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Radio Show 87 Thursday November 13, 2014 9-11pm Eastern US Time WBKM.ORG   2 comments

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I just got back from my local music radio show on internet only Wbkm Dot Org. I highlighted the Radio Bean birthday party from last Saturday, highlighted the WBKM birthday party this coming Saturday, managed to say Happy Birthday to Christopher Larrow and boldly stated how much I like the new album from The Cush.

Song before: Answers – Tilt

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From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds of Burlington. I’ve got some birthdays to talk about but before I get into that, I’ve got a bunch of new music that has come my way, and I want to feature some of it. I just got the new album by a guy who played second at the Radio Bean birthday party last Saturday.

1.) Letter From The 21st – Jeremy Gilchrist
2.) Little Songs – Invisible Homes
3.) Overgrown – Eric George
4.) Garden Flower – Maryse Smith

Maryse and Michael Chorney played a great set at the RB birthday party. Eric works at Burlington Records and brought the album to the station. Lots of gardening songs, and I thought that one would go nicely into Garden Flowers. Cool songs from Invisible and Jeremy. One of my favorite parts of the RB birthday was Johnnie Day Durand and her magical musical saw. You can hear her play it wonderfully on this song.

5.) Brothers And Sisters – Joe Adler
6.) Everyone Likes To – Swale
7.) Politicians In My Eyes – Death

At the RB birthday Swale played a killer Everyone, brought up Lee Anderson and sang Thank You For Being A Friend then played Politicians. It was pretty intense and Bobby Hackney Jr. arrived just as they were finishing up another Death song, Nuclear War. If you have not see the movie A Band Called Death, definitely check it out. OK, now it’s time for the next song on Lipstick And Dynamite.

8.) Mark My Words – Black Rabbit
9.) Bleeping Burning Bridges – Blue Button
10.) Old North Ender – James Kochalka Superstar
11.) In The Pines – Vedora

Vedora played a killer set at the RB birthday with Matt, Caroline Marie and Jane Boxall Percussion on drums. Jane also plays with Black Rabbit. James played a killer set at the birthday, as did BB. Well, that was last week, this Saturday is the Wbkm birthday party. There will be lots of great music including Seth Yacovone Band doing a set of Neil Young covers and Bob Wagner and the Book ‘EM Blues Band playing two sets. Here is Book ‘EM from a WBKM birthday party a couple of years ago. They did this one last time. Will they do it this year? Who cares, whatever they play will be great!

12.) Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad? – The Book ‘Em Blues Band

Wow, that was a fun 13 minutes! One of my favorite bands to play burlington for years was The Cush. They just came back and played a show at ArtsRiot last Friday and sold me a copy of their new album Transcendental Heatwave. Here it is: Turn your lights down low. Turn your lava lamp up to 11, Light some incense an smoke ’em if you got ’em.

13.) Heavy Psych – The Cush
14.) One Shot Love – The Cush
15.) Orange Like Water – The Cush

You’ve listening to Transcendental Heatwave by The Cush on WBKM and this is Burlington’s Kind of music.

16.) Droids – The Cush
17.) Phantom Girl – The Cush
18.) Highway Brain – The Cush
19.) Broken Radio – The Cush

You’ve listening to Transcendental Heatwave by The Cush on WBKM and this is Burlington’s Kind of music.

20.) Summers Gone – The Cush
21.) Color Your Eyes – The Cush
22.) Distant Light – The Cush

What a great album! Thanks guys!! Here’s another great artist who played the RB birthday party

23.) You’ll Be The Sky – Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band
24.) Last Night In Amsterdam – The Red Telephone

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: Faith Healer – Fish

 

Radio Bean Birthday Party Part 2 with Gua Gua, Johnnie Day, Brian Lynam, Sarah Griffin, The Snaz, and Maryse Smith & Michael Chorney November 8, 2014   Leave a comment

Radio Bean picture by Tim Lewis

Radio Bean picture by Tim Lewis

I just got back from seeing music at Radio Bean. I got out of work early, and took a short nap. It’s going to be a long night, and was a long one last night! I headed back to the Bean just before 4 and Gua Gua were playing some easy to sway to grooves. They are a four-piece with bongos, percussion, bass and acoustic guitar. The guitar was interesting as it was strung like a 6-string version of a 12-string. Two strings close together, a space, two strings close together, a space, and two more. They had a bit of a tropical feel but the guitar, which lead the music along, was always looking for a new path. The song and a half that I caught created a nice space to exist in.

Up next, Johnnie Day Durand took the stage with some backing music and her saw. The first song had an industrial beat and the second had a harpsichord sounding melody. She played the saw over it and made it sing. It was like listening to an opera diva doing an aria, without the vocalization. She bent it this way and that and pulled out some of the most amazing notes you could imagine. I loved every moment and wish she had played more.

Up next Brian Lynam played piano and sang for a bit. Most of the set was music, but his steady voice was great on the few vocals. He said he was playing parts from his opera God’s Only Man (?) and the sound was filled with elegant theme building. From the moment he hit the first note, I knew it was going to be one of those performers who’s music I love instantly. I’ve gotta check out the rest of the piece.

Sarah Griffin followed with a trio of strong songs played on acoustic guitar. Her voice was lovely to listen to and her playing was right on the mark. Her second song was a rousing version of Apeman that had me smiling and singing along. Her other two were pretty good too.

The pace picked up as The Snaz, a four-piece from Brattleboro, took the stage. The guitar/vocals, bass, drums, keys/vocals band played some funky grooves with an indie rock edge. The first song bopped along and had almost punk vocals. The second, Brainwashed Nation, had softer vocals, but some rocking guitar. All four songs they played, including the brand new last one, were really good. As far as I’m concerned, they can come back anytime.

Things took a turn for the gentle as Maryse Smith and Michael Chorney took the stage. The first song was so delicate I had to really focus to hear it. The guitar interplay was subtle and gorgeous. They lit up the room with a killer version of Liar in the second slot and closed with a song who’s title eludes me, but still has me humming I told you once, but I forgot.

After that I ducked out, and took the short walk home. I’m going to head back around 8 and lock in for the night, but definitely needed a bit of a break. My head and heart are very full of music, and there is a lot to come!

 

Radio Show 23 Thursday August 1, 2013 9-10pm Eastern US Time WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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I just got back from radio show 23 on WBKM.ORG. With the cool rainy weather, I was a little mellower than sometimes, but the show rocked. I played some of the music I bought at the Precipice.

Song Before: Afterglow – Genesis (live)

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From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. I want to thank Sarah Grant and Lee Anderson and everyone else who made The Precipice a great show. Special props to Joe Adler for helping make it happen. This song is dedicated everyone who loves their brother or sister, and especially to my brother Ken.

1.) Brothers and Sisters – Joe Adler and the Rangers of Danger

2.) Carry That Load – Anna Padernik and Her Apologies

3.) Soul Piggy Bank – Swale

That was the second song on Swale’s album A Small Arrival. Next week we will get to song three. I talked about not making enough money to get by, and how that relates to most VT musicians. Talked about feeling torn about leaving Swale at the Precipice, to see Anna. But, Anna’s voice is great and I love her solo songs I bought her CD at the show. Before that was Johnnie Day Durand playing the saw with Joe and the Rangers. Happy Birthday yesterday. Another cool show was Jane Boxall Allen playing a set on marimba. She had some guests, including Raph Worrick who sang this song as she played.

4.) Let’s Complain – Ray Fork

5.) Pyramid – Jane Boxall

6.) Afterlife – Hana Zara

Talked about loving the crystal clear stories Hana sang at the show. I bought a disc and read that this song is from when she was living in Nebraska and had just made the decision to move back to Burlington, and the song was about the space between the decision and the change. Jane sang great, played great, and was a wonderful front woman. She also played with Steady Betty. Caroline O’Connor played with Steady Betty too. Her band, Vedora tore it up on Saturday.

7.) Terrarium – Vedora

8.) Linea – Vetica

9.) While Egypt Was Burning – Doll Fight!

Yea! Brand new Doll Fight! This is a cool song about Americans reaction to the Arab Spring. They did not play the Precipice, but their singer/guitar player Christine Mathias played sax with Steady Betty. Vetica really rocked on Sunday. Some people sat for the show but I could not. Vedora was fantastic, and it was great to see them again. We have a cool local weekly magazine called Seven Days. Many of the people who work there, play in bands. I can’t play any Monoprix, with drummer Steve Hadeka, since there is none recorded, per Daniel Bolles, but I can play three others. The first is a band that had the audience dancing so hard, the ground was a bit more level on Saturday.

10.) Bob Bannon – The Skamaphrodites

11.) Hallelujah – The Dirty Blondes

12.) Come To Space – Rough Francis

Bobby Hackney jr plays in Rough Francis, Diane Sullivan plays in the Dirty Blondes (and is fit enough to do onstage pushups), and Dan Bolles sang for the Skamaphrodites. All three work for 7 Days. I hope you enjoyed checking out the very current music of our town, let’s do it again next week, shall we?

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Song After: Sunsets On Empire – Fish

Joe Adler at Nectar’s, Vedora and Doll Fight! at Radio Bean February 2, 2013   Leave a comment

Woo hoo, Vedora were set to rock Radio Bean. Having Doll Fight! with them made it even more fun. Oh wait, wasn’t that the same night as Joe Adler and the Rangers of Danger show that was supposed to be the CD release party? Why yes, it was. I looked at the schedule and with Joe going on at 9 and Vedora at 10:30, I thought I had a nice window.

I got out of work at 6, got home and had dinner. I got ready to go out and arrived at Nectar’s just before 9. There was a guy onstage playing, who’s name I missed. He was singing and playing acoustic, but it sounded like a huge sweeping song that would have been cool with a full band. He finished up within a minute or two, and it was time to wait for Joe and the band. I wasn’t worried after 10 or 15 minutes, but as time kept passing without a band, I started eying the clock. I chatted with one of the drummers who played at Metronome at the Girls Rock Vermont benefit, and he and his girlfriend said that Joe’s drummer was held up at at another gig and was running late. I chatted for a bit with Johnnie Day, who was playing with Joe that night. She was going to play an early song with the band, so I was hoping to catch it. I knew I’d miss her later ones.

Finally, just before 10, the drummer arrived and Joe Adler and the Rangers of Danger hit the stage. They opened with the song that Joe sent around to the people who funded the Kickstarter for his album. It was a pretty cool song and they played it well. Eric, who had played mandolin with Joe at the Springsteen cover night, played some sweet lead guitar, and the band sounded great. Yes, the drummer was worth waiting for.

The next two songs were fantastic mixes of subtlety and rock and roll. Next up they brought Samara Lark to the stage for a solid Sympathy for the Devil. The next song sounded cool, but it was late, and I had to go.

I rushed up the street, and walked into Radio Bean as Vedora were set up and almost ready to play.

I got a drink, found a spot to stand, and away they went. Their set was brilliant as always. They played a few from the first album, including a vibrant Terrarium, but much of the set was new songs. In the Room and To Send You are just fantastic pieces of music and I can’t wait for the second album. Until then I am content to hear them unleash the rock and roll on the stage. They wrapped the night with a killer In the Pines/Chain.

Doll Fight! came on next and rocked the place to it’s core. Their punk songs were fast and furious and tons of fun. The audience was enthusiastic to start but half way through the set, the moshing began. I got shoved around a bit, but had a great time. This was set to be the last show with their drummer, which was too bad, as Vedora’s drummer, Jeff LaBossiere had glowing things to say about her. As it turns out, she is playing again this Sunday, when Doll Fight! and Vedora play with Hilly Eye at The Monkey House.

When Doll Fight! wrapped it up, I bought a CD and took the short walk home. I wanted to stay for Trapper Keeper, but was tired, and I had a long day of work on Sunday. I wish I had caught a bit more music that night, but I did my best, and was heavily rewarded for what I was able to catch.

 

New Year’s Eve 2012 at Radio Bean   Leave a comment

Swaleoke New Year's Eve 2012I woke up nice and early and worked an 8:30 to 5 shift then walked home and waited. Swale were due to go on at 8:30, and not knowing how crowded it would be, I wanted to get there a bit on the early side. I had mentioned the show to my friends, and Chris decided to go. He arrived around quarter of 8 and downtown we went. There were several people at Radio Bean, but it was nowhere near full. This made getting in and getting a beer super easy. We chatted a bit, as Swale slowly and steadily set up for the show. Just about 9pm they opened with a slow, steady Soft Fireworks, featuring Johnnie Day on the saw. It’s such a beautiful and smoldering song, and they played it to appropriate perfection. They brought the pace up a little with Dimedrop, then eased back with Middlesex. Again, Johnnie added some gorgeous shading to the song with her saw. Next they were going to bring up Tyler Bolles for a song, but things took a bit of time for him to get set up. They filled the space with a fast rocker, maybe called Jack Shaw. When Tyler was set up on bass, they rocked hard on Cancer, then followed with an elegant rendition of If you get Lost. Things kept rocking as they let loose a fun version of Edible. Next up, they slowed it down for Good Medicine, but the middle section rose and rose and Eric let loose an arena rock solo, before the song slowed for it’s ending. What more can you want in a rock and roll band? Another rocker followed, it was either called Gymnast, or Golden Crutch, with the audience voicing support for the latter. They wrapped the set with a hard fast rocker that I’ve heard them play several times, but don’t know the name of. The chorus was something about hanging out with the popular people, and had a killer Amanda keyboard riff.

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When done, they said they were going to take the often mentioned karaoke sign up list and “another’ band would be back to play. Chris took off and Swale came back dressed in flannel, tukes, and super-fake black beards and mustaches. They were still joined by Tyler, who wore a white beard and mustache.

They opened hard and heavy with the mighty Joe Adler singing a super deep and rich version of I Wanna Be Sedated. Next up and older woman, named the Mighty Zook (?) belted out a stunning gospel tinged I’ve Got A Feeling. I always love discovering how much talent there is in our town. James Bellizia followed with a fun rendition of Ghostbusters. Next up, Lee Anderson did a weird and creepy and completely compelling version of I Put A Spell On You. It was tons of fun and had lots of maniacal laughter. Linda Bassick let loose her wonderful voice on a killer version of the Cure’s Just Like Heaven. Lily Sickles followed with a ferocious We’re Not Gonna Take it. She really had the hair for the song, and the voice. After, Amanda joked that they spent a little time learning the song, only to realize there really wasn’t much to learn. Heloise took the stage next for a pretty faithful Working For the Weekend, and Rufus T Superfly (?) followed by hanging out, looking cool, and dropping the one word lyric for Tequila, whenever needed. There was no guest for the next song, so Swale just unleashed Sabotage by themselves. In the only real karaoke song of the night, three girls got up to sing Closer to Fine. Eric prompted them throughout it, and it was pretty fun.

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From there, my notes and memories started to get a bit blurry. Jason Cooley stepped in as clean-up man to sing for much of the rest of the evening. They did a bit of a fast, hard, Closer To Fine, then let loose Sweet Jane. If my poorly written notes are correct, Cooley followed with Roxanne, joined by Rufus. Next up, a couple of guys sang Where is My Mind, from the Pixies. Cooley returned to the stage with Bellizia for a brutal (You Gotta) Fight for your Right (To Party). The night wrapped with Abby Abby singing Fairytale Of New York, and that was it.

By the end, the crowd was pretty solid, and danced through most of the cover set. Everyone seemed to be having a great time. Once the music stopped, my energy dropped. I wandered to the back, found my coat, and took the short snowy walk home. It was definitely one of the best New Year’s Eves ever.

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