Danny & The Parts and The Leatherbound Books at Sidebar Nobember 24, 2018   Leave a comment

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The Leatherbound Books pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music Saturday night at SideBar. It was a long work day and I got home and settled and had to scrape myself off the couch and push myself out the door. Once I got into the walking groove, I found a happy pace and cruised downtown. I arrived a few minutes late but the opening band was putting the final touch on their soundcheck so I hung out and settled in.

After a few minutes, The Leatherbound Books took the stage and played some beautiful songs. They played as a duo with Jackie Buttolph on bass and Eric Daniels on acoustic guitar. Both sang separately at times and sounded lovely when they sang together. They began in an all nonsensical way then invited us to look back and see that these were the days. They wondered if you would ever know my name then sang a breakup song for political affiliations. I guess we should have seen it coming. They sang about sinking like a stone while wandering the street then advised us to Save It For Later. They closed the set with Eric putting some distorted fuzz on the guitar while they played a Buzzcodks song I did not know, but really enjoyed. They play very well together and have an endearing sound. I’m so glad I was there.

After a short break, Danny LeFrancois took the stage. With an electric guitar, he opened with a hard to spot take on Tom Petty’s Don’t Do Me Like That which was really sweet. Eric joined him on bass, Jackie joined him on backing vocals and Brennan sat at the drum kit. With the full band assembled Danny & The Parts sang about how all my dreams float away. They followed with a high energy country rocker about how I don’t want to care anymore. Danny switched to acoustic guitar and the band suggested that maybe there’s a war against you. They pulled out a cover to prove that they are Tougher Than The Rest then sang about how you don’t ever listen to me darling. They played a cheery song about how now that we’re alone I’ve got a feeling that you wanna get home then returned to the boss for I’m On Fire. They got a little shoegazey for a song about this old place and a little bluesy for one about daddy. They seemed happy for the day then switched it up a little and had Eric sing Memphis. Jackie sang a cool song with a huge sound then Danny sang one about how I’ve been down that road. The band left and Danny played a couple of songs solo. One was about it taking so long and the other was about staying alive when you’re gone. The band returned and they rocked out a song about how they don’t really want to come down. They whole show was filled with comforting songs that rocked out now and then. Danny has a great sense of how to write a catchy song, and I’m so glad I was there to hear it.

I said a couple of quick goodbyes and took the long walk home. What a beautiful night.

 

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Danny & The Parts pic by Tim Lewis

 

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Radio Show 282 Thursday November 15, 2018 9-11pm Eastern US Time on WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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Wren Kitz

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Tonight’s local music radio show on WBKM.ORG will run from 9-11pm Thursday November 11. You can stream it from the website or here: WBKM It will go as follows.

Song before: Bel Air – The Church

intro

From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. Last week I played the last song on MSP3 Counterattack, so now it’s time to begin playing a new album all the way through, song after song, week after week. Let’s begin with an album that will be released Saturday night at Light Club Lamp Shop.

1.) The Basement Song – Milton Busker And The Grim Work
2.) One Of A Kind – Adam Rabin
3.) See – Abby Sherman
4.) Presence – Satori Bob

Satori used to play around town many years ago, and Robert Gagnon from the band, plays around town all the time. Cool song from Abby. Something about that reminded me of Presence so I had to play them back to back. Cool new song from Adam. Great song from a great album from Milton. OK, get yourself in a relaxed state and let’s get ready to head over to Robot Dog Studio

5.) Sky Of Words->Jam->Georgie
cool conversation
6.) White Wall->Jam->Shrouds

I want to thank Wren Kitz and the band for that amazing performance. Wow. Thanks to Ryan Cohen for making everything sound so great and making this whole thing possible. Thanks to Sam Mark for helping out and for Phoebe Zorn and Chrusty Barnacles for the video work. OK, are you ready to head back to a normal place, or do you want to keep floating for a while. I hope it’s the latter.

7.) Mary’s Line Into This View – Ouzkxqlzn
8.) Dolphins In Disguise – Dolphin Trainer
9.) Listen To The Birds – Rob Voland
10.) Falter – Julia Caesar
11.) Take Your Gold Away – Lendway

I miss Lendway. Great song from Julia. I thought it would be fun to highlight the solo projects from Rob, Ross, and Lauren Costello. OK, a long time ago in Burlington, there was a band called the Halogens. Here’s a brand new song.

12.) Leave Me Low – Jason Halogen
13.) Guitsophrenic – 8084
14.) Pick Up Your Clothes – The New Siberians
15.) Time To Get Out – Aaron Flinn
16.) Song About The Ocean – Dino Bravo VT

Great song from Dino. They will be at Finnegan’s on Saturday. I was listening to the Siberians song and it reminded me of Out so I had to play them back to back. 8084 have a show on Saturday at ArtsRiot called Love Not Hate. I’m sure they would love your positive vibes if you stop in. Cool new song from Jason. OK, next week is Thanksgiving and I will be off. I’ll see you the week after.

17.) Sayonara – Black Rabbit
outro

Songs after
Faith Healer – Fish
An Inch An Hour – The Tragically Hip
My Stars – Alice Cooper
Travelin’ Band – Def Leppard with Bryan May
The Final Fight – Hawkwind
Black Blade – Blue Oyster Cult
Mission To Mars – Ace Frehley
The Surprising – Deep Purple
I’m Falling – Children in Paradise
Icon Of Ego – Arc Iris
Mimi On The Beach – jane siberry
Firth Of Fifth – Genesis
Perpetual Change – Yes
Is This Where You Live – The Church
Heavy – Clever Girls
Time To Get Out Deep Purple
regular awesome programming

 

 

Steve Harris and British Lion with Coney Hatch at Théâtre Corona in Montreal November 5, 2018   Leave a comment

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British Lion pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music a week ago Monday at Théâtre Corona in Montreal. I met up with my brother around 2 in Shelburne Vermont, and we took the lovely drive north. It was a bit gray and rainy but not too bad. We made it over the Champlain bridge but found the Atwater exit closed. I took the next one and got hopelessly lost. I drove towards downtown until I found a street that I knew. I took it and eventually found Notre Dame. I found the theater and got a close parking spot. We grabbed a quick bite of dinner then walked up and down the street for a bit. I saw a sign that I thought would take me to the right road when it was time to leave, so I was feeling pretty good. We got in line and waited for a bit then the doors opened.

The Theater is old, intimate and has a lovely character. There were no seats and the balcony was closed. As people arrived it became clear that it would not be jam packed but there was a good crowd. After a bit Coney Hatch hit the stage. They came out and rocked hard and had fun. They told stories of opening the show for Iron Maiden in 1983 at the Montreal Forum, which was my third rock show ever. Apparently, Steve Harris called them to ask them to open for the Canadian leg of the tour. Hatch sang songs for the ladies and for the guys and tossed in a cover of Angel City’s Marsailles that brought back some pleasant memories. In Fallen Angel they said the riff reminded them of something and slid into a little Radar Love before going back and finishing Angel. They pleased the crowd with a string of familiar songs at the end. Hey Operator and Devil’s Deck were cool but I think everyone was most excited for Monkey Bars which closed the set. It was a fun show.

 

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Coney Hatch pic by Tim Lewis

The set break was the usual 30 minutes then Steve Harris British Lion hit the stage. With a strong singer, a killer drummer, twin ripping guitars and Steve on bass, the band played fast and furious. I had not checked out the album so I just listened and rocked out. The first two seemed to fly by at blistering speed. They lightened up a tiny amount when the singer added a little acoustic guitar on a few songs but most of the set was at Maiden speed. They sang about last chances and being bible black and riding the spitfire. They sang of God and Lucifer and how it’s us against the world. I’m pretty comfortable listening to bands play songs I don’t know so I got into the flow and loved every rocking moment. Seeing Steve from 20 feet away was great. He never sings into the microphone but always sings the words and it was nice to be close enough to see it. They played a brand new song for us that was cool then closed the set with a mini epic called Judas. They said that would have closed the set, but did not want to do the leave and come back thing. They stayed on stage and rocked out two more at a stunning pace. What a great show. They shook hands with the front row, tossed out some guitar picks, took a bow and said goodnight.

We left the theater and a steady rain was coming down. We got to the car and drove a couple of blocks and was soon in the Atwater tunnel. I saw the tiny sign for Rt 15 S and took the exit and was soon on the Champlain. The rain added a little challenge for a while, then it eased off and we sailed the rest of the way home. What a great night.

 

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British Lion pic by Tim Lewis

 

The Radio Bean Birthday party with many bands November 3, 2018   Leave a comment

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Danny LeFrancois

I had a great time seeing music Saturday at Radio Bean and Light Club Lamp Shop. Every year, at this time, The Bean throws a birthday party and celebrates with music all day and night. This year they turned 18 and had 102 scheduled acts. I got going nice and early and arrived a little after 8am. I chatted with Molly King and Loren for a bit then Danny LeFrancois took the stage. Apparently, his band The Parts slept in, so he played the show solo. He began playing acoustic guitar and built a loop. He added a bit of voice and let it go as he moved back to the drum kit and rocked for a bit. He returned to guitar and vocals for a cover of a Petty song that was subtle and cool. He played a couple of sweet original songs that made me smile, then said thank you good morning.

 

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The Steph Pappas Experience

Up next Loren grabbed his bass and headed to the stage. He was joined by Ted Looby on guitar and the mighty The Steph Pappas Experience began to rock. Steph has a strong voice and is a great guitar player too. Several audience members joined in on percussion as she sang about cowyboys and waterboys. She wrapped the three song set with one about going out on the highway. She’s so cool.

 

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Seth Eames and Miriam Bernardo

I hopped into the car and drove to work. I put in a 9-5:30 shift then zipped home. I dropped the car and took the lovely walk downtown. I wasn’t sure where they were on the schedule and did not recognize who was a the Lamp shop, so I slid into the Bean and caught a couple of songs by Miriam Bernardo and Seth Eames. He had a nice voice and played acoustic guitar. Miriam has an incredibly soulful voice and it’s always a treat to hear her sing. They sang a duet on a song about going away to the promised land then she regaled us with a song about how surely you were meant to be mine. It was wonderful.

 

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Joe Adler and friends

I stayed at the Bean as Joe Adler and his huge band scrunched themselves onto the stage. Joe’s deep voice lead the way as they rocked out a song about going down the road. They followed with Tom Waits’ Bella Ciao then let it slowly slip into Come Together. The audience had fun singing along. It was a great set.

 

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Caroline O’Connor and Adam Frehm

I peeked into the Lamp shop and someone was setting up so I hustled back to the Bean and soon it was time for Caroline Marie to take the stage. She played keys and laid her sultry voice on us as Adam Frehm added some sweet electric guitar. Her long flowy gentle smokey rock sounded great. The first song had a nice trance vibe as did her second, Disco Shaman, through that was a little more uptempo. Both sounded great and I was in a happy place for every moment.

 

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Navah Stein

I stayed at the Bean as the next act, Navah Stein, set up a table on stage. A couple sat at the table and poured spagettin out of a pot onto the plates and grated some Parmesan on top then began to eat. I wasn’t sure where they were going with it and took a chance and headed over to the Lamp shop.

 

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I timed it perfectly as Ryan Ober and The Romans began to play. They oozed talent and played a couple of really cool rock songs. They played an older cover that I did not know from 1951, and had the crowd rocking. Bob Wagner sat in on the last song and it sounded like an old blues rock song. Towards the end Ryan and Bob had twin ripping guitar leads going and it was a wonder to behold.

 

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Brett Hughes and the Honky Tonk band

I popped back to the Bean and Brett Hughes and the Honky Tonk band were on. They played a song about a lawyer then a sweet one about hearing a whistle blowing last night. The last song had a ’50’s noir surf rock feel as they sang I’m coming home. Lowell Thompson ripped out a sweet lead that kept me smiling.

 

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Francesca Blanchard

I popped back to the Lamp Shop and Francesca Blanchard was about to start. She sang a song about an ex-girlfriend that was pretty amusing. She played a delightful new song about how the world is turning slightly off kilter. She closed with a gorgeous cover of Dylan’s Make You Feel My Love. I love her music so much.

 

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Ivamae

I meant to head back to the Bean to catch Kim Jordan but they said it was at capacity so I ducked back into the Lamp Shop. Ivamae got up to play and the room became pin drop silent, as usual. With a strong voice and a quiet electric guitar she emits a ton or power and melted me from the first note. Her second song was a cool one called Honey Bee and she wrapped up the enchanting set with one that ended tell me what you might be.

 

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Swale

It was getting close to a crucial time so I ducked back to the Bean and was able to get in. I got settled as SWALE took the stage. They opened with Eric Olsen singing a powerhouse version of Eighteen. I love that Alice Cooper song and they did a great version of it. Up next was a brand new song called Shrug It Out that was cool. I think it was about how we can see everyone you’ve ever been. They closed with a cover that I did not know but loved. It was a dark heavy rocker and Amanda Gustafson let loose her powerhouse voice. It was an amazing set.

 

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Swale

I think Brett and Kat were going on in the Lamp Shop but it looked crowded so I stayed at the Bean to catch Yes Darling. They were a duo with Ryan Montbleau singing and playing guitar and Haley Jane unleashing her powerful voice on us. They had a whole act of a bickering couple that was quite amusing. They played songs about kissing your lips then punching you in the face and how you would be cool if you reached your potential. It’s hard to describe how good it was, but everyone in the room had a smile.

 

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Yes Darling

I hung out at the Bean as Anal Knievel took the stage. You can guess what he began talking about.

 

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Anal Knievel

 

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Paper Castles

I ducked over to the Lamp Shop as Paper Castles began to play. Their relaxed off kilter flowing pop music was a beautiful place get lost in. The music was airy and joyous and I loved going with the flow. They ended the three song set with one about how I’m all right and kept me smiling.

 

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Paper Castles

I headed back to the Bean and Osage Orange were on and playing a song about a medicine girl. They had a cool low fi indie sound that kept me in a happy place. They did a nice version of Buddy Holly’s Everyday then closed with a song about seeing my ghost in the darkness. They are so cool.

 

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I had been bopping between the Bean and the Light Club Lamp Shop, but at this point, I just settled into the Bean for the rest of the night.

Up next, the mighty Miku Daza took the stage. Their sax player was missing but the power trio charged ahead at full rock throttle. They sang about not needing you and how you don’t make it easy so I’m gonna make it hard. They played a powerhouse version of Flaca Daza, and late in the song Sugar the clown made an appearance. She stood on the bar at the back and dove into the arms of the audience. She was carried to the front then danced madly on and off the stage. The band let Flaca transition into Panic and we danced hard. Before the last song the band removed their shirts. Don’t worry, Miku had a bra and the guys had tape over their nipples so no one had to be shocked. The band ripped up a killer version of the song about the tree I’m climbing and called it a night. Wow.

 

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Miku Daza

Up next, Jeremy Rayburn got up to speak. He was very glad that the eighteen year old Radio Bean would not be drafted, and said other nice things about the wonderful place.

 

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Jeremy Rayburn

As he spoke, the band set up behind him. When ready, Cave Bees hit us hard and heavy with Juliet. They followed with another cool new song called Happy Man. It had a ripping bass line and Creston let loose a killer lead guitar break. They followed with another brand new one called Future Now that was really good too. They kept the pace at full speed for Golden Goose and closed the set by rocking the Queen City tonight. It’s always a great time when they play.

 

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Cave Bees

Dre followed with a story about meeting someone at the Bean and going on an adventure. It was fun, and she used it to describe how many people have met at the Bean and gone on to create wonderful stories. She did a nice job capturing the magical community that inhabits the Bean.

 

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Dre

As she left the stage Nico Suave and the Bodacious Supreme began to play. They opened hard and heavy with Over The Hills And Far Away. Nicole’s powerhouse voiced filled the room. They stayed with Zeppelin for the whole set and ripped up Heartbreaker. I thought they might let it go into Living Loving Maid but they took a turn and dropped it into Communication Breakdown. It was glorious.

 

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Nico Suave and the Bodacious Supreme

On the side of the stage Matt Matthew Bryan Hagen MC rapped out a couple of amusing songs. I missed the details of the first one, as I got another drink, but was locked in for the second as he spilled the beans. Such an appropriate song.

 

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Matt Hagen MC

A trio who identified as robots and binary followed. The Tsunamibots taught us to surf and rocked us hard. They sang of the surfing craze in the robotic age and murder robots on holiday. They wrapped the set with a song about a young robot trying to catch its first wave, then sang CO2 You Later. I love them so much.

 

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The Tsunamibots

Up next, The Eames Brothers Band band took the stage and turned the night a little bluesy. The first one had slow smokey sound and was about missing you in the night. They took us back to the days of old and locked into a long cool relaxed blues jam. They sang a song about how it’s been a long time coming up to this day, then closed with a fun funky song. They are immensely talented.

 

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The Eames Brothers Band

The stage emptied then filled with Kat Wright and her amazing band. It was late at this point and I was tired but basked in the gorgeous glowing music that they treated us to. Kat’s voice was right on and the band were super tight, even if the horn players had to be on the other side of the sound desk. Bob Wagnerr played a sweet lead on guitar during the second song and the whole room swayed for their entire set. They closed with a super cool version of The River. I don’t see them nearly as often as I would like, so I’m really glad I stuck around.

 

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Kat Wright

Lee Anderson came up to speak and told a couple of stories about this wonderful place he has created. A cake appeared and we all sang Happy Birthday.

 

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Lee Anderson

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The Birthday cake

At this point I needed a grand piano to prop up my mortal remains, but I had to hang out. Julia Caesar opened the set with a brand new song about singing, for it’s the thing that they do. They followed with a familiar song about how it was winter when she chose to blur the lines. Megan Wild Rice had a ripping guitar lead break on Nosedive, then they closed with another brand new one. I think it was about Mars changing direction. They are always amazing.

 

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Julia Caesar

I was exhausted but loved the next band too, so I had to stay for one more set. Preece came on as a trio with Jer Coons playing bass. Their blistering fast loud indie rock was full of joy. They opened with Waste Of Time then followed with Girl In My Bed. I missed the names of the last three but rocked hard to all of them. Preece are truly amazing.

There was at least one more band, but I just had nothing left. I ducked out and took the short walk home. The Radio Bean birthday party is a great opportunity to check out music and I’m so glad that I did.

 

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Preece

Radio Show 281 Thursday November 8, 2018 9-11pm Eastern US Time on WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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Milton Busker and the Grim Work pic by Tim Lewis

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Tonight’s local music radio show will run from 9-11pm Eastern time on WBKM.ORG Thursday November 8. You can stream it from the website or here: WBKM It will go as follows.

Song before: Thrasher – Neil Young

intro

From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. I’ve got a lot happening tonight, so let’s dive in. On Saturday, it’s the WBKM birthday party at Nectar’s. Here are some of the bands that will be playing.

1.) Fields Of Green – The Beerworh sisters featuring Julia Beerworth
2.) Scattered Birds – Aaron Flinn
3.) New York, My Lovely – Josh Glass
4.) Coconut Breeze – The High Breaks

Julia, Aaron, and Josh will play as a band called Duck Duck Goose. Matthew Bryan Hagen and Craig Mitchell will play some acoustic Prince songs. The Breaks will rock out for a bit and Seth Yacovone will close the night with an homage to Rust Never Sleeps. It’s going to be epic. OK, here’s a real treat. Let’s head on over to Robot Dog Studio.

5.) The Basement Song – Milton Busker And The Grim Work
6.) That Person Aside You – Milton Busker And The Grim Work
7.) Glad To See You Go – Milton Busker And The Grim Work
8.) Made Of Stars – Milton Busker And The Grim Work

I want to thank Milton and the band for that lovely performance. Thanks for making us sound great Ryan Cohen! Thanks to Sam Mark for helping out and to Phoebe Zorn and Chrusty Barnacles for the filming. You can find a video for Basement on YouTube now.

OK, I’ve got another treat for you. On Tuesday afternoon I spoke with Zach Tenorio Miller from Arc Iris about their new album Icon Of Ego. Here is the interview with him and some songs off the new album. Please note, Zach was in the middle of Kentucky in the wilderness when he called in. There is a double opening since we lost the connection at the beginning, but the rest is smooth sailing. Iris will be at the Stone Church in Brattleboro tomorrow and at ArtsRiot on Saturday.

Chat with Zach
9.) Everybody’s Counting On Her – Arc Iris
Chat with Zach
10.) Turn It Up – Arc Iris
Chat with Zach
11.) If You Can See – Arc Iris
Chat with Zach
12.) Icon Of Ego – Arc Iris
Chat with Zach

Thanks so much Zach! Thanks to Ovi Horta for setting up the interview. OK, this next band will be at Rathaus tomorrow.

13.) Adventure Safari – The Mountain Carol
14.) Stumble – Andriana Chobot
15.) Garabato Funeral – Mal Maïz
16.) Get Out – Clever Girls

The Girls will rock Higher Ground on Wednesday. Mal will be at Radio Bean on Saturday. If you check that out, maybe check out Grain Thief at Light Club Lamp Shop earlier in the evening. Andriana will be at Foam Brewers tomorrow. OK, here is the last song on MSP3 Counter Attack. I will have to start a new album next week.

17.) Procession 1 – ROUGH FRANCIS
18.) Jesse – The Parts
19.) Can The Call Go Through? – Seth Yacovone Band
20.) Black, Blue, and White – The New Siberians

Great song from the Siberians. Call was recorded live last week at Robot Dog. The Parts are at Sidebar tonight. Great song from Francis. Well, I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?

outro

Songs after:
Scattering Crows – Fish
Scared – The Tragically Hip
Judas – Steve Harris British Lion
I Wanna Go Back – Ace Frehley
Dynamite Road – Alice Cooper
Hot Rails To Hell – Blue Oyster Cult
Two Weeks (‘Til The End Of The World – Grand
I Write A Poem – Dam Kat
Bitter Suite/Heart Of Lothian – Fish
Electric Funeral – Black Sabbath
The Dog Is The King Of The Losers – Bee Bee Sea
Janie Jones – The Clash
Hey Hey My My (Into The Black) – Neil Young
You’ve Got Time – Regina Spektor
She Brings Me – Sistas in the Pit
Marsailles – Angel City
Village Fire – analog missionary
Purple Rain – Prince
Heavy – Clever Girls
Get Me Outta Here – Deep Purple
regular awesome programming

 

 

 

Surf Sabbath (The High Breaks) at Foam Brewers October 31, 2018   Leave a comment

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Surf Sabbath pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music Halloween night at Foam Brewers. There were two shows I really wanted to make it to, but could only manage one. I worked until 7:30 then drove to Foam and got a wonderful beer. I slowly sipped it as the robed figures of Surf Sabbath took the stage. Sounding strangely similar to The High Breaks, they played surf rock instrumental versions of Black Sabbath songs. They opened with Paranoid and caught the audience right away. They took us Into The Void then had us meet the Children Of The Grave. They showed us this Wicked World then pointed out the Symptom Of The Universe. They pointed up and asked what that was and it appeared to be a Hole In The Sky. They played a slow heavy Black Sabbath then ended on a cheery note with Sabbath Bloody Sabbath. The set was dark and heavy and I loved every note.

I hung out for a bit and said a couple of quick goodbyes then drove home. I’m sure the other show was great too, but I’m OK with my choice.

 

 

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Ouzkxqlzn, Wren Kitz, Rob Voland, The Drunk Monkeys at Radio Bean and Plastique Mammals at Light Club Lamp Shop October 29, 2018   Leave a comment

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Ouzkxqlzn pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music Monday night at Radio Bean. I got out of work at 7:30 and rushed downtown. I got in and settled and Ouzkxqlzn began to play. She lit into a cool drone and added a little voice and guitar and cello and recorded conversations and sounds she has found in the world. The mix was dizzying and she let recordings of people speaking guide the show. Themes such as explorations of performance art and societies ability to look the other way and let rapists be found not responsible cut into the listener’s soul. She played a story of a woman who had been raped then carried a mattress with her everywhere until the boy could be held accountable, but it did not sound like that ever happened. This was woven around Yoko Ono’s cutting show where she sat on stage and members of the audience came up to cut a piece of her clothing off. One voice from the drone wondered how anyone could let someone do that. Another voice from the drone confronted Senator Jeff Flake in an elevator, that seemed like it had some effect but eventually fell on deaf ears. The piece ended on a discussion of suffering and performance art. It’s always an amazing time when Lauren Costello plays.

Up next Wren Kitz took the stage. Joined by Lauren on cello, Rob Voland on drums and a cool bass player, Wren lit into the set with an off-kilter pop song about the unexplained. They rocked it out for a while then fell into a cool musical flow. They let that go for a bit and it solidified into a pop song about being the master of the world. They stopped and chatted for a bit then dove back into the music. They played a long cool piece about being unaware then wrapped it up. I love Wren’s sense of where to take music and loved every moment of the show.

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Wren Kitz pic by Tim Lewis

Up next Rob Voland moved into the front man role and Wren moved to the drums. A different bass player joined them. The set up was longer than ideal but they sounded pretty cool when they got into it. Some of the high frequencies were a bit hard to handle, at the extreme volume, but the songs were cool and the playing was great. They opened with a song that had a Wren rock vibe then fell deep in exhaustion. They played a drone with a western vibe, but with more screeches. They closed with a long slow heavy jam that got more and more intense until Rob was shredding heavily as it crashed to a conclusion. I’m not sure if it was a little too much or perfect, but it certainly was something.

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Rob Voland pic by Tim Lewis

After the chaos of Voland’s set I popped over to Light Club Lamp Shop and settled into the soothing flow of Plastique Mammals. They are a keys/bass drums duo who play liquid instrumentals. They create fun loops to get a full sound then just let the music flow in happy ways. I only caught a couple of their songs, and they put me in a happy mellow place.

 

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Plastique Mammals pic by Tim Lewis

There was noise coming from the Bean as Mammals wrapped up their set. I headed back to the Bean and rocked out to The Drunk Monkeys. They are from Boston and play straight up rock. The first song I caught was a slow bluesy jam with a ripping sax. I think it was called Sundays and rocked out at the end. They had a rocking Dead sound on Elementary #9 then had us stand to fall. The next song was louder and had a crazy rock jam at the end that made me happy. They sang a song about shadows in the moonlight then sang about a trap door. They wrapped the set with a sultry ballad called Atlantis that became a sultry jam at the end. They were a lot of fun.

After their set I headed out quickly and took the short walk home.

 

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The Drunk Monkeys pic by Tim Lewis