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Hana Zara at Radio Bean October 26, 2014

Radio Bean picture by Tim Lewis

Radio Bean picture by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music Sunday at the Radio Bean. I worked until 6, got home and settled for a bit, but soon it was time to head down to the show. I arrived just before 9. The previous band were almost done tearing down, so i hung out until Hana Zara took the stage. She started softly and the room began to get quiet as we realized it was no longer the quick sound check. She opened with The New One from her first album Little Doll and followed with New World Order from her second album Tatterhood. She then played a song she had never played in Burlington. She said she was 17 when she wrote Joker Girl, and she must have been a pretty insightful seventeen year old. That was confirmed later when she played another one called Queen from that era.

As the evening progressed she mixed in some of her newer songs like Science Fiction and The North. She played an enchanting version of Angel Of White and the audience was mostly the usual focused and entranced crowd. There was a bit of noise from the restaurant next door, a couple of people who could not stop chatting, until they realized they were the only ones taking and quieted for a bit, but most of us were along for every nuance of every word and note. She thanked the audience for consistently showing up a couple of times, and around two thirds of the way into the show, she announced it would be her last show in Burlington for a while. She wants to finish up her degree, but higher education is way to expensive in Vermont, so she will move back to Nebraska soon. Why we are not smart enough to make college affordable and keep artists of Hana’s quality, is something I do not know.

It was wonderfully appropriate when she asked Taylor Smith to come to the stage to play guitar while she sang Dropout Generation. Most of the 9-10 times I’ve seen her have been solo, but he has played a couple of the shows with her. It was cool to watch her just stand and sing, since she’s almost always playing guitar too. Late in the set she pulled out a couple of Amanda songs that are part of an upcoming sci-fi concept piece she is doing. It’s hard to get an industrial feel with a voice and acoustic guitar, but she managed it with delicate precise fingering and visceral lyrics. She wrapped the night in staggeringly appropriate fashion with Afterlife. She wrote the song in Nebraska when she knew she was moving to Burlington and was in that in between worlds phase. The lyrics were just as poignant as she knew she is leaving Burlington for a new life.

After the show I said a quick goodbye, and took the easy walk home. The show was Sunday and it’s Tuesday now, and I can still hear the ringing of her guitar and the sound of her voice.

 

October 28, 2014 Posted by | Rock Shows | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Pours and The Vacant Lots at the BCA Center in Burlington, VT October 16, 2014

I had a great time seeing music at the BCA center the other night. It was a Thursday, so I went to WBKM and lined up all of the music for my radio show. I recorded all of the breaks and put them in the queue and took the walk down Main st, turned up Church st and walked up the stairs to the BCA center. Colin and the Clarys had finished up and Pours were mostly set up. I hung out for a bit and soon enough they hit the stage.

Pours are a keyboard/vocals and drummer duo. The music is smooth and poppy. The singer had a welcoming voice and the music had a nice flow. The drummer was great and used different beats to lead the songs, while the keys and effects filled out the sound. The crowd caught the groove and the music was easy and fun to sway to. Songs like Unveiled floated along in a trancey swirl with steady drums that could turn on a dime. It, and the whole show, made a nice atmosphere to exist in. Songs like the closer, Knuckles, were more challenging, and were lots of fun too. Their set was not long, but very enjoyable.

There was a short break but soon enough, THE VACANT LOTS were set up and ready to go. Jared Artaud played an electric 12-sting and Bryan had a trunk full of electronics and one cymbal. He released lots of layered beats and Jared rocked the guitar hard. A screen behind them started some very trippy visuals as they lit into the heavy droned out rock flow of Never Satisfied. Jared wickedly jammed his guitar at the end, and song after song took us deeper into their psychedelic world. They played much of the Departure album, and the pace was flowingly fast for most of the night. They slowed it down a little for Paint This City, but most of the show was a wonderful quick paced zone drone. They alternated deep dark vocals, and created an effect that seemed much more than just two guys on stage. I was in heaven from the first note until the ending of 6AM. I’m so happy I put in the effort.

 

October 28, 2014 Posted by | Rock Shows | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Quote of the Day

Stephen Colbert “On Friday, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and New York Governor, uhm, I want to say one of the Cuomos, Harpo?, announced that both states would enforce a mandatory 21 day quarantine for anyone who has come in contact with Ebola patients, even if they have no symptoms, which I hear, is the first symptom, leading to the immediate quarantine of a nurse returning from Ebola stricken Sierra Leone, Kaci Hickox who, after landing at Newark airport, underwent hours of interrogation and when a forehead scanner recorded her temperature as 101 degrees, authorities left her in the room for another 3 hours.  Still, better than flying into LaGuardia.  She was then taken to University Hospital in Newark and placed in a luxurious tent structure outside with a port-o-potty, no shower, and no connection to the outside world except her iPhone.  Big deal, throw in a space heater, a sixer of Labatts, and you’re basically ice fishing.  Unfortunately, she used her iPhone to gripe to the media about her forcible imprisonment.”

Hickox “I have been asymptomatic since I’ve been here.  I completely don’t understand it.  It is not based on any clear public health evidence and it’s not the recommendation of public health and medical experts at this point.  This is an extreme that is really unacceptable and I feel like my basic human rights have been violated.”

Colbert “Human rights?  I’m sorry ma’am, but the Constitution does not say the you have the right to endanger your neighbors, unless it’s with a gun.”

http://thecolbertreport.cc.com/videos/8hjpi2/ebola-in-new-york

October 28, 2014 Posted by | Quote of the Day, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Quote of the Day

Elon Musk “I think we should be very careful about artificial intelligence. If I were to guess like what our biggest existential threat is, it’s probably that. So we need to be very careful with the artificial intelligence. Increasingly scientists think there should be some regulatory oversight maybe at the national and international level, just to make sure that we don’t do something very foolish. With artificial intelligence we are summoning the demon. In all those stories where there’s the guy with the pentagram and the holy water, it’s like yeah he’s sure he can control the demon. Didn’t work out. “

 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/innovations/wp/2014/10/24/elon-musk-with-artificial-intelligence-we-are-summoning-the-demon/

 

October 26, 2014 Posted by | Quote of the Day | , , , , | Leave a comment

Radio Show 84 Thursday October 23, 2014 9-11pm Eastern US Time WBKM.ORG

WBKM CREW

WBKM CREW

 

http://wbkm.org/

I just got back from my local music radio show on internet only Wbkm Dot Org. Despite there being great music out and about, I really wanted to spend the night fully in the studio and into the show. I guess I can’t see it all.

Song before: Starman

promo

intro

From our small city to the great big world these are the Sounds Of Burlington. Sorry that none of my prerecorded breaks played last week. Tonight I’m in the studio for the full two hours. Let’s finish up playing Row, the great EP from Montpelier’s Anachronist. The last two are coming and the first is He’s Still There on WBKM and this is Burlington’s Kind Of Music.

1.) He’s Still There – Anachronist
2.) Clouds – Anachronist
3.) Unveiled – Pours
4.) Never Satisfied – THE VACANT LOTS

The Lots played a killer show at the BCA center last week. Pours did a great job opening, and I loved Unveiled when they played it live. Clouds is pretty appropriate considering the grey rainy days we’ve been having in Vermont. Sometimes you have to realize that your surroundings can influence how you think, but it’s good to know there is a lot more happening. The sky looks grey, but the stars are out behind it. Thanks to Britt Shorter for hooking me up with the Pours album and the ticket to Alpenglow at the Universalist Church last Sunday. It was a gorgeously powerful show and this song really jumped out.

5.) Brothers In Crime – Alpenglow
6.) Star – The New Siberians
7.) You Make Me See Stars – The Lonestar Chain
8.) Hollywood – Lendway

It was good to see Michael Clifford at the Alpenglow show. Matthew Bryan Hagen will be playing with The Dark Side Of The Mountain playing Pink Floyd covers at Nectar’s October 31st and November 1st. Lonestar have a show November 4th. Vote first, then go see them. Binger are playing that night too. Word has it Brendan Devitt has a ton of new Siberians songs coming soon. Here’s a song from another Burlington star, who is in California at the moment. She has a new album coming soon too.

9.) Under Bright Stars – Alice Austin
10.) What’s In California? – Joshua Glass
11.) Gold In California – The Red Telephone

Great new song from RT! Love those guitars!! Great song from Josh! There is a series called live from the fort that some local artists are doing. I just saw a cool one from Maryse Smith where she played 3 songs and had 2 short interviews. It was pretty sweet. She played this one.

12.) 15 Steps – Maryse Smith
13.) Ordinary Day – Milton Busker
14.) Santa Anna – Hana Zara

Hana will play Radio Bean next Sunday, and always puts on a great show. Milton will play next Wednesday at the Bean and is always excellent too. Let’s pick up the pace and rock a bit.

15.) The Mime – Joe Adler
16.) Mississippi River – Gabrielle Douglas and the Dwellers
17.) Wave – Slingshot Dakota

Slingshot are finally coming back to town on November 1st. They are playing 242 Main. Great songs by Gabby and Joe. This next band are playing November 1st at Signal Kitchen, and have a killer new video out!

18.) Popular Crowd – Swale
19.) Neighborhood – Black Rabbit
20.) Ornan’s Song – The Dirty Blondes

The Blondes have an anniversary show coming up at Club Metronome on October 31st. Black Rabbit are likely playing there right now with Dino Bravo VT. I want to be there but I want to be here with you too. Decisions. It was so fun watching Ryan Miller teach Amanda Gustafson this next song when they played the Bean a few weeks back. He’s playing the November 1st show with Swale at SK.

21.) Satellite – Guster
22.) Might As Well Settle – Phil Yates & The Affiliates
23.) The Tranquility Bomb – The Cush

I’m so excited to see them on November 7th at Arts Riot. Phil Yates is playing Radio Bean on November 3rd. This next song contains a bad word, so if you are really sensitive, you may want to hit mute for the next 2 minutes. It’s not meant maliciously but to drive home the anger one feels when one has parked their car and found that it has been towed. This is a classic Burlington song.

24.) Tow Truck – David L. Jarvis
25.) Contact – Phish

I love the symbiotic lyric between those two songs. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?

outro

promo

Song after: View From The Hill – Fish

 

Here is the Swale video

Here is Maryse Smith:

 

 

October 24, 2014 Posted by | WBKM Burlington's Kind of Music | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Yum, Ill Itches, and Rough Francis at the Monkey House October 13, 2014

The Monkey House photo by Tim Lewis

The Monkey House photo by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last Monday at The Monkey House. It was a long work day, and I was feeling drained. I debated skipping the show, but it had been a while since I’d seen ROUGH FRANCIS, and it looked like an early show, so instead of taking the right turn and the 10 minute walk home, I took the left, and walked the 25 minutes to Winooski.

I arrived shortly after the 7:30 start time. It looked like the first band was almost ready to go, but it was just a sound check. The second band did a sound check too, then left the stage empty for a while. Having not eaten since lunch, I got some food from the bar. On the second bite, the first band hit the stage. I never have luck mixing food and music.

Yum, a duo from Detroit, played a killer set of off kilter rock and roll. The songs had great changes and a nice flow. I ate quickly for the first two songs then ran up front. The singer/guitar player kept the rhythm and leads flowing nicely and the drummer propelled the songs forward. I loved the show from first moment to last. I had to listen close to try and keep up with them, and was heavily rewarded for it. The Monkey House has a great tradition of bringing bands I’ve never heard of, and love from first moment to last, and Yum are among the finest I’ve been lucky enough to encounter.

After they wrapped up, another band from Detroit, with the same drummer, hit the stage. Ill Itches played some nice heavy grooves and rocked hard. It took me a bit to get into it, but once I found the path, I happily rocked out. They worked the growing audience hard with their heavy and fun songs. It was easy to hear all of the instruments and vocals, thanks to the attentiveness of Alyssa Solomon who was doing sound all night. There was a great insistence to all of their songs, and they were as solid of a rock band as you could hope for.

After their set, I was feeling pretty wiped out. I help strong, and soon enough, Rough Francis hit the stage. They played a few songs from their first album, but played a lot of newish ones. I’m starting to like them a lot. The audience was full and rocking, though not quite moshing. Paul jumped into the audience, while ripping out some killer leads, to try and get us going, but we never quite made it to the slam dancing. As usual, drummer extraordinaire Urian Hackney played about 15 notes per one note for the rest of the band. It was nice being close enough to watch him work, and he is up there with Jane Boxall Percussion, and Mike Billington as the best drummers in Burlington’s history. Bobby Hackney Jr. was a great front man as usual, and his scream singing kept the energy at dizzying heights all evening long. As it was Columbus Day, he had some great comments about how the day can now just be a license to take whatever you want, whenever you want. They wrapped up the killer set just before 11 with a rousing Comm To Space.

There were still two bands left, Kal Marks and Pile, but after the Rough Francis set, it felt like I had hit the wall. All the energy was drained out of me, so I settled up and took the long walk home. It was an effort to get to the show, and I wish I had just a bit more and could have caught the last two bands, but I’m so happy I caught what I could.

 

October 21, 2014 Posted by | Rock Shows | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Quote of the Day

Gov. Peter Shumlin, who plans to address the deal at a press conference later Monday morning, called the deal “good news” for IBM’s Vermont employees and pledged to work with GlobalFoundries to “make this a successful transition.”

“GlobalFoundries plans to maintain the workforce and continue operations in Vermont, good news for the talented Vermonters employed by the plant and for our whole state,” Shumlin said in a written statement.

For years, the governor said, the state has “felt uncertainty regarding IBM’s future in Vermont.”

“That is why it is very good news for Vermont’s longterm future that IBM’s facilities here will be acquired by GlobalFoundries, a successful and growing chip-manufacturing company that views our highly skilled workers and advanced R&D and manufacturing facilities as important to its strategic growth,” he said.

http://www.sevendaysvt.com/OffMessage/archives/2014/10/20/ibm-to-offload-chip-unit-essex-plant-to-globalfoundries

October 20, 2014 Posted by | Politics, Quote of the Day | , , , , | Leave a comment

Alpenglow and Joseph at First Unitarian Universalist Church in Burlington, VT October 19, 2014

Alpenglow at First Unitarian Universalist Church in Burlington, VT October 19, 2014 picture e-mailed by the band.

Alpenglow at First Unitarian Universalist Church in Burlington, VT October 19, 2014 picture e-mailed by the band.

I had a great time seeing music tonight. I’ve seen Alpenglow a couple of times and really liked them. They just released an EP that was recorded at a church in Middlebury, that they named Chapel. They set up a tour of 5 churches in New England and New York, and one was the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Burlington. Woo hoo.

Money was a bit tight, but Britt Shorter hooked me up with a ticket, so just after 7, I took the lovely walk through the chilly, windy Autumn evening, to the church at the top of Church street. I met up with Britt around the corner from the church, got a ticket, then stopped in for a quick drink at the OP. Around quarter of 8, I headed back to the church and was delighted to find that just outside the front door they were giving away cups of hot mulled cider. It was perfect on such a cool night, though hot enough to take some time to cool down. Just inside the door I ran into Alyssa Solomon, who did a killer job at the sound desk for the ROUGH FRANCIS show at The Monkey House last week. We chatted music for a bit, then headed in to the show.

Joseph came on first and enchanted the room with their delicately beautiful songs. They are three sisters from Portland Oregon, with voices like angels. One played acoustic guitar, and all three sang. The harmonies were gorgeous and the songs had just enough strength to keep me happy. The natural reverberation of the room let every note flow to a beautiful conclusion. The audience was completely silent, except to explode with applause between songs. Their set was wonderful and I was fortunate to have been there.

After they wrapped up, there was a 20 minute, or so, break, then Alpenglow took the stage. With low lights shining on the high stage, they unfurled the mellow intoxicating songs that make up the new EP. The music has a fantastic mix of quietness and power and they had the audience listening in silent appreciation. The low lights cast green shadows on the wall and it was fun to mix up watching the band and their shadows. They played all five songs on Chapel then said they would play some of their newer songs. The pace picked up into a mix of Jangle Pop and Americana, and all the songs were really fun. The last two new ones really rocked. It was great to see them let loose a bit and let the songs soar. After several new ones they said they had two more and switched gears a bit. They went back to the title song of their first EP Solitude. It brought cheers of recognition from the audience. It is one of those songs that after you hear a couple of times, you will just love forever. I thought they might follow it with Catskills, but they played something with a drenched organ intro and I was elated. It was a great song and when they left the stage, the audience quietly but reverently asked for another. They came right back out and Catskills sounded great and rocked hard at the end. I’m so glad I went. I think my soul is still humming from the experience.

 

October 20, 2014 Posted by | Rock Shows | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Quote of the Day

John Fugelsang “‘And yes, the Empire destroyed Alderaan, but aren’t both sides really to blame?’- Wolf Blitzer in space.”

October 17, 2014 Posted by | Politics, Quote of the Day | , , , , | Leave a comment

Radio Show 83 Thursday October 16, 2014 9-11pm Eastern US Time WBKM.ORG

WBKM CREW

WBKM CREW

 

http://wbkm.org/

I just got back from my local music radio show on internet only Wbkm Dot Org. I got in early and recorded all my breaks and set them in the queue and only the first one played and I introduced a band that did not play. I was supposed to start with 3 songs by Anachronist, but none played. None of my breaks between bands played. Rats! It turned out to just have the intro then only the songs played until the outro. I knew it would be better to do it live, but I really wanted to see The Vacant Lots at the BCA center, and at least they were excellent. I’m feeling like I let us all down tonight.

Songs Before:
Dreams of Reason – The Tea Party (Official)
Something On – The Tragically Hip

promo

intro

From our small city to the great big world, these are the sounds of Burlington. My name is Tim and I’m recording this early and Heading out to see Pours and The Vacant Lots at the BCA center. Tonight let’s play sets by different bands so you can hear how they evolve. Let’s start with the next song on Row. This is He’s Still Here by Anachronist on WBKM and this is Burlington’s Kind of Music.

1.) Dimedrop – Swale
2.) Armadillo – Swale
3.) Soul Piggy Bank – Swale
4.) The Next Instead – Swale
5.) Catskills – Alpenglow
6.) Eliza – Alpenglow
7.) Shout It Out – Alpenglow
8.) Sequoia 1 – Binger
9.) Sequoia 2 – Binger
10.) Sequoia 3 – Binger
11.) Still Life Scene – Engy
12.) Bionic – Red Telephone
13.) Half Way Home – The Red Telephone
14.) On The Railroad – The Red Telephone
15.) Gold In California – The Red Telephone
16.) 6AM – THE VACANT LOTS
17.) Paint This Town – The Vacant Lots
18.) Mad Mary Jones – The Vacant Lots
19.) Errol McSquisitor – Elephants of Scotland
20.) Endless Part 1 – Elephants of Scotland
21.) Endless Part 2 – Elephants of Scotland
22.) U Can Love if U Want To – Peg Tassey
23.) First Kiss – Peg Tassey MUSIC
Outro
promo
24.) High Wood – Fish
25.) Crucifix Corner – Fish
26.) The Gathering – Fish
27.) Thistle Alley – Fish
28.) The Leaving – Fish
Regular programming

 

 

October 17, 2014 Posted by | WBKM Burlington's Kind of Music | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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