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Radio Show 277 Thursday October 11, 2018 9-11pm Eastern US Time on WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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Tonight’s local music radio show on WBKM.ORG will run from 9-11pm Thursday October 11. You can stream it from the website or here: WBKM It will go as follows.

Song before: It’s Raining Again – Supertramp

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From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. Last week I caught part of a set from a woman from New York. One of her songs reminded me of a local song. Let’s begin tonight with those two songs.

1.) It’s A Delight – Serena Jost
2.) This Machine – Invisible Homes
3.) Parasite – Miku Daza
4.) Golden Goose – Cave Bees

Classic from the Bees. New classic from Miku. Delight reminded me a lot of Machine. OK, here is the next song on MSP3 Counter Attack.

5.) Retrosexual – ROUGH FRANCIS
6.) Girl In My Bed – Preece
7.) Last Night – Carraway
8.) Jurassic Bark – Doom Service

Doom will be at Big Heavy World on Saturday. I thought the Preece and Carraway songs would be fun together, musically and thematically. Great rocker from Francis. OK, let’s take a fun twist.

9.) Abstraction – Binger
10.) Come Outside – The Red Telephone
11.) Star – The New Siberians
12.) Crazy – Clever Girls

Great song from the Girls. They will rock Foam Brewers on Friday. I’m definitely going to be there. Classic from the Siberians. It’s been so warm for the past couple of days, I had to play Come Outside. Stunning song from Binger. This next band is playing Friday at Half Lounge, and I’m definitely going to be there.

13.) Mystery Train – The Parts
14.) I guess I’ve Had Enough Too – Eastern Mountain Time
15.) Luminous – Michael Chorney and Hollar General
16.) When She Sleeps – Peg Tassey MUSIC

Such a lovely song from Peg. Michael is amazing and helps a lot of other musicians make great music too. Sean Hood from EMT will be at Radio Bean next Wednesday. Great song from the Parts. OK, this next artist will be at Club Metronome on Friday, and I’m definitely going to be there.

17.) Veil – Ivamae
18.) You Are Unobtrusive To The Point Of Invisibility – Ouzkxqlzn
19.) Forget It When I Said It – Wren Kitz
20.) Eucarina É Guerrero – Mal Maïz

Great song from Maiz Vargas Sandoval and the band. Great song from Wren’s new Lovebird album. Ouzkxqlzn will be at The Monkey House on Monday. She also plays Saturday at the fringe festival happening in the Old North End of Burlington Thursday through Sunday. Great song from Ivamae. Here’s a gorgeous song.

21.) Baby, Let My Money Keep You Warm – Milton Busker and the Grim Work.
22.) Pauline – David Rosane & The Zookeepers
23.) Blue Water – Radio Underground
24.) All Down Tonight – SWALE

Swale are playing Friday at the Methodist Church in Winooski and I will definitely be there. So, I guess that’s a work order for one me and three clones? Cool song from the new RU album Dark and Getting Darker. Another cool song from The Book Of Zoo. Milton is so great. OK, this song just got released.

25.) I Don’t Exist – Why Nona
26.) Climbing Slowly – Bent Muffbanger
27.) Bell Jar – When Particles Collide
28.) The Space Between – The Nancy Druids

Great rocker from the Druids. Huge rocking song from Particles. Bent is from the Lyndon area and has been making music for a while. Cool song from Nona. Well, I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we? Ta ta. Farewell. See You…..

29.) Sayonara – Black Rabbit
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Songs after
Credo – Fish
So Hard Done By – The Tragically Hip
Homesick – Jakals
Images – Saga
Oh You! You’re You! – Ruckzuck
Neon Skyline – Hawkwind
Still I’m Sad – Rainbow
The Mystic And The Muse – Renaissance
Saturation Brain – Arc Iris
Falter – Julia Caesar
Heavy – Clever Girls
Get Me Outta Here = Deep Purple
regular awesome programming

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Milton Busker and the Grim work at Radio Bean and The Violins Of Baltimore and Swale at Light Club Lamp Shop September 21, 2018   Leave a comment

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Milton Busker and the Grim Work pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music a week ago Friday at Light Club Lamp Shop and Radio Bean. The two shows were so perfectly lined up, I couldn’t not go.

I had a relaxed day off, took the lovely walk downtown, and settled into the Bean. Milton Busker and the Grim Work were set and ready to play. They opened with a song about giving me all of your time then sang of Jesus In Chains. Milton’s voice is pure and strong and the band have a relaxed country funk kind of sound. They sounded a little more pop on a song about letting you down and a little heavier on the one about 16 tons of gold. They played a cover about how your love is all my soul needed, and followed with a cool version of The Person Aside You. They got a little darker and slower on a song about taking me home and making me whole then played a cheery song about how nobody loves you. They implored don’t let me down, and followed with a song about the joy that is around you. That one had a nice rocking ending. They sang about how you and I can fix it then took a gorgeous turn on Baby Let My Money Keep You Warm. They sang about how they were glad to see you go and closed the night with a slow shuffle version of Eleanor Rigby. They were as great as always.

After hearing an hour of dark contemplative lyrics set to happy relaxed music, I was in the perfect mindset for Swale. I moved over to the Lamp Shop and settled in. A duo called the Violins of Baltimore sounded nice for the song and a half that I caught.

 

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The Violins Of Baltimore pic by Tim Lewis

After their set, time flowed nicely, and SWALE were ready begin their 16th birthday party. They began slow and dark with Before The Night then sent a bolt through the crowd with If You Get Lost. Cancer rocked nicely and Felon was just beautiful. They eased back a bit for Wooden Heart and stayed slow for the beginning of Good Medicine. Towards the end of the song Eric Olsen ripped out a passionate lead break. They kept us rocking with Joyless then played a cool new song. I think it was about how you can be anyone. They delighted us with dozens of puns in Release Your Records then shifted into top speed for Drug Laws. They slowed the music to a crawl, then steadily drove it higher and higher before it crested and eased back into the end of Every Last One Of Us. They rocked the set to a close with Everyone Likes To. Since it was their birthday, they had presents for us. They played a hot September give stuff away jam as Amanda Gustafson read out the numbers of the raffle tickets they had given out earlier while Eric handed out albums to the winners. The whole show was great but the end was just a little extra fun.

I hung out and chatted a little bit after the show, then buttoned up my coat and took the lovely walk home as the rain built intensity. What a great night of music in our town.

 

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Swale pic by Tim Lewis

 

Radio Show 275 Thursday September 27, 2018 9-11pm Eastern US Time on WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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Tonight’s local music radio show will run from 9-11pm Thursday September 27 on WBKM.ORG. You can steam it from the website or here: WBKM It will go as follows.

Song before: Let’s Go Crazy – Prince

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From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. Let’s dive into the rock and roll with the next song on MSP3 Counter Attack.

1.) Good Person – ROUGH FRANCIS
2.) Chop Wood Carry Water – Zola Turn
3.) Rock And Roll Is My Weapon – Ninja Custodian
4.) Destroying Everything They See – Blue Button

Cool song from the punk supergroup. Classics from Ninja and Zola and a great rocker from Francis. OK, let’s head over to Robot Dog Studio for an interview and live performance from Preece.

5.) Girl In My Bed – Preece
6.) Tomorrow Today – Preece
7.) Waste Of Time – Preece
8.) Can We Not? – Preece

I want to thank Ryan Cohen for making us sound so great and Chrusty Barnacles and Rich for helping with the filming. Thanks WBKM founder Tony Gallucci for joining in the interview and Burlington Beer Company for the libations. OK, let’s keep rocking.

9.) Sugar Coated Candy Stix – Dino Bravo VT
10.) Signal Loss – Zeus Springsteen
11.) Papertrain – Dave Jarvis Band (Hipp Notix)
12.) Flaca Daza – Miku Daza

Miku will do an acoustic performance with Ivamae at Switchback Brewing Company then Miku will rock out Light Club Lamp Shop on Sunday. Old classic from Dave and new classic from Zeus. Dino will be at Ciderfest on Saturday. OK, I caught these next two bands at Nectar’s last night.

13.) Big Starr – sleeping in
14.) Loose Tooth – Clever Girls
15.) Nightmare On Elm Street theme – Savage Hen
16.) Winter Bender – Jessica Rabbit Syndrome

Rabbit will be at The Monkey House on Sunday. Hen will be at Nectar’s on Monday. OK, let’s play a great song just because it’s great.

17.) Shy Spiders – Villanelles
18.) Falter – Julia Caesar
19.) Bucky – Aaron Flinn
20.) That Person Aside You – Milton Busker and the Grim Work

Cool song from Milton’s upcoming album. Aaron will be at The Double E on Saturday. Such great songs from Julia and Villanelles. The next performer will also do a show at 420 Pine st on Saturday with Coalescence Of Sound.

21.) Changes – Ivamae
22.) No More Goodbyes – King Margo
23.) Endless War – Jeremy Gilchrist – Singer-Songwriter
24.) The Sunny Side Of Things – David Rosane & The Zookeepers

Another cool song from The Book Of Zoo. Jeremy will be back in town at Radio Bean on Sunday afternoon. Margo are from Nashville but will stop into the Bean on Monday night. This next artist will play a show in Williston at Nightshade fest tomorrow.

25.) Wanderer – Francesca Blanchard
26.) Prince Of Sweeden – The Smittens
27.) Always Monica – Chin Ho
28.) Lead me To Your Love – The New Siberians

Great rocker from the Siberians. Classic from Chin. Great new song from Smittens and a cool song from Francesca. Well, I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?

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Songs after
Perfume River – Fish
Yawning Of Snarling – The Tragically Hip
Sightless Gods – A Film In Color
Who Are These Gods? – Dam Kat
Lovely Day – gneiss
The Porpoise Song – The Church
The Revenge Of Vera Gemini – The Contrarian
Waiting For the World To End – The Depth and the Whisper
Blue Light Shines – Gabrielle Douglas and The Dwellers
Pennsylvania – The Red Telephone
Precious Things – Tori Amos
Preparing To Fly – The Waterboys
Hand Of Doom – Black Sabbath
Universal Care – Kal Marks
Heavy – Clever Girls
Get Me Outta Here – Deep Purple
regular awesome programming.

Radio Show 273 Thursday September 13, 2018 9-11pm Eastern US Time on WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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Tonight’s local music radio show on WBKM.ORG will run from 9-11pm US Eastern time Thursday September 13. You can stream it from the website, or here: WBKM It will go as follows.

Song before: Piano Music – Porcupine Tree

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From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. I’ve been enjoying the new album Hardly Electronic from this opening band, so let’s begin with some piano music.

1.) In The Key Of Me – The Essex Green
2.) When The Nights Get Long – Carraway
3.) Cascade – Andriana Chobot
4.) Adventure Safari – The Mountain Carol

It was so cool when Carol came in for a session of Live From Robot Dog Studio and instead of playing the electronic keys, Bruce played Ryan Cohen‘s sweet sounding piano. Great song from Andriana. I caught a couple of sets of her music last Friday at Red Square. She was as amazing as always. Great song and huge build from Carraway and super cool song form Essex. OK, the big event in town this weekend is Grace Potter’s Grand Point North festival. Be sure to get there early. Here are some of the great bands who are opening the show.

5.) Falter – Julia Caesar
6.) Soul No. 5 – Caroline Rose
7.) The Violent Stain Of My Bleeding Heart – Seth Yacovone Band
8.) Flaca Daza – Miku Daza
9.) Loose Tooth – Clever Girls

All of those bands are going to rock GPN hard. Caroline has gotten big but spent a lot of time in town. I’m so excited for both days and will be there early. I saw Clever Girls play a brilliant show last weekend at Art Hop. This next band came on after and played a blistering show. Last week, I played the last song on The Uncanny Doom Service, so let’s begin playing MSP3 Counter Attack, song after song, week after week, until it’s wrapped up.

10.) Big Box Law Enforcement – ROUGH FRANCIS
11.) Still Life Scene – Envy
12.) Whirlpool Rider – The High Breaks
13.) Mighty Have Fallen – Barbacoa

They played a brilliant show at Robot Dog Studio last week and that song really caught me. Cool new song from the Breaks. Classic from Envy. Great song from Francis who use the new album to stare racism in the face and offer peace and love as a counter attack. This song has been running through my head lately, so hopefully it will get stuck in your too.

14.) Automatic Sweetheart – Hammydown
15.) On My Way – Hover
16.) Veratrum – Piqued
17.) Fool That I Am – Eastern Mountain Time

Cool song from a band who have lots of shows scheduled all around Vermont. I wanted to revisit the song from Piqued, since it’s so cool. I hope they stop by town soon. Classic from the ’90’s from Hover. Great song from Hammy. OK, this next artist has put out a few cool albums but when he plays with his band he sounds just a little different. Here’s a song form his upcoming album.

18.) Gravity – Milton Busker & The Grim Work
19.) Loser – SWALE
20.) Underheard – Ivamae
21.) Silent River – Steady Betty

Betty’s songs always put me in a happy place. I hope it does the same for you. Great song from Ivamae. When I think of happy songs with depressing lyrics, I think of Swale. I think Milton is proving himself just as able. OK, last night I finally caught up with this singer in a movie theater at The Double E. This song digs into the pros and cons of life in America in a visceral way. The song after is the story of a kid asking mom why she would bring a child into this world. I think you’ll like the answer.

22.) Which America – Jason Baker
23.) Love – Hana Zara
24.) The Divine Feminine – Ouzkxqlzn
25.) Super Powers – The Dead Shakers

I love that song from the Shakers. I caught Lauren Costello playing at Art Hop, and despite calling her band an unpronounceable name, she is completely amazing. Hana asks mom why she was brought into the world. Mom says to fill you with love and to send you into the world to spread it. Great, if somewhat harsh, song form Jason. OK, he finished this year’s library tour, but has begun to book next years. What a cool way to support Vermont’s libraries.

27.) This City – David Rosane & The Zookeepers
28.) Give It Up To The Night – Bad Smell
29.) Infinity Pools – The Smittens
30.) Ghosts – Troy Millette Music
31.) Rainy Alley – Totally Submerged

Wishing the best for the people in the Carolina’s. Cool song from Submerged. Great song from Troy. I’m loving the new Smittens album City Rock Dove and expect to keep diving deeper. Super cool song from Smell and great song from David. Well, I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?

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Songs after
Internal Exile/Market Square Heroes – Fish
Daredevil – The Tragically Hip
Sea Of Red – Judas Priest
Time For Bedlam – Deep Purple
Who Are These Gods? – Dam Kat
A Saucerful Of Secrets – Pink Floyd
Watcher Of The Skies – Genesis
ME 262 (live) – Blue Oyster Cult
Heavy – Clever Girls
Tantalized – The Church
King Of the Mountain – Kate Bush
Get Me Outta Here – Deep Purple
regular awesome programming.

 

Milton Busker and the Grim Work at Light Club Lamp Shop December 27, 2017   Leave a comment

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I had a great time seeing music on Wednesday at Light Club Lamp Shop. I had a very relaxing day off, took a long nap, and as evening unfolded I took the lovely walk downtown. I got in and settled and chatted with Ryan Cohen for a bit. The club was reasonably full of people for a cold Wednesday as Milton Busker and the Grim Work took the stage. Milton’s songs take odd turns but have a comfortable pop sound. His voice is strong and steady. Now and then he unleashes it and fills the room. The band have a smooth flow and a classic rock sound that works with Milton’s indie rock songs in a way that I don’t understand but really appreciate. Many of the lyrics are on the dark side and are brilliantly masked by the happy music.

They opened with the easy to sing song that goes settle down, everything is broken and the end is near. They sang about loving the things you do and falling on my sword for you. Jesus In Chains featured Milton’s powerhouse voice. Baby Let My Money Keep You Warm was touching. A song about nobody loving you was followed by The Meanest Thing I’ll Ever Write. 16 Ton Soul started slow and bluesy and had a huge rock middle section. They started with a clap and stomp for a joyous song about gun violence with the chorus Heaven Knows There Ain’t Nothing We Can Do. It’s a lovely song until you really grasp the lyrics, then it’s a very strong political statement. Ordinary Day is super catchy and featured just Milton on voice and acoustic guitar until the song was almost done and the band came in for a huge rocking section. They rocked for a bit then eased off and let Milton finish it the way it began. They played a couple more really cool songs then tossed in a couple of covers. Breakdown and Mary Jane’s Last Dance were wonderful to hear. They continued on with songs about getting over all the things we do and the Devil’s Hand. They wrapped the night with a song about being glad to see you go.

I hung out for a little bit and said some goodbyes then took the lovely walk home. It was another brilliant night of music in our town.

Milton Busker And The Grim Work at Light Club Lamp Shop August 29, 2017   Leave a comment

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Milton Busker And The Grim Work pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last night at Light Club Lamp Shop. I worked until 6:30 so it was easy to make the 7:30 show. I arrived a couple of minutes early but soon it was time for Milton Busker And The Grim Work to play. They have a hint of a country sound mixed with Milton’s quirky pop and sometimes lock into a rocking groove. They opened with a song about madmen of yesterday and how nobody loves you. Milton and the drummer started clapping and the band launched into heaven knows there ain’t nothing we can’t do. They played a song about the Devil’s Hand and a touching song called Baby, Let My Money Keep You Warm. They played another cool song then went to Milton’s last album, You Are What You Pretend To Be, for a great version of The Meanest Thing I’ll Ever Write. They went back to his first album Dance Songs Volume II for Jesus In Chains and Milton let his soaring voice fill the room. He began Ordinary Day solo on the acoustic guitar and almost finished it when the band jumped in and played a rocking jam. As they eased off he finished the songs last few notes solo. They played a rocking song about parenthood and a 16 ton soul. They played a song called Gravity who’s chorus went “settle down, everything is broken and the end is near”. It reminded me of a conversation with another artist who said it’s the sad songs that are worth playing since they cheer us up. Gravity nicely defines that concept. They played a bluesy song called Lost Cause and a song about how a soul needs light. They played a song about letting you down an a cool cover by an artist that I did not know. They played a couple of fun rocking songs then tossed in a cover of Driver 8. They closed with Glad To See You Go and left me in a happy place.

I hung out and chatted for a bit then headed for home.

 

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Milton Busker and the Grim Work at Light Club Lamp Shop January 7, 2017   Leave a comment

 

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Milton Busker and the Grim Work pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music a couple of weeks ago at Light Club Lamp Shop. I’ve appreciated the well crafted songs that Milton Busker creates but usually only see him play solo acoustic. On Saturday January 7th he played with his band The Grim Work and nicely filled out the songs. There was a hint of a country sound but most of the night was a fun rocking affair. They played songs from his albums Dance Songs Vol ll and You Are What You Pretend To Be and maybe more. The opening song Gravity has an easy to hum chorus of “settle down, everything is broken and the end is near” and sounded cheerier than the lyric might imply. I did not know the next three but the first two sounded nice and the third had the band rock out a bit. They pulled out a super fun cover of Driver 8 and some of the audience began to dance. A song about the devil’s hand was fun then they did a great version of The Meanest Thing I’ll Ever Write, They played a song about falling on my sword for you then lit up the room with the mega-catchy Ordinary Day. They started it as an acoustic song, rocked the middle hard then ended acoustic. The next one sounded like a spiritual song as Milton’s deep resonate voice sang Baby Let My Money Keep You Warm. Jesus In Chains kept the spirit flowing and Milton let our his powerhouse voice and filled the room. The next one was a fun indie rocker and they followed with Glad To See You Go. They pulled out a couple of covers, Bones by Michael Kiwanuka and This Little Girl of Mine by Ray Charles and made them sound great. The powerful Babies To War was an elegant plea for peace. I did not know the last four songs the band played but really enjoyed them.

It had been a long day, so I did not hang out for long. The walk home was easy and my heart was filled with great songs.

 

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Milton Busker and the Grim Work pic by Tim Lewis

 

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Milton Busker and the Grim Work pic by Tim Lewis