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Matt Hagen’s Shocktober series at Light Club Lamp Shop part 2, Matt The Gnat And The Gators featuring Miss Saxy, October 24 2019   Leave a comment

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Photos by Luke Awtry Photography

I had a great time seeing music last night at Light Club Lamp Shop. I got going at the last minute and took the quick walk downtown. The clock finished striking 7 as I was 50 feet from the door. I slid into the club and Matt the Gnat and the Gators featuring Miss Saxy were on stage singing a song about a witch doctor making gumbo. The fourth night of the weekly Shocktober series was off to the usual dark start. Matthew Bryan Hagen‘s stark guitar and deep voice were nicely complemented by Caroline Marie‘s mournful sax and choice backing vocals. They continued on with a tale of someone who was Done Saving Bones then sang the tale of a man who’s dog found a human bone in the neighbor’s back yard. It was called Two Dirty Dogs. Up next was a true story of a man who’s life was saved on a frigid night by finding an abandoned winter jacket. Much time was spent afterwards Looking For Forgetful Louis Brown. Paper Doll was fraught with several hilarious jokes, then things took a darker turn when a hitchhiker got picked up by a nefarious character. I believe the song was called One Day Closer To The Devil Man. A cheery tale followed from a man who lived on a cobblestone street in 1847 and suffered blackouts and wondered if he is Jack The Ripper. I believe the proper title is Born On Cobblestone In 1847. From there we went from tremendous highs to stupendous lows in Frozen Winning Streak Of A Gambler. A tale of a man in a space capsule that was out of energy and heading towards the atmosphere, in a bad way, changed perspectives to that of a child on earth who sees the capsule burning up and experiences it as A Cut In The Night Sky. They closed the night in a joyous fashion and celebrated A Monsters Holiday.

I said a couple of quick hellos, but was out the door with haste. The walk home was quick and I had enough time to get that night’s radio show running. Next week’s show is Surf Sabbath and I may need to go see that one too, since I’ve made it four of the four so far.

Thanks for the pictures Luke Awtry Photography   

 

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Matt Hagen’s Shocktober series at Light Club Lamp Shop part 2, Angel Bones and the Filthy Fist, October 17 2019   Leave a comment

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All photos by Luke Awtry Photography

I had a great time seeing music Thursday night at Light Club Lamp Shop. It was the third part of Matthew Bryan Hagen‘s Shocktober series.

This week’s version was billed as “Angel Bones and the Filthy Fist”. Imagine if you will, Matt Hagen alternating between a spooky guitar and a spookier keyboard. Imagine a long sprawling jam that rose from gentle beauty to terrifying heights. What could give the sound even more depth? How about Lauren Costello‘s amazing cello playing. What could give the sound a more eerie edge? How about Johnnie Day Durand‘s musical saw. Together they built a dark sonic platform. Once they settled in a little, Annie Parmalee cited the name of a movie and two characters. Chris Friday and Kris Brown became the characters and recited a few lines from the classic horror movie that Annie mentioned. Throughout the night they moved through some of the Halloween movies and some of the Friday the 13th movies. Some bits of dialog were just a couple of lines and some were extended sequences. Some were terrifying and some were outrageously funny. They hit on the classics like The Exorcist, Carrie, Psycho, and The Birds. The packed room hung on every word. Some lines were delivered with exquisite terror and some amusingly butchered. Sometimes they broke the fourth wall and asked, is Happy Death Day really a movie? And, while the dialog was the focus, watching Lauren and Johnnie listen to where Matt was going musically and staying locked in was my favorite part.

The whole show was a very amusing hour, then I zipped home to put a radio show together. There are two more eerie weeks of Shocktober shows still on the books, so head to the Lamp Shop for your Halloween needs.

Thanks to Luke Awtry Photography for the photos. Thanks Robot Dog Studio for filming and recording the show. I’ll be playing parts of it soon on WBKM 

 

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Matt Hagen’s Shocktober series at Light Club Lamp Shop part 2, The Return of BRaiNSCaPeS, October 10 2019   Leave a comment

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I had a great time seeing music last night at Light Club Lamp Shop. It was the second show in the weekly Shocktober series that Matthew Bryan Hagen has created to bring us into the Halloween mood. This weeks version was the return of Brainscapes.

I met up with Nathan Curtis and we drove downtown. As we got settled, the band donned their squid hats and slipped into the groove. With Matt on guitar, Bob Wagner on guitar, Dan Davine on bass and maybe Ari on keys, they had a bit of an old Floyd sound. The whole show was one long piece of music that began as a slow drippy soundscape with a steady driving bass line. The music built intensely for a bit and eased up and down and found all of the cavities in our brains. Both Wagner and Hagen were stunning on guitar with Matt working the sound hard and Bob playing gentle and incendiary leads, sometimes with a slide and sometimes not. At one point the music was so intense it was almost shrieking then it eased way back and Matt wrapped his hands around the Theremin and coaxed out some delightfully creepy sounds. The music rose to new depths and almost sounded like a giant squid attacking a ship during a raging storm. It eventually eased back and Matt tossed in some words about a gnome and the piece quietly ended.

We hung out and chatted for a moment then Nathan drove us back, dropped me off and headed to his place. I got in and logged into the WBKM computer and had plenty of time to run my radio show at 9. Even if it’s a bit stressful to see a show before I go to work on a Thursday night, the timing seems great and I might just have to do it again. There are three more chances this month. Stop by if you want.

Posted October 11, 2019 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Matt Hagen’s Shocktober series at Light Club Lamp Shop part 1, Matt’s Murder Ballads, October 3 2019   Leave a comment

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I had a great time seeing music last night at Light Club Lamp Shop. I have a radio show on Thursdays on WBKM that begins at 9pm. I trigger the show from my laptop and usually like to stay close to home so everything runs smoothly. Every once in a while, a Thursday show seems doable, and the idea of seeing Matthew Bryan Hagen play murder ballads with Brett Lanier on Pedal Steel seemed too good to pass up, especially as the show was set to go from 7-8pm. That should have allowed plenty of time to get home and get things running.

I headed out around 20 of 7 and the door was still locked when I arrived. I grabbed some coffee at Radio Bean then made my way into the Lamp Shop. Everything was mostly set up and Ryan Cohen was there to record the show for Robot Dog Studio. A little bit of warmup/soundcheck quickly turned into the beginning of the show. Matt began with gentle dark chords on the acoustic guitar and a deep haunting vocal. Brett’s mournful slide added extra shivers to the songs. They began with a cheery song about about a guy asking someone to watch his bar stool since he gave the person the skin off his back to make a coat. Things turned darker on a tale of honeymooners who robbed a bank and were later hung together. That’s one way to celebrate a wedding. Up next was a tale of a man who had a wolf as his spirit animal until the wolf ate him and he became the wolf’s Spirit Man. A song about Bone Picking kept the spirit dark, then they followed with a tale of unknowing revenge. You know how sometimes kids make a pact to marry each other when they grow up, but the man leaves instead,and takes the woman’s knife and heart? Hearing the story of how that woman in black dealt with the situation when he returned was both surprising and not surprising at all. A song about some cold friends showed that they were not really such good friends in the end. A song about an outlaw who knew his time was almost up followed. I found it easy to sing along with the chorus about the Horizon the second time through. After the song, Matt said it was an old Kyle The Rider song, so it’s likely I’d heard it a few times before, a long time ago. A tale of selling your soul to corporate America revealed itself in Wallet Of Sin then came a song about tables that had been turned. It turned out that Larry The Canary had picked up on how this coal mine thing works. He flew in just far enough to no longer be seen, waited a while, then flew out. The miners went in with the expected results. They capped the night with a fast rousing cover of Bobby Bare’s song about Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau which was a great end to the show.

I ducked out quickly and zipped home in plenty of time to start my show. Wow, with that timing, I just might be able to make the other four shows this month. Matt’s got a lot of creepy Shocktober plans, so if you need a Halloween fix, head to the Lamp Shop from 7-8 on Thursdays.

Milton Busker And The Grim Work at The Garage and Ryan Power at Light Club Lamp Shop July 5, 2019   Leave a comment

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Milton Busker And The Grim Work

I had a great time seeing music on July 5th at the The Garage VT. It was a hot sunny day and I was really excited to check out the Garage as a music venue. I think it started as the Growler Garage and certainly still has a nice list of beer on tap. I got going a little early and took the lovely walk to the corner of Main and Battery. I walked in and ordered a drink and some food from the bar in back and got settled at a table near the band. I had just enough time to eat before they began.

I’ve enjoyed the music of Milton Busker and the Grim Work for quite a while. They opened the Basement song, which was cool since it had been running through my head all day. The sound was great and the person running it was very attentive,both before they started and during the first few songs. They sang about letting you down and being glad to see you go and imploring don’t let me down. They sang of the Devil’s hand and being a Lost Cause and maybe a jerk’s lament. The band sounded super smooth and Milton’s voice was in great form as they played the heartening Baby Let My Money Keep You Warm. They brought the energy up with Jesus In Chains and kept it going with 16 Ton Soul. I missed what the next song was but it was fast and fun. They kept up full speed for a rousing Eleanor Rigby that had smoke coming off everyone’s fingers. They closed the set with a fun version of Let’s and I was in a happy place.

Rather than doing the sensible thing and staying for the second set, I decided to move on to another show. I regret it in retrospect, since I’m sure the second Grim Work set was completely amazing too. I wandered up the hill and over to Light Club Lamp Shop and settled in.

Ryan Power and his super smooth band took the stage and lit into his complex and beautiful music. It was gorgeous and stunningly played, but quite challenging. He used to do a show where he sang over prerecorded songs and this show sounded like that, except it was a band playing it live. They sounded so spot on it almost could have been the recording. I hung out for 6 or 7 songs but the length of the day started to creep in. I ducked out and took the lovely walk home.

Part of me thinks I should have hung out at the fun show and skipped the challenging one, and part of me is happy I pushed myself a little. Either way, it was a great night of music in Burlington.

 

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The Nancy Druids at Radio Bean, Llamadoll on Church st, Bear’s Tapestry at Light Club Lamp Shop and Lake Waves at Radio Bean August 3, 2019   Leave a comment

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The Nancy Druids

I had a great time seeing music last night in downtown Burlington. There were a ton of choices, and it had been a long work day, so I struck a plan to catch what I could. Granted, the plan mostly rearranged itself, but that can be fun too.

I was out the door around 7:30 and thought I’d begin at the top of Church Street for the Festival Of Fools performance by Llamadoll. It was set to run from 8-10. I thought I’d begin and end there and catch The Nancy Druids at the Bean from 8:30-9:30. I arrived downtown and had chills as I caught a bit of Llama’s smooth flowing soundcheck. I chatted with a bunch of cool people, and time ticked by until it was quarter after 8. It was a little too light to see the images on the screen, and since the show was old weird movies being shown while the band play a soundtrack, they needed to wait for a bit. As time tightened, I made the horrible decision to leave.

I ducked over to Radio Bean and got in and settled. The wait wasn’t long and The Nancy Druids lit into Sky as a four-piece semi-acoustic band. Sure Sean was playing an acoustic guitar, but it had a nice electric feel. John began the evening on bouzouki and Ariel sat in on cello. They settled into a beautiful pop sound with December then John switched to bass for the breezy gorgeous Vondlepark. By Design brought the rock energy up and The Space Between soared before falling into a washy guitar ending. At that point, Ariel left the stage and the band showed us that Salvation was all around. Just Another Day rocked steadily and Sign had a delightful poppy bounce. Remember Who You Are brought the energy way up, Bitter Days eased it back to a nice groove and Halo brought it back to peak. They closed the night with a pop song about the way things might have been before amusing the audience with Give A Little Bit. I really enjoy the acoustic version of the band, though love it when the electric version pushes those songs into the stratosphere.

On the last note, I ducked over to Church St and let the music flow over me and got sucked into the cartoons and images of Laurel & Hardy, and whatever else was showing on the screen. I found a spot to stand and was in a happy place until I noticed a couple of small raindrops. The projector was covered quickly and then the band stopped. They said rain was on the way and they preferred not to get electrocuted, so that was that. They’ve done the Llamadoll thing before and I hope they do it again. The bit that I caught was fascinating and I’d love to see a full show.

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Llamadoll

Since it was earlier than expected, and Frank DeAngelis had mentioned that the Leatherbound books were at Light Club Lamp Shop, I thought I’d stop in. I think I missed them but caught a few songs by Bear’s Tapestry. They had a low-fi indie blues sound that was kind of cool. The playing was smooth as I settled in. They brought up Jackie Buttolph to sing on a song that I think was called Sing The Blues. It had a nice build and was a huge rocker at times. It had a nice prog vibe with a bit of jam. I’m going to see if I can track that song down. They played another cool song then I ducked back to the Bean to see what was going on.

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Bear’s Tapestry

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Bear’s Tapestry with Jackie

I quickly settled into the dreamy pop rock of Lake Waves. The room was pretty full and the music made it easy to dance around to. They reminded me a bit of The Static Age. The bass was especially expressive and the lead guitar subtle and sweet. The lyrics were in your face as they sang about wanting to grab your fingernails (I think). I only caught a few songs but they rocked hard and were fun and I definitely need to check them out for real very soon.

There was a ton more music happening, but I had to work in the morning and opted for the quick walk home. I’m very excited that I got to check one band I was curious about,and ran into two bands I knew nothing about. It was a pretty good night. Oh, and the Druids are just a sure thing every time.

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Lake Waves

The High Breaks at ArtsRiot, Adrienne Cooper Smith on Church St, Ryan Ober at Radio Bean and Tom Pearo at Light Club Lamp Shop July 24, 2019   Leave a comment

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Ken, Steve, and Jean at the A&W in Middlebury VT pic by Tim Lewis

How was your day? Mine was beautiful in a way that I could barely handle. I got up and watched a little of the Mueller hearings, then drove to Shelburne. I met up with my brother Ken and his friend Steve and drove to A&W in Middlebury after meeting up with mom’s cousin Jean, which is likely redundant because where else is there an A&W? Lunch was nice, the conversation was delightful, and we ended up going home with a blueberry pie. On the way way down we stopped at Mom and Dad’s graves in New Haven.

I dropped Ken and Steve in Shelburne, then knocked out one of those tasks that I’d needed to do forever. I drove home, settled for 45 minutes, or so, then took the lovely walk to ArtsRiot. I was there to represent WBKM at the new flavors non-dairy launch of several new Ben & Jerry’s succulent creations. As my friend Susan from the Cheese Outlet used to say, yum city in a big phat way. (If you get it, that is a completely appropriate response, and a hysterical joke). I enjoyed the free non-dairy drink and then switched to gin and tonics, because if the band is rocking it, and you’re not paying admission, you have to pay the bar. Right?? The cooking demo was cool and fun, but when they tossed it to The High Breaks I was in heaven. They strolled through several super-cool songs about breaking an ankle on a non-dairy biscuit beach while the dark and stormy seas threatened to sweep us away,

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An announcement followed Several beautiful humans identified as refugees and seemed happy to have a chance to join our community and everyone in attendance seemed to want them to join our community. Each of the eight, or so, people who spoke sounded so delightful. Maybe it’s me. I want everyone to find their light and shine it on our planet. Is that too much to ask? Considering today, I think that’s a reasonable ask.

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The High Breaks/Surf Sabbath pic by Tim Lewis

They introduced the next band as Surf Sabbath, and suddenly we were surfing to War Pigs. They kicked out Tequila, dropped it into a full Miserlou, then tequila’d it out. again They got meaty for Hot Dog, began another original and dropped it into Wipe Out. They were as brilliant as always.

I headed out and took the lovely walk home. OK, in the middle of Church St I wondered who that accordion busker was, but when I heard the voice, I stopped in my tracks and leaned into the nearest tree. Adrienne Cooper Smith played her heart out and I loved every note that I caught. Life bodes well for her career. All the adults just walked on by. All the kids turned their heads to listen.

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Adrienne Cooper Smith pic by Tim Lewis

I should have made a pit stop at ArtsRiot but walked away anyway. The extra time made a real pit stop necessary. I walked into the OP, found relief, ordered a drink and chatted with Josh Shedaker and his lovely wife. I learned a tiny bit more about our amazing Burlington music scene, then was done and walked home.

I made it all the way to Radio Bean when a lovely sound Sucked me in. I was lucky enough to hear 4-5 songs from the amazing Ryan Ober. He was as enchanting as always.

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Ryan Ober pic by Tim Lewis

I took the lovely walk home and made it all the way to the Light Club Lamp Shop. I saw that Tom Pearo and his band were on. I settled in and let their lovely sound flow over me. I’d been wanting a good Pearoing for a while and this lusciously fit the bill. I hung out until their lovely last note, then really took the lovely walk home and began typing this.

How was your day?
(yes, I’m totally aware of all the staggering music that I missed tonight. I caught what I could.)

Oh, and it was nice to hear Luke Adam play. What a day?

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Tom Pearo pic by Tim Lewis