I just got back from my local music radio show on internet only WBKM.org. I started out with a couple of local highlights from the Neil Young show, then played some great local music.
Song before: Hymnalayas – Gong
From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds of Burlington. It’s been a beautiful day in Burlington and lots of people are out and about tonight. It was also a beautiful night last Sunday when Neil Young and The Promise Of The Real came to Essex. He came to Vermont to support our GMO labeling law, which is the subject of his new album The Monsanto Years. This is one of the songs from the album that heavily mentions Vermont and the importance of knowing what we are eating, This is A Rock Star Bucks A Coffee Shop by Neil Young on WBKM, and this is Burlington’s kind of music.
1.) A Rock Star Bucks A Coffee Shop – Neil Young
2.) Moonlight In Vermont – Willie Nelson
3.) Threaded – Jeremy Gilchrist
4.) Dead Summer – Thompson Gunner
It’s summer in Burlington and that was a band from Rutland and that was recorded at Nectar’s. Great new song from Jeremy. At the Neil Young show, Lucas and Micah Nelson were part of the Promise Of The Real. They are the sons of Willie and Lucas sang a great version of Moonlight In Vermont last Sunday in Essex. Oh, yea, it’s summer. Let’s head to the beach.
Such a nice cool breezy song. If you like that song, head to Radio Bean tomorrow. Mammal just played Summervale earlier this evening. When you go to the beach, obey the lifeguard and watch out for sharks, especially when surfing. So, on Saturday there is a celebration of the Old North End of Burlington. People get together and walk around the ONE and check out art and music and food and what businesses are doing and all sorts of fun things. It’s called The Ramble and this next set of music is dedicated to Burlington’s Old North End.
Killer rocker from Death. I love the imagery of the north end in Hana’s song. Loud and Proud nicely describes the ONE, thanks James. OK, it’s time for the next song on JV, the killer new album from The Mountain Says No.
I still remember that time when there were not a lot of cool rock bands around for a few months and then came Cannons. Oh, how they rocked so many great shows. Killer song from Particles who are touring all over the US and just played Toronto too. I’m still in awe of Plains from that Nectar’s show. Hmm, Signs And Wonders. Hmmm Mountain. When I put tonight’s show together the beginning just flowed then I hit a wall after Nowhere. I just wasn’t sure where to go next, for a moment.
Killer song from Joe’s album. He’s done so much for the local music scene, especially writing and playing songs like that. Nice rocker form Raph Worrick and the gang. Classic VT song from Chin. Yet another great song from Rabbit’s new album Red Flannel Hash. Recently, there was a band who played a bunch of shows then just stopped. I’m missing them and feeling a little lacking, like maybe i need to take some vitamins or something.
Killer new song from the second Vedora album. If you liked the whistling on Birds, go check out Aaron next Wednesday at Red Square. Killer song form the classic VT band. I feel a bit better after that shot of Vitamin Dee, I hope you do too. I saw this next band twice last Thursday. They played Summervale, I left then did the show and walked into Light Club Lamp Shop just as they were about to go on. Both shows were great but the later one was out of this world. Here’s a couple of their songs.
I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. I might be off next week seeing the Decemberists but we can to it the week after that, and the week after that…..
Song after: The Great Unraveling – Fish
I had a great time seeing music last Thursday, twice even. I caught the last Arc Iris show of their month long run in May at The Skinny Pancake, and was pretty blown away. When the schedule for Summervale (a festival that runs every Thursday for most of the summer in the Intervale in Burlington) came out, I was elated that Arc were set to play. When Swale played a couple of weeks before, they went right on at 6, so I got motivated a little early and arrived just before 6. The band were doing a sound check, which was nice to hear, then took the stage for real around 6:25. The music was gorgeous, subtle and powerful, but most of the crowd was made of families chatting and kids dancing and they only paid a casual attention to the music. The band were undaunted and put on a great show anyway, and seemed to enjoy all the little kids running around in front of the stage. Their sound ranges from dance pop to progressive rock. The use of a bowed cello instead of a bass gives the songs a more ancient feel that is nicely balanced with the modern sound of the synths. The drumming is primal yet delicate and effortlessly moved the songs in any direction they needed to go. Jocie sang like an angel, sometimes played guitar and sometimes scrunched in to play keys with Zach. It’s fun to watch them play in and around each other without missing a note. They day was warm and sunny and the music just made the setting that much more lovely. I hung out happily until about 7:45 when I had to leave to head downtown to get ready for my radio show that night. I hated to walk away, but thought there would be a chance to catch them again later, since they were set to play at Light Club Lamp shop at 10, or maybe 10:30.
I headed downtown and did my local music radio show on internet only WBKM.org from 9-11, and of course played one of their songs, Lost On Me. I finished my after show work around 11:15 and headed over to the Light Club Lamp Shop. They had not started yet, but the stage was set, covered in vines, and several feet off the floor. I settled in and the room filled with people and the band began to play. While the earlier show had people listening casually, the later show was packed with people listening intently. The small size of the room made the show more intimate and powerful and the band played a killer set. Some of the songs were the same, but an increase in volume and audience age let the band really rock out and it was just fantastic. Jocie danced delicately on the tiny stage, letting loose some cool moves, without a hint of falling. Her guitar had a bit more fire and she did some nice shredding on a couple of songs. Robin’s cello playing had some cool runs that lit up the songs in unusual ways. Rays drumming lightly accented some of the songs, and drove others hard. I think there was a joke about him doing some thrash metal drumming and a couple of the songs got close to that. Zach was amazing on keys, usually playing a different keyboard with each hand, and it only got better when Jocie joined him on and off throughout the show. All the songs were great and the audience hung on every note. The show was a bit shorter, running about an hour and 15 minutes or so, but was even more satisfying than the longer afternoon show.
After they wrapped up, I headed out pretty quickly, and said a quick hello/goodbye. It was such a treat to get to see them and being able to see them twice, in two very different contexts, was just wonderful. I walked home a very happy person.
I had a great time seeing music a week ago Friday at Nectar’s. The ankle was still kind of sore, but the show was irresistible. Swale and Rough Francis were amazing enough, but I had really wanted to check out Heavy Plains too, and they were the opener. I made a deal with myself that I would find a stool and sit for the show, and off I went. I got in and settled and found a seat along the wall. Heavy Plains took the stage as a four-piece, two singer-guitar players, bass and drums. Their sound was huge and the bass reverberated through the floor and up the legs of the stool. It was a pretty intense sensation, but after a minute or so, I just had to stand up and head to the middle of the floor. The opening song had some killer guitar interplay, and the whole set was filled with solid rock riffs and dizzying leads. They played most, if not all of their new album. I did not recognize most of the songs, but just went with it and was in a happy place for the whole show. They pulled out a fantastic version of Womb With A View late in the set, and I still had it stuck in my head days later. I had really high hopes for the band when I walked in, but was completely blown away. I can’t wait to see them again.
The last time I saw Swale was at Summervale, which is a family oriented weekly festival in Burlington’s Intervale. Bands usually play a bit more quiet and mellow, and don’t rock out with full force. I was hoping for the opposite that night, and was elated to hear them rock hard. They did the classic tuning/sound checkinging sound mélange that steadily turns into Waterlanding and off we went. They rocked hard with Jack Sharp and Joyless and Eric Olsenhad a killer over the top solo in Good Medicine. In the middle of the set they had a bit of fun and invited Julian Hackney to the stage for, I think, Todd Rundgren’s Hello It’s Me. After that, they turned back to the heavy rock and blew away the full room.
It was getting late, and I was getting tired, but I was still ready for ROUGH FRANCIS. They hit the stage with a couple of new ones, they followed with three heavy hitters from the first album. Songs like I-90 East and Black And Red were just tremendous. The full room loved it and the front of the stage was filled with people mosing hard for the whole show. They played a long set that covered most of the first album and most of what I assume will be the second album. They tossed in a couple of covers, though the only one I recognized was New Rose. They ended with something that may have been called Sick Of it, and it was just great. I was exhausted and took off at that point, since it was about 1:30am. They may have come back to do Comm to Space for an encore, certainly the crowd was still huge and enthusiastic, but I just did not have enough left to find out. What a tremendous night of rock and roll. Thanks everyone!
I had a great time seeing music a couple of Monday’s ago at Radio Bean. I twisted my ankle quite badly the Friday before, and spent much of Friday and Saturday with my leg up, not doing anything. I worked Sunday and the swelling went down a lot, and it was reasonably manageable by Monday. I worked until 8, hobbled home, then headed down to the Bean. I got a nice stool to sit on, and soon enough, The Nancy Druids hit the stage. The next hour or so was filled with John Franklin’s heavy, yet nimble, bass riffs, Ann Mindell‘s thorough pounding of the drums and Sean Toohey’s melodic, majestic and blistering rocking guitar. It was the second time I had seen them and was beginning to get to know, and really like the songs. They played a dozen songs and they were all good. December was especially cool. The fourth song, Ordinary Breakdown Day(???) really rocked. There was a song that was a bit Bealesque, maybe called I Was A fool, that was nice. There was a song maybe called Disappear that had a huge guitar workout. There was a song that had the line the “space between a secret and a lie” that was pretty great. They ended with a couple that might be Fallen and Remember Who You Were. All night long Sean was a great singer and a genial host, and now and then would pull out some over the top ripping guitar workouts. It’s tricky to get to know songs when you’ve only heard them twice, over a couple of months, but with songs like this, I will keep going back until I know them all. Thanks for a great second show!! I can’t wait for the third and fourth ….
I just got back from doing my local music radio show on internet only WBKM.org, and seeing Arc Iris at Light Club Lamp Shop right after. On my show I highlighted some of the music happening in town this week and the big Neil Young show coming up Sunday in Essex. Of course, I highlighted it with local bands doing Neil. As for Arc Iris, they were great this afternoon at Summervale and simply stunning tonight at the Lamp Shop.
Songs before: Canadian Cowboy – Arc Iris
Hey Hey, My My – Neil Young and Crazy Horse
From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. It’s summertime and there are sunflowers everywhere. Twilight has fallen upon the city and there is music in the air. Kat Wright and the band are playing Battery Park this evening and Arc Iris played at the Intervale festival this afternoon. I caught most of Arc’s set and it was just fantastic. So delicate and precise and majesticly angelic. Some of the subtleties were lost in the audience’s lack of focus, but for those of us who listened, it was magical. Music is like that. It’s so powerful and fulfilling and then just evaporates. Some music only exists when the band is playing it and is never recorded. From then on, it lives only as a memory. This is a song that it could have happened to, but happily the band recorded it and just released it. I’m so happy to be able to play it whenever I want now. This is Sober by Vedora on WBKM and this is Burlington’s Kind of Music.
Seth and the band played a show of all Neil Young songs last year at the WBKM birthday party, and I’m psyched to have a recording of it. A lot of people are excited about Neil coming to town on Sunday. Swale played a killer version of that last Friday at Nectar’s including the killer guitar solo. Hmmm, Vedora. This next band are at The Monkey House tomorrow.
They were great this afternoon and I can’t wait to see them again after this show. I’ll likely miss the beginning of the show, but catch what I can. I could hear a tiny bit of Kat and the band as I walked downtown, and they always sound great. Another killer song from the new Vedora album that was recorded at Signal Kitchen. Eastern Mountain Time are releasing an album tomorrow but I could not find any of their music. Here are the other two bands who are playing with them.
A couple of great songs from Burlington’s illustrious ’90’s. Sean from Eastern opened for Phil Yates when he released his album, so it’s nice the Affiliates are returning the favor. Ok, here comes the next song on JV, the album I’m playing all the way through, song after song, week after week.
Francis played a killer show at Nectar’s with Swale and Plains. I was elated to finally see HP. I loved their first song but Womb is the one I’ve been walking around with in my head. Killer new Rabbit song. OK, let’s play another new Vedora song.
16.) Floating – Vedora
17.) Cowgirl In The Sand – Seth Yacovone Band
Killer version of the Neil classic. This next band are kicking off their summer tour Saturday at Radio Bean.
If you go to the Binger show, be ready to dance, for a long time. Killer song from Vox. They will be at the Monkey House on Wednesday. The Snaz are at Nectar’s on Saturday playing an early show at 7. OK, let’s go back to the ’80’s for a killer Neil Young cover.
22.) Cinnamon Girl – Ninja Custodian
23.) Down By The River->Like A Hurricane – The Seth Yacovone Band.
I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town, let’s do it again next week, shall we?
Songs after: Crucifix Corner – Fish
Tonight’s The Night – Neil Young
I had a great time seeing music a couple of Thursdays ago. Every summer there is a festival that happens each Thursday in Burlington’s Intervale. It’s an area of farm land on the north side of town, just off Riverside ave, and about 2 feet away from my job at Gardener’s Supply Company. There are lots of food vendors, fun and informative workshops for kids, and they always have a band. You never get bands at their full intensity, since they take it easy on the volume and a large percentage of the people dancing to the music are under 10 years old. Even still, sometimes a bit of musical magic can happen.
This year the festival began on July 2nd with one of my favorite bands, Swale. They were set to go on at 6 and I was a little slow, thinking they might go on closer to 6:30, but as I neared the entrance they began with a sweet version of Old School. I grabbed some dinner from Bluebird BBQ, found a seat on the ground close to the band and was delighted as they moved through their set. They kept things smolderingly mellow with Soul Piggy Bank and Waiting For You, then picked up the pace a bit with I’ve Got A Feeling. They followed with a cover that I did not know, but liked, the went back to their own songs for Dimedrop and Golden Crutch. Some stage announcements about the Intervale Center followed, then they went back to the music with a gorgeous version of Middlesex. They let Joyless rock out a bit and kept up the energy with C’est La Vie. They followed with another cover song I did not know, but loved the way Amanda Gustafson belted it out. They followed with a stunning version of If You Get Lost, then let things really rock with Everyone Likes To. Eric Olsen effortlessly swapped a couple of lyrics, too many jackals trying to get in, and stuff like that, in honor of the young crowd, and rocked the guitar hard at the same time. Tyler Bolles‘ bass kept all the songs super solid and Jeremy Frederick‘s drumming gave the push and articulation to make all the songs wonderful. His harmony backing vocals were quite nice too. They followed with a cool cover of The Velvet Underground’s What Goes On then played another cover I did not know, but liked. A killer version of Maybe I’m Amazed followed and Amanda sang it like a champ. A cover of the Mama’s & The Papas Make Your Own Kind Of Music was great to hear while sitting on the lawn on a sunny day. Another cover followed then they played Beaten Down. At this point, I was checking the time, since I had a radio show to do later. Who would have guessed they would have played such a long show? They played a couple more covers then pulled out a great version of This Is Not The Photograph. At this point it was 10 of 8 and I had to go. I reluctantly walked away as they released a highly appropriate version of Lou Reed’s Perfect Day. As I walked up Intervale road I could still hear them playing the song as I passed the depot. I’m assuming they ended the set at some point, and I was sad to miss some of it, but was elated to catch all that I did. When I made it downtown to WBKM.org to do the local music radio show that starts at 9, I had to open with Soul Piggy Bank. Hmmm, Swale. Is there anything they can’t do?
I had a great time seeing music last night. I worked until 7 then hung out at home for a bit and fell asleep around 9pm. I set the alarm for 11 and woke up in a haze. I almost just fell back asleep, but the knowing that The Mountain Says No were set to play just before midnight gave me the push to get up and out the door. I arrived around 11:55 and the bar was pretty empty. I grabbed a stool at the corner of the bar, and soon enough, the band went on. They opened with a killer Ricky The Rider, including that section at the end where they kick the speed up a notch, and I was elated. They followed with Come And Decide and continued to play most of their album JV. A couple of songs into the set Samara Lark Brown and Jake Styles from Wave of the Future showed up with a friend. They enthusiastically danced their way through the set, not unlike pagans dancing around a fire, and really added a lot to the vibe of the show. Linda Bassick stopped in later in the show. I took it easy on the ankle and stayed seated but still managed to bop around a bit. The band were undaunted by the small crowd, perhaps because everyone who was there really wanted to be there, and were on fire from first note to last. Jedd Kettler hurt his eye recently, and looked super cool with the eye patch, but if you just listened to the band there was no indication of anything but perfection. King Grifter was beautifully over the top. Long Term Sermon surged with that heavy riff. Glazer Beam was magnificent and may be my new favorite Mountain song. They played a very intense hour of music then kicked the night with a killer version of the Bomb. When they had wrapped up, I said a quick goodbye and took the long walk home. I returned to dreamland, delighted by my side journey to the waking world.
I just got back from my local music radio show on internet only WBKM.org. The opening song set the tone for the bands and music that followed.
Song before: Satellite – Guster
From our small city to the great big world, these are the sounds of Burlington. I had great plans to see lots of music this week, but twisted my ankle on Friday and sat (with leg up and icepack on) out too much of it. It’s a bit better now so I should be all set soon. Today has been cloudy and cool and humid and I’ve been in a spacey sort of mood. Let’s take a trip through the last 30 years in town and start with Move Through Time by Persian Claws on WBKM, and this is Burlington’s Kind Of Music.
Killer song from a classic band from Burlington’s glorious ’90’s. Some people say Burlington bands come in waves and there are times when there is not much around. Even in those troughs bands like Video Pigeon were around rocking beautifully. Killer new song from Rabbit. Great song from the Claws!! OK, let’s stay in the ’90’s for a bit.
5.) The Summer Of Andy – The Cancer Conspiracy
6.) Last Man Standing – Band X
7.) Jules Rosen and Joe Steel – Brave The Vertigo
8.) One More Grave – The Contrarian
Casey Merlin Rae used to play in bands in town, then wrote the music column for Seven Days and is now working in DC to help find ways for musicians to get paid for their music. Yea!! I really wanted to check out Vertigo at Radio Bean last night, but the ankle said no. Killer song from Band X who sort of evolved into Elephants of Scotland. OK, let’s go on to the next song on JV, the album I’m playing all the way through week after week, song after song.
I’ve been watching the flooding in Texas and saw a mention on the Weather Chanel of Abilene and thought of Burette Douglas and this song. Killer song from Hana. Zag is one of the known unknown cool artists in town. Mountain will be at Radio Bean on Saturday and I really want to make it to the show. I was thinking of checking out this next band when they played Summervale today, but walking down the hill away from the radio station was not going to happen today, short of an act from God.
13.) Dear God – Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band
14.) Dancing In Dreamtime – Jerichovox
15.) Holiday – Guppyboy
16.) Old Man – Will
Killer song from the Rutland band from the early 2000’s. When they broke up they became Thompson Gunner and Split Tongue Crow. Killer song from the classic ’90’s band. Jericho are playing around a bit and were really cool when I saw them a couple of months back. OK, let’s go back to the early ’80’s, or maybe ’70’s.
Nice song from the super new band who will be at Nectar’s tomorrow. Swale and one other band will be there too. A few weeks back Chris Farnsworth gave me a collection of songs that Lobot had left over. That one was pretty cool. Hmmm, Zoot. This next band is the other one playing Nectar’s tomorrow.
Admiral were at The Old North Ender last night. I had hopes of checking out some of them then heading to the Bean for Vertigo, but it was the couch and ice for me. I’ve got to go see them! Killer song from the 2000’s punk band. Gas was Beano Parker, from the Wards, side project and really rocked! OK, in classic Burlington style, this next band will be at the Bean at the same time as the Nectar’s show tomorrow. Rats!! I love this band.
25.) It’s Happening – Anachronist
26.) Sayonara – Black Rabbit
I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?
Song after: What Color Is God? – Fish
I had a great time seeing music Saturday June 27 at The Monkey House. The Mountain Says No were set to go on around 9pm, so about quarter of, Christopher Larrow, Mike Luoma and I drove over to Winooski and arrived in plenty of time. There was supposed to be a third band on the bill, but they had to cancel, so the start time was delayed a little. Soon enough, Mountain hit the stage to release their killer debut album JV. I thought they might just play it all the way through, but the band started with a groovy riff that signaled Ricky The Rider, and we were on our way. All through the show Andrew Frappier‘s thunderous bass kept the music locked in while Justus Gaston’s lead drumming drove the songs hard. The twin guitars of Ben Maddox and Jedd Kettler weaved a magical spell and their alternating singing painted vivid pictures in my mind. They filled the room with sonic joy on Statistik, and rocked like crazy on Iron And Metal. They eased things up with the mellowish 3,000, which has lyrics like “I prefer my carnage in the woods by the bay”, and those cool whoops. Restaurant brought the pace back to full throttle and King Grifter, with it’s beautifully expansive chorus was magnificent. Since the album had been available on bandcamp for a couple of days already, it was time for them to play a couple of new songs. The first was huge and rocking and as good as anything on JV. The second, Blanket (?) was a bit mellower but pretty cool. They went back to the album for the heavy riffs of Long Term Sermon then released the super catchy, seriously rocking JC And The Beast. They closed the set with The Bomb, which is already one of the greatest songs to come out of Vermont. It’s easy to sing along with, it’s easy to rock out to, and is just a fantastic song. If you are a fan of rock and roll, and you missed the show, you really missed out on something.
After a reasonable set break, Dino Bravo VT hit the stage. Usually, they hold Lily Sickles until the late middle part of the show, but she joined them at the beginning for a killer cover of the T. Rex classic 20th Century Boy. The heavy guitars of Matthew Stephen Perry and Chris Farnsworth churned over the rocking bass lines of Josh Shedaker and the nimble and powerful drumming of Jeff LaBossiere. Matt’s voice was strong and worked nicely with Lily’s as they continued through Song About The Ocean, Bottleneck and Sugar Coated Candy Stix. The whole set was a rocking good time. Even a broken guitar string didn’t stop the fun. The rest of the band jammed the opening part of Cortez the Killer until it was fixed, then they went back into the set. They brought Lily back at the end of the set for Pop music, and I think they closed the set with Don’t Jump In The Water, or Wet Sheddy, or whatever that song was. Either way, it was a fun night of rock and roll, and the $3 it cost to walk in the door was well worth it.
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