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Radio Show 33 Thursday October 17 , 2013 9-10pm Eastern US Time WBKM.ORG   2 comments




I just got back from my local music internet radio show on WBKM.ORG. The first song I was going to play jumped out of the player at the last moment. Also,I stuck the players in queue mode to mix out the ending of the second to last song, but forgot to put it back, so at the end, the outro played a little early. The edges were a bit rough, but the center was pretty creamy.

Song Before: Song Of Wandering Aengus



From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. It’s been a beautiful warm sunny day in Burlington, and Church Street is hopping. Here is a song that was just released this week. This is Autumn Drone Part 2 from Alpenglow, on WBKM and they are Burlington’s kind of music.

1.) Overcoat – Swale (was supposed to be Alpenglow, but it jumped out of the player)
2.) Autumn Drone Part !! – Alpenglow
3.) Lithuania – Hana Zara

One of my roommates, Mike Luoma was just representing the Point at the Advance Music Singer Songwriter competition on Tuesday. He said that Hana played Lithuania and advanced to the finals. It’s a great song, no wonder she made it. The order was wrong on the first two, but both are great Fall songs. Last week I finished playing Swale’s album, and tonight I will start a new one. This artist has played in a couple of bands in Burlington, and made so much great music in our town. Week by week, song by song, I will work my way through To A Star In The Yard by Alice Austin

4.) Wings To Me – Alice Austin
5.) Naomi’s Back – Fire The Cannons
6.) Crickets – Wolvings
7.) Things Change – Black Rabbit

If you ever need a great scrappy little garage rock band, you could not do better than Black Rabbit. They are recording, and with a little luck I will have a new song to play on Halloween. Stay tuned. The band Spirit Animal just changed their name to Wolvings. They are playing Friday at The Monkey House. I was just there last Tuesday seeing some heavier than expected metal. It was fun. I love the FTC song and didn’t it just flow out of the Alice song? I hope you liked the Alice, because I’m going to play it all, over the nest few weeks. A while ago a guy named Adrian Belew used to play Burlington, VT to packed houses, all the time. I’ve seen him solo. I’ve seen him with the Bears. Once, when he played solo, he had a band called the Irresponsibles open for him.

8.) Mr Belew – The Irresponsibles
9.) Superboy – The Bears
10.) Ready To Race – Lendway
11.) I Can Feel It – Vetica

I thought that was fun to play two great pop songs that rock, from bands from out of town, with two great pop songs that rock, from bands from in town. Did you notice that Adrian was playing guitar on the Irresponsibles song? Saturday I may head to Radio Bean to see bands play Elliot Smith songs. Hana Zara is the draw and Phil Yates is hosting, so hopefully he’s playing too.

12.) Could You Be The One? – Phil Yates and the Affiliates
13.) Teenage Mother Earth (live) – The Red Telephone
14.) Time To Get Out – Aaron Flinn and Salad Days

I left the queue mode on so the outro started playing, but I got it stopped. I mentioned Aaron and Red and hoped you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. I asked if you’d like to do it again next week.

Outro (again)


Tim here, if you’re in Poland you know this next song. It’s been in the top 30, and descending, for the last three weeks.

Song After: All Loved Up – Fish


Radio Show 25 Thursday August 15, 2013 9-10pm Eastern US Time WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment



I just got back from radio show 25 on WBKM.ORG. There were a couple of acoustic songs, but for the most part, the show rocked!

Song Before: Fire – Jimi Hendrix



From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds of Burlington. I saw Hana Zara a couple of weeks ago at the Precipice and was blown away. She’s playing at 9pm, Friday at Radio Bean. This is a song called Dropout Generation on WBKM and this is Burlington’s kind of music.

1.) Dropout Generation – Hana Zara
2.) Queen Anne’s Lace – Satori Bob
3.) These Summer Nights – Sarah Emily Blacker

I love Summer Nights, and this is a well produced, full sounding version of the song. I love the strong guitars in Queen Anne’s, and really like how catchy the Hana song is. Next up we go to song 4 on Swale’s A Small Arrival. This one rocks!

4.) Edible – Swale
5.) Castles – Spirit Animal
6.) Projector – Vetica
7.) Plastic Revolution – Doll Fight!

Doll Fight just released this great new EP, and are breaking up. Sadness. I’m going to go rock with them one more time at Radio Bean next Wednesday. I really enjoyed Vetica at the Precipice and am enjoying their EP. What a great rock song. I’ve caught Spirit Animal a few times and they always rock. Hmmm Swale. It will be great to see them on Saturday at Hotel VT. Next up is one of my favorite songs from one of my favorite bands from the ’90’s.

8.) Still Life Scene – Envy
9.) 1965 – The New Siberians
10.) 16 Tons – Thompson Gunner
11.) The Mime – Joe Adler and the Rangers of Danger

That was fun to play two songs in a row recorded live at Nectar’s. Joe and the Rangers are opening for the Rocky Horror Picture Show at the waterfront tomorrow from 6-7:30, so that should be fun. Thompson do a great version of the classic. I love the Siberians song and Envy rock. Up next is a bind with huge sweeping songs.

12.) You vs Them – The Hero Cycle
13.) Purpose and Object – The Contrarian

Purpose has such a great guitar sound. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?



Song After: Feast of Consequences – Fish

May the Fourth Be With You at Max’s Basement May 4, 2013 with Great Western, Dr Green, Spririt Animal, Vedora, Black Rabbit and Rawsome   2 comments

I only made it to one of the two shows I wanted to see last night. I got out of work just after 7 (on about 5 hours sleep) and met up with Nathan Curtis around 9. We headed over to the rock dungeon at Max Krauss’ house just as Great Western started to play. Their song structures had a bit of country, but the songs rocked! Ripping solos, lush keys, interesting rhythms, they were really good.

Great Western

Great Western

Next up Dr Green played a rocking set. They were a bit more straight-forward than Western, but played solid joyful rock and roll. Max joined them on guitar for a couple of songs.

Dr Green

Dr Green

Next up Spirit Animal were less indie than I expected, and a bit more metal. They had a bit of a Stellastar bounce to the songs, but the twin guitars kept things heavy and rocking.


Vedora came on next, and it was getting difficult to stand. Body sooo tired. They played a killer set of very new material. They played Promises and Terrarium, and tossed in the Hank Williams cover of Lost Highway. They have been playing Sober for a few months now, but the rest of the set was newer than that. It all sounded great. Great pop hooks, and solid rock and roll.

Vedora Max's basement May the fourth be with You

Vedora Max’s basement May the fourth be with You

After that, I was done. The body wanted to crash so hard. Nathan talked me into waiting for a bit, then Black Rabbit started to play. I’m not sure how I was standing, but they ripped through a blistering rock set. Marc Scarano ripped it up on guitar, while the rhythm section drove the songs home. The cover of Chinese Rock was fun, but it was their songs that stole the show. I had a great time! After that, there was just Rawsome left to play. It was 1:36 and I convinced Nathan to leave. I needed to take the go to bed at 2 option over the go to bed at 3 option. I’m sorry I missed them, but had nothing left at that point. Nathan drove me back, and I was asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow. I have eight hours of work today, then I may be able to get some real rest tonight.

Here’s a video of Black Rabbit

Here are pics of Rawsome, who I missed.





Black Rabbit, Vedora, Rawsome, Spirit Animal and Torpedo Rodeo in Max’s basement September 21, 2012   Leave a comment

It was a Friday, so my Monday, and Nathan said Max was having a party with bands playing in his basement. I was not excited to go out, but he said Vedora were playing, so I just had to. Max is a really good guy and plays guitar in a couple of bands and often does sound at the Monkey House. Despite having to work early the next morning, I went over to Nathans and we headed for the party. We made a pact to stay for the the first song of the third band, Vedora were on second, grabbed some beer and off we went.

Max lives in town, not far from Winooski, so it took no time to get there. We arrived, chatted a bit, but someone said Black Rabbit were about to go on, so down to the basement we went. It was a pretty small room, with lots of concrete and natural rock formations. That worked well, as you could sit on the rocks, if you are the kind of person who can sit with live music playing.

Black Rabbit were ferocious. Their songs are loud, fast, heavy, catchy and fun. They played with a searing intensity. The room made for a nice full rock sound. Everything about their set was great. The last time I saw them, it took a few songs for me to get into them. Not this night. I was hooked from the first note and rocked their whole set away. I really like these guys and must see them more!

After the set we wandered upstairs for some air, and another beer. There were lost of fascinating people hanging out. Soon enough, Max came around and said Vedora were ready to play. Back we went, and Vedora kicked off their show. While they may have lost of bit of of subtlety in their sound, due to the small cement room, they made up for it by rocking hard. They sounded great and the set was wonderful as always. Dragnet stands out as one of the songs that unleashed the wow factor from the audience, but really, the whole set was lots of fun. They played like crazy, had the small but committed audience loving them at every moment. They always do a great job, and Friday was no exception. They wrapped the night with In the Pines/Chain and everyone had a great time.  You can check out the video someone shot of Terrarium.

After their set it was time for another beer and a bit of air. It was a warm night and really nice to just walk around after being in a crampt space. That did not last long since Rawsome came on to play. We headed back down as Max picked up the guitar, Jessie-Lou, grabbed a mic and they were joined by a drummer who’s name I did not catch. Rawsome were raw, loud and fun. The music was pretty punk. The lyrics were a little buried in the mix, but what I caught was fun and sassy. Their last song was a nice back and forth between Max and Jessie-Lou that was brilliant. I’m sure they will bring it to a wider stage soon. I’ve seen Rawsome twice and really enjoyed both shows.

Again, after the set it was time to head upstairs. Nathan and I hung out with some cool people on the patio and chatted about life, the universe and everything. At one point I could hear Spirit Animal start to play. I hung out for a bit, but then had to head down. I only caught a couple of songs, but they were catchy. They had nice hooks and were loud and fast. They rocked hard. I should have caught more of their set, but was glad I at least caught a couple.

Having stayed so late anyway, we just hung out for a bit until Torpedo Rodeo took the stage. They rocked hard, and were just tremendous. I sometimes forget just how good they are, and really need to catch them again sometime soon. They playing is tight and it’s very easy to get into their songs. I’m so glad I stayed.

When they wrapped up, Nathan and I said some goodbyes, and headed out. I was kind of tired the next day at work, but also filled with a warm glow. Thanks guys!