Caroline Rose at Madaila On Main and Swale, Wild Adriatic, and Rough Francis at Nectar’s September 2, 2017   Leave a comment

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Rough Francis pic by Luke Awtry Photography

I had a great time seeing music a week ago on Main St and at Nectar’s. Madaila threw a giant party and shut down Main St and put up a stage and somehow booked it on a lovely sunny rain free Saturday. I was able to make it downtown by 4 and had never caught up with Caroline Rose so I was excited to hear her play. I got in and settled and She began singing and playing guitar and was joined by a drummer and two keyboard players, one of whom was Abbie Gail from Hammydown. Most of the songs had a dancey rock feel and may have fit in well on the soundtrack to Kill Bill. I let the first couple of songs wash over me as the keyboard players picked up bass and guitar for the second one. The bass played mostly stayed on bass but Abbie switched between guitar and keys all through the show. I think Caroline’s whole set was made of new songs and was different from what I was expecting and sounded wonderful. She sang songs about more of the same thing living in America. She said most of her songs were sad songs with happy melodies except for the fourth one which was a happy song about being cat called. She sang a song about the waitress setting the table. She sang about Jean becoming a mom and it was her favorite song to sing. She followed with her real favorite song to sing which was something about putting on his bikini and dancing dancing dancing. She continued playing her favorite songs to sing during the greatest hits section of the show from the album that has not been released yet. One had a Bossa Nova beat and one was about how everybody knows there ain’t nothing you can do about it. She sang about doing it for the money and played a slow rocker about having had enough. She was going to leave but an encore was demanded and she played a fast rocker about going deep deep down. It was a great show and I’m so glad I went.

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Caroline Rose pic by Luke Awtry Photography

 

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Abbie Morin pic by Luke Awtry Photography

I had to meet up with Christopher Larrow who was coming over from New York for the later show but hung around for a couple of songs by Turkuaz. They had a big band heavy disco punk sound with dreamy keys. The first song may have been something like turn you and the second was about circles in my mind. They weren’t quite my cup of tea but they were really good and lit up the audience.

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Turkuaz pic by Luke Awtry Photography

I walked home, met up with Chris and hung out for a bit, then we headed to Nectar’s for the after party. SWALE began the night with a nice groove on All Down Tonight and rocked it hard by the end. They kept at full throttle for Popular Crowd then encouraged us to Release Our Records. I missed the title of the next one but loved it completely. They eased up a little for Beaten Down and built the energy back up with a searing Soul Piggy Bank. Drug Laws laid into a heavy groove and rocked the house hard. Elevator was poppy but so strong that it worked perfectly. Felon was lovely and powerful. They began the slow build and heavily rocked out Every Last One Of Us and kept rocking on Everyone Likes To. They closed with the fantastic If You Get Lost and everyone was in a happy place.

 

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Swale pic by Luke Awtry Photography

 

Up next New York band Wild Adriatic took the stage for a Zeppelin set. They opened with a bluesy jam that settled into Good Times Band Times. They let it flow into Communication Breakdown then let that flow into Immigration Song. Their playing and singing was sweet but when they brought up Nicole from Nico Suave she elevated Black Dog to a magnificent place. She left and the band rocked out Trampled Under Foot. They both eased up and rocked harder on No Quarter. The Ocean had that fun bounce and they mixed it into a snippet of Moby Dick. The drum solo was quite short then they jammed out a little more Moby. Heartbreaker rocked hard then they kept the crowd fired up with Ramble On. In the middle of the song Mikey from Turkuaz moved in and took over the drums without either drummer missing a beat in the transition. They said they were going to do something odd and played a bluesy song about 40 days and 40 nights and put a full War Pigs in the middle. What a night.

 

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Wild Adriatic pic by Luke Awtry Photography

Chris took off at that point, and I was pretty tired too but there was no way I could miss the next band. ROUGH FRANCIS hit the stage hard with a couple of their newer songs that I’m getting to know and completely love. MSP2 was great and rocked hard as did the next new one. I-90 East is a classic and is super strong. They sang a song about getting it together and coming together and telling your sister and telling your brother. They encouraged us to not look back then played a heavy version of Staring Out The Window. They sang about getting out and at some point Paul threw himself off the stage and rocked hard in the audience. They played a slower song about fascists who think their haircuts make them cute and how we should walk on by. Not A Nice Guy was blisteringly fast and hard and they played the song about every day. They wrapped the 16 song set with an over the top Comm To Space and finished up at 1:48 am.

I hung out for a bit then took the long tired and lovely walk home.

Thanks for the pics Luke Awtry Photography

 

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Rough Francis pic by Luke Awtry Photography

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Savage Hen at Robot Dog Studio and When Particles Collide at The Monkey House August 30, 2017   Leave a comment

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When Particles Collide pic by Tim Lewis

 

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Savage Hen pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music a week ago Wednesday. I woke up and wrote up three shows that I hand seen in the last week then took a short nap. I met up with Mary Wolcott around 6:30 and we headed over to Robot Dog Studio. Ryan Cohen spent some time getting the sound right then I began my interview with Savage Hen that I played the next day on my local music radio show on WBKM. They played four heavy songs. Voodoo Revenge, The Wrong List, Clever Girl, and Local Lore are all powerful songs and we chatted about life in between. After we wrapped up the interview They played one more song that I will use for my annual Halloween show. The jump rope theme from Nightmare On Elm St was creepy and perfect. After that was wrapped up Mary and I headed out and went to Winooski

 

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Savage Hen pic by Tim Lewis

We arrived at The Monkey House and had missed Dino Bravo but were just in time to catch the set from When Particles Collide. Their set was short and sweet and loud and fast and hard. They opened with Ego then played a song about the base of the mountain. They rocked out Fight and Chris Viner sang the bass line at one point. Storm Cloud rocked hard and Sasha Alcott‘s voice and guitar playing were in fine form. They sang about pink and laying one’s body down and being my home. They closed the set with Constant Disaster and that was that. We hung out and chatted for a bit and I had to get one of the vampire giraffe with the cool sneakers shirts.

After that we headed out and Mary dropped me off then headed home. It was indeed a lovely day.

 

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When Particles Collide pic by Tim Lewis

 

Radio Show 224 Thursday September 7, 2017 9-11pm Eastern US Time on WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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Tonight’s local music radio show on WBKM will run from 9-11pm US Eastern time Thursday September 7th. It can be streamed from the Facebook page link above or at WBKM.ORG and will go as follows,

Song before: Immigrant Song – Led Zeppelin

intro

From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. There was lots of great music in town last week and a staggering amount this week. Let’s begin with a band who blew me away the one time I saw them. They are in town tonight at ArtsRiot.

1.) The World Is A Loud Place – Landlady
2.) Favorite Bag – Phil Yates & The Affiliates
3.) Jessie – The Parts
4.) Hurricane – Landlady

I saw Landlady at Signal Kitchen once and was amazed. I’m psyched they are back in town tonight. This weekend is Art Hop in the South End. There are lots of bands playing and there is one amazing show in an alley by the Green Door which is behind ArtsRiot to the right and not far from Howard St. The Parts are one of the many bands playing there. That’s a brand new song from Phil Yates‘ upcoming album. Yea, Landlady. OK, let’s play the next song from Loose Tooth.

5.) Loose Tooth – Clever Girls
6.) Strawberry Blonde – Dino Bravo VT
7.) Nicky Says – Black Rabbit
8.) Bridge To Panda Chaos – Zeus Springsteen

Zeus will be at the Green Door show as will Rabbit and Dino. Great song from Clever. This next band will be at a couple of shows at Art Hop including one at Friends of Jim’s Basement.

9.) 25 Miles Per Hour Blues – Better Things
10.) Voodoo Wave – The High Breaks
11.) America Religious – Caroline Rose
12.) Secret – Madaila

Madaila put on a great show on Saturday when they took over Main St and put up a stage. I caught Caroline’s set at that show and was very impressed. The Breaks are playing Friday at ArtsRiot for the venue’s 4th birthday party with some other bands. This next band are playing Friday by the Green Door too.

13.) Better Than You Think – Eastern Mountain Time
14.) My Heart – Francesca Blanchard
15.) Vermonter – James Kochalka
16.) Cocktail Hour – David L Jarvis

Dave used to play around in the ’90’s and is back in town. He’s working on a new baroque pop band called The New Victorians so it will be cool to see what that sounds like. I think they will play that classic song. Great song from James about what it’s like to be in Vermont and to not be in Vermont. Francesca will be at Hotel Vt this Friday. This next band played the after Madaila show at Nectar’s last Saturday.

17.) All Down Tonight – SWALE
18.) Staring Our The Window – ROUGH FRANCIS
19.) Not In My Name – Dysfunkshun
20.) Burn – Dirty Blondes

The Blondes, and a couple of other bands, will be at the Dysfunkshun reunion show at Higher Ground on Saturday. Francis and Swale put on amazing shows at Nectar’s last Saturday. OK, here’s a classic Burlington rocker.

21.) Bloodboy – Envy
22.) Nightmare On Elm Street – Savage Hen
23.) Mr Reed – Seth Yacovone Band
24.) I Know, Right – The Mountain Says No

I haven’t caught up with Mountain in a while but love it when I do. Great rocker from Seth and the band. It was fun watching Hen put the Nightmare jump rope theme into song form at the Robot Dog Studio session last week. Classic from Envy. OK, there’s not much time left. Let’s end where we began.

25.) The Globe – Landlady
26.) It’ll Be OK – Let’s Whisper
27.) In The Rain – Plan B
28.) Above My Ground – Landlady

I love how hard that song rocks at the end. Classic from B and quite appropriate with all the rain we’ve had lately. Great song from Whisper and another great one from Landlady. Well, I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?

outro

Songs after:
Zoe 25 – Fish
Heroes – King Crimson
Other Arms – Robert Plant
Dragged Around The Universe – Queen Tangerine
Black 17 – The New Siberians
All The Same To You – Milton Busker
Poem For Torin/Ethan Is Stoned – Peg Tassey MUSIC
Withering Heights – Kate Bush
Dig Him – Andriana Chobot
Megaphone – Joshua Glass Music
regular programming

 

Radio Show 223 Thursday August 31, 2017 9-11pm Eastern US Time on WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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Tonight’s local music radio show on WBKM.ORG runs from 9-11pm US Eastern time Thursday August 31. You can stream it from this link: WBKM It will go as follows.

Song before: Texas Flood – Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble

intro

From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. Tonight I want to send my heart out to the people of Texas and encourage all of you to help if you can. Take your time and find a worthy charity since this will be going on for a long time. Let’s begin tonight with a recording from Robot Dog Studio from earlier this year.

1.) Able To Breathe – Peter Burton
2.) Faded Movie Reel – Jeremy Gilchrist – Singer-Songwriter
3.) Your Eyes – Forest Gray
4.) My Heart – Francesca Blanchard

Francesca is pretty amazing and will be at Foam Brewers tomorrow night. I caught a set by Forest at Nectar’s last Saturday and really enjoy his music. Nice song about looking back from Jeremy and sweet song from Peter. OK, here is the next song on Loose Tooth, the album I’m playing all the way through song after song week after week.

5.) 45 – Clever Girls
6.) Stardust For Dessert – David Rosane & The Zookeepers
7.) The Interrogator (Enhanced) – Milton Busker
8.) Nature – Madaila

Madaila are throwing a huge party all day Saturday and will block off Main street in front of Nectar’s and play with a bunch of other bands. You’ve just got to love them. I caught a set by Milton on Tuesday at Light Club Lamp Shop and his band the Grim Work are really good. Great song from David about the Paris attacks and how we can change from being alive to stardust in an instant. Clever are playing at The Monkey House tomorrow and always put on a great show, though there’s so many other shows happening that night too. OK, there is a cool after Madaila party at Nectar’s and this band will be there.

9.) Felon – SWALE
10.) The Perfect Map – Elephants of Scotland
11.) Constant Disaster – When Particles Collide
12.) Blind Pigs – ROUGH FRANCIS

Francis will be at the after show party at Nectar’s too and I’m very excited. Particles played a great version of that last night at the Monkey House. Elephants are playing a show in New Haven Vermont on Saturday with their new bass player Robert Gagnon. Hmmm, Swale. OK, let’s head over to Robot Dog Studio for an interview and live songs from Savage Hen. It’s another edition of WBKM live at Robot Dog Studio.

13.) Voodoo Revenge – Savage Hen
14.) The Wrong List – Savage Hen
15.) Clever Girl – Savage Hen
16.) Local Lore – Savage Hen

I want to thank Ryan Cohen for making us sound so good and to thank Jack Kubera, Matthew Bryan Hagen and Jeremy Gartner for rocking so hard. OK, let’s keep rocking.

17.) Comm To Space – Rough Francis
18.) Storm Cloud – When Particles Collide
19.) TFAY – Elephants Of Scotland
20.) Elevator – Swale

I’m so psyched to see Swale and Francis and am thinking the timing might be too tight to get back from New Haven in time. Sigh. Particles played that one last night too. OK, let’s keep rocking.

21.) Children Of The Stars – Madaila
22.) The Meanest Thing I’ll Ever Write – Milton Busker
23.) Hope In The Dark – David Rosane & The Zookeepers
24.) Catch And Release – Clever Girls

Clever have been opening with that song and I’m so glad they did a Robot Dog session with me so I have a copy to play for you. Yet another great song from David. Milton’s albums sound different from his band but the songs have the same basic structure. They played a cool version of that on Tuesday. I love that Madaila song. I really like this song too.

25.) Wanderer – Francesca Blanchard
26.) You’re Not Listening – Forest Gray
27.) Endless War – Jeremy Gilchrist
28.) Let Me Be – Peter Burton

I thought I’d end where I began with great songs from Peter and Jeremy. Forest played a cool version of that on Saturday at Nectar’s. Francesca writes such great songs. Well, I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?

outro

Songs after
SRV speaks – Stevie Ray Vaughan
Big Wedge (live) – Fish
Morrigan – Children in Paradise
Aladdin Sane – David Bowie
When You Were Mine – The Church Band
Star – The New Siberians
Black 17 – The New Siberians
It’s All Too Much – The Church
Life On Mars – David Bowie
Alone – Children In Paradise
Heart Of Lothian (live) – Fish
Nightmare On Elm Street – Savage Hen
I Lost My Marbles – Joshua Glass Music
Happy X-Mas (War Is Over) – Josh Glass
The Path – Savage Hen
regular programming

 

Milton Busker And The Grim Work at Light Club Lamp Shop August 29, 2017   Leave a comment

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Milton Busker And The Grim Work pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last night at Light Club Lamp Shop. I worked until 6:30 so it was easy to make the 7:30 show. I arrived a couple of minutes early but soon it was time for Milton Busker And The Grim Work to play. They have a hint of a country sound mixed with Milton’s quirky pop and sometimes lock into a rocking groove. They opened with a song about madmen of yesterday and how nobody loves you. Milton and the drummer started clapping and the band launched into heaven knows there ain’t nothing we can’t do. They played a song about the Devil’s Hand and a touching song called Baby, Let My Money Keep You Warm. They played another cool song then went to Milton’s last album, You Are What You Pretend To Be, for a great version of The Meanest Thing I’ll Ever Write. They went back to his first album Dance Songs Volume II for Jesus In Chains and Milton let his soaring voice fill the room. He began Ordinary Day solo on the acoustic guitar and almost finished it when the band jumped in and played a rocking jam. As they eased off he finished the songs last few notes solo. They played a rocking song about parenthood and a 16 ton soul. They played a song called Gravity who’s chorus went “settle down, everything is broken and the end is near”. It reminded me of a conversation with another artist who said it’s the sad songs that are worth playing since they cheer us up. Gravity nicely defines that concept. They played a bluesy song called Lost Cause and a song about how a soul needs light. They played a song about letting you down an a cool cover by an artist that I did not know. They played a couple of fun rocking songs then tossed in a cover of Driver 8. They closed with Glad To See You Go and left me in a happy place.

I hung out and chatted for a bit then headed for home.

 

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Forest Gray at Nectar’s August 26, 2017   Leave a comment

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Forest Gray pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last Saturday at Nectar’s. I had been trying to shake a cold for a couple of weeks and made Friday a quiet night at home. I worked 9:30-6 on Saturday and still didn’t feel so great but saw that Forest Gray was opening A-Dog day with a 7-7:30 set. I have a huge amount of respect for Andy Williams and the music and love that he put into our community. I think it’s cool that there is a whole day dedicated to him where lots of DJ’s do their thing, even if I’m more into seeing bands play.

I got going a little late and walked into the club around 7:05 and Forest was on stage. There is something quite compelling about his quirky nature and songs that keeps me coming back. He played a song about waking up in the morning and not recognizing himself in the mirror. He played a song about finding a lover and a four leaf clover that had an interesting dueling reference. He played a song about having something to say to the Lord but not being sure that anyone was listening. He played a song about green aliens and one about vaping all night. He closed with a song about how we are all immigrants who’s refrain was bury me at wounded knee.

I said a quick hello then sailed up the packed Church St and headed for home.

Posted August 30, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows, Uncategorized

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David Rosane & The Zookeepers at Robot Dog Studio and Gneiss at Red Square August 23, 2017   Leave a comment

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David Rosane & The Zookeepers pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last Wednesday. I woke up and wrote up three shows that I hand seen in the last week then took a short nap. I met up with Mary Wolcott around 6:30 and we headed over to Robot Dog Studio. Ryan Cohen spent some time getting the sound right then I began my interview with David Rosane & The Zookeepers that I played the next day on my local music radio show on WBKM. They played four lovely songs. Grandma, Sugar And Cream, Hope In The Dark, and What The Fuck Went Wrong are all powerful and gorgeous songs and we chatted about life in between. After we wrapped up the interview They played one more song that I will use for my annual Halloween show. Stardust For Dessert is about the Paris bombing attack and about how life can be transferred into stardust in an instant. After that was wrapped up the band headed out and Mary, Ryan and I chatted for a bit. Mary and I then headed out and went downtown.

 

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David Rosane & The Zookeepers pic by Tim Lewis

We arrived at Red Square just as gneiss ended a set so we got drinks then chatted with the band. It was s short break then they got up to play. Naomi Galimidi and Johnny Meli alternated singing the songs as Jesse Cowan and Jacob Blodgett locked in the rhythm. They began with a song with a jazzy jam feel then played a song about seeing the light in your soul. They played a great version of Haze then played a funky song about moving on to the next scene. They played a song about walking in light that had a bit of a Bowie vibe. Piano In Every Room filled my heart and Lovely Day kept me smiling. A song about it being too much and never enough had a nice feel to it and they closed with an appropriate song called Comfort Me. Per the band it went Rumor (Debut) → Wish I Knew You, Daughters Eyes, Sophia Walks → Haze → Backdrop, Lovely Day, Too Much, Comfort Me.

After that we headed out and Mary dropped me off then headed home. It was indeed a lovely day.

 

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Gneiss pic by Tim Lewis