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Radio Show 143 Thursday January 28, 2016 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.ORG. I started a bit mellow, with a couple of new songs, then let it rock.

Lined up before:
Adore – Tilt
The Theater And Its Double – The Church
A Certain Slant Of Light – The Tea Party
Wavelength – The Bears
New Americana – Halsey
Highway Brain – The Cush

Song before: Safe European Home – The Clash



From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. One of the legendary Burlington musicians from the ’90’s released a new ep this week. She is celebrating with a release party tonight in California. This is the title song.

1.) Cowboy Summer – Alice Austin
2.) Endless War – Jeremy Gilchrist
3.) Snow In The Controls – Dom The Barber
4.) All The Same To You – Milton Busker

Great song from Milton. I’ve been waiting until it was snowy out to play the Dommer Barber song. It isn’t really snowy out, but is in late January. I have played the Jeremy song before but that was a demo and this is the brand new studio version. Great stuff from Alice, as always. This next band played a fantastic version of this song last week at Signal Kitchen.

5.) Golden Crutch – Swale
6.) Son, You Are No Island – Torres
7.) Year Of The Snake – Tyler Daniel Bean
8.) Jack Sharp – Swale

Swale played a rocking version of that one too. Tyler played that song solo acoustic, but it had a lot of fire, and the version I just played is the full band version. Pretty cool song. Island was the song that stood out the most at the Torres show, though I really liked it all. I love the slow build and heavy surge at the end. I though it would be fun to bookend that set with Swale. OK, here is the next song on Red Flannel Hash

9.) Alienation – Black Rabbit
10.) Throw Me Away – Spill
11.) Nowhere Feels Like Home – Fire The Cannons
12.) Las Vegas – Ninja Custodian

Classic rocker from Ninja. FTC rocked us for a few years in the early 2000’s and put on some pretty intense shows. Spill are another great ’90’s band and that song always grabbed me. I just love that Rabbit song!! There is a cool show happening tomorrow at Twofourtwo Main with these next three bands.

13.) Last Song – Carraway
14.) No Way – Phantom Suns
15.) Nothing Important – Doom Service

Doom have a new album called Live At Mount Doom, so I got that one from that album. Great songs from Phantom and Carraway. I really have to make it to 242 Main tomorrow. OK, let’s keep rocking.

16.) Ladders – Heavy Plains
17.) Great Scott – Wave Of The Future
18.) Too Drunk – The Dirty Blondes
19.) Hello World – Screaming Skull
20.) On A Sunday – Screaming Broccoli

Killer song from the late ’80’s early ’90’s band. That Skull song is so cool. It’s a short intro followed by a shorter burst of intense rock. I just heard that the Blondes are playing at the Bowie tribute thing at Higher Ground tonight and I’m bummed I missed them. That is such a fun song from Wave. Great rocker from Plains. OK, let’s keep rocking.

21.) Little French Earthquakes – Phil Yates and the Affiliates
22.) Not True – Peg Tassey
23.) Blue Light Shines – Gabrielle Douglas and The Dwellers
24.) Plastic Revolution

I keep singing that song “Revolution, Bern style now.” Great rocker from Gabby. Great rocker from Peg. Earthquakes had me bouncing around the studio, but of course, the other songs had me doing that too. OK, let’s keep rocking.

25.) Something I Drew – Farm
26.) Gas And Oil – Gas And Oil
27.) Weapons Factory – The Wards with the Dirty Blondes
28.) Purpose and Object – The Contrarian

I love that song from Casey Merlin Rae. Classic from the ’80’s punk band. That was a re-recorded version with a bit of help from Diane Sullivan on vocals. Great song from Beano’s solo band. Hmmm, Farm. I liked the Torres show so much, I want to toss in another song. This is the title song from the new album.

29.) Sprinter – Torres
30.) The Summer Of Andy – The Cancer Conspiracy

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



Song after: The Company – Fish

recording ends
lined up after:
Angels And Demons – Invisible Homes
Funeral In His Heart – October Project
Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad? – Bob Wagner an the Book ‘Em Blues Band
Cowgirl In The Sand – Real Old and Insane Donkey
Five To One – The Doors
Yours Is No Disgrace – Yes
Empire Of The Clouds – iron Maiden
Wow – Kate Bush
This Is The Sound – Folksongs For The Afterlife
Dancing Class – Jane Siberry
Heroes – King Crimson
Tantalized – The Church
Emerald Lies – Marillion
Fractured Mirror – Ace Frehley
On And On – Michael Schenker Group
Ninjas VS Zombies – Phil Yates
All About You – Kat Wright and the Indomitable Soul Band
Megaphone – Josh Glass
Oh Freedom – Bernie Sanders
We Shall Overcome – Bernie Sanders


Torres, Swale and Tyler Daniel Bean at Signal Kitchen January 23, 2016   Leave a comment

Signal Kitchen photo by Tim Lewis

Signal Kitchen photo by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music Saturday night at Signal Kitchen. I met up with Christopher Larrow and we headed downtown a little after 8. We got into the underground standing room space, found a spot up front, and soon enough, Tyler Daniel Bean took the stage. I was just him with a microphone and acoustic guitar. Instead of sounding like a traditional singer songwriter, the songs had a nice indie rock feel but with an acoustic presentation. His set was not long but the songs were pretty good and kept me listening. The room slowly filled as he told us he usually plays with a full rock band. That made me a bit wistful, but I just went with it and appreciated it for what it was. I did not catch very much about any of the songs but the closer, Year Of The Snake was especially cool. I liked his set but now want to hear his full band.

Swale quickly took the stage after his set, and the pretty full room looked on as they began to tune up. The tuning coalesced and soon the opening strains of Waterlanding appeared. They let that song unfurl with all of it’s searing intensity. They followed with rocking version of Golden Crutch and kept up the intensity with Joyless. They threw us a curve with a Pants song that I did not know. It was pretty fun and rocking. They eased up with a mellow version of Beaten Down then pulled out the ascending and ultimately surging We Could All Be That Way. I think they had the whole room on board by the time they finished the song and let it gently slip away. They jammed back into high gear for the short and fast Jack Sharp and just let it rip for the closing Drug Laws. What a great show.

To be honest, I knew little about the headliner and really was there for Swale. Chris had taken off but I hung out for the headliner, Torres. While the band is mostly Mackenzie Scott, for the show she sang and played rhythm electric guitar and was joined by an electric lead guitarist, who also played some keys and effects. A keyboard player and drummer rounded out the band. The keyboard player added some bass tones, but most of the drive of the songs was from the drums and the guitar. The sound had elements of indie rock and trance and was pretty upbeat and rocking. I did not know any of the songs but liked them all, especially one in the late middle about a boy who wants to play God. She chatted with the audience a little and expressed an appreciation for being in Vermont for the first time, but for the most part it was just song after song. When they wrapped up the set they took a beeline for the lounge area where they could chat with people and sell music. I was a bit tired so I just headed out and took the cool walk home. I love going out to see music I know nothing about and finding great bands like Torres.


A tribute to David Bowie featuring Barbacoa at Radio Bean January 22, 2016   Leave a comment

Radio Bean picture by Tim Lewis

Radio Bean picture by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music last night at Radio Bean. After Davie Bowie died I has hoping some local musicians would get together and play some of his music. Last night, Barbacoa teamed up with Lowell Thompson and a few others to honor some great songs. There were no keys or horns, it was just two guitars, bass and drums, so all of the songs had a surging blues rock feel. Lowell and Bill Mullins played mostly rhythm guitar, with Bill taking some serious leads now and then. Kirk Flanagan;s bass drove the songs and Jeremy Frederick‘s drumming kept the pace fast and rocking. They opened hard with a killer Suffragette City and then followed with a gorgeous Starman. Bill sang both of those nicely. For the third song they brought up Heloise and she sang a freaky version of Moonage Daydream. As the song wound towards it’s conclusion Bill played a wicked lead part. Instead of the Mick Ronson effects laden original, Bill played the solo pretty clean and it sounded amazing. Kirk stepped to the microphone next to sing a lovely Space Oddity and Lowell did the countdown part. Bill took the vocals for a rocking Ziggy Stardust and a mellow but cool Lady Stardust. Amanda Gustafson came to the stage next and they played a fun version of Jean Genie. Dressed in a tux, she had a great Bowie attitude in her look and the way she sang the song. Lowell followed by singing The Man Who Sold The World and Bill had another stunning solo. Really, I was transfixed. They kept on rocking as Bill sang Hang On To Yourself. Amanda came back to the stage to sing Changes and Heloise joined with backing vocals. The full audience helped sing along too. For the rest of the night Amanda and Heloise sang backing vocals from the side of the stage. Up next Bobby Hackney Jr. belted out a rocking Rebel Rebel. James Kochalka came to the stage for a fun version of Let’s Dance and performed an obscene Major Tom poem before he left. Heloise came back to center stage for a rocking John, I’m Only Dancing. Bobby returned to sing Heroes and gave it the full ROUGH FRANCIS treatment as he screamed out the lyrics at the end. The night wrapped up with everyone in the club singing along to All The Young Dudes.
What a great night of music and a fitting send off to a great man who inspired a lot of people.





Radio Show 142 Thursday January 21, 2016 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 worked all day, caught a quick nap, walked downtown and created the show. Fortunately for me, there is so much great music in this town, it’s not that hard to do.

Songs before: The Old And The Young – MIDLAKE BAND
The Porpoise Song – The Church
Under Pressure – Queen and David Bowie
Strangers When We Meet – David Bowie
The Stars (Are Out Tonight) – David Bowie
Moonage Daydream – David Bowie

recording begins

Song before: The Man Who Sold The World – David Bowie



From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds of Burlington. Despite a super warm December, winter has pretty much set in. Let’s begin with some local songs about the cold time of year.

1.) Winter – Dave Jarvis
2.) Christmas Sled – The Mountain Says No
3.) Stylus Of Id – Somah
4.) Northern Memory – The Cush

Such great cold imagery from the Texas band who spent many winters playing lovely music for us. Thanks Cush!! Stylus is all about Orion who appears in the sky in winter. That sled that you got for Christmas, but couldn’t use at the time, well now there is lots of snow and cold, so have at it. Nice song from Dave. It’s a bit of a mellow evening in Burlington, so let’s go with that vibe for a bit.

5.) Good Thing – Maryse Smith
6.) The Night Syd Barrett Died – Colin Nicholas Clary
7.) Eve & Adam – Cricket Blue
8.) Afterlife – Hana Zara

Great song from Hana about living in the space between two lives. Great song from Cricket who are playing shows all over. I love all the local references in Syd. Super strong song from Maryse Smith. Let’s keep the mellow but strong vibe going for a bit.

9.) Letter From The 21st – Jeremy Gilchrist – Singer-Songwriter
10.) New York My Lovely – Joshua Glass Music
11.) I’ve Been Down – Bob Wagner
12.) By My Side – Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band

Such a great song from Kat Wright and the band. Hopefully they will have new music soon. Nice cover done by a killer guitar player and a driving force behind Dark Side of the Mountain, who are playing in Stowe soon. If you like the Josh song check out his band Sammich. Great song from Jeremy Gilchrist. Tomorrow night at Radio Bean Barbacoa will be the backing band for a bunch of local artists playing David Bowie songs. I don’t know if anyone in this next band will be part of it, but they did release this song this week.

13.) Starman – Madaila
14.) Freak Out Friday – Rue Mevlana
15.) Hold Me Tight – The Decentz
16.) Melt – Chin Ho

Nice cover song from Ho. I thought it would be fun to bookend that set with the covers and stick a couple of new and old classics in between. This next set is for the optimists of the world.

17.) We Shall Overcome – Bernie Sanders and 30 Vermont musicians
18.) It’s Just A Ride – Bill Hicks AMERICAN The Bill Hicks Story)
19.) Sequoia 3 – Binger
20.) In The Garden Of Mystic Lovers – Francis Dunnery

Francis is from Scotland but he lived in Vermont for a while around the time he released the album Man. He played Mystic and other song from the album often at Club Metronome. I just love the sentiment from Binger, and the rock. Great words from Bill and Bernie. OK, let’s take a swing through some ’90’s classics.

21.) On My Way – Hover
22.) Finder – Madelines
23.) Bloodboy – Envy
24.) Help Wanted – Wide Wail

Absolute classic from Wail. Great rocker from Envy. Finder is such a fun song with a great riff. I just love the Hover song. This next song is one that has always spoken to me. This is one of the coolest bands to ever play JP’s.

25.) Chester Allen – The World Famous Hanglows.

I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week. I’ll say goodbye with the next song on Red Flannel Hash.

26.) Sayonara – Black Rabbit


Song after: View From The Hill – Fish

recording ends
Usual Plays In Heaven/Be Kind And Talk To Me – Active Heed
Panic In Detroit – David Bowie
Supper’s Ready – Steve Hackett
Where Is My Mind – The Pixies
Sound And Vision – David Bowie
Blue Light Shines – Gabrielle Douglas and the Dwellers
Ninjas VS Zombies – Phil Yates
Life On Mars – David Bowie
New Americana – Halsey
This Is The Sound – Folksongs For The Afterlife
Blackstar – David Bowie
Swing The Gavel – Elephants of Scotland
Destination – The Church Band
Cinderella Search – Marillion
The Love You Had – Lowell Thompson
regular programming


Radio Show 141 Thursday January 14, 2016 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. Last week I had it well together but this week the work time change hours from the last couple of weeks are really catching up. I slacked and did a short show then filled the rest of the time with Bowie songs, which I might have done anyway.

Songs before:Suffragette City – David Bowie
It Ain’t Easy – David Bowie

recording begins

Song before: Station To Station (live) – David Bowie



From our small city to the great big world these are The Sounds Of Burlington. It’s not as bustling in town this week but is a beautiful mellow night. I want to apologize since I think tonight is going to be a bit of a shorter show. My whole work schedule changed a couple of weeks ago and working early mornings Monday to Friday is taking some getting used to. I’m not sure if the change is permanent or temporary, but I’ll get used to it soon. Last Friday I got to see four great bands. This first band played another stunning show at The Skinny Pancake.

1.) If You Get Lost – Swale
2.) The Saddest Man – Myra Flynn
3.) Spi-Fy – Barbacoa
4.) A Quiet Pun – Joe Adler & The Rangers Of Danger

Joe Adler and the Rangers played a wonderful show at Nectar’s last Friday. Myra opened and I picked up her Half Pigeon album and Saddest really jumped out. In hindsight I should have not left Barbacoa so soon, they played after Swale at the Pancake, but I thought the timing was tighter and Myra’s band was pretty amazing. Sometimes there is too much music in town. OK, let’s play the next song on Red Flannel Hash.

5.) Blue Sky – Black Rabbit
6.) Statistik – The Mountain Says No
7.) Swing The Gavel – Elephants of Scotland
8.) Gettin High – Heavy Plains

Plains are playing at The Monkey House tomorrow and I’m very psyched for the show. I love that new Elephants song. Mountain played a couple of stunning sets at Zen Lounge last Saturday. I love the Rabbit song, and all of their songs. I just got this next song last week and played it on last weeks show. I liked it so much I want to play it again.

9.) Barstools (live) – Abbie Morin
10.) Wiser – And The Kids
11.) Ladybug – Ninja Custodian
12.) Elanor Rigby – Screaming Broccoli

What a fun rocking cover by the late ’80’s Burlington band. I miss Ninja. Kids are out and touring the country. If they come to your town, go! Great song from Abbie Gail. This is another great Burlington classic.

13.) Lights Of Montreal – Lobot
14.) Extended Werewolf – farm

Both of those are such great songs. Well, I’m going to call it a night, but I have a bunch of Bowie stacked up if you want to listen for a while. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?



Song after: Five Years – Fish

recording ends

Moonage Daydream – David Bowie
Blackstar – David Bowie
Sound And Vision – David Bowie
Rebel Rebel – David Bowie
Heroes – David Bowie
Scary Monsters – David Bowie
Art Decade – David Bowie
Alabama Song – David Bowie
Diamond Dogs – David Bowie
By My Side – Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band
New York My Lovely – Joshua Glass Music
Ordinary Day – Milton Busker

regular programming


The Mountain Says No at the Zen Lounge January 9, 2016   Leave a comment

I had a great time seeing music at the Zen Lounge on Saturday night. The show was set for 9pm so I left around 8:45 and arrived around 9:05. I had not been to that specific bar before, but it’s the same room that Texas and kd Churchils and Club Toast was in, so I have a lot of history. It was fun to walk up the stairs, take that right had turn and enter the bar. Right by the entrance was a curtain running most of the width of the bar. The band were curiously set up in front of the curtain with the drums on the left, Andrew Frappier‘s bass to the right of that, Jedd Kettler‘s guitar to the right of that and Ben Maddox‘s guitar to the right of that. All the way to the right the curtain was pulled back showing a dance floor and another set of curtains farther back into the club. Behind that was another section of booths, and a stand for a dj was set on the old stage area. Hmmm, having the band play in the bar area, who would have guessed. I said a couple of quick hellos and the band started soon after I arrived.

The sound was just great as The Mountain Says No kicked things off with the heavy rocking Long Term Sermon. They eased off a bit with the mellow and beautifully odd Who Could Say. They moved into the sludgy opening of Iron And Metal before nimbly zipping through the middle part of the fun rocker until it crashed into the sludgy ending. They kept things in full rock mode with a killer version of Restaurant. They eased up a little for the slow gloomy 3,000, they went back to the serious rock with the new and magnificent Glazerbeam. They followed with a stunning version of King Grifter, then rocked hard with another new one called I Know Right. They finished off set one with the funky Ricky The Rider.

The set break was not long and soon they were back. Come And Decide rocked hard. Statistik soared majestically. They played another new one, this time one that I have not heard, called Nothing In This. It was really good. They reworked an old farm song with Blanket’s Fine. This was especially appropriate since the calendar on the door of the ZL listed the show as Farm The Band. I’m still chuckling about that. They answered a philosophical question with The Mountain and followed with a blistering version of JC And The Beast. They eased things up with Hard Times White Winds then played a new instrumental, Islan’ High. They closed the night in full rock mode with The Bomb. I guess they were not kidding when they said they would play every song they know. What a great show!

I headed out shortly after they wrapped up. I was thinking of checking our Sad Turtle and Manhattan Pizza and Pub, which is right around the corner. I made it in and grabbed a slice of pizza, but was quite exhausted and ducked out before the band began to play. I will have to catch them next time.


Swale & Barbacoa at The Skinny Pancake and Myra Flynn & The Rangers of Danger at Nectar’s January 8, 2016   Leave a comment

Nectar's photo by Tim Lewis

Nectar’s photo by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music last night. I had not checked the timing but got out of work early enough to take a long nap. I knew The Rangers of Danger were at Nectar’s with Myra Flynn opening and that Swale and Barbacoa were at The Skinny Pancake. I woke up at 7pm, saw that Swale were due on at 8:30 sharp and sent out a couple of messages to friends. Christopher Larrow replied and said he wanted to go. He showed up around 8:10 and we arrived just about 8:30. The band was not on yet so we settled in.

Soon enough, Swale took the stage. They started tuning up and the tuning slowly turned into Soft Fireworks. They let a gorgeous version of the song reveal itself. During the last part of the song Rich Haskell and Mary Wolcott arrived. As the song ended, the let it slide into Dimedrop and the slow steady intensity of the music began to rise. Fireworks is so mellow, but Dime has a nice riff and is a little faster. They followed with a gentle version of Beaten Down, though Eric Olsen‘s guitar had a bit of a sting. A new one, likely called We Could All Be That Way, since that is the only lyric and is repeated frequently, started slow and built and built and went through many stages and styles and started rocking before it crested and slid into a gentle ending. A song that I did not know, Loser (?), was next and had a fun uptempo beat that bopped along pleasantly. They followed with a stunning version of If You Get Lost and the mostly full room was very appreciative. Joyless followed and started slow, but rocked hard by the end. Another new one, Drug Laws, started a bit slow but just got more and more intense and was brilliant in it’s power and glory. That one is quickly becoming the most intense rock song in Burlington! They followed with a rocking, but not quite as intense, Everyone Likes To, then let the energy slide back down. They announced the next song was the last one and a steady, but gentle Waiting For You capped the night. Swale indeed.

At this point, things became tricky. Time wise, I assumed Myra was on at the other show and that Joe would be on soon. I did not want to miss the Rangers but took a chance on a couple of songs by the next band at the Pancake.

Barbacoa played as a four-piece with Lowell Thompson joining them, as he sometimes does. The first song was a country rock song, likely an original. It took me by surprise, but sounded quite nice. They lit into the surf rock with the next one, and instrumental cover of Paint It Black. I love when they do that. We hung out for another high energy rocking surf song, then headed out the door. Chris headed home, but Rich, Mary, and I headed on to Nectar’s.

Myra Flynn was on stage sounding great. Her band had a cello, keys, a drummer flown in from LA, a five-string bassist, and Dave Grippo on sax and cowbell. The song had a nice big sound in a groovy funky rocky sort of way. When they wrapped up the song Myra said they would be back for a second set. Rats, we should have stayed for all of Barbacoa’s set.

The three of us chatted for a bit in the break, but soon enough, Myra and the band we back on stage. The music had a sweet sound and the band were super tight. Her voice was tremendous and she was an engaging front-woman. Everything about the show was great. They played a half dozen songs that took their time and worked the grooves. The mostly full room was enthralled and having a great time. The set was so well received, after they wrapped up the last song, the audience demanded an encore. The band agreed and kept the party going.

There was a bit of time between when they ended the set and the Rangers started, but it was not too bad of a wait at all.

Joe Adler & The Rangers Of Danger hit the stage with a full band and a wonderful version of Brothers And Sisters. They had Joe Adler on the card deck guitar and lead vocals. Eric played lead guitar. I did not know the bass player or drummer, but they were solid all night long. I did not know the keyboard player, who also played trombone on a couple of songs, but did recognize Jake Whitesell :on sax. Samara Lark Brown added some great backing vocals, and during that slow part in the late middle of the song, Johnnie Day Durand‘s musical saw sang ethereally. As the show went on, Aya Inoue came up to sing backing vocals on a couple of songs, a couple of rappers, who also played with Myra, joined the fray. Myra’s drummer came up for one song to play the two snares and cowbell, and man was he good. Matthew Bryan Hagen played his theremin on a couple. The set was mostly from Joe’s solo album. Many A Girl was a fun romp. Relax was mellow fun with a nice groove. The Mime was a solid rocker. A Quiet Pun was a slower rocker with a great lyric. New ones like Little Bird and Midnight Jones And The Jimmer were great to hear. A cover of Walk On The Wild Side was super fun and they wrapped the set with a ripping version of Mirror Mirror.

I got a ride home from Rich and Mary and am so glad I put in the effort to see all of that great music!


Radio Show 140 Thursday January 7, 2016 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. You can likely guess which Presidential candidate was in town from the songs I played before my set. It was so warm in the studio, I had the window wide open and the tunes blasting out.

Before: This Land Is Your Land – Bernie Sanders and 30 VT musicians
Orange Like Water – The Cush
Delirious – The Church Band
Strange Phenomena – Kate Bush

recording begins

Song before: Goldfish And Clowns – Fish



From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. Winter finally arrived in the last week. It’s a bit warm tonight and will warm up this weekend, but it’s nice to have some snow and a little cold. Burlington is hopping tonight as there is a Presidential candidate in town speaking at Flynn Center for the Performing Arts. There are lots of supporters and lots of protesters and lots of people peacefully participating in the process of democracy. It’s kind of a cool thing. Tonight let’s begin with some classic Burlington rock and roll.

1.) All My Life – Wide Wail
2.) Tastes Like Nothing – Zola Turn
3.) Popular Crowd – Swale
4.) Lean In – When Particles Collide

I just love that song from the mighty road warrior duo. If you ever get a chance to see Particles, go. They always play a great show and play with other great bands. Killer rocker from Swale. They are playing a couple of shows this week, including doing a cover set from the Pants this weekend at ArtsRiot. They are playing as themselves Friday at The Skinny Pancake. Killer classics from Zola and Wail. OK, let’s play the next song from Red Flannel Hash.

5.) BS Passes – Black Rabbit
6.) Angels and Devils – Invisible Homes and Scott Mangan
7.) Swing The Gavel – Elephants of Scotland
8.) Into The Light – Great Western

Killer song from Western. Great brand new song from Elephants. That sounds nicely like an old Genesis song. Great unreleased song from Homes, with a little help. I just got that one and really like it. Great song from Rabbit!! This next singer just hit the road and is playing all over. She recorded this one live on the road.

9.) Barstools (Live at Otis Mountain Get Down) – Abbie Morin
10.) Glory Bound – Maryse Smith
11.) The North – Hana Zara
12.) We Shall Overcome – U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and 30 Vermont musicians

It’s great to hear Bernie speak about real issues that will help people. This was recorded in the ’80’s and he is still consistent today. Local music writer for Seven Days, Dan Bolles asked several local people in the music business for top local album picks of the year, among other things. I feel fortunate that he asked my opinion. I could not decide between JV by The Mountain Says no, or Red Flannel Hash. If I had a third choice it would have been The North from Hana Zara. It’s a great song and a great album. Maryse Smith just moved to Philadelphia, but we would love to have her come back to play a show anytime. Glory is such a great song. Wow, Barstools rocked!! OK, let’s switch gears a little.

13.) The Alchemist – Pours
14.) All Your Basis – Invisible Homes
15.) Yardsale – Lendway
16.) Mirror Mirror – Joe Adler

Joe Adler & The Rangers Of Danger are playing Nectar’s tomorrow, so if you like that song, go check them out. I miss Lendway. Killer new song by Homes. It’s a bit odd, but it’s growing on me. Great song from Pours. This next band are playing Saturday night at the Zen Lounge.

17.) Long Term Sermon – The Mountain Says No
18.) Distance – Vetica
19.) Let’s Bury Bob – Screaming Broccoli
20.) Naomi’s Back – Fire The Cannons

Great song from one of the great rock bands that have played Burlington. Classic song from Broccoli. Vetica broke up, but just released a couple of albums of unreleased songs. Great song from Mountain. This next band put on a killer show just after midnight on New Year’s Eve at The Monkey House, and it was a great way to start 2016. I especially liked this song.

21.) Righteous – ROUGH FRANCIS
22.) Burn – The Dirty Blondes
23.) Heavy Psych – The Cush
24.) Womb With A View – Heavy Plains

Great song from Plains. They will play the Monkey House soon. Powerhouse song from the Cush. Fun rocker from the Blondes. OK, let’s go classic Burlington.

25.) Always Monica/Down At The Duck (live) – Chin Ho

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

26.) Sayonara

Songs after: A Feast Of Consequences – Fish
Wave – Slingshot Dakota

recording ends

Sparks – The Color Exchange
All About You – Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band
Lost My Marbles – Joshua Glass Music
It’s Just A Ride – Bill Hicks AMERICAN The Bill Hicks Story)
Buttonz – Binger
Cortez The Killer – Seth Yacovone Band
Empire Of The Clouds – Iron Maiden
This Is The Sound – Folksongs For The Afterlife
Take Me As I Am – October Project
Sunsets On Empire – Fish
It’s All Too Much – The Church
regular programming


The Wee Folkestra at The Monkey House January 2, 2016   Leave a comment

The Monkey House photo by Tim Lewis

The Monkey House photo by Tim Lewis


I had a great time seeing music last night at The Monkey House. I worked until 6:30, stopped at home for a bit of dinner and around 8:30 took the long walk to Winooski. I arrived just before 9, got settled in, and said a couple of hellos. Quickly, The Wee Folkestra took the stage and the music began to flow. With three guitars, a bass player, a musical saw, and four singers, they created a nice huge sound. The lack of a drummer kept it from rocking too hard, and added a folky edge, but when everyone was going at full tilt, they sounded like a mini orchestra. Most of the rhythms were done on guitar, with Joe Adler and Aya Inoue playing acoustic and Eric Segalstad playing electric. This left Eric Daniels a little room to explore on bass. Joe sang lead on some songs, Aya sang lead on some, Jackie Buttolph sang lead on one and Samara Lark Brown lead a couple too. Most songs had a lot of vocal harmonies and were sweet and powerful. Their hour long set was nicely received by the fairly full audience. The sound mix was great and Johnnie Day Durand‘s musical saw could easily be heard all the way through, and she got to play most of the lead parts. I really like Eric’s lead guitar playing, so having him do mostly rhythm on guitar and mandolin was a bit different, but the songs are really more about collaboration than just standing out on one’s own. Most, if not all, of the set was cover songs. I did not know, but thoroughly enjoyed, the first song. Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of These) followed and featured the saw playing the keyboard part. Ghost In This House was as achingly beautiful as always. Atlantic City was a fun singalong. Jackie belted out a strong version of Michael Jackson’s The Way You Make Me Feel. Joe did his best Tom Waits on A Good Man Is Hard To Find. Ween’s Baby Bitch was fun, and featured a little bit of Eric playing lead guitar. They followed with a couple more that I did not know, but really enjoyed. They wrapped the night with O Mary Don’t You Weep which featured a nice full ending that kept easing its way down until it swept back into the full song for a bit, then really ended. Shortly after the show, I said a couple of quick goodbyes and took the long walk home. It always amazes me how much talent we have in this town and it’s so cool to see so many great musicians wonderfully combine in different bands. Thanks everyone!


Husbands AKA, Blow Torch, Rough Francis at the Monkey House December 31, 2015   1 comment

The Monkey House photo by Tim Lewis

The Monkey House photo by Tim Lewis


I had a great time seeing music Thursday night at The Monkey House. The time was listed as doors at 8:30 and show at 9, so I headed out around 8:30 and took the long walk to the show. I arrived just before 9, and got in and settled. Husbands AKA hit the stage at 9:15 and the fun began. They are a five-piece with guitar, bass, drums, keys, and a strong articulate singer. I though of them as a ska band but they really had a nice mix of alt rock, punk and ska. Most of the songs had the styles mixed within. They would bounce around breezily for a bit then settle into some serious rock. Some started with more of a punk feel then go into a reggae break. Either way, it was a very high energy show and the small and growing crowd was impressed, though not dancing. It was their first show in 3 years but showed no signs of cobwebs. They were spot on for the whole show. One song may have called Fatal Flaw. One had a big dramatic ’80’s rock sound before the ska began. Every moment of the show was quite intense and had me bopping along. It seemed early when they announced their last song, and indeed, they only played for a half hour. That said, it was a wonderfully intense half hour.

It seemed like the next band thought Husbands would play longer so it was almost a half hour until the next band walked in. They set up quickly and started playing around 10:45 or so.

Blow Torch hit the stage with some recorded effects then launched into a couple of cowpunk songs. I had expected them to be a bit more country, but their show was a lot more rock. Yea. The band included a gentleman named Clark on vocals and a box that played effects between songs, Bill Mullins on guitar, Kirk Flanagan on bass and Jeremy Frederick on drums. While the first two songs had a bit of a country feel to them, most of the show was punk rock. Clark sang nicely and screamed appropriately. The songs shifted rhythms quick enough that it was a challenge to keep up. I just loved it. There were three songs in the middle of the set that had a Ramones vibe, though the music was just a little slower. It was fast, just not Ramones fast. They wrapped the 45 minute show with a blistering song that may have been called They Laughed At Me. The near capacity crowd enjoyed the show, but again, didn’t dance at all.

ROUGH FRANCIS set up quickly but held back as the hour approached midnight. Champagne was poured at the bar and we counted down the last 10 seconds of 2015, toasted, and 2016 began in style. The capacity crowd was full to the front of the stage as Francis opened with Every Day. The super high energy rock band played their punk music with us and people were dancing and jumping and having a great time. The band played a couple of classics and a lot of new songs. They did a set with a few covers somewhere in the middle. Around half way into the show the moshing began. It wasn’t super intense, but those of us towards the front got a friendly jostle here and there. At one point, after some pretty energetic dancing by the crowd, they pulled out Not A Nice Guy and the mosh pit became mighty. With the music at such an intense energy they usually play around an hour but not that night. They kept playing song after song and we loved every moment. Late in the set they did a killer version of Blind Pigs, and at one point in the show Paul Comegno magically appeared in the audience moshing away, still playing guitar. I think they wore the audience out as the crowd started thinning a bit towards the end. The band were undaunted and pulled out 21 songs and played for a full 90 minutes. What a way to start the new year. At that point where they had played so much it did not seem like they could go on, they pulled out one of the most stunning versions of Comm To Space that I have ever heard. They really took their time and let it build and build and just explode. It was majestic.

It was 1:30 when they finally wrapped up. I ducked out pretty quickly and took the long walk home. It was a glorious night and I had that beautiful mix of being elated and exhausted. Thanks guys!!!!!