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Radio Show 171 Thursday August 11, 2016 9-11pm Eastern US Time 107.1 FM and WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

Steady Betty at Eat More Kale festival June 25 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Steady Betty at Eat More Kale festival June 25 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

 

For tonight’s local music radio show on 107.1 FM WBKM I took the many styles of music on the new album by The New Siberians and matched them up in sets from new and old Burlington bands. It went as follows:

Lined up before:
The Great Forgetter – The New Siberians
Calendar Girl – Stars
Sparks – The Color Exchange
Delirious – The Church Band
Monocacy – Slingshot Dakota

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Song before: Rebel Girl – Bikini Kill

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From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. It hit 96 degrees today and it’s a scorching night in the Queen City. Music is all around. Last night I got to see Swale play a great set in a classic Vermont setting. They played a bunch of great songs at Shelburne Farms including this one. They just made a devastatingly beautiful and horrible video for this cover song. This is a song to help remind us that the color of your skin and the shape of your face and body mean nothing. You are what you say and what you do and what you tolerate and what you don’t.

1.) Black Boys On Mopeds – SWALE
2.) If Time Was A River – Anna Pardenik
3.) Letter From The 21st – Jeremy Gilchrist – Singer-Songwriter
4.) Bird On The Sea – The New Siberians

What a great new song from the Siberians. I’ve got a couple more songs from it lined up later. Jeremy Gilchrist is playing Radio Bean tomorrow at 7 so I may catch a song or two at the end of his set if I’m out of work on time. Anna is playing at Light Club Lamp Shop tomorrow too which is cool. Swale were amazing and played an amazing version of that song yesterday. As always, I want to thank Higher Ground for sponsoring the station. They have Upmhrey’s McGee in town tonight and Strangefolk in Jay this weekend. The Girls Rock VT August Showcase is happening Saturday if you want a glimpse of the future rock scene. OK, here is he next song from Giant Places.

5.) Take Your Gold Away – Lendway
6.) The Interrogator (Enhanced) – Milton Busker
7.) New Atlantis – Aaron Flinn
8.) Make It Work – The New Siberians

Another great new song from Siberians new album Black, Blue and White. Aaron writes and sings such great songs. I love the new Milton album and that song has some intense energy. Hmmm, Lendway. It’s hot and there is no breeze and it’s summer in Vermont. Let’s celebrate it.

9.) Summertime – Peg Tassey MUSIC
10.) Beach Song – Mr. Ray Fork
11.) Give Me All Your Love – Madaila
12.) Breaking Camp – The New Siberians

Yup, the Siberians have a dancey pop song on the new album too. Such a fun song from Madaila who are going to take over downtown for a day sometime soon. It is summer and beach weather!!!! Even at night!! OK, let’s go back to the late ;80;s or early ’90’s for a classic song about a girl.

13.) Mary – Plan B
14.) Counting On A Ghost – Elephants of Scotland
15.) Summer Of Andy – The Cancer Conspiracy
16.) Lead Me To Your Love – The New Siberians

Yup, the Siberians have a psychedelic/prog rock song on the new album. Great instrumental from the ’90’s prog rock band. That is a song from Elephants new album. I love Plan B. OK, let’s head to the indie zone.

17.) Life Of The Party – My first Days On Junk
18.) Hindsight 20/20 – Better Things
19.) Screwball – Screaming Broccoli
20.) Tenderness – The New Siberians

That one almost has a bit of a Ninja vibe. The New Siberians are made of Simon Plumpton on drums, who also plays with Invisible Homes, Ted Pappadopoulos on bass and vocals and assorted instruments, and Brendan Devitt on guitar and vocals. There are so many good songs on this new album of theirs. Broccoli played in the late ’80’s and early ’90’s and rocked hard. Better are about to release a new album and 20/20 will be one of the songs. Junk are a band with Urian Hackney and played Waking Windows last spring. OK, let’s play another song from that late ’80’s early ’90’s period.

21.) New Age Woman – Pinhead
22.) MSP2 – ROUGH FRANCIS
23.) Silver And Gold – Waylon Speed!
24.) Black, Blue And White – The New Siberians

That one from the Siberians has more of a classic rock sound so I thought it would sound good with the Speed song. Francis should have a new album out soon and I can’t wait. Great rocker from Pinhead. I got to see Caroline Marie play songs from her upcoming solo album last week, so let’s play one from her last album.

25.) The Feeling – Vedora
26.) Sweet Dreams – Bethany Conner Music
27.) Black 17 – The New Siberians

Great rocker from the Siberians. I love that beautiful song from Bethany. Hmmm, Vedora. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?

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Song after: A Gentleman’s Excuse Me – Fish

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Lined up after:
Strontium Burning (acoustic) – TILT
Catskills – Alpenglow
One By Sea – Elephants of Scotland
Supper’s Ready – Steve Hackett
Images – Saga
The Funny Bird – Mercury Rev
I Am Sunday – The Red Telephone
Downstream – Supertramp
Upstream – The New Siberians
Above The Frequency – Invisible Homes
On The Air – Peter Gabriel
Lily – Kate Bush
Symmetry – jane siberry
Stumble – Andriana Chobot
If You Get lost – SWALE
New Americana – Halsey
Better Half – Abbie Morin
Empire Of The Clouds – Iron Maiden
Fractured Mirrow – Ace Frehley
So They Say – The New Siberians
Freaks – Marillion
By My Side – Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band
Megaphone – Josh Glass
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Radio Show 124 Thursday August 27, 2015 9-11pm Eastern US Time WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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I just got back from my local music radio show on internet only WBKM.org. I played a lot music that I have not previously aired, and tossed in a couple of classics.

Songs before: Weeping Willow – Persian Claws
A Rock Star Bucks A Coffee Shot – Neil Young

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From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. It’s been a beautiful week in Burlington and tonight the town is hopping. There are people all over the place, lots of cars and motorcycles driving up and down main st. The kids went back to school this week, but it’s still a great summer night in town. Tonight I want to start with the upcoming Presidential campaign that is shaping up. No matter what you think, it’s important to elect smart compassionate people who are aware of the subtle intricacies of foreign policy. This first song is about AQ Kahn, the father of the Pakistani atomic bomb, and a cute ditty about unrequited love. Please choose leaders who know more about these kinds of things than rock stars. This is My Atom Girl by the Dirtminers on Wbkm and this is Burlington’s Kind Of Music.

1.) My Atom Girl – Dirtminers
2.) Great Escape – Jeremy Gilchrist
3.) Devil Knows My Name – Great Western

Yea, I finally got a copy of that song that has been played all over Burlington for the last year or so. Thanks Ryan Osswald. Killer song from the politically aware and very thoughtful Jeremy Gilchrist – Singer-Songwriter. He played a pretty cool show at Radio Bean last Saturday. Yes, when choosing a Presidential candidate, it’s nice if they have a good understanding of the American experience, but as the late great Bill Hicks (AMERICAN The Bill Hicks Story) once said, “It’s a round world last time I checked” OK, back to music. Burlington had a wonderful guest come and play at Nectar’s for us last night. His name is Yonrico Scott and he’s played with the Derek Trucks Band and dozens of others. He was joined by a bunch of excellent Burlington musicians like Bob Wagner, Shane Hardiman, Josh Weinstein and others. Kat Wright got up and sang a couple of songs with him, which was pretty cool.

4.) Them Changes – Yonrico Scot
5.) You’ll Be The Sky – Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band
6.) Buttonz – Binger
7.) Man On The Side – Joshua Glass Music

I went to Radio Bean and saw acoustic Barbacoa then some of Sammich, which featured Dalton Muzzy from Binger on drums and Josh Glass on keys. They were pretty cool. I saw some of their set, popped over to Nectar’s for most of Yonrico Scot’s first set, then caught the end of Sammich. It was a fun time. In 2013 a well liked and regarded local DJ passed away from leukemia at age 38. Andy Williams, also know as DJ A-Dog, created such love that there was a huge party in his memory last year at Arts Riot. This year the party is on Saturday and is at both Nectar’s and Club Metronome with tons of DJs all day and night, and a show from Rough Francis.

8.) U Thought U Nu-Funk intro… – DJ A-Dog
9.) Exit Strategy – Rue Mevlana
10.) Righteous – ROUGH FRANCIS

I’m pretty sure Francis really though A-Dog was righteous, so I wanted to play that one. Rue are playing a show in a couple of weeks called Motley Rue. Could be interesting. OK, here is the next song from JV.

11.) King Grifter – The Mountain Says No
12.) We Need Bigger Knives – As We Were
13.) Circumstance – Tokyo Storm Warning
14.) Plastic Revolution – Doll Fight

I love that song, and miss Doll Fight! Classic ’90’s Burlington rock song from Tokyo. I haven’t caught up with As in a while and would really like to. Killer Mountain song!! I first saw this next band when they played one of the legendary parties at Max Krauss‘ house. He moved to Boston and joined them for a new EP.

15.) Auxiliary Girl – Night Slice
16.) Flipside – Kimberly White Project
17.) Bomb – Envy

Classic from Burlington’s ’90’s. I totally cheated with Flipside since KWP play in the Carolinas, but a local musician, who now lives down there, turned me on to them, and I wanted to play a song. Thanks for the heads up Brian Wardrep. This next band played around New England some time ago, had a beer named after them at Vt Pub, then eventually broke up. They are doing a reunion show at Higher Ground on September 5th.

18.) Ocheh (Someday I) – Currently Nameless
19.) Ordinary Day – Milton Busker
20.) Tune Of An Onion – Currently Nameless

Sean Daily, aka Milton Busker, used to play with Nameless so I though it would be fun to toss one of his songs in between two of theirs. He’s playing Aug 30 at Radio Bean with his new band The Grim Work. This next band played around from 2003-2012 and released this compilation called When Nobody Was Looking. They featured Adam Rabin who went on to join Elephants Of Scotland, and totally flew under my radar. Rats. .

21.) Attempt No Landing Aria – Mailbox
22.) Micronesia – Mailbox
23.) The Other Room (live) – Elephants of Scotland

Elephants are a long way into the third studio album. I can’t wait. Tomorrow at Radio Bean is Vermont Joy Parade, Duke Aeroplane & The Wrong Numbers, and a solo set from Anna Pardenik.

24.) Trouble Of Your Bretheren – Anna Pardenik
25.) This Land Is Your Land – U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders

Getting back to the beginning, if you want a leader who will take care of your bretheren Bernie will do the job nicely. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?

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Song after: The Voyeur (I Like To Watch) – Fish

 

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Radio Show 57 Thursday April 10, 2014 9-10pm Eastern US Time WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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I just got back from my 57th local music radio show on internet only WBKM.ORG. It started and ended a bit mellow, but had some rock in between. The song before was Kings by the Church in honor of the return of Game Of Thrones.

Song before: Kings – The Church Band

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From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. The temperature has gotten into the 60’s, the snow is melted, and flowers are coming out. That is one way we know that spring is here. The angle of the sun is another. Here’s Peg Tassey on WBKM, and this is Burlington’s Kind Of Music.

1.) Angle Of The Sun – Peg Tassey MUSIC
2.) Stay Away From Sarah (acoustic) – Chin Ho!
3.) If Time Was A River – Anna Padernik And Her Apologies

Anna is best known in VT and around the world in her band Vermont Joy Parade, but her solo songs are what grab me. That was a great song by classic VT band Chin Ho! I love that Peg song. We are into spring, yea!. I just had a little extra money to buy an album and picked up one I’ve been wanting to for a while.

4.) Liar – Maryse Smith
5.) Guitar – Michael Chorney And Hollar General
6.) Time To Get Out – Aaron Flinn and Salad Days

Great song by one of VT’s treasures. I hope you listened to how amazingly well Aaron played that guitar. Michael Chorney has put a lot of music into VT, and will be working on a project with Maryse. That could be cool. Here is the next song on Dancing With The Big Guy.

7.) Funky Breakdown – Ninja Custodian
8.) Flux Capacitor – Wave of the Future
9.) Yardsale – Lendway
10.) 1,000 Lies – Sean Toohey

Sean is half of the dynamic songwriting duo, with Matt Hutton, who brought us the songs of Envy and Red Telephone. Sean also worked with Alice Austin on To A Star In The Yard and played the Burlington show for that album’s release. Part of me thinks I played Yardsale because it’s almost that time in VT, but most of me played it because it’s a great song. Flux is the most Back To The Future of the Wave songs. That was recorded at Nectar’s. I remember seeing Funky many many times at Nectat’s . Up next is another new song from Elephants Of Scotland.

11.) TFAY – Elephants of Scotland
12.) The Summer Of Andy – The Cancer Conspiracy
13.) Waterlanding – Swale

To Forget About You. It was fun to get a bit proggy for that set. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?

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Here is a song by Fish that he just released a video for. It’s about the dangers of what we are doing to our world and about not appreciating beauty in our lives

Song after: Blind To The Beautiful – Fish

 

 

Radio Show 38 Thursday November 21 , 2013 9-10pm Eastern US Time WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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I just got back from my local music, internet only, radio show on Wbkm Dot Org. The show had a bit of a theme.

Song before: Every 10 Seconds Before – Active Heed

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From our small city, to the great big wold, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. It’s getting colder, but there were still people walking around Church st. They were playing music on the street and in the bars. Last week I opened with a song about California by Joshua Glass. Tonight let’s start with New York, My Lovely on WBKM, and this is Burlington’s kind of music.

1.) New York, My Lovely – Josh Glass
2.) Lonely Man – Ana Pardenik
3.) Die A Little – Satori Bob

John Baumann and Satori Bob used to play Burlington all the time. He moved out west but this song has the great Robert Gagnon on it. Bob is such a great player and has a wonderful Vermonter dry wit. Best Facebook poster ever? I love Anna’s songs and that one seemed to fit the mood of the day. Next up is another of those staggeringly great players in Burlington.

4.) The Ground Is Giving UP – Aaron Flinn and Salad Days
5.) Monarch Butterfly – Jenny Montana
6.) My Atom Girl – The Dirtminers

That’s a great song by the Dirtminers about the father of the Pakistani atomic bomb. Here in Burlington we like to look at, and listen to, the events of the world and try and make sense of them. Raph Worrick and Jeff LaBossiere and company do a great job of it on that song. It’s really catchy too. Jenny used to play a bunch of the Women Exposed in Fold Fashion and Rock And Roll shows, that Gabrielle Douglas used to always be a part of. I love that song from Jenny. Next up is the next song from the great album, To A Star In The Yard.

7.) Keeping You Wild – Alice Austin
8.) On The Radio (?) – My Other Friend
9.) Dead Summer – Thompson Gunner
10.) The Blackout – The Static Age

Static were an ’80’s band in the 2000’s that gave us the mega talented Bobby Hackney Jr. on drums who went on to front ROUGH FRANCIS and Marie Claire Johnson who rocked hard with Fire the Cannons, wrote some great solo piano songs that I really miss and would love to play, and met up with Mike Gordon for a tour. She often plays at Honky Tonk Tuesdays at Radio Bean. I had a great time at the Bean last week seeing Blue Button and Rough Francis on Saturday and Hana Zara on Sunday. This Saturday Thompson are playing. My Other Friend came to town once and I bought their three song CD that has no song titles. Great stuff though.

Tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of JFK. A lot of people have a lot of opinions, but the fact is it was a tragedy that stunned the nation and effects us deeply 50 years later. People in Burlington like to think things through and try to organize thoughts to make sense of worldly events. Black Rabbit do a great job of it on this song about that horrible event in our history.

11.) Mark My Words – Black Rabbit
12.) Ruffians – Rough Francis
13.) Destroying Everything They See – Blue Button
14.) I’m Sick Of It – Shark Victim

SV are always fun. BB and RF rocked the Bean hard on Saturday. Thanks guys!! I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town, let’s do it again next week, shall we?

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Song After Blind To The Beautiful – Fish

Radio Show 28 Thursday September 5 , 2013 9-10pm Eastern US Time WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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I just got back from Radio show 28 on WBKM.ORG.  It was a moody and rocking affair with a dash of chaos.  Classic Burlington lined up with happening now Burlington.  Both held up well.

Song Before: A Full Moon In March – The Waterboys

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From our small city to the great big world, these are The Sounds Of Burlington.  Tonight it will drop into the 30’s, but there will be a few warm days ahead.  I know you will go swimming again.  When you do, don’t be a shark victim.  This is the Theme Song from Shark Victim on WBKM, and this is Burlington’s kind of music.

1.) Theme Song – Shark Victim

2.) You Don’t Like Me (Do Ya) – Pinhead

3.) Earth Angel – Poxy

4.) Confession – Violette Ultraviolet

I’ve seen VU a couple of times this year and had a great time.  Poxy rock, very quickly, and will be playing 242 Main sometime soon.  Pinhead are such a classic VT band.  It’s so fun to watch J Boom Mateik and Michael Clifford rock out as SV.  Here is the next song on A Small Arrival

5.) The Last Room You’ll Ever Sleep In – Swale

6.) One From Two – Linda Bassick

7.) Blue Again – Anna Pardenik and Her Apologies

I’ve really enjoyed seeing Anna this year.  I’m happy to have music of hers to play.  Linda is a wonderful singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and plays with Steady Betty, when not doing her solo projects.  She also goes to a lot of shows and supports her fellow musicians.  Way to go Linda.  Hmmmm, Swale.  I missed some music this week, but looked at Wednesday and found Cameo Harlot at the Monkey House.  I chatted with the guys from Vetica when I walked in, and found they were playing too.  Cool.

8.) Can’t Feel It – Vetica

9.) Holmes Sweet Holmes – Cameo Harlot

10.) Carion My Wayward Son – The Contrarian

I’ve been listening to Contrarian’s Advanced Magic lately, and that one caught me.  The Cameo song was a nice brooding rocker with a strong finish.  Another great song by Vetica.  I’m heading to the Art Hop tomorrow to catch Dino Bravo, and maybe Rough Francis.  A long time ago, in Burlington, there was a man named Ethan.  He formed a band called the Hollywood Indians and Peg Tassey wrote a song about him.  She tossed in a poem to begin with.

11.) Poem for Torin/Ethan’s Stoned – Peg Tassey

12.) Bad Oasis – Farm

I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town, let’s do it again next week, shall we?

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Hi this is Tim, my favorite singer just released a new album  This is Fish with a song called Crucifix Corner on WBKM, and even though he is from Scotland, this is Burlington’s kind of music

Song After: Crucifix Corner – Fish

Radio Show 23 Thursday August 1, 2013 9-10pm Eastern US Time WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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I just got back from radio show 23 on WBKM.ORG. With the cool rainy weather, I was a little mellower than sometimes, but the show rocked. I played some of the music I bought at the Precipice.

Song Before: Afterglow – Genesis (live)

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From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. I want to thank Sarah Grant and Lee Anderson and everyone else who made The Precipice a great show. Special props to Joe Adler for helping make it happen. This song is dedicated everyone who loves their brother or sister, and especially to my brother Ken.

1.) Brothers and Sisters – Joe Adler and the Rangers of Danger

2.) Carry That Load – Anna Padernik and Her Apologies

3.) Soul Piggy Bank – Swale

That was the second song on Swale’s album A Small Arrival. Next week we will get to song three. I talked about not making enough money to get by, and how that relates to most VT musicians. Talked about feeling torn about leaving Swale at the Precipice, to see Anna. But, Anna’s voice is great and I love her solo songs I bought her CD at the show. Before that was Johnnie Day Durand playing the saw with Joe and the Rangers. Happy Birthday yesterday. Another cool show was Jane Boxall Allen playing a set on marimba. She had some guests, including Raph Worrick who sang this song as she played.

4.) Let’s Complain – Ray Fork

5.) Pyramid – Jane Boxall

6.) Afterlife – Hana Zara

Talked about loving the crystal clear stories Hana sang at the show. I bought a disc and read that this song is from when she was living in Nebraska and had just made the decision to move back to Burlington, and the song was about the space between the decision and the change. Jane sang great, played great, and was a wonderful front woman. She also played with Steady Betty. Caroline O’Connor played with Steady Betty too. Her band, Vedora tore it up on Saturday.

7.) Terrarium – Vedora

8.) Linea – Vetica

9.) While Egypt Was Burning – Doll Fight!

Yea! Brand new Doll Fight! This is a cool song about Americans reaction to the Arab Spring. They did not play the Precipice, but their singer/guitar player Christine Mathias played sax with Steady Betty. Vetica really rocked on Sunday. Some people sat for the show but I could not. Vedora was fantastic, and it was great to see them again. We have a cool local weekly magazine called Seven Days. Many of the people who work there, play in bands. I can’t play any Monoprix, with drummer Steve Hadeka, since there is none recorded, per Daniel Bolles, but I can play three others. The first is a band that had the audience dancing so hard, the ground was a bit more level on Saturday.

10.) Bob Bannon – The Skamaphrodites

11.) Hallelujah – The Dirty Blondes

12.) Come To Space – Rough Francis

Bobby Hackney jr plays in Rough Francis, Diane Sullivan plays in the Dirty Blondes (and is fit enough to do onstage pushups), and Dan Bolles sang for the Skamaphrodites. All three work for 7 Days. I hope you enjoyed checking out the very current music of our town, let’s do it again next week, shall we?

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Song After: Sunsets On Empire – Fish

The Precipice Day 1 July 26, 2013   Leave a comment

Wow. Last night was a brilliant night of music. I headed out just before 5 and made my way to the field behind the new Burlington College building. I presented my three day pass and got double stamped and arm banded, and headed in to the show. Funbridge were jamming some funky rock in the inTENT, but I briskly walked by, to the OmnipoTENT main stage, to see Swale. They were on and playing a killer version of Cancer. The sound was huge and wonderful and proved a harbinger of the night. For the most part, all of the bands had nice mixes and sounded great. Swale mixed up the pace with a couple of slower songs, but even Waterlanding had more of a rock edge than it sometimes does. They sounded so great, that if felt like an unpardonable sin to leave.

Unfortunately, Anna Pardenki and Her Apologies were playing in the CoexisTENT, and I had to check out her music. I’m not a huge fan of her band VT Joy Parade, but I’ve heard her solo songs a couple of times, and loved them. She was playing acoustic guitar and singing. Her band consisted of an electric guitar player, who had a mellow tone and shaded the songs rather than leading them. Matther Kloss played a killer stand-up bass, and kept the songs rocking. The drummer was solid and steady, and kept the focus on Anna. The first three songs were intricate pop songs with challenging rhythms and were fun to figure out. The next three were more straight forward and let her voice shine gloriously. I loved what I heard and bought her brand new six song EP.

Wave of the Future at the Precipice photo by Marc Scarano

Wave of the Future at the Precipice photo by Marc Scarano

Wave of the Future at the Precipice photo by Marc Scarano

Wave of the Future at the Precipice photo by Marc Scarano

Wave of the Future came on right after, in the InTENT, which was pretty close to where Anna played. They were dressed in matching bright greenish yellow shirts with the band name printed in the back to the future logo. They were full of intensity and enthusiasm and got the crowd rocking. With two singers, one of whom was the wonderful Samara Lark, guitar, bass, drums and keyboard guitar, they wreaked sonic havoc and were lots of fun. The bass player had a grungy rock sound, the guitar player Tim played fluidly with metal intent. The drummer was a wild man who knocked off a cymbal in the first song and used some double bass drum pumping when the songs needed to go over the top. The whole sound was like they were a rap band who played their own instruments, sang shouty growly vocals, instead of rapping, and sounded like a funk metal band playing ‘80’s pop. Whatever the heck they were, it was lots of fun and kept me dancing until the last note.

Steady Betty at the Precipice photo by Marc Scarano

Steady Betty at the Precipice photo by Marc Scarano

Steady Betty at the Precipice photo by Marc Scarano

Steady Betty at the Precipice photo by Marc Scarano

As soon as they were done, Steady Betty was set to go in the CoexisTENT. The ladies all looked fabulous in shiny sparkly attire. The rock steady music was slow and deliberate and it was impossible not to get your sway on. The casual pace of the music was pushed forward by the intent drumming of Jane Boxall and the rocking bass of Caroline O’Connor. The vocals, about justice and equality, were magnificently performed by Kat Wright and Miriam Bernardo, but the times when Caroline and Linda Bassick joined in, the power was magnificent. It sounded like a chorus of angels.

When their set wrapped up, I was going to check out the main stage to see what I could of Birdie Busch, but Joe Adler and the Rangers of Danger started up on the InTENT, which was just a few hundred feet away. Rather than making the long trek across the field, I just went and listened to Joe and the guys rip it up. With a full band, the Rangers of Danger sounded great. Mainstay Eric Seagalstadt was stunning, as always, on lead guitar. That guy can really let loose. They were joined by the bassist and drummer from the Indomitable Soul band, Samara Lark on backing vocals, a keyboard player, and Bob Wagner on lead guitar. A couple of horn players joined in at times, and Johnnie Day Durand played saw on a couple. There were a couple of slower songs and a couple really got in the groove and rocked. Eric and Bob took turns laying in wicked guitar solos and I was very happy. They opened with Spit N Fire Blues then played a killer rock version of the Mime. Joe Broke a sting, so they followed with a stripped down broken string jam version of Many A Girl. The fourth song, about Brothers and Sisters, caught fire and was my first highlight of the night. That thing just rocked! They followed with a slower blues song about Jersey, then kicked it into full speed for Mirror Mirror. They wrapped the set with a jammed out version of Hungry Like the Wolf, which featured two masked rappers at the end. Fun was had by all.

Lynguistic Civilians at the Precipice photo by Marc Scarano

Lynguistic Civilians at the Precipice photo by Marc Scarano

I went to check out Lynguistic Civilians in the main OmnipoTENT, but their rap did not grab me. I chatted with Kevin Lynman for a bit and we headed back to the CoexisTENT for Magic City, a tribute to Sun Ra. The music was like a mini orchestra playing mellow and extremely intricate outer space love songs. With Michael Chorney on acoustic guitar, a stand-up bass player, drummer, three horn players, a pedal steel player, a cello player, a viola player, and Jane Boxall on marimba, the sound was dense, yet easy and fun to listen to. Miriam Bernardo sang wonderful songs about being an angel from outer space, and the whole vibe was challengingly delightful.

Me at The Skamaphrodites at the Precipice from Ariel Bolles

Me at The Skamaphrodites at the Precipice from Ariel Bolles

Next it was back to the InTENT for the Skamaphrodites. With guitar, bass, drums, keys, a couple of horns and Dan Bolles singing, they played some fast rocking ska that got the audience going wild. Tyler Bolles and Steve Hadeka kept the rhythms tight, and now and then the guitar would reach out and rip. Dan was dancing to the groove the whole time and was a fun front man. A little ways into the set, the guys and girl from Wave of the Future came up front to dance or mosh or something. Much of the audience followed and the energy level was through the roof. By the last song, it was almost a full on mosh pit and Wave’s bass player ended up doing a little crowd surfing. My highlight was a quick run through of the Duff beer song.

After that fury, I took a stroll over to the main stage OmnipoTENT and caught a song by Kat Wright and the Indomitable Soul Band. They sounded nice, with Kat’s voice soaring. Unfortunately, Blue Button was playing soon, so I did not hang out long.

Me at Blue Button photo by Ariel Bolles

Me at Blue Button photo by Ariel Bolles

Eric Olson played with Swale from 5-6:30, then Swale had another gig from 8:30-10:30. He made it back to the Precipice to play with Blue Button when they went on at 11:15. With two guitars, bass drums and vocals, Blue Button played some furious punk rock. Heavy rockers like Fucking Burning Bridges and We’re Closed! were nicely balanced by slower, but no less intense songs like Hit and All the Young Dudes. The sound was very clear and they sounded fantastic. They kept me rocking from first note to last, and were my highlight of night one.

It was late and I was drained but I still had more to check out. I headed towards the main stage when I ran into Brass Balagan. They were playing drums and various brass instruments and were slowly moving from the big tent to the middle of the field. With no amps and power cords to hold them back, their sparkly Christmas lights highlighted their red jumpsuits, and made a gentle spectacle.

After checking them out for a bit, I headed back to the InTENT for Brainscapes. I thought it was just Matt Hagen and Bob Wagner, but they were joined by a bass player and drummer. Everyone played intently but the music was drifty and mutable. They did not play songs as such, but invoked some sonic weirdness. They rhythm section did not lay down a bed for the guitars to play over, but rather each of the four musicians wandered in their own way. At one point Matt coaxed some nice feedback and used a drill over the whammy bar to let the feedback flow. When he turned the drill on, it became really intense. Their set was cool, but I still had one band I wanted to check out.

Playing at the same time, across the field, was Barika. I stopped in for three songs and they were incredibly tight. Rise sounded fantastic, full and alive, and they had the audience dancing gently. They had a bass, drums and several horns and the instrumental songs had a beautiful sweep. I should have stayed longer, but I was ready to drop at that point.

I wandered back for a few more Brainscapes, the slowly walked up the hill to the exit. I saw Matt and Caroline and said good night, see you tomorrow. My body was tired so the walk home was slow and intent. Tons of great music played in my head, and my heart was full of happiness. Two more days of this, eh? I’m ready. Bring it on.