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Radio Show 286 Thursday December 20, 2018 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 US Eastern time Thursday December 20. You can stream it from the website or here: WBKM It will go as follows.

Song before: I Believe In Father Christmas – Greg Lake

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From our small city to the great big world,, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. It’s almost Christmas, and I have a lot of appropriate songs on the way tonight, but let’s begin with the next song on the Grim Work album.

1.) Lost Cause – Milton Busker and the Grim Work
2.) Christmastime Blues – Jason Baker
3.) O Come O Come Emmanuel – Cricket Blue
4.) Hallelujah – SWALE

I love that version of the Leonard song with the fun lyrics of familiar Christmas characters. Lovely version of the classic from Cricket. That’s from a new album from Meadowlark Studio that was recently released. i have several of the other songs on that album on the way later. OK, let’s give you all a nice present. Let’s head over to Robot Dog Studio for an interview and live performance.

5.) Intro/May (Untitled) – Adrienne Cooper Smith
6.) Untitled – Adrienne Cooper Smith
7.) Untitled – Adrienne Cooper Smith
8.) Adrienne Cooper Smith – Adrienne Cooper Smith

The interview was fun and does not dwell on the titles. Thanks for that great performance Adrienne! I also want to thank Ryan Cohen for hosting and making us sound great and Phoebe Zorn and Chrusty Barnacles for the video that is on Youtube now. OK, so I caught this band play this song at Nectar’s on Monday, and now I’m going to play it for you.

9.) Here Comes Santa Claus – Savage Hen
10.) Christmas Sled – The Mountain Says No
11.) It’s Christmas – Swale
12.) It’s Christmas – Physics Club
13.) We 3 Kings – Electric Halo

I love that somber version of Kings from Joe Adler. Physics are son funny. They will open for Swale at Light Club Lamp Shop on Saturday for what should be a fun and lovely holiday show. Will someone please finally get Mountain that sled? They’ve been asking for years. Hen are so fun. OK, here’s a song that will likely get played live soon.

14.) Just Another Day (Christmas) – Swale
15.) Happy X-Mas (War Is Over) – Josh Glass
16.) Winter Song – Julia Beerworth
17.) Silent Night – The DuPont Brothers
18.) Blue Christmas – Kat Wright and Brett Hughes

It’s so nice when they sing together. Cool version of the classic from Zach and Sam. Josh put out a local Christmas album a few years ago that featured his and Julia’s songs. There will be more from that album soon. Cool song from Swale. OK, here’s another classic.

19.) Carol Of The Bells – Gordon Stone Music
20.) Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Greg Alexander
21.) O Holy Night – Cait Hoffman
22.) Silver Bells – Josh Glass and Jackie Buttolph
23.) Little Drummer Boy – Aaron Flinn

Cool version of the classic from Aaron. Jackie and Josh’s voices sound so nice together. What a stunning performance from Cait. Same for Greg. I thought it would be nice to have a little more banjo in the show and Gordon is amazing. Here’s another classic.

24.) White Christmas – Giovanina Bucci
25.) The Christmas Song – Yasmin Taybey
26.) Someday At Christmas – Dwight & Nicole
27.) Joy To The World – The UVM Hit Paws
28.) Winter Wonderland – Josh Glass

Fun version of the classic from Josh. I think that’s both versions intertwined from Paws. Cool new classic from the dynamic duo. Yasmin owns Meadowlark and does a nice version of the classic. Beautiful version of the classic from the singer from Nina’s Brew. OK, let’s keep the spirit going.

29.) Santa Baby – Samara Lark
30.) Frosty The Snowman – Construction Joe
31.) Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer – Linda Bassick
32.) Baby Please Come Home – Josh Panda

Great huge rocking version of that song. That’s such a fun version of the classic from Linda. Joe were a classic ’90’s band and Samara is always amazing. Well, I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?

Songs after
Faith Healer – Fish
Springtime In Vienna – The Tragically Hip
The Surprising – Deep Purple
Awaken – Yes
Alone In The Night – Andriana Chobot
Children Of The Stars – Madaila
Images (Chapter 1) – Saga
Astronomer’s Call/And Dream Of Sheep – Kate Bush
Alone – Children in Paradise
Heavy – Clever Girls
Get Me Outta Here – Deep Purple
Dormant Magic – Jason Baker
regular awesome programming.

 

 

The Radio Bean Birthday party with many bands November 3, 2018   Leave a comment

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Danny LeFrancois

I had a great time seeing music Saturday at Radio Bean and Light Club Lamp Shop. Every year, at this time, The Bean throws a birthday party and celebrates with music all day and night. This year they turned 18 and had 102 scheduled acts. I got going nice and early and arrived a little after 8am. I chatted with Molly King and Loren for a bit then Danny LeFrancois took the stage. Apparently, his band The Parts slept in, so he played the show solo. He began playing acoustic guitar and built a loop. He added a bit of voice and let it go as he moved back to the drum kit and rocked for a bit. He returned to guitar and vocals for a cover of a Petty song that was subtle and cool. He played a couple of sweet original songs that made me smile, then said thank you good morning.

 

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The Steph Pappas Experience

Up next Loren grabbed his bass and headed to the stage. He was joined by Ted Looby on guitar and the mighty The Steph Pappas Experience began to rock. Steph has a strong voice and is a great guitar player too. Several audience members joined in on percussion as she sang about cowyboys and waterboys. She wrapped the three song set with one about going out on the highway. She’s so cool.

 

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Seth Eames and Miriam Bernardo

I hopped into the car and drove to work. I put in a 9-5:30 shift then zipped home. I dropped the car and took the lovely walk downtown. I wasn’t sure where they were on the schedule and did not recognize who was a the Lamp shop, so I slid into the Bean and caught a couple of songs by Miriam Bernardo and Seth Eames. He had a nice voice and played acoustic guitar. Miriam has an incredibly soulful voice and it’s always a treat to hear her sing. They sang a duet on a song about going away to the promised land then she regaled us with a song about how surely you were meant to be mine. It was wonderful.

 

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Joe Adler and friends

I stayed at the Bean as Joe Adler and his huge band scrunched themselves onto the stage. Joe’s deep voice lead the way as they rocked out a song about going down the road. They followed with Tom Waits’ Bella Ciao then let it slowly slip into Come Together. The audience had fun singing along. It was a great set.

 

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Caroline O’Connor and Adam Frehm

I peeked into the Lamp shop and someone was setting up so I hustled back to the Bean and soon it was time for Caroline Marie to take the stage. She played keys and laid her sultry voice on us as Adam Frehm added some sweet electric guitar. Her long flowy gentle smokey rock sounded great. The first song had a nice trance vibe as did her second, Disco Shaman, through that was a little more uptempo. Both sounded great and I was in a happy place for every moment.

 

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Navah Stein

I stayed at the Bean as the next act, Navah Stein, set up a table on stage. A couple sat at the table and poured spagettin out of a pot onto the plates and grated some Parmesan on top then began to eat. I wasn’t sure where they were going with it and took a chance and headed over to the Lamp shop.

 

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I timed it perfectly as Ryan Ober and The Romans began to play. They oozed talent and played a couple of really cool rock songs. They played an older cover that I did not know from 1951, and had the crowd rocking. Bob Wagner sat in on the last song and it sounded like an old blues rock song. Towards the end Ryan and Bob had twin ripping guitar leads going and it was a wonder to behold.

 

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Brett Hughes and the Honky Tonk band

I popped back to the Bean and Brett Hughes and the Honky Tonk band were on. They played a song about a lawyer then a sweet one about hearing a whistle blowing last night. The last song had a ’50’s noir surf rock feel as they sang I’m coming home. Lowell Thompson ripped out a sweet lead that kept me smiling.

 

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Francesca Blanchard

I popped back to the Lamp Shop and Francesca Blanchard was about to start. She sang a song about an ex-girlfriend that was pretty amusing. She played a delightful new song about how the world is turning slightly off kilter. She closed with a gorgeous cover of Dylan’s Make You Feel My Love. I love her music so much.

 

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Ivamae

I meant to head back to the Bean to catch Kim Jordan but they said it was at capacity so I ducked back into the Lamp Shop. Ivamae got up to play and the room became pin drop silent, as usual. With a strong voice and a quiet electric guitar she emits a ton or power and melted me from the first note. Her second song was a cool one called Honey Bee and she wrapped up the enchanting set with one that ended tell me what you might be.

 

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Swale

It was getting close to a crucial time so I ducked back to the Bean and was able to get in. I got settled as SWALE took the stage. They opened with Eric Olsen singing a powerhouse version of Eighteen. I love that Alice Cooper song and they did a great version of it. Up next was a brand new song called Shrug It Out that was cool. I think it was about how we can see everyone you’ve ever been. They closed with a cover that I did not know but loved. It was a dark heavy rocker and Amanda Gustafson let loose her powerhouse voice. It was an amazing set.

 

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Swale

I think Brett and Kat were going on in the Lamp Shop but it looked crowded so I stayed at the Bean to catch Yes Darling. They were a duo with Ryan Montbleau singing and playing guitar and Haley Jane unleashing her powerful voice on us. They had a whole act of a bickering couple that was quite amusing. They played songs about kissing your lips then punching you in the face and how you would be cool if you reached your potential. It’s hard to describe how good it was, but everyone in the room had a smile.

 

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Yes Darling

I hung out at the Bean as Anal Knievel took the stage. You can guess what he began talking about.

 

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Anal Knievel

 

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Paper Castles

I ducked over to the Lamp Shop as Paper Castles began to play. Their relaxed off kilter flowing pop music was a beautiful place get lost in. The music was airy and joyous and I loved going with the flow. They ended the three song set with one about how I’m all right and kept me smiling.

 

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Paper Castles

I headed back to the Bean and Osage Orange were on and playing a song about a medicine girl. They had a cool low fi indie sound that kept me in a happy place. They did a nice version of Buddy Holly’s Everyday then closed with a song about seeing my ghost in the darkness. They are so cool.

 

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I had been bopping between the Bean and the Light Club Lamp Shop, but at this point, I just settled into the Bean for the rest of the night.

Up next, the mighty Miku Daza took the stage. Their sax player was missing but the power trio charged ahead at full rock throttle. They sang about not needing you and how you don’t make it easy so I’m gonna make it hard. They played a powerhouse version of Flaca Daza, and late in the song Sugar the clown made an appearance. She stood on the bar at the back and dove into the arms of the audience. She was carried to the front then danced madly on and off the stage. The band let Flaca transition into Panic and we danced hard. Before the last song the band removed their shirts. Don’t worry, Miku had a bra and the guys had tape over their nipples so no one had to be shocked. The band ripped up a killer version of the song about the tree I’m climbing and called it a night. Wow.

 

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Miku Daza

Up next, Jeremy Rayburn got up to speak. He was very glad that the eighteen year old Radio Bean would not be drafted, and said other nice things about the wonderful place.

 

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Jeremy Rayburn

As he spoke, the band set up behind him. When ready, Cave Bees hit us hard and heavy with Juliet. They followed with another cool new song called Happy Man. It had a ripping bass line and Creston let loose a killer lead guitar break. They followed with another brand new one called Future Now that was really good too. They kept the pace at full speed for Golden Goose and closed the set by rocking the Queen City tonight. It’s always a great time when they play.

 

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Cave Bees

Dre followed with a story about meeting someone at the Bean and going on an adventure. It was fun, and she used it to describe how many people have met at the Bean and gone on to create wonderful stories. She did a nice job capturing the magical community that inhabits the Bean.

 

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Dre

As she left the stage Nico Suave and the Bodacious Supreme began to play. They opened hard and heavy with Over The Hills And Far Away. Nicole’s powerhouse voiced filled the room. They stayed with Zeppelin for the whole set and ripped up Heartbreaker. I thought they might let it go into Living Loving Maid but they took a turn and dropped it into Communication Breakdown. It was glorious.

 

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Nico Suave and the Bodacious Supreme

On the side of the stage Matt Matthew Bryan Hagen MC rapped out a couple of amusing songs. I missed the details of the first one, as I got another drink, but was locked in for the second as he spilled the beans. Such an appropriate song.

 

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Matt Hagen MC

A trio who identified as robots and binary followed. The Tsunamibots taught us to surf and rocked us hard. They sang of the surfing craze in the robotic age and murder robots on holiday. They wrapped the set with a song about a young robot trying to catch its first wave, then sang CO2 You Later. I love them so much.

 

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The Tsunamibots

Up next, The Eames Brothers Band band took the stage and turned the night a little bluesy. The first one had slow smokey sound and was about missing you in the night. They took us back to the days of old and locked into a long cool relaxed blues jam. They sang a song about how it’s been a long time coming up to this day, then closed with a fun funky song. They are immensely talented.

 

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The Eames Brothers Band

The stage emptied then filled with Kat Wright and her amazing band. It was late at this point and I was tired but basked in the gorgeous glowing music that they treated us to. Kat’s voice was right on and the band were super tight, even if the horn players had to be on the other side of the sound desk. Bob Wagnerr played a sweet lead on guitar during the second song and the whole room swayed for their entire set. They closed with a super cool version of The River. I don’t see them nearly as often as I would like, so I’m really glad I stuck around.

 

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Kat Wright

Lee Anderson came up to speak and told a couple of stories about this wonderful place he has created. A cake appeared and we all sang Happy Birthday.

 

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Lee Anderson

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The Birthday cake

At this point I needed a grand piano to prop up my mortal remains, but I had to hang out. Julia Caesar opened the set with a brand new song about singing, for it’s the thing that they do. They followed with a familiar song about how it was winter when she chose to blur the lines. Megan Wild Rice had a ripping guitar lead break on Nosedive, then they closed with another brand new one. I think it was about Mars changing direction. They are always amazing.

 

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Julia Caesar

I was exhausted but loved the next band too, so I had to stay for one more set. Preece came on as a trio with Jer Coons playing bass. Their blistering fast loud indie rock was full of joy. They opened with Waste Of Time then followed with Girl In My Bed. I missed the names of the last three but rocked hard to all of them. Preece are truly amazing.

There was at least one more band, but I just had nothing left. I ducked out and took the short walk home. The Radio Bean birthday party is a great opportunity to check out music and I’m so glad that I did.

 

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Preece

The 2000SUCKSteen Ball at Radio Bean with 23 performers December 30 2016   Leave a comment

 

I had a great time seeing music on December 30th. When I originally saw the show listed it sounded like DJ Disco Phantom (Brian Nagle) was going to spin some records featuring artists who died in 2016 (Two Thousand Sucksteen). I thought I might wander in and check it out then realized Arc Iris were playing at Higher Ground and got a ticket. Shortly after that I realized the Sucksteen show was going to be filled with 20+ local artists performing songs. It was too good to pass up so I ignored my purchased ticket and headed to Radio Bean to commiserate on the staggering loss of artists last year.

I arrived a little early and caught a couple of songs by Hailey Ward. She sang a sweet song about Tic Tac Toe and the appropriate cover of What Are You Doing On New Year’s Eve. She sounded pretty nice then it was time for the show.

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Hailey Ward at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

Sarah Stickle began the night singing and playing an acoustic guitar. She did a great version of Guy Clark’s LA Freeway.

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Sarah Stickle at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

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Jonah Salzman at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

Jonah Salzman took the stage next and played some Leonard Cohen songs on acoustic guitar. If It Be Your Will was strong and cool and I’m Your Man jammed for a long time.

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Brett Hughes at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

The mighty Brett Hughes took the stage next to play some Merle Haggard Songs. White Line Fever and You Don’t Have Very Far To Go were both strong songs and superbly played.

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Most of Swale at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

SWALE took the stage next, or at least most of them did. Eric Olsen, Tyler Bolles, and Jeremy Frederick rocked out a blisteringly loud and completely overdriven Ace Of Spades and it was glorious.

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Nate and Bones at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

Nate (Benet?) sat down at the piano by the soundboard and was joined by Bones Blankenship on fiddle. They played Leon Russell’s Masquerade and it was beautiful and powerful. Bones left but Nate played another Russell song, A Song For You, and beauty filled the air.

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Nate at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

Samara Lark Brown took the stage and played and sang some Bowie songs. Magic Dance from the movie Labyrinth was unexpected and fun. Under Pressure was very powerful and her singing was wonderful, both on the David and Freddie parts.

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Samara Lark Brown at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

Tim Lang and the gang filled the stage and he sat at the keys as they played a song I did not know. I think it went something like honey didn’t mind it yesterday, honey don’t mind it tonight. Whatever it was, it sounded nice.

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Tim Land and the gang at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

Lily Sickles took the stage next and played acoustic guitar and sang some Merle Haggard songs. The Bottle Let Me Down and Mama Tried were fun and I greatly enjoyed her singing and playing and sense of humor in between.

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Lily Sickles at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

Devin Robinson took the stage next and played a cool and mellow acoustic Moonage Daydream. Even without the lead guitar firepower the song is one of my favorites. His version of Leonard Cohen’s So Long Marianne sounded great too.

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Devin Robinson at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

Eastern Mountain Time brought the whole band and played another Merle Haggard song. Sing Me Back Home sounded powerful and beautiful.

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Eastern Mountain Time at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

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Heloise and Disco Phantom at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

Up to this point everyone had been singing and playing instruments but there was a karaoke part of the night too. Disco Phantom played the records while Heloise was joined by Lilly Sickles for a fun version of Careless Whisper. Heloise followed with George Michael’s Everything She Wants then closed the set with Prince’s I Would Die 4 U. She has a great voice and all of her songs were very well sang.

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Heloise and Lily at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

Mellow Yellow played as a quartet with bass, drums, keys/vocals, and Linda Bassick on vocals and guitar. They played a fantastic version of Space Oddity and it filled my heart with joy. The keyboard player did a great job on the lift off section of the song.

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Mellow Yellow at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

Sarah Griffin took the stage with an acoustic guitar and sang some Leonard Cohen songs. Dance Me To The End Of Love is another of my favorite songs and she made it sound great. Her version of Bird On The Wire was pretty cool too.

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Sarah Griffin at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

The duo AM Radio played acoustic guitars and sang with sweet harmonies. Lyin’ Eyes was just gorgeous and their version of Sharon Jones 100 Days, 100 Nights was lovely.

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AM Radio at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

Kat Wright and Bob Wagner played a great version of Cohens Why Don’t You Try. A Mose Allison song with a lyric about everyone’s gone missing was poignant. His playing and her singing were as out of this world as always.

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Kat Wright and Bob Wagner at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

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Ryan Miller at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

Disco Phantom returned and spun some records as Ryan Miller jammed out a super fun Suffragette City. Lee Anderson took the stage to do Gene Wilder’s Crazed Boat Ride from Willy Wonka and it was as over the top and joyously fun as you would expect. Ryan wrestled the stage back for a version of George Michael’s Faith that had the full house dancing.

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Lee Anderson at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

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Hannah Fair at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

Hannah Fair took the stage next and was joined by a sax player. They played Pure Imagination from Willy Wonka. They followed with Careless Whisper, and even though it was the second time it was played that night, it sounded so different with her singing and playing acoustic guitar and that super familiar sax line filling out the sound.

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Hannah Fair at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

Disco Phantom queued up another record and Ryan Ober launched into The Jean Genie. He sang in the crowd and he sang out the door on the street and sang a bit of the song on the stage. It was nothing but fun.

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Ryan Ober at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

Amanda Gustafson sat down at the keys and let loose a staggeringly beautiful song in the way that only she can. I did not catch the song but the lyric about when your time is up you’re going to see all your friends was equally as poignant as the Mose Allison song earlier in the night. (Per Amanda “It was a song by Richard Thompson that he wrote for Fairport Convention called, “Meet on the Ledge”. It was to honor Dave Swarbrick, the longtime fiddler and one of the founders of Fairport Convention. They would close every show with that song – it was sort of their anthem.”)

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Amanda Gustafson at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

Jacob, who is one of the bartenders at Light Club Lamp Shop took the stage with Disco Phantom playing a record. He had a great voice and did an epic version of Let’s Dance. His voice was so deep and perfect for the song.

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Jacob at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

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Addie Hebert at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

Addie Herbert sat at the keys and played a super cool version of Bowie’s Oh You Pretty Things. Nicole D’Elisa joined her for a fun version of Life On Mars and I was in a happy place.

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Addie and Nicole at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

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The horn section for Nico Suave and the Bodacious Supreme at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

Addie left and Nicole was joined by the rest of Nico Suave and the Bodacious Supreme. With two guitars, bass, drums, singer, and a three piece horn section they had a huge sound and jammed out a powerhouse version of Earth Wind & Fire’s Shining Star. They followed with a super long version of Prince’s Kiss where everyone got a solo. The room danced with joy.

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Nico Suave and the Bodacious Supreme at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

They left the stage to make way for the last band of the night. Barbacoa opened with a song Leon Russell wrote and the Carpenters made famous. Superstar sounded great. The pulled out the second repeat of the night and played another blistering version of Motorhead’s Ace Of Spades. It was great to hear again. They got to stretch out a little since they were the last ones on and played both Ziggy Stardust and Starman. They lit up the crowd with Little Red Corvette and called it a night.

I didn’t stay long, since I had to work in the morning, but I’m certain Disco Phantom made sure every legendary musician who passed away in 2016 was represented. It was a wonderful night of music and a joyous walk home.

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Barbacoa at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

Radio Show 187 Thursday December 15, 2016 9-11pm Eastern US Time 107.1 FM and WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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

Song before: Break – Slingshot Dakota

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From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. As always, I want to thank Higher Ground for sponsoring our station. Let’s begin tonight with a couple of Burlington’s finest artists.

1.) At Least Not Today – Brett Hughes and Kat Wright
2.) Not On Christmas Eve – Eastern Mountain Time
3.) The Last Carol – The Cush
4.) Down In Yon Forest – The Plastic Billionaires
5.) Christmas Sled – The Mountain Says No

Such a great rocker from Mountain. What a lovely and odd take on the classic English carol from Billionaires. The Cush sound so wonderfully lovely. Great song from Eastern. They will be playing at the Monkey House on Saturday. Brett and Kat are so cool. OK, here is the next song from Seth Yacovone‘s great new album Shovel Down. They will release the album Saturday at Nectar’s.

6.) Falling On Deaf Ears – Seth Yacovone Band
7.) Circle K – The New Siberians
8.) Gettin’ High – Heavy Plains
9.) Sometimes We Lie – In Memory Of Pluto

IMOP will get back together for a show on Saturday at the Monkey House. Plains will be there too. Great songs from Seth and the Siberians. On Saturday The Monkey House turns 10 years old and has music all day and night. The three previously mentioned bands will be there. These next four will be too.

10.) The Alchemist – Pours
11.) ComeTooLate – Paper Castles
12.) I Didn’t Know Your Were A Wizard – Colin Nicholas Clary
13.) Little French Earthquakes – Phil Yates & The Affiliates

It will be great to see and hear all of those wonderful bands. Actually, Pours will not be there but Parmelee is half of the band, and he will be there. These next bands will play the show too.

14.) The Next Instead – SWALE
15.) Willow II – Tyler Daniel Bean
16.) Chuck Berry – Dino Bravo VT
17.) Burning Bridges – Blue Button

I’m so psyched to check out all of those bands. The Tyler song is from his new album On Days Soon To Pass. What a great night it is going to be on Saturday at the Monkey House. OK, this next band just had this song included on Rock Band 4.

18.) Constant Disaster – When Particles Collide
19.) Nine Six Nine Two – Carraway
20.) It’s Cold – Black Rabbit
21.) Resurrection In Sanskrit I – Binger
22.) Resurrection In Sanskrit II – Binger

Binger will rock Club Metronome tomorrow night. I had to play the Rabbit song since winter is here and it is cold outside. Yet another great new song form Carraway. Recently, Dan MacDonald left Elephants Of Scotland. Here is an older song by the band he just joined.

23.) Long Way Down – Cell 15
24.) A Different Machine – Elephants of Scotland
25.) Mirror Mirror – Joe Adler
26.) The Call – Swillbillie
27.) The bad Year – Carraway

That is such an appropriate song by Carraway. A lot of bad things have happened this year but some great music has been made. Swillbillie are a fun band. Joe will play Radio Bean on Saturday. Great song from Elephants. I hope they find a great new bass player and keep rocking us. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?

outro

Songs after:
The Perception Of Johnny Punter – Fish
Seven Screaming Diz-Busters (live) Blue Oyster Cult
Who Are These Gods? – Dam Kat
On and On (live) – Michael Schenker Group
In The Court Of The Crimson King (live) – Greg Lake
Watching Them Without Her (live) – Kate Bush
Watching You Without Me (live) – Kate Bush
Little Light (live) – Kate Bush
Alone In The Nighe – Andriana Chobot
Megaphone – Joshua Glass Music

Radio Show 185 Thursday December 1, 2016 9-11pm Eastern US Time 107.1 FM and WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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Tonight’s local music radio show on WBKM 107.1Fm will run from 9-11pm this evening and will go as follows:

Song before: Goodbye Yellow Brook Road – Elton John

intro

From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds of Burlington. We’re on the downhill slide to the Winter Solstice and the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting longer. Let’s begin with a song from Carraway’s brilliant new album The Bad Year.

1.) When The Nights Get Long – Carraway
2.) I’ll Get Wise – Anachronist
3.) The Worst Part – Bethany Conner Music
4.) Windy Pines – Brett Hughes and Kat Wright

Brett has been a huge asset to the local music scene for many years and he is finally going to make is own first album. I think the whole town is celebrating, and we haven’t even heard it yet. Bethany is a woman wise beyond her years. Anachronist just released a beautiful new album called Lost In The Corners. I’m just getting to know it and I really like it. The same is true for Carraway. OK. I was off last week and hope everyone enjoyed Thanksgiving. On the last show I finished playing the last song from the Invisible Homes album Song For My Double. It’s time to play a new album, song after song, week after week, until it’s done. This artist just released this album and he is a legend in this town. The album is Shovel Down by Seth Yacovone.

5.) Playing Patterns – Seth Yacovone Band
6.) Freeway – David Rosane & The Zookeepers
7.) Spy Song – Pinhead
8.) Christmas Sled – The Mountain Says No

I thought I’d ease my way into the Christmas music season with that rocker from Mountain. Classic from Pinhead. Great song from David and the band. I’m so psyched to play the new Seth album over the next nine weeks. Last Saturday I went to The Monkey House and saw these next three bands.

9.) The Anchor – Carraway
10.) Another Day Closer To Nothing – Grand
11.) Ex-Files – Better Things
12.) Something I Drew – farm

I remember seeing Farm once, late in their career, possibly for the last time at 242 Main. I miss them but two of the guys are in Mountain Says No now and that is cool. Carraway, Grand and Better Things were all brilliant last Saturday at the Monkey. All of those songs were played. On Saturday it’s the last day of operation for 242 Main. It’s been an iconic music venue for as long as I can remember. It will be missed and hopefully it will reemerge soon. There is a party on Saturday to celebrate it and to celebrate music super fan Gary Lane’s 50th birthday. He has been a great supporter of music for many years. Here are some of the bands playing the last 242 Main show this Saturday.

13.) Year Of The Snake – Tyler Daniel Bean
14.) Black Oil – Doom Service
15.) Green Peaks Dark Valleys – Get A Grip
16.) Death Is Just A Door – Vultures of Cult
17.) Blind Pigs – ROUGH FRANCIS

All those bands, and more, are going to rock 242 one more time on Saturday. It should be a great night. Better Things are playing that show too. I remember one day, a long time ago, when I had some free time and saw on Swale’s website they had a show in the afternoon at 242/ I went and found out it was a rock camp thing. They let me in anyway and I sat quietly as the band played a song then talked to the kids about it and the music business then played another and did that for a while. So many great memories.

18.) Waterlanding – SWALE
19.) I’ve Come To Love – Carraway
20.) The Light – Kat Wright
21.) Moving Song – Zola Turn

I loved Zola so much. Great new song from Kat and the band. Another great new Carraway song. Hmmm, Swale. I know a lot of us are on edge about the election. It feels like we might be heading into the lions den. Fortunately, I know a lion tamer.

22.) Lion Tamer – Carraway
23.) Spark – Anachronist
24.) Kentucky – Cricket Blue
25.) Your Eyes – Forest Gray

Great song from Forest. Cricket were great recently at Light Club Lamp Shop and are at the Skinny Pancake tonight. Great new songs form two great new albums. This next band played a beautiful show at the Daily Planet last night.

26.) She’s Leaving Home – Silver Bridget
27.) Julius Caesar – The New Siberians
28.) The Bad Year – Carraway

Brilliant new epic from Carraway. Great song from the Siberians. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?

outro

Songs after:
Big Wedge (live) – Fish
Emerald – Ace Frehley
Mr Reed – Seth Yacovone Band
King Of The Night Time World – Kiss
The Funny Bird – Mercury Rev
Who Are These Gods? – Dam Kat
Above The Frequency – Invisible Homes
What’s In California? – Joshua Glass Music
regular programming

 

Radio Bean Birthday Party November 5, 2016   Leave a comment

Joe Adler and the Rangers of Danger at Radio Bean November 5, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Joe Adler and the Rangers of Danger at Radio Bean November 5, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music at Radio Bean and Light Club Lamp Shop last Saturday. For their birthday each year the Bean always throws a huge party with tons of bands. The show goes from 8am to 2am with almost every band in town. I usually stop in early, then go to work, then come back in the evening. Last year I took the day off and stopped in several times. This year my work schedule changed and I open on Saturdays and did not think I could be at work at 8:20 after stopping in.

It was a long tricky work day. I got out at 5, stopped quickly at home and arrived at the Bean at 5:30. Joe Adler & The Rangers Of Danger had just finished a Pj Harvey song as I got in and settled. Joe Adler was joined by Dalton Muzzy, Caroline O’Connor, Eric “Regal Segal” Segalstad, AaYa Segalstad. It was a nice version of the Rangers, who always seem to be a slightly different band. I did not know the two songs they played. The one about the wicked witch and the Dead Sea Scrolls sounded familiar and was nicely rocked out. The closer about I’ll go soon featured a hyper distorted frenzied guitar workout from Eric and I was in a happy place.

 

Note from Joe Adler & The Rangers Of DangerAlways a pleasure to see you in the audience Tim! Glad you made it. The second song was an original called Fight or Flight, the final song was a Radiohead deep cut called How Can You Be Sure.”

 

 

Honky Tonk Band at Radio Bean November 5, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Honky Tonk Band at Radio Bean November 5, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

It was a quick changeover then Brett Hughes and the Honky Tonk played some old school country songs. He played guitar and was joined by a bass player I did not know, Jeremy Frederick on drums, a pedal steel player I did not know and Marie Claire Johnson on vocals. Brett sang most of the songs though Marie took lead on the second one. It’s been far too long since I have heard her sing and she always sounds great. They played three songs, mostly about whiskey, then called it a night. It’s not my favorite genre but they played it so well that I had a great time.

 

 

Swale at Radio Bean November 5, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Swale at Radio Bean November 5, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

 

SWALE were up next and came out rocking. I did not know the opening song with the lyric “sound the alarm” that Tyler Bolles sang (Lawn Fire by The Pants per Tyler), but it was pretty cool. The band rocked hard on Jack Sharp then eased off with the lovely Waiting For You. Since they had learned the Paranoid album for a show they played last week, they ended the set with a blistering Fairies Wear Boots. It was great.

 

 

Cave Bees at Radio Bean November 5, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Cave Bees at Radio Bean November 5, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

Another quick changeover resulted in Cave Bees taking the stage. They rocked as loud and hard and as fast as always. They opened with Sweet Pussy then played the newer song Juliet. Another newer one that I don’t know the title of kept things rocking hard. The song about being saved by rock and roll, I think it might be called Queen City, was brilliant. They closed the set with Flight Of The Alligator and the whole room was rocked.

 

 

Caroline O'Connor at Light Club Lamp Shop November 5, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Caroline O’Connor at Light Club Lamp Shop November 5, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

I was not sure who was on left, so I looked at the schedule then immediately ran to the Lamp Shop. Caroline Marie was on stage playing Ritual as I settled in. She created the usual loops with voice and guitar then picked up the sax and blew through the lovely end section. For the next song she set up a backing track with herself on bass and Jane Boxall Percussion on drums and played guitar and sang the gorgeous song Fly. I was elated for every note and that song ended the set.

 

 

Silver Bridget at Light Club Lamp Shop November 5, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Silver Bridget at Light Club Lamp Shop November 5, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

The next band looked familiar so I did not move. Silver Bridget have a beautiful sound, rock a bit, and play some familiar songs. They feature John Townsend on acoustic guitar and kick drum, Matt Saraca on electric guitar and Johnnie Day Durand on the musical saw. They played great versions of Girl You’ll Be A Woman Soon, Love Me Tender, and caught the full room by surprise when they pulled out Creep. It was short, but magnificent set.

 

 

Tom Banjo at Radio Bean November 5, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Tom Banjo at Radio Bean November 5, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

I popped back over to the Bean and saw one song from Tom Banjo and his Cranky Show. He seems pretty happy and optimistic and it was his visual aid that is cranky. He has a box with a scroll of thin paper with lots of images and a strong light behind it. Lee Anderson stood behind the machine and turned the cranks to load in each image as Tom told a story of a cat getting into lots of adventures, but always coming back. It was fun.

 

 

Osage Orange at Light Club Lamp Shop November 5, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Osage Orange at Light Club Lamp Shop November 5, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

I popped back to the Lamp Shop and Osage Orange were on. They are a trio with a low-fi indie sound and have something compelling about their songs. One song may have said something about they could not stop us from dreaming. They finished with a new song about an arms dealer who falls in love with an herbalist. The constant refrain of I Would Sell My Guns For You was pretty cool.

 

 

Brian Parmalee at Light Club Lamp Shop November 5, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Brian Parmalee at Light Club Lamp Shop November 5, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

I caught a couple of songs from Brian Parmalee. He played keys and set up loops and played bass and sang. It was a nice lush sounding set and I think the last song was called Fetch.

 

 

Steady Betty at Radio Bean November 5, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Steady Betty at Radio Bean November 5, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

I headed back to the jam packed Bean and found a place to stand in the back and got into the swing of Steady Betty‘s set. Kat Wright and Miriam Bernardo sounded fantastic as always on the lead vocals. Caroline played bass, so I got to see her in thee bands, which is always cool. They opened with Cupid then played the one about anything to stay boy. Linda Bassick took lead vocals for her song about change is coming. Joy In The Morning followed and was divine. They closed with the song about still being in love with you boy. Everyone in the room was dancing and having fun.

At that point the length of the day caught up with me. I headed out and had a lovely walk home. I only saw 10 of the 80 bands who played but had a great time while I was there.

 

Radio Show 134 Thursday November 5, 2015 9-11pm Eastern US Time WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

WBKM by Tim Lewis

WBKM by Tim Lewis

 

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I just got back from my local music radio show on internet only WBKM.org. It had a bit of a regal feel and highlighted a lot of the music from last week and this coming weekend. It was also seasonally appropriate, even if the weather wasn’t.

regular programming
recording begins

Songs before: God Save The Queen/Keep Yourself Alive – Queen

promo

intro

From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. It’s been a super warm, maybe in the 70’s, day and it’s warm this evening. A lot of people are out and about and enjoying the night. Today is the 5th of November, the day Guy Fawkes tried to blow up Parliament. As we have evolved over the years, there is less of a need for such drastic action. In fact, all we have to do is elect reasonable and compassionate and smart people, and we could have a great government. Maybe one day. Tonight, let’s begin with Burlington itself. It was founded in 1865 and was a major lumber mill port that brought wood from Quebec to the eastern US. Early on, it was called the Queen City of New England. Let’s begin with some Burlington music about queens.

1.) Rock ‘n Roll Queen – Peg Tassey MUSIC
2.) We Rock Out 2 Queen – Rue Mevlana
3.) Queen Of Hostility – Doll Fight
4.) I’d Hate To Be Me – Queen Tangerine

Some of the regal music from Burlington. It’s interesting to see how we have evolved. We began by needing a strong leader, and have moved to a system were we can govern ourselves more and more. If we are cool about it, we have a lot of potential. OK, last Friday I caught a ton of cool music. I started with this band, although the set I caught was them covering the Elvis Costello album Blood and Chocolate. This is the next song from No Need To Beg.

5.) Drinking For Two – Phil Yates & The Affiliates
6.) I Forgot – Maryse Smith
7.) Singing – Arc Iris
8.) King Grifter – The Mountain Says No
9.) I Think I’m Turning Into A Robot – Wave of the Future

I began the night at The Skinny Pancake to see Phil’s first set, then hustled to Light Club Lamp Shop to catch Maryse Smith‘s stunning set. Arc Iris followed and were amazing as always. I hustled over to Finnegan’s and missed Mountain, but caught some of Wave’s wonderful set, including that fun song. There’s a fun show at Finnegan’s tomorrow with some of the guys in Rough Francis playing as Aspero Siacos, and a couple of other cool bands, like this one.

10.) Hungry – Heavy Plains
11.) Destroying Everything They See – Blue Button
12.) MSP2 – ROUGH FRANCIS

It will be interesting to see what AS sound like, but other two will certainly be killer. Saturday is the day Radio Bean has it’s birthday. As always they will have bands play from 8am to 2am, with about 15 minutes per band. This next band always kick it off.

13.) Chuck Berry – Dino Bravo VT
14.) Toejam – The Toes
15.) The Mime – Joe Adler & The Rangers Of Danger
16.) One More Sunset – Violet Ultraviolette

I’m psyched to see all of those bands play. I’m psyched to see these next ones too.

17.) ComeTooLate – Paper Castles
18.) Gonna Stay Up All Night Long – The Eames Brothers
19.) Pauses – Lowell Thompson and Crown Pilot
20.) Crow King – Binger

I’m sorry I missed Binger playing the Scooby Doo show last weekend but am psyched to catch up with them this Saturday. All of those bands rocked, but there will be a lot of music played that day. Here are some of the mellower bands that will play.

21.) Guitar – Michael Chorney and Hollar General
22.) Windy Pines – Kat Wright and Brett Hughes
23.) Matter Of Time – Eric George
24.) Puff The Magic Dragon – Linda Bassick

I’m not sure if Linda is playing kids songs or older people’s songs or both, but it will be fun to find out. I may have to catch Eric for the first time. Kat and Brett always sound nice. Sweet song from Michael. This next song is by Caroline Marie, who has played every Bean Birthday.

25.) Once Upon – Vedora
26.) The Night Syd Barret Died – Colin Nicholas Clary
27.) By My Side – Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band
28.) The Next Instead – Swale

I’m thoroughly excited to see Swale already, is it Saturday yet?. Kat and the band are always great. I finally got the see Emily play joke in Barret. I bet he plays that one, what with the Radio Bean references and all. Killer song from Caroline. Songs 13 to 28 are just a tiny hint of what that day will sound like. Is it Saturday yet??? OK, let’s end where we began, with another song from the Queen herself, then I will say goodbye.

29.) I Remember/The Jam – Peg Tassey
30.) Sayonara – Black Rabbit
outro

promo

Song after: The Gathering – Fish

recording ends
Sign Of The Gypsy Queen – April Wine
Innuendo – Queen
Winged Victory – Brave The Vertigo
I Saw Her Standing There – Elton John with John Lennon
Diamond Dust – Jeff Beck
Now I’m Here (live) – Queen
James Bond Theme – Moby
Set Yourself On Fire – Stars
D.I.Y. – Peter Gabriel
Jealous Guy – The Black Crowes
Locked In The Trunk Of A Car – The Tragically Hip
Theme For The Scientist Of The Invisible/Domino – Masters Of Reality
The Old And The Young – MIDLAKE BAND
21st Century Schitzoid Man – April Wine
Heroes – King Crimson
Fractured Mirror – Ace Frehley
Glow Worm – The Church Band
Northern Memory – The Cush
The Last Straw – Marillion
The Endless War – Jeremy Gilchrist – Singer-Songwriter
What’s In California? – Joshua Glass Music
regular programming

 

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

WBKM CREW

WBKM CREW

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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

promo

intro

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?

outro

promo

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

 

 

 

Radio Bean Birthday Part 3 with James Kochalka Superstar, The Honky Tonk Band, Blue Button, Steady Betty, Osage Orange, Monoprix, Vedora, Mighty Jamba, Paper Castles and Swale November 8 2014   Leave a comment

Radio Bean picture by Tim Lewis

Radio Bean picture by Tim Lewis

 

It was just before eight pm when I headed down to Radio Bean to find out if, indeed, Jason Cooley had woken up. I ran a little later than I hoped and walked in with James Kochalka Superstar and his band rocking the place hard. With Creston Lea on bass, Jeremy Frederick on drums, and Eric Olsen & Jason Cooley ripping it up on guitars the energy was through the roof. They finished up one song as I settled in, then launched into a heavy rocking psa about the importance of washing your ass. That wrapped up their set and made me wish I’d walked in 5 minutes earlier and caught a bit more.

Up next, the iron man who was there at 8am and also was there during my afternoon visit, Brett Hughes and the Honky Tonk crowd hit the stage. Brett sang and played guitar and was joined by Steve Hadeka on drums, a bass player I did not know and Lowell Thompson on guitar. The first song was a kind of rocking country song. Kat Wright joined them for the next one (I thought I heard a whistle blowing) and Lowell sang the third. It’s not my favorite genre, but the music was very well played and quite enjoyable. They wrapped up the set with Mystery Train which is always fun.

Blue Button followed with four songs that were directly in my favorite genre. It had been a while since I’ve seen them as the intact quintet, lately someone had been missing at most of the shows. With Cooley singing, Rebekah Whitehurst on bass, James Belizia and Eric Olsen on guitars, and Frankie drumming, they let loose a beautiful noise. The first song was an instrumental with a nice build. They followed with a version of Hit that got the packed room dancing. They went super heavy with Fucking Burning Bridges and closed their set in classic style with Bullshit. It was a great heavy wonderful rocking set!

The music took a U-turn as Steady Betty hit the stage. Their joyous rock steady sound had the room swaying instantly. Steve Hadeka filled in on drums, but the magnificent voices of Kat Wright and Miriam Bernardo lead the songs through their meandering journeys. Linda Bassick added some nice guitar and blended in her voice now and then. The bass playing was solid and the horns added lots of flourishes. They played five songs and the whole room had a happy vibe.

Up next Osage Orange took the stage. As a guitar, bass, drums, guitar/keys quartet they played some off paced indie rock. The sound was a bit stark but the songs really had something to them. Unfortunately, lots of microphone feedback on all three songs knocked them off their game a bit, but there was still a lot of fascinating music played. Every time I see them, I just really like them, and this time, despite the sound, was no exception.

The dual microphoned Monoprix followed. With Hadeka on drums (really, there were a couple of bands he did not drum with), Tyler Bolles on stand up bass, and Brett Hughes singing and playing guitar, they had a sound reminiscent of the honky tonk set, but a bit more rocking. Their set was fun to bop to, and the playing first rate. They had Kat sing on the first song, played Bad Enough second and rocked out the third song. I glanced behind me late in the set to see who was setting up next and my heart almost leaped out of my throat.

Vedora followed with Matt Hastings on guitar, Caroline Marie on bass and vocals and Jane Boxall Percussion on drums. Really??? Jane was playing with Vedora???? The first song had a moody swirl as Caroline’s sultry singing helped it build step by step. As it got more and more intense and felt like it could explode, Jane’s playing stepped to the front and lead it into the rocking ending section. I was in complete awe. The second song was great too. It had that post first album song structure, kind of an All In The Room pace, and was just magnificent. They closed the set with Sober and it had a great build and a massive Matt Hastings guitar workout to finish it off. It might have been the best Vedora show ever!

The next act, Mighty Jamba tells the future, was a recitation of an epic Shel Silverstein poem about rolling and smoking and was entrancing from first moment to last.

Paper Castles followed as a four-piece with a drummer I did not know, Padraic Reagan on bass, and Jake Brennan & Wren on guitars. They played four oddly paced but cool songs. Wren pulled out his wrench to get a little extra sting out of the guitar for one song, and the whole set was pretty fun.

The night launched into overdrive as Swale hit the stage. They opened with a killer Everyone Likes To, then invited Lee Anderson to the stage and played Thank You For Being A Friend. Eric Olsen, Jeremy Frederick, Tyler Bolles and Amanda Gustafson were all wearing stings of lights, and at the beginning of the third song, they shut off the house lights and let themselves be the light. They played a killer version of Death’s Politicians In My Eyes. It was gloriously rocking and as it ended, they brought it into a slow section and let it keep going. The moody middle picked up as Steve Hadeka came to the stage to play a second snare. They let the song flow into Nuclear War and had the audience enthusiastically sing along with them. It’s a call and response sort of song, and respond we did. They rocked it hard for a while before finally calling it a night. Bobby Hackney Jr. walked into the room late in the song and thanked them immediately after. It was a wonderfully magic moment.

Well, I’ve got a lot more to write, but am out of time. I will continue the story later.

 

Radio Bean Birthday Party part 2, November 2, 2013   1 comment

I had a great time at Radio Bean last night (and morning and afternoon…). Work was just slow enough, that I was able to get out early. I talked Christopher Larrow into heading down, and we arrived just before 5pm. I did not have any grasp on what band was scheduled to play when, so I just went with it, and let the schedule play out.

When we arrived a middle-eastern group were playing. They sounded nice, but I did not catch their name.

Tango Sessions followed. They were a man on accordion and a woman on violin collectively called Lotango. For the first song there were a few people who got up and danced the tango, but they just let the band play for the other two. It wasn’t exciting to me, but it’s fun to get out of your usual head-space and listen to different music now and then.

Maryse Smith followed, playing a gentle guitar and singing stirringly poignant lyrics. Unfortunately, the room was very loud, with people talking and noisy coffee drinks being made. She struggled through it like a trooper, but the audience missed out on a lot by not listening. Things quieted for her fourth song, and Baby rang true and clear. The timekeeper said she could play a fifth song, and that one was really good too. She had to struggle for the first three, hopefully she caught a few people, if they listened to the last two.

Next up was a woman with a 78 turntable, and a regular turntable, called The Spinstress. She mixed something that sounded like songs from the ’30’s with some effects. At times it had the effect of disembodied voices talking over enchanted music. It was cool for a while, but with the band setting up behind her, I was itching to rock.

The Cave Bees followed with a blisteringly loud and fast set. The glorious punk rock filled my soul with joy. They opened with Sweet Pussy, then played a new one. I think the next one was 22R, then there were two more new ones, the first of which was Juliet. I’ve only heard the new ones a few times, over long periods of time, but they sound great and hopefully they will be recorded sooner than later. The Bees were a blast, as always, and they had me dancing hard for every moment.

Ryan Miller followed, solo, with a song on electric guitar. It started with the character being born in 1935 and recording milestones over their life. For his second song, he sat at the electric piano and played a beautiful song. He switched back to the electric for his third song and had Joe Adler sit in on drums. It had an indie rock joy to it, and made me with Rebekah Whitehurst was still there and sitting in on bass. Joe left the stage and Ryan finished the set on guitar with an ultra-cool Femme Fatale.

Next up, the stage was filled with beautiful and super-talented women. Steady Betty played some very tight rock steady music. It was very easy to groove to and all four singers created a wonderful effect. They sang Butterflies, Forget About Tomorrow Love Me Today, Neighborhood, the song with the la la la la part, and then wrapped up with Ghetto.

Ryan Ober followed with his voice and acoustic guitar. The first song was very passionate indie rock pop song. It was very engaging and had me captivated from the first note. The second was equally good and he got the audience singing a tiny amount on Valerie. He’s so talented and his songs are very well crafted.

Greg Nixon And His Hobo Friend came on next. Dressed as hobos, they burst through the front doors and fell on the floor. The got up and set up a “campfire” (lights and paper that made a nice fire effect), handed out sticks to those of us in front, and placed marshmallows on them. As we “toasted” the marshmallows, they told stories of the 13 years of the Bean’s history. It was a good time, and brought into focus, what the day was all about.

Up next was a guy on acoustic guitar named Sean (Hood?). He played very gently and delicately. His two songs were very touching. I don’t know how it translated to the rest of the room, but I was close enough to catch every moment, and it was really good.

Kat Wright and Brett Hughes followed with a couple of songs. Their voices sound so nice together, and he played some solid country guitar. Windy Pines was sweet as always and God Gave Us A Heart To Forgive had the good advice that Kat promised.

She left the stage and Brett was joined by Tyler Bolles, Marie Claire Johnson, and the rest of the Honky Tonk Tuesday group. The set began with a killer note shared between the pedal steel and Marie’s keys that opened a path into the song. The uptempo honky tonk was fun and boisterous. Marie sang her heart out for the second song and returned to the keys for the third. There was a great interplay between keys and the pedal steel all through the set. A guy named Eugene came up and sang the fourth song and Brett took the vocals for the fifth. While not my cup of tea, they were really fun to listen to for a few songs.

Well, that’s about half of what happened yesterday afternoon and early evening. It’s time to head to work, so I will write up the rest later.