents?  Well, seeing as you asked:

Jen D’Angora (aka Jenny Dee), Vocals and Guitar. Michelle Paulhus, Vocals and Bass. Craig Adams, Guitar. Kevin Pickering, Drums.
Now that we’ve got that out of the way…

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photo by Eric Law

What do they sound like?

We’ll let the music do the talking…. here’s “Better Off”:

They’re heading to the Midway on 10/17 with the Sprained Ankles, Muck and the Mires and the Phil Aiken Army!  You don’t wanna miss this lineup!

Tickets  $10, 21+.

We’re on WMFO this Tues!

We’ll be guests on Skybar Lusardi‘s show  on WMFO this Tuesday at 8pm!  He’ll be spinning tunes by all of the bands involved in Crash Safely, and Amanda will be on hand with some tracks and all of the information about both nights (including the proper ways to sway the raffle in your favor).

Just don't get grounded throwing lightswitch raves beforehand.

Just don’t get grounded throwing lightswitch raves beforehand.

Listen in at 91.5 FM or online!

Muck and the Mires

Meet the Bands: Muck and the Mires

Many of the bands who play Crash Safely are ultra, mega busy.  However, our local garage rock heroes, Muck and the Mires, will be coming to Crash Safely from from a very busy schedule overseas….

In case you didn't know.

In case you didn’t know.

If you follow them on Facebook, you’ll already know about the wondrous inventions they have discovered (spiral escalators!).  You’ll also know that they’ve been around the world, spreading their cool stage clothes and amazing garage rock sound.    If you’re new to the world of Muck, here’s a great introduction:

Muck graces the Midway stage on 10/17, with The Dents, The Sprained Ankles, Gymnasium and The Phil Aiken Army!   Grab your tickets for what’s sure to be a mucky great time!

2015 Lineups!

Poster by Smitty!

Poster by Smitty!

10/17/15 Midway Cafe (21+)

Tickets

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10/23/15 Middle East Upstairs (18+)

Tickets

 

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Roddy Piper

On Roddy, Wrestling, Rock and MS

If you’re friends with musicians, look around your social media feed(s) right now.  Chances are good that you’re being swamped with photos and memorials for Rowdy Roddy Piper, the original pro wrestling Bad Guy. He was instrumental in the Rock and Wrestling thing that exposed many of us to the over-the-top wrestling characters. Piper was a big influence in my life as well, and quite possibly the reason I was able to survive a near daily barrage of threats and violence that today get lumped neatly into the word “bullying.”  I had a jacket airbrushed with his logo and it became armor in a way for me.  People left me alone, rather than try to figure out why I suddenly was sporting jacket that said HOT ROD in lightning script on my back. Later on, some of my very best friends were made based upon my ownership of a Piper T shirt. Roddy Piper had a lot to do with how things panned out for me…

More influential (especially on my pick of sun protection) was They Live, which featured this classic scene:

News of Piper’s death hit me hard, and last night, The Night Ridah and I started looking up some of the classic Piper clips online. Eventually, we came across the infamous “whack Captain Lou over the head with an award” clip.

What was the award for?

Fundraising for Multiple Sclerosis.

Captain Lou’s brother died of MS and Lou became very involved in fundraising, getting Cyndi Lauper involved as well.  At the time of the whack, it was announced that they had raised over 2 million dollars for MS.  In the 1980’s.

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So, yeah.  That was a time when there were no MS medications. None.  The best a patient could hope for would be some IV steroids every so often for flairs and a sympathetic physical therapist. (Go ahead and make that steroid and wrestling joke.)

All of this comes on the heel (ha) of the first official lineup announcement for Crash Safely- 10/17 at the Midway Cafe.

The Midway, last night, hosted the B.L.O.W.W.- the Boston League of Women Wrestlers.

The Midway, where I used to write music reviews  with fellow Roddy Piper fan Joe Coughlin.

Here are the details for 10/17:

$10, 21.  Tickets: http://midwaycafe.com/our/details?id=101710  Le Facebook event

Starring:

The Sprained Ankles

Muck and the Mires

The Dents

The Phil Aiken Army

Gymnasium

Maybe someone will be cheeky enough to cover this tune:

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some answers to alter.  Someone changed the questions again.

 

Night 3 Round up!

Township

White Dynomite

The Field Effect

TRiPLE THiCK

Animal Hospital

 

All hosted by Jake Jampel and D-Tension!

 

Up for grabs ONLY at this show:

Jillian’s after work party for 20!
Grafton Street/Temple Bar/Russell House Tavern gift certificate!
OtterBox gift certificate!
Somerville Grooves gift certificate!
In Your Ear! gift certificate!
Artwork by Melissa Winter Weiss!
Tickets to the The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston!

 

 

 

Also:  The Alex and Ani bracelet set will be auctioned off tonight!

Alex + Ani set

The winner of the Gibson Les Paul auction will be able to take the guitar home tonight before Township’s set!!!

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The other auctions will continue through Saturday afternoon, so make sure you place your bids on:

Studio time, including full day sessions at the Bridge Sound & Stage, Q Division, New Alliance, Zippah, or with Matt Girard, music video production, time with Dave Minehan, and mastering at Peerless, New Alliance East or Galaxy Park.

Date Night:  A combination prize featuring Odyssey Cruises Boston and Sheraton Boston Hotel

What’s included in that prize?
A dinner cruise for two on the Odyssey (worth about $230!) and a hotel room for two at the Sheraton Boston (worth about $300!). You don’t have to use them on the same night. Also, you can give these as gifts if you happen to know someone who would really, really love these!!!

 

A trip to Cancun for 5 days/4 nights!!

 

Grab your tickets and plot your winning streak at the raffle/auction table!

Don’t forget!!!

All of the proceed for the ticket sales, raffle, silent auction and The I Want You’s single, “Blame It On Tomorrow” go to the National MS Society.

 

 

Meet the Studios: Galaxy Park

Galaxy Park Studios in Watertown is run by Richard Marr. For many Boston bands, he’s the go-to for getting their new record out!

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The Dents, Toxic Narcotic, Mach 5 and The Rudds have all done work with Richard, and you can, too!

Get 5-10 tunes mastered by Richard at Crash Safely’s silent auction!  Hurry!!!  This auction ends on Saturday morning!!!

Meet the Bands: White Dynomite

Who is White Dynomite?  Your friendly neighborhood punk-soul explosion team, of course!

White Dynomite

We’ll let them introduce themselves:

 

Like Township, they’ve got a love for “found footage” videos…

 

 

We’re in for an amazing night of rock on Friday night! Better grab tickets now!

Wanna sound like the Dynomite?  Then don’t forget to put a bid in for the Gibson Les Paul we’re auctioning off!  The winner will be able to take the guitar home Friday night after White Dynomite plays!!!

 

Meet the Bands: The Field Effect

The Field Effect, like all of the Crash Safely bands this year, have been crazy busy!

photo: Johnny Anguish

photo: Johnny Anguish

They were at SXSW earlier in the year, played the Do617 party, released a cassette single and played the WERS birthday bash.

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They’ll be at CMJ  right after they’re done with us at the Middle East Upstairs.

 

Catch ’em on the final night of Crash Safely with TownshipWhite Dynomite, TRiPLE THiCK and Animal Hospital!

It’s all hosted by D-Tension and Jake Jampel, and after the Field Effect’s set, we’ll find out who gets to take home the Gibson Les Paul Future Tribute!

 

Grab your tickets!