Swale at Light Club Lamp Shop July 7, 2017   Leave a comment

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Swale pic by Luke Awtry Photography

 

I had a great time seeing music Friday night at Light Club Lamp Shop. I had to work until 7 then hung out at home for a bit and met up with Christopher Larrow, who drove over from New York. We arrived comfortably before 9 and the room was already full. I got a drink and got settled as the already steamy room became more packed. We were all there to celebrate the release of SWALE‘s new album There’s No One Here and there were a lot of us.

A little after 9 the band hit the stage and lit into a musical flow that I think was Here’s Where You Were. It flowed nicely into the poppy and sweet Felon. The band rocked solidly on the fun Release Your Records then went back to the bouncy pop of Loser and Elevator. They veered away from the new album for the mellow Beaten Down and I loved the sting in the guitar at the end. The next two were pretty cool and I did not recognize them so I just listened and enjoyed. One was named after Eric’s grandfather. They brought the music up to full speed for Everyone Likes To, then took a short break, likely for hydration and air or something like that. When they came back they were joined by a four-piece horn section. The instrumental album opener I’ll Start By Opening sounded sweet and the horns really gave it a lift. Swale rocked hard on All Down Tonight then eased up for the gorgeous Wooden Heart. The horns made it sound as fantastic as it does on the record. The slow build of Every Last One Of Us began and they brought it up to epic levels and let it ease off while steadily chanting “we can all be that way.” The horns left at that point and the band played a ripping version of Drug Laws. A heavy rocking Joyless followed then they eased way back for a simmering Black Boys On Mopeds. They brought the energy back up with a powerful version of If You Get Lost. Eric said to shut off all the microphones except Amanda’s and she let her inner Ozzy emerge on Faeries Wear Boots and the band made Sabbath proud.

They had played right up to their cut off time so they began to disassemble the stage while most of us wandered outside into the cool air. It was a hot sweaty steamy show with gentle lows and blistering highs and everything you could want in a rock show.

Thanks for the pictures Luke Awtry Photography  All pictures in this post are from Luke

 

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Posted July 9, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Swale at Summervale in the Intervale July 6, 2017   Leave a comment

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Swale pic by Luke Awtry Photography

 

I had a great time seeing music at the Summervale festival in the Intervale on Thursday. It was a lovely lightly windy day and a little before 6 I took the familiar walk to the site which is right next to my workplace. I got a burger and had just enough time to eat it when SWALE took the stage. Often bands will take a bit of the edge off the music since it’s a family event every Thursday throughout the summer, but Swale opened strongly and brought the rock. Release Your Records had a nice edge They stayed with the new album with All Down Tonight which has a nice groove and rocks at the end. Loser and Elevator were buoyant as the kids ran around and danced in front of the stage. They took a quick break as Chelsea from the Intervale Center got up to thank a few people and a gentleman from Citizen Cider did the same. They came back with the slow ebb of the swale with Dimedrop and kept things mellow with a sweet version of Middlesex. A song about what goes on followed then they covered Dylan’s The Man In Me (I think). They played a slow dark song about having a hard time living the good life then showed us how to do it Old School. They turned on a dime and went into full rock mode for Jack Sharp then delighted the crowd with a family song called Surrender. Mommy, Daddy, we’re all alright. Amanda Gustafson stepped off the stage and belted out Rebel Girl then danced around the circle with the kids as the band rocked at full blast. It was cool that the kids in the audience liked the faster songs. It bodes well for the future. James Kochalka happened to be in the audience so they brought him to the stage. He entertained the kids with a song about hockey and monkeys. He told us about a new shape and asked what’s the deal with the Triangle. He had the audience participate on Why Is The Sky Blue and purred out part of the song. He left the stage and Swale stayed in peak rock mode for Faeries Wear Boots. They eased up a bit for the gorgeous If You Get Lost. They did a slower than usual Popular Crowd then sang a song about seeing the bright lights tonight. They rocked out Joyless then eased off for the searing Black Boys On Mopeds. Eric Olsen made the lyrics to Everyone Likes To a little more kid friendly and they closed the night with Waiting For You.

I said a quick hello goodbye and Eric gave me my copy of the new album There’s No One Here. I raced home and did the write-up of that evening’s radio show then relaxed a bit and listened to it. I played a lot of Swale songs on my show that night.

Thanks Luke Awtry Photography for the pictures!!!  All pictures in this post are from Luke.

 

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Jame Kochalka singing with Swale

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Rebel Girl!!!

 

Joe Adler and the Rangers of Danger in the Winooski traffic circle Rotary Park July 5, 2017   Leave a comment

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I had a great time seeing music Wednesday on the island in the middle of the Winooski traffic rotary. It was my day off and I took it pretty casually but around 5 I put on the black, got set, and took the long walk to Winooski. The crossing from the sidewalk into the circle went pretty easily and I knew that once that hurdle was passed, it would be a great night. I didn’t know the setup for the shows there so I brought a bottle of water but as I wandered in, I just had to visit the beer and wine table.

A little after 6pm Joe Adler & The Rangers Of Danger took the stage and settled into a long cool jam. The Rangers can vary quite a lot but currently are Dalton Muzzy on drums, Shack Ear on bass, and Braden Winslow on electric guitar. When those three play without Joe Adler they are a band called Binger. Since I love both bands I knew it was going to be another fun show. Dalton’s steady and present drumming mixed nicely with Joe’s rhythm guitar. Shack’s bass ran in fun places and Braden’s super smooth fiery guitar work made sure the audience was rocked hard. They drifted out of the jam into a long Joe song called Stratosphere and the whole thing went a delightful 20 minutes. They brought the rock energy down with the fun Many Things And Many Scenes then delighted the crowd with Dead Flowers. Joe’s song Another Drink Of Water had a funky groove then picked up for the gotta move section. They followed with a song that will be their next single but that Joe has played for a while. It’s the one about the wicked witch and the Dead Sea Scrolls. I love that song and hope it gets recorded soon. A cover of the Police’s One World was fun and towards the end sound man Craig Mitchell sang along and helped wrap up the first set. Oh, and the sound was great all night because, you know, Craig Mitchell.

The set break was not long and the band came back for a heavenly version of Brothers And Sisters. Marcie Hernandez Music had joined them and it was great to hear her sing the saw part. Marcie hung out for most of the second set and sang along to songs like Spit “N Fire Blues and Relax. Joe did a great super deep vocal on 16 tons. The band made it sound like it was from a bygone era but then brought the rock for The Mime. They did a short Binger jam then played a great version of A Quiet Pun. They closed the set with Radiohead’s Creep and Joe and Marcie’s voices were over the top while the band drove it home.

I did not hang out very long and said a couple of quick goodbyes. I survived the trip from the circle back to the safety of the sidewalk and took the long pleasant walk home.

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Radio Show 215 Thursday July 6, 2017 9-11pm Eastern US Time 107.1 FM and WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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Tonight’s local music radio show will run from 9-11pm US Eastern time Thursday July 6 and can be streamed at WBKM.ORG or from our Facebook page WBKM. It will go as follows:

Song before: The Loops – The Mockingbirds

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From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds of Burlington. Let’s begin with a Burlington legend who is getting one of her bands back together for a show next week.

1.) First Kiss – Peg Tassey MUSIC
2.) Trouble Come No More – Cricket Blue
3.) Many Things And Many Scenes – Joe Adler
4.) The Worst Part – Bethany Conner Music

It’s been a while since I’ve been lucky enough to hear Bethany play but I saw she had a show listed recently so hopefully she will come back to town soon. Joe and his band played a nice version of that in the rotary in the Winooski traffic circle yesterday. It’s a nice setup. Cricket are playing in Essex on Friday and at Light Club Lamp Shop on Saturday. OK, here is the next song on Lights, Camera, Action and is the first song on the Action EP.

5.) Not Quite As Good – 1881
6.) Loose Tooth – Clever Girls
7.) Freeway – David Rosane & The Zookeepers
8.) Giving Up The Ghost – Aaron Flinn

I just love that song by local legend Aaron. David will be at Switchback on Friday at 6. I’m working until 7 so it may not work out but check him out if you can. The Girls are playing at SideBar on Saturday and that should be a great time. OK, this next band are releasing their new album tomorrow. It’s called There’s No One Here and these songs will be on it.

9.) Here’s Where You Were – SWALE
10.) Wooden Heart – Swale
11.) Release Your Records – Swale
12.) Every Last One Of Us – Swale

They just played a great show in the Intervale today and will be at the Lamp Shop tomorrow for the official release. Yea!! I saw this band once and liked them and they are back in town next week.

13.) The Field – The Dead Shakers
14.) The Summer Of Andy – The Cancer Conspiracy
15.) Stratosphere – Joe Adler
16.) Strings – Binger

Binger are now playing as Joe’s backup band The Rangers of Danger. They did a great version of Stratosphere in Winooski yesterday. Summer is a ’90’s Burlington classic. Last week The Nancy Druids pulled out this Envy song.

17.) 1,000 :Lies – Sean Toohey
18.) Lonesome Lullaby – Gabrielle Douglas and the Dwellers
19.) So They Say – The New Siberians
20.) Teenage Mother Earth – The Red Telephone

Telephone made such great music. Another great new song from the Siberians. Lonesome is a Gabby song but really sounds like a Cush song. OK, last week I saw Dino Bravo with David Evan sitting in on drums and that makes Zeus Springsteen a subset of that version of Dino Bravo.

21.) Bridge To Panda Chaos – Zeus Springsteen
22.) Strawberry Blonde – Dino Bravo VT
23.) Hell Chicken – Swillbillie
24.) Into The Void – Surf Sabbath (The High Breaks)

I love it when the Breaks do a little Sabbath. Swale too. Swillbillie played a great version of that song at the show with Dino. OK, let’s celebrate the release of the new Swale album with some of their older songs.

25.) Waterlanding – Swale
26.) Black Boys On Mopeds – Swale
27.) If You Get Lost – Swale
28.) the Next Instead – Swale

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:
Change of Heart – Fish
Morning Final – Blue Oyster Cult
Highway Star – Deep Purple
The Revenge Of Vera Gemini – Blue Oyster Cult
Doctor Doctor – Michael Schenker
Rock Rock ’till You Drop – Def Leppard
Hallowed Be Thy Name – Iron Maiden
End Of The World – Gary Moore
Hand Of Doom – Black Sabbath
Waiting For The World To End – The Depth and the Whisper
The End Of The World – Skeeter Davis
Happy X-Mas (War Is Over) – Joshua Glass Music
regular programming

 

a.m. rejoice at Radio Bean July 1, 2017   Leave a comment

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I had a great time seeing music Saturday at Radio Bean. I’ve loved Joe Adler‘s music for ages and had heard that he is now playing in a duo with Marcie Hernandez Music. I had not caught up with them even though they had played around a lot so it was nice to see the show at the Bean. They call themselves a.m. rejoice and both sing and play guitar and Joe adds in a variety of percussion instruments. Marcie sings some songs in English and some in Spanish and some in both. They opened with a Marcie song that had a happy salsa feel. Joe’s Spit N Fire Blues followed and was really cool. A Marcie song called Quiet was fantastic with a nice build to it. It made me want to hear a full band version of the song. Another Marcie song mixed the languages then they played a Joe song called On The Rocks. Since it was the first of July, Marcie’s song Independence Day was quite appropriate. They found a nice groove on Joe’s Relax then Marcie rearranged a classic Mexican song. They followed with one about how fragile life can be then covered Radiohead’s Sulk. They played another Marcie song that really made me want to get to know her music. Joe’s song Little Bird was sweet then they closed the set with a Spanish Marcie song.

I really liked the way they play together and the way their voices work together and need to see them play more often.

 

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Posted July 6, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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The Nancy Druids Duo at Light Club Lamp Shop and Dirty Blondes, Swillbillie, and Dino Bravo at Nectar’s June 30, 2017   Leave a comment

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Dino Bravo pic by Luke Awtry Photography

 

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The Nancy Druids Duo pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last Friday at Light Club Lamp Shop and Nectar’s. The timing was perfect so I could catch both shows easily.

I got out of work a little early, had some time to hang out, then took the short walk to the Lamp Shop. I got in and settled and said hi to Molly King and Loren. I got a spot close to the stage and The Nancy Druids Duo took the stage. John was on vacation so Sean switched from electric guitar to acoustic and Ann Mindell took a small edge off the drums and they played their lovely songs in a new format. I fully expected that the songs were so strong that they would hold up fine and was proven correct from the first few notes. They opened with a song about the way things might have been then knocked out Just Another Day. Sign was fun and poppy and it was great to hear December in June. Sky spoke to our universal nature then they took a walk in the park and felt fine. Halo is one of their heavier songs but it translated well into the acoustic setting with Ann not hitting the drums quite as hard but still adding the quick fills. Disappear is a gorgeous song and sounded great and By Design was fun too. They played a new song about seeing salvation all around and I, and the mostly full room, was in a happy place. Sean said they never do Envy songs but made an exception with A Thousand Lies. They closed with The Space Between but the audience would not let them go. A cover of Leonard Cohen’s Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye closed the set perfectly.

 

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The Nancy Druids Duo pic by Tim Lewis

 

I headed out quickly then took the walk down to Nectar’s. I said hi to Rebecca Rogers and then Nathan Curtis showed up. The Dirty Blondes hit the stage as a five-piece with Chris Clark on bass, Ornan McLean, and new guy John M Whyte on guitar. They opened fast and hard with Burn and both Becky and Diane Sullivan were in wonderful voice. Crybaby followed then they showed us how to do the Kung Pao. Scorned Woman kept the rock at a furious pace then they eased up a little for Oh Dirty Blondes. Hallelujah kept our spirits up then they ramped back up with Slut. They kept things dirty for Jacking Off then told the tale of being Too Drunk To Vote. They stayed with the theme for Drunk then told us why Ornan will always be the drummer for the Dirty Blondes. Yayo took us on a walk around town then they closed with That New Guy Is Not James Bond. They sounded great for the whole set and having John in the band sounded wonderful.

 

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The Dirty Blondes pic by Tim Lewis

 

Up next, Swillbillie rocked out a bunch of songs about whiskey, chickens, and the devil. They have a punkabilly sound and play fast and loud. The guitar/vox, bass, drums trio opened with their Manifesto then sang a song about roosters. Recurring themes of the devil and roosters filled the set. Songs like Sin Is Funner and Whiskey High were just great. They closed the 15 song set with Hell Chicken and the mostly full room was in a happy place.

 

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Swillbillie pic by Tim Lewis

Dino Bravo VT closed the night with a killer rock set. Drummer Jeff LaBossiere was missing so David Evan sat in. David plays with Chris Farnsworth and Josh Shedaker in Zeus Springsteen so it was almost a mix of the two bands. Singer/guitar player Matthew Stephen Perry lead the band through Past The Mark then they pulled out a cover of Remedy. Two Car Garage and Pop Music brought us back to familiar Dino territory then they pulled out a cover of 20th Century Boy. Crime Scene was bit more mellow but really cool, then Wee’s Birthday Boy sounded great as always. They played a Zeus song next with David singing it then they let it slip into Time/Breathe reprise. It’s always great when a singer plays drums too. Strawberry Blonde and Chuck Berry were Dino songs that rocked hard then they ended the night with a couple of covers. TV On The Radio’s Wolf Like Me rocked hard and they closed with Creep from Stone Temple Pilots. They were done but the audience was not. They came back for a towering Comfortably Numb that let Chris shine on guitar.

I headed out pretty quickly after the show. It was such a great night of music.

All pictures below are Dino Bravo taken by Luke Awtry Photography.

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Lee Ross and The Original Q at Nectar’s June 28, 2017   Leave a comment

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The Original Q pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music Wednesday night at Nectar’s. Monday and Tuesday were 7:30 to 6 work days. Wednesday was a mere 7:30 to 4, but I was still a bit tired for some reason. I went home for a bit and napped for a bit and woke up at 9:30. I thought I might be late but I went to the band’s Facebook page and they said they would be on around 11 or 11:30 so I hopped through the shower then hopped out the door.

There were three bands on the bill, two of whom I did not know and one I had been meaning to see for a while. I arrived a little after 10 and was not surprised that I had missed one of the opening bands. What can you do? I got in and settled and soon it was time for the music to start.

Surrounded by keyboards, Lee Ross took the stage and began creating loops. He set up a nice funky jam and added some sax on top. This set the tone for the night with him recording and looping several parts and turning them on and off for maximum effect. The second song had a reggae beat and a soulful sax then he added a bit of flute on the top. This kept flowing until it was a cool funky jam then he took the mic for the first time of the night and started singing “This ain’t no party, this ain’t no disco, this ain’t no fooling around”. As he finished the song the music kept gong and he settled into a gorgeous piano piece, rocked out the song for a while then brought it back to the piano before it slipped into the next funky groove. It felt like there was a bit of a Phish vibe going and he took the mic and sang “Late at night I like to put my hand in the cookie jar” as the long jam came to and end. He closed with a song that might be rock and or roll. It was a fun set.

 

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Lee Ross pic by Tim Lewis

I’ve known Peter Burton for a while and had him come in and play on the first episode of WBKM live at Robot Dog Studio but had never made it out to any of his shows, either solo, or with a band. The Original Q are a four-piece with Peter on keys and vocals, guitar, drums and a bass player who sang a couple of the songs. They have a bit of a jam rock feel but are mostly just a rock band with a strong keyboard out front. They opened with a song where Peter sang “Take it from me” and we were off. The second was a long instrumental jam and Dan Connolly’s guitar playing really shone. Peter sang a song about having his finger on a trigger then they brought their guest to the stage. Greg played something that looked larger than a mandolin but smaller than a guitar. He played slide and it had a saxophone sound. Luke Hausermann’s bass kept the song moving in fun directions as he sang. Peter sang the next one which had a bit of a Twist My Arm vibe. The next song was a bit of a vamp with Peter singing about getting better at mouth to mouth. An instrumental cover of Isn’t She Lovely was gorgeous and Dan really shone. The next song sounded familiar from the first note and settled into Let Me Be, which is one of the songs Peter did at the Robot Dog session. I loved hearing it with the full band. Greg joined them again for a new slow song called Home that built into an epic ending. Luke took the vocals for a cover of Southbound and Greg’s sound changed from sax to a smoking slide guitar then back into the sax. The pretty full room was in a happy place. Peter sang a song about caring about nothing then the band lit into another instrumental jam. Sean Patrick Keenan had been keeping things fun on drums all night and had a short and rocking drum solo in the song. He was wearing a Rush t-shirt so I guess that should have been expected. They closed the night with Luke singing a heavily rearranged and really fun For What It’s Worth. They were done and ready to go but the audience was not and demanded one more. They pulled out a classic instrumental jam who’s title eluded me but I loved every moment of it. After that, they really called it a night. I slipped out the door and took the long lovely walk home, with a stop to reflect on our fantastic music scene at the statue of Big Joe Burrell.

 

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The Original Q pic by Tim Lewis

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The Original Q pic by Tim Lewis

Posted July 3, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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