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Ruckzuck at Robot Dog Studio, Miami Summer Culture, Ruckzuck , and Plastique Mammals at The Monkey Hose and Ruckzuck at Radio Bean October 22, 2017   Leave a comment

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Ruckzuck pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music a week ago Sunday at Robot Dog Studio and The Monkey House and at Radio Bean. The last time Ruckzuck were in town, in May, I went to Nectar’s to check them out. They were really good so I stopped in at Radio Bean and saw them for a second time that day. That show blew me away too. The next day they were playing at The Monkey House so I asked Nathan Curtis if he wanted to go and we were both amazed.

Last Sunday they were set to play an early show at The Monkey House and a later show at the Bean. I had to work until 5 and not until 12:30 on Monday so it looked pretty promising that I could see them twice in one day again. The band checked in about doing a Robot Dog session. It turned out that Ryan Cohen had a last minute cancellation so we set it all up. After all, why stop at two if you can go to three.

I got out a little early on Sunday and headed to the studio. The band were in and set up and beginning soundcheck. It was cool to hang out and chat and even cooler when the tape started rolling and the band began to play. We chatted about evolution and gardens and fonts and things like that. They played wonderful super-heavy psychedelic rock songs like I Ruined The Moon and Alan’s Garden. Future Shock just kept rising and had me enthralled and I had to force myself out of speechlessness since i still had one more interview segment with them. They wrapped the set with Miss Candy and started the remarkably efficient tear down process so they could head to Winooski.

 

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Ruckzuck pic by Tim Lewis

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Ruckzuck pic by Tim Lewis

I drove home and parked the car and checked in with Nathan. He was good to go so we headed to Winooski and settled into The Monkey House. The show began with a gentleman sitting and playing guitar and loops. Miami Summer Culture played nicely layered instrumental indie pop. The first few sounded nice but the fourth one had a vocal track from the first moon landing and was really cool. The music had a spacey vibe and I was in a happy place. He played one more and wrapped up the set.

 

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Miami Summer Culture pic by Tim Lewis

Ruckzuck were up next and just let loose. I should have studied their music more, so I’m not certain what they started with, but it was huge and trippy and wonderful. They veered a little more pop with Miss Candy and the next lovely song which had a dropped from the sky ripping ending. They pulled out a fun cover of Come And Get Your Love and everyone enjoyed the groove. From there things just took off and they closed with a long over the top amazing version of Oh You, You’re You and I was in heaven.

 

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Ruckzuck pic by Tim Lewis

Up next Plastique Mammals took the stage and rocked out. They are a duo with bass/keys/loops and a drummer. The songs were indie prog instrumentals and were pretty cool. They rocked out six songs that had a nice flow and created a happy space. The closer had a huge prog rock end and I was pleased.

 

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Plastique Mammals pic by Tim Lewis

Ruckzuck had loaded out their gear but were still there so Nate and I chatted with them for a bit then we headed out. It was getting late and close to the midnight show at the Bean so Nate was nice enough to give me a ride downtown, though as it turned out I would have had plenty of time to walk. He skipped the later show since he had to work earlier in the morning.

I got in and settled and said hi to my new best friends as they got everything set. At this point I was quite tired and just fell into the flow of the music. My notes are about as blurry as I felt and the first three songs just flowed with power and beauty. I’m not sure how it’s possible but I think that third show was the best of the day and certainly the longest. Extended versions of Alan’s Garden and Future Shock were incredible beyond words. They played for an hour or so and wrapped up around 1:30. I felt completely lost in the music for every note and was in complete bliss.

After they wrapped up, I said a quick goodbye then took the short and lovely walk home. What an amazing day!

 

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Ruckzuck pic by Tim Lewis

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Plastique Mammals, Ruckzuck, and Floral Amoral at Nectar’s May 22, Ruckzuck at Radio Bean May 22nd, and Ruckzuck at The Monkey House May 23, 2017   Leave a comment

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Ruckzuck pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music last Monday and Tuesday at three venues in town. It began a few months ago when singer Faith Kelly posted a question in the Facebook group Vermont music live and I replied and we chatted a bit. I listened to her band Ruckzuck, liked the sound, and put a note on the calendar that they were playing at The Monkey House on Tuesday.

As the show approached I realized they would play three shows in two days and decided to go check out the first show and see what it was like. On Monday, May 22nd, I worked from 11:30-8, dropped my stuff at home then took the lovely walk down to Nectar’s. There was a duo on stage as I got in and settled. Plastique Mammals are a keyboard/bass player and drummer and have a trippy sound. The songs start slow as they build loops then tend to get crazy by the end. Keyboard parts get added to the mix. Bass riffs get added to the mix. At one point he played a wicked bass solo into the mix and added another one over the top. I only caught five songs but their mini epics were fun to experience.

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Plastique Mammals pic by Tim Lewis

Up next Ruckzuck took the stage. With Mack Bedo on drums, Nick Bedo on guitar and Faith on keys and vocals, the band had a hypnotic flow to their music. They opened by saying “Welcome to the Spaceship” and dove into a fun spacey jam. They stayed there for the second song then rocked hard on Alan’s Garden. The fourth song was more poppy and Faith played the reverb soaked Ukulele to tremendous effect. The band closed the set with an over the top huge song that made me swoon.

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Ruckzuck pic by Tim Lewis

I hung out for a bit as Floral Amoral took the stage. With a singer/electric guitar player, electric guitar player, bassist and drummer they had a low-fi indie psychedelic sound that was really fun. The second song was more of a rocker and the third jammed hard. The clock said it was time to go to the next show so I sadly left. It was a quiet night in town and as I walked up Main st and took the turn up Church st I could hear their music flowing all over downtown.

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Floral Amoral pic by Tim Lewis

I arrived at Radio Bean just after the midnight start time but the band were still loading in. I got in and settled and soon enough it was time for Ruckzuck’s “second set”. They opened with a song about what goes on in your mind and it was easy to dive back into their spacey grooves. The second song had a bit of a Hawkwind flow and I was in a happy place. The next couple had more of a pop feel then they played another epic where Faith’s voice reached for the stars and Mack’s drumming became hypnotic. Nick laid in some cool rhythms as the keys flowed their way through the songs. They wrapped up around 1am then it was time for the short walk home.

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Ruckzuck pic by Tim Lewis

 

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Ruckzuck pic by Tim Lewis

 

I chatted with Nathan Curtis at work and said the two shows were fun and he said he was up for checking them out. I worked until 9:30 and we met up and headed to The Monkey House. Despite the rotary in Winooski being partly closed, we somehow got in and parked and walked in as Ruckzuck were starting their set. We had missed Floral’s opening set, but what can you do. I headed to the front and got right back into the groove. The songs have a hazy spacey flow and my body just seemed to remember where they would go. I couldn’t tell if the second song was really long or if it flowed into the third but I was in a happy place as the music washed over me. At some point Nate had called another coworker, Billy Greer, and he showed up and checked out some of their set. The band did another killer rocking version of Alan’s Garden with a long rocked out ending. Faith played the ukulele for the next song and a kazoo through a heavily reverbed mic for the next one. The effect was beautiful. They took a chance and played a brand new song and I’m so happy they did. It was wonderful. They wrapped the night with an over the top epic rocker that made me swoon.

We hung out and chatted with the band for a bit then Nathan dropped me at home. It’s amazing how easy it was to catch all three shows and Ruckzuck are so much fun, it made me want to keep coming back. Hopefully, they will journey this way again.

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Ruckzuck pic by Tim Lewis

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Ruckzuck pic by Tim Lewis

 

Radio Show 209 Thursday May 25, 2017 9-11pm Eastern US Time 107.1 FM and WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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gneiss at Robot Dog Studio pic by Jeff Arbor

 

Tonight’s local music radio show will run from 9-11pm US Eastern time Thursday May 25th and can be heard on both sides of the Champlain Valley on 107.1FM or streamed here: WBKM It will go as follows:

Song before: Memories In Future Tense – The Church Band

intro

From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. I want to thank Higher Ground for sponsoring our station. Let’s begin with an artist who played a delicate and beautiful show to a pin drop quiet audience at ArtsRiot last Saturday.

1.) True Hue – Ivamae
2.) Let me Be – Peter Burton
3.) Faded Movie Reel – Jeremy Gilchrist – Singer-Songwriter
4.) Agree To Disagree – 1881

That’s the next song from Lights, Camera, Action, the album I’m playing all the way through, song after song, week after week. Great songs from Jeremy Gilchrist and Peter. Both were recorded live at Robot Dog Studio. Last night I brought the band Gneiss into Robot Dog for an interview and some songs. Let’s listen to it now.

5.) Three Feels Right – gneiss
6.) Endless Sunkissed Lover – gneiss
7.) Lovely Day – gneiss
8.) Haze – gneiss

Thanks gneiss for playing such lovely music. Thanks to Ryan Cohen for making us sound great and Jeff Arbor for helping us out. OK there is a new group of people promoting music in our town called Noise Ordinance. They will bring a couple of cool artists to Foam Brewers including this one.

9.) Barstools (live) – Hammydown (Abbie Morin)
10.) The Coast – The High Breaks
11.) Just Another Day – The Nancy Druids
12.) Loose Tooth – Clever Girls

The Girls and Druids songs were recorded at Robot Dog also. The Breaks will be at Nectar’s on Friday to help Josh Panda release his new album. It does not appear to be out yet, so hopefully I will have Josh’s album for next week. Great song from Abbie. Last Saturday Ivamae opened the show at ArtsRiot and this next band recreated Joni Mitchell’s Blue album. Here is one of their songs.

13.) Saturation Brain – Arc Iris
14.) There Are Bigger Men Than Me – Plastique Mammals
15.) They Try To Compose Themselves – serene – Floral Amoral
16.) Oh You! – You’re You! – Ruckzuck

I got to see Ruckzuck play Monday at Nectar’s then later at Radio Bean and I saw them Tuesday at The Monkey House. Mammals opened the Nectar’s show and Amoral finished it. Amoral opened the Monkey House show. Thanks for visiting. See you next time? OK, this next band are back in town on Saturday at ArtsRiot.

17.) Dreaming Too Much – Alpenglow
18.) Sunflower Street – David L Jarvis
19.) The Naked Garden – Peg Tassey MUSIC
20.) Ex-Files – Better Things

Due to a technical glitch the gniess interview and songs played after Ex-Files but the show played in order on 107.1FM – TL

Better are playing a show on Sunday at Jim’s Basement. With all the new music I’m playing tonight I thought I should throw in a couple of Burlington classics. Peg and Dave well qualify. Great songs. Hmmm, I love Alpenglow. OK, this next guy is playing his last show tomorrow at ArtsRiot.

21.) Old North Ender – James Kochalka
22.) The Road – Anders Parker
23.) Silver And Gold – Waylon Speed!
24.) Coming Up – Ruckzuck
25.) Future Shock – Ruckzuck

I thought I should play three of their songs since I saw them three times this week. Classic rocker from Waylon. Anders is just amazing. Thanks for all the music James! Reunion tour 2018??? OK, let’s play a few more.

26.) So They Say – The New Siberians
27.) Every Last One Of Us – SWALE
28.) Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad? – Bob Wagner and the Book ‘Em Blues Band

Three great songs from three great bands. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we? Farewell.

29.) Sayonara – Black Rabbit
outro

Songs after:
Raingods Dancing – Fish
Wake Up Call (Make It Happen) – Fish
Planet Caravan – Black Sabbath
Empire Of The Clouds – Iron Maiden
Heart Of The Sunrise – Yes
Higher And Higher – The Moody Blues
From Now On – Supertramp
River – Joni Mitchell
Love And Affection – Joan Armatrading
Not I – Andriana Chobot
In The Blue Light – jane siberry
Brothers In Arms – Dire Straits
Megaphone – Joshua Glass Music