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Radio Show 227 Thursday September 28, 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 run from 9-11pm US Eastern time Thursday September 28 and can be streamed from our website or this Facebook page link WBKM It will go as follows.

Song before: Train In Vain – The Clash

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From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. What a crazy week, it’s been like summer and in the ’90’s and suddenly today it’s a chilly fall day. You’ve got to love Vermont. Let’s begin tonight with a band who are about to release a new album called Most Every Night.

1.) Get Loud – Near North
2.) Jesse – The Parts
3.) Favorite Bag – Phil Yates & The Affiliates
4.) Wicked World – Surf Sabbath (The High Breaks)

It’s so cool that the Breaks did the whole album of Sabbath songs in a surf style. I’m playing it all the way through song after song week after week. Cool song from Phil’s upcoming album. Great song from The Parts. Thanks Near North for sending me a copy of your new album on blue vinyl. It sounds great. OK, let’s head over to Robot Dog Studio for another edition of WBKM Live At Robot Dog.

1.) Intro->Accidental Graveyard-> The Dead Shakers
2.) Taung Child -> – The Dead Shakers
3.) Superpowers -> – The Dead Shakers
4.) Medfield – The Dead Shakers

Thanks to Ryan Cohen from Robot Dog for making us all sound so great and thanks Burlington Beer Company for the libations. I especially want to thank The Dead Shakers for taking us on a rocking journey. OK, this next band have been playing around for ages and Mr. Charlie Frazier is a local legend. He has kept Vermont’s desire for the music of The Grateful Dead going for years.

5.) Intros -> – Blues for Breakfast, the band
6.) Scarlet Begonias -> – Blues For Breakfast
7.) Music Never Stopped – Blues For Breakfast

Vermont loves the music of the Dead and Mr. Charlie’s dedication to the blues. So, this weekend it was so hot I’m sure lots of people headed to the beach.

8.) Beach Song – Mr. Ray Fork
9.) Kindergarten – Lendway
10.) Sky – The Nancy Druids
11.) Somewhere Far – The Red Telephone

Great song from Sean Toohey and Matt Hutton. Druids are Sean’s new band and they are playing Saturday at The Monkey House so go check them out. I miss Lendway. All last week was beach weather. It’s getting late in the year and darkness is coming earlier.

12.) Alone In The Night – Andriana Chobot
13.) Hope In The Dark – David Rosane & The Zookeepers
14.) Cheese Whiz Salad – Wren Kitz
15.) Queen City – Cave Bees

I’m psyched that the Bees have that recorded so I can play it for you. Burlington is The Queen City and I rock it as many nights as I can. I caught Wren Kitz and his band at Club Metronome last week and they were stunning. Lauren Costello plays in Wren’s band and in The Dead Shakers. Great songs from Andriana and David. Josh Shedaker plays in The Dead Shakers and in this next band. He just lost his grandmother so we want to send him lots of love.

16.) Strawberry Blonde – Dino Bravo VT
17.) Mr Reed – Seth Yacovone Band
18.) Brothers And Sisters – Joe Adler
19.) Mary – Plan B

That’s a classic from the ’80’s. I love the truth in Joe’s song that we are all brothers and sisters and that we should take care of each other in times of pain and in times of joy. Great rockers from Seth and Dino. We all have a limited amount of time on this world so please spend it well.

20.) Precious Time – The Cush
21.) So They Say – The New Siberians
22.) 45 – Clever Girls
23.) Ships – Anais Mitchell

Classic song from Anais. Clever are at The Monkey House tomorrow so go check them out. Great songs from Siberians and The Cush. 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
Jack And Jill – Fish
Going For The One – YES (official)
Fractured Mirror – Ace Frehley
Joan Crawford – Blue Oyster Cult
Until We Sleep – David Gilmour
New Americana – Halsey
Visions Of Angels – Daevid Allen
Hymnalayas – Gong – Band
Dance On A Volcano (live) – Genesis
Los Endos (live) – Genesis
Megaphone – Joshua Glass Music

 

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Cave Bees at Robot Dog Studio and Gneiss at Red Square September 20, 2017   Leave a comment

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Cave Bees pic by Mary Wolcott

I had a great time seeing music last Wednesday. I woke up and and spent the day glowing from the Yes show the night before. 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 Cave Bees that I played the next day on my local music radio show on WBKM. They played four blistering songs. Sister Blue, Queen City, I Don’t Need This Anymore, and Juliet are all powerful and newish songs and we chatted about life in between. 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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Cave Bees pic by Mary Wolcott

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 the gorgeous Endless Sunkissed Lover and several dancers filled the spot in front of the stage. They looked like they knew what they were doing and looked like they were having fun as they danced all the way through the set. The band followed with a sultry song called Too Much that featured some rocking Johnny guitar. They played a song about slowing life down to single frame that had some extra sweet bass work. They sang about how we will all be gone in time and how we will all be one in time, and Naomi’s piano was beautiful. They sang about shoes in a wet basement which most any Vermonter would understand. They played a song called Pocket about the space between being asleep and awake and Johnny rocked the end. They played a song about comfort while wondering why words always miss and closed the set with a song about how you’ve gotta see it if you want to know the truth.

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

 

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gneiss pic by Tim Lewis

Yes featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman at Théâtre St-Denis Montreal September 19, 2017   Leave a comment

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pic by Tim Lewis

I’ve been a Yes fan for many years. I first saw them on the Big Generator tour in Montreal. As the band split, several friends and I saw them three times as Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe and we saw them in Lake Placid when they rejoined for the Union tour. As the classic five played shows after that I caught several, both in New England & Montreal and a couple in the Pacific Northwest. I was along when Wakeman left and saw several shows with Khoroshev. I saw Wakeman play two shows with his son Adam at Club Metronome one night. I had not seen them since the current splitting of the band happened, though did catch a Jon Anderson solo show in Woodstock Vermont. When I heard that Jon and Rick and Trevor were doing a project as YES featuring ARW I was very interested. This spring tickets went on sale for a Montreal show and I got a couple of nice seats then spent the summer waiting, and seeing lots of other bands.

The day finally arrived. It was warm and beautiful and the leaves were just turning a little on the lovely drive from Burlington Vermont to Montreal. Mary Wolcott drove and everything went very smooth. Traffic has been difficult with all of the construction so we parked at a metro station just outside of the city and took the train in. We took the short walk over to Théâtre St-Denis and found a nice vegetarian buffet for dinner. Everything seemed so easy and perfect.

We got into the venue and a little after 8 the lights went down and some orchestral Yes music began to play. Bassist Lee Pomeroy and drummer Louis Molino lll walked on to the stage and the audience went wild. Trevor and Rick then came out and the audience was on it’s feet in thunderous approval. You could feel the wave of love coming from the audience to the stage as they hugged each other. The four of them lit into Cinema and about half way in Jon came out and the room was filled with reverberating love. As the song ended they slid into Perpetual Change and the audience settled into their seats to listen in awe. Trevor’s style was very different from the Steve Howe versions that I’m used to, but I expected it and just went with it and enjoyed the extra rock edge that he brought. Hold On sounded natural and perfect in this setting then the ominous beginning of South Side Of The Sky flowed through the theater. They played a majestic version of it then pushed the energy through the roof with a magnificent And You And I. It was nice to hear Trevor sing Changes and even nicer when Jon joined in. Rhythm Of Love sounded a little less ’80’s rock and had more of an organic flow. I Am Waiting waiting, from the Talk album, was an interesting choice. It had a gentle beginning and then rocked and I was happy for every note. The opening notes of Heart Of The Sunrise riveted the crowd and Jon’s voice shone brilliantly. The rhythm section were spot on and Pomeroy’s bass lead the charge with full abandon. Trevor then reached for a drum and Jon reached for the harp and they began the new rocked out intro then they settled into the magic Wakeman keys that lead us to Awaken. The song built and built then settled into that glorious middle section where time just stops and gravity seems an illusion. Rick kept us floating until he began to turn the power up and up and as the keys roared the band slipped into the rocking end section of the song that lead to the crescendo. The audience was silent as it slipped into the outro and rose to their feet after the last note played out. They took a breath or two then dove into Owner Of A Lonely Heart. They played most of the song then found their way into a jam. At one point Rick had picked up the keytar and he and Trevor headed into the crowd. They hung out at the soundboard for a bit then returned to the stage, rocking all along. The groove changed a little and suddenly they were playing Cream’s Sunshine Of Your Love. Jon tossed in some of the lyrics before they brought it to a close. The theater audience had been on it’s feet for a while and stayed there as the band left the stage. They stayed standing as Yes came out and played a superb version of Roundabout and cheered wildly as the band took it’s farewell bows.

The house lights came up and we made our way out of the theater and into the metro. We found our car and we found the highway and took the easy ride home. What a perfect evening.

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Posted September 25, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows, Uncategorized

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Radio Show 226 Thursday September 21, 2017 9-11pm Eastern US Time on WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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Cave Bees and Ryan Cohen setting up

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Tonight’s local music radio show on WBKM.ORG will run from 9-11pm US Eastern time Thursday September 21. You can stream it from the website link above or from the WBKM Facebook page. It will go as follows.

Song before: Cinema – YES (official)

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From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds of Burlington. A week and a half ago a gentleman came to town and played a show at Radio Bean on a Sunday night. Let’s begin with one of his songs.

1.) What We Started – ROSEDALE
2.) Echoes On – Cones
3.) Release Your Records – SWALE
4.) Falling – Xiu Xiu

Xiu will play tomorrow at Club Metronome and they sound pretty cool so I may have to check that out. I always know which new Swale song to play by checking and seeing which one has been running through my head all week. I hope that one gets stuck in yours, if you want. I had fun seeing Cones at The Monkey House and really liked that song and wanted to play it again this week. Cool song from Rosedale. OK, last week I finished playing Loose Tooth so it’s time to start a new album to play song after song week after week. This is a side project from The High Breaks called Surf Sabbath.

5.) Symptom Of The Universe – Surf Sabbath.
6.) Freeway – David Rosane & The Zookeepers
7.) Alienation – Black Rabbit
8.) Imaginary – Envy

That’s a classic from Burlington’s ’90’s and still a great song. That’s a new classic from Rabbit. Great rocker from David and the band. Recently, The High Breaks took a few Black Sabbath songs and rearranged them into a surf style then put them out on Bandcamp. I hope you enjoy hearing the album over the next few weeks. OK, let’s head over to Robot Dog Studio for an interview and live music from Cave Bees.

9.) Sister Blue – Cave Bees
10.) Queen City – Cave Bees
11.) I Don’t Need This Anymore – Cave Bees
12.) Juliet – Cave Bees

I want to thank the band for playing so hard and being so fun to talk with. Thanks also to Ryan Cohen for making us all sound so great. So, Rebekah Whitehurst and Frank from Cave Bees also play in this next band.

13.) Vestibule – Blue Button
14.) Finally Found The One – When Particles Collide
15.) Robots Improving Robots – The Tsunamibots
16.) Lift A Finger – Bag Of Panties

Panties featured Steve Tremblay before his Cave Bees days. I want to thank Tsunamibots for making me Director of Robot Propaganda last week, and for rocking so hard. Great song from Particles who play all over the US. Great rocker from Button. This next band play at Metal Monday next week at Nectar’s.

17.) Local Lore – Savage Hen
18.) Probably Wrong – Phantom Suns
19.) Creature (Of The Night) – Hellascope
20.) Purple Sorceress – KiefCatcher

I want to thank Chris Farnsworth for turning me on to Kief and Hella and lots of other bands. I’ll have to watch and see if I can catch them live sometime. There is so much music about that it always helps when people in the know clue each other in. Cool song from Ryan Cohen and company. Great rocker from Savage. OK, let’s keep rocking.

21.) Tenderness – The New Siberians
22.) Iron And Metal – The Mountain Says No
23.) Bulletproof Vest – Zola Turn
24.) Not True – Peg Tassey MUSIC

Those last two are classic gems from the ’90’s. Great rockers from Mountain and Siberians. OK, be healthy out there and make sure you get your vitamins.

25.) Vitamin Dee – Persian Claws
26.) Endless Sunkissed Lover – gneiss
27.) Ordinary Day – Milton Busker
28.) Can We Go There? – Bethany Conner Music

Bethany will be at On Tap Bar and Grill early Friday evening. Great song from Milton. I saw Gneiss do that Wednesday night at Red Square and it was just great. Super fun song from Claws. 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
Blind To The Beautiful – Fish
Perpetual Change – Yes
And You And I – Anderson and Wakeman
Awaken – Yes
Gong Home – Dire Straits
The Crystal Ship – The Doors
It’s Just A Ride – Bill Hicks
Aura – The Church Band
Nightmare On Elm Street – Savage Hen
Veteran Of The Psychic Wars – Blue Oyster Cult
The Art Of Giving In – 1881
I Lost My Marbles – Joshua Glass Music
regular programming.

 

Silver Bridget at Nectar’s September 16, 2017   Leave a comment

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Silver Bridget pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music Saturday night at Nectar’s. I worked until 5:30 got home and had a slow turn around then took the lovely walk downtown. Showtime was set at 7 and I arrived just before that but there was a bit of a delay as the band playing later were still sound checking. I hung out and chatted with Charlie Messing, and soon enough, it was time for the band to play.

Silver Bridget feature Matt Saraca on electric guitar, John Townsend on acoustic guitar & kick drum and Johnnie Day Durand on the musical saw & Glockenspiel. There are no vocals and they play all classic cover songs. Often, the saw becomes the voice and it’s fun to listen along and try and figure out the song. Some are instantly recognized, some take a while, and some remain mysteries. Thank goodness that Charlie was there or much of the beginning of the set would have been the latter. They opened with Here There And Everywhere and followed with I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry. They reached into the first of the above categories for Hey Hey My My. God Only Knows reached into the second. They took us on a Beatles ride with She’s Leaving Home, Nowhere Man, You’re Going To Lose That Girl, and capped it with And I Love Her. They played a couple of Stones songs. Paint It Black was heavy and fun and Wild Horses was a treat. Up next was the first song that neither Charlie or I could get but we were back on our game for Stand By Your Man. Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon was easy to spot and easy to enjoy then they baffled us again on the next one. (Per John Townsend “Karma Police (Radiohead) and In My Room (The Beach Boys), perhaps?“)  They went back to the Beatles for Follow The Sun then played a sweet version of I Will Always Love You. Radiohead’s Creep was just great and following it with Space Oddity was even better. You Got It was fun and so was The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down. They went back to the Beatles with If I Fell and closed the night with Yesterday. It was a lovely show that made my heart smile.

I didn’t stay long and enjoyed every step of the walk home. The fact that they could stump both Charlie and I twice clearly means that we need more friends to join us at Bridget shows. There will be more chances to see them in September and October.

 

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Posted September 20, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows, Uncategorized

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The Lindbergh Baby, PD Brown, and Alice Karlsdóttir at Light Club Lamp Shop September 15, 2017   Leave a comment

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The Lindbergh Baby pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music last Friday at Light Club Lamp Shop. I had a long streak of seeing music and flowers in Canada and seeing more music and doing a radio show and was ready for a night off when a cool show flew into my radar. I worked until 5:30 and had plenty of time to go home and make a turnaround and take the lovely walk downtown. I got in close to the 7:30 showtime and bar was full of people. It was a bit warm then cooled down a bit for the first show with air conditioning at the lamp shop.

The show began with a European folk vibe with The Lindbergh Baby. Scott Broderick sang and played acoustic guitar and was joined by his wife Amber on vocals and musical saw, Annabel Lee on electric violin and Michael Moynihan played bodhran and some drums later in the set. They sang about Alice Blue and a glimmer in a mermaid’s eye. They sang about running away, from an upcoming album. The songs all had a nice strength to them and were lovely and enchanting. They sang a song about mortal enemies known as farmers and bankers and dedicated it to people who like to grow and eat food. They sang about holding your hand while the sun is still shining. They upped the rock pace a bit with Big Bad Bob (Robert Ferbrache) sitting in on pedal steel for a song about election day. They sang a song for the fans of HP Lovecraft that had a nice chaotic pop drone. They sang an old revolution song about the Green Mountaineers then closed the set with a rocking Media Boss. It was a fun and lovely and powerful set. (Per Scott the set went: Alice Blue, Siren’s Song, Runaway, Old Glory, Lil’ Number, Election Day, Cassilda’s Song, Ballad of the Green Mountain Boys, Media Boss).

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The Lindbergh Baby pic by Tim Lewis

I was pretty wiped out but ran into Johnnie Day Durand and we talked about the variances in musical saw players and were joined by a ton of cool people. Somewhere in the middle of the conversation a gentleman named P.D. Brown stepped onto the stage. I think he was from Aberdeen Scotland but I could be wrong about that. He began by reciting an eerie poem called The Raven Speaks that had lovely supernatural tones. He moved on to a story but it was still told in meter. It was about giant sisters and a millstone and vikings invading and all sorts of fun stuff. He recited another cool poem/story about a heroic English knight who marries an Elvin woman and has great luck until he scorns her kind and she disappears and his life falls apart. Every moment of his set was enthralling.

 

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PD Brown pic by Tim Lewis

I chatted with Johnnie and everyone a bit more then a woman named Alice Karlsdóttir took the stage and sang a song. Per Scott, she has a band called Verdandi and she’s an author. She sang a song about Freyja going into the underworld in search of riches and had the room captivated.

At that point I was drained. I knew there was another band on but headed out with a heart full of music and poetry.

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Alice Karlsdóttir pic by Tim Lewis

 

The Dead Shakers and Cones at The Monkey House September 13, 2017   Leave a comment

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The Dead Shakers pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music last Wednesday at The Monkey House. I saw music the previous Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday then went to Ottawa for the mosaiculture on Monday then over to Montreal to the botanical gardens on Tuesday. I took it pretty easy during my Wednesday off but by the evening was up and ready to go. I took the long walk to Winooski and got in and settled as the band got ready to play. Featuring Kevin Bloom on vocals and electric guitar, Walker on electric guitar, Chris Shar on drums, Josh Shedaker on bass, Lauren Costello on electrified bass cello and a couple of sax players The Dead Shakers had a huge psychedelic rock sound. The cello and saxes filled the background of the songs and Kevin’s guitar and the bass and drums filled out the rhythm while Walker’s guitar alternated between the two. The songs are long and fun and rock hard and take you to fun places. They began with a long slow jam that built into rock heights. They played a mellower song with a sweet groove and a refrain of take me back. The next song also had a nice flow to it and the one after was about a mental institution in Medford. The next couple of songs had odd fun changes and I just let them flow over me and was in a lovely place. The seventh song of the set had a nice groove with rippling waves of psychedelia and they closed the set with their first single The Field. They only have a couple of songs recorded so far so hopefully someone will get those long lovely jams on tape soon.

 

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The Dead Shakers pic by Tim Lewis

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The Dead Shakers pic by Tim Lewis

Up next was a band from Los Angeles called Cones. They played a set of shimmering off kilter pop with fun and challenging changes. They had a nice mix of indie pop and Southern California rock. They sang about being back in the rain and waiting for a sign. They covered a breezy pop song that I did not know then played a super cool song called Echoes On. They sang a song about being crazy and one that had a bit of a Quarterflash vibe. They closed with a song about the first time and left me in a happy place.

I did not hang out long then took the lovely walk home. It’s so cool to be able to just go out for a walk and get to hear such lovely music

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Cones pic by Tim Lewis

Posted September 19, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows, Uncategorized

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