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Arc Iris at The Skinny Pancake May 29, 2015   Leave a comment

I just got back from seeing music at The Skinny Pancake. I’d been meaning to catch the band for a couple of weeks, but the timing was just not there. Tonight, I got out at 7 and the show was set to start at 8. How easy was that? I got home a bit after 7, grabbed a bite to eat and headed out about quarter of 8. I was running late, and got there around 5 after but it was not yet showtime. I settled in and let the vibrations of the stage absorb me. One keyboard faced the crowd and the other two faced stage left and right. A long vine big leaf plant wrapped itself around the keys. There was a drum set in the back left and a chair in the back right. The front right had an open space and a couple of guitars.

Soon enough Arc Iris took the stage and let loose their staggeringly complex and beautiful music. The keyboard player played one set of keys with each had for most of the show, and definitely had a bit of a Wakeman flair, without the cape. The drummer played super tight riffs that breathed like music can, as opposed to electronic beats, which are locked in. Whenever the band went for it, he was right there to add the fire. The cello player bowed her way through the show, casting light and shadow on the songs, and her vocal harmonies were just gorgeous. The singer alternated acoustic and electric guitar some piano, and had a voice that reminded me of Kate Bush, Tori Amos, and or jane siberry, though sounded like neither. Some of the music was off-kilter dance songs. Many of the songs sounded like Ziggy era Bowie playing with a trio on the streets of Paris while going for a mad jazzman sound. Some of the songs had hints of Yes, King Crimson, and Renaissance, but everything sounded original. The song where the singer stood on an amp and unfurled the golden angel wings sounded like it could have been on Fragile, or maybe it was the song after, the show was a beautiful blur. It was a pretty intense show and it was hard to grasp it all. The audience started small but the show kept feeling like it was coming more and more alive as more and more people crowded the room. It was intense, wonderful and breathtaking. When they said goodnight, there was no way the audience would let them go. They came back for a really cool song and said something about there being a fun video for it.

i hung out for a bit after the show, bought a CD, chatted about gardening with Jocie, then took the long walk home. What a great night of music.



Radio Show 112 Thursday May 28, 2015 9-11pm Eastern US Time WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment



I just got back from my local music radio show on internet only Wbkm Dot Org. I highlighted a lot of what is happening in our town and some of the bands that come through. There was a bit of a story rainy theme.

Song before: (Then Came The) Last Of May (live) – Blue Oyster Cult



From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds of Burlington. It’s a beautiful night in Burlington but it has been a bit rainy and stormy in the past few days. This is the last show I’ll do this month so I have to start with this song. This is Last Day Of May by The Red Telephone on WBKM and this is Burlington’s Kind of Music.

1.) Last Day Of May – The Red Telephone
2.) Storm Cloud – When Particles Collide
3.) Miranda – Ninja Custodian
4.) Cats Were Born – And The Kids

Killer song from their new album. They are playing The Monkey House tomorrow. Killer classic Ninja song. Particles just released a new EP called This Town about life in Bangor Maine. It’s pretty cool. This next band are playing at the Monkey tomorrow too.

5.) Magenta Man – Rue Mevlana
6.) Exit Strategy – Rue Mevlana
7.) Futuis Eam – Vows
8.) Unveiled – Pours

I’ve caught Pours a couple of times and they are pretty cool. Vows are from NJ but have played town a couple of times and are coming back soon. That’s from their new album. I love the dramatic sweep to Rue’s songs. Let’s continue on through Swale’s album The Next Instead.

9.) Edible #2 – Swale
10.) The Same Stars – Zola Turn
11.) Oh My God – Sarah Blacker
12.) Beats Me – Satori Bob

Happy Birthday John Baumann! Great song from Sarah’s new album. Considering the imagery in the song, I had to pair it up with the Zola song. She played a killer show last Friday at The Skinny Pancake. I think I’m going to head there tomorrow to see this next artist, who has been playing there all month.

13.) Canadian Cowboy – Arc Iris
14.) Avalon – Split Tongue Crow
15.) Oh Freedom – U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and 30 Vermont musicians

Bernie had a killer kickoff rally for his Presidential run at the waterfront in Burlington Tuesday. I had to work but was inspired by watching the speech on C-Span. Run Bernie Run. Killer song from Rutland’s finest. I’m very excited to catch Iris. This next band are playing Saturday at the Monkey House.

16.) Running Away From Home – The Snaz
17.) Ninjas VS Zombies – Phil Yates
18.) The Original Original – Black Rabbit
19.) Iron And Metal – The Mountain Says No

Killer song from Mountain’s coming soon album. Same for Rabbit. Great song from Phil. After seeing Sarah at the Pancake last Friday I ran over to Radio Bean and caught this band play a killer show.

20.) Not A Nice Guy – ROUGH FRANCIS
21.) Projector – Vetica
22.) Forbidden Love – Pinhead
23.) These Stories – When Particles Collide

Another great new song from Particles. That one had me dancing around the studio. Killer classic Pinhead song. I miss Vetica. I try to never miss Francis. It’s been raining on and off a bunch today. This seemed appropriate.

24.) Way Like Water – Sarah Blacker
25.) Nothing But The Water I & II – Grace Potter
26.) Jan Michael Vincent – Chin Ho

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



Songs after: Raingods Dancing->Make It Happen – Fish


Sarah Blacker at the Skinny Pancake and Mia Verko & Rough Francis at Radio Bean May 22, 2015   Leave a comment

Radio Bean picture by Tim Lewis

Radio Bean picture by Tim Lewis


I had a great time seeing music last night. After a short night of sleep, and a long hard work day, I got out at 7 and made a super quick stop at home. The show was supposed to start at 7, so I thought I’d miss a lot of it, but headed down to the lake to catch what I could.

I had not been in The Skinny Pancake since they remodeled and created the new music room. I immediately loved the look and feel of the place, and was happy to see two guitars and a ukelele on the stage, but the show had not yet started. Wow, the timing worked out two days in a row.
After a short wait Sarah Blacker took the stage, accompanied by Erik White on electric guitar and backing vocals. She started off with Plugging away then followed with In Waves, the title song from her excellent new album. She mixed in a lot of new songs and a lot of classics and the lightly filled room was attentive and appreciative. Her voice was flawless and powerful and her acoustic guitar drove the songs, while Erik’s guitar filled them out and helped them soar. She brought out the ukelele for a couple of songs and ended the first set with a stomp and clap version of Revelry Of Heart. The second set started with another new one, and she played a lot of the new album. She tossed in some classics, like the killer Bad I Been and since the show was so intimate, she worked on writing a new song, maybe Burlington in the Spring. After that lighthearted moment, things got very serious as she pulled out a string of very strong songs to end the night. I love her songs and I love her voice and I loved every moment of the show. After it was done, I said a quick goodbye and headed back into town.

I made a beeline to Radio Bean and walked in as Mia Verko played some fun rock music. They are from Montreal and their indie rock had a bit of a Francophile feel. I could almost imagine Francesca Blanchard singing with them. I did not catch much of their set, but enjoyed what I heard. After they wrapped up, I chatted with a few of the many musicians who made up the packed audience. Happily, I did not have to wait long until ROUGH FRANCIS hit the stage. They were super powerful and intense from the first note. They were ferocious as usual and played mostly new songs. They tossed in a couple from the first album, and a cover of New Rose, but mostly stuck with new songs. I hung back a bit as the audience moshed and slammed, and every moment was bliss. The wrapped the night with a killer Comm To Space then I took the happy walk home. Thanks everyone!

Dino Bravo at Club Metronome May 21, 2015   Leave a comment

I had a great time seeing music on Thursday night. The show was scheduled for 10:30 at Club Metronome as an after show party for the Pixies, who played the Flynn Theatre earlier in the evening. I finished up my local music radio show on Wbkm Dot Org at 11 and took the few dozen steps to the club. It was around 11:15 when I walked in the door. The band were on stage and ready, but had not started yet. I got settled in and Dino Bravo VT hit the stage with a roar. Their music is pretty fast and heavy and they were right on from the beginning. I think a lot of the songs in the beginning of the set were pretty new, and I dd not recognize most. No matter, I just hung out, rocked back and forth a bit to find the groove, and had a great time. Somewhere in the middle of the set they invited Lily Sickles to the stage. She sang the heck out of Tom Petty’s You Got Lucky while Chris Farnsworth laid down some super cool guitar riffs. She stayed for several songs and her powerhouse voice added a nice dimension to songs like Bottleneck, Pop Music, and a killer cover of 20th Century Boy. Her singing soared on Song About The Ocean, and the band played a blistering version. She finally headed back to the audience and the band played three more heavy rockers and called it a night. All in all, they played just over an hour of fun heavy rock music and I could not have been happier.


Radio Show 111 Thursday May 21, 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 Wbkm Dot Org, and seeing Dino Bravo at Club Metronome, I played a bunch of really new music and a few very old songs.

Song before: When I Was New – Sarah Blacker



From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds of Burlington. It’s a beautiful night in Burlington I went 20 days without seeing any live music, due to an odd series of unfortunate circumstances, but finally made it out to Radio Bean last Monday to see The Nancy Druids. They are very new so I don’t have any of their music, but if you listen to the first two songs, you can get an idea. This is Today Is Tomorrow by The Red Telephone on WBKM, and this is Burlington’s Kind Of Music.

1.)Today Is Tomorrow – The Red Telephone
2.) Still Life Scene – Envy
3.) Restaurant – The Mountain Says No
4.) Original Original – Black Rabbit

Great new song from Rabbit! They got the mighty Jane Boxall Percussion to play drums on their new album and recorded 11 songs. It will be called Red Flannel Hash and should come out on June 23rd. I’m so psyched, though I”m quite sad that Jane has left for Nashville. Come back any time!! We’ll miss you. Killer new song from Mountain. I can’t wait until they release their album! Did I mention that I loved the Nancy Druids and can’t wait to get to know their songs!. OK, let’s keep rocking through the Swale album The Next Instead.

5.) Jack Sharp – Swale
6.) Burn It Down Bernadette – Phil Yates & The Affiliates
7.) Fades To Grey – Aram Bedrosian
8.) Breakout – Sarah Blacker

Killer new song from Sarah’s album In Waves which came out Monday or Tuesday or so. She will be at the Skinny Pancake tomorrow at 7. I work until 7 but will head down as quick as I can to see how much I can see. There are some really nice songs on her new album and she sings the heck out of them! Killer new all bass only song from Aram. Love the Phil song. So, I think I want to head to the Pancake tomorrow to see Sarah then will head back to the Bean to see Rough Francis! How cool is that.

10.) Sugar Coated Candy Stix – Dino Bravo VT
11.) Womb With A View – Heavy Plains
12.) Where Is My Mind? – The Pixies

The Pixies are in town tonight at The Flynn Theatre. I think almost everyone I know is going, but I’m here to do this show for you. Plains are on the top of my list of bands I have not seen that I really need to check out! The played Saturday with Vedora, but it was one of those bad timing missing shows things. Soon. Dino are playing at Metronome around 10:30 so I may head over after this show. OK, I’m going to play some classic old school Burlington music, but to take us there, this is the Vacant Lots.

14.) Amazon – Kilimanjaro
15.) South Wind – Gordon Stone
16.) Hot Water – Pine Island

Since Pine Island are named in my intro it’s about time I played them. Nice song from Gordon. I remember seeing Kilimanjaro a long time ago and loving how smooth and elegant that they always were. I saw this guy recently when he opened for April Wine a couple of times at Higher Ground.

17.) Axe To Grind – Nobby Reed
18.) Another Round – The Eames Brothers
19.) Gothic Bloodsucker – Zola Turn
20.) Giant Mosquitoes – Cold Sweat

Sweat used to play Texas, which became Club Toast, KD Churchills, and others. I think it’s the Zen Lounge now and I think they do music again. It’s the beginning of mosquito season so I had to play the sweat song and the Zola song. Killer stuff by Nobby and Eames. Here’s another song from Sarah’s new album

21.) This Melody – Sarah Blacker
22.) Better Half – Abbie Morin
23.) The Cure (live) – Thompson Gunner
24.) Decide – David L. Jarvis

It was great to run into Dave at the Druids show. Thanks for the painting! Killer song from the Rutland band. Abbie will be at Nectar’s on Saturday. Hmmm, Sarah. This band just played a show that I missed on Saturday and will have a new album of songs, with Jane Boxall drumming, soon. Sob, we’ll miss you Jane!

25.) Low Down M2 – Vedora
26.) Deadly Wires – Ryan Ober
27.) Wisps and Watercolors – Sarah Blacker
28.) Extended Werewolf – farm

There’s only so much time indeed/ Yet another killer new Sarah song. Ryan is at Nectar’s on Saturday too. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?



Song after: 13th Star – Fish


The Nancy Druids at Radio Bean May 18 2015   Leave a comment

Radio Bean picture by Tim Lewis

Radio Bean picture by Tim Lewis

I, finally, had a great night seeing music last night. It seemed like a staggering set of bad timing has caused some conflict with every show I’ve wanted to see for the last month or so. The last band I saw live was Marillion on April 26. Maybe I was working late and the band were on early. Maybe the band were on too late, or at a reasonable time and my work start time was unusually early. An all too classic example is last Saturday I got home late from my parents, did not have time to walk to Pine street to see Vedora‘s album release show, talked a friend into driving so we would have just made it, then his headlight was out and he did not want to take a chance of getting pulled over. It’s been constantly stuff like that and was set to happen again last night. Fortunately, the thing I had to do right after work took less time than I thought, and I was able to make it down to Radio Bean to catch the full set by The Nancy Druids, who helped immeasurably by going on a couple of minutes late. I was wearing the ROUGH FRANCIS Burlington Vermont t-shirt and got a shout out from Urian Hackney during the walk down, which set a nice tone for the evening. I was in and settled when the three-piece unfurled some beautiful new songs. With Sean Toohey on guitar and vocals and Ann Mindell on drums (half of the classic Burlington band Envy) they were joined by John Franklin on bass, and they had me blissfully happy from the first note. I was hoping the songs would have an Envy/Red Telephone vibe, maybe a little older and not quite as ferocious, and that is exactly what we got. The small but dedicated audience, including Ryan Ober, Amanda Gustafson (who helped take some of the vocal feedback out of the mix) , and others, really appreciated the set of all new songs. They started a bit mellow, but soon settled in to a set of songs with gorgeous soaring melodies, and some solid rock and roll. Sean has a tendency to find some notes that just make you smile then lets them shimmer upwards for a moment before moving to the next part of the song. There was a lot of that happening in their 45 minute set. Ann’s drumming varied weights, power and speeds to support the beautiful songs and John’s bass kept the structure intact and occasionally wandered around some of the songs in a fun way. Sean mixed in some heavy crunchy chords and some searing solos that filled my heart with joy. One song sounded like a Britpop song with a Zeppelinesque crunchy middle section. One song had Sean bring the guitar close to different amps to alter the feedback sound. All of the songs were good and I’m sure once I get to know them, several will get stuck in my head. Around the third song in David L. Jarvis popped in for a while. We chatted a little between songs, then he went outside for a moment and brought in and gave me one of his paintings. Unfortunately for him, he had to leave early and missed a few songs, but I enjoyed them for him.

After they wrapped up the set, I said a quick goodbye. I really hope this is the beginning of something and they play a lot of shows in the future. It was a windy walk home, but I got the painting home safely, and just need to find a place to hang it. I’m sure I will find a great place soon. I’ve missed a lot lately, but am getting back on track.


Painting by David Jarvis photo by Tim Lewis

Painting by David Jarvis photo by Tim Lewis

Radio Show 110 Thursday May 14, 2015 9-11pm Eastern US Time WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment




I just got back from my local music radio show on internet only Wbkm Dot Org. I used the excuse of my birthday being last Tuesday to play a few of the songs I’m most passionate about,

Song before: Sparks – The Color Exchange



From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds of Burlington. It cooled off a little this week and we had a nice thunder and lightning storm, but today was a beautiful sunny day. There are lots of people about and a joyous spirit in the air. I drove to New Hampshire and back yesterday and the mountains of Vermont are lush with tons of shades of green. Enjoy this moment and enjoy your loved ones whenever you can. It was my birthday this week and I’m going to pull out a few of the bands and songs I’m most passionate about. If your band is not on this list it’s more that I only have two hours, not that I meant to miss you. This song has been rocking my world lately. This is Little French Earthquakes by Phil Yates and the Affiliates on WBKM, and this is Burlington’s Kind of Music.

1.) Little French Earthquakes – Phil Yates & The Affiliates
2.) Teenage Mother Earth – The Red Telephone
3.) Tastes Like Nothing – Zola Turn
4.) Tibbar Tibbar – Black Rabbit

I knew I had to play a Rabbit song and that was the first one that really caught me, and still does. Love that classic from ZT. It must have been a beautiful time, it must have been a terrible time, it must have been a beautiful terrible time indeed. That one has been speaking to me lately. Let’s continue through Swale’s album The Next Instead.

5.) Golden Crutch – Swale
6.) It Shows – Sarah Blacker
7.) Presence – Satori Bob
8.) Day Of The Dead – Hana Zara

I love the way Hana’s lyrics walk you through a picture. Great song from John Baumann and Robert Gagnon. That’s another song from Sarah’s new album In Waves. It’s not quite out but can be pre-ordered. This next artist is in California, but put a ton of music into this town over several years.

9.) Never Cry Halo – Alice Austin
10.) Chuck Berry – Dino Bravo VT
11.) Las Vegas – Ninja Custodian
12.) Trading Bullets – Fire The Cannons

They put on some very intense rock shows in the 2000’s. Classic from Ninja. Dino just played a show in Stowe where they were billed as Dino Barvo, possibly and puppet show. This next band have a new album and a new video for this song.

13.) Playtime – Death World Wide
14.) Mine All Mine – Cave Bees
15.) Gas and Oil – Gas and Oil
16.) This Machine – Invisible Homes

I love the nod to Woody Guthrie and the idea of killing fascist ideas with words and music and ideas and inspiration instead of with bullets. Killer song from Beano Parker’s non Wards band. There’s everything to love about the Cave Bees. Speaking of ideas that could kill fascists and Woody.

17.) This Land Is Your Land – U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and 30 Vermont musicians
18.) Brothers And Sisters – Joe Adler
19.) U Can Love If U Want To – Peg Tassey MUSIC
20.) I Put A Spell On You – Marco Benevento and Kat Wright

That was recorded live at Radio Bean. It doesn’t get more Burlington than that. Killer song from Peg. Brothers and Sisters is dedicated to my brother Ken and all of the musicians that I feel are my brothers and sisters. You know who you are. Thanks for the beautiful song Joe! Bernie is the kind of guy who has spent his whole life trying to kill fascists with wonderful ideas. OK, on Tuesday I turned 50. That means I was born in….

21.) 1965 – The New Siberians
22.) Statistik – The Mountain Says No
23.) TFAY – Elephants of Scotland
24.) Plastic Revolution – Doll Fight

Love that song from DF. Revolution Doll style now! I just love that Elephants song so much! I finally got the Mountain songs into a playable format. I love the build in that song. Yea, Siberians. This is a great song from a friend of the show.

25.) Letter From The 21st – Jeremy Gilchrist
25.) I Forgot – Maryse Smith
26.) Ships – Anais Mitchell

I just love that song. I’ve loved the Maryse Smith song since I first heard it. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?



Song after: Zoe 25 – Fish