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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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Tommy performed by Lyric Theater at The Flynn Center For The Performing Arts November 10, 2016   Leave a comment

Tommy by Lyric Theater at The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts November 10 2016

Tommy by Lyric Theater at The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts November 10 2016

 

 

I had a great time seeing music Thursday night at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts. I’ve always loved the music of The Who and Tommy has always been one of my favorites. The album is great, the movie is weird and fun, and I was excited to see what the stage production would be like.

It was a long day of putting together and performing a radio show and doing a show write-up and doing the radio show write-up. Around 6 I drove to Shelburne, picked up my brother Ken and headed back to Burlington.

We got into the Flynn and settled and did not have to wait for long until it was showtime. The band were at the back of the stage and were playing live, even if curtains were lowered to hide them and put the focus on the play. There was very little dialog, most of the story was told through the songs and the props and background visuals. The story moved quickly and was easy to follow. There were a couple of new songs that helped the story flow on stage. The ending was slightly different but ultimately satisfying. The band sounded great and there was some nice distorted guitar work that gave the show some muscle. I’m so proud of Lyric Theater. They made the whole show come alive and the vibe in the room was all about excitement. The audience stayed mostly tame, but you could feel the energy. People were really getting into it when they closed the first act with Pinball Wizard. By the end of the final act, when the full cast was on stage singing
“Listening to you I get the music
Gazing at you I get the heat
Following you I climb the mountain
I get excitement at your feet”
one person started clapping along and that unleashed a wave of energy. Most of us joined in until the music mellowed out into the close of the show.

It was a fun night and a great show and I’m so glad I got to go with my brother.

#attheflynn

 

 

Tommy by Lyric Theater at The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts November 10 2016

Tommy by Lyric Theater at The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts November 10 2016

 

Tommy by Lyric Theater at The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts November 10 2016

Tommy by Lyric Theater at The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts November 10 2016

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Radio Bean Birthday Party November 5, 2016   Leave a comment

Joe Adler and the Rangers of Danger at Radio Bean November 5, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Joe Adler and the Rangers of Danger at Radio Bean November 5, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music at Radio Bean and Light Club Lamp Shop last Saturday. For their birthday each year the Bean always throws a huge party with tons of bands. The show goes from 8am to 2am with almost every band in town. I usually stop in early, then go to work, then come back in the evening. Last year I took the day off and stopped in several times. This year my work schedule changed and I open on Saturdays and did not think I could be at work at 8:20 after stopping in.

It was a long tricky work day. I got out at 5, stopped quickly at home and arrived at the Bean at 5:30. Joe Adler & The Rangers Of Danger had just finished a Pj Harvey song as I got in and settled. Joe Adler was joined by Dalton Muzzy, Caroline O’Connor, Eric “Regal Segal” Segalstad, AaYa Segalstad. It was a nice version of the Rangers, who always seem to be a slightly different band. I did not know the two songs they played. The one about the wicked witch and the Dead Sea Scrolls sounded familiar and was nicely rocked out. The closer about I’ll go soon featured a hyper distorted frenzied guitar workout from Eric and I was in a happy place.

 

Note from Joe Adler & The Rangers Of DangerAlways a pleasure to see you in the audience Tim! Glad you made it. The second song was an original called Fight or Flight, the final song was a Radiohead deep cut called How Can You Be Sure.”

 

 

Honky Tonk Band at Radio Bean November 5, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Honky Tonk Band at Radio Bean November 5, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

It was a quick changeover then Brett Hughes and the Honky Tonk played some old school country songs. He played guitar and was joined by a bass player I did not know, Jeremy Frederick on drums, a pedal steel player I did not know and Marie Claire Johnson on vocals. Brett sang most of the songs though Marie took lead on the second one. It’s been far too long since I have heard her sing and she always sounds great. They played three songs, mostly about whiskey, then called it a night. It’s not my favorite genre but they played it so well that I had a great time.

 

 

Swale at Radio Bean November 5, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Swale at Radio Bean November 5, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

 

SWALE were up next and came out rocking. I did not know the opening song with the lyric “sound the alarm” that Tyler Bolles sang (Lawn Fire by The Pants per Tyler), but it was pretty cool. The band rocked hard on Jack Sharp then eased off with the lovely Waiting For You. Since they had learned the Paranoid album for a show they played last week, they ended the set with a blistering Fairies Wear Boots. It was great.

 

 

Cave Bees at Radio Bean November 5, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Cave Bees at Radio Bean November 5, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

Another quick changeover resulted in Cave Bees taking the stage. They rocked as loud and hard and as fast as always. They opened with Sweet Pussy then played the newer song Juliet. Another newer one that I don’t know the title of kept things rocking hard. The song about being saved by rock and roll, I think it might be called Queen City, was brilliant. They closed the set with Flight Of The Alligator and the whole room was rocked.

 

 

Caroline O'Connor at Light Club Lamp Shop November 5, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Caroline O’Connor at Light Club Lamp Shop November 5, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

I was not sure who was on left, so I looked at the schedule then immediately ran to the Lamp Shop. Caroline Marie was on stage playing Ritual as I settled in. She created the usual loops with voice and guitar then picked up the sax and blew through the lovely end section. For the next song she set up a backing track with herself on bass and Jane Boxall Percussion on drums and played guitar and sang the gorgeous song Fly. I was elated for every note and that song ended the set.

 

 

Silver Bridget at Light Club Lamp Shop November 5, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Silver Bridget at Light Club Lamp Shop November 5, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

The next band looked familiar so I did not move. Silver Bridget have a beautiful sound, rock a bit, and play some familiar songs. They feature John Townsend on acoustic guitar and kick drum, Matt Saraca on electric guitar and Johnnie Day Durand on the musical saw. They played great versions of Girl You’ll Be A Woman Soon, Love Me Tender, and caught the full room by surprise when they pulled out Creep. It was short, but magnificent set.

 

 

Tom Banjo at Radio Bean November 5, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Tom Banjo at Radio Bean November 5, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

I popped back over to the Bean and saw one song from Tom Banjo and his Cranky Show. He seems pretty happy and optimistic and it was his visual aid that is cranky. He has a box with a scroll of thin paper with lots of images and a strong light behind it. Lee Anderson stood behind the machine and turned the cranks to load in each image as Tom told a story of a cat getting into lots of adventures, but always coming back. It was fun.

 

 

Osage Orange at Light Club Lamp Shop November 5, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Osage Orange at Light Club Lamp Shop November 5, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

I popped back to the Lamp Shop and Osage Orange were on. They are a trio with a low-fi indie sound and have something compelling about their songs. One song may have said something about they could not stop us from dreaming. They finished with a new song about an arms dealer who falls in love with an herbalist. The constant refrain of I Would Sell My Guns For You was pretty cool.

 

 

Brian Parmalee at Light Club Lamp Shop November 5, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Brian Parmalee at Light Club Lamp Shop November 5, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

I caught a couple of songs from Brian Parmalee. He played keys and set up loops and played bass and sang. It was a nice lush sounding set and I think the last song was called Fetch.

 

 

Steady Betty at Radio Bean November 5, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Steady Betty at Radio Bean November 5, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

I headed back to the jam packed Bean and found a place to stand in the back and got into the swing of Steady Betty‘s set. Kat Wright and Miriam Bernardo sounded fantastic as always on the lead vocals. Caroline played bass, so I got to see her in thee bands, which is always cool. They opened with Cupid then played the one about anything to stay boy. Linda Bassick took lead vocals for her song about change is coming. Joy In The Morning followed and was divine. They closed with the song about still being in love with you boy. Everyone in the room was dancing and having fun.

At that point the length of the day caught up with me. I headed out and had a lovely walk home. I only saw 10 of the 80 bands who played but had a great time while I was there.