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A Very Hairy Swaleness at Light Club Lamp Shop then Samara Lark And Friends and Savage Hen at Radio Bean December 22, 2018   Leave a comment

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Physics Club pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music Saturday night at Light Club Lamp Shop and Radio Bean. I worked a short day and had a little time to relax at home. Just before 7, I headed out the door and swung by Taco Gordo for a quick tasty taco, then walked the rest of the way downtown. I got into the Lamp and settled as the room steadily filled. A little after 8 Physics club took the stage and filled the room with cautious glee. They chatted with the audience a lot and chatted about chatting a lot. They sang about how Christmas is the time to give gifts to the baby Jesus, and delicious honey ham. Irene, Rex and Abraham, if those are their real names, had a relaxed vibe that came across as deeply hilarious. They sang about how too many candy canes made their breath minty, but their stomachs stinky and about making all of their Christmas presents because they didn’t have any money. Since it was Christmas, they decided they could wear what they wanted, then capped the seven song set by going out to find the biggest bushiest tree. It’s hard to capture how funny they were, but if you ever see them on a bill somewhere, go.

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Swale pic by Tim Lewis

They began the transformation into Swale with a song about how everything smells like Christmas. Irene morphed into Amanda Gustafson as Abraham moved away from the keys to the backing vocal position. Rex stayed on the drums and moved into Jeremy Frederick mode and Eric Olsen started playing guitar at the end. It was still pretty funny, but you could begin to hear the huge rock sound coming out. Tyler Bolles joined them and they locked into SWALE mode for Mele Kalikimaka which was fun to hear on a chilly evening. Matt Larocca joined them on violin next and stayed for most of the night. It’s Christmas is a poignant song from their Kiss Mess EP and they played a beautiful version of it. Craig Mitchell came up next and took the mic. Marie Claire Johnson added some backing vocals as they sang This Christmas. The fireside blazing bright line was especially catchy. The band switched into high gear as Lily Sickles took the stage and belted out Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight) and the audience rocked along. James Kochalka followed with a song about coveting his neighbors Christmas lights. It was hilarious and everyone was smiling. He stayed on stage and sang a song about a sleigh ride to heck and the audience sang along with gusto. There was something magical about the way it happened. Amanda followed with the most esoteric song of the night and played a haunting Snow Angel with Tyler on banjo. Tyler played the next one solo on banjo but took the time to explain that some band redid a version of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah that was just terrible, so he redid it in a fun way. The tune was familiar and the audience laughed in the verses about Rudolph and the Grinch but sang along on the choruses, even with Tyler’s altered words. I could feel chills running through me. Marie Claire came back and sang Fairy Tale Of New York with Tyler. It was really fun. Marie moved to the keys and Amanda moved to the front of the stage. Matt joined in on sax as they let loose a huge Baby Please Come Home. It was great. Jason Cooley came to the stage and played a song for Josh Bridgman that almost made me cry. The Velvet Underground’s Jesus was a perfect tribute to Josh. The next song was just Swale and they sang a cool song about getting to know the people in your house. They followed with an instrumental Jingle Bells that featured Amanda’s keys in the beginning and some ripping Eric guitar work at the end. Lily returned to the stage for Feliz Navidad. The song had a huge sound in the chorus and had people dancing hard. For the next song, Ryan Ober and Cooley stood in front of the stage and lit into Christmas in Hollis. It was brilliant and fun. Eric said they had a treat for us and Marie Clairecame back and sang Christmas Wrapping. Her voice was so close to The Waitresses that it was superb. Craig returned to the stage for a funky blues rock song about Backdoor Santa that got a little naughty in a nice way. Amanda sang the next song and wished us well for whatever lies ahead. Francesca Blanchard followed with All I Want For Christmas Is You and I swear that everyone in the room was in awe. Swale began the evening by handing out cards and asked us to pull out the lyric sheet. I’m not sure what happened but it sounds like someone slipped and fell outside of the Lamp Shop and an ambulance showed up. Per Eric, the person was fine, but the hoped for singalong didn’t quite work with so many distracted people. That said, Amanda sang a great version of The Christmas Song, and many people sang along. The band returned to full rock mode and Ryan Miller hit the stage for a blistering Hazy Shade Of Winter. Where does joy end and fun begin? Their version was right in that sweet spot. Cooley came back and played a fun gritty rocker that I couldn’t spot. Per my notes, I think it was Riverbottom Nightmare Band from the Muppets Emmet Otter’s Jug Band. It was really fun to listen to at the show, but doing this write-up brought me to YouTube to watch it. I’m sure it’s the song and both versions are great. Up next Tyler got everyone bouncing to the Christmas Polka. Swale capped the night with a sweet singalong with Christmastime is Here that filled my soul. It was a beautiful show.

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With Matt Larocca

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Craig Mitchell

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Lily Sickles

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James Kochalka

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Marie Claire

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Amanda Gustafson

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Ryan Ober and Jason Cooley

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Marie Claire

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Francesca Blanchard

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Ryan Miller

 

I settled up and took the long walk over to Radio Bean as Samara Lark and friends belted out Baby Please Come Home. It turned out to be the only repeat of the night which is not bad when you see three bands in one night play traditional (ish) songs. Samara was joined by Jackie Buttolph and Aya Inoue on vocals, Eric and Eric on guitar, Johnnie Day Durand on musical saw and glockenspiel, Jake Styles on bass and Andrew Bedard on drums. Johnnie began Oh Holy Night and you could hear the words coming out of her saw. The rest of the band joined in and played a gorgeous version of the song. They took us into minor chord territory for Hark To The Bells and I was in a happy place. They kicked up the pace for Cheap Trick’s I Wish It Was Christmas Today and I bopped with glee. They kept up the pace for a rousing Holiday Road and we all just had to sing along. How can you not? i love that Samara thinks that is an essential Christmas song. They slowed things down and brought the energy up for Happy Xmas (War Is Over). That’s one of those songs that fills my soul and I’m so glad they closed the set with it.

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Samara Lark and Friends

I hung out for a bit and thought I’d check out the next band. It was a little late, but they usually don’t play super long sets and I was still ready to rock. Savage Hen took the stage and let loose their super heavy bass, drums, vocals dirgy sound. They opened with a horrific Here Comes Santa Claus that made me smile and the mighty audience dance hard. A heavy version of Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer followed and off we went. They advised us to not get on the wrong list then played a heavy traditional Hanukkah song that was very cool. They advised us to take a Christmas Bath then dropped a super heavy Jingle Bell Rock. They shouted loudly that the Seat’s Taken then played a song about how Santa is a monster. All evening long the dialog was wry. They sang of a Clever Girl then one about Santa is here, release your fear. Local Lore was a song about encountering the supernatural. The final lyric says If there really is a god, he ain’t watching me, but it’s not uncommon for Jaq Tothephuture to put a little spin on it. I think that night it was if there really is a Santa, he better be effing good. They rocked on with a song about running for your life across the north pole and the next one may have had something to do with reindeer romance. They kept rocking and I didn’t catch much of the lyric but had a good time. Next, they took us to the Edge then released a little Voodoo Revenge. The next song was 46 seconds long, so it might have been Curtain Call, but I’m not sure. Either way, it was good. We followed them down to the Alabama swamp and battled monsters for a while then went back up north for another Santa song. At that point I looked at clock. It was 12:45 and I had to be at work at 9 so I zipped out the door and took the quick walk home. I settled a bit and slept a bit and hit the ground running in the morning.

It was another lovely night of music in our lovely town. Wow, did I really hear 57 songs that night?

 

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Savage Hen pic by Tim Lewis

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The 2000SUCKSteen Ball at Radio Bean with 23 performers December 30 2016   Leave a comment

 

I had a great time seeing music on December 30th. When I originally saw the show listed it sounded like DJ Disco Phantom (Brian Nagle) was going to spin some records featuring artists who died in 2016 (Two Thousand Sucksteen). I thought I might wander in and check it out then realized Arc Iris were playing at Higher Ground and got a ticket. Shortly after that I realized the Sucksteen show was going to be filled with 20+ local artists performing songs. It was too good to pass up so I ignored my purchased ticket and headed to Radio Bean to commiserate on the staggering loss of artists last year.

I arrived a little early and caught a couple of songs by Hailey Ward. She sang a sweet song about Tic Tac Toe and the appropriate cover of What Are You Doing On New Year’s Eve. She sounded pretty nice then it was time for the show.

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Hailey Ward at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

Sarah Stickle began the night singing and playing an acoustic guitar. She did a great version of Guy Clark’s LA Freeway.

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Sarah Stickle at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

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Jonah Salzman at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

Jonah Salzman took the stage next and played some Leonard Cohen songs on acoustic guitar. If It Be Your Will was strong and cool and I’m Your Man jammed for a long time.

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Brett Hughes at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

The mighty Brett Hughes took the stage next to play some Merle Haggard Songs. White Line Fever and You Don’t Have Very Far To Go were both strong songs and superbly played.

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Most of Swale at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

SWALE took the stage next, or at least most of them did. Eric Olsen, Tyler Bolles, and Jeremy Frederick rocked out a blisteringly loud and completely overdriven Ace Of Spades and it was glorious.

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Nate and Bones at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

Nate (Benet?) sat down at the piano by the soundboard and was joined by Bones Blankenship on fiddle. They played Leon Russell’s Masquerade and it was beautiful and powerful. Bones left but Nate played another Russell song, A Song For You, and beauty filled the air.

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Nate at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

Samara Lark Brown took the stage and played and sang some Bowie songs. Magic Dance from the movie Labyrinth was unexpected and fun. Under Pressure was very powerful and her singing was wonderful, both on the David and Freddie parts.

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Samara Lark Brown at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

Tim Lang and the gang filled the stage and he sat at the keys as they played a song I did not know. I think it went something like honey didn’t mind it yesterday, honey don’t mind it tonight. Whatever it was, it sounded nice.

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Tim Land and the gang at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

Lily Sickles took the stage next and played acoustic guitar and sang some Merle Haggard songs. The Bottle Let Me Down and Mama Tried were fun and I greatly enjoyed her singing and playing and sense of humor in between.

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Lily Sickles at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

Devin Robinson took the stage next and played a cool and mellow acoustic Moonage Daydream. Even without the lead guitar firepower the song is one of my favorites. His version of Leonard Cohen’s So Long Marianne sounded great too.

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Devin Robinson at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

Eastern Mountain Time brought the whole band and played another Merle Haggard song. Sing Me Back Home sounded powerful and beautiful.

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Eastern Mountain Time at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

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Heloise and Disco Phantom at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

Up to this point everyone had been singing and playing instruments but there was a karaoke part of the night too. Disco Phantom played the records while Heloise was joined by Lilly Sickles for a fun version of Careless Whisper. Heloise followed with George Michael’s Everything She Wants then closed the set with Prince’s I Would Die 4 U. She has a great voice and all of her songs were very well sang.

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Heloise and Lily at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

Mellow Yellow played as a quartet with bass, drums, keys/vocals, and Linda Bassick on vocals and guitar. They played a fantastic version of Space Oddity and it filled my heart with joy. The keyboard player did a great job on the lift off section of the song.

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Mellow Yellow at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

Sarah Griffin took the stage with an acoustic guitar and sang some Leonard Cohen songs. Dance Me To The End Of Love is another of my favorite songs and she made it sound great. Her version of Bird On The Wire was pretty cool too.

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Sarah Griffin at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

The duo AM Radio played acoustic guitars and sang with sweet harmonies. Lyin’ Eyes was just gorgeous and their version of Sharon Jones 100 Days, 100 Nights was lovely.

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AM Radio at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

Kat Wright and Bob Wagner played a great version of Cohens Why Don’t You Try. A Mose Allison song with a lyric about everyone’s gone missing was poignant. His playing and her singing were as out of this world as always.

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Kat Wright and Bob Wagner at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

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Ryan Miller at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

Disco Phantom returned and spun some records as Ryan Miller jammed out a super fun Suffragette City. Lee Anderson took the stage to do Gene Wilder’s Crazed Boat Ride from Willy Wonka and it was as over the top and joyously fun as you would expect. Ryan wrestled the stage back for a version of George Michael’s Faith that had the full house dancing.

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Lee Anderson at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

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Hannah Fair at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

Hannah Fair took the stage next and was joined by a sax player. They played Pure Imagination from Willy Wonka. They followed with Careless Whisper, and even though it was the second time it was played that night, it sounded so different with her singing and playing acoustic guitar and that super familiar sax line filling out the sound.

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Hannah Fair at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

Disco Phantom queued up another record and Ryan Ober launched into The Jean Genie. He sang in the crowd and he sang out the door on the street and sang a bit of the song on the stage. It was nothing but fun.

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Ryan Ober at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

Amanda Gustafson sat down at the keys and let loose a staggeringly beautiful song in the way that only she can. I did not catch the song but the lyric about when your time is up you’re going to see all your friends was equally as poignant as the Mose Allison song earlier in the night. (Per Amanda “It was a song by Richard Thompson that he wrote for Fairport Convention called, “Meet on the Ledge”. It was to honor Dave Swarbrick, the longtime fiddler and one of the founders of Fairport Convention. They would close every show with that song – it was sort of their anthem.”)

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Amanda Gustafson at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

Jacob, who is one of the bartenders at Light Club Lamp Shop took the stage with Disco Phantom playing a record. He had a great voice and did an epic version of Let’s Dance. His voice was so deep and perfect for the song.

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Jacob at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

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Addie Hebert at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

Addie Herbert sat at the keys and played a super cool version of Bowie’s Oh You Pretty Things. Nicole D’Elisa joined her for a fun version of Life On Mars and I was in a happy place.

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Addie and Nicole at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

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The horn section for Nico Suave and the Bodacious Supreme at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

Addie left and Nicole was joined by the rest of Nico Suave and the Bodacious Supreme. With two guitars, bass, drums, singer, and a three piece horn section they had a huge sound and jammed out a powerhouse version of Earth Wind & Fire’s Shining Star. They followed with a super long version of Prince’s Kiss where everyone got a solo. The room danced with joy.

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Nico Suave and the Bodacious Supreme at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

They left the stage to make way for the last band of the night. Barbacoa opened with a song Leon Russell wrote and the Carpenters made famous. Superstar sounded great. The pulled out the second repeat of the night and played another blistering version of Motorhead’s Ace Of Spades. It was great to hear again. They got to stretch out a little since they were the last ones on and played both Ziggy Stardust and Starman. They lit up the crowd with Little Red Corvette and called it a night.

I didn’t stay long, since I had to work in the morning, but I’m certain Disco Phantom made sure every legendary musician who passed away in 2016 was represented. It was a wonderful night of music and a joyous walk home.

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Barbacoa at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

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.

 

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/58827892

 

 

Dino Bravo and Blue Button at Club Metronome November 20, 2014   Leave a comment

I had a good time seeing music, wow it really was two weeks ago Thursday, at Club Metronome. Dino Bravo VT were doing the Rock Candy one Thursday a month thing.
I did my radio show a few feet away at Wbkm Dot Org and missed the opening set by Phil Yates & The Affiliates. When I walked in, just after 11, Dino Bravo were onstage with Lily Sickles ripping up a killer version of Pop Music (On The Radio). They followed with a heavy rocking Candy Sticks and closed the night with a rousing version of Wet Sheddy (did I get that title right or was I past the mark?). I wish I had caught a bit more, but the couple of songs I was there for, rocked me perfectly.
There was a bit of a set break, but before long, Blue Button hit the stage as the full glorious 5 piece. The sound at Metronome was nicely mixed and let the band tear through a great set of punk music. They opened with Hit and rocked hard with My Bitter End, How It Goes, and a killer version of We’re Closed. For the next bit they brought out a bunch of new songs. I’m just getting to know some of them, but they were all really fun in concert. At one point they threatened to do a cover of Cold Gin and I was a little disappointed when they didn’t, but their new songs were really good and they tossed in a few classics towards the end of the set. Effing Burning Bridges was brilliant as always as the guitars ripped their way through the song. They ended the night with the classic Bullshit and that was it.
It made for a bit of a late night, with a bit of an early start at work the next day, but it was worth it to see such a great band in their prime.

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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