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A Yoko Ono Tribute Night with Ouzkxqlzn, Jo Bled and Shawn Corey, Estefania Puerta, and Gahlord Dewald at Radio Bean February 18, 2019   Leave a comment

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Ouzkxqlzn

I had a fascinating and challenging time seeing music a couple of Mondays ago at Radio Bean. The show was billed as follows: “Come join us delve into the complex, vilified, influential and feminist artistry and persona of Yoko Ono (in honor and celebration of her 88th birthday) in an exploration through sound, song, interviews, performance, noise and avant-garde nonsense” It delivered.

I took the lovely walk downtown and got in and settled next to Moolb Nivek. Ouzkxqlzn began the night by weaving a magical spell of sounds and effects and clips of Yoko speaking about art. Lauren Costello began on guitar then set it on the ground and used a spring to bounce on the strings to pull out a super cool sound. She quietly sang for a while and twiddled knobs that sounded cool for a while and move to the cello for a while then back to guitar for a while and ended with quiet singing. Yoko spoke of how art is survival and the room was pleasantly stunned.

 

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Jo Bled and Shawn Corey

I knew Yoko’s music could be quite challenging but so far everything was easy and pleasant. Up next Jo Bled began some very intense drumming. If you’ve never caught up with him, you have really missed something. He is amazing to watch and listen to. A recording of Yoko’s piercing shrieking played over it with unsettling power. When that ended, Shawn Corey began reading some of Yoko’s words. I think it was mostly a list of things that you could do with your life. The drumming and shrieking began again and played out for a while then more lists were read. The back and forth continued but somewhere in the middle Corey changed the Yoko readings from lists to more of her poems. Again the drums followed and were amazing even as the shrieks ripped you apart. They went through about five rounds of that before Corey ended with one of her poems. It was such an artful thing to do.

 

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Estefania Puerta

I think the next performer was Estefania Puerta and she took the stage with a couple of handfuls of sting. She began handing them out to most of the audience so she would be connected with them. She got down on her knees and someone draped several veils over her. She had a saxophone without a mouth piece. She chanted into the bell of the instrument phrases like I’m haunted, I’m hunted and the effect was hard to define. It was completely enchanting. I’m not sure if it went for five minutes or half an hour. Time just stopped in awe.

 

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Estefania Puerta

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Estefania Puerta

Up next they ended close to where they began. Gahlord Dewald sat on the stage and pulled sounds and voices out of his gear. He created a nice flow and let Yoko’s words shine. While he patched and unpatched cords she spoke of sleep in separate cities and getting a telephone that repeats your voice back to you. It’s hard to describe how wonderful it was. It was gentle enough to easily wander into and deep enough to send you home a little changed.

I hung out for a little bit then took the lovely walk home. It was another night where our local artists went all out to celebrate art and I’m glad I was there.

 

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Gahlord Dewald

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Troy Millette at Foam Brewers February 17, 2019   Leave a comment

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I had a great time seeing music a couple of Sundays ago at Foam Brewers. The show was set to go from 1-3 and I usually work weekends. February is a little slow in the gardening business, so I had the day off. I arrived just about showtime and got in the long line to get a beer.

Troy Millette Music opened with I’m On Fire and let it flow into a little bit of Dancing In The Dark. He followed with a cool new song about tidal waves and keeping myself from going under. Up next was the instantly recognizable sound of Mr Jones but he began singing the lyrics to So You Want To Be A Rock And Roll star to it, and made it sound great. This lasted for a moment and he played the Counting Crows song properly. His new song Magnolias was gorgeous and filled my soul. He began the next one with Atlantic City but it faded into something that faded into Fast Car. That slid into something about walking 1,000 miles for you before ending back in AC. Troy has a nice voice and is a nimble guitar player, but his in between song, or during song banter, really makes his shows shine. Ask yourself, would he really walk 1,000 miles for anyone, or just take an Uber and walk the last block? Either way, He followed with a sweet version of his song Run Away that left me smiling. Up next was a jam of ’90’s songs. I did not know most of them, and really like his shows so I can learn some of those classics that everyone else seems to know. I think there were parts where Slim Shady appeared and helped Adele cry, or something like that. Either way, the songs were really good. He told the story about being famous with long haul trucker due to his song Ghosts (Of What We Used To Be) and played a beautiful version of it. I think the next song was a Taylor Swift song, only because Troy mentioned it, then he followed with something that sounded familiar. He reworked it a bit but Omaha sounded really cool. I think the next song was about how there’s no love worth saving like one that shares your name, then he played one about getting lost in my mind. He filled my heart with joy by playing a couple of originals back to back. Home was really sweet and so was Anna-Marie. He followed with a very new original about wanting to fix this and making it real and I was in a happy place. He told a fun story about playing drunk at the Skinny Pancake the night of GPN then kicked out a fun version of Running On Empty. He announced that he had just recorded the next song with Ryan Cohen at Robot Dog Studio and played the coolest mellowest acoustic Enter Sandman that you may ever hear. I love his version so much. Brothers sounded sweet, then he competed the Crows hat trick with Round Here. Up next was another classic that had everyone in the room singing “I want it that way.” It flowed through a few more songs, and he spoke about how everyone has a little Whitney in them, then ended at the beginning. He wrapped the night with another suite of songs that started by being stuck up on some stage singing sad songs, went into Puple Rain, was forever yours faithfully for a bit, slid through a little Bohemian Rhapsody then ended with Let It Be.

I was impressed that he played a full two hour show without a break and walked out the door with a huge smile inside and out. What a great afternoon of music.

Posted March 10, 2019 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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A Midwinter Night’s Dream with Henry Finch and The Capacity Ensemble, Brad Barr, Arc Iris, and Superhuman Happiness, and Ouxkzqlzn at the Black Box Theatre February 16, 2018   Leave a comment

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Zach and Superhuman Happiness in the atrium

I had a delightfully weird time seeing music a couple of weeks ago at the Black Box Theatre. There were a ton of cool shows happening that night, but his one seemed too odd not to check out.

I wandered downtown and found the path along Battery street and took it to the theater. I was a bit on the early side and they had the atrium open, but the theater was still closed. I sat on a bench at the edge of the room and listened as two of the guys from Superhuman Happiness played synths and Zach from Arc Iris sat at the piano and jammed for an hour or so. As the room slowly began to fill, masked mimes flooded in and plied us with tasty food. I got a drink and chatted with a bunch of cool people but was mostly lost in the endless playful musical jam. At one point, someone tapped Zach on the shoulder and grabbed part of the keyboard and began to play. Zach stepped away, and I think it was Henry Finch who was now playing the grand piano solo. The theater doors opened and a few people began pushing the piano, with Henry, into the main room. They pushed him to the front of the stage and the band joined in. The Capacity Ensemble. featured several singers, cello, clarinet, drums, and Henry on piano and began playing crazy fiery jazz. They played a song with a gypsy feel, then a rocker, then followed it with a tea ceremony song. A soulful bluesy rocker featured a lyric about say, say my name. They followed with a cool song with a huge piano sound then eased off for a bluesy rocker to end their set. It was really fun.

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Henry Finch and The Capacity Ensemble

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Henry Finch and The Capacity Ensemble

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Henry Finch and The Capacity Ensemble

I wandered around the dreamy room for a bit and watched people enter the tiny room where the giant head dispensed futures or advice or something. I wandered across the room, and in one of the corners, visible behind silk curtains, Ouzkxqlzn used a wrench to elicit weirdly beautiful noises from her guitar. She is so amazing.

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Ouzkxqlzn

After a bit, a hooded figure took the main stage and began singing and playing guitar. The people at the front of the stage sat in a semicircle which created a mini theater in the theater. Brad Barr began with a Jimmy Page standing on a mountain calling powerful forces vibe, then settled into a lovely countryish instrumental. He followed with a slow and moody song on electric guitar which encouraged us to close our eyes and take his hand. He followed with a really sweet song on acoustic and wrapped up on electric with a deep song about how death transforms us. It was a stunning set.

 

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Brad Barr

I zipped back to the corner for a bit and let Ouzkxqlzn’s music wash around me. I hung out for a bit before several of the evening’s hosts began moving the crowd back to the atrium. We hung out there until the doors opened with a slight reworking of the room. A sax and trumpet player lead us back in then Lee Anderson got up to speak about his love for our community. He then introduced Arc Iris, who set a cool tone as Jocie emerged from the box on the stage. They jammed out a heavy dancey set that had an almost industrial feel. Jocie wandered into the crowd for one beautiful dreamy song then they followed with one that had an electronic Mimi on the Beach vibe. They rocked out one more song then called it a night.

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Arc Iris

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Arc Iris

At some point the piano had been moved to the middle of the theater room. Zach moved from the stage and sat at the piano and began to play. He’s so talented, I could listen to him play forever.

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Zach

After he wrapped up, Superhuman Happiness kicked out some heavy dance grooves and kept the party going. Puppets wandered the room. People got into the roller ball and rolled around the room. Lots or people just danced to the beats and smiles were everywhere. At some point Brad and the Arc trio joined SH and locked into a fun jam. They played for a while then reconfigured back to the Superhuman duo.

I hung out for a while, but as it got late, I headed out the door. The walk home was lovely and my dreams that night weren’t anywhere near as fun as that dreamy show.

 

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Superhuman Happiness and friends

Francesca Blanchard, Clever Girls, and J Bengoy at ArtsRiot February 15, 2019   Leave a comment

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Francesca Blanchard

I had a great time seeing music a couple of Fridays ago at ArtsRiot. It was a nice day off and I had plenty of time to take the long icy walk to Pine st. The walking was pretty good, though a few sidewalk lakes and random ice kept me on my toes.

I got in and settled and Francesca Blanchard took the stage with a fantastic band. They sounded smooth and graceful and helped Francesca’s songs soar. Her voice was warm and elegant and she had a delightful stage presence. They opened with a song about passing through then filled my soul with My Heart. They sang about dreams of the west coast and about the time of love. A song about how the Earth was slightly off-kilter was played just by Francesca then the band returned for a song about living other people’s lives. As a post Valentines Day gesture, she gave teddy bears to each member of the band, and had some for the other bands too. They played a couple more cool songs and ended with a dancey pop song with some nice rhythm changes. It’s always a treat to hear Francesca sing and play, and this wonderful band only made the experience more magnificent.

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Francesca Blanchard

The set break was quick, then Clever Girls hit the stage and rocked it hard. They started a little slow with Dumb Smile then yelled out the 1 2 3 4 to kick off Loose Tooth. They played a cool new song then gave Catch And Release a nice slow burn treatment. Owen had a nice steady flow then charged into drenched rock glory. They played another really cool new song that may have been about burning the house down then followed with a new song from Rob Slater that had a slow and sultry feel. They slowly brought the energy back to the peak with Hannah then tore the roof off of the place with a blistering version of Heavy. I was ecstatic.

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Clever Girls

After another reasonable set break, J Bengoy took the stage and delighted the full room with their breezy joyous music. Their songs have a lovely flow with a hint of jam, some sweet rock and roll and lots of pop. They quickly bring you to a happy place. I didn’t really know their songs well, so I just listened and was in a very happy place for every moment. They played some upbeat songs. They played one that was super dreamy. Towards the end of the set they brought Francesca up for backing vocals on So Good (I Could Die). Despite the lyric, the song is bouncy and catchy and lit up the room. They rocked out a few more songs and ended with a song about how the rain keeps crashing over. I really need to get to know their music better, and to see them whenever I can.

I hung out for a little bit then took the treacherous long walk home. While the show was super hot, the outside air cooled and froze all the sidewalk water. Step after careful step eventually got me home. It didn’t matter at all, the show was totally worth the effort.

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J Bengoy

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J Bengoy

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J Bengoy

Posted March 6, 2019 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Radio Show 295 Thursday February 28, 2019 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 Eastern time Thursday February 28th. You can stream it from the website or here: WBKM It will go as follows.

Song before: Kashmir – Led Zeppelin

intro

From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. Let’s begin with a song that I saw performed live a couple of weeks ago, that is still stuck in my head. It’s a sad lyric, but such a happy song.

1.) So Good (I Could Die) – J Bengoy
2.) Gravity – Milton Busker and the Grim Work
3.) Middlesex – SWALE
4.) My Old House – Andriana Chobot

Andriana and her trio played earlier today at The Skinny Pancake. She’s always amazing. That’s such a sad lyric and happy music from Swale. Same for Milton and J. Great songs everyone. OK, Let’s head over to Robot Dog Studio for an interview and live performance.

5.) Thunder From Mansfield To The Lake – Jeremy Gilchrist – Singer-Songwriter
6.) Old Souls Of Chatham County – Jeremy Gilchrist
7.) Leonard – Jeremy Gilchrist
8.) Interstellar Kid – Jeremy Gilchrist
9.) Indigenous Souls – Jeremy Gilchrist

I know we usually do four songs, but we had to do five for Jeremy for obvious reasons. Thanks for making us sound so great Ryan Cohen Thanks to Phoebe Zorn and Christian James for the video work on Indigenous Souls, which is on YouTube now. OK, this next performer will be a Radio Bean tomorrow.

10.) De Colores – Marcie Hernandez
11.) Can You Love me Too? – Bethany Conner Music
12.) Wanderer – Francesca Blanchard
13.) Brothers – Troy Millette Music
14.) Brothers And Sisters – Joe Adler

What a lovely sentiment and fantastic song from Joe. Troy will be at Light Club Lamp Shop tomorrow. Francesca has a show on Sunday at Meadowlark Studio on Sunday. Bethany will be at The Skinny Pancake tomorrow. OK, let’s play an appropriate song from a band who are at SideBar tonight.

15.) Winter Blues – The Red Newts
16.) Cold Wind – The Thursday Torys
17.) Ode To The River – Julia Caesar
18.) Ice Diver – The High Breaks

The Breaks will treat us to some icy surf music at Nectar’s tomorrow. Julia will be at Radio Bean tomorrow. The Torys will be at The Monkey House tomorrow. Cool song from the Newts. OK, this band will be at the Bean tomorrow night with Julia.

19.) Flaca Daza – Miku Daza
20.) Hawks – Happy Spangler
21.) Lifetime – Radio Underground
22.) Release The Beast – The Mountain Says No

I haven’t pulled that one out for a while, and lust love it. Cool songs from Radio and Spangler. Miku always rocks. OK, here is the next song on the New Siberians album.

23.) Star – The New Siberians
24.) Jessie – Danny & The Parts
25.) Little French Earthquakes – Phil Yates & The Affiliates
26.) Turn Your Face Towards Tomorrow – Midnight Vigil

Vigil will be at Radio Bean Saturday night. Great rockers from Phil and Danny. I love that Siberians song. 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
Man With A Stick – Fish
Waverly Steps – Fish
Little Man What Now – Fish
Put It Off – The Tragically Hip
Circle Line – Fish
State Of Mind – Fish
Emperors Song – Fish
Voyeur – Fish
Assassing – Marillion
Jigsaw – Marillion
Fugazi – Marillion
The Porpoise Song – The Church
The Nile Song – Pink Floyd
Until we Sleep – David Gilmour
Firth Of Fifth – Genesis
Crime Of The Century – Supertramp
Alone – Children in Paradise
We’re The Loops – The Mockingbirds
Heavy – Clever Girls
Get Me Outta Here – Deep Purple
Dormant Magic – Jason Baker
regular awesome programming

 

 

Radio Show 294 Thursday February 21, 2019 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 Eastern time Thursday February 21. You can stream it from the website or here: WBKM It will go as follows.

Song before: Spirit Of Radio – Rush

intro

From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. Let’s begin tonight with a couple of singer songwriters who will be at On Tap Bar & Grill on Saturday.

1.) Anna-Marie – Troy Millette Music
2.) The Worst Part – Bethany Conner Music
3.) What Do I Know? – Jesse Taylor
4.) Changes – Ivamae
5.) Home – Troy Millette with Francesca Blanchard

That’s from Troy’s new ep Living With A Ghost. Francesca sounds so nice on there. I caught him play a cool show Sunday afternoon at Foam Brewers. Ivamae will be at Light Club Lamp Shop tomorrow. Jesse will be part of a group raising funds for Lt Governor Zuckerman at The Skinny Pancake on Friday. I just love Bethany’s music and can’t wait to her what she has coming up. OK, here is the next song on the New Siberians album.

6.) Speed Dial – The New Siberians
7.) I’ve Been Down – Bob Wagner
8.) Bacalao Con Pan – Mal Maïz
9.) Check Your Pockets – Binger

Great song from Binger. That’s from the Live From Robot Dog Studio that we just released. Maiz Vargas Sandoval and the band will be at ArtsRiot tomorrow. Bob has been playing shows Wednesday nights at Radio Bean and I really need to start catching some of those. Another great song from the Siberians. These next songs are also on the free Live From Robot Dog Studio album that you can find on Bandcamp.

10.) Mighty Have Fallen – Barbacoa
11.) Panic – Miku Daza
12.) Waste Of Time – Preece
13.) Once More With Apathy – Mr. Doubtfire
14.) Jurassic Bark – Doom Service

I want to thank all of those wonderful artists who wanted to work with me. Everyone rocked so hard. OK, let’s keep rocking.

15.) Place Ov Dead Roads – Casey Merlin Rae
16.) Right Bright Lord – The Mountain Says No
17.) Rock And Roll Is My Weapon – Ninja Custodian
18.) So Good (I Could Die) – J Bengoy

J played a great show at ArtsRiot last week and the crowd had a great time with that song. That’s a classic from the late ’80’s. Mountain are so amazing. That’s also on the Live From Robot Dog Studio album. Casey made a lot of music in our town for a long time. i love to pull out his music often. OK, let’s go back to the ’90’s.

19.) The Same Stars – Zola Turn
20.) Under Northern Skies – The Red Telephone
21.) Golden Cadillac – Happy Spangler
22.) Santa’s Cadillac – The Wards

I want to thank Matthew Engels for sending a bunch of Wards music. I’ll be slowly pulling lots of out in the coming weeks. Cool Caddy song from Spangler. Lovely songs from Telephone and Zola. OK, let’s keep rocking.

23.) You Don’t Like Me Do Ya – Pinhead
24.) Hold Me Tight – The Decentz
25.) Poem for Torin/Ethan Is Stoned – Peg Tassey MUSIC
26.) Falter – Julia Caesar

Falter is one of the great epic rock songs that is being played now. Poem is one of the great epic rock songs from the early ’90’s. Fun songs from the ’80’s with the Decentz and Pinhead. OK, I think we have enough time for a couple more songs.

27.) Lovely Day – gneiss
28.) The Road – Anders Parker

Great huge song from Anders. Gneiss will be at Localfolk Smokehouse tomorrow and always put on lovely shows. Well, I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?

Sayonara – Black Rabbit
outro

Songs after
Poet’s Moon – Fish
Sherpa – The Tragically Hip
I Write A Poem – Dam Kat
The Surprising – Deep Purple
Mistrial Wind – Heart
King Of The Mountain – Kate Bush
Wake Me When It’s Over – Longwave
Mad As The Mist And Snow – The Waterboys
From Now On – Supertramp
And You And I – Yes
Heavy – Clever Girls
Get Me Outta Here – Deep Purple
Dormant Magic – Jason Baker
Freak Out Friday – Rue M.
regular awesome programming