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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

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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

 

Radio Show 209 Thursday May 25, 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 run from 9-11pm US Eastern time Thursday May 25th and can be heard on both sides of the Champlain Valley on 107.1FM or streamed here: WBKM It will go as follows:

Song before: Memories In Future Tense – The Church Band

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From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. I want to thank Higher Ground for sponsoring our station. Let’s begin with an artist who played a delicate and beautiful show to a pin drop quiet audience at ArtsRiot last Saturday.

1.) True Hue – Ivamae
2.) Let me Be – Peter Burton
3.) Faded Movie Reel – Jeremy Gilchrist – Singer-Songwriter
4.) Agree To Disagree – 1881

That’s the next song from Lights, Camera, Action, the album I’m playing all the way through, song after song, week after week. Great songs from Jeremy Gilchrist and Peter. Both were recorded live at Robot Dog Studio. Last night I brought the band Gneiss into Robot Dog for an interview and some songs. Let’s listen to it now.

5.) Three Feels Right – gneiss
6.) Endless Sunkissed Lover – gneiss
7.) Lovely Day – gneiss
8.) Haze – gneiss

Thanks gneiss for playing such lovely music. Thanks to Ryan Cohen for making us sound great and Jeff Arbor for helping us out. OK there is a new group of people promoting music in our town called Noise Ordinance. They will bring a couple of cool artists to Foam Brewers including this one.

9.) Barstools (live) – Hammydown (Abbie Morin)
10.) The Coast – The High Breaks
11.) Just Another Day – The Nancy Druids
12.) Loose Tooth – Clever Girls

The Girls and Druids songs were recorded at Robot Dog also. The Breaks will be at Nectar’s on Friday to help Josh Panda release his new album. It does not appear to be out yet, so hopefully I will have Josh’s album for next week. Great song from Abbie. Last Saturday Ivamae opened the show at ArtsRiot and this next band recreated Joni Mitchell’s Blue album. Here is one of their songs.

13.) Saturation Brain – Arc Iris
14.) There Are Bigger Men Than Me – Plastique Mammals
15.) They Try To Compose Themselves – serene – Floral Amoral
16.) Oh You! – You’re You! – Ruckzuck

I got to see Ruckzuck play Monday at Nectar’s then later at Radio Bean and I saw them Tuesday at The Monkey House. Mammals opened the Nectar’s show and Amoral finished it. Amoral opened the Monkey House show. Thanks for visiting. See you next time? OK, this next band are back in town on Saturday at ArtsRiot.

17.) Dreaming Too Much – Alpenglow
18.) Sunflower Street – David L Jarvis
19.) The Naked Garden – Peg Tassey MUSIC
20.) Ex-Files – Better Things

Due to a technical glitch the gniess interview and songs played after Ex-Files but the show played in order on 107.1FM – TL

Better are playing a show on Sunday at Jim’s Basement. With all the new music I’m playing tonight I thought I should throw in a couple of Burlington classics. Peg and Dave well qualify. Great songs. Hmmm, I love Alpenglow. OK, this next guy is playing his last show tomorrow at ArtsRiot.

21.) Old North Ender – James Kochalka
22.) The Road – Anders Parker
23.) Silver And Gold – Waylon Speed!
24.) Coming Up – Ruckzuck
25.) Future Shock – Ruckzuck

I thought I should play three of their songs since I saw them three times this week. Classic rocker from Waylon. Anders is just amazing. Thanks for all the music James! Reunion tour 2018??? OK, let’s play a few more.

26.) So They Say – The New Siberians
27.) Every Last One Of Us – SWALE
28.) Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad? – Bob Wagner and the Book ‘Em Blues Band

Three great songs from three great bands. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we? Farewell.

29.) Sayonara – Black Rabbit
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Songs after:
Raingods Dancing – Fish
Wake Up Call (Make It Happen) – Fish
Planet Caravan – Black Sabbath
Empire Of The Clouds – Iron Maiden
Heart Of The Sunrise – Yes
Higher And Higher – The Moody Blues
From Now On – Supertramp
River – Joni Mitchell
Love And Affection – Joan Armatrading
Not I – Andriana Chobot
In The Blue Light – jane siberry
Brothers In Arms – Dire Straits
Megaphone – Joshua Glass Music

 

Radio Show 208 Thursday May 18, 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 air on 107.1FM, can be streamed at WBKM and will run from 9-11pm US Eastern time Thursday May 18th. It will go as follows:

Song before: Oliver’s Army – Elvis Costello

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From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. I’ve got a bunch of new music to play for you tonight so let’s dive in.

1.) Via Champlain – Some Hollow
2.) High Flying Bird – Anders Parker
3.) Dance Of The World – Satori Bob
4.) Science Fiction – Hana Zara

Great classic from Hana who enraptures crowds with that song. That’s a brand new song from Satori. Their singer, John Baumann used to play around Burlington all the time so many years ago. Great new song from Anders. Hollow just put out the Green EP and it’s really good. OK, here is the next song from Lights Camera Action.

5.) Sometime Next Week – 1881
6.) It’ll Be OK – Let’s Whisper
7.) Children Of The Stars – Madaila
8.) Great Escape – Jeremy Gilchrist – Singer-Songwriter

Jeremy just played a cool show at Light Club Lamp Shop from 7:15-8. It’s such a pleasure to hear him. Great songs from Madaila and Whisper. 1881 are so much fun. OK, let’s get a bit moody and spacey.

9.) Rainy Alley – Totally Submerged
10.) Jungle Rot – The Edd
11.) Alan’s Garden – Ruckzuck
12.) Survey Says – Senders

Senders are so much fun. You should be their friend if you are not already. Ruckzuck will play some psychedelic rock on Monday at Nectar’s and Radio Bean so that should be fun. That’s a new song from The Edd. Submerged are playing acoustic on Saturday at Farnham Ale & Lager VT starting around 6. This next band just put out the What?!?!? album.

13.) Sin Is Funner – Swillbillie
14.) Tell Me No – Clever Girls
15.) Wing To Me – Alice Austin
16.) Say It – Anachronist

Great songs from Anachronist and the legendary Alice Austin. The Clever song was recorded live at Robot Dog Studio. Great fun song from Billie. This next band will be at ArtsRiot on Saturday.

17.) Paint With The Sun – Arc Iris
18.) The Feeling Is Strange Binger
19.) Complex Vermont – Self Portrait
20.) 2,000 – The Pants

That was a classic from Burlington’s ’90’s. Nice song about VT from Portrait. Binger are so wonderful, even if Facebook will not let me tag them. Great song from Arc though they will be playing Joni Mitchell’s Blue album so who knows if they will play any of their own songs. This next band play next Wednesday at The Monkey House.

21.) Bridge To Panda Chaos – Zeus Springsteen
22.) Sky – The Nancy Druids
23.) The Great Forgetter – The New Siberians
24.) Highway Brain – The Cush

They played a great version of that one at Waking Windows. Great song from the Siberians. The Druids song was recorded at Robot Dog by Ryan Cohen. Zeus should have a lot of music coming soon. It’s been warm and hot and I’ve been driving with the windows down.

25.) Windows Down – Lendway
26.) Every Last One Of Us – SWALE
27.) ETI – The Contrarian

Great cover of the BOC song by Casey Merlin Rae. Swale are so amazing. 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:

Vigil In A Wilderness Of Mirrors (live) – Fish
Lost In America – Alice Cooper
Jackbooted Thugs (Have All The Best Drugs) – Anders Parker
Ninjas Vs Zombies – Phil Yates
Tonite It Shows – Mercury Rev
All In My Mind – Love And Rockets
Carbon – Tori Amos
Cascade – Andriana Chobot
Strange Phenomena – Kate Bush
Gift Shop – The Tragically Hip
Grind – The Church Band
Dying Stars – Slingshot Dakota
It’s Just A Ride – Bill Hicks
Man On The Side – Joshua Glass Music
regular programming.

 

 

Radio Show 207 Thursday May 11, 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 on WBKM 107.1FM will run from 9-11pm Thursday May 11, and will go as follows:

Song before: Bel-Air – The Church Band

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From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. Spring is in full bloom and the leaves are coming out and it’s almost time for the lilacs. Tomorrow is my birthday so tonight I will just play a bunch of my favorite songs. If your band is not in the list I still love your songs but I just grabbed two hours of songs that fill my heart. I’m sure I could have done a twelve hour show and still missed a lot of greatness. Let’s begin with a woman with a huge heart and powerful voice.

1.) First Kiss – Peg Tassey MUSIC
2.) Liar – Maryse Smith
3.) Happy Birthday Harry – Hana Zara
4.) Presence – Satori Bob

Satori have a new album that I will dig into next week, but Presence has spoken to me continuously since the first time I heard it 25 or so years ago. Hana’s songs are entrancing and each one is a ride to go on. She is so great. It was nice to see Maryse briefly at Waking Windows last weekend. Peg is so fantastic. OK, last week I played the last song on Kat Wright’s By My Side album, so it’s time to start a new one. Last year this next band put out three EP’s that really feel like one album. Here is the first song from Light’s, Camera, and Acton.

5.) The Storm Has Been Weathered – 1881
6.) It’ll Be OK – Let’s Whisper
7.) When The Nights Get Long – Carraway
8.) Alone In The Night – Andriana Chobot

I’ve been captivated by Andriana’s music since I first heard it last year. I love everything about that Carraway song. It’ll Be OK has been stuck in my head for the past few weeks. Great song from 1881. Here is another great song.

9.) Piano In Every Room – gneiss
10.) Giving Up The Ghost – Aaron Flinn
11.) Loose Tooth – Clever Girls
12.) Freeway – David Rosane & The Zookeepers

I just love everything about that song. Loose was recorded live at Robot Dog Studio by Ryan Cohen. I love how it rocks so hard. Aaron has a ton of great songs and that one just had to find it’s way into this mix. I love it when there is music everywhere and a piano in every room. This next song has been stuck in my head lately too.

13.) Always Monica – Chin Ho
14.) Little French Earthquakes – Phil Yates & The Affiliates
15.) Politicians In My Eyes – Death World Wide
16.) I-90 East – ROUGH FRANCIS

I love all of Francis’ songs but there is something about that one that made it jump out at me. So, last Friday I was quickly walking down Riverside ave when a car pulled over and said Tim, get in. Thanks for the ride to Waking Windows Urian Hackney and Julian Hackney!! Politicians is a great song and I loved seeing them at the Flynn not so long ago. Earthquakes is one of my many absolute favorites. Monica, always! Every time I catch this next band I just love them.

17.) Windigo – Crazyhearse
18.) Orange Like Water – The Cush
19.) Every Last One Of Us – SWALE
20.) The Revenge Of Vera Gemini – The Contrarian

That version of the Blue Oyster Cult song is so fantastic. Swale were great at Waking Windows and played a stunning version of that song. It was so wonderful to finally see the Cush again at Waking Windows. They played a stunning version of that song. Hmmm, Windigo. The first time I heard this next song it sent shivers down my spine. It still does.

21.) Gazerbeam – The Mountain Says No
22.) Black, Blue, and White – The New Siberians
23.) The Space Between – The Nancy Druids
24.) TFAY – Elephants of Scotland

I love a lot of Elephant’s music but that one always stands out. I love the Druids so much! There are many great songs from the Siberians but that one just seemed to fit the set. Hmmm, mountain. OK, this next band always rock.

25.) Burning Bridges – Blue Button
26.) Papertrain – Dave Jarvis (Daffy Mal Yinkleyank)
27.) Sequoia 3 – Binger
28.) Jackbooted Thugs (Have All The Best Drugs) – Anders Parker

That is such a great song from Anders. I love a lot of Binger songs but always keep coming back to that one. Great song from Dave. His band Agent 802 are starting to play shows. Button always rock hard. I hope you were OK with indulging me on the day before my birthday. Next week I will play lots of new music and take some chances but tonight I just wanted to hear some favorites. See you next week.

29.) Sayonara – Black Rabbit
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Songs after:
Crucifix Corner (live) – Fish
Fractured Mirror – Ace Frehley
King Of The Mountain (live) – Kate Bush
Something I Drew – farm
Sober – Vedora
Mimi On the Beach jane siberry
Above The Frequency – Invisible Homes
The War I Survived – Hawkwind
Joan Crawford (live) – Blue Oyster Cult
Freaks (live) – Fish
New York My Lovely – Joshua Glass Music

 

Radio Show 205 Thursday April 27, 2017 9-11pm Eastern US Time 107.1 FM and WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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I’m on vacation in Washington DC and Virginia so there is no way to do my local music radio show on WBKM 107.1FM tonight (Thursday April 27) unless I had the foresight to spend last Wednesday setting up the show and doing the vocal interaction between the songs last Thursday after setting up last weeks show. Tonight’s show will run from 9-11pm US Eastern time April and can be streamed from the Facebook link above. Sorry for the early notice, I hope you remember to tune in this evening. Maybe Tony Gallucci can tag me and repost this later. It will go as follows.

Song before: Oh Freedom – Bernie Sanders

From our small city to the great big world, these are the sounds of Burlington. I’m on vacation but thanks to the magic of science and technology I can bring you the other show that I recorded last week. Tonight we will take a deep dive into a few of the great bands that Vermont is blessed with. Let’s begin with a band who have two EPs and two albums. Here’s a set of music that has been recorded since their last album, and most will be on the album they are about to unleash on us. Let’s begin with the song that may not be on the album.

1.) Black Boys On Mopeds – SWALE
2.) Wooden Heart – Swale
3.) Release Your Records – Swale
4.) Every Last One Of Us – Swale

Swale are so fantastic. I can’t wait for the new album, even though I’ve heard many of the songs many times live. It’s going to be great and I will share it with you when they release the record. OK, here is the next song on By My Side.

5.) All About You – Kat Wright
6.) By My Side (Radio Remix) – Kat Wright
7.) Dear God – Kat Wright
8.) The Light – Kat Wright

That’s another great song from By My Side. God was from Introducing. The Radio Remix was a version of the song before the new album came out. You just rock. This next singer constructs catchy songs, has a great voice, and knows how to put music fans in a happy place.

9.) The Interrogator (Enhanced) – Milton Busker
10.) Ordinary Day – Milton Busker
11.) All The Same To You – Milton Busker
12.) My Fear Of Losing You – Milton Busker

Two of those songs are from You Are What You Pretend To Be and two are from Dance Songs Volume II. There is a lot of other great music on those albums too. These next bands are classic Burlington.

13.) Tastes Like Nothing – Zola Turn
14.) Escape Artist – Zola Turn
15.) Dragged Around The Universe – Queen Tangerine
16.) It’s Real Again – Zola Turn

Zola were so great in the ’90’s. After they ceased, Alice Austin and Julia Austin formed Queen Tangerine and put out a wonderful album. Don’t we all feel dragged around the universe sometimes? This next band put out an album and played a bunch of shows in the 00’s and just put out a fantastic new album last year.

17.) Really Doesn’t Matter – The New Siberians
18.) Black 17 – The New Siberians
19.) 1965 – The New Siberians
20.) Circle K – The New Siberians

All of those songs are so catchy and rock nicely. What a great band! Speaking of great bands, this next one has been playing staggering shows lately and just put out a new album.

21.) Nothing In This – The Mountain Says No
22.) Statistik – The Mountain Says No
23.) I Know Right – The Mountain Says No
24.) The Bomb – The Mountain Says No

Their songs are so intense and rock so hard. Yea Mountain! Let’s close tonight with a set from a band who evolved out of two of my favorite bands and show the evolution.

25.) Bomb – Envy
26.) Very Underground – The Red Telephone
27.) By Design – The Nancy Druids
28.) The Space Between – The Nancy Druids

Sean and Ann Mindell were in Envy. Sean joined Matt Hutton in The Red Telephone, then Sean and Ann teamed up with John Franklin to form the Druids. The sound has changed a bit but the beauty in the structure has not. Well, I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?

Songs after: Plague Of Ghosts (live USA) – Fish
Alone In The Night – Andriana Chobot
King Of The Mountain – Kate Bush
Morrigan – Children In Paradise
The Vigilant Ones – The Cush
Almost With You – The Church
What’s In California? – Josh Glass
regular programming.

OK, I’m heading to the bus then heading to Yorktown then going to get a tattoo, or at least see one.

 

Radio Show 202 Thursday April 6, 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 run from 9-11pm US eastern time April 6, 2017. It will go as follows.

Song before: Bobcaygeon – The Tragically Hip

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From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. Let’s begin tonight with a couple of songs about lion taming.

1.) Just Another Day – The Nancy Druids
2.) Lion Tamer – Carraway
3.) Black 17 – The New Siberians
4.) Parking Lot – Villanelles

Villanelles keep playing that song for us. Thanks guys. Great song from Siberians. Considering the line from the Druids song, I just had to follow it with the Carraway. OK, here is the next song on By My Side.

5.) I Do – Kat Wright
6.) Crazy – Clever Girls
7.) Trouble Come No More – Cricket Blue
8.) My Hero, The Enemy – Gregory Douglass

Gregory is coming to Higher Ground on Sunday. Thanks for sponsoring our station HG. Cricket will open that show. Great songs from Clever and Kat. Do you ever travel just for the ride?

9.) Ever Travel – The Red Telephone
10.) Drivin’ All Alone – The Parts
11.) Moving Song – Zola Turn
12.) Wally Rides The Ferry – Zoot Wilson

Great song from the ’80’s. Zola Rocked us in the ’90’s. Telephone rocked us in the 00’s and the Parts are rocking us now. So, if you like punk head to Jim’s basement on Saturday for these next two bands.

13.) Blank Daze – Mr. Doubtfire
14.) Blue Lights – Sink or Swim
15.) Blue Light Shines – Gabrielle Douglas and the Dwellers
16.) Something I Drew – farm

It was fun chatting with Brent Hallenbeck last night about our local music scene. I was on Rocket Shop on Big Heavy World last night to announce that all of my show write-ups, past and future, will be part of BHW. Brent was a great host and we both liked Farm and The Cush. We were sad that Farm went away but happy about how they morphed into The Mountain Says No.

17.) Gazerbeam – The Mountain Says No
18.) Paint It Black – Silver Bridget
19.) Every Last One Of Us – SWALE
20.) The Heart Is King – Pinhead

Pinhead helped open Burlington up to the wide variety of music that exists today. Great song from Swale. I want to send lots of love to Eric Olsen who just lost his mother. Our hearts go out to you Eric!!! Great take on the Stones song by Bridget and great rocker from Mountain. This next band was the first to really turn me on to our local music scene, so many years ago.

21.) Happy New Year – Ninja Custodian
22.) Decide – Dave Jarvis Band
23.) The Original Original – Black Rabbit
24.) Round Sum – Cave Bees

The Bees come out to rock us now and then, and have been doing so for years. Rabbit always put on fun shows. Dave rocked us back in the ’90’s and has a new band called Agent 802. I love Ninja. OK, let’s stay in the past for a bit.

25.) Hold Me Tight – The Decentz
26.) Holly Mae – The Snaz
27.) Bridge To Panda Chaos – Zeus Springsteen
28.) Six Inch Knife – Will
29.) Avalon – Split Tongue Crow

Great song from the Rutland band. They morphed out of Will who played around in the 00’s. I can’t wait to see Zeus again and hear what they are recording. Super cool song from the Snaz and fun rocker from Decentz. 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:

Dancing In Fog – Fish
Astronomer’s call/And Dream Of Sheep – Kate Bush
Not I – Andriana Chobot
I Will Follow You – Children in Paradise
Paycheck – Slingshot Dakota
The Art Of Giving In – 1881
Inner Revolution – Adrian Belew
Delirious – The Church Band
Megaphone – Joshua Glass Music
regular programming

 

The Ryan Ober Band, The Nancy Druids, and Gold City Ashes at The Monkey House April 1, 2017   Leave a comment

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The Nancy Druids pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last night at The Monkey House. I met up with Nathan Curtis just before 9 and we drove to Winooski and got settled in.

It was not long before Ryan Ober picked up his electric guitar and started playing and singing. Joined by Creston Lea and Jeremy Frederick on drums, the trio rocked out some bluesy songs with a pop edge. The first song was about loving a girl for a long time and Creston kept asking what her name was. The second was a rocker called What Is Life? Ryan had a ripping solo at the end and played so powerfully that the stage could not hold him. They played a few of Ryan’s new songs and covers like Dylan’s To Be Alone With You and a rocking version of Ray Charles’ Sticks And Stones. Ryan’s song Caveman Blues was pretty fun and had a bit of an Elvis Costello vibe. They closed the nine song set with Ryan’s tale about how his friends say he can’t get away from the blues, and fun was had by all.

 

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The Ryan Ober Band pic by Tim Lewis

 

During the set Nathan met and chatted with Star and we hung out close to the stage and rocked out as The Nancy Druids weaved their magical spell. Their melodic indie music rocked hard and sent shimmering vibes through the club. They opened with Sky and we were off and running. With some snow outside on an April night, December still seemed appropriate. Halo has a great bass riff from John Franklin, powerhouse drumming from Ann Mindell and Sean Toohey sent the solo into a feedback guided blissful universe. By Design was super catchy and The Space Between was gorgeous and a little extra fun considering the Facebook post I did earlier in the day that threaded the space between a secret and a lie. They pulled out the brand new song Icicles, I think that’s what it’s called, and it was pretty great. The stomp rock of Just Another Day kept us grooving and Might Have Been had a wicked guitar effect at the end. They closed the set with a song that may be called Who You are and it had more great Ann drumming and a colossal ending. The Druids always make me happy when they play.

 

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The Nancy Druids pic by Tim Lewis

 

The set break was a little longer than the first one, but we hung out in the front as Canadian band GOLD CITY ASHES took the stage. They are an electric guitar/singer, bass, drums trio and had a classic rock sound. Nico had a great bounce to his drumming, Chris played a lot of leads with a slide and Lynn’s bass playing was just amazing. It was mesmerizing to watch her play. Chris was an engaging front man and was very welcoming and appreciative. His voice was nice and the songs rocked hard. The first couple had a nice stomp to them and the third song had a big bluesy feel. The next couple kept us rocking hard then they got into a jam with California Love, They tossed a little roll away the dew in the middle, then went back to the hard rock. Later in the set they played a heavy version of After The Gold Rush that made me smile. They wrapped the 15 song set with a rocker that had space for each member to do a short solo and ended with a blistering song called Big Brother which had an epic set up, a hard rocking middle and a Judas Priest ending.

We hung out and said Hi to the band then Star took off and I caught a ride home from Nathan. It was yet another wonderful night of music and was great to make some new friends.

 

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Gold City Ashes pic by Tim Lewis