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Meet the Bands: Township

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Township. They’ve been working out some great new tunes at the Midway Cafe, during their Woodshed Series, including a game show theme song.

Word on the street is that their excellent recent release Light Years is going to be out on vinyl soon, which, in our opinion, is the perfect way to experience these recordings.

The best way?  See them play it all live!!!

 

 

We may have just hypnotized you.  In that case, think of sweet, sweet guitarmony and don’t forget to grab you tickets! They’ll be sharing the Middle East Stage  with Watts, Unnatural Axe and Fireking.  Should be an amazing night!!!

 

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These are the droids you’re looking for. (Hidden: Jedi James Rohr. See if you can find him!)


Meet the Bands: Gymnasium

photo by JustBill

photo by JustBill.net

If you have a group with these fine folks, you just know it’s going to sound amazing:

Rod Van Stoli
Charles Hansen
Jonathan Screnci
John Sheeran
Melissa Gibbs

One part Aquanutz, one part Township, one part Kinks and one part Brown Boot gets something that sounds a bit like this:

Gymnasium bring their awesome rock to Crash Safely’s first night!  It’s shaping up to be a huge party, so make sure you’re front and center!

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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 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.


When will we hear who’s playing?

So, what’s new with Crash Safely? It seems like I haven’t been teasing you as much this year with updates and news, and there are a few reasons for that. So  I’ll  bring everyone up to speed.  Sound good?

no spoilers!

Hint: This guy’s not playing any of the nights.

Q: OK, so who’s playing the shows this year?

A: How does this sound so far? The Luxury, Watts, Gene Dante and the Future Starlets, Muck and the Mires, Fireking, The Phil Aiken Army, The Sprained Ankles, Township, Gymnasium, Tom Baker and the Snakes and White Dynomite.  I’m still working out some other folks and who’s going to be playing where, when.

Q: That was my next question. When is this? 

A: Don’t worry, it won’t happen during Boston Calling, but there will be a date in mid-September (either 9/18 or 9/19), 10/17, 10/23.

Q: What’s the holdup? You’re usually letting me know all of the details by now.

A: Well, it’s a few things.  Some of it has to do with scheduling, but most of it has to do with my work.

Q: So, you weren’t working before?

A: No, I just wasn’t working for myself  before. Time is tight when you’ve got multiple clients and multiple deadlines.  I had a few desk jobs before, and that allowed me to sneak some CS work in between  bouts of unyielding depression  tasks.    I’ve also picked up managing the social media for the Midway Cafe, and just scheduling those posts can take quite some time.  Yes, I’m the person tweeting coffee memes at you every Monday.   #sorrynotsorry

I’ve also had some more medical issues I’ve needed to take care of, and that means scheduling, haggling, and generally taking on a third (fourth?) job as a professional patient, essentially. That’s another reason I’ve been working for myself.

Q: Oh.

A: That’s not a question.

Q: What venues will these shows be at?

A: I’ll confirm our definite dates:  September will depend on a few  particulars.  10/17 is at the Midway Cafe. 10/23 is at the Middle East Upstairs.

Q: Can I dress up for the 10/23 show? That’s like, almost Halloween.

A: Go for it! Actually, if you do, swing by the raffle table and we’ll give you two free raffle tickets.  Maybe more if you manage to rock a perfect replica of Immortan Joe and/or Toecutter or an actual, classic Jem character.

Yikes.

Maybe even more if you manage the combo.

We shall not speak of that horrific live action trailer.

We shall not speak of that horrific live action trailer.

So there’s been a lot of things going on way behind the scenes. I’m hoping to have the lineups announced soon (it’s seriously very close).  After that, it’ll be back to the usual bombardment of show/band/prize/MS information.

I also promise to grab some pop culture references that are younger than 20 years old for the next blog post…