Radio Show 129 Thursday October 1, 2015 9-11pm Eastern US Time WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

WBKM window by Tim Lewis

WBKM window by Tim Lewis

I just got back from my local music radio show on internet only Aside from starting with the wrong song, it went pretty well. The ’80’s Ladies had the night off, so I got in a teeny bit early and lined up a few extra songs.

Mysterious Mystery – Persian Claws
World Container – The Tragically Hip
Small Town Movie – The Cush
Gold In California – The Red Telephone
Enter Ye The Mystery School – Jon Anderson Live – Official
recording begins

Songs before: Brain Damage/Eclipse – Pink Floyd



From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds of Burlington. It was an eventful week in our country and solar system. Lots of good and bad things happened. The coolest thing was the eclipse of the moon. It really gives you a perspective of your place in the universe, and shows the complex beauty of this place we get to live in. Celestial events are one of the universal things that everyone can share in. Children are another. We can all relate to the idea of getting older and seeing children born and growing and see the magnificent cycle of life. We have a local artist who plays music for kids every Friday at the Radio Bean. She just released an album of those songs. This is one of my favorites and always reminds me of the magic of life. This is Puff The Magic Dragon by Linda Bassick on WBKM, and this is Burlington’s kind of music.

1.) Matter Of Time – Eric George
2.) Puff The Magic Dragon – Linda Bassick
3.) Rame – Francesca Blanchard
4.) Moonlight In Vermont – Willie Nelson

I just loved seeing the moon and wanted to play that one and be reminded of this summer when Neil Young had Lucas Nelson sing that one for us at the Essex Fairgrounds show. Francesca is releasing her new album Saturday in Stowe. If you like that song, check it out. Sorry about mixing up the first two song. Live radio, what can you do? If you like the Eric song, he’s releasing the album tomorrow at the North End Studio. Great song from Linda. I may get to more later. OK, here is the next song on No Need To Beg.

5.) Grass Is Always Greener – Phil Yates & The Affiliates
6.) The Night Syd Barret Died – Colin Nicholas Clary
7.) Boys With Guns – Chin Ho
8.) Film Called Life – Jer Coons

Jer has made a lot of cool music to add to our town. I wanted to play a Chin song and picked that one because of yet another school shooting in our country. As long as we have lots of legislators who identify as pro life and pro gun, we can expect these sorts of things to keep happening. One of these days maybe we will get tired of it and find ways to stop it from happening. I saw Colin play that song at Radio Bean a couple of weeks ago. He was so nice to send me a copy. I love that it mentions Radio Bean, Pearls, The Monkey House and Club Metronome. It also mentions a band. Keep that in mind for later. Great song from Phil Yates and the band. This next song has been running through my head this week, so I thought I’d share.

9.) ComeTooLate – Paper Castles
10.) It’s Happening – Anachronist
11.) Good Witch – Cricket Blue
12.) The Lion Sleeps Tonight – Linda Bassick

Another fun song from Linda. Sweet song from Cricket. I love that song from Anachronist! OK, sit back, relax, light up some incense, flip on the lava lamp. Let’s drift for a while.

13.) Armadillo – Swale
14.) Galactic Cannibalism – Wobblesauce
15.) The High Pass – Ozric Tentacles

Ozric are an English space rock band who played last Tuesday at Higher Ground. It was such a great show and I love how fast and fluid Ed is on the guitar. Wobble are from Boston and were the first band on. They were pretty fun and did a great version of that one. I’m sure they will be back. Hmmm, Swale. OK, let’s rock. This band was mentioned in the Colin Clary song.

16.) Round Sum – Cave Bees
17.) Be Aggressive – BE AGGRESSIVE
18.) Imaginary – Envy
19.) Comm To Space – ROUGH FRANCIS

It’s so stunningly cool that we found actual water on Mars. I had to play the Francis song to celebrate. Killer song from Envy. Be just played Metronome with the Queers and a couple other bands. I like the Cave Bees too. I still have dad’s car for a bit so Tuesday night I made the last minute decision to go see Ozric. It was raining so hard I could barely see. I took Patchen road to get there, since I couldn’t drive faster than 25mph anyway. The other day Andrew X Smith asked people to post rain songs, so I posted this one.

20.) Left One In The Rain – Alice Austin
21.) In The Rain – Plan B
22.) Despite The Rain – Starlight Conspiracy

Sweet song from Burlington’s ’90’s. I have so many fond memories of seeing Plan Be at Nectar’s, all those years ago. Killer Alice Austin song. So, have you ever gone to a show. Have you ever been in the know, or gone to a show with someone in the know? Have you ever had backstage passes?

23.) BS Passes – Black Rabbit
24.) You Are My Sunshine – Linda Bassick
25.) So They Say – The New Siberians
26.) Statistik – The Mountain Says No

Love that song from Mountain. Is it time for the new Siberians album yet? Another fun song from Linda. Well, I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we? Sayonara.

27.) Sayonara – Black Rabbit


Song after: Change Of Heart – Fish
recording ends

In Waves – Sarah Blacker
We’re The Loops – The Mockingbirds
Far Escape – Active Heed
Child In Time – Deep Purple
The Cinema Show – Genesis
Images – Saga
Is This Where You Live? – The Church Band
The Last Straw – Marillion
Wow – Kate Bush
Until We Sleep – David Gilmour
Flood Of Sunshine – The Posies
Earth Sun Moon – Love And Rockets
Soft Revolution – Stars
My Big Mouth – The Posies
Uh Oh – Slowdim
She Brings Me – Sistas in the Pit
Popular Crowd – Swale
Rebel Girl – Bikini Kill
Alienation – Black Rabbit
Careen Opportunities – The Clash
Pinhead – The Ramones
The Bomb – The Mountain Says No
Ain’t No Tellin – Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band
What’s In California? – Joshua Glass Music
regular programming


Radio Show 128 Thursday September 24, 2015 9-11pm Eastern US Time WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

WBKM window by Tim Lewis

WBKM window by Tim Lewis


I just got back from doing my local music radio show on internet only I had to work today so I did not get in the usual prep time. I brought in a few ideas and built the show in the studio.

Before: Delirious – The Church Band
Roll Me – The Cush
The Globe – Landlady
recording begins

Song before: Afterglow (live) – Genesis



From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington.Last week we were in the ninety degree range, but it’s cooled off nicely this week. It’s a cool evening. It’s nice night for a light coat and a long walk. This is Overcoat by Swale on WBKM and this is Burlington’s Kind Of Music.

1.) Overcoat – Swale
2.) Ease The Burn – Sarah Blacker
3.) Better Half – Abbie Morin
4.) Wanderer – Francesca Blanchard

Great new song from Francesca who is making some waves. Abbie is off touring the country. Check her out if she stops by your town. I was driving around yesterday listening to In Waves and Red Flannel Hash. A lot of Sarah’s songs grabbed me, and Ease just wanted to get played tonight. Swale turned 13 last Saturday and played a show at Radio Bean with lots of cool bands. They were so good and Eric Olsen and Amanda Gustafson have been so over the top kind lately, that I want to say an extra thanks for everything, especially the music. This next singer has an album of kids music coming out soon. She plays a show every Friday morning at Radio Bean.

5.) Tell Me – Linda Bassick
6.) Marriage Song – Satori Bob
7.) Forsythia – Cricket Blue
8.) Megan’s Song – Hana Zara
9.) Ships – Anais Mitchell

A great song from a great writer and performer. I think she will be at Signal Kitchen in December. Great love her madly line in the Hana song. Cricket are making waves in town and touring too. Gorgeous song from Satori. If marriage is the ties that bind, then why do I feel so free? Yay Linda! OK, here is the next song from No Need To Beg.

10. Co-Pilot – Phil Yates & The Affiliates
11.) Garden Flower – Maryse Smith
12.) Letter From The 21st – Jeremy Gilchrist
13.) Emily – The Grift

Great song from the classic Burlington band. Great song from Jeremy. Maryse is just ridiculously good. I just love Phil’s sense of songwriting. I just got an e-mail with a new song from this band who used to play Burlington all the time.

14.) Donna – Rubblebucket Orchestra
15.) Unveiled – Pours
16.) Biological Immortality – Wren Kitz
17.) Two Sleepy Arms – Lendway

I miss Lendway. Cool weird song from Wren. Pours played the Swale birthday party too, and did a great version of that song. My brother Ken had some dental work done today, so I want to dedicate this to him.

18.) Perfect Teeth – When Particles Collide
19.) My Bitter End – Blue Button
20.) Bloodboy – Envy
21.) Asphyxia – Better Things

BT always play out and I keep missing them and really need to step up my game. They are very good. I’ve been playing a lot of new music so I though I’d toss in a classic Envy song. Killer song from BB who also played a killer set at the Swale birthday party. Particles are just a great band. This next song is a classic and I can’t believe I’ve never played it.

22.) Silver & Gold – Waylon Speed
23.) 1965 – The New Siberians
24.) We’re The Loops – The Mockingbirds
25.) Nowhere Feel Like Home – Fire The Cannons
26.) You Don’t Like Me, Do Ya? – Pinhead

Lots of classic Burlington rock in there, except for Mockingbirds who were from Rhode Island and played here once. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we? OK, let’s let Black Rabbit take us out.

27.) Sayonara – Black Rabbit


Song After: Lost Plot – Fish
recording ends
5:15 – The Who
Angel Face – Fish and Tony Banks
Supper’s Ready – Genesis
Adore – Tilt
Amber Waves – Tori Amos
Tongues – The Color Exchange
Another Life Ago – The Cush
What The Snowman Learned About Love – Stars
Goddess On A Highway – Mercury Rev
Russian Autumn Heart – The Church
Torch Song/Slainte Mhath – Marillion
Preparing To Fly – The Waterboys
Empire Of The Clouds – Iron Maiden
A Certain Slant Of Light – The Tea Party (Official)
She Brings Me – Sistas in the Pit
Everyone Likes To – Swale
Ordinary Day – Milton Busker
New York My Lovely – Joshua Glass Music
Afterall Glad We Made It – Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band
regular programming




Radio Show 127 Thursday September 17, 2015 9-11pm Eastern US Time WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment



WBKM window by Tim Lewis

WBKM window by Tim Lewis


I just got back from my local music radio show on internet only I highlighted a little bit of the massive amount of music that happened in town last week, and highlighted a fun upcoming show.

Before recording of show:

regular programming
Bobcaygeon – The Tragically Hip
Hallelujah The Hills – Hallelujah The Hills
After Everything – The Church

Song before: Thank You – Led Zeppelin



From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. The town is full of people on this hot and sticky night. It’s so cool when words can stimulate your intellect and your emotions. It’s great when powerful words are married with music that creates a new way of communication. It can speak to you on multiple levels simultaneously. It can lift your joy or lift your sorrow and there are so many wonderful musicians that really care about people. I want to start by saying thank you to some of the great caring people out there who have created some wonderfully caring music. Let’s begin with Searching For The Sun by The Cush on WBKM, and this is Burlington’s Kind Of Music.

1.) Searching For The Sun – The Cush
2.) The Angle Of The Sun – Peg Tassey MUSIC
3.) What If I Don’t Go? – Alice Austin
4.) Gold In California – The Red Telephone

I just love that song. It fills my heart and makes me soar. I hope it does the same for you. Beautiful song from Alice Austin, who really needs to go on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and duet Everyone Loves A Narcissist with him. Stephen? That Peg Tassey song works in so many ways on that lovely song. Peg is getting married soon. Congratulations!!!!!! What a perfect song by The Cush. OK, it’s time to start a new album to play all the way through, song after song, week after week. I really like this album and hope you enjoy exploring it. This is the first song from No Need To Beg by Phil Yates & The Affiliates.

5.) Burn It Down Bernadette – Phil Yates & The Affiliates
6.) Boyfriend – The Kickstand Band
7.) Muskrat Love – Cave Bees
8.) Big Star – sleeping in

I was really tired early Monday and caught a nap, then went out to Nectar’s. I missed Sleeping In, and think I need to check them out, after listening to songs like that. Cave Bees have not played in a while but I thought Love would sound great coming out of the song before. Kickstand played at Nectar’s on Monday before Phil Yates. They were pretty fun and had a nice lamplight show going on behind them. Phil and the band played a killer show and I’m so glad I went. Last night I went to The Monkey House to see one of my favorite bands ever, Slingshot Dakota. The other bands were pretty cool. Here is how the show went, in order.

9.) Let The Cold In – Mr Doubtfire
10.) Dancers Made Of Dust – Wren Kitz
11.) Death To Our Enemies – Pretty Lousy
12.) May Day – Slingshot Dakota

Slingshot played the usual blinder of a show. They were wonderful and hanging out with Tom Patterson and Carly Comando filled my heart with their love and care, and they feel that way about a lot of cool people, so they’ve got that going for them as well. Pretty Lousy was just Justin Passino singing and playing acoustic guitar and he rocked nicely. Wren’s show was just trippy magicfun. Doubt rocked hard, so I was happy. OK, on Saturday these bands, and more, will rock Radio Bean. I can’t wait, though the afternoon will be interesting.

13.) Soul Piggy Bank – Swale
14.) The Alchemist – Pours
15.) Hit – Blue Button
16.) Everyone Likes To – Swale

That’s going to be such a fun show on Saturday at Radio Bean!! OK, let’s play some more songs by people who care, and create bands, and write great songs.

17.) The Bomb – The Mountain Says No
18.) Nicky Says – Black Rabbit
19.) Too Drunk – Dirty Blondes
20.) I-90 East – ROUGH FRANCIS

Talk about caring wonderful people who write great songs, Francis do such a great job. Congratulations to Paul who just got married. Thanks for all the loving words Blondes, Rabbit and Mountain!! OK, let’s keep rocking.

21.) Moving Song – Zola Turn
22.) Stay Away From Sarah – Chin Ho
23.) Breathing In – The Hero Cycle

I just love that song. It makes me feel like I can sprout wings and soar. Hero existed for a year and dissipated, but it was a lovely year. Classic from Chin and thanks for nice thoughts from Andrew X Smith. This next song is one of those that I just love. I hope you do to.

24.) Bad Oasis – farm
25.) TFAY – Elephants of Scotland

Elephants is a band of wonderful caring musicians too. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we? Here’s Black Rabbit to take us out.

26.) Sayonara – Black Rabbit


Song after: Margaret (live) – Marillion, and MARILLION – THE FISH YEARS and Fish.

Recording ends. Songs after that:

Arc Of The Curve – Fish
Usual Plays In Heaven/Be Kind And Talk To Me – Active Heed
Cowgirl In The Sand – Seth Yacovone Band
Empire Of The Clouds – Iron Maiden
Yours Is No Disgrace – Yes (official)
Fools Overture – Supertramp
Brothers In Arms – Dire Straits
Firth Of Fifth (live with Peter Gabriel) – Genesis
Amazing Journey/Sparks – The Who
The Unforgettable Fire – U2
Mad As The Mist And Snow – The Waterboys
Reptile – The Church Band
I-78 – Slingshot Dakota
Tonite It Shows – Mercury Rev
Emerald Lies – Marillion
Edgar Allen Poe – Lou Reed
Hello Earth/The Morning Fog – Kate Bush
You’ll Be The Sky – Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band
Megaphone – Joshua Glass Music
regular programming, which is pretty cool!!


Posted September 18, 2015 by tmusicfan in WBKM Burlington's Kind of Music

Slingshot Dakota, Pretty Lousy, Wren Kitz, and Mr Doubtfire at The Monkey House September 16 2015   Leave a comment

The Monkey House photo by Tim Lewis

The Monkey House photo by Tim Lewis


I hope everyone enjoyed the Slingshot Dakota show. At that volume, I’m assuming you all heard it, including Chris Stecher in China. Seriously though, powerhouse tunes from powerhouse people and a fun happy crowd and really, what more could you ask for? Oh, and the other three bands were really good too!.

Mr Doubtfire opened with some fun swinging indie rock that reminded me of Doom Service, and sounded like it would fit nicely on the Mallratts soundtrack. They hit some nice heights and were really fun. The guitar player singer lost his guitar strap at one point and kept playing on anyway. Gotta love rock and roll!

Wren Kitz followed (was that Wren and Mary?) with a very intense set of disembodied voices wrapped around mournfully intense drones until the acoustic guitar evaporates out if it and the singing evaporates out of it and the cello is bowed, and it fills out the sound and the sound becomes more intense and the pedals and knobs begin to shriek and scream, and the wailing becomes moodily immaculate and descends into a peaceful acoustic guitar part and a sweet vocal part and it hangs there for a while and ascends into the heavy wailing shriek, as Wren pulls the chains across the guitar, and it wails until finished and descends into the lovely acoustic end. It was a pretty sweet set.

Pretty Lousy followed and was just Justin Passino singing and playing acoustic guitar. His indie rock sound would have fit perfectly on the soundtrack to Mallrats and all of his songs had a nice sweep to them. After so much electronic intensity I wondered why he was placed in that spot, but that thought evaporated as I was completely engaged with his songs. The set was a bit too short, but was song for song sweet. The breaking a string in the second to last song and just playing the last one with a broken sting was pretty rock and roll too.

Slingshot Dakota followed with a staggeringly beautiful full out rocking sound. Their songs have a great mix of intensity and gorgeousness laced with sweet melodies and powerhouse and super-precise drumming. They played some of songs from Dark Hearts and some from the next album that will be coming next year. The music forced me to move, and lots of people were dancing, and fun was had by everyone in the room, and possibly the few blocks around. Carly Comando spoke passionately about caring for yourselves and your friends and Tom Patterson spoke about the magic of this town, although a lot of the magic comes from great bands like Slingshot who come and join with us by playing for and with us, Their set was beautiful and powerful, note for note. I reveled in every moment until they wrapped it up. I hung out, sad a quick goodbye then took the long walk home. I love the fact that so many wonderful people are out there making the music that comes out of who they are and who they are becoming. I feel so lucky to be a part of it, and love the effort that it takes to notice when it will happen and get out to be with the show. I’m planning on enjoying as much as I can and am thankful to bands like these who make life so much fun.


Radio Show 126 Thursday September 10, 2015 9-11pm Eastern US Time WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment



I just got back from doing my local music radio show on internet only I highlighted some of the great music in town last week, some of the great music coming up this week, some music to say goodbye and some music to say thank you.

Song before the recording: Weeping Willow – Persian Claws


Songs before: Cloudbusting – Kate Bush (right, Pamela Clifton?)
The Inevitability Of Death – The Tragically Hip
After Everything – The Church Band



From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. It’s a beautiful night in the Queen city and there is a ton of stuff happening this weekend. Grace Potter is filling the waterfront with killer local and national bands Saturday and Sunday. It’s Pride week. The Art Hop is happening in the South End. Before I get to all the great stuff coming up, I want to mention a show I caught last week. Rue Mevlana put on a truly stunning spectacle of stage and music. They wove casual and classic stories with a hypnotic light and image show. Here is a hint of what the music was like.

1.) Hermaphroditus – Rue Mevlana
2.) Empty Frequency – Rue Mevlana
3.) Magenta Man – Rue Mevlana

That show was beyond words, which is unusual for me. OK, Grace is bringing a few national bands this weekend, but here are some wonderful local bands who will be there too.

4.) I Forgot – Maryse Smith
5.) Give Me All Your Love – Madaila
6.) Running Away From Home – The Snaz
7.) Womb With A View – Heavy Plains

Four really cool songs from four really cool bands who are all going to play great shows this weekend on the waterfront. Tomorrow at the Art Hop these bands are playing at Arts Riot and nearby.

8.) Coming Down Again – Waylon Speed
9.) See You At Eight – Villanelles
10.) Staring Out The Window – ROUGH FRANCIS
11.) Let’s Go Crazy – Prince

I saw Prince once (thanks Kevin Joseph Ryan) and he was amazing, Unfortunately, Prince is not actually playing the Art Hop. However, a bunch of local musicians, with Craig Mitchell singing, will play a show called Operation Prince. It should be a wild time. The other three are playing at Arts Riot and that will be a great time as well. A little farther down Pine st, these next three bands are playing at Zero Gravity Brewery. The singer for the first band was also part of the Rue show.

12.) Toejam – The Toes
13.) We’re Closed – Blue Button
14.) Alienation – Black Rabbit

Black Rabbit have a new drummer and are ready to rock us hard. BB rock hard too. The Toes are so delightfully quirky, and rock hard too. I’ve seen this next band several times in town and am always blown away. They are a killer rock band and two of the nicest people you could ever hope to meet. I’m so psyched for their show next Wednesday at The Monkey House.

15.) Intro – Slingshot Dakota
16.) May Day – Slingshot Dakota
17.) Wave – Slingshot Dakota
18.) Grudge – Slingshot Dakota

I just saw that song on bandcamp and really liked it. Wave is a killer song from the first album. The first two are from the second. I can’t wait to see you Carly Comando and Tom Patterson!! OK, it’s time to play the last song on the stunning album JV. I guess I have to start a new album next week.

19.) Statistik – The Mountain Says No
20.) I Don’t Know How To Love Him – Jesus Christ Superstar
21.) Superstar – Jesus Christ Superstar

The Mountain Says No are playing the Art Hop on Saturday, so if you like that song, Go Check Them Out! I played the two songs from Jesus Christ Superstar in honor of my father, who died suddenly on Tuesday. That was, maybe, the only music that we both really loved. It’s hard knowing that he will never be there again, while wondering where, if anywhere, he is now. It’s been a long few days, but there have been so many wonderful people sending good thoughts that I can feel the love being sent to me and my mom and brother. I want to just play some of the music that has inspired me and made me feel love. Do not be offended if your music was not played, I’m just grasping for any lifelines that I think of. I don’t have enough time in the show to grasp even a third. I love you all for how you have helped and know we will all be there for anyone going through such a tough time. I want to start with a song from a man who’s love even radiates through social media posts. Last week I saw Joe Adler, who recently lost his father, talk about seeing a bird every time someone has died, and feeling like their soul might be in the bird. I don’t have the song Little Bird to play, so let’s start with the above mentioned, love radiating, Aaron Flinn.

22.) Scattered Birds – Aaron Flinn
23.) Dreams Elope – Joe Adler
24.) Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone – Kiki’s Lost Nation
25.) New Appreciation For Sunshine – The Cush

I want to thank you indeed. Thanks for all the kind words, all of you. Life is full of joy and pain and dad always wanted to help the downtrodden. I think this song is highly appropriate.

26.) Joyless – Swale
27.) Ornan’s Song – Dirty Blondes
28.) Little French Earthquakes – Phil Yates & The Affiliates
29.) Today Is Tomorrow – The Red Telephone

I always got such a timeless feeling from that song. Thanks Matt Hutton. Thanks Phil Yates, and OMG thank you Raph Worrick. Thanks Rebecca Rogers, Diane Sullivan, and make sure you send lots of love to Ornan McLean and his family, because they need it too! Amanda Gustafson, Eric Olsen, you’ve been fantastic. OK, here is another song that I’ve just always loved and really want to play.

30.) Once Upon – Vedora
31.) Sequoia 2 – Binger

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



I always play a Fish song after my show, because I love his music and his ideas and his fantastic way of expressing them through his very intense lyrics. This week I just got an album I’ve been waiting for and just love this song. I don’t have to be up early so I can hang out a bit later tonight, so let’s go.

Song after: Empire Of The Clouds – Iron Maiden
The Great Unraveling – Fish

recording ends, music keeps playing

The Show Must Go On – Queen
Why Does Love Got To Be So Bad – Bob Wagner and the Book ‘Em Blues Band
Child In Time – Deep Purple
Margaret – Marillion
Parisian Walkways – Greg Lake with Gary Moore
The Next Instead – Swale
TFAY – Elephants of Scotland
Another Murder Of A Day – Fish and Tony Banks
Murder – David Gilmour
Flood Of Sunshine – The Posies
Catch The Rainbow – Rainbow
Bad Oasis – farm
On And On – Michael Schenker Group / Temple Of Rock
The Bomb – The Mountain Says No
What’s In California? – Joshua Glass Music
Dear God – Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band
regular programming


Rue Mevlana presents Motley Rue at the Off Center For The Dramatic Arts September 5, 2015   Leave a comment

Motley Rue

Motley Rue

I just got back from the theater, or seeing music, or whatever the heck that just was. I knew Rue Mevlana was going to have way too much dance pop music for my taste, but they often seem to have a cool edge to the songs, so I thought I’d take a chance and walk around the corner and see the show billed as Motley Rue.

They held it on North Winooski Ave at the Off Center For The Dramatic Arts. I took the 5 minute walk over, slipped into the nondescript door on the side, checked in with will call, and waited until they opened the doors. We walked down the hall, into the room, down the next hall, then down the next one into the tiny black box theater. I grabbed a chair in the back and soon it was showtime.

They began with some cool flowing music and increasingly trippy images lighting up the back of the stage. It had a nice moody feel and was exactly how I thought they would open. Even though most of the music was prerecorded, they set the tone on the first song as two singers let their lovely live voices float across the dance beat flowing song. The show unfolded as a series of songs with wildly intense backing visuals and detailed costumes. Some of the songs had fun stories to go along with them and some were full on dance productions. Most were a mixture. In the late middle of the set they told the story of Echo and Narcissus and followed with the story of Hermes and Aphrodite, though sadly there was no hint of The Fountain Of Salmacis. There was one song with a woman singing a cool and powerful balled where a violin player joined in. The extra live instrument added a nice edge to the song. She came back to play a little more when they did Magenta Man which only enhanced it’s dramatic edge. Freak Our Friday was a fun number, but it was the clarity of the imagery and the depth of the entire show that made the night so fun. They ended up with the large cast filling the stage for one last song and filing out through the audience, bouncing with joy. Musically it was a bit out of my comfort zone, but I don’t take advantage of all of the dramatic arts in this town often enough, and it was good to push myself a little bit. And, there’s just enough of that certain something in most of their songs, that I can grab on to. I really had a good time and am really glad I went


Posted September 6, 2015 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Radio Show 125 Thursday September 3, 2015 9-11pm Eastern US Time WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment




I just got back from my local music radio show on internet only I played a nice mix of new and old music and emphatically said Happy Birthday to Joe Adler.

Songs before: Delirious – The Church Band
Sparks – The Color Exchange



From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. I just got back from seeing music at the last installment of Summervale, the weekly festival that happens every Thursday in Burlington’s Intervale. The darkness began settling in during the middle of the set and the change of seasons is upon us. The music was great, and I’ll talk about that in a bit, but one person has done a lot to make the music happen, Joe Adler, and it was his birthday. To help celebrate, I’m going to go back to an album I received last week and play a fun song.

1.) Happy Birthday Freak Of Science – Mailbox
2.) Super Sexy Science Party – Wave of the Future
3.) Papa’s Child – Currently Nameless

It was fun reading Dan Bolles mention of nameless and finding the balance of clever but not too clever for their name. They are playing a reunion show at Higher Ground Saturday night. Cool party song from Wave and great song from Adam Rabin. At Summervale tonight is was Michael Chorney, Francesca Blanchard, and Joe Adler. Each told a story then played a song then passed it to the next player. Michael was a bit more quiet but his guitar playing was so elegant. Francesca played guitar beautifully and had some great articulation to her vocals all night long. Joe was the storytelling ringmaster and played a bunch of fun songs. Here is a hint of what it sounded like.

4.) A Quiet Pun – Joe Adler
5.) Wanderer – Francesca Blanchard
6.) Guitar – Michael Chorney

Such great music tonight. Yea, Joe has played a lot of music in this town and booked a lot of music in this town and has gotten a lot of people excited about music in this town and it’s his birthday, so let’s play some of his music.

7.) Coffee & Eggs – Joe Adler
8.) Brothers And Sisters – Joe Adler
9.) Burning Down The House – Joe Adler & The Rangers Of Danger

That was Joe and the band live at Nectar’s. They are such a fun band. The song in the middle was from his star-studded solo album, and the first was from the 11-11-11 EP. OK, in non Joe news, this band is coming to The Monkey House on the 16th. They are a great band and I’ve loved them more and more every time I’ve seen them. You should really check them out Joe!!

10.) Until The Day I Die->I-78 – Slingshot Dakota
11.) Annex & Index – Doom Service
12.) Infamous U-Turn – Zola Turn

Classic song from the ’90’s. That’s a new Doom song from the F*@! Cancer compilation to raise money for Leukemia research. Their singer guitar player Jeff Foran has been fighting it so I wanted to let people know about it, and bought a copy of the album today. Every little bit helps. Killer songs from Slingshot. OK, it’s time for the next song on JV, the killer album from The Mountain Says No. This may be one of the best songs from Burlington ever.

13.) The Bomb – The Mountain Says No
14.) Bomb – Envy
15.) All My Life – Wide Wail

Two great songs from the ’90’ and one from today. We’re so lucky in Burlington. Let’s keep rocking.

16.) Can’t Feel It – Vetica
17.) Yardsale – Lendway
18.) Hoping That I’m Wrong – Will

Great song from the Rutland band. Hmm, Lendway. OK, let’s play another fun Mailbox song.

19.) Under The Horse – Mailbox
20.) Freak Out Friday – Rue Mevlana
21.) By My Side – Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band

Kat and the band are at Radio Bean tonight and playing on Church St next Thursday. Rue have a couple of shows coming up Saturday at the Off Center For The Dramatic Arts. This next singer is one of my all time favorites.

22.) Not True – Peg Tassey MUSIC
23.) Finder – The Madelines
24.) Mirror Mirror – Joe Adler and the Rangers of Danger

That was Joe and the band live at Nectar’s. Happy Birthday Joe! Finder was another classic ’90’s song. OK, time to take off I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town, let’s do it again next week, shall we. Here’s Black Rabbit to take us out.

25.) Sayonara – Black Rabbit


Song after: Credo – Fish



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