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Happy Spangler and The Nancy Druids at The Monkey House and Julia Caesar and Clever Girls at Radio Bean January 27, 2018   Leave a comment

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Happy Spangler pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music on Saturday January 27th. It was one of those days where there were six or ten great shows in town and decisions had to be made.

I got out of work and hung out for a bit then took the long walk to Winooski. I got in and settled at The Monkey House and realized that the first band on was one that I knew nothing about and really wanted to see. Happy Spangler took the stage for their debut show. With Barbara Richmond on bass, Kirk Flanagan on guitar and vocals and Michael Bradshaw on drums and backing vocals, they had a pop punk sound that brought me back through the history of Burlington’s music scene while firmly planting me in 2018. Kirk was a great front man and introduced most of the songs and they opened with one called Dave Doesn’t Live Here Anymore. They played a song about bringing you flowers when you wanted drugs. They played a song called Baby Please and one about breaking the night. They played the brand newest of the new songs called Never Let Me Go then played another love song. They sang about a sweet bit of honey and told the true story of having never seen it coming. They played a fun song called Hawks and closed the set with Elvis Costello’s Waiting for the end of the world. It was a great beginning and I can’t wait to see them again.

Up next The Nancy Druids began playing their gorgeous rock and roll music. They opened with the Sky all around them then brought us back to December. They played a powerhouse version of By Design and followed with the newish song Salvation. Just another day had that heavy rock stomp and Halo featured Ann Mindell‘s explosive drumming. They played a cool new song called Bitter Days (?) then took us on a walk through Vondle Park (?). I Can’t Remember Who You Were was epic and Sean went way off on The Space Between to close the night. They are an amazing band.

 

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The Nancy Druids pic by Tim Lewis

There was one more band at the Monkey House but I decided to try and make it to a second show. I walked back into Burlington and waited in line for a bit at Radio Bean. I had heard a lot about, but had never seen, Julia Caesar. I was still outside when they began but I could hear reasonably well and my first thought was Zola Turn. Their songs had nice melodies and rocked hard. I made it inside after a couple of songs and found a place to enjoy the rest of the show. The songs had a great strength to them and I reveled in their power. They played a song about the ground and a new one about a holy ghost. They played a song about being down below the ground and closed with one about hearing me now. I definitely need to see them again and get to know their music. They are amazing.

 

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Julia Caesar pic by Tim Lewis

Up next Clever Girls took the stage and kept it rocking. They opened with Tell Me No then shouted out the 1 2 3 4 intro to Loose Tooth. They played a new song I did not know but really liked then played an intense version of 45. They played more songs from their upcoming album such as Catch And Release and Loom. They closed the set with a heavy rocker that always gets me going. They are such a great band. I can’t wait for a new album so I can get to know their songs even better.

I didn’t hang out too long but did chat with a couple of cool people. The walk home was short and easy and I was in a blissfully happy place.

 

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Clever Girls pic by Tim Lewis

 

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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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Andriana Chobot and Ivamae at Radio Bean December 29, 2017   Leave a comment

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Andriana Chobot pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music on Friday at Radio Bean. It had been a long week and I was hoping for a quiet night since I had to work early on Saturday. My Facebook feed showed no shows that I was invited to but something was nagging somewhere. I went to Radio Bean’s site and looked at the calendar and there it was.

I got bundled up and took the lovely walk downtown. I got in and settled in time for the 8:30 show Andriana Chobot sometimes plays with a band and sometimes plays solo but either way her songs are amazing and she plays them so well. She was solo that night and opened by just singing and tapping out a beat on the microphone. It was a cool song about the day that I die that somehow made me smile happily. She fired up the keyboard for a song about going in for the kill and going in for the kiss and we were off. She sang about saying what love is and played a bouncy and appropriate song called Stay Warm. My Old House has a riff that has been stuck in my head every day since the show. Not I is just a gorgeous piece of music. She sang a song about driving your daddy’s T-Bird and spending the night on a hill overlooking the city. Dig Him rocked nicely then she sang that there is nowhere to go but here. She took a quick break then came back with a lovely version of Another Day. She played a song about a heart beating then jammed a bit on Neon. She closed the night with a gentle Cascade and my heart was just filled. Her songs and playing are so great that I always want to be in the room when she is on.

Of course, when I checked outt the Radio Bean calendar earlier I looked to see who was on after. Wow. I hung out for the long set break and chatted with Andriana for a while then Ivamae took the stage with her lovely voice and electric guitar. Usually, I get lucky when I see her as the audience gets quiet when she plays but at 10:30 on a Friday there were people who were chatting in the audience. She turned up the guitar a bit and nicely made her way through the din. She opened with a cover of a song called Plastic and alternated covers and originals throughout the show. She played a song about seeing sunshine and rain. She played a song that will have a video soon called Reality Of It All. She sang a song called Tender Me and one about how every day feels like a holiday. She tossed in another cool cover then played Mama and Homecoming. She played a song called Sober, one called Alone then played a Feist cover. Just Like A Star sounded nice as did Just The Two of Us. She played a song called Nope and closed the 15 song set with a song about how you shall be fine.

I headed out pretty quickly and took the lovely walk home. It was a lot of effort to get out the door but I was heavily rewarded for it.

 

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Ivamae pic by Tim Lewis

Posted January 2, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows, Uncategorized

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Samara Lark and Friends at Radio Bean December 22, 2017   Leave a comment

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Jackie Buttolph and Eric Daniels pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music Friday night at Radio Bean. It was a snowy day but I had plenty of time to get home and settled for a moment before taking the lovely walk downtown for the 10pm show. The night began with Jackie and Eric from The Leatherbound Books. Jackie told the story about how the first song often was sung in the present tense but an older version recognized the challenges of the moment with a hopeful eye to the future. In that spirit her strong and gorgeous voiced filled the room with Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas. They followed with a great version of Joni Mitchell’s River, then closed their set with an original about how it’s OK to feel sad at Christmas, It had poignant and funny lyrics and a wonderful yuletide fiasco reference. It seemed like everyone in the room could relate.

Up next Linda Bassick and Patrick McAndrew were joined by Jesse Taylor and they rocked out a fun Santa Claus Is Coming To Town. They gave it a little Springsteen ending that made the crowd smile. Silver Bells sounded sweet and Let It Snow was just lovely. They wrapped the set on a high note with Jungle Bell Rock.

 

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Patrick McAndrew, Jesse Taylor, and Linda Bassick pic by Tim Lewis

The final band had Jackie on Bass and vocals, Houston on drums, Johnnie Day Durand on musical saw and glockenspiel, Aya Inoue on guitar and vocals and Samara Lark Brown on electric ukulele and vocals. They opened with Little Drummer Boy and the Pa rum pum pum pums were especially cool. Samara and Aya sang most of the songs, and both sounded great, but when they sang together it was even nicer. When Jackie joined it it was nicer still. They played a fun version of Blue Christmas but towards the end Jackie started singing White Christmas and blended the words perfectly into the melody. It was impressive, and Johnnie’s saw work only made it more magical. Jackie took lead vocals for a strong version of Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) that filled the room with joy. Samara arranged a darker minor key version of Carol Of The Bells that was very cool. They rocked out a lively version of Holiday Road from the Vacation movies that made everyone smile. Samara began singing O Holy Night. It got more amazing when Aya joined in and more amazing still when Jackie entered the mix. Do You Hear What I Hear sounded great and they followed with a rocking version of Happy X-Mas (War Is Over). They kept the pace in full rock mode for I Wish It Was Christmas Today to close the night.

It was a little late and I had to work a little early in the morning, so I quickly headed out and bounced home full of holiday cheer.

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Johnnie Day Duran, Samara Lark, Aya Inoue, Houston Illo, and Jackie Buttolph pic by Tim Lewis

Linda Bassick at Radio Bean December 18, 2017   Leave a comment

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I had a great time seeing music last Monday at Radio Bean. The show was set for 8:30 and I had to work until 8. I got home at quarter after, almost faded, then pushed myself out the door. I made good time but it was about 8:45 when I arrived and Linda Bassick was on stage and sounding great. I caught a little bit of a song (ain’t nobody?), as I settled in then she played a new song maybe called anything about you. She followed with an older song about what to say and do then tried to bring on some holiday cheer with a bluesy rocking Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer. She mentioned that it was almost time for her to play on the next Moody Blues Cruise and extolled the virtues of Rod Argent and The Zombies. She loved the chorus in their big hit song that goes Hold Your Head, Woman, Hold Your Head High then played the song. She followed with an old Lulu song called To Sir With Love that Mellow Yellow often cover. She sang about loving you more than yesterday, said how she recorded and album with Kirk Flanagan, played One From Two, and closed the night with a song about it not being over. She is such a great singer and strong guitar player that even though I missed a quarter of the show, I was so happy that I put in the effort.

 

Posted December 24, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows, Uncategorized

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The Mountain Carol at Radio Bean December 4, 2017   Leave a comment

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The Mountain Carol pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music a couple of weeks ago at Radio Bean. It was in the heart of the busy season and I was scheduled to work until 11:30 so I knew I would miss the band I wanted to see. I even sent an apology note, as one does. The day was busy but by the end of the evening it was just slow enough and staffing was just right so I was able to get out a little early.

I raced home, did a quick turnaround, then raced downtown. I got in the door about 10:40 for the 10:30 show. I’m not sure if I missed anything or not as The Mountain Carol started to play and let the song, or string of songs, flow with beauty and grace. I think it was the same thing they opened with a few weeks earlier at the Lamp Shop. Part of me wanted to capture a few lyrics or musical ideas to help write about the show, but most of me just wanted to crawl into the musical flow and bask in its shimmering loveliness, so I did. The first song gave way to shorter songs that kept me in a happy place and elicited a comment from the audience comparing them to Pink Floyd. Even though they don’t sound like that they do feel like that. I just loved every moment of the hour or so that they played. They wrapped the night with a song called Never Ending and I was as impressed with them as the last time I caught them.

After the show I chatted with the band and with Ryan Cohen who was there to check them out. We made a plan for February then I took the long happy walk home.

 

Posted December 22, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Ivamae and Best Fern at Radio Bean and Thanya Iyer and The Mountain Carol at Light Club Lamp Shop November 22, 2017   Leave a comment

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Ivamae pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last Wednesday at Radio Bean and Light Club Lamp Shop. I had a pretty quiet day off but as the clock approached 9, I got motivated and got out the door. I took the lovely walk downtown and got in and settled as Ivamae got ready to play. It was just her with an electric guitar and a powerful voice and a crowd who was willing to listen. I’ve seen her a couple of times and the audience seems to quickly become reverent when she begins. That night was no exception. Her songs don’t have catchy hooks or choruses but there is something magical to the sound that makes her shows compelling. She opened with a stunning version of True Hue then sang about how freedom is just a state of mind. She sang about tender me then covered a song called Sober. She played another cover about being a victim of a foolish heart then played one of her own called Homecoming. She just shot a video for the song Reality Of It All and regaled us with a lovely performance of it. She played a Feist song about wishing I didn’t miss you. She closed with a jazzy song called Nope which featured the line I can’t change the truth. It was a wonderful show.

 

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Thanya Iyer pic by Luke Awtry Photography

I popped over to the Lamp Shop and a band from Montreal called Thanya Iyer were onstage and playing. This was the last night of a long tour before heading home and they sounded completely locked in. They were playing some infectious synth pop as I got settled but then the sound turned to jam then rocked a bit as it came to a close. I think it was about rising up. I’m not sure if the next song was one long song or a series of them but it started with bird sounds and lovely keys then fell into a jazz jam prog rock sound. The drummer gave the song a hypnotic feel and I was just amazed. They wrapped up the set after that and I’m so glad that I caught as much as I did. They are definitely a band to watch for.

 

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Thanya Iyer pic by Luke Awtry Photography

I popped back to the Bean and another band from Montreal were ready to play. Best Fern said they were really good friends with Thanya and neither knew the other was playing that night. Kudos to whomever booked those shows. Fern are a duo with a woman on guitar and vocals and a guy on electronics. They began with a soft mystical sound lit by chimes and wispy vocals. They played delicate and gorgeous songs about waiting and wondering if you love you. They sang about how you can do anything that you want to and remarked about how present the audience was. They sang a song called I Will Try and closed the set with a song about when you’re dead. It was a beautiful show.

 

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Best Fern pic by Tim Lewis

 

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The Mountain Carol pic by Tim Lewis

I headed back to the Lamp Shop and got in and settled as the other band I meant to see started to play. The Mountain Carol began with a Roxy Music sound and played a long song or a series of songs about having the vision. As it went along and took fun twists and turns I was elated. At one point it had a bit of a Doors sound and went for about 20 minutes. Up next was an upbeat jazzy song about dancing alone that made me smile. They played a couple more that were really cool and called it a night. That was the second time I’d seen them and would go back again in a heartbeat.

I popped back to the Bean and caught part of a song by Guthrie Galileo. It was just him on keys and vocals and he played a pop song with a big sound. I was pretty wiped out by then so I took the easy walk home, but I really should check out his music soon. Even on the night before Thanksgiving there is amazing music in our town.

Thanks Luke Awtry Photography for the pictures of Thanya Iyer

 

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The Mountain Carol pic by Tim Lewis