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Milton Busker And The Grim Work at The Garage and Ryan Power at Light Club Lamp Shop July 5, 2019   Leave a comment


Milton Busker And The Grim Work

I had a great time seeing music on July 5th at the The Garage VT. It was a hot sunny day and I was really excited to check out the Garage as a music venue. I think it started as the Growler Garage and certainly still has a nice list of beer on tap. I got going a little early and took the lovely walk to the corner of Main and Battery. I walked in and ordered a drink and some food from the bar in back and got settled at a table near the band. I had just enough time to eat before they began.

I’ve enjoyed the music of Milton Busker and the Grim Work for quite a while. They opened the Basement song, which was cool since it had been running through my head all day. The sound was great and the person running it was very attentive,both before they started and during the first few songs. They sang about letting you down and being glad to see you go and imploring don’t let me down. They sang of the Devil’s hand and being a Lost Cause and maybe a jerk’s lament. The band sounded super smooth and Milton’s voice was in great form as they played the heartening Baby Let My Money Keep You Warm. They brought the energy up with Jesus In Chains and kept it going with 16 Ton Soul. I missed what the next song was but it was fast and fun. They kept up full speed for a rousing Eleanor Rigby that had smoke coming off everyone’s fingers. They closed the set with a fun version of Let’s and I was in a happy place.

Rather than doing the sensible thing and staying for the second set, I decided to move on to another show. I regret it in retrospect, since I’m sure the second Grim Work set was completely amazing too. I wandered up the hill and over to Light Club Lamp Shop and settled in.

Ryan Power and his super smooth band took the stage and lit into his complex and beautiful music. It was gorgeous and stunningly played, but quite challenging. He used to do a show where he sang over prerecorded songs and this show sounded like that, except it was a band playing it live. They sounded so spot on it almost could have been the recording. I hung out for 6 or 7 songs but the length of the day started to creep in. I ducked out and took the lovely walk home.

Part of me thinks I should have hung out at the fun show and skipped the challenging one, and part of me is happy I pushed myself a little. Either way, it was a great night of music in Burlington.



Radio Show 235 Thursday December 7, 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 December 7, 2017. You can stream it from the website above or our Facebook page link here: WBKM It will go as follows

Song before: Two Places At Once – The Church


From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. If you’ve listened in at WBKM in the past few days you may have noticed that we shifted our format to be local music, but I’m still going to be in every Thursday to give you my take. Let’s begin with a legendary local performer who has been in Nebraska for the last couple of years, but still comes back and plays for is. Here is a song from her brand new album Where Amanda Is King.

1.) Hartford – Hana Zara
2.) Editor In Chief – Ryan Power
3.) Magenta Man – Rue M.
4.) The Sea Widow – Hana Zara

I’ve given the new album a couple of glancing listens and Widow and Hartford jumped out, but I think the whole album is pretty amazing. Thanks Hana! Classic song from Rue who always put on amazing shows. Cool new song from Ryan’s album They Sell Doomsday which came out in October. OK, let’s play the next song on Black, Blue and White.

5.) Make It Work – The New Siberians
6.) Crutch – Kelly Ravin
7.) Golden Crutch – SWALE
8.) Low Down Mid-December – Eastern Mountain Time

Such a great song about this time of year. That version was recorded at Robot Dog Studio a couple of weeks ago. I’m just getting to know Kelly Ravin’s new album Engine. I thought Crutch would sound good after the Siberians song then had to toss in the Swale song for obvious reasons. OK, here is the title song from Kelly’s album.

9.) Engine – Kelly Ravin
10.) Empress Of Ireland – Thompson Gunner
11.) The Mime – Joe Adler
12.) You Will Fall – Kelly Ravin

Some of Kelly’s songs are more country but Fall is all out rock and roll. Great song from Joe. Empress is pretty epic and was recorded live one night at Nectar’s. OK, let’s keep rocking. This is from an album coming out soon but I got an advance copy so I can play you a few songs.

13.) Signal Loss – Zeus Springsteen
14.) By Design – The Nancy Druids
15.) Above The Frequency – Invisible Homes
16.) Everything Will Be Eventual – Zeus Springsteen

That’s another cool new song from Zeus. That’s a classic from Homes. I saw an acoustic version of the Druids last week and it was cool. That’s a full rock as usual version from the Robot Dog session we did earlier this year. OK, this next song was recorded live at Nectar’s a few years back.

17.) I Think I’m Turning Into A Robot – Wave of the Future
18.) Robots Making Love – Pinhead
19.) RobotsImprovingRobots – The Tsunamibots
20.) Joey Is A Robot – Zeus Springsteen

That song is so much fun when they play live and I’m happy I have a copy now so I can share it with you. What can I say, our town just loves robots. OK, let’s keep rocking with another Burlington classic.

21.) Heartbreak Baby – Villanelles
22.) Can’t Feel It – Vetica
23.) From Here – The Red Summer Sun
24.) The Anchor – Carraway

All of those songs were from the past 4-5 years and sound so great. OK, let’s keep rocking.

25.) Full Moon Flowers – Zeus Springsteen
26.) The Mountain Carol – The Mountain Carol
27.) The Last Carol – The Cush
28.) Mary – Plan B

Plan B played around in the 80’s and that is such an epic song about searching for the good life. I want to send that out to my friend Mary Wolcott who just took off to go to France and spend a lot of time at the Louvre. Way to go. Lovely song from The Cush. I caught Mountain at Radio Bean on Monday and they were amazing. More on that soon. Thanks Zeus!! Well, I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?

Ta ta, farewell, see you next week nudge nudge wink wink…

29.) Sayonara – Black Rabbit

Songs afterr
White Feather – Fish
Cemetery Sideroad – The Tragically Hip
Gold In California – The Red Telephone
Courage And Sorrow – Dam Kat
Devil Inside Me – Dam Kat
Dance On A Volcano/Los Endos – Genesis
Try To Love Part I – Dam Kat
Try To Love Part II – Dam Kat
Poet’s Moon – Fish
I Write A Poem – Dam Kat
Until We Sleep – David Gilmour
Edgar Allen Poe – Lou Reed
The Ghost In You – The Psychedelic Furs
No Regrets – Saga
New York My Lovely – Joshua Glass Music
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Radio Show 232 Thursday November 9, 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 and can be streamed here: WBKM It will go as follows.

Song before: It Was A Very Good Year – Frank Sinatra


From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. Last night I went to Radio Bean and saw a wonderful performance by this band.

1.) By Design – The Nancy Druids
2.) Totally Submerged – Totally Submerged
3.) Paranoid – Surf Sabbath (The High Breaks)
4.) Drivin’ All Alone – The Parts

We’ll skip the Parts for a moment. That’s the next song on the album I’m playing all the way through, song after song. Great work making that Sabbath song sound like Surf rock. Cool song form Submerged who play all over Vermont all the time. The Druids played a beautiful version of that song last night. So, last Saturday was Radio Bean’s 17th birthday party and they did the usual thing where 80 or 90 bands played from 8am to 2am with 15 minute sets. The Parts kicked off the show. Most of the rest of the show is made of a few of the many bands who played.

5.) Every Time We Say Goodbye – Tiffany Pfeiffer and The Discarnate Band
6.) Faded Movie Reel – Jeremy Gilchrist – Singer-Songwriter
7.) The Birds Of Park Slope – Eastern Mountain Time
8.) My Old House – Andriana Chobot

Most of those bands played early in the day. This next set is a mix of bands who played early and later.

9.) True Hue – Ivamae
10.) Angela Carter – Cricket Blue
11.) Ordinary Day – Milton Busker
12.) Paint It Black – Silver Bridget

Silver Bridget opened their set with a little bit of (When I Was Just Seventeen) It Was A Very Good Year then dropped it into Paint It Black. It was great. I missed Cricket and Milton but assume their sets were amazing. Ivamae was great and played a couple of new songs. This next band gave us a choice of this song or one that I did not know. They played the latter so I will play this song that they did not.

13.) Paper Doll – Matt the Gnat and the Gators
14.) Heat Sleep – Ryan Power
15.) Californ-i-A – Ryan Ober
16.) Gonna Stay Up All Night Long – Eames Brothers Band

I missed Eames and the two Ryans when I was in the other room seeing other bands but did catch the full Gators set. I just barely missed this next artist.

17.) My Heart – Francesca Blanchard
18.) Come Dance – Kat Wright
19.) Strings – Binger
20.) Brothers And Sisters – Joe Adler & The Rangers Of Danger

Joe and the Rangers put on a brilliant set. I want to send that out to my brother Ken and all of my brothers and sisters, ie you. Great songs from Binger, Kat, and Francesca. So, when Swale played they did mostly covers and opened with Amanda Gustafson singing the heck out of this song.

21.) Rebel Girl – Bikini Kill
22.) Popular Crowd – SWALE
23.) Trans Am – Barbacoa
24.) Juliet – Cave Bees

The Bees played a powerhouse version of that song. The tiny amount of Barbacoa that I caught was brilliant. If you listen to Popular and imagine that band singing Rebel you will have an idea of how Swale’s set started. This next band played an amazing version of this one.

25.) Destroying Everything They See – Blue Button
26.) Local Lore – Savage Hen
27.) Song About The Ocean – Dino Bravo VT
28.) Purple Rain – Prince

On Saturday WBKM is turning 10 years old and celebrating at Nectar’s. Seth Yacovone will be there, Aaron Flinn will be there, The Full Cleveland will be there and a bunch of local artists will play Prince songs and be lead by Craig Mitchell. I hope you can stop by. Dino finished off the Bean birthday party. Hen played in the afternoon and Button were as amazing as always. Well, I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?

29.) Sayonara – Black Rabbit


Songs after
All Loved Up (live) – Fish
Last American Exit – The Tragically Hip
Faeries Wear Boots – Black Sabbath
The Old And The Young – MIDLAKE BAND
The Ghost In You – The Psychedelic Furs
Marriage Song – Satori Bob
Who Are These Gods? – Dam Kat
Heaven And Hell – Dio
Ninjas Vs Zombies – Phil Yates
100 Years (Of Tears On The Wind) – Masters Of Reality
On The Air – Peter Gabriel
Lily (live) – Kate Bush
The Red Telephone – Love
I Am Sunday – The Red Telephone
Still Life Scene – Envy
Seeds And Stems – The New Siberians
Break – Slingshot Dakota
What’s In California? Joshua Glass Music
regular programming


Violet Ultraviolet, Invisible Homes and Ryan Power at The Monkey House September 24, 2016   Leave a comment

Viloet Ultraviolet at The Monkey House September 24 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Viloet Ultraviolet at The Monkey House September 24 2016 pic by Tim Lewis



I had a great time seeing music a week ago Saturday at The Monkey House. It had been a while since I had seen Ryan Power. As he often does, he plugged in his phone and played some songs and sang over them. The songs all had a lush texture and went in interesting places. His voice is very smooth and lovely to listen to. I was happily enchanted as he sang seven songs. Most of the songs had a pop sound though one had a country tinged electro vibe. That man just oozes talent and it was great to just stand and listen.



Ryan Power at The Monkey House September 24, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Ryan Power at The Monkey House September 24, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis



Invisible Homes were on next and played the usual brilliant show. They opened with the Crimsonesque All Your Basis the flooded our ears and hearts with Above The Frequency. Song For My Double had a nice rock groove then they played the cool new one that has the What’s In California? sounding riff. It had some nice freak out Sean Witters guitar work. I’m not sure what the next one was, I’m guessing it’s a new one, then the friendly strains of Pale Rage passed around the room. They followed with the new song about our Robot overlords and closed the night with a ripping This Machine. I was elated for every moment.



Invisible Homes at The Monkey House September 24, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Invisible Homes at The Monkey House September 24, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis



Violet Ultraviolet took the stage and played a bunch of the songs from their new album Pop City which was being released that night. VU have a cool sound with oddly paced songs that are quite enjoyable to experience. They played a 14 song set with two played by Jake solo. They sounded great and played well and I really need to listen to their songs to get a handle on them.

I’m so glad I went.





Viloet Ultraviolet at The Monkey House September 24 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Viloet Ultraviolet at The Monkey House September 24 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

The Precipice Day 1 Friday August 1, 2014 in the field behind Burlington College   Leave a comment

I had a great time seeing music yesterday, and last night, and this morning. It was day 1 of The Precipice: A Vermont Music Festival, and I had been waiting for months. The morning had a rough start with a low battery chirping fire alarm waking me up at 8. I was able to get a few things done, then caught a little nap in the afternoon. Around 3, I headed out the door, caught a bus to Shelburne and met up with my brother Ken. He has liked a lot of the local music that I play on my radio show, and it was well past time to get him out to see some.

I borrowed a car and we drove to the show. We parked by the college and took the long winding walk down the hill. Instead of using the full bottom part of the field, they used about half of it. Last year, everything was more spread out, and this year it was a bit more concentrated. There were enough people at the height of the show to make it feel full, but not even remotely packed. There was plenty of space to spread out and walk around. There were several food vendors, a place to get henna tattoos, and a couple of other attractions. The main event was in a large tent with a stage on each side and a soundboard in the middle. There a fair amount of room between the stage and soundboard, but at times it did get a bit cramped. The effect of almost continuous music had it’s ups and downs. Last year it was fun to check out a couple of different bands and see which one grabbed you, but this year, it’s one at a time. I have mixed feelings, but it did concentrate people a bit more, and that feeling of being one of the few people seeing a band at a festival, was not there. Either way, they set the stages that way, and went with it.

We arrived a few minutes early, and heard Jane Boxall warming up on the marimba, but soon enough, it was time for the show.

Binger were the first ones on. They are a guitar, bass, drums trio with guitarist and bassist singing. They started with a hip hop groove but built the song into an indie rock work out. As the show went on, they seemed comfortable playing jazz, indie, hip hop, at times sounded a bit like a prog rock band and had some notes of metal here and there, Lots of hammer on guitar and bass playing showed how good they are with their instruments. I was impressed that they could play around with so many genres but still sound cohesive. They have an album coming out in a couple of months, and I will have to check it out.

As their last notes rang out, my focus turned 180 degrees and Jane was at the marimba and ready to go. Gregory Douglas sang a beautiful song, and showcased his remarkable voice. Michael Chorney came up next and they did a sweet cover of Neil Young’s Ambulance Blues. Jane took it from there and played a couple of bouncy old timey tunes that got the slowly filling audience to smile and have a good time. Pyramid followed and she showcased her ability to play the instrument with anywhere between 6 and 0 mallets (she ended the piece by playing with just her hands). She wrapped it up with a little Salsa Mexicana and called it an evening.

I turned around and Grundlefunk filled the stage. They played as a 9-piece with guitar, bass, drums, keys, singer, a percussion/trumpet player, a couple of sax players, and there must have been another horn player in there too. The sound was mixed perfectly and you could hear the guitar cutting through the sound, the keys taking the lead, or whatever they needed the music to do. They sounded like a big full jazzy brassy funk band. The audience was slowly filling in, danced and had a great time.

Up next, a group of masked chaos masters, apparently all named El Beej, except the drummer who was Sergeant Cody, played a loosely odd set of sonic weirdness. They got a cool vocal sound out of an old telephone, and the two guitar, bass, drums, two sax, and keyboard band swerved and drifted as Joe Adler kept asking if anyone was there. At times they had a big rocking jazz(?) sound, and had a slow steady huge build for the last song. The playing was great, and the set was fun and I was happy to see the keyboard player was from And The Kids, who will play tonight.

After their set, Steady Betty came on and locked into a groove. They were super tight and the harmonies were delightful. Kat Wright’s voice blended beautifully with Miriam Bernardo’s and Linda Bassick added some sweet backups. The mellow happy rock steady sound had a lot of people dancing and having a great time. Their songs of social justice, wrapped within a happy dance groove were fun an powerful. The sheer talent of the players was on full display. They wrapped it up with the song that goes la la la, and then it was time to turn around again.

Barika were set to go and played some super smooth building flowing jazz. The sound is driven by a sting instrument called a Kamel N’goni, and the plucked strings lead down a path filled with the key/trombone, sax, trumpet, bass and drums. The music has a lovely sweeping flow and kept the audience dancing. Miriam and Kat joined them for one song and the whole set was a relaxed good time.

Up next, Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band filled the stage. The whole tent, past the soundboard, was dancing as they played some soul with a few rock and roll edges. With guitar, bass, drums, keys, and a couple of sax players, they created a beautiful space to let Kat loose. Her voice is warm and sweet and her stage demeanor is relaxed and confident. She led the band through lots of solid songs, and sang at least one with guitarist Bob Wagner. While the relaxed dance vibe thing works for most people, it left me wanting a bit of rock and roll. Bob threw in some nice guitar work, here and there during the set, so it made me happy.

Up next, it was time to rock. The Dirty Blondes were a little shorthanded, since Rebecca Rogers had recently been arrested in Cleveland, but they persevered. Sole singer Diane Sullivan was the opposite of Kat, loud brassy, and in your face. The band ripped through some very fast versions of their songs. From the opening notes of Burn, they played loud fun punk rock. Crybaby has a fun flow to the rhythm. They taught everyone the dance move for Kung Pao. Things threatened to get a bit spiritual with Hallelujah, but the ripping guitar and killer bass kept it nicely grounded. Slut was loud and fast, and Ornan McLean‘s drumming was blistering. Drunk was fun to sing, and Jacking Off has a great flow to the music. That New Guy Is Not James Bond had a nice spy theme going to it, and they wrapped the night with a cover of Cher’s Turn Back Time. The audience had fun with it and the guitar especially ripped. All in all, the set was a tad rough, but I was blissfully happy.

It was after midnight at this point. The air had a hint of crispness to it, but was still pretty warm. The audience had dwindled a bit, maybe due to the late hour or the Blondes volume, but there were lots of people there as Ryan Power hit the stage. He was playing keys and singing, and was joined by guitar, bass, drum, and another keyboard player. His songs are unique pop sort of songs. There are lots of layers of voice and keys and Michael Chorney mentioned that it doesn’t sound like anything else he’s ever heard. I concur.

It was late, and I was starting to feel drained. Ken was tired too, so we listened to most of Ryan’s set as we walked up the long hill. Bella’s Bartok and Plato’s Ears were still set to play, but it’s hard to catch everything. I drove him back to Shelburne, then drove home to Burlington. Later today, I will go pick him up, and we will do it all over again, this time with even more rock and roll!


Ryan Power at Radio Bean March 26, 2014   Leave a comment

I had a great time seeing music Wednesday night. I had missed Ryan Power the last two times he was in town, since he was playing Thursday evenings, when I was doing my radio show. Not so this time, a Wednesday was clear sailing for me.

Radio Bean was pretty full when I arrived, so I found a corner to stand in, chatted with a couple of people, and soon enough the band was ready to go. The band were a five-piece with Ryan singing, playing keys, and guitar. Another guy played guitar and keys. The was a killer bass player and solid drummer, and another keyboard player, because the music had that many layers.

The music was oddly timed gorgeous pop that challenged the heart and mind. It went in lots of directions, so the only chance I had to really enjoy it was to strap in and listen. The audience was almost evenly split between chatters and listeners, but it did not deter the band at all. They had to be amazing to pull off the songs, and they were, and they did. A lot of the music was electronic pop. Some had hints of prog rock. There were some elements of rock. It was the kind of set that really pushed my musical boundaries.

They played most, if not all, of the new album Identity Picks, then tossed in some older ones at the end. Their 90 minute set was intense and wonderful and I had to work to catch up.

In the end I’m glad I went. My mind was very stimulated by the show, but my heart didn’t love it. Music is such a funny beast. It can work in a lot of different ways, but in the end, the song you walk away humming is the one you loved most. I have yet to get to a point where his songs just pop into my head. Maybe that will happen someday, but for now the mind rules the heart, and I will see whet happens when I catch him in the future. Maybe the heart will catch up sometime.

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Radio Show 55 Thursday March 27, 2014 9-10pm Eastern US Time WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment



I just got back from my 55th local music radio show on internet only WBKM.ORG. I played a lot of music from bands I’ve seen in town and one I’ve never seen.

Song before: Immigrant Song – Led Zeppelin Official



From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. It’s spring and the ground is covered with snow and ice. Aaah, Vermont. Last night I saw some really challenging music, so I’m going to open with a challenging song, then play some of the sweetest music to ever grace our town. This is a song called Well On Your Way by Ryan Power on WBKM and this is Burlington’s Kind Of Music.

1.) Well On Your Way – Ryan Power
2.) Basalt Anchor – Vedora
3.) In Comes The Tide – PossumHaw

I really like that song from PossumHaw and thought it would sound great coming out of Basalt. Vedora are playing tomorrow at Radio Bean and Happy Birthday (yesterday) to Caroline O’Connor. Now it’s time for the next song on Dancing With The Big Guy. This is their sweeter pop side.

4.) Ladybug – Ninja Custodian
5.) Teenage Mother Earth – The Red Telephone
6.) Breathing In – The Hero Cycle

I loved the few times I saw Hero. All of those are great songs that were played live in our town. I’m so lucky to live here! I’ve been loving the new show Cosmos with Neil Degrasse Tyson. Here’s a song about the joy of being smart.

7.) Super Sexy Science Party – Wave of the Future
8.) Might As Well Settle – Phil Yates and the Affiliates
9.) Finally Found The One – When Particles Collide

I love that song from Particles. They rock and Sasha Alcott is a science teacher when not a road warrior. There is another chance to purchase their upcoming album on pink vinyl. Phil and crew are playing Saturday at Radio Bean, and Swale are playing The Monkey House at the same time. Grrr. Wave are wrapping up recording their album. It should be out sometime in the near future. Last weekend I went out to see The Mountain Says No at Radio Bean, but made a stop at the OP to hang out with Mike Luoma and David L. Jarvis. After a bit I headed to Juniper to see Great Western, since Mountain were on later I love this song.

10.) Think I’ll Stay – Great Western
11.) Windigo – Crazyhearse
12.) I’m With The Bomb – The Mountain Says No

I love that song from Mountain. The Crazyhearse CD has been hanging out at the station. I brought it home and liked that song. I’ve never seen them, but I’ve seen them listed at Club Metronome. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?



Song after: The Lost Plot – Fish

Radio Show 52 Thursday March 6, 2014 9-10pm Eastern US Time WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment



I just got back from local music radio show 52 on internet only WBKM.ORG. Linda Bassick came into the studio and played a couple of songs live. After that I played some loud songs.

Song before: Almost With You – The Church Band



From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. There is a ton of music happening this weekend. This next guy is playing at the BCA center on Church Street pretty much now. This is The Prize by Ryan Power on WBKM and this is Burlington’s Kind Of Music.

1.) The Prize – Ryan Power
2.) Carry That Oar – Pours
3.) Joyless – Swale

Swale are playing at Juniper tomorrow and playing a “secret show” on Saturday. They have a really cool video for this show. Pours are a new duo with an album coming out in May and a gig coming up In April at Signal Kitchen. Up next, let’s chat with Linda Bassick. We chatted about her band Mellow Yellow playing a cruise soon with the Moody Blues.

4.) Big Yellow Taxi – Linda Bassick live in studio

That was fun. While Linda tunes, here is a studio version of one of her songs.

5.) One From Two – Linda Bassick

OK, here’s Linda live again

6.) Brand New Key – Linda Bassick live in the studio

That was fun. One other thing you do is work for Girls Rock Vermont. We chatted about how important it is for girls to go rock if they want to. If you know any girl who wants to learn to rock, contact Linda. OK, time to change things around. Larry Fast, Jerry Marotta, and others are playing Peter Gabriel songs tonight at Higher Ground. If I wasn’t here, that’s where I’d be.

7.) Intruder (live) – Peter Gabriel
8.) One More Grave – The Contrarian
9.) Home Invasion – ROUGH FRANCIS

I’ve been playing Maximum Soul Power all the way through but feel like technical difficulties the last two weeks have made it hard to hear, so I’m going to play the last three. Before that was Casey Hades Rae as the Contrarian. Rough Francis are releasing the album Tuesday March 11 and the album release party is tomorrow.

10.) Righteous – Rough Francis
11.) The Mountain Says No – The Mountain Says No
12.) Mark My Words – Black Rabbit
13.) Comm To Space – Rough Francis.

Mountain and Rabbit are playing tomorrow at Manhattan Pizza and Pub and I have to find a way to be in 4 places at once since Linda’s band Mellow Yellow are playing Radio Bean at the same time. Clone me please!! I hope your town has this much great music and hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?



Song After: The Other Side Of Me – Fish



Radio Show 20 Thursday July 11, 2013 9-10pm Eastern US Time WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment



I just got back from radio show 20 on WBKM.ORG.  I headed downtown early and caught a few songs by Alpha Rev, playing in Battery Park.  Daniel Bolles was right.  They sounded a lot like a more country rock Coldplay.  It’s Matthew Hastings birthday, and I forgot to toss in a Vedora song.  I hope this makes it up to him.

Songs before: Jump Back, Promises, In the Pines – Vedora



From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds of Burlington.  I caught a few songs by Alpha Rev in Battery Park, and it’s a lovely day, it’s full of sun, people are out and about.  Here is a song recorded at Nectar’s by Joe Adler and the Rangers of Danger on WBKM, and this is Burlington’s Kind of Music.

1.) Many A Girl – Joe Adler and the Rangers of Danger (live at Nectar’s)

2.) Wake Me When It’s Over – Longwave

3.) Be Aggressive – Be Aggressive

I saw Be Aggressive a couple of weeks ago, then the next show I had, I played the other three bands on the bill, so I wanted to make it up to them.  The song has been in my head a lot lately.  They are playing Friday in White River Junction.  Longwave are a great band from New York City who have come to town a few times and rocked us hard.  Joe and the Rangers are so much fun live.  Tonight, a man who helps almost every other Burlington musician is releasing his own music.

4.) Sweetheart – Ryan Power

5.) See Me On My Way – Superhuman Happiness

6.) Ev-Er-y Day – The Skamaphrodites

7.) Emily – The Grift

I just realized a guy I’ve worked with for a while, Jeff Vallone, is in a bunch of local bands.  One is the Grift and Emily is a pretty sweet song.  The Skamaphrodites are getting back together for a few shows, including the Precipice.  A whole sampler of music, from bands who are playing the festival, was just released, so I’m delighted to play some of it.  Superhuman was from that too, and that song just makes me feel happy.  Too much music is coming to town at the same time.  Tonight is the High Breaks at Nectar’s and Ryan at Signal Kitchen (High Breaks are going on later and so is Ryan, so I got groceries and went home, with shows Friday and Saturday, and those being my Monday and Tuesday…if HB had been on at 10:15, I would have caught a few songs), Saturday is Hover and Guppy Boy at Monkey House, but I have to see all the bands at the Max Krauss house party.  Friday is Joe and the Rangers at Vt Pub and, at the same time, Sarah Emily Blacker at Radio Bean.  She has a new EP out, but here’s an older song.

8.) I Should Speak – Sarah Blacker

9.) Good Thing – Maryse Smith

10.) Guitar – Michael Chorney and Hollar General

11.) Solitude – Alpenglow

I’ve been meaning to check out Alpenglow.  I’ve heard good things, but until the Precipice sampler, I had missed them.  Wow, nice song.  Speaking of which, Guitar sounds like a cool breeze running through your mind.  I’ve caught Maryse a couple of times and she has a great voice.  (I missed mentioning that she was likely playing at the same time as my show, opening for Ryan Power).  It’s nice to have a song of hers to play.  Hmmm Sarah Blacker.  Tomorrow.  Hey, there’s a cool band coming to town on Sunday at Signal Kitchen.

12.) A Charm/A Blade – Phosphorescent

13.) Many A Girl (Reprise) – Joe Adler and the Rangers of Danger

Well that does it for me.  I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our….wait, did I forget something?  Right, the next song on the Cush album.

14.) Reprise – The Cush



Song After: A View From The Hill – Fish

Radio Show 12 Thursday May 16, 2013 9-10pm Eastern US Time WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment


I just got back from radio show 12 on WBKM.ORG.  It had its high and low points, like playing 2 songs from the wrong Good Citizen disc, but a lot of great music was played.

Song Before Sea of Joy – Blind Faith



From our small city to the great big world, these are the sounds of Burlington.  Today was beautiful in the Champlain Valley, and it’s a lovely evening.  It’s a good night for walking, but it will get chilly, so put on your overcoat.  This is Swale on WBKM, and this is Burlington’s Kind of Music.

1.) Overcoat – Swale

2.) ShieldtoShieldtoShield – Ryan Power

3.) The Drone – The Cush

Talked about seeing the Drone live many times, and how it started slow, then builds to the first plateau, the climbs to the next plateau, and rocks until it shimmers into the ending.  I’m so glad I caught as many Cush shows as I did.  Talked about how Ryan Power has produced a lot of his music and and albums, from many other musicians in town, and how he helped with the Cush album and the Swale album.  Also helping on both albums, is Casey Hades Rae.  Here’s a song from his band, The Contrarian.

4.) Live With It – The Contrarian

5.) Let Up – Construction Joe

6.) Trading Bullets – Fire The Cannons

Talked about finding Trading Bullets on the old computer, and loving how they played it live.  Loved singing along to: ‘the cannons, they’re still ringing, I love you, I love you…’ Talked about finding the Construction Joe album and liking it and wanting to play more. Thought it would sound good going into the Cannons song.  Said a bit about the Contrarian, then talked about Waking Windows last week.  Talked about running around the traffic circle from show to show on Friday.  Talked about going back Saturday and being blown away by Blue Button.

7.) We’re Closed – Blue Button

8.) Boys With Guns – Chin Ho!

9.) Really Big Fires – (sic)

10.) Robots Making Love – Pinhead

Talked about seeing Pinhead open for the Psychedelic Furs at Memorial many years ago.  Apologized for playing two wrong songs, but am happy that they were both good, which is easy with Burlington music.  Talked about Blue Button’s video for the song, shot at the OP, and said yes, they are set to play the Fleetwood Mac cover night at The Monkey House tomorrow.  Said, on Saturday at the Monkey House, the Rangers of Danger were playing.

11.) The Mime – Rangers of Danger

12.) Teenage Mother Earth (live) – The Red Telephone

Talked about loving Red Telephone and driving to Boston once to see them.  I found this live version on the computer too.  Said, go to Joe and the Rangers, and signed off.



Song After Inside Out – Jimi Hendrix