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Elvis Costello & The Imposters and Amy Helm at Shelburne Museum July 23, 2017   Leave a comment

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Elvis Costello & The Imposters pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music a week ago Sunday at the Shelburne Museum. The show was set to start at 7 so a little after 4 I drove to Shelburne and had dinner with my brother. I then took the short drive over to the museum and got in and parked. It was a lovely warm day and I got a beer and wandered around and finally found a place to sit in front of the soundboard next to Raph Worrick. Soon enough Amy Helm and her band took the stage. Their sound had a classic rock feel with hints of country and gospel. She has a lovely voice and is an engaging front woman. The rest of the band were a woman on guitar thought she played it like a pedal steel, a drummer a bass player and a guy on guitar. Their eight song set featured songs like Didn’t It Rain, Rescue Me, Strong Enough, Do You Believe That She Loved You, and Deep Water. A cover of Allen Toussaint’s Yes We Can got the crowd bopping. Amy and the bass player sang an old gospel song called Gloryland A cappella. They closed by rocking hard on Only You Know And I Know and I was in a happy place.

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Amy Helm and band pic by Tim Lewis

 

The set break was pretty reasonable then Elvis Costello and The Imposters took the stage. Elvis played guitar and sang and was joined by a keyboard player, bassist, drummer and two backing singers. The tour was called Imperial Bedroom and Other Chambers and they played most, if not all of the album. I’ve never been a super huge Elvis fan but really like a lot of his songs and was happy to go with the flow of whatever he played. The audience rose to it’s feet as the band opened with (The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes and stayed standing for the rest of the night. I did not catch the second song but before the third he teased a couple of his hits then settled on Accidents Will Happen. Everyone was having fun. The band sounded great and Elvis has a quirky voice that was lovely to listen to. I did not know most of the songs but enjoyed them all. Late in the set he talked about detective shows and said he got his sense of how to dress from Columbo. Watching The Detectives had a nice groove and made me smile. A few songs later they played You Little Fool and wrapped up the 15 (or so) song set with Pidgin English. Though they played a lot of songs it wasn’t that late. They went on around 8 and wrapped up around 9. The encore call was quick and Elvis returned with just the two backup singers for a super sweet Alison. He moved over to the piano and sang a couple more including a song called Blood & Hot Sauce. Keyboard player Steve Nieve came out and the two of them played a couple of cool songs. The rest of the band came out and they played a few more including Man Out Of Time. They ended the night in familiar territory with Every Day I Write The Book and a revved up Pump It Up, then finished with (What’s So Funny ’bout) Peace Love and Understanding. The show wrapped up right at 10 so yea, it was an hour long set and an hour long encore. The night was filled with beautiful playing and fun songs and I’m so glad I went.

 

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Elvis Costello & The Imposters pic by Tim Lewis

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Elvis Costello & The Imposters pic by Tim Lewis

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Elvis Costello & The Imposters pic by Tim Lewis

 

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Elvis Costello & The Imposters pic by Tim Lewis

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Radio Show 218 Thursday July 27, 2017 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 stream at our website and the WBKM Facebook page. It will run from 9-11pm US Eastern time Thursday July 27 and go as follows:

Song before: Accidents Will Happen – Elvis Costello

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From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. Last week had a ton of great shows and this week looks the same. We’re lucky to have so much great music and so many great events happening all the time. Let’s begin tonight with an artist who played live on the show last week.

1.) Dig Him – Andriana Chobot
2.) Child – Clare Byrne: Song and Dance
3.) Mon Ange – Francesca Blanchard
4.) Paris Is For Love – David Rosane & The Zookeepers

I saw David and the band play a lovely version of that song last week at American Flatbread Burlington Hearth. They are playing Sunday night at Radio Bean about 10pm. Hopefully, they will start a couple of minutes late so everyone can watch Game Of Thrones first. I haven’t caught up with Francesca in a while but still love her music. Thanks to Ted Looby for turning me on to Clare’s music. Great song from Andriana. OK, here is the next song on Action.

5.) 8 Long Years – 1881
6.) Skeleton Star – The Cush
7.) My Fear Of Losing You – Milton Busker
8.) Felon – SWALE

That’s another great song from Swale’s new album There’s No One Here. Great song from Milton from his album You Are What You Pretend To Be. That’s a new song from The Cush from the Dreamy Life Records compilation Group Therapy Volume 3 and it’s always exciting to play new music from them! Great song from 1881. This next artist just released an EP called Pizzaface and here is one of the songs.

9.) Automatic Sweetheart – Hammydown
10.) The Feeling Is Strange – Binger
11.) Low Flying Planes – Chin Ho
12.) Shy Spiders – Villanelles

Spiders is already one of the great Vermont songs. Planes is a classic from the ’90’s. Binger have lots of shows coming up including the The Skinny Pancake Burlington on Saturday. They always put on a great show. Great stuff from Abbie Gail and the band. This next band will be at SideBar next Wednesday.

13.) Art Of Vandalay – Sad Turtle
14.) Bullet – REDadmiral
15.) Last Love – Myra Flynn Music
16.) You’ve Got Problems – Kat Wright

Great song form Kat Wright and the band. Myra could be anywhere in the world but comes back to town now and then to enchant us with her lovely music. Nice rocker from Admiral and cool song from Turtle. I have not caught up with this next band for a while and hopefully they will have new music soon.

17.) Little Song – Invisible Homes
18.) Bad Oasis – farm
19.) Sun-Dipped Orphan and The Wizard’s Tea Pot – Elephants of Scotland
20.) That’s When I Reach For My Revolver – Ninja Custodian

Classic rocker from Ninja. Great song from Elephants. I can’t wait for their next album. Stunning song from Farm. Lovely song from Homes. OK, Brendan Devitt from Ninja is in a new band and this song is already a classic.

21.) Black 17 – The New Siberians
22.) Happy Song – Shred Flintstone
23.) Killing Ghosts – Better Things
24.) We’re Closed – Blue Button

Wonderful rocker from Button. Things and Shred are playing over at Friends of Jim’s Basement tonight. Great song from the Siberians. OK, tomorrow this next guy turns 50 so let’s celebrate.

25.) Green Apple Girl – David L Jarvis
26.) Oh Dirty Blondes – Dirty Blondes
27.) All My Life – Wide Wail
28.) Decide – Dave Jarvis Band

Again, happy almost birthday Dave. Classic song from Wail. My heart goes out to Diane Sullivan who just lost her brother but played a great show with the Blondes last week anyway. We love you Diane!

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

29.) Sayonara – Black Rabbit
outro

Songs After:
Vigil In A Wilderness Of Mirrors – Fish
The Vigil – Blue Oyster Cult
The Revenge Of Vera Gemini – The Contrarian
The Great Sun Jester – Blue Öyster Cult
Little French Earthquakes – Phil Yates & The Affiliates
Who Are These Gods? – Dam Kat
Paint It Black – Silver Bridget
Light Years Of Love – Blue Öyster Cult
What’s In California? – Joshua Glass Music
regular programming

 

Radio Show 217 Thursday July 20, 2017 9-11pm Eastern US Time on WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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Tonight’s local music radio show on WBKM will run from 9-11pm US Eastern time Thursday July 20 and will go as follows.

Song before: Looking For A Place To Happen – The Tragically Hip

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From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. It’s been a great week for music and I’ve been getting out to as many shows as possible. This first performer took the stage for the first time in many years last Thursday and sounded as great as ever. This is the song she opened with.

1.) First Kiss – Peg Tassey MUSIC
2.) (What’s So Funny ’bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding – Elvis Costello
3.) The Art Of Giving In – 1881
4.) Oliver’s Army – Elvis Costello

I want to thank Higher Ground for sponsoring us at the station and for bringing so much great music to town. They are bringing Elvis Costello to the Shelburne Museum on Sunday and I could not be more excited. That’s the next song on 1881’s series of EP’s called Lights, Camera, Action. I had to stick that one in between other songs since the intro and outro are so fun. Great songs from Elvis and It was so great to hear Peg sing again. OK, let’s head over to Robot Dog Studio for another edition of WBKM live at Robot Dog. Tonight we feature the amazing Andriana Chobot.

5.) Dig Him – Andriana Chobot
6.) Cascade – Andriana Chobot
7.) Another Day – Andriana Chobot
8.) My Old Home – Andriana Chobot

I love Andriana’s songs and hope you do to. Thanks Ryan Cohen for making us sound so great. I saw this next performer play a couple of songs a long time and have loved their music ever since. I got to see them play a long show at American Flatbread yesterday and they were fantastic. Here is one of the songs they played.

9.) Urban Country – David Rosane & The Zookeepers
10.) Elevator – SWALE
11.) My New Mix Tape – Eef
12.) On My Way – Hover

That’s a classic from Burlington’s ’90’s. Eef played around in the ’90’s too but got back together about a year ago for a show and I’ve loved the song Mix Tape ever since. That Swale song has been stuck in my head all week. I hope it gets stuck in yours too. Great song from David and the band. This next band are at Red Square tonight.

13.) Lovely Day – gneiss
14.) Children Of The Stars – Madaila
15.) The Light – Kat Wright
16.) Salty Things – Queen Tangerine

Alice Austin and Julia Austin used to be in Zola Turn then did an album as QT and put out a few cool songs. Great song from Kat Wright‘s new album. Fun song from Madaila who will shut down Main st for a show in a few weeks. Gneiss are so lovely. This next band will be at the Amy E. Tarrant Gallery which is part of the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts for a free show at 5pm tomorrow as part of it’s Exhibitionist series.

17.) I Know, Right? – The Mountain Says No
18.) Sin Is Funner – Swillbillie
19.) Oklahoma Road Rage – Crazyhearse
20.) Yayo – Dirty Blondes

The Blondes, Crazy, and Swill will be at The Monkey House tomorrow and that show will rock. This next band rocked the Monkey House last week.

21.) Lunacy – Cave Bees
22.) NA – Modern Trigger
23.) Stick That In Your Juicebox And Sip It – Better Things
24.) The Wolves Are Coming – Suburban Samurai
25.) Time Travel – Bearchild

Bear, Better, Modern and the Bees played a great show at the Monkey last week. Better and Suburban play there on this coming Saturday. OK, let’s rock out for a bit.

26.) Every Last One Of Us – Swale
27.) Song About The Ocean – Dino Bravo VT
28.) Jackbooted Thugs (Have All the Best Drugs) – Anders Parker
29.) Tow Truck – David L Jarvis

I want to dedicate that song to everyone who’s been aggravated to find that their car has been towed, especially to people named Cody. Anders has a couple of shows coming up soon. Great songs from Dino and Swale. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?

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Songs after:
Feast Of Consequences (live) – Fish
New Americana – Halsey
Hello Earth (live) – Kate Bush
Morrigan – Children in Paradise
This Is The Sound – Folksongs For The Afterlife
Isn’t It A Pity (live) – George Harrison
Pump It Up – Elvis Costello
Surrender (live) – Cheap Trick
The Wherewithal – The Tragically Hip
New York My Lovely – Joshua Glass Music

Radio Show 197 Thursday March 2, 2017 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: Winter – Tori Amos

intro

From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. It was in the 70’s over the weekend and today it’s cold and snowy. Welcome to Vermont. Let’s begin tonight with a lovely singer songwriter who graces our state.

1.) Can You Love Me Too? – Bethany Conner Music
2.) Alone In The Night – Andriana Chobot
3.) When The Night’s Get Long – Carraway
4.) Bird On The Sea – The New Siberians

I just love that Siberians song. As February ends the nights just seem to stay long so I thought those songs would sound like Burlington. Andriana is playing at Red Square on Saturday at 5pm if you are looking for cool music. Great song from Bethany. OK, let’s play the next song on By My Side.

5.) You’ve Got Problems – Kat Wright
6.) What If? – Madaila
7.) Magenta Man – Rue M.
8.) Kentucky – Cricket Blue

What a lovely piece of rocking dramatic music from Cricket. I just love the drama that Rue add to the music. If you like Madaila, you may want to head to Club Metronome tomorrow night. I think you will like the band they have playing. Great song from Kat and the band. OK, on Saturday this next artist is finally coming back to town. I’ve seen him a dozen times (or so) at Metronome over the years, though not for a long time. The first time I saw him play was back at Hunts with his band The Bears. I’m very excited for his show Saturday night at ArtsRiot. It’s sold out, so I hope you have a ticket.

9.) Young Lions – Adrian Belew
10.) Ampersand – Adrian Belew
11.) Newrotica – Adrian Belew
12.) E – Adrian Belew

I’m so psyched for Saturday! OK, I saw this band last week and this song has been stuck in my head ever since. I hope it gets stuck in yours too.

13.) Eggshell – The Mountain Says No
14.) Winter – Dave Jarvis
15.) Always Monica/Down At The Duck – Chin Ho

Happy Birthday Andrew X Smith and thanks for all the great music over the years. It’s finally cold enough to play the Dave song. Hmmm, Mountain, hmmmm. So, I just got a couple of new songs from a great band who play Burlington once or twice a year. Here’s one of them.

16.) Dying Stars – Slingshot Dakota
17.) I Didn’t Know I Was A Wizard – Colin Nicholas Clary
18.) A Bottle Of Whiskey Later – Crazyhearse
19.) The Whiskey Always Wins – When Particles Collide

Particles played a great show at Manhattan Pizza a few weeks ago. Hopefully they will be back soon. Hearse are just a great band. Cool song from Colin. Great new song from Slingshot! OK, this next band features a local guitar player who has been in a couple of bands and takes lots of great concert photos. Some of them are hanging in The Mule Bar in Winooski and they are doing a show opening tonight. Luke Awtry Photography has been done a great job documenting the local scene in pictures. Let’s play one of Luke Adam‘s songs from one of my favorite bands.

20.) Linea – Vetica
21.) Mr Reed – Seth Yacovone Band
22.) Jackbooted Thugs (Have All The Best Drugs) – Anders Parker
23.) Shadow And Act – Invisible Homes

Homes played a great show last week. Great rockers from Anders and Seth. Hmmm, Vetica. OK, let’s keep rocking.

24.) Good Times – Grand
25.) Your Song – Mr. Doubtfire
26.) Finder – Madelines
27.) It’s Cold – Black Rabbit
28.) Dominance And Submission – The Contrarian

Great rocker from Casey Merlin Rae. It’s finally cold enough to play the Rabbit song. Madelines rocked us in the ’90’s. Doubtfire and Grand are rocking us today. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?

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Songs After:
A Feast Of Consequences – Fish
Flood Of Sunshine – The Posies
Murder – David Gilmour
Lily (live) – Kate Bush
Anytime (R&B) – jane siberry
Piano In Every Room – gneiss
Upstream – Supertramp
Downstream – The New Siberians
Oliver’s Army – Elvis Costello
Take Your Gold Away – Lendway
Gold In California – The Red Telephone
The ConstruKction Of Light – King Crimson
The Revenge Of Vera Gemini – The Contrarian
What’s In California? – Joshua Glass Music
regular programming

 

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From the April 8, 2013, edition of “Viewpoint.”

John Fugelsang:
Margaret Thatcher has died and the media’s been filled with a lot of extreme comments. Now, many progressives said some genuinely mean, nasty things about Mrs. Thatcher today. I don’t think it’s necessary to do that when all one really needs to do is just list off a few of her policies.

You see, I wanted to find a way to appropriately honor Mrs. Thatcher’s policies today, so I called Nelson Mandela a terrorist.
Then I busted some unions, I took milk away from poor children, I supported the regimes of Saddam Hussein and Augusto Pinochet, I cut taxes for the rich and widened the poverty gap, I sold off England’s basic utilities so people could pay a whole lot more for electricity and water in the U.K., then I insulted working people by saying any man who travels by bus is a failure — all this whilst urinating on miners and setting up a disastrous economy that the people of the U.K. are paying for with austerity today.
Oh, and I supported apartheid and called Mandela a terrorist — I mentioned that, right?

Now you see, that’s kind of mean, but it’s the truth, and you’re not supposed to say hateful things about a world leader on the day they die. And I know this ‘cause I heard it from all my Republican friends who said hateful things about Hugo Chavez on the day he died.

But I happen to think it’s possible to mentally walk and chew gum at the same time. One can appreciate Mrs. Thatcher’s amazing drive and historic success in becoming the first female prime minister of the U.K., while also acknowledging her policies hurt millions and millions and millions of people.

But in the interest of fairness, I wanted to list some of Mrs. Thatcher’s positives:
As a young member of parliament, she did vote to decriminalize homosexuality, she fought for gun control — England has very few handgun murders now — she warned of the dangers of climate change, she refused to meet with Sarah Palin, and allowed Meryl Streep to finally get that third Oscar.

And as a kid of the 80s, I do have to credit Mrs. Thatcher with being the single greatest muse of U.K. protest rock. Mrs. Thatcher’s policies may have been bad for Great Britain, but my friends, this lady inspired more great rock songs than Pattie Boyd Harrison Clapton did.

Elvis Costello documented the ruinous effects of her policies in “Tramp the Dirt Down” and “Shipbuilding,” a song that memorialized an industry Mrs. Thatcher helped drive out of the U.K.

Roger Waters immortalized her on the last real Pink Floyd album, “The Final Cut,” asking “Maggie, what have we done?” in the song “The Post War Dream.”

Morrissey’s first solo album featured the song “Margaret on the Guillotine,” which one can safely guess was not a positive homage.

The English Beat gave us “Stand Down Margaret,” Billy Bragg pretty much has a whole career thanks to Mrs. Thatcher’s economic policies, and don’t forget Sinead O’Connor’s “Black Boys on Mopeds” from 1990.

There’s also the very real possibility that if it weren’t for Mrs. Thatcher’s inspiration, The Clash might have wound up just being the hardest rocking U.K. bubblegum pop band of the 80s.

So we thank Mrs. Thatcher for influencing so many great artists to write protest songs against Mrs. Thatcher.

And to her most ardent fans, all I can say is the belief that Margaret Thatcher’s policies were good for people is kind of like Heidi Montag’s body — it might feel good, but it ain’t necessarily real.

And if you were watching the worshipful coverage of Mrs. Thatcher on Fox News, you might still not know she was finally forced out of power by her own party after the riots caused by her instituting a poll tax. I’m here to help.

Mrs. Thatcher suffered tremendously over the final years of her life. We wish Mrs. Thatcher eternal peace; we wish her defenders temporary historical awareness.

http://current.com/shows/viewpoint/videos/john-fugelsang-onmargaret-thatchers-unexpected-rock-n-roll-legacy/