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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

intro

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 206 Thursday May 4, 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 US Eastern time May 4th 2017 and will go as follows.

Song before: Miami 2017 – Billy Joel

intro

From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. I’d like to thank Higher Ground for sponsoring our station. Let’s begin tonight with the title song from this gentleman’s new album.

1.) The Man Who Fell From Earth – Anders Parker
2.) One By One – S.e. Ward
3.) Angela Carter – Cricket Blue
4.) Wooden Heart – SWALE

So, there is a giant music festival happening Friday night, all day Saturday and it continues into Sunday. It is in Winooski and will fill every venue and there will likely be outdoor stages and is called Waking Windows. There will be music everywhere. Swale are playing on Friday. Cricket are playing on Saturday and SE Ward is coming back to play a show on Friday. OK, let’s play the next and last song on By My Side. This band is playing Waking Windows on Saturday.

5.) (With You) – Kat Wright
6.) Guitar – Michael Chorney and Hollar General
7.) Good Thing – Maryse Smith
8.) Old Man – Silver Bridget

Bridget are playing WW on Saturday. Maryse is coming back to town and is playing on Saturday. General are playing on Friday. This next artist is playing a solo set and a set with The Welterweights. Both sets are on Saturday.

9.) Get Out Of Your Own Way – Kelly Ravin
10.) Grass Is Always Greener – Phil Yates & The Affiliates
11.) Abiline – The Lonestar Chain
12.) Recipe – Eastern Mountain Time

Eastern will play on Saturday. Burette Douglas will be back in town for a show with The Cush and is reforming his solo band Lonestar for a show on Saturday. Phil and the band are playing on Saturday. This next band are coming back to town for a show on Friday at WW, like all of the bands in tonight’s show, except for Anders.

13.) Dreaming Too Much – Alpenglow
14.) As Glass – Wren Kitz
15.) ComeTooLate – Paper Castles
16.) The Feeling – Vedora

Vedora are no more but Caroline Marie will play a solo set on Saturday. Castles are playing Saturday. Wren is playing a show on Sunday. This next band will also play on Saturday.

17.) Worlds Are Colliding (George Is Getting Upset) – Sad Turtle
18.) Army Of Pop Kids – The Smittens
19.) Running Away From Home – The Snaz
20.) Drivin’ All Alone – The Parts

Parts will play WW on Saturday. Snaz are calling it a day but are set to play a show on Friday. Smittens are playing on Saturday. This next band return for a show on Friday night.

21.) Heavy Psych – The Cush
22.) Machu Picchu – The Mountain Says No
23.) Hit – Blue Button
24.) Hammerhead – Barbacoa

Barbacoa will play WW on Friday as will BB. Mountain play on Saturday. This next band plays on Saturday also.

25.) Willow II – Tyler Daniel Bean
26.) Ankle Breaker – The High Breaks
27.) Alienation – Black Rabbit
28.) Blind Pigs – ROUGH FRANCIS

Francis will play WW on Saturday. Rabbit will be there on Sunday. So will the Breaks. Well, those are just a small portion of the many bands who will play Waking Windows. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?

outro

Songs after:
Vigil In A Wilderness Of Mirrors (live) – Fish
Brothers And Sisters – Joe Adler
It’ll Be OK – Let’s Whisper
By Design – The Nancy Druids
Sisters – The Church Band
In Trance – Uli Jon Roth
Parallels – Yes
Hide In Your Shell – Supertramp
Mel’s Rockpile/Lakeside Park/Anthem – Rush
Who Are These Gods? – Dam Kat
Megaphone – Joshua Glass Music
regular programming

Radio Show 199 Thursday March 16, 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 107.1FM WBKM.ORG will run from 9-11pm US Eastern time, whatever time that is, and will go as follows:

Song before: Little Wing – Uli Jon Roth

intro

From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. There is a new series at The Monkey House called The Show Up Shows where they have bands play and donate money to a worthy cause. Sunday will be the second installment and will support Planned Parenthood. It will feature these next four bands.

1.) Angela Carter – Cricket Blue
2.) Paint It Black – Silver Bridget
3.) It’s A Shame – The Parts
4.) Grass Is Always Greener – Phil Yates & The Affiliates

Those are four cool songs and all of the bands will be at the Monkey House on Sunday. I think it’s an early show and starts at 6:30. OK, let’s play the next song on By My Side.

5.) Feelin’ Strong – Kat Wright
6.) Spring – Madaila
7.) Summer Falls – Lendway
8.) Paperclip Chains – Let’s Whisper

I love Whisper’s songs. I think they are making a new album. I had to play Spring and Summer Falls since we got 30″ of snow on Tuesday and Wednesday and it’s a bright shining winter wonderland outside. Great song by the super strong Kat Wright band. Madaila, and these next four bands, are playing at Higher Ground (thanks for sponsoring us HG) on Saturday at 12:30 in the afternoon. They will be rocking out some kids songs.

9.) Smile – Dwight & Nicole
10.) What’s The Deal With The Triangle? – James Kochalka
11.) Popular Crowd – SWALE
12.) Righteous – ROUGH FRANCIS

If I was not working, I’d love to be there for that show. They’ve done it for a few years now. So, I just got in this new album by a new band who feature Greg and Casey from Rocketsled. They are called Senders.

13.) Too Late To Learn – Senders
14.) ETI (Extra Terrestrial Intelligence) – The Contrarian
15.) Go Ahead And Fear The Reaper – Senders
16.) Purpose And Object – The Contrarian

Casey Merlin Rae creates music as the Contrarian and is now in a new band too. Perhaps he is in others too. OK, I just got this new song in and it’s really cool.

17.) Laughing Jim – The Edd
18.) Lines and Spaces (live) – The Cancer Conspiracy
19.) Random Earth – Elephants of Scotland

Cool song from Elephants. Per John M Whyte they have a new album coming and a really cool sound. I can’t wait. CC were a classic ’90’s band. I love the Floyd feel of Edd. OK, this next artist just released this EP last week and it’s getting a lot of notice.

20.) 45 – Clever Girls
21.) Small Town Movie (live) – The Cush
22.) This Machine – Invisible Homes
23.) This Machine Still Kills Fascists – Senders.

I just had to play the Senders and Homes songs back to back. Great song by The Cush. Same for Clever. OK, let’s go way back in time.

24.) Wally Rides The Ferry – Zoot Wilson
25.) It’s Real Again – Zola Turn
26.) Decide – Dave Jarvis Band
27.) Silver And Gold – Waylon Speed!

I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?

28.) Sayonara – Black Rabbit
outro

Songs After:
The Lost Plot – Fish
In Trance – Uli Jon Roth
The Road – Anders Parker
Fly To The Rainbow – Uli Jon Roth
Emerald – Ace Frehley
Catch Your Train – Uli Jon Roth
Hand Of Doom – Black Sabbath
The Sails Of Charon – Uli Jon Roth
Sealine – The Church Band
All along The Watchtower – Uli Jon Roth
What’s In California? – Joshua Glass Music
regular programming.

 

 

 

Radio Show 184 Thursday November 17, 2016 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 can be heard over the air on both sides of the Champlain Valley or streamed from the Facebook page link above. It will run from 9-11pm US Eastern time and will go as follows.

Song before: First We Take Manhattan (live) – Leonard Cohen

intro

From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. I want thank Higher Ground for sponsoring our station. They’ve got a huge show with Kat Wright releasing her new album By My Side tomorrow. I want to begin tonight with the many reports of bullying and swastika painting and acts of intimidation that have been happening since the election. We need to investigate every incident and call people out on their mean language and horrible actions. It’s time to look at ourselves as a country and encourage our good nature and step past the darker elements in our soul. It’s time to acknowledge that we’ve got problems.

1.) You’ve Got Problems – Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band
2.) Bird On The Sea – The New Siberians
3.) Are We Mad? – David Rosane & The Zookeepers
4.) Children Of The Stars – Madaila

We are going to have to remember that we are all in this together and do our part to add positive actions to our community. After all, we all live under the same stars. David Rosane has written some great post election analysis of what’s going on and what can be. He also writes great songs. The Siberians sing about love saving us and we will need to keep that in mind. Great new song from Kat and the band. The story of how that came together is pretty great. OK, here comes the last song from Song For My Double. I’ll be off next week for Thanksgiving and in December I will start a new album to play all the way through, song after song, week after week, until it is done.

5.) No One – Invisible Homes
6.) Shy Spiders – Villanelles
7.) 2000 – The Pants
8.) Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye (live) – Leonard Cohen

A lot of local musicians have been saddened by the death of Leonard. He will be sorely missed but the staggering body of work that he left us can come alive every time someone plays one of his songs or reads one of his poems. There was a beautiful gathering of local artists on Monday at Light Club Lamp Shop and that can happen whenever we want to make it happen again. Kirk Flanagan did a great version of Hey at that show, and he also played one Leon Russel song. Pants were a classic band from Burlington’s ’90’s. Spiders is a modern classic. Great song, and album, from Homes. Here’s another Burlington classic.

9.) You Don’t Like Me, Do Ya – Pinhead
10.) Wally Rides The Ferry – Zoot Wilson
11.) Destiny Waits – Bud & Budd ~ The Kind Buds
12.) New Atlantis – Aaron Flinn

Great song by Aaron. He played a couple of Cohen songs on Monday. Bud Johnson and Budd are so kind and great performers. Zoot used to rock out town in the ’80’s and Pinhead played back then too. Those songs have been around for a while but this next one is brand new.

13.) Waiting – Mr. Doubtfire
14.) The Interrogator (Enhanced) – Milton Busker
15.) Lean In – When Particles Collide
16.) Blue Light Shine – Gabrielle Douglas and the Dwellers

We will all have to shine our loving lights a lot in the next four years. Particles are out and about fighting sexism and rocking our world. Hopefully, Milton’s song will not be as on the mark as it seems like it might be. Great new song from Doubtfire. This next band are at The Monkey House tomorrow. Let’s take a walk around town with Diane Sullivan and Becky.

17.) Yayo – Dirty Blondes
18.) Hold Me Tight – The Decentz
19.) Diamond Days – The Lavas
20.) Undecided – Rocketsled

Rocketsled will get the band back together next January. I loved that one Lavas album. The Decentz played back in the early ’80’s. OK, let’s keep rocking.

21.) Comm To Space – ROUGH FRANCIS
22.) Can’t Feel It – Vetica
23.) That’s When I Reach For My Revolver – Ninja Custodian
24.) Little French Earthquakes – Phil Yates & The Affiliates

Phil was at the Cohen show too. I love that song by him and the band. Ninja played in the late ’80’s and early ’90’s and always rocked the house with that one. I love that Vetica song. Such a classic from Francis. Here’s another classic from the ’90’s.

25.) Poem For Torin (Ethan’s Stoned) – Peg Tassey MUSIC
26.) Great Escape – Jeremy Gilchrist – Singer-Songwriter
27.) My Hero, The Enemy – Gregory Douglass

Great song from Gregory. Jeremy Gilchrist played at the Cohen show and Peg Tassey was there too, but just to listen. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. I’m off next week but will be back to do it again soon.

outro

Songs after:
Arc Of the Curve – Fish
Epic/Pointless Endeavors – John Wesley
Strontium Burning – TILT
Alone – Children in Paradise
Dance Me To The End Of Love (live) – Leonard Cohen
New York My Lovely – Joshua Glass Music

 

Radio Show 161 Thursday June 2, 2016 9-11pm Eastern US Time 107.1 FM and WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

WBKM photo by Tim Lewis Dec 17 2015

WBKM photo by Tim Lewis Dec 17 2015

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Tonight’s local music radio show on 107.1FM WBKM from 9-11pm US Eastern time will go as follows:

Song before: Russian Autumn Heart – The Church Band

intro

From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. Jazzfest kicks off tomorrow in Burlington, so I’ve got a bit of jazz lined up, but the main part of the show will be to go deeper into the albums of a few bands I’ve been playing recently. It seems like I have played one song by a bunch of bands and said that I would have to check them out more. We will do that tonight. However, considering the date, I have to begin with a different song. Today is the second of June, so let’s begin with this:

1.) Last Day Of May – The Red Telephone
2.) Farside – Villanelles
3.) Sometime Next Year – 1881
4.) The Blackout – The Static Age

I love that song by Static and just have to pull it out and play now and then. Another cool song from 1881. I may have to check them out live sometime soon. Great song from Villanelles new album Blue Heart Attack, which had a great write up in Seven Days this week. Great song from Telephone. OK, here is the next song on Callisto.

5.) Flicker Flutter – Alpenglow
6.) Break – Slingshot Dakota
7.) Empty Frequency – Rue M. (Rue Mevlana)
8.) Last Love – Myra Flynn Music

Myra will kick off Jazzfest at The Skinny Pancake on Friday. I just love the energy that Rue put into a song and a show. Another gorgeous song from Slingshot. If you hadn’t noticed, I played their entire Break album song for song for the last 9 weeks. Break is the last song on the album. Flicker is the second to last song on Callisto. I will play the last one next week, then start another album the week after that. OK, it’s Jazzfest. Let’s play some jazz.

9.) NoRoomForSquares – Sneakers Jazz Band
10.) My Hero, The Enemy – Gregory Douglass
11.) Now That You Are Gone – Francesca Blanchard

Another great song from Francesca’s deux visions album. Great song from Gregory. So many great jazz players used to play at Sneakers. This next song is a great song that I do not play often enough.

12.) What’s In California? – Joshua Glass Music
13.) Who’s Fault Was That? – The Snaz
14.) Barstool Blues – Seth Yacovone Band
15.) Freeway – David Rosane & The Zookeepers

Great song from David and the band. Killer cover of the Neil Young song from Seth. The Snaz just rock. I love the Josh song. OK, Let’s play a song from Vetica from an album they put out after breaking up. This is a song from the Songs In The Key Of V album.

16.) Distance – Vetica
17.) Green Apple Girl – Dave Jarvis
18.) Blue Lights – Sink or Swim
19.) Mush – Phantom Suns

Great rocker from Phantom. I have to get out and catch them soon. Same for Sink. I love that Dave song from the ’90’s. I miss Vetica. OK, let’s let the music get a little scary for a while.

20.) Devil Knows My Name – Great Western
21.) Raising The Dead – Carraway
22.) Ninjas VS Zombies – Phil Yates

Such a fun song from Phil. Great song from Carraway. Same for Western. Here is a new song from a band I’ve been meaning to check out more.

23.) Sunshine – Apartment 3
24.) High Water Mark – The Pants

I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?

outro

Songs after:Market Square Heroes – Fish
Hounds Of Love – Kate Bush
Empire Of The Clouds – Iron Maiden

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Radio Show 152 Thursday March 31, 2016 9-11pm Eastern US Time 107.1 FM and WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

WBKM photo by Tim Lewis Dec 17 2015

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For tonight’s local music radio show on 107.1FM and WBKM.ORG I had expected to highlight some of the great music that happened last week and highlight some of the great music happening this week, then add in a fun set or two, but this coming week’s and last week’s music filled the two hours very quickly!

Song before: Bernie Is A Punk – Bern Unit

intro

From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington.  So much great music happened in town last week and there is a ton of great stuff happening this week too.  Let’s see how much I can highlight.  Last night I went to Radio Bean to see what Caroline O’Connor is up to.  She played some really cool songs.  Let’s begin tonight with a song from her previous band.

1.) Basalt Anchor – Caroline O’Connor

2.) I Know It’s True – Wide Wail

3.) Highway – Construction Joe

4.) 2,000 – The Pants

I had a good time seeing so many great performers at the Pants music highlight show at Higher Ground last Saturday.  They closed the night with 2,000 and had everyone on stage and it was so cool.  Also, at the Pants show, Swale was the house band so they did a killer set of Wide Wail songs, and Construction Joe got back together to play a set.  I thought I’d play the songs in the previous set to give you an idea of what the night sounded like.  OK, now it’s time to play the next song on the Bernie Sanders album that I am working my way through, one song per week until the album is done.  I was so happy that he won three more states last week.  This is the last song on the album that he recorded here in Vermont many years ago.

5.) We Shall Overcome – Bernie Sanders and 30 VT Artists

6.) This Machine – Invisible Homes

7.) Symptom Of The Universe – Surf Sabbath

Last Friday I wandered down to The Skinny Pancake and saw Homes play a killer set.  They closed with Machine. I then walked over to Juniper at Hotel Vermont and caught the High Breaks.  They tossed in a couple of their Sabbath covers including Symptom.  OK, so that was some of what happened last week.  Surf Sabbath will be playing at Metal Monday on April 4th, so that is coming up this week.  There is a ton of other great music happening this week. The sad thing is that I will miss all of it.  Tomorrow night my brother Ken and I will head to Montreal to see Iron Maiden.  If you will indulge me, I will start off this set with the title song from their new album and a song I will hear tomorrow night.

8.) Book Of Sours – Iron Maiden

9.) Angry Inch – Hedwig and the Angry Inch cast recording

10.) Ornan’s Song – The Dirty Blondes

11.) East.Jibab – REDadmiral

If I wasn’t at Maiden on April 1st I’d love to be at the Switchback Brewery seeing Admiral.  If I wasn’t at Maiden on April 1st I’d love to be at Art’s Riot seeing the stage production of Hedwig, featuring Ornan on drums, and staying for the Dirty Blondes who are playing after.  It’s going to be hard to miss the Blondes, but hey, Maiden.  Another band that I really enjoy, the Wee Folkestra, are playing at the Skinny Pancake on April 1st.  They are a collective of cool people, some of whom are in the following bands.

12.) Spit-n-Fire Blues (live at Nectar’s) – Joe Adler and the Rangers of Danger

13.) This Is Our Good Night – Aya Inoue

14.) Super Sexy Science Party (live at Nectar’s) – Wave Of The Future

Samara Lark Brown from Wave is part of the Folkestra.  So are Aya and Joe.  I’d love to be at the show, if I wasn’t at Maiden.  There is likely lots of other music happening in town on April 1st too, but let’s move on to April 2.  This next band are most of Wave and they are playing at Drink.

15.) Art Of Vandalay – Sad Turtle

16.) Barstools – Abbie Morin

17.) Los Muertos – Eastern Mountain Time

Actually, Eastern are playing on April 1st too.  They are over at Radio Bean.  Abbie is playing at the Skinny Pancake on April 2.  These next two artists are playing at Radio Bean on April 3rd.

18.) Day Of The Dead – Hana Zara

19.) Matter Of Time – Eric George

20.) Lithuania – Hana Zara

I just love the imagery of Hana’s songs.  She and Eric are playing some shows together around the Midwest very soon.  I was thrilled when I looked in the listings and saw that they are playing Sunday night at Radio Bean.  I love when I get to listen to Hana.  Well, I’m almost out of time, but I did want to give a shout out to Swale for their tremendous musicianship at the Pants show last Saturday.  Let’s play a couple of their songs to take us out.

21.) Overcoat – Swale

22.) Popular Crowd – Swale

I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town.  Let’s do it again next week, shall we?

Song after: Vigil – Fish

As always, I want to thank everyone who made tonight’s show possible. Thanks to: BERN UNIT, Vedora, Caroline Marie, Jane Boxall Percussion, Amanda Gustafson, Jeremy Frederick, Tom Lawson, Bernie Sanders, Invisible Homes, Sean Witters, The High Breaks, Todd Gevry, Kevin Lynam, Matthew Bryan Hagen, Iron Maiden, Robert Fuller, The Dirty Blondes, Rebecca Rogers, Diane Sullivan, Ornan McLean, Chris Clark, REDadmiral, Gordon Glover, John Billingsley, Joe Adler, Aya Inoue, Samara Lark Brown, Luke Richer, Jake Styles, Jeremy Gartner, Sad Turtle, Abbie Morin, Abbie Gail, Thomas Pearo, Eastern Mountain Time, Sean Hood, Hana Zara, Eric George, Eric George, SWALE, Tyler Bolles, Eric Olsen, Fish, and everyone else!!

High Water Mark – The music of The Pants featuring Swale and tons of other musicians at Higher Ground March 26, 2016   Leave a comment

High Water Mark with the Pants and Swale and everyone else picture by Mark Randall Byland March 26, 2016

High Water Mark with the Pants and Swale and everyone else picture by Mark Randall Byland March 26, 2016

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I ended up having a really good time seeing music Saturday night at Higher Ground. I lived and thrived through the Burlington music scene in the ’90’s. There was always music about, much like there is today, and some of the bands music just filled my heart. I would often go to shows where there were three of five bands on the bill and like some of it, love some of it, and not be amazed by some of it. The Pants were one of the bands who I saw a few times that I never liked. I was writing for the Permanent Records Review at the time and published something about their music making me run screaming to the bar. While a lot of bands music clicked with me, the Pants just never did.

Recently, a movie was made about the Pants and the local scene from the 1990’s in Burlington. On Saturday night they showed the movie then had a musical showcase of the music. I was sure I was not going to go, especially since it started at 7 and I had to work until 8:30. I knew the music was going to start at 9. They promised songs from the Pants, of course, but also some songs from Construction Joe and Wide Wail, and since Swale were the house band, I thought there would be a little bit of musical magic there. On Friday morning I broke down and bought a ticket and set the plan in motion.

I got out of work right on time and drove to Higher Ground. I got into the ballroom, settled, and ran into a ton of people that I knew and that looked familiar. Soon enough, the lights went down and Swale took the stage. As they lit into the first song I realized both why I did and did not want to be there. The Pants have a lot of chunky indie rock songs that have a lot of intricacy, but they usually stay in the discordant zone, so they are a bit jarring. Conversely, it was Swale playing them so the musicianship was outstanding and a complete joy to be in the presence of. That was how I felt for most of the first part of the three hour show. Swale played the first song on their own then brought Pants member Tom Lawson to the stage. They played a great version of High Water Mark, the only Pants song that I know, and that was really fun. Tom sang it well and his voice was quite nice. He stayed with them as they rocked out the third song of the night. After that, Tom left the stage and they brought out Ryan Ober to sing the next one. His voice was great and he had some nice dance moves. Up next, Casey Merlin Rae took the stage with a vocal tour de force. It’s been ages since I have heard him sing live and I really enjoyed it. The next song featured just Swale with Amanda Gustafson doing a great job on vocals. The next song featured Ryan Miller who came out covered in turned off Christmas lights. The song started slow, but when it hit the fast section he flipped on the lights and danced frantically. Jason Cooley came out for the next one and rocked it hard. James Kochalka added his quirkiness to the following song. The one that followed featured a powerful vocal performance by Craig Mitchell. Heloise Williams sang the next one and let her voice range from a deep growl to a high pitched scream. Amanda lead Swale through the next song, then things started to change. Swale left the stage and Tom returned with Chris Ziter & Jeff Baron. They played with one acoustic guitar and two singers and pulled out a Chainsaws of Babylon song. Tom then moved back to the drums but still kept the vocal mike. He was joined by a couple of people and they called themselves Factory Edge. The first song was a rocker called Backhoe. The second was a bit more mellow and was called That’s The Sound Of The Sun Going Down. Their final song was even mellower and quite pretty and was called We Never Had A Chance. After that, they left and the original members of Construction Joe took the stage. The first few notes lit me up like a ray of sun finally breaking through a cloudy day. The three songs they played, including the fun version of Funky Cigarette in the middle, were great. For me, music is never about taking me back to what I felt when I first heard it, it’s all about how it makes me feel now. Construction Joe’s set made me feel great for every moment. With a non Tyler Bolles bass player, David Cam?, Swale returned to the stage for a couple of Wide Wail songs. The first song was achingly beautiful, though I missed which one it was. The second was a hard rocking run through All My Life, a song that is one of my all time favorites from that era. My heart was full of joy for that one! Up next James Kochalka Superstar took the stage. James sang, Eric Olsen played bass, Creston Lea and Jason Cooley played electric guitar, Jeremy Frederick was on drums and the band rocked. They played Magic Finger, a little bit of Good Morning Glorkian Warrior, then something that may have been called Pony or something like that. They wrapped the set with Monkey VS Robot and the end section sounded like the classic song Gloria. Imagine M O N K E Y Rooooooooobot and you are in the right neighborhood. Swale returned to the stage and instead of playing keys, Amanda took the microphone. She told a touching story about working with Syrian refugees and the band played a song about someone who’s only desire is to be able to sleep with Both Eyes Closed. It was one of the most powerful performances I have experienced. Amanda returned to the keys and Tom came back to the stage. He sang a song about yes you can make me a freak and it was pretty fun. For the last song, 2,000, everyone took the stage for a giant singalong. The chorus about spirals had a 5 Years vibe to it and was a fitting way to close the night.

I headed out pretty quickly and contemplated the night on the short drive home. There were a lot of songs that didn’t grab me, but I enjoyed the full spectrum of the performances, and some of the songs just filled my heart. I’m so glad I put the effort in.