The Slate is reporting that the BPD are attempting to infilitrate the local Boston Punk Scene via Social Media and Forum boards, to deter house parties hosted with underground punk bands -and having minimal effect. This story has also been picked up on Fark.com . Is it possible that the Boston Punk – Metal Scene is primed to revitalize the industry? Here’s a blockquote from the story and link over to it.
Passing yourself off as a credible music scenester, on the other hand, is an order of magnitude more difficult. Never mind drug lords—no one can identify a poseur more quickly than a hipster; sniffing out fakes is essentially the entire job description. That’s what Boston police are finding out as their bungling efforts to infiltrate the underground rock scene online are being exposed.
I wasn’t aware there were so many underground shows going on. It makes sense since the main venues usually suck. I’ld personally rather play for free for a couple hundred people and have fun. Who wouldn’t? Established venues have been a drag for original bands in this area for a while now. The only bands that get paid around here are cover bands -at $500-$700 a pop! Most original bands don’t get paid, though some do if their lucky. The club/venue will usually ask for everything and offer nothing; with regards to promotions, doorman, lighting.
From what I understand, though the underground core scene thrived around here in the 80′s; for an original musician at an established venue, things deteriorated -an interesting proportion. From what I understand there is an official musicians union ( local and national ), that used to get all musicians paid and rights; but a law came out in this state that changed that. From what Iwas told, now musicians are treated as sub-contracters not employees. This has somehow adversely affected musicians pay grade and available venue quality. It’s interesting to see an uinderground scene for an orignal bands, while the club scene is so shitty! Such a contrast! Rock on!
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Yes, this may be a rather forward way of thinking -with such a failing industry, but here’s my solution. End all copyright in music and stop criminalizing your audience. Get those lazy musicians, who steal from us all, back out to those clubs and venues. Fix the damn clubs up, and pay the musicians! I’m so sick of going to a club and seeing their ceiling draining surreptitiously via a hose into a broken sink with no soap. I’m going to list a number of reasons supporting ending all musical copyright and possible ways to accomplish this, starting at a grass roots level. The possible social and economic dynamic change alone just fascinates me. We, as musicians, could be a shining example for all industry, not just the music and entertainment industry.
Website Updates! Yeah, we need some more of those…I think the next step I need to do on this site is fix up the Featured Act page. Right now, the whole thing is hard coded in HTML, and it’s quite a heavy page load. The plan is to re-input all the information into a database program, and make the page/list dynamic. The easy part is the data entry, the tough part is gonna be learning some new PHP scripts to get it up and running. It will be fun and rewarding though! Ungh! Take it!
Sorry to some of the acts who have requested to be featured/listed. I will get you on board. I’ve just been a little busy. I’ve got three acts cued up for the featured acts page and I should have them up this week -hopefully!
Unfortunately, Local H has cancelled thier upcoming Boston tour date this Monday night, March 25, 2013, due to a mugging that has happened in Russia, apparently within the past month or so. MusicFeeds is reporting that, Steve Lucas, singer for the most awesome duo, Local H, has suffered vocal chord damage from the attack. We wish him all the best and a speedy recovery.
“When I came to, I was in a stairwell with all of my pockets empty. No phone, no wallet, no cash, and (worst of all) no passport. Nothing. Even my hat and glasses were gone. It wasn’t until I found someone to ask for help that I realized something else was gone – my voice. When I opened my mouth to ask that person to call me a taxi, nothing but a scratchy croak would come out. I touched my throat and could feel that more damage had been done than I initially thought. A purple bruise began to form. I was having trouble swallowing.”
Their website has now removed tour dates until March 30th, in Rosemont, IL. Up until yesterday or the day before, the Boston date was still listed, but it has unfortunately been pulled now. A quick check over at Ticketmaster confirms this, that the show is indeed cancelled. Again, we hope for a speedy recovery for Steve Lucas, here at MassBands.org. Here’s a Local H video playlist to rock out with!