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Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Swale at ArtsRiot April 7, 2016   Leave a comment

Hedwig at Arts Riot picture by Emiry S Potter

Hedwig at Arts Riot picture by Emiry S Potter

I had a great night seeing music and theater Thursday April 7th at Pearl’s, uhm, I mean ArtsRiot. For six days the Pine st club flashed back in time to recreate the the iconic club that closed years ago to become a pizza place. Pearls, later 135 Pearl, was a place for people to be comfortable being who they are, and a place to see a cool show now and then. Owner Robert Toms booked the first Swale show I ever saw, booked a bunch of cool bands, and put on a play from my friend Josh Bridgman. If you have never seen Silent Invasion, check it out. Toms also put together a production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch and was captivating in the leading role. Ten years later he brought the spirit of the club back to life and did a six day run of Hedwig.

I wanted to see the show on Friday April 1st, when the Dirty Blondes played the after show party, but was in Montreal to see Iron Maiden. Sometimes you have to make a choice. That Thursday, with my local music radio show prerecorded, I headed down to the building that used to house the Cheese Outlet/Fresh Market. I arrived a little before the 8pm showtime, found a seat and settled in. The lights went down, the band rushed to the stage and the super tall, high heeled glitter booted, wig down to her ankles,sparkling lipstick that could be seen glittering from the back of the room, heroine stormed the stage. The show veered a little bit away from the movie and settled in as Hedwig did a mix of stand up and storytelling that kept the audience transfixed. The story was punctuated with the killer band ripping it up on some very cool songs. Hedwig spoke of the horror of playing at the Fresh Market while former lover Tommy Gnosis packed Memorial Auditorium. She dropped a couple of Bernie and Trump references too, but mostly told the tale of finding love in East Berlin, having a botched sex change, getting stranded in America and coming to terms with herself and using that understanding to propel her to stardom. Toms really laid into the arrogance of Hedwig with her dismissal of others, especially her band mates, yet provided a glimpse into the way bravado can be used to overcome the fear of being trapped in an ordinary life. He made Hedwig ugly and beautiful. He made Hedwig annoying and alluring. He made Hedwig a warning to and an aspiration for us all. He brought us on a journey of discovery from the moment they hit the stage until the last notes of Midnight Radio slipped away. It was a beautiful and powerful show and I’m so glad I was there to experience it.

After the show the crew cleared out the chairs. Most of the audience headed out but several intrepid souls hung out as Swale moved their gear to the stage. Soon enough they started with an old jam and then launched into Soul Piggy Bank. They continued through the set playing mostly new songs from what I expect to be their next album. Songs like Loser (?) are fun and catchy and songs like Drug Laws rock hard. Most of the show was pretty rocking with songs like Joyless, Popular Crowd and Everyone Likes to. The show was not long but was great note for note. As soon as they wrapped up, I headed out with a happy mind and a love filled heart.

 

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Radio Show 154 Thursday April 14, 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

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Tonight’s local music radio show on 107.1FM WBKM and streaming at the WBKM Facebook page featured some highlights of the music that happened in town last week, highlighted a couple of upcoming shows and featured a bunch of new music from a cool Burlington band.

Song before: Almost With You – The Church

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From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. Last week I made it to one of the Hedwig and the Angry Inch shows they did at ArtsRiot. I loved the show and the local band who just rocked. The show had lots of glitter and sparkle and it made me think of this classic Burlington song.

1.) It’s Purple And It Sparkles – Zola Turn
2.) Midnight Radio – Hedwig and the Angry Inch original cast recording
3.) Popular Crowd – Swale.

Swale played the Hedwig after show party and played some great songs, many of them new. I love the build in Midnight which was the ending song from Hedwig. I love Zola. OK, it’s time for the next song on Alpenglow’s album Callisto.

4.) Holiday – Alpenglow
5.) Wally Rides The Ferry – Zoot Wilson
6.) Sun In The Sky – Ninja Custodian
7.) Upstream – The New Siberians

I’m loving that new Siberians song. Brendan Devitt is in the Siberians now and was in Ninja back in the day. I want to dedicate Sun to everyone who is going through a rough time. There is always a sun in the sky and you are a valuable part of the life that keeps moving on. We’re all in it together so help your friends and let them help you when you need it. Classic song from Zoot. What a legend in Burlington. Great new song from Alpenglow that is a bit more rocking than usual for them. This week, Cricket Blue released a new EP called IO. It’s full of legendary imagery and great music.

8.) Angela Carter – Cricket Blue
9.) Eleanor – Cricket Blue
10.) Trouble Come No More – Cricket Blue
11.) Kentucky – Cricket Blue

Wow, what an EP. I just could not pick one song so I had to play it all. OK, it’s the political season. I love the opening line to this song. It’s all about it being OK to disagree and not have to talk about it if you do.

12.) East Jabib (live) – REDadmiral
13.) Feel The Bern – Violint Wednesday
14.) This Land Is Your Land – VT artists

I love the version of the classic song done in honor of Bernie Sanders by a ton of great local musicians. The Bern song has such a nice portrait of life in Burlington. Great song from Admiral. They will be one of the many bands playing at the Monkey House on 4/20. This next artist will be at that show too.

15.) Relax – Joe Adler
16.) Winter Is Over – Apartment 3
17.) Monocacy – Slingshot Dakota
18.) You Took – The Church

Unfortunately, I will miss the Monkey 420 show since on April 20 I will go to the Tupelo Music Hall in New Hampshire and see The Church. They will play all of The Blurred Crusade so I had to play You Took and start the show with Almost With You. I’m so excited. I’m also excited by Slingshot Dakota playing at the Monkey House on May 10. I’m loving their new album Break. Apartment will be at the 420 Monkey show. That’s a pretty cool song. Hmm, I love Joe songs. Let’s keep with the theme, and if this next set makes you want to call your legislators, feel free.

19.) Gettin High – Heavy Plains
20.) Seeds And Stems – The New Siberians
21.) Grandma Betty – Brother Zag
22.) Space Weed Zombies – Wave Of The Future

I love the funky heavy rock of Wave. Great song from one of Burlington’s most obscure singer songwriters. Seeds is from the Siberians first album. Plains are such a great rocking band, especially live. OK, let’s keep rocking.

23.) Poem For Torin/Ethan’s Stoned – Peg Tassey
24.) The Bomb – The Mountain Says No

I may have to head over to Manhattan Pizza after the show and see Mountain. They go on at 11:30. Fantastic song from Peg. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we? Ta ta, farewell, see ya.

25.) Sayonara – Black Rabbit
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Song after: 3D – Fish
Tantalized (live) – The Church

As always, I want to thank everyone who made tonight’s shop possible. Thanks to:107.1FM WBKM, The Church Band, Julia Austin, Alice Austin, SWALE, Amanda Gustafson, Jeremy Frederick, Tyler Bolles, Eric Olsen, Alpenglow, Ninja Custodian, Brendan Devitt, Ted Pappadopoulos, The New Siberians, Cricket Blue, Taylor Smith, REDadmiral, John Billingsley, Gordon Glover, Kat Wright, Kelly Ravin, Marie Claire Johnson, Dwight & Nicole, Francesca Blanchard, Bob Wagner, Joe Adler, Slingshot Dakota, Carly Comando, Tom Patterson, Heavy Plains, Luke Awtry, Mike Luoma, Wave of the Future, Luke Richer, Samara Lark Brown, Jake Styles, Jeremy Gartner, Peg Tassey MUSIC, The Mountain Says No, Ben Maddox, Jedd Kettler, Andrew Frappier, Black Rabbit, Marc Scarano, Darlene Scarano, Jane Boxall Percussion, Fish, and everyone else!!!

 

Radio Show 152 Thursday March 31, 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

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For tonight’s local music radio show on 107.1FM and WBKM.ORG I had expected to highlight some of the great music that happened last week and highlight some of the great music happening this week, then add in a fun set or two, but this coming week’s and last week’s music filled the two hours very quickly!

Song before: Bernie Is A Punk – Bern Unit

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From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington.  So much great music happened in town last week and there is a ton of great stuff happening this week too.  Let’s see how much I can highlight.  Last night I went to Radio Bean to see what Caroline O’Connor is up to.  She played some really cool songs.  Let’s begin tonight with a song from her previous band.

1.) Basalt Anchor – Caroline O’Connor

2.) I Know It’s True – Wide Wail

3.) Highway – Construction Joe

4.) 2,000 – The Pants

I had a good time seeing so many great performers at the Pants music highlight show at Higher Ground last Saturday.  They closed the night with 2,000 and had everyone on stage and it was so cool.  Also, at the Pants show, Swale was the house band so they did a killer set of Wide Wail songs, and Construction Joe got back together to play a set.  I thought I’d play the songs in the previous set to give you an idea of what the night sounded like.  OK, now it’s time to play the next song on the Bernie Sanders album that I am working my way through, one song per week until the album is done.  I was so happy that he won three more states last week.  This is the last song on the album that he recorded here in Vermont many years ago.

5.) We Shall Overcome – Bernie Sanders and 30 VT Artists

6.) This Machine – Invisible Homes

7.) Symptom Of The Universe – Surf Sabbath

Last Friday I wandered down to The Skinny Pancake and saw Homes play a killer set.  They closed with Machine. I then walked over to Juniper at Hotel Vermont and caught the High Breaks.  They tossed in a couple of their Sabbath covers including Symptom.  OK, so that was some of what happened last week.  Surf Sabbath will be playing at Metal Monday on April 4th, so that is coming up this week.  There is a ton of other great music happening this week. The sad thing is that I will miss all of it.  Tomorrow night my brother Ken and I will head to Montreal to see Iron Maiden.  If you will indulge me, I will start off this set with the title song from their new album and a song I will hear tomorrow night.

8.) Book Of Sours – Iron Maiden

9.) Angry Inch – Hedwig and the Angry Inch cast recording

10.) Ornan’s Song – The Dirty Blondes

11.) East.Jibab – REDadmiral

If I wasn’t at Maiden on April 1st I’d love to be at the Switchback Brewery seeing Admiral.  If I wasn’t at Maiden on April 1st I’d love to be at Art’s Riot seeing the stage production of Hedwig, featuring Ornan on drums, and staying for the Dirty Blondes who are playing after.  It’s going to be hard to miss the Blondes, but hey, Maiden.  Another band that I really enjoy, the Wee Folkestra, are playing at the Skinny Pancake on April 1st.  They are a collective of cool people, some of whom are in the following bands.

12.) Spit-n-Fire Blues (live at Nectar’s) – Joe Adler and the Rangers of Danger

13.) This Is Our Good Night – Aya Inoue

14.) Super Sexy Science Party (live at Nectar’s) – Wave Of The Future

Samara Lark Brown from Wave is part of the Folkestra.  So are Aya and Joe.  I’d love to be at the show, if I wasn’t at Maiden.  There is likely lots of other music happening in town on April 1st too, but let’s move on to April 2.  This next band are most of Wave and they are playing at Drink.

15.) Art Of Vandalay – Sad Turtle

16.) Barstools – Abbie Morin

17.) Los Muertos – Eastern Mountain Time

Actually, Eastern are playing on April 1st too.  They are over at Radio Bean.  Abbie is playing at the Skinny Pancake on April 2.  These next two artists are playing at Radio Bean on April 3rd.

18.) Day Of The Dead – Hana Zara

19.) Matter Of Time – Eric George

20.) Lithuania – Hana Zara

I just love the imagery of Hana’s songs.  She and Eric are playing some shows together around the Midwest very soon.  I was thrilled when I looked in the listings and saw that they are playing Sunday night at Radio Bean.  I love when I get to listen to Hana.  Well, I’m almost out of time, but I did want to give a shout out to Swale for their tremendous musicianship at the Pants show last Saturday.  Let’s play a couple of their songs to take us out.

21.) Overcoat – Swale

22.) Popular Crowd – Swale

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

Song after: Vigil – Fish

As always, I want to thank everyone who made tonight’s show possible. Thanks to: BERN UNIT, Vedora, Caroline Marie, Jane Boxall Percussion, Amanda Gustafson, Jeremy Frederick, Tom Lawson, Bernie Sanders, Invisible Homes, Sean Witters, The High Breaks, Todd Gevry, Kevin Lynam, Matthew Bryan Hagen, Iron Maiden, Robert Fuller, The Dirty Blondes, Rebecca Rogers, Diane Sullivan, Ornan McLean, Chris Clark, REDadmiral, Gordon Glover, John Billingsley, Joe Adler, Aya Inoue, Samara Lark Brown, Luke Richer, Jake Styles, Jeremy Gartner, Sad Turtle, Abbie Morin, Abbie Gail, Thomas Pearo, Eastern Mountain Time, Sean Hood, Hana Zara, Eric George, Eric George, SWALE, Tyler Bolles, Eric Olsen, Fish, and everyone else!!