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The Nancy Druids at Radio Bean, Llamadoll on Church st, Bear’s Tapestry at Light Club Lamp Shop and Lake Waves at Radio Bean August 3, 2019   Leave a comment

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The Nancy Druids

I had a great time seeing music last night in downtown Burlington. There were a ton of choices, and it had been a long work day, so I struck a plan to catch what I could. Granted, the plan mostly rearranged itself, but that can be fun too.

I was out the door around 7:30 and thought I’d begin at the top of Church Street for the Festival Of Fools performance by Llamadoll. It was set to run from 8-10. I thought I’d begin and end there and catch The Nancy Druids at the Bean from 8:30-9:30. I arrived downtown and had chills as I caught a bit of Llama’s smooth flowing soundcheck. I chatted with a bunch of cool people, and time ticked by until it was quarter after 8. It was a little too light to see the images on the screen, and since the show was old weird movies being shown while the band play a soundtrack, they needed to wait for a bit. As time tightened, I made the horrible decision to leave.

I ducked over to Radio Bean and got in and settled. The wait wasn’t long and The Nancy Druids lit into Sky as a four-piece semi-acoustic band. Sure Sean was playing an acoustic guitar, but it had a nice electric feel. John began the evening on bouzouki and Ariel sat in on cello. They settled into a beautiful pop sound with December then John switched to bass for the breezy gorgeous Vondlepark. By Design brought the rock energy up and The Space Between soared before falling into a washy guitar ending. At that point, Ariel left the stage and the band showed us that Salvation was all around. Just Another Day rocked steadily and Sign had a delightful poppy bounce. Remember Who You Are brought the energy way up, Bitter Days eased it back to a nice groove and Halo brought it back to peak. They closed the night with a pop song about the way things might have been before amusing the audience with Give A Little Bit. I really enjoy the acoustic version of the band, though love it when the electric version pushes those songs into the stratosphere.

On the last note, I ducked over to Church St and let the music flow over me and got sucked into the cartoons and images of Laurel & Hardy, and whatever else was showing on the screen. I found a spot to stand and was in a happy place until I noticed a couple of small raindrops. The projector was covered quickly and then the band stopped. They said rain was on the way and they preferred not to get electrocuted, so that was that. They’ve done the Llamadoll thing before and I hope they do it again. The bit that I caught was fascinating and I’d love to see a full show.

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Llamadoll

Since it was earlier than expected, and Frank DeAngelis had mentioned that the Leatherbound books were at Light Club Lamp Shop, I thought I’d stop in. I think I missed them but caught a few songs by Bear’s Tapestry. They had a low-fi indie blues sound that was kind of cool. The playing was smooth as I settled in. They brought up Jackie Buttolph to sing on a song that I think was called Sing The Blues. It had a nice build and was a huge rocker at times. It had a nice prog vibe with a bit of jam. I’m going to see if I can track that song down. They played another cool song then I ducked back to the Bean to see what was going on.

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Bear’s Tapestry

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Bear’s Tapestry with Jackie

I quickly settled into the dreamy pop rock of Lake Waves. The room was pretty full and the music made it easy to dance around to. They reminded me a bit of The Static Age. The bass was especially expressive and the lead guitar subtle and sweet. The lyrics were in your face as they sang about wanting to grab your fingernails (I think). I only caught a few songs but they rocked hard and were fun and I definitely need to check them out for real very soon.

There was a ton more music happening, but I had to work in the morning and opted for the quick walk home. I’m very excited that I got to check one band I was curious about,and ran into two bands I knew nothing about. It was a pretty good night. Oh, and the Druids are just a sure thing every time.

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Lake Waves

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The Nancy Druids at Light Club Lamp Shop May 26, 2019   Leave a comment

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I had a great time seeing music last Saturday at Light Club Lamp Shop. It was a long hectic work day, but I had a little time at home before taking the lovely walk downtown. I got in and settled and chatted with cool people like Steph Pappas and Loren Tindall and Molly King. Soon, it was showtime.

When The Nancy Druids play the Lamp Shop it’s usually more of an acoustic show and that night was no different. While I love their full rock fury, it’s nice to hear slightly quieter versions of their lovely songs now and then. They opened with the breezy Vondelpark (sp??) that blew every care and concern right out of my mind. Just Another Day followed with a nice rock stomp and a stunning upper middle fretboard solo from Sean on his acoustic guitar. Sign had a fun bounce and made me smile. John had been playing the Rickenbacker for the first three but switched to bouzouki as Ann Mindell and Sean’s daughter Ariel joined them on cello. They played a lovely version of Sky and followed with a shimmering version of December. By Design rocked nicely in the acoustic format then they pulled out a fun cover of The Ghost In You. Ariel stuck around for one more and the band let loose a lovely version of The Space Between. They returned to trio format, with John on bass, and they showed us that Salvation was all around. They kicked it up a bit for a rocking Remember Who You Were then returned to the shimmer for Disappear. They rocked out Bitter Days then were going to end with a rocking Halo, but the audience wanted more. They closed the night with Give A Little Bit and we were happy. I hung out and chatted for a bit then took the lovely walk home. It was another great night of music in our town.

 

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Posted June 4, 2019 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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The Nancy Druids and Swale at The Shelburne Filed House March 30, 2019   Leave a comment

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I had a great time seeing music a couple of Saturdays ago at the Shelburne Field House. It was a very stressful work day but I had a bit of time to settle at home before taking the drive south. I stopped and picked up my brother Ken then went to the indoor athletic field. We walked in and the giant room housed two soccer fields and the kids were just wrapping up. We grabbed a beer then headed for the stage which was in the middle of the room. We chatted with Bob from Big Heavy World for a bit then the house lights went down.

 

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The Nancy Druids

The stage was lit with solar powered lights and The Nancy Druids opened with Sky. Most of the crowd were sitting on lawn chairs but I had to stand in front of the band. December had a nice shimmer to it and Vondlepark (sp???) had a breezy pop air that put me in a happy place. They brought the energy up and rocked Remember Who You Were nice and hard. By Design kept us rocking until we found Salvation all around. We remembered some Bitter Days then Ann kicked the drums hard on Halo. Sean sculpted guitar feedback in an epic way on The Space Between and played a blistering lead. They closed with fun covers of Give A Little Bit and I Am The Walrus and called it a night. It was another wonderful show.

 

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Swale

The set break was short then SWALE took the stage. They began slow and searing with Soul Piggy Bank then played some slow pop on Beaten Down. Felon filled my heart with joy then they encouraged everyone to Release Your Records. They slowed way down for Old School then treated us to the glory of If You Get Lost. They played a cover of the Pants song Both Eyes Closed that lit up my soul. Every Last One Of Us started with a slow steady chant and the song just built and built and built until Eric ripped out an incredible guitar lead then it slowly dissipated. It’s such a tremendous song. Elevator followed with a glorious pop sound and dark lyrics then Drug Laws surged and surged. They wrapped the night with a hard and heavy version of Everyone Likes To that left me in a happy place.

We hung out and chatted for a bit then I drove Ken home, then drove back to Burlington. It was a fun night in an unusual setting and it was a benefit for Shelburn’s Pierson Library. I’m so glad I went.

 

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Swale

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Swale

 

 

Posted April 15, 2019 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Radio Show 296 Thursday March 7, 2019 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 Eastern time Thursday March 1. You can stream it from the website or here: WBKM It will go as follows.

Song before: Countdown – Rush

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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 cool artist who has been playing in a cool band who just released a solo album.

1.) Better Off Alone – Meg Rice
2.) My Fear Of Losing You – Milton Busker
3.) Your Funeral – Zeus Springsteen
4.) 1965 – The New Siberians

That’s the next song on the Siberians great eponymous first album. Zeus played a killer show Monday at Higher Ground. Great song from Milton and it’s nice to see Meg step out. OK, this next band are from Rhode Island and they played Burlington once in the ’90’s and they have still stuck with me.

5.) We’re The Loops – The Mockingbirds
6.) Accidental Graveyard – The Dead Shakers
7.) Safe To Say – SWALE
8.) Mr Reed – Seth Yacovone Band

Seth and the band will be at the Old Post in South Burlington on Saturday. Swale will be at ArtsRiot on Saturday. The Shakers will be at Junktiques Collective on Saturday. If you like all three songs, you will have a tough choice to make. This next band will be at Radio Bean on Sunday, yea.

9.) The Space Between – The Nancy Druids
10.) Right Bright Lord – The Mountain Says No
11.) Waste Of Time – Preece
12.) If You Die – The Wards
13.) Jurassic Bark – Doom Service

That is on the Live From Robot Dog Studio Volume 2 that just came out. I really want to thank Ray Padgett from County Tracks for writing such a nice story about my struggle with my mother’s death last year, and the way that music helped me get through it. That was very nice. The Wards rocked us in the ’80’s and will continue rocking us later this evening. Great songs from Preece and Mountain. Both can be obtained for free on the Live From Robot Dog Studio Volume 2 album. I’m so psyched to see the Druids on Sunday. OK, It’s time to talk about a naughty word that apparently is fine to say in public by a fine moral leader like the President Of The United States. Wow, our decency standards as a nation are just gone now, as proven by the moral tolerance of the President’s speech by his “moral” base.

14.) Bullshit – Blue Button
15.) There’s A Problem – Mr. Doubtfire
16.) Fear The Government – The Wards
17.) Weapon Factory take 4 – The Wards
18.) Bernie Is A Punk – BERN UNIT
19.) Feel The Bern – Violint Wednesday

That song is such a lovely look at life when Bernie was Mayor of Burlington. He would make a decent President. Nice reworking of the Ramones song by the band from California. I though a double shot of Wards would be nice. I don’t think we need to fear the government but we do need to elect decent caring people, which we often do not do for odd reasons. Nice rockers from Doubtfire and Button. OK, here’s a brand new punk song.

20.) A Song About Riding Bikes Adrienne Cooper Smith
21.) Awake To Steak – Black Hairy Tongue
22.) Six O’ Clock – The Wards
23.) Decide – Dave Jarvis Band
24.) Prime – Black Rabbit

Great rocker from Rabbit. That’s not even on one of their albums yet. Classic ’90’s rocker from Dave. Nice punk from the ’80’s with the Wards. BHT straddled that line between the ’80’s and ’90’s. Adrienne is out rocking us today. This next band is doing the same.

25.) This Town – Suburban Samurai
26.) An Obscene Amount Of Debt – Sink or Swim
27.) United States – The Wards
28.) We Need Bigger Knives – As We Were
29.) Bury Me Easy – Real Talk

Cool song from their new album. Were played around in the early 2010’s. American Imperialism was in full force in the ’80’s as the Wards so nicely point out. Sink and Suburban are out and about rocking us hard. This next band is doing the same.

30.) Warmonger – Smokestack Lightning
31.) Gettin’ High – Heavy Plains
32.) Bit O Honey – Happy Spangler
33.) Magic In This Mystery – Robin Gottfried Band

Robin and his band will be at On Tap Bar & Grill on Saturday. Fun song from Spangler. Great rockers from Heavy and Smokestack. Well, 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
Waverly Steps – Fish
Poets – Tragic
Rainbow in The Dark – Liliac
Catch The Rainbow – Rainbow
The Trooper – Liliac
Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son – Iron Maiden
Heavy – Clever Girls
Get Me Outta Here – Deep Purple
Dormant Magic – Jason Baker

The Nancy Druids at Radio Bean March 10, 2019   Leave a comment

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I had a great time seeing music last night at Radio Bean. I got out of work a little early on a snowy day after the time change, and started catching up on show write-ups. I finished the previous night’s story a little after nine, grabbed a quick bite to eat and was out the door at 9:45.

I made good time and walked in as the church bells rang 10. I got in and settled and chatted with Kirk and Barbara from Happy Spangler, thanks for the drink, and then it was showtime.

I found a comfortable place to stand and The Nancy Druids began to shimmer the universe with their beautiful rock sound. They opened with the song about how the sky is all around us now then lit into December. By the end, Sean’s guitar rippled with rock glory. Just Another Day started with a heavy rock stomp lead by John’s bass and Ann Mindell‘s drums. It went through a couple of Beatlesque choruses then Sean unleashed a killer guitar solo at the end. Up next was the sweet rock pop of Vondlepark (sp??). There is something about that song that always makes me float to a happy place and the version they played last night is still with me now. They kicked up the volume for the heavy rocking I Can’t Remember Who You Were and I reveled in Ann’s drumming. By Design is super catchy and rocks hard and was nothing but joy. We found Salvation all around then experienced a few Bitter Days. Sign had a nice bounce to it and is still delightfully stuck in my head, then they brought the pace to full rock glory for Halo. Again, Ann’s bombastic drumming just puts that song over the top. Often, they will toss in a fun cover at the end but last night the opening rock groove of The Space Between proved otherwise. It’s one of those songs that builds and builds and ends in a hail of drenched feedback and leaves you with that happy dazzled feeling. I loved every moment of the show.

I hung out and chatted with John for a bit then took the lovely walk home

Posted March 11, 2019 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Ryan Ober And The Romans, Happy Spangler, and The Nancy Druids at The Monkey House December 14, 2018   Leave a comment

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Ryan Ober And The Romans pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music a couple of Fridays ago at The Monkey House. It was in the middle of the heavy work season, but I had been missing cool shows and pushed myself out the door at the last minute and took the long walk to Winooski. I got in and settled as Ryan Ober and The Romans kicked off the set with a song about how it used to be. With a cool bluesy indie rock sound, the band oozed talent. I felt better about not knowing several of the songs when Ryan said half of the set was new. They played a sparkly song with an indie vibe then let loose a big rocker that may have been about a shady operator. They played a cool medium paced rocker about making it up then went a bit country for a song about life from the time I was two. Supernatural had a cool vibe that was fun to get lost in then they took us to Californ-i-a. The next one rocked and the one after took a bluesy turn. They capped the show with a rocker that sounded like a freight train driving through. Ryan flew off the stage and around the room for a bit before returning and rocking it to the end. What a great show.

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Happy Spangler pic by Tim Lewis

Up next Happy Spangler took the stage. Their indie rock sound has hints of blues and classic rock and their songs are fun and inviting. They opened with an epic I Brought You Flowers But You Wanted Drugs that put the room in a happy place. Sean Toohey from the Druids heard something wrong and rushed to the stage to make an adjustment to the bass amp and Kirk Flanagan tossed in a lyric about thanking Sean for the assist. That’s so Burlington. Spangler followed with a cheery song about not needing you or needing anything, then they played one about what fell outta my head. Hawks has a solid rock sound with a couple of spacey parts in the middle and is one of my favorites. Barbara tossed in a few hawk screams at appropriate times, which just added to the fun. She is really coming into her own as a bass player and it was fun to watch her begin to stalk the stage. They said they would never let me go then then said Dave doesn’t live here anymore. Kirk switched to a mini guitar with a huge sound for Bit O Honey and stayed with it for the song about how the door flew open and you blew in. All night long Michael Bradshaw had been killing it on the drums, but for the next one he sang too. I’m not sure what it was, maybe a Big Star cover or something. Kirk resumed vocals on the next one and they took us on a ride in the Golden Caddy. That is such a fun song. They rocked out another then brought Sean up to play bass for the last song. Barbara sang some of the lead with Kirk, and the song was a super fun punk rocker about a Scandinavian business called Bik Bok (sp???). It was great.

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Happy Spangler pic by Tim Lewis

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Happy Spangler with Sean Toohey pic by Tim Lewis

After a short set The Nancy Druids took the stage. They sang about the Sky that’s all around us then lit into December. The last time I saw them they scaled the sound back a little for more of an acoustic set. This night was them at peak power and they rocked hard. I Can’t Remember Who You Were has a killer Ann Mindell drum part and a huge rock sound. Just Another Day is a heavy stomp that ends with Sean ripping it up on guitar. They played dreamy rock pop on By Design, Salvation and one about life since you left me. They took The Space Between to epic heights with more of Sean’s stunning guitar work. John Franklin found a nice groove to open Bitter Days and the band dove in and filled the song with glee. They played the breezy Vondle Park (sp???) and capped the night with the blistering Halo.

I didn’t hang out long, since I had to work in the morning, and took the long lovely walk home. What a beautiful night of music in our town.

 

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The Nancy Druids pic by Tim Lewis

Radio Show 285 Thursday December 13, 2018 9-11pm Eastern US Time on WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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Tonight’s local music radio show on WBKM will run from 9-11pm US Eastern time Thursday December 13. You can stream it from the Facebook page or here: WBKM.ORG It will go as follows.

Song before Take A Long Line – Angel City

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From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. It’s been cold outside so let’s play the seasonally appropriate next song from the Grim Work album, that I’m playing all the way through, song after song, week after week.

1.) Baby, Let My Money Keep You Warm – Milton Busker And The Grim Work
2.) Hey You! – Jesse Taylor
3.) Running To The Mirror – Alice Austin
4.) Fire And Oil – Peg Tassey MUSIC

Let’s send lots of good wishes out to Peg. She had surgery today and made it through fine, but let’s send a little healing energy anyway. Great song from Alice’s newest EP Dirt And Helicopters. Cool new song from Jesse and a lovely song about working too much and letting your money enjoy the life that you should be enjoying, but you can’t ’cause you have to work all the time. It’s a very American song. OK, let’s rock. This band are playing tomorrow at The Monkey House.

5.) Sky – The Nancy Druids
6.) Sit Right Down – Ryan Ober and The Romans
7.) Dragged Around The Universe – Queen Tangerine
8.) Loser – SWALE

Such a great song from such a great band. Don’t we all feel dragged around the universe sometimes. QT only played for a year or so, but put out a terrific album. Ryan and his band will join the Druids and Happy Spangler at the Monkey tomorrow and that should be a great show. OK, it’s almost Christmas time. I’ll play a bunch of holiday songs next week, but I’ll ease my way in with a few songs about red and green.

9.) Ruby Red – Aaron Flinn
10.) Grass Is Always Greener – Phil Yates & The Affiliates
11.) Green Apple Girl – Dave Jarvis Band
12.) My Red – The Lavas

I caught the Lavas at Club Toast one night and they were awesome. Cool song from Dave. Great song by Phil and the band. Lovely song from Aaron. OK, here’s another song about red, and fine, I’ll break down, here are a couple of Christmas songs.

13.) Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer – Savage Hen
14.) Here Comes Santa Claus – Savage Hen
15.) Jingle Bell Rock – Savage Hen
16.) The Wrong List – Savage Hen

Thanks Hen for a lovely heavy set of songs about Christmas and other fun topics. They will be at Nectar’s on Monday. OK, here is another song about red.

16.) Black & Red – ROUGH FRANCIS
17.) Bulletproof Vest – Zola Turn
18.) Burn – Dirty Blondes
19.) Coast To Ghost – Doom Service

Cool rocker from Doom. They will be at Gloom Garden on Monday. Great rocker from the Blondes. ZT rocked us hard in the ’90’s. Francis are playing their 10 year anniversary show at the Monkey House on Saturday. They are such wonderful people and such a great band. We’re lucky to have them. OK, this song is not about red.

20.) It’s Purple And It Sparkles – Zola Turn
21.) A Different Machine – Elephants of Scotland
22.) Winter Bender – Jessica Rabbit Syndrome
23.) Terrarium – Vedora

Lovely song from Vedora. Seasonally appropriate song form Jessica. I had a tricky situation at work recently, but we all took a deep breath, figured out a plan to move forward, and executed it nicely. I think that’s a good path to take in this busy stressful holiday season. OK, let’s keep rocking.

24.) Full Speed Ahead – Midnight Vigil
25.) Full Tilt – Lush Honey
26.) Mirror Mirror – Joe Adler
27.) Down By The Riverside – Bob Wagner
28.) Vicarious – Alice Austin
29.) Can The Call Go Through – Seth Yacovone Band

Great song by Seth. You can catch him most anywhere in Vermont at most anytime. Cool rocker form Alice, with a bit of help from Sean Toohey on lead guitar. Riverside is from the Big Tiny Love album released to raise money for the neo-natal care unit at the UVM Children’s Hospital. They are releasing the album Sunday at 4pm at The Skinny Pancake Burlington. It should be a good show, though I’m sure I’ll be working. Joe will be at Radio Bean on Saturday. Honey will come to town and play for us at Nectar’s next Wednesday. Cool song from Vigil. Well, I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?

30.) Sayonara – Black Rabbit
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Songs after:
Emerald Lies – Marillion
Gift Shop – The Tragically Hip
The Red And The Black – Blue Oyster Cult
Red – King Crimson
Sea Of Red – Judas Priest
The Green Manalishi (With The Two Pronged Crown) – Judas Priest
16th Century Greensleeves – Rainbow
Green Is The Color – Pink Floyd
Heavy – Clever Girls
Get Me Outta Here – Deep Purple
Dormant Magic – Jason Baker
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