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The Nancy Druids and Cricket Blue at Light Club Lamp Shop March 3, 2018   Leave a comment


The Nancy Druids pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music a week ago Saturday at Light Club Lamp Shop. I had a productive day at work, visited with mom for a while, then made it downtown just in time for the show. I got in and settled and noticed two people I was not expecting to see. They had their instruments.

My focus shifted to the stage as the semi-acoustic The Nancy Druids began to play. Joined by Ariel Toohey on cello they opened with a shimmering December. The Space Between and By Design let themselves shine in that gentler guise. John switched from bouzouki to accordian for a cover of Because. Ariel left the stage and the usual trio played a version of Vondle Park (?). that felt like a cool breeze flowing through a warm summer day. John moved to electric bass and the band rocked a bit as they found Salvation all around. Sean switched from acoustic guitar to electric 12 string and they pondered the way things might have been. They picked up the pace and rocked us with I Can’t Remember Who You Were. They played a new song called Bitter Days then regaled us with the shimmering pop of Disappear. They brought the pace back up with Halo and Ann Mindell showed us how hard you can hit the drums with brushes. I think they were pretty much done at that point but a few late arrivals missed Ariel’s performance so she came back for By Design and Because to close the night.

I hung out for the break and the previously mentioned unexpected duo took the stage. Cricket Blue opened with a kind of rocking song that may have been about incandescence. The way they weave their guitars and voices feels like magic and they continued on with a song about kissing frogs. They borrowed heavily from the book of Psalms for the next one and closed with a song cycle about burning effigies to ensure a bountiful harvest. Hearing Cricket play is always a treat and I’m so happy I was there.

I was pretty tired at that point but did hang out for one song by LittleBoyBigHeadOnBike, mostly for the name. They had an old school Burlington low-fi indie sound that brought back memories as I wandered out the door.



Cricket Blue pic by Tim Lewis



Radio Show 247 Thursday March 1, 2018 9-11pm Eastern US Time on WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment


The Mountain Carol at Robot Dog Studio pic by Tim Lewis


Tonight’s local music radio show on WBKM.ORG will run from 9-11pm US Eastern time Thursday March 1st. You can stream it from the website or this Facebook link WBKM. It will go as follows.

Song before Elected – Alice Cooper


From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. Let’s begin tonight with a woman who has been playing all over town a lot recently.

1.) Maria – Francesca Blanchard
2.) The Way It Is – Maryse Smith
3.) Paper Doll – Matt the Gnat and the Gators
4.) My Fear Of Losing You – Milton Busker

Milton and his band will be at Light Club Lamp Shop on Monday. Matt and his gator songs will be at Nectar’s on Wednesday. Maryse will play Friday at The Gallery for the Frank DeAngelis art opening. Francesca is at Radio Bean tonight. OK, let’s head over to Robot Dog Studio.

5.) Adventure Safari – The Mountain Carol
6.) Underneath – The Mountain Carol .
7.) Shadow Puppets – The Mountain Carol .
8.) Deano – The Mountain Carol .

Thanks for playing so well Mountain! Thanks Ryan Cohen for making us sound so good and thanks Burlington Beer Company for the libations. OK, this next band have been playing around for a while and have finally released an album called Historia de un Inmigrante. Let’s dive in and take a listen.

9.) Country Cumbia – Mal Maïz
10.) Clandestino – Mal Maïz
11.) Fantasma – Mal Maïz
12.) Producto de la Mente – Mal Maïz

I’m so glad that Maiz Vargas Sandoval has brought his music to Vermont so we can learn to dance in other languages. He and the band will do a Robot Dog session later this month and that will be a lot of fun. OK, this next album feature is full of Party Music. Let’s get reaffiliated with an old friend.

13.) If Only I Was Lonely – Phil Yates & The Affiliates
14.) One Mans Trash – Phil Yates & The Affiliates
15.) Fixin’ To Die – Phil Yates & The Affiliates
16.) Send Him The Bill – Phil Yates & The Affiliates

You can pre-order the new album on Bandcamp and get two songs now. Thanks for sending the whole album Phil!! This next band are playing tonight at The Monkey House.

17.) Above The Frequency – Invisible Homes
18.) Rental – Zeus Springsteen
19.) All My Life – Wide Wail
20.) Alienation – Black Rabbit

Great rocker from Rabbit. I thought I should toss a classic into this mix of new music. Thanks for still being great Wail. Great rocker from Zeus. I can’t wait for the new Homes album. This next band will be at the Lamp Shop on Saturday in a semi-acoustic kind of way.

21.) The Space Between – The Nancy Druids
22.) Black, Blue & White – The New Siberians
23.) Feel The Bern – Violint Wednesday
24.) We Shall Overcome – Bernie Sanders and 30 Vt Musicians.

That was recorded many years ago and Bernie is still out fighting the good fight. On Tuesday we hold elections and his stepdaughter Carina Driscoll is running for mayor. Wednesday is really Emma Sky and she wrote that about Burlington and how progressive values have enhanced the lives of people in our town. Great songs form Siberians and Druids. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?


Songs after:
Raingods Dancing->Wake Up Call (Make It Happen) – Fish
Trickle Down – The Tragically Hip
Resurrection – Death World Wide
Angels Of Death – Hawkwind
Hallelujah The Hills – Hallelujah The Hills
Parallels – Yes
Smalls Change – Derek Smalls
Orange Like Water – The Cush
Afraid Of Sunlight – Marillion
Before The Deluge – The Church Band
It’s Going Down – MIDLAKE BAND
King Arthur’s Death – Children in Paradise
Third Party Politics – Ouzkxqlzn
What’s In California? – Joshua Glass Music
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Happy Spangler and The Nancy Druids at The Monkey House and Julia Caesar and Clever Girls at Radio Bean January 27, 2018   Leave a comment


Happy Spangler pic by Tim Lewis


I had a great time seeing music on Saturday January 27th. It was one of those days where there were six or ten great shows in town and decisions had to be made.

I got out of work and hung out for a bit then took the long walk to Winooski. I got in and settled at The Monkey House and realized that the first band on was one that I knew nothing about and really wanted to see. Happy Spangler took the stage for their debut show. With Barbara Richmond on bass, Kirk Flanagan on guitar and vocals and Michael Bradshaw on drums and backing vocals, they had a pop punk sound that brought me back through the history of Burlington’s music scene while firmly planting me in 2018. Kirk was a great front man and introduced most of the songs and they opened with one called Dave Doesn’t Live Here Anymore. They played a song about bringing you flowers when you wanted drugs. They played a song called Baby Please and one about breaking the night. They played the brand newest of the new songs called Never Let Me Go then played another love song. They sang about a sweet bit of honey and told the true story of having never seen it coming. They played a fun song called Hawks and closed the set with Elvis Costello’s Waiting for the end of the world. It was a great beginning and I can’t wait to see them again.

Up next The Nancy Druids began playing their gorgeous rock and roll music. They opened with the Sky all around them then brought us back to December. They played a powerhouse version of By Design and followed with the newish song Salvation. Just another day had that heavy rock stomp and Halo featured Ann Mindell‘s explosive drumming. They played a cool new song called Bitter Days (?) then took us on a walk through Vondle Park (?). I Can’t Remember Who You Were was epic and Sean went way off on The Space Between to close the night. They are an amazing band.



The Nancy Druids pic by Tim Lewis

There was one more band at the Monkey House but I decided to try and make it to a second show. I walked back into Burlington and waited in line for a bit at Radio Bean. I had heard a lot about, but had never seen, Julia Caesar. I was still outside when they began but I could hear reasonably well and my first thought was Zola Turn. Their songs had nice melodies and rocked hard. I made it inside after a couple of songs and found a place to enjoy the rest of the show. The songs had a great strength to them and I reveled in their power. They played a song about the ground and a new one about a holy ghost. They played a song about being down below the ground and closed with one about hearing me now. I definitely need to see them again and get to know their music. They are amazing.



Julia Caesar pic by Tim Lewis

Up next Clever Girls took the stage and kept it rocking. They opened with Tell Me No then shouted out the 1 2 3 4 intro to Loose Tooth. They played a new song I did not know but really liked then played an intense version of 45. They played more songs from their upcoming album such as Catch And Release and Loom. They closed the set with a heavy rocker that always gets me going. They are such a great band. I can’t wait for a new album so I can get to know their songs even better.

I didn’t hang out too long but did chat with a couple of cool people. The walk home was short and easy and I was in a blissfully happy place.



Clever Girls pic by Tim Lewis



Radio Show 242 Thursday January 25, 2018 9-11pm Eastern US Time on WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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This free Bandcamp album is heavily featured in tonight’s show.

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Tonight’s local music radio show on WBKM.ORG will run from 9-11pm US Eastern time Thursday January 25. It can be streamed from the website above or this link: WBKM It will go as follows.

Song before: New Americana – Halsey


From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. Let’s begin tonight with a song that was released last week by one of the great bands in town.

1.) Don’t Look Back – ROUGH FRANCIS
2.) Weapons Factory – The Wards
3.) Hippo Nose – Chris Alley All Star Band
4.) How We Roll – James Kochalka Superstar
5.) Hungry Like The Wolf – Joe Adler & The Rangers Of Danger with The Lynguistic Civilians

That was recorded live at Nectar’s a couple of years ago. That’s a new song from James and has all of those Duran Duran references. Such a fun song from the new Chris Alley album. He used to play guitar with The Wards. Francis are so amazing. OK, here is the next song on Black, Blue, and White.

6.) Upstream – The New Siberians
7.) There Are Bigger Men Than Me – Plastique Mammals
8.) Indigo Spanish Fantasy – Jane Boxall Percussion
9.) AV6 – Bad Smell
10.) Interview/Cascade – Andriana Chobot

That’s from a new album that was released yesterday. I’ll tell you more about it soon. Smell will play Higher Ground on Sunday. They feature Jane on drums. She also plays marimba and Fantasy is from the album Zero To Eight Mallets. She is so amazing. Plastique will release a new album tonight at The Monkey House. Great song from the Siberians. So, on Saturday there are three amazing shows happening. One is at ArtsRiot and features this artist.

11.) My Heart – Francesca Blanchard
12.) Interview/By Design – The Nancy Druids
13.) Interview/45 – Clever Girls

The Girls will play on the 27th at Radio Bean with Julia Caesar, who I’ve been meaning to catch, and others. The Druids will play The Monkey House on the 27. Francesca will be at ArtsRiot that night with the DuPont brothers new band. Sigh, there’s still only one of me. So, last year I developed a live in the studio music series with Ryan Cohen and Robot Dog Studio. Yesterday we released a free album with one song and one interview clip from each of the 16 bands that we recorded. The Andriana, Druids, and Clever Girls songs were from that. Let’s take a dive into more of it.

14.) Interview/Three Feels Right – gneiss
15.) Interview/A Cut In The Night Sky – Matt the Gnat and the Gators
16.) Great Filter/Interview – Jeremy Gilchrist – Singer-Songwriter
17.) Interview/Able To Breathe – Peter Burton

Great work by all of those bands. Let’s keep diving into the album.

18.) Interview/Hope In The Dark – David Rosane & The Zookeepers
19.) Future Shock/Interview – Ruckzuck
20.) Interview/Car Bomb – Zeus Springsteen
21.) Interview/Sister Blue – Cave Bees

I love the history of part of Burlington’s music scene that Creston Lea tells in the Bees interview. Such great stories and songs from all of the bands. OK, this next band are not on the album. They just released a new EP.

22.) Holy Serpent – Ghastly Sound
23.) Interview/Local Lore – Savage Hen
24.) Interview/A Song About The Ocean – Dino Bravo VT
25.) Waiting – Rough Francis.

I thought I’d end the show where I began. Francis are so amazing. Great song by Dino. Cool story and altered ending to the Savage song. Ghastly rock hard. Well, I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?


Songs after
Credo – Fish
38 Years Old – The Tragically Hip
Right Bright Lord – The Mountain Says No
Lilith – analog missionary
Who Are These Gods? – Dam Kat
Lily – Kate Bush
Cornflake Girl – Tori Amos
This (Can’t Be Happening) – Analog Missionary
Carpet Of The Sun – Renaissance
Roll Me – The Cush
Transmitter – Analog Missionary
Fractured Mirror – Ace Frehley
She’ll Come Back For You Tomorrow – The Church Band





Radio Show 238 Thursday December 28, 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 December 28 and you can stream it from our website or here: WBKM It will go as follows.

Song before: Ordinary Day – Milton Busker


From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. I hope everyone is enjoying the Holiday Season. Christmas has past and it’s almost time for New Years. Let’s begin with a couple of local Christmas songs that came my way just a little too late for last week’s show.

1.) Some Kinds Of Homes (Are Invisible) – Invisible Homes
2.) Misa Criolla- Gloria – The Plastic Billionaires
3.) Happy New Year – Ninja Custodian
4.) Last Love – Myra Flynn Music

Myra will be at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts on New Year’s even. Great song by Ninja even though it’s about that other matter, Cool songs from P-Bills and Homes. OK, here is the next song on Black, Blue, and White.

5.) So They Say – The New Siberians
6.) Chester Allen – The World Famous Hanglows
7.) Lights Of Montreal – Lobot
8.) Every Last One Of Us – SWALE

Swale will be at the Flynn Theater on New Year’s Eve too! Lobot and the Hanglows played some cool shows in our town in the early 2000’s. Great song form the Siberians. OK, so earlier this year I wanted to get some live music on the air. With the help of Ryan Cohen and Robot Dog Studio we created a series of shows and interviews. The first one was broadcast February 16, 2017.

9.) Let Me Be – Peter Burton 2-16-17
10.) Endless War – Jeremy Gilchrist – Singer-Songwriter 3-9-17
11.) The Space Between – The Nancy Druids 3-30-17
12.) Loose Tooth – Clever Girls 4-20-17
13.) Lovely Day – gneiss 5-25-17

That gets us through May. Let’s continue on as I’m playing one song from each show in the order they were recorded and played on the air.

14.) Strawberry Blonde – Dino Bravo VT 6-8-17
15.) My Old House – Andriana Chobot 7-20-17
16.) What The Fuck Went Wrong – David Rosane & The Zookeepers 8-24-17
17.) Clever Girl – Savage Hen 8-31-17
18.) Juliet – Cave Bees 9-21-17

Everything was going well and we got into a nice groove of talking and having the band play a song and talking and another song until 4 were played. Then The Dead Shakers came in and Kevin Bloom said we’re running all of our songs together as one piece. Of course they would.

19.) Intro->Accidental Graveyard->Taung Child->Superpowers->Medfield – The Dead Shakers 9-28-17

That was fun. Let’s keep going.

20.) Done Saving Bones – Matt the Gnat and the Gators with Miss Saxy – 10-5-17
21.) I Ruined The Moon – Ruckzuck 10-26-17
22.) Low Down Mid-December – Eastern Mountain Time 11-30-17
23.) Don’t Want To Know If You Are Lonely – Black Rabbit 12-14-17
24.) What’s Inside A Thing? – Zeus Springsteen 12-21-17

So there it is, a year of live music. Thanks to everyone involved! We begin next year with The Mountain Says No in mid January. Well, I hope you enjoyed checking our the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?


Songs after
Zoe 25 – Fish
All Canadian Surf Club – The Tragically Hip
Paranoid – Surf Sabbath (The High Breaks)
Try To Love part 2 – Dam Kat
Dark Matter – Porcupine Tree
Jacob’s Ladder – Rush
The War I Survived – Hawkwind
Empire Of the Clouds – Iron Maiden
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The Nancy Druids at Light Club Lamp Shop December 2, 2017   Leave a comment


The Nancy Druids pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music a week ago Saturday at Light Club Lamp Shop. I worked an 8-6:30 day, did a quick turnaround at home and arrived just before the 7:30 start time. I got in and settled and chatted with a bunch of cool people, then it was showtime.

The Nancy Druids usually play loud fun rock but were more mellow for this show. Sean played an acoustic guitar, Ann Mindell used brushes on the drums and John set aside the bass for a bouzouki. The songs had the familiar shimmering pop sound but were a bit more relaxed and had a bit of a Tomorrow Never Knows vibe. They opened with the highly appropriate December then went looking for Salvation. For the third song they brought up Sean and Ann’s daughter Ariel to play cello. The next three songs had a nice flow as the cello floated over the bouzouki. They made The Space Between, By Design, and The Ghost In You sound great. Ariel left after that, most likely to go rehearse for her upcoming performance at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, and John switched to accordion. The stomp of Just Another Day sounded fun in that context. They stayed with that lineup for the ultra catchy Sign and the breezy Vondal (?) Park. Ann hit the drums a little harder and the band rocked out I Can’t Remember Who You Were. For the next song John picked up the bass and Bitter Days had a rocking stomp lit with shimmering pop. They rocked out a killer Halo then wrapped the night with a beautiful version of Give A Little Bit.

I hung out and chatted for a bit then took the lovely walk home. I missed the ripping guitar solos and the sculpted feedback that usually happens at a Druids show but reflected on how much fun it was to hear the songs in a different context. They are truly an amazing band.


The Nancy Druids pic by Tim Lewis


The Nancy Druids pic by Tim Lewis


The Nancy Druids pic by Tim Lewis


Posted December 11, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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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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