Song before: When I Was New – Sarah Blacker
From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds of Burlington. It’s a beautiful night in Burlington I went 20 days without seeing any live music, due to an odd series of unfortunate circumstances, but finally made it out to Radio Bean last Monday to see The Nancy Druids. They are very new so I don’t have any of their music, but if you listen to the first two songs, you can get an idea. This is Today Is Tomorrow by The Red Telephone on WBKM, and this is Burlington’s Kind Of Music.
Great new song from Rabbit! They got the mighty Jane Boxall Percussion to play drums on their new album and recorded 11 songs. It will be called Red Flannel Hash and should come out on June 23rd. I’m so psyched, though I”m quite sad that Jane has left for Nashville. Come back any time!! We’ll miss you. Killer new song from Mountain. I can’t wait until they release their album! Did I mention that I loved the Nancy Druids and can’t wait to get to know their songs!. OK, let’s keep rocking through the Swale album The Next Instead.
Killer new song from Sarah’s album In Waves which came out Monday or Tuesday or so. She will be at the Skinny Pancake tomorrow at 7. I work until 7 but will head down as quick as I can to see how much I can see. There are some really nice songs on her new album and she sings the heck out of them! Killer new all bass only song from Aram. Love the Phil song. So, I think I want to head to the Pancake tomorrow to see Sarah then will head back to the Bean to see Rough Francis! How cool is that.
The Pixies are in town tonight at The Flynn Theatre. I think almost everyone I know is going, but I’m here to do this show for you. Plains are on the top of my list of bands I have not seen that I really need to check out! The played Saturday with Vedora, but it was one of those bad timing missing shows things. Soon. Dino are playing at Metronome around 10:30 so I may head over after this show. OK, I’m going to play some classic old school Burlington music, but to take us there, this is the Vacant Lots.
13.) 6Am – THE VACANT LOTS
14.) Amazon – Kilimanjaro
15.) South Wind – Gordon Stone
16.) Hot Water – Pine Island
Since Pine Island are named in my intro it’s about time I played them. Nice song from Gordon. I remember seeing Kilimanjaro a long time ago and loving how smooth and elegant that they always were. I saw this guy recently when he opened for April Wine a couple of times at Higher Ground.
17.) Axe To Grind – Nobby Reed
18.) Another Round – The Eames Brothers
19.) Gothic Bloodsucker – Zola Turn
20.) Giant Mosquitoes – Cold Sweat
Sweat used to play Texas, which became Club Toast, KD Churchills, and others. I think it’s the Zen Lounge now and I think they do music again. It’s the beginning of mosquito season so I had to play the sweat song and the Zola song. Killer stuff by Nobby and Eames. Here’s another song from Sarah’s new album
21.) This Melody – Sarah Blacker
22.) Better Half – Abbie Morin
23.) The Cure (live) – Thompson Gunner
24.) Decide – David L. Jarvis
It was great to run into Dave at the Druids show. Thanks for the painting! Killer song from the Rutland band. Abbie will be at Nectar’s on Saturday. Hmmm, Sarah. This band just played a show that I missed on Saturday and will have a new album of songs, with Jane Boxall drumming, soon. Sob, we’ll miss you Jane!
There’s only so much time indeed/ Yet another killer new Sarah song. Ryan is at Nectar’s on Saturday too. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?
Song after: 13th Star – Fish
I, finally, had a great night seeing music last night. It seemed like a staggering set of bad timing has caused some conflict with every show I’ve wanted to see for the last month or so. The last band I saw live was Marillion on April 26. Maybe I was working late and the band were on early. Maybe the band were on too late, or at a reasonable time and my work start time was unusually early. An all too classic example is last Saturday I got home late from my parents, did not have time to walk to Pine street to see Vedora‘s album release show, talked a friend into driving so we would have just made it, then his headlight was out and he did not want to take a chance of getting pulled over. It’s been constantly stuff like that and was set to happen again last night. Fortunately, the thing I had to do right after work took less time than I thought, and I was able to make it down to Radio Bean to catch the full set by The Nancy Druids, who helped immeasurably by going on a couple of minutes late. I was wearing the ROUGH FRANCIS Burlington Vermont t-shirt and got a shout out from Urian Hackney during the walk down, which set a nice tone for the evening. I was in and settled when the three-piece unfurled some beautiful new songs. With Sean Toohey on guitar and vocals and Ann Mindell on drums (half of the classic Burlington band Envy) they were joined by John Franklin on bass, and they had me blissfully happy from the first note. I was hoping the songs would have an Envy/Red Telephone vibe, maybe a little older and not quite as ferocious, and that is exactly what we got. The small but dedicated audience, including Ryan Ober, Amanda Gustafson (who helped take some of the vocal feedback out of the mix) , and others, really appreciated the set of all new songs. They started a bit mellow, but soon settled in to a set of songs with gorgeous soaring melodies, and some solid rock and roll. Sean has a tendency to find some notes that just make you smile then lets them shimmer upwards for a moment before moving to the next part of the song. There was a lot of that happening in their 45 minute set. Ann’s drumming varied weights, power and speeds to support the beautiful songs and John’s bass kept the structure intact and occasionally wandered around some of the songs in a fun way. Sean mixed in some heavy crunchy chords and some searing solos that filled my heart with joy. One song sounded like a Britpop song with a Zeppelinesque crunchy middle section. One song had Sean bring the guitar close to different amps to alter the feedback sound. All of the songs were good and I’m sure once I get to know them, several will get stuck in my head. Around the third song in David L. Jarvis popped in for a while. We chatted a little between songs, then he went outside for a moment and brought in and gave me one of his paintings. Unfortunately for him, he had to leave early and missed a few songs, but I enjoyed them for him.
After they wrapped up the set, I said a quick goodbye. I really hope this is the beginning of something and they play a lot of shows in the future. It was a windy walk home, but I got the painting home safely, and just need to find a place to hang it. I’m sure I will find a great place soon. I’ve missed a lot lately, but am getting back on track.
I just got back from my local music radio show on internet only Wbkm Dot Org. I used the excuse of my birthday being last Tuesday to play a few of the songs I’m most passionate about,
Song before: Sparks – The Color Exchange
From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds of Burlington. It cooled off a little this week and we had a nice thunder and lightning storm, but today was a beautiful sunny day. There are lots of people about and a joyous spirit in the air. I drove to New Hampshire and back yesterday and the mountains of Vermont are lush with tons of shades of green. Enjoy this moment and enjoy your loved ones whenever you can. It was my birthday this week and I’m going to pull out a few of the bands and songs I’m most passionate about. If your band is not on this list it’s more that I only have two hours, not that I meant to miss you. This song has been rocking my world lately. This is Little French Earthquakes by Phil Yates and the Affiliates on WBKM, and this is Burlington’s Kind of Music.
I knew I had to play a Rabbit song and that was the first one that really caught me, and still does. Love that classic from ZT. It must have been a beautiful time, it must have been a terrible time, it must have been a beautiful terrible time indeed. That one has been speaking to me lately. Let’s continue through Swale’s album The Next Instead.
I love the way Hana’s lyrics walk you through a picture. Great song from John Baumann and Robert Gagnon. That’s another song from Sarah’s new album In Waves. It’s not quite out but can be pre-ordered. This next artist is in California, but put a ton of music into this town over several years.
They put on some very intense rock shows in the 2000’s. Classic from Ninja. Dino just played a show in Stowe where they were billed as Dino Barvo, possibly and puppet show. This next band have a new album and a new video for this song.
I love the nod to Woody Guthrie and the idea of killing fascist ideas with words and music and ideas and inspiration instead of with bullets. Killer song from Beano Parker’s non Wards band. There’s everything to love about the Cave Bees. Speaking of ideas that could kill fascists and Woody.
17.) This Land Is Your Land – U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and 30 Vermont musicians
18.) Brothers And Sisters – Joe Adler
19.) U Can Love If U Want To – Peg Tassey MUSIC
20.) I Put A Spell On You – Marco Benevento and Kat Wright
That was recorded live at Radio Bean. It doesn’t get more Burlington than that. Killer song from Peg. Brothers and Sisters is dedicated to my brother Ken and all of the musicians that I feel are my brothers and sisters. You know who you are. Thanks for the beautiful song Joe! Bernie is the kind of guy who has spent his whole life trying to kill fascists with wonderful ideas. OK, on Tuesday I turned 50. That means I was born in….
Love that song from DF. Revolution Doll style now! I just love that Elephants song so much! I finally got the Mountain songs into a playable format. I love the build in that song. Yea, Siberians. This is a great song from a friend of the show.
I just love that song. I’ve loved the Maryse Smith song since I first heard it. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?
Song after: Zoe 25 – Fish
I just got back from my local music radio show on internet only Wbkm Dot Org. There was a lot of new music, which is always fun.
Song before: Sparks – The Color Exchange
From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds of Burlington. It’s dark now, but the days are getting longer and it was fully twilight when I walked down tonight. Thanks for putting up with all of the Lendway songs last week. I’m not doing that tonight but did want to say I will miss Michael Clifford‘s other band too. Michael, stay safe in California. Enjoy the ocean, but take care to not become a shark victim. This is their theme song on WBKM, and this is Burlington’s Kind of Music.
Great song from the new Affiliates album No Need To Beg. They played a fun show at New City Galerie last week to release the album. Killer song from Mountain. I cant’ wait to hear the full album. Great song from Lendway and I will miss SV a lot too. Let’s continue to move through Swale’s album The Next Instead. They played this on WCAX recently.
Great song from Kat and the band. Killer new song from Hana’s album The North. That one really goes into some deep spaces. Great song from the just released Maryse Smith album The Way It Is. This next band opened for Phil, but they played as an acoustic duo, instead of the usual heavy rockers that they are. They did a sweet version of this song.
Killer song from the N.E.W. album by Death. Francis played a killer show with Barbacoa last Saturday at Higher Ground. It was cool to see Bill
Mullins play a couple of songs with Francis, and the Barbacoa set with Lowell Thompson was pretty killer too. At the same time that was happening Vedora were playing at Radio Bean so I missed them, but do have a new song from them.
I was so psyched when I heard Landlady were coming to The Monkey House on April 24th (tomorrow) but then realized I would be out of town. Rats. If you are in town, go check them out. Thank me later. Great new song from Particles. If you like that, go to their website where you can pre-order their new EP. That’s the title song from Sarah’s new album that is coming soon. Can’t wait for the full Vedora album. So, tomorrow I’m heading to Montreal for three days of Marillion shows. They have a couple of side shows at a brew pub called Brutopia. On Saturday, Elephants of Scotland are playing so it will be great to see them play in Montreal.
They played at Club Toast once as a three-piece many years ago. So, I totally slacked and missed some chances to see music this week. I’m going to have to catch up with this band soon.
Classics from Pinhead and Chin Ho! I love that song from Wave which was recorded live at Nectar’s. OK, time for a few more. Here’s another great one from Maryse.
Another cool song from their new album. Great song from Farm. I hope Split Tongue Crow have a new album soon, the first one has so many beautiful songs. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?
Song after: Dancing In Fog – Fish
I had a great time seeing music last night at Higher Ground. I bought tickets some time ago and scheduled myself out of work early, but still worked an 8am-4:30pm shift. Instead of just running running running, I stopped an home, settled a bit then walked downtown, and caught a bus to Shelburne. I chatted with my brother Ken, and realized how early it was, around 6 for and 8:30 showtime. We headed out anyway and went to the pop up record store they were having in the HG showcase lounge. I though there might be more bands representing themselves, but a lot of the vendors, who lined both sides of the room, had tons of vinyl and art for sale. James Kochalka was there with his books and comics. The Smittens had some vinyl, Justin Gonyeahad some Doom Service shirts and tapes, and Rough Francis had some t-shirts, mix-tapes, CD’s, and a couple of various oddities. Both Ken and I bought one of the black Rough Francis Burlington Vermont t-shirts, then we headed out in search of dinner.
We arrived back at the venue just before 8, had a super short wait, then the doors opened, and in we went. We ran into Ed, who is a friend of a friend, and a huge fan of RF, and chatted a bit as DJ Disco Phantom spun some records. Around 8:40 something odd happened. A bass player I did not recognize (Scott McCormick) took the stage with a guitar player I did recognize, but doesn’t Urian Hackney play drums? They were joined by Bobby Hackney Jr. on drums and lit into some wicked fast hardcore that would make As We Were try and keep up. The blisteringly screamed vocals of Julian Hackney rounded out the sound and they kicked out four or five songs. The set was, maybe, 15 minutes of pure fury and was a fantastic treat. It was kind of cool standing next to Paul Comegno when most of RF were on stage. After, he let me know they are called Last World and they just lost their drummer, so Bobby is playing with them now. What a great bonus!
It was not too long of a wait, after they wrapped up their set, until Barbacoa hit the stage as a four-piece with Lowell Thompson sitting in. They dove into their surf rock noir set with grace, precision and a beautiful flow to the music. The third song in was an instrumental version of Paint It Black and by the end Bill Mullins jr was standing on his amp, Lowell was standing on the bass drum, and bassist Kirk Flanagan stood on the amp on the other side of the stage. Drummer Jeremy Frederick powered his way through the song and it was brilliant, both visually and musically. Next, Bill put on a virtual guitar clinic by wandering into the audience and playing right in front of people. He hung out in the audience for several songs and made a remark about enjoying hanging out with the people. As the 45 minute set headed towards its conclusion, he returned to the stage and they let loose a killer mix of Miserlou (I’m pretty sure) that flowed into the Spiderman theme and ended with Secret Agent Man. What a killer show, as always.
After another short wait, ROUGH FRANCIS took the stage just before 10:30 and kicked off with a new song I did not recognize, but rocked hard. They followed with a bunch of songs from Maximum Soul Power including I-90 East, Righteous, Black And Red, Staring Out The Window and a super intense version of Not A Nice Guy. They headed into new song territory with MSP2, which is on the 45 they released that day, since it was record store day, then the second big surprise of the night happened. They brought Bill Mullins jr out to play a couple of songs with them. The first one was the b-side of the single, Blind Pig, and began with a moody bluesy riff that sounded a little Barbacoalike, then shifted into the heavy rock we know and love from Francis. They kept him out for another new rocker, and the music was wonderfully intense. The half full room had people dancing around happily, but in the next set of new songs, Paul exploded off the stage and started slamming with the audience without missing a note. The energy jumped for the next few songs, and something close to a mosh pit emerged. The energy was through the roof as they played the final song, Every Day (??), which is fun, since that is the song they have been opening with lately. They left the stage, but one huge song was missing and there was no doubt they would come back for a well demanded encore. It wasn’t quite the midnight hour but Comm To Space started slowly with Urian taking command of the beat on the toms and Steven Hazen Williams reinforced it with the bass. The song built into it’s huge unhinged rock sound as Bobby let loose some blistering screams. Everyone had fun and they jammed hard as the song fell into it’s conclusion, then came back and rocked some more, before finally finishing off the night.
We said a quick goodbye to Bobby who headed over to the merch table as soon as the set was done, then I drove Ken back to Shelburne. It was a great night of music and I’m so happy I got to be a part of it.
Black Rabbit acoustic and Phil Yates & The Affiliates at New City Galerie in Burlington VT, April 17, 2015
I had a great time seeing music tonight at the New City Galerie. I worked until 7, got home about 7:15, was out the door at 7:30 and downtown around 7:45. I had scouted the venue the day before on the way home from my radio show, but despite my best intentions I only caught the last half song by opener Sean Hood, who goes by the name of Eastern Mountain Time. It sounded nice but I was just getting settled when he wrapped up.
Up next was the oddest of the odd, one of my favorite heavy rocking bands, Black Rabbit, playing acoustic. They went on at 8 and Marc Scarano and Darlene Scarano played a pretty sweet set/ She played electric bass and he played acoustic guitar, and they opened with a couple of newish songs that will be on their next album. The stripped down version let the melodies of the songs shine and allowed Marc to sing in a pleasantly gentle way. They tossed a couple of cover songs, and played 3 from the first ep, Neutrino, Neighborhood, and the one I thought of immediately when I heard they would play acoustic, 89. They had a nice feel to the music, but the thing that really stood out is how talented Darlene really is. Her voice has a beautiful tone that really makes you want to listen, her bass playing is very precise and melodic, and you could tell her fingers knew exactly how to hit every note they crawled over. It was cool to watch them together. The one time things broke down a little Marc was searching for a note with his voice, and Darlene tried a couple and found it and Marc followed her discovery and it nailed it from there. It was great to experience. They tossed in a couple more new ones, including the back and forth vocal on My Libido, then put the energy at almost full Black Rabbit force for Sayonara. What a great set.
They wrapped up at 8:45 and around 8:50 Phil Yates and Kevin Stevens took the stage. Phil was on acoustic and sang, and Kevin played the lead electric guitar. They were joined by drummer Jake Blodgett, and Raph Worrick on bass and the small wooden gallery with a reasonably full audience, started to rock. They mixed songs from the first album with the new one, No Need To Beg. Masterpiece rocked nicely and if it was cringe-worthy, the audience missed it. The songs were fun and had their own bounce to them, and the playing was sweet. About half way into the set Phil broke a string and I could see one of those magic Burlington moments happen. Halfway into the song I saw Marc poised close to the stage. The moment the song ended he walked backstage and got his guitar and lent it to Phil. It took a song to get fully back into the groove of the rocking show, but once they were back they stayed there. They played a killer foursome of Might As Well Settle, Ninja’s VS Zombies, Burn It Down Bernadette and Little French Earthquakes. There was some serious rock and roll intensity there. They closed with the Replacements I will Dare (correct me if I’m wrong professor) and that capped a beautiful night. I said a couple of quick goodbyes and headed down the stairs and up the street. It was just after 10 and tomorrow will be a long day. Thanks for rocking!!
I just got back from my local music radio show on internet only Wbkm Dot Org. I highlighted some of the music that was played last week, some of the music that happened tonight and some of the many bands who are playing at different venues on Saturday. I also said goodbye to Lendway in a big way.
Song before: Aura – The Church Band
From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds of Burlington. There was a lot of great music at Radio Bean last night, and there are a lot of great shows coming up. But, tonight I want to say goodbye to one of my favorite bands, Lendway. Michael Clifford is heading to California, but they did play a killer goodbye show at Nectar’s on Saturday. They were great, and rocked really hard, and had great harmonies, and I will miss them. It’s the end of the band, but ends always bring new beginnings. This is a beginning, always a beginning. This is Yardsale by Lendway on WBKM and this is Burlington’s Kind of Music.
I was hoping Maryse was going to play live in the studio tonight. Unfortunately, something came up and she was not able to make it. Hopefully she will stop by sometime soon. She will play at Radio Bean on Saturday at 9. Unfortunately, I already got tickets for Barbacoa and Rough Francis that night, so will miss that, and all the other shows on Saturday. I went out to the Bean last night and finally saw Jerichovox. I had a really good time and they played a solid version of Hotel. I had to put in the Josh song after the Lendway song. That’s not a jab, it’s just the way it is. OK, on to the next song on Swale’s album The Next Instead.
I love that song. Phil is releasing his new album No Need To Beg on Saturday at New City Gallery on Church st. It’s happening the same time as the Higher Ground Rough Francis show. Rats. Black Rabbit are playing that show too, acoustic. Really?? Phil’s album came out Tuesday but the party is Saturday. Great Swale song. OK, let’s rock.
After Jerichovox played last night, Better Things came on and rocked hard and As We Were followed and really let loose. Despite everything I will miss on Saturday, I’m very excited to see Francis and Barbacoa! My brother is coming along. Black Rabbit acoustic? Really? They always rock hard. Here they are rocking hard.
I love that song. Vedora are playing Radio Bean on Saturday after Maryse. I really need to be 3 people that night. Come on Dan Bolles, haven’t you cloned me yet? I could really use it for Saturday! So, tonight Joe Adler, Aaron Flinn, Michael Chorney, and Eric George are playing songs and telling stories at the Skinny Pancake. Here’s one of Joe’s songs.
Another great song. Great song from Dave. I’m sure the show at the Pancake is lots of fun. Here’s a song from Aaron.
18.) Giving Up The Ghost – Aaron Flinn
19.) Ghost Train – Jerichovox
20.) Killing Ghosts – Better Things.
Things played a wicked fast version of that last night at the Bean. Jericho played a great version of train last night. Hey, did you notice I didn’t play any Lendway in that last set?
21.) Take Your Gold Away – Lendway
22.) Gold In California – The Red Telephone
23.) Running Away From Home – The Snaz
I think the Snaz are the only band I’m playing tonight that I have not seen. I should fix that. Last week I played a new demo from the New Siberians and really liked it. Tonight, I will play one from their first album.
24.) Star – The New Siberians
25.) Hollywood – Lendway
26.) Teenage Mother Earth – The Red Telephone
This is a beginning, always a beginning, and the end always equals the start. Thanks for all the great music Michael, Matthew Bryan Hagen, Todd Gevry, Kevin Lynam. California’s gain, is Vermont’s loss. Come back anytime Michael. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?
Song after: Change Of Heart – Fish
I had a great time seeing music last night at Radio Bean. A few weeks ago my neighbor gave me a copy of the album by Jerichovox, since his friend was in the band, I gave it a listen and was favorably impressed and have played a few songs on my radio show. I was psyched when I saw them on the Bean calendar and marked the date. I headed downtown around 9 and was at the Bean just about 9:30. I got in and settled and they started up. They played as a four-piece with a singer/guitar player, singer/bass player, a keyboard/trumpet player and Brian on electronic drums. The music has a nice flow and a happy feel. It seemed every time it changed, it just got nicer. Their songs are smooth and elegant, and most have long instrumental passages or are complete instrumentals. The music had enough movement to keep me interested and happy. About half way through the set a few people from the small audience got up and started dancing and the whole show had a very nice vibe. I’m very glad I went and want to check them out again sometime soon.
Up next, some large drums and larger amps were dragged in and Better Things got set up to play. Lots of people filled the small room. With two singer/guitar players, bass and drums, they launched into a melodic high speed punk rock set. The songs had an indie rock feel but were very energetic as they threw themselves at the music. I had a great time but the set was super short, and I was surprised when they said they were done. I’d been meaning to catch them for a while and they were just as good as I’d hoped.
Up next there was a slight instrument change then As We Were launched into a hardcore punk set. The singer prowled the floor as both guitar players ripped it up and the bass and drums thundered at full throttle. Their energy was through the roof and a few songs in the slam dancing began. I stayed back a bit, but still caught a couple of blows. Every song was more intense than the previous and they rocked hard until they were about to drop. What a great show everyone!!