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Radio Show 231 Thursday November 2, 2017 9-11pm Eastern US Time on WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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Tonight’s local music radio show on WBKM.ORG will run from 9-11pm US Eastern time Thursday November 2, 2017. It can be streamed from the website above or this link: WBKM It will go as follows:

Song before: Cover Me – Bruce Springsteen

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From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. I hope everyone had a nice Halloween and tomorrow is my mother’s birthday so Happy Birthday Mom! Let’s begin with a local musician who just released an album called Other Side Of The Rain.

1.) Magic In This Mystery – Robin Gottfried
2.) Movin’ Out At The End Of The Night – Ben Slotnick
3.) Alone In The Night – Andriana Chobot
4.) Scattered Birds – Aaron Flinn

I just love that song by Aaron. He is talented and wonderful and writes such lovely songs. The Andriana song is inspired by the shortening days and lengthening nights. I want to thank Ben and Robin for getting in touch and letting me know about their new music so I can play it for you. Great stuff. OK, last night I went to Phoenix Books Essex & Burlington and saw performances by Swale and Mark Daly, but the main event was Ray Padgett and Brent Hallenbeck talking about Ray’s new book about cover songs. It’s called Cover Me and it was fascinating to hear stories of why rock bands choose to cover other bands songs. This next set was inspired by that discussion.

5.) She’s Leaving Home – Silver Bridget
6.) Sitting Still – Ninja Custodian
7.) Dizzy – Peg Tassey MUSIC
8.) The Revenge Of Vera Gemini – The Contrarian
9.) Elanor Rigby – Screaming Broccoli

Broccoli played in the late ’80’s and did a great rocking version of the classic. Casey Merlin Rae also records as The Contrarian and put out a whole EP of Blue Oyster Cult songs in honor of Sandy Pearlman. Ray mentioned Dizzy as one of the great local cover songs so I had to include that one. Ninja began with a few really cool originals but always played lots of covers to fill out long sets at Nectar’s like that REM song. Bridget play all covers but in their own wonderful way. OK, let’s play the next song on the album I’m playing all the way through, song after song, week after week. It’s a cover too.

10.) Into The Void – Surf Sabbath (The High Breaks)
11.) Resurrection – Death World Wide
12.) Above The Frequency – Invisible Homes
13.) Future Shock – Ruckzuck

I recently came up with the idea of putting Frequency and Shock back to back so I hope you enjoyed that. The version of Shock was from the Robot Dog Studio studio session they did when they were in town in October. Great song by Death. Nice surf version of the Sabbath song. Ryan Cohen has been releasing the Live At Robot Dog performances and interviews as a podcast. He just released the one from Clever Girls. Here is a song from that session. They played a rocking version of it last Saturday at The Monkey House.

14.) 45 – Clever Girls
15.) Big Starr – sleeping in
16.) Paying It Forward – Apartment 3
17.) Electric Trim – Lee Ranaldo

Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo played an amazing show at ArtsRiot last night. That is the title song from his new album. Girls, Sleeping, and Apartment played a great show last week at the Monkey House. That was Apartment 3’s last show. Thanks for the music. Speaking about being thankful for the music, Swale opened the show for Ranaldo with this song.

18.) Felon – SWALE
19.) She Moves In Passages – Late Night Sneaky Uncle
20.) Skeleton Star – The Cush
21.) Uncle Skeleton – Lee Ranaldo

Lee played a super fun version of that song last night. It’s just a couple of days after Halloween so I had to play a couple of skeleton songs. I caught Uncle a few weeks back and it’s about time I got some of their music on the air. Anne-Marie has such a wonderful voice. So does Amanda Gustafson! OK, let’s play one more Lee song.

22.) Moroccan Mountains – Lee Ranaldo
23.) The Light – Kat Wright
24.) I’ve Been Down – Bob Wagner
25.) Ricky The Rider – The Mountain Says No

OK, it’s time to start rocking hard and what better way to start than with Ricky. Great cover song from the amazing Bob Wagner. I love that Kat song. The Lee set last night was just stunning. OK, crank up the volume to 11.

26.) Jackbooted Thugs (Have All The Best Drugs) – Anders Parker
27.) Drug Laws – Swale
28.) Mr Reed (live) – Seth Yacovone Band

All of those songs rock so hard! Thanks everyone. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?

29.) Sayonara – Black Rabbit
outro

Songs after:
Question – Fish
Small Town Bringdown – The Tragically Hip
In The Garden – The New Siberians
Homesick – Jakals
Waiting For The World To End – The Depth and the Whisper
Something Out There Is Wrong – The Church Band
Stop Your Sobbing – The Kinks
Ronnie Rising Medley (A Light In The Black, Tarot Woman, Stargazer, Kill The King) – Metallica
I Heard It Through The Grapevine – Creedence Clearwater Revival
Megaphone – Joshua Glass Music
regular programming

 

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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

Radio Show 230 Thursday October 26, 2017 9-11pm Eastern US Time on WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

 

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Ruckzuck at Robot Dog Studio pic by Tim Lewis

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Tonight’s local music radio show will run from 9-11pm US Eastern time Thursday October 26, It can be streamed at WBKM,ORG or at our Facebook page link here: WBKM It will go as follows:

Song before: Bloodletting (The Vampire Song) (extended) – Concrete Blonde

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From our small city to the great big world these are the Sounds Of Burlington. It’s almost Halloween and I have a bunch of scary local songs lined up tonight, but first let’s head over to Robot Dog Studio for an interview and live performance by the mighty Ruckzuck Warning: This show could disorient your sense of space and time.

1.) I Ruined The Moon – Ruckzuck
2.) Alan’s Garden – Ruckzuck
3.) Future Shock – Ruckzuck
4.) Miss Cancy – Ruckzuck

I want to thank Ruckzuck for playing three times last Sunday and for their relentless touring and over the top music. It just fills my heart and I hope it does the same for you. Thanks also to Ryan Cohen for relentlessly making us sound great. OK, it’s almost Halloween. Let’s begin with a song about the dead.

5.) Stardust For Dessert – David Rosane & The Zookeepers
6.) A Monster’s Holiday – Matt the Gnat and the Gators
7.) Devil – farm
8.) Devil Knows My Name – Great Western

Great songs from Western and Farm. The first two were recorded at Robot Dog when those bands stopped in and played. OK, let’s go on to the next song from the Surf Sabbath album that I’m playing all the way through week after week.

9.) Hole In The Sky – Surf Sabbath (The High Breaks)
10.) Ninjas Vs Zombies – Phil Yates
11.) Oh My God – Sarah Blacker & New England Groove Association
12.) Ghostified – Persian Claws

Great ghostly rocker from the Claws. Sarah has lots of supernatural imagery in that song. Great song from the unaffiliated Phil Yates. Great surf rock version of the Sabbath song. OK, let’s keep rocking.

13.) Day Of The Dead – Hana Zara
14.) I Put A Spell On You – Marco Benevento and Kat Wright
15.) Death Of A Barn Cat – Dirtminers
16.) Graveyard Before Dark – Alice Austin

Great song from the legendary Alice Austin. Cool song about a sad subject by the Dirtminers. Great version of the classic by Kat and Marco. That was recorded at Radio Bean a couple of years back. Classic from Hana. I hope you’re not afraid of ghosts.

17.) Counting On A Ghost – Elephants of Scotland
18.) Giving Up The Ghost – Aaron Flinn
19.) Raising The Dead – Carraway
20.) Nightmare On Elm Street Theme – Savage Hen

Savage created that little ditty one night at Robot Dog. Great imagery in the Carraway song. Hmmm, ghosts. OK, this next song is not about a ghost.

21.) Vampyre – David L Jarvis
22.) Hell Chicken – Swillbillie
23.) Halloween Jam – The Dead Shakers
24.) Demon Moon – Crazyhearse

Great scary song from hearse. The Dead Shakers recorded that one at a session at Robot Dog recently. Gotta watch out for vampires and chickens from hell. Well, I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we? Sayonara.

25.) Black Cat – Black Rabbit
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Songs after
Do Not Walk Outside This Area – Fish (Congratulations on just getting married!!)
Skeleton Star – The Cush
With The Dead – Vultures of Cult
Please Mr Gravedigger – David Bowie
One More Grave – The Contrarian
Inevitability Of Death – The Tragically Hip
Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) – David Bowie
Angels Of Death – Hawkwind
Stonehenge – Spinal Tap
ETI (Extra Terrestrial Intelligence) – The Contrarian
Demon Eyes – Lake Superior
Ghost Train – Jerichovox
Angels And Demons – Invisible Homes
The Golden Ghost – Slingshot Dakota
Release The Dead – Chin Ho
Monsters – Cold Sweat
Full Moon Dark Places – Bull & Prairie
Killing Ghosts – Better Things
Monster’s Are Due – Doom Service
Children Of The Grave – Jesus Christ and the Hallucinogenic Allstars
regular programming

 

 

Radio Show 229 Thursday October 19, 2017 9-11pm Eastern US Time on WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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Note:  There was no show on October 12

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Tonight’s local music radio show on WBKM.ORG will run from 9-11pm US Eastern time Thursday October 19th. It can be streamed from our website or our Facebook link here: WBKM It will go as follows.

Song before: Stars Die – Porcupine Tree

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From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. I’m struck by the passing of people and the passing of stars that have happened recently. Let’s begin tonight with a cosmic connection that we all share.

1.) New Moon – Clare Byrne: Song and Dance
2.) Solitude – Alpenglow
3.) Resist – Jeremy Gilchrist – Singer-Songwriter
4.) Free – Francesca Blanchard

That’s a cool new song from Francesca and that’s a cool new song from Jeremy. The Alpenglow song has been running though my head lately so I thought I’d share. Great song by Clare. When I saw the first post about #MeToo I had that sinking feeling that almost every woman that I know was going to post one. I think it’s terrible that women have to endure this but I think it’s great that this is all coming to light. We should deal with this openly and move on to the path of just treating every other human being with respect and care. Come on people, I know you can step up. Here is a song about a woman being stalked and attacked and how it feels. I hope it helps us all move away from this behavior.

5.) Elevator – SWALE
6.) Mom Vibes – Thick Business
7.) A Cut In The Night Sky – Matt the Gnat and the Gators
8.) Mother’s OK – Split Tongue Crow

Great song from the Rutland Band. Cool song from Matt that we recorded a couple of weeks ago at Robot Dog Studio. Thick Business are from Boise Idaho and played last night at The Monkey House and they were amazing. Swale opened the show and it was just a great night. OK, this song has been running through my head a lot lately too.

9.) Able To Breathe – Peter Burton
10.) In The Country – Bardela
11.) Creatures – Hayley Jane and the Primates
12.) On My Way – Hover

That’s a classic from Burlington’s 1990’s. Cool new song from the Primates who are an amazing band live. Lovely songs from Bardela and Peter. OK, let’s play the next song on the Surf Sabbath album that I am playing all the way through, song after song, week after week.

13.) Sabbath Bloody Sabbath – Surf Sabbath (The High Breaks)
14.) Inevitability Of Death – The Tragically Hip
15.) Mary’s Line Into This View – Ouzkxqlzn
16..) Oh You, You’re You – Ruckzuck

Last time Ruckzuck were in town I saw them 3 times in two days. They will be at The Monkey House on Sunday around 7 then at Radio Bean at midnight. I’ll see about working out that third show…Great song from Lauren Costello‘s band. Just for the record, I checked and the name of the band is not technically pronounceable. The music is nice and that’s all that matters. A lot of us are feeling the loss of Gordon Downie from The Tragically Hip. He was such a force of life it’s hard to imagine that he is gone. They rocked Burlington, and all of Vermont, for many years. Great song from the Surfers. OK, this band played a great show last Saturday at The Monkey House.

17.) Juliet – Cave Bees
18.) Again The Rain – Pinact
19.) Flypaper – Persian Claws
20.) Double Line – Black Rabbit

It was so cool to see Rabbit play Flypaper recently at the Monkey House. I thought I’d put a Rabbit song after the Claws song to give you a hint of what it sounded like. Pinact are from Scotland and played with the Cave Bees at the Monkey House show lat Saturday. Both bands rocked hard. OK, let’s keep rocking.

21.) Black Blue And White – The New Siberians
22.) King Grifter – The Mountain Says No
23.) At The Hundredth Meridian – The Tragically Hip
24.) Springtime In Vienna – The Tragically Hip

I saw the Hip on a boat cruise and then open for Eric Johnson at Memorial Auditorium. I saw them headline Memorial many times. I’ve seen them in Montreal and Verdun and on at least three mountains in Vermont. I’ve seen them at Higher Ground, both the old one and the new one and thanks for sponsoring us HG. I saw them recently at Shelburne Farms and the Flynn. Every Show was great. Thanks guys!!

25.) New Orleans Is Sinking (live) – The Tragically Hip

Well, I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, which will be the annual Halloween show.

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Songs after:
Blind To The Beautiful – Fish
Flamenco – The Tragically Hip
The Last Of The Unplucked Gems – The Tragically Hip
Another Century – The Church Band
Something On – The Tragically Hip
Submarine – The Church
Escape Is At Hand For The Traveling Man – The Tragically Hip
Bobcaygeon – The Tragically Hip
For King Knife – The Church
King Of The Night Time World – Kiss
Blow At High Dough – The Tragically Hip
Grace Too – The Tragically Hip
Little Bones – The Tragically Hip
Dark Waltz – The Church
Dark Matter – Porcupine Tree
regular programming

Radio Show 212 Thursday June 15, 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 run from 9-11pm June 15th and can be heard on 107.1FM or from the Facebook page of WBKM and will go as follows,

Song before: I Don’t Remember – Peter Gabriel

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From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. It’s been a beautiful week of warm and hot sunny days so let’s head to the beach.

1.) Beach Song – Mr. Ray Fork
2.) A Walk On Ballard Beach – The High Breaks
3.) I Wanna Be A Lifeguard – Blotto
4.) Blue Sky – Black Rabbit
5.) Lovely Day – gneiss

It’s been so nice to have so many lovely days lately. Gneiss are at Red Square tonight. There has been lots of blue sky lately and Rabbit sing such a cool song about it. They played a great show last Friday at The Monkey House. I remember seeing Blotto a couple of times at Hunts a long time ago. Great song from the Breaks. Now that Phil has taken the Affiliates joke to Chicago, it’s time for us to embrace the Ray Fork joke. OK, let’s play the next song on Camera.

6.) Shortcuts – 1881
7.) Miranda – Ninja Custodian
8.) Voodoo Camaro – Wide Wail
9.) Windows down – Lendway

It’s the perfect time to drive around with the windows down, perhaps in a magical camero. Classic song from Ninja. I’m working my way through the set of EP’s from 1881 called Lights, Camera, and Action song by song, week by week. OK, last Saturday I joined the Friends of Jim’s Basement and saw these next four bands.

10.) Winnebago – Ellen Degenerates
11.) Goner – REDadmiral
12.) Shark – Greaseface
13.) Fruity Pebbles (Legend Of The Samurai) – Shred Flintstone
14.) Cross Country – Steven Wright

I want to thank Higher Ground for sponsoring us at WBKM and for bringing Mr Wright to the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts tomorrow, and for all of the other great music they bring to our community all the time. Great song from the New Jersey band with such a great name. Flintstone rocked hard in Jim’s basement last week. Greaseface also put on a brilliant show that night. Admiral have stripped down to more of a acoustic band and were cool last Saturday too. Ellen closed that show nicely. OK, let’s play another Burlington classic.

15.) Wally Rides The Ferry – Zoot Wilson
16.) Fly On The Wall – Zola Turn
17.) Heartbreak Baby – Villanelles
18.) Can’t Feel It – Vetica

Great song from Vetica. Heartbreak rocks hard. Same for Zola. Such a fun song from Zoot. OK, let’s go out for a ride.

19.) Freeway – Totally Submerged
20.) The Mime – Joe Adler
21.) I Am A Hatchet – Phil Yates & The Affiliates
22.) Freeway – David Rosane & The Zookeepers

Such a great song from David. It’s sad to see Phil Yates move to Chicago but at least he and the band played a blistering show at the Monkey House last Friday. I’m sure we will see him again. Joe’s been playing around lately in his new band a.m. rejoice which I seem to keep missing. It’s hard to miss Submerged since they play all around Vermont all the time. OK, let’s keep up the theme with a song about the ocean.

23.) Song About The Ocean – Dino Bravo VT
24.) Sober – Vedora
25.) In The Rain – Plan B

Plan are a classic Burlington band from the ’80’s. I love how huge that song is. I always loved it when Vedora played Sober and Matt went way off on guitar. Hmmm, song about the ocean. Hmmmm. OK, there’s not much time left so let’s keep rocking.

26.) Jackbooted Thugs (Have All The Best Drugs) – Anders Parker
27.) Something I Drew – farm
28.) Mr Reed – Seth Yacovone Band

Great rocker from Seth Yacovone and the guys. Classic song from Farm who played in the 2000’s. Great rocker from Anders. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?

Songs after:

Sunsets On Empire – Fish
Who Are These Gods? – Dam Kat
La Villa Strangiato (live) – RUSH
Oh You! – You’re You! – Ruckzuck
Above My Ground – Landlady
Detroit Rock City – Kiss
On And On – Michael Schenker
It’ll Be OK – Let’s Whisper
Sign Of The Gypsy Queen (live) – April Wine
Waiting For The World To End – The Depth and the Whisper
Revenge Of Vera Gemini – The Contrarian
Happy X-mas (War Is Over) – Joshua Glass Music
regular programming.

 

 

Radio Show 210 Thursday June 1, 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 stream at WBKM and can be heard over the air at 107.1FM. It will run from 9-11pm US Eastern time and will go as follows:

Song before (Then Came The) Last Of May – Blue Oyster Cult

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From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. Let’s begin tonight with a woman who has come to town for years to share her music with us. Here is the brand new song she just released.

1.) Walkabout – Sarah Blacker & New England Groove Association
2.) Mama – Ivamae
3.) Powder – The New Siberians
4.) Lovely Day – gneiss

That song makes me so happy. I hope it does the same for you. Great song from the Siberians debut album from a few years ago. Ivamae are so wonderfully talented. Great new song from Sarah. OK, here is the next song from Lights Camera Action and is the last song on the Lights EP.

5.) Sleepwalker – 1881
6.) Just Another Day – The Nancy Druids
7.) Alan’s Garden – Ruckzuck
8.) Last Day Of May – The Red Telephone

Today is the first of June so I thought that would be appropriate to play. After seeing Ruckzuck so much last week, I’m still pretty enthralled with them and wanted to play Garden again. Great rocker from Nancy and wonderful song about insomnia from 1881. That’s a lot of sheep to count. OK, I almost saw this band last Tuesday at Light Club Lamp Shop but I worked just late enough to miss them

9.) Sri Lanka – Ellen Degenerates
10.) I Will – Camp Howard
11.) The Field – The Dead Shakers
12.) Look At The Lilacs – Binger

The lilacs around town have begun to fade but what a show they have put on for the last couple of weeks. I missed Ellen at the show last week, but did catch Howard and Shakers and really enjoyed both. OK, here is a song that really speaks about Burlington Vermont.

13.) Feel The Bern – Violint Wednesday
14.) There’s A Problem – Mr. Doubtfire
15.) Ornan – Dirty Blondes
16.) TFAY – Elephants of Scotland

I heard that John M Whyte has joined Ornan McLean in the Blondes and both play in Elephants so i had to play those two. Can’t wait to see him play a show with them. Great songs from Doubtfire and Violint. There’s a guy around town named Joe who makes and brings us lots of music. Here is one of his songs.

17.) Stratosphere – Joe Adler
18.) Forsythia – Cricket Blue
19.) Day Of The Dead – Hana Zara
20.) 45 (live) – Clever Girls

Such a complex and beautiful song from the Girls. Great song from the enchanting Hana Zara. Cricket are so wonderful and so is Joe. OK, here is a Burlington classic.

21.) My Old Boyfriend – Wide Wail
22.) Ladybug – Ninja Custodian
23.) Always Monica/Down At The Duck – Chin Ho
24.) My Fear Of Losing You – Milton Busker

Great newish song from Milton. Classics from Chin, Ninja, and Wail. OK, here’s a brand new song from Swale. They are just about to drop the new album There’s No One Here and this is a breezy instrumental.

25.) Here’s Where You Are – SWALE
26.) Every Last One Of Us – Swale
27.) Last Love – Myra Flynn Music
28.) Once Upon – Vedora

Classic song from Caroline Marie. Her band Steady Betty is playing around town for Jazzfest. Myra is playing at least one show and doing a songwriting workshop, which sounds cool, as part of the huge festival. Hmmm, Swale. 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:
The Field (live) – Fish
Waiting For The World To End – The Depth and the Whisper
Ball Of Confusion – Love And Rockets
The Old And The Young – MIDLAKE BAND
First Date – gneiss
Hymnalayas – Gong
Your Eyes – Forest Gray
Afterglow – Genesis
Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen
Skateaway – Dire Straits
Kaleidoscope – Arc Iris
New York My Lovely – Joshua Glass Music
regular programming

 

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