Archive for September 2015
WBKM window by Tim Lewis
I just got back from my local music radio show on internet only WBKM.org. 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:
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!!
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.
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
I just got back from my local music radio show on internet only WBKM.org. 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
I’m not there yet, but I’m thinking. I think it was the clerk who would not issue any marriage licenses that made me want to ask if she was a Christian. Jesus never said anything about gay people so how do you know it’s right to take a stand against them? Didn’t Jesus say love everyone?
I was thinking about the end of the world. What did Jesus say about how the world would end? Revelation has some terrifying stories, but weren’t they some of the stories that were used to scare people back in the day? What did Jesus say about the end times? Maybe he didn’t say anything because he knew our temporary home would go on and on, and he knew the best way for it to go on and on would be if we all loved each other. That’s always the message I’ve gotten from Jesus, and why I believe more in the fish than in the cross.
Just some thoughts.