WBKM photo by Tim Lewis Dec 17 2015
I’ve had to prerecord my shows recently to match up the Net signal with the FM signal. Tonight’s show will go as follows.
Song before: Let’s Go Crazy – Prince
From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. I had to prerecord last weeks show so on Wednesday I saw the Church and then was gutted to hear that Prince had passed away on Thursday. I had a ton of respect for him and was blown away the one time I saw him. Both The Monkey House and Higher Ground have tribute nights to Prince coming up soon. And, if Prince’s loss did not leave you cold enough, Vermont got a nice little snowstorm on Tuesday. That’s such a Vermont thing to have happen. It’s kind of wild to see flowers in bloom and covered in snow. Local artist Jeremy Gilchrist took some cool pictures of the phenomena so let’s begin tonight with one of his songs.
1.) Clocks On The Wall – Jeremy Gilchrist
2.) Science Fiction – Hana Zara
3.) Kentucky – Cricket Blue
4.) Let’s Move – Kat Wright and the Indomitable Soul Band
That’s such a great song from Kat and the band. I can’t wait for the new album. That’s a cool song from Cricket. They are playing on Sunday at the Radio Bean, if you want to check them out. That’s such a powerful song from Hana. Great song from Jeremy. OK, let’s play the next song from Callisto.
5.) Wishing Well – Alpenglow
6.) Stay – Slingshot Dakota
7.) Presence – Satori Bob
8.) Better Half – Abbie Morin
Abbie is recording a Live At The Fort show on Thursday night, tonight, at the Skinny Pancake. Satori are a combination of John Baumann and Bob Gagnon. John used to play that song at coffee shops all around Burlington. Bob still plays all around Vermont. I can’t wait until Slingshot come to town on May 10th. Yea. Great rocker from Alpenglow. On Friday Binger release their new album at ArtsRiot. Here is one of the new songs:
9.) If I Knew – Binger
10.) Sequoia I – Binger
11.) Sequoia II – Binger
12.) Sequoia III – Binger
13.) Strings – Bingr
That was another new Binger song. The middle three were from their last EP. OK, usually I play music by Vermont musicians but for this next set I will play some songs about Vermont.
14.) Moonlight In Vermont – Willie Nelson
15.) Feel The Bern – Violint Wednesday
16.) The Tradeoff In Vermont – Lindy Pear
17.) Hallelujah The Hills – Hallelujah The Hills
Great Vermont references in that song. Lindy used to always be the second band on at the Radio Bean birthday party, though not for the last couple of years. I love the Burlington imagery in the Bern song. Such a classic from Willie. So, the HTH song was from an older album, but they just released a new one called A Band Is Something To Figure Out. On May 12 Swale will head to Boston to play a show with HTH, so here is a song from the new album.
18.) Hassle Magnet – Hallelujah The Hills
19.) Everyone Likes To – Swale
20.) Screwball – Screaming Broccoli
21.) Jan Michael Vincent – Chin Ho
Classics from Chin and Broccoli. Burlington’s music scene became so great back in the ’90’s and has stayed that way. Great rocker from Swale. I love that new Hills song. OK, there is time for a few more. Let’s keep rocking.
22.) Little French Earthquakes – Phil Yates and the Affiliates
23.) Restaurant – The Mountain Says No
24.) New Age Woman – Pinhead
I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?
25.) Sayonara – Black Rabbit
Songs After: Crucifix Corner – Fish
Emerald – Ace Frehley
Purple Rain – Prince
As always, I want to thank everyone who made tonight’s show possible. Thanks to Jeremy Gilchrist – Singer-Songwriter, Hana Zara, Cricket Blue, Taylor Smith, Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band, Kat Wright, Bob Wagner, Alpenglow, Slingshot Dakota, Tom Patterson, Carly Comando, Satori Bob, John Baumann, Robert Gagnon, Abbie Morin, Binger, Shakir Stephen, Dalton Muzzy, Braden Winslow, Hallelujah The Hills, SWALE, Eric Olsen, Jeremy Frederick, Tyler Bolles, Amanda Gustafson, Chin Ho, Andrew X Smith, Phil Yates & The Affiliates, Phil Yates, Jacob Blodgett, Raph Worrick, The Mountain Says No, Ben Maddox, Jedd Kettler, Justus Gaston, Andrew Frappier, Dug Nap, Black Rabbit, Jane Boxall Percussion, Marc Scarano, Darlene Scarano, Fish, Ace Frehley, WBKM, 107.1FM, Tony Gallucci, and everyone else!!!!
The Church 2016
I had a great time seeing music Wednesday night April 20th at the Tupelo Music Hall in Londonderry, NH. I’m on their mailing list, and a few weeks back got an e-mail saying they had added some cool new shows. I checked it out and saw that the Church were coming. I ran to the calendar and saw that it was on a Wednesday, which is the first day of my weekend. I bought a ticket immediately and booked a hotel room shortly thereafter.
Wednesday was a lovely day and I got out the door around 1:30. Traffic was pretty reasonable for the drive down 89 and I made pretty good time. Traffic picked up a bit around Concord but I just took it easy as I drove down 93 until I found exit 2, then my hotel. I got in and settled and headed out soon after. I took the short drive up 93 to exit 4 and followed the great directions provided by the venue.
The Tupelo Music Hall has a nice sign out front but the building itself looks like a large old house. They do not sell alcohol but you can bring your own for a $3 charge to the house. Also, on the front of the building there is a set of stairs that lead down to a beer and wine shop in the cellar. I wandered in, bought a couple of porters and walked up the stairs in the back of the shop, that lead into the venue. When you walk in there is a room with a check in desk and the merch table. To the right is a series of rooms with chairs and tables and to the left was The Purple Puffin cafe. I grabbed some food, found a table and watched the place slowly fill as I ate. When done, I went back towards the Puffin and through the door into the concert room.
The venue is a bit smaller than the ballroom at Higher Ground and had chairs on the floor, three tables in back and a line of seats behind them, almost at the back wall. I chatted with a couple of cool people then took my second row seat, on the left, right in front of Peter Koppes. I enjoyed listening to the ethereal music played through the PA until the band walked down the right side of the venue into the tiny “backstage” area beside the stage.
The full house was excited as the band walked onto the stage. Steve Kilbey chatted for a bit about how the album The Blurred Crusade came out in Australia in 1982 but was not released in America until after Under The Milky Way hit big in the late 80’s. He announced that the band would play the full album, and we were off. They played as a five-piece with Kilbey on bass and vocals. They had a utility guy, who’s name I missed, who sang backing vocals, played keys, played guitar and played bass on one song. Peter Koppes played lead and rhythm guitar, and sang backing vocals. Tim Powles played drums and sang some backing vocals and triggered a ton of sound effects. New guitar player Ian Haug played rhythm and lead, and sang some backing vocals too.
The Blurred Crusade begins with the super poppy Almost With You and it felt so great to be there with it playing live. The band were super tight and the sound was luscious. They continued through the albums strong yet poppy songs. When You Were Mine rocked nicely. Field Of Mars is a bit drifty and ultra cool. An Interlude starts slow but has a nice rock sound by the end. Secret Corners has a nice depth, Just For You and A Fire Burns have a great rock energy and are so easy to sing along with. Steve said something about if you hate sappy songs to leave before the next one and the band played a lovely version of To Be In Your Eyes. The album showcase, You Took, followed. The song starts slow with a bumping bass then explodes at the end. I though Ian might be the one to rip out the wicked lead break at the end of the song, but Peter was the one who pulled it off. They followed with a louder than usual version of the quite epilogue for the album, Don’t Look Back. Instead of ending there, they tossed in a blistering rock version of one of the B-sides from the era, Life Speeds Up. Wow, what a great set.
During the break I contemplated the full huge sound the band had going and the fact that Ian mostly played rhythm and Peter played most of the lead guitar. I had guessed the opposite.
After a short break, the band returned for set 2. They opened with the epic Block and I was ecstatic as the song built and built. Ian ripped out a killer solo, and spent most of the second set playing the lead. They followed with a song from the new album Further Deeper called Toy Head and it kept the music at a super energetic pace. Metropolis followed and it’s so easy to love that great pop song. They shifted the instrumentation a bit as Steve played an acoustic guitar for the shimmering Laurel Canyon. Steve sang the next two without guitar or bass and both the ferocious Sealine and the quirky Operetta sounded great. Steve picked up the bass again, and launched into his surging, almost Steve Harris level of rocking, blistering bass lines as the band pulled out my favorite song from the new album, Delirious. They capped the second set with the one two punch of Under The Milky Way and Reptile. The audience was totally blissed out. A short break followed but they returned to the stage and stayed with the Starfish album and pulled out a great version of Hotel Womb. They capped the night with another new song, Miami. Hearing the song on the album is cool, but live they gave it a much more epic huge sound and it filled my heart and soul.
After the set the house lights came on and people filed out. I went to my car and took the quick drive back to the hotel. I slept a few hours and woke up early and took the lovely drive home on Thursday. The drive was easy and sunny and lovely and was just wonderful until I got home and turned on the news to find out that Prince had passed away. It reinforced the idea that when great music happens you have to take advantage of it, because you never know how long it will last. With a bit of luck, The Church will continue on for a long time.
WBKM photo by Tim Lewis Dec 17 2015
Last night’s local music radio show on 107.1FM WBKM.ORG was prerecorded so there were no Prince mentions. I’m feeling gutted today about his passing, but am happy that I get to highlight some of the great music that happens in our town. Last night’s show went as follows:
Song before: When You Were Mine – The Church
From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. Last week I played a couple of sets to highlight the Wednesday holiday but totally forgot to play a song from these guys.
1.) Destiny Waits – The Kind Buds
2.) One Of A Kind – DuPont Brothers
3.) Save A Different Way – Francesca Blanchard
4.) Let’s Move – Kat Wright and the Indomitable Soul band
Thanks to John Billingsley for getting me a copy of Live At The Fort volume 2, so I can play some live versions of great local songs. Those last three songs were from that album. The Buds song was a live version from one of their albums. OK, let’s play the next song on Callisto. This is a redone, and more rocking, version of one of their older songs:
5.) Solitude – Alpenglow
6.) Rocket – Soule Monde
7.) Don’t Let The Darkness In – Anders Parker Cloud Badge
8.) Give Me All Your Love – Madaila
Those last three were live from the fort. I’m so psyched to have a Cloud Badge to play. Last Friday I went to the 1/2 Lounge to check out the Matthew Bryan Hagen solo set. I was cool to chat with him and Jer Coons. His new songs are cool and dark and he even tossed in a Lendway song. Here are a couple of songs from Matt’s other bands.
9.) Sea Chopper – The High Breaks
10.) Better Done Now – Lendway
11.) Smooth The Grain – Waylon Speed
12.) You Are Not The Photograph – Swale
Those last two were live from the Fort. That’s a classic Lendway song and something about the feel of it reminds me of Matt’s new songs. Same goes for Sea Chopper. OK, here is a brand new super cool song from Binger.
13.) Strings – Binger
14.) The Storm Has Been Weathered – 1881
15.) Lewlyweds – Slingshot Dakota
16.) Hold Me Tight – The Decentz
That one was recorded a long time ago, but still makes me bop around the room. Great new song from Slingshot. Is it May 10th yet? Ryan Cohen just posted some new songs from a band he produced called 1881. I don’t know much about them but liked that song. Hmmm, Binger. OK, let’s go back to the fort one more time and play some rock and roll.
17.) Righteous – Rough Francis
18.) Las Vegas – Ninja Custodian
19.) Gas And Oil – Gas And Oil
20.) Kill Your Idols – Slush
That was a classic rocker from Burlington’s 1990’s. Gas were Beano’s, from the Wards, solo band. I love that song. Killer song from Ninja. Great live version of the Francis song. OK, this next band played Metal Monday last week.
21.) Pastoral – Vultures Of Cult
I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?
Song after: Lucky (live Badgers) – Fish
As always, I want to thank everyone who made last night’s show possible. Thanks to: John Billingsley, The Church Band, Bud & Budd ~ The Kind Buds, Bud Johnson, Kitty Kindbud, Francesca Blanchard, Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band, Kat Wright, Bob Wagner, Alpenglow, Creston Lea, Steve Hadeka, Madaila, Jer Coons, The High Breaks, Matthew Bryan Hagen, Todd Gevry, Kevin Lynam, Lendway, Michael Clifford, Waylon Speed!, Kelly Ravin, SWALE, Eric Olsen, Amanda Gustafson, Tyler Bolles, Jeremy Frederick, Binger, Shakir Stephen, Dalton Muzzy, Braden Winslow, Ryan Cohen, Slingshot Dakota, Carly Comando, Tom Patterson, ROUGH FRANCIS, Bobby Hackney Jr., Urian Hackney, Julian Hackney, Paul Comegno, Ninja Custodian, Brendan Devitt, Doug McAllister, Ted Pappadopoulos, Vultures of Cult, Fish, and everyone else!!!
Hedwig at Arts Riot picture by Emiry S Potter
I had a great night seeing music and theater Thursday April 7th at Pearl’s, uhm, I mean ArtsRiot. For six days the Pine st club flashed back in time to recreate the the iconic club that closed years ago to become a pizza place. Pearls, later 135 Pearl, was a place for people to be comfortable being who they are, and a place to see a cool show now and then. Owner Robert Toms booked the first Swale show I ever saw, booked a bunch of cool bands, and put on a play from my friend Josh Bridgman. If you have never seen Silent Invasion, check it out. Toms also put together a production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch and was captivating in the leading role. Ten years later he brought the spirit of the club back to life and did a six day run of Hedwig.
I wanted to see the show on Friday April 1st, when the Dirty Blondes played the after show party, but was in Montreal to see Iron Maiden. Sometimes you have to make a choice. That Thursday, with my local music radio show prerecorded, I headed down to the building that used to house the Cheese Outlet/Fresh Market. I arrived a little before the 8pm showtime, found a seat and settled in. The lights went down, the band rushed to the stage and the super tall, high heeled glitter booted, wig down to her ankles,sparkling lipstick that could be seen glittering from the back of the room, heroine stormed the stage. The show veered a little bit away from the movie and settled in as Hedwig did a mix of stand up and storytelling that kept the audience transfixed. The story was punctuated with the killer band ripping it up on some very cool songs. Hedwig spoke of the horror of playing at the Fresh Market while former lover Tommy Gnosis packed Memorial Auditorium. She dropped a couple of Bernie and Trump references too, but mostly told the tale of finding love in East Berlin, having a botched sex change, getting stranded in America and coming to terms with herself and using that understanding to propel her to stardom. Toms really laid into the arrogance of Hedwig with her dismissal of others, especially her band mates, yet provided a glimpse into the way bravado can be used to overcome the fear of being trapped in an ordinary life. He made Hedwig ugly and beautiful. He made Hedwig annoying and alluring. He made Hedwig a warning to and an aspiration for us all. He brought us on a journey of discovery from the moment they hit the stage until the last notes of Midnight Radio slipped away. It was a beautiful and powerful show and I’m so glad I was there to experience it.
After the show the crew cleared out the chairs. Most of the audience headed out but several intrepid souls hung out as Swale moved their gear to the stage. Soon enough they started with an old jam and then launched into Soul Piggy Bank. They continued through the set playing mostly new songs from what I expect to be their next album. Songs like Loser (?) are fun and catchy and songs like Drug Laws rock hard. Most of the show was pretty rocking with songs like Joyless, Popular Crowd and Everyone Likes to. The show was not long but was great note for note. As soon as they wrapped up, I headed out with a happy mind and a love filled heart.
Matt Hagen at 1/2 Lounge April 15, 2016
I had a chance to check out some cool new music last night. I saw the listing at the 1/2 Lounge for Matthew Bryan Hagen playing solo songs and it made my mind wonder. The show was scheduled from 7-9. I worked until 7, got home around quarter after, got back out the door around 7:30 and waked into the lounge about quarter of 8. Matt was onstage playing an electric guitar and singing dark songs about the Devil and things like that. The songs had a bit of the noir side of the High Breaks sound crossed with a more singer songwriter structure. The lyrics had the feel of the theme from True Blood, though not as cheery. The one about grinding the bones to make your bread was especially memorable. The music had a very cool feel and flow and I loved it from the moment I walked in. A few songs had an odd effect where at the end he kept playing but faded the songs out. I’ve only ever heard a live song fade out when Genesis did it with Supper’s Ready on the Seconds Out album. I was tremendously amused when Matt later pulled out a dark tale of what one might be hiding in one’s wardrobe. All of the songs felt like skeletons of what might come, and that realization added a nice extra edge to the music.
When he finished the last of the new songs, he pulled out a few covers. He pulled out an old Lendway song that I couldn’t quite place, but really enjoyed. He pulled out a couple of Ween covers, Devil’s Sweat and Buenos Tardes Amigo. Both songs nicely fit in with his new original songs.
After that he did the wardrobe change and music change and did a short set of MC Hagen songs. He slow rapped some amusing songs with a stern Jer Coons waving menacingly in the background. Jer had just produced a couple of the songs so it was cool that he was there in support of Matt. After his four rap songs that was the end of the show. I chatted with both for a couple of minutes then headed out. It’s so great to hear some of the new music that is heading our way. And, all I had to do to find it was get myself out the door.
The Mountain Says No at Manhattan Pizza April 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis
What was the name of the band I saw last night? The Mountain Says New? After my radio show I wandered over to Manhattan Pizza and The Mountain Says No were setting up. I waited it out and soon they began with a stunning new song. It had a bit of an epic Middle Eastern Dio sort of sound. They followed with another brand new song that had a bit of a Tragically Hip feel. They kept the heavy rock going with Restaurant then played another great new song, maybe called Game Of Thrones. Glazerbeam, with all of it’s spooky power followed. That one is newer than their album JV, but they have been playing it for a few months. Ricky The Rider followed with it’s funky dancey heavy rock and was fun as always. The next two songs were brand new and both had an epic rock feel. Long Term Sermon followed and kept the rock pace at maximum. They followed with I Know Right which is another new one that they have been playing for a while. It rocks hard. They finally eased off a bit and played the slower Blanket’s Fine. That one is post JV also but they have been playing it for a while. They capped the night with a wicked version of The Bomb and that was that. Before I ducked out Andrew Frappier said they pretty much had a full second album of songs ready to go. Judging from what I heard last night, I can’t wait for it
WBKM photo by Tim Lewis Dec 17 2015
Tonight’s local music radio show on 107.1FM WBKM and streaming at the WBKM Facebook page featured some highlights of the music that happened in town last week, highlighted a couple of upcoming shows and featured a bunch of new music from a cool Burlington band.
Song before: Almost With You – The Church
From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. Last week I made it to one of the Hedwig and the Angry Inch shows they did at ArtsRiot. I loved the show and the local band who just rocked. The show had lots of glitter and sparkle and it made me think of this classic Burlington song.
1.) It’s Purple And It Sparkles – Zola Turn
2.) Midnight Radio – Hedwig and the Angry Inch original cast recording
3.) Popular Crowd – Swale.
Swale played the Hedwig after show party and played some great songs, many of them new. I love the build in Midnight which was the ending song from Hedwig. I love Zola. OK, it’s time for the next song on Alpenglow’s album Callisto.
4.) Holiday – Alpenglow
5.) Wally Rides The Ferry – Zoot Wilson
6.) Sun In The Sky – Ninja Custodian
7.) Upstream – The New Siberians
I’m loving that new Siberians song. Brendan Devitt is in the Siberians now and was in Ninja back in the day. I want to dedicate Sun to everyone who is going through a rough time. There is always a sun in the sky and you are a valuable part of the life that keeps moving on. We’re all in it together so help your friends and let them help you when you need it. Classic song from Zoot. What a legend in Burlington. Great new song from Alpenglow that is a bit more rocking than usual for them. This week, Cricket Blue released a new EP called IO. It’s full of legendary imagery and great music.
8.) Angela Carter – Cricket Blue
9.) Eleanor – Cricket Blue
10.) Trouble Come No More – Cricket Blue
11.) Kentucky – Cricket Blue
Wow, what an EP. I just could not pick one song so I had to play it all. OK, it’s the political season. I love the opening line to this song. It’s all about it being OK to disagree and not have to talk about it if you do.
12.) East Jabib (live) – REDadmiral
13.) Feel The Bern – Violint Wednesday
14.) This Land Is Your Land – VT artists
I love the version of the classic song done in honor of Bernie Sanders by a ton of great local musicians. The Bern song has such a nice portrait of life in Burlington. Great song from Admiral. They will be one of the many bands playing at the Monkey House on 4/20. This next artist will be at that show too.
15.) Relax – Joe Adler
16.) Winter Is Over – Apartment 3
17.) Monocacy – Slingshot Dakota
18.) You Took – The Church
Unfortunately, I will miss the Monkey 420 show since on April 20 I will go to the Tupelo Music Hall in New Hampshire and see The Church. They will play all of The Blurred Crusade so I had to play You Took and start the show with Almost With You. I’m so excited. I’m also excited by Slingshot Dakota playing at the Monkey House on May 10. I’m loving their new album Break. Apartment will be at the 420 Monkey show. That’s a pretty cool song. Hmm, I love Joe songs. Let’s keep with the theme, and if this next set makes you want to call your legislators, feel free.
19.) Gettin High – Heavy Plains
20.) Seeds And Stems – The New Siberians
21.) Grandma Betty – Brother Zag
22.) Space Weed Zombies – Wave Of The Future
I love the funky heavy rock of Wave. Great song from one of Burlington’s most obscure singer songwriters. Seeds is from the Siberians first album. Plains are such a great rocking band, especially live. OK, let’s keep rocking.
23.) Poem For Torin/Ethan’s Stoned – Peg Tassey
24.) The Bomb – The Mountain Says No
I may have to head over to Manhattan Pizza after the show and see Mountain. They go on at 11:30. Fantastic song from Peg. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we? Ta ta, farewell, see ya.
25.) Sayonara – Black Rabbit
Song after: 3D – Fish
Tantalized (live) – The Church
As always, I want to thank everyone who made tonight’s shop possible. Thanks to:107.1FM WBKM, The Church Band, Julia Austin, Alice Austin, SWALE, Amanda Gustafson, Jeremy Frederick, Tyler Bolles, Eric Olsen, Alpenglow, Ninja Custodian, Brendan Devitt, Ted Pappadopoulos, The New Siberians, Cricket Blue, Taylor Smith, REDadmiral, John Billingsley, Gordon Glover, Kat Wright, Kelly Ravin, Marie Claire Johnson, Dwight & Nicole, Francesca Blanchard, Bob Wagner, Joe Adler, Slingshot Dakota, Carly Comando, Tom Patterson, Heavy Plains, Luke Awtry, Mike Luoma, Wave of the Future, Luke Richer, Samara Lark Brown, Jake Styles, Jeremy Gartner, Peg Tassey MUSIC, The Mountain Says No, Ben Maddox, Jedd Kettler, Andrew Frappier, Black Rabbit, Marc Scarano, Darlene Scarano, Jane Boxall Percussion, Fish, and everyone else!!!