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Ruckzuck at Robot Dog Studio, Miami Summer Culture, Ruckzuck , and Plastique Mammals at The Monkey Hose and Ruckzuck at Radio Bean October 22, 2017   Leave a comment

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Ruckzuck pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music a week ago Sunday at Robot Dog Studio and The Monkey House and at Radio Bean. The last time Ruckzuck were in town, in May, I went to Nectar’s to check them out. They were really good so I stopped in at Radio Bean and saw them for a second time that day. That show blew me away too. The next day they were playing at The Monkey House so I asked Nathan Curtis if he wanted to go and we were both amazed.

Last Sunday they were set to play an early show at The Monkey House and a later show at the Bean. I had to work until 5 and not until 12:30 on Monday so it looked pretty promising that I could see them twice in one day again. The band checked in about doing a Robot Dog session. It turned out that Ryan Cohen had a last minute cancellation so we set it all up. After all, why stop at two if you can go to three.

I got out a little early on Sunday and headed to the studio. The band were in and set up and beginning soundcheck. It was cool to hang out and chat and even cooler when the tape started rolling and the band began to play. We chatted about evolution and gardens and fonts and things like that. They played wonderful super-heavy psychedelic rock songs like I Ruined The Moon and Alan’s Garden. Future Shock just kept rising and had me enthralled and I had to force myself out of speechlessness since i still had one more interview segment with them. They wrapped the set with Miss Candy and started the remarkably efficient tear down process so they could head to Winooski.

 

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Ruckzuck pic by Tim Lewis

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Ruckzuck pic by Tim Lewis

I drove home and parked the car and checked in with Nathan. He was good to go so we headed to Winooski and settled into The Monkey House. The show began with a gentleman sitting and playing guitar and loops. Miami Summer Culture played nicely layered instrumental indie pop. The first few sounded nice but the fourth one had a vocal track from the first moon landing and was really cool. The music had a spacey vibe and I was in a happy place. He played one more and wrapped up the set.

 

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Miami Summer Culture pic by Tim Lewis

Ruckzuck were up next and just let loose. I should have studied their music more, so I’m not certain what they started with, but it was huge and trippy and wonderful. They veered a little more pop with Miss Candy and the next lovely song which had a dropped from the sky ripping ending. They pulled out a fun cover of Come And Get Your Love and everyone enjoyed the groove. From there things just took off and they closed with a long over the top amazing version of Oh You, You’re You and I was in heaven.

 

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Ruckzuck pic by Tim Lewis

Up next Plastique Mammals took the stage and rocked out. They are a duo with bass/keys/loops and a drummer. The songs were indie prog instrumentals and were pretty cool. They rocked out six songs that had a nice flow and created a happy space. The closer had a huge prog rock end and I was pleased.

 

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Plastique Mammals pic by Tim Lewis

Ruckzuck had loaded out their gear but were still there so Nate and I chatted with them for a bit then we headed out. It was getting late and close to the midnight show at the Bean so Nate was nice enough to give me a ride downtown, though as it turned out I would have had plenty of time to walk. He skipped the later show since he had to work earlier in the morning.

I got in and settled and said hi to my new best friends as they got everything set. At this point I was quite tired and just fell into the flow of the music. My notes are about as blurry as I felt and the first three songs just flowed with power and beauty. I’m not sure how it’s possible but I think that third show was the best of the day and certainly the longest. Extended versions of Alan’s Garden and Future Shock were incredible beyond words. They played for an hour or so and wrapped up around 1:30. I felt completely lost in the music for every note and was in complete bliss.

After they wrapped up, I said a quick goodbye then took the short and lovely walk home. What an amazing day!

 

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Ruckzuck pic by Tim Lewis

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Radio Show 230 Thursday October 26, 2017 9-11pm Eastern US Time on WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

 

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Ruckzuck at Robot Dog Studio pic by Tim Lewis

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Tonight’s local music radio show will run from 9-11pm US Eastern time Thursday October 26, It can be streamed at WBKM,ORG or at our Facebook page link here: WBKM It will go as follows:

Song before: Bloodletting (The Vampire Song) (extended) – Concrete Blonde

intro

From our small city to the great big world these are the Sounds Of Burlington. It’s almost Halloween and I have a bunch of scary local songs lined up tonight, but first let’s head over to Robot Dog Studio for an interview and live performance by the mighty Ruckzuck Warning: This show could disorient your sense of space and time.

1.) I Ruined The Moon – Ruckzuck
2.) Alan’s Garden – Ruckzuck
3.) Future Shock – Ruckzuck
4.) Miss Cancy – Ruckzuck

I want to thank Ruckzuck for playing three times last Sunday and for their relentless touring and over the top music. It just fills my heart and I hope it does the same for you. Thanks also to Ryan Cohen for relentlessly making us sound great. OK, it’s almost Halloween. Let’s begin with a song about the dead.

5.) Stardust For Dessert – David Rosane & The Zookeepers
6.) A Monster’s Holiday – Matt the Gnat and the Gators
7.) Devil – farm
8.) Devil Knows My Name – Great Western

Great songs from Western and Farm. The first two were recorded at Robot Dog when those bands stopped in and played. OK, let’s go on to the next song from the Surf Sabbath album that I’m playing all the way through week after week.

9.) Hole In The Sky – Surf Sabbath (The High Breaks)
10.) Ninjas Vs Zombies – Phil Yates
11.) Oh My God – Sarah Blacker & New England Groove Association
12.) Ghostified – Persian Claws

Great ghostly rocker from the Claws. Sarah has lots of supernatural imagery in that song. Great song from the unaffiliated Phil Yates. Great surf rock version of the Sabbath song. OK, let’s keep rocking.

13.) Day Of The Dead – Hana Zara
14.) I Put A Spell On You – Marco Benevento and Kat Wright
15.) Death Of A Barn Cat – Dirtminers
16.) Graveyard Before Dark – Alice Austin

Great song from the legendary Alice Austin. Cool song about a sad subject by the Dirtminers. Great version of the classic by Kat and Marco. That was recorded at Radio Bean a couple of years back. Classic from Hana. I hope you’re not afraid of ghosts.

17.) Counting On A Ghost – Elephants of Scotland
18.) Giving Up The Ghost – Aaron Flinn
19.) Raising The Dead – Carraway
20.) Nightmare On Elm Street Theme – Savage Hen

Savage created that little ditty one night at Robot Dog. Great imagery in the Carraway song. Hmmm, ghosts. OK, this next song is not about a ghost.

21.) Vampyre – David L Jarvis
22.) Hell Chicken – Swillbillie
23.) Halloween Jam – The Dead Shakers
24.) Demon Moon – Crazyhearse

Great scary song from hearse. The Dead Shakers recorded that one at a session at Robot Dog recently. Gotta watch out for vampires and chickens from hell. Well, I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we? Sayonara.

25.) Black Cat – Black Rabbit
outro

Songs after
Do Not Walk Outside This Area – Fish (Congratulations on just getting married!!)
Skeleton Star – The Cush
With The Dead – Vultures of Cult
Please Mr Gravedigger – David Bowie
One More Grave – The Contrarian
Inevitability Of Death – The Tragically Hip
Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) – David Bowie
Angels Of Death – Hawkwind
Stonehenge – Spinal Tap
ETI (Extra Terrestrial Intelligence) – The Contrarian
Demon Eyes – Lake Superior
Ghost Train – Jerichovox
Angels And Demons – Invisible Homes
The Golden Ghost – Slingshot Dakota
Release The Dead – Chin Ho
Monsters – Cold Sweat
Full Moon Dark Places – Bull & Prairie
Killing Ghosts – Better Things
Monster’s Are Due – Doom Service
Children Of The Grave – Jesus Christ and the Hallucinogenic Allstars
regular programming

 

 

Swale and Thick Business at The Monkey House October 18, 2017   Leave a comment

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Swale pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last Wednesday at The Monkey House. Rich Haskell stopped over at my house early in the evening and we watched a couple of live The Tragically Hip videos and lamented the passing of Gordon Downie. A little after 8 he gave me a ride toWinooski. I arrived a little before showtime and got in and settled. SWALE took the stage and began tuning up and the sound slowly coalesced into Waterlanding.. They played a searing version of that song. They followed with their new single Safe To Say and were completely locked in. Golden Crutch was smooth and elegant then they ramped up to full speed for Everyone Likes To. They played the super-fun Release Your Records and the achingly beautiful Felon. I was not sure of the next one, something about maybe it goes on, but it was just great. They laid into Drug Laws and rocked it for a deliciously long time. Elevator wrapped the set with an unsettling story set to gorgeous music. It was Swale at their very best from first note to last.

Up next was a band from Boise Idaho called Thick Business. They opened with a song about being right there with you that had an indie rock B-52’s vibe. I was quite impressed and not at all prepared for what was to come. The second song began with a jazzy Zappa vibe then the keys took over with an old Genesis sound. I was intrigued. The song went through many twists and turns and may have been a few songs seamlessly stitched together. Either way, they played it for a long time and I was captivated for every moment. They kept the sound going for a song about thinking about your heart that had a bit of a King Crimson vibe. They wrapped the night with something about being at the end of the game after you’ve had too many mushrooms. That one rocked hard and had a Sabbath vibe. While you could hear the influences of the bands listed above all the songs sounded like what I’m coming to know as the Thick Business sound. They were amazing and I feel lucky to have seen them. Going out to see random bands sometimes leads to these kinds of experiences and I’m so glad I was put in the effort. .

I did not stay long after the show then took the lovely walk home

 

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Thick Business pic by Tim Lewis

Posted October 24, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Calvin Coolidge, Cave Bees, and Pinact at The Monkey House October 14, 2017   Leave a comment

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Calvin Coolidge pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music a week ago Saturday at The Monkey House. I had plenty of time between work and the show to get home and eat dinner then I took the lovely walk to Winooski. I got in and settled and watched as Calvin Coolidge made the transition from a soundcheck to the beginning of their show. The guitar/singer, bass/singer, drums trio began with some cool low-fi indie rock. They sang about staying here by your side and stealing all of my money. The next song was a bit faster and had a nice sweep. As the set progressed the songs seemed to go through more changes and builds and kept me intrigued. The bass player and guitarist switched instruments after the fourth song and they played a song about friends with a Zeppelin vibe. A song about betting that you can say was cool as was the fast instrumental. They played a slower song that picked up speed, had a reggae vibe for a short moment then slipped into double time. They played a stark slower stomp about sex and violence. They played a song about getting the hell out that had an REM vibe. At that point the bassist and guitarist switched instruments again. They closed with a song that started slow and had a rocking end and was about how maybe my dreams are nothing to live by. They were pretty cool and it will be fun to see where they go in the future.

 

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Calvin Coolidge pic by Tim Lewis

Up next Cave Bees hit the stage with a roar and rocked out Round Sum. They kept the pace at full fury for Mine All Mine and I Need A Raise. Juliet was heavy and intense and Sweet Pussy was furious. Lunacy is one of the great rock songs to come out of our scene and they played a brilliant version of it. Sister Blue was blissfully heavy/beautiful then we all sang ooh ooh ooh on Flight Of The Alligator. They loved their car, you know, the one with the 22-R then finally eased back a tiny amount for the gorgeous sledgehammer riffs of Muskrat Love. They ramped back up to full speed for the soulful Queen City and called it a night. They were completely amazing.

 

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Cave Bees pic by Tim Lewis

Up next Pinact from Scotland took the stage and played some fast loud indie rock. The first song was about bringing you and they followed with their new single Seams. They sang about wanting to feel free again, about being up and down, and not wanting to feel like that. They mixed up songs from the first album and the new one. They closed the furious rock set with Forever which featured a line about if it’s broken, it won’t be broke for long. They said that was going to be the last song but still threw in one more fast rocker to close the night. They were really cool.

I spoke with Jon the bass player for a bit after the show and reveled in his accent then took the lovely walk home.

 

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Pinact pic by Tim Lewis

 

 

Posted October 22, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Radio Show 229 Thursday October 19, 2017 9-11pm Eastern US Time on WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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Note:  There was no show on October 12

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Tonight’s local music radio show on WBKM.ORG will run from 9-11pm US Eastern time Thursday October 19th. It can be streamed from our website or our Facebook link here: WBKM It will go as follows.

Song before: Stars Die – Porcupine Tree

intro

From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. I’m struck by the passing of people and the passing of stars that have happened recently. Let’s begin tonight with a cosmic connection that we all share.

1.) New Moon – Clare Byrne: Song and Dance
2.) Solitude – Alpenglow
3.) Resist – Jeremy Gilchrist – Singer-Songwriter
4.) Free – Francesca Blanchard

That’s a cool new song from Francesca and that’s a cool new song from Jeremy. The Alpenglow song has been running though my head lately so I thought I’d share. Great song by Clare. When I saw the first post about #MeToo I had that sinking feeling that almost every woman that I know was going to post one. I think it’s terrible that women have to endure this but I think it’s great that this is all coming to light. We should deal with this openly and move on to the path of just treating every other human being with respect and care. Come on people, I know you can step up. Here is a song about a woman being stalked and attacked and how it feels. I hope it helps us all move away from this behavior.

5.) Elevator – SWALE
6.) Mom Vibes – Thick Business
7.) A Cut In The Night Sky – Matt the Gnat and the Gators
8.) Mother’s OK – Split Tongue Crow

Great song from the Rutland Band. Cool song from Matt that we recorded a couple of weeks ago at Robot Dog Studio. Thick Business are from Boise Idaho and played last night at The Monkey House and they were amazing. Swale opened the show and it was just a great night. OK, this song has been running through my head a lot lately too.

9.) Able To Breathe – Peter Burton
10.) In The Country – Bardela
11.) Creatures – Hayley Jane and the Primates
12.) On My Way – Hover

That’s a classic from Burlington’s 1990’s. Cool new song from the Primates who are an amazing band live. Lovely songs from Bardela and Peter. OK, let’s play the next song on the Surf Sabbath album that I am playing all the way through, song after song, week after week.

13.) Sabbath Bloody Sabbath – Surf Sabbath (The High Breaks)
14.) Inevitability Of Death – The Tragically Hip
15.) Mary’s Line Into This View – Ouzkxqlzn
16..) Oh You, You’re You – Ruckzuck

Last time Ruckzuck were in town I saw them 3 times in two days. They will be at The Monkey House on Sunday around 7 then at Radio Bean at midnight. I’ll see about working out that third show…Great song from Lauren Costello‘s band. Just for the record, I checked and the name of the band is not technically pronounceable. The music is nice and that’s all that matters. A lot of us are feeling the loss of Gordon Downie from The Tragically Hip. He was such a force of life it’s hard to imagine that he is gone. They rocked Burlington, and all of Vermont, for many years. Great song from the Surfers. OK, this band played a great show last Saturday at The Monkey House.

17.) Juliet – Cave Bees
18.) Again The Rain – Pinact
19.) Flypaper – Persian Claws
20.) Double Line – Black Rabbit

It was so cool to see Rabbit play Flypaper recently at the Monkey House. I thought I’d put a Rabbit song after the Claws song to give you a hint of what it sounded like. Pinact are from Scotland and played with the Cave Bees at the Monkey House show lat Saturday. Both bands rocked hard. OK, let’s keep rocking.

21.) Black Blue And White – The New Siberians
22.) King Grifter – The Mountain Says No
23.) At The Hundredth Meridian – The Tragically Hip
24.) Springtime In Vienna – The Tragically Hip

I saw the Hip on a boat cruise and then open for Eric Johnson at Memorial Auditorium. I saw them headline Memorial many times. I’ve seen them in Montreal and Verdun and on at least three mountains in Vermont. I’ve seen them at Higher Ground, both the old one and the new one and thanks for sponsoring us HG. I saw them recently at Shelburne Farms and the Flynn. Every Show was great. Thanks guys!!

25.) New Orleans Is Sinking (live) – The Tragically Hip

Well, I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, which will be the annual Halloween show.

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Songs after:
Blind To The Beautiful – Fish
Flamenco – The Tragically Hip
The Last Of The Unplucked Gems – The Tragically Hip
Another Century – The Church Band
Something On – The Tragically Hip
Submarine – The Church
Escape Is At Hand For The Traveling Man – The Tragically Hip
Bobcaygeon – The Tragically Hip
For King Knife – The Church
King Of The Night Time World – Kiss
Blow At High Dough – The Tragically Hip
Grace Too – The Tragically Hip
Little Bones – The Tragically Hip
Dark Waltz – The Church
Dark Matter – Porcupine Tree
regular programming

The Mountain Carol at Radio Bean October 9, 2017   Leave a comment

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The Mountain Carol pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music a week ago Monday at Radio Bean. I worked until 6:30 and had plenty of time to hang out at home. I was feeling pretty awake and a little restless so around 10:15 I headed out and took the lovely walk downtown.

I got in and settled a little after the 10:30 start time and The Mountain Carol were on stage playing drifty breezey music. They have an indie pop psychedelic kind of sound that was very pleasant to be in the presence of. They sang a song about finding a cure with intentions that are pure. They played a song about slipping and sliding and the guitar player used a shot glass to play some slide. Some of the songs went through cool changes in a prog rock sort of way. Some of the songs veered towards pop, such as the one about not dancing with you. The eight songs that I caught were really cool including The Never Ending Part 2 which finished the set. I really liked them and want to check them out again in the near future

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Posted October 18, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Near North, Black Rabbit, and The Mountain Says No at The Monkey House October 7, 2017   1 comment

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Near North pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music a week ago Saturday at The Monkey House. I met up with Nathan Curtis and we headed out for what I thought was a doors at 8:30 show at 9 night of music. We arrived just before 9 and The Mountain Says No were on and playing Statistik. Fortunately, the bartender was fantastic and I was in front of the band for the last third of the song. They sounded heavy and powerful and fantastic. King Grifter rocked hard and had soaring vocals. They followed with a new fast heavy thunderous song that may be called If You Lie. They eased back a tiny amount for the moody 3,000 Incubators. Restaurant always rocks hard but it took an extra heavy turn at the end. They sped up the beginning of Who Could say then closed the set with a new song with a heavy beginning and end and a moody middle section. I think might be Light Bright Lord since I got a peek at the set list after the show. I think I just missed Machu Piccu, but really should have been there for every glorious moment.

 

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The Mountain Says No pic by Tim Lewis

Nate and I hung outside at the tables for the set break, but soon some sound came from the stage and I rushed inside. Black Rabbit began a little slow with the searing BS Passes that has that easy to sing chorus. They followed with a fast heavy Mark My Words and we were off. They played a super fun new song with wonderful Darlene Scarano backing vocals. Per setlist.fm it was called Prime. They rocked out Too Good then thanked Bill Mullins and Dee Claw and played a fantastic version of the Persian Claws song Flypaper. I was elated. Another new song called The Shutout was great and had a let me in let me out vibe. The Original Original rocked furiously then they eased back for another new song called Quiet Down. They spoke a little about being sad about the passing of Grant Hart and played a set of Husker Du Covers. What’s Going On, Don’t Want To Know If You Are Lonely, and Turn On The News were fantastic. They went back to their songs for a blistering Double Line then rocked out another new song called Jumble. They closed the set with Sayonara and I was so psyched that they have so much great new music. New album soon?

 

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Black Rabbit pic by Tim Lewis

I chatted with a bunch of cool people, inside and out then heard music begin and rushed back inside. Near North were there to release their new album Most Every Night, and release it they did. They opened with Come Kiss Me then played the full album all the way through. The album has a nice rock sound and all the songs sounded great onstage. Get Loud had some sweet guitar work. Gone was slow and gorgeous. Saved had an especially nice Rickenbacker bass sound. The tenth and final song on the album, Dead Inside (Really Alive) rocked nicely and kept me in a happy place. They followed with a new song that may be called Ghost. From there they played a song about how I’ll never be the way you want and followed with a song with a dramatic rock opening. They played a song about waking up and being one with the floor and played one about a pile driver. They played a new song called Skylight and used a drop D to sound a bit more metal. They closed the 21 song set with a song about how it’s your heart that is broken and not mine. The whole show was pretty epic.

It was late so we headed out quickly. Nate dropped me at home and I was happily asleep shortly thereafter. What a great night.

 

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Near North pic by Tim Lewis

Posted October 18, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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