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The Wee Folkestra at The Monkey House January 2, 2016   Leave a comment

The Monkey House photo by Tim Lewis

The Monkey House photo by Tim Lewis


I had a great time seeing music last night at The Monkey House. I worked until 6:30, stopped at home for a bit of dinner and around 8:30 took the long walk to Winooski. I arrived just before 9, got settled in, and said a couple of hellos. Quickly, The Wee Folkestra took the stage and the music began to flow. With three guitars, a bass player, a musical saw, and four singers, they created a nice huge sound. The lack of a drummer kept it from rocking too hard, and added a folky edge, but when everyone was going at full tilt, they sounded like a mini orchestra. Most of the rhythms were done on guitar, with Joe Adler and Aya Inoue playing acoustic and Eric Segalstad playing electric. This left Eric Daniels a little room to explore on bass. Joe sang lead on some songs, Aya sang lead on some, Jackie Buttolph sang lead on one and Samara Lark Brown lead a couple too. Most songs had a lot of vocal harmonies and were sweet and powerful. Their hour long set was nicely received by the fairly full audience. The sound mix was great and Johnnie Day Durand‘s musical saw could easily be heard all the way through, and she got to play most of the lead parts. I really like Eric’s lead guitar playing, so having him do mostly rhythm on guitar and mandolin was a bit different, but the songs are really more about collaboration than just standing out on one’s own. Most, if not all, of the set was cover songs. I did not know, but thoroughly enjoyed, the first song. Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of These) followed and featured the saw playing the keyboard part. Ghost In This House was as achingly beautiful as always. Atlantic City was a fun singalong. Jackie belted out a strong version of Michael Jackson’s The Way You Make Me Feel. Joe did his best Tom Waits on A Good Man Is Hard To Find. Ween’s Baby Bitch was fun, and featured a little bit of Eric playing lead guitar. They followed with a couple more that I did not know, but really enjoyed. They wrapped the night with O Mary Don’t You Weep which featured a nice full ending that kept easing its way down until it swept back into the full song for a bit, then really ended. Shortly after the show, I said a couple of quick goodbyes and took the long walk home. It always amazes me how much talent we have in this town and it’s so cool to see so many great musicians wonderfully combine in different bands. Thanks everyone!


Radio Show 100 Thursday February 26, 2015 9-11pm Eastern US Time WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

WBKM 100th show with Joe and Eric pic by Joe Adler

WBKM 100th show with Joe and Eric pic by Joe Adler





I just got back from my 100th local music radio show on internet only Wbkm Dot Org. My set of songs kept shrinking as the live music kept on going. I missed a criminal amount of great songs, but I played a bunch, and a bunch got played.

Song before At The Hundredth Meridian – The Tragically Hip (thanks for the idea Skipper Horner)



From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. I’ve been with WBKM for about two years now and still remember the day Eric sent me a message on Facebook saying they were thinking of having a local music show on their internet radio station. I came into the studio a couple of times to check it out, meet Tony, and we set it up, and here I am doing my 100th show. I’m going to start out with a set of classics, but first here’s a word from the wonderful folks at Big Heavy World.

Big Heavy World congrats on the 100th show promo
1.) Tastes Like Nothing – Zola Turn
2.) All My Life – Wide Wail
3.) Bomb – Envy
4.) Jan Michael Vincent – Chin Ho

What a classic from Chin Ho! They used to play that all over town. Same goes for the other three. They are some of the greatest songs to come out of Vermont. OK, let’s play the next song on Many Things & Many Scenes

5.) Mirror Mirror – Joe Adler

I love that song, especially seeing it live. Let me ask my guest if we should play some more Joe songs. Hi Joe. (Joe, Eric Segalstad, and I chat for a little, then they begin to play. Joe was singing and playing acoustic guitar and Eric was alternating acoustic guitar and mandolin.)

6.) Midnight Jones and the Jimmer – Joe Adler & The Rangers Of Danger
7.) A Quiet Pun – Joe Adler & The Rangers Of Danger
8.) Coffee and Eggs – Joe Adler & The Rangers Of Danger
9.) Brothers And Sisters (dedicated to my brother Ken and to Johnnie Day Durand) – Joe Adler & The Rangers Of Danger
10.) The Only Night – Joe Adler & The Rangers Of Danger

Thanks so much for playing those beautiful songs. OK, let’s play some more Burlington classics.

11.) If You Get Lost – Swale
12.) Killer Bee Bop – Zoot Wilson
13.) Be A Good Citizen – Pinhead

Three classic Burlington songs from three different eras, all of which have laid the ground for the fertile music scene we now have. There are so many great musicians in town and my next guest is one of them. Hi Aaron Flinn (we chat and then he starts playing his acoustic guitar and singing).

14.) Love Is A Part (probable title) – Aaron Flinn
15.) Fractured And Reset – Aaron Flinn

Thanks for playing those. That was great! OK, let’s play some more classic VT songs.

16.) Small Town Movie – The Cush
17.) Poem For Torin/Ethan’s Stoned – Peg Tassey MUSIC
18.) Mary – Plan B

What a great over the top rocking song. It’s Nectar’s 40th birthday and I saw an image somewhere of their old booking calender. It had Phish one week and Plan B the next. Classic great music from Peg and The Cush and a nice nod to Ethan Azarian in the Peg song. Well. there are lots of great old songs, but there are a lot of great new ones too. Here are some neo-classic Burlington songs.

19.) Say It – Anachronist
20.) Above The Frequency – Invisible Homes
21.) Ricky The Rider – The Mountain Says No
22.) 1.21 Jigawatts – Wave of the Future

Everyone who sees Wave loves that one. Ricky will get under your skin and stay in your head. I’ve not seen ATF live but hope to soon at The Monkey House when they play with Phil Yates & The Affiliates I’m also psyched to see Jane Boxall Percussion play with Vedora Saturday at midnight at Radio Bean. Jane plays on this song too.

23.) Morning Again – Doll Fight
24.) Carnage – Black Rabbit
25.) Not A Nice Guy – ROUGH FRANCIS

I remember spending some very sweaty hours in the north end of Burlington during the video shoot for that song. Jane also plays drums with Rabbit. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it a hundred times more.



Song after: The Great Unraveling – Fish


Swaleoke at Radio Bean February 14, 2015   Leave a comment

Radio Bean picture by Tim Lewis

Radio Bean picture by Tim Lewis


I had a great time seeing, and being a part of, music Saturday night at Radio Bean. Periodically, Swale play a night of cover songs and let people in the audience sign up to sing them. They call it Swaleoke and it’s always fun. Since it happens in Burlington, there are always a few great singers around, so there are some serious musical fireworks, but like a good karaoke, there are a lot a amateurs in the audience, so there is a huge element of random fun. A couple of times ago Eric Olsen said I had to come up and sing sometime and I reluctantly agreed. Saturday night, I fulfilled that promise.
Six days before the show I messaged Eric, since we had mentioned doing some Marillion, to see if they were up for Bitter Suite. The band learned it in a day, and I spent much of the week reciting the lyric, and trying to get to know exactly when to start it. I wasn’t at all nervous, until Saturday night after work. Then the terror struck. I listened to the song five times or so, then put on the black (with the bright Fish t-shirt under the dress shirt) and headed out the door.
I got in and got settled as the acoustic duo finished up their last two songs. I missed their name, but they were pretty solid. Swale’s instruments were all set up behind them, and the band came in and did some final set up stuff, passed around the song signup clipboard, then disappeared for a bit.
After a short while, Swale walked in dressed in green hats and clothes and were obviously intent on swapping the St Valentines Day holiday for St Patrick’s. They always do something fun like that. They got set up and started tuning, and the tuning turned into a drone like song that I did not know. Amanda had a cool weird vocal effect going on, and it was lots of fun. When they finished it, they started asking around to see who wanted to go first. A couple of people said no, and I said YES! I was hoping to go early and get through it so I could just enjoy the rest of the show. It was harder to find my starting queues than I realized, but Eric helped a lot and I gave it my all as it went from the spoken word part, to the softly sung part to the scream for my life part at the end. It was definitely more of a karaoke version of the song, than a pro version, but the band were amazing and hit it note for note.
Things went pro quickly after that as Pam Ant took the stage and put her wonderful vocal spin on Bowie’s Let’s Dance. She can do amazing things with her voice and really went for it.
I did not catch the next singer, from the earlier Facebook posts it might have been Kim Desjardins, but she sang a great version of Summer Breeze, and the band played it perfectly. I always think of that song as the breezy chorus, but the song as a whole it really good, and she sang it very well.
Up next Lily Sickles took the stage and just belted out a killer I Love Rock And Roll. I’m not sure which is her stronger, her voice or pure attitude, but both were at full force and made the song great.
Amanda Gustafson followed with a gorgeous and powerful version of Maybe I’m Amazed. It was very nice to just have Swale play a song, and it was a great version of it.
A couple named Melody and Greg got up next for I Got You Babe. It was a fun amateur version, and I forgot how many sections the song has. Eric was great about guiding them through it. It was classic and fun.
Eric Segalstad followed with an emotive Hello, I Love You. He physically threw himself into the lyrics and did a stunning job. I love that song and he put it over the top.
Up next Lily returned to the stage, accompanied by Caroline Marie on sax, and they did a breezy and beautiful version of Only The Lonely. Lily’s voice was great, and the sax just slid the song along.
Caroline stayed for the next one and sang and played sax on Careless Whisper. The song has such an iconic sax riff that it really struck a nerve with the full audience and had thunderous applause at the end.
She stayed up for the next one too as Joe Adler took the stage to sing The Power Of Love. His deep voice made it sound great, and the song is just lots of fun.
A guy named Andy, I missed his last name, did a killer version of What I Like About You. His singing was strong and precise and Lee Anderson joined in for the harmonica solo. Fun was had by all.
I missed the names of the two girls who came up next, but caught that they were joined by Greg who sang I Got You earlier. They did a fun version of Salt N Pepa’s Shoop.
A guy named Ben followed and sang a gentle version of The Commodores Easy. It was fun.
Jason Cooley followed and the band played hard on Public Enemy’s Fight The Power. He sang it strong and ferociously, and it was just great.
After that, Andy and Lily came back to the stage for a rousing 867-5309 (Jenny) that had the whole audience singing along with them. They were joined by someone named Mike, and it was nothing but fun.
The hour was late but Swale had one song left. They played a gentle and gorgeous version of Arthur Russel’s I Couldn’t Say It To Your Face.
Soon after they wrapped up, I said a few goodbyes and headed out the door. I chatted with Jeremy Frederick a bit, and thanked him for playing Marillion. I took the cold but easy walk home with love in my heart for all the pros and amateurs who took a swing at singing, and for everyone who braved the cold night and showed up to listen.


There is a video of the full show here.  There is a lot of empty space before it begins.  Swale’s first song is about 15 minutes in.



Samara Lark Brown, Johnnie Day Durand, Aya Inoue, Eric Segalstad, and Joe Adler at Radio Bean and Swale at Nectar’s December 30, 2014   Leave a comment

Radio Bean picture by Tim Lewis

Radio Bean picture by Tim Lewis


I had a great night of seeing music the night before New Year’s Eve. I was psyched to see Swale at Nectar’s, but got out a bit early on a slow work day, and got to make a cool stop on the way.
I arrived at Radio Bean with Samara Lark Brown playing ukelele and singing Time After Time. She was joined by Johnnie Day Durand who added some beautiful flourishes with her musical saw. It was pretty sweet, but was the last song of the set. At least I made it for that one!
Up next Aya Inoue took the stage with her acoustic guitar and was joined by husband to be, Eric Segalstad on electric guitar. His soft tone and gentle yet driving leads gave Aya’s strong songs a little extra fullness. Her voice is precise and powerful and I always have a great time when she is playing. They opened with Firefly then followed with Never Again. For the third song they brought Ari Bolles to the stage to sing the heck out of an Alison Krauss song that I did not know. They made it sound great. Ari left the stage and for the next song Aya told a story about the intensity of social work and how you need a release from the strain. Writing, singing, and playing is how she gets through, and the fourth song in the set, as yet untitled but might be called So It Goes, was a beautiful ode to struggling onwards to find the good parts of life. They followed with Come Breathe With Me, then Lions Den, and closed with something that sounds like it needs a full band, ’cause it can really rock.
When the set was done, Eric stayed on stage and was joined by Joe Adler. Joe said he was playing new songs, not any of the old favorites and they played a set of killer songs. The opener, Man Of Many Hats was fun, then Eric switched to Electric Mandolin for some powerful and delicate picking. Joe played the acoustic card deck guitar as they moved through Daily Chores, then pulled out a killer new song called Stratosphere. I think it may be one on of my favorite of his songs, after one listen. Coffee And Eggs sounded like it might be a little light, but was a solid song that I quite enjoyed. Joe said that Girl Behind The Glass was not about what you are thinking, but was about unobtainable love. Samara joined them to sing with Joe on Change In The Air. Back to a duo they played another cool new song then did a cover of Famous Blue Raincoat by Leonard Cohen. It was nicely done, and they had at least one more to play, but the clock on the wall said leave. I still had a great rock show to attend.

Nectar's photo by Tim Lewis

Nectar’s photo by Tim Lewis

I arrived at Nectar’s just about 10, but it was about 15 more minutes until Swale hit the stage. Sometimes they start slow and moody and let it build, but not that night. They dove right into If You Get Lost and the show was afoot. Amanda Gustafson‘s voice was right on. Tyler Bolles and Jeremy Frederick held the rhythm tight and Eric Olsen had lots of room to work out his guitar. They continued on, staying with the last two albums. Soul Piggy Bank had a quiet intensity as it unfurled. Old School brought the tempo down for a bit, but a killer Jack Sharp knocked the energy back into the stratosphere. Edible smoldered and Popular Crowd rocked hard. I think that was where Eric broke a string. Amanda covered the guitar part on the keys while he grabbed another and got back into the song. After, Eric asked if anyone could restring his guitar. Sergei came out from behind the soundboard and spent the next song and a half restringing it. What a guy!! Swale kept on with a fun bouncy Waiting For You, then kicked out a seriously intense Fainteant. Joyless followed and rocked hard. They slowed things back down a little with Golden Crutch and Beaten Down then played a searing version of You Are Not The Photograph. For the first time that night they reached back to the Verdigris EP for a killer version of Good Medicine. It’s so slow for so long then builds into a super intense Eric Olsen guitar workout that always puts me over the top. Time was running low at that point, so they kicked out a killer Everyone Likes To and that was that.
I’m so glad I put in the effort and was rewarded with a staggering amount of joy that evening.



Songs and Stringstruments at Red Square and Sam DuPont, Phil Yates and the Affiliates, The Brew at Nectar’s April 10, 2013   Leave a comment

Caught a bunch of music tonight. I started at Red Square seeing Joe Adler & Eric Segalstad play as Songs & Stringstruments. They played some pretty awesome music. Joe was on acoustic guitar and Eric switched between mandolin and electric guitar. They opened the part of the set that I saw, with Atlantic City, and a Radiohead cover. They played a couple of Joe songs, and then I headed out. If I’m the only one in the audience, did they notice me leave?

If I had known the timing, I would have hung out for a bit. As it was, I caught a few songs by Sam DuPont, and he was pretty solid. It was just him on acoustic guitar and singing. His voice was good, and his playing looked flashy and sounded simple. It was a pretty nice set

Next up Phil Yates and the Affiliates payed some complex pop that had me guessing where they would go next. Yum, make me work for it. There were a couple of songs that were good on the album, but much more fun live. It will be interesting to see them a few more times and find out if the songs start to grab me more. As it was, Could You Be the One and Pretty Girls had me happily rocking.

Up next was the Brew. They started with a simple dance groove, and I was not sure I was going to make it long. As the song weaved it’s way towards it’s conclusion it got really good. Rich Haskell appeared during the second song and they kept playing songs that really rocked. They closed with Going to California/No Quarter, and called it a night They were much better than I expected and I had a lot of fun.