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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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Conor Oberst and The Felice Brothers at Higher Ground June 7, 2016   Leave a comment

The Felice Brothers at Higher Ground June 7, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

The Felice Brothers at Higher Ground June 7, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis


I had a great time seeing music last night at Higher Ground despite the fact that I had no business being there. A lot of times I will go see a band I like or love and get to hear new songs and hear what variances exist that night with the songs I know so well. Instead of putting in any effort to listen to the artist beforehand, I made the decision to go early in the morning and bought a ticket on the day of the show. I could have checked out the music of Conor Oberest during the day, but did not. I just waited until it was almost show time and headed out.

I was not surprised to feel old when I arrived and saw the young crowd. I saw Bright Eyes when they played at the Shelburne Museum and really liked the show and knew Conor was a star of the younger generation. I suspected the songs would sound different, but felt game to give them a listen.

The ballroom was mostly full when the lights went down and opening band The Felice Brothers took the stage. They played as a five-piece with a singer/guitar player, bass, drums, violin and an accordion/keyboard player. The lineup suggested an Americana or Appalachian sound, and certainly there were overtones of both, but the core of the band seemed to be an indie rock band. From the sound of their music I would guess they were equally influenced by The Band and Nirvana. Sometimes the fiddle would have a more traditional sound, sometimes it sounded like a shredding lead guitar. Sometimes the accordion had a traditional sound, sometimes it sounded like a keyboard filling out the sound. The guitar mixed strong rhythms with a few searing leads and the singer’s voice had a unique and pleasant sound. The bass player was solid but the star of the show was the drummer. He kept any pace the band wanted nice and solid but also threw in lots of quick fills and rolls and played with an intensity that would let any song turn on a dime from something slow and pretty to high energy rock and roll. They played well together and kept a consistent sound while the musical styles varied. Some of the songs sounded like ’60’s protest songs. One sounded a bit like a sea shanty. One song had a hint of All Apologies and the song that closed their set sounded a bit like the Heartbreakers jamming out Don’t Come Around Here No More. I walked into the show knowing nothing about The Felice Brothers but was quite favorably impressed by the time they wrapped up.

Conor Oberst and The Felice Brothers at Higher Ground June 7 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Conor Oberst and The Felice Brothers at Higher Ground June 7 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

I had noticed that there only seemed to be one band’s gear on stage. I guessed from the look that Conor Oberst would use The Felice Brothers as his backing band and as the lights went down, I was proved correct. I was very happy, since it would mean that I got to hear the drummer play a lot more. Conor is a great songwriter and the structure of his songs changed the sound of the band slightly. They songs had a bit more of a formal feel and considering the instrumentation and intensity of the music, the show reminded me a little of seeing The Waterboys. Conor’s voice is very easy to listen to but the star of the show, drummer aside, is his lyrics. Not many are still with me this morning, but I was very engaged all night long and the song about Reagan, Christopher Hitchens, Sylvia Plath and a few others was really cool. I’m sure this would be more interesting to read if I could tell you what songs he played, and I gather he stretched across his career for the setlist, but whatever he played, all the songs were enjoyable and kept me bopping for the full show. After they wrapped up the audience asked for an encore. The first song was Colin and his acoustic guitar, which he played all night long, and the violin and accordion player. The second was a full band romp and he closed with a quiet song where he played a mellow electric guitar and was joined by the bass player. Even though I put in no effort before the show, and in some ways had no business being there, I walked in willing to listen and loved what I heard. Sometimes that is the best that you can do.