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Camp Howard and The Dead Shakers at Light Club Lamp Shop May 30, 2017   Leave a comment

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Camp Howard pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music a couple of Tuesdays ago at Light Club Lamp Shop. It was one of those long work days that I somehow got through. I had wanted to see Ellen Degenerates again, but really did not want to go out, but stepped up my game and got myself out the door. I knew there was a chance that I would miss them anyway but the walk to the lamp shop is pretty quick so I just went for it.

As I entered the venue I ran into Kevin Bloom and chatted for a moment before getting a drink and listening to Camp Howard. They are an indie rock band from Richmond Virginia who play fun and challenging music. The first song that I caught had a nice sweep to it but every time it changed it went in a way I never would have guessed. This set the precedent for the rest of the show. Fortunately, every member of the band committed to all of the crazy changes and everything hung together well and they were really fun. The second song rocked harder than the first and may have been about heartache. The fifth song I caught started like a straight up rock song and careened into improbability. Later in the set they had a song with a surf noir sound in the late middle and a tag line of I don’t understand what it’s all about. They closed with a song that had an ’80;s synth pop sound. It was so much fun trying to figure out where the songs would go and being wrong every time. I really enjoyed their show.

 

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The Dead Shakers pic by Tim Lewis

 

During the set break I realized I had missed Ellen but was into hanging out and seeing another band I knew nothing about. Kevin, and a small orchestra, took the stage. He sang and played guitar and was joined by another guitar player (Walker?), Josh Shedaker on bass, a drummer, a percussionist who played a second snare and other things, a cello player, a sax player and a guy who played a shaker. Collectively known as The Dead Shakers they opened with a long epic instrumental with galloping drums and an icy cello soaked with reverb. The second song was a cheery number about an insane asylum in Medford and rocked hard forever. I realized that all of the songs were going to be long jams with more structure and drama than a “jam band” would have. The third song had an eerie feel that made me think of the middle of Echoes before it fell into the sledgehammer rocked out ending. The next song had an Echoes feel as well and maybe a hint of Moby Dick and featured some cool slide cello. The last song of the night had a bit of a Doors or Tragically Hip feel and rocked super hard at the end. I really loved every moment of their show and want to see them again as soon as I can.

I hung out for a bit and said hi to the bartender and chatted with Sheddy then took the short and happy walk home. I’m so glad I put in the effort.

 

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The Dead Shakers pic by Tim Lewis

 

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The Dead Shakers pic by Tim Lewis

 

Posted June 9, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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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

intro

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