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The Zii Trees at Radio Bean and Julia Caesar and Adrienne Cooper Smith at Ruach HaMaqom Synagogue July 19, 2018   Leave a comment

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Julia Caesar (regular configuration) pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music at Radio Bean and Ruach HaMaqom Synagogue. I ran some errands during the day, had some time at home to settle for a bit, then took the warm walk down to the Bean.

I got in and settled and The Zii Trees began to play. They opened with a song called The Outside and we were on our way. They are a keys/vocals and Ukulele/vocals duo who play songs with sweet melodies and fun changes. They sing together in harmony and the stream of consciousness lyrics fly out quickly in an enchanting way. They sang a song called Stars then one called Ribbons that may have been about wearing the colors of the sunrise. They continued to drop little slices of pop joy on us with a song about winter. Ella put down the Uke and picked up an acoustic guitar for the title song to the Red Road album. The song had a nice strength and they said the album version had an electric guitar. Marika’s keys sounded lovely on the new one that I think was about a world you haven’t figured out. They sang about watching from a distance then sang here comes the cold. They played a new song about a hotel pool where you’re born again with chlorine burns and advised that you close your eyes and glide. They closed the completely delightful set with The Tide.

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The Zii Trees pic by Tim Lewis

I bought a CD, took the warm walk home, dropped it off, then headed over to the synagogue. I arrived close to seven, hung out and chatted with Frank DeAngelis, then about 7:30 Adrienne Cooper Smith took the stage. The stark sound of the electric banjo was beautifully jarring and juxtaposed with the sweet sounding voice. The vocals were mixed down just enough that it was hard to grab the lyrics so I went with the flow. Late in the set a song started with no one knows and had a noir onset of night feel to it. I did not know the cover, and as the set wound its way to the end Adrienne began some blistering finger picking that lit up the packed room. It was a great way to end an intriguing set. I need to listen again soon. Very soon.

 

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Adrienne Cooper Smith pic by Tim Lewis

Some speakers explored ideas such as taking tangible steps to create racial harmony, paying nurses what they are worth so we can have great ones when we need them, and supporting migrant farm workers, since they do so much for all of us.

A couple of minutes after the last one finished, Julia Caesar took the stage. They opened with Ode To The River and Chosen Names of the Heavy Flow EP that they just released. Katy’s voice shone bright and strong and was glorious when mixed with Liz and Meg’s. Both played cool guitar parts as Katy drove the melodies with her bass and Steven rocked the drums hard. They played a song about winter and light going to gray then played a new song about hearing the harmonies. Liz leaned her guitar into the amp to bring out a subtle and sweet feedback sound that put me in a happy place. Meg and Steven switched instruments for Bricks And Bones and Liz played some keys. They returned to the regular instruments for a sing along clap along song about how we are dying alone. It was more fun than you might guess. They sang one about all falling down and feet touching the ground and drowning. Liz and Steven switched instruments for a song about being washed up on your shore again, then they returned to the regular instruments for Nose Dive. They closed with a rocking version of Falter that had Liz pulling all sorts of cool sounds from her pedals.

After the show I chatted with Peg Tassey and Rabbi Jan for a bit then took the short and lovely walk home. What a fantastic night

 

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Ivamae at Robot Dog Studio and Chris Brokaw & Anachronist at Amy E. Tarrant Gallery at the Flynn Center For Performing Arts, and Ben Clark at Radio Bean on July 13, 2018   Leave a comment

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Ivamae pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music Friday at Robot Dog Studio and the Amy E. Tarrant Gallery, which is part of the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts.

We’ve always done the live from Robot Dog sessions in the evening but the timing worked out for an afternoon show. We gathered around 2pm and Ryan Cohen dialed in the sound. Ivamae played four songs that were so enchanting it was a struggle to hold on to enough concentration to be ready to ask her questions as each song found it’s conclusion. Phoebe Zorn helped Ryan with the video and I can’t wait to see and hear the results.

I grabbed a bite to eat then headed home. I did a quick turnaround then quickly walked downtown. The show at the gallery said 6pm and I sailed in about 6:05. The band was not on so I took a breath and ran into Phil Yates. We chatted as a DJ spun songs from The Gun Club, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Blue Button, Alex Chilton, and lots of others.

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Anachronist pic by Tim Lewis

 

A little after 7, Anachronist took the stage. They opened with a couple of new songs that featured their jangly rock that takes fun twists and hits many sweet notes. One was about doing it all. The third song had a tag line of don’t come back again and featured some blistering Brian Clark guitar work. Chris Brokaw joined them for a song about true love that was gorgeous. At that point Anachronist left the stage and Chris sang a song about wanting still to decide. His songs were mellow and strong and slow and enchanting. The next one had that sweet flow to it, until the end when he unleashed some lovely guitar noise. He had nothing but time on the next one then followed with an instrumental cover that I should have been able to spot, but did not, and enjoyed it nonetheless. He played a song from an upcoming album that may be called Trademarks and I think the song was about the end of night. He played another cool instrumental then a song about a joke where no one laughs and the night having no eyes. He played another nice instrumental then one about blasting through black holes. He closed the set with a short and super fun song about Benny Forjones (?) that made everyone smile.

He left the stage and Anachronist returned. The first two songs kept my heart in a happy place as Phil Carr’s powerhouse drumming and Mike Donofrio‘s melodic bass locked the songs in. They sang about what it’s going to take to get it together again then dropped a heavenly version of Like Beads on us. The next song was new and almost political and was dedicated to the nurses who were on strike and holding a rally across the street in City Hall park. They closed with a pair of songs where the first one was short and exciting, much like singer Angela Paladino, that the other was longer. It was about a gambler from out of state, and let Brian loose for a killer guitar solo at the end. It had been ages since I had seen them and I loved every note.

I chatted with Sean Toohey for a bit then took the lovely walk home.

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Anachronist with Chris Brokaw

I got a bit of a thirst on the way home and ducked into Radio Bean and a gentleman named Ben Clark was on stage. His voice was strong and melodic and his guitar playing was nice. He sang Wichita Lineman and Goodbye Yellow Brook Road as I settled in to listen. He played the last song of the old world, the title song for his album Hallucinate, and closed with something called No Idea. It was well worth the stop.

I then took the lovely walk home and collapsed on the couch in a happy place. I’m so lucky to have so much great music around me all the time.

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Ben Clark pic by Tim Lewis

 

 

Katy Hellman at Light Club Lamp Shop, Seth Yacovone at Nectar’s and Swale at Radio Bean July 29, 2018   Leave a comment

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Katy Hellman pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music at Light Club Lamp Shop, Nectar’s, and Radio Bean. The days and weeks have been long, with occasional small promises of settled times in the future. I took a dive back into our scene on Wednesday, and I took a dive into Thursday. I was able to catch a nap in the late afternoon today and woke up in reasonable time for the first show. The promise of the chicken that my roommate barbecued kept me a little after my scheduled departure time, but set a nice base for the evening.

I walked out the door at 7:30 and waled in the Lamp shop door at 7:4. Katy Hellman was on stage playing bass and singing beautifully. I didn’t catch any details of the song, as I got settled,,but loved the way it sounded. She sang a song about unwanted pieces then followed with a Julia Caesar song about sticks and stones and mortar and bones that are used to build a home. She picked up a guitar and sang a song about not seeing women play guitars so she thought it was not an option. She played a song called Darling Thing. I think it was about the life cycle of peaches and flying. All the songs had the Caesar flair, but were so quiet, it was impossible to miss the messages. She pulled our an old song called Muted Green, then played a new song about the challenges in connecting with someone when you are constantly changing. She closed the night wit a song about how they are trying to take her mind. I’m so lucky to live in a place where I can walk down the street and hear music like this.

 

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Seth Yacovone pic by Tim Lewis

She wrapped up around 8:30, and soon I booked out the door and headed to Nectar’s. Seriously, if you have any free time on a Friday from 7-9, you will find beauty, grace, and power when Seth Yacovone plays. He played a song about how everyone is stupid and how everyone is smart, and I was in a happy place. He sang a song about having the moon and the cheese that made me smile. He sang a song about just being free to breathe easy as his fingers hit magnificent heights on the fretboard. He read the crowd and tossed in Folsom Prison Blues then closed the night with Like A Rolling Stone. The end section where he chanted think, it ain’t legal yet, was super cool.

I wandered back to Radio Bean, got in and settled, and chatted with a couple of cool people. Soon enough, it was time for SWALE to play. Sometimes they open with tuning that seems to fall into a song, but tonight it sounded like they began by soundscaping, or Swalescaping. As the music coalesced, they rocked out Bright Lights Tonight. Release Your records referenced tons of vinyl jokes, and kept up the fun pace. They kicked it up hard with Safe To Say then unleashed Drug Laws. What a massively intense song. They slowed it down for the poignant Both Eyes Closed then pulled out an old song called Pay Attention. They started slow, built it into an epic, ripped out the sky, then let it ease back on Every Last One Of Us. They kept poignancy at peak level for Elevator and closed with a blistering Lawn Fire.

I did not hang out long, and took the lovely walk home. What a great night of music in our town.

 

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Swale pic by Tim Lewis

 

Bill Burrell and The Hutton Toohey Disaster at Radio Bean June 23, 2018   Leave a comment

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Sean Toohey and Matt Hutton pic by Tim Lewis

I just got back from seeing some great music at Radio Bean. I arrived early and caught a set by Bill Burrell. He sang and played electric piano and was joined by a super relaxed spot on drummer. With a long finer reach that could hit interesting simultaneous notes, he had a bit of an Elton John sound. He sang about not being able to disarm memories and things not coming easy, and staying right here ’til this blows over. His set was strong and lovely.

 

 

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Bill Burrell pic by Tim Lewis

The set break was reasonable then Sean Toohey and Matt Hutton took the stage. Armed with microphones and electric guitars they opened with Under Northern Sky. They popped back to the Warner Brothers album for Very Underground, then took a dive into the deep past. Seasons Change from the Spray 9 days was still cool today. They went back to the WB album for Mary then did another Spray 9 song called I Turn Around which filled my soul. Sean took off the guitar and sat with a six sting lap slide guitar and made Gold In California shine. He kept the slide going for Jet Pilot high, which had me singing almost all the words. They popped back to the Venus Envy days for 1,000 Lies then hit us in our love spot with Bloodboy. They stayed with the Envy theme for Falling In And Out Of Sleep and I Am Sunday. They hit us hard with Bomb and said that was going to be the last one, but previously a couple of people asked for another. The Possibility Shop filled my soul and made me sing it into the world. They called it a night after that and left us wanting to see what they would do two years from now, which seems to be their time frame. It was the kind of night that just makes you smile and fills you with joy.

 

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Sean Toohey and Matt Hutton pic by Tim Lewis

Joe Adler & Jaco Schiller and Dan Blakeslee at Radio Bean May 26th at Radio Bean   Leave a comment

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Joe Adler and Jaco Schiller

 

I had a great night of seeing music May 26th at Radio Bean. It had been a challenge to get out and see music. With lots of paperwork to deal with after mom’s death and working five 50 hour weeks in a row, I’ve mostly been coming home and collapsing. I put in a 10 hour day that Saturday but still had a little energy left.

I took the short walk down to the Bean and got in and settled. Joe Adler got up to sing and play acoustic guitar and was joined by Jaco Schiller on accordion. He added a nice flow to Joe’s strong songs. They began with a breezy Relax then ordered up some Coffee & Eggs. Joe leaned into the phone microphone for a beautiful version of Brothers And Sisters. They pulled out covers of Cohen’s Chelsea Hotel and Beck’s Asshole. They took a ride with Midnight Jones And The Jimmer then sang about how the friends you see every day slip away, and how tomorrow is just a game that we play. They sang about a Little Bird then took us on a trip to Atlantic City. They introduced us to Mr Siegal then sang about Old Mary. They had us sing along to Many A Girl and the room was hopping. What a great way to end the show.

I had heard great things about Dan Blakeslee but had never seen him. I hung out for his first set and enjoyed his singer/songwriter country sound. He sang about a bonfire in Burlington. He sang about being between the darkness and you. He graced us with a new song about not being a gambling man then told us how to stick it to the man any way you can. He pulled out a countrified cover of Just Like A Woman then sang about carrying you with me wherever I go. I think it was about being on tour. He was lively and fun when chatting with the audience between songs. He sang about a kitten and about how home is in the heart. I missed the details about the song that closed the set but it was as cool as the others.

I had to work early in the morning so I ducked out quickly after his set was done. I’m so glad I finally got a chance to hear him play and sing, and it’s always a treat to listen to Joe. What a great night.

Yea music!!

 

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Dan Blakeslee

 

Posted June 8, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Father Figuer at Radio Bean April 9, 2018   Leave a comment

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I had a great time seeing music a few Monday’s ago at Radio Bean. It was one of those nights where I got out of work, had time to grab a bite to eat, then took the walk down to see the show.

I had heard good things about Father Figuer and wanted to check them out. I got in settled and showtime was upon us. They lit into the first song with a stark solo guitar that slid into a moody dirge before it began to rock. They built it up for a bit, then eased off for a bit, then built it into a nice rock freakout. As it played through, it eased off into a quiet ending. I was hooked. The rest of the set stayed in that wonderful heavy zone. The second song was slow and sludgy. The third was mellow and ended with a lush haze. The packed room was pleased as they alternated between slow and medium paced rock songs with occasional over the top guitar work. They closed the set with a nice rocker that had a rip out the sky solo towards the end.

I didn’t stay long after they finished, and took the lovely walk home. It’s so great to know that there are new bands starting up in our town all the time. I cant wait to see where they go from here.

Posted May 4, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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The Mountain Carol at Radio Bean March 9, 2018   Leave a comment

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I had a great time seeing music a week ago Friday at Radio Bean. I had been running errand after errand after errand and was a bit worn out and called out of work. I got in a nice visit with mom and caught a long later afternoon early/evening nap. I woke up a little fuzzy, got myself out the door and took the lovely walk down to the 10pm show. I had been studying some of The Mountain Carol‘s music and smiled as they began with their namesake song. It flowed into something else and I was lost in the usual dreamy trance they create. The third song was something about how I’ve got to know you and I was in a happy place. They played a great version of Shadow Puppets and the usual stranger began stalking the room. A new song had a bit of an upbeat big band sound, while still in the confines of the dreamy whispy elegant music they purvey. I’m not sure if it was Essex Fair or Essex Ferry but it was cool. They kept the room filled with their gorgeous sound on a song I did not catch anything about, and one in which their intentions were pure. They played a fun version of Dino, played another cool one that I will have to learn soon and wrapped the night with The Never Ending.

I wordlessly said hello to Bruce, the singer/keyboard player, then slipped out the door and into the lovely walk home. Their music fills my heart and the show left me smiling for days.

 

 

Posted March 19, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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