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WMBR Pipeline! at 25 presents 50 Years of Boston Rock

Mistle Thrush

Mistle Thrush

In the 90s, I was in my 20s and much more familar with the Boston music scene. My favorite 90s Boston bands were MISTLE THRUSH [I think they thanked me on an album] and FUZZY. I dated the lead singer of The Gravel Pit. I loved Orangutang and The Cavedogs. So when I heard that WMBR’s Pipeline! would be putting on all these cool shows for its 25th anniversary I got terribly excited and nostalgic. If you don’t know these bands you’re way too young and too hipster for your own good. Sorry there’s no Tribe show. loved that band too. These bands were and are the Boston music legacy.



I can’t say it better than the press release:

Cambridge, MA (August 3, 2014) ¬- WMBR’s Pipeline! show (airing every Tuesday evening 8:00-10:00 with host Jeff Breeze) today announced the dates, venues, and band line-ups for the 50 Years of Boston Rock festival this fall. These bands from decades past come roaring into the present day, among them: The Remains with their stunning garage beat and The Freeborne rediscovering their psych virtuosity from the ’60s; Reddy Teddy and Willie Alexander & The Boom Boom Band bringing back the pre and proto-punk sounds of the ’70s; Stranglehold, The Dogmatics and the F.U’s delivering early ’80s punk proper and hardcore…and later in the decade O Positive and Big Dipper representing the burgeoning indie-rock scene; Gigolo Aunts, Fuzzy, and the Dirt Merchants nearing the millennium with their ’90s indie-pop/rock brilliance; and finally The Sheila Divine and The Charms, arriving in the 2000s, recasting pop and garage verities into their own thrilling style. This is a half century’s worth of the Boston music underground…and this festival revisits a good chunk of it!

50 Years of Boston Rock takes place from Friday, September 12 – Sunday, October 12 at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston, The Middle East downstairs in Cambridge, the Brighton Music Hall, the Regent Theatre in Arlington, and Cuisine en Locale in Somerville, a new ballroom-like space with a capacity of 425. There are current plans to add a 14th night to the series.

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the shows:

1.Regent Theatre—9/12

Cordelia’s Dad
The Freeborne
We Saw the Wolf
String Builder

2. Cuisine en Locale–9/13

Baby’s Arm
Miranda Warning
The Dogmatics
The Neats’ Eric Martin & friends
The Turbines

3.Cuisine en Locale—9/19

Mistle Thrush
Nisi Period
The Pods
Purple Ivy Shadows
Someone & the Somebodies
Curious Ritual

4.Cuisine en Locale—9/20

Dirt Merchants
Fertile Virgin
The Gravel Pit
The Sheila Divine
Evol Twin

5. Regent Theatre –9/26

The Barnies
Big Dippers’ Bill Goffrier & friends
The Jigsaws
Vapors of Morphine

6. Regent Theatre—9/27

Barry & The Remains
The Downbeat 5

7. Brighton Music Hall—9/28

Anastasia Screamed
The Flies
The F.U.s/ Straw Dogs
Men & Volts
The Nervous Eaters

8. Middle East down—10/3

The Blood Oranges
Lazy Susan
Robin Lane and The Chartbusters

9. Middle East down—10/4

Birdsongs of the Mesozoic
The Clamdiggers
Crazy Alice
Quintaine Americana

10. Paradise Rock Club –10/5

Big City Rockers/Atlantics
The Dents
High Risk Group
Reddy Teddy
Shake the Faith
Willie Alexander & the Boom Boom Band

11. Cuisine en Locale—10/10

The Red Telephone
Green Magnet School
Luca Brasi
Unnatural Axe

12. Cuisine en Locale –10/11

The Cavedogs
Dambuilders’/Gramercy Arms’ Dave Derby & friends
Drumming on Glass
Flying Nuns
Gigolo Aunts
The Natives
The Rising Storm

13. Middle East Down—10/12

The Bags
Ed’s Redeeming Qualities & The Breeders’ Carrie Bradley & friends
The Gizmos
Kenny Chambers/Electric Ears
The Underachievers
The Voodoo Dolls

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music review: Gramercy Arms:


Gramercy Arms sounds like a Melrose Place-like apartment complex, the apartments enclose [or surround or encompass or overlook?] a pool. Sorta motel-style. Everyone hangs out. Gramercy Arms is a revolving NYC-based collective of musicians and artists established by vocalist/ guitarist Dave Derby (Dambuilders) and musicians Kevin March (drums), Rainy Orteca (bass) and Sean Eden (guitar).

In the vibe of Melrose Place, well-known indie artists drop by to create songs with them over the course of five years. The artists include: Lloyd Cole; Matthew Caws [Nada Surf]; Claudia Gonson [Magnetic Fields]; Tanya Donelly [Belly, Throwing Muses]; Hilken Mancini [The Monsieurs, the Count Me Outs, Fuzzy]; Kay Hanley; Peter Hess [TV on the Radio, The Hold Steady]; Verena Wiesendanger [Nous Non Plus, Semi Gloss] and Eleanor Norton [Elton John, Kanye West].

These collaborations resulted in a collection of laid-back, eclectic pop songs. “Winterlight” is a truly upbeat, catchy song. “The Night is Your Only Friend” is bluesy, soulful and piano-tinged [with haunting backing vocals by Kay Hanley]. Strings propel the wistful “Playing with Fire.” and the 70s retro “Yours Truly.” Beautiful, emotional songs with intriguing arrangements. “The Seasons of Love” is a stunning, rich swirly concoction with horns and the muted, gravelly backing vocals of Tanya Donelly, Verena Wiesendanger, Kendall Meade [Helium, Sparklehorse], Hilken Mancini and Sandy Smallens [Too Much Joy]. “Thin,” an exploration on truth and facades, is another masterful track where Derby’s moody vocals mesh exquisitely with the delicate, soothing vocals of Meade and Mancini.

The Seasons of Love
Reveal Records
Out now.

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