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Milton Busker And The Grim Work at Light Club Lamp Shop August 29, 2017   Leave a comment

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Milton Busker And The Grim Work pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last night at Light Club Lamp Shop. I worked until 6:30 so it was easy to make the 7:30 show. I arrived a couple of minutes early but soon it was time for Milton Busker And The Grim Work to play. They have a hint of a country sound mixed with Milton’s quirky pop and sometimes lock into a rocking groove. They opened with a song about madmen of yesterday and how nobody loves you. Milton and the drummer started clapping and the band launched into heaven knows there ain’t nothing we can’t do. They played a song about the Devil’s Hand and a touching song called Baby, Let My Money Keep You Warm. They played another cool song then went to Milton’s last album, You Are What You Pretend To Be, for a great version of The Meanest Thing I’ll Ever Write. They went back to his first album Dance Songs Volume II for Jesus In Chains and Milton let his soaring voice fill the room. He began Ordinary Day solo on the acoustic guitar and almost finished it when the band jumped in and played a rocking jam. As they eased off he finished the songs last few notes solo. They played a rocking song about parenthood and a 16 ton soul. They played a song called Gravity who’s chorus went “settle down, everything is broken and the end is near”. It reminded me of a conversation with another artist who said it’s the sad songs that are worth playing since they cheer us up. Gravity nicely defines that concept. They played a bluesy song called Lost Cause and a song about how a soul needs light. They played a song about letting you down an a cool cover by an artist that I did not know. They played a couple of fun rocking songs then tossed in a cover of Driver 8. They closed with Glad To See You Go and left me in a happy place.

I hung out and chatted for a bit then headed for home.

 

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Forest Gray at Nectar’s August 26, 2017   Leave a comment

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Forest Gray pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last Saturday at Nectar’s. I had been trying to shake a cold for a couple of weeks and made Friday a quiet night at home. I worked 9:30-6 on Saturday and still didn’t feel so great but saw that Forest Gray was opening A-Dog day with a 7-7:30 set. I have a huge amount of respect for Andy Williams and the music and love that he put into our community. I think it’s cool that there is a whole day dedicated to him where lots of DJ’s do their thing, even if I’m more into seeing bands play.

I got going a little late and walked into the club around 7:05 and Forest was on stage. There is something quite compelling about his quirky nature and songs that keeps me coming back. He played a song about waking up in the morning and not recognizing himself in the mirror. He played a song about finding a lover and a four leaf clover that had an interesting dueling reference. He played a song about having something to say to the Lord but not being sure that anyone was listening. He played a song about green aliens and one about vaping all night. He closed with a song about how we are all immigrants who’s refrain was bury me at wounded knee.

I said a quick hello then sailed up the packed Church St and headed for home.

Posted August 30, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows, Uncategorized

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David Rosane & The Zookeepers at Robot Dog Studio and Gneiss at Red Square August 23, 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. I woke up and wrote up three shows that I hand seen in the last week then took a short nap. I met up with Mary Wolcott around 6:30 and we headed over to Robot Dog Studio. Ryan Cohen spent some time getting the sound right then I began my interview with David Rosane & The Zookeepers that I played the next day on my local music radio show on WBKM. They played four lovely songs. Grandma, Sugar And Cream, Hope In The Dark, and What The Fuck Went Wrong are all powerful and gorgeous songs and we chatted about life in between. After we wrapped up the interview They played one more song that I will use for my annual Halloween show. Stardust For Dessert is about the Paris bombing attack and about how life can be transferred into stardust in an instant. After that was wrapped up the band headed out and Mary, Ryan and I chatted for a bit. Mary and I then headed out and went downtown.

 

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David Rosane & The Zookeepers pic by Tim Lewis

We arrived at Red Square just as gneiss ended a set so we got drinks then chatted with the band. It was s short break then they got up to play. Naomi Galimidi and Johnny Meli alternated singing the songs as Jesse Cowan and Jacob Blodgett locked in the rhythm. They began with a song with a jazzy jam feel then played a song about seeing the light in your soul. They played a great version of Haze then played a funky song about moving on to the next scene. They played a song about walking in light that had a bit of a Bowie vibe. Piano In Every Room filled my heart and Lovely Day kept me smiling. A song about it being too much and never enough had a nice feel to it and they closed with an appropriate song called Comfort Me. Per the band it went Rumor (Debut) → Wish I Knew You, Daughters Eyes, Sophia Walks → Haze → Backdrop, Lovely Day, Too Much, Comfort Me.

After that we headed out and Mary dropped me off then headed home. It was indeed a lovely day.

 

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Gneiss pic by Tim Lewis

 

Eastern Mountain time show and video shoot for There’s A Gary Stewart Song About This at The Monkey House August 22, 2017   Leave a comment

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Eastern Mountain Time pic by Tim Lewis

I had a really good time seeing music Tuesday at The Monkey House even if it was repetitive and the band seemed as if they were just playing to a studio version of the song.

The show was set to begin around 7 and I had to work until 6:30. It was a rainy day with tornado warnings and a huge band of rain came in a little after 5. The radar showed green bands and yellow bands and red bands and there was a massive downpour around 6. I wondered if it would be more sensible to just go home after work but by 6:20 it had cleared and as soon as I got out of work I walked over to Winooski. I got in and settled. Eastern Mountain Time was set up on the well lit stage but not much was happening so I got a seat by the window and watched the world go by for a bit. Soon it was time for it to begin so I headed towards the front but hung back a little farther than usual. A couple of video cameras were set in front of the stage and the band coordinated with the sound man who started the song playback as they began to “play”. The song was called There’s A Gary Stewart Song About This and it looked like they did a nice job playing along. They went through the song then got set up and did it again. There was a little break as the camera crew moved around and got set up with different angles. They went through a couple more run throughs and hopefully got all the shots that they needed. At that point they moved the cameras and asked the audience to more forward and not crowd the stage but be where you wanted to be. I got reasonably close and acted naturally. They did three takes of the song with the camera crew moving through the audience and through the bar and catching the stage and all of it’s surroundings.

After that the crew began to pack up and the band started to play for real. Sean Hood has a nice voice and stage presence and played a poignant acoustic guitar. Jason Pappas played the bass with a quiet strength and Danny LeFrancois filled in the beat nicely. I missed the name of the gentleman on pedal steel but did note that Ryan Osswald sat in on electric guitar. He fit nicely into the sound and broke out on a couple of leads late in the short set. They closed the set with Stewart only playing it for real and it was fun to listen to the subtle differences. That was going to be it but they brought Danny up to the front to sing and play acoustic guitar for Jolene to close the night.

I hung out for a little bit then took the long and only slightly rainy walk home. Being part of history can be fun.

 

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Posted August 28, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows, Uncategorized

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Radio Show 222 Thursday August 24, 2017 9-11pm Eastern US Time on WBKM.ORG   1 comment

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Tonight’s local music radio show on WBKM will run from 9-11pm US Eastern time Thursday August 24 and can be streamed from the Facebook page link above or from WBKM.ORG and will go as follows.

Song before: Red Rain – Peter Gabriel

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From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds of Burlington. Last week was a bit crazy in the political world but this week has seem a bit more calmness. All around people are being wonderful and building networks of love and planting seeds to help the future blossom. Let’s begin with a song about that.

1.) Seed Of Healing – That Virginia
2.) Young Girl – Clare Byrne: Song and Dance
3.) Mama – Ivamae
4.) Glory Bound – Maryse Smith

Great song from Maryse who used to play in town all the time but still stops by to enchant us. Ivamae’s songs are so beautiful. I have to go see her again soon. I wanted to go back to Clare’s ep after playing a song a couple of weeks ago. What a great song. I’ve really got to get to know That Virginia. Thanks Jennifer Grossi for sending me her music. OK, let’s head on over to Robot Dog Studio for another edition of WBKM Live At Robot Dog. Tonight I interview David Rosane & The Zookeepers and they play four cool songs.

5.) Grandma – David Rosane & The Zookeepers
6.) Sugar And Cream – David Rosane & The Zookeepers
7.) Hope In The Dark – David Rosane & The Zookeepers
8.) What The Fuck Went Wrong – David Rosane & The Zookeepers

Thanks so much Jennifer, Don Sinclair, David Rosane for playing and thanks Ryan Cohen for the production and recording and to Mary Wolcott for being part of the scene. OK, let’s play the next song on Loose Tooth which is the album I’m playing all the way through, song after song, week after week.

9.) Crazy – Clever Girls
10.) Lovely Day – gneiss
11.) My Fear Of Losing You – Milton Busker
12.) Finally Found The One – When Particles Collide

Particles are a great rock band and will be at The Monkey House next Wednesday. Milton is a great songwriter and will be at Light Club Lamp Shop next Tuesday. It was nice to see gneiss for the end of their show at Red Square last night. I love Clever Girls. This next band will be at the Monkey on Wednesday with Particles.

13.) Strawberry Blonde – Dino Bravo VT
14.) Bridge To Panda Chaos – Zeus Springsteen
15.) Here We Go – Dysfunkshun
16.) New Age Woman – Pinhead

Classic song from Pinhead who helped shape the wide dynamic of music that we now have in town. Dys will get back together for a show soon. Zeus will rock Montpelier this Saturday. Great song from Dino. Last Monday I went to Nectar’s and saw these next three bands.

17.) Good Times – Grand
18.) We Govern The Breeze – Humble Hero
19.) I Choo-Choo-Choose You – Mr. Doubtfire
20.) Another Day Closer To Nothing – Grand

I had to play two Grand songs because they are so short and so great. Great song from Doubt. It was great to get to know Hero and they rocked that song hard Monday night. OK, let’s keep rocking.

21.) Commune – Greaseface
22.) Local Lore – Savage Hen
23.) One Thousand Lies – Comrade Nixon
24.) Monsters Are Due – Doom Service

Doom always put on great rocking shows. They will be at Finnegan’s on Saturday. Comrade are from NY and just put out a really intense album. Hen are playing Friday at 11:30 at Radio Bean I will likely miss the show since I have to work early in the morning and be responsible but have a feeling I will catch up with them soon. Grease are at Jim’s basement tonight. I saw them once and liked them and will catch up with them again. OK, let’s keep rocking.

25.) Drug Laws – SWALE
26.) Bernie Is A Punk – BERN Unit
27.) Game Of Thrones – The Mountain Says No
28.) Sober – Vedora

I miss Vedora but they put on some rocking shows and left us with some great music. Sunday is the last episode of this season’s Game Of Thrones so I thought I should get the Mountain song on now. It was cool that the California rockers who make up BERN rearranged the Ramones song to be about Bernie. Hmm Swale. Well, I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?

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Songs after
13th Star – Fish
Alone In The Night – Andriana Chobot
Room For The Life – Kate Bush
Hide Not Your Light – jane siberry
New Americana – Halsey
Parisienne Walkways – Greg Lake with Gary Moore
Stardust For Dessert – David Rosane & The Zookeepers
Fractured Mirror – Ace Frehley
This Is The Sound – Folksongs For The Afterlife
Tonite it Shows – Mercury Rev
Tear It All Away – The Church
On And On – Michael Schenker
The Revenge Of Vera Gemini – The Contrarian
Holy Water – Alice Cooper
New York My Lovely – Joshua Glass Music

 

Grand, Humble Hero, and Mr Doubtfire at Nectar’s August 21, 2017   Leave a comment

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Grand pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music Monday night at Nectar’s. The show said doors at 9 and one of the bands said they were on a 9 so I got there close to 9 and found a lovely spot to sit in the window as the last band finished sound checking.

It was about 9:30 when Grand began playing fast punk indie rock. Their songs are super-catchy and have lots of energy. They opened with Look Out Below then played a song about most of the Vermonters that they meet. Everybody Wants To Get You High is such a fun song. They played a song about wanting to keep me alive then slowed down a bit for Don’t Put Me Down, I’m Coming Around. They were at full throttle for Good Times and Another Day Closer To Nothing. They spoke of a friend who had committed suicide and implored everyone to talk to someone if they ever feel that way, then played a song that said I can’t feel anything. They played a song about the one that got away and a song about going out. They played a song about being too old to be able to rock. I liked it. I didn’t understand it but I liked it. All through the set Aaron kept the audience engaged with fun stories and quips but for the last song he walked to the front of the stage and began gently playing guitar. He began to sing without a microphone. The audience came in close and stayed at the front of the stage even after he moved back to the mic and the band built the song about his feelings into an epic. That ended the set and added to the list of great performances that I have been lucky enough to experience when seeing Grand.

Up next was a band that I knew nothing about so I was excited to see what they had. Humble Hero began playing loud and fast and sang a song that went She’s in love with L. Ron Hubbard and there’s no place for me. I was completely hooked. They definitely had a punk sound but there was something else that I could not quite grasp. Maybe it was a prog or metal vibe but either way, they sounded great. Guitarist Dave O’Leary sang most of the songs but bassist Jerry Passalacqua sang a couple as Mike Richard drove the songs hard on drums. They played songs like Playground, Drowning, and Poverty. They played a song about the CIA and one about Prayers. They played one about Hollywood and ended the 10 song set with the mini-epic We Govern The Breeze. I really liked their set and want to see them again soon.

 

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Humble Hero pic by Tim Lewis

Mr. Doubtfire came on next and regaled us with their super-high energy indie rock sound. They opened with a song about walking away and stopping and staring. They played songs about Choo Choo Choosing us and about apathy. They played a song that went that’s what I call a getaway and rocked out There’s A Problem. It was late but they rocked out a few more and ended close to midnight. I always have fun when they play.

I hung out and chatted for a bit then took the lovely walk home with a song in my heart and my head feeling like I’d been put through a sonic wringer.

 

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Mr Doubtfire pic by Tim Lewis

Posted August 23, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows, Uncategorized

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Clever Girls at the Amy E. Tarrant Gallery at the Flynn Center For The Performing Arts August 11, 2017   Leave a comment

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Clever Girls pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music a couple of Fridays ago at the Amy E. Tarrant Gallery which is part of the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts. They have an Exhibitionist series on Friday’s at 5 where they bring in bands and have them play free shows. I’m usually working at the time but was on a different schedule that week and was happy to be able to go. The day started as my 8th consecutive work day and I woke with a sore throat and runny nose. I was able to get out early and thought it might be good to just rest but I knew the show was only an hour and threw caution to the wind.

I took the lovely walk downtown and arrived at 5 and chatted with the band and with Charlie Messing. After a bit Clever Girls began to play. They opened with the lovely and powerful Catch And Release. They shouted 1 2 3 4 and rocked our Loose Tooth. 45 has mixed references to that number in the lyrics and mixes from a slow burn into a towering rock song. We Tried and Crazy were wonderful and powerful. A new song called Get Out was really good as were the next two new songs that I’m just getting to know. They rocked hard on a new song that does not have a title yet then Diane Jean let her powerhouse voice soar on Hannah. They took the final song through many builds and eases before locking into a groove and ripping out the ending.

I said a quick hello to Luke Adam and James Lockridge then took the quick walk home and curled into a ball on the couch. I felt lousy for a few days but had many lovely songs in my heart.

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Clever Girls pic by Tim Lewis