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Radio Show 291 Thursday January 31, 2019 9-11pm Eastern US Time on WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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Tonight’s local music radio show on WBKM.ORG will run from 9-11pm Eastern time Thursday January 31. You can stream it from the website or here: WBKM It will go as follows.

Song before: Winter – Tori Amos

intro

From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds of Burlington. Let’s begin with a lovely song about the end of summer.

1.) Winter Song – Lake Superior
2.) Winter – Dave Jarvis
3.) Cold Cold – Aaron Flinn
4.) Let’s – Milton Busker and the Grim Work

That’s the last song from the Grim Work album. I’ll have to find a new one to play all the way through starting next week. What a great album. Cool songs from Aaron, Dave and Lake. It’s cold. No reason to fight it. Let’s embrace it, but first, let’s head over to Robot Dog Studio for a hot performance.

5.) Hawks – Happy Spangler
6.) Bit O Honey – Happy Spangler
7.) Golden Cadillac = Happy Spangler
8.) Never Let Me Go – Happy Spangler

Thanks Ryan Cohen for literally making everything sound so great. Thanks to Sam Mark for helping with the setup and tear down. Thanks Phoebe Zorn and Chrusty Barnacles for the video work. Special thanks to the band for a great performance and the surprise addition of Samara Lark Brown and Aya Inoue on backing vocals. OK, let’s dive back into winter.

9.) Cold Stompin’ – Ninja Custodian
10.) Wish For Winter – Near North
11.) Stylus Of Id – Soma
12.) Cold Wind – The Thursday Torys

Cool song from the lovely band. Id has references to Orion, who always brings winter. Cool songs from Near and Ninja. OK, let’s keep going.

13.) Cold Water Morning – Satori Bob
14.) Winter Is Finally Here – The Smittens
15.) Winter Snow – The Zi Trees
16.) Winter Blues – The Red Newts

That was recorded live at Nectar’s. I haven’t caught up with Zi for a while but saw them play a nice show last summer. Lovely song from Smittens. Bob used to play around town many years ago. OK, let’s play a band from the Boston area.

17.) Winter’s Gun – Slowdim
18.) Cold Night – Guthrie Galileo
19.) Heavy Winter Heavy Snow – My First Days On Junk
20.) Winter Is Over – Apartment 3
21.) Winter Bender – Jessica Rabbit Syndrome

Go out, have drinks, embrace winter, I like that idea from Rabbit. Cool wish from Apartment. I think Junk is an Urian Hackney band. Cool flow to that music. Guthrie comes to town often. OK, it’s definitely frosty out there.

22.) Frosty Pink Skies – Miku Daza
23.) Let The Cold In – Mr. Doubtfire
24.) Six Month Winter – Suburban Samurai
25.) It’s Cold – Black Rabbit
26.) Cold – Seth Yacovone Band

Cool song from Seth. I love the countdown in the Rabbit song. It sure seems that way Suburban. Lovely song from Doubt and smoking rocker from Miku. Well, I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?

Sayonara – Black Rabbit
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Songs after
Long Cold Day – Fish
Apartment Song – The Tragically Hip
Cold Ethyl – Alice Cooper
Stone Cold – Rainbow
Wintermute – Black Pyramid
Growing Colder – TILT
James And The Cold Gun – Kate Bush
Winter Winter – The Waterboys
Mistrial Wind – Heart
Cold Gin – Ace Frehley
Travelin’ Band – Def Leppard
Moonage Daydream – David Bowie
When Men Did Rock – Derek Smalls
Time For Bedlam – Deep Purple
Twilight Alehouse – Genesis
Then – Yes
From Now On – Supertramp
Heavy – Clever Girls
Time To Get Out – Deep Purple
Dormant Magic – Jason Baker
regular awesome programming

 

 

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Samara Lark and Friends at Radio Bean December 22, 2017   Leave a comment

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Jackie Buttolph and Eric Daniels pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music Friday night at Radio Bean. It was a snowy day but I had plenty of time to get home and settled for a moment before taking the lovely walk downtown for the 10pm show. The night began with Jackie and Eric from The Leatherbound Books. Jackie told the story about how the first song often was sung in the present tense but an older version recognized the challenges of the moment with a hopeful eye to the future. In that spirit her strong and gorgeous voiced filled the room with Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas. They followed with a great version of Joni Mitchell’s River, then closed their set with an original about how it’s OK to feel sad at Christmas, It had poignant and funny lyrics and a wonderful yuletide fiasco reference. It seemed like everyone in the room could relate.

Up next Linda Bassick and Patrick McAndrew were joined by Jesse Taylor and they rocked out a fun Santa Claus Is Coming To Town. They gave it a little Springsteen ending that made the crowd smile. Silver Bells sounded sweet and Let It Snow was just lovely. They wrapped the set on a high note with Jungle Bell Rock.

 

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Patrick McAndrew, Jesse Taylor, and Linda Bassick pic by Tim Lewis

The final band had Jackie on Bass and vocals, Houston on drums, Johnnie Day Durand on musical saw and glockenspiel, Aya Inoue on guitar and vocals and Samara Lark Brown on electric ukulele and vocals. They opened with Little Drummer Boy and the Pa rum pum pum pums were especially cool. Samara and Aya sang most of the songs, and both sounded great, but when they sang together it was even nicer. When Jackie joined it it was nicer still. They played a fun version of Blue Christmas but towards the end Jackie started singing White Christmas and blended the words perfectly into the melody. It was impressive, and Johnnie’s saw work only made it more magical. Jackie took lead vocals for a strong version of Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) that filled the room with joy. Samara arranged a darker minor key version of Carol Of The Bells that was very cool. They rocked out a lively version of Holiday Road from the Vacation movies that made everyone smile. Samara began singing O Holy Night. It got more amazing when Aya joined in and more amazing still when Jackie entered the mix. Do You Hear What I Hear sounded great and they followed with a rocking version of Happy X-Mas (War Is Over). They kept the pace in full rock mode for I Wish It Was Christmas Today to close the night.

It was a little late and I had to work a little early in the morning, so I quickly headed out and bounced home full of holiday cheer.

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Johnnie Day Duran, Samara Lark, Aya Inoue, Houston Illo, and Jackie Buttolph pic by Tim Lewis

Radio Show 168 Thursday July 21, 2016 9-11pm Eastern US Time 107.1 FM and WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

WBKM photo by Tim Lewis Dec 17 2015

WBKM photo by Tim Lewis Dec 17 2015

 

I just got back from my local music radio show on WBKM streaming online at WBKM.ORG and broadcasting at 107.1FM in the Champlain Valley. Here is how it went.

Songs lined up before:
Magic Carpet Rice – Ace Frehley
The Vigilant Ones – The Cush
In The Walls – stellastarr* official page
Don’t Cough Me Out – Slowdim
Wind Him Up – Saga

recording begins
Song before: Break – Slingshot Dakota

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From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. It’s a hot and beautiful night in the city and there is music all around. I saw The Wee Folkestra at Summervale in the Intervale in the old north end of town and on Church Street they had an area blocked off where people were dancing to recorded music. Let’s begin tonight with one of my favorite local singer songwriters.

1.) Clocks On The Wall – Jeremy Gilchrist – Singer-Songwriter
2.) Can You Love Me Too? Bethany Conner Music
3.) New Love – Andriana Chobot
4.) In Waves – Sarah Blacker

Sarah comes to town on a pretty regular basis and always puts on a great show. I’m just loving the Andriana album! I was lucky enough to hang out with James Lockridge and the Big Heavy World crew last night as they broadcast their radio show outside on King st. I was fortunate enough to hear Bethany play a few songs, and I wanted to get her music on the air immediately. I just love that song from Jeremy. On Tuesday when I woke up and checked in with Facebook there were a lot of posts about the RNC. I expected the same yesterday but instead saw several post of people speaking of a local artist who just took their own life. All of the posts said talk to me if you feel that way. Please add me to that list. I’ve been through a lot and know the value of each and every one of you. We all need you more than you may know. If you feel that far down, please reach out. There are lots of great people who will do anything they can to help. In that spirit, let’s move on to the next song on Lendway’s Giant Places.

5.) You’re Safe With Us – Lendway
6.) Phones – Violet Ultraviolet
7.) My Fear Of Losing You – Milton Busker
8.) My Hero, The Enemy – Gregory Douglass

Great song from Gregory. He used to play in town all the time and has moved on, but still stops in now and then. Great song from Milton’s new album. That is a song from UV’s new album Pop City and wow. Hmmm, Lendway. I want to thank Higher Ground for sponsoring us at the radio station and for providing the Girls Rock VT July Showcase on Saturday at 12:30pm. GRV is a great organization and it is a great way to help girls learn about the music business. One of their main proponents is this next artist.

9.) One From Two – Linda Bassick
10.) This Is Our Good Night – Aya Inoue
11.) Brothers And Sisters – Joe Adler
12.) All I Want Is A Hoverboard.- Wave of the Future

Samara Lark Brown sings with Wave and is a great supporter of Girls Rock Vermont and would be willing to help if you feel really down. She and Joe and Aya and several others played with Wee Folkestra tonight and it was great to hear them. I love the musical saw on Brothers courtesy of the magical Johnnie Day Durand and she played with Wee Folk too. OK, let’s rock. Next week one of the great local bands from the ’90’s will reunite for a show at The Monkey House. Here is a set of their music.

13.) Bloodboy – Envy
14.) Still Life Scene – Envy
15.) Bionic – The Red Telephone
16.) Talking With Tony – Envy
17.) Bomb – Envy.

I’m so psyched for the ENVY Reunion Show! next week! Speaking of the Monkey House, I saw these three bands last Saturday.

18.) Steve Buscemi Fan Club – YURT
19.) Sleepwalker – 1881
20.) Ninjas VS Zombies – Phil Yates

Phil Yates & The Affiliates played an awesome show and even added the extra two sixes to that song. I guess we now know where 1881 got their name. Wow, that’s a lot of sheep to count before sleeping. Yurt are from Bozeman Montana and stopped in to play a delightful show. Thanks guys! Last night I saw the third of the four Wednesday night residencies that Villanelles played at Nectar’s. They keep playing this song and I keep loving it.

21.) Shy Spiders – Villanelles
22.) Sugar Coated Candy Stix – Dino Bravo VT
23.) Iron And Metal – The Mountain Says No
24.) Nicky Says – Black Rabbit

Rabbit are playing Saturday for the Fight Fire with Fire • A fundraiser for Henry St. Deli ft. Tar Iguana, Doctor Rick and Black Rabbit • Nectar’s to help out with all of the damage done by the fire.
Mountain opened the show last night but did not play that song. They played 9 new songs that have not been recorded and released yet. I think they recorded a bulk of the new album with Ryan Cohen recently but have a way to go to finish it. Dino really need to get some good recordings of their songs. They have lots of really good ones, like Candy Stix. Hmmm, Villanelles. OK, we’ve got time for a couple more.

25.) Help Wanted – Wide Wail
26.) The Naked Garden – Peg Tassey MUSIC
27.) Womb With A View – Heavy Plains

It was good to catch up with Luke Awtry last night. Apparently Plains lost their rhythm section but just picked up another. Hopefully they will play shows soon. That is such a powerful song from Peg and a classic from WW. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we? See Ya.

28.) Sayonara – Black Rabbit
Outro

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Song after: Zoe 25 – Fish

recording ends
lined up after:
No Superman – TILT
Every 10 Seconds Before – Active Heed
Almost Cut My Hair – Bob Wagner and the Book ‘Em Blues Band
Polly Come Home – Alison Krause and Robert Plant
Achilles Last Stand – Led Zeppelin
Cinema – Yes (official)
To Be Over – Yes
Everybody Heals – Jon Anderson
Fractured Mirror – Ace Frehley
Joan Crawford – Blue Oyster Cult
Children Of The Grave – Surf Sabbath (The High Breaks)
Empire Of The Clouds – Iron Maiden
Heroes – King Crimson
Hassle Magnet – Hallelujah The Hills
Until We Sleep – David Gilmour
Dancing With The Moonlight Knight – Genesis
Opus 40 – Mercury Rev
Pennsylvania – The Red Telephone
Grind – The Church Band
Emerald Lies – Marillion
The Stars (Are Out Tonight) – David Bowie
By My Side – Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band
What’s In California? – Joshua Glass Music
regular programming

 

Radio Show 152 Thursday March 31, 2016 9-11pm Eastern US Time 107.1 FM and WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

WBKM photo by Tim Lewis Dec 17 2015

WBKM photo by Tim Lewis Dec 17 2015

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For tonight’s local music radio show on 107.1FM and WBKM.ORG I had expected to highlight some of the great music that happened last week and highlight some of the great music happening this week, then add in a fun set or two, but this coming week’s and last week’s music filled the two hours very quickly!

Song before: Bernie Is A Punk – Bern Unit

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From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington.  So much great music happened in town last week and there is a ton of great stuff happening this week too.  Let’s see how much I can highlight.  Last night I went to Radio Bean to see what Caroline O’Connor is up to.  She played some really cool songs.  Let’s begin tonight with a song from her previous band.

1.) Basalt Anchor – Caroline O’Connor

2.) I Know It’s True – Wide Wail

3.) Highway – Construction Joe

4.) 2,000 – The Pants

I had a good time seeing so many great performers at the Pants music highlight show at Higher Ground last Saturday.  They closed the night with 2,000 and had everyone on stage and it was so cool.  Also, at the Pants show, Swale was the house band so they did a killer set of Wide Wail songs, and Construction Joe got back together to play a set.  I thought I’d play the songs in the previous set to give you an idea of what the night sounded like.  OK, now it’s time to play the next song on the Bernie Sanders album that I am working my way through, one song per week until the album is done.  I was so happy that he won three more states last week.  This is the last song on the album that he recorded here in Vermont many years ago.

5.) We Shall Overcome – Bernie Sanders and 30 VT Artists

6.) This Machine – Invisible Homes

7.) Symptom Of The Universe – Surf Sabbath

Last Friday I wandered down to The Skinny Pancake and saw Homes play a killer set.  They closed with Machine. I then walked over to Juniper at Hotel Vermont and caught the High Breaks.  They tossed in a couple of their Sabbath covers including Symptom.  OK, so that was some of what happened last week.  Surf Sabbath will be playing at Metal Monday on April 4th, so that is coming up this week.  There is a ton of other great music happening this week. The sad thing is that I will miss all of it.  Tomorrow night my brother Ken and I will head to Montreal to see Iron Maiden.  If you will indulge me, I will start off this set with the title song from their new album and a song I will hear tomorrow night.

8.) Book Of Sours – Iron Maiden

9.) Angry Inch – Hedwig and the Angry Inch cast recording

10.) Ornan’s Song – The Dirty Blondes

11.) East.Jibab – REDadmiral

If I wasn’t at Maiden on April 1st I’d love to be at the Switchback Brewery seeing Admiral.  If I wasn’t at Maiden on April 1st I’d love to be at Art’s Riot seeing the stage production of Hedwig, featuring Ornan on drums, and staying for the Dirty Blondes who are playing after.  It’s going to be hard to miss the Blondes, but hey, Maiden.  Another band that I really enjoy, the Wee Folkestra, are playing at the Skinny Pancake on April 1st.  They are a collective of cool people, some of whom are in the following bands.

12.) Spit-n-Fire Blues (live at Nectar’s) – Joe Adler and the Rangers of Danger

13.) This Is Our Good Night – Aya Inoue

14.) Super Sexy Science Party (live at Nectar’s) – Wave Of The Future

Samara Lark Brown from Wave is part of the Folkestra.  So are Aya and Joe.  I’d love to be at the show, if I wasn’t at Maiden.  There is likely lots of other music happening in town on April 1st too, but let’s move on to April 2.  This next band are most of Wave and they are playing at Drink.

15.) Art Of Vandalay – Sad Turtle

16.) Barstools – Abbie Morin

17.) Los Muertos – Eastern Mountain Time

Actually, Eastern are playing on April 1st too.  They are over at Radio Bean.  Abbie is playing at the Skinny Pancake on April 2.  These next two artists are playing at Radio Bean on April 3rd.

18.) Day Of The Dead – Hana Zara

19.) Matter Of Time – Eric George

20.) Lithuania – Hana Zara

I just love the imagery of Hana’s songs.  She and Eric are playing some shows together around the Midwest very soon.  I was thrilled when I looked in the listings and saw that they are playing Sunday night at Radio Bean.  I love when I get to listen to Hana.  Well, I’m almost out of time, but I did want to give a shout out to Swale for their tremendous musicianship at the Pants show last Saturday.  Let’s play a couple of their songs to take us out.

21.) Overcoat – Swale

22.) Popular Crowd – Swale

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

Song after: Vigil – Fish

As always, I want to thank everyone who made tonight’s show possible. Thanks to: BERN UNIT, Vedora, Caroline Marie, Jane Boxall Percussion, Amanda Gustafson, Jeremy Frederick, Tom Lawson, Bernie Sanders, Invisible Homes, Sean Witters, The High Breaks, Todd Gevry, Kevin Lynam, Matthew Bryan Hagen, Iron Maiden, Robert Fuller, The Dirty Blondes, Rebecca Rogers, Diane Sullivan, Ornan McLean, Chris Clark, REDadmiral, Gordon Glover, John Billingsley, Joe Adler, Aya Inoue, Samara Lark Brown, Luke Richer, Jake Styles, Jeremy Gartner, Sad Turtle, Abbie Morin, Abbie Gail, Thomas Pearo, Eastern Mountain Time, Sean Hood, Hana Zara, Eric George, Eric George, SWALE, Tyler Bolles, Eric Olsen, Fish, and everyone else!!

The Wee Folkestra at The Monkey House January 2, 2016   Leave a comment

The Monkey House photo by Tim Lewis

The Monkey House photo by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last night at The Monkey House. I worked until 6:30, stopped at home for a bit of dinner and around 8:30 took the long walk to Winooski. I arrived just before 9, got settled in, and said a couple of hellos. Quickly, The Wee Folkestra took the stage and the music began to flow. With three guitars, a bass player, a musical saw, and four singers, they created a nice huge sound. The lack of a drummer kept it from rocking too hard, and added a folky edge, but when everyone was going at full tilt, they sounded like a mini orchestra. Most of the rhythms were done on guitar, with Joe Adler and Aya Inoue playing acoustic and Eric Segalstad playing electric. This left Eric Daniels a little room to explore on bass. Joe sang lead on some songs, Aya sang lead on some, Jackie Buttolph sang lead on one and Samara Lark Brown lead a couple too. Most songs had a lot of vocal harmonies and were sweet and powerful. Their hour long set was nicely received by the fairly full audience. The sound mix was great and Johnnie Day Durand‘s musical saw could easily be heard all the way through, and she got to play most of the lead parts. I really like Eric’s lead guitar playing, so having him do mostly rhythm on guitar and mandolin was a bit different, but the songs are really more about collaboration than just standing out on one’s own. Most, if not all, of the set was cover songs. I did not know, but thoroughly enjoyed, the first song. Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of These) followed and featured the saw playing the keyboard part. Ghost In This House was as achingly beautiful as always. Atlantic City was a fun singalong. Jackie belted out a strong version of Michael Jackson’s The Way You Make Me Feel. Joe did his best Tom Waits on A Good Man Is Hard To Find. Ween’s Baby Bitch was fun, and featured a little bit of Eric playing lead guitar. They followed with a couple more that I did not know, but really enjoyed. They wrapped the night with O Mary Don’t You Weep which featured a nice full ending that kept easing its way down until it swept back into the full song for a bit, then really ended. Shortly after the show, I said a couple of quick goodbyes and took the long walk home. It always amazes me how much talent we have in this town and it’s so cool to see so many great musicians wonderfully combine in different bands. Thanks everyone!

 

Radio Show 99 Thursday February 19, 2015 9-11pm Eastern US Time WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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I just got back from my 99th local music radio show on internet only Wbkm Dot Org. I got to play some cool new songs.

Song before: On The Air – Peter Gabriel

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From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. It’s a cold and snowy night in Burlington and really fine flakes of snow are being blown around like crazy. Sometimes I think about the air that is all around us but is invisible. We can’t see it or feel it, unless it’s really warm or cold, but it’s the fuel that we burn to live. Thinking of air reminds me of the spiritual nature we have between our selves and our bodies. Sometimes we can see air when water solidifies in it and forms clouds. This is Clouds by Anachronist on WBKM, and this is Burlington’s Kind Of Music.

1.) Clouds – Anachronist
2.) Windigo – Crazyhearse
3.) Breathe – Ninja Custodian
4.) Knocked The Winds – Sarah Blacker

Air is such a vital component to our lives, when we get a setback we can describe it as having the air taken out of us. Nice cover of the Pink Floyd song by Ninja. Air can be gentle or can be violent like the end of the Anachronist song and the Crazyhears song. Crazy are playing The Monkey House tomorrow, which is a day with way too much music! Let’s keep the theme going, and play the next song on Many Things & Many Scenes.

5.) Cloudy Mind – Joe Adler
100th Sounds Of Burlington show promo – James Lockridge
6.) Wing To Me – Alice Austin
7.) Breathing In – The Hero Cycle

I love the huge sweep of that song. Air, it’s completely insubstantial but birds and airplanes can still use it to fly. Great song by Joe, who is playing with The Wee Folkestra tomorrow at Radio Bean. Tomorrow at Higher Ground And The Kids release their new album Turn To Each Other. I have a ticket and can’t wait. Here’s a song from the album that came out Tuesday.

8.) No Countries – And The Kids
9.) Ricky The Rider – The Mountain Says No
10.) She Brings Me – Sistas in the Pit

Sistas are from the Bay area in California but opened the show for Death and Rough Francis at the Flynn Theatre last Friday. That song really highlights the killer lead guitar they had working. Great new song from Mountain. That’s one of the songs that if you listen to a couple of times, it will get stuck in your head. Thanks for sending that to me this morning Ben Maddox! Tomorrow at Higher Ground it’s And The Kids and Alpenglow. I’m so psyched. Here is a song from their last EP Chapel.

11.) Eliza – Alpenglow
12.) The Way It Is – Maryse Smith
13.) Better Half – Abbie Morin

That song is so catchy I had to play it again. I should check out the rest of the album. Great title song from Maryse’s about to be released new album. Let’s go back to the air theme.

14.) Breathe – Barika
15.) Windy Pines – Kat Wright and Brett Hughes
16.) This Is Our Good Night – Aya Inoue
17.) Armadillo – Swale

Swale were great Saturday night at Radio Bean playing covers and letting people form the audience sing with them. We had worked out a Marillion song for them to play and for me to sing, and now I have twice as much admiration for anyone who gets up and plays. Aya will play with Joe at the Bean tomorrow with Wee Folk. She is such a great singer and has well structured songs. Kat and Brett are both local treasures. This next guy is too, and he’s playing tomorrow at Juniper at Hotel Vermont.

18.) Born A Man – Aaron Flinn
19.) Glory Glory – And The Kids
20.) Avalon – Split Tongue Crow

I haven’t heard much from Rutland rockers Split Tongue Crow lately, but love that song from their first album. Great new ATK song. All of these next songs got played at the Flynn last Friday. This set is dedicated to my brother Ken.

21.) Scream – Sistas In The Pit
22.) Black & Red – ROUGH FRANCIS
100th Sounds Of Burlington show promo – James Lockridge
23.) Can You Give Me A Thrill??? – Death World Wide

It was a great show at the Flynn and Death closed with that one. Francis and Sistas were magnificent at the show too. OK, time for a couple more songs. Here is another new ATK song.

24.) All Day All Night – And The Kids
25.) Windows Down – Lendway

Ending where we began, driving around feeling the wind on your face. OK, maybe not at this time of year, but soon. 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: Favorite Stranger (1995 Yin version) – Fish

 

 

 

Samara Lark Brown, Johnnie Day Durand, Aya Inoue, Eric Segalstad, and Joe Adler at Radio Bean and Swale at Nectar’s December 30, 2014   Leave a comment

Radio Bean picture by Tim Lewis

Radio Bean picture by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great night of seeing music the night before New Year’s Eve. I was psyched to see Swale at Nectar’s, but got out a bit early on a slow work day, and got to make a cool stop on the way.
I arrived at Radio Bean with Samara Lark Brown playing ukelele and singing Time After Time. She was joined by Johnnie Day Durand who added some beautiful flourishes with her musical saw. It was pretty sweet, but was the last song of the set. At least I made it for that one!
Up next Aya Inoue took the stage with her acoustic guitar and was joined by husband to be, Eric Segalstad on electric guitar. His soft tone and gentle yet driving leads gave Aya’s strong songs a little extra fullness. Her voice is precise and powerful and I always have a great time when she is playing. They opened with Firefly then followed with Never Again. For the third song they brought Ari Bolles to the stage to sing the heck out of an Alison Krauss song that I did not know. They made it sound great. Ari left the stage and for the next song Aya told a story about the intensity of social work and how you need a release from the strain. Writing, singing, and playing is how she gets through, and the fourth song in the set, as yet untitled but might be called So It Goes, was a beautiful ode to struggling onwards to find the good parts of life. They followed with Come Breathe With Me, then Lions Den, and closed with something that sounds like it needs a full band, ’cause it can really rock.
When the set was done, Eric stayed on stage and was joined by Joe Adler. Joe said he was playing new songs, not any of the old favorites and they played a set of killer songs. The opener, Man Of Many Hats was fun, then Eric switched to Electric Mandolin for some powerful and delicate picking. Joe played the acoustic card deck guitar as they moved through Daily Chores, then pulled out a killer new song called Stratosphere. I think it may be one on of my favorite of his songs, after one listen. Coffee And Eggs sounded like it might be a little light, but was a solid song that I quite enjoyed. Joe said that Girl Behind The Glass was not about what you are thinking, but was about unobtainable love. Samara joined them to sing with Joe on Change In The Air. Back to a duo they played another cool new song then did a cover of Famous Blue Raincoat by Leonard Cohen. It was nicely done, and they had at least one more to play, but the clock on the wall said leave. I still had a great rock show to attend.

Nectar's photo by Tim Lewis

Nectar’s photo by Tim Lewis

I arrived at Nectar’s just about 10, but it was about 15 more minutes until Swale hit the stage. Sometimes they start slow and moody and let it build, but not that night. They dove right into If You Get Lost and the show was afoot. Amanda Gustafson‘s voice was right on. Tyler Bolles and Jeremy Frederick held the rhythm tight and Eric Olsen had lots of room to work out his guitar. They continued on, staying with the last two albums. Soul Piggy Bank had a quiet intensity as it unfurled. Old School brought the tempo down for a bit, but a killer Jack Sharp knocked the energy back into the stratosphere. Edible smoldered and Popular Crowd rocked hard. I think that was where Eric broke a string. Amanda covered the guitar part on the keys while he grabbed another and got back into the song. After, Eric asked if anyone could restring his guitar. Sergei came out from behind the soundboard and spent the next song and a half restringing it. What a guy!! Swale kept on with a fun bouncy Waiting For You, then kicked out a seriously intense Fainteant. Joyless followed and rocked hard. They slowed things back down a little with Golden Crutch and Beaten Down then played a searing version of You Are Not The Photograph. For the first time that night they reached back to the Verdigris EP for a killer version of Good Medicine. It’s so slow for so long then builds into a super intense Eric Olsen guitar workout that always puts me over the top. Time was running low at that point, so they kicked out a killer Everyone Likes To and that was that.
I’m so glad I put in the effort and was rewarded with a staggering amount of joy that evening.

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