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Dirty Blondes, Swillbillie, and Crazyhearse at The Monkey House July 21, 2017   Leave a comment

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The Dirty Blondes pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music last Friday at The Monkey House. I got out of work at 7 and had a bit of time to hang out at home before taking the long walk to Winooski. I arrived a little after the 8:30 show time and the stage was being slowly set up. I hung out for a bit then it was time for Dirty Blondes. With both John M Whyte and Jesse Azarian on guitar the sound was a bit larger than usual. Jesse mostly plays lead so having John on rhythm brought out the glory of the music. Chris Clark‘s driving bass and Ornan McLean powerhouse drumming kept the rock at full throttle as Becky Rodgers and Diane Sullivan screamed out the lyrics. Diane had just lost her brother so she had some of his ashes in a small urn and the room was filled with friends and family. While there was the smallest hint of melancholy in the air, for the most part it was just a blistering rock show. They set the tone with a ripping version of Burn. Someone said John should play the next one a little fast. He lit into the guitar licks at top speed and the rest of the band kept up nicely as they unleashed Crybaby. They eased back to the usual fast pace for Kung Pao and we all did the dance move. Drunk and Slut rocked hard then they eased back a bit for Oh Dirty Blondes. That New Guy Is Not James Bond was as fun as always and John played the Bond theme perfectly. They rocked out the ending with a long jam and closed the night with a blistering Yayo that also had a jammed out ending. It was a short show but was as powerful and beautiful as you could hope for.

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The Dirty Blondes pic by Tim Lewis

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The Dirty Blondes pic by Tim Lewis

 

Up next Swillbillie regaled us with their high speed punkabilly rock. They began with a manifesto then sang a song about when the rooster crows. They played a couple of new ones and I think they were about the devil or chickens or whiskey or all three. They played a song that had the devil in the details. They played a song that rolled on. They played Sin Is Funner and Whiskey High and closed the 13 song set with Hell Chicken. It’s always a delight to see them play.

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Swillbillie pic by Tim Lewis

 

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Crazyhearse pic by Tim Lewis

Crazyhearse closed the night and featured Shan from Swillbillie on bass. They began with a gypsy rock song then played one about farm crimes. They played a slower countryish song about when I kissed her good night then David switched from guitar to electric banjo. They played a song about tears on my sweater and as time goes by feeling so much better. They played another gypsy rock song then David switched back to guitar for a song about having a good night tonight. They played the epic Demon Moon then pulled out a cover of The Old Man Down The Road. The Mobius Strip was catchy and fun then they pulled out the epic Windigo. They were done but the audience wanted one more and they came back for a song about being a pirate. Crazyhearse just rock and always put on a fun show and I’m so glad I got to see them.

I headed out shortly after the last song and took the long and lovely walk home.

 

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Crazyhearse pic by Tim Lewis

 

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Radio Show 218 Thursday July 27, 2017 9-11pm Eastern US Time on WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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Tonight’s local music radio show on WBKM.ORG will stream at our website and the WBKM Facebook page. It will run from 9-11pm US Eastern time Thursday July 27 and go as follows:

Song before: Accidents Will Happen – Elvis Costello

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From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. Last week had a ton of great shows and this week looks the same. We’re lucky to have so much great music and so many great events happening all the time. Let’s begin tonight with an artist who played live on the show last week.

1.) Dig Him – Andriana Chobot
2.) Child – Clare Byrne: Song and Dance
3.) Mon Ange – Francesca Blanchard
4.) Paris Is For Love – David Rosane & The Zookeepers

I saw David and the band play a lovely version of that song last week at American Flatbread Burlington Hearth. They are playing Sunday night at Radio Bean about 10pm. Hopefully, they will start a couple of minutes late so everyone can watch Game Of Thrones first. I haven’t caught up with Francesca in a while but still love her music. Thanks to Ted Looby for turning me on to Clare’s music. Great song from Andriana. OK, here is the next song on Action.

5.) 8 Long Years – 1881
6.) Skeleton Star – The Cush
7.) My Fear Of Losing You – Milton Busker
8.) Felon – SWALE

That’s another great song from Swale’s new album There’s No One Here. Great song from Milton from his album You Are What You Pretend To Be. That’s a new song from The Cush from the Dreamy Life Records compilation Group Therapy Volume 3 and it’s always exciting to play new music from them! Great song from 1881. This next artist just released an EP called Pizzaface and here is one of the songs.

9.) Automatic Sweetheart – Hammydown
10.) The Feeling Is Strange – Binger
11.) Low Flying Planes – Chin Ho
12.) Shy Spiders – Villanelles

Spiders is already one of the great Vermont songs. Planes is a classic from the ’90’s. Binger have lots of shows coming up including the The Skinny Pancake Burlington on Saturday. They always put on a great show. Great stuff from Abbie Gail and the band. This next band will be at SideBar next Wednesday.

13.) Art Of Vandalay – Sad Turtle
14.) Bullet – REDadmiral
15.) Last Love – Myra Flynn Music
16.) You’ve Got Problems – Kat Wright

Great song form Kat Wright and the band. Myra could be anywhere in the world but comes back to town now and then to enchant us with her lovely music. Nice rocker from Admiral and cool song from Turtle. I have not caught up with this next band for a while and hopefully they will have new music soon.

17.) Little Song – Invisible Homes
18.) Bad Oasis – farm
19.) Sun-Dipped Orphan and The Wizard’s Tea Pot – Elephants of Scotland
20.) That’s When I Reach For My Revolver – Ninja Custodian

Classic rocker from Ninja. Great song from Elephants. I can’t wait for their next album. Stunning song from Farm. Lovely song from Homes. OK, Brendan Devitt from Ninja is in a new band and this song is already a classic.

21.) Black 17 – The New Siberians
22.) Happy Song – Shred Flintstone
23.) Killing Ghosts – Better Things
24.) We’re Closed – Blue Button

Wonderful rocker from Button. Things and Shred are playing over at Friends of Jim’s Basement tonight. Great song from the Siberians. OK, tomorrow this next guy turns 50 so let’s celebrate.

25.) Green Apple Girl – David L Jarvis
26.) Oh Dirty Blondes – Dirty Blondes
27.) All My Life – Wide Wail
28.) Decide – Dave Jarvis Band

Again, happy almost birthday Dave. Classic song from Wail. My heart goes out to Diane Sullivan who just lost her brother but played a great show with the Blondes last week anyway. We love you Diane!

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

29.) Sayonara – Black Rabbit
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Songs After:
Vigil In A Wilderness Of Mirrors – Fish
The Vigil – Blue Oyster Cult
The Revenge Of Vera Gemini – The Contrarian
The Great Sun Jester – Blue Öyster Cult
Little French Earthquakes – Phil Yates & The Affiliates
Who Are These Gods? – Dam Kat
Paint It Black – Silver Bridget
Light Years Of Love – Blue Öyster Cult
What’s In California? – Joshua Glass Music
regular programming

 

David Rosane and the Zookeepers at American Flatbread July 19, 2017   Leave a comment

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David Rosane & The Zookeepers pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music last Wednesday at American Flatbread Burlington Hearth. Some time ago I was early for a show and caught a couple of songs by a cool band and bought their album and have played it a lot on my show. I had been wanting to see them for ages. Finally, a show popped up that fit my schedule, you know, when I wasn’t working or the band weren’t in France or something like that.

The show was set for 5:30 so I took the lovely walk downtown and got in and settled and ordered a beer and some pizza and soon enough David Rosane & The Zookeepers began to play. The band were David on vocals and acoustic guitar, Don on electric guitar and Jennifer Grossi on keys, percussion and backing vocals. The songs had a mellow relaxed feel but there is a strength in their structure that kept me fascinated. David’s guitar leads the songs and he sings with a commanding yet compassionate voice. The keys fill in the sound and Jen’s lovely voice makes the music more elegant. Don’s guitar is a bit jazzy with a bit of rock and roll sting when needed. They opened with a song about opening your eyes and letting your wisdom shine. They played a song about how it takes the devil to keep the freaks alive when the angels are all sitting by. They asked where their magic carpet was when they were about to hit the ground. They played a song asking if we will tell the children what they’ve done and they played a song called A Walk In The Woods that had nothing to do with a walk in the woods. I think it was a Thoreau kind of thing. They played a magical mythical story abut life out west. They played a song about being in the real world and closed the first set on the sunny side of things.

I chatted with David Rosane and Jen for a bit in the set break, then settled my tab and moved from my table in the back to one of the bar tables in the front, where I likely should have started, and was ready for set 2.

They opened with a song about having a drink with their grandma before she died. They sang about taking their sunshine with sugar and cream or gasoline or something. They played the paradoxical Urban Country. They played songs about going home to this city. They asked who their enemy was then sang about hope in the dark. They sang about starless heavens and how every day is judgement day and how every day is a beautiful day. They sang about fighting for the right to be and about how Paris is for love. I think they played Break A Leg when I ran to get another drink but am not absolutely certain. They played a few more, including one about how today is a gift and today is mine, and wrapped up the 17 song set just about 8pm.

I hung out and chatted with Jen and Don and David for a while then took the lovely walk home.

 

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David Rosane & The Zookeepers pic by Tim Lewis

Radio Show 217 Thursday July 20, 2017 9-11pm Eastern US Time on WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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Tonight’s local music radio show on WBKM will run from 9-11pm US Eastern time Thursday July 20 and will go as follows.

Song before: Looking For A Place To Happen – The Tragically Hip

intro

From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. It’s been a great week for music and I’ve been getting out to as many shows as possible. This first performer took the stage for the first time in many years last Thursday and sounded as great as ever. This is the song she opened with.

1.) First Kiss – Peg Tassey MUSIC
2.) (What’s So Funny ’bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding – Elvis Costello
3.) The Art Of Giving In – 1881
4.) Oliver’s Army – Elvis Costello

I want to thank Higher Ground for sponsoring us at the station and for bringing so much great music to town. They are bringing Elvis Costello to the Shelburne Museum on Sunday and I could not be more excited. That’s the next song on 1881’s series of EP’s called Lights, Camera, Action. I had to stick that one in between other songs since the intro and outro are so fun. Great songs from Elvis and It was so great to hear Peg sing again. OK, let’s head over to Robot Dog Studio for another edition of WBKM live at Robot Dog. Tonight we feature the amazing Andriana Chobot.

5.) Dig Him – Andriana Chobot
6.) Cascade – Andriana Chobot
7.) Another Day – Andriana Chobot
8.) My Old Home – Andriana Chobot

I love Andriana’s songs and hope you do to. Thanks Ryan Cohen for making us sound so great. I saw this next performer play a couple of songs a long time and have loved their music ever since. I got to see them play a long show at American Flatbread yesterday and they were fantastic. Here is one of the songs they played.

9.) Urban Country – David Rosane & The Zookeepers
10.) Elevator – SWALE
11.) My New Mix Tape – Eef
12.) On My Way – Hover

That’s a classic from Burlington’s ’90’s. Eef played around in the ’90’s too but got back together about a year ago for a show and I’ve loved the song Mix Tape ever since. That Swale song has been stuck in my head all week. I hope it gets stuck in yours too. Great song from David and the band. This next band are at Red Square tonight.

13.) Lovely Day – gneiss
14.) Children Of The Stars – Madaila
15.) The Light – Kat Wright
16.) Salty Things – Queen Tangerine

Alice Austin and Julia Austin used to be in Zola Turn then did an album as QT and put out a few cool songs. Great song from Kat Wright‘s new album. Fun song from Madaila who will shut down Main st for a show in a few weeks. Gneiss are so lovely. This next band will be at the Amy E. Tarrant Gallery which is part of the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts for a free show at 5pm tomorrow as part of it’s Exhibitionist series.

17.) I Know, Right? – The Mountain Says No
18.) Sin Is Funner – Swillbillie
19.) Oklahoma Road Rage – Crazyhearse
20.) Yayo – Dirty Blondes

The Blondes, Crazy, and Swill will be at The Monkey House tomorrow and that show will rock. This next band rocked the Monkey House last week.

21.) Lunacy – Cave Bees
22.) NA – Modern Trigger
23.) Stick That In Your Juicebox And Sip It – Better Things
24.) The Wolves Are Coming – Suburban Samurai
25.) Time Travel – Bearchild

Bear, Better, Modern and the Bees played a great show at the Monkey last week. Better and Suburban play there on this coming Saturday. OK, let’s rock out for a bit.

26.) Every Last One Of Us – Swale
27.) Song About The Ocean – Dino Bravo VT
28.) Jackbooted Thugs (Have All the Best Drugs) – Anders Parker
29.) Tow Truck – David L Jarvis

I want to dedicate that song to everyone who’s been aggravated to find that their car has been towed, especially to people named Cody. Anders has a couple of shows coming up soon. Great songs from Dino and Swale. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?

outro

Songs after:
Feast Of Consequences (live) – Fish
New Americana – Halsey
Hello Earth (live) – Kate Bush
Morrigan – Children in Paradise
This Is The Sound – Folksongs For The Afterlife
Isn’t It A Pity (live) – George Harrison
Pump It Up – Elvis Costello
Surrender (live) – Cheap Trick
The Wherewithal – The Tragically Hip
New York My Lovely – Joshua Glass Music

Cave Bees, Modern Trigger, Bearchild, Better Things at The Monkey House July 15, 2017   Leave a comment

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Cave Bees pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music Saturday night at The Monkey House. It was one of those classic shows with two bands that I knew and loved and two that I new nothing about. It was a slightly warm lovely evening and the walk to Winooski went smoothly.

I got in and settled and around 8:45 Cave Bees hit the stage with a roar. With blistering volume and punk rock drive they opened with a song about a car and it’s 22R. Up next was a “new” one about rocking the Queen City tonight. They went back to their album for a powerhouse version of The Lunacy. They slowed down a little for the grinding I Need A Raise then ramped back to full speed for Round Sum. We in the crowd sang Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh on Flight Of the Alligator. Sweet Pussy rocked hard and Mine All Mine was fast and nimble. They closed the night with another “new” song called Juliet. It was a wonderful rocking set.

Up next was a band from New York called Modern Trigger. They played as a four-piece with singer/guitar player, rhythm guitar, bass, and drums. The songs had a nice indie punk sound and moved in fun directions. They opened with a song about the only one left to blame then played a song about feeling great about moving out of the futon in your basement. They played a song that said never again and may have been about Pee Wee Herman. They played a song called Time from their EP Forgiveness Is Divine but Never Pay Full Price For Late Pizza. The song about never asking for any of it had a nice sweep. They closed the eight song set with a song about outer space. The whole show was fun, rocking, full of harrowing changes, and I really liked them.

 

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Modern Trigger pic by Tim Lewis

Up next was another band from New York called Bearchild. They are a trio with a singer who alternates between keys and guitar, bass and drums. Their sound is smooth and powerful and still kind of indie rock. They began with a recorded piano intro and sang a song about who should be the ones. The next song was another rocker then Justin Williams switched to keys for a bit. He sang a song about what’s yours is mine and a nicely dramatic song called Fire And Smoke. He switched back to guitar and the band rocked out Rift. They closed the seven song set with and epic keyboard sound for Time Travel. I’m so lucky to have seen them.

 

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Bearchild pic by Tim Lewis

After a short break Better Things hit the stage fast and loud for 25 Miles Per Hour Blues. They played an intense and beautiful indie rock set. I didn’t catch the titles of the next two, but they had a huge sound and were played at maximum volume. They eased up a tiny amount for the gorgeous Ex-Files then played an instrumental version of a new song. It was pretty col. They closed the six song set with Stick That In Your Juicebox and Sip It then I started moving forward on the long walk home.

 

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Better Things pic by Tim Lewis

Banana Schlitz at the Amy E. Tarrant Gallery part of the Flynn Theater July 14, 2017   Leave a comment

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I had a great time seeing music Friday evening at the Amy E. Tarrant Gallery. The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts is doing a series of shows there on Fridays and call it the Exhibitionist series. The shows are free and there is a cash bar, and they’ve got lots of cool bands lined up.

The whole week had been crazy. I worked my regular shift on Friday, Saturday, Sunday then switched to a 7:30 to 4 (or later) M-F shift to cover a coworkers vacation. I was able to go in a little late on Thursday so I could put my WBKM radio show together in the morning but circumstances changed and I had to do it on Wednesday. I went out and saw Music on Wednesday and Thursday and was able to finish all the work I needed to cover by 9:30 am on Friday. I slept for much of the afternoon and woke up in a haze. I put on the black and headed downtown for the 5pm show.

I walked in, got a beer, said hi to Charlie Messing and Eric Olsen and soon it was time for Banana Schlitz to play. I wasn’t sure the configuration of the band and it turned out to just be Jason Cooley singing and playing guitar over backing tracks. Each song had a video to accompany it. Some seemed to add meaning and some to add mystery. He began with a vocal exercize where he played a video and audio of the theme song for Game of Thrones and sang the words game of thrones to the tune. I was smiling ear to ear from the beginning. The next song was an instrumental while the video showed a series of classic rock albums with smile logos plastered over them. The next song was a little sticky sweet while live metal concert videos played on the screen. I think the next song was Jesus Chemist from the Sports & Milk album. All Bad News followed and had a video of some local Fox channel intercut with videos of James Bellizia playing guitar. I’m sure you can guess what video he used when he played the Breakfast Club theme. Nerve was a typical Cooley punk song. Again Over Again was a poignant song about getting older and losing friends. The next song was about a basketball hoop and had an appropriate video. Silver Dollars had a blue sky video with a jet stream running through it. …and Symphonies had a streetlight video and a catchy chorus. He closed with a video of him beating out the beat on his belly that faded into scenes of grocery stores and military marches. The incessant beat was great as he sang Fleetwood Mac’s Tusk.

I did not stay long then took the long dazed happy walk home.

 

 

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Peg Tassey and the Kissing Circle at Light Club Lamp Shop July 13, 2017   1 comment

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I had a great time seeing music Thursday night at Light Club Lamp Shop. I usually like to listen to my radio show that runs Thursday from 9-11pm on WBKM to make sure everything is playing right, but some shows just cannot be missed for any reason.

The show was set to start at 9 so I got going a bit early and grabbed some dinner and was in and ready just before showtime. The room steadily filled as they sorted out the sound then Peg Tassey MUSIC played her first show in ages. She sang and played electric guitar and was joined by Caroline Marie on bass, her daughter Audrey on backing vocals, her husband Indigo Ruth-Davis on cello, and David Symons on accordion. The latter two instruments set a nice flow of sound as the bass drove the songs and the guitar rocked them out. They began in the flow and it settled into the gorgeous and powerful First Kiss. Peg’s voice shone with it’s usual resonance and i was elated. Caroline and Audrey’s voices blended perfectly. The fun and bouncy Pink Like A Girl followed. A buzzing guitar took a little of the edge off Angle Of The Sun but I was able to listen through it to the magical music that surrounded it. They got the full house clapping for the gypsy groove of Ritalin Boy. Dancer Sage Horsey moved around the room to the flow of the music for most, if not all, of the set. Peg’s voice sent chills through me as she began to sing “I slept next to you, ten times..”. Fade was one of those songs I had forgotten and came back instantly. It was glorious. They brought the energy way up for the blistering Boys Club, which is almost as true today as when it was written, but is getting a little better. Sunflowers had a nice sweep to it. They closed the night with a slow flowing Ethan Is Stoned and everyone loved it.

I said a couple of goodbyes quickly and headed home to see if my show was on track. It was, It was a wonderful evening and so great to hear Peg Tassey sing again.

 

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