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Be Aggressive, Lee Corey Oswald, Choke Up and Dented Personality at 242 Main and Everybody’s Favorite Irish Drinking Songs Band at Finnegan’s   Leave a comment

Everybody's Favorite Irish Drinking Songs Band at Finnegan's March 16 2014 photo by Kelly Tierney Longley

Everybody’s Favorite Irish Drinking Songs Band at Finnegan’s March 16 2014 photo by Kelly Tierney Longley

Everybody's Favorite Irish Drinking Songs Band leprechaun

Everybody’s Favorite Irish Drinking Songs Band leprechaun

I got out of work at 7, and knew Everybody’s Favorite Irish Drinking Songs Band were due on at 9:30, or 10. Something had caught my eye, and I though I had seen that BE AGGRESSIVE were playing at 242 Main. I checked into it and was correct. I sent a message to Jaw Knee Bee, and they were putting gear on the stage. I was out the door in minutes and walked in to some aggressive rock. They were playing as a three-piece with John on bass, Pete Bolduc ripping it up on guitar, and Keeth Maurice pounding out the drums. I caught 6 or 7songs, and had a great time. I was pretty stiff and cold when I walked in, but they had me in top rock form by the end of the set. Many of the songs were new, and all of them were good. Most of the songs made me work to try and catch up with them, which is always a good sign. I’m so glad I put the effort in.

I was pretty hungry, so as the last notes rang out, I booked down to Mr Mikes for a slice, then headed back. Lee Corey Oswald, from Portland Oregon, were on stage and rocking. The four-piece, two guitars, bass, drum rocked hard with pop sensibilities. They reminded me a bit of a heavy Longwave mixed with punk pacing. They played fast and hard, yet let the songs sprawl a bit, and play out however they needed to. The guitar player who sang had a pretty good voice, and the two guitars played through Marshall amps just rocked the place. I really enjoyed their set. I ended up buying a cassette (easier then carrying an LP for the rest of the night), so I will need to check about buying something in listenable form.

After their set I headed to Finnegan’s to see if EFIDSB were getting ready, but there was an empty stage. I found out they were supposed to go on at 10ish, so I headed back to 242 and walked in with Boston’s Choke Up on the stage. Also a 4 piece with 2 guitars, bass, drums, Choke Up played classic punk. It was loud, fast, aggressive and had screamed vocals. The band were super tight and took the songs through tons of changes. They were very comfortable switching speeds in the songs and had some nice harmony guitar action going in a couple of them. They played beautifully and had the small crowd bouncing around a bit.

When they wrapped up, I just stayed. The bands sets had been pretty short and the switchovers pretty quick. It was not long until Burlington’s Dented Personality hit the stage. With two guitars, bass, and drums, the four-piece played more straight forward rock songs with nice melodies. They were not as intense as the bands before them, but still rocked hard. While the songs could use a bit more complexity, they were fun and had me rocking for most of the set. The guitar player in the middle sang most of the songs, but the guitar player on the left sang one. It would have been better if the sound guy was at the desk to turn up his mic, but the place is small enough that you could hear him a little. After several cool songs, they got up from their instruments and sat on the front of the stage. They had us sit on the floor and one of the guys grabbed an acoustic guitar. The singer began singing, then the drummer sang the next part. All four alternated verses and choruses, and it really highlighted their talent. After that we all got up, they put the electric guitars back on and rocked the place hard two more times.

As the last note rang out, I headed back to Finnegan’s and Everybody’s Favorite Irish Drinking Songs Band were on stage. This version of the band was pretty stripped down. There was an electric guitar player that I did not know, Matt Thorsen on harmonica, Matthew Stephen Perry on acoustic guitar, Buck on banjo, and the mighty duo of Diane Sullivan and Rebecca Rogers on lead vocals. I grabbed a Harp, not the instrument, and a songbook and joined in the singalong. They played the classics like Wild Rover, Bugger Off, and Jackie Wilson Said. Matt did a nice job singing One. Buck was in fine voice for Dirty Old Town. The whole show was pretty loose, but nothing but fun. They tossed lots of stuff to the audience and I ended up with a leprechaun statue, because apparently always showing up has some benefits. The bar was fairly empty, so most of the people that were there were there for the band, so there was a good spirit for the show. They wrapped the night with O’Paranoid and Beer Beer Beer, and a good time was had by all.

The walk home was cold and quick and I was asleep not long after arriving. Today is a 10 hour work day, but I will have lots of great music running through my head to keep me going. Thanks guys and girls!!

Radio Show 39 Thursday December 5 , 2013 9-10pm Eastern US Time WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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I just got back from radio show 39 on WBKM.ORG.  Last week was Thanksgiving and I had a great idea for a show.  It turned out that I had the night off, and the internet only radio station had some special programming going on.  Tonight, one week later, I did the Thanksgiving show.  I had an issue loading in more music, so I changed it up a bit to be all classic.

Song before: Brothers And Sisters – Joe Adler And The Rangers Of Danger

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From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington.  Last week I had an idea for a Thanksgiving show.  I had the night off, so I will do it tonight.  I was thinking about the many things in my life I have to be thankful for.  I’ve got great parents and a brother.  I’ve got lots of great friends.  There’s tons of great music around all the time.  Tonight I want to choose one and highlight how thankful I feel.  I am very thankful for my brother Ken.  He’s had some challenges in life, and it’s sometimes hard to drag him out to local shows.  Since I have started my radio show, he listens often and writes me an e-mail about it after.  He really likes playing air guitar to rocking songs.  This show is dedicated to him.  Tonight we start with Alice Austin’s next song from To A Star In The Yard, this is Run My Man on WBKM, and this is Burlington’s Kind Of Music.

1.) Run My Man – Alice Austin
2.) Be Aggressive – BE AGGRESSIVE
3.) 89 – Black Rabbit
4.) Kick The Can – Cave Bees

Are you rocking yet Ken?  I sure am.  Cave Bees are back in Austin for the winter.  It was good to see them a few times.  Black Rabbit always rock!  Be Aggressive just played at Punksgiving in White River.  Up next, let’s keep rocking.

5.) Las Vegas – Ninja Custodian
6.) Bomb – Envy
7.) The Eldridge – Cameo Harlot

I hope Ken has been rocking out to those last few.  While it’s sometimes hard to get him out to local shows, We’ve been to quite a few big ones together.  The last one was the Clockwork Angels tour in Montreal.

8.) The Trees – RUSH
9.) Shout It Out Loud – KISS
10.) Iron Maiden – Iron Maiden
11.) Hey You – Pink Floyd

I’ve seen Floyd twice without Roger, and Roger three times solo, but never together.  I put Hey You in, because for two years our parents got us tickets to see a full show Pink Floyd cover band at the Flynn Theater.  They were pretty fun shows and it was good to see them with Ken.  Last night at Nectar’s there was a Floyd tribute band called Dark Side Of The Mountain.  Matt Burr, Bob Wagner and the rest of the band were pretty excellent.  They will be there for the nest two Wednesdays.  Ken and I have seen Iron Maiden many many times.  When Kiss got back together, we saw them three times, and they were great!  Ken always seems to like it when I play this next band, but there is one song he seems to like just a little bit more.

12.) Ornan’s Song – The Dirty Blondes
13.) Morning Again – Doll Fight
14.) Come To Space – ROUGH FRANCIS

Ken always likes it when I play Rough Francis.  I really should try and drag him to a show sometime soon.  I like the symmetry of dedicating this to my brother with a band lead by brothers.  Doll Fight really rock too.  Well, I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town.  Let’s do it again next week, shall we?

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Hey, Tim still here.  I’ve always been playing a Fish song after my show, and Ken has remarked how much he’s liked all the songs on A Feast Of Consequences.  This is my favorite.

Song after: Crucifix Corner

 

Be Aggressive and Poxy at 242 Main September 20, 2013   Leave a comment

242 Main St

242 Main St

Yesterday was a long work day and I was feeling drained. I got out at 7 but did a quick turn around at home, and headed downtown. I arrived at Twofourtwo Main to find that none of the bands had started. I hung out for a bit, then BE AGGRESSIVE hit the stage. They were loud, fast and fun. They are a guitar bass/vocals, drum trio. The drumming is pretty snappy punk, but the guitar and bass were a bit more metal. They played a bunch of cool songs, then in the middle, played their eponymous song, that keeps winding up on my internet radio show. At that point, each song got better and better, and I was flailing happily by the end of the set. New guitar player, Pete, was constantly jumping and adding tons to the energy. John Otis Bro kept the low end of the songs driving and screamed out the vocals while Kevin used the drums to propel the songs. They were lots of fun and I want to know when they are around in the future!


After a quick tear down/set up, Poxy hit the stage. Their songs are short and fast and furious. Their longest song on their EP Pucker Power is around a Ramonesish two and a half minutes, but most are shorter. On stage at 242, the guitar/vocals, bass, drums trio showed poise and confidence and rocked the place hard. They played a coupe of the ones that barely last a minute. They did the cover of Earth Angel, that starts nice and slow, then rips through the middle section at breakneck speed. They played some new songs where they stretched the songs out a bit and played with a fast then slow dynamic. The whole show felt like 30 or 40 minutes, but clocked in closet to 20. It was a joyous few moments, and I can’t wait to see them again. They seem to be growing a lot and it will be fascinating to see where they go.


During the break, the realization that I had to be up at 7am took hold. I let my tiredness lead, and took the quick walk home. If I had started work later on Saturday, it would have been fun to check out the other two bands who played, and/or head to Nectar’s to see Wave of the Future and Savage Hen, but sometimes there is only so much you can do. I’m richer for having seen what I did, and am happy that I caught two of the bands I most wanted to see. Thank goodness there is no more music that is dragging me out again in the near future, and least not until tonight.

Radio Show 30 Thursday September 19 , 2013 9-10pm Eastern US Time WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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I just got back from local music internet radio show number 30 on WBKM.ORG. It seemed that in every break, what I was about to say, slipped out of my head. Maybe it’s a sign that I need a week off.

Song before: Mad As The Mist And Snow – The Waterboys

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From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. It’s been warm and sunny for the last couple of days. The nights have been chilly, but still nice for walking. Here is the next song on Swale‘s A Small Arrival. This is Overcoat on WBKM, and this is Burlington’s kind of music.

1.) Overcoat – Swale
2.) Tell Me – Linda Bassick
3.) Johnson Unit Talkin’ Blues – Satori Bob
4.) Leonard Cohen – Violette Ultraviolet

On Saturday a bunch of local musicians are playing Leonard Cohen songs at Radio Bean. I’m not sure if VU will be there, but wanted to play the song. Satori are on the opposite coast, but that song has a Cohen sort of feel. It’s cool that both coasts are thinking the same way. Linda plays the Bean on Friday mornings, bring your kids if you get a chance. Hmmm, Swale. Last Sunday at the punk show at the Bean, they added Hana Zara at 8 and a band from Maine called Old Soul in between. Their songs just made me feel happy.

5.) Home – Old Soul
6.) Traveling Time – Born Naked
7.) In The Pines – Vedora

I just saw Vedora at Red Square. They played a ton of new songs, and they did play Pines. It’s great to see them again! A long time ago David L. Jarvis created a label called Permanent Records. It wasn’t, but did put out the CD by New Hampshire’s Born Naked.
Tomorrow I’m heading to 242 Main to catch Poxy and Be Aggressive. I have a song from each of them coming up, but will start with the band I saw last night.

8.) The Eldridge – Cameo Harlot
9.) Be Aggressive – Be Aggressive
10.) Rot In Hell – Poxy
11.) Black and Red – Rough Francis

I had such a good time at the punk show Sunday at the Bean. I hope I have as much fun at 242 tomorrow. Last night was great with Cameo at the Monkey. OK, let’s go classic Burlington.

12.) Drug Me Up – Ninja Custodian
13.) Lines and Spaces (live) – The Cancer Conspiracy

That was two of the great classic Burlington bands. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next, well actually, I will be off next week. I’m going to Albany to see the Waterboys. Let’s do it the week after, and the week after, and the week after……

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Song After – The Great Unraveling – Fish

Radio Show 26 Thursday August 22 , 2013 9-10pm Eastern US Time WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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I just got home from internet radio show number 26 on WBKM.ORG. I had new music to play, so a few discs to load in. One had an error that froze the console a bit (thank goodness the music was still playing) but once it cleared I was set to go. I stuck in a cool song before my song before, and stuck in two after my song after.

Song Before: Hiroshima Mon Amour – The Church

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From our small city to the great big world, these are The Sounds Of Burlington. When I first started seeing music in Burlington there was a lot of old school rock and blues. Here are some of the best.

 

1.) Jumbled Cluck – The Dogcatchers

2.) I Don’t Like Working – East Coast Muscle

3.) Away From Here – Zoot Wilson And The Reputation

4.) Tennessee Line – Buck And The Black Cats

 

All those bands made Nectar’s the legend that it is. The blues rock sound changed when an odd bunch of guys reacted to the changing music of the world, and brought new sounds to Burlington.

 

5.) No More Sex – Pinhead

6.) 2 Hot 2 B a Prostitute – The Lestons

7.) Move Through Time – The Persian Claws

8.) Mirrors – Vetica

 

I loved seeing Vetica at the Precipice. I was hoping they would play again, and they are coming to Radio Bean tomorrow. I’m psyched I have a song to play by The Persian Claws. They’ve been playing some real nice rock shows lately. I got to know 2 Hot as a Party star song and love how catchy it is. Matthew Stephen Perry plays in both bands and it was great to see him at the Black Crowes show at the Maritime Festival on the waterfront last Saturday. The Crowes wrapped the night in a wonderful way, but I also caught Swale at the start of the day. Here is the next song on A Small Arrival, the melancholy and gorgeous Middlesex.

 

9.) Middlesex – Swale

10.) Dogs At The Door – Milton Busker

11.) Lonesome Lullaby – The Dwellers

 

That is a Gabrielle Douglas solo song, but sounds so much like a great Cush song. I love the Milton song and missed him at the Precipice. He is coming to Radio Bean tomorrow too. Swale were great at the festival. I think I forgot to mention how amazing Johnnie Day Durandis on the saw on that song. Speaking of Radio Bean, last night I saw the first show by the new drummer, the album release party, and the last show that Doll Fight! will play. It was a great loud fast show. Part of what made it great was openers Poxy. They really impressed me, and I will play one of their songs after Doll Fight!

 

12.) I Fight Back – Doll Fight!

13.) Be Aggressive – Be Aggressive

14.) Planning My Funeral – Poxy (It was supposed to be song 13 but it just popped out of the player and Be Aggressive popped it. I re-queued it, and it played fine. Phew!)

15.) Moles – When Particles Collide

16.) Weapon Factory – The Wards with The Dirty Blondes

17.) I-90 East – Rough Francis

 

Rough Francis are great. The Wards are classic Burlington, but still play out now and then. It’s nice to hear that version with Diane Sullivan singing a verse. Portland Maine’s When Particles Collide come to town, now and then, to rock us. Great lyrics in moles. Do you have a chemistry degree? Poxy were great at Radio Bean, and I’m glad the song played the second time. Be Aggressive rock. I’ll miss you Doll Fight! 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 – Scattering Crows – Fish

The walk home was lovely. I ran into Hana Zara and Joe Adler. Joe said there will be a punk show coming up with Trapper Keeper, Blue Button, and Rough Francis. Whoo Hooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

Radio Show 20 Thursday July 11, 2013 9-10pm Eastern US Time WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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I just got back from radio show 20 on WBKM.ORG.  I headed downtown early and caught a few songs by Alpha Rev, playing in Battery Park.  Daniel Bolles was right.  They sounded a lot like a more country rock Coldplay.  It’s Matthew Hastings birthday, and I forgot to toss in a Vedora song.  I hope this makes it up to him.

Songs before: Jump Back, Promises, In the Pines – Vedora

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From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds of Burlington.  I caught a few songs by Alpha Rev in Battery Park, and it’s a lovely day, it’s full of sun, people are out and about.  Here is a song recorded at Nectar’s by Joe Adler and the Rangers of Danger on WBKM, and this is Burlington’s Kind of Music.

1.) Many A Girl – Joe Adler and the Rangers of Danger (live at Nectar’s)

2.) Wake Me When It’s Over – Longwave

3.) Be Aggressive – Be Aggressive

I saw Be Aggressive a couple of weeks ago, then the next show I had, I played the other three bands on the bill, so I wanted to make it up to them.  The song has been in my head a lot lately.  They are playing Friday in White River Junction.  Longwave are a great band from New York City who have come to town a few times and rocked us hard.  Joe and the Rangers are so much fun live.  Tonight, a man who helps almost every other Burlington musician is releasing his own music.

4.) Sweetheart – Ryan Power

5.) See Me On My Way – Superhuman Happiness

6.) Ev-Er-y Day – The Skamaphrodites

7.) Emily – The Grift

I just realized a guy I’ve worked with for a while, Jeff Vallone, is in a bunch of local bands.  One is the Grift and Emily is a pretty sweet song.  The Skamaphrodites are getting back together for a few shows, including the Precipice.  A whole sampler of music, from bands who are playing the festival, was just released, so I’m delighted to play some of it.  Superhuman was from that too, and that song just makes me feel happy.  Too much music is coming to town at the same time.  Tonight is the High Breaks at Nectar’s and Ryan at Signal Kitchen (High Breaks are going on later and so is Ryan, so I got groceries and went home, with shows Friday and Saturday, and those being my Monday and Tuesday…if HB had been on at 10:15, I would have caught a few songs), Saturday is Hover and Guppy Boy at Monkey House, but I have to see all the bands at the Max Krauss house party.  Friday is Joe and the Rangers at Vt Pub and, at the same time, Sarah Emily Blacker at Radio Bean.  She has a new EP out, but here’s an older song.

8.) I Should Speak – Sarah Blacker

9.) Good Thing – Maryse Smith

10.) Guitar – Michael Chorney and Hollar General

11.) Solitude – Alpenglow

I’ve been meaning to check out Alpenglow.  I’ve heard good things, but until the Precipice sampler, I had missed them.  Wow, nice song.  Speaking of which, Guitar sounds like a cool breeze running through your mind.  I’ve caught Maryse a couple of times and she has a great voice.  (I missed mentioning that she was likely playing at the same time as my show, opening for Ryan Power).  It’s nice to have a song of hers to play.  Hmmm Sarah Blacker.  Tomorrow.  Hey, there’s a cool band coming to town on Sunday at Signal Kitchen.

12.) A Charm/A Blade – Phosphorescent

13.) Many A Girl (Reprise) – Joe Adler and the Rangers of Danger

Well that does it for me.  I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our….wait, did I forget something?  Right, the next song on the Cush album.

14.) Reprise – The Cush

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Song After: A View From The Hill – Fish

Kepi Ghoulie, Dog Party, Trapper Keeper and Be Aggressive at the Monkey House June 26, 2013   Leave a comment

I just got back from seeing and hearing some nicely intense guitar rock at the Monkey House. Be Aggressive, from White River, were a three piece, guitar, bass, drum. The drummer had a small kit and a small Mohawk, and furiously kept the beat with subtle finesse. The bass player ran the frets fervently, and kept the songs together. The guitar player tossed in a few chords towards the rhythm, then lit out on yet another lead. I really liked them and need to check them out again.

Next up was the band I’ve been wanting to see for ages. Trapper Keeper played fast and loud and the songs had a huge amount of power to them. Their set was short and sweet and each song was a wonderful sonic barrage.

Up next was Dog Party. They are two young girls (black X’s on the hands, so under 21) from California. The guitarist/singer and drummer/singer had nice harmonies over the Ramonesish rock and roll. All the songs were good, and the music was fast and solid.

Dog Party at the Monkey House June 26 2016 photo by John Otis Bro

Dog Party at the Monkey House June 26 2016 photo by John Otis Bro

The headliner was a guy named Kepi Ghoulie and Dog Party were his back up band. He sang and played a not quite flying V bass. His songs were fast and fun, and the girls kept the music driving. I knew noting about him coming into the show, and loved every note. During the song Chupacabra, balloons began to fly in from the back of the club.  It added a bit of extra flair to the show, but it was the music that stole my heart.  They ended with a Chuck Berry song, but the way they played it, was more Ramones.

Kepi Ghoulie at the Monkey House June 26 2016 photo by John Otis Bro

Kepi Ghoulie at the Monkey House June 26 2016 photo by John Otis Bro

I’m so glad I put in the effort. There were quite a few people there, but it was nowhere near packed. I love that it is so easy to go out and find great music that you’ve never heard before.