Doom Service and The Bronzed Chorus at ArtsRiot July 31, 2018   Leave a comment

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Doom Service

 

I had a great time seeing music Tuesday night at ArtsRiot. I wasn’t sure about headlining band Brit Brigade, who were playing music to a video game, but was sure about the openers. I got in a little early and had some tasty food from the restaurant. The music room was pretty full when I wandered in and it was soon time for Doom Service to start. They opened fast and hard and Jeff Foran broke a guitar string. Being the pro that he is, he grabbed his backup guitar for the second song and the band rocked out Monsters Are Due On Maple Street, complete with the Twilight zone opening. They got really heavy for Welcome To The Hellmouth then had the other Iron Sheik wake us from our awful dreams. They played a song for fans of Back To The Future and I was happily rocking hard. Scooby Doo introduced the Miner 49er They kept the show supernatural for Ectocooler and capped the furious 30 minute set with Jurassic Bark. They always put on a great show.

After a short break The Bronzed Chorus took the stage. With a fast guitar player, a super fast and precise drummer and a running keyboard sound they played instrumentals that sound like they would go great with video games. I loved the energy that they had but the songs would get into one groove and they would play it a while then get in another groove and they would play it a while. The second song had the same pattern and I knew I would not last long. I made it until the end of my drink and took the long walk home. It was a long hike to see Doom Service and was entirely worth it

 

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The Bronzed Chorus

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David Rosane and the Zookeepers at the library at BFA in Fairfax Vermont August 3, 2018   Leave a comment

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I had a great time seeing music Friday night at a library in Fairfax. I’d been aching to get to one of the 14 shows that David Rosane & The Zookeepers are doing this summer to promote the value of books, learning and community centers. It such a cool concept to go to small towns and raise money to help people have opportunities to share life and knowledge. Plus, you get to hear a band play some rocking music in a library!

The drive was easy and I arrived close to 7. I hung out a bit as people slowly trickled in. The band hit the stage about 7:30 and played a sweet version of Sugar And Cream. David Rosane has a distinctive and comforting voice and drives the songs on his acoustic guitar. Jennifer Grossi sings gorgeous backing vocals, adds some keys, percussion and other fun noises. Don Sinclair adds some sweet leads and cool tones on the electric guitar. The music blended nicely and the vocal interplay between Jen and David was especially lovely. They played a cool version of Stardust For Dessert then the fun started. David is an engaging front man and a nice storyteller and kept us enthralled. After the second song he introduced the word serendipity and took a bag with titles of the bands songs and tossed it into the audience. The gentleman who caught it pulled the next song. Ba Doom is more of an acoustic punk song and I happily rocked through it. I ended up with the bag next and they played a cool version of Grandma, adding a darker verse at the end. Hope In The Dark was pulled next and Jen’s voice soared. That song always fills me with joy. They went a little country with My Life In The West then rocked out on Break A Leg. They took a quick break to pass the basket for donations to the library then Enemy was pulled. David spoke about the gentleman from France who did artwork on the new Book Of Zoo album who asked what we would be if we did not have and enemy. Urban Country elicited a conversation about where the city ends and the country begins, and was a darn catchy song. The Real World sounded great and Paris Is For Love was the last song picked from the bag. I did not write down the song they closed with but I’m pretty sure it was Today Is Mine. There is something powerfully affirming about that slice of joy.

After the show I hung out a bit and chatted with the band, Anne Lisbet TollĂ„nes, and Rep Barbara S Murphy. I learned that on Wednesday nights during the legislative session (January to May) they have musical performances by bands for something they call Farmer’s Night. It’s a one hour show that gets broadcast on VPR, so if you are interested, let your state representative know.

The drive home was easy and I had a chance to relax before diving into work on Saturday.

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Radio Show 268 Thursday August 2, 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 August 2. It can be streamed from the website or here: WBKM It will go as follows.

Song before: It’s Just A Ride – Bill Hicks

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From our small city to the great big world, these are the sounds of Burlington. I can seen you and you are amazing. You are beautiful. You can let that shine into our world at any time. Let out your super powers.

1.) Super Powers – The Dead Shakers
2.) Interstellar Kid – Jeremy Gilchrist – Singer-Songwriter
3.) Chosen Names – Julia Caesar
4.) Girl, Friend – T-Rextasy

Rex are from New York but stopped by town last Saturday to play at the Ramble showcase down by North st and North ave. They were so fun. Julia opened that show. Great new song form Jeremy’s new album Threaded. I love that new song from the Shakers. More about that in a bit. OK, here’s a delightful song from a delightful band.

5.) Red Rose – The Zii Trees
6.) Don’t You Wanna Know – The Thursday Torys
7.) St Patrick’s Day – Carraway
8.) Morning Again – Doll Fight

I miss Fight. They rocked so hard. Super cool song form Carraway. Great song from the Torys new album Future Folk. I’m sure I’ll get more on the air in the next few weeks. OK, here is the next song on The Uncanny Doom Service album. It’s cool that they tossed in a couple of clips of the Twilight Zone episode that this song was written about.

9.) Monsters Are Due On Maple Street – Doom Service
10.) Don’t Want To Know If You Are Lonely – Black Rabbit
11.) Ornan – Dirty Blondes
12.) Chum On The Drums – Bee Bee Sea

I don’t know it for sure, but it really sounds like Sea are singing Ornan is a chum so I had to play it with the Blondes song to celebrate the wonderful person Ornan McLean. He’s been through more than anyone should have to go through lately. We love you Ornan. Great cover from Rabbit and great rocker from Doom. Is it really that easy to dupe us humans? Sigh. OK, relax, get nice and chill, get yourself in a happy mood and let’s go. Let’s take a dive into a new album called All Circles Vanish.

13.) Can You Take Me Back – The Dead Shakers
14.) Surfin’ Ain’t As Fun As It Used To Be – The Dead Shakers
15.) Headless – The Dead Shakers
16.) Taung Child – The Dead Shakers
17.) Websdr.ewi.utwente.nl-8901 – The Dead Shakers
18.) I Will Bow And Be Simple – The Dead Shakers

That is such a fun and trippy album. There’s a lot more to it but that’s a nice chunk. Thanks for being so amazing Kevin Bloom! OK, I’ve been playing a lot of short songs tonight. Let’s stretch out a little.

19.) Random Earth – Elephants of Scotland
20.) Lines And Spaces – The Cancer Conspiracy
21.) Purpose and Object – The Contrarian
22.) The Road – Anders Parker

That’s such an amazing song from Anders. Great song from Casey Rae. Cancer played around in the ’90’s and still do shows now and then. I’m not sure what’s happening with the Elephants now that Ornan is no longer drumming for them. Either way, that’s a cool song. OK, this next band played the Ramble show too.

23.) Gorilla Monsoon – Barbacoa
24.) Who Do You Love? – The Red Newts
25.) My Life In The West – David Rosane & The Zookeepers
26.) It’ll Be OK – Let’s Whisper

I love that song from Whisper. David and the band are continuing their series of shows in Vermont libraries. They will be in Fairfax tomorrow and I may have to catch that one. I chose West for obvious reasons. After the show at the Ramble I walked the 10 or 20 feet over to The Old North Ender and caught some songs by the Newts. They played a fun version of that one and some cool original tunes that I will have to track down soon. Barbacoa are just amazing. OK, let’s take a deep dive into Heavy Flow, the new album from Julia Caesar

27.) Falter – Julia Caesar
28.) Nose Dive – Julia Caesar
29.) Ode To the River – Julia Caesar
30.) Hear Me Now – Julia Caesar

Such a great album from such a great band. It’s going to be fun to see where they go with it. OK, let’s play another new song from Jeremy.

31.) It’s Hard To Resist – Jeremy Gilchrist
32.) Parasite – Miku Daza
33.) Procession 1 – ROUGH FRANCIS

Such great songs from such thoughtful artists. 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
View From The Hill – Fish
Fully Completely – The Tragically Hip
Black, Blue, and White – The New Siberians
Give It Up To The Night – Bad Smell
The ConstruKction Of Light – King Crimson
Heavy – Clever Girls
Empire Of The Clouds – Iron Maiden
Astral Traveler – Yes
Rusalka, Rusalka-The Wild Rushes – The Decemberists
I’m So Bored With The USA – The Clash
This Dog Is The King Of The Losers – Bee Bee Sea
The Last Straw – Marillion
Addictions – Lucy Dacus
Mountain – Faun Fables
Morrigan – Children in Paradise
King Of The Mountain – Kate Bush
regular awesome programming

Radio Show 267 Thursday July 26, 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 July 26. You can stream it from the website or here WBKM It will go as follows.

Song before: Lying Eyes – The Eagles

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From our small city to the great big world, these are the sounds of music. I missed you last week. I was on vacation and saw and bought a ton of music. Let’s begin with an artist I saw last Thursday at Ruach HaMaqom Synagogue.

1.) Intro/May 2017 – Adrienne Cooper Smith
2.) Oak Tree – The Beerworth Sisters
3.) Stars – The Zii Trees

Trees are so cool. I caught them Thursday at Radio Bean. I saw Julia Beerworth play with Josh Glass a couple of weeks ago and loved her voice and guitar playing. Adrienne rocked the electric banjo at the synagogue. More about the band that headlined the night soon. OK, let’s head over to Robot Dog Studio for an interview and live performance by Ivamae.

4.) Veil – Ivamae
5.) Changes – Ivamae
6.) Underheard – Ivamae
7.) Honey Bee – Ivamae

Wow, she is so amazing. Thanks to Ryan Cohen for making the sound so great and to Phoebe Zorn for the camera work. Check out the video for Underheard on YouTube. OK, so last Thursday the mighty Julia Caesar released their album Heavy Flow at the synagogue. Here is a song from it. There will be more later.

8.) Crimson – Julia Caesar
9.) Like Beads – Anachronist
10.) Pillar Of Truth – Lucy Dacus
11.) Dumb Smile – Clever Girls

Clever and Lucy played amazing shows at ArtsRiot a week ago Sunday. Anachronist played a great version of that one the Friday before at the Tarrant Gallery by The Flynn. Julia are just amazing. OK, this next artist visited town once and then morphed into a new band. I’m hoping for a return trip soon.

12.) Veratrum – Piqued
13.) Frosty Pink skies – Miku Daza
14.) Ego – When Particles Collide
15.) Falter – Julia Caesar

Yet another great Julia song. Particles could be anywhere. I thought that song would fit well in that set. Cool song from Miku’s album It’s A Fairy Tale, and a lovely song form Piqued. This next artist is lighting Vermont media on fire with their tour to support local libraries.

16.) Enemy – David Rosane & The Zookeepers
17.) L Ron Hubbard – Humble Hero
18.) Sugar Rush – Miku Daza
19.) Nothing Important – Doom Service

That’s the next song from the album I’m playing all the way through, song after song, week after week. I love the cosmic nature of that one. Cool song from Miku that we recorded a few weeks back at Robot Dog Studio. Humble finally released that song that is so fun, so I had to get it on the air. Great song from David. OK, let’s keep rocking.

20.) Earthquake – ROUGH FRANCIS
21.) Another Day Closer To Nothing – Grand
22.) F*ck the Alt-Right – Tetsuo
23.) Brave Coward – Green Chapel
24.) Sonic Boom – Bee Bee Sea

BBS came over from Italy and played a show at The Monkey House that I’m still reeling from. Chapel, Tetsou, and Grand played a killer show at Nectar’s a week ago Monday and all of those songs were played. Great new song from Francis! OK, let’s ease up a bit and jam out.

25.) Sideways – Binger
26.) Love In The Afternoon – The Thursday Torys
27.) Hear Me Now – Julia Caesar
28.) Julius Caesar – The New Siberians

I just had to do the Julia Julius thing. I caught a couple of songs from Brayden Patrick Baird from the Torys last Friday. Binger are everywhere but will come back to us soon.

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:
The Voyeur (I Like To Watch) – Fish
Locked In The Trunk Of A Car – The Tragically Hip
We’ll Go Too – The Tragically Hip
Mel’s Rockpile/Lakeside Park/Anthem – Rush
Sign Of the Gypsy Queen – April Wine
Now I’m Here – Queen
Signify – Porcupine Tree
The Revenge Of Vera Gemini – The Contrarian
Who Are These Gods? – Dam Kat
Take Off – Bob and Doug McKenzie
Jacob’s Ladder – Rush
When Med Did Rock – Derek Smalls
Heavy – Clever Girls
Mimi On The Beach – jane siberry
OK, This Is The End, Eh – Bob & Doug McKenzie
Honest – Bob and Doug McKenzie
Regular awesome programming.

 

Girls Rock Vermont at Higher Ground and Silver Bridget at Light Club Lamp Shop July 21, 2018   Leave a comment

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All the campers from Girls Rock Vermont pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music on Saturday at Higher Ground and Light Club Lamp Shop. I had an unusual Saturday off and realized that I could finally make it to one of the Girls Rock Vermont showcase shows. Campers show up on Monday and spend the week learning about playing instruments, writing songs and about the music industry. Some are older, some are quite young. Some have some history with an instrument, some pick it up for the first time. Either way, by Saturday, they are on stage in a band playing a song that they wrote.

I got in and settled and was joined by Lauren Costello. We chatted about sunflowers and gardening then it was time for the show. They started with the stage filled with all of the campers who sang a song about the camp. Linda Bassick was a charming emcee as she brought each of the four bands to the stage to play one song. They ranged from a band who’s bass player was marginally taller than her bass to teens who are almost ready to hit the DIY scene then head to the clubs. It was nice to be in a room where people encouraged the kids to learn and play. Keep rocking girls!

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I had a relaxing day then a little after seven I took the lovely walk to the Lamp Shop. I got in and settled and chatted with Charlie Messing. He’s a fun person, a wealth of knowledge and when he is there I know we can figure out the whole Silver Bridget set list. With Johnnie Day Durand on musical saw and Matt Saraca on electric guitar, loops and effects they played instrumental versions of classic songs. They opened with Wild Horses then played a cool version of Space Oddity. We soaked in the Blue Moon then had a pleasant encounter with the Karma Police. Michelle was sweet then we were ushered into a Black Hole Sun. They played some Elvis with Love Me Tender, though Charlie said that’s really based on an older song. I think the next one began as Norwegian Wood and ended as She’s Leaving Home. Linger pulled my heartstrings as did God Only Knows. With Or Without you made the virtually silent room smile, then they took us Over The Rainbow. They closed the night with And I Love Her and I was in a happy place. I hung out and chatted for a bit, then took the lovely walk home.

 

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The Seth Yacovone Blues band at The Skinny Pancake and The Thursday Torys, Laura Wolf and The Dead Shakers at Big Heavy World July 20, 2018   Leave a comment

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I had a great time seeing music on Friday at The Skinny Pancake Burlington and Big Heavy World. I had a relaxed day then took the warm and lovely walk downtown around 4. I got in and settled at SP around 20 after and the Seth Yacovone Blues Band was on stage ripping it up. He was joined by Jeff Salsibury on drums and Jan Schultz on bass. They created wonderful platforms that Seth used to reach for the sky. They played a song about Mr Farmer then played the Albert King classic As The Years Go Passing By. Seth pulled out an epic guitar solo that lit up the crowd. His playing was more playful on the one about being in love with miss Ann then they played one about how the minds eye wanders. They sang about rocks in your pillow and snatching your bag, then took a break. They came back with a cool bluesy instrumental then played a song with a darker tone and a searing guitar. It was about how the whole world is fighting about the same thing. It was hot and sunny on the deck of the Pancake so Seth’s song about how the sun is shining was quite appropriate. Good thing there was a nice breeze that day. They rocked out a song about being twenty miles out of town then sang a cheery number about how I should have quit you a long time ago. The one about how somewhere there’s a home gave hope then he encouraged us put the shoe on the other foot and walk just like me. The one about how I love you pretty baby, don’t know what to say or do was nice and the one about E. coli and mad cow disease was a little more tough. They played a slow bluesy song about how the harder I try the more I end up on the floor and Seth let loose a wicked solo at the end. They left us with Further On Up The Road and as the last note rang out, I took them up on their advice.

They wrapped up around 6:30 then I walked over to Pine Street heading towards BHW. Showtime was set for 7 and since showtimes this week had been running 30-60 minutes late, I stopped at Dedalus Wine Shop, Market, & Wine Bar for a delicious glass of White Burgundy.

I arrived at Big Heavy World around 7:20 and The Thursday Torys were on stage. Grr, I could have been there at the start. Oh well. It was just Brayden Patrick Baird solo but his voice and guitar nicely carried the songs. He sang about taking every hit that she’s got to know the feeling that we are alive. He switched to mini piano for a song about the coming of winter called Everybody’s Sad. That ended the show. I really should have caught more but loved what I heard. As a side note, I think he said he was playing solo since the rest of the band had food poisoning or subpoenas or something. I will have to catch up with them again soon.

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The set break was short then Laura Wolf began to play. Her indie rock cello sound was augmented by many loops and wispy vocals. The full effect was a dreamy mix as all the songs flowed together. She sang about about being scared of leaving when I’m leaving you and waves coming to shore. Her quietly gorgeous songs mesmerized the room. I’m not sure how many she played since I got lost in the set. She finished with something about can’t you see hopes and prayers that finally broke the spell when she wrapped it up. What a lovely set.

 

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Laura Wolf pic by Tim Lewis

The next set break was long enough to go to ArtsRiot and grab a drink, chat with one of by bosses who was hanging with friends at the food truck event happening outside, finish said drink, then pop back into the no alcohol Big Heavy World.

My timing was back to the usual standards and I got settled in as The Dead Shakers began to play. With a similar, but slightly different band line-up, the sound was a little more rocking and a little less funky than when I saw them on Tuesday. The baritone sax was gone, Lauren Costello was back with her cello and effects and there was a little more fire in the guitar. They opened with something about there I go then played a heavy jam that reminded Matthew Kloss of Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s gone. They played a cheery song about nuclear war coming soon then took us to the sentimental time of the night. They jammed out the next two then Kevin Bloom told a story about a child that was eaten by a bird. Taung Child was fun as always. They played a funky jam with a shredding guitar then sang waste not want not. They closed the 11 song set by encouraging our Superpowers. It’s always a good time when the Shakers play. It might be different from the last time, but it’s always great.

I hung out and chatted for a bit then took the lovely walk home. I ran into Arty LaVigne outside the Flynn and he said Bruce Hornsby was amazing. I ran into Phoebe Zorn and Chrusty Barnacles on Church Street and chatted for a bit, then went home and happily collapsed. What a great night

 

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The Zii Trees at Radio Bean and Julia Caesar and Adrienne Cooper Smith at Ruach HaMaqom Synagogue July 19, 2018   Leave a comment

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I had a great time seeing music at Radio Bean and Ruach HaMaqom Synagogue. I ran some errands during the day, had some time at home to settle for a bit, then took the warm walk down to the Bean.

I got in and settled and The Zii Trees began to play. They opened with a song called The Outside and we were on our way. They are a keys/vocals and Ukulele/vocals duo who play songs with sweet melodies and fun changes. They sing together in harmony and the stream of consciousness lyrics fly out quickly in an enchanting way. They sang a song called Stars then one called Ribbons that may have been about wearing the colors of the sunrise. They continued to drop little slices of pop joy on us with a song about winter. Ella put down the Uke and picked up an acoustic guitar for the title song to the Red Road album. The song had a nice strength and they said the album version had an electric guitar. Marika’s keys sounded lovely on the new one that I think was about a world you haven’t figured out. They sang about watching from a distance then sang here comes the cold. They played a new song about a hotel pool where you’re born again with chlorine burns and advised that you close your eyes and glide. They closed the completely delightful set with The Tide.

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I bought a CD, took the warm walk home, dropped it off, then headed over to the synagogue. I arrived close to seven, hung out and chatted with Frank DeAngelis, then about 7:30 Adrienne Cooper Smith took the stage. The stark sound of the electric banjo was beautifully jarring and juxtaposed with the sweet sounding voice. The vocals were mixed down just enough that it was hard to grab the lyrics so I went with the flow. Late in the set a song started with no one knows and had a noir onset of night feel to it. I did not know the cover, and as the set wound its way to the end Adrienne began some blistering finger picking that lit up the packed room. It was a great way to end an intriguing set. I need to listen again soon. Very soon.

 

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Adrienne Cooper Smith pic by Tim Lewis

Some speakers explored ideas such as taking tangible steps to create racial harmony, paying nurses what they are worth so we can have great ones when we need them, and supporting migrant farm workers, since they do so much for all of us.

A couple of minutes after the last one finished, Julia Caesar took the stage. They opened with Ode To The River and Chosen Names of the Heavy Flow EP that they just released. Katy’s voice shone bright and strong and was glorious when mixed with Liz and Meg’s. Both played cool guitar parts as Katy drove the melodies with her bass and Steven rocked the drums hard. They played a song about winter and light going to gray then played a new song about hearing the harmonies. Liz leaned her guitar into the amp to bring out a subtle and sweet feedback sound that put me in a happy place. Meg and Steven switched instruments for Bricks And Bones and Liz played some keys. They returned to the regular instruments for a sing along clap along song about how we are dying alone. It was more fun than you might guess. They sang one about all falling down and feet touching the ground and drowning. Liz and Steven switched instruments for a song about being washed up on your shore again, then they returned to the regular instruments for Nose Dive. They closed with a rocking version of Falter that had Liz pulling all sorts of cool sounds from her pedals.

After the show I chatted with Peg Tassey and Rabbi Jan for a bit then took the short and lovely walk home. What a fantastic night

 

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