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J Bengoy and Swale at Arts Riot on Big Heavy World’s Rocket Shop   Leave a comment

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Swale pic by Luke Awtry Photography

 

I had a great time seeing music a couple of Wednesdays ago at ArtsRiot. My mom passed away late on the Monday before so that Tuesday was a long stressful day. Wednesday was pretty rough too, and I needed a break from dealing with the details of our estate. My brother Ken felt the same way, so when I asked if he wanted to go out and see a show, he jumped at the chance.

I picked him up in Shelburne and drove back to town. We arrived a little early and had dinner at the restaurant/club. James Lockridge wanted a picture of me for Big Heavy World so we popped next door for a bit. Ken was impressed with the BHW room. We headed back to the club and got in and settled. The show was being broadcast live on 105.9FM The Radiator so at 8pm J Bengoy began to play. They had a laid back funky indie rock sound with a nice romantic sweep. I spent the first couple of songs getting to know them and really liked their sound. The third song started mellow and had a rocking middle. The lyric was something about I just can’t keep my head up. The 4th was a mid tempo rocker about how all my troubles, they stayed home. I think it was So Good (I Could Die). After that one, Tom from the station came to the stage and interviewed the band. When they wrapped that up the band rocked out a song called Reprise (Marthasville). I think it was about swimming and being pulled out by a rip tide and surviving. They closed with a song about silence rushing in that had a lush rocking ending. I will definitely have to check them out again.

 

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J Bengoy pic by Tim Lewis

There was a short setup break, then SWALE took the stage. They opened with spot on strong versions of Elevator and Felon. The super slow opening of Good Medicine made me smile. As the song built into a huge Eric Olsen guitar explosion, i was in heaven. After that, Tom came to the stage and interviewed the band. When that was done, they rocked out an Arthur Russell song called I Couldn’t Say it to Your Face. (Thanks for the info about that song Tyler Bolles) They closed the night with the gentle build of Every Last One Of Us. Just before the steady chant of We Can All Be That Way began, Amanda Gustafson said it was for Carol Lewis. I cried quiet tears of joy and loss as they brought the song through the heavy Jeremy Frederick drum work into the full on rock fury, then let is slowly fall back into the quiet ending.

We hung out and chatted with some cool people for a bit then I drove Ken back to Shelburne, then drove myself back home. Sometimes you just need to get away, and I’ve always been lucky enough to have bands who will help. I cannot thank all of you musicians enough for making my life so much better.

Can you guess which picture is from Luke Awtry Photography and which two I took?

 

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Swale pic by Tim Lewis

 

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Posted April 17, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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The Vacant Lots, Bison and le vaisseau d’or at Foam Brewers March 23, 2018   Leave a comment

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The Vacant Lots pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music a week ago Friday at Foam Brewers. I took the lovely walk downtown and got in and settled. Montreal band le vaisseau d’or.began the night with tuning that tuned into warm flowing music. The pace settled into an instrumental that reminded me of Roger Waters. They followed with a country rock based dreamy pop song about blessings that felt a bit like Blue Rodeo. While the whole show had hints of other bands, their sound was their own. They sang a song about being In My Life and a plodding drone about wanting you to love. A song about whatever had sweet backing vocals and a song about something gospel had a hint of The Church. They stayed with the early Church sound for a song about monkeys and closed with a song asking why does it have to be so. The show was slow and gentle yet had a nice drive. They were wonderful.

 

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le vaisseau d’or pic by Tim Lewis

Up next Bison took the stage and rocked hard. The music had a surging pulse and a punk sound. The packed room danced hard with great joy. They sang about how you have everything and about watching what you say. They played a song that started slow and picked up with a sledgehammer bass and had a lot of oooos. They played a song with a ska feel and one with a heavy riff about a lost cause. A song about dirty bars had everyone dancing a little harder. They ended the set with a song with a moody intro that reminded me of Signals era Rush and may have been about not wanting to know unless you tell me. I had been curious about Bison for a while and was so happy to finally check them out. Id go see them again in a heartbeat.

 

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Bison pic by Tim Lewis

It had been ages since I’d seen THE VACANT LOTS and I was super-psyched for the show. Three things jumped at me immediately, Jared Artaud was playing a different guitar than usual, Brian was playing a real drum kit instead of the electronic ones (though he had a keys and samples set up too) and there was no video background. They settled in by waiting for departure then became Never Satisfied. They sang a heavy drone rocker about a place of anger and a place of peace. Brian had a cool keys opener for Mad Mary Jones and the band rocked it hard. They eased up a little on Paint This Town and played a gorgeous version of the song. Jared put down the guitar and picked up a knife and stood menacingly at the front of the stage and sang about all that’s left. They went back to the heavy rock and surged for a couple of songs. They closed the night with another heavy rocker. As it devolved into the ending Jared picked up the knife and began hitting the strings and bridge. The music shreded furiously as the guitar was cut to pieces. The sound coalesced into a wailing moan before being shut down. The Lots always put on a great show but seldom with such fury. I can’t wait to see them again.

I did not stay long then slipped out the door and took the long uphill walk home.

 

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The Vacant Lots pic by Tim Lewis

 

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The Vacant Lots pic by Tim Lewis

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The Vacant Lots pic by Tim Lewis

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The Vacant Lots pic by Tim Lewis

 

 

Posted April 2, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Ouzkxqlzn at Radio Bean January 8, 2018   Leave a comment

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I had a great time being encapsulated in sound and stories last night at Radio Bean. I’d been meaning to catch up with Lauren Costello‘s solo project Ouzkxqlzn for a while and the timing was perfect for the show, though it was David Bowie’s birthday so she created an experience for us to celebrate. She spent the night alternating between guitar and cello and used a large variety of pedals to create loops and trigger recordings of people speaking about the man and some of Bowie himself. The show began with a gentle swirling sound and a man’s voice came on and spoke about how bold David was and how he empowered people to know that it was OK to be weird and freaky and to be themselves and to let that out into the world. It segued into a story from a woman who was a hairdresser and who had a client who was proud of her son who was in a band. As the story progressed she realized that Mrs Jones son was David Bowie and the hairdresser had heard Major Tom on the radio and thought he was a folk act. She eventually saw the Spiders and realized it was something more. Mrs Jones had the hairdresser do David’s hair for a show then she got asked to go on the road with the band and did everyone’ hair except for Mick Ronson who didn’t want to look like Bowie. She later married Mick. It was riveting. Lauren dropped in a clip of Bowie saying this is the last show we’ll ever do from the last Ziggy show then shifted into a completely deconstructed Ashes To Ashes. She made it sound very different and completely great. A recording of Bowie doing The Man Who sold The World followed for a while then shifted into an interview with David. This flowed for a while then Lauren played a gentle version of Modern Love. She moved back to the ambient sound and used a wrench on the guitar strings to evoke lovely sounds as Bowie confessed to many fun things on Sea Friends (?). It was really fun then slid into an interview where Bowie sang Conan O’Brien’s song about what a good host Conan was. It was quite amusing. This segued into a person speaking about David’s passing and not being sad because he could go home and listen to Heroes 10 times in a row anytime he wanted. Bowie’s song Heroes began to play and Lauren said goodnight.

I hung out until the last note of Heroes finished and took the lovely walk home in awe of the sheer talent that people in out town let loose into the world.

 

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Posted January 13, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Aaron Flinn, Seth Yacovone, and The Full Cleveland at Nectar’s November 11, 2017   Leave a comment

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Seth Yacovone and Aaron Flinn pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music a couple of Saturday’s ago at Nectar’s. I had taken the day off and spent the afternoon at a friend’s wedding. I got home at 6:30 then did a quick turnaround but still arrived about 7:15. Aaron Flinn was on stage with an acoustic guitar. His voice is strong and his guitar playing otherworldly and I quickly became enchanted. I think he was playing something about walk on son. He tossed in a few riffs of The Beatles song Birthday, since it was the WBKM birthday concert that night. He followed wtih his unique take on Here Comes The Sun. He played a new song about how there is so much love locked away in the world. He played a Randy Newman song called God’s Song (That’s Why I Love Mankind) which was pretty great. He played an instrumental where his hands danced over the guitar strings seeming to never touch them yet still evoking staggering notes. He played the super-fun Miss Ready Blossom that made me smile all the way through. After that song Seth Yacovone came to the stage and sat next to him. Seth played an acoustic too and they played a cool version of Aaron’s song Raise Your Hand. A couple of notes into the next song made my jaw drop as they settled into Cowboy In The Sand. By the end Seth’s guitar lead was so furious it sounded like he was playing an electric. Who would have imagined that two players with acoustics could have such a huge sound? Up next was a Seth song about Martha which sounded great. Aaron left the stage and Seth continued solo with a song about rocking to the end of the line. He played songs about the end not controlling the means and being on the run when the highway is his home. He played something that was surely dangerous and a song about time fading away. He played a fiery song about how everyone is exactly like you where he used a slide and got a tremendously furious rock sound going. He kept the slide for the next song but it was more mellow and bluesy and was about having no expectations. He played a song about the spirit that lives in this place and gave it a huge rocked out ending jam. He rocked hard on a song about being a union man then played a blistering Mr Reed. Since it was Neil Young’s birthday too, he played a super cool version of Powderfinger. He brought the energy to full blast for Little Richard Will Rise Again then called it a night. Between the two of them I got to see 22 glorious songs. What a way to start a birthday.

 

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The Full Cleveland pic by Tim Lewis

Still to come was Craig Mitchell’s Prince cover band but before that The Full Cleveland took the stage. They filled the room with people happily dancing. They opened with a song with a reggae vibe about being only a fool. They followed with something about get it right and seeing the light. From there all of the songs became familiar. They settled into a series of ’70’s soft rock songs like I’d Really Love To See You Tonight and I Wouldn’t Want To Be Like You. The audience loved it as I slipped to the back of the room. They played instantly recognizable songs like I Want To Kiss You All Over and How Long Has This Been Going On. They Sang Baby Come Back and Steal Away. They Played Sailing and Reminiscing. I was pretty firm in my decision to stick it out for the next band as Cleveland played She’s Gone and Thunder Island. At that point it was getting late and I had to work the next morning. When they began to sing about Pina Colada’s, with no end in sight, I made my escape and took the lovely walk home.

I heard later that the Prince tribute was amazing. I wish I had caught a little of it but can only do as much as I can do.

 

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The Full Cleveland pic by Tim Lewis

Radio Show 216 Thursday July 13, 2017 9-11pm Eastern US Time on WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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Tonight’s local music radio show will stream at WBKM.ORG and (FB) on Thursday July 13th from 9-11pm US Eastern time and will go as follows.

Song before: Do It Again – The Kinks

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From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington.  Last Friday Swale finally released their new album There’s No One Here.  It’s a double album with red vinyl and lots of amazing artwork.  There are a ton of fantastic songs on the album  Let’s begin tonight with what is almost the title song.

1.) Loser – Swale

2.) High Flying Bird – Anders Parker

3.) One From Two – Linda Bassick

4.) Lowdown – Vedora

Vedora rocked our town for a couple of years and Caroline is still out there making similar sounding music.  Great song from Linda.  Cool song from Anders album The Man Who Fell From Earth.  That’s such a fun and sad song from Swale.  They excel at that, as you will hear throughout the course of the evening.  OK, here is the next song on Action, the EP I am playing all the way through song after song week after week.  It’s the third EP in their “album” Lights, Camera, Action.

5.) Mass Murderer – 1881

6.) Cereal – Carraway

7.) Bird In A Cage – Swale

8.) The Nighthorses – The Cush

When listening to the new Swale album something about Bird reminded me of the Cush song so I thought it would be fun to play them back to back.  That’s an interesting way to spell the Carraway song.  Great stuff from 1881.  This next band are playing at Sidebar tonight.

9.) Taung Child Mastered – The Dead Shakers

10.) Spastic Tactics – The Edd

11.) Counting On A Ghost – Elephants Of Scotland

12.) Lead Me To Your Love – The New Siberians

Great song from Siberians Black Blue and White album.  Great song from Elephants.  Nice trippy song from the Edd who will play a show for us in a few weeks.  I loved the Shakers the one time I saw them.  Last night I went to Nectar’s and saw these two bands, and need to get some music from the other one who played.

13.) Cascade – Andriana Chobot

14.) Megaphone – Josh Glass

15.) Silver Dollars – Banana Schlitz

16.) Felon – Swale

Another great new Swale song that they have been playing at shows for a while now and I finally get to play it for you.  Banana will be at the Flynn Exposure series tomorrow at 5 or so.  Josh and Andriana were amazing last night.  Mal Maiz and Haley Jane were lots of fun too.  We are in the middle of summer and this song is so appropriate.

17.) Endless Sunkissed Lover – Gneiss

18.) Break A Leg – David Rosane And The Zookeepers

19.) Elevator – Swale

20.) It’ll Be OK – Let’s Whisper

I love how positive and fun that song is.  Super poppy song from Swale about a frightening event.  David and the band will be at American Flatbread next Wednesday.  Gneiss are at Red Square next Thursday.  Here is another song I have heard for a while around town that I now get to share with you.

21.) All Down Tonight – Swale

22.) Brothers And Sisters – Joe Adler

23.) Catch And Release – Clever Girls

24.) Control – Ratboys

Ratboys are from Chicago and came and played a show on Saturday at Sidebar with Clever Girls.  Both bands were great.  Joe and his band played a great version of that one a week ago in Winooski.  Great song from Swale.  This next singer is performing tonight for the first time in ages and I could not be more excited!

25.) Boys Club – Peg Tassey

26.) 25 Mile Per Hour Blues – Better Things

27.) 22R – Cave Bees

28.) Drug Laws – Swale

I love how hard that song rocks continuously.  Bees and Things will be at the Monkey House on Saturday.  I love Peg.  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:

Market Square Heroes (live) – Fish

Waiting For The World To End – The Depth And The Whisper

Natural Science (live) – Rush

Crime Of The Century – Supertramp

Mad As The Mist And Snow – The Waterboys

Amazing Journey/Sparks (live) – The Who

Dying Stars – Slingshot Dakota

Lily (live) – Kate Bush

Parisienne Walkways (live) – Greg Lake with Gary Moore

Man On the Side – Josh Glass

regular programming

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Radio Show 208 Thursday May 18, 2017 9-11pm Eastern US Time 107.1 FM and WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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Tonight’s local music radio show will air on 107.1FM, can be streamed at WBKM and will run from 9-11pm US Eastern time Thursday May 18th. It will go as follows:

Song before: Oliver’s Army – Elvis Costello

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From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. I’ve got a bunch of new music to play for you tonight so let’s dive in.

1.) Via Champlain – Some Hollow
2.) High Flying Bird – Anders Parker
3.) Dance Of The World – Satori Bob
4.) Science Fiction – Hana Zara

Great classic from Hana who enraptures crowds with that song. That’s a brand new song from Satori. Their singer, John Baumann used to play around Burlington all the time so many years ago. Great new song from Anders. Hollow just put out the Green EP and it’s really good. OK, here is the next song from Lights Camera Action.

5.) Sometime Next Week – 1881
6.) It’ll Be OK – Let’s Whisper
7.) Children Of The Stars – Madaila
8.) Great Escape – Jeremy Gilchrist – Singer-Songwriter

Jeremy just played a cool show at Light Club Lamp Shop from 7:15-8. It’s such a pleasure to hear him. Great songs from Madaila and Whisper. 1881 are so much fun. OK, let’s get a bit moody and spacey.

9.) Rainy Alley – Totally Submerged
10.) Jungle Rot – The Edd
11.) Alan’s Garden – Ruckzuck
12.) Survey Says – Senders

Senders are so much fun. You should be their friend if you are not already. Ruckzuck will play some psychedelic rock on Monday at Nectar’s and Radio Bean so that should be fun. That’s a new song from The Edd. Submerged are playing acoustic on Saturday at Farnham Ale & Lager VT starting around 6. This next band just put out the What?!?!? album.

13.) Sin Is Funner – Swillbillie
14.) Tell Me No – Clever Girls
15.) Wing To Me – Alice Austin
16.) Say It – Anachronist

Great songs from Anachronist and the legendary Alice Austin. The Clever song was recorded live at Robot Dog Studio. Great fun song from Billie. This next band will be at ArtsRiot on Saturday.

17.) Paint With The Sun – Arc Iris
18.) The Feeling Is Strange Binger
19.) Complex Vermont – Self Portrait
20.) 2,000 – The Pants

That was a classic from Burlington’s ’90’s. Nice song about VT from Portrait. Binger are so wonderful, even if Facebook will not let me tag them. Great song from Arc though they will be playing Joni Mitchell’s Blue album so who knows if they will play any of their own songs. This next band play next Wednesday at The Monkey House.

21.) Bridge To Panda Chaos – Zeus Springsteen
22.) Sky – The Nancy Druids
23.) The Great Forgetter – The New Siberians
24.) Highway Brain – The Cush

They played a great version of that one at Waking Windows. Great song from the Siberians. The Druids song was recorded at Robot Dog by Ryan Cohen. Zeus should have a lot of music coming soon. It’s been warm and hot and I’ve been driving with the windows down.

25.) Windows Down – Lendway
26.) Every Last One Of Us – SWALE
27.) ETI – The Contrarian

Great cover of the BOC song by Casey Merlin Rae. Swale are so amazing. 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:

Vigil In A Wilderness Of Mirrors (live) – Fish
Lost In America – Alice Cooper
Jackbooted Thugs (Have All The Best Drugs) – Anders Parker
Ninjas Vs Zombies – Phil Yates
Tonite It Shows – Mercury Rev
All In My Mind – Love And Rockets
Carbon – Tori Amos
Cascade – Andriana Chobot
Strange Phenomena – Kate Bush
Gift Shop – The Tragically Hip
Grind – The Church Band
Dying Stars – Slingshot Dakota
It’s Just A Ride – Bill Hicks
Man On The Side – Joshua Glass Music
regular programming.

 

 

Radio Show 205 Thursday April 27, 2017 9-11pm Eastern US Time 107.1 FM and WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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I’m on vacation in Washington DC and Virginia so there is no way to do my local music radio show on WBKM 107.1FM tonight (Thursday April 27) unless I had the foresight to spend last Wednesday setting up the show and doing the vocal interaction between the songs last Thursday after setting up last weeks show. Tonight’s show will run from 9-11pm US Eastern time April and can be streamed from the Facebook link above. Sorry for the early notice, I hope you remember to tune in this evening. Maybe Tony Gallucci can tag me and repost this later. It will go as follows.

Song before: Oh Freedom – Bernie Sanders

From our small city to the great big world, these are the sounds of Burlington. I’m on vacation but thanks to the magic of science and technology I can bring you the other show that I recorded last week. Tonight we will take a deep dive into a few of the great bands that Vermont is blessed with. Let’s begin with a band who have two EPs and two albums. Here’s a set of music that has been recorded since their last album, and most will be on the album they are about to unleash on us. Let’s begin with the song that may not be on the album.

1.) Black Boys On Mopeds – SWALE
2.) Wooden Heart – Swale
3.) Release Your Records – Swale
4.) Every Last One Of Us – Swale

Swale are so fantastic. I can’t wait for the new album, even though I’ve heard many of the songs many times live. It’s going to be great and I will share it with you when they release the record. OK, here is the next song on By My Side.

5.) All About You – Kat Wright
6.) By My Side (Radio Remix) – Kat Wright
7.) Dear God – Kat Wright
8.) The Light – Kat Wright

That’s another great song from By My Side. God was from Introducing. The Radio Remix was a version of the song before the new album came out. You just rock. This next singer constructs catchy songs, has a great voice, and knows how to put music fans in a happy place.

9.) The Interrogator (Enhanced) – Milton Busker
10.) Ordinary Day – Milton Busker
11.) All The Same To You – Milton Busker
12.) My Fear Of Losing You – Milton Busker

Two of those songs are from You Are What You Pretend To Be and two are from Dance Songs Volume II. There is a lot of other great music on those albums too. These next bands are classic Burlington.

13.) Tastes Like Nothing – Zola Turn
14.) Escape Artist – Zola Turn
15.) Dragged Around The Universe – Queen Tangerine
16.) It’s Real Again – Zola Turn

Zola were so great in the ’90’s. After they ceased, Alice Austin and Julia Austin formed Queen Tangerine and put out a wonderful album. Don’t we all feel dragged around the universe sometimes? This next band put out an album and played a bunch of shows in the 00’s and just put out a fantastic new album last year.

17.) Really Doesn’t Matter – The New Siberians
18.) Black 17 – The New Siberians
19.) 1965 – The New Siberians
20.) Circle K – The New Siberians

All of those songs are so catchy and rock nicely. What a great band! Speaking of great bands, this next one has been playing staggering shows lately and just put out a new album.

21.) Nothing In This – The Mountain Says No
22.) Statistik – The Mountain Says No
23.) I Know Right – The Mountain Says No
24.) The Bomb – The Mountain Says No

Their songs are so intense and rock so hard. Yea Mountain! Let’s close tonight with a set from a band who evolved out of two of my favorite bands and show the evolution.

25.) Bomb – Envy
26.) Very Underground – The Red Telephone
27.) By Design – The Nancy Druids
28.) The Space Between – The Nancy Druids

Sean and Ann Mindell were in Envy. Sean joined Matt Hutton in The Red Telephone, then Sean and Ann teamed up with John Franklin to form the Druids. The sound has changed a bit but the beauty in the structure has not. Well, I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?

Songs after: Plague Of Ghosts (live USA) – Fish
Alone In The Night – Andriana Chobot
King Of The Mountain – Kate Bush
Morrigan – Children In Paradise
The Vigilant Ones – The Cush
Almost With You – The Church
What’s In California? – Josh Glass
regular programming.

OK, I’m heading to the bus then heading to Yorktown then going to get a tattoo, or at least see one.