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Snapshot of Hana Zara at Radio Bean March 22, 2015

Hana Zara with Taylor Smith at Radio Bean Release show March 22 photo by Candelin Wahl

Hana Zara with Taylor Smith at Radio Bean Release show March 22 photo by Candelin Wahl

We prayed for the living and we prayed for the dead, and we prayed to the gods of The North.

You know when you release your new CD and they put three rows of chairs in Radio Bean, almost turning it into a theater, and it’s packed to the back of the bar, and people are listening, and people bought out the first stack of CD’s and there were two or three left from the second stack, and you played a song in Spanish and the audience listened perfectly, and you played some old enchanting songs and you played some new enchanting songs and the audience was quietly appreciative, except for in between songs when we Whistled and yelled and clapped, and everyone in the room felt like it was a wonderful show? That’s how Hana Zara releases an album in this town.

It just felt like she loved us madly and she treated us right, and we loved her madly and we treated her right. And Taylor Smith was great at the beginning and end too!


March 23, 2015 Posted by | Rock Shows | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Quote of the Day

Jon Stewart “Even Megyn Kelly, who was, prior to that desperately searching for answers, had the House intelligence committee chair Mike Rogers (R-MI) on her show two weeks after he released the Benghazi report, and never asked him about it once.  Not bleeping once. Yes, the network who used the word Benghazi like a clubhouse password, the official Republican dominated House report on Benghazi was the only news story in two years that didn’t remind them to talk about Benghazi.

Which brings us once again to our main point of respect and appreciation.  The beauty that is the ugliness of Fox News.  They demand accountability for anger and divisiveness whilst holding themselves entirely unaccountable for their anger and divisiveness.  For two years they used Benghazi as shorthand, as a symbol for the whole concept of a corrupt lying, tyrannical, possibly murderous Obama White House, kind of like other people used Hands Up Don’t Shoot as a symbol for systemic racism.  There’s really only one difference between the two phenomena.  Systemic racism actually exists. “


March 20, 2015 Posted by | Politics, Quote of the Day | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Radio Show 103 Thursday March 19, 2015 9-11pm Eastern US Time WBKM.ORG





I just got back from my local music radio show on internet only Wbkm Dot Org. I played some songs from Hana Zara‘s new album The North, and Jeremy Gilchrist played some songs from his album Causality live in the studio.

Song before: Stylus Of Id – Somah



From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. Last week it felt like Spring might be settling in, but this week, Winter has not given up yet. I saw Orion in the sky on the walk down. This first song is a song about the Old North End of Burlington. This is a song about this the cold. This is a song called The North by Hana Zara, and this is Burlington’s Kind Of Music on WBKM.

1.) The North – Hana Zara
2.) Ordinary Day – Milton Busker
3.) The Way It Is – Maryse Smith
4.) Left One In The Rain – Alice Austin
5.) I Will Stand By You – Aaron Flinn

Great song by Aaron. I think he is playing Juniper tomorrow at 9. Alice is playing tonight in LA. Great new song from Maryse. Milton is playing Radio Bean tomorrow. There;s lots of music around tomorrow. Hana will be back in town on Sunday night to play at Radio Bean at 8. Jeremy Gilchrist – Singer-Songwriter is playing at 7, and is right here in the studio to play a few songs. Hi Jeremy. We chat a bit and he plays:

6.) Thunder From Mansfield To The Lake – Jeremy Gilchrist
7.) Letter From The 21st – Jeremy Gilchrist
8.) Great Filter – Jeremy Gilchrist

Thanks Jeremy! OK, now let’s go to the next song on The Next Instead.

9.) Joyless – Swale
10.) Devastation Celebration – And The Kids
11.) Lying In The Wind – The Cush

I still have such vivid memories of the shows The Cush played when they first arrived in Burlington with their first album in tow. Great song! ATK have a video for Devastation that is pretty fun. Hmmm, Swale, hmmmmm. Up next I want to revisit some songs I played a couple of times but have not for a while.

12.) Not Everything Is About You – Super Music Band
13.) Say Something – Silent Mind
14.) Give Me All Your Love – Madaila
15.) Ships – Anais Mitchell

Those were all fun songs. Madaila are playing Friday at City Hall to release their new album. OK, let’s play some scary songs, just for fun.

16.) Raising The Dead – Carraway
17.) Ninjas VS Zombies – Phil Yates
18.) Day Of The Dead – Hana Zara

Another great new song from Hana’s album The North, which just came out. Great songs by Phil and Carraway. I made it out Monday night to see Everybody’s Favorite Irish Drinking Songs Band. Thanks to Buck, and Matt Thorsen and Patrick Longley, and Matthew Stephen Perry for giving us a great excuse to sing Irish songs. Thanks also to Dirty Blondes frontwomen Rebecca Rogers and Diane Sullivan.

19.) Oh Dirty Blondes – Dirty Blondes
20.) A Bottle Of Whiskey Later – Crazyhearse
21.) Glory Glory – And The Kids

Great new song from Francis. The new album is going to be great. I had to play Glory after Whiskey, and Becky sings with Crazy on that one. OK, let’s keep rocking.

23.) This Machine – Invisible Homes
24.) Lines And Spaces (live) – The Cancer Conspiracy
25.) Starboard (live) – Elephants of Scotland

Killer song from Elephants who will be playing some shows soon. Classic ’90’s Burlington with CC. Nice Woody Guthrie nod from Homes. Let’s play another from Jerichobox’s new album.

26.) Azure Beyond – Jerichovox
27.) Megan’s Song – Hana Zara

I love the unbridled love in that song. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?



Song after: Heart Of Lothian – Fish

OK, Tim here for a quick goodbye to a fantastic soul who just left this earth. Goodbye Daevid Allen

Gnomerique – Gong
Shapeshifter – Gong


March 20, 2015 Posted by | WBKM Burlington's Kind of Music | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Quote of the Day

Larry Wilmore “We figured out what NCAA stands for:


March 17, 2015 Posted by | Politics, Quote of the Day | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Quote of the Day

Bill Maher “If Secret Service agents are going to get drunk and crash their car into the White House they, at least, have to try to hit one of the nuts jumping the fence.”


March 14, 2015 Posted by | Politics, Quote of the Day | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Radio Show 102 Thursday March 12, 2015 9-11pm Eastern US Time WBKM.ORG






I just got back from my local music radio show on internet only Wbkm Dot Org. I played a couple of songs to celebrate my father’s 85th birthday today, and played some fun quirky songs.

The ’80’s Ladies each picked a full album to play, to get ready for St Patrick’s Day, from 7-9, so the station played U2’s The Joshua Tree in it’s entirety followed by The Cure’s Disintegration.

Song before: The Cure – Thompson Gunner



From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. Tonight, I’m going to cheat a little and begin with a non-local song. Today is my dad’s 85th birthday, so I want to start with something he will appreciate. He’s always been a great father and spent much of his life volunteering in our community. Happy Birthday Dad!

1.) What’s The Buzz-Strange Thing Mystifying – Jesus Christ Superstar soundtrack
2.) Addison County Clay – Dirtminers
3.) Ninjas VS Zombies – Phil Yates
4.) Shadow And Act – Invisible Homes
5.) Sparks – The Color Exchange

Exchange are from North Carolina, but stopped by Nectar’s on Tuesday, and played a fantastic show. I was tired, but their energy was so high that I loved every note. Homes and Phil played killer sets that night too! I know my dad has spent some time struggling with Addison county clay in his lifetime, and hope he appreciated the lyrics. I’m bummed I did not make it to Radio Bean last Saturday to see these next two bands.

6.) See You At Eight – Villanelles
7.) Into The Light – Great Western
8.) Dancing In Dreamtime – Jerichovox

I just got that album yesterday and really like Dreamtime. I will have to check farther into it soon. Great songs from two great bands. There’s a Villanelles related movie happening at Arts Riot Saturday, and Maryse Smith and others are playing live. OK, last week I finished playing Many Things & Many Scenes, the excellent album from Joe Adler. Tonight, let’s start a new album to play song by song, week after week, until we’ve heard it all. Let’s jump into the first song from Swale’s The Next Instead.

9.) Everyone Likes To – Swale
10.) She Brings Me – Sistas in the Pit
11.) Dead Or In Jail – Crazyhearse
12.) Tibbar Tibbar – Black Rabbit

Rabbit are making some killer new music, but I still love that older song. Great rocker from the Crazy band who are playing all over Vermont, it seems. I loved the Sistas show with Death World Wide and ROUGH FRANCIS, and just had to play that song again. Hmmm, Swale. Here’s a fun song from an album that will be released soon.

13..) Co-Pilot – Phil Yates & The Affiliates
14.) Always Monica – Chin Ho
15.) New Age Woman – Pinhead
16.) Highway Girl – The Skamaphrodites

I hadn’t played ska in a while so I had to break that one out. Classics from Pinhead and Chin Ho. This next song is just one of those songs I’ve loved for years. Thanks Caroline Marie for such a great song!

17.) Once Upon – Vedora
18.) Teenage Mother Earth – The Red Telephone
19.) Chop Wood-Carry Water – Zola Turn

Those were just three classic Burlington songs, though RT were in Boston when they wrote that song about Medford. OK, let’s play some songs to highlight Burlington’s quirky side.

20.) Hedgehogs – The Toes
21.) Mixtape – Shark Victim
22.) Womb With A View – Heavy Plains
23.) Cassette – Slingshot Dakota

Toes and Shark have some delightfully quirky music. Remember when you would use a cassette to make a mixtape for the girl you liked, to find a way to connect? I’m not sure how it works in the digital age, but it’s a powerful enough memory that SV and HP have released their newest albums on cassette. OK, at this point I’m long on songs and short on time, so let’s run to the end.

24.) Ricky The Rider – The Mountain Says No
25.) TFAY (live) – Elephants of Scotland
26.) Don’t Cough Me Out – Slowdim
27.) Despite The Rain – Starlight Conspiracy
28.) In The Rain – Plan B

It’s that time of year when temperatures are rising and precipitation will now come as rain. 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
Superstar->The Crucifixion->John Nineteen Forty-One – Jesus Christ Superstar soundtrack


March 13, 2015 Posted by | WBKM Burlington's Kind of Music | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Quote of the Day

During a tense exchange with (Secretary of State John) Kerry at a Senate Foreign Relations committee on Wednesday, (Florida Republican Senator Marco) Rubio confronted the former Massachusetts senator. “I believe that much of our strategy with regards to ISIS is being driven by a desire not to upset Iran so they don’t walk away from the negotiating table on the deal that you’re working on,” the potential GOP presidential candidate declared. “Tell me why I’m wrong.”

“They would welcome our bombing of ISIS, actually, they want us to destroy ISIS, ISIS is a threat to them, it’s a threat to the region and I think you’re misreading it if you think there is a mutual interest with respect to Daesh [the Arabic name for ISIS] from every country in the region,” Kerry responded.

Watch the exchange here.


March 12, 2015 Posted by | Politics, Quote of the Day | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Phil Yates and the Affiliates, Invisible Homes, and The Color Exchange at Nectar’s March 10, 2015

Nectar's photo by Tim Lewis

Nectar’s photo by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music last night. The show said doors at 9 so I assumed it would start around 9:30 or 9:45, and a little after 9 I took the walk down to Nectar’s. The mix of occasional deep lakes of melted snow on the sidewalks, and a melange of ice and snow on the paths around the puddles, made the walk a little bit slower than usual, but I still walked in right at 9:30, and, the band were on. Rats. I missed about three and a half songs, but was nicely settled in when Phil Yates & The Affiliates shook the room with Little French Earthquakes. The last time I saw Phil he played solo on acoustic guitar, so seeing the complexity of the band was intellectually and emotionally satisfying. Phil’s electric guitar and Raph Worrick‘s bass kept the rhythm locked down while Kevin Stevens’s electric guitar leads took the songs to fun places. The tightly constructed pop songs rocked through a ton of changes, and every time one resolved itself, drummer Jake Blodgett was there with a roll or a fill to kick start the next section. Literally, he was always pushing the songs to the next stage. I missed a lot of the new ones, but classics like Might As Well Settle and Burn Burn Burn were great fun. Late in the set, when they realized they had more time than songs on the setlist, they got a request for Pretty Girls and played a great version. They followed with a rocking Ninjas Vs. Zombies (Let’s Keep Our Heads) which has that fun chor~us. They closed the night with a classic cover that I did not know, but really enjoyed.

During the set break I chatted with Charlie Messing and Jeremy Gilchrist, then said hello to Raph, who gave me a Dirtminers CD I did not have. Woo hoo, more music for the radio show. I chatted with Phil a little but as the next band were setting up, and the guitarist/keyboard player hit a few notes, a chill went up my spine. Oh, this next set was going to be good!

Soon after, Invisible Homes were ready and lit into the set with This Machine. It was a solid rocker with a psychedelic, maybe prog edge, and set the tone nicely for the show that followed. Above The Frequency followed with those luscious keyboard riffs and that strong build, and the end section made me hope they were going to drop it into War Pigs (which they didn’t). I’ve loved that song for a while and it was tremendous live. The band was Sean Witters on guitar and keys and four guys in hats with varying degrees of facial hair. Nectar’s website had them listed as Patrick Ormiston (bass/synth), Pat Melvin (guitar/vox), Matt DeLuca (drums), Deva Racusin (Sax/Percussion). The bongos and sax gave different songs the vibe they needed, as did the alternating bass and synth. The drummer held the eclectic music together and the guitar made the songs shine. Whether they played tight pop songs like Little song, groovy rockers like Song For My Double, or drifty musings like Contemplating The Ivory, everything was very well done and wonderfully enjoyable. Somewhere in the middle they played a heavy rocker they said was a cover that I didn’t know it, but thoroughly enjoyed. It was somewhere around there that my body thought it was getting late and wanted to shut down. We negotiated and I won and kept rocking as the band pulled out some great rock and roll. I think they played most of their album, and I will have to revisit it soon to get to know all the songs. By the time they wrapped up the killer set I was pretty ecstatic.

I really wanted to leave, but I wanted to check out the next band even more, so I went into the bargaining phase. I’ll get one more drink and check out. I’ll drink it slowly and when it’s done, then I will let myself go. Thankfully, the band helped by getting on stage reasonably quickly.

The Color Exchange hit the stage and rocked hard from the first note. The songs had a nice pop feel with plenty of space in the songs to let them breathe. They reminded me of Longwave or Stellastarr, at least in basic structure but had a sound of their own. A wave of people came in at the beginning of the set and were moved enough to shout out that the band were great, in between songs, but only stayed for a couple. The band were champs and kept rocking hard for those of us that were left. They played as a four-piece with a singer/bass player, a keyboard player, a drummer, and an electric guitar player who kept blistering riffs and leads surging continuously. I finished my drink and contemplated fading but regathered myself and stayed to the end. I loved the songs and the energy and was heavily rewarded for my effort. What lovely music these guys make. I didn’t know any of the songs, but enjoyed them all, and when they wrapped up, I had to visit the merch table. They wanted $5 for the blocko cube with one song to download now and the album to follow, but I gave them $10. Justin, the singer, gave me the bands first album (when they were called Clockwork Kids) and a download card for a couple of songs. Sometimes sticking it out really pays.
I took the happy walk home with suit coat pockets heavily laden with music and an elated heart. It was hard to make it all the way through, but I’m so glad I did.


March 11, 2015 Posted by | Rock Shows | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Quote of the Day

John Oliver speaking about the report from the Justice Department about the Ferguson, MO Police department “Now, the rest of the report didn’t just show evidence of disproportionate targeting and violence against African Americans, it also showed this.”

Reporter “Investigators say that they found e-mails from court officials and police officers that were racial jokes that referenced President Obama.”

Another reporter “Another message in June 2011 compared dogs to African Americans suggesting the animals needed welfare because they were ‘mixed in color, unemployed, lazy, can’t speak English, and have no frigging clued who their daddies are’.”

Oliver “It is moments like this that make me glad I’m on HBO, where you can hear me say this.  Bleep those bleeping bleepholes!  This is what swearing is for.”

March 9, 2015 Posted by | Politics, Quote of the Day | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Quote of the Day

“[Putin] started out as something of a normal human being, transitioned into a bit of an eccentric dictator. Somewhere along the way something changed, the goofiness gave way to a darker, more sinister Putin. Much like a young, harmless wizard that got sorted into Slytherin. So after hanging around with some of the bad kids and sleeping in the dungeon-y parts of Hogwarts, Vladimir Putin has turned into Lord Vladimort.” — Jon Stewart


March 8, 2015 Posted by | Politics, Quote of the Day | , , , , , | Leave a comment


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