I just got back from my local music radio show on internet only WBKM.org. I highlighted some of the local music that happened last week, will happen next week, and happened today. I also said goodbye to a legend with live music from Essex Jct Vt.
Song before: Maybe I’m Amazed – Paul McCartney and Wings
From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds of Burlington. It’s been a horrible mixture of rain and a wonderful mixture of sun in the past few days. Burlington is luscious and green. This first band played last Friday at Signal Kitchen and I just saw them earlier this evening at Summervale in Burlington’s Intervale. They played this one at both shows.
Kat and the band are at the boathouse tomorrow on the waterfront when Burlington celebrates our nation’s birthday with a huge party and tons of fireworks. The band are also at Radio Bean tonight and Summervale next week. Madaila and the Snaz are two bands I’ve been wanting to see and will on Saturday when they play on a ferry on Lake Champlain. It’s about time, eh? Hmmm, Swale. OK, here is the next song on the album I’m working my way through, song after song, week after week. JV is such a great album.
Dino played a killer show at The Monkey House last Saturday. The Mountain Says No opened the show with a stunning set, and released JV, then Dino rocked the end of the night away. Champlain is a fresh water lake, so no worry about whales when Villanelles play on the boat cruse Saturday with the other two. Another killer song from Rabbit’s new album Red Flannel Hash. OK, we lost a legend this week. I really got into Yes in the ’90’s and can’t believe Chris Squire has passed away. In September of 2004 they played a show with Anderson, White, Wakeman, Howe, and the mighty Chris Squire. Let’s say goodbye to him with a bunch of music from that show.
9.) Firebird Suite->Going For The One – Yes (official)
10.) Yours Is No Disgrace – Yes
11.) And You And I – Yes
12.) Awaken – Yes
13.) Every Little Thing – Yes
That was the opening, and most of set 2 from the Essex show. You will be missed Chris Squire! This is not from Essex but is from Chris and Jon Anderson
14.) Amazing Grace (live) – Chris Squire
15.) Where Have All The Flowers Gone? – U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and 30 VT musicians
16.) Today Is Tomorrow – The Red Telephone
17.) Sayonara – Black Rabbit
I’m not sure if I’m going to close all my shows with that one from now on, or show some restraint. I guess we will find out in the next few weeks. If you like the RT song, go to Radio Bean on Monday and catch The Nancy Druids. I don’t think they will play that song, but the songs they play will sound a bit like that. People are paying attention and coming out to see Bernie! It’s so great. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?
Song after: A Gentleman’s Excuse Me – Fish
I had a great time seeing music last Friday at Signal Kitchen. I had to work until 7, and she show was scheduled for 7, but the band was not on until 9, so there was plenty of time. I talked Christopher Larrow into going and he arrived just after 8. We headed out around quarter of nine and were in and ready for the band. The party was thrown by the makers of a new app called divvi. They had a few people involved speak about it and it sounds like a way to connect people to things they want and need and might be a step from moving away from the concept of brand. I’m still without a smartphone and appless so I was curios but not fascinated. That said, it was interesting to hear about, and it was their party and I was a guest. The show was free to the public and Divvi planted a tree for everyone who showed up.
The half full room focused its attention on the band as Swale took the stage and emitted a beautiful version of Soul Piggy Bank. They upped the energy a bit with Cancer, which has that huge build. I think it was Popular Crowd next, which is always high energy fun. After that, they said they had a new one. I missed the name, but it had a funky groovy sound with a non-stop mega-intense guitar riff driving it along. I love when my favorite bands pull out great new songs! Joyless was gorgeous and powerful as always. Beaten Down rolled along nicely then they followed with a stunning cover of Maybe I’m Amazed. Amanda Gustafson sang her heart out and the room was very impressed. As their set drew towards a close they pulled out the melange of War Pigs and Runaway. They kept things at full throttle for Everyone Likes To, which I incorrectly though would end the night. Amanda sang an oddly paced gentle cover that I did not recognize, in honor of the Supreme Court’s ruling saying it was against the Constitution to make a law to prevent gay marriage. The band followed the song though its curves nicely, then they said good night. Richard, the “Chief of Crazy Ideas” who hosted the party, asked for an encore and the crowd readily agreed. Amanda took the mic and belted out a killer Rebel Girl and the band were on fire as they charged through it.
What a wonderfully easy evening it was. The show was free and they planted a tree for all of us. We got to learn about some new way to connect to people and Swale, Swale are all you need!!
Running late this morning, so no time to write up the Swale show last night. To quickly sum up, maybe I’m amazed we have such a rebel girl as Amanda Gustafson, who’s gorgeous and powerful voice kept us safe from the fear of being lost, even if the band were playing a new song that had a funky intensity that reminded me a little of The Mountain Says No. I’ll find out for sure when I see the latter tonight. Everyone likes to be with the popular crowd and listen to a melange of Black Sabbath and Kanye West.
It was the longest day of the year. It was the summer solstice. It was Father’s Day. It was RUSH in Montreal.
I woke up around 9am and met mom, dad, and Ken for lunch at 12:30. We ate and chatted for an hour then mom and dad headed off. Ken and I took the other car, and after a slight detour, I drove north. The drive up went smooth, but as we approached the border, there was a huge line of cars waiting to cross. We arrived around 3, and made it through just before 4:30. The rest of the trip into Montreal was uneventful and we quickly found parking downtown. I knew of a potential get together with Elephants of Scotland at Brutopia, but must have arrived too late. We grabbed a quick bite then headed to Centre Bell for the show.
Our floor seats towards the back, on the right side facing the stage, were fine, and we patiently waited for showtime. About 7:45 the lights went down and an animated film of the band began to play. It started with them when they were young and showed then aging and many of their logos and symbols and the way their facial hair changed over the years. There was one sign that said Montreal bring back the Expos, which got a nice cheer. As the video wound down, the screen rose and Rush charged into The Anarchist. The band was perfectly on, as always, and rocking hard. They continued on with two more from Clockwork Angels, including the title song and Headlong Flight, which had a quick and bombastic Neil Peart drum solo. After those three they went back in time for Far Cry, which had some cool fireworks going off, and jammed out The Main Monkey Business. From there, they went back in time for a killer version of One Little Victory, which Geddy said was very important to them, and featured a video of the dragon, which breathed pillars of real fire onto the back of the stage. From there, they went back in time. As the show progressed the stage slowly and continuously changed. A couple of workmen moved items in and out, making the stage look like it did on the tour for whichever album they were playing. The effect in the moment was subtle, but the effect from the beginning of the show to the end was quite tremendous. Animate followed and rocked hard. The crowd sang along with the chorus as the words flashed on the background screen. They went back in time for Roll The Bones, which had a fun video for the rap part. Several people appeared in it but the ones with the biggest cheers were Peter Dinklage and the Trailer Park Boys. Again, they went back in time. As Geddy announced Distant Early Warning, the place erupted with the loudest cheer of the night. The lights had changed from the robotic lights from the beginning part of the show to the round circle of lights that lowered and changed angles, like they did when the song was new. The old video played with the boy riding the missile. They went back one more time for a killer Subdivisions and wrapped up the 75 minute set just about 9.
Ken and I just hung out at our seats and waited and around 9:20 the lights wend down and a movie started playing on the screen. No Country For Old Hens seemed to be a bunch of outtakes from all the videos they’ve used during their shows over the years. As it wrapped up, the screen rose and Rush lit int Tom Sawyer. The place went nuts and everyone was having a great time. They followed with Red Barchetta and Alex Lifeson’s guitar took us on a high speed ride through wandering roads. From there, they went back in time. Wide lasers filled the room as they played a killer version of Spirit Of Radio. They followed with a version of Jacob’s Ladder that was just dropped from the sky. They stepped back in time again, and let the songs run long and deep as they pulled out the prelude to Cygnus X-1 Book II and let it go into most of Cygnus X-1. It was a long and joyfully adventurous ride through the essence of Rush. Neil had another bombastic drum solo and the audience was through the roof. Everyone pulled out their best singing voices for Closer To The Heart, then the band launched another epic with a beautifully long version of Xanadu. From there, they stepped back in time. Shimmering lasers filled the room as they worked their way through a chunk of 2112. They did the full Overture and Priests then went into the “Another toy will help destroy the elder race of man” part, then jammed it into the Grand Finale. Wow, that was up there with the best sets of music I’ve ever seen a band play.
The band left the stage and the screen dropped down. They went back in time, from 2112, with a video of Eugene Levy introducing this new band who were really something. These kids had even opened for Kiss. Sure, they are just a trio, and that does not a rock band make, but maybe they will add some horns in the future. That’s not exactly what he said, but pretty close. The screen raised and Rush drove into Lakeside Park with red curtain as a background and white lights illuminating the band. They dropped it into Anthem and the crowd rocked right along. Then, they went back in time. The red curtain parted to show the background of a high school gymnasium and they closed the night with What You’re Doing and Working Man. The screen came down the final time and a video showed the band heading back to the dressing room, only to be denied entry by the characters from all of their album covers.
As we headed our of the Bell Center, just about 11pm, there was a long bunched up group of people looking towards the exits but not moving at all, We found an exit near the metro that worked nicely and made it back to the car, as a light rain fell. There is a great road that goes out of downtown that will take you along the river and put you on the Champlain. Unfortunately, there was construction, and three lanes had to merge into one. It took forever to get through, but once on the highway, I thought I was all set. As we approached the bridge traffic was stopped. The Champlain was having work done and they merged three lanes of traffic into one and it took forever to get through. About 90 minutes after leaving downtown, we were finally on the other side of the bridge and beginning the long ride home. There was a wait at the US border, maybe 10 cars or so, but it went smoothly. I drove to Shelburne and dropped Ken at home. I drove back to Burlington and got in just about 3:30. Wired from the road, I hung out a bit and saw the world begin to light up at 4:15am. What a long and lovely day.
I had a great time seeing music last night. Friday’s are always hard. I never get enough sleep Thursday night, so always want to take it easy. Of course, when I have a song running through my head all day, sometimes I have to force myself.
I got out of work at 7, went home and ate a quick dinner then headed down to Signal Kitchen. I got in and settled and almost immediately Maryse Smith began to play. She was joined by Brennan Gregory Mangan, and I couldn’t tell what instrument he was playing on the first song, but he played drums on all the others. Maryse played a bunch of new songs on a green electric guitar, and it was cool to hear her songs a bit more orchestrated, since I’m used to hearing her play solo on acoustic. They opened with The Way It Is, then played a bunch of lovely songs I did not know. I’m not sure if I need to play all of her music again to see which ones they are, but really think most were brand new. Either way, it was fun to just listen close and try and follow along. She has a great voice and a super cool structure to her songs. Her lyrics get intensely personal, and sometimes remind you of thoughts and feelings deep inside yourself. They played nicely together, and the music they made had a nice sweep to it. I went in with high expectations and was completely blown away. When they finished the lovely set, she checked on time and had enough for one more, but said that is all they had worked out. After the intense concentration of playing together she unleashed a solo version of Liar that seemed to effortlessly roll out of her. I love that song and she did a killer version. I’m so glad I put in the effort.
There were two more bands playing, but I started the night tired and headed out. I wandered up Church st and headed over to Radio Bean. There was a band billed as dream pop that I thought might be fun, but my timing was off, and they were going on at 10. I hung out for a drink and caught a few songs by Questionable Company. They had a nice airy jazzy flow to them. The quartet was made up of a woman singer, a woman electric guitar player who sang also, a guy on stand up bass and a guy on a minimalist drum kit. It was easy to get into their groove and sway to the breezy songs. The vocal harmonies were quite lovely, but when they brought up another singer for one song, her voice mingled with the lead singer’s voice sounded eerily like Joe Adler‘s voice. It was kind of cool. A couple of songs later I recognized one and they did a great job with Skynyrd’s Simple Man. They played one more after that. I briefly though about staying for a bit, but weariness led me out the door for the smooth walk home through the twilight.
I just got back from my local music radio show on internet only WBKM.org. It had a swing at the beginning then rocked through the end.
Song before: Distant Early Warning – Rush
From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds of Burlington. Life in Burlington has seen a ton of rain and lots of sunny beautiful days, or parts of days. This is a song from the early 2000’s from a band from Rutland. This song has been playing in my head a lot lately, so now I’m going to play it for you. This is If I Go by Will on WBKM and this is Burlington’s Kind of Music.
The Cush built their first album in Texas then moved to Vermont for a few years. I saw as many shows as I could and that is such a great song. Killer song from Western. Hopefully, they have new stuff coming soon. That’s such a fun Swale song and sounded as good coming out of the Will song as I hoped. This next singer is playing this weekend in Hinesburgh at the Northern Sun Music Festival with a bass player and drummer. I bet it will rock.
Maryse Smith is playing at Signal Kitchen tomorrow. What a great song. I have not caught up with Milton in a while, but hope to soon. Cool lyrics that make you think from Jeremy. Hopefully, I will get to see Aaron and his band really rock sometime soon. Like the first song in the set tonight, this song has been going through my head a lot lately.
It’s been raining like crazy lately and was supposed to rain today. No sign of it yet, it’s really been a beautiful day. I’ve always loved that Dave song. Rachel used to unleash her killer voice in this town a lot. OK, it’s time for the next song on JV, the album I’m playing all the way through, song after song, week after week. It will be released July 27 when they play The Monkey House.
Classic song from the band that lead the punk wave in Burlington back in the ’80’s. Killer new Rabbit song! Killer classic from Envy. Sean Toohey and Ann Mindell who played in that band are in a new band called The Nancy Druids. Definitely check them out when they play Radio Bean a couple of Monday’s from now. Hmmm, Mountain. OK, let’s keep on playing some recent Burlington punk music.
If you want a heavy rock band, you could not do better than Rough Francis. They are at Higher Ground tonight opening for Bad Religion. As play it fast and hard and fun and I’ve loved the couple of times I’ve seen them. Better keep writing music and playing shows and I cant’ wait to see where they go next. Doom always rock hard. I miss Poxy. This next artist used to play all the time in Burlington. She’s coming back for a visit. Will she play a show? I hope so.
I’ve got to get out and see admiral. They are playing the Northern Sun Music Festival too, but I have to work on Saturday and Sunday I’m meeting Mom and Dad and Ken for a Father’s Day lunch then heading to Montreal to see Rush with Ken. Killer song from Particles who are on the road now. Go check them out! Cool song form Binger. It’s almost the Solstice and the longest day of the year. It makes me feel like this song.
Killer song from the bands new album N.E.W. Love that Vetica song. Killer song from Slowdim. I’d love someone to bring that Boston band to town. Sarah’s on the road. Check her out if she comes to your town! I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?
Yesterday was the 30th anniversary of the release of Misplaced Childhood, so the songs after were: Childhood’s End->White Feather (live) – Fish
After wrapping up the show, the rain came. It was a very wet walk home with shifting winds. The umbrella helped, but it was a very wet walk.
Aaron Flinn at Radio Bean June 2 and The High Breaks at Jazzfest on the top of Church St June 10, 2015
I’ve been slacking about writing about shows that I’ve seen lately and wanted to write about a couple of them. On June 2nd I had the day off as my floating holiday for working Memorial Day. Aaron Flinn was set to play at Radio Bean opening for Honky Tonk Tuesday. I took the quick walk over around quarter of 9 and arrived as he was setting up with a bass player. I’ve mostly seen Aaron play acoustic lately, but that night he brought the electric and he and Tom Carvey played a pretty intense set. Aaron is a killer guitar player and did a lot one hand soloing, and just generally threw his hands towards the strings and made the sounds he wanted emerge from them. Tom was pretty amazing too and was able to bend a few notes just by his handling of the bass guitar. It was quite the sight to absorb. Of course, with a killer guitarist and bass player, I was kind of wanting a drummer to push things over the top, but thoroughly enjoyed the show nonetheless. After the show I said a quick goodbye and Aaron mentioned they would be playing with a drummer soon. I can’t wait.
The next week was Jazzfest and very rainy and I did not make it out to much. I have Wednesday’s off so when I saw The High Breaks were playing on the stage at the top of Church St as part of the event, I had to go. I walked around a bit and heard a bit of jazz at various places on Church st, but nothing that caught me. I stopped in at the OP for a drink and headed back to the show and the band were on. With slick grey suits, dark sunglasses and a mellow but fun attitude they alternated surf rock songs with Matt Matthew Bryan Hagen droll and funny comments. He introduced most of the songs with a fun story and the trio played like crazy. Kevin Lynam‘s bass was rock solid and Todd Gevry‘s drumming was quick and powerful. Matt’s guitar lead the set through a mix of originals and classic covers and it was quite fun. The weather was threatening but there was only a misty rain now and then. They played a killer first set, and fun as it was, I was a bit damp and tired and skipped out on the second one. It was a cool time and I’m glad I put in the effort.
I just got back from doing my local music radio show on internet only WBKM.org. In honor of Jazzfest, I played a bunch of blues and jazz, then let it rock.
Song before: Now And Then – Pete Townshend
From our small city to the great big world, these are the sounds of Burlington. You likely cannot hear what I’m saying since the fire trucks are blaring sirens as I speak. It’s Jazzfest and the town is filled with music and happy people. This first artist is headlining the block party tomorrow from 5-8 on the stage at the top of Church St. This is Afterall (Glad We Made It) by Kat Wright and the Indomitable Soul Band on WBKM and this is Burlington’s Kind Of Music.
1.) Afterall (Glad We Made It) – Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band
2.) Blue Lunch – Sneakers Jazz Band – Live at White Crow
3.) I’m Just A Lonely So And So – Big Joe Burrell & The Unknown Blues Band
Joe was one of the greats and put tons of music into this town. It’s cool that they just re-released the live in the studio Sneakers band album. Great stuff from some great musicians. They are reuniting for two shows at Club Metronome on Sunday. Great stuff from Kat and the band. Let’s stay with the classic Vt theme.
4.) Killer Bee Bop – Zoot Wilson
5.) Stronger – Belizbeha
6.) Fearless->Benny And The Jets->Fearless – Marco Benevento.
That was from a show Marco played at Radio Bean. Belizbeha used to play their acid jazz all over town. There’s a lot of talent in that band. Let’s keep things jazzy for just a little while longer.
7.) Breathe – Barika
8.) Mon Ange – Francesca Blanchard
9.) Burning Down The House (live) – Joe Adler & The Rangers Of Danger
That was from a fun show and recorded live at Nectar’s. Francesca is playing Light Club Lamp Shop this evening. I love the flow of the Barika song. Well, last week I played the last song from Swale‘s The Next Instead. It’s time to start a new album to play song after song, week after week. This album is not out yet but should be released June 27th when they play The Monkey House. The album is called JV from a band called The Mountain Says No.
Phil and the band are playing the Monkey House tomorrow. Classic VT musicians covering a Slush/Five Seconds Expired song from the Burlington Does Burlington disc. Great song from Mountain and a lot more great songs by Mountain on the way. If you listened to the Zoot song you may have caught the line about enjoying 6-7 daiquiris. A lot of people in Burlington like to have a few drinks and see music and have fun. One of the preferred drinks is the subject of this next set.
Particles are heading out on the road. Check your local listings and check them out if they come to your town. Killer song by Crazyhearse. I had lots of fun seeing Torpedo when they used to do the basement shows with tons of bands. I loved seeing Iris a couple of weeks back. Hopefully I’ll get to see them again. The Crazyhearse song had Rebecca Rogers on it. So does the next one.
Great song that was recorded at Nectar’s too. Classic from Peg Tassey MUSIC and her band. I just love this next song.
It’s great that Bernie’s message today is the same as it was back when he recorded that. It’s too bad that it still has to be the same. The Western song could have fit in the whiskey set, but works in any set of music. OK, time for a couple left. This next band was fronted by Dan Bolles who writes for Seven Days and has taught me a lot about music in our town over the years.
23.) Highway Girl – The Skamaphrodites
24.) The Blackout – The Static Age
That band spawned two great Burlington musicians. Marie Claire Johnson played keys on that and went on to front Fire The Cannons, and Bobby Hackney Jr. plays drums on that song and now sings for the mighty ROUGH FRANCIS. Well, I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?
Song after: Credo (live) – Fish
I just got back from doing my local music radio show on internet only Wbkm Dot Org. I highlighted some of the music that happened this week and celebrated getting a copy of The Mountain Says No’s album JV.
Song before: Cinderella Search (live) – Marillion
From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. It’s 9pm and still twilight and the city is alive with music. Myra Flynn is playing in the ally at Red Square. There’s a band at the restaurant on the corner of Church and Main. Flowers are filling the air with staggering scents and filling our eyes with their beauty. I’m very excited that one of my favorite bands just got me a copy of their new album. I’ve loved this song for a while and am thrilled that I get to play it for you now. This is The Bomb by The Mountain Says No on WBKM, and this is Burlington’s Kind Of Music.
Great song from when the great band resided in Vt. I just cannot stop playing that new Phil song. That one has been released, but the two before are so new, they are not out yet. OK, let’s play the last song, or is it, on Swale’s album The Next Instead. I’ll get to that question later.
I had fun with the 37 second overmix between TFAY and Mary. Great songs from the current rockers and Plan B who played Nectar’s all the time in the late ’80’s or early ’90’s. I love that Swale song!! This is another great song from the ’90’s.
Sometimes you feel like everything is going your way, and sometimes you feel dragged around the universe. That is dedicated to everyone who is going through a tough time right now. Things will get better. After listening to the Mountain song, I wanted to put it side by side with the Ninja and I think it really worked. Killer Peg song. This next band played almost every Friday in May at The Skinny Pancake. I caught the last one and was blown away!
Sarah played a killer show on the Friday at the Pancake that Iris did not. I love the build in that song. Killer song from Maryse Smith I saw this next performer at Radio Bean on Tuesday playing with a killer bass player named Tom Carvey. It was fun to see Aaron rip it up on the electric guitar.
15.) Scattered Birds – Aaron Flinn
16.) Who Can Say? – The Mountain Says No
17.) The Cure – Thompson Gunner
18.) Gimme Shelter – The Rolling Stones with Grace Potter
That is an MP3 rip from a Youtube video but it sounds pretty good. I hope they release an official quality version. Wow, Grace sang with the Stones. I had to play the Gunner song to set it up, with the lyric I like the Stones You like the Cure. Another great Mountain song. Happy Birthday Jared Artaud
The Bees have been around for a long time and they keep appearing now and then to rock us happily. Yet another killer Mountain song. I think the album is coming out June 27th at The Monkey House. Mark your calendar. This next artist will be never satisfied until all people have a great shot at making something in their lives.
When they released The Next Instead they had Everyone Likes To as the lead off song, then put the alternate mix at the end. Since I’m finishing the album, I had to close with the remix. I like the circular idea of ending with the opening. I’ve loved that Mountain song for a while and that is a killer version of it that they assembled in the cave of legends. Many years ago Woody said this land is your land, and recently Binger said we all started from the same root and the tree keeps growing and growing. It’s nice to know we haven’t lost a thing. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?
Song after: Lucky (the live version with the story about the badgers and the origin of rock and roll) – Fish