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Radio Show 156 Thursday April 28, 2016 9-11pm Eastern US Time 107.1 FM and WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

WBKM photo by Tim Lewis Dec 17 2015

WBKM photo by Tim Lewis Dec 17 2015

I’ve had to prerecord my shows recently to match up the Net signal with the FM signal. Tonight’s show will go as follows.

Song before: Let’s Go Crazy – Prince



From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington.  I had to prerecord last weeks show so on Wednesday I saw the Church and then was gutted to hear that Prince had passed away on Thursday.  I had a ton of respect for him and was blown away the one time I saw him.  Both The Monkey House and Higher Ground have tribute nights to Prince coming up soon.  And, if Prince’s loss did not leave you cold enough, Vermont got a nice little snowstorm on Tuesday.  That’s such a Vermont thing to have happen.  It’s kind of wild to see flowers in bloom and covered in snow.  Local artist Jeremy Gilchrist took some cool pictures of the phenomena so let’s begin tonight with one of his songs.

1.) Clocks On The Wall – Jeremy Gilchrist
2.) Science Fiction – Hana Zara
3.) Kentucky – Cricket Blue
4.) Let’s Move – Kat Wright and the Indomitable Soul Band

That’s such a great song from Kat and the band.  I can’t wait for the new album.  That’s a cool song from Cricket.  They are playing on Sunday at the Radio Bean, if you want to check them out.  That’s such a powerful song from Hana.  Great song from Jeremy.  OK, let’s play the next song from Callisto.

5.) Wishing Well – Alpenglow
6.) Stay – Slingshot Dakota
7.) Presence – Satori Bob
8.) Better Half – Abbie Morin

Abbie is recording a Live At The Fort show on Thursday night, tonight, at the Skinny Pancake.  Satori are a combination of John Baumann and Bob Gagnon.  John used to play that song at coffee shops all around Burlington.  Bob still plays all around Vermont.  I can’t wait until Slingshot come to town on May 10th.  Yea.  Great rocker from Alpenglow.  On Friday Binger release their new album at ArtsRiot.  Here is one of the new songs:

9.) If I Knew – Binger
10.) Sequoia I – Binger
11.) Sequoia II – Binger
12.) Sequoia III – Binger
13.) Strings – Bingr

That was another new Binger song.  The middle three were from their last EP.  OK, usually I play music by Vermont musicians but for this next set I will play some songs about Vermont.

14.) Moonlight In Vermont – Willie Nelson
15.) Feel The Bern – Violint Wednesday
16.) The Tradeoff In Vermont – Lindy Pear
17.) Hallelujah The Hills – Hallelujah The Hills

Great Vermont references in that song.  Lindy used to always be the second band on at the Radio Bean birthday party, though not for the last couple of years.  I love the Burlington imagery in the Bern song.  Such a classic from Willie.  So, the HTH song was from an older album, but they just released a new one called A Band Is Something To Figure Out.  On May 12 Swale will head to Boston to play a show with HTH, so here is a song from the new album.

18.) Hassle Magnet – Hallelujah The Hills
19.) Everyone Likes To – Swale
20.) Screwball – Screaming Broccoli
21.) Jan Michael Vincent – Chin Ho

Classics from Chin and Broccoli.  Burlington’s music scene became so great back in the ’90’s and has stayed that way.  Great rocker from Swale.  I love that new Hills song.  OK, there is time for a few more.  Let’s keep rocking.

22.) Little French Earthquakes – Phil Yates and the Affiliates
23.) Restaurant – The Mountain Says No
24.) New Age Woman – Pinhead

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

25.) Sayonara – Black Rabbit


Songs After: Crucifix Corner – Fish

Emerald – Ace Frehley

Purple Rain – Prince


As always, I want to thank everyone who made tonight’s show possible. Thanks to Jeremy Gilchrist – Singer-Songwriter, Hana Zara, Cricket Blue, Taylor Smith, Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band, Kat Wright, Bob Wagner, Alpenglow, Slingshot Dakota, Tom Patterson, Carly Comando, Satori Bob, John Baumann, Robert Gagnon, Abbie Morin, Binger, Shakir Stephen, Dalton Muzzy, Braden Winslow, Hallelujah The Hills, SWALE, Eric Olsen, Jeremy Frederick, Tyler Bolles, Amanda Gustafson, Chin Ho, Andrew X Smith, Phil Yates & The Affiliates, Phil Yates, Jacob Blodgett, Raph Worrick, The Mountain Says No, Ben Maddox, Jedd Kettler, Justus Gaston, Andrew Frappier, Dug Nap, Black Rabbit, Jane Boxall Percussion, Marc Scarano, Darlene Scarano, Fish, Ace Frehley, WBKM, 107.1FM, Tony Gallucci, and everyone else!!!!


The Church April 20th at the Tupelo Music Hall in Londonderry, NH   Leave a comment

The Church 2016

The Church 2016

I had a great time seeing music Wednesday night April 20th at the Tupelo Music Hall in Londonderry, NH. I’m on their mailing list, and a few weeks back got an e-mail saying they had added some cool new shows. I checked it out and saw that the Church were coming. I ran to the calendar and saw that it was on a Wednesday, which is the first day of my weekend. I bought a ticket immediately and booked a hotel room shortly thereafter.

Wednesday was a lovely day and I got out the door around 1:30. Traffic was pretty reasonable for the drive down 89 and I made pretty good time. Traffic picked up a bit around Concord but I just took it easy as I drove down 93 until I found exit 2, then my hotel. I got in and settled and headed out soon after. I took the short drive up 93 to exit 4 and followed the great directions provided by the venue.

The Tupelo Music Hall has a nice sign out front but the building itself looks like a large old house. They do not sell alcohol but you can bring your own for a $3 charge to the house. Also, on the front of the building there is a set of stairs that lead down to a beer and wine shop in the cellar. I wandered in, bought a couple of porters and walked up the stairs in the back of the shop, that lead into the venue. When you walk in there is a room with a check in desk and the merch table. To the right is a series of rooms with chairs and tables and to the left was The Purple Puffin cafe. I grabbed some food, found a table and watched the place slowly fill as I ate. When done, I went back towards the Puffin and through the door into the concert room.

The venue is a bit smaller than the ballroom at Higher Ground and had chairs on the floor, three tables in back and a line of seats behind them, almost at the back wall. I chatted with a couple of cool people then took my second row seat, on the left, right in front of Peter Koppes. I enjoyed listening to the ethereal music played through the PA until the band walked down the right side of the venue into the tiny “backstage” area beside the stage.

The full house was excited as the band walked onto the stage. Steve Kilbey chatted for a bit about how the album The Blurred Crusade came out in Australia in 1982 but was not released in America until after Under The Milky Way hit big in the late 80’s. He announced that the band would play the full album, and we were off. They played as a five-piece with Kilbey on bass and vocals. They had a utility guy, who’s name I missed, who sang backing vocals, played keys, played guitar and played bass on one song. Peter Koppes played lead and rhythm guitar, and sang backing vocals. Tim Powles played drums and sang some backing vocals and triggered a ton of sound effects. New guitar player Ian Haug played rhythm and lead, and sang some backing vocals too.

The Blurred Crusade begins with the super poppy Almost With You and it felt so great to be there with it playing live. The band were super tight and the sound was luscious. They continued through the albums strong yet poppy songs. When You Were Mine rocked nicely. Field Of Mars is a bit drifty and ultra cool. An Interlude starts slow but has a nice rock sound by the end. Secret Corners has a nice depth, Just For You and A Fire Burns have a great rock energy and are so easy to sing along with. Steve said something about if you hate sappy songs to leave before the next one and the band played a lovely version of To Be In Your Eyes. The album showcase, You Took, followed. The song starts slow with a bumping bass then explodes at the end. I though Ian might be the one to rip out the wicked lead break at the end of the song, but Peter was the one who pulled it off. They followed with a louder than usual version of the quite epilogue for the album, Don’t Look Back. Instead of ending there, they tossed in a blistering rock version of one of the B-sides from the era, Life Speeds Up. Wow, what a great set.

During the break I contemplated the full huge sound the band had going and the fact that Ian mostly played rhythm and Peter played most of the lead guitar. I had guessed the opposite.

After a short break, the band returned for set 2. They opened with the epic Block and I was ecstatic as the song built and built. Ian ripped out a killer solo, and spent most of the second set playing the lead. They followed with a song from the new album Further Deeper called Toy Head and it kept the music at a super energetic pace. Metropolis followed and it’s so easy to love that great pop song. They shifted the instrumentation a bit as Steve played an acoustic guitar for the shimmering Laurel Canyon. Steve sang the next two without guitar or bass and both the ferocious Sealine and the quirky Operetta sounded great. Steve picked up the bass again, and launched into his surging, almost Steve Harris level of rocking, blistering bass lines as the band pulled out my favorite song from the new album, Delirious. They capped the second set with the one two punch of Under The Milky Way and Reptile. The audience was totally blissed out. A short break followed but they returned to the stage and stayed with the Starfish album and pulled out a great version of Hotel Womb. They capped the night with another new song, Miami. Hearing the song on the album is cool, but live they gave it a much more epic huge sound and it filled my heart and soul.

After the set the house lights came on and people filed out. I went to my car and took the quick drive back to the hotel. I slept a few hours and woke up early and took the lovely drive home on Thursday. The drive was easy and sunny and lovely and was just wonderful until I got home and turned on the news to find out that Prince had passed away. It reinforced the idea that when great music happens you have to take advantage of it, because you never know how long it will last. With a bit of luck, The Church will continue on for a long time.




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Radio Show 155 Thursday April 21, 2016 9-11pm Eastern US Time 107.1 FM and WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

WBKM photo by Tim Lewis Dec 17 2015

WBKM photo by Tim Lewis Dec 17 2015

Last night’s local music radio show on 107.1FM WBKM.ORG was prerecorded so there were no Prince mentions. I’m feeling gutted today about his passing, but am happy that I get to highlight some of the great music that happens in our town. Last night’s show went as follows:

Song before: When You Were Mine – The Church


From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. Last week I played a couple of sets to highlight the Wednesday holiday but totally forgot to play a song from these guys.

1.) Destiny Waits – The Kind Buds
2.) One Of A Kind – DuPont Brothers
3.) Save A Different Way – Francesca Blanchard
4.) Let’s Move – Kat Wright and the Indomitable Soul band

Thanks to John Billingsley for getting me a copy of Live At The Fort volume 2, so I can play some live versions of great local songs. Those last three songs were from that album. The Buds song was a live version from one of their albums. OK, let’s play the next song on Callisto. This is a redone, and more rocking, version of one of their older songs:

5.) Solitude – Alpenglow
6.) Rocket – Soule Monde
7.) Don’t Let The Darkness In – Anders Parker Cloud Badge
8.) Give Me All Your Love – Madaila

Those last three were live from the fort. I’m so psyched to have a Cloud Badge to play. Last Friday I went to the 1/2 Lounge to check out the Matthew Bryan Hagen solo set. I was cool to chat with him and Jer Coons. His new songs are cool and dark and he even tossed in a Lendway song. Here are a couple of songs from Matt’s other bands.

9.) Sea Chopper – The High Breaks
10.) Better Done Now – Lendway
11.) Smooth The Grain – Waylon Speed
12.) You Are Not The Photograph – Swale

Those last two were live from the Fort. That’s a classic Lendway song and something about the feel of it reminds me of Matt’s new songs. Same goes for Sea Chopper. OK, here is a brand new super cool song from Binger.

13.) Strings – Binger
14.) The Storm Has Been Weathered – 1881
15.) Lewlyweds – Slingshot Dakota
16.) Hold Me Tight – The Decentz

That one was recorded a long time ago, but still makes me bop around the room. Great new song from Slingshot. Is it May 10th yet? Ryan Cohen just posted some new songs from a band he produced called 1881. I don’t know much about them but liked that song. Hmmm, Binger. OK, let’s go back to the fort one more time and play some rock and roll.

17.) Righteous – Rough Francis
18.) Las Vegas – Ninja Custodian
19.) Gas And Oil – Gas And Oil
20.) Kill Your Idols – Slush

That was a classic rocker from Burlington’s 1990’s. Gas were Beano’s, from the Wards, solo band. I love that song. Killer song from Ninja. Great live version of the Francis song. OK, this next band played Metal Monday last week.

21.) Pastoral – Vultures Of Cult

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


Song after: Lucky (live Badgers) – Fish

As always, I want to thank everyone who made last night’s show possible. Thanks to: John Billingsley, The Church Band, Bud & Budd ~ The Kind Buds, Bud Johnson, Kitty Kindbud, Francesca Blanchard, Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band, Kat Wright, Bob Wagner, Alpenglow, Creston Lea, Steve Hadeka, Madaila, Jer Coons, The High Breaks, Matthew Bryan Hagen, Todd Gevry, Kevin Lynam, Lendway, Michael Clifford, Waylon Speed!, Kelly Ravin, SWALE, Eric Olsen, Amanda Gustafson, Tyler Bolles, Jeremy Frederick, Binger, Shakir Stephen, Dalton Muzzy, Braden Winslow, Ryan Cohen, Slingshot Dakota, Carly Comando, Tom Patterson, ROUGH FRANCIS, Bobby Hackney Jr., Urian Hackney, Julian Hackney, Paul Comegno, Ninja Custodian, Brendan Devitt, Doug McAllister, Ted Pappadopoulos, Vultures of Cult, Fish, and everyone else!!!

Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Swale at ArtsRiot April 7, 2016   Leave a comment

Hedwig at Arts Riot picture by Emiry S Potter

Hedwig at Arts Riot picture by Emiry S Potter

I had a great night seeing music and theater Thursday April 7th at Pearl’s, uhm, I mean ArtsRiot. For six days the Pine st club flashed back in time to recreate the the iconic club that closed years ago to become a pizza place. Pearls, later 135 Pearl, was a place for people to be comfortable being who they are, and a place to see a cool show now and then. Owner Robert Toms booked the first Swale show I ever saw, booked a bunch of cool bands, and put on a play from my friend Josh Bridgman. If you have never seen Silent Invasion, check it out. Toms also put together a production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch and was captivating in the leading role. Ten years later he brought the spirit of the club back to life and did a six day run of Hedwig.

I wanted to see the show on Friday April 1st, when the Dirty Blondes played the after show party, but was in Montreal to see Iron Maiden. Sometimes you have to make a choice. That Thursday, with my local music radio show prerecorded, I headed down to the building that used to house the Cheese Outlet/Fresh Market. I arrived a little before the 8pm showtime, found a seat and settled in. The lights went down, the band rushed to the stage and the super tall, high heeled glitter booted, wig down to her ankles,sparkling lipstick that could be seen glittering from the back of the room, heroine stormed the stage. The show veered a little bit away from the movie and settled in as Hedwig did a mix of stand up and storytelling that kept the audience transfixed. The story was punctuated with the killer band ripping it up on some very cool songs. Hedwig spoke of the horror of playing at the Fresh Market while former lover Tommy Gnosis packed Memorial Auditorium. She dropped a couple of Bernie and Trump references too, but mostly told the tale of finding love in East Berlin, having a botched sex change, getting stranded in America and coming to terms with herself and using that understanding to propel her to stardom. Toms really laid into the arrogance of Hedwig with her dismissal of others, especially her band mates, yet provided a glimpse into the way bravado can be used to overcome the fear of being trapped in an ordinary life. He made Hedwig ugly and beautiful. He made Hedwig annoying and alluring. He made Hedwig a warning to and an aspiration for us all. He brought us on a journey of discovery from the moment they hit the stage until the last notes of Midnight Radio slipped away. It was a beautiful and powerful show and I’m so glad I was there to experience it.

After the show the crew cleared out the chairs. Most of the audience headed out but several intrepid souls hung out as Swale moved their gear to the stage. Soon enough they started with an old jam and then launched into Soul Piggy Bank. They continued through the set playing mostly new songs from what I expect to be their next album. Songs like Loser (?) are fun and catchy and songs like Drug Laws rock hard. Most of the show was pretty rocking with songs like Joyless, Popular Crowd and Everyone Likes to. The show was not long but was great note for note. As soon as they wrapped up, I headed out with a happy mind and a love filled heart.


Matt Hagen at 1/2 Lounge April 15, 2016   Leave a comment

Matt Hagen at 1/2 Lounge April 15, 2016

Matt Hagen at 1/2 Lounge April 15, 2016

I had a chance to check out some cool new music last night. I saw the listing at the 1/2 Lounge for Matthew Bryan Hagen playing solo songs and it made my mind wonder. The show was scheduled from 7-9. I worked until 7, got home around quarter after, got back out the door around 7:30 and waked into the lounge about quarter of 8. Matt was onstage playing an electric guitar and singing dark songs about the Devil and things like that. The songs had a bit of the noir side of the High Breaks sound crossed with a more singer songwriter structure. The lyrics had the feel of the theme from True Blood, though not as cheery. The one about grinding the bones to make your bread was especially memorable. The music had a very cool feel and flow and I loved it from the moment I walked in. A few songs had an odd effect where at the end he kept playing but faded the songs out. I’ve only ever heard a live song fade out when Genesis did it with Supper’s Ready on the Seconds Out album. I was tremendously amused when Matt later pulled out a dark tale of what one might be hiding in one’s wardrobe. All of the songs felt like skeletons of what might come, and that realization added a nice extra edge to the music.

When he finished the last of the new songs, he pulled out a few covers. He pulled out an old Lendway song that I couldn’t quite place, but really enjoyed. He pulled out a couple of Ween covers, Devil’s Sweat and Buenos Tardes Amigo. Both songs nicely fit in with his new original songs.

After that he did the wardrobe change and music change and did a short set of MC Hagen songs. He slow rapped some amusing songs with a stern Jer Coons waving menacingly in the background. Jer had just produced a couple of the songs so it was cool that he was there in support of Matt. After his four rap songs that was the end of the show. I chatted with both for a couple of minutes then headed out. It’s so great to hear some of the new music that is heading our way. And, all I had to do to find it was get myself out the door.


The Mountain Says No at Manhattan Pizza April 14, 2016   Leave a comment

The Mountain Says No at Manhattan Pizza April 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

The Mountain Says No at Manhattan Pizza April 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

What was the name of the band I saw last night? The Mountain Says New? After my radio show I wandered over to Manhattan Pizza and The Mountain Says No were setting up. I waited it out and soon they began with a stunning new song. It had a bit of an epic Middle Eastern Dio sort of sound. They followed with another brand new song that had a bit of a Tragically Hip feel. They kept the heavy rock going with Restaurant then played another great new song, maybe called Game Of Thrones. Glazerbeam, with all of it’s spooky power followed. That one is newer than their album JV, but they have been playing it for a few months. Ricky The Rider followed with it’s funky dancey heavy rock and was fun as always. The next two songs were brand new and both had an epic rock feel. Long Term Sermon followed and kept the rock pace at maximum. They followed with I Know Right which is another new one that they have been playing for a while. It rocks hard. They finally eased off a bit and played the slower Blanket’s Fine. That one is post JV also but they have been playing it for a while. They capped the night with a wicked version of The Bomb and that was that. Before I ducked out Andrew Frappier said they pretty much had a full second album of songs ready to go. Judging from what I heard last night, I can’t wait for it


Radio Show 154 Thursday April 14, 2016 9-11pm Eastern US Time 107.1 FM and WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

WBKM photo by Tim Lewis Dec 17 2015

WBKM photo by Tim Lewis Dec 17 2015


Tonight’s local music radio show on 107.1FM WBKM and streaming at the WBKM Facebook page featured some highlights of the music that happened in town last week, highlighted a couple of upcoming shows and featured a bunch of new music from a cool Burlington band.

Song before: Almost With You – The Church



From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. Last week I made it to one of the Hedwig and the Angry Inch shows they did at ArtsRiot. I loved the show and the local band who just rocked. The show had lots of glitter and sparkle and it made me think of this classic Burlington song.

1.) It’s Purple And It Sparkles – Zola Turn
2.) Midnight Radio – Hedwig and the Angry Inch original cast recording
3.) Popular Crowd – Swale.

Swale played the Hedwig after show party and played some great songs, many of them new. I love the build in Midnight which was the ending song from Hedwig. I love Zola. OK, it’s time for the next song on Alpenglow’s album Callisto.

4.) Holiday – Alpenglow
5.) Wally Rides The Ferry – Zoot Wilson
6.) Sun In The Sky – Ninja Custodian
7.) Upstream – The New Siberians

I’m loving that new Siberians song. Brendan Devitt is in the Siberians now and was in Ninja back in the day. I want to dedicate Sun to everyone who is going through a rough time. There is always a sun in the sky and you are a valuable part of the life that keeps moving on. We’re all in it together so help your friends and let them help you when you need it. Classic song from Zoot. What a legend in Burlington. Great new song from Alpenglow that is a bit more rocking than usual for them. This week, Cricket Blue released a new EP called IO. It’s full of legendary imagery and great music.

8.) Angela Carter – Cricket Blue
9.) Eleanor – Cricket Blue
10.) Trouble Come No More – Cricket Blue
11.) Kentucky – Cricket Blue

Wow, what an EP. I just could not pick one song so I had to play it all. OK, it’s the political season. I love the opening line to this song. It’s all about it being OK to disagree and not have to talk about it if you do.

12.) East Jabib (live) – REDadmiral
13.) Feel The Bern – Violint Wednesday
14.) This Land Is Your Land – VT artists

I love the version of the classic song done in honor of Bernie Sanders by a ton of great local musicians. The Bern song has such a nice portrait of life in Burlington. Great song from Admiral. They will be one of the many bands playing at the Monkey House on 4/20. This next artist will be at that show too.

15.) Relax – Joe Adler
16.) Winter Is Over – Apartment 3
17.) Monocacy – Slingshot Dakota
18.) You Took – The Church

Unfortunately, I will miss the Monkey 420 show since on April 20 I will go to the Tupelo Music Hall in New Hampshire and see The Church. They will play all of The Blurred Crusade so I had to play You Took and start the show with Almost With You. I’m so excited. I’m also excited by Slingshot Dakota playing at the Monkey House on May 10. I’m loving their new album Break. Apartment will be at the 420 Monkey show. That’s a pretty cool song. Hmm, I love Joe songs. Let’s keep with the theme, and if this next set makes you want to call your legislators, feel free.

19.) Gettin High – Heavy Plains
20.) Seeds And Stems – The New Siberians
21.) Grandma Betty – Brother Zag
22.) Space Weed Zombies – Wave Of The Future

I love the funky heavy rock of Wave. Great song from one of Burlington’s most obscure singer songwriters. Seeds is from the Siberians first album. Plains are such a great rocking band, especially live. OK, let’s keep rocking.

23.) Poem For Torin/Ethan’s Stoned – Peg Tassey
24.) The Bomb – The Mountain Says No

I may have to head over to Manhattan Pizza after the show and see Mountain. They go on at 11:30. Fantastic song from Peg. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we? Ta ta, farewell, see ya.

25.) Sayonara – Black Rabbit

Song after: 3D – Fish
Tantalized (live) – The Church

As always, I want to thank everyone who made tonight’s shop possible. Thanks to:107.1FM WBKM, The Church Band, Julia Austin, Alice Austin, SWALE, Amanda Gustafson, Jeremy Frederick, Tyler Bolles, Eric Olsen, Alpenglow, Ninja Custodian, Brendan Devitt, Ted Pappadopoulos, The New Siberians, Cricket Blue, Taylor Smith, REDadmiral, John Billingsley, Gordon Glover, Kat Wright, Kelly Ravin, Marie Claire Johnson, Dwight & Nicole, Francesca Blanchard, Bob Wagner, Joe Adler, Slingshot Dakota, Carly Comando, Tom Patterson, Heavy Plains, Luke Awtry, Mike Luoma, Wave of the Future, Luke Richer, Samara Lark Brown, Jake Styles, Jeremy Gartner, Peg Tassey MUSIC, The Mountain Says No, Ben Maddox, Jedd Kettler, Andrew Frappier, Black Rabbit, Marc Scarano, Darlene Scarano, Jane Boxall Percussion, Fish, and everyone else!!!


Radio Show 153 Thursday April 7, 2016 9-11pm Eastern US Time 107.1 FM and WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

WBKM photo by Tim Lewis Dec 17 2015

WBKM photo by Tim Lewis Dec 17 2015

It’s almost time to head down to Hedwig and the Angry Inch at Art’s Riot. The show is at 8 and Swale play after at 10. Because of that I have already recorded tonight’s local music radio show on WBKM.ORG. We broadcast locally at 107.1FM and you can stream the show at the WBKM Facebook page. It is on from 9-11pm US Eastern time this evening and will go like this:

Song before: Delirious – The Church


From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds of Burlington. There is a ton of cool music happening this week including this first band who set up a show tomorrow night at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex.

1.) Give Me All Your Love – Madaila
2.) Afterall (Glad We Made It) – Kat Wright and the Indomitable Soul Band
3.) Upstream – The New Siberians
4.) Starman – Madaila

I bet it’s going to be a fun time at the fairgrounds tomorrow. That’s a brand new song from the Siberians who’s new album should be out soon. It’s so cool the Kat and the band sold out the Higher Ground ballroom. I guess they’ve definitely made it. OK, last week I played the last song on the Bernie Sanders album. It’s time to pick a new album to play one song per week until I get to the end. For the next few weeks we will listen through Callisto by Alpenglow. Here is the first song.

5.) Dreaming Too Much – Alpenglow
6.) Dancing In Dreamtime – Jerichovox
7.) Giving Up The Ghost – Aaron Flinn
8.) Waterlanding – Swale

I’m so psyched for Swale tonight!! Great song by Aaron. He is playing at the Brick Church in Williston tomorrow. Great song from the Jericho band. Alpenglow are so cool. This next band will be at Speaking Volumes on Pine st on Saturday.

9.) Grass Is Always Greener – Phil Yates and the Affiliates
10.) Goner – REDadmiral
11.) The Day I Met You – Dirtminers
12.) Wiser – And The Kids

Kids have new shows and music coming soon!! I love that Dirtminers song. REDadmiral have a new album coming very soon. I got a chance to chat with Paul Comegno this week and it sounds like there might be a new Cameo Harlot album and shows in the near future.

13.) Motorcycle Bandsaw – Cameo Harlot
14.) Windigo – Crazyhearse
15.) Round Sum – Cave Bees
16.) Can’t Feel It – Vetica

I just love that Vetica song. With a little luck the Bees may come back for the summer and play a few shows. Great rocker from the Ferrisburg band. I’d love to see Harlot again. OK, Let’s play some rock and roll.

17.) Not A Nice Guy – Rough Francis
18.) Alienation – Black Rabbit
19.) Vestibule – Blue Button
20.) Monsters Are Due – Doom Service

Doom played the Monkey House last night. Button always rock. Same for Rabbit. Same for Francis. This next band come to town on a regular basis and their new album has completely gotten under my skin.

21.) You – Slingshot Dakota
22.) Swing The Gavel – Elephants Of Scotland
23.) Pounding Serf – Barbacoa
24.) Into The Void – Surf Sabbath

SS, ie The High Breaks, played Metal Monday at Nectar’s last Monday. I thought it would be fun to play them back to back with the classic Burlington surf rock band, Barbacoa. Great new song from Elephants. I just love Slingshot. OK, let’s mellow things out for the end of the show. This next band release a new EP at 8pm (doors at 7:30) at the First Congregational Church of Burlington on Saturday.

25.) Good Witch – Cricket Blue
26.) Ships – Anais Mitchell

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


Songs after: Medley (Assassing, Credo, Tongues, Fugazi, White Feather) – Fish
Empire Of The Clouds – Iron Maiden

Apparently, the show ran at 7pm and 9pm last night. It’s all Tim all the time. As always I want to double thank everyone who made last night’s show possible. Thanks to WBKM, Madaila, Jer Coons, Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band, Kat Wright, Bob Wagner, The New Siberians, Ted Pappadopoulos, Brendan Devitt, Alpenglow, Dommer Barber, Aaron Flinn, SWALE, Tyler Bolles, Jeremy Frederick, Amanda Gustafson, Eric Olsen, Phil Yates & The Affiliates, Phil Yates, Raph Worrick, Jacob Blodgett, REDadmiral, Gordon Glover, John Billingsley, And The Kids, Cameo Harlot, Cam Barrows, Paul Comegno, Crazyhearse, Cave Bees, Creston Lea, Rebekah Whitehurst, Steve Tremblay, Luke Awtry, ROUGH FRANCIS, Bobby Hackney Jr., Julian Hackney, Urian Hackney, Black Rabbit, Darlene Scarano, Marc Scarano, Jane Boxall Percussion, Blue Button, Jason Cooley, Doom Service, Jeff Foran, Slingshot Dakota, Carly Comando, Tom Patterson, Elephants of Scotland, Ornan McLean, Adam Rabin, John M Whyte, Dan MacDonald, Barbacoa, The High Breaks, Matthew Bryan Hagen, Kevin Lynam, Todd Gevry, Cricket Blue, Taylor Smith, Anais Mitchell, and everyone else!! Let’s do it again next week on 107.1FM and WBKM.ORG!!!


Eric George at Radio Bean April 4, 2016   Leave a comment

Last week I was looking through the music calendars and was thrilled to see that Hana Zara and Eric George were playing at Radio Bean on Sunday night. Eric had previously posted that he was heading to Nebraska to do some shows with her in the Midwest and I was a little surprised she would come to Vermont first. I saw the listing on the board at the Bean when I stopped in for Caroline O’Connor’s lovely set on Wednesday, so I just thought that was the way it would happen. .

Sunday was a long work day, and I really did not want to go out. Monday is my only early work morning, but the thought of getting to hear Hana’s fantastic songs and to wander through her cinematic lyrics gave me all the motivation I needed to get off the couch and out the door. It seemed a bit odd that she had not posted anything on Facebook about the show, and 10pm on a Sunday seemed like an odd time, but I went anyway.

The walk down was quick and I got settled in about 5 minutes before showtime. The Bean was pretty empty, which seemed odd. After a few minutes Eric announced to the bar that Hana had “cancelled” since she was still in Nebraska. I debated leaving, but got a drink and waited. Paul Comegno and a friend stopped in, due to my post on Facebook about the show. We ended up chatting about Iron Maiden, Waking Windows and potential Cameo Harlot shows in the near future. Eric took the stage and played some songs on acoustic guitar and sang. I was pretty disappointed about the way the whole thing worked out. I hung out for three songs, but when my drink was done, so was I.

I took the quick walk home feeling a little sad, but glad I made the effort in case she had been there.  It just feels like Eric used Hana’s name to bring people out to his show, but I have no way of knowing if that is true.  If Hana was really going to play I’m sure she would have let lots of people know.


Posted April 4, 2016 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

Invisible Homes and Violent Mae at the Skinny Pancake and The High Breaks at Juniper March 25, 2016   Leave a comment

Invisible Homes at the Skinny Pancake March 25, 2016 Picture by Tim Lewis

Invisible Homes at the Skinny Pancake March 25, 2016 Picture by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music last night. I was a little slow to get out the door and arrived at the Skinny Pancake around 8:40. Apparently, they were not kidding about the 8:30 start time and Invisible Homes were on stage when I walked in. I settled in, found a spot to stand and listened. I recognized a couple of songs from their first album, but most of the show was new. The songs ranged through several styles, art rock, jazz, electronic, and likely a few more. All of the songs were well crafted and the musicianship of the band was top notch. At times the music would go out to an edge, then come back and resolve itself into some sweet melodies. One song had a Fripp sounding guitar running all the way through. The show was not super long, but completely captivating for every note. They closed with the song that had been running through my head all day, This Machine, and I was in a very happy place. After the show I saw a setlist lying around and noticed that they had opened with my favorite of their songs, Above The Frequency. Urgh, all I had to do was leave a couple of minutes earlier and I would have gotten to see it. Next time.

Homes had a lot of gear on the stage so the breakdown took a bit of time. Soon enough Violent Mae took the stage. They are a duo with a drummer and a woman singer guitar player. Their songs had a low-fi indie sort of sound that did not grab me. I really enjoyed the sound of her voice, but wasn’t hooked by the music. I hung out for three songs, because you just have to give a band a chance. It still wasn’t working for me, so I headed out.

I walked up Battery street, turned on to Cherry street and wandered into Juniper as The High Breaks were playing a surf version of Wicked World. I grabbed a beer, got settled and they played another of their cool surf songs then took a break. I chatted a bit with Todd Gevry, Kevin Lynam, and Matthew Bryan Hagen, then wandered around and ran into Casey Merlin Rae. The music started up again so I headed back to the stage and rocked out to a mix of the Breaks own songs and some classics. They played classics like Shifty, A Walk On Ballard Beach, and The Big One. They tossed in covers of Penetration by the Ventures (which was mixed with Sweet Leaf by Sabbath), Symptom Of The Universe, Misirlou, and Wipeout. As they went to wrap up one guy wanted to turn his son on to the music so the Breaks played two encore songs for him. They are such great guys.

After the set I headed out quickly. The walk home was quick and happy.



Violent Mae at the Skinny Pancake March 25, 2016 Picture by Tim Lewis

Violent Mae at the Skinny Pancake March 25, 2016 Picture by Tim Lewis

The High Breaks at Juniper at Hotel Vermont March 25, 2016 Picture by Tim Lewis

The High Breaks at Juniper at Hotel Vermont March 25, 2016 Picture by Tim Lewis