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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

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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

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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   Leave a 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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Bardela at The Monkey House October 3, 2017   Leave a comment

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Bardela pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music a week ago Tuesday at The Monkey House. I worked until 6:30 and had just enough time at home to almost fade. I had heard Cooie DeFrancesco sing and play guitar one night and really enjoyed her voice and presence. I had been meaning to Catch up with Arty LaVigne‘s band Radio Underground but the timing just never worked out. The fact that both were in Bardela made me rally and I took the long walk to Winooski.

I got in and settled and said Hi to Sal L. DeFrancesco and Kurt Ries and soon enough, it was time for Bardela to play. Arty and Cooie were joined by Mark Christensen on lead guitar, who also plays with Radio Underground, and Mike Scott on bass, though it’s normally Jeff Barrows. I think that when they play in this format they are Bad Bardela and when they have a drummer they are Big Bad Bardela but I could be wrong on that. Arty’s voice and guitar were front and center and Cooie’s voice blended sweetly. Her guitar joined in the rhythm or provided counter rhythms as needed. The bass filled out the sound and Mike’s guitar added some rock and roll sting. They had a breezy Southern California sound mixed with a bit of solid Vermont rock. They opened with one more story about the road then pulled out a huge sounding I Know You Rider. They sang about a California dreamer, but not the famous one. They sang about the end of summer then sang about how the wind came strolling through their door. They sang about whispers of love out in the country and closed the lovely set with Jazz Odyssey. Well, that’s what Mike said but to me it sounded like a song about living in L.A.

I had been pretty tired all day but was glad I made the push to get out the door. I said a couple of quick goodbyes then took the long walk home. I should have stayed for the next band but sometimes you can only do what you can do.

Posted October 14, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Jakals, The Nancy Druids, and Late Night Sneaky Uncle at The Monkey House September 30, 2017   Leave a comment

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Jakals pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music a couple of Saturday’s ago at The Monkey House. I met up with Christopher Larrow and Rich Haskell and we arrived close to showtime. We got in and settled and a lovely sound came from the stage.

Jakals are from Boston and played some songs with a nice sweep and feel to them. Everyone enjoyed their sound including Mary Wolcott who had arrived separately. Most of the songs had a pop sound with a jazz or prog or almost metal feel. Katie Solomon had a nice voice that often soared and roared and reminded me of Dio when she really let it out. They played a bunch of songs from their Keep Mother Sane album. I really enjoyed their set until the fourth song, Homesick, which just took me over the top. I was in bliss as they played songs like Devil’s Eyes and closed the set with a rocker called Abel. I’d go see them again anytime.

 

Up next The Nancy Druids took the stage. They opened with the swirling Sky then rocked out December. Ann Mindell gave her new drum set a little extra kick on Halo. By Design was especially enjoyed by a few familiar looking faces in the audience that made me realize who the final band of the night would be. The Druids rocked on with a song about seeing salvation all around then Sean Ripped launched a great solo on Just Another Day. A lovely song about life followed then they shimmered the room with Disappear. A song about not remembering who you are had a cool John Franklin bass line and more over the top drumming. They closed the night with a space between a secret and a lie.

 

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The Nancy Druids pic by Tim Lewis

Chris and Rich had taken off but Mary and i were game for checking out the next band. With Anne-Marie Costa on keys and vocals, Jamie Williamson on guitar, vocals and tall wizard hat and Peter Danforth on sax it was almost a Cranial Perch reunion. They were joined by a cool rhythm section and called themselves Late Night Sneaky Uncle. They had a bit of an off kilter Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your Kim Jong Un for a while kind of vibe, and opened with a hymn about current events. They played songs that embraced chaos and songs that embraced beauty and sang about dotards and rockets. They played a folky song with a Sweet Jane vibe. The played a little Show Me The Way, To The Next Third World War that could possibly be still knows as Alabama Song. It had been way too long since I had heard Anne-Marie sing and her voice is more amazing than ever. The set had songs about diving into swimming pools with no water and how things go over and over and out the wrong way. The blend of order and chaos was expertly done and very enjoyable. They closed the 12 song set saying the truth lies somewhere in the middle.

I said a couple of quick goodbyes and Mary and I headed back to the party that was forming at my place.

 

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Late Night Sneaky Uncle pic by Tim Lewis

 

Radio Show 228 Thursday October 5, 2017 9-11pm Eastern US Time on WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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Matt The Gnat and the Gators with Miss Saxy pic by Tim Lewis

 

Tonight’s local music radio show on WBKM.ORG will run from 9-11pm US Eastern time Thursday October 5th. You can stream it from our Facebook page link here: WBKM It will go as follows.

Song Before: I Don’t Like Mondays – The Boomtown Rats

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From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. It’s been a tough week to be a music fan what with the shootings in Las Vegas by a man who’s mind just broke, then the untimely death of Tom Petty. The only think I can think of to do is to celebrate the people who are out there making art and music and spreading love and joy every day. Let’s begin tonight with a new band that I don’t know a lot about but are engaging the world with their music.

1.) The Mountain Carol – The Mountain Carol
2.) The Crow – Bardela
3.) Homesick – Jakals
4.) Safe To Say – SWALE

It gives me no end of comfort to know that Swale are out there making and playing great songs like that. Jakals are from Boston and came to visit The Monkey House last Saturday and put on a wonderful show. That song really stood out. I caught Bardela at the Monkey House on Tuesday and loved how Arty LaVigne and Cooie DeFrancesco‘s voices blended. The other two guys in the band were pretty good too. Cool song from Carol. OK, let’s head over to Robot Dog Studio for another edition of WBKM live at Robot Dog.

5.) Done Saving Bones – Matt the Gnat and the Gators
6.) A Cut In The Night Sky – Matt the Gnat and the Gators
7.) Frozen Winning Streaks Of A Gambler – Matt the Gnat and the Gators
8.) Paper Doll – Matt the Gnat and the Gators
9.) A Monster’s Holiday – Matt the Gnat and the Gators

I want to thank Ryan Cohen for making us sound great and thank Matthew Bryan Hagen and Caroline Marie for such an amazing performance! Also, thanks to Burlington Beer Company for the tasty libations. Matt just had a birthday so Happy Birthday Matt again. OK, lets move on to the next song on the album I’m playing all the way through, song after song week after week. It is an album that features Matt on guitar.

10.) Children Of The Grave – Surf Sabbath (The High Breaks)
11.) Hurricane Jane – Hayley Jane and the Primates
12.) Lovely Day – gneiss
13.) Come Kiss Me – Near North

North are about to release a beautiful new album called Most Every Night at the Monkey House on Saturday. Gneiss are at Red Square tomorrow evening. The Primates just released their new album We’re Here Now. I love it when they do Hurricane live and am happy to have a copy of the song that I can play. The Breaks are so great, whether they are in their usual mode or the Sabbath mode. OK, these next two bands will play with North on Saturday.

14.) The Invisibles – Black Rabbit
15.) Machu Picchu – The Mountain Says No
16.) The Mime – Joe Adler
17.) Nowhere Feels Like Home – Fire The Cannons

Sometimes it’s easy to feel lost and like there is no home and that song touches on that. Just remember, we all feel that way and can help each other make a home in our vibrant community. Joe is a true treasure and brings us lots of music. That’s such a great song. Cool songs from Mountain and Rabbit and I can’t wait for Saturday. So, a few weeks ago The Tsunamibots made me the director of robot propaganda and I thought I better try and live up to the title.

18.) Robotic Meltdown – The Tsunamibots
19.) Robots Making Love – Pinhead
20.) I Think I’m turning Into A Robot – Wave of the Future
21.) Rise Of The Robots (Reprise) – The Tsunamibots

I hope you enjoyed that fun set by such creative musicians. This next song was recorded at Robot Dog Studio and features Matt Hagen on bass.

22.) Local Lore – Savage Hen
23.) Comm To Space – ROUGH FRANCIS
24.) The Space Between – The Nancy Druids
25.) The Great Forgetter – The New Siberians

Such a fun song from the Siberians. Druids played a great version of that one last week at the Monkey House. Francis are a treasure and that song always rocks. Great rocker from Hen. 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:
Torch Song/Slainte Mhath – Marillin
Refugee (live) – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Don’t Come Around Here No More – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Shout (live) – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Yardsale – Lendway
Mother’s OK – Split Tongue Crow
Candle In The Wind – Kate Bush
Ball Of Confusion – Love And Rockets
Parisienne Walkways – Greg Lake and Gary Moore
Parallels – YES (official)
Tear In Your Hand – Tori Amos
Runnin’ Down A Dream – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
The Story In Your Eyes – The Moody Blues
Mary Jane’s Last Dance – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Falling Further In – October Project
Don’t Do Me Like That – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Happy X-mas (War Is Over) – Joshua Glass Music
regular programming.

Tonight’s show is rated Hagentastic.

 

September 2017 recap   Leave a comment

 

I don’t know about you but I seemed to have a pretty amazing September. I saw 17 shows in 14 days with 4 at Nectar’s, 2 at ArtsRiot, 2 at The Monkey House, and one each at Radio Bean, Club Metronome, Light Club Lamp Shop, Higher Ground, Red Square, SideBar, Theatre St Denis in Montreal, The Green Door space at the Art Hop and Madaila on Main.

I saw 32 bands play a set, 10 of which I knew little or nothing about when I walked in. I saw 3 parts of band sets and one story teller and a woman who sang one song. I did 4 radio shows and had both Cave Bees and The Dead Shakers in for live performances at Robot Dog Studio. Oh, and I worked a full time job.  Oh, and I also took a two day trip to Canada the week before Yes and saw the mosaiculture in Ottawa and the Chinese Lanterns at the Botanical Gardens in Montreal.

I left a few shows on the table like Clever Girls who played last Friday at the Monkey House but I was just exhausted after 3 long work days and two long nights before to make it.

There is always tons and tons of great music in our town and I’m glad I put in the effort to see a tiny amount of it.

What were your favorite shows in September?

Posted October 4, 2017 by tmusicfan in Uncategorized