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Matt Hagen at 1/2 Lounge April 15, 2016   Leave a comment

Matt Hagen at 1/2 Lounge April 15, 2016

Matt Hagen at 1/2 Lounge April 15, 2016

I had a chance to check out some cool new music last night. I saw the listing at the 1/2 Lounge for Matthew Bryan Hagen playing solo songs and it made my mind wonder. The show was scheduled from 7-9. I worked until 7, got home around quarter after, got back out the door around 7:30 and waked into the lounge about quarter of 8. Matt was onstage playing an electric guitar and singing dark songs about the Devil and things like that. The songs had a bit of the noir side of the High Breaks sound crossed with a more singer songwriter structure. The lyrics had the feel of the theme from True Blood, though not as cheery. The one about grinding the bones to make your bread was especially memorable. The music had a very cool feel and flow and I loved it from the moment I walked in. A few songs had an odd effect where at the end he kept playing but faded the songs out. I’ve only ever heard a live song fade out when Genesis did it with Supper’s Ready on the Seconds Out album. I was tremendously amused when Matt later pulled out a dark tale of what one might be hiding in one’s wardrobe. All of the songs felt like skeletons of what might come, and that realization added a nice extra edge to the music.

When he finished the last of the new songs, he pulled out a few covers. He pulled out an old Lendway song that I couldn’t quite place, but really enjoyed. He pulled out a couple of Ween covers, Devil’s Sweat and Buenos Tardes Amigo. Both songs nicely fit in with his new original songs.

After that he did the wardrobe change and music change and did a short set of MC Hagen songs. He slow rapped some amusing songs with a stern Jer Coons waving menacingly in the background. Jer had just produced a couple of the songs so it was cool that he was there in support of Matt. After his four rap songs that was the end of the show. I chatted with both for a couple of minutes then headed out. It’s so great to hear some of the new music that is heading our way. And, all I had to do to find it was get myself out the door.

 

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Radio Show 129 Thursday October 1, 2015 9-11pm Eastern US Time WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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I just got back from my local music radio show on internet only WBKM.org. Aside from starting with the wrong song, it went pretty well. The ’80’s Ladies had the night off, so I got in a teeny bit early and lined up a few extra songs.

Mysterious Mystery – Persian Claws
World Container – The Tragically Hip
Small Town Movie – The Cush
Gold In California – The Red Telephone
Enter Ye The Mystery School – Jon Anderson Live – Official
recording begins

Songs before: Brain Damage/Eclipse – Pink Floyd

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From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds of Burlington. It was an eventful week in our country and solar system. Lots of good and bad things happened. The coolest thing was the eclipse of the moon. It really gives you a perspective of your place in the universe, and shows the complex beauty of this place we get to live in. Celestial events are one of the universal things that everyone can share in. Children are another. We can all relate to the idea of getting older and seeing children born and growing and see the magnificent cycle of life. We have a local artist who plays music for kids every Friday at the Radio Bean. She just released an album of those songs. This is one of my favorites and always reminds me of the magic of life. This is Puff The Magic Dragon by Linda Bassick on WBKM, and this is Burlington’s kind of music.

1.) Matter Of Time – Eric George
2.) Puff The Magic Dragon – Linda Bassick
3.) Rame – Francesca Blanchard
4.) Moonlight In Vermont – Willie Nelson

I just loved seeing the moon and wanted to play that one and be reminded of this summer when Neil Young had Lucas Nelson sing that one for us at the Essex Fairgrounds show. Francesca is releasing her new album Saturday in Stowe. If you like that song, check it out. Sorry about mixing up the first two song. Live radio, what can you do? If you like the Eric song, he’s releasing the album tomorrow at the North End Studio. Great song from Linda. I may get to more later. OK, here is the next song on No Need To Beg.

5.) Grass Is Always Greener – Phil Yates & The Affiliates
6.) The Night Syd Barret Died – Colin Nicholas Clary
7.) Boys With Guns – Chin Ho
8.) Film Called Life – Jer Coons

Jer has made a lot of cool music to add to our town. I wanted to play a Chin song and picked that one because of yet another school shooting in our country. As long as we have lots of legislators who identify as pro life and pro gun, we can expect these sorts of things to keep happening. One of these days maybe we will get tired of it and find ways to stop it from happening. I saw Colin play that song at Radio Bean a couple of weeks ago. He was so nice to send me a copy. I love that it mentions Radio Bean, Pearls, The Monkey House and Club Metronome. It also mentions a band. Keep that in mind for later. Great song from Phil Yates and the band. This next song has been running through my head this week, so I thought I’d share.

9.) ComeTooLate – Paper Castles
10.) It’s Happening – Anachronist
11.) Good Witch – Cricket Blue
12.) The Lion Sleeps Tonight – Linda Bassick

Another fun song from Linda. Sweet song from Cricket. I love that song from Anachronist! OK, sit back, relax, light up some incense, flip on the lava lamp. Let’s drift for a while.

13.) Armadillo – Swale
14.) Galactic Cannibalism – Wobblesauce
15.) The High Pass – Ozric Tentacles

Ozric are an English space rock band who played last Tuesday at Higher Ground. It was such a great show and I love how fast and fluid Ed is on the guitar. Wobble are from Boston and were the first band on. They were pretty fun and did a great version of that one. I’m sure they will be back. Hmmm, Swale. OK, let’s rock. This band was mentioned in the Colin Clary song.

16.) Round Sum – Cave Bees
17.) Be Aggressive – BE AGGRESSIVE
18.) Imaginary – Envy
19.) Comm To Space – ROUGH FRANCIS

It’s so stunningly cool that we found actual water on Mars. I had to play the Francis song to celebrate. Killer song from Envy. Be just played Metronome with the Queers and a couple other bands. I like the Cave Bees too. I still have dad’s car for a bit so Tuesday night I made the last minute decision to go see Ozric. It was raining so hard I could barely see. I took Patchen road to get there, since I couldn’t drive faster than 25mph anyway. The other day Andrew X Smith asked people to post rain songs, so I posted this one.

20.) Left One In The Rain – Alice Austin
21.) In The Rain – Plan B
22.) Despite The Rain – Starlight Conspiracy

Sweet song from Burlington’s ’90’s. I have so many fond memories of seeing Plan Be at Nectar’s, all those years ago. Killer Alice Austin song. So, have you ever gone to a show. Have you ever been in the know, or gone to a show with someone in the know? Have you ever had backstage passes?

23.) BS Passes – Black Rabbit
24.) You Are My Sunshine – Linda Bassick
25.) So They Say – The New Siberians
26.) Statistik – The Mountain Says No

Love that song from Mountain. Is it time for the new Siberians album yet? Another fun song from Linda. Well, I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we? Sayonara.

27.) Sayonara – Black Rabbit
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Song after: Change Of Heart – Fish
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In Waves – Sarah Blacker
We’re The Loops – The Mockingbirds
Far Escape – Active Heed
Child In Time – Deep Purple
The Cinema Show – Genesis
Images – Saga
Is This Where You Live? – The Church Band
The Last Straw – Marillion
Wow – Kate Bush
Until We Sleep – David Gilmour
Flood Of Sunshine – The Posies
Earth Sun Moon – Love And Rockets
Soft Revolution – Stars
My Big Mouth – The Posies
Uh Oh – Slowdim
She Brings Me – Sistas in the Pit
Popular Crowd – Swale
Rebel Girl – Bikini Kill
Alienation – Black Rabbit
Careen Opportunities – The Clash
Pinhead – The Ramones
The Bomb – The Mountain Says No
Ain’t No Tellin – Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band
What’s In California? – Joshua Glass Music
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Radio Show 109 Thursday May 7, 2015 9-11pm Eastern US Time WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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I just got back from from doing my local music radio show on internet only Wbkm Dot Org. Considering how I placed the songs tonight I likely should have used The Old And They Young by MIDLAKE BAND as the song before, but considering the past couple of days, I had to use Flood of Sunshine.

Song before: Flood Of Sunshine – The Posies

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From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds of Burlington. It’s a warm night and the last couple of days have felt like we just had spring for a few days, and now it feels like summer. This is Sarah Blacker on WBKM, and this is Burlington’s Kind of Music.

1.) These Summer Nights – Sarah Blacker
2.) All The Kids – The New Siberians
3.) Our Work Is Never Done – PossumHaw
4.) The North – Hana Zara

I love the reference to the painted buildings in Burlington’s Old North End in that song. Great song from PossumHaw! That’s a super brand new song from Siberians. I’ve got the windows open and it feels like a warm summer night. This next artist used to be mayor of Burlington and now he’s running for President.

5.) We Shall Overcome – U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and thirty Vermont artists
6.) Destiny Waits – Bud & Budd ~ The Kind Buds
7.) Sweet Angel – Robert Gagnon

Lovely song by Bob! Bud and Budd are such excellent guitar players. If you like the guitar, make sure you check them out sometime. Speaking of great guitar players you really should check out.

8.) New Atlantis – Aaron Flinn
9.) At The Diner – Zoot Wilson
10.) Evel Kinevel – Guppyboy
11.) Rocketsled’s Funky Main Man Meets Big Joe On Church Street – Phish & Richard Haupt.

Richard showed a lot of heart playing the clarinet on Church Street every day for years. It’s cool that Phish backed him up on that. Nice cover of the Chainsaws Of Babylon by Guppy. It almost had a Legend Of A Mind sweep to it. Killer song by Zoot. Aaron is playing at Radio Bean Tuesday at nine, if you want to check him out, and you really should if you can. So, speaking of Big Joe.

12.) Every Time I Hear That Mellow Saxophone – Big Joe Burrell & The Unknown Blues Band
13.) Sunflower Street – David L. Jarvis
14.) By My Side – Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band
15.) Glory Bound – Maryse Smith

Yet another great song from Maryse’s new album The Way It Is. Kat and the band are just so good. It’s not quite sunflower time yet, but there are tons of flowers blooming around town. Here is another cool new song.

16.) The Endless War – Jeremy Gilchrist
17.) Double Dare Ya – Steph Pappas
18.) Somebody Up There Loves Me – The Starline Rhythm Boys
19.) 40 Days – Better Things

BT are playing lots of shows and writing lots of music and are really good. Rhythm Boys have been playing around for years and are still going strong. Steph’s been making music in our town for a long time too. Let’s continue on through Swale’s album The Next Instead.

20.) Popular Crowd – Swale
21.) That’s That Is Is – Ninja Custodian
22.) Bullet – REDadmiral
23.) Yours Sincerely – Persian Claws
24.) Be A Good Citizen (NYC Mix) – Pinhead

Classic song with lots of good advice. The Claws are always fun! I’ve got to put in the effort to catch Admiral sometime soon. Classic from Ninja. This next artist has played tons of great shows for years and is getting a lifetime achievement award at Nectar’s tomorrow. It is extremely well deserved.

25.) Nighttime Fades – Seth Yacovone Band
26.) Film Called Life – Jer Coons
27.) How It Goes – Blue Button
28.) Little French Earthquakes – Phil Yates & The Affiliates

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

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I just saw Avengers Age of Ultron today so I will pick this song:

Song after: Moving Targets (live) – Fish

 

Radio Show 32 Thursday October 10 , 2013 9-10pm Eastern US Time WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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I just got back from local radio show 32 on internet only WBKM.ORG.  I thought it went pretty well, and had some cool songs.

Song Before: Tantalized – The Church Band

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From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington.  Last Sunday I went to Higher Ground and saw a great band from Montreal called Stars.  Local band Paper Castles opened the show with some wonderfully complex songs.  This is a song called Open Country by Paddy Regan and Paper Castles on WBKM, and this is Burlington’s kind of music. 

1.) Open Country – Paper Castles
2.) Your Ex-Lover is Dead – Stars
3.) Boxing The Cold – Jer Coons

Stars were so good last Sunday, and the entire audience sang every word of Ex-Lover.  Paper Castles were just great.  The Jer song reminds me that winter is coming.  It’s classic fall in Vermont, with turning leaves, hints of cold and apples and cider.

4.) Green Apple Girl – David L. Jarvis Band
5.) Northern Skies – The Lindbergh Baby
6.) Science Fiction – Hana Zara

Another song full of visceral imagery from Hana.  Northern has such a cool feel and feels like it’s time to transition soon.  Another great song by Dave.  Next up is the last song on Swale’s A Small Arrival.  I hope you’ve enjoyed the journey through the album in the last several weeks.  At times they rock hard and at times they are so gentle, but they are always impressive.

7.) Faineant – Swale
8.) My Atom Girl – The Dirtminers
9.) Hungry Like The Wolf – Rangers of Danger.

Joe Adler and the Rangers were joined by a couple of the guys from the Lynguistic Civilians at the end of the classic cover song.  Raph Worrick was fun as frontman for the Dirtminers.  What a great song about nuclear weapons.  Hmmm, Swale.  Next up, let’s go classic Burlington.

10.) Jan Michael Vincent – Chin Ho!
11.) Purpose and Object – The Contrarian

 Casey Hades Rae might be based in Washington, but that is Burlington’s kind of music.  Next Monday I’m heading to Signal Kitchen to see Swale, and someone else.  I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town.  Let’s do it again next week, shall we?

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Song After: Thistle Alley – Fish

 

 

 

 

Radio Show 31 Thursday October 3 , 2013 9-10pm Eastern US Time WBKM.ORG   2 comments

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I just got back from tonight’s local music show on WBKM.ORG. I got in early and started playing tunes at 8:20, with the full show from 9-10ish.

Song Before: Southside – Anderson and Wakeman

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From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. I’m sorry about missing last weeks show, but had a good time going to Albany to see The Waterboys Official. The leaves were turning and it was a beautiful day. Tonight we are going to start a bit to the south, in Middlebury. This is Girl In My Head by Jer Coons and this is Burlington’s kind of music on WBKM

1.) Girl In My Head – Jer Coons
2.) Even Cowgirls Get The Blues – The Mockingbirds
3.) Hey Ernie – Cold Sweat

Today is James Curley’s birthday, so I had to play some Sweat. I remember seeing them play at Texas so many times. We used to travel to see them in Glens Falls and Clifton Park, NY, so it was cool to drive by there on the way to see the Waterboys. Scott Fultz from Sweat went to the Egg a couple of days after the Waterboys and he got to see Steve Hackett play some Genesis songs. That must have been cool. Before that was a band from Rhode Island that played town once but made a huge mark on me. Great stuff! Next is the next song from Swale’s A Small Arrival.

4.) Electable – Swale
5.) The Low Lights – Sian Alice Group
6.) Traveler – Lir

Back in the early ’90’s Lir came over from Ireland, set up base in Boston and played Burlington a bunch of times. I loved all of those shows. Once night I went to The Monkey House, saw a couple of cool local bands, and Sian Alice Group from London played and blew me away. Go see music, you never know what that mysterious band in the listings might sound like. Hmmm Swale. New album soon? Next up, Linda Bassick plays with Tickle Belly at Radio Bean Friday mornings, plays with Steady Betty, and plays on most of the Moody Blues cruises.

7.) All I Need – Linda Bassick and Tickle Belly
8.) Wedding Song – Anais Mitchell
9.) Until The Day I Die – Slingshot Dakota

Tom Patterson and Carly Commando, aka Slingshot Dakota, just got married. Congratulations! Now they have to love each other until the day they die, they made vows. Wedding song is dedicated to them. Now, let’s go classic Burlington

10.) The Spy Song – Pinhead
11.) Opium Spy Thriller – Ninja Custodian
12.) Mary – Plan B

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

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My brother Ken and I are going to see Hawkwind next week so I’m going to play some of them soon, but here is the first song on the new Fish album

Song After: Perfume River – Fish