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Radio Show 162 Thursday June 9, 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

Tonight’s local music radio show on 107.1FM WBKM runs from 9-11pm US Eastern time and will go as follows:

Song before: New Americana – Halsey


From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. I have been so inspired by Bernie’s valiant run for President. No matter what happens next, he has gotten his message out to the people in staggering ways. He has inspired people in ways that we will not understand for years, but we do have some music that has been inspired by his highest ideals. Let’s begin tonight with some of those.

1.) Bernie Is A Punk – BERN UNIT
2.) Feel The Bern – Violint Wednesday
3.) We Shall Overcome – Bernie Sanders and 30 Vt Musicians

His message is so wonderfully inspiring and I’m glad he has the chance to spread it to so many people. OK, here is the last song on Callisto. I will have to pick a new album to play all the way through next week.

4.) Skydiving – Alpenglow
5.) Violet – Sneakers Jazz Band – Live at White Crow
6.) Rocket – Soule Monde I Burlington, VT

Soule will play around at Jazzfest. I had to play Violet since the Sneakers band are so great. What a lovely way to end the Callisto album. OK, Soule are also playing a few shows with Josh Weinstein and Bob Wagner at Nectar’s as Soule Indomitable so let’s play a Kat Wright song.

7.) Let’s Move – Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band
8.) Aerosol Ball – The Felice Brothers
9.) Zigzagging Toward The Light – Conor Oberst

I really enjoyed the Connor show with the Felice Brothers at Higher Ground last Tuesday and wanted to play some of their music. Great song by Kat and the band. On Monday I got to see a cool band called Silver Bridget. I don’t have any of their music to play but they did a great version of this next song. This next song is a cover of a classic as performed by a band who will play the top of the block on Church St on Friday Night.

10.) Starman – Madaila
11.) See Me On My Way – Superhuman Happiness
12.) Rise – Barika
13.) ComeTooLate – Paper Castles

Castles played a new bar called Side Bar on Wednesday. I should check that place out soon. Barika and Superhuman will be playing around this weekend. Great cover from Madaila. This next band played at Higher Ground last Sunday.

14.) Could You be The One? – Phil Yates & The Affiliates
15.) Chopped And Channeled – Barbacoa
16.) The Big One – The High Breaks
17.) Carnage – Black Rabbit

I’m psyched to see Rabbit on Saturday at Four Quarters Brewery in Winooski. The Breaks will play in Nectar’s garage window on Saturday and on Church St on Sunday. Barbacoa are playing at The Skinny Pancake on Saturday. This next band will feature some bass playing at Manhattan Pizza and Pub on Saturday.

18.) Local Lore – Savage Hen
19.) No Way – Phantom Suns
20.) Fight – When Particles Collide
21.) Blind Pigs – ROUGH FRANCIS

I got to chat with Urian Hackney who said the new Francis album should be out around Labor Day. Woo hoo!! Great new song from Particles. Phantom played The Monkey House on Wednesday. This next song is a personal favorite.

22.) Iron And Metal – The Mountain Says No
23.) Roll Me – The Cush
24.) The Perfect Map – Elephants of Scotland
25.) Be A Good Citizen – Pinhead

I thought I’d end where I began by speaking about citizenship. Great new song from Elephants. I love that song by The Cush. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we? See Ya. Ta Ta. Goodbye

26.) Sayonara – Black Rabbit

Songs after: Sunsets on Empire – Fish
Strangers When We Meet – David Bowie
Radiance – The Church Band

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Radio Show 120 Thursday July 23, 2015 9-11pm Eastern US Time WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment



I just got back from my local music radio show on internet only I started out with a couple of local highlights from the Neil Young show, then played some great local music.

Song before: Hymnalayas – Gong



From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds of Burlington. It’s been a beautiful day in Burlington and lots of people are out and about tonight. It was also a beautiful night last Sunday when Neil Young and The Promise Of The Real came to Essex. He came to Vermont to support our GMO labeling law, which is the subject of his new album The Monsanto Years. This is one of the songs from the album that heavily mentions Vermont and the importance of knowing what we are eating, This is A Rock Star Bucks A Coffee Shop by Neil Young on WBKM, and this is Burlington’s kind of music.

1.) A Rock Star Bucks A Coffee Shop – Neil Young
2.) Moonlight In Vermont – Willie Nelson
3.) Threaded – Jeremy Gilchrist
4.) Dead Summer – Thompson Gunner

It’s summer in Burlington and that was a band from Rutland and that was recorded at Nectar’s. Great new song from Jeremy. At the Neil Young show, Lucas and Micah Nelson were part of the Promise Of The Real. They are the sons of Willie and Lucas sang a great version of Moonlight In Vermont last Sunday in Essex. Oh, yea, it’s summer. Let’s head to the beach.

5.) Beach Song – Mr. Ray Fork
6.) I Wanna Be A Lifeguard – Blotto
7.) Theme Song – Shark Victim
8.) Rising Suns – Mammal Dap
9.) Rise – Barika

Such a nice cool breezy song. If you like that song, head to Radio Bean tomorrow. Mammal just played Summervale earlier this evening. When you go to the beach, obey the lifeguard and watch out for sharks, especially when surfing. So, on Saturday there is a celebration of the Old North End of Burlington. People get together and walk around the ONE and check out art and music and food and what businesses are doing and all sorts of fun things. It’s called The Ramble and this next set of music is dedicated to Burlington’s Old North End.

10.) Old North Ender – James Kochalka
11.) The North – Hana Zara
12.) North Street – Death World Wide

Killer rocker from Death. I love the imagery of the north end in Hana’s song. Loud and Proud nicely describes the ONE, thanks James. OK, it’s time for the next song on JV, the killer new album from The Mountain Says No.

13.) JC And The Beast – The Mountain Says No
14.) Getting High – Heavy Plains
15.) Lean In – When Particles Collide
16.) Nowhere Feels Like Home – Fire The Cannons

I still remember that time when there were not a lot of cool rock bands around for a few months and then came Cannons. Oh, how they rocked so many great shows. Killer song from Particles who are touring all over the US and just played Toronto too. I’m still in awe of Plains from that Nectar’s show. Hmm, Signs And Wonders. Hmmm Mountain. When I put tonight’s show together the beginning just flowed then I hit a wall after Nowhere. I just wasn’t sure where to go next, for a moment.

17.) Where Do We Go? – Black Rabbit
18.) Always Monica – Chin Ho
19.) The Day I Met You – Dirtminers
20.) Mirror Mirror – Joe Adler

Killer song from Joe’s album. He’s done so much for the local music scene, especially writing and playing songs like that. Nice rocker form Raph Worrick and the gang. Classic VT song from Chin. Yet another great song from Rabbit’s new album Red Flannel Hash. Recently, there was a band who played a bunch of shows then just stopped. I’m missing them and feeling a little lacking, like maybe i need to take some vitamins or something.

21.) Vitamin Dee – Persian Claws
22.) Medula Mamblongata – Strung Out
23.) Scattered Birds – Aaron Flinn
24.) The Feeling – Vedora

Killer new song from the second Vedora album. If you liked the whistling on Birds, go check out Aaron next Wednesday at Red Square. Killer song form the classic VT band. I feel a bit better after that shot of Vitamin Dee, I hope you do too. I saw this next band twice last Thursday. They played Summervale, I left then did the show and walked into Light Club Lamp Shop just as they were about to go on. Both shows were great but the later one was out of this world. Here’s a couple of their songs.

25.) Honor Of The Rainbows part 1 & 2 – Arc Iris
26.) Somewhere Far – The Red Telephone
27.) Sayonara – Black Rabbit

I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. I might be off next week seeing the Decemberists but we can to it the week after that, and the week after that…..



Song after: The Great Unraveling – Fish



Radio Show 114 Thursday June 11, 2015 9-11pm Eastern US Time WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment



I just got back from doing my local music radio show on internet only In honor of Jazzfest, I played a bunch of blues and jazz, then let it rock.

Song before: Now And Then – Pete Townshend



From our small city to the great big world, these are the sounds of Burlington. You likely cannot hear what I’m saying since the fire trucks are blaring sirens as I speak. It’s Jazzfest and the town is filled with music and happy people. This first artist is headlining the block party tomorrow from 5-8 on the stage at the top of Church St. This is Afterall (Glad We Made It) by Kat Wright and the Indomitable Soul Band on WBKM and this is Burlington’s Kind Of Music.

1.) Afterall (Glad We Made It) – Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band
2.) Blue Lunch – Sneakers Jazz Band – Live at White Crow
3.) I’m Just A Lonely So And So – Big Joe Burrell & The Unknown Blues Band

Joe was one of the greats and put tons of music into this town. It’s cool that they just re-released the live in the studio Sneakers band album. Great stuff from some great musicians. They are reuniting for two shows at Club Metronome on Sunday. Great stuff from Kat and the band. Let’s stay with the classic Vt theme.

4.) Killer Bee Bop – Zoot Wilson
5.) Stronger – Belizbeha
6.) Fearless->Benny And The Jets->Fearless – Marco Benevento.

That was from a show Marco played at Radio Bean. Belizbeha used to play their acid jazz all over town. There’s a lot of talent in that band. Let’s keep things jazzy for just a little while longer.

7.) Breathe – Barika
8.) Mon Ange – Francesca Blanchard
9.) Burning Down The House (live) – Joe Adler & The Rangers Of Danger

That was from a fun show and recorded live at Nectar’s. Francesca is playing Light Club Lamp Shop this evening. I love the flow of the Barika song. Well, last week I played the last song from Swale‘s The Next Instead. It’s time to start a new album to play song after song, week after week. This album is not out yet but should be released June 27th when they play The Monkey House. The album is called JV from a band called The Mountain Says No.

10.) Come And Decide – The Mountain Says No
11.) Kill Your Idols – Steve Blair & Andy Hildebrandt
12.) Burn It Down Bernadette – Phil Yates & The Affiliates

Phil and the band are playing the Monkey House tomorrow. Classic VT musicians covering a Slush/Five Seconds Expired song from the Burlington Does Burlington disc. Great song from Mountain and a lot more great songs by Mountain on the way. If you listened to the Zoot song you may have caught the line about enjoying 6-7 daiquiris. A lot of people in Burlington like to have a few drinks and see music and have fun. One of the preferred drinks is the subject of this next set.

13.) Whiskey Man – Arc Iris
14.) Don’t Give That Guy Whiskey – Torpedo Rodeo
15.) A Bottle Of Whiskey Later – Crazyhearse
16.) The Whiskey Always Wins – When Particles Collide

Particles are heading out on the road. Check your local listings and check them out if they come to your town. Killer song by Crazyhearse. I had lots of fun seeing Torpedo when they used to do the basement shows with tons of bands. I loved seeing Iris a couple of weeks back. Hopefully I’ll get to see them again. The Crazyhearse song had Rebecca Rogers on it. So does the next one.

17.) When I’m Drunk – The Dirty Blondes
18.) Summertime – The Velvet Ovum Band
19.) Super Sexy Science Party – Wave of the Future

Great song that was recorded at Nectar’s too. Classic from Peg Tassey MUSIC and her band. I just love this next song.

20.) Say It – Anachronist
21.) Think I’ll Stay – Great Western
22.) The Banks Of Marble – U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and 30 Vermont musicians

It’s great that Bernie’s message today is the same as it was back when he recorded that. It’s too bad that it still has to be the same. The Western song could have fit in the whiskey set, but works in any set of music. OK, time for a couple left. This next band was fronted by Dan Bolles who writes for Seven Days and has taught me a lot about music in our town over the years.

23.) Highway Girl – The Skamaphrodites
24.) The Blackout – The Static Age

That band spawned two great Burlington musicians. Marie Claire Johnson played keys on that and went on to front Fire The Cannons, and Bobby Hackney Jr. plays drums on that song and now sings for the mighty ROUGH FRANCIS. Well, I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?



Song after: Credo (live) – Fish


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




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



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?



Song after: Favorite Stranger (1995 Yin version) – Fish




Radio Show 73 Thursday August 7, 2014 9-11pm Eastern US Time WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment



I just got back from my local music radio show on internet only Wbkm Dot Org. I played a lot of music that has been played in our town recently, and a couple of oldies.

Song before: Far Escape – Active Heed



From our…(nothing on the vocal meter, play song, reset microphone, realize song is in the setup phase, stop and reset it) From out small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. Sorry I was out last week, but I’ve seen a ton of music in the last few days. I’m going to play a bunch of bands who played The Precipice last week. Tonight’s show is dedicated to my brother Ken who went to the show with me. Let’s start with a band I saw a couple of weeks ago. This is Demon Moon by Crazyhearse on WBKM, and this is Burlington’s Kind Of Music.

1.) Demon Moon – Crazyhearse
2.) The Drone – The Cush
3.) Waterlanding – Swale

Swale played a killer set at The Precipice: A Vermont Music Festival last week, including a killer version of that song. I love the new Crazyhearse song and something in the sound made me want to play it into the Cush. OK, it’s time to continue with Ninja Jane. I’ve always loved this song.

4.) It’s Purple And It Sparkles – Zola Turn
5.) Miss Vermont – Chin Ho!
6.) 1.21 Jiggawatts – Wave of the Future

Wave’s EP will be released next week, but Luke Richer sent me a copy today. Nice recording by the band and Ben Maddox. Classic songs from Chin and Zola. Friday at the Precipice there were a lot of staggeringly talented bands that make you want to dance. This is one of them.

7.) Afterall (Glad We Made It – Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band
8.) The Ballad Of Tom Smith – The Skamaphrodites
9.) Angatta – Barika

Barika and ISB had people dancing all Friday night. Swale did a set of covers with various singers. One was Dan Bolles, so I wanted to play one of the songs by his old band to give you a hint of what it sounded like. Also, in the cover set, Nichole sang I Love Rock And Roll. Here’s one of her songs.

10.) On Top Of The World – Dwight & Nicole
11.) Into The Light – Great Western
12.) Vim – Jane Boxall
13.) Sail The Sea – Gregory Douglas

Gregory sang a song with Jane Bee during her marimba set. That was a song with his voice and the one before was Jane solo. Nice song from Great Western who are playing tomorrow at Nectar’s. I saw Maryse Smith last week at Radio Bean and at the Precipice where she played with Michael Chorney. She played this both times and I’ve been singing it all week.

14.) 15 Steps – Maryse Smith
15.) Guitar – Michael Chorney
16.) This Isn’t Your Parade – Crazyhearse
17.) The Globe – Landlady

I still remember clearly the show Landlady played at Signal Kitchen a couple of weeks or months ago. I wanted to play it because I love it, I saw Guardians Of The Galaxy today, and when listening to the Crazyhearse song, it made me think of that song. Wow, two songs from their new album made me think of great songs. That’s pretty impressive. Backing vocals on that song are by Rebecca Rogers. Michael and Maryse were great at the Precipice. Hey, you know who else played a song with Swale in the Swaleoke set? That’s right, James Kochalka Superstar.

18.) Old North Ender – James Kochalka
19.) Trans Am – Barbacoa
20.) Everyone Likes To – Swale
21.) Comm To Space – ROUGH FRANCIS

RF played a killer set at the Precipice. They also did the Swaleoke thing with Amanda Gustafson on keys, Tyler Bolles on bass, Eric Olsen on guitar, Paul Comegno on guitar, Julian Hackney on guitar, Urian Hackney on vocals, and Bobby Hackney Jr. on drums. Their collective version of Now I Wanna Be Your Dog might be my top local music event ever. Maybe not, but it’s way up there. Barbacoa played a killer version of Trans at the Precipice. Saturday, we had to leave a bit early, since Ken had to work in the morning. We missed most of this band’s set, but did catch this song.

22.) Cats Were Born – And The Kids
23.) Hallelujah – The Dirty Blondes
24.) First Kiss – Peg Tassey MUSIC
25.) Antiphon – MIDLAKE BAND

Thanks to Mike Luoma for turning me on to, and getting me a ticket to see Midlake when they played Higher Ground last week. As an acoustic three-piece, they sounded very close to the full band version, when they played Antiphon. Peg Tassey did not play the Precipice, but did show up to check out some of the music. The Bondes played a killer show Friday night. Too bad Becky was in jail in Cleveland, but Diane Sullivan did a great job with the vocals. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?



One more song before I go. If more people understood what this next song means, the world would be a happier place. We are groot.

Song after: What Color Is God? – Fish


Radio Show 65 Thursday June 5, 2014 9-10pm Eastern US Time WBKM.ORG   2 comments




I just got back from my local music radio show on internet only WBKM,ORG. It’s Jazzfest week, so I highlighted some of our great local jazzish music.

Song before: Breathing – Kate Bush



From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds of Burlington. It’s Jazzfest week and there were 4 bands playing on Church street when I walked down, and there’s music in every club in town. With all the flowers out, every time I step outside, it just feels great to breathe! Here’s Rubblebucket on WBKM, and this is Burlington’s kind of music.

1.) Breatherz (Young As Clouds) – Rubblebucket
2.) Breathe – Barika
3.) All About You – Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band

Kat has a great voice and is a true local treasure. She and the band play Radio Bean all the time. That Barika song makes me happy whenever I hear it. Rubblebucket used to play all over Burlington. The last show I went to was Marco Benevento at Radio Bean. The show was recorded and uploaded so I downloaded it. Here’s one of the songs from that show.

4.) Such A Night – Marco Benevento
5.) See Me On My Way – Superhuman Happiness
6.) Killer Bee Bop – Zoot Wilson

Zoot is a legend in this town and I love the sting in the guitar. Superhuman have a great name, and the song makes me smile as much as their name. Killer playing by Marco. Up next let’s rock for a bit. Here is the next song from Dancing With The Big Guy.

7.) Drug Me Up – Ninja Custodian
8.) Lost And Found – Dented Personality
9.) Breathing In – The Hero Cycle

That song just fills me. Dented have changed their name to Better Things and are playing Sunday at Twofourtwo Main with Gorgon. Great song by Ninja. Let’s go back to some more fun with Marco.

10.) Fearless part 1 – Marco Benevento
11.) Benny And The Jets – Marco Benevento
12.) Fearless part 2 – Marco Benevento
13.) Stronger – Belizbeha

Great playing by Belizebeha, even if it’s a bit outside of my comfort zone. I do try and push myself a bit for Jazzfest week. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?



Song after – Jungle Ride (live) – Fish

At the end of the show, Ted Jacobites stopped in and gave me a ride home on the rainy night where I did not bring my umbrella. He asked for a song by Corrinne Bailey Rae.


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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.

Radio Show 21 Thursday July 18, 2013 9-10pm Eastern US Time WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment



I just got back from radio show 21 on WBKM.ORG. If you listened from quarter of 9 to 10:30, you probably knew I was picking the songs.

Song before: Starman – David Bowie



From our small city to the great big world, these are the sounds of Burlington. Last Friday Sarah Emily Blacker came to town to release her new EP Precious Little Things. Whether she plays a large concert hall or an intimate coffee shop, she keeps Pluggin’ Away. Here is the second song on her new EP on WBKM, Burlington’s Kind of Music.

1.) Pluggin’ Away – Sarah Blacker

2.) The River Hymn – The Sweet Remains

3.) Nothing But The Water (II) – Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

It’s been so hot, look for cooling water! Grace started in Vermont and has gotten big. People in bands like The Sweet Remains play in multiple bands, and have day jobs. What a beautiful song about the river. It has been raining a lot, be careful in the rivers. Sarah did a tremendous job at Radio Bean last Friday. Next, we play the last song on The Cush’s masterpiece, New Appreciation For Sunshine.

4.) Last American Right – The Cush

5.) Out On The Oklahoma Plains – Mickey Western and the Radio Clowns

6.) Breathe – Barika

I was checking out the Precipice sampler and loved the breezy flow of Breathe. I know nothing about them but will check them out next weekend at the Precipice. Mickey is playing the Precipice too, and last year, when he played solo, his songs were fun and quirky and I had a good time. This year should be fun too. I hope your enjoyed The Cush album. Next week we will start another album. A former roommate and current co-worker just won at state Scrabble championship and is going to the nationals. Congratulations Jeffrey Nelson. The finals are being held in Las Vegas. This is Ninja Custodian

7.) Las Vegas – Ninja Custodian

8.) Recovery VS Being Recovered – Affinity for Nothing

9.) Falling In And Out Of Sleep

It’s been so humid and 77 degrees in the morning. I’ve been falling in and out of sleep a lot lately. Love that song. Affinity was from a Big Heavy World sampler, and that’s a cool song. The one, the only, Ninja Custodian. The next band started in Burlington but are traveling and playing a lot and are coming back to town on August 8th at Signal Kitchen.

10.) Confusion – The Vacant Lots

11.) Media Boss – The Lindbergh Baby

12.) Lights Low – Will

The show’s over and it’s time to turn the lights down low. Love that Will song. Neither I, nor the band, fully endorse the lyrics in Media Boss, but farce is a great, different angle on life It’s also a cool rock song with lyrics about raining, and it started raining when the song was playing. Can’t wait for the Lots. Lendway are playing Friday, but also a bunch of local artists are doing Bowie songs at the Monkey House that night too. I may have to go Bowie. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?



Song after: What Color Is God? (live Koln)

I was feeling like i had time, so I lined up a few songs. 5 Years, by Bowie, Possession by Sarah McClachlan was in the queue, and sounded great. Guitar and Pen by the Who was queued up too, but I put in Lady Stardust by Bowie. There may have been some other cool songs too…Big Log, Brothers in Arms, Even In The Quietest Moments…