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J Bengoy and Swale at Arts Riot on Big Heavy World’s Rocket Shop   Leave a comment

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Swale pic by Luke Awtry Photography

 

I had a great time seeing music a couple of Wednesdays ago at ArtsRiot. My mom passed away late on the Monday before so that Tuesday was a long stressful day. Wednesday was pretty rough too, and I needed a break from dealing with the details of our estate. My brother Ken felt the same way, so when I asked if he wanted to go out and see a show, he jumped at the chance.

I picked him up in Shelburne and drove back to town. We arrived a little early and had dinner at the restaurant/club. James Lockridge wanted a picture of me for Big Heavy World so we popped next door for a bit. Ken was impressed with the BHW room. We headed back to the club and got in and settled. The show was being broadcast live on 105.9FM The Radiator so at 8pm J Bengoy began to play. They had a laid back funky indie rock sound with a nice romantic sweep. I spent the first couple of songs getting to know them and really liked their sound. The third song started mellow and had a rocking middle. The lyric was something about I just can’t keep my head up. The 4th was a mid tempo rocker about how all my troubles, they stayed home. I think it was So Good (I Could Die). After that one, Tom from the station came to the stage and interviewed the band. When they wrapped that up the band rocked out a song called Reprise (Marthasville). I think it was about swimming and being pulled out by a rip tide and surviving. They closed with a song about silence rushing in that had a lush rocking ending. I will definitely have to check them out again.

 

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J Bengoy pic by Tim Lewis

There was a short setup break, then SWALE took the stage. They opened with spot on strong versions of Elevator and Felon. The super slow opening of Good Medicine made me smile. As the song built into a huge Eric Olsen guitar explosion, i was in heaven. After that, Tom came to the stage and interviewed the band. When that was done, they rocked out an Arthur Russell song called I Couldn’t Say it to Your Face. (Thanks for the info about that song Tyler Bolles) They closed the night with the gentle build of Every Last One Of Us. Just before the steady chant of We Can All Be That Way began, Amanda Gustafson said it was for Carol Lewis. I cried quiet tears of joy and loss as they brought the song through the heavy Jeremy Frederick drum work into the full on rock fury, then let is slowly fall back into the quiet ending.

We hung out and chatted with some cool people for a bit then I drove Ken back to Shelburne, then drove myself back home. Sometimes you just need to get away, and I’ve always been lucky enough to have bands who will help. I cannot thank all of you musicians enough for making my life so much better.

Can you guess which picture is from Luke Awtry Photography and which two I took?

 

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Swale pic by Tim Lewis

 

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Posted April 17, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Radio Show 253 Thursday April 12, 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 April 12th. You can stream it from the website or here: WBKM It will go as follows.

Song before: Lawyers, Guns and Money – Warren Zevon

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From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. The crocuses are out and I saw a daffodil yesterday Beansie’s Bus is open so Spring is in the air. Let’s begin with an artist who will release a new EP soon.

1.) Leonard – Jeremy Gilchrist – Singer-Songwriter
2.) Pope Francis – Bison
3.) Try And Try And Try – The Snaz
4.) Little Girl – Kelly Ravin Music

Kelly recently put out an album called Engine that is so good I will have to play it all the way through, song after song, week after week. That’s the first song and I hope you enjoyed it. I miss the Snaz. Thanks for sending me your new EP Bison! Great song from Jeremy about Mr Cohen. OK, let’s head on over to Robot Dog Studio and rock out.

5.) The Other Iron Sheik – Doom Service
6.) Miner Forty-Niner – Doom Service
7.) Monsters Are Due On Maple Street – Doom Service
8.) Jurassic Bark – Doom Service

I want to thank Ryan Cohen for making us sound so great and Doom Service for rocking so hard. OK, let’s keep rocking.

9.) The Space Between – The Nancy Druids
10.) Signal Loss – Zeus Springsteen
11.) Lean In – When Particles Collide
12.) Projector – Vetica

I miss Vetica. Particles could be anywhere in the country, even Vermont. Zeus will be at The Monkey House on Saturday. Great song from the Druids. So, Luke Adam from Vetica, has a new band. Let’s check them out.

13.) Partial Recall – Secret Family
14.) The Next Day – Chazy Lake
15.) Give It Up To The Night – Bad Smell
16.) Sequoia 3 – Binger

That’s such a great song from Binger. Raph Worrick and Jane Boxall Percussion started Smell after a Rock Lotto performance a few years ago. Girls Rock Vermont is sponsoring another one on Saturday with the bands who get created in the morning and perform later in the night at Light Club Lamp Shop. A couple of friends recommended Chazy and I like what I hear. Great stuff from Luke’s new band. OK, let’s trip out for a while with a band who are at SideBar tonight.

17.) Four Song Jam – The Dead Shakers

That was so much fun. Thanks everyone! OK, Let’s keep rocking.

18.) It’s Purple And It Sparkles – Zola Turn
19.) Junior – Clever Girls
20.) Before The Evenings Thru – THE VACANT LOTS
21.) Empress Of Ireland – Thompson Gunner

That was recorded at Nectar’s a few years back. I’m still reeling from that Lots show a couple of weeks ago. Great new song from Clever and great classic from Zola. 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
Where In The World – Fish
The Luxury – The Tragically Hip
The Envoy – Warren Zevon
In Trance – Uli Jon Roth
Emerald – Thin Lizzy
ETI – The Contrarian
Black Blade – Blue Oyster Cult
Carnage – Black Rabbit
Rebel Girl – Bikini Kill
She Brings Me – Sistas in the Pit
Safe To Say – SWALE
It’ll Be Okay – Let’s Whisper
Once In My Life – The Decemberists
Faded Hollow – The Cush
I Believe – Dam Kat
Cortez The Killer – The Church Band
Heavy – Clever Girls
Love Is A Stream, or Part One – Ouzkxqlzn
regular programming

 

 

Radio Show 252 Thursday April 5, 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 April 5. It can be streamed from the website or here: WBKM It will go as follows.

Song before: What Sarah Said – Death Cab For Cutie

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From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. Let’s begin with a band who have been playing around, but I had not caught up with until last night.

1.) Reprise (Marthasville) – J Bengoy
2.) Pet Names – J Bengoy
3.) Turn Me Around – J Bengoy
4.) So Good (I Could Die) – J Bengoy

I really enjoyed their show last night and am happy to play some of their music. This next artist will be at Higher Ground on Sunday. I want to dedicate this song to my brother Ken.

5.) Brothers And Sisters – Joe Adler
6.) A Quiet Pun – Joe Adler
7.) The Mime – Joe Adler
8.) Spit N Fire Blues – Joe Adler and the Rangers of Danger

That last song was recorded live at Nectar’s and the rest are from the Many Things & Many Scenes album. This next band are releasing their new album called Luck tonight at ArtsRiot Here’s a sample of it.

9.) Hannah Wants To See You – Clever Girls
10.) Get Out – Clever Girls
11.) Tomorrow – Clever Girls
12.) Heavy – Clever Girls

I’ve seen them play many of those songs and am so happy to have recorded versions to share with you. This next band are releasing a new album on Saturday at The Monkey House. I don’t have it yet so here are some of their older songs.

13.) Black Oil – Doom Service
14.) Fear Of A Bot Planet – Doom Service
15.) Welcome To The Hellmouth – Doom Service
16.) Monsters Are Due – Doom Service

I love the old X-Files reference in Oil and Bot reminds me of the new episode called Rm9sbG93ZXJz from last month. It’s worth checking out if you haven’t seen it. I’ll get their new album on the air soon. OK, this next band also played at ArtsRiot last night with J Bengoy, as part of Big Heavy World‘s 105.9FM The Radiator Rocket shop live show.

17.) Popular Crowd – SWALE
18.) Waterlanding – Swale
19.) Good Medicine – Swale
20.) Every Last One Of Us – Swale

The last song simply has the steady chant of We Can All Be That Way. Thanks Amanda Gustafson for dedicating that to my mom, Carol Lewis, who passed away on Monday. Swale are so amazing and such wonderful people. Speaking of wonderful people, let’s take an in depth look at politics in America.

21.) Third Party Politics – Ouzkxqlzn

Lauren Costello is a truly amazing artist. I hope you enjoyed that. Let’s close tonight with a set from another great band.

22.) So They Say – The New Siberians
23.) 1965 – The New Siberians
24.) Black 17 – The New Siberians
25.) Notes To Future Self 1 – The New Siberians

That is the last song on Black, Blue & White so I will have to pick a new album to play all the way through, starting next week. 1965 is from their first album and the other two are from Black, Blue & White.

Well, I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?

outro

Songs after:
Lords Of The Backstage – Fish
Blind Curve – Fish
Childhood’s End – Fish
White Feather – Fish
Cordelia – The Tragically Hip
Something On – The Tragically Hip
Family Band – The Tragically Hip
New Orleans Is Sinking – The Tragically Hip
Try To Love Part 1 – Dam Kat
Try To Love Part 2 – Dam Kat
Alone – Children in Paradise
He’s Dying – Children In Paradise
Hope In The Dark – David Rosane & The Zookeepers
Freeway – David Rosane & The Zookeepers
Judgment Day – David Rosane & The Zookeepers
Stardust For Dessert – David Rosane & The Zookeepers
regular programming

 

Kind Bud at Nectar’s and Swale at Foam Brewers March 31, 2018   Leave a comment

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Kind Bud pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music on Saturday at Foam Brewers. They have just started a series of events aimed at creating a space where people really sit and listen to music. I got out of work at 4:30 then spent an hour with mom and listened to her sleep. I got home and did a quick turnaround and took the lovely walk downtown. I caught one of those walking paces where I was almost sailing and cruised through the shifting throngs of people on Church Street. I took a left at Main Street and slipped into Nectar’s.

I did not leave anywhere near enough time, but did want to catch what I could of Kind Bud’s Kind Dubs. Bud was on stage singing Althea. I got settled in and listened as he jammed out a playful song about getting it right sometimes. He played an appropriate song about Herbal Medicine then rocked out The Needle And The Damage Done. At that point my drink was done and it was time to go. I appreciated his version of All Along The Watchtower as I slid out the door and back up Church Street.

I cut through the park and sailed down to the waterfront and checked into Foam. I got in and settled and chatted with some super cool people. The tables were filled and the back of the seating section was filled so I grabbed a chair front row center. I was going to let anyone else have it but since no one was in that row at showtime I felt it was fine.

SWALE opened with a slow searing version of Soft Fireworks that just lit up my soul. The audience was quiet and attentive and every nuance of every note electrified the air. As the song faded towards the end they shifted into Dimedrop and we were off. Tyler Bolles switched from electric bass to stand up bass for a poignant version of Beaten Down. Something about the lyric really connected that night. They played a song that I did not know but really enjoyed. It was something about I cannot say it to your face that I won’t be around here anymore. Amanda Gustafson began a story about getting to know Eric Olsen with a great version of Wooden Heart. After opening his heart they went for a lovely walk that is described in Overcoat. They stepped away from the story with a song I didn’t know about it going on too long, then told us how Eric visited Amanda a couple of times when she lived in Middlesex. I got the impression she would have liked more visits, but it seems to have worked out. They told the story of how Eric was shocked about all of the police shootings of black people and about assembling all of the images for a video. Black Boys On Mopeds was breathtakingly powerful. They closed the first set with the slow and moody Good Medicine and brought it to heights of rock and roll power. Eric’s guitar playing was over the top.

The set break was short then Amanda abandoned the keys to sing The Pants song Both Eyes Closed. If you’ve never heard Swale’s version of it you are missing something. They followed with a beautiful version of Bird In A Cage then rocked out Loser. They slowed Everyone Likes To down a little so emphasis on the lyrics stood out. Jeremy Frederick had been singing with Amanda all night long but their vocals stood out on Old School. Soul Piggy Bank sounded huge and Felon had a fun swing to it. Safe To Say had that epic sound then they rocked out All Down Tonight. They closed the night with a song dedicated to Amanda’s old band where half of them ended up hooked on heroin. If You Get Lost was the perfect ending to a perfect show.

I did not hang out too long then sailed down Lake street and steadily lost steam and I climbed Depot. From there, the rest of the walk was easy and my soul was full of love.

 

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Swale pic by Tim Lewis

 

Posted April 2, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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The Vacant Lots, Bison and le vaisseau d’or at Foam Brewers March 23, 2018   Leave a comment

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I had a great time seeing music a week ago Friday at Foam Brewers. I took the lovely walk downtown and got in and settled. Montreal band le vaisseau d’or.began the night with tuning that tuned into warm flowing music. The pace settled into an instrumental that reminded me of Roger Waters. They followed with a country rock based dreamy pop song about blessings that felt a bit like Blue Rodeo. While the whole show had hints of other bands, their sound was their own. They sang a song about being In My Life and a plodding drone about wanting you to love. A song about whatever had sweet backing vocals and a song about something gospel had a hint of The Church. They stayed with the early Church sound for a song about monkeys and closed with a song asking why does it have to be so. The show was slow and gentle yet had a nice drive. They were wonderful.

 

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le vaisseau d’or pic by Tim Lewis

Up next Bison took the stage and rocked hard. The music had a surging pulse and a punk sound. The packed room danced hard with great joy. They sang about how you have everything and about watching what you say. They played a song that started slow and picked up with a sledgehammer bass and had a lot of oooos. They played a song with a ska feel and one with a heavy riff about a lost cause. A song about dirty bars had everyone dancing a little harder. They ended the set with a song with a moody intro that reminded me of Signals era Rush and may have been about not wanting to know unless you tell me. I had been curious about Bison for a while and was so happy to finally check them out. Id go see them again in a heartbeat.

 

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Bison pic by Tim Lewis

It had been ages since I’d seen THE VACANT LOTS and I was super-psyched for the show. Three things jumped at me immediately, Jared Artaud was playing a different guitar than usual, Brian was playing a real drum kit instead of the electronic ones (though he had a keys and samples set up too) and there was no video background. They settled in by waiting for departure then became Never Satisfied. They sang a heavy drone rocker about a place of anger and a place of peace. Brian had a cool keys opener for Mad Mary Jones and the band rocked it hard. They eased up a little on Paint This Town and played a gorgeous version of the song. Jared put down the guitar and picked up a knife and stood menacingly at the front of the stage and sang about all that’s left. They went back to the heavy rock and surged for a couple of songs. They closed the night with another heavy rocker. As it devolved into the ending Jared picked up the knife and began hitting the strings and bridge. The music shreded furiously as the guitar was cut to pieces. The sound coalesced into a wailing moan before being shut down. The Lots always put on a great show but seldom with such fury. I can’t wait to see them again.

I did not stay long then slipped out the door and took the long uphill walk home.

 

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The Vacant Lots pic by Tim Lewis

 

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The Vacant Lots pic by Tim Lewis

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The Vacant Lots pic by Tim Lewis

 

 

Posted April 2, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Swale and Gestalt at The Skinny Pancake March 17, 2018   Leave a comment

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Gestalt pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music a couple of Saturdays ago at The Skinny Pancake Burlington. I took the lovely walk downtown and got in and settled. I chatted with some cool people and soon enough, it was time for the show.

Gestalt took the stage and shared their old school low-fi indie rock. As they settled in they reminded me of Burlington bands from the early ’90’s, but as they kept going they added a romantic sweep to the sound. My notes didn’t catch much of what the songs were about, but a between song commentary about the coming of spring was endearing. Right before the end of the set bassist/singer Meredith Davey told the audience that we had to go do something nice for someone else and that nobody was exempt. You’ve got to love that. They played one more cool song and called it a set. I need to see them again.

It was not a long break, then SWALE took the stage. They began with a slow version of Felon then bopped along with Waiting For You. Golden Crutch was searing and Soul Piggy Bank was as poignant as always. They played a mellow version of Old School then rocked a bit on Loser. They picked up the pace with Release Your Records and rocked hard on Jack Sharp. All Down Tonight had a great groove and a rocking ending. They rocked Cancer nice and hard and eased up for a gorgeous version of Bird In A Cage. They stayed a bit mellow for Beaten Down and ramped back up with Joyless. Elevator was painfully beautiful and Safe To Say soared through the room. Drug Laws surged with full fury. Someone requested some Black Sabbath (Scott Decker?) and they played an amazing version of Hand Of Doom. They brought the music back to top speed for Everyone Likes To then called it a night.

I hung out for a bit and chatted with Luke Adam and Andriana Chobot then took the long lovely walk home.

 

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Swale pic by Tim Lewis

Posted April 2, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Zentauri live score to March Of The Penguins at Club Metronome March 12, 2018   Leave a comment

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I had a great time seeing music a couple of Mondays ago at Club Metronome. I had a nice day spending time with my cousins, then headed over to the show. I got in and settled and looked at the chairs and couch set up facing the large screen in front of the stage. I could see the drums on the left and Lauren Costello‘s cello to the right, but had to peek behind to see the guitarist and multi-instrumental musical genius Matthew Bryan Hagen. I chatted with Ryan Cohen and some other cool people, and soon enough, it was time for the movie to start The last time I saw Zentauri they performed an improvised live score to a horror movie. I wasn’t sure how it would go with the night’s movie, March Of The Penguins, but just went with it. They began a heavy Floydish tone as the opening credits rolled. The movie sound was turned down but the captions were on and it was easy to slip into the movie as the music wrapped itself around you. The music had a bit of swagger when the penguins were strutting around. The music had a bit of menace when the 100 mile per hour winds blew on the huddled creatures. It was a journey that is hard to capture with mere words, thusly echoing the travels documented in the movie. The crowd was quietly absorbed in the lush experience. When the end credits rolled it felt like coming out of a trance.

It was yet another amazing blend of art and music in our amazing town.

 

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Posted April 2, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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