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Francesca Blanchard at Juniper at Hotel Vermont and The Nancy Druids at Radio Bean December 18, 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. I worked until just after 7 then went home and had a bit of dinner. I headed out around quarter of nine and went way down Cherry St to the Hotel Vermont. Francesca Blanchard was on the lobby stage singing and playing acoustic guitar. She was joined by another guy on acoustic guitar and they sounded nice. The lobby lounge was full of people listening or talking quietly. The main bar was close by and jammed with people taking loudly. I found a place to stand and listen and was well rewarded.

I’d only seen her once before and like the sound and structure of her songs. Even though I assumed this might not be the best venue to really get to know her music, I thought it would give me an idea about wanting to get to know her music better or being content to look for other favorite bands. Each moment that she played made me want to get to know her music more. She played a bunch of originals, all of which had a nice flow to them. Her voice is strong and she has a great stage presence. She played a couple of covers that were fun. She played a couple of Christmas songs that were not overly Christmasy, which was pretty cool. For the last song of the first set, she traded the acoustic for an electric guitar and played a gorgeous version of Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas. It was delightful and I will have to check her out again when listening is more optimal.

The Nancy Druids December 18 2015 at Radio Bean picture by Tim Lewis

The Nancy Druids December 18 2015 at Radio Bean picture by Tim Lewis

Around quarter of 10 I headed over to Radio Bean and got settled in as The Nancy Druids hit the stage. I am starting to learn their songs and several are finding their way into my head. Songs like Falling, Ordinary Breakdown Day and Space Between A Secret And A Lie (song titles approximate) are quickly becoming friends. Ann Mindell‘s drumming is solid and the couple of times she throws in the rapid fire sequences get my heart fluttering. John Franklin’s Rickenbacker has such a great sound as he wanders over the fret board and drives the songs into a happy place. Sean’s singing is nice as always and his over the top guitar playing is wonderful to be in the presence of. For the closing song, a cover of I Am The Walrus, he used a beer glass to play some slide. What a great rock show. I’m so glad I finally got myself out and about.

 

Radio Show 139 Thursday December 17, 2015 9-11pm Eastern US Time WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

WBKM photo by Tim Lewis Dec 17 2015

WBKM photo by Tim Lewis Dec 17 2015

 

I just got back from my local music radio show on internet only WBKM. I played a lot of local artists doing Christmas classics. I upped the nutrition level of the show with a couple of songs from Screaming Broccoli. I played a couple of cuts from The Cuts. And Swale, I played a lot of Swale.

before: Delirious – The Church Band

recording begins
Song before: Beware Of Darkness – George Harrison.

promo

intro

From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. The Calendar says it’s close to Christmas but with it 50 degrees and raining, it sure does not feel like it. I guess it’s a good thing the world leaders are at least putting some plans into action to attempt to halt global warming. My song before the show tonight was from the concert for Bangladesh. On Saturday a bunch of local musicians will recreate the show at Higher Ground. I think I’m working, but will be there if I can. Tonight, let’s begin with some local artist playing Christmas songs. Let’s begin with one of my favorites.

1.) Happy X-mas (War Is Over) – Joshua Glass Music
2.) Hallelujah – Swale
3.) Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer – Linda Bassick
4.) Carol of the Bells – Gordon Stone

Nice version of the classic by the super-talented Stone. Did you catch the version of that song with Stephen and Henry Rollins on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night? Check it out if you missed it! Great version of Rudolph by Linda Bassick. I love the lyric rewrite on the Cohen classic. Great song from Josh. Let’s keep going with more Christmas songs.

5.) It Came Upon A Midnight Clear – Electric Halo
6.) God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen – Viperhouse
7.) Silver Bells – Josh Glass
8.) Winter Wonderland – The N-Zones

That was a fun romp from the classic Burlington band. Another great song from Josh. Nice groove to the Viper song. Great interpretation from Halo, who feature Joe Adler and the music saw of Johnnie Day Durand. Let’s go back in time to the late ’80’s or early ’90’s when Burlington bands really came into their own.

9.) Rain – The Cuts
10.) Hold Me Tight – The Decentz
11.) So Nice – Ninja Custodian
12.) Let’s Bury Bob – Screaming Broccoli

Great rocker from the classic band. I love that Ninja song. I love that Decentz song. I had to play Rain due to the weather. OK, let’s get to the next song on Red Flannel Hash.

13.) Double Line – Black Rabbit
14.) Christmas Sled – The Mountain Says No
15.) Blind Pigs – ROUGH FRANCIS
16.) Beaten Down – Swale

The last time I listened to Pigs I though it has to mix into the Swale song. I’m psyched to see Francis at The Monkey House on New Year’s Eve! Killer Mountain song. Another classic from Rabbit. Swale just put out an EP with four Christmas songs, and are playing at the Monkey House tonight. I already played the fourth song on the album. Here are the other three.

17.) Just Another Day (Christmas) – Swale
18.) It’s Christmas – Swale
19.) Snow Again – Swale

Three new classics from one of the most wonderful bands in town. OK, let’s play some more classics from local bands.

20.) Santa Baby – Samara Lark Brown
21.) Frosty The Snowman – Construction Joe
22.) Jingle Bell Rock – Sarah Stickle
23.) The Christmas Song – Motel Brown

Just wonderful versions of classic songs. Here are some more.

24.) Little Drummer Boy – Aaron Flinn
25.) Merry Christmas Baby – Sandra Wright Band
26.) Oh Holy Night – Cait Hoffman
27.) Silent Night – Tammy Fletcher

Stunning solo vocal versions from Tammy and Cait. Nice groove to the Sandra song. Aaron is always so solid. OK, let’s play a few more then close with some regular local songs.

28.) White Christmas – Giovanina Bucci
29.) Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Greg Alexander
30.) Santa Claus Is Coming To Town – Scott Mangan

Three more absolute classics. OK, here is a song that always inspires me.

31.) Sequoia 3 – Binger
31.) Above The Frequency – Invisible Homes
32.) On A Sunday – Screaming Broccoli
33.) In A Different Part Of The World – The Cuts

Cuts are showing a bit of Pinhead influence on that one. Killer song from Broccoli. Great new song from Homes. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. I will be off the next two weeks to spend some time with my family. I want to say Happy Birthday to my brother Ken, since his birthday is Saturday. I will be back in 2016.

outro

promo

Songs after:
Sunsets On Empire (live) – Fish
It’s Just A Ride – Bill Hicks AMERICAN The Bill Hicks Story)

recording ends
Wave – Slingshot Dakota
Usual Plays In Heaven/Be Kind And Talk To Me – Active Heed
Down By The River/Like A Hurricane – Seth Yacovone Band
Higher And Higher – The Moody Blues
Amazing Journey/Sparks – The Who
Empire Of The Clouds – Iron Maiden
Starship Trooper – Yes (official)
Jacob’s Ladder (live) – RUSH
Orange Like Water – The Cush
Afraid Of Sunlight – Marillion
Opus 40 – Mercury Rev
The Old And The Young – MIDLAKE BAND
World Container – The Tragically Hip
It’s All Too Much – The Church
Teenage Mother Earth – The Red Telephone
Ninjas VS Zombies – Phil Yates
Strange Phenomena – Kate Bush
Dear God – Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band
I’ve Been Down – Bob Wagner
New York My Lovely – Josh Glass
regular programming

 

Radio Show 138 Thursday December 10, 2015 9-11pm Eastern US Time WBKM.ORG Featuring The Mountain Says No live at WRUV December 9, 2015   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 WBKM. I highlighted a couple of the artists who make our town great, one who just left and one who is still playing for us. I also highlighted one of the great institutions that have brought music to our town for decades.

Before: Sealine – The Church Band
The Man’s Too Strong – Dire Straits
recording begins

Song before: Orion – Jethro Tull

promo

intro

From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. Tonight I want to highlight a couple of cool musicians who have brought so much to our town. I’ll get to that in a moment but first something cool happened earlier this week. I finally looked up in the sky and saw Orion. Despite the 50 degree temperatures today, you know winter is coming when Orion appears. This is my favorite local song about Orion.

1.) Stylus of Id – Somah
2.) Art Of Vandalay – Sad Turtle
3.) Super Sexy Science Party – Wave of the Future

Justus Gaston plays guitar both in Sad Turtle and Wave. He’s a pretty cool guy and also plays drums in another cool band. I’ll get to that in a moment. For as long as I have been seeing and listening to music in town there has been a radio station from UVM that has taught people how to be DJ’s and has brought lots of underground music to any who want to listen. The have also done a stunning job of supporting local music for decades. Their local music show is called WRUV Exposure and happens every Wednesday. A few days ago the host, Dom the Barber, sent me a message that one of my favorite local bands would be playing live in the studio. He invited me to join them for the performance and to chat on the air in between songs. That happened yesterday, December 9th from 6:30-8pm. Dom sent me an mp3 of the show and I’m going to play the whole thing for you now. This band features Justus Gaston on drums and this is The Mountain Says No.

WRUV Exposure featuring The Mountain Says No playing live in their studio

4.) Long Term Sermon live – The Mountain Says No
5.) Who Could Say live – The Mountain Says No
6.) Iron And Metal live – The Mountain Says No
7.) Restaurant live – The Mountain Says No
8.) Christmas Sled studio version that Dom played – The Mountain Says No
9.) 3,000 live – The Mountain Says No
10.) Glazerbeam live – The Mountain Says No
11.) King Grifter live – The Mountain Says No
12.) I Know Right live – The Mountain Says No
13.) Ricky The Rider live – The Mountain Says No
14.) Come And Decide live – The Mountain Says No
15.) The Bomb live – The Mountain Says No

Hey guys, Tim here back in the studio. I think I played that whole thing for a few reasons. That is exactly what WRUV sounds like and has always sounded like. I really wanted to thank Justus for all of his contributions to our music scene, and to thanks Andrew Frappier, Ben Maddox, and Jedd Kettler for the same reason. I did it because that was a band playing a full live set that happened in town yesterday so is the sound of Burlington by definition. I did it mostly because I had it as one file and I really wanted to play both new Mountain songs on my show. Up next, I want to thank another person who has put a ton of music into our town. His name is Justin Gonyea and he has promoted a ton of shows at 242 Main and has played in a few bands. He’s off to Seattle and we wish him the best of luck. I’ll play a bunch of his music as a thank you for all he has added. But, before that, let’s play the second song on Red Flannel Hash, the album I am playing all the way through, song for song, week after week.

16.) Too Good – Black Rabbit
17.) Buy Two Get None Free demo – Crime Scene
18) Hello World – Screaming Skull
19.) Black Oil – Doom Service
20.) Monsters Are Due – Doom Service

Justin played in Doom, Skull and did the Crime Scene thing with Bobby Hackney Jr.., Matthew Kimball and a few others just before leaving town. Thank you Justin!!!! Well, I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town, let’s do it again next week, shall we?

outro

promo

Song after: What Color Is God? live – Fish
recording ends
Song In Space – The Church
Orange Like Water – The Cush
regular programming.

The Mountain Says No at WRUV Dec 9 2015 photp by Tim Lewis

The Mountain Says No at WRUV Dec 9 2015 photp by Tim Lewis

The Mountain Says No at WRUV 2 Dec 9 2015 photo by Tim Lewis

The Mountain Says No at WRUV 2 Dec 9 2015 photo by Tim Lewis

Radio Show 137 Thursday December 3, 2015 9-11pm Eastern US Time WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

WBKM window by Tim Lewis

WBKM window by Tim Lewis

 

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I just got back from my local music radio show on internet only WBKM.org. I played a couple of new songs and a couple of new to me songs.

Weeping Willow – Persian Claws
Armadillo – Swale
Preparing To Fly – The Waterboys

recording begins

Song before: Falling Farther In – October Project

promo

intro

I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving. I enjoyed the day off last week and spent it with family and friends and friends that really are family. It’s great to find wonderful people and let them be part of your life. I’ve been thinking about seeing music and seeing people on the stage and you always want to think the best of them and hope they are wonderful people pursuing their dreams and art. Sometimes you don’t know people at all. Sometimes you get to know them a little, sometimes a lot. On rare occasions you get to know someone very deeply and get to see their delicate and powerful soul and find the staggering beauty in that. Tonight I want to start with a set from one of the most beautiful souls I have had the chance to know.

1.) Robin’s Song – Peg Tassey MUSIC
2.) Angle Of The Sun – Peg Tassey
3.) First Kiss – Peg Tassey

Those are all staggeringly beautiful and strong songs from the Kissing Circle era and created and performed by the magnificent Peg Tassey. This next performer is pretty wonderful too.

4.) New York My Lovely – Joshua Glass Music
5.) Ordinary Day – Milton Busker
6.) Megan’s Song – Hana Zara
7.) 15 Steps – Maryse Smith

2015 seems to be the year of change. That is a song about change from Maryse Smith who is leaving town. Hopefully, she will come back and visit from time to time. Hana moved back to Nebraska but sure put her mark on this town. I’m sure she will come and visit sometime too. Great songs from Milton and Josh. I saw this next artist the night before Thanksgiving at Radio Bean and greatly enjoyed his set.

8.) I Know – Dom the Barber
9.) Goner – REDadmiral
10.) Today Is Tomorrow – The Red Telephone
11.) Falling In And Out Of Sleep – Envy

I loved seeing Envy back in the ’90’s. Sean Toohey and Ann Mindell, from the band, are in a cool new band called The Nancy Druids, who played a killer set after Dom that night at the Bean. Sean used to play with RT. Fun new song from Admiral. Nice ditty about aliens from Dom. Last time I finished playing the Phil Yates & The Affiliates album No Need To Beg, so now it’s time to start a new album to play all the way through, song after song, week after week. For the next few weeks we will go all the way through Red Flannel Hash by Black Rabbit.

12.) Nicky Says – Black Rabbit
13.) Long Term Sermon – The Mountain Says No
14.) My New Mixtape – Eef
15.) Maleman – Eef

Classic song from the ’90’s in Burlington. It was cool to see Eef get back together to play a show last Friday at ArtsRiot. They played old ones like Male and new ones like mix, which is about making a mixtape for the girl you like, you know, that thing we did back in the ’80’s and ’90’s. Mountain played that show also and did a killer version of Sermon. Great song from Rabbit. More to come in the next several weeks. OK, let’s keep rocking.

16.) Destroying Everything They see – Blue Button
17.) Windigo – Crazyhearse
18.) Silver And Gold – Waylon Speed!
19.) The Drone – The Cush

Those are four of the most intense songs ever played in Burlington. It’s not a complete list, but there is a lot of greatness in that set. OK, let’s keep rocking.

20.) Blind Pigs – ROUGH FRANCIS
21.) If You Get Lost – Swale
22.) Glorkian Warrior Sleepytime – James Kochalka Superstar

I just got a bunch of Kochalka so expect to hear lots more soon. Great song from Swale. Killer new song by Francis that is unfortunately still timely. Maybe someday we really will make it a summer of love. OK, let’s step back in time.

23.) Hold Me Tight – The Decentz
24.) So They Say – The New Siberians
25.) Ghost Train – Jerichovox

I love the smooth and strong sound of Vox. I just love that new Siberians song. I love that classic from Decentz. I love this last song too.

26.) Bad Oasis – farm

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

outro

promo

Song after: Mission Statement – Fish

recording ends

In The Garden Of Mystic Lovers – Francis Dunnery
Adore – Tilt
Down By The River/Like A Hurricane – Seth Yacovone Band
Mimi On The Beach – jane siberry
Wow – Kate Bush
Block – The Church Band
All These Christs – Tony Turrell
Hearts – Jon Anderson
Until We Sleep – David Gilmour
Mel’s Rock Pile/Lakeside Park/Anthem – RUSH
A Plague Of Ghosts (live Poland) – Fish
Old Souls of Chatham County – Jeremy Gilchrist – Singer-Songwriter
By My Side Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band
What’s In California? – Josh Glass
regular programming