Happy Spangler and The Nancy Druids at The Monkey House and Julia Caesar and Clever Girls at Radio Bean January 27, 2018   Leave a comment

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Happy Spangler pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music on Saturday January 27th. It was one of those days where there were six or ten great shows in town and decisions had to be made.

I got out of work and hung out for a bit then took the long walk to Winooski. I got in and settled at The Monkey House and realized that the first band on was one that I knew nothing about and really wanted to see. Happy Spangler took the stage for their debut show. With Barbara Richmond on bass, Kirk Flanagan on guitar and vocals and Michael Bradshaw on drums and backing vocals, they had a pop punk sound that brought me back through the history of Burlington’s music scene while firmly planting me in 2018. Kirk was a great front man and introduced most of the songs and they opened with one called Dave Doesn’t Live Here Anymore. They played a song about bringing you flowers when you wanted drugs. They played a song called Baby Please and one about breaking the night. They played the brand newest of the new songs called Never Let Me Go then played another love song. They sang about a sweet bit of honey and told the true story of having never seen it coming. They played a fun song called Hawks and closed the set with Elvis Costello’s Waiting for the end of the world. It was a great beginning and I can’t wait to see them again.

Up next The Nancy Druids began playing their gorgeous rock and roll music. They opened with the Sky all around them then brought us back to December. They played a powerhouse version of By Design and followed with the newish song Salvation. Just another day had that heavy rock stomp and Halo featured Ann Mindell‘s explosive drumming. They played a cool new song called Bitter Days (?) then took us on a walk through Vondle Park (?). I Can’t Remember Who You Were was epic and Sean went way off on The Space Between to close the night. They are an amazing band.

 

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The Nancy Druids pic by Tim Lewis

There was one more band at the Monkey House but I decided to try and make it to a second show. I walked back into Burlington and waited in line for a bit at Radio Bean. I had heard a lot about, but had never seen, Julia Caesar. I was still outside when they began but I could hear reasonably well and my first thought was Zola Turn. Their songs had nice melodies and rocked hard. I made it inside after a couple of songs and found a place to enjoy the rest of the show. The songs had a great strength to them and I reveled in their power. They played a song about the ground and a new one about a holy ghost. They played a song about being down below the ground and closed with one about hearing me now. I definitely need to see them again and get to know their music. They are amazing.

 

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Julia Caesar pic by Tim Lewis

Up next Clever Girls took the stage and kept it rocking. They opened with Tell Me No then shouted out the 1 2 3 4 intro to Loose Tooth. They played a new song I did not know but really liked then played an intense version of 45. They played more songs from their upcoming album such as Catch And Release and Loom. They closed the set with a heavy rocker that always gets me going. They are such a great band. I can’t wait for a new album so I can get to know their songs even better.

I didn’t hang out too long but did chat with a couple of cool people. The walk home was short and easy and I was in a blissfully happy place.

 

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Clever Girls pic by Tim Lewis

 

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Sad Turtle, People Person, and Burning Monk at The Monkey House January 20, 2018   Leave a comment

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Sad Turtle pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music a couple of Saturdays ago at The Monkey House. The show was billed as Winter Wonder-Glam and was a benefit to collect money and warm clothes for Spectrum Youth And Family Services.

Sad Turtle began the night with a jazzy rock instrumental set. They played some new songs and likely some classics. I should have studied their album closer before the show to be sure. Either way, I let myself get lost in the fun twists and turns of their glorious music. They played a very old song called Johnny Razor’s Totally Normal Candy Store (I think), and played a new one and asked us what it’s name should be. The song kept rising all the way through so I suggested He Is Risen And Appears On Toast, since that’s the way their titles tend to go. They closed the set with a majestic version of Nautical By Nature that kept me in a happy place.

 

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People Person pic by Tim Lewis

Up next was a blistering rock trio from Boston called People Person. They were fast and loud and pretty great. They played maybe nine songs with the drummer and guitar player switching in the middle of the set. The singer screamed out the words to the short songs and the whole set was wrapped up in about 15 minutes. It was furious and fun.

The final band of the night came on and raged hard. Burning Monk are a Rage Against The Machine cover band and they sounded great. I’ve always appreciated their music but don’t know it well so I don’t know what songs were played. The audience recognized them and we all had a great time. It was yet another wonderful night of music in our town

 

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Burning Monk pic by Tim Lewis

 

Posted February 7, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Radio Show 243 Thursday February 1, 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 February 1st. It can be streamed from the website or our Facebook page here: WBKM It will go as follows.

Song before: Sugar Bullets – Stranglers

intro

From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. Let’s begin tonight with a look back at the good old days when you would make mix tapes and give them to friends and lovers.

1.) My New Mix Tape – Eef
2.) True Hue – Ivamae
3.) The Cats – Hana Zara
4.) 15 Steps – Maryse Smith

I was excited to hear that Maryse will be back in town for many shows in February including a residency at Light Club Lamp Shop. Hana will be back in town for a show on February 11th at Radio Bean and I’m very excited for that too. Ivamae plays such beautiful songs. Great song from Eef. OK, here is the next song on Black, Blue, and White.

5.) The Sun Comes Up – The New Siberians
6.) The Static Divine – Crazyhearse
7.) Glover Tonight – Chin Ho
8.) Come Kiss Me – Near North

That’s such a lovely song from North. That’s a classic from Ho. Great song from the Middlebury band. Another great song from the Siberians. That album is packed with them. OK, I’ve got a treat for you. This next song is brand new and features Urian Hackney on drums!

9.) Honest Will – The Parts
10.) Light Walking – Adam Wolf
11.) Midnite Dance – Christopher Dorian Alley All Star Band
12.) Interview/Neutrino – Black Rabbit

That’s from the Live From Robot Dog Studio album that Ryan Cohen and I put out last week. They will be at ArtsRiot tomorrow. Another cool song from Alley’s new Hippo Nose album. I caught Adam a couple of weeks ago and loved the show. His band will be at ArtsRiot on Saturday. Great song from Danny LeFrancois and the rest of the Parts. OK, these next three bands will be at Club Metronome tomorrow.

13.) Monsters Are Due – Doom Service
14.) Six Month Winter – Suburban Samurai
15.) A Part Of You – NODON
16.) No Magic – Hellascope
17.) Doomed Convoy – Wolfhand
18.) …And The Gods Made War/Visions Of Gehenna – Black Pyramid

I caught Pyramid, Wolfhand, and Hellascope at Nectar’s last Metal Monday and loved all three. The first three will rock Metronome hard tomorrow. OK, let’s keep rocking.

19.) Burn – Dirty Blondes
20.) Move Through Time – Persian Claws
21.) Sun In The Sky – Ninja Custodian
22.) Sequoia 3 – Binger

I love the lyrics and power of that song. The Ninja song always used to cheer me up when i was down. Great rockers from Persian and the Blondes. Hey, this next band just released this new song.

23.) Where Do we Go From Here? – Madaila
24.) She Moves In Passages – Late Night Sneaky Uncle
25.) Basin And Range – Ver Sacrum
26.) Miniature Stairway To Heaven – James Kochalka Superstar
27.) Waiting For The World To End – The Depth and the Whisper
28.) The Next Instead – SWALE

Such a great song from Swale. The Whisper song has stuck with me since they played town that one time. Great new song from James. Ver is Matt from Vedora. He’s such a good soul and the music has a lovely flow. I love Ann-Marie’s singing on the Uncle song. Thanks for all that you do Madaila. Well, I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?

outro

Songs after
Jungle Ride – Fish
She Didn’t Know – The Tragically Hip
The Revenge Of Vera Gemini – The Contrarian
Usual Plays In Heaven/Be Kind And Talk To Me – Active Heed
Try To Love parts 1 and 2 – Dam Kat
A Great Good Comes – analog missionary
Strange Phenomena – Kate Bush
Not I – Andriana Chobot
Holes – Mercury Rev
Another Murder Of A Day – Fish and Tony Banks
Images – Saga
New York My Lovely – Joshua Glass Music
Myrrh – The Church Band
regular programming.

 

 

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

 

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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