Archive for February 2016
I had a great time seeing music Saturday night at the Rusty Nail. It had been a while since I’ve seen Dark Side of the Mountain play some serious Pink Floyd tunes and the idea of catching a bus from Nectar’s to go see the show in Stowe was too good to pass up. The bus was set to leave at 8 and I arrived around 7:40 and saw the yellow school bus parked in front of Nectar’s. After a few minutes lots of people started to show up and we boarded the bus and off we went. The trip was quick and fairly mellow. I thought it might be more of a party bus, but people were just chatting quietly. When we arrived I met up with Rich Haskell and Mary Wolcott and we got drinks and found a place on the floor in front of the stage.
The lights went down and the intense video production started and a heavy version of Obscured By Clouds, which fell into When You’re In, opened the show. The band were magnificent and the music vibrated every fiber of your body. They followed with Welcome To The Machine and had the whole audience in their grasp. Interstellar Overdrive was next, but around half way in, before the pinging starts, they went into something that I did not catch. It played for a short time before the opening effects from Dark Side Of The Moon kicked in. They played Speak To Me and Breathe, and took a wild ride through On The Run. The clocks went off and Time was just wonderful as they played it through and brought it back to the reprise of Breathe. I thought they would keep going, but they took an odd turn and dropped it into Young Lust. Kat Wright came out to sing it then stayed on for Have A Cigar. Kat left and the band continued on with Hey You. Shine On You Crazy Diamond followed. I wasn’t sure which parts they would play, but by the end, I’m pretty sure they played the whole thing. In the middle, Jake Whitesell laid down some intense sax playing. Wish You Were Here followed and they dropped it into Fearless and played a great version of the song. They said something about maybe taking a break, or maybe just keep on playing. They decided on the latter and the opening strains of Pigs On The Wing Part 1 began. Dogs followed then they played Pigs. They followed that with Sheep before putting Animals to bed with Pigs On The Wing Part.2. They lightened things up a little with Matthew Bryan Hagen singing a breezy San Tropez, then lit back into the intense set with Lucifer Sam. They returned to the dark side with Any Colour You Like then closed the set with Kat singing Brain Damage and Eclipse. They left the stage briefly then came back and the opening blips from Echoes began. They played it into the middle section then took a turn into Comfortably Numb. They played Numb all the way through then brought it back into the middle of Echoes then played out the full ending.
Happily exhausted, I said good night to Rich and Mary then hopped back on the bus. It was a little more chatty than the ride down, but was still fairly quite after such a stunning show. The ride home was quick and easy and the walk back to the North End from Nectar’s was uneventful. The whole show was so much fun and so easy and so great, I’m really glad I put in the effort.
WBKM photo by Tim Lewis Dec 17 2015
I just got back from my local music radio show on internet only WBKM.ORG. I played a few new songs, a few classics, a few that were mellow and a few that were metal.
Parisian Walkways – Greg Lake and Gary Moore
This Is The Sound – Folksongs For The Afterlife
New Americana – Halsey
Vitamin Dee – Persian Claws
Song Before: Escape Is At Hand For The Traveling Band – The Tragically Hip
From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. Binger have been playing some great shows lately, both in Burlington and all around. They have a brand new song that features Stephanie Heaghney on vocals, and the usual spiritually alive lyrics. Let’s take a listen.
1.) If I knew – Binger
2.) We Shall Overcome – Bernie Sanders
3.) Freeway – David Rosane and the Zookeepers
4.) This Land Is Your Land – VT Artists
I just love the version of the classic that Kat Wright, Bob Wagner, and lots of others put together to honor Bernie Sanders and to stand behind him. Freeway has a revolutionary spirit, in a Bernie kind of way. I caught David last night at Radio Bean and enjoyed the two songs I heard. He is playing a Bernie benefit in West Newbury on Saturday. Classic from the album Bernie recorded back in the ’80’s. We get to vote for him on Tuesday here in Vermont. Last night, I went out to Higher Ground to see the Wee Folkestra. I don’t have any of their music, but many members of the band played on this album.
5.) A Quiet Pun – Joe Adler
6.) Foxy – Abbie Morin
7.) What’s In California? – Josh Glass
8.) Gold In California – The Red Telephone
I love that new Telephone song. Sean, from the band, played a great show last night at Radio Bean with his new band The Nancy Druids. I caught Josh Glass at the Marriott last Saturday and really enjoyed the show. He did a great version of that song. I caught the first set by Abbie Gail at Nectar’s last Saturday after Josh and loved it. OK, let’s play the last song from Red Flannel Hash.
9.) Where Do We Go? – Black Rabbit
10.) Affection – Guppyboy
11.) My New Mixtape – Eef
12.) Knucklehead – Screaming Broccoli
Classic from Borccoli. Such a fun song. Great new song from Eef. Guppy were a big influence on the Burlington scene in the ’90’s. Great song and album from Rabbit. I saw this band a while ago at Metal Monday and they are coming back to play Nectar’s this Monday. This is dedicated to my brother Ken who is going to the show with me.
13.) Descent Into The Maelstrom – Holy Grail
14.) No Way – Phantom Suns
15.) We Need Bigger Knives – As We Were
16.) Finder – Rocketsled
Great cover of the Madelines song from Rocket. I haven’t seen As We Were for a while but always enjoy them when I do. Killer song from Phantom who have been playing a ton of shows lately. What a rocker from Grail. That should be fun on Monday. This next band come to town every year or so. They are coming back in May with a new album. Here is one of the new songs.
17.) Paycheck – Slingshot Dakota
18.) I Need A Raise – Cave Bees
19.) Morning Again – Doll Fight
20.) Yardsale – Lendway
I miss Lendway. Great rocker from Doll Fight. Don’t we all Cave Bees, don’t we all? Killer new song from Dakota. Is it May yet? Last week I played a song from the new Gregory Douglass album. I dug into it a bit more this week and really liked this one.
21.) The Great Wide – Gregory Douglass
22.) Never Cry – David Rosane and the Zookeepers
23.) Endless War – Jeremy Gilchrist
24.) This Machine – Invisible Homes
Never is another cool song from David. The lyrics suggested the Homes song, and Homes are playing The Monkey House tomorrow. Never also suggested the Jeremy Gilchrist song so I though it would be cool to line those up like that. OK, time for a couple more. Here is another new live song from When Particles Collide.
25.) Storm Cloud – When Particles Collide
26.) That’s When I Reach For My Revolver – Ninja Custodian
I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?
Song after: Poet’s Moon – Fish
Delirious – The Church
Every 10 Seconds Before – Active Heed
Green Doors – Lowell Thompson
Winged Victory – Brave The Vertigo
Barstool Blues – Seth Yacovone
Wild Is The Wind – David Bowie
Basalt Anchor – Vedora
King Grifter – The Mountain Says No
Heart Of Lothian – Marillion
Tantalized (live) – The Church
Empire Of The Clouds – Iron Maiden
Starship Trooper – Yes
Natural Science – Rush
Isn’t It A Pity – George Harrison
Love Is Everything – Jane Siberry
All The Love – Kate Bush
If You Get Lost – Swale
Take Me As I Am – October Project
By My Side – Kat Wright and the Indomitable Soul Band
New York My Lovely – Josh Glass
As always, I want to thank everyone who made tonight’s show possible. Thanks to: Persian Claws, La Dee, Jeremy Frederick, The Tragically Hip, Binger, Shakir Stephen, Dalton Muzzy, Braden Winslow, Bernie Sanders, David Rosane & The Zookeepers, Kat Wright, Bob Wagner, Dwight & Nicole, Marie Claire Johnson, Joe Adler, Abbie Morin, Abbie Gail, Joshua Glass Music, The Red Telephone, Matt Hutton, Ann Mindell, Black Rabbit, Marc Scarano, Darlene Scarano, Jane Boxall Percussion, Eef, Jedd Kettler, Holy Grail (Official Page), Phantom Suns, Ryan Cohen, As We Were, Casey Merlin Rae, Slingshot Dakota, Carly Comando,Tom Patterson, Cave Bees, Steve Tremblay, Rebekah Whitehurst, Creston Lea, Doll Fight, Kelly Cardigan, Lendway, Michael Clifford, Matthew Bryan Hagen, Kevin Lynam, Todd Gevry, Jeremy Gilchrist – Singer-Songwriter, Invisible Homes, Sean Witters, When Particles Collide, Chris Viner, Sasha Alcott, Ninja Custodian, Brendan Devitt, Doug McAllister, Ted Pappadopoulos, Fish, The Church Band, Active Heed, Umberto Pagnini, Seth Yacovone Band, Vedora, Caroline Marie, The Mountain Says No, Ben Maddox, Andrew Frappier, Marillion, Iron Maiden, Yes (official), RUSH, jane siberry, Kate Bush, SWALE, Amanda Gustafson, Eric Olsen, Tyler Bolles, Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band, and everyone else!!!
The new Binger song is here:
WBKM photo by Tim Lewis Dec 17 2015
I’ve loved Fish and his music and lyrics for ages. A couple of years ago I got a radio show on an internet only station, WBKM.ORG. My show is about local music in Vermont in the USA but I get to line up some music before and after my show. I played Fish’s music from the start but after a while gave him the slot right after my show ends. I even came up with a tag line, “Even though he’s from Scotland, this is Burlington’s kind of music on WBKM.” Since I’m in Burlington I need to distinguish Fish from Phish. Anyway, I’m bored today so I thought I would put up a list of songs I’ve played with the dates. My show is every Thursday from 9-11 US Eastern time.
February 18, 2016 – Arc Of The Curve
February 11, 2016 – The Gathering
February 4, 2016 – Do Not Walk Outside This Area
January 28, 2016 – The Company
January 21, 2016 – View From The Hill
January 14, 2016 – Five Years
January 7, 2016 – A Feast Of Consequences
December 17, 2015 – Sunsets On Empire (live)
December 10, 2015 – What Color Is God (live)
December 3, 2015 – Mission Statement
November 19, 2015 – The Perception Of Johnny Punter
November 12, 2015 – Raingods Dancing/Make It Happen
November 5, 2015 – The Gathering
October 29, 2015 – Crucifix Corner
October 22, 2015 – Raingods Dancing/Make It Happen
October 15, 2015 – Faith Healer
October 8, 2015 – Whiplash
October 1, 2015 – Change Of Heart
September 24, 2015 – Lost Plot
September 17, 2015 – Margaret (live – Marillion) then I followed with Arc Of The Curve
September 10, 2015 – The Great Unraveling (though I played Iron Maiden’s Empire of the Clouds in the usual Fish spot then played Unraveling
September 3, 2015 – Credo
August 27, 2015 – The Voyeur (I Like To Watch)
August 20, 2015 – So Fellini
August 13, 2015 – The Gathering
August 6, 2015 – Arc Of The Curve
July 23, 2015 – The Great Unraveling
July 16, 2015 – Crucifix Corner
July 9, 2015 – What Color Is God?
July 2 2015 – A Gentleman’s Excuse Me
June 25, 2015 – Arc Of The Curve
June 18, 2015 – Childhood’s End->White Feather (live)
June 11, 2015 – Credo (live)
June 4, 2015 – Lucky (the live version with the story about the badgers and the origin of rock and roll)
May 28, 2015 – Raingods Dancing/Make It Happen
May 21, 2015 – 13th Star
May 14, 2015 – Zoe 25
May 7, 2015 – Moving Targets (live)
April 30, 2015 – The Voyeur (I Like To Watch)
April 23, 2015 – Dancing In Fog
April 16, 2015 – Change Of Heart
April 9, 2015 – Time And A Word
April 2, 2015 – Shadowplay (live)
March 19, 2015 – Heart Of Lothian
March 12, 2015 – Crucifix Corner
March 5, 2015 – Credo (live)
February 26, 2015 – The Great Unraveling
February 19, 2015 – Favorite Stranger (1995 Yin version)
February 12, 2015 – Blind To The Beautiful
February 5, 2015 – Goldfish And Clowns
January 29, 2015 – Lost Plot (live)
January 22, 2015 – What Color Is God?
January 15, 2015 – Jack And Jill
January 8, 2015 – Big Wedge (live)
January 1, 2015 – Crucifix Corner
December 18, 2014 – Cliche
December 11, 2014 – Perfume River
December 4, 2014 – The Great Unraveling
November 20, 2014 – The Company
November 13, 2014 – Faith Healer
November 6, 2014 – The Field
October 30, 2014 – A Plague Of Ghosts
October 23, 2014 – View From The Hill
October 16, 2014 – High Wood/Crucifix Corner/The Gathering/Thistle Alley/The Leaving
October 9, 2014 – Scattering Crows
October 2, 2014 – The Great Unraveling
September 25, 2014 – Internal Exile
September 18, 2014 – Heart Of Lothian (live)
September 11, 2014 – Tumbledown
September 4, 2014 – I slacked and did not write which song I played on my blog.
August 28, 2014 – Vigil
August 21, 2014 – Faith Healer
August 14, 2014 – Credo
August 7, 2014 – What Color Is God?
July 24, 2014 – Crucifix Corner
July 17, 2014 – Credo
July 10, 2014 – Faith Healer
July 3, 2014 – Big Wedge
June 26, 2014 – Innocent Party
June 19, 2014 – Clock Moves Sideways
June 12, 2014 – Big Wedge (Live – Childhood)
June 5, 2014 – Jungle Ride (live)
May 29, 2014 – Raw Meat
May 22, 2014 – Raingods Dancing/Make It Happen
May 15, 2014 – Worm In A Bottle
May 8, 2014 – Perfume River (live)
May 1, 2014 – Blind To The Beautiful (live)
April 24, 2014 – Raingods Dancing
April 17, 2014 – Medley (Internal Exile->The Company)
April 10, 2014 – Blind To The Beautiful
April 3, 2014 – Sunsets On Empire
March 27, 2014 – Lost Plot
March 20, 2014 – Innocent Party
March 13, 2014 – The Great Unraveling
March 6, 2014 – The Other Side Of Me
February 27, 2014 – Market Square Heroes (live)
February 20, 2014 – The Leaving
February 13, 2014 – Thistle Alley
February 6, 2014 – The Gathering
January 30, 2014 – Crucifix Corner
January 23, 2014 – High Wood
January 16, 2014 – A Feast Of Consequences
January 9, 2014 – Blind To The Beautiful
January 2, 2014 – All Loved Up
December 26, 2013 – Perfume River
December 19, 2013 – The Leaving
December 12, 2013 – The Other Side Of Me
December 5, 2013 – Crucifix Corner
November 21, 2013 – Blind To The Beautiful
November 14, 2013 – High Wood
November 7, 2013 – The Leaving
October 31, 2013 – Shadowplay
October 24, 2013 – A Feast Of Consequences
October 17, 2013 – All Loved Up
October 10, 2013 – Thistle Alley
October 3, 2013 – Perfume River
September 19, 2013 – The Great Unraveling
September 12, 2013 – The Gathering
September 5, 2013 – Crucifix Corner
August 29, 2013 – Medley with Marillion piano intro/So Fellini/Lucky/Internal Exile/Market Square Heroes
August 22, 2013 – Scattering Crows
August 15, 2013 – A Feast of Consequences
August 8, 2013 – Innocent Party
August 1, 2013 – Sunsets On Empire
July 25, 2013 – Raingods Dancing/Make It Happen (live)
July 18, 2013 – What Color Is God? (live Koln)
July 11, 2013 – View From The Hill
July 4, 2013 – Jungle Ride
June 27, 2013 – Big Wedge
June 20, 2013 – Faith Healer
June 13, 2013 – The Other Side of Me
I started the show in March of 2013, so I guess June 13 is when I put a Fish song in as the song after my show. I do have a note saying on April 25, 2013 I played Goldfish & Clowns and Cliche. Wow, it’s fun to see these all in a row. It’s a different vibe when you play one on one week and one the next and one the next. Looking at the list, there are a few songs that I need to play, like Poet’s Moon, but I’m pretty happy with it so far. I will keep going as long as I have a show. I doubt a ton of people listen, but some do. As I said earlier the station only exists online at WBKM.ORG if you ever want to listen in.
WBKM photo by Tim Lewis Dec 17 2015
I just got back from my local music radio show on internet only Wbkm.org. The show started a little slow, rocked hard for a while, then eased back at the end.
Songs before: The Unguarded Moment (live) – The Church
Orange Like Water – The Cush
Gift Shop (live) – The Tragically Hip
Bernie Is A Punk – Bern Unit
Blitzkrieg Bop – The Ramones
Radio Clash – The Clash
Song before: It Can’t Rain All The Time – Jane Siberry
From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. Let’s begin tonight with the title song from one of Burlington’s coolest artists. He’s moved away, but still comes back to play now and then.
1.) My Hero, The Enemy – Gregory Douglass
2.) As Glass – Wren Kitz
3.) Soul Piggy Bank – Swale
4.) This Land Is Your Land – VT Artists
It’s so cool that so many local artists got together to record this song as a boost to the candidacy of Bernie Sanders. It features Kat Wright, Bob Wagner, Marie Claire Johnson, and lots of others. Swale played a great show at Light Club Lamp Shop last Saturday and did a great version of that one. That’s a new song from Wren’s just released album For Evelyn. Great song from Gregory. I just ran into Abbie Gail since she just finished a US tour and arrived back in Burlington. Her band, Abbie Morin, will be at Nectar’s on Saturday. Here’s a live song from the road.
5.) Barstools – Abbie Morin
6.) Barstool Blues – Seth Yacavone Band
7.) The Call – Swillbillie
8.) Constant Disaster (live) – When Particles Collide
That’s a live version from Particles new album Live At The Sinclair. Great stuff from the rocking duo who will be on the road soon. Great song from a local band I have not yet caught. Seth did such a great job with the Neil Young songs at the WBKM birthday party last year. It’s cool to have a recording of that. Great song from Abbie. It’s time for the next song on Red Flannel Hash. I held off playing the album so I could start it so that this song would be appropriate. It’s chilly tonight, was 55 on Tuesday, was -13 (or so) on Saturday. It will be in the 40’s for the weekend. Well, for tonight this song is mostly true.
9.) It’s Cold – Black Rabbit
10.) Still Life Scene – Envy
11.) Ornan’s Song – Dirty Blondes
12.) Endless Parts 1 & 2 – Elephants Of Scotland
What great versions of those Elephants songs. Those are from the live at Gettysburg album. The whole band is great, but how about the drumming and chime playing from Ornan McLean? Ornan is going through a tough time sine he lost his mother a couple of days ago and today is his birthday. I had to play a chunk of Elephants for him and had to play the song about him from one of his other bands. Best of luck and heal as soon as you can Ornan! Sean and Ann Mindell from Envy will be at Radio Bean next Wednesday in their new band The Nancy Druids. Great song from Rabbit. Last week I missed the Mountain Says No at the Monkey House, but just because I slacked, doesn’t mean you have to miss them.
13.) JC And The Beast – The Mountain Says No
14.) Teenage Mother Earth – The Red Telephone
15.) Ninjas VS Zombies – Phil Yates
16.) The Crisis – Ninja Custodian
Killer song from Ninja. Great song from Phil from before he became affiliated. Great songs from Telephone and Mountain. This next song is about a crisis in America that necessitates the phrase Black Lives Matter.
17.) Blind Pigs – Rough Francis
18.) The Eldridge – Cameo Harlot
19.) Captain 20 – Barbacoa
20.) The Territory – Hana Zara
Great song from Hana’s 2015 album The North. Cool rocker from Barbacoa. Cameo were a great band that featured Paul Comegno on guitar and vocals. Now he is just playing guitar with Rough Francis. OK, let’s take the energy down a bit with a cool song.
21.) The Alchemist – Pours
22.) All Your Basis – Invisible Homes
23.) Kids – Wren Kitz
24.) Doris – Wren Kitz
Those last two are the closing songs and pieces of effects from Wren’s new album For Evelyn. Cool new song from Homes. Now, how will Sean Witters pull that one off live? Fun song from Pours. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?
Song after: Arc Of The Curve – Fish
On Angel Street (live) – The Church
Usual Plays In Heaven/Be Kind And Talk To Me – Active Heed
Down By The River/Like A Hurricane – Seth Ycaovone
Last Of The Great Train Robbers (live) – Bob Wagner and the Book ‘Em Blues Band
Adore – Tilt
New Americana – Halsey
Judy Is A Punk – The Ramones
Bernie Is A Punk – Bern Unit
Alienation – Black Rabbit
Janie Jones – The Clash
Tantalized (live) – The Church
Garden Party/Market Square Heroes (live) – Marillion
Empire Of The Clouds – Iron Maiden
The Walking – Jane Siberry
Feel It – Kate Bush
You’re Safe With Us – Lendway
This Land Is Your Land – Bernie Sanders and 30 Vt Artists
You’ll Be The Sky – Kat Wright and the Indomitable Soul Band
Megaphone – Josh Glass
As always, I want to thank everyone who made tonight’s radio show on WBKM possible. Thanks to: The Church Band, The Cush, Gabrielle Douglas, Burette Douglas, The Tragically Hip, jane siberry, Wren Kitz, SWALE, Tyler Bolles, Amanda Gustafson, Jeremy Frederick, Eric Olsen, Kat Wright, Dwight & Nicole, Marie Claire Johnson, Bob Wagner, Abbie Morin, Thomas Pearo, Seth Yacovone Band, Swillbillie, Richard Bailey, When Particles Collide, Sasha Alcott, Chris Viner, Black Rabbit, Darlene Scarano, Jane Boxall Percussion, Marc Scarano, Matt Hutton, Ann Mindell, Dirty Blondes, Rebecca Rogers, Chris Clark, Diane Sullivan, Ornan McLean, Elephants of Scotland, Adam Rabin, John M Whyte, Dan MacDonald, The Mountain Says No, Jedd Kettler, Ben Maddox, Andrew Frappier, The Red Telephone, Phil Yates, Ninja Custodian, Doug McAllister, Ted Pappadopoulos, Brendan Devitt, ROUGH FRANCIS, Bobby Hackney Jr., Julian Hackney, Urian Hackney, Paul Comegno, Cameo Harlot, Cam Barrows, Barbacoa, Hana Zara, Pours, Invisible Homes, Sean Witters, Wren Kitz, and everyone else!!
I just got a chance to listen to a new song from Binger. It’s called If I knew and it is really cool. The song begins with a welcoming bass riff from Shakir Stephen that is punctuated with some nice cymbal work from Dalton Muzzy. The relaxed comfortable groove lays out a platform for the twin vocals from Stephen and Stephanie Heaghney. The vocals mix spoken word and sung lyrics and skirts the line between complimenting and competing with each other. It’s fun to follow either one, and listening to both is somehow less chaotic than it sounds, as they wrap the words around each other. The mellow nature of the groove puts the lyrics right out front, so they better be good, but it’s Binger performing, so you know they will speak about universal truths about ones journey through life. Lines like “Flip-flopping from memories to hopes and dreams, constantly afraid that what we’re seeing isn’t how it seems, constantly aware that all we’ve got is all we’ve ever had, and realizing limits don’t submit but create good and bad” ask questions and pose answers to some of the most basic human experiences. Binger are truly wonderful at this type of thing. Around half way through the song the lyrics end and Braden Winslow’s guitar kicks into the classic Binger sound, and the song begins to jam in earnest. The mellow sting of the notes rocks the song to a lovely conclusion. Binger’s first album, Roots In The Rabbit Hole is really great, and judging from If I Knew, their next album will be just as wonderful.
You can now listen to If I Knew at Binger’s Bandcamp page here:
Light Club Lamp Shop photo by Tim Lewis
I had a great time seeing music last night at Light Club Lamp Shop and Radio Bean. I worked until 5:30 then went home, had dinner, and pondered the news about the passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. I got myself out the door around 8:30 and arrived at the Lamp Shop about quarter of 9. Osage Orange were on stage and started soon after I settled in. They are a trio with guitar, bass, drums. The guitar player sings most of the songs and the bass player sings a few. Their sound started as lo-fi indie rock with a sparse sound but some catchy riffs and lyrics. The one with the lyric about Take Your Own Medicine was familiar and easy to sing along with. As the show went on the songs took on more flesh with some deeper and darker tones. One song in the late middle of the show almost sounded like a song by The Church (Territorial Baby?). The show was not long, but was really good. I seem to catch up with Osage every couple of years and always enjoy it when I do. I should try and catch them more often.
After a bit of a set break, and some tricky instrument placement on the small stage, Swale began with an upbeat version of Beaten Down. It seemed an odd opening choice, but for the bar full of Saturday night party people, and some Swale fans, it proved a great way to get the show going. A soothing and searing Armadillo followed. They kept the line between mellow and intense balanced with a great version of Soul Piggy Bank, then played one of the louder versions of Soft Fireworks that I’ve ever heard. It needed a bit more muscle to keep the chattering crowd in the background. They dropped Fireworks into a fun version of Dimedrop, then pulled out a stunning version of We Could All Be That Way. I love the way that one builds and builds and builds. A fun version of Waiting For You followed then they played a song I’ve heard a couple of times, maybe called Loser. It’s pretty catchy and fun. They followed with a couple that I did not know, maybe Bright Lights Tonight and Lay It All Down On Tonight. Both were quite good. They followed with Good Medicine which started slow but builds into a stunning Eric Olsen guitar solo. They said they read the news today and pulled out a blistering version of War Pigs. After, they dedicated it to the man in the long black coat. They wrapped the night with a gorgeous version of If You Get Lost and that was that. What a great show.
I immediately ducked out the door and ducked into Radio Bean and caught the last few songs from the Wee Folkestra. They are super talented and always fun. They played the song about having your Hands Up. They played One More Cup Of Coffee For The Road. They played one I did not know then ended the night with Oh Mary Don’t You Weep. Thoroughly sated, I took the quick and frigid walk home, but my heart was super warm from the great music.
Note: Per Tyler Bolles from Swale “Glad you made it out, Tim! I Want to say that Bright Lights Tonight is a Richard and Linda Thompson song off the album of the same name. Funny, we were totally expecting a different vibe on blisteringly cold night at the Lamp Shop. I guess it was date night, and BTV music lovers aren’t afraid of a few digits below zero!”
The Monkey House photo by Tim Lewis
I had a great time seeing music a couple of weeks ago at the Monkey House. I met up with Nathan Curtis and Rich Haskell and we arrived and settled in. Mac Swan & Black Holly hit the stage soon after. They played some rocking songs that skirted the line between hardcore and metal. The music felt a bit more metal but the singer was much more punk. The bass and drums were solid but the heavily amplified banjo added a very different sound. Their set was not super long, but it was super fun.