An advance fourth-of-July gift for you: Radio Birdman -- Australia's answer to the Stooges, for those of you without record collections -- have booked a last-second gig at the Middle East tonight, aka Independence Day Eve. Don't expect them to have any idea what that is. It appears they were supposed to play Buffalo tonight but that one got cancelled. We're trying to imagine the booking agent being like, "Oh, no problem: we'll just reschedule at this place around the corner. It's called Boston." Since everyone's expected to be back at work on Thursday, this is pretty much your only chance to get your red-white-and-booze on.
Meanwhile, apropos of nothing, the Kino DV dudes are celebrating the Fourth by uploading another slice of punk-rock glory: the Dead Boys performing "Sonic Reducer" live at CB's in 1977. (Uhh, as you can see, it's also already on YouTube. Whatevs.) We can't quite figure the connection between this and our nation's birthday, except that the Boys were from all-American Cleveland, and the guy who introduces them is like some kind of Wavy Gravy character who got caught in a time warp, and what's more American than that?
Serendipity: after watching both of the above, go check out the lead track on Birdman's MySpace page and try telling us that "We've Come So Far" isn't a dead ripoff of "Sonic Reducer."
Bonus track: after repeated viewings of the above, we had a hankering to go listen to a bunch of Hellacopters records. Which then made us wish Nick would update this track by calling it "Everything Is On YT":