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The 2000SUCKSteen Ball at Radio Bean with 23 performers December 30 2016   Leave a comment

 

I had a great time seeing music on December 30th. When I originally saw the show listed it sounded like DJ Disco Phantom (Brian Nagle) was going to spin some records featuring artists who died in 2016 (Two Thousand Sucksteen). I thought I might wander in and check it out then realized Arc Iris were playing at Higher Ground and got a ticket. Shortly after that I realized the Sucksteen show was going to be filled with 20+ local artists performing songs. It was too good to pass up so I ignored my purchased ticket and headed to Radio Bean to commiserate on the staggering loss of artists last year.

I arrived a little early and caught a couple of songs by Hailey Ward. She sang a sweet song about Tic Tac Toe and the appropriate cover of What Are You Doing On New Year’s Eve. She sounded pretty nice then it was time for the show.

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Hailey Ward at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

Sarah Stickle began the night singing and playing an acoustic guitar. She did a great version of Guy Clark’s LA Freeway.

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Sarah Stickle at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

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Jonah Salzman at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

Jonah Salzman took the stage next and played some Leonard Cohen songs on acoustic guitar. If It Be Your Will was strong and cool and I’m Your Man jammed for a long time.

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Brett Hughes at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

The mighty Brett Hughes took the stage next to play some Merle Haggard Songs. White Line Fever and You Don’t Have Very Far To Go were both strong songs and superbly played.

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Most of Swale at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

SWALE took the stage next, or at least most of them did. Eric Olsen, Tyler Bolles, and Jeremy Frederick rocked out a blisteringly loud and completely overdriven Ace Of Spades and it was glorious.

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Nate and Bones at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

Nate (Benet?) sat down at the piano by the soundboard and was joined by Bones Blankenship on fiddle. They played Leon Russell’s Masquerade and it was beautiful and powerful. Bones left but Nate played another Russell song, A Song For You, and beauty filled the air.

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Nate at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

Samara Lark Brown took the stage and played and sang some Bowie songs. Magic Dance from the movie Labyrinth was unexpected and fun. Under Pressure was very powerful and her singing was wonderful, both on the David and Freddie parts.

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Samara Lark Brown at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

Tim Lang and the gang filled the stage and he sat at the keys as they played a song I did not know. I think it went something like honey didn’t mind it yesterday, honey don’t mind it tonight. Whatever it was, it sounded nice.

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Tim Land and the gang at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

Lily Sickles took the stage next and played acoustic guitar and sang some Merle Haggard songs. The Bottle Let Me Down and Mama Tried were fun and I greatly enjoyed her singing and playing and sense of humor in between.

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Lily Sickles at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

Devin Robinson took the stage next and played a cool and mellow acoustic Moonage Daydream. Even without the lead guitar firepower the song is one of my favorites. His version of Leonard Cohen’s So Long Marianne sounded great too.

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Devin Robinson at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

Eastern Mountain Time brought the whole band and played another Merle Haggard song. Sing Me Back Home sounded powerful and beautiful.

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Eastern Mountain Time at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

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Heloise and Disco Phantom at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

Up to this point everyone had been singing and playing instruments but there was a karaoke part of the night too. Disco Phantom played the records while Heloise was joined by Lilly Sickles for a fun version of Careless Whisper. Heloise followed with George Michael’s Everything She Wants then closed the set with Prince’s I Would Die 4 U. She has a great voice and all of her songs were very well sang.

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Heloise and Lily at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

Mellow Yellow played as a quartet with bass, drums, keys/vocals, and Linda Bassick on vocals and guitar. They played a fantastic version of Space Oddity and it filled my heart with joy. The keyboard player did a great job on the lift off section of the song.

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Mellow Yellow at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

Sarah Griffin took the stage with an acoustic guitar and sang some Leonard Cohen songs. Dance Me To The End Of Love is another of my favorite songs and she made it sound great. Her version of Bird On The Wire was pretty cool too.

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Sarah Griffin at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

The duo AM Radio played acoustic guitars and sang with sweet harmonies. Lyin’ Eyes was just gorgeous and their version of Sharon Jones 100 Days, 100 Nights was lovely.

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AM Radio at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

Kat Wright and Bob Wagner played a great version of Cohens Why Don’t You Try. A Mose Allison song with a lyric about everyone’s gone missing was poignant. His playing and her singing were as out of this world as always.

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Kat Wright and Bob Wagner at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

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Ryan Miller at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

Disco Phantom returned and spun some records as Ryan Miller jammed out a super fun Suffragette City. Lee Anderson took the stage to do Gene Wilder’s Crazed Boat Ride from Willy Wonka and it was as over the top and joyously fun as you would expect. Ryan wrestled the stage back for a version of George Michael’s Faith that had the full house dancing.

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Lee Anderson at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

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Hannah Fair at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

Hannah Fair took the stage next and was joined by a sax player. They played Pure Imagination from Willy Wonka. They followed with Careless Whisper, and even though it was the second time it was played that night, it sounded so different with her singing and playing acoustic guitar and that super familiar sax line filling out the sound.

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Hannah Fair at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

Disco Phantom queued up another record and Ryan Ober launched into The Jean Genie. He sang in the crowd and he sang out the door on the street and sang a bit of the song on the stage. It was nothing but fun.

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Ryan Ober at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

Amanda Gustafson sat down at the keys and let loose a staggeringly beautiful song in the way that only she can. I did not catch the song but the lyric about when your time is up you’re going to see all your friends was equally as poignant as the Mose Allison song earlier in the night. (Per Amanda “It was a song by Richard Thompson that he wrote for Fairport Convention called, “Meet on the Ledge”. It was to honor Dave Swarbrick, the longtime fiddler and one of the founders of Fairport Convention. They would close every show with that song – it was sort of their anthem.”)

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Amanda Gustafson at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

Jacob, who is one of the bartenders at Light Club Lamp Shop took the stage with Disco Phantom playing a record. He had a great voice and did an epic version of Let’s Dance. His voice was so deep and perfect for the song.

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Jacob at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

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Addie Hebert at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

Addie Herbert sat at the keys and played a super cool version of Bowie’s Oh You Pretty Things. Nicole D’Elisa joined her for a fun version of Life On Mars and I was in a happy place.

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Addie and Nicole at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

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The horn section for Nico Suave and the Bodacious Supreme at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

Addie left and Nicole was joined by the rest of Nico Suave and the Bodacious Supreme. With two guitars, bass, drums, singer, and a three piece horn section they had a huge sound and jammed out a powerhouse version of Earth Wind & Fire’s Shining Star. They followed with a super long version of Prince’s Kiss where everyone got a solo. The room danced with joy.

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Nico Suave and the Bodacious Supreme at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

They left the stage to make way for the last band of the night. Barbacoa opened with a song Leon Russell wrote and the Carpenters made famous. Superstar sounded great. The pulled out the second repeat of the night and played another blistering version of Motorhead’s Ace Of Spades. It was great to hear again. They got to stretch out a little since they were the last ones on and played both Ziggy Stardust and Starman. They lit up the crowd with Little Red Corvette and called it a night.

I didn’t stay long, since I had to work in the morning, but I’m certain Disco Phantom made sure every legendary musician who passed away in 2016 was represented. It was a wonderful night of music and a joyous walk home.

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Barbacoa at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

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Radio Show 188 Thursday December 22, 2016 9-11pm Eastern US Time 107.1 FM and WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

 

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Tonight’s local music radio show on WBKM 107.1FM will run from 9-11pm US Eastern time Thursday December 22 and will go as follows/

Song before: I Believe In Father Christmas – Greg Lake

intro

From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds of Burlington. I want to thank Higher Ground for sponsoring the station. It’s just a couple of days until Christmas. We are just past the darkest day of the year and the days will, slowly, begin to get longer. It’s time to through a giant party with lots of lights to bring cheer in the darkness. Let’s begin tonight with some local bands talking about the holiday season in their unique ways.

1.) Christmas Sled – The Mountain Says No
2.) Happy X-Mas (War Is Over) – Joshua Glass Music
3.) When The Nights Get Long – Carraway
4.) The Last Carol – The Cush
5.) Holidays – Sarah Blacker

That’s a lovely song by the lovely, and talented, Sarah Blacker. Just a stunning song by the Cush. The Carraway song sounds so right at this time of the year. Great cover of the John Lennon song by Josh. It’s a powerful message of peace and one that we will need in the coming year and years. I really hope Mountain get that sled for Christmas this year. As for me, I don’t want much for Christmas. Some nice songs and a killer guitar solo will be great. Oh look, I’ve got it right here. This is the next song on Shovel Down.

6.) A Question Mark To Answer – Seth Yacovone Band
7.) The Bells of Electric Haloland – Electric Halo
8.) Winter Serenade – Electric Halo
9.) Oh Holy Night – Electric Halo
10.) Paint It Black – Silver Bridget

Great take on the classic Stones song. It seems appropriate at the darkest time of the year. Johnnie Day Durand plays the saw with Silver and is joined by Joe Adler in Halo. Great song from Seth and the band. I just love this next band. They played a stunning show at The Monkey House last week. Here is their Christmas EP Kiss Mess.

11.) It’s Christmas – SWALE
12.) Snow Angel – Swale
13.) Just Another Day (Christmas) – Swale
14.) Hallelujah – Swale

Hmmm Swale. They are loveliness personified. OK, let’s move on to some classics.

15.) Carol Of The Bells – Gordon Stone
16.) Silver Bells – Josh Glass
17.) Silent Night – Tammy Fletcher
18.) Oh Holy Night – Cat Hoffman
19.) The Christmas Song – Motel Brown

Those were all nice takes on classics. Here are some more.

20.) Little Drummer Boy – Aaron Flinn
21.) Frosty The Snowman – Construction Joe
22.) Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer – Linda Bassick
23.) God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen – Viperhouse
24.) Winter Wonderland – Josh Glass

Those were all nice takes on classics. Here are some more.

25.) Santa Baby – Samara Lark Brown
26.) Merry Christmas Baby – Sandra Wright
27.) Jingle Bell Rock – Sarah Stickle
28.) Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Greg Alexander
29.) White Christmas – Giovanina Bucci

There were some lovely classics in that set. Let’s end tonight with a few seasonally appropriate songs.

30.) Cold – Seth Yacovone
31.) It’s Cold – Black Rabbit
32.) The Bad Year – Carraway

I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we? See Ya.

33.) Sayonara – Black Rabbit
outro

Songs after:

A Feast Of Consequences – Fish
Children Of The Stars – Madaila
Feelin’ Strong – Kat Wright
Astronomer’s Call (live) – Kate Bush
And Dream Of Sheep (live) – Kate Bush
Alone – Children in Paradise
Done Waiting – The New Siberians
Love Me Tender – Silver Bridget
Images – Saga
Tantalized – The Church Band
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Local musicians playing the songs of Leonard Cohen at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14, 2016   Leave a comment

The Super Full Moon before the show at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

The Super Full Moon before the show at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

 

I had a great time seeing music last night at Light Club Lamp Shop. The death of Leonard Cohen has saddened many people, so we did the only thing we could do, we got together and celebrated the music that he left to us. Some of us just stood and listened but most of the people in the room sang some of his songs.

The show was set to start at 10 and I arrived right on time. It took a couple of minutes to get going then Marcie Hernandez took the stage. She was joined by a poet who’s name I missed, but looking at the list of artists I think it was Mary Angelina. She read one of Leonard’s songs as a poem. Even without music Democracy was very powerful. Marcie took over and played lovely renditions of Going Home, Closing Time and If It Be Your Will.

Aaron Flinn took the stage next and played powerful versions of Dance Me To The End Of Love and Everybody Knows. His guitar playing was great as always, though a little less flashy than sometimes, and his deep warm voice brought the words and melodies straight into our hearts.

Kirk Flanagan took the stage next. I did not catch the name of the first song that he played, but it was short and beautiful. (per Kirk “First song was Leon Russell’s A Song For You”) Lady Midnight followed and was equally heartfelt. He closed the three song set with a gorgeous version of the overly appropriate Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye.

Charlie Messing took the stage next and borrowed Joe Adler’s card deck guitar. Charlie sung in E minor and sounded frighteningly close to Leonard. His versions of Waiting For The Miracle and The Darkness were spot on.

Before the next performer, from the side of the stage, Lee Anderson read some of Leonard’s words.

Joe Adler and Johnnie Day Durand took the stage next and were joined by Samara Lark Brown. With acoustic guitar musical saw and Sam’s lovely voice, Hallelujah was mournful and majestic. The audience sang along and the emotion in the room was almost visible. Sam left the stage and Joe took the mic and Amen was quietly stunning. They wrapped up the set with Johnnie’s request for Treaty, and it sounded great.

Before the next performer, from the side of the stage, Lee Anderson read some of Leonard’s words.

Everyone had been playing acoustic up to that point and the Lamp Shop space was such a perfect setting. It was like seeing a ton of great performances in your living room. Ryan Miller took the stage next and shook things up a little. He plugged in an electric guitar and used a mini keyboard to trigger a beat and rocked out Chelsea Hotel #2. It added a little extra zip to the show and was lots of fun. He played Bird On The Wire on the keys and sounded great.

Lee Anderson took the stage next and read an extended piece about Edith that was heavily censored many years ago when Leonard released it. His reading brought us listeners along word for word and was enchanting.

The Leatherbound Books took the stage next. They are a duo with a singer/electric guitar player, maybe Eric Daniels, and Jackie Buttolph singing as well. They sounded lovely on Nancy and Tonight will be fine.

If Charlie’s performance sounded the closest to Leonard, Phil Yates set sounded the most like his own songs with Leonard’s words and structure. Don’t Go Home With Your Hard On and Is This What You Wanted were fun songs and sounded just a little different from everything else that evening.

Willoughby Morse was up next and played his electric guitar a little softer than most of the acoustic guitars. Suzanne was very powerful and quiet. Last Year’s Man sounded great as well.

Jeremy Gilchrist – Singer-Songwriter followed with a quiet intensity. Anthem was lovely and Famous Blue Raincoats was just stunning.

Matt Nunan played a lovely version of The Story Of Issac in and E minor sort of way.

Michael Jermyn played a great version of Tower Of Song and closed the night with one I did not know. It was something about I used to be Aristotle I used to be Brian Jones.

Lee Anderson gave a short benediction then it was time for the quiet walk home. Leonard may be gone, but his words and songs will live forever, or as long as lovely people, like the ones above, keep playing them. We can rejoice in the treasures that he left us any time that we want.

 

 

Mary Angelina and Marcie Hernandez at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Mary Angelina and Marcie Hernandez at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

 

Marcie Hernandez at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Marcie Hernandez at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

 

Aaron Flinn at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Aaron Flinn at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

 

Kirk Flanagan at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Kirk Flanagan at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

 

Charlie Messing at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Charlie Messing at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

 

Samara Lark Brown, Joe Adler and Johnnie Day Durand  at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Samara Lark Brown, Joe Adler and Johnnie Day Durand at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

 

Joe Adler and Johnnie Day Durand  at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Joe Adler and Johnnie Day Durand at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

 

 

Lee Anderson  at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Lee Anderson at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

Ryan Miller  at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Ryan Miller at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

 

Lee Anderson  at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Lee Anderson at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

 

The Leatherbound Books  at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

The Leatherbound Books at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

Phil Yates  at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Phil Yates at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

 

Willoughby Morse  at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Willoughby Morse at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

 

Jeremy Gilchrist  at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Jeremy Gilchrist at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

 

Michael Jermyn (I think)  at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Michael Jermyn (I think) at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Radio Show 174 Thursday September 8, 2016 9-11pm Eastern US Time 107.1 FM and WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

WBKM pic by Tim Lewis

WBKM pic by Tim Lewis

 

Tonight’s local music radio show on WBKM will go as follows:

Song before: I Don’t Know How To Love Him – Jesus Christ Superstar soundtrack

intro

From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. I want to thank Higher Ground for sponsoring the station. They’ve got The English Beat and Of Montreal in town this week, among others. There has been a ton of great music played in town in the last few weeks and I will highlight a lot of it tonight. Let’s begin with an artist who played around town a couple of years ago, including a rock show at the Fletcher Free Library, who finally released some of her songs.

1.) High And Mighty – S.e. Ward
2.) The Worst Part – Bethany Conner Music
3.) The Birds Of Parks Slope – Eastern Mountain Time
4.) Pas d’sa Faute – Francesca Blanchard

Francesca put on a great show at Summervale a couple of weeks ago. She will be at Spruce Peak on October 1st if you want to check her out live. Great song from Sean Hood‘s band. Bethany is a young singer songwriter with lots of promise. Yea, I finally have some of S.e. Ward’s music to play. Yea. This next singer will stop by the studio and play for us live in a couple of weeks, when he gets back from Iceland.

5.) Endless War – Jeremy Gilchrist – Singer-Songwriter
6.) Happy Birthday Harry – Hana Zara
7.) More Than Gold – Ryan Fauber and Samara Lark Brown
8.) Brother Of Mine – Mike Brewster Music

I want to thank Mike for sending that song to me. I want to send that one out to my brother Ken and to everyone’s brother, whether it’s a brother by blood or a bond that is formed. Great song from Ryan and Samara. I am still thrilled about seeing Hana a couple of weeks ago at Light Club Lamp Shop. Sadly true song from Jeremy Gilchrist. OK, last week I played the last song on Lendway‘s Giant Places album so now it’s time to start a new album to play song by song, week after week, until all the songs are played. This next album has some great songs and intriguing music. The album is called Song For My Double and the band is Invisible Homes.

9.) :Little Song – Invisible Homes
10.) Ladybug – Ninja Custodian
11.) Pitseleh – Milton Busker
12.) She Has Your Name – Phil Yates & The Affiliates

Phil Yates and the band played a cool show last week at Switchback Brewing Company. I’m loving Milton’s new album You Are What You Pretend To Be. With all the new music I’m playing tonight, I had to toss in the Ninja classic. Great song from Homes. This next band shut down a section of Main St on Sunday and threw a giant party.

13.) Starman – Madila
14.) Live A Certain Life – Marco Benevento
15.) Kaleidoscope – Arc Iris
16.) Give Me All Your Love – Madaila

You just have to love Madaila for pulling off such cool shows. Great song too. Iris played Sunday night as part of the festival, but played upstairs at Club Metronome. They played Joni Mitchell’s album Blue, so they did not play that song. Hopefully, they will come back and play it for us soon. Marco and his band played on Main St and played that song from his new album The Story Of Fred Short. Hmmmm, Madaila. I want to thank Bobby Hackney Jr.for inviting me, and most of Burlington’s musicians and artists, to his birthday party recently.

17.) Black And Red – ROUGH FRANCIS
18.) Living Arrangements – The Red Summer Sun
19.) The Wolves Are Coming – Suburban Samurai
20.) Casanova With A K – Better Things

It was cool to see Sun, Samurai and Better at 242 Main recently. All three rocked hard. Hmmm, Rough Francis. I saw a band (Zeus Springsteen) that evolved out of this next band do this next song last night at The Monkey House.

21. Lights Of Montreal – Lobot
22.) Bidets And Confused – Sad Turtle
23.) Bird On The Sea – The New Siberians
24.) Such A Scene – Wood Coats

I want to thank David Anderson for turning me on to Coats. Another great new song from the Siberians. Turtle have a new album coming soon, and it sounds like it could be very good. It was so cool to see Zeus play the Lobot song. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?

Outro

Songs after: Crucifix Corner – Fish
Superstar – I Don’t Know How To Love Him – Jesus Christ Superstar soundtrack
The Crucifixion – I Don’t Know How To Love Him – Jesus Christ Superstar soundtrack
John Nineteen Forty-One – I Don’t Know How To Love Him – Jesus Christ Superstar soundtrack
He’s Dying – Children in Paradise

The Wee Folkestra at The Monkey House January 2, 2016   Leave a comment

The Monkey House photo by Tim Lewis

The Monkey House photo by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last night at The Monkey House. I worked until 6:30, stopped at home for a bit of dinner and around 8:30 took the long walk to Winooski. I arrived just before 9, got settled in, and said a couple of hellos. Quickly, The Wee Folkestra took the stage and the music began to flow. With three guitars, a bass player, a musical saw, and four singers, they created a nice huge sound. The lack of a drummer kept it from rocking too hard, and added a folky edge, but when everyone was going at full tilt, they sounded like a mini orchestra. Most of the rhythms were done on guitar, with Joe Adler and Aya Inoue playing acoustic and Eric Segalstad playing electric. This left Eric Daniels a little room to explore on bass. Joe sang lead on some songs, Aya sang lead on some, Jackie Buttolph sang lead on one and Samara Lark Brown lead a couple too. Most songs had a lot of vocal harmonies and were sweet and powerful. Their hour long set was nicely received by the fairly full audience. The sound mix was great and Johnnie Day Durand‘s musical saw could easily be heard all the way through, and she got to play most of the lead parts. I really like Eric’s lead guitar playing, so having him do mostly rhythm on guitar and mandolin was a bit different, but the songs are really more about collaboration than just standing out on one’s own. Most, if not all, of the set was cover songs. I did not know, but thoroughly enjoyed, the first song. Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of These) followed and featured the saw playing the keyboard part. Ghost In This House was as achingly beautiful as always. Atlantic City was a fun singalong. Jackie belted out a strong version of Michael Jackson’s The Way You Make Me Feel. Joe did his best Tom Waits on A Good Man Is Hard To Find. Ween’s Baby Bitch was fun, and featured a little bit of Eric playing lead guitar. They followed with a couple more that I did not know, but really enjoyed. They wrapped the night with O Mary Don’t You Weep which featured a nice full ending that kept easing its way down until it swept back into the full song for a bit, then really ended. Shortly after the show, I said a couple of quick goodbyes and took the long walk home. It always amazes me how much talent we have in this town and it’s so cool to see so many great musicians wonderfully combine in different bands. Thanks everyone!

 

Radio Show 139 Thursday December 17, 2015 9-11pm Eastern US Time WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

WBKM photo by Tim Lewis Dec 17 2015

WBKM photo by Tim Lewis Dec 17 2015

 

I just got back from my local music radio show on internet only WBKM. I played a lot of local artists doing Christmas classics. I upped the nutrition level of the show with a couple of songs from Screaming Broccoli. I played a couple of cuts from The Cuts. And Swale, I played a lot of Swale.

before: Delirious – The Church Band

recording begins
Song before: Beware Of Darkness – George Harrison.

promo

intro

From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. The Calendar says it’s close to Christmas but with it 50 degrees and raining, it sure does not feel like it. I guess it’s a good thing the world leaders are at least putting some plans into action to attempt to halt global warming. My song before the show tonight was from the concert for Bangladesh. On Saturday a bunch of local musicians will recreate the show at Higher Ground. I think I’m working, but will be there if I can. Tonight, let’s begin with some local artist playing Christmas songs. Let’s begin with one of my favorites.

1.) Happy X-mas (War Is Over) – Joshua Glass Music
2.) Hallelujah – Swale
3.) Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer – Linda Bassick
4.) Carol of the Bells – Gordon Stone

Nice version of the classic by the super-talented Stone. Did you catch the version of that song with Stephen and Henry Rollins on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night? Check it out if you missed it! Great version of Rudolph by Linda Bassick. I love the lyric rewrite on the Cohen classic. Great song from Josh. Let’s keep going with more Christmas songs.

5.) It Came Upon A Midnight Clear – Electric Halo
6.) God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen – Viperhouse
7.) Silver Bells – Josh Glass
8.) Winter Wonderland – The N-Zones

That was a fun romp from the classic Burlington band. Another great song from Josh. Nice groove to the Viper song. Great interpretation from Halo, who feature Joe Adler and the music saw of Johnnie Day Durand. Let’s go back in time to the late ’80’s or early ’90’s when Burlington bands really came into their own.

9.) Rain – The Cuts
10.) Hold Me Tight – The Decentz
11.) So Nice – Ninja Custodian
12.) Let’s Bury Bob – Screaming Broccoli

Great rocker from the classic band. I love that Ninja song. I love that Decentz song. I had to play Rain due to the weather. OK, let’s get to the next song on Red Flannel Hash.

13.) Double Line – Black Rabbit
14.) Christmas Sled – The Mountain Says No
15.) Blind Pigs – ROUGH FRANCIS
16.) Beaten Down – Swale

The last time I listened to Pigs I though it has to mix into the Swale song. I’m psyched to see Francis at The Monkey House on New Year’s Eve! Killer Mountain song. Another classic from Rabbit. Swale just put out an EP with four Christmas songs, and are playing at the Monkey House tonight. I already played the fourth song on the album. Here are the other three.

17.) Just Another Day (Christmas) – Swale
18.) It’s Christmas – Swale
19.) Snow Again – Swale

Three new classics from one of the most wonderful bands in town. OK, let’s play some more classics from local bands.

20.) Santa Baby – Samara Lark Brown
21.) Frosty The Snowman – Construction Joe
22.) Jingle Bell Rock – Sarah Stickle
23.) The Christmas Song – Motel Brown

Just wonderful versions of classic songs. Here are some more.

24.) Little Drummer Boy – Aaron Flinn
25.) Merry Christmas Baby – Sandra Wright Band
26.) Oh Holy Night – Cait Hoffman
27.) Silent Night – Tammy Fletcher

Stunning solo vocal versions from Tammy and Cait. Nice groove to the Sandra song. Aaron is always so solid. OK, let’s play a few more then close with some regular local songs.

28.) White Christmas – Giovanina Bucci
29.) Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Greg Alexander
30.) Santa Claus Is Coming To Town – Scott Mangan

Three more absolute classics. OK, here is a song that always inspires me.

31.) Sequoia 3 – Binger
31.) Above The Frequency – Invisible Homes
32.) On A Sunday – Screaming Broccoli
33.) In A Different Part Of The World – The Cuts

Cuts are showing a bit of Pinhead influence on that one. Killer song from Broccoli. Great new song from Homes. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. I will be off the next two weeks to spend some time with my family. I want to say Happy Birthday to my brother Ken, since his birthday is Saturday. I will be back in 2016.

outro

promo

Songs after:
Sunsets On Empire (live) – Fish
It’s Just A Ride – Bill Hicks AMERICAN The Bill Hicks Story)

recording ends
Wave – Slingshot Dakota
Usual Plays In Heaven/Be Kind And Talk To Me – Active Heed
Down By The River/Like A Hurricane – Seth Yacovone Band
Higher And Higher – The Moody Blues
Amazing Journey/Sparks – The Who
Empire Of The Clouds – Iron Maiden
Starship Trooper – Yes (official)
Jacob’s Ladder (live) – RUSH
Orange Like Water – The Cush
Afraid Of Sunlight – Marillion
Opus 40 – Mercury Rev
The Old And The Young – MIDLAKE BAND
World Container – The Tragically Hip
It’s All Too Much – The Church
Teenage Mother Earth – The Red Telephone
Ninjas VS Zombies – Phil Yates
Strange Phenomena – Kate Bush
Dear God – Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band
I’ve Been Down – Bob Wagner
New York My Lovely – Josh Glass
regular programming

 

Samara Lark Brown, Johnnie Day Durand, Aya Inoue, Eric Segalstad, and Joe Adler at Radio Bean and Swale at Nectar’s December 30, 2014   Leave a comment

Radio Bean picture by Tim Lewis

Radio Bean picture by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great night of seeing music the night before New Year’s Eve. I was psyched to see Swale at Nectar’s, but got out a bit early on a slow work day, and got to make a cool stop on the way.
I arrived at Radio Bean with Samara Lark Brown playing ukelele and singing Time After Time. She was joined by Johnnie Day Durand who added some beautiful flourishes with her musical saw. It was pretty sweet, but was the last song of the set. At least I made it for that one!
Up next Aya Inoue took the stage with her acoustic guitar and was joined by husband to be, Eric Segalstad on electric guitar. His soft tone and gentle yet driving leads gave Aya’s strong songs a little extra fullness. Her voice is precise and powerful and I always have a great time when she is playing. They opened with Firefly then followed with Never Again. For the third song they brought Ari Bolles to the stage to sing the heck out of an Alison Krauss song that I did not know. They made it sound great. Ari left the stage and for the next song Aya told a story about the intensity of social work and how you need a release from the strain. Writing, singing, and playing is how she gets through, and the fourth song in the set, as yet untitled but might be called So It Goes, was a beautiful ode to struggling onwards to find the good parts of life. They followed with Come Breathe With Me, then Lions Den, and closed with something that sounds like it needs a full band, ’cause it can really rock.
When the set was done, Eric stayed on stage and was joined by Joe Adler. Joe said he was playing new songs, not any of the old favorites and they played a set of killer songs. The opener, Man Of Many Hats was fun, then Eric switched to Electric Mandolin for some powerful and delicate picking. Joe played the acoustic card deck guitar as they moved through Daily Chores, then pulled out a killer new song called Stratosphere. I think it may be one on of my favorite of his songs, after one listen. Coffee And Eggs sounded like it might be a little light, but was a solid song that I quite enjoyed. Joe said that Girl Behind The Glass was not about what you are thinking, but was about unobtainable love. Samara joined them to sing with Joe on Change In The Air. Back to a duo they played another cool new song then did a cover of Famous Blue Raincoat by Leonard Cohen. It was nicely done, and they had at least one more to play, but the clock on the wall said leave. I still had a great rock show to attend.

Nectar's photo by Tim Lewis

Nectar’s photo by Tim Lewis

I arrived at Nectar’s just about 10, but it was about 15 more minutes until Swale hit the stage. Sometimes they start slow and moody and let it build, but not that night. They dove right into If You Get Lost and the show was afoot. Amanda Gustafson‘s voice was right on. Tyler Bolles and Jeremy Frederick held the rhythm tight and Eric Olsen had lots of room to work out his guitar. They continued on, staying with the last two albums. Soul Piggy Bank had a quiet intensity as it unfurled. Old School brought the tempo down for a bit, but a killer Jack Sharp knocked the energy back into the stratosphere. Edible smoldered and Popular Crowd rocked hard. I think that was where Eric broke a string. Amanda covered the guitar part on the keys while he grabbed another and got back into the song. After, Eric asked if anyone could restring his guitar. Sergei came out from behind the soundboard and spent the next song and a half restringing it. What a guy!! Swale kept on with a fun bouncy Waiting For You, then kicked out a seriously intense Fainteant. Joyless followed and rocked hard. They slowed things back down a little with Golden Crutch and Beaten Down then played a searing version of You Are Not The Photograph. For the first time that night they reached back to the Verdigris EP for a killer version of Good Medicine. It’s so slow for so long then builds into a super intense Eric Olsen guitar workout that always puts me over the top. Time was running low at that point, so they kicked out a killer Everyone Likes To and that was that.
I’m so glad I put in the effort and was rewarded with a staggering amount of joy that evening.

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