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Milton Busker and the Grim Work at Light Club Lamp Shop December 27, 2017   Leave a comment

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I had a great time seeing music on Wednesday at Light Club Lamp Shop. I had a very relaxing day off, took a long nap, and as evening unfolded I took the lovely walk downtown. I got in and settled and chatted with Ryan Cohen for a bit. The club was reasonably full of people for a cold Wednesday as Milton Busker and the Grim Work took the stage. Milton’s songs take odd turns but have a comfortable pop sound. His voice is strong and steady. Now and then he unleashes it and fills the room. The band have a smooth flow and a classic rock sound that works with Milton’s indie rock songs in a way that I don’t understand but really appreciate. Many of the lyrics are on the dark side and are brilliantly masked by the happy music.

They opened with the easy to sing song that goes settle down, everything is broken and the end is near. They sang about loving the things you do and falling on my sword for you. Jesus In Chains featured Milton’s powerhouse voice. Baby Let My Money Keep You Warm was touching. A song about nobody loving you was followed by The Meanest Thing I’ll Ever Write. 16 Ton Soul started slow and bluesy and had a huge rock middle section. They started with a clap and stomp for a joyous song about gun violence with the chorus Heaven Knows There Ain’t Nothing We Can Do. It’s a lovely song until you really grasp the lyrics, then it’s a very strong political statement. Ordinary Day is super catchy and featured just Milton on voice and acoustic guitar until the song was almost done and the band came in for a huge rocking section. They rocked for a bit then eased off and let Milton finish it the way it began. They played a couple more really cool songs then tossed in a couple of covers. Breakdown and Mary Jane’s Last Dance were wonderful to hear. They continued on with songs about getting over all the things we do and the Devil’s Hand. They wrapped the night with a song about being glad to see you go.

I hung out for a little bit and said some goodbyes then took the lovely walk home. It was another brilliant night of music in our town.

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David Rosane and the Zookeepers at Light Club Lamp Shop December 26, 2017   Leave a comment

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I had a great time seeing music last Tuesday at Light Club Lamp Shop. I worked until 7 and had plenty of time to hang out, get motivated, and take the chilly walk downtown. It was cold enough to finally abandon the Spring/Fall jacket and put on the winter coat so I bundled up and found a good walking pace and was there in no time. I was a little early and got to chat with Anne Lisbet Tollånes for a bit before the show.

David Rosane & The Zookeepers took the stage and played David’s strong songs with Jennifer Grossi adding backing vocals, percussion, keys while Don Sinclair lit up the songs with his beautiful lead guitar. David Rosane has a deep and comforting voice and his melodies on acoustic guitar draw you right in. They opened with a rocking version of Grandma with some fun extra lyrics. They rocked out Urban Country and then sang about going home and wondered if we would tell the little children what we’ve done. They sang about the contrast between devils and angels. They made Cindy Lou Zoo, cat in the hat, and thing one, thing two references. They sang about the fear of flying a magic carpet before it hits the ground. They played songs like Judgment Day and Ba Doom, which is about being a feminist and many other things. They played the beautifully devastating Stardust For Dessert which is about the bombings and killings in Paris. They found Hope In The Dark and found love with Sugar And Cream. They wondered who their enemy was. My Life Out West began with Jen’s cool keys and the whole song showed off her unquantifiable greatness. They sang about how sweet it is to roll a rock uphill then dedicated The Real World to Ryan Cohen who made it out to the show. They asked What The Fuck Went Wrong and extolled the virtues of realizing that Today Is Mine. Jen did a vocal trumpet on This City then they sang of suicide. They turned it around and woke up on the sunny side of things and closed the night with a punk song about it pouring when it rains.

It was another fantastic performance and showcased the upcoming Book Of Zoo album. They will be back this summer doing a tour of libraries to help raise funds and awareness for those needed institutions.

I didn’t stay too late but did hang out and chat for a bit. The walk home was chilly and lovely and I was in a completely happy place.

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Physics Club and Swale at Light Club Lamp Shop December 23, 2017   Leave a comment

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Physics Club with Tyler Bolles pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music last Saturday at Light Club Lamp Shop. The walk downtown was a little challenging with lots of puddles on the sidewalks hidden by snow, but I made it intact and got in and settled in plenty of time for the show.

The evening began with a sad note as Abraham was unable to attend. This left Irene and Rex as Physics Club to face off in a battle of wills, and judging from the white tops, potential judo. They sang cheery songs about how nobody wants to see your business in Washington DC and about spending Christmas time alone and not going out. They sang a delightful piece about how they were gonna be mad and one about eating too many candy canes. Delicious honey ham was a recurring theme. The songs were so wry the audience was on the verge of cracking up for the whole show and often went over the edge. The band wondered what Santa was mad about and how Christmas is a time we give gifts to Jesus, since it’s his birthday. They hoped we were happy with what they made us since they did not have any money and sang about fruitcake. The whole show was measured with restraint and surly discussions between the band members that were played for maximum enjoyment. They were joined by a banjo player for a song about drunk Uncle Ricky at the holiday party then Irene ripped off the white robe and clad in bright red and belted out a song about how everything smells like Christmas. I doubt I came close to capturing how funny the show was, but if you ever get a chance to see them, do so.

 

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Physics Club turning into Swale pic by Tim Lewis

Up next SWALE took the stage. Amanda Gustafson was still in the post Irene red and Jeremy Frederick left Rex aside. They began the evening by calling Ashley Betton to the stage. She has a huge voice and made Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) sound amazing. Tyler Bolles sang about Christmas in the drunk tank on a fun version of Fairytale of New York, then they brought John to the stage to sing about Dominic The Donkey. It was silly and fun and featured some serious Hee Haws. Ryan Ober joined them for I Can’t Have A Merry Christmas Mary (Without You) which rocked nicely. Mele Kalikimaka added a little warmth to a chilly evening. Caroline Marie was just there to see the show but the band pressed her into service for Wham’s Last Christmas and of course she rose to the occasion and made it sound great. Swale rocked us around the Christmas tree then played a funky instrumental Jingle Bells. They brought Ashley back for This Christmas Shake A Hand then referenced their video for Baby It’s Cold Outside as Amanda sang It’s time to take a break, then stopped. Tyler picked up the banjo and everyone in the room recognized Hallelujah until he started singing the delightfully altered lyrics about Santa and the Grinch and about how Leonard hated what people did to his song. The crowd was in awe and sincerely sang the title part at the end of the song over and over a few times. It was magical. They brought Ryan back for a rocking Run Run Rudolph, and he stayed for a hop hop song (Christmas In Hollis?). Urian Hackney was just there to see the show but the band pressed him into service to sing Merry Christmas I Don’t Want To Fight and his deep voice sounded great. Tyler sang a song about dancing the Christmas polka then Eric Olsen surveyed the crowd to see who would sing the next one. A woman named Emily agreed and took the stage and did a great job on Feliz Navidad. Brett Hughes was sitting in the audience but played the bells on the next one as they brought Ashley back to sing Happy X-Mas (War Is Over). They closed the night on a quiet note. Swale played gently and let Matt LaRocca’s violin lead as the audience sang Christmas Time Is Here and you could feel the gentle joyous emotion floating in the air.

I did not stay too long after it ended and took the challenging walk home with a heart full of joy.

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Ashley Betton

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Matt LaRocca on violin

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John singing about Dominic the Donkey

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Ryan Ober

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Caroline

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Urian Hackney

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Emily

 

Radio Show 238 Thursday December 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 December 28 and you can stream it from our website or here: WBKM It will go as follows.

Song before: Ordinary Day – Milton Busker

intro

From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. I hope everyone is enjoying the Holiday Season. Christmas has past and it’s almost time for New Years. Let’s begin with a couple of local Christmas songs that came my way just a little too late for last week’s show.

1.) Some Kinds Of Homes (Are Invisible) – Invisible Homes
2.) Misa Criolla- Gloria – The Plastic Billionaires
3.) Happy New Year – Ninja Custodian
4.) Last Love – Myra Flynn Music

Myra will be at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts on New Year’s even. Great song by Ninja even though it’s about that other matter, Cool songs from P-Bills and Homes. OK, here is the next song on Black, Blue, and White.

5.) So They Say – The New Siberians
6.) Chester Allen – The World Famous Hanglows
7.) Lights Of Montreal – Lobot
8.) Every Last One Of Us – SWALE

Swale will be at the Flynn Theater on New Year’s Eve too! Lobot and the Hanglows played some cool shows in our town in the early 2000’s. Great song form the Siberians. OK, so earlier this year I wanted to get some live music on the air. With the help of Ryan Cohen and Robot Dog Studio we created a series of shows and interviews. The first one was broadcast February 16, 2017.

9.) Let Me Be – Peter Burton 2-16-17
10.) Endless War – Jeremy Gilchrist – Singer-Songwriter 3-9-17
11.) The Space Between – The Nancy Druids 3-30-17
12.) Loose Tooth – Clever Girls 4-20-17
13.) Lovely Day – gneiss 5-25-17

That gets us through May. Let’s continue on as I’m playing one song from each show in the order they were recorded and played on the air.

14.) Strawberry Blonde – Dino Bravo VT 6-8-17
15.) My Old House – Andriana Chobot 7-20-17
16.) What The Fuck Went Wrong – David Rosane & The Zookeepers 8-24-17
17.) Clever Girl – Savage Hen 8-31-17
18.) Juliet – Cave Bees 9-21-17

Everything was going well and we got into a nice groove of talking and having the band play a song and talking and another song until 4 were played. Then The Dead Shakers came in and Kevin Bloom said we’re running all of our songs together as one piece. Of course they would.

19.) Intro->Accidental Graveyard->Taung Child->Superpowers->Medfield – The Dead Shakers 9-28-17

That was fun. Let’s keep going.

20.) Done Saving Bones – Matt the Gnat and the Gators with Miss Saxy – 10-5-17
21.) I Ruined The Moon – Ruckzuck 10-26-17
22.) Low Down Mid-December – Eastern Mountain Time 11-30-17
23.) Don’t Want To Know If You Are Lonely – Black Rabbit 12-14-17
24.) What’s Inside A Thing? – Zeus Springsteen 12-21-17

So there it is, a year of live music. Thanks to everyone involved! We begin next year with The Mountain Says No in mid January. Well, I hope you enjoyed checking our the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?

outro

Songs after
Zoe 25 – Fish
All Canadian Surf Club – The Tragically Hip
Paranoid – Surf Sabbath (The High Breaks)
Try To Love part 2 – Dam Kat
Dark Matter – Porcupine Tree
Provider – MIDLAKE BAND
Jacob’s Ladder – Rush
The War I Survived – Hawkwind
Empire Of the Clouds – Iron Maiden
regular programming

 

Samara Lark and Friends at Radio Bean December 22, 2017   Leave a comment

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Jackie Buttolph and Eric Daniels pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music Friday night at Radio Bean. It was a snowy day but I had plenty of time to get home and settled for a moment before taking the lovely walk downtown for the 10pm show. The night began with Jackie and Eric from The Leatherbound Books. Jackie told the story about how the first song often was sung in the present tense but an older version recognized the challenges of the moment with a hopeful eye to the future. In that spirit her strong and gorgeous voiced filled the room with Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas. They followed with a great version of Joni Mitchell’s River, then closed their set with an original about how it’s OK to feel sad at Christmas, It had poignant and funny lyrics and a wonderful yuletide fiasco reference. It seemed like everyone in the room could relate.

Up next Linda Bassick and Patrick McAndrew were joined by Jesse Taylor and they rocked out a fun Santa Claus Is Coming To Town. They gave it a little Springsteen ending that made the crowd smile. Silver Bells sounded sweet and Let It Snow was just lovely. They wrapped the set on a high note with Jungle Bell Rock.

 

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Patrick McAndrew, Jesse Taylor, and Linda Bassick pic by Tim Lewis

The final band had Jackie on Bass and vocals, Houston on drums, Johnnie Day Durand on musical saw and glockenspiel, Aya Inoue on guitar and vocals and Samara Lark Brown on electric ukulele and vocals. They opened with Little Drummer Boy and the Pa rum pum pum pums were especially cool. Samara and Aya sang most of the songs, and both sounded great, but when they sang together it was even nicer. When Jackie joined it it was nicer still. They played a fun version of Blue Christmas but towards the end Jackie started singing White Christmas and blended the words perfectly into the melody. It was impressive, and Johnnie’s saw work only made it more magical. Jackie took lead vocals for a strong version of Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) that filled the room with joy. Samara arranged a darker minor key version of Carol Of The Bells that was very cool. They rocked out a lively version of Holiday Road from the Vacation movies that made everyone smile. Samara began singing O Holy Night. It got more amazing when Aya joined in and more amazing still when Jackie entered the mix. Do You Hear What I Hear sounded great and they followed with a rocking version of Happy X-Mas (War Is Over). They kept the pace in full rock mode for I Wish It Was Christmas Today to close the night.

It was a little late and I had to work a little early in the morning, so I quickly headed out and bounced home full of holiday cheer.

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Johnnie Day Duran, Samara Lark, Aya Inoue, Houston Illo, and Jackie Buttolph pic by Tim Lewis

Linda Bassick at Radio Bean December 18, 2017   Leave a comment

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I had a great time seeing music last Monday at Radio Bean. The show was set for 8:30 and I had to work until 8. I got home at quarter after, almost faded, then pushed myself out the door. I made good time but it was about 8:45 when I arrived and Linda Bassick was on stage and sounding great. I caught a little bit of a song (ain’t nobody?), as I settled in then she played a new song maybe called anything about you. She followed with an older song about what to say and do then tried to bring on some holiday cheer with a bluesy rocking Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer. She mentioned that it was almost time for her to play on the next Moody Blues Cruise and extolled the virtues of Rod Argent and The Zombies. She loved the chorus in their big hit song that goes Hold Your Head, Woman, Hold Your Head High then played the song. She followed with an old Lulu song called To Sir With Love that Mellow Yellow often cover. She sang about loving you more than yesterday, said how she recorded and album with Kirk Flanagan, played One From Two, and closed the night with a song about it not being over. She is such a great singer and strong guitar player that even though I missed a quarter of the show, I was so happy that I put in the effort.

 

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Silver Bridget at The Daily Planet and Surf Sabbath at Nectar’s December 6, 2017   Leave a comment

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Silver Bridget pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music a couple of Wednesdays ago. It was one of those nights when there were a ton of shows happening so I had to make some choices. I made a plan that would totally blow off one band I wanted to see, would let me see a partial set and a full set by another band and leave some open space for whatever might happen after.

I got going a little late as I was having a cool conversation with Mike Luoma and made it to The Daily Planet around quarter after 8. Silver Bridget were on and playing a lovely version of Only Love Can Break Your Heart as I settled into a seat at the bar. They played Surfer Girl, Blue Bayou and a couple of Beatles songs. Matt Saraca rocked the electric guitar on the take off section of Space Oddity as John Townsend‘s acoustic filled the melody and Johnnie Day Durand‘s musical saw soared over the top. They played a lovely version of Goodbye Yellow Brook Road then one of the restaurant patrons had a birthday and the staff sang to them. Bridget tossed a bit of Happy Birthday into Karma Police and made me smile. Over The Rainbow was as magical as ever and Nowhere Man was just great. They wrapped the set with The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down. We chatted for a bit after then I shot out the door.

I walked into Nectar’s as Surf Sabbath were onstage and rocking hard. I’m pretty sure it was The High Breaks under the wigs and robes, but either way the surf instrumental versions of Sabbath songs were played with fun and gloom. I caught half of the first song and was just getting settled as they wrapped up the second. I found a spot up front as they lit into Hole In The Sky. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath followed and the audience was having fun. Paranoid was short and sweet and then they lit out into Wicked Ways. They played a blistering version of Symptom Of The Universe and closed the set with a super-heavy, yet still surfy, version of Black Sabbath.

After the set that exhausted feeling hit and I realized I was done. I should have hung out for the next couple of bands but was glad that I caught what I caught.

 

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Surf Sabbath pic by Tim Lewis