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Adam Wolf and The Mountain Carol at Sidebar January 14, 2018   Leave a comment

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Adam Wolf pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music a couple of Sundays ago at SideBar. It was one of those weeks where I had to work early on a Monday but hadn’t been out to see much in 2018 and had to put in the effort.

I took the lovely walk downtown and got in and settled and chatted a bit, then Adam Wolf started playing. With a singer/guitar player, bass, drums, and pedal steel they had a country blues rock feel with a very wet sound that produced a Floyd vibe. The pedal steel had no twang and provided a second rhythm. The vocals were down in the mix and sounded like a fifth instrument and the band had a sound that kept rising and filled me nicely. They opened with a song that will be their debut single then played a drifty dreamy pop song. They played a song about a new girl and followed it with another dreamy song. They played a song about walking on home then one about what’s real. They closed with a song that had an Eastern Mountain Time feel. They were really good and I’d go see them again in a heartbeat.

Up next The Mountain Carol kept the room sounding drifty and dreamy. Instead of the long series of songs they had been opening with they broke them up individually but still let me loose myself in their glory. They sang a song where the line I Shall Not floated to the surface. I listened to All is Lost so many times before going that I actually recognized it in the fourth slot. They played a dance number that may have been about loss. Austin had to reach way down for the solo on Adventure Safari and it’s so great to hear him play. They played something that may be the drum carol and closed the set with The Neverending. Despite not being always able to grasp their songs, much like the first 5 times I saw The Cush, I love being in the space that they create. They are recording soon so maybe I’ll be able to play the songs so many times I can finally get hold of them. Either way, I love when they play.

There was another band on that night, but I was exhausted and did the responsible thing and went home so I was ready to work in the morning.

 

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The Mountain Carol pic by Tim Lewis

 

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Posted January 30, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Radio Show 242 Thursday January 25, 2018 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 January 25. It can be streamed from the website above or this link: WBKM It will go as follows.

Song before: New Americana – Halsey

intro

From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. Let’s begin tonight with a song that was released last week by one of the great bands in town.

1.) Don’t Look Back – ROUGH FRANCIS
2.) Weapons Factory – The Wards
3.) Hippo Nose – Chris Alley All Star Band
4.) How We Roll – James Kochalka Superstar
5.) Hungry Like The Wolf – Joe Adler & The Rangers Of Danger with The Lynguistic Civilians

That was recorded live at Nectar’s a couple of years ago. That’s a new song from James and has all of those Duran Duran references. Such a fun song from the new Chris Alley album. He used to play guitar with The Wards. Francis are so amazing. OK, here is the next song on Black, Blue, and White.

6.) Upstream – The New Siberians
7.) There Are Bigger Men Than Me – Plastique Mammals
8.) Indigo Spanish Fantasy – Jane Boxall Percussion
9.) AV6 – Bad Smell
10.) Interview/Cascade – Andriana Chobot

That’s from a new album that was released yesterday. I’ll tell you more about it soon. Smell will play Higher Ground on Sunday. They feature Jane on drums. She also plays marimba and Fantasy is from the album Zero To Eight Mallets. She is so amazing. Plastique will release a new album tonight at The Monkey House. Great song from the Siberians. So, on Saturday there are three amazing shows happening. One is at ArtsRiot and features this artist.

11.) My Heart – Francesca Blanchard
12.) Interview/By Design – The Nancy Druids
13.) Interview/45 – Clever Girls

The Girls will play on the 27th at Radio Bean with Julia Caesar, who I’ve been meaning to catch, and others. The Druids will play The Monkey House on the 27. Francesca will be at ArtsRiot that night with the DuPont brothers new band. Sigh, there’s still only one of me. So, last year I developed a live in the studio music series with Ryan Cohen and Robot Dog Studio. Yesterday we released a free album with one song and one interview clip from each of the 16 bands that we recorded. The Andriana, Druids, and Clever Girls songs were from that. Let’s take a dive into more of it.

14.) Interview/Three Feels Right – gneiss
15.) Interview/A Cut In The Night Sky – Matt the Gnat and the Gators
16.) Great Filter/Interview – Jeremy Gilchrist – Singer-Songwriter
17.) Interview/Able To Breathe – Peter Burton

Great work by all of those bands. Let’s keep diving into the album.

18.) Interview/Hope In The Dark – David Rosane & The Zookeepers
19.) Future Shock/Interview – Ruckzuck
20.) Interview/Car Bomb – Zeus Springsteen
21.) Interview/Sister Blue – Cave Bees

I love the history of part of Burlington’s music scene that Creston Lea tells in the Bees interview. Such great stories and songs from all of the bands. OK, this next band are not on the album. They just released a new EP.

22.) Holy Serpent – Ghastly Sound
23.) Interview/Local Lore – Savage Hen
24.) Interview/A Song About The Ocean – Dino Bravo VT
25.) Waiting – Rough Francis.

I thought I’d end the show where I began. Francis are so amazing. Great song by Dino. Cool story and altered ending to the Savage song. Ghastly rock hard. Well, I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?

outro

Songs after
Credo – Fish
38 Years Old – The Tragically Hip
Right Bright Lord – The Mountain Says No
Lilith – analog missionary
Who Are These Gods? – Dam Kat
Lily – Kate Bush
Cornflake Girl – Tori Amos
This (Can’t Be Happening) – Analog Missionary
Carpet Of The Sun – Renaissance
Roll Me – The Cush
Transmitter – Analog Missionary
Fractured Mirror – Ace Frehley
She’ll Come Back For You Tomorrow – The Church Band

 

 

 

Radio Show 241 Thursday January 18, 2018 9-11pm Eastern US Time on WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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The Mountain Says No at Robot Dog Studio pic by Tim Lewis

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Tonight’s local music show on WBKM.ORG will run from 9-11pm US eastern time Thursday January 18th and can be streamed from the website or here: WBKM It will go as follows

Song before: The Wanting Comes In Waves/Repaid – The Decemberists

intro

From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. I just heard that Hana Zara is coming back to town on February 11th and I’m very excited. Let’s begin with a song about coming home.

1.) Zion Boat – Hana Zara
2.) Shady Grove – Ben Slotnick – Mandolinist
3.) And The Gods – The New Siberians
4.) Kentucky – Cricket Blue

I haven’t caught up with Cricket in a while and they are playing the show with Hana next month and that just makes it even more great. Another great song from the Siberians album Black, Blue, and White. Cool song from Ben. OK, let’s head over to Robot Dog Studio for some live music and an interview with The Mountain Says No.

5.) The Jam – The Mountain Says No
6.) If You Lie – The Mountain Says No
7.) Right Bright Lord – The Mountain Says No
8.) 3,000 Incubators – The Mountain Says No

Thanks Ryan Cohen for making us sound so great and thanks Mountain! OK, let’s rock.

9.) Loose Tooth – Clever Girls
10.) Not Good – Peg Tassey MUSIC
11.) Morning Again – Doll Fight
12.) Planning My Funeral – Poxy

I caught Poxy a couple of times at 242 Main. I think they broke up but were loud and furious for a while. Doll fight were an amazing band. I’m glad they left us so much great music. Peg rocked us hard in the ’90’s and hopefully will again in the future. Great song from Clever. This next band just released an album called Odd Todd.

13.) Two Girls – Comrade Nixon
14.) Buy Two, Get None Free – Crime Scene
15.) Fear Monger – Get A Grip
16.) There’s A Problem – Mr. Doubtfire
17.) Gross Indecency – Comrade Nixon

I figured if I was playing a song about indecency I had to play the Doubtfire song too. Grip and Crime are from a new Vt hardcore album from Get Stoked! Records. Nice work from Comrade. So, Rough Francis just released a new EP! Here it is.

18.) Don’t Look Back – ROUGH FRANCIS
19.) Hangin’ On – Rough Francis
20.) Waiting – Rough Francis
21.) Blind Pigs – Rough Francis

Pigs was the b-side from MSP2. The other three are all great and new songs. Yea. OK, let’s keep rocking.

22.) Drug Laws – SWALE
23.) The Light – Kat Wright
24.) Little Murder – Myra Flynn Music

Myra will release her new album Never Mind The Mourning tomorrow at Shelburne Vineyard. That’s a song from the album. Great song from Kat and the band. Swale are so great. OK, let’s rock the rest of the night away with another local legend.

25.) The Snake->The Violent Strain Of My Broken Heart – Seth Yacovone Band.

That was recorded at Nectar’s December 16, 2017. Thanks Archive.Org. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?

outro

Songs after:
Mission Statement – Fish
New Orleans Is Sinking – The Tragically Hip
I Write A Poem – Dam Kat
Symmetry (The Way Things Have To Be) – jane siberry
Veteran Of The Psychic Wars – Blue Oyster Cult
Lightning Strike – Judas Priest
Heaven Or Hell – Dio
Kundalini Express – Love And Rockets
Experiment IV – Kate Bush
My Old House – Andriana Chobot
Kaleidoscope – Arc Iris
Rebel Girl – Bikini Kill
Someday You Will Be Loved – Death Cab For Cutie
Early Morning Dreams – Pete Townshend
So Love May Find Us – The Church Band
The Wanting Comes In Waves (reprise) – The Decemberists
regular programming

 

Ouzkxqlzn at Radio Bean January 8, 2018   Leave a comment

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I had a great time being encapsulated in sound and stories last night at Radio Bean. I’d been meaning to catch up with Lauren Costello‘s solo project Ouzkxqlzn for a while and the timing was perfect for the show, though it was David Bowie’s birthday so she created an experience for us to celebrate. She spent the night alternating between guitar and cello and used a large variety of pedals to create loops and trigger recordings of people speaking about the man and some of Bowie himself. The show began with a gentle swirling sound and a man’s voice came on and spoke about how bold David was and how he empowered people to know that it was OK to be weird and freaky and to be themselves and to let that out into the world. It segued into a story from a woman who was a hairdresser and who had a client who was proud of her son who was in a band. As the story progressed she realized that Mrs Jones son was David Bowie and the hairdresser had heard Major Tom on the radio and thought he was a folk act. She eventually saw the Spiders and realized it was something more. Mrs Jones had the hairdresser do David’s hair for a show then she got asked to go on the road with the band and did everyone’ hair except for Mick Ronson who didn’t want to look like Bowie. She later married Mick. It was riveting. Lauren dropped in a clip of Bowie saying this is the last show we’ll ever do from the last Ziggy show then shifted into a completely deconstructed Ashes To Ashes. She made it sound very different and completely great. A recording of Bowie doing The Man Who sold The World followed for a while then shifted into an interview with David. This flowed for a while then Lauren played a gentle version of Modern Love. She moved back to the ambient sound and used a wrench on the guitar strings to evoke lovely sounds as Bowie confessed to many fun things on Sea Friends (?). It was really fun then slid into an interview where Bowie sang Conan O’Brien’s song about what a good host Conan was. It was quite amusing. This segued into a person speaking about David’s passing and not being sad because he could go home and listen to Heroes 10 times in a row anytime he wanted. Bowie’s song Heroes began to play and Lauren said goodnight.

I hung out until the last note of Heroes finished and took the lovely walk home in awe of the sheer talent that people in out town let loose into the world.

 

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Posted January 13, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Swale and Gang Of Thieves at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts December 31, 2017   Leave a comment

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Swale pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music New Year’s Eve at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts. It’s always a hit or miss night for me since ,downtown is crowded and maybe there is a show I want to see and maybe not but this one was as wonderful as could possibly be imagined.

I got moving around 7 and took the lovely walk downtown. I was surprised at how few people there were on Church st. The temperature was 0,so not too bad but it seemed like most people had already left. I stopped in at the Flynn and got my button and ticket then headed over to have some glug with Peg Tassey and her family and friends. I hung out for a bit and let the tasty beverage warm my body and soul. After a bit James Lockridge and his wife Victoria showed up at the tail end of the party. We had a nice chat and as it got closer to 9 we headed out. They went home and I went on to the Flynn and got in and settled in a second row aisle seat.

At 9pm SWALE, with a 4-piece horn section, hit the stage. They opened with one of the musical sections from the new album, perhaps I’ll Start By Opening, then revved us up with All Down Tonight. The sound was nice and smooth and the large stage seemed perfect for their music. The horn section left then they lit up the room with Safe To Say. They followed with the irresistible pop sound and frightening lyric that makes Elevator so brilliant. The amped everything to maximum for Drug Laws and had me bouncing in my seat from start to finish. At the end of the song Amanda Gustafson looked at the crowd and said “stay in school.” That got a chuckle but her best line of the night was about how Swale never play new years eve shows and apparently it was because they were just waiting for the Flynn to ask. They followed with Felon which is another fantastic pop song then brought out one of the trumpet players. Waiting For You is so bright and cheery and the horn fit in perfectly. The rest of the horn section came out and filled in Beaten Down. They kept rocking on release your records, then left again. Swale rocked Everyone Likes to nice and hard. They followed with a fun and bouncy version of Loser then brought back the horns for a slow and searing Wooden Heart. Amanda mostly played her regular keyboard set but there was a grand piano on the stage. She played one of the earlier songs on it, but I did not note it so I’m not sure which one. Swale closed the show with Amanda on the piano for a version of If You Get Lost that was achingly beautiful. What a great show.

 

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Amanda from Swale pic by Tim Lewis

There was about a 20 minute set break then Gang of Thieves hit the stage. They have a funky rock sound and opened with a little Hendrix to set the mood. They let it go into the anthemic Raise Your Head and we were off. They rocked hard on a mix of their own songs and some tasty covers. They played original songs about loving people and working together to make the new year wonderful. They played the Beatles I Want You into I Want You Back by the Jackson 5. They encouraged everyone to get up and dance on a song about being for the nation and we did, and never sat down for the rest of the night. They played a song about taking my hand and telling me it’s alright from the new EP Totem. They played a song about Rising and Shining then brought out Nate on trumpet for a song about working together. Something about the interplay between the guitar and violin made me think of The Allman Brothers while the rhythm section was all funk. They played the Joe Cocker version of The Letter, then played a song about the beautiful people of Burlington. They closed with a song about the cold seeping in but we made it, then called it a night. It was a super high energy show and complete fun from first note to last. You’ve got to love any band that gets a Flynn crowd on it’s feet and rocking for most of the show.

It was about 11:30 as I walked out. Downtown had filled a bit with several long lines at the bars. I was feeling pretty sated and took a leisurely stroll home. The fireworks were starting just before I made it inside so I stood in the lovely cold and watched and chatted with my friends Rich Haskell and Mary Wolcott as 2017 made way for the promise of a new year.

 

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Gang Of Thieves pic by Tim Lewis

 

Posted January 13, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Radio Show 240 Thursday January 11, 2018 9-11pm Eastern US Time on WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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Bardela at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

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Tonight’s local music radio show on WBKM.ORG will run from 9-11pm US Eastern time Thursday January 11 2018 and can be streamed from our website or this Facebook page link WBKM It will go as follows.

Song before: Five Years – David Bowie

intro

From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. Let’s begin tonight with another cool song from Where Amanda Is King.

1.) House Of Mirrors – Hana Zara
2.) Maria – Francesca Blanchard
3.) Winter – David L Jarvis
4.) Low Down Mid-December – Eastern Mountain Time

I love the cold dark feel of December and Winter. They nicely describe what it feels like to be in Vermont at this time of year. Maria is a new song and if you purchase it from Francesca’s Bandcamp page the money will be donated to relief for Puerto Rico. Great song from Hana. So, last night we recorded the first live at Robot Dog Studio for 2018 and here it is.

5.) Here In LA – Bardela
6.) Country Comes To Town – Bardela
7.) I Know You Rider – Bardela
8.) The Crow – Bardela

I want to thank Jeff Barrows, Arty LaVigne, Cooie DeFrancesco, Mark Christensen, and Dave Simpson for playing so well, and Ryan Cohen for making us all sound so great. There will be lots more of these in 2018. OK, this next artist just released a cool video for this song.

9.) Come Dance – Kat Wright
10.) Haze – gneiss
11.) Hurricane Jane – Hayley Jane and the Primates
12.) Paycheck (live) – Slingshot Dakota

Slingshot come to town once or twice a year and rock us. They just released an Audiotree live album on Bandcamp and it’s cool to have live music from them. Cool rocker from Haley and the band. Gneiss are at Red Square tonight. Great song from Kat. OK, here is the next song on Black, Blue, and White

13.) Racers – The New Siberians
14.) Statistik – The Mountain Says No
15.) Politicians In My Eyes – Death World Wide
16.) Vestibule – Blue Button

Button are so much fun and rock so hard. Great classic from Death. Will they have something new soon? Mountain will do a Robot Dog session next week and I’m very excited. Will they play new songs? Great song from Siberians. OK, let’s keep rocking.

17.) The Day I Met You – Dirtminers
18.) Giving Up The Ghost – Aaron Flinn
19.) Full Moon, Dark Places – Bull & Prairie
20.) Bomb – Envy

Envy rocked us hard in the ’90’s. Great song from B&P. Those are classics from Aaron and Raph Worrick‘s band. OK, let’s see how the past rocked us so we can understand the future.

21.) Las Vegas – Ninja Custodian
22.) Fly On The Wall – Zola Turn
23.) Screwball – Screaming Broccoli
24.) Hold Me Tight – The Decentz

Decentz were so fun back in the ’80’s. Broccoli rocked us in the late ’80’s, Zola in the ’90’s and Ninja straddled that line. This next band will be at SideBar on Sunday.

25.) All Is Lost – The Mountain Carol
26.) Bowie’s Heroes (in partial) – Ouzkxqlzn
27.) The Mists – Aram Bedrosian
28.) Millwall Brick – Grease face
29.) East Jabip – REDadmiral

Admiral will be at Radio Bean next Wednesday. Grease will be at Big Heavy World tomorrow. Cool song from Aram. Lauren Costello played a show on Monday in honor of David Bowie’s birthday. Ouzkxqlzin is her band or her solo. Great song from Carol. Well, I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?

outro

Songs after:
White Feather – Fish
I’ll Believe In You (Or I’ll Be Leaving You Tonight) – The Tragically Hip
Lightning Strike – Judas Priest
Paranoid – Black Sabbath
Iron Maiden (live) – Iron Maiden
Heroes – King Crimson
Devil Inside Me – Dam Kat
Supper’s Ready (live with Gabriel) – Genesis
Siberian Khatru – Yes
Is This Where You Live? – The Church Band
Orange Like Water – The Cush
Afraid Of Sunlight – Marillion
I Lost My Marbles – Joshua Glass Music
regular programming.

 

Sad Turtle, Zeus Springsteen, and Black Rabbit at The Monkey House December 30, 2017   Leave a comment

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Sad Turtle pic by Luke Awtry Photography

 

I had a great time seeing music a week ago Saturday at The Monkey House. I was hanging out with Mike Luoma and we both wanted to go so we bundled up and took the long walk to Winooski. We arrived just in time to settle in a bit then Sad Turtle hit the stage with a huge rock sound. I’m usually good about knowing the songs or picking out part of the lyric and figuring it out but Turtle play all instrumentals so I just went with it and rocked hard. The songs find fun grooves that you can loose yourself in and suddenly something subtle changes and it feels like you get lost, then the whole song moves into it’s next section. It’s a cool thing to experience. They played a bunch of their album Ruthless And Toothless but did play a new song called Nautical By Nature which was really fun. Singer and Keyboard played Mike Fried announced some of the song titles so they definitely played Giddyup! and The Marbled Rye. Another new song called The Aquatic Sounds of ZuZu Crew (?) was especially great. They closed the set with Detective Norman and the crowd was having a wonderful time.

 

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Zeus Springsteen pic by Luke Awtry Photography

Up next, it was time for Zeus Springsteen to release their new album and rock us hard. They started with a full rich indie-prog vibe and sounded great for most of the night. They said the first song, the old Lobot song Lights Of Montreal, was a soundcheck but it sounded perfect all the way through. They continued on with I’ll Find You Dindone Fontaine then hit us hard with Signal Loss. Rental was amazing then they pulled out a really old song called LL Landlord (?). The next song had a huge epic 5 years of Bowie kind of sound and I loved every moment of it. Car Bomb kept us rocking and then they dropped in a cover of Madman Across The Water. Everything Will Be Eventual started well until a problem developed with the snare drum. Jeremy Gartner ran out and got his and the show went on. They played a couple of cool songs then rocked our Your Funeral. Somewhere in there the guitar pedal went and they scrambled to get the sound back. They did and closed the night with What’s Inside A Thing. The show ended a bit on the rough side but sounded so fantastic for most of it that I still had to buy a copy of the new album on a cassette with no tape and just had a swing out USB,

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The Zeus Springsteen album pic by Tim Lewis

Black Rabbit came up next and eased into the show with BS Passes then rocked the new song Prime. Sayanora saw them at full punk rock fury and they stayed that way for Mark My Words. Nicky Says kept it rocking and Quiet Down didn’t quiet anything down at all. The Original Original is a full speed rocker then they eased back a little into the cool groove of Too Good. The Invisibles rocked hard and got me thinking about the X-Files and I think the next one was another new song called Jumble. Neutrino told the tale of everyone’s favorite Papa and It’s Cold was highly appropriate. They pulled out a cover of Husker Du’s Don’t Want To Know If You Are Lonely then played another new one maybe called The Shutout. They closed the set with the 5/4 song that everyone loves called Carnage. They were ready to go but the audience was not so they came back and rocked out Neighborhood. It was another great show from Rabbit.

At some point Mike had taken off. I did not stay late and took the long and lovely walk home.

Thanks for the pictures Luke Awtry Photography 

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Black Rabbit pic by Luke Awtry Photography