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Radio Show 220 Thursday August 10, 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 can be streamed from our website or this WBKM Facebook link. It will run from 9-11pm US Eastern Time on Thursday August 10th and will go as follows:

Song before: The Sound Of A – Alice Cooper


From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. Let’s begin with a local classic.

1.) North Hyde Park – Hover
2.) Crazy – Clever Girls
3.) What’s To Become Of The Meaning Of Love – Daniel Romano
4.) Beach Day – Looms
5.) Automatic Sweetheart – Hammydown

Last Saturday I got to see Clever Girls play at The Monkey House with Looms and Hammydown and last night I saw Clever Girls with Daniel Romano at ArtsRiot. Tomorrow Clever Girls are playing at the Tarrant Art Gallery as part of Exhibitionists: Clever Girls at 5pm. OK, let’s play the last song on the Action EP.

6.) Everyday Weekend – 1881
7.) Kick Rocks – And The Kids
8.) Another Day Closer To Nothing – Grand
9.) Epic – Laureate

Laurieate will come visit us on Sunday for a show at the Monkey House. I haven’t seen Grand for a while and hope to catch up with them soon. They are such a fun band. The Kids are at Higher Ground tonight and always put on a great show. Great song from 1881. I hope you enjoyed listening to all of the songs on their Light’s, Camera, and Action EP’s. I’ll start a new album to play song after song week after week, nest week. These next two bands will be at the Monkey House on Sunday too.

10.) From Here – The Red Summer Sun
11.) Ex-Files – Better Things
12.) Surf Showdown – The High Breaks
13.) The Territory – Hana Zara

Hana has a new album together called Where Amanda Is King. She just launched a Kickstarter to raise money to get it mastered and printed. She writes such great songs and I’m sure the new album will be terrific. The Breaks played at the Summervale festival in the Intervale earlier today. Great songs from Better and Summer. Here is a cool song that I have not heard in a while.

14.) Think I’ll Stay – Great Western
15.) Breathing In – The Hero Cycle
16.) Somewhere Far – The Red Telephone
17.) The Drone – The Cush

The Cush have played many stunning versions of that song in our town over several years. Great song from Telephone who evolved out of Envy. Hero appeared for a year or so and went away but left us with some great music. I have not seen Western in ages but they put on some great shows in the 2010’s. OK, let’s keep rocking.

18.) Weapons Factory – The Wards
19.) Gas And Oil – Gas And Oil
20.) Alcohol Injection – Lord Silky
21.) The Path – Savage Hen

It’s been a while since I’ve seen the Hen. I may have to go check them out in a couple of weeks. Silky just put out a new album and play stunning rock shows. Gas was Beano Parker’s side project and the Wards were his main band. OK, let’s keep rocking.

22.) An Obscene Amount Of Debt – Sink or Swim
23.) The Wolves Are Coming – Suburban Samurai
24.) We Need Bigger Knives – As We Were
25.) Welcome To The Hellmouth – Doom Service

Doom have been playing some shows but I have not caught up with them in a while. I’ll have to change that sometime. As used to play some great punk for us but I have not seen them around lately. Samurai were in town a couple of weeks ago. Swim just played out west. OK, let’s keep rocking.

26.) Carnage – Black Rabbit
27.) Jackbooted Thugs (Have All The Best Drugs) – Anders Parker
28.) Song About The Ocean – Dino Bravo VT
29.) Freeway – David Rosane & The Zookeepers

Great song form David and the band who are playing all over Vermont right now, and are recording a new album. Great new classic from Dino. Anders will be in Montpelier on Friday and at ArtsRiot on Saturday. Rabbit always rock. Oh, and I had to play Freeway to set up the next two songs. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?


Songs after
Whiplash – Fish
Dynamite Road – Alice Cooper
Ronnie James Dio Medley – Metallica
Fireball – Alice Cooper
Delirious – The Church Band
Paranormal – Alice Cooper
Make It Work – The New Siberians
Rats – Alice Cooper
I Know Right – The Mountain Says No
Holy Water – Alice Cooper
Elevator – SWALE
New York My Lovely – Joshua Glass Music
regular programming


Clever Girls, Looms, and Hammydown at The Monkey House August 5, 2017   Leave a comment


Hammydown pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music last Saturday at The Monkey House. Christopher Larrow came over from New York and we drove to Winooski and met up with Mary Wolcott. We chatted for a bit then it was time for the first band.

Clever Girls opened a little on the quiet side but their songs have a tendency to build into a rock and roll maelstrom and Catch And Release certainly did that. They stayed at full pace for a rocking Loose Tooth then played a new song. It missed the title but it might have been Doomed. They went back to their EP for 45 and We Tried and continued the trend of wrapping gentle music with rock. They closed the night with three songs that are not yet recorded. I recognized Hannah from the last time I saw them and everyone seemed to love the closing song, which might have been Heavy. It was a brilliant show and they are on my list of bands to never miss if I can help it.



Clever Girls pic by Tim Lewis


Looms pic by Tim Lewis

Up next was a band from New York City called Looms. They began playing some nice breezy pop that moved through unexpected chord progressions which made it a fun challenge to follow along with. The first part of the set was filled with jazzy pop but a few songs in signaled a change. The singer switched from guitar to keys and the sound had a bit of a prog rock feel with the jazzy changes. Towards the end of the 13 song set the guitar came back in force and the last few songs rocked hard and were so much fun. I really enjoyed them and am so glad I got to hear them play.



Looms pic by Tim Lewis

I had seen Abbie Gail (Abbie Morin) before but had not caught up with her new band. Hammydown were a trio with her on guitar and vocals with a bassist and drummer. The songs were hard and fast indie rock. They opened a little slow with Pizzaface but were at full speed by the end. That is the title of the EP they released that night and they played most, if not all of it. I did not recognize most of the songs but loved every moment of all of them Migraine was great and Automatic Sweetheart was lots of fun. They played a song about what you do when waiting for your dreams to come true called Wayside. They ended the set with a song about walking away but a heavy encore demand from the mostly full room kept them on the stage. They closed with a revved up You’re Still the One and that was that. I went in not realizing the set was going to rock that hard and was blissfully happy for every moment.

Chris had left earlier and Mary headed home and I took the happy and exhausted walk home.



Hammydown pic by Tim Lewis

Posted August 10, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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The High Breaks at Rotary Park in the middle of the traffic circle in Winooski August 2, 2017   Leave a comment


The High Breaks pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music in the middle of the traffic circle in Winooksi. I think it’s called Rotary Park and the City of Winooski has been doing free rock shows on the first Wednesday of the month this summer. The show ran from 6-8 which was perfect for me.

I got moving a little slow and could hear The High Breaks playing as I crossed traffic and walked into the park. I got a beer and got settled in front of the band as Matthew Bryan Hagen introduced their second song. The band play surf rock and he is a nimble and powerful guitarist. Kevin Lynam effortlessly plays complex bass lines and Todd Gevry is a powerhouse drummer. The music is great and Matt always tell a story that runs between the songs. Wednesday’s show begins with our hero, maybe the band, maybe me, maybe you, taking a dive into some cold water. There are chunks of ice all around and we are all Ice Divers. When in the water one has the choice to Sink Or Swim. We opted to swim until we reached the beach. It looked like it was covered with sand but was in fact The Salty Shore. While sitting on the shore a light wind blew in a Coconut Breeze. We walked around the beach humming a song about A Walk On Ballard Beach. The weather turned and we looked back over the water to see the Dark And Stormy Sea. We didn’t like the looks of it so we turned inland toward the other horizon and found a horse. It had a comfortable saddle so we rode off on Saddle Back. We rode for a long time then the horse would go no farther. Fortunately we found an old wood panel station wagon. We called it Woody and drove on. Woody got to a point where it would go no further and it stopped near a train station. We hopped on The Surf Train and took a ride. Since we had ridden a few vehicles we became Surf Riders. This ended set one.

Set two began with us sneaking through alleys and becoming the Sinister Surfer. Since we had all dropped in to the show we were regaled with Dropping In. We walked along, but not on concrete or grass. We walked on a wooden boardwalk and did the Boardwalk Boogie. We were a little too enthusiastic and broke our ankle and fell into the water and a shark came and bit us on the ankle. It was a complete Ankle Breaker. Our experience in the water left us wanting to be prepared for next time. We slept in a wet suit just in case and had a weird Wet Suit Dream. We awoke early and clear headed and since we were already in the wet suit we were the first ones to make it to the beach that next morning. As the waves came in we caught the first Pipeline. When you are in the wave it wants to conquer you and you want to conquer it and a Surf Showdown ensues. There is a lot of tension in the showdown as the water get choppy so we become the Sea Chopper. We eventually exit the water and relive old memories of a beloved bicycle with a Banana Seat.

The story ended there but they declared that they were The High Breaks, they are The High Breaks and will continue to be The High Breaks. They began a classic surf song, perhaps Apache, then Matt Said “be sure you don’t, and Todd said Wipe Out and they closed the night with the classic.

All in all it was another fun night in the circle. Craig Mitchell did sound so everything was wonderful and the crowd of people with kids was a joy. I said a quick goodbye to the band and Tony Gallucci, then took the long warm walk home.




David Rosane & The Zookeepers at Radio Bean July 30, 2017   Leave a comment



I had a great time seeing music last Sunday at Radio Bean. The band were set to go on at 10 and I made the strategically silly decision to watch Game of Thrones first then head down. I had a pretty good pace going and walked in the door about 10:20pm and David Rosane & The Zookeepers were on stage playing Going Home. I got a drink and settled in as they rocked out Urban Country. They sang Tally on tally ho on Hope In The Dark then played a song about stardust. With David Rosane‘s insightful vocals and driving acoustic guitar, and Jennifer Grossi lovely voice, percussion and keys, and Don’s electric guitar the sound was somehow very full and rich and I was in a very happy place. They played a lovely version of Paris Is For Love and the ending soared into a rocked out jam. They played a song about the Real World and their life in the west. They played a country gospel song about being able to rest your head. I was about to get a drink when they looked at me and said don’t move. I saw them a week and a half ago at American Flatbread and went in to get another drink on Break A Leg and missed most of the song. The timing was fun and I sat and listened to them rock that song out, even though going to the bar at the Bean only means moving a few feet, not going into a different building. After the song I went to the bar as they played an almost optimistic song about being on the sunny side of things. They sang a song that said to follow you don’t follow me and the next one was about fighting for your right to be different or the same or whatever you perceive to be reasonable. They asked us to tell the little children what they have done then told us how every day is a beautiful day and every day is judgement day. They sang a song about pebbles, rocks and heavy metal and asked if we ever got along. They closed the set singing today is the future and today is fine and today is mine. The small but mighty audience asked for an encore so they sang a song about peace on earth and taking me skyward.

I hung out and chatted with them for a little bit then took the short and lovely walk home. I should have gotten there earlier but I loved every moment that I caught.

Posted August 6, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Radio Show 219 Thursday August 3, 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 Thursday August 3. It can be streamed at WBKM.ORG or from the Facebook page link above. It will go as follows.

Song before: Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding – Elton John


From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. Let’s begin tonight with the first song on Swale’s new album There’s No One Here.

1.) I’ll Start By Opening – SWALE
2.) Californ-i-A – Ryan Ober
3.) Sailor – Ethan Azarian Music
4.) Wilderness (?) – Lindsay and Jeff
5.) Poem For Torin/Ethan Is Stoned – Peg Tassey MUSIC

It was great to have Ethan Azarian back in town last Saturday. He brought Lindsay and Jeff and Kendra from Austin and they played Light Club Lamp Shop. Peg got up and played Ethan Is Stoned with Ethan. It was a great moment in Burlington music history. That’s a new song from Ryan who will be at Foam Brewers on Friday. Great stuff from Swale. OK, let’s play the next song on the Action EP.

6.) Give Love – 1881
7.) These Summer Nights – Sarah Blacker & New England Groove Association
8.) Elevate – Breakfast for the Boys
9.) Strings – Binger

After seeing the show at the Lamp shop I went down to The Skinny Pancake Burlington and saw a couple of songs from Breakfast and a full set by Binger. It was a great night. I love the line in the Sarah song about midsummer’s magic chance. Great song from 1881. This next band played yesterday in the rotary in Winooski.

10.) Ankle Breaker – The High Breaks
11.) Break A Leg – David Rosane & The Zookeepers
12.) Migraine – Hammydown
13.) 45 Clever Girls

Clever and Hammy will be at The Monkey House on Saturday. It will be a great show. I saw David and the band at Radio Bean last Sunday and didn’t go get a drink during the song or anything. Great stuff from the Breaks. This next band are at Foam tonight.

14.) Drivin’ All Alone – The Parts
15.) All Down Tonight – Swale
16.) The Process – Pinhead
17.) Mary – Anachronist

Great song from the central Vermont band. Classic song from Pinhead. I’m so happy I can play that Swale song. They’ve been playing it around for a while. The Parts always rock. So, I saw my first sunflower this week so you know what that means.

18.) Sunflower Street – David L Jarvis
19.) Move Through Time – Persian Claws
20.) Old North Ender – James Kochalka
21.) Gettin’ High – Heavy Plains

Plains are no more but they played some great shows and left us with some great music, like that song. Hopefully, Luke Adam will get his new band out soon. Classic song about the old north end of Burlington by James. Great songs from the Claws and Dave. OK, let’s keep rocking.

22.) Alienation – Black Rabbit
23.) Moving Song – Zola Turn
24.) Finally Found The One – When Particles Collide
25.) Righteous – ROUGH FRANCIS

I can’t wait for the new Francis album. Particles are on tour everywhere. Check them out if they come to your town. Old classic from Zola and new classic from Rabbit. OK, let’s keep rocking.

26.) It Won’t Stop – Phantom Suns
27.) Pick Up Your Clothes – The New Siberians
28.) Time To Get Out – Aaron Flinn
29.) Here’s Where You Were – Swale

That’s the last song on Swale’s new album. Great songs from Aaron and the Siberians. Phantom is Ryan Cohen‘s band when he’s not in the studio. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?


Songs after
Innocent Party (live) – Fish
The Great Sun Jester Blue Oyster Cult
Who Are These Gods? – Dam Kat
Be My Hero – October Project
Exit Strategy/Magenta Man – Rue M.
Dying Stars – Slingshot Dakota
Don’t Cough Me Out – Slowdim
Megaphone – Joshua Glass Music
regular programming

Azarian Family Hoo Haw with Peg Tassey at Light Club Lamp Shop and Breakfast With The Boys and Binger at The Skinny Pancake July 29, 2017   1 comment


Peg Tassey and Ethan Azarian pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music Saturday at Light Club Lamp Shop and The Skinny Pancake Burlington. It was a lovely day and I got out of work a little early and had time to just hang out for a bit. Around 5:45 I took the easy walk downtown. The show was set to start at 6 but the stage was just beginning to be set up. I chatted with Charlie Messing for a half hour or so then it was time for the Azarian Family Hoo Haw to begin. A woman named Kendra took the stage with a Ukulele. I let the first song wash over me and was in a happy place. Charlie commented on how good of a singer she was. For the second song a guy named Jeff joined her and played the musical saw. The song was about laying your comfort down and sounded quiet somber and lovely. A song about a hard rain followed then a woman named Lindsay came up and sang backing vocals. The song was about leaving my baby and was the last of Kendra’s set.


Kendra and Jeff pic by Tim Lewis

Up next, Lindsay took the stage and sang and played a slow eerie banjo with some effects and looping. She was joined by Jeff on the saw and chimes and phones. The gentle haunting sound was beautiful. They played songs about cold rain and sun and a howling Texas wind. Kendra joined them for a song that might have been called In Dreams. They closed the set with Kendra using a bow on something that looked like a small xylophone while Jeff used a bow on the saw and Lindsay used a bow on the banjo. The song about the wind and rolling sea was gorgeous.


Lindsay and Jeff pic by Tim Lewis


Lindsay, Jeff, and Kendra pic by Tim Lewis

Being a warm sunny day, the mighty Ethan Azarian opened with a song about the cold winter and putting your summer clothes away. Jeff and Lindsay have been playing with Ethan in Austin for a while and they added a nice touch to his sound. They brought up Kendra to sing backing vocals through a phone for an anti-marriage song about the lovebirds. Ethan’s quirky lyrics made The Zebra Who Runs Through The Night especially fun. They played songs about seeing you in the promised land and seeing you when they get home. They played the title song of Ethan’s new album When You Were Young then rocked out a song called Josephine. They brought up Peg Tassey MUSIC for a special treat. Jeff played saw and Ethan played acoustic guitar and Peg played acoustic and she sang the legendary Ethan Is Stoned. I’ve loved that song for a long time and was in heaven for every note. Ethan closed the set with a song about Joe playing that Sally Ann Slow and picking up his fiddle and bow. Everything about the set was fun.


Ethan, Jeff, and Lindsay pic by Tim Lewis


Peg Tassey, Ethan Azarian, and Jeff pic by Tim Lewis

I had thought about trying to catch some music at Sidebar but the time was running late so I just headed down to The Skinny Pancake. I got in and got a drink and wandered out to the patio as Breakfast With The Boys were wrapping up their set. They played a rollicking Whipping Post then a song with a bit of a Latin groove. The woman who sang had a great and powerful voice. They played one more fun song and that was that. I hung out for a bit then Binger took the stage. They sound checked with Fearless but began the set for real with If I Knew. The next song had a reggae vibe and was about all of the things I do. They played a new song called Sideways that was really nice. A cover of Natalie Imburglia’s Torn bounced nicely then they played a song about the spaces in between. They made me smile with a killer version of The Feeling Is Strange. A cover of Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots was fun and kept the smile on my face. They played another new song about a memory that had a ferocious jam at the end. A cover of Shakedown Street made everyone happy then they rocked out Strings. Covers of Can I Kick It and Jumper were fun. They played a hot damn funk jam then rocked out King Vice. They played two more, including Check Your Pockets and called it a night. It had been ages since I had seen Binger play a full show and their 16 song set was as good of a time as always.

I hung out for a bit and said a couple of quick goodbyes then took the long walk home.


Breakfast With The Boys pic by Tim Lewis



Binger pic by Tim Lewis


Elvis Costello & The Imposters and Amy Helm at Shelburne Museum July 23, 2017   Leave a comment


Elvis Costello & The Imposters pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music a week ago Sunday at the Shelburne Museum. The show was set to start at 7 so a little after 4 I drove to Shelburne and had dinner with my brother. I then took the short drive over to the museum and got in and parked. It was a lovely warm day and I got a beer and wandered around and finally found a place to sit in front of the soundboard next to Raph Worrick. Soon enough Amy Helm and her band took the stage. Their sound had a classic rock feel with hints of country and gospel. She has a lovely voice and is an engaging front woman. The rest of the band were a woman on guitar thought she played it like a pedal steel, a drummer a bass player and a guy on guitar. Their eight song set featured songs like Didn’t It Rain, Rescue Me, Strong Enough, Do You Believe That She Loved You, and Deep Water. A cover of Allen Toussaint’s Yes We Can got the crowd bopping. Amy and the bass player sang an old gospel song called Gloryland A cappella. They closed by rocking hard on Only You Know And I Know and I was in a happy place.


Amy Helm and band pic by Tim Lewis


The set break was pretty reasonable then Elvis Costello and The Imposters took the stage. Elvis played guitar and sang and was joined by a keyboard player, bassist, drummer and two backing singers. The tour was called Imperial Bedroom and Other Chambers and they played most, if not all of the album. I’ve never been a super huge Elvis fan but really like a lot of his songs and was happy to go with the flow of whatever he played. The audience rose to it’s feet as the band opened with (The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes and stayed standing for the rest of the night. I did not catch the second song but before the third he teased a couple of his hits then settled on Accidents Will Happen. Everyone was having fun. The band sounded great and Elvis has a quirky voice that was lovely to listen to. I did not know most of the songs but enjoyed them all. Late in the set he talked about detective shows and said he got his sense of how to dress from Columbo. Watching The Detectives had a nice groove and made me smile. A few songs later they played You Little Fool and wrapped up the 15 (or so) song set with Pidgin English. Though they played a lot of songs it wasn’t that late. They went on around 8 and wrapped up around 9. The encore call was quick and Elvis returned with just the two backup singers for a super sweet Alison. He moved over to the piano and sang a couple more including a song called Blood & Hot Sauce. Keyboard player Steve Nieve came out and the two of them played a couple of cool songs. The rest of the band came out and they played a few more including Man Out Of Time. They ended the night in familiar territory with Every Day I Write The Book and a revved up Pump It Up, then finished with (What’s So Funny ’bout) Peace Love and Understanding. The show wrapped up right at 10 so yea, it was an hour long set and an hour long encore. The night was filled with beautiful playing and fun songs and I’m so glad I went.



Elvis Costello & The Imposters pic by Tim Lewis


Elvis Costello & The Imposters pic by Tim Lewis


Elvis Costello & The Imposters pic by Tim Lewis



Elvis Costello & The Imposters pic by Tim Lewis