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Radio Show 251 Thursday March 29, 2018 9-11pm Eastern US Time on WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment


Mal Maiz 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 March 29. You can stream it from the website or here: WBKM It will go as follows.

Song before: Easter – Marillion


From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. Let’s begin tonight with the second to last song on Black, Blue & White, the album I’m playing all the way through, song after song, week after week.

1.) Julius Ceasar – The New Siberians
2.) Dormant Magic – Jason Baker
3.) Womb Of Amanda – Hana Zara
4.) Mon Ange – Francesca Blanchard

Beautiful song sung in French by Francesca. Great song from Hana about holding the hands of the ones you love. Cool song about the magic we all have inside by Jason and yet another great song from the Siberians. I’ll play the last song on the album next week and move to a new album the week after. OK, let’s head on over to Robot Dog Studio.

5.) Fantasma – Mal Maïz
6.) Country Cumbia – Mal Maiz
7.) Si Se Quema El Monte – Mal Maiz
8.) Clandestino – Mal Maiz
9.) Bacalao Con Pan – Mal Maiz

I really want to thank Maiz Vargas Sandoval and the band for that tremendous performance. Thanks Ryan Cohen for making us sound so great! OK, here’s a new song from one of my favorite bands.

10.) Loom – Clever Girls
11.) Cancer – SWALE
12.) Oh Dirty Blondes – Dirty Blondes
13.) All Canadian Surf Club – The Tragically Hip

That was recorded on a Ferry boat just off the shore of Burlington many years ago. I want to send the Blondes song out to Matthew Thorsen who is battling cancer. Please contribute to the “Matt & Di Need a L’il Help” GoFundMe if you can. Swale will be at Foam Brewers on Saturday and ArtsRiot next Wednesday. Another great song from the Girls. I can’t wait for the new album. OK, this band are at Club Metronome tomorrow.

14.) Hell Chicken – Swillbillie
15.) Skybot – Blowtorch
16.) Local Lore – Savage Hen
17.) Bidets And Confused – Sad Turtle

Turtle will rock Radio Bean tomorrow. Hen will be there too. It was fun hanging out with the neighbors by their fire last night and talking about local lore. Blowtorch and Swillbillie will rock Metronome tomorrow. This next band will be at The Monkey House on Saturday. Here is a song from their upcoming album.

18.) First Blush – Paper Castles
19.) Play That Part – Lowell Thompson Music
20.) As Glass – Wren Kitz
21.) Mama – Ivamae

Ivamae and Wren will be at SideBar on Sunday. Lowell and Castles will rock Winooski on Saturday. This next artist will play at Hotel Vermont on Saturday.

22.) What’s In California? – Joshua Glass Music
23.) Destiny Waits – Kind Bud’s Kind Dubs
24.) On Backstreets – Eastern Mountain Time
25.) Sad Song – Ouzkxqlzn

It’s so cool that Seven Days did such a nice feature on Ouzkxqlzn. Lauren Costello is just amazing. That’s a cover of a Paper Castles song. Eastern will be at Higher Ground on Tuesday. Bud will be at Nectar’s on Saturday at 7. Josh will play with the Beerworth Sisters around 8 on Saturday. Well, I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?


Songs after:
The Company – Fish
Twist My Arm – The Tragically Hip
Cathedral – analog missionary
Courage & Sorrow – Dam Kat
Cascade – Andriana Chobot
King Of The Mountain – Kate Bush
Lady Of The Lake – Rainbow
Sea Of Red – Judas Priest
So Love May Find Us – The Church Band
You Can Love If You Want To – Peg Tassey MUSIC
What Sarah Said – Death Cab For Cutie
The Revenge Of Vera Gemini – The Contrarian
regular programming

Radio Show 250 Thursday March 22, 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 can be streamed from the website or here WBKM It will run from 9-11pm US Eastern Time tonight and go as follows.

Song before It’s Hard – The Who


From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. It’s nice to see Spring and all that sunshine today. Let’s begin with a band of humans who will stand up to their robot overlords The Tsunamibots

1.) Complacent – The Brand New Luddites
2.) Garabato Funderal – Mal Maïz
3.) Tenderness – The New Siberians
4.) Acolytes – The Brand New Luddites

I can’t wait until they release the album where the Luddites and the Bots have it out. Great rocker from the Siberians and cool piece by Maiz. This next band rocked this song hard last Saturday at The Skinny Pancake Burlington

5.) Everyone Likes To – SWALE
6.) Destroying Everything They See – Blue Button
7.) Mad Reactor – Blowtorch
8.) Captain 20 – Barbacoa
9.) Mad Mary Jonnes – THE VACANT LOTS

The Lots will be in town tomorrow at Foam Brewers. Blowtorch and Barbacoa will be at ArtsRiot tomorrow. Button rock hard. Swale too. This next band will be at Rathaus on Saturday.

10.) Super Battle Droids – Grease Face
11.) Monsters Are Due – Doom Service
12.) Ornan – Dirty Blondes
13.) Sugar Coated Candy Stix – Dino Bravo VT

Cool rockers from Dino and the Blondes. Doom will be at Big Heavy World on Saturday. OK, let’s keep rocking.

14.) Queen Of Hostility – Doll Fight
15.) Nowhere Feels Like Home – Fire The Cannons
16.) Falling In And Out Of Sleep – Envy
17.) A Different Machine – Elephants of Scotland

That’s a nice new remix of the song. Envy rocked us in the 90’s, Cannons rocked us in the 00’s and Doll rocked us in the ’10’s. OK, lets keep rocking.

18.) You Will Fall – Kelly Ravin
19.) Send Him The Bill – Phil Yates & The Affiliates
20.) Waiting – ROUGH FRANCIS
21.) Can’t Feel It – Vetica

Vetica always rocked hard. Francis just booked a show in May. Cool song from Phil’s upcoming album. Kelly is amazing. OK, let’s keep rocking.

22.) What’s Inside A Thing – Zeus Springsteen
23.) Don’t Want To Know If You Are Lonely – Black Rabbit
24.) No Magic – Hellascope
25.) Willow II – Tyler Daniel Bean

Great rocker from Tyler. Hella are amazing. Great Husker Du cover from Rabbit. The Zeus and Rabbit songs were recorded at Robot Dog Studio. As we move into spring the darkness is ample but the light is shining in.

26.) Shadow And Act – Invisible Homes
27.) Shadow Puppets – The Mountain Carol
28.) Give It Up To The Night – Bad Smell
29.) Alone In The Night – Andriana Chobot
30.) When The Nights Get Long – Carraway

I hope you enjoyed the journey between dark and light and the rest of the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?


Songs after:
The Field – Fish
Little Bones – The Tragically Hip
The Devil went Down To Georgia – The Charlie Daniels Band
Evil Never Dies – Judas Priest
Something I Drew – farm
Part III The Nightmare – Children in Paradise
Children Of The Grave – Black Sabbath
Children Of The Sea – Black Sabbath
Children Of The Sun – Judas Priest
Stargazer – Rainbow
Signify – Porcupine Tree
Then – Yes
Smalls Change – Derek Smalls
Man On The Side – Joshua Glass Music
regular programming.

The Mountain Carol at Radio Bean March 9, 2018   Leave a comment



I had a great time seeing music a week ago Friday at Radio Bean. I had been running errand after errand after errand and was a bit worn out and called out of work. I got in a nice visit with mom and caught a long later afternoon early/evening nap. I woke up a little fuzzy, got myself out the door and took the lovely walk down to the 10pm show. I had been studying some of The Mountain Carol‘s music and smiled as they began with their namesake song. It flowed into something else and I was lost in the usual dreamy trance they create. The third song was something about how I’ve got to know you and I was in a happy place. They played a great version of Shadow Puppets and the usual stranger began stalking the room. A new song had a bit of an upbeat big band sound, while still in the confines of the dreamy whispy elegant music they purvey. I’m not sure if it was Essex Fair or Essex Ferry but it was cool. They kept the room filled with their gorgeous sound on a song I did not catch anything about, and one in which their intentions were pure. They played a fun version of Dino, played another cool one that I will have to learn soon and wrapped the night with The Never Ending.

I wordlessly said hello to Bruce, the singer/keyboard player, then slipped out the door and into the lovely walk home. Their music fills my heart and the show left me smiling for days.



Posted March 19, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Radio Show 249 Thursday March 15, 2018 9-11pm Eastern US Time on WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment


Bad Smell 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 March 15. You can stream it from the website or here: WBKM It will go as follows.

Song before Run Run Away – Slade


From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. Burlington has long had a love affair with the music of Leonard Cohen. Let’s begin with a new song written about the legend.

1.) Leonard – Jeremy Gilchrist – Singer-Songwriter
2.) Palace Of Tears – Radio Underground
3.) Here In LA – Bardela
4.) Pick Up Your Clothes – The New Siberians

Great song from the Siberians album Black, Blue & White. LA was recorded at Robot Dog Studio in January. Cool new song from Underground. Jeremy is so great. OK, let’s head over to Robot Dog for an interview and live performance by Bad Smell.

5.) All Things Over Others – Bad Smell
6.) Casio Funk – Bad Smell
7.) Baroque-n – Bad Smell
8.) Give It Up To The Night – Bad Smell

Thanks so much Jane Boxall Percussion, Raph Worrick, and to Ryan Cohen for making us sound so great. OK, so The Tsunamibots might be turning human then back to robots on their upcoming album. Let’s take a look at their human side.

9.) Complacent – The Brand New Luddites
10.) Garabato Funeral – Mal Maïz
11.) Superstar – Original Cast
12.) Acolytes – The Brand New Luddites

Great stuff from the Luddite Bots. Cool song from Maiz Vargas Sandoval. I like to play Superstar at this time of year. Monday would have been my father’s birthday and that is one of the few pieces of music that we both loved. Here’s a cool new song.

13.) New Light Walking – Adam Wolf
14.) Blue Light Shines – Gabrielle Douglas and The Dwellers
15.) Mirror Mirror – Joe Adler
16.) All Down Tonight – SWALE

Swale will be at The Skinny Pancake Burlington on Saturday. Great songs from Joe and Gabrielle. I’ve only caught Adam once and the band is really good. This next duo are really talented.

17.) Immigrant Too – Soule Monde (Ray Paczkowski & Russ Lawton)
18.) Earth Ain’t Dirt reprise – Mycelium MC
19.) The Feeling Is Strange – Binger
20.) The Art Of Giving In – 1881

1881 write such great pop songs. Nice jams from Binger and the MC. Ray and Russ are amazing. Here’s a cool recent song.

21.) I’ve Come To Love – Carraway
22.) You Can Love If You Want To – Peg Tassey MUSIC
23.) Curve Ball Dreamer – Zola Turn
24.) Clear Wide Wail.

Three of those songs are quite old and still wonderful. I’m sure the Carraway song will hold up over time too. Here’s a song that features Raph and Jane that was mentioned in the interview.

25.) Beach Song – Mr. Ray Fork
26.) Love In The Afternoon – The Thursday Torys
27.) Vincent S Head – Chin Ho
28.) Time To Get Out – Aaron Flinn

Classics from Aaron and Chin. I hope to catch up with the Tory’s sometime soon. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?


Songs after:
Change Of Heart – Fish
Opiated – The Tragically Hip
Never The Heroes – Judas Priest
Dead Flies – Alice Cooper
Traitor’s Gate – Judas Priest
Attack Of The Mad Axeman – Michael Schenker Group
Guardians/Rising From Ruins – Judas Priest
Immortal – Kimberly White Project
Children Of The Sun – Judas Priest
Another Life – Iron Maiden
When You Were Mine – The Church Band
Provider Reprise – MIDLAKE BAND
Megaphone – Joshua Glass Music
regular programming

Troy Millette, Matt The Gnat & The Gators, and Miku Daza at Nectar’s March 7, 2018   Leave a comment


Miku Daza pic by Tim Lewis


I had a great time seeing music last Wednesday at Nectar’s. I did lots of errands during the day, like meeting with the lawyer and mom’s tax guy, then had a nice visit with her. I caught a long nap, was up and running around 8, then took the lovely walk downtown.

I only caught a couple of songs by Troy Millette. He played a song called Brothers from an upcoming EP that sounded pretty nice. He said he was learning a new cover for each Wednesday show in March. He played a sweet version of Let It Be and dropped it into Round Here. He has a great stage personality and a pleasant voice. I’ll have to catch a full show soon.



Troy Millette pic by Tim Lewis

Up next, Matt the Gnat and the Gators took the stage and regaled us with fun creepy stories. Matthew Bryan Hagen was joined by Miss Saxy (Caroline Marie) and Todd Gevry (the hog) on snare. They began the night with a story about an assassin who collects body parts as payment and has The Snake Doctor add them to his gumbo. They sang about how There’s A Loss In Finding Innocence. They sang a song about a paranoid man who thinks the moon is a woman who is out to get him on Lady Moon. They told us a story of a man who stole someones jacket then fell through ice and the jacket buoyantly saved his life. He looked at the name in the jacket and spent much time Looking For Forgetful Louis Brown. They sang about a man who lives on the sidewalk and reaches for your feet as you walk by on Dalton Delaney. They sang about a Monster’s Holiday and the familiar tale of an astronaut about to fall back to Earth on A Cut In The Night Sky. They asked if maybe the Paper Doll is looking to cut you then told the story of a man in prison who survives by getting people addicted to his uncle’s cookies. When the supply runs dry he breaks out to find his uncle who’s name is Jesus. I think the song was called Sweet Jesus. They told us about the Frozen Winning Streak Of A Gambler and closed the night with a ditty about how I Forgot My Baby At The Reunion Dance. Their stark dark sound was enthralling and I was so happy to finally catch a full show.



Matt The Gnat and the Gators pic by Tim Lewis

Miku Daza came up next and blew the doors off the place. They had a gypsy punk ska rock sound and made you want to dance hard. They sang in English and in Spanish. They played a few slower songs but most of the show was super high energy. They exuded joy. I didn’t catch a lot of detail in my notes but I loved every minute of the 16 song set. I definitely need to get to know their music better.

After the set I said a few goodbyes then took the lovely walk home.



Miku Daza pic by Tim Lewis


Milton Busker at Light Club Lamp Shop March 5, 2018   Leave a comment



I had a great time seeing music last Monday at Light Club Lamp Shop. The show was billed as Milton Busker and the Grimish Work but it turned out to just be him. That was fine since it had been ages since I’d seen him play solo. With a grey suit, a rich mellow voice capable of soaring, and an acoustic guitar he began with a song about how nobody loves you down there. The next song was about grieving and loving and praying that you will stay with me. He played a song about turning your orbit around and one about liking my disguise. He played a great version of Tom Petty’s Angel Dream and followed with the meanest thing he’ll ever write. He let his voice fill every fiber of the room on that one. He sang about Jesus In Chains and about being without you. He had a tablet at his feet and used his toes to lay the eerie tone for Dogs At The Door. He played a song about traveling and making money called Baby Let My Money Keep You Warm. He sang a song with sad words and a happy melody about being a lost cause. He sang about all of the ghosts that he has known. He played a cover that I did no know about how God gives us problems to see how much we can take. Ordinary Day is one of the most catchy songs I’ve ever heard and he added a little foot keys in the late middle section. He sang of being made of stars and did a great version of Redemption On Pearl. He let us know there is nothing left to do but sing to the day and sing to the night then extolled us to settle down with Gravity. He played a song with no surprises and closed the night with My Fear Of Losing You.

I headed out quickly and was so grateful on the lovely walk home.


Posted March 12, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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The Nancy Druids and Cricket Blue at Light Club Lamp Shop March 3, 2018   Leave a comment


The Nancy Druids pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music a week ago Saturday at Light Club Lamp Shop. I had a productive day at work, visited with mom for a while, then made it downtown just in time for the show. I got in and settled and noticed two people I was not expecting to see. They had their instruments.

My focus shifted to the stage as the semi-acoustic The Nancy Druids began to play. Joined by Ariel Toohey on cello they opened with a shimmering December. The Space Between and By Design let themselves shine in that gentler guise. John switched from bouzouki to accordian for a cover of Because. Ariel left the stage and the usual trio played a version of Vondle Park (?). that felt like a cool breeze flowing through a warm summer day. John moved to electric bass and the band rocked a bit as they found Salvation all around. Sean switched from acoustic guitar to electric 12 string and they pondered the way things might have been. They picked up the pace and rocked us with I Can’t Remember Who You Were. They played a new song called Bitter Days then regaled us with the shimmering pop of Disappear. They brought the pace back up with Halo and Ann Mindell showed us how hard you can hit the drums with brushes. I think they were pretty much done at that point but a few late arrivals missed Ariel’s performance so she came back for By Design and Because to close the night.

I hung out for the break and the previously mentioned unexpected duo took the stage. Cricket Blue opened with a kind of rocking song that may have been about incandescence. The way they weave their guitars and voices feels like magic and they continued on with a song about kissing frogs. They borrowed heavily from the book of Psalms for the next one and closed with a song cycle about burning effigies to ensure a bountiful harvest. Hearing Cricket play is always a treat and I’m so happy I was there.

I was pretty tired at that point but did hang out for one song by LittleBoyBigHeadOnBike, mostly for the name. They had an old school Burlington low-fi indie sound that brought back memories as I wandered out the door.



Cricket Blue pic by Tim Lewis


Ouzkxqlzn at Radio Bean February 26, 2018   Leave a comment



I had a great time seeing music a couple of Mondays ago at Radio Bean, even if it did not as expected. It was one of those nicely lined up shows where I wanted to see one band at the Bean at 8:30 and one at 10 at the Lamp Shop. It was a lovely walk down and I got in and settled and Ouzkxqlzn began to play. She used tons of prerecorded sounds and storytellers, then played various instruments over them. She used a wrench on the guitar, metal on the ridges of a bowl, a violin, a cello and occasionally her voice. The substance of the show was the concept of running for election as a third party candidate. I listened intently to the narrative as the sound wrapped me in a cocoon. The experience came to a close with appropriate words from Bernie Sanders.

I hung out for a bit then headed over to the Lamp Shop for night four of the Maryse Smith residency but learned that she caught that cold that was going around and had to cancel. Oh well. I’m so glad that I was there for the previous three weeks and was so glad to have seen Lauren play. The walk home was quick and as lovely as the walk down.



Posted March 12, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Robin Gottfried Band at On Tap Bar And Grill, and Wren Kitz & Ver Sacrum at Autumn Records February 24, 2018   Leave a comment


Ver Sacrum pic by Luke Awtry Photography


I had a great time seeing music a couple of Saturdays ago. I got out of work and went to visit with mom at the Respite House for a bit. When I left, instead of turning right to go to Winooski I headed left and caught 2A out to Essex.

I found On Tap Bar & Grill, grabbed a beer, and made my way close to the stage. Robin Gottfried Band were rocking nicely. The guitar/singer, bass, drums trio were playing a rocker and Robin let loose a sweet lead break. The next song was a super smooth original called Criminal Investigation. They followed with a cover of Delbert McClinton’s Standing On Shaky Ground and the band just took off. Bass player Thom Carvey had a wicked solo. Ian Koeller made the drums sound simple and easy then threw in a little razzle dazzle that made my jaw drop. Robin’s voice was delightful and his lead playing was ferocious. They played a couple more, including Peg and sounded great. I was on another mission and just wanted to check them out. When my beer was gone I vanished but had caught enough to know that they are a must see band.



Robin Gottfried Band pic by Tim Lewis


I headed back to Winooski and got in and parked next to Autumn Records. I chatted with some cool people, looked through lots of great albums then it was time for the show. Wren Kitz was set up in front of the window and eased us into a hypnotic mood. Flowing electronic sounds coalesced into a song about getting worse then getting better. It flowed back through enchanting sound effects and featured a fractured guitar solo. A song about Mr Heimlich’s breathing floated to the surface then we dove back into the pool of sound. It flowed into a piece about about letting me know when my moment’s passed then brought us back to the world to close the set. He is a truly amazing artist and it’s always a delight to be in his presence.



Wren Kitz pic by Tim Lewis

Ver Sacrum is Matt Hastings solo project. Much like Kitz’s music there is a nice bit of song structure with a depth of sound that is lovely to get lost in. He spoke of being inspired by Beckett on the title song Stirrings Still. Hastings continued playing the EP with the eerie California and spoke about going to out to the desert and hearing the world. He spoke about his love for Arizona and played Basin And Range. He said the drone sound for all the songs was in C and closed the show with a song about being open to whatever, called Broken Cup. His show was enchanting as always.

I hung out for a bit then took the quick drive home. It had been a long few days and getting the chance to revel in such beautiful music meant the world to me.

Thanks Luke Awtry Photography for the Ver Sacrum pics!!



Ver Sacrum pic by Luke Awtry Photography


Ver Sacrum pic by Luke Awtry Photography

Ivamae and Thanya Iyer at Light Club Lamp Shop February 20, 2018   Leave a comment

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Ivamae pic by Tim Lewis


I had a great time seeing music a couple of Tuesdays ago at Light Club Lamp Shop. I got in and settled right before showtime and Ivamae took the stage. She mixes a beautiful soft voice with a gentle electric guitar and has a way of transfixing the audience. I happily went along for the ride as she played songs like Underheard and Reality Of It All. She’s been hinting about an upcoming video for the latter and I can’t wait to see it. Nope had that “I can’t change the truth” lyric that is easy to fall into. I missed the details of the next few enchanting songs but reveled in every note. She closed the set with a song about falling out of place that featured looped vocals and guitar so it had a lovely lush feel. She was as amazing as always.

I caught Thanya Iyer once last year and loved their show. I was very excited to see them again. Their album Do You Dream features 19 songs and themes that flow as a whole. I listened to it a bit in the days before but was still delightfully lost when they began to play. They dove in and weaved a lovely spell of jazz and prog and several other genres. The songs flowed as one piece and I happily took the journey. At one point they settled into a drums only piece and Thanya chatted with us. She said that they caught Ivamae last time they were here and had to steal her to open this show. She spoke about it being the first night of their show then they dove in for the second part. All the songs flowed with grace and power and were truly delightful. It’s hard to describe how wonderful it was.

After they wrapped up I took the lovely walk home. It’s so cool when you see a band and like them and they come back and you have high expectations and they easily meet them. I’d go see them again in a heartbeat.



Thanya Iyer pic by Tim Lewis

Posted March 12, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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