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Radio Show 74 Thursday August 14, 2014 9-11pm Eastern US Time WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment






I just got back from my local music radio show on Wbkm Dot Org. I played a lot of different music from a lot of different times, and talked a bit about those who have left us recently, either for natural or unjust causes.

Song before: Police On My Back – The Clash



From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. It’s getting cool in the Champlain Valley but the music is still hot. I just saw two punk trios at 242 Twofourtwo Main, 5 girls and 1 guy. It’s great that girls are rocking today, but they did back in the ’90’s too. Here is the next song from Ninja Jane on WBKM and this is Burlington’s Kind Of Music.

1.) Chop Wood/Carry Water – Zola Turn
2.Rock And Roll Is My Weapon – Ninja Custodian
3.) Flux Capacitor – Wave of the Future

Another great song from Wave’s new EP. Wave are playing Nectar’s on Saturday, after the ROUGH FRANCIS, Waylon Speed boat cruise. Wave are playing with Burning Monk and The Mountain Says No, I’m very psyched. Love the Ninja song and Zola have always been a favorite. This next band just played at The Monkey House this evening, but the timing was bad and I could not be there. I bet they played this one

4.) A Different Machine – Elephants of Scotland
5.) Plenty Hands – Parmaga
6.) Ships – Anais Mitchell

I just got the Anais album Young Man In America and loved Ships immediately. Same with the Parmaga EP. Up next is a song that I keep finding myself humming.

7.) Our Work Is Never Done – PossumHaw
8.) Pretty Little Things – Maryse Smith
9.) People Get Ready – Kip Meaker Trio
10.) Mystery Blues – Zoot Wilson

Zoot was a legend when I was learning about music in Burlington. Kip was one of the greats, and sadly, just passed away. I’ve had a lot of Maryse songs running through my head since her show at The Precipice: A Vermont Music Festival. The other album I just picked up is Crown Pilot.

11.) Julianne Wait – Lowell Thompson and Crown Pilot
12.) Make Me See Stars – The Lonestar Chain
13.) Coming Down Again – Waylon Speed
14.) Staring Out The Window – Rough Francis

That’s going to be a heck of a show on the boat with both Waylon and RF. I have to work late enough that I don’t think I will quite make it, but will see. Great song by Burette Douglas and the gang, and that’s a pretty solid backing band with Lowell. Here’s another song from the new Crazyhearse album. It features Rebecca Rogers, who is no longer in jail in Cleveland.

15.) A Bottle Of Whiskey Later – Crazyhearse
16.) Toe Jam – The Toes
17.) Paper Train – David L. Jarvis
18.) New Age Woman – Pinhead

That was a couple of classics. Pinhead played in the ’80’s and Dave in the ’90’s. The Toes are always crazy fun. They are playing a fundraiser for the Psychedelicatessen. I stopped by, around 11:25, but the guy was saying they would have some quieter acts on, so I assumed I missed them. I’m loving the new Crazyhearse. This next band played the Monkey House tonight too, and I missed them too.

19.) Might As Well Settle – Phil Yates and the Affiliates
20.) Circumstance – Tokyo Storm Warning
21.) Finder – Madelines
22.) The Fool – Poxy
23.) Shut Up – Gorgon

Gorgon and Poxy played a couple of beautiful sets at 242 Main. I had just enough time to check them out before this show. Madelines and Tokyo were great loud rock bands from the ’90’s. Let’s keep the rock going.

24.) Mad Mary Jones – THE VACANT LOTS
25.) Basalt Anchor – Vedora
26.) You Can Love If You Want To – Peg Tassey MUSIC
27) Extended Werewolf – farm

There’s only so much time indeed. Whether if’s people like Kip and Lauren Bacall who lived full lives or Robin Williams or the completely senseless killing of Michael Brown, we only have a limited amount of time. I like listening to music, like what Vedora have shared with the world, and following Peg Tassey‘s advice and choosing to love. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?



Song after: Credo – Fish


Hana Zara, VT Joy Parade, Super Bonheur, Parmaga, Le Monde Dans Le Feu, and Shark Victim at Radio Bean, Friday August 16, 2013   Leave a comment

I just got home from seeing and hearing a ton of music. Hana Zara had a great guitar sound, playing Joe Adler’s card deck guitar. I loved every moment of her set and still have Dropout Generation in my head, though, I think many of the other songs she played were better. Hmmm, Symmetry.

VT Joy Parade followed, and were fun and cheerful. Their songs are too easy to find the groove, but they have such harmony and enthusiasm! There were a couple with some prog edges, and a couple where Anna let her voice roar. At times, they were magnificent, and maybe they were wonderful at the times I could not see. If nothing else, the juggler, and sense of showmanship, were endearingly entertaining.

The duo fest started with Super Bonheur who played a punk set with drums and electric ukulele/vox. The high end was a bit much, but there was fun to be had.

Parmaga followed with some dance grooves played with a real drummer and guitar/keys mixed with pre-recorded passages. Their playing was pretty solid, impressive at times, but something held them back a bit. Maybe it was the structure of the songs. Don’t get me wrong, at times they really rocked. But, still, maybe they are fine, and creating a beautiful structure, and it’s just that I want to rock it away.

A Montreal duo called Le Monde Dans Le Feu followed. It was mostly heavy dance grooves with a bass player and singer. For the most part, it did not grab me, yet, the enthusiasm was intriguing. One or two songs had a metal hint and when the singer turned around and banged on a drum, a couple of times, I caught a bit of an “On vocals, and percussion” sort of vibe

Through sheer force and stamina, I held it together to be sure I heard “Shark! Victim!”  They finally hit the stage and opened with the theme song. They followed with a surf rockish, not quite High Breaks, new song. Next up White Lizard and Hear It Still rocked hard with Michael Clifford’s thundering bass, and J Boom Mateik even more thunderous drumming. Since it was after 2am, they jammed out a bit more Shark! Victim! and called it a morning.

Thanks to everyone for rocking so hard tonight. I’m only a little bit bummed that Linda Bassick didn’t tell Joe to set up another guitar and amp, and join Shark. It would have ruined the duo theme, but only at the end…..

On the walk home, at one point, I was singing or humming Dropout Generation, and clapping along. I looked down and there was a very tense skunk. Tail up, in a way I’ve never seen before, and everything. I figured, in the moment, that if i had not been sprayed, I should keep walking along. I did, I was fine. Presumably the skunk was relieved too, and went on its way.

Lounge Act plays Doolittle by the Pixies, Cave Bees, Parmaga, and Black Rabbit at Nectar’s June 15, 2013   1 comment

Cave Bees at Nectar's

Cave Bees at Nectar’s

Last night was a great night for music. I caught a ride downtown and made it to Nectar’s as the Cave Bees were sound checking. When ready, they played a blistering set, mostly from their CD. There were a couple of new ones, to keep things mixed up, but it was mostly classic Bees. It’s so great to have them back and playing.

Parmaga at Nectar's

Parmaga at Nectar’s

Parmaga is two guys playing drums or bass and guitar or keys. Their sound ranged from dancy EDM to majestic rock, with every stop in between that they could imagine. Much of their music was tricky to follow along with, but that made it fun. Whatever song they played second blew me away.

Lounge Act at Nectar's

Lounge Act at Nectar’s

LOUNGE ACT is James Bellizia (guitar), Jason Cooley (vocals), Bobby Hackney Jr. (drums), Caroline O’Connorr (bass), and Eric Olsen (guitar). I did not know the Pixies album Doolittle at all, and had fun learning it from this killer band. Everyone was right on, and each song had a thousand or two changes. The whole show was truly magnificent and Nectar’s was packed. After the album was finished they tossed in a sweet version of Where is My Mind? and called it a night.

Black Rabbit at Nectar's

Black Rabbit at Nectar’s

Black Rabbit set up quickly, and kept half of the audience. They were just as fun as always. Neutrino and Tubar Tubar sounded great. I love Black Cat, and last night’s version was spot on. The trio play loud fast punk, and I’ve loved them every time I’ve seen them. They wrapped the set with Teenagers from Mars, by the misfits, but the audience asked for another. They came back with a Ramones song and let Chinese Rock end the night. I was very tired at this point, but stopped into Radio Bean and caught a couple of songs by the Shandies. They ripped it up, playing fast and loud. They had more songs, but it was pretty late. I’ll have to catch them again sometime.