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Better (very) late than never (right?)…

originally published in BOSTON COMPASS #57 (October 14′)

Fancy Lad Skateboards Revamp JP Skate Park with DCR Grant

Starting in spring 2015, construction of the new JP skatepark will commence with the help of Fancy Lad Skateboards, the DCR and Converse. The DCR will be matching an already sizeable donation from Converse to revamp this sick spot for skating and chilling. Thanks to Doug Moore and his company Colonial Technologies, the park is currently skateable and will be accessible to the public until the renovation begins.  Go forth and shred. Be sure to keep tabs on the Fancy Lad crew, they’re out there breakin’ bones and creating zones for our lucky domes –
– Natalie Roosa


Owen Maercks – Teenage Sex Therapist LP

In 1978, if you were into out sounds, it was because you had a semi-lousy personality. Maercks had one, so he met everybody else who was the same. He tried out for Human Sexual Response and the Girls in Boston, played in MX80 briefly, made a record with Eugene Chadbourne. But mostly he was friends with fellow guitar abuser Henry Kaiser. Kaiser invited Maercks to visit California & record some too-smart, too-angry Roxy Music/Talking Heads pop originals. Maercks threw in Television-style protopunk as a bonus. Issued by Feeding Tube in Western Mass. Get it at Weirdo.
– Angela Sawyer


Crash Safely 2014: A Benefit for the National MS Society

The spirit of self-organization and righteous do-goodism is sewn into the seams of New England’s incomparable coat of music and art. And it has a lot to teach us about how to live. CRASH SAFELY, a series of shows happening 10/10 @Midway Café and 10/17 @MidEastUp, will channel the healing forces of rock n’ roll into a fundraising hadouken and aim it right at destroying Multiple Sclerosis. The event has been organized by Boston rockers and bookers whose lives have been touched by MS in some way, and now it just needs YOU to come make it awesome. Hit for tickets and more info.
– Zach Peckham


Boston Zine Fest and MA Comic Expo This Month!

Winter is coming whether you like it or not. Time stock up on some zines! Cross the river if ya wanna see what independent publishing is all about at TWO free festivals over TWO weekends! On 10/4 & 10/5 it’s the 5th annual MASSACHUSETTS INDEPENDENT COMIC EXPO (M.I.C.E.) over @Lesley University Hall in Porter Sq with 150 creators, workshops, panel discussions & more at  Then the 2014 BOSTON ZINE FEST takes Somerville by storm with thoughtful workshops, readings, panels and zinesters aplenty @Washington Street Art Center and @Aeronaut Brewing Company on 10/12. More about BZF on page 2 and

Get With Us: Boston Hassle New Volunteer Orientation 10/21

Hey you. Yeah you. What are you doing? You’re reading this rag, duh. Nice job. You know, the ONLY way this here wordy dishcloth gets birthed, along with the countless off-the-chain HASSLE events covered herein, is through the steadfast and pure intentioned hard work of people just like you. A thankless job? Barely. We have fun. We stay up late. We hang out and write and scheme and connive together and little by little all this crazy shit gets did. You want in on the madness? Then you’re invited to the Hassle’s New Volunteer Orientation: Tuesday, 10/21 7pm @TBD. Questions? Just go to and we’ll see ya soon!
– Zach Peckham


Shitheads In A Ditch By Palberta Shall Hurt Ya

Here’s the sitch: Shitheads in a Ditch, the freshest denary of MPEG-3s crafted by the NY-based trio PALBERTA, rips like the tag off a mattress: a mattress made of wicked discordance and satisfying irresolution, fitted with a fascia of seraphic-toned sheets, upon which a pyramid of baby-talking body pillows & shrieking micro-raschels snaps to grid. While also yet to be corporeally available, their previous document My Pal Berta will soon be birthed upon wax through yr pals at FEEDING TUBE RECORDS. Watch them fuck off, roll around, and decimate yr previous idea of what constitutes a “dope set” 11/8 @HASSLE FEST 6.
– Anthony Richards


You May Be Boston’s Next Big Film Star, Do Somethin About It!

Are you the next Jodorowsky or Sion Sono? I think you might be! If you’ve finished a film (be it a short or feature length project), give it a shot! There are plenty of festivals coming up and they could screen YOUR work. Many of these festivals happen in March – which is closer than you might think. The submission dates are even closer. So take a chance and think about submitting to the Boston Student Film Festival or, if you’re feeling lucky, give it a whirl with the infamous Boston Underground Film Festival (regular submission starts 10/6!)
– Ariel Shvartsman


Pop Up Shop At The NEW *Monthly* Black Market 10/26!

Cleaning out your house and got cool crap to clear OR are you already running your own show via Etsy, Big Cartel, Storenvy, whatever?  Either way, we’ve got a new monthly bazaar called BLACK MARKET startin’ up @Elks Lodge in (oh, so central) Central Square on Sunday, 10/26.  The event will be just $1 & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC so people can burn their cash at your tables.  We’re looking for art, records, zines, jewelry, books, homemade knits, baked goods, vintage and secondhand clothing, accessories and home goods, etc…Tables are $20 and under.  More info at


Hassle Fest 6 Be Creepin’ – Order Advance Tickets NOW!

The Boston Hassle DIY show booking contingent holds a fest every year – HASSLE FEST.  It’s our biggest and most wild event every year and we always do it at an alternative, ALL AGES space. This year is no exception. See? BODY/HEAD (Bill Nace/Kim Gordon from W Mass), Downtown Boys (Prov), NO JOY (Montreal), Debo Band (JP), Bill Orcutt (Hairy Pussy), Nautical Almanac (Bmore), PILE, Bugs And Rats, Guerilla Toss and so many more @Cuisine En Locale in sunny Somerville 11/7+8. And the ONLY way to get advance tickets (securing your spot and thus, your place in Boston DIY history) is to donate to our IndieGoGo fundraising platform on the internet. So find that shit and get on it!
– Sam Potrykus


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