I just got back from my local music radio show on internet only Wbkm Dot Org. There was a lot of new music, which is always fun.
Song before: Sparks – The Color Exchange
From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds of Burlington. It’s dark now, but the days are getting longer and it was fully twilight when I walked down tonight. Thanks for putting up with all of the Lendway songs last week. I’m not doing that tonight but did want to say I will miss Michael Clifford‘s other band too. Michael, stay safe in California. Enjoy the ocean, but take care to not become a shark victim. This is their theme song on WBKM, and this is Burlington’s Kind of Music.
1.) Theme Song – Shark Victim
2.) Ready To Race – Lendway
3.) Ricky The Rider – The Mountain Says No
4.) Little French Earthquakes – Phil Yates & The Affiliates
Great song from the new Affiliates album No Need To Beg. They played a fun show at New City Galerie last week to release the album. Killer song from Mountain. I cant’ wait to hear the full album. Great song from Lendway and I will miss SV a lot too. Let’s continue to move through Swale’s album The Next Instead. They played this on WCAX recently.
5.) Old School – Swale
6.) I Forgot – Maryse Smith
7.) The Deepest Space – Hana Zara
8.) By My Side – Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band
Great song from Kat and the band. Killer new song from Hana’s album The North. That one really goes into some deep spaces. Great song from the just released Maryse Smith album The Way It Is. This next band opened for Phil, but they played as an acoustic duo, instead of the usual heavy rockers that they are. They did a sweet version of this song.
9.) Neutrino – Black Rabbit
10.) Captain 20 – Barbacoa
11.) Righteous – ROUGH FRANCIS
12.) Relief – Death World Wide
Killer song from the N.E.W. album by Death. Francis played a killer show with Barbacoa last Saturday at Higher Ground. It was cool to see Bill
Mullins play a couple of songs with Francis, and the Barbacoa set with Lowell Thompson was pretty killer too. At the same time that was happening Vedora were playing at Radio Bean so I missed them, but do have a new song from them.
13.) Low Down M2 – Vedora
14.) In Waves – Sarah Blacker
15.) The Whiskey Always Wins – When Particles Collide
16.) The Globe – Landlady
I was so psyched when I heard Landlady were coming to The Monkey House on April 24th (tomorrow) but then realized I would be out of town. Rats. If you are in town, go check them out. Thank me later. Great new song from Particles. If you like that, go to their website where you can pre-order their new EP. That’s the title song from Sarah’s new album that is coming soon. Can’t wait for the full Vedora album. So, tomorrow I’m heading to Montreal for three days of Marillion shows. They have a couple of side shows at a brew pub called Brutopia. On Saturday, Elephants of Scotland are playing so it will be great to see them play in Montreal.
17.) A Different Machine (live) – Elephants of Scotland
18.) Neverland (live) – Marillion
They played at Club Toast once as a three-piece many years ago. So, I totally slacked and missed some chances to see music this week. I’m going to have to catch up with this band soon.
19.) Stop – REDadmiral
20.) Super Sexy Science Party – Wave of the Future
21.) Always Monica – Chin Ho
22.) New Age Woman – Pinhead
Classics from Pinhead and Chin Ho! I love that song from Wave which was recorded live at Nectar’s. OK, time for a few more. Here’s another great one from Maryse.
23.) I Got A Job – Maryse Smith
24.) Avalon – Split Tongue Crow
25.) Something I Drew – farm
26.) Resurrection – Death
Another cool song from their new album. Great song from Farm. I hope Split Tongue Crow have a new album soon, the first one has so many beautiful songs. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?
Song after: Dancing In Fog – Fish
I had a great time seeing music last night at Higher Ground. I bought tickets some time ago and scheduled myself out of work early, but still worked an 8am-4:30pm shift. Instead of just running running running, I stopped an home, settled a bit then walked downtown, and caught a bus to Shelburne. I chatted with my brother Ken, and realized how early it was, around 6 for and 8:30 showtime. We headed out anyway and went to the pop up record store they were having in the HG showcase lounge. I though there might be more bands representing themselves, but a lot of the vendors, who lined both sides of the room, had tons of vinyl and art for sale. James Kochalka was there with his books and comics. The Smittens had some vinyl, Justin Gonyeahad some Doom Service shirts and tapes, and Rough Francis had some t-shirts, mix-tapes, CD’s, and a couple of various oddities. Both Ken and I bought one of the black Rough Francis Burlington Vermont t-shirts, then we headed out in search of dinner.
We arrived back at the venue just before 8, had a super short wait, then the doors opened, and in we went. We ran into Ed, who is a friend of a friend, and a huge fan of RF, and chatted a bit as DJ Disco Phantom spun some records. Around 8:40 something odd happened. A bass player I did not recognize (Scott McCormick) took the stage with a guitar player I did recognize, but doesn’t Urian Hackney play drums? They were joined by Bobby Hackney Jr. on drums and lit into some wicked fast hardcore that would make As We Were try and keep up. The blisteringly screamed vocals of Julian Hackney rounded out the sound and they kicked out four or five songs. The set was, maybe, 15 minutes of pure fury and was a fantastic treat. It was kind of cool standing next to Paul Comegno when most of RF were on stage. After, he let me know they are called Last World and they just lost their drummer, so Bobby is playing with them now. What a great bonus!
It was not too long of a wait, after they wrapped up their set, until Barbacoa hit the stage as a four-piece with Lowell Thompson sitting in. They dove into their surf rock noir set with grace, precision and a beautiful flow to the music. The third song in was an instrumental version of Paint It Black and by the end Bill Mullins jr was standing on his amp, Lowell was standing on the bass drum, and bassist Kirk Flanagan stood on the amp on the other side of the stage. Drummer Jeremy Frederick powered his way through the song and it was brilliant, both visually and musically. Next, Bill put on a virtual guitar clinic by wandering into the audience and playing right in front of people. He hung out in the audience for several songs and made a remark about enjoying hanging out with the people. As the 45 minute set headed towards its conclusion, he returned to the stage and they let loose a killer mix of Miserlou (I’m pretty sure) that flowed into the Spiderman theme and ended with Secret Agent Man. What a killer show, as always.
After another short wait, ROUGH FRANCIS took the stage just before 10:30 and kicked off with a new song I did not recognize, but rocked hard. They followed with a bunch of songs from Maximum Soul Power including I-90 East, Righteous, Black And Red, Staring Out The Window and a super intense version of Not A Nice Guy. They headed into new song territory with MSP2, which is on the 45 they released that day, since it was record store day, then the second big surprise of the night happened. They brought Bill Mullins jr out to play a couple of songs with them. The first one was the b-side of the single, Blind Pig, and began with a moody bluesy riff that sounded a little Barbacoalike, then shifted into the heavy rock we know and love from Francis. They kept him out for another new rocker, and the music was wonderfully intense. The half full room had people dancing around happily, but in the next set of new songs, Paul exploded off the stage and started slamming with the audience without missing a note. The energy jumped for the next few songs, and something close to a mosh pit emerged. The energy was through the roof as they played the final song, Every Day (??), which is fun, since that is the song they have been opening with lately. They left the stage, but one huge song was missing and there was no doubt they would come back for a well demanded encore. It wasn’t quite the midnight hour but Comm To Space started slowly with Urian taking command of the beat on the toms and Steven Hazen Williams reinforced it with the bass. The song built into it’s huge unhinged rock sound as Bobby let loose some blistering screams. Everyone had fun and they jammed hard as the song fell into it’s conclusion, then came back and rocked some more, before finally finishing off the night.
We said a quick goodbye to Bobby who headed over to the merch table as soon as the set was done, then I drove Ken back to Shelburne. It was a great night of music and I’m so happy I got to be a part of it.
I had a great time seeing music tonight at the New City Galerie. I worked until 7, got home about 7:15, was out the door at 7:30 and downtown around 7:45. I had scouted the venue the day before on the way home from my radio show, but despite my best intentions I only caught the last half song by opener Sean Hood, who goes by the name of Eastern Mountain Time. It sounded nice but I was just getting settled when he wrapped up.
Acoustic Black Rabbit at New City Galerie photo by Phil Yates
Up next was the oddest of the odd, one of my favorite heavy rocking bands, Black Rabbit, playing acoustic. They went on at 8 and Marc Scarano and Darlene Scarano played a pretty sweet set/ She played electric bass and he played acoustic guitar, and they opened with a couple of newish songs that will be on their next album. The stripped down version let the melodies of the songs shine and allowed Marc to sing in a pleasantly gentle way. They tossed a couple of cover songs, and played 3 from the first ep, Neutrino, Neighborhood, and the one I thought of immediately when I heard they would play acoustic, 89. They had a nice feel to the music, but the thing that really stood out is how talented Darlene really is. Her voice has a beautiful tone that really makes you want to listen, her bass playing is very precise and melodic, and you could tell her fingers knew exactly how to hit every note they crawled over. It was cool to watch them together. The one time things broke down a little Marc was searching for a note with his voice, and Darlene tried a couple and found it and Marc followed her discovery and it nailed it from there. It was great to experience. They tossed in a couple more new ones, including the back and forth vocal on My Libido, then put the energy at almost full Black Rabbit force for Sayonara. What a great set.
Phil Yates and the Affiliates at New City Galerie April 17 2015 photo by Darlene Scarano
They wrapped up at 8:45 and around 8:50 Phil Yates and Kevin Stevens took the stage. Phil was on acoustic and sang, and Kevin played the lead electric guitar. They were joined by drummer Jake Blodgett, and Raph Worrick on bass and the small wooden gallery with a reasonably full audience, started to rock. They mixed songs from the first album with the new one, No Need To Beg. Masterpiece rocked nicely and if it was cringe-worthy, the audience missed it. The songs were fun and had their own bounce to them, and the playing was sweet. About half way into the set Phil broke a string and I could see one of those magic Burlington moments happen. Halfway into the song I saw Marc poised close to the stage. The moment the song ended he walked backstage and got his guitar and lent it to Phil. It took a song to get fully back into the groove of the rocking show, but once they were back they stayed there. They played a killer foursome of Might As Well Settle, Ninja’s VS Zombies, Burn It Down Bernadette and Little French Earthquakes. There was some serious rock and roll intensity there. They closed with the Replacements I will Dare (correct me if I’m wrong professor) and that capped a beautiful night. I said a couple of quick goodbyes and headed down the stairs and up the street. It was just after 10 and tomorrow will be a long day. Thanks for rocking!!
I just got back from my local music radio show on internet only Wbkm Dot Org. I highlighted some of the music that was played last week, some of the music that happened tonight and some of the many bands who are playing at different venues on Saturday. I also said goodbye to Lendway in a big way.
Song before: Aura – The Church Band
From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds of Burlington. There was a lot of great music at Radio Bean last night, and there are a lot of great shows coming up. But, tonight I want to say goodbye to one of my favorite bands, Lendway. Michael Clifford is heading to California, but they did play a killer goodbye show at Nectar’s on Saturday. They were great, and rocked really hard, and had great harmonies, and I will miss them. It’s the end of the band, but ends always bring new beginnings. This is a beginning, always a beginning. This is Yardsale by Lendway on WBKM and this is Burlington’s Kind of Music.
1.) Yardsale – Lendway
2.) What’s In California? – Joshua Glass Music
3.) Showdown At The Blue Moon Hotel – Jerichovox
4.) The Way It Is – Maryse Smith
I was hoping Maryse was going to play live in the studio tonight. Unfortunately, something came up and she was not able to make it. Hopefully she will stop by sometime soon. She will play at Radio Bean on Saturday at 9. Unfortunately, I already got tickets for Barbacoa and Rough Francis that night, so will miss that, and all the other shows on Saturday. I went out to the Bean last night and finally saw Jerichovox. I had a really good time and they played a solid version of Hotel. I had to put in the Josh song after the Lendway song. That’s not a jab, it’s just the way it is. OK, on to the next song on Swale’s album The Next Instead.
5.) Before The Night – Swale
6.) I’m Thrilled – Phil Yates & The Affiliates
7.) Two Sleepy Arms – Lendway
I love that song. Phil is releasing his new album No Need To Beg on Saturday at New City Gallery on Church st. It’s happening the same time as the Higher Ground Rough Francis show. Rats. Black Rabbit are playing that show too, acoustic. Really?? Phil’s album came out Tuesday but the party is Saturday. Great Swale song. OK, let’s rock.
8.) Venus In Spurs – Barbacoa
9.) Not A Nice Guy – ROUGH FRANCIS
10.) Asphyxia – Better Things
11.) Definitions – As We Were
After Jerichovox played last night, Better Things came on and rocked hard and As We Were followed and really let loose. Despite everything I will miss on Saturday, I’m very excited to see Francis and Barbacoa! My brother is coming along. Black Rabbit acoustic? Really? They always rock hard. Here they are rocking hard.
12.) Mark My Words – Black Rabbit
13.) Terrarium – Vedora
14.) You’re Safe With Us – Lendway
I love that song. Vedora are playing Radio Bean on Saturday after Maryse. I really need to be 3 people that night. Come on Dan Bolles, haven’t you cloned me yet? I could really use it for Saturday! So, tonight Joe Adler, Aaron Flinn, Michael Chorney, and Eric George are playing songs and telling stories at the Skinny Pancake. Here’s one of Joe’s songs.
15.) Brothers And Sisters – Joe Adler
16.) Sunflower Street – David L. Jarvis
17.) Gone With Eraser – Lendway
Another great song. Great song from Dave. I’m sure the show at the Pancake is lots of fun. Here’s a song from Aaron.
18.) Giving Up The Ghost – Aaron Flinn
19.) Ghost Train – Jerichovox
20.) Killing Ghosts – Better Things.
Things played a wicked fast version of that last night at the Bean. Jericho played a great version of train last night. Hey, did you notice I didn’t play any Lendway in that last set?
21.) Take Your Gold Away – Lendway
22.) Gold In California – The Red Telephone
23.) Running Away From Home – The Snaz
I think the Snaz are the only band I’m playing tonight that I have not seen. I should fix that. Last week I played a new demo from the New Siberians and really liked it. Tonight, I will play one from their first album.
24.) Star – The New Siberians
25.) Hollywood – Lendway
26.) Teenage Mother Earth – The Red Telephone
This is a beginning, always a beginning, and the end always equals the start. Thanks for all the great music Michael, Matthew Bryan Hagen, Todd Gevry, Kevin Lynam. California’s gain, is Vermont’s loss. Come back anytime Michael. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?
Song after: Change Of Heart – Fish
Radio Bean picture by Tim Lewis
I had a great time seeing music last night at Radio Bean. A few weeks ago my neighbor gave me a copy of the album by Jerichovox, since his friend was in the band, I gave it a listen and was favorably impressed and have played a few songs on my radio show. I was psyched when I saw them on the Bean calendar and marked the date. I headed downtown around 9 and was at the Bean just about 9:30. I got in and settled and they started up. They played as a four-piece with a singer/guitar player, singer/bass player, a keyboard/trumpet player and Brian on electronic drums. The music has a nice flow and a happy feel. It seemed every time it changed, it just got nicer. Their songs are smooth and elegant, and most have long instrumental passages or are complete instrumentals. The music had enough movement to keep me interested and happy. About half way through the set a few people from the small audience got up and started dancing and the whole show had a very nice vibe. I’m very glad I went and want to check them out again sometime soon.
Up next, some large drums and larger amps were dragged in and Better Things got set up to play. Lots of people filled the small room. With two singer/guitar players, bass and drums, they launched into a melodic high speed punk rock set. The songs had an indie rock feel but were very energetic as they threw themselves at the music. I had a great time but the set was super short, and I was surprised when they said they were done. I’d been meaning to catch them for a while and they were just as good as I’d hoped.
Up next there was a slight instrument change then As We Were launched into a hardcore punk set. The singer prowled the floor as both guitar players ripped it up and the bass and drums thundered at full throttle. Their energy was through the roof and a few songs in the slam dancing began. I stayed back a bit, but still caught a couple of blows. Every song was more intense than the previous and they rocked hard until they were about to drop. What a great show everyone!!
I just got back from tonight’s local music radio show on internet only Wbkm Dot Org. It had a mellow yet kind of intense feel, and rocked hard in the late middle.
Song before: Hallelujah The Hills – Hallelujah The Hills
From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds of Burlington. It’s been a grey day, and I’m going to start out with some mellow songs. This first singer is playing out Saturday at Nectar’s with his band Waylon Speed. Lendway are opening and it might be their last show. This is Horseshoes and Hand Grenades by Kelly Ravin on WBKM and this is Burlington’s kind of music.
1.) Horseshoes and Hand Grenades – Kelly Ravin
2.) Chickadee da – Ryan Ober
3.) Better Half – Abbie Morin
4.) In Waves – Sarah Blacker
5.) The Territory – Hana Zara
That’s another great song from Hana’s new album The North. That’s a brand new song from Sarah, who is from the Boston area, but plays VT on a semi-regular basis. Abbie is playing Radio Bean tonight. Ryan is too but at the same time that I’m doing this show. OK, on to the next song on the Swale album that I am working my way through, song for song, week after week.
6.) You Are Not The Photograph – Swale
7.) Right Between The Eyes – Dirtminers
8.) Ghost Train – Jerichovox
9.) Try And Try And Try – The Snaz
The Snaz just represented VT at SWSX. Jericho are playing Radio Bean next Wednesday and I really want to catch them. Cool song from the American Typewriter album. Happy Birthday Joshua Glass and Happy Birthday Ted Pappadopoulos. Thanks Ted for sending me an early mix of a new New Siberians song!!
10.) So They Say – The New Siberians
11.) Megaphone – Joshua Glass Music
12.) Weight In Gold – Joshua Panda
13.) Shiny Side Up – Nother Mother Brothers
I’m just getting to know Shiny and wanted to play it again. I should have been playing Panda’s music for a while but am glad I’m starting tonight. Great song from Josh and I can’t wait for the new Siberians after that song! Here’s another classic VT band I have not played yet.
14.) You’re The One – Viperhouse
15.) All About You – Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band
16.) WalkingInCircles – RAQ
That song always makes me want to bounce around. Great song by the majestic Kat and her killer band. The Viper song was from the live at Ottawa album A couple of weeks ago I saw this singer open for Hana Zara and this song really caught me.
17.) Clocks On The Wall – Jeremy Gilchrist
18.) Ball And Chain – Band X
19.) Your Downtown Aperture – Video Pigeon
20.) The Crisis – Ninja Custodian
Killer song from Ninja’s second full album Shepherd’s Pie. Pigeon rocked our town for a couple of years and left us songs like that. Killer song from Ornan McLean‘s old band. Let’s keep rocking.
21.) Hammerhead – Barbacoa
22.) Escape Artist – Zola Turn
23.) Devastation Celebration – And The Kids
24.) Hands All Over You – Peg Tassey MUSIC
Killer song from Peg. ATK just played in Montreal so Megan could play with them. Great song from the first Zola album when Jenn Karson was still in the band. She’s still doing cool things with sound at the Fleming Museum. When Jeremy opened for Hana one of his new songs really caught me too. He sent me a copy of it today.
25.) The Endless War – Jeremy Gilchrist – Singer-Songwriter
26.) Science Fiction – Hana Zara
27.) Fubar – Kelly Ravin.
I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?
Song after: Time And A Word – Fish
Jenn Karson’s sonic mapping project:
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