Archive for July 2016
Envy at the Monkey House July 28 2016 pic by Tim Lewis
I had a great time seeing music last Thursday at The Monkey House. I know, I should have been at WBKM doing my local music radio show, but thanks to the power of technology, for once, I was able to be in two places at once. I put the show together on Wednesday morning and recorded it in the afternoon. I hope I got the references to which shows were happening on which day correct. It’s always worth double checking me.
On May 18 of last year (2015) I felt like i received the greatest of late birthday gifts when I saw The Nancy Druids for the first time. I loved Envy’s songs in the ’90’s and The Red Telephone took that sound to a lovely place. I hoped the Druids would have that feel and was elated on the first few notes. I have caught several of their shows lately and chatted with the band often. I remember the idea of an Envy reunion being discussed and remember the day when Sean said it was going to happen. I had a couple of months to wait, but fortunately there was a lot of great music to catch.
After a long night of great music Wednesday I had a nice slow start on Thursday. Just before noon went to North Beach for the Gardener’s Supply summer picnic. It was fun to hang out with everyone until the rain came around 3. I headed out a bit after that and got home and was able to catch a short nap.
I woke up, put on the black, and headed out the door. I was running a bit late, but cruised through the long walk to Winooski. The first show of the night was set to start at 7 and I had left about 10 minutes late. I walked into oak45 at 7:09 to find the room filled with people apparently attending a class on cocktails. The band were set up in the corner of the room but all attention was on the bartenders stories and explanations about classic drinks. I got a drink, hung out, listened, and they wrapped up around 20 after. At 7:30 Andriana Chobot began to play. She sings and plays keys and was joined by Patrick J. Markley on bass and Cody Sargent on drums. I first heard Andriana sing a few weeks ago at the Eat More Kale festival and had to buy her album. I’ve been listening to it and playing it on my radio show ever since. The bass and drums added extra drama and a full sound to her songs. Her keyboard playing is powerful and her voice is lovely. The music is ethereal and enchanting. They played songs like Stumble and Cascade and Not I, and tossed in a mellow cool version of Come Together. They caught the attention of a few of the people hanging out after the class, and seemed to get a little bit more applause after each song. As the show was set to go until 9, and another band around the circle was set to go on at 8:30, I knew I was not going to make the full show. I kept not leaving and finally, about 8:37, they finished a song and I finished my drink and off I went. I really need to see them again when I can just hang out until the last note.
Andriana Chobot at Oak 45 July 28 2016 pic by Tim Lewis
I dodged a bit of traffic and made my way over to the Monkey House. The first band was not on yet so I chatted with Molly King and Lauren and David Jarvis. There were a lot of familiar faces in the crowd. I thought it was odd that Bobby Hackney Jr. kept walking on and off the stage, but soon enough Barbacoa began to play and Bobby joined Bill Mullins and Kirk Flanagan on drums. His playing was fast and powerful and precise and sounded great as the band ripped through a great set of surf noir songs. Kirk’s bass playing drives the songs hard and Bill’s guitar work is always spectacular. They played a bunch of their own songs, everything is instrumental, and a few fun covers. They played a bit of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Paint It Black, and the Secret Agent Man/Spiderman theme mix. Of course, the cover of the night was an astounding version of Envy’s Bloodboy, which they did on the Burlington Does Burlington compilation from many years ago. The crowd was pretty fired up for the whole 14 song hour long set.
Barbacoa at the Monkey House July 28 2016 pic by Tim Lewis
The set break was not long then Envy hit the stage for the first time in 21 years. They opened with Bloodboy which has those heavy riffs that melt into the lyrics. There is something about they way they put songs together that is like nothing else. It’s like they set a tone and unfold the sound and it just falls into the rest of the song. Their songs rock hard, even the slower ones, and seem to set themselves on a course for chords that just build and build until they explode. Several times I found myself raising my arm part of the way as a song climbs until it hits that part where the full fist pump is demanded. That brought back a few memories of how excited I used to get when seeing them, but the real treat was seeing four great musicians playing stunning songs here in 2016. The classic lineup of Sean Toohey on guitar and vocals, Matt Hutton on guitar and vocals, Ann Mindell on drums was joined by Julia Austin who played bass with them for a while back in the day. They played most of Distorted Greetings with songs like Still Life Scene, and Falling In And Out Of Sleep. There was one I was not certain of but I think it was Finger Prison. I was quite certain of Imaginary, Sunday, and Horse. They went to an older song they used to play, one that Sean recorded solo, called 1,000 Lies. They dropped a heavy and powerful Bomb then played one from an old cassette. I don’t remember it off hand, but it was great. They closed the night with a powerful cover of Purple Rain. All night Sean and Matt had been trading solos and Matt sounded great playing lead on the Prince song.
It was so wonderful to hear those songs again, and to see local luminaries like Daniel Bolles, Brendan Devitt, John Franklin, and Mike Luoma and lots of others that looked familiar. Despite the desire to look back at the time when those songs were created and first played I really couldn’t. All I could see was some great musicians playing some great songs in a timeless magical way.
I hung out for a little bit, then took the long walk home to Burlington with my head filled with musical magic.
Envy at the Monkey House July 28 2016 pic by Tim Lewis 2
WBKM photo by Tim Lewis Dec 17 2015
Tonight’s local music radio show on WBKM 107.1FM will be broadcast from 9-11pm US Eastern Time and can be listed to from the Facebook page link above. It will go as follows:
Song before: In The Blue Light – jane siberry
From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds of Burlington. I want to thank Higher Ground for filling our town with music, sponsoring our station and for helping this first artist release his new album tonight.
1.) Every Evening After – Gregory Douglass
2.) Stumble – Andriana Chobot
3.) The Alchemist – Pours
4.) Give Me All Your Love – Madaila
Madaila are a fun band and that is such a fun song. I love that Pours song and like to pull it out now and then. Another great song from Andriana Chobot. OK, let’s play the next song on Giant Places.
5.) Water Rose – Lendway
6.) The Interrogator (Enhanced) – Milton Busker
7.) Sometime Next Week – 1881
8.) Beaten Down – SWALE
Nice Beatles sound on most of those songs. 1881 were great last night at Nectar’s. I’m loving Milton’s new album. Hmmm, Lendway. This next set is inspired by a man who was beaten, but is nowhere near down.
9.) This Land Is Your Land – VT Artists
10.) We Shall Overcome – Bernie Sanders and 30 VT artists
11.) Feel The Bern – Violint Wednesday
Such loving tributes to the man, and such great words by the man himself. OK, let’s play some rock and roll. I’m so psyched for the ENVY Reunion Show! tonight at The Monkey House that I found a way to be in two places at once. Here are a couple of Envy songs and a couple of related songs.
12.) Imaginary – Envy
13.) 1,000 Lies – Sean Toohey
14.) Today Is Tomorrow – The Red Telephone
15.) Sunday – Envy
That’s a classic from their Distorted Greetings album, as was the first song. Sean and Matt Hutton got together last year for the Places We Return RT album and that is one of the cooler songs from it. Great solo song from Sean. On bass with Envy will be Julia Austin so here is a song from her old band.
16.) Chop Wood Carry Water – Zola Turn
17.) All My Life – Wide Wail
18.) Finder – Madelines
19.) Circumstance – Tokyo Storm Warning
Those were all songs from the revered mythical 1990’s Burlington music scene. There is a myth that says the scene ebbs and flows but if you look deep enough there are always amazing bands out there. This is one of the great bands who played during one of the alleged ebbs.
20.) Trading Bullets – Fire The Cannons
21.) Dementalist – Villanelles
22.) Symptom Of The Universe – Surf Sabbath (The High Breaks)
23.) Tornado Head – Barbacoa
Barbacoa are opening for Envy tonight. I love the surf versions of the Sabbath songs that the Breaks do. Villanelles were great for all four Wednesdays in July at Nectar’s. OK, lets ease up a bit as we head towards the close. This band played 20 songs in an hour last Saturday at Nectar’s.
24.) BS Passes – Black Rabbit
25.) Angela Carter – Cricket Blue
26.) One For One – Andriana Chobot
27.) The Great Wide – Gregory Douglass
I thought I’d end where I began, with great songs from Gregory and Andriana. Cricket will play on Saturday at The Skinny Pancake and they are a great duo. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?
View From The Hill – Fish
Strontium Burning – TILT
Blue Light Shines – Gabrielle Douglas
Black Rabbit at Nectar’s July 23, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis
I had a great time seeing music at Nectar’s last Saturday. It was a long work day, and I had to be up early on Sunday, but I could not pass up a chance to give some money to the Henry Street Deli and see one of my favorite bands, who were set to go on first.
Showtime was set at 9:15 and around quarter of eight I caught a nice wind and did a combination of walking and sailing downtown. I arrived at the club just about nine and chatted with Trevor Jewett for a bit. It was a short wait then Black Rabbit hit the stage with a roar. Trevor’s drumming was fast and driving. Darlene Scarano‘s bass playing was fast and driving. Marc Scarano‘s guitar playing and singing were fast and driving. I’m not sure if they play garage rock or punk rock but they always rock. Some of the songs start with a riff from Darlene that Marc plays off of and some start with a Marc riff that Darlene plays off of. Trevor holds it all together and the songs have great melodies and are fun to sing, as long as you can sing that fast. The audience seemed to not know their music but was taken by them and really liked it when Marc went off on the lead guitar. They opened the set with the unofficial closing song for my radio show, Sayonara then rocked out to The Original Original. They went back to the first EP for a fun version of 89 then played a song about Smokey The Bear firefighter that may be called Hey. Too Good was well titled then they pulled out a cover of Dinosaur Jr’s Almost Ready. Darlene had a great riff in Rotten Egg then they played the title song of the second EP. The song is actually called The Invisibles but has the Lipstick And Dynamite line in it. Tarpaulin kept things rocking hard then the cheery chorus of Blue Sky just made me smile. They slowed things down a tiny amount for the searing BS Passes then welcomed us to the Neighborhood. They went back to full power for Rejected then let loose Alienation, which has to be one of the best songs in town. They followed with a song about science fiction that turned out to be a new song called Jumble. It was really fun. Darlene leaned into the mic to ask “Is she really going out with him?” and The Damned’s New Rose followed. They went back to Red Flannel Hash for Nicky Says then kicked out a fun cover of Teenagers From Mars. Marc said they only had five minutes left but they would squeeze in two more songs. They played Neutrino from the first EP and closed the night with Mark My Words. All in all they played 20 songs in an hour and I couldn’t have been happier.
I did not stay long but said a couple of quick goodbyes and sailed back home and prepared for the long Sunday workday.
Black Rabbit at Nectar’s July 23, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis 2
Zak Trojano in City Hall Park July 22 2016 pic by Tim Lewis
I had a great time seeing music this afternoon in City Hall Park. My cousin and my mom were going to see the singer in the park and since I had the day off as a floating holiday for working July 4th, I said I could stop by. I arrived around noon and took a seat in the shade and listened to Zak Trojano play a bluesy acoustic guitar. He played songs with themes such as the best kind so far, being under northern lights tonight and helping you up darling if you will let me. For the fourth song he switched to an odd shaped guitar and laid it in his lap and played it like a pedal steel. The instrumental song sounded pretty sweet. Throughout the show he was sitting on a beat box and had a pedal attached to a kick drum mallet so he could add percussion. For the fifth song he switched to an electric guitar for a slow dirty blues song. As the set went along he played covers from Dylan and an instrumental from John Fahey(?). He wrapped the set with a song about a girl from Vermont. I said a quick hello then Jessica, mom and I headed out to get some lunch. If that sounds like something you might like to check out, he is playing later tonight at Light Club Lamp Shop.
Zak Trojano in City Hall Park July 22 2016 pic by Tim Lewis 2
The Wee Folkestra at Summervale July 21 2016 pic by Tim Lewis
I had a great time seeing music yesterday in the Intervale. On Thursdays throughout the summer they have a family oriented festival called Summervale in Burlington’s Old North End. It is very close to the farms that grow much of the city’s food. There are food vendors, arts and crafts, and or course, music. It was a beautiful day as I took the walk down the hill to the festival that is a couple of feet away from my amazing employer Gardener’s Supply Company. Comfortable with the layout of the gathering, I wandered in, found a strawberry thyme basil soda to drink and took a seat on the ground close to the band. At 6pm The Wee Folkestra filled the stage. They play a mix of acoustic and electric instruments, have four great singers and play folk versions of pop songs from the ages. They began the set with Samara Lark Brown belting out Sitting On the Dock Of The Bay. Of course she sang most of the lead but was joined by the other singers for the harmonies Aya Inoue lead the next song about Jackson then the band played a song about being sick of that same old love. I think that was the one where I really appreciated the dynamic between lead guitarist Eric Segalstad, bassist Eric Daniels, and drummer Houston Illo. They had something pretty cool going on. The kids in the audience began to dance a bit at the end of that one and really let go as Joe Adler lead A Good Man Is Hard To Find. The played a song about a moonlight mile on down the road that Jackie Buttolph lead, and closed the first set with Don’t Dream It’s Over.
They took a break as several Vermont Suzuki Violin students played in front of the stage. They played together quite tightly and sounded great for such young kids. They played five songs and left to a solid applause.
The Wee Folkestra returned to the stage with I’ll Fly Away and followed it with Roar. They pulled out a little CCR with Have You Ever Seen The Rain, always a daring song to play when you are outside, then did a great version of Bonnie Raitt’s Home. Throughout the entire show Johnnie Day Durand added a magical touch with her musical saw. There is so much talent in the band and yet her playing just makes the whole sound better. They continued through the set with songs like Gillian Welch’s One Little Song, the Stones This Could Be The Last Time and Dylan’s One More Cup Of Coffee. They pulled out the spiritual Old Mary then played a gorgeous version of Ghost In This House. At that point the clock said 7:30 and that was my cut off point so I could get downtown to do my radio show at 9. I enjoyed hearing the song about raising up your hands as I took the long walk up the hill. It sounded nice for a long time until it finally faded away.
The Mountain Says No at Nectar’s July 20, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis
I had a great night of seeing music last Wednesday at Nectar’s. The evening began when I met up with my dear friend Polly Pratt. She was in town to see the Milk Carton Kids show that Higher Ground presented at the First Unitarian Church and I was going for a louder show, but we had about an hour to chat and catch up. As she headed to the church, I wandered down to King St to hang out with James Lockridge and the Big Heavy World crew. At 8pm they did the Rocket Shop radio show live in the back yard, so I got some bonus music. The first act was four members of the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival. With two violins, a viola and a cello, they played some 1920’s era eastern European music. The musicianship was fantastic and they played a variation on a waltz, a variation on a tango and a tarantella that was meant to replicate the feeling after being bitten by a spider. I was pretty blown away.
members of the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival on King st July 20 2019 pic by Tim Lewis
Up next, they had a 17 year old singer songwriter named Bethany Conner Music chat and play a few songs. She plays well, has a strong voice and lyrics that show a wisdom beyond her age. She played songs from her album I’ll Tell You such as Josie, Can You Love Me Too?, Sweet Dreams, and I missed the title of the last one. She said something about writing sad songs that reminded me of The Cush, which only made me appreciate her more. I was lucky enough to get a copy of some of her music and played Can You on my radio show last night. I think she may become a force to be reckoned with.
Bethany Conner on King st July 20 2019 pic by Tim Lewis
It was about 9pm so I headed over to Nectar’s. I hung out and chatted with a couple of people and just after 10 The Mountain Says No hit the stage hard. They played a nine song set and it was all from their forthcoming album. They met up with Ryan Cohen last week and recorded the skeleton of the album but will fill it out for release later this year. They opened with a heavy loud song and stayed nicely in that vein for most of the show. I’ve seen them a few times lately so I know some of the new songs a little bit. The second song was You Say You’re Alive and that has a nice riff and an easy to sing title. The third song made it seem like they came from ancient times to observe us and the fourth song was an epic about Ryan (possibly Brian), David and Sarah. The new classic Glazerbeam lit up the firth spot with a mystical swirl. Another heavy rocker followed then they eased back with the gorgeous and poppy Game Of Thrones. The eased back a little bit more for Blanket’s Fine then returned to full power for another new classic called I Know Right. I missed hearing some of the old songs, but if they are writing new ones like this, I’m OK with it.
The Mountain Says No at Nectar’s July 20, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis 2
Polly wandered in, since her show was done, so we chatted for a couple of minutes until Villanelles hit the stage. As with the shows for the last two weeks, I loved their songs and their energy and had a great time. Most of the set was from Blue Heart Attack which is a tremendous album. Songs like Farside, Grey Goo and Shy Spiders were just great. They skipped the usual Dig A Pony cover and tossed in a Supergrass that I did not know but really liked. Heartbreak Baby rocked especially hard and I think they closed the 11 song set with Jenny. They are such a great rock band.
Villanelles at Nectar’s July 20, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis
After the set I chatted with Polly for a bit and with Luke Awtry who took some great photos of the bands. Polly had a long drive home so she headed out but I was set to stay until the last note of Dino Bravo VT. They began with an instrumental jam that featured some nice solo work from Chris Farnsworth and fell into Sugar Coated Candy Stix. Pop Music followed and I just love the easy to sing to lyrics. I missed the title of the next song, but I’m pretty sure Matthew Stephen Perry referred to it once as Wet Sheddy at a show quite some time ago. It’s the one about Don’t Jump In The Water and rocks hard. The nine song set continued with songs like Empires and Two Car Garage. They closed the night with one of the great songs in Burlington, A Song About The Ocean. Once the last note faded out, I headed out the door and took the long happy walk home. There is always so much great music happening in Burlington, even on a Wednesday night.
Dino Bravo at Nectar’s July 20, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis
WBKM photo by Tim Lewis Dec 17 2015
I just got back from my local music radio show on WBKM streaming online at WBKM.ORG and broadcasting at 107.1FM in the Champlain Valley. Here is how it went.
Songs lined up before:
Magic Carpet Rice – Ace Frehley
The Vigilant Ones – The Cush
In The Walls – stellastarr* official page
Don’t Cough Me Out – Slowdim
Wind Him Up – Saga
Song before: Break – Slingshot Dakota
From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. It’s a hot and beautiful night in the city and there is music all around. I saw The Wee Folkestra at Summervale in the Intervale in the old north end of town and on Church Street they had an area blocked off where people were dancing to recorded music. Let’s begin tonight with one of my favorite local singer songwriters.
1.) Clocks On The Wall – Jeremy Gilchrist – Singer-Songwriter
2.) Can You Love Me Too? Bethany Conner Music
3.) New Love – Andriana Chobot
4.) In Waves – Sarah Blacker
Sarah comes to town on a pretty regular basis and always puts on a great show. I’m just loving the Andriana album! I was lucky enough to hang out with James Lockridge and the Big Heavy World crew last night as they broadcast their radio show outside on King st. I was fortunate enough to hear Bethany play a few songs, and I wanted to get her music on the air immediately. I just love that song from Jeremy. On Tuesday when I woke up and checked in with Facebook there were a lot of posts about the RNC. I expected the same yesterday but instead saw several post of people speaking of a local artist who just took their own life. All of the posts said talk to me if you feel that way. Please add me to that list. I’ve been through a lot and know the value of each and every one of you. We all need you more than you may know. If you feel that far down, please reach out. There are lots of great people who will do anything they can to help. In that spirit, let’s move on to the next song on Lendway’s Giant Places.
5.) You’re Safe With Us – Lendway
6.) Phones – Violet Ultraviolet
7.) My Fear Of Losing You – Milton Busker
8.) My Hero, The Enemy – Gregory Douglass
Great song from Gregory. He used to play in town all the time and has moved on, but still stops in now and then. Great song from Milton’s new album. That is a song from UV’s new album Pop City and wow. Hmmm, Lendway. I want to thank Higher Ground for sponsoring us at the radio station and for providing the Girls Rock VT July Showcase on Saturday at 12:30pm. GRV is a great organization and it is a great way to help girls learn about the music business. One of their main proponents is this next artist.
9.) One From Two – Linda Bassick
10.) This Is Our Good Night – Aya Inoue
11.) Brothers And Sisters – Joe Adler
12.) All I Want Is A Hoverboard.- Wave of the Future
Samara Lark Brown sings with Wave and is a great supporter of Girls Rock Vermont and would be willing to help if you feel really down. She and Joe and Aya and several others played with Wee Folkestra tonight and it was great to hear them. I love the musical saw on Brothers courtesy of the magical Johnnie Day Durand and she played with Wee Folk too. OK, let’s rock. Next week one of the great local bands from the ’90’s will reunite for a show at The Monkey House. Here is a set of their music.
13.) Bloodboy – Envy
14.) Still Life Scene – Envy
15.) Bionic – The Red Telephone
16.) Talking With Tony – Envy
17.) Bomb – Envy.
I’m so psyched for the ENVY Reunion Show! next week! Speaking of the Monkey House, I saw these three bands last Saturday.
18.) Steve Buscemi Fan Club – YURT
19.) Sleepwalker – 1881
20.) Ninjas VS Zombies – Phil Yates
Phil Yates & The Affiliates played an awesome show and even added the extra two sixes to that song. I guess we now know where 1881 got their name. Wow, that’s a lot of sheep to count before sleeping. Yurt are from Bozeman Montana and stopped in to play a delightful show. Thanks guys! Last night I saw the third of the four Wednesday night residencies that Villanelles played at Nectar’s. They keep playing this song and I keep loving it.
21.) Shy Spiders – Villanelles
22.) Sugar Coated Candy Stix – Dino Bravo VT
23.) Iron And Metal – The Mountain Says No
24.) Nicky Says – Black Rabbit
Rabbit are playing Saturday for the Fight Fire with Fire • A fundraiser for Henry St. Deli ft. Tar Iguana, Doctor Rick and Black Rabbit • Nectar’s to help out with all of the damage done by the fire.
Mountain opened the show last night but did not play that song. They played 9 new songs that have not been recorded and released yet. I think they recorded a bulk of the new album with Ryan Cohen recently but have a way to go to finish it. Dino really need to get some good recordings of their songs. They have lots of really good ones, like Candy Stix. Hmmm, Villanelles. OK, we’ve got time for a couple more.
25.) Help Wanted – Wide Wail
26.) The Naked Garden – Peg Tassey MUSIC
27.) Womb With A View – Heavy Plains
It was good to catch up with Luke Awtry last night. Apparently Plains lost their rhythm section but just picked up another. Hopefully they will play shows soon. That is such a powerful song from Peg and a classic from WW. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we? See Ya.
28.) Sayonara – Black Rabbit
Song after: Zoe 25 – Fish
lined up after:
No Superman – TILT
Every 10 Seconds Before – Active Heed
Almost Cut My Hair – Bob Wagner and the Book ‘Em Blues Band
Polly Come Home – Alison Krause and Robert Plant
Achilles Last Stand – Led Zeppelin
Cinema – Yes (official)
To Be Over – Yes
Everybody Heals – Jon Anderson
Fractured Mirror – Ace Frehley
Joan Crawford – Blue Oyster Cult
Children Of The Grave – Surf Sabbath (The High Breaks)
Empire Of The Clouds – Iron Maiden
Heroes – King Crimson
Hassle Magnet – Hallelujah The Hills
Until We Sleep – David Gilmour
Dancing With The Moonlight Knight – Genesis
Opus 40 – Mercury Rev
Pennsylvania – The Red Telephone
Grind – The Church Band
Emerald Lies – Marillion
The Stars (Are Out Tonight) – David Bowie
By My Side – Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band
What’s In California? – Joshua Glass Music